Sunday, January 18 2009 - Other Important News
UN chief relieved about Gaza, urges Israel withdrawal
Sat Jan 17, 2009
BEIRUT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday he was relieved about an Israeli ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and urged the Jewish state to withdraw all of its troops as soon as possible.
"I am relieved that the Israeli government has decided to cease hostilities as of midnight GMT," Ban told reporters. "This should be the first step leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza," he said, adding that he wanted the withdrawal "as soon as possible".
He said that Hamas militants also needed to do their part to bring an end to the violence by halting their rocket attacks against southern Israel.
"Hamas militants must stop firing rockets now," he said.
Saturday, January 17 2009 - Resources and Materials
116th Peer-reviewed Paper Published in Journal of 9/11 Studies: 'The Missing Jolt: A Simple Refutation of the NIST-Bazant Collapse Hypothesis'
January 16, 2009
The 116th peer-reviewed paper was published today in the Journal of 9/11 Studies:
This fine paper underwent several months of rather arduous peer-review preceding its publication in the Journal of 9/11 Studies. The paper supports work by James Gourley published in the Journal of Engineering Mechanics and recent analysis by David Chandler. A few quotes from the paper should wet your interest:
"In its Final Report on the Collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology summarizes its three year study and outlines its explanation of the total collapse of WTC 1 and WTC 2. Readers of the report will find that the roughly $20 million expended on this effort have resulted in an explanation of the total collapse of these buildings that is so vague it barely qualifies as a hypothesis. But it does have one crucial feature of a hypothesis: it is, in principle, falsifiable. In fact, it is easy to demonstrate that it is false.
Saturday, January 17 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Sept. 11 death toll grows after cancer death
Published: Saturday January 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A 45-year-old man who died of cancer due to breathing in toxic dust following the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 has become the latest addition to the attacks' overall toll.
Leon Bernard Heyward, 45, died on October 18, 2008 from "lymphoma complicating sarcoidosis," bringing the overall death toll from the attacks to 2,752, the New York City medical examiner's office said.
Saturday, January 17 2009 - Other Important News
Feds Drop Case Against Accused Iraqi Agent
"The Government has determined that continued prosecution of this case as to LINDAUER would not be in the interests of justice."*
(Jan. 16, Wash. DC) The Department of Justice entered a motion to drop all charges against Susan Lindauer yesterday morning, Jan. 15, 2009. The filing (see below) at the federal district court in lower Manhattan ends the government's attempt to prosecute her for allegedly acting as an "unregistered agent" for Iraq. Since her arrest in early 2004, she has repeatedly asked for a trial to present evidence that she had been a United States intelligence asset since the early 1990's.
By filing this order, the government surrendered forever its ability to prosecute Lindauer as an "Iraqi foreign agent" and for lesser charges contained in the indictment, including a one week trip to Baghdad in March, 2002.
Lindauer made the following statement today, Jan 16, 2009: "I am disgusted by this case. They think that they have defeated me by denying my day in court. It could not be more wrong. If we can't have a criminal trial, we're going to have a civil trial for damages."
Lindauer was arrested in March, 2004 shortly after offering to testify before a Bush appointed blue ribbon commission evaluating U.S. pre-war intelligence on Iraq. In late February, she informed the offices of two commission members, Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and Trent Lott (R-MS), that she could testify that U.S. pre-war intelligence was proactive and effective, not a popular view at that time.
Friday, January 16 2009 - Get Involved
Action Alert - Kucinich Introduces Legislation re. Gaza Humanitarian Crisis, 8 Cosponsors
Track this legislation, and all legislation, via http://thomas.gov. Enter search word or bill number, click the appropriate button, and voila! You'll find text, congressional actions, cosponsors, committees, etc.
Action Alert re. Kucinich's Bill, HR66
Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted 390 yes, 5 no, and 22 present to pass H.Res.34, “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself” and “reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel.” To see if your Representative cosponsored this resolution, click here.
Friday, January 16 2009 - Other Important News
Day 20 of Israel's Genocidal Slaughter of Gaza--
1100 dead, 5100+ wounded, UN School/Aid Warehouse and hospitals bombed, White phosophorous and "experimental" weapons used, Silence is complicity
Roundup of a few significant articles re. the situation in Gaza today.
> Kucinich: UN should investigate Israeli Gaza strikes
Thursday, January 15 2009 - In the Media
What We Didn't Know Has Hurt Us
By Clint Hendler
Advocates for open and transparent government are quick to note that no American presidential administration has, in practice, been enthusiastic about reducing secrecy in the executive branch--for some obvious and sometimes quite legitimate reasons. There are secrets that almost everyone agrees should remain secret. But secrecy must be balanced with the citizens' right to examine the operations of their government--to learn, to improve, to enforce, and sometimes to shame. That's especially true when there are political or bureaucratic incentives for secrecy that deserve far less respect than true matters of national security. And despite the bipartisan resistance from those in power, the arc of history has trended, if unevenly, toward openness. Claims of excessive secrecy have become a tried and true political battering ram, easily wielded by the party in opposition. Technological evolution has not only made the dissemination of information easier and faster, but also has heightened our appetite for disclosure. The trend isn't confined to the political sphere. Betty Ford's frank discussion of her struggles with cancer and alcoholism in the 1970s marked a new era of openness in our personal medical lives, and the invention of the personal video camera spawned a cottage industry around moments--gaffes, goofs, tragedies--that were once private.
Thursday, January 15 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Detainee Tortured, Says U.S. Official--Trial Overseer Cites 'Abusive' Methods Against 9/11 Suspect
By Bob Woodward
The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned to participate in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, interrogating him with techniques that included sustained isolation, sleep deprivation, nudity and prolonged exposure to cold, leaving him in a "life-threatening condition."
"We tortured [Mohammed al-]Qahtani," said Susan J. Crawford, in her first interview since being named convening authority of military commissions by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in February 2007. "His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that's why I did not refer the case" for prosecution.
Crawford, a retired judge who served as general counsel for the Army during the Reagan administration and as Pentagon inspector general when Dick Cheney was secretary of defense, is the first senior Bush administration official responsible for reviewing practices at Guantanamo to publicly state that a detainee was tortured.
Thursday, January 15 2009 - Research/Evidence
Summaries of 9/11 Commission Interviews Released
Kevin Fenton, who wrote this blog entry today, is one of the great researchers working with Paul Thompson and so many other fine people at HistoryCommons.org (formerly known to most of us as CooperativeResearch.org) to document our history. Not just about 9/11, but about aspects of our lives so appallingly rewritten by media and textbooks. The work underway at HistoryCommons is absolutely invaluable, and we encourage readers to get involved and otherwise support that work.
Summaries of 9/11 Commission Interviews Released
The National Archives today released a set of records the 9/11 Commission gave it. It did so today because the commission told it it had to wait until 2009 to do so, presumably on the off chance that people would have forgotten about it all by then. The records are in two groups, Memorandums for the Record (MFR), which are available online, and other records, which are not available online.
I have been trawling through the ones that are available online and I have learned a few things of interest.
Thursday, January 15 2009 - Research/Evidence
(Some) 9/11 Commission Records Released
A significant amount of information from the 9/11 Commission Records has been made available today through the National Archives. The introduction, reposted below, is followed by FAQs, where to find help, what's online, and much more. In particular interest at this point is the Memorandums for the Record (MFR) section: "During its investigation, the commission staff conducted over 1200 fact-finding interviews-the MFRs are summaries of these interviews. This series is available online." We will post information at 911truth.org as researchers comb through these records, to keep readers informed.
From The National Archives Legislative Branch - The Center for Legislative
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The Commission's mandate was to provide a "full and complete accounting" of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to provide recommendations as to how to prevent such attacks in the future. The Commission, extant from 2003 - 2004, held hearings, conducted interviews, and produced a report.
When the 9/11 Commission closed on August 21, 2004, it transferred legal custody of its records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Commission encouraged the release of its records to the fullest extent possible in January 2009. Because the Commission was part of the legislative branch its records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Approximately 35% of the Commission's archived textual records are now publicly available. Due to the collection's volume and the large percentage of national security classified files, NARA staff was unable to process the entire collection by January 2009. Review and processing focused on the portion of the collection that contains unique documents created by the Commission and those that reveal the most about the scope of the investigation and the internal workings of the Commission and its staff.
Thursday, January 15 2009 - In the Media
Live Broadcast: Eric Holder Senate Confirmation Hearing for Attorney General
Click Here To Listen: http://noliesradio.org
Who is the real Eric Holder? Is he a real civil rights advocate who recently
made a speech advocating the closing of Gitmo and the stopping of rendition,
torture, and warrantless secret domestic searches and wiretaps? Is he a coverup
attorney who has been accused of deflecting press attention from a possible
murder of a witness regarding the government's culpilbility in the Oklahoma
Federal Building bombing and defending Chiquita Brands role in the funding of
death squads in Columbia? Or is he simply a slimy lawyer accused of infuence
peddling in his role in the pardon of Mark Rich in the Clinton Whitehouse? See
our website for the sources on these statements.
Wednesday, January 14 2009 - In the Media
'Rescue Me' braces for controversy
Michael J. Fox to play paraplegic on FX series
By DANIEL FRANKEL
It's been a hot-potato even for the most heavyweight of political pundits in recent years, but the fifth season of the FX series "Rescue Me" will intrepidly delve into the controversial theory that the 9/11 attacks were aided or perpetrated by the U.S. government.
Season five will find the men of Engine 62 divided over the polarizing theory after a journalist working on a 10-year-anniversary story delves up painful memories.
"I think there are a lot of well-thought-out ideas and theories (about 9/11) that to me make more sense than has been popularly espoused, and I'm glad we could explore it in the context of the show," said cast member Daniel Sanjata, addressing tube journos at the Television Critics Assn. confab in Universal City Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 14 2009 - Other Important News
New information sheds more light on GOP IT guru's tragic death
January 13, 2009
New information surrounding the December plane crash which killed GOP internet
consultant Michael Connell casts doubt on some of the rumors and speculation
surrounding his death but doesn't close the books on the circumstances surrounding
the Republican technology star's tragic end.
Wednesday, January 14 2009 - Get Involved
Dennis Kucinich Explains His 'NO' vote against endorsing Israel's violent campaign in Gaza -- (and a petition to sign)
Every second there is a bomb
Adham Khalil writing from Jabaliya refugee camp, the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine, 13 January 2009
... We are living under complete siege with daily killings and our houses destroyed. Hamas and other Palestinian factions are trying to defend Palestinians from the continuing massacres, invasions and air strikes. The Israeli occupation and actions in Gaza are terrorist actions, as are many of their actions and policies dating back to their ethnic cleansing campaign in 1948.
But I think this, right now, is the worst catastrophe I will see in my life.
I don't have any guns or weapons. I struggle by simply telling the truth. Many people have asked me if there is a way to send money or food. But what we really need is our freedom and an end to the fire.
Don't keep silent about the Israeli massacres and Holocaust against Palestinians. The demand for an end to this siege must be louder than the bombs that rain down upon us.
Adham Khalil is a resident of Jabaliya refugee camp and a youth leader at the al-Assria Children's Library. His blog, Free Free Palestine, is at http://nagyelali.blogspot.com. (Reprinted from Electronic Intifada)
Yesterday, (1.12.2008), Rep. Kucinich explained why he voted against a resolution endorsing Israel's over-the-top aggression in Gaza. Also, please take a moment to sign this petition at AVAAZ.org;
Kucinich Part 1 of 2
Tuesday, January 13 2009 - Get Involved
Center for Constitutional Rights Call to Action
January 13, 2008
The inauguration is almost upon us, and I am writing you with two important related matters. The first is a call to action to phone your senators with questions for Eric Holder's hearing on his nomination to be the next Attorney General. The second is to send you a link to a report we released yesterday on the simple steps to closing Guantanamo.
While President-Elect Obama has said he will close the base, he has yet to say how or when, which are the most important questions. We are all excited at the chance for a new beginning: it is up to us to make it one we can be proud of. Please call your senators, and please download and distribute our report so we can end this terrible chapter in our history.
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