Obama's Kettle of Hawks

http://counterpunch.org/scahill12022008.html
By JEREMY SCAHILL
December 2, 2008

Barack Obama has assembled a team of rivals to implement his foreign policy. But while pundits and journalists speculate endlessly on the potential for drama with Hillary Clinton at the state department and Bill Clinton's network of shady funders, the real rivalry that will play out goes virtually unmentioned. The main battles will not be between Obama's staff, but rather against those who actually want a change in US foreign policy, not just a staff change in the war room.

When announcing his foreign policy team on Monday, Obama said: "I didn't go around checking their voter registration." That is a bit hard to believe, given the 63-question application to work in his White House. But Obama clearly did check their credentials, and the disturbing truth is that he liked what he saw.

Pentagon plans to station 20,000 troops for 'domestic security'

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Pentagon_plans_to_station_20000_troops_1201.html
Agence France-Presse
Published: Monday December 1, 2008

The US Department of Defense plans to deploy 20,000 troops nationwide by 2011 to help state and local officials respond to terror or nuclear attacks and emergencies, The Washington Post said Monday.

Citing Pentagon officials, the newspaper said the plan calls for three rapid-reaction forces.

The first 4,700-strong unit, built around an active-duty combat brigade, is based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and is already available for deployment, according to General Victor Renuart, commander of the US Northern Command, it said.

Two additional groups will later join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops to support local and state authorities nationwide, The Post said.

They will all would be trained to respond to domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive attacks.

CIA Foreknowledge of the Mumbai Attacks

(911blogger users: please use this post as a continuation of the first Mumbai News Thread. -rep.)

Yesterday, Outlookindia.com reported that the CIA's station chief in Delhi approached one of India's intelligence agencies, the Research and Analysis Wing, and passed on a fairly specific warning;

"In mid-September this year, the CIA station chief in Delhi sought an urgent meeting with his counterpart in R&AW to pass on some critical inputs. This was part of an understanding that Indian and American intelligence had institutionalised in the aftermath of 9/11. From its assets in Pakistan and Afghanistan, American intelligence had come to learn that the Lashkar-e-Toiba was planning to launch a major terrorist attack in Mumbai, which would be carried out from the sea."

Later in the article;

"By the middle of November, as Indian intelligence continued to check out further inputs, the pieces of an intricate jigsaw puzzle began to fall into place. Sources say they learnt that the attack would come from the sea and that the Taj Hotel would be a major target. However, it was not known whether this attack would be carried out by planting bombs in the hotel or by terrorists carrying small arms. Indian intelligence assessments were tilting towards bombs being planted and security at the hotel was beefed up accordingly to prevent terrorists from planting bombs inside the premises."

UPDATE: Opportunity to Achieve our Goal ABORTED by CHANGE.ORG

(As of 5:17pm Central Time --11.30.2008-- "Change.org" has removed the request for a new 9/11 investigation from their website. -rep.)

Initial blog post published: 2008-11-28 17:46:16

In this week's International edition of Newsweek (Dec 1, 2008), there's an article entitled "President 2.0". In reading it, I discovered that a new site (http://www.change.org/ideas) is collecting and posting ideas for the Obama administration and the top 10 ideas, the ideas that have received the most votes, will be presented to the President on Inauguration Day.

An idea was just added to suggest that a new investigation into 9/11 be conducted.

Please click the link below and VOTE for this idea. Then forward the link to everyone you know and ask that they vote for it too. It this is for real, it is an excellent opportunity to get out collective voice heard. Loud and Clear. Finally.

http://www.change.org/ideas/view/conduct_a_new_independent_investigation_into_the_attacks_of_september_11_2001

Thanks in advance.

(Image updated - 12.2.2008)

New York Times Misleads on Taliban Role in Opium Trade by Jeremy Hammond

New York Times Misleads on Taliban Role in Opium Trade

The New York Times and other major U.S. media sources commonly report on the production of opium in Afghanistan as though it were under the control of the Taliban. The facts on the ground, however, tell a different story. Who dominates the Afghan opium trade? Foreign Policy Journal investigates.

November 29, 2008

By Jeremy R. Hammond

The New York Times reported this week that the Taliban have cut back on poppy cultivation and is stockpiling opium, grossly overstating the group’s role in the Afghanistan drug trade.

“Afghanistan has produced so much opium in recent years,” the Times reported Thursday, “that the Taliban are cutting poppy cultivation and stockpiling raw opium in an effort to support prices and preserve a major source of financing for the insurgency, Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the United Nations drug office, says.”

Conspiracies and Confabulation: Tales from two Naomis

http://www.americanbuddhist.net/conspiracies-and-confabulation-tales-two-naomis

Learning about self-deception is important for all people today. That’s because many of our problems, both as individuals and as a society, are rooted in self-deception, and many of the ways in which others abuse us relate to our inherent tendency to self-deceive. We can overcome these problems, and have a decent chance at long-term survival as a species, only if we learn about such limitations, and strive to control them. One great way to rapidly learn about self-deception, and other forms of deception, is to learn about the events of September 11th.

It’s easy to see wide spread self-deception with regard to 9/11. For one thing, most people don’t know the actual official story, given by the 9/11 Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This is despite the fact that everyone, at least in the US, has invested essentially their entire future in that story, whether they know it or not.

PRESS RELEASE: November 28, 2008 - Philadelphia Native Brings 9/11 Conspiracy Thriller ABLE DANGER Home . . .

P.S. Sander Hicks, publisher, author of The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle Blowers, and the Cover-up (www.amazon.com/Big-Wedding-Whistle-Blowers-Cover-up/dp/097527631X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227986726&sr=8-1), and cafe owner whose Brooklyn Vox Pop cafe plays a part in this film, will be speaking after the 9:11pm movie showing (in Wayne, PA on December 18th) upstairs at the Freehouse restaurant around the corner. All three showings in Wayne at 5pm, 7pm and 9:11pm will be FREE as always, but we gladly accept any donations that go 100% to John Feal's FealGood Foundation to benefit the sick and dying 9/11 first responders. (There will be a large clear glass "barrel" jar on the table of information outside the theater room for this purpose. Thanks!)

Any questions, please contact Betsy Metz @ emetz999@aol.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Philadelphia Native Brings 9/11 Conspiracy Thriller ABLE DANGER Home After Theatrical Runs In New York and Los Angeles

Reflections On Gratitude And Resistance By Janice Matthews


Janice and I at the 2005 Emergency Truth Convergence in D.C.

Source: 911truth.org

Thank you!!

Gainesville Florida Talk Radio Host Supports 9/11 Truth

Morning show radio host, Leigh Scott discusses 9/11 Truth with Bob, a UF student and 9/11 activist. WBXY is "The Star" radio in Alachua County, Florida at 99.5 FM. Site: http://TheStar.fm

Chris Floyd on "Strategy of Tension" and the Holy Land Foundation

A couple of informative blog entries by Floyd;

Security Blanket: Western Democracy and the Strategy of Tension
November 24, 2008

The idea that a democratic government would deliberately create fake "extremist groups" then send them out to foment violence and terrorism -- in order to discredit legitimate opposition to elite rule and to "justify" authoritarian powers -- has long been derided in "serious" circles as that worst of modern heresies: "conspiracy theory." Anyone advancing such a preposterous notion is instantly relegated to the ranks of the "lunatic fringe," and dismissed with varying degrees of contempt and condescension...

...It is indeed unfortunate that the general public is prey to these disturbing theories, which breed such a widespread distrust of the noble intentions and essential (if occasionally misguided or incompentently executed) goodness of our leading men and women. However, there is a very reasonable explanation for the credence given to these fringe beliefs:

They happen to be true.

Continued...

The Holy Land Foundation, which was found 'Not Guilty' of all terrrorism charges last year, has just been found 'Guilty' of all charges this year in a new trial. Hmm...

Kangaroo Country: "Terror" Verdict Against Charity a Bitter Fruit of Bipartisan Policy
November 26, 2008

If the Holy Land Foundation "terrorism" case had been held in Russia, we would now be enduring a flood of thundering commentary from every leading orifice of the corporate media, denouncing yet another travesty of justice in the sham democracy controlled by the Kremlin. Yet a decorous editorial silence covers the convictions of five charity officials whose only crime was helping needy and oppressed people through agencies used by international charities such as the Red Cross, and by the United States government itself...

Continued...