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Lecturers fear threat to academic freedom
· Manual downloaded from US government website
Polly Curtis and Martin Hodgson
Saturday May 24, 2008
A masters student researching terrorist tactics who was arrested and detained for six days after his university informed police about al-Qaida-related material he downloaded has spoken of the "psychological torture" he endured in custody.
Despite his Nottingham University supervisors insisting the materials were directly relevant to his research, Rizwaan Sabir, 22, was held for nearly a week under the Terrorism Act, accused of downloading the materials for illegal use. The student had obtained a copy of the al-Qaida training manual from a US government website for his research into terrorist tactics.
The case highlights what lecturers are claiming is a direct assault on academic freedom led by the government which, in its attempt to establish a "prevent agenda" against terrorist activity, is putting pressure on academics to become police informers.
WASHINGTON - If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore, where the U.S. says the Constitution does not apply.
But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different.
Al-Marri's capture six years ago might be the Bush administration's biggest domestic counterterrorism success story. Authorities say he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent living in middle America, researching poisonous gasses and plotting a cyberattack.
To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president's wartime powers, one that goes beyond warrantless wiretapping or monitoring banking transactions. Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a citizen and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.
Since "officially" 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, shouldn't Bush be thrown in a FEMA camp for negotiating with terrorists?
- Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists
I guess the president is with the terrorists:
Saudis reject Bush's call to raise oil production
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's leaders made clear Friday they see no reason to increase oil production until customers demand it, apparently rebuffing U.S. President George W. Bush amid soaring gasoline prices.
It was Bush's second personal appeal this year to King Abdullah, head of the monarchy that rules this desert kingdom that is a longtime prime U.S. ally and home to the world's largest oil reserves. But Saudi officials stuck to their position that they will only pump more oil into the system when asked to by buyers, something they say is not happening now, the president's national security adviser told reporters.
Copies of Endgame in MP4, WMV and hi quality AVI formats are available here as well as an ISO file for downloading and burning to DVD:
At the Green Living Show in Toronto, Ed Begley Jrwill be appearing on Saturday, April 26, from 12:00 - 1:00:
Live Simply So Others Can Simply Live
Saturday, April 26 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ed Begley, Jr., an actor and activist, is known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle. His 37-year journey to become an environmentalist began in 1970, and he continues to try to be a responsible steward of the planet.
He won't be discussing 9/11, but it would still be interesting to catch up with him. Charlie Sheen gets all the credit for being the first celebrity Truther, but I believe Ed Begley Jr actually holds that distinction. To see some of Ed Begley's work at the Confronting the Evidence conference on the third anniversary of the attacks, see the following link:
Good background info regarding the NAU on CSpan:
From Monday's Globe and Mail
March 24, 2008 at 4:05 AM EDT
Google Inc. is a year into its ground-shifting strategy to change the way people communicate and work.
But the initiative to reinvent the way that people use software is running headlong into another new phenomenon of the information technology age: the unprecedented powers of security officials in the United States to conduct surveillance on communications.
Eighteen months ago, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., had an outdated computer system that was crashing daily and in desperate need of an overhaul. A new installation would have cost more than $1-million and taken months to implement. Google's service, however, took just 30 days to set up, didn't cost the university a penny and gave nearly 8,000 students and faculty leading-edge software, said Michael Pawlowski, Lakehead's vice-president of administration and finance.
U.S.-based Google spotlighted the university as one of the first to adopt its software model of the future, and today Mr. Pawlowski boasts the move was the right thing for Lakehead, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual operating costs. But he notes one trade-off: The faculty was told not to transmit any private data over the system, including student marks.
Hello folks, I am officially retiring from 911blogger.com today. I say "officially retiring" because I have been unofficially retired for some time now.
Over the last several months, I've just been too busy to make any meaningful contribution to the site, so instead of remaining a moderator in name only I thought it might be time to step aside and let others with more time and desire to step up.
I'm proud to have been a part of this since the start, from when DZ first talked to Jon Gold and myself about a new site idea he had until I came on as a moderator a few months later, I've seen this place grow to the premier Internet site for 911 news and activism. Looking back I remember having to search far and wide for any 911 related news; there was no mainstream coverage, no activism, no progress. Now we are bombarded everyday with big news stories, acts of civil disobedience by Truthers, and 911 Truth being pushed deeper and deeper into the mainstream thanks to the emergence of respected professionals from groups such as the Scholars for 911 Truth and Justice and Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth.
Not to mention Charlie Sheen, Rosie O'Donnell, James Brolin, Willie Nelson, and many others. We have come a long way, never forget that.
Next time you see me here, I'll be a visitor, just like you, catching up on news. See you then!!!
The content of these videos are a bit dated, but are just as true today if not more so because of the hindsight of the aftermath of 9/11. They summarize some highlights from the book 9/11 Synthetic Terror written by Webster Griffin Tarpley. He is an activist and historian best known for his George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), which has become an underground classic on the Internet at www.tarpley.net.
An expert on international terrorism with decades of experience, he directed the study Chi ha ucciso Aldo Moro? (Who Killed Aldo Moro?) which was commissioned by a member of the Italian government and published in Rome in 1978. [Aldo Moro was an ex-prime minister of Italy who was murdered by the "Red Brigades," who were ultimately found out to be a front for a fascistic state terror group.]
1/2 - 9/11 Patsies, Moles, the CIA - Webster Tarpley
"Disinformation, in order to be effective, must be 90% accurate." -- Peter Dale Scott
Just as important as to what actually happened on 9/11, the 911 truth movement has superbly brought forth many questions putting doubt into the government story to warrant a "real investigation". With that same level of vigor, it should clearly be stated what did NOT occur, especially when those theories seem at times to put a thorn in the movement.
The sources of TV fakery are different from sources that blatantly attack the 911 truth movement as completely wrong e.g Skeptic Magazine. Instead they offer a subtle approach of accepting most theories within the movement while disagreeing on topics that are not only unproductive, unsupported, lead to nowhere, but discredit the movement at face value (IMHO). There's nothing wrong with being skeptical, but one should be extremely cautious.
Once in a while I still hear a dew undecided voices on the TV fakery theory, most don't discuss these lines because they seem speculative, with just cause. The following videos should confirm the speculations raised.
Just wanted to share a youtube+clip of a strange interview with Alan Reiss and William R. Hall and also to share about a recent project just started for Wikipedia.org like articles called 911Truthpedia.org
Anyway, here's a summary of the youtube video:
Alan Reiss was the director of World Trade Center department run out of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He along with William R. Hall, the port authority police chief in jurisdiction of the WTC complexes, had to digg out of 5 and/or 6 they can't remember where they were just at being it just happened. Amazingly they have no dust on them like many pictures we have seen of survivors covered in pulverized concrete and toxic materials.
FYI the WeAreChange Halloween 2007 video is up, featuring Bush, Cheney, and Giuliani dressed in prison suits, carrying 9/11 Truth signs. Please check it out and post it if possible:
Thanks to Vab for sending this in:
Like many cataclysmic events in our nation's history, Sept. 11 has an official story, and many other theories about what actually happened that day. The Alchemy Juice Bar Café this week is starting a Friday night film series focusing on alternative theories about the World Trade Center.
The films will be at 7:30 p.m. All are unrated, and admission is free.
Here's the lineup:
Friday, Dec. 7: "9/11 Press For Truth," examines the government's and media's reactions to the 9/11 Family Steering Committee.
Dec. 14: "Loose Change — The Final Cut," interviews witnesses, first responders, survivors and experts.
Dec. 28: "Utah Seminar Video," a PowerPoint presentation by Steven Jones, a former teacher of physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University, rebutting the official story.
Jan. 4: "9/11 Mysteries," a study of demolition evidence and analysis, asking how a 110-story building could collapse so quickly.
Alchemy is at 203 New Britain Ave. in Hartford. For details, visit thegreenvibration.com.
A professor looking to stimulate interest in the obligatory compositions prepared by his freshman English students asked me if I would come to his morning classes last Friday to answer questions about 9/11 that the students had brought up after a viewing of ‘Loose Change’. I was grateful for the opportunity and felt confident as we walked toward the lecture hall because I believed that I would be able to handle their questions. In my mind, the challenges I would face would be based on my knowledge of factual information and my ability to convey it coherently.
I never suspected that I would be ambushed by a furious student who was already shouting at me that I was an ‘anti-Semite’ even before I reached the classroom. That emotional barrage never ended from that moment until the class disbanded. It was dramatic. He was unable to stay in his seat and jumped up and down and moved around the classroom, his hand waving wildly to get his turn to ask questions that were in essence hostile accusations, phoning his ‘friend’ so that his ‘friend’ could hear my comments, intrusively shoving that phone at me.
Pretty cool little video:
song: dilated peoples, 'big business', clean version
The rain was relentless -- a deluge at times during the five hours we were out there -- but we still enjoyed the camaraderie and had fun! We were very visible, but only a few people were outside to receive literature or DVDs since everyone (everyone but us!) was scurrying to try to stay dry. We moved through town and stopped at the Boston 9/11 Memorial where there were many floral wreaths and bouquets. At times when the rain did let up passersby were mostly receptive. When we walked along the streets from one stop to the next we got some horns tooting. A couple of people laid on the horn and gave us very enthusiastic "thumbs up" which was encouraging. Very few middle finger salutes. Everyone had a good time and spirits were high in spite of the weather!
Boston 9/11 Truth
View images here:
Check out what's going to be on A&E. Anyone seen this?
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Closed Captions: Yes
Thursday, September 06 @ 10pm/9C
Friday, September 07 @ 2am/1C
Saturday, September 08 @ 10pm/9C
Sunday, September 09 @ 2am/1C
Sunday, September 09 @ 4pm/3C
While millions watched the events of 9/11 unfold on television, 40,000 people--rescue workers, carpenters, ironworkers, volunteers--rushed to the scene to do what they could to rescue victims and, in the months that followed, to find the remains of those who had died. Still others worked to clean the buildings in the surrounding area, or provide utilities to the area, and many more just plain lived and worked in the area. Now, many of these people are getting sick, and their illnesses have been linked to the conditions at Ground Zero. This special tells the global story of this human tragedy through the lives of four of these victims as they fight their personal battles. We also speak to scientific and medical experts to explore the issues around the toxins and the circumstances at "the pile", and to those who blame politicians for rushing to say the air was safe long before it was.
As a 9/11 activist, I wanted to let you know that if you need any materials for 9/11 anniversary or anti-war events, it's still not too late. If you order now, we can get books, DVD's or flyers to most customers this week by priority mail or DHL.
We're announcing a new product idea now, which is the most cost-effective way yet of getting our message out: Labels which activists can stick up on phone booths, restrooms, bulletin boards, buses, lampposts, walls, windows, supermarket shelves, anywhere. You can adapt our design and print and photocopy them yourself, or get them from us at our cost of only half a cent per label (15¢ per sheet of 30). Copy them on plain paper and slip them inside library books. Your imagination is the limit.
These designs are meant to warn the public against a new false flag terror attack - thus helping prevent one, and if one comes, to stiffen resistance against martial law and war on Iran. Please see http://www.waronfreedom.org/label.html for a gallery and more info. A sample design is attached.
Note the unique structure:
A quick excerpt from the site...
"While LeMessurier's original design and load calculations for the special, uniquely-designed 'chevron' load braces used to support the building were based on welded joints, a labor and cost-saving change altered the joints to bolted construction after the building's plans were approved.
"For the next three months, a construction crew welded two-inch-thick steel plates over each of the skyscraper's 200 bolted joints during the night, after each work day, almost unknown to the general public."
So much for the theory that construction crews couldn't possibly have planted explosives in the three buildings on 9/11 without the general public becoming aware. Once again, historical precedent is on our side.
I found these episodes on BitTorrent, Alex Jones' immediate reaction to the 9/11 attacks, nothing too earth shattering, but kind of interesting:
Listen for Joe Rogan in the second episode who seems to be horribly uninformed, of course, we were all uninformed back then, weren't we. It would be interesting to see what Joe Rogan thinks now.
(Note: Download a full page version of this for postering and promotion in Word format here:
Ed Asner Invites You together with Michelle Phillips and other celebrities to ask the tough questions of 9/11 expert:
David Ray Griffin
Researcher, Theologian, Professor Emeritus Claremont College & Claremont Graduate University
Author of over 30 books including:
"The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions"
"The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11”
"9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out"
"Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11"
and his latest:
"Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics & Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory"
Sunday July 8, 2007
6:00 pm - 10 pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church / 3300 Wilshire
Messages from Drew (a director of Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society) and from Wayne, the Conference Coordinator:
University of Wisconsin-Madison associate, Teacher of Islam, Olympic Gold Medalist, and MC for the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Conference Kevin Barrett is currently in Morocco in search for Hijacker Waleed al Shehri.
Not only has he confirmed his whereabouts, but has met with some of his colleagues and friends that have all reported and confirmed that yes, Waleed is infact alive and well in Morocco. Mr. Barret has yet to report meeting with Waleed himself and getting his picture, but he is committed to doing so before his return. If he is successful, these pictures will be seen for the first time at our conference in June.
Silverstein vs. the insurance companies this afternoon, check it out here:
Way behind in this poll, spread it around:
Hey all, Luke was on Alex today and has the scumbags in front of the new WTC7 accusing him of having a bomb, accusing him of being a terrorist, and calling the cops on him claiming he has a bomb.
He'd file a complaint, but doesn't have legal representation. Does anyone know where he could get some free legal representation?
You should be able to get ahold of Luke here:
Alex posted a video of this event on Monday available here:
This was sent in by Richard:
WE ALL NEED TO BE CALLING PELOSI, AND OUR RESPECTIVE CONGRESSMEN TO DEMAND THEY GET ON BOARD WITH KUCINICH'S ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. MENTION ONE OF THE REASONS AS BEING TREASON FOR CRIMES COMMITTED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001.
PLEASE, FORWARD THIS EMAIL ALONG.
House Speaker Pelosi's office is taking calls voting for Impeachment of Bush/Cheney at 202-225-0100.
Folks, each of you who have been wanting Impeachment, need to commit right now to ask at least 10 others to call and ask each person to commit to asking 10 others to call and so on. It needs to happen fast and NOW. Let's BLITZKREIG the Speaker's office with demands for Impeachment of Bush AND Cheney.
2. From David Swanson:
Kucinich Has Introduced Articles of Impeachment Against Vice President Richard Cheney
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has acted. Here are his Articles of Impeachment and supporting materials.
It's time now for us to follow through by asking the rest of Congress to get on board with the American public, and by letting the media know where we stand.
Giuliani starts talking around 10 minutes in, says some interesting things at the 16:16 mark. Thanks to Jerry/Kleetus for sending this in:
Fmr. Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) and former Mayor Ron Norick (R-OK) talked about how leadership and putting a plan in place helped their cities respond, recover, and rebuild from acts of terrorism. They focused on the successes but also on the challenges and obstacles encountered by both communities in order for their experiences to help other communities prepare for, and successfully recover from, large-scale disasters.
Bloor and Bathurst area.
There are various documentaries playing from the 19th till the 29th.
We plan to meet Sunday nite at Bloor & Bathurst around 6:00- 6:30 and film a documentary about the Toronto 9/11 Truth Group visiting the Toronto Hot Docs Festival;)
Here's the film schedule. http://hotdocs.bside.com/?%20%3Ca%20href=