Saturday, January 31, 2004

MSNBC - 'Scarborough Country' for Jan. 28

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

Scarborough Country
January 28, 2004

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

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

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

>> The Cover-up Chronicles, Chapter 33

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

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

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

Thursday, January 29, 2004

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

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

A 9/11 COVER UP?

Philly Daily News Editorial
Thu, Jan. 29, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

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

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

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

Sunday, January 25, 2004

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

We admire Mrs. Mariani?s courage and conviction.

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

Monday, January 26, 2004

Concord Monitor Letter to the Editor: "Overlooked"

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

Concord Monitor
Friday, January 23, 2004

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

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

UPI: Challenge by 'Honest Republican'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 24, 2004

All US airline passengers to undergo government background checks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> All the News that's Fit to Flush

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

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

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

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

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

>> Short Touching Video Clip of Ellen Mariani

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

Monday, January 19, 2004

9/11 Panel Unlikely to Get Later Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 18, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"American Dynasty": Family Lies

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

"American Dynasty": Family Lies
January 18, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Cheney's grim vision: decades of war

>> Prescription for an Awakening:
>> Read these two paragraphs below.

"Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

-- James Madison, 4th President of the US, 1793

Cheney's Grim Vision: Decades of War
James Sterngold,
San Francisco Chronicle
January 15, 2004

Los Angeles -- In a forceful preview of the Bush administration's expansionist military policies in this election year, Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday painted a grim picture of what he said was the growing threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack in the United States and warned that the battle, like the Cold War, could last generations... Cheney devoted the half-hour speech to a frightening characterization of the war on terrorism and the new kind of mobilization he said it demanded. He sounded the alarm about the increasing prospects of a major new terrorist attack and the extraordinary responses that are required. While many of his remarks echoed past comments by the president and senior officials, Cheney struck a surprisingly dour note and suggested only an administration of proven ability could manage the dramatic overhaul necessary for the nation's security apparatus. More...
(Gratias to John Judge)
Conservative Groups Break with Republican Leadership

>> Conservative groups are finally waking up to the fact the
>> Bush/Cheney regime is not about conservative or even
>> human values. Beyond the bottom line and total power
>> a corporate coup has no values at all.

Conservative Groups Break with Republican Leadership
By Ralph Z. Hallow
January 16, 2004

"National leaders of six conservative organizations yesterday broke with the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, accusing them of spending like 'drunken sailors,' and had some strong words for President Bush as well.

"The Republican Congress is spending at twice the rate as under Bill Clinton, and President Bush has yet to issue a single veto," Paul M. Weyrich, national chairman of Coalitions for America, said at a news briefing with the other five leaders... "If the president doesn't take a stand on this, there's a real chance the Republicans' voter base will not be enthusiastic about turning out in November, no matter who the Democrats nominate." More...

Friday, January 16, 2004

Open Door Policy

>> In our brave new neocon administration, true
>> conservatives are the men who are not there.

- A strange thing happened on the way to the war.
By Karen Kwiatkowski
The American Conservative
January 19, 2004

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, a former Pentagon insider, concludes her observations on the run-up to the Iraq war in this last of a three-part series.

As the winter of 2002 approached, I was increasingly amazed at the success of the propaganda campaign being waged by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and neoconservative mouthpieces at the Washington Times and Wall Street Journal. I speculated about the necessity but unlikelihood of a Phil-Dick-style minority report on the grandiose Feith-Wolfowitz-Rumsfeld-Cheney vision of some future Middle East where peace, love, and democracy are brought about by pre-emptive war and military occupation." More...
Have You Forgotten 9-11?

Have You Forgotten 9-11?
by an anonymous Buzzflash reader
January 15, 2004

Whenever many of us question Bush's leadership, the necessity of the Iraq war or the direction of the war on terrorism we, are invariably asked, 'Have you forgotten 9-11?'

Americans will never forget 9-11, and many of us have images seared on our memories of that day and the following days that REQUIRE us to question the administrations actions since 9-11.

I will never forget that Bush was warned in August 2001 that Al Qaeda was planning a major attack, but did nothing.

I will never forget that after being informed of the second Tower being hit, Bush sat in a classroom in Florida for twenty minutes while people were dying in New York and did nothing.

I will never forget that both towers could have been cleared after the first plane hit if Bush had issued orders based on the warnings he'd gotten the previous month.

I will never forget that no planes were scrambled to protect New York or Washington even though the FAA and NORAD knew within minutes that four planes had been hijacked.

I will never forget that days after 9-11, members of the Saudi royal family and the Bin Laden family without being questioned were allowed to leave a locked-down America.

I will never forget that no 9-11 air traffic controllers have ever been interviewed by our supposedly free press.

I will never forget the testimony of Colleen Rowley.

I will never forget that NO ONE has lost his job or been held responsible for the failures of 9-11.

I will never forget that 9-11 widow Ellen Mariani has bravely filed a lawsuit against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft under the RICO act and her press conference was not covered by any major US media outlets, newspapers or TV news.

No, I will never forget what happened on 9-11.
Topplebush.com's Interactive George Bush Resume

Past Work Experience:
-- Ran for congress and lost.
-- Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie.
-- Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas, company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
-- Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took private land using tax-payer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox.
-- With father's help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas.

Accomplishments as Governor:
Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union. Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money. Set record for most executions by any Governor in American history.

Accomplishments as President:
-- Attacked and took over two countries.
-- Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury.
-- Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.
-- Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
-- Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
-- First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
-- First president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
-- First year in office set all-time record for most vacation days of any US president.
-- After vacationing the entire month of August, presided over the worst security failure in US history. More...

Thursday, January 15, 2004

'Whitewash': 9/11 Commission Rocked by Bizarre Revelations
That Commission Officials Gave Evidence to Own Inquiry

>> Had enough yet???

"'Whitewash': 9/11 Director Gave Evidence to Own Inquiry"
by Shaun Waterman

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The panel set up to investigate why the United States failed to prevent the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was rocked Thursday by the bizarre revelation that two of its senior officials were so closely involved in the events they are investigating that they have had to be interviewed as part of the inquiry." More...

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

NYPress::"Hack Attack The GOP journalist gunning for Bush in New Hampshire"

>> Omen of the year (thus far): Blessings from a living legend!

-- The GOP journalist gunning for Bush in New Hampshire
by Paul Krassner
The New York Press, Vol. 17, Iss. 2, January 14, 2004

Although the facts of the Bush family/Nazi Germany connection have been whirling around in cyberspace for years, veteran journalist John Buchanan was among the first to confirm the story in print. Now he?s running against George W. in the New Hampshire Republican primary...

"At the College Convention in New Hampshire on January 7, he received a major ovation and is now considered the front-runner of the fringe candidates." Full Monty...

John Buchanan on the Duke Skoritch Show, KUWS.FM Wisconsin Public Radio

"Click here to listen to Duke Skorich's January 12th interview with GOP Presidential Candidate John Buchanan "

This is the top populist talk show in the northern midwest - Skoritch has won the Hunter S. Thonpson Award for Gonzo Radio Journalism for the last three years running.
McCain and others to campaign for Bush in NH

>> Rude Rove awakening - realizes "unopposed" Bush could LOSE NH,
>> sends in the heavy guns to fight off mighty JB and the eleven dwarfs.

Bush-Cheney '04
By James W. Pindell

Jan. 8 -- Everybody ready for a change of tune? Here comes the GOP.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who defeated President George W. Bush in the 2000 New Hampshire primary, is scheduled to visit the Granite State to campaign for Bush in the days leading up to the state's 2004 presidential primary Jan. 27.

New Hampshire Republican leaders have confirmed to PoliticsNH.com that McCain will join other nationally prominent Republicans in the four days leading up the to the primary.

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 27 -- the day of the primary -- Bush-Cheney Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot and Ken Mehlman, Bush campaign manager, said they plan to attend varying Republican get-out-the-vote events around Manchester.

Also scheduled to attend are Bush?s sister, Doro Bush Koch, New York Gov. George Pataki, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, Mary Matalin and Bush-Cheney New England Regional Chairman Jim Tobin.

The appearances are meant for party activists before the primary.

Though Bush doesn't face a major challenger for his party's nomination, 12 other lesser-known Republicans plan on mounting a challenge against the sitting president."

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

washingtonpost.com: Study Published by Army Criticizes War on Terror's Scope

>> Even the Army's starting to worry about the Bush-Hitler "thing"

Study Published by Army Criticizes War on Terror's Scope
By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post, January 12, 2004

"A scathing new report published by the Army War College broadly criticizes the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism, accusing it of taking a detour into an 'unnecessary' war in Iraq and pursuing an 'unrealistic' quest against terrorism that may lead to U.S. wars with states that pose no serious threat.

"The report, by Jeffrey Record, a visiting professor at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, warns that as a result of those mistakes, the Army is 'near the breaking point...'

"In addition, the essay goes further than many critics in examining the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism... It likens the scale of U.S. ambitions in the war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler's overreach in World War II. More...

Monday, January 12, 2004

American Conservative Union: "Federal government spending is out of control."

>> Bomb & Spend, Bomb & Spend, and Bill it to the Children.
>> With Conservatives like Bush, who Needs Liberals?

American Conservative Union

"Despite the Republican Party hegemony - control of the White House and both houses of Congress - federal spending is increasing at a rate that is unacceptable. THE FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT ALONE TODAY EXCEEDS THE TOTAL FEDERAL BUDGET THE YEAR RONALD REAGAN TOOK OFFICE!

The federal budget has increased $300 billion in two years.
• Total spending has increased 18 percent since 2001.
• Domestic social welfare spending has increased $96 billion since 2001.
• Spending increased just $51 billion in Bill Clinton first six years in office.
• In 2001, the federal government grew by 6 percent, while the private sector grew by just 0.5 percent.
• Spending is on track to grow by 14 percent in President Bush's first term, compared with 7 percent for Ronald Reagan's first term. President Reagan reduced non-defense discretionary spending by 14 percent, while non-defense discretionary spending has increased by 18 percent since 2001.
• The Congressional Budget Office projects a budget deficit of $540 billion in 2004 and $2.3 trillion between 2002 and 2011."
The Memory Hole: High-Ranking Officials Admit 9/11 Could've Been Prevented

Republican brothers speaking truth to (treacherous) power...

"This was not something that had to happen... They simply failed." — Thomas H. Kean, Chair of the independent commission investigating 9/11. Kean is a Republican appointed by Bush.

"They don't have any excuse because the information was in their lap, and they didn't do anything to prevent it." — Senator Richard Shelby, then ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee; member of the joint intelligence committee that investigated 9/11.

"I don't believe any longer that it's a matter of connecting the dots. I think they had a veritable blueprint, and we want to know why they didn't act on it." — Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican member of the joint intelligence committee that investigated 9/11. More...:

Sunday, January 11, 2004

911 and the Reichstag Fire: have we seen this show before?

>> Cf. Ex-Bush aide Paul O'Neill's outblurt 3 posts below... <<

911 and the Reichstag Fire:
Have we seen this show before?
by Jerry Russell

"In the view of the notable historian William Shirer and many others, it has been established 'beyond a reasonable doubt' that on Feb. 27, 1933, a team of Hitler's commandos fanned out through the Reichstag building (the German parliament), using incendiary fluids to quickly touch off a massive blaze. Before the fire had died down, Hitler proclaimed that the outrage must have been the responsibility of the Communists. Apparently, by and large, the German public believed Hitler was telling the truth: the Enabling Act was passed giving Hitler a dictator's powers...

"The events of 911 were [likewise] orchestrated to create feelings of fear and helplessness in the face of surprise attack -- fears which were later exploited by the Bush administration's imagery that the moribund Iraqi nuclear weapons program could be restarted and then unveiled by a mushroom cloud over a US city." More...
A Media Empire's Injustices

With Bush friends like Murduch, who needs to tell the truth?

A Media Empire's Injustices
By Richard Cohen, Washington Post

"Since 1917 the Pulitzer Prizes -- named for their creator, the 19th-century press baron Joseph Pulitzer -- have been awarded to encourage excellence in journalism. I happen to think that more could be accomplished with a prize for the worst in journalism. It should be called the Murdoch." More...
How to Lose Your Job in Talk Radio

Clear Channel Gags an Antiwar Conservative.
(From "The American Conservative" 2/2/04)

"Imagine these startling headlines with the nation at war in the Pacific six months after Dec. 7, 1941: ?No Signs of Japanese Involvement in Pearl Harbor Attack! Faulty Intelligence Cited; Wolfowitz: Mistakes Were Made.

Or how about an equally disconcerting World War II headline from the European theater: ?German Army Not Found in France, Poland, Admits President; Rumsfeld: ?Oops!?, Powell Silent; ?Bring ?Em On,? Says Defiant FDR.?

"It seems to me that when there is reason to go to war, it should be self-evident. The Secretary of State should not need to convince a skeptical world with satellite photos of a couple of Toyota pickups and a dumpster. And faced with a legitimate casus belli, it should not be hard to muster an actual constitutional declaration of war. Now in the absence of a meaningful Iraqi role in the 9/11 attack and the mysterious disappearance of those fearsome Weapons of Mass Destruction, there might be some psychic satisfaction to be had in saying, ?I told you so!? But it sure isn?t doing my career as a talk-show host any good." More...
Ex-Aide Paul O'Neill: Bush Planned Iraq Invasion Before 9/11
"The Bush Administration began laying plans for an invasion of Iraq, including the use of American troops, within days of President Bush's inauguration in January of 2001 -- not eight months later after the 9/11 attacks as has been previously reported. " Key Bush quote here: "FIND ME A WAY TO DO THIS."

How incredibly "convenient" was 9/11? You connect the dots...
911 International Inquiry

Our campaign is hardly the only effort fighting for 9/11 truth and justice. A large group of citizens have been working quietly on the West coast and in Europe and are getting ready to go quite public on the 26th of March with the first "9/11 International Inquiry - Phase 1" (Phase II will open in Toronto in July). Read their Preamble below, visit their site, and help spread the word.

"Whereas the tragic events of 9-11 have been used by the United States government to justify a war upon the world, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights;

"Whereas the Joint House and Senate Inquiry of September 11, 2001 and the Independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks have not served to “reveal the truth about the events of September 11, 2001,” but to justify increasing the power of the National Security State;

"Whereas the mass-circulation press in the United States has failed to ask the most basic questions about what actually happened on September 11, 2001, and has supported the extension of U.S. military might throughout the world;

"We, who question the official narrative of September 11, 2001, and question the path the U.S. government has chosen in its wake, believe a public inquiry-- asking who, what, how, when and why -- into those events is vitally necessary. Therefore, this Inquiry intends to bring together, to share what they have learned with the world, independent researchers, questioners, seekers of evidence, authors, film-makers: all those who desire and work to discover the truth about September 11, 2001."

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