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Ex-Manager Sues 9/11 Memorial Over Firing

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/06/nyregion/manager-of-9-11-memorial-sues-over-his-firing.html

October 5, 2012
Ex-Manager Sues 9/11 Memorial Over Firing
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A former manager at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan was fired for raising health and security concerns at one of the most security-conscious places in the world, he claimed in a lawsuit filed on Friday.

The former manager, Thomas Cancelliere, who was facilities director of the memorial, alerted his bosses that he believed that the water in the memorial’s signature fountains carried illness-causing bacteria, that exit gates were too narrow and could hinder an evacuation and that there were no security checks at a public garage directly below the off-site room where the memorial’s millions of visitors are screened, the lawsuit said.

“Unfortunately,” the suit said, “Mr. Cancelliere’s concern for the safety of visitors was not shared by his supervisors,” who told him the issues were not his responsibility or were being addressed, even though they were not.

Lawmakers protest slashing of 9/11 funds

http://www.downtownexpress.com/lawmakers-protest-slashing-of-911-funds/

BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Lawmakers representing Lower Manhattan are strongly protesting a looming national deficit reduction measure poised to cut millions of dollars from the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Late last month, the New York delegation sent a letter to President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget urging that it exempt the 9/11 health bill from automatic spending cuts currently slated to begin in 2013. The request comes on the heels of a bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler that would do away with the financial cutbacks altogether.

The sequestering of federal expenditures would put $24 million of the law’s Victim Compensation Fund and $14 million in World Trade Center health program funds on the chopping block. Both programs would be subject to an additional 7.6 percent cut each following year until the law expires in 2016. These cuts would belong to a spending reduction amounting to more than $1 trillion across a variety of defense and domestic programs as a means to pare down the country’s ballooning deficit.

Court orders Iran, others to pay 6bn $ for 9/11

http://www.newsbullet.in/world/52-more/35483-court-orders-iran-others-to-pay-6bn-for-911

Court orders Iran, others to pay 6bn $ for 9/11
Press Trust of India
New York: A US judge has formally ordered Iran, al-Qaeda and several other defendants to pay $6-billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling.

Although Iran denies any connection to 9/11, it was included in the list of alleged culprits by the US District Court in New York, along with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Afghanistan’s Taliban guerrillas and al-Qaeda, which took credit for the massive terror attack.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is also named.

However, the money, awarded for economic, personal and punitive damages for a total of $6,048,513,805, is unlikely to be recovered.

Iran is in a tense standoff with the United States over multiple issues, especially its nuclear industry and alleged plan to build an atomic weapon. Iranian-backed Hezbollah has no relations with the United States.

New DNA technique could provide hope of identifying remains of more 9/11 victims

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/new_dna_hope_Au0HCjfc2WAHDpQlo9jYOK

New DNA technique could provide hope of identifying remains of more 9/11 victims
By MICHAEL GARTLAND
Last Updated: 8:38 AM, September 30, 2012
Posted: 2:51 AM, September 30, 2012
For the 1,120 families of 9/11 victims whose remains have yet to be identified, there’s a new glimmer of hope for closure.

City forensic scientists plan to soon add another tool to their laboratory — a cutting-edge technique that will allow the city Medical Examiner’s Office to use DNA taken from bone fragments to determine a person’s eye and skin color.

“It’ll give us some physical descriptions of some individuals whose remains were recovered,” said Mark Desire, assistant director of the medical examiner’s Department of Forensic Biology. “We can narrow down the search.”

As it stands now, an unidentified DNA sample without a match can only tell scientists whether the deceased was a man or a woman.

With 8,655 partial remains from the World Trade Center still unidentified, that isn’t very useful.

But by determining if a DNA sample belongs to someone with light or dark skin or brown or blue eyes, scientists could get several steps closer to linking those remains to actual victims. Scientists believe that using such new data, coupled with yet-to-be-made advancements — DNA markers for hair color, for example — could eventually lead to positive identifications.

Resurgence of al Qaeda

http://www.rand.org/publications/randreview/issues/2012/fall/leadership/resurgence-of-al-qaeda.html

Seth G. Jones on the ongoing global threat
Seth Jones is a RAND senior political scientist.

President Obama often takes credit for having initially shifted the focus of America’s military efforts away from Iraq and toward defeating al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Under his watch, U.S. military and intelligence operatives killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and the United States has orchestrated an intense drone campaign in Pakistan, killing many of al Qaeda’s senior leadership. But Obama has started to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and indicated that U.S. combat operations there will end by 2014.

Governor Romney argues that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has been jeopardized by establishing a timetable for withdrawal that, he contends, is against the advice of America’s top military commanders. Romney promises that, under his administration, withdrawal would be based on conditions on the ground as assessed by his commanders.

Addressing U.S. interests in the Far East is important, but not if it means losing focus on America’s most pressing danger zone.
Even as they debate the appropriate U.S. military role in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the presidential candidates need to address the fact that al Qaeda has expanded its global presence. Since its establishment in 1988, al Qaeda’s strength has risen and fallen in a series of waves. Despite the death of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring has ushered in a fourth wave as al Qaeda has tried to push into North Africa and the Middle East.

One significant trend is the expansion of al Qaeda’s global network. The leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Shabaab in Somalia, al Qaeda in Iraq, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (in North Africa) have sworn bayat, or loyalty, to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and provided him with funding, global influence, and a cadre of trained fighters. None of these affiliate organizations existed a decade ago. But, over the past several years, attacks by these affiliates have increased.

Leafletting outside Aung San Suu Ky talk in DC

Today I leafletted and bannered outside a speech by the great human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Ky. She spoke at the museum for journalism called the Newseum in DC.

It was organized by Amnesty International. I had been notified most likely because I had sent emails on behalf of Georgia death row prisoner, Troy Davis, killed by Georgia about a year ago even though he was innocent.

Very few people refused to take the one eighth page leaflet. The leaflet included the title of my blog, which was also what I put on the banner, HumanRightsBeginsAtHome.blogspot.com. I also included on the leaflet the title of my article Sad Irony involving the great Aung San Suu Ky.

Co-Chair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11: Re-Open 9/11 Investigation Now

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-graham/911-saudi-arabia_b_1868863.html

The passage of time since September 11, 2001, has not diminished the distrust many of us feel surrounding the official story of how 9/11 happened and, more specifically, who financed and supported it. After eleven years, the time has come for the families of the victims, the survivors and all Americans to get the whole story behind 9/11.

Yet the story of who may have facilitated the 19 hijackers and the infrastructure that supported the attacks -- a crucial element of the narrative -- has not been told. The pieces we do have underscore how much more remains unknown.

Did the hijackers execute the plot alone, or did they have the support of forces other than the known leaders of al-Qaeda -- a network even -- that provided funds, assistance, and cover?

It is not merely a question of the need to complete the historical record. It is a matter of national security today.

EFF Lawsuit Seeks Details of NSA Email, Phone Surveillance

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/261681/eff_lawsuit_seeks_details_of_nsa_email_phone_surveillance.html

EFF Lawsuit Seeks Details of NSA Email, Phone Surveillance
By Grant Gross, IDG News

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit seeking details about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance of email and telephone calls, with the lawsuit raising concerns that the agency has illegally targeted U.S. citizens.

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The EFF Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the NSA has circumvented the legal protections for U.S. citizens in the FISA Amendments Act, a 2008 law that allowed the NSA to expand its surveillance efforts targeting foreign terrorism suspects. The law prohibits the NSA from intentionally targeting U.S. citizens, but the EFF pointed to a July letter in which a U.S. intelligence official told a senator the NSA has sometimes overstepped its limits.

On "at least one occasion," the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which oversees the program, found the NSA's collection of information was "unreasonable" under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Kathleen Turner, director of legislation affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, wrote in the letter. The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

In addition, the government's implementation of the surveillance law "has sometimes circumvented the spirit of the law," Turner wrote, in response to an information request from Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

In the lawsuit, the EFF asks for details of the spying operation. The digital rights group wants information on any written opinions or orders from FISC discussing illegal government surveillance, and any briefings to Congress about those violations.

The EFF believes the opinions of the FISC are law, "and the government can't classify and withhold the law from the American public," Mark Rumold, the EFF's open government legal fellow, said in an email.

PANDA's fight to end NDAA once and for all

http://www.examiner.com/article/panda-s-fight-to-end-ndaa-once-and-for-all

PANDA's fight to end NDAA once and for all

LIBERTY & TYRANNYAUGUST 29, 2012BY: KEN LARIVE

"This measure has a chilling impact on First Amendment rights." said Federal District Judge Katherine Forrest.

Judge Forrest ruled May 16th, 2012 in her southern district in Manhattan to favor a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and the Defense Department with clams that provisions inside of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law Dec. 31, 2011 was blatantly unconstitutional. This preliminary injunction is considered a watershed moment in reversing decades of bipartisan assaults on civil liberties and the American Constitution.

The New York Times reporter, Christopher Hedges, and other plaintiffs, contend that the law allows for detention of citizens and permanent residents taken into custody in the U.S. on “suspicion of providing substantial support,” to people engaged in hostilities against the U.S., but that this contention could be too broadly interpreted. The NDAA views a terrorist to be anyone who might speak out against the government, are deemed to hold "extreme views," or exhibits what is judged to have "unusual actions" that catch the attention of others. The NDAA dissolved due process.

Video: NDAA Explained
At the Paul Fest a group of anti-NDAA supporters from People Against the NDAA (PANDA), an organization with over 70 chapters in 30 states, passed fliers to indicate the true scope of NDAA.

· You may be arrested and indefinitely detained at the discretion of the President, if he alone deems you a terrorist. The definition of the word 'terrorist' is at his discretion.

· Those accused would not have the right to legal representation, and cannot make contact with anyone, including an attorney of family member, and so due process is dissolved.

· The accused can be held indefinitely without being convicted of a crime.

· The accused no longer has the right to a trial by jury.

· The accused can be executed without a conviction of crime, and would be entirely in the hands of Federal authority.

The NDAA, in and of itself, violates over half of our Bill of Rights.

In the Heart of Darkness of 9/11

http://www.larsschall.com/2012/08/31/in-the-heart-of-darkness-of-911/

In the Heart of Darkness of 9/11
August 31st, 2012 Kommentare deaktiviert
Officially the air defense of the United States has completely failed on 9/11 – not once, not twice, but four times in a row, while a whole slew of war game exercises were taking place simultaneously during the time of the terror attacks. Furthermore, the Continuity of Government plans were activated that day – after two decades of preparation. Many essential questions related to the “mythical historical narrative” (Zbigniew Brzeziński) are still not investigated at all. An exclusive interview with German researcher Paul Schreyer.

By Lars Schall

Paul Schreyer was born 1977 in Ahrenshoop, Germany. He is a freelance journalist for the German magazines “Telepolis”, “Hintergrund” and “Ossietzky“, as well as author of the German written book “Inside 9/11″. Related to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 he has published also this website in English and German: http://www.911-facts.info/, and these videos: “Inside 9/11 – Who controlled the planes?”, “Inside 9/11 – Hijacking the air defense”, and “Inside 9/11 – Obstructing the investigation”.

Lars Schall: Mr. Schreyer, would you agree with me that the topic of the war games and the failure of the air defense on the morning of September 11, 2001 is the single most important issue related to the terror attacks of 9/11?

Paul Schreyer: That´s true. What we call 9/11 is essentially four planes being hijacked and crashed in a two hour period of time. Therefore, the complete failure of the air defense during these two hours should be investigated in much more depth and detail than it has been by the 9/11 Commission. And regarding the war games, yes, it´s at least quite strange that exactly on 9/11 a military exercise was taking place that included a virtual hijacking.

Actually it´s a bit more than simply strange, considering that the second big terror attack in the western hemisphere in the last decade, the 7/7 tube bombing in London 2005, was also happening precisely while an exercise testing a tube bombing was running. (1) To call this a coincidence one has to change the meaning of the word, I would say.

L.S.: Why have you developed an interest in 9/11 in general, and in the above mentioned topic in particular?

P.S.: 9/11 is still the biggest topic of our time. It started or accelerated major policy shifts in many countries. We still live under the influence of these policy shifts. That´s why you can´t act responsibly today as long as you don´t know what really happened on 9/11. We have to come clean with this history. It´s a simple matter of truthfulness.

And the issue of the air defense that morning is apparently a key to the whole thing. It should be obvious to everybody. The Pentagon was being hit about 90 minutes after the first hijacking started. And still the strongest military power in the world should not have been able to protect its own nerve center? That has to be explained.

L.S.: On the morning of 9/11 there were a whole slew of war game exercises going on. Can you tell us about one specifically, please – and that is “Vigilant Guardian“?

P.S.: “Vigilant Guardian” was a countrywide so called “transition to war” exercise taking place between August 20th and September 13th, 2001. But only between September 10th and 13th it was planned to run 24 hours a day. Right on the morning of 9/11 the scenario contained a hijacking. That´s why the first phone call about a real hijacking made officers in the air defense headquarter wonder. One even said: “Somebody started the exercise early. The hijack is not supposed to be for another hour.” It appears that the exercise somehow melted with reality.

Editorial: End NYPD's dubious spying on Muslims

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial-end-nypd-s-dubious-spying-on-muslims-1.3936104

Editorial
Editorial: End NYPD's dubious spying on Muslims
Originally published: August 29, 2012 5:13 PM
Updated: August 29, 2012 6:22 PM

Photo credit: JASON DECROW | Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks to the press after a promotion ceremony at police headquarters in New York. (Aug. 4, 2012)
New Yorkers recently learned how many terrorism investigations have resulted from the controversial NYPD surveillance operation that included spying in neighborhoods where Muslims live, eavesdropping on their conversations and infiltrating mosques: zero. If the New York Police Department is going to engage in practices that potentially trample civil liberties, the information gathered should at least be useful in preventing terrorism.
The NYPD Demographics Unit has been monitoring Muslim communities in the city, on Long Island and elsewhere for years. But a June 28 deposition by NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, which was unsealed last week, provided the first official glimpse of the secretive operation. Galati was questioned in a lawsuit challenging the spying as a violation of a 1985 court-monitored agreement that set federal guidelines prohibiting the surveillance of political activity when there is no indication of unlawful activity.

U.S. officials checking copy of soon-to-be published book ‘No Easy Day,’ an ex-Navy SEAL’s account of raid that killed Osama bin

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/u-s-officials-checking-copy-soon-to-be-published-book-easy-day-a-navy-seal-accoun...

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The upcoming book 'No Easy Day.'
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials said Monday that they are reviewing a copy of a soon-to-be-published account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, checking for leaks of classified information.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Defense Department officials "received the manuscript and we are looking at it."

CIA spokesman Preston Golson would only say that "the CIA has a copy of the book."

The book, "No Easy Day," is scheduled for publication on Sept. 11.

The author, a former Navy SEAL who participated in the raid, did not submit the book for pre-publication review that is required by the military secrecy agreements officials say he signed.

Pentagon regulations stipulate that retired personnel, former employees and non-active duty members of the Reserves "shall use the DoD security review process to ensure that information they submit for public release does not compromise national security."

Pentagon officials say that if they determine the manuscript reveals classified information about the raid, the Pentagon would "defer to the Department of Justice."

If there is classified information in the book, the former SEAL could face criminal charges.

SEPT. 11 GROUP APPEALS NY DECISION ON REMAINS

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SEPT_11_REMAINS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-18-22-36-49

NEW YORK (AP) -- A dispute over the future resting place of thousands of unidentified remains of Sept. 11 victims is going back to court.

A group of family members of 9/11 victims who oppose plans to put the remains underground in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is appealing a judge's decision to block them from gaining access to the names and addresses of the victims' families. The group wants to poll the families themselves.

Jim Riches, a spokesman for 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims, said Saturday the group would like to see the remains encased in a kind of "tomb of the unknown soldier" that's above ground.

The city said releasing the list would violate families' privacy.

The appeal was filed this week.

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possible accomplice in Colorado shootings

From Adam Coate
Below is an account from an eyewitness (Corbin Dates) sitting in the 2nd row who saw someone answer his phone, go to the emergency exit, prop it open, continue his conversation, and appeared to wave someone in. Also mentions the shooter was 5' 8" - 5' 9", and James Holmes is 6' 3".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4MW_qhAPAU

Separate interview of Corbin Dates:
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/newsnation/48261893#48261893

A different eyewitness says that there was probably an accomplice. He said that a gas canister was thrown from the opposite side of the room from where the shooter was. Messaged the uploader to get the full source video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoPqz4bQqJY&fb_source=message

Someone on AboveTopSecret (ffrealmsrider) posted the following, I've messaged him asking him for more information.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread862529/pg111

The Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million New Bullets

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-03-28/news/31247765_1_atk-rounds-bullet

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an "indefinite delivery" of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK.
U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal.
The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."
This refers to the the bullet's hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: "this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions."
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We've also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal business opportunities network, they're looking for up to 175 million rounds of .223 caliber ammo to be exact. The .223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.