Archive for September 4th, 2007

Time to Face your Children and they’re Mad!

by GEF @ 7:32 PM EDT

In all fairness I cannot agree that Global Warming is fully a man made phenomenon. I believe the Sun and perhaps even our Galaxy is going through a cyclical transition event. The Sun is the main cause of Global Warming. But I will agree that pollution is a man made problem that’s taken astronomical proportions. We are adding to the Global Warming being caused by the Sun. There is no doubt we must take drastic actions to clean up the planet. Even if it is the sun causing it, it does NOT give the Oil Companies, Big Pharma, the Bio-Techs, and Industries the world over any excuse to keep polluting or a license to pollute. We must take immediate hard steps while we still can do it, because we think our Children and Grand Children matter.

Oh and tell the EU that this does NOT mean that we need a Green tax which is another excuse to pay your way out of pollution. This will not work and in the end does nothing to help our problems. A Green tax is just another way for the rich elite to get richer.

It must become a way of life for all or we all go down together!

GreenPeace – Angry Kid

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by Geezer Power …5:40 PM PDT

Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth

— By Alan Miller Aug 22, 2007

James Quintiere, Ph.D., former Chief of the Fire Science Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has called for an independent review of NIST’s investigation into the collapses of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11.

Original Content at www.opednews.com

Dr. Quintiere made his plea during his presentation, “Questions on the WTC Investigations” at the 2007 World Fire Safety Conference. “I wish that there would be a peer review of this,” he said, referring to the NIST investigation. “I think all the records that NIST has assembled should be archived. I would really like to see someone else take a look at what they’ve done; both structurally and from a fire point of view.”

“I think the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable,” explained Dr. Quintiere. “Let’s look at real alternatives that might have been the cause of the collapse of the World Trade Towers and how that relates to the official cause and what’s the significance of one cause versus another.”

Dr. Quintiere, one of the world’s leading fire science researchers and safety engineers, also encouraged his audience of fellow researchers and engineers to scientifically re-examine the WTC collapses. “I hope to convince you to perhaps become ‘Conspiracy Theorists’, but in a proper way,” he said.

Arthur Scheuerman, who has commented on this blog
is the Author of a book on the collapse of the Twin Towers
which was endorsed in the front by Dr. Quintiere.

Arthur Scheuerman has written a book through the eyes of a firefighter and structural engineer. His careful and objective analysis of the facts and images of the Towers’ collapse on 9/11 should be required reading for those who seek answers. —James Quintiere, Professor of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

Senior Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement,
and Government Officials Question
the 9/11 Commission Report

Many well known and respected senior U.S. military officers, intelligence services and law enforcement veterans, and government officials have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report or have made public statements that contradict the Report. Several even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/11. This website is a collection of their statements. It is not an organization and it should be made clear that none of these individuals are affiliated with this website.

Listed below are statements by more than 110 of these senior officials. Their collective voices give credibility to the claim that the 9/11 Commission Report is tragically flawed. These individuals cannot be simply dismissed as irresponsible believers in some 9/11 conspiracy theory. Their sincere concern, backed by their decades of service to their country, demonstrate that criticism of the Report is not irresponsible, illogical, nor disloyal, per se. In fact, it can be just the opposite.

~MORE~ A data base of over 600 professionals from the government, military sciences, engineering, education, etc.

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Operation Enduring Propaganda And Communicating Vases

by- Mentarch … 19:15 EDT

(Updated below) (Update II)

On July 31, 2007, I wrote an article titled “Operation Enduring Propaganda“, concerning an unrelenting blitzkrieg-like, coordinated propaganda counter-strike to sell the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while making the case for more war in the Middle-East (especially Iran), through it all playing on the fear and insecurity of Americans.

In a follow-up article of August 13, 2007, titled “On Why The Surge Must Appear To Be Successful“, I further discussed Operation Enduring Propaganda with regards to Iraq and the surge, and how it has been keeping in full swing despite the rise of discordant voices rising louder and louder – voices largely ignored by the MSM, of course. This then begged the question: why must there be at least an appearance of success with regards to the surge in Iraq? And my short answer was: Iran. I also discussed at the time the up-coming Petraeus-Crocker report (before news came out that the White House would be actually writing it), as follows (emphases mine):


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by GEF @ 12:42 pm EDT


“The once deceptive War on Terror is becoming more defined as the World discovers that it is really Nations themselves that are financing the Terrorism! It’s a game of international hide and destroy!

Iran, Syria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Britain, America, China, Others..

We are no longer in the dark about this. We know who’s financing all of this! Many Nations are responsible!



Taleban ‘getting Chinese weapons’

By Paul Danahar

BBC Asia bureau chief, Beijing

Britain has privately complained to Beijing that Chinese-made weapons are being used by the Taleban to attack British troops in Afghanistan. The BBC has been told that on several occasions Chinese arms have been recovered after attacks on British and American troops by Afghan insurgents.

The authorities in Beijing have promised to carry out an investigation.

This appears to be the first time Britain has asked China how its arms are ending up with the Taleban.


At a meeting held recently at the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing, a British official expressed the UK’s growing concern about the incidents.

When asked about the latest British concerns, the Chinese foreign ministry referred back to a statement made by their spokesman Qin Gang in July who said China’s arms exports were carried out “in strict accordance with our law and our international obligations”.

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posted by anthony @ 17:50 BST

Democratic presidential hopeful former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards speaks during a meeting with local residents, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, in Tipton, Iowa.

TIPTON, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

“It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care,” he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. “If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.”

He noted, for example, that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat “the first trace of problem.” Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, announced earlier this year that her breast cancer had returned and spread.

Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.

“The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death,” he said.


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Bush can’t recall why Iraqi army disbanded

punditman says @ 9:30 EDT: Who is driving this ship?

In biography excerpts, he says he initially wanted to maintain the forces: ‘Yeah, I can’t remember.’

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

September 3, 2007

WASHINGTON — One of the most heavily criticized actions in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was the decision, barely two months later, to disband the Iraqi army, alienating former soldiers and driving many straight into the ranks of anti-American militant groups.

But excerpts of a new biography of President Bush show him saying that he initially wanted to maintain the Iraqi army and, more surprising, that he cannot recall why his administration decided to disband it.

“The policy was to keep the army intact; didn’t happen,” Bush told biographer Robert Draper in excerpts published in Sunday’s New York Times.

Draper pressed Bush to explain why, if he wanted to maintain the army, his chief administrator for Iraq, L. Paul Bremer III, issued an order in May 2003 disbanding the 400,000-strong army without pay.

“Yeah, I can’t remember; I’m sure I said, ‘This is the policy, what happened?’ ” Bush said, adding: “Again, Hadley’s got notes on all this stuff” — a reference to national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 6:30 AM MST

A constitutional lawyer who served in Ronald Reagan’s administration says President Bush’s “apparently criminal” authorization of a warrantless wiretapping program is grounds for the House to begin an impeachment inquiry.

By not beginning such an investigation, impeachment will become a “virtual dead letter,” Bruce Fein, former deputy attorney general under Regan, said in a essay published in Slate.

Fein has emerged as a fierce critic of Bush’s administration and has previously called for the president and Vice President Dick Cheney to be impeached.

“The House does not require, nor should it await, proof beyond a reasonable doubt of misconduct,” Fein wrote in the essay published Friday. “To wait for such proof subverts the whole purpose of an impeachment inquiry.”

Ample grounds for an impeachment inquiry lie in the president’s shady justifications for his “Terrorist Surveillance Program,” which Fein says subverted the check’s on law enforcement powers inherent in the Constitution and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“The president’s apparently criminal spying continued until at least January 2007 — or for more than five years [after 9/11] — when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declared that FISA warrants, whose nature remains classified, would replace the TSP,” Fein writes. “(The attorney general maintained, however, that Bush continued to be crowned with Article II powers to ignore the warrant requirement and to do so secretly whenever he wished.)”

An impeachment inquiry should demand the president’s legal justifications of the program, Fein writes, although he maintains that such an inquiry would not necessarily end with the president’s ouster from office. He noted Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of Habeas Corpus protections during the Civil War as an instance in which the national interest justified suspension of civil liberties.


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Fake Photos Helped Lead US to War in Iraq

Sudhan@10:30 CET

CounterPunch, September 3, 2007


Add faked photos to the list of lies told by the Bush­Cheney Administration before its invasion of Iraq.

In a town hall meeting in Bloomsburg, Pa. this week, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a 12-term congressman, said that shortly before Congress was scheduled to vote on authorizing military force against Iraq, top officials of the CIA showed select members of Congress three photographs it alleged were Iraqi Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. Kanjorski said he was told that the drones were capable of carrying nuclear, biological, or chemical agents, and could strike 1,000 miles inland of east coast or west coast cities.

Kanjorski said he and four or five other congressmen in the room were told UAVs could be on freighters headed to the U.S. Both secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and President Bush wandered into and out of the briefing room, Kanjorski said.

Continued . . .

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