By Joaquin Sapien
November 19, 2008
Whether it’s relaxing pollution control standards for power plants or allowing loaded weapons into national parks, the Bush Administration is scrambling to approve or change as many federal rules as it can before it hands off power to President-elect Barack Obama. This surge of “midnight regulations” presents a thorny question for the next administration: What can it do to void rules it thinks should be undone?
An Obama spokesman told ProPublica that the transition team can’t comment on the new administration’s strategy yet. However, John Podesta, a leading member of the transition team, has said Obama will use his “executive authority without waiting for congressional action” to reverse many of Bush’s policies.
But that authority has its limits.
While executive orders and rules that are not yet in effect can swiftly be reversed or altered by Obama’s appointees or his own executive orders, rules that go into effect before he takes office will be extremely difficult to undo. Rescinding a rule would require the new administration to re-start the rule-making process, which can take years and prompt legal challenges. Another strategy that has been talked about lately — getting Congress to disapprove the rules through the Congressional Review Act — carries political risks and has been used only once before.
“The problem with what the Bush administration is doing is that these rules are extremely cumbersome to adopt, and they are every bit as cumbersome to undo,” said David Vladeck, an administrative law… Continue reading
Nov 18, 2008
Actor and activist Ed Asner has signed the AE911Truth online petition and sent
a letter of support.
The text of the letter reads: (link to PDF)
October 6, 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to thank Richard Gage, AIA and Architects and Engineers for 9/11
Truth for presenting the scientific facts behind the unprecedented destruction
of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7. AE911Truth presents solid
research that contradicts the official story of the building’s destruction with
the overwhelming evidence of explosive controlled demolition.
An accurate understanding of history is required to make good decisions in
the future. Over and over again, history has shown that the first public perceptions
of historical events are not always correct. I, along with millions of others,
have serious questions about our country’s recent history about 9/11.
I have signed the AE911Truth.org petition calling for an unbiased investigation
of the “collapses” of these three high-rise buildings. I encourage
everyone to do the same, and also become a Sustaining Member of Architects and
Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
Source URL: http://www.ae911truth.org/info/41
Richard Gage is currently touring Europe. More info on the tour is available at AE911truth.org
Please invite you and your friends/groups to join us for a FREE SHOWING of
two documentaries at the Anthony Wayne Movie Theater outside of Philadelphia!
Please pass this email on to others, and remember, it is very important for
you to bring NEW people as guests! Here are the details of the upcoming event:
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
Anthony Wayne Movie Theater
109 West Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087 (off the R5 train line)
Movies / Times:
5:00 P.M. – America: Freedom to Fascism (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N331kGvh0U0)
– written and directed by the late Aaron Russo. This documentary successfully
delivers one of the most shocking blows to the Federal Reserve system of any
documentary out there. This would be a great introduction for any newcomers
to the Freedom Movement, so make sure to bring guests! We will be heavily promoting
End The Fed, so after they learn about the “Frauderal Reserve” on
Thursday, they will be excited to join us at End The Fed just 2 days later!
(And leave early from work if you have to! This should be a great moment of
7:00 P.M. – 9/11: Blueprint for Truth [2008 Edition] (http://www.ae911truth.org)
– This is a video recording of a famous presentation given by Mr. Richard Gage,
a building architect of the utmost credibility and more than 20 years of experience.
He founded the organization Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (of which
I am a verified member). This video delivers… Continue reading
David Ray Griffin on 9/11
The Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge (BRICK), student organization
from SPSCC is proud to announce a free presentation by David Ray Griffin at
the Capitol Theater, Dec 3rd at 7pm. His talk entitled “The New Pearl
Harbor Revisited: 9/11, The Cover-up and the Exposé,” will discuss
new evidence that has come to light regarding 9/11 since the 2004 publication
of his now classic book “The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About
the Bush Administration and 9-11.”
David Ray Griffin is a retired professor of philosophy of religion and theology
who taught for more than 30 years at the Claremont School of Theology in California.
He has written over 30 books, many of which deal with the 9/11 attacks and the
implausibility of the Government’s explanation of how they happened. Howard
Zinn had this to say about him “Griffin’s status as a renowned theologian
and his systematic approach to the documented evidence lend this work unique
importance and authority. Although still shunned by the mainstream media, his
book has already encouraged many thousands to debate the case for possible government
complicity and at the very least to demand a full, transparent and truly independent
Last Word Books will have available copies of Griffin’s books and DVDs
for sale and signing.
For more information please contact BRICK at (360)870-7637.
Location: Capitol Theater
206 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
October 13, 2008
by Philip Brewer
Financial panics used to be quite ordinary. In the century or two prior to the great depression, there was a panic every 15 or 20 years. Since the great depression we haven’t had a classic financial panic, until now. There’s a thing or two that we can learn from panics past to help us survive the current one.
To begin with, there’s a reason why we haven’t had financial panics for the past 75 years–fiat currency.
Panics used to begin when people decided to get their hands on actual, physical gold. That could happen for a lot of different reasons. Often it was because there had been inflation–banks issuing bank notes far in excess of the gold they had on deposit–and people decided that they didn’t trust their bank. Sometimes, though, it happened without any particular malpractice by the banks, simply because there was a demand for gold someplace else–an economic boom in Europe or South America could drain gold from the United States or vice versa.
Since issuing banknotes was literally printing money, the temptation to go overboard was immense, and individual banks that did so used to collapse all the time. A prudent bank, though, could be modestly profitable and a great boon to its community, but in a panic, even prudent banks would fail. (You could, in theory, create a panic-proof bank that held enough gold to pay off every banknote, but it would be a money-losing… Continue reading
November 17, 2008
by Mark Dermul
Personally, I would have loved to have a larger audience, but the attendance of 165, including quite a few architects and engineers, I’m not complaining. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media excelled in not showing up.
Richard Gage’s lecture was supported with a very illustrative PowerPoint presentation, filled with revealing video material and a series of very convincing scientific explanations.
At the onset of his presentation, Gage took a poll, wondering how many people still believed in the official version of the events as portrayed by the US governement. About 20 hands went up. To the question how many people had doubts, a lot more hands went skyward.
When asked how many were convinced the destruction of the three buildings was due to ‘explosive controlled demolition’, the majority of the hands went up, proving we were dealing with an already pretty well informed audience.
After the poll, Gage started his explanation. He did so in a soft spoken, unbiased and unpartisan way. He is obviously a professional and never felt the need to dramatize: the facts speak for themselves. Gage did an excellent job uncovering the problems with the official explanation in a scientific way. No two ways about it!
Gage proved that fire (being an organic process) was unable to produce all of the characteristics that we saw, such as the straight-down, symmetrical collapse outside the footprint, the lateral ejection of structural steel up to 600 feet and the chemical evidence of… Continue reading
November 17, 2008
In the last couple of weeks, two of our well-known speakers have been broadcast on mainstream media. Thanks to both of you for your ongoing persistence!
Richard Gage, who has been presenting AE911Truth.org to Europeans, was on national television in Spain. We received this note from Diana Castillo:
Thanks to Richard Gage’s conference here in Madrid’s Colegio Oficial de Arquitectura, on Nov 7th, this is the first time that 911 truth has been shown on mainstream media here in Spain. The conference was packed and the Colegio, which is the official “Guild” for architects here in Spain, has requested several copies of the video conference. This is the recording of the news item shown at midday on the 8th of November which was seen nation wide, with English subtitles: Google Video.
You can see details of the rest of Gage’s European Tour at AE911Truth.org, here.
David Ray Griffin was interviewed by Jan Mickelson, of WHO-AM radio in Des Moines. Bravo to James Hufferd, Adel, IA 911truth group leader, who facilitated this opportunity. Listen to the podcast here: mickelson.libsyn.com (
November 15, 2008
Veterans For Peace
On Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 am, at the National Archives Building on
Connecticut Ave., eight military veterans and a military mother climbed a 9-foot
retaining fence and occupied a ninety-foot high scaffolding to raise two 450
square foot banners stating, “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND
CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!” and “WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.” The same
message will also be displayed at demonstrations in the Los Angeles area on
Members of Veterans for Peace (VFP) chose the Archives for their nonviolent
protest because it is symbolic of their military oath to “defend the Constitution
of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In September
they occupied the Archives for 24 hours, and plan to stay longer this time.
“The offenses of Bush, Cheney, and their accomplices are appalling,”
said Kim Carlyle, a VFP member and Army veteran. “Their misdeeds have killed
or maimed more than a million people – American soldiers, innocent civilian
children, women, and men. They have displaced almost five million people, with
millions seeking refuge in other countries. Their total disregard for international
agreements has severely tarnished the reputation of America in the world. Their
unlawful wars have squandered billions of dollars that could have bolstered
a troubled economy.”
The veterans are demanding Bush administration be tried for war crimes, crimes
against humanity, and crimes against peace; asking the media to clearly inform
the public of the administration’s crimes; and encouraging citizens to take
similar nonviolent actions.…
From Arno Mansouri in Paris, where Richard Gage, AIA spoke on Thursday night,
November 13, 2008
were 242 people attending the presentation (which was slightly above the number
of seats of the venue) on Thursday the 13th of November: a full house indeed
We actually had to refuse some people even though we did put a notice on our
site stating that it was fully booked, and asking people NOT to come if they
had not made reservations already — do note that we probably could have had
about twice as many people if we have had the adequate hall (we had to settle
for this movie house, a larger venue was way too much money for our finances,
unfortunately) and therefore, we had to cease advertising the presentation a
few days before it was held…
We then decided to put the emphasis on getting the info to local (French)
professional architects & engineers, and there were 42 architects and 41
engineers present that night.
Hopefully, a fair amount of the above mentioned professionals will meet up
and create a group of their own, in connection with both A&E and ReOpen911.info
We are going to see to that; it is also just as important that these professionals
pass the information they received to their friends and colleagues, in every
country M. Gage visits.
Everything went fine, as these figures show:
Believers of the Official Conspiracy Theory:
Before the presentation: 13
After the presentation: 1
Before: 62… Continue reading
November 12, 2008
Gerald Celente has been a leading trend forecaster for years:
“When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente.”
~ CNN Headline News
“A network of 25 experts whose range of specialties would rival many university faculties.”
~ The Economist
“Gerald Celente has a knack for getting the zeitgeist right.”
~ USA Today
“There’s not a better trend forecaster than Gerald Celente. The man knows what he’s talking about.”
“Those who take their predictions seriously … consider the Trends Research Institute.”
~ The Wall Street Journal
“Gerald Celente is always ahead of the curve on trends and uncannily on the mark … he’s one of the most accurate forecasters around.”
~ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Mr. Celente tracks the world’s social, economic and business trends for corporate clients.”
~ The New York Times
“Mr. Celente is a very intelligent guy. We are able to learn about trends from an authority.”
~ 48 Hours, CBS News
“Gerald Celente has a solid track record. He has predicted everything from the 1987 stock market crash and the demise of the Soviet Union to green marketing and corporate downsizing.”
~ The Detroit News
“Gerald Celente forecast the 1987 stock market crash, ‘green marketing,’ and the boom in gourmet coffees.”
~ Chicago Tribune
“The Trends Research Institute is the Standard and Poors of Popular Culture.”
~ The Los Angeles Times
“If Nostradamus were alive today, he’d have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente.”… Continue reading
by Donna Marsh O’Connor
Wednesday 12 November 2008
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
A Truthout Original article
In September 2006, Michele Little (not pictured), Christina Kminek (L) and
Donna Marsh O’Connor (R) – three relatives of 9/11 victims – held a press conference
to demand further investigation into the September 11 attacks. (Photo: Alex
Wong / Getty Images)
This is a memoir of sorts, the kind that many of us in America are telling
days after the election of Barack Obama, who is soon, we all hope soon enough,
to be the 44th president of the United States of America. We’re not used to
this of late, this being the emergence of our stories, our narratives, each
one jubilant, provoked to the page and the air waves by our tears, for many
of us our tears of joy and relief, tears of disbelief. We, many of us, have
awakened from a nightmare. And that nightmare, for each of us, is different.
For me, the nightmare only partly ends. I’ve told this story many times before.
On 9/11/2001, in many ways the counter narrative to 11/4/2008, I lost my daughter
– my baby girl and my first child – along with the broken promise of a first
grandchild as Vanessa ran from the falling towers of the World Trade Center.
For many who have read my essays written in the years following the attacks,
this is an old story. I’ve said many times in many different… Continue reading
Festival is serious about Poland’s booming cinema
November 9, 2008
By Bill Stamets
Of the city’s festivals with a national focus, the Polish Film Festival in
America might be the most serious about cinema. Just look at the credits for
the 76 features, documentaries and shorts in this year’s online schedule. For
the cinephile, this 20-year-old event not only lists the director of each film,
but also names the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, art director and composer.
“The Polish film industry is blossoming right now,” says Christopher
Kamyszew, the festival’s founder and honorary chairman. “More films
are being produced and more have the ambition to do well in the local movie
theater in Poland.” That translates into more comedies. Kamyszew is
bringing over “Lejdis,” Poland’s hit comedy of the year.
20th POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN AMERICA
When: Through Nov. 23
Where: Society for Arts’ Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee), Copernicus
Center (5216 W. Lawrence), Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton), Beverly
Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.) and the Skokie Theatre (7924 Lincoln, Skokie)
Tickets: $13 features; $10 documentary programs. Discounts for students
and seniors, and for retrospective and sidebar screenings. $50 festival
pass for one person for five screenings (except opening, closing and special
screenings). Available at www.pf famerica.com, Polish bookstores and six
Palomar travel agency offices.
Phone: (773) 486-9612
More than 50 directors, producers and actors will fly in to speak at screenings.
LOT Polish Airlines is one of the sponsors of the non-profit festival.
expanded this year’s… Continue reading
Monday’s New York Times reported that former Deputy A.G. and 9/11
Commissioner Jamie Gorelick was a candidate for Attorney General in the new
Obama Administration. Five-time Emmy winning investigative reporter Peter Lance
details a shocking, but little known story about Gorelick involving the loss
of a key al Qaeda operative. This is an excerpt from his 2006 HarperCollins
book TRIPLE CROSS soon to be published in trade paperback.
On December 16th, 1994, agents in the FBI’s San Francisco office made
an extraordinary seizure. Mohammed Jamal Khalifa (MJK) Osama bin Laden’s
brother-in-law and former roommate, was captured at a Holiday Inn in Morgan
Hill, California. If this arrest had been fully investigated by the FBI and
the Justice Department, it might have led to the seizure of 9/11 “mastermind”
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and stopped “planes as missiles” plot dead
in its tracks. But what followed was series of missteps and bad decisions at
the highest levels of the State and Justice departments that had a catastrophic
impact on America’s ability to cut short bin Laden’s jihad against
At the center of the decision making at the time, was Deputy Attorney General
KHALIFA’S EXTRADITION BACKED BY TWO TOP FEDS
Even if the Feds were savvy enough to see the value in questioning him, however,
they never got the chance. On January 5, 1995, a decision was made by Secretary
of State Warren Christopher and supported by Deputy A.G. Gorelick, that arguably
ranks as one of the most profound intelligence errors committed by any U.S.…
Privacy Advocates Expect Whistleblowers to Share Warrantless Wiretap Info After
By RYAN SINGEL
Nov. 11, 2008
When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, Americans won’t just
get a new president; they might finally learn the full extent of George W. Bush’s
warrantless domestic wiretapping.
Since The New York Times first revealed in 2005 that the NSA was eavesdropping
on citizens’ overseas phone calls and e-mail, few additional details about the
massive "Terrorist Surveillance Program" have emerged. That’s because
the Bush administration has stonewalled, misled and denied documents to Congress,
and subpoenaed the phone records of the investigative reporters.
Now privacy advocates are hopeful that President Obama will be more forthcoming
with information. But for the quickest and most honest account of Bush’s illegal
policies, they say don’t look to the incoming president. Watch instead for the
hidden army of would-be whistle-blowers who’ve been waiting for Inauguration
Day to open the spigot on the truth.
"I’d bet there are a lot of career employees in the intelligence agencies
who’ll be glad to see Obama take the oath so they can finally speak out against
all this illegal spying and get back to their real mission," says Caroline
Fredrickson, the ACLU’s Washington D.C. legislative director.
New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh already has a slew of sources
waiting to spill the Bush administration’s darkest secrets, he said in an interview
last month. "You cannot believe how many people have told me to call them
on January… Continue reading
From Donna Marsh O’Connor
First let me say, after years of skepticism re the Democratic Party, I am a Progressive Democrat and so my comments reflect that. Someday perhaps someone more powerful than I will be able to dismantle the two party system, and make more genuine choice possible in this country. Right now, there are two parties. For eight years George W. Bush and Dick Cheney impostered as Republicans. I have said before and will say again, they would not have fit into my party and of this I am proud. They led a band of rogues that brought this country to the brink of absolute despotism. Let the Republicans worry about that mess. I remember telling my students long ago, I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton for what he would do, I voted for Bill Clinton for what he said, for the values he espoused, for the way his insistence on social justice resonated. After his election, his actions were, indeed, another matter.
The good news: Barack Obama seems to be a decent man, tough enough to steer this nation in the left direction, confident enough to know he will succeed, smart enough to know that the powerful right still has the means to inflict great pain and re-enter greater and stronger. His election has elated many, particularly me, for a whole host of reasons, but for our purposes the following two:
The reign of Bush/Cheney/Rove (given a peaceful transition) is over.
Though I don’t believe that this… Continue reading
November 11, 2008
While it is fitting that our nation reserves a special day to honor the sacrifice and commitment of our warriors, it also serves to highlight how we, as a country, have fallen short of caring for our veterans, reintegrating them back into our communities, and demanding that our military be used responsibly and only as a last resort. Over 1.7 million men and women of the U.S. military have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of them now struggle to cope with physical and emotional injuries, with family relationships strained because of prolonged separation, and with finding employment during an economic recession.
Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War know that in order to truly honor our veterans, we must listen to them, not just on Veterans Day, but on the other 364 days as well. It is for each other, our military brothers and sisters, and for our country that IVAW works every day to share our experiences, to challenge the predominant narrative of war as heroic and glorious, and to expose people to the brutal reality and true human costs of modern warfare.
Over the past four and a half years, IVAW has been working to transform our military experiences into a force for positive change. Be it at Winter Soldier this past March, Winter Soldier on the Hill in May, or at regional Winter Soldier events in Rochester, NY, Seattle, WA, Madison, WI, and others, IVAW has been dedicated to making… Continue reading
On Veterans Day, Body of
War, the documentary about IVAW member Tomas Young who was paralyzed by
a bullet to his spine after serving in Iraq for less than a week, will be shown
at 7pm ET on the Sundance
Channel. There’s no better way to mark Veterans Day than by listening to
veterans, and watching this film is just one of many ways you can listen.
Body of War soundtrack on sale. All proceeds benefit IVAW.
Get the Album
Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan: Another way you can honor our veterans today is by listening to the Winter Soldier Hearings.
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan featured testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground. This four-day event brought together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan – and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists gave context to the testimony. These panels covered everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans’ health benefits and support. Learn more about these ongoing hearings and find links here.
Discussion of the very real doubts over the World Trade Center attacks was
conspicuously absent from the US presidential race. But America’s international
image will always be tainted as long as the uncertainty remains
by Richard Falk
Sunday 09 November 2008
Journal Issue 13
Every so often attention is called anew to the doubts surrounding the true
character of the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Recently, the report of
the collapse of Building 7 represented such an occasion. Any close student of
9/11 is aware of the many serious discrepancies between the official version
of what took place and the actual happenings on that fateful day in 2001. David
Ray Griffin and others have analyzed and assessed these discrepancies in such
an objective and compelling fashion that only wilful ignorance can maintain
that the 9/11 narrative should be treated as a closed book, and that the public
should move on to address the problems of the day.
To accept such a view is to acquiesce in what can be described at best as governmental
evasiveness and irresponsibility, a resolve to leave the discrepancies unexplained.
It is not paranoid under such circumstances to assume that the established elites
of the American governmental structure have something to hide, and much to explain.
What has not been established by the “9/11 Truth Movement” is a
convincing counter-narrative — that is, an alternate version of the events
that clears up to what degree, if at all, the attacks resulted from incompetence,
deliberate inaction,… Continue reading