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Friday, September 01, 2006

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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August 29, 2006: Recent links of interest

A Democratic Dictatorship

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:13 P GMT-05
What many Americans fail to understand is that it is entirely possible to have democracy and dictatorship at the same time. Democracy entails the use of elections to place people into positions of power. Dictatorship entails the extent of the powers that the ruler is able to exercise after he assumes office.

Lessons in Living from Great-Grandma Ladd

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:11 P GMT-05
From my Great-Grandma Ladd I learn that the world does not owe me — or anyone else — a living, and that I am not entitled to implore or coerce anyone else to carry my burden, no matter how weighty and oppressive it may appear to me.

Stalin and the Ukranian Massacre

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:03 P GMT-05
The US, British, and Canadian governments, however, were well aware of the genocide, but closed their eyes, even blocking aid groups from going to Ukraine. The only European leaders to raise a cry over Soviet industrialized murder were, ironically, Hitler and Mussolini. Because Kaganovitch, Yagoda and many senior communist party and NKVD officials were Jewish, Hitler's absurd claim that communism was a Jewish plot to destroy Christian civilization became widely believed across fearful Europe.

Karr Cleared in JonBenet Case -- After Media Frenzy

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 3:59 P GMT-05
On August 17, E&P was among the first to question the initial assumption on the part of many in the media that Karr was almost certainly guilty, in an article headlined, "Rush to Judgment in JonBenet Case?" That article, updated the following day, follows.

Save Kevin Cooper

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:50 A GMT-05
Kevin himself has always been at the forefront of the struggle not only for truth and justice in his case, but against the death penalty system as a whole. This page contains background information on his case and links to groups fighting the death penalty in California and across the U.S. Kevin is a prolific writer, and his essays are also posted here.

Conspiracy Nuts And 9/11

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:47 P GMT-05
I have some friends who are conspiracy nuts. They believe, for example, that on 9/11 some clown named Osama bin Laden picked up his cell phone in a cave in Afghanistan and directed 19 Muslims, none of them professional pilots, to hijack four airliners and fly them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, thereby bringing down three steel-skeleton skyscrapers, the only time in world history that has ever happened.

You wouldn’t catch me dead in Iraq

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:40 P GMT-05
Scores of American troops are deserting — even from the front line in Iraq. But where have they gone? And why isn’t the US Army after them?

Spanish firm to build and run new PFI toll road in Texas

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:32 P GMT-05
Because it would provide a connection all the way between Canada and Mexico, the project is also described as the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) super highway.

Numbers show a second-rate US

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:27 P GMT-05
Christopher Ruhm, an economist at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, attributes the relatively poor performance of the US in many social areas to a matter of choice

War on Iraq: Rape, Murder, and the American GI

Monday, 28 August 2006 9:58 P GMT-05
The soldiers noticed her at a checkpoint. They stalked her after one or more of them expressed his intention to rape her. On March 12, after playing cards while slugging whisky mixed with a high-energy drink and practicing their golf swings, they changed into black civvies and burst into Abeer's home in Mahmoudiya, a town 50 miles south of Baghdad. They killed her mother Fikhriya, father Qassim, and five-year-old sister Hadeel with bullets to the forehead, and "took turns" raping Abeer. Finally, they murdered her, drenched the bodies with kerosene, and lit them on fire to destroy the evidence. Then the GIs grilled chicken wings.

Ten months after Katrina: Gutting New Orleans

Monday, 28 August 2006 9:48 P GMT-05
Not a single dollar of federal housing repair or home reconstruction money has made it to New Orleans yet. Tens of thousands are waiting. Many wait because a full third of homeowners in the New Orleans area had no flood insurance. Others wait because the levees surrounding New Orleans are not yet as strong as they were before Katrina and fear re-building until flood protection is more likely. Fights over the federal housing money still loom because Louisiana refuses to clearly state a commitment to direct 50 percent of the billions to low and moderate income families.


Monday, 28 August 2006 9:03 P GMT-05
Journalists must also provide their addresses in the United States and the names and addresses of those who they will be interviewing. So much for freedom of the press and the protection of journalists' sources.

New Orleans Told Levees May Not Hold, Announcement Comes As Ernesto Builds Strength, Moves Toward Gulf

Sunday, 27 August 2006 11:16 P GMT-05
Then New Orleans residents were told Saturday that the partially repaired levee system may not hold up in a strong storm.

2 Lodi residents refused entry back into U.S.

Sunday, 27 August 2006 11:14 P GMT-05
The father and son were forced to pay for a flight back to Islamabad because they were on the government's "no-fly" list, Mass said. Muhammad Ismail's wife, teenage daughter and younger son, who were not on the list, continued on to the United States.

Activist's Remark Starts FBI Probe

Sunday, 27 August 2006 5:36 P GMT-05
Jim Bensman thought his suggestion during a public hearing was harmless enough: Instead of building a channel so migratory fish could go around a dam on the Mississippi River, just get rid of the dam. Instead, the environmental activist found himself in hot water, drawing FBI scrutiny to see whether he had any terrorist intentions.

Professor's 9/11 Theories Outrage NH Leaders

Sunday, 27 August 2006 5:02 P GMT-05
A tenured professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire believes an "elite" group within the federal government orchestrated the September 11th attacks on America.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

August 27, 2006: Recent links of interest

Did Insiders Milk Terror Plot For Criminal Trading?

Sunday, 27 August 2006 4:03 P GMT-05
Did criminal insider speculators with informants inside the British intelligence apparatus take advantage of their foreknowledge of the announcement of a foiled terror plot to place put options on airline stocks, reaping the benefits of their subsequent fall?

Bush officials allowed sweatshops in US territory in exchange for football tickets

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:43 P GMT-05
The important part here is that the official being bribed was handling issues in the Northern Marianas Islands — which have been run for years as the deepest pit of sweatshop hell. Factories in the Northern Marianas are guilty of forced labor, human rights abuses, and even forced abortions... and because it's a U.S. territory, the goods produced by these exploited workers can be proudly labeled "Made In The U.S.A."

Study links homophobia with homosexual arousal

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:42 P GMT-05
Psychoanalytic theory holds that homophobia -- the fear, anxiety, anger, discomfort and aversion that some ostensibly heterosexual people hold for gay individuals -- is the result of repressed homosexual urges that the person is either unaware of or denies.

Experts: Let's go back to using prisoners as guinea pigs

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:33 P GMT-05
"It strikes me as pretty ridiculous to start talking about prisoners' getting access to cutting-edge research and medications when they can't even get penicillin and high-blood-pressure pills," said Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News, an independent monthly review. "I have to imagine there are larger financial motivations here."

Study: Hybrid cars will pay for themselves over time

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:23 P GMT-05
"High gas prices and generous tax credits now offset the high sales prices of some hybrids, assuming owners keep their hybrids for a few years," said Alex Rosten, an analyst with

Comair flight carrying 50 crashes in Ky.

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:19 P GMT-05
The crash marks the end of what has been called the "safest period in aviation history" in the United States. There has not been a major crash since Nov. 12, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 plunged into a residential neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., killing 265 people, including five on the ground.

Judicial Cover for Crony Contractors

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:10 P GMT-05
Why will the mammoth fraudsters go free? Because of the iron illogic behind the decision. Although the CPA was created, funded, staffed and directly controlled by the US government, Ellis declared it was not, in fact, an entity of the US government. Therefore, Custer Battles - and by extension any other accused grafter from the CPA's golden age - cannot be sued under the federal False Claims Act for defrauding the US government. For even if massive fraud was committed - and Ellis, who also presided over Custer Battles's jury trial in May, clearly indicated that it was - the "victim" no longer exists: the CPA has dissolved into air, into thin air, like the "baseless fabric" of Prospero's vision in The Tempest. So, case dismissed - and the blood money stays safely in corporate coffers.

1-Hour Guide to 911

Sunday, 27 August 2006 3:07 P GMT-05

FBI: Brooklyn HDTV company provided users with 'Hezbollah TV'

Sunday, 27 August 2006 2:39 P GMT-05
A complaint announced today by the FBI alleges that through a company called HDTV Ltd. located in Brooklyn, Iqbal and others provided customers in the New York area with satellite broadcasts of al Manar, which is a television station owned and/or operated by Hezbollah.

Get Sick, Go Broke

Sunday, 27 August 2006 2:03 P GMT-05
We reported that about half of all bankruptcies occurred in the financial aftermath of a medical problem. What really chapped the insurance industry, however, was our finding that about three-quarters of these families had some form of health insurance at the onset of their illnesses or accidents. We concluded that not even the insured were safe in America.

The Liquid Bomb Hoax -- The Larger Implications

Sunday, 27 August 2006 1:57 P GMT-05
The bomb plot political ploy fits the previous political pattern of sacrificing capitalist economic interests to serve domestic political and ideological positions. Foreign policy failures lead to domestic political crimes, just as domestic policy crises lead to aggressive military expansion.

Seized journalists freed in Gaza

Sunday, 27 August 2006 1:35 P GMT-05
American Steve Centanni and New Zealander Olaf Wiig of US organisation Fox News were dropped off at a Gaza City beach-front hotel.

The Six Faces of the Terrorist; The One Face of Bureaucracy

Sunday, 27 August 2006 1:29 P GMT-05
In some way, too — and this is unthinkable — the security state actually benefits from disastrous mistakes that result in loss of life. These allow the bureaucracy to say: we told you so; we should have had more money and power.

TerrorStorm Texas Premiere a Huge Success!

Sunday, 27 August 2006 1:17 P GMT-05
Around 800 of Alex Jones and Jim Marrs' closest friends filled the Dallas Lakewood Theater to near capacity on the evening of August 26, 2006, for the Texas Premiere of "TerrorStorm" and to hear Jim Marrs speak.

The National 9/11 Debate seeks people willing to defend gov't acc't of 9/11 in a public debate forum

Saturday, 26 August 2006 11:53 A GMT-05
If you’re an outspoken critic of people that disagree with the “official government theory” of 9/11, here’s a golden opportunity for you to attempt to silence the critics. If you think you have the right stuff, contact Ed Haas today.

Liquid Bombing the Constitution

Saturday, 26 August 2006 11:35 A GMT-05
In the coming days, we will be expected to endure the sincerely absurd pretext of “liquid bombs” as an excuse to further erode our civil liberties. Such freak show nonsense beamed into American living rooms 24-7 by the corporate media makes fertile soil (as in manure applied liberally) for tyranny window dressed as a compassionate government attempting to save us from terrorists wielding sports drink bombs.

Those opposed to nuclear annihilation are appeasers and guilty of "handwringing"

Saturday, 26 August 2006 11:09 A GMT-05
It's plainly time to add pre-emptive nuclear annihilation of entire countries to the list of policies (along with the use of torture as an interrogation tool, rendition, laweless detention of U.S. citizens, and presidential law-breaking) which are so self-evidently contrary to the defining values of our country that they used to be taboo even to advocate, but are now commonly accepted policies among many mainstream pundits, including those who most ardently support the current president.

Dear Democracy Now!

Saturday, 26 August 2006 10:50 A GMT-05
I hope that others will join me in asking Democracy Now! to wake up, clear the fog, abandon the propaganda, and start asking some serious questions about what happened to this country on 9/11/2001.

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