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Were the Newburgh 4 Really Out to Blow Up Synagogues? A Defendant Finally Speaks Out

Was David Williams IV a terrorist? Or was he just out to make an easy score by scamming the government’s informant?

By Graham RaymanMarch 2 2011 VillageVoice.com

Image of Newburgh 4 behind bars

On March 24, David Williams IV and three other Newburgh, New York, men face possible life prison sentences for plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and to shoot down military airplanes at Stewart Airport.

The Newburgh 4–ringleader James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams, and Laguerre Payen–were found guilty in a six-week trial based largely on the work of an FBI informant, Shahed Hussain, who posed as a wealthy Pakistani businessman with ties to an overseas terror group as part of an elaborate government sting operation.…

Extraordinary Conflict of Interest: Bush Cousin Presides Over Federal Court Case Against Former Bush Administration Officials

Published: Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
CNBC.com

NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Confounding lawyers and legal scholars all over the world, Judge John Walker, first cousin of former President George W. Bush, was one of three judges of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to hear argument Tuesday in Gallop v. Cheney, Rumsfeld and Myers.

The lawsuit was brought by a soldier injured during the attack on the Pentagon and accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers, of conspiring to facilitate the terrorist attacks of 9/11.…

News: Bin Laden Dead, Buried at Sea

Obama: Osama bin Laden is dead

By Kase Wickman
RawStory.com

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the number one most-wanted fugitive for nearly a decade, was killed in Pakistan Sunday, the White House announced.

President Barack Obama made a live statement shortly after 11:30 p.m. from the East Room of the White House.

“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” he began.…

NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

By Reuters
Rawstory.com

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered.
 

Editor’s Note:
Hardly “news”, really… the reaction to Mendenhall’s Tweets about bin Laden serves as yet another example of the way Americans, and their corporate media, shoot the messenger rather than address any questions.…

The Public Death of a Public Enemy

May 2, 2011

From the CBC Radio program "As it Happens:"
BIN LADEN: US REACTION Duration: 00:07:47

News of Osama Bin Laden’s death last night brought Donna Marsh O’Connor sadness
and a sense of loss.

That’s an unusual reaction for anyone — but especially for someone who lost
a pregnant daughter in the September eleventh attacks nearly ten years ago,
and could have had a grandchild by now.

Donna is now the spokesperson for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,
a group that aims to turn the grief of losing a loved one in the 2001 attacks
into a catalyst for peace.…

9/11 Special on KPFA Radio this Thursday, May 19

May 17, 2011

KPFA, the community radio station in Berkeley, California whose signal reaches one third of the state, is broadcasting a three-and-a-half hour 9/11 special this Thursday, May 19th, from noon to 3:30 PST.

Hosts for the program are: Dennis Bernstein, Bonnie Faulkner, Mickey Huff, and Peter Phillips

Guests during the day will include: 12:15 David Ray Griffin, 12:45 Frank Morales, 1:00 PM Bob Bowman, 1:30 Paul Rea, 2:00 Mike Gravel, 2:30 Carol Brouillet, 2:45 Richard Gage and Kathy McGrade, and more.…

Thinking Athlete Mendenhall’s Spokesman Contract Cancelled–Americans Support Ignorance

May 18, 2011

USA Today has posted an online poll asking whether readers think Champion should have dismissed Rashard Mendenhall as their spokesperson. As of last count, 65% of those voting think the company did the right thing. If you have not read this football running back’s Tweets, which initially stirred such “controversy” (read, blather for 24/7 sports “news” and fodder for haters), see this. Mr. Mendenhall’s clarification statement, published on his new blog May 4, is also reposted below.…

NSA whistleblower Tom Drake talks Espionage Act, 9/11, Intelligence with ’60 Minutes’

By Kase Wickman
RawStory.com

Thomas Drake worked for the National Security Agency before he was indicted by it. Drake felt that taxpayer money was being misused on unnecessary intelligence, not the information that would lead to the successful capture of terrorists.

While the government says he betrayed his country, Drake, facing 35 years in prison if convicted, says he only pointed out government mismanagement. Drake was imprisoned under the Espionage Act of 1917.

“The entire national security establishment — it was a failure, a fundamental systemic breakdown,” Drake told “60 Minutes”‘ Scott Pelley in his first televised interview.…

Tabloid Phone Hackers Target 9/11 Victims

July 11, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

A New York police officer has claimed besieged British tabloid the News of
the World attempted to hack into the voicemails of victims of the 9/11 terror
attacks, as Rupert Murdoch arrived in London for emergency talks aimed at diffusing
the international crisis surrounding his media empire.

Rival red-top newspaper the Mirror reported the officer was contacted by News
of the World journalists who said they would pay him to retrieve the private
phone records of the dead.…

Is News Corp Finished? Senator Rockefeller Tells Feds to Investigate Fox Hacking of 9/11 Victims

by Michael Collins
July 13, 2011
The Economic Populist

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
There are some crimes so universally offensive that even mentioning the suspected crime has devastating effects. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) raised just such a question yesterday. In a brief press statement, the Senator said:

“The reported hacking by News Corporation newspapers against a range of individuals – including children – is offensive and a serious breach of journalistic ethics. This raises serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S.…

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Hacking the Saudis

by Kristen Breitweiser, 9/11 Widow and Activist
July 16, 2011
The Huffington Post

Breathlessly, six members of Congress have requested that the FBI investigate the “outrageous” allegations that News Corp might have hacked into the cell phones of 9/11 victims and their families. Lickety split, the Justice Department has done so.

First off, does it surprise me that a corporation like News Corp. might try to hack into the information of private citizens for their own financial gain?…

French, Italian, German Media to Leave US and UK in the Dust

From the Remember Building 7 Campaign:

September 2, 2011

If you thought the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 would be an endless barrage of
media coverage rehashing the official story and taking occasional swipes at
the 9/11 truth movement with one-sided reporting, think again.

Well, if you live in Europe, that is.

This coming Sunday, September 4, three major European channels will air in-
depth stories on the Remember Building 7 campaign. M6, among France’s
largest channels, will show a 90-minute documentary about various 9/11 family
and first responder groups, a significant portion of which will cover Remember
Building 7 (click here to see the trailer).…

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10 years later, 9/11 still shrouded in mystery

By Will Bunch
Philadelphia Daily News

IF YOU THINK that on the 10th anniversary you know the whole story of 9/11 – and here I’m addressing conspiracy-minded “truthers” and the 13 percent who approved of the job Dick Cheney did as vice president – actually, you don’t.

Time has upheld the broad story line of how hijackers loyal to Osama bin Laden hijacked four planes and killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001 – claims about holograms being used to attack buildings instead of jetliners notwithstanding.…

Questioning 9/11: The Politician Turned Conspiracy Theorist

Andreas von Bulow believes the US carried out the 9/11 attacks.

September 6, 2011
By Christian Stoecker
Spiegel Online International (DerSpiegel)

Andreas von Bulow used to be a German cabinet minister and member of parliament for the Social Democrats. Now he is a best-selling author who writes books about 9/11 conspiracy theories. His former colleagues no longer want anything to do with him.

Andreas von Bulow says he’s never feared for his life. This is despite the fact that he harbors suspicions that the Sept.…

Sydney Radio 2GB Hosts Debate – “Arguments Rage over 9/11: John Bursill vs. Mike King”

Australia’s Radio 2GB: Sydney Live with Ben Fordham hosts 9/11 debate

“Arguments Rage over 9/11: John Bursill vs. Mike King”

Nearly 10 years on, many still argue who was really behind the 9/11 attacks….Ben Fordham investigates.

This excellent debate can be heard at 2GB, Sydney’s number 1 rated talk station which has been broadcasting for over 80 years, part of Macquarie Radio Network, hosted by 2GB’s show, ” The Lounge “, or via upload to YouTube here:

Audio of Part I

 

Sydney Live 3 till 6 is presented by Walkley award winning reporter Ben Fordham.

The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air; Newly Published Audio Provides Real-Time View of 9/11 Attacks

Cheney Shoot-down Order Confirmed

September 7, 2011
New York Times
Produced By MATT ERICSON, RUNE MADSEN, EMILY S. RUEB and JEREMY WHITE

A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission’s 2004 report.…

National Archives sits on 9/11 Commission records

Reuters Exclusive: by Scot J. Paltrow
Reuters US Online Report Domestic News

Sep 08, 2011 08:14 EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ten years after al Qaeda’s attack on the United States,
the vast majority of the 9/11 Commission’s investigative records remain sealed
at the National Archives in Washington, even though the commission had directed
the archives to make most of the material public in 2009, Reuters has learned.

The National Archives’ failure to release the material presents a hurdle for
historians and others seeking to plumb one of the most dramatic events in modern
American history.…

9/11 “Truthers” to Tone Protests Down, for a Day

By Corey Kilgannon
September 9, 2011
City Room Blog at NewYorkTimes/Region

Photo credit: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times. A meeting of people at a cafe in Greenwich Village on Thursday night of people who have alternate views of what happened
on 9/11.

“No bullhorning during the memorial.”

That’s always been the rule of thumb among “truther” demonstrators
at ground zero on Sept. 11, out of respect for relatives of victims of the terror
attack, said Mike Skuthan, 32, a Web designer from Long Island who attends the
demonstrations every year.…