Tuesday, June 26 2012 - Research/Evidence
New NSA docs contradict 9/11 claims
“I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released," an expert tells Salon
June 19, 2012
By Jordan Michael Smith
Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive. The documents were released after the NSA pored through the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission and sent Freedom of Information Act requests.
The material contains much new information about the hunt before and after 9/11 for bin Laden, the development of the drone campaign in AfPak, and al-Qaida’s relationship with America’s ally, Pakistan. Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks. “I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed,” says Barbara Elias-Sanborn, the NSA fellow who edited the materials.
Let’s start there. In 2000 and 2001, the CIA began using Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Afghanistan. “The idea of using UAVs originated in April 2000 as a result of a request from the NSC’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism to the CIA and the Department of Defense to come up with new ideas to go after the terrorists in Afghanistan,” a 2004 document summarizes. The Pentagon approved the plan for surveillance purposes.
Tuesday, June 26 2012 - 9/11 Consequences
by Philip Giraldi
June 21, 2012
The most recent issue of the National Counter Terrorism Center’s annual Report on Terrorism [.pdf] came out last week, covering the year 2011. I would like to say that it is well worth a read, but actually it is quite tedious. For those who are interested, it is essentially a statistical and analytical breakdown of the terrorism phenomenon derived from the U.S. government–maintained Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, or WITS, which is based on publicly available open-source material reporting alleged terrorist activity around the globe. Most often the analysis is bare bones and avoids political coloration, not, for example, going deeply into the motives of the various terrorist groups but instead providing information in a pie chart and chronological fashion. This year’s report is 33 pages long.
The United States is engaged in what most Americans still refer to as a global war on terror or, in shorthand form, a war on terror. The Obama administration avoids the expression because it is a legacy of the Bush years and because it uses the expression “war,” so it refers to "overseas contingency operations," which has a nicer sound and does not appear to be so preemptive or premeditated. It also fudges the reality of what is taking place by pretending that the process is reactive, which it is not. The unrelenting expansion of U.S. military intervention is in response to many diverse overseas developments, most of which are not genuine threats. This was recently demonstrated by the White House decision to extend the U.S. terrorism fight to the entire continent of Africa.
Thursday, June 21 2012 - Research/Evidence
Declassified document contradicts Cheney’s claim of Iraqi connection to 9/11
June 20, 2012
Stephen C. Webster
A document declassified this week by the National Security Archive reveals that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) delivered a briefing to the Bush administration which directly contradicts former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claim that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta visited an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague.
The document (PDF), dated Dec. 1, 2001 and delivered to the White House on the 8th, claims that Atta “did not travel to the Czech Republic on 31 May 2000,” and adds that “the individual who attempted to enter the Czech Republic on 31 May 2000… was not the Atta who attacked the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.”
Despite this briefing, just days later on Dec. 9, 2001, Cheney told the late Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press, that the meeting in Prague had been “pretty well confirmed.”
Wednesday, June 20 2012 - Research/Evidence
The Central Intelligence Agency's 9/11 File
Top Secret CIA Documents on Osama bin Laden Declassified
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 381
Posted June 19, 2012
Edited by Barbara Elias-Sanborn with Thanks to Archive Senior Fellow Jeffrey T. Richelson
The National Security Archive
Washington, D.C., June 19, 2012 – The National Security Archive today is posting over 100 recently released CIA documents relating to September 11, Osama bin Laden, and U.S. counterterrorism operations. The newly-declassified records, which the Archive obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, are referred to in footnotes to the 9/11 Commission Report http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/index.htmand present an unprecedented public resource for information about September 11.
The collection includes rarely released CIA emails, raw intelligence cables, analytical summaries, high-level briefing materials, and comprehensive counterterrorism reports that are usually withheld from the public because of their sensitivity. Today's posting covers a variety of topics of major public interest, including background to al-Qaeda's planning for the attacks; the origins of the Predator program now in heavy use over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran; al-Qaeda's relationship with Pakistan; CIA attempts to warn about the impending threat; and the impact of budget constraints on the U.S. government's hunt for bin Laden.
Wednesday, June 20 2012 - Get Involved
President Obama: 9/11 Families Ask You to Watch '9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out'
June 19, 2012
John-Michael Talboo's blog at 911blogger.com
Support the 9/11 families and others who are asking President Obama to review the evidence in the documentary, 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out
• Who: President Barak Obama
• Sponsored by: 9/11 family members, Michele Little, Jane Pollicino, Bob McIlvaine, Josef Princiotta
In a new documentary, 43 high-rise architects, structural engineers, metallurgists, scientists, physicists, and explosives experts provide compelling proof of explosive controlled demolition in the destruction of three World Trade Center (WTC) skyscrapers on September 11, 2001.
Their examination of scientific evidence suggests that the collapse of the Twin Towers and WTC7 was not adequately explained by the 9/11 Commission, FEMA, and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) reports, all of which contain serious errors and omissions.
Why should this film matter to you, the reader, 11 years later? How will it help for President Obama to see this film?
Thursday, June 14 2012 - Get Involved
Hold the BBC Accountable - AE911Truth.org Action
BBC Action Reminder: Don’t Forget to Hold the BBC Accountable June 12, 2012
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
We don’t want you to miss this rare opportunity to support a 9/11 Truth campaign in England with the British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC Trust will make a decision any day now on whether to have a meeting with three AE911Truth petition signers who have filed a complaint over the BBC’s biased coverage of 9/11.
Dozens of you already sent in the pre-written letters to support this campaign. However, we’d like to reach at least 200 supporter letters. Will you help?
Wednesday, June 13 2012 - First Responders/Health Effects
Sept. 11 Health Fund Given Clearance to Cover Cancer
By Anemona Hartocollis
June 8, 2012
A federal health official’s ruling has cleared the way for 50 different types of cancer to be added to the list of sicknesses covered by a $4.3 billion fund set up to compensate and treat people exposed to the toxic smoke, dust and fumes in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The decision, released on Friday, came as a vindication for hundreds and perhaps thousands of people who have claimed — often in the face of resistance from public health officials — that their cancers were caused by their exposure to the dust cloud and debris thrown up by the attacks.
It will allow not only rescue workers but also volunteers, residents, schoolchildren and passers-by to apply for compensation and treatment for cancers developed in the aftermath of the attacks. The cancers will not be officially added to the list of covered illnesses until after a period of public comment and review that could last several months.
Saturday, June 9 2012 - 9/11 Precedents
Dead In The Water - The Sinking of the USS Liberty
June 8, 2012
Brought to our attention by Information Clearing House
During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats.
BBC Four Investigative Report: Broadcast Saturday 17 May 2003
Video Runtime 69 Minutes
Dead In The Water - The Sinking of the USS Liberty
Description at Google Video:
During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 30 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been unable to rebut it convincingly. Now, Dead in the Water uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack. The film combines dramatic reconstruction of the events, with new access to former officers in the US and Israeli armed forces and intelligence services who have decided to give their own version of events. Interviews include President Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy Admiral Shlomo Errell and members of the USS Liberty crew.
Tuesday, June 5 2012 - Research/Evidence
Expert Panel Reports False Accounts of US Political and Military Leaders on 9/11
Update: This press release was picked up by the Wall Street Journal's Marketplace, published May 25, 2012, here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2012
The 9/11 Consensus Panel
Massive National War Games on September 11th Raise Further Questions
NEW YORK, June 5, 2012 — New evidence shows that the September 11th activities of former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were falsely reported by official sources.
The 20-member 9/11 Consensus Panel analyzed evidence from press reports, FOIA requests, and archived 9/11 Commission file documents to produce eight new studies, released today.
The international Panel also discovered that four massive aerial practice exercises traditionally held in October were in full operation on 9/11. The largest, Global Guardian, held annually by NORAD and the US Strategic and Space Commands, had originally been scheduled for October 22-31 but was moved, along with Vigilant Guardian, to early September.
Monday, June 4 2012 - Other Important News
Judicial Vacancies on the Rise and More from CRS
Although I've not yet had time to read all of these, the last CRS report listed here at Secrecy News looks like something those of interested in truth, transparency and accountability may wish to read, considering demanding truth is now considered subversive (or worse) ...
June 4, 2012
Secrecy News from FAS.org
President Obama began the fourth year of his presidency with more vacant circuit and district court judgeships than when he took office, a new report from the Congressional Research Service observed.
The growing number of vacancies in the federal judiciary and the factors that increasingly impede the successful nomination and confirmation of new judges were examined by CRS.
"District court vacancies have grown in number over the course of the Obama presidency, from 42 judgeships vacant when President Obama took office to 59 at present," the CRS report said. During that period 150 district court judges were nominated but only 117 of them were confirmed.
Monday, June 4 2012 - In the Media
'Americans don't share global domination policies of their leaders' RT talks to Peter Dale Scott
May 21, 2012
RT talks to Peter Dale Scott - former diplomat, poet and prominent anti-war advocate. He says that the US corporate superstructure conglomerate - including financial interests, the defense industry, oil companies and the media - brazenly manipulate American society.
Watch RT LIVE on our website http://rt.com/on-air.
Monday, June 4 2012 - Research/Evidence
Over 700 pages of CIA 9/11-related records released
June 4, 2012
The CIA has released nearly 800 pages of newly declassified documents on Al Qaeda and the September 11 attacks.
The documents were released in response to an INTELWIRE Freedom of Information Act request for material referenced by the 9/11 Commission. Numerous documents were withheld, and those that were released have been heavily redacted. Despite this, it is highly unusual to receive any material from the CIA in response to a FOIA request, and they provide a fascinating look at the state of the agency's understanding of Al Qaeda over the years.
Friday, May 25 2012 - Research/Evidence
Help Save the Complete 9/11 Timeline
Dear 911Truth.org Reader,
I would like to extend a personal appeal to each of you to join me in supporting History Commons as generously as you possibly can. The Complete 9/11 Timeline is an unparalleled resource for anyone wishing to learn the truth about 9/11. It is critically important we ensure its ability to remain available to the world.
Please allow me to share why I feel so strongly about this... At least twice a month (often much more often) I receive an email from a student, high school or college, writing a paper or preparing a presentation on 9/11, who asks for help with research. They don't know where to even begin! The Web is a "big place," for better or worse, and they often express frustration trying to determine what's valid and what's not. The first resource I share with every one of them is The Complete 9/11 Timeline. It offers sourced articles which many use as a first step in developing their paper from a credible, "teacher-approved" perspective. Many have sent me a copy of their work, along with thanks for helping them plow through the myriad resources online. I can assure you that for the majority, the Timeline has served as a stepping-off place for them — they go on to dig deeper into whatever aspect of 9/11 struck them as the most "unbelievable" or "stunning." And as we all know, there are many. And along the way, they come across the many other Timelines available at History Commons and in the end realize what they learned in history class may not have been entirely ... historical.
Naturally, my response to many of the other "Where do I start?" emails we get includes referral to History Commons, as well. At every turn we are fed directed history from the mouthpieces of the power elite — from corporate and much of the "alternative" media, from government "experts" and from textbooks' scripted versions of America the Great used to shape and control the minds of our children and thus our future. Without resources such as History Commons (and 911Truth.org) that provide truthful information, the honest accounting of these events will be lost. If that is allowed to happen, the telling of our shared human story will be forever relegated to those with the money and power to sculpt history as they wish it to be remembered.
As Winston Churchill said, "History is written by the victors." Truth must be the victor in the writing of our history! Please, do your part in making sure that victory is assured.
May 25, 2012
911blogger.com, Shoestring's Blog
History Commons, the Web site that hosts the Complete 9/11 Timeline, is currently facing a funding crisis and urgently needs donations in order to stay online.
The Complete 9/11 Timeline is an important resource, which contains a huge amount of information relating to the 9/11 attacks. It includes over a thousand entries detailing the day of September 11, 2001, alone. It has the most detailed account there is of the numerous training exercises taking place on 9/11, and has many entries describing relevant training exercises held in the years leading up to 9/11.
The timeline has sections devoted to the official investigations of 9/11, such as the 9/11 Commission and the various investigations of the World Trade Center collapses, as well as much more.
It is important that the History Commons Web site has the necessary funds to continue. If you would like to make a donation (by credit card, PayPal, or check), click here.
Friday, May 25 2012 - Other Important News
9/11 ‘truther’ leading Egyptian presidential race
May 25, 2012
by Ben Birnbaum
An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt’s presidential race, a new poll shows.
Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, led the field of 13 candidates with 32 percent of the vote in a survey released Monday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
Mr. Abolfotoh expressed his views on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in an interview last year with Egypt scholar Eric Trager.
Thursday, May 24 2012 - Get Involved
Mounting Evidence: Debunking the War on Terror that Washington Still Wants to Wage
May 24, 2012
Paul W. Rea, PhD, presents Mounting Evidence: Debunking the War on Terror that Washington Still Wants to Wage, Thursday, May 24, 7pm, Walnut Creek, CA. Event will be live-cast by No Lies Radio. Details below.
In Mounting Evidence, Paul W. Rea, PhD, delivers an amply-researched critique of the 9/11 Commission and debunks the War on Terror. There’s little doubt the tragic attacks on 9/11 soon became the defining events of our time, shaping much of what has followed. But even now, over a decade later, how well does the public actually understand them? Other researchers have written about key facets of 9/11 – the fall of World Trade Center buildings, the air-defense failures, the backgrounds of the hijackers, or the role of the Saudi funders. In Mounting Evidence, Dr. Rea shows how, by understanding the shattering events of that dark day, Americans can end seemingly endless wars and take back personal liberties they’ve lost.
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