CIA Kills al-Qaeda Bomb Maker for a Second Time

Kurt Nimmo | 

So disconnected from reality is the average Faux News watcher, the government can kill al-Qaeda terrorists over and over and he does not notice.

Abu Khabab al-Masri, aka Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, described as al-Qaeda’s chemical and biological weapons expert, was reportedly killed on July 29 by a CIA drone on the Afghan border. He was said to have a $5 million bounty on his head. “Western diplomats said it would be a boost to morale in the Bush administration, struggling with mounting troop casualties in Afghanistan and a revival of militant attacks in Iraq,” reports the Financial Times

It’s all about “morale,” or rather propaganda, and has nothing to do with reality. It’s about sending a message to Pakistan’s new government. The supposed elimination of al-Masri was perfectly timed to coincide with a meeting between Bush and Pakistani prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.

In fact, al-Masri’s death is a recycled bit of propaganda. On January 18, 2006, ABC News reported “that Pakistani officials now believe that al Qaeda’s master bomb maker and chemical weapons expert was one of the men killed in last week’s U.S. missile attack in eastern Pakistan….


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New York Times foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins gives his personal account of the rise of the Taliban, 9/11, and the war in Iraq. In The Forever War, he tells stories of face-to-face meetings with insurgents, dinners in Iraqi homes, interviews from the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins provides a visceral understanding of the “War on Terror” and the people who fight it, report on it, and live among it. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with Elliott Bay Book Company.

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Rick Shenkman, formerly managing editor of KIRO-TV in Seattle, has proclaimed seven habits of highly effective voters, starting with “Don’t believe what anyone says on the campaign trail.” In Just How Stupid Are We?, he elaborates on such advice, taking aim at the great national piety: the wisdom of the American people. He asserts that voters are misusing, abusing, and abdicating their political power and examines whether there is a way out of this slough. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store

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New York Times Magazine writer Jonathan Mahler tells the inside story of a momentous Supreme Court case. Set against the backdrop of the war on terror, Mahler’s The Challenge: Hamdan V. Rumsfeld and the Battle over Presidential Power tells the story of a military defense lawyer, Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, assigned by the Pentagon to defend Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver, before a special military tribunal. Swift enlisted Neal Katyal, a Georgetown law professor, to help him sue the Bush administration over the legality of the tribunals. In 2006, Katyal argued the case before the Supreme Court and won. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store.

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$1,000 to Ask Pelosi a Question: She’s Coming to a Town Near You

We’ll gladly pay you $1,000 to ask Nancy Pelosi a question.

Pelosi told “The View” today that she’d impeach Bush if anybody knew of a crime he’d committed, just as she told Ed Schultz a year ago. Here’s a list of crimes (PDF) drawn up by Conyers 2.5 years ago. And here’s a list of crimes (PDF) from Kucinich’s articles of impeachment drawn up by Elizabeth de la Vega.

Could a few thousand people fax these to her please?
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The four were among 21 people convicted last year over the attacks, which killed 191 people.

The court also upheld the acquittal of an Egyptian suspected of masterminding the attacks, because he had already been convicted of the offence in Italy.

However it convicted and jailed one of those originally found not guilty.

The Spanish man, who was sentenced to four years in prison, had earlier been cleared of helping to supply the explosives used in the Madrid attacks.

Mastermind boast?

The Egyptian man, Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, had been cleared of involvement in the bombings in October.

As he had already been sentenced to eight years in prison in Italy for belonging to a terrorist organisation, the court ruled he could not be convicted again for the same crime.

Prosecutors had argued that Sayed was appealing against the Italian judgement and technically had not been convicted.

Sayed’s lawyers in that case are challenging key evidence – a recording in which he apparently boasts of masterminding the bombings.

They say the voice heard is not his, and that it has been mistranslated.


KY 3 News’ Sara Sheffield reports on an injured teen from Ozark, Missouri who was tasered up to 19 times by police.

Passing motorists called Ozark police out of concern for the teen as he walked along the busy overpass. When the police arrived, the young man was lying on the shoulder of the highway directly underneath the 30 foot high overpass with a broken back and foot
Doctors believe 16-year-old Mace Hutchinson broke his back and heel after falling, as his injuries are consistent with such a fall. The boy’s family does not understand why police would have tasered the the teen 19 times after he was so seriously injured.

From Kucinich.usTwenty members of the Judiciary Committee attended the six hour hearing, during which twelve witnesses, including myself and four members of Congress testified. In this hearing I called for the Impeachment of the President for misrepresenting a case for war.This week I will present members of Congress with Impeachment petitions submitted by those of you who have signed the on-line impeachment form.I need your help. In the next few days we must redouble our efforts to get more signatures on the online petition at I’m asking each of you to please contact at least ten of your friends to go to now and sign the Impeachment petition that will be delivered by me. Wednesday night is the deadline. 

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This week Visibility 9-11 welcomes former diplomat from the State Department’s Foreign Service J. Michael Springmann. Mr. Springmann served postings in Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in Washington D.C. He is a published author of several articles on national security themes, and is an attorney in private practice in Washington D.C.

Michael has attended several 9/11 Conferences over the years, most notably, the 9/11 Omission hearings on 9/9/2004 chaired by former Representative and current Green Party candidate for President, Cynthia McKinney, as well as the recent conference in Keene, NH.

Included in this important interview is a discussion regarding a new article by Mr. Springmann titled, THE MISTAKE DEPARTMENT: One Example of Why American Foreign Policy is a Disaster that discusses the American Consulate General at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and it’s relationship to 15 of the 19 alleged September 11th hijackers. In it, he says that “the Jeddah Consulate was not a State Department post but an intelligence services operation”, “the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) routinely demanded (and got) visas for sleazy characters with no ties to either their home country or Saudi Arabia,” and “these vile people were terrorists recruited by U.S. intelligence officers along with Osama bin Laden, then a CIA asset.” 

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The U.S. Army and Colorado National Guard have announced intentions to reserve more than 500 hotel rooms for lodging during the Democratic National Convention, hinting at the number of military personnel that may be in Denver for the high-profile event that is expected to draw an estimated 50,000 protesters.

While the Democratic convention is being held on Aug 25-28, officials with the Colorado National Guard are seeking to reserve 438 rooms for Aug. 22-30 and 78 rooms for Aug. 18-30 according to award announcements published Friday on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, a page run by the federal government for business contract solicitations. 

The documents show that majority of guard personnel staying from Aug. 22-30 are set to lodge at Johnson & Wales University, located on 7150 Montview Blvd in far east Denver, while 32 rooms will be rented out for an unknown Extended Stay America location in Denver.


TocqueDeville |

So what if I told you that the powers of financial capitalism (bankers etc.), had a far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands, able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.

This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations?

And what if I told you they had succeeded?

Wow! The most powerful bankers creating a world system of financial control, dominating the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole, with secret meetings. Surely you would think Tocque has fallen under the spell of a wild conspiracy theory.

But you can put away the cat in the tinfoil hat. Those are not my words. And it’s not a theory. They are the words of one of the greatest, most eminent historians in modern times, the late Carroll Quigley – of Harvard, Princeton and the Georgetown Foreign School.

Here is bill Clinton referring to his former college professor Quigley at the 1992 Democratic convention:

“As a teenager, I heard John Kennedy’s summons to citizenship. And then, as a student at Georgetown I heard that call clarified by a professor named Carroll Quigley, who said to us that America was the greatest nation in history because our people had always believed in two things: that tomorrow can be better than today and that every one of us has a personal moral responsibility to make it so.”

Quigley could write credibly about the far reaching aims of these ruling elites because he himself was a member of the ruling class and, as such, he was given unprecedented access to their private files and records. When he published these words in his 1300 page tome, Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, not only was he adding to the historical record a previously untold story, he was making history himself in doing so.


US presidential hopeful Barack Obama said on Wednesday that a nuclear Iran would pose a “grave threat” and that the world must prevent it from obtaining the atomic bomb.

“A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat and the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.

“A nuclear Iran would be a game-changing situation, not just in the Middle East but around the world,” Obama said on the latest leg of talks in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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In order to pass their political driving test, successful politicians need to be masters of one tricky manoeuvre in particular – the U-turn.

Max Deveson |

The contenders in this year’s US presidential election are no exceptions – both John McCain and Barack Obama have engaged in some nifty repositioning.

Mr McCain’s U-turns have mostly increased his appeal to the Republican Party’s base, placing him on a rightward trajectory.

Barack Obama has been performing a more traditional manoeuvre: running to the left during the primaries, when party activists need to be wooed, then shifting to the centre once the nomination is clinched.

Flip-flopping politicians will always attract charges of hypocrisy and opportunism: it may be worth it if it helps them win over undecided voters in the middle, but when the goal is to shore up their political base, the benefits are much less clear.

Here are some examples.


Within a July 18, 2008 Freedom of Information Act response from the National Transportation Safety Board, the NTSB indicates that it possesses no records indicating how wreckage recovered from the 4 aircraft used during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was positively identified as belonging to the 4 planes reportedly hijacked that day or even if such wreckage was positively identified at all.

View FOIA response.

Within a similar March 18, 2008 FOIA response from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI states the following:

“The identity of the three hijacked aircraft has never been in question by the FBI, NTSB or FAA”

Visit History Commons 9-11 Timeline ( originally Cooperative Research) 

Most of the new entries in the 9/11 Timeline this week are about the 7/7 London bombings, and in particular the alleged mastermind, Haroon Rashid Aswat. Aswat recruited militant fighters in London in the late 1990s, when his activities were known to British intelligence. He also attempted to set up terrorist training camps in the US, but the Justice Department blocked his indictment on these charges in 2002. He was falsely thought to have been killed in Afghanistan in 2003, monitored meeting the leaders of another British plot in 2004, and the British prevented the US from capturing him in South Africa in 2005.

He called the bombers shortly before the attacks, and the US may have monitored these calls. Some reports, apparently incorrect, said he had been arrested in Pakistan following the bombings, although he was actually captured in Zambia shortly after, at which point the British authorities showed a surprising lack of interest in him. A counterterrorism expert then said he had been a long-term British intelligence asset, and the British failed to charge him upon his return to Britain, although a British court approved his extradition to the US in 2006.


American Monitor

“In the United States of America there is a hidden government about which you know nothing.”

So begins a revealing television exposé aired by CNN in 1991. The hour-long Special Assignment presented the findings of a yearlong CNN investigation into the ultra-secretive Continuity of Government (COG) program, commonly referred to as the “doomsday government” or the “shadow government”.


Police photo of Alex Shoumatoff, Vanity Fair editor and writer, after his arrest earlier this week for trespassing at Bohemian Grove.

Pat Murphy, San Francisco Sentinel editor and publisher, reports that Vanity Fair writer and editor Alex Shoumatoff was arrested earlier this week for trespassing at “the world famous Bohemian Grove, the exclusive getaway of some of the world’s most powerful men who gather there every year in July for two weeks.” Mr. Murphy pokes fun at Shoumatoff — making light of his weight and Pebble Beach sweater — and then tells us Shoumatoff was writing a story about “the Club’s plans to thin its Douglas fir and diseased oak trees to help prevent the type of forest fires that have swept Big Sur and Northern California,” an assignment he apparently accepted at the behest of Jock Hooper, described by Murphy as “a disgruntled former member of the Bohemian Club.”

Mr. Murphy makes a big deal out of Hooper’s “eccentric” concern for trees while completely ignoring a far larger story — the very existence of the “Bohemian Club,” who attends, and what happens there.