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September 1, 2006: Recent links of interest

Doubt about official version of 9/11 widespread

Friday, 1 September 2006 11:53 A GMT-05
In a Zogby International poll from last May, 42 per cent of the sampled U.S. population believe the 9/11 Commission "concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence" in the attacks. In a Zogby poll two years earlier, 49 per cent of New York City residents said some U.S. leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on and around Sept. 11, 2001, and they consciously failed to act." In other words, intentionally let it happen. In Canada, a May 2004 Maritz Research poll had 63 per cent of respondents agreeing strongly or somewhat that "individuals within the U.S. government including the White House had prior knowledge of the plans for Sept. 11 and failed to take appropriate action to stop them."

The Great Housing Crash of '07

Friday, 1 September 2006 11:51 A GMT-05
All the indicators are now pointing in the wrong direction. Consumer confidence is down, inventory is at a 10 year high, and the number of homes sold in July was 22% lower than last year. As Paul Ashworth, chief economist at Capital Economics said, "Things seem to be getting worse very quickly. Freefall is a strong word, but I think it's the right one to use here." (UK Guardian)

Kevin Benderman Released From Ft. Lewis Military Corrections Facility

Friday, 1 September 2006 11:49 A GMT-05
On July 27, 2005, in a military court martial held at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Sgt. Kevin Benderman was convicted of Missing Movement for allegedly refusing to board a plane for a second deployment to Iraq.

Inside, Outside

Friday, 1 September 2006 11:34 A GMT-05
Inside is a compartmentalized labyrinth that even insiders with the best of intentions would be unable to negotiate. Outside, and from a distance, is perspective. What we need is better Outside intel.

9/11/2006: Family Members To Call For A New 9/11 Investigation

Friday, 1 September 2006 11:29 A GMT-05
9/11 families and speakers TBA will join producers of a recently-released feature-length documentary "9/11: Press for Truth" at a press conference at 11AM on September 11th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.. Participants will cite a growing body of evidence calling into question the credibility of the 9/11 Report and demand a new investigation into the attacks of September 11th.

Can you really not see?

Thursday, 31 August 2006 6:45 P GMT-05
But there are others. Historians and mathematicians, senior editors, media stars, psychologists and family doctors, lawyers who do not support Gush Emunim and Kadima, teachers and educators, lovers of hiking trails and sing-alongs, high-tech wizards. Where are you? And what about you, researchers of Nazism, the Holocaust and Soviet gulags? Could you all be in favor of systematic discriminating laws? Laws stating that the Arabs of the Galilee will not even be compensated for the damages of the war by the same sums their Jewish neighbors are entitled to (Aryeh Dayan, Haaretz , August 21).

Don't Keep Secrets on Cell Phone

Thursday, 31 August 2006 6:33 P GMT-05
A popular practice among sellers, resetting the phone, often means sensitive information appears to have been erased. But it can be resurrected using specialized yet inexpensive software found on the Internet.

US data show one in eight Americans in poverty

Thursday, 31 August 2006 6:23 P GMT-05
In the world's biggest economy one in eight Americans and almost one in four blacks lived in poverty last year, the US Census Bureau said on Tuesday, releasing a figure virtually unchanged from 2004.

Army intelligence analyst who questions official 9-11 story is honorable patriot

Thursday, 31 August 2006 6:18 P GMT-05
Sergeant First Class Donald Buswell has served in the Army for 19 years and was injured in Iraq in 2004. He is stationed at Ft. Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas. Outcomes of the charge that he wrote “disloyal” e-mails could include court martial, dishonorable discharge or other actions against him.

Terror case against U.S. citizen not so easily proven

Thursday, 31 August 2006 4:32 P GMT-05
The suspect: Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who became a Muslim while living in Florida.

Air passenger told to hide Arabic T-shirt

Thursday, 31 August 2006 4:21 P GMT-05
One official told him, “Going to an airport with a T-shirt in Arabic script is like going to a bank and wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘I’m a robber,”’ he said.

The Painful Lessons Of Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, 31 August 2006 4:12 P GMT-05
Why would FEMA make an already terrible situation worse? Because after every purposefully botched rescue effort that is whitewashed as a lack of resources, FEMA get more funding and more power.

MP3 download: David Ray Griffin Shreds NORAD Tapes

Thursday, 31 August 2006 4:08 P GMT-05
Yesterday, August 30, 2006, on KPFA's "Guns and Butter" radio program, host Bonnie Faulkner featured a new interview with David Ray Griffin: THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LISTENING. The recent Vanity Fair piece and the NORAD tapes are thoroughly deconstructed and shown to be rife with anomalies.

MediaCulture: Media Beast vs. Public Interest

Thursday, 31 August 2006 4:05 P GMT-05
Make no mistake: The media beast is every bit as compulsive and out of control as Karr, who may yet end up behind bars for child pornography. But the beast is free to maul again and again.

Feds challenge 9/11 conspiracies

Thursday, 31 August 2006 3:54 P GMT-05
In the wake of growing skepticism, the U.S. government is taking the unusual step of responding to conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center.

On the Sacking of Malloy

Thursday, 31 August 2006 3:39 P GMT-05
Hey Truthseekers, Malloy here. My good friend Peter Werbe will be temporarily broadcasting on Air America Radio at night in my old time slot. He's a good guy, a true left-liberal, and now finds himself in an awkward position. He cannot comment about the circumstances of my termination on the air, which I completely understand and support.

Killing in the Name of Democracy

Thursday, 31 August 2006 3:37 P GMT-05
The greatest gift the United States could give the world is an example that serves as a shining city on a hill. As University of Pennsylvania professor Walter McDougall observed, “The best way to promote our institutions and values abroad is to strengthen them at home.” But there is scant glory for politicians in restraining their urge to “save humanity.” The ignorance of the average American has provided no check on “run amok” politicians and bureaucrats.

War on Iraq: Blatantly Boasting War Profiteers

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 5:36 P GMT-05
Upbeat reports such as these have helped make Wall Street bullish on defense. The IPS/UFE study found that the top 34 military contractors had a 48 percent increase in their share prices between the end of 2000 and the end of 2005. By contrast, the S&P 500 dropped 5 percent during that period.

Boston-area Jewish groups help Haifa

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 5:27 P GMT-05
The Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston said it has raised $7.6 million. Temple Emanuel in Newton is aiding Congregation Moriyah in Haifa construct a safe room by raising $50,000 and Rabbi David Paskin, of Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, is donating the proceeds from his annual fundraiser bike-a-thon to Rambam Hospital.

UNH provost says no students complained about prof's 9-11 views

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 5:15 P GMT-05
U-N-H Provost Bruce Mallory says no students have complained about Woodward's presentation of his opinions, and that after reviewing course materials and student evaluations, he does not believe Woodward imposed his opinions on students. He says the university doesn't see any reason for a formal review.

Weathered Voices: Stories of Struggle Through the Voices of Survivors

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 5:06 P GMT-05
This week, the media is awash with statistics and political taglines about the hurricane that rocked the country a year ago. But for the city of New Orleans and its displaced residents, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is just another twenty-four hours in a struggle with no end in sight.

Washington Post reporter, Dan Eggen, whistles government tune on Osama bin Laden

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 4:53 P GMT-05
In the article, the Washington Post attempts to explain to its readers why the FBI’s Osama bin Laden Ten Most Wanted poster makes no direct mention to Osama bin Laden being wanted for the events of September 11, 2001. Eggen and Horwitz make no mention whatsoever as to what prompted them to write this article at this time.

South Dakota Gov. Delays Execution

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 4:25 P GMT-05
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds delayed the execution of a 24-year-old man scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night until after July 1, 2007. It would have been the first execution in the state since 1947.

Twenty Things We Now Know

Wednesday, 30 August 2006 7:56 A GMT-05
The imminent fifth anniversary of 9/11 provides the proper moment for a good, ol'-fashioned sum-up of the past half-decade under CheneyBush, especially because so much has happened in the past 12-months

2 Firefighters Say They Found 9/11 'Black Boxes'

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 6:20 P GMT-05
Two men who worked extensively in the wreckage of the World Trade Center claim they helped federal agents find three of the four "black boxes" from the jetliners that struck the towers on 9/11 - contradicting the official account. Both the independent 9/11 Commission and federal authorities insist that none of the four devices - a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) from the two planes - was ever found.

Olmert Rejects Calls For Inquiry Into Failures Of Lebanon War

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 6:17 P GMT-05
Ehud Olmert has rejected public demands for a judicial inquiry into what went wrong in the Lebanon war. Instead, the Israeli Prime Minister appointed two commissions with lesser powers to investigate the performance of the political and military leaderships. The government will decide their terms of reference.

You will know them by the trail of dead

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 5:32 P GMT-05
Honest men like Raymond Lemme deserve better than this sordid cover-up. His staged 'suicide' is proof that the allegations of Clint Curtis are true. The conspirators always give themselves away in the cover-up. You will know them by the trail of dead.

FEMA Head: "White House Told Me to Lie"

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 5:24 P GMT-05
The former FEMA chief cited what he called an e-mail 'from a very high source in the White House that says the president at a Cabinet meeting said, 'Thank goodness Brown's taking all the heat because it's better that he takes the heat than I do."

NTSB: Pilots rolled on despite unlit runway - Aug 29, 2006

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 5:20 P GMT-05
As Comair Flight 5191 sped down the runway before dawn Sunday, the pilots commented that the runway lights were off but continued with their takeoff, a preliminary investigation has revealed.

Another Book to Burn

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 5:18 P GMT-05
Christian conservatives are calling for a boycott of Westminster John Knox Press for publishing ‘Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action’ by theologian David Ray Griffin.

Hurricane Katrina: When Government Shrugs: Lessons of Katrina

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 5:13 P GMT-05
Remember that the city survived the hurricane. It flooded because the levees failed. The levees on the 17th Street and London Avenue canals failed because, in the words of the Independent Levee Investigation Team, "safety was exchanged for efficiency and reduced costs." This was the result of federal underfunding, the Corps of Engineers' skimping, state and local officials' temporizing, and a lack of adequate government oversight--or, in neoliberal parlance, cutting government red tape.

9/11 conspiracies are a crying shame

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 5:00 P GMT-05
The fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, is two weeks away, but the screeching from the conspiracy monkey house already is upon us.

Counties Eye Nuke Plants, Utilities Eye Govt. Handouts

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:59 P GMT-05
A Maryland county recently offered $300 million in property tax breaks to a nuclear-energy company to build a reactor, in a move environmentalists say reflects a resurgence of the nuclear industry.

On Point: 9/11 theories burst

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:56 P GMT-05
With the anniversary of 9/11 just a couple of weeks away, it's time to strike a blow for sanity and, yes, truth. If the polls are accurate, someone you know is flirting with 9/11 denial - or perhaps has succumbed already to the contagious delusion.

Army: Doubting Official 9/11 Story Is ‘Disloyal To The United States’

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:42 P GMT-05
The Iconoclast will continue reporting on this story as new details become available.

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