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Open Letter to Jane Harman, Re: Terrorism and the Internet

(Digg is for the OpEd News version)
The Committee on Homeland Security will soon begin to flesh out more bills that will affect everyone on U.S. soil. It's important to make it clear to Rep. Harman's Subcommittee that testimony which has no basis in fact will be challenged every step of the way, before legislation is drawn up that makes outlaws out of what one Committee considers "conspiracy theorists". I urge anyone who has questions about 9/11, anyone who wants to see a new investigation, to write to the Subcommittee and let them know, if I may quote the Big Lebowski, "This agression will not stand... man."

November 16, 2007

U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Homeland Security
176 Ford House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Att: Jane Harman, Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

Dear Jane Harman,

As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment (Committee on Homeland Security) I want to bring to your attention what appears to me a troubling tendency by two of the witnesses that testified at the November 6, 2007 Hearing, “Using the Web as a Weapon: the Internet as a Tool for Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism”. I hereby submit this open letter to you, cc'ed to the Subcommittee.

The tone of the Hearing established by the opening remarks from you, Mr. Thompson, and Mr. Reichert, was fair enough, with a well-meaning focus on extremist radicalization. Terrorism is a horrible tactic, no matter who is employing the slaughter of innocent people to enable a radical agenda.

However, in the statement by Mr. Bruce Hoffman, things quickly go off-track.

You are a long-time associate of Mr. Hoffman, (as you note in your introduction of Hoffman at the hearing), dating back to his employment with the RAND Corporation. It's kind of interesting how that works. RAND specializes in studies of issues of interest to the U.S. Government, including a bunch of studies on terrorism. Now, as an objective analyst of terrorism-related issues, Mr. Hoffman testifies to the House on the need for more study of terrorism-related issues.

I hope that you take the following statement from Mr. Hoffman to heart;

Defeating al Qaeda suggests first and foremost that our assessments and analyses must be anchored firmly to sound empirical judgment and not blinded by conjecture, mirror-imaging, politically partisan prisms and wishful thinking.

However, this statement by Mr. Hoffman does not appear to reflect his own advice;

The Internet, once seen as an engine of education and enlightenment, has instead become an immensely useful vehicle for terrorists with which to peddle their baseless propaganda and manifold conspiracy theories and summon their followers to violence.

Hoffman begins like the Hearing did, clearly focused on how violent radicals use communication portals like the internet to spread their message... but then he drifts off into conjecture about "manifold conspiracy theories".

I want to suggest that there is no empirical evidence which proves that "manifold conspiracy theories" trigger violent radicalization, that tying conspiracy theories to a serious study of the roots of terrorism during House testimony is conjecture, and doubly, wishful thinking.

His blanket statement about the internet is too broad and not generally true. The internet is still "an engine of education and enlightenment", despite its abuse by those who call for violence.

I hope that you can remain objective when evaluating Mr. Hoffman's testimony, despite your prior associations with him.

Even more egregious, however, is the testimony of Mr. Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Weitzman's testimony also begins on-track, focused on violent radicalization and its perpetuation via the internet.

Unfortunately, Weitzman riots in tact and in fact when he also decides to stroll down "conspiracy theory" lane. During Weitzman's PowerPoint presentation to the Hearing, he presents a series of websites that purport to have content that instructs visitors how to conduct acts of terror, and talks of individuals affected by these sites.

I urge your staff to closely examine the sites that were presented by Mr. Weitzman, to see if his claims are true and accurate. I do this because once Mr. Weitzman goes off the beaten path, he is quickly out of his depths, and presents websites that bear no relation to his claims.

Weitzman says;

To illustrate the trends described above, we have put together a short PowerPoint demonstration. Without going into deep detail in these written remarks, I would like to offer some brief descriptions of the material that will be shown. The presentation begins with a look at how 9/11 is viewed in some eyes online, including those who applauded it as well as some conspiracies sites. The presence of the conspiracy site is significant, since so much of what passes as fact online is actually based on some form of conspiracy. These are often built around the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which allege Jewish control of the world, or around presenting the United States government as being engaged in various conspiracies or cover-ups, or ultimately having the entire Western world engaged in a vast, multi-layered conspiracy against the Islamic world.

Among the websites shown by Weitzman to "illustrate the trends decribed above", (presumably he means: racism - domestic extremism - radical Islam), he throws in the website Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

I visited the website in question to attempt to verify Weitzman's claims. ae911truth.org is not "built around the Protocols of the Elders of Zion", does not "allege Jewish control of the world", and does not accuse "the United States government as being engaged in various conspiracies or cover-ups, or ultimately having the entire Western world engaged in a vast, multi-layered conspiracy against the Islamic world."

Here is what the site is about, clearly placed in the "About Us" section of the website;

http://www.ae911truth.org/aboutus.php

We are a non-partisan association of Architects, Engineers, and affiliates, who are dedicated to exposing the falsehoods and to revealing truths about the “collapses” of the WTC high-rises on 9/11/01.

We call upon Congress for a truly independent investigation with subpoena power. We believe that there may be sufficient evidence to conclude that the World Trade Center buildings #1 (North Tower), #2 (South Tower), and #7 (the 47 story high-rise across Vessey St.) were destroyed not by jet impact and fires but by controlled demolition with explosives.

We believe that this website, as well as the other referenced sites, contains the information necessary to demonstrate to all with an open mind that this is the case, and that such an investigation is warranted and overdue. We believe that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the government's official story of these “collapses”.

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth are encouraged to take an active role by reporting the results of their research on 9/11 by means of lectures, articles, and methods of disseminating the truth about the 9/11 WTC building “collapses”.

It appears to me that this group, whose core members are mostly architectural professionals are not terrorists, racists, or "conspiracy theorists". They present evidence that when looked at in an empirical manner, "not blinded by conjecture, mirror-imaging, politically partisan prisms and wishful thinking", an objective observer will conclude that they should join them in a call for a new investigation into the collapses of the World Trade Center.

I hope that there is some objectivity at play in these Hearings, and that testimony is carefully evaluated, and sorted.

Thank you,

(signed copy to Commission)

cc. Norman D. Dicks, James R. Langevin, Christopher P. Carney, Ed Perlmutter, Bennie G. Thompson, David G. Reichert, Christopher Shays, Charles W. Dent, Peter T. King

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Testimony and prepared statements for the hearing;
http://homeland.house.gov/hearings/index.asp?ID=102

Video stream at C-SPAN;
http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=202123-1

(Yes, this is my open letter.)

Terrorism: The Right Major Crisis

9/11 Truth has rightly jeopardized public faith in government.

The 'terrorist' myth is a remarkably effective excuse to supress dissent.

There anti truth

Simon Wiesenthal Center; what proof to they have that anyone in the 911 truth movement is a terrorist?
if they make allegation I want names of people in the movement so we can sue there sorry ass. were is our rebuttal in congress,dont we have a voice.

The only thing the Simon Wiesenthal Center is afraid of is the truth. There anti truth

I seen this coming...

as i am sure most of us had. The one thing that those f**kers underestimated was the power of the internet. Just think if we were not privy to all this information. Iam sure none of us would even had a clue.
Yes 911 was an unbelievable act,but i am even more concerned with the apparent control of of major media. Time is not an allie of the truth.
Their plan is easy to see. They have to control the internet before the domino effect of the truth exposes them.
WAKE UP AMERICA !........ Vote Ron Paul !

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"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." - John F. Kennedy

"He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today." - T.Edwards

"Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept by public incredulity."
- Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

"...it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." - Samuel Adams

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth" - Einstein

"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance" - Einstein

"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny." - Alexander S.

"It is not the answer that enlightens but the question" - ?

http://9-11.Meetup.com/322
Many hands make light work!
RRREMA=research, realize, react, educate, motivate, activate

Be careful SWC

By saying people who question the • official story • are terrorist, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has officially changed the meaning of terrorism, so now all those students across the world, who ask questions of their teacher, instructor, or professor should now be called terrorists.

The reason SWC is terrorized by simple questions of why the natural laws of physics were on hold 9/11, is because we are going to start asking other questions like why does the US have so many dual citizens of Israel in top cabinet and department positions:

Paul Wolfowitz * Richard Perle *  Douglas Feith *  Michael Chertoff * Elliot Abrams * Donald Kagan * Richard Haas * Kenneth Adelman * Edward Luttwak * Robert Satloff * Dov Zakheim * David Frum * David Wurmser * Steve Goldsmith *  Marc Grossman * Michael Mulkasey * Philip Zelikow * Ari Fleischer * Lewis Libby * Henry Kissinger.

US citizen/Zionist who are central to loose ends in 9/11:

Jack Abramoff *John Deutch * Lewis Eisenberg * Larry Silverstein * Maurice Greenberg * Jules Knoll * William Kristol.

Be careful SWC, there is no violence in our movement only questions.

Their strategy becomes clearer.

The strategy of demonizing and ultimately outlawing dissent becomes clearer with recent steps in the information war. Inflammatory comments from pundits on TV attempts to radicalize 9/11 truthers by angering them and then the covert "sandwiching" of 9/11 "conspiracy sites" with terrorist training sites programs law makers to view these sites and skeptics of the OCT as radicals. As soon as some misguided soul responds with overt anger to being called a terrorist, or an agent provocateur commits violent crimes in the name of 9/11 truth, the news media can trumpet this event as "homegrown terrorism." Whether the actors in this play are in on the plan or whether they are being played by higher power brokers, the effect is the same.

However, the truth movement has not responded violently and the overt and covert attempts to ruffle our feathers has so far only exposed the fear and propaganda against the truth. Now we have an opening in this information war and I say we should play it cool and use this opportunity to spread the truth. AE911truth should be demanding air time on CSPAN and other news outlets. Due to these recent moves against 9/11 truth, AE911truth is now in the best position to get the truth out there. No theories, just the facts of what we know and what we don't know about the attacks of 9/11 are damning enough evidence to get a new investigation started and subpoena testimony from political leaders.

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National secrecy is a threat to human security.
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Truth IS Terror....

to the liars and wrongdoers!

Just a friendly reminder....

That the quote "This agression will not stand... man." stems from a speech Given by Bush Sr.
during his propaganda campaign to begin desert Storm.
I'm a huge fan of the Dude ! See quoting a dickhead shows nobodys perfect .
Not even the Dude.

"The dude abides."

Yeah, I know. I watched the very conference on the TeeVee when George Herbert Bush uttered that line (sans "man") to the press gaggle on the White House lawn.

It was so... "authentic". He lied to sell Gulf War I -- like father, like son, I guess;

http://www.prwatch.org/books/tsigfy10.html

"In fact, the most emotionally moving testimony on October 10 came from a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only by her first name of Nayirah. According to the Caucus, Nayirah's full name was being kept confidential to prevent Iraqi reprisals against her family in occupied Kuwait. Sobbing, she described what she had seen with her own eyes in a hospital in Kuwait City. Her written testimony was passed out in a media kit prepared by Citizens for a Free Kuwait. "I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital," Nayirah said. "While I was there, I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where . . . babies were in incubators. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die."

Three months passed between Nayirah's testimony and the start of the war. During those months, the story of babies torn from their incubators was repeated over and over again. President Bush told the story. It was recited as fact in Congressional testimony, on TV and radio talk shows, and at the UN Security Council. "Of all the accusations made against the dictator," MacArthur observed, "none had more impact on American public opinion than the one about Iraqi soldiers removing 312 babies from their incubators and leaving them to die on the cold hospital floors of Kuwait City."

At the Human Rights Caucus, however, Hill & Knowlton and Congressman Lantos had failed to reveal that Nayirah was a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family. Her father, in fact, was Saud Nasir al-Sabah, Kuwait's Ambassador to the US, who sat listening in the hearing room during her testimony. The Caucus also failed to reveal that H&K vice-president Lauri Fitz-Pegado had coached Nayirah in what even the Kuwaitis' own investigators later confirmed was false testimony."

The Krongards, 9/11, and Blackwater

The empire’s operatives exposed: The Krongards, 9/11, and Blackwater/Iraq
By Larry Chin
Online Journal Associate Editor

Nov 19, 2007, 01:18

New bombshell testimony before Congress has revealed that Alvin B. “Buzzy” Krongard, the former CIA executive director connected to 9/11 insider trading, is a consultant and advisory board member of Blackwater USA, the New World Order’s leading intelligence-related corporate mercenary death squad now under investigation for war crimes, murder, arms smuggling, and fraud in Iraq.

“Buzzy” Krongard’s Blackwater role was confirmed by “Buzzy”’s brother, Howard “Cookie” Krongard, who (not ironically) is the Bush/Cheney administration’s State Department’s inspector general, and the official under fire for stonewalling and quashing attempted probes of Blackwater’s operations.

http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2652.shtml

Here Come the Thought Police

This article from the Baltimore Sun, sums up HR 1955 pretty well:

Here Come the Thought Police:
http://www.topix.net/forum/source/baltimore-sun/TJ3ON2O5396FA91T5#lastPost