The new issue of the 'Village Voice' (July 7) features an article by Graham Rayman on the recent Bronx bomb plot, focusing on what has been learned (in the weeks since the arrest of the 'Newburgh 4' in late May) regarding the role of the FBI's informant.
Full article is here:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly held press conferences at the synagogues to reassure New Yorkers about their safety. During Kelly's remarks, it was startling to hear the commissioner refer to al-Qaeda by name, if only to say that the four purported home-grown terrorists had no ties to Osama Bin Laden's organization.
As more details emerged, however, the less the four defendants sounded like men with the skills to plan a sophisticated terror plot. They were small-time crooks, felons with long criminal records whose previous activities revolved around smoking marijuana and playing video games. One defendant, Laguerre Payen, was arrested in a crack house surrounded by bottles of his own urine; his lawyer describes him as "mildly retarded."
Now might be a good time brush up on Stalin's Show Trials...
By WILLIAM GLABERSON
Published: March 9, 2009
The five detainees at Guantánamo Bay charged with planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have filed a document with the military commission at the United States naval base there expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting full responsibility for the killing of nearly 3,000 people.
The document, which may be released publicly on Tuesday, uses the Arabic term for a consultative assembly in describing the five men as the “9/11 Shura Council,” and it says their actions were an offering to God, according to excerpts of the document that were read to a reporter by a government official who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The document is titled “The Islamic Response to the Government’s Nine Accusations,” the military judge at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp said in a separate filing, obtained by The New York Times, that describes the detainees’ document.
The document was filed on behalf of the five men, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who has described himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The last acquitted by the Supreme Court in Spain denies that the Leganés group committed Madrid Bombinbs
Note: 11-M is what is used in Spanish for the madrid bombings.
In Leganes the supposed terrorists alledgidly blew themselves up after the bombings when the police were at their door (one policeman died).
Italic text are my notes.
Translated by yours truly for 911blogger.com
Orignial article: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2008/09/29/espana/1222659763.html
MADRID .- First they said that he and his brother Moutaz were the brains of 11-M. Later, he was sentenced to 12 years and, last July, the Supreme Court acquitted him. Today he speaks for the first time in the newspaper El Mundo and considers that he and his family have become "the other victims of the 11-M" and that the confidants know much more about the attacks.
On July 17th he received the good news in the prison in Alicante that the Supreme Court was acquitting him of all charges and that he was a free man. This is an excerpt from the interview.
- "If it were true that those who were on that floor had killed 192 people, how could they become friendly terrorists and wait until the entire building was cleared to commit suicide?".
Tuesday June 3, 2008
Jason Bermas and Michael Rivero discuss Israel's role in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
(17 Minutes - 4 Meg)
Digital moles in White House?
Terrorists had top-secret presidential codes
Host of Air America's Clout, Richard Greene, bravely hosts the author of Act of State, William Pepper, who represented James Earl Ray on behalf of the Martin Luther King family and is now representing RFK patsy Sirhan Sirhan.
(38:23 Minutes - 11.2 Meg)
For those who watched the Oscars Sunday night, finally something of substance surfaced that is worthy of mention. The documentary titled: Taxi to the Dark Side, was hands down the winner.
"A harrowing film throwing the spotlight on US interrogation techniques at military facilities won the Oscars best documentary prize here Sunday.
Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side" investigates the death in custody of a Afghan taxi-driver, Dilawar, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2002.
An investigation into the death later found Dilawar had been repeatedly kicked and punched and was chained to the ceiling of his cell for days.
Gibney, who also produced hit documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room", said in his acceptance speech that his wife had wanted him to make a romantic comedy.
"An unemployed Dutch bricklayer who was made a scapegoat for one of the defining moments of 20th-century German history has been pardoned for his crime 75 years later.
Marinus van der Lubbe, 24, was beheaded after being convicted of setting fire to the Reichstag, an event Hitler used as a pretext to suspend civil liberties and establish a dictatorship..."
Israeli intelligence agents tracked the hijackers' every movement prior to the attacks, lived right next door to some of the hijackers, and apparently sent agents to film the attack on the World Trade Centers (see also this).
Likewise, Saudi intelligence was "actively following" most of the September 11, 2001, plotters "with precision" prior to the attacks.
By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 38 minutes ago
McLEAN, Va. - A federal judge expressed frustration Tuesday that the government provided incorrect information about evidence in the prosecution of Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and raised the possibility of ordering a new trial in another high-profile terrorism case.
At a post-trial hearing Tuesday for Ali al-Timimi, a Muslim cleric from Virginia sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for soliciting treason, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said she can no longer trust the CIA and other government agencies on how they represent classified evidence in terror cases.
Attorneys for al-Timimi have been seeking access to documents. They also want to depose government witnesses to determine whether the government improperly failed to disclose the existence of certain evidence.
A couple weeks ago, I attended a Real Time w/ Bill Maher taping with a fellow 9-11 Truther from Southern California. Maher's guests were Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Michael Eric Dyson and Pete Hamill. I could not keep my opinions to myself, especially with Rahm Emanuel mincing words about very important issues. So I shouted out a few times. I guess it got to Maher since it reached a crescendo during the Overtime segment. Right after he mentioned the overwhelming Saudi make-up of the 9-11 hijackers, I yelled out "Patsies." At this point he called me a "loudmouth asshole" and told security to shut me up. While security was talking to me, he said he would come down and kick my ass if he had to, eliciting audience applause. I wish had heard that at the time since I would have told him to debate me instead. It's agreed also that next time, the words "Don't tazer me bro!" might be apppropriate and disarming. Check it out here. It gets going @ about 2:30 into it.
We all know by now that many of the alleged hijackers made no efforts to conceal their identities or activities as they moved about the country before 9/11, even though a number of them were already on terrorist watch lists, or were being closely monitored by programs like Able Danger. This point is really hammered home by something a friend of mine turned up not too long ago: in a document from the Zacharias Moussaoui trial there is a listing of real name usages by various hijackers. Among these, which I find quite hilarious, is the fact that Atta's e-mail address was email@example.com. Ziad Jarrah likewise used his real name, firstname.lastname@example.org. This latter e-mail address raises further curious questions: currently ab.com is the domain for Rockwell Automation, a major defense contractor. Whether this was their domain name back in 2000 is something which will require further investigation, so if anyone can find that out, please bring it forward.
"Let me get this striaght: these guys dropped off jihadi videos at a local store, talked to Philly cops about getting a map of Ft. Dix, were still trying to procure weapons after 17 months of planning, and practiced for the attack by playing paintball.
This reminds me of that guy who planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge with a blowtorch. Or those dudes who wanted to destroy the Sears Tower but couldn't even afford to buy boots and rental cars, let alone explosives. Or Jose Padilla, who, it turns out, was a deluded schmoe who didn't really have serious plans to do much of anything.
Is al-Qaeda recruiting these doofuses just to lull us into a false sense of security? Or maybe they're Jon Stewart fans and want to provide him with fresh material? WTF?"
“A mix-up in Boston prevented the luggage from connecting with the plane that hijackers crashed into the north tower of the trade center. Seized by FBI agents at Boston's Logan Airport, investigators said, it contained Arab-language papers revealing the identities of all 19 hijackers involved in the four hijackings, as well as information on their plans, backgrounds and motives.”
- MICHAEL DORMAN, Newsday
April 17, 2006
Forget Atta’s will.
Here we have “plans”, “backgrounds”, “motives”, and the “identities” of “ALL” their comrades. Just in time for CNN.
I have to admit, for a plan this meticulously orchestrated, it was a damn fool move on the part of the “hijackers” to place their fate in the hands of some zit-faced bag-boy checking their luggage. But hey, these guys were gamblers. In fact a few of them were playing craps on Abramoff’s Casino boat one work prior. So I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
There are two pieces of “evidence” with respect the patsies I would have liked to included in “The Third Stage”: the magic passport and the Rosetta Stone.
Ptech owner's assets confiscated in Albania
...A similar pattern is apparent in Albania, where Yasin al-Qadi, according to federal law enforcement officials, assisted the CIA with efforts to provide underground support to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
As author Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed documents in his book, The War on Truth, “Extensive military training and assistance was provided to the KLA during the Kosovo conflict in the late 1990s by both American and British forces.”...
...As former DEA undercover agent Michael Levine explained to The New American in 1999, the U.S. armed and funded “the worst elements of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan — drug traffickers, arms smugglers, anti-American terrorists. We later paid the price when the World Trade Center was bombed [in 1993], and we learned that some of those responsible had been trained by us. Now we’re doing the same thing with the KLA.”
“These guys,” Levine said, referring to the KLA, “have a network that’s active on the streets of this country. ... They’re the worst elements of society that you can imagine, and now, according to my sources in drug enforcement, they’re politically protected.”
According to Yossef Bodansky, Director of Research of the International Strategic Studies Association, “The role of the Albanian Mafia, which is tightly connected to the KLA, is laundering money, providing technology, safe houses, and other support to terrorists within this country.”
“In any case,” Bodansky told The New American, “a serious investigation of the Albanian mob isn’t going to happen, because they’re ‘our boys’ — they’re protected."
The Columbine-9/11 Connection
posted by IT Thursday, November 16, 2006
April 20th, 1999: The official report is that two disaffected teens, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the more dominant of the two, armed with automatic weapons and pipe bombs, engaged in a massacre of their fellow classmates on school grounds after rigging the campus with improvised explosive devices. The carnage resulted in the deaths of about a dozen teachers and students, including the two shooters. Although no other assailants were involved, Klebold and Harris were members of a violent clique known as the "trench coat mafia" and had produced several dozen videos in which fantasies of such a massacre were expressed, rehearsed and caught on camera. Private gun ownership and rock musician Marilyn Manson were the primary scapegoats. Soon afterwards, a wide-reaching anti-crime bill was rammed through Congress under the pretense that more legislation will protect the public from such disastrous events.
September 11th, 2001: The official report is that nineteen disaffected Arabs led by fanatical Muslim Mohammed Atta, armed with box cutters, engaged in a massacre of a variety of professional people on American soil after hijacking four commercial airliners and flying them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings. The carnage resulted in the death of about three thousand Civil liberties and Osama bin Laden were the primary scapegoats. Soon afterwards, a wide-reaching anti-terrorism bill was rammed through Congress under the pretense that more legislation will protect the public from such disastrous events.