Joe's blog

Valerie Plame Wilson Describes Sibel Edmonds Disclosures as 'Stunning' BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 2/12/2008

BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 2/12/2008 2:51PM
Valerie Plame Wilson Describes Sibel Edmonds Disclosures as 'Stunning'
Says She Has Been Following Recent Blockbuster Series in British Paper Concerning U.S. Nuclear Secrets Espionage, Allegations That Her Cover Company, Brewster Jennings, Was Exposed by a Former High-Ranking State Department Official as Far Back as 2001...

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson says the recent disclosures in the UK's Sunday Times concerning the sale of U.S. nuclear secrets to the foreign black market, as aided by high-ranking government officials, are "stunning."

The previously covert agent, who had worked in the agency's counter-proliferation division for years monitoring traffic in the nuclear black market under the guise of a cover company named Brewster Jennings until being outed by Bush Administration officials, was asked about the recent series of explosive stories in the British paper during an interview this morning with Florida radio host Henry Raines of American AM.

Rule by fear or rule by law? By Lewis Seiler,Dan Hamburg ICH, "San Francisco Chronicle" 04/02/08

Rule by fear or rule by law?

By Lewis Seiler,Dan Hamburg
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist." - Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

12/02/08 "San Francisco Chronicle" -- 04/02/08 -- - Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."

Buddhists question official reality Fri, 8 Feb 2008 00:28:24 -0000

Subject: Buddhists question official reality
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 00:28:24 -0000

Dear Friends in the Dharma/Dhamma,

As the secretary of a new interfaith body I am writing to religious organizations of all kinds to invite them to mentally re-open the question of what really happened on that tragic day of September 11th, from which such a lot of suffering has flowed. Our founding Declaration and Appeal literature is attached.

As I am also a practicing Buddhist, I thought it might be helpful to add some reflections of a more Buddhist derivation, albeit in doing so I am aware that many of my readers will be much more expert than I in what the Buddha said.

I should also add that I am aware that whatever the truth behind 911 we still need to treat people of other backgrounds as individuals, regardless of their faith or nationality. And we do also need to understand and not hate the perpetrators of 911, whoever they really were.

One preliminary hurdle I may need to surmount can be expressed in the following objection:

ZEITGEIST DAY MARCH 15TH 2008 - EVENT LIST - - Up to date as of Feb 7th -

MARCH 15TH 2008


- Up to date as of Feb 7th -




Sedona Dream Theater
Outlet Malls, Hwy 179. VOC

TIME: 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Pulaski Club
4331 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Tel. (1) 480 612 3070 TIME: 6:30 PM
Harkins Valley Art
509 S. Mill Av. (85281)
TIME: 5:20 PM

TIME: 8:00 PM
Northern Arizona University
Cline Library Auditorium
TIME: 7:00 PM
Amphi Park
206 Yavapai Rd
TIME: 8:00 PM
508 E. Placita Chihuahua Nogales
TIME: 6:00 PM
Livinghead Audio Recording
2746 w Thomas Rd., Phoenix
TIME: 9:00 PM
Central School
43 Lowell Ave 85603
TIME: 7:00 PM
Alternatives Zeitgeist Movie Showing
4314 N. 7th Avenue
TIME: 7:00 PM


Community TV- Santa Cruz

TIME: Ch 27 Comcast & Ch 73 Charter

How the spooks took over the news By Nick Davies 11/02/08 "The Independent" ICH

How the spooks took over the news

In his controversial new book, Nick Davies argues that shadowy intelligence agencies are pumping out black propaganda to manipulate public opinion – and that the media simply swallow it wholesale

By Nick Davies
11/02/08 "The Independent" -- - On the morning of 9 February 2004, The New York Times carried an exclusive and alarming story. The paper's Baghdad correspondent, Dexter Filkins, reported that US officials had obtained a 17-page letter, believed to have been written by the notorious terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi to the "inner circle" of al-Qa'ida's leadership, urging them to accept that the best way to beat US forces in Iraq was effectively to start a civil war.

The letter argued that al-Qa'ida, which is a Sunni network, should attack the Shia population of Iraq: "It is the only way to prolong the duration of the fight between the infidels and us. If we succeed in dragging them into a sectarian war, this will awaken the sleepy Sunnis."

6 Guantánamo Detainees Are Said to Face Trial Over 9/11

6 Guantánamo Detainees Are Said to Face Trial Over 9/11
By William Glaberson
The New York Times

Saturday 09 February 2008

Military prosecutors are in the final phases of preparing the first sweeping case against suspected conspirators in the plot that led to the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, and drew the United States into war, people who have been briefed on the case said.

The charges, to be filed in the military commission system at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, would involve as many as six detainees held at the detention camp, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the former senior aide to Osama bin Laden, who has said he was the principal planner of the plot.

Does The Brownshirt Party Have Aces Up Its Sleeve? By Paul Craig Roberts 08/02/08 "ICH"

Does The Brownshirt Party Have Aces Up Its Sleeve?

By Paul Craig Roberts

08/02/08 "ICH" -- -- The Brownshirt Party has chosen John “hundred year war” McCain as its presidential candidate. Except for Cheney, Norman Podhoretz, and billy kristol, McCain is America’s greatest warmonger.

In a McCain Regime, Cheney will be back in office with another stint as Secretary of War. Norman “Bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran” Podhoretz will be Undersecretary for Nuclear War with General John “Nuke them” Shalikashvili as his deputy. Rudy Giuliani will be the Minister of Interior in charge of Halliburton’s detention centers into which will be herded all critics of war and the police state. billy kristol will be chief White House spokesliar.

The whole gang will be back--Wolfowitz, Perle, Wurmster, Feith, Libby, Bolton. America will have a second chance to bomb the world into submission.

Speakers at Academy Said to Make False Claims- NY Times By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Published: February 7, 2008

The Air Force Academy was criticized by Muslim and religious freedom organizations for playing host on Wednesday to three speakers who critics say are evangelical Christians falsely claiming to be former Muslim terrorists.

The three men were invited as part of a weeklong conference on terrorism organized by cadets at the academy’s Colorado Springs campus under the auspices of the political science department.

The three will be paid a total of $13,000 for their appearance, some of it from private donors, said Maj. Brett Ashworth, a spokesman for the academy.

The three were invited because “they offered a unique perspective from inside terrorism,” Major Ashworth said. The conference is to result in a report on methods to combat terrorism that will be sent to the Pentagon, members of Congress and other influential officials, he added.

History Commons Project, Update on February 6, 2008

History Commons Project, Update on February 6, 2008

Despite funding problems, the History Commons continues to operate, and significant new material has been added to the 9/11 and Loss of Civil Liberties Timelines.
The main event in the 9/11 Timeline is the addition of a category to deal with A. Q. Khanâ's nuclear smuggling network, which was partially inspired by a series of recent articles in the Sunday Times. The category will be expanded rapidly to take in the various shenanigans during the Soviet-Afghan War, Sibel Edmonds, and Khanâs links to bin Laden, and will probably become an independent timeline soon. We will also attempt to stand our understanding of the Plame affair on its head.
Read more
The Loss of Civil Liberties Timeline has added a significant number of entries on Vice President Dick Cheney's views about the Office of the Vice President and whether it is part of the executive branch, as well as NSA wiretapping, national security letters, and the Protect America Act.
Read more

Dead in the Water: BBC Four Investigative Report: Broadcast Saturday 17 May 2003 Video Runtime 69 Minutes

Dead in the Water
During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats.

Video Runtime 69 Minutes

Revealing Deliberate Deceptions: A Truthout Interview With Daniel Ellsberg Monday 04 February 2008

Revealing Deliberate Deceptions: A Truthout Interview With Daniel Ellsberg
By Sari Gelzer
t r u t h o u t | Interview
Monday 04 February 2008

Ellsberg: "Bush could also use an incident that is blamed on Iran as a means to begin a war with them."

"The changes that need to occur are drastic, and given the stakes, Ellsberg believes the American public should be willing to invest their time, so the crisis we currently find ourselves in can be met with strong action"

"If enough people simply look clearly at what we are doing in our course towards an abyss right now, they do have the power with the remaining democracy we have still in this country to turn it around."

The Rise of The Neocons WAPO February 3, 2008

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
From exile to redemption to exile again: a history of the "militaristic idealists" known as neocons.

Sunday, February 3, 2008; Page BW08
This Story

POLITICS: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
The Neocons: An Illustrated Progression
POLITICS: Sticks and Stones
POLITICS: Politics Watch
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m. ET: Book World

The Rise of The Neocons
By Jacob Heilbrunn
Doubleday. 320 p. $26

Official Conspiracy Theorists Suckered a Gullible Michael Shermer By Len Hart February 3, 2008


Original Content at

February 3, 2008

Official Conspiracy Theorists Suckered a Gullible Michael Shermer

Authors Website:

Skeptic Michael Shermer has fallen for the most outlandish conspiracy theory of them all: the official conspiracy theory for which there is not a shred of evidence.

Shermer has bought into an official lie. Fallaciously, Shermer simply discounts as untrue anything that contradicts his pre-conceived notion, an elementary breach of logic. Shermer should know better. If he knows better and persists in spite of it, he is dishonest. Jean-Paul Sartre termed this behavior -- "bad faith". Bertolt Brecht was more blunt: "A man who does not know the truth is just an idiot but a man who knows the truth and calls it a lie is a crook!" Shermer, which one are you?

TRUTH EMERGENCY SUMMIT: Jan 27, 2008 Santa Cruz, California Action Steps Reports Video in four parts

Action Steps Reports
Jan 27, 2008 Santa Cruz, California

Video in four parts:

Rudy, 9/11, and a Nation Tired of the Terrorism Hype By Mary Shaw OpedNews 1/31/08


Original Content at

January 31, 2008

Rudy, 9/11, and a Nation Tired of the Terrorism Hype

By Mary Shaw

Yesterday, Rudy Giuliani officially dropped out of the 2008 presidential race, after not doing so well in Tuesday's Florida primary.

Rudy's poor primary results came as a surprise to some people, because last year he had been considered a front-runner.

A lot of pundits are blaming it on the fact that Rudy didn't bother to court the early primary states, waiting to focus instead on Florida.

But I'm hoping that there's another explanation.

I'm hoping that people ignored him at the polls because they're sick and tired of hearing about 9/11 and how frightened they should be.

You see, Rudy ran on a 9/11 platform. As Senator Joe Biden had so cleverly observed, "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, and a verb, and 9/11."

Rudy seemed to believe that 9/11 had enabled him to prove his fitness as a leader in the "war on terror", and that this was reason enough to elect him.