Naomi Wolf's "End Of America" unfolds at Hofstra U. as Police State Tramples IVAW Questions to Candidates
A group of peaceful IVAW Veterans with aspirations to contribute questions for Presidential Debate use was turned away prior to the debate, brutally trampled by mounted police, and arrested. Why won't Obama or McCain hear what these former servicemembers have to say? Pictures below (viewer discretion advised),
Pictures courtesy of Bill Perry of Delaware Valley Veterans For America,
IVAW Press Release and relevant news links below pictures. More will be added as it becomes available.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2008
Iraq War Veterans Arrested While Attempting to Deliver Questions to Obama and McCain
What follows is from a letter which I sent in reply to a fundraising appeal from Eugene Bird, President of the Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF), which works to counter the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, mainly through lobbying and ad campaigns. More can be learned about them at http://www.cnifoundation.org. My intention was to argue the importance--the urgency, actually--of reflecting on what we really know about 9/11 before speaking of it as if we have been essentially told the truth. I would not want any of this to be construed as denigrating the organization or its work. -rm
Dear Mr. Bird,
In your recent fundraising letter, you quoted a McCain advisor as describing Senator Obama as, '...a perfect manifestation of a September 10th mindset,' adding that this remark, '...did not sit well with us here at CNIF,' since, 'After the attacks of September 11th, it became very apparent to everyone in the United States that Washington needed to know more about the Middle East in order to understand the root causes of terrorism.'
This statement implies a 'blowback' interpretation of 9/11--that is, one that essentially accepts the Bush administration's account in its identification of the culprits, though characterizing their motives differently (bad foreign policy 'blew back' to the U.S. by provoking Muslims to attack us). And this interpretation we might in turn describe as a manifestation of a 'September 12th mindset'--a mindset born of shock in the immediate aftermath of those events, when the American public was readiest to believe what they were told by people in authority.
I have to learn a new word other than "awesome" even though what Betsy is doing is TRULY awesome. Thanks to Scott for helping her out. Good to see you Bob.
17e Onze Bouge France, 12 October 2008. Watch out to be together for the next Tuesday 11 November 2008.
Thursday 16 Ocober 2008
sorry that I am a bit late in posting my action with Farid on the Herblay market. the 12 October 2008. Of course it would have been more pleasant to do our action on the 11th like everyone else but at Herblay the Saturday there is very few people on the market. So Sunday was not so bad. Farid, 20 years old , was a bit lost compared to his weekly flyer and DVD distribution at the fontaine of Saint-Michel at Paris where there are a lot of students very interested to learn the truth on 911.
At Herblay it was people of all ages with so many different problems. No one seemed to be interested to question the 911. No one seemed to realise that the crash in the stock market is nothing compared to the 3 times 700 000 000 dollars evaporated on the pentagon accounts computer the 10th of September 2001.
In Chicago, the Republican Congressional candidate has attacked the Democrat for a campaign ad featuring an Iraq War vet who supports the 9/11 victims families right to answers, and says the Iraq War was based on lies, including Hussein's connection to 9/11. According to the Chicago Tribune, "He also said he does not doubt that Al Qaeda terrorists were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.". "Last June, the Peoria Journal Star reported that Davis wore a black T-shirt proclaiming "Investigate 9/ email@example.com" while sitting at a table at a Peoria library where books, fliers and DVDs supporting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks were on display." "Seals spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith said she didn't "really see what is so controversial" about using Caleb Davis in the ad. Davis, 25, is a Peoria native who spent five months in Iraq as an Army diver and got an honorable discharge in 2004." The reporter and Tribune present the Republican view and also the Democrat side, which apparently supports the OCT as well as the right to freedom of speech, press and to petition the govt.
James Bamford's dubious sense of irony when it comes to Israeli firms cornering the market on NSA's major "mass surveillance"
Although I am quite happy Amy Goodman is covering this stuff and that Bamford has at least put this on the table, there is definitely an odd way that Bamford has of using the word irony. He actually uses it correctly (semantically that is) when talking about the alleged hijackers living across the highway from Hayden's NSA office. That exchange is here:
AMY GOODMAN: You say that they set up their final base of operations almost next door to the NSA headquarters in Laurel, Maryland?
My Long Forgotten Encounter with Terry McDermott, author of "PERFECT SOLDIERS – The Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It"
The James Bamford interview and response reminded me of a dialogue/interview/argument I had with Terry McDermott at the Los Angeles Times Book Fair at UCLA on 4/27/08. Terry McDermott is a journalist and author, who in most MSM circles, is considered to have written the best description of the alleged 9/11 hijackers. He's sort of like a lightweight Vincent Bugliosi of the 9/11 covert op. In that case, maybe he's like more like Gerald Posner- I don't know. At the Book Festival, McDermott had moderated a panel titled "New World Disorder" that also included Mr. Bob Drogin, Ms. Nina Hachigan, Mr. Kevin Phillips and Dr. Michael Shermer. During the Q+A, I had asked a question having something to do with the neo-cons, the Clash of Civilizations, desired chaos and 9/11. After having my question roundly ignored and ridiculed, I decided to follow up a bit more intimately at the book signing with whoever I could from the panel. McDermott was fairly hostile, not quite as hostile as the over-zealous security guard who hovered over the entire interaction, but hostile nonetheless to the fact that I was calling into question the back story to the cover-story he had told so well.
Every person that stands up with others for visibility, outreach and solidarity increases the impact of our actions by ten, like a Richter Scale.
Thanks go to all those who marched for truth, and helped to make this action so successful and rewarding, including San Diego 9-11 Truth, WeAreChange Long Beach, Orange County Tyranny Response Team, and Inland Empire 9-11 Truth.
Stay tuned for the remaining videos in this series. This march was so intense, we have to share as much of it with you as we can.
The 2008 Now Or Never events in NYC were such an inspiration. We implore everyone to make it to NYC for 9-11-09. It's the one day of the year we should all come together in one place.
Author James Bamford was recently interviewed by Amy Goodman about his new book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. He talked about some issues that are covered in the 9/11 Timeline's CIA Hiding Alhazmi and Almihdhar and Yemen hub categories. The interview follows on from an article in the Congressional Quarterly and it is well worth reading the whole thing.
I have some comments on a couple of the aspects Bamford touches on. First, I'd like to say that Bamford is obviously a really good reporter and he's done a much better job on this than anyone who came before him (for example, Terry McDermott knew about the intercepts between San Diego and Sana'a, but relegated this information to the endnotes). Having said this, as far as I can see at the moment, he's making a couple of errors and missing some things out.