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The Unanswered Question in Afghanistan Is, Why? Wednesday 29 June 2011 by: Jim Hightower, Truthout | Op-Ed

The Unanswered Question in Afghanistan Is, Why?
Wednesday 29 June 2011
by: Jim Hightower, Truthout | Op-Ed

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, captured during the opening remarks at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Annette Boutellier / World Economic Forum)

America's long, long war in Afghanistan has drained more than 1,500 precious lives and a trillion dollars from our country. But, finally, this enormous outlay paid off this year with the capture and killing of that al-Qaida demon, Osama bin Laden, who attacked America and was the reason our military went into Afghanistan.

Oh, wait -- Osama wasn't in Afghanistan, was he? He was comfortably ensconced in an urban compound in Pakistan, whose leaders are supposedly our allies in the bloody Afghan War. And it wasn't the war effort that got bin Laden, it was old-time spy work, culminating in a raid involving a small team of Navy Seals, a dog and two helicopters.

June 24, 2011 House Deals Obama Symbolic Blow With Libya Votes

June 24, 2011, 7:32 am
House Deals Obama Symbolic Blow With Libya Votes

2:32 p.m. | Updated The House of Representatives dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly failing to approve a bill authorizing the contentious military operations in Libya. But the House stopped short of a total desertion of a war-time president by also rejecting a measure to limit financing to support the military operations there.

The resolution to support the mission, which was based on a Senate measure introduced Tuesday by Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona, failed 295 to 123, with 70 Democrats joining Republicans on an issue that has divided Democrats and became a major Constitutional flash point between Congress and The White House. (See how all the members voted.) The Senate has yet to take up their measure.

Imperialism 101 By Michael Parenti 6,22,2011

Imperialism 101

By Michael Parenti

June 22 2011 "Information Clearing House" -- -- Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, it is seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders. When not ignored outright, the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires become “commonwealths,” and colonies become “territories” or “dominions” (or, as in the case of Puerto Rico, “commonwealths” too). Imperialist military interventions become matters of “national defense,” “national security,” and maintaining “stability” in one or another region. In this book I want to look at imperialism for what it really is.

Across the Entire Globe

ONE The Event launches on 9/11 to help transform fear into love 6, 22, 2011 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

ONE The Event launches on 9/11 to help transform fear into love

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of

An interview with Erik Lawyer, founder of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, and now creator of One The Event (, a transformational event taking place on 9/11 to turn fear into love.

Conspiracy Theory by Paul Craig Roberts - June 20, 2011

Conspiracy Theory

By Paul Craig Roberts June 20, 2011

While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition.

A "conspiracy theory" no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government's explanation and that of its media pimps.

For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.

In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, truth is redefined as conspiracy theory, by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore.

When piles of carefully researched books, released government documents, and testimony of eye witnesses made it clear that Lee Harvey Oswald was not President John F. Kennedy's assassin, the voluminous research, government documents, and verified testimony was dismissed as "conspiracy theory."

In other words, the truth of the event was unacceptable to the authorities and to the Ministry of Propaganda that represents the interests of authorities.

Rescind Obama's "Transparency Award" Now!

Rescind Obama's "Transparency Award" Now!

This page can be reached at

Scroll down to see list of signers and to add your name or that of your organization.

Tell Project on Government Oversight (POGO), OMB Watch, the National Security Archive, Open the Government.Org, and the Reporters Committee to publicly take back their Transparency Award to President Obama.

On March 28, 2011, President Obama was given a "transparency award" from five "open government" organizations: OMB Watch, the National Security Archive, the Project on Government Oversight, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Ironically -- and quite likely in response to growing public criticism regarding the Obama Administration's lack of transparency -- heads of the five organizations gave their award to Obama in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House. If the ceremony had been open to the press, it is likely that reporters would have questioned the organizations' proffered justification for the award, in contrast to the current reality:

No Justice in Kafka's America By Chris Hedges June 13, 2011

No Justice in Kafka's America
By Chris Hedges
June 13, 2011
From Truthdig

"We no longer have freedom; there is only the appearance of freedom. We are consumed by an endless and vague war on terror in which the perfidiousness of our enemy, whose number, location and nature are never clearly defined, justifies the shredding of constitutional rights, torture, kidnapping, detentions without charges or trials and an occult-like battle against an absolute evil. And if you think the state intends to limit itself to the persecution of Muslims, especially once there is an increase in domestic unrest and instability, you know little about human history."

Mr. Fish

Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now By Daniel Ellsberg, Reader Supported News

Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now

By Daniel Ellsberg, Reader Supported News

13 June 11

While we go on waging unwinnable wars on false premises, the Pentagon papers tell us we must not wait 40 years for the truth.

New Documents Claim Intelligence on Bin Laden, al-Qaeda Targets Withheld From Congress' 9/11 Probe

SLICK PROPAGANDA from Jason Leopold at Truncated TRUTHOUT

EXCLUSIVE: New Documents Claim Intelligence on Bin Laden, al-Qaeda Targets Withheld From Congress' 9/11 Probe
Monday 13 June 2011
by: Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold, Truthout | Report

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, just as he has done in years past, a top military intelligence analyst identified by the US government only as "Iron Man" will hunker down in front of his television and watch a particularly gruesome scene of the carnage left behind on that fateful day.

Very rare video interviews on the RFK Assassination:

From Black Ops Radio:

Hello Everyone,
As a special exclusive, I'm releasing this week's show EARLY...
Very rare video interviews on the RFK Assassination:

This show was shown "once" on network TV never to air again... here is the only copy I recorded.
Enjoy it while its available. Interviews with Scott Eyart, Dr Thomas Noguchi, Sandy Serrano and many others.

Original airdate: June 9, 2011
Guest: Archived Video/ Fletcher Prouty
Topics: RFK Assassination

Play Part One -

Investigative Reports researched the RFK Assassaination
Show was only played once... then pulled.
76 people in the pantry contradict the official story
RFK's last interview states he will withdraw from Vietnam if elected.
Witness testimony differs from LA police and District Attorney
Sirhan always in front of RFK wounds from behind
Balistics expert lied

Play Part Two -

Remember Building 7 ad -and Poll Results

Dear Friends,

Today the Remember Building 7 ad will begin airing throughout the New York Metropolitan Area on 15 channels including New York 1, CNN, MSNBC and Comedy Central, among others. The campaign will run 425 spots from June 6 to June 26, and is estimated to reach one million unique viewers several times each.

AND, later this week, Remember Building 7 will release the results of a poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute on what New Yorkers believe about 9/11 and Building 7. The findings of the poll indicate significant levels of doubt about the official account of 9/11 and substantial support for a new investigation of Building 7. Stay tuned for this important news!

Thank you for your tremendous support. The next few weeks promise to be another huge step forward.


The Remember Building 7 Team

For more details about the Remember Building 7 campaign, visit

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace NEW ADAM CURTIS DOC

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Ep. 2) - Full

A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines they have built. Although we don’t realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. It claims that computers have failed to liberate us and instead have distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.

1. Love and Power. This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new kind of stable world. They would bring about a new kind global capitalism free of all risk and without the boom and bust of the past. They would also abolish political power and create a new kind of democracy through the Internet where millions of individuals would be connected as nodes in cybernetic systems – without hierarchy.

2. The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts. This is the story of how our modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating ecosystem, is actually a machine fantasy. It has little to do with the real complexity of nature. It is based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components – cogs – in a system.

3. The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey. (Not yet released). This episode looks at why we humans find this machine vision so beguiling. The film argues it is because all political dreams of changing the world for the better seem to have failed – so we have retreated into machine-fantasies that say we have no control over our actions because they excuse our failure.

Adam Curtis is a documentary film maker, whose work includes The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self, The Mayfair Set, Pandora’s Box, The Trap and The Living Dead.


U.S. announces charges against five 9/11 terror suspects By Agence France-Presse Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

U.S. announces charges against five 9/11 terror suspects

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 -- 7:07 pm
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WASHINGTON — US military prosecutors at Guantanamo were expected to file fresh charges on Tuesday against the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators.

The recommendations, which must still be approved by a military tribunal official, set the stage for the high-profile Al-Qaeda suspects to finally face justice almost a decade after the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

President Barack Obama's administration last month abandoned plans to try the five in a civilian court just blocks from the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, felled by Al-Qaeda hijackers on September 11, 2001.

A letter sent to families of 9/11 victims said fresh charges against Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, and Mustapha Ahmed al-Hawsawi would be filed at Guantanamo on Tuesday.

The War Prayer By Mark Twain 1904'

The War Prayer Pt. 1

The War Prayer Pt. 2

The War Prayer

By Mark Twain