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Friday, September 08, 2006

September 8, 2006: Recent links of interest

Ground Zero Toxic Death Fumes Covered Up From Day One

Friday, 8 September 2006 6:02 P GMT-05
Not only did the government know on the day itself that rescuers were being exposed to harmful dust, they also ordered misleading information to be given to the public, they ordered scientific research results on the air to be falsified, they allowed residents to return to their homes in the immediate vicinity knowing the air was corrosive and lethal and, to top it all off, they have since embarked on a collective program to block compensation and funding of health programs because that would be an admission of guilt.

NATO seeks more Afghanistan troops

Friday, 8 September 2006 6:00 P GMT-05
NATO members were to discuss on Friday how to raise an additional 2,000 troops to bolster its force in Afghanistan amid increased insurgent violence, a spokesman said in Warsaw, where alliance defense chiefs were meeting.

Dozens feared dead in India blasts

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:59 P GMT-05
The blasts hit Malegaon town in the western state of Maharashtra as thousands of Muslims gathered at a burial ground for special Friday prayers, police said.

Report: MBTA vulnerable to terrorist attack

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:57 P GMT-05
The MBTA is vulnerable to a terrorist attack because of police manpower shortages, inadequate training for emergency responders and a lack of communications operability between agencies responsible for handling a transit attack, a legislative committee has found.

Explosives still missing at Logan

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:56 P GMT-05
An 8-ounce chunk of the type of explosive used by the terrorists who downed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, remains missing near runways at Logan International Airport this afternoon after it was lost or stolen during a canine training exercise, state police said. The material, called Semtex, was believed to be somewhere along the airport’s Harborside Drive, or perhaps inside a street sweeper - but is not live because it lacks a blasting cap, state police said. Nonetheless, experts say Semtex is highly dangerous and the lost material poses a significant risk.

Son's return to Iraq more than enough

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:54 P GMT-05
This ex-Boston cop had just learned the Army scoured its inactive reserve list to pull his 22-year-old son away from a job, a wife and a new baby. From a cramped office in the back of Eddie C’s, his legendary Maverick Square bar, he kept screaming into the phone. “Why doesn’t the sonovabitch send his own two kids over there?” he railed. “Let them stop partying for 545 days and visit Baghdad for a year! Then, Bush would know what it feels like to have your heart stop everytime the doorbell rings, or wonder if you should pick up the goddamn phone. “My two kids have already done their time. They’ve served their country . . . both of them!” Eddie said, his voice hoarse and broken. “Mikey with the 101st Airborne and Eddie Jr. with the Marines . . . both of ’em in Iraq. When the hell is enough, enough?"

BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:44 P GMT-05
Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

War on drugs is a dismal, costly failure

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:42 P GMT-05
At the turn of the century, their were no illegal drugs in America. Cocaine and heroin were available through the Sears catalog. Every city had a few opium dens, and yes, there were addicts and deaths, but there was little or no crime from these drugs. The crime, cartels and exploding prison populations came as a direct result from the laws that made these substances illegal.


Friday, 8 September 2006 5:41 P GMT-05
The "undercover tactical unit" involved in the assault and TASERing of a 9/11 investigative journalist at his Chicago-area home was most likely an operation ordered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to a former high-ranking police official.

Two 9/11-related events in Worcester, MA

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:34 P GMT-05
The following is the text of an e-mail I have just received. I haven't had time to reformat this text or learn details regarding those events but instead decided to just share it with you as is since the time is short. Hope you can make it.

Teen girl charged with posting nude photos on Internet

Friday, 8 September 2006 5:13 P GMT-05
She has been charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.

Two 9/11-related events in Worcester, MA

The following is the text of an e-mail I have just received. I haven't had time to reformat this text or learn details regarding those events but instead decided to just share it with you as is since the time is short. Hope you can make it.

Boris Epstein

Documentary Film about 9/11

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Other - Film/Video

Date & Time: Saturday, September 9, 2006
7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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Worcester State College: Ghosh Center for Science and Technology
Room 102
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602-2597
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by: The 9/11 Truth Activists of Worcester
Description: The 9/11 Truth Activists group of Worcester will be showing the film "Loose Change" which is a documentary that presents an alternative explanation of events during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
More Information: E-mail: kthompson@worcester .edu
Entered by: Kaine Thompson

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

September 7, 2006: Recent links of interest

Bush To America: Our Justice System Sucks Balls

Thursday, 7 September 2006 4:11 P GMT-05
Yeah, laws suck, man. Especially when you wanna break them. And between the praise of torture (no matter what Bush calls it), the dismissing of the American justice system, and the vow to continue all of it, the Rude Pundit is left with this question: exactly what country are we fighting for? Because it's become appallingly clear that it sure as hell ain't the United States in any recognizable form anymore.

Abbas confirms deal on Shalit

Thursday, 7 September 2006 3:56 P GMT-05
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas confirmed Tuesday that a deal had been reached to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

Dissecting the war on terror

Thursday, 7 September 2006 3:55 P GMT-05
The best way to get to the heart of the ‘war on terror’ is by exploring its historical foundation; the development of such political charades has a long and squalid past. If history has taught us anything, it’s that barefaced democracy, under capitalism, is an unstable and fleeting occurrence. One needs only to reflect upon the great democratic revolutions throughout history to make the desired point.

Red Cross plans to visit alleged top terror leaders at Guantanamo

Thursday, 7 September 2006 2:32 P GMT-05
The international Red Cross said Thursday that it planned visits "very soon" with some of the world's most notorious terror detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison, where President Bush said they had been transferred from secret CIA facilities.

Laid Bare for All to See

Thursday, 7 September 2006 2:21 P GMT-05
The mainstream media lapdogs are trying so hard to prop up the official story of 9/11 that their duplicity and bias have been laid bare for all to see.

Sterile victims stand up, decry legacy of eugenics

Thursday, 7 September 2006 1:56 P GMT-05
After Riddick became pregnant from a rape, doctors on the Eugenics Board of North Carolina decided in 1968 that she was too "feeble-minded" to ever be a good mother and wanted to ensure that she never would get pregnant again. So doctors tied her tubes and didn't tell her.

William Rodriguez Gets Cover story of New York's Largest Spanish Newspaper

Thursday, 7 September 2006 1:51 P GMT-05
William Rodriguez, last man out of the North Tower and key activist for the rights of the victims of 9/11, was portrayed on the cover story of El Diario. With a 3 page article, El Diario presented the fight and expectations of William Rodriguez, those themes includes his rescue effort on 9/11, the search for the truth and his political strategy in case if he decides to run for office.

28-Year Career CIA Official Says 9/11 An Inside Job

Thursday, 7 September 2006 1:48 P GMT-05
Christison went further on The Alex Jones Show, agreeing that the attacks being an inside job was the "most likely possibility."

Planet of the Arabs (video)

Thursday, 7 September 2006 1:29 P GMT-05
This 9-minute feature is an acute dramatization that uses a collection of Hollywood clips from 1896-2000, that negatively depict Arabs, to demonstrate how badly the West has been brainwashed through fiction to fear and despise Arabs in real life.

Vietnam confirms detention of U.S. citizen

Thursday, 7 September 2006 1:05 P GMT-05
A Vietnamese-born U.S. citizen was detained in mid-August, a government spokesman said on Thursday as rights groups complained he was arrested after using the Internet to call for alternatives to one-party communist rule. Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said the man, Cong Thanh Do, 47, was "temporarily detained in Ho Chi Minh City for violations of Vietnamese law" on August 17, but he declined to say on what charges.

70% of Ground Zero workers have major health problems

Thursday, 7 September 2006 1:15 A GMT-05
I'm in a truly foul mood. In this "all 9/11 propaganda all the time" world we are in now, especially as we are coming up on the 5th anniversary of the attacks, a major study to be released tomorrow by The Mount Sinai Medical Center will provide more proof that politics, warmongering, lies, propaganda, photo ops and flat out negligence by the Bush Administration, as well as NYC Mayor Bloomberg are more important than the extremely brave people who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero in the days and weeks after the attacks.

Bush admits to CIA secret prisons

Wednesday, 6 September 2006 8:14 P GMT-05
President Bush has acknowledged the existence of secret CIA prisons and said 14 key terrorist suspects have now been sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The suspects, who include the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, have now been moved out of CIA custody and will face trial.

To Stay Alive, Iraqis Change Their Names

Wednesday, 6 September 2006 8:04 P GMT-05
To have to hide one’s name is considered deeply shameful. But with sectarian violence surging, Iraqis fear that the name on an identification card, passport or other document could become an instant death sentence if seen by the wrong people. That is because some first names and tribal names indicate whether a person is Sunni or Shiite. A first name of Omar is popular among Sunnis, for example, as is Ali among Shiites.

Why 9/11 Truth is Good for America

Wednesday, 6 September 2006 7:48 P GMT-05
Because many minds are better than one, please submit your best, most persausive arguments about why 9/11 truth is good for America and why these folks should stop blocking 9/11 truth and start working for 9/11 justice.

Dear Rummy

Wednesday, 6 September 2006 6:10 P GMT-05
By refusing to withdraw from the lost wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, what you are doing is sacrificing soldier’s lives, and $6.5–7 billion a month, to save the skins of your political masters who lack the courage and patriotism to admit the failure of their foolish imperial dreams.

Don't believe Rumsfeld's fantasy

Wednesday, 6 September 2006 5:33 P GMT-05
The war on terror has, after all, been this gang's get-out-of-jail-free card for years. High gas prices, a hurricane fiasco, red ink, an overall patina of ineptness overtopped by arrogance, and it's all forgotten the moment they say 9/11. Small wonder they say it loudly now with midterm elections looming and polls suggesting more Americans are seeing through the president like Saran Wrap.

Afghanistan: High on Opium, Not Democracy

Wednesday, 6 September 2006 5:29 P GMT-05
Remember them, the guys who harbored the Al Qaeda terrorists, who gifted us with the 9/11 attacks five years ago, that President Bush promised to eliminate? Well, it turns out that while he was distracted with Iraq, the patrons of terrorism were very much in business back where the 9/11 attack was hatched, turning Afghanistan into a narco-state that provides a lucrative source of cash for the “evildoers” Bush forgot about.

Tomgram: Rosner and Markowitz, 9/11 as the First Katrina Moment

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 5:42 P GMT-05
Putting in place a dysfunctional bureaucracy would soon undermine the public's trust in the whole health system in downtown Manhattan. In the process, it also effectively crippled systems already in existence to protect workers, local residents, and children attending school in the area. As a result, what promised to be an extraordinary example of a government bureaucracy actually working turned into a disaster and later became the de facto model for the Federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abu Abdullah: the Perfect Psycho Patsy

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 4:18 P GMT-05
Even though Abdullah has been kicked out of every mosque in Britain, because he is obviously a psychopathic madman, he remained “unchecked by the authorities five months after a law was passed making it a criminal offense to glorify terrorism,” according to the Times Online. Obviously, this is the case because Abu is a patsy-in-waiting, on hold for the next fake terrorist attack, or rather spoiled terrorist attack, that is to say made-up nonsense.

Security, Secrecy and a Bush Brother

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 4:03 P GMT-05
A company that provided security at the World Trade Center, Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport and United Airlines between 1995 and 2001 was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm whose records were not open to full public disclosure, with ties to the Bush family.

The 10 Most Brazen War Profiteers

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 3:58 P GMT-05
Halliburton has become synonymous with war profiteering, but there are lots of other greedy fingers in the pie. We name names on 10 of the worst.

Liberty, Power, and the Constitution

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 3:47 P GMT-05
Inevitably the federal government is portrayed not as the potential threat to the people but rather as their friend and their provider. And those millions of public-school students all across the nation ultimately grow up into adults who carry that mindset into their later years. The result is a nation of people who look upon the federal government as their provider and protector rather than as the main threat to their rights and freedoms.

Sweet Pea owners: 'We didn't want this'

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 3:40 P GMT-05
One of the owners of a fresh produce store said Saturday that it is absurd that two men are in jail for taking spoiled fruit and vegetables from the store’s trash area.

US toughens passport rules, required for entry from Canada, Mexico

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 3:32 P GMT-05
The new rules begin January 8th, when citizens entering the US from the Caribbean by air or sea will be required to hold US passports. In January 2008, the same requirement will be put in place for travellers entering the United States by car from Canada or Mexico.

Scripps Howard poll: Half of America angrier at government than ever before; one-third believe government behind 9/11

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 5:06 A GMT-05
The national telephone survey of 1,010 adults, conducted July 6-24, 2006, also revealed 54 percent saying they "personally are more angry" at the government than they used to be.

No Longer Buying It

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 5:03 A GMT-05
What will happen now that those intended for use as shields against questions start to ask questions themselves?

In Brief: An Example of the Crude Use of Violent Metaphors

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 5:00 A GMT-05

Beware The Rise Of The Fourth Reich

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 4:13 A GMT-05
I watch as everything I was educated to believe in crumbles around me. I watch as there are secret detentions, extraordinary renditions, secret trials, disappeared, people held with no charges and no evidence, searched without judicial review and without their knowledge, a homeland security office that last spoke of round ups of "disgruntled" and people from 33 nationalities. At the same time, our unused military bases are being turned into concentration camps. And, this is just the start, the time before the sunset provisions of the Patriot Act or being eliminated either through the Hatch bill or by the Domestic Security Act... I watch and I am afraid...

A Map of How Far Median Incomes Have Fallen Under Bush

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 4:03 A GMT-05
While Michigan is probably suffering the most of any state in the union, only four states and the District of Columbia have shown any increase in median incomes. Every other state - 46 in total - have shown drops! This is a national trend where corporations are doing well but workers are getting fucked.

U.N. to mediate Israeli soldier release

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 3:18 A GMT-05
U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Monday he would appoint a mediator for indirect talks between Israel and Hezbollah on the release of two abducted Israeli soldiers, the first public word of negotiations between the bitter enemies since fighting in Lebanon ended.

Police arrest black driver for stealing his own car

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 3:13 A GMT-05
Baltimore City police have a new crime on the books: Stealing your own car. Just ask Keith Spence, a Baltimore City resident who was arrested when he was driving home from work in a car he bought with a tax refund.

Why the Media Can't Stop Smearing Joe Wilson

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 12:29 A GMT-05
As we explain below, the evidence is overwhelming that the White House assault on Wilson was planned weeks before he published an Op-Ed on July 6, 2003, accusing Bush of twisting the yellowcake claim – and that Bush’s operatives responded by pointing journalists toward Plame’s identity.

How 9/11 changed America: In statistics

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 12:25 A GMT-05
Click through these graphs to explore long-term trends in selected aspects of life. We include the five years preceding 2001 for comparison.

European Nations Bar Heavy El Al Cargo Planes

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 12:16 A GMT-05
All three nations -- Britain, Germany and Italy -- have diplomatic relations with Israel and have been heavily involved in the effort to expand the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon peacekeeping mission. Nonetheless, the same nations now refuse to allow Israel’s national carrier to make stopover landings for refueling when carrying heavy cargo from U.S. army bases.

Voters are anti-incumbent and angry, new poll finds

Tuesday, 5 September 2006 12:01 A GMT-05
Most Americans are angry about "something" when it comes to how the country is run, and they are more likely than in previous years to vote for a challenger this November, a new poll suggests.

Many Entry-Level Workers Feel Pinch of Rough Market

Monday, 4 September 2006 5:05 P GMT-05
This Labor Day, the 45 million young people in the nation’s work force face a choppy job market in which entry-level wages have often trailed inflation, making it hard for many to cope with high housing costs and rising college debt loads.
Tags: - U.S. deaths in Iraq,�war on terror surpass 9/11 toll - Sep 3, 2006

Monday, 4 September 2006 5:04 P GMT-05
As the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States approaches, another somber benchmark has just been passed. The announcement Sunday of four more U.S. military deaths in Iraq raises the death toll to 2,974 for U.S. military service members in Iraq and in what the Bush administration calls the war on terror.

Kurdish leader threatens Iraq secession

Monday, 4 September 2006 5:04 P GMT-05
"If we want to separate, we will do it, without hesitation or fears," Barzani, president of the Kurdish region, said during an address to parliament.

Our Fascism, and Theirs

Monday, 4 September 2006 5:03 P GMT-05
Roosevelt was a lot smarter than the current crop of warmongers, however, in that he pursued his goal – involving the U.S. in a world war – by indirection and stealth. In 1939, the strategy of the War Party was to gradually but persistently push the U.S. into war via a series of provocations, both overt and covert: this crowd is opposed in principle to such subtlety.

Wages slump in Bay State, Dems lambaste Mitt

Monday, 4 September 2006 4:52 P GMT-05
Median hourly wages dropped more in Massachusetts in two years than in any other state, according to a new Labor Day report, and critics say that spells trouble for Gov. Mitt Romney as he campaigns for his next job - commander in chief.

Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away

Monday, 4 September 2006 4:40 P GMT-05
And what are the chances that an operation of such size--it would surely have involved hundreds of military and civilian personnel--could be carried out without a single leak? Without leaving behind a single piece of evidence hard enough to stand up to scrutiny in a court? People, the feds just aren't that slick. Nobody is. Nobody is??? Apparently Osama Bin Laden is since the FBI themselves stated there is no hard evidence linking Bin Laden to the attacks.

Monday, September 04, 2006

September 4, 2006: Recent links of interest

Father Of 9/11 Victim Says Government Ran Attack As Media Hit Pieces Continue

Monday, 4 September 2006 3:42 P GMT-05
There were another two major 9/11 semi-debunking pieces over the weekend, one in the San Francisco Chronicle and one in Reuters. Expect a deluge of them for the next two weeks as the five year anniversary comes to pass.

Put My Son on Trial -- or Free Him

Monday, 4 September 2006 3:17 P GMT-05
My son is not a terrorist. He was, in fact, a great admirer of American political values and legal principles before he was kidnapped and sent to Guantanamo. Our family is nonetheless willing to undergo the ordeal of trial and judgment, if only the U.S. government would allow it to happen.

The accidental drug trafficker

Monday, 4 September 2006 3:15 P GMT-05
Prosecutors said none of this mattered -- not because Dr. Hurwitz was lying (although they suggested he was) but because, even if he was completely on the level, even if he was making a conscientious effort to treat pain, he was still guilty of drug trafficking. A federal appeals court recently rejected this astonishing assertion, dealing a blow to prosecutions who seek to punish mistakes in medical judgment with prison terms.


Monday, 4 September 2006 3:10 P GMT-05
Here's an easy and very effective way to spread 9-11 truth: Simply write "" on every dollar bill which you have. Don't say anything, don't make a big fuss about it. Just write it, and then use your money like you normally do.

Twistedchick's Free Speech Zone, September 3rd, 2006

Monday, 4 September 2006 1:46 A GMT-05
I've been thinking back to that Camelot time, before Bush, before 9/11. One thing stands out for me as the most broad-ranging change from that time: the loss of the unobserved life.

9/11-The Sacred Horror-When The New World Began, Americans Gained A New Faith

Sunday, 3 September 2006 11:49 P GMT-05
When 9/11 became a national religion with almost unanimous fervor, few Americans wanted to question the orthodox view on 9/11. When any doubts about the official dogma meant shunning, very few voiced their skepticism. Mainstream media, talking heads and government officials at all levels and persuasion accepted as gospel whatever they were told by the feds, no matter how ludicrous or easily challenged. And when the official story was changed, so did their revised version.

AZ Radio Host Deconstructs Popular Mechanics' 9/11 Disinfo Researcher

Sunday, 3 September 2006 11:20 P GMT-05
Ever wonder why prominent "official story" apologists always shun 9/11 truth debates? Here perhaps is the nightmare that they dread. Show host Goyette is not an overt 9/11 skeptic, just a fearless interrogator with a very logical mind. One guesses the battered Mr. Coburn will be picking his interview venues with much more care next time.

“You Can Bring Me Home!”

Sunday, 3 September 2006 10:41 P GMT-05
Get in my tank and man the machine gun. Watch your fellow soldier get shot in the head from a sniper. Knowing you can’t do anything about it because you must have positive identification of a target BEFORE you can even fire in the direction it came from.

Heaven & Hell

Sunday, 3 September 2006 10:34 P GMT-05

Disrespectful to the Victims

Sunday, 3 September 2006 9:39 P GMT-05
So next time someone tells you that questioning 9/11 is disrepectful to the victims, show him or her the facts contained in this story, and educate them to the fact that NOT questioning the heinous lie passing for the official story is what is truly disrepectful to the victims and their families.

How Could They Plant Bombs in the World Trade Center?

Sunday, 3 September 2006 9:20 P GMT-05
The recent New York Times article on 9/11 implies that controlled demolition of the Twin Towers would have been impossible, because no one could have snuck in all of the explosive equipment. I, and many others, have previously addressed this issue. I am re-posting this essay in light of the Times' hit piece on this issue.

Death Penalty Sought for US Soldiers Accused of Iraqi Murders

Sunday, 3 September 2006 9:00 P GMT-05
The soldiers, all from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division's 187th Infantry Regiment, are accused of killing three Iraqi men taken from a house May 9 on a marshy island outside Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

Special Ops and the "War" on Terror

Sunday, 3 September 2006 8:53 P GMT-05
Of all the things about the president’s war on terrorism that can be criticized, the biggest is the notion that it deserves to be called a "war."

Bush Told Reporter Jews Are "All Going To Hell"

Sunday, 3 September 2006 8:44 P GMT-05
Bush's thoughts on the fate of non-Christian souls became a minor source of controversy after he told the Houston Post in 1993 that only those who "accept Jesus Christ" go to Heaven. However, the future president was also earlier briefly engaged to a half-Jewish woman.

The Toronto Sun Shamefully Says "We Should Nuke Iran"

Sunday, 3 September 2006 8:43 P GMT-05
Put boldly and simply, we have to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran.

True Political Courage (video)

Sunday, 3 September 2006 8:35 P GMT-05
What Keith Olbermann did tonight took true courage. Not the faux, pseudo-decisive "stick-to-my-guns" variety of our failing President, but the very real courage of someone who took a chance, that of a man taking a very real career risk to do his job: disturb the comforted and comfort the disturbed. And distrurb the comforted is what Olbermann did tonight. Watch it:

Nude teens raising eyebrows in Vermont

Sunday, 3 September 2006 7:45 P GMT-05
This summer, a group of teenagers has disrobed near restaurants, bookstores and galleries, igniting a debate about whether this bohemian southern Vermont town should ban a practice that has been tolerated until now. "Brattleboro tends to be a laid-back town and pretty accepting of the unusual, but this is really pushing limits," said Police Chief John Martin. "It's clearly to outrage people, it's clearly rebelliousness," he said.

The Impossibility of Flying Heavy Aircraft Without Training

Sunday, 3 September 2006 4:55 P GMT-05
There are some who maintain that the mythical 9/11 hijackers, although proven to be too incompetent to fly a little Cessna 172, had acquired the impressive skills that enabled them to fly airliners by training in flight simulators. What follows is an attempt to bury this myth once and for all, because I’ve heard this ludicrous explanation bandied about, ad nauseam, on the Internet and the TV networks—invariably by people who know nothing substantive about flight simulators, flying, or even airplanes.

Republicans pressure intelligence agencies to justify attack on Iran

Sunday, 3 September 2006 4:45 P GMT-05
... Because really, who are you going to trust — intelligence officers who do this kind of work for a living and whose careers depend on getting their facts right... Or Republican politicians whose careers hang in the balance of the next election?

Compounding Disaster with Disaster

Sunday, 3 September 2006 4:43 P GMT-05
FEMA's failure was that it employed a command and control approach—central planning—as the basis for organizing relief activities. This compounded disaster with disaster, because the great weakness of central planning is its inability to respond quickly and adapt to changes and unforeseen circumstances. No centralized authority, no matter how well-intentioned its employees and well-functioning its internal operations, can overcome this problem.

The Politics of Disposability

Sunday, 3 September 2006 4:37 P GMT-05
Initially, we were led to believe that Katrina was the result of a fateful combination of a natural disaster and government incompetence, a perfect storm of bad luck that provided one more example of the general inability of the Bush administration to actually govern, let alone protect its citizenry. Yet, with some distance and sober reflection, this assessment seems a bit shortsighted, a little too localized. In truth, Katrina offers a number of relevant lessons not only for U.S. citizens but also for Canadians and people all over the world who must grapple with the global advance of what I call a politics of disposability.

Revealed: the men with stolen identities

Sunday, 3 September 2006 4:33 P GMT-05
The men - all from Saudi Arabia - spoke of their shock at being mistakenly named by the FBI as suicide terrorists. None of the four was in the United States on September 11 and all are alive in their home country.

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

September 3, 2006: Recent links of interest

Rupert Murdoch's Victims

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.

Double Standards For 9/11 Blame

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.”

9/11 Skeptics Challenge WTC Findings

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.

Going to War with the Leaders you have

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”.

Who Should We Trust?

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.

1st Italian International Conference on 9/11

Sunday, 3 September 2006 3:03 P GMT-05

Barrie Zwicker: 9/11 the official story is the biggest conspiracy

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.

Jim Hoffman rebuts the NIST - FAQ

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.

FBI Role in Terror Probe Questioned

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.

Pentagon: Conditions exist for civil war in Iraq

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.

Soldiers Die, CEOs Prosper

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.

American al Qaeda: U.S. should convert to Islam

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."

No. 2 al-Qaida leader in Iraq arrested

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.

Time to Depoliticize Airline Security

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.

The Moral Equivalence Game: Lewinsky vs. Libby

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.

JonBenet Died - And Bush Lied?

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."

Economy Adds More Jobs in August Than in July

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.

The crimes that Katrina exposed

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.

The Forgotten Detainee

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.

NIST To Probe Whether WTC 7 Downed By Bombs

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.

Minimum wage hike claims first casualty

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.

Hit Piece on Tarpley and Malloy

Friday, 1 September 2006 3:36 P GMT-05

Canada to Arm Border Guards for First Time

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.

How Hitler Became a Dictator

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.

Military-Industrial Complex Kingpins Call For Genocide To Kick-Start World War Three

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.

Oil Company CEO Pay Averaged $32.7 Million in 2005, Study Says

Friday, 1 September 2006 2:00 P GMT-05
Rising prices and profits translated into pay packages for oil company chief executive officers that are nearly three times the size of similarly sized businesses, a new study from two watchdog groups said.

The Man Who Has Been to America

Friday, 1 September 2006 1:50 P GMT-05
Why should Geneva Convention protections be applied to Guantanamo detainees? One innocent man's journey through the legal black hole of the War on Terror—four prisons, three countries, two years—may be the best argument yet.

LBJ Night Before JFK Assassination: "Those SOB's Will Never Embarrass Me Again"

Friday, 1 September 2006 1:04 P GMT-05
The night before the Kennedy assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson met with Dallas tycoons, FBI moguls and organized crime kingpins - emerging from the conference to tell his mistress Madeleine Duncan Brown that "those SOB's" would never embarrass him again. It's a jaw-dropping deposition and it's the biggest JFK smoking gun there is - despite the fact that it has received little media attention.

Nightmare Mortgages

Friday, 1 September 2006 1:00 P GMT-05
After prolonging the boom, these exotic mortgages could worsen the bust. They also betray such a lack of due diligence on the part of lenders and borrowers that it raises questions of what other problems may be lurking. And most of the pain will be borne by ordinary people, not the lenders, brokers, or financiers who created the problem.

Shut Up and Listen

Friday, 1 September 2006 12:40 P GMT-05
Deal with the painful reality that you DO NOT KNOW what is happening around you, and understand that your stubborn resistance to new information will be your own downfall in the long haul. Until you make some attempt at rehabilitation, just stop. We’ve had enough. You’ve done your damage, so just stop.

Video: Olbermann: Rumsfeld is a fascist

Friday, 1 September 2006 12:36 P GMT-05
The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack. Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.

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