Update by Peter Phillips and David Kubiak
Many economists now doubt that government measures can prevent a major recession given the severe slump in the housing market, the subprime mortgage crisis, growing unemployment, declining consumer spending, and record high oil prices. Even harder times for working people are undoubtedly at hand, yet mainstream corporate media continues to lavish more attention on the Super Bowl and celebrity misadventures than measures to protect Americans from grave personal economic harm. We are spun, mislead, propagandized and amused to death by our media conglomerates and as a result the US has become the best entertained and least informed society in the world.
There is a literal truth emergency in the United States, not only regarding distant wars, torture camps, and doctored intelligence, but also around issues that most intimately impact our lives at home. For example, few Americans know that there has been a thirty-five year decline in real wages for most workers in the country, while the top 10% now enjoy unparalleled wealth with strikingly low tax burdens.
George Seldes once said, “Journalism’s job is not impartial ‘balanced’ reporting. Journalism’s job is to tell the people what is really going on.” Michael Moore’s top-grossing movie Sicko is one example of telling the people what is really going on. Health care activists know that US health insurance is an extremely large and obscenely lucrative industry with the top nine companies… Continue reading
“Publicizing Truths with Consequence: Independent Media Power vs. the Corporate Coup”
Quoting the Declaration of Independence is a tired cliche I never tire of…and neither have others throughout history when they found the republic in trying times.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
— from the Declaration of Independence, 1776
Wise words, indeed. And oft looked upon as impetus for momentum by the abolitionists, women suffragists, and working classes. In fact, fifty years after the Declaration’s public airing, others used those words to fight against new emerging tyrannies, especially those molded in the minds of the public by the nation’s ruling institutions.
The great social utopian reformer, Robert Owen, of the New Harmony movement, wrote in 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, that America was again under tyranny and desperately… Continue reading
On Thursday, November 8th, from 1 to 2 PM Eastern, popular progressive Air America host and author, Thom Hartmann, will host a 9/11 truth debate between Kevin Ryan, 9/11 UL whistleblower and co-editor of the online “Journal of 911 Studies,” and Michael Shermer, publisher of “Skeptic Magazine” and Executive Director of the Skeptics Society.
Click here to Listen Live at the time of the show.
For some background on these participants, see:
Kevin Ryan is former Site Manager for Environmental Health Laboratories, a division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Mr. Ryan, a Chemist and laboratory manager, was fired by UL in 2004 for publicly questioning the report being drafted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on their World Trade Center investigation. In the intervening period, Ryan has completed additional research while his original questions, which have become increasingly important over time, remain unanswered by UL or NIST.
Through interviews, presentations, and his work as co-editor at the online Journal of 911 Studies, Mr. Ryan works to bring out the truth behind the events of 9/11/01 for the benefit of all people.
Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society. He is an author, speaker, and producer.
Dr. Shermer is a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Scientific… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
Published Friday, September 07, 2007
We need to broaden our understanding of censorship in the United States. No
longer is the dictionary definition of direct government control of news adequate.
The private corporate media in the United States significantly under-cover and/or
deliberately censor numerous important news stories every year as well.
Project Censored at Sonoma State University has annually researched these stories
for 31 years. Over 200 faculty, community experts, and students, select and
rank the stories the media failed to cover. Hundreds of uncovered news stories
are evaluated. The result is the annual listing of the top 25 most important
ones that were censored.
The systemic erosion of human rights and civil liberties in the United States
is the most common theme of censorship for 2006-07.
The corporate media last year ignored that habeas corpus can now be suspended
for anyone by order of the president. With the approval of Congress, the Military
Commissions Act MCA of 2006 allows for the suspension of habeas corpus for U.S.
citizens and non-citizens alike. While media, including a lead editorial in
"The New York Times" October 19, 2006, have given false comfort that
American citizens will not be the victims of the measures legalized by this
act, the law is quite clear that "any person" can be targeted. The
text in the MCA allows for the institution of a military alternative to the
constitutional justice system for "any person" regardless of American
citizenship. The MCA effectively does away… Continue reading
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Jersey Girls Deliver Petitions to Congress; Request our Immediate Action
2. US Social Forum Accepts 911truth.org Proposal; We Need Your Help!
3. Explosion of Interest At Grassroots
5. Whitman to Testify Before House Subcommittee
6. Santa Cruz Media Summit Postponed
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1. An email we received from the ‘Jersey Girls’, widows of 9/11 victims,
has been posted
in full at 911truth.org
Public’s Right to Know – Declassification and Release of Documents petition
surpassed 15,000 signatures. As promised, we have hand delivered it to lawmakers
in Washington, DC.
UPDATE: Recently, during our meetings with lawmakers, we discussed the declassification
and release of all transcripts and documents relating to the July 10, 2001 meeting
that took place between former CIA Director George Tenet and then National Security
Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, the redacted 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Into The
Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (JICI) and the CIA Inspector General “CIA Accountability With Respect To The 9/11 Attacks”, as mentioned in the Petition. (cont. at site)
ACTION ALERT: Please call and/or fax the following people. Tell them it is of the utmost importance to the future safety of the American public that the CIA Inspector General’s Report on September 11th be released immediately! (full list of addressees is at the site)
2. Whitman Will Testify To House Subcommittee
US Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips, Lew Brown and Bridget Thornton
January 9, 2007
Project Censored Releases a New study on the History of US Intelligence Community
Human Rights Violations and Continuing Research in Electromagnetic Weapons.
CLICK HERE TO READ COMPLETE STUDY (pdf):
US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights – application/pdf 308K
This research explores the current capabilities of the US military to use electromagnetic
(EMF) devices to harass, intimidate, and kill individuals and the continuing
possibilities of violations of human rights by the testing and deployment of
these weapons. To establish historical precedent in the US for such acts, we
document long-term human rights and freedom of thought violations by US military/intelligence
organizations. Additionally, we explore contemporary evidence of on-going government
research in EMF weapons technologies and examine the potentialities of continuing
human rights abuses.
In the 1950s and 60s the CIA began work to find means for influencing human
cognition, emotion and behavior. Through the use of the psychological understanding
of the human being as a social animal and the ability to manipulate a subject’s
environment through isolation, drugs and hypnosis, US funded scientists have
long searched for better means of controlling human behavior. This research
has included the use of wireless directed electromagnetic energy under the heading
of “Information Warfare” and “Non Lethal Weapons.” New technological capabilities have been developed in black budget projects over the last few decades — including the ability to influence human emotion, disrupt thought, and present excruciating pain through the manipulation of magnetic fields.…
National Boycott To Impeach for Peace and Justice
A Non-Partisan Coalition of Americans Standing Together for Justice
Tax Day (April 15) ’til Earth Day (April 22)
The following information is from www.wearenotbuyingit.org.
Many resources are available at this site, including “worst banks,” organizations to support, video, artwork, and much more.
WHY A BOYCOTT?
On January 27 2007, 500,000 people marched on Washington D.C. to call for an end to the war and the impeachment of the president and vice-president. Those calls were ignored. This boycott comes on the heels of millions of letters and phone calls, dozens of books, scores of speakers and action after action since the first charges were levied against the administration.
President Clinton faced impeachment on the grounds of lying about having sex with an intern. In short order, millions of dollars were spent investigating these allegations. If Clinton’s sexal misconduct warranted impeachment preceedings, then surely this administration’s Constitutional misconduct requires scrutiny.Yet, none of the public pressure so far has been enough to even spark a word of indignation against this administration.
If the speeches are not heard, the marches are not witnessed, the votes are not counted and the voice of the people is not loud enough to get the attention of lawmakers then we must do something else. We must show our strength not only in political terms but also in economic terms.
The marches, books, movies, lectures and petitions all speak directly to the politicians…and they aren’t listening. So let’s put pressure on the people they do listen to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.…Continue reading
by David Slesinger
(March 1, 2007)
The war on terror is being used to open the door to serious threats to our civil
liberties. Exposition of any lies supporting such threats could be helpful to
the protection of our Constitution.
If the current regime lies about so much, why shy away from asking the hardest
questions about 9/11?
The lies which brought about the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution were a landmark
lesson for American anti-imperialists. Why is Operation Northwoods unworthy
of our concern?
It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. If both major parties
and the leaders of the antiwar movement have no interest in researching lies
used to justify our current war, who deserves the most criticism?
Ultimately, we don’t have to prove who did what. All we have to prove is that
the government is lying. The fact that we still need the power of subpoena means
we shouldn’t be charged with the responsibility of already having answered all
the hardest questions.
The burden of proof for “debunkers” is not the preponderance of the
evidence. Their burden of proof is to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that
a thorough investigation could disprove our case. This also means than if a
debunker makes a good case about some aspect of our case, they still face the
burden of making just as strong a case against ALL of our arguments. David Ray
Griffin lists 115 different omissions and distortions of the Kean/Zelikow Commission.
View it here.…
On Friday, November 24 at 4:00 pm and Saturday, November 25 at 3:30 am and at 10:00 pm
9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out
David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, Peter Phillips, Kevin Ryan, Ray McGovern
Description: Editors and contributors to the book, “9/11 and American Empire,” assess the Bush administration’s responsibility for the attacks on 9/11, arguing that key administration officials either purposefully ignored the threats leading up to the attacks or were complicit in the planning them. The panelists say that the administration has used the attacks to enact long established plans to expand American empire. The participants are: David Ray Griffin (co-editor/contributor), Peter Dale Scott (co-editor/contributor), Peter Phillips (contributor) and Kevin Ryan (contributor). Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern moderates the discussion. The event was hosted by Berkeley, California-based Pacifica radio station KPFA (www.kpfa.org).
Author Bio: David Ray Griffin, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at the Claremont School of Theology, is the author of “The New Pearl Harbor” and “The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions.” Peter Dale Scott, former Canadian diplomat and former professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of “Deep Politics and the Death of JFK” and “Drugs, Oil, and War.” Peter Phillips, professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and director of the Project Censored media research program, is most recently the co-editor of “Censored 2007: The Top 25 Censored Stories” and “Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney.” Kevin Ryan is a former site manager with Environmental Health Laboratories.…Continue reading
So this is how the US government does business!
Cash from the New York Federal Reserve is loaded on to C-130s and shipped to Bagdad — to the tune of $12 billion since the start of the US occupation of Iraq in March 2003.
The money originally came from Iraqi oil sales under Saddam and was held in trust under the rules of the UN oil sales program. Now it is handed out to Iraqi and US government contractors in the form of cash. Or “candy,” as Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) puts it.
In the end, $8.8 billion can no longer be accounted for. And the Pentagon acknowledges Halliburton “requested that information in the audits be withheld” from the Congressional subpoena, “including allegations that the firm had spent too much money in purchasing fuel.”
“By law, contractors can request that the government withhold any proprietary information from release.”
Interesting law, when corporations can decide information about their public contracts is proprietary.
But anyway, it’s all just “pocket change,” says an e-mail circulating at the Fed.
(See article: “Worries Raised on Handling of Funds in Iraq,” Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2005.)
And who can argue with that?
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Recall Donald Rumsfeld chose the date of September 10, 2001 to announce that a Pentagon audit, ordered by Undersecretary Dov Zakheim and conducted by a Halliburton subsidiary, had discovered that the Defense Department can no longer account for $2.3 trillion in past transactions. (Note: You are not hallucinating: two… Continue reading
By Peter Phillips
For many Americans, there is a deep psychological desire for the 9/11 tragedy to be over. The shock of the day is well remembered and terrorist alerts from Homeland Security serve to maintain lasting tensions and fears. The 9/11 Commission report gave many a sense of partial healing and completion – especially given the corporate media’s high praise of the report. There is a natural resistance to naysayers who continue to question the US government’s version of what happened on September 11, 2001. This resistance is rooted in our tendency towards the inability to conceive of people we know as evil; instead evil ones must be others, very unlike ourselves.
We all remember, as young children, scary locations that created deep fears. We might imagine monsters in the closet, dangers in a nighttime backyard, and creepy people in some abandoned house down the street. As we get older we build up the courage to open the closet, or walk out into the backyard to smell the night air. As adults there are still dark closets in our socio-cultural consciousness that make it impossible to even consider the possibility of the truthfulness of certain ideas. These fearful ideas might be described as threshold concepts in that they may be on the borders of discoverability, yet we deny even the potentiality of implied veracity – something is so evil it is completely unimaginable.
A threshold concept facing Americans is the possibility that the 9/11 Commission Report was on… Continue reading
Upcoming Premieres of the Canadian documentary, “The 9-11 News Special You
Never Saw: The Great Conspiracy”
March 9th at the Guild Theatre, 949 El Camino Real in Menlo Park,
March 10th at the Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave. in Oakland,
March 11th at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. in San
March 12th at the Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave. in Santa
All screenings begin at 7:30 PM to be followed by dialogues with producer,
Barrie Zwicker; author of “9-11 Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA,”
Webster G. Tarpley; Director of Project Censored, Peter Phillips; and
Michael Kane, musician, investigative reporter, the press, and the public.
Barrie Zwicker was the first mainstream television journalist to
deeply examine the official 9-11 story; he was director of the Toronto
International Citizens’ Inquiry into 9-11. In the documentary, Zwicker
analyzes the use of fear to unnerve the public and deconstructs the
so-called “war on terror.” He examines in depth the failure of the
military on 9/11 and George Bush’s highly inappropriate behavior on that
day. He finds the 9/11 Commission Report to be a cover-up operation.
Throughout the film, he analyzes the role of mainstream media in keeping
the public misinformed.
All tickets $10 available @ the door and at the local bookstores
are our co-sponsors, also available through www.cityboxoffice.com
415-392-4400, at the Grand Lake Theatre, and the Santa Rosa screening
through Project Censored.
The events are benefits for the Northern California 9-11 Truth
Alliance… Continue reading