We Are CHANGE questions Zbigniew Brzezinski

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WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a full inventory of all nuclear weapons and related materials after the mistaken delivery of ballistic missile fuses to Taiwan, the Pentagon said Thursday.

 

 

Gates told officials with the Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agencyto assess inventory control procedures for the materials and to submit a report within 60 days.

Earlier this week, Gates directed Navy Adm. Kirkland H. Donald to take charge of a full investigation of the delivery mistake in which four cone-shaped electrical fuses used inintercontinental ballistic missile warheads were shipped to the Taiwanese instead of the helicopter batteries they had ordered.

It was the second nuclear-related mistake involving the military that has been revealed in recent months. In August an Air Force B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale Air Force Base, La. At the time, the pilot and crew were unaware they had nuclear arms aboard.

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JEANNINE AVERSA | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big Wall Street investment companies are taking advantage of the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented offer to secure emergency loans.
The central bank says those firms averaged $32.9 billion in daily borrowing over the past week from the Fed’s new lending facility. The report Thursday does not identify the borrowers.

The lending program is part of the Fed’s major effort to help the financial system.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big investment houses took the Federal Reserve up on a first-of-it-kind offer Thursday to let them borrow Treasury securities and put up risky home-loan packages as collateral. It was the latest effort to ease a painful credit crisis.
The Federal Reserve auctioned $75 billion worth of Treasury securities. Bidders paid an interest rate of 0.330 percent. The Fed received bids of $86.1 billion worth of the securities. The identity of bidders is not released.

It was the first time the Fed conducted an auction of this kind. The next one will be held April 3.

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 Kim Zetter | wired.com  

In 2006, Ohio became the poster-child for bad election administration when two lengthy reports examining Cuyahoga County’s election procedures uncovered multiple serious problems(the county lost 812 voter-access cards that allow a voter to cast a ballot on machines; it also lost 313 keys to the memory-card compartments where votes are stored on machines and hired taxi drivers to drive to election precincts and pick up the memory cards that contained the votes).

Then in 2007, two election officials in Cuyahoga County were convicted of rigging a recount in the 2004 presidential election by cherry-picking ballots to recount that they knew would match the official count rather than randomly picking ballots.

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ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS | NEW YORK TIMES

Larry A. Silverstein, who has won nearly $4.6 billion in insurance payments to cover his losses and help him rebuild at the World Trade Center site, is seeking $12.3 billion in damages from airlines and airport security companies for the 9/11 attack.

Mr. Silverstein, the developer of ground zero, sought the damages, whose amount was not previously known, in a claim filed in 2004, that says the airlines and airport security companies failed to prevent terrorists from hijacking the planes used to destroy the buildings.

His case was consolidated last week with similar, earlier lawsuits brought by families of some victims of the attack and by other property owners. But in seeking $12.3 billion, he is by far the biggest claimant in the litigation.

The size of Mr. Silverstein’s claim was revealed last week at a status conference on the litigation in United States District Court in Manhattan.

The claims by the parties involved total about $23 billion, and Mr. Silverstein’s claim for such a large chunk could jeopardize claims from other businesses and property owners, according to defense lawyers. A lawyer for the victims’ families, Donald Migliori, said he was confident that their claims would not be affected because they would take priority over the property claims.

A lawyer for the airlines, Desmond Barry, said that if Mr. Silverstein won his claim, he could push the total claims beyond the amount of insurance that the airlines and security companies have available. “There ain’t that much insurance,” Mr. Barry said.

The federal government has capped the liability at the amount of available insurance, to avoid bankrupting the airlines. The exact amount of insurance available is still being explored in the court proceedings.

Richard A. Williamson, a lawyer for Mr. Silverstein, said at the court conference on March 18 that Mr. Silverstein was seeking damages to compensate him for continuing losses at the site. Mr. Silverstein, through his company, World Trade Center Properties, has a 99-year lease, worth $3.2 billion, on four buildings at the site, including the fallen twin towers. He signed the lease in July 2001, just six weeks before the attack.
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JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN | STAFF REPORTER OF THE NEW YORK SUN

A federal appeals court has refused to give New York City immunity from the lawsuits of thousands of city workers and construction laborers who say they now suffer from respiratory illnesses after they helped clean up ground zero in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The lawsuits claim that the city failed to ensure that ground zero was a safe work place. High among the claims is the assertion that the city failed to enforce rules requiring workers to wear respirators while working amid the toxins and rubble.

Citing the unprecedented nature of the disaster, New York City and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, both defendants in the suits, have argued that they are entitled to immunity from the claims. The defendants say they cannot be required to pay out to the workers what could amount to billions of dollars in damages.
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The number of United States military personnel killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion five years ago has passed the 4,000 mark.

The latest to die were four soldiers whose patrol vehicle was blown up by a bomb in southern Baghdad on Sunday.
President George W Bush offered his “deepest sympathies” to the families of US military personnel killed in Iraq.
Separately, the bodies of two US security contractors kidnapped in Iraq more than a year ago have been found.
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The Organic Consumers Association hosts a press conference to announce results of a new study of natural and organic body care products. Sadly many brands are using petroleum and contain 1,4 Dioxane a known cause of cancer.

Tom ridge was outside the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire rallying the people while they waited for John McCain, Gary Franchi was there to ask Ridge about a host of topics including the Amero, the NAU, 9/11, membership in the CFR and if he had ever gone to Bohemian Grove. His responses revealed allot about the topics especially Bohemian Grove.

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Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson was in town on Wednesday, and Garko and I from WeAreChangeLA got a chance to listen to an interesting conversation and ask him about 9-11. Ian Masters, the moderator, defensively jumped the gun on my question about 9-11. Wilkerson dodged the question on whether he supports a genuine investigation of 911. What he did give was an insightful perspective on the “totally useless” intelligence community. I still think that he is harboring serious anger at Cheney and serious resentment at the intelligence community. I want to know what he knows and thinks about 9-11.

He started out, after saying that it was total news to him that all these CIA vets had questioned the 9-11 Commission, by stating that “the 9-11 Commission’s findings have a number of imperfections…” He then went on to describe the uselessness of the hi-tech intelligence apparatus. I agree with him on much of his statement, but he spun away from answering the yes or no new investigation question fairly skillfully.

I think I should have gone a bit more forcefully at the facts of 9-11 rather than bringing up CIA vets to get a clearer response from Wilkerson. What do you think? What are the most effective ways to ask different people questions? What are we after?

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When

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Where

Town Hall Seattle1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street)Seattle , WA 98101

Organized by

Bob B

Meeting fee

USD5.00 per person

Details

Howard Fineman is Newsweek’s senior Washington Correspondent and columnist, senior editor and deputy Washington Bureau Chief. For those of you who are interested in the Q&A of Fineman please contact me so we can get the best questions possible. Fineman is on the record with many things in regard to 9/11, Iraq and the coming elections, etc.

From the Townhall website: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | 7:30pm Location: Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street 

Newsweek’s Howard Fineman believes that our nation’s process of never-ending argument is not only what defines us as a country but is what keeps us free. He shows that every one of these debates— from the nation’s founding to the present day—is rooted in thirteen essential questions—from what is a person, to who is an American, the role of faith, what can we know and say, and local vs. federal control. In The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define Our Country, Fineman shows that the issues that galvanized the Founding Fathers, should still inspire our leaders, thinkers, and citizens. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.

When

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Where

Town Hall Seattle1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street)Seattle , WA 98101

Meeting fee

USD5.00 per person

Details

Wednesday, April 09, 2008 | 7:30pm

Location: Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.

A star reporter and news anchor at CBS and NBC at a time when broadcast television news was at its peak, Roger Mudd tells the story of TV journalism as it once was and shows what it is missing today. In The Place to Be, he describes the rivalries, the egos, the pride, the competition, the ambitions, and the frustrations of conveying the world to a national television audience in thirty minutes minus commercials.

The Mudd name has interesting links to the Lincoln assasination, in fact the term “your name is mud” stems from the Mudd family. If anyone is interested in forming questions for Roger Mudd in regards to his commentary, 9/11, etc. let me know so we can get the best questions possible during Q&A

When

Monday, April 7, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Where

Town Hall Seattle1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street)Seattle , WA 98101

Organized by

Bob B

At the door

USD5.00 per person

Details

Monday, April 7, 2008, 7:30pm

Great Hall, enter on 8th Avenue

Cindy & Craig Corrie: The Journals of Rachel Corrie Olympia native Rachel Corrie traveled to the Gaza Strip in 2003. As a participant in non-violent demonstrations in Rafah protesting the plight of the Palestinian people, she was struck by an Israeli bulldozer and killed. Let Me Stand Alone is a collection of her writings?from early childhood to the emails sent to her family from Palestine. Her parents speak about their daughter and what she had to say about all sides of the difficult Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Presented as part of the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.

When

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Where

Washington State Convention & Trade Center800 Convention Place Seattle , WA 98101
Details

April 12-13 is Seattle Green Festival. This past week in Red Square WACS & 911TruthSeattle did some productive networking and ran into Todd, a guy Evan met at the print shop while reproducing Gage posters. He is on the staff of the Festival and suggested to us (911 folks) that we could volunteer to be greeters at the Festival and wear 911 buttons, etc. He made it sound pretty open. Maybe he was just trying to attract volunteers but since I’m interested anyhow, Evan signed up to be a greeter/box office person Saturday morning and will be wearing 911 garb and talking to people. There seem to be lots of volunteer slots available.

The link to the festival & volunteer sign-up is: http://www.greenfesti…

 We certainly can’t endorse all the information that will be presented at this event but some of speakers, John Perkins for instance would be an excellent speaker to attend

When

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Where

UW Campus – Red Square4098 15th Avenue Northeast Red Square near Meany HallSeattle , WA 98195

Details

Take part in our TruthAction that we do every 11th of every month and help us wake up the Seattle public. This is a growing worldwide movement. Inspire yourself and please visit TruthAction.org to learn the history of this movement and to see what other 9/11 Activists are doing around the world.

Note: Preliminary Event Details

During the winter months, we meet at Red Square on the UW campus. We’ll be passing out flyers and DVDs, interacting with students and recording our actions. I expect we’ll go from 10AM-2PM and then, weather and wind permitting, we’ll move to the 50th Street I-5 overpass to banner until dark.

Here’s some links to parking info on campus: http://www.washington… http://www.washington… http://www.washington…

Please bring cameras both video and still, bring 9/11 Truth gear, and wear warm, dry clothes. Extremely wet weather may cancel, but light rain will not.

But remember, “it’s not about taking action on only one day a month. It’s about taking action every day in every way possible to create visibility and spread awareness and on the eleventh day taking action TOGETHER – around the world – knowing that we will keep coming back until we get where we’re going. That’s what action on every Eleventh says… we’re not stopping until Justice.”

When

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Where

Linda’s Tavern707 East Pine St Capitol HillSeattle , WA 98121
Details
Come join us for an evening of cheap beer and good cheer. Though street parking is a little difficult, Linda’s Tavern (located 1 block down from the Egyptian Theater) has a great outdoors area, $3 sliders (better than White Castle’s), and a welcoming atmosphere. Expect to meet freedom-loving, informed, and active individuals who enjoy both deep political discussions and “normal” conversation. We’ll also use this opportunity to discuss plans for the 11th of the month TruthAction and other future events.

 

 

What more could you ask for?  Bring friends. All are welcome.  Weather permitting, we’ll be meeting in the outdoor patio. Look for those wearing typical “truth” gear, though we’ll generally keep it “low key”.We’re going to make this a monthly event, on the first Wednesday so mark your calendars! 

 

When

Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Where

Mr. Spot Chai House5463 Leary Ave NW Corner of Leary and Market in BallardSeattle , WA 98107

Who should come

This is an all-ages event, we show movies, share poetry and music and discuss ideas

Why

Any opportunity to trade notes with each other helps us all better understand reality and the social issues we face.

Details

This is a chance to get together in a low-key, relaxed atmosphere where we can watch political underground movies, hear music and poetry and discuss the social issues we face as a society.

We’ll be showing John Pilger’s recently completed film “The War on Democracy”, which focuses on democracy movements in Latin America, from Venezuela, to Bolivia and Chile, and how the U.S. through the C.I.A. and multinational organizations have sought to exploit the natural and labor resources of these nations.

Review from the GuardianAmerica likes to talk about “spreading democracy”, but in his latest film John Pilger argues that the US is actually stifling its progress. The War on Democracy shows that the principles of democracy can be found more readily among the poorest people of Latin America than anywhere near the corridors of the White House. It features an exclusive interview with Hugo Chávez and Pilger also speaks to former US government officials who claim the CIA waged covert wars in Latin America. Through this film, Pilger conveys his central belief in the enduring power of the people.

Mr. Spot’s is relaxed atmosphere that has great food, excellent coffee, chai and beers. It’s an opportunity to include everybody of all ages to new ideas and concepts.


 

 

A clip from “Loose Change: Final Cut“, following the official 9/11 Commission from its inception to its demise.

Ryan Singel | wired.comMontana governor Brian Schweitzer declared victory Friday after the Department of Homeland Security sent his state an extension to the Real ID act, despite his insistence Montana will never comply with a mandate he describes as a “boondoggle.”“If I were writing the headline, it would be ‘DHS Blinks,” Schweitzer, a Democrat, told THREAT LEVEL by phone late Friday.

Montana’s attorney general sent DHS chief Michael Chertoff aletter (.pdf) Friday outlining the security features in Montana’s current driver’s licenses, which DHS threatened to reject as valid I.D. for boarding airplanes or entering federal buildings come May 11 unless the state promised to comply with Real ID.

DHS responded by interpreting that letter as a request for anextension  (.pdf) of the Real ID deadlines until 2010, reversingits previous position that Montana ID cards would be rejected by federal agents.

“I sent them a horse and if they want to call it a zebra, that’s up to them,” Schweitzer said. “They can call it whatever they want, and it wasn’t a love letter.”

Schweitzer emphasized that his state’s licenses already contain holograms, secure digital photographs and a magnetic stripe on the back. But says he has no intention of sharing his state’s residents’ data with the federal government, as required by Real ID.

The information the government wants the states to keep and share in Real ID is ripe for abuse, despite the government’s privacy and security promises, he said.

“They tell us our data is safe,” Schweitzer said. “You tell that to the passport people,” he said, referring to news that State Department employees snooped in all three major presidential candidates’ passport files.

“Do you want your government to have the ability to track where you went, how you got there and when you got home?” Schweitzer asked. “It would be naïve for someone to think this information will not be abused in the future. Virtually every decade these kinds of files have been used to violate people’s privacy.”

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