Thursday, November 30
Secret Service's "Air Surveillance System" Monitored Hijacked 9/11 Planes Moments after First WTC Strike
When future American scholars, journalists and writers finally have the courage to engage honestly the 9/11 evidence of the terrorist attacks on
In the absence of the investigative journalism essential to democracy’s survival, they offer an invaluable 9/11 information archival service that will permit future researchers to see that 9/11 indeed was an inside job. In the recently-released riveting documentary 9/11 Press for Truth, an account of the White House's informational stonewalling of the families of 9/11 victims, Thompson receives some of the richly deserved accolades future researchers will more generously bestow on his research.
(Watch that important video below or on a wider screen at Google Video here.)
While the Center's number of similar cooperative research projects have expanded, Thompson and helpers (most notably Matthew Everett) continue their high-level archiving that cumulatively demonstrates 9/11 was “an inside job.”
Consider the recently added but marginalized news nugget below in Thompson’s 9/11 timeline; it details the Secret Service's sophisticated airplane tracking capabilities installed in their dark-windowed suburbans that were linked to the agency's tracking centers in New York and Washington on the morning of 9/11. In suggesting the level of electronic technology at the Secret Service's disposal, it may help explain why Bush repeatedy has stated he saw Flight 11 strike the North World Trade Center in real time, though that video footage was not televised until 12 September. (According to Bush, that first crash at 8:46 A.M. occasioned him midway through his reading exercise with second graders in Sarasota, Florida to begin "'thinking about what I was going to say. Obviously, I felt it was an accident. I was concerned about it, but there were no alarm bells.' [Washington Times. 10/7/2002]".)
On the other hand, the information does reveal the Secret Service had with them that morning early-warning air surveillance technology to detect errant aircraft in the vicinity of the school and President. So agents knew no planes were threatening Bush that morning. But it remains unclear why Bush continued his photo-op for more ten minutes after Andrew Card entered the room to tell him of the second crash into South World Trade Center and that "America was under attack."
It is reported that the US Secret Service is using an “air surveillance system” called Tigerwall. This serves to “ensure enhanced physical security at a high-value asset location by providing early warning of airborne threats.” Tigerwall “provides the Secret Service with a geographic display of aircraft activity and provides security personnel long-range camera systems to classify and identify aircraft. Sensor data from several sources are fused to provide a unified sensor display.” [US Department of Defense, 2000; US Department of the Navy, 9/2000, pp. 28 ] Among its responsibilities, the Secret Service protects
This hotline is mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report: "At 9:33, the tower supervisor at Reagan National Airport picked up a hotline to the Secret Service and told the Service's operations center that "an aircraft [is] coming at you and not talking with us." [9/11 Commission Final Report, 7/04, p. 39] However, Chris Stephenson, the head flight controller at the airport towers, says it happened the other way around. He claims that he was called by the Secret Service at this time and told an unidentified aircraft was headed his way. [USA Today, 8/12/02] Regardless, this suggests the Secret Service was using Tigerwall or some similar system, as well as use of the hotline.
Part of Thompson and Everett's August 2005 draft also mentions the Secret Service's aircraft "shoot down capability" for defending the White House.
The Secret Service also had the means to stop any hijacked planes attacking
Monday, November 27
2006 in Review: Bush Administration Represses US Investigative Journalism, Replaces it with “Covert Propaganda”
Each May since 2002, Reporters Without Borders publishes its 50-point criteria ”Press Freedom Index” assessing investigative journalism’s health status in countries around the world. According to the Paris-based group’s 2006 rankings of 168 countries,
But since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, the US—joining France, Japan, Germany, Canada and UK—continues its steady slide into the rabbit hole of active and covert media censorship. In RWB’s press release accompanying its 2006 rankings, the organization wrote:
Freelance journalist and blogger Josh Wolf was imprisoned when he refused to hand over his video archives. Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, who works for the pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, has been held without trial since June 2002 at the US military base at Guantanamo, and Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has been held by US authorities in Iraq since April this year.”
Subsequent inquiries revealed prominent African-American media darling Armstrong Williams obtained one of those contracts to sereptiously promote Bush’s increasingly problematic “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2002. Nonetheless, Air
Related: Reporters Without Borders offers citizen journalists a free online 46-page writing guide titled Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents. Chapter 1 is titled “Bloggers, the new heralds for free expression.”
Sunday, November 26
CNN's Lou Dobbs Belatedly Calls for Real 9/11 Investigation to Finger Those Already Fingered
As Working America's lone voice in TV news' wilderness of irrelevancy, Lou Dobbs recently scored a minor victory for 9/11 Truth when he told viewers in the first clip below that "Americans still don't know the whole truth about their government's initial response to those terrorist attacks."
Lou, there's much more 9/11 truth--such as their government's complicity in those attacks--Americans should know, but, hey, considering the restricted soapbox from where you speak, kudos for saying what's so patently obvious to many of us.
Lou's report explores allegations made in Without Precedent (cost: $29.95), a kiss-and-tell book co-authored by 9/11 Commission co-chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, men pocked with numbing conflicts of interest that nullify any putative claim of "independence."
In their book, the dynamic duo write that NORAD and Pentagon officials were purposely misleading in testimonies to the Commission about their responses to the 9/11 attacks. Kean and Hamilton knew of those disparities in testimony before their release of the 9/11 Commission Final Report ($10) in July 2004. But rather than include an appendix in their final report, they opted to pass the responsibility on to inspector generals at the Departments of Defense and Transportation.
Kean and Hamilton's "revelations" of flawed testimony surfaced on the same day in August that a Ohio University/Scripts-Howard survey reported 36% of Americans believe their government was either complicit or covered up foreknowledge of the terrorist attacks on America.
Kean, Hamilton and Phillip Zelikow, the 9/11 Commission's executive director with his own considerable conflicts of interest, made critical compromises that invalidated the investigation by helping the White House hide the truth about 9/11, to include reneging on promised subpoenas to force White House testimony and release of classified pre-9/11 documents.
On 14 November 2003, the New York Times also reported a Faustian deal that allowed the White House to edit documents before turning them over to the panel.
“The commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said on Thursday that its deal with the White House for access to highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports would let the White House edit the documents before they were released to the commission’s representatives. The agreement, announced on Wednesday, has led to the first public split on the commission. Two Democrats on the 10-member panel say that the commission should have demanded full access to the intelligence summaries, known as the President’s Daily Brief, and that the White House should not be allowed to determine what is relevant to the investigation.”
According to CNN, 9/11 Commissioner and former Georgia Senator Max Cleland was so outraged by the concession to the White House that he resigned from the panel, saying “This is a scam. It’s disgusting. America is being cheated.”
The scam included prohibiting testimony from NYC Ground Zero 9/11 firemen, a group the FBI had officially gagged from discussing allegations of explosions going off throughout the WTC. On 13 May 2004 the New York Post reported that “The city’s [New York’s] top fire union officials have asked to testify at 9/11 commission hearings next week, but the commission says the hearings are "reserved for people in authority."
"We have only asked the people who have had or still have the legal responsibility for agencies in charge of emergency response," commission spokesman Al Felzenberg said....‘This is an independent hearing," he said. "It has the right to draw up its own witness list."
Oh yea, man.
Postscript: It's been around for months, but I must pass along this clip from rap groups Immortal Technique and Mos Def titled "bin Laden" that let's us know "Bush Knocked Down the Towers."
...and this clip suggesting that 9/11 and the Iraq War were courtesy of America's "military-industrial complex," a phrase coined in 1961 by retiring US president Dwight D. Eisenhower, War II's Supreme Allied Commander.
Saturday, November 25
Mother of WTC Victim Emotionally Spot On in Fingering White House for 9/11
If more of us expressed our suppressed outrage to the fascist-abetting congress as O'Connor does at the White House in the first video clip below, Capitol Hill would fall all over itself to.... ? What? Put on a better production of investigating 9/11?
Yea, that's the ticket. Our collective anger directed at DC would at minimum force the White House to contract with Hollywood for a "Wag the Dog" theatrical production of third attempt to investigate 9/11. Wag the Dog (a 1997 film directed by Barry Levison starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche, William Macy, Woody Harrelson with a memorable songwriting cameo by Willie Nelson) spoofs the Clinton administration's theatrical contrivance of war conditions in the former Republic of Yugoslavia it then used to justify deploying US troops on behalf of the American oil industry's Central Asian pipeline plan.
1. Vid Clip: 9/11 Was an Inside Job: Donna Marsh O'Connor Speaks Out
O'Connor speaks in front of the U.N. at a 9/11 truth rally on 11 September 2005.
2. Vid Clip: Donna Marsh O'Connor Begs the Media to Re-Examine 9/11
A more composed but no less angry O'Connor "pleads with the media to re-examine 9/11 and ask the real questions. She is asking all of us to give this press conference exposure. Send this link to as many people as you can. Post it everywhere."
3. O'Connor's Pre-2004 Election Letter to Presidential Candidate George Bush (cc'd to Bush's Yale Skull and Bones mate John Kerry, who too quickly conceded the Presidency in the face of unprecedented computer voting and election fraud in critical states, e.g., Ohio)
9/11 Mom: An Open Letter to George W. Bush
t r u t h o u t | Letter
By Donna Marsh O’Connor, Liverpool, NY,
Mother of Vanessa Lang Langer,
WTC Tower II, 93rd floor
Friday 22 October 2004
On the Thirty-third Anniversary of My Daughter’s Birth
cc: Senator John Kerry
Sometimes, Mr. Bush, it’s the smallest of details that makes everything click. The smallest of details. Right now, Mr. Bush, I am looking at your watch. It’s an item of clothing accessory and, unlike your other costumes, it is one that is particularly revealing.
On Halloween my daughter would be thirty-three years old. Her child would be almost three. Seven weeks before her twenty-ninth birthday, Vanessa, four months pregnant, ran from the falling towers of the World Trade Center. She did not make it. Her body, and in it the small body of her unborn child, was pulled from the rubble of the fallen towers on September 24th, just ten feet from an alley between towers IV and V. It is important for me to tell you that she was on the phone to her uptown office five minutes after the first plane hit tower I, explaining how she and others in tower II were "safe."
Here is what you did regarding specifically the events of that morning: You vacationed before, during and after August 6th, the day you were handed the presidential daily briefing that said very clearly Vanessa Lang Langer and many other Americans were not safe. After the first plane hit tower I, the fact of the PDB did not click in your mind, did not cause you to act, to turn on a television, to contact the Pentagon. You sat so that you did not frighten a group of children. You did not worry about Vanessa’s brothers, or the young children who would certainly be directly affected by that event. You did not, like her fourteen year-old brother, rush from your seat and head for a phone, desperately trying to reach out, to fix, to save. You sat. You said, two weeks to the day before the general election of 2004, that you would protect Americans; that is, according to you, your primary responsibility as Commander-in Chief; no terrorists would get us, no terrorists would attack us (you said this with your arm extended), and I you said and I quote, on your watch. You said this with no sense of irony, no sense, no indication of how that text would sound to those you failed miserably to protect. You never notified officially the airlines, flight schools, persons who lived or worked in our tallest structures. You failed in your watch and on it.
Help me to understand this, because I was looking so closely at your watch. Five minutes, Mr. Bush. Five minutes. In that five minute space my sons lost a best friend, a future that included a loving sister and her future family. And my daughter lost the only thing in life I ever knew she really wanted. In fact, you stood on September 13th, on the rubble that covered my child’s bones and you began your move to have the war you had been planning since the beginning of your term in office. You, Mr. Bush, used my daughter’s murder to perpetrate the most hideous example of racism with the direst of consequences and you did it standing literally on her bones.
I am going to be very honest with you, Mr. Bush. I suspect that your culpability does not begin with your failures that day. It may be imprudent to mention this now because evidence is difficult to produce, but I am one of those pragmatists that rely on some basic fundamentals in crime solving. So let me say, when a crime is committed we are to find suspects by exploring motive, by looking at who had most to gain. You did, Mr. Bush, you and your friends at Halliburton and your friends in Saudi Arabia. And you have never answered for this. Don’t you think with all that has happened it would be in order for you to explain all you have come to gain, now and in the future, in terms of both money and power?
On September 11th, I was in Canada. When I heard the news I was walking in the street, enjoying what was to be the last of the purely beautiful sunny mornings of my life. My cell phone rang. And every second after that call was a mix of panic, dread, calm because this couldn’t be happening, and utter, absolute need to touch my daughter. What would you have done, Mr. Bush? What would your instincts have been? As a parent? I ask this because Senator Kerry during the second debate mentioned you are a “good father.” Are you? Have you made Americans, including your own daughters safer? Let me tell you what I wanted that morning. I wanted to fly to New York, to put my feet on my home soil as fast as humanly possible. I wanted to get to an airport and get home. Not an option for me, Mr. Bush. My husband and I just made it over the border before it closed. And on that morning, when no American citizen was allowed to fly in our airspace, on that morning and the mornings to follow, Americans were grounded. But bin Laden’s family flew. They flew home to Saudi Arabia. Before they were vetted by the F.B.I., by the C.I.A. And worst of all, you never were made to tell the truth about why that was so. I’m sorry, Mr. Bush. I will never understand this. Never. But still: your responsibility was then and is now to explain it. And to explain while that watch of yours leading up to the election is still ticking.
Right now there is a report from the C.I.A. that names explicitly your administration’s culpability regarding those events. Bipartisan leaders have requested, even demanded that those reports be turned over now to congress. You, according to reports, have refused to allow the C.I.A. to release them, just as you refused to testify under oath before the 9/11 commission. Now, Mr. Bush, release them. Before the election.
Right now, Mr. Bush, there are wide-spread rumors of vote tampering all over this country. And let me be clear about this: the rumors are that Republicans are benefiting from this tampering. Instead of enumerating our safeties, perhaps you could show some leadership, Mr. Bush, and demand that it stop now. Demand, Mr. Bush, that in this country our right to vote is protected. Because without that, we are not safe. Wouldn’t you agree?
After the 2000 election, where there were in Florida widespread problems with voting, Mr. Bush, voting in African American communities, you also did nothing. Absolutely nothing. You did nothing to counter the rumors that your brother handed you Florida. Nothing to smooth over what must have felt to African Americans (even if this was just rumor) the painful and the absolute, clear enactment of racial prejudice, not encoded in the ordinary acts of ordinary citizens, but in the very structure of the government that must be protective of all citizens of this country and the world. Why, Mr. Bush, did you fail to go to Florida and demand that these persons’ rights were protected? Or, at the very least, to apologize and guarantee that this would never happen again? What does America mean to you? In August of 2001, the United Nations hosted a conference on racism and Colin Powell, your Secretary of State wanted to attend. You did not allow this because, you said, we don’t have problems with racism in America. Do you see the pattern I am pointing at, here, Mr. Bush? In each case, the problems in this country have been enacted and exacerbated by you and you have attempted to cover them up. How could you do that to Colin Powell? How could you do that to another man?
When your children are young, Mr. Bush, they are often rebellious. They often admire you, but buck you at the same time. One way a mature parent feels this love is sometimes in the very ways in which your children buck you—by using the very part of your example they most admire. Vanessa confronted me every day of her life, especially on the days when she acted most loving. Parent/child things. The kind of things that all someday are made into family jokes when the child becomes a parent and sees that the very methods of touching and teaching and learning come from actions the parent used without thought. I never had that fully with Vanessa, the day when she consciously, because she was parenting herself, used my methods on another generation. But one day, almost there, Vanessa said to me, “Mom, you always made Christmases at home so beautiful…” and then she said, “And you taught us how not to be racist. You have no idea, Mom, how much racism there is and white people don’t always see it.”
I cannot tell you in shorthand, Mr. Bush, how important it was that she said those words before I lost her because unless she did, I would always have wondered, was I in any way that mattered a good enough parent to a woman who would die so young. I can tell you some of the methods I used with Vanessa and her brothers, but let me show you what you did that I had to explain and counter with all three of them:
You refused, when you met face-to-face with James Byrd’s daughter (You remember him, I am sure. He’s the African American man whose head was ripped almost off of his body in Texas by three white men who tied him to their pickup and dragged him along a Texas road.), you refused to sign a hate crimes bill as she begged you, crying. You didn’t even, as Molly Ivins reported, offer her a tissue. In that sense, Mr. Bush, you functioned as a very hostile branch of government, one that we might have predicted would not care if persons of color or persons of the other party were denied the right to vote.
But then, Mr. Bush, you used this tendency of yours, this refusal to get behind most Americans’ desires to eradicate racism by pretending Osama bin Laden is the embodiment of Saddam Hussein and vice versa. One man equals the other. They are both Arabs. Do you own a globe, Mr. Bush? Do you know where Afghanistan is? Do you know where Iraq is? Have you been there since the war began to examine what you have done to the civilians you were going to protect? Interesting detail (and perhaps a warning from G-d): Vanessa, when she got one of her first jobs, bought me a daily planner with a map on it. The map on this particular piece of canvas has in its center Afghanistan. To the right of this small country is a larger country—Iran and to the right of that—Iraq, also small, even smaller (geographically and metaphorically speaking) of Afghanistan. Just under Iraq, writ very large on my daily planner is Saudi Arabia. You know, Saudi Arabia, Mr. Bush. I know you do because the families of 9/11 who got together to bankrupt terrorism, those people who are bringing suit against the Saudis got no help from your administration. None. Though you should know that a coalition of the willing, including France, Spain, Great Britain and Germany have offered help to the families of 9/11 as they try to connect the events of 9/11 to the real perpetrators. There are connections between the Saudis and the terrorists, the terrorists who, no doubt, now that you have opened up a haven for terrorism in Iraq, are growing in number and resources. How much time do you have left, Mr. Bush? What is on your watch? Am I taking too long?
What costume will you wear on Vanessa’s birthday this year, Mr. Bush? Will you dress up as the head of the military or a foot soldier of Prince Bandar or Dick Cheney? Will you wear a white sheet with a cone head, Mr. Bush? Will you pretend you’re a plain speaking, Texas cowboy, with your shirt sleeves rolled up, proclaiming happily how safe you’ll keep us as you point to your watch? Will you dress up again as a good Christian? Will you dress up as a Republican? You are, you know, not a Republican. You have shamed Republicans. I know one thing, Mr. Bush: I am going to try very hard not to have you dress up anymore as Commander-in Chief. In more ways than I have articulated here, that costume does not fit you. I am a proud American citizen, Mr. Bush, who is disgusted that you try to portray yourself as patriotic. You have trampled every value of decency America ever held dear.
Do you believe in G-d, Mr. Bush, really? Really? Because, to me, as a flawed parent, flawed person, flawed citizen, I ask G-d to help me fix my flaws, to forgive me my trespasses. And here’s what I hear Him telling me:
Don’t let him speak for Me. If you do, it is you who fail to watch over your children. You.
Source: http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/102304Y.shtml .
Note: Like most US "liberal" and "progressive" news outlets, Truthout.org does not endorse the 9/11 Truth Movement or its claim that 9/11 was an "inside job." O'Connor surely had to redraft her letter several times before William Pitts et al. allowed it to be posted at that website.
Wednesday, November 15
Wanted: 1000 Grandmas This Weekend to Stop American Terrorism Abroad
The most violent men will weep
When 1000 women hold them strong
And pray their souls to keep.
—Holly Near, “A Thousand Grandmothers”
One Northern California peace activist is asking 999 other grandmothers to join her this weekend (17-19 November) to sing Near’s song and help her close the State Department’s “School of the Assassins.”
On February 21-22, 2005, eight members of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community in
Promoted to Brigadier General in 2004, Fandinzo is a 1976 graduate of the U.S. State Department’s notorious School of the Americas at
"[US policy in Latin America is designed to] maintain the Iberoamerican countries in a condition of direct dependence upon the international political decisions most beneficial to the United States, both at the hemisphere and world levels. Thus they preach to us of democracy while everywhere they support dictatorships," explained US-backed El Salavadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte in a 1969 speech.
Before the Reagan-Bush White House began listening more closely and ousted him for a more repressive-minded president,
But a link between SOA and the “war on terrorism” also recently emerged. In 2004, Miles Schulman, a Canadian physician who has monitored torture among refugees internationally for peace organizations, reported in the Toronto Globe and Mail that torture techniques identified by the International Red Cross at Abu Ghraib and US prisons in Afghanistan resembled those depicted in declassified SOA torture manuals.
[Related article: Dana Priest, "
Grannies Coming with Attitude
Colombians in the peace community murdered in Urabá included Luis Eduardo Guerra, community founder; his common-law wife and their 11-year old son; another couple and their two children, age 1 and 6. In conjunction with the murders, Fandinzo’s troops forced all but five of the 100 families residing in the peace community to leave their homes and land.
“Today we are here in San José de Apartadó; tomorrow the majority of people here could be displaced because of a massacre," Guerra said in an interview 37 days before his brutal death.
In November 2002, Guerra traveled to
The cosmetic change worked; resistance subsided. Moreover,
But if one veteran peace advocacy and activist organization has its way, the State Department after this weekend will have to make more substantive changes—like shutting down SOA/WHINSEC.
In 1990, Maryknoll priest Father Roy Bourgeois began holding small peace vigils each November in an apartment near
Father Bourgeois’s small vigil eventually evolved into the School of the Americas Watch, an organization headquartered in
In 2005, SOWA had 19,000 participants around the world to gather outside the
Among those attending the first time will be a group of grandmothers organized by Cathy Webster, 61, a peace activist and grandmother from
“One of our young peace activists sang Holly Near's song, ‘A Thousand Grandmothers’. I was so inspired by this song, and by the arrest that same month of another local grandmother, Dorothy Parker, at School of the Americas, that an idea came to me: What if 1,000 grandmothers across America and the world were to take this song as their rallying cry, and march onto the grounds of the School of the Americas in November.”
“Onto the grounds” is code for civil disobedience—criminal trespass on federal property—an offense since 9/11 occasioning several months in federal prison, even for first-time offenders.
Webster says she received “hundreds” of responses from women around the
“This school is responsible for training militaries that then use the techniques they learned against their civilian populations,” says Nancy Jakubiak, a
According to SOA Watch, “simultaneous demonstrations will take place in
For those unable to show up at any of these locations, the National Catholic Reporter is offering net surfers live online coverage and testimonials from veteran vigil participants at
SOAW Contact Info:
Phone: (202) 234 3440
Fax: (202) 636-4505
Postscript: Two SOA Alums Prominent in 32nd US-backed Haitian Coup d’etat (1991)
As Haiti’s first elected president in 137 years, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, known among poor Haitians (85% of the populace) for whom he served as the “rebel-priest,” won the presidential palace in Port-o-Prince in 1991 after promising voters he would improve their lives if given the opportunity; they believed him, and Aristide defeated former World Bank employee Marc Bazin, the US-backed candidate who received only 15% of the vote. Ignoring strong
That’s the view of Haitian election history embraced by Latin American historians, sociologists and journalists. Their American counterparts, however, make the comical allegation that the Bush Sr. White House had to remove Aristide from office for human rights violations—a claim tantamount to Hitler arguing he lost World War II because of his “kindler, gentler” disposition.
Moreover, Heinz Dieterich a German journalist working for the Spanish-speaking online investigative news publication Rebelion.org, implicated the U.S. State Department, AFL-CIO and National Endowment for Democracy (NED)—supported by Republicans and Democrats alike—for unsuccessfully conspiring to destabilize Aristide’s election campaign.
But Dieterich claims the
Faced with the defeat of Bazin and the "danger" of popular democracy,
His right-hand man was Col. Michel-Joseph Francois, also trained at
In the first two weeks of the coup, more than a thousand people lost their lives in a state terrorist campaign that systematically destroyed popular and democratic organizations that had supported Aristide. When the terror ended, Cedras and Francois had assassinated more than four thousand Haitians.
SOA Watch, however, determined that Cedras and Francois are graduates of
"In the eyes of most people throughout the world, my home country is perceived as a place of repressive regimes, coupes d’etat, poverty and despair. Indeed, Haiti has suffered through colonization by Spain and France, US occupation, dictatorship supported by the wealthy, and periods of cruel repression" -- Marie M. B. Racine, Ph. D., a Haitian woman herself, lives in Washington, DC where she is an an active member of the solidarity community for the peoples of the Caribbean and Central America.
Haitian soldiers and officers have also trained at many other
Monday, November 13
History of US Efforts to Import "Democracy" to Iraq
Two months after the US-led invasion of
An expert below offers American readers a concise historical synopsis of American intervention in
Harzok is Co-Director of Earth Rights Institute, a civil society organization working for economic justice and peaceful resolution of conflicts. In addition to helping enact and writing about tax reform legislation, she ran for
Many freshmen Democrats ran on and won congressional seats with anti-war campaigns; they will join their veteran majority leaders in January when the 110th Congress convenes. How will their actions affect the next chapter in the ongoing US-Iraqi historical saga?
…. Here is a brief historical perspective on what led up to the war against
In 1917, the
In 1927 the Iraqi Petroleum Co., composed of Anglo-Iranian (today British Petroleum) Shell, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey (Exxon) was set up and within a few years totally monopolized Iraqi oil production.
In the latter stages of World War II the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, dominated by big banking, oil and other big business interests, were determined to ensure the dominant position of the U.S. Britain had to accept its new role as the US's junior partner.
By the mid-1950s,
On July 14, 1958, the Iraq Revolution deposed the king and his administration and took control of
President Eisenhower called it "the gravest crisis since the Korean war."
A combination of factors forced
After nationalizing its own oil, the people of
Over the next three decades, the
In the 1980s, the
A million people were killed and both countries were weakened.
Exxon/Mobil and other
Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, U.S. Marine Corps, said this in a speech in 1933:
"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. ..."
[Read all the essay here.]
Sunday, November 12
American Psychiatric Association Says School "Curiosity" and Political Concern Mental Illnesses
The model in the former
The day after Democrats swept both houses of congress, a 5th-grader in
“Mark,” aged 10, told Jones he was sent home during his Computer Lab class after a classmate told his teacher he was accessing “terrorist” websites, which included Jones’ Infowars.com.
"He just ran up to my teacher in front of the whole class, saying 'he's searching terrorist stuff about 9/11',” the boy told Jones, who verified the incident with school officials.
Though Mark technically did nothing wrong, he was sent home for surfing “inappropriate” websites and "satisfying his curiosity," as indicated in his school disciplinary report here.
In updating the incident two days later, 9/11 Blogger reported school authorities wanted the curious young Mark to have a "psychiatric evaluation."
“Mark's father said the school approached him about a complete assessment of his son's psychological make-up.
After seeing some of the questions on the test, however, his father refused. "I'm not going to subject my son to this," he told Jones. "They are criminalizing normal behavior."[Read more.]
I happened upon a similar instance of abuse of medical authority last year in a report by “Hermione Slatkin, medical correspondent” that I thought initially was an Anne Coulter gag:
American Psychiatric Association approves the inclusion of "Political Paranoia" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
The DSM is psychiatrists’ 993-page bible of “symptoms, diagnoses and treatment recommendations” for aberrant mental behavior. At the May 2005 APA annual conference, members “cleared the way” to add the "malady" to their diagnostic bible.
Slatkin also included a link to a Political Paranoia Index (PPI; pdf file), a self-test to determine your level of distrust of Busholvik fascism.
Once GOP congressional leadership caught wind of the PPI and APA’s move to label political intelligence as aberrant, it moved to criminalize the growing number of Americans who oppose the White House.
Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, “the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, plans to file a bill that would define ‘political paranoia’ as a mental disorder, paving the way for individuals who suffer from paranoid delusions regarding voter fraud, political persecution and FBI surveillance to receive Medicare reimbursement for any psychiatric treatment they receive.” [Read More]
Postscript: APA Smokes “Whacky Tobbacy”
Gaining some perspective on the American Psychiatric Association's political bias in labeling mental states "defective" or "healthy" is useful for avoiding personal victimization by professional stupidity. Though the APA maligns constitutionally-protected political dissident against fascist leaders as aberrant, it believes APA members who engage in illegal human experimentation and torture for fascist leaders as, to quote Michael Douglas’ cinematic character in Wonder Boys, “fit as a fuckin’ fiddle.”
As I reported here in October, dues-paying APA members during the Cold War-era jumped all over lucrative MK-ULTRA contracts with the
Sunday, November 5
White House Assaults Media Foes on Way to Knocking Over Voting Booths
If access to timely information is essential for a nominal democracy, the elevated post-9/11 secrecy is a dark indicator of the business-friendly White House’s success in realizing Italian dictator Bernito Mussolini’s dream of a corporate-styled fascist Police State.
In its relentless war against the American public’s right to know, the neo-con White House recently scored one victory while positioning itself to take on those pesky nay-saying bloggers with the help of the Pentagon, CIA and Google.
An internal ABC Radio Network memo dated 25 October 2006 obtained by Media Matters for America revealed that roughly 100 ABC advertisers—to include “Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Federal Express, General Electric, McDonald's, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the U.S. Navy—insist that their commercials be blacked out on Air America Radio affiliates.”
Predictably struggling in an industry awash with right-wing talk hosts and money, Air America filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last month (Friday, the 13th), a development market analysts would have tracked for Fortune 500 companies cited in the memo. Withholding advertising dollars will produce, of course, its intended censoring effect on radio content at a time commercial radio is experiencing declining listeners, revenues (and here) greater competition from subscription-supported satellite radio.
Air America’s front office also apparently saw the memo and the writing on the wall and recently signaled its willingness to play ball by Corporate Amerika’s rules. According to The Hill (1 November), a newsletter that tracks congress, the network will announce after midterm elections that conservative African-American radio and TV host/journalist Armstrong Williams will join Air America Radio’s stable of talk show hosts.
In January 2005, Williams, 46, a former aide to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was discovered to be a White House policy shill receiving $240,000 through the US Department of Education to publicly advocate—as objective news— the besieged No Child Left Behind education bill. Although a Government Accountability Office probe determined Williams’ taxpayer-funded contract violated the ban on “covert propaganda” the U.S. Justice Department did not investigate.
Nor did DoJ investigate corporate conspiracy, racketeering and extortion to undermine Air America Radio’s progressive mission. Air
Pentagon and CIA Chokehold Bloggers
In a related development of free-speech suppression and taxpayer-supported propaganda, the Pentagon appropriately announced on Halloween (31 October) it was launching a “raid response” multimedia public relations team to counter media coverage Defense Secretary Rumseld and his lackeys deem inaccurate or, worse, offensive.
In spinning this story for public dissemination, Pentagon spokesman Eric Ruff poured moonshine on a gaggle of “reporters” covering the announcement when he suggested their keen sense for a story would be a target of their public relations news scrubbing team. According to the UPI News Service
Many of the additional staff at the Pentagon Public Affairs Office will be dedicated to booking television news appearances for DOD officials and their representatives, and to trying to convince reporters and newspapers to cover the stories that the Pentagon wants to see more of.
Like that’s really a problem Pentagon public relations. Of course, you recall the investigative prowess of those journalistic bloodhounds of mainstream newspapers and “television news” in the run-up to the Iraq War. They were on point ferreting out all that partisan distortions promulgated by the Pentagon’s Office of Speical Plans (OSP) about Saddam’s WMD’s and mushroom clouds on the morning horizon.
Rummy's real concern instead is “citizen journalism,” a post-9/11 development in news reporting after it became painfully obvious mainstream media rewrote reporters’ job descriptions to be scribes for the Bush administration. Again, the UPI:
Others will be dedicated to monitoring the Internet, creating podcasts and responding to reports on blogs, negative stories and terrorist propaganda.
The Pentagon press office in the last few weeks has also inaugurated a new blog on its Web site defenselink.mil to respond immediately to news reports it objects to.
Like me, I wager Bush- bashing bloggers at Blogger.com, Google’s free blogging service, also have received unusually literate emails pointing out flawed thinking on the Iraq War and the administration’s Official 9/11 Story. My suspicions about Agent Jones' latest e-missive were partially confirmed October 26 when ex-CIA intelligence case officer Richard Steele, recently implicating Dick Cheney in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, told radio talk show host Alex Jones and listeners that Google representatives informed him “that the company is ‘in bed with’ the intelligence agency and the U.S. government.”
"I think that Google has made a very important strategic mistake in dealing with the secret elements of the
Okay, Blogger.com techies, since I’m now onto to you, stop fudging with my posts and website. And turn off that word verification torture trick you have forced on me in order to save and publish posts. You know who you are.
These continuing preemptive neo-con assaults on constitutionally-protected speech and the right to know reveal no eleventh hour desperation of career criminals at all concerned about the Democrats’ projected reclamation of congress on November 7. Instead, they appear to be part of a well-devised strategy by confident thugs that wholesale election theft again will ensure their grubby hands remain on
With pre-election polls showing voters’ clear preference for Democrat over GOP congressional candidates, what other strategy could the evil genius Karl Rove have had in mind last month when, touting his own “research,” he reported “I’m confident we are going to keep the Senate; I’m confident were are going to keep the House.”
Vintage Remix: Your Right Not to Know How Government Botched Katrina Relief
While a September 2005 CNN/USA Today poll revealed 70% of American adults surveyed favored appointment of a bipartisan congressional panel to investigate what went wrong in the government’s emergency response to Hurricane Katrina, a U.S. Senate measure failed that month along party lines—54 Republicans voted against with 44 Demos (and one Independent) in favor—to garner the two-thirds majority needed to appoint a panel.