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WEEK of 7-22-07 to 7-28-07 (Updated 7-25-07)

   
From a recent Want To Know news letter on a new Want To Know War Information Center. Reprinted by permission.     
     

This message is available online at http://www.WantToKnow.info/warinformation

War Information Center
 

This message provides links to a variety of sources of reliable, verifiable information dealing with cover-ups related to war and the military/industrial complex. Our most basic material is listed first, followed by other resources which delve deeper for those interested in more. We recommend reading through this entire page before exploring the links provided. The WantToKnow.info team presents this information as an opportunity for you to educate yourself and others, and to inspire us to work together to strengthen democracy and build a brighter future.


 


 

War Information Summaries: For the best, most concise introduction to what's going on in the military/industrial complex, we highly recommend the summary of General Butler's book War is a Racket. That war is a racket has been told us by many, but rarely by one of this stature. Though he died in 1940, the highly decorated General Smedley Butler (two Congressional Medals of Honor) deserves to be heralded for his timeless message. This riveting book merits inclusion as required reading for every high school student, and for every member of our armed forces today. For a fascinating History Channel video on how Gen. Butler stopped a plot to overthrow FDR, click here

Two-page summary of War is a Racket: http://www.WantToKnow.info/warcoverup

Ten-page summary of War is a Racket: http://www.WantToKnow.info/warisaracket


 


 

Best Free Video Exposing the War on Terror: The Power of Nightmares is a revealing BBC documentary that digs deep into the roots of the war on terror, only to find that much of the widespread fear in the post 9/11 world has been fabricated by those in power for their own interests. The intrepid BBC team presents highly informative interviews with top officials and experts in combating terrorism who raise serious questions about who is behind all of the fear-mongering. This eye-opening documentary shows that, especially after 9/11, fear has been used to manipulate the public into giving up civil liberties and turning over ever more power to elite groups with their own hidden agendas. The Power of Nightmares clearly demonstrates that the nightmare vision of a powerful, united terrorist organization waiting to strike our societies is largely an illusion. For all citizens who care about the future of our world, this is a must-watch video.

http://www.WantToKnow.info/powerofnightmares


Two Other Excellent Free Videos on War Manipulations:

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis - 20-Minute PBS Documentary
http://www.WantToKnow.info/050423secretgovernment

Former CIA Agents Reveal "Secrets of the CIA" in Turner Documentary
http://www.WantToKnow.info/051130ciasecrets


 


 

Most Important War Information Documents: One day before the 9/11 attacks, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made the astonishing admission, "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." This astonishing fact is reported on the CBS website (below article provides link). As pointed out by CBS, "$2.3 trillion — that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America." Rumsfeld's revealing quote is also posted on the Department of Defense website (link provided). And by following a link to a PBS article, we learn that this figure came from a report of the Pentagon's inspector general. "Its own auditors admit the military cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends," reports CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales. The timing of this admission just one day before 9/11 kept this story from making the news at the time. Yet when it was finally reported months later, this revelation received scant coverage. Why is this startling news not given top headlines in large bold print on all of the nation's newspapers? Why to this day is our press hardly mentioning this most vital issue?

http://www.WantToKnow.info/050310pentagontrillionslost


A Second War Information Document: An ABC article at the link below describes how America’s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war. Also at this link are directions for accessing these astonishing declassified documents on the website of the US National Archives and Records Administration. These released documents clearly demonstrate that our military leaders feel justified for reasons of "national security" not only in lying to the public, but even in sacrificing the lives of our own citizens in order to promote their war agenda.

http://www.WantToKnow.info/010501operationnorthwoods


A Third Highly Revealing Article on the War Machine. The below article shows how the New York Times and other media consciously hid the devastating effects of the first atomic bomb in order to promote weapons of mass destruction.

Four-Page Article on Cover-up of A-bomb Effects in New York Times
http://www.WantToKnow.info/atomicbombcoverup


 


 

Top War Information News Articles: We have collected many news articles from highly respected media sources which contain eye-opening information exposing various aspects of the war cover-up. Links are always provided to the original sources for verification. The first link below contains one-paragraph excerpts from incredibly revealing news articles with the most important articles listed first. The second link provides the same article excerpts listed by order of date posted to WantToKnow.info, while the third lists them by the article date. The fourth link below contains a list of only headlines and links to some of the most important articles on war. Below these four links, headlines and links to the entire text of several of the very best articles are also provided.

http://www.WantToKnow.info/warnewsarticles - Highly revealing war news excerpts

http://www.WantToKnow.info/warnewsstories - News excerpts by date posted to website

http://www.WantToKnow.info/warmediaarticles - News excerpts listed in reverse date order

http://www.WantToKnow.info/medianewsarticles#war - Headlines and links only


Best War Information News Articles:

BBC News: U.S. Military Plans to Control Internet Revealed
http://www.WantToKnow.info/060205usmilitarycontrolinternet

Antimatter Weapons Reported on San Francisco Chronicle Front Page
http://www.WantToKnow.info/antimatterweapons

Tsunami Bomb Weapon Reported in New Zealand's Top Newspaper
http://www.WantToKnow.info/050307tsunamibombweapon


 


 

War Information Subtopics:

Massive Corruption in the Military Uncovered in Major Media News Articles
http://www.WantToKnow.info/corruptiongovernmentmilitary

Major Media Articles Show Dangers of Non-lethal weapons
http://www.WantToKnow.info/nonlethalweaponsnewsarticles

Military use and abuse of Whales, Dolphins, and Sharks Reported in Media
http://www.WantToKnow.info/dolphinswhalesnewsarticles


 


 

What You Can Do About the War Cover-up. We have no doubt that by working together we can and will build a brighter future. When we step out of fear, secrecy, and polarization, we choose to join with the ever increasing numbers of people dedicated to working together for the good of all in our world. You can make a difference right now by sharing this war information with your family, friends, and colleagues. Click on the "Email page" link at the top or bottom of any page on this website to send an email giving the Internet address of that page. To contact your political representatives and the media, click here. All pages, especially our summaries, are also designed to print well so that you can copy and share the information given. Thanks for caring!


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WEEK of 4-10-06 to 4-14-06 (Updated 4-11-06)

   
From recent Want To Know news letters on a the condition of federal accounting.  Reprinted by permission.     
     

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"Until the problems discussed in GAO's audit report on the U.S. government's consolidated financial statements are adequately addressed, they will...hinder the federal government from having reliable financial information to operate in an economical, efficient, and effective manner. The federal government's fiscal exposures now total more than $46 trillion, representing close to four times gross domestic product (GDP) in fiscal year 2005 and up from about $20 trillion...in 2000."
  -- Government Accountability Office (GAO) website posting of 2005 annual audit, 2/3/05


Dear friends,

The below 2005 annual fiscal report published by the highly respected Government Accountability Office (GAO) is undeniably one of the most neglected news stories of the year. I invite you to try to find this shocking news on any mainstream media website. Tasked by Congress with providing accurate accounting of all aspects of U.S. government finances, the GAO has not been able to satisfactorily complete its evaluation of how effectively our tax dollars are being used for nine consecutive years due to serious management problems at various U.S. government agencies, most notably the Pentagon.

For a highly revealing CBS news article describing how the Pentagon "cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions:" http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.shtml. That's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America—2.3 trillion of our tax dollars which no one can account for. So why isn't this in the front page headlines? See http://www.WantToKnow.info/mediacover-up for a possible answer. Thanks to the amazing power of the Internet, you can help play the role at which the media is so sadly failing by spreading this critical news to your friends and colleagues. Let us insist that we be informed of how our tax dollars are being used. Take care and remember that together, we can and will build a brighter future.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for the
WantToKnow.info Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton


http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d06406thigh.pdf - Official .pdf version of 2005 report summary on GAO website
http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-06-406T - Text version of summary

Fiscal Year 2005 U.S. Government Financial Statement

Sustained Improvement in Federal Financial Management Is Crucial to Addressing Our Nation's Financial Condition and Long-term Fiscal Imbalance

GAO is required by law to annually audit the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government. The Congress and the President need to have timely, reliable, and useful financial and performance information. Sound decisions on the current results and future direction of vital federal government programs and policies are made more difficult without such information.

Until the problems discussed in GAO's audit report on the U.S. government's consolidated financial statements are adequately addressed, they will continue to (1) hamper the federal government's ability to reliably report a significant portion of its assets, liabilities, costs, and other information; (2) affect the federal government's ability to reliably measure the full cost as well as the financial and non-financial performance of certain programs and activities; (3) impair the federal government's ability to adequately safeguard significant assets and properly record various transactions; and (4) hinder the federal government from having reliable financial information to operate in an economical, efficient, and effective manner.

What GAO Found

For the ninth consecutive year, certain material weaknesses in internal control and in selected accounting and financial reporting practices resulted in conditions that continued to prevent GAO from being able to provide the Congress and American people an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government are fairly stated in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Three major impediments to an opinion on the consolidated financial statements continued to be (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense, (2) the federal government's inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies, and (3) the federal government's ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements. Further, in our opinion, as of September 30, 2005, the federal government did not maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and compliance with significant laws and regulations due to numerous material weaknesses.

More troubling still is the federal government's overall financial condition and long-term fiscal imbalance. While the fiscal year 2005 budget deficit was lower than 2004, it was still very high, especially given the impending retirement of the "baby boom" generation and rising health care costs. Importantly, as reported in the fiscal year 2005 Financial Report of the United States Government, the federal government's accrual-based net operating cost--the cost to operate the federal government--increased to $760 billion in fiscal year 2005 from $616 billion in fiscal year 2004. This represents an increase of about $144 billion or 23 percent. The federal government's gross debt was about $8 trillion as of September 30, 2005. This number excludes such items as the gap between the present value of future promised and funded Social Security and Medicare benefits, veterans' health care, and a range of other liabilities, commitments, and contingencies that the federal government has pledged to support.

Including these items, the federal government's fiscal exposures now total more than $46 trillion, representing close to four times gross domestic product (GDP) in fiscal year 2005 and up from about $20 trillion or two times GDP in 2000. Given these and other factors, a fundamental reexamination of major spending programs, tax policies, and government priorities will be important and necessary to put us on a prudent and sustainable fiscal path. This will likely require a national discussion about what Americans want from their government and how much they are willing to pay for those things.

We continue to have concerns about the identification of misstatements in federal agencies' prior year financial statements. Frequent restatements to correct errors can undermine public trust and confidence in both the entity and all responsible parties. The material internal control weaknesses discussed in this testimony serve to increase the risk that additional errors may occur and not be identified on a timely basis by agency management or their auditors, resulting in further restatements.

Note: For the full 20-page GAO report on the sad state of U.S. government finances:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06406t.pdf - Official .pdf version on the GAO website
http://www.gao.gov/htext/d06406t.html - Text-only version


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WEEK of 3-27-06 to 3-31-06 (Updated 3-31-06)

   
From recent Want To Know news letters on a variety of topics.  Reprinted by permission.     
     

This message is available online at http://www.WantToKnow.info/060327newsarticles

Dear friends,

Below are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have missed. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click here. These news articles include revealing information on Iraq: Playing Football with bricks of $100 Bills, Criminal Negligence on 9/11, the Israel lobby, IRS Releases Your Data, the GAO report condemning government accountability, inspiring clips on MTV, and more. Key sentences are highlighted for those with limited time.

For those interested in CNN's claims of a government cover-up of 9/11, CNN again gave prime time coverage Friday, March 24th. See http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/24/sbt.01.html to read the CNN program transcript. Fox News also had a six-minute 9/11 debate. And the sophisticated weekly magazine New York carried a very long, excellent 9/11 piece, of which you can find excerpts below. For more on CNN's groundbreaking 9/11 coverage from an earlier message: http://www.WantToKnow.info/060324cnnquestions911. By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for the
WantToKnow.info Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

'Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills'
March 20, 2006, The Guardian (one of the UK's leading newspapers)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1734939,00.html

At the start of the Iraq war, around $23bn-worth of Iraqi money was placed in the trusteeship of the US-led coalition by the UN. The money...was to be used in a "transparent manner"...for "purposes benefiting the people of Iraq". For the past few months we have been working on a Guardian Films investigation into what happened to that money. A great deal of it has been wasted, stolen or frittered away. Over the first 14 months of the occupation, 363 tonnes of new $100 bills were shipped in - $12bn, in cash. "Iraq was awash in cash - in dollar bills. Piles and piles of money," says Frank Willis, a former senior official with the governing Coalition Provisional Authority. "We played football with some of the bricks of $100 bills before delivery. It was a wild-west crazy atmosphere". The environment created by the coalition positively encouraged corruption. "American law was suspended, Iraqi law was suspended, and Iraq basically became a free fraud zone," says Alan Grayson, a Florida-based attorney who represents whistleblowers now trying to expose the corruption. One CPA official was given nearly $7m and told to spend it in seven days.

Note: I highly recommend this entire article to understand some of what happens in war. For lots more on war-related corruption written by a highly decorated US general, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/warisaracket

The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll
March 27, 2006, New York Magazine

http://www.nymetro.com/news/features/16464

Why, if the impact destroyed the planes’ supposedly crash-proof flight-recorder black boxes, was the FBI able to find, in perfect condition, the passport of Satam al Suqami, one of the...Flight 11 hijackers? How could they, an hour after the first World Trade Center crash, allow an obviously hostile airplane to smash into the Pentagon, headquarters of the entire military-industrial complex? A story in Newsweek...said these generals were told earlier that week not to fly. [On 9/11 a] fireman indicated the building in front of us. “That building is coming down,” he said. At 47 stories, it would be a skyscraper in most cities. Five minutes later, at 5:20, the building, 7 World Trade Center, crumbled. What happened at 7 WTC might be the key to the entire mystery. The $500 million insurance profit made by Larry Silverstein [and] the list of 7 WTC tenants sets conspiracy heads spinning: The IRS, the Department of Defense, and the CIA kept offices on the 25th floor. The Secret Service occupied the ninth and tenth. The Securities and Exchange Commission (home to vast records of bank transactions) was on floors 11 through 13. The 23rd floor was home to Rudy Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management, his crisis center. Central to the scenario is a comment made by Silverstein in a 2002 PBS documentary. “We’ve had such a terrible loss of life. Maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.” “Pull it”...is the term usually used for controlled demolition. 7 WTC is not even mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report.

Election Whistle-Blower Stymied by Vendors
March 26, 2006, Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/25/AR2006032500805.html

Among those who worry that hackers might sabotage election tallies, Ion Sancho is something of a hero. The maverick elections supervisor in Leon County, Fla., last year helped show that electronic voting machines from one of the major manufacturers are vulnerable...and would allow election workers to alter vote counts without detection. Now, however, Sancho may be paying an unexpected price for his whistle-blowing: None of the state-approved companies here will sell him the voting machines the county needs. "I believe I'm being singled out for punishment by the vendors," he said. The trouble began last year when Sancho allowed a Finnish computer scientist to test Leon County's Diebold voting machines, a common type that uses an optical scanner to count votes from ballots that voters have marked. Some tests...showed that elections workers could alter the vote tallies by manipulating the removable memory ca! rds in the voting machines, and do so without detection. Last month, California elections officials arranged for experts to perform a similar analysis of the Diebold machines and also found them vulnerable -- noting a wider variety of flaws than Sancho's experts had. A spokesman said Diebold will not sell to Sancho without assurances that he will not permit more such tests, which the company considers a reckless use of the machines.

Who's afraid of the 'Israel Lobby'?
March 26, 2006, Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-op-goldberg26mar26,1,301596.story

The idea of a powerful "Jewish lobby" that has its gnarled fingers in the machinery of the government is an old and repugnant canard. In the modern era, even to broach the idea of a "Jewish lobby" is unacceptable. It's just not done in polite society—even in situations in which there's some truth to it. That's why it was a bit of a shock last week when a 12,000-word article by two eminent professors—Stephen Walt, the academic dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and John Mearsheimer, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago—appeared in the London Review of Books under the title "The Israel Lobby." According to the two academics, the United States' "unwavering support" for Israel—including the $3 billion a year we give in direct assistance—is justified by neither strategic nor moral imperatives. Despite the common view, Israel is, in fact, the Go! liath in the Middle East, not the David. It is not a truly democratic country, but an avowedly Jewish state in which Arabs live as second-class citizens. "The bottom line is that AIPAC, a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on Congress," Walt and Mearsheimer contend. Public reaction has varied. Harvard has reportedly distanced itself from the original report. It seems silly to deny that a powerful lobby on behalf of Israel exists. The real question is how pernicious it is. My advice is to judge for yourself. The full article is available at http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/mear01_.html

Note: For information on how Harvard distanced itself from this paper: http://www.nysun.com/article/29638. For the mixed reaction to this paper in Israel: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0324/dailyUpdate.html

Unwelcome Attention From Moussaoui Trial
March 25, 2006, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/25/politics/25moussaoui.html

The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui was supposed to have been the government's best opportunity to hold someone accountable for the deaths on Sept. 11, 2001. But after federal prosecutors finished laying out their case this week, even those who strongly supported an aggressive prosecution may wonder whether the trial has shed as much light on Mr. Moussaoui's culpability as it has on the missteps and mistakes by law enforcement agencies. The testimony of two prosecution witnesses, in particular, has brought renewed and unwelcome attention to how the [FBI] dealt with early warning signs. Mr. Moussaoui is the sole person to go to trial in an American courtroom for the attacks. Under cross-examination...Mr. Samit acknowledged that after the attacks he had written strongly worded reports saying his superiors had improperly blocked his efforts to investigate Mr. Moussaoui. He added that he was convinced that Mr. Moussaoui was a terrorist involved in an imminent hijacking plot. He offered a devastating comment from a supervisor who said pressing too hard to obtain a warrant for Mr. Moussaoui would hurt his career. Mr. Samit also wrote that his superiors did not act because they were guilty of "criminal negligence" and they were gambling that Mr. Moussaoui had little to offer. The lost wager, Mr. Samit said, was paid in many lives.

Researchers Shed More Light on Bird Flu
March 23, 2006, Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/22/AR2006032202043.html

Two research teams have independently discovered explanations for the chief features of the H5N1 bird flu virus -- its difficulty infecting humans, and the deadly effects when it does. Unlike influenza viruses that are passed easily between people, H5N1 has a hard time attaching to cells in the nose, throat and upper airways. But it readily attaches to cells deep in the lungs. This suggests that people need close and heavy exposure to the H5N1 virus for it to get into the lungs.

Note: Yet governments have already spent many millions of dollars stockpiling Tamiflu believing that avian flu will mutate and cause a pandemic killing millions. And top government officials have already made many millions of dollars on stocks related to Tamiflu--the drug designed to combat a deadly virus which hasn't even mutated yet to know if the drug works! Remember that generating fear in the public is one of the best ways to make a profit. For lots more, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/avianflu

IRS plans to allow preparers to sell data
March 21, 2006, Philadelphia Enquirer (Philadelphia's leading newspaper)

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/business/14147002.htm

The IRS is quietly moving to loosen the once-inviolable privacy of federal income-tax returns. If it succeeds, accountants and other tax-return preparers will be able to sell information from individual returns - or even entire returns - to marketers and data brokers. The change is raising alarm among consumer and privacy-rights advocates. It was included in a set of proposed rules that the Treasury Department and the IRS published...where the official notice labeled them "not a significant regulatory action." The proposed rules...would require a tax preparer to obtain written consent before selling tax information. Critics call the changes a dangerous breach in personal and financial privacy. They say the requirement for signed consent would prove meaningless for many taxpayers, especially those hurriedly reviewing stacks of documents before a filing deadline. The IRS first announced the proposal in a news release the day before the official notice was published, headlined: "IRS Issues Proposed Regulations to Safeguard Taxpayer Information."

FBI Agent Slams Bosses at Moussaoui Trial
March 21, 2006, CBS News/Associated Press

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/21/ap/national/mainD8GFLTIGA.shtml

The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 testified Monday he spent almost four weeks trying to warn U.S. officials about the radical Islamic student pilot but "criminal negligence" by superiors in Washington thwarted a chance to stop the 9/11 attacks. Samit told MacMahon he couldn't persuade FBI headquarters or the Justice Department to take his fears seriously. Samit's complaints echoed those raised in 2002 by Coleen Rowley, the bureau's agent-lawyer in the Minneapolis office. Rowley went public with her frustrations, was named a Time magazine person of the year for whistleblowing. Samit revealed far more than Rowley of the details of the investigation. For each nugget of information, MacMahon asked Samit if Washington officials called to assess the implications. Time after time, Samit said no.

Woman With Perfect Memory Baffles Scientists
March 20, 2006, ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=1738881&page=1

[AJ] remembers every day and almost every detail of her life. James McGaugh is one of the world's leading experts on how the human memory system works. But these days, he admits he's stumped. McGaugh's journey through an intellectual purgatory began six years ago when a woman now known only as AJ wrote him a letter detailing her astonishing ability to remember with remarkable clarity even trivial events that happened decades ago. Give her any date...and she could recall the day of the week, usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her life at that time, and major news events that occurred on that date. Like any good scientist, McGaugh was initially skeptical. But not anymore. "This is real," he says. "In order to explain a phenomenon you have to first understand the phenomenon," McGaugh says. "We're at the beginning."

Note: The human mind and spirit are much more powerful than many scientists might imagine.

MTV's 'Spiritual Windows' mix faith with rock 'n' roll
March 11, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/falsani/cst-nws-fals11.html

It was about 10 seconds long and showed gondoliers rowing in the canals of Venice, Italy, while a Latin-sounding man's voice said: "Your heart is where your treasure is, and you must find your treasure in order to make sense of everything." And then more words appeared on the screen: "Everyday grace: MTV." In late January, MTV, the arbiter of all things hip, quietly launched a campaign of 24 of these little films. They call the campaign "Spiritual Windows." "We wanted to create little, short moments, almost breaths of peace, for the channel," Kevin Mackall, the...senior vice president of on-air promos for MTV explained. "There's a genuine appetite for spirituality these days." According to a little-known poll...53 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds said "religion" was "extremely important" or "very important" to their daily lives. Only 14 percent said religion wasn't important to them at all. One spot! , with the tag line "Consume mindfully," shows a Tibetan nun hauling two plastic garbage bags to the curb in front of her Buddhist temple. Then there's "Everyone," with a Chinese dragon dancing...accompanied by a voice-over that says, "We need other human beings to be human." And one of the longer spots...shows the sun setting over a pyramid in Egypt as the Brazilian magical realist author Paulo Coelho's voice announces, "The desert will give you an understanding of the world. How do I immerse myself in the desert? Listen to your heart." Mackall...insists the "Spiritual Windows" are no gimmick. "It really, truly is answering a call from our audience," he said. "Hopefully it's a first step into some other content like this."

Touch-Screen Voting Fallible, Ehrlich Says
March 6, 2006, The Guardian

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/05/AR2006030501045.html

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has embraced a legislative proposal to abandon the state's touch-screen voting machines for the coming election, in which he is a candidate, and to lease others that provide a paper record to verify results. Ehrlich's endorsement is the latest turn in the debate over Maryland's electronic voting machines that were used in nearly every polling place in the 2004 election. The state has committed $90 million to the system, which critics say is vulnerable to tampering. Last month, Ehrlich -- who championed the Diebold machines in 2003 -- express[ed] concern about reliability questions raised in California and Florida about those machines. A review of California's voting systems found more than a dozen vulnerabilities that security analysts said could be fixed. More than two dozen states now have some requirement for vote verification.

Note: These vulnerabilities were discovered after the machines were used widely in previous elections. Before those elections, voting machine manufacturers and elections officials insisted there were no such vulnerabilities. For lots more cover-ups around elections, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/electionsinformation

Fiscal Year 2005 U.S. Government Financial Statements
March 1, 2006, Official Website of the GAO (Government Accountability Office)

http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d06406thigh.pdf
http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-06-406T

GAO is required by law to annually audit the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government. The Congress and the President need to have timely, reliable, and useful financial and performance information. For the ninth consecutive year, certain material weaknesses in internal control...continued to prevent GAO from being able to provide the Congress and American people an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government are fairly stated in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Three major impediments to an opinion on the consolidated financial statements continued to be (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense, (2) the federal government's inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between ! federal agencies, and (3) the federal government's ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements. The cost to operate the federal government increased to $760 billion in fiscal year 2005 from $616 billion in fiscal year 2004. This represents an increase of about $144 billion or 23 percent. The federal government's gross debt was about $8 trillion as of September 30, 2005. The federal government's fiscal exposures now total more than $46 trillion, representing close to four times gross domestic product (GDP) in fiscal year 2005 and up from about $20 trillion...in 2000.

Note: The GAO (Government Accountability Office) is one of the few branches of government which works hard to prevent corruption. Why didn't this devastating report get any press coverage? Why does the media fail to inform the public that the Pentagon cannot account for literally trillions of dollars? (see CBS article on this at http://www.WantToKnow.info/050310pentagontrillionslost) For possible answers, see our media summary at http://www.WantToKnow.info/mediacover-up

Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us
February 22, 2006, The Observer (One of the UK's leading newspapers)

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1153513,00.html

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs...warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents. 'Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis. 'Once again, warfare would define human life.' The report was commissioned by influential Pentagon defence adviser Andrew Marshall, who has held considerable sway on US military thinking over the past three decades. Climate change 'should be elevated beyond a ! scientific debate to a US national security concern', say the authors. Last week the Bush administration came under heavy fire from a large body of respected scientists who claimed that it cherry-picked science to suit its policy agenda and suppressed studies that it did not like. A former whistleblower at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that suppression of the report for four months was a further example of the White House trying to bury the threat of climate change.

Note: Though I don't agree with these doomsday scenario predictions (the Pentagon tends to focus on worst-case scenarios), the suppression of this report clearly does not serve the public.


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Pentagon eyeing weapons in space
March 14, 2006, Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/03/14/pentagon_eyeing_weapons_in_space/

The Pentagon is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to test weapons in space, marking the biggest step toward creating a space battlefield since President Reagan's long-defunct ''star wars" project. The Defense Department's budget proposal...includes money for a variety of tests on offensive and defensive weapons. Arms-control specialists fear the tests will push the military closer to basing weapons in space than during Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative in the mid-1980s -- without a public debate of the potential consequences. The descriptions included in the budget request mark only what is publicly known about the military's space warfare plans. Specialists believe the classified portion of the $439 billion budget, blacked out for national security reasons, almost certainly includes other space-related programs. Under President Bush, the White House has emphasized what's known as ''! space dominance" -- the notion that the United States must command space to defend the nation, but the budget request marks a transition from laboratory theory to reality. The Bush administration has sought to keep the military's options open despite international opposition to weapons in space.

The War Dividend: The British companies making a fortune out of conflict-riven Iraq
March 13, 2006, Independent (one of the UK's top newspapers)

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article350959.ece
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13385

British businesses have profited by at least £1.1bn since coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago. The company roll-call of post-war profiteers includes some of the best known names in Britain's boardrooms. The evidence of massive investments and the promise of more multimillion-pound profits to come was discovered in a joint investigation by Corporate Watch, an independent watchdog, and The Independent. The findings show how much is [at] stake if Britain were to withdraw military protection from Iraq. British company involvement at the top of Iraq's new political and economic structures means Iraq will be forced to rely on British business for many years to come. A total of 61 British companies are identified as benefiting from at least £1.1bn of contracts and investment in the new Iraq. But that figure is just the tip of the iceberg.! It could be as much as five times higher, because many companies prefer to keep their relationship secret. The waters are further muddied by the Government's refusal to release the names of companies it has helped to win contracts in Iraq. The report acknowledges that British business still lags behind the huge profits paid to American companies. In five years, the £1.1bn of contracts identified in the report will be dwarfed by what Britain and the US hope to reap from investments. Highly lucrative oil contracts have yet to be handed out.

Note: For more powerful information on war-profiteering revealed by a highly decorated U.S. general see http://www.WantToKnow.info/warisaracket

Defending the party of Davos
March 13, 2006, CNN

http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/10/news/international/pluggedin_2_fortune/

I went to hear Jeff Faux talk recently about his new book "The Global Class War," an account of how the corporate elite has been selling out American workers. I don't entirely buy his argument. Faux is founder of the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank...which I think is best described as "gloomy." There is no economic news that the EPI can't find a way to spin negatively. That said, the work the group does is always meticulous and usually thought-provoking. The same can be said of Faux's book. His main point is that there now exists a global "party of Davos" (the Swiss ski resort where politicians, businesspeople, journalists, and scholars gather every January for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum), whose members have more in common with each other than with the peoples of their home countries. I can tes! tify that there is truth to this. I am a member of the junior auxiliary of the party of Davos. Faux's point is not that people like me are sinister and evil -- there's no Trilateral Commission/Council on Foreign Relations/Bilderberg Group conspiracy nonsense in his book -- just that the interests of corporate America aren't necessarily the same as America's interests. My chief solace is that Faux doesn't seem to have an obviously better alternative. Or maybe that shouldn't be a solace -- because Faux is right that a global economic system designed entirely by corporations, without any democratic input to speak of, isn't what anybody really wants.

Note: This is a heartening article from one who rubs elbows with the power elite. It is also one of the rare times I've seen the powerful Bilderberg Group mentioned in mainstream media. If you don't know about this secret gathering of the global elite, I most highly recommend two revealing BBC articles you can find at http://www.WantToKnow.info/051115secretsocietiesbilderberg

Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug
March 12, 2006, Independent (one of the UK's leading newspapers)

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article350787.ece
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20060313114723970

The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease. More than 60 countries have so far ordered large stocks of the antiviral medication - the only oral medicine believed to be effective against the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease - to try to protect their people. The United Nations estimates that a pandemic could kill 150 million people worldwide. The drug was developed by a Californian biotech company, Gilead Sciences. Mr Rumsfeld was on the board of Gilead from 1988 to 2001, and was its chairman from 1997. He then left to join the Bush administration, but retained a huge shareholding. The 2005 report showed that, in all, he owned shares worth up to $95.9m, from which he got an income of up to $13m. The firm made a loss in 2003, the year before concern about bird flu started. Then revenues from Tamiflu almost quadrupled, to $44.6m, helping put the company well into the black. Sales almost quadrupled again, to $161.6m last year.

Note: For many more strange coincidences and facts around the avian flu scare, take a look at our summary of eye-opening news articles at http://www.WantToKnow.info/avianflu

Forbes reports billionaire boom
March 10, 2006, BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4791848.stm

A worldwide economic boom has yielded a record number of dollar billionaires in the past year, according to Forbes. Their number rose by 15%. Microsoft's Bill Gates tops the list for the 12th year running, with a net worth of $50bn (£29bn). The combined net worth of the 793 is $2.6 trillion and US billionaires account for just under half the amount. The figures were conservative estimates for different reasons. While New York has the highest number of resident billionaires with 40, Moscow is second with 25, and London comes third with 23. Steve Forbes, Forbes' chief executive and editor-in-chief, attributed the global rise in the number of billionaires to an economic boom.

Note: Yet a recent New York Times article shows that the income of 90% of citizens is basically stagnant or even decreasing. See http://www.WantToKnow.info/060306newsarticles#1

The Dubai Deal You Don't Know About
March 9, 2006, Time

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1171773,00.html

Dubai Ports World, the firm at the center of the controversy, announced today that it would give up its bid to manage U.S. ports, agreeing to transfer the contracts to a “U.S. entity." Yet while one Dubai company may be giving up on U.S. ports, another one shows no signs of...giving up a contract with the Navy to provide shore services for vessels in the Middle East. The firm, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)...was sold to a Dubai government investment vehicle for $285 million. Why is a Dubai shipping services company doing business with the Pentagon when handing over U.S. port operations to the emirate would supposedly compromise national security? ISS “will be responsible for providing all the logistics requirements of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in ports throughout the [Middle East] region.” The release also notes that ISS may be asked to provide services for U.S. military training exer! cises and “contingency operations inland.” ISS’s partner for those services? None other than KBR, the division of Halliburton — Vice President Dick Cheney’s old firm — that has won billions of dollars in contracts for the Iraq war and reconstruction. Ironically, Halliburton's name has come up as a possible candidate to be the "U.S. entity" to take over the U.S. ports management from Dubai Ports World.

Moussaoui Jury Riveted by 9/11 Transcript
March 8, 2006, CBS/Associated Press

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/08/ap/national/mainD8G7AG300.shtml

The details of what happened to the four hijacked jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001, have been known for years, but when a prosecutor read a simple minute-by-minute account of the attacks, the jury deciding the fate of confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui hung on every word. In a similar vein, the missed opportunities of the FBI and other agencies to prevent Sept. 11 have been known for years, but when FBI agents are forced to admit them on cross-examination, they seem fresh to the jury. FBI agents have been forced to admit under cross-examination that the FBI knew years before Sept. 11 that al-Qaida had plans to use planes as missiles to destroy prominent buildings. They also had to acknowledge numerous missed opportunities in the months before Sept. 11 to catch two of the hijackers with terror links known to the government, even though the pair frequently used their own names in this country to rent cars, purchase plane tickets and even, once, to file a police report after getting mugged.

Note: What all of the media articles on this important case fail to mention is the laptop computer of Moussaoui was confiscated weeks before 9/11, yet FBI headquarters systematically undermined requests by Minneapolis FBI agents to search the computer. See http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg#moussaouilaptop. And a full two weeks before 9/11 an FBI Minnesota supervisor said he was trying keep Moussaoui from “taking control of a plane and fly it into the WTC," yet his investigation was repeatedly blocked by top officials. See http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg#moussaoui

Battery power as good as gas?
March 6, 2006, Toronto Star (one of Canada's leading newspapers)

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1
&c=Article&cid=1141599010468&call_pageid=968350072197&col=969048863851

A much-shrouded idea could give portable power a real charge, for a change—and change, well, everything. Imagine the day when cellphones charge up in seconds, laptop batteries never degrade, and electric cars have the same power, driving range and purchase price as their gas-powered cousins. Such a battery—a superbattery—doesn't exist today, but a tiny company out of Austin, Texas, is getting remarkably close, and the possibilities have caught the attention of the U.S. army, the former vice-chairman of Dell Computer, and one of the most respected venture capital firms in North America. Among EEStor's claims is that its "electrical energy storage unit" could pack nearly 10 times the energy punch of a lead-acid battery of similar weight and, under mass production, would cost half as much. It also says its technology more than doubles the energy density of lithium-ion batteries in most portable computer and ! mobile gadgets today, but could be produced at one-eighth the cost. The company...is weeks away from seeking independent verification of the product's performance. Adding more intrigue to the story is the fact that Colin Powell, the former U.S. secretary of state, joined Kleiner Perkins last summer as a strategic partner.

Ministers back 'terminator' GM crops
March 5, 2006, Independent (one of the UK's leading newspapers)

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article349331.ece
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0305-04.htm

Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world's most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World. The Government is to push for terminator crops to be considered for approval on a "case-by-case basis" at two meetings this month; its position closely mirrors the stance of the United States and other GM [genetically modified organisms]-promoting countries. Terminator technology...would stop hundreds of millions of poor farmers from saving seeds from their crops for resowing for the following harvest, forcing them to buy new ones from biotech companies every year. The technique is officially known as genetic use restriction technology (Gurt), making crops produce sterile seeds. It could be applied to any crop, including maize and rice, widely grown in developing countries. The UK working group on terminator technology...says: "It could destroy traditional farming methods, damage farmers' livelihoods and threaten food security, particularly in developing countries." [Former UK Minister of Environment Michael] Meacher said: "For the first time in the history of the world, farmers would be stopped from using their own seeds."

Note: For more on this alarming development: http://www.WantToKnow.info/deception10pg

Pay too much and you could raise the alarm
February 23, 2006, Providence Journal (the leading newspaper in Rhode Island)

http://www.projo.com/news/bobkerr/projo_20060224_frico24.1d2c026b.html
http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=RAISEALARM-02-28-06

Walter Soehnge is a retired Texas schoolteacher. What got him so upset might seem trivial to some people who have learned to accept small infringements on their freedom as just part of the way things are in this age of terror-fed paranoia. The balance on their JCPenney Platinum MasterCard had gotten to an unhealthy level. So they sent in a large payment, a check for $6,522. And an alarm went off. A red flag went up. The Soehnges' behavior was found questionable. After sending in the check, they checked online to see if their account had been duly credited. They learned that the check had arrived, but the amount available for credit on their account hadn't changed. They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Hom! eland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn't move until the threat alert is lifted. Walter called television stations, the American Civil Liberties Union and me. And he went on the Internet to see what he could learn. He learned about changes in something called the Bank Privacy Act. "The more I'm on, the scarier it gets," he said. "It's scary how easily someone in Homeland Security can get permission to spy."

Obsession: Mr. Singh’s Search for the Holy Grail
October 2004, Popular Science

http://www.popsci.com/popsci/futurecar/19b09aa138b84010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html

[Somender Singh] claims that his invention makes an engine cleaner, quieter and colder...while using up to 20 percent less gas. So far, all Singh’s invention has earned him is a few polite rejection letters from presidents, professors and auto manufacturers. “I am...no man with letters after his name or fancy institutions, and what I have invented is really very simple,” he admits. Remember that the internal combustion engine is itself hardly rocket science. The internal combustion engine (ICE) has been with us for about 200 years. The basic concept—the boom that turns a crank—has not really changed at all. The efficiency of that bang had stalled out at around 28 percent. The vast majority of the fuel was dissipated as engine heat or exhaust. Singh knew that...the combustion chamber [was where] fuel was turned to bang. He modified a motorcycle, then a two-stroke, then a four-stroke, then a car, then 50 cars. ! Singh applied for a patent in January 1999, and the U.S. Patent Office issued him No. 6237579 in May 2001. Finally he was allowed to bring his engines and hook them to a Benz EC-70 dynamometer with a five-gas analyzer and a Benz gravimetric fuel-measuring device. At between 2,000 and 2,800 rpm, Singh’s modified engine used between 10 and 42 percent less fuel than its unmodified twin, with no appreciable losses in torque or power.

Note: After posting a message on a group of high-school students who achieved dramatic improvements in car engine efficiency two weeks ago, I received emails from more than ten people claiming to have made or know of similar inventions. The above article was sent to me as evidence in one case. I know dozens of other cases that could be real. For lots more, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/newenergyinformation


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Dear friends,

Below are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have missed. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click here. These news articles include revealing information on declining U.S. salaries, bullying of the press, GM (Genetically Modified) food problems, organic food benefits, and more. Key sentences are highlighted for those with limited time. By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

With best wishes,
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Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton


Suit airs Able Danger claims
March 4, 2006, Sacramento Bee
(Leading newspaper of Sacramento, Calif.)

http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/14225641p-15049903c.html

Two operatives at the center of the Able Danger controversy have sued the Defense Department for denying them contact with their lawyers during closed congressional hearings. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and J.D. Smith were among a dozen intelligence officers and contractors who worked on the clandestine program set up long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to track al-Qaida. They are accusing the Pentagon...of violating their First Amendment rights by blocking their access to legal counsel during the closed sessions. "Able Danger identified the Sept. 11, 2001, attack leader Mohamed Atta, and three of the 9/11 plot's 19 hijackers, as possible members of an al-Qaida cell linked to the 1993 World Trade Center attack or its participants," the suit said. Shaffer, a Bronze Star recipient who fought undercover in Afghanistan, caused a stir in August when he stepped forward to say that he and other Able Danger operatives had identified Atta as long as 21 months before the Sept. 11 attacks. That claim - later supported by the Able Danger team's leader, Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott - contradicted a central finding of the commission Congress had set up to probe the Sept. 11 attacks, which concluded that none of the hijackers had been known to U.S. authorities before the assault.

Note: Though the major media once gave Able Danger good coverage, only the Sacramento Bee has mentioned that the team's leader is one of the individuals who stepped forward. For lots more on the vitally important Able Danger program: http://www.WantToKnow.info/abledanger911

Experts Call for Release of 9/11 Evidence
March 1, 2006, Yahoo News/PR Web

http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20060301/bs_prweb/prweb352979_1
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/3/prweb352979.htm

A society of experts and scholars has now joined with Judicial Watch in calling for release of videos that are being held by the Department of Defense, which are essential to understanding events at the Pentagon that transpired on September 11, 2001. Scholars for 9/11 Truth, which is dedicated to exposing falsehoods and establishing truths about the events of 9/11, has gone beyond Judicial Watch by calling for the release of other films and evidence that, its officers maintain, are essential to understanding 9/11. "It is outrageous that the government is withholding this vital information", said James H. Fetzer, founder and co-chair of the society. They are calling for immediate release of the full Pentagon surveillance tape as well as video tapes seized by FBI agents minutes after the Pentagon hit; a complete inventory of the plane wreckage and debris from Flights 11, 77, 93, 175 or any other aircraft that crashed or was destroyed on September 11, 2001.

Note: Though Yahoo News picked up this important article, no major media found it newsworthy.

Graduates versus Oligarchs
February 27, 2006, New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/2006/02/27/opinion/27krugman.html
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12093.htm

Highly educated workers have done better than those with less education, but a college degree has hardly been a ticket to big income gains. The 2006 Economic Report of the President tells us that the real earnings of college graduates actually fell more than 5 percent between 2000 and 2004. So who are the winners from rising inequality? It's not the top 20 percent, or even the top 10 percent. The big gains have gone to a much smaller, much richer group than that. A new research paper by Ian Dew-Becker and Robert Gordon of Northwestern University, "Where Did the Productivity Growth Go?," gives the details. Between 1972 and 2001 the wage and salary income of Americans at the 90th percentile of the income distribution rose only 34 percent, or about 1 percent per year. So being in the top 10 percent of the income distribution, like being a college graduate, wasn't a ticket to big income gains. But income at the 99th percentile rose 87 percent; income at the 99.9th percentile rose 181 percent; and income at the 99.99th percentile rose 497 percent. Should we be worried about the increasingly oligarchic nature of American society? Yes, and not just because a rising economic tide has failed to lift most boats. Both history and modern experience tell us that highly unequal societies also tend to be highly corrupt.

The Bullying of the Press
February 26, 2006, London Times

http://timesonline.typepad.com/mick_smith/2006/02/the_bullying_of.html

I reported on eight of the [Downing Street] memos while working at the Daily Telegraph in September 2004. I then moved to the Sunday Times, where I obtained the other two memos. Why did the US newspapers take so long to pick up on the story? The memos were so momentous in what they told us about how Bush and Blair went to war...that they surely had to be reported. They were not only “the smoking gun” that proved all the lies; they also proved the lack of planning for the aftermath; the fraudulent use of the UN to make the war legal; and...the way in which the allies began the war...months before they went to the UN or Congress to get backing for war. The memo actually says...that the Prime Minister agreed at Crawford in April 2002 to go to war, so the British needed to "create the conditions" which would make the war legal under international law. In the wake of 9/11, the US media were initially prevented from any criticism of the administration. Then when the need to criticize became unavoidable, they were cowed by administration claims that it helped the terrorists. There is something grotesque about Bush saying that his administration is setting “a forward strategy for freedom” around the world while it is attempting at the same time to bully the US press back into submission at home. I don’t for one moment believe it will succeed. But none of us can afford to be complacent.

Midwest Oil fined for selling gas too cheaply
February 24, 2006, Star Tribune (Leading newspaper of Minneapolis-St. Paul)

http://www.startribune.com/535/story/267143.html

The Minnesota Commerce Department on Thursday announced plans to fine a gas station chain $140,000 for repeatedly selling gas below the state's legal minimum price. The fine against Midwest Oil of Minnesota is twice as large as any imposed on a company since 2001, when the state established a formula based on wholesale prices, fees and taxes to determine a daily floor for gas prices. The price law was intended to prevent large oil companies from driving smaller competitors out of business, but some critics argue it fails to protect consumers. According to the Commerce Department, the Midwest-owned stations in Anoka, Oakdale and Albert Lea sold gas below the minimum price on 293 days in 2005. Kevin Murphy, deputy commissioner of the department, called the violations "willful, continuing, and egregious and warrant a substantial penalty."

London Mayor Suspended Over Nazi Remark
February 24, 2006, ABC/Associated Press

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1657126

Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from office for four weeks on Friday for bringing his office into disrepute by comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard. "His treatment of the journalist was unnecessarily insensitive and offensive," said David Laverick, chairman of the Adjudication Panel for England, the disciplinary panel that ruled on the case. The mayor had told the panel that he had not meant to offend the Jewish community when he asked Evening Standard reporter Oliver Finegold whether he had been a "German war criminal."

Note: For the mayor's response: http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1720442,00.html

Strangers at the Door
February 23, 2006, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/23/opinion/23ervin.html

Who could have imagined that, in the post-9/11 world, the United States government would approve a deal giving control over six major American ports to a country with ties to terrorism? But this is exactly what the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has done. Since 1999, the ports of New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and other cities have been operated by a British concern, P & O Ports, which has now been bought by Dubai Ports World, a company controlled by the government of the United Arab Emirates. While the United Arab Emirates is deemed by the Bush administration to be an ally in the war on terrorism...two of the 9/11 hijackers were citizens of the emirates, and some of the money for the attacks came from there. It was one of only three countries in the world that recognized the Taliban regime. And Dubai was an important transshipment point for the smuggling network of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani scientist who supplied Libya, Iran and North Korea with equipment for making nuclear weapons. Most terrorism experts agree that the likeliest way for a weapon of mass destruction to be smuggled into our country would be through a port. After all, some 95 percent of all goods from abroad arrive in the United States by sea, and yet only about 6 percent of incoming cargo containers are inspected for security threats.

Autistic Teen's Hoop Dreams Come True
Feb 23, 2006, CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/23/earlyshow/main1339324.shtml

It was the stuff of Hollywood, but it was real. Senior Jason McElwain had been the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N. Y. McElwain, who's autistic, was added to the roster by coach Jim Johnson so he could be given a jersey and get to sit on the bench in the team's last game of the year. Johnson hoped the situation would even enable him to get McElwain onto the floor a little playing time. He got the chance, with Greece Athena up by double-digits with four minutes go to. And, in his first action of the year, McElwain missed his first two shots, but then sank six three-pointers and another shot (video), for a total of 20 points in three minutes. "I've had a lot of thrills in coaching," Johnson says. "I've coached a lot of wonderful kids. But I've never experienced such a thrill." The crowd went wild, and his teammates carried the exc! ited McElwain off the court.

Note: The video of this inspiring piece is most excellent (though you have to watch the 30-second commercial first). It is available at the above link to CBS.

Organic Food Fends Off Pesticides
February 20, 2006, ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthology/story?id=1642533

If you are looking to banish pesticides from your child's diet, new research suggests that organic food will do the trick, at least when it comes to two common pesticides. Researchers found that pesticide levels in children's bodies dropped to zero after just a few days of eating organic produce and grains. "After they switch back to a conventional diet, the levels go up," said study co-author Chensheng Lu, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at Emory University. Lu said the impetus for the new study was a previous research project that examined pesticide levels in 110 children and only found one child whose body was pesticide-free — a child who regularly ate organic food. The findings were to be discussed Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis. The study, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appeared online last September in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Learn more about organic diets from CNN.com.

America's masterplan is to force GM food on the world
February 13, 2006, The Guardian
(One of the UK's leading newspapers)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gmdebate/Story/0,,1708375,00.html

Three judges emerged after years of secret deliberation to rule that Europe had imposed a de facto ban on GM [genetically modified] food imports between 1999 and 2003, violating WTO rules. The court also ruled that Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Luxembourg had no legal grounds to impose their own unilateral import bans. Actually, the judges said much more, but in true WTO style no one has been allowed to know what. A few bureaucrats in the US, EU, Argentina and Canada have reportedly seen the full 1,045-page report, and an edited summary of some of its conclusions has been leaked. But no one, it seems, will take responsibility for the ruling, which may force the EU to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate some of the world's most heavily subsidized farmers, and could change the laws of at least six countries that have imposed GM bans. It is now clear that the real reason the US took Europe to the WTO court was...to make it easier for its companies to...open regulatory doors in China, India, south-east Asia, Latin America and Africa, where most US exports now go. This is where millions of tonnes of US food aid heads, and where US GM companies are desperate to have access, buying up seed companies and schmoozing presidents.

Note: For an excellent summary of the dangers of genetically modified foods that Americans are already eating without their knowledge, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/deception10pg

Military's Role in a Flu Pandemic
October 5, 2005, Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/04/AR2005100400681.html

President Bush said yesterday that he would consider using the military to "effect a quarantine" in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza in the United States. Bush also suggested that putting National Guard troops under federal, rather than state, control might be one part of a response to the "catastrophe" of an avian influenza outbreak. The president raised the same idea after Hurricane Katrina, suggesting that he is considering a greater role for the military in natural disasters. Most public health experts believe it is impossible to entirely isolate neighborhoods, towns, cities or regions during an outbreak of disease. Instead, quarantines today generally refer to a variety of strategies for identifying and limiting the movement of people who are infected with a contagious pathogen or are at high risk. That might include screening travelers for fever and flu symptoms; prohibiting large gatherings of people, including at some workplaces; and requiring that people exposed to infected individuals stay at home until the incubation period for the illness has passed. China took these measures during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003.


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WEEK of 3-20-06 to 3-24-06 (Updated 3-20-06)

   
     
From a recent Want To Know news letter U.S. plans for Iraq and Iraqi oil prior to 9-11.  Reprinted by permission.     
     

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"The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed."
  -- BBC Newsnight, 3/17/05

Dear friends,

The below BBC Newsnight article reveals secret plans which make clear what many have suspected for a long time. A major reason for the war on Iraq was to control its vast oil reserves and the huge amounts of money involved. These secret plans were made even before the 9/11 attacks. Though this important news was covered by BBC, few US media have given any significant coverage. To better understand how the media is controlled by powerful corporate interests, see our revealing two-page summary quoting 20 award-winning journalists at http://www.WantToKnow.info/mediacover-up. By spreading the word to your friends and colleagues, we can make a difference and build a brighter future.

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Fred Burks for the
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Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/4354269.stm - BBC Newsnight, March 17, 2005

Secret US plans for Iraq's oil

The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.

Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protesters claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.

In fact there were two conflicting plans, setting off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side, versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmatists".

"Big Oil" appears to have won. The latest plan, obtained by Newsnight from the US State Department was, we learned, drafted with the help of American oil industry consultants.

Insiders told Newsnight that planning began "within weeks" of Bush's first taking office in 2001, long before the September 11th attack on the US.

An Iraqi-born oil industry consultant, Falah Aljibury, says he took part in the secret meetings in California, Washington and the Middle East. He described a State Department plan for a forced coup d'etat.

Mr. Aljibury himself told Newsnight that he interviewed potential successors to Saddam Hussein on behalf of the Bush administration.

Secret sell-off plan

The industry-favoured plan was pushed aside by a secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq's oil fields. The new plan was crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq's oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas.

The sell-off was given the green light in a secret meeting in London headed by Fadhil Chalabi shortly after the US entered Baghdad, according to Robert Ebel.

Mr. Ebel, a former Energy and CIA oil analyst, now a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told Newsnight he flew to the London meeting at the request of the State Department.

Mr. Aljibury, once Ronald Reagan's "back-channel" to Saddam, claims that plans to sell off Iraq's oil, pushed by the US-installed Governing Council in 2003, helped instigate the insurgency and attacks on US and British occupying forces.

"Insurgents used this, saying, 'Look, you're losing your country, you're losing your resources to a bunch of wealthy billionaires who want to take you over and make your life miserable,'" said Mr. Aljibury from his home near San Francisco.

"We saw an increase in the bombing of oil facilities, pipelines, built on the premise that privatisation is coming."

Privatisation blocked by industry

Philip Carroll, the former CEO of Shell Oil USA who took control of Iraq's oil production for the US Government a month after the invasion, stalled the sell-off scheme.

Mr. Carroll told us he made it clear to Paul Bremer, the US occupation chief who arrived in Iraq in May 2003, that: "There was to be no privatisation of Iraqi oil resources or facilities while I was involved."

Ariel Cohen, of the neo-conservative Heritage Foundation, told Newsnight that an opportunity had been missed to privatise Iraq's oil fields.

He advocated the plan as a means to help the US defeat Opec, and said America should have gone ahead with what he called a "no-brainer" decision.

Mr. Carroll hit back, telling Newsnight, "I would agree with that statement. To privatize would be a no-brainer. It would only be thought about by someone with no brain."

New plans, obtained from the State Department by Newsnight and Harper's Magazine under the US Freedom of Information Act, called for creation of a state-owned oil company favoured by the US oil industry. It was completed in January 2004 under the guidance of Amy Jaffe of the James Baker Institute in Texas.

Formerly US Secretary of State, Baker is now an attorney representing Exxon-Mobil and the Saudi Arabian government.

View segments of Iraq oil plans at www.GregPalast.com

Questioned by Newsnight, Ms Jaffe said the oil industry prefers state control of Iraq's oil over a sell-off because it fears a repeat of Russia's energy privatisation. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, US oil companies were barred from bidding for the reserves.

Ms Jaffe says US oil companies are not warm to any plan that would undermine Opec and the current high oil price: "I'm not sure that if I'm the chair of an American company, and you put me on a lie detector test, I would say high oil prices are bad for me or my company."

The former Shell oil boss agrees. In Houston, he told Newsnight: "Many neo conservatives are people who have certain ideological beliefs about markets, about democracy, about this, that and the other. International oil companies, without exception, are very pragmatic commercial organizations. They don't have a theology."

A State Department spokesman told Newsnight they intended "to provide all possibilities to the Oil Ministry of Iraq and advocate none".


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WEEK of 3-13-06 to 3-17-06 (Updated 3-15-06)

   
     
From a recent Want To Know news letter on a variety of topics.  Reprinted by permission.     

Dear friends,

Below are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have missed. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click here. These news articles include revealing information on an intelligence officers revolt, 55,000 documents being reclassified, torturers going free, concerns about aspartame, and more. By choosing to educate ourselves now and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

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Fred Burks for the
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Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton


MI5 rebels expose Tube bomb cover-up
February 26, 2006, London Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2059046,00.html

MI5 is facing an internal revolt by officers alarmed about intelligence failures and the lack of resources to fight Islamic terrorism. To illustrate their concern, agents have leaked more topsecret documents to The Sunday Times because they want a public inquiry into the “missed intelligence” leading up to the July attacks in London. They believe ministers have withheld information from the public about what the security services knew about the suspects before the bombing of July 7 and the abortive attacks of July 21. The documents include an admission by John Scarlett, head of SIS, the secret intelligence service (also known as MI6), that one of the July 21 suspects was tracked on a trip to Pakistan just months before the attempted bombings. MI5, which is responsible for national security, allowed the July 21 suspect! to travel to Pakistan after he was detained and interviewed at a British airport. It stopped monitoring him because it said “the Pakistani authorities assessed that he was doing nothing of significance”. They are critical of Blair, who has ruled out an inquiry saying it would distract the security services from fighting terrorism. The assessment echoes a decision by MI5 to halt surveillance on two of the July 7 bombers 16 months before the attacks. Both were filmed and taped by MI5 agents as they met two men allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in England.

Abusive G.I.'s Not Pursued, Survey Finds
February 23, 2006, New York Time/Associated Press

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/23/international/middleeast/23abuse.html

The longest sentence for any member of the American military linked to a torture-related death of a detainee in Iraq or Afghanistan has been five months, a human rights group reported Wednesday. In only 12 of 34 cases has anyone been punished for the confirmed or suspected killings, said the group, Human Rights First, which is based in New York and Washington. Beyond those cases, in almost half of 98 known detainee deaths since 2002, the cause was never announced or was reported as undetermined. "In dozens of cases documented here, grossly inadequate reporting, investigation and follow-through have left no one at all responsible for homicides and other unexplained deaths," it said in the report, based on military court records, news reports and other sources. The Pentagon says it conscientiously investigates such deaths. When asked Wednesday for a status report on investigations and prosecutions in individual cases of abuse, the Pentagon said it could not offer a comprehensive compilation because the information was too scattered. Army lawyers at the Pentagon do not "have access to the information because other Army commands have the documents," Maj. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman, said.

U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review
February 21, 2006, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/21/politics/21reclassify.html

In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department. The restoration of classified status to more than 55,000 previously declassified pages began in 1999, when the Central Intelligence Agency and five other agencies objected to what they saw as a hasty release of sensitive information after a 1995 declassification order signed by President Bill Clinton. It accelerated after the Bush administration took office and especially after the 2001 terrorist attacks. But because the reclassification program is itself shrouded in secrecy — governed by a still-classified memorandum that prohibits the National Archives even from saying which agencies are involved — it continued virtually without outside notice until December. Historians say the program is removing material that can do no conceivable harm to national security. They say it is part of a marked trend toward greater secrecy under the Bush administration, which has increased the pace of classifying documents, slowed declassification and discouraged the release of some material under the Freedom of Information Act. "I think this is a travesty," said Dr. Nelson. "I think the public is being deprived of what history is really about: facts."

Note: More on this in the National Security Archive: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB179

The basics of alternative 9-11 theories
February 21, 2006, Village Voice
(alternative NY newspaper - liberal)

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0608,murphy,72255,6.html

Operation Northwoods. This 1962 white paper from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested possible justifications for a war against Cuba, including a never executed idea in which the CIA would detonate a drone aircraft to make it look like Fidel Castro had shot down an American passenger plane. Project for the New American Century [PNAC]. As evidence of the motives behind a government-planned 9-11, theorists point to one 28-word passage in a September 2000 [PNAC] report written with help from the likes of Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz: "The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor. "Theorists point to Attorney General John Ashcroft's decision to stop flying commercial [planes] in the summer of 2001, as well as a San Francisco Chronicle report that Mayor Willie Brown received a warning of 9-11, as evidence that some people had foreknowledge of the attack. World Trade Center 7. This building—the last to fall on 9-11—is key to all controlled-demolition theories. Its sudden fall onto its own footprint, and developer Larry Silverstein's reference on TV to telling the FDNY to "pull it," are seen as evidence that WTC7 was rigged to fall. Meanwhile, a convincing official explanation hasn't exactly been forthcoming.

Note: We generally avoid partisan sources, but as so few are reporting the vital questions around 9-11, we've included this article. You can find another informative article from the same newspaper on the same day at http://villagevoice.com/news/0608,murphy,72254,6.html. For our highly reliable, verifiable information on the 9-11 cover-up, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/911information. For an amazing free video with testimony from dozens of survivors on all of this, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psP_9RE0V2I

The suppression of Able Danger
February 18, 2006, Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060218/COLUMNIST14/602180351/-1/NEWS01

Mr. Kleinsmith and the two colleagues who testified with him in [a House Armed Services Committee] open session are convinced that had the information they developed been acted on, not only 9/11, but also the October 2000, attack on the destroyer USS Cole in which 17 sailors died could have been prevented. Through computer scanning of some 2.5 terabytes of classified and unclassified data, the Able Danger team identified five "nodes" of al-Qaeda activity. One was in Brooklyn. Another was in the port of Aden in Yemen, where the USS Cole was attacked. Able Danger linked Mohamed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers to the Brooklyn cell, said Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who was the liaison between the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Able Danger team. Colonel Shaffer testified he tried three times to have Able Danger data on the Brooklyn cell presented to the FBI, but that on each occasion Pentagon lawy! ers forbade the meeting. In a commentary in the Wall [Street] Journal last November, Louis Freeh, who was FBI director at the time, said that if he had been told about what Able Danger had learned, 9/11 likely would have been prevented. In March, 2000, Mr. Kleinsmith was ordered to stop all work on Able Danger, and, later, to delete all the information collected. It is clear there is a cover-up. One would think a Washington press corps obsessing about a hunting accident in Texas would be more curious about it.

Note: Though Able Danger received wide media coverage when first reported six months ago, the amazing revelations of the recent hearings have received very little attention, which is why we include this article from the leading newspaper of Toledo, Ohio. For lots more reliable, verifiable information on Able Danger, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/abledanger911

UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells
February 19, 2006, London Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2047373,00.html

Radiation detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the “shock and awe” bombing campaign against Iraq. Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain. Government officials, however, say the sharp rise in uranium detected by radiation monitors in Berkshire was a coincidence and probably came from local sources. Each detector recorded a significant rise in uranium levels during the Gulf war bombing campaign in March 2003. The reading from a park in Reading was high enough for the Environment Agency to be alerted. “This research shows that rather than remaining near the target as claimed by the military, depleted uranium weapons contaminate both locals and whole populations hundreds to thousands of miles away,” [Liv! erpool University's Chris Busby] said. Busby’s report shows that within nine days of the start of the Iraq war on March 19, 2003, higher levels of uranium were picked up on five sites in Berkshire. On two occasions, levels exceeded the threshold at which the Environment Agency must be informed, though within safety limits. The report says weather conditions over the war period showed a consistent flow of air from Iraq northwards.

Note: For more on the depleted uranium cover-up: http://www.WantToKnow.info/050405depleteduranium

The deadly terror lurking around the corner
may not be such a big, ominous threat after all

February 19, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/02/19/INGDDH8E2V1.DTL

Americans receive a steady stream of warnings and alarms about new and horrific perils that await them. Pandemics, dirty bombs, cyber attacks, bioterror and other exotic threats are always on the verge of being unleashed onto a shamefully unprepared republic. Yet, judging from statistics on life expectancy, violent deaths and war, we live in much less perilous times than any generation before us. Avian flu, for example. We are cautioned that a pandemic...is only months away. One World Health Organization estimate says 2 million to 7 million people will die in the next pandemic. But it is not 1918. The WHO reports that since 2003, there have been 152 cases of avian flu, resulting in 83 deaths. A flu pandemic has been regularly predicted since 1997 and (knock on wood) it has never arrived. Dirty bombs -- conventional explosives mixed with radioactive material -- present another example of overreact! ion. In 2004, experts warned in the normally staid Wall Street Journal that a terrorist attack with a dirty bomb was an imminent certainty. They announced: "Shame on our leaders and on us if the lamentations of the next blue-ribbon panel will be intoned over the graves of hundreds of thousands of Americans, the collapse of our economy, and perhaps a fatal blow to our way of life." But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a dirty bomb would contaminate "up to several city blocks." The commission's advice, if one goes off, is to walk away and take a shower.

Note: This informative article, by a program director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, demonstrates clearly how the hype and fear around terror is much more damaging than terrorism itself. For more on this from both BBC and my own experience: http://www.WantToKnow.info/powerofnightmares

Risk to U.S. of withering terrorist hit is overblown
February 19, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/02/19/INGDDH8E2T1.DTL

Conventional wisdom says that none of us is safe from terrorism. The truth is that almost all of us are. In most years allergic reactions to peanuts, deer in the road and lightning have all killed about the same number of Americans as terrorism. In 2001, their banner year, terrorists killed...one fifteenth the number killed by car accidents. And if something far worse than Sept. 11 does occur, the country will recover. A disaster of biblical proportions visited New Orleans. The Republic has not crumbled. The terrorist risk to the United States is serious, but far from existential. Human psychology leads us to overestimate the likelihood of dangers that are novel and uncontrollable. The news media and social interaction reinforce these common errors. People overestimate terrorism's risk and demand excessive protection from it. From government bureaucrats seeking larger budgets, to contractors hawking technology,! to congressmen campaigning, danger sells. It delivers money and votes. It also sells newspapers. Careerist think tank and academic analysts learn that grants, invitations to Capitol Hill and jobs are more likely to go to those who trumpet threats and defenses against them than those who tell Americans to worry less. America tends to exaggerate national security dangers. Victory is persuading...regular Americans not to be afraid. Conventional pundits of homeland security worry that the public will become complacent. We should worry that it won't.

The Lowdown on Sweet?
February 12, 2006, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/12/business/yourmoney/12sweet.html

When Dr. Morando Soffritti...saw the results of his team's seven-year study on aspartame, he knew he was about to be injected into a bitter controversy over this sweetener. Aspartame is sold under the brand names Nutra-Sweet and Equal and is found in such popular products as Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Diet Snapple and Sugar Free Kool-Aid. Hundreds of millions of people consume it worldwide. Dr. Soffritti...oversees 180 scientists and researchers in 30 countries. Dr. Soffritti's study concluded...that the sweetener was associated with unusually high rates of lymphomas, leukemias and other cancers. The study...involved 1,900 laboratory rats and cost $1 million. Soffritti said he was inspired to look at aspartame because of what he calls "inadequacies" in the cancer studies done by Searle in the 1970's. Others have also challenged Searle's studies. Years before the F.D.A. approved aspartame, the agency had serious concerns about the accuracy and credibility of Searle's aspartame studies. From 1977 to 1985 — during much of the approval process — Searle was headed by Donald H. Rumsfeld, who is now the secretary of defense. Searle was acquired by Monsanto in 1985. Dr. Soffritti said...more research and open debate were needed on whether aspartame was a carcinogen. "It is very important to have scientists who are independent and not funded by industry ! looking at this."

Note: If you want to understand the influence of big money on your health, this article is well worth reading. Our Health Information Center at http://www.WantToKnow.info/healthinformation has lots more.

Bush v. Science
February 6, 2006, Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/02/06/BL2006020600817.html

Bush's relationship to science can be illustrated by the fact that he is speaking rapturously of producing ethanol from (of all things) switch grass -- but not saying a word about what many scientists say may be the greatest disaster facing humankind: global climate change. [In] a Time magazine cover story...Mark Thompson and Karen Tumulty write that "growing numbers of researchers, both in and out of government, say their findings -- on pollution, climate change, reproductive health, stem-cell research and other areas in which science often finds itself at odds with religious, ideological or corporate interests -- are being discounted, distorted or quashed by Bush Administration appointees. In the past two years, the Union of Concerned Scientists ! has collected the signatures of more than 8,000 scientists -- including 49 Nobel laureates... -- who accuse the Administration of an unprecedented level of political intrusion into their world. Says Francesca Grifo, director of the group's Scientific Integrity Program, "'What's new is its pervasive and systemic nature. We get calls every week from federal scientists reporting stuff to us. Rarely, however, are they willing to put their jobs and their research grants at risk by going public with their complaints." 29-year NASA veteran James Hansen, who is director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, charged on the front page of the New York Times that he has been muzzled by the agency. Melissa Block interviewed Bransby on NPR and found out that politics played a role in Bush's mention of switch grass.


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WEEK of 3-06-06 to 3-10-06 (Updated 3-07-06)

   
     
From a recent Want To Know news letter on possible U.S. government involvement in the 9-11 disaster.  Reprinted by permission.     

This message is available online at http://www.WantToKnow.info/060223scholarsfor911truth


"Our nation was irretrievably transformed by 9/11 -- and yet there remain troubling questions about what really happened. A group of experts and academicians devoted to applying the principles of scientific reasoning to the available evidence [and] 'letting the chips fall where they may,' last week accused the government of covering up evidence that the three destroyed New York City buildings were brought down that day by controlled demolition rather than structural failure. The group, called Scholars for 9/11 Truth, has a website, www.st911.org."
  -- Miami Herald, 2/1/06

February 23, 2006
Dear friends,

A group of esteemed professors and professionals, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, has recently established a non-partisan association to investigate serious questions that the 9/11 Commission failed to address. Members of the association include a former chief economist under President Bush, a lab director for the 9/11 investigation who was fired for raising questions, a former program chief for the US Department of Defense, a renowned theologian, the professor who manages Project Censored, and many other distinguished professors and individuals willing to risk ridicule to bring this important information forward.

Though almost no major media reported on the formation of this ground-breaking group when it was announced a few weeks ago, the Miami Herald, Yahoo News, and a number of local and alternative news sources did provide good coverage. Below is an excerpt from the Miami Herald article followed by the original press release from this group of courageous individuals who are committed to revealing what really happened on that fateful day. By spreading the word, we can play the role at which the mainstream media is so sadly failing. Together, we can and will build a brighter future.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for the
WantToKnow.info Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton


http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/robert_steinback/13760721.htm

9/11 Attacks: Avoiding the hard questions (Excerpts)

The group [Scholars for Truth 9/11] asks, for example,

• How did a fire fed by jet fuel, which at most burns at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, cause the collapse of the Twin Towers, built of steel that melts at 2,800 degrees? (Most experts agree that the impact of airliners, made mostly of lightweight aluminum, should not have been enough alone to cause structural failure.) How could a single planeload of burning jet fuel -- most of which flared off in the initial fireball -- cause the South World Trade Center tower to collapse in just 56 minutes?

• Why did building WTC-7 fall, though no aircraft struck it? Fire alone had never before caused a steel skyscraper to collapse.

• Why did all three buildings collapse largely into their own footprints -- in the style of a controlled demolition?

• Why did no U.S. military jet intercept the wayward aircraft?

• Why has there been no investigation of BBC reports that five of the alleged 9/11 hijackers were alive and accounted for after the event?


http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/PressRelease27Jan2006.html - Official Press Release

Scholars Repudiate Official Version of 9/11

Claim government's account violates laws of physics and engineering

An influential group of prominent experts and scholars have joined together alleging that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11. The members of this new non-partisan association, "Scholars for 9/11 Truth" (S9/11T), are convinced their research proves the current administration has been dishonest with the nation about events in New York and Washington.

These experts contend that books and articles by members and associates have established that the World Trade Center was almost certainly brought down by controlled demolitions and that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the official story about the attack on the Pentagon. They believe that the government not only permitted 9/11 to occur but may even have orchestrated these events to facilitate its political agenda.

The society includes U.S. and international faculty and students of history, science, military affairs, psychology, and philosophy. According to its spokesmen, Scholars for 9/11 Truth represents a concerted effort to uphold the standards of truth and justice and to strengthen democracy in this nation, which has taken a terrible hit in the aftermath of 9/11, when "everything changed." Its function is to bring scientific rigor to the study of 9/11 phenomena.

The members of this group are dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11, "letting the chips fall where they may." The evidence has become sufficiently strong that they are speaking out. They are actively devoting themselves to reporting the results of their research to the public by means of lectures, articles, and other venues.

The society includes numerous notable professors and scholars, including:

  • Morgan Reynolds, Texas A & M Professor Emeritus of Economics, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor for President George W. Bush, and former Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis

  • Steven E. Jones, Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University, co-chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and the creator of its home page and its forum

  • Robert M. Bowman, former Director of the U.S. "Star Wars" Space Defense Program in both Republican and Democratic administrations, and a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 101 combat missions

  • Lloyd DeMause, Director of The Institute for Psychohistory, President of the International Psychohistorical Association and Editor of The Journal of Psychohistory

  • James H. Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, author or editor of more than 20 books and co-chair of S9/11T

  • Andreas Von Buelow, former assistant German defense minister, director of the German Secret Service, minister for research and technology, and member of Parliament for 25 years

  • The society, founded by Professors Fetzer and Jones, who serve as its co-chairs, is approaching 50 members to date. Beyond encouraging its members to vigorously express their concerns on this score through lectures, conferences, symposia, articles, and books as well as other access routes that publicize their findings, the society's initial activities, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity, include the following projects and endeavors:

  • Professor Jones is refining his influential analysis of the physics of the collapse of buildings at the World Trade Center.

  • Professor Fetzer is editing a collection of new studies about 9/11 that will include contributions from the members of Scholars for Truth 9/11.

  • A major conference is being planned for this fall to further inform the American public about the group's most recent findings

  • Studies by the society's founders and by prominent theologian David Ray Griffin, who has taken a leading role in exposing false claims about 9/11, are accessible from the association's home page, scholarsfor911truth.org. Information for those who may want to join S9/11T can also be found there.


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    WEEK of 10-24-05 to 10-28-05 (Updated 10-31-05)

       
         
    From a recent Want To Know news letter on possible U.S. government involvement in the 9-11 disaster.  Reprinted by permission.     

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    Sept. 8, 2005
    Dear friends,

    When four planes tragically crashed four years ago on September 11th, the course of history was inalterably changed. Yet questions about what actually happened on that fateful day are asked with increasing frequency, even by some top government officials and other respected public leaders. Read the statements below (links to sources provided) from a former chief economist of President George W. Bush, an assistant secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, a current U.S. Senator, a sitting Congresswoman, a renowned theologian, the head of advanced space programs for the Department of Defense under Reagan, a British cabinet minister under Prime Minister Tony Blair, and more.

    Each of these prominent leaders now claims that there are serious problems with the official government story of 9/11. Some of these highly respected individuals even believe that 9/11 may have been an inside job. It can be very uncomfortable to even consider the possibility that certain individuals within government were involved either in allowing the attacks to happen, or in some way facilitating them in order to forward their hidden agendas. Yet the facts increasingly point in that direction.

    The mainstream media has sadly failed to give significant coverage to the serious questions being raised these public figures. We invite you to have the courage to listen to their words and explore this vital topic, and then to share this powerful information with your friends. If we act now, we can powerfully work together to call for a truly independent investigation and to strengthen democracy in our nation and our world. For an abundance of reliable, verifiable information revealing key facts on 9/11 and what we can do about it, don't miss our compelling 9/11 Information Center at http://www.wanttoknow.info/911information Thanks for caring, and may we build a brighter future for ourselves and for our future generations.

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    Morgan Reynolds, Former Chief Economist under President Bush
    June 13, 2005, Washington Times/ UPI

    http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050613-102755-6408r.htm

    A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7.

    http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/27302.htm - More on Reynolds

    "If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling," said Morgan Reynolds, Ph.D, a former member of the Bush team. Reynolds, now a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also believes it's "next to impossible" that 19 Arab terrorists alone outfoxed the mighty U.S. military, adding the scientific conclusions about the WTC collapse may hold the key to the entire mysterious plot behind 9/11. Reynolds...claims explosives and structural experts have been intimidated in their analyses of the collapses of 9/11. In a detailed analysis just released supporting the controlled demolition theory, Reynolds presents a compelling case.

    Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Sect. of Treasury under Pres. Reagan

    http://www-hoover.stanford.edu/bios/roberts.html
    - Website of Stanford's Hoover Institute describes Roberts

    The Honorable Paul Craig Roberts is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. During 1981–82, he served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy. He was awarded the Treasury Department's Meritorious Service Award for "his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy." A former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal and columnist for Business Week...the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of its top seven journalists. He has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions.
     

    http://www.lasvegastribune.com/20050729/headline3.html - Las Vegas Tribune's July 29, 2005 article on Roberts

    Roberts said he hasn’t changed his political ideology or jumped from the Republican-conservative ship but "just can’t respect a party leadership who doesn’t respect the truth." "I guess the real story about 9/11 is about what the people are actually saying. I’ve gotten hundreds of emails in response to my columns and many of them talk about not getting the truth from the government or the media about what really happened at the World Trade Center. I know many qualified engineers and scientists have said the WTC collapsed from explosives. In fact, if you look at the manner in which it fell, you have to give their conclusions credibility."

    U.S. Senator Mark Dayton
    July 31, 2004, The Star-Tribune
    (Minneapolis - St. Paul)

    http://web.archive.org/web/20040811061345/http://www.startribune.com/stories/1576/4904237.html
    http://www.911citizenswatch.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=369

    Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., charged...that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have covered up "catastrophic failures" that left the nation vulnerable during the Sept. 11 hijackings. "For almost three years now, NORAD officials and FAA officials have been able to hide their critical failures that left this country defenseless during two of the worst hours in our history," Dayton declared during a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. Dayton said NORAD officials "lied to the American people, they lied to Congress and they lied to your 9/11 commission to create a false impression of competence, communication and protection of the American people."

    U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
    July 23, 2005, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    (Atlanta's leading newspaper)

    http://www.ajc.com/hp/content/auto/epaper/editions/saturday/news_241efd8d9666d13800b4.html
    http://www.WantToKnow.info/050723ajc.mckinney

    Rep. Cynthia McKinney led a Capitol Hill hearing Friday [July 22, 2005] on whether the Bush administration was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "What we are doing is asking the unanswered questions of the 9/11 families," McKinney...said during the proceedings. The eight-hour hearing, timed to mark the first anniversary of the release of the Sept. 11 commission's report on the attacks, drew dozens of contrarians and conspiracy theorists who suggest President Bush purposely ignored warnings or may even have had a hand in the attack — claims participants said the commission ignored. "Congresswoman McKinney is viewed as a contrarian," panelist Melvin Goodman, a former CIA official, said. "And I hope someday her views will be considered conventional wisdom."

    Note: Though the mainstream press largely failed to report on this important hearing, C-SPAN did air all eight hours of testimony given on August 31st and Sept. 2nd (because of Hurricane Katrina, part two was aired on C-SPAN 2), both at 8 PM.

    Professor David Ray Griffin, Renowned Theologian in LA Times
    August 28, 2005, Los Angeles Times

    http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/la-tm-crgriffin35aug28,1,3835884.story
    http://www.WantToKnow.info/050828latimes911conspiracy - LA Times Article with links for verification

    A professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, 66-year-old David Ray Griffin...compiled a summary of material arguing against the accepted story that 19 hijackers sent by Osama bin Laden took the aviation system and the U.S. military by surprise that awful day in his 2004 book "The New Pearl Harbor." He recently followed up with the book "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," a critique of the Kean commission document. "For the first year and a half I just accepted the conventional view. When a colleague suggested to me about a year after 9/11 that he was convinced our own government or forces within our own government had arranged it, I didn't accept that. Then several months later another colleague sent me [a link to] a website that had a timeline. Once I started reading that and saw all those stories drawn from mainstream sources that contradicted the official account, I decided I needed to look into it more carefully, and the more I looked, the worse it got. The fact that Building 7 [a 47-story skyscraper in the WTC complex] collapsed when it had not been hit by an airplane, and collapsed in seven or eight seconds, that's a smoking gun. The fact that standard operating procedures were not followed that morning, and we've gotten three different stories now by the U.S. military as to why they did not intercept the planes, that's a smoking gun. There was a Zogby poll in New York. The question asked was, do you believe the government had advance knowledge of the attacks and consciously let them happen? Forty-nine percent in New York City said yes.

    Note: On May 7, 2005, Dr. Griffin, who has authored or edited over two dozen scholarly books, was featured on C-SPAN 2 giving an excellent lecture on the 9/11 cover-up at the University of Wisconsin. To view this revealing lecture free online, click here. The prestigious National Press Club also hosted him for an excellent talk on July 22, 2005. To read a transcript of this speech, click here.

    Robert M. Bowman, Head of Advanced Space Programs for DOD

    http://www.illinoistimes.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A4282 - Illinois Times on Bowman

    In 1977, Dr. Robert M. Bowman, head of advanced space programs for the Department of Defense [DOD], authored a report describing a new missile-defense shield system called the “Star Wars Defense.” Lt. Col. Robert Bowman (Ret.), a combat pilot who flew 101 missions in the Vietnam War...ran for president in 2000.

    http://www.rmbowman.com/ssn/Secrecy.htm - Article on Dr. Bowman's website discussing 9/11

    Many people are convinced that George W. Bush knew what was going to happen and purposely allowed it to happen so he and his neo-conservative buddies could have the “new Pearl Harbor” they needed to justify their wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. Others go further. They are absolutely sure Cheney and company actually planned and carried out the attack. What is so disturbing is that their arguments are quite convincing. If an enormous cloud of suspicion is not to be permanently over the head of our government, the Bush Administration must “come clean,” releasing information thus far withheld from the American people. Why did John Ashcroft and top Pentagon officials cancel plans to fly commercial airlines the morning of 9/11? If they knew what was about to happen, why wasn’t it stopped? Who made all the millions of dollars selling short United and American Airlines [stock] just before 9/11? Why weren’t the hijacked airliners intercepted by jet fighters and shot down before they could fly into the WTC and Pentagon? What did the air traffic controllers say, and to whom? Why did the FBI impound the tapes of those conversations? Why has the public never been told what was on them? Why weren’t the congressional investigators told? If it was just a matter of incompetence or somebody not doing their job, why hasn’t anyone been fired or reprimanded?
     

    Michael Meacher, UK Minister of Environment (1997 - 2003)
    September 6, 2003, The Guardian (one of the UK's leading newspapers)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1036571,00.html

    A blueprint for the creation of a global Pax Americana was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences, was written in September 2000 by the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC). 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 defence of incompetence. Fifteen of the 9/11 hijackers obtained their visas in Saudi Arabia. Michael Springman, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, has stated that since 1987 the CIA had been illicitly issuing visas to unqualified applicants from the Middle East and bringing them to the US for training in terrorism for the Afghan war in collaboration with Bin Laden (BBC, November 6 2001). It seems this operation continued after the Afghan war for other purposes. It is also reported that five of the hijackers received training at secure US military installations in the 1990s (Newsweek, September 15 2001) The conclusion of all this analysis must surely be that the "global war on terrorism" has the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pave the way for a wholly different agenda - the US goal of world hegemony, built around securing by force command over the oil supplies required to drive the whole project.

    Catherine Austin Fitts, Ass. Sect. of Housing For President Bush

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Austin_Fitts
    - Wikipedia article describing Fitts

    Catherine Austin Fitts has been a Wall Street executive, a government official, and President of her own investment bank. She is currently the director of Solari. Fitts served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. and also as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration.

    http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20041101130426916
    Article jointly written by Catherine Austin Fitts and Congresswoman McKinney on excellent 9/11 website

    From the first, the Bush Administration resisted investigation and disclosure. Families of September 11 victims were forced to lobby the administration and Congress for a full and independent inquiry. They fought for 14 months, blocked every step of the way by the White House. The families demanded a full investigation, posing nearly 400 questions to the Kean Commission. The commissioners said they welcomed these queries. But their final report ignored most of the unanswered questions. Still posted on the website of the September 11 Family Steering Committee, these questions are a stark reminder of the Kean Commission's failures. Until the unanswered questions about 9/11 are laid to rest, by a truly independent investigation that does not declare legitimate avenues of inquiry off-limits, they will continue to haunt our country.

    Respected Leaders and Families 9/11 Truth Statement
    October 26, 2004, 911truth.org

    http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20041026093059633

    An alliance of 100 prominent Americans and 40 family members of those killed on 9/11 announced the release of the 911 Truth Statement, a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur. The Statement's list of signatories includes notables spanning the political spectrum, from Presidential candidates Ralph Nader, Michael Badnarik, and David Cobb to Catherine Austin Fitts, a member of the first Bush administration, as well as Washington veterans like Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Other signers range from peace activists like Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans and Global Exchange's Kevin Danaher to former US Ambassador and Chief of Mission to Iraq, Edward L. Peck; from environmentalists like Randy Hayes and John Robbins to business leaders such as Paul Hawken and Karl Schwarz, CEO of Patmos Nanotechnologies; from populist journalist Ronnie Dugger to renowned investigative reporter Kelly Patricia O'Meara. The Statement also includes 43 noted authors, including New York Times #1 bestseller John Gray, as well as 18 eminent professors, historians, and theologians. Other notables include five-term Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, singers Michelle Shocked and Michael Franti, and actors Ed Asner and Mimi Kennedy.

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    WEEK of 9-26-05 to 9-30-05 (Updated 10-3-05)

       
         
    From a recent Want To Know news letter on the Katrina & Rita hurricanes.                                 The sources are quite mainstream, see for yourself below.                                                      Reprinted by permission.     
         

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    "One of the images, shot by photographer Dave Martin for The Associated Press, shows a young black man wading through chest-deep waters after 'looting' a grocery store, according to the caption. In the other...a white man and a similarly light-skinned woman also waded through chest-deep water after 'finding' goods that included bread and soda in a local grocery store, according to the caption. Apparently,...it's not looting if you're white."
      -- Chicago Tribune, 9/5/05

    Dear friends,
     

    The media has done an admirable job of reporting on cover-up and corruption related to Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Below is a compilation of key excerpts from excellent major media articles which reveal a disturbing pattern of corruption and manipulation related to these hurricanes. Links are provided to each highly informative article on its media website for easy verification and more information. If any link fails to function, click here. You can make a difference by emailing this important information to your friends and colleagues.

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    FEMA twice failed to give Congress plan to evacuate New Orleans
    September 18, 2005, CNN/Associated Press

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/17/katrina.evacuation.ap/

    Eight years ago Congress...set aside $500,000 for FEMA to create "a comprehensive analysis and plan of all evacuation alternatives for the New Orleans metropolitan area." Frustrated two years later that no study had materialized, Congress strengthened its directive. This time it ordered "an evacuation plan for a Category 3 or greater storm, a levee break, flood or other natural disaster for the New Orleans area." The $500,000 that Congress appropriated for the evacuation plan went to a commission that studied future options for the 24-mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain.

    Going (Down) by the Book
    September 17, 2005, New York Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/17/opinion/17tierney.html

    When the Federal Emergency Management Agency's paperwork slowed the evacuation of patients from the airport, Acadian's frustrated medics waited with empty helicopters. "At one point I had 10 helicopters on the ground waiting to go," said Marc Creswell, an Acadian medic, "but FEMA kept stonewalling us with paperwork. Meanwhile, every 30 or 40 minutes someone was dying." The company sent in outside doctors and nurses. FEMA rejected the help because the doctors and nurses weren't certified members of a National Disaster Medical Team. "When the doctors asked why they couldn't help these critically ill people lying there unattended," Mr. Creswell recalled, "the FEMA people kept saying, 'You're not federalized.' "

    Frustrated: Fire crews to hand out fliers for FEMA
    September 6, 2005, Salt Lake Tribune

    http://www.sltrib.com/search/ci_3004197
    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090705E.shtml

    Not long after some 1,000 firefighters sat down for eight hours of training, the whispering began: "What are we doing here?" As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded on national television for firefighters...a battalion of highly trained men and women sat idle Sunday [less than a week after landfall] in a muggy Sheraton Hotel conference room in Atlanta. Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to be deployed as emergency workers. Instead, they have learned they are going...to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA. On Monday, some firefighters stuck in the staging area at the Sheraton peeled off their FEMA-issued shirts and stuffed them in backpacks, saying they refuse to represent the federal agency.

    A Quick Compilation of FEMA's Rejections of Qualified Help

    FEMA refuses hundreds of personnel, dozens of vehicles - Chicago Tribune, 9/2/05
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-050902daley,1,2011979.story

    FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/3/05
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05246/565143.stm

    FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board - Chicago Tribune, 9/4/05
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0509040369sep04,1,4144825.story

    FEMA turns away state-of-the-art mobile hospital from Univ. of North Carolina - CNN, 9/5/05
    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/09/04/katrina.sick.redtape.ap/

    FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations - Financial Times, 9/5/05
    http://news.ft.com/cms/s/84aa35cc-1da8-11da-b40b-00000e

    FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks - New York Times, 9/6/05
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspecial/05blame.html

    FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel - New York Times, 9/6/05
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspecial/05blame.html

    FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid - News Sentinel, 9/8/05
    http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/editorial/12595873.htm

    FEMA asks media not to take pictures of dead - Washington Post, 9/8/05
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/07/AR2005090702126.html

    FEMA turns back German government plane loaded with 15 tons of food - Spiegel, 9/12/05
    http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,374268,00.html

    FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond" Unless Dispatched - FEMA's own website
    http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18470


    Finally fooling none of the people
    September 13, 2005, Los Angeles Times

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-scheer13sep13,0,2708046.column
    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091305B.shtml#1

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now run by political hacks appointed by Bush who know zilch about disaster relief. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," the president said to Michael Brown a few days before the FEMA chief was relieved of his oversight of the relief efforts. Brown, who reportedly doctored his unimpressive resume and didn't have a background in emergency management, resigned Monday. He had secured this plum job because he was a college buddy of his predecessor, Joe Allbaugh, who managed Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.

    Bush allies getting Katrina work
    September 13, 2005, CNN

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/12/news/economy/katrina_contracts.reut/

    Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast. One is...Halliburton Co. (Research) subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton. Allbaugh formally registered as a lobbyist for Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root in February. Allbaugh is also a friend of Michael Brown, director of FEMA who was removed as head of Katrina disaster relief and sent back to Washington amid allegations he had padded his resume. Halliburton continues to be a source of income for Cheney, who served as its chief executive officer from 1995 until 2000. According to tax filings released in April, Cheney's income included $194,852 in deferred pay from the company.

    Cheney orders rural electric crews to work on oil pipeline from Texas
    September 11, 2005, WKYC (Ohio NBC affiliate)

    http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=40633

    Shortly after Hurricane Katrina roared through South Mississippi knocking out electricity and communication systems, the White House ordered power restored to a pipeline that sends fuel to the Northeast. That order...delayed efforts by at least 24 hours to restore power to two rural hospitals and a number of water systems. Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Mike Callahan said the U.S. Department of Energy called him [stating that] opening the fuel line was a national priority. Manager Dan Jordan said Vice President Dick Cheney’s office called and left voice mails twice shortly after the storm struck, saying the Collins substations needed power restored immediately. Callahan said energy officials told him gasoline and diesel fuel needed to flow through the pipeline to avert a national crisis from the inability to meet fuel needs in the Northeast. “Our concern was that...it would be a national crisis for Mississippi,“ Callahan said.

    Intricate Flood Protection Long a Focus of Dispute
    September 1, 2005, New York Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/national/nationalspecial/01levee.html

    The 17th Street levee that gave way and led to the flooding of New Orleans was part of an intricate, aging system of barriers and pumps that was so chronically underfinanced that senior regional officials of the Army Corps of Engineers complained about it publicly for years. Often leading the chorus was Alfred C. Naomi, a senior project manager for the corps. Mr. Naomi grew particularly frustrated this year as the Gulf Coast braced for what forecasters said would be an intense hurricane season and a nearly simultaneous $71 million cut was announced in the New Orleans district budget to guard against such storms.

    Chertoff: Katrina scenario did not exist
    September 5, 2005, CNN

    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/US/09/03/katrina.chertoff/

    Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued...that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur. But in fact, government officials, scientists and journalists have warned of such a scenario for years. Chertoff...said government officials did not expect both a powerful hurricane and a breach of levees that would flood the city of New Orleans. As far back as Friday, August 26 [three days before landfall], the National Hurricane Center was predicting the storm could be a Category 4 hurricane at landfall, with New Orleans directly in its path. The National Weather Service prediction proved almost perfect.

    Gone With the Water (Hurricane Predicted Again One Year Ago)
    October 2004, National Geographic

    http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0410/feature5/
    http://205.188.130.53/ngm/0410/feature5/index.html

    As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however—the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. "It's not if it will happen," says University of New Orleans geologist Shea Penland. "It's when."

    New Orleans is Sinking (Hurricane predicted on 9/11!!!)
    September 11, 2001, Popular Mechanics (Note the date of this article)

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/research/1282151.html

    Emergency planners believe that it is a foregone conclusion that the Big Easy someday will be hit by a scouring storm surge. This watery "big one" will produce a staggering amount of damage. Yet, this doesn't necessarily mean that there will be a massive loss of lives. The key is a new emergency warning system developed by...Louisiana State University. Within 30 minutes to an hour after raw data is collected from monitoring stations in the Gulf, an assessment of storm-surge damage would be available to emergency planners. Disaster relief agencies then would be able to mobilize resources.

    Experts blame flooding on faulty levees
    September 21, 2005, MSNBC/Washington Post

    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9419053/

    Louisiana's top hurricane experts have rejected the official explanations for the floodwall collapses that inundated much of New Orleans, concluding that Hurricane Katrina's storm surges were much smaller than authorities have suggested and that the city's flood-protection system should have kept most of the city dry. If Katrina did not exceed the design capacity of the New Orleans levees, the federal government may bear ultimate responsibility for this disaster.

    When sluggishness isn't OK
    September 4, 2005, Chicago Tribune

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0509040406sep04,1,3926343.column

    E-mailers sent me copies of two news photos that revealed an apparent double standard regarding black and white flood victims in New Orleans. One of the images, shot by photographer Dave Martin for The Associated Press, shows a young black man wading through chest-deep waters after "looting" a grocery store, according to the caption. In the other, taken by photographer Chris Graythen for AFP/Getty Images, a white man and a similarly light-skinned woman also waded through chest-deep water after "finding" goods that included bread and soda in a local grocery store, according to the caption. Apparently, quipped a cynical blogger at Daily Kos, " It's not looting if you're white."

    Third World Scenes
    September 5, 2005, Washington Post

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/04/AR2005090400958.html

    Mullen has a schoolteacher's kindly demeanor, so it was jarring to hear him say he suspected that the levee breaks had somehow been engineered to keep the wealthy French Quarter and Garden District dry at the expense of poor black neighborhoods...a suspicion I heard from many other black survivors. And it was surprising to hear Mullen's gentle voice turn bitter as he described the scene at the convention center, when helicopters bringing food didn't even land and the soldiers "just pushed the food out like we were in the Third World." I literally stumbled into the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He looked genuinely shaken, [saying] "this looks like the hold of a slave ship."

    Intricate Flood Protection Long a Focus of Dispute
    September 1, 2005, New York Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/national/nationalspecial/01levee.html

    No one expected that weak spot to be on a canal that...had received more attention and shoring up than many other spots in the region. It did not have broad berms, but it did have strong concrete walls. Shea Penland, director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of New Orleans, said that was particularly surprising because the break was "along a section that was just upgraded. It did not have an earthen levee," Dr. Penland said. "It had a vertical concrete wall several feel thick."

    Earwitness says explosives blew Industrial Canal levee (Video Clip)
    September 11, 2005, ABC

    http://www.total411.info/leveeboom.rm (video clip, Real Player required - free download)

    DAVID MUIR, ABC NEWS: This is the actual levee that runs along the canal on the eastern side of the city. You can see the massive breach here and...what the water did to the Lower Ninth Ward. It completely destroyed neighborhoods. JOE EDWARDS, JR., 9TH WARD RESIDENT: I heard something go "boom"!!! MUIR: Joe Edwards rushed to get himself and as many neighbors as possible into his truck. They drove to this bridge, where they've been living ever since. Was it solely the water that broke the levee, or was it the force of this barge? Joe Edwards says neither. People...in this neighborhood...actually think the city did it, blowing up the levee to save richer neighborhoods like the French Quarter. MUIR: So you're convinced... EDWARDS: I know this happened! MUIR: They broke the levee on purpose? EDWARDS: They blew it.

    Bush lifts wage rules for Katrina
    September 9, 2005, CNN/Reuters

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/08/news/economy/katrina_wages.reut/

    President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage. In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action. Bush's action came as the federal government moved to provide billions of dollars in aid. The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities.

    Bush Has Declared Katrina-Related Emergencies in 40 States, District of Columbia
    September 15, 2005, ABC

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1129802

    The dire conditions created by Hurricane Katrina may be confined to the Gulf Coast, but on paper the emergency is all over the country. President Bush has declared that Katrina-related emergencies exist in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Apparently it does not take much to qualify as an emergency.

    Note: These "emergencies" also give the president extraordinary powers to curtail civil liberties, as shown in the previous article.


    More Resources

    For a highly revealing personal account by two emergency medical personnel who were participating in a conference in New Orleans at the time of the hurricane, see their gripping story at http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/090805A.shtml. The mainstream media has often avoided reporting the most devastating personal stories which reveal all that is being covered up. For more on how corporate ownership of the media can block key stories like this, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/mediainformation

    For those who are ready to go even deeper, read about FEMA's shady beginnings at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_84. Then see Online Journal's revealing analysis article "New Orleans: Dress rehearsal for lockdown of America" at the link below.
    www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/091305Baker/091305baker.html

    For those interested in reliable information on secret government weather control programs, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in a 1997 news briefing stated: "Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves." See this quote on the U.S. Department of Defense website at http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/1997/t042897_t0428coh.html. Now if terrorist organizations have the capability to set off earthquakes and other major natural disasters, do you think that the huge military research laboratories might have some of the same capabilities? For more, see the articles below:

    http://www.WantToKnow.info/050307tsunamibombweapon
    http://www.WantToKnow.info/resources#haarp
    http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/2005-09-20-wacky-weatherman_x.htm

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/08/opinion/main827633.shtml

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    WEEK of 8-29-05 to 9-02-05 (Updated 9-1-05)

       
         
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    WEEK of 7-11-05 to 7-15-05 (Updated 7-17-05)

       
         
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    WEEK of 3-14-05 to 3-18-05 (Updated 3-20-05)

       
         
    Two favored GCP links have expired, and have been moved into retirement                                     (hopefully temporary in both cases). 
    • Bush Recall has stopped supporting or is having difficulty with the web publication of their famous flash animation spoof of the "Lord of the Rings" entitled "The Lord of the Right Wing".
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    WEEK of 11-22-04 to 11-26-04 (Updated 12-11-04)

       
         
    New as of 12-12-04 !   Election 2004 Recount Update:  The recount efforts for Ohio, New Mexico, and Washington are moving along !  See top of the home page for more details !    
         
    Note: Update delayed to allow precedence of 2004 U.S. Election vote fraud in the week of    11- 1 to 11- 5.  See new update below in the week of 11- 1 to 11- 5 for revised details.    
         
    Good news for mother Earth and the humans who inhabit her.  The Bush administration suffered a loss beneficial to all humans, including themselves.  You may know that the post 9-11 Bush plan includes much $ for R&D, production, deployment, and open battlefield use of "tactical nuclear weapons".  But did you know that in the 11-22 to 11-26 week the U.S. Republican Congress has de-funded the program, presumably while still in the R&D stage.  Barring a fancy, illegal Iran / Contra-like funding scheme (not entirely unlikely as many of those criminals are in on this gig as well) this keeps Bush with only his current bunch of low-yield tactical nukes (depleted Uranium. clueless ?, return to home page and go to WMD for more) which have been (and with W. and are still) used by W., H.W. & Bill in the field.  To find out more about Congress' choice to de-fund  this critically dangerous program, you can start by reading the article "Congress Rejects Funding For Nuke Research" located about 2/3 way down the page at this Democracy Now ! link.      
         

    WEEK of 11-1-04 to 11-5-04 (Updated 12-11-04)

       
         
    NOTE: The article below is from a progressive source, but the associated links are from mainstream sources.  Therefore, for more in-depth reporting on the 2004 election fraud topic, return to the top of the home page.     
         
    Please be advised that the post-election resources will probably return to their respective topical categories (located deeper in the home page) once the challenges to the 2004 election are resolved.  However, if the citizenry take to the streets in a constant state of agitation due to the usurping of "American democracy", it will be a nationwide sensation regardless of any lacking mainstream press coverage.  In such an event, something else will most likely replace Post-Election Resources as a critical topic taking precedence over GCP news and coalition building categories.  So, stay tuned !    
         
    From a recent Want To Know news letter on the election 2004 vote fraud.                                 The sources are quite mainstream, see for yourself below.                                                 Reprinted by permission.     
         
    Below are links to a powerful documentary and several revealing articles reported by major news media exposing serious problems with electronic voting machines. This is followed by excerpts from an excellent article which explains core problems within the elections system.
     
    Washington Post - "In one North Carolina county, more than 4,500 votes were lost because officials misjudged the amount of data that could be stored electronically by a computer."
     
    New York Times - An article titled "Computer Voting Is Open to Easy Fraud," presents the troubling results of a detailed study by Johns Hopkins University. "We found some stunning, stunning flaws." "The systems....could be tricked by anyone with $100 worth of computer equipment." "Ballots could be altered by anyone with access to a machine, so that a voter might think he is casting a ballot for one candidate while the vote is recorded for an opponent."
     
    Associated Press/ABC - "Voters nationwide reported some 1,100 problems with electronic voting machines on Tuesday, including trouble choosing their intended candidates."
     
    Miami Herald - An article titled "Defective Software Lost Votes" states, "Attorneys scrutinizing the close vote on Amendment Four noticed that vote totals changed in an unexpected way after 13,000 final ballots were counted. Election officials quickly determined the problem was caused by the Unity Software." "The glitch was discovered two years ago, and should have been corrected by software manufacturer ES&S."
     
    CNN - "An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus."
     
    USA Today - "Nearly one in three voters, including about half of those in Florida, were expected to cast ballots using ATM-style voting machines that computer scientists have criticized for their potential for software glitches, hacking and malfunctioning." "Most of the machines, including all of Florida's, lack paper records that could be used to verify the electronic results in a recount". "Over 20 percent of the machines tested by observers around the country failed to record votes properly."
     
    These are only a few of the many problems that we know about. How many more votes were changed or disappeared that we don't know about? We will never know. For more powerful information on this, the excellent documentary Votergate takes us on a fact-finding mission across the US revealing stunning evidence of defects and outright fraud in electronic voting. Engaging interviews with whistleblowers and courageous Americans, including members of Congress and top elections officials, reveal critical information which the mass media has given very little coverage. Don't miss this powerful 30-minute documentary available free at http://www.votergate.tv
     
    The Problem Goes Deeper. Below are excerpts from a riveting article which goes to the very core of the problem. The author's father and uncle uncovered serious elections fraud years ago and suffered severely for trying to reveal the truth. In 1992, they published the book Votescam which exposed major elections fraud, only to have it effectively banned. They both died young in the 1990s. Please pass on this powerful information which is so vital to the future of democracy. Invite all of your friends and colleagues to forward this message, and to join together in calling for election reform.
     
    For the full original article, see http://www.truthout.com/docs_03/102503C.shtml

     
    A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America (Excerpts)
      By Victoria Collier 
     
      Squadrons of shiny new touch screen Trojan horses are being rolled into precincts across America. Not, as we are told, to make voting easier or more accurate. The real reason America is being flooded with billions of dollars worth of paperless computerized voting machines is so that no one will be able to prove vote fraud. These machines are not just unverifiable, they are secretly programmed. Their software is not open to scrutiny by election officials or computer experts. They are also equipped with modems accessible by computer, telephone, and satellite.

      We the People are responsible for taking back the control of our democratic process. No one else will do it for us. We cannot afford to be naive, or uneducated at this time in history. In order to fully understand the extent of the corruption we are dealing with, and to avoid making dangerous mistakes based on ignorance, we must understand the history, and the power structure, behind vote fraud in America.

      I grew up with two men who spent twenty-five years investigating vote fraud in America: James and Kenneth Collier, my father and uncle. Their book, Votescam: The Stealing of America was published in 1992 and immediately banned by the major book chains, which listed the book as "out of print" and actively worked to prevent its sale. Votescam chronicles the Collier brother's groundbreaking investigation into America's multi-billion dollar election rigging industry, and the corporate government and media officials who control it. [First
    five chapters available free online]

      The Votescam investigation began in 1970, in -- surprise! -- Dade County, Florida, where Ken ran for Congress (with Jim as his campaign manager). Ken was rigged out of the election through a vote scam, which the Colliers later discovered was used throughout the country for decades. It went like this: The local newscaster would announce during the broadcast of election returns that the election "computer has broken down." Instead of giving official returns from the county courthouse, the networks would be running vote "projections" for the rest of the night.

      Jim and Ken, who had garnered 30 percent of the vote, noticed that when the vote totals came back on the screen after the announcement, they had mysteriously lost 15 percentage points. They didn't get another vote for the rest of the night. When they examined the "official" election results from for the September primary, October run-off and November final election in Dade County, the record listed a total of 141,000 votes cast for the governors race in each election. The exact same number of total votes were cast for three elections with a different number of candidates running each time. The same identical figures were listed for the Senate race in the primary, run-off and final election. This, of course, is a statistical impossibility.

      When they compared the "official" vote results with a print-out of the vote "projections" broadcast by the TV networks on the final election night, they found that channel 4 had "projected" with near perfect accuracy the results of 40 races with 250 candidates only 4 minutes after the polls closed. Channel 7 came even closer; at 9:31 pm, they "projected" the final vote total for a race at 96,499 votes. When the Colliers checked the "official" number . . . it was also 96,499.

      The networks then made the astonishing claim that the results from a single voting machine somewhere in Dade County were run through a computer program in order to get these vote projections. Elton Davis was the computer programmer responsible for the magic formula that could convert one machine's vote results into near perfect projected vote totals for 40 races and 250 candidates. When Jim and Ken confronted Davis in his office at the University of Miami, he responded: "You'll never prove it, now get out."

      Finally the networks claimed that members of the League of Women Voters were out in the field on election night, calling in vote totals to channels 4 and 7. When the Colliers confronted the head of the League, Joyce Deiffenderfer, she admitted that there were no LWV members out in the field that night. She broke down crying, saying "I don't want to get caught up in this thing.

      When the TV networks claimed that the courthouse computer had broken down, and they would no longer be reporting actual vote totals, they were lying. They had never been reporting actual vote totals. The final shoe dropped months later when an official press release appeared from Dade data processing chief, Leonard White, which stated emphatically: The county computer at the courthouse was never down, and it was never slow.

      This was the beginning. The Collier brothers had slammed their boat into the tip of a giant iceberg. As they continued to investigate, they were horrified to discover vote fraud collusion among key individuals in every branch and on every level of the American political system. Those who were not benefiting from the fraud were too afraid to fight it. Their search for justice led to dead-ends. Their lives were threatened. They were vilified as conspiracy theorists by the mainstream press . . . and yet they persevered.

      The next quarter century was spent compiling a wealth of FBI documented evidence proving that elections in the United States have come under the tight control of a handful of powerful and corrupt people.  Jim and Ken both died young during the 90's, as heroes to many thousands who heard them speak on the radio and at political meetings across the country. They helped to guide individuals and groups working for clean elections in their communities. The Collier's last hope was that Votescam would be used as evidence in a serious Congressional investigation into election fraud. 

      Many people still in power have yet to be held accountable for their role in aiding and abetting vote fraud. I'll give you two important examples. Famous Miami lawyer Ellis Rubin brought the original Votescam evidence to the Florida assistant State Attorney at the time, Janet Reno. The evidence included the shaved wheels of lever voting machines, forged canvass sheets, and pre-printed vote tally sheets. Reno refused to prosecute, claiming falsely that the statue of limitations had run out on the crime. Years later, Rubin would tell my father that behind closed doors Reno had stated that she could not prosecute. Why? Because she would bring down many of the most powerful people in the state.

      Another notable Votescam criminal can now be found sitting on the bench of the highest court in the nation. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, while still a Federal Appeals Judge, single handedly destroyed what would have been an historic lawsuit filed against Justice Department lawyer Craig Donsanto, who had refused to prosecute the extensive vote fraud evidence brought to him by the Colliers. The evidence included videotape of the League of Women voters tampering with ballots in a close door vote "counting" session. The women were illegally punching holes in already cast ballots.

      I'd like to offer a brief list of important lessons learned from twenty-five years of fighting vote fraud in the trenches.
      1. Secret vote counting is illegal. Counting faster is not a justification for counting secretly.
      2. Lever machines were the first to appear, and they were riggable in a number of ways. One could rig the lever machine itself, or the electronic scanning machines that counted the ballots. (See the Votescam video for footage of ballot rigging).
      3. Computerized voting machines are the easiest to rig. Their software is not open to public scrutiny, or the scrutiny of Election Supervisors. There are nearly infinite ways to program the machines to count votes fraudulently. Since they are accessible by modem, they can be controlled from a remote, centralized location.
      4. Voting machine companies operate with no federal oversight, certification process, standards or restrictions. Just two companies -- Election Systems and Software (ES&S) and Diebold Voting Systems -- now control about 80% of the vote count in the U.S.
      5. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have been complicit in vote rigging for decades, to their mutual benefit. Vote rigging is NOT a partisan issue.
      6. The corporate major media networks play a vital role in perpetrating and covering up vote fraud.
      7. Election Day media polls are untrustworthy at best.

      The gravest error of judgment these days comes from those vote reformers who honestly believe that the answer to the butterfly ballot and hanging chad problems in the 2000 election is to embrace the ballot-less computerized voting machine. With the ballot-less computer, there is no way to recount, no way to prove any discrepancy, inaccuracy or fraud. Just the fact that companies like ES&S and Diebold would even make a ballot-less machine should be cause for a Congressional investigation. (There are also many other reasons to investigate them. For a detailed examination of these sinister corporations, check out http://www.blackboxvoting.com )

     
     A most grave error of judgment also comes from those who think that returning to a hand-counted paper ballot system is somehow impossible. An MIT/Cal Tech study done in 2001 shows that manually counted paper ballots are the most accurate system out of the 5 systems used in the last 4 presidential elections. They are totally verifiable, and first-world nations across the globe still use them, including Canada which counted their last presidential election in four hours.

      The bottom line is that a computerized vote count is a secret vote count, and that's illegal.
    Technology cannot supercede  the constitutional and mandatory provisions of election law, which require open and verifiable elections. There is no way to do a public vote count with computers. The count must be done by hand, in public, video-taped, aired live on television, and the results posted on the precinct wall  -- just like they used to be. Ballots should be counted on the same day as the voting takes place, making it much more difficult to alter ballots. Hand counted paper ballots and eternal vigilance are the only hope left for us.

    A long time writer and political activist, Victoria Collier continues to educate the public on the subject of vote fraud in place of her father and uncle. She is the editor of http://www.votescam.com  Victoria is available for interviews and can be reached at 1-866-280-9090 and at editor@votescam.com


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    WEEK of 10-11-04 to 10-15-04 (Updated 10-17-04)

       
         
    From a follow-up Want To Know news letter on "Operation Northwoods".                              Reprinted by permission.     
         
    Follow-up on Operation Northwoods: U.S. Plans to Attack the U.S.
     
    This correction...is of utmost importance.
     
    Author - Fred Burks
     
    I am deeply committed to openness and transparency. For this reason, I feel it is of the highest importance to inform you that I have discovered that ABC almost certainly did not intentionally remove the revealing article on Operation Northwoods because of the first email I sent on Oct. 6th. I was able to verify myself that ABC did a major reorganization of their website recently, probably within the last week. The Northwoods article was only one of many articles moved as a result of this reorganization. The timing of this change with the sending of my email is certainly an amazing coincidence. It is also most strange that on moving their documents, ABC replaced them with a page stating, "You’ve requested an abcnews.com page that does not exist." This certainly is very poor wording.
     
    I sincerely apologize for jumping to conclusions about this in my second email on Oct. 10th. At the same time, I know without a doubt that key information continues to be suppressed at an alarming rate. As a clear example of this, on Oct. 7th the FBI seized servers in the United Kingdom which supported 20 major independent media websites is the US. You can read an article about this on the BBC website at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3732718.stm Though this seizure represents an incredible erosion of our freedom of speech, at the time of this writing, the Washington Times is the only mainstream media source in the US that has picked up on this important news. You can verify this yourself by doing a Google news search using the words "indymedia" and "seizure."
     
    Though my previous email may not have had the impact I thought it did, the Operation Northwoods documents still stand as amazing, clear evidence of how certain rogue elements in the US government have conspired not only to manipulate public opinion, but even to kill innocent Americans for the purpose of forwarding their war agenda. I highly recommend reading all 15 pages of the revealing Operation Northwoods documents at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/doc1.pdf in order to understand how our military and intelligence leaders think. If you forwarded my previous email, I believe it is only ethical to forward this correction as well. Again, my apologies to you. Thanks for caring and you have a good day.
     
    With very best wishes,
    Fred Burks for the WantToKnow.info team
       
         

    WEEK of 10-04-04 to 10-08-04 (Updated 10-11-04)

       
         
    From three Want To Know news letters on "Operation Northwoods".                              Reprinted by permission.     
         
    Operation Northwoods: U.S. Plans to Attack the U.S.
     
    Want-to-Know "Northwoods" letter C dated 10-10-04 :
     
    We've had quite a fascinating turn of events. On October 6th, an email went out to my entire list of over 8,000 people featuring a link to an ABC News article which reported plans of top US military chiefs to fabricate acts of terror on US soil in 1962. The plans, code named Operation Northwoods, were designed to manipulate the American public into supporting a war on Cuba. I personally checked the link to this ABC article several hours after sending the email. It was still active. As the email also provided a link to the original declassified military documents on the National Security Archives website, the email spread rapidly in the US and even around the globe.
     
    Within three days of this email being sent, the ABC article disappeared from the link provided. This is highly unusual, especially considering that the article had been in the same place on the ABC website since it was originally posted in 2001. Clearly, someone does not want us to have this information. If you click on the link, it now states, "You’ve requested an abcnews.com page that does not exist." However, you can easily prove that the article did recently exist. In fact, as Google stores every web page that it has listed for several weeks in their cache, you can still see the article in its original form.

     
    To prove this yourself, go to http://www.google.com first. Type in "Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize US Cities." You should see that the first entry is the ABC News article to which the previous email linked (see below if there are now two ABC entries on this). If you click on the link, you will see the ABC message stating that this page "does not exist." Now, go back to the Google page and look at the bottom right of that ABC entry. You will see two links, "Cached" and "Similar Pages." Click on the Cached link, and you will see that the original article recently did exist, and that you can still see and read it in the Google cache.
     
    The WantToKnow.info team presents this information to inspire in you a desire to strengthen democracy and to build a better world together. Our website focuses on providing reliable, verifiable facts which are being hidden from public view. By spreading this important information, each of us can make a difference.
     
    Interestingly enough, the Operation Northwoods article does still exist even on the ABC website. Someone appears to have moved it within three days of when the original email was sent. At least as of the time of writing of this email, the article is available at http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662&page=1 This moved article will likely also soon appear on the Google search. If this is the case and there are two entries, check the Google entry for http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/jointchiefs_010501.html to see the original link that was removed. The link to the declassified military documents on the National Security Archives website at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/doc1.pdf continues to be active as of this writing. As this website is run independently by George Washington University, this link is less likely to disappear.
     
    Here's a quote from the ABC article, "America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: 'We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,' and 'Casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.'" And here's a quote from the declassified Operation Northwoods documents: "It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States."
     
    Even though these documents are over 40 years old, they show without any doubt that the top military chiefs of the US will sacrifice innocent American lives and severely manipulate public opinion in order to achieve their military objectives. Considering this, is it beyond comprehension that similar tactics were used with 9/11?
     
    Working with an international team of researchers, I have been compiling reliable, easily verifiable information on a 9/11 cover-up for over two years now. Our website at http://www.WantToKnow.info  has become quite popular because of its concise summaries and the ease with which the information given can be verified. If you go to our two-page summary at http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up  or even better, the 10-page summary at http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg you will find many revealing facts reported by the most respected newspapers and magazines in the US. We provide links direct to the original articles on major media websites. This allows you to personally verify each fact given on the 9/11 cover-up.
     
    For everyone who received that first email on Operation Northwoods and passed it on to your friends and colleagues, thank you. We urge you to forward this email as well. This will give everyone an opportunity to read the highly revealing ABC article. It will also demonstrate how information can even be made to "disappear" when it threatens the to expose how rogue elements of government blatantly manipulate the public. By working together to build the critical mass necessary to bring these issues into public awareness, we can make the positive changes necessary to strengthen democracy and build a better world together. We invite you to join in building a brighter future for us and our children by spreading this email to your network and posting it wherever possible. Thank you very much for caring. Each one of us can make a big difference!
     
    With very best wishes,
    Fred Burks for the WantToKnow.info team
     
    P.S. If you did not receive the first email which gave details on Operation Northwoods and more, contact me at burksf@earthlink.net and I will send it to you. And for more on what we can do about all this, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.WantToKnow.info
     
     
     
    Want-to-Know "Northwoods" letter B dated 10-10-04 :
     
    Four days ago I sent a special email asking you to forward an important message on Operation Northwoods to all of your friends and colleagues. We were highly successful in getting the message out. We were so successful, in fact, that sometime in the last couple days ABC removed the revealing webpage from their website to which the email linked!
     
    This may seem like bad news, but actually, using the amazing resources of the Internet, we can prove to everyone that the article was still there just four days ago, and that it almost certainly disappeared as a result of this message being spread around the country and world. You can still see the article in Google's cache.
     
    You will receive a follow-up email on this from "Frederick Burks" or burksf@earthlink.net later today. I think you will be amazed when you read it. Especially for those of you who forwarded the last email, please forward this second one to all of your friends. This email clearly provides powerful proof of how secret forces are trying to shut this information down. We can use this to clearly expose what they are doing and convince many more people to join in making a difference. Thank you very much for helping to building a better world for us all.
     
    With gratitude and very best wishes,
    Fred
     
    P.S. For all AOL subscribers, it is very interesting to note that the special request I sent out four days ago did not go through to everyone with an AOL address. I only got the bounce message yesterday. That email was the request for you to forward the Operation Northwoods email to your friends. Very interesting, especially since I've heard from another person in our network that AOL is blocking his emails. Someone is starting to pay attention to these emails.
     
     
    Want-to-Know "Northwoods" letter A dated 10-06-04 :
    A revealing ABC news article begins, "In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba." The article goes on to say that the plans, code-named Operation Northwoods, were approved in writing by the top US military chiefs. These plans even proposed that the US military secretly blow up an American ship and hijack US planes as a false pretext for war. Does this ring a bell? Don't miss this disturbing article on the ABC website at: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/jointchiefs_010501.html
     
    The www.WantToKnow.info team presents this information to inspire in you a desire to strengthen democracy and to build a better world together. Our website focuses on providing reliable, verifiable facts which are being hidden from public view. By spreading this important information, each of us can make a difference.

    To read the original declassified Operation Northwoods documents posted on the National Security Archive of George Washington University, see 
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/doc1.pdf  If you don't have time to read the 15-page declassified report, take a look at the key excerpts below. We invite you to then ask yourself, is it beyond comprehension that this same kind of thinking and planning could have led to 9/11?
     
    Remember that these documents were approved in writing by the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the top generals of each branch of the US armed forces—and submitted to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1962, though never acted upon. The plans were classified top secret so that the American public would not know how it was being manipulated. They came to light only because of a Freedom of Information Act request in the late 1990s. By going to http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/foi/ you can request these documents yourself from the US Department of Defense.

     

    Excerpts from Operation Northwoods Documents

    Page 1 of File (Memorandum)

    13 March 1962


    MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE     

    Subject:  Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba

     

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the attached Memorandum for the Chief of Operations, Cuba Project, which responds to a request of that office for brief but precise description of pretexts which could provide justification for US military intervention in Cuba. It is assumed that a single agency will be given the primary responsibility for developing military and para-military aspects of the basic plan. It is recommended that this responsibility for both overt and covert military operations be assigned the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

     

    Page 5 of File (page 2 of Joint Chiefs report)

     

    World opinion, and the United Nations forum should be favorably affected by developing the international image of the Cuban government as rash and irresponsible, and as an alarming and unpredictable threat to the peace of the Western Hemisphere.

     

    Page 10-11 of File (page 7-8 of Joint Chiefs report)

     

    A series of well coordinated incidents will be planned to take place in and around Guantanamo to give genuine appearance of being done by hostile Cuban forces. 

    (1)     Start rumors (many). Use clandestine radio.
    (2)     Land friendly Cubans in uniform “over-the-fence” to stage attack on base.
    (3)     Capture Cuban (friendly) saboteurs inside the base.
    (4)     Start riots near the base main gate (friendly Cubans).
    (5)     Blow up ammunition inside the base: start fires.
    (6)     Burn aircraft on air base (sabotage).
    (7)     Lob mortar shells from outside of base into base.
    (8)     Capture assault teams approaching from the sea or vicinity of Guantanamo City.
    (9)     Capture militia group which storms base.
    (10)  Sabotage ship in harbor; large fires – naphthalene.
    (11)  Sink ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals for mock-victims.

     

    We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba. Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.

     

    We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.

    Page 12 of File (page 9 of Joint Chiefs report)

    Use of [Soviet] MIG type aircraft by US pilots could provide additional provocation. Attacks on surface shipping and destruction of US military drone aircraft by MIG type planes would be useful as complementary actions. Reasonable copies of the MIG could be produced from US resources in about three months.

    Page 13 of File (page 10 of Joint Chiefs report)

    Hijacking attempts against civil air and surface craft should appear to continue as harassing measures condoned by the government of Cuba.

    It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday.

    An aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami area. At the designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft and would be loaded with selected passengers, all boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual aircraft would be converted to a drone.

    The drone aircraft and the actual aircraft will be scheduled to allow a rendezvous south of Florida. From the rendezvous point the passenger-carrying aircraft will descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin AFB where arrangements will have been made to evacuate the passengers and return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft meanwhile will continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will be transmitting on the international distress frequency a “MAY DAY” message stating he is under attack by Cuban MIG aircraft. The transmission will be interrupted by destruction of the aircraft which will be triggered by radio signal.

    Note from WantToKnow.info:

     

    Remember that these and other government leaders think of this like a chess game. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your own in order to win the game. As a further example of this, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor and co-founder with David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission, gave his 1997 book the title The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. In this seminal book on American foreign policy in the coming century, Brzezinksi states that because of popular resistance to US military expansionism, his ambitious strategy for "American global primacy" can’t be implemented "except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat." (The Grand Chessboard page 211).


    Consider also that in September 2000, a neo-conservative think-tank named Project for the New American Century (PNAC) published a "blueprint for maintaining global US preeminence and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests." Written before the 2000 Presidential election, this revealing report was commissioned by future Vice President Cheney, future Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, future Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The report shows that the Bush administration intended to take military control of Persian Gulf oil whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It advocates "regime change" in China, North Korea, Libya, Syria, and Iran. [See article in Sunday Herald, 9/7/02 or click here to download the report--Rebuilding America's Defenses]


    Considering the above information, is it beyond comprehension that tactics similar to Operation Northwoods might have been used in relation to the 9/11 attacks in order to create "a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat?" Could 9/11 have been the pretext upon which to build a War on Terror in order to "maintain global US preeminence?"

     

    We invite you to explore our website at www.WantToKnow.info for more on these and other important facts. Of particular relevance is a two-page summary of verifiable facts taken from major media sources which suggest a major 9/11 cover-up at www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up or even better, see the 10-page summary at www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg. We draw no firm conclusions with this information. We present reliable, easily verifiable facts and information without interpretation, allowing you to draw your own conclusions.

     

    We invite you to join in making a difference. By spreading this information far and wide, we can help many others to wake up to what is happening. We can build the critical mass necessary to strengthen democracy, and to change this world for the better. One easy way you can help is to forward this email to your friends and colleagues. We also invite you to look inside yourself to see what you might be keeping secret which is not serving the good of all, or which is in some way manipulating others. The most powerful changes we can make are often inside of ourselves. We thank you for caring enough to explore this disturbing information. May we all work together to build a better world for us all.


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    WEEK of 9-13-04 to 9-17-04 (Updated 9-19-04)

       
         
    Election Resources have been added to the top of the GCP Home page. 

    Don't get lost this election season without the GCP's guide to the 2004 election campaign ghouls and goblins. 

    Get the scoop on the "75" presidential candidates as well as all the other candidates running on the ballot you will face in November. 

    To inspect the candidates you can vote for in all races:

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    It's even easier than it sounds, and you will have a marvelous sense of relief that with only a little effort, you can plan to vote for and against candidates based on knowledge of their records. 

    Try it! 

    Project Vote Smart is a truly indispensable tool for informed voting.  It's a must for responsible Americans !  

       
         

    WEEK of 8-02-04 to 8-06-04 (Updated 8-15-04)

       
         

    WARNING - BUSH REPETITIVELY THREATENS AMERICA !

       
         
    The incident on 8-5-04 (see Bush Verbal Gaffe) was not the first time that Bush threatened America !  Six months prior, Bush stated on 2-08-04 that the Bush Administration intends to injure the U.S. (see end of page Dubya at War) !    
         

    WEEK of 7-19-04 to 7-23-04 (Updated 7-24-04)

       
         
    Remember that neat Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti who the U.S. unjustly held in solitary and released this April?  It is with great heaviness of heart that the GCP must report that                        Farouk Abdel-Muhti died Wednesday. 

    For a respectful report on the tragic event, watch the segment on Democracy Now !

    For memorial, prayer service, and much munch more about Farouk, see this other link at       Democracy Now !.

    Also this week past, "CIA analyst Ray McGovern and FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds" shed much light on the 9-11 Commission Report & the crisis of U.S. intelligence constrained by extreme political ideology in an amazing interview on Democracy Now !

       
         

    WEEK of 6-28-04 to 7-2-04 (Updated 7-5-04)

       
         
    From a 6-30-04 Want To Know news letter, information on news suppression.             Reprinted by permission.     
         
    Leading Journalists Expose Major News Cover-ups by Media Corporations

    Below are some astounding statements from a summary of the book Into the Buzzsaw on the informative website www.WantToKnow.info. In this eye-opening compilation, 18 award-winning journalists describe in detail how they were prevented by corporate media ownership from reporting major, revealing news stories. These courageous journalists have won numerous awards, amongst others several Emmys and a Pulitzer. This message is sent with the hope of strengthening democracy and building a brighter future for all of us.

    Kristina Borjesson—CBS, Emmy award winner. Pierre Salinger announced on Nov. 8, 1996, that he’d received documents proving that a US Navy missile had accidentally downed TWA flight 800. That same day, FBI’s Jim Kallstrom called a press conference. At one point, a man raised his hand and asked why the Navy was involved in the investigation while a possible suspect. “Remove him!” Kallstrom yelled. Two men leapt over to the questioner and grabbed him by the arms. There was a momentary chill in the air after the guy had been dragged out of the room. Kallstrom and entourage acted as if nothing had happened. Jim Kallstrom was later hired by CBS.

    Jane Akre—Fox News. After our struggle to air an honest report on hormones in your milk, Fox fired the general manager of our station. The new general manager said that if we didn’t agree to changes that the lawyers were insisting upon, we’d be fired for insubordination. We pleaded with him to look at the facts we’d uncovered. His reply: “We paid $3 billion dollars for these TV stations. We’ll tell you what the news is. The news is what we say it is!” After we refused, Fox’s general manager presented us an agreement that would give us a full year of salary, and benefits worth close to $200,000 in “consulting jobs,” but with strings attached: no mention of how Fox covered up the story and no opportunity to ever expose the facts. After declining, we were fired.

    Monika Jensen-Stevenson—Emmy-winning producer for 60 minutes. Robert Garwood—14 years a prisoner of the Vietnamese—was found guilty in the longest court-martial in US history. At the end of the court-martial, there seemed no question that he was a monstrous traitor. In 1985, Garwood was speaking publicly about something that had never made the news during his court-martial. He knew of other American prisoners in Vietnam long after the war was over. My sources included outstanding experts like former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency General Tighe and returned POWs like Captain McDaniel, who held the Navy’s top award for bravery. With such advocates, it was hard not to consider the possibility that prisoners (some 3,500) had in fact been kept by the Vietnamese as hostages to make sure the US would pay the more than $3 billion in war reparations.

    Gary Webb—San Jose Mercury News, Pulitzer Prize winner. In 1996, I wrote a series of stories that began this way: A Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods gangs of LA and funneled millions in drug profits to a guerilla army run by the CIA. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America. The story developed a momentum all of its own, despite a virtual news blackout from the major media. Ultimately, it was public pressure that forced the national newspapers into the fray. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times published stories, but spent little time exploring the CIA’s activities. Instead, my reporting and I became the focus of their scrutiny. It was remarkable that the four Washington Post reporters assigned to debunk the series could not find a single significant factual error. A few months later, the Mercury News, under intense CIA pressure, backed away from the story, publishing a long column apologizing for “shortcomings” in the series. The New York Times splashed the apology on their front page, the first time the series had ever been mentioned there. I quit the Mercury News not long after that.

    For more on these and the eye-opening stories of other leading journalists, go to the two-page summary of Into the Buzzsaw at www.WantToKnow.info/mediacover-up. Or even better, go straight to the information-packed 10-page summary at www.WantToKnow.info/massmediacover-ups. If these stories were reported in headline news where they belong, caring citizens would be astounded and demand to know more. This has not happened, which is why we feel compelled to provide them here.

    To understand more about the impact of all this, go to www.WantToKnow.info. The entire website is dedicated both to providing a concise, reliable introduction to incredibly important information that is being hidden from us, and to inspiring us to work together to strengthen democracy and to build a better world. You can help to build a brighter future now by educating yourself on these vital issues, and by forwarding this message to your friends and colleagues and asking them to do the same. Thank you for caring. Together we can and will build a better world for ourselves and our children.


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    WEEK of 6-21-04 to 6-25-04 (Updated 6-27-04)

       
         
    Democracy Now ! was sure hot this week.   Lots of great interviews with:
    • Bill Clinton from election day 2000 (replayed).  Revealing and still pertinent today. 
    • Noam Chomsky reviews Negroponte's legacy.
    • Michael Moore discusses Fahrenheit 9/11.
    • Mike Farrell (yep, M*A*S*H's Captain B.J. Hunnicutt ) discusses TV, Hollywood, his human rights work, & the Iraq war.
       

    WEEK of 6-14-04 to 6-18-04 (Updated 6-21-04)

       
         
    Due to a GCPer suggestion, I'd best remind you all to see Fahrenheit 9-11 ASAP.    
         

    WEEK of 5-31-04 to 6-4-04 (Updated 6-6-04)

       
         
    Dan Frosch (of GCP's Nation and Alternet), Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, & a host of others speak of how the U.S. Justice Department should have and probably did know that the advisors sent as consultants for the American occupation forces' set up of the Abu Ghraib were known offenders in the American prison system at Democracy Now !  

    John Paul (of GCP's The Nation & Alternet) discusses how oil is effecting international relations in a remarkable interview at Democracy Now !

       
         

    WEEK of 5-10-04 to 5-14-04 (Updated 5-14-04)

       
         
    Joe Wilson was interviewed May 15 by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! For more information on the concerns Joe has, see the movie Uncovered and read Joe's book The Politics of Truth.    
         
    And from a letter written by a GCPer, information on the proposed military draft.         Reprinted by permission. 

    This week's GCP HOT topics: U.S. Military Draft bills are under consideration by congress.

    MILITARY DRAFT

    Bills S. 89 and HR 163 “Universal National Service Act of 2003”

    There are two bills pending consideration on the hill for passing:  S. 89 and HR 163 entitled “Universal National Service Act of 2003”.  The Universal National Service Act of 2003 provides for the common defense by requiring that all young persons between the ages of 18 to 26 in the United States, including women “perform a period of military services or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.” 

    Timing is everything.  The draft may begin as soon as Spring 2005 (just after the 2004 presidential election). The administration is attempting to get S. 89 and HR 163 passed while the public's is distracted by the 2004 election.

    Deferment for higher education will no longer be an option. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors selected for military service will have until the end of the semester in which they are notified to report for duty. Seniors will have until the end of the academic year in which they are notified to report for duty. 

    Dodging the draft will be more difficult than it was 30 years ago.  In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which enables the U.S. Federal Government to much more successfully restrict the international travel of all Americans, particularly draft eligible Americans.  The declaration includes a "pre-clearance agreement" for people crossing the U.S. / Canada border. Surveillance technology unavailable 30 years ago has been installed which enables strict border monitoring and control. 

    Information on these bills can be obtained at::

    http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/National/2003/S89/default.asp and

    http://www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html

    See also,

    www.senate.gov (click on Committee, Armed Services, Defense Authorization Bill),

    www.workingforchange.com/activism/index.cfm.

    Many people are unaware of these bills.  If you are against the bills, it is imperative that you contact your Senators and tell them to oppose these bills.  They need to know how we feel now, since there is a war and elections are just around the corner.  Please take the time to fax, e-mail, telephone or write to the following offices to express your concerns.  It is best to fax the information, as action can be taken that much sooner.  Don’t wait-- It might be your daughter or son who will be drafted.   

     

    1.  Maryland Senators

     

    Honorable Senator Steny H. Hoyer

    1705 Longworth House Office Building

    Washington, DC  20515

    202-225-4131/202-225-4300 (fax)

     

    Honorable Senator Barbara Mikulski

    Hart Senate Office Building

    Suite 700

    Washington, DC  20510

    202-224-4654/202-224-8858 (fax)

     

    Honorable Senator Paul S. Sarbanes

    309 Hart Senate Office Building

    Washington, DC  20510

    202-224-4524/202-224-1651 (fax)

     

    2.  Senator Ernest F. Hollings represents South Carolina and sponsored the bills.  Write/call his office informing him you oppose to these bills at:

     

    Honorable Senator Ernest F. Hollings

    125 Russell Senate Building

    Washington, DC  20510

    202-224-6121

     

    3.         Senator Charles B. Rangel is a representative from New York and helped introduce the bills.  Write/call his office informing him you oppose to these bills at:

     

    Honorable Senator Charles B. Rangel

    2354 Rayburn House Office Building

    Washington, DC  20515

     

    4.            Senators John Warner and Carl Leven have oversight for the Senate Armed Services Committee.  As of 5/7/04, the Committee is giving consideration to the bills and results will be reported on the Senate web (www.senate.gov) during 5/10 - 5/14/04 (see reference in first paragraph above).  Write and call them to oppose the bills at:

     

    Honorable Senator John Warner

    Honorable Senator Carl Leven

    Committee on Armed Services

    U.S. Russell Senate Office Building

    Room 228

    Washington, DC  20510

    202-224-3871//2023

     

    5.         Senator John F. Kerry is running for presidency.  Express your concern to him at:

     

    Honorable Senator John F. Kerry

    304 Russell Building

    Washington, DC  20510

    202-224-2742

     

    Kerry’s Presidential Election Office in Washington, DC is 202-464-2063 or 202-712-3000.

     

    6.         For a full list of representatives (53) and websites, go to:

     http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newseek.cgi?site=ctc&state=ca

     

    7.         Capitol Hill Switchboard:  202-224-3121.

     

    8.          The law requires all males register at age 18 through the U.S. Selective Service.  The Service maintains information on males having U.S. citizenship and can be used during a draft.  Penalties for not registering are five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  For further information, contact the U.S. Selective Service at 888-655-1825 or 703-605-4000.

    This is a serious matter, if you believe that a U.S. Military Draft would be harmful to America and/or the world at large do not delay, take action RIGHT NOW!  Thank You.

       
         

    WEEK of 5-3-04 to 5-7-04 (Updated 5-9-04)

       
         
    Much is out there about the American dungeons in Iraq, if something remarkable is found, the notification will be in User Tips.  

    This week's GCP HOT topics: Radioactive Wastewater Crop Irrigation & The Plutonium Files.

    Radioactive Wastewater Crop Irrigation

    U.S. Intentionally Gives Radiation Poisoning to Thousands of Unknowing American Citizens

    These are serious, do not delay, watch the broadcasts RIGHT NOW!  Thank You.

       
         

    WEEK of 4-26-04 to 4-30-04 (Updated 5-2-04)

       
         
    GCP Book Worm, Alert: Noteworthy books:

    To listen to an interview with George Monbiot (highly recommended) visit Democracy Now !

       
         

    WEEK of 4-19-04 to 4-23-04 (Updated 4-25-04)

       
         
    This week's GCP HOT topic: Photos of Dead U.S. Soldiers from the Iraq war.    
         
    Independent news sources have reported the outing of one of this administration's many shames, U.S. Iraq war dead.  As might be imagined, many GCP sources covered the story and published the "respectful" photos.  The photos are shown by numerous GCP links, particularly recommendable is the new GCP PRINT NEWS link The Memory Hole .  If the link is non-functional when it is tried, the GCP suggests that GCPers look to BUSH links for the pictures.  To see the pictures and hear quality analysis on the subject, watch one of the streamed show files on the 4-23-04 edition of          Democracy Now ! .    
         
    Noteworthy Event: Would you like some more great news ?  Democracy Now! reports that Mordechai Vanunu was freed !!!  For more on this outstanding development, check out the GCP Islamic News link U.S. Campaign to free Mordechai Vanunu .        
         
    Noteworthy Event: Would you like some more great news ?  Democracy Now! reports the the fight to save the Sierra Club from the attempted racist take over was won !!! (at least this battle was won. As David Brower pointed out in the early days of the Sierra Club, the war is never won, & each battle is an opportunity to loose what was saved in prior battles).  For more on this outstanding development, check out the GCP Green News link Save the Sierra Club to access the link for the organization known as "Groundswell Sierra".     
         

    WEEK of 4-12-04 to 4-16-04 (Updated 4-16-04)

       
         
    An article on what "W" 's second term would be like can be found at American Prospect .  The article seems to be a probable assessment of the predictable conditions that would result.  Readers will note that the American Prospect has a link on the GCP home page.  "A.P." is a liberal link.   The GCP is generally more targeted towards exposing readers to progressive information and candidates              (for instance Dennis Kusinich & Ralph Nader).  But the GCP advocates no candidate, and is intended to provide to the mainstream audience alternative news that is often external to mainstream media sources.  For more liberal, and mainstream news and analysis, the GCP suggests readers seek the all to available mainstream news sources.  For one excellent source of some GCP links, some great research links, non-GCP news sources, and numerous links to familiar mainstream news sources, the GCP highly recommends Dr. Serajul I. Bhuiyan's website .    
         
    Noteworthy Event: Would you like some great news ?                                                             Democracy Now! & Free Speech Radio News report Farouk Abdel-Muhti was freed !!!                   For more on this outstanding development, check out the GCP Islamic News link                     Committee for the Release of Farouk Abdel-Muhti .  To hear post release interviews with Farouk, go to the 4-13-04 broadcasts on Free Speech Radio NewsDemocracy Now!.    
         

    WEEK of 4-5-04 to 4-9-04 (Updated 4-11-04)

       
         
    Upstaged by the Iraqi escalation is this week's GCP HOT topic: DEPLETED URANIUM    
         
    You may or may have not explored this subject from a GCP link or some other source, but if you are reading this , you should investigate DEPLETED URANIUM, NOW!    
         
    Here's the way to find out about:    
         
           1)      the current information about our soldiers' exposure to D.U. from Monday's 4-5-04              Democracy Now! broadcast.

           2)      the scoop on D.U., what it is, it's history... go to the W.M.D. and U.S. Military links in the GCP home page. 

       
         
    And from a 4-5-04 Green Party U.S.A. news letter, more information on D.U. from a variety of sources including N.Y. Daily News, Democracy Now!, and others.  Reprinted by permission.     
         
    BREAKING NEWS NY Daily News cover story:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/180333p-156685c.html

    Cover:
    SHELL SHOCK: Uranium from U.S. Ammo in Sick Troops Coming
    Home from Iraq

    One of FIVE stories on Depleted Uranium and sick GIs in Sunday's NY
    Daily News:


    Poisoned? Shocking report reveals local troops
    may be victims of America's high-tech weapons

    By JUAN GONZALEZ
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Sunday, April 4, 2004

    Four soldiers from a New York Army National Guard company serving
    in Iraq are contaminated with radiation likely caused by dust from
    depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops, a Daily News
    investigation has found.


    They are among several members of the same company, the 442nd
    Military Police, who say they have been battling persistent physical
    ailments that began last summer in the Iraqi town of Samawah.

    "I got sick instantly in June," said Staff Sgt. Ray Ramos, a Brooklyn
    housing cop. "My health kept going downhill with daily headaches,
    constant numbness in my hands and rashes on my stomach."

    A nuclear medicine expert who examined and tested nine soldiers from
    the company says that four "almost certainly" inhaled radioactive dust
    from exploded American shells manufactured with depleted uranium.


    Laboratory tests conducted at the request of The News revealed traces
    of two manmade forms of uranium in urine samples from four of the
    soldiers.

    If so, the men - Sgt. Hector Vega, Sgt. Ray Ramos, Sgt. Agustin Matos
    and Cpl. Anthony Yonnone - are the first confirmed cases of inhaled
    depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict.


    The 442nd, made up for the most part of New York cops, firefighters
    and correction officers, is based in Orangeburg, Rockland County.
    Dispatched to Iraq last Easter, the unit's members have been providing
    guard duty for convoys, running jails and training Iraqi police. The entire
    company is due to return home later this month.

    "These are amazing results, especially since these soldiers were
    military police not exposed to the heat of battle," said Dr. Asaf
    Duracovic, who examined the G.I.s and performed the testing that was
    funded by The News.


    "Other American soldiers who were in combat must have more
    depleted uranium exposure," said Duracovic, a colonel in the Army
    Reserves who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

    While working at a military hospital in Delaware, he was one of the first
    doctors to discover unusual radiation levels in Gulf War veterans. He
    has since become a leading critic of the use of depleted uranium in
    warfare.
     
    [Much more: please go to

    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/180333p-156685c.html ]

    --------------------------

    The stories by Juan Gonzalez in Sunday's NY Daily News are extremely
    powerful and pathbreaking. Already, Monday's newspaper reports that,
    in response to the articles, the US Department of Defense has
    announced that all GIs returning from Iraq will be tested for Uranium
    poisoning. But on Democracy Now!, the Pacifica network's daily radio
    show co-hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Doctor (and US
    Army Colonel) Asaf Duracovic explained how the testing had not been
    done, despite prior promises. In addition, the kinds of tests proposed
    are insufficient and, indeed, are the wrong ones!

    www.democracynow.org

    A dozen years ago the Gulf War provided the U.S. military with the
    opportunity to test new depleted uranium weapons, nerve gas
    medications and biological warfare vaccines in the field, on its own
    soldiers. Inoculations - some genetically engineered and
    experimental - were mandatory and generally done without the
    consent and often against the will of the soldiers. These all are now
    viewed by independent researchers as co-factors in the development
    of Gulf War Syndrome, mysterious ailments afflicting tens of thousands
    of American veterans of the Gulf war.


    Next, President Clinton bombed Yugoslavia with missiles encased in
    so-called depleted uranium - weapons that are now being used
    against Afghanistan and Iraq (again), irradiating soil and water, and
    poisoning the land for generations. Childhood cancers have
    skyrocketed in Iraq and in Yugoslavia. At long last, we now have the first
    mainstream exposé of the effects of depleted uranium on US soldiers,
    something the Greens have been warning about for over a decade.

    The Greens/Green Party USA has been fighting against the
    development and use of depleted uranium weapons since their first
    widespread use in Gulf War I and again in NATOs bombardment of
    Yugoslavia in the late 1990s. In new reports, more than 10 metric tons
    of uranium particles have been found to have spread all over Kuwait
    since the first Gulf war. The quarterly journal Synthesis/Regeneration,
    which GPUSA sends free of charge to all members, has carried a
    number of articles explaining depleted uranium and condemning its
    use. So has Green Politix, our national newspaper.

    In "Depleted Uranium as Low Intensity Nuclear War"
    (Synthesis/Regeneration #15, Winter 1998), Mitchel Cohen wrote:

    Almost all of [the US soldiers who died were] killed by so-called
    "friendly fire," shot accidentally by their fellow soldiers. (1) The 14 US
    M1A1 Abrams tanks destroyed in the Gulf war were knocked out by
    "friendly fire" as well.


    All 14 were hit by a new kind of ammunition: shells encased in
    "depleted uranium" (DU), which makes them super-hard and able to
    penetrate all existing armor-plating. DU was used exclusively by US
    and British forces in the Gulf, not only as armor-penetrating
    ammunition by M1A1 Abrams tanks and A-10 attack planes, but as tank
    armor. DU, which is 1.6 times denser than lead, proved so effective that
    not a single US tank was destroyed by Iraqi fire. On the other hand, over
    the course of the two month war, 3,700 Iraqi tanks were obliterated -
    1,400 of them by shells encased in depleted uranium. Thousands of
    artillery pieces, armored personnel carriers, and other equipment were
    destroyed by DU rounds. More than 1 million shells encased in
    depleted uranium were fired. By war's end, roughly 300 tons of uranium
    from spent rounds lay scattered in various sizes and states of decay
    across the battlefields of Iraq and Kuwait. (2)

    <snip>

    Leaving more than 600,000 pounds of depleted uranium scattered
    throughout the region, by war's end the US had turned the Gulf area
    into a deadly radioactive grid, affecting not only US soldiers but
    hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people who live and work
    in the Gulf. A single molecular particle of depleted uranium will subject
    an individual to radiation at a level 800 times what is permitted by
    federal regulations for external exposure. (10) As DU-artillery shells
    heat up, the uranium becomes aerosolized, releasing high amounts of
    radioactivity, not the low amounts the military claims for "normal"
    depleted uranium. Clouds of deadly uranium dioxide swept over large
    areas of Iraq and Kuwait, devastating agriculture, soil, and water. (11)

    Radioactivity inflicts severe damage on the total environment while
    weakening immune systems, destroying the kidneys, lungs, bones,
    and liver, and rendering the human body susceptible to all sorts of
    diseases that a healthy individual might have been able to ward off.
    Iraqi children continue to find uranium-coated shells; they have been
    coming down with all sorts of deadly illnesses associated with
    radiation poisoning. Is it any wonder that many symptoms of Gulf War
    Syndrome are so similar to radiation sickness? Welcome to the wave
    of the future: "low intensity" nuclear war, inaugurated in the Gulf War by
    the United States.

    <snip>

    A secret report by the British government estimated that the use of
    depleted uranium weapons in the Gulf could alone account for 500,000
    deaths in the region. (13) That report was based on estimates that 25
    tons of depleted uranium munitions had been used; in actuality, the
    Department of Defense now estimates that the US fired more than 12
    times that amount. The Pentagon threw all its new toys of mass
    destruction into the slaughter, trying out new weapons, offering
    ever-new justification (as the Cold War was winding down) for its
    enormous "defense" budget.

    The US Department of Defense has more than 1.1 billion pounds of
    nuclear waste in storage from 50 years of nuclear weapons production
    and nuclear power plants. The government, hemmed in by public
    opposition, health and environmental movements, is always trying to
    find new "acceptable" ways to dispose of it. It has apparently found one.
    Billions of dollars allotted to the Environmental Restoration branch of
    the Department of Energy for cleaning up nuclear waste sites is now
    being used to ship nuclear waste free-of-charge to munitions
    manufacturers all over the world to be "recycled" into weapons.


    Where is the cry at the United Nations to end the manufacture and use
    of such weapons before it's too late? Many countries have now begun
    manufacturing weapons cased in depleted uranium. In introducing the
    use of depleted uranium weapons the US government used its own
    soldiers as guinea pigs, permanently destroyed the ecology of the
    region, and left an ongoing legacy of childhood leukemia, birth defects
    and poisoned water for civilians living in the Gulf, while making low
    intensity nuclear weapons the necessary norm for all future conflicts.


    Endnotes:

    1. Patrick Sloyan, "For Gulf War Troops, Fire Wasn't Friendly," New York
    Newsday, August 10, 1991.

    2. Dan Fahey, "Collateral Damage: How U.S. Troops Were Exposed To
    Depleted Uranium During the Persian Gulf War," in Metal of Dishonor:
    Depleted Uranium: How the Pentagon Radiates Soldiers and Civilians
    with DU Weapons, International Action Center, 1997, p. 28. Fahey is a
    director of the National Depleted Uranium Citizens' Network of the
    Military Toxics Project (MTP), PO Box 845, Sabattus, ME 04280; (207)
    375-8482;
    mtp@igc.apc.org.

    10. Dr. J.W. Gofman, a biomedical researcher for the San
    Francisco-based Committee for Nuclear Responsibility.


    11. Lafitte & Laffite, "The Use of Radioactive Weapons Against the 'lraqi
    Enemy,'" in Le Monde Diplomatique, April, 1995. "On impact, a high
    portion of the metallic mass is transformed into an aerosol whose fine
    particles, easily carried by the wind, are easily absorbed."

    13. British Atomic Energy Administration, printed in the London
    Independent, Nov 1991. Cited by 102.Hoskins, op cit, & Messler, op cit.



    - Mitchel Cohen
    Co-editor, Green Politix,
    and Rising Up Green! e-newsletter

    [For the full article in Synthesis/Regeneration:

    http://www.greens.org/s-r/15/15-20.html. Mitchel has written extensively
    on Depleted Uranium, genetically engineered vaccines and the Gulf
    War, and you may write to him directly for articles on the subject at

    mitchelcohen@mindspring.com.