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Secrecy News: 9/11, Info Sharing, and "The Wall"

911, Info Sharing, and The Wall

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The rise of “the wall” between intelligence and law enforcement personnel that impeded the sharing of information within the U.S. government prior to September 11, 2001 was critically examined in a detailed monograph (pdf) that was prepared in 2004 for the 9/11 Commission. It is the only one of four staff monographs that had not previously been released. It was finally declassified and disclosed earlier this month.

Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson: 9/11 conspiracy nuts persist

9-11 Conspiracy Nuts Persist

By Larry Johnson

(bumped up from last night)

I am sure I am opening a can of worms here, but what the hell. The U.S. Government did not plan or execute the attacks on 9-11. Here’s the simple truth–the Bush Administration entered office dismissing terrorism as a significant threat and devoted most of its energies to promoting a ballistic missile defense. They ignored warnings from Richard Clarke and the CIA, Condi Rice demoted Richard Clarke, who had been in charge of coordinating interagency counter terrorism policy, and President Bush waited until September to convene a meeting to sketch the outlines of his Administration’s counter terrorism policy.

Law and Order SVU season finale features Nick Stahl as deranged artist who believes 9/11 "conspiracies"

I'm sure this episode has no connection to the recent Holocaust museum shootings and trail of yellow journalism that followed, but the season finale of Law and Order SVU featured actor Nick Stahl as Peter Harrison, a deranged artist whose life is transformed by 9/11. I don't have an exact transcript, but at one point in the episode it is noted that Harrison became obsessed with 9/11 conspiracy theories and anti-government ideas.

The relevant dialogue begins around 7:09 of this video.

9/11 Truth comes home; Pols back new investigation

9/11 Truth comes home; Pols back new investigation

By Frank Morales

It’s spring 2009 in New York City and an unannounced U.S. government plane streaks across town. Recollecting the horrors of 9/11, the incident scares the heebie-jeebies out of the citizenry. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, while attending an April 18 “Tour of the Battenkill” annual bicycle race in Cambridge, N.Y., responds to a question regarding efforts here to establish a new 9/11 investigation. Lending his qualified support to such an inquiry, he says that he’s positively disposed toward a new investigation into the events of 9/11, though his support for such a probe would depend on the form it would take. “I think it’s not a bad idea,” he said. “You know, you’ve got to do it in a good way, but, yes, I’d be for it.”

Barrie Zwicker interviews MI5 whistleblower Annie Machon at University of Waterloo

Presented by the University of Waterloo 9/11 Research Group
Hagey Hall Humanities Theatre
May 31st, 2009

CIA: Bin Laden still believed to be in Pakistan

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Leon Panetta says he believes Osama bin Laden is still in Pakistan. The spy agency hopes to close in on the al-Qaida leader as Pakistan's military cracks down on the tribal area where he is thought to be hiding.

Panetta told reporters after a speech on Capitol Hill that finding bin Laden remains one of the CIA's top priorities. He said he hopes that the combination of increased CIA activity and the Pakistani military offensive will give the United States a better chance of nabbing him.

Panetta said in his speech that the CIA has increased the number of officers and agents in Pakistan who are providing targeting and other information to attack the al-Qaida network there.

Aide to Czech President: "There exists a real possibility that September 11 was really organised by U.S. secret services"

Klaus aide: 9/11 attacks likely not by Islamists
11 June 2009

Prague, June 10 (CTK) - Petr Hajek, a close aide to Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Klaus's former spokesman, views as realistic the possibility that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the USA were organised by U.S. secret services, not Islamist radicals, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Wednesday.

"There exists a real possibility that September 11 was really organised by U.S. secret services," MfD quotes Hajek as saying in his new book of essays.

Hajek does not give any evidence to support his assertion.

On September 11, 2001, Islamist radicals hijacked four planes with passengers. They crashed with two into the WTO center towers in New York and with one into the Pentagon building in Washington.

The fourth plane crashed before reaching the target, after several passengers put up resistance to the hijackers.

The attacks claimed several thousands of lives.

Citing Hajek's book, MfD writes that he believes that Al-Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden is nothing but a media fiction.

Obama's speech in Egypt warns not to challenge official 9/11 story

President Obama's speech in Egypt echoes Bush's speech to the UN, in its warning not to challenge the 9/11 story.

Obama's remarks:

"But let us be clear: Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with," he said.

Bush's remarks:

"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty. To inflame ethnic hatred is to advance the cause of terror."

Conspiracy theories? Blame Western self-hatred and lousy teaching

I must confess I haven't seen the 'blame Western self-hatred AND lousy teaching' argument before. Bravo, Ed West, for your creative use of bastardized logic and random conjunction of unrelated concepts. This editorial has it all: cock-up theory, someone would have talked, 9/11 would have involved thousands of conspirators, the government is incompetent, anti-semitism, paranoia -- wow! Enjoy!

Conspiracy theories? Blame Western self-hatred and lousy teaching

Posted By: Ed West at Jun 1, 2009 at 21:20:10

I'm something of a fundamentalist non-believer of conspiracy theories, a follower of the cock-up theory of history (at least in free societies - conspiracies are easier in totalitarian countries where fellow conspirators can just be bumped off).

The last place on earth I expected to find 9/11 misinformation

"Consider a conspiracy theory like the claim that the Apollo moon landing was a hoax or that 9/11 was secretly planned by President Bush or that the Holocaust never happened. There are such conspiracy theories and they are believed by a reasonable number of people, but all of them require a large number of unproved and individually extremely unlikely assertions to be true simultaneously."

The preceding passage appears on page 105 of a book called, incredibly, Critical Thinking, Logic, and Argument by Eric Dayton. He's a professor of philosophy.

Making 9/11 skepticism the equivalent of Holocaust denial is a tactic usually reserved for the most pernicious forms of misinformation. This philosophy professor lets the above sentence stand without any explanation.

9/11 scare as Sydney Centrepoint tower engulfed in smoke,27574,25538250-5006009,00.html

By Adam Walters

May 26, 2009 12:00am

IT had all the appearances of a towering inferno, chillingly reminiscent of September 11 as a column of thick black smoke shrouded Sydney's tallest building yesterday.

But there were no evacuations from Centrepoint Tower, no injuries - and apparently the only chaos came in conflicting official versions of events.

A statement from Westfield shopping centre management said the fire, sparked during demolition work on the 12 floor "was extinguished by staff with no disruption to work in other areas of the project". But the fire brigade's media unit was telling a different story in a press release headlined: "Firefighters control high rise fire at Centrepoint."

"More than 40 firefighters were on scene within minutes and their quick action in rapidly accessing and extinguishing the fire averted chaos in the inner city," NSW Fire Brigades Commissioner Greg Mullins said in the release.

Many shocked city workers were sure they were seeing a disaster.

James Ridgeway: Cheney's Bunker Mentality

Cheney's Bunker Mentality
By James Ridgeway | Sun May 24, 2009 9:43 PM PST

Say what you will about Dick Cheney, at least he's consistent. While he was in office, the Vice President made a practice of exploiting the fear and loss wrought by the 9/11 attacks to advance his own political agenda—and he's still doing it now. During his speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, according to Dana Milbank's calculations in the Washington Post, "Cheney used the word 'attack' 19 times, 'danger' and 'threat' six times apiece, and 9/11 an impressive 27 times."

In this putative rebuttal to Obama speech on national security, Cheney described how he spent the morning of 9/11 "in a fortified White House command post," receiving "the reports and images that so many Americans remember from that day," and then declared:

In the years since, I've heard occasional speculation that I'm a different man after 9/11. I wouldn't say that. But I'll freely admit that watching a coordinated, devastating attack on our country from an underground bunker at the White House can affect how you view your responsibilities.

Former PNACer to become unelected "CEO" of Afghanistan

May 19, 2009
Ex-U.S. Envoy Considers Key Role in Afghan Government

WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, who was President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan, could assume a powerful, unelected position inside the Afghan government under a plan he is discussing with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, according to senior American and Afghan officials.

Mr. Khalilzad, an American citizen who was born in Afghanistan, had considered challenging Mr. Karzai for the presidency in elections scheduled for this summer.

But Mr. Khalilzad missed the May 8 filing deadline, and the American and Afghan officials say that he has been talking with Mr. Karzai for several weeks about taking on a job that the two have described as the chief executive officer of Afghanistan.

Such an alliance would benefit Mr. Karzai by co-opting a potential rival. For its part, the White House has made no secret of its growing disenchantment with Mr. Karzai, and some Afghanistan experts said that enlisting Mr. Khalilzad would have the virtue of bringing a strong, competent leader into an increasingly dysfunctional Afghan government.

Supreme Court rules on 9/11 case

The US Supreme Court says FBI Director Robert Mueller and ex-Attorney General John Aschcroft cannot be sued by a former 9/11 detainee for alleged abuse.

The justices on Monday reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed a lawsuit brought by Javaid Iqbal to go forward.

Mr Iqbal, from Pakistan, argued the two officials were responsible for a policy that saw him singled out for abuse on the basis of his religion and race.

The court ruled that his complaint failed to back up this claim.

Mr Iqbal spent some six months in solitary confinement in a federal prison in Brooklyn in 2002.

In his lawsuit, he said he had suffered physical and verbal abuse and had been singled out for mistreatment because of ethnic and religious discrimination.

The government argued that there was nothing to link Mr Mueller and Mr Ashcroft to the alleged abuse of Mr Iqbal.

'Secure conditions'

In a ruling by five votes to four, the Supreme Court justices overturned a ruling by a New York appeals court that had allowed Mr Iqbal's lawsuit to proceed.

9/11 Conspiracies Fly in World Premiere of Dietz's Yankee Tavern in FL

Antonio Amadeo, Kim Morgan Dean, Bill McNulty and Mark Zeisler are featured in the world premiere of Yankee Tavern, a new post-9/11 thriller by the prolific Steven Dietz, opening May 15 after previews from May 13 at Florida Stage.

From the playwright of More Fun Than Bowling, Ten November, The Last of the Boys, Honus and Me and Sherlock Holmes comes this new play, set in a crumbling New York bar, in which a young man grapples with questions "about his father's best friend, his mysterious past, and a stranger who knows much more than he should," according to Florida Stage. "Suddenly, he finds himself caught in a web of conspiracy theories surrounding the 9/11 attacks and outlandish hypotheses become dangerous realities."