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FBI Blows It: Supposed Terror Plot Against NY Synagogues Is Bogus

By Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation
May 23, 2009
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By the now, it’s maddeningly familiar. A scary terrorist plot is announced. Then it’s revealed that the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne’er-do-wells or run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda. Finally, the last piece of the puzzle: the entire plot is revealed to have been cooked up by a scummy government agent-provocateur.

I’ve seen this movie before.

In this case, the alleged perps — Onta Williams, James Cromitie, David Williams, and Laguerre Payen — were losers, ex-cons, drug addicts. Al Qaeda they’re not. Without the assistance of the agent who entrapped them, they would never have dreamed of committing political violence, nor would they have had the slightest idea about where to acquire plastic explosives or a Stinger missile. That didn’t stop prosecutors from acting as if they’d captured Osama bin Laden himself. Noted the Los Angeles Times:

Prosecutors called it the latest in a string of homegrown terrorism plots hatched after Sept. 11.

“It’s hard to envision a more chilling plot,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Eric Snyder said in court Thursday. He described all four suspects as “eager to bring death to Jews.”

Actually, it’s hard to imagine a stupider, less competent, and less important plot. The four losers were ensnared by a creepy FBI agent who hung around the mosque in upstate New York until he found what he was looking for. Here’s the New York Times account:… Continue reading

Germany’s gulli.com Interviews Dr. Niels Harrit

By Lars Sobiraj

May 24, 2009

gulli.com

Questions to Niels Harrit concerning the study “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe”.

Introduction:

Some time ago, gulli.com featured the news about the work of a team of independent scientists from Denmark, USA and Australia. They claim to have found a substance called Nano Thermite in the dust of the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. Nano Thermite is an explosive, normally only used by the military, not available on the normal market. It is a relative to thermite, a substance used for welding.

On the Gulli board one of the biggest discussions ever broke loose between so called conspiracy theorists and people who trust the official version about 9/11. More than 28.000 views. More than 800 postings. We gave sceptical gulli users the chance to ask their questions directly to Dr. Niels Harrit, one of the scientists. The gulli users asked really tough questions and didn’t censor anything. We gave all those questions to Mr. Harrit and were really curious how he would respond. He answered. So now, here’s the promised interview. The whole interview is released under this Creative Commons license, so you can copy it and spread it everywhere at no charge and without asking. You can download the PDF here.

Copenhagen / Düsseldorf, May 2009

Interview:

gulli.com: Your full name and title?

Dr. Niels Harrit: Dr. Niels Holger Harrit.

gulli.com: Your age?

Dr.… Continue reading

Protests 5/26-28 throughout US Demand Torture Photos Release and Prosecution

Media Alert: May 26, 2009
worldcantwait.org, warcriminalswatch.org

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Contact: Linda Rigas
Office 866-973-4463/Cell 714-235-8213

Protests This Week Throughout U.S. Demand Release of Torture Photos
by Obama Administration,
Prosecution of Bush Era War Crimes

What: Highly Visual, Dramatic Protest Demonstrations/Photo
Ops
When: May 26-27-28
Where: 15 cities: New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; San
Francisco; Boston; Seattle; Atlanta; Houston; Cleveland; Philadelphia; Honolulu;
Fresno; Greensboro, NC; Portland, OR; Benton Harbor, MI

(New York City, NY) In the face of the Obama administration’s refusal
to release a reported 2,000 additional photographs of detainee abuse, in spite
of being ordered by a federal court to do so, torture opponents will hold visible
protests to demand that the government make the photos public. In 15 cities,
they will also call for prosecution of those who ordered, legally justified
and carried out torture in US detention and secret prisons during the Bush years.

These protests, called by the national World Can’t Wait organization and
others, will respond to the growing body of evidence of the construction of
a torture apparatus and policies led from the top of the Bush administration
as part of the global “war on terror” after 9-11. Torture opponents are also
critical of Barack Obama’s plan for preventive “prolonged” detention of
people who the US government thinks may commit crimes as announced in his May
21 speech on national security.

“The Bush regime floated the idea of preventive detention, but never tried it.
This has never been done by the US… Continue reading

U.S. Broadcast Premier of ‘9/11 Press for Truth’ on PBS in Colorado

For immediate release

9/11 press for truth coverDENVER
— (May 26, 2009) — 9/11 Press for Truth, an independent documentary that claims
a 9/11 cover-up, has been shown in theatres and broadcast overseas, but it hasn’t
been aired on a U.S. broadcast station.

That will change next week when KBDI-Channel 12 premiers the controversial
documentary Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

During Channel 12’s premiere, Bob McIlvaine, who lost his son Bobby at
the World Trade Center, and 9/11Press for Truth producer Kyle Hence will join
KBDI-Channel 12’s Shari Bernson in KBDI’s studio.

9/ll Press for Truth emerged from a group of grieving activist families that
joined together to demand a press for truth. Five of the families — including McIlvaine and three of the famous “Jersey Girls” — tell their story in the documentary, providing argument for why 9/11 still needs investigation.

The families found an ally in Paul Thompson, who wrote a definitive 9/11 timeline, and also found allies in the filmmakers who stitch together rare, overlooked news clips, buried stories and government press conferences, revealing what is portrayed as a pattern of lies, deception and spin.

The documentary asserts that although independent investigations began within weeks of both Pearl Harbor and the Kennedy assassination, the same was not true of the attacks of September 11, and the formation of the 9/11 Commission was strongly opposed by many in Washington, including the Bush Administration. It was only due to pressure from the 9/11 families, led by twelve calling themselves the Family Steering… Continue reading

‘A HEALING JOURNEY THROUGH ART’ – Janette MacKinalay in Sacramento, June 10

The Emotions of 9/11 As Seen By an Eyewitness Survivor

A Presentation by
Janette MacKinlay
JanetteMacKinlay.com

“My love of art and culture drew me to New York City in the fall of
1997… The morning of September 11, 2001, found us in our 4th floor loft
at 110 Liberty St. watching history unfold before our eyes…

“I returned to… the Bay Area in mid-October 2001. As the shock slowly
wore off, I worked on a series of multi-media floral interpretations… As
time goes on I continue to reflect on and process the events of 9/11 through
a collection of art I call ‘The Need To Remember.’ I hope you find solace
in its folds.” – Janette MacKinlay http://theneedtoremember.com/

Fortunate book cover

Some of Janette’s art pieces will be exhibited, and her book
Fortunate
– A Personal Diary of 9/11
will be available. This event is a fundraiser
for NYCCAN – The New York City Coalition
For Accountability Now
. NYCCAN is gathering signatures in New York City
to place a referendum on the ballot in the November, 2009 General Election to
mandate the formation of a new investigation into 9/11, one with subpoena power.

Prior to Janette’s presentation, Jenn Rogar will perform some of the songs from her debut album Place Called Humanity. Jenn sings “… powerfully passionate songs about peace, justice, and social change that are described as healing.” – from cdbaby.com/cd/rogarjenn

Jenn’s songs will add a new dimension to this event. She’s “a singer-songwriter / activist in the tradition of Joan Baez, Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Holly Near.…

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9/11 Truth Comes Home

Frank Morales
June, 2009

It’s late spring 2009 in New York City and an unannounced unidentified U.S. government plane streaks across town. Recollecting the horrors of 9/11, the incident scares the he-be-gee-bees out of the citizenry. Some miles to the north, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D/NY), while attending an April 18th “Tour of the Battenkill” annual bicycle race in Cambridge, New York, responds to a question regarding efforts here in New York City to establish a new investigation of 9/11. Lending his qualified support to such an inquiry, he said that he was positively disposed toward a new investigation into the events of 9/11, though his support for such a probe would depend on the form it would take. “I think it’s not a bad idea,” he said. “You know, you’ve got to do it in a good way, but yes, I’d be for it.”

An associate of Schumer, New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also recommended a fresh look at the events of September 11, 2001. Commenting this past May 27th to a young reporter who himself had suffered the loss of a loved one during 9/11, the senator responded to the question of a new investigation by suggesting that “another review, or a fuller hearing” is warranted given the number of unanswered questions put forward by victims families since 9/11. “I think those questions should be answered,” she stated, going on to affirm that, “it’s important that every family member have every question answered.”

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Two Days Before 9/11, Military Exercise Simulated Suicide Hijacking Targeting New York

by History Commons Groups
June 16, 2009
hcgroups.wordpress.com

The US military conducted a training exercise in the five days before the September 11 attacks that included simulated aircraft hijackings by terrorists, according to a 9/11 Commission document recently found in the US National Archives. In one of the scenarios, implemented on September 9, terrorists hijacked a London to New York flight, planning to blow it up with explosives over New York.

The undated document, entitled “NORAD EXERCISES Hijack Summary,” was part of a series of 9/11 Commission records moved to the National Archives at the start of the year. It was found there, and posted to the History Commons site at Scribd, by History Commons contributor paxvector, in the files of the commission’s Team 8, which focused on the failed emergency response on the day of the attacks. The summary appears to have been drafted by one of the commission’s staffers, possibly Miles Kara, based on documents submitted by NORAD.

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An excerpt from page 4 of the NORAD EXERCISES document.

In the September 9 scenario, the fictitious terrorists’ goal seems to have been to kill New Yorkers with the rain of debris following the plane’s explosion. However, in the exercise, the military intercepted the plane and forced it away from the city. When the terrorists realized they were not near New York, they blew the plane up “over land near the divert location,” leaving no survivors. The military unit most involved in this scenario was NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense… Continue reading

NYC CAN Files Petition

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On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now
filed a petition containing 52,000 signatures calling for a referendum on the
creation of a New York City independent commission to investigate the events of
September 11, 2001.

9/11 Family Members Maureen Hunt and Manny Badillo, and First Responders Charlie
Giles of the Feal Good Foundation and Bill Gleason of the World Trade Center
Rescuers Foundation arrived at the City Clerk’s office to deliver the
petition and speak on behalf of all the proud and concerned citizens who deserve
an unbiased, nonpolitical investigation of the tragedy that has affected us
so deeply.

Thank you for getting us this far! City Council now has until August 24 to
approve the placement of the referendum on the November 3 ballot. As hundreds
more 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors join NYC CAN’s
campaign for a new investigation, lobbying their council members to support
the petition, our chances grow.

In the unlikely event City Council does not approve the placement of the referendum
on the ballot, NYC CAN is prepared to deliver an additional 30,000 signatures
on August 24, which should be enough to eclipse the 15,000 valid signatures needed by law to override City Council and guarantee it gets on the ballot.

Now more than ever is the moment to stand with the families, first responders
and survivors of September 11 and stand up for what we have worked so long for.
This is how you can help… Continue reading

Supreme Court turns down 9/11 families’ appeal “without comment”, lets stand Saudi immunity

Court won’t hear Sept. 11 claims vs. Saudi Arabia

June 29, 2009
News.Yahoon.com

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has refused to allow victims of the Sept.
11 attacks to pursue lawsuits against Saudi Arabia and four of its princes over
charitable donations that were allegedly funneled to al-Qaida.

The court, in an order Monday, is leaving in place the ruling of a federal
appeals court that the country and the princes are protected by sovereign immunity,
which generally means that foreign countries can’t be sued in American courts.

The Obama administration had angered some victims and families by urging the
justices to pass up the case.

In their appeal, the more than 6,000 plaintiffs said the government’s court
brief filed in early June was an “apparent effort to appease a sometime
ally” just before President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

At issue were obstacles in American law to suing foreign governments and their
officials as well as the extent to which people can be held financially responsible
for acts of terrorism committed by others.

The appeal was filed by relatives of victims killed in the attacks and thousands
of people who were injured, as well as businesses and governments that sustained
property damage and other losses.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York previously upheld a federal
judge’s ruling throwing out the lawsuits. The appeals court said the defendants
were protected by sovereign immunity and the plaintiffs would need to prove
that the princes engaged in intentional actions aimed at U.S.…

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Scientists Support NYC CAN Initiative

July 7, 2009
Dear 9/11 Truth Movement Supporters,

As authors of the recent mainstream scientific articles relating to events
at the World Trade Center, we urge you to support a tremendous opportunity for
getting the truth out about 9/11.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, the New York City Coalition for Accountability
Now (NYC CAN) filed a petition containing 52,000 signatures calling for a referendum
on the creation of a New York City independent commission to begin an investigation
with subpoena power. Unlike the first 9/11 Commission, this one will consider
all of the evidence, including evidence for the use of explosives in bringing
down the buildings.

This is what many of us have been working toward for years. With a new commission,
our scientific evidence can be used to achieve real results.

NYC CAN now needs only 20,000 more signatures to override City Council if the
referendum is vetoed. If NYC CAN gets the signatures the referendum will go
on the ballot, and surely New York City will vote in favor of a new investigation.
Please donate now so that this new investigation can happen: http://nyccan.org/donate.php

If everyone reading this donates at least $10, or the full amount they are
able, we will raise enough to not only collect the signatures, but also to launch
a summer PR blitz that will ensure all of New York City will be watching if
Mayor Bloomberg and City Council try to kill the effort.

There are some true heroes on the… Continue reading

How the FBI and 9/11 Commission Suppressed Key Evidence about Hani Hanjour, alleged hijack pilot of AAL 77

June 28, 2009 (updated July 7, 2009)
by Mark H. Gaffney, Author of The 9/11 Mystery Plane and the Vanishing of America

The evidence was crucial because it undermined the official explanation that Hani Hanjour crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at high speed after executing an extremely difficult top gun maneuver. But to understand how all of this played out, let us review the case in bite-size pieces…

In August 2004 when the 9/11 Commission completed its official investigation of the September 11, 2001 attack, the commission transfered custody of its voluminous records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).[1] There, the records remained under lock and key for four and a half years, until last January when NARA released a fraction of the total for public viewing. Each day, more of the released files are scanned and posted on the Internet, making them readily accessible. Although most of the newly-released documents are of little interest, the files I will discuss in this article contain important new information.

As we know, the 9/11 Commission did not begin its work until 2003——more than a year after the fact. By this time a number of journalists had already done independent research and published articles about various facets of 9/11. Some of this work was of excellent quality. T he Washington Post, for example, interviewed aviation experts who stated that the plane allegedly piloted by Hani Hanjour [AA Flight 77] had been flown “with extraordinary skill, making it highly… Continue reading

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U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine flu

July 10, 2009, Washington Post

School-age children will be a key target= population for a pandemic flu vaccine in the fall, and they may be vaccinated at school in a mass campaign not seen since the polio epidemics of the 1950s.…

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Daniel Sunjata: Donate to NYC CAN

July 14, 2009

Daniel SunjataFor years now, New Yorkers, Americans in general, and millions around the world
have been plagued with deeply troubling questions about what really happened
on September 11th, 2001. Let down and betrayed by the non-findings of the farcical
911 Commission and its white-washed “report”, victim’s family members
and patriotic citizens have taken matters into their own hands by using the
peaceful and democratic means of the New York State Constitution to resolve
the issue.

The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) has filed a petition
containing 52,000 signatures calling for a referendum on the creation of a New
York City independent commission to begin an investigation with power of subpoena.
Unlike the 9/11 Commission, this one will not simply support the least inconvenient
conclusions using cherry picked evidentiary findings. Instead it will carefully
examine ALL of the evidence, including that which suggests that explosive, controlled
demolition was the true cause of the high-rise collapses witnessed that day.

This is a historic opportunity to make real progress towards accountability
and justice in the single most relevant, unresolved event of modern times. It
is an opportunity for REAL change, and it is one that America cannot afford
to waste. In order to override City Council if the referendum is vetoed, NYC
CAN needs only 20,000 more signatures, which would virtually ensure that the
voice of the people not be muted or ignored in this matter. If NYC CAN gets
these 20,000 signatures, the referendum WILL go on the ballot, and New York
City will be able to vote for justice!…

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Is it time to endorse NYC CAN?

John Albanese
July 23, 2009
New York City

70,000 signatures. A groundswell of endorsements from some of the most prestigious
and well-respected names in and out of the 9/11 Truth movement, anti-war movement,
government and military officials, and, most importantly, the victim’s
families.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the underlying language, history and personalities
of those involved, it cannot be disputed that NYC CAN represents perhaps the
most unified and historic groundswell of public support for a 9/11 investigation
in the history of the 9/11 Truth movement. We cannot turn our backs on the self-evident
nature of this historic collaboration.

For this reason I can no longer withhold my endorsement.

I am well aware of the problems inherent in this initiative. As one of the
last few holdouts in the 9/11 Truth community, I too was deeply concerned with
various aspects of this initiative. But, in many respects the widespread attention,
and unifying character of the many endorsements, and the community outreach
associated with the initiative, makes this not just a referendum on the events
of 9/11, but also a virtual referendum on the nature of the 9/11 Truth movement
itself.

With so much widespread support and exposure NYC CAN will once and for all
create a high-profile platform for an open and honest dialogue — not just
about the events of 9/11 — but about OURSELVES – and our ability to maintain
our dignity and credibility as a movement in the face of what will invariably
be organized… Continue reading

9/11 Families, First Responders and Survivors to take NYC to Court over Denial of NYC CAN Initiative Ballot Placement

A CALL TO ACTION — PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

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www.NYCCAN.org

July 27, 2009

9/11 FAMILIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS TO TAKE NEW YORK CITY TO COURT
OVER NYC CAN PETITION

SEVENTY THOUSAND New Yorkers signed the NYC CAN petition, raising their voices
in support of NYC CAN’s demand for accountability. They have chosen to
place the decision to create a new 9/11 investigation — a REAL 9/11 investigation
— exactly where it belongs: before the voters of New York City this November.
The voices of SEVENTY THOUSAND Americans who believe in democracy and believe
that government exists to serve the people — and not the other way around
— have been GAGGED by ONE so-called “PUBLIC SERVANT” —
The New York City Clerk — who denied the petition and the voice of the
people.

Welcome to America. Democracy denied.

Did you REALLY expect those in halls of power to honor the WILL OF THE PEOPLE?
Did you expect this demand for accountability to go uncontested by those who
have forgotten the very meaning of the word? Perhaps this obstruction of democracy
would go unchallenged in THEIR America. Not in OUR America.

9/11 family members, first responders and survivors expected nothing less than
business as usual and ARE NOT HAVING IT. They are preparing to take the City
of New York to court to challenge the wrongful denial of our right to decide
on the creation of a new 9/11 investigation.

Friends, your determination and generosity have brought us to this crucial… Continue reading

NYC CAN News Bulletin — July 31, 2009

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PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

9/11 Family Members and Survivor File for Re-validation of Citizens’
Signatures with New York State Supreme Court, following rejection of NYC CAN
petition by the City Clerk and Board of Elections

New York City — On Wednesday, several 9/11 victim family members and a
survivor took the first step in challenging the City Clerk’s rejection
of the NYC CAN petition for a new investigation in New York City. The group
filed a Verified Petition/Order to Show Cause with the Supreme Court of the
State of New York requesting a review of Board of Election documentation and
a ‘special referee’ appointed to re-validate the over 52,000 signatures
filed by NYC CAN on June 24th.

The NYC CAN petition was rejected by the City Clerk on Friday, July 24th, a
week ago, certifying less than the minimum of 30,000 qualified signatures of
electors. This benchmark, according to the Clerk’s office, was not met.
A “qualified elector” is a registered New York City voter who was
eligible to vote in the last election. According to the letter sent by the Clerk
to the City Council, the NY Board of Elections validated 26,003 signatures and
invalidated 24,664, leaving 1,333 that were not certified.

At a hearing scheduled for Monday, August 3rd, before a Supreme Court Justice,
the plaintiffs, representing tens of thousands of concerned New Yorkers who
support a new 9/11 investigation, will formally raise their request for an independent
review of the Board of Elections findings. If granted by the… Continue reading

9/11 survivors call for renewed probe as 8th anniversary approaches

9/11 survivors call for renewed probe as 8th anniversary approaches
Posted by Bob Braun/Star-Ledger Columnist August 09, 2009
NJ.com: Blog.nj.com

The eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a month away and some survivors
of those lost believe it’s a good time to renew an investigation into the events
of that disastrous day. New York City disagrees.

"We know we never have learned the truth, it’s as simple as that,” says
Lorie Van Auken of East Brunswick, one of the most ardent supporters of the
creation of the 9/11 commission in 2002. It was headed by former New Jersey
governor Thomas H. Kean.

"Members and staff of the 9/11 commission have said many of the questions
raised by the attacks have never been answered.”

Van Auken was a founding member of Sept. 11 Advocates, originally a group of
four New Jersey widows whose husbands were killed that day. The group, informally
called "the Jersey girls,” successfully lobbied for the creation of the
commission.

The four women formed the core of a "steering committee" that was
loosely attached to the panel, and then became lobbyists for enactment of the
commission’s recommendations and critics of many of its findings after the panel’s
report was published almost exactly five years ago.

Van Auken is now affiliated with an organization called NYC-CAN — New York
City Coalition for Accountability Now — that has spent the last few months
collecting signatures on a petition designed to require New York’s city council
to place the creation… Continue reading

Demolition Access To The WTC Towers: Part Two – Security

by Kevin R. Ryan
Scoop Independent News

See also… http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0907/S00124.htm

Kevin R. Ryan: Demolition access to the WTC Towers

Who could have placed explosives in the World Trade Center (WTC) towers? This is the second essay in a series that attempts to answer that question. The first installment began by considering the tenants that occupied the impact zones and the other floors that might have played a useful role in the demolition of the WTC towers. [1] The result was a picture of connections to organizations that had access to explosive materials and to the expertise required to use explosives. Additionally it was seen that, in the years preceding 9/11, the impact zone tenants had all made structural modifications to the areas where the airliners struck the buildings.

The management representatives of these tenant companies were seen to be secretive and powerful. Through these powerful people, the tenants were connected to organizations that benefited greatly from the 9/11 attacks, including the defense contractors Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Halliburton, and Science Applications International Corp (SAIC). The tenants also had strong connections to the Bush family and their corporate network, including Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) and UBS, and to Deutsche Bank and its subsidiaries, reported to have brokered the insider trading deals. There were also links between these tenant companies and the terrorist-financing Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).

Throughout this review we should keep in mind that, according to 2009 estimates, the membership of Al Qaeda’s conspiracy network is… Continue reading