Tuesday, February 2 2010 - First Responders/Health Effects
Team Obama to double budget for treating 9/11 responders in an amazing same-day U-turn
By Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
January 28, 2010
WASHINGTON - The White House revealed Thursday night it boosted funding for ailing 9/11 responders - pumping more money into the treatment program than ever before.
Team Obama disclosed the cash only after outraging New York lawmakers with the news that the administration won't back a permanent plan to help the dying Ground Zero responders.
The White House confirmed it will more than double the budget for treating ill responders to $150 million in 2011.
The abrupt revelation came after the Daily News reported New York lawmakers were shocked Wednesday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the administration does not support mandatory funding for the $11 billion permanent treatment plan.
Tuesday, February 2 2010 - Civil Liberties-Police State
9/11, Deep Events, and the Curtailment of U.S. Freedoms
A talk delivered to the New England Antiwar Conference, MIT, January 30, 2010.
by Peter Dale Scott
Hello everyone! I'm honored to be invited to this important anti-war conference. As I am in the final stages of editing my next book, The Road to Afghanistan, I have been turning down invitations to speak. But I was eager to accept this one, and to join my friends and others in debunking the war on terror, the false justification for the Afghan-Pakistan war.
Let me make my own position clear at the outset. There are indeed people out there, including some Muslim extremists, who want to inflict terror on America. But it is crystal clear, as many people inside and outside government have agreed, that it makes this problem worse, not better, when Washington sends large numbers of U.S. troops to yet another country where they don't belong.1
A war on terror is as inappropriate a cure as a U.S. war on drugs, which as we have seen in Colombia makes the drug problem worse, not better. The war on terror and the war on drugs have this in common: both are ideological attempts to justify the needless killings of thousands -- including both American troops and foreign civilians -- in another needless war.
Why does America find itself, time after time, invading countries in distant oil-bearing regions, countries which have not invaded us? This is a vital issue on which we should seek a clear message for the American people. Unfortunately it has been an issue on which there has been serious disagreement dividing the antiwar movement, just as it divided people, even friends, inside the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s.
Monday, February 1 2010 - History of the Movement
Major Milestone Reached at AE911Truth
1,000 Architects & Engineers demand new 9/11 WTC investigation!
Press Conference Scheduled February 19th, 2010
As of January 2010, over 1,000 architects and engineers have signed our petition demanding a real investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. This petition, along with AE911Truth literature and DVDs, will also be presented to every Member of Congress.
Friday, January 29 2010 - First Responders/Health Effects
Obama Admin. Opposes 9/11 Health Funding
By Michael McAuliff
January 28, 2010
The Obama administration stunned New York's delegation yesterday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.
The state's two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government that delivers on its promises to the American people.
So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after 9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.
"I was stunned -- and very disappointed," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who like most of the other legislators had expected more of a discussion on how to more forward.
"To say the least, I was flabbergasted," said Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon.
The 9/11 bill would spend about $11 billion over 30 years to care for the growing numbers of people getting sick from their service at Ground Zero, and to compensate families for their losses.
The legislators were shocked the idea was falling lower on the administration priority list than other parts of the war on terror and financial bailouts.
Friday, January 29 2010 - History of the Movement
The Shout Heard
1,000 Architects & Engineers Call for a Real 9/11 Investigation Press Conference and Dinner February 19, 2010
January 25, 2010
Architects and Engineers for 9/11truth.org
AE911Truth will hold a press conference on Friday, February 19, at 11:00 AM at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco. We will announce and honor the milestone of our achievement of obtaining 1,000 architects and engineers (A/E's) petitioning for a real investigation into the destruction of the 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers.
The Marine Memorial Club and Hotel in the heart of San Francisco provides a first-class backdrop for announcing AE911Truth's achievement
Invitations are being sent to more than 400 local AIA members, to many local, national, and international media outlets, and to more than 15,000 AE911Truth.org petition signers and supporters from around the world.
The press conference will include a large-screen scrolling display of all 1,000 A/E's; statements by Richard Gage, AIA, founder of AE911Truth and several petition signers; and a short ten-minute presentation of "9/11: Blueprint for Truth" -- the explosive evidence for the engineered destruction of the 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers. A press kit including the AE911Truth DVD will be made available to all attendees.
Thursday, January 28 2010 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Visibilty 9-11 - Two New Interviews from Host John Bursill
January 28, 2010
As part of a new series of interviews from Michael Wolsey's Visibility 9-11, Host John Bursill talks to 911Truth.org Executive Director, Janice Matthews and Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. John
John Bursill is a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, with over 20 years of experience working on large commercial jets in Sydney. Bursill has an extensive knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and is one of the most prominent 9/11 truth activists and speakers in Australia today. John was the principal organiser of the The Hard Evidence Tour Down Under and has organised several other events, including the Sydney Truth Now Conference 2008 and Delusion 9/11. He has also toured across Australia with his talk Why 9/11 Truth?Visibilty 9-11 Welcomes Richard Gage AIA - 1,000 Member Milestone
January 26, 2010
Visibility 9-11 Welcomes Janice Matthews, 911truth.org
Thursday, January 28 2010 - Other Important News
Presidential assassinations of U.S. citizens
By the way, take note: This is in the "current events" category, not yesterday's "evil Bushies history" or even last century's "nasty Clintons era" ...
So after reading this, can we finally drop the false right/left, liberal/conservative, 'have faith in Obama's Change'/'Obama's destroying the country' paradigm nonsense and come together as a people of resistance? Surely we can agree, at the very least, that 'our' US government is NOT authorized by its citizens to assassinate people?!!
By Glenn Greenwald
January 27, 2010
(updated below - Update II)
The Washington Post's Dana Priest today reports that "U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people." That's no surprise, of course, as Yemen is now another predominantly Muslim country (along with Somalia and Pakistan) in which our military is secretly involved to some unknown degree in combat operations without any declaration of war, without any public debate, and arguably (though not clearly) without any Congressional authorization. The exact role played by the U.S. in the late-December missile attacks in Yemen, which killed numerous civilians, is still unknown.
But buried in Priest's article is her revelation that American citizens are now being placed on a secret "hit list" of people whom the President has personally authorized to be killed:
Tuesday, January 26 2010 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
9/11 Protest Hits Rep. Frank Pallone
January 26, 2010
By Michael McAuliff
New York Daily News blog
Firefighter Brian McCauley died yesterday of cancer at the age of 42.
Today, his friends brought their grief and anger to the Long Branch, N.J., office of one of the congressmen who has failed to move legislation that would permanently help other people who sacrificed at Ground Zero.
“They’re turning their backs on guys like Brian,” said Larry Feilich, an FDNY dispatcher from the Bronx, who last saw McCauley about a month ago.
“I’m on my second set of widows,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, who offered counseling after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds himself doing it again and again.
Tuesday, January 26 2010 - Anthrax
The Anthrax Attacks Remain Unsolved
The FBI disproved its main theory about how the spores were weaponized.
January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21 2010 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
The Weird Factor
The panty bomber mystery deepens
by Justin Raimondo
January 11, 2010
What I call the Weird Factor, for lack of a better name, seems to have become a permanent feature of our post-9/11 world, a dark and sinister leitmotif that plays in the background. On 9/11, of course, the Factor was on full display as a whole string of unusual events and unexplained phenomena were visited on us. The 9/11 Commission did little to clear these matters up, for the most part because they didn't address them. Just a few for the record: Bush reading My Pet Goat to schoolchildren after being told of the attacks, the sudden appearance of the "Israeli art students" – and their buddies, the \r\n "laughing Israelis" – in the months and weeks leading up to the attacks, and the apparent passivity of US air defenses on that fateful day.
Thursday, January 21 2010 - Civil Liberties-Police State
Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal
By Glenn Greenwald
January 15, 2010
(updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)
Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false "conspiracy theories," which they define to mean: "an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role." Sunstein's 2008 paper was flagged by this blogger, and then amplified in an excellent report by Raw Story's Daniel Tencer.
Thursday, January 21 2010 - Civil Liberties-Police State
Obama staffer wants 'cognitive infiltration' of 9/11 conspiracy groups
By Daniel Tencer
January 13, 2010
In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated "cognitive infiltration" of groups that advocate "conspiracy theories" like the ones surrounding 9/11.
Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures," in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups.
As head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein is in charge of "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs," according to the White House Web site.
Sunstein's article, published in the Journal of Political Philosphy in 2008 and recently uncovered by blogger Marc Estrin, states that "our primary claim is that conspiracy theories typically stem not from irrationality or mental illness of any kind but from a 'crippled epistemology,' in the form of a sharply limited number of (relevant) informational sources."
By "crippled epistemology" Sunstein means that people who believe in conspiracy theories have a limited number of sources of information that they trust. Therefore, Sunstein argued in the article, it would not work to simply refute the conspiracy theories in public -- the very sources that conspiracy theorists believe would have to be infiltrated.
Sunstein, whose article focuses largely on the 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggests that the government "enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the theories. It might ensure that credible independent experts offer the rebuttal, rather than government officials themselves. There is a tradeoff between credibility and control, however. The price of credibility is that government cannot be seen to control the independent experts."
Download a PDF of the article here.
Wednesday, January 20 2010 - Civil Liberties-Police State
FBI 'fabricated terror emergencies to get phone records'
Justice department to accuse FBI of invoking crises to obtain details of more than 2,000 calls, Washington Post reports
by Chris McGreal in Washington
The US justice department is preparing a report which concludes that the FBI repeatedly broke the law by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist to obtain more than 2,000 telephone call records over four years from 2002, including those of journalists on US newspapers, according to emails obtained by the Washington Post.
The bureau also issued authorisations for the seizure of records after the fact, in order to justify unwarranted seizures.
The Washington Post said the emails show how counter-terrorism officials inside FBI headquarters breached regulations designed to protect civil liberties.
Wednesday, January 20 2010 - Get Involved
Conference: Treason in America: 911, the Wars & Our Broken Constitution
March 6 & 7, 2010
A two-day non-partisan truth conference with speakers, movies & music discussing what's really going on in our country. From 9/11, the "wars on terror" and the private, not public, Federal Reserve to the undermining of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights via Patriot Acts 1 & 2 . . . Connecting the dots between different events that go unreported (or under-reported), as a whole, in our mainstream media. Come learn what many do not know, but what many are waking up to. Knowledge is power.
Wednesday, January 20 2010 - In the Media
New Citizens' Media Source in Canada
What is Citizens' Broadcasting Cooperative?
In an epoch characterized by international criminality and malfeasance perpetrated with impunity by those in the highest echelons of society it is imperative that there exists an objective and uncensored media cooperative to scrutinize such state-sponsored lawlessness.
The mainstream media throughout the world has become infiltrated and compromised by those who have a vested interest in a global war without end. The failure of the media, both public and private, to critically analyze the actions of the global elite and their bought-and-paid-for political spokespersons has compelled ordinary citizens to innovate, organize and attempt to combat this state-sponsored war on truth.
The Citizens' Broadcasting Cooperative represents one front in this global struggle against the psychological war being waged by elites and their political representatives against humanity. We at the Citizens' Broadcasting Cooperative suspect that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and its twin, the British Broadcasting Centre (BBC), are being prepared for privatization which we believe is tantamount to theft from those tax payers and global citizens who have funded, sustained and benefitted from public broadcasting historically. The Citizens' Broadcasting Cooperative while having no affiliation with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation does identify with the ground beneath its feet, namely the citizens of Canada for whom the Crown Corporation was founded.
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