Thursday, July 30 2009 - First Responders/Health Effects
House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care
Washington, D.C. -- Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) today applauded the House passage of $70,723,000 in funding for the World Trade Center Health Programs for Fiscal Year 2010. The funding was included in the FY2010 Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which passed the House today. The lawmakers, along with Rep. Peter King (R-NY), are sponsors of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847), which would provide long-term, comprehensive health care and compensation for those sickened or injured in the aftermath of 9/11.
"The heroes and heroines of 9/11 deserve a helping hand from the federal government --it's the least we can do as a grateful nation. This $70 million in federal funding will keep the doors of 9/11 health clinics open until we pass comprehensive 9/11 health legislation, hopefully by the eighth anniversary of the attacks," said Rep. Maloney. "I thank President Obama and my colleagues in the House for their continued support of the men and women who came to the aid of the country after 9/11."
"This $70 million for the World Trade Center Health Programs will directly
benefit the first responders and community members who are living with 9/11-related
illnesses," said Rep. Nadler. "These funds are critical for ensuring
that those who sacrificed -- or who were innocent bystanders -- on
or after 9/11 are taken care of until we pass comprehensive 9/11 health care
legislation. Thanks are due to President Obama, Congresswoman Maloney and my
colleagues for supporting this crucial
Tuesday, July 28 2009 - Get Involved
9/11 Families, First Responders and Survivors to take NYC to Court over Denial of NYC CAN Initiative Ballot Placement
A CALL TO ACTION -- PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY
July 27, 2009
9/11 FAMILIES, FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS TO TAKE NEW YORK CITY TO COURT OVER NYC CAN PETITION
SEVENTY THOUSAND New Yorkers signed the NYC CAN petition, raising their voices in support of NYC CAN's demand for accountability. They have chosen to place the decision to create a new 9/11 investigation -- a REAL 9/11 investigation -- exactly where it belongs: before the voters of New York City this November. The voices of SEVENTY THOUSAND Americans who believe in democracy and believe that government exists to serve the people -- and not the other way around -- have been GAGGED by ONE so-called "PUBLIC SERVANT" -- The New York City Clerk -- who denied the petition and the voice of the people.
Welcome to America. Democracy denied.
Saturday, July 25 2009 - Civil Liberties-Police State
Cheney pressed Bush to test Constitutional limits by using military force on US soil--National Level Exercise next week
As usual, RawStory is connecting the dots for us. This story in the NYTimes is particularly significant given next week's TOPOFF National Level Exercise. Their story on that follows, as well as the announcements from FEMA and DHS. Of course, readers of this site are well aware of the exercises underway on 9/11 which matched the 9/11 events (see, for instance, "Rehearsing 9/11: How Training Exercises Foretold the Attacks of September 11" or "Two Days Before 9/11, Military Exercise Simulated Suicide Hijack Targeting New York", and read this with interest.
By Muriel Kane
According to a story in Friday's New York Times, Vice-President Cheney advocated in 2002 for the Bush administration to send military troops to Buffalo to arrest the so-called Lackawanna Six as enemy combatants.
This would have violated both Fourth Amendment guarantees against search and seizure without probable cause and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which makes it illegal to use the military for law enforcement.
Despite those prohibitions, Cheney argued that the president did have the power to use the military on US soil, citing an October 23, 2001 Justice Department memorandum co-authored by John Yoo which claimed that presidential power extended to the domestic use of the military as long as it served a national security purpose.
The Lackawanna Six were a group of young Yememi-Americans who had attended an al Qaeda training camp in 2001. They were arrested in September 2002, and President Bush bragged of having broken their "cell" in his January 2003 State of the Union address.
However, an investigation by Salon failed to turn up any evidence that they were actually a "sleeper cell" or that they had been planning any kind of violent attack. Most of them were convicted merely of providing material aid to terrorists.
Friday, July 24 2009 - Endorsements & Support
Is it time to endorse NYC CAN?
70,000 signatures. A groundswell of endorsements from some of the most prestigious and well-respected names in and out of the 9/11 Truth movement, anti-war movement, government and military officials, and, most importantly, the victim's families.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the underlying language, history and personalities of those involved, it cannot be disputed that NYC CAN represents perhaps the most unified and historic groundswell of public support for a 9/11 investigation in the history of the 9/11 Truth movement. We cannot turn our backs on the self-evident nature of this historic collaboration.
For this reason I can no longer withhold my endorsement.
I am well aware of the problems inherent in this initiative. As one of the last few holdouts in the 9/11 Truth community, I too was deeply concerned with various aspects of this initiative. But, in many respects the widespread attention, and unifying character of the many endorsements, and the community outreach associated with the initiative, makes this not just a referendum on the events of 9/11, but also a virtual referendum on the nature of the 9/11 Truth movement itself.
With so much widespread support and exposure NYC CAN will once and for all create a high-profile platform for an open and honest dialogue -- not just about the events of 9/11 -- but about OURSELVES - and our ability to maintain our dignity and credibility as a movement in the face of what will invariably be organized efforts to disrupt our efforts -- from without and within.
At this we cannot fail. We cannot ignore the call of 70,000 New Yorkers, and countless others worldwide, who have taken a stand for creating this unique platform for truth.
It is for this reason that I would like to announce my full endorsement for the NYC CAN, and my intentions to work towards publicly supporting and promoting this initiative.
Thursday, July 23 2009 - Other Important News
New Podcast from Sibel Edmonds - First Guest, James Bamford
Announcing Sibel Edmonds Podcast Show with Co-Host Peter B. Collins
- "THE BOILING FROGS"
I am pleased to announce the launch of my Podcast show, 'The Boiling
* Investigative reporters
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - Podcast Show #1
James Bamford discusses the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program, the ties between NSA and the nation's telecommunications companies including the Israeli companies involved in intercepting highly sensitive communications for the U.S. government, the agency's failings pre-9/11 and the relevant information blackout by the 9/11 Commission, the US mainstream media, President Obama's 'no change' so far, and more.
Thursday, July 23 2009 - Get Involved
NYC CAN Breaks 70,000
This past week, NYC CAN broke 70,000 signatures. We have now collected over 18,000 signatures in addition to the 52,000 submitted on June 24, 2009. According to the law, we can force the referendum for a new investigation on the ballot by submitting another 15,000 valid signatures on August 25, regardless of what City Council does. To be comfortably above 15,000 valid signatures, we aim to have at least 35,000 signatures by August 23, which means we have 17,000 to go. This is well within reach as our petitioners are bringing in 4,000 signatures per week.
DONATE NOW: http://nyccan.org/donate.php
Thursday, July 23 2009 - Endorsements & Support
Professor Peter Dale Scott Endorses NYCCAN
July 22, 2009
Peter Dale Scott
Thursday, July 23 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Guns and Butter Interviews Paul Zarembka, Editor of 'The Hidden History of 9/11'
Paul Zarembka will be a guest on John Rodger's blogtalk radio show tomorrow, Sunday, July 26, at 5pm PST. Listen here.
Audio of this interview is now available online: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23122.htm
How much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9/11? How compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers because of serious authentication problems with a key Dulles Airport videotape? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings that day? How inseparably connected are Western covert operations to al-Qaeda? How is Islamophobia used to sustain US imperialism?
Paul Zarembka is a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 1977, he has been the general editor for Research in Political Economy. He has authored Toward a Theory of Economic Development, edited Frontiers in Econometrics, and co-edited Essays in Modern Capital Theory.
Paul Zarembka will be interviewed today on his excellent 9/11 book, The Hidden History of 9/11. The one-hour broadcast will aired on Bonnie Faulkner's KPFA program 'Guns and Butter: The Economics of Politics', where she has given considerable attention to 9-11 on her program for many years..
The interview can be heard at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific, available at http://www.kpfa.org/
It will also be available as an archive thereafter at http://www.kpfa.org/node/34
More on The Hidden History of 9/11:
Information tends to flow centripetally, from the margins to the center, and not vice versa, in the same way as sensations travel from our finger tips to our brain and central nervous system. Paul Zarembka's Hidden History of 9-11, doesn't subscribe to any one conspiracy theory, but it argues, persuasively, that familiarity with the fault lines of the official story opens a reader to a fundamental and necessary awareness. We may never know the full story of 9-11, in the same way that we may never know the full story of the Kennedy assassinations, but the awareness that we do have following these events provides us at the very least with a healthy skepticism and a willingness to entertain the possibility of there being counter-narratives that cannot be dismissed.
Tuesday, July 21 2009 - Research/Evidence
New paper at The Journal of 9/11 Studies by Prof. Graeme MacQueen
From Kevin Ryan
A new paper is available at The Journal of 9/11 Studies. This is from Professor Graeme MacQueen, and is called "Did the Earth Shake Before The South Tower Hit the Ground?" Here is the abstract:
Tuesday, July 21 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? Guns & Butter Interview with author David Ray Griffin
GUNS AND BUTTER with Bonnie Faulkner
Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? -- David Ray Griffin
Monday, July 20 2009 - Resources and Materials
Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation
This excellent article was posted at 911blogger this weekend at "Free's" blog, and is followed by thoughtful, interesting comments and discussion .UPDATE 7/21/09: A reader's excellent suggestions have been added at the end of this article.
Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The
8 Traits of A Disinformationalist) by H. Michael Sweeney
Posted July 18, 2009
Built upon Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin, the following may be useful to the initiate in the world of dealing with veiled and half-truth, lies, and suppression of truth when serious crimes are studied in public forums. This, sadly, includes every day news media, one of the worst offenders with respect to being a source of disinformation. Where the crime involves a conspiracy, or a conspiracy to cover up the crime, there will invariably be a disinformation campaign launched against those seeking to uncover and expose the truth and/or the conspiracy. There are specific tactics which disinfo artists tend to apply, as revealed here. Also included with this material are seven common traits of the disinfo artist which may also prove useful in identifying players and motives.
The more a particular party fits the traits and is guilty of following the rules, the more likely they are a professional disinfo artist with a vested motive. People can be bought, threatened, or blackmailed into providing disinformation, so even "good guys" can be suspect in many cases.
A rational person participating as one interested in the truth will evaluate that chain of evidence and conclude either that the links are solid and conclusive, that one or more links are weak and need further development before conclusion can be arrived at, or that one or more links can be broken, usually invalidating (but not necessarily so, if parallel links already exist or can be found, or if a particular link was merely supportive, but not in itself key to) the argument. The game is played by raising issues which either strengthen or weaken (preferably to the point of breaking) these links. It is the job of a disinfo artist to interfere with these evaluations... to at least make people think the links are weak or broken when, in truth, they are not... or to propose alternative solutions leading away from the truth. Often, by simply impeding and slowing down the process through disinformation tactics, a level of victory is assured because apathy increases with time and rhetoric.
Monday, July 20 2009 - Resources and Materials
September 11th Advocates Letters
PDF - Click Here (232KB)
by Jon Gold
July 19, 2009
Over the years, 9/11 Family Members Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, and Monica Gabrielle, or the September Eleventh Advocates, have written open letters about different issues concerning the 9/11 attacks. I have compiled every letter that I have (not every letter is written by all of them), and put them into one file for you to download. I figured that along with the report written by Lorie Van Auken and Mindy Kleinberg regarding how well the 9/11 Commission answered the 9/11 Family Steering Committee's questions, as well as the new report on the nano-thermite, this could be printed and handed out to people. Please spread this around, and thank you.
Monday, July 20 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
Resolution (The Torture Song)
July 16, 2009
Posted at YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_aTbznZDT0
A brand new, powerful music video from David Ippolito. (That Guitar Man from Central Park) Watch this video. Please leave your own comments. Be heard. Download this song for free at www.thatguitarman.com. But... PASS THIS VIDEO ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! (You and me... let's make it "cool to care" again.)
Sunday, July 19 2009 - Legal Response to 9/11
Why a 9/11 "Plotter" Deserves a Re-Trial
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