Press Trust of India / Islamabad December 31, 2007
A dramatic new footage of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination today lent credence to the claim by Pakistan People’s Party that she was shot dead – a version vehemently contradicted by the government.The footage aired by Britain’s Channel 4 and subsequently beamed by Pakistani TV channels showed that Bhutto, who stood at the sun-roof of her bulletproof vehicle, had fallen into the car after shots were fired and before a suicide bomber detonated explosives after the Rawalpindi rally on Dec 27.
This was contrary to the government’s account that the force of the blast had thrown Bhutto against a metal lever on the car’s sun-roof, causing a fatal skull fracture.
Agency Defends Its Role as Information Provider in Commission’s Investigation of Terrorist Plots
By Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Former members and staffers of the 9/11 Commission have concluded that the CIA withheld videotapes of harsh interrogation sessions even after specific and “very detailed” requests about the two prisoners whose tapes were later destroyed, according to a review of classified material by the panel.
A seven-page report for former commission members by the panel’s former executive director, Philip Zelikow, says the group made broad initial requests for intelligence information from interrogations, “including repeated requests for very detailed information” about the interrogations and how they were carried out.
The commission also made specific inquiries about the interrogations of suspected al-Qaeda operatives Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, commonly known as Abu Zubaida, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the report says. The CIA revealed earlier this month that tapes of those prisoners’ interrogations were destroyed in 2005.
1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Faces
By Ellen Nakashima/Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 22, 2007; A01
CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.
Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here. Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives. And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.
By MARK MAZZETTI/New York Times
Published: December 22, 2007
WASHINGTON — A review of classified documents by former members of the Sept. 11 commission shows that the panel made repeated and detailed requests to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 for documents and other information about the interrogation of operatives of Al Qaeda, and were told by a top C.I.A. official that the agency had “produced or made available for review” everything that had been requested.
The review was conducted earlier this month after the disclosure that in November 2005, the C.I.A. destroyed videotapes documenting the interrogations of two Qaeda operatives.
A seven-page memorandum prepared by Philip D. Zelikow, the panel’s former executive director, concluded that “further investigation is needed” to determine whether the C.I.A.’s withholding of the tapes from the commission violated federal law.
In interviews this week, the two chairmen of the commission, Lee H. Hamilton and Thomas H. Kean, said their reading of the report had convinced them that the agency had made a conscious decision to impede the Sept. 11 commission’s inquiry.
Piper’s Pit: A Common Reality
by Saab Lofton/Seattle Sinner
“Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore. The two are rarely compatible.”
–Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic
Science usually saves the day, not from a technological standpoint but a sociological one. The military-industrial complex may avoid the laws of man (for now), but it can’t possibly evade the laws of physics. Therefore, since physics dictate bullets can’t zig zag in mid air, the Warren Commission’s “magic bullet” theory was completely discredited. As a result, it’s known, though still not admitted, that the C.I.A. was the only force on Earth powerful enough to both kill J.F.K. and get away with it.
Likewise, science – this time, the twin fields of archeology and anthropology – ensures that my black ass will NEVER AGAIN be equated with an animal by white supremacists (of course, anal retentive animal rights activists equate all Humans with animals, but fuck them). Now science comes to the rescue once again, this time in the form of groups such as WeAreChangeSeattle.org. They have dedicated themselves to pointing out how, scientifically speaking, a plane crashing into a skyscraper is not always enough to bring down said skyscraper. In other words, in order for those New York towers to have fallen the way they did on 9-11, some kind of demolition had to have simultaneously occurred at their foundations. That’s right, 9-11 was an inside job, science says so.
MSNBC’s Tucker has a great interview with Ron Paul’s campaign chairman, Kent Snyder.
At the Oriental Theater in Denver, CO. Elizabeth Kucinich spoke with WeAreChangeColorado.org on issues that matter to patriots. The Fed, 2nd Amendment, War in Iraq, National Sovereignty and Health Care.
We Are CHANGE Minnesota
Tom Brokaw promotes his book at town hall in WA. He talks about his close friend and member of the CFR Dick Cheney. Some questions are asked around the 9/11, the pentagon, missing trillions, John Ashcroft, Norman Mineta, investigation, conspiracy, Sibel Edmonds, whistle blower.
Listen to Colonel Morris Davis as he describes how politics and the undue influence of the political arm of the DOD and the Assistant Secretary of Defense try to get closed door hearings to the forthcoming Guantanamo Bay detainees’ trials. The things he talks about are prime examples of the secrecy and underhanded nature of the criminal infestation occupying Washington DC and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It goes hand in hand with the kind of charade and behind closed doors dealings they’ve been party to for years. Col. Davis was another exclusive recipient of the “Gag Order” and he was ordered not to testify to Congress. Surprise, Surpise. Listen here to Part 2 as he talks with Anna-Maria Tramonti of CBC Radio. (more…)
George Washington’s Blog
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi is blocking efforts to impeach Bush and Cheney, or to take any other real steps to save America. One of the grounds for impeachment is that the government made knowingly false claims about 9/11.
Congresswoman Jane Harman chaired the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security which pushing for the labeling 9/11 truth sites as terrorist incubators.
What do these two congresswomen have in common? They were both part of the 9/11 cover up.
Veteran reporter Robert Scheer gives the background in his opinion piece today in the San Francisco Chronicle. The first two lines of the piece set the stage:
At the Opening of the Second Session of the Thirty-ninth Legislature of the Province of Manitoba
THE HONOURABLE JOHN HARVARD, P.C., O.M.,
OF THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA
November 20, 2007
“Manitoba is also taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting our northern Port of Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico. To advance the concept, an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor. When fully developed, the trade route will incorporate an “in-land port” in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping”
By Steve Benen/TalkingPointsMemo.com
The CIA withheld information about its interrogation videos from quite a few people, but we can include the 9/11 Commission among those who are annoyed about having been misled.
[I]n separate interviews on Friday, the co-chairmen, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, said they had made clear in hours of negotiations and discussions with the C.I.A., as well as in written requests, that they wanted all material connected to the interrogations of Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody in order to get a complete understanding of the events leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks for their 2004 report. [...]
“The C.I.A. certainly knew of our interest in getting all the information we could on the detainees, and they never indicated to us there were any videotapes,” Mr. Hamilton said. “Did they obstruct our inquiry? The answer is clearly yes. Whether that amounts to a crime, others will have to judge.”
Mr. Kean said, “I’m upset that they didn’t tell us the truth.”
UPDATE DECEMBER 7th
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, under scrutiny for his brother’s link to the Blackwater security firm, has decided to resign, U.S. officials said on Friday.
David Edwards and Jason Rhyne
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
When the Bush administration began enforcing a controversial policy banning photographs of military caskets returning from Iraq, the move provoked outrage — and now, a film — from actor John Cusack, who calls the media ban “one of the most cowardly political acts” of his lifetime.
Appearing on PBS with host Tavis Smiley, Cusack explained that his new movie, Grace is Gone, is the result of a storytelling interest largely inspired by the Bush photo policy.
“The screenwriter, James Strouse, had approached my company and I had been looking for a story, a human drama to tell about the Iraq conflict,” said Cusack. “It stemmed from a place of outrage for me when the Bush administration banned the photos of the dead coming home.” That directive, ordered in 2003 at Dover Air Force Base, was technically on the books prior to Bush’s presidency, but was seldom enforced.