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"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." - Cindy Sheehan

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Donald Hunt
November 21, 2005
Gold closed at 486.40 dollars an ounce on Friday, up 3.5% from $470.00 for the week. The dollar closed at 0.8495 euros Friday, down 0.4% from 0.8531 the previous Friday. The euro, then, closed at 1.1772 dollars, up from $1.1722 the week before. Gold in euros, then, would be 413.18 euros an ounce, up 3.0% from 400.96 at the previous Friday’s close. Oil closed at $57.21 a barrel, down 0.6% from $57.53 the week before. Oil in euros would be 48.60 euros a barrel, down 1.0% from 49.08 the week before. The gold/oil ratio closed at 8.50, up 4.0% from 8.17 at the previous Friday’s close. In the U.S. stock market, the Dow closed at 10,766.33 on Friday, up 0.8% from 10,686.04 for the week. The NASDAQ closed at 2,227.07 up 1.1% from 2,202.47 the Friday before. The yield on the ten-year U.S. Treasury note was 4.50% down seven basis points from 4.57 at the previous week’s close.

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The Elaph Arab media website reported on Sunday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, may have been killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The unconfirmed report claimed that the explosions occurred while coalition forces surrounded the house in which al-Zarqawi was hiding. American and Iraqi forces are looking into the report.

The cyber ink was hardly dry on the silicon paper before this report was "dismissed" by the U.S. government. From far away Beijing, a White House spokesman travelling with Bush dismissed the reports, describing them as highly unlikely and not credible. Of course, we were not told why al-Zarqawi's death is "highly unlikely" or "not credible", and it is highly unlikely that Bush or any other member of the U.S. government will ever enlighten us.

What is most obvious is that the report of al-Zarqawi's death almost induced a mass heart attack in the White House, and officials were tripping over themselves to immediately dismiss such a crazy idea.

What is also clear is that al-Zarqawi will "die" at a time and place of the NeoCons and their Israeli friends choosing. Until then, he has a key role to play in accepting responsiblity for many up and coming false flag terror attacks, even from the grave.

Saturday 17 September 2005
Al-Qaida's leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead but Washington continues to use him as a bogeyman to justify a prolonged military occupation, an Iraqi Shia cleric says in an interview.

Sheikh Jawad al-Kalesi, the imam of the al-Kadhimiyah mosque in Baghdad, told France's Le Monde newspaper on Friday: "I don't think that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi exists as such. He's simply an invention by the occupiers to divide the people."

Al-Kalesi claimed that al-Zarqawi was killed in the Kurdish northern region of Iraq at the beginning of the US-led war on the country as he was meeting with members of the Ansar Al-Islam group affiliated to al-Qaida.

"His family in Jordan even held a ceremony after his death. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is therefore a ploy used by the Americans, an excuse to continue the occupation. It's a pretext so they don't leave Iraq."

Wayne Madsen Report – November 18, 2005
Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that "Al Qaeda" is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

"I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer at that time and the French Armed Forces had close contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

"Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers. They were air defense officers. Using computer science slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students' punishment.

"For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us: 'You'll be noted in 'Q eidat il-Maaloomaat' which meant 'You'll be logged in the information database.' Meaning 'You will receive a warning . . .' If the case was more severe, they would used to talk about 'Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.' Meaning 'the decision database.' It meant 'you will be punished.' For the worst cases they used to speak of logging in 'Al Qaida.' [...]

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money."

In yet another example of what happens to those who challenge the system, in December 2001, Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel was convicted by a secret French military court of passing classified documents that identified potential NATO bombing targets in Serbia to a Serbian agent during the Kosovo war in 1998. Bunel's case was transferred from a civilian court to keep the details of the case classified. Bunel's character witnesses and psychologists notwithstanding, the system "got him" for telling the truth about Al Qaeda and who has actually been behind the terrorist attacks commonly blamed on that group. It is noteworthy that that Yugoslav government, the government with whom Bunel was asserted by the French government to have shared information, claimed that Albanian and Bosnian guerrillas in the Balkans were being backed by elements of "Al Qaeda."

We now know that these guerrillas were being backed by money provided by the Bosnian Defense Fund, an entity established as a special fund at Bush-influenced Riggs Bank and directed by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith.

Nov 21, 2005, 15:25 GMT
BERLIN, Germany -- German intelligence officials say the Bush administration ignored warnings about the intelligence given by the Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball.

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Comment: Well, that makes it kind of hard for CIA and Bush administration officials to claim they didn't know Curveball's information was unreliable...

AP White House Correspondent
Sunday, November 20, 2005
BEIJING, China -- After fiercely defending his Iraq policy across Asia, President Bush abruptly toned down his attack on war critics Sunday and said there was nothing unpatriotic about opposing his strategy.

"People should feel comfortable about expressing their opinions about Iraq," Bush said, three days after agreeing with Vice President Dick Cheney that the critics were "reprehensible."

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Comment: Bush is certainly not used to allowing his critics to disagree with him. His sudden "soft tone" speaks volumes about his popularity at the moment.

By Rowan Scarborough
November 21, 2005
Pentagon officials say they are increasingly worried that Washington's political fight over the Iraq war will dampen what has been high morale among troops fighting a tenacious and deadly enemy.

Commanders are telling Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that ground troops do not understand the generally negative press that their missions receive, despite what they consider significant achievements in rebuilding Iraq and instilling democracy.

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Comment: In other words, we're not supposed to think about all the lies told by the Bush administration and members of both political parties because it might hurt the poor soldiers. What will hurt the soldiers more - along with the US as a whole - is leaving them in Iraq to fight an unjust war based on nothing more than deception and greed. Rummy's comments are just a rehashing of the old "support our troops no matter what" schtick. His tactic conveniently removes the focus from himself and the rest of the Bush administration and places it upon the soldiers - i.e. America's children. No wonder Bush backed down from criticising his opponents - he knew Rummy was "taking care of business".

Bob Drogin and John Goetz
Special to The Morning Call
BERLIN, November 20, 2005
Informant's handlers say they repeatedly warned of unreliability.

The German intelligence officials responsible for one of the most important informants on Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction say that the Bush administration and the CIA repeatedly exaggerated his claims before the Iraq war.

Five senior officials from Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, or BND, said in interviews with the Los Angeles Times that they warned U.S. intelligence authorities that the source, an Iraqi defector code-named Curveball, never claimed to produce germ weapons and never saw anyone else do so.

According to the Germans, President Bush mischaracterized Curveball's information when he warned before the war that Iraq had at least seven mobile factories brewing biological poisons. Then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell also misstated Curveball's claims in his pre-war presentation to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, the Germans said.

Curveballs German handlers for the last six years said his information was often vague, mostly second-hand and impossible to confirm.

"This was not substantial evidence," said a senior German intelligence official. "We made clear we could not verify the things he said."

The German authorities, speaking about the case for the first time, also said that their informant suffered from emotional and mental problems. "He is not a stable, psychologically stable guy," said a BND official who supervised the case. "He is not a completely normal person," agreed a BND analyst.

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Comment: When is a lie not a lie? When it is an "exaggeration". For example: your neighbour is an ordinary guy and is innocent of any wrongdoing, but you decide to report him to the police for having a loaded weapon and threatening you with it. In such a case, you have not "lied", you have merely "exaggerated" the facts about your neighbour. Such is the nature of reality in the halls of power in America.

Associated Press
Sunday November 20, 2005 6:31 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A top U.S. Air Force general said Sunday that reports of civilian casualties in Iraq as a result of American military action were exaggerated.

"I would tell you first off I don't believe most of it and I am very much aware that some of that has been staged," said Lt. Gen. Walter E. Buchanan III, Commander of the 9th U.S. Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces. [...]

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Comment: Does this look staged to you?

November 20, 2005
American Lebanese Coordination Council
Syracuse, New York- Speaking before students and faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University on Thursday November 17, 05, the Director of Public Diplomacy for Middle Eastern and MEPI Affairs at USAID the Honorable Walid Maalouf reflected the latest attitude of the US government towards Syria by publicly demanding regime change in Syria—an unprecedented demand by any US official.

Mr. Maalouf criticized Assad for failing to address internal reform desperately needed to the Syrian people instead of meddling in other countries affairs noting: "Instead of speaking about social and political reform in Syria and new economic opportunities for the Syrian people, 15 out of 18 pages of his speech were about regional politics and his interference in other countries’ affairs…"

Mr. Maalouf asserted: "Today Syria’s Ba’ath is not a regional power and to our knowledge no one in Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, or Lebanon has appointed President Bashar Al-Assad as their spokesman. The time has come for change in Syria." Mr. Maalouf concluded: "There will be no stability in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories until Syria’s Ba’ath is restrained by the international community from attempting to destabilize the region through the use of tactics that no one is buying anymore… The Assad Ba’ath is like the Saddam Ba’ath –enough is enough –freedom and democracy for the Syrian people from the Ba’ath regime is a must."

We find it strange that members of the Bush administration appear to have no problem with urging the U.S. military to continue the spread of "Democracy and freedom" to other Middle Eastern countries. Have these people looked at the state of Iraq recently? 100,000 civilians dead and the country teetering on the brink of a manufactured civil war, yet rather than condemning such carnage, members of the Bush administration seem to believe that other Middle Eastern people's need to benefit from the wonders of American Democracy.

As we have said before, as time passes, the idea that we live in a world gone mad seems less and less like a joke and more and more like a cold, hard fact.

The volumes of exports by Russian military industrial complex have increased by 15 times over the last three years, state arms export agency Rosoboronexport reported on the eve of MILIPOL Paris-2005 exhibition set to open in French capital on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

“Over the last three years the volumes of exports of military hardware, produced by Russian military-industrial complex, to foreign partners have increased 15-fold,” said the representative of state agency’s press service. He also added that the number of orders has increase by 1.5 times, and the product range and geography of deliveries of special arms have expanded considerably.

By Eric Silver in Jerusalem
21 November 2005
Ariel Sharon threw Israeli politics into turmoil last night by deciding to leave the Likud and run for re-election as prime minister at the head of a new centre party committed to a compromise peace­ on his terms ­ with the Palestinisan.

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Comment: Look at the hilighted passage above. It says it all:

[Sharon] is committed to implementing the international roadmap for peace, provided the Palestinians deliver their side of the bargain. He knows this will entail territorial concessions on the West Bank.
The caveat that the Palestinians "deliver their side of the bargain" is a fail-safe out for any Israeli politician, given Israeli intelligence control and manipulation of certain Palestinian militants. Any time peace appears to be breaking out, the Israeli handler sets up any "suicide bombing", and, boom, there's no more peace.

Gaza was turned into a large prison by the Israeli withdrawal. The Israeli settlers, who were all there illegally, were removed to give the Israeli military greater leeway in carrying out their actions. As the above quote underlines, the payback for Sharon is a land grab that will more than compensate for the land given up in Gaza.

In the meantime, the Palestinians are presented to the world as having won a great victory, for which they will need to make compensatory concessions later, when in fact the situation in Gaza remains a brutal occupation by Israel. Palestinians cannot come and go as they please. Border check points are all controlled by the Israelis and long waits continue. Palestinian produce can rot while waiting to cross ruining a year's crop. Palestinian workers can be refused admittance to their jobs in Israel.

AP Television Writer
Sun Nov 20,11:33 PM ET
NEW YORK - The body count in prime-time television these days rivals that of a war zone. The popularity of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," its spinoffs, imitators and other crime or supernatural shows has made network TV home to an astonishing amount of blood 'n' guts, which has attracted little notice due to a preoccupation with sex.

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Monday, November 21, 2005
TACOMA, Washington -- A man accused of taking hostages and shooting six people at a shopping mall Sunday sent a cell-phone text message warning about his rampage to his ex-girlfriend, she said Monday.

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Last Updated Sun, 20 Nov 2005 21:29:28 EST
CBC News
A man began firing an assault rifle in a shopping mall in Washington state, injuring at least six people and taking several hostages before police made an arrest.

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Sun Nov 20, 8:55 AM ET

BEIJING - Irked by a reporter who told him he seemed to be "off his game" at a Beijing public appearance, President George W. Bush sought to make a hasty exit from a news conference but was thwarted by locked doors.

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USA Today
army_suitCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Army is hunting for a new military uniform that can make soldiers nearly invisible, grant superhuman strength and provide instant medical care.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is up for the task.

The school said Wednesday it has been awarded a five-year, $50 million dollar grant to develop the armor, which could detect threats and protect against projectiles and biological or chemical weapons.

"We're not there yet, but it's not science fiction," said Ned Thomas, director of the MIT-affiliated Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.

All this would be achieved by developing particle-sized materials and devices — called "nanotechnology" — nestled into the uniform's fabric.

Supercharged shoes could release energy when soldiers jump, propelling them over a 20-foot wall. Micoreactors could detect bleeding and apply pressure. Light-deflecting material could make the suit blend in with surroundings.

MIT's research centers had been working on nanotechnology ideas long before getting involved with the Army, but not with military applications in mind. But the groundwork has been laid for revolutionary advances, Thomas said.

Comment: Given the type of projects that the DOD is throwing money at, it would appear that either they are not expecting world peace anytime soon, or they are actively involved in ensuring that such a peaceful world never comes to pass.

Macon Telegraph (GA)
via Media Awareness Project
TIFTON - Move over, drug-sniffing dogs.

Make way for the wasps.

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November 20, 2005 Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times
TAMA, Sudan - So who killed 2-year-old Zahra Abdullah for belonging to the Fur tribe?

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Comment: Mr. Kristof is acknowledged for being one of those journalist who worked hard to bring the situation in Dafur to the public eye.

While Mr. Kristof is searching for moral clarity on Dafur, he might think about US involvement in Iraq. He wrote back on September 6, 2002:
Myself, I'm a wimp on Iraq: I'm in favor of invading, but only if we can win easily. So can we?

I'd feel reassured if the decision to invade was being made honestly, after a rigorous weighing of all the risks. Instead I detect a cheery Vietnam-style faith that obstacles can be assumed away.
What kind of morality is expressed in this comment? That might makes right? If we can "win easily", we should do it?

Sun Nov 20, 6:52 PM ET
HOUSTON - The largest branch of North American Judaism voted on Sunday to oppose Samuel Alito's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

More than 2,000 delegates of the Union for Reform Judaism adopted a resolution saying Alito would "shift the ideological balance of the Supreme Court on matters of core concern to the reform movement" on abortion rights, women's rights, civil rights and the scope of federal power.

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Sat Nov 19,10:16 PM ET
TOKYO - Japanese electronics maker Pioneer Corp. plans to cut 10 percent of its domestic work force, or about 1,000 jobs, and scale down its DVD recorder business to shore up its struggling operations, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun business daily said on Sunday.

Pioneer in March unveiled a plan to cut 2,000 jobs, but said most of the cuts will come from overseas.

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Last Updated Mon, 21 Nov 2005 11:26:52 EST
CBC News
General Motors plants in Oshawa and St. Catharines, Ont., will shut down as the automaker announced closures at 12 North American facilities and 30,000 job cuts on Monday.

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Monday November 21, 2005
The Guardian
Ray Kurzweil has enormous faith in science. He takes 250 dietary supplements every day. He is sure computers will make him much, much cleverer within decades. He won't rule out being able to live for ever. Even if medical technology cannot prevent the life passing from his body, he thinks there is a good chance he will be able to secure immortality by downloading the contents of his enhanced brain before he dies.

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Comment: Well, if you want this stuff plugged into your body, go right ahead. Personally, we'll stick with our cigarettes as the way to enhance our meatware.

By John Heilprin
Associated Press
November 17, 2005
WASHINGTON — DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee.

The chemical Zonyl can rub off the liner and get into food. Once in a person's body, it can break down into perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts, known as PFOA, a related chemical used in the making of Teflon-coated cookware.

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Comment: Isn't it amazing how many poisonous and/or cancerous chemicals we are exposed to every day, and we don't even know about it? Nevertheless, there is no REAL organized, worldwide push to ban the use of such chemicals. Sure, there are some lawsuits here and there, but there is nothing like the anti-smoking campaign.

The point is NOT that we think everyone should smoke.

Instead, we think everyone should think carefully and critically about the difference between the government and corporate support for the anti-smoking campaign versus the severe lack of support to hold corporations like DuPont accountable to the people when they spread huge quantities of known carcinogens.

Why would politicians and corporate heads be so gung ho about stamping out smoking when they could be making a fortune? Why not simply suppress the evidence and keep cranking out the evil chemicals like in the above article??

November 21 2005 at 02:07AM
Sydney - The northern Australian city of Darwin was rocked by an offshore earthquake on Monday but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

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Associated Press
Sun Nov 20, 7:13 PM ET
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Tropical Storm Gamma weakened into a tropical depression Sunday and drifted off Honduras after torrential downpours lashed the Central American coast, killing 14 people — including a young family of four.

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Last Updated Sun, 20 Nov 2005 21:53:29 EST
CBC News
Indonesia says preliminary tests show a 35-year-old man has died of the H5N1 virus of bird flu, the country's health ministry said on Monday.

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Robin McKie, science editor
Sunday November 20, 2005
The Observer
Global warming hits Himalayas

Nawa Jigtar was working in the village of Ghat, in Nepal, when the sound of crashing sent him rushing out of his home. He emerged to see his herd of cattle being swept away by a wall of water.

Jigtar and his fellow villagers were able to scramble to safety. They were lucky: 'If it had come at night, none of us would have survived.'

Ghat was destroyed when a lake, high in the Himalayas, burst its banks. Swollen with glacier meltwaters, its walls of rock and ice had suddenly disintegrated. Several million cubic metres of water crashed down the mountain.

When Ghat was destroyed, in 1985, such incidents were rare - but not any more. Last week, scientists revealed that there has been a tenfold jump in such catastrophes in the past two decades, the result of global warming. Himalayan glacier lakes are filling up with more and more melted ice and 24 of them are now poised to burst their banks in Bhutan, with a similar number at risk in Nepal.

But that is just the beginning, a report in Nature said last week. Future disasters around the Himalayas will include 'floods, droughts, land erosion, biodiversity loss and changes in rainfall and the monsoon'. [...]

'A glacier lake catastrophe happened once in a decade 50 years ago,' said UK geologist John Reynolds, whose company advises Nepal. 'Five years ago, they were happening every three years. By 2010, a glacial lake catastrophe will happen every year.'

Bunch said he had spotted a meteor himself the other evening. It streaked across the sky while he was smoking a cigarette on his porch. Bunch, the breed of smalltown banker who wears overalls and rides a Harley-Davidson, has come to view such phenomena with new appreciation.

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Last Updated: Monday, 21 November 2005, 13:07 GMT
A character in Charles Dickens' Bleak House burns to death without any apparent reason. Human spontaneous combustion is a belief which has been around for centuries but does it really exist?

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Last Updated: Monday, 21 November 2005, 11:10 GMT

A French woman has admitted attempting to open an aeroplane door mid-flight so that she could smoke a cigarette.

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November 21, 2005

NEW! 9/11: The Ultimate Truth is Now Available!

On the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Laura Knight-Jadczyk announced the availability of her latest book:

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, dozens of books have sought to explore the truth behind the official version of events that day - yet to date, none of these publications has provided a satisfactory answer as to WHY the attacks occurred and who was ultimately responsible for carrying them out.

Taking a broad, millennia-long perspective, Laura Knight-Jadczyk's 9/11: The Ultimate Truth uncovers the true nature of the ruling elite on our planet and presents new and ground-breaking insights into just how the 9/11 attacks played out.

9/11: The Ultimate Truth makes a strong case for the idea that September 11, 2001 marked the moment when our planet entered the final phase of a diabolical plan that has been many, many years in the making. It is a plan developed and nurtured by successive generations of ruthless individuals who relentlessly exploit the negative aspects of basic human nature to entrap humanity as a whole in endless wars and suffering in order to keep us confused and distracted to the reality of the man behind the curtain.

Drawing on historical and genealogical sources, Knight-Jadczyk eloquently links the 9/11 event to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also cites the clear evidence that our planet undergoes periodic natural cataclysms, a cycle that has arguably brought humanity to the brink of destruction in the present day.

For its no nonsense style in cutting to the core of the issue and its sheer audacity in refusing to be swayed or distracted by the morass of disinformation that has been employed by the Powers that Be to cover their tracks, 9/11: The Ultimate Truth can rightly claim to be THE definitive book on 9/11 - and what that fateful day's true implications are for the future of mankind.

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