By John Bursill
Wed May 21, 2008 8:57pm EDT
By Randall Mikkelsen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI counterterrorism units are dangerously ill-equipped and barely 60 percent of the supervisory positions in the division that tracks al Qaeda were filled as of March, a bureau agent told Congress on Wednesday.
Bassem Youssef told a congressional hearing that the bureau has failed to recruit, retain and promote experienced personnel and experts in Arabic culture and language.
The shortfall has contributed to problems such as the improper use of FBI demands for personal and business records, said Youssef, who helped uncover the abuse.
Youssef, who was born in Egypt, has also sued the FBI alleging discrimination because of his race and ancestry.
“The FBI’s counterterrorism division is ill-equipped to handle the terrorism problems we’re facing,” said Youssef, a 20-year veteran who investigated bombings in 1993 at the World Trade Center and in 1996 at the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia.
Asked how much use the FBI had made of his own experience, he replied, “The bureau used my background and experience very extensively — up to September 11.”
Youssef, who heads the FBI counterterrorism division’s communications analysis unit, attributed the shift to a name mix-up with another agent, discrimination and cultural ignorance.
Members of the House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism urged the bureau to revise an “up or out” policy that makes supervisors move from the field to Washington headquarters after five years, or take a demotion or retire.…Continue reading
Global Research, May 12, 2008
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This Week’s Guests: David Ray Griffin and Gregory Elich
Date: May 12, 2008 (11 AM – 1.00 PM, Central Time)
Host: Michel Chossudovsky
About this week’s guests:
David Ray Griffin is a distinguished author and theologian,
Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at Claremont School
of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
He is the author and editor of more than 30 books as well as several carefully
researched books on 9/11, including the 2004 best seller 9/11: The New Pearl
Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11, The 9/11
Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), Debunking 9/11 Debunking,
and 9/11 Contradictions, described in a recent review as a "brilliant and
highly readable book [which] takes a new yet simple approach to the truth about
9/11." David Ray Griffin is also a frequent contributor to Global Research.
Gregory Elich is the author of ‘Strange Liberators: Militarism,
Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit.’ He has written extensively on Yugoslavia,
North Korea and Zimbabwe. He is a member of the advisory board of the Korea
Truth Commission. His articles have appeared in newspapers and periodicals nationally
"Using a wealth of historic evidence and revelatory analysis and eye-witness
investigation, Gregory Elich treats what lawyers call the ‘hard cases': Yugoslavia,
Croatia, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and certain untouched questions about Iraq.
Elich ties in… Continue reading
Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, Tony Szamboti, and Richard Gage will be featured on Air America tonight at 6pm PST. The program is “Clout.” The host is Richard Greene. The subject is 9/11 – Controlled Demolitions.
The full program starts at 6pm PST and goes to 8pm. Steven Jones, Ph.D physicist, will be on at 6:30pm.
It is widely syndicated so it will be aired on numerous stations. The station is found here http://airamerica.com/clout
“Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction,” by Steven E. Jones,, Frank M. Legge, Kevin R. Ryan, Anthony F. Szamboti, James R. Gourley, (18 April, 2008) Open Civil Engineering Journal, has now been translated into Italian and published in top Italian 9/11 inquiry website here: www.luogocomune.net
And a German translation is now available here.
Thank you to these translators for making this groundbreaking work available to other than English readers! We look forward to posting links to other language translations as they become available, as well.
David Ray Griffin
Continuing the 9/11 conversation.
Mike Malloy dedicated the second hour of his program to an intervew with David Ray Griffin. A wide-ranging talk about 911.
(If you support what Malloy is doing, consider becoming a NovaM Founder if you can afford it.)
We have one of our rare guests on tonight’s program. Philosopher/theologian Dr. David Ray Griffin will join us for a discussion of the events prior to the bombings and terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Those familiar with the 9/11 Truth Movement are well acquainted with Dr. Griffin and his points of view regarding those horrific acts against the people of the United States. As reported at wikipedia.com:
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, David Ray Griffin moved his focus from questions of philosophy and religion to ones of politics and history, specifically “American expansionism and imperialism”. He intended to write a book on the subject, presenting 9/11 in terms of “blowback” for aggressive United States foreign policies of the 20th century: “Until the spring of 2003, I had not looked at any of the evidence. I was vaguely aware there were people, at least on the Internet, who were offering evidence against the official account of 9/11… I knew the US government had ‘fabricated’ evidence to go to war several times before. Nevertheless… I did not take this possibility seriously… I was so confident that they must be wrong.”
After reading the work of Paul… Continue reading
11.9- The truth movement is often laughed at for criticizing the Bush government’s answer to what happened on 11th September 2001. Now however, the recognized historian, Daniele Ganser gives legitimacy to the skeptics.
by Kristin Aalen
CONSPIRACY: Ganser has caused debate following the presentation of his view in an interview with the Swiss TV-channel, U1. There he repeated his arguments from an article he wrote in the Swiss newspaper, Tages-Anzeiger in Zürich in September 2006.
Ganser’s premise is that conspiracies are nothing unusual or new in the field of historical research. At least since the assassination of Julius Caesar in classical Rome more than 2000 years ago, conspiracies have been an element of the political fight for influence and power.
He defines a conspiracy as, “a secret agreement between two or more persons to engage in a criminal act.”
He continues: “As 9/11 was a criminal act which was definitively not planned and carried out by one single person alone but by at least two or more persons who agreed on the plan before it was implemented, 9/11 must be classified as a conspiracy.”
MOST CORRECT? “It is important to stress that all theories about 9/11 are conspiracy theories. Once we realize that none of the theories can be dismissed on the grounds that it is a ‘conspiracy theory’, the real question becomes: Which conspiracy theory correctly describes the 9/11 conspiracy?” asks Ganser.
The historian thereby is in disagreement with the many who laugh at the critics… Continue reading
A PENTAGON CAMPAIGN: Retired officers have been used to shape terrorism coverage from inside the TV and radio networks.
By David Barstow
Sunday, April 20, 2008
In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded “the gulag of our times” by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting for its closure.
The administration’s communications experts responded swiftly. Early one Friday morning, they put a group of retired military officers on one of the jets normally used by Vice President Dick Cheney and flew them to Cuba for a carefully orchestrated tour of Guantánamo.
To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.
Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.
The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.…Continue reading
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April 4, 2008
by Jeff Cohen
Soon after Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1986, I began prodding mainstream media to cover the dramatic story of King’s last year as he campaigned militantly against U.S. foreign and economic policy.
Most of his last speeches were recorded. But year after year, corporate networks have refused to air the tapes.
Last night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams enthused over new color footage of King that adorned its coverage of the 40th anniversary of the assassination. The report focused on the last phase of King’s life. But the same old blinders were in place.
NBC showed young working-class whites in Chicago taunting King. But there was no mention of how elite media had taunted King in his last year. In 1967 and ‘68, mainstream media saw Rev. King a bit like they now see Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Back then they denounced King’s critical comments; today they simply silence them.
While noting in passing that King spoke out against the Vietnam War, mainstream reports today rarely acknowledge that he went way beyond Vietnam to decry U.S. militarism in general.
“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos,” said King in 1967 speeches on foreign policy, “without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.”
In response to these speeches, Newsweek… Continue reading
By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer
March 25, 2008
The professional organization for engineers who build the nation’s roads, dams
and bridges has been accused by fellow engineers of covering up catastrophic
design flaws while investigating national disasters.
After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the levee failures caused
by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the federal government paid the American Society
of Civil Engineers to investigate what went wrong.
Critics now accuse the group of covering up engineering mistakes, downplaying
the need to alter building standards, and using the investigations to protect
engineers and government agencies from lawsuits.
Similar accusations arose after both disasters, but the most recent allegations
have pressured the organization to convene an independent panel to investigate.
“They want to make sure that they do things the right way and that they
learn lessons from the studies they do,” said Sherwood Boelhert, a retired
Republican congressman from New York who heads the panel. He led the House Science
Committee for six years.
The panel is expected to issue a report by the end of April and may recommend
that the society stop taking money from government agencies for disaster investigations.
The engineering group says it takes the allegations seriously, but it has declined
to comment until completion of the panel’s report and an internal ethics review.
In the World Trade Center case, critics contend the engineering society wrongly
concluded skyscrapers cannot withstand getting hit by airplanes. In the hurricane
investigation, it was accused of… Continue reading
In 1971, a courageous group of veterans exposed the criminal nature of the Vietnam War in an event called Winter Soldier. This weekend, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War will give first-person accounts of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground. The event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan – and present video and photographic evidence of war crimes they have witnessed. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans’ health benefits and support.
NO LIES RADIO Will Have LIVE COVERAGE:
Friday, March 14th – 9am-7pm EST (6am-4pm PST) (14:00-00:00 GMT)
Saturday, March 15th – 9am-7pm EST (6am-4pm PST) (14:00-00:00 GMT)
Sunday, March 16th – 10am-4pm EST (7am-1pm PST) (15:00-21:00 GMT)
CO-ANCHORED BY: — Aimee Allison, former Army medic and KPFA Morning Show host — Aaron Glantz, journalist and author of “How America Lost Iraq”
NO LIES RADIO Winter Soldier Schedule
All times below are Eastern Time. Schedule subject to change. This coverage
will pre-empt our regular schedule.
Friday, March 14
9:00AM – 10:45AM Rules of Engagement: Part One
11:00AM – 12:30PM The Crisis in Veterans’ Heathcare
2:00PM – 3:30PM Corporate Pillaging and Military Contractors
4:00PM – 6:00PM Rules of Engagement: Part Two
7:00PM – 8:30PM Aims of the Global War on Terror:… Continue reading
March 5, 2008: From Collateral News
There has always been evidence connecting members of the Saudi government to 9/11 – members with close ties to the Bush administration. Now, a newly released document strengthens this case.
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Transcript of Nelson’s brief comments, part of his lengthy interview:
JUAN GONZALEZ: The FCC is watching, yes. I’d like to ask you about one of your views or perspectives that’s raised a lot of controversy, obviously, your sense of–or your reaction to what happened on 9/11 and your questions that you have about the events of that terrible day.
WILLIE NELSON: Well, I have a lot of questions. I think a lot of people have a lot of questions. I think 85 or 90 percent of the people in this country say, “What?” I mean, a plane hit this building, and it fell kind of like that. And another plane hit that building, and it fell kind of like that. About the same time it fell, this one fell the same way. It looked like an implosion somewhere, you know? And then, all of a sudden, the third building fell, and no plane hit it. So, naturally, I’ve got questions.
Read the full interview transcript at Democracynow.org.
February 21, 2007
Cynthia McKinney and COPA follow at 5pm with live panel on Malcolm X
Comedian Pete Dominick launches his show on the new Sirius “Indie Talk Channel 110″ this afternoon. September 11th researcher Nicholas Levis is scheduled as guest for an hour starting at 4 pm. Levis is a co-founder and sometime contributor to 911Truth.org, and chief writer of the 2004 “Spitzer Complaint” at Justicefor911.org. The show will be available to 8.3 million Sirius Radio Network subscribers. Anyone can sign up for a free three-day subscription at sirius.com/siriusinternetradio
Starting at 5pm, host Mark Matsimila Thompson broadcasts on the “Sirius Left” channel with a special live program from the site of Malcolm X’s assassination on Feb. 21, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York City. The discussion is to be held by the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center and the Coalition on Political Assassinations. Speakers include former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and John Judge of COPA. See COPA’s site at http://www.politicalassassinations.com/Conferences.html and the Sirius “Political Talk” page at sirius.com/politicaltalk
The Pete Dominick show will take calls and should be repeated later in the day (watch this space). Levis says that the host gives a fair, open minded impression but cautions, “Who knows what to expect?” The Indie Talk channel’s announced mission is to “give an equal voice to individuals from any affiliation or background.” (Any?!) Will people have to pay for radio willing to broadcast 9/11 skeptics? “Stay tuned!”
By P. Joseph Potocki February 13, 2008
Against a backdrop of increasing public alarm over the power and reliability of corporate news sources, more than 300 progressive media activists, professionals and academics gathered in Santa Cruz over the weekend of Jan. 25-27. The task of the Independent Media Strategy Summit: to bust up corporate media domination by envisioning and launching a reliable, grassroots, equally powerful “main street media” alternative. So what happened and just how well did they do?
Great White Way
It’s Friday morning, Jan. 25. I’m bending into a monsoon downpour, slogging toward Stevenson Hall on the Sonoma State University campus. I’m here to snag a ride to Santa Cruz. My backpack’s weight shifts and shimmies, causing me to spaz out on the wet walkway. I nearly land on my ass, twice, before arriving at the office of media summit organizer and Project Censored chief Peter Phillips. Nobody’s home. Down the hall I hear a radio weather guy say that six more inches of rain is heading for the Santa Cruz Mountains by noon, which is exactly when we’re to cross them. Peter Phillips walks up the hallway and asks me if I’m John.
Students start arriving. It’s your typical pre-outing anarchy. Peter tells me to ride with Mark. Mark tells me to ride with Peter. I hop in Peter’s car, along with John. On the way, Peter outlines the upcoming summit and tells me he’s paying $59 a night to stay at a nearby motor lodge. I’m… Continue reading
Note from Jon Gold: This article will be appearing on the front page (2/13/2008) of Main Line Life . To my knowledge, an article like this has never appeared in a newspaper before. Never. Not in the United States, and not in the World. This is what journalism should be. Honest, with no agenda. I would like to give Jeff Cobb my sincerest thanks. You have shown courage and integrity the likes of which haven’t been seen in journalism for a very long time. I would like to thank Main Line Life for publishing this article. Hopefully more newspapers across the country, and the world will follow your example. Thank you to Jaime, and everyone at the Anthony Wayne Theater. You have been such a big help. Congratulations, and a HUGE thank you to Betsy Metz for making all of this possible. You are a true American Hero. – Jon
Documentaries question official explanations of the Sept. 11 attacks.
By Jeff Cobb 2/13/2008
They realize their topic is big; its implications disturbing, but they are compelled by inner conviction.
On Tuesday nights in downtown Wayne, since Jan. 1, Betsy Metz, of Devon, and Jon Gold, of Plymouth Meeting have been sponsoring documentaries at the Wayne Theater that dispute the official explanations of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
They intend to show the videos through February and describe themselves as everyday citizens accruing out-of-pocket costs. Theirs is one effort among several around the country attempting to spur interest and they… Continue reading
A local 9/11 truth organization founded by two Monadnock Region college students is gaining worldwide attention.
And the New Hampshire primary played a leading role in the accomplishments of Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
“We were able to get almost every presidential candidate on video describing their stances on the 9/11 Commission investigation,” said co-founder Justin A. Martell, a junior at Franklin Pierce University.
Martell and Keene State College junior Michael E. Jackman launched the organization in 2006.
The off-the-cuff video interviews with presidential hopefuls were posted on the Internet, and some have been viewed by more than 30,000 people worldwide, according to Martell.
“It’s gotten a lot of people motivated,” he said.
Martell is quick to stress that the student organization, with 80 members from schools in Canada to Japan, is more focused on the investigation into 9/11 than the possibility of controlled demolition.
“The Monadnock 9/11 Truth Alliance is quick to pull out the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers,” he said. “We’re not the controlled demolition movement, we’re the 9/11 truth movement. … There needs to be a new investigation into 9/11.”
After the attacks, Martell said he “rallied around” President Bush.
“And then evidence started to mount. There were no weapons of mass destruction and no ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida,” he said. “That’s when I realized the Bush administration was, at the very least, a bunch of liars.”
In the past two years, Jackman and other members of the… Continue reading