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In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, host Terry Gross asked investigative journalist Seymour Hersh if, as he continues to investigate the Bush administration, “more people” were “coming forward” to talk to him now that “the president and vice president are no longer in power.” Hersh replied that though “a lot of people that had told me in the last year of Bush, ‘call me next, next February,’ not many people had talked to him. He implied that they were still scared of Cheney.
“Are you saying that you think Vice President Cheney is still having a chilling effect on people who might otherwise be coming forward,” asked Gross. “I’ll make it worse,” answered Hersh, adding that he believes Cheney “put people back” in government to “stay behind” in order to “tell him what’s going on” and perhaps even “do sabotage”:
I don't know if you heard, but the United States has been threatened by someone named Baitullah Mehsud. "Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world."
I've never heard his name before myself, but historycommons.org has. Apparently Benazir Bhutto named him as one of her possible assassins. According to two reports from Oct. 2008, he died from kidney failure (hat tip to Reprehensor). This wouldn't be the first person to die, and come back from the grave.
Article does not question the existence of "Al-Qaeda" as a real entity nor "Al-Qaeda in Iraq". However it contains useful information about the media's cavalier usage of the term for acts of violence committed in Iraq and elsewhere.
Al-Qaeda – Who Else?
MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
30 March, 2009
Al-Qaeda – Who Else?
On March 23, BBC online reported another bloody day in Iraq:
“It was the second bomb attack in Iraq on Monday, with an earlier explosion near the capital. Baghdad, killing at least eight people.
“The BBC’s Hugh Sykes, in Baghdad, says al-Qaeda have launched several attacks in Diyala since losing support in other parts of Iraq.” (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7959918.stm)
The foe, naturally, was the global bad guy, “al-Qaeda”. Thirty years ago the BBC would have declared them “Communists” or “Marxists”. We wrote to the BBC’s “man in Baghdad” the same day:
Hope you’re well. A BBC online report today says:
Remembrance and Motivation...
Sidewalk Chalk ~ http://storeforknowledge.com/Jumbo-Sidewalk-Chalk-P9103C319.aspx
Everyone might as well be sure to stock up on any supplies they are running low on as well.
There's also a good post here examining the effectiveness of tabling...
The Art of Tabling
Summer is right around the corner. Be prepared if the opportunity arises for Action.
Gandhi's three principles to successful movements: 1) Be Proactive. 2) Be Non-Violent. 3) Reach a critical mass.
I could cry. - Jon
BY TOM BRUNE | firstname.lastname@example.org
3:57 PM EDT, March 31, 2009
WASHINGTON -- Sponsors of a bill to compensate and cover health care costs of ailing 9/11 responders and recovery workers predicted Tuesday the House would pass the long-pending legislation this year.
New York Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, of Manhattan, key sponsors of the measure, said the bill's ultimate fate lies in the Senate, where Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has promised to introduce a companion bill.
"We have a really good chance of passing this," Nadler said.
Added Maloney, "We're going to get it done. We're going to pass this bill."
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said some Republicans would join Democrats in voting for the bill. Nadler said if Congress passes a bill President Barack Obama has said he would sign it.
"The very idea that I can be seriously discussed as a terrorist, when I'm sitting under Big Ben in the British Parliament, and touring the United States... doesn't that strike people in Canada as just crazy?" - George Galloway.
The ripples of 9/11, seen here in the abuse of anti-terrorist legislation in Canada, to bar Galloway from speaking in Canada.
"It's a miracle! Pakistan Taleban chief Baitullah Mehsud -- who supposedly died from kidney failure six months ago -- takes credit for three recent deadly terror attacks, including Monday's attack on a police academy in Lahore..."
Keep Them Down
Luke Rudkowski is your every-day, garden variety scapegoat.
The 22-year old is a slender and clean-cut figure who typically wears a business jacket and tie in public and keeps his hair short and his face clean-shaven. He is certainly not the visual you’d expect of a thug, a violent person or a criminal.
Yet, on March 28, 2009, Rudkowski – along with two of his fellow activists – was detained in a hotel lobby in Manhattan by security workers for New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The three were then arrested, held for several hours and charged with criminal trespass. This was even though Rudkowski asked security to allow him to leave the premises and was, instead, detained. Rudkowski was even told that he would be charged with ‘impersonating a member of the press’, even though he carried credentials on his person.
So then, why are we surging troops in Afghanistan? -kam
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The phrase "global war on terror" is finished, at least as far as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is concerned.
The top U.S. diplomat told reporters Tuesday that the Obama administration has quit using that line to describe the effort to fight terrorism around the world.
"The administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself," Clinton said.
Clinton spoke as she headed to Europe for a week of diplomatic meetings. The phrase "war on terror" is widely disliked in Europe and elsewhere overseas, where even close U.S. allies suggested it was overly militaristic and perhaps counterproductive.
It is also now associated with a range of Bush administration policies such as harsh interrogation practices that President Barack Obama has pledged to abandon.
Clinton was asked about the phrase as she headed to Europe for a week of diplomatic meetings.