9/11 Ripple Effect

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87 min – Jul 9, 2007
Prod. & Written by William Lewis & Dave vonKleist – www.911RippleEffect.com

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The film that’s being hailed as the most professionally produced and up to date 9/11 video ever made. See it for free or buy it on DVD.

911 Ripple Effect champions a very powerful message; backed by expert examination of video evidence and packaged in an imaginative and captivating production that will keep you on the edge of your seats. An absolute must see!

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US a step closer to Iran blockade

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By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
ICH
09/12/08 “Asia Times

The United States government has imposed new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its shipping industry, by blacklisting the main shipping line and 18 subsidiaries, accusing the maritime carrier of being engaged in contraband nuclear material, a charge vehemently denied by Iran.

While the economic impact of the measures against Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) will be minimal in light of the near absence of any connection between the shipping company and US businesses, this latest US initiative against Iran sends a strong signal about the US’s intention to escalate pressure on Iran, even unilaterally if need be. And, perhaps, it is a prelude for more serious and dangerous actions in the near future, above all a naval blockade of Iran to choke off its access to, among other things, imported fuel.

The outgoing George W Bush administration is slowly but surely taking strident actions that will effectively tie the hands of the next US president, particularly if that happens to be Democratic candidate Senator Barack Obama, who in the past has expressed an interest in direct dialogue with Tehran.

US a step closer to Iran blockade   : Information Clearing House – ICH.

Kucinich: Bush-Ordered Attacks in Pakistan Further Destabilizing World Security

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by Dennis Kucinich
After Downing Street

Washington D.C. (September 12, 2008) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who in October 2002 was the first member of Congress who maintained that Bush was lying to take the country into war, issued the following statement regarding President Bush’s authorization of U.S. attacks inside of Pakistan:

“The President is once again violating international law by invading yet another nation which has not attacked the United States. Once again, he places our troops and our reputation at risk. Once again, he creates more enemies for America. Pakistan’s objections to the illegal US Predator strikes inside the country’s border should be a clear indication of how Pakistan would respond to another illegal attack upon their sovereign nation.

“Pakistan is a nuclear flash point on the Asian subcontinent. This situation requires intense diplomacy. The United States under George Bush is playing with fire, creating more instability, killing innocent Pakistanis, imperiling our troops in the region and weakening the hold our allies have on their democratic governments. Instead of limiting aggression, Bush expands it.

“The Administration not only ignores the will of an ally, but risks expanding the failed war in Afghanistan into Pakistan. This is unnecessary and it is illegal. Congress must intervene legislatively and legally to block Bush from continuing down this dangerous path.

“Additionally, this is further proof why Congress should not adjourn at the end of September. Congress’ absence from Washington will further license the Administration to build up conflict with Iran, Russia, Pakistan and beyond. We must stay in session through the year’s end and into the next Congress to hold this President in check.

“We must exercise our responsibility as a co-equal branch of government. President Bush acts as though the United States is an imperial monarchy. Yet, even with 761 military bases scattered across the globe, the sun must set on Bush’s aggression.

“With the domestic economy in jeopardy, with people losing their jobs, their investments, their retirement security, their health care, and their plans for their children’s education, the Administration’s focus should be on domestic matters. Sadly, for the world, their only talent is creating war.”

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Reflections on Sarah Palin’s Qualifications To Be Vice President By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Sept 12, 2008

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(Gary Corseri has posted/published his work at hundreds of venues, including Dandelion Salad, Thomas Paine’s Corner, The New York Times.  He has taught in universities and prisons, published novels and poetry collections, performed at the Carter Presidential Library; and his dramas have been presented on Atlanta-PBS, etc.  He can be contacted at Gary_Corseri@comcast.net.)

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Palin-Sarah

Roger Ebert on Sarah Palin: The American Idol candidate h/t: Greg

One Day in Wasilla by David Brickner + Entire message delivered to Wasilla Church

Rachel Maddow Show: The Politics of Palin

Pitbulls And Colonialist Ghosts By John Steppling

No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin’s Compassion by Walter Brasch

From “Dominion” to Domination: The Duplicity and Complicity of Matthew Scully

God Does Love the Republicans By Steven Jonas + Bible Thumper

The Daily Show: Sarah Palin Gender Card

Richard C. Cook: Poverty In the Midst of Plenty (audio)

by Richard C. Cook
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richardccook.com
www.corbettreport.com
Sept. 12, 2008

Interview #044 – Richard C. Cook

Date/Duration: 2008/09/12 | 31:30

Description: Former US Treasury Department analyst Richard C. Cook joins us to offer his opinion on monetary reform and how to fix the economy.

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Richard C. Cook is a former U.S. federal government analyst, whose career included service with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Carter White House, NASA, and the U.S. Treasury Department. His articles on economics, politics, and space policy have appeared on numerous websites and in Eurasia Critic magazine. His book on monetary reform, entitled We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform, will be published soon by Tendril Press. He is also the author of Challenger Revealed: An Insider’s Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age, called by one reviewer, “the most important spaceflight book of the last twenty years.” His website is at richardccook.com. Comments may be sent via email to EconomicSanity@gmail.com.

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The Real Reasons for the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Takeover by Richard C. Cook

Ron Paul & Ralph Nader on 3rd Parties + No Endorsement + We Will Not be Marginalized!

Democrats in Denver Should Skip One of Their Parties & Read the American Monetary Act by Richard C. Cook

Inflation and the New World Order by Richard C. Cook

Louis T. McFadden (1876-1936): An American Hero by Richard C. Cook

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Multibillion “Homeland Security” Market: Telecoms Assist in NSA Spy Operations

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by Tom Burghardt
Global Research, September 11, 2008
Antifascist Calling…

What do the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program and enterprising capitalist grifters have in common? Workarounds…and lots of them. The kind that aren’t covered by any law.

Two highly-disturbing reports by CNET and the London Review of Books describe how government intelligence agencies and niche telecom providers have teamed-up to subvert our privacy rights–while providing security agencies with real-time cell phone tracking capabilities.

The stuff of paranoid delusions? Hardly.

According to London Review of Books editor Daniel Soar, to the Intelligence Support Systems Industry (ISS), “which sells analysis tools to government agencies, police forces and–increasingly–the phone companies themselves,” the least interesting thing about your call may be what you say. Soar writes,

At a very rough estimate half a trillion calls are made each day on the world’s mobile networks: their origin and destination, their time and duration and all identifying codes are logged on telecom provider hard-drives and generally retained, under emerging legislation, for up to two years. It’s impossible to exaggerate the value of these data. … At the frequent ISS conferences–Dubai, Qatar, Washington, Prague–one of the key topics of discussion tends to be how to identify targets for LI (that’s ‘lawful intercept’) in the first place: it’s a cinch to bug someone, but how do you help a law enforcement agency decide who to bug?  (“Daniel Soar Considers Mobile Surveillance,” London Review of Books, 14 August 2008)

And with a swarming multitude of new companies crawling out of the woodwork to “service” the “homeland security” market, why its a snap. Firms such as ThorpeGlen, VASTech, Kommlabs, and Aqsacom all sell what CNET’s Chris Soghoian describes as “off-the-shelf data-mining solutions to government spies interested in analyzing mobile-phone calling records and real-time location information.”

Called “passive-probing” data mining, these companies are carving-out lucrative niche markets. Only there’s nothing “passive” about these intrusive operations undertaken in concert with a veritable army of state and corporate spooks.

According to Soghoian, while firms such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint directly collaborated with NSA on the agency’s driftnet-style surveillance programs, legal experts are now suggesting that the public-private partnership in illegal spying may run far deeper into the wireless phone industry than anyone suspects.

With over 3,000 wireless companies operating in the United States, the majority of industry-aided snooping likely occurs under the radar, with the dirty-work being handled by companies that most consumers have never heard of.  (Chris Soghoian, “Exclusive: Widespread Cell Phone Location Snooping by NSA?”, CNET, September 8, 2008)

Indeed, a “Webinar” hosted by the UK’s ThorpeGlen in May, demonstrated that company’s tools by “mining a dataset of a single week’s worth of call data from 50 million users in Indonesia, which it has crunched in order to try and discover small anti-social groups that only call each other,” Soghoian reports.

In the case of the Indonesian analysis presented in ThorpeGlen’s “Webinar,” the London Review of Books reported that the VP of sales and marketing told prospective clients,

Everyone on a network … is part of a group; most groups talk to other groups, creating a spider’s web of interactions. Of the 50 million subscribers ThorpeGlen processed, 48 million effectively belonged to ‘one large group’: they called one another, or their friends called friends of their friends; this set of people was dismissed. A further 400,000 subscriptions could be attributed to a few large ‘nodes’, with numbers belonging to call centres, shops and information services. The remaining groups ranged in size from two to 142 subscribers. Members of these groups only ever called each other–clear evidence of antisocial behaviour–and, in one extreme case, a group was identified in which all the subscribers only ever called a single number at the centre of the web. This section of the ThorpeGlen presentation ended with one word: ‘WHY??’ (LRB, op. cit.)

The question arises: Is the NSA deploying similar technologies in the United States to spy on citizens doing no more than exercising their constitutional rights to protest state policies? If the swift preemptive raids by St. Paul police and the FBI during last week’s Republican National Convention are any indication, the answer inevitably is yes.

In other words, were the pin-point raids on homes shared by protest organizers and media workers such as I-Witness Video and the Glass Bead Collective simply the result of blind luck or human intelligence gathered by paid provocateurs? If report’s emerging on real-time cell phone tracking are any indication of the state’s desire to quash dissent–and those who document their repressive behavior, journalists–then the answer is a resounding no.

How then, would the NSA gather this information? Soghoian reports,

The massive collection of customer data comes down to the interplay of two specific issues: First, thousands of companies play small, niche support roles in the wireless phone industry, and as such these firms learn quite a bit about the calling habits of millions of U.S. citizens. Second, the laws relating to information sharing and wiretapping specifically regulate companies that provide services to the general public (such as AT&T and Verizon), but they do not cover the firms that provide services to the major carriers or connect communications companies to one other. [emphasis added]

That’s right. While it might be illegal for the NSA to obtain real-time customer location information from any of the giant telecoms, Bushist spooks can simply go to the companies that own and operate the wireless towers that the telecoms use for their networks “and get accurate information on anyone using those towers–or go to other entities connecting the wireless network to the landline network. The wiretapping laws, at least in this situation, simply don’t apply,” Soghoian writes.

Since networks “are more and more disaggregated and outsourced,” a single call is handled “by many more parties than the named provider today,” according to Albert Gidari, a lawyer at Perkins Cole in Seattle “who frequently represents the wireless industry in issues related to location information and data privacy.”

Such legal loopholes are in fact so massive that a fleet of tanker trucks could be driven right through them!

And since Sprint, AT&T or Verizon don’t actually own their own cellular towers, TowerCo, the company that does, “learns some information on every mobile phone that communicates with one of its towers.” But it gets worse, much worse. According to Soghoian, this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

There are companies that provide “backhaul” connections between towers and the carriers, providers of sophisticated billing services, outsourced customer-service centers, as well as Interexchange Carriers, which help to route calls from one phone company to another. All of these companies play a role in the wireless industry, have access to significant amounts of sensitive customer information, which of course, can be obtained (politely, or with a court order) by the government.

As we know, perverse laws such as the USA Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act, not to mention FBI National Security Letters come with ready-made gag orders attached that forbid companies–or anyone else so served–from disclosing any information to the public or those whom the state is spying upon. Gidari told CNET,

“So any entity–from tower provider, to a third-party spam filter, to WAP gateway operator to billing to call center customer service–can get legal process and be compelled to assist in silence. They likely don’t volunteer because of reputation and contractual obligations, but they won’t resist either.”

Short of a whistleblower like Mark Klein or Babak Pasdar spilling the beans, the existence of these programs will likely remain a closely-guarded state secret. Why? Paul Ohm, a cyberlaw professor at the University of Colorado Law School and former federal prosecutor told CNET,

“Whether [a] vendor to a carrier to the public cooperates with agencies (either for a fee or by acquiescence in an order), is something you will not find out as FISA makes it so, regardless of whether the person is in the U.S. or communicating with a person abroad. Such means and methods largely are hidden.”

And there you have it. Niche telecom providers are the latest players in the West’s burgeoning “terrorism industry,” one that “keeps us safe” by destroying our privacy and our rights with hefty profits all around. Call it another seamless victory for the market’s “invisible hand” that clenches as it morphs into the state’s iron fist wrapped in American flags and blood-drenched corporate logos.

Note: Since Antifascist Calling published “New Spy Software Coming on-Line: ‘Surveillance in a Box’ Makes its Debut,” last month, we’ve received an intriguing package from the good folks at Quintessenz, “IT and telco surveillance equipment–data sheets and presentations.”

Described as, “A collection of network monitoring and datamining suites made by Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Verint and others. All systems are compliant to ETSI and CALEA ‘lawful interception’ standards, the vendors themselves are involved in the standardization. While the official name of the game is still ‘lawful interception’ the newer suites also perform ‘high speed government surveillance’. From Iran to China they are ab/used to track down the democratic opposition, dissidents, ethnic and religious minorities. The vendors are mostly European and US companies.”

The power-point presentations and accompanying documentation are definitely worth a look and are highly recommended! Check out, “The making of the European Surveillance Union, 1993-2001,” a real eye-opener!

Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly, Love & Rage and Antifa Forum, he is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military “Civil Disturbance” Planning, distributed by AK Press.

© Copyright Tom Burghardt, Antifascist Calling…, 2008

The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10156

A Land of Wreck and Ruin – An interview with Noam Chomsky

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By Wajahat Ali
Ali’s ZSpace page
Z Magazine
September, 01 2008

Although mainstream media refuses him airtime, the New York Times states Chomsky remains one of the most “influential” intellectuals alive, constantly sought by students, universities, activists, academic symposiums, and world leaders.

ALI: In 1969 you published American Power and the New Mandarins, a critique of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and South East Asia. Many have drawn parallels between the current war in Iraq and our military actions in Vietnam. Are these parallels presumptuous or are there significant similarities?

CHOMSKY: The primary similarities have to do with how the wars are viewed in the U.S. (and the West generally). Apart from the margins, opinions range from “hawk” to “dove.” In both cases, the hawks say that with more commitment the U.S. could win. The doves, in both cases, take the stand expressed by Barack Obama about Iraq—a “strategic blunder,” too costly to ourselves—or by the prominent liberal historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger.  In 1966, when Vietnam was coming to be seen as a venture that was too costly for the U.S. Schlesinger explained that “we all pray” that the hawks will be right and that more troops (the “surge” of the day) will bring victory. If they prove to be right, we may all be praising “the wisdom and statesmanship of the American government” in winning victory while leaving “the tragic country gutted and devastated by bombs, burned by napalm, turned into a wasteland by chemical defoliation, a land of ruin and wreck,” with its “political and institutional fabric” pulverized. But escalation probably will not succeed, he felt, and will prove to be too costly for ourselves, so perhaps strategy should be rethought. The position of the doves on Iraq is rather similar. If, for example, General Petraeus could achieve anything like what Putin achieved in Chechnya, he would be elevated to the Pantheon, to applause from liberal doves.

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Z Magazine – Wreck and Ruin.

h/t: Greg

Tomgram: Slaughter, Lies, and Video in Afghanistan

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By Tom Engelhardt

The Value of One, the Value of None

An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era

In a little noted passage in her bestselling book, The Dark Side, Jane Mayer offers us a vision, just post-9/11, of the value of one. In October 2001, shaken by a nerve-gas false alarm at the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney, reports Mayer, went underground. He literally embunkered himself in “a secure, undisclosed location,” which she describes as “one of several Cold War-era nuclear-hardened subterranean bunkers built during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, the nearest of which were located hundreds of feet below bedrock…” That bunker would be dubbed, perhaps only half-sardonically, “the Commander in Chief’s Suite.”

Oh, and in that period, if Cheney had to be in transit, “he was chauffeured in an armored motorcade that varied its route to foil possible attackers.” In the backseat of his car (just in case), adds Mayer, “rested a duffel bag stocked with a gas mask and a biochemical survival suit.” And lest danger rear its head, “rarely did he travel without a medical doctor in tow.”

Tomgram: Slaughter, Lies, and Video in Afghanistan.

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Video Shows US Carnage In Afghanistan

Atrocity in Azizabad: More Child Sacrifices on the Terror War Altar

The Falling Land by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Thursday, 11 September 2008

There is, apparently, to be no end to our falling. No bottom to the pit of moral nullity through which we keep plunging, no act of evil which we will not accept, and countenance, and even cheer.

At one time, it required great lies — elaborate, monstrous deceits, wrapped in myths of goodness and light — to disguise the brutal machinations of raw power. Otherwise, it was thought, the people might rise up in anger at the crimes being committed in their name, thus threatening the primacy and privilege of the elite.

But this proved to be unnecessary in the end. The foulest deeds could be done in broad daylight, in full view of the world, before the eyes of our children, without the slightest consequence for the perpetrators. The crowd would applaud, or, at worst, simply shrug and move on.

Chris Floyd Online – The Falling Land.

Definitions: The Proletariat by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
The Greanville Journal

Sept 12, 2008

“Suppose that some great disaster were to sweep ten million families out to sea and leave ‘em on a desert island to starve and rot. That would be what you might call an act of God, maybe. But suppose a manner of government that humans have set up and directed, drives ten million families into the pit of poverty and starvation? That’s no act of God. That’s our fool selves actin’ like lunatics. What humans have set up they can take down…. Whoever says we’ve got to have a capitalist government when we want a workers’ government, is givin’ the lie to the great founders of these United States….”
A Stone Came Rolling
Olive Tilford Dargan

Dedication: To all those who must really work for a living. Continue reading

Mosaic News – 9/11/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Lebanese Druze Politician Assassinated,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Remebering September 11,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“BTselem: More Palestinian land seized,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“The Future of East Jerusalem,” IBA TV, Israel
“Georgian Security Forces Hand Security to Iraqis,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Power Outages Continue in Iraq,” Alsumaria TV, Iraq
“Pakistan Condemns Cross Border Attacks,” Press TV, Iran
“Seven Years Post 9-11: Are We Safer?,” Link TV, USA
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Mosaic News – 9/10/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Afghans Say Life is No better After Invasion,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Somali Piracy on the Rise,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Holland Denies Responsibility for Srebrenica Deaths,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Fatah Failed to Oust Hamas,” IBA TV, Israel
“Third Boat Heading to Gaza,’ New TV, Lebanon
“Doctors in Gaza Refuse to Strike,” Al Aqsa, Gaza
“Egyptians to Try to Break the Siege on Gaza,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Long Wait for Gasoline in Southern Iraq,” Al Sharqiya TV, Iraq
“SOS Children’s Village in Lebanon,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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