30 September 2009

Alan Grayson Rocks!

A Democrat with a spine. What a concept!
Here's Rep. Alan Grayson, explaining the GOP's health care plan.

Then, when the Repubs demand an apology, he gives them this:

Which got him an appearance on the situation room where he took on Wolf and a pair of indignant Repubs...

How refreshing to see a Democrat who'll stand up and tell it like it is. I suggest he stay out of small airplanes.

24 September 2009

9/11 Commission Rejects own Report as Based on Government Lies

The 9/11 Commission now tells us that the official version of 9/11 was based on false testimony and documents and is almost entirely untrue. The details of this massive cover-up are carefully outlined in a book by John Farmer, who was the Senior Counsel for the 9/11 Commission.
Continue reading HERE

22 September 2009

Honesty in Amerika - R.I.P.

Truthout.org has published a most insightful essay by Henry Giroux entitled: The Politics of Lying and the Culture of Deceit in Obama's America: The Rule of Damaged Politics.

It begins: In the current American political landscape, truth is not merely misrepresented or falsified; it is overtly mocked.

Continue reading HERE. Do it now.

[image lifted from toonpool.com]

21 September 2009

McChrystal Wants More Troops for Afghanistan

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure."

Since more troops means more $ for his corporate masters, I predict Obama will go for it.

Happy Peace Day

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.
Visit: internationaldayofpeace.org

20 September 2009

Did Blackwater Kill Benazir Bhutto?

Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Read on...

17 September 2009

2009 9/11 Truth Statement

We STILL Want Real Answers About 9/11
September 11, 2009
Click here to read and sign the original

On August 31, 2004, Zogby International, the official North American political polling agency for Reuters, released a poll that found nearly half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of those in New York state believed US leaders had foreknowledge of impending 9/11 attacks and "consciously failed" to act. Of the New York City residents, 66% called for a new probe of unanswered questions by Congress or the New York Attorney General. Since that time, multiple professional polling organizations have obtained similar results in polls conducted nationally and internationally.

In 2004, 911truth.org assembled a list of notable Americans and family members of those who died who signed a 9/11 Statement, calling for "immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."

On the eighth anniversary of 9/11, we find ourselves asking these same questions and encountering the same resistance to transparency. The ensuing wars have destroyed countless lives, our civil liberties (including habeas corpus) are in tatters, posse comitatus is history, and our economy lies essentially in ruin. Meanwhile, thousands of 9/11 responders who rushed to stand with America in its time of need are now sick -- many dying -- from the exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, receiving inadequate medical help or compensation in return. Because this issue is as relevant as the day we issued this Statement in 2004, we now offer again the opportunity to endorse this call for answers, and join with those who have already taken a stand.

Within the last month, one of these original 12 questions has finally been answered:

Why has Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator who claims to have knowledge of advance warnings, been publicly silenced with a gag order requested by Attorney General Ashcroft and granted by a Bush-appointed judge?
Only now do we know why. Where is the national outcry we would expect had it been top story reported by the media, "liberal"or "conservative"?

We still want truthful answers to the remaining 11 questions asked originally on our Statement in 2004:
  1. Why were standard operating procedures for dealing with hijacked airliners not followed that day?

    An essay by Paul Thompson, The Failure to Defend the Skies on 9/11, provides a thorough and detailed background to address this question.
    To learn more about NORAD's mission, see The NORAD papers articles by Dean Jackson.

  2. Why were the extensive missile batteries and air defenses reportedly deployed around the Pentagon not activated during the attack?

    April Gallop: http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2006/07/interview-with-april-gallop.html
    See Mineta's testimony, also listed below
    Air Defense on 9/11

  3. Why did the Secret Service allow Bush to complete his elementary school visit, apparently unconcerned about his safety or that of the schoolchildren?

    Another great essay by Paul Thompson and Allan Wood, An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11, raises vital questions that still remain unanswered.

  4. Why hasn't a single person been fired, penalized, or reprimanded for the gross incompetence we witnessed that day?


  5. Why haven't authorities in the U.S. and abroad published the results of multiple investigations into trading that strongly suggested foreknowledge of specific details of the 9/11 attacks, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of traceable gains?

    The History Commons timeline of entries related to insider trading
    9/11 Commission documents relating to insider trading allegations

  6. How could Flight 77, which reportedly hit the Pentagon, have flown back towards Washington D.C. for 40 minutes without being detected by the FAA's radar or the even superior radar possessed by the US military?

    Mineta's testimony about what the Vice President knew of Flight 77

  7. How were the FBI and CIA able to release the names and photos of the alleged hijackers within hours, as well as to visit houses, restaurants, and flight schools they were known to frequent?

    An overwhelming collection of information about the alleged hijackers from the Complete 9/11 Timeline
    How the FBI protected Al Qaeda 's 9/11 Hijacking Trainer
    Hijacker had post-9/11 flights scheduled, files say

  8. What happened to the over 20 documented warnings given our government by 14 foreign intelligence agencies or heads of state?

    They Tried to Warn Us: Foreign Intelligence Warnings Before 9/11

  9. Why did the Bush administration cover up the fact that the head of the Pakistani intelligence agency was in Washington the week of 9/11 and reportedly had $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta, considered the ringleader of the hijackers?
    From the November, 2004, complaint and petition filed with AG Spitzer on the possible ISI role in providing funding to the plotters:

    Allegations of bribes to 9/11 Commission
    S Sheikh, the ISI and wire transfers

  10. Why did the 911 Commission fail to address most of the questions posed by the families of the victims, in addition to almost all of the questions posed here?

    Family Steering Committee Review of Commission Report

    Press for Truth
    Deconstructing Deceit

  11. Why was Philip Zelikow chosen to be the Executive Director of the ostensibly independent 911 Commission although he had co-authored a book with Condoleezza Rice?

    Who is Zelikow?
    9/11 Commission's findings cite intelligence garnered by torture

Those who favor a thorough and unbiased accounting of the facts now number in the millions, from countries around the world and from across the political spectrum. 9/11 Truth is not and never has been a partisan issue and only by standing together can we approach truth and achieve the reconciliation that is necessary to our common good.

In closing, we pray and hope for the strength to approach this subject with wisdom and compassion so that we may heal from the wounds inflicted on that terrible day.

To sign this 9/11 truth petition, click here.

16 September 2009

Obama Wants to Keep Police State Powers

The Obama administration is urging lawmakers to extend three provisions of the controversial domestic surveillance law known as the USA Patriot Act.
from VOA News