Sunday, September 03, 2006
September 3, 2006: Recent links of interest
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:36 P GMT-05
The first death known to me, that was precipitated by a Rupert Murdoch headline, occurred in Sydney in March,1964, when a schoolboy committed suicide. More of that later. These days, the casualties resulting from military invasions championed by Murdoch are numbered in the thousands, though he is not the sole agent of destruction.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:26 P GMT-05
The director of the film, David Cunningham, is already backtracking about its accuracy, saying “this is not a documentary.” OK, fair enough. But the movie is being billed as “based on The 9/11 Commission Report.”
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:23 P GMT-05
This is the first in a series of articles that will run in amNewYork ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Coming next week: Muslim teens growing up in post-9/11 New York, health problems of first-responders to Ground Zero and a look at what is left of the Twin Towers.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:18 P GMT-05
Tom Friedman summarized Rumsfeld’s strategy as the “Rumsfeld Doctrine” that is, deploying “just enough troops to lose.” And, as we have already shown, Rumsfeld has failed in every phase of the occupation without exception. It is pointless to dispute Rumsfeld’s allegations that his critics are “appeasers” or “fascist” sympathizers. It’s just a silly attempt to set up a straw man and then knock him down. Rumsfeld is a master at shifting attention from his own wretched performance and dumping the blame on someone else. In this case, he attacks not only those who have lost faith in the war but, also, takes a few swipes at his old nemesis “the media”.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:14 P GMT-05
I don't have any definitive answers. But my initial thought is that we should ask the following questions about someone, which will help us determine whether or not they are trustworthy.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:03 P GMT-05
Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:03 P GMT-05
BZ: My initial doubts arose before noon on the day of 9/11, based on the absence of any USAF response to the multiple hijackings, over a drama in the skies that lasted almost two hours. As a person always very interested in aviation, I knew that this quite simply was impossible. It turned out I was the first journalist in the world to go on national TV to question the official story.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:59 P GMT-05
On August 30, 2006, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) posted on their website a list of fourteen frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers to them. NIST should be commended for at least addressing a number of the serious questions that have been raised with regard to its investigation. However, NIST's new FAQ avoids answering the central charges of its most visible critique, Building a Better Mirage.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:54 P GMT-05
But court records released since then suggest that what Gonzales described as a "deadly plot" was virtually the pipe dream of a few men with almost no ability to pull it off on their own. The suspects have raised questions in court about the FBI informants' role in keeping the plan alive.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:39 P GMT-05
Conditions that could lead to a civil war exist in Iraq, reflecting the “most complex” security challenges since the U.S. invasion in 2003, the Pentagon said Friday.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:26 P GMT-05
There is no evidence of a contractor having a soul in the 13th annual Executive Excess CEO survey by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank, and the Boston-based United for a Fair Economy. The report found that 34 defense CEOs have been paid nearly $1 billion since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. As soldiers have died in displaying personal patriotism, the pay gap between soldiers and defense CEOs has exploded. Before 9/11, the gap between CEOs of publicly traded companies and army privates was already a galling 190 to 1. Today, it is 308 to 1. The average army private makes $25,000 a year. The average defense CEO makes $7.7 million.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:22 P GMT-05
Californian Adam Gadahn, wearing a white robe and turban, introduces the message by calling on Westerners to convert. Gadahn says that even Americans working with President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are invited to embrace Islam, but they should hurry. "We invite all Americans and believers to Islam, whatever their role and status in Bush and Blair's world order," Gadahn says. "Decide today, because today could be your last day."
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:17 P GMT-05
Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was arrested a few days ago, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie said, adding that his arrest also led to the capture or death of 11 other top al-Qaida in Iraq figures and nine lower-level members.
Sunday, 3 September 2006 2:16 P GMT-05
Indeed, the government, unlike private enterprise, has no institutional incentive to protect passengers. It does not fear bankruptcy, lawsuits, prosecution or even competition. Rather, the government uses airline security as just another way to expand its size and power. Every terrorist attack, potential or successful, translates into bigger bureaucratic budgets. Failure is rewarded with more money. The occasional atrocity, such as the killing of Alpizar, is seen as the price we pay to be safe.
Friday, 1 September 2006 9:48 P GMT-05
Seems like only yesterday that the Post was not so forgiving about perjury and conspiracy to commit perjury discovered in the course of an investigation where the actual reason for the investigation had little or nothing to do with the perjury and possible conspiracy.
Friday, 1 September 2006 4:17 P GMT-05
Keith Olbermann first compiled, almost a year ago on his "Countdown" program on MSNBC, a list of ten "coincidences" wherein bad news for the Bush administration (or, during the election, good news for John Kerry) was immediately followed by terror alerts that grabbed the headlines and diverted the attention, Teflon-like, away from Republicans and into a media frenzy. Olbermann's list is now up to 13 of these odd "coincidences." An administration that would out a CIA agent and bring down an entire counterterrorism operation just to punish a former ambassador who dared to speak out about administration lies may well be easily capable of cooking up news-grabbing "coincidences."
Friday, 1 September 2006 4:09 P GMT-05
The economy added more jobs in August than it did in July, and the national unemployment rate ticked down a tenth of a point. But the average American worker is logging fewer hours on the job and wage gains are minimal, according to new statistics released today.
Friday, 1 September 2006 4:06 P GMT-05
On the first anniversary of the disaster, Larry and Lorrie Beth talked to Socialist Worker about their thoughts one year later.
Friday, 1 September 2006 3:51 P GMT-05
Picked up by FBI agents from his home in Peoria, Illinois, al-Marri might be a criminal, but he hardly seems like a combatant. He carried no weapon, was thousands of miles away from any conceivable battlefield, and was charged with credit card fraud, making false statements, and similar offenses, until the government decided to drop his prosecution and transfer him into military custody.
Friday, 1 September 2006 3:44 P GMT-05
While it would be a brave prediction to foresee NIST's investigation contradicting the official explanation for 7's collapse, this at least shows the growing power of the 9/11 truth movement in eliciting answers to longstanding questions.
Friday, 1 September 2006 3:41 P GMT-05
I would have liked to continue working at $6 per hour, and Hope College was willing to pay me that. But the state of Michigan says I do not have the right to work for that amount of money. Hope College and I are not allowed to negotiate a contract that is satisfactory to both of us.
Friday, 1 September 2006 3:36 P GMT-05
Friday, 1 September 2006 3:25 P GMT-05
Canada announced Thursday it will outfit border guards with guns for the first time, moving to keep officers at their posts in the facing of increasing threats by armed fugitives. Canada's guards along its 4,000-mile border with the United States do not carry guns, but many have demanded firearms.
Friday, 1 September 2006 2:51 P GMT-05
For their part, the German people quickly accepted the new order of things. Keep in mind that the average non-Jewish German was pretty much unaffected by the new laws and decrees. As long as a German citizen kept his head down, worked hard, took care of his family, sent his children to the public schools and the Hitler Youth organization, and, most important, didn’t involve himself in political dissent against the government, a visit by the Gestapo was very unlikely.
Friday, 1 September 2006 2:08 P GMT-05
The military-industrial complex is gearing up to ethnically cleanse the entire middle east in a genocidal purge that will be a curtain raiser for world war three as preparations for a nuclear air strike on Iran remain on stand-by absent only the monolithic staged terror attack or false-flag provocation that will justify them.