Tuesday, May 12 2009 - Other Important News
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi Has Died In A Libyan Prison
BradBlog is (as usual) providing excellent coverage of this article's importance, and asks why American corporate media is not covering this news:
Coverage of al-Libi 'Suicide' Almost Wholly Absent from U.S. Mainstream Corporate Media (But there's plenty on a comedian's jokes about Limbaugh and Hannity at the White House Correspondents Dinner)
UPDATED 5/12: 24 hours later, WaPo & UPI finally jump in with some decent coverage...
So, it's been about 16 hours since we covered indie journalist/historian/blogger Andy Worthington's detailed report on the reported suicide of the man who falsely "confessed," during torture, to a false tie between Iraq and al-Qaeda. The forced confession was subsequently used by the Bush Administration (Bush himself, as well as Powell and others) as justification for the war on Iraq. That, despite the fact that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi recanted his story not long thereafter, as long and widely reported.
As of this moment, not a single mainstream U.S. newspaper or broadcast outlet has reported on the story. Is it not notable? Or are our newspapers just dead set on ensuring their irrelevance by continuing to not report on news that actually matters, no matter how widely it's being reported in other parts of the world?
May 10, 2009
The Arabic media is ablaze with the news that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, the emir of an Afghan training camp -- whose claim that Saddam Hussein had been involved in training al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons was used to justify the invasion of Iraq -- has died in a Libyan jail. So far, however, the only English language report is on the Algerian website Ennahar Online, which reported that the Libyan newspaper Oea stated that al-Libi (aka Ali Abdul Hamid al-Fakheri) “was found dead of suicide in his cell,” and noted that the newspaper had reported the story “without specifying the date or method of suicide.”
This news resolves, in the grimmest way possible, questions that have long been asked about the whereabouts of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, perhaps the most famous of “America’s Disappeared” -- prisoners seized in the “War on Terror,” who were rendered not to Guantánamo but to secret prisons run by the CIA or to the custody of governments in third countries -- often their own -- where, it was presumed, they would never be seen or heard from again.
Monday, May 11 2009 - Get Involved
Take Action May 11
Message from Cosmos, truthaction.org
May 9, 2009
posted at 911blogger.com blog
FIND AN ACTION OR ADD ONE: HERE
For those of you who don't usually do anything on the 11th - would you consider doing one small thing on this 11th to increase visibility for 9/11 truth? You could do it on the 9th or 10th or 12th if it makes it any easier. Every action counts and even a small action can help create great change. Putting up just ONE informational poster in a prominent place in your community could potentially affect hundreds or even thousands of people. You never know who you'll wake up! Is there any good reason for you not to join the good people from Chicago to Copenhagen who will be taking action for 9/11 truth on the Eleventh of May?
Don't forget to take a picture!
Monday, May 11 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Pakistani president: Osama bin Laden is dead
By David Edwards and Jeremy Gantz
May 10, 2009
Two weeks ago, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zadari suggested that Osama bin Laden might be dead, saying that U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies had been unable to detect any sign of the world's most wanted man since an audio recording of his voice was released in March.
Sunday morning, Zadari went further: "I don't think he's alive," the president told NBC's David Gregory. "I have a strong feeling and reason to believe that." Zadari continued: "I have asked my counterparts in the American intelligence services and they haven't heard [from] him in seven years."
The CIA has not confirmed that the voice purporting to be bin Laden in the March recording was in fact bin Laden. U.S. officials have claimed that bin Laden could be hiding in the mountainous region along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Monday, May 11 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
The Big "Con": Taliban take Pakistan and it's "Another 9/11"
A strange feeling of déjà vu arises while listening to the administration sell further U.S. military intervention in Pakistan (our Predator drones are already there).
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen claimed in late March that Pakistan s intelligence service has "close links with al Qaeda and the Taliban network." In fact, Mullen warned, the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, is "offering logistical support to them (the Taliban)."
In early April, veteran foreign policy icon and special advisor to the president on Afghanistan and South Asia, Richard Holbrook, let us know what this meant. There is a fundamental difference between the Pakistan conflict and the Viet Nam war, he argued. Pakistan has nuclear weapons. Holbrook went on to say this:
On May 9, General David Petraeus supported his superiors as he announced that Pakistan was now "the world headquarters for the al Qaeda senior leadership." . . .
We re experiencing an example of the enduring power 9/11 as a justification for just about anything. Military adventures that kill foreigners have the potential to create what Chalmers Johnson so eloquently described as "blowback" in his trilogy on the perils of aggressive foreign policy. We re expected to believe that our violent actions in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including robot killer aircraft, will somehow produce a different result this time. We will be "safer."
Sunday, May 10 2009 - Editorials
Mothers Day Proclamation - 1870
A Mother's day wish from Janice--
From this mother to every mother, and to everyone who has ever known the love of a mother ... I wish you a day of joy. And to every mother in the world who has lost her child to this dirty, rotten system ... I wish you a day of peace from sorrow. May this day bring each of us joy, peace, rejuvenation, and renewed energy to continue working for peace--not just on Mother's Day, but every moment, every day.
by Julia Ward Howe
Arise then...women of this day!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
We, the women of one country,
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
Saturday, May 9 2009 - Research/Evidence
America's Afghanistan: Heroin-ravaged State
by Prof. Peter Dale Scott
May 8, 2009
One of the most frustrating features of observing American foreign policy is to see the gap between the encapsulated thinking of the national security bureaucracy and the sensible unfettered observations of the experts outside. In the case of Afghanistan, outside commentators have called for terminating current specific American policies and tactics – many reminiscent of the US in Vietnam.
Observers decry the use of air strikes to decapitate the Taliban and al Qaeda, usually resulting in the death of other civilians. They counsel against is the insertion of more and more US and other foreign troops, in an effort to secure the safety and allegiance of the population. And they regret the on-going interference in the fragile Afghan political process, in order to secure outcomes desired in Washington.1
One root source for this gap between official and outside opinion will not be addressed soon – the conduct of crucial decision-making in secrecy, not by those who know the area, but by those skilled enough in bureaucratic politics to have earned the highest security clearances. However it may be more productive to criticize the mindset shared by the decision-makers, and to point out elements of the false consciousness which frames it, and which should be corrigible by common sense.
Friday, May 8 2009 - Accountability
Democrats not without fault, either
Following are portions of three important pieces from RawStory.com addressing Congressional Democrats' previous knowledge of torture, despite their cries to the contrary, followed by the separate reposting of an excellent, extensive summary of Obama's positions on torture, rendition, and habeus corpus, from Dennis Loo at World Can't Wait.
Democrats were routinely briefed on Bush torture techniques, document shows : RawStory.com
The CIA has leaked a devastating document detailing the dates and explicit details of secret Congressional briefings in which members of Congress were told of the Bush administration's torture techniques and when they had been used.
The document is explicit (PDF here). Most damningly, perhaps, is its description of a meeting held between CIA staff and then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss and now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which shows that Pelosi was briefed on the Bush Administration's torture techniques in 2002 -- even though she's publicly said she was never told about the use of waterboarding.
Equally striking, however, are the volume of the briefings that have been conducted on the CIA's interrogation practices since 2002. The document runs ten pages, with up to four briefings a page.
Pelosi was briefed on waterboarding in 2002, despite saying she wasn't:
Holder says he approved Clinton-era renditions: RawStory.com
Cautioning Holder that any potential investigation into the Bush administration's torture program could result in Democrats being roped in, "Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Richard Shelby of Alabama pressed Holder on the CIA's 'rendition' program that moved terrorism suspects from one country to another," reported Domenico Montanaro with MSNBC.
Friday, May 8 2009 - Accountability
Obama: Gitmo Prisoners Aren't 'Persons'
30 April 2009
If you ask most people what Obama has done about Guantanamo, most would say, "He shut it down."
Most don't know that Obama has said he might take as much as a year to shut it down.
If you ask most people what Obama has done about torture and rendition, most would say, "He's ended them."
Most don't know that Obama has declared that he will continue rendition, that he reserves the right to go beyond the Army Field Manual for interrogations, and that by not acting affirmatively to ensure otherwise, he has allowed conditions to worsen at Gitmo.
Friday, May 8 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Visibility 9-11 Welcomes John-Michael Talboo and Stewart Bradley of Debunking the Debunkers
May 6, 2009
(Article revised 11/12/10)
This episode of Visibility
9-11 welcomes John-Michael
Talboo and Stewart Bradley of the blog Debunking
Thursday, May 7 2009 - Editorials
Facing the Shadow: How We Can Take Back Control
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The main thing keeping us from fixing our problems is our faulty assumption that it would be impossible or take too much effort.
We bite our tongues because we don't have quick and brilliant oratory skills, not knowing that studies show that we simply have to speak our minds to make a difference.
We assume that we don't have the necessary level of barroom-brawl type testosterone, forgetting that courage actually comes from the passion to protect something we love.
Thursday, May 7 2009 - Resources and Materials
History Commons Projects, Update on May 7, 2009
The busiest project this week was the Civil Liberties Timeline, which has expanded
its chapter on the PROMIS application, reportedly the granddaddy of today's
government surveillance software. Claims that the software was distributed to
other countries have been disputed, but a 1992 Congressional investigation found
two Justice Department memos saying a version of the software was about to be
passed to Israel.
. . . Finally, in the International Relations Timeline, former State Department Chief
of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson claims that former Vice President Dick Cheney was
manipulating the Bush administration from the outset.
Wednesday, May 6 2009 - In the Media
Media Breakthrough! 9-11 Press for Truth to Be Shown on Mainstream Television
May 6, 2009
As has been the case in the recent past, Colorado 9-11 Visibility will be there manning the phone banks and expect to get some prime time during this showing to make our plea for a new investigation into the crimes of September 11th, 2001.
. . . Congratulations to the makers of the film, and to the members of Colorado 9-11 Visibility, and BRAVO to KBDI Channel 12 in Denver for having the guts to do what no other television station in this country has done.
Wednesday, May 6 2009 - In the Media
Daniel Sunjata: Intellectual Dishonesty In The Age Of Universal Deceit
Intellectual Dishonesty In The Age Of Universal Deceit:
By Daniel Sunjata - May 4, 2009
Wednesday, May 6 2009 - Fear Factors
The Truth is Not Enough: How to Overcome Emotional Barriers to 9/11 Truth
by Ken Jenkins
May 1, 2009
How many times has this happened to you? You are explaining to someone some of the rational, logical reasons why the official story of 9/11 can't be true, perhaps explaining how WTC 7 fell in the exact manner of a professionally planned controlled demolition -- a job which would typically take weeks to prepare -- when out comes a 'thought stopper' phrase...
Why So Much Resistance to 9/11 Truth?
Then there is the difficulty of accepting the self-image shattering realization that we were duped by such cover story lies. 9/11 Truth suggests a very uncomfortable and disturbing worldview, especially to those new to such concepts. The intensity of fear brought up by these vast implications causes defense mechanisms to take over our rational thought processes. Such denial most often overrides rationality.
Wednesday, May 6 2009 - Get Involved
Statement from Executive Committee of NYC CAN
Dear Friends Around the World,
We, the 9/11 Family Members, First Responders and Survivors who make up the Executive Council of the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now, would like to announce our profound dedication to establishing an independent, impartial, subpoena-powered investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. We stand together with you, our fellow citizens, to place this important referendum on the New York City ballot on November 3, 2009.
Each one of us has a different story and a different reason for becoming part of this journey, but we have united for this purpose and this purpose alone: to establish an independent, impartial, subpoena-powered investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.
As 9/11 Family Members, First Responders and Survivors of those tragic moments, our lives were irreversibly devastated. Below, we describe our pain and our quest for closure. We hope you will join us in this quest – it is of paramount importance for our personal and collective healing, and for the betterment of our world.
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