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Court Clears Way for 9/11 Illness Lawsuit

By Joseph Goldstein, Staff Reporter of the Sun
March 26, 2008

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federal appeals court has refused to give New York City immunity from the lawsuits
of thousands of city workers and construction laborers who say they now suffer
from respiratory illnesses after they helped clean up ground zero in the aftermath
of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The lawsuits claim that the city failed to ensure that ground zero was a safe
work place. High among the claims is the assertion that the city failed to enforce
rules requiring workers to wear respirators while working amid the toxins and
rubble.

Citing the unprecedented nature of the disaster, New York City and the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, both defendants in the suits, have argued
that they are entitled to immunity from the claims. The defendants say they
cannot be required to pay out to the workers what could amount to billions of
dollars in damages.

The first significant ruling in the case came in 2006, when a federal district
judge in Manhattan, Alvin Hellerstein, found that the city was only entitled
to immunity for its conduct in the days immediately after the terrorist attacks.
The lawsuits could go forward against the city’s wishes, Judge Hellerstein ruled,
to give workers the chance to prove their claims that ground zero remained an
unsafe work environment even weeks and months after September 11, 2001.

The city and port authority appealed. In a victory for the ailing workers,
today?s… Continue reading

Developer (Silverstein) Sues to Win $12.3 Billion in 9/11 Attack

March 27, 2008
By Anemona Hartocollis

Larry A. Silverstein, who has won nearly $4.6 billion in insurance payments to cover his losses and help him rebuild at the World Trade Center site, is seeking $12.3 billion in damages from airlines and airport security companies for the 9/11 attack.

Mr. Silverstein, the developer of ground zero, sought the damages, whose amount was not previously known, in a claim filed in 2004, that says the airlines and airport security companies failed to prevent terrorists from hijacking the planes used to destroy the buildings.

His case was consolidated last week with similar, earlier lawsuits brought by families of some victims of the attack and by other property owners. But in seeking $12.3 billion, he is by far the biggest claimant in the litigation.

The size of Mr. Silverstein’s claim was revealed last week at a status conference on the litigation in United States District Court in Manhattan.

The claims by the parties involved total about $23 billion, and Mr. Silverstein’s claim for such a large chunk could jeopardize claims from other businesses and property owners, according to defense lawyers. A lawyer for the victims’ families, Donald Migliori, said he was confident that their claims would not be affected because they would take priority over the property claims.

A lawyer for the airlines, Desmond Barry, said that if Mr. Silverstein won his claim, he could push the total claims beyond the amount of insurance that the airlines and security companies have available. “There ain’t… Continue reading

Plan 51 From Outer Space – Air America’s Richard Greene Discusses National Nightmare

Tuesday March 25, 2008
Posted at AJFan’s
blog at 911blogger.com
; reprinted here with gratitude.

Air America Radio’s Richard Greene chats with Matthew Rothschild, 9/11 truth
sceptic and editor of The Progressive Magazine, about Presidential
Directive 51 (seize control of the country) which is apparently modeled after
one of GW’s mentors in the early 1940′s. John Conyers (202.225.5126) reveals
that he doesn’t know what it is.

 
(hosted by AJFan), from source http://www.airamerica.com/clout
(35 Minutes – 9 Meg)

More MP3 Audio Clips
here

White House Directive 51
(White House)

This directive establishes a comprehensive national policy on the continuity
of Federal Government structures and operations and a single National Continuity
Coordinator responsible for coordinating the development and implementation
of Federal continuity policies. This policy establishes "National Essential
Functions," prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments
and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal
governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive
and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility
of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response
to and recovery from a national emergency.

Hitler Directive Number 51 (yes, we’re recycling Nazi directives)
(Encyclopedia
Britannica
)

In this directive, issued in late 1943, the German leader formally responded
to concerns caused by the ominous buildup of Allied forces in the British
Isles. Hitler displayed here his tendency to issue detailed orders far below
the strategic level, and he divided responsibility for military operations… Continue reading

Dr. Hamilton and Mr. Hyde

By Jerry Meldon

Hamilton’s carefully honed skill for balancing truth against political comity has elevated him to the status of a Washington Wise Man. In this guest essay, however, Jerry Meldon suggests that attendees at a Tufts conference on the Middle East might want to ask Hamilton about his past compromises with history.

(Plus, at the end of the essay, you may want to read an addendum from reporter Robert Parry on two questions that might be posed to Hamilton about decisions he made in wrapping up the so-called “October Surprise” case):

When former Rep. Lee Hamilton gives the keynote address – entitled “Iraq: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond” – at a Tufts University symposium on March 27, he may be thankful if he doesn’t have to discuss “yesterday.”

He probably would prefer not to revisit fateful decisions he made while chairing investigations into Republican dirty work, especially those that let George H.W. Bush off the hook and cleared George W. Bush’s path to the White House.

 

Show Editor’s Note »

Whenever the Republicans have a touchy national-security scandal to put to rest, their favorite Democratic investigator is Lee Hamilton. Over the years, Hamilton has developed a reputation as a very reasonable fellow who knows how far he can go without ruffling too many important feathers.

 
As veteran journalist Robert Parry has persuasively argued at Consortiumnews.com, the Bush family name squeaked through the 80’s and early 90’s essentially mud-free, only because:

–On Christmas Eve 1992, lame-duck President George H.W.… Continue reading

What’s Being Covered Up? Tenth Time Asked

by Jon Gold

This will be the final film in this series. I want to thank the family members that were shown in these clips for speaking truth to power. I truly believe and hope that, at the very least, you will one day feel the satisfaction of knowing those responsible were held accountable. I also want to thank Ray McGovern for taking my question in July 2006, which gave me this most important question.

What’s being covered up?

Here are each of the clips in this series along with a brief description of where they came from, and who is in them.

First Time Asked… Donna Marsh O’Connor at the National Press Club on 9/11/2006. Mother of Vanessa Lang Langer.

Second Time Asked… Michele Little at the National Press Club on 9/11/2006. Sister of David M. Weiss.

Third Time Asked… Christina Kminek at the National Press Club on 9/11/2006. Sister of Mari-Rae Sopper.

Fourth Time Asked… Patty Casazza at the “9/11: Families, Responders & Experts Speak Out” event in West Hartford, CT. on 11/03/07. Wife of John F. Casazza.

Fifth Time Asked… Bob McIlvaine at the “9/11: Families, Responders & Experts Speak Out” event in West Hartford, CT. on 11/03/07. Father of Robert G. McIlvaine.

Sixth Time Asked… Lorie Van Auken at the NYC Ballot Initiative event on 11/24/2007. Wife of Kenneth Van Auken.

Seventh Time Asked… Daniel Wallace at St. Mark’s Church in NYC on 12/3/2006. Son of Robert Wallace. Daniel passed away on January 29, 2007.

Eighth… Continue reading

Your illusions are safe

Sources: Air marshals missing from almost all flights

By Drew Griffin, Kathleen Johnston and Todd Schwarzschild
CNN
March 26, 2008

(CNN) — Of the 28,000 commercial airline flights that take to the skies on
an average day in the United States, fewer than 1 percent are protected by on-board,
armed federal air marshals, a nationwide CNN investigation has found.

That means a terrorist or other criminal bent on taking over an aircraft would
be confronted by a trained air marshal on as few as 280 daily flights, according
to more than a dozen federal air marshals and pilots interviewed by CNN.

The Transportation Security Administration flatly denied those reports.

Greg Alter, assistant special agent in charge of the federal air marshal program,
said the 280 number "grossly understates coverage by an order of magnitude"
and that the number is "four digits," but he would not elaborate.

In a post on its Web site responding to the CNN story, the TSA said it would
not disclose the number of air marshals flying each day so as not to "tip
our hand to terrorists." However, it said, "The actual number of flights
that air marshals cover is thousands per day." Read the full response

The investigation found low numbers even as the TSA in recent months has conducted
tests in which it has been able to smuggle guns and bomb-making materials past
airport security screeners.

The air marshal program began in 1970, after a rash of airline hijackings,
and it was expanded significantly after the terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001.…

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April Issue of the Rock Creek Free Press

March 26, 2008

The April issue of the Rock Creek Free Press has gone to press.

As usual, the "newspaper not afraid to print the truth" is covering
the news that the corporate controlled media won’t touch.

The lead stories this month include one about Thimerisol in vaccines (the government
concedes the link to autism) and Wayne Madsen’s coverage of Winter Soldier.
We continue our coverage of US torture practices and the use of bogus terrorism
threats to justify the creeping police state.

This month we published three important 9/11 related stories:
FBI Refuses to Document Identity of 9/11 Planes — coverage of Aidan Monaghan’s
attempts to get 9/11 information from the FBI.
Half Great, Half Terrible — A book review by David Ray Griffin of Phil Shenon’s
book, The Commission.
International Demands for a New 9/11 Investigation — by Carol Brouillet

The paper is available online: www.RockCreekFreePress.com

Engineer society accused of cover-ups

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer
March 25, 2008

The professional organization for engineers who build the nation’s roads, dams
and bridges has been accused by fellow engineers of covering up catastrophic
design flaws while investigating national disasters.

After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the levee failures caused
by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the federal government paid the American Society
of Civil Engineers to investigate what went wrong.

Critics now accuse the group of covering up engineering mistakes, downplaying
the need to alter building standards, and using the investigations to protect
engineers and government agencies from lawsuits.

Similar accusations arose after both disasters, but the most recent allegations
have pressured the organization to convene an independent panel to investigate.

“They want to make sure that they do things the right way and that they
learn lessons from the studies they do,” said Sherwood Boelhert, a retired
Republican congressman from New York who heads the panel. He led the House Science
Committee for six years.

The panel is expected to issue a report by the end of April and may recommend
that the society stop taking money from government agencies for disaster investigations.

The engineering group says it takes the allegations seriously, but it has declined
to comment until completion of the panel’s report and an internal ethics review.

In the World Trade Center case, critics contend the engineering society wrongly
concluded skyscrapers cannot withstand getting hit by airplanes. In the hurricane
investigation, it was accused of… Continue reading

Debunking Popular Mechanics?

PM Book Alleges FAA Source For Statistical Data; FAA Concedes No Such Data Records Exist.

Aidan Monaghan
3/14/2008

Beginning on page 22 of a Popular Mechanics 2006 book entitled Debunking 9/11
Myths, containing a forward comment by Republican presidential candidate John
McCain, an attempt is made to clarify the role played by potential military
aircraft intercepts during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Citing unnamed sources, part of this section reads as follows:

When contacted by Popular Mechanics, spokesmen for NORAD and the FAA clarified
their remarks by noting that scrambles were routine, but intercepts were not
– especially over the continental United States.

However, according to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Freedom of Information
Act response dated March 3, 2008, the FAA concedes that records for the information
alleged in part by Popular Mechanics’ unnamed FAA source, do not exist.

FOIAFAANORADB

New England 9/11 Symposium: Family Members and Researchers Speak Out

This is lining up to be a stellar conference. As May 17th approaches
we will be announcing more information concerning additional speakers and guests.

keenesymposium

Organized by Student Scholars for 911 Truth www.sst911.org/ and Monadnock 9/11 Truth Alliance.

Half Great, Half Terrible–Griffin Reviews Shenon

by David Ray Griffin

“The Commission” by Philip Shenon has performed a great public service, letting the world know that there are good reasons to be suspicious of “The 9/11 Commission Report.” The main problem is the fact that the Commission was almost entirely under the control of Philip Zelikow, who was closely connected to the Bush White House. Although my book “Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11″ revealed some of the facts about Zelikow that showed him to be one of the worst possible choices for the Commission’s executive director, Shenon has revealed even more facts.

It was already known that Zelikow had been on the National Security Council (NSC) with Condoleezza Rice during the administration of the first President Bush; that he wrote a book with her while the Republicans were out of power; that he helped her make the transition from the Clinton to the Bush NSC; and that he wrote at her request the 2002 version of “National Security Strategy of the United States of America” (NSS 2002), which enunciated a new doctrine of preemptive war that was used, in Shenon’s words, to “justify a preemptive strike on Iraq.”

But now Shenon reveals more: that in applying to Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, for the position of executive director, Zelikow failed to reveal some of his conflicts of interest, especially his authorship of NSS 2002 and his role on the transition team; that he continued, contrary to his promise,… Continue reading

The Liberty Voice: 4th Edition Released

PRESS RELEASE
March 25, 2008

The fourth edition of The Liberty Voice has been released commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War with fiercely independent news and commentary.

“From Steven Colbert to GlobalResearch.com, it’ll make you laugh and then cry,” says publisher, Sherry Clark, founder of Columbus911Truth.org.

Funded by generous patriots and subscribers across the county, the paper has not yet had to solicit advertisements, keeping the content decision standards truly independent.

With the headline, TRUTH EMERGENCY and documenting the media crisis, this edition of The Liberty Voice also includes two pages devoted to 9/11 truth with stories entitled, “Japanese Diet Questions 9/11 Commission Findings,” “Former Italian Prime Minister Speaks out about 9/11,” “Lie of the Century”and “9/11 Commission was obstructed and uninformed.”

Published out of central Ohio where there are no public access television channels, the newspapers are owned by one conservative family, and few people are involved in election reform activism concerning the rigged election of 2004 which happened there, The Liberty Voice was designed as a citizen rescue tool to wake up a disinformed population. Columbus, Ohio is the ultimate test market as franchises know all over the country, and The Liberty Voice is being received favorably even in conservative Central Ohio.

“We endeavor to make our headlines seem reasonable from the viewpoint of even the most brainwashed of Bill O’Reilly fans. This makes the enlightenment process much gentler. I live in a strong Republican area, and I only hear good things about the paper.

As… Continue reading

Tibet and the March 10 commemoration of the CIA

By Gary Wilson
Published Mar 19, 2008

Has Tibet become the front line of a new national liberation struggle? Or is
something else happening there?

The U.S. news media are filled with stories about events unfolding in Tibet.
Each news report, however, seems to include a note that much of what they are
reporting cannot be confirmed. The sources of the reports are shadowy and unknown.
If past practice is any indicator, it is likely that the U.S. State Department
and the CIA are their primary sources.

One frequently quoted source is John Ackerly. Who is Ackerly? As president
of the International Campaign for Tibet, he and his group appear to work closely
with the U.S. government, both the State Department and Congress, as part of
its operations concerning Tibet. During the Cold War, Ackerly’s Washington-based
job was to work with “dissidents” in Eastern Europe, particularly
Romania in 1978-80.

A private international security agency in Washington, Harbor Lane Associates,
lists Ackerly and the International Campaign for Tibet as its clients, along
with former CIA Director and U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former Pentagon
chief William Cohen.

AP, Reuters and the other Western news agencies all quote Ackerly as a major
source for exaggerated reports about the clashes that have just occurred in
Tibet. For example, MSNBC on March 15 reported:

“John Ackerly, of the International Campaign for Tibet, a group that
supports demands for Tibetan autonomy, said in an e-mailed statement he feared
‘hundreds of Tibetans have been arrested… Continue reading

Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation

March 23, 2008
By Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — New government research has found “large and growing”
disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling
the growth of income inequality in the last two decades.

Life expectancy for the nation as a whole has increased, the researchers said,
but affluent people have experienced greater gains, and this, in turn, has caused
a widening gap.

One of the researchers, Gopal K. Singh, a demographer at the Department of
Health and Human Services, said “the growing inequalities in life expectancy”
mirrored trends in infant mortality and in death from heart disease and certain
cancers.

The gaps have been increasing despite efforts by the federal government to
reduce them. One of the top goals of “Healthy People 2010,” an official
statement of national health objectives issued in 2000, is to “eliminate
health disparities among different segments of the population,” including
higher- and lower-income groups and people of different racial and ethnic background.

Dr. Singh said last week that federal officials had found “widening socioeconomic
inequalities in life expectancy” at birth and at every age level.

He and another researcher, Mohammad Siahpush, a professor at the University
of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, developed an index to measure social and
economic conditions in every county, using census data on education, income,
poverty, housing and other factors. Counties were then classified into 10 groups
of equal population size.

In 1980-82, Dr. Singh said, people in the most affluent group could expect
to live 2.8 years longer than people in the most deprived group (75.8 versus
73 years).…

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Secret Schemes and Undeclared Agendas

Inside the Shell Game

By Paul Craig Roberts
March 24, 2008

The investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein has taken up the Litvinenko case.

The media used the Litvinenko case as sensational propaganda against Russian President Putin and then tossed it aside. For those whose memories of the case have faded, Alexander Litvinenko was a former KGB officer living in England who died in 2006, apparently from the radioactive isotope Polonium-210.

The British government encouraged the tale that Russian President Putin had sent Andrei Lugovoi to poison Litvinenko’s tea at a meeting on November 1, 2006. The story appealed to people brought up on James Bond thrillers, but the story never made any sense. Polonium 2-10 is a rare and tightly controlled substance as likely to contaminate the assassin as the victim. There are far easier and more effective ways of killing someone.

Moreover, there is no evidence to connect Russia to Litvinenko’s death. But this didn’t stop the British government from grandstanding, sending an extradition request for Lugovoi in July 2007. The British government sent the request despite the facts that there is no extradition treaty between Britain and Russia and the Russian constitution prohibits the extradition of Russian citizens. Epstein suggests that the purpose of the extradition request was to block the Russian government from investigating Litvinenko’s death in London. Litvinenko had a false passport provided by the British government. A real investigtion might have opened up the shadowy world of security consultants in which Litvinenko rubbed shoulders… Continue reading

An Election Without Meaning

By Peter Phillips
March 20, 2008

Will November 2008 bring a meaningful change to America? Will getting rid of George
W. Bush and Richard Cheney without impeachment or indictment really make a difference?
Will a 600 billion dollar war/defense budget be cut in half and used for desperately
needed domestic spending? Will the ninety-three billion dollars profits in the
private health insurance companies­­—those parasitic intermediates
between you and your doctor—be used instead for full health care coverage
for all? Will Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus be restored to the people? Will
torture stop? Will all students in public universities be able to enroll for free?
Will the US national security agencies stop mass spying on our personal communications?
Will the neo-conservative agenda of total military domination of the world be
reversed?

The answer to these questions in the context of the current billion dollar presidential
campaign is an absolute no. Instead we have a campaign of personalities and platitudes.
There is a race candidate, a gender candidate and a tortured veteran candidate,
each talking about change in America, national security, freedom, and the American
way. The candidates are running with support of political parties so deeply embedded
with the military industrial complex, the health insurance companies, Wall Street,
and corporate media that it is undeterminable where the board rooms separate from
the state rooms.

The 2008 presidential race is a media entertainment spectacle with props, gossip,
accusations, and public relations. It is impression management from a candidates’
perspective. How can… Continue reading

9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign

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CALLING ALL 9/11 TRUTHERS! YOUR SUPPORT IS NOW NEEDED!

Fellow 9/11 truth workers, at long last there is a campaign afoot that has the potential of harnessing the energy, knowledge and zeal for justice of the entire 9/11 Truth Movement, and that is the New York City 911 Ballot Initiative Campaign. What is the 9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign? Simply stated, it is a citizen-based effort to allow the people of New York City the opportunity to vote for “a New York City Independent Commission with Subpoena Power to Conduct a Comprehensive and Fact-Driven Investigation of All Relevant Aspects of the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001 and Issue a Report.”

Some of the folks spearheading this historic endeavor include commissioners William Pepper and Lorie Van Auken, spokespeople Christine Ebersole, Bill Doyle, Bob McIlvaine and Donna Marsh O’Connor, and the hard working activists of NY911truth.org. Other commissioners include Mike Gravel and Lincoln Chafee, Ed Asner, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and Ralph Schoenman. The campaign has been endorsed by Dr. David Ray Griffin, William Rodriquez and Karen Kwiatkowski, among others, and has received enthusiastic support from Kyle Hence, Sander Hicks, Peter Lance and various stalwarts of the 9/11 Truth Movement throughout the country. Now, we need you to get involved!

As you know, a genuine, evidence driven investigation of the crimes of 9/11 has never taken place. Now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make it happen. In order to place the… Continue reading

‘The Reflecting Pool’ A New 9/11 Investigative Drama That Challenges The Official Version Of 9/11 Events, Released on DVD

A new 9/11 investigative drama that challenges the official version of 9/11 events, ‘The Reflecting Pool’, is now available on DVD from reflectingpoolfilm.com. ‘The Reflecting Pool’ follows a journalist who teams up with the father of a 9/11 victim to investigate the official version of the events. Their findings pose a disturbing question that has no easy answer: To what extent was the U.S. Government at fault for the attacks?

New feature film ‘The Reflecting Pool’ may just be the ‘All the President’s Men’ of our time. No, it doesn’t have Hoffman and Redford. But it is a chilling and important fact-based investigative drama.

The Reflecting Pool Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2008 – The first edition DVD of ‘The Reflecting Pool’, a new 9/11 investigative drama that challenges the official version of 9/11 events, is now available from reflectingpoolfilm.com. ‘The Reflecting Pool’ follows an investigation by a skeptical Russian-American journalist who teams up with the father of a 9/11 victim to “fact check” the official version of the tragedy as documented in the 9/11 Commission Report. As they examine evidence and interview key eyewitnesses, the official story begins to crumble. ‘The Reflecting Pool’ is the first investigative drama to present this issue in the spirit of such films as ‘All the President’s Men’ and ‘JFK’. The movie’s theme reflects the recent New York Times/CBS News opinion poll, in which the majority of Americans believe the Bush administration is not telling the truth about the September Eleven events.

Writer/Director Jarek Kupsc plays… Continue reading