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The Secrets of September 11
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:21 am EDT, May  1, 2003

Even as White House political aides plot a 2004 campaign plan designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks, administration officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of key events relating to the attacks.


By refusing to declassify many of its most significant conclusions, the administration has essentially thwarted congressional plans to release the report by the end of this month, congressional and administration sources tell NEWSWEEK. In some cases, these sources say, the administration has even sought to “reclassify” some material that was already discussed in public testimony—a move one Senate staffer described as “ludicrous.” The administration’s stand has infuriated the two members of Congress who oversaw the report—Democratic Sen. Bob Graham and Republican Rep. Porter Goss.


In Graham’s view, the Bush administration isn’t protecting legitimate issues of national security but information that could be a political “embarrassment,” the aide said. Graham, who last year served as Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, recently told NEWSWEEK: “There has been a cover-up of this."


... because the document relied so heavily on secret material, the administration “working group,” overseen by CIA director George Tenet, had to first “scrub” the document and determine which portions could be declassified.

More than two months later, the working group came back with its decisions—and some members were flabbergasted. Entire portions remained classified. Some of the report—including some dealing with matters that had been extensively aired in public, such as the now famous FBI “Phoenix memo” of July 2001 reporting that Middle Eastern nationals might be enrolling in U.S. flight schools—were “reclassified.”


One portion deals extensively with the stream of U.S. intelligence-agency reports in the summer of 2001 suggesting that Al Qaeda was planning an upcoming attack against the United States—and implicitly raises questions about how Bush and his top aides responded. One such CIA briefing, in July 2001, was particularly chilling and prophetic. It predicted that Osama bin Laden was about to launch a terrorist strike “in the coming weeks,” the congressional investigators found. The intelligence briefing went on to say: “The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.”

The substance of that intelligence report was first disclosed at a public hearing last September by staff director Hill. But at the last minute, Hill was blocked from saying precisely who within the Bush White House got the briefing when CIA director Tenet classified the names of the recipients. (One source says the recipients of the briefing included Bush himself.) As a result, Hill was only able to say the briefing was given to “senior government officials.”


Hopefully the truth will find its way into the light about 9/11 someday. Bush's administration is doing everything in their power to keep the lid on the truth. It wouldn't help his re-election bid if the public knew he sat on his ass and let it happen.

If you live in America, if you call this your home, wouldn't you like to know everything possible about 9/11? I still want to know why the Air Force was told to stand down that day. I still want to know more about those fishy stock put options and how they were traced back to A.B. Brown. What is the classified information linking the Israeli spy ring in America to 9/11?

Lots of unanswered questions. Keep the issues alive.

The Secrets of September 11

Criticizing Israel will be a taboo in United States.
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:17 am EDT, Apr 25, 2003

WASHINGTON: A new law being proposed by Republican senators will serve [to] prohibit criticism of Israel on American college campuses.

The police-state-style "thought control" legislation is to be introduced by third-ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate, conservative Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

His so-called "ideological diversity" legislation suggests cutting federal funding for American colleges and universities if those institutions are found to be permitting professors, students and student organizations to openly criticize Israel, which Santorum considers to be an act of "anti-Semitism."


The report said that during the private Senate session - of which there are no transcripts available to the taxpayers who paid for the project - an ADL representative reportedly claimed to the gathering that the ADL's "annual audit" of anti-Semitic activity in America had detected an increase by 24% of anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses in the year 2002. That 24% increase -- even by the ADL's own admission --constituted only 21 actions.

However, the ADL definition of "anti-Semitism" is so broad that it largely includes even the mildest criticism of Israel that doesn't happened to be framed in the particular parameters that the ADL determines to be acceptable.


Another example of the thought police at work. For the record, criticism of Isreal does not equal anti-Semitism, no matter how hard they try to make it seem that way. I've always though the word anti-Semitism was a misnomer anyway.

Your tax dollars at work for our proxy state in the mideast.

Criticizing Israel will be a taboo in United States.

Interz0ne: Cease and Desist Letter - 20030411
Topic: Society 3:05 pm EDT, Apr 14, 2003

Now on Slashdot:

Interz0ne: Cease and Desist Letter - 20030411

Saddam has no balls
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:46 pm EDT, Apr 10, 2003

We tried blowing this statue of Saddam up in Iraq. It didn't come down, but I think the point was made regardless :)

Saddam has no balls

Free Mike Hawash
Topic: Current Events 3:04 pm EDT, Apr  8, 2003

] On Thursday, March 20, 2003, our friend and colleague
] Maher (Mike) Hawash was arrested ("detained") as a
] "material witness" by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism
] Task Force in the parking lot of Intel Corp's Hawthorne
] Farms parking lot. Simultaneously, FBI agents in
] bulletproof vests and carrying assault rifles awoke
] Mike's wife Lisa and their three children in the home,
] which they proceeded to search. Since then, Mike has
] been held in the Federal Prison at Sheridan, OR.

He's not the only one. Yes, this is what we kill people for: FREEDOM! Glad the ACLU and his congress critter are already raising a stink about this.

Free Mike Hawash

RE: War. Still a Good Idea.
Topic: Society 6:36 pm EST, Apr  5, 2003

] ] However rhetorical it's become, the following is no less
] ] true: The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forced the
] ] United States to change the way it responds to external
] ] threats.

But this country has the economic power, the military strength and the political will to do something about it. That's a blessing, because we can defend ourselves in ways few other nations can. It's also our curse, because if we don't deal with the problem--as the United Nations refused to do--no one else can or will. So the duty falls to us, and the time has come to stop playing games with national security and--by extension--the lives of not only Americans but those of oppressed innocents across the globe as well.


I am so goddamn sick of people tying 9/11 to this ill-conceived conquest in the Middle East. The current leaders don't give a shit about our security. They still cooperate with terrorists and nations that fund them if it serves US interests.

There is a strong case for showing the Bush administration's complicity in the 9/11 attacks. For example, look at our relationship with Pakistan. We turned a blind eye to their DIRECT FUNDING of Mohammed Atta. Any effective investigation of 9/11 has been shelved. More background:

There are still plenty of unanswered questions. Rather than actually investigate and try to root out the base of operations for the 9/11 terrorists, we're conquering Iraq. Figure that one out.

RE: War. Still a Good Idea.

Stupid Academy Award
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:21 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

"The Michael Moore production Bowling for Columbine just won the Oscar for best documentary. Unfortunately, it is not a documentary.

Bowling fails the first requirement of a documentary: some foundation in the truth. In his earlier works, Moore shifted dates and sequences for the sake of drama, but at least the events depicted did occur. Most of the time. Bowling breaks that last link with factual reality. It makes its points by deceiving and by misleading the viewer. Statements are made which are false. Moore invites the reader to draw inferences which he must have known were wrong. Dates are transposed and video carefully edited to create whatever effect is desired. Indeed, even speeches shown on screen are heavily edited, so that sentences are assembled in the speaker's voice, but which he never uttered."


Well, when I watched Bowling for Columbine I thought it was pretty hard hitting. This article is a well needed second opinion. I'll have to take anything Michael Moore says with a few more grains of salt.

He's working on a documentary about the connections between the Bush and Bin Laden family called "Farenheit 911." I was hoping for something good but if it's up to the standard of deception that "Bowling for Columbine" used, I think I'll pass.

Shame on *you* Michael.

Stupid Academy Award

George Foreman USB iGrill
Topic: Arts 5:35 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

] prime Black Angus? The iGrill does. As your meal cooks,
] the subtle glow from under the unit increases brightness
] and pulses faster until your meal is perfectly done.

This is just damn cool.....Geek Grilling....its the wave of the future!


How about waffles?

George Foreman USB iGrill

Wesley Willis plays April 7th in Nashville
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:44 am EST, Mar 31, 2003

Mon. 7 Blue Sky Court Nashville, TN
w/ Angry Atom. 18+ show.


Anyone else up for this?

Wesley Willis plays April 7th in Nashville

Support the Warrior Not the War: Give Them Their Benefits!
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:28 pm EST, Mar 30, 2003

The House of Representatives have recently voted on the 2004 budget which will cut funding for veteran's health care and benefit programs by nearly $25 billion over the next ten years. It narrowly passed by a vote of 215 to 212, and came just a day after Congress passed a resolution to "Support Our Troops." How exactly does this vote support our troops? Does leaving our current and future veterans veterans without access to health care and compensation qualify as supporting them?

The Veteran's Administration, plagued by recent budget cuts, has had to resort to charging new veterans entering into its system a yearly fee of $250 in order for them to receive treatment. It is a sad irony that the very people being sent to fight the war are going to have to pay to treat the effects of it.

Support the Warrior Not the War: Give Them Their Benefits!

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