Wednesday, January 21 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
A few items of potentially good news today ...
Several news articles here that seem promising ...
Obama limits ex-presidents' discretion on records
By MARK SHERMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that limits the ability of former presidents to block the release of sensitive records of their time in the White House.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - Truth Movement News
Richard Gage, AIA Publicly Thanks FBI for Endorsement of 'Controlled Demolition' Analysis - bin Laden Still Not 'Wanted' for 9/11
We previously noted the FBI's response to a letter from Saive here. Now, Gage publicly offers his assistance, and we hope that the FBI will honestly follow-up on their apparently receptive response.
Of course, we still wonder why the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list, which puts Usama bin Laden at the top, still doesn't list the 9/11 attacks as one of the crimes for which they list him as a terrorist ... Long-time readers will recall that The Muckraker Report's Ed Haas spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI in June 2006:
When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden's Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, "The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden's Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11."
Richard Gage, AIA founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth discusses
a welcome letter of response from Michael J. Heimbach, Asst. Director in the
FBI division of Counterterrorism.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Barack Obama calls halt to Guantanamo trials
January 21, 2009
Barack Obama has wasted no time in getting down to the business of government, asking prosecutors to halt controversial military trials at Guantanamo Bay within hours of his inauguration.
The request was issued via the Department of Defence even as President Obama and his wife Michelle waltzed their way through a series of glitzy inaugural balls.
Mr Obama pledged during his campaign to close the prison camp on Cuba set up in 2001 to hold detainees from the 'War on Terror'. The camp's legality has always been questioned, and former inmates and human rights experts said the harsh interrogation techniques deployed inside it amounted to torture.
Last night's request was for a 120-day stay in the trials of five alleged 9/11 plotters - including the self-proclaimed 'mastermind' behind America's worst terror attack - and of a Canadian accused of killing a US soldier in Afghanistan. Mr Obama had been expected to issue an executive order as early as today for the full closure of the camp, but accepts that it might take months to rehouse some 250 inmates still held there.
Wednesday, January 21 2009 - Other Important News
Website's Back Up!
During an automatic backup, our server somehow took the site offline, as well as our store website. It was down beginning early this morning, and our volunteer "web guy" was unable to look at it until very late in the afternoon. No doubt he could explain better than I just what happened, but suffice it to say it appears this was nothing nefarious--just a "glitch" the way only a server can glitch... And of course, in keeping with Murphy's Law #1,774,452, it had to happen the day immediately after we sent a fundraising appeal containing links to our donate page! We appreciate your patience, and the kind emails many of you sent to us notifying us of the problem. Links in the email we sent yesterday will now work correctly. Again, thanks for your support and your kind patience. Janice
Monday, January 19 2009 - 9/11 Precedents
Secret of the Lusitania: Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship
An article from December '08 that we missed, providing important historical information.
By Sam Greenhill
Her sinking with the loss of almost 1,200 lives caused such outrage that it propelled the U.S. into the First World War.
But now divers have revealed a dark secret about the cargo carried by the Lusitania on its final journey in May 1915.
Munitions they found in the hold suggest that the Germans had been right all along in claiming the ship was carrying war materials and was a legitimate military target.
Monday, January 19 2009 - Resources and Materials
Engaging Interviews, Insightful Commentary from Electric Politics
George Kenney has been providing fascinating commentary and in-depth interviews via his site, Electric Politics.com, since 2005. He explains the meaning of "Electric Politics" thus:
"Conventional political analysis relies on archaic notions of 'predominance of gravity'
January 10, 2009
Electric Politics Podcast Schedule Resumes January 16
Well, I enjoyed having two weeks off, but I'm glad to get back to podcasting. So here's the starting lineup for the new season. Friday, January 16, my guest is Martin Fletcher of The Times of London (not to be confused with Martin Fletcher of NBC news). Martin is a roving reporter without portfolio and previously the Times' foreign editor, their Washington Bureau Chief, and a foreign correspondent. He talks to me from Israel. The Friday following, January 23, my guest is Dr. James Petras, who's got a lot to say about Zionism in America. After that, I'm not sure -- a couple interviews are pending, on arms control and on the economy. So we'll see... And as I say, I'm glad to be back!Links follow:
Sunday, January 18 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Paul Krugman on our Need to Know What Happened These Last 8 Years
Exactly what we've been saying! Two editorials from Paul Krugman here, opining on the need for transparency and perhaps "something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped South Africa come to terms with what happened under apartheid." Of course, Krugman does not mention 9/11 specifically, but it's fairly obvious to the thinking reader that if we need 'truth and reconciliation' about nine years of abuses that have sprung forth from that day, we must apply this same plea: "let the truth be told."
"It's probably best if Congress takes the lead in investigations of the Bush years, but your administration can do its part, both by not using its influence to discourage the investigations and by bringing an end to the Bush administration's stonewalling. Let Congress have access to records and witnesses, and let the truth be told." (emphasis added)
What Obama Must Do
A Letter to the New President
Dear Mr. President:
Like FDR three-quarters of a century ago, you're taking charge at a moment when all the old certainties have vanished, all the conventional wisdom been proved wrong. We're not living in a world you or anyone else expected to see. Many presidents have to deal with crises, but very few have been forced to deal from Day One with a crisis on the scale America now faces.
So, what should you do?
Sunday, January 18 2009 - Resources and Materials
Change Needs Truth - New 9/11 Brochure for Obama Inauguration
January 17, 2009
DC 911Truth has produced an attractive new brochure to be distributed at the Obama Inauguration and surrounding events. On the cover, President Obama is asked to "help America learn the truth about 9/11," but the interior is aimed at general audiences who may not be aware of problems with the official account, or who may be quick to dismiss any questions as conspiracy theories.
In a concise and straightforward way, the brochure presents the many facts that challenge the 9/11 Commission Report (including doubts expressed by Co-Chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton themselves), as well as contradictions in the accepted narrative about air defense, the alleged hijackers, the destruction of the World Trade Center, and the anthrax attacks. Only statements that could be verified in mainstream news sources were included and carefully footnoted, so as to maximize the credibility of the piece.
Sunday, January 18 2009 - Other Important News
UN chief relieved about Gaza, urges Israel withdrawal
Sat Jan 17, 2009
BEIRUT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday he was relieved about an Israeli ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and urged the Jewish state to withdraw all of its troops as soon as possible.
"I am relieved that the Israeli government has decided to cease hostilities as of midnight GMT," Ban told reporters. "This should be the first step leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza," he said, adding that he wanted the withdrawal "as soon as possible".
He said that Hamas militants also needed to do their part to bring an end to the violence by halting their rocket attacks against southern Israel.
"Hamas militants must stop firing rockets now," he said.
Saturday, January 17 2009 - Resources and Materials
116th Peer-reviewed Paper Published in Journal of 9/11 Studies: 'The Missing Jolt: A Simple Refutation of the NIST-Bazant Collapse Hypothesis'
January 16, 2009
The 116th peer-reviewed paper was published today in the Journal of 9/11 Studies:
This fine paper underwent several months of rather arduous peer-review preceding its publication in the Journal of 9/11 Studies. The paper supports work by James Gourley published in the Journal of Engineering Mechanics and recent analysis by David Chandler. A few quotes from the paper should wet your interest:
"In its Final Report on the Collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology summarizes its three year study and outlines its explanation of the total collapse of WTC 1 and WTC 2. Readers of the report will find that the roughly $20 million expended on this effort have resulted in an explanation of the total collapse of these buildings that is so vague it barely qualifies as a hypothesis. But it does have one crucial feature of a hypothesis: it is, in principle, falsifiable. In fact, it is easy to demonstrate that it is false.
Saturday, January 17 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
Sept. 11 death toll grows after cancer death
Published: Saturday January 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A 45-year-old man who died of cancer due to breathing in toxic dust following the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 has become the latest addition to the attacks' overall toll.
Leon Bernard Heyward, 45, died on October 18, 2008 from "lymphoma complicating sarcoidosis," bringing the overall death toll from the attacks to 2,752, the New York City medical examiner's office said.
Saturday, January 17 2009 - Other Important News
Feds Drop Case Against Accused Iraqi Agent
"The Government has determined that continued prosecution of this case as to LINDAUER would not be in the interests of justice."*
(Jan. 16, Wash. DC) The Department of Justice entered a motion to drop all charges against Susan Lindauer yesterday morning, Jan. 15, 2009. The filing (see below) at the federal district court in lower Manhattan ends the government's attempt to prosecute her for allegedly acting as an "unregistered agent" for Iraq. Since her arrest in early 2004, she has repeatedly asked for a trial to present evidence that she had been a United States intelligence asset since the early 1990's.
By filing this order, the government surrendered forever its ability to prosecute Lindauer as an "Iraqi foreign agent" and for lesser charges contained in the indictment, including a one week trip to Baghdad in March, 2002.
Lindauer made the following statement today, Jan 16, 2009: "I am disgusted by this case. They think that they have defeated me by denying my day in court. It could not be more wrong. If we can't have a criminal trial, we're going to have a civil trial for damages."
Lindauer was arrested in March, 2004 shortly after offering to testify before a Bush appointed blue ribbon commission evaluating U.S. pre-war intelligence on Iraq. In late February, she informed the offices of two commission members, Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and Trent Lott (R-MS), that she could testify that U.S. pre-war intelligence was proactive and effective, not a popular view at that time.
Friday, January 16 2009 - Get Involved
Action Alert - Kucinich Introduces Legislation re. Gaza Humanitarian Crisis, 8 Cosponsors
Track this legislation, and all legislation, via http://thomas.gov. Enter search word or bill number, click the appropriate button, and voila! You'll find text, congressional actions, cosponsors, committees, etc.
Action Alert re. Kucinich's Bill, HR66
Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted 390 yes, 5 no, and 22 present to pass H.Res.34, “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself” and “reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel.” To see if your Representative cosponsored this resolution, click here.
Friday, January 16 2009 - Other Important News
Day 20 of Israel's Genocidal Slaughter of Gaza--
1100 dead, 5100+ wounded, UN School/Aid Warehouse and hospitals bombed, White phosophorous and "experimental" weapons used, Silence is complicity
Roundup of a few significant articles re. the situation in Gaza today.
> Kucinich: UN should investigate Israeli Gaza strikes
Thursday, January 15 2009 - In the Media
What We Didn't Know Has Hurt Us
By Clint Hendler
Advocates for open and transparent government are quick to note that no American presidential administration has, in practice, been enthusiastic about reducing secrecy in the executive branch--for some obvious and sometimes quite legitimate reasons. There are secrets that almost everyone agrees should remain secret. But secrecy must be balanced with the citizens' right to examine the operations of their government--to learn, to improve, to enforce, and sometimes to shame. That's especially true when there are political or bureaucratic incentives for secrecy that deserve far less respect than true matters of national security. And despite the bipartisan resistance from those in power, the arc of history has trended, if unevenly, toward openness. Claims of excessive secrecy have become a tried and true political battering ram, easily wielded by the party in opposition. Technological evolution has not only made the dissemination of information easier and faster, but also has heightened our appetite for disclosure. The trend isn't confined to the political sphere. Betty Ford's frank discussion of her struggles with cancer and alcoholism in the 1970s marked a new era of openness in our personal medical lives, and the invention of the personal video camera spawned a cottage industry around moments--gaffes, goofs, tragedies--that were once private.
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