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Transcript of the entire briefing and submitted documents here:
Direct link to Congressional Record, 109th Congress:
In the wake of Philip Shenon's best-seller, "The Commission", comes another wave of Americans snapping out of a media-induced trance. On another front, to a different audience, Willie Nelson is waking up another sector of the sleepwalking masses with his skepticism. Whatever route you took that made you take a second look at 9/11, welcome... and, you've got some catching up to do.
If Shenon's book was your introduction to the simple fact that the 9/11 Commission failed in its mandate on several levels, then you are probably unaware that serious criticism of the 9/11 Commission was entered into the Congressional Record of the 109th Congress. This criticism was the result of a Congressional Briefing conducted by former Congressional Representative, Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. (McKinney is currently seeking the Presidential nomination for the Green Party of the United States.)
The briefing was held on July 22nd, 2005, subsequently broadcast by C-SPAN, and studiously ignored by the corporate press. A comprehensive collation of the briefing has not been made available online, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, I have chopped the most pertinent testimonies from that day into neat 10 minute segments that are easily digestible for the busy internet surfer. You may have seen some of the footage from the briefing in the documentary, "Press for Truth", where Lorie Van Auken talked about her husband's fate on 9/11. Beyond that, not much of this footage has been circulating on the net.
So, if you are new to 9/11 Truth, or 9/11 skepticism, or you just have some questions, this is a great start. This briefing does not present much speculation or theory, but does break down the Commission on its bureaucratic failings, and lists a host of anomalies that will send you researching for days if this is all new to you. (This briefing does not discuss controlled demolition theories at all, it wasn't until physicist Steven Jones came on the scene in 2006 that CD "exploded" into the massive topic for 9/11 skeptics that is currently is. There was a lot of research already published online, and some in books, but it took a PhD to kick it over the top.)
The YouTube series is in 25 parts, and begins with McKinney's opening statement;
Ya gotta start somewhere... thanks, Willie! This very brief segment from a much longer interview at Democracy Now!, February 21, 2008.
(BTW, the 440 MB torrent for the entire episode is absolutely screaming right now;
(I finally finished a book that has been on my "to-read" list for a couple of years now, The+Outlaw+Bank:+A+Wild+Ride+into+the+Secret+Heart+of+BCCI by Jonathan Beatty and S.C. Gwynne. I highly recommend picking up a copy, because the information in the book is still not generally known, particularly the ways in which intelligence agencies, terrorists, and drug traffickers all belly up to the same bank to launder their money. As time rolls on, I suspect that we will see evidence that a BCCI paradigm was part of 9/11, including the use of a Black Network that is international in nature, and staffed by some very ruthless and pathological individuals. Octopus-like in effect, designed to cover tracks and simultaneously produce nationalist red-herrings that keep people treading water with their research, but not really getting anywhere... On that note, please check out this great blog entry over at DemocraticUnderground by DU user, leveymg... -rep.)
Posted by leveymg - Mon Feb 11th 2008, 01:39 PM
Part 1: How the Presidency Became a Threat to National Security
You may have heard that it takes a Clinton to punish a Bush for crimes of state. Not likely. The simple, undeniable fact is that Bill Clinton was presented the opportunity to prosecute former Bush Administration officials when he took office in 1993, but he refused to fully pursue his predecessors in the Oval Office who had been responsible for the illegal Iran-Contra operation, the S&L rip-off, and the BCCI scandals.
Instead, Clinton’s presidency was tainted by its own intelligence and campaign finance scandals – massive espionage and influence buying operations -- featuring much of the same supporting cast of foreign intelligence agencies, corrupt U.S. middlemen, and international bankers who had been at the center of the Reagan-Bush scandals.
No Clinton era official or those of two earlier Administrations were ever fully prosecuted and jailed for their role in crimes involving the CIA and BCCI, or for related crimes that have afflicted the Bush 41 and Clinton presidencies. Investigations have been repeatedly sidetracked, ignored, or when prosecutions actually occurred, top officials have been pardoned. These crimes, along with new and more lethal variations on them, carried over into the Bush 43 Administration.
Now, we are being asked to believe that Hillary Clinton is the best choice among Democratic candidates to clean house and punish the many and varied crimes of state committed by Bush-Cheney. Not bloody likely...
On Wednesday, February 13th, Barrie Zwicker was invited to be a guest on the publicly funded TV Ontario television program, "The+Agenda+with+Steve+Paikin". The episode was originally billed as "Paranoid Political Imagination - Understanding conspiracy theories: Why do some people see things that most don't", this was on Monday the 11th.
The "agenda" seems to have been to have Zwicker on the show, showcase him as a paranoid "Conspiracy Theorist" and then have a panel follow up and explain why he was a paranoiac. However, Zwicker was so damn good in the opening segment with Paikin, that the episode was re-named, "Barrie Zwicker - Conspiracy Anyone?", and split into two distinct segments, the first with Zwicker, called "The Interview - Fact or fiction? Writer Barrie Zwicker on the real story behind 9/11", and the second segment a rather typical establishment rationalization of "Conspiracy Theories" called "The Debate: Conspiracy Anyone? - Why do some people see things that most don't? The rising popularity and seductive logic of conspiratorial thinking", which you can view as a streaming episode or podcast D/L at the show's website:
The second segment uses the film Zeitgeist as a launching point for a mundane round of excuse making for official lies.
The show's blog entry features some lively discussion, might as well chip in;
Paging Laurie Manwell, your expertise is required for a rebuttal to the TVO "panel"...
Peter Dale Scott addresses the Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit, January 26, 2008.
In the above video, Peter Dale Scott talks about the futility of engaging with a system that offers no real choice, referencing Gore Vidal, who has said, in various ways, "We only have one political party in the U.S., and that is the property party, which essentially is corporate America, which has two right wings, one called Republican and one called Democrat. I can't say I like either of them."
In his book, (which he quotes from in the video), The Road to 9/11, Scott points out that real change in this country is not going to come from the top down. In other words, substituting one representative of the Property Party for another is not going to change anything. Real change in this country will come from the bottom-up, through the networking efforts of grass-roots activists and media activism that currently has its home on the internet. A real, workable coalition is needed, engaging the divided voting public. Scott writes that what we need "is a movement, like that of Solidarity in Poland, that unites the various elements in civil society instead of setting them against each other. I suspect that left and right, by discarding preconceptions and learning more about those whom they presume to be adversaries, could discover that they may have more in common than they believe." (The Road to 9/11, p.250)
Nelson's comments on Alex Jones' radio show, February 4, 2008:
Local Austin TV coverage later the same night:
Awesome job, Alex and Willie!
The last day or so traffic has doubled to 911truthpedia.org with the bulk of the traffic coming from certain interesting IP addresses. Any IP address can be traced back to the general location of the individual who requests the webpage. The characteristics of these attacks are the same (seem the same script running from each of the following sites). Layperson summary is requesting a page with a lot of junk parameters (similar to asking for a page and spamming a input box). Just a couple questions, being that 911truthpedia.org has been a relatively low traffic site and new project in my spare time, why the interest by these intelligence agencies, and what is the relationship of the information technology agencies?
In no particular order:
Hostname Unknown ISP Grid Bilisim Teknolojileri A.S.
Country Turkey Country Code TR (TUR)
City Istanbul Region Istanbul
IP Address 188.8.131.52 Postal Code Unknown
Flag TR Latitude 41.0186 Local time* 5 Feb 2008 09:41Longitude 28.9647
Hostname caracas16.ecritel.net ISP ECRITEL Company
Country France Country Code FR (FRA)
City Paris Region Ile-de-France
From the maker of Fool Me Twice.
Thanks Orangutan and Joe for the link.
(Video links and photos at source.)
By Bill Douglas - February 1, 2008 - (Digg)
If you were told by corporate media that Congresswoman McKinney was defeated by another Democratic Congressperson, because she had a run in with a guard at the Capitol, your head must still be spinning because of the multiple lies and distortions corporate media has hit you with. Let’s untangle the lies.
Cynthia McKinney is a key to the corporate media, Democratic, Republican suppression of 9/11 truth, and her story is very illuminating.
It all began with her appearance on KPFA, Pacifica Radio, in San Francisco on March 25, 2002. But, let’s set the stage a bit. Remember this was only seven months after 9/11, after Leahy and Daschle, the only opposition Party members leading challenges to the Patriot Act had been sent US military grade anthrax in the mail, and at a point when too many of the Democrats were fighting with one another to see who could kiss George W. Bush’s *ss first.
On this regional radio program Congresswoman McKinney had the good sense to state several things that seem so obvious now, but to the trembling frightened sheep we called our Congress and Senate on the Dem side, and the goose-stepping GOP on the other side . . . McKinney’s words seemed heretical...
In a piece written for Giulietto Chiesa's ZERO. PERCHÉ LA VERSIONE UFFICIALE SULL’11/9 È UN FALSO, a print publication that coincides with the roll-out of the Italian 9/11 documentary, ZERO - inchiesta sull'11 settembre, Canadian 9/11 skeptic Michel Chossudovsky summarizes his take on the "war on terror", pointing out the unbroken chain of links between "Al Qaeda" and Western Intelligence agencies from the 1980's through the 1990's. One of Chossudovsky's specialties is examining links between the KLA and Western support. In this piece he also examines the drug connections in Afghanistan and current support for radical movements in the former Soviet Union, India and China. -rep.
by Michel Chossudovsky - Global Research, January 20, 2008
From Bosnia to Kosovo
The "Bosnian pattern" described in the 1997 Congressional RPC report was replicated in Kosovo. With the complicity of NATO and the US State Department, Mujahideen mercenaries from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited to fight in the ranks of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1998-99, largely supporting NATO's war effort.
Confirmed by British military sources, the task of arming and training of the KLA had been entrusted in 1998 to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Britain's Secret Intelligence Services MI6, together with "former and serving members of 22 SAS [Britain's 22nd Special Air Services Regiment], as well as three British and American private security companies". (The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 29 August 1999).
The US DIA approached MI6 to arrange a training programme for the KLA, said a senior British military source. `MI6 then sub-contracted the operation to two British security companies, who in turn approached a number of former members of the (22 SAS) regiment. Lists were then drawn up of weapons and equipment needed by the KLA.' While these covert operations were continuing, serving members of 22 SAS Regiment, mostly from the unit's D Squadron, were first deployed in Kosovo before the beginning of the bombing campaign in March. (Truth in Media, "Kosovo in Crisis", Phoenix, Arizona, http://www.truthinmedia.org/, 2 April 1999).
While British SAS Special Forces in bases in Northern Albania were training the KLA, military instructors from Turkey and Afghanistan financed by the "Islamic jihad" were collaborating in training the KLA in guerilla and diversion tactics.:(The Sunday Times, London, 29 November 1998).
"Bin Laden had visited Albania himself. He was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo, ... Bin Laden is believed to have established an operation in Albania in 1994 ... Albanian sources say Sali Berisha, who was then president, had links with some groups that later proved to be extreme fundamentalists." (Ibid)
Charlie Wilson's War opens with the silhouette of a mujahidin firing a shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missile at the movie audience. Unfortunately for the target audience, the rocket being fired at them is tipped with "Grade A" U.S. Government-Approved Propaganda.
Admittedly, the mujahidin did use SAMs in their battles against the Soviet army, so the film-makers did get that right. Charlie Wilson is portrayed as a womanizer and a boozehound, and they got that right, too.
Ultimately, however, the film is based on an a priori lie. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan wasn't a Cinderella story that came out of nowhere. It was preceded by a decision from Democratic President Jimmy Carter to green light a CIA covert operation in Afghanistan to support the opponents of the pro-Soviet government in Kabul. The U.S. instigated the military onslaught that the Soviet army brought to bear on Afghanistan. Therefore, later on in the movie when Tom Hanks sees the humanitarian crisis that the Afghan people are suffering, due to the Soviet invasion, he shouldn't be "feeling their pain"... he should be racked with guilt. Those mangled children and widows are the first victims of a covert operation that continues to this day.
To be fair, it wasn't the idea of the film-makers to obscure the causus belli of the Afghanistan invasion. This has been perpetuated by the highly compromised American corporate press for decades, and remained hidden until, ironically enough, current Defense Secretary Robert Gates spilled the beans in his 1996 book, "From the Shadows", and was confirmed in 1998 by CFR frontman, Zbigniew Brzezinksi. By the end of 2001, many critical researchers of 9/11 had seen William Blum's translation of Brzezinski's interview posted at Michel Chossudovsky's Global Research website. (For anyone even moderately familiar with this semi-hidden history, there is a moment of unintentional hilarity when the Pakistani President Zia comments that the CIA "missed" the Soviet invasion. Actually, it's a lie, so not really that funny.)
Dr. William F. Pepper: The New York City Ballot Initiative & the Re-investigation of 9/11 By an Independent Citizens Commission
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and to mark the occasion, here is a new article by Dr. William F. Pepper, a man whose research into the assassination of Dr. King is very well-regarded by a growing number of people. William Pepper's book, An+Act+of+State:+The+Execution+of+Martin+Luther+King presents the fruits of his research, which culminated in a very successful trial by jury in Memphis, Tennessee. (This review by David T. Ratcliffe is an excellent summary of the book, and communicates the importance of the trial: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Was An Act of State.) Dr. Pepper has made himself available for a new investigation, this time regarding the events of 9/11. In this short piece penned for 911blogger, Pepper makes the case for the NYC 911 Ballot Initiative, and calls on all of us to help make it happen. With Dr. William Pepper on board, this initiative truly has the potential to be historic. - rep.
Re-investigation of 9/11 By an
Independent Citizens Commission
By William F. Pepper
Many, deeply concerned citizens of this Republic and the world have been engaged in tireless, multifaceted research and investigation about the events surrounding the 9/11 tragedy. These patriots have produced articles, essays, books and films which seek to answer the multitude of unanswered questions about this atrocity. Not having researched these questions myself and having no answers, when I have appeared before them I have encouraged the continuation of their valuable work as citizens of the Republic. I have also advised these patriots to be wary of disinformation and provocative irrationality in their midst.
In their numbers are distinguished scientists, engineers, architects, professional people from all walks of life and families of victims who seek closure. Amongst the latter are the colloquially named “Jersey Girls” (Lorie, Mindy, Patty and Monica) for whose courage, determination, intelligence and steadfastness, I have boundless admiration. They propounded 125 questions to the Kean/Hamilton Commission; one was answered. In fact, it was largely as a result of their efforts and those of other victims’ families that a Commission was established in the first place over the initial opposition of the Bush administration.
The failure of that Commission to seek, even address the critical questions is now a part of contemporary history. Former Georgia Senator, Max Cleland, resigned early on in disgust citing official obstruction. More recently, Co-Chairmen, Kean and Hamilton, have themselves declared their awareness that their work was obstructed and denied valuable information, materials and evidence. Consequently, there is overwhelming agreement that the initial government sponsored investigation was a failure in respect of bringing truth about 9/11 to the light of day.
EDIT: Please also see this good report from RAW Story: Bogus Iran story was product of Pentagon spokesman
Another good one over at Inter-Press: +How+the+Pentagon+Planted+a+False+Hormuz+Story
Apparently, the Pentagon thinks you are retarded.
Yes, you, consumer of prefabricated media lies. How else to explain the utterly bogus Strait of Hormuz "incident", that blasted at all of us last week, a tandem operation brought to you by the Pentagon and its all too willing shills in the corporate press?
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer, Mon Jan 7
WASHINGTON - An Iranian fleet of high-speed boats charged at and threatened to blow up a three-ship U.S. Navy convoy passing near Iranian waters, then vanished as the American ship commanders were preparing to open fire, the top U.S. Navy commander in the area said Monday...
...At one point the U.S. ships received a threatening radio call from the Iranians, "to the effect that they were closing (on) our ships and that the ships would explode — the U.S. ships would explode," Cosgriff said.
"Subsequently, two of these boats were observed dropping objects in the water, generally in the path of the final ship in the formation, the USS Ingraham," he added. "These objects were white, box-like objects that floated. And, obviously, the ship passed by them safely."
The boxes were not retrieved, so U.S. officials do not know whether they posed an actual threat.
Note the byline. Clearly, this article would be a load of crap even if was submitted anonymously, so I'm not sure that citing an article's lack of a byline really means that much anymore.
Here are a few, and I mean just a few of the items posted at 911blogger over the past year that caught our attention. This collection is not meant to be comprehensive, if you can think of a blog post or two that needs mentioning, please post it in the comments area below. - rep.
Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul set the keynote for 2007 with his warning of a new Gulf of Tonkin, a contrived incident to propel the United States into an attack on Iran. Paul's warning would be echoed in different terms a couple of weeks later by none other than Zbigniew Brzezinski, as he testified before members of the US Senate.
Silly me and oh, a few (thousand) other bloggers tiredly hammering away at the keyboard... it turns out we have made a colossal mistake! H.R. 1955 / S. 1959 is doubleplusgood! Citizens should now refrain from writing letters to their Senators and rejoice in the glorious message that has been handed down from the Committee on Homeland Security, titled, Understanding H.R. 1955 The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Definitely do not, I repeat, do not sign this petition!
See, Dennis Kucinich just didn't understand, when he said, "...it was H.R. 1955? It probably should have been H.R. 1984. Because what they were doing... is they were trying to criminalize thought...", and former CIA Officer Philip Giraldi was just winging it when he wrote, "Language inserted in the act does partially define 'homegrown terrorism' as 'planning' or 'threatening' to use force to promote a political objective, meaning that just thinking about doing something could be enough to merit the terrorist label. The act also describes 'violent radicalization' as the promotion of an 'extremist belief system' without attempting to define 'extremist.'" Then there are those whacked out crazies, over at the NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD AND SOCIETY OF AMERICAN LAW TEACHERS, who say, "This legislation does not criminalize conduct, but may well lead to criminalizing ideas or beliefs in violation of the First Amendment. By targeting the Internet, it may result in increased surveillance of Internet communications in violation of the Fourth Amendment." Ron Paul puts the legislation in perspective, "Legislation such as this demands heavy-handed governmental action against American citizens where no crime has been committed. It is yet another attack on our Constitutionally protected civil liberties. It is my sincere hope that we will reject such approaches to security, which will fail at their stated goal at a great cost to our way of life." (Even the normally indifferent Obama is waffling a bit on his position.)
Rep. Jane Harman and her pals at RAND apparently wonder why you, American Citizen, should be at all worried about being "studied" as a possible candidate for "violent radicalization" or "homegrown terrorism". As evidenced by the helpful guide to H.R. 1955 now front and center on the Committee's home page, you, thousands of lawyers, a couple Presidential Candidates, and thousands and thousands of your fellow citizens just don't understand.
Using a formula that has worked so well for the Loose Change crew, the filmmaker has crafted a very watchable piece that flows well, with interesting visuals, a soundtrack that moves from hip to emotionally engaging, and most importantly, and most damaging of all to the powers that be... the Truth.
"Fool Me Twice" examines well-known examples of False Flag terror, and adds an excellent new sequence about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that leaves the viewer with no doubt that Emad Salem was a controlled asset. Utilizing audio that features Salem covertly recorded while talking with FBI agent John Anticev, "Fool Me Twice" cuts to the chase regarding the 1993 bombing, and goes deeper, examining the CIA's links to this milieu.
(Digg is for the OpEd News version)
The Committee on Homeland Security will soon begin to flesh out more bills that will affect everyone on U.S. soil. It's important to make it clear to Rep. Harman's Subcommittee that testimony which has no basis in fact will be challenged every step of the way, before legislation is drawn up that makes outlaws out of what one Committee considers "conspiracy theorists". I urge anyone who has questions about 9/11, anyone who wants to see a new investigation, to write to the Subcommittee and let them know, if I may quote the Big Lebowski, "This agression will not stand... man."
November 16, 2007
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Homeland Security
176 Ford House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Att: Jane Harman, Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.
Dear Jane Harman,
As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment (Committee on Homeland Security) I want to bring to your attention what appears to me a troubling tendency by two of the witnesses that testified at the November 6, 2007 Hearing, “Using the Web as a Weapon: the Internet as a Tool for Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism”. I hereby submit this open letter to you, cc'ed to the Subcommittee.
(You can hear Peter Dale Scott talk about "The Road to 9/11", in this interview+with+Bonnie+Faulkner, which aired October 10, 2007.)
(A slightly older video here, from August 8, 2007 - good biographical background on Scott, as well as a long+talk+about+the+book.)
"9/11 was the largest homicide by far in American history, yet it has never been adequately investigated. The public has been told of a conspiracy that included terrorist conspirators organized and financed abroad. But if U.S. defenses had functioned on that day as they had previously, the four planes at a minimum should have been intercepted by fighter aircraft. Yet we are told that even this did not happen. There is a domestic side to 9/11 as well, about which we still know next to nothing. Key evidence requested by the commission was initially withheld until subpoenas were issued, and some evidence was deliberately destroyed. Worse, there are systematic suppressions of evidence in the 9/11 Commission Report itself, along with unresolved contradictions in testimony and occasional misrepresentations of some crucial facts.
This chapter and the next will explore these issues and make the case that Vice President Cheney is himself a suspect in the events of 9/11 who needs to be investigated further."
- Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11, p.194 (emphasis added)
In a major new book from the The University of California Press, author Peter Dale Scott turns up the heat on the George Walker Bush administration, (with a spotlight focused firmly on Vice President Cheney), and presents a carefully researched scholarly volume that offers several challenges to the official narrative of 9/11 as presented in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Scott's case against Cheney is presented toward the end of a text that is much more than just another volume focused on the events of 9/11. With the craftsmanship of a published author and English Professor, Scott uses his expertise to take the reader on a guided tour of recent American history, placing 9/11 within a context-rich environment rife with malfeasance, malice, and the never-ending meddling of rich and powerful entities, through proxy politicians and organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Heritage Foundation.
The Bay of Pigs invasion is another example of a "False-Flag" operation, replete with airplanes re-painted to disguise their true origins, an actual attack, (on Cuba), and a complex cover story that unraveled quickly as the operation went down the tubes.
The book "The Invisible Government" by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross chronicles the debacle of this bungled operation, but paints JFK as a fully witting participant in the operation. This is contradicted by testimony by, among others, RFK, in the book, "Operation Zapata", a book that researcher John Hankey uses as source material in his underground film, "JFK+II:+The+Bush+Connection". (Pertinent screen caps here.)
Things are gettin' out of hand there! Are you all ok?
A GlobalResearch.ca exclusive.
The Military Drills of September 11th: Why a New Investigation is Needed
by Elizabeth Woodworth - 9/27/2007
Information regarding military exercises is classified and difficult to research. Though there was unusually high and confusing drill activity on 9/11, this strange coincidence has not gained much public notice. This essay quotes military officials from their own magazines, and compares their statements to what the 9/11 Commission wrote about the so-called surprise factor, and also to the Commission's position that the drills aided the response.
Though both the 9/11 Commission Report and members of the Bush Administration repeatedly stated that the use of planes as weapons could not have been predicted, other official sources indicate that military exercises had been underway to counteract this very possibility.
1. Was it a Surprise that Hijacked Planes Were Used as Weapons on 9/11?
The element of surprise has been widely given (and quoted) as the reason why the 9/11 attacks were so successful against the world’s greatest military power.
Before proceeding to the statements on both sides of the issue, the context for these attacks should be understood in light of three defense procedures which were unusually and significantly changed in the months preceding 9/11:
1. A May 8th 2001 Statement by the President gave responsibility for coordinating, training and planning all national defense programs related to weapons of mass destruction to Vice President Cheney, whose office was not part of the National Command Authority. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testified before the 9/11 Commission that he was present and observed Dick Cheney in the Presidential Emergency Operating Center tracking the position of Flight 77 for many miles as it approached the Pentagon. “Based on Norm Minetta's testimony and other information, it appears that the military have regarded Cheney as a ‘Deputy Commander-in-Chief’. They also understand that he is the real power behind the throne...It appears that Vice President Dick Cheney was in charge of all the many air defense exercises that took place on the morning of September 11, 2001."
2. The 1997 hijacking scramble protocol CJCSI 3610, which distinguished emergent situations (requiring immediate action between the FAA and the military) from non-emergent situations (requiring decision input from the highest levels of the DoD) was rewritten June 1, 2001, as ordered by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. As a result, the number of fighter-interceptor scrambles fell from the usual average of 7-8 per month before the rewrite, to zero during the 3.3 months before September 11th, and to zero on September 11th itself.
3. Changes in the dates of annual and semi-annual military air defense exercises resulted in an unprecedented concentration of air drills on September 11th, and included hijackings and drills in which planes hit buildings. These will be explored later.
The transfer of two line defense roles to senior members of the Bush-Cheney Administration, paired with the concentration of air drills on the day itself, raise serious questions regarding the success of the attacks.
Is the segment referred to in this blog entry viewable online anywhere?
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Sorry this took so long.
What would it be?
Philip Zelikow to speak at Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown, NY, August 9th, 2007.
Senator Gravel has been very supportive of the idea of a new 9/11 investigation.
He has a staff that is very friendly to 9/11 skeptics, and if we can show the campaign that we want a candidate that will stand with us, Gravel could be that man.
All 9/11 skeptics are hereby called upon to write an email to the Gravel campaign to invite Mike to attend the WeAreChange/Alex Jones fundraiser in NYC, or to come and join the festivities in Washington on 9/11/07.
No form-letter-template here, use your own words, and let Gravel know that you want a candidate who isn't scared to look 9/11 in the eye.
(Feel free to make the letter an open letter and post as a comment below.)
Recent research by authors Nafeez Ahmed, and Diana Ralph, points to the year 1979 as a turning point for Western policy that on the one hand began to facilitate covert warfare and destabilization via the Mujihadeen in Afghanistan, and on the other began to propagate a meme that has become known as "International Terrorism". Most recently, Ahmed gave a talk at the Indian YMCA in London that reiterates his focus on that year.(1)
1979 was definitely pivotal for the United States, as the CIA convinced President Jimmy Carter to sign off on covert operations in Afghanistan, before the Soviet invasion, that would ultimately produce "al Qaeda".(2) Research that dates back to 1982 reveals that at the same time that the CIA was incubating the nascent 'Arab+Foreign+Legion' in Afghanistan, in Israel, some familiar names were busily framing the concept of "International Terrorism" at the 'Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism'. A paper by a student named Phillip Paul titled, “International Terrorism”: The Propaganda War, (available at the San Francisco State University Library for review), has been cited separately by independent researcher Diana Ralph as well as Ahmed.
(Continued after the jump)
Writer Kevin Quirk is seeking stories of 9/11 Truth:
Dear 911 Bloggers,
I am seeking help and participation in a book I am writing on the 9/11 Truth movement.
As an author, editor, personal historian, and journalist who has written about 9/11 Truth for Online Journal, I am seeking personal accounts of 9/11 truthers from all over the U.S. and worldwide. I would greatly appreciate anyone's response to these three questions:
1) How and when did you first got involved in seeking the truth about 9/11?
2) What one piece of evidence or one specific resource (DVD, book, website, etc.) has been the most convincing to you in rejecting the "official" story of 9/11?
3) How has your search for 9/11 truth impacted your life?
Whatever you share will be helpful to me. Write as informally as you'd like. Simply tell me about some of your experiences, feelings, and beliefs about 9/11 and the movement to bring forward the truth about it. I may be back in touch with brief follow-up questions later, and I will only include anything you write in my book with your express permission to do so.
Dear Mr. Foxman,
Regarding your statement about Rep. Keith Ellison, I must say that it is mostly wrongheaded, and probably fueled by a desire to "catch the wave" of publicity generated by the dissemination of Ellison's remarks.
To begin with, when you say that Ellison's remarks regarding the Reichstag Fire and the events of 9/11 are outrageous and offensive to all Americans, you're way off base.
In fact, scientific polls of American residents, (if not all of them citizens), show a deep skepticism regarding the events of 9/11. This is only logical following the fraudulent entry into Iraq, the whitewash known as the "Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States", the outing of CIA agents detailed to track WMDs, the purging of lawyers disloyal to the regime, rampant election fraud, the dismemberment of the Constitution, and the cold-blooded murder of the Bill of Rights. (And you do remember habeas corpus, don't you?)
Ahmed's Rashid's "Taliban" is an oft-cited history of Afghanistan that chronicles the rise of the Taliban. Along the way, Rashid drops some useful information that he has gathered during his on-the-ground, on-the-scene journalism expeditions:
"...in 1986, CIA chief William Casey had stepped up the war against the Soviet Union by taking three significant, but at that time highly secret, measures. He had persuaded the U.S. Congress to provide the Mujaheddin with American-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to shoot down Soviet planes and provide U.S. advisers to train the guerrillas. Until then no US-made weapons or personnel had been used directly in the war effort. The CIA, Britain's MI6 and the ISI also agreed on a provocative plan to launch guerrilla attacks into the Soviet Socialist Republics of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the soft Muslim underbelly of the Soviet state from where Soviet troops in Afghanistan received their supplies. The task was given to the ISI's favourite Mujaheddin leader Gulbuddin Hikmetyar. In March 1987, small units crossed the Amu Darya river from bases in northern Afghanistan and launched their first rocket attacks against villages in Tajikistan. Casey was delighted with the news, and on his next secret trip to Pakistan he crossed the border into Afghanistan with President Zia to review the Mujaheddin groups.
Thirdly, Casey committed CIA support to a long-standing ISI initiative to recruit Muslims from around the world to come to Pakistan and fight with the Afghan Mujaheddin. The ISI had encouraged this since 1982 and by now all the other players had their reasons for supporting the idea." p.129