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November 4th 2008
A COPY OF ORWELL’S ‘NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR’ SENT TO EVERY MP
An Internet grass-roots campaign will this week deliver a copy of George Orwell’s
prophetic novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ to every Member of Parliament.
The books will be inscribed with the words, ‘This book was a warning, not a
blueprint’, and will arrive at Parliament on or before November 5th — a date
of well known historical significance for that building.
Outraged by the continual attack upon civil liberties within our nation, a
fortnight ago the Libertarian Party proposed reminding those in Westminster
who they were elected to serve, and in whose interests the laws that they pass
are meant to function.
Spread purely by word of mouth, a campaign to send each Member of Parliament
their own copy of Orwell’s dystopian classic met with overwhelming support on
the Internet, with many more books pledged than the 646 required to ensure that
every one of our elected representatives receive a personal copy. The Libertarian
Party contributed just 75 books itself, with the remainder coming (directly,
or via campaign donations) from people of all political parties, and of none.
The UK Libertarian Party leader, Ian Parker-Joseph, explained, “As the
people of Britain become ever more spied upon and ever more heavily taxed, as
the government attempts to control how much we should smoke, eat and drink,
as the state legislates to regulate ever more the minutiae of our lives, the
Libertarian… Continue reading
November 1, 2008
from Velvet Revolution blog
Yesterday, after a contentious three hour hearing in an Akron, Ohio federal
court, the judge ordered Bush/Rove IT
expert Michael Connell to submit to a two hour deposition less than 24 hours
before the start of the 2008 election. The Court ruled that Ohio attorney Cliff
Arnebeck can question Connell under oath about Man in the Middle computer manipulations,
the use of Trojan horses to control election results from a remote location,
and the role of Triad in election manipulations.
However, in a strange twist, the judge agreed with demands from Connell’s
attorney to keep under seal any testimony about threats and intimidation of
Connell by others including Karl Rove. This is seen as necessary to protect
possible criminal charges against those who may have engaged in obstruction
of justice in this case.
A couple of notes here: We believe that Connell should not pull an Alexander
Butterfield by waiting for a direct question from Mr. Arnebeck as to what he
knows about rigged elections. Instead, Connell should be prepared to come clean
from the start knowing that this is just the beginning of the inquiry. We have
lots of names and lots of people providing us information about these rigged
elections. Connell is not longer under the protectorate of the Bush family.
There is a new dynamic here and Connell can either fight it and go down with
the ship or get out in front and cooperate with full immunity for him… Continue reading
October 20, 2008
By ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. & GREG PALAST
don’t think the Democrats get it. All these new rules and games … could flip
the vote to the GOP in half a dozen states.”
Rolling Stone Magazine is making this important investigative story
available on the net in its entirety, free of charge.
“The new registrations thrown out, the existing registrations scrubbed,
the spoiled ballots, the provisional ballots that were never counted —
and what you have is millions of voters, more than enough to swing the presidential
election, quietly being detached from the electorate by subterfuge.
“Jim Crow was laid to rest, but his cousins were not,” says Donna
Brazile. “We got rid of poll taxes and literacy tests but now have a second
generation of schemes to deny our citizens their franchise.” Come November,
the most crucial demographic may prove to be Americans who have been denied
the right to vote. If Democrats are to win the 2008 election, they must not
simply beat John McCain at the polls — they must beat him by a margin
that exceeds the level of GOP vote tampering.
- From the current Rolling Stone
These days, the old west rail hub of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is little more
than a dusty economic dead zone amid a boneyard of bare… Continue reading
Andrew J. Bacevich
As campaign ads urge voters to consider who will be a better “Commander in Chief,” Andrew J. Bacevich — Professor of International Relations at Boston University, retired Army colonel, and West Point graduate — joins Bill Moyers on the JOURNAL to encourage viewers to take a step back and connect the dots between U.S. foreign policy, consumerism, politics, and militarism.
Bacevich begins his new book, THE LIMITS OF POWER: THE END OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, with an epigraph taken from the Bible: “Put thine house in order.” Bacevich explained his choice to Bill Moyers:
I’ve been troubled by the course of U.S. foreign policy for a long, long time. And I wrote the book in order to sort out my own thinking about where our basic problems lay. And I really reached the conclusion that our biggest problems are within.
I think there’s a tendency in the part of policy makers — and probably a tendency in the part of many Americans — to think that the problems we face are problems that are out there somewhere beyond our borders, and that if we can fix those problems, then we’ll be able to continue the American way of life as it has long existed. I think it’s fundamentally wrong. Our major problems are here at home.
Bacevich sees three crises looming in the United States today, as he explains in the introduction to THE LIMITS OF POWER.
… Continue reading
The United States today finds itself threatened by three interlocking crises. The first of these crises is economic and cultural, the second political, and the third military.
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September 30, 2008
Marc Crispin Miller
Here, in this shattering new interview, Stephen Spoonamore goes into harrowing
detail about the Bush regime’s election fraud, past, present and–if we don’t
spread the word right now–to come. Since he’s the only whistle-blower out there
who knows the perps themselves, and how they operate, we have to send this new
piece far and wide.
Here Spoon tells us that McBush’s team–i.e., Karl Rove and his henchpersons–
have their plan in place to steal this next election: by 51.2% of the popular
vote, and three electoral votes.
He also talks about the major role played by the Christianist far right in
the electronic rigging of the vote.
And he defines our electronic voting system as a major threat to US national
security, calling for it to be junked ASAP, in favor of hand-counted paper ballots.
Since Spoon is a Republican and erstwhile McCain supporter, as well as a noted
specialist in nosing out computer fraud, his testimony is essential–not only
for its expertise, but, no less, for the impact that his views will surely have
on those Republicans who have been loath to see what Bush & Co. has done
to our election system.
That whole story’s just about to break. In fact, tomorrow there will be a number
of articles appearing, on a recent breakthrough in the lawsuit that Spoon’s
testimony has enabled, and on other aspects of that all-important case.
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2008
NIST has finally released its long awaited investigative report regarding the
collapse of World Trade Center 7. WTC 7 was the third building in the World
Trade Center Complex to collapse at 5:20 PM on September 11, 2001. However,
this building was not hit by an airplane.
As family members of 9/11 victims, we were extremely interested in the findings
of this report. We had hoped that NIST’s report would serve to explain
the cause of a total collapse of a conventional steel building and be able to
refute the rampant conspiracy theories. We also hoped that this report, in conjunction
with NIST’s final reports on WTC 1 and 2, would offer recommendations
for improved building and fire codes to ensure public safety in ALL buildings
While we feel that technical experts should review, critique and replicate
the findings within this report, we also feel that we must express our concerns
based on public comments by NIST regarding their findings.
Over the past seven years, the Families of the 9/11 Victims have been repeatedly
told by fire experts, engineers and architects that we should NOT FOCUS our
efforts on advocating for building and fire code changes based on the collapse
of the WTC 1 and 2 towers. We were continuously reminded that the crashing of
airplanes into buildings was a unique event. Additionally, we were told that
the design and construction of WTC Towers 1 and 2 was unique and that there… Continue reading
by Naomi Klein
September 22, 2008
I wrote The Shock Doctrine in the hopes that it would make us all
better prepared for the next big shock. Well, that shock has certainly arrived,
along with gloves-off attempts to use it to push through radical pro-corporate
policies (which of course will further enrich the very players who created the
market crisis in the first place…).
The best summary of how the right plans to use the economic crisis to push
through their policy wish list comes from Former Republican House Speaker Newt
Gingrich. On Sunday, Gingrich laid out 18 policy prescriptions for Congress
to take in order to “return to a Reagan-Thatcher policy of economic growth
through fundamental reforms.” In the midst of this economic crisis, he
is actually demanding the repeal of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which would lead
to further deregulation of the financial industry. Gingrich is also calling
for reforming the education system to allow “competition” (a.k.a.
vouchers), strengthening border enforcement, cutting corporate taxes and his
signature move: allowing offshore drilling.
It would be a grave mistake to underestimate the right’s ability to use this
crisis — created by deregulation and privatization — to demand more of the
same. Don’t forget that Newt Gingrich’s 527 organization, American Solutions
for Winning the Future, is still riding the wave of success from its offshore
drilling campaign, “Drill Here, Drill Now!” Just four months ago,
offshore drilling was not even on the political radar and now the U.S. House
of Representatives has… Continue reading
An essay by Cynthia McKinney
September 19, 2008
We the people must now seize the time! We have always had the capability of
determining our own destiny, but for various reasons, the people failed to elect
the leaders who provided the correct political will. There was always some corporate
or private special interest that stood in the way of the public good. And they
always seemed to have the power of the purse to throw around and influence public
opinion or our elected officials. The very foundation of the U.S. economy is
crumbling underneath our feet. This represents a unique moment in U.S. history
and we must now seize the time for self-determination–for health care, education,
ecological wisdom, justice, and all the policies that will make a difference
in the lives of the people including an end to all wars, including the drug
The crisis was staved off for a time for some of our major finance engines
when they were able to obtain bridge funding from certain sovereign wealth funds.
That option grows increasingly dim as The Federal Reserve is becoming the lender
of last resort. This means that the people are becoming the owners of the primary
instruments of U.S. capital and finance. This now means that the people have
a say in how these instruments are to be used and what their priorities ought
to be. The people should now have more say in how their tax dollars are spent
and what the priorities of government… Continue reading
Sunday, Sep. 14, 2008
By Mark Thompson / Washington
Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That’s why the U.S.
Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing "thought
helmets" that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication
among troops. Ultimately, the Army hopes the project will "lead to direct
mental control of military systems by thought alone."
If this sounds insane, it would have been as recently as a few years ago. But
improvements in computing power and a better understanding of how the brain
works have scientists busy hunting for the distinctive neural fingerprints that
flash through a brain when a person is talking to himself. The Army’s initial
goal is to capture those brain waves with incredibly sophisticated software
that then translates the waves into audible radio messages for other troops
in the field. "It’d be radio without a microphone, " says Dr. Elmar
Schmeisser, the Army neuroscientist overseeing the program. "Because soldiers
are already trained to talk in clean, clear and formulaic ways, it would be
a very small step to have them think that way."
B-movie buffs may recall that Clint Eastwood used similar "brain-computer
interface" technology in 1982′s Firefox, named for the Soviet fighter plane
whose weapons were controlled by the pilot’s thoughts. (Clint was sent to steal
the plane, natch.) Yet it’s not as far-fetched as you might think: video gamers
are eagerly awaiting a crude commercial version of brain wave technology —
a $299 headset… Continue reading
by Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, September 13, 2008
PROGRAM WILL RETURN SUNDAY, 9 A.M. Eastern
Saturday morning, the dean of Massachusetts School of Law at Andover will convene
a two day planning session with a single focus: To arrest, put to trial and
carry out sentence on criminals in the Bush Administration.
The conference, arranged by Lawrence Vevel, cofounder of the Andover school,
will focus on which of Bush’s officials and members of Congress could be charged
with war crimes. The plan also calls for "necessary organizational structures"
to be established, with the purpose of pursuing the guilty "to the ends
of the Earth."
"For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years
in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to
future American leaders," Velvel said in a media advisory.
"He is a former drunk, was a serial failure in business who had to repeatedly
be bailed out by daddy’s friends and wanna-be-friends, was unable to speak articulately
despite the finest education(s) that money and influence can buy, has a dislike
of reading, so that 100-page memos have to be boiled down to one page for him,
is heedless of facts and evidence, and appears not even to know the meaning
of truth," said Vevel.…
Charles E. Lewis
Although I was no longer employed at LAX on September 11, 2001, I had worked
there until about two months before as the Quality Control Manager for Kiewit
Pacific Construction on the Taxiway “C” project. A large part of
my work involved security in the Air Port Operations, or APO (but now called
the “Airport Operations Area,” or “AOA”), which is where
the planes are. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I listened with great
interest to LAX Security officials in the APO discussing the attacks and trying
to get more information.
“LAX Security” involves the Los Angeles World Airport Police Department,
the Los Angeles Police Department, and sometimes the FBI and/or the California
Highway Patrol. I can, incidentally, testify that LAX Security performed very
professionally on 9/11. Despite extreme pressure, confusion, and fear (they
had received information that LAX was a target), they executed the emergency
After describing what I heard while listening to LAX Security, I will suggest
ways in which my account could be corroborated.
On the morning of 9/11, I was working as Deputy Inspector representing the
City of LA Building and Safety Department for the seismic retrofit of the LA
Hilton Towers Hotel, only a few minutes by car from where I had worked at LAX.
When I realized, after the second strike on the WTC, that the country was under
attack, I decided that I should go to the APO, because I was one of only a few
persons who would know how to fix certain parts of the new security systems
if problems developed.…
by Luke Ryland
September 5, 2008
In last Monday’s New York Times, David Sanger and William Broad wrote
a front-page article
about the CIA’s involvement in the nuclear black market.
The article demonstrates (again) that the New York Times, Sanger &
Broad in particular, has simply become a mouthpiece for the government (see
my previous articles 1,
but they did let one fact slip through to the readership. I can only presume
that the slip was accidental, because they don’t appear to have understood the
ramifications of what they reported:
The US Government is covering up the fact that US citizens and entities are
involved in the nuclear black market.
Three members of the Tinner family in Switzerland were key suppliers to AQ
Khan’s nuclear black market ring. They were arrested in 2004 and have been awaiting
trial but the US government has been trying to sabotage the Swiss trial because
“compromising and embarrassing information about the CIA’s activities with the
Khan network” would be exposed if the trial were to proceed.
The New York Times reported that in July 2007, the Swiss Justice
Minister came to the US to discuss the case with high-level US officials, apparently
to find a mutually-acceptable arrangement regarding how to deal with the Tinner
According to an anonymous former Bush administration official:
“The State Department wanted the bomb plans destroyed as a way to stem nuclear proliferation, while the C.I.A. wanted to… Continue reading
At the Ron Paul Rally for the Republic held at the Target Center in St. Paul, Minnesota a few blocks from the Republican National Convention, former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura questioned 9/11 to a crowd of nearly 10,000 people and received an overwhelmingly positive response.
“I’m going to move on to another subject that a lot of people don’t want to discuss today,” he said, “I know when I discuss it, it’s amazing, I get attacked!” The crowd listened intently as he went on, “And that’s something called 9/11!” The crowd erupted into spontaneous applause. Ventura continued and discussed the fact that on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist page, Osama bin Laden is not wanted for 9/11. He asked why expressed disgust with the Bush Administration’s stonewalling any investigation into the attacks.
Below is the video of Ventura’s 9/11 remarks, as well as his response to reporters when asked about the subject backstage after his speech:
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By James Petras
August 28, 2008
In recent days there is mounting evidence of the advance of totalitarianism
in the political and media mainstream. The entire Western world, led by the
United States, has embraced a Georgian regime, which invaded South Ossetia totally
demolishing its capital city of 50,000 residents, assassinated 1500 men, women
and children and dozens of Russian peace keepers. The US has mobilized a naval
and air armada off the Iranian coast, prepared to annihilate a country of 70
million people. The New York Times published an essay by a prominent
Israeli historian, which advocates the nuclear incineration of Iran. All the
major mass media have mounted a systematic propaganda campaign against China,
supporting each and every terrorist and separatist group, and whipping up public
opinion in favor of launching a New Cold War. There is little doubt that this
new wave of imperial aggression and bellicose rhetoric is meant to deflect domestic
discontent and distract public opinion from the deepening economic crises.
The Financial Times (FT), once the liberal, enlightened voice of the
financial elite (in contrast to the aggressively neo-conservative Wall Street
Journal) has yielded to the totalitarian-militarist temptation. The feature
article of the weekend supplement of August 16/17, 2008 — “The Face
of 9/11″ — embraces the forced confession of a 9/11 suspect elicited
through 5 years of hideous torture in the confines of secret prisons. To make
their case, the FT published a half-page blow-up photo first circulated by former
CIA… Continue reading
AE911Truth Press Conference of Thursday 8/21/08, “Critical Response to NIST Final Report on the Mysterious Collapse of WTC Building 7″ is now available online.
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by Jason Leopold
August 21, 2008
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has asked current and former White
House aides and ex-CIA officials to respond to questions about an alleged scheme
to create a bogus letter in late 2003 linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda.
In sending the interview requests Wednesday, Conyers is following up on a disputed story in journalist Ron Suskind’s new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, which includes an account of how the mysterious letter originated.
The book cites statements from former CIA associate deputy director of operations Rob Richer and John Maguire, the former chief of the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group/Near East Division, as indicating that the White House ordered the CIA to produce the bogus letter to retroactively justify the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
Richer and Maguire gave Suskind on-the-record interviews, which the author recorded, discussing the reasons the letter was created and saying that it likely emanated from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. Both men have since recanted their statements.
Conyers, who has held periodic hearings on abuses of power by George W. Bush’s administration, sent letters to former CIA Director George Tenet; the CIA’s former executive director A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard; Cheney’s former chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby; and John Hannah, another Cheney assistant — as well as to Richer and Maguire.
“I am writing to follow up on recent serious allegations regarding the creation of a… Continue reading
Mon Aug 18, 2008
Last week, Scott Horton interviewed (audio) investigative journalist Joe Lauria. Lauria was one of the co-authors of the three-part (1, 2, 3) series on the case of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds for the UK’s Sunday Times.
In the interview Lauria discusses the Sibel Edmonds case, the state of the US media, and the Military Industrial Complex in the context of his new book with presidential candidate Mike Gravel: “A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Mans Fight to Stop It“
In the interview, Lauria says that he spoke at length to the three FBI agents who were Sibel’s immediate bosses at the FBI and that they “corroborated in general terms, that this story is true.”
Lauria describes how he recently interviewed one of the FBI agents at his home for 90 minutes, and met another of Sibel’s former bosses several times outside his house. The agents are unwilling to provide detailed corroboration on a lot of the details in the case because they fear being sent to prison, but their willingness to speak to Lauria about the case, and their supportive statements that “She’s not crazy,” provide generalized corroboration on the case.
The FBI itself is not happy that Lauria and the Sunday Times are still looking into the Edmonds case and they made a “formal complaint” with the Sunday Times (a British media outlet!) that Lauria stay away from the… Continue reading