February 17, 2010
Contact: press [at] ccrjustice.org
New York — Yesterday evening, the district court in Washington, D.C. ruled against two men who died in Guantánamo in June 2006 and their families in a case seeking to hold federal officials and the United States responsible for the men’s torture, arbitrary detention and ultimate deaths at Guantánamo.
Following a two-year investigation, the military concluded that the men had committed suicide. Recent first-hand accounts by four soldiers stationed at the base at the time of the deaths, however, raise serious questions about the cause and circumstances of the deaths, including the possibility that the men died as the result of torture.
In dismissing the case, the district court ruled that the deceased’s constitutional claims that it was a violation of due process and cruel treatment to detain them for four years without charge while subjecting them to inhumane and degrading conditions of confinement and violent acts of torture and abuse, could not be heard in federal court. The men were held on the basis of an “enemy combatant” finding by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal later found by the Supreme Court itself to be inadequate.
The district court held that the claims were barred by a jurisdiction-stripping provision of the 2006 Military Commissions Act that bars any challenge by a Guantánamo detainee to their treatment, conditions, or any other aspect of their detention, while failing to address the plaintiffs’ arguments about the unconstitutionality of the provision itself. The court also dismissed the deceased’s claims under the Alien Tort Claims Act, following a holding by the D.C.…Continue reading
February 23, 2010
We are pleased to announce a new weekly one hour radio show on the Progressive
Our Second Show, February 25, 2010: Creating a State Bank in California
with Ellen Brown, author of The
Web of Debt- The Shocking Truth About Our Monetary System and How We Can Break
Free and Laura Wells, running for the nomination of the Green Party
for Governor of California.
Last week’s first show, February 18, 2010: The Transformative Power
of Truth with Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,
and Physicist Steven Jones, founder of Scholars
for 9/11 Truth and Justice is archived here.
About the host:
Carol Brouillet is a longtime activist who organized three conferences on Strategies to Transform the Global Economy and (the first) marches on her Senators and Congresswoman in January 2002 to demand a Congressional Investigation of 9-11. She publishes the Deception Dollars and co-founded the 9-11 Truth Alliance and the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance. Carol has organized premieres of films, educational events, marches, rallies for 9-11 Truth, the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11, and produced the film Behind Every Terrorist – There is a Bush. She is also a mother of three and held a weekly Listening Project in downtown Palo Alto from October 2001 to October 2007, which she now holds once a month… Continue reading
By Muriel Kane
Former Minnesota governor and one-time professional wrestler Jesse Ventura has run afoul of the Huffington Post’s no-conspiracy-theory policy, and he’s not happy about it.
“I can’t believe the Huffington Post today will practice censorship,” Ventura says in astonishment. “I’ve got news for them. … I won’t ever write for ‘em again.”
Ventura had posted an item on Tuesday which took note of a recent conference at which “more than one thousand architects and engineers signed a petition demanding that Congress begin a new investigation into the destruction of the World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11.” He also quoted a few paragraphs from his new book, American Conspiracies, to explain why some of those experts see signs of controlled demolition.
The item was featured on the front page of Huffington Post when it first went up, but after a few hours it vanished. All that appears now at its original location is an editor’s note saying, “The Huffington Post’s editorial policy, laid out in our blogger guidelines, prohibits the promotion and promulgation of conspiracy theories — including those about 9/11. As such, we have removed this post.”
The note is followed by three pages of comments, enthusiastically arguing the pros and cons of controlled demolition and other 9/11 theories, that were posted during the couple of hours before the entry was deleted and comments were closed.
Huffington Post’s own guidelines for its bloggers state, “We must — and do — reserve the right to remove objectionable, inaccurate,… Continue reading
A Visibility 9-11 Podcast
Interview by John Bursill
March 20, 2010
In this motivating interview I talk to organiser, activist and philanthropist Betsy Metz. We ask Betsy about the highly successful conference she organised and facilitated this month. The March 2010 “Treason in America: 9/11, the Wars & Our Broken Constitution” Conference was a milestone in the history of the 9/11 Truth Movement. For the first time in America, Peace Activists, Government Whistleblowers, Journalists and 9/11 Truth Activists explored recent American history together with open minds and hearts, searching for the shocking truth. See: www.treasoninamericaconference.com
So who is Betsy Metz?
Betsy Metz is the quintessential all-American gal! She is a well-educated and fiercely patriotic mother of four and a devoted and loving wife of her husband for 26 happy years. Her husband is also the all-American, being a college quarterback and a former Marine Corps Officer. Together as a family they want for nothing and by any standard have had an excellent and prosperous life. This life would be impossible in nearly any other country in the world and it is fair to say they are living the “American Dream”!
So why does Betsy Metz matter to me and to you in this age of the awakening?
Well, Betsy is a little different from the average American successful middleclass mum; “she cares” and “she acts” in the interest of her country, her family and the world. Betsy honours Truth, Justice and what she thought was the American way. The way… Continue reading
With Speakers: Cynthia McKinney, David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, Ellen Brown, Ian Crane, Annie Machon, Jim Marrs, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips, and Barrie Zwicker
In one packed weekend, Understanding Deep Politics will bring together ten distinguished speakers
and hundreds of concerned citizens for the purpose of challenging the
mainstream perceptions of political reality – revealing the hidden forces behind many widely accepted historical and current events.
This unprecedented and provocative conference will span three days, including an early Friday evening meet and greet get-together.
Please join us at this sure-to-be-historic conference and be a part of the crucial effort to gain a critical, deeper understanding of the causes of our societal dilemmas as we work together to fashion new possibilities for the betterment of all.
Conference voice mail: 707-672-4242
To make donations:
or mail to: Progressive Promotions
P.O. Box 600, Bayside, CA 95524
The conference will take place at the UCSC Inn and Conference Center.
611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Toll Free: 1-866-827-2466
Guns and Butter on KPFA 94.1 or at KPFA.org
Interview with investigative reporters and authors, Kristina Borjesson, Charlotte Dennett and Peter Dale Scott.
Guns and Butter – April 7, 2010 at 1:00pm
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Kristina Borjesson is editor of “Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose The Myth of a Free Press” and “Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11: Top Journalists Speak Out”.
Charlotte Dennett is author of “The People v Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the Grassroots Movement She Encountered Along the Way” and co-author with her husband, Gerard Colby, of “Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil”.
Peter Dale Scott is author of “The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11 and the Deep Politics of War”, “The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America”, “Deep Politics and the Death of JFK”, and “Crime and Cover-Up: The CIA, the Mafia and the Dallas-Watergate Connection” among many other books.
“Guns & Butter” investigates the relationships among capitalism, militarism and politics. Maintaining a radical perspective in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, “Guns & Butter: The Economics of Politics” reports on who wins and who loses when the economic resources of civil society are diverted toward global corporatization, war, and the furtherance of a national security state.
Produced… Continue reading
Interview by John Bursill
April 8, 2010
Listen Here: http://visibility911.com/blog/?p=1694
343 brave New York City Firefighters died on 9/11. This episode of Visibility 9/11 is dedicated to them!
If you have not heard the name Erik Lawyer it is one to remember. Erik is a full time firefighter and is a new, shining light in the 9/11 Truth Movement. He has been impressing all he meets with his simple message demanding a thorough criminal forensic investigation of the 9/11 World Trade Center catastrophe. He and his fire-fighting comrades want the authorities to do their job and carry out an investigation in accordance with fire scene investigation protocols, to which he and all US firefighters adhere religiously.
On 9/11 so many things happened for the first time and the one that is of greatest concern to Erik and his group, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth , is the near complete destruction of evidence at this fire crime scene and the subsequent monumental cover up and obfuscation of the little remaining evidence. Independently gathered evidence clearly demonstrates that incendiaries and explosives were used to facilitate the three WTC buildings destruction. For more information, see the Visibility 9-11 Special Report, Thermite Fingerprint- The Loaded Gun of 9-11 .
In this latest interview, John and Erik talk about the future plans for Firefighters for 9/11 Truth and their achievements so far as well as the strong bond being formed… Continue reading
by Michael Collins
There they are, the people who brought you every bit of the action in the WikiLeaks video and all of the other horrors flowing from invasion of Iraq. Madeleine Albright (far right, above), former Clinton Secretary of State, is a good place to start. From 60 Minutes:
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it. –60 Minutes (5/12/96)
An exhaustive study found that 227,000 children under five (table 13) died during the George H.W. Bush – Bill Clinton regime of total sanctions against Iraq from 1990 through 2000.
Albright is distinguished as the most direct spokesmodel for senseless death and suffering that’s characterized our engagement with that battered country.
But others carry much greater responsibility. The Bush administration had top secret plans to invade Iraq as early as February 2001. First hand witnesses in the prewar White House were unable to name a point when the decision to invade was made. It was a fait accompli.
Prior to the war authorization from Congress, the various intelligence agencies submitted a report that claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Many nations had WMD. The report had to find that Iraq was an imminent danger to the… Continue reading
THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES
Final Event in the Series for Spring 2010 — An evening with Project Censored:
Media Democracy in Action
Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010 for a public talk and
Truth Emergency International: Censorship, Propaganda, and American Empire
Peter Phillips, President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored
Mickey Huff, Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation
Thursday, April 22nd, 7 P.M.
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,
1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley, CA
Doors at 6:30 P.M., lecture and discussion at 7 P.M. followed by a book signing
by the authors.
Event is a fundraiser, $5-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack
of funds, wheelchair accessible.
Co-sponsors include Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored, ANSWER, World
Can’t Wait, MECA, RCP, BFUU Social Justice Committee
The series is a fund raiser in support of Flashpoints Radio, and the Media
Freedom Foundation/Project Censored Investigative Reporting Fund.
Event will be Live Videocast by NoLiesRadio
Thursday, April 22: 7pm PDT, 10pm EDT, 02:00 GMT
THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES: An evening
with Project Censored.
Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010, Peter Phillips and Mickey
Huff, for a public talk and discussion on the ongoing Truth Emergency and media
censorship in the US.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, please support these
speakers by… Continue reading
Interview and notes by John Bursill
April 26, 2010
Visibility 9-11 is excited to welcome for the first time long-term activist/organiser, film maker, writer, engineer and psychologist Ken Jenkins. Ken’s qualities of patience, fairness, optimism and clear logical thinking are well displayed in this interview! I consider Ken a cornerstone of this movement pursuing 9/11 Truth, to which he has devoted nearly nine years of his life. Ken’s work is primarily as a film maker. He has produced and directed documentaries for the likes of Richard Gage, David Ray Griffin and Dr Steven Jones, just to name a few. Ken’s skills have been invaluable to the 9-11 movement and given us all valuable tools to help us all take many scientific and academic presentations to the the general public. Ken is a professional videographer and consistently provides these films at a high level of production value and offers them at a tenth of the cost to us to use in our activsm. It is true to say that without the efforts of Ken Jenkins and his right-hand man, hummux, our movement would be less successful! Visibility 9-11 sincerely thanks Ken and hummux for this very important and tedious work.
Ken is also a very popular speaker and generally talks about the psychological barriers to 9/11 Truth. He recently published an excellent article, “The Truth is Not Enough: How to Overcome Emotional Barriers to 9/11 Truth”, which was requested by the magazine editors of Global Outlook for the… Continue reading
–indeed, to a much darker future than most citizens can even imagine. Our wide-ranging roster of presenters, including David Ray Griffin, Cynthia McKinney, Jim Marrs and Ellen Brown, will delve into the roots of our current crises and the dynamics driving despotic governance, financial plunder, imperialism, loss of civil liberties, and assaults on public health. Further, they will explore how such vital insights are continually being suppressed as they expose the media matrix that obscures these facts and stupefies our culture, all in the interest of protecting a malignant status quo.
Contribute to the Urgent Search for Solutions
Understanding Deep Politics will also provide a unique educational and organizing opportunity. We hope to harness the talents and expertise of all the participants with the goal of creating new strategies that have a credible chance of success. The weekend will culminate with two solutions-focused multi-speaker panels that will explore how we can awaken, unite and empower the larger community to overcome the deep forces controlling our society and to reshape our destiny.
Other Special Features
This unprecedented and provocative conference will span three days, including an early Friday evening meet & greet get-together. A large discussion and resource room will be available throughout the weekend where attendees can brainstorm, meet the speakers and collaborate with our peers. In addition, the venue of the vibrant city of Santa Cruz will provide many opportunities to enjoy the central coast of California, with its abundant natural beauty and close proximity to the San Francisco… Continue reading
Following are three interviews provided by Jon Gold, long-time truth activist in Pennsylvania.
Jon Gold Interviews Cosmos, Founder of truthaction.org , at Ground Zero – 5/1/2010
“… Until there is justice for this mass murder, this gigantic mass murder, then it’s going to be a part of my life and I’m going to be dedicated to doing what I can to get justice. All I’m interested in 9/11 is a legitimate, independent, criminal investigation of the crime, leading up to prosecution of those responsible for this crime. ”
“One of the saving graces of being in this world is knowing that there are a few committed, caring people who are willing to do something despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, despite the fact that it seems like no one gives a shit – who, because they care, because they know it actually is important, they’re willing to do something. To those people, I say thank you.”
“… I’ve been involved actively in this cause since early 2002 so that’s a little more than eight years now. Over the last two or three years I really reached a point where it’s burnout, it’s too much, it’s too much trauma all the time. When you’re really working against … seemingly insurmountable odds. At the same time you’re being attacked by people who are supposedly ‘on your side’, on the same team. All the crap that goes with this, it’s a burnout. So I was smart enough to just really try to take… Continue reading
UQÀM staff denounce 9/11 Truthers speech
May 4, 2010
Administrators at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) say they will develop a formal policy for outside groups renting campus space for events after a controversial lecture about 9/11 drew fire by academic staff.
But the French-language university defended its right to have contentious speakers lecture on campus as part of free speech, saying it was appropriate to debate ideas, as long as events don’t incite riots.
David Ray Griffin’s current speaking tour, during which he’s presenting a talk entitled “Is the War in Afghanistan Justified by 9/11?”, has sparked quite a controversy in Canadian press. Following is a compilation of media articles as well as videos of his speech in Chicago and Walkerton, Ontario.
The tour wraps up this week with U.S. engagements in Portland, ME on May 6, West Hartford, CT on May 7 and Cambridge, MA on May 8. (Details at TS911T.org )
The Monday night lecture, hosted by World for 9/11 Truth, drew about 700 people who came to hear from two U.S. academics who deny the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were carried out by terrorists.
The researchers — David Ray Griffin and Richard Gage — believe the U.S. government played a major role in orchestrating the deadly attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Griffin and Gage are lobbying for an independent inquiry into the attacks, which killed 3,000 people. Their theories — part… Continue reading
May 10, 2010
On Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm CDT on 90.1 FM KKFI Community Radio (Kansas City), ‘Tell Somebody‘ host Tom Klammer will feature former FBI Special Agent and Minneapolis Chief Division Counsel Coleen Rowley and 27- year CIA analyst and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity cofounder Ray McGovern. The program will stream live at www.kkfi.org.
Rowley’s team had arrested Zacarias Moussaoui just three weeks before 9/11, and was denied a warrant to search his computer by FBI headquarters. Rowley was on the cover of Time magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year issue with two other whistleblowers after she went public with a blistering letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Rowley just wrote a piece on the Huffington Post, headlined “Quarles Public Safety Exception–Constitutional and Proven Effective!” . We’ll hear about that from Coleen Rowley as she returns to Tell Somebody this week.
Tune in to KKFI at 6pm Tuesday.
Last week’s show, Puppy mills, oil spills, & the Prince who crawled from the sewer is now online. In that show I played just a couple of minutes from an October, 2008 interview with Antonia Juhasz. I posted that entire interview online. Yahoo posted an Associated Press story online dated May 8, 2010, headlined “Bubble of Methane Triggered Rig Blast”.
In her book Juhasz writes: Drilling in water… Continue reading
Interview by John Bursill
May 17, 2010
It is a great pleasure to welcome back our regular guest Kevin Ryan to the Visibility 9-11Podcast. Kevin is arguably the hardest working and most prolific scientific author within the 9/11 Truth Community!
In this show we ask Kevin to look back at the investigative work he and his peers have carried out for the Journal of 9/11 Studies, of which he is a Co-Editor and leading author. There are simply too many topics covered in this interview to mention them all here in the notes. Highlights include Kevin’s work on discovering who had access to the Towers, his recent correspondence with 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton and we also ask Kevin, “who did 9/11?”
Kevin Ryan lost his job due to the pursuit of truth and justice for the victims of the 9/11 attacks and has dedicated his life to discovering what happened on that dreadful day and will not be stopped until justice is done.
Any that wish to be educated on all matters 9/11, listen closely to what this man is saying!
A short production of news clips detailing George W. Bush’s 9/11 inaction, including his post-attack foot dragging on establishing an independent investigation into the worst attack ever on United States soil.
Bush was clearly negligent in his duty on 9/11, not only as President, but also as our Commander in Chief. His inaction alone is reason enough to re-open the 9/11 investigation. Throw in the fact that Donald Rumsfeld was not at his post directing a defense for this country, and that Dick Cheney tracked the Pentagon attack “vehicle” from over 50 miles out and still did not shoot the object down, and you have negligence and dereliction of duty at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
Don’t just ask for a new investigation. Ask for a real 9/11 investigation.…Continue reading