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9/11 Report Cites Many Warnings About Hijackings

By Eric Lichtblau,

New York Times

WASHINGTON (Feb. 9) – In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.

But aviation officials were “lulled into a false sense of security,” and “intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures,” the commission report concluded.

The report discloses that the Federal Aviation Administration, despite being focused on risks of hijackings overseas, warned airports in the spring of 2001 that if “the intent of the hijacker is not to exchange hostages for prisoners, but to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion, a domestic hijacking would probably be preferable.”

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Ask yourself how the 9/11 Commission could find that the FAA was “lulled into a false sense of security” after receiving 52 terrorist warnings including statements that domestic hijackings were preferable if the intent was “to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion.” Next watch the media talking heads endlessly repeat the official mantra of complacency, distraction and miscommunications. Then it may be clear how far the Commission and the spin doctors will go to protect the “official story” – and how cowed or stupid they all believe we are. See also the Voices of September 11th’s hard-hitting Feb. 10 response at the end.… Continue reading

Hijacking the Facts

- FBI worked hard to cover up a 9-11 cover-up–and then hide it some more

by James Ridgeway

The Village Voice

June 14, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s no secret the FBI let at least two 9-11 hijackers–Hazmi and Mihdhar–slip through its fingers when they landed in California in 2000 and proceeded to live openly under their own names in San Diego before moving into position for the attack. What makes the situation especially ludicrous is that one of these hijackers rented a room from a San Diego landlord who was an FBI informant on the Muslim community.

That’s bad enough. But after 9-11, when the Joint Congressional Intelligence Committee found out what had been going on, the FBI refused to allow the informant to be interviewed by the committee staff or to testify.

The FBI actually took steps to hide this man so Congress could not find him. All this is described at some length in former senator Bob Graham’s book Intelligence Matters–the one book on this entire affair written by an actual participant in the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing over what was permitted to come into public view about 9-11. Graham was chairman of the joint congressional investigation.

To resolve the informant question, Graham writes, he met with Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI director Robert Mueller, and other top officials. But when he tried to serve a subpoena on one top FBI official, the man shrank away and would not take the piece of paper. In the end,… Continue reading

San Diego Grand Jury–April 14

San Diego Citizens Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Copass
Phone: 619-665-9415
Email: San_Diego_CGJ@yahoo.com
Event Date: Saturday, April 14, 2007

Experts to Testify at 9/11 Investigation Hearing

San Diego, California — On Saturday, April 14, 2007 San Diegans for 9/11 Truth, a local citizens activist group, will conduct a citizens’ grand jury investigation into the wrongful deaths that occurred at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Grand jurors will assemble in the Aztec Center Council Chambers at San Diego State University to hear testimony from expert witnesses, including architect Richard Gage, physicist Steven Jones, and engineer Kevin Ryan. Don Paul and Jim Hoffman, coauthors of The 9/11/01 Crimes in New York City: Waking Up from Our Nightmare , will lead the investigation. The event has been endorsed by Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Republicans for 9/11 Truth, and former U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Robert Bowman. The public is welcome to attend. The common-law grand jury of 23 citizens will be impaneled to review the evidence and the grand jury’s findings will be announced the following week.

For more information, see sdcgj.netrootz.com , or contact Michael Copass at San_Diego_CGJ@yahoo.com .

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Founded in September 2005, San Diegans for 9/11 Truth is one of many citizen activist organizations across the country dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the wrongful deaths that took place on September 11, 2001. Concerned about evidence that contradicts the official account published in The 9/11 Commission Report, the group is calling for… Continue reading

Kucinich Seeks Cheney Impeachment; Americans to Rally Nationwide on Saturday

For Immediate Release

Impeach Cheney First

Press Contact
Jacob Park
(917) 254-9330
jacob@a28.org

KUCINICH SEEKS CHENEY IMPEACHMENT; AMERICANS TO RALLY NATIONWIDE ON SATURDAY

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 23, 2007 – Following on today’s announcement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that he will file Articles of Impeachment against Vice-President Dick Cheney, Americans across the country will take to the streets on April 28 to call for the impeachment of both Cheney and Bush. From Miami, Florida to North Pole, Alaska, more than 100 actions are planned nationwide.

Jacob Park, National Coordinator of the April 28 actions, said “George Bush and Dick Cheney lied the nation into an illegal war of aggression, are spying on millions of innocent Americans, and have authorized the use of torture. The time has come for all Americans—particularly our representatives in Congress—to decide where they stand. To turn a blind eye to lying, spying, and torture makes a mockery of our most basic values and the very notion of democracy.”

On April 28, a visit by George Bush to Miami will be greeted with a massive impeachment rally organized by dozens of local groups. At the California Democratic Convention in San Diego, hundreds of delegates will defy the party leadership by bringing an impeachment resolution to the floor. Thousands of Americans will form “human murals” spelling out “IMPEACH!” with their bodies at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Coney Island in New York, the foot of the Washington monument in Washington, D.C., and other locations. And elsewhere people will spell it out… Continue reading

Truth believers

Truth believers: Some of the least-likely conspiracy theorists fervently preach the gospel of 9/11 accountability

By Christine G.K. LaPado
May 3, 2007

Gatherings of the faithful:
The Chico 9/11 Truth Group meets the second Thursday of each month in the Chico
Public County Library conference room, 1108 Sherman Avenue. More information:
www.chico911truth.org

At the CoreAT
THE CORE
The core 9/11 Truth group gathers for dinner at Becky Hart’s home with guest
Ken Jenkins. From left, the group is: Bill Donnelly, Hart, Samuel Ready, Marla
Crites, Rob Hanford, Joe Henegar and Jenkins (from behind).
PHOTO BY MEREDITH J. COOPER

Samuel Ready, looking somewhat like a retired professor on
vacation, sporting a graying beard and ball cap, is a calm, cheery and well-spoken
man. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
from Georgia Tech and a master’s in electrical engineering from USC. Ready worked
in the defense industry for 26 years in Los Angeles. Currently, the 72-year-old
Chicoan works as a budget maker for local and Bay Area homeowners’ associations,
and he attends Trinity United Methodist Church.

As unlikely as it may seem to some, Ready also is the man responsible for starting
up the Chico 9/11 Truth group, just one part of a loose yet highly communicative
network of people worldwide who are challenging the official explanation for
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Contrary to the popularly held belief that anyone who charges that the government
had any direct responsibility… Continue reading

Heroes for 9/11 Truth, for Peace, for Impeachment

Press Release
June 10, 2007

Media Contacts-
Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, http://www.communitycurrency.org/impeach.html
Carol Brouillet- (home) 650-857-0927, cbrouillet@igc.org
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, http://www.ae911truth.org
Richard Gage- (cell) 925-285-1839, rgage@ae911truth.org
Patriots Tour 2007, http://www.thepatriots.us
Robert Bowman- (cell) 321-752-5955, DrBob@Bowman2008.com
The Need to Remember, http://www.theneedtoremember.com/
Janette MacKinlay- 510-339-9358, janette007@sbcglobal.net
National Days of Truth Action, http://www.truthaction.org/
Cosmos- 415 552 5776, infinitejustice23@hotmail.com

Heroes for 9/11 Truth, for Peace, for Impeachment

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at 1 pm at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto, heroes
will rally to support Representative Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment
against Vice President Cheney, H.R. 333. The master of ceremonies, award-winning
investigative journalist and host of KPFA’s Flashpoints, Dennis Bernstein–together
with Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Yoda–will pass out awards honoring
“Heroic Citizens for 9/11 Truth” to Dr. Robert Bowman, Richard Gage,
Janette MacKinlay, Cosmos, Jim Hoffman, and Aaron Dames. Superman (musician-
August Bullock) will sing “Heroes of America,” which inspired the
theme of this and last month’s impeachment rallies. After the award presentations,
heroic citizens will march at 2 pm through downtown Palo Alto to Congresswoman
Anna Eshoo’s office at 698 Emerson Street.

9/11 has been used to sell wars, pass the PATRIOT Act, construct the Homeland
Security apparatus, to institutionalize torture and to weaken the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. Heroic citizens have exposed lies and omissions in the
Commission Report, demanded the release of suppressed evidence and called for
a genuine investigation. From a one-woman “Listening Project” in
downtown Palo Alto (Wednesdays 11 am… Continue reading

Resisting, Anyway…

Sit In for Impeachment

We Will Sit In for Impeachment
David Swanson, 07/05/07

On July 23rd phone John Conyers at 202-225-5126 or send him a fax with one click.

Cindy Sheehan to Lead March for Impeachment, Arlington to Capitol Hill, July 23rd

WHAT: March from Arlington National Cemetery to the Capitol Hill Office of Congressman John Conyers to ask him to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney or President George W. Bush or both. Participants hope to meet with Congressman Conyers and receive his assurance that impeachment proceedings will begin at once in the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. Many of those participating have commited to only leave if Conyers agrees to begin impeachment or they are arrested.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been the driving force against impeachment in Congress. If there is no agreement to begin impeachment proceedings by Monday, Sheehan will announce her candidacy challenging Pelosi for election in California’s 8th Congressional District.

WHO: Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan, KIA in Iraq 2004, founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and of the Camp Casey Peace Institute; Ray McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA and cofounder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President of the Hip Hop Caucus; Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and diplomat who resigned in protest the day the U.S. invaded Iraq; Debra Sweet, national coordinator of the World Can’t Wait; Dave Lindorff, author of “The Case for Impeachment,” David Swanson, cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org; Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, both cofounders of Code Pink; Kevin Zeese, director of Democracy Rising; Tina Richards, military mother and creator of GrassRootsAmerica4Us; and many many others.…

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In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing

Federal officials insist that the Oklahoma City bombing case was solved a decade ago. But a Salt Lake City lawyer in search of his brother’s killers has dug up some remarkable clues–on cross-dressing bank robbers, the FBI, and the mysterious third man.

James Ridgeway
July/August 2007 Issue–Mother Jones

KENNEY TRENTADUE was driving a 1986 Chevy pickup when he was pulled over at the Mexican border on his way home to San Diego on June 10, 1995. He was dark-haired, 5 feet 8 inches, and well muscled, a former athlete who had picked up construction work after he quit robbing banks. His left forearm bore a dragon tattoo. Highway patrol officers ran his license and found that it had been suspended, and that he was wanted for parole violations. After two months in jail in San Diego, Trentadue was shipped, on August 18, to a prison in Oklahoma City for a hearing on the parole violations. The move placed Kenney in close proximity to the most famous federal prisoner in America. In one way or another, it also sealed his fate.

Four months earlier, another car had been stopped by a state trooper, some 80 miles north of Oklahoma City. It was 10:20 a.m. on April 19, 1995, and much of the country was still waking up to the enormity of what had happened earlier that morning, when an explosives-laden Ryder truck gutted the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. The driver of the 1977 Mercury Marquis was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and driving without tags.…

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Evidence Suggests CIA Purposefully Spiked Investigations

Monday, 27 August 2007, 11:11 am
Column: www.UnansweredQuestions.org

Evidence Suggests CIA Purposefully Spiked Investigations

Dear Members of the Press:

A grave miscarriage of justice is afoot. After years being withheld the Administration
finally is forced to release the CIA’s IG Report on 9/11. While earlier news
accounts said the report would be released in early September it was released
in the middle of a Congressional recess, in the middle of a Summer break, thus
insuring it will not receive the attention it deserves. Worse still is the conclusion
in most press reports since its release that bolsters the official narrative,
i.e., that all the myriad failures were simply due to ‘systemic failure’ and/or
incompetence.

The circumstantial evidence running contrary to this conclusion is compelling
and convincing.

It appears that Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar were being protected by higher ups
in the CIA. Respected author Joe Trento has reported that they were working
for Saudi Intelligence. Others reported the two were removed from the watchlist
two days before 9/11. I don’t know if either was the case. It is clear, however,
that there was a concerted effort to protect them, similar in some respects to
the way authorities in FBI HQ refused to allow Rowley and company in Minnesota
to go into Mousaoui’s laptop computer or how higher ups prevented Robert Wright
in Chicago from going after the money trail of Yassin Al-Kadi (Qadi) who financed
the software company Ptech and the terrorist group Hamas and who was later named
a “Specially… Continue reading

Speakers, Activists to Rally at White House on 9/11 Anniversary

Truth - Peace - Impeachment: 9/11/07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Speakers, Activists to Rally at White
House on 9/11 Anniversary

This year, on the sixth anniversary
of 9/11, a leading group of authors and activists from the impeachment, antiwar,
and 9/11 truth movements will lead a mass rally in front of the White House.
They will call for the impeachment of the Bush administration, an end to the
illegal wars in the Middle East, and a new investigation of the event upon which
these wars were predicated. This rally is being coordinated with similar events
in New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Dublin, and other major cities around the
world.

Washington, DC, August 29, 2007 – A mass rally to commemorate the anniversary
of 9/11 will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, from noon to 3:00 p.m.
at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. The rally is sponsored by dc911truth.org
and will feature speeches by a number of leading authors and activists. It is
part of similar commemorations being held on the 11th and on preceding days
in New York and other major cities worldwide.

This event is the result of the collaboration of the 911truth movement with
members of the antiwar and impeachment movements. The message of the event is
three-fold: Impeach the Bush administration, end the war, and re-investigate
the crimes of September 11, 2001.

The rally will also celebrate the end of a long journey for walkers from around
the country who have come to Washington to highlight their cause. For March… Continue reading

New DVD Examines World Trade Center Destruction on 9/11

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Richard Gage, AIA,
Founding Member of AE911Truth.org
Email: rgage@ae911truth.orgrgage@ae911truth.org
http://www.ae911truth.org/press/

New DVD Examines World Trade Center Destruction on 9/11
More Than 150 Architects, Engineers, and Demolition Experts Call
for New Congressional Investigation with Subpoena Power

San Francisco, CA September 5, 2007 – San Francisco
Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, founder of the group Architects
& Engineers for 9/11 Truth
, announced today the release of a new DVD,
9/11: Blueprint for Truth: The Architecture of Destruction.

In this stunning multimedia presentation at the University of Manitoba, Canada,
San Francisco Bay Area architect, Richard Gage, AIA, provides a packed audience
with the evidence of controlled demolition using explosives in all 3 World Trade
Center high-rise "collapses." Gage will be also appearing in person
on September 11th in Oakland, California for an evening presentation entitled,
9/11: Blueprint for Truth – 130 Architects & Engineers Examine the
Evidence
.

The presentation begins with the lesser-known high-rise "collapse"
– that of World Trade Center Building 7, which fell at near free-fall
speed on the afternoon of September 11. Its rapid, symmetrical destruction is
even harder to explain without demolition charges than that of the Twin Towers,
since it was not hit by a jetliner and was afflicted by only smaller fires on
just a few floors.

The DVD presentation reveals that neither WTC 7 nor the Twin Towers could have
collapsed the way they did without their massive support columns having been
cut – synchronously timed floor by floor.…

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Treason in Shreveport

DOJ shield
Will DOJ Look into the First Death of a U.S. 9/11 Researcher?

By Sander Hicks
October 14, 2007

From 9/24 to 10/1/07 I traveled throughout Louisiana and Texas, with reporter Jordan Green, investigating the death of 9/11 researcher Dr. David Graham.

Our suspicions were validated: there’s a huge story here. It’s almost overwhelming. The best way to summarize is to publish my complaint filed last week with the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General.

If you support an investigation into the death of Dr. Graham, please say so, in the comments section, at the end. (Please send me your email, too, I may be doing some sort of activism around this. Mine is sander [at] voxpopnet.net)

Editor’s Note:
Readers: Please take action to support an investigation into Dr. Graham’s death, as suggested by the author.

 

October 11th, 2007

Office of the Inspector General
Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave NW
Suite 7100
Washington, DC 20005

Dear Inspector,

I am writing to request a special investigation into possible FBI corruption inside the Shreveport, LA. office. I have been researching the strange death of Dr. David M. Graham since I was passed his unpublished manuscript, last spring. This case is of the utmost importance, and is about to receive serious media attention.

A week ago, I returned from a fact-finding mission in Shreveport, New Orleans and Houston. Alongside reporter Jordan Green, I met many of Dr. Graham’s surviving friends and coworkers. Every one of them indicated that Dr.… Continue reading

Thom Hartmann to Host 9/11 Truth Debate on Air America

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 RyanKevin Ryan

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.

Scholars and Family Members Submit Request for Correction to 9/11 NIST Report

9/11: Looking for Truth in Credentials: The Peculiar WTC “Experts”

Michael ShermerMichael Shermer

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

Co-Chair of Congressional 9/11 Inquiry Confirms White House Cover Up

Thursday, December 13, 2007
posted at Georgewashington.blogspot.com

Co-Chair of Congressional 9/11 Inquiry and Former Head of Senate Intelligence
Committee Confirms White House Cover Up
The Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, revealed
that the White House refused to let the 9/11 inquiry interview one of the most
important witnesses imaginable:

Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who is a former chairman of the
Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the White House on Tuesday of covering
up evidence that might have linked Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11 hijackers.

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The accusation stems from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s refusal
to allow investigators for a Congressional inquiry and the independent Sept.
11 commission to interview an informant, Abdussattar Shaikh, who had been
the landlord
in San Diego of two Sept. 11 hijackers.

In his book “Intelligence Matters,” Mr. Graham, the co-chairman
of the Congressional inquiry with Representative Porter J. Goss, Republican
of Florida, said an F.B.I. official wrote them in November 2002
and said “the administration would not sanction a staff interview with
the source
.” On Tuesday, Mr. Graham called the letter “a
smoking gun” and said, “The reason for this cover-up goes right
to the White House.”

This isn’t some fresh-face kid talking. This is a consummate insider: the former
head of senate intelligence and co-chair of the congressional 9/11 inquiry.

If the White House refused to allow an interview of a government informant
who was landlord… Continue reading

The Fear Factory

The FBI now has more than 100 task forces devoted exclusively to fighting terrorism. But is the government manufacturing ghosts?

GUY LAWSON
February 07, 2008

Click here to read a history of every homeland-security terror alert and the real news that was buried: “Truth or Terrorism? The Real Story Behind Five Years of High Alerts–A history of the Bush administration’s most dubious terror scares — and the headlines they buried” TIM DICKINSON, Feb 07, 2008

“So, what you wanna do?” the friend asked. “A target?” the wanna-be jihadi replied. “I want some type of city-hall-type stuff, federal courthouses.”

It was late November 2006, and twenty-two-year-old Derrick Shareef and his friend Jameel were hanging out in Rockford, Illinois, dreaming about staging a terrorist attack on America. The two men weren’t sure what kind of assault they could pull off. All Shareef knew was that he wanted to cause major damage, to wreak vengeance on the country he held responsible for oppressing Muslims worldwide. “Smoke a judge,” Shareef said. Maybe firebomb a government building.

But while Shareef harbored violent fantasies, he was hardly a serious threat as a jihadi. An American-born convert to Islam, he had no military training and no weapons. He had less than $100 in the bank. He worked in a dead-end job as a clerk in a video-game store. He didn’t own a car. So dire were his circumstances, Shareef had no place to live. Then one day, Jameel, a fellow Muslim, had shown up at EB… Continue reading

Newly Released FBI Timeline Reveals New Information about 9/11 Hijackers that Was Ignored by 9/11 Commission

CooperativeResearch.org

Latest Findings Raise New Questions about Hijackers and Suggest Incomplete Investigation

A contributor to the History Commons has obtained a 298-page document entitled Hijackers Timeline (Redacted) from the FBI, subsequent to a Freedom of Information Act request. The document was a major source of information for the 9/11 Commission’s final report. Though the commission cited the timeline 52 times in its report, it failed to include some of the document’s most important material.

The printed document is dated November 14, 2003, but appears to have been compiled in mid-October 2001 (the most recent date mentioned in it is October 22, 2001), when the FBI was just starting to understand the backgrounds of the hijackers, and it contains almost no information from the CIA, NSA, or other agencies. This raises questions as to why the 9/11 Commission relied so heavily on such an early draft for their information about the hijackers.

CooperativeTimeline.org has posted new information from the “Hijackers Timeline,” recently released by the FBI. Links to the full FBI documents are at the end of the article, (which also contains many links to other Timeline entries in the original announcement, at the source).

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In addition, the 90-page “Charge Sheet” (see also press release 2/11/08, “Sept. 11 Co-Conspirators Charged”) conveys an enormous amount of information relating to the hijackers for a significant period of time before, and on, September 11th.

For an event this government has said “no one could have… Continue reading

National Dragnet Is a Click Away

Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records

By Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 6, 2008

Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a
domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts
of police information to fight crime and root out terror plots.

As federal authorities struggled to meet information-sharing mandates after
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, police agencies from Alaska and California
to the Washington region poured millions of criminal and investigative records
into shared digital repositories called data warehouses, giving investigators
and analysts new power to discern links among people, patterns of behavior and
other hidden clues.

Those network efforts will begin expanding further this month, as some local
and state agencies connect to a fledgling Justice Department system called the
National Data Exchange, or N-DEx. Federal authorities hope N-DEx will become
what one called a "one-stop shop" enabling federal law enforcement,
counterterrorism and intelligence analysts to automatically examine the enormous
caches of local and state records for the first time.

Although Americans have become accustomed to seeing dazzling examples of fictional
crime-busting gear on television and in movies, law enforcement’s search for
clues has in reality involved a mundane mix of disjointed computers, legwork
and luck.

These new systems are transforming that process. "It’s going from the
horse-and-buggy days to the space age, that’s what it’s like," said Sgt.
Chuck Violette of the Tucson police department, one of almost 1,600 law enforcement
agencies… Continue reading

Bush Consolidates the National Security State

By Tom Burghardt From Antifascist Calling…Exploring the shadowlands of the corporate police state

The Washington Post revealed Friday that the FBI is continuing its systematic violation of Americans’ Fourth Amendment guarantees against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

A Justice Department report concluded that the Bureau had repeatedly abused its intelligence gathering “privileges” by issuing bogus “national security letters” (NSLs) from 2003-2006. On at least one occasion, the FBI relied on an illegally-issued NSL to circumvent a ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain records the secret court deemed protected by the First Amendment.

While the Bush regime claims that the Bureau requires sweeping authority to invade the privacy of American citizens to “protect the homeland” from the Afghan-Arab database of disposable intelligence assets, al-Qaeda, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine determined that fully “60 percent of the nearly 50,000 security letters issued that year [2006] by the FBI targeted Americans,” according to Post reporter Dan Eggen.

Despite the FISA court twice rejecting Bureau requests to obtain sensitive private records, determining “the ‘facts’ were too thin” and the “request implicated the target’s First Amendment rights,” the FBI used an NSL as a “work around” and proceeded anyway.

The stunning disregard for all legal norms under the Bush regime is encapsulated by FBI general counsel Valerie E. Caproni’s statement to investigators that “it was appropriate to issue the letters in such cases because she disagreed with the court’s conclusions.”

Fine asserted in the Inspector General’s report that the Bureau has… Continue reading

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