Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NEW BOOK: 'The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11'

John Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version is almost entirely untrue. The ground truth that Farmer captures suggests a very different scenario — one that is doomed to be repeated unless the systemic failures he reveals are confronted and remedied.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

The U.S., not Iran, is violating the NPT

The IAEA only actually requires that it be informed six months before an enrichment facility comes online, and the new site is at least that far from completion.

The principal obligation undertaken by the United States under the NPT is to "pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament."

Monday, September 21, 2009

US wins minds, Afghan hearts are lost

Afghans are Afghans. They have their own history, their own culture, their own habitual ways of thinking and behaving, all complicated by a modern experience of decades of war, displacement, abject poverty, and incessant meddling by foreign governments near and far - of which the United States has been the most powerful and persistent. Afghans do not think or act like Americans. Yet Americans in power refuse to grasp that inconvenient point.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

U.S. hypes Iran's nuclear 'threat', ignores Israel's

Overriding Western objections, a 150-nation nuclear conference on Friday passed a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years. Iran hailed the vote as a "glorious moment."

The result was a setback not only for Israel but also for the United States and other backers of the Jewish state, which had lobbied for 18 years of past practice — debate on the issue without a vote.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Somalis file complaint with the International Criminal Court alleging aggression by 'Foreign Warships'

The Somali Young Politicians League (SYPL) has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court alleging aggression by "Foreign Warships".

The complaint dated August 29, 2009 states: "Ships mainly the West, Far East of Asia and some of Arab countries have been waging a full scale operation, exploiting the marine resource off the Somali Coastline."

In their complaint, SYLP states: "International Pirates off the Somalia Coastline have been operating in the Somalia Coast since 19991 till 2009."

SYLP cites several reasons for the presence of "Foreign Warships" in Somali territorial waters: dump medical, chemical and nuclear wastes, and harvest the fish and other marine animals.

The complaint was filed by Hussein Ali Elmi, Former Somali Presidential Candidate (2004).

Iran nuclear 'threat' hyped

• Iran is unlikely to be able to produce enough highly enriched uranium (HEU) for a nuclear weapon until at least 2013, according to a United States government intelligence estimate made public last Thursday.—Daniel Luban, "New nuke report debunks Iran hawks,", August 11, 2009

• Iran is not going to produce a nuclear weapon any time soon and the threat posed by its atomic program has been exaggerated, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said in a published interview.—"Iran nuclear 'threat' hyped: IAEA's ElBaradei," Reuters, September 2, 2009

• This latest U.S. intelligence-community assessment is potentially controversial for several reasons, not the least of which is that it is at odds with more alarming assessments propounded by key U.S. allies, most notably Israel. Officials of Israel's conservative-led government have been delivering increasingly dire assessments of Iran’s nuclear progress and have leaked shrill threats about a possible Israeli military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.—Mark Hosenball, "Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran: Secret updates to White House challenge European and Israeli assessments," Newsweek, September 16, 2009

• [I]n 1975, presidential chief of staff Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld introduced a group of neoconservatives, led by Harvard professor Richard Pipes, to the CIA in order to make sure that future NIEs would falsely conclude that the Soviet Union rejected nuclear parity, were bent on fighting and winning a nuclear war, and were radically increasing their military spending.

This group of Cold War hardliners and neocons (known as Team B) and the CIA (Team A) then wrongly predicted a series of Soviet weapons developments that never took place, including directed energy weapons, mobile ABM systems and anti-satellite capabilities.

In the 1980s, CIA Deputy Director Gates used this worst-case reasoning in a series of speeches to ingratiate himself with CIA Director Bill Casey and the Reagan administration.

In view of the consistent exaggeration of the Soviet threat throughout the 1980s, when the USSR was on a glide path toward collapse, it is fair to speculate on current geopolitical situations that are far less threatening than our policy and intelligence experts assert.—Melvin A. Goodman, "How the Soviet Menace Was Hyped,", September 15, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New York Daily News should visit the FBI's Most Wanted page for Osama Bin Laden

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and the New York Daily News should visit the FBI's Most Wanted page. According to the FBI, they have no hard evidence that Osama Bin Laden is the 9/11 "mastermind."

Iran proposes eliminating nuclear weapons, Obama urged to ready military strike

Saturday, September 12, 2009

City of New York concedes 9/11 coalition has 30,000 valid signatures for a referendum

In a last minute decision, lawyers for the City of New York have conceded that the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), a group comprising 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors, indeed did submit over 30,000 valid signatures to put the referendum for a new 9/11 investigation before the voters of New York City this November.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The post–9/11 roundup of innocents

9/11: Neither before nor since . . .

On September 11, 2001, there occurred five events which, as far as we know, are unique in world history. According to official accounts:

At 9:59 A.M., 110-story Two World Trade Center (the South Tower), having been struck by United Airlines Flight 175 at 9:03 A.M., collapsed at near free fall speed.

At 10:28 A.M., 110-story One World Trade Center (the North Tower), having been struck by American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:47 A.M., collapsed at near free fall speed.

The 110-story North and South Towers remained standing after being struck by Boeing 767s. They collapsed — we’re told — due to fire. No steel frame tower has collapsed due to fire, neither before 9/11 nor since 9/11.

At 9:38 A.M., American Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, struck the Pentagon at 530 mph, and unlike other aircraft disasters, disappeared leaving no identifiable fuselage, wings, or tail outside.

At 10:03 A.M., United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania leaving a crater about the size of a large automobile, debris scattered over a few miles, and unlike other aircraft disasters, only tiny pieces “no larger than a phonebook” at the site of the crash.

At 5:20 P.M., 47-story Seven World Trade Center collapsed at near free fall speed. The 9/11 Commission chose not to even mention its collapse in their final report.

Seven World Trade Center was not struck by a plane. It collapsed — we’re told — due to fire. No steel frame tower has collapsed due to fire, neither before 9/11 nor since 9/11. On 9/11, three did.

Five events on 9/11 — unheard of before 9/11, since 9/11. Coincidence or coverup?

We don’t believe the official account, and neither do many American patriots.

Enver Masud
Founder, The Wisdom Fund

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Wisdom Fund founder to discuss 9/11 on South Africa's SAfm

To our visitors in Asia, Africa, China, Europe — too early for the Americas

Enver Masud, founder of The Wisdom Fund, will be on South Africa's national radio station SAfm on prime time (8:30 to 9:00 A.M. GMT) on September 11.

To listen live, go to Click on 'listen live' and select 'SA FM' from the drop-down menu.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Airline bomb plot: opposing views

GUILTY: Three British Muslims were found guilty today of conspiracy to murder thousands of passengers and crew in an unprecedented airline bomb plot that could have proved as deadly as the 9/11 attacks.

NOT GUILTY: Shortly after the plot was made public, chemists and scientists insisted the notion of assembling liquid bombs from hydrogen peroxide and other household substances is preposterous.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case

The exact ramifications of the ruling were not immediately clear, but at a minimum it casts a negative spotlight on the Bush administration's practice of detaining Muslim men earlier this decade at a time when the nation was still on edge after Sept. 11.

"It's a very big ruling, because qualified immunity is ordinarily a very robust form of protection," said Richard Seamon, a professor at the University of Idaho College of Law and a former assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General. "To overcome that immunity, you have to show that the defendant almost deliberately acted unconstitutionally to violate someone's rights — no innocent mistakes."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Court says 9/11 witnesses can sue Ashcroft

In a harshly worded ruling handed down Friday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the government's use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 "repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history."

The court found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism case can sue Ashcroft for allegedly violating his constitutional rights. Abdullah Al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen and former University of Idaho student, filed the lawsuit in 2005, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was detained as a material witness for two weeks after 9/11. . . .

Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance built on Muslim graves

The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, being built atop an ancient Muslim cemetery, is a project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, whose founder Rabbi Marvin Hier envisions the museum as a "great landmark promoting the principles of mutual respect and social responsibility." The site had been a cemetery for at least one thousand years.

Obama official denies being part of '9/11 Truth' movement

Nato airstrike kills 90 in Afghanistan

Nato said it believed the dead were all Taliban fighters, but angry relatives in northern Kunduz province said villagers were collecting fuel from the hijacked trucks and caught in the blast.

American jihad or FBI blunder? The riddle of the 'North Carolina Taliban'

Lockerbie: Megrahi was framed

The trial of the “Lockerbie bomber” was worse than a travesty of justice. Evidence that never came to court proves his innocence.

. . . No one in authority has had the guts to state the truth about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 above the Scottish village of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, in which 270 people were killed. The governments in England and Scotland in effect blackmailed Megrahi into dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release. Of course there were oil and arms deals under way with Libya; but had Megrahi proceeded with his appeal, some 600 pages of new and deliberately suppressed evidence would have set the seal on his innocence and given us more than a glimpse of how and why he was stitched up for the benefit of "strategic interests".

"The endgame came down to damage limitation," said the former CIA officer Robert Baer, who took part in the original investigation, "because the evidence amassed by [Megrahi's] appeal is explosive and extremely damning to the system of justice." New witnesses would show that it was impossible for Megrahi to have bought clothes that were found in the wreckage of the Pan Am aircraft - he was convicted on the word of a Maltese shopowner who claimed to have sold him the clothes, then gave a false description of him in 19 separate statements and even failed to recognise him in the courtroom.

The new evidence would have shown that a fragment of a circuit board and bomb timer, "discovered" in the Scottish countryside and said to have been in Megrahi's suitcase, was probably a plant. A forensic scientist found no trace of an explosion on it. The new evidence would demonstrate the impossibility of the bomb beginning its journey in Malta before it was "transferred" through two airports undetected to Flight 103.

A "key secret witness" at the original trial, who claimed to have seen Megrahi and his co-accused, al-Alim Khalifa Fahimah (who was acquitted), loading the bomb on to the plane at Frankfurt, was bribed by the US authorities holding him as a "protected witness". The defence exposed him as a CIA informer who stood to collect, on the Libyans' conviction, up to $4m as a reward.

Why not sanctions on Israel and the US?

Israel and the US claim the right to abrogate Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy. The Israeli/US position has no basis in international law or in anything other than the arrogance of Israel and the United States.

The hypocrisy is extreme. Israel is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and developed its nuclear weapons illegally on the sly, with, as far as we know, US help.

Taliban’s bombs came from US, not Iran

Evidence from the U.S. Defense Department, Canadian forces in Afghanistan, and the Taliban itself indicates that the increased damage to NATO tanks by Taliban forces has come from anti-tank mines provided by the United States in the 1980s.

Embassy guards 'dress as Afghans'

Private security contractors guarding America's embassy in Kabul dressed as mujahedin fighters and went out on unauthorised night-time military operations in the Afghan capital, according to reports being investigated by the US State Department.

Faster troop withdrawal may save $1 trillion

A speedier withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan would shave $1.1 trillion off the budget in the next decade, a new congressional budget projection says.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Iran nuclear 'threat' hyped: IAEA's ElBaradei

Iran is not going to produce a nuclear weapon any time soon and the threat posed by its atomic program has been exaggerated, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said in a published interview.

Filipinos want US soldiers out

Calls to renegotiate a treaty that allows U.S. troops to operate in the Philippines — or to expel the forces altogether — are growing as criticism and allegations of U.S. involvement in combat operations continue to mount.

Afghan war blowback for India's children?

Depleted uranium reportedly used in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq may be the cause of the deformities and disorders on the rise in India's northwestern state, according to a team based in the city of Faridkot.

Iraq's city of deformed babies

An Iraqi doctor has told Sky News the number of babies born with deformities in the heavily-bombed area of Fallujah is still on the increase. The rise in deformities may be linked to the use of chemical weapons by US forces.

Dutch to prosecute AEL for holocaust cartoon

An Arab organisation will be put on trial in the Netherlands for publishing a Holocaust-denying cartoon in response to caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. Prosecutors announced they would not put far-right MP Geert Wilders on trial for distributing controversial Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed on his website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Iraqi journalist detained without charge for a year

A year ago today, U.S. and Iraqi forces raided the home of Iraqi journalist Ibrahim Jassam, a freelance photographer working for Reuters. Soldiers seized his computer hard drive and cameras. He was led away, handcuffed and blindfolded. For the past year the U.S. military has held Jassam without charge. Ten months ago the Iraqi Central Criminal Court ordered his release for lack of evidence but the U.S. military refused to release him claiming he was a “high security threat.”

While the case of Laura Ling and Euna Lee made international headlines — as did the recent jailing of American journalist Roxana Saberi in Iran — far less attention has been paid to Jassam's case.