Is White House Blocking Search for Bin Laden?

Pentagon Would Use Special Forces to Nab Bin Laden in Pakistan, New York Times Says

MARTHA RADDATZ |ABCNews.com

The Pentagon has drafted a secret plan that would send U.S. special forces into the wild tribal regions of Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, but the White House has balked at giving the mission a green light, The New York Times reported today.

The Bush administration, which has seven months left in its term, gave the go-ahead for the military to draw up the plan to take the war on terror across the Afghan border and into the mountains of Pakistan where bin Laden is believed to be hiding, according to the newspaper.

Intelligence reports have concluded that bin Laden has re-established a network of new training camps, and the number of recruits in those camps has risen to as many as 2,000 in recent months from 200 earlier this year.

Although the special forces attack plan was devised six months ago, infighting among U.S. intelligence agencies and among White House offices have blocked it from being implemented, the Times reported.

The Bush team would like to leave office next January having put bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks, behind bars or in his grave.
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Daniel Martin | DailyMail.co.uk 

American intelligence agencies may soon be able to access the most private and personal details of British citizens.

Under an agreement being negotiated between the EU and Washington., U.S. agencies including the CIA will be allowed to view details of bank accounts, travel plans and even the sites individuals visit on the internet.

A secret document giving details of the agreement has been leaked to the New York

The deal will make it easier for American law enforcement organisations to obtain private information from banks, credit card firms and other companies – as well as from government offices.

In the past, companies handing over such details ran the risk of breaching European data protection laws. But these laws are expected to be relaxed under the new agreement.

American security organisations insist the information is necessary to prevent further atrocities such as 9/11.
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The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

Seymour Hersh | NewYorker.com

Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.

 

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Phil Donahue talks about his experience as a talk show host on MSNBC during the build up to the invasion of Iraq

Alex Kingsbury | U.S.News.com

Returning from a vacation to Germany in February, freelance journalist Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. Agents searched his luggage, he said, “then they told me that they were impounding my laptop.”

Shaken by the encounter, Hogan examined his bags and found the agents had also inspected the memory card from his camera. “It was fortunate that I didn’t use [the laptop] for work,” he said, “or I would have had to call up all my sources and tell them that the government had just seized their information.” When customs offered to return the computer nearly two weeks later, Hogan had it shipped to his lawyer.

How common Hogan’s experience is remains unclear. But an April ruling by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, does have full authority to search any electronic devices without suspicion in the same way that it can inspect briefcases.

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From American Drug War
The War on Drugs. The War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism.

Prior to 9/11, the poppy production levels in Afghanistan were at a low and many of the Taliban were against heroin and the poppies. However, since U.S. forces entered after 9/11, the poppy crop has skyrocketed. The UN released a report saying that the six-year boom has lead to the Afghan crop being responsible for 92% of the world’s heroin trade. With Homeland Security and the War on Terror, it’s amazing that the drug still gets into the USA, one of it’s strongest marketplaces.

Afghanistan drug trade hits $4 billion a year

Talk Show Host Calls for Murder
Michael Reagan says activist should be killed for treason

6/24/08

Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Michael Reagan called for the murder of a political activist on June 10. Reagan, a frequent guest on cable news shows and the son of President Ronald Reagan, singled out 9/11 activist Mark Dice by name and called several times for his assassination.

(Click here to listen to a 3 minute audio clip.)

Reagan had learned that political activists had reportedly been sending letters and DVDs to troops in Iraq, advancing the theory that the U.S. government had carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks. For promoting this unpopular view, the talkshow host advocated that these activists should be killed as “traitors”:

http://www.fealgoodfoundation.com

AP | International Herald Tribune

Government lawyers say the ongoing investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks could be compromised if the airline industry is allowed to seek more information from the FBI to defend itself against lawsuits brought by terrorism victims.

In papers filed late Tuesday, the government urged a judge to block aviation companies from interviewing five FBI employees who the companies say will help them prove the government withheld key information before the 2001 attacks.

The lawyers said it would be impossible to interview the employees without disclosing classified or privileged material that could “cause serious damage to national security and interfere with pending law enforcement proceedings.”

“The harm described is not hypothetical and cannot be lightly dismissed,” according to the court papers submitted by the office of U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia. “Investigators continue to seek out those parties responsible for the 9/11 attacks who remain at large.”
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Dan Froomkin | WashingtonPost.com

The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration of war crimes and is calling for accountability.

In his 2004 report on Abu Ghraib, then-Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that “numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees.” He called the abuse “systemic and illegal.” And, as Seymour M. Hersh reported in the New Yorker, he was rewarded for his honesty by being forced into retirement.

Now, in a preface to a Physicians for Human Rights report based on medical examinations of former detainees, Taguba adds an epilogue to his own investigation.

The new report, he writes, “tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individual’s lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.

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Join our MeetUp  

On Saturday, July 5th at Peace Arch Park

(Blaine, WA and White Rock, BC Border crossing) from 12 Noon til Dusk, Canadians and Americans will come together for common causes and interests for our mutual benefit.

All ‘Truth Activists’ in the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada) are invited to attend and participate in this relatively unstructured and informal event. Whether you are interested in 9/11 Truth, the SPP and National Sovereignty issues, the Illegal Wars, Canada’s Bill C-51 and other health related issues such as Vaccines and Fluoride, the Fake Money System, Blackbox Voting and Voting Reform, the NWO, First Nations issues, or are supporters of the Canadian Action Party, Ron Paul, Kucinich or McKinney (political parties or candidates that do not get coverage), you are invited to join with us for a fun, social event liberally sprinkled with Civil Informationing (ie. friendly, educational conversations with the general public), music, and possibly a speaker or two.

This is NOT a protest nor a demonstration in the usual sense, but rather an “opportunity” to meet like-minded people, find commonality, share information, ideas and materials with each other, as well as with the general public in the parks, on the beach or as they wait in their cars to cross the border …civilly, respectfully and as positively as possible. The aim is to inform and share knowledge, NOT to confront or disrupt anyone. We want to BE the MEDIA and BE the CHANGE that we want to see.

Wear your Truth T-Shirts (black is OK but it would be good to see some other colors too), bring your flyers, books, DVDs and a sign or banner to highlight your issues of interest. Be creative and informative, and try to spark public interest and curiosity.

As we celebrate both Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day, it is our patriotic duty to exercise the rights and freedoms that others fought and died for, and our civic duty to help inform others about that which the media refuses to cover, or which it distorts.

This should be considered as a “family friendly” event (children, parents and grand parents) and we strongly encourage people of all ages, backgrounds etc to come together this day, peacefully and civilly, for our own individual sake, and for that of our respective countries.

This international event is co-sponsored, organized and coordinated by Fraser Valley 9/11 Truth (BC) and Bellingham 9/11 Truth (WA)

FEES and REGISTRATION: None ! It is a free event and gathering of individuals and groups with common interests and goals.

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We would appreciate an e-mail confirmation of intent to attend and participate with approximate number of people in your group. (We don’t need names, but numbers will help us better prepare and coordinate the event)

Malcolm Moore in Rome | LondonTelegraph.co.uk

The senate voted 166 to 123 to approve a wide-ranging package of measures which will allow Silvio Berlusconi to govern Italy with an iron fist.

Mr Berlusconi, 71, will now be able to use as many as 3,000 soldiers for up to six months in order to fight crime. Previously, the use of the army had to be agreed by the parliament beforehand. The first destination for the troops is likely to be Naples, where Mr Berlusconi faces violent opposition to his plans for dealing with the city’s rubbish crisis.

The perma-tanned billionaire will also no longer have to worry about his ongoing court case for allegedly corrupting David Mills, the husband of Tessa Jowell, the Olympic minister. Mr Berlusconi is accused of giving Mr Mills £350,000 in order to stand favourable witness in a separate trial. Both men deny wrong-doing.
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William F. Jasper | TheNewAmerican.com

For six years, Sibel Edmonds has been carrying out an heroic crusade to protect her adopted country from national security threats within the top levels of the American government. Hired as an FBI translator in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Edmonds, a Turkish American, threw herself into the daunting task of translating thousands of hours of recordings of backlogged intercepts in Turkic, Farsi, and Azerbaijani. What she heard on the tapes was alarming: Turkish agents in the United States bribing high-level U.S. officials and obtaining our military and intelligence secrets. What she witnessed at the FBI was even more appalling: translators who were intentionally filing false translations and passing information to foreign powers; and, what’s even worse, FBI superiors who did nothing about it when these serious breaches were brought to their attention.

Unwilling to settle for the bureaucratic “don’t rock the boat” response she faced from immediate supervisors, Sibel Edmonds decided to take her concerns higher up the FBI chain of command. The result? She was fired, and those she tried to have investigated got off scot-free; some fled the country to avoid potential prosecution, while others continued their alleged criminal and treasonous activities. Some of the FBI colleagues who blocked her efforts were promoted.

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AP | WTMJ 4 NBC

Midwest Airlines pilot Gerald Earwood was flying about 100 miles west of New York when he first noticed what seemed like wisps of smoke coming off the World Trade Center.

Roughly 15 minutes later, Earwood and co-pilot Eric Fjelstad were frantically maneuvering their DC-9 jet to avoid colliding with United Airlines Flight 175, the second airplane to hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Their work, following orders from air traffic controllers, saved the lives of about 30 passengers and five crew members of Midwest Flight 7.

A minute or so later, United 175 — which also came close to colliding with other planes that morning — struck the south tower of the World Trade Center.

A collision between United 175, flying out of Boston, and the Midwest jet, flying from Milwaukee to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, “would have changed history,” Earwood said this week in an interview with the Journal Sentinel, his first newspaper interview about the incident.
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Randy Furst | StarTribune.com  

Suicide bombers. Chemical or biological attacks. Lone gunmen. Terrorist attacks. Riots. Blockades that could shut down the Republican National Convention.

In its most explicit arguments to date, the St. Paul city attorney’s office on Friday outlined the “calamitous” potential of granting a request by antiwar demonstrators to change the route and time of a Sept. 1 march outside the Xcel Energy Center.

Protest organizers accused the city of scare tactics designed to legitimize the denial of free speech.

The dire warnings by the city came in a legal brief it filed to support the permit restrictions it is placing on the antiwar group.

The city warned of “immeasurable risks to public safety and security” if protesters were allowed a march route that could total 100,000 and encircle the Xcel, site of the Sept. 1-4 convention.

At the Minneapolis offices of the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War, Jessica Sundin, one of the group’s leaders, accused authorities of exaggerating the threats.

“There are no experiences in recent history of conventions being targeted by the kind of violence they are describing in their brief,” said Sundin, who has taken a leave from her clerical job at the University of Minnesota.

“They are raising a specter of terrorism that is absolutely unfounded, and they are using it to prevent us from speaking out against terrorism being inflicted on the Iraqi people every day by U.S. occupation forces,” said Sundin, who took the leave to work on the protest.
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Financial Times.com

The world’s biggest food company has called on European policymakers to reconsider their opposition to genetically modified crops, as soaring commodity prices put basic foodstuffs such as wheat and rice out of reach of the world’s poorest.

“You cannot today feed the world without genetically modified organisms,” Peter Brabeck, chairman of Nestlé, told the Financial Times. “We have the means to make agriculture sustainable in the long term. What we don’t see for the time being is the political will.”

Cato@Liberty.org 
Mickey McCarter at Homeland Security Today has the scoop on REAL ID grants that the Department of Homeland Security is doling out today.Yes, REAL ID grants. Ten states have passed legislation to bar themselves from participating. (Arizona was the most recent.) And many more have registered their objections to the national ID law. But the Department of Homeland Security is still trying to revive it — this time, by spreading a little money around.What’s “a little money”? The estimated $85 million in grants is about 0.5% of the $17 billion that it would cost to implement REAL ID, so it’s just a little. But that’s $85 million that taxpayers won’t be getting back.It’s interesting to see where the money is going, of course.

The breakdown of awards, obtained by HSToday.us, signifies thatAAMVA effectively gains a no-bid contract under the awards, as DHS designates it the sole national centralized database of driver’s license information under REAL ID through a grant award to the state of Missouri. . . . . A competitive grant process could have resulted in multiple hub awards instead of a sole-source contract to AAMVA, sources argue, decentralizing REAL ID information somewhat and encouraging the rise of the most effective database solution between competing vendors.

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Visit our Meetup 

Jul 2

Wed 7:30 PM

Location

Town Hall Seattle

1119 Eighth Avenue

(at Seneca Street)

Seattle, WA 98101

 

Who’s organizing?

Bob B.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 | 7:30pm
Location: Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.

Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents in Michigan. A fluent Pashto speaker, she volunteered to translate for prisoners at Guantanamo where she gained a uniquely personal insight into the prisoners’ plight and that of their families. For Khan the experience was a validation of her Afghan heritage?as well as her American freedoms, which allowed her to intervene at Guantanamo purely out of her sense that it was the right thing to do. Khan’s story, My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me, is a challenging, brave, and essential test of who she is ?and who we are. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company.

Tickets are $5 at the door only. Town Hall members receive priority seating.