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British Ex-Spy Launches Fund to Support Whistleblowers Like Snowden

Originally published at WIRED by John Borland on 12/29/13

HAMBURG – A new foundation to support whistleblowers is being launched by former British intelligence agent Annie Machon, whose resignation and revelations about U.K. spying activities in the 1990s sparked controversy echoing this year’s NSA news.

Speaking at the Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) here, Machon said the foundation would be called the Courage Fund to Protect Journalistic Sources.

Photo of Annie Machan from Revealing the Truth Conference

Former MI-5 agent and whistleblower Annie Machan

“Crucially, we want to encourage other whistleblowers to come forward,” she said. “It is a very frightening and lonely process to go through. We need to show that they can not only survive the process, but even flourish.”

Machon’s experience in the 1990s in some senses prefigured what sources such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning are going through today.

An intelligence officer with the British MI5 service for six years, she and her partner resigned in 1997 and made public a number of allegations about secret and potentially criminal activities.

Among these, they alleged that intelligence services had been keeping secret files on government ministers, had illegally tapped phones, had failed to stop Irish Republican Army bombs and subsequently lied about their actions, that people known to be innocent had been convicted of bombing crimes, and – most explosively – that MI6 had sought to have Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi assassinated.

She and her partner were forced on the run in Europe for the next year, and her partner ultimately went to prison twice for… Continue reading

Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup

Originally published at the NYPost by Paul Sperry on 12/15/13

After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors.

But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress’ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals.

It was kept secret and remains so today.

President Bush inexplicably censored 28 full pages of the 800-page report. Text isn’t just blacked-out here and there in this critical-yet-missing middle section. The pages are completely blank, except for dotted lines where an estimated 7,200 words once stood (this story by comparison is about 1,000 words).

A pair of lawmakers who recently read the redacted portion say they are “absolutely shocked” at the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks.

Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) can’t reveal the nation identified by it without violating federal law. So they’ve proposed Congress pass a resolution asking President Obama to declassify the entire 2002 report, “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”

Some information already has leaked from the classified section, which is based on both CIA and FBI documents, and it points back to Saudi Arabia, a presumed ally.

The Saudis deny any role in 9/11, but the CIA in one memo reportedly found “incontrovertible evidence” that Saudi government officials — not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and… Continue reading

How a Hit Piece Happens

Originally published at Daily Censored by Kristina Borjesson on 12/11/13

The Warm-Up

Image of TWA 747It began with an email on October 24, 2013 to Tom Stalcup, Ph.D., Co-Producer and Senior Science Advisor for the new documentary, “TWA Flight 800.”  New York Magazine intern Claire McCartney wrote that editor Geoffrey Gray wanted to talk to Stalcup and to “get in contact” with Kristina Borjesson, the film’s Producer/Director.

In his first phone conversation with Stalcup, Gray jokingly identified himself as being with the National Transportation Safety Board.  He congratulated Stalcup on his success and suggested he write a book.  Stalcup asked if Gray had seen the documentary. Gray hadn’t, but promised to talk again after watching it.

Gray portrayed himself as an honest investigative journalist, saying that investigations like Stalcup’s into TWA 800 are his life and that he has conducted many of them and knows what it’s like.  He gave Stalcup the impression that he was working on a serious article for New York Magazine.  Stalcup provided Gray with verified, factual information, free of any speculation or theorizing.

When Gray called film director Borjesson, she asked Gray about the context of his article so that she could better answer his questions.  Gray said it was for an issue on conspiracy theories.  Borjesson responded that she and her investigative team wanted nothing to do with that because the first-hand sources (members of the original official investigation who had actually handled the wreckage and evidence), hard forensic evidence and eyewitnesses presented in the “TWA Flight… Continue reading

Martin Sheen and Woody Harrelson set for 9/11 ‘truther’ film September Morn

 

by Rory Carroll
Guardian.co.uk

Film’s advance publicity says: ‘We the people demand an independent investigation into the tragic events of 9/11′
Hollywood is to court controversy with a film that will challenge the official version of the events of 9/11, a previously taboo topic for the industry mainstream. Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner, who have all supported conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks, have signed up to the movie, which is entitled September Morn.
 

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Styling itself as a drama in the tradition of Twelve Angry Men, the film’s advance publicity note hints at a cover-up, saying: “We the people demand that the government revisit and initiates a thorough and independent investigation to the tragic events of 911.”

Details of the film, which is to be directed by BJ Davis and written by Howard Cohen, are expected to be revealed at an American Film Market conference in Los Angeles next week, Deadline.com reported.

The production has been set up by Fleur de Lis Film Studios, which has also made the documentary A Noble Lie, about the Oklahoma City bombing, and Operation: Dark Heart, a feature based on an intelligence agent’s memoirs.

Until now Hollywood has steered clear of… Continue reading

Amber Lyon Reveals CNN Lies and War Propaganda

by RTAmerica

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad both delivered two of the most controversial speeches at the latest session of the United Nations General Assembly. And while the Israeli’s speech was aired in full on CNN, the Iranian’s address has been ruthlessly cut and the viewers have missed some very important points. What are the ramifications of this kind of selective reporting?

RT’s Liz Wahl is joined by Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist who suggests that sensationalism, hype and downright propaganda is being used to push America into a war with Iran.

Editor’s Note: Watch this clip… Amber Lyon talks at length about extensive propaganda being aired by CNN, as well as the fact that the network where she was formerly employed has still not aired, nor given her any reason for not airing, a documentary about Bahrain she produced for the network. After investigation she learned Bahrain was actually paying CNN to produce and air reportage favorable of the Bahraini government. This goes well beyond the Iran/Israel issue and naturally leads one to ask what other issues may CNN, and other networks, have censored or promoted…

 

 

Monday, 9/10 — “Soapbox” Sacramento Cable TV Welcomes David Kimball

September 10, 2012

This just in …

Approaching the 11th “Anniversary” of 9/11… What facts and evidence about 9/11 remain unreported by the media, and why? What does this have to do with what has happened to our country since that tragic day?

Jeanie Keltner and David Kimball will address these topics on Jeanie’s Access Sacramento Cable TV Show “Soapbox!” tonight, Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8 PM.

Monday, September 10, 2012 8PM — 9PM Pacific
Host: Jeanie Keltner
Guest: David Kimball
Access Sacramento Channel 17 (Sacramento — Cable TV)

Please tune in or check it out here:

www.accesssacramento.org

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New 9/11 truth documentary among ‘most watched’ on PBS this week

September 8, 2012
By Victoria N. Alexander
DigitalJournal.com

“9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out” is getting public attention and casting doubt on the scientific validity of the U.S. government’s investigation into the WTC tragedy. PBS is the first major network to air the program.

Just days away from the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy and months away from the U.S. presidential election, a game-changing 9/11 documentary is ranking number three among “most watched” documentaries on PBS and number one among “most shared.” Available for free online August 18th – September 4th, the documentary could have a significant effect on public opinion. [Update: PBS has extended viewing indefinitely.] Both the Republicans and Democrats, as equally staunch defenders of the official story, stand to be affected if the public’s suspicion of government corruption grows deeper.

An earlier report on Digital Journal found that the claims made in the documentary can be verified by reading the government reports themselves. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government agency charged with the investigation, did not provide any data — no measurements or estimates — of the mass or energy that would be required to bring down the buildings in about ten seconds. Normally a scientific report would present all the data that is used to construct a theory. The omission of data is a red flag to anyone familiar with scientific procedure. It appears that the investigators may have intentionally produced reports that the scientific community would reject.… Continue reading

Colorado Public Television to Premiere World Trade Center Documentary 9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out

We all have to be the media. Corporate-owned media has yet to present this content, but independent, gutsy Colorado Public Television (CPT12) will be premiering this excellent film — 9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out – the only PBS station in our nation, so far, to do so. Let’s show CPT12 how very much we appreciate them!

Watch this documentary from anywhere in the world, call in (1-800-690-5234) to the station or login to donate telling them how much you appreciate their showing this film, share on Facebook or Twitter, make a comment online, and forward this announcement generously to your contacts–this needs to go around the world!

With the help of all of you, this will be a success!

Thank you!

Richard Gage, AIA, for the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth team,
Fran Shure for the Colorado 9/11 Visibility team.

 

Colorado Public Television — Channel 12 (CPT12) CPT12 logoairs the bold new documentary highlighting the grave concerns of 1,700 Architects and Engineers who are demanding a new investigation of the destruction of all three World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11. The DVD and other materials will be offered as pledge premiums during this season’s fund-raising drive.

When: Saturday, August 18, 2012, 7:00 — 8:30 PM (MDT), with encore airings on Channel 12.1.

Live Streamed: CPT12 will be streaming this important event over the Internet through Sunday, September 2, 2012, at: www.cpt12.org/911ExplosiveEvidence. Details of encore airings and public comments can be found at this link.

9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out
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‘Americans don’t share global domination policies of their leaders’ RT talks to Peter Dale Scott

RT.com

RT talks to Peter Dale Scott – former diplomat, poet and prominent anti-war advocate. He says that the US corporate superstructure conglomerate – including financial interests, the defense industry, oil companies and the media – brazenly manipulate American society.

Watch RT LIVE on our website http://rt.com/on-air.

Transcript reprinted from source:

The US corporate superstructure conglomerate – including financial interests, the defense industry, oil companies and the media – brazenly manipulate American society, shares Peter Dale Scott, former diplomat, poet and prominent anti-war advocate.

RT: Why do you think such a concept as Democracy is being so grossly misused?

Peter Dale Scott: It is true, especially in the last 15-20 years, that America has used these slogans of democracy and freedom as a way of expanding their sphere of influence in the world.

We have these two foundations, one Democratic, one Republican, doing what the CIA used to do — putting money into other countries’ elections that I think is quite inappropriate.

Yes, I would like to see more democracy and freedom in the world, but it has to be autochthonous, it has to grow out of the country, it is not something you can blast in. In Libya, it was totally pushed from outside.

I think history is going to judge the Libya thing from a very negative assessment, what was done against Gaddafi.

RT: Do you think it’s really idealism or the lack of necessary analysis or consideration on the part of people… Continue reading

Osama, Obama, and Us: A Shocking Display of Propaganda from NBC

By Russ Baker
WhoWhatWhy.com

Image of the Situation Room

When I got an email announcing an exclusive from NBC about the raid that, we’re told, resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, I dared raise my hopes. The last time a major media organization, the New Yorker , had promised us the inside story about what really happened on that day in early May, 2011, we got a major bit of disinformation .

But, being an optimist, I set my TV to record the hour on NBC’s newsmagazine show, Rock Center, and went out to dinner. When I returned, I settled in and began watching.

I heard the dramatic music, and listened to correspondent Brian Williams’s dramatic intro. Then I began waiting for answers. I waited. And waited. The answers never came. Can you believe an entire hour (or about half an hour plus endless ads) and not one interesting revelation? Can you believe that almost the entire thing dealt with how people in the White House felt that day, what kind of chairs they sat in, etc, and almost nothing on the details of the raid or the disposition of the body? Even the details that sounded vaguely interesting, like the fact that the chopper that crashed was some kind of new, secret craft, were already known long ago.

I got a feeling that the whole thing had been carefully rehearsed, and then I thought: Why would the White House give NBC an exclusive, “first-time” look inside the White House Situation Room? Well,… Continue reading

KPFA 94.1 to Feature 9/11 Update Show

KPFA 94.1 to Feature 9/11 Update Show During Spring Fund Drive this Friday, May 11th

Berkeley, CA. – May 10, 2012 – Pacifica Radio/KPFA’s Project Censored Show on the Morning Mix will do a special 9/11 update program this Friday May 11th, from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M. Pacific time. All 9/11 researchers and activists are encouraged to tune in and support the KPFA spring fund drive any way they can. The show will be available live at 94.1 FM in Northern & Central California and online at http://kpfa.org.

Co-hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of Project Censored will be in dialogue with 9/11 activists/researchers Richard Gage, AIA, Dr. Paul W. Rea, and Carol Brouillet.

Longtime peace activist Carol Brouillet will join in for the hour talking about her decade of seeking justice and truth surrounding the events of September the 11th. Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth will be talking about the final version of their film, “Explosive Evidence: The Experts Speak Out.” Dr. Paul Rea will deconstruct the so-called War on Terror and discuss his new book Mounting Evidence: Why We Need A New Investigation into 9/11.

The station will be offering Gage’s new AE film and Rea’s comprehensive book as premiums for donors to the station. But more importantly, support for this type of programming helps ensure that topics like 9/11 get a fair hearing on Free Speech Radio.

The Project Censored Show has done three major 9/11 specials in the… Continue reading

Explosive WTC 7 Evidence Lights Up TV Screens Nationwide

AE911Truth Documentary Excerpt Makes Waves on 100+ PBS Stations

Written by Nory King

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

AE911Truth produced a five minute version of the 15-minute mini-documentary, ” Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of Building 7 ,” for the Spotlight On series broadcast by PBS on dozens of public television stations nationwide. According to the Nielsen Television Index, the short film was a resounding success, airing 678 times during the first three-month cycle, and was seen by an estimated 2.7 million viewers. The $10,000 that supporters like you donated to this project last year has paid off tremendously.

The Genesis of the Campaign

Two years ago, Wendy Rapkin of Trivue Entertainment contacted AE911Truth founder Richard Gage, AIA, to suggest producing a segment for the Spotlight On series. Spotlight On is an ongoing series of three-to-five minute filler programs for public television that has been airing for over 20 years. Rapkin, a long time supporter of AE911Truth, felt that this would be a good vehicle to increase exposure to the public about the explosive destruction of WTC 7 on the afternoon of September 11, 2001.

“I really wanted to get the word out about Building 7,” Rapkin said, “and the video AE911Truth produced is all about the science of its destruction.”

Gage then met with the senior producer of Trivue Entertainment, Larry Cohen, in New Jersey. An interview was conducted and Cohen was deeply impressed with the AE911Truth message and mission. He decided immediately that he would work… Continue reading

Silencing The Critics

By Paul Craig Roberts
February 20, 2012
Information Clearing House

In 2010 the FBI invaded the homes of peace activists in several states and seized personal possessions in what the FBI–the lead orchestrator of fake “terrorist plots”–called an investigation of “activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

Subpoenas were issued to compel antiwar protestors to testify before grand juries as prosecutors set about building their case that opposing Washington’s wars of aggression constitutes giving aid and comfort to terrorists. The purpose of the raids and grand jury subpoenas was to chill the anti-war movement into inaction.

Last week in one fell swoop the last two remaining critics of Washington/Tel Aviv imperialism were removed from the mainstream media. Judge Napolitano’s popular program, Freedom Watch, was cancelled by Fox TV, and Pat Buchanan was fired by MSNBC. Both pundits had wide followings and were appreciated for speaking frankly.

Many suspect that the Israel Lobby used its clout with TV advertisers to silence critics of the Israeli government’s efforts to lead Washington to war with Iran. Regardless, the point before us is that the voice of the mainstream media is now uniform. Americans hear one voice, one message, and the message is propaganda. Dissent is tolerated only on such issues as to whether employer-paid health benefits should pay for contraceptive devices. Constitutional rights have been replaced with rights to free condoms.

The western media demonizes those at whom Washington points a finger. The lies pour forth to justify Washington’s naked aggression: the Taliban… Continue reading

Assessing 9/11 Evidence: A Reliable Source for a Media Under Pressure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 19, 2011 — Increasingly the media is having to deal with evidence emerging against the official story of the 9/11 attacks.

For example, on October 10th, the New York Times revised its earlier reports on the source of the anthrax spores used in the frightening attacks on members of the media and the Senate, following 9/11.

The letters carrying the spores seemingly originated from a Muslim hand, and the spores were considered by the FBI to be low-tech.

The longest investigation in the FBI’s history finally traced the spores to a deranged “lone-nut” working in the Fort Dietrick, Maryland, bioweapons laboratory.

The alleged culprit, Dr. Bruce Ivins, apparently committed suicide in 2008 following intensive FBI allegations against him, and the FBI closed the case.

However, it transpired that Dr. Ivins was a respected vaccine researcher with many publications to his credit, and a following of loyal colleagues.

An 18-month National Academy of Science investigation into the case has recently found that the weaponized spores were far too high-tech for one person to have made, and is suggesting a new investigation to replace the inadequate FBI account.

In a different news story, on October 17th, Britain’s BBC’s Today Programme interviewed FBI whistleblower Ali Soufan,

Soufan revealed — as had White House former anti-terror chief Richard Clarke some weeks before him — that the CIA deliberately blocked FBI warnings of impending hijacker attacks — warnings that could have prevented the attacks.

These press reports lean towards evidence of… Continue reading

Michael Moore Backs Call to Re-Open Investigation of 9/11 Attacks

DemocracyNow.org

In his film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore explored the complex ties between Bush administration officials and associates, the Saudi Royal family, and those believed to have carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Today, Moore is backing former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham’s call for President Obama to reopen the investigation into 9/11 after new information emerged about the possible role of prominent Saudis. According to recent news reports, a wealthy young Saudi couple fled their home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida, just a week or so before Sept. 11, 2001, leaving behind three cars and nearly all of their possessions. “There are many unanswered questions and they should be answered,” Moore says. He also was targeted by his critics for this film. Moore talks about how the Bush administration worried the movie would hurt Bush’s re-election chances, and how he found out that he ranked second behind then-President Bush on the number of discovered plots to attack him. [includes rush transcript]

Truthful Report on Status of First Amendment

Rewrite: police vs. protesters By Nick Ramsey

Rewriting Occupy Wall Street protests

(Ed note: Sorry, readers–I don’t know of a way to “unembed” the ad from that video… ugh!)

In tonight’s Rewrite, Lawrence told you we would give you access to the full clips of this weekend’s clash between police officers and Wall Street protesters. The full versions of the clips we showed you tonight are below – but a warning… there is some graphic language used in these videos that you did not hear on our broadcast.


 

 

Wow … BRAVO Mr. O’Donnell!
America… “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” … yeah…
Update1: See Related story from RawStory.com below. Pepper-spraying cop’s history of abuse…
Update2: Looks promising (not…): NYPD to investigate Tony Bologna…. “I don’t know what precipitated that specific incident,” [police commissioner] Kelly said, claiming the protesters were engaged in “tumultuous conduct” and “intent on blocking traffic.” [Ed. note: We recommend Mr. Kelly review the video, as the rest of the world is doing, and note these individuals were certainly not engaged in either of his accusations.]

 

Former FBI agent says truth of 9/11 remains hidden

12 September 2011
BBC.co.uk

 

A former FBI agent has told the BBC that he is being prevented from telling the truth about the events of 9/11 and what has happened since.

Ali Soufan alleges that crucial intelligence was not passed on from the CIA before the attacks in 2001.

He has written a book detailing some of his claims and has been speaking to the BBC’s Security Correspondent Gordon Corera in his first on camera interview on the subject.

In response to the allegations in this report the CIA issued a statement to the BBC that said: “Any suggestion that the CIA purposely refused to share critical lead information on the 9/11 plots with the FBI is baseless.”

“The suggestion that the Central Intelligence Agency has requested redactions on this publication because it does not like the content is ridiculous.”

The CIA decline to comment on the record about the accusations regarding waterboarding and interrogation.

Unofficial transcript of video, “Former FBI Agent says truth of 9/11 remains hidden” :

 

 Editor’s Note:
3:35 video available at this link:
Unofficial transcript below.

 

Gordon Corera: Stepping out of the shadows, appearing for the first time on camera, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent with an eyewitness account some people don’t want him to tell.

Ali Soufan: They are trying to stop me and others from telling the world what really happened over there.

Gordon Corera: He believes huge mistakes were made with devastating consequences. Born in Lebanon, Soufan had… Continue reading

Former September 11 probe chair calls for reopening inquiry

September 12, 2011
By Barbara Liston
Reuters

The former co-chair of a Congressional inquiry after the September 11, 2001
attacks called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation following
a news report linking the hijackers to a Saudi Arabian couple who lived in Florida.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham said he has no reason to doubt the news report,
which said the Saudi Arabian couple abruptly abandoned their luxury home in
Sarasota two weeks before the attacks, leaving behind a full refrigerator, clothes,
furnishings and a new car in the driveway.

The report was published by BrowardBulldog.org., a nonprofit Internet news
site and was simultaneously published on the news website of the Miami Herald.

If true, it reveals another Saudi terrorism connection that was never disclosed
by the FBI to the public or to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee
investigating the attacks, said Graham, who was co-chair of the committee.

The FBI office in Tampa issued a statement on Monday saying the Sarasota case
was one of many leads that "were resolved and determined not to be related
to any threat nor connected to the 9/11 plot."

Graham called the Sarasota case "eerily similar" to the FBI’s failure
to tell the intelligence committee about a former Saudi civil servant, Omar
al-Bayoumi, who supported two hijackers while they were living in San Diego.
Graham said an investigator for his committee independently unearthed the information
about al-Bayoumi.

"Why did the U.S. government go to such lengths to cover up the Saudi
involvement?" Graham said.…

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