By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer
November 20, 2007
A federal judge expressed frustration Tuesday that the government provided
incorrect information about evidence in the prosecution of Sept. 11 conspirator
Zacarias Moussaoui and raised the possibility of ordering a new trial in another
high-profile terrorism case.
At a post-trial hearing Tuesday for Ali al-Timimi, a Muslim cleric from Virginia
sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for soliciting treason, U.S. District Judge
Leonie Brinkema said she can no longer trust the CIA and other government agencies
on how they represent classified evidence in terror cases.
Attorneys for al-Timimi have been seeking access to documents. They also want
to depose government witnesses to determine whether the government improperly
failed to disclose the existence of certain evidence.
The prosecutors have asked her to dismiss the defense request. The government
has denied the allegations but has done so in secret pleadings to the judge
that defense lawyers are not allowed to see. Even the lead prosecutors in the
al-Timimi case have not had access to the information; they have relied on the
representations of other government lawyers.
After the hearing, the judge issued an order that said she would not rule on
the prosecutors’ motion until the government grants needed security clearances
to al-Timimi’s defense lawyer, Jonathan Turley, and the lead trial prosecutor
so they can review the secret pleadings.
Brinkema said she no longer feels confident relying on the government briefs,
particularly since prosecutors admitted last week that similar representations
made in… Continue reading
On your mark, get set, don’t go! The starting gun on the “holiday shopping season” goes off at midnight Thanksgiving night. To perk up slagging sales, major retailers are opening their doors early to make the “biggest shopping day of the year” the longest, as well. As the Seattle PI reports, about 133 million people will shop this weekend in the U.S. The retailer’s strategy is to mark down the merchandise as much as possible to move their inventory.
Adbusters and others have anointed Friday as an unofficial holiday for people who are trying to fend off the allure of more and more stuff (and, possibly, bring more “meaning” to the holiday season.) Buy Nothing Day has been “celebrated” since 1992. According to Wikipedia, Adbusters states:
It isn’t just about changing your habits for one day” but “about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste.
Things to do on Friday instead of shopping ’til you drop:
- Nurse your Thanksgiving hangover by napping and thinking about the things you said you were thankful for yesterday: did your list include a cheap plastic toys and designer shoes? As you design your holiday season, reflect on your “thanks” list. Maybe instead of presents, focus on embellishing the things that add value to your life. Did your list include “my family,” “my home,” “my health”? Make your holiday season about those things, and leave the stressful shopping behind. You’ll have a great jumpstart on next year’s… Continue reading
November 16, 2007
These explosive and revealing comments about 9/11 have been completely ignored by the Mainstream Media. While talking about the 9/11 commission, 9/11 family member Patty Casazza reveals that FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds had incriminating insider information about the 9/11 attacks:
The Government knew… other than the exact moment… they knew the date, and the method of which the attacks were supposed to come … And none of this made it to mainstream media. None of it made it into the Commission.
And yet, again, all of your Representatives, on the day that the Commission book came out, were on their pulpits saying, “What a fabulous job this Commission has done. A real service to this nation.” And it was anything but a service. It was a complete fabrication.
The lack of Mainstream news coverage of these views is very apparent. Fox News in a secret memo implicitly admits that there is a problem with the ‘official story’ of 9/11:
“The so-called 9/11 Commission has already been meeting. In fact, this is its eighth session. The fact that former Clinton and both former and current Bush administration officials are testifying gives it a certain tension, but this is not ‘ what did he know and when did he know it’ stuff. Don’t turn this into Watergate.“
In fact, a similar… Continue reading
By JACOB LAMMERS
Thursday November 08 2007
Janes, a Port Clinton native, painted “With Liberty and Justice for All.”
He describes the painting as an expression of America’s unwillingness to question
the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Nathan Janes’ painting could create some controversy, but all he wants to do
is get to the truth.
Janes, a Port Clinton native, recently completed a painting of a dog wearing
a blindfold with “911″ and “truth” above and below the dog.
Janes said the painting represents America’s inability to question the events
surrounding the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“It’s kind of hard for people to question whether the government lied
or had a part in it,” he said. “I’m not say anything’s a hoax. I’m
saying there’s information that’s not been released or told.”
Janes started researching conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 last summer
and said he felt he was just getting more questions and not enough answers.
*”I just felt kind of compelled to because the issue needs to be out there,”
Janes said. “People might find themselves asking the same questions I’m
Janes, a 1997 graduate of Port Clinton High School, said the “all-seeing
eye” and the silhouettes of three B-2 stealth bombers represent the government’s
power over the people in modern times.
Jeannie Radloff, a retired art teacher at Port Clinton High School, said Janes
has always had artistic talent.
“He was an art machine,” Radloff said. “He’s high energy. He
has a… Continue reading
It has been brought to our attention that Google.com offers a feature whereby entering a phone number into the search bar brings up the name, address, and even a map to the location associated with that phone number. We found this to be the case also with Windows MSN’s live.com search engine, and may be the case with others, as well. It does not work with every phone number, but we verified that many do reveal this personal data. This information is significantly more thorough than what is available via reverse phone number lookup services. Many people have their phone number printed on their checks or other documents and the safety issues for anyone, particularly for children, are obvious and alarming. It may be wise to pay prompt attention to this safety and privacy issue and take action to protect yourself and your family. Google offers a “remove your name from this list” option, which promises to do just that in 48 hours.
We encourage you to share this information with friends and family, as a practical safety matter. Thank you.
YES: Sander Hicks, founder of Soft Skull Press, Vox Pop, and Drench Kiss Media and author of The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle-Blowers, and the Cover-Up.
NO: Karol Sheinin, blogger at AlarmingNews.com (at one point guest blogger for Michelle Malkin) and founder of the counter-protest group Actual Truth About 9/11.
This contentious issue will be broached next week on Wednesday, November 7 (at 8pm) on the basement level of Lolita Bar (266 Broome St. at Allen St., one block south and three west of the Delancey St. subway stop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side) — with Michel Evanchik moderating and Todd Seavey hosting.
In just-barely-related news, constitutionalists and conspiracists alike may enjoy tonight’s (Oct. 30) Tonight show appearance by my favorite presidential candidate, Ron Paul, as noted in yesterday’s entry, not that some Truther support for Paul makes him a Truther-endorser (or militia man, or Bircher, etc.) — but he probably wouldn’t put such chicanery past the government, either. In the interests of hostal neutrality, I will say no more until after next week’s debate, though.
How did I come to know two people with such opposing takes on this issue? Well, Karol co-hosts the monthly Manhattan Project non-leftist media gatherings with me and Mark Cunningham, while Sander (who, despite his being a Marxist and onetime pursuer of the NY Green Party nomination for Senate, I met through libertarian novelist Katherine Taylor of all people) is technically responsible for me hosting all of these Debates at… Continue reading
Dear activists, colleagues and friends,
We are beyond thrilled to announce that as a result of your efforts on The REAL Rudy: Radios, Councilman Eric Gioia has committed to “do everything in my power to get answers, to get the truth. There needs to be accountability.”
Never say never! We worked, we investigated, we fought, and now we’re well on our way to an investigation. Councilman Gioia was so taken with the video and all of our signatures (20,000!) that he sat down and explained to us what is going to happen next:
Watch the video: http://therealrudy.org/radios?utm_source=rgemail
With the councilman’s support, we can hold Giuliani accountable for his failure to equip firefighters with radios that could have saved lives on 9/11, and get answers to these questions:
Why was nothing done to improve FDNY radio performance for seven years after a clear need was demonstrated in the 1993 World Trade Center attack?
When new radios were finally ordered, why did the city award a contract to Motorola without a competitive bidding process?
Once Motorola was given the contract, why did its cost jump from $1.4 million to $14 million?
Why were these new radios never field tested?
No, this is not the answer to the distortions of Rudy Giuliani’s campaign and administration. This is just the beginning.
But it is a helluva start!
and the Brave New Films team
P.S. You can also watch as we delivered your 20,000 petitions here.
Brave New Films is located at… Continue reading
During today’s [11/5/07] White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino condemned Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s declaration of “emergency rule” in Pakistan. She said that the administration is “deeply disappointed” by the measure, which suspends the country’s constitution, and believes it is never “reasonable” to “restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism”:
Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?
MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.
Watch it at http://thinkprogress.org/2007/11/05/musharraf-freedom/.
The Bush administration never suspended the U.S. Constitution; instead, it interpreted the document so broadly as to provide all the powers they desired. A look at some of the ways the White House has overstepped its constitutional powers in the name of national security:
First Amendment: In September, a federal judge ruled that the FBI’s use of secret “national security letters” to obtain citizens’ personal data from private companies for counterterrorism investigations “violate[d] the First Amendment and constitutional provisions on the separation of powers.”
First Amendment, Fourth Amendment: In Aug. 2006, a federal district court in Detroit ruled that the Bush administration’ss NSA warrantless wiretapping program was unconstitutional, violating the “separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III.”
Article I: Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June, then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales attempted to justify the administration’s detainee policy by claiming, “There is no express grant… Continue reading
MADRID, Spain (AP) — They’d been longing for justice for more than three years
and instead got what they call a gut punch of acquittals and convictions on lesser
People who lost parents, children or spouses in the 2004 Madrid train bombings
plan to appeal the verdicts and sentences handed down Wednesday by Spain’s National
“It was like a slap in our face,” Jesus Abril, who lost his 19-year-old
son Oscar, said of the verdicts.
Three Muslims were charged with masterminding the bombings of four crowded
commuter trains at rush hour, which killed 191 people and wounded more than
1,800. None was convicted of the main charge of mass murder, and one was acquitted
Two of those alleged ringleaders and two others also facing murder charges
were convicted of the lesser charge of belonging to a terrorist organization.
Rather than sentences of nearly 38,000 years as sought by prosecutors, some
got terms of 12 years. And of nine Spaniards charged with supplying stolen dynamite
for the attack in exchange for drugs and cash, five walked free. Altogether,
of 28 people tried, seven were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Abril, a 54-year-old former teacher, attended each of the 58 trial sessions,
and was in court to hear the verdicts. He and others whose loved ones died in
the maelstrom of explosions and burning metal on March 11, 2004, said they could
not believe the decisions read by Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez.
“Some of us were crying, hysterical, angry.… Continue reading
Letter to the Editor of The
Ducking WTC Blame
To the Editor:
The City of New York and Contractors of 9/11 have expressed interest in negotiating
a total aggregate settlement with sick and dying first-responders who were exposed
to toxic air at the World Trade Center. This settlement will offer a certain
amount of money and the city and contractors will walk away without answering
questions about their negligence and lies. The money will be divided between
lawyers (40 percent) and the 9/11 afflicted litigants (60 percent). It has been
three years of arduous litigation.
Is this the answer to a troubling case where the Federal Government and the
Giuliani administration lied to everyone about the quality of air? What is to
stop the lies and failures from happening again? On 9/13/01 Christie Whitman
and the EPA told us the air quality was fine. The White House sanitized the
EPA press releases every day before they were given to media. Don’t alarm anyone.
Don’t err on the side of caution.
In late September 2001, the city Department of Environmental Protection had
tests showing high levels of asbestos at the WTC. Giuliani then told us the
air quality was fine. Schools resumed and workers, children and first-responders
were unnecessarily exposed to the toxic air of WTC. Rudy Giuliani placed an
inexperienced city agency (Department of Design and Construction) in charge
of the site. Proper face-fitted respirators weren’t issued to first-responders
until November 2001. This was total negligence by… Continue reading
BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 10/29/2007 5:30AM
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Will Now Tell All – and Face
Charges if Necessary – to Any Major Television Network That Will Let Her; She’s
Prepared to Name Names, Including Those of Two ‘Well-Known’ Congress Members Involved
in Criminal Corruption
The ‘Most Gagged Person in U.S. History’ Tells The BRAD BLOG She’s Now Exhausted
All Other Channels…
– By Brad Friedman
Attention CBS 60 Minutes: we’ve got a huge scoop for you. If you want
Remember the exclusive
story you aired on Sibel Edmonds, originally on October 27th, 2002, when
she was not allowed to tell you everything that she heard while serving
as an FBI translator after 9/11 because she was gagged by the rarely-invoked
"States Secret Privilege"? Well, she’s still gagged. In fact, as the
ACLU first described her, she’s "the most gagged person in the history
of the United States of America."
But if you’ll sit down and talk with her for an unedited interview, she has
now told The BRAD BLOG during an exclusive interview, she will now tell you
everything she knows.
Everything she hasn’t been allowed to tell since 2002, about the criminal
penetration of the FBI where she worked, and at the Departments of State and
Defense; everything she heard concerning the corruption and illegal
activities of several well-known members of Congress; everything she’s
aware of concerning information omitted and/or covered up in relation to 9/11.
All of the information gleaned from… Continue reading
DONALD RUMSFELD CHARGED WITH TORTURE DURING TRIP TO FRANCE
Complaint Filed Against Former Defense Secretary for Torture, Abuse at Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib
October 26, 2007, Paris, France — Today, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) along with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and the French League for Human Rights filed a complaint with the Paris Prosecutor before the “Court of First Instance” (Tribunal de Grande Instance) charging former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with ordering and authorizing torture. Rumsfeld was in Paris for a talk sponsored by Foreign Policy magazine, and left through a door connecting to the U.S. embassy to avoid journalists and human rights attorneys outside.
“The filing of this French case against Rumsfeld demonstrates that we will not rest until those U.S. officials involved in the torture program are brought to justice. Rumsfeld must understand that he has no place to hide. A torturer is an enemy of all humankind,” said CCR President Michael Ratner.
France is under the obligation to investigate and prosecute Rumsfeld’s accountability for crimes of torture in Guantánamo and Iraq. France has no choice but to open an investigation if an alleged torturer is on its territory. I hope that the fight against impunity will not be sacrificed in the name of politics. We call on France to refuse to be a safe haven for criminals.” said FIDH President Souhayr Belhassen.
We want to combat impunity and therefore demand a judicial investigation and a criminal prosecution wherever there is jurisdiction over the torture incidents,” said ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck.…Continue reading
October 28, 2007
World Can’t Wait- Drive Out the Bush Regime reports police once again used excessive force when they arrested one minor and two college students who were en route to a large anti-war rally. As stated in the World Can’t Wait’s Call, “If we speak the truth they will try to silence us. If we act they will try to stop us.” This statement is especially relevant in this incident.
Saturday about 75-100 students from various organizations were with the young men while marching from the newly opened military recruitment center at University Center to a rally at Union Park when the arrests took place. A student, Thomas Walker, later reported that the initial 10 accompanying officers were “hostile from the beginning, rude and cursing at us” on the way to the rally. The violence happened when the marchers arrived at Canal and Randolph. Eyewitnesses say the police used their bikes to shove protesters and pushed marchers. The minor and one of the arrested college students, Mark H. were victims of a “take-down” characterized as excessive by witnesses who said Mark bled from his injuries as he was dragged away by police officers. The other college student arrested, Sergei T., did not have visible injuries. Mark was released at 1:00 AM Sunday and taken immediately to the hospital. The minor will be brought before juvenile court on Monday to determine if he should be taken away from his parents and immediately put into juvenile detention.
After the massive… Continue reading
By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, October 6, 2007
US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has announced the conduct of major war games
under Vigilant Shield 2008 (VS-08).
Vigilant Shield 2008 (15 to 20 October, 2007) is designed to deal with a “terrorist”
or “natural disaster” scenario in the United States. The operation
will be coordinated in a joint endeavor by the Pentagon and the Department of
Yet, VS-08, which includes a massive deployment of the US Air Force resembles
a war-time air scenario rather than an anti-terrorist drill. The VS-08 war games
extend over the entire North American shelf. Canadian territory is also involved
through Canada’s participation in NORAD. (See Nazemroaya, October 2007)
These war games are being conducted at an important historical crossroads,
amidst mounting US pressures and threats to actually declare a “real war”
VS-08 is predicated on the doctrine of preemptive warfare, with a vie to protecting
the Homeland. The war games are coordinated with anti-terrorist drills directed
against presumed Islamic terrorists.
Moreover, the announcement by NORTHCOM of the VS-08 war games-anti-terror drills
coincided with a declaration by the Bush administration in early September that
military action against Iran is being contemplated at the highest echelons of
the US government and Military:
“President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place…
America on the path to war with Iran, .. Pentagon planners have developed
a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, … Pentagon and CIA officers
say they believe that the White House has begun a carefully calibrated programme
of escalation that could lead to a military showdown with Iran.
McKinney: 9/11 ‘Talking Points’ Urged Congress Say, ‘They Hate our Freedom’
Friday, October 05, 2007
In a recent speech in Arizona, former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney blasted
the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and claimed
that talking points urged representatives to tell constituents that the terrorists
“hate our freedom.”
The charge is noteworthy, even shocking, because it shows that the administration
had apparently resolved to use the tragedy to shape national consciousness in
a particular way. The administration’s response, if McKinney is to be believed,
smacks of political opportunism – even propaganda.
McKinney made the charge during a speech on at the First Christian Church in
Tuscon, AZ. Her speech and the comment itself was reported by a student newspaper,
The Wildcat Online. The article quoted her as saying: “How in
the world can we sustain the injuries from Sept. 11th and not even ask any questions
about what happened that day?”
Source URL: FreeMarketNews.com
Editor’s Comment: Readers will recall McKinney’s amazing display of courage and integrity while clearly, directly questioning Rumsfeld in March ’05, about DynCorp’s slave trade, the Pentagon’s missing trillions, and the 9/11 wargames:
Former congresswoman calls out Bush for 9/11 response
By: Jackson Crews
Issue date: 10/4/07
Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney condemned the Bush administration’s
handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a speech in front of more
than 70 people yesterday at the… Continue reading
By Ryan Singel
The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system
that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according
to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the
Freedom of Information Act.
The surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network,
connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line
operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies. It is far more
intricately woven into the nation’s telecom infrastructure than observers suspected.
It’s a “comprehensive wiretap system that intercepts wire-line phones,
cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems,” says Steven Bellovin, a
Columbia University computer science professor and longtime surveillance expert.
Snapshots of the FBI Spy Docs
DCSNet is a suite of software that collects, sifts and stores phone numbers,
phone calls and text messages. The system directly connects FBI wiretapping
outposts around the country to a far-reaching private communications network.
Many of the details of the system and its full capabilities were redacted from
the documents acquired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but they show
that DCSNet includes at least three collection components, each running on Windows-based
The $10 million DCS-3000 client, also known as Red Hook, handles pen-registers
and trap-and-traces, a type of surveillance that collects signaling information
— primarily the numbers dialed from a telephone — but no communications content.
(Pen registers record outgoing calls; trap-and-traces record incoming calls.)
DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, captures and collects the content of phone
calls and text messages for full wiretap orders.… Continue reading
By Amber Healy
The Fairfax Connection
Thursday 13 September 2007
More than five years after war began in Iraq, veterans speak out against the
Being a good soldier means following the orders given by higher ranking officers,
out of a sense of duty and loyalty to protect his country.
But what happens when a soldier feels his commanding officers, even the Commander
in Chief, has betrayed and abandoned the Constitution?
Tony Teolis of Fairfax wrestled with that question for years before joining
Veterans for Peace, one of many organizations that help veterans find the courage
and the voice to speak out against the current occupation of Iraq.
“As veterans, we believe in the Constitution as the law of the land, and
we took an oath to preserve, protect and defend it,” Teolis said. It is
the same oath congressmen, senators and the president also take when they step
into office, and Teolis and other like-minded veterans believe those elected
officials have abandoned the Constitution by going into Iraq under false pretenses.
“A declaration of war without a direct order from Congress, combined
with the abuse of human rights, the abuse and threat of invasion to other nations
are all signs that Congress and the president are not fulfilling their duties,”
A VETERAN of the first Gulf War in the early 1990s, Teolis spent several years
in Japan following his combat duty. With a long family history of military service,
he was proud to serve his country and for the work he had done in helping to
liberate Kuwait from Iraqi control.…
BY RIDGELY OCHS
Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of first responders and workers
who are ill and seeking monitoring and treatment continues to rise, a trend
that surprises the medical professionals caring for them.
“When you are seeing this many people five or six years later, that catches
everybody’s attention,” said Janet Levelle, the senior social worker at
Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Long Island World Trade Center Monitoring
and Treatment Program based in Islandia and Nassau University Medical Center.
Dr. Benjamin Luft, who heads the Long Island program, said his group saw about
1,400 responders and workers from July 2006 to July 2007, more than twice what
they expected. About 68 percent of those were first-time visitors, and more
than 35 percent ended up with some treatment, including attention for respiratory,
gastrointestinal and mental health issues.
“Very honestly, in 2001 we did not expect this level,” Luft said.
Even as more seek help, issues about workers’ compensation benefits and funding
for monitoring and treatment programs persist. “We’re at a sad point,”
said John Feal, president of Feal Good Foundation, an advocacy group for Sept.
11 workers. “After six years I thought we would be at the midpoint of recovery
but we’re still on the decline.”
An estimated 40,000 people — about 5,000 of them from Long Island — were
involved in rescue and cleanup following the attacks. About 21,000 of these
people are… Continue reading