Tuesday, February 3 2009 - Other Important News
The Whole World Is Rioting as the Economic Crisis Worsens -- Why Aren't We?
By Joshua Holland
Explosive anger is spilling out onto the streets of Europe. The meltdown of the global economy is igniting massive social unrest in a region that has long been a symbol of political stability and social cohesion.
It's not a new trend: A wave of upheaval is spreading from the poorer countries on the periphery of the global economy to the prosperous core.
Over the past few years, a series of riots spread across what is patronizingly known as the Third World. Furious mobs have raged against skyrocketing food and energy prices, stagnating wages and unemployment in India, Senegal, Yemen, Indonesia, Morocco, Cameroon, Brazil, Panama, the Philippines, Egypt, Mexico and elsewhere.
For the most part, those living in wealthier countries took little notice. But now, with the global economy crashing down around us, people in even the wealthiest nations are mad as hell and reacting violently to what they view as an inadequate response to their tumbling economies.
Monday, February 2 2009 - In the Media
The Political Suspicions of 9/11
By Brian Stelter
February 2, 2009
New York Times
A coming episode of the acclaimed FX drama "Rescue Me" will tackle what may sound like a far-fetched plot line: that the attacks of Sept. 11 were an "inside job." The actor who espouses the theories on camera, it turns out, also subscribes to them in real life.
Claims that Al Qaeda terrorists were not solely responsible for the attacks have a lively following on the Internet, including on YouTube, but the second episode of "Rescue Me's" fifth season, starting in April, may represent the first fictional presentation of 9/11 conspiracy theories by a mainstream media company (FX is operated by the News Corporation).
Monday, February 2 2009 - Get Involved
6th Anniversary March on the Pentagon
From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime
Saturday, March 21, 2009 - Gather at 12 noon at 23rd St. & Constitution Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.!
Various coalitions, organizations, and networks are joining together in a March 21 National Coalition to bring people from all walks of life and from all cities across the United States to take part in a March on the Pentagon on the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war: Saturday, March 21.
More than 1,000 organizations and individuals have now endorsed the March 21, 2009, March on the Pentagon to say "Bring the Troops Home NOW!" on the sixth anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq.
The thousands who march will demand "From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime" and "We Need Jobs and Education, Not Wars and Occupation." They will insist on an end to the war threats and economic sanctions against Iran. They will say no to the illegal U.S. program of detention and torture.
Sunday, February 1 2009 - Other Important News
Obama: Regime Rotation
by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
January 26, 2009
The arrival of the Obama administration will not fundamentally alter the course of military expansion accelerated during the Bush era. The origins of these policies do not lie uniquely in neoconservative ideology. While the election of President Obama may offer new opportunities for progressive forces to delimit the damage, their space for movement will ultimately be constrained by deep-seated structural pressures that will attempt to exploit Obama to rehabilitate American imperial hegemony, rather than transform it.
Indeed, the radicalization of Anglo-American political ideology represented by the rise of neoconservative principles and the militarization processes of the 'War on Terror', constituted a strategic response to global systemic crises supported by the American business classes. The same classes, recognizing the extent to which the Bush era has discredited this response, have rallied around Obama. Therefore, as global crises intensify, this militarization response is likely to undergo further radicalization, rather than a meaningful change in course. The key differences will be in language and method, not substance.
Obama and National Security: “It’s the Oil, Stupid!”
Sunday, February 1 2009 - Other Important News
Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool
By Greg Miller, Washington Bureau
January 31, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba.
But even while dismantling these discredited programs, President Barack Obama left an equally controversial counterterrorism tool intact.
Under executive orders issued by Obama last week, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, or the secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the U.S.
Sunday, February 1 2009 - Accountability
Eric Holder Signals No Prosecutions of Bush War Criminals
By Dennis Loo
Attorney General nominee Eric Holder in written response to a question posed to him during his Senate confirmation hearing by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) stated:
"Prosecutorial and investigative judgments must depend on the facts, and no one is above the law. But where it is clear that a government agent has acted in 'reasonable and good-faith reliance on Justice Department legal opinions' authoritatively permitting his conduct, I would find it difficult to justify commencing a full-blown criminal investigation, let alone a prosecution."
Newsweek described this written statement as "carefully vetted by Obama's White House lawyers." In other words, Holder's statement fairly reflects Obama's and Holder's intentions in this regard.
Sunday, February 1 2009 - Other Important News
Rep: Foreclosed owners should squat in their own homes
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
January 30, 2009
If you're poor and the bank is coming for your home, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has a plan for you.
Just squat, she says.
Yes, this Ohio Democrat is actually encouraging her financially distressed constituents whose homes have been foreclosed upon, to simply stay put.
Sunday, February 1 2009 - In the Media
9/11 Truth Teach-in Marathon Sunday on NO LIES RADIO
Sunday, Feb 1st at 9am Pacific - 12 Noon Eastern - 17:00 GMT
Listen live at NoLiesRadio.com (or for Hughes.net users who still can't access that site despite repeated requests, use http://22.214.171.124/~nolies/
Highlights will be archived after the broadcast.
9/11 Truth Teachin Marathon -- 5 hours -- 5 key 9/11 Truth Classics
Friday, January 30 2009 - Other Important News
Obama and 9/11 2
Part 1 of this blog entry was posted 1/28, here.
... Now that you're getting your presidential daily brief, you know it is true that the US government, like many governments, engages in "false flag" terrorist operations, staging terrorist attacks that are then blamed on an enemy, to further foreign policy goals. You know the most famous example of US false flag terrorism was "Operation Gladio," which was coordinated with NATO allies for decades in postwar Europe. A bomb in a train station in Bologna killed eighty people, and was attributed to Italian leftists. Just about the time you were born, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff offered Kennedy a plan called "Operation Northwoods," to stage terrorist attacks on American soil and connect them to Fidel Castro, to justify an invasion of Cuba after the failure of the Bay of Pigs. JFK turned them down.
The generals never liked Kennedy. And neither did the organizers of the Bay of Pigs, who despised him for their embarrassment.
You have always wondered, ever since it happened, why the military response on the morning of September 11, 2001 seemed so ... confused. You had always heard that the Pentagon was "the most protected building in the world." You'd think that, a half hour after two airplanes had both struck bull's eyes on the jihadists' favorite target, and there were reports of as many as thirteen hijackings in the air, Andrews Air Force Base, right next to DC, might have had something scrambled. Especially since that's supposed to be one of their missions. And why were so many military and intelligence, and even FEMA exercises scheduled on that very day? What a coincidence!
Friday, January 30 2009 - Research/Evidence
Rehearsing 9/11: How Training Exercises Foretold the Attacks of September 11
The idea of such an attack was well known [and] had been
- Professor John Arquilla of the Naval Postgraduate
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, senior U.S. government and military officials repeatedly claimed that what happened that day was unexpected. In May 2002, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."  Two years later, President Bush stated, "Nobody in our government, at least, and I don't think the prior government, could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale."  General Ralph Eberhart, the commander of NORAD on September 11, said, "Regrettably, the tragic events of 9/11 were never anticipated or exercised." 
Wednesday, January 28 2009 - Other Important News
Obama and 9/11
by Michael Hasty
Although I was as happy as most Americans that Barack Obama took the oath of office last week, rather than his Republican alternative, there is a major reason that he did not get my vote in November, which went instead to Cynthia McKinney: Obama is unlikely to re-open an investigation into what really happened on September 11, 2001--an investigation that needs to happen.
According to polls, about four in ten Americans are suspicious that the Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks--either by deliberately ignoring intelligence that warned an attack was coming and allowing the terrorists to strike, to gain public support for the neoconservative foreign policy agenda of increasing American military power in the Middle East; or by actively coordinating the attacks themselves, for the same reason. As Time magazine, in a rare acknowledgement of the 9/11 truth movement, said: "This is not a fringe phenomenon. It is a mainstream political reality."
Wednesday, January 28 2009 - In the Media
PBS: NSA could have prevented 9/11 hijackings
Probably worth a watch to see how PBS spins this--especially given Scheuer's interview...hmm.
RELATED: Excellent interview of James Bamford about his book, The Spy Factory, on Democracy Now! from October 14, 2008. Links here.
The super-secretive National Security Agency has been quietly monitoring, decrypting, and interpreting foreign communications for decades, starting long before it came under criticism as a result of recent revelations about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. Now a forthcoming PBS documentary asks whether the NSA could have prevented 9/11 if it had been more willing to share its data with other agencies.
Author James Bamford looked into the performance of the NSA in his 2008 book, The Shadow Factory, and found that it had been closely monitoring the 9/11 hijackers as they moved freely around the United States and communicated with Osama bin Laden's operations center in Yemen. The NSA had even tapped bin Laden's satellite phone, starting in 1996.
Wednesday, January 28 2009 - 9/11 A/V Galleries
9/11 Truth Leading People out of the Matrix
January 25, 2009
This video is dedicated to my neighbor, Greg, who woke me up to the Truth About 9/11 and to all of the givers around the world who wake up others.
Wednesday, January 28 2009 - 9/11 Consequences
WeAreChange NFL Video
WeAreChange would like to recognize the leadership of George Martin, NFL star and SuperBowl Champion with the NY Giants in 1987. George raised over two million dollars for the first responders of 9/11, raising money and awareness by walking all the way across the country, from New York to California. See http://www.ajourneyfor911.info
WeAreChange also caught up with some of the SuperBowl Champs from 2008. On the video is the messages they had for the first responders. As we watch another SuperBowl pass let's remember who the real heroes in our country are, and how badly they're in need. Support H.R. 7174 (James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act) Visit www.fealgoodfoundation.com for updates on this bill as it's introduced into the current Congress (with a new bill number). [911Truth.org will also post this information as soon as we learn details.]
Tuesday, January 27 2009 - Accountability
Obama order could present problems for Rove
A little-noticed twist in an order issued by President Barack Obama the day after his inauguration may present problems for former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and other Bush Administration officials that have been targeted for their alleged role in various scandals.
Rove was subpoenaed Monday afternoon by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI). When the dogged Democrat subpoenaed him last year, Bush Administration lawyers invoked "executive immunity" to prevent Rove from testifying.
This year, however, George W. Bush is no longer in the president's chair. Determination of executive privilege must now also be examined by President Obama's lawyers. In fact, Rove's lawyer made direct reference to Obama's role in any future decision to enjoin Rove's appearance on the congressional witness stand Monday night.
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