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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
for whatever they can think of.… Continue reading

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

Marching Off Into Tyranny

By Paul Craig Roberts
August 5, 2008

In last weekend’s edition of CounterPunch,
Alexander Cockburn updates the ongoing persecution of Sami Al-Arian by federal
prosecutors. Al-Arian was a Florida university professor of computer science
who was ensnared by the Bush Regime’s need to produce “terrorists”
in order to keep Americans fearful and, thereby, amenable to the Bush Regime’s
assault on US civil liberties.

The charges against Al-Arian were rejected by a jury, but the Bush Regime could
not accept the obvious defeat. If Al-Arian was not a terrorist, then other of
the Bush Regime’s fabricated cases might fall apart, too.

In open view, the US Department of Justice (sic) proceeded to trash every known
ethical rule of prosecution. I don’t need to repeat the facts, as they
are covered by Cockburn’s articles and in The Tyranny of Good Intentions.

Instead, I want to point out another meaning of the Al-Arian case. The Justice
(sic) Department itself knows that it is persecuting a totally innocent person
for reasons of a political agenda–the need to convince gullible Americans of
an ongoing terrorist threat. The existence of this threat is used to justify
the Bush Regime’s adoption of police state measures, such as spying on
Americans without warrants, arresting them without charges, and refusing to
let go of them when they are cleared by juries.

Sami Al-Arian is a fabricated terrorist created by federal prosecutors and
judges in behalf of an undeclared agenda. The Al-Arian case proves that terrorists
are in short… Continue reading

What’s happening with the impeachment effort?

Kucinich’s latest commentary, responding to a question from Democracy Now’s Juan Gonzalez about Speaker Pelosi’s recent inane babbling on “The View”:

Excellent list of links reviewing the impeachment effort to date are at AfterDowningStreet

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A Surge on the Homefront? McCain: “somewhat like we use in the military’

August 01, 2008

ABC News’ David Wright reports: Answering a question at the Urban League about
his approach to combating crime, John McCain suggested that military strategies
currently employed by US troops in Iraq could be applied to high crime neighborhoods
here in the US.

McCain at first praised the crime-fighting efforts of Rudolph Giuliani when
he was mayor of New York City. Then he down-shifted into an approach that sounded
considerably harsher.

McCain called them tactics "somewhat like we use in the military."

"You go into neighborhoods, you clamp down, you provide a secure environment
for the people that live there, and you make sure that the known criminals are
kept under control," he said. "And you provide them with a stable
environment and then they cooperate with law enforcement."

The way he described it, his approach sounded an awful lot like the surge.

Urban League president Marc Morial countered that while New York did experience
a drop in crime under Giuliani, there were several major instances of police
misconduct.

In response, McCain promised aggressive prosecution of civil rights violations
and a Justice Department free from political cronyism.

"U.S. attorneys will be appointed strictly on the basis of qualifications
and not political connections," McCain said, a swipe at the Bush Administration
Justice Department under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

ABC News’ Bret Hovell contributed to this report.

Source URL: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/08/a-surge-on-the.html

EPA Staff Ordered to Stonewall Investigators and Media (Press release from PEERS)

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2008
Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

EPA STAFF ORDERED TO STONEWALL INVESTIGATORS AND MEDIA — Employees
Told Not to Answer Questions or “Make Any Statements”

Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering
its staff to “not respond to questions or make any statements” if
contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or even by its own Office
of Inspector General, according to documents released today by Public Employees
for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The order reinforces a growing bunker
mentality within an EPA that is the subject of a growing number of probes into
political interference with agency operations.

In a June 16, 2008 e-mail distributed throughout EPA’s Office of Enforcement
and Compliance Assurance, managers were asked to “remind your staff”
to comply with “these important procedures.” These procedures forbid
staff from speaking with any reporters or representatives of the Government
Accountability Office or the EPA Inspector General (IG). If contacted, EPA employees
are not supposed to say anything but are to immediately refer the person to
a designated public affairs official.

“Inside the current EPA, candor has become the cardinal sin,” stated
PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that while this directive is of questionable
legality, an agency specialist risks discipline or even termination for disregarding
a direct order. “The clear intention behind this move is to chill the
cubicles by suppressing any uncontrolled release of information.”

By way of justification, EPA’s Office of Public Affairs defends the order
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Request for Information–’18th Soldier’s Testimony’

We are putting out a request for any of you who may know more about the following hearing to please contact us. It’s quite important.

On approximately March 11-12, 2003 a hearing was held for which we’re trying to find video or a transcript. The info is a little sketchy, but here’s what we have that’s pretty solid: It was at one point broadcast on CSpan (no, I can’t find it in their archives now); was chaired/participated in by Senator Max Baucus; Michael Chertoff was present; apparently the Army spokesperson at the hearing represented that 17 soldiers verified Mohammed Atta was never present in the United States prior to 9/11; at one point during the two-day hearing, this frustrated Senator (Baucus?) said, essentially, “I know what the other 17 soldiers have said. Where’s the 18th soldier who was supposed to testify? I want to hear what he has to report. Why can’t he be found?” in reference to a military intelligence unit, possibly led by Stephen Reed.

What we don’t have is: What committee chaired the hearings, the specific focus or title of the hearings, location of a video or transcript, role Michael Chertoff played in the hearing. If any of you recall seeing that on CSpan, or have any other info about it that could help us find it, please email janice (at) 911truth.org. Even details of your “vague recollection” would be helpful. Thanks so much!

Billboard displays burning World Trade Center with slogan, ‘Please Don’t Vote for a Democrat’

David Edwards and Muriel Kane
July 15, 2008
RawStory.com

A political billboard in St. Cloud, Florida reads “Please Don’t Vote for
a Democrat” over an image of the burning World Trade Center.

Businessman Mike Meehan, who paid for the ad, says he’s "only trying to
help Republicans." The billboard also carries a link for Meehan’s website,
TheRepublicanSong.com, at which he says, “I claim to be a man of God”
and promotes his political song and video.

Meehan’s song, which appears to have racist overtones, begins, “The Democrat
secular progressive move, political correctness is killing us too. They want
to take the money from the hard working man, and give it to the lazy folks that
don’t give a damn.”

Even Republicans have found the billboard “inappropriate,” and many
residents want it to come down. “I’m thinking about the Twin Towers, all
the families that were killed there,” one woman told local TV affiliate
WFTV.

Another local was more accepting, saying, “They can have their opinion.
It’s a free country, you want to pay for the ad.”

However, the posters at right-wing site Lucianne.com were enthusiastic about the billboard. “Why isn’t Mike Meehan the Republican presidential candidate?”
asked one. “Liberals get abjectly hysterical whenever the truth about them
is pointed out,” wrote another. “People who refer to the terrorist
attack as a tragedy are morons,” added a third.

The company which owns the billboard says it’s a free speech issue and has
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Posted July 3, 2008, by Jon Gold

The Reflecting Pool, 9/11 Investigative Drama, Premieres in New York City at Pioneer Theater July 11 2008 ; Begins National Tour

The first dramatic feature film to challenge the official version of 9/11 events, The Reflecting Pool, will screen twice a day July 11-16 and July 18 at the Pioneer Theater in New York City. 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. What they find poses a disturbing question: To what extent was the U.S. Government at fault for the attacks?

 

Editor’s Note:
“The Reflecting Pool” is on tour across the nation, from New York to Oregon. Have a look at the schedule. Are you in or near one of these locations, or somewhere along the way? Would you like to host the filmmakers to show the film with a Q&A session afterward? An email from the Directors follows. Please get in touch with them right away. In the meantime, please forward the information here about this historic New York Pioneer Theater run, and the other tour stops, to friends in those cities. Thanks.

 
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 6, 2008 — The new investigative movie drama, The Reflecting Pool, marks its New York City premiere at the Pioneer Theater on Friday, July 11. This is the first time a dramatic feature film questioning the events of 9/11 will see an extended theatrical run in the United States. The movie will play twice nightly July 11-16 and July 18 with filmmakers Jarek Kupsc, Jodie Baltazar, and Joseph Culp in attendance for a… Continue reading

Conyers Asks John Yoo If a President Could Order a Suspect Buried Alive

Yoo Refuses to Answer the Question…

Guest blogged by Jon Ponder, Pensito Review , at BradBlog .

John Yoo and David Addington, the architects of Bush’s illegal torture policies, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today. The hearing included this frothy exchange between Yoo and the committee chairman, John Conyers (D-Mich.):

CONYERS : Could the President order a suspect buried alive?

YOO : Uh, Mr. Chairman, I don’t think I’ve ever given advice that the President could order someone buried alive…

CONYERS : I didn’t ask you if you ever gave him advice. I asked if you thought the President could order a suspect buried alive.

YOO : Well Chairman, my view right now is that I don’t think a President — no American President would ever have to order that or feel it necessary to order that.

CONYERS : I think we understand the games that are being played.

Yoo was serving in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003, when he wrote the infamous memo and contributed to the PATRIOT ACT. He is now a professor of law at UC Berkeley.

Addington is the chief of staff to Dick Cheney.…

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