Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Wisdom Fund wrongly accused of SPAM, suspends mailings

We've been accused of spam, blacklisted by Barracuda, and have suspended mailings to our list members. For all we know, accusations of spam may be coming from those who want to shut us down.

The Wisdom Fund is a registered nonprofit corporation (EIN # 54-1755689) established in 1995. Our email is non-commercial. The SPAM Act does not apply to our mail.

Nevertheless, we attempt to follow the Act. Our mailing list was developed over 15 years using a variety of methods. Lately, we moved to Direct Mail, all Subscribe and Unscubscribe requests are handled by http://ethreesoftware.com, and in the last few months we've been placing the Unsubscribe link prominently at the top of our mail — we used to place it at the bottom.

There's a guide to the FCC rules at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus61-can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business. The actual text of the Act is at http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0723041/canspam.pdf.

However, while the Act applies to senders, Internet Service Providers are apparently exempt from it, and they do not differentiate between commercial mail and non-commercial mail. They blacklist non-commercial mailers using the same rules they use for commercial mailers.

Anyone on our mailing list can complain they've received SPAM, and ISP's may blacklist any account based upon mere accusations — just three in one year may be enough. Apparently, there's no law that prevents ISPs from blacklisting anyone.

The sender is guilty unless proven innocent.

Proving yourself innocent can be a very lengthly process. Over the years, we've had to fight this battle with Yahoo and others http://twforg.blogspot.com/2010/06/net-neutrality-our-experience-with.html.

It's very time consuming, and unless one has an ISP battling with you, it may be a losing battle.

Our ISP since 1995, Heller Information Services, has been very accommodating, but there's a limit to the time and expense they will incur on our behalf.

One begins to wonder if the U.S. is any different from those authoritarian regimes we accuse of censorship.

Enver Masud

Founder and CEO
The Wisdom Fund
TWF.org

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Report: The $16 trillion bailout

Senator Sanders: "As a result of these GAO reports, we learned that the Federal Reserve provided a jaw-dropping $16 trillion in total financial assistance to every major financial institution in the country as well as a number of corporations, wealthy individuals and central banks throughout the world."

Monday, November 28, 2011

In a nutshell: sharia or Islamic law

The definition of justice, according to Dr. Robert D. Crane, founder of the Center for Civilizational Renewal, is respect for human rights, which were formulated six centuries ago by Islamic scholars.

These rights, says Dr. Crane, are: "the right to life and personal integrity (haqq al haya), to family and community existence and cohesion at all levels of human society (haqq al nasi), to equal opportunities in accessing ownership of the means of economic production (haqq al mal), to political freedom for self-determination both within and among nations (haqq al hurriyah), to human dignity (haqq al karama, including freedom of religion and gender equity), and to education, knowledge, and freedom of expression (haqq al ilm)."

Regarding separation of Church and State, according to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, author of Islam, a Sacred Law, Islamic jurists recognized this concept centuries before the Europeans, and divided the body of Shariah rules into two categories: religious observances and worldly matters. The first they observed to be beyond the scope of modification. The second, subject to interpretation, cover the following:

1. Criminal Law: This includes crimes such as murder, larceny, fornication, drinking alcohol, libel.

2. Family Law: This . . . covers marriage, divorce, alimony, child custody, inheritance.

3. Transactions: This covers property rights, contracts, rules of sale, hire, gift, loans and debts, deposits, partnerships, and damages.

"One of the most sensible definitions of the purposes of the Shariah," according to Imam Feisal, was given by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah who said:

"The foundation of the Shariah is wisdom and the safeguarding of people's interests in this world and the next. In its entirety it is justice, mercy and wisdom. Every rule which transcends justice to tyranny, mercy to its opposite, the good to the evil, and wisdom to triviality does not belong to the Shariah . . ."

According to Imam Feisal the sources of Shariah are, in order:

1. The Quran - God's Word revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

2. The Sunnah - practice and teachings of the Prophet.

3. Ijma - consensus of those in authority.

4. Qiyas - reason, logic, and opinion based upon analogy.

Imam Feisal describes seven other methods for deriving Islamic laws. These seven, plus ijma and qiyas, are collectively known as ijtihad or interpretation, and/or opinion based upon reason and logic.

Several schools of Shariah have evolved: Shafii, Hanbali, Hanafi, Maliki - the orthodox schools, and Jafari - the Shiite school. The Zaydis and Ibadis also have their own schools.

"Classical international law, reputedly invented by the Spaniards Vittorio and Suarez, borrowed the concept of inalienable human rights from Islamic law," according to Dr. Crane.

If it's wisely implemented, shariah may better nurture and protect society than does Western law which is subject to the whims of lawmakers.

Enver Masud
Founder and CEO
The Wisdom Fund

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fact Check: IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) "aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to additional states while ensuring fair access to peaceful nuclear technology under international safeguards (audits and inspections).

"There are two categories of parties to the treaty -- nuclear weapon states (NWS) and non-nuclear weapon states (NNWS). Under the treaty, NWS are defined as the five states that exploded a nuclear device before January 1, 1967 (United States, Soviet Union [now Russia], United Kingdom, France, and China)." Iran is a non-nuclear weapon state.

The following examines the November, 8, 2011, IAEA report, "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran," with respect to specific provisions of the NPT. . . .

Saturday, October 29, 2011

With 30,000 dead, what do faith leaders and human rights activists who pushed for war on Libya say now?

The end of Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali's rule in Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution" on January 14, 2011 rang alarm bells across the Middle East. The U.S. seized the opportunity to put an end to Col. Gaddafi's rule in Libya -- with the help of hundreds of U.S. faith leaders, human rights activists, neocons, and the news media.

On March 14, 2011, in a letter signed by faith leaders and hundreds of others (see letter for names, affiliation), The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, appealed to President Obama "to create a coalition that will impose as quickly as possible a no-fly zone for all Libyan military aircraft over the full extent of northern Libyan airspace".

Surely, these faith leaders knew that a no-fly zone is a euphemism for war.

"On 17 March, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973. And within 42 hours an attack on the troops of the Libyan government, aimed, according to the British Defence Minster William Hague, at killing the Libyan leader, had begun."

Resolution 1973 was illegal under the UN Charter. The Libyan government did not have a representative present at the meeting at which the UN resolution was passed. There was no determination made that measures not involving the use of force had failed.

The attack on Libya was not a Just War as described both by Catholic doctrine, and in an analysis by the Christian Evangel Society. Similar restrictions on war exist in Islam.

On June 20, 2011, a letter signed by 40 former senior officials who served under President George W. Bush was released by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) -- a two-year-old neoconservative group that is widely seen as the successor to the more-famous -- or infamous -- Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The FPI urged Congress: "The United States should be leading in this effort, not trailing behind our allies. We should be doing more to help the Libyan opposition, which deserves our support. We should not be allowing ourselves to be held hostage to U.N. Security Council resolutions and irresolute allies."

US/NATO intervention exceeded the parameters originally set forth by UN Security Council resolution 1973, which authorized the international use of force to establish a "no fly" zone over Libya and to protect civilians; the UN resolution made no mention of regime change or government overthrow, though this clearly was NATO's main objective from the beginning. The Security Council also called for a Libyan arms embargo, a stipulation that NATO ignored by arming the Libyan rebels.

On September 16, 2011, the National Transitional Council was recognised by the United Nations as the legal representative of Libya, replacing Gaddafi's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

On October 20, 2011, with US/NATO and Qatari forces siding with the rebels in a civil war (now you know why Al Jazeera's coverage was one-sided), Col. Gaddafi was captured alive after his convoy was attacked by NATO warplanes. He was beaten and killed by the rebels the same day.

When his convoy was attacked, according to reports, Gaddafi was traveling under a negotiated truce, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was informed of the "White Flag" truce negotiated and agreed to by Libya's NTC while visiting Libya on Wednesday October 19.

The National Transitional Council puts Libyan losses at 30,000 dead (given Libya's population of 6.42 million, this is the U.S. equivalent of 1.4 million dead) and 50,000 wounded", and much of what was said to justify the war -- genocide... Gaddafi is "bombing his own people"... save Benghazi... African mercenaries... viagra-fueled mass rape -- has proven to be a lie.

Gaddafi seized power in 1969 in a bloodless coup by overthrowing King Idris who had achieved power with British backing in 1949. After trying for more than 20 years, US/NATO led forces finally got rid of him.

Amnesty International has called for an independent inquiry into the alleged, 1996 massacre of 1270 prisoners in Abu Salim prison -- an estimate mostly based on the account of a single former inmate (Hussein al-Shafai -- now "living in the United States, where he has applied for asylum").

Investigators from CNN and other organizations found no evidence of mass graves at the supposed site -- only some animal bones.

When they pushed for war, faith leaders and the news media, did not report that Libya ranked first in Africa (53 globally) on the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Index -- ahead of Saudi Arabia at 55, Iran at 70, South Africa at 73, Jordan at 82, Egypt at 101, Indonesia at 108, India at 119, Afghanistan at 155. They also did not report that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa".

In a just world, the warmongers would be held accountable for their criminal attack on Libya and the killing of Col Gaddafi. Instead the rush is on to strip Libyans of their wealth.

What do faith leaders and human rights activists who pushed for war on Libya say now?

Enver Masud
Founder and CEO
The Wisdom Fund

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Rate your news media on their coverage of the US/NATO backed civil war in Libya

Rate your news media on a scale of 1 to 10. Assign 2 points for each of the five facts below that you previously knew (1 point for partial knowledge). The resulting total is an indication of how well your news media covered the US/NATO backed civil war in Libya.

Libya Ranks #1 on the Human Development Index: According to the United Nations Development Programme, Libya ranked first in Africa (53 globally) on the Human Development Index -- ahead of Saudi Arabia at 55, Iran at 70, South Africa at 73, Jordan at 82, Egypt at 101, Indonesia at 108, India at 119, Afghanistan at 155.

It is reported that Libyans receive free housing, education, health care, substantial cash when they marry, and overseas education if they qualify.

Largest Oil Reserves in Africa: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa".

Program to Privatize Oil: On February 21, 2011, five days after the Arab Spring broke out in Libya, Qaddafi launched a new program to privatize all Libyan oil to every citizen of Libya, initially providing $21,000 to every Libyan from a total of $32,000,000,000 in the Year 2011, so that the health, education, transport, and some other ministries could be abolished and individual Libyans could use the profits of their own investments, including from oil ownership, to obtain the relevant services.

This, Gaddafi said, is the best way to eliminate corruption, including the theft of Libyan oil by foreign oil companies, and to decentralize governmental power.

Great Man-Made River Project: The Great Man-Made River Project, begun in 1984 by Col. Gaddafi, has been called the 8th Wonder of the World. It supplies fresh water to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and elsewhere.

The U.S. threatened to nuke this "chemical weapons factory". Foreign companies covet the fresh water.

Gaddafi Seized Power in Bloodless Coup: Muammar Gaddafi, aka Col. Gaddafi, seized power in 1969 in a bloodless coup by overthrowing King Idris of Libya -- Idris achieved power with British backing in 1949.

Links to sources at The Wisdom Fund — http://www.taf.org/News/Y2011/1024-Gaddafi.html

Five things you may not know about Muammar Gaddafi

"Libyans awake from a ludicrous nightmare: Gaddafi achieved nothing in his 42-year rule," David Gardner wrote yesterday in the Financial Times. Others have expressed similar sentiments. Here are the facts:

Libya Ranks #1 on the Human Development Index: According to the United Nations Development Programme, Libya ranked first in Africa (53 globally) on the Human Development Index -- ahead of Saudi Arabia at 55, Iran at 70, South Africa at 73, Jordan at 82, Egypt at 101, Indonesia at 108, India at 119, Afghanistan at 155.

It is reported that Libyans receive free housing, education, health care, substantial cash when they marry, and overseas education if they qualify.

Largest Oil Reserves in Africa: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa".

Program to Privatize Oil: On February 21, 2011, five days after the Arab Spring broke out in Libya, Qaddafi launched a new program to privatize all Libyan oil to every citizen of Libya, initially providing $21,000 to every Libyan from a total of $32,000,000,000 in the Year 2011, so that the health, education, transport, and some other ministries could be abolished and individual Libyans could use the profits of their own investments, including from oil ownership, to obtain the relevant services.

This, Gaddafi said, is the best way to eliminate corruption, including the theft of Libyan oil by foreign oil companies, and to decentralize governmental power.

Great Man-Made River Project: The Great Man-Made River Project, begun in 1984 by Col. Gaddafi, has been called the 8th Wonder of the World. It supplies fresh water to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and elsewhere.

The U.S. threatened to nuke this "chemical weapons factory". Foreign companies covet the fresh water.

Gaddafi Seized Power in Bloodless Coup: Muammar Gaddafi, aka Col. Gaddafi, seized power in 1969 in a bloodless coup by overthrowing King Idris of Libya -- Idris achieved power with British backing in 1949.

Rate your news media on a scale of 1 to 10. Assign 2 points for each of the five points above that you previously knew (1 point for partial knowledge). The resulting total is an indication of how well your news media covered the US/NATO backed civil war in Libya.

Are Libyans awakening from a "ludicrous nightmare", or does the death of Gaddafi mark the beginning of a new era of imperial exploitation? We'll soon know.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Taliban seek probe into 9/11 attacks

KABUL (PAN): On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, the Taliban reiterated on Saturday their demand for an independent and impartial investigation into the incident. . . .

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the movement had long been seeking a neutral probe into the incident. "But the US and its allies are responding to our logical demand with airstrikes and attacks."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

America's Libyan rebels

In 1991, three hundred and fifty Libyans - Trained by the CIA to topple President Ghaddafi, arrived in the United States. Twenty years later, they returned to "liberate" Libya.

In 1990, operating out of neighboring Chad, when a new government less sympathetic to the U.S. mission was formed in Chad, a new home was needed for these rebels.

The rebels were flown to the U.S. from Kenya where they were temporarily housed.

The rebel leader, Col. Khalifa Haftar spent much of the past 20 years in suburban Virginia, and was reported to be the leader of a contra-style group based in the U.S. called the Libyan National Army.

Upon Col. Haftar's return to Libya a few weeks ago, military command of the rebel tribes was "fiercely contested" between General Younes and Col. Haftar.

General Younes, who defected from the Libyan regime in late February, was "shot and killed in circumstances that remain unclear".

Presumably, the three hundred and fifty Libyans - trained by the CIA to topple President Ghaddafi, returned to Libya with Col. Haftar.

Presumably, Libyan rebels, with American accents shown in crowd scenes from Libya, include some from the contingent of three hundred and fifty Libyans trained by the CIA to topple President Ghaddafi.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

‘9/11 Unveiled’ presented to the chairman of The 9/11 Commission

Washington, DC — Former 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean and members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group were, today, presented with copies of “9/11 Unveiled.”


Mr. Kean is co-chair of the National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG) which which released a new report — “Preventing Violent Radicalization in America.”

Following brief remarks by Mr. Kean, Peter Bergen (NSPG member and Director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation), and Peter Neumann (Founding Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London and BPC Visiting Scholar) offered brief comments on the report, and engaged in a discussion moderated by Siobhan Gorman, Intelligence Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

During the question and answer period, I rose to support Mr. Neumann’s recommendation for engaging with Muslim communities, and asked “which Muslim communities?” I added that groups such as the NSPG, and those in the US government, tend to engage with those Muslims who agree with them, and shun those that don’t. Dialog with only those who agree with you is not very effective.

I then handed copies of “9/11 Unveiled” to Messrs Kean, Nuemann, Bergen, and to Ms. Gorman. The book is a free download at TWF.org.

The event was filmed, and should be available for viewing later at the Bipartisan Policy Center.


Enver Masud
Founder and CEO
The Wisdom Fund

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jury rejects state charges against 7/7 Ripple Effect’s Muad’Dib

Muad'Dib (aka Anthony John Hill) found not guilty after jury watched films on 7/7 and 9/11. Pentagon employee, April Gallop, injured on 9/11 has been denied trial in the United States.

On May 12, at Southwark Crown Court in London, a jury returned and declared Muad'Dib innocent of attempting to "pervert the course of justice".

The jury watched a Muad'Dib film, The Ripple Effect, and heard in-depth discussions of both 7/7 and 9/11.

Mr Hill claimed that these were, in fact, false-flag attacks carried out for the purpose of providing a pretext for invading countries in the middle east in order to control their natural resources.

This is, perhaps, the first time such allegations of false-flag terror attacks have been made in front of a jury that apparently found them credible, and acquitted the accused.

Pentagon employee April Gallop's case filed in the United States has been denied a hearing before a jury.

On March 15, 2010, a Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York dismissed the complaint filed by Pentagon employee April Gallop and her son against Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Myers and as-yet unidentified government and military officials named as John Does.

Ms. Gallop's appeal has been dismissed by the United States Court of Appeals in New Haven, Connecticut.

The United States government has vigorously opposed open examination of what really happened on 9/11.

Posted by Enver Masud

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Samaa TV, Pakistan, contradicts U.S. account of Bin Laden

Samaa TV, News Beat With Fareeha Idrees: Muhammad Bashir, a neighbor, claims that one helicopter arrived and dropped off 10 or 12 persons on the roof of "Osama's" house. About 20 minutes later, three helicopters came. The one that had dropped off the Pashtun speakers exploded. Two other helicopters came, but did not land. The neighbors went into the house, looked around, the army arrived about 20 minutes later. He questions how Bin Laden could have been taken, since the only helicopter that landed exploded.

The video is in Urdu.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Exposed: The Abbottabad, Pakistan Affair

Is Bin Laden dead? Probably. Was he killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan? Possibly. Was he the 'mastermind' of 9/11? No, and his death is a distraction from more important issues.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Report: 9/11 mastermind, Bin Laden, assassinated in Pakistan

In 1976, President Ford issued Executive Order 11905 to clarify U.S. foreign intelligence activities. The order was enacted in response to the post-Watergate revelations that the CIA had staged multiple attempts on the life of Cuban President Fidel Castro. ("U.S. policy on assassinations," cnn.com, November 4, 2002)

Section 5(g), entitled "Prohibition on Assassination," states: "No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination."

"China holds that the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of any country should be respected," said Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, according to Xinhua news agency. ("China blasts US government for operation that killed Osama," ibtimes.com, May 5, 2011)

More than a year ago, I wrote: "We suspect that when bin Laden is 'killed,' we'll just have to trust the folks that lied us into war to confirm they got him."

Is Bin Laden dead? Most probably. Was he killed in Abbotabad, Pakistan? We don't know. Was he the "mastermind" of 9/11? No.

Monday, May 2, 2011

President Obama announces death of Osama bin Laden



The US FBI has long held that they have no hard evidence that Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. Others believe that he died long time ago.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Regarding the morality of the Libya war

The Diane Rehm Show

Dear Diane:

Yesterday, while driving I heard a bit of your discussion on the morality of the Libya war. I believe this is a very important issue, and our news media have not addressed it.

I addressed this issue in my letter to the petitioners who asked for the no-fly zone. The war on Libya is not a "just war" as seen by Christians and Muslims who have given this issue much thought.

May I suggest that you interview the Rev. Canon Alan F. Geyer and/or Barbara G. Green whose book and analysis of the the justice of the Gulf War — Lines In The Sand — I highly recommend.

Enver Masud
Founder and CEO
The Wisdom Fund

Sunday, April 3, 2011

LIBYA: Is it the rebels or the Post that is struggling to explain the rift in leadership?

Is it the rebels or the Washington Post that is struggling to explain the rift in leadership?

The rebel leaders have been speaking out for some time, but Washington isn't listening. For example:

Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the protesters' new National Libyan Council, insisted that calls for foreign intervention were entirely unwelcome, adding that the protesters have taken most of the nation and "the rest of Libya will be liberated by the people."

LIBYA'S rebels have thanked France for its role in the Western-led military blitz against the Gaddafi regime but said "outside forces" could now leave the country. . . . rebel leader Mahmoud Jibril . . . said: "We do not want outside forces. We won't need them. We will win the first battle thanks to you. We will win the next battle through our own means."

Obviously, the rebel leaders do not want a CIA asset to lead.

Enver Masud
Founder and CEO
The Wisdom Fund — TWF.org

Friday, April 1, 2011

Libya rebels to be led by CIA asset Col. Haftar

Khalifa Hifter - a former Libyan army colonel who spent nearly 20 years in Vienna, Virginia, not far from the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley? Progressives will love to learn that the romantic "rebels" are now led by a CIA asset.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LIBYA: Sign petition opposing no-fly zone

SIGN PETITION, Please!
Tell Obama and Congress you oppose the no-fly zone over Libya


The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), and over 1600 others, in an open letter to President Obama, requested the president,

"Working closely with U.S. allies, NATO, and the United Nations to create a coalition that will impose as quickly as possible a no-fly zone for all Libyan military aircraft over the full extent of northern Libyan airspace, and implement such measures as may be required to render the Libyan air force inoperable throughout the country."

We believe the no-fly zone (a euphemism for war) is neither consistent with international law, nor is it a Just War, and have stated the reasons in an open letter to CSID.

If you agree, SIGN PETITION opposing no-fly zone — just click and send. Please do not alter the subject line.

Replies will be automatically tabulated, and will constitute your signature authorizing us to petition the President and Congress for an end to the no-fly zone over Libya.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Arab League criticizes Western strikes on Libya

The Arab League on Sunday criticized Western military strikes on Libya, a week after urging the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on the oil-rich North African state.

Doesn't Amr Moussa know what happened in Iraq? Is he trying to eat his cake, and have it too? Is this statement intended to improve his chances for being elected president of Egypt?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Obama to send 'team' to Libya. What's the legal basis for intervening?

The Guardian reports that "Libya's revolutionary leadership has appealed for France and Britain to launch air strikes against an intensive assault by Muammar Gaddafi's forces that has forced the rebel army to retreat towards its eastern stronghold of Benghazi."

The White House announced that "it would send a government aid team into rebel-held parts of Libya, . . . [but] the administration stopped far short of recognizing the rebels' Transitional National Council as Libya's legitimate government".

What gives the U.S. the legal right to intervene in Libya?

The U.S. has not been invited by the Libyan government, it stated that it does not recognize the rebels' Transitional National Council, and it does not have a UN mandate.

Islamic radicalization hearing: 9/11 truth information distributed

I arrived at the Canon House Office Building, venue for the Homeland Security Committee hearings on Islamic radicalization, between 8:30 and 8:45. I met Enver Masud, founder of The Wisdom Fund, and congratulated Medea Benjamin on being accused by Glenn Beck of starting the Egyptian revolution(NOT). I then leafleted the press with Enver's letter and fact sheet to Chairman King until shooed away by the authorities. I found a couple of people to interview Enver. Pajama TV spoke to Enver but didn't interview him. Seemed the fellow was more interested in talking to young women. I spoke to a young Muslim woman from Texas. After explaining what Enver was trying to accomplish, she begged for understanding that it would be too dangerous for most mosques to address this. I agreed that I don't find fault with Muslim Americans for reticence NEARLY as much as with European Americans. Nevertheless, I predicted that if we don't confront the 9/11 lies we will come to live in a police state where Muslim Americans take the brunt of the repression. A European diplomat asserted 9/11 was too long ago to be relevant. Diplomats are good at talking points. I met a Muslim diplomat from a large Asian nation. He had never heard of WTC 7. He was very interested.

Randall Terry the abortion clinic protest leader arrived with video camera assistant. He was knowledgeable but hostile, asserting Islam to be a threat to Christianity. A Jewish man who taught classes on the history of Israel and Palestine was critical of Terry's DVD saying that if someone cherry picked language from the Torah as Terry had done with the Koran, it would seem Judaism was even more bloodthirsty that Terry's version of Islam. He attributed this to the age of the various scriptures.

Enver went home to watch on TV, and I didn't get in till 12:30 PM. I saw the last hour. Al Green of Texas was the high point. Noting he was the son of a preacher, he emphasized that the KKK used Christianity as an excuse for their terrorist activities.

At the and I leafleted the press inside the room. I said Enver was the most daring Muslim in the US and he was never invited to speak in mosques because of fear in the mosques of being associated with him. EVERY journalist took the letter. I got a list from Enver by phone of the committee members and delivered the letter to the offices of all but 2. Jane Harman had quit her Congressional seat anyway. She is succeeding Lee Hamilton at the Woodrow Wilson Center. To think her husband made his money from sound systems and thus popular music is quite an irony. I used the same introduction, which humble Enver was not happy with.

Let me ask, since those who advocate violence are foolish rather than daring, why isn't daring the right description of Enver's work?

David Slesinger

David Slesinger is a longtime advocate of nonviolence. He has been arrested over two dozen times for nonviolent civil disobedience, mostly in opposition to nuclear power. He was the first person to serve a sentence for protesting climate change. His focus now is on exposing the truth about 9/11.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Obama hoping to extract 'people's request' for invasion of Libya

Veteran Indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar writes: "All indications are that the US and its allies who are assisting the Libyan rebels politically, militarily and financially have been hoping to extract a "request" from the Libyan people within a day or two at the most as a fig-leaf to approach the United Nations Security Council for a mandate to impose sanctions under the auspices of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Libyan rebels are a divided house: nationalist elements staunchly oppose outside intervention and the Islamists among them are against any form of Western intervention. . . .

"Obama's calculation is that if only a Libyan "people's request" could be generated, that would in historical terms absolve him and the West of the blame of invading a sovereign member country of the United Nations - from a moral and political angle, at least - as well as push the Arab League and African Union into the enterprise."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Libya oil grab disguised as humanitarian assistance

While others clamor for a no-fly zone over Libya, the Libyan rebels' themselves need to be heard

Yesterday, a CBS News headline read "Libya rebels beg for no-fly as bombings persist". What is remarkable is that the article gives virtually no information on who are the Libyans begging for the no-fly zone.

The only information CBS provides as to the identity of the beggars is in the following paragraph:

In a firsthand look at why Libya's rebels are begging for a no-fly zone, CBS News was first on the scene after a bombing. People ignored the danger and raced to show the damage.

But there's no shortage of others begging for a no-fly zone.

According to the Agence France Presse (March 7), "The Gulf Cooperation Council demands that the UN Security Council take all necessary measures to protect civilians, including enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya".

The Guardian (March 4) reported that the British prime minister, David Cameron,

caused some surprise on both sides of the Atlantic when he called for Britain and its allies to draw up plans for a no-fly zone over Libya, was offered important support by Barack Obama on Thursday night. American military planners had been instructed to draw up a full range of options, including a no-fly zone, Obama said at the White House during a press conference with his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon.

And one has only to turn on CNN to see that most of the debate is about a no-fly zone over Libya. Essentially missing are the voices of the Libyan rebels themselves.

"Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the protesters' new National Libyan Council, insisted that calls for foreign intervention were entirely unwelcome, adding that the protesters have taken most of the nation and "the rest of Libya will be liberated by the people", according to Jason Ditz, at Antiwar.com.

Yesterday's editorial in the Guardian offers sound advice:

Some Libyan rebels have called for a no-fly zone, but until now - and this may change - the mood of the Libyan uprising is that this is their fight and their fight alone. Quite apart from the unwarranted legitimacy a bombing campaign would (once again) confer on the Libyan leader among his rump support in Tripoli and the damage it would do to attempts to split his camp, a major western military intervention could have unforeseen political consequences for the very forces it would be designed to support. A no-fly zone saved lives in Kurdish northern Iraq, but failed to protect the Shias in the south under Saddam Hussein. The moral strength of the Libyan rebels and their political claim to represent the true voice of the people both rest partly on the fact that, like the Egyptians and the Tunisians, they have come this far alone. The revolt is theirs, they are no one else's proxy, and the struggle is about ending tyranny rather than searching for new masters. Even if Gaddafi's forces succeed in checking the advance of rebel forces, and the civil war becomes protracted, it is the home-grown nature of this revolt that contains the ultimate seeds of the destruction of Gaddafi's regime. Thus far, it is Gaddafi and his sons who have had to import hired guns from abroad.

Jeremiah (Jerry) Haber (his nom de plume), an orthodox Jewish studies and philosophy professor, who divides his time between Israel and the US is more specific:

President Obama has already said that Muammar Gaddafi has lost his legitimacy as Libya's leader, so an important and necessary precursor to the whole debate about providing military or non-military assistance to Libya's revolutionaries, is formal recognition of their leadership: the Interim National Transitional Council in Benghazi.

The Council has formed an executive team headed by Dr Mahmoud Jebril Ibrahim El-Werfali and Dr Ali Aziz Al-Eisawi who will represent Libya's foreign affairs and have been delegated the authority to negotiate and communicate with all members of the international community and to seek international recognition.

The Transitional Council's third decree dated March 5, ends: "we request from the international community to fulfil its obligations to protect the Libyan people from any further genocide and crimes against humanity without any direct military intervention on Libyan soil."

That seems to leave open the question about whether a no-fly zone is being sought.

Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. All that oil, and "the allure, close by, of the US$10 billion, 4,128 kilometer long Trans-Saharan gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria, expected to be online in 2015" has many U.S. elites salivating at the prospect of U.S.-European intervention in Libya.

Veteran Indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar writes:

Clearly, the "intervention option" is propelling the Anglo-American juggernaut. A little behind, France tags along not to miss out on the "peace dividends" that follow the intervention - Libyan oil. The parallel with the Iraq war is striking, except that things are on a fast-forward mode.

Let's wait until the Interim National Transitional Council in Benghazi asks for a no-fly zone or other assistance. In the meantime, check out reports that may lead one to conclude that the Interim National Transitional Council is itself a creation of the the U.S.



Enver Masud Founder, The Wisdom Fund

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hearings on Islamic radicalization: go get'em, Pete King

. . . God-speed with the hearings, Mr. King. Do us proud, like the good old days. Root out those leaders who acquiesce in terror. Hang 'em from a tall oak tree.

God Bless America

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The news briefing transcript the Pentagon does not want you to see

Available: the news briefing transcript the Pentagon does not want you to see. It's pretty obvious why.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mubarak steps down

Protesters celebrate in Cairo after Mubarak steps down — appoints military council to run the country.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Epilogue: 'The War on Islam' by Enver Masud

Handout for Rep. Pete King's Homeland Security Committee hearing on radical Islam in America

At the September 12, 2001, Dept. of Defense News Briefing, "American Airlines", "Flight 77", "Boeing 757", were not even mentioned. The transcript, removed from the DoD website, is available at http://www.twf.org/News/Y2010/0911-Pentagon.html

See Rep. Pete King's website for hearings schedule
Handout for the Homeland Security Committee hearing
Contact: Enver Masud, email staff@twf.org, phone 567-703-6837

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Richard Falk's response to UN Secretary General

Richard Falk "stressed . . . the importance of carefully examining evidence before drawing conclusions about political and legal responsibility for highly sensitive public acts, and the importance for the serenity of the society of achieving closure in a responsible manner. [He] never endorsed doubts about the official version of 9/11 beyond indicating what anyone who has objectively examined the controversy knows — that there remain certain gaps in the official explanation that give rise to an array of conspiratorial explanations, and that the 9/11 Commission unfortunately did not put these concerns to rest. [His] plea was intended to encourage addressing these gaps in a credible manner, nothing more, nothing less."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Re U.N. chief condemns rights expert's 9/11 comments

Vijay Nambiar
Chief of Staff
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Dear Mr. Nambiar:

Re U.N. chief condemns rights expert's 9/11 comments
Reuters, January 24, 2011

My father M N Masud was appointed UNESCO Mission Chief to Indonesia by Dag Hammarskjöld, and ambassador to Saudi Arabia by Pandit Nehru. He served as Maulana Azad's private secretary.

I arrived as a student in the US in 1960, and have managed the National Power Grid Study (directed a couple of dozen, multidisciplinary teams — total 150 persons), and the National Electric Reliability Study for the U.S. Department of Energy. I also set up and directed the Operations Review Division at the Iowa Commerce Commission. I’ve consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank — in Albania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Latvia, Pakistan, Russia, and Tanzania.

Regarding what happened on September 11, 2001, if the UN is interested in facts, not myths, please peruse my paper on the Pentagon. At the September 12, 2001, Dept. of Defense News Briefing, "American Airlines", "Flight 77", "Boeing 757", were not even mentioned.

The enclosed book 9/11 Unveiled is an Executive Summary of several years of research, and shows that much of what we’ve been told about 9/11 is false.

I am prepared to debate any representative of the US government on this issue. Prof Richard Falk should be commended for speaking out.

Enver Masud

Founder, The Wisdom Fund

Monday, January 24, 2011

Establishment news media bears the primary responsibility for Islamophobia

Establishment news media bears the primary responsibility for Islamophobia. Had they been doing there job, Americans would not be so easily manipulated.

Whether it is the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, the ravages caused by US covert actions, or the tragic events of September 11, 2001, establishment news media has failed to give us timely, truthful and balanced accounts.

Take 9/11 — arguably the biggest driver of Islamophobia, how many Americans know that 2000+ engineers, architects, military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and professors do not believe the official account of 9/11?

This opposition to the official account is unprecendented. Yet establishment news media have failed to report this, and to inquire why the official account is so discredited in both the US and overseas.

Of course, others — particularly Muslim leaders, are not blameless.

If you're interested in getting to the truth about 9/11, I suggest beginning with this account of what happened at the Pentagon.

Enver Masud
Founder, The Wisdom Fund