Paul Joseph Watson
Arrests and court martials for deserters are incredibly rare and this appears to be an obvious case of political persecution as the “Loose Change” crew prepare the cinematic release of the final version of their popular documentary.
and just in case anyone reading this hasn’t seen Loose Change, here it is…
[Thx Hecktor D.]
Who can forget the incredible scandal that erupted back in May of 2002? Around about the middle of that month, details began to emerge about the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing that specifically warned Bush about Osama bin Laden’s determination to strike the United States.
By William Rivers Pitt
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) released a video Wednesday evening portraying what the union characterizes as leadership “failures” allegedly committed by Giuliani before, during and after the attack that claimed the lives of 343 firefighters.
The Specials — A Message To You, Rudy
Sins of Statecraft: The War on Terror Exposed :: Theories on Militarism and Prospects for Transformation
by Brian Bogart
“…1979, the year that international terrorism found a new incarnation through consolidation of converging interests and the “war on terror” was conceived. (Its conception was necessarily followed by a process of maturation: first applied to the Cold War and in rhetoric within limited theaters, such as the Palestine-Israel situation; second in the post-Cold War formulation of a “war on terror” plan during the 1990s; and third in its implementation after 9-11.)”
After suffering for more than five years with health problems related to his volunteer work at ground zero, Maywood, N.J., resident Bill Maher believed he had nothing to lose joining documentarian Michael Moore on a sneak trip to Cuba for medical treatment, captured in the new movie “Sicko.”
BY this late date we should know the fix is in when the White House’s top factotums fan out on the Sunday morning talk shows singing the same lyrics, often verbatim, from the same hymnal of spin. The pattern was set way back on Sept. 8, 2002, when in simultaneous appearances three cabinet members and the vice president warned darkly of Saddam’s aluminum tubes. “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud,” said Condi Rice, in a scripted line. The hard sell of the war in Iraq — the hyping of a (fictional) nuclear threat to America — had officially begun.
By Frank Rich
Now is the Time to Speak Out!
By NATSU SAITO
In the next few weeks, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado (CU) will vote on the dismissal of Professor Ward Churchill. This is the final opportunity for public input in this process.
Over the past two and a half years, many of you have opposed CU’s attempts to fire Ward. Ward and I have engaged in this struggle not for the sake of his job (he will always write, speak and teach), nor because we enjoy battling bureaucracy, but because it has become emblematic of contemporary efforts to silence those who insist on discussing uncomfortable truths.
A private jet that was hired to pick up members of the bin Laden family that were in the US eight days after the 9/11 attacks “was chartered either by the Saudi Arabian Royal Family or Osama bin Laden,” according to the declassified pages of the FBI investigation titled PENTTBOMB (page 3).
June 10, 2007
By ROGER COHEN
International Herald Tribune
A couple of weeks before the 9/11 attack on the United States, I was traveling with my family from New York to Minneapolis. My daughter, then aged 3, had not been well. As we waited at La Guardia Airport, her face grew blotchy with a mounting fever and I decided we would have to cancel the trip.
Campaigning for History: Reflections on the American Presidency
May 24, 2007, 6:22 pm
By Jules Witcover
WASHINGTON — More than three decades ago, Nixon White House Counsel John Dean called the Watergate cover-up “a cancer on the presidency.” Another one exists today, posing a challenge for the next president to restore the office as a credible voice in foreign policy.
May 20, 2007
By FRANK RICH
HARD as it is to believe now, Jerry Falwell came in second only to Ronald Reagan in a 1983 Good Housekeeping poll anointing “the most admired man in America.” By September 2001, even the Bush administration was looking for a way to ditch the preacher who had joined Pat Robertson on TV to pin the 9/11 attacks on feminists, abortionists, gays and, implicitly, Teletubbies. As David Kuo, a former Bush official for faith-based initiatives, tells the story in his book “Tempting Faith,” the Reverend Falwell was given a ticket to the Washington National Cathedral memorial service that week only on the strict condition that he stay away from reporters and cameras. Mr. Falwell obeyed, though once inside he cracked jokes (“Whoa, does she look frumpy,” he said of Barbara Bush) and chortled nonstop. (more…)
In a post-9/11 climate, the right of free expression is under attack and endangered in the age of George Bush when dissent may be called a threat to national security, terrorism, or treason. But losing that most precious of all rights means losing our freedom that 18th century French philosopher Voltaire spoke in defense of saying “I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Using it to express dissent is what noted historian Howard Zinn [and Thomas Jefferson] calls “the highest form of patriotism” exercising our constitutional right to freedom of speech, the press, to assemble, to protest publicly, and associate as we choose for any reason within the law.
“The city ran a generally slipshod, haphazard, uncoordinated, unfocused response to environmental concerns,” said David Newman, an industrial hygienist with the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, a labor group.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary “Sicko,” The Associated Press has learned.
George Tenet’s memoir sheds new light on the Bush administration’s failure to act aggressively on alarming intelligence in summer 2001 about an impending al-Qaeda attack. Not only did the CIA demand an extraordinary meeting with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in July and send a blunt briefing paper to George W. Bush in August, but Tenet followed up with a personal visit to Bush’s Texas ranch. However, that meeting slid into small talk about the ranch’s “flora and fauna.”
Giuliani Faces Questions About Sept. 11
History is often the story of little-noticed opportunities missed, potential forks in the road not taken, an arrogant leader plunging ahead toward a catastrophe he is too headstrong to see.
There is universal agreement that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 altered the course of history. However, the response of the Bush administration to 9/11 eventually had a far greater impact than the original tragedy.
Union President Harold Shaitberger says [the ongoing bitterness] stems from Giuliani’s decision to cease rescue operations in November of 2001, and to block firefighters from Ground Zero. Some were arrested.
S.4: A bill to make the United States more secure by implementing unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to fight the war on terror more effectively, to improve homeland security, and for other purposes. These senators voted against it.
* Alexander (R-TN)
* Allard (R-CO)
* Bennett (R-UT)
* Brownback (R-KS)
* Bunning (R-KY)
* Burr (R-NC)
* Chambliss (R-GA)
* Coburn (R-OK)
* Cochran (R-MS)
* Corker (R-TN)
* Cornyn (R-TX)
* Craig (R-ID)
* Crapo (R-ID)
* DeMint (R-SC)
* Domenici (R-NM)
* Ensign (R-NV)
* Enzi (R-WY)
* Graham (R-SC)
* Grassley (R-IA)
* Gregg (R-NH)
* Hagel (R-NE)
* Hatch (R-UT)
* Hutchison (R-TX)
* Inhofe (R-OK)
* Isakson (R-GA)
* Kyl (R-AZ)
* Lott (R-MS)
* Lugar (R-IN)
* Martinez (R-FL)
* McConnell (R-KY)
* Roberts (R-KS)
* Sessions (R-AL)
* Shelby (R-AL)
* Sununu (R-NH)
* Thomas (R-WY)
* Thune (R-SD)
* Vitter (R-LA)
* Warner (R-VA)
February 25, 2007
By FRANK RICH
“UNITED 93,” Hollywood’s highly praised but indifferently attended 9/11 docudrama, will be only a blip on tonight’s Oscar telecast. The ratings rise of “24” has stalled as audiences defect from the downer of terrorists to the supernatural uplift of “Heroes.” Cable surfers have tuned out Iraq for a war with laughs: the battle over Anna Nicole’s decomposing corpse. Set this cultural backdrop against last week’s terrifying but little-heeded front-page Times account of American “intelligence and counterterrorism officials” leaking urgent warnings about Al Qaeda’s comeback, and ask yourself: Haven’t we been here before? (more…)
Dr. Steven Jones has done extensive scientific analysis on physical evidence pertaining to the attacks of 9/11/01. The importance of such work cannot be overstated. BYU, where he has been employed as a physics professor, has placed him on paid leave while it reviews his findings. This petition is in support of Dr. Jones, his work, the thorough examination by qualified professionals, and subsequent peer review, of physical evidence pertaining to the attacks of 9/11/01, and whatever conclusions or implications that are rationally derived from such data.
Three more American soldiers were killed in Iraq, officials said Tuesday, pushing the U.S. military death toll to at least 2,975 – two more than the number killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Ever since the world learned of the lawless state of American military prisons in Iraq, the administration has hidden behind the claim that only a few bad apples were brutalizing prisoners. President Bush also has dodged the full force of public outrage because the victims were foreigners, mostly Muslims, captured in what he has painted as a war against Islamic terrorists bent on destroying America.
September 14, 2001
U.S. ‘Secular’ Groups Set Tone For Terror Attacks, Falwell Says
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR
The Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union, with abortion providers, gay rights proponents and federal courts that had banned school prayer and legalized abortion, had so weakened the United States spiritually that the nation was left exposed to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
Mr. Falwell, a Baptist minister who is chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., said that ”the A.C.L.U.’s got to take a lot of blame for this,” according to a partial transcript of remarks he made on ”The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson’s religious program.
In the transcript, distributed by the liberal organization People for the American Way, Mr. Falwell described the A.C.L.U. as ”throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools.” Referring to the attacks, he said he would point a figurative finger at those ”who have tried to secularize America” and say, ”You helped this happen.”
According to the transcript, Mr. Robertson said, ”I totally concur.”
Asked about his remarks in an interview last night, Mr. Falwell said he was making a theological statement about how various groups had so offended God that the attacks could occur. He said he did not intend to shift blame from the terrorists. ”I sincerely believe that the collective efforts of many secularists during the past generation, resulting in the expulsion from our schools and from the public square, has left us vulnerable,” he said.
He said he did not believe God ”had anything to do with the tragedy,” but that God had permitted it. ”He lifted the curtain of protection,” Mr. Falwell said, ”and I believe that if America does not repent and return to a genuine faith and dependence on him, we may expect more tragedies, unfortunately.”
On ”The 700 Club,” Mr. Falwell also said that liberal groups were ”totally disregarded by the Democrats and Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out to God in prayer and sang ‘God Bless America’ and said, ‘Let the A.C.L.U. be hanged.’ ”
Asked to comment on what Mr. Falwell said, a spokesman for the civil liberties union said, ”We are not are not dignifying it with a response.” In a statement, People for the American Way did not address Mr. Falwell’s remarks, but said it grieved for the victims.
Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest Divinity School, said Mr. Falwell’s remarks were ”a mistaken effort to sound prophetic.” ”God created the world with terrible freedom, and part of that freedom,” Mr. Leonard said, is the freedom humans have ”to do terrible evil.”