by Devlin Buckley
July 21, 2008
“In the United States of America there is a hidden government about which you know nothing.”
So begins a revealing television exposeé aired by CNN in 1991. The hour-long Special Assignment presented the findings of a yearlong CNN investigation into the ultra-secretive Continuity of Government (COG) program, commonly referred to as the “doomsday government” or the “shadow government”.
The COG program was originally designed in the 1950s to ensure the survival of the federal government in the event of a nuclear attack. The highly secretive emergency plans were substantially upgraded during the 1980s and have become a focus point of the current administration, particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The COG program, which until recent years was believed to be reserved for nuclear disasters, was officially activated for the first time during the 9/11 attacks. The program, according to the most recent reports, was never completely shut down. Portions of the “shadow government” are presumably still operating to this day.
Recent efforts to reform and expand the emergency protocols, according to the best available reports, have been led by Vice President Dick Cheney, who played a major role in the COG program during the Reagan Administration.
The underground program is historically run out of the office of the Vice President through a clandestine agency, identified by CNN as the National Program Office (NPO).
In 1991, CNN found the Continuity of Government program and National Program Office to be rife with waste, fraud, and abuse.…Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
July 18, 2008
The United States is directly responsible for over one million Iraqi deaths since the invasion five and half years ago. In a January 2008 report, a British polling group Opinion Research Business (ORB) reports that, “survey work confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003…. We now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000”.
The ORB report comes on the heels of two earlier studies conducted by Johns Hopkins University published in the Lancet medical journal that confirmed the continuing numbers of mass deaths in Iraq. A study done by Dr. Les Roberts from January 1, 2002 to March 18 2003 put the civilian deaths at that time at over 100,000. A second study published in the Lancet in October 2006 documented over 650,000 civilian deaths in Iraq since the start of the US invasion. The 2006 study confirms that US aerial bombing in civilian neighborhoods caused over a third of these deaths and that over half the deaths are directly attributable to US forces.
The now estimated 1.2 million dead, as of July 2008, includes children, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, cab drivers, clerics, schoolteachers, factory workers, policemen, poets, healthcare workers, day care… Continue reading
The Final Mystery Of 9/11?
(A video response by Jon Gold to the BBC’s latest episode of “Conspiracy Files,”
which purports to lay to rest the “mystery of 9/11.” Uhm… they failed,
by the way.)
What the BBC producers probably should have watched before putting out this silly recent piece … a BBC production by Adam Curtis, from several years ago, The
Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear. We
encourage everyone to watch this video, and share it with others, as its historical
presentation is quite valuable regarding the background of players involved
with our current “War of Terror.”
Description from InternetArchive.org:
This film explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism
in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these
movements, and their effect on the world today. From the introduction to Part
“Both [the Islamists and Neoconservatives] were idealists who were born
out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. And both
had a very similar explanation for what caused that failure. These two groups
have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together,
they created today’s nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil that threatens
the world. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and
authority in a disillusioned age. And those with the darkest fears became
the most powerful.”
by Paul Craig Roberts
July 17, 2008
National Public Radio has been spending much news time on Darfur in Western
Sudan where a great deal of human suffering and death are occurring. The military
conflict has been brought on in part by climate change, according to UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon. Drought is forcing nomads in search of water into areas
occupied by other claimants. No doubt the conflict is tribal and racial as well.
The entire catastrophe is overseen by a government with few resources other
Now an International Criminal Court prosecutor wants to bring charges against
Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, for crimes against humanity and war
I have no sympathy for people who make others suffer. Nevertheless, I wonder
at the International Criminal Court’s pick from the assortment of war
criminals? Why al-Bashir?
Is it because Sudan is a powerless state, and the International Criminal Court
hasn’t the courage to name George W. Bush and Tony Blair as war criminals?
Bush and Blair’s crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan dwarf,
at least in the number of deaths and displaced persons, the terrible situation
in Darfur. The highest estimate of Darfur casualties is 400,000, one-third the
number of Iraqis who have died as a result of Bush’s invasion. Moreover,
the conflict in the Sudan is an internal one, whereas Bush illegally invaded
two foreign countries, war crimes under the Nuremberg Standard. Bush’s
war crimes were enabled by the political leaders of the UK, Spain, Canada,… Continue reading
July 13, 2008
By FRANK RICH
We know what a criminal White House looks like from “The Final Days”
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s classic account of Richard Nixon’s
unraveling. The cauldron of lies, paranoia and illegal surveillance boiled over,
until it was finally every man for himself as desperate courtiers scrambled
to save their reputations and, in a few patriotic instances, their country.
“The Final Days” was published in 1976, two years after Nixon abdicated in disgrace. With the Bush presidency, no journalist (or turncoat White House memoirist) is waiting for the corpse to be carted away. The latest and perhaps most chilling example arrives this week from Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, long a relentless journalist on the war-on-terror torture beat. Her book “The Dark Side” connects the dots of her own past reporting and that of her top-tier colleagues (including James Risen and Scott Shane of The New York Times) to portray a White House that, like its prototype, savaged its enemies within almost as ferociously as it did the Constitution.
Some of “The Dark Side” seems right out of “The Final Days” minus Nixon’s operatic boozing and weeping. We learn, for instance, that in 2004 two conservative Republican Justice Department officials had become “so paranoid” that “they actually thought they might be in physical danger.” The fear of being wiretapped by their own peers drove them to speak in code.
The men were John Ashcroft’s deputy attorney general, James Comey, and an assistant… Continue reading
An Original Report from Chicago
by Sander Hicks
July 12, 9:10 PM, Chicago, IL
The Green Party of the United States today nominated truth activist and seasoned
politician Cynthia McKinney for U.S. President. In her 12 years in Congress,
McKinney distinguished herself for questioning Donald Rumsfeld under oath about
missing trillions at the Pentagon. She introduced articles of impeachment and
asked questions about the 9/11 attacks, in 2002, when such skepticism was not
tolerated from public figures.
McKinney’s story includes many accomplishments as a legislator. She has been
the conscience for a misguided nation. But the other half of her story is not
what she has done, but what has been done to her. She took the blows of fierce
reaction when the political establishment and corporate centrist media attacked
her for violating the taboo that demanded silence about 9/11. In 2002, GOP strategists
used a special “crossover” strategy to get their voters to vote in
the Democratic primary for a fake Democrat substitute for McKinney. She came
back in 2004. After introducing articles of impeachment and holding congressional
hearings into 9/11, Capitol Police pretended not to recognize her, which sparked
a confrontation with a frustrated McKinney. The media claimed she punched a
cop. McKinney lost re-election in 2006.
So it was a comeback of another kind today. Greens all over the convention
today were fond of quoting Jesse Jackson who said “the Democratic Party
is where progressive politics go to die.” In her speech today, McKinney
spoke of annually swearing to herself that all the maiming, and bombing of children,
and killing of peoples that our government does, is not done in her name.…
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Thursday July 10, 2008
During a town hall event in Portsmouth, OH on Wednesday, John McCain was asked
by a member of the audience whether his links to the parent organization of
the Project for a New American Century explain why he has been reluctant to
support calls for a new investigation of 9/11.
The questioner began, "I was curious about a document. Back in September
of 2000, the Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, whose members included
Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush and Paul Wolfowitz, wrote a document
entitled ‘Rebuilding Americans Defenses.’"
As McCain turned and paced away from him, the questioner continued, "In
it, they state, quote, "The process of transformation, even if it bring
revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and
catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor."
"Now, many Americans believe that that ‘new Pearl Harbor’ event took place
on 9/11," the questioner went on, as McCain grimaced slightly. "And
according to a recent New York Times and CBS News poll, 84% of Americans believe
that there were some criminal elements of our government involved in 9/11."
Calls of disapproval began to arise from the audience, but the questioner shot
back, "Hold on!" and continued asking McCain, "Can you tell us
about your role as — hold on — as president of the ‘New Citizen Project,’
founded in 1994, which served as a chief fund-raising and parent organization
to PNAC? And is… Continue reading
Impeachment Article to be Introduced Thursday
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) sent the following
letter today to his colleagues in Congress:
July 8, 2008
WHEN THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF LIES TO GO TO WAR, HE MUST
A SINGLE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR
ON THURSDAY; PLEASE CO-SPONSOR
During the Fourth of July holiday a WWII veteran stood ram-rod straight in
his crisp dress uniform and saluted our flag as it passed in a parade. His silent
reverential stance was a powerful reminder of the love of country that is reflected
in our veterans of all generations and all services.
It is also a powerful reminder of the responsibilities of the President of
the Untied States in his capacity as Commander in Chief.
It is worse than heartbreaking that George W. Bush, as Commander in Chief,
caused this country to go to war based on information which was false, and which
he knew to be false. The consequences for our troops have been devastating.
We have lost 4,116 of our beloved servicemen and women since the war began,
with over 30,000 physically wounded and countless others emotionally wounded.
The toll on the service persons and their families will be felt throughout their
There can be no greater responsibility of a Commander in Chief than to command
based on facts on the ground, and to command in fact and in truth. There can
be no greater offense of a Commander in Chief than to misrepresent a cause of
war and to send our brave men and women into harm’s way based on those misrepresentations.…
ACLU Announces Legal Challenge To Follow President’s Signature
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WASHINGTON ï¿½ Today, in a blatant assault upon civil liberties and the
right to privacy, the Senate passed an unconstitutional domestic spying bill
that violates the Fourth Amendment and eliminates any meaningful role for judicial
oversight of government surveillance. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 was approved
by a vote of 69 to 28 and is expected to be signed into law by President Bush
shortly. This bill essentially legalizes the president’s unlawful warrantless
wiretapping program revealed in December 2005 by the New York Times.
‘Once again, Congress blinked and succumbed to the president’s
fear-mongering. With today’s vote, the government has been given a green
light to expand its power to spy on Americans and run roughshod over the Constitution,’
said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
‘This legislation will give the government unfettered and unchecked access
to innocent Americans’ international communications without a warrant.
This is not only unconstitutional, but absolutely un-American.’
The FISA Amendments Act nearly eviscerates oversight of government surveillance
by allowing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to review only
general procedures for spying rather than individual warrants. The FISC will
not be told any specifics about who will actually be wiretapped, thereby undercutting
any meaningful role for the court and violating the Fourth Amendment’s
protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
The bill further trivializes court review by authorizing the government to
continue a surveillance program even after the government’s general spying
procedures are found insufficient or unconstitutional by the FISC.…
San Luis Obisbo Tribune
Monday, 7 July 2008
Mastermind or pawn?
Thank you for printing some information about Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, recently.
I was wondering if any investigative journalists at The Tribune, or anyone in
the media, are ever going to look into some facts about the supposed “mastermind
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was educated in the United States, received a degree
in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
University in 1986 and speaks fluent English. Professor David E. Klett was Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed’s teacher.
The CIA released a 26-page interrogation from June 2007 in which their Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed has an interpreter and speaks in a bizarre, broken English that
no Arab I ever spoke English with in the Persian Gulf ever sounded like. This
document has been declassified and is currently online.
The families of the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have been denied
the right to face the accused. No photos or videos have been released since
this man’s capture five years ago. Is it possible that the man being held
in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is not a mastermind of anything but is simply a tortured
patsy put forward for the
Grover Beach, CA
Link to letter online: www.sanluisobispo.com/182/story/406771.html
Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh
July 7, 2008
Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a
major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and
former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations,
for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described
in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the
country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support
of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations.
They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons
Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations
Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with
Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members
of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking
them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets”
in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the
scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence
Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly
expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities
are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had
serious questions about their nature.
Under federal law, a Presidential Finding, which is highly classified, must
be issued when a covert intelligence operation gets under way and, at a minimum,
must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and the
Senate and to the ranking members of their respective intelligence committees—the
so-called Gang of Eight.…
By Dr. William F. Pepper
As a friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the last year
of his life, James Earl Ray’s attorney, for the last ten years of his
life and, finally, lead Counsel for Dr. King’s family in the 1999 civil
trial which brought forward evidence from 70 witnesses over 30 days in Memphis,
I am compelled to comment, for the record, on the most recent documentary on
the assassination by CNN which is being aired on an ongoing basis. The fact
that my participation in the program was used to give it some credibility makes
this comment even more relevant.
It is one matter to distort the truth of how this great American prophet was
taken from us, but quite another to have mainstream media perpetuate disinformation
on matters of such public importance to the citizens of the Republic. An expert
witness, at the King family civil trial, William Schapp, set out the historical
use of government disinformation through mainstream media, dating back to the
The first half of the program was dedicated to James and his background and
history. While the program notably failed to provide a motive as to why this
escaped convict would even consider such an act, and racism had been excluded
by the earlier Congressional investigation, it was hinted at by a reference
of his refusal to go to a work farm attached to the Missouri prison because
of the number of blacks in that facility. In fact, James was afraid
of becoming tied into drug activity which was going on there and having his
Only one Congressman had the personal courage and the profound respect for
our Constitution to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and exercise
his right and his responsibility to bring Articles of Impeachment against President
George W. Bush – Ohio Representative Dennis J. Kucinich.
Now, Americans who cherish our Democracy and the Constitutional principles
upon which it was founded can stand up, speak out, and take action by signing
the one official petition that carries the full and unqualified support of the
one and only original sponsor of the impeachment resolution: Congressman Dennis
WHEREAS, in his conduct while President of the United States,
George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute
the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability,
preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in
violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully
executed, has committed abuses of power.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that President George W. Bush has
acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and Commander in Chief,
and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of
law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States
and that he be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.
“…clear Presidential crimes…”
So says Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley in an interview with MSNBC’s
Keith Olbermann about Congressman Dennis… Continue reading
McCain doesn’t want to impeach Bush
David Edwards and Nick Juliano, Raw Story
Thursday June 26, 2008
Republican presidential candidate John McCain was asked Thursday his opinion
of an attempt to impeach President Bush. His answer shouldn’t surprise anyone.
If nothing else, the fact that a question was even asked shows that McCain’s
campaign doesn’t do as rigorous a job as President Bush’s handlers do in weeding
out unfriendly questioners from town hall meetings.
"I appreciate this opportunity, Mr. McCain, to ask you a question,"
said a man attending the town hall meeting at Xavier University in Ohio. "Part
one is in regards to the articles of impeachment brought up by Kucinich for
Bush. What your stance is on that as far as manipulated intelligence to form
the policy. And then the second is Professor Gatsby from Arizona was outside
your office for sixteen days and didn’t eat solid foods. I was wondering if
you agreed to meet with him for the two hours he requested or does he have to
be a corporate owner with multi-million dollars to meet with you."
The Republican senator laughed.
"I do not agree with quote ‘articles of impeachment,’" McCain said,
in reference to a resolution introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).
The second question was about an Arizona professor and 9/11 conspiracy theorist
who staged a hunger strike outside McCain’s office requesting a meeting with
the senator. McCain said the professor ended his strike although he was refused
"I did not" meet with him, McCain said.…Continue reading
By Edward Luce and Andrew Ward
June 24 2008
John McCain’s right-hand man hit a raw nerve on Monday when he said another
terrorist attack on US soil would prove a “big advantage” to the
Republican nominee’s general election chances.
The comments by Charlie Black, who is arguably Mr McCain’s most experienced
adviser, put into words what many Republicans and Democrats have privately been
stating for months.
Mr Black, 60, who is a veteran of every Republican presidential campaign since
the 1980s and served in the Reagan and Bush Senior administrations, immediately
apologised for his remarks, which were published in an interview with Fortune
Mr McCain, whom opinion polls show is trailing Barack Obama, his Democratic
rival, by between six and 15 points, said: “I cannot imagine why he would
say it. I strenuously disagree?.?.?.?It’s not true. I have worked tirelessly
since 9/11 to prevent another terrorist attack on America.”
The Obama campaign said: “The fact that John McCain’s top adviser
says that a terrorist attack on American soil would be a ‘big advantage’
for their political campaign is a complete disgrace and is exactly the kind
of politics that needs to change.”
The controversy arrived at a bad moment for the McCain campaign, which has
come under increasing fire from otherwise friendly Republicans for its alleged
amateurism. Critics say it has sent out mixed signals about Mr McCain’s
political direction and shown a lack of “message discipline”.
For example, last week the campaign put out a televised advertisement… Continue reading
On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said that
President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he believes Sen. Barack Obama
(D-IL) is going to be elected.
However, “if the president thought John McCain was going to be the next
president, he would think it more appropriate to let the next president make
that decision than do it on his way out,” Kristol said, reinforcing the
fact that McCain is offering a third Bush term on Iran.
“I do wonder with Senator Obama, if President Bush thinks Senator Obama’s
going to win, does he somehow think — does he worry that Obama won’t
follow through on that policy,” Kristol added. Host Chris Wallace then
asked if Kristol was suggesting that Bush might “launch a military strike”
before or after the election:
WALLACE: So, you’re suggesting that he might in fact, if Obama’s
going to win the election, either before or after the election, launch a military
KRISTOL: I don’t know. I mean, I think he would worry about
it. On the other hand, you can’t — it’s hard to
make foreign policy based on guesses of election results. I think Israel is
worried though. I mean, what is, what signal goes to Ahmadinejad if Obama
wins on a platform of unconditional negotiations and with an obvious reluctance
to even talk about using military force.
Kristol also suggested that Obama’s election would tempt Saudi Arabia and Egypt to think, ‘maybe we can use nuclear… Continue reading
There was almost an armed coup in the US.
A Marine General was lined up to lead it…
Over 500,000 men were identified as potential
members of a private corporate army…
and the right wing press provided the propaganda to cover it.
The year was 1934…
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by David Edwards and Nick
Juliano, Raw Story
June 20, 2008
Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan is testifying to the House Judiciary
Committee about his new revelations on the exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame
and the Bush administration’s “propaganda campaign” that led the country
McClellan was invited to testify after publication of his tell all memoir,
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.
Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said the revelations McClellan wrote
about “may or may not constitute an impeachable offense.”
The revelation of a pre-war propaganda campaign was “a confirmation that
the White House played fast and loose with the truth in a time of war,”
Conyers said to open the hearing. “Depending on how one reads the Constitution,
that may or may not be an impeachable offense.”
Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, said Plame’s outing was a direct component of
that propaganda effort because it was aimed at discrediting her husband Joe
Wilson, a former ambassador who undercut the administration’s argument that
Saddam Hussein was attempting to buy nuclear weapons materials from Africa.
Friday’s hearing, he said, was aimed at uncovering possible evidence of obstruction
of justice and painting a fuller picture of administration officials involvement
“not only in the leak but also in the coverup.”
Rep. Lamar Smith, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, gave a prebuttal
of McClellan’s testimony, reciting accusations that McClellan was simply trying
to make a buck with a critical book and that he was perhaps trying to get back
at his former bosses.…