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Whitman Testifies to House Judiciary Subcommittee–hearings today

Bin Laden may have arranged family’s US exit: FBI docs

Bin Laden may have arranged family’s US exit: FBI docs
Jun 20 04:08 PM US/Eastern

Osama bin Laden may have chartered a plane that carried his family members and
Saudi nationals out of the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks,
said FBI documents released Wednesday.

The papers, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, were made public
by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based group that investigates government corruption.

One FBI document referred to a Ryan Air 727 airplane that departed Los Angeles
International Airport on September 19, 2001, and was said to have carried Saudi
nationals out of the United States.

“The plane was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama
bin Laden,” according to the document, which was among 224 pages posted
online.

The flight made stops in Orlando, Florida; Washington, DC; and Boston, Massachusetts
and eventually left its passengers in Paris the following day.

In all, the documents detail six flights between September 14 and September
24 that evacuated Saudi nationals and bin Laden family members, Judicial Watch
said in a statement.

“Incredibly, not a single Saudi national nor any of the bin Laden family
members possessed any information of investigative value,” Judicial Watch
said.

“These documents contain numerous errors and inconsistencies which call
to question the thoroughness of the FBI’s investigation of the Saudi flights.

“For example, on one document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 20 of
23 passengers on the Ryan International Airlines flight … on another document
the FBI claims to have interviewed 15 to 22 passengers on the same flight.”

Asked about the documents’ assertion that either bin Laden or the Saudi royals
ordered the flight, an FBI spokesman said the information was inaccurate.…

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Shocking and Awe-ful–Government Secrecy (or, How can this guy still be in office?!)

Cheney Defiant on Classified Material
Executive Order Ignored Since 2003

Cheney won't complyBy
Peter
Baker

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 22, 2007; A01

Vice President Cheney’s office has refused to comply with an executive order
governing the handling of classified information for the past four years and
recently tried to abolish the office that sought to enforce those rules, according
to documents released by a congressional committee yesterday.

Since 2003, the vice president’s staff has not cooperated with an office at
the National Archives and Records Administration charged with making sure the
executive branch protects classified information. Cheney aides have not filed
reports on their possession of classified data and at one point blocked an inspection
of their office. After the Archives office pressed the matter, the documents
say, Cheney’s staff this year proposed eliminating it.

The dispute centers on a relatively obscure process but underscores a wider
struggle waged in the past 6 1/2 years over Cheney’s penchant for secrecy. Since
becoming vice president, he has fought attempts to peer into the inner workings
of his office, shielding an array of information such as the industry executives
who advised his energy task force, details about his privately funded travel
and Secret Service logs showing who visits his official residence.

The aggressive efforts to protect the operations of his staff have usually
pitted Cheney against lawmakers, interest groups or media organizations, sometimes
going all the way to the Supreme Court. But the fight about classified information
regulation indicates that the vice president has resisted oversight even by
other parts of the Bush administration.…

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Judges Say U.S. Can’t Hold Man as ‘Combatant’ / Nuremberg prosecutor says Guantánamo trials unfair

June 12, 2007
Judges Say U.S. Can’t Hold Man as ‘Combatant’
By ADAM LIPTAK

Background: Ali al-Marri, a citizen from Qatar, was arrested on Dec. 12, 2001 in Peoria, Ill., where he was living with his wife and five children while studying computer science at Bradley University. He was initially charged with credit card fraud and lying to federal agents. Then in 2003, he was transfered to military custody and designated an enemy combatant. Government officials contended that he was an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, sent to the United States to commit mass murder and disrupt the banking system. Mr. al-Marri denied the charges and challenged his detention. His case took on added significance when Mr. al-Marri was left as the only enemy combatant being held in mainland America.

The federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled yesterday that the president may not declare civilians in this country to be “enemy combatants” and have the military hold them indefinitely. The ruling was a stinging rejection of one of the Bush administration’s central assertions about the scope of executive authority to combat terrorism.

The ruling came in the case of Ali al-Marri, a citizen of Qatar now in military custody in Charleston, S.C., who is the only person on the American mainland known to be held as an enemy combatant. The court said the administration may charge Mr. Marri with a crime, deport him or hold him as a material witness in connection with a grand jury investigation.

“But military detention of al-Marri must cease,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the majority of a divided three-judge panel.…

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Severe Visibility– First 9/11 Truth Feature Film. An Interview with Paul Cross

by Carol Brouillet

The morning of September 11, 2001, Paul Cross was at the White House for part of the post-production work of his film “Follow the Leader,” a documentary about the everyday life of the President of the United States. On September 12th Paul visited the Pentagon. He did not see that the damage to the building nor the debris nor the scene were consistent with the official claim that a Boeing 757 had crashed there. He finished producing “Follow the Leader,” which won an award at the Atlantic City Film Festival for best documentary, and traveled with the film, speaking about it.

Paul has a deep reverence and love for this country and the ideals it proclaims. When the truth of 9/11 hit him, he cried for days. “Severe Visibility,” his latest film, is his response. It tells the story of Major Stanley Kruter (played by Paul Cross) who represents the average American and was injured in the Pentagon attack. The other major character is a foreign journalist who begs Kruter to tell him about what he witnessed from his window during the attack. Paul said he identified with the journalist, who doubts that a commercial 757 airliner actually hit the Pentagon.

I heard about Paul’s film from a mutual banjo-playing friend last July, in 2006. Thrilled that a Hollywood feature 9/11 Truth film was being made, I phoned Paul. We had a friendly conversation. I sent him a copy of my DVD, but though he promised to… Continue reading

Arkansas GOP head: We need more ‘attacks on American soil’ so people appreciate Bush

Arkansas GOP head: We need more ‘attacks on American soil’ so people appreciate
Bush
Josh Catone
Published: Sunday June 3, 2007

In his first interview as the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, Dennis
Milligan told a reporter that America needs to be attacked by terrorists so
that people will appreciate the work that President Bush has done to protect
the country.

“At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right
thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had
on [Sept. 11, 2001],” Milligan said to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “and
the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment
for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to
protect this country.”

Milligan, who was elected as the new chair of the Arkansas Republican Party
just two weeks ago, also told the newspaper that he is “150 percent”
behind Bush in the war in Iraq.

In his acceptance speech on May 19th, Milligan told his fellow Republicans
that it was “time for a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.”

The owner of a water treatment company, Milligan was a relative unknown in
Arkansas politics until being elected the party chairman. He had previously
served as the party’s treasurer and the Saline County Republican chair.

THE FULL DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE INTERVIEW CAN BE READ HERE

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Senators Want CIA to Release 9/11 Report

Thursday May 17, 2007 10:16 PM
By KATHERINE SHRADER
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation that
would force the CIA to release an inspector general’s report on the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The CIA has spent more than 20 months weighing requests under the Freedom of
Information Act for its internal investigation of the attacks but has yet to
release any portion of it.

The agency is the only federal office involved in counterterrorism operations
that has not made at least a version of its internal 9/11 investigation public.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and two other intelligence committee leaders – chairman
Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and senior Republican Kit Bond of Missouri – are pushing
legislation that would require the agency to declassify the executive summary
of the review within one month and submit a report to Congress explaining why
any material was withheld.

The provision has been approved by the Senate twice, but never made into law.

In an interview, Wyden said he is also considering whether to link the report’s
release to his acceptance of President Bush’s nominations for national security
positions.

“It’s amazing the efforts the administration is going to stonewall this,”
Wyden said. “The American people have a right to know what the Central Intelligence
Agency was doing in those critical months before 9/11…. I am going to bulldog
this until the public gets it.”

Completed in June 2005, the inspector general’s report examined the personal
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Ground Zero Illnesses Clouding Giuliani’s Legacy

By ANTHONY DePALMA
May 11, 2007

Anyone who watched Rudolph W. Giuliani preside over ground zero in the days
after 9/11 glimpsed elements of his strength: decisiveness, determination, self-confidence.

Those qualities were also on display over the months he directed the cleanup
of the collapsed World Trade Center. But today, with evidence that thousands
of people who worked at ground zero have become sick, many regard Mr. Giuliani’s
triumph of leadership as having come with a human cost.

An examination of Mr. Giuliani’s handling of the extraordinary recovery operation
during his last months in office shows that he seized control and largely limited
the influence of experienced federal agencies. In doing that, according to some
experts and many of those who worked in the trade center’s ruins, Mr. Giuliani
might have allowed his sense of purpose to trump caution in the rush to prove
that his city was not crippled by the attack.

Administration documents and thousands of pages of legal testimony filed in
a lawsuit against New York City, along with more than two dozen interviews with
people involved in the events of the last four months of Mr. Giuliani’s administration,
show that while the city had a safety plan for workers, it never meaningfully
enforced federal requirements that those at the site wear respirators.

At the same time, the administration warned companies working on the pile that
they would face penalties or be fired if work slowed. And according to public
hearing transcripts and unpublished administration records, officials also on
some occasions gave flawed public representations of the nature of the health
threat, even as they privately worried about exposure to lawsuits by sickened
workers.…

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David Ray Griffin debunks the official 9/11 story

Dr. Griffin at the National Press Clubby Elizabeth Woodworth

David Ray Griffin is a professor of philosophy of religion and theology and a proponent of 9/11 conspiracy theories that implicate members of the US government in the attacks. His just-released book is Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (Interlink Publishing). Griffin’s 9/11 books include The New Pearl Harbor (2003) and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2004).

New testimony from on-the-job first responders provides proof positive that 9/11 was an inside job. Eminent, world-renowned, Whitehead philosopher Dr. David Ray Griffin has been dogging the steps of the 9/11 official theory since colleagues first pointed out discrepancies in 2003.

Griffin, whose bottom line is the ecological crisis, believes the 911-spawned “War on Terror” is keeping ecology on the back burner. Along with Griffin, hundreds of scholars, pilots, veterans, first responders and CIA, government and military officials, had, by May 2006, convinced a polled 42 percent of Americans that a new independent 9/11 investigation was needed. (See www.patriotsquestion911.com)

Disturbed by the poll, in August of 2006, proponents of the official theory launched a four-pronged attack on the evidence that wouldn’t go away. They overhauled the official theory with revisions presented through a NIST (National Institutes of Standards and Technology) factsheet with information from Without Precedent, written by 9/11 commissioners Kean and Hamilton and material from Popular Mechanics’ Debunking 9/11 Myths, endorsed by Condoleezza Rice.

To buttress these revisions, the government handed previously unreleased NORAD tapes to… Continue reading

Kucinich Files Articles of Impeachment Against Cheney

Impeachment IS on the Table!!!

Yesterday, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced House Resolution 333,
Articles
of Impeachment Against Richard B. Cheney. The three articles accuse
Cheney of
deceiving the public and Congress about Iraq WMD and a link between
Iraq
and
al Quaeda, and of publicly threatening agression against Iran,
“absent
any real threat to the United States.” You can read a Synopsis,
the
full
Resolution, and supporting documentation at href="http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/documents.htm"
target="_blank"Kucinich’s
House website.Track this bill (has your Rep cosponsored?) at href="http://www.thomas.gov" target="_blank"thomas.gov
(enter HRes 333 in the search bar, then click “Bill Summary and
Status”
to see cosponsors, committee assignment, etc.) We’ll need to lend
massive support
to this effort if it’s to succeed. Kucinich’s staff has said they need
us to
call and write members of the House Judiciary Committee, and our own
Representatives
right now! In addition, we need to heavily contact the media — an
internet search brings up almost nothing about either Kucinich’s press
conference held last night at 5pm, nor anything about the Articles
themselves. This is outrageous! If you’re subscribing to a “news” outlet
that’s not reporting on this important news, this is surely the time to
cancel your subscription and tell them why.

ACTION REQUEST: 911Truth.org is working on preparing
impeachment
materials very specific to crimes committed by Cheney on 9/11–if you
live
in the district of one of the Judiciary Committee members and can help,
please contact Janice@911truth.org immediately. Thank you.

MORE IMPEACHMENT RESOURCES: AfterDowningStreet.org has posted an
excellent list of action
steps and links to more information at: href="http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/cheney"
target="_blank"www.afterdowningstreet.org/cheney.…

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Kucinich Seeks Cheney Impeachment; Americans to Rally Nationwide on Saturday

For Immediate Release

Impeach Cheney First

Press Contact
Jacob Park
(917) 254-9330
jacob@a28.org

KUCINICH SEEKS CHENEY IMPEACHMENT; AMERICANS TO RALLY NATIONWIDE ON SATURDAY

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 23, 2007 – Following on today’s announcement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that he will file Articles of Impeachment against Vice-President Dick Cheney, Americans across the country will take to the streets on April 28 to call for the impeachment of both Cheney and Bush. From Miami, Florida to North Pole, Alaska, more than 100 actions are planned nationwide.

Jacob Park, National Coordinator of the April 28 actions, said “George Bush and Dick Cheney lied the nation into an illegal war of aggression, are spying on millions of innocent Americans, and have authorized the use of torture. The time has come for all Americans—particularly our representatives in Congress—to decide where they stand. To turn a blind eye to lying, spying, and torture makes a mockery of our most basic values and the very notion of democracy.”

On April 28, a visit by George Bush to Miami will be greeted with a massive impeachment rally organized by dozens of local groups. At the California Democratic Convention in San Diego, hundreds of delegates will defy the party leadership by bringing an impeachment resolution to the floor. Thousands of Americans will form “human murals” spelling out “IMPEACH!” with their bodies at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Coney Island in New York, the foot of the Washington monument in Washington, D.C., and other locations. And elsewhere people will spell it out… Continue reading

CIA told of al-Qaeda hijack plot before 9/11

From correspondents in Paris

April 16, 2007 09:29pm

Article from: Agence France-Presse

FRENCH intelligence services warned their US counterparts, eight months before the attacks of September 11, 2001, that al-Qaeda was planning to hijack a US-bound plane, a media report said today.

The information that Osama bin Laden’s group, working with Taliban militants and Chechen rebels, had been plotting the move was passed on to Bill Murray, head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Paris bureau, Le Monde daily said.

The paper published a copy of the first page of a five-page document which it said had been handed over to the CIA in January 2001 by the French foreign intelligence agency, the DGSE.

Le Monde said the document, titled “Aircaft hijack plan by radical Islamists,” was part of 328 pages of a DGSE file on al-Qaeda leaked to the paper which it said was practically the entirety of the French intelligence services’ dossier on the network.

The five-page document said the plotters began working on the plan in 2000.

Their plan was to hijack a plane flying from the German city of Frankfurt, where there was an al-Qaeda cell, towards an American airport.

The DGSE document said the plotters considered seven airlines, two of which — American and United Airlines — had planes hijacked in the September 2001 attacks and flown into buildings in US cities.

Source URL: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21568776-1702,00.html

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9/11 Family Members File Petition with NIST

9/11 Family Members File Petition with NIST

Posted 4/11/07 at GeorgeWashingtonBlogspot.com

Bill Doyle and Bob McIlvaine today filed a petition with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeking correction of inaccurate factual statements and analysis in NIST‘s reports on the destruction of the Twin Towers.

Mr. Doyle is the representative of the largest group of 9/11 families, the Coalition of 9/11 Families*, and lost his own son Joey in the collapse of the twin towers.

Mr. McIlvaine, an outspoken 9/11 truth activist, lost his son Bobby when the World Trade Centers were destroyed.

Another prominent 9/11 family member supports the petition, but decided for personal reasons not to sign.

Also signing the petition are:

  • Physicist Dr. Steven Jones
  • Scientist and former Site Manager for Environmental Health Laboratories, a division of Underwriters Laboratories, Kevin Ryan
  • Architect Richard Gage (a member of the American Institute of Architects, who has been a practicing architect for 20 years and has been responsible for the production of construction documents for numerous steel-framed and fire-protected buildings for uses in many different areas, including education, civic, rapid transit and industrial use)
  • And the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice

The petition can be read here . It is very strong and solid, and well worth a read.

If you are not sure why the 9/11 families needed to file a petition, I invite you to read this 9/11 Fact Sheet .

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Giuliani vs the Firefighters

April 5, 2007
by Zen Garcia

Rudy Giuliani’s rise to prominent national and world attention was elevated
by his role as Mayor of New York City during a time of heightened challenge
that culminated in the fateful events of September 11th, 2001. The leadership
qualities he exhibited that day won him broad and wide acclaim from the 9/11
commission, "On September 11, 2001, the City of New York showed what it
was made of. The heroism of the firemen and the police officers who risked and
in previously unimaginable numbers gave their lives in the quest for saving
the lives of others, and your leadership on that day and in the days following
gave the rest of the nation, and indeed the world, an unvarnished view of the
indomitable spirit and the humanity, of this great city, and for that I salute
you."

Having been established as a hero, Giuliani has been emphasizing his 9/11 status
ever since and today is enjoying promising numbers in Presidential polls which
opine him as the ‘nominee’ to beat in ’08. He has refined himself as ‘America’s
Mayor,’ suggesting that if he can handle the events of that day, then surely
as President he could handle anything that might come his way. Many Americans
hold Giuliani in high regard, considering him a great leader, a political hero;
the type of person who can take charge in a moments notice and manage when things
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Some of Giuliani’s ’9/11 Problems’…

Giuliani Faces Questions About Sept. 11

By American Press
Posted March 30, 2007

New York – Rudy Giuliani’s White House aspirations are inescapably tied to Sept. 11, 2001 – for better and for worse. While the former mayor of the nation’s largest city was widely lionized for his post-9/11 leadership – “Churchillian” was one adjective, “America’s mayor” was Oprah Winfrey’s assessment – city firefighters and their families are renewing their attacks on him for his performance before and after the terrorist attack.

“If Rudolph Giuliani was running on anything but 9/11, I would not speak out,” said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was among the 343 FDNY members killed in the terrorist attack. “If he ran on cleaning up Times Square, getting rid of squeegee men, lowering crime – that’s indisputable.

“But when he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part of the problem.”

Such comments contradict Giuliani’s post-Sept. 11 profile as a hero and symbol of the city’s resilience – the steadfast leader who calmed the nerves of a rattled nation. But as the presidential campaign intensifies, criticisms of his 2001 performance are resurfacing.

Giuliani, the leader in polls of Republican voters for his party’s nomination, has been faulted on two major issues:

- His administration’s failure to provide the World Trade Center’s first responders with adequate radios, a long-standing complaint from relatives of the firefighters killed when the twin towers collapsed. The Sept. 11 Commission noted the firefighters at the World Trade Center were using the same ineffective radios employed by the first responders to the 1993 terrorist attack on the trade center.…

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9/11 and the Evidence

By Paul Craig Roberts
March 30, 2007

Debunking 9/11 DebunkingProfessor David Ray Griffin is the nemesis of the official 9/11
conspiracy theory. In his latest book, Debunking 9/11 Debunking, Griffin
destroys the credibility of the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) and Popular Mechanics reports, annihilates his
critics, and proves himself to be a better scientist and engineer than
the defenders of the official story.

Griffin’s book is 385 pages divided into four chapters and containing
1,209 footnotes. Without question, the book is the most thorough
presentation and examination of all known facts about the 9/11 attacks.
Griffin is a person who is sensitive to evidence, logic, and scientific
reasoning. There is no counterpart on the official side of the story who
is as fully informed on all aspects of the attacks as Griffin.

At the outset, Griffin points out that the reader’s choice is between
two conspiracy theories: One is that Muslim fanatics, who were not
qualified to fly airplanes, defeated the security apparatus of the US
and succeeded in three out of four attacks using passenger jets as
weapons. The other is that security failed across the board, not merely
partially but totally, because of complicity of some part of the US
government.

Griffin points out that there has been no independent investigation of
9/11. What we have are a report by a political commission headed by Bush
administration factotum Philip Zelikow, a NIST report produced by the
Bush administration’s Department of Commerce, and a journalistic account
produced by Popular Mechanics.…

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: The Official Legend of 9/11 is a Fabricated Setup

[Note: the following text originally published by Global
Research on October 26, 2003 was excerpted by the author from a much longer
text, see references at the foot of this article]

The Official Legend of 9/11 as a prefabricated set-up.


As we will see, the Moussaoui indictment
had lain the groundwork for the eventual Khalid Shaikh Mohammed/ Ramzi
Binalshibh/ Mustafa Ahmed
nexus that really gets rolling in
June 2002, when Khalid is first introduced as the 9/11 “mastermind”, then
proceeds through Binalshibh’s choreographed arrest in September 2002,
and culminates with the simultaneous arrest of Khalid and Mustafa Ahmed
in March 2003. Further, we will see how FBI Director Mueller uses
the details in the Moussaoui indictment to explicitly pair up Khalid and
Mustafa Ahmed – a full nine months before these characters end up sharing
news space for their own simultaneously choreographed apprehensions.
The unsealed December 2001 Moussaoui
indictment also set out two “unindicted co-conspirators” who had yet to
play their final roles in the unfolding 9/11 Legend – Ramzi Binalshibh
and Mustafa Ahmed al-hawsawi (the “official” paymaster)…
Of the various pivot points in the unfolding
9/11 Legend, the time period of June 4-5 2002 was among the most significant.
…Around the same time that the joint
Senate-House Inquiry was proceeding under the co-chairmanship of Bob Graham
and Porter Goss (the September 11 breakfast partners of Omar Saeed’s reported
ISI “handler”), Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was formally introduced as the
operative mastermind behind 9/11. John J. Lumpkin of the Associated
Press
wrote the definitive article here, courtesy of the revelations
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Do Bush’s Subsequent Crimes Suggest Complicity In 9/11?

March 5, 2007
by Sherwood Ross
http://www.robkall.com

The trouble with thinking 9/11 was an inside job staged by George W. Bush &
Co. is that it defies belief any president might be capable of such an iniquitous
crime against his own people.

Yet, subsequent Bush actions, such as lying the nation into war, makes one
wonder if the man didn’t earlier create the 9/11 massacres to justify
his aggressions. After all, his record reveals him to be a serial liar, warmonger,
tyrant, torturer, and usurper of civil liberties. Here are a few illegal actions
that betray what Bush is really about.

# Bush lied the U.S. into what former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called
an “illegal” war on Iraq. This conflict has killed 650,000 civilians,
wounded over a million more, drove nearly 2-million from their country, and
turned life into a living hell for the rest. The death toll there is already
equal to about 240 WTC massacres, yet Bush persists in waging the war.

# Bush okayed $1.5-trillion for new weapons’ research including grisly weapons
that would thrill mad scientists, such as sound waves that crush a victim’s
internal organs. Another gem is "rods from god" to hurl tungsten poles
down from Earth orbit down upon its victims at 7,200 miles an hour, striking
with the atomic fury. He is illegally militarizing space. These are not the
actions of a humanist.

# Bush has allowed illegal radioactive ammunition fired in Afghanistan and
Iraq that poison civilian populations and U.S.… Continue reading