Sunday, March 15 2009 - Other Important News
Sunshine Week 2009: March 15-21
This week, newspapers across the country will once again sponsor panel discussions, Webcasts and op-eds pushing the American ideals of a free press and citizen access to the inner workings of government. ...
Survey Of State Government Information Online
Most Americans can easily find videos of water skiing squirrels on the Internet but they’ll have less luck finding out whether their children's school buses and classrooms are safe, or if neighborhood gas stations are overcharging. The Sunshine Week 2009 Survey of State Government Information online found that while more and more government records are being posted online, some of the most important information is being left offline. And in some cases governments are charging taxpayers to access records that they already paid for, such as death certificates. Read the report...
Sunday, March 15 2009 - 9/11 Commission
The 9/11 Commission and Torture
The bipartisan panel that investigated the terrorist attacks was widely praised.
But did its final report rely on suspect information?
Powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill are clamoring for creation of a bipartisan "9/11 style" commission to investigate the legality of the Bush administration's antiterrorism tactics--especially its use of harsh interrogation techniques.
President Obama has been notably cool to the idea. But the case for a "truth" commission was bolstered by the disclosure this month that the CIA had destroyed 92 videotapes of the interrogations and confinement of Al Qaeda suspects. A dozen showed the use of "enhanced" techniques routinely described by human-rights groups as torture.
Lawmakers say the obvious model for such an inquiry would be the 9/11 Commission--an independent bipartisan body praised for its authoritative account of the attacks.
But as a reporter who covered the commission from start to finish and later wrote a history of its investigation, I wonder if Congress understands the deep irony of establishing a "new 9/11 Commission" on these issues. Former commission investigators have acknowledged to me over the past year that the panel had a serious blind spot on questions about torture.
Saturday, March 14 2009 - Other Important News
Radio: Seymour Hersh on US Death Squads
Listen to Seymour Hersh's entire speech regarding US Death Squads.
NoLiesRadio.org broadcast Saturday, March 14th at 9am Pacific - 12 Noon Eastern - 16:00 GMT
Will be archived HERE after the broadcasts.
Listen at noliesradio.org (or http://220.127.116.11/~nolies)
Read the full story about Hersh's comments from MinnPost.com and related news, posted by 911truth.org here.
Friday, March 13 2009 - Get Involved
David Ray Griffin Book Tour - 'Time for a Second Look'
The Boston University School of Theology and the Boston 9/11 Truth Committee proudly present:
"The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé"
April 11, 2009
Dr. David Ray Griffin is a prominent theologian and scholar and professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology in California, where he taught for over 30 years (retiring in 2004). He has authored or edited over two dozen books including five books that expose the outrageous lies of the U.S. government explanations of the 9/11 attacks.
Thanks substantially to his own extraordinary personal dedication to the work of exposing 9/11 truth, Griffin is able to conclude that, "The 9/11 truth movement's exposé of the 9/11 cover-up has shown that virtually every dimension of the official account of 9/11 to be false beyond a reasonable doubt."
Friday, March 13 2009 - Other Important News
Veteran Diplomat Slated to Chair the NIC; Withdraws Under Pressure from the Israel Lobby compiled
Friday, March 13 2009 - Other Important News
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring'
Update: Eric Black received and published a response from a CIA agent on this... posted at end.
by Eric Black
At a "Great Conversations" event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an "executive assassination ring."
Hersh spoke with great confidence about these findings from his current reporting, which he hasn't written about yet.
In an email exchange afterward, Hersh said that his statements were "an honest response to a question" from the event's moderator, U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs and "not something I wanted to dwell about in public."
Hersh didn't take back the statements, which he said arise from reporting he is doing for a book, but that it might be a year or two before he has what he needs on the topic to be "effective...that is, empirical, for even the most skeptical."
The evening of great conversation, featuring Walter Mondale and Hersh, moderated by Jacobs and titled "America's Constitutional Crisis," looked to be a mostly historical review of events that have tested our Constitution, by a journalist and a high government officials who had experience with many of the crises.
Wednesday, March 11 2009 - Fear Factors
We are being spoon-fed stupid again...
Excellent questions being asked, as usual, by Larisa Alexandrovna over at atlargely.com, followed there by some equally thought-provoking commentary from readers. Unfortunate that even with all the "change" and "hope" promised we can't find reasonable debate, let alone any answers, in the quite un-changed corporate media...
And since Obama and his legal team can't even agree with each other on basic legal foundations--such as habeas corpus, and Obama's administration is backing immunity for John Yoo and other heinous torture proponents, the thought that this (alleged) KSM & Friends 'trial' will even begin to sort things out seems pretty silly. But why try to sort things out and reassess America's standing on basic human value? Instead, let's all focus on outrageous statements attributed to this group so we won't make a fuss when 17,000 MORE troops head into Afghanistan, when US drones bomb MORE civilians in Pakistan, when our troops DON'T leave Iraq, when all the "other Gitmos" are NOT closed, and when NO ONE is held accountable for torturing, sometimes to death, people around the world. Heck, it's worked for years and years! Yep, rev up the hatred-machine again and beat the drums of vengeance-war more loudly, so the rising wail of voices demanding justice for all humanity will be drowned out. Again...
Can someone explain to me how 5 suspected members of Al Qaeda (although there is no question regarding KSM) suddenly got their own PR machine from inside Gitmo and at the hands of a military judge, not to mention getting a world stage through which to frighten Americans some more? And the media? Well, they are too well versed in stupid to ask any sensible questions:
Wednesday, March 11 2009 - Legal Response to 9/11
ACLU: Gitmo judge 'blatantly defied' Obama executive order
by Rachel Oswald
March 10, 2009
Update at bottom: White House not concerned by judge's actions
The ACLU is angry that a military judge has accepted an incendiary legal pleading filed by five 9/11 suspects, despite President Obama's order stopping the Guantanamo military commissions and even though attorneys for some of the defendants were unaware of it.
Wednesday, March 11 2009 - Other Important News
Former Accused Iraqi Agent Susan Lindauer, Secret Charges and The Patriot Act in Action
by Michael Collins
In an unprecedented judicial ploy that lasted five years, federal prosecutors blocked Ms. Lindauer's rights to trial or any other sort of evidentiary hearings that would test her story. For 11 months, she was confined at Carswell federal prison on a Texas military base and at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, without a conviction or plea bargain.
During the indictment, she was conveniently gagged from sharing her direct knowledge of Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence, which she gained as a primary asset covering the Iraqi Embassy at the United Nations from August, 1996 onwards. She was also silenced from talking about the advance warning she gave the Office of Counter-Terrorism and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's private staff in August, 2001, about possible airplane hijackings and a reprise of the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
Tuesday, March 10 2009 - Legal Response to 9/11
Guantanamo detainees say they planned September 11: report & excerpts
Of course there were Islamic planners inside the 9/11 circle. That has absolutely no relationship to all the extensive pre-warnings provided by numerous governments to the US/Bush Administration before the attacks. Nor does it have any relationship to the complete failure of following established procedures for over two hours to intercept the "hijacked" aircraft. Nor does this have anything to do with the Able Danger stand down six months before, or the first ever in history steel frame buildings to fail from a fire.
March 10, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The five detainees at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp charged with plotting the September 11 attacks have filed a document expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting responsibility for the deaths of nearly 3,000 people, The New York Times reported on Monday.
The document, which the newspaper said may be released publicly on Tuesday, describes the five men as the "9/11 Shura Council," and says their actions were an offering to God, according to excerpts of the document read to a reporter by an unidentified government official, the report said.
"'To us,' the official read, 'they are not accusations. To us they are a badge of honor, which we carry with honor,'" the paper said.
Tuesday, March 10 2009 - Civil Liberties-Police State
Top cybersecurity official quits, says NSA has too much power
by Rachel Oswald
Last week's resignation of the top cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland
Security has revealed a thorny bureaucratic rivalry between the National Security
Agency and the resigned official who accuses NSA of having too tight a hold
Monday, March 9 2009 - Accountability
Bush League Justice
Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta To Be Tried For International Crimes?
by Anthony J. Hall
Professor of Globalization Studies
University of Lethbridge
(For presentation as the annual distinguished lecture sponsored by the Sociology Department of the University of Winnipeg, 6 March, 2009)
George W. Bush and Omar al-Bashir
Serious allegations of criminality are swirling around ex-US President George W. Bush and current Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. In late February of 2009 it was reported that the Hague-based International Criminal Court was preparing to issue a warrant for al-Bashir alleging his culpability for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. As the documents were being prepared against Sudan’s head of state, ex-President Bush was preparing to initiate a series of high-paying speaking engagements beginning in Calgary Alberta on March 17. Bush’s visit to Alberta’s oil capital tests the consistency and authenticity of the Canadian government’s “unequivocal” position that “Canada is not and will not become a safe haven for persons involved in war crimes, crimes against humanity or other reprehensible acts.”1
Monday, March 9 2009 - Accountability
War Crimes and Double Standards
George Bush could be next on the war crimes list
March 6, 2009
THE HAGUE -- George W. Bush could one day be the International Criminal Court's next target.
David Crane, an international law professor at Syracuse University, said the
principle of law used to issue an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir could extend
to former US President Bush over claims officials from his Administration may
have engaged in torture by using coercive interrogation techniques on terror
War Crimes and Double Standards
"It's also not true that any investigation is always better than no investigation. I have witnessed cover-up investigations that not only failed to get anywhere near the truth but tried to discredit and destroy whistleblowers who came forward with important evidence.
"In other words, bogus and self-interested investigations can advance bogus and self-interested history, which only emboldens corrupt officials to commit similar crimes again."
Monday, March 9 2009 - In the Media
Deconstructing Deceit: 9/11, the Media, and Myth Information
by Mickey S. Huff and Paul W. Rea
For the past eight years, American culture has seen an outburst of media-driven mythmaking. Corporate mainstream media organizations, the pundits they sponsor, and politicians from both major parties have formed a new contextual chorus singing the same refrain: "On September 11th, 2001, everything changed." From cable TV to AM radio, from the blogosphere to the town-hall meeting, Americans repeatedly hear that "this is a post-9/11 world."
Although there is some truth to this platitude of pivotal change, independently minded citizens may also wonder whether such mass media messages have become self-fulfilling prophecies. This provides an interesting point of debate about what has or has not changed in America since 9/11.
This chapter concerns itself with the ongoing phenomena of media mythmaking and how, like many Americans surmised just after 9/11, everything has not changed.1 Corporate mainstream media have resurrected powerful myths from America's past to shape public perception in the present. Through the prism of 9/11, one can see how the corporate mass media are in fact doing more mythmaking than news reporting. Here, the authors will examine central historic American myths the corporate media and even much of the alternative independent media have extended into the post-9/11 era. This analysis looks at how media mythmaking surrounding the events of 9/11, exploiting the strong emotions these events aroused, has prevented a dispassionate inquiry of its causes or of those responsible.
Monday, March 9 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
LIVE Interview with Physicist Steven Jones
Physics professor Dr. Steven Jones was forced out of Brigham Young University for his research suggesting the World Trade Center was destroyed by controlled demolition. Dr. Jones is the lead author of the first two scholarly articles in mainstream academic journals disputing the official story of 9/11 -- and a third is on the way! Kevin Ryan told us during his interview Tuesday, March 3rd that the upcoming article will include research by many respected scientists worldwide, and will for all intents and purposes seal the case that nanothermates were used in the controlled demolition of the WTC.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 9:00 am PDT - 12:00 Noon EDT - 16:00 GMT
The interview will be archived for later listening after the broadcast.
Deadline for emailed questions is 9pm Pacific Time, Monday, March 9th. Not all emailed questions will be answered on the air. Email your questions now: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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