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
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
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
“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
NO LIES RADIO presents BETWEEN THE LINES: The GITMO 6…Patsies or Perps???
Planned Guantánamo Trials Deny 9/11 Defendants Basic Rights
Today, Tuesday Feb 26th at 6pm PST-9pm EST; Repeated this Friday, February 29th at 10pm PST-1pm EST
Steve Alten, author of THE SHELL GAME
Bill Douglas joins Michael Wolsey on Visibility911.com — Podcast available any time at
In an interview recorded on January 17th, 2008, this episode of Visibility 9-11 welcomes 9-11 activist Bill Douglas. Bill is one of the founders of the original 9-11 Visibility Project out of Kansas City and has written and lectured extensively about the 9-11 Cover-Up.
Bill has recently been helping to promote the new 9-11 truth novel, The Shell Game by Steve Alten, which comes highly recommended by Visibility 9-11. If you missed the interview with Steve and his messages to the 9-11 Truth Movement, click here to learn why this is such an important book for our cause.
Robert Lewis, playright, talks about “Revolution in the Head” and 9/11/08 March to Ottawa; Tuesday, 26 February, from 9 to 11 pm EST with host Kevin Barrett on We the People Radio Network www.wtprn.com.
Robert Lewis will be Kevin’s guest to talk about his new stage play” Revolution in the Head.” Robert will also talk about the upcoming September 11/2008 March on Ottawa event.You can learn more details by visiting: March to Ottawa marchonottawa2008.org.…Continue reading
A new report on the August 30 incident in which six nuclear-armed advanced
cruise missiles were effectively “lost” for 36 hours, during which
time they were, against all regulations, flown in launch position mounted on
a pylon on the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress, from Minot AFB in North Dakota
across the continental US to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, has left unanswered
some critical questions about the event.
Directed by retired Air Force Gen. Larry D. Welch, the task force’s Report
on the Unauthorized Movement of Nuclear Weapons found plenty wrong with the
way the US military handles its nuclear weapons, but appears to have dealt lightly
with the specific incident that sparked the inquiry—only giving it a few
According to the report, when nuclear-capable missiles are placed onto a pylon
assembly (in the case of the B-52, these pylons can hold six missiles), procedures
call for a clear distinction to be made as to whether they are armed with nuclear
weapons or with dud warheads. In the storage bunker, pylons with dud warheads
are supposed to be encircled with orange cones like those used by highway repair
crews, and placards announcing that the warheads are duds are supposed to be
hung on all four sides. This reportedly was not done, leaving no distinction
between one pylon containing six nuclear-armed missiles, and two others that
had missiles carrying nukes.
A second failure was in record keeping. According to regulations for handling
nuclear weapons, every step… Continue reading
Spectre of ‘another 7/7′ led Tony Blair to block bribes inquiry, high court
David Leigh and Rob Evans, The Guardian
Friday February 15 2008
Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack
London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according
to court documents revealed yesterday.
Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another
7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they
pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut
Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of
the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold
back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations
that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company
He was accused in yesterday’s high court hearings of flying to London in December
2006 and uttering threats which made the prime minister, Tony Blair, force an
end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation into bribery allegations involving
Bandar and his family.
The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered an international outcry,
with allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties.
Lord Justice Moses, hearing the civil case with Mr Justice Sullivan, said the
government appeared to have "rolled over" after the threats. He said
one possible view was that it was "just as if a gun had been held to the
head"… Continue reading
Between The Lines
For The Week Ending Feb. 29, 2008
Posted Feb. 20, 2008
LISTEN to this week’s entire program/view the program summary.
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Interview with Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild,
conducted by Scott Harris
On Feb. 11, the Bush administration announced it would charge six detainees
held at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, alleged to
be involved in the planning of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Among those
being charged are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind of the 9/11
conspiracy. This is the first set of charges brought by U.S. authorities against
Guantánamo detainees that related directly to involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.
These trials will be conducted under the rules outlined in the Military Commissions
Act passed in 2006 by the Republican-controlled Congress in response to the
U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the original Bush trial procedures at Guantánamo
Although the Military Commissions Act forbids the admission of evidence extracted
by torture, it permits evidence obtained by cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
if it was secured before Dec. 30, 2005. Thus, the Bush administration’s refusal
to declare waterboarding as an act of torture will be a key issue in these trials.
Other procedures criticized allow a trial to proceed in the absence of the accused,
places the power to appoint judges in the hands of the Secretary of Defense,
permits the introduction of hearsay and evidence obtained without a warrant,
and denies the accused the right to see all of the evidence against them.…
By Colin Meyn, In These Times
February 19, 2008
In New York City, the Department of Homeland Security is training New York City firefighters to assist in gathering intelligence information during routine inspections and emergencies.
In November, the Associated Press reported that in New York, Homeland Security was testing a program called the Fire Service Intelligence Enterprise (FSIE) to help identify “material or behavior that may indicate terrorist activities.”
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and Homeland Security hosted a September 2007 conference in New York City to discuss plans for the new intelligence program. There, chief officers from fire departments in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and 12 other U.S. cities met with NYC fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and officials from the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Surveillance. “Real-time intelligence and information leads to a heightened state of situational awareness,” Scoppetta said at the conference. “And situational awareness is key to saving lives.”
“We are not training firefighters to be intelligence gatherers or special agents,” says Jack Tomarchio, Homeland Security’s deputy undersecretary of intelligence and surveillance. “We are helping to provide crucial information to those people who are often the first responders.”
In 2002, the Bush administration proposed having bus drivers, mail carriers and telephone repair personnel spy on the American public as part of Homeland Security’s “Citizen Corps” initiative. The program, called TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System), never made it past Congress. But because the FSIE is managed at the city level, it has bypassed… Continue reading
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Ruling Allows Executive Branch To Police Itself, Says ACLU
NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to review a legal challenge to the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program. The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of prominent journalists, scholars, attorneys and national nonprofit organizations who say that the unchecked surveillance program is disrupting their ability to communicate effectively with sources and clients. The court’s decision today lets stand an appeals court’s ruling on narrow grounds that plaintiffs could not show with certainty that they had been wiretapped by the National Security Agency.
The following quote can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project:
“Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act intending to protect the rights of U.S. citizens and residents, and the president systematically broke that law over a period of more than five years. It’s very disturbing that the president’s actions will not be reviewed by the Supreme Court. It shouldn’t be left to executive branch officials alone to determine what limits apply to their own surveillance activities and whether those limits are being honored. Allowing the executive branch to police itself flies in the face of the constitutional system of checks and balances.”
The following quote can be attributed to Steven R. Shapiro, Legal Director of the ACLU:
“Although we are deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s refusal to review this case, it is worth noting that today’s… Continue reading
By Jane Sutton Fri Feb 8, 4:43 PM ET
Guantánamo BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Military lawyers defending
Osama bin Laden’s former driver on terrorism charges in the U.S. war court at
Guantánamo Bay have offered a compromise in their quest to interview September
11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
They promised not to ask Mohammed about his treatment in U.S. custody or about
the CIA’s admission that it subjected him to a simulated drowning technique
known as "waterboarding" during interrogations.
Bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, was captured in Afghanistan
in November 2001 and faces life in prison if convicted in the Guantánamo court
of conspiring with al Qaeda and providing material support for terrorism.
The Yemeni man said he never joined al Qaeda, had no advance knowledge of its
attacks and became bin Laden’s driver in Afghanistan because he needed the salary
of $200 per month.
Hamdan’s lawyers said Mohammed — the highest-ranking al Qaeda leader held
at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — can help their defense by
telling them what role, if any, Hamdan had in the organization.
They likened it to somebody "on trial for organized crime and you’ve got
the opportunity to bring in the godfather."
The request was still pending when a pretrial hearing ended on Thursday but
the military judge suggested he might at least let the lawyers question Mohammed
via written notes.
The judge is expected to rule in the next couple of weeks and Hamdan… Continue reading
By William Glaberson
The New York Times
Saturday 09 February 2008
Military prosecutors are in the final phases of preparing the first sweeping
case against suspected conspirators in the plot that led to the deaths of nearly
3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, and drew the United States into war, people
who have been briefed on the case said.
The charges, to be filed in the military commission system at Guantánamo
Bay, Cuba, would involve as many as six detainees held at the detention camp,
including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the former senior aide to Osama bin Laden,
who has said he was the principal planner of the plot.
The case could begin to fulfill a longtime goal of the Bush administration:
establishing culpability for the terrorist attacks of 2001. It could also help
the administration make its case that some detainees at Guantánamo, where
275 men remain, would pose a threat if they are not held at Guantánamo
or elsewhere. Officials have long said that a half-dozen men held at Guantánamo
played essential roles in the plot directed by Mr. Mohammed, from would-be hijackers
But the case would also bring new scrutiny to the military commission system,
which has a troubled history and has been criticized as a system designed to
win convictions but that does not provide the legal protections of American
War-crimes charges against the men would almost certainly place the prosecutors
in a battle over the treatment of inmates because at least two… Continue reading
By Cheri Roberts-Piper MTR News
February 3, 2008
-Photo by Tommy Sullivan, Project Censored
Cynthia McKinney takes speaking truth to power to a whole new level. She has time and again stood against and spoken out about the very things we all complain about. She has taken the lashes with a grace the media never allowed you to see.
While speaking at a conference McKinney said,
“Warriors don’t have medals, they have scars. The corporate media has emblazoned for all the world to see…my scars”.
Scars. That’s all the American public knows of Cynthia McKinney.
MTR News had a chance to sit down with this presidential candidate and talk about the many scars on our nation. The woman we met was nothing like the corporate media has portrayed her to be. The woman we met was a warm, vibrant, intelligent, and articulate leader.
Meet Cynthia McKinney: Video at MTRNews.com.
*Cynthia McKinney is running as the 2008 Green Party presidential candidate.Source URL: http://www.mtrnews.com/node/34…Continue reading
By Bill Van Auken
15 January 2008
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An Italian judge has issued orders for the preventive arrest pending deportation of at least 140 former officials of military dictatorships that ruled seven Latin American countries between the 1960s and 1980s. They are charged with responsibility for the deaths of 25 Italian citizens, who were among the tens of thousands of opponents of these regimes murdered, tortured and illegally imprisoned under a US-backed campaign of repression known as Operation Condor.
During the 1970s and 1980s, dictatorships in Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru, with the aid of the US CIA, developed Operation Condor as a program of coordinated continental repression, pooling their police-military resources in order to hunt down exiles and send them back to their deaths, while allowing secret police death squads to freely cross borders.
Among those the Italian judge, Luisanna Figliola, has asked be arrested are former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla, his fellow junta member and navy chief Emilio Eduardo Massera, and Jorge Maria Bordaberry, who headed Uruguay’s dictatorship between 1973 and 1976, as well as Francisco Morales BermÃºdez, who was Peru’s dictator between 1975 and 1980, and Pedro Richter, another Peruvian ex-general who served as Peru’s prime minister.
Others charged are military officers and secret policemen, including 61 from Argentina, 32 from Uruguay, 22 Chileans and 13 Brazilians. Also accused are former Bolivian and Paraguayan officials
The Italian government has one of… Continue reading
Kill The Messenger, the long-awaited film about Sibel Edmonds is still not apparently available for purchase. 911truth.org has sent repeated requests to the producers, ove rthe course of several months, but have received no reply. Now, the film has been uploaded to Youtube. We will update the site as soon as we learn how readers can purchase this film.
Sibel Edmonds – “Kill The Messenger” – Part 1/6
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Sibel Edmonds – “Kill The Messenger” – Part 6/6
Sibel Edmonds, a 32-year-old Turkish-American, was hired as a translator by the FBI shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 because of her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages. She was fired less than a year later in March 2002 for reporting shoddy work and security breaches to her supervisors that could have prevented those attacks.
Edmonds has been fighting the corruption permeating the FBI since her unfair dismissal and sued to contest her firing in July 2002. On July 6, 2004 , Judge Reggie Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed Edmonds’ case, citing the government’s state secrets privilege.
While an FBI translator, Edmonds discovered poorly translated documents relevant to the 9-11 attacks and reported the shoddy work to her supervisors. She also expressed concerns about a co-worker who had previously worked for an organization under FBI surveillance and had a relationship with a foreign intelligence officer also under surveillance.…Continue reading
David Edwards and Adam Doster
Tuesday January 22, 2008
Families of firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World
Trade Center rallied in Orlando Tuesday in anticipation of the state’s upcoming
Republican primary. Unfortunately for Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani,
the firefighters are not in his corner.
“We want America to know that [the Giuliani campaign] is lying to America
and to the American pubic,” said Jim Riches, a deputy chief in the New
York Fire Department, “telling all of Florida that the New York City Fire
Department backs him, when that’s another lie.”
Firefighters and their families vowed to dog the former New York mayor at all
of his Florida campaign stops because the state figures prominently in Giuliani’s
big-state primary strategy. The protesters think that Giuliani was aware that
firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack were carrying defective
radios and did not hear the order to evacuate.
“He didn’t prepare us before, during, or after,” says Riches.
Giuliani has campaigned strongly on his leadership during the attacks on New
York, claiming he is the best suited to prevent an “Islamic terrorist war
against us.” But the firefighters were quick to question that courage.
“Yeah, the decision he made was, which direction he was going to run,”
says Riches. “And he ran north, and that’s all he did.”
The Giuliani campaign labeled the display a misleading, partisan attack. The
former mayor is also emphasizing his ability to deal with the economy, distancing
himself from the 9/11 pitch.…
January 28, 2008 Issue
by Philip Giraldi
Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington’s highest levels–sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage. She may be a first-rate fabulist, but Edmonds’s account is full of dates, places, and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani, and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments. Her charges could be easily confirmed or dismissed if classified government documents were made available to investigators.
But Congress has refused to act, and the Justice Department has shrouded Edmonds’s case in the state-secrets privilege, a rarely used measure so sweeping that it precludes even a closed hearing attended only by officials with top-secret security clearances. According to the Department of Justice, such an investigation “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the foreign policy and national security of the United States.”
After five years of thwarted legal challenges and fruitless attempts to launch a congressional investigation, Sibel Edmonds is telling her story, though her defiance could land her in jail. After reading its November piece about Louai al-Sakka, an al-Qaeda terrorist who trained 9/11 hijackers in Turkey, Edmonds approached the Sunday Times of London.…Continue reading
DANIEL ELLSBERG: Covering Up the Coverage – The American Media’s Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case
In an Exclusive BRAD BLOG Op-Ed, the Legendary ‘Pentagon Papers’ Whistleblower Calls on the Media to Perform Their First Amendment Obligations, on Congressional Leaders to Perform Their Oversight Duty, and for Insider Sources to Come Forward to the American Public…
– Guest BRAD BLOG Op-Ed by Daniel Ellsberg
For the second time in two weeks, the entire U.S. press has let itself be scooped by Rupert Murdoch’s London Sunday Times on a dynamite story of criminal activities by corrupt U.S. officials promoting nuclear proliferation. But there is a worse journalistic sin than being scooped, and that is participating in a cover-up of information that demands urgent attention from the public, the U.S. Congress and the courts.
For the last two weeks — one could say, for years — the major American media have been guilty of ignoring entirely the allegations of the courageous and highly credible source Sibel Edmonds, quoted in the London Times on January 6, 2008 in a front-page story that was front-page news in much of the rest of the world but was not reported in a single American newspaper or network. It is up to readers to demand that this culpable silent treatment end.
Just as important, there must be pressure by the public on Congressional committee chairpersons, in particular Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Patrick Leahy. Both have been sitting for years on classified,… Continue reading