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"The problem lies in the unwillingness to recognize that your own terrorism is terrorism" a Q&A of Chomsky

Ex: What is the role of the intellectual when dealing with imperialism and are the intellectuals doing they job?

Ch: Unfortunately, intellectuals are doing their historic job. The historic role of intellectuals if you look, unfortunately, as far back as you go has been to support power systems and to justify their atrocities. So the article you read in the National Post for the production of vulgar Stalinist connoisseurs, that's what intellectuals usually do as far back as you go.

If you go back to the Bible, there's a category of people who were called prophets, a translation of an obscure word, they were intellectuals, they were what we would call dissident intellectuals; criticising the evil king, giving geopolitical analysis, calling for the moral treatment of orphans, decent behaviour. They were dissident intellectuals. Were they treated well? They were prisoned and driven into the dessert and so on, they were the fringe. The people who were treated well were the ones who centuries later, like in the gospel, were called false prophets. So it goes through history. The actual role of the intellectual has been supportive of power.

Should they do that? Of course not; they should be searching for truth, they should be honest, they should be supporting freedom and justice and there are some who do it. There is a fringe who do it, but they're not treated well. They are performing the task that intellectuals ought to perform.

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The State Department's disclosure Monday that the pair was briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what the Bush administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or don't remember the warning.

more here

question: was this the warning that prompted Ashcroft to stop flying commercial aircraft?

My review of 9-11: Press For Truth

I went to the premiere of 9-11: Press For Truth in the Bay area Oakland, CA last night and in the words of George Tenet.....slam dunk!!!!

It makes the official story look like a cheap conspiracy theory.

Weaving the story of the Jersey girls and other family members efforts to get an investigation into the 9-11 attacks and the timeline of Paul Thompson at http://www.cooperativeresearch.org, the film clearly points out the outlandish nature of the official story.

The great thing is, it isn't a conspiracy theory documentary. In fact, the word "conspiracy" isn't even muttered. Not once. No "Bush did it". No mention of bombs, no-planes, holes in the ground, pentagon walls, planted evidence...no assumptions or theories.

Every fact is taken from news sources just like the terror timeline. It is focused on the pre 9-11 warnings, the steps taken by government leaders to protect themselves after receiving these warnings, and the concerted effort to cover-up their knowledge and stonewall and limit the investigation once national media attention brought to light the lack of effort to actually investigate the biggest crime ever to take place on American soil.

It is also focused on Pakistan and the dubious relationship between the CIA and ISI, showing that those responsible for funding the terrorists were in fact the same people who would now be our "best friends" in the war on terror. It documents the payment authorized by General Mahmoud Ahmad the ISI chief through Umar Sheikh to Mohammad Atta and asks the question, "why was this guy, who later was shown to have authorized a payment to the lead hijacker by Indian intellignce and confirmed by the FBI doing in Washington DC ON the morning of Sept 11th?"

Bush asks Americans for September 11 moment of silence

http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Bush_asks_Americans_for_September_1_09072006.html

I say instead of silence we scream, "9-11 was an inside job!"

Bush asks Americans for September 11 moment of silence

http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Bush_asks_Americans_for_September_1_09072006.html

I say instead of silence we scream, "9-11 was an inside job!"

President Bush to visit all 3 sites on 5th anniversary of 9-11

President Bush to visit all three sites on 9/11 anniversary

RAW STORY
Published: Thursday August 31, 2006

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Bush_to_visit_all_three_sites_0831.html

Although specific details haven't yet been released, the White House announced today that President Bush would be visiting "all three sites" on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

During a press gaggle held aboard Air Force One on Thursday afternoon, Deputy White House spokesperson Dana Perino announced the news when asked by a reporter for a "preview" of the president's planned events for the day.

"No, we have not announced all of those details yet," said Perino.

"The one thing I can say is that the President will visit all three sites on the anniversary," Perino continued.

Perino also said that there may be "additional travel" but that she wasn't "able to reveal that yet."