Saturday, January 31, 2004

MSNBC - 'Scarborough Country' for Jan. 28

>> God bless Ellen Mariani. Her court case charging Bush and his crew with 9/11
>> foreknowledge and abetment to murder finally gets the truth uttered on national TV

Scarborough Country
January 28, 2004

"SCARBOROUGH: Phil Berg, let me bring in you here. You obviously are Ellen's attorney. This is obviously a horrible tragedy... You are hoping to prove in a court of law that the president of the United States knew about these attacks and let 3,000 people die...

PHIL BERG, ATTORNEY FOR MARIANI: I think that there is no question that President Bush knew about it... was very complicit in the events of 9/11... Joe, if you take a look at the facts of 9/11, if there was nothing to hide, why would Bush be hiding everything? He didn't want the 9/11 Commission. He has been stonewalling the 9/11 Commission. They want to extend the 9/11 Commission. The word is now that the president and the White House doesn't want to do it...

Think about it. For the events of 9/11 to have occurred, 116 governmental agencies and failsafe systems would have had to fail on that day. The odds of that happening are one in four million." More...
washingtonpost.com: White House Holding Notes Taken by 9/11 Commission

>> The Cover-up Chronicles, Chapter 33

White House Holding Notes Taken by 9/11 Commission
Panel May Subpoena Its Summaries of Bush Briefings
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post
January 31, 2004

The White House, already embroiled in a public fight over the deadline for an independent commission's investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is refusing to give the panel notes on presidential briefing papers taken by some of its own members, officials said this week.

The standoff has prompted the 10-member commission to consider issuing subpoenas for the notes and has further soured relations between the Bush administration and the bipartisan panel. Lack of access to the materials would mean that the information they contain could not be included in a final report about the attacks. More...

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Philly Daily News Editorial: A 9/11 COVER UP?

>> Slowly, slowly the Fourth Estate Wakes Up...

A 9/11 COVER UP?

Philly Daily News Editorial
Thu, Jan. 29, 2004

THE WHITE House doesn't want to give the commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the 60 more days that it says it needs to finish its report.

Republicans are worried that a two-month extension would inject - shudder - politics into the Sept. 11 tragedy. The report would be released in July, in the middle of the presidential campaign.

As a shocked, but unidentified Republican congressional aide told the New York Times, 'The Democrats will spin and spin.'

Excuse us? Where is the Republican convention scheduled? Uh, New York?...

It was the Bush administration, remember, that resisted mightily the creation of this commission and then appointed the wildly inappropriate Henry Kissinger to be its chair. When Kissinger was forced to withdraw for a gazillion conflicts of interest, the well-respected Tom Kean, former governor of New Jersey and a Republican, took over.

Then the Bush White House proceeded to stonewall, not turning over documents until subpoenaed.

But why? Do they know something about the runup to Sept. 11 that we don't know? More...

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Portsmouth Herald Editorial: Ellen Mariani Shows Much Courage in Search for Truth

>> Christ, I love this state. Not only have their papers been the only ones to report on Ellen,
>> now they are EDITORIALIZING on behalf of this woman who's calling Bush a murderous traitor.
>> You jsut can't get a freer press than that...

Portsmouth Herald Editorial
Ellen Mariani Shows Much Courage in Search for Truth

Sunday, January 25, 2004

"'I want to be able to sleep at night knowing I did everything in my power to get to the bottom of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001,' Mariani told the Herald in December.

We admire Mrs. Mariani?s courage and conviction.

She has courage because she is going into this quest for information with her eyes wide open. She?s aware that things are going to get ugly." More...

Monday, January 26, 2004

Concord Monitor Letter to the Editor: "Overlooked"

>> God bless readers who speak up when the local press stays silent...

Concord Monitor
Friday, January 23, 2004

Letter to the Editor: Media assertions that George W. Bush has no opponent in the New Hampshire Republican primary are false. Several Republicans are on the ballot next week; of all, John Buchanan makes the case against Bush clearly and convincingly.

Buchanan won't be the Republican nominee for president, but he represents a large number of moderate Republicans who are dismayed with Bush's policies and his consistent pattern of lying to the American people. I have sent Buchanan a contribution through his Web site, johnbuchanan.org, to help him get more media attention to further make his candidacy known. Click on his blog when you visit his site. He updates it daily and it's very interesting.

UPI: Challenge by 'Honest Republican'

>> This story is a trifle flat, but fair and gratifyingly far-flung
>> - the UPI wire put it out to over 120 countries...

Analysis: Challenge by 'Honest Republican'
By Jillian Jonas
UPI National Political Analyst
Published 1/25/2004 11:01 AM

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- While much of the nation focuses on the horserace in New Hampshire's upcoming Democratic presidential primaries, few Americans realize that 14 individuals are running to challenge President George Bush in the Republican primary.

'Three types of candidates run in New Hampshire...There are the very principled kind, the ones who take running very seriously, running across the political spectrum. There are the kinds who are running as a goof. And then, there are those who are unhinged.'

Republican and 'citizen's candidate' John Buchanan, is probably a little of all three.

Originally running as the '9/11 Truth Candidate,' Buchanan is perhaps best known for being the journalist who uncovered, among other things, supposed evidence of war profiteering by the Bush and Harriman families with companies doing illegal business with the Nazis." More...

Saturday, January 24, 2004

All US airline passengers to undergo government background checks

All US Airline Passengers to Undergo Government Background Checks
By Jamie Chapman
21 January 2004

The US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) gave the go-ahead last week to a new screening system for airline passengers. The Computer Assisted Passenger PreScreening program, known as CAPPS 2, involves a two-stage process for determining who will be subject to additional security checks at airports, and who will be denied the right to fly altogether...

Although dozens of peace activists and other opponents of the Bush administration have found themselves caught up in the "do-not-fly" lists, up until now the government has claimed that only suspected terrorists were tracked. Now, however, the TSA has expanded the list to include supposedly violent criminals. The TSA has not said whether a conviction or simply an arrest will earn someone a place on the list, nor exactly what crimes are considered violent.

This expansion of the list has the effect of making the detention of a passenger seem more routine and even justified. Anyone targeted, either mistakenly or strictly for their political activities, will be even more isolated as they are being led away, since they will be assumed to be a common criminal...

Seattle Times: 9-11 is No Reason to Suspend the Constitution

>> God bless the local indy dailies - they "get it" and print it, too!

9-11 is No Reason to Suspend the Constitution
By Floyd J. McKay
Seattle Times
January 24, 2004

"What is frightening about the Guantanamo cases is not just the lack of legal protections -- they are, after all, not American citizens -- but the attitude of the Justice Department. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, Justice's point man before the court, contends that 'The courts have no jurisdiction to evaluate or second-guess the conduct of the president and the military.'

That language, even discounting for legal hyperbole, should concern every American who cares about checks and balances.

Essentially, the government is saying in these cases and others that 9-11 suspended the Constitution, and did so for all time, not just the immediate future.

The nub of the Justice argument is that this is wartime, and the president has unusual powers in wartime. Granted, that has always been the case. But even a genuine declared war (the last time Congress declared a war was Dec. 8, 1941) still leaves a role for checks on presidential power.

Bush has used 9-11 to set himself above the law. Unlike World War II or other declared wars, this is a 'war' without end.. What president is going to declare 'Mission Accomplished' on the deck of the USS Lincoln, only to have some loony set off a bomb in the subway? Not likely -- we will be fighting a 'war on terrorism' for the rest of our natural lives." More...

AlterNet: Announcing The P.U.-Litzer Prizes for 2003

>> All the News that's Fit to Flush

"Noblesse Oblige Occupation Award:
Thomas Friedman, New York Times
In a Nov. 30 piece, Times columnist Friedman gushed that 'this war (in Iraq) is the most important liberal, revolutionary U.S. democracy-building project since the Marshall Plan.' He lauded the war as 'one of the noblest things this country has ever attempted abroad.' Friedman did not mention the estimated 112 billion barrels of oil in Iraq ... or the continuous deceptions that led to the 'noble' enterprise.

Liberating Iraq Prize
Tom Brokaw
Interviewing a military analyst as U.S. jet bombers headed to Baghdad on the first day of the Iraq war, NBC anchor Brokaw declared: "Admiral McGinn, one of the things that we don't want to do is to destroy the infrastructure of Iraq, because in a few days we're going to own that country."

News Chiefs Discuss How to Cover Next Terror Attack - New York Post

>> Since Gen. Tommy Franks has already been kind enough to warn us that
>> after the next major terror attack "the Constitution will
>> likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government,"
>> it is understandable that Ridge would want to get our corporate media heads on board
>> and make sure they all greet these developments with one harmonized "patriotic" voice.
>> Christ, there isn't much time, people. There are now even half-serious jokes floating around
>> that say Rove has wired the country so that if Bush's poll numbers ever
>> drop below 40% it automatically triggers a terrorist bomb.

"January 15, 2004 -- STEVEN Brill had a summit meeting of TV anchormen and their bosses over dinner at his Fifth Avenue apartment on Tuesday night with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to discuss how they'll cover the next terrorist attack. Brill, whose book 'After' detailed the response to 9/11, spearheads the America Prepared Campaign to educate the public. Joining Brill for dinner were Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes, ABC News prexie David Westin, CBS News chief Andrew Heyward, CNN anchor Aaron Brown, plus Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw"
Ellen Mariani: Village Voice - Mondo NH TV

>> Short Touching Video Clip of Ellen Mariani

9-11 Widow Explains Her RICO Suit Against Bush
Ellen Mariani Takes Advantage of N.H. Media Frenzy to Push for the Truth
(Streaming Video: 1 min. 56 sec.)
Portsmouth, NH, January 21st, 2004

Monday, January 19, 2004

9/11 Panel Unlikely to Get Later Deadline

>> First they oppose it, then underfund it, stonewall it, and pack it
>> with conflict-of-interest-tainted creampuff commissioners.
>> Now they want to shut it down before it's work is even done.
>> With the Bush/Cheney White House it is always politics first,
>> then truth, accountability and victim rights much later or never...

9/11 Panel Unlikely to Get Later Deadline
-- Hearings Being Scaled Back to Finish Work by May
By Dan Eggen, Washington Post, January 19, 2004

"President Bush and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) have decided to oppose granting more time to an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, virtually guaranteeing that the panel will have to complete its work by the end of May, officials said last week.

"A growing number of commission members had concluded that the panel needs more time to prepare a thorough and credible accounting of missteps leading to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But the White House and leading Republicans have informed the panel that they oppose any delay, which raises the possibility that Sept. 11-related controversies could emerge during the heat of the presidential campaign...

"Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband, Ronald, was killed at the World Trade Center: "We've had it," said Breitweiser, who met with several commission leaders last week. "It is such a slap in the face of the families of victims. They are dishonoring the dead with their irresponsible behavior." More...

Sunday, January 18, 2004

"Good Will Hunting? -- Scalia, Cheney hunting together raises questions"

>> Grand chef Cheney likes his ducks well stuffed and his court surprises rare...

Scalia, Cheney Hunting Together Raises Questions
By David G. Savage
Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2004

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in south Louisiana, just three weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal by the vice president in lawsuits over his handling of the administration's energy task force.

Several experts in legal ethics questioned the timing of their trip and said it raises doubts about Scalia's ability to judge the case impartially.

But Scalia rejected that concern Friday, saying, "I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned."

>> After Florida 2000, nah, not a chance...


"American Dynasty": Family Lies

>> ZOUNDS! Mention of the Bush-Nazi connection finally emerges from the NY Times
>> linotype! They had previously refused to even look at the primary source proof
>> that John Buchanan offered them, but Phillips' huge book has drawn them out
>> at last. Get this book and pass it around. It's another grand omen for the year...

"American Dynasty": Family Lies
January 18, 2004

"If Howard Dean (or any other Democrat) is elected president of the United States this year, he (or she) will owe a debt of gratitude to Kevin Phillips. This may seem improbable. Phillips is, of course, legendary for his blueprint of Republican hegemony, ''The Emerging Republican Majority,'' published in 1969...

''I didn't like the Bushes when I was involved in G.O.P. politics before their two presidencies,'' he acknowledges at the end of his latest book. ''And now I better understand why.'' He is referring to the 333 preceding pages of ''American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush,'' a compendium of evils that he says have been handed down for four generations in the Bush family...

"George W. Bush's great-grandfathers, Samuel P. Bush and George H. Walker, assembled wealth and power by exploiting ties to Wall Street, arms merchants, the American intelligence apparatus and foreign dictators including Hitler. That wealth and power, and those connections, are why Bush is president today, Phillips says, and why his policies are what they are." More...
"A New Pearl Harbor" by John Pilger

>> Some madmen's warnings deserve re-reading every couple years...

"A New Pearl Harbor"
by John Pilger
The Guardian/UK, 12/12/02

"Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush said what America needed was 'a new Pearl Harbor'. Its published aims have, alarmingly, come true."

"The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world's resources, it said, was 'some catastrophic and catalysing event - like a new Pearl Harbor'. The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the 'new Pearl Harbor', described as 'the opportunity of ages'. The extremists who have since exploited 11 September come from the era of Ronald Reagan, when far-right groups and 'think-tanks' were established to avenge the American 'defeat' in Vietnam. In the 1990s, there was an added agenda: to justify the denial of a 'peace dividend' following the cold war. The Project for the New American Century was formed, along with the American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute and others that have since merged the ambitions of the Reagan administration with those of the current Bush regime.

One of George W Bush's 'thinkers' is Richard Perle. I interviewed Perle when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about 'total war', I mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing America's 'war on terror'. 'No stages,' he said. 'This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece together clever together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about us years from now." More...

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