“Architects, Engineers & Scientists Examine the Evidence of 9/11″, held February 23rd at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, featured Cynthia McKinney, Richard Gage, and Steven Jones. Following is a two-part video of Cynthia’s presentation (click Read More for part 2); more will be posted here as we receive it from event organizers.
Commentary on event from Prof. Steven Jones:
A great event came together very well Saturday evening, 23 Feb 2008, under the
able leadership of Julia and Kristine (sp?) of KPFK – LA. Julia provided introductions
followed by Richard Gage for about 35 minutes, then I spoke for about an hour,
followed by Richard once more… Then Cynthia McKinney gave a powerful, motivating
talk — she is running for US President in the Green Party (USA). She is very
9/11-savvy. Finally, Q&A. It was fun — a lot of energy at the meeting.
I presented new SEM/EDS data on the red/gray chips — and explained further
research that is being planned and done to finish this up. (Hopefully the video
will be available soon.) I also spoke about areas where I/we actually agree
with NIST scientists and engineers, e.g.,
1. The “pancake theory of collapse” — has been analyzed and dismissed
by NIST in their reports. For example, in an FAQ released by NIST in Aug 2006,
“NIST’s findings do not support the “pancake theory” of collapse,
which is premised on a progressive failure of the floor systems in the WTC towers.”
2. NIST rejected… Continue reading
Media and public interest organizations tell the jurist that his order violates
constitutional provisions against prior restraint of free speech.
By Henry Weinstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 27, 2008
A coalition of media and public interest organizations went to federal court
in San Francisco on Tuesday urging a judge to reconsider his order to shut down
a muckraking website that publishes leaked documents from businesses and government
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties
Union, Public Citizen and several news organizations, told U.S. District Judge
Jeffrey White that two orders he issued last week against wikileaks.org were
prior restraints that violated the 1st Amendment.
Laura Handman, a Washington, D.C., attorney for the news organizations, said
White’s order was so expansive that the only way to describe it was as if a
judge had shut down a newspaper because of controversy over one article.
"I can’t think of another injunction that was so broad," said Matt
Zimmerman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil rights group that focuses
on digital issues.
White acted in response to a lawsuit filed Feb. 6 by Julius Baer & Co.,
a Zurich-based bank, alleging that a disgruntled former employee had posted
internal documents alleging money-laundering and tax evasion schemes at its
Cayman Islands branch.
Wikileaks.org specifically urges readers to post leaked documents in an effort
to discourage "unethical behavior" by corporations and government
agencies. Among the 1.2 million documents that Wikileaks says it has posted
over the last… Continue reading
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Article: Syed Akbar Kamal
a significant observation, many-time UN contributor & international observer
Professor Hans Koechler said “9/11 may have been an insider’s job”
in response to a question from one of the delegates attending his lecture The
‘Global War on Terror – Contradictions of an Imperial Strategy’ last night at
the Trades Hall in Auckland.
“I am not a boy-I am 59. There are many inconsistencies and inaccuracies
in the official version of events. Those who could not handle a Cessna pulled
off 9/11,” he said.
But he was quick to note that the official version has to be challenged. Quoting
David Ray Griffin he said these events, in terms of destruction caused, these
incidents cannot have been exclusively organized by a shadowy network of Mujahedeen
from the remote places of the globe.
The causes officially given for the incidents are not a sufficient explanation
for what actually happened on that day, especially as regards the logistics
of this highly sophisticated operation and the very advanced infrastructure
required for it.
He has published more than 300 books, reports and scholarly articles in several
languages. In his book The Global War on Terror and the Metaphysical Enemy he
writes the atrocities of September 11, 2001- Instead of dealing with the contradictions
and inconsistencies in the official version of events and the numerous gaps
in terms of the factual information, a “dogma of political correctness”
has been promulgated according to which 19 Islamic-inspired Arab hijackers,
directed… Continue reading
Lawyers claim he pleaded guilty without seeing secret evidence
By MATT APUZZO
February 26, 2008
WASHINGTON — Lawyers urged Zacarias Moussaoui not to plead guilty to
terrorism charges. They just couldn’t tell him why.
In newly filed court documents, Moussaoui argues that court-imposed secrecy
undermined his ability to present an adequate defense. His new lawyers say Moussaoui’s
guilty plea should be thrown out and a new trial should be convened for the
man who once claimed to have been a part of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist plot.
Moussaoui was not allowed to see the classified evidence against him and was
shut out from closed-door hearings in which that evidence was laid out.
Defense lawyers say they were barred from even discussing with Moussaoui evidence
that could help prove his innocence. They say Moussaoui faced an unconstitutional
choice: plead guilty or go to trial without knowing the evidence.
"Moussaoui appeals because his plea was unknowing, uncounselled and invalid,"
attorneys Justin Antonipillai and Barbara Hartung wrote.
The documents, filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond,
Va., raise a fundamental question about whether terrorism suspects like Moussaoui
should be given access to all the evidence against them — access that
is normally guaranteed in criminal cases.
The Bush administration has sought to avoid such conflicts by keeping most
terrorism cases out of civilian courts. Instead, officials plan to try several
cases before special military commissions at the Guantánamo Bay naval base,
where judges have broad authority… Continue reading
March 5, 2008
by Dave Lindorff
In Mansfield, CT, the town where I grew up, there were no police. Oh, there
was a resident State Police officer with a big cruiser, but mainly, his job
was patrolling the stretch of four-lane highway that ran north of us between
Hartford and Boston. The University of Connecticut, a sprawling ag school at
the time, had a few police, but their job was limited to patrolling the campus.
If something happened, like a kid stealing candy from Phil’s, the local
Five and Ten, or if there was some kind of domestic dispute, it fell to the
local town constable—an elected position—to handle.
Up in the town of Marlboro, VT, population 1000, the town constable may have
a new job. If President George W. Bush, or Vice President Dick Cheney should
happen to stop by there, perhaps to pick up some freshly made maple syrup or
maple sugar candy, he’d have to arrest them. Last night, the citizens
of Marlboro voted in their annual town meeting to indict both men for war crimes,
obstruction of justice and perjury. The vote was 43-25, with three abstentions.
Residents of nearby Brattleboro, population 12,000, did the same, voting 2012-1795.
It might be a challenge for the local constabulary, given the gaggle of stone-faced,
ear-wired, Secret Service agents in their dark sunshades who encircle and protect
the president and his regent whenever the two suspects travel out of the secure
confines of the White House and Executive Office… Continue reading
Update: Material added 3/7/08–
In this videoclip Giulietto Chiesa explains why so few (read ‘none’) of the mainstream media journalist showed up, even though hundreds were invited.
We have just received the first video of this historic presentation from Mark Dermul in Belgium, and will post more as we get them! Thanks to Mr. Chiesa, the participants, and everyone who helped make this happen. Particular thanks to the few courageous parliamentarians who showed up. Trailer for the film shown at this gathering, “Zero,” is available here: nl.youtube.com/watch?v=crexHTut23c&feature=related
By Ryan Paul
March 06, 2008
Computer security analyst Babak Pasdar says that a major mobile telecommunications
carrier has a built-in backdoor that provides an undisclosed third-party with
unfettered access to its internal technical infrastructure, including the ability
to eavesdrop on all calls through its network. In an affidavit that describes
the circumstances and basis for the allegations, Pasdar provides evidence which
could indicate that the FBI is on the other side of the secret line, engaging
in warrantless surveillance of mobile communications.
Pasdar discovered evidence of the backdoor when he was part of a rapid deployment
team that was brought in to facilitate a large-scale network security hardware
migration for the mobile carrier. During the migration, Pasdar was instructed
not to migrate the traffic for one particular DS-3, which was referred to as
the "Quantico Circuit" by consultants who worked closely with the
carrier (the FBI Academy is based in Quantico, Virginia).
According to Pasdar, the consultants informed him that the Quantico Circuit
is supposed to have no firewalls of any kind and no access control—it
is given complete access to everything in the carrier’s internal network and
there is no way to tell conclusively what has been accessed through it. The
consultants indicated that they knew who was at the other end of the Quantico
Circuit, but they refused to divulge this information to Pasdar.
When Pasdar insisted that the Quantico Circuit should at least have the minimum
level of security access logging if not access control, the… Continue reading
By Editorial Staff, AlterNet
March 11, 2008
This week, on March 13-16, a new generation of "Winter Soldiers"
— veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq — will descend on the
nation’s capitol to tell America in their own words what they saw during their
service in the "war on terror," the Bush administration’s signature
policy. They’ll give a ground’s eye perspective on the occupation’s toll on
the people of those countries and the costs to the military, and they’ll tell
stories of what it was really like in places like Fallujah and Ramadi — places
that are just names on a map to most of the people back home.
They’ll be following large footsteps. In the early months of 1971, a group
of Vietnam vets, organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), gave
two days of testimony about the Vietnam that they had seen, up close and all-too-personally,
in the original "Winter Soldier" investigation. While largely dismissed
by the political establishment, their wrenching testimony redoubled the peace
movement’s efforts to end that war.
In his opening statement 37 years ago, William Crandell, a 26 year-old lieutenant
who served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division — the division
that committed the infamous My Lai Massacre — told the hushed room, "The
Winter Soldier Investigation is not a mock trial. There will be no phony indictments;
there will be no verdict against Uncle Sam." He promised "straightforward
testimony — direct testimony — about acts which are war… Continue reading
By DAVID GAMBACORTA
Philadelphia Daily News
March 1, 2008
The call of duty has brought them together again, for one more vital mission.
Their hair is a little longer, their faces are a little scruffier and their
military garbs are a little more disheveled.
But when the signal is given shortly before 10 a.m. today at the Constitution
Center, 20 members of the Philadelphia chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the
War will march once more.
trek along Kelly Drive, past the Art Museum and Boathouse Row, across the Strawberry
Mansion Bridge and continue out west until they meet about 90 other veterans
at Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon.
Along the way, they hope to dispel a few myths about the Iraq war and give
regular people an idea of the grim reality that their fellow soldiers still
“We wanted to do something in solidarity that could send a message to
the American people,” said Steve Mortillo, the president of the Philadelphia
chapter of IVAW, who served in Iraq with the U.S. Calvary 1st Squadron Infantry
“It’s been five years since the war started, and a lot of us have feelings
that Americans only should die in combat if it’s a cause that’s going to save
more American lives than it’s going to cost.”
Today’s march also will promote IVAW’s Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan,
a three-day gathering for veterans of both wars that will take place next month
in Washington, D.C.
The organization boasts… Continue reading
It is now undeniable that the Federal Government has failed us completely.
We have asked our representatives to hold the Bush Administration accountable.
Instead, they have blocked the Impeachment movement all over our country.
As we approach the anniversary of the illegal Iraq invasion, we have not given
up on the idea of holding the criminals in the Bush Administration or those
who enable them accountable. Justice can only come through peace. Since the
Bush administration has insisted they will not end the occupation while they’re
in office, if we wish for the occupation to end before 1/20/09, we must impeach.
There is something that YOU can do. It is now time for Plan B.
Impeach for Peace researched a method for impeaching the President or Vice
President using a little known and rarely used part of the Rules of the U.S.
House of Representatives (“Jefferson’s Manual”). This document actually
empowers individual states to initiate the impeachment process. All that’s required
is that the MN House and Senate pass an impeachment resolution.
So spread the word, tell your friends, your family, your coworkers, your allies.
We will hold a rally Monday, March 17th, on the steps of the Capitol Building
in St Paul. When we are finished with the rally, we will storm the Capitol Building.
We shall demand that the Minnesota House and Senate immediately pass a resolution
calling for the Impeachment of George W Bush and Dick… Continue reading
Dear IAVA Supporter,
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, but you might not
have seen much about it on TV recently. Just 3% of the news in February
was dedicated to the war and fewer than one in three Americans know how many
American troops have died in Iraq. Believe it or not, a study just
released by the Pew Research Center shows that press coverage of the war is
at the lowest point since the war began.
Please take a minute now to sign an open letter to the media and demand that
major networks increase their coverage of the Iraq war.
The economy and the presidential campaigns are both important stories, but
news of the ongoing wars shouldn’t fall by the wayside. The media must
demonstrate that they can walk and chew gum at the same time. Over
80% of Americans are aware that Oprah Winfrey endorsed Senator Barack Obama
for president, while just 28% know how many troops have died in Iraq- even though
we are rapidly approaching 4,000 casualties.
An unprecedented detachment between the American public and the men and women
at war makes the media’s coverage of the conflicts more vital than ever. Just
because the coverage has waned doesn’t mean our troops aren’t facing daily dangers
or major issues once they return home.
Men and women continue to serve in Iraq, though you might not realize
that just from watching the news. Please sign
this open letter and honor the sacrifice of those who have served in the
past five years by making sure they remain in the public eye.…
The following statement is being issued by over a dozen Christian leaders
to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. We invite you to join us in adding
your name as a gesture of lamentation and repentance.
This season of Lent, we are truly living "in darkness and in the shadow
of death" as we mark, on March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the war
with Iraq. It is a war that is being waged by our country, financed by our taxes,
and fought by our sisters and brothers. As U.S. Christians, we issue a call
to the American church to lament and repent of the sin of this war.
We lament the suffering and violence in Iraq. …
We lament the effects of this war on our country. …
We repent of our failure to fully live the teaching of Jesus to be peacemakers.
We believe repentance means more than just being sorry. …
We dedicate ourselves to the biblical vision of a world in which nations
do not attempt to resolve international problems by waging war on other nations.
The mission of Sojourners is to articulate the biblical call to social
justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities,
the church, and the world.
Source URL: http://go.sojo.net/campaign/iraqstatement1/xgk7u76rl76twt5x?
This morning, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, ABC’s Good Morning America aired an interview with Vice President Cheney on the war. During the segment, Cheney flatly told White House correspondent Martha Raddatz that he doesn’t care about the American public’s views on the war:
CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.
RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.
RADDATZ: So? You don’t care what the American people think?
CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.
Watch it at Think Progress.
This opposition to the war is not a “fluctuation” in public opinion. The American public has steadily turned against the war since the 2003 invasion. According to a new CNN poll, just 36 percent of the American public believes that “the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over — down from 68 percent in March 2003, when the war began.”
Even though he doesn’t care what the American public wants, Cheney still thinks he is able — and entitled — to speak for the American public. Last month, Cheney declared, “The American people will not support a policy of retreat.” If Cheney were actually listening to the “American people,” he would know that 61 percent actually supports the redeployment of U.S. troops.
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By Peter Phillips
March 20, 2008
Will November 2008 bring a meaningful change to America? Will getting rid of George
W. Bush and Richard Cheney without impeachment or indictment really make a difference?
Will a 600 billion dollar war/defense budget be cut in half and used for desperately
needed domestic spending? Will the ninety-three billion dollars profits in the
private health insurance companies—those parasitic intermediates
between you and your doctor—be used instead for full health care coverage
for all? Will Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus be restored to the people? Will
torture stop? Will all students in public universities be able to enroll for free?
Will the US national security agencies stop mass spying on our personal communications?
Will the neo-conservative agenda of total military domination of the world be
The answer to these questions in the context of the current billion dollar presidential
campaign is an absolute no. Instead we have a campaign of personalities and platitudes.
There is a race candidate, a gender candidate and a tortured veteran candidate,
each talking about change in America, national security, freedom, and the American
way. The candidates are running with support of political parties so deeply embedded
with the military industrial complex, the health insurance companies, Wall Street,
and corporate media that it is undeterminable where the board rooms separate from
the state rooms.
The 2008 presidential race is a media entertainment spectacle with props, gossip,
accusations, and public relations. It is impression management from a candidates’
perspective. How can… Continue reading
Inside the Shell Game
By Paul Craig Roberts
March 24, 2008
The investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein has taken up the Litvinenko case.
The media used the Litvinenko case as sensational propaganda against Russian President Putin and then tossed it aside. For those whose memories of the case have faded, Alexander Litvinenko was a former KGB officer living in England who died in 2006, apparently from the radioactive isotope Polonium-210.
The British government encouraged the tale that Russian President Putin had sent Andrei Lugovoi to poison Litvinenko’s tea at a meeting on November 1, 2006. The story appealed to people brought up on James Bond thrillers, but the story never made any sense. Polonium 2-10 is a rare and tightly controlled substance as likely to contaminate the assassin as the victim. There are far easier and more effective ways of killing someone.
Moreover, there is no evidence to connect Russia to Litvinenko’s death. But this didn’t stop the British government from grandstanding, sending an extradition request for Lugovoi in July 2007. The British government sent the request despite the facts that there is no extradition treaty between Britain and Russia and the Russian constitution prohibits the extradition of Russian citizens. Epstein suggests that the purpose of the extradition request was to block the Russian government from investigating Litvinenko’s death in London. Litvinenko had a false passport provided by the British government. A real investigtion might have opened up the shadowy world of security consultants in which Litvinenko rubbed shoulders… Continue reading
March 23, 2008
By Robert Pear
WASHINGTON — New government research has found “large and growing”
disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling
the growth of income inequality in the last two decades.
Life expectancy for the nation as a whole has increased, the researchers said,
but affluent people have experienced greater gains, and this, in turn, has caused
a widening gap.
One of the researchers, Gopal K. Singh, a demographer at the Department of
Health and Human Services, said “the growing inequalities in life expectancy”
mirrored trends in infant mortality and in death from heart disease and certain
The gaps have been increasing despite efforts by the federal government to
reduce them. One of the top goals of “Healthy People 2010,” an official
statement of national health objectives issued in 2000, is to “eliminate
health disparities among different segments of the population,” including
higher- and lower-income groups and people of different racial and ethnic background.
Dr. Singh said last week that federal officials had found “widening socioeconomic
inequalities in life expectancy” at birth and at every age level.
He and another researcher, Mohammad Siahpush, a professor at the University
of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, developed an index to measure social and
economic conditions in every county, using census data on education, income,
poverty, housing and other factors. Counties were then classified into 10 groups
of equal population size.
In 1980-82, Dr. Singh said, people in the most affluent group could expect
to live 2.8 years longer than people in the most deprived group (75.8 versus
PM Book Alleges FAA Source For Statistical Data; FAA Concedes No Such Data Records Exist.
Beginning on page 22 of a Popular Mechanics 2006 book entitled Debunking 9/11
Myths, containing a forward comment by Republican presidential candidate John
McCain, an attempt is made to clarify the role played by potential military
aircraft intercepts during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Citing unnamed sources, part of this section reads as follows:
When contacted by Popular Mechanics, spokesmen for NORAD and the FAA clarified
their remarks by noting that scrambles were routine, but intercepts were not
– especially over the continental United States.
However, according to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Freedom of Information
Act response dated March 3, 2008, the FAA concedes that records for the information
alleged in part by Popular Mechanics’ unnamed FAA source, do not exist.
Sources: Air marshals missing from almost all flights
By Drew Griffin, Kathleen Johnston and Todd Schwarzschild
March 26, 2008
(CNN) — Of the 28,000 commercial airline flights that take to the skies on
an average day in the United States, fewer than 1 percent are protected by on-board,
armed federal air marshals, a nationwide CNN investigation has found.
That means a terrorist or other criminal bent on taking over an aircraft would
be confronted by a trained air marshal on as few as 280 daily flights, according
to more than a dozen federal air marshals and pilots interviewed by CNN.
The Transportation Security Administration flatly denied those reports.
Greg Alter, assistant special agent in charge of the federal air marshal program,
said the 280 number "grossly understates coverage by an order of magnitude"
and that the number is "four digits," but he would not elaborate.
In a post on its Web site responding to the CNN story, the TSA said it would
not disclose the number of air marshals flying each day so as not to "tip
our hand to terrorists." However, it said, "The actual number of flights
that air marshals cover is thousands per day." Read the full response
The investigation found low numbers even as the TSA in recent months has conducted
tests in which it has been able to smuggle guns and bomb-making materials past
airport security screeners.
The air marshal program began in 1970, after a rash of airline hijackings,
and it was expanded significantly after the terrorist attacks of September 11,