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Osama bin Laden dead - but no body. Now for an explosion of conspiracy theories

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Conspiracy theorists will say bin Laden is alive
No body. No photograph or DNA evidence - at least, not yet. [Update: The White House now says there was a DNA match.] between the body and tissue taken from bin Laden's dead sister's brain Conspiracy theorists are an ingenious bunch, but at the moment the White House is making this ridiculously easy for them. Gideon Rachman says he gives it 24 hours before conspiracy theories about Osama bin Laden begin circulating, but they are already flowing vigorously. The Taliban says he's still alive, for example.

The Islamic world is amazingly receptive to what I call "counterknowledge". Let's start by reminding ourselves that most people in Muslim countries have their doubts about 9/11, and millions them believe unquestioningly that it was plotted by the CIA. One of the most important features of what sociologists call the cultic milieu is that political and religious extremists happily exchange conspiracy theories, irrespective of their origin. We've seen this in the popularity of the far-Right Russian Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the Arab world. We've also seen young, Left-wing disciples of Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore happily draw on 9/11 "truther" theories constructed in the American fascist underground.

Bad Guys

Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military

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"Glibness, Superficial Charm, Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth, Deceitful, Cunning, Manipulative, Lacks Remorse, Callous, Lacks Empathy, Does Not Accept Responsibility for Own Actions, and Impulsiveness ... "

This essay attempts to make it easier for you to identify the quality and character of military officers and civilian bureaucrats, to increase your awareness and recognition of careerism and its consequences. As Americans, we all must exercise more care and caution in our appraisal of our senior military officers and the Washington "suits" that exert dominating influence on the cost of defense and the conduct of American national security policy.

The Department of Defense (DOD) that I have observed all too closely for over three decades is an overgrown bureaucracy committed to standing still for, if not actively promoting, poorly conceived policy agendas and hardware programs funded and supported by Congress. Coupled to that is the task of attracting the blind loyalty of senior military and civilian actors on the Washington, D.C. stage. For the careerists in America's national security apparatus, it is all about awarding contracts and personal advancement, not winning wars.

Careerists serve for all the wrong reasons. They weaken national defense, rob the military of its warrior ethos and drive away the very highly principled mavericks that we need to reverse the decay. This can only be remedied by rekindling the time honored principles of military service (i.e. duty, honor, country) among both officers and civilians.

Comment: An excellent book that gives amazing perspective into how the psychopathic mindset infects normal human beings as well as various organizations is Political Ponerology by Andrew M. Lobaczewski.

Bad Guys

The Real Bogeyman: To What Extent Was Mossad Involved in the Events Leading to 9/11?

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First, consider the following excerpts from an article by former member of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Wayne Madsen which recently appeared at Opinion Maker. The title of the article is Puppet Masters: British Intelligence Reports: Mossad ran 9/11 Arab "hijacker" terrorist operation.

British intelligence reported in February 2002 that the Israeli Mossad ran the Arab hijacker cells that were later blamed by the US government's 9/11 Commission for carrying out the aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. WMR (Wayne Madsen Reports) has received details of the British intelligence report which was suppressed by the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. The contents of this report are as follows:

A Mossad unit consisting of six Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jews infiltrated "al Qaeda' cells in Hamburg (the Atta-Mamoun Darkanzali cell), south Florida, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the months before 9/11. The Mossad not only infiltrated cells but began to run them and give them specific orders that would eventually culminate in their being on board four regularly-scheduled flights originating in Boston, Washington Dulles, and Newark, New Jersey on 9/11.

Mr. Potato

Bin Laden Is Dead...Long Live Bin Laden!

That's what we all should be shouting today. After all, 'Bin Laden' has died several times already, and there have clearly been several 'Bin Ladens' over the past 10 years:

First there was this Bin Laden:

Who got a bit older and sicker and turned into this Bin Laden:



Canada election hampered by false information, possible voter fraud

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Know where to vote - Polls have not changed
Reports are coming in from key swing ridings in Ontario and other other provinces that voters are being called at home with false information that their voting locations have changed, and in some instances sending voters an hour in the wrong direction.

Spokeswoman Francine Bastien said Elections Canada has confirmed that complaints are coming in from several key ridings - ridings many are aware that are important to the success of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.

In a statement to the CBC "We just want to make sure that both the media and the voters know that there have not been any changes in the voting [locations] ... and that the documents they receive from Elections Canada [and] the Elections Canada website is the accurate information they should trust in order to vote tomorrow," Bastien said.


US: $4 Million to Go for Border Security

Local and federal law enforcement agencies said Monday that the nation must remain vigilant against potential reprisals following the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden.

To enhance security locally, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the awarding of $4 million to improve security and communications along the Canadian border.

Federal law enforcement and security agencies were on heightened alert across the nation Monday, but said public threat levels would be raised only if the government learns of credible terrorist threats.

"Our security posture, which always includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to protect the American people from an evolving threat picture both in the next days and beyond," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Ron Smith, chief of the Bureau of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detroit office, said no specific threat warnings had been issued Monday for the region's border with Canada.

Chart Pie

Canada: Could the death of Osama bin Laden help the Conservatives at the polls?

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With the eyes and ears of the nation on him, Stephen Harper used his statement about the death of Osama bin Laden as an opportunity to subtly remind Canadians about the government's foreign policy.

"This does remind us why Canadian armed forces personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan, to deny al-Qaida and organizations like it the use of Afghanistan where the 9/11 attack was conceived and planned." he said. "We will continue to stand firm with our allies against the threat of global terrorism. "

The U.S. government announced Sunday its special forces had killed the terrorist mastermind at a compound in Pakistan, ending a decade-long search.

Canada entered Afghanistan in 2002 as part of the operation to find bin Laden, suppress terrorism and take out the Taliban threat to stable government.

The Conservatives and Liberals have both pledged to continue our military's post-combat training role in Afghanistan, while NDP Leader Jack Layton has promised a government led by him would bring the troops home.

Bad Guys

Can US Offer Final Proof Of Osama's Death?

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Can US Offer Final Proof Of Osama's Death?

The circumstances surrounding Osama bin Laden's reported death raise urgent questions over how the US is so sure it got its man.

US officials have said DNA testing has proved the al Qaeda leader was killed in a villa in Pakistan.

They have also identified him by facial recognition.

But photographs of Bin Laden after his reported death have not been released.

The fact his body was buried at sea has so far only added to the speculation, although as a Muslim, he had to be laid to rest as quickly as possible.

Under Islamic law, people can only be buried at sea if they died there, or if there is a risk their body will be exhumed or dug up if buried in the ground.


Canada: Harper finally wins Conservative majority, NDP makes huge gain

© The Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Stephen Harper casts his vote in the federal election in Calgary, Alta., Monday May 2, 2011.
The campaigning is over, the opinion surveys have all been done and now the only poll that counts is underway.

Canadians are voting today in the fourth federal election in seven years and, by most accounts, it's going to be a game-changer.

A buoyant Stephen Harper cast his ballot at an elementary-junior high school in his Calgary Southwest riding, with wife Laureen and their two children at his side.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and his NDP rival, Jack Layton, both voted in their Toronto ridings earlier in the day, reflecting what is expected to be the most significant dynamic of the national ballot.

Ignatieff, a relative unknown going into the 36-day race, got a boost early on but his support appeared to fade as the campaign evolved.

Layton's NDP surged to unprecedented levels in Quebec after the leaders' debate and appeared to gain momentum across Canada in the last two weeks of the campaign.

Take 2

Osama bin Laden's Second Death

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If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool's joke this morning's headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans.

Think about it. What are the chances that a person allegedly suffering from kidney disease and requiring dialysis and, in addition, afflicted with diabetes and low blood pressure, survived in mountain hideaways for a decade? If bin Laden was able to acquire dialysis equipment and medical care that his condition required, would not the shipment of dialysis equipment point to his location? Why did it take ten years to find him?

Consider also the claims, repeated by a triumphalist US media celebrating bin Laden's death, that "bin Laden used his millions to bankroll terrorist training camps in Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, sending 'holy warriors' to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces across North Africa, in Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia." That's a lot of activity for mere millions to bankroll (perhaps the US should have put him in charge of the Pentagon), but the main question is: how was bin Laden able to move his money about? What banking system was helping him? The US government succeeds in seizing the assets of people and of entire countries, Libya being the most recent. Why not bin Laden's? Was he carrying around with him $100 million dollars in gold coins and sending emissaries to distribute payments to his far-flung operations?