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CIA, Iran & the Gulf of Tonkin By Ray McGovern January 12, 2008 consortiumnews.com

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/011108a.html

CIA, Iran & the Gulf of Tonkin

January 12, 2008

When the Tonkin Gulf incident took place in early August 1964, I was a journeyman CIA analyst in what Condoleezza Rice refers to as “the bowels of the agency.”

As a current intelligence analyst responsible for Russian policy toward Southeast Asia and China, I worked very closely with those responsible for analysis of Vietnam and China.

Out of that experience I must say that, as much as one might be tempted to laugh at the bizarre theatrical accounts of Sunday’s incident involving small Iranian boats and U.S. naval ships in the Strait of Hormuz, this is—as my old Russian professor used to insist—nothing to laugh.

The situation is so reminiscent of what happened—and didn’t happen—from Aug. 2-4, 1964, in the Gulf of Tonkin and in Washington, it is in no way funny.

The "Good Good War" Is A Bad War By John Pilger 10/01/08 "ICH"

In his latest article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how the invasion of Afghanistan, which was widely supported in the West as a 'good war' and justifiable response to 9/11, was actually planned months before 9/11 and is the latest instalment of 'a great game'.

The "Good Good War" Is A Bad War

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19041.htm

By John Pilger
10/01/08 "ICH" -- - In his latest article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes how the invasion of Afghanistan, which was widely supported in the West as a 'good war' and justifiable response to 9/11, was actually planned months before 9/11 and is the latest instalment of 'a great game'.
"To me, I confess, [countries] are pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a game for dominion of the world."
Lord Curzon, viceroy of India, speaking about Afghanistan, 1898

9-11 Cover-Up, Treason and The Bomb By Dave Lindorff January 7, 2008 OpEdNews

http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_dave_lin_080107_9_11_cover_up_2c_treas.htm

OpEdNews

Original Content at http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_dave_lin_080107_9_11_cover_up_2c_treas.htm

January 7, 2008

9-11 Cover-Up, Treason and The Bomb

By Dave Lindorff
In a new article just published Saturday in the Times of London based upon information provided by US government whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, we have not only solid evidence of prior knowledge of 9-11 by high up US government officials, but evidence of treasonous activity by many of those same officials involving efforts to provide US nuclear secrets to America’s enemies, even including Al Qaeda.

The story also casts a chilling light on the so-called “accidental” flight of six nuclear-armed cruise missiles aboard an errant B-52 that flew last Aug. 30 from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ailing 9/11 Workers Confront Giuliani In New Hampshire Sam Stein The Huffington Post January 5, 2008 11:15 AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/05/ailing-911-workers-confr_n_79917.html

Ailing 9/11 Workers Confront Giuliani In New Hampshire
Sam Stein
The Huffington Post
January 5, 2008 11:15 AM

Finishing a disappointing sixth in the Iowa caucus and staring down a similarly poor result in New Hampshire, Rudy Giuliani has yet another problem on his hand.

Before Saturday's GOP debate, several members of the 9/11 recovery effort will be stationed outside the forum petitioning the former New York City Mayor to discuss the mishandled health safety issues following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The protest coincides with and promotes a new short video by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films, which uses the testimony of these 9/11 workers to detail the dangerous conditions and serious illnesses encountered at the recovery site.

Still today, many suffer from violent coughs, severe asthma, and pulmonary and mental health issues. Giuliani, the workers note, is not responsible for their sicknesses, but he did not sufficiently warn about the hazards at the site and, more importantly, has done next to nothing to help the thousands who are suffering from recovery-related ailments.

Publicizing Truths with Consequences -- Independent Media Power vs. the Corporate Coup Media Summit, 1/25-27/08, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.truthemergency.us/

Media Summit, 1/25-27/08, Santa Cruz, CA
[TruthEmergency.us banner]

Publicizing Truths with Consequences -- Independent Media Power vs. the Corporate Coup
A Collaborative Strategy Summit for Media Pros, Scholars, Activists and Whistleblowers
Working for Truth, Transparency and an Informed Resurgent Democracy

PURPOSE
A collaborative gathering of media veterans, scholars, activists & whistleblowers to assess and marshal our most powerful messages to rectify history, awaken a critical mass, and effectively expose the accelerating corporate coup d'état.

VISION
Truth movements that arise after pivotal events like electoral fraud, 9/11, key assassinations, false flag ops and casus belli fabrications can/should become more than forensic inquiries into a single heinous crime. They can also strive to expose wider patterns of illicit control, deception and propaganda, and use their revelations to rouse entire societies to reject a malignant status quo.

Loose Change Store offering a special Buy one (paper sleeved) get one Free

Dear LC Supporter,
We're happy to announce the following upcoming screenings in the UK. If you're in the area, we hope you'll come by.

Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
Thursday 3rd January, 6.30

Exeter Picturehouse
Wednesday 9th January, 9.00pm

The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath
Sunday 13th January, 2.00pm

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
Sunday 20th January, 3.00pm

Duke of York's Brighton
Sunday 3rd February, 6.30pm

Here is the link to webpage for more info and tickets: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/loosechange

To help start spreading the word in 2008, we are offering a special in the Loose Change Store. If you buy a paper sleeved copy of Loose Change 2nd Edition, you will get another one free, and we'll also throw in a 10-pack of bumper stickers. This sale will run for a limited time, so visit the store now to take advantage.
Loose Change Store Special: http://lc911.com/lc911/catalog/Sleeved-Loose-Change-2nd-Edition-DVD-Special-p-51.html
More updates coming soon, on screenings in the US.

-The LC Team

The NIST Report on the World Trade Center Collapse one year later:Still Dead On Arrival By Mark H. Gaffney 01/04/08 "ICH "

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18999.htm

The NIST Report on the World Trade Center Collapse one year later:

By Mark H. Gaffney

A note to the reader: In December 2006 Mark H. Gaffney posted a scathing critique of the US government’s official report about the WTC collapse on 9/11. One year later, the case is stronger than ever. * *

01/04/08 "ICH " -- - -In August 2002 the US Congress authorized the National Institute for Safety and Transportation (NIST) to investigate the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. The official instruction was not limited to conducting a building performance study, as some have claimed.[1] The primary stated objective of the investigation was to determine the cause of the collapse–––no less.[2]

Extinguishing Liberty’s Light and Independent Views: Thinking for yourself is now a crime By Paul Craig Roberts 01/04/08 "ICH "

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19002.htm

Extinguishing Liberty’s Light and Independent Views

Thinking for yourself is now a crime

By Paul Craig Roberts

01/04/08 "ICH " -- -- What was the greatest failure of 2007? President Bush’s “surge” in Iraq? The decline in the value of the US dollar? Subprime mortgages? No. The greatest failure of 2007 was the newly sworn in Democratic Congress.

The American people’s attempt in November 2006 to rein in a rogue government, which has committed the US to costly military adventures while running roughshod over the US Constitution, failed. Replacing Republicans with Democrats in the House and Senate has made no difference.

The assault on the US Constitution by the Democratic Party is as determined as the assault by the Republicans. On October 23, 2007, the House passed a bill sponsored by California Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, chairwoman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, that overturns the constitutionally guaranteed rights to free expression, association, and assembly.

BBC Censored Benazir Bhutto's Reports that Bin Laden Had Been Murdered

http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2007/12/bbc-censored-benazir-bhuttos-reports.html

Sunday, December 30, 2007

BBC Censored Benazir Bhutto's Reports that Bin Laden Had Been Murdered

When a news organization as venerable as the BBC censors the reportage of a story as important as the assassination of Benzir Bhutto --a highly visible critic of Bush/British policy with regard to the "War on Terrorism" et al --it is fair to ask: who is the BBC protecting? Are they covering up the motive for her murder? Are they protecting the regimes that engineered her assassination?
Here is the original, unedited version in which Bhutto states that Bin Laden had been murdered.
Here is the BBC's Censored version.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7070000/newsid_7075800/7075843.stm?bw=nb&mp=wm&news=1&ms3=6&ms_javascript=true&nol...

ORIGINAL:

CIA Says It Cooperated With 9 / 11 Panel AP 12/22/07

http://www.nytimes. com/aponline/ us/AP-CIA- Videotapes. html_
(http://www.nytimes. com/aponline/ us/AP-CIA- Videotapes. html)

CIA Says It Cooperated With 9 / 11 Panel

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: December 22, 2007

Filed at 12:55 p.m. ET 37 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA on Saturday rebutted suggestions the spy agency
was uncooperative and hid from the Sept. 11 commission the videotaped
interrogations of two suspected terrorists, saying it waited until the panel went out
of business before destroying the material now in question.
The destruction in late 2005 of the videotapes of two al-Qaida suspects has
upset a federal judge and riled the Democratic-controll ed Congress, which has
promised an investigation. The Justice Department also is trying to find out
what happened and whether any laws were broken.
A recent memo by _Philip Zelikow_
(http://topics. nytimes.com/ top/reference/ timestopics/ people/z/ philip_d_ zelikow/index. html?inline= nyt-per) , the former
executive director of the Sept. 11 commission, suggests the CIA was less than
forthcoming when asked for documents and other information from the panel,

Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7622

Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead

by Stephen Lendman

Global Research, December 17, 2007

Year end is a good time to look back and reflect on what's ahead. If past is prologue, however, the outlook isn't good, and nothing on the horizon suggests otherwise. Voters last November wanted change but got betrayal from the bipartisan criminal class in Washington. Their attitude shows in an October Reuters/Zogby (RZ) opinion poll with George Bush at 24% that tops Richard Nixon's worst showing of 25% at his lowest 1974 Watergate point. And if that looks bad, consider Congress with "The Hill" reporting from the same RZ Index that our legislators scored a "staggering 11%, the lowest (congressional) rating in history," but there's room yet to hit bottom and a year left to do it. Why not with lawmakers' consistent voter sellout and failure record that keeps getting worse.

Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit

Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit

January 25th - 27th, 2008

Publicizing Truths with Consequences
Independent Media vs. the Corporate Coup

Confronting Corporate Control of Our Countries, Cultures and Consciousness

Web Site for this Event: www.truthemergency.us

Location:
University Inn & Conference Center
611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-426-7100
Toll Free: 1-866-827-2466
Registration cost: $150
Room rates: Single occupancy: $90; Double: $45: Triple: $30 (plus 10% tax)
Website: www.truthemergency.us

Santa Cruz is located on California’s Monterey Bay – 75 miles south of San Francisco, 45 miles north of Monterey
and Carmel, and just over the coastal mountains from Silicon Valley and the San Jose International Airport.
Detailed maps available here!

Contact Co-Organizers:
Janice Matthew - 816-268-3386
Peter Phillips - 707-664-2588 - phillipp@sonoma.edu

Sponsored by
Project Censored: www.projectcensored.org and 9-11 Truth.org: www.911truth.org

Members of the Family Steering Committee for The 9/11 Independent Commission Gets 7% of Questions Answered

I know this has been posted before but it needs to be seen by everyone who still questions the TRUTH.

http://www.justicefor911.org/Appendix4_FSCQuestionRatings_111904.php
Out of 300 questions submitted,
the ratings show they got just 27 answers?

Members of the
Family Steering Committee for
The 9/11 Independent Commission:

"FSC Questions to the 9/11 Commission
with ratings of its performance
in providing answers"
(Compiled by Mindy Kleinberg and Lorie van Auken)
[additional comments in red]
Most but not all of the questions of the FSC are rated here -

See http://911independentcommission.org/questions.html

U.S. says homegrown attack poses biggest risk

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071212/us_nm/security_usa_dc_2

U.S. says homegrown attack poses biggest risk

Wed Dec 12, 2:00 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)

- The United States faces a heightened threat of terrorist attack "for the foreseeable future" but any attack will likely be homegrown, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Wednesday.
Chertoff, who said over the summer that he had a "gut feeling" that the country faced a heightened risk of attack, said that assessment still stands.
"It's not something that's going to evaporate in a week or two. I think it's something that's going to be with us for a while," he told a small group of reporters in a phone call.
Chertoff, who is in charge of ensuring that the country does not face another attack like that of September 11, 2001, said the heightened risk was not based on any intelligence predicting a specific, imminent attack.
"I said we were beginning to enter into a period like this. And that didn't mean it was going to be a week, it meant it's for the foreseeable future," he said.

Dear Truth Activists, Please submit your questions by the end of the day tomorrow.

Dear Truth Activists,
We are lucky enough to have a lead videographer recording our Tea Party Weekend of events, all to produce a worldclass 2007 Conference/Tea Party DVD.
As part of that effort, the videographer Eric Patel will soon be interviewing our Sat./Sun. speakers. We seek your questions to ask the speakers.
Please submit your questions by the end of the day tomorrow. Please specify which speaker you'd like the question addressed to and forward to ericppatel@netscape.net.

Speakers please also contribute questions you'd like to see asked of yourself or other speakers. Some of the questions may also be asked during the Conference Panel Discussion. Our wonderful line-up of Tea Party weekend speakers is as follows:

Prof. Kevin Barrett
Dr. Bowman
Richard Gage AIA Architect
Sander Hicks
Dr. Hirschhorn
Jim Hogue
Barbara Honegger
Dr. Jones
Ray McGovern
Prof. Donna Marsh O'Connor
Kevin Ryan
Cindy Sheehan
Nick Shelton

Thanks,
Rich McCampbell
Boston911Truth.org