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Saturday, September 23, 2006

September 23, 2006: Recent links of interest

Why 9/11 Is the Defining Issue of our Time

Saturday, 23 September 2006 4:06 P GMT-05
U.S. government representatives may have been behind the attacks, or may have simply lied about their lack of knowledge, or a bit of both. Either way, Locke's social contract (ie. to provide protection to the citizenry) was violated, and the damage of that is incalculable. You could say that the contract is null and void. The citizens are now entitled to rebellion. The alternative would be to lie down and suffer the consequences, which in this case, I suggest, will be to intellectually/emotionally cripple a whole generation.

Hamas reaffirms denial of Israel

Saturday, 23 September 2006 4:02 P GMT-05
The ruling Hamas party said yesterday that the radical Islamist group would not take part in a Palestinian unity government whose platform recognized Israel. The comments, by Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and other officials, came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared in a United Nations speech that the proposed coalition with his Fatah movement would recognize Israel.

As Crazy as It Sounds

Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:45 P GMT-05
The irony of it all is that despite the smear talk of Hitlers in the Middle East, the leader whose thinking process most resembles Hitler's is our own president. Like Hitler, Bush's ideological beliefs have blinded him to reality, and like Hitler, he seems impervious to advice that conflicts with his beliefs. There the resemblance ends, of course, but it is bad enough. Hitler learned that he couldn't win a two-front war, and Bush will learn that he can't democratize the Middle East with bombs and bullets.


Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:36 P GMT-05
In 2003, Whitman's then-spokeswoman, Tina Kreisher, was asked by an Environmental Protection Agency internal investigator "whether there was a conscious effort to reassure the public [in the fall of 2001]. "Ms. Kreisher said there was such an effort. This emphasis 'came from the administrator [Whitman] and the White House,' " according to newly released quotes from EPA papers. Hugh Kaufman, an EPA senior policy analyst, told The Post yesterday, that Kreisher "blew the whistle not just on the White House, but on Whitman as well," Kreisher's comment was included in the investigator's notes made during the interview with her. But her quote was not released in the EPA inspector general's final report in 2003, which blamed the White House - not Whitman - for telling the EPA to publicly play up reassuring information and downplay concerns about air around Ground Zero.

911 Media Roundup

Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:49 P GMT-05

Counterpunch Must Denounce Chavez as "Conspiracy Nut"

Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:49 P GMT-05
Looks like Counterpunch is taking the easy way. It's not difficult to churn out uncritical hit-pieces like JoAnn Wypijewski's "Conversations at Ground Zero". Anyone can do it. These love letters to the oligarchy, couched in the familiar terms of "Government Incompetence" hit with all the power of a wet noodle. How does Counterpunch manage to repeat the mantra of "Government Incompetence" over and over, while at the same time embracing the "Government Approved" conspiracy theory of the intrepid 19, and keep a straight face?

More War Veterans Suffering From Stress

Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:45 P GMT-05
Nearly 64,000 of the more than 184,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who have sought VA health care were diagnosed with potential symptoms of post-traumatic stress, drug abuse or other mental disorders as of the end of June, according to the latest report by the Veterans Health Administration. Of those, close to 30,000 had possible post-traumatic stress disorder, said the report.

Will The Next Election Be Hacked?

Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:42 P GMT-05
"Every board of election has staff members with the technological ability to fix an election," Ion Sancho, an election supervisor in Leon County, Florida, told me. "Even one corrupt staffer can throw an election. Without paper records, it could happen under my nose and there is no way I'd ever find out about it. With a few key people in the right places, it would be possible to throw a presidential election."

Feds Seek to Block Oregon Spying Case

Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:36 P GMT-05
U.S. Justice Department lawyers filed an appeal Friday aimed at blocking a lawsuit by a former Islamic charity that has challenged a Bush administration secret surveillance program. U.S. District Judge Garr M. King ruled earlier this month that a lawsuit by the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation chapter in Ashland could go forward without damaging national security.

Backroom Deals in the Corridors of Power. Torturers Now Shielded from Prosecution

Saturday, 23 September 2006 2:31 P GMT-05
After an all-day confab yesterday at the White House, a compromise was worked out that whitewashes what has been done to other human beings in our name and protects government-paid torturers from prosecution. Torquemada - the Spanish "hammer" against heresy - is cackling in the bowels of hell!

US jails 'powerless as terror trainees recruited'

Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:59 A GMT-05
The US' prisons are becoming major breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists, but states and local authorities are too cash-strapped to prevent or monitor recruiting, a new report says today.

No One Dares to Help

Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:51 A GMT-05
The wounded die alone on Baghdad's streets. An offer of aid could be your own death sentence, an Iraqi reporter writes.

Women arrested after bizarre sex sting

Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:39 A GMT-05
An undercover police operation took an odd turn Thursday when a Syracuse police officer pretending to be a john met a suspected prostitute who pretended to be a police officer.

Jury: Death for sex offender who killed student

Saturday, 23 September 2006 3:34 A GMT-05
A jury in North Dakota's first death penalty case in nearly a century decided Friday a convicted sex offender should be executed for kidnapping and killing a college student after she left a shopping mall.

Hijacking drill was scheduled for 9/11

Saturday, 23 September 2006 1:51 A GMT-05
NORAD had scheduled an aircraft hijacking drill for the morning of 9/11. But don’t worry, it was just a “coincidence” according to the 9/11 Commission. Whew! I thought it might of been evidence of a conspiracy for a moment!

Dentist Whistleblower Who Met 9/11 Hijackers Poisoned To Death

Saturday, 23 September 2006 1:39 A GMT-05
This kind of witness elimination mirrors what happened after the JFK assassination.

Harvard University Allowing 9/11 Commission Adviser to Teach Absurd Conspiracy Theories

Friday, 22 September 2006 7:17 P GMT-05
As a senior adviser to the 9/11 Commission Harvard Professor of History Ernest May has associated my alma mater with a report that is acknowledged by a growing number of people around the world to be, without exaggerating, a criminally deceptive document, as it intentionally deflects blame from the actual planners and executors of the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center complex.

The Great Cave-In - The Torture "Compromise"

Friday, 22 September 2006 7:04 P GMT-05
The fact that anyone thought for two seconds that we were watching honorable men confront the evil wrought by a president from their own party is a pathetic statement on just how debased politics has become in this country. If there can be actual celebratory jubilation over the brief stand taken by the Gutless Trio, then no one's been paying attention. For if John McCain actually gave a rat's ass about torture, then he would not have voted to confirm Alberto Gonzales or Samuel Alito. If Lindsey Graham gave a happy monkey fuck about the rights of detainees, then he wouldn't have authored an amendment limiting their rights of appeal.

Iran's proud but discreet Jews

Friday, 22 September 2006 7:03 P GMT-05
Although Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, few know that Iran is home to the largest number of Jews anywhere in the Middle East outside Israel. About 25,000 Jews live in Iran and most are determined to remain no matter what the pressures - as proud of their Iranian culture as of their Jewish roots.

Bush insults Americans by still linking Iraq to 9/11 attacks

Friday, 22 September 2006 4:36 P GMT-05
The argument carried some water in the aftermath of 9/11, but the president's continued insistence, in the face of contrary evidence, that Iraq was connected to the 9/11 attacks is difficult to swallow. The president's constant revisionism five years after the fact -- and after the facts are even clearer -- is an insult to Americans.

Does torture really work? Most intelligence experts say no.

Friday, 22 September 2006 4:25 P GMT-05
In recent interviews with NEWSWEEK reporters, U.S. intelligence officers say they have little—if any—evidence that useful intelligence has been obtained using techniques generally understood to be torture.

UK suspects in new claims of torture at Guantanamo

Friday, 22 September 2006 4:21 P GMT-05
The extent of the torture and abuse that British residents held at Guantanamo Bay claim to have suffered is revealed for the first time in a series of recently declassified interviews between the detainees and their human rights lawyers.

Judge rules for and against city in Republican Convention lawsuit

Friday, 22 September 2006 4:07 P GMT-05
A judge ruled Thursday police Commissioner Ray Kelly cannot be called as a witness to defend the city against lawsuits accusing it of unjustly arresting hundreds of protesters during the Republican National Convention.

Housing: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Bonddad

Friday, 22 September 2006 4:04 P GMT-05
A picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the current economic environment, a picture is worth a thousand words. Below are some charts and graphs of the current housing market and the households who purchase housing. These graphs indicate there are problems ahead.

Debunking 9/11 Website Debunks Itself

Friday, 22 September 2006 4:01 P GMT-05
A website which purports to disprove claims that there was government complicity in 9/11 and that the twin towers and Building 7 were demolished with explosives is riddled with errors, middle school grammar and arguments that both defy common sense and contradict one another.

Insurance Horror Stories

Friday, 22 September 2006 3:23 P GMT-05
Between 2000 and 2005, the number of Americans with private health insurance coverage fell by 1 percent. But over the same period, employment at health insurance companies rose a remarkable 32 percent. What are all those extra employees doing? Now we know at least part of the answer: they’re working harder than ever at identifying people who really need medical care, and ensuring that they don’t get it. In the past, they mainly concentrated on screening out applicants likely to get sick. Now, it seems, they’re also devoting a lot of effort to finding pretexts for revoking insurance after they’ve already granted it.

Feds surveyed NYC for radiation, found 80 unexpected "hot spots"

Friday, 22 September 2006 3:20 P GMT-05
Anti-terrorism officials conducted a helicopter survey of New York City's radiation sources in preparation for a so-called "dirty bomb" attack - and discovered a Staten Island park with dangerously high levels of radium, a new report found.

U.N. expert: Iraq torture may be worse

Friday, 22 September 2006 3:17 P GMT-05
A report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq's Human Rights office cited worrying evidence of torture, unlawful detentions, growth of sectarian militias and death squads, and a rise in "honor killings" of women.


Friday, 22 September 2006 3:08 P GMT-05
In direct violation of the Constitution, House Republicans drafted legislative language that would elevate Christian Evangelical Preachers to the status of official government chaplains above all other religions, including non-Evangelical Christians. This obscure little amendment is intended to give Evangelical chaplains the exclusive right to preside over all secular military ceremonies.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

September 21, 2006: Recent links of interest

Poll Finds Most Americans Displeased With Congress

Thursday, 21 September 2006 5:49 P GMT-05
With the midterm elections less than seven weeks away, Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress, with substantial majorities saying that they disapprove of the job it is doing and that its members do not deserve reelection, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Justice Dept. Amends Remark on Torture Case

Thursday, 21 September 2006 5:47 P GMT-05
Asked at a news conference on Tuesday about a Canadian commission’s finding that the man, Maher Arar, was wrongly sent to Syria and tortured there, Mr. Gonzales replied, “Well, we were not responsible for his removal to Syria.” He added, “I’m not aware that he was tortured.” The attorney general’s comments caused puzzlement because they followed front-page news articles of the findings of the Canadian commission. It reported that based on inaccurate information from Canada about Mr. Arar’s supposed terrorist ties, American officials ordered him taken to Syria, an action documented in public records.

Jewish rabbi calls for extermination of all Palestinian males

Thursday, 21 September 2006 5:44 P GMT-05
"We have to make sure that no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation. If they (Palestinians) escape then it is good; but if anyone of them remains, then he should be exterminated", the fanatic rabbi added in his article.


Wednesday, 20 September 2006 6:08 P GMT-05
The men, most of them Hispanic, include former Army sergeants Ray Ramos, Agustín Matos and Jerry Ojeda and specialist Gerard Matthew, who is the lead plaintiff in a pioneering lawsuit that has exposed to the public how American soldiers have been endangered by one of the Pentagon's little-known favorite weapons - depleted uranium artillery.

Judge, jury, and torturer

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 3:55 P GMT-05
In the novels and stories of Kafka, the guilt or innocence of the accused is not the issue. When hauled before the unknown accuser, without explanation of charges or evidence, Kafka's characters assume that they must have done something wrong. The surreal dislocation of the one imprisoned in the penal colony or the castle consists in solitude, vulnerability, ignorance. The anonymously oppressing power structure is Kafka's true subject, and it is characterized only by its radical unaccountability. ``Trust us. You're guilty. We're going to execute you, but we can't tell you why." The absolute power of the oppressor depends on the absolute ignorance of the oppressed.

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 3:30 P GMT-05
The important stories that the mainstream media (MSM) would tend to ignore.

The Pope must die, says Muslim

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 8:47 P GMT-05
A notorious Muslim extremist told a demonstration in London yesterday that the Pope should face execution. Anjem Choudary said those who insulted Islam would be "subject to capital punishment".

What I Want You to Know About 9-11

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 8:26 P GMT-05
Who in their right mind doesn't want to believe that what happened that day was exactly as presented by the Bush Administration? Any alternative train of thought is beyond painful and requires the individual to look evil straight in the eye. I also find it quite interesting that so many in the media who have questioned the government's actions in cover ups like the OKC bombing, TWA Flight 800, Ron Brown and other tragedies, refuse to ask even one question about the official story sold about 9/11. I suppose that's a tribute to the excellent job done by the Ministry of Propaganda in combating any efforts to find answers. The exception and kudos to Lou Dobbs for stepping up to the plate.

What Would War Look Like?

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 6:08 P GMT-05
A flurry of military maneuvers in the Middle East increases speculation that conflict with Iran is no longer quite so unthinkable. Here's how the U.S. would fight such a war--and the huge price it would have to pay to win it

British Army Expert Casts Doubt On "Liquid Explosives" Threat

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 6:00 P GMT-05
If there was a conspiracy, he added, "it did not involve manufacturing the explosives in the loo," as this simply "could not have worked." The process would be quickly and easily detected. The fumes of the chemicals in the toilet "would be smelt by anybody in the area." They would also inevitably "cause the alarms in the toilet and in the air change system in the aircraft to be triggered. The pilot has the ability to dump all the air from an aircraft as a fire-fighting measure, leaving people to use oxygen masks. All this means the planned attack would be detected long before the queues outside the loo had grown to enormous lengths."

Anthrax Victim's Widow Says Government May Know Who Killed Husband

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:56 P GMT-05
Maureen Stevens says the federal government probably knows who killed her husband. She believes they're not telling because that might reveal things the government doesn't want revealed.

Explaining human dignity to President Bush

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:47 P GMT-05
Torture degrades the rule of law, the fundamental purpose of which is to make it possible to settle disputes peacefully. If a person knows that he or she will be tortured after being arrested or captured and will not receive a fair trial, then there is no reason to surrender peacefully — in fact, it would be preferable to die fighting than to die in the torturer's dungeons and secret prisons.

See Dick and Jane go into Gulags: upcoming Patriot Act Bills

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:27 P GMT-05
Anyone wonder who would incarcerate citizens under Patriot Act legislation? I have read of bills coming before both the House and Senate which would allow the National Guard to serve as a domestic police force. Here they are.

Creeping fascism is a threat to national security

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:11 P GMT-05
The question isn't just Ben Franklin's safety versus liberty -- it comes down to whether we should prefer a small potential gain in security over the short term to possibly a large security threat in the future.

Hezbollah cracked the code

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:01 P GMT-05
Hezbollah guerrillas were able to hack into Israeli radio communications during last month's battles in south Lebanon, an intelligence breakthrough that helped them thwart Israeli tank assaults, according to Hezbollah and Lebanese officials.

Oriana Fallaci, RIP

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:40 P GMT-05
I deeply respected her courage and professionalism in spite of many a disagreement I had with her views. BE

Second Secret Study Surfaces at FCC

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:28 P GMT-05
Another Federal Communications Commission study on the negative impacts of media consolidation came to light Monday after being buried at the agency for at least two years -- the second suppressed FCC ownership study to surface in as many weeks. It's clear that FCC's top brass are willing to deep-six any research that contradicts the media industry's pro-consolidation claims.

Israel to withdraw all troops by weekend

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:10 P GMT-05
Israel's military chief told lawmakers Tuesday that it plans to withdraw all its remaining troops from Lebanon by this weekend, meeting a key requirement of a cease-fire that ended the 34-day war against Hezbollah guerrillas.


Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:02 P GMT-05
As I was walking back outside, gunfire erupted all around us. It turns out the Ministry of Health FPS had gotten into a firefight with nearby FPS officers from the Ministry of Electricity, which is not run by a al-Sadr supporter. Unfortunately, my crew was caught in the middle.

Bush Desperate To Legislate Mengele Style Torture

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 3:26 P GMT-05
The elite needs to maintain the facade that terrorist cells are everywhere and that only their smothering 'protection' will keep us safe. And yet time and time again the real terrorists are protected and given safe passage by the military-industrial complex handlers. Though the torture program is being sold to the American people as a necessity in the "war of civilizations," it is in actual fact a trial balloon for the incarceration of political dissidents during a time of manufactured national emergency such as a biological terror attack or race riots.

A New Documentary About Sibel Edmonds: Kill The Messenger

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:51 P GMT-05
The filmmakers, Verboud and Viallet, spent nearly two years interviewing witnesses and researching the invocation and implementation of the state secrets privilege in Edmonds’ case. Based on their documented findings and interviews with experts such as David Albright, Philip Giraldi, John Cole, Joseph Trento, Glenn Fine, David Rose, and others familiar with Edmonds’ case, the film presents a terrifying picture of Turkish networks’ activities in global nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities in the United States, and examines the extraordinary efforts of officials within the US Government to insure that the secrecy surrounding Edmonds’ case be maintained at any cost – from Edmonds’ termination from the FBI, to invoking the State Secrets Privilege, to gagging the US Congress.

John Lennon and the Politics of Deportation

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:46 P GMT-05
The new documentary "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" tells the story of Lennon's transformation from loveable moptop to antiwar activist, and recounts the facts about Richard Nixon's campaign to deport him in 1972 in an effort to silence him as a voice of the peace movement. The filmmakers got lots of people to talk about Nixon and Lennon on camera, including Walter Cronkite, Gore Vidal, Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, Angela Davis and Bobby Seale, with G. Gordon Liddy representing the other side; the film also includes archival footage of Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover, and stars John Lennon and his biting wit and great music. It opens Sept. 15 in Los Angeles and New York City, and nationwide on Sept. 29.

Congress Considering Strip Searching Students

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:43 P GMT-05
Imagine an America in which school officials could strip search every student in their school based on the unsubstantiated tip that one of them might have a joint. Congress is voting on a bill Tuesday or Wednesday that could make these police state tactics more common.

9/11 Fact Sheet

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:08 P GMT-05
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

When the truth is a stranger to fiction

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 6:21 A GMT-05
Did Monica Lewinsky cause the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States? Anyone who watched The Path to 9/11, the ABC two-parter about the events leading up to September 11, might be forgiven for thinking so. The docudrama, hyped by ABC as a "historic broadcast", but seen by its critics as five hours of cynical spin, is a damning indictment of the Clinton administration's failure to derail al-Qaida.

Media ownership study ordered destroyed

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:22 A GMT-05
The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says.

Military Orders Suggest Iran Attack

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:55 A GMT-05
"Coupled with the CNO’s request for a blockade review, a deployment of minesweepers to the west coast of Iran would seem to suggest that a much discussed – but until now largely theoretical – prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran,” according to a special report in Time magazine.

Interview with Dr. Steven Miles

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:43 A GMT-05
Dr. Steven Miles is the author of Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity and the War on Terror, a scathing examination of the failings of members of the medical profession serving in the military with respect to treatment of prisoners held by American forces in the war on terror, demonstrating such abuses as medical personnel participating in coervice interrogations if not outright torture (including using prisoners' own medical records against them), preparing misleading, if not outright falsifying, medical records including death certificates, and failing to advocate for prisoners being placed in dangerous situations (e.g., such as under weapons fire, or in dangerously unsanitary conditions). Dr. Miles expanded on an article on this subject he published in the Lancet in 2004, relying on an examination of declassified, publicly available documents from our government and military.

The View From Guantánamo

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:37 A GMT-05
I was locked up and mistreated for being in the wrong place at the wrong time during America’s war in Afghanistan. Like hundreds of Guantánamo detainees, I was never a terrorist or a soldier. I was never even on a battlefield. Pakistani bounty hunters sold me and 17 other Uighurs to the United States military like animals for $5,000 a head. The Americans made a terrible mistake.

Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:33 A GMT-05
The decision to send the loyal and the willing instead of the best and the brightest is now regarded by many people involved in the 3 1/2 -year effort to stabilize and rebuild Iraq as one of the Bush administration's gravest errors. Many of those selected because of their political fidelity spent their time trying to impose a conservative agenda on the postwar occupation, which sidetracked more important reconstruction efforts and squandered goodwill among the Iraqi people, according to many people who participated in the reconstruction effort.

Soldiers versus Bush

Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:19 A GMT-05
IN THE FIGHT over rules for the interrogation and trials of terrorism suspects, there is a split -- not so much between Republicans and Democrats or the White House and the Senate, but between leaders like President Bush with no combat experience and those like Colin Powell who know combat and want to maintain the Geneva Conventions as a protection for US troops.

Death Squads Target the Iraqi Next Door

Monday, 18 September 2006 11:25 P GMT-05
Sectarian death squads snatch victims off the street or from their cars, from their homes or their offices, from mosques or hospitals. The killers come at night or day. They come in uniforms or civilian garb.

Ties With Terror: The Continuity of Western-Al-Qaeda Relations in the Post-Cold War Period

Monday, 18 September 2006 5:46 A GMT-05
At every major strategic point in the world, we find that US and Western power is symbiotically melded – through financial, military and intelligence connections – with al-Qaeda; and further that al-Qaeda has in certain places been explicitly used as a military-intelligence asset by Western powers, particularly the United States and United Kingdom. This documentation indicates that international terrorism in the form of al-Qaeda is not merely an enemy to be fought, but rather an unruly asset to be, when possible, controlled and manipulated in the pursuit of quite specific strategic and economic interests. Worse still, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that certain elements of the policy-making establishment are perfectly cognizant that as a direct result of such policies, national security is being fundamentally and continuously undermined with repeatedly fatal consequences.

Bush admits to explosives in WTC?

Monday, 18 September 2006 12:21 A GMT-05
Did President Bush just admit that explosives were used in the WTC, or is this just another one of his many many infamous Bushisms?

Designer proposed more bolts in Big Dig

Sunday, 17 September 2006 6:07 P GMT-05
Then the bolts -- 20 of which popped out on July 10, causing a fatal ceiling collapse -- were safety-tested at a standard much lower than engineers at the time typically required in other construction projects. Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff used a weaker safety test developed by an obscure Portugal-based group that was intended for bolts ``embedded in rock" -- not bolts in concrete roofs, like the ones in the connector tunnel. ``That's very disturbing to me," said Lee Mattis of California-based CEL Consulting, one of the nation's leading testers of the type of bolt used in the tunnel ceiling, called an epoxy bolt. He had never heard of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, the Portugal group whose ``pull-test" calls for placing 40 percent less weight on bolts than what Mattis says was the rule of thumb at the time.

The US military and its cult of cruelty

Sunday, 17 September 2006 5:59 P GMT-05
Like most Europeans--and an awful lot of Americans--I was quite unaware of this ferocious "code" for US armed forces, although it's not hard to see how it fits in with Bush's rantings. I'm tempted to point this out in detail, but my American veteran did so with such eloquence in his letter to me that the response should come in his words: "The Warrior Creed," he wrote, "allows no end to any conflict accept total destruction of the 'enemy'. It allows no defeat ... and does not allow one ever to stop fighting (lending itself to the idea of the 'long war'). It says nothing about following orders, it says nothing about obeying laws or showing restraint. It says nothing about dishonourable actions ...".

Question Authority ... Except About 9/11? A Reply to The Progressive

Sunday, 17 September 2006 5:52 P GMT-05
It's bad enough that conservatives and moderates, in every available media outlet, ridicule everyone who doesn't toe the Bush line on 9/11. That progressives do the same thing is shameful – and hypocritical.

Pentagon Guantanamo ‘Fact’ Sheet Highlights High-Tops And Harry Potter, Distorts Real Issues

Sunday, 17 September 2006 5:11 P GMT-05
This week, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a document entitled “Ten Facts About Guantanamo.” The document contains relatively insignificant facts — all detainees receive a pair of “high-top sneakers” — and ignores the facility’s real problems.

77% in U.S. Unable to Learn a Lesson

Sunday, 17 September 2006 4:36 P GMT-05
77% percent of the people of this country believe that Iran will have nukes soon. So there’s your fake cassus belli, folks, it’s already done. (Not that Iran having nukes is any of America’s business, but neither I nor the Constitution set the premises around here.)

Sick but Insured? Think Again

Sunday, 17 September 2006 4:07 P GMT-05
When Steve and Leslie Shaeffer's daughter, Selah, was diagnosed at age 4 with a potentially fatal tumor in her jaw, they figured their health insurance would cover the bulk of her treatment costs. Instead, almost two years later, the Murrieta, Calif., couple face more than $60,000 in medical bills and fear the loss of their dream home. They struggle to stave off creditors as they try to figure out how Selah can keep seeing the physician they credit with saving her life.

No Planes Theory: R.I.P.

Sunday, 17 September 2006 2:48 P GMT-05
One of the most obvious problems with the "no-plane" theory is that it requires complicity on the part of every major news outlet BEFORE the attacks -- right down to low-level employees llike camera men and control-room technicians. Now I ask you; If all of these news agencies were involved before the attacks, why do we have dozens of live reports that talk of explosions in the towers? Don't you think that if so many people were involved in the plot someone would have told the highly-paid TV news reporters "don't say anything about the explosions" before they got to the scene?

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:34 P GMT-05
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is a good one taken by 911Blogger regular YT, showing someone reading Metro Silicon Valley's June article on 9/11.

The ID Chip You Don't Want in Your Passport

Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:30 P GMT-05
If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it -- even if it's not set to expire anytime soon. If you don't have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don't want one of these chips in your passport.

Gatekeeper Cockburn Attacks 9/11 “Conspiracy Nuts”

Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:25 P GMT-05
Indeed, the careerist gatekeepers deny the physical nature of the universe itself—kerosene cannot melt steel, buildings do not collapse at free fall, as Isaac Newton would tell us, if he was around to witness the destruction of the WTC.

Challenge to all Skeptics on this 5 year anniversary of 9/11

Sunday, 17 September 2006 7:06 A GMT-05
You'll have nothing to lose (except a few pennies in tax dollars if you're a U.S. citizen) and everything to gain because if you are so sure 9/11 was not an inside job, then a true independent investigation will prove you guys correct and you'll get to laugh at all of us "nutty" 9/11 conspiracy theorists for being wrong this whole time. If the new investigation proves an inside job, then you should be grateful that the real perpetrators were caught who murdered those 3,000+ innocent people on 9/11. Isn't that worth it?

Duane 'Dog' Chapman - Where's the Justice?

Sunday, 17 September 2006 7:00 A GMT-05
Duane 'Dog' Chapman caught a really bad criminal in Mexico. Dog Chapman nailed convicted rapist Andrew Luster, who had evaded U.S. law enforcement for over six months. He captured Luster, who was eventually sentenced to 124 years in jail. Now Duane 'Dog' Chapman is a wanted man.

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