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The NORAD Papers V: Down The Memory Hole: NORAD

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In this supplement to The NORAD Papers , I shine the spotlight on The 9/11 Commission Report’s assessment of NORAD in relation to the defense organization’s “air sovereignty” mission on 9/11. To accomplish this task, I compare the report’s view of NORAD’s air sovereignty capabilities before and on 9/11 with that of the historical record as provided by articles published before September 11, 2001.

The 9/11 Commission Report is correct when it affirms that, “NORAD is a binational command established in 1958 between the United States and Canada. Its mission was, and is, to defend the airspace of North America and protect the continent. That mission does not distinguish between internal and external threats…;” 1 The report becomes addled however when it explains NORAD’s seemingly poor performance on 9/11, “…;but because NORAD was created to counter the Soviet threat, it came to define its job as defending against external attacks [see Addendum].” 2

The statement that NORAD “define[ed] its job as defending against external attacks” 3 due to the Soviet threat, and that is why NORAD was taken off-guard on 9/11 is nonsensical on its face. The Soviet threat was the reason that NORAD was mandated to provide “surveillance and control of the airspace of Canada and the United States” in the first place. Soviet bombers, missiles or other aerospace vehicles breaching North American borders was just as much of a concern to the political leadership of North America, if not more of a concern, than Soviet bombers, missiles… Continue reading

9/11: ‘the new Pearl Harbor’

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By William R. Woodward

On Dec. 7, 1941, our country was attacked by Japan. What do our children know of the economic and political reasons for this tragic event?

Robert Stinnet’s book “Day of Deceit. The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor” reveals that Franklin Roosevelt not only let the attack on Pearl Harbor happen, but provoked it over a period of 14 months. At the time, the public was only 17 percent in favor of intervention against Germany. Roosevelt secretly had an eight-point plan drawn up to lure Japan into an act of war. The fleet was left exposed, and Japan’s oil supplies were cut off. Roosevelt even conspired to prevent the available intelligence from reaching the admiral in charge. In historical hindsight, it turns out to have been a PsyOp, a psychological operation to turn the public into support of a World War against the Axis powers Germany, Japan, and Italy. Two days after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Congress declared war.

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The author is a UNH professor who sparked a controversy in September 2006 when he was quoted in a newspaper story as saying “government elites orchestrated 9/11″ while summarizing literature on the subject. The university defended his academic freedom and he chose to let the firestorm subside. Now, he breaks the silence with his first opinion piece on the topic.

This book flies in the face of a complacent ideology that the U.S. leaders occupy the moral high ground. In fact, false… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin’s ‘The New Pearl Harbor Revisited’ rated ‘Pick of the Week’ by Publishers Weekly

newpearlharborrevisitedThe nearly 40% of American people who doubt the official account regarding
the September 11, 2001 attacks will be gratified to learn that their misgivings
have become recommended reading by a pillar of the book trade, Publishers
Weekly
.

The leading starred review on PW‘s “Web
Pick of the Week
” is Dr. David Ray Griffin’s newly released The
New Pearl Harbor Revisited
(Interlink/Olive Branch press, 2008).

In its November 24, 2008 online issue, PW writes:

Griffin “addresses many points in exhaustive detail, from the physical
impossibility of the official explanation of the towers’ collapse to
the Commission’s failure to scrutinize the administration to the NIST’s
contradiction of its own scientists to the scads of eyewitness and scientific
testimony in direct opposition to official claims.

“Citing hundreds, if not thousands, of sources, [Griffin's] detailed
analysis is far from reactionary or delusional, building a case that, though
not conclusive, raises enough valid and disturbing questions to make his call
for a new investigation more convincing than ever.”

Weekly reviews from this trusted and prestigious publisher have guided the
book trade, including booksellers, publishers, librarians, and literary agents,
for 136 years.

Dr. Griffin’s book can be found at good bookstores or purchased at a discounted price from 911Truth.org.

The review is copied below.

Elizabeth Woodworth
Professional Librarian
Victoria, BC, Canada


Web Pick of the Week

The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé
David Ray Griffin. Interlink/Olive Branch, $20 (386p) ISBN 9781566567299

Author and professor Griffin (9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press) knows his work is referred to by officials and the media as conspiracy theory, and he has a rebuttal: “the official theory is itself a conspiracy theory.” In this companion volume to 2004′s The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, Griffin provides corrections, raises new issues and discusses “the two most important official reports about 9/11,” the 9/11 Commission Report and the National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the Twin Towers, both “prepared by people highly responsive to the wishes of the White House” and riddled with “omission and distortion from beginning to end.” Griffin addresses many points in exhaustive detail, from the physical impossibility of the official explanation of the towers’ collapse to the Commission’s failure to scrutinize the administration to the NIST’s contradiction of its own scientists to the scads of eyewitness and scientific testimony in direct opposition to official claims.…

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Attorney General contender carries 9/11 related baggage

Monday’s New York Times reported that former Deputy A.G. and 9/11
Commissioner Jamie Gorelick was a candidate for Attorney General in the new
Obama Administration. Five-time Emmy winning investigative reporter Peter Lance
details a shocking, but little known story about Gorelick involving the loss
of a key al Qaeda operative. This is an excerpt from his 2006 HarperCollins
book TRIPLE CROSS soon to be published in trade paperback.

On December 16th, 1994, agents in the FBI’s San Francisco office made
an extraordinary seizure. Mohammed Jamal Khalifa (MJK) Osama bin Laden’s
brother-in-law and former roommate, was captured at a Holiday Inn in Morgan
Hill, California. If this arrest had been fully investigated by the FBI and
the Justice Department, it might have led to the seizure of 9/11 “mastermind”
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and stopped “planes as missiles” plot dead
in its tracks. But what followed was series of missteps and bad decisions at
the highest levels of the State and Justice departments that had a catastrophic
impact on America’s ability to cut short bin Laden’s jihad against
America.

At the center of the decision making at the time, was Deputy Attorney General
Jamie Gorelick.

KHALIFA’S EXTRADITION BACKED BY TWO TOP FEDS

Even if the Feds were savvy enough to see the value in questioning him, however,
they never got the chance. On January 5, 1995, a decision was made by Secretary
of State Warren Christopher and supported by Deputy A.G. Gorelick, that arguably
ranks as one of the most profound intelligence errors committed by any U.S.…

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The Ultimate 9/11 ‘Truth’ Showdown: David Ray Griffin vs. Matt Taibbi

By Matt Taibbi and David Ray Griffin
October 6, 2008
Alternet.org

A poll of 17 countries that came out September of this year revealed that majorities in only nine of them “believe that al Qaeda was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.” A Zogby poll from 2006 found that in America, 42% of respondents believed the US government and 9/11 Commission “covered up” the events of 9/11. It’s safe to say that at least tens of millions of Americans don’t believe anything close to the official account offered by the 9/11 Commission, and that much of the outside world remains skeptical.

Over the years, AlterNet has run dozens of stories , mostly critical, of the 9/11 Movement. Matt Taibbi has taken on the 9/11 Truth Movement head on in a series of articles, and most recently in his new book, The Great Derangement .

In April, I asked Taibbi if he would be interested in interviewing David Ray Griffin, a leading member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice , Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University and author of seven of books on 9/11 , about his recent book, 9/11 Contradictions . After months of back and forths between them and some editorial delays, I’m pleased to share their written exchange — all 24,000 words of it. What we have here are the preeminent writers on both sides of the 9/11 Truth argument; a one-of-a-kind debate.… Continue reading

The Definitive Treatment of 9/11

By Tod Fletcher
September 11, 2008

Cover image of The New Pearl Harbor RevisitedIn THE NEW PEARL HARBOR REVISITED , David Ray Griffin provides a brilliant and much-needed companion to his path-breaking and movement-building book on 9/11, The New Pearl Harbor (NPH; 2004). Now, on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of those horrific events, Griffin surveys in detail all the main lines of evidence against the official account of 9/11 to have emerged during the last four years. THE NEW PEARL HARBOR REVISITED (NPHR) has been designed as volume 2 of a two-volume set with NPH as volume 1; together they provide a thorough and up-to-date case against the official conspiracy theory (they can be bought separately, of course).

Griffin has already published four other books that provide in-depth analysis of most of the evidence to have emerged since 2004. NPHR’s main purpose is to provide an easily accessible survey of all of the new evidence, so that it is now possible for a beginner to the subject (including journalists and members of Congress) to master its enormous complexity simply by reading two books. NPHR is structured identically to NPH; each chapter in NPHR comments and builds on the corresponding chapter in NPH. Much of the content is entirely new; there are many facts and analyses in NPHR which Griffin presents for the first time, and which literally make the book an up-to-the-minute statement of the case.

In the Preface, Griffin explains why he undertook to “update” The New Pearl Harbor . In the Introduction he… Continue reading

The NIST WTC 7 Report: Bush Science reaches its peak

by Cover image of the NIST Final Report - WTC7Kevin R. Ryan

In a famous book by Antoine de Saint Exupery, a little prince from another planet asks the narrator to draw a sheep. After several unsatisfactory attempts, the narrator simply draws a box and tells the little prince that the sheep is in the box. The little prince then exclaims — “That is exactly the way I wanted it!” 1

Just so, the Bush Administration asked its scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for an explanation as to what happened at the World Trade Center (WTC) on 9/11. In response to this request, NIST drew up a series of fanciful stories over a period of years, each story differing from the previous one. Finally, after seven long years, NIST published its last story for WTC 7 by simply saying, in effect: “The explanation is in our computer.” 2

As expected, however, this explanation in a box leaves much to be desired for those of us who prefer to live in reality, instead of in a fictional world. On the other hand, we are learning something from NIST with this new report, and that is that when government scientists begin working for a political agenda above all else, there is no limit to the extent of deception that they will engage in. We also know that those who have produced the NIST WTC reports must now assume personal responsibility for the ongoing 9/11 Wars, and the millions of deaths that will result from those wars.…

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Down the 9-11 Rabbit Hole

Attempting to tease apart the magical thinking surrounding our national tragedy is harder than spotting a white rabbit

By P. Joseph Potocki
The Bohemian

It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

–Alice, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

We’re hurtling down the rabbit hole. Gravity’s refuted. Black is white, and white turns bitter, transfigured by a mawkish Mad Hatter blithely chewing up our Constitution, juggling missile-shaped teacups, splashing sweet, light crude and cold blood everywhere. To anyone who’s passed through the last eight years believing whatever George W. Bush and his minions have blown their way, well, best of luck to you, because most of it hasn’t been true.

Does that mean, then, that W. and his cronies were behind the 9-11 attacks? Of course not. Some say, however, if it looks, waddles and quacks like a duck and lays duck eggs, then perhaps it’s time we re-examine it under oath, because it just might be a friggin’ duck. (Fact: Nixon White House audiotapes reveal Tricky Dick literally quacking like a duck. Nixon was a lot of things, but ducky wasn’t one of them.)

We’re all mad here.

–the Cheshire Cat

Ken Jenkins, a Marin-based videographer, electrical engineer and activist with the 9-11 Truth group, tells of one who responded to certain provocative conjecture with “I wouldn’t believe it–even if it were true.” It , of course, is the widely held and yet wildly contentious belief that elements within our own government bear responsibility for the… Continue reading

9/11 Truth Radio Show with Janice Matthews, Mike Berger, Erik Lawyer, and Richard Gage, AIA, Monday, Sept. 8, 10 pm- 12 am CST

Monday, September 8th, listen 10 pm – 12 am (CST) to Questioning War- Organizing Resistance on the WeThePeopleRadioNetwork.com and to our guests in the first hour- Janice Matthews and Mike Berger and to our guests in the second hour- Erik Lawyer and Richard Gage, AIA

Janice Matthews, Executive Director of 911Truth.org

Mike Berger, producer of Improbable Collapse:The Demolition of our Republic

Poster for  Firefighters for 9/11 Truth

Photo of Richard Gage Richard Gage, AIA receiving a 2007 Heroic Citizen for 9/11 Truth award

Janice Matthews is the Executive Director of 911Truth.org . Janice was their outreach coordinator until September, 2005 when she became executive director. She is also co-founder of the now-archived 9/11 Visibility Project , and focuses on facilitating activism and encouraging ordinary people to become participants and leaders in their own lives and communities. She has a B.A. from the University of Kansas, half a masters in social welfare and extensive training in direct-entry midwifery. She is a mother of six, a Kansas City native and radical Christian, and is working now to create a more self-sufficient/interdependent lifestyle. Janice is outraged about issues facing military troops and veterans– abuse/rape, ‘depleted’ uranium, ‘immunizations,’ lack of care and support received–resulting in suicides and hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans, the horrifying ‘non-lethal’ weaponry used by the US, and our current mainstream media (please, “become the media”!)and believes decentralized people’s movements are our hope for successful, nonviolent change in America, as has so often been the case around the world.

Mike Berger is the Media Coordinator for 911Truth.org . Mike earned… Continue reading

Was The 9/11 Commission Bribed?

by Jon Gold
8/27/2008

Recently, Mike Berger from 911Truth.org was interviewed by the “Conscience of Kansas” Conservative Paul Ibbetson. During the interview, Mike mentioned the alleged bribery of the 9/11 Commission by Pakistan to omit any incriminating information about them. I figured a lot of people weren’t familiar with this story, so I was inspired to write this “recap.”

Over the years, there have been many allegations of Pakistani involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Apparently, Lt. General Mahmood Ahmed, the head of the Pakistani ISI, someone who met with U.S. elected and appointed officials in the weeks before 9/11, on the day of 9/11, and in the days after 9/11, ordered possible MI6 Agent Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to wire transfer $100,000 to Mohammad Atta. The 9/11 Families’ submitted a question to the 9/11 Commission about this incident.

Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, John S. Pistole stated that their investigation “has traced the origin of the funding of 9/11 back to financial accounts in Pakistan, where high-ranking and well-known al-Qaeda operatives played a major role in moving the money forward, eventually into the hands of the hijackers located in the US.”

In January 2002, during a visit to India, FBI Director Robert Mueller was told about Saeed Sheikh’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks by Indian Investigators.

Apparently, “on the eve of the publication of its report, the 9/11 Commission was given a stunning document from Pakistan, claiming that Pakistani intelligence officers knew in advance… Continue reading

MAYDAY….MAYDAY….MAYDAY!!! Firefighters for 911 Truth Forms

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Welcome to Firefighters for 9/11 Truth. My name is Erik Lawyer, and I am the
founding member. I am currently a full time firefighter, and have been assigned
to 3 Truck in the City of Seattle for the last 12 years. Before that I was with
the City of Sacramento as a Firefighter Paramedic. I first began working in
Emergency Services in 1988 in the Sacramento area with a 911 private paramedic
ambulance company. I have 20 years experience in Emergency Services. I earned
my pilot’s license in 1987, and have been recreationally flying since. I graduated
with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of California
at Davis in 1993, with 2 years of elective Engineering courses, and a Minor
in Psychology.

I would like to share my story concerning September 11, 2001 and the events
that led to the creation of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth. I, like most Americans,
remember exactly where I was when I saw the attacks and had the overwhelming
urge to take action. I was shocked, outraged, scared and confused. I called
my Battalion Chief and asked if Seattle would be sending any teams to help.
I was a member of the MMST, and figured we would be needed and I wanted to know
where to report. Due to the nature of the incident we were not called up, and
instead USAR teams, including Seattle’s, were sent.

I first visited Ground Zero in October of 2001 with several firefighters from
Seattle.…

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Hidden History of 9/11– Now Available in Paperback!

The Hidden History of 9-11 THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF 9-11
Edited by Paul Zarembka

From publisher SevenStories.com:

Information tends to flow centripetally, from the margins to the center, and not vice versa, in the same way as sensations travel from our finger tips to our brain and central nervous system. Paul Zarembka‘s Hidden History of 9-11, doesn’t subscribe to any one conspiracy theory, but it argues, persuasively, that familiarity with the fault lines of the official story opens a reader to a fundamental and necessary awareness. We may never know the full story of 9-11, in the same way that we may never know the full story of the Kennedy assassinations, but the awareness that we do have following these events provides us at the very least with a healthy skepticism and a willingness to entertain the possibility of there being counter-narratives that cannot be dismissed.

How much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9-11? How compromised is the evidence against the hijackers? Why were there no military interceptors? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from the official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings that day? How inseparably connected are Western covert operations to al-Qaeda? How is Islamophobia used to sustain American imperialism? What was the 9-11 Commission?

With contributions from Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed, Four Arrows, David Ray Griffin, Jay Kolar, David MacGregor, Diana Ralph, Kevin Ryan, and Bryan Sacks, this path breaking work examines 9-11 and its background, showing how much remains unknown and where further investigation and debate is needed.…

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Was 9/11 an Inside Job?

Cover image of The 9/11 Mystery Plane

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20521.htm

What does it take to prove it was an inside job?

By Mark H. Gaffney

The following is an excerpt from Mark H. Gaffney’s forthcoming book, THE 911 MYSTERY PLANE AND THE VANISHING OF AMERICA, to be released in September 2008.

15/08/08 “ICH” — Regrettably, there is considerable evidence that elements of the Bush administration were complicit in the 9/11 attack, and may even have helped stage it. Let us now examine some of what I regard as the most compelling evidence. However, the following discussion makes no claim to be comprehensive.

We know that within minutes of the “worst terrorist attack” in US history, even before the collapse of WTC-2 at 9:59 am, US officials knew the names of several of the alleged hijackers. CBS reported that a flight attendant on AA Flight 11, Amy Sweeney, had the presence of mind to call her office and reveal the seat numbers of the hijackers who had seized the plane.[1] FBI Director Robert Mueller later said, “This was the first piece of hard evidence.”[2] In his memoirs CIA Director George Tenet emphasizes the importance of the passenger manifests, as does counter-terrorism czar Richard A. Clarke.[3] All of which is very strange because the manifests later released by the airlines do not include the names of any of the alleged hijackers. Nor has this discrepancy ever been explained.

According to MSNBC, the plan to invade Afghanistan and “remove Al Qaeda from the face of he earth” was already sitting on G.W.… Continue reading

Carrying Forward the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative

Aug. 15, 2008
by Les Jamieson

Petitioners for the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative have now gathered in excess
of 27,000 signatures of NY City registered voters who are in favor of the creation
of a new, independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Anyone who has participated
in a petition drive will recognize that reaching this number is a monumental
accomplishment. Approaching the general public with the controversial questioning
of 9/11 makes it even more so. However, since a minimum of 30,000 valid signatures
is required plus an extra margin of several thousand is recommended, it appears
that time has run out to meet the Sept. 4th deadline for getting this public
referendum onto the Nov. 2008 ballot. Even if another 10,000 signatures were
to come in by that date, the City Clerk as well as NY City Council would have
needed time to review the petitions and deliberate.

Although this is a great disappointment to the dozens of dedicated people working
on the Initiative, they have also accepted that it may be a blessing in disguise.
The presidential race would have drawn so much media attention as to overshadow
this effort to establish a new, independent, and impartial “truth commission”. Also, more time to educate the public about the faults of the official account and shortcomings of the government’s investigation will be beneficial.

Therefore, it has been decided that it’s best to continue the petition drive into the next election cycle, since the current petitions will still be usable. This… Continue reading

Why Should you start a 9/11 Blog or Website? Part 2–Understanding Page Rank

1. Part 1: A 9/11/2008 Resolution: Start Your Own 9/11 Blog!

By Arabesque

A 911blogger user named Orangutan writes:

“I didn’t understand the concept of linking an article in multiple places means higher search ranking. That makes sense.”

This is an important concept. How does a Google search actually work? How do they determine what websites get higher rankings in search results? Well it turns out that they invented a mathematical formula to determine website rankings. Wikipedia explains:

“PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents , such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E).”

Rankings go from 0-10. 911blogger currently has a rating of 6 ( Ed., as does 911truth.org ). My blog has a rating of 4 (so does truthaction.org ). Now, as you can imagine, if I have a high traffic website and I link to another website, I am increasing the visibility of that website more than linking from a website that has no visitors. You can download the google toolbar, which will disclose the page rank of any website you visit. Wikipedia explains that, “The Google Toolbar’s PageRank feature displays a visited page’s PageRank as a whole… Continue reading

Conference for Planning the Prosecution of High Level American War Criminals


AGENDA FOR THE “JUSTICE ROBERT H. JACKSON CONFERENCE”:

PLANNING FOR THE PROSECUTION OF HIGH LEVEL AMERICAN
WAR CRIMINALS

September 13 – 14, 2008

Andover, Massachusetts

Registration details available at http://war-crimes.info

“The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the
punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess
themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set
in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”

* * *

“The Charter of this Tribunal evidences a faith that the law is not only
to govern the conduct of little men, but that even rulers are, as Lord Chief
Justice Coke put it to King James, ‘under God and the law.’”

* * *

“And let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German
aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must
condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now
in judgment.”

From Opening Statement of The Chief Prosecutor, Supreme Justice Robert
H. Jackson, at Nuremberg.

“The same disaster has now happened twice in forty years, in Viet Nam
and Iraq. It must never happen again. As at Nuremberg, we need to take steps
to insure that leaders will never do it again.”

Saturday – - 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Brief introductory remarks stressing that crimes and misconduct have now occurred
twice in forty years – - in Viet Nam and then again in Iraq – - and the high
level perpetrators need to be punished (as occurred at Nuremberg and Tokyo in
1945 and 1946) in order to insure that people will not do these things again
(as the Germans and Japanese have not committed their crimes again).…

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Canada — Truth March 2008

8-9-8
By Drew Noftle

Vancouver BC — What started out as a simple petition, has turned into
a lot more. The Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society is proud to announce the launch
of the 2008 Truth Tour, set for August 29th – September 15th, 2008.

On August 29th, a busload of hard working and dedicated Vancouver 9/11 Truth
activists will begin their trip across the country to meet up with their counterparts
in Eastern Canada, and join them in Montreal for the March on Ottawa that will
be commencing Sept 7th. During their 8 day trip across the country, they will
be stopping in various cities along the way to give away free DVD’s, educate
people about the flaws of the 9/11 Commission Report, continue to collect signatures
and show the country that 9/11 Truth will not quit — not until this war
is over, and not until Canadian troops are back home.

Bus stops are currently planned for Kelowna BC, Nelson BC, Calgary AB, Regina
SK, Winnipeg MN, Thunder Bay ON, Sudbury ON, and Toronto ON. At each of these
8 towns, these 10 members of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society will set up an
educational booth, break out the megaphone, and wake up Canadians who have yet
to see members of the movement in action. The ‘Truth Bus’ will also
be fully equipped with a flat screen for in-bus movie screenings, a projector
for street ‘culture jamming’, and a very powerful FM transmitter
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U.S. Convicts bin Laden’s Driver

By Jane Sutton
8/6/2008

Guantánamo BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A military court on Wednesday
convicted Osama bin Laden’s driver of supporting terrorism but acquitted him
on the more serious charge of conspiring with al Qaeda in the first U.S. war
crimes trial since World War Two.

The trial of Yemeni captive Salim Hamdan at the remote U.S. naval base at Guantánamo
Bay in Cuba was the first full test of the controversial tribunal authorized
by the Bush administration to try foreign captives on terrorism charges outside
the regular U.S. court system.

The White House welcomed the conviction while human rights and civil liberties
groups condemned it.

The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for Wednesday afternoon for Hamdan,
who faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The jurors deliberated a little over eight hours before reaching their verdict.

Hamdan, wearing a white turban and long white robe topped with a tan blazer,
stood tensely in the courtroom beside his lawyers as the verdict was announced,
listening through headphones to the English-Arabic interpreter. He raised his
hands and wept into them as the guilty verdict was read.

In Washington, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said the administration was
pleased that Hamdan received a fair trial and looked forward to trying other
Guantánamo captives.

"The Military Commission system is a fair and appropriate legal process
for prosecuting detainees alleged to have committed crimes against the United
States or our interests. We look forward to other cases moving forward to… Continue reading