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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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60 years ago, Nazi Scientists received a warm welcome from Uncle Sam

By Bill Gertz,
21 Nov 2005
The United States is highly vulnerable to attack from electronic pulses caused by a nuclear blast in space, according to a new book on threats to U.S. security.

A single nuclear weapon carried by a ballistic missile and detonated a few hundred miles over the United States would cause "catastrophe for the nation" by damaging electricity-based networks and infrastructure, including computers and telecommunications, according to "War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World."

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Comment: Gee, the Neocons seem to be very excited about the effects of an overhead nuke detonation.

It sounds like the "free world" is shrinking more and more. The above report seems to include Russia, North Korea and China, and any country that is in any way connected with "Islamic terrorists" (according to the US) which includes all of the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Indonesia as the enemies of the "free world". Of course, we would also have to include those countries who opposed the Iraq invasion.

By this reckoning then, the final group of "free worlders" would be: the U.S., Britain, Poland, Australia and Italy. But if we include the opinion on the Iraq invasion of the populations of those countries, (we know, the idea that "Democratic" governments should actually give any credence to public opinion is so passé), then we are left with the US standing alone as the entire "free world".

But if we refine it down a little further, and recognise the fact that most American citizens have no idea who runs their country or what their real plans actually are, we realise that the "free world" is nothing more than a group of American war-mongers known as the Washington Neocons, among whom the abovementioned Frank Gaffney, author of this latest discourse on how to destroy the world in 3 easy steps, is a leading light (or should that be 'point of utter blackness'?)

Yet, this article is interesting for an altogether different reason. The description of this newest threat to the "free world" bears a striking similarity to the likely effects of an overhead meteorite explosion. With all of the space rock activity over the past few years, one has to wonder if the publication of "War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World" is not in fact a plan to capitalise on upcoming meteorite impacts to further the wholly ficticious "war on terror."

Time will tell we suppose. But a good question to ask yourself is: would you be able to recognise the difference between the EM effects of an overhead meteorite explosion and the EM effects of an overhead nuke explosion, and if you wouldn't who would you look to for answers?

Residents report hearing loud blasts in different parts of country, claim their homes shook as result; IDF says in response no unusual military activity that may have caused blasts detected, Seismology Institute says no earthquakes recorded; Rita from Herzliya: I don’t buy it. They should just tell us what is causing these shockwaves and blasts
Raanan Ben-Zur

Just three weeks after dozens of readers from across Israel told Ynet about unusually loud “booms” and tremors throughout the night, residents again reported hearing loud boom-like sounds in different parts of the country Tuesday, mainly in coastal regions, claiming their homes shook as a result.

Police officials confirmed people reported they heard “explosions,” but added that the source remains unknown.

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It sounded and felt like an earthquake, but what exactly caused houses in Ontario, Wayne County to shake Monday night. People in several neighborhoods say they felt the ground moving and think an earthquake hit their town. New York State does have fault lines but there are none in Wayne County.

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Express News Service
September 2
Jamnagar: EVEN as mysterious blasts and tremors continue to rock villages in Lalpur and Jamnagar talukas, the IMD team camping in the region has not been able to draw any conclusion. Declaring that the blasts are not related to seismic activity, the IMD team said that from now on geologists should observe the disturbances.

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Tue Nov 22, 2005
By Deborah Charles
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A federal jury on Tuesday found a U.S. man guilty of conspiring with al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush, rejecting his claims of torture by Saudi police.

The 12-member jury found Ahmed Abu Ali, 24, guilty of all charges in a nine-count indictment. He had been charged with conspiracy to assassinate Bush, conspiring to support and supporting al Qaeda, and conspiracy to hijack aircraft.

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Comment: We were wondering when the "Bush assassination" claim would be pulled out of the bag in an attempt to bolster the phony terror threat. The thinking behind this little maneuver is clearly to present the image of Bush as victim rather than agressor. "See! those evil t'rrists are threatening the President too! Spare a moment of concern for this poor man whose very life is in peril from the evil t'rrists that want to kill you also!"

Sadly, the frame up is all too obvious. The confession from this "likely terrorist" was obtained through torture, you know, the thing that the CIA doesn't do, and the details of the case against him are deemed by the US government as "too dangerous" to be released and must therefore be kept secret. His indictment and conviction also contravenes just about every law designed to protect American citizens from wrongful arrest and imprisonment. As attorney, freelance writer, and professor of law at Concord University School of Law Elaine Cassel explains:

More fundamentally, our system depends on the idea that we jail people for criminal conduct, not merely the government's insistence that they are "dangerous." In order to honor this principle, we have made sure that we have no common law crimes - only those specifically defined by statute.

The importance of this principle simply cannot be overstated. Without it, governments could simply lock up unpopular minorities, political opponents, and political dissidents - and as South American and Eastern European history shows us, they have.

The Government's Indictment: Where's the Conspiracy?

When the indictment (read it here) was made available to the public, it raised an even larger question about the entire prosecution. Nowhere in the indictment is Abu Ali tied to any terrorist event or action. So what is his crime?

Plainly, there was not enough support for a charge of conspiracy to assassinate President Bush. Conspiracy requires an agreement, and an overt act in furtherance of the agreement. Nothing in the indictment suggests that Abu Ali either agreed to attempt to assassinate Bush, or took any action as a step to doing so.

So, instead, the indictment simply charges Ali with having "associated" with alleged terrorists. Specifically, it claims that he talked about wanting to kill Bush with these persons, and that he received money from one or more of them - for what purpose, it is unclear.

The very reason that the law of conspiracy requires an agreement and an overt act is to prevent prosecutions like this one - based on alleged, vague discussions that supposedly took place, but were never acted upon.

What Abu Ali's Case Signifies for America and the Rule of Law

The next development in the Abu Ali case may be a plea agreement. The government's case is obviously weak, and its evidence depends on conduct that many view as unconstitutional - even appalling.

The government will be in the same bind it is in the Zacarias Moussaoui case. There, it has successfully argued that it cannot produce witnesses because they are of such high intelligence value to the government that they have to be kept in secret. It has also argued that given that this is the case, the defendant can't subpoena these witnesses because their appearance, pursuant to Moussaoui's Sixth Amendment right to face his accusers, would be a grave threat to national security.

If prosecutors offer Abu Ali a deal and he refuses, he will sit in jail for years as the case winds it way through appeal after appeal, as his occurred in the Moussaoui saga.

If Abu Ali pleads guilty, he will no doubt be placed under a gag order, like that imposed on John Walker Lindh. It will require, most certainly, that he never speak in public about anything related to the court case, or about what happened to him while he was in Saudi custody.

The plea agreement may also require that Abu Ali return to Saudi Arabia - as the agreement the government entered into with U.S. citizen Yaser Hamdi did - even though that means he will be separated from his family. (The agreement followed upon Hamdi's victory in his Supreme Court case.)

Speaking of his family, Abu Ali's family have not been able to visit him since his return because they refused to agree to the government's rules: An FBI agent had to be present during the visits, all their communications had to be in English, and they could make no comment to anyone, including the press of course, about any aspect of their visit. Is it any wonder they refused?

To add insult to injury, the family has been ordered not to "communicate" with their son in the courtroom. Did this extend to a smile, a loving glance, they asked the magistrate?

If Abu Ali's case does end in a plea agreement - or, worse, in a precedent blessing this prosecution as constitutional - Americans' rights will have been very significantly diminished.

Such a result will mean that this nightmare is viewed as an entirely legal reality: The U.S. can work with a foreign government to arrest and imprison a U.S. citizen and torture him. It can allow the imprisonment to go on indefinitely; Abu Ali's took over twenty months.

Citizens of U.S. allies, too, should beware: Canadian citizen Maher Arar was kidnapped by CIA operatives from New York's Kennedy airport, and taken to Syria for "questioning." There he remained for a year, until Syria got annoyed with the United States and returned Arar to Canada.

Then, if the U.S. (or allied country) citizen confesses under torture - and virtually everyone does, even if the confession is a lie - the U.S. may try to use the confession against him in a U.S. court, as well in a foreign court. (We don't know why the intended Saudi prosecution of Abu Ali got sidetracked. Could it be because the Saudis thought, as did the Syrians about Maher Arar, that no crime had been committed?)

But, readers may object, what if the U.S. really thinks Abu Ali is a terrorist? The answer is that the U.S. can still protect its citizens from him - consistent with the Constitution.

How? The U.S. could have promptly extradited him from Saudi Arabia to face charges here. Once he was here, it could have honored his right, as a U.S. citizen, to an attorney, a speedy trial, and a right to pretrial release unless the government proved that he was a danger or a flight risk.

This is not too much to ask. And it is what the Constitution requires.
Of course, there is only one likely reason that the Bush government did not abide by the law in this case: there is no case, other than the US government's need to create facts on the ground to support the "reality" of the terror threat, which is entirely false.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Left I On The News
The headline in today's papers are variations on a theme: "Justice Department charges 'dirty bomb' suspect," with leads like this: "After holding accused 'dirty bomber' Jose Padilla without charges for 3 1/2 years, the Justice Department Tuesday gave the one-time Chicago gang member a day in court by charging him with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts overseas." Although it is true that John Ashcroft did make that accusation, he backed it up with not the slightest evidence, and in fact, that accusation was retracted long ago in favor of another entirely unsubstantiated charge that Padilla was planning to blow up apartment buildings with natural gas.

But now, as you probably know by now, Padilla has finally been charged (basically to avoid a potentially unfavorable Supreme Court ruling) with something entirely different (and quite ethereal, as far as one can tell from what has been revealed). From Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez may have come the quote of the day: "[Padilla's indictment] demonstrates that we will use every tool at our disposal in fighting the war on terrorism." Let's see, there's lying, torturing, violating national and international law... Oh yeah, they'll use "every tool" all right.

What did Padilla actually do, if anything? I have no idea, but this may be a clue: "Much of the alleged conspiracy involves money transfers among Muslim charities." Translation: he gave money to some charities he may not have even known were allegedly linked to terrorist groups. Which makes him a terrorist in the eyes of the U.S. government. But in the eyes of the U.S. press, he's still an "accused dirty bomber."

I wonder when we'll see the press referring to George Bush et al. as "accused war criminals"? There's a lot more evidence to support that accusation.

Kurt Nimmo
According to retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s chief of staff, the “philosophical guidance” of Dick Cheney is behind Bush’s rape and torture gulag. “There’s no question in my mind where the philosophical guidance and the flexibility in order to do so originated—in the vice president of the United States’ office. His implementer in this case was Donald Rumsfeld and the defense department,” Wilkerson told the Times of India. Porter Goss, current Reichmarshall of the CIA (an appropriate designation for Goss, since the CIA was created by sadistic war criminals such as Klaus Barbie and Reinhard Gehlen), said Bush’s medieval interrogators used “unique” methods to obtain “vital” information from abductees (one such “unique” method, passed down to Iraq’s puppet police by British intelligence, consists of torturing civilians to death with electric drills, according to the Independent on Sunday).

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Last Updated: Monday, 21 November 2005, 11:13 GMT
By Andrew Walker
BBC News
Sixty years ago the US hired Nazi scientists to lead pioneering projects, such as the race to conquer space. These men provided the US with cutting-edge technology which still leads the way today, but at a cost.

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Wednesday 23 November 2005, 12:01 Makka Time, 9:01 GMT
Al Jazeera
Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper has been ordered to cease publishing further details from an allegedly top secret memo revealing that US President George Bush wanted to bomb Aljazeera.

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By Murray Waas, special to National Journal
National Journal Group Inc.
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005
Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

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Comment: So NOW can we say that Bush LIED? Or is this simply more evidence of a misinterpretation of intelligence?

By Francis Elliott, Raymond Whitaker and Kim Sengupta
UK Independent
19 Nov 2005
British-trained police operating in Basra have tortured at least two civilians to death with electric drills, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

John Reid, the Secretary of State for Defence, admits that he knows of "alleged deaths in custody" and other "serious prisoner abuse" at al-Jamiyat police station, which was reopened by Britain after the war.

Militia-dominated police, who were recruited by Britain, are believed to have tortured at least two men to death in the station. Their bodies were later found with drill holes to their arms, legs and skulls.

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2005-11-24 02:39:24
PARIS, Nov. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The director of French domestic intelligence agency (DST) warned Wednesday that some terrorist networks are preparing hostile projects against France.

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Tue Nov 22, 2005
LONDON - Big oil firms may rob Iraq of billions and grab control of its oilfields unless ordinary Iraqis can have a greater say in how their country's riches are tapped, U.S. and British campaigners said on Tuesday.

Big oil is being lured by the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), promoted by Washington and London, which gives them huge returns on investment, but deprives Iraq of up to $194 billion (113 billion pounds), according to "Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq's oil wealth".

"Under the influence of the U.S. and UK, powerful politicians and technocrats in the Iraqi oil ministry are pushing to hand all Iraq's undeveloped fields to multinational oil companies, to be developed under production sharing agreements," said Greg Muttitt, the report's author.

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Comment: This, dear readers, is at least one of the real faces of "operation Iraqi freedom". The elite few getting rich at the expense of the masses.

Amal Kashf Al Ghitta
Daily Times
November 23, 2005
Dr. Amal Kashif al-Ghita, a parliamentarian from Iraq, argues that the big problem facing the country is not sectarian splits but the growing divide between the wealthy and the poor.

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Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 by the Philadelphia Inquirer
by Gwynne Dyer
'Scum," French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy called the rioters who have seized control of many working-class "suburbs" around Paris every night since Oct. 27, when two teenagers died in an accident that many blame on the police.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 15:51 GMT

Former Chilean military ruler Gen Augusto Pinochet has been placed under house arrest and charged with tax evasion and passport fraud

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Flashback: Chile's Pinochet had over 100 secret US accounts

AFP Wed Mar 16 2005

WASHINGTON - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet had 125 secret bank accounts holding cash, stocks and bonds in the United States, allowing him to move at least 13 million dollars, the US Senate reported.

Considering the US support and approval given to Pinochet and his brutal regime by Henry Kissinger and George H.W. Bush, why wouldn't the former Chilean dictator have used US banks?

Flashback: Documents Should Lead to Indictments of Kissinger and Bush

By Saul Landau

The US government has released the first batch of documents relating to the violence unleashed between 1973-1990 by General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile. Reading some of the memos, cables and intelligence reports, I was stunned by the shock of recognition.

The documents shockingly show what many people already knew. US officials helped Chile's secret police, DINA, or covered up their atrocities. Try to imagine a US official writing: "Severe repression is planned. The military is rounding up large numbers of people, including students and leftists of all descriptions, and interning them. 300 students were killed in the technical university…"

An October 26, 1973 CIA cable reports on Pinochet's plan "to destroy any and all resistance within two months." And, the cable continues, "This will require more killing by the military…"

A February 5, 1974 cable refers to DINA using techniques "taken directly from the Spanish Inquisition, which often left the person interrogated with visible bodily damage."

Washington covered up Pinochet's excesses so that Congress - the public - wouldn't know.

Listen to a September 27 1973 report from US Ambassador Nathaniel Davis. He offers a job description for "an advisor …qualified in establishing a detention center for the detainees who will be held for a relatively long period of time."

The "advisor must have knowledge in the establishment and operation of a detention center." Davis suggests that the State Department send tents, blankets, etc…which need not be publicly and specifically earmarked for prisoners" -- so as not to admit we're outfitting Chilean concentration camps

In June 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visited Pinochet in Chile. Indeed, Kissinger had helped Pinochet organize six South American secret police forces to form OPERATION CONDOR. The CIA had even donated to DINA a sophisticated computer that allowed agents to conduct surveillance on exiled dissidents and then murder them - as DINA did in 1974 to former Chilean Chief of Staff Carlos Prats in Buenos Aires.

In June 1976 Kissinger visited Pinochet in Chile and blessed his regime Three months later, in September 1976, three months after Kissinger approved Pinochet's methods, CONDOR agents assassinated former Chilean Chancellor Orlando Letelier in Washington, DC. Ronni Moffitt, Letelier's American colleague at the Institute for Policy Studies, also died in the car bombing.

US officials traced the assassination to Pinochet's office but stopped short of charging him. They all knew Pinochet was guilty. They knew his thugs had beaten and administered electric shocks to the genitals of some 200,000 Chileans, that they had murdered 3200 people in Chile. By applying pressure, Washington could have stopped the horror. Chile's military depended on the US for legitimacy and support.

How now to use the documents that show US officials countenanced torture and murder? First, support the current Spanish case charging Pinochet with crimes against humanity. Second, extradite Pinochet for assassinating Orlando Letelier. Finally, consider charges against Henry Kissinger and George Bush, who, documents show, willingly abetted mass murder and torture.

Posted on Wed, Nov. 23, 2005
Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - No major damage was reported after a minor earthquake shook the St. Louis region.

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Last Updated Wed, 23 Nov 2005 07:35:31 EST
CBC News
Thousands of people in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick were without electricity Wednesday morning as winds of up to 100 km/h swept through through Atlantic Canada.

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David Fickling and agencies
Wednesday November 23, 2005
Panic was today spreading in Harbin, with officials preparing to cut off water supplies as heavily polluted river water flowed towards the Chinese city.

Stockpiling began afresh at midnight when the local government switched taps on again for 12 hours after having cut off supplies to almost four million people yesterday.

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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2005, 13:59 GMT
The UK is unlikely to meet its 2010 target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20%, the government's chief scientific adviser has admitted.

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Last Updated: Monday, 21 November 2005, 10:38 GMT
The number of people living with HIV is at its highest yet, a report shows.

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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2005, 23:59 GMT
Sharing government-held personal information could bring huge medical and social benefits, a government group has said.

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15 November 2005 news service
Maggie McKee

Scattered starlight may soon reveal the presence of extrasolar planets that cannot be detected by any other means, according to a pair of scientists in India. But some other experts say the method is best suited to studying the properties of known exoplanets – not turning up new discoveries.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 12:19 GMT
The Hayabusa space probe landed successfully on its asteroid target despite the initial announcement of a failure, Japan's space agency says.

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Published: November 22, 2005
New York Times
Hypnosis, with its long and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, is receiving some new respect from neuroscientists. Recent brain studies of people who are susceptible to suggestion indicate that when they act on the suggestions their brains show profound changes in how they process information. The suggestions, researchers report, literally change what people see, hear, feel and believe to be true.

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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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