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George Bush, the Connecticut cowboy, the good old boy from Yale is a man of mediocre intelligence, little imagination, and great stubbornness and vindictiveness. He may be the Decider but his handlers have long known how to manipulate him. The key is to hook him with short, simple sells. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice knew that once he has consulted his gut and perhaps his higher father his decision is forever. So whoever gets to him first is likely to carry the day because he doesn’t like to be challenged and is, quite simply, too lazy to change his mind. The Bubble is a natural consequence of this decision making process where logic, reason, and facts have little or no role.
The World is Facing the First Truly Global Economic Crisis by Vladimir Putin - Global Research, January 29, 2009
by Vladimir Putin
Global Research, January 29, 2009 - World Economic Forum
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland January 28, 2009
Good afternoon, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to thank the forum’s organizers for this opportunity to share my thoughts on global economic developments and to share our plans and proposals.
The world is now facing the first truly global economic crisis, which is continuing to develop at an unprecedented pace.
The current situation is often compared to the Great Depression of the late 1920s and the early 1930s. True, there are some similarities. However, there are also some basic differences. The crisis has affected everyone at this time of globalization. Regardless of their political or economic system, all nations have found themselves in the same boat.
The Obama Spectacle: History, Hypocrisy, and Empire By Larry Pinkney "BlackCommentator" January 29, 2009
The Obama Spectacle
History, Hypocrisy, and Empire
By Larry Pinkney
January 29, 2009 "BlackCommentator" -- January 22, 2009 -- The so-called democracy of the powerful U.S. elite continues to live up to its legacy of hypocrisy and deceit.
Now that the spectacle of the Barack Obama coronation as the “American” Empire’s first African-American emperor has run its course, and many, many millions of dollars have been spent on self-adulation by the power elite of this nation, the huddled masses will necessarily be compelled to return to a system of no universal, single-payer health care, increasing joblessness, insatiable corporate / military greed, homelessness, de facto racial disparity & discord, police brutality, a burgeoning U.S. prison population, and endless U.S. wars abroad. For yet again, this nation will have done what it all too often does: perverted its promise, including the dream of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., into a hypocritical nightmare of gigantic and historic proportions.
Obsession, Third Jihad Producer Once Arrested for Impersonating Secret Service Agent
Filed under Opinion Editorials, Jewish organisations worldwide, Islamophobia, USA foreign policy, Films and movies, Islamic fundamentalism, US elections, Philanthrophy, Lobby Groups, Neo-Cons - on Monday, October 13, 2008 - By: Silverstein, Richard
Many of the journalists who’ve reported on the Clarion Fund and its anti-Islam “documentary” Obsession have wondered why the film credits listed fake names for the two producers.
Yesterday we reported that the real name of one of the producers is Erik Werth. Thanks to Meg Laughlin of the St. Petersburg Times, we may have the answer. The Charlotte Observer reported the following in 1995:
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)
August 2, 1995 Wednesday THREE EDITION
Man charged in Secret Service ruse
COLUMBIA - A former U.S. Treasury Department adviser has been charged with impersonating a Secret Service agent in order to get a airline service charge dropped, U.S. Attorney Pete Strom says.
Dallas MLK People's Parade of 19th - Raw Footage - #2
More on the Martin Luther King Parades here:
During the TWO Dallas Parades we gave away 1,600 DVDs and 4,000 Broadsheets.
Britain told to publish Iraq war discussions
Tue Jan 27, 2009
""The release of these minutes could be critical in how history views this decision," said Edward Davey, a spokesman for the opposition Liberal Democrat party."
By Tim Castle
LONDON (Reuters) - Records of British cabinet discussions over the legality of invading Iraq, held in the buildup to war in 2003, must be released to the public, a tribunal ruled Tuesday.
Publication of the documents could embarrass Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose predecessor Tony Blair was accused by critics of glossing over lawyers' initial reservations about launching the invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Brown's office said it was considering its response to the ruling, made by a tribunal which decides on requests for documents under freedom of information laws.
The tribunal said it was in the public interest to release minutes of the cabinet discussions.
PBS: NSA could have prevented 9/11 hijackings
by Muriel Kane - Published: Tuesday January 27, 2009
The super-secretive National Security Agency has been quietly monitoring, decrypting, and interpreting foreign communications for decades, starting long before it came under criticism as a result of recent revelations about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. Now a forthcoming PBS documentary asks whether the NSA could have prevented 9/11 if it had been more willing to share its data with other agencies.
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"Now, that’s what Obama—if Israel—there’s no question that all of these acts are in total violation of the foundations of international humanitarian law. Israel knows it. Their own advisers have told each other—legal advisers have explained that to them back in ’67. The World Court ruled on it. So it’s all total criminality. But they want to be able to persist without any objection. And that’s the thrust of Obama’s remarks. Not a single word about US-backed Israeli crimes, settlement development, cantonization, a takeover in the West Bank. Rather, everyone should be quiet and let the United States and Israel continue with it."
"As for the bombing, it was very carefully timed. And, in fact, they’ve told us this. They’ve told us it was meticulously timed for months before the invasion, a very target-selected timing, everything. It began on a Saturday, timed at right before noon, when children were leaving schools, people milling in the streets of the densely populated city, perhaps the most densely in the world. That’s when it began."
Original Content at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Unanswered-9-11-Miracles-a-by-Allen-L-R...
(co-published at Roland's salon.com blog; http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2009/01/23.html )
Unanswered 9/11 Miracles about To Be Answered - January 23, 2009
By Allen L Roland
Hopefully this year, Pandora's Box will be fully opened regarding the abuses of power by the Bush/Cheney administration. Eventually, their treasonous 9/11 cover-up will be revealed and the world will reel in shock and disgust.
Barack Obama must first reveal the truth of our current financial nightmare as well as the abuses of power by the Bush/Cheney administration in order to restore trust in our government. That rapidly unfolding public vetting process will eventually lead to the 9/11 cover- up and Bush and Cheney's active participation or willing countenance of the tragic events of that day.
Yesterday, Barack Obama today revoked President George W. Bush's Executive Order which makes presidential records secret for up to 12 years after leaving office!
January 23, 2009
SocGen rogue trader Jerome Kerviel 'hit the jackpot' on 7/7
Jérôme Kerviel, right, and his lawyer leave a hearing in Paris after being questioned by magistrates
Adam Sage in Paris
It was a day of carnage that left 56 people dead and a dark shadow for ever cast over the history of London. But for Jérôme Kerviel, the French rogue trader, 7/7 was the jackpot.
Mr Kerviel, whose wild bets on the stock market ended with record losses, celebrated as Britain’s worst terror attack helped him to register a €500,000 profit and to continue a winning streak that brought him “orgasmic pleasure”.
The trader made the confession as he told the newspaper Le Parisien how he had lost touch with reality in the pursuit of money-making at Société Générale, the bank that employed him. It is alleged that his rogue dealings resulted in record losses of almost €5 billion and plunged the 144-year-old French financial institution into crisis.
Pentagon's terror 'recidivism' claims blasted as 'propaganda' David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster Friday January 23, 2009
Pentagon's terror 'recidivism' claims blasted as 'propaganda'
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Friday January 23, 2009
Ever wonder how many of President Bush's terror war detainees were released, only to "return to the fight"?
"Their numbers have changed from 20, to 12, to seven, to more than five, to two, to a couple, to a few, 25, 29, 12, and then 24," quoted Keith Olbermann on Thursday's edition of Countdown.
The latest figure, 61, which was carried unchallenged by CNN, the MSNBC host noted, appears to be nothing but "propaganda."
A study published by Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Denbeaux on Jan. 15 finds the Pentagon wrongly altered its figures on terrorist 'recidivism' 43 times, with the latest figure being "the most egregiously so."
Denbeaux first shared his findings a week prior with MSNBC host Rachael Maddow.
Guantanamo trial halted for 9-11 accused
By Jane Sutton Jane Sutton – Wed Jan 21, 3:56 pm ET
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge on Wednesday halted the trial of five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks, giving President Barack Obama the time he sought to decide whether to scrap the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals.
Obama has pledged to shut down the Guantanamo prison camp that was widely seen as a stain on the United States' human rights record and a symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge under the Bush administration.
If Obama signs a draft order obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, the prison camp would close within a year.
Hours after taking office on Tuesday, Obama ordered prosecutors in the Guantanamo court to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases. He asked for time to review the cases and decide what forum best suits any future prosecution.
We stand tall for 9/11 Truth! Our bold message of substance and integrity was extremely well received by the smiling, waving crowds all along the route.
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Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
By Rev. Martin Luther King
4 April 1967
Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City
A Time to Break Silence Part 1
A Time to Break Silence Part 2
Gitmo prisoner tells judge: 'We are proud of 9/11'
An al-Qaeda leader accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks told a military judge today that he's not afraid to die at the hands of the U.S. government, The Miami Herald reports.
"We don't care about the capital punishment; we are doing jihad for the cause of God," Khalid Shiek Mohammed said during a hearing at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Mohammed and other accused terrorists have said they want to plead guilty to terrorism charges. Reuters says "the self-described mastermind of the September 11 hijacked plane plot" took issue with the prosecution's characterization of the deaths that resulted as "murder."
"We are proud of 9/11," Ramzi bin al Shibh, another accused terrorist, said today. The Associated Press says there's some question about bin al Shibh's competence to stand trial.
That may be a moot point, as President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to shut down the controversial prison known as Gitmo.
Posted by Mike Carney at 01:58 PM/ET, January 19, 2009
By Gary Dickson -- Record-Bee columnist
Lake County Record Bee Lakeport CA
Conspiracy? What is the truth about 9/11?
Almost before the smoke had cleared from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers and from within the cavity at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, conspiracy theories began to appear. There were so many and they emerged so quickly that President Bush addressed the matter on November 10, 2001, in a speech to the United Nations. The President condemned the introduction of "outrageous conspiracy theories ... that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty."
WTC7 Full Length Feature Film!!!!
There is so much on 7 now that a Full Length (1.5-2 HRS) Feature Film could be made.
Here is an idea that if given proper exposure might result in someone taking it on.
WTC7 Full Length Feature Film!!!!
History of 7
Forewarnings of Demo
BBC's (smokin' Jump the Gun) announcement
Larry's "what he meant"
Barry Jennings EDIT (BBC)
Barry Jennings Mysterious Death
Sprinkler System Disabled
7 in films
7 on youtube, google
Molten Metal, Thermal images
"The Gouge" dismissed
The TIDY rubble pile
NIST promises report
NIST final word
NIST Report Debunked
Comparisons to admitted DEMOS
What it means
Why WTC7 Matters
The list is from the top of my head. What else could be added?
Submitted by Joe on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 7:19pm.
Nice list.. Worthy concept.
Submitted by AConfederacyofDunces on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 7:26pm.
I second that
REINING IN THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY
Lessons and Recommendations Relating to
the Presidency of George W. Bush
In a 487-page report out today recapping Bush’s “imperial presidency,” House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) recommends that “the incoming Administration finally begin an independent criminal review of activities of the outgoing Administration.”
Pentagon: 61 ex-Guantanamo inmates return to terrorism
"Until enough information is provided to allow the press and the public to verify these claims, they need to be viewed with a healthy degree of skepticism," said Jennifer Daskal, a Washington-based lawyer for Human Rights Watch."
By David Morgan David Morgan – 1/13/09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Tuesday that 61 former detainees from its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said 18 former detainees are confirmed as "returning to the fight" and 43 are suspected of having done in a report issued late in December by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Morrell declined to provide details such as the identity of the former detainees, why and where they were released or what actions they have taken since leaving U.S. custody.
"This is acts of terrorism. It could be Iraq, Afghanistan, it could be acts of terrorism around the world," he told reporters.
The Target is Iran: Israel's Latest Gamble May Backfire by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Global Research, January 12, 2009
The Target is Iran: Israel's Latest Gamble May Backfire
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Global Research, January 12, 2009
The aerial war against Gaza launched by Israel just after Christmas, and the ground offensive, with which it rang in the New Year, were shocking in their brutality, but should constitute no surprise, if viewed from the standpoint of long-term Israeli strategic aims. The Israelis have argued that the offensive was launched in response to eight years' of relentless attacks by Hamas rockets into Israel. But then, one asks: why now? Why should they wait eight years?
January 11, 2009 at 08:34:29
Thank You For The Sept 11 Attacks
Well, shame on you. You don't believe it? Well then, double shame on you. Do you truly believe that an administration would deliberately run itself into the ground, take on the heat and sheer hatred of the entire world by mistake? Of course not, they had ulterior motives and they sure weren't to run this nation in a fruitful and productive way to the benefit of its' people. Who do you suppose that they were running it for then?
Thank You For 9-11! Thank you?
What an odd thing to say.
UK, Europe hit with riots over Israel's Gaza campaign
Published: Saturday January 10, 2009
Protesters in London smash a Starbucks, throw shoes at Israeli embassy
A London protest against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza turned violent Saturday night as police charged demonstrators outside the gates of Israel's embassy.
It was one of the largest of many, many demonstrations across Europe on Saturday. Protests in Paris, France also turned violent.
One police officer was knocked unconscious and two were injured in the fray, according to The London Paper. An estimated 300 police in riot gear charged protesters as the crowd chanted "free, free Palestine," hurling hundreds of shoes over a police barrier in front of the embassy.
Tensions continued to rise as the crowd found more objects to hurl -- signs, eggs, red paint, barriers, rocks, etc. -- until police began efforts to disperse the demonstrators.
Protesters smashed and destroyed a Starbucks, and the Daily Mail reported that others tried to set police vehicles on fire.
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Bill Moyers on Mideast Violence | PBS
January 09, 2009
http://www.pbs.org/billmoyers Bill Moyers reflects on the recent violence in the Middle East. PLEASE NOTE: This essay containins video and images of the Israeli and Palestinian casualties including children - in Gaza as well as the Pulitzer prize-winning photo of the nude Vietnamese girl running from napalm bombing. Some viewers may find the images disturbing, but they are in context and germane to the subject matter. Bill Moyers Journal airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). For more: http://www.pbs.org/billmoyers
Cheney, in last days in office, still hopes to catch bin Laden
Published: Friday January 9, 2009
Outgoing US Vice President Dick Cheney Friday did not give up hope of capturing or killing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, with only 11 days left before Barack Obama moves into the White House.
"We've got a few days left yet," Cheney told CNN when asked why bin Laden or Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri continue to elude US capture.
Cheney was quick to say he was unaware of any impending strike on bin Laden, but suggested the Islamist leader was not effectively in control of his organization.
"We would like very much to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, but my guess is at this point, he's operating in an area that's very difficult, very hard to get to, that he's not an effective leader at this stage," he said.
It was hard to target Al-Qaeda without bin Laden "coming out of whatever hole he's hiding in," Cheney said.
The US military operation in the "war on terror" had other big priorities, he added.
by Gary Leupp / January 9th, 2009
It’s been reported that Dennis Ross has accepted an invitation to become Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton’s “top advisor on a wide range of Middle East issues, from the Arab-Israeli peace process to Iran” and to serve as Special Envoy to Iran.
As one blogger wrote: “Appointing extremely anti-Iran Dennis Ross as ‘Special Envoy to Iran’ is like appointing a pedophile as kindergarten teacher.”
Ross is co-founder of AIPAC; neoconservative ideologue; big-time supporter of the Iraq War; foreign affairs commentator for Fox News; fellow with Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), sister organization of AIPAC described by one distinguished scholar (Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi) as “the most important Zionist propaganda tool in the United States;” a man who has stated (in defiance of the U.S. intelligence consensus) that Iran will “be a nuclear power, if not a nuclear weapon state” by April 2009 if not forcibly deterred.
Vets Sue CIA Over Mind Control Tests
By Noah Shachtman Email January 07, 2009 | 6:05:29 PMCategories: Bizarro
Vol1_1 For two decades or more during the Cold War, the CIA and the military allegedly plied the unwitting with acid, weed, and dozens of psychoactive drugs, in a series of zany (and sometimes dangerous) mind-control experiments. Now, the Vietnam Veterans of America are suing the agency and the Pentagon for perceived abuses suffered under the so-called "MK-ULTRA" and other projects.
Six veterans are suffering from all kinds of ailments tied to this "diabolical and secret testing program," according to a statement from the vets' lawyers, passed on to SpyTalk's Jeff Stein.
Judge's Order Could Keep Public From Hearing Details of 9/11 Trials By Peter Finn WAPO January 7, 2009
Judge's Order Could Keep Public From Hearing Details of 9/11 Trials
Among the men about to undergo military trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind. (By Brennan Linsley -- Associated Press)
By Peter Finn
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 7, 2009; Page A02
The military judge overseeing proceedings against five of the men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks signed an order designed to protect classified information that is so broad it could prevent public scrutiny of the most important trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to lawyers and human rights groups.
"Why We Fight" We Arm the World The United States once again leads the world in exporting weapons By Frida Berrigan
News » January 2, 2009
We Arm the World
The United States once again leads the world in exporting weapons
By Frida Berrigan
A $7 billion missile-defense system for the United Arab Emirates. An estimated $15 billion potential sale of Lockheed Martin’s brand-new fighter plane to Israel. Billions of dollars in weaponry for Taiwan and Turkey. These and other recent deals helped make the United States the world’s leading arms-exporting nation.
In 2007, U.S. foreign military sales agreements totaled more than $32 billion — nearly triple the amount during President Bush’s first full year in office.
The Pentagon routinely justifies weapons sales as “promoting regional stability,” but many of these arms end up in the world’s war zones. In 2006 and 2007, the five biggest recipients of U.S. weapons were Pakistan ($3.5 billion), Iraq ($2.2 billion), Israel ($2.2 billion), Afghanistan ($1.9 billion) and Colombia ($580 million) — all countries where conflict rages.
Obama's Black Widow
Thanks to Bush and Obama, the National Security Agency now knows more about you
By Nat Hentoff
Tuesday, December 23rd 2008 at 12:35pm
Barack Obama will be in charge of the biggest domestic and international spying operation in history. Its prime engine is the National Security Agency (NSA)—located and guarded at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 10 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. A brief glimpse of its ever-expanding capacity was provided on October 26 by The Baltimore Sun's national security correspondent, David Wood: "The NSA's colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the 'Black Widow,' scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages."
In July, George W. Bush signed into law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which gives the NSA even more power to look for patterns that suggest terrorism links in Americans' telephone and Internet communications.