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By Gareth Porter*
WASHINGTON, Sep 29 (IPS) - New evidence from former U.S. officials reveals that the George W. Bush administration failed to adopt any plan to block the retreat of Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders from Afghanistan to Pakistan in the first weeks after 9/11.
That failure was directly related to the fact that top administration officials gave priority to planning for war with Iraq over military action against al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
As a result, the United States had far too few troops and strategic airlift capacity in the theatre to cover the large number of possible exit routes through the border area when bin Laden escaped in late 2001.
Because it had not been directed to plan for that contingency, the U.S. military had to turn down an offer by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in late November 2001 to send 60,000 troops to the border passes to intercept them, according to accounts provided by former U.S. officials involved in the issue.
For those of you that have not been keeping up with current events, the DOW tanked over 700 points today after Congress refused to authorize the $700B bail-out plan.
And on a final note, this snapshot from CNBC's website should give you a firm indication of the general public's mindset ...
The economic crash - as horrible as it is - has a silver lining.
It is a window of opportunity wake Americans up from their comfortable slumber and make them question their government.
Stalin said that dictatorships only last so long as the dictators keep their people well-fed. Americans have been strongly motivated not to question the government because they have been led to believe that if they just follow the party line, they'll get nice jobs, make a bundle of dough, buy into "the American dream". A crash has the possibility to awaken Americans from their long nap. It has the potential to get Americans to open their eyes and start questioning the lies they have been told by our government and their media lapdogs about virtually everything. Indeed, polls show that the economic crisis has increased Americans' distrust in government.
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Editor - Jonathan Mark - www.FlybyNews.com
September 29, 2008 - Bailout Mania * WTC science * Extremists
"..After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the pockets
of their war-profiteering backers for the past five years,
after lining the pockets of their fellow oilmen to the tune
of over a hundred billion dollars in just the last two years,
Bush and his cronies -- who must soon vacate the White House
-- are looting the U.S. Treasury of every dollar they can grab.."
-- Michael Moore
1) Bailout Out of Balance, loses footing, what is next
- - Bailout bill fails on first House vote; what next is unclear
- - The Rich Are Staging a Coup This Morning says Michael Moore
- - The Bailout Is - Literally - Fascist
- - US Banking Collapse a 'Controlled Demolition' (and other tales)
- - David Ray Griffin: Bush Doctrine enters American vocabulary
- - Vice President Dick Cheney's Incredible and Deadly Lie
- - US Combat Troops in Iraq repatriated to 'help with civil unrest'
2) Scientists, Scholars, Architects & Engineers respond to NIST and more
- - Statement of September 11th Advocates Regarding NIST WTC7 report
Congress Ends 9/11 Workers' Health Care Bill
By: NY1 News
Congress has abandoned legislation to provide billions of dollars in health care for September 11th recovery workers.
The program would have provided long term care for workers who were at the World Trade Center on or shortly after September 11, 2001 at an estimated cost of at least $5 billion.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly objected to a part of the bill that would have forced the city to pay for 10 percent of the program, saying it would place an undue burden on city taxpayers.
In addition, the legislation would have reopened the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, adding around $6 billion to the plan.
The legislation had the backing of several New York congressmen but was overshadowed by negotiations surrounding the financial bailout.
I just returned from a week on beautiful Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) in the maritime provinces of eastern Canada.
While I was there for personal reasons I did manage to do a fair amount of 9/11 truth activism during my week's stay there. I spoke with people all over the island, handed out Deception and Conception Dollars and Patriots Question 9/11 cards and left many scattered about where the public would find them.
I found my reception by all the people I talked to overwhelmingly positive and they immediately understood the relationship between 9/11 and Canada's involvement in the illegal occupation of Afghanistan.
As I plan on returning to the island in the future, I am hoping to connect with people on the island who would like to engage in more organized and larger scale activism. If anyone is interested, please feel free to contact me at marin911truth (at) yahoo (dot) com. I'd also enjoy hearing from anyone in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador or Nova Scotia. Thanks.
Love is a verb, brothers and sisters, let's get busier!
The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.
September 29, 2008
Why the Bailout Vote May Fail
By David Swanson
Today's vote on the Paulson Plunder Act of 2008 may fail. It should. You should help block it by phoning your representative right now at (202) 224-3121 and promising to vote for them in November only if they vote NO on this grand larceny today. We do have a chance at winning on this and blocking this bill. Here's why.
Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken. Make no mistake about it: After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the pockets of their war-profiteering backers for the past five years, after lining the pockets of their fellow oilmen to the tune of over a hundred billion dollars in just the last two years, Bush and his cronies -- who must soon vacate the White House -- are looting the U.S. Treasury of every dollar they can grab. They are swiping as much of the silverware as they can on their way out the door.
No matter what they say, no matter how many scare words they use, they are up to their old tricks of creating fear and confusion in order to make and keep themselves and the upper one percent filthy rich. Just read the first four paragraphs of the lead story in last Monday's New York Times and you can see what the real deal is:
"Even as policy makers worked on details of a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, Wall Street began looking for ways to profit from it.
Democratic and Republican congress members are sounding the alarm: tyranny is here.
- Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) says:
“I have been thrown out of more meetings in this capital in the last 24 hours than I ever thought possible, as a duly elected representative of 825,000 citizens of north Texas.”
Burgess asks the Speaker of the House to post the bailout bill on the internet for at least 24 hours instead of passing the largest piece of legislation in US financial history in the “dark of night.”
Rep. Burgess’ says, “Mr. Speaker I understand we are under martial law as declared by the speaker last night.”
I am an older college student. The Texas A & M - Commerce campus newspaper, "The East Texan", asked me late one night if I could submit an article as a guest columnist. The article was due the next day. I pounded the keys till past midnight, giving the article to the Editor who was still at her post.
The paper printed the hard copy on September 25th, 2008 with the article in the middle of page 2. The online edition is now available. "9/11 truth movement continues to grow" Here it is: http://media.www.theeasttexan.com/media/storage/paper1164/news/2008/09/25/Opinion/911-Truth.Movement.Continues.To.Grow-345...
Anyone can place a comment. I welcome comments. It will give the article a long life. (Please do NOT start into esoteric stuff about the NWO or subjects that are way beyond the public's common understanding. Just simple, easy to grasp statements are best.)
[This may rub Robert Gates the wrong way. Gates is the current Secretary of Defense. After leaving the CIA (26 years), Gates became president of Texas A&M University. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Gates
A $10,000 9/11 CHALLENGE TO ARIZONA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
What might he know, if this is for real?
Why and why now? Good questions.
I spent four years in federal prison. During that time I received dozens of requests for information and interviews on the subjects of Rudy Giuliani and the Giuliani Administration. Most were from news outlets: magazines, newspapers and television. Some came from people wanting to write about Rudy and wanting new information or to confirm existing facts. A few were from average Joes and Janes wanting some question answered. How they got my name or why they were writing me, I have no idea.
With one exception, and that was just days before I left prison, I never responded to a single request. Sure there were probably hundreds of times that I read an article, heard a newscast or saw a commentator pontificate on some point relating to Rudy Giuliani with which I wanted to respond, elaborate or correct. But I never did.
I don't know if everybody reading this believes in evolution, but let's say for a minute that it is true. Or at the very least God has put us here to evolve. The human species has dominated and survived as it has evolved over millions of years. During this great span of time many species have ceased to exist including the one's we have destroyed. Through all of this evolutionary activity, humanity has survived everything the Earth has thrown at it. We even have survived the cruel ideas acted upon us from our own imaginations. We kill, but we grow back. We kill again, but we grow back. The Earth has tried with every trick it has including the human mind to stifle us and possibly destroy us, but this is the very essence of evolution. We still exist. Why would anybody alive today think that they could devise a better plan of extinction for humanity than what has been wrought upon us thus far. It is futile.
Pass it around if you think its worth it...