9/11 - Key Issue of our Time
Sibel Edmonds - deposition - 8 August 2009
The long-gagged FBI translator turned whistleblower speaks publicly on the record, under oath, for the first time since being twice-gagged by the Bush Administration's use of the "state secrets privilege".
Edmonds became a linguistics specialist in the FBI counterintelligence department following 9/11. In the deposition, she discusses startling allegations of blackmail, bribery, espionage, and infilitration of the U.S. government by current and former U.S. Congressmembers, high-ranking State and Defense Dept. officials, and agents of the Turkish government.
See www.bradblog.com/?p=7374 for more information.
Sibel Edmonds lets rip
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Once upon a time an evil witch visits a kingdom and poisons the central well with a potion that drives people mad. The next morning all who drink from that well go crazy. The king, however, knew about this in advance, and didn't drink from the communal well. The next day, those who drank the poisoned water came to the king and accused him of being the crazy one. The king, aware of what had transpired, was faced with a dilemma: drink from the well and lose his sanity like the rest of his subjects, but remain king; or don't drink, remain sane, but be swept from power by those who would view his very sanity as madness.
Today in our nation those who refrain from drinking from the well poisoned by the establishment witch are categorized, marginalized, and labeled mad, crazy, extremist, conspiracy theorists, and other adjectives along the same line:
Those driven by pure, agenda-free, and nonpartisan civil liberties motives are coined as die-hard unrealistic idealist liberals.
Those in government who dare to come forward, speak up, and tell the truth are labeled as disgruntled whistleblowers.
Those political candidates who choose to run as a ‘people’s candidate,’ not the establishment candidate representing this special interest or that foreign interest’s agenda, are referred to as nutcases, eccentrics, and crazies.
Those groups who fight for accountability and demand justice are dismissed as extremists.
Those activists who dare to ask for ‘real’ investigations in matters such as 9/11 are grouped and stuffed in a bucket as insane conspiracy theorists.
Those real investigative journalists and reporters who have defied the ‘dictation,’ refusing to become stenographers , have found themselves jobless and without paid outlets to publish.
Today in our nation, with the help of the mainstream media and the pseudo alternative-media alike, anyone who dares NOT to drink from the well poisoned by the establishment corruption, greed, abuses and lies, tainted foreign policy agenda, and cover-ups, is destined to find himself stuffed into the same bucket of crazies, loonies, the mad and insane.
Do you want me to be a bit more specific? My pleasure.
Since I recently posted excerpts from Representative Ron Paul’s speech titled ‘Is America a Police State?’ let’s start with him. During his Presidential candidacy he was consistently, and falsely, marginalized as Anti-Semite, racist, extremist, radical, and many other pejorative adjectives. Who did that? Not only the mainstream media, but also those pseudo alternatives who happen to be the extension of the same establishment media only with a different front/mask. These adjectives and intentional marginalization were used for other candidates as well. Whether it was Representative Kucinich being depicted as a wacky nutcase chasing UFOs, or others with similar non-establishment platforms.
This is what a real protest rally looks like...
Washington DC Civil Rights March, Aug 30, 1963
A sea of people, stretching as far as the eye can see, gathered in the name of freedom, truth and justice.
A great poet sings with crystal clarity - penetrating to the core of every heart, stirring the masses to awaken, rise up and reclaim their dignity and their destiny.
And the words that are used
For to get the ship confused
Will not be understood as they're spoken.
For the chains of the sea
Will have busted in the night
And will be buried at the bottom of the ocean.
That was 46 years ago.
Today we're lucky if ten people turn out to protest for 9/11 truth. Does that make you sad? It makes me damn sad, too sad for words.
It's not just that we consented to become livestock, it's that, in doing so we made our world into a joke.
We diluted our passion, lost our dignity and even the possibility of ecstasy, accepting in return a TV simulation. We consented to become automatons, drugged with sex, sitcoms, junk food, vaccines, fluoride and all the rest...
And we pretended we were free - that's the sickest part.
Nevertheless, one day the ship will come in. I know it.
For those of you that thought demolishing a building was easy
What does this remind you of ?
No prizes for guessing the right answer (:
'Monster attack' planned on base
Milanda Rout | August 25, 2009
Article from: The Australian
MEMBERS of an alleged terrorist conspiracy group spoke about working together "on a great monstrous thing" and needing only 20 minutes to take out as many soldiers as possible as they planned an attack on a Sydney army base.
Conversations recorded by federal police on secret telephone intercepts reveal two of the accused talked to sheiks in Somalia to try to get a fatwa -- religious blessing -- for their attack and described their plans to get guns and rifles for the terror plot.
Details of these discussions emerged yesterday at the Melbourne Magistrates Court as three of the accused, Saney Edow Aweys, Nayef El Sayed and Yacqub Khayre, applied for bail.
Australian Federal Police counter-terrorism agent Chris Salmon read out a prosecution summary of the case to the court, which included transcripts of recorded conversations about being on a mission to "please Allah" and desires to "enter the paradise" of the after life.
"So they want an operational martyrdom," Sheik Abdirahman Ahmed, from Somalia, allegedly asks Mr Aweys on July 10.
"Yes," Mr Aweys replies. "They know where they can get them (the guns). Then they want to enter the military forces stationed in the barracks. Their desire is to fan out as much as possible ... until they would be hit. Twenty minutes would be enough for us to take out five, six, 10, eight, whatever Allah knows."
Sheik Abdirahman then asks: "Could there be disastrous consequences?" Mr Aweys says: "Yes, it's Australia and the city of Melbourne. As you may be aware ... we are present in their midst. The infidels, their forces are cast in the lands of Islam and causing great damage."
Another recorded conversation between the fourth accused, Wissam Mahmoud Fattal and Mr El Sayed, also talks about obtaining a fatwa for their planned attack on the Holsworthy army base in southwestern Sydney.
"I would like to strike big if its halal (approved)," Mr El Sayed allegedly says to Mr Fattal, who was in the Melbourne Remand Centre at the time after being charged with an unrelated assault. "Allah willing, we will strike good, and the rest will distribute it on the brothers."
Mr Fatal says all he wants is an afterlife. "We are doing something very terrific for Allah. We are working together on a great monstrous thing and we will need to persevere."
Mr Salmon told the court Mr Aweys was recruiting men to fight for Somali extremist group al-Shabaab against the country's government and he helped Mr Khayre travel to Somalia and train with the terror group.
"He (Mr Khayre) has acquired skills which are dangerous and could be used to avoid police," AFP agent Bruce Castle told the bail hearing.
By Lisa Pease
August 21, 2009
In any kind of major transnational event, there is the historical truth, what actually happened, and the political truth, what must have happened for the nations involved to continue on as before.
Sometimes, these accounts match; other times, these “truths” are wildly divergent, which appears to be the case with the Lockerbie bombing.
On Thursday, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of planting a bomb aboard Pan Am Flight 103 which exploded over the hills over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988, was released. The Scottish authorities said they were letting al-Megrahi go free on “compassionate grounds” because he was terminally ill from cancer.
This decision caused an uproar in the United States. Obama administration officials lodged angry protests; family members of the victims decried the move, and TV pundits joined in the lamentations. But what do they really know about the Lockerbie bombing, beyond what they’ve read in the last few days?
The truth about what happened at Lockerbie appears quite a bit more complex than the cookie-cutter version presented by the mainstream media. Several longtime observers of the al-Megrahi case have concluded that it has always been weak, at best.
According to British journalist Hugh Miles in a 2007 article for London Review of Books, many “lawyers, politicians, diplomats and relatives of Lockerbie victims now believe that the former Libyan intelligence officer is innocent.”
Miles quoted Robert Black QC, an Edinburgh University professor emeritus of Scottish law, as saying, “No reasonable tribunal, on the evidence heard at the original trial, should or could have convicted him and it is an absolute disgrace and outrage what the Scottish court did.”
Al-Megrahi was tried along with fellow Libyan intelligence officer Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah. With distraught relatives of victims filling the courtroom, the Scottish judges understandably feared the reaction to two not guilty verdicts. Instead, the judges acquitted Fhimah and found al-Megrahi guilty.
A U.N. observer to the trial, Austrian philosophy Professor Hans Koschler, noted, "You cannot come out with a verdict of guilty for one and innocent for the other when they were both being tried with the same evidence.”
The only important piece of evidence that differentiated al-Megrahi from Fhimah was the dubious identification of al-Megrahi by a storekeeper in Malta who fingered the Libyan as the buyer of clothing found in the bomb suitcase.
But this storekeeper had earlier identified several other people, including one who was a CIA agent. When he finally identified al-Megrahi from a photo, it was after al-Megrahi's photo had been in the world news for years.
There also were major discrepancies between the shopkeeper's original description of the clothes-buyer and al-Megrahi's actual appearance. The shopkeeper told police that the customer was "six feet or more in height" and "was about 50 years of age." Al-Megrahi was 5'8" tall and was 36 in 1988.
The Scottish judges acknowledged that the initial description "would not in a number of respects fit the first accused [al-Megrahi]" and that "it has to be accepted that there was a substantial discrepancy." Nevertheless, the judges accepted the identification as accurate.
CIA hired Blackwater for al-Qaida assassination programme
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Thursday 20 August 2009
The CIA enlisted the notorious security firm Blackwater in a secret programme to hunt and kill al-Qaida leaders, US intelligence sources confirmed today. Blackwater staff, many of whom are former US special forces and CIA members, were recruited in 2004 as part of the programme, estimated to have costs millions of dollars.
However, the New York Times, which broke the story, said it was unclear whether Blackwater had been engaged to carry out assassinations or simply to help with intelligence-gathering, planning and training.
No raid to capture or kill al-Qaida leaders was ever carried out and the programme was closed down this year. But the employment of Blackwater raised new questions about the legality of the CIA's behaviour during the Bush administration and about the agency's widespread use of outside contractors. There is also a question about whether the programme was deliberately kept hidden from Congress.
The CIA today refused to discuss the involvement of Blackwater, but did not deny it either. George Little, a CIA spokesman, acknowledged that there had been a counter-terrorism effort and it amounted to "more than a PowerPoint presentation".
GOP Senators: US Faces Terrorist Attack If Holder Probes Bush's Torture Program
By Jason Leopold
The Public Record
Aug 19th, 2009
Nine Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Eric Holder Wednesday saying the U.S. could face a terrorist attack if the attorney general appoints a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s use of torture against “war on terror” suspects.
Holder is under pressure to resist launching a criminal probe, even one limited to rogue CIA interrogators. At the same time, he is facing mounting pressure from some prominent Democrats and civil liberties and human rights groups to not only sign off on a criminal investigation but to expand it to include top Bush administration officials.
The latest correspondence came on Wednesday, in a letter to the attorney general that said an investigation into the CIA’s interrogation practices, no matter how limited in scope, would jeopardize the “security for all Americans, “chill future intelligence activities,” and could “leave us more vulnerable to attack.”
The senators resorted to fear-mongering, invoking the terrorist attacks on 9/11 to try and dissuade Holder
“We are deeply concerned by recent news reports that you are ‘poised to appoint a special prosecutor’ to investigate CIA officials who interrogated al Qaeda terrorists. Such an investigation could have a number of serious consequences, not just for the honorable members of the intelligence community, but also for the security of all Americans,” the letter says.
The letter was sent to Holder by Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was also signed by Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
“The 9/11 Commission emphasized that keeping our country safe from foreign attack requires that the Justice Department work cooperatively with the intelligence community, but the appointment of a special prosecutor would irresponsibly and unnecessarily drive a wedge between the two…
“We will not know the lost opportunities to prevent attacks, the policies to protect the nation left on the table, due to fear of future policy disagreement being expressed through an indictment. It is hard to imagine how the Justice Department could take that risk after September 11, given that the foremost duty of the Department is to protect Americans”
The timing of the letter coincides with the expected public release next Monday of a 2004 CIA inspector general’s report that called into question the legality of the Bush administration’s interrogation program.
Heavily redacted portions of Helgerson’s 200-page report were released to the ACLU in May 2008 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, but the ACLU appealed the Bush administration’s extensive deletions and the Obama administration responded to that appeal with a promise to review the materials at issue and declassify, at the very least, portions of it to the civil liberties group.
Calling for a Media Focused Protest on 11 September 2009 !
By John Bursill – Australian Activist and Engineer
17 August 2009
As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches once again it leads us to reflect on what we have achieved and what is yet to be achieved by the 9/11 Truth and Justice Campaign. One thing we all might agree on is that a more “focused” and “deliberate” media campaign is in order this anniversary.
In this last year we have received some very powerful tools to use in our battle against those who would see us fade away as a movement. The most powerful is arguably the "Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe" paper provided, peer reviewed and published by our hard working scholars internationally. While this world-changing evidence has received press in parts of Europe and Asia, it has not been reported on within the corporate media of the “Coalition of the willing”, being predominantly the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. It is important to note these countries are also the major supporters of the “War on Terror” having direct military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan to this day.
What I propose is an all out, all day attempt to get this controversial paper reported on in the press by demonstrating in front of corporate media facilities worldwide. With simply the “Thermitic Materials Paper” in one hand and Architects and Engineers DVD “9/11 Blueprint for Truth” in the other we have a completely rational and non-conspiratorial basis to demand that the press investigate the possibility of controlled demolition of the World Trade Center buildings 1, 2 and 7 on 9/11. It would also be completely reasonable for us to call out the media for its disgraceful reluctance to address the hard evidence disproving the NIST building collapse reports and their clear and biased support of the cover up of the century!
It has been obvious to me as an activist out on the http://“11th Day of Every Month” that the majority of the public have suspicions that 9/11 involved more than Al Qaeda and believe it highly likely that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld were involved. By the constant distribution of information throughout the western world by 9/11 Truth groups including www.TruthAction.org and www.WeAreChange.org each month and the formidable work of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and other professional groups we have effectively diminished the media’s power! So by destroying the corporate media’s news credibility with 9/11 Truth we have created an opportunity, for they are feeling a resulting loss in revenue and their own job security is at risk.
So what’s the plan...
- Call to International Action by all the major web sites “Putting the Heat on the Media this 9/11”
- Mobilize all 9/11 Activist networks worldwide through www.911Truth.org , www.911blogger.com , www.TruthAction.org and www.WeAreChange.org
- Get support of leaders, scholars and web based groups for their membership’s support of this offensive and get them on the street if possible
- Augmenting the anniversary’s actions by large e-mail volumes the days before, supported by a reminder at the above sites
Keep the actions simple and concise by;
- Focusing on the Thermitic Materials Paper censorship by the media and handing copies to the media at the actions
- Handing out the “9/11 Blueprint for Truth” DVD and pushing its credible and large support base of 750 architects and engineers
- Strongly representing the families’ desire for a new investigation and their frustration with the media’s inadequacies
- Reminding the media of what has been done in the name of the victims of 9/11 and how they continue to report on the official conspiracy theory as if fact without hard corroborating evidence
- A real focus on appearance and at least the activist leaders putting on a shirt and tie to present us in the best light in case of interview.
In conclusion to this call I would like to remind you all that each time we have had a media focus on the 11th we have had success in getting attention. As a direct result we have seen Building 7 shown on TV so now let’s get the Thermitic Paper reported on. Besides, even if we do not get any direct media coverage we will get the information into the hands of the journalists, further undermining their editorial control and increasing our chances of potential news pieces.
I sent this out three days ago to gage the interest level and have recieved a very positive response and supporters of the idea include;
- Dr Steven Jones
- Dr Frank Legge
- Carol Brouillet
- Dr David Leifer
Just to name a few!
Please get this idea out there by e-mail or web!
Finding the right balance after 9/11
Patrick Walters | August 13, 2009
ROBERT McClelland has produced a necessary and broad-ranging set of amendments to Australia's counter-terrorism legislation.
Almost eight years after September 11, 2001 and seven years after the Bali bombings, the Rudd government has produced a mix of reforms that endeavour to balance genuine civil liberties concerns with the hard-won experience of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
The 440-page discussion paper released by the Attorney-General yesterday embodies the government's response to four key parliamentary, judicial and legal reviews undertaken in recent years, including John Clarke QC's review of the case of Mohamed Haneef, and the Australian Law Reform Commission's review of sedition laws.
As Mr McClelland explained yesterday, it is time to put counter-terrorism laws on a long-term footing with new review mechanisms, including a national security legislation monitor and a new, long-overdue parliamentary oversight of the Australian Federal Police.
The discussion paper proposes a number of key changes that would bolster anti-terror laws, including an expansion of the definition of a terrorist act to include psychological as well as physical harm.
Police will also be given new emergency powers to enter and search premises without a warrant where it is suspected that there is material relevant to a terrorism offence.
Significantly, the government proposes establishing a maximum nine-day limit on the amount of time a terrorism suspect can be held without being charged. Dr Haneef was held for 13 days.
The Howard government moved rapidly to introduce a barrage of new counter-terrorism laws in the wake of the October 2002 Bali bombings.
Now, as Mr McClelland points out, it is time to accept that soundly based counter-terrorism laws are here to stay.
But they must be underpinned by safeguards and sound review mechanisms such as the national security legislation monitor, which will review terror laws on an annual basis.
Judge: CIA interrogations not relevant to 9/11 accused's sanity
BY CAROL ROSENBERG
Posted on Monday, 08.10.09
U.S. military defense lawyers for accused 9/11 conspirator Ramzi bin al Shibh cannot learn what interrogation techniques CIA agents used on the Yemeni before he was moved to Guantánamo to be tried as a terrorist, an Army judge has ruled.
Bin al Shibh, 37, is one of five men charged in a complex death penalty prosecution by military commission currently under review by the Obama administration. He allegedly helped organize the Hamburg, Germany, cell of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers before the suicide mission that killed 2,974 people in New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.
But his lawyers say he suffers a ``delusional disorder,'' and hallucinations in his cell at Guantánamo may leave him neither sane enough to act as his own attorney nor to stand trial. Prison camp doctors treat him with psychotropic drugs.
Army Col. Stephen Henley, the military judge on the case, has scheduled a competency hearing for mid-September.
Meantime, the judge ruled on Aug. 6 that ``evidence of specific techniques employed by various governmental agencies to interrogate the accused is . . . not essential to a fair resolution of the incompetence determination hearing in this case.'' The Miami Herald obtained a copy of the ruling Monday.
Prosecutors had invoked a national security privilege in seeking to shield the details from defense lawyers. They argue that Bin al Shibh is sane enough to stand trial with alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and three other alleged co-conspirators.
Many of the techniques used on the men have already been made public. They included waterboarding, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation methods meant to break a captive's will to hide al Qaeda secrets.
But Navy Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier, the Yemeni's Pentagon appointed defense attorney, said court-approved mental health experts -- as well as the judge -- need to know the specifics to assess her client's mental illness.
If he suffers a long-standing psychosis, she said, he may never be made competent for trial. But if he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his CIA interrogations, there may be PTSD treatments that could make him competent.
Henley said he was relying on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld Guantánamo detainees' rights to contest their detention in refusing the military lawyers the details of Bin al Shibh's secret ``black site'' interrogations before his September 2006 transfer to military custody.
In Boumediene v. Bush, the judge noted, the justices said the courts must balance national security secrets with the right of an accused to challenge any evidence being used against him.
In this instance, Lachelier said her defense team didn't seek to rebut the government's case but wanted to know the details of his interrogation in order to let medical staff assess his competency.
``We're not trying to point a finger at an institution,'' she said. ``We're just trying to rule in or out certain diagnoses.'
Moreover, she said, under war court rules, the judge could have ordered Bin al Shibh's interrogation history sealed and only available to defense attorneys and others involved in the case with top-secret security clearances.
Amy Goodman interviews Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater allegations
5 August 2009
In sworn statements, two ex-employees claim Blackwater’s owner, Erik Prince, murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. One also charged Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.” We speak with investigative journalist and bestselling author Jeremy Scahill, who broke the story for The Nation magazine.
Blackwater's Dark Deeds Exposed
The Nation's Jeremy Scahill and Keith Olbermann discuss the explosive news Scahill broke on Tuesday: Blackwater's founder, Erik Prince, has been accused, in sworn depositions from two former employees, of murder. Scahill notes that Blackwater being involved in scandal is "no great surprise," but the explosive details in the report confirm Prince's view of the war in Iraq as a religious crusade. More importantly, Scahill says, the Justice Department is in possession of this information, and according to the attorneys in the civil case from which these depositions came, Prince could be eligible for murder charges.
More of Scahill's coverage of Blackwater for The Nation is available here.