Saturday, January 10 2009 - Other Important News
Obama-Bush teams to stage 'disaster' exercise
21 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The outgoing White House administration will next week hold a joint "disaster scenario" exercise with top members of the incoming team of president-elect Barack Obama, US officials said Friday.
"I'm not going to go into the details of it, but it is a disaster scenario where the government would be very much tested," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
"It is an exercise scenario, a hypothetical scenario that is designed to test and tax the capabilities of the federal government," he added.
He did not specify whether Obama or vice president-elect Joe Biden would take part in Tuesday's three-hour long exercise, saying merely it was part of regular training events and had not been motivated by any specific threat.
Friday, January 9 2009 - Editorials
We Will Not Go Down (Song for Gaza) - Senate and House Pass 'AIPAC Resolutions'
UPDATE 1/10/09: Shamefully, the US House of Representatives yesterday passed H.Res.34, "Recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States' strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process," on a suspension of the rules since it had not yet come back out of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. (Apparently, Rep. Howard Berman was in a big hurry to get this done.) Full text of the resolution is reposted at the end of this article.
In the end, 116 Reps Cosponsored the Resolution, and roll call vote shows 490 YEA, 5 NAY, 22 COWARD (aka "PRESENT"), with 16 not voting. Integrity Award goes to NO voters Dennis Kucinich, Gwen Moore, Ron Paul, Nick Rahall, and Maxine Waters. For all the terrible details, see "House Adopts Measure Backing Israel on
Friday, January 9 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Judge's Order Could Keep Public From Hearing Details of 9/11 Trials
Among the men about to undergo military trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind.
By Peter Finn
The military judge overseeing proceedings against five of the men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks signed an order designed to protect classified information that is so broad it could prevent public scrutiny of the most important trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to lawyers and human rights groups.
The protective order, which was signed on Dec. 18 by Judge Stephen R. Henley, an Army colonel, not only protects documents and information that have been classified by intelligence agencies, it also presumptively classifies any information "referring" to a host of agencies, including the CIA, the FBI and the State Department. The order also allows the court in certain circumstances to classify information already in the public domain and presumptively classifies "any statements made by the accused."
Friday, January 9 2009 - In the Media
The Difficulty of Being an Informed American
We would mention that the "commitment of time" to find real news, of which Dr. Roberts speaks here, can now be vastly minimized. Utilize Media Freedom Foundation's online 'newspaper', offering all your daily news in one convenient place, gathered from reliable sources around the world.
By Paul Craig Roberts
The American print and TV media has never been very good. These days it is horrible. If a person intends to be informed, he must turn to foreign news broadcasts, to Internet sites, to foreign newspapers available on the Internet, or to alternative newspapers that are springing up in various cities. A person who sits in front of Murdoch's Fox "News" or CNN or who reads the New York Times is simply being brainwashed with propaganda.
Before conservatives nod their heads in agreement, I'm not referring to "the liberal media." I mean the propaganda that issues from the US government and the Israel Lobby.
It was neoconservative Bush regime propaganda fed to America through Judith Miller and the New York Times and through Murdoch's Fox "News" that convinced Americans that they were in danger from a small secular Arab country half way around the globe called Iraq. It was the American media that convinced Americans that getting rid of dangerous "weapons of mass destruction," weapons that did not exist in Iraq, would be a cakewalk paid for by Iraqi oil revenues.
Friday, January 9 2009 - Other Important News
Cold War vets sue over alleged germ experiments
By Paul Elias
SAN FRANCISCO -- Six veterans who claim they were exposed to dangerous chemicals, germs and mind-altering drugs during Cold War experiments sued the CIA, Department of Defense and other agencies today.
The vets volunteered for military experiments they say were part of a wide-ranging program started in the 1950s to test nerve agents, biological weapons and mind-control techniques.
They allege in their lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court that they were never properly informed of the nature of the experiments and are in poor health because of their exposure. They are demanding health care and a court ruling that the program was illegal because it failed to obtain their consent.
Thursday, January 8 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Martial Law, the Financial Bailout, and War
by Peter Dale Scott
Paulson's Financial Bailout
It is becoming clear that the bailout measures of late 2008 may have consequences at least as grave for an open society as the response to 9/11 in 2001. Many members of Congress felt coerced into voting against their inclinations, and the normal procedures for orderly consideration of a bill were dispensed with.
The excuse for bypassing normal legislative procedures was the existence of an emergency. But one of the most reprehensible features of the legislation, that it allowed Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to permit bailed-out institutions to use public money for exorbitant salaries and bonuses, was inserted by Paulson after the immediate crisis had passed.
According to Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) the bailout bill originally called for a cap on executive salaries, but Paulson changed the requirement at the last minute. Welch and other members of Congress were enraged by "news that banks getting taxpayer-funded bailouts are still paying exorbitant salaries, bonuses, and other benefits."1 In addition, as AP reported in October, "Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. questioned allowing banks that accept bailout bucks to continue paying dividends on their common stock. `There are far better uses of taxpayer dollars than continuing dividend payments to shareholders,' he said."2
Even more reprehensible is the fact that since the bailouts, Paulson and the Treasury Department have refused to provide details ...
Thursday, January 8 2009 - Get Involved
KBR Knowingly Exposed Iraq Troops to Toxins?
January 8, 2008
This just in from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, IAVA:
This week reports surfaced that KBR, a military-contracting firm, may have knowingly exposed troops to dangerous toxins in Iraq. Today, I am asking you to take a stand with IAVA, and call for accountability.
In April of 2003, members of the Indiana National Guard were protecting KBR employees at a power plant in Southern Iraq. After their service, some of these troops exhibited signs of cancer, tumors and rashes, and new reports indicate that these injuries may be the result of exposure to toxins present at the site.
Incredibly, CBS News has uncovered evidence that KBR may have known about the risks months before it took any action to inform those soldiers.
Thursday, January 8 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall (3-part video)
Dec 15, 2008
In its draft report, released in August 2008, NIST attempted to cover up evidence
that WTC7 fell at freefall, but the coverup was transparent. In its final report,
released in November 2008, NIST finally acknowledged freefall, but couched it
in a bizarre framework that continues to deny its clear significance. Part I [of
this video] chronicles NIST's attempted obfuscation and eventual admission of
freefall. Part II demonstrates that their replacement theory is based on fabricated
evidence and is a continuation of the coverup. Part III will spell out the significance
of NIST's admission of freefall.
Wednesday, January 7 2009 - Get Involved
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Wednesday, January 7 2009 - Resources and Materials
Becoming Our Government, Making the Future Our Own, by Don Paul
Don Paul is a writer, musician and activist who was among the first to speak out about 9/11 fraud. His books, including "'9/11': Facing Our Fascist State" and "Waking Up From Our Nightmare (with Jim Hoffman)," have inspired many to seek the truth about 9/11 and other critical issues.
A new compilation of Don's writings is called The World is Turning: "9/11," the Movement for Justice, & Reclaiming America for the World. This new book combines two earlier and much-acclaimed Don Paul books with many articles that are new to print and that extend into late 2008. I was honored to be asked to write the introduction. The book should be available soon though Don's website, http://www.wireonfire.com/donpaul/dphome.html
Today, a new essay from Don, entitled "Becoming Our Government, Making the Future Our Own" is available here: http://www.911blogger.com/files/Becoming.pdf. Many thanks to Don for all his courageous and hopeful work.
Tuesday, January 6 2009 - In the Media
LIVE Alternative Coverage of the Israeli War On Gaza on No Lies Radio
You can hear LIVE Alternative Coverage of the Israeli War On Gaza on No Lies Radio, every weekday at 5pm Pacific - 8pm Eastern
Monday, January 5 2009 - Get Involved
'Inaugurate Yourself' - Nationwide Caravan of Peace & Truth
Starting: San Diego, CA, on January 10
How will the American people set an agenda in Washington that guarantees deep change?
How can we aim high, and demand the impossible?
How can we guarantee Barack Obama will fulfill the hope and promise he has represented?
(And how deep will the change really be, when you’ve put together a centrist cabinet?)
Inaugurate Yourself! will gather fellow rebels and radicals, spiritual people and political instigators, people who want to speak out and support Sander Hicks'' “Three New Imperatives:”
Monday, January 5 2009 - Resources and Materials
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House,
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