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Kurt Haskell: Looks Like I'll Be A Witness For The Defense In The Underwear Bomber Case

...I realize that some may not agree with me and may attempt to harm me. Nevertheless, I will speak the truth and not be intimidated. I will do this for the common good of all of the citizens of the United States. It is not often that I quote a passage from the bible, but I think it is appropriate here:

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." ---Kurt Haskell

Looks Like I'll Be A Witness For The Defense In The Underwear Bomber Case
by Kurt Haskell - Thursday Oct 6, 2011

Kurt Haskell: "Underwear Bomber Jury Selection Hearing October 4, 2011"

"...question the jurors... ...What was most interesting to me was the type of questions asked by Judge Edmunds and Chambers. The following questions were asked multiple times with slightly different variations:
1. Do you think after listening to the evidence that you will be able to determine whether the Defendant actually possessed a "bomb"?
2. Do you realize that sometimes the media does not always report the truth?...."---Kurt Haskell

Umar questions jury pool

Images - Jerry Lemenu / AP

Underwear Bomber Jury Selection Hearing October 4, 2011
by Kurt Haskell
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Iranian President declares pre-planted explosives brought down towers, not just planes

WASHINGTON -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that as an engineer he's sure the twin towers were not brought down by jetliners.

Ahmadinejad, in an interview with The Associated Press, says it would have been impossible for two jetliners to bring down the towers simply by hitting them. he says some kind of planned explosion must have taken place.

Ahmadinejad stopped short of saying the United States staged the disaster 10 years ago. But he says there are questions the world should resolve, and noted there are doubters in the United States as well.

Ahmadinejad was denied his request last year to visit the site of the World Trade Center collapse. He says he's not making another attempt this year. He's in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly.


The Dallas Observer news story about "North Texans for 9/11 Truth"

North Texans For 9/11 Truth: Still Running Around in "Rabbit Hole" After All These Years
By Anna Merlan Wed., Sep. 7 2011 at 9:30 AM

The North Texans for 9/11 Truth-ers riding in the 2009 MLK Day Parade down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

With the decade anniversary of 9/11 almost here, there's been a run of stories in every media outlet, major and minor, about both the September 11 attacks and the decade that followed. A few of those pieces, including a recent Associated Press report ( ) making the rounds, have focused on September 11th conspiracy theories. You know the ones: 9/11 was an inside job, the towers were brought down with controlled demolitions, the government knew about the attacks ahead of time -- there are different permutations, but all the theories basically center around the belief that the "official" version of what happened, as told in the 9/11 Commission Report and mostly echoed by the reporting of the country's journalists, is a lie.

From JFK to Sept. 11, conspiracy theories thrive - Associated Press

By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press - August 11, 2011 (AP)

Conspiracy theories come with the territory here. And at Barbec's Restaurant on the other side of this sprawling city, six men sit on a covered porch and convene a meeting of the North Texans for 9/11 Truth group and talk about the government's lies about 9/11.

The group has 50 active members; 200 on the mailing list. And they number among many thousands who, after years of investigations, don't believe the official version of how the World Trade Center collapsed, who was responsible or what the government knew and when.

Politics doesn't have anything to do with it; two were once staunch, Bush-voting conservatives; two are progressives and two weren't even interested in current events until after the 2001 attacks.

"Before 9/11, I was a working class person, going through life, pretty much accepting everything given and told to me," said Bryan Black, a 50-year-old carpenter from Commerce, Texas, "I'm starting to see things. I'm more open to skeptical conversation."

Is AP a shill for the State Department and the CIA?

A while back, I wrote a letter to my local newspaper, the Post-Star of Glens Falls New York. On Sunday, this letter became the subject of a column by the newspaper's editor. It begins: "We published a letter to the editor last month where a reader wrote that The Associated Press " not much more than a branch of the U.S. State Department or the CIA."

The editor, Ken Tingley, goes on to publish what to my knowledge is an untruth: ""Years ago there was another competing wire service, United Press International, but it went out of business." My understanding is that the wire service changed hands several times, but never "went out of business." In fact, if one types "United Press International" into one's search engine of choice, one will inevitably find the news service's website,

Midway through his essay, our editor makes the following assertion: "The letter we printed was disturbing because it was simply not true." Now to me, that smacks of editor backpeddling, a disease which is unfortunately endemic in the profession.

This newspaper is to be praised for printing letters that are definitely disturbing, more often than not because they are true.

AP helps government to brush anthrax attacks of 2001 under the carpet



PETER'S NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2008--A succession of Associated Press stories has portrayed a former government scientist as the source of the 2001 anthrax-laced letters, even though no proof has been brought forward as to the scientist's guilt.

An incredible stream of anonymous government sources have been cited, with the accompanying reasons why they have requested anonymity. Of course Associated Press never mentions the unstated reason, and the most obvious one--that these sources may be trying to portray events as they would like them to be seen by the public.

Headlines such as "Answers in anthrax case may have died with suicide" by Adam Geller can only bring joy to a government anxious to put any questions about the case, which had defied solution for almost seven years, behind it. But a scrutinizing public can be only so keenly aware that the government has sorely misinformed the electorate before, and may be doing so now, with the complicity of the media.

Report: Al Qaeda renewing efforts to sneak terror plotters into U.S.

The propaganda for another false flag attack has reached a fever pitch.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al Qaeda is stepping up its efforts to sneak terror operatives into the United States and has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment, The Associated Press has learned.

The draft National Intelligence Estimate is expected to paint an increasingly worrisome portrait of al Qaeda's ability to use its base along the Pakistan-Afghan border to launch and inspire attacks, even as Bush administration officials say the U.S. is safer nearly six years into the war on terror.

Among the key findings of the classified estimate, which is still in draft form and must be approved by all 16 U.S. spy agencies:

* Al Qaeda is probably still pursuing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if its operatives developed sufficient capability.

Iraq war anniversary misses 9/11 focus


Medina-Gazette - Mar 20 12:04 AM

Iraq war anniversary misses 9/11 focus

It's the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. It also feels like the anniversary of the end of our national focus on bringing the architect of 9/11 to justice.

Just a quick tour of the numbers, to help us get our bearings.

According to the Pentagon, there are about 27,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan — the highest number since the October 2001 invasion. They are part of a NATO-led force of around 50,000. According to the Department of Defense, there have been 369 American service personnel killed in Afghanistan, as well as 676 who were wounded and unable to return to action.

In Iraq, there are upwards of 142,000 U.S. troops. The Associated Press puts the current number killed at 3,217. Those wounded and unable to go back: 10,685, according to the DOD.