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Toronto Sun: 9/11 skeptics to speak at U of T

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/04/30/13782641.html

MONTREAL — Three Canadian universities will be used as a venue for a speaking tour by prominent 9-11 skeptics.

Americans Richard Gage and David Ray Griffin dispute the conventional wisdom that foreign terrorists linked to al-Qaida brought down the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

They will give lectures at the University of Toronto, Carleton University and the University of Quebec in Montreal over the coming days.

Faculty members at the Montreal university told a city newspaper they are upset the institution is being used for the event.

One says it harms the school’s credibility.

George W. Bush's memoir promises new revelations about 9/11: report

http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/62632,people,news,gripping-george-w-bush-memoirs-to-include-911-revelations-decision-points

Decision Points will include ‘never before heard’ details when it comes out on November 9
By Rachel Helyer Donaldson
LAST UPDATED 12:12 PM, APRIL 26, 2010

George W Bush's publishers are promising "gripping, never-before-heard details" about 9/11 as well as personal issues such as his alcoholism when his memoirs are released on November 9. Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, also confirmed yesterday that the former US President's book will be published under its original working title Decision Points.

Bush has said that the account will not be a memoir in the traditional sense but will instead recall key decisions in both his presidency and personal life. The book's cover, which was also unveiled yesterday, shows the then-President striding past the White House's Rose Garden Colonnade, in a dark suit and carrying a presidential briefing book (above).

9/11 memorial to receive almost as much funding as initial support for 9/11 Commission

The NY Times notes the 9/11 memorial will receive 2.29 million dollars from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Curiously, that's almost as much as the Bush Administration's initial support for the 9/11 investigation, which was $3 million.

The same lies are guiding the memorial: "The money will help support the planning, development and construction of the museum’s primary exhibition, related to the events of 9/11, as told by those who experienced and survived the attacks. The exhibition is to feature audio recordings, oral histories and firsthand accounts. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a nonprofit corporation, is responsible for fund-raising and overseeing the design, programming and operations of the memorial section of the World Trade Center site."

I wonder if any of the 118 first responders who witnessed explosions in the towers will be featured?

Health Woes Persist for 9/11 Rescue Workers

Health Woes Persist for 9/11 Rescue Workers
Lung Problems Linger for Years for Workers at Ground Zero, Study Finds
By Joanna Broder
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

April 7, 2010 -- Lung problems continue to plague rescue workers who were at the scene of the collapsed World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

That’s according to a new study appearing today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which examined the effect of occupational exposures on lung function, found that a significant number of New York City Fire Department workers at the World Trade Center site between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 24, 2001, continued to suffer from reduced lung function years later.

“The exposure at Ground Zero was so unique that no one could have predicted the impact on lung function,” says David Prezant, MD, one of the study’s authors and a professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City.

Judge voids scores of captives' habeas cases

Judge voids scores of captives' habeas cases
By CAROL ROSENBERG

A federal judge has dismissed more than 100 habeas corpus lawsuits filed by former Guantánamo captives, ruling that because the Bush and Obama administrations had transferred them elsewhere, the courts need not decide whether the Pentagon imprisoned them illegally.

The ruling dismayed attorneys for some of the detainees who had hoped any favorable U.S. court findings would help clear their clients of the stigma, travel restrictions and, in some instances, perhaps more jail time that resulted from their stay at Guantánamo.

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan wrote he was "not unsympathetic" to the former detainees' plight. "Detention for any length of time can be injurious. And certainly associations with Guantánamo tend to be negative," he wrote.

But the detainees' release from the remote base in southeast Cuba made their cases moot. "The court finds that petitioners no longer present a live case or controversy since a federal court cannot remedy the alleged collateral consequences of their prior detention at Guantánamo," he wrote.

The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act

The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act
by Stephen Lendman
Friday, 26 March 2010

If enacted, it will advance what this writer addressed in a December 2007 article titled, "Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead," covering numerous Bush administration laws, Executive Orders (EOs), National and Homeland Security Presidential Directives, edicts, and various illegal acts targeting designated domestic and foreign adversaries, dissent, civil liberties, human rights, and other democratic freedoms.

Straightaway post-9/11, George Bush signed a secret finding empowering the CIA to "Capture, Kill or Interrogate Al-Qaeda Leaders." He also authorized establishing a covert global gulag to detain and interrogate them without guidelines on proper treatment.

Other presidential directives ordered abductions, torture and indefinite detentions. In November 2001, Military Order Number 1 empowered the Executive to capture, kidnap or otherwise arrest non-citizens (and later citizens) anywhere in the world for any reason and hold them indefinitely without charge, evidence, due process or judicial fairness protections of law.

15% believe in controlled demolition of WTC towers; 26% believe inside job: poll

http://www.visioncritical.com/2010/03/americans-disagree-with-iranian-president-on-911-fabrication/

Published on Mar 17 - 2010
Two-thirds of respondents stand by the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission, which blamed al-Qaeda for the attacks.

The recent suggestion by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the 9/11 attacks were a “fabrication” is rejected by a large proportion of Americans, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,007 American adults, 62 per cent of respondents disagree with Ahmadinejad’s claims that the “Sept. 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.” Only 26 per cent of respondents agree with this notion, and 12 per cent are undecided.

Republicans (80%) are more likely to reject the statement than Independents (66%) or Democrats (55%).

NYC CAN: "Building What?"

Fellow Advocates:

Today, March 15, 2010, we begin channeling the energy and strength of our movement into one voice to help the New York City Council become aware of the mysterious collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.

Believe it or not, many New York City officials are only vaguely aware that a third building collapsed on September 11th, if they are aware at all. Our only purpose for contacting them is to politely ask that they take measures to investigate the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.

Therefore, there are two simple rules for participating in this campaign:

1) Talk only about World Trade Center Building 7

2) Be courteous and respectful

US hid waterboarding of 9/11 accused, says former MI5 chief

US hid waterboarding of 9/11 accused, says former MI5 chief
MI5 had no idea that the architect of the September 11 attacks had been waterboarded when the Americans passed them intelligence from his interrogation, the former head of the Security Service has said.
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
Published: 7:05AM GMT 10 Mar 2010

Baroness Manningham-Buller said she only discovered that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had been waterboarded 183 times when the US Justice Department released a memo last year and it was reported in the press.

She also said that MI5 had protested to the Americans about their treatment of detainees at one stage but declined to go into details.

Speaking during a question and answer session following a lecture at the House of Lords, she also insisted that torture could never be justified even if it saved lives.

It is unclear whether the information passed to the British was acquired through torture but makes clear that MI5 either did not ask or was not told how prisoners were being treated by the Americans.

Pentagon shooter was 9/11 Truther: Washington Post portrays beliefs as "from the radical left"

Experts: Pentagon shooter, others strike symbols of 'power for the powerless'

By Joby Warrick and Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 6, 2010; A01

The setting was seemingly random: an outer gate at the Pentagon at evening rush hour. But John Patrick Bedell's violent rampage Thursday made him only the latest in the growing ranks of the disaffected and disturbed to take aim at a symbol of official Washington.

The shooting contained jarring echoes of other recent attacks, from last month's plane crash at an IRS building in Texas to the shooting last June of a museum guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in the District. Although the circumstances differ greatly, all were acts of rage by men who blamed their personal misfortunes on what they perceived to be sinister forces within the government.

ISI knows whereabouts of bin Laden: Tanner

Press Trust Of India
New York, March 04, 2010
First Published: 08:06 IST(4/3/2010)
Last Updated: 12:37 IST(4/3/2010)
ISI knows whereabouts of bin Laden: Tanner

The Pakistani intelligence agency ISI knows the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden but is keeping his location a secret and wants to use the Al-Qaeda chief as leverage over the US as it is wary of America's closer ties with India, noted military historian Stephen Tanner has said.

"We got to make a deal with Pakistan because I'm convinced that he (bin Laden) is protected by the ISI," said
Tanner, the author of Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban.'

Tanner says the ISI knows where bin Laden is hiding, but is not ready to say.

The American writer along with other experts were interviewed by CNN for a blog post on the channel's website
called 'Whatever happened to bin Laden'.

Noting that it was unlikely for bin Laden to be captured anytime soon, Tanner suggested that the ISI wants to keep him

Homeland Security "Einstein" Program Reads "All Internet Communications"

March 2, 2010, 11:00 PM ET

Details of “Einstein” Cyber Shield Disclosed by White House

The Obama administration lifted the veil Tuesday on a highly-secretive set of policies to defend the U.S. from cyber attacks.

It was an open secret that the National Security Agency was bolstering a Homeland Security program to detect and respond to cyber attacks on government systems, but a summary of that program declassified Tuesday provides more details of NSA’s role in a Homeland program known as Einstein.

The current version of the program is widely seen as providing meager protection against attack, but a new version being built will be more robust–largely because it’s rooted in NSA technology. The program is designed to look for indicators of cyber attacks by digging into all Internet communications, including the contents of emails, according to the declassified summary.

Former Director of National Intelligence wants to "re-engineer the Internet"

The following comment from former Director of National Intelligence (and current VP of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton) Michael McConnell is quoted in a recent article at Wired.com:

"We need to develop an early-warning system to monitor cyberspace, identify intrusions and locate the source of attacks with a trail of evidence that can support diplomatic, military and legal options — and we must be able to do this in milliseconds. More specifically, we need to re-engineer the Internet to make attribution, geo-location, intelligence analysis and impact assessment — who did it, from where, why and what was the result — more manageable. The technologies are already available from public and private sources and can be further developed if we have the will to build them into our systems and to work with our allies and trading partners so they will do the same."

As Ground Zero cases go to trial, respirator rule is revealed

As Ground Zero cases go to trial, respirator rule is revealed
BY Alison Gendar
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, February 28th 2010, 4:00 AM

A lawyer in two Ground Zero sickness cases green-
lighted for trial says he has a smoking gun: buried
city documents that prove firefighters should have
gotten respirators.

The papers emerged in a veritable mountain of files
the city turned over to workers who believe they
were sickened by toxins after the 9/11 terrorist
attacks.

Lawyer Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents more
than 600 firefighters, said the FDNY had rules on
the book requiring Bravest be equipped with
respirators before Sept. 11.

But memos showing that weren't handed over until
this summer - in a data dump of 3 million
documents - five years after the legal battle began.
"They provide everyone with helmets, with bunker
gear, with [air] packs. They could have done the
same with respirators, and they withheld the
documents saying they had a program to do it,"
Carboy said.

Experts: Plenty of proof to convict alleged 9/11 mastermind

Posted on Fri, Feb. 26, 2010
Experts: Plenty of proof to convict alleged 9/11 mastermind
Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers
last updated: February 26, 2010 05:24:49 PM

WASHINGTON — U.S officials once described the confession of accused 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as a gold mine of intelligence that proved his role in a litany of terrorist plots.

However, now his admissions — because they were made during interrogations in which he was waterboarded 183 times — have become a liability for the Justice Department as it readies to hold him accountable in a U.S. court.

As a consequence, prosecutors who are preparing the case against Mohammed and other Sept. 11 defendants are faced with piecing together a much more complicated narrative that will need to include seized evidence, financial transactions, recorded phone conversations and a shadowy web of cooperating witnesses willing to betray al Qaida in court.