by Chris George
May 19, 2009
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled today that the White House Office of Administration (OA) does not need to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith, writing for the 3-0 majority, concluded: “the Office of Administration is not [covered by FOIA] because it performs only operational and administrative tasks in support of the President and his staff and therefore, under our precedent, lacks substantial independent authority.”
The Office of Administration, “which handles personnel, technology and financial support for the White House,” had complied with FOIA for much of its history, “until 2007, when the Bush Administration abruptly asserted that the office was exempt.” The reversal prompted a lawsuit in August 2007 from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) after millions of Bush White House e-mails were allegedly lost.
CREW filed a FOIA request seeking “records about the EOP’s e-mail management system, reports analyzing potential problems with the system, records of retained e-mails and possibly missing ones, documents discussing plans to find the missing e-mails, and proposals to institute a new e-mail record system.” Initially, CREW and OA agreed on a time table for the release of these records, but shortly thereafter the Bush administration claimed that the office was exempt from FOIA. The administration’s position was that the administrative support and services provided by the OA to the Executive Office of the President placed it “outside FOIA’s definition of ‘agency.'”… Continue reading
The Loss of Civil Liberties Timeline has new entries about the roots of the
modern US state, including President Theodore Roosevelt sowing the “seeds
of the Imperial Presidency” at the start of the last century. It also
covers Franklin D. Roosevelt’s increase in the size of the government
during the depression over the Supreme Court’s opposition, and his later
violation of the Neutrality Acts at the start of the Second World War.
The Detainee Abuse Timeline has new entries about the recently disclosed Red
Cross report on torture and a really interesting 1943 memo about the respectful
interrogation techniques the US used in World War II.
In the International Relations Timeline a contributor points out that former
President George Bush banned officials from discussing negotiations with North
A contributor to the Kosovar Albanian Self-Determination Timeline has added
entries about the Italian invasion of Albania in 1939.
Finally, the Domestic Propaganda Timeline has a new entry about the recent
tea parties organised by Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works.
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Dr. David Leifer – www.arch.usyd.edu.au/staff/homepage/davidleifer.shtml
When: 6:30pm, Thursday the 4th of June 2009
Where: Sydney University, Architecture Faculty, Lecture Hall
Title: The Life and Death of World Trade Centre One
Dr. David Leifer, Architect and Senior Lecturer at Sydney University continues to question the veracity of the “official explanation” of the WTC collapses on September 11th 2009.
In this lecture on Thursday the 4th of June, Dr. Leifer will uncover what is most probable, not what is politically correct about the collapse of WTC 1 that was impacted by Flight 11 on 9/11. It is worth remembering that three Sydney residents died in WTC 1; Alberto Dominguez on Flight 11 and both Craig Neil Gibson and Steve Tompsett working in the building. There is no doubt this issue is relevant to us in Sydney and we hope more academics in Sydney and Australia join Dr. Leifer in serious research of these murders.
Dr. Leifer has been at the forefront of research into the 9/11 Attacks in Australia, being the first registered architect in Australia to become a member of the international group “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” – www.AE911Truth.org, lead by Richard Gage (AIA). This will be the second lecture on this subject matter he has given at Sydney University.
This lecture is open to the public, but it is expected you have a serious interest in the science involved and dress to represent us in the best light! Please challenge the skeptics that you know to… Continue reading
9/11: Blueprint for Truth – WTC Building 7 – 10 minutes – from the new AE911Truth “Companion” Edition DVD
This is one of the three abridged videos on the new AE911Truth Companion Edition to “9/11: Blueprint for Truth — The Architecture of Destruction” DVD. In just 10 minutes Richard Gage, AIA of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth takes you through most of the scientific forensic evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the destruction of WTC 7 was accomplished with explosive controlled demolition.
This DVD is available at the AE911Truth online store, packaged together along with the 30 and 60 minute versions of 9/11: Blueprint for Truth. See the extended 2 hour Research Edition for the complete array of evidence and background information! Visit www.ae911truth.org for further details.
May 16, 2009
The State of the Nation blog
Now, before you get your panties in a bunch, this is about a new book, titled “The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11″.
And before you get all outraged (The FAQ! The FAQ!), here is the author of the book, John Farmer:
John Farmer served as Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, where his areas of responsibility included assessing the national response to the terrorist attacks and evaluating the current state of national preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters, he also served as attorney general of New Jersey (1999-2002), as chief counsel to Governor Whitman, and as a federal prosecutor. He recently served as a subject matter/rule of law expert on security to the special envoy for Middle East regional security. He is currently a partner of a New Jersey law form and an adjunct professor of national security law at Rutgers University Law School. His editorials and articles have appeared in “The New York Times” and elsewhere
And my diary title are the words of Farmer’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin.
I wrote a couple of nights ago, here — ‘9/11 Commission Report — Info Obtained Through Torture” — as to how much of what was published in the 9/11 Commission report was obtained through torture, and is therefore completely without credibility.
Scandalous enough, right?
Well, it gets worse.
ANNIE MACHON, Ex-MI5, in Montreal on Thursday May 28
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Annie Machon Lecture tour 2009
MI5 whistle blower and 9/11 truth activist Annie Machon will be traveling across Canada spreading the good word in late May, 2009.
Cambridge educated, blonde and beautiful, Annie Machon was MI5’s dream recruit… until she blew the whistle on them for all their crimes.
Machon will be telling us her story, the story of MI5’s bungling, add a few choice episodes from our ow illustrious CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service ) — the Canadian counterpart to MI5 — and tie it all in to 9/11 and the history of false flag terrorism.
Read an interview with Annie Machon
Details of the venue
Where? At Centre St-Pierre, 1212 Panet St., Beaudry Metro
When? On Thurday May 28 @ 7 pm.
Admission? $10 at the door
Reservations: Send us an email at email@example.com with the number of seats you wish to reserve.
Vancouver, May 22nd
Victoria, May 24th
Ottawa, May 27th
Montreal, May 28th
Hamilto, May 29th
Toronto, May 30th
Waterloo, May 31st
Annie Machon Official Website
Annie Machon, ex-agent du MI5, Ã Montréal le 28 mai!
Dénonciatrice du MI5 et activiste pour la vérité sur le 11 septembre, Annie Machon traversera le Canada afin de répendre la bonne nouvelle Ã la fin mai 2009.
Ã‰duquée Ã Cambridge, blonde et belle, Annie Machon était la recrue parfaite du MI5… jusqu’Ã ce qu’elle les dénonce pour tous leurs crimes.
Annie… Continue reading
Posted at 911blogger.com by Loose Nuke
May 16, 2009
Rob Kall Headlined Lukery’s transcript:
See either link for hyperlinks- as Lukery says, Rob’s radio show gets archived here, but they’re only up to 3/18/09:
PS- recent, related article by Lukery:
They spy on judges, too.
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009
Rob Kall interviews Sibel Edmonds
Rob Kall of Op-Ed News interviewed Sibel on Wednesday. The audio ought to show up here at some point.
The following is a partial transcript. All errors, edits and omissions are mine.
We (NSWBC) stopped our activities for a while, and we are restarting them again, and I just launched my blog, www.123realchange.blogspot.com, and the first series that I’m posting there is on the mainstream media, and in the next few days, you’re going to see more than 300 whistleblowers who are going to post their comments at the blog too, about their experiences with various people in the mainstream media.
So that’s going to be the main discussion, because currently we review the mainstream media as the culprit, because if they were to do their jobs, they would put pressure on the people in the congress, because these people want to get re-elected, and therefore that pressure would act as a catalyst to get these things that we, the people, have been asking for – the real hearings and accountability. But without the mainstream media putting that pressure, going after them, well, they don’t have anything really… Continue reading
Announcing two new papers by Dr. Frank Legge (Ph.D., Chemistry) published at journalof911studies.com:
1) “Controlled Demolition at the WTC: an Historical Examination of the Case” provides a brief history of research related to explosive demolition at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, from Dr. Legge’s point of view. Cogent and pithy; worth the read.
2) “Frank Greening versus Isaac Newton” provides a brief expose of the “lapse” by F. Greening in understanding Newton’s Third Law — and the significance of this gaffe by Greening. Sometimes humorous, certainly enlightening.
By JOE HARRIS
May 12, 2009
Courthouse News Service
ST. LOUIS (CN) – Two 9-11 conspiracy theorists say St. Louis used an unconstitutional ordinance to violate their right to free speech. Donald Stahl and William Demsar say city police arrested them on Feb. 6 for carrying a banner that stated, “911 Was An Inside Job!”
In their federal claim, the men say it was a peaceful protest calling for a new, independent investigation into the federal government’s involvement into the events of September 11, 2001. The men say they were not blocking pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
They say police arrested them and destroyed their sign based on an ordinance that states: “No person shall sell or offer for sale any goods or merchandise, display any sign or pictures, participate in or conduct an exhibition or demonstration, talk, sing or play music on any street or abutting premises, or alley in consequences of which there is such a gathering of persons or stopping of vehicles as to impede either pedestrians or vehicular traffic.”
Stahl and Demsar say the law is vague and overbroad, fails to provide alternatives for speech and lends itself to arbitrary enforcement. They want the city enjoined from enforcing it. They are represented by Anthony Rothert with the American Civil Liberties Union.
9-11 Conspiracy Theorists Sue St. Louis City
By Chad Garrison in News
May 14, 2009
Riverfront Times Blog
Two 9-11 conspiracy theorists are suing… Continue reading
My lecture is entitled “9/11: Time for a Second Look.” In suggesting that it is time for people to take a second look at 9/11, I have in mind primarily people who decided long ago that the attacks of 9/11 happened essentially the way the Bush-Cheney administration and the official reports about 9/11 said they happened, and who therefore decided that the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, which disputes that account, is comprised of crazy conspiracy theorists with no capacity to evaluate evidence objectively. Having formed these views long ago, such people, including most journalists, have been impervious to any arguments presented by the Truth Movement. They simply roll their eyes and move on.
However, both the Truth Movement and the available evidence have changed dramatically in the past three years. Because of these changes, it is not rational to reject the claims of this movement out of hand, without taking a second look. If you are a person who has had such an attitude, you cannot, in the face of these changes, simply roll your eyes without exhibiting the very irrationality of which you accuse the people you dismiss as “conspiracy theorists.”
My lecture is also addressed, albeit indirectly, to fellow members of the Truth Movement. Some members have decided that, now that Bush and Cheney are out of office and the Obama administration has reversed some of their 9/11-based policies, getting the truth about 9/11 revealed is no longer so important. Other members of the… Continue reading
May 9, 2009
Report for our English speaking friends:
(In German, below)
On May 7 Professor David Ray Griffin came to Lucerne Switzerland on his tour through Europe that took him to Paris, Brussels and Madrid, and several other cities for an evening under the motto: “9/11 Time for a second look”.
As a leading figure in the world wide 9/11 truth movement it was an honour to welcome him and listen to his speech live and in person. At the same time I grabbed the opportunity because of the currentness of the topic and also invited Professor Dr. Niels Harrit to our event, who published together with eight other scientists their paper about nano-thermite that they found in the dust of ground zero. That both respected personalities would inform us in the same evening was a special experience.
On a beautiful sunny day the first attendees arrived in the afternoon from near but also from the neighbouring countries Germany, Austria and Italy. Some even came with their camper and used the parking lot to stay overnight.
The event started at 7 pm and the hall was full, so we began with the lecture of Professor Griffin, who informed us about the latest developments regarding 9/11. He told us that more and more scientists, engineers, architects, pilots, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians are joining the truth movement who doubt the official story. As an example he said, more then 640 architects and engineers have signed with their names, who say the official reason for the collapse of the three WTC buildings is impossible and ask for a new investigation.…Continue reading
By Stephen C. Webster
May 13, 2009
Much of the material cited in the 9/11 Commission’s findings was derived from terror war detainees during brutal CIA interrogations authorized by the Bush administration, according to a Wednesday report.
“More than one-quarter of all footnotes in the 9/11 Report refer to CIA interrogations of al Qaeda operatives subjected to the now-controversial interrogation techniques,” writes former NBC producer Robert Windrem in The Daily Beast. “In fact, information derived from the interrogations was central to the 9/11 Report’s most critical chapters, those on the planning and execution of the attacks.”
“… [Information] derived from the interrogations is central to the Report’s most critical chapters, those on the planning and execution of the attacks,” reported NBC. “The analysis also shows – and agency and commission staffers concur – there was a separate, second round of interrogations in early 2004, done specifically to answer new questions from the Commission.
“9/11 Commission staffers say they ‘guessed’ but did not know for certain that harsh techniques had been used, and they were concerned that the techniques had affected the operatives’ credibility. At least four of the operatives whose interrogation figured in the 9/11 Commission Report have claimed that they told interrogators critical information as a way to stop being ‘tortured.’ The claims came during their hearings last spring at the U.S. military facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.”
“Commission executive director Philip Zelikow (later counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) admitted, ‘We were not aware,… Continue reading
Should the members of the 9/11 Presidential Commission not have been informed
that two of the “key witnesses” upon whom their report was based
had provided the information critical to the report’s conclusions only
after being waterboarded a total of 266 times? … In short, the basic narrative
of the origins and conduct of the 9/11 attack that so fundamentally perverted
American politics relied on cherry-picked information that the White House and
its operative in the field chose to release to the commission.
May 12, 2009
By Robert Scheer
Nancy Pelosi is no Dick Cheney, nor a George W. Bush. She was neither the author
of a systematic policy of torture nor has she been, like Cheney and most top
Republicans in Congress, an enduring apologist for its practice. It is a nonsensical
distraction to place her failure to speak out courageously as a critic of the
Bush policies on the same level as those who engineered one of the most shameful
debacles in U.S. history.
But what she, and anyone else who went along with this evil, as lackadaisically
as she now claims, should be confronted with are the serious implications of
their passive acquiescence. Why did she not speak up, or if it were a matter
of a lack of reliable information, demand an accounting from the executive branch,
as befits a leader of the loyal opposition in Congress?
If the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and later House
Democratic leader, lacked the authority to… Continue reading
11 May 2009
Lalit K Jha
Press Trust Of India
May 11, 2009
WASHINGTON: In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the CIA of the United States and his country’s ISI together created the Taliban.
“I think it was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created them together,” Zardari told the NBC news channel in an interview.
In the interview, which was given to the NBC on May 7, Zardari also accused the US of supporting the military rule of Pervez Musharraf who was alleged to be taking sides of the Taliban.
He disagreed with the popular belief in the US that the Pakistan military and intelligent services still have sympathies for the Taliban.
“I think General Musharraf may have had a mindset to run head and hand with the hound but certainly not on our watch. We don’t have a tough process at all,” Zardari said.
Asked about the influential role of the Pakistan army, Zardari said he is in control of everything in the country, including the military.
“The Parliament has final say. It’s the Parliament form of government, and I am a product of the Parliament,” he said.
Earlier, Zardari in an another interview had said that India was not a “threat” to his country and that Pakistan had moved some of its forces from its Indian border to western frontier to eliminate Taliban in its tribal belt.
May 11, 2009 “New Karala” — Washington, May 11: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has alleged that elusive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a US operator who had tried to destabilise his late wife Benazir Bhutto’s government back in 1989.
Meet the Press transcript here.
In fact, as premier Bhutto had “warned America about Osama bin Laden in 1989 with a call to then US president George H. Bush”, Zardari said on NBC’s Meet the Press programme Sunday.
“She rang senior Bush and asked of him: ‘Are you destabilizing my government?’ because he (apparently referring to bin Laden) paid the then opposition $10 million to overthrow the first woman elected (prime minister) in an Islamic country,” Zardari added.
“So, we knew that he was your operator,” said Zardari responding to a question about bin Laden’s whereabouts.
“You’ll have been there (in Afghanistan) for eight years. (So) you tell me. You lost him in Tora Bora, I didn’t, I was in prison,” he countered when asked where bin Laden was before hurling the allegation at Washington.
Asked if Pakistan was actively looking for bin Laden, Zardari replied: “The world is looking for him and we are part of the world look-out brigade.”
Zardari also reiterated his belief that bin Laden is dead. “I have a strong feeling and I have reason to believe that because I’ve asked my counterparts in the American intelligence agencies… Continue reading
In this brief video, 9/11 survivor Janette MacKinlay makes an appeal to join New York City Council for Accountability
Now in calling for a new investigation into September 11, 2001.
Please forward this, and ask others to support this critically important effort.
May 11, 2009
The Red Cross is the organization charged with deciding what is torture and
The International Committee of the Red Cross interviewed Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
– the alleged 9/11 mastermind – at Guantánamo Bay.
Here’s what KSM
told the Red Cross (see below for more from a review of this report):
During the harshest period of my interrogation I gave a lot of false information
in order to satisfy what I believed the interrogators wished to hear in order
to make the ill-treatment stop. I later told the interrogators that their
methods were stupid and counterproductive. I’m sure that the false information
I was forced to invent in order to make the ill-treatment stop wasted a lot
of their time and led to several false red-alerts being placed in the U.S.
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
* Torture doesn’t work; and
* The 9/11 Commission report was based on worthless
confessions extracted by torture (and, as I’ve previously discussed, the
witness who fingered Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as the mastermind of 9/11 was himself
rom The New
York Review of Books , a very extensive article with much more important
information about the ICRC Report:
…There is a reverse side, of course, to the “ticking bomb” and
torture: pain and ill-treatment, by creating an unbearable pressure on the detainee
to say something, anything, to make the pain stop, increase the likelihood that
he will fabricate stories, and waste time, or worse.…
May 10, 2009
by Andy Worthington
The Arabic media is ablaze with the news that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, the emir of an Afghan training camp — whose claim that Saddam Hussein had been involved in training al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons was used to justify the invasion of Iraq — has died in a Libyan jail. So far, however, the only English language report is on the Algerian website Ennahar Online, which reported that the Libyan newspaper Oea stated that al-Libi (aka Ali Abdul Hamid al-Fakheri) “was found dead of suicide in his cell,” and noted that the newspaper had reported the story “without specifying the date or method of suicide.”
This news resolves, in the grimmest way possible, questions that have long been asked about the whereabouts of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, perhaps the most famous of “America’s Disappeared” — prisoners seized in the “War on Terror,” who were rendered not to Guantánamo but to secret prisons run by the CIA or to the custody of governments in third countries — often their own — where, it was presumed, they would never be seen or heard from again.
The emir of the Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan, al-Libi was one of hundreds of prisoners seized by Pakistani forces in December 2001, crossing from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Most of these men ended up in Guantánamo after being handed over (or sold) to US forces by their Pakistani allies, but al-Libi was, notoriously, rendered to Egypt by the CIA to be tortured on behalf of the US government.…Continue reading