April 2009

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Swine Flu Links Roundup - Legitgov.org

And 2 not included:
DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines

Homeland Security preps flu quarantine guidelines [commentary on CBS-obtained memo and additional info]

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Last updated: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 23:45:10 GMT

Zinn on investigating 9/11 TheRealNews April 27, 2009

Zinn on investigating 9/11 TheRealNews
April 27, 2009

More at http://therealnews.com/t/in... Howard Zinn: The truth of 9/11 will probably never be known, but searching for it now is a diversion

Truth commission to proceed despite Obama’s wishes By John Byrne Raw Story April 28, 2009


Truth commission to proceed despite Obama’s wishes

By John Byrne

Published: April 28, 2009
Updated 9 hours ago

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) plans to proceed with a special commission to investigate alleged Bush administration abuses of power, despite lacking President Barack Obama’s support, according to a report Tuesday.

Sen. Leahy called for a “Truth Commission” in February to probe Bush administration policies on torture, interrogation and surveillance and to — as he puts it — “get to the bottom of what went wrong.” Such an idea would be modeled around truth commissions established in South Africa and Chile, which offered immunity to officials who committed abuses in exchange for the truth.

“Many Americans feel we need to get to the bottom of what went wrong,” Leahy said when announcing his idea in February. “I agree. We need to be able to read the page before we turn the page.”

Jury acquits three charged with helping 7/7 London Bombing

A story about the acquittals in the 7/7 bombing was headlined on Yahoo News, but the link led nowhere. It then magically disappeared from the yahoo headlines. One supposes the CIA desk at AP wanted this one softballed before it went out to the public. So I fished this version out: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090428.wbombings0428/BNStory/International/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.2009042.... Interestingly, the story mentions: "Police have always maintained that the 7/7 bombers had assistance from other people with links to al Qaeda as they would not have had the technical expertise to construct the hydrogen peroxide-based bombs themselves." Maybe Guiliani Partners knows something about this. Mr. G. himself was in London at the time, if I am not mistaken, and furthermore, was not Robert Kiley imported from David Rockefeller's think tank, The Partnership for New York (or whatever it's called these days) http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Partnership_for_New_York_City to run the London subways?

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Jon Gold

Have you ever heard of the boy that cried wolf? If not, here is the story.

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!"

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

"Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry 'wolf' when there is NO wolf!"

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Wolf! Wolf!"

Bin Laden could be dead, whereabouts unknown: Zardari April 27, 2009 Reuters



"There is no news," the president said. "They obviously feel that he does not exist anymore but that's not confirmed, we can't confirm that."

Bin Laden could be dead, whereabouts unknown: Zardari

April 27, 2009

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that the whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden remained a mystery and there was a suspicion that he could be dead.

Speaking to international media, Zardari said U.S. officials had told him that they had no trace of the al Qaeda chief, although they habitually say he is most likely in Pakistan.

Pakistan's own intelligence agencies were no wiser, either, Zardari said.

"There is no news," the president said. "They obviously feel that he does not exist anymore but that's not confirmed, we can't confirm that."

The Stomach-Turning Truth About Bush's Torture Programs

The Stomach-Turning Truth About Bush's Torture Programs

By Scott Horton - Alternet - April 28, 2009

Obama insists America must "look forward" on the question of torture and accountability, but we're far from closure.

In the space of a week, the torture debate in America has been suddenly transformed. The Bush administration left office resting its case on the claim it did not torture. The gruesome photographs from Abu Ghraib, it had said, were the product of “a few bad apples” and not of government policy. But the release of a series of grim documents has laid waste to this defense. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s report—adopted with the support of leading Republicans senators John McCain, John Warner, and Lindsey Graham—has demonstrated step by step how abuses on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan had their genesis in policy choices made at the pinnacle of the Bush administration. A set of four Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel memoranda from the Bush era has provided a stomach-turning legal justification of the application of specific torture techniques, including waterboarding...


Blank birth certificates in NYC stolen; investigators fear terrorist connection

As reported in the New York Post for Saturday, 4/25:

On March 12, an employee of the Department of Health in New York City discovered that a stack of blank birth certificates, all bearing the agency's stamp (104 total), had been stolen from the department's offices, near City Hall. One city investigator says that such a theft--which hadn't occurred at the department over the preceding ten years--is, 'like hitting the Lotto for terrorists,' since forged birth certificates are a crucial first step towards forging other documents, and all such forgery constitutes 'one of the primary concerns of Homeland Security.'

Full article is here:


Reporter may be contacted at larry.celona@nypost.com

White House official apologizes for low-flying Air Force One lookalike By Raw Story Published: April 27, 2009

“After the incident, New York City released an advisory that the flyover was ‘part of an approved federal activity,’” Reuters reports.

"However, a city official revealed that the NYPD had been advised not to warn the public."

White House official apologizes for low-flying Air Force One lookalike

By Raw Story

Published: April 27, 2009
Updated 10 hours ago

Military jet in NYCUPDATES AT BOTTOM: Bloomberg ‘furious;’ White House official who approved ‘photo shoot’ apologizes

A number of buildings in the New York City area were evacuated Monday morning after a trio of low-flying planes flew near the Statue of Liberty.

Air Force One Flyby Causes Brief Panic In NYC

From Slashdot:

"A Boeing 747 that serves as an Air Force One backup and two F-16 fighters escorting it caused a brief panic among office workers at the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan this morning, as large numbers evacuated the buildings. The incident was also spurred evacuations in Jersey City across the Hudson River from Manhattan."

Two F-16 fighters seems incorrect: the photos and the reports indicate only one. However, who ever thought this "photo op" was a good idea? I can't possibly imagine that the ensuing panic and bad press was unforeseeable. Is this just a cock-up? If it is, it's a real bad one.

Some pictures: (for the bottom one, ripped the link from the WSJ Flash slideshow for your convenience)

Air Force One NYC flyby with F-16