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Inside the Shell Game

By Paul Craig Roberts
March 24, 2008

The investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein has taken up the Litvinenko case.

The media used the Litvinenko case as sensational propaganda against Russian President Putin and then tossed it aside. For those whose memories of the case have faded, Alexander Litvinenko was a former KGB officer living in England who died in 2006, apparently from the radioactive isotope Polonium-210.

The British government encouraged the tale that Russian President Putin had sent Andrei Lugovoi to poison Litvinenko’s tea at a meeting on November 1, 2006. The story appealed to people brought up on James Bond thrillers, but the story never made any sense. Polonium 2-10 is a rare and tightly controlled substance as likely to contaminate the assassin as the victim. There are far easier and more effective ways of killing someone.

Moreover, there is no evidence to connect Russia to Litvinenko’s death. But this didn’t stop the British government from grandstanding, sending an extradition request for Lugovoi in July 2007. The British government sent the request despite the facts that there is no extradition treaty between Britain and Russia and the Russian constitution prohibits the extradition of Russian citizens. Epstein suggests that the purpose of the extradition request was to block the Russian government from investigating Litvinenko’s death in London. Litvinenko had a false passport provided by the British government. A real investigtion might have opened up the shadowy world of security consultants in which Litvinenko rubbed shoulders… Continue reading

An Election Without Meaning

By Peter Phillips
March 20, 2008

Will November 2008 bring a meaningful change to America? Will getting rid of George
W. Bush and Richard Cheney without impeachment or indictment really make a difference?
Will a 600 billion dollar war/defense budget be cut in half and used for desperately
needed domestic spending? Will the ninety-three billion dollars profits in the
private health insurance companies­­—those parasitic intermediates
between you and your doctor—be used instead for full health care coverage
for all? Will Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus be restored to the people? Will
torture stop? Will all students in public universities be able to enroll for free?
Will the US national security agencies stop mass spying on our personal communications?
Will the neo-conservative agenda of total military domination of the world be
reversed?

The answer to these questions in the context of the current billion dollar presidential
campaign is an absolute no. Instead we have a campaign of personalities and platitudes.
There is a race candidate, a gender candidate and a tortured veteran candidate,
each talking about change in America, national security, freedom, and the American
way. The candidates are running with support of political parties so deeply embedded
with the military industrial complex, the health insurance companies, Wall Street,
and corporate media that it is undeterminable where the board rooms separate from
the state rooms.

The 2008 presidential race is a media entertainment spectacle with props, gossip,
accusations, and public relations. It is impression management from a candidates’
perspective. How can… Continue reading

Cheney: How Many Additional Dead Americans Was Saddam Worth?

How Many Additional Dead Americans Was Saddam Worth?

This morning, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, ABC’s Good Morning America aired an interview with Vice President Cheney on the war. During the segment, Cheney flatly told White House correspondent Martha Raddatz that he doesn’t care about the American public’s views on the war:

CHENEY: On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.

RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

CHENEY: So?

RADDATZ: So? You don’t care what the American people think?

CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.

Watch it at Think Progress.

Cheney Calls Iraq War a Success

This opposition to the war is not a “fluctuation” in public opinion. The American public has steadily turned against the war since the 2003 invasion. According to a new CNN poll, just 36 percent of the American public believes that “the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over — down from 68 percent in March 2003, when the war began.”

Even though he doesn’t care what the American public wants, Cheney still thinks he is able — and entitled — to speak for the American public. Last month, Cheney declared, “The American people will not support a policy of retreat.” If Cheney were actually listening to the “American people,” he would know that 61 percent actually supports the redeployment of U.S. troops.

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A Call to Lament and Repent

From Sojourners:

The following statement is being issued by over a dozen Christian leaders
to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. We invite you to join us in adding
your name as a gesture of lamentation and repentance.

This season of Lent, we are truly living "in darkness and in the shadow
of death" as we mark, on March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the war
with Iraq. It is a war that is being waged by our country, financed by our taxes,
and fought by our sisters and brothers. As U.S. Christians, we issue a call
to the American church to lament and repent of the sin of this war.

We lament the suffering and violence in Iraq. …

We lament the effects of this war on our country. …

We repent of our failure to fully live the teaching of Jesus to be peacemakers.

We believe repentance means more than just being sorry. …

We dedicate ourselves to the biblical vision of a world in which nations
do not attempt to resolve international problems by waging war on other nations.

Click
here to see the full statement and signers

The mission of Sojourners is to articulate the biblical call to social
justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities,
the church, and the world.

Source URL: http://go.sojo.net/campaign/iraqstatement1/xgk7u76rl76twt5x?

3% of News Covers War, after 5 Years

iava

Dear IAVA Supporter,

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, but you might not
have seen much about it on TV recently. Just 3% of the news in February
was dedicated to the war and fewer than one in three Americans know how many
American troops have died in Iraq.
Believe it or not, a study just
released by the Pew Research Center shows that press coverage of the war is
at the lowest point since the war began.

Please take a minute now to sign an open letter to the media and demand that
major networks increase their coverage of the Iraq war.

The economy and the presidential campaigns are both important stories, but
news of the ongoing wars shouldn’t fall by the wayside. The media must
demonstrate that they can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Over
80% of Americans are aware that Oprah Winfrey endorsed Senator Barack Obama
for president, while just 28% know how many troops have died in Iraq- even though
we are rapidly approaching 4,000 casualties.

An unprecedented detachment between the American public and the men and women
at war makes the media’s coverage of the conflicts more vital than ever. Just
because the coverage has waned doesn’t mean our troops aren’t facing daily dangers
or major issues once they return home.

Men and women continue to serve in Iraq, though you might not realize
that just from watching the news.
Please sign
this open letter
and honor the sacrifice of those who have served in the
past five years by making sure they remain in the public eye.…

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Impeach or Else Rally

limeimpeachMonday,
March 17th, 2008 — 3pm
St Paul, MN, Capitol Building

It is now undeniable that the Federal Government has failed us completely.
We have asked our representatives to hold the Bush Administration accountable.
Instead, they have blocked the Impeachment movement all over our country.

As we approach the anniversary of the illegal Iraq invasion, we have not given
up on the idea of holding the criminals in the Bush Administration or those
who enable them accountable. Justice can only come through peace. Since the
Bush administration has insisted they will not end the occupation while they’re
in office, if we wish for the occupation to end before 1/20/09, we must impeach.
There is something that YOU can do. It is now time for Plan B.

Impeach for Peace researched a method for impeaching the President or Vice
President using a little known and rarely used part of the Rules of the U.S.
House of Representatives (“Jefferson’s Manual”). This document actually
empowers individual states to initiate the impeachment process. All that’s required
is that the MN House and Senate pass an impeachment resolution.

So spread the word, tell your friends, your family, your coworkers, your allies.
We will hold a rally Monday, March 17th, on the steps of the Capitol Building
in St Paul. When we are finished with the rally, we will storm the Capitol Building.
We shall demand that the Minnesota House and Senate immediately pass a resolution
calling for the Impeachment of George W Bush and Dick… Continue reading

Iraq war veterans answer one last call of duty

By DAVID GAMBACORTA
Philadelphia Daily News
March 1, 2008
gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994

The call of duty has brought them together again, for one more vital mission.

Their hair is a little longer, their faces are a little scruffier and their
military garbs are a little more disheveled.

But when the signal is given shortly before 10 a.m. today at the Constitution
Center, 20 members of the Philadelphia chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the
War will march once more.

PhillyIVAWPhotoThey’ll
trek along Kelly Drive, past the Art Museum and Boathouse Row, across the Strawberry
Mansion Bridge and continue out west until they meet about 90 other veterans
at Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon.

Along the way, they hope to dispel a few myths about the Iraq war and give
regular people an idea of the grim reality that their fellow soldiers still
face overseas.

“We wanted to do something in solidarity that could send a message to
the American people,” said Steve Mortillo, the president of the Philadelphia
chapter of IVAW, who served in Iraq with the U.S. Calvary 1st Squadron Infantry
Division.

“It’s been five years since the war started, and a lot of us have feelings
that Americans only should die in combat if it’s a cause that’s going to save
more American lives than it’s going to cost.”

Today’s march also will promote IVAW’s Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan,
a three-day gathering for veterans of both wars that will take place next month
in Washington, D.C.

The organization boasts… Continue reading

AlterNet Editorial: Iraq Vets Will Detail U.S. Atrocities in Winter Soldier Hearings

By Editorial Staff, AlterNet
March 11, 2008

This week, on March 13-16, a new generation of "Winter Soldiers"
— veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq — will descend on the
nation’s capitol to tell America in their own words what they saw during their
service in the "war on terror," the Bush administration’s signature
policy. They’ll give a ground’s eye perspective on the occupation’s toll on
the people of those countries and the costs to the military, and they’ll tell
stories of what it was really like in places like Fallujah and Ramadi — places
that are just names on a map to most of the people back home.

They’ll be following large footsteps. In the early months of 1971, a group
of Vietnam vets, organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), gave
two days of testimony about the Vietnam that they had seen, up close and all-too-personally,
in the original "Winter Soldier" investigation. While largely dismissed
by the political establishment, their wrenching testimony redoubled the peace
movement’s efforts to end that war.

In his opening statement 37 years ago, William Crandell, a 26 year-old lieutenant
who served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division — the division
that committed the infamous My Lai Massacre — told the hushed room, "The
Winter Soldier Investigation is not a mock trial. There will be no phony indictments;
there will be no verdict against Uncle Sam." He promised "straightforward
testimony — direct testimony — about acts which are war… Continue reading

Whistleblower: Cellular carrier giving FBI unfettered access

By Ryan Paul
March 06, 2008

Computer security analyst Babak Pasdar says that a major mobile telecommunications
carrier has a built-in backdoor that provides an undisclosed third-party with
unfettered access to its internal technical infrastructure, including the ability
to eavesdrop on all calls through its network. In an affidavit that describes
the circumstances and basis for the allegations, Pasdar provides evidence which
could indicate that the FBI is on the other side of the secret line, engaging
in warrantless surveillance of mobile communications.

Pasdar discovered evidence of the backdoor when he was part of a rapid deployment
team that was brought in to facilitate a large-scale network security hardware
migration for the mobile carrier. During the migration, Pasdar was instructed
not to migrate the traffic for one particular DS-3, which was referred to as
the "Quantico Circuit" by consultants who worked closely with the
carrier (the FBI Academy is based in Quantico, Virginia).

According to Pasdar, the consultants informed him that the Quantico Circuit
is supposed to have no firewalls of any kind and no access control—it
is given complete access to everything in the carrier’s internal network and
there is no way to tell conclusively what has been accessed through it. The
consultants indicated that they knew who was at the other end of the Quantico
Circuit, but they refused to divulge this information to Pasdar.

When Pasdar insisted that the Quantico Circuit should at least have the minimum
level of security access logging if not access control, the… Continue reading

UPDATE–Video 2–9/11 Presentation to European Parliament

Update: Material added 3/7/08–
In this videoclip Giulietto Chiesa explains why so few (read ‘none’) of the mainstream media journalist showed up, even though hundreds were invited.
Watch here.

Part 1:
We have just received the first video of this historic presentation from Mark Dermul in Belgium, and will post more as we get them! Thanks to Mr. Chiesa, the participants, and everyone who helped make this happen. Particular thanks to the few courageous parliamentarians who showed up. Trailer for the film shown at this gathering, “Zero,” is available here: nl.youtube.com/watch?v=crexHTut23c&feature=related

Busting Bush & Co. in New England

March 5, 2008
by Dave Lindorff

In Mansfield, CT, the town where I grew up, there were no police. Oh, there
was a resident State Police officer with a big cruiser, but mainly, his job
was patrolling the stretch of four-lane highway that ran north of us between
Hartford and Boston. The University of Connecticut, a sprawling ag school at
the time, had a few police, but their job was limited to patrolling the campus.
If something happened, like a kid stealing candy from Phil’s, the local
Five and Ten, or if there was some kind of domestic dispute, it fell to the
local town constable—an elected position—to handle.

Up in the town of Marlboro, VT, population 1000, the town constable may have
a new job. If President George W. Bush, or Vice President Dick Cheney should
happen to stop by there, perhaps to pick up some freshly made maple syrup or
maple sugar candy, he’d have to arrest them. Last night, the citizens
of Marlboro voted in their annual town meeting to indict both men for war crimes,
obstruction of justice and perjury. The vote was 43-25, with three abstentions.

Residents of nearby Brattleboro, population 12,000, did the same, voting 2012-1795.

It might be a challenge for the local constabulary, given the gaggle of stone-faced,
ear-wired, Secret Service agents in their dark sunshades who encircle and protect
the president and his regent whenever the two suspects travel out of the secure
confines of the White House and Executive Office… Continue reading

Moussaoui appeals, calling plea invalid

Lawyers claim he pleaded guilty without seeing secret evidence

By MATT APUZZO
Associated Press
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

9/11 may have been an insiders’ job

Thursday, 21 February 2008
Article: Syed Akbar Kamal

Professor Hans KoechlerIn
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

Judge is asked to rescind shutdown of website

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
agencies worldwide.

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

Courage! Watch this woman speak truth!!

“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,
they write:

“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.”
wtc.nist.gov/pubs/factsheets/faqs_8_2006.htm

2. NIST rejected… Continue reading

Truth on Radio Events

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

See also show description from Between the Lines, and related statement of September 11th Advocates, posted here previously.

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Steve Alten, author of THE SHELL GAME

Steve Alten, author of THE SHELL GAME joined Caroline Casey at KPFA’s “The Visionary Activist” on February 21st. Listen here.

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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.

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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.…

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The Welch Whitewash: We Still Don’t Know What That Aug. 30 Nuclear Incident Was About

Mon, 02/25/2008
Dave Lindorff

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
paragraphs.

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

BAE: Secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince

Spectre of ‘another 7/7′ led Tony Blair to block bribes inquiry, high court
told

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
off intelligence.

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
BAE.

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