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9/11 Consequences

9/11 families protest fairness of Gitmo trials

December 10, 2008
By AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Two dozen family members of Sept. 11 victims signed a letter
Wednesday saying they don’t believe in the fairness of the military trials of
five men charged with orchestrating the terrorist attacks, and some suggested
their opinions cost them attendance at the proceedings.

While the family members who attended this week’s proceedings at Guantánamo
Bay Naval Base in Cuba expressed support for the tribunals, they also said "that
many of us do not believe these military commissions to be fair, in accordance
with American values, or capable of achieving the justice that 9/11 family members
and all Americans deserve," according to the letter released by the American
Civil Liberties Union.…

Bush Regime Declares Itself Above the Law

By Paul Craig Roberts
December 05, 2008
Information Clearinghouse

The US government
does not have a monopoly on hypocrisy, but no other government can match the
hypocrisy of the US government.

It is now well documented and known all over the world that the US government
tortured detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo and that the US government has
had people kidnaped and “rendentioned,” that is, transported to
third world countries, such as Egypt, to be tortured.…

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story

by Michael Parenti
December 7, 2008

Author’s website:

Barack Obama is on record as advocating a military escalation in Afghanistan.
Before sinking any deeper into that quagmire, we might do well to learn something
about recent Afghan history and the role played by the United States.

Less than a month after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon, US leaders began an all-out aerial assault upon Afghanistan,
the country purportedly harboring Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist

US prepares for ‘continuity of government’, Bruce Fein

December 1, 2008
Reporting by Zaa Nkweta

Bruce Fein: Army to deal with potential domestic “civil unrest
and crowd control”

Watch this brief news video at
Transcript below.

The US federal government has made strong preparations for “continuity of government” in the event of a national catastrophe. A full army brigade is now on active duty within domestic borders, and the Bush administration has issued a directive which allows the president to coordinate all three branches of the federal government in such an event.…

The new Gulf war syndrome


Furthermore, a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Press Release states:

In February 2008, Dr. Katz sent an e-mail stating “Shh! — Our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1000 suicide attempts per month among the veterans we see in our medical facilities. Is this something we should (carefully) address ourselves in some sort of release before someone stumbles on it?”
[ Ed.: Note that Katz says here, “…among the veterans we see in our facilities…” This does not count the veterans who couldn’t get appointments, whose families tried to commit them before they killed themselves but were turned away, or who were too mentally ill to even seek help…]

See also, “Committee chairman accuses VA of criminal negligence,” in USAToday, May 6, 2008.…

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The Way Forward: Post-9/11 Principles

JURIST Contributing Editor Mary Ellen O’Connell of Notre Dame Law School and panel colleagues at a recent Washburn University School of Law symposium on “The Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism” offer their consensus on the appropriate way forward on critical issues in international law and policy that will confront President Barack Obama’s Administration when it takes office on January 20, 2009…

Within hours of the attacks of 9/11 the Bush Administration decided to treat the attacks as part of a worldwide war–a new kind of war that would free the Administration to re-write the rules.…

Bush-Appointed Judge Declares Five Detainees Held Illegally, Orders Immediate Release

November 21, 2008
By William Glaberson
New York Times

A federal judge issued the Bush administration a sharp setback on Thursday, ruling that five Algerian men have been held unlawfully at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp for nearly seven years and ordering their release.

It was the first hearing on the government’s evidence for holding detainees at Guantánamo. The judge, Richard J. Leon of Federal District Court in Washington, said the government’s secret evidence in the case had been weak: what he described as “a classified document from an unnamed source” for its central claim against the men, with little way to measure credibility.…

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Refuse to Tolerate Torture – New report details shattered lives of released Guantánamo detainees

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By Linda Rigas
November 18, 2008
Posted at
Excerpts from Scott Horton’s Justice After Bush: Prosecuting An Outlaw Administration in Harper’s Magazine.

This administration did more than commit crimes. It waged war against the law itself. It transformed the Justice Department into a  vehicle for voter suppression, and it also summarily dismissed the U.S. attorneys who attempted to investigate its wrongdoing. It issued wartime contracts to substandard vendors with inside connections, and it also defunded efforts to police their performance.…

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FBI finds most terrorism threat reports baseless

By Randall Mikkelsen
Nov 7, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI tracked about 108,000 potential terrorism threats
or suspicious incidents from mid-2004 to November 2007, but most were found
groundless, a Justice Department review found on Friday.

The department’s office of inspector general gave the figure in an audit of
the FBI’s terrorism case-tracking system, called Guardian, launched in 2002
after the September 11 attacks.

"The FBI determined that the overwhelming majority of the threat information
documented in Guardian had no nexus to terrorism.…

Sept. 11 First Responders to Visit W Va School

West Virginia Department of Education
October 21, 2008

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — John Feal, founding president of the FealGood Foundation and a demolition expert who worked at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, will bring his message to Upshur County students and residents on Friday, Oct. 24. Feal and up to seven other first responders will meet with students at Buchannon Upshur High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. The group will meet with the community later in the day.…

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Does (did) the First Amendment apply to ALL of Us? Apparently, Not Iraq War Veterans… IVAW Member Attacked by Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2008 CONTACT: Jason Lemieux,, 760-409-9403 or Kristofer Goldsmith,, 516-457-1260

Iraq War Veterans Arrested While Attempting to Deliver Questions to Obama and McCain

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — One hour before the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, fourteen members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) marched in formation to Hofstra University to present questions to the candidates. IVAW had requested permission from debate moderator Bob Schieffer to ask their questions during the debate, but received no response.…

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Judge Orders 17 Detainees at Guantánamo Freed

October 7, 2008
By William Glaberson

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Bush administration to release 17 detainees at Guantánamo Bay by the end of the week, the first such ruling in nearly seven years of legal disputes over the administration’s detention policies.

The judge, Ricardo M. Urbina of Federal District Court, ordered that the 17 men be brought to his courtroom on Friday from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where they have been held since 2002.…

New, controversial FBI guidelines go into effect – ACLU Condemns

Guidelines Released Amid Protest from Congress, Privacy Groups and American Public

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Washington, DC — New FBI guidelines governing investigations were released today after being signed by Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The American Civil Liberties Union quickly blasted the Department of Justice and FBI for ignoring calls for more stringent protections of Americans’ rights. The guidelines replace existing bureau guidelines for five types of investigations: general criminal, national security, foreign intelligence, civil disorders and demonstrations.…

PLEASE Watch this Video of Naomi Wolf

NOTE: Naomi refers here to Rep. Brad Sherman’s comments on the floor last week: You can watch that here. She also refers listeners to

Interview with Naomi Wolf author of “Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries” given October 4, 2008 on Mind Over Matters, KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle.


10/5/08: CNN reports on the October 1st assignment of active duty army within US. Note this sentence: “The U.S. military ‘is not a Swiss Army knife,’ ready to fight the Taliban one week, respond to a hurricane the next and put down a major political protest the third week…” (emphasis added).…

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America’s Black Budget & the Manipulation of Mortgage & Financial Markets

Thursday, 27 May 2004 Column: Catherine Austin Fitts

Mapping The Real Deal With Catherine Austin Fitts Audio Special
Financial Sense NewsHour Radio & Net Talk Show Presenting Catherine Austin Fitts with Jim Puplava May 22, 2004 Webcast

America’s Black Budget & the Manipulation of Mortgage & Financial Markets

Investors benefit from understanding the federal budget, credit policies and covert intervention that drive markets — often overriding fundamental economics. How has the US governmental apparatus become so powerful in the marketplace and what does it mean to the health of our economy?…

The Anthrax Case Reopens: Why Did the FBI Let the Fort Detrick Scientists Investigate Themselves?

by Bill Simpich tr u t h o u t | Report

The Congressional anthrax hearings of September 16-17 revealed that public pressure is keeping the doors open in the anthrax case. FBI Director Robert Mueller promised that the FBI will provide their evidence to a panel of experts for scientific evaluation. The battle will now turn to the independence of this panel, and whether “all evidence” or merely “scientific evidence” will be under review.

During the hearings, Mueller found himself under fire by Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman John Conyers for not having answers to their questions.…

UPDATED: US Combat Troops have been repatriated INSIDE US to ‘help with civil unrest’

Of course, this is that same Posse Comitatus Act that the Department of Father Homeland Security now calls a “myth.” In an October 2000 article, “The Myth of Posse Comitatus,” Major Craig T. Trebilcock, U.S. Army Reserve, states:

“Through a gradual erosion of the act’s prohibitions over the past 20 years, posse comitatus today is more of a procedural formality than an actual impediment to the use of U.S. military forces in homeland defense.”

I say my country “was” dedicated … we were dedicated to prohibiting military occupation within America until 2006, when the John Warner Defense Authorization Act ( HR5122 ) was signed into law (specifically, see Section 1076, titled “Use of the Armed Forces in major public emergencies” pretty much threw out the Posse Comitatus Act altogether.…

Paulson’s former firm to be among largest beneficiaries of bailout: bank

by John Byrne
September 23, 2008

It certainly pays to be Treasury Secretary if your former firm is a brokerage
house, a new study says.

Goldman Sachs Group — formerly run by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and
Morgan Stanley, stand to be among the biggest beneficiaries of a $700 billion
US bailout.

"Its benefits, in its current form, will be largely limited to investment
banks and other banks that have aggressively written down the value of their
holdings and have already recognized the attendant capital impairment,"
Jeffrey Rosenberg, Bank of America’s head of credit strategy research, wrote
in a report obtained by Bloomberg News yesterday.…