Sep 9, 2010

For the annals of American shame

Don't want to hear this?

Tough. Grow up.

9/11 Commissioners:
  • And the Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (John Farmer) - who led the 9/11 staff's inquiry - recentlysaid "At some level of the government, at some point in time...there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened". He also said "I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described .... The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years.... This is not spin. This is not true." And he said: "It's almost a culture of concealment, for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA's New York center the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the interrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was distorted and was completely different from the way things happened."
If even the 9/11 Commissioners don't buy the official story, why do you?
Senior intelligence officers:
  • Former military analyst and famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said that the case of a certain 9/11 whistleblower is "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers". He also said that the government is ordering the media to cover up her allegations about 9/11. And he said that some of the claims concerning government involvement in 9/11 are credible, that "very serious questions have been raised about what they [U.S. government officials] knew beforehand and how much involvement there might have been", that engineering 9/11 would not be humanly or psychologically beyond the scope of the current administration, and that there's enough evidence to justify a new, "hard-hitting" investigation into 9/11 with subpoenas and testimony taken under oath (see this and this).
  • A decorated 20-year CIA veteran, who Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh called "perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East”, and whose astounding career formed the script for the Academy Award winning motion picture Syriana (Robert Baer) said that "the evidence points at" 9/11 having had aspects of being an inside job 
If even our country's top intelligence officers don't buy the official story, why do you?
  • Former U.S. Republican Congressman and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, and who served six years as the Chairman of the Military Research and Development Subcommittee Curt Weldon has shown that the U.S. tracked hijackers before 9/11, is open to hearing information about explosives in the Twin Towers, and is open to the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job
If there is bipartisan questioning of the official story, why aren't you questioning it?
Other government officials:
  • Former Deputy Secretary for Intelligence and Warning under Nixon, Ford, and Carter (Morton Goulder), former Deputy Director to the White House Task Force on Terrorism (Edward L. Peck), and former US Department of State Foreign Service Officer (J. Michael Springmann), as well as a who's who of liberals and independents) jointly call for a new investigation into 9/11
  • Former Federal Prosecutor, Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan; former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, and currently a widely-sought media commentator on terrorism and intelligence services (John Loftus) says "The information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9/11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defense of incompetence."
If top government officials are skeptical, why aren't you?

Numerous other 
politiciansjudges, legal scholars, and attorneys also question at least some aspects of the government's version of 9/11.

More: Hijack 'suspects' alive and well - 2001-09-23, BBC News

Corporate News Runs 9/11 Truth, AE 911Truth Conference Presents Explosive Evidence

Today, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth presented key evidence at The National Press Club, evidence that indicated, without a shadow of doubt, that the official story is a complete lie.
In what can be described as a miracle, multiple mainstream or semi mainstream news agencies have reported the event, using PR Newswire as their source. These agencies include Yahoo, Forbes,The Sun Herald, and BreitBart.
Former US Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) and Richard Gage, AIA, Founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Discuss Scientific Findings
National Press Club, Washington DC, 2:00 pm, Thursday, September 9, 2010
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Thursday September 9, 2010, Gravel and Gage will host a central press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, presenting hard evidence that all three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, in NYC were destroyed by explosive controlled demolition.
Senator Gravel notes, “Critically important evidence has come forward after the original government building reports were completed.” Yahoo/PR Newswire

Morgan Stanley: Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis Could Next Hit France And Germany

From ClusterStock:
It's one thing to hear about Greece or Ireland in crisis. The PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) have long been seen as Europe's weakest-links, and the question has been whether or not 'core' European nations such as Germany and France had the political will to bail them out.
Markets have been roiled by the PIIGS's problems as it is, but should the European debt crisis spread to France or even, yes, Germany, then head for cover:

Morgan Stanley's Joachim Fels:
Crisis could migrate to the core... As we see it, there is a significant risk that the sovereign debt crisis in the euro area periphery could migrate to the core. If so, it is not obvious that governments in the core countries would be willing or able to respond with massive fiscal belt-tightening. In Germany, the coalition government has been weakened by internal divisions and has lost its majority in the upper house. In France, President Sarkozy is facing stiff opposition to his pension reform plans and faces a presidential election in 2012. In Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi has lost his parliamentary majority and is facing crucial confidence votes over the next few months. And neither the Netherlands nor Belgium has a government at this stage.

...Pressurising the ECB into action. With governments constrained, it is possible that, should the debt crisis migrate to the core, the burden would fall on the ECB to support sovereign debt. As the bank had already decided to buy government bonds of then ‘dysfunctional’ peripheral markets, we believe it would be difficult for the ECB to refuse extending its purchases to core euro area government bonds, should the sovereign crisis migrate to the core. Autumn looks set to bring new challenges to Europe.
The most important take-away here is that the risk of France or Germany being pulled into the sovereign crisis is real, despite the fact that they these two nations are currently being discussed in terms of potential saviors for other nations, rather than nations in crisis themselves.
(Via Morgan Stanley, Crisis, Credit, and Capital, Joachim Fels, 8 September 2010)

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[Obama regime]: Torture is legal, like presidential-mandated assassinations

Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A.

From the NYTSeptember 8, 2010 
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that former prisoners of the C.I.A. could not sue over their alleged torture in overseas prisons because such a lawsuit might expose secret government information.
The sharply divided ruling was a major victory for the Obama administration’s efforts to advance a sweeping view of executive secrecy powers. It strengthens the White House’s hand as it has pushed an array of assertive counterterrorism policies, while raising an opportunity for the Supreme Court to rule for the first time in decades on the scope of the president’s power to restrict litigation that could reveal state secrets.
By a 6-to-5 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging flights for the Central Intelligence Agency to transfer prisoners to other countries for imprisonment and interrogation. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of five former prisoners who say they were tortured in captivity — and that Jeppesen was complicit in that alleged abuse.
... Among other policies, the Obama national security team has also authorized the C.I.A. to try to kill a United States citizen suspected of terrorism ties, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the basis for their imprisonment without trial, and continued the C.I.A.’s so-called extraordinary rendition program of prisoner transfers — though the administration has forbidden torture and says it seeks assurances from other countries that detainees will not be mistreated.
... The current case turns on whether the executive can invoke the state-secrets privilege to shut down entire lawsuits, or whether that power should be limited to withholding particular pieces of secret information. In April 2009, a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit adopted the narrower view, ruling that the lawsuit as a whole should proceed.

Ben Wizner, a senior A.C.L.U. lawyer who argued the case before the appeals court, said the group was disappointed in the ruling.
“To this date, not a single victim of the Bush administration’s torture program has had his day in court,” Mr. Wizner said. “That makes this a sad day not only for the torture survivors who are seeking justice in this case, but for all Americans who care about the rule of law and our nation’s reputation in the world. If this decision stands, the United States will have closed its courts to torture victims while providing complete immunity to their torturers.”
Some plaintiffs in the case said they were tortured by C.I.A. interrogators at an agency “black site” prison in Afghanistan, while others said they were tortured by Egypt and Morocco after the C.I.A. handed them off to foreign security services.
The lead plaintiff is Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen and legal resident of Britain who was arrested in Pakistan in 2002. He claimed he was turned over to the C.I.A., which flew him to Morocco and handed him off to its security service.
Moroccan interrogators, he said, held him for 18 months and subjected him to an array of tortures, including cutting his penis with a scalpel and then pouring a hot, stinging liquid on the open wounds.
Mr. Mohamed was later transferred back to the C.I.A., which he said flew him to its secret prison in Afghanistan. There, he said, he was held in continuous darkness, fed sparsely and subjected to loud noise — like the recorded screams of women and children — 24 hours a day.
He was later transferred again to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where he was held for an additional five years. He was released and returned to Britain in early 2009 and is now free.
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Update: America the Exceptional
By Glenn Greenwald
September 11, 2010 - Even for those who believe they're inured to the absurdities of imperial irony, this is almost too extreme to process: The New York Times, Wednesday: A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that former prisoners of the C.I.A. could not sue over their alleged torture in overseas prisons because such a lawsuit might expose secret government information. . . . "To this date, not a single victim of the Bush administration’s torture program has had his day in court," [the ACLU's Ben] Wizner said. . . . "If this decision stands, the United States will have closed its courts to torture victims while providing complete immunity to their torturers." Yahoo! News, yesterday: Iraq to pay $400 million for Saddam's mistreatment of Americans. Iraq has quietly agreed to pay $400 million in claims to American citizens who say they were tortured or traumatized by Saddam Hussein’s regime after his 1990 invasion of Kuwait...