Violation of Rights by Military
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By Scott Fina
Santa Maria Times
Protestors gather in front of Vandenberg Air Force
Base on Sunday. Photo credit: Ian Gonzaga, Santa Maria Times
I was among the several people arrested on Sunday, January 31,
while protesting outside the main gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base. The purpose
of my protest was to criticize the development, maintenance, and potential use
of nuclear weapons by the United States.
I believe the nuclear arsenal of the United States–the largest and most
advanced in the world–contributes to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Consider the perspective of countries like North Korea and Iran. If the most
powerful nation in the world with the greatest military capability finds it
necessary to maintain several thousand nuclear warheads, why shouldn’t
they have some? Moreover, the more prevalent nuclear weapons become, the more
likely terrorists are to obtain the materials needed to construct one.
On Sunday I was also protesting the American development of a space-based,
anti-missile defense system. This system undermines our previous and future
efforts at negotiating nuclear treaties with Russia and China. So my protest
on Sunday, at heart, concerned the security of the United States and the world.
The story of my arrest on Sunday (along with six other people) outside the
gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base, however, had nothing to do with the security
of our country–although we were cited for a “violation of a security
regulation” (50 USC Sec 797). If convicted,… Continue reading
Originally published by Alex Lantier on February 3, 2010 at wsws.org
A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Nigerian student, whom US officials suspected of being affiliated with the Yemeni terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, attempted to set off a bomb on Northwest Flight 253 into Detroit on Christmas Day. Revocation of Abdulmutallab’s visa would have prevented him from boarding the airplane.
The hearing was reported in a brief article posted January 27 on the web site of the Detroit News, headlined, “Terror Suspect Kept Visa to Avoid Tipping Off Larger Investigation.”
The revelation that US intelligence agencies made a deliberate decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board the commercial flight, without any special airport screening, has been buried in the media. As of this writing, nearly a week after the hearing, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have published no articles on the subject. Nor have the broadcast or cable media reported on it.
This is despite–or perhaps more accurately, because of–the fact that this information exposes the official government story of the near-disaster to be a lie. President Obama, who has joined with top US intelligence, FBI and Homeland Security officials to insist that Abdulmutallab was inadvertently allowed to board the plane carrying explosives because of a failure to “connect the dots,” has… Continue reading
By Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
January 28, 2010
WASHINGTON – The White House revealed Thursday night it boosted funding for ailing 9/11 responders – pumping more money into the treatment program than ever before.
Team Obama disclosed the cash only after outraging New York lawmakers with the news that the administration won’t back a permanent plan to help the dying Ground Zero responders.
The White House confirmed it will more than double the budget for treating ill responders to $150 million in 2011.
The abrupt revelation came after the Daily News reported New York lawmakers were shocked Wednesday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the administration does not support mandatory funding for the $11 billion permanent treatment plan.
“I was stunned – and very disappointed,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
“To say the least, I was flabbergasted,” said Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon.
Family members also were infuriated by the lack of permanent support. “I thought that these people would be taken care of. I would have expected better from this administration,” said Lorie Van Auken.
The delegation hopes President Obama will reconsider and put victims of the terror strike on a footing close to wounded soldiers, perhaps even funding the 9/11 health bill with the military.
“We are focused on strengthening the World Trade Center health program and providing needed resources through the budget,” White House spokeswoman Moira Mack said.
New York legislators were thrilled to learn of the one-year funding boost.
“I am… Continue reading
A talk delivered to the New England Antiwar Conference, MIT, January 30, 2010.
by Peter Dale Scott
Hello everyone! I’m honored to be invited to this important anti-war conference. As I am in the final stages of editing my next book, The Road to Afghanistan , I have been turning down invitations to speak. But I was eager to accept this one, and to join my friends and others in debunking the war on terror, the false justification for the Afghan-Pakistan war.
Let me make my own position clear at the outset. There are indeed people out there, including some Muslim extremists, who want to inflict terror on America. But it is crystal clear, as many people inside and outside government have agreed, that it makes this problem worse, not better, when Washington sends large numbers of U.S. troops to yet another country where they don’t belong. 1
A war on terror is as inappropriate a cure as a U.S. war on drugs, which as we have seen in Colombia makes the drug problem worse, not better. The war on terror and the war on drugs have this in common: both are ideological attempts to justify the needless killings of thousands — including both American troops and foreign civilians — in another needless war.
Why does America find itself, time after time, invading countries in distant oil-bearing regions, countries which have not invaded us? This is a vital issue on which we should seek a clear message for the American… Continue reading
1,000 Architects & Engineers demand
new 9/11 WTC investigation!
Press Conference Scheduled February 19th, 2010
As of January 2010, over 1,000 architects and engineers have signed our petition demanding a real investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. This petition, along with AE911Truth literature and DVDs, will also be presented to every Member of Congress.
underscore the importance of this milestone achievement, AE911Truth is launching
a massive publicity campaign nationwide and holding a Press Conference
in San Francisco, California on February 19, 2010 followed by an exclusive Keynote
Luncheon to include David Ray Griffin, Steven Jones and others. We will
also host an exclusive A/E Conference in honor of our AE911Truth petition
signers, many of whom will be flying in to San Francisco to join us. Mark your
calendars now! This will be a day of events that you won’t want to miss!
DATE: February 19, 2010
TIME: 11am – 6pm
PLACE: Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco,
11:00 am – Press Conference
Richard Gage, AIA, accompanied by other distinguished speakers and prominent petition signers, will announce this milestone with a brief dynamic presentation of the evidence which has convinced over 1,000 architects and engineers to support the demand for a real investigation. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. Press kits will be distributed.
Open to the Public – Free
12:00 pm – Keynote Luncheon
Join us for an exclusive… Continue reading
By Michael McAuliff
January 28, 2010
The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation yesterday, dropping
the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.
The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored
in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government
that delivers on its promises to the American people.
So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does
not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after
9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.
“I was stunned — and very disappointed,” said Sen. Kirsten
Gillibrand, who like most of the other legislators had expected more of a discussion
on how to more forward.
“To say the least, I was flabbergasted,” said Staten Island Rep.
The 9/11 bill would spend about $11 billion over 30 years to care for the growing
numbers of people getting sick from their service at Ground Zero, and to compensate
families for their losses.
The legislators were shocked the idea was falling lower on the administration
priority list than other parts of the war on terror and financial bailouts.
“She made it clear that the administration does not support any kind
of funding mechanism that goes into the bill,” said Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel.
“I think it’s fiscal restraint… but you know what? They find
money for everything else,… Continue reading
1,000 Architects & Engineers Call for a Real 9/11 Investigation Press Conference and Dinner February 19, 2010
January 25, 2010
Architects and Engineers for 9/11truth.org
AE911Truth will hold a press conference on Friday,
February 19, at 11:00 AM at the Marines
Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco. We will announce and honor the
milestone of our achievement of obtaining 1,000
architects and engineers (A/E’s) petitioning for a real investigation into
the destruction of the 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers.
The Marine Memorial Club and Hotel in the heart of San Francisco provides
a first-class backdrop for announcing AE911Truth’s achievement
Invitations are being sent to more than 400 local AIA members, to many local,
national, and international media outlets, and to more than 15,000 AE911Truth.org
petition signers and supporters from around the world.
The press conference will include a large-screen scrolling display of all 1,000
A/E’s; statements by Richard Gage, AIA, founder of AE911Truth and several petition
signers; and a short ten-minute presentation of “9/11: Blueprint for Truth”
— the explosive evidence for the engineered destruction of the 3 World Trade
Center skyscrapers. A press kit including the AE911Truth DVD will be made available
to all attendees.
We will also be inviting various leaders in the 9/11 Truth movement to this
milestone event. We are working with We Are Change and other 9/11 Truth
organizations to deliver hardcopy petition
evidence press kits to every member of Congress.
A fund-raising and working luncheon will be held after the press conference
in… Continue reading
January 28, 2010
As part of a new series of interviews from Michael Wolsey s Visibility 9-11, Host John Bursill talks to 911Truth.org Executive Director, Janice Matthews and Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. John
John Bursill is a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, with over 20 years of experience working on large commercial jets in Sydney. Bursill has an extensive knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and is one of the most prominent 9/11 truth activists and speakers in Australia today. John was the principal organiser of the The Hard Evidence Tour Down Under and has organised several other events, including the Sydney Truth Now Conference 2008 and Delusion 9/11. He has also toured across Australia with his talk Why 9/11 Truth?
Visibilty 9-11 Welcomes Richard Gage AIA – 1,000 Member Milestone
January 26, 2010
This interview was inspired by the recent news that Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth had reached the milestone of 1,000 qualified and licensed members. Gage, who is an experienced San Francisco Architect, member of the American Institute of Architects and the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, describes some of the group s recent successes worldwide and talks about his recent tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
We hear about the upcoming Press Conference planned next month to announce the 1,000 AE911truth.org members to the world, which includes approximately 40 Structural Engineers. Richard also mentions some celebrations that are planned for the AE911Truth members. Please… Continue reading
By Glenn Greenwald
January 27, 2010
(updated below – Update II)
The Washington Post‘s Dana Priest today reports that “U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people.” That’s no surprise, of course, as Yemen is now another predominantly Muslim country (along with Somalia and Pakistan) in which our military is secretly involved to some unknown degree in combat operations without any declaration of war, without any public debate, and arguably (though not clearly) without any Congressional authorization. The exact role played by the U.S. in the late-December missile attacks in Yemen, which killed numerous civilians, is still unknown.
But buried in Priest’s article is her revelation that American citizens are now being placed on a secret “hit list” of people whom the President has personally authorized to be killed:
After the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush gave the CIA, and later the military, authority to kill U.S. citizens abroad if strong evidence existed that an American was involved in organizing or carrying out terrorist actions against the United States or U.S. interests, military and intelligence officials said. . . .
The Obama administration has adopted the same stance. If a U.S. citizen joins al-Qaeda, “it doesn’t really change anything from the standpoint of whether we can target them,” a senior administration official said. “They are then part of the enemy.”
Both the CIA and the JSOC maintain lists… Continue reading
By Michael McAuliff
New York Daily News blog
Firefighter Brian McCauley died yesterday of cancer at the age of 42.
Today, his friends brought their grief and anger to the Long Branch, N.J., office of one of the congressmen who has failed to move legislation that would permanently help other people who sacrificed at Ground Zero.
“They’re turning their backs on guys like Brian,” said Larry Feilich, an FDNY dispatcher from the Bronx, who last saw McCauley about a month ago.
“I’m on my second set of widows,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, who offered counseling after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds himself doing it again and again.
Minson and Feilich were among dozens of protesters who targeted Rep. Frank Pallone for not moving a major part of the $11 billion legislation that would reopen the Sept. 11 victims’ fund and guarantee health care for responders who don’t have it.
Pallone heads the Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health, which has jurisdiction over about $3 billion of the bill, which would cover 30 years.
Pallone had promised to bring that legislation up for action back in September, but he has not.
His office responded that it hasn’t moved because Pallone doesn’t think the measure will pass.
“The congressman is a strong supporter of the bill and is working to get enough support to vote it out of committee,” said spokesman Richard McGrath. “Right now there isn’t enough support and if we bring it up for a… Continue reading
January 24, 2010
By EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN
Wall Street Journal Opinion
The investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks ended as far as the public knew on July 29, 2008, with the death of Bruce Ivins, a senior biodefense researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md. The cause of death was an overdose of the painkiller Tylenol. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note.
Less than a week after his apparent suicide, the FBI declared Ivins to have been the sole perpetrator of the 2001 Anthrax attacks, and the person who mailed deadly anthrax spores to NBC, the New York Post, and Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy. These attacks killed five people, closed down a Senate office building, caused a national panic, and nearly paralyzed the postal system.
The FBI’s six-year investigation was the largest inquest in its history, involving 9,000 interviews, 6,000 subpoenas, and the examination of tens of thousands of photocopiers, typewriters, computers and mailboxes. Yet it failed to find a shred of evidence that identified the anthrax killer–or even a witness to the mailings. With the help of a task force of scientists, it found a flask of anthrax that closely matched–through its genetic markers–the anthrax used in the attack.
This flask had been in the custody of Ivins, who had published no fewer than 44 scientific papers over three decades as… Continue reading
The panty bomber mystery deepens
by Justin Raimondo
January 11, 2010
What I call the Weird Factor, for lack of a better name, seems to have become a permanent feature of our post-9/11 world, a dark and sinister leitmotif that plays in the background. On 9/11, of course, the Factor was on full display as a whole string of unusual events and unexplained phenomena were visited on us. The 9/11 Commission did little to clear these matters up, for the most part because they didn’t address them. Just a few for the record: Bush reading My Pet Goat to schoolchildren after being told of the attacks, the sudden appearance of the “Israeli art students” — and their buddies, the “laughing Israelis” — in the months and weeks leading up to the attacks, and the apparent passivity of US air defenses on that fateful day.
I mean, how is it possible that the terrorists actually hit the Pentagon, the symbolic fortress of America’s alleged military supremacy? After spending untold trillions on “defense” over the years, a sum that never declines in real terms, and driving ourselves into near-bankruptcy on account of it, how in the name of all that’s holy did nineteen men armed with box-cutters manage to drive Don Rumsfeld stumbling into the street, literally running for his life?
By Glenn Greenwald
January 15, 2010
(updated below – Update II – Update III – Update IV)
Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama’s closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama’s head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for “overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs.” In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-“independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper’s abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false “conspiracy theories,” which they define to mean: “an attempt to explain an event or… Continue reading
By Daniel Tencer
In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.
Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups.
As head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein is in charge of “overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs,” according to the White House Web site.
Sunstein’s article, published in the Journal of Political Philosphy in 2008 and recently uncovered by blogger Marc Estrin, states that “our primary claim is that conspiracy theories typically stem not from irrationality or mental illness of any kind but from a ‘crippled epistemology,’ in the form of a sharply limited number of (relevant) informational sources.”
By “crippled epistemology” Sunstein means that people who believe in conspiracy theories have a limited number of sources of information that they trust. Therefore, Sunstein argued in the article, it would not work to simply refute the conspiracy theories in public — the very sources that conspiracy theorists believe would have to be infiltrated.
Sunstein, whose article focuses largely on the 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggests that the government “enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the… Continue reading
Justice department to accuse FBI of invoking crises to obtain details of more than 2,000 calls, Washington Post reports
by Chris McGreal in Washington
19 January 2010
The US justice department is preparing a report which concludes that the FBI repeatedly broke the law by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist to obtain more than 2,000 telephone call records over four years from 2002, including those of journalists on US newspapers, according to emails obtained by the Washington Post.
The bureau also issued authorisations for the seizure of records after the fact, in order to justify unwarranted seizures.
The Washington Post said the emails show how counter-terrorism officials inside FBI headquarters breached regulations designed to protect civil liberties.
The FBI’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni, told the Washington Post that the agency violated privacy laws by inventing non-existent terrorist threats to justify collecting the phone records. “We should have stopped those requests from being made that way,” she said.
Caproni said that FBI’s issuing of authorisations after the fact was a “good-hearted but not well thought-out” move to give the phone companies legal cover for handing over the records.
After the 9/11 attacks, the USA patriot act greatly expanded the government’s ability to monitor American citizens, including increased access to their phone calls with the approval of lower-level officials than previously allowed. But the authorisation had to be tied to an open terrorism investigation.
The Washington Post said two FBI officers had raised concerns. Special agent Bassem Youssef observed… Continue reading
“Treason in America: 911, the Wars & Our Broken Constitution” Conference
March 6 & 7, 2010
Valley Forge Convention Center
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
The Conference . . .
A two-day non-partisan truth conference with speakers, movies & music discussing
what’s really going on in our country. From 9/11, the “wars on terror”
and the private, not public, Federal Reserve to the undermining of the U.S.
Constitution and Bill of Rights via Patriot Acts 1 & 2 . . . Connecting
the dots between different events that go unreported (or under-reported), as
a whole, in our mainstream media. Come learn what many do not know, but what
many are waking up to. Knowledge is power.
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(Please see the interactive “Map” tab for directions.)
The Speakers . . .
Master of Ceremonies (MC) – Jon Gold
Cindy Sheehan, Mother & Activist
Richard Gage, AIA (Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth)
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Able Danger)
Coleen Rowley, Former FBI Agent & Whistleblower, Time Magazine Person of
the Year, 2002
Jack Blood, Radio Host (Deadline Live, American Freedom Radio)
Jon Gold, 9/11 Researcher & Writer
Dylan Avery, Filmmaker (Loose Change series)
Korey Rowe, Filmmaker (Loose Change series)
Daniel Sunjata, Actor (F/X, Rescue Me)
Sander Hicks, Writer & Activist
Jonathan Elinoff, Filmmaker (Core of Corruption series)
Manny Badillo, 9/11 Family Member
Bob McIlvaine, 9/11 Family Member
Kyle Hence – Filmmaker & Activist [TENTATIVE]
Possibly others… Continue reading
What is Citizens’ Broadcasting Cooperative?
January 15th, 2009
In an epoch characterized by international criminality and malfeasance perpetrated
with impunity by those in the highest echelons of society it is imperative that
there exists an objective and uncensored media cooperative to scrutinize such
The mainstream media throughout the world has become infiltrated and compromised
by those who have a vested interest in a global war without end. The failure
of the media, both public and private, to critically analyze the actions of
the global elite and their bought-and-paid-for political spokespersons has compelled
ordinary citizens to innovate, organize and attempt to combat this state-sponsored
war on truth.
The Citizens’ Broadcasting Cooperative represents one front in this global
struggle against the psychological war being waged by elites and their political
representatives against humanity. We at the Citizens’ Broadcasting Cooperative
suspect that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and its twin, the British
Broadcasting Centre (BBC), are being prepared for privatization which we believe
is tantamount to theft from those tax payers and global citizens who have funded,
sustained and benefitted from public broadcasting historically. The Citizens’
Broadcasting Cooperative while having no affiliation with the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation does identify with the ground beneath its feet, namely the citizens
of Canada for whom the Crown Corporation was founded.
We support public broadcasting. We believe public broadcasting, like public
healthcare exemplifies humanity’s ability to organize efficiently outside
the parameters of the so called ‘free market.’ We recognize that
public broadcasting… Continue reading
January 10, 2010
by Tom Burghart
New revelations about the failed Christmas Day attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 continue to emerge as does evidence of a systematic cover-up.
With the White House in crisis mode since the attempted bombing, President Obama met for two hours January 5 with top security and intelligence officials. Obama said that secret state agencies “had sufficient information to uncover the terror plot … but that intelligence officials had ‘failed to connect those dots’,” The New York Times reports.
The latest iteration of the “dot theory” floated by the President, aided and abetted by a compliant media, claims “this was not a failure to collect intelligence” but rather, “a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”
“Mr. Obama’s stark assessment that the government failed to properly analyze and integrate intelligence served as a sharp rebuke of the country’s intelligence agencies,” declared the Times uncritically.
While the President’s remarks may have offered a “sharp [rhetorical] rebuke,” Obama’s statement suggests that no one will be held accountable. Indeed, the President “was standing by his top national security advisers, including those whose agencies failed to communicate with one another.”
While the President may be “standing by” his national security advisers, the question is, are the denizens of America’s secret state standing by him? One well-connected Washington insider, MSNBC pundit Richard Wolffe, isn’t so sure.
Wolffe, the author of a flattering portrait of Obama, Renegade: The Making of a President, when asked… Continue reading