from Barrie Zwicker
July 14, 2009
Canadian-born James Douglass of Birmingham, Alabama is a Christian pacifist
, a 9/11Truther and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why
It Matters (Orbis Books).
The book rose to number 31 on Amazon’s best seller list two weeks after
Oliver Stone appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on June 26th
last holding a copy of the 2008 book, which was shown on camera. Stone said
it is a “great book.”
The question “why” that Douglass’s book addresses in the
case of JFK’s assassination arguably is also the most important question
concerning 9/11. Douglass recently has been added under “Religious Leaders
for 9/11 Truth” on http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
Douglass’s book deserves wide readership. It’s a tremendously well-researched
work, one of the best of the 400+ books on JFK’s assassination. Douglass
conducted original interviews with people now able and willing to talk after
decades of silence. He also drew on thousands of recently released US government
documents to reveal the logic of the plot to kill Kennedy. The plot’s
purpose was not only to assassinate a president who was turning toward peace
but also to implicate the Soviet Union and Cuba in his murder so as to justify
pre-emptive attacks upon them. The parallels with 9/11 are highly educative.
Douglass’s editor, Robert Ellsberg, feels the Stone endorsation is a
peg upon which to “re-promote” the book. I agree and commend it
thoroughly to all frequenters of 911blogger.com. For the Stone interview, go… Continue reading
is available online at http://www.W
are key excerpts of important news articles you may have missed. These
articles include revealing information on US government plans to launch
swine flu vaccinations in the fall, a report of widespread torture at the
US secret prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, revelations that weapons
inspector David Kelly’s mysterious death may have been related to his
intention to expose a worldwide black market in weaponized anthrax, and
more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed
at the link provided. If any link fails to function, target="_blank"click here. The most important sentences are
highlighted for those with limited time. By choosing to educate
and to target="_blank"spread the word, we can and will target="_blank"build a brighter future.
style"font-size:14pt"U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine
School-age children will be a key target= population for a pandemic flu
vaccine in the fall, and they may be vaccinated at school in a mass
campaign not seen since the polio epidemics of the 1950s.…
06 July 2009
On the eve of the four year anniversary of the brutal bombings that took place on 7 July 2005 taking the lives of 52 innocent Londoners, the capital is silent, its media are neutered, the radio waves are quiet. Did this atrocity even take place? Why are we not talking about the biggest attack on London’s security in recent memory?
The BBC ran a documentary on the "conspiracy" behind 7/7 trying to discredit the many theories that are being advocated that the British government may have been involved in the attacks, that Mossad was aware and therefore was able to move Netanyahu and other dignitaries away to safe areas at the time in London.
What is being forgotten here is the crux of the entire build up to the terrorist attacks and the aftermath.
Firstly why did 4 British born Muslims believe it justified to carry bombs on trains, buses and the underground and attack the very citizens of the country they were born in?
Why did the intelligence apparatus of this country not monitor, as we have been made aware, known individuals with the potential and knowledge to carry out these attacks? The argument that no one and no system can ever stop someone who is determined to cause murder is valid, but the collating of the right knowledge and training for these types of attacks had been monitored.
The aftermath? We have a muzzled response to the 7/7 attacks, the conspiracy is the way in which London is either afraid or knows too well the consequences of speaking out on these attacks.…Continue reading
Global Research brings to the attention of its readers key articles on the
London July 7, 2005 bombings
Terror Drill: What Relationship to the Real Time Terror Attacks?
– by Michel Chossudovsky – 2005-08-08
A fictional “scenario” of multiple bomb attacks on London’s underground took
place at exactly the same time as the real bomb attack on July 7, 2005. There
have been several documented cases of mock terror drills in the US and the UK,
held prior or on the same day as the actual terror event.
Terror Suspect Linked to British Intelligence?
– by Michel Chossudovsky – 2005-08-01
“This is the guy, and what’s really embarrassing is that the entire British
police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government, MI6 or the
British Secret Service, has been hiding him”
Police’s Mossad-style Execution of a ‘Suspect’
– by Professor John Gardner – 2005-07-27
There is no special police licence to injure or kill. If they injure or kill,
the police need to rely on the same law as the rest of us. It is no defence
in law that the killing was authorised by a superior officer. A superior officer
who authorises an unlawful killing is an accomplice.
Cops trained in Israel
– by Michel Chossudovsky – 2005-07-24
The shoot to kill policy was undertaken under the auspices of “Operation Kratos”.
It was carried out by the London Metropolitan’s elite SO19 firearms unit often
referred to as the Blue… Continue reading
by Prof. Peter Dale Scott
June 10, 2009
In his remarkable speech at Cairo University on June 4, President Obama promised
“a new beginning.” In the words of the Israeli commentator Uri Avnery,
the speech offered “the map of a new world, a different world, whose values
and laws he spelled out in simple and clear language — a mixture of idealism
and practical politics, vision and pragmatism.”1
Much of what Obama had to say was new, and warmed the hearts of observers like
myself, who had become increasingly concerned about the new president’s
fidelity to the financial and military policies of the previous Bush-Cheney
administration. But while Obama broke new ground on Israel-Palestine issues,
he glossed over troubling issues pertaining to the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also glossed over one of the fundamental issues alienating the Muslim world:
America’s relentless efforts to preserve its threatened financial status
by moves to dominate the region’s oil resources. Here his careful ambiguity
was ominously reminiscent of the Bush era.
The speech reaffirmed a complete withdrawal of US forces from Iraq by 2012,
as the U.S. committed itself to do in a signed agreement last December. In addition
Obama asserted that “we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan…
We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident
that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan.”
But Obama’s remarks did not address the statement on May… Continue reading
June 8, 2009
FAS Project on Government Secrecy s Secrecy News
An Inspector General review (pdf) of the State Department Office of the Historian (HO) last month confirmed that there were serious management defects in the Office and recommended reassignment of its Director as well as other changes.
The Office of the Historian is responsible for production of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, which is the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy and one of the most important vehicles for declassification of historical records.
Allegations of mismanagement and declining performance had surrounded the Office for years until the Chairman of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee, Prof. Wm. Roger Louis, resigned last December to dramatize his concerns that the FRUS series was “at risk.” (See “State Dept: Crisis in the Foreign Relations Series,” Secrecy News, December 11, 2008).
“In varying degrees, nearly 75 percent of the present HO employees interviewed … were critical of the way the office is run,” the IG reported. “They alleged favoritism, cronyism, a lack of transparency, lack of interest in the FRUS, disparagement of the staff, suspicion, an absence of leadership, and, in general, the creation of an unhappy workplace.”
With plummeting employee morale and departures of experienced staff historians, “something in HO is very wrong,” the Inspector General concluded. “HO is suffering from, and has for some time been handicapped by, serious mismanagement for which the director must be held accountable…. Despite any mitigating factors that may exist in favor of the director, this situation cannot be allowed to continue.”
“It is a devastating indictment,” said Prof.…Continue reading
Posted June 3, 2009
This may be the shortest lived Diary on Kos history, begun only one week ago, mainly in response to the banishment of Tocque DeVille. I endeavor not to stray beyond the barricades of the Rules, but if I too face exile, all I ask of Kos and Meteor Blades before the guillotine is pulled is as much thoughtful consideration of these issues as I have given them…
In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein relates how nations brutalized by the Chicago School’s savage capitalism and the Dirty War juntas enforcing it have recovered and developed a healthy immunity against more eviscerating shock therapy:
Any strategy based on exploiting the window of opportunity opened by a traumatic shock relies heavily on the element of surprise… in North America, the September 11 attacks were, at first pure event, raw reality, unprocessed by story, narrative or anything that could bridge the gap between reality and understanding. Without a story, we are, as many of us were after September 11, intensely vulnerable to those people who take advantage of chaos for their own ends. As soon as we have a new narrative that offers perspective on the shocking events, we become reoriented and the world begins to make sense again.
That psychology pertains on both the individual and societal levels: a trauma that is never dealt with openly, but suppressed in the subconscious, festers, reinforcing crippling habits and sabotaging recovery. Maybe it is our reigning paradigm of dogmatic… Continue reading
Guest Editorial by Sibel Edmonds
May 22, 2009
"In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows
how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill…we do not ask for the
handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one." — Plato
During the campaign, amid their state of elation, many disregarded Presidential
Candidate Senator Barack Obama’s past record and took any criticism of these
past actions as partisan attacks deserving equally partisan counterattacks.
Some continued their reluctant support after candidate Obama became grand finalist
and prayed for the best. And a few still continue their rationalizing and defense,
with illogical excuses such as ‘He’s been in office for only 20 days, give the
man a break!’ and ‘He’s had only 50 days in office, give him a chance!’ and
currently, ‘be reasonable – how much can a man do in 120 days?!’ I am going
to give this logic, or lack of, a slight spicing of reason, then, turn it around,
and present it as: If ‘the man’ can do this much astounding damage, whether
to our civil liberties, or to our notion of democracy, or to government integrity,
in ‘only’ 120 days, may God help us with the next [(4 X 365) - 120] days.
I know there are those who have been tackling President Obama’s changes on
change; they have been challenging his flipping, or rather flopping, on issues
central to getting him elected. While some have been covering the changes… Continue reading
11 May 2009
Lalit K Jha
Press Trust Of India
May 11, 2009
WASHINGTON: In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said
that the CIA of the United States and his country’s ISI together
created the Taliban.
"I think it was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created
them together," Zardari told the NBC news channel in an interview.
In the interview, which was given to the NBC on May 7, Zardari also accused
the US of supporting the military rule of Pervez Musharraf who was alleged to
be taking sides of the Taliban.
He disagreed with the popular belief in the US that the Pakistan military and
intelligent services still have sympathies for the Taliban.
"I think General Musharraf may have had a mindset to run head and hand
with the hound but certainly not on our watch. We don’t have a tough process
at all," Zardari said.
Asked about the influential role of the Pakistan army, Zardari said he is in
control of everything in the country, including the military.
"The Parliament has final say. It’s the Parliament form of government,
and I am a product of the Parliament," he said.
Earlier, Zardari in an another interview had said that India was not a "threat"
to his country and that Pakistan had moved some of its forces from its Indian
border to western frontier to eliminate Taliban in its tribal belt.
May 11, 2009 “New Karala” — Washington, May 11: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has alleged that elusive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a US operator who had tried to destabilise his late wife Benazir Bhutto’s government back in 1989.
Meet the Press transcript here.
In fact, as premier Bhutto had “warned America about Osama bin Laden in 1989 with a call to then US president George H. Bush”, Zardari said on NBC’s Meet the Press programme Sunday.
“She rang senior Bush and asked of him: ‘Are you destabilizing my government?’
because he (apparently referring to bin Laden) paid the then opposition $10
million to overthrow the first woman elected (prime minister) in an Islamic
country,” Zardari added.
“So, we knew that he was your operator,” said Zardari responding to a question about bin Laden’s whereabouts.
“You’ll have been there (in Afghanistan) for eight years. (So) you tell
me. You lost him in Tora Bora, I didn’t, I was in prison,” he countered
when asked where bin Laden was before hurling the allegation at Washington.
Asked if Pakistan was actively looking for bin Laden, Zardari replied: “The world is looking for him and we are part of the world look-out brigade.”
Zardari also reiterated his belief that bin Laden is dead. “I have a strong feeling and I have reason to believe that because I’ve asked my counterparts in the American intelligence… Continue reading
May 10, 2009
by Andy Worthington
The Arabic media is ablaze with the news that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, the emir of an Afghan training camp — whose claim that Saddam Hussein had been involved in training al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons was used to justify the invasion of Iraq — has died in a Libyan jail. So far, however, the only English language report is on the Algerian website Ennahar Online, which reported that the Libyan newspaper Oea stated that al-Libi (aka Ali Abdul Hamid al-Fakheri) “was found dead of suicide in his cell,” and noted that the newspaper had reported the story “without specifying the date or method of suicide.”
This news resolves, in the grimmest way possible, questions that have long been asked about the whereabouts of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, perhaps the most famous of “America’s Disappeared” — prisoners seized in the “War on Terror,” who were rendered not to Guantánamo but to secret prisons run by the CIA or to the custody of governments in third countries — often their own — where, it was presumed, they would never be seen or heard from again.
The emir of the Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan, al-Libi was one of hundreds of prisoners seized by Pakistani forces in December 2001, crossing from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Most of these men ended up in Guantánamo after being handed over (or sold) to US forces by their Pakistani allies, but al-Libi was, notoriously, rendered to Egypt by the CIA to be tortured on behalf of the US government.…Continue reading
28 April 2009
by Rachel Williams
Three British Muslims were today cleared of helping the 7 July bombers choose
their targets by carrying out a reconnaissance mission in London seven months
before the attacks that killed 52 people and injured almost 1,000.
A jury at Kingston crown court unanimously found Waheed Ali, 25, Sadeer Saleem,
28, and Mohammed Shakil, 32, all from Beeston, Leeds, not guilty of conspiring
with the four bombers to cause explosions, after deliberating for eight days.
They are the only people to be charged over the attacks in 2005, which prompted
the biggest criminal investigation in British history — more than 18,450
statements were taken and at least 37,000 exhibits were collected.
Ali and Shakil were, however, convicted of conspiracy to attend a place used
for terrorist training. They were about to board a flight to Pakistan when they
were arrested in 2007. The pair will be sentenced tomorrow afternoon.
The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, welcomed those guilty verdicts, which she
said "clearly demonstrated the determined stance the UK takes against those
suspected of involvement in terrorism".
As the verdicts were read out, Ali smiled broadly, Saleem wiped his eyes and
Shakil leant forward, mouthing "thank you" to the jury. The trio had
been retried after a jury failed to reach a verdict on the charges relating
to the 7 July attacks last year after about three weeks of deliberations.
Survivors of the attacks and family members of those who died said today’s
verdicts strengthened the case for an independent inquiry into the bombings.…
April 27, 2009
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday
that the whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden remained a mystery and
there was a suspicion that he could be dead.
Speaking to international media, Zardari said U.S. officials had told him that
they had no trace of the al Qaeda chief, although they habitually say he is
most likely in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s own intelligence agencies were no wiser, either, Zardari said.
"There is no news," the president said. "They obviously feel
that he does not exist anymore but that’s not confirmed, we can’t confirm that."
Al Jazeera aired excerpts of an audio recording in March in which the speaker’s
voice sounded like earlier messages from bin Laden, who has eluded all efforts
to catch him since al Qaeda carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the
Bin Laden, if he is still alive, turned 52 on March 10, but he is known to
suffer from ill-health.
There have been reports that he had died of natural causes in the past, but
they have never been corroborated, and security analysts believe intelligence
agencies monitoring jihadi websites on the Internet would have picked up some
(Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Dean Yates)
Source URL: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090427/ts_nm/us_pakistan_zardari_binladen
April 22, 2009
By Chris Floyd
With the release of the U.S. Senate’s report on the Bush Administration torture
program, it is now incontrovertibly clear — and officially established
by the highest, most respectable Establishment institutions — that George
W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and a host of other top officials deliberately,
willingly, and with malice aforethought, established a system of interrogation
using brutal techniques that they knew were against the law. Hence the need
for the torture memos that attempted to give retroactive legal cover for atrocities
that were already taking place at the orders of the White House and the Pentagon.
They were also told repeatedly that these tortures were ineffective at producing
What’s more, it is now undeniable that they began this program long before
they had captured even one "high-profile al Qaeda detainee," and that
they were using these heinous techniques not in a desperate bid to save the
nation from further attacks — which has long been their preening, self-serving
claim — but instead to produce spurious data about the non-existent link
between Iraq and al Qaeda. In other words, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald
Rumsfeld ordered their minions to beat and torment captives in order to get
them to say something a — anything — that could then be used to
"justify" a war of aggression that these grand statesmen had been
planning long before the September 11 attacks.
You cannot disentangle the torture program from the war… Continue reading
April 23, 2009
Let Sibel Edmonds Speak
Sibel gave a 75-min interview to Electric Politics on April 10. You can listen
to it here.
Mizgin has an overview of the interview here.
A partial transcript follows:
Heroin, money-laundering and terrorism
Sibel Edmonds: First of all, it has been documented in the past several decades, the importance of narcotics in the Turkish economy, but also the role of Turkish MIT – that is Turkish Intelligence – and the military having an active role. But you’re also looking at the increased role of certain Central Asian countries and the Caucuses, and if you look at some of these regimes, these are the regimes that we have been supporting. Their economies also have become dependent on narcotics, because they have become a major transit – and in some places, for certain countries such as Azerbaijan, they have become major production centers.
After they shut down the casinos in Turkey – around 1998 – many of the large casinos in Turkey which were used to launder a lot of money, that also had to do with the narcotics, they actually moved and relocated to Azerbaijan, and there were several that went to Kazakhstan. So if you go through some of those Central Asian countries and you look at the list of the casinos, and you look at the ownership, you will see mainly Turkish ownership, and these are Turkish holding companies that relocated in 1998 to those countries.
George Kenney:… Continue reading
April 21, 2009
by Glenn Greenwald
Blue Dog Rep. Jane Harman — once the most vigorous Democratic cheerleader
of Bush’s NSA warrantless eavesdropping program — is rip-roarin’ angry today.
Apparently, her private conversations were eavesdropped on by the U.S. Government!
This is a grave outrage that, as she told Andrea Mitchell just moments ago,
demands a probing investigation:
That’s what I asked Attorney General Holder to do — to release any tapes,
I don’t know whether they were legally made or not, of my conservations about
this matter . . . and to hope that he will investigate whether other members
of Congress or other innocent Americans might have been subject to this same
treatment. I call it an abuse of power in the letter I wrote him this morning.
. . .
I’m just very disappointed that my country — I’m an American citizen just
like you are — could have permitted what I think is a gross abuse of power
in recent years. I’m one member of Congress who may be caught up in it, and
I have a bully pulpit and I can fight back. I’m thinking about others who have
no bully pulpit, who may not be aware, as I was not, that someone is listening
in on their conversations, and they’re innocent Americans.
So if I understand this correctly — and I’m pretty sure I do — when the U.S.
Government eavesdropped for years on American citizens with no warrants and
in violation of… Continue reading
America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them. We can resist, which means street protests, disruptions of the system and demonstrations, or become serfs.
We have been in a steady economic decline for decades. The Canadian political philosopher John Ralston Saul detailed this decline in his 1992 book “Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West.” David Cay Johnston exposed the mirage and rot of American capitalism in “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill),” and David C. Korten, in “When Corporations Rule the World” and “Agenda for a New Economy,” laid out corporate malfeasance and abuse. But our universities and mass media, entranced by power and naively believing that global capitalism was an… Continue reading