9/11 - Key Issue of our Time
Pressure Grows to Investigate Interrogations
By PETER BAKER and SCOTT SHANE
Published: April 20, 2009
WASHINGTON — Pressure mounted on President Obama on Monday for more thorough investigation into harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects under the Bush administration, even as he tried to reassure the Central Intelligence Agency that it would not be blamed for following legal advice.
Mr. Obama said it was time to admit “mistakes” and “move forward.” But there were signs that he might not be able to avoid a protracted inquiry into the use of interrogation techniques that the president’s top aides and many critics say crossed the line into torture.
And while Mr. Obama vowed not to prosecute C.I.A. officers for acting on legal advice, on Monday aides did not rule out legal sanctions for the Bush lawyers who developed the legal basis for the use of the techniques.
The president’s decision last week to release secret memorandums detailing the harsh tactics employed by the C.I.A. under his predecessor provoked a furor that continued to grow on Monday as critics on various fronts assailed his position. Among other things, the memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.
CIA waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times
CIA interrogators waterboarded al-Qaeda's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and another terrorist suspect, Abu Zubaydah, 83 times, according to reports.
Citing a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum, the New York Times said the agency used the simulated drowning technique on the two al-Qaeda operatives far more than had been previously reported.
The report recalls that in 2007, former CIA officer John Kiriakou told media organizations that Abu Zubaydah had undergone waterboarding for only 35 seconds before agreeing to tell everything he knew.
Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, was captured in Pakistan in March 2003. Zubaydah was caught in 2002.
Last year, Mohammed was charged with war crimes and murder by a US military commission and faces the death penalty if convicted.
The Times said the release of the numbers is likely to become part of the debate about the morality and efficacy of interrogation methods that the Justice Department under the administration of former president George W. Bush declared legal.
President Barack Obama plans to visit Central Intelligence Agency headquarters on Monday and talk to employees.
Last week, Mr Obama granted immunity to CIA officers involved in tough terror interrogations as he released graphic memos detailing harsh methods approved by ex-president George W. Bush.
In the documents, Bush-era legal officials argued that such tactics that Mr Obama has since disowned such as simulated drowning, facial slapping, the use of insects to scare prisoners and sleep deprivation did not amount to torture.
The following contains an interview I did with Mick Pearce in October 2007. Mick died on 17th April 2009. May he rest in peace.
Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o' the great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan;
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renownéd be thy grave!
~ William Shakespeare
Police killed protestors in London
A flood of disturbing reports of police violence is emerging in the aftermath of London's G20 protests, with at least two confirmed deaths and nearly 150 official complaints made about police behaviour during two days of protests.
The video below shows an unprovoked attack on Ian Tomlinson, who later died of internal bleeding.
The initial reports which stated that Tomlinson died of a heart attack were revised after a post mortem examination showed internal bleeding. As you can see from the video, he has his hands in his pockets and is walking away from the police as he is struck with a baton and then pushed from behind. A policeman has been interviewed under caution on suspicion of the manslaughter.
According to an AFP report today the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of another man, although there are no details at this point.
Wired reviews New World Order documentary
SXSW: New World Order Illuminates Conspiracy Theorists
By Lewis Wallace | March 14, 2009 | 2:18:38 AM
You've probably heard the conspiracy theories -- the Bilderberg Group secretly runs the world, 9/11 was an inside job, a group of elites is working to establish a "new world order."
The documentary New World Order, which had its world premiere Friday at the South by Southwest film festival, offers an inside look at the people who dedicate their lives to investigating and spreading the word about such conspiracy theories.
The 83-minute movie, by directors Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel, who worked together on 2006's Darkon, focuses chiefly on Alex Jones (pictured), a documentary filmmaker and talk-radio host with a loud voice, an urgent message and, many times, a bullhorn in hand.
Jones, whose movies include such dire polemics as Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement and Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove, certainly seems sincere enough as he tries to shine a light on the annual Bilderberg meeting, where world leaders meet in secret to talk about ... something.
I just watched the Tom Cruise film on the failed coup against Hitler in 1944.
It made me think of how the most morally insane and corrupted individuals who seize power are able to continue with only a tiny few ever rising to resist them.
It takes more than guts to stand up to that kind of evil. Von Stauffenberg was one of those unique individuals in history who could look tyrant in the eye and spit in his face. He failed because of the weak people who surrounded him, memerised by their retarded fuhrer worship.
Even though the bomb failed to kill Hitler the coup could have succeeded were it not for the sheeple mentality which was so deeply programmed into people at that time.
And what is the difference now? None. In fact it is worse. The people of today are blinded and hypnotised and mind controlled.
We have to hope that our leaders are nice and care about us, in the same way an African slave had to hope that his owner would be decent and not sadistic and brutal.
We hope for mercy because we have no other means of protection and because they own us.
That's no way to live folks.
We have to be prepared to fight tyranny with every means available, and be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice like von Stauffenberg. It is a big ask, but we have no choice.
There is no other way to protect freedom.
Rick Renzi, indicted for conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion and insurance fraud - and a witness to the Pentagon attack
Corrupt congressman Rick Renzi was interviewed on the scene on the day of 9/11 and also for this propaganda piece a month later. Soon afterwards he would be elected as a republican congressman for Arizona and reelected twice only to be indicted for conspiracy and extortion on February 22nd 2008. He is clearly lying about being a witness to the Pentagon attack as his "dive bombing" description is irreconcilable with the physical damage , FDR, and security video.
For more information on Renzi see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Renzi
Annie Machon speaks to 911blogger of David Shayler's breakdown and messiah complex
David Shayler is a British journalist and former MI5 (British Security Service) officer. Shayler earned notoriety after being prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act for his passing secret documents to the Mail on Sunday in August 1997 that alleged that MI5 was paranoid about socialists, and that it had previously investigated Labour Party ministers Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw and Harriet Harman.
Shayler has since become controversial for his opinions regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks but has been rejected in the 9/11 Truth Movement following public claims of being a messiah and that real aeroplanes did not impact the World Trade Center towers.
911blogger: Ms. Machon, what is your current relationship with David Shayler? Do you still believe that Shayler had a genuine breakdown, or was his breakdown perhaps premediated, with the intent of making 9/11 Truth advocates look batty?
Machon: David and I separated almost three years ago, and I'm now living in Germany with my partner and Molly the cat.
I have very little contact with David now, which is strange after the intensity of our years together, when we blew the whistle, had to go on the run around Europe, watch as our friends, family, supporters and journalists were arrested, live in France for 3 years and survive two high-profile court cases.
It's a shame it all happened just before the internet, electronic media archives, and youtube were endemic - otherwise people would be able to see, at the click of a mouse, just how big a scandal it was, what we went through, and how vicious the response was from the government and intelligence agencies. The story has been largely forgotten and spun by the media, and my book (which described the full case) was buried.
Our involvement with the 9/11 movement started in 2005 at a journalism conference where we were trying to publicise the book, when a leading UK 9/11 activist approached us. We were actively "head hunted" by the nascent UK movement, and for the first year Shayler's name and profile really helped build it - media interviews, speaking tours etc.
Then he started to get more and more erratic, and increasingly intractable in his views, until he started talking about speculative fringe theories such as "no planes" in public, and the whole campaign was ridiculed by the media in the UK.
Scientist Niels H. Harrit presents evidence of nano-thermite found in WTC dust on Danish television
"Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe"
The Open Chemical Physics Journal
Volume 2 | ISSN: 1874-4125
pp.7-31 (25) Authors: Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley, Bradley R. Larsen
We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Examination of four of these samples, collected from separate sites, is reported in this paper. These red/gray chips show marked similarities in all four samples. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The red material contains grains approximately 100 nm across which are largely iron oxide, while aluminum is contained in tiny plate-like structures. Separation of components using methyl ethyl ketone demonstrated that elemental aluminum is present. The iron oxide and aluminum are intimately mixed in the red material. When ignited in a DSC device the chips exhibit large but narrow exotherms occurring at approximately 430 °C, far below the normal ignition temperature for conventional thermite. Numerous iron-rich spheres are clearly observed in the residue following the ignition of these peculiar red/gray chips. The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.
Simplified Essay by Jim Hoffman:
Pentagon budget envisions a series of Iraq-style wars
by Patrick Martin
9 April 2009
At a formal press announcement Monday and in media appearances over the next day, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled the biggest military budget in world history, in anticipation of an endless series of Iraq and Afghanistan-style wars by American imperialism.
Both the military budget itself and the official who drafted it—Gates held the same position in the last two years of the Bush administration and is the first Pentagon chief to be retained by a new president—underscore the fundamental continuity between Obama and Bush.
For all its pretensions of "change" and all the popular illusions attached to Obama’s supposed "anti-war" stance, the new administration is as committed to the ruthless pursuit of the interests of American imperialism as its discredited predecessor.
At the onset of his official announcement, Gates declared that President Obama had given him full authority to make decisions on all military programs, with the White House providing input only on the total size of the military budget and the political decisions about where the military will be used.
"I have also consulted closely with the president," he said. "But, I received no direction or guidance from outside this department on individual program decisions. The chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are in complete accord with these recommendations."
Traces of explosives in 9/11 dust, scientists say
By Elaine Jarvik
Published: Monday, April 6, 2009 10:43 p.m. MDT
Tiny red and gray chips found in the dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center contain highly explosive materials — proof, according to a former BYU professor, that 9/11 is still a sinister mystery.
Physicist Steven E. Jones, who retired from Brigham Young University in 2006 after the school recoiled from the controversy surrounding his 9/11 theories, is one of nine authors on a paper published last week in the online, peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal. Also listed as authors are BYU physics professor Jeffrey Farrer and a professor of nanochemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
For several years, Jones has theorized that pre-positioned explosives, not fires from jet fuel, caused the rapid, symmetrical collapse of the two World Trade Center buildings, plus the collapse of a third building, WTC-7.
The newest research, according to the journal authors, shows that dust from the collapsing towers contained a "nano-thermite" material that is highly explosive. Although the article draws no conclusions about the source and purpose of the explosives, Jones has previously supported a theory that the collapse of the WTC towers was part of a government conspiracy to ignore warnings about the 9/11 terrorists so that the attack would propel America to wage war against Afghanistan and Iraq.
The next step, Jones said in a phone interview on Monday, is for someone to investigate "who made the stuff and why it was there."
A layer of dust lay over parts of Manhattan immediately following the collapse of the towers, and it was samples of this dust that Jones and fellow researchers requested in a 2006 paper, hoping to determine "the whole truth of the events of that day." They eventually tested four samples they received from New Yorkers.
Glenn Beck and James Meigs giggle over FEMA conspiracy
WARNING: The following contains sarcasm.
In a follow up to last month's reports on FEMA prison camps, Glenn Beck interviews James Meigs once again, putting the final nail in the coffin of lunatic conspiracies. With breathtaking insight and rigorous journalistic integrity, Meigs conclusively debunks every single claim made about the so-called concentration camps. His amazing video footage will destroy all doubt and put your mind at ease. Turnstiles are laughed off as an employee security measure, gas heating is giggled over and conspiracy theorists are lumped in with "militias".
As for the barbed wire, pointing inwards? That isn't even mentioned. Who cares anyway? Truth is what they say it is - got that?
Now SHUT UP and go back to sleep.
WeAreChange Sydney Film Night - The World According to Monsanto - 16 May 2009
With an introduction by Louise Sales of Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Saturday, 16 May 2009 | 7:00 PM
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
79 Johnston St Annandale, Sydney 2038
Free admission, donation optional
“The extent of the Monsanto corporation’s evildoing, and how they’ve been able to get away with it for so long, is the subject of the scrupulous, thorough and damning new film.”
“Devastating exposé... will freeze the blood in your veins.”
- The Gazette
“Presents a cogent and
horrifying enough picture of the world’s leading seed manufacturer to warrant concern and fury.”
One of the most controversial companies in history, Monsanto’s history is littered with lawsuits, toxic products, and cover-ups. Combining previously secret documents with first-hand accounts by victims, scientists, and politicians, the film pieces together the massive lies, pressure, and collusion with the US government, used to gain market supremacy. Meanwhile, their unchecked technology threatens human health and the environment with an unparalleled catastrophe.
What is a GMO?
Genetic engineering involves crossing the natural boundaries between species to combine traits from one organism with another. GMOs have not been proven to be safe and chances are: You are eating them. Monsanto is the largest producer or GMOs in the world, a company with one of most histories littered with lawsuits, toxic products, and cover-ups.
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Glenn Beck's FEMA Backflip
This video consists of a several clips from Fox News featuring Glenn Beck. In the first part he makes some very disturbing claims about the reality of FEMA detainment camps and the possiblity of a totalitarian takeover of the United States with the imposition of martial law. In the next segment he completely reverses his position, saying that the information was not properly researched, despite having claimed earlier that his team had spent days researching and "could not debunk it".
Next we see Beck interviewing Congressman Ron Paul, who, while not confirming the existence of the camps, nonetheless says there is "justified concern" and makes some disturbing claims of his own about the enormous power which FEMA wields, giving them the ability to put people in camps without further legislation.
In the final section James Meigs of Hearst publications makes a direct comparison between the FEMA camp claims and 9/11 "conspiracy theories".
Meigs was the author of a massively flawed Popular Mechanics piece which attempted to debunk the 9/11 truth movement, and particpated in a debate with a young and inexperienced Dylan Avery in 2006.
The views put forward by Meigs regarding the collapse of WTC 7 have subsequently been refuted even by NIST, the official governent body which investigated the 9/11 building collapses.
The full "investigative" piece on the "FEMA Camps" from James Meigs is due Monday 6th April.
Breakthrough research by international team confirms presence of unignited explosives in WTC dust
The following essay by Jim Hoffman summarises the findings in the the following paper formally published in the peer reviewed journal Chemical Physics on 4 April 2009:
“Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe”
by Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley and Bradley R. Larsen
The Open Chemical Physics Journal
Volume 2 | ISSN: 1874-4125
Scientists Discover Both Residues And Unignited Fragments Of High-Tech Metal Incendiaries In Debris From the Twin Towers
by Jim Hoffman | Version 1.0, April 3, 2009
The scientific paper Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe conclusively shows the presence of unignited aluminothermic explosives in dust samples from the Twin Towers, whose chemical signature matches previously documented aluminothermic residues found in the same dust samples. The present review of the paper and related research is intended to summarize those findings for the non-technical reader. To that end, I first provide a short introduction to the subject of aluminothermic explosives, then outline the methods and results of analysis of the dust samples, and finally explore the significance of these findings.
World Bank President Admits Agenda For Global Government
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
World Bank President and Bilderberg elitist Robert Zoellick openly admitted the plan to eliminate national sovereignty and impose a global government during a speech on the eve of the G20 summit.
Speaking about the agenda to increase not just funding but power for international organizations on the back of the financial crisis, Zoellick stated, “If leaders are serious about creating new global responsibilities or governance, let them start by modernising multilateralism to empower the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank Group to monitor national policies.”
In other words, give global institutions the power to regulate national policy as part of the creation of global government.
What Zoellick is outlining is essentially the end of national sovereignty and the reclassification of national governments as mere subordinates to a global authority that is completely unaccountable to the voting public of any country.
The more cynical amongst us would call this a global dictatorship. Zoellick couches the plan in flowery rhetoric of helping the poor and alleviating poverty, but as we have documented for years, the global elite’s goal of world government has little to do with saving the planet and everything to do with creating a global fascist state.
Zoellick, former Executive Vice President of Fannie Mae and advisor to Goldman Sachs, is a top elitist who was intimately involved in the Enron scandal and the 2000 presidential election debacle. He was also a signatory to the Project For A New American century document that called for invading Iraq as part of implementing a brutal world empire in 1998. He was later a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush.
Taleban: we will launch attack on America that will amaze world
From The Times | April 1, 2009
Zahid Hussain in Islamabad and Jeremy Page, South Asia Correspondent
Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taleban, threatened yesterday to launch an attack on Washington that would “amaze everyone in the world” as he claimed responsibility for the raid on a police academy in Lahore and boasted of a new regional militant alliance.
Mr Mehsud, for whom the United States offered a $5 million reward last week, said that Monday's raid, which killed seven police officers, was retaliation for US drone attacks on Pakistan's northern tribal areas, now the main hub of Taleban and al-Qaeda activity.
The 35-year-old leader of Tehrik-e-Taleban Pakistan (Movement of Taleban Pakistan), made the claims after taking the highly unusual step of telephoning Western news organisations from an undisclosed location.
“We wholeheartedly take responsibility for this attack and will carry out more such attacks in future,” he said.
“Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world ... The maximum they can do is martyr me. But we will exact our revenge on them from inside America.”
Mr Mehsud's threat illustrates his growing confidence in the Pakistani Taleban's strength and reach. He recently agreed to shelve differences with fellow commanders and join forces with the Afghan Taleban.
Judge signals unwillingness to release secret 9/11 papers
By Joe Dwinell | Thursday, March 26, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Three families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks head to court today to plead with a federal judge to release a million pages of documents detailing the mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans.
Those secret papers, one Bay State family member told the Herald, are “so bad you won’t believe it.”
“It was out control,” Paul Keating, 45, said of security on Sept. 11, 2001, including at Logan International Airport in Boston where two ill-fated jets left on a collision course with infamy.
“My mother went through the most public murder you could imagine . . . and I’ve been putting up with this crap for seven years,” Keating said of his refusal to settle his case out of court.
Keating’s 72-year-old mother, Barbara, a Framingham native, died aboard American Airlines [AMR] Flight 11.
Keating is making legal history today, along with the families of Mark Bavis, 31, and Sara Low, 28, by asking Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in Federal District Court in Manhattan to lift the order keeping all the evidence hidden.
Low was a Boston-based flight attendant on Flight 11; Bavis of West Newton, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175. Both jets left Logan with hijackers on board and were slammed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.
“Sept. 11 should not have happened,” said attorney Donald A. Migliori, whose firm represents all three families.
He said the secret papers include depositions of former Massport Executive Director Virginia Buckingham and former Logan security chief Joe Lawless.
If the documents are released, plans are in the works to make a public archive.
As for the three families, they vow to hold out for public trials next year - refusing any share of $7 billion in secret settlements to expose how 19 terrorists brought a nation to its knees.