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08.Sep.2006 Where Is Osama Bin Laden?

13:46:51 -0400 Five Years After the 9/11 Attacks, There Are Few Explanations About Why He Has Not Been Caught
The ten most recommended threads posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums in the last 24 hours.
ABC is slandering my friend, John O'Neill
67 recs : By pabsungenis
Top Historians Demand ABC Yank 9/11 Film
62 recs : By rodeodance
Burbank DUers - Protest At Disney Studios, TODAY, 4pm
57 recs : By Dems Will Win
I've been here at DU for 5 1/2 years now
54 recs : By Gman
Senate Report: Saddam saw al-Qaida as threat, not ally
46 recs : By Bluebear
Conservatives are lining up against Path to 9/11

What aggravates me the most about the ABC miniseries is not how they've attacked their critics, how they've distorted Clinton's anti-terrorism efforts (and the Republicans' efforts to block them), or how they build Bush up to be a hero instead of a bumbling incompetant who was too busy playing golf and clearing brush to read a briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike Within U.S." + sat for seven minutes after he knew the nation was under attack to be whisked away and make the command decisions.
It's how they portray John O'Neill.
The man on the screen is not the man I knew. He's not the man Don Williams interviewed countless times. He's not the man we both wept for, for a few seconds at least, over the air.
ABC, you are slandering my friend. That, alone, gives me reason to hate you for allowing these lies to go forward.
Home-grown radicals more of a threat than al-Qaeda
09.Sep.2006 Bernays, Edward L. impact -public relations in America-.html

Public relations professionals are hired ...

The rise of public relations is testimony ... ·
Ground Zero: Das Haus im Zentrum der Katastrophe

09.Sep.2006 CIA- Geheimgefängnisse: Bundesregierung ruft Präsident Bush zur Kurskorrektur auf
09.Sep.2006 Großbritannien: Blair findet Labour- Streit altmodisch

09.Sep.2006 Uno- Bitte: Deutschland soll syrische Grenzschützer schulen

09.Sep.2006 Studie: Jugendliche trinken immer mehr Alkohol
09.Sep.2006 Migranten- Elend: Horror statt Hoffnung in Berlin

09.Sep.2006 Untreue- Verdacht: Ex- Deutsche- Bank- Chef Breuer droht Anklage
09.Sep.2006 Rüffel aus Washington: Währungsfonds- Chef kritisiert deutsche Steuerpolitik
09.Sep.2006 Norwegen: Atomreaktor nach Störfall abgeschaltet
Atomkonflikt: EU sucht Iran- Kompromiss in letzter Minute
09.Sep.2006 Berlin: Rechtsextreme greifen SPD- Wahlkämpfer an
09.Sep.2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Geistiger Rückzug bei gleichzeitigem militärischem Engagement"
Probe to study mighty explosions Scientists give details of a new mission to investigate colossal explosions on the surface of the Sun.
09.Sep.2006 Shuttle nears last-chance launch After multiple delays, Nasa is making a final bid to launch the shuttle Atlantis before the launch window closes.
09.Sep.2006 Director Defends Accuracy of Path to 9/11: ‘We Have Our CIA Consultants and Clinton Has His’ - Judd 

ABC is defending the multiple inaccuracies in Path to 9/11 by stressing parts are fictionalized and not entirely based on the 9/11 Commission Report.

But that’s not the position of director David Cunningham.

According to Cunningham, critics are simply taking scenes out of context or relying on a competing set of experts.

Here’s what Cunningham told The Crimson White, a University of Alabama newspaper:

A lot of these critics haven’t seen the whole thing or, in some cases, any of it,” Cunningham said.

We have these CNN pundits who haven’t seen it who are taking scenes out of context as examples [of factual inaccuracies in the film].”

Cunningham also pointed out that the critics, many of whom are Democrats, are just telling their side of the story.

We have out [sic] CIA consultants and Clinton has his. It’s kind of a ‘he said, she said’ situation right now ,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham added that “the talk of ABC possibly pulling the show ‘is just a rumor right now.’” Copyright 2005 GlobalResearch. ca
09.Sep.2006 Without 911, the war criminals in high office do not have a leg to stand on.

The entire national security construct collapses like a deck of cards.

Known and documented, the "Islamic terror network" is a creation of the US intelligence apparatus.

Several of the terror alerts were based on fake intelligence as revealed in the recent foiled "liquid bomb attack".

There is evidence that the several of the terrorist "mass casualty events" which have resulted in civilian casualties were triggered by the military and/or intelligence services. (e.g Bali 2002).
The "war on terrorism" is bogus.

The 911 narrative as conveyed by the 911 Commission report is fabricated.

The Bush administration is involved in acts of cover-up and complicity at the highest levels of government.
Michel Chossudovsky is the author of the international best seller "The Globalization of Poverty " published in eleven languages.

He is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Center for Research on Globalization. His most recent book is America?s "War on Terrorism", Global Research, 2005.
New Column by Chussodovsky---MUST READ! Posted by: "Joanne Murphy"
The Next Phase of the Middle East War -By Michel Chossudovsky
05.Sep.2006 "GlobalResearch" - Israel's war on Lebanon is an integral part of a US sponsored "military roadmap".
The war on Lebanon, which has resulted in countless atrocities including the destruction of the nation's economy and civilian infrastructure, is "a stage" in a sequence of carefully planned military operations.
Lebanon constitutes a strategic corridor between Israel and North-western Syria.

The underlying objective of this war was the militarization of Lebanon, including the stationing of foreign troops, as a precondition for carrying out the next phase of a broader military agenda.
Formally under a UN mandate, the foreign troops to be stationed on Lebanese soil on the immediate border with Syria, will be largely although not exclusively from NATO countries.

This military force mandated by the UN Security Council is by no means neutral. It responds directly to US and Israeli interests.
Moreover, the timely withdrawal of Syrian troops, following the

00.Feb.2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has contributed to opening up a "new space".

The withdrawal of Syrian troops served Israeli interests.

The timely pullout was of strategic significance: it was a major factor in the timing and planning of the July 2006 IDF attacks on Lebanon.
In the aftermath of the Israeli bombings and the "ceasefire", UN Security Council Resolution 1701, drafted by France + the US in close consultation with the Israeli government,

has paved the way for the militarization of Lebanon, under a bogus UN mandate.
The Next Phase of the Middle East War

Gatekeeper Alex Cockburn Attacks 9/11 “Conspiracy Nuts” By Administrator on Uncategorized

In now entirely predictable fashion, lefty gatekeeper Alexander Cockburn has issued a hit piece against nine eleven “conspiracy nuts,” in particular David Ray Griffin, described as “one of their high priests.”

According to Cockburn, writing for the subscription-based Nation web site—kudos to the anarchists at Infoshop who filched and reposted it—Griffin’s book, the New Pearl Harbor, is rife with “fundamental idiocy,” especially in regard to the ability of the government to pull off a terrorist attack.

Moreover, Cockburn is onboard with Ward Churchill, who tells us Osama + crew, tucked away in a cave situated in one of the most remote + backwater countries on the planet, were indeed behind the attacks + to say otherwise makes one an honorary member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Barrie Zwicker tells us we need to wake up the gatekeepers, but nudging Cockburn out of his slumber will be quite a task.

For “progressives” such as Cockburn, the USA government is nothing more or less than a habitual bumbler, a lumbering beast unable to get things right.

One central characteristic of the nuts is that they have a devout, albeit preposterous, belief in American efficiency + hence many of them start with the racist premise that ‘Arabs in caves’ weren’t capable of the mission,” writes Alex. “They believe that military systems work the way Pentagon press flacks and aerospace salesmen say they should work.

They believe that at

08:14 am, when AA Flight 11 switched off its radio and transponder, an FAA flight controller should have called the National Military Command center and NORAD.”

In other words, the flight controller, hired for his or her ineptitude, as the government only interviews and hires incompetents, was busy playing tiddlywinks or sleeping in a bathroom stall when the hijacking occurred.

According to FAA regulations, when planes are hijacked the FAA hijack coordinator is contacted and a request is made to provide a military escort.

Of course, since the flight controller was probably asleep at the wheel and government systems are terminally broken due to chronic imbecility, Cockburn would have us believe any number of flight controllers either didn’t notice or didn’t find it unusual when transponder and radio contact was lost with Flight 11.

But not only was contact lost with the flight, it also deviated from its flight path. In addition, two airline attendants had separately called American Airlines reporting a hijacking.

No doubt the flight controllers on nine eleven were so inept a Federal Aviation Administration manager, Kevin Delaney, was obliged to destroy a tape containing their accounts.

Evidence in [a] report and from the air traffic controllers union suggests that the decisions to make the recording + later to destroy it were meant to conform to traditional protocols following a plane crash,” the Washington Post reported on

07.May 2004 .

The actions also were aimed at protecting controllers who were under excessive stress and emotion, according to union officials representing the controllers.”

In other words, destroying evidence is standard government procedure, especially for screw-up flight control employees.

I bet this embarrassing oafishness is a direct result of Reagan firing all the flight controllers in order to break their union back in the 00.000.1980 s.

Half way through Cockburn’s article, we are provided with a glimmer of the source of his irritation with the “conspiracy nuts” and their “high priest,” David Ray Griffin.

My in-box overflows each day with fresh ‘proofs’ of how the towers were demolished.

I meet people who start quietly, asking me what I think about 9/11.

What they are actually trying to find out is whether I’m part of the coven.

I imagine it is like being a normal Stoic in the second century AD going for a stroll in the forum + meeting some fellow asking, with seeming casualness, whether it’s possible to feed 5,000 people on five loaves of bread + a couple of fish.”

Cockburn is indeed a witty and talented scribe. However, when he attempts to explain away the demolition of the towers, he reveals himself as a flat-worlder, ignorant of the very laws of physics.

As you may guess, the towers went down, pulverized into fine dust, due to government and corporate inefficacy. “The demolition scenario is classic who-moved-the-stonery. The towers didn’t fall because they were badly built as a consequence of corruption, incompetence, regulatory evasions by the Port Authority and because they were struck by huge planes loaded with jet fuel. No, they collapsed because Dick Cheney’s agents methodically planted demolition charges in the preceding days. It was a conspiracy of thousands, all of whom—party to mass murder—have held their tongues ever since.”

Never mind that Hyman Brown, a University of Colorado civil engineering professor and the World Trade Center’s construction manager, has stated that WTC 1 and 2 were designed to survive an impact and fires from a collision by the largest commercial aircraft at the time, a Boeing 707-340. “The building was designed to have a fully loaded 707 crash into it. That was the largest plane at the time. I believe that the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door—this intense grid—and the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting,” explained the late Frank A. Demartini, on-site construction manager for the WTC, who perished during the attacks. No steel-frame building, before or after the WTC buildings, has ever collapsed due to fire.

According to Cockburn, people inside the buildings did not hear explosions. In fact, Edmund McNally phoned his wife Liz twice following the impact of the planes and told her “I can hear explosions below me,” according to a report published in the New York Times. Tom Elliott, survivor of WTC 2, told the Christian Science Monitor “those around him thought an explosion had come from below,” an “incredible noise—he calls it an ‘exploding sound’—shook the building + a tornado of hot air and smoke and ceiling tiles and bits of drywall came flying up the stairwell.” Lou Cacchioli, Christopher Fenyo, William Reynolds + other firefighters, including Lieutenant Fireman and former Auxiliary Police Officer, Paul Isaac Jr., reported explosions. If Cockburn is still incredulous, he needs to take a listen to radio transmissions of North Brunswick Volunteer Fire/Ladder Company #3, chockfull of firefighters reporting secondary explosions.

It’s a tough job being a gatekeeper with so much damning evidence floating around.

Back in the day, I wrote on an irregular basis for Cockburn’s Counterpunch. However, I decided to stop doing this after Cockburn more or less called me a conspiracy nut. On October 3, 2002, Counterpunch posted my Amiri Baraka’s Somebody Blew Up America: Poetry as Treason?As for Baraka’s assertion that both the US and Israeli government had prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks, there is clear, ample + documented evidence they most certainly did,” I wrote + then listed the Odigo warning, the 4,744 put options on United Airlines stock, the warnings of imminent attack issued by German, Jordanian + Russian intelligence. For posting this article, subsequently published in The Politics of Anti-Semitism anthology, Cockburn apparently received a bit of grief from his gatekeeper pals.

The reasons for the intense denial about the 9/11/01 attack inside the Left establishment appear to go much deeper than the fact that many of its institutions are funded by endowments like those of the Ford Foundation. The official myth appeals to political philosophies that condemn U.S. imperialism by providing the supreme example of ‘blowback’—the proverbial chickens coming home to roost. Researcher August West speaks to this and other psychological underpinnings of the denial,” notes the 9-11 Review website.

West writes:

Beneath unconscious motivations also lie some conscious agendas. Those on the Left who have embraced “critical support” for a “limited response” war will no doubt not wish to have their political bankruptcy exposed. But even most of those who oppose the War have nevertheless accepted the notion that the U.S. was attacked by a vicious enemy. For some, this represents an opportunity to promote their moralistic approach: let us respond in an appropriate, moral and non-military manner. Others, such as Chomsky, Michael Albert, Howard Zinn and Alex Cockburn, simply trot out the “blowback” explanation: this horrible attack happened because America has done bad things, has not listened to “us” (wag, wag the finger) + better start changing its policies (as if an empire can be run in a nice way!). Yet others who disagree with war boosters like Katrina van den Heuvel of The Nation nevertheless buy their thesis that the war promotes increasing state powers (e.g., making airport baggage inspectors federal employees) + this amounts to a move towards “socialism”. If the events of 9/11 were not what they seemed to be, this takes away the chance to promote these political programs, perhaps to even advance certain careers.

Indeed, the careerist gatekeepers deny the physical nature of the universe itself—kerosene cannot melt steel, buildings do not collapse at free fall, as Isaac Newton would tell us,

if he was around to witness the destruction of the WTC.

Of course, all of this runs smack into the immovable brick wall of the “progressive” ideology with its blue sky insistence nine eleven was in fact a noble blow struck by oppressed Arabs conniving in Afghan caves, never mind their leader was a former CIA asset hailing from a rich Saudi family with ties to the monarchy and the Bush crime family, as amply documented. -
The Disbelievers: Washington Post does a serious article about 9/11 Truth

AP: The Bush administration is expected to unveil a new plan Wednesday to change the law so that "unlawful combatants" held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can be tried for crimes before military tribunals.... [*]

The only problem is, there is and should be no such thing. If you are unlawful to the nation's laws you are a criminal and are subject to criminal law. If you are fighting the nation, then you are a prisoner of war. Both categories have legal protections.

BushCo created a new category precisely because they wanted to violate those protections - If you are a prisoner of war you can only be asked name, rank + serial number. If you are a prisoner you have a right to a lawyer and a speedy trial. BushCo wanted and still wants unlimited detention, questioning and denial of legal access. They were smacked down by the courts and they should be again.
More from the Parallel Universe(s) By SheaNC

So Rumsfeld wishes to compare us (who stand in opposition to the neocon bloodbath) to Nazis. Rumsfeld, a Nazi who works for Nazis! I know the web is awash with great responses. I thought I might add a few bits from an article called How Hitler Became a Dictator by Jacob G. Hornberger.
Compare this to the 9/11 incident: The Reichstag fire
On February 27, Hitler was enjoying supper at the Goebbels home when the telephone rang with an emergency message: “The Reichstag is on fire!” Hitler and Goebbels rushed to the fire, where they encountered Hermann Goering, who would later become Hitler’s air minister. Goering was shouting at the top of his lungs, "This is the beginning of the Communist revolution! We must not wait a minute. We will show no mercy. Every Communist official must be shot, where he is found. Every Communist deputy must this very day be strung up."
The day after the fire, the Prussian government announced that it had found communist publications stating Government buildings, museums, mansions and essential plants were to be burned down... Why would Hitler and his associates turn a blind eye to an impending terrorist attack on their national congressional building or actually assist with such a horrific deed? Because they knew what government officials have known throughout history — that during extreme national emergencies, people are most scared and thus much more willing to surrender their liberties in return for “security.” And that’s exactly what happened during the Reichstag terrorist crisis. And, compare this to
the Patriot Act: The day after the fire, Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to issue a decree entitled, “For the Protection of the People and the State.” Justified as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state,” the decree suspended the constitutional guarantees pertaining to civil liberties:
Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications; and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed. Two weeks after the Reichstag fire, Hitler requested the Reichstag to temporarily delegate its powers to him so that he could adequately deal with the crisis. Denouncing opponents to his request, Hitler shouted, “Germany will be free, but not through you!” When the vote was taken, the result was 441 for and 84 against, giving Hitler the two-thirds majority he needed to suspend the German constitution. On March 23, 1933, what has gone down in German history as the “Enabling Act” made Hitler dictator of Germany, freed of all legislative and constitutional constraints. Or this, the Nazi model for the Neocons' system of capturing their enemies: The Nazis also implemented a legal concept called Schutzhaft or “protective custody” which enabled them to arrest and incarcerate people without charging them with a crime. And finally, Oddly enough, even though his dictatorship very quickly became complete, Hitler returned to the Reichstag every four years to renew the “temporary” delegation of emergency powers that it had given him to deal with the Reichstag-arson crisis. Needless to say, the Reichstag rubber-stamped each of his requests.
For their part, the German people quickly accepted the new order of things...

The overwhelming majority of Germans did not seem to mind that their personal freedom had been taken away, that so much of culture had been destroyed and replaced with a mindless barbarism, or that their life and work had become regimented to a degree never before experienced even by a people accustomed for generations to a great deal of regimentation...

The Nazi terror in the early years affected the lives of relatively few Germans and a newly arrived observer was somewhat surprised to see that the people of this country did not seem to feel that they were being cowed ... On the contrary, they supported it with genuine enthusiasm.

Somehow it imbued them with a new hope and a new confidence and an astonishing faith in the future of their country. The only thing worse than Nazis, is Nazis who have learned from their history how to succeed.
AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth about deceitful 9/11 Movie
09.Sep.2006 Ask a Question, Save the World On Saturday, a new form of social activism will go live on the net. John Borland reports from Berlin.
09.Sep.2006 Eavesdropping Bill Stalls A bill authorizing the president's warrantless wiretapping program stalls in committee.

Supporters charge election-year obstructionism, but opponents want tougher oversight on the executive branch.
Are these planes flying at Area 51? Blog: Regardless of our personal convictions about UFOs, activity appears to have picked up again at the legendary Area 51. But as always,...
09.Sep.2006 A Meta-Group Managing Drugs, Violence + the State - sfux The U.S. Contribution to the Afghan-Kosovo Drug Traffic./Part XI
Peter Dale Scott - Reportedly Far West was founded 00.000.1998; and Surikov and Saidov were already directors when they attended the...

09.Sep.2006 DIE FALSCHMELDUNG - US-Präsident Bush soll den Friedensnobelpreis erhalten - sfux KURZ/VERTICKERT -

Viele haben es längst gewusst: US-Präsident George W. Bush hat die Welt sicherer gemacht. Das führte zu mehr Freiheit und Lebensfreude - nicht nur unter den Amerikanern, sondern auch unter den Menschen anderer Staaten wie Afghanistan, Irak und Iran. Wegen Bushs intensiven Einsatzes für mehr Frieden haben ihn Irans Intellektuelle, allen voran Mahmud Ahmadinedschad, für den Friedensnobelpreis vorgeschlagen.

Unterstützung fanden sie besonders in der Unterhaltungsbranche....
The Next Terri Schiavo Case - John Podesta 

The announcement in the journal Science that a comatose woman’s brain showed consistent activity while being scanned following verbal cues, sets the stage for the next Terri Schiavo case.

When being told to imagine she was playing tennis, for example, the same parts of her brain were activatived that would be activated in a healthy person thinking about playing tennis.

Conservatives will likely jump on this case to undermine the rights of patients to decide in advance what medical interventions they don’t want if they are unable to speak for themselves. But that would be putting politics above science, as the facts show:

Scientists warn that their findings should not be generalized. For several years, neuroscientists have been working on the idea that there are “minimally conscious states” in which there may be awareness though the person appears not to have any contact with the environment. Many of these same scientists have also cautioned that their findings, including the results just published, should not be generalized to many other cases and especially not to a case like that of Ms. Schiavo.

The case described in Science does not resemble cases such as Schiavo. While the woman in the recent study had only been unconscious for a few months, the patients in all the classic legal cases — Karen Ann Quinlan, Nancy Cruzan and Terri Schiavo — were in vegetative states for years. Scans of Terri Schiavo’s brain showed that much of it had disappeared, lacking the physical basis of any awareness at all.

Many more studies need to be done to correlate these apparent reactions with factors like length of time of the unconscious state and the physicial condition of the patient’s brain. Policymakers and the public need to rely on the neuroscientists themselves — not right-wing advocates — for guidance on these cases. Jonathan Moreno
09.Sep.2006 Gore On Path to 9/11: ‘It Would Be Fundamentally Irresponsible To Air Such Distortions’ - Faiz 

Former Vice President Al Gore today released a statement criticizing The Path to 9/11 for presenting numerous historical inaccuracies. The statement is below:

By all accounts, “The Path to 9/11? is riddled with inaccuracies and contains material that directly contradicts the factual findings of the 9/11 Commission.

I am deeply concerned that ABC is considering going forward with their plans to broadcast this so-called docudrama.

The lessons from the events leading up to that tragedy are too important to trivialize + it would be fundamentally irresponsible to air such distortions.
Path to 9/11 Produced By Evangelical Activists Who Sought To ‘Transform Hollywood’ - Faiz 

The Path to 9/11 is a movie rife with historical inaccuracies that blames President Clinton while heaping praise on President Bush.

The docudrama was written by avowed conservative Cyrus Nowrasteh, who once spoke on a panel entitled: “Rebels With A Cause: How Conservatives Can Lead Hollywood’s Next Paradigm Shift.”

But the ideological slant behind this movie goes far deeper than Nowrasteh. Research conducted by a reader at Democratic Underground has revealed that the Path to 9/11 was the result of a project hatched out by a small group of evangelical activists who sought to “transform Hollywood from the inside out.” Here is what we know:

Cunningham Linked To YWAM. David Cunningham was contracted by ABC to direct Path to 9/11.

Cunningham is the son of Loren and Darlene Cunningham, the founders of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), a Christian evangelical group that actively tries to get “youth into short-term mission work and to give them opportunities to reach out in Jesus’ name.”

YWAM Sponsored the Film Institute To Change Hollywood.

YWAM created an “auxillary” group called the Film Institute, which was explicitly aimed at achieving a “Godly transformation + revolution TO + THROUGH the Film + Television industry.”

Film Institute Began the “Untitled History Project.” The Film Institute’s first project was simply referred to as the “Untitled History Project(UHP).

00.Jul.2005 Fox News reported that filming had begun on an ABC miniseries about 9/11 that ABC officials and producers were referring to it as the “Untitled History Project.”

A production company entitled “UHP Productions,” which was co-founded with Disney began filming Path to 9/11 in late 2005.

UHP Became Path to 9/11. UHP Productions has only produced one movie.

Harvey Keitel, who stars as FBI special agent John O’Neill in the movie, said that when he received the original script, “it said ABC History Project.”

Tell ABC to tell the truth about 9/11. Max Blumenthal has more.
09.Sep.2006 BREAKING: Albright and Berger Call On ABC To ‘Withdraw’ Path to 9/11 - Think Progress 

Think Progress has obtained a new letter from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger.

The letter calls on Thomas Kean, 9/11 Commission Chairman and co-executive producer of Path to 9/11, to exert his “influence to persuade ABC to withdraw the broadcast.” Read the letter HERE.

An excerpt:

Whether your broadcast purports to be based on the 9/11 Report in whole - or only in part - is increasingly beside the point.

The dramatic impact of a costly but carelessly produced film will invariably overwhelm the impression of any government document.

Amidst alarming reports that irresponsible theories about the events of 9/11 have begun to gain currency with the American people, you should not want to lend your personal reputation to a production which seems likely to instigate new and dangerous falsehoods. And so we ask that you use your influence to persuade ABC to withdraw the broadcast altogether. Failing that, we urge you to sever your relationship with this grossly misleading production.
Conservatives On The Path to 9/11: ‘Unacceptable,’ ‘Defamatory,’ ‘Strewn With A Lot of Problems,’ ‘Zero Factual Basis’ - Faiz 

The criticism against ABC’s docudrama The Path to 9/11 isn’t isolated simply to Clinton aides. In fact, many conservatives have criticized the film. Here are a few examples –

John Podhoretz, conservative columnist and Fox News contributor:

The portrait of Albright is an unacceptable revision of recent history and an unfair mark on a public servant who, no matter her shortcomings, doesn’t deserve to be remembered by millions of Americans as the inadvertent (and truculent) savior of Osama bin Laden. Samuel Berger, Clinton’s national security adviser, also seems to have just cause for complaint . [NYPost, 9/8.2006

James Taranto, editor:

The Clintonites may have a point here. A few years ago, when the shoe was on the other foot, we were happy to see CBS scotch “The Reagans.” [OpinionJournal, 9/7.2006

Dean Barnett, conservative commentator posting on Hugh Hewitt’s blog:

One can (if one so chooses) give the filmmakers artistic license to [fabricate a scene]. But if that is what they have done, conservative analysts who back this movie as a historical document will mortgage their credibility doing so. [Hugh Hewitt blog, 9/6.2006

Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday anchor:

When you put somebody on the screen and say that’s Madeleine Albright + she said this in a specific conversation and she never did say it, I think it’s slanderous, I think it’s defamatory + I think that ABC + Disney should be held to account. [Fox, 9/8.2006

Captain’s Quarters blog:

If the Democrats do not like what ABC wants to broadcast, they have every right to protest it — and in this case, they had a point . [Captain Quarter’s blog, 9/7.2006

Bill Bennett, conservative author, radio host + TV commentator:

Look, “The Path to 9/11? is strewn with a lot of problems and I think there were problems in the Clinton administration.

But that’s no reason to falsify the record, falsify conversations by either the president or his leading people and you know it just shouldn’t happen. [CNN, 9/8.2006

Seth Liebsohn, Claremont Institute fellow and produce of Bill Bennett’s radio show:

I oppose this miniseries as well if it is fiction dressed up as fact , creates caricatures of real persons and events that are inaccurate + inserts quotes that were not uttered, especially to make a point that was not intended. [Glenn Greewald’s blog, 9/7.2006

Richard Miniter, conservative author of “Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror”:

If people wanted to be critical of the Clinton years there’s things they could have said, but the idea that someone had bin Laden in his sights 00.000.1998 or any other time and Sandy Berger refused to pull the trigger, there’s zero factual basis for that. [CNN, 9/7.2006

Brent Bozell, founder and president of the conservative Media Research Center:

I think that if you have a scene, or two scenes, or three scenes, important scenes, that do not have any bearing on reality and you can edit them, I think they should edit them . [MSNBC, 9/6.2006


Bill O’Reilly, Fox News pundit:

Ok, we’re talking about the run up to 9-11 and this movie that they’re re-cutting now — and they should because it puts words in the mouth of real people, actors playing real people that they didn’t say and its wrong . [O’Reilly radio show, 9/8.2006
FLASHBACK: ABC Said Path to 9/11 Was ‘Locked and Ready To Air’ - Judd 

ABC now is blasting critics of Path to 9/11, saying the movie isn’t complete. From a statement yesterday:

No one has seen the final version of the film, because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible.

That’s not what ABC told the National Review’s Stephen Spruiell on September 1:

I followed up on Andy’s Corner post this morning by calling ABC + was told by a spokeswoman that the “Path to 9/11 “ miniseries is “locked and ready to air,” and that she hadn’t heard anything about a pressure campaign to reopen the editing process.

It’s clear that the editing process reopened when people started complaining. What’s irresponsible is for ABC to lie about it.

Write ABC and tell them to tell the truth about 9/11.
09.Sep.2006 Historians speak out against Path to 9/11. - Judd Read the letter here.
09.Sep.2006 VIDEO: Bill Bennett Says ABC Should ‘Correct Those Inaccuracies’ in Path to 9/11 - Payson 

On CNN American Morning, conservative talk radio host Bill Bennett told Soledad O’Brien that there is “no reason to falsify the record” or “falsify conversations” in ABC’s “Path to 9/11.”

When ABC comes out and has conversations taking place among cabinet members on recent history,” Bennett said, “I think they should correct those inaccuracies.” Watch it:Transcript:

BENNETT: Well, maybe having been a cabinet member you know you have some heightened concern about being quoted accurately and correctly.

Look, “The Path to 9/11 “ is strewn with a lot of problems and I think there were problems in the Clinton administration.

But that’s no reason to falsify the record, falsify conversations by either the president or his leading people and you know it just shouldn’t happen.

Conservatives have to be consistent Soledad, when the Reagan’s that show about the Reagan’s, CBS show came out, had all sorts of distortions and misstatements.

Conservatives went crazy and had it relegated somewhere, I don’t know, it never appeared on CBS. And so I think they should be consistent.

And when ABC comes out and has conversations taking place among cabinet members on recent history, on matters that are still before us, I think they should correct those inaccuracies.
9/11 Commissioners Criticize ‘The Path to 9/11' - Nico 

ABC continues to advertise “The Path to 9/11? as “based on the 9/11 Commission report.”

The people who wrote the 9/11 Commission report disagree. Here’s a review of their comments —

9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick:

I do have a problem if you make claims that the program is based upon the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report

when the actors, scenes + statements in the series are not found in — and, indeed, are contradicted by — our findings .” [Link]

9/11 Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste:

Some scenes in the film “complete fiction. … The mischaracterizations tended to support the notion that the president [Clinton] was not attentive to anti-terrorism concerns.

That was the opposite from what the 9/11 commission found .” [Link]

9/11 Commissioner Tim Roemer:

In the scene, CIA operatives have Osama bin Laden cornered and are poised to capture or kill him until National Security Adviser Samuel Berger refuses to give the go-ahead. …

[M]embers of the 9/11 Commission say none of that ever happened.

ROEMER: There were plans, not an operation in place. Secondly, Osama bin Laden was never in somebody’s sights.

Thirdly, on page 114 of our report we say George Tenet took responsibility for pulling the plug on that particular Tarnak Farms operation. [CNN, 9/7.2006

9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey:

If you’re saying this is based on the 9/11 Commission report, there are substantial factual discrepancies. You need to get [them] out. …

You can’t sit there as ABC and say, ‘Gee, we don’t have any responsibility. They should make a good faith effort to get this as close to the facts as possible.” [Link]

9/11 Commissioner Tom Kean:

I don’t think the facts are clear , whether it’s Sandy Berger, or whether it’s the head of the CIA, whether a line went dead.

I think there are, I think there are a number of — they chose to portray it this way, but my memory of it is that it could have happened any number of ways .” [Link]

Tell ABC to tell the truth about the 9/11 Commission report.
09.Sep.2006 President Bush plans primetime address - Amanda at 9:00 pm EST on Sept. 11, the same time ABC plans to air The Path To 9/11 (8:00 pm EST).
Bill authorizing warrantless wiretapping stalls. - Nico 

President Bush’s support proved insufficient to push a bill authorizing his warrantless wiretapping program through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.”

The bill stalled after Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) “spoke against the bill for about a quarter of the panel’s two-hour meeting and offered four amendments.”
Clinton On Path To 9/11: Film Contradicts ‘The Factual Findings of the 9/11 Commission’ - Faiz 

While attending an event in Little Rock yesterday, President Clinton offered an explanation about his views of ABC’s docudrama “The Path to 9/11.” Clinton said the film should not have “scenes which are directly contradicted by the factual findings of the 9/11 Commission.” He added that he wanted the film to just “tell the truth,” and not “pretend it’s something it’s not.” Watch it. <script type="text/javascript"> var flvclintonpath320240 = new SWFObject('//09/clintonpath.320.240.flv&autoStart=false', 'em-flvclintonpath320240', '320', '260', '6', '#ffffff'); flvclintonpath320240.addParam('quality', 'high'); flvclintonpath320240.addParam('wmode', 'transparent'); flvclintonpath320240.write('flvclintonpath320240');

Digg It!

Full transcript below:

CNN: President Clinton has not seen the ABC docudrama. He, too, is concerned about its accuracy.

CLINTON: I think they ought to tell truth, particularly if they are going to claim it’s based on the 9/11 Commission report. They shouldn’t have scenes which are directly contradicted by the factual findings of the 9/11 Commission. That’s all. I just want people to tell the truth and you know, not to pretend it’s something it’s not.
Kean Hasn’t Talked To Clinton About Path to 9/11 Because ‘He Was Out Campaigning Against My Son Yesterday’ - Judd 

Tom Kean, former co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, is under fire for his association with ABC’s Path to 9/11. Kean dug in and defended the docudrama, which ABC marketed as “based on the 9/11 Commission Report,” as “reasonably accurate.” Now, Kean has acknowledged that the movie has errors and ABC is reportedly considering edits.

Yesterday, the New York Daily News asked Kean if he’d contacted Bill Clinton:

Asked if he had apologized to Clinton for inaccuracies in the movie, Kean quipped, “ No, he was out campaigning against my son yesterday, so I didn’t reach out to him at all! ”

Kean’s son is a GOP Senate candidate in New Jersey.

As 9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey said yesterday, 9/11 is “is a story that’s of great importance to every single American.” It’s not a political game. Digg It!
09.Sep.2006 September 8, 2006 - Think Progress 

Entertainment industry trade mag Variety reports that “a bombshell decisionis being considered at ABC: “Sources close to the project say the network, which has been in a media maelstrom over the pic, is mulling the idea of yanking [The Path to 9/11] altogether .”

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) is “proposing to remove George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld from the military chain of command over Iraq ,” which critics say is likely unconstitutional. The staunch conservative is facing a stiff reelection fight, in part due to his support for the Iraq war.

Sources tell the New America Foundation’s Steve Clemons that John Bolton’s confirmation process “is now dead.” “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is ‘highly unlikelyto reconsider Bolton’s confirmation again as things now stand.”

Yesterday the Senate unanimously reinstated a special CIA unit dedicated to hunting Osama bin Laden . The CIA received intense criticism after closing the unit in late 2005.

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer continued to throw personal attacks at his opponent, Janet S. Owens, saying she is “getting fatand “her husband rules her.” He added that she “prissy little misswho wears “long dresses, looks like Mother Hubbard — it’s sort of like she was a man.”

The Senate passed legislation Thursday night that would create a massive, Google-like searchable database to track federal spending .” The bill passed “by a voice vote after both Republican and Democratic senators dropped their objections to it.”

Richard Woollam, the former head of pipeline-corrosion at BP Alaska , invoked the Fifth Amendment in testimony before a House subcommittee. The company transferred Woollam to Houston 00.000.2005 “amid concerns that he intimidated potential whistleblowers.”

British Prime Minister Tony Blair , whose reputation has been badly damaged by his support for the U.S. war in Iraq, promised to step down within a year.

The possibility of compromise on comprehensive immigration reform “is essentially dead.” House conservatives, “who have campaigned hard against illegal immigration with few legislative accomplishments to show for it,” will “try to cobble together a package of border crackdown measures before their recess next month.”

And finally: Congress horses around. Rather than deal with “war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and border problems, high energy prices and health-care costs,” the House’s first order of business was HR 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. “The debate - lasting nearly four hours while horse lover Bo Derek watched from the gallery - quickly degenerated into dueling expressions of equestrian love.”
09.Sep.2006 NYT Falsely Claims 9/11 Commission Concluded Lewinsky Distracted Clinton Admin From Terrorism - Judd 

From the New York Times review of Path to 9/11:

The Sept. 11 commission concluded that the sex scandal distracted the Clinton administration from the terrorist threat.

What the 9/11 Commission actually says (pg. 118):

Everyone involved in the decision had, of course, been aware of President Clinton’s problems. He told them to ignore them. Berger recalled the President saying to him “that they are going to get crap either way, so they should do the right thing.” All his aides testified to us that they based their advice solely on national security considerations. We have found no reason to question their statements.

This is what happens when people learn about the 9/11 Commission by watching Path to 9/11. Digg it!
Conservative Author Richard Miniter: ‘There’s Zero Factual Basis’ For Key Scene In Path To 9/11 - Amanda - 

Today on CNN’s Situation Room, Richard Miniter — conservative author of “Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror” — confirmed that scenes in ABC’s Path to 9/11 are based on “Internet myth.”

Miniter singled out a key scene in the film involving former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger as having “zero factual basis”: “If people wanted to be critical of the Clinton years there’s things they could have said, but the idea that someone had bin Laden in his sights 00.000.1998 or any other time and Sandy Berger refused to pull the trigger, there’s zero factual basis for that.” Watch it: Full transcript below:

BLITZER: Let me ask you about Sandy Berger specifically. Was he defamed by this scene as depicted — none of us, at least I haven’t seen it, you haven’t seen it.

MINITER: I’ve seen the scene. You’ve seen this scene too. This scene is based on an Internet myth. I did extensive reporting into the Clinton years + as you say, I’m not afraid to take a few shots.

BLITZER: Hold on one second. We’re not hearing you. Start again. Was Sandy Berger defamed in this scene?

MINITER: That’s a legal question. But certainly if I was the producer I wouldn’t have gone with this scene because there’s no factual basis for it. It seems to be drawn from an Internet myth. From a profound misunderstanding of what actually happened. If people wanted to be critical of the Clinton years there’s things they could have said, but the idea that someone had bin Laden in his sights 00.000.1998 or any other time and Sandy Berger refused to pull the trigger, there’s zero factual basis for that.

BLITZER: You’ve heard other 9/11 commission members saying it wasn’t Sandy Berger who pulled the trigger, it was George Tenet the CIA director. Based on what you know, is that accurate?

MINITER: Even that’s not accurate. We just never had eyes on bin Laden in the pre-9/11 situation. The 9/11 commission investigated this. The House and Senate joint committee investigated this and published a 1,000-page report. I looked into it extensively. Most of the sources for my book are Clinton administration officials. There’s just no basis for this at all, none.
New Target: Disney Chairman George Mitchell - Think Progress 

Over 50,000 ThinkProgress readers have written ABC in the last 48 hours about “The Path to 9/11.” We’re going to keep the pressure on ABC, but we’re also broadening our focus today to the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC.

Disney’s Chairman of the Board is former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME). Senator Mitchell has a long and distinguished career both inside and outside government and he knows how important it is to accurately represent historical events.

We need to remind him that 9/11 was a national tragedy + that politicizing and flagrantly misrepresenting the facts about 9/11 is wrong.

Senator George J. Mitchell
T: (212) 335-4600
T: (212) 335-4500
F: (212) 335-4605
(Remember to be polite + please copy us at so we can keep track your comments.) ABC is feeling the pressure. Let’s keep it up.

09.Sep.2006 Scholastic drops Path To 9/11 support. - Amanda 

After a thorough review of the original guide that we offered online to about 25,000 high school teachers, we determined that the materials did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic, in a press release. (via TPMmuckraker)

UPDATE: Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking member on the House education committee, has more.
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09.Sep.2006 Ground Zero Toxic Death Fumes Covered Up From Day One - Paul Joseph Watson -Government Officials and agencies knowingly exposed 9/11 rescuers to deadly air and then tried to cover
09.Sep.2006 The Path To 9/11 Is The Path To Distraction - Paul Joseph Watson- Phony left-right backbiting deliberately overshadows 9/11 truth Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | September 9
09.Sep.2006 Bin Laden Tape Betrays 'Phony Hijacker' Contradiction - Paul Joseph Watson -Target is "U.S. home audience," as with fake Al-Zarqawi propaganda campaign, to reinforce 9/11 myth as
09.Sep.2006 28-Year Career CIA Official Says 9/11 An Inside Job - Paul Joseph Watson -Highlights missing Pentagon trillions as potential motive Paul Joseph Watson/Prison
Perhaps it is no coincidence that the public’s willingness to believe conspiracy theories parallels their dissatisfaction with the Bush administration. In recent years, the US public has felt misled over false claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq + that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11.
Many fear infringements on their civil liberties now that the National Security Agency has gained access to phone billing records from telecommunications companies, the Bush administration has engaged in wiretapping without court warrants and there are thousands of cases of indefinite detentions of American and foreign citizens without trial. Those who criticise the Bush administration’s war on terror are accused of being unpatriotic.

However, a study of the full extent of their claims is a journey into the increasingly absurd:
History has revealed that governments have a tradition of misleading the public into going to war, says Barrett + the next generation of Americans will realise the truth. “Europe and Canada are way ahead of us on this.’’
The 9/11 scholars go to great lengths to portray themselves as rational thinkers, who have been slowly won over by a careful, academic analysis of the facts of the day.

Barrett says the experts have been fooled by an “act of psychological conversion” not unlike the tactics CIA interrogators use on their victims. “People will disregard evidence if it causes their faith to be shattered,” he says. “I think we were all shocked. And then, when the voice of authority told us what happened, we just believed it.”
09.Sep.2006 the Federal Emergency Management Agency weighed in, examining the response to the attacks.
“To plant bombs in three buildings with enough bomb materials and wiring? It’s too huge a project and would require far too many people to keep it a secret afterwards,” says Christopher Pyle, professor of constitutional law at Mt Holyoke College.

According to a
2005 Congressional Research Service report , "The USA is the only developed nation in which industrial hemp is not an established crop."
St. Pierre said that most of the hemp plants eradicated by law enforcement are remnants of US-government subsidized crops that existed prior to World War II. "Virtually all wild hemp goes unharvested and presents no legitimate threat to public safety," he said. "As such, it should be of no concern to the federal government or law enforcement."

09.Sep.2006 Thieves Can Have Trouble Unloading Valuable Stolen Art  Together, they would make up a stunning gallery: 167 Renoirs, 166 Rembrandts, 175 Warhols and more than 200 works by Dali.
Experts have a tally of 170,000 pieces of missing art, many stolen from private homes, others taken from museum walls or pilfered from storerooms.

09.Sep.2006 Etruscan holy city discovered  Italian archaeologists believe they have found the mysterious sanctuary which was the religious and political centre of the Etruscan civilisation.
09.Sep.2006 Green tea extract may slow Huntington's disease  The green tea extract, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may slow the accumulation of proteins that cause Huntington's disease, German scientists have reported. 09.Sep.2006 Was 9/11 an inside job?  Surprisingly even-handed.
09.Sep.2006 The myth of fair elections in America  One person, one vote. Count the totals. The one with the most wins. The beauty of democracy is its simplicity and its inherent fairness. It equalises everyone, even as it empowers everyone. What could go wrong? In America, it turns out, quite a lot.
09.Sep.2006 98 Percent Of All Domestically Eradicated Marijuana Is "Ditchweed," DEA Admits  Ditchweed with "virtually no detectable levels of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis." Your tax dollars at work.
09.Sep.2006 Is a "spooky" CULT behind "The Path to 9/11"?  Cannonfire wants to know.
09.Sep.2006 Yushcenko poison traced overseas  THE dioxin which poisoned Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko during 2004 elections was made in the USA, Britain or Russia, Ukrainian prosecutors said overnight.
posted by Prof. Hex


At FrontPageMag, Horowitz singled out Nowrasteh as the victim. "The attacks by former president Bill Clinton, former Clinton Administration officials and Democratic US senators on Cyrus Nowrasteh's ABC
mini-series "The Path to 9/11" are easily the gravest and most brazen and damaging governmental attacks on the civil liberties of ordinary Americans since 9/11," Horowitz


When a group of leading Senate Democrats sent a letter to ABC CEO Robert Iger urging him to cancel The Path to 9/11 because of its glaring factual errors and distortions, Apuzzo launched a retaliatory campaign to paint the Democrats as foes of free speech. "Here at LIBERTAS we urge the public to make noise over this + to demand that Democrats back down," he wrote on September 7th. "What is at stake is nothing short of the 1st Amendment."

In fact, "The Path to 9/11" is produced and promoted by a well-honed propaganda operation consisting of a network of little-known right-wingers working from within Hollywood to counter its supposedly liberal bias. This is the network within the ABC network. Its godfather is far right activist David Horowitz (right-wing propaganda machine -> ), who has worked for more than a decade to establish a right-wing presence in Hollywood and to discredit mainstream film and TV production. On this project, he is working with a secretive evangelical religious right group founded by The Path to 9/11's director David Cunningham that proclaims its goal to "transform Hollywood" in line with its messianic vision.

Before The Path to 9/11 entered the production stage, Disney/ABC contracted David Cunningham as the film's director. Cunningham is no ordinary Hollywood journeyman. He is in fact the son of Loren Cunningham, founder of the right-wing evangelical group Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The young Cunningham helped found an auxiliary of his father's group called The Film Institute (TFI), which, according to its mission statement, is "dedicated to a Godly transformation and revolution TO and THROUGH the Film and Televisionindustry." As part of TFI's long-term strategy, Cunningham helped place interns from Youth With A Mission's in film industry jobs "so that they can begin to impact and transform Hollywood from the inside out," according to a YWAM report.

Last June, Cunningham's TFI announced it was producing its first film, mysteriously titled "Untitled History Project." "TFI's first project is a doozy," a newsletter to YWAM members read. "Simply being referred to as: The Untitled History Project, it is already being called the television event of the decade and not one second has been put to film yet. Talk about great expectations!" (A web edition of the newsletter was mysteriously deleted yesterday but has been cached on Google at the link above).
GW National Security Archive: Rumsfeld-Hussein Handshake Most Downloaded File Ever...
09.Sep.2006 Video: Bündnis gegen Rechts Demo am 02.09.06 - Camera-man 
TeilnehmerInnen der Demonstration, die vorbildlich NPD-Aufkleber entfernen wollten, wurden daran von der Berliner Polizei gehindert. Von einer Person, die einen Anstecker mit antifaschistischem Inhalt trug, wurden die Personalien festgestellt. Die Polizei zeigte so wiederholt, dass Engagement gegen Nazis und Zivilcourage nicht in ihrem Interesse ist. Video kann man hier downloaden:

09.Sep.2006 Taiwan leader faces mass protest Tens of thousands march in Taiwan to urge President Chen Shui-bian to resign over corruption allegations.
09.Sep.2006 Saddam 'had no link to al-Qaeda' There is no evidence of links between Iraqi ex-leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, says the US Senate.
09.Sep.2006 Clinton aides attack 9/11 drama A mini-series about the 9/11 attacks is called "terribly wrong" by a group of Bill Clinton's ex-officials.
09.Sep.2006 US consumer borrowing slows US consumer borrowing grew at its slowest pace in four months in July, official figures show.
09.Sep.2006 UN warns of Gaza 'breaking point' Living conditions for Palestinians in Gaza have reached breaking point, a senior UN official warns.
09.Sep.2006 Top prize for 'light' inventor A Japanese scientist who invented a sustainable form of light is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize.
09.Sep.2006 US 'paid anti-Cuba journalists' The Miami Herald newspaper group sacks three of at least 10 journalists it says were in the pay of the US government.
09.Sep.2006 'Huge support' for Bolivia strike Opposition leaders in Bolivia's wealthier lowlands claim success in a protest against changes to the constitution.
09.Sep.2006 Solve climate 'whatever it costs' Climate change is a matter of security and should be resourced accordingly, says the UK's climate envoy.
09.Sep.2006 Bolivians strike in charter row A general strike is called in Bolivia's wealthier lowlands to protest against changes to the constitution.
09.Sep.2006 Brown makes case for Britishness Gordon Brown tells a gathering in Edinburgh that the UK is at its "strongest when it's together".
09.Sep.2006 Armitage admits to CIA disclosure A former top US official, Richard Armitage, admits that he first disclosed the identity of an undercover CIA agent.
09.Sep.2006 Iran's Khatami calls for US talks Ex-Iranian President Mohammad Khatami says Iran-US relations can be improved through dialogue only.
09.Sep.2006 FBI probes 'Mafia Bible' for code Italian officials ask the FBI to check a Bible owned by a suspected Mafia kingpin for a secret code.
09.Sep.2006 Red Cross plans Guantanamo visit The Red Cross says it will visit 14 high-level terror suspects moved from secret CIA jails to Guantanamo Bay.
09.Sep.2006 BP rebuked for pipeline failings The US Congress hears that BP's failure to maintain oil pipelines at the largest US oil field was "unacceptable".
09.Sep.2006 Earth-like planets may be common Earth-like planets orbiting other stars may be far more common than had once been thought, a study suggests.
09.Sep.2006 Robocabs Coming to Europe - Zonk 104 Roland Piquepaille writes

"Almost all of us can recall both good and poor memories of taxi rides when we arrived in a city we didn't know. This is why a short article from Spiegel Online, 'Bringing Robot Transportation to Europe,' caught my eye this morning. It briefly describes the European 'CityMobil' project which involves 28 partners in 10 countries at a cost of €40 million. This project plans to eliminate city drivers and three trial sites have already been selected. For example, 00.000.2008, Terminal 5 in London's Heathrow airport will be connected to the car park by driverless electric cars along a 4-kilometer track. Read more for additional pictures and references about this project to make the roads in Europe's cities more efficient."
Chase Data for 2.6 Million Ends up in Landfill - Zonk 136 svonkie writes to mention a

ComputerWorld story about some bad news from some 2.6 Million Chase credit card customers. These folks are being told that tape backups with their information were mistakenly thrown away back in July. There's apparently no need to worry about possibility of compromised personal information; the company believes the tapes were destroyed at a landfill. Just the same, "To prevent similar incidents, Chase said it is strengthening its security procedures and is conducting a review of all data storage and protection processes. Chase began notifying the affected customers about the incident yesterday and said the process is expected to take two to three weeks. The company is offering one year of free credit monitoring to people whose Social Security numbers were on the tapes."
Hot Jupiters May Indicate Hospitable Planets - Zonk 142 eldavojohn writes

"An interesting article from National Geographic points out that other solar systems which contain planets like a 'Hot Jupiter' have a higher chance of also containing Earth-like planets." From the article: "'We now think there is a new class of ocean-covered--and possibly habitable--planets in solar systems unlike our own,' Raymond said. The simulations also showed that rocky planets known as hot Earths may often form when hot Jupiters push material forward during their inward treks. But hot Earths, which can be up to five times bigger than our Earth, orbit closer to their stars and are not likely to support life. Even if water does contribute to their formation, most hot Earths probably end up dry, study co-author Raymond says. "
Virginia Spammers Go To Jail + Pay For It - Zonk 302+
"A Virginia appeals court has upheld the first felony conviction under a state anti-spam law. In the process, the court also suggested that spam recipients might be able to sue spammers for money damages. According to the court, taxing a person's servers with unwanted e-mails is a form of trespass, little different than intruding on their land or making unwanted use of their private property. Perhaps because of this decision, spammers will soon find themselves on the receiving end of a million dollar class action suit."

Space Shuttle Atlantis Delayed Again - CowboyNeal 160+ eldavojohn writes

"An electrical short cause the space shuttle Atlantis to be delayed since a lightning strike to the pad and Tropical Storm Ernesto caused delays. From the article: 'Liftoff was only hours away Wednesday morning when engineers reported a short in one of three fuel cells that supplies electricity for all the on-board systems, including the crew compartment.' It also points out that 'The faulty cell is currently operational even with the short. But after the 2003 Columbia disaster, which killed all seven astronauts, NASA says it has adopted an aggressive, safety-conscious approach to launching.' It causes one to wonder whether pre-Columbia-disaster NASA would have just replaced the fuel cell on the fly without telling anyone — and whether or not that is an ethically sound choice."
Over 2.5 Billion Cellular Connections Now Active - CowboyNeal 156+
"It appears that humankind has managed to spread cellular technology like a virus.

About 2.5 billion cellular connections exist in the world today, according to an estimate from the GSM Association.

It took 20 years to reach 1 billion connections,

three years to reach 2 billion connections +

the market is moving to reach its third billion in a period of just over two years.

Not surprisingly, the countries with fastest growth are the 'emerging nations.'"
Selling Other People's Identities - CowboyNeal 137+ joeflies writes

"The San Francisco Chronicle has an extensive article on the controversial site Jigsaw, which makes it easy to sell other people's identity information. Jigsaw encourages people to collect business cards and email signature blocks, which is compiled together into a searchable database. Participants earn points towards their own searches or earn money. Is this exactly what Scott McNealy meant when he said electronic privacy is dead?"
HP Spying Incident Included Journalists - CowboyNeal 150+ rufey writes

"It is now being reported that the HP boardroom spying incident that occurred earlier this year also involved obtaining phone records of journalists from at least two news outlets. Journalists from CNET and the Wall Street Journal had their phone records obtained through a method called 'pretexting' to see who, if any, of the HP board members the journalists may have been in contact with."
Tumor-suppressing Gene Contributes to Aging - CowboyNeal 130+ Van Cutter Romney writes

"Scientists have discovered a tumor suppressing gene which also leads to aging in stem cells. The gene also known as p16INK4a when removed from 'knockout' mice resulted in older mice having organs as healthy as younger ones. However they didn't live any longer than normal mice. The new study was confirmed by three independent researchers from Harvard, UNC Chapel Hill and University of Michigan."
Xerox Reveals Transient Documents - CowboyNeal 237+ Heartless Gamer writes

"Xerox has lifted the veil from some of its research and development work in the field of printing. They demoed the very intriguing 'transient documents.' These offer the prospect of reusable paper in the sense that the content is automatically erased after a period of time, ready for fresh printing. Inspired by the fact that many print outs have a life-span of a few hours (think of the emails you may print out just to read, or the content you proof read on the train journey back home), the specially prepared paper will preserve its content for up to 16 hours."
U.S. Arrests Online Gambling Company Chairman - Zonk 576+ imaginaryelf writes

"Reuters reports that U.S. authorities have arrested Peter Dicks, the chairman of U.K. based online sports betting company Sportingbet Plc, while he was passing through Dallas. Just two months ago, the CEO of another U.K. based online sports betting company, BetOnSports, was arrested on U.S. soil as well. They are both charged with violating the 1961 Federal Wire Act, which can be broadly interpreted as declaring all forms of online gambling illegal in the U.S. Is online gambling the Alcohol Prohibition of the 21st century?"
Brian's rules of order: CivicEvolution Blog: Brian Sullivan believes that motivated groups of people can accomplish great things if they're only given the tools that encourage...
09.Sep.2006 HP probe snared a third reporter In a surprising twist, telephone records of CNET reporter Stephen Shankland's father were targeted.
09.Sep.2006 Security breaches are wake-up calls to phone companies Experts say phone companies lag behind other industries in keeping customer information under wraps.
09.Sep.2006 Police blotter: Cops raid Usenet provider over porn In this week's installment, judge lets civil rights lawsuit proceed that Usenet provider filed against Pa. police after being raided.
09.Sep.2006 'Second Life' accounts database compromised Blog: According to Linden Lab, publisher of the online virtual world "Second Life," its databases were broken into by an unknown party...
09.Sep.2006 HP chairman: Use of pretexting 'embarrassing' An investigation's method of scrutinizing board members and journalists was "wrong" and has left the company red-faced.
Sep.1956 IBM announces the world's first hard drive, the RAMAC + explains in this silent film on its invention to the world Video:

13.Sep.1956 IBM announces the world's first hard drive, the RAMAC + explains in this silent film on its invention to the world. 00.000.1952, IBM opened a research lab in San Jose under Rey Johnson + one of its first assignments was to come up with a magnetic storage system that could hold 5MB of data, then a whopping amount. Johnson's group used platters coated with magnetic material stacked on top of each other. Data would be fetched by a head that traveled up and down the stack of rotating platters.
Digg revolt is a case study in politics Blog: In case you haven't heard, there's something of a revolt taking place in the Digg community.It began with accusations that certain...
09.Sep.2006 When in Rome, you might be tracked Telecom Italia-backed MIT mapping project, featured at the Venice Biennale, tracks people in Rome by cell phone.
09.Sep.2006 Xanga fined $1 million under child-privacy act Penalty is largest ever imposed for violation of Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the FTC says.
Path to 9/11 writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh "has ties to an evangelical Christian group whose goals include 'transform[ing] Hollywood from the inside out,' according to research by readers of prominent blogs," Justin Rood reported for
TPMmuckraker earlier today. " Path director David L. Cunningham is also involved in The Film Institute , an offshoot of the Hawaii-based global evangelical group, Youth With a Mission."
ADMINISTRATION QUIET ABOUT INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES -The Bush administration will not reveal what techniques the CIA has been authorized to use when questioning terror detainees.[LA Times]
JUDGE: WIRETAPPING SUIT NOT A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY -A judge ruled on Thursday that a lawsuit filed by a defunct Islamic charity that claims the government tapped several phones of individuals associated with the organization could proceed. [AP]
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that "obstructionism" prevented an eavesdropping bill supported by the White House from getting through the Judiciary Committee, while Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) argued that the bill would grant the executive too much power.[AP]
Senior lawyers with the military suggest that passing legislation that allows terror detainees to be tried without seeing all the evidence against them could endanger American troops overseas.[AP]
Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage insists that he did not intentionally reveal the identity of a CIA agent.[McClatchy]
Though the entire report will not be available for months, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence may release two of the five chapters of its report on the pre-Iraq war intelligence within weeks. [WaPo]

Today's Daily Muck
And no mention in the ad that this movie is a dramatization.
Nope, according to their advertising campaign, "The Path to 9/11" is "Based on the 9/11 Commission Report" and features "The years that led up to it. Everything that might have prevented it."
ABC knows exactly what they're doing + their reassurances over the past couple of days mean nothing. They know that the movie is propaganda created by an agenda-driven organization, they know it contains blatant lies + they're going ahead full steam with their plan to use the anniversary of the deaths of 3,000 people to broadcast their smear campaign over the public airwaves.
Think this is outrageous? Well, you must just be a
Clintonista. Discuss (120 comments)
"What you are about to hear is God's word to the men of this nation," he said.

"We are going to war...

We have divinepower;

that is our weapon.

We will not compromise.

Wherever truth is at risk, in the schools or the legislature, we are going to contend for it.

We will win."
Unmasking The Promisekeepers:
Christian Brotherhood Aims To Keep Women Under Control. July 25th edition of the Columubs Guardian. - by Cate Terwilliger
Tony Blair doesn't fly halfway round the world to meet with Rupert Murdoch for nothing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't go to Pebble Beach to kiss Rupert's ring unless he was once dead in the water for re-election.

That is, until the outpouring of support from the Hollywood establishment helped him turn the tide in California.

Meanwhile, there's always Arnie's movies to run; he doesn't even need to waste precious money on a mini-series.

Besides, Roger Ailes comes free of charge whenever Murdoch circles the wagons.
20041021 "Bush muss weg", lautet die schlichte Botschaft von Popstar Bruce Springsteen. ... been held accountable," 9/11 widow Kristen Breit weiser told the paper. ...

05.Sep.2006 14:02 Uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico information about Oaxaca in:
Nachrichten aus Oaxaca:

19.Aug.2006-03.Sep.2006 Peoples' Global Action Conference in Europe -France/Switzerland,
00.000.1997 PGA - People's Global Action START https://alfatomega.comed .

It has been a tool and a diffuse structure coordinating groups and people sharing common struggles and practices, in accordance with various anticapitalist and anti-authoritarian principles (see hallmarks).

PGA initiated the Intercontinental caravan 00.000.1999, as well as international action days of actions against the G8, the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF...

In Seattle, Genoa, Prague + in a number of less mediatic events, PGA was a driving force behind numerous actions and reflections.

Amidst counter-summits, social forums & various actions, groups close to the PGA are now looking for new drives to challenge stagnation see: for STAMP information leaflet called Plaquette in English, en Francais, in Italiano, en Espagnol/Castellano
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Fade in.
Leaked Pitch to ABC: "The Path to 9/11" (9 comments ) READ MORE: 9/11, Iraq, Tony Snow, Afghanistan, Disney, George W. Bush

Found on the computer of an ABC executive:

Dear Alphabetters,

I know you've been looking for a fic-doc piece that really flips that whole "9/11 happened while George Bush nappened" meme + I think I have it.

Based totally on my recollection of a 9/11 report I saw somewhere.

Eyeball this and courier me a check.
08.Sep.2006 Ode to Joe, with ABC News Update dr. elsewhere here
This Path to 9/11 story has exploded like a nova.
And our guy Joe was right there on the crest of the shockwave. His very good question of just who is funding this propaganda piece been picked up by several others, including
DU, Justin Rood, DailyKos + - yes, folks - Howard Dean, who is referring to the show as "slander."
Max Blumenthal has also written an incisive piece on the uber conservative backing of this project that David Horowitz (right-wing propaganda machine -> ) himself signed onto a year ago.

Blumenthal also gives some history of the questionable and secretive development of the show, which brings up a curious point, that the project itself was hidden from the public until the last minute, kept from liberals when it did go public + now incriminating newsletters + memos have been removed from websites. Whatever do these people have to hide??
To get a good bead on just how rapidly and hugely this story erupted, check out
wikipedia + this lengthy entry on Sourcewatch, replete with reviews as well as listings and description of factual errors in the film.
An intriguing footnote to this whole story is the fact that ABC has scheduled
simultaneous airings throughout the British Empire.

The various promotions have emphasized that the show is based on the 9/11 Commission Report + on fact.

One must wonder just how well this squares with ABC's insistence that (a) the film is fiction + (b) the film is still being edited + (c) how a jury might consider that as evidence in a libel lawsuit.
In any case, Blumenthal and Dean and Justin Rood all acknowledge that the story was uncovered by several bloggers, DU and DailyKos and Digby and "elsewhere."

Alas, that last not even a faint reference to yours truly, except perhaps by the one or two degrees of separation from Joe.Permalink
09.Sep.2006 Rove Strikes Again -dr. elsewhere here- CAMPAIGN WARS, '06; THE MEDIA FRONT
09.Sep.2006 Check out the second offensive; seems our lady Katie, in order to draw viewers and ratings for her first week as the first woman to solo anchor a prime time news program at CBS, will be inviting as a news commentator none other than (wait for it)...Rush Limbaugh.
So we are left to wonder just what awaits us from NBC, eh?
A few thoughts. First, Rove is directing this propaganda onslaught, shock'n'awe style, from his desk down the hall from the Oval Office. Paid for by taxpayer dollars.

(By the way, did you hear that - according to Slater and Moore's new book - Rove invited Catholic priests into his new West Wing office, which had been Hillary's, to have it exorcised ! Yup.)
09.Sep.2006 And fifth, think just how desperate they're getting. Not much of anything is moving the poll numbers, except in the wrong direction.

As I suggested in a comment to a previous Joe post on this ABC story, the whole thing could really backfire in their faces. The mood in this country has gotten pretty jaundiced and cynical.

The majority of folks appear to not trust this regime anymore + they're as likely to laugh at anyone's attempt to rewrite history as swallow it.

I'm getting the image of Rove frantically paddling his way into quicksand, deeper and deeper and deeper....
Nice fantasy. Whatever. We should nonetheless take all this as only the beginning of a major offensive in Rove's dirty little war.

09.Sep.2006 not even a word about iran?
now that will be rove's desperate manouveur, but even it will backfire.
america has looked behind the curtain and have seen the true face of big brother.
but it will get a lot uglier before it gets better.
turn off the tvs now, it is really the last weapon they have
# posted by Anonymous : 6:40 PM  

09.Sep.2006 Who Does the Writer/Producer of the Infamous ABC "Path to 9/11" Fiction Mini-Series Give His Major Interview to? Radical Wingnut David Horowitz (right-wing propaganda machine -> )'s Publication, That's Who. In it, the Writer/Director Heaps Praise on Bush, Scorns Clinton, Prasies the Patriot Act, scurrilously attacks the film "Syriana," and so on.
Even the Committee Headed by Pat "Bush Boy Toy" Roberts Concludes Bush and Cheney Lied. Senate: No prewar Saddam-al-Qaida ties. Cheney and the Rest of the Bush Ship of Fools. They All Lied Before the Iraq War.
Saddam Hussein regarded al-Qaida as a threat rather than a possible ally, a Senate report says, contradicting assertions Bush has used to build support for the war in Iraq. 9/9

09.Sep.2006 BuzzFlash Wins First Place in Project Censored 2 Out of 3 Years. Get the 2007 Book, Signed by the Editor and Publisher of
Key Scenes of ABC's "The Path to 9/11" Shot in Canada, Including WTC Attack. Loss of Jobs to NYC and Symbolic of the Partisan Fictionalization of 9/11. -- A BuzzFlash News Alert
Republicans issue report criticizing Bush's decision on Iraq 9/9

09.Sep.2006 An avalanche of pressure hits ABC to cancel the 9/11 series. Historians, politicos, bloggers, lefty media, bigwigs, everyone. This is what happens when we speak with one voice 9/9
Bill Clinton calls scenes from the ABC 9/11 movie 'indisputably wrong.' 9/9

09.Sep.2006 Bill Berkowitz: Keith Olbermann's finest hour 9/9
Torture chambers found in Iraq. No, not from Saddam Hussein's days, but from today's sectarian violence. This is the freedom George Bush has brought to Iraq 9/9

09.Sep.2006 CIA- Geheimgefängnisse: "Hier haben die Amerikaner Fehler gemacht"
09.Sep.2006 Sozialgerichtsurteil: Frührentner können auf Nachzahl- Segen hoffen
09.Sep.2006 08. SEPTEMBER 2006 Überwachungsaffäre: Vorerst keine personellen Folgen bei HP
09.Sep.2006 Post-9/11 privacy and secrecy: A report card -news analysis

11.Sep.2001 -Since- the federal government has been trying to learn more about us, while keeping us from knowing what it's doing. Is this wise?
08.Sep.2006 Bush
Lies About Torture: Not that it should surprise anyone anymore, but yesterday's stomach-churning Bush speech defending torture contains this little number:

09.Sep.2006 Calls for more details on CIA prisons: European lawmakers have demanded that their governments reveal the location of secret CIA prisons

after George Bush admitted the US held terrorist suspects in jails abroad.

09.Sep.2006 Pentagon Spends Billions to Outsource Torture: Bush administration hawks are getting profit-hungry companies like CACI to do their dirty work in the war zones of the New American Empire.

And we're footing the bill.

09.Sep.2006 Military lawyers clash with White House : The Pentagon ‘s top uniformed lawyers took issue Thursday with a key part of a White House plan to prosecute terrorism detainees, telling Congress that limiting the suspects‘ access to evidence could violate treaty obligations.

09.Sep.2006 Senate Votes to Restore Bin Laden Unit: The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to devote $200 million to revive a CIA unit dedicated to hunting down Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaida leaders as it neared a final vote on a huge Pentagon budget bill

09.Sep.2006 The Unaccountables: Forget the soldiers: The 25,000 civilian contractors in Iraq are an occupying army unto themselves. Some may have engaged in torture -- and, by evident design, they can’t be prosecuted for their crimes.
08.Sep.2006 Creating a new enemy: US plays down al-Qaeda in list of terror threats: "We're engaged in a global struggle against the followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom and crushes all dissent + has territorial ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims," Mr Bush said in the foreword.

09.Sep.2006 Purported: Qaeda video shows September11 attackers training: TV : Al Jazeera aired on Thursday a video tape that showed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden meeting what it said were perpetrators of the September 11 attacks on U.S. cities, days ahead of the fifth anniversary of the strikes.

09.Sep.2006 Democratic Party outlines pro-war agenda for US elections:: Over the past several weeks, top Bush administration officials have given a series of speeches marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. These speeches, laced with historical falsifications and other lies, have been designed to intimidate opponents of the war in Iraq, castigating them as appeasers of a new fascistic ideology.

09.Sep.2006 Pakistan signs truce with Taliban in Waziristan: Maulvi Nek Zaman MNA read out the agreement after which the militants and military officials hugged each other and exchanged greetings. The venue was heavily guarded by armed Taliban and journalists were not allowed to shoot or film the event.

09.Sep.2006 The Islamic Emirate of Waziristan and Greater Talibanista: With the Pakistani government ceding authority (but not autonomy) to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Coalition and Afghan forces will now be placed in a more difficult tactical situation along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

09.Sep.2006 Pakistan: Hello al-Qaeda, goodbye America: Across Pakistan's border in Afghanistan, the Taliban have control of most of the southwest of the country, from where Mullah Omar is expected soon to announce the revival of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - the name of the country before the Taliban were driven out 00.000.2001. Once the proclamation is made, a big push toward the capital Kabul will begin
08.Sep.2006 Book says CIA tried to provoke Saddam to war : More than a year before the invasion of Iraq the CIA devised a plan, codenamed Anabasis, to use Iraqi exile fighters to seize an air base and declare a revolt against Saddam Hussein in the hope that his response would create a pretext for war, according to a book published tomorrow.

08.Sep.2006 Suit Filed by Iraq Veterans Contaminated with Depleted Uranium Against U.S. Military: A U.S. District court in Manhattan held a hearing Wednesday on a lawsuit brought by soldiers from the New York National Guard who have been sick since being exposed to depleted uranium while serving in Iraq.
08.Sep.2006 The wages of war: Global terrorism up since 9/11 attacks: The Bush administration continues to argue the virtues of staying the present course. But, in light of our experience so far, this more and more tests the patience, credulity, fiscal sobriety + risk tolerance of the American public.

08.Sep.2006 Jim Lobe : Poll Finds Waning Faith in Military Interventions: On the question of why the US has lost support around the world, more than two-thirds of respondents identified a "major reason" as the Iraq war; 58% cited "America's wealth and power"; 49% "the US-led war on terror"; and 46% "US support for Israel".

08.Sep.2006 U.S. Expects Iran Sanctions Within Weeks: The USA expects a Security Council agreement on U.N. sanctions against Iran within weeks unless Tehran agrees at the last minute to freeze uranium enrichment, a senior State Department official said Friday.

08.Sep.2006 U.S. Politicians Should Focus On Tehran, Netanyahu Says: Benjamin Netanyahu, told an audience in New York yesterday that President Bush is preparing to ditch the United Nations to take on Iran alone and that American politicians of all parties would do well to stop squabbling about Iraq and join the president in focusing on threat from Tehran.

08.Sep.2006 UN warns of suffering imposed on Gaza: The UN has warned that the 10-week Israeli siege of Gaza has caused suffering and mass despair for the Palestinian people.

08.Sep.2006 Italian FM urges Israel to end blockade of Gaza: Speaking in Jordan before heading to the West Bank town of Ramallah, D'Alema also reiterated calls for the deployment of international observers in Gaza.

08.Sep.2006 Russian FM slams Israel arrest of Palestinian ministers, MPs: Lavrov also urged Israel to stop building its controversial West Bank security barrier, Jewish settlements and its practice of "extra-judicial" killings of militants, so that a roadmap for peace could be implemented.

08.Sep.2006 Catholic relief agency decries Israeli settlements : In Jerusalem, representatives of the Catholic relief agency Caritas have issued a statement condemning Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, saying that all Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories are "illegal under international law."

08.Sep.2006 Saul Landau: Israel makes some American Jews irrational: Do progressives actually believe that continued bombings will turn Palestinians and Lebanese into obedient neighbors, free of anger and hatred toward those who took their land?

08.Sep.2006 U.S. Orders Closing of Venezuelan Office : The U.S. government ordered Venezuela to close its military purchasing office in Miami after suspending arms sales to the South American country, American officials said Thursday.

08.Sep.2006 Paul Craig Roberts : Books are our salvation : Books teach people their language. They also teach that few problems can be solved by violence and that problems are not solely the preserve of the poor and unfortunate. Real life is in books + the more artificial virtual reality becomes, the more we need books.

08.Sep.2006 On his knees, Bush pins his hopes on fear: GEORGE BUSH was fighting for his presidency this week as much as for the Republican members of Congress who face defeat at the mid-term congressional elections less than two months away.

08.Sep.2006 Armitage admits he blew cover of CIA agent : The former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has confirmed that he believes he was the initial source for a 2003 newspaper column that disclosed the CIA's previously secret employment of Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent critic of the US war in Iraq.

08.Sep.2006 Clean-up workers feel effects of 9/11 : Nearly seven out of 10 Ground Zero workers have suffered lung problems during or after their work at the site, according to a study of health effects related to the 11 September 2001 attacks.

08.Sep.2006 9/11 lies: Bamford revealed that an FBI agent who worked as a consultant to the film quit halfway through production of the mini-series because he believed the writers and producers were “making things up.” Watch it:

08.Sep.2006 BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave: Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

08.Sep.2006 Davenport Police Confiscate U.S. flags to Protect Cheney: Berta was carrying a sign that said: “No, You Can’t Have My Rights, I’m Still Using Them.” And she was also holding a little American flag on a stick.

08.Sep.2006 09/07/06 How Human Rights Watch lost its way in Lebanon-By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
The measure of a human rights organisation is to be found not just in the strides it takes to seek justice for the oppressed and victimised but also in the compromises it makes to keep itself out of trouble. Because of the business that human rights defenders are in, they must be held to a standard higher than we demand of others.

08.Sep.2006 The Torturer's Apprentice-By Ray McGovern
Grabbing the headlines today is the fact that Bush has admitted  that the CIA has taken high-value captives to prisons abroad for interrogation using “tough” techniques. More telling is the fact that CIA interrogators are not bound by the strictures of the new Army field manual + that the president is determined to maintain in place detention centers where CIA interrogators can ply their trade at his bequest.

08.Sep.2006 Protecting Our Torturers -Bad Faith and Distortions From the American Psychological Association -By Stephen Soldz
Those psychologists and citizens of goodwill who don’t believe in torture as public policy should cry out with one voice at such indifference to human barbarity. If we fail to act we cannot claim, as did so many Germans, "We didn’t know!" 

08.Sep.2006 Five Years After and We Still Don’t Know-By Paul Craig Roberts -The reason so many people doubt the 9/11 story is not because they have psychological needs for conspiracies, but because the 9/11 story is not

believable. Continue 

08.Sep.2006 Ethnic Cleansing in New Orleans-By Charles Sullivan
Those who know their history will recognize the familiar patterns of Plutocracy at work. That is how the government has always treated the poor, just as it has always exploited the working class and sent them to die in wars not of their making. How could any but the ignorant and foolish dare call this democracy?

08.Sep.2006 Election 2006 & World War III -By Robert Parry
As Americans go to the polls in two months, they should have one thought fixed in their minds: they will be voting on whether to commit the nation to fighting World War III against large segments of the world’s one billion Muslims. Beyond the cost in blood and treasure, this war will mean the end of the USA as a democratic Republic.

08.Sep.2006 Force can't beat Taliban: Minister: With Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan locked down in one of this country's biggest battles in modern times, Ottawa's top military officials conceded yesterday the Taliban cannot be eliminated by force.

08.Sep.2006 Senate OKs $63 billion for 2 wars : The bill now totals $469.7 billion. It grew by more than $16 billion during a debate that began in July before it was suspended during lawmakers' four-week August recess.
08.Sep.2006 Iraq post-war plan muzzled: Rumsfeld said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a post-war plan.

Thousands of dead Iraqi civilians and: No Hillary Clinton apology on Iraq war vote : Sen. Hillary Clinton has been hitting the Bush administration hard over the Iraq war lately, but said yesterday she has no regrets over voting for war.
08.Sep.2006 Gaza is dying -'Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now' -By Patrick Cockburn in Gaza
Gaza is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation. Here on the shores of the Mediterranean a great tragedy is taking place that is being ignored because the world's attention has been diverted by wars in Lebanon and Iraq.

08.Sep.2006 Iran: Keine Beweise für Unterstützung irakischer Milizen
Bericht des US-Senats Vernichtendes Urteil über Bushs Begründung für Irak-Krieg 400 Seiten dick ist der Bericht des US-Senats. Sein Inhalt ist eine schallende Ohrfeige für US-Präsident Bush: Für einen der Hauptgründe des Irak-Kriegs - eine Verbindung zwischen Diktator Saddam und dem Terrornetzwerk al-Qaida - gibt es demnach keinerlei Hinweise.

Washington - Saddam Hussein und seine Schergen in Bagdad "hatten keine Verbindung, boten keine Zuflucht und drückten auch kein Auge zu in Richtung Sarkawi und dessen Anhänger", befindet der Bericht des Geheimdienstausschusses des US-Senats. Vielmehr sei Saddam misstrauisch gegenüber al-Qaida gewesen und habe die islamischen Extremisten als Gefahr für sein Regime angesehen. Die Bitte um ein Treffen mit Qaida-Kommandeuren habe er abgelehnt.

Eines der wichtigsten Argumente, das die Falken der Bush-Regierung vor mehr als vier Jahren gegen den Irak ins Feld führten, nämlich dass Diktator Saddam Hussein den Terrorismus des Netzwerkes von Osama Bin Laden unterstütze, ist damit von höchster legislativer Stelle widerlegt.

Der lang erwartete, 400 Seiten dicke Bericht stelle der Regierung ein verheerendes Zeugnis aus, sagte der dem Geheimdienstausschuss angehörende Senator Carl Levin. Bush und Vizepräsident Dick Cheney hätten hartnäckig versucht, Saddam Hussein und al-Qaida in Verbindung zu bringen. Der über einen Zeitraum von zwei Jahren hinweg erstellt Bericht untersucht auch die zweifelhafte Rolle von Informationen der Exilgruppe Irakischer Nationalkongress während des Entscheidungsprozesses vor dem Krieg.


SPIEGEL: Ist Ihre Forderung, die weltweite Ungleichheit zu beseitigen, nicht ähnlich illusorisch wie Bushs Forderung, Amerika müsse die Welt vom Bösen befreien?

Brzezinski: Gleichheit zu erreichen, wäre in der Tat ein illusionäres Ziel. Ungleichheit zu verringern, könnte im Zeitalter von Fernsehen und Internet sehr wohl eine politische Notwendigkeit sein. Wir stehen am Anfang eines geschichtlichen Zeitabschnitts, in dem die Menschen in China und Indien, aber auch in Nepal, in Bolivien oder Venezuela die enormen Unterschiede in den Lebensbedingungen einfach nicht mehr hinnehmen werden. Das mag in Wahrheit die kollektive Bedrohung sein, der wir uns in den nächsten Jahrzehnten ausgesetzt sehen.

SPIEGEL: Sie nennen das ein "globales politisches Erwachen".

Brzezinski: Ja + es handelt sich dabei - in einem weltweiten Rahmen - um eine Wiederholung des gesellschaftlichen und politischen Erwachens, das es in Frankreich zur Zeit der Revolution gegeben hat. Während des 19. Jahrhunderts hat es Europa und Teile der westlichen Hemisphäre erfasst, im 20. Jahrhundert erreichte es Japan und schließlich China. Jetzt erfasst es den Rest der Welt
Bericht des US- Senats: Vernichtendes Urteil über Bushs Begründung für Irak- Krieg
USA schließen iranische Staatsbank aus
Sicherheitslücken bei Quelle: Internet- Betrüger spionieren Kundendaten aus

08.Sep.2006 Blair- Abgang: Wellness- Kämpfer gegen Labour
08.Sep.2006 Britische Presse über Blair: "Es könnte noch in Tränen enden"

Angered by the revelations about his pet "freedom-fighters," Reagan denounced Brody in a speech on April 15, 1985. The president called Brody "one of dictator [Daniel] Ortega's supporters, a sympathizer who has openly embraced Sandinismo."

Privately, Reagan had a far more accurate understanding of the true nature of the contras. At one point in the contra war, Reagan turned to CIA official Duane Clarridge and demanded that the contras be used to destroy some Soviet-supplied helicopters that had arrived in Nicaragua.

In his memoirs, Clarridge recalled that "President Reagan pulled me aside and asked, 'Dewey, can't you get those vandals of yours to do this job.'" [See Clarridge's A Spy for All Seasons .]
08.Sep.2006 Permalink
Is a "spooky" CULT behind "The Path to 9/11"? Someone funneled $40 million (that's the figure currently being mentioned) to Disney in order to broadcast a lying mockudrama on the ABC network -- sans commercials or any known sponsor. Who?
The impetus -- and perhaps the cash -- seems to have come from a bizarre Christian cult called Youth With a Mission (YWAM), founded in the 1960 by Loren Cunningham, father to David Cunningham, the film's director. A
fine researcher over at Democratic Underground found a page linked to YWAM which inlcuded a very revealing paragraph:
Starting in July, along with our 'normal' discipleship efforts in YWAM, we will officially join The Film Institute - a new auxiliary branch of Youth With A Mission focused on tranforming film and television from the inside out. TFI's first project is a doozy: simply being referred to as: The Untitled History Project, it is already being called the television event of the decade and not one second has been put to film yet. Talk about great expectations! The miniseries was called Untitled History Project during production; the production company was called UHP Productions. Tellingly, the web site containing this information went missing the moment "outsiders" discovered it.
YWAM has many of the attributes of a dangerous mind control cult. Not only that: Preliminary web research indicates that YWAM has long had both far-right political ambitions and "spooky" links.

08.Sep.2006 More Disney outrage Disney/ABC probably did not expect this level of outrage against their lying schlockudrama, The Path to 9/11 . If you own any Disney stock, or if you know someone who does, or if you were thinkiing of purchasing some, here's some contact info. Tell 'em you won't rest unless Robert Iger walks out the same way Eisner went:
Disney Shareholder Services:Phone: 818-553-7200 Fax: Fax 818-553-7210 611 N. Brand Blvd. Suite 6100, Glendale, CA 91203
Check out the
Disney Corporate factbook, which is for investors. You might find some good protest ideas. Why not call ABC? 212-456-7777.
Some of the most insidious work is being done by Scholastic, Inc. These are the folks who are going to impress the "Path to 9/11" lies into the noggins of children all across America's classrooms. Scholastic also publishes the Harry Potter books.

08.Sep.2006 From Think Progress: Over 50,000 ThinkProgress readers have written ABC in the last 48 hours about "The Path to 9/11." We're going to keep the pressure on ABC, but we're also broadening our focus today to the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC.
Disney's Chairman of the Board is former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME). Senator Mitchell has a long and distinguished career both inside and outside government and he knows how important it is to accurately represent historical events.
We need to remind him that 9/11 was a national tragedy + that politicizing and flagrantly misrepresenting the facts about 9/11 is wrong.
Senator George J. Mitchell T: (212) 335-4600 T: (212) 335-4500 F: (212) 335-4605 (Remember to be polite + please copy us at so we can keep track your comments.)

08.Sep.2006 A License to Lie -- A BuzzFlash Editorial (If You Were Writing a 9/11 Script, What Three Actual Historical Scenes Would You Definitely Include?)
Signs of Raging Dems on the Hill: Senate Democratic leadership threatens Disney with legal and legislative sanctions. Bravo.
Houston Chronicle Editorial. "Fabricating history: ABC docudrama on 9/11 jettisons accuracy in favor of fictional sensationalism" 9/8

08.Sep.2006 A Hearty Welcome to the Grandaddy of Republican Hypocrites, Newt Gingrich. Step Right Up and be Honored as the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Disney Urged to Pull ABC's 'Path to 9/11'; Democratic National Committee Director Calls Movie 'Slanderous' 9/8

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Peace deal with pro-Taliban tribes raises concerns -- Gloria R. Lalumia's World Media Watch for September 8th
The Bottom Line About ABC?s Democrat-Bashing Docudrama - Verse-Case Scenario by Tony Peyser

08.Sep.2006 A 9/11 Path to Publicity Nightmares or Dreams? - The Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day
Joe Conason: The Sept. 11 that never was; ABC's docudrama "The Path to 9/11" is a false version of history. It popularizes right-wing myths by exaggerating Clinton's failures and Bush's successes, depicting events that never happened. 9/8


CBS zeigt mit "9/11" zum dritten Mal die preisgekrönte Dokumentation der Gebrüder Gedeon und Jules Naudet, die in den Strudel der Ereignisse gerissen wurden, als sie eine Doku über das erste Jahr eines jungen New Yorker Feuerwehrmanns dreht. ABC bringt mit "The Path to 9/11" eine Dokudrama-Version zum Bericht der 9/11-Kommission, die sich auf die Versäumnisse der Regierungen Clinton + Bush bei der Terrorbekämpfung konzentriert und schon im Vorfeld stark umstritten war.

Auf HBO läuft mit "In Memoriam New York City" die offizielle Dokumentation der Stadt zum 11.Sep.2001.

Der History Channel präsentiert mit "In the Name of Allah" ein Porträt von Osama Bin Laden. PBS zeigt mit "New York Voices" wie der 11. September das Leben ganz normaler New Yorker veränderte. Und Ted Koppel wirft im Discovery Channel einen Blick auf das delikate Wechselverhältnis zwischen öffentlicher Sicherheit und persönlicher Freiheit nach dem 11.Sep.2001.
Grenzkonflikt: Schießereien zwischen irakischen und iranischen Patrouillen
08.Sep.2006 US- Sicherheitspolitik: "Bush erzeugt ein Klima der Angst"
Premiere: Erstes Foto von Sonnenfinsternis auf Uranus

08.Sep.2006 Pipeline- Lecks: BP räumt schlampige Kontrollen ein
08.Sep.2006 9/11 im US- Fernsehen: Denkmalschutz und Seelenschmutz
08.Sep.2006 Blutiger Freitag: Terrorserie erschüttert Asien
Netzwelt- Ticker: Jagd auf Casino- Köpfe
08.Sep.2006 Schuldgefühl: Händewaschen reinigt das Gewissen

08.Sep.2006 Neues Video: Bin Laden und die 9/11- Attentäter
08.Sep.2006 Atomstreit mit Iran: USA erhöhen Druck auf Uno

08.Sep.2006 Chinesen in Europa: Mit Koffern voller Bargeld

08.Sep.2006 Afghanistan- Bilanz: Comeback der Scharfmacher und Sittenwächter
08.Sep.2006 Bewusstsein: Gehirn reagiert im Wachkoma auf Worte
Strompreis- Streit: Wirtschaftsminister droht Energieriesen
08.Sep.2006 Auslandsmissionen: CDU will Bundeswehr aus Entwicklungshilfe- Etat bezahlen
Schwere Schäden: Unwetter tobt über Süddeutschland
08.Sep.2006 Rücktritt im Mai: Blair schloss Geheimabkommen mit Brown

08.Sep.2006 Umfrage: Merkel rutscht auf Rekordtief ab
08.Sep.2006 Tricks der Tierschmuggler: 28 Papageien- Eier unter der Brust

07.Sep.2006 "Atlantis": Neue Probleme kurz vor dem Start
07.Sep.2006 Nasa: Raumfähre "Atlantis" soll heute starten

Weißes Haus: Kein Rededuell zwischen Bush und Ahmadinedschad
07.Sep.2006 Treffen der Vetomächte: Keine schnelle Einigung auf Sanktionen gegen Iran

07.Sep.2006 Al- Dschasira: Video zeigt Bin Laden mit 9/11- Tätern
07.Sep.2006 Guantanamo: Gefängnisleiter bescheinigt Top- Terroristen gute Gesundheit

07.Sep.2006 Neues Tonband: Iraks Qaida- Chef ruft Muslime zum Kampf
Immer wieder trifft man man auf die gleiche Erscheinung: Wenn religiöse Kriterien an Wissenschaft angelegt werden, kann dies nur hinderlich sein. Das traf zu, als man Giordano Bruno acht Jahre folterte und dann bei lebendigem Leib verbrannte, weil er religiöse Dogmen durch wissenschaftiche Erkenntnisse ersetzen wollte und das gilt heute noch genauso. Giordano Bruno basierte auf den Erkenntnissen von Kopernicus und hat als erster festgestellt: Das Weltall ist ewig und unendlich, die Erde ist nicht der Mittelpunkt des Weltalls, die Sonne ist ein Stern, nur näher + andere Sterne könnten auch Planeten haben.
sfux - 7. Sep, 08:31
Die dritte Entdeckung schließlich ist die genaue Untersuchung der Mikrowellenstrahlung, die von allen Seiten, schwach und gleichmäßig auf die Erde einströmt und die als Beweis eines „Widerhalls“ des „Big Bang“ angesehen wurde. Diese Mikrowellenstrahlung müßte also nach dieser Theorie von den Grenzen des Weltalls kommen. Damit müßten wir „Schatten“ auf dieser Strahlung aus den Richtungen finden, in denen – von uns aus gesehen - besonders intensive Cluster von Galaxien konzentriert sind. Forscher der University of Albama in Huntsville unter Dr. Richard Lieu haben nun modernste Meßmethoden auf diese Mikrowellenstrahlung angewandt, um jene „Schatten“ hinter (vor) den Clustern zu finden. Insgesamt wurden die möglichen Schatten von 31 Clustern untersucht. Es fanden sich nur bei einem Teil von ihnen Schatten, bei vielen anderen überhaupt keine. Damit kann ausgeschlossen werden, daß die Mikrowellenstrahlung ein „Echo“ eines „Big Bang“ darstellen könnte und der einzige scheinbare Beweis des „Big Bang“ hat sich in Luft aufgelöst.

Einen Artikel hierüber findet man auf der Site .
Die moderne Äther-Theorie sagt: Der angeblich leere Raum im Weltall ist nicht leer, sondern gefüllt mit einer leichten, unsichtbaren Materie, die ähnlich den früher herrschenden Theorien als Äther bezeichnet wurde. Im Gegensatz zu den alten Äther-Theorien, die längst widerlegt sind, konstatiert die moderne einen bisher unbekannten Zustand von Materie bei diesem Äther, der es bisher unmöglich gemacht hat, diesen Äther nachzuweisen. Nur indirekte Nachweise sind bisher möglich.

Machtkampf am Kap - sfux Alexander Paleske -

Thabo Mbeki, der Nachfolger von Nelson Mandela hat noch nicht einmal die Hälfte seiner zweiten Amtszeit hinter sich gebracht und schon ist der Kampf um seine Nachfolge zwischen zwei sich nunmehr feindlich gegenüberstehenden Lagern mit aller Heftigkeit entbrannt. Die südafrikanische Verfassung sieht, wie in den USA, eine Wiederwahl des amtierenden Präsidenten nur einmal...
Kampf gegen AIDS: Gesundheitsministerin bevorzugt Gemüse statt Kondome - sfux Dr. Alexander von Paleske -

Das wirtschaftlich stärkste Land Afrikas, Südafrika, mit seiner ausgezeichneten Infrastruktur, das tatsächlich zu den Schwellenländern gezählt werden kann, präsentierte sich auf der internationalen AIDS-Konferenz in Toronto/Kanada. Die von weit her angereisten Reporter, die ansonsten nur wenig Erfreuliches zu berichten haben, kamen dank der südafrikanischen Gesundheitsministerin...
Zeugin des Kennedy-Attentats gestorben - sfux SDA -

Die frühere texanische First Lady und direkte Zeugin des Attentats auf John F. Kennedy, Nellie Connally, ist am Samstag tot aufgefunden worden.
22.Nov.1963 Connally sass mit in der Limousine, als die tödlichen Schüsse auf den früheren US-Präsidenten fielen. Sie war die letzte lebende Insassin des Fahrzeugs.
Bei der Fahrt hatte sie Kennedy auf die begeisterten Menschenmengen am Strassenrand hingewiesen. "Herr...

A Meta-Group Managing Drugs, Violence + the State - sfux Far West Ltd, Halliburton, Diligence LLC, New Bridge + Neil Bush./Part X
Peter Dale Scott - The connection to Far West of Filin, Likhvinsky, Surikov + Saidov (along with Alfonso Davidovich)...

07.Sep.2006 Full Crash - Immobilienpreise in den USA stürzen ab - sfux Karl Weiss -

Nach einigen Anzeichen scheint sich die von einer Anzahl von Beobachtern bereits vorausgesehene weltweite Wirtschaftskrise in diesem Moment zu entwickeln. War für den letzten Ausbruch einer Wirtschaftskrise im Jahr 2001 vor allem der Zusammenbruch der Blase (künstlich weit über Wert gehandelt) der ?dotcom?-Gesellschaften in den USA der Auslöser, so scheint es diesmal die Immobilien-Blase in den USA zu...
Es gab nie einen ?Big Bang? - sfux Karl Weiss -

Die beiden Raumsonden ?Pioneer? 10 und 11, die seit Ende der 90er Jahre aus dem Sonnensystem hinaus und in die Unendlichkeit des Weltalls fliegen, haben schwere Abweichungen vom Kurs angezeigt. Sie wichen in Richtung der Sonne vom Kurs ab. Die heute im physikalischen Mainstream herrschenden Theorien können diesen Effekt nicht erklären.
Gaffney Cites Made-Up Scene In Path To 9/11 As Symbolic of Clinton Admin’s ‘Risk-Averse Attitude’ - Faiz 

Today on MSNBC, right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney cited a made-up scene in The Path To 9/11, in which former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger allegedly refuses to give an order to the CIA to take out bin Laden. 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean was forced to acknowledge the scene was fictionalized and the writer of the film, Cyrus Nowrasteh, said it was “improvised.”

Gaffney said, “I don’t know the facts here.” Nonetheless, he continued, “To the extent there is basis for this kind of reporting, I think it suggests a risk-averse attitude that was characteristic of the Clinton administration.” Watch it. <script type="text/javascript"> var flvgaffney320240 = new SWFObject('//09/gaffney.320.240.flv&autoStart=false', 'em-flvgaffney320240', '320', '260', '6', '#ffffff'); flvgaffney320240.addParam('quality', 'high'); flvgaffney320240.addParam('wmode', 'transparent'); flvgaffney320240.write('flvgaffney320240');

Gaffney’s comments underscore why ABC must correct its false scenes in the movie. If it fails to do so, the scenes will be cited as evidence by Gaffney and others, slowly making their way from myth to reality.

Full transcript:

GAFFNEY: Well, I gather that the documentary will elaborate on this in a pretty compelling way, that the call was being made from the ground where they thought they had bin Laden surrounded, directly into Sandy Burger, then the president’s national security adviser. At which point, Burger refused to give them the go ahead and hung up on them.

HOST: Which he refutes.

GAFFNEY: I don’t know the facts here. But to the extent that there’s basis for this kind of reporting, I think it suggests a risk areverse attitude that was characteristic of the Clinton administration that was justified by a desire not to give offense, not to, you know, cause difficulties in foreign relations of this country.
Iraq’s unity thrown into doubt. - Amanda 

Iraq’s parliament agreed on Thursday to begin looking at a potentially divisive draft law on federalism that minority Sunnis fear could break up the country and leave them with little access to its oil wealth.”
07.Sep.2006 Spying on the HP Board
Fascinating story. Basically, the chairman of Hewlett-Packard, annoyed at leaks, hired investigators to track down the phone records (including home and cell) of the other HP board members. One board member resigned because of this. The leaker has refused to...

07.Sep.2006 Increasing numbers of transgender fish are being found in the Potomac - Smartalix 
I'm always hearing the defenders of raping our environment telling me not to worry about all the chemicals we dum in our water. Can anyone tell me why it is a good thing that our administration is so anti-environment (or pro-business, call it what you like). I'm all for making a profit, but I'd be ...

07.Sep.2006 Bin Laden '9/11 video' broadcast Al-Jazeera TV broadcasts what it says is unseen footage of Osama Bin Laden meeting 9/11 hijackers.
07.Sep.2006 British species migrate northward Scientists analysing 25 years of data find some 80% of animals have extended the northern edge of their ranges.
07.Sep.2006 Key Iran talks 'set for Saturday' Talks between Tehran and the EU on Iran's nuclear programme will take place on Saturday, the EU says.
07.Sep.2006 Rover nears crater science trove Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity is closing in on what may be the richest scientific "treasure trove" of its mission.
07.Sep.2006 Vegetative patient 'communicates' A patient in a vegetative state can communicate using her thoughts, according to research.
07.Sep.2006 Stem-Cell Scientist Slams Senate Robert Lanza, the embattled author of a controversial stem-cell paper says his testimony before a senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday recalled McCarthy-era "lynching." In Bodyhack.
07.Sep.2006 P2P Hard Disk System Warns of Tsunamis - Zonk 6 NetworkWorld about a free software application that detects Tsunamis by listening for vibrations in the hard drives of computers.

The peer-to-peer network uses the technology that allows HDDs to keep read-write heads on track + passes the information to a network for analysis. From the article: "If an earthquake that could lead to a tsunami is detected, the supernodes inform the other nodes. Computers running the client software and connected to the peer-to-peer network can then warn of such events. The software is able to provide such warnings because the seismic waves produced by earthquakes travel at about 5,000 kilometers per hour, while tsunamis move much slower at 500 to 1,000 kilometers per hour"
DRM Hole Sets Patch Speed Record For Microsoft - Zonk 130 puppetman writes

"Wired columnist Bruce Schneier has an article up called 'Quickest Patch Ever', about a patch that was issued within three days to fix a vulnerability in Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM)." From the article: "Now, this isn't a 'vulnerability' in the normal sense of the word: digital rights management is not a feature that users want. Being able to remove copy protection is a good thing for some users + completely irrelevant for everyone else. No user is ever going to say: 'Oh no. I can now play the music I bought for my PC on my Mac. I must install a patch so I can't do that anymore.' But to Microsoft, this vulnerability is a big deal. It affects the company's relationship with major record labels. It affects the company's product offerings. It affects the company's bottom line. Fixing this 'vulnerability' is in the company's best interest; never mind the customer."
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD Playback Under XP - Zonk 122

"In the last few weeks the first HD-DVD and Blu-Ray drives for PCs have slowly trickled onto the market. Up to now, it has not been clear what system requirements you need to actually be able to play HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. The operating system was the main cause of concern; many rumors cropped up that the new generation of video discs would not work under Windows XP. Hardware.Info put the question to Cyberlink, the company behind Power DVD, if the lack of a protected videopath in Windows XP would make it impossible to enable HD-DVD or Blu-Ray playback. They have answered the questions + provide a complete checklist of what you need to play Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies in HD resolutions on your home PC."
Supercomputer to Hit 1.6 Petaflops With 16,000 Cell Chips - kdawson 153 tygerstripes writes,

"IBM has announced that they are gearing up to build the world's fastest supercomputer, more than four times faster than the reigning champ, IBM's BlueGene/L. Nicknamed 'Roadrunner,' the new machine will be a hybrid of off-the-shelf CPUs and Cell chips designed for the PS3. Roadrunner is to be installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occupying 1,100 square metres of floorspace (that's a square about 110 feet on a side). According to the BBC: 'The computer will contain 16,000 standard processors working alongside 16,000 Cell processors... each Cell is capable of 256 billion calculations per second.'"
Enigma-Cracking Bombe Recreated - kdawson 75 toxcspdrmn writes

"Volunteers at Bletchley Park have recreated a working replica of the electromechanical bombe used to crack the Germans' Enigma encryption. The bombe was designed by Polish cryptologists and refined by Alan Turing and colleagues at Bletchley Park. The replica joins a recreated electronic Colossus — generally considered the first electronic computer. Impressive work when you consider that Winston Churchill ordered the originals to be completely destroyed at the end of WWII."
An HP time line A look at the pivotal moments in the Hewlett-Packard boardroom shake-up.
07.Sep.2006 Reporter's records hacked in HP probe Investigators say a contractor working for HP obtained CNET reporter's personal phone records.
07.Sep.2006 The one secret the oil industry doesn't want you to know: You don't have to change the oil in your car!
At CounterThink, you learn a lot of information that challenges your current view of reality + this article is no exception to that. It's about changing your oil in your car. You might say, "What? Changing my oil? What could be controversial or earth-shattering about that?" Well, how about the idea...

On September 7, 2006 - 1:44pm
RogerSpark said:

Aside from trying to have it both ways (ie. bin Laden was a distraction from Lewinsky and Lewinsky was a distraction fron bin Laden), even if what the ABC program is implying is true, that Clinton was distracted by the impeachment proceedings, who is to blame for that? It was the GOP that spent every hour of every day focusing on concocting new ways to humiliate the US President in the public arena. When they should have been focusing on security, they were busy playing dirty politics. In fact, Clinton pleaded with Congress to give him the resources he needed to fight terrorism, but the GOP members of Congress were too preoccupied with impeaching the Commander in Chief to worry about protecting the country from attack.

Who needs the truth, when we have truthiness?

"The 9/11 report details the Clinton’s administration’s response – or lack of response – to Al Qaeda and how this emboldened Bin Laden to keep attacking American interests. The worst example is the response to the October, 2000 attack of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen where 17 American sailors were killed. There simply was no response. Nothing."

But as Sandy Berger told the 9/11 Commission: “[T]o go to war, a president needs to be able to say that his senior intelligence and law enforcement officers have concluded who is responsible.” And as the 9/11 Commission report repeatedly acknowledges, the US did not have clear evidence of bin Laden’s connection to the attack on the USS Cole before the end of the Clinton Administration (p. 192, 193, 195 & executive summary).

While ABC is promoting “The Path to 9/11” as a dramatization of historical fact, in truth it is a fictitious rewriting of history that will be misinterpreted by millions of Americans. Given your stated obligation to “get it right,” we urge you to do so by not airing this drama until the egregious factual errors are corrected, an endeavor we could easily assist you with given the opportunity to view the film.


Bruce R. Lindsey

Chief Executive Officer

William J. Clinton Foundation

Douglas J. Band

Counselor to President Clinton

Office of William Jefferson Clinton

Cc: Ms. Madeleine K. Albright

Mr. Samuel R. Berger

Mr. Richard A. Clarke

Mr. Stephen McPherson

Mr. George J. Mitchell

Mr. John D. Podesta

Mr. David Westin

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the USA
ABC Statement: Criticisms of Path to 9/11 Are ‘Premature and Irresponsible’ - Nico 

ThinkProgress has obtained a statement released just now by ABC Television about its planned docudrama “The Path to 9/11.” The release says the “editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible.”

Statement from ABC Entertainment on The Path to 9/11

The Path to 9/11? is not a documentary of the events leading to 9/11. It is a dramatization, drawn from a variety of sources including the 9/11 Commission Report, other published materials + personal interviews.

As such, for dramatic and narrative purposes, the movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue + time compression.

No one has seen the final version of the film, because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible.

The attacks of 9/11 were a pivotal moment in our history + it is fitting that the debate about the events related to the attacks continue.

However, we hope viewers will watch the entire broadcast of the finished film before forming an opinion about it.
Chafee behind Bolton vote delay. - Nico 

Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) has pulled the plug on a push by his fellow Republicans to confirm John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, saying he had more questions that needed to be answered,” the AP reports.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was expected to vote today “along party lines” to approve Bolton, but the vote has been delayed.
Conservative Media Watchdog Says ABC Should Correct Inaccuracies In Path to 9/11 - Payson 

Brent Bozell, founder and president of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country last night to discuss “The Path to 9/11.”

Although Bozell has praised the miniseries as a “forceful, compelling docudrama,” he said ABC should “correct” the scenes “that do not have any bearing on reality.” Watch it : Transcript:

BOZELL: Let me say this, I think that if you have a scene, or two scenes, or three scenes, important scenes, that do not have any bearing on reality and you can edit them, I think they should edit them.


SCARBOROUGH: And Brent, that seems very fair, right, if they are factually inaccurate here, you’d be calling for them to take it off the air too, right?

BOZELL: Yeah, yeah. I think where, if they are factually inaccurate and they can correct it, they ought to.
Bush taps Clay Aiken - Amanda for intellectual disabilities panel.
07.Sep.2006 FBI Agent Who Consulted On Path to 9/11 Quit Halfway Through Because ‘They Were Making Things Up’ - Faiz 

James Bamford, an author and journalist who has written about security issues, appeared on MSNBC to discuss “The Path to 9/11.”

Bamford revealed that an FBI agent who worked as a consultant to the film quit halfway through production of the mini-series because he believed the writers and producers were “making things up.” Watch it:

Write ABC and tell them to tell the truth about 9/11. Digg It! Transcript:

BAMFORD: It’s made-up. This is fiction. This is not real.

One of my friends actually was a consultant to this production — an FBI agent who worked on 9/11. He quit halfway through because he thought they were making things up.
The letter from Bill Clinton’s lawyer to ABC. - Judd Greg Sargent has the full text.
07.Sep.2006 Democrat still holding up pork database. - Nico 

An unknown Democrat is still holding the Coburn-Obama bill to create a searchable database of federal grants + contracts,” TPM Muckraker reports + “that Senator is now the only one holding up the bill.”
07.Sep.2006 Breaking: Bolton nomination postponed. - Faiz AP reports,

A Senate panel postponed a vote scheduled for Thursday on the nomination of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, a Republican, gave no reason for the delay + did not say when the vote would be held.”
07.Sep.2006 Path to 9/11 Writer Admits Controversial Scene Was ‘Improvised,’ ‘Accidents Occur’ - Judd 

ABC is marketing its docudrama, The Path to 9/11, as “based on the 9/11 Commission Report.” It is defending the films multiple inaccuracies by claiming some scenes were “drawn from a variety of sources.”

But yesterday, writer and avowed conservative Cyrus Nowrasteh admitted that the films most controversial scene was based on nothing at all. Nowrasteh told a right-wing radio station that the scene was “improvised.”

From the New York Times:

Mr. Berger’s character is also seen abruptly hanging up during a conversation with a CIA officer at a critical moment of a military operation.

In an interview yesterday with KRLA-AM in Los Angeles, Cyrus Nowrasteh, the mini-series’ screenwriter and one of its producers, said that moment had been improvised.

Sandy Berger did not slam down the phone,” Mr. Nowrasteh said. “That is not in the report. That was not scripted. But you know when you’re making a movie, a lot of things happen on set that are unscripted. Accidents occur, spontaneous reactions of actors performing a role take place. It’s the job of the filmmaker to say, ‘You know, maybe we can use that .’ ”

Nowrasteh’s attitude appears completely inconsistent with ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson. In promotional materials accompanying the film, McPherson said, “When you take on the responsibility of telling the story behind such an important event, it is absolutely critical that you get it right.” Digg It!
07.Sep.2006 CONFIRMED: Scholastic Still Promoting Path To 9/11 - Judd 

Scholastic has been promoting ABC’s Path to 9/11 + associated “discussion guides” to teachers around the country as a way of getting “important information” to students about the terrorists attacks.

These materials, as Media Matters has documented, are “rife with conservative misinformation.”

Yesterday, All Spin Zone and other bloggers noticed that Scholastic had taken it’s Path to 9/11 materials off its website. There was speculation that Scholastic had ended its association with the film.

It’s turns out that isn’t happening.

ThinkProgress contacted Scholastic this morning. According to a Scholastic spokeswoman, the materials are “temporarily down” but will “be back up later.” She could not confirm whether any changes would be made.
September 7, 2006 - Think Progress 

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finds that “the USA isn’t prepared to handle disasters + lacks an effective way to track $88 billion doled out to help rebuild the Gulf Coast after last year’s killer hurricanes.”

NATO’s top commander, Gen. James Jones, said more troops are needed to in southern Afghanistan where Taliban militants are inflicting heavy casualties on foreign forces.

[The violence is] something akin to poking the bee hive and the bees are swarming,” he said.

39: The percentage of Americans who feel less safe now than they did five years ago. Only 14 percent say the feel safer + 46 percent feel the same.

President Bush’s once-solid relationship with Southern women is on the rocks,” the AP reports, thanks to “anger over the Iraq war and frustration with the country’s direction.”

Newest tool in the war on terror : renewable energy.

Without renewable power, US forces “will remain unnecessarily exposedand will “continue to accrue preventable…serious and grave casualties,” according to Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer.

Congress is “giving up” on comprehensive immigration reform.

I think it would be next to impossible to pass a comprehensive bill that includes dealing with the diversity of 12 million people here in the next three weeks,” Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) said yesterday.

A new poll found that on a 100-point “thermometer” scale, with 100 being the friendliest feeling, “ Turkish attitudes toward the USA fell to 20 degrees, from 28 degrees, in the past two years.

Over the same period, feelings toward Iran increased to 43 degrees, from 34 degrees.”

Global warming “may be triggering a self-perpetuating climate time bomb trapped in once-frozen permafrost.” Greenhouse gases “once stuck in the long-frozen soil are bubbling into the atmosphereat a rate five times faster than originally measured.

And finally: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel becomes the fashion police. In last month’s employee newsletter, the agency issued a list of “do’s and don’ts” for “Business Casual” dress. The agency, “whose job includes fighting workplace sex discrimination,” advised women to “avoid tight pants and, ‘before choosing a skirt to wear, sit down in it facing a mirror.’”
07.Sep.2006 Scholastic yanks Path to 9/11 teaching materials. - Judd Apparently, someone figured out this movie is not the right way to teach children about 9/11. All Spin Zone has details.
07.Sep.2006 ABC Tells Fox That Path to 9/11 ‘Is Based Solely and Completely on the 9/11 Commission Report’ - Judd 

Fox News is running a puff piece promoting ABC’s docudrama Path to 9/11.

Former 9/11 Commission Co-Chair Tom Kean — a paid advisor to the film — has been defending its many inaccuracies by saying the film uses fictionalized composites and is based on many sources besides the 9/11 report.

But that’s not what ABC is telling Fox. In a segment this afternoon, Fox reported it was told by ABC producers that the film was “based solely and completely on the 9/11 Commission Report.” Watch it: <script type="text/javascript"> var flvfoxabc320240 = new SWFObject('//09/foxabc.320.240.flv&autoStart=false', 'em-flvfoxabc320240', '320', '260', '6', '#ffffff'); flvfoxabc320240.addParam('quality', 'high'); flvfoxabc320240.addParam('wmode', 'transparent'); flvfoxabc320240.write('flvfoxabc320240');

In fact many scenes from the movie are directly contradicted by the 9/11 Commission report.

Write ABC and tell them to tell the truth about 9/11.


FOX REPORTER: It’s called “The Path to 9/11? and it’s scheduled to air on ABC Sunday and Monday Night without commercial interruption. In the cross hairs are bureaucrats in the Clinton Administration.

[Clip from film]

KEAN: Only by understanding the story of 9/11 will we be able to make the changes, both in Washington in our cities, towns and states — we have to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

FOX REPORTER: Its producers say it is based solely and completely on the 9/11 Commission Report as it follows the footsteps of F.B.I. agent John O’Neal.
Baghdad Morgue Revises August Death Toll Upward 300 Percent - Payson 

Last week, Pentagon spokesmen touted the success of Operation Forward Together, a push to improve security in Baghdad. They cited a significant decrease in the number of bodies the city morgue received as evidence the operation was working. The media picked up on it:

Last month, the Baghdad morgue received more than 1,800 bodies, a record high. This month, the morgue is on track to receive less than a quarter of that. … U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of military forces in Baghdad, attributed the capital’s declining violence to a sweep involving 8,000 U.S. soldiers and 3,000 Iraqi troops aimed at stopping sectarian violence.

It looks like they spoke too soon. According to the ABC News blog, the Baghdad morgue today revised its figures upward a whopping 300 percent:

It turns out the official toll of violent deaths in August was just revised upwards to 1535 from 550, tripling the total. Now, we’re depressingly used to hearing about deaths here, so much so that the numbers can be numbing. But this means that a much-publicized drop-off in violence in August - heralded by both the Iraqi government and the US military as a sign that a new security effort in Baghdad was working - apparently didn’t exist. […] Violent deaths now appear roughly in line with the earlier trend: 1855 in July and 1595 in June.

President Bush said “the initial results” of the Baghdad opertation were “encouraging.” The revised results paint a different picture.
07.Sep.2006 ABC Insider Assures Right-Wing Bloggers: ‘The Message of the Clinton Admin Failures Remains Fully Intact’ - Judd 

ABC won’t give President Clinton, Madeleine Albright or Sandy Berger a copy of its 9/11 docudrama, “The Path to 9/11.” But there is virtually nothing about the film ABC won’t share with the right-wing blogosphere.

For example, an ABC insider sent this missive to right-wing blogger Hugh Hewitt about potential edits to the film:

The Disney execs met all through the weekend - unheard of in this business - debating what changes would be made and what concessions should be given. Here is what looks to be the conclusion:

- There will be a handful of tweaks made to a few scenes.
- They are minor + nuance in most cases - a line lift here, a tweak to the edit there.
- There are 900 screeners out there. When this airs this weekend, there will be a number of people who will spend their free evenings looking for these changes and will be hard pressed to identify them. They are that minor.
- The average viewer would not be able to tell the difference between the two versions.
- The message of the Clinton Admin failures remains fully intact.

Read the full email to Hewitt here.

Right now, former Gov. Tom Kean (R-NJ) — a paid senior advisor to this filmis digging in and defending ABC. If the network is making edits to the film to correct errors, they should tell everyone, not just right-wing bloggers.

The fact that ABC continues to cater to Rush Limbaugh and conservative bloggers, while refusing to show even the most basic courtesy to a former President of the USA, says a lot about what this “docudrama” is really about.
New Bush bill would legalize torture. - Nico 

Marty Lederman writes that the bill President Bush sent to Congress today is “an attempt to authorize the CIA to engage in the sorts of ‘enhanced’ interrogation techniques — e.g., hypothermia, threats of violence to the detainee and his family, prolonged sleep deprivation, “stress positions” and waterboarding — …and to immunize such conduct from any judicial review.” (Via AS)
07.Sep.2006 Senate ok’s cluster bombs. - Nico 

In a 30-70 vote, the Senate defeated an amendment by Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to ban defense spending “on the purchase or use of cluster munitions near civilian areas.” Cluster bombs are “the type of weapon responsible for the majority of civilian deaths in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.”
07.Sep.2006 Dodd Says Bolton Has ‘Endangered Our Nationak Security’ and Should Be Filibustered - Nico 

Today in the Senate, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) delivered a fiery speech calling for the Senate to filibuster U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

Dodd said Bolton had earned a “failing grade” for his work as ambassador and had already “largely burned his bridges with his colleagues” at the United Nations.

Moreover, he said Bolton’s effort to have two intelligence analysts fired after they refused to support his conclusions had “endangered our national security” and were “so outrageous that they show that Mr. Bolton does not even deserve a vote.” Watch it:

According to BoltonWatch, Bolton’s opponents may already have enough votes to block him. Full transcript:

DODD: When the tally is taken on how effective Mr. Bolton has been at the UN, in my view he gets a failing grade overall. Mr. President, these are key positions that help to strengthen the USA + yet in case after case, from reform to Darfur to North Korea to the U.N. Human Rights Council, critical issues to strengthen the USA, our ambassador failed to get the kind of results that are critically important.

But Mr. President there’s more.

On the basis of those issues, I would urge my colleagues to vote against Mr. Bolton. But I’m going to go a step further, Mr. President, because I believe that other actions taken by Mr. Bolton are so outrageous that they show that Mr. Bolton does not even deserve a vote, in my view.

There’s Mr. Bolton’s well documented attempts to manipulate intelligence to suit his world view and to seek the removal of at least two intelligence analysts who wouldn’t play ball. When these analysts refused to support intelligence conclusions not supported by available intelligence, Mr. Bolton mounted a concerted effort to have them fired. The fact that they weren’t removed doesn’t excuse his actions. Now, Mr. President, I don’t mind a heated debate. I don’t mind people having serious disagreements with conclusions of people. But when you attempt to fire lower-level employees who are responsible for gathering intelligence for the USA because you don’t like the results, that is dangerous business indeed.

His behavior endangered our national security because it goes to the very heart of what we depend on to protect that security — unbiased and professional intelligence collection and analysis. Mr. Bolton stepped way over the line and committed an offense so grievous in my view that it warrants that this Senate deny him an up or down vote on the nomination.

In concluding, Mr. President, I would return to a point that I made earlier, namely that Mr. Bolton has largely burned his bridges with his colleagues in New York and isn’t likely to be an effective diplomat when diplomacy is increasingly becoming the coin of the realm in protecting and advancing US interests at this very unstable moment in history.

Fifty nine former US ambassadors and diplomats who have served in five administrations agree — yesterday they sent a letter to the Foreign Relations Committee in opposition to the nomination.

They recognized as I do that at this critical moment in our nation’s future, the President should put the nation’s interest first and nominate an individual with strong diplomatic skills who believes in diplomacy, rather than placating his conservative base by continuing to push for confirmation of an unsuitable nominee. I believe that it is time for the Senate to send that message loudly and clearly to the President by rejecting efforts to ramrod this nomination through in the closing days of the session.

I urge my colleagues to join me in strongly opposing this nomination.
Tom DeLay’s New Cause: Conservative Takeover Of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ - Amanda 

When Tom DeLay announced his resignation from Congress in June 2006, he said he wanted to “pursue new opportunities to engage in the important cultural and political battles of our day from an arena outside of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

This morning, DeLay officially took up the important cultural/political battle of ABC’s reality show “Dancing with the Stars.” DeLay sent a mass e-mail to his supporters urging them to “help a good friend of mine, country music singer and GOP supporter Sara Evans,” who will be competing in this season’s show. From the letter (full text HERE):

Sara Evans has been a strong supporter of the Republican Party and represents good American values in the media . From singing at the 2004 Republican Convention to appearing with candidates in the last several election cycles, we have always been able to count on Sara for her support of the things we all believe in. … One of her opponents on the show is ultra liberal talk show host Jerry Springer. We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans .

Evans also sang at the 2004 Presidential Dinner, where Bush said, “I love the voice of Sara Evans.” She appears on a conservative website as “Babe of the Week” in a picture of her with Bush.

When your efforts to control Congress over, there’s always reality TV dancing. Digg It! (HT: ABC News blog)
06.Sep.2006 Ben-Veniste rips ABC's fakeumentary over inaccuracies -  
Ben-Veniste rips ABC's fakeumentary over inaccuracies -By: John Amato @ 6:57 PM - PDT
On MSNBC's "Countdown" with Keith Olberman:
Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 commission rips ABC over their many [false representation] of the 9/11 commission report and the use of it to market their 9/11 mini-series as the definitive account of the 9/11 tragedy. That to me is disgraceful. Making it available to only right wing sites is also a big indicator of how slanted this ABC/Disney production is.Video clip -Windows
Video clip -Quicktime

Tom Kean, Sr. is clearly shown in Countdown's segment as having complete access to the script and approving the falsehoods that show up in the TV show. Way to go Kean.
Digby has much more:
The reason this matters so much + why Democrats are so apoplectic at the way ABC has handled this material, is that popular culture has a way of inculcating certain concepts into people's minds, especially young minds, far more effectively than talking head programs or earnest debates among political bloggers and columnists. This is the kind of thing that could taint the debate for generations if it takes hold. The right howled mercilessly at Oliver Stone's depictions of JFK and Nixon, claiming that he was rewriting history….read on...

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07.Sep.2006 CNN's Henry: Bush speech quoting bin Laden "may help shake Americans out of any complacency they may feel" -  Media Matters for America
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CNN's Henry: Bush speech quoting bin Laden "may help shake Americans out of any complacency they may feel" In Terrorism

On September 5, both CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry and Associated Press writer Merrill Hartson reported that President Bush's September 5 speech addressing Iraq and the fight against terrorism was an attempt to fight American "complacency." On the September 5 edition of CNN's The Situation Room , Henry said, "President Bush today ... taking the extraordinary step of quoting [Osama] bin Laden's own words in letters to followers, as well as what he called grisly Al Qaeda manuals, to dramatize just how potent the terror group is right now ... [which] may help shake Americans out of any complacency they may feel almost five years after 9-11." And in a September 5 AP article, Hartson wrote, "President Bush used terrorists' own words Tuesday to battle complacency among Americans about the threat of future attack, defending his record as the fall campaign season kicks into high gear." Neither Henry nor Hartson cited any support for their suggestions of American complacency.

From the September 5 edition of CNN's The Situation Room :

WOLF BLITZER [anchor]: In the run-up to the 9-11 anniversary and the midterm elections, President Bush today offered a counterterror scorecard. He claimed success, saying the terror network is being kept off balance. But is Al Qaeda staying a step ahead? Citing chilling quotes from the terrorists themselves, the president concedes that America is, quote, "not yet safe."

Democrats today claim that America is less safe than it was five years ago + they count more failures than successes in the Bush administration's national security strategy. Topping their list and their campaign agenda: the war in Iraq. Our congressional correspondent Andrea Koppel is standing by on Capitol Hill. Let's go to the White House first. Ed Henry standing by with the latest from there. Ed.

HENRY: Wolf, nearly five years after vowing he'd get Osama bin Laden dead or alive, President Bush today acknowledged the terrorist is a major threat all around the world, taking the extraordinary step of quoting bin Laden's own words in letters to followers, as well as what he called grisly Al Qaeda manuals, to dramatize just how potent the terror group is right now -- a delicate balancing act for this president.

On one hand, this may help shake Americans out of any complacency they may feel almost five years after 9-11 and politically, it's almost like a page ripped right out of the Karl Rove playbook that worked 00.000.2002 and 2004, but this also, on the other hand, could play into the Democrats' hands, 'cause it's a mixed bag. The administration releasing today an updated "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" that says Al Qaeda may be degraded but it is still, quote, "dangerous." And also, then, in his speech, the president saying Al Qaeda has been weakened, but then seeming to elevate bin Laden by comparing him to Adolf Hitler.

BUSH [clip]: Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say? America and our coalition partners have made our choice. We are taking the words of the enemy seriously. We are on the offensive. We will not rest. We will not retreat + we will not withdraw from the fight until this threat to civilization has been removed.

From Hartson's September 5 AP article, "Bush Reminds Americans U.S. Is at War":

President Bush used terrorists' own words Tuesday to battle complacency among Americans about the threat of future attack, defending his record as the fall campaign season kicks into high gear.

Bush said that despite the absence of a successor on U.S. soil to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the terrorist danger remains potent.

"Bin laden and his terrorist's allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them," the president said before the Military Officers Association of America and diplomatic representatives [sic] other countries that have suffered terrorist attacks. "The question is 'Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?' "
White House Targets Conspiracy Theorists As Terrorist Recruiters - Paul Joseph Watson - 'Strategy for winning the war on terror' says world contaminated, corrupted by misinformation
07.Sep.2006 The “sovereign” Bush administration eliminates whistleblower protections for EPA workers! - SN No more whistleblower protections for EPA workers!
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07.Sep.2006 US hands over Iraq army control The Iraqi authorities begin taking control of their armed forces from the US-led coalition.
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07.Sep.2006 Euro-MPs demand CIA answers Euro-MPs urge European governments to come clean about alleged secret CIA prisons on their territory.
07.Sep.2006 Ahern backs 'great leader' Blair Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern offers his strong support to his British counterpart Tony Blair.
07.Sep.2006 Chancellor gives support to Blair Gordon Brown visits Scotland as Tony Blair confirms he will step down as prime minister within 12 months.
07.Sep.2006 Pound falls on Blair uncertainty The pound falls against the dollar amid continuing uncertainty over when Tony Blair will leave Downing Street.
07.Sep.2006 Rover nears crater science trove Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity is closing in on what may be the richest scientific "treasure trove" of its mission.
07.Sep.2006 Fastest supercomputer to be built Computer manufacturer IBM has been given the go ahead to build the world's most powerful supercomputer.
07.Sep.2006 Diana inquest to be held 00.000.2007 The preliminary hearings in the inquests into the death of Princess Diana are due to take place early 00.000.2007.
07.Sep.2006 UK rates left unchanged at 4.75% The Bank of England leaves interest rates on hold at 4.75%, but analysts expect an increase later this year.
07.Sep.2006 Canaries in record migrant influx Almost 900 African migrants reached the Canary Islands on Tuesday, a record number for a single day.
07.Sep.2006 Future Be Warned: Keep Out! Say you sealed tons of radiactive waste half a mile below the New Mexico desert.

Assuming the facility survived for 10 thousand years, what sort of "danger" sign would you need? By Vince Beiser.
Quickest Patch Ever Want to see Microsoft push out a fix for a software bug in just a few days? Just hack the company's DRM solution.

Of course, critical security holes can still take a month to patch. Commentary by Bruce Schneier.
The Death of Privacy - kdawson 112 Debra D'Agostino writes,

"Why don't companies care about privacy? Because there's not enough money to be made from securing sensitive customer information, says Jeff Rothfeder in an article posted recently at CIO Insight.

Furthermore, there's not enough money to be lost in privacy breaches for companies to care.

'Most companies claim that privacy is a priority — chiefly because they believe consumers are more willing to do repeat business with them if personal information is carefully handled,' he writes.

'But in reality, many companies are woefully inept at protecting privacy.'"
Dark Matter — "Alternative Gravity" Team Responds - kdawson 141

"Following previous results, an international team of astronomers answers, defending the case for a modification of the theory of gravity.

This article presents an alternative to dark matter and states constraints on the neutrino mass.

In short, dark matter is still not a necessity, provided that neutrinos weigh 2eV. This is allowed by what we currently know and should be tested in the KATRIN experiment 00.000.2009."
Xbox for Stroke Rehabilitation - samzenpus 116
"Using an Xbox modified to run Linux, researchers have developed virtual reality hand exercises for rehabilitating stroke patients. An inexpensive glove controller is used to interact with the Xbox.

The hardware cost is a tenth of a comparable commercial hand rehabilitation system, leading to the possibility of deployment in patients' homes."
Nanocosmetics Used Since Ancient Egypt - ScuttleMonkey 237 - Roland Piquepaille writes

"French researchers have found that Egyptians, Greek and Romans were using nanotechnology to dye their hair several thousands years ago.

Nanowerk Spotlight reports they were using lead compounds which generated lead sulfide (PbS) nanocrystals with a diameter of only 5 nanometers.

At a moment where many people wonder if the use of nanoparticles is safe, it's good to know that nanotechnology has been widely used for a very long time."
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Nach Jahren der Isolation werden 14 der gefährlichsten inhaftierten Terroristen vom Roten Kreuz besucht - darunter Ramzi Binalshibh und Chalid Scheich Mohammed, die mutmaßlichen Drahtzieher der Anschläge vom 11.9. Die Hilfsorganisation fordert auch Zugang zu den geheimen CIA-Lagern.
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Selective assassination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Selective Assassination is a policy of selecting targets, using arms, training personnel and cover-up strategies designed to justify assassination as the ...

Selective Assassination as an Instrument of National Policy ... Selective Assassination as an Instrument of National Policy is an official USA government document published during the 1960s but later published ...

A classic study done by the US government, Selective Assassination as an Instrument of Foreign Policy raises the question of whether the moral laws that ...

The American Enterprise: Reviving the Assassination Option Fortunately, a system has evolved for working around the short-sighted, post-Vietnam-era efforts to eliminate selective assassination as one tool of war. ...

Position Statements Clearly, a state which bombs a people repeatedly, engages in selective assassination , collective punishment and kills innocent civilians in great numbers ...

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NVSD -- Low Intensity Conflict: Central America From selective assassination to prolonged people's war to genocide ... That is more dangerous because it combines selective assassination , psychological, ...

Thought for the Month--RAW selective assassination . Think about the savings this would mean, in this age when even our "little" wars cost billions of dollars a year + remember ...

ZNet |Colombia | Colombia's Paramilitary Selective assassination by paramilitaries in Colombia has targeted ...

The most blatant example of selective assassination was the killing of about 3000 ...

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: The occupation is killing us all - NI 348 ... selective assassination of Roman officials + Jewish collaborators, ... intimidation of the Palestinian population, selective assassination , vandalism, ...

2004062627_Report ... selective assassination of Roman officials + Jewish collaborators + the last stand of the Zealots against the Roman legions at the desert fortress at ...

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Unseen Millions: The Catastrophe of Internal Displacement in Colombia - View as HTML

who, in turn, utilize threats, intimidation, selective assassination and massacres in order to force the. rightful owners to abandon their property.”

The Silencing of Maya Women from Mam[acute{a}] Maqu[acute{i}n to ... This position counters the comprehensive findings of the CEH, which chronicle the army's selective assassination + disappearance of civil society leaders,

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To: Fellow Tri Partiters He said "if the North in the Civil War had practiced selective assassination of Southern leaders, the whole war could have been avoided.

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[Wereldcrisis] Fwd: 10/23/03 ICH News 11, Cheney had endorsed Israel's selective assassination policy even as the State Department was denouncing it.
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