Wednesday, April 25, 2007

U.S. Gov. Lies to American People and Troops about Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch

U.S. Gov. Lies to American People and the Troops about Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch
U.S. Gov. Lies to American People and the Troops
"Our hearing today has been about two cases, the Tillman case and the Lynch case, and in both cases, it seems like we have - we say deceptive - misleading information - it wasn't misleading information, we have false information that was put out to the American people. Stories that were fabricated and made up.

In the case of specialist Bryan O'Neal, his statement was doctored. It was actually rewritten by somebody. These aren't things done by mistake, there had to be a conscious intent to put a story out and keep with that story and eliminate evidence to the contrary and distort the record. In the case of Jessica Lynch, we have the Washington Post story saying they were told by government officials. So it was attributed in the Post to government officials and what we have is a very clear deliberate abuse, intentionally done. Why is it so hard to find out who did it? Why is it so hard to find out who's responsible and hold them accountable?" - Rep. Henry Waxman, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman

US Navy Seal Stephen White was Pat Tillman's friend and gave a eulogy at the May 2004 memorial service. White was put in the position of unknowingly telling the government's lie about how Pat Tillman died, "My role as far as at the memorial - it's a horrible thing that happened with Pat. I'm the guy that told America how he died basically at that memorial and it was incorrect. That does not sit well with me."

"With tears in their eyes, Pat Tillman's furious family accused the government yesterday of turning his tragic death by friendly fire into a heroic fairy tale.

Struggling to contain his anger, Kevin Tillman said the government's publicity stunt made a mockery of his brother's patriotic decision to spurn a lucrative NFL contract and enlist in the Army to serve his country." - They told us lies about our Pat

"Waxman's staff said the Pentagon resisted until Monday letting O'Neal and White testify." - Witnesses at Tillman hearing: military misled the nation

"Why American media has chosen party line regurgitation over critical investigation is a subject that most press outlets prefer not to give a forum to, so Americans need to do their own research among useful publications that are available at libraries and bookstores. An interesting study into the phenomenon has been published by Daniel Hallin in The Uncensored War, which observes that journalists had "a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account (of the Gulf of Tonkin events); it simply wasn't used. The day before the first incident, Hanoi had protested the attacks on its territory by Laotian aircraft and South Vietnamese gunboats."" - War Lies and the Compliant Media

Motives for the September 11, 2001 Attacks

Motives for the September 11, 2001 Attacks

In an October 2001 video, Osama bin Laden said, "We swore that America would not live in security until we live it truly in Palestine. This showed the reality of America, which puts Israel's interest above its own people's interest. America will not get out of this crisis until it gets out of the Arabian Peninsula, and until it stops its support of Israel." He was reiterating motives he and others have expressed for years.

Bin Laden issued a 1996 Fatwa titled "Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places (the Arabian Peninsula)." It said "the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators. ... their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq." And it said their wealth was looted and "in the hands of the enemies." In 1998, bin Laden and others issues another fatwa.

The 1998 Fatwa lists three "crimes and sins" which motive them to attack the United States:
  • U.S. occupation of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • U.S. aggression against the Iraqi people.
  • U.S. support of Israel
The fatwa states that the United States:
  • Plunders the resources of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Dictates policy to the rulers of those countries.
  • Supports abusive regimes and monarchies in the Middle East, thereby oppressing their people.
  • Has military bases and installations upon the Arabian Peninsula, which violates the Muslim holy land, in order to threaten neighboring Muslim countries.
  • Intends thereby to create disunion between Muslim states, thus weakening them as a political force.
  • Supports Israel, and wishes to divert international attention from (and tacitly maintain) the occupation of Palestine.
The Persian Gulf War, the ensuing sanctions against Iraq and the bombing of Iraq by the United States were cited in 1998 as further proof of these allegations. The fatwa uses Islamic texts to exhort violent action against American military and citizenry until the alleged grievances are reversed, stating "ulema have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries."

In a 2004 video, again acknowledging responsibility for the attacks, bin Laden states that he was motivated by Israel's actions in the 1982 Lebanon War, for which he held the U.S. responsible for supporting Israel. He says he started thinking about attacking the Twin Towers "after things had gone too far and we saw the injustice of the US-Israeli alliance against our people in Palestine and Lebanon." In the video, bin Laden also claims that he wants to "restore freedom to our nation," to "punish the aggressor in kind." Bin Laden explains, "security is an indispensable pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom" and "even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes." As noted above, Bin Laden has said the attacks will continue until specific foreign policies are ended, "We swore that America would not live in security until we live it truly in Palestine. This showed the reality of America, which puts Israel's interest above its own people's interest. America will not get out of this crisis until it gets out of the Arabian Peninsula, and until it stops its support of Israel."

"Bin Laden had been pressuring KSM (Khalid Shaikh Mohammed) for months to advance the attack date. According to KSM, bin Laden had even asked that the attacks occur as early as mid-2000, after Israeli opposition party leader Ariel Sharon caused an outcry in the Middle East by visiting a sensitive and contested holy site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Although bin Laden recognized that Atta and the other pilots had only just arrived in the United States to begin their flight training, the al-Qaida leader wanted to punish the United States for supporting Israel. He allegedly told KSM it would be sufficient simply to down the planes and not hit specific targets. KSM withstood this pressure, arguing that the operation would not be successful unless the pilots were fully trained and the hijacking teams were larger." Philip Zelikow's testimony before the 9/11 Commission

The 9/11 Commission Report determined that the animosity towards the United States felt by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the "principal architect" of the 9/11 attacks, stemmed "not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel." The same motivation was shared by the two pilots, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, who flew into the WTC: Atta was described by Ralph Bodenstein—who traveled, worked and talked with him, as "most imbued actually about... U.S. protection of these Israeli politics in the region." "When someone asked why he and Atta never laughed, Shehhi retorted,"How can you laugh when people are dying in Palestine?" - 9/11 Report Abdulaziz al-Omari, a hijacker aboard Flight 11 with Mohammed Atta, said in his video will, "My work is a message those who heard me and to all those who saw me at the same time it is a message to the infidels that you should leave the Arabian peninsula defeated and stop giving a hand of help to the coward Jews in Palestine." - Guardian

The Bush Administration and Others Lie About Motives
It is depraved to deny the main motive for the 9/11 attacks.
The Bush administration insists that Al-Qaeda was motivated by hatred of the freedom, democracy and civil liberties exemplified by the United States. In a speech in 2001, President Bush lied, "They hate what we see right here in this chamber - a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms - our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other." Responding to Bush's claim that they hate freedom, Bin Laden said "the Mujahideen saw the black gang of thugs in the White House hiding the Truth, and their stupid and foolish leader, who is elected and supported by his people, denying reality and proclaiming that we (the Mujahideen) were striking them because we were jealous of them (the Americans), whereas the reality is that we are striking them because of their evil and injustice in the whole of the Islamic World, especially in Iraq and Palestine and their occupation of the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries, " in his Feb. 14, 2003 tape. Bin Laden remarked in 2004, "Let him tell us why we did not strike Sweden, for example. It is known that those who hate freedom do not have proud souls, like the souls of the 19 people [killed while perpetrating the 11 September 2001 attacks], may God have mercy on them. We fought you because we are free and do not accept injustice. We want to restore freedom to our nation. Just as you waste our security, we will waste your security. "

Former CIA Bin Laden Unit Chief Michael Scheuer has bluntly stated that politicians are lying to the American people about the terrorists' motives, "The politicians really are at great fault for not squaring with the American people. We're being attacked for what we do in the Islamic world, not for who we are or what we believe in or how we live. And there's a huge burden of guilt to be laid at Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton, both parties for simply lying to the American people." - Lou Dobbs CNN

During the 9/11 Commission hearings, Vice Chair Lee Hamilton asked, "What motivated them to do it?" FBI Special Agent James Fitzgerald answered, "I believe they feel a sense of outrage against the United States. They identify with the Palestinian problem, they identify with people who oppose repressive regimes, and I believe they tend to focus their anger on the United States." - 9/11 Commission testimony

Also see Exposing the fact that politicians and pundits are lying about "why they hate us."

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Virginia's Failure to Follow Federal Law Let Cho Buy Guns

Virginia's Failure to Follow Federal Law Let Cho Buy Guns

The Times changed their headline from U.S. Law Made Killer Ineligible to Buy Gun to
U.S. Rules Made Killer Ineligible to Purchase Gun

"Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday. ... A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said that if Mr. Cho had been found mentally defective by a court, he should have been denied the right to purchase a gun." Michael Luo, NYT

Friday, April 20, 2007

Surge is Counterproductive and Harms Our National Security

The Surge is Counterproductive and Harms Our National Security

Sen. Reid and Retired Army Commanders Press Briefing on Iraq 4/16/2007 WASHINGTON, DC
Sen Harry Reid (D-NV) leads a Press Conference on the Iraq War situation. This includes comments by Retired Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard and Retired Brig. Gen John H. Johns. C-SPAN

Thursday, April 19, 2007

US Can't Win Iraq War Because Most Iraqis Oppose US Troops

US Can't Win Iraq War Because Most Iraqis Oppose US Troops

"In all, 83% of Shiites and 97% of Sunni Arabs oppose the presence of coalition forces in Iraq; 75% of Kurds support them. By more than 3 to 1, Iraqis say the presence of U.S. forces is making the security situation worse."

"I think probably the Iraqi people understand the situation there better than those who are advocating to continue on the current course after we have lost the support and the confidence of the Iraqi people. And you can't win without it."- Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (Ret.) US Army

An Entirely Different World of Reality than Bush and Cheney

"You can listen to simplistic statements of the administration, appealing to emotion and fear, or you can take an analytical approach and see the reality of the world. I live in an entirely different world of reality than President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other members of the administration." - Brig. Gen. John Johns (Ret.) U.S. Army

Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Old Blogger to Google "User account not found" Problem Fix

Old Blogger to Google "User account not found" Problem Fix

If you use Blogger you probably got this message: "To continue, you need to sign in to Blogger with your Google Account. The new version of Blogger requires a Google Account to access your blog's features"

Some people are having a problem with a message "User account not found" when you try to migrate from one to the other. I have found that the problem is that it is case sensitive. So if it automatically says your user name is HappyDay, the computer may be expecting happyday. The way I fixed it was to look for your username in the URL which is what is bringing the name over in the user name box which is not editable. You have to change the caps in the URL and then hit enter. That worked for me, if my name was HappyDay, I changed it it happyday in the URL and entered that URL to go to the next page which then had my user name in lower case and the user name was found.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Re: Pre-Collapse Bowing Debunks 9/11 Controlled Demolition

Another Conspiracy Controlled Demolition Expert Replies:

Re: Pre-Collapse Bowing Debunks 9/11 Controlled Demolition


My Reply:

I doubt you have spent more time than me. Regardless, can you at least address the point I made? You called it "bullshit" but you didn't explain why. How is it that the exterior columns were bowing inward BEFORE the collapse, in fact, many, many minutes before the collapse? And the bowing increased up until the collapse.

I already have read The only time they address the bowing was to insist that we are not seeing what we are seeing. Jim Hoffman wants you to think it is an optical illusion caused by hot air that happened to be caught at the right time in a single photo. (he then ignores the fact that NIST presents other photos showing exterior columns bowed inward!) BUT AN OPTICAL ILLUSION!? No way in hell does hot air mimic a perfect lens that increases its bending of light ALL IN ONE DIRECTION and over MANY minutes. Hoffman is desperately concocting an excuse to explain away what we see happening to the buildings. He ignores the fact that it was seen by police helicopters from different angles. So are the witnesses lying about what they saw? As you circle the buildings, no way would this imaginary hot air lens create the impression that the columns bowed inward all in the same way, all in the same direction and to INCREASE their bending inward over many minutes. He ignores the fact that it was captured in photos FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES over many minutes. Hoffman's hot air theory is just that, hot air.

* The very thing that Griffin points to as a feature of a fire caused collapse we can see in photos of the World Trade Center.

Griffin writes, "in fire-induced collapses---if we had any examples of such---the onset would be gradual. Horizontal beams and trusses would begin to sag; vertical columns, if subjected to strong forces, would begin to bend. But as videos of the towers show, there were no signs of bending or sagging, even on the floors just above the damage caused by the impact of the planes." But contrary to what Griffin claims, there were indeed signs of bending or sagging. Witnesses reported it and photos document it. Griffin is simply wrong.

Griffin erroneously writes "The buildings were perfectly motionless up to the moment they began their collapse." The fact is, before the collapse of either tower, evidence the structures of the WTC were failing, columns bending, floors sagging, was reported by Police, Firemen and civilians. We can see in the photos that the exterior columns were bowing in the minutes before the collapse, in the case of the South Tower, the bending was evident as early as 18 minutes after the plane's impact.

The Media Plays Along With Powerful Interests

The Media Plays Along With Powerful Interests

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Impeach Bush Before He Attacks Iran

Bush is not fit to be Commander in Chief
Bush is Ignorant and Extremely Dangerous


GEN. WESLEY CLARK: About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. He said, “Sir, you’ve got to come in and talk to me a second.” I said, “Well, you’re too busy.” He said, “No, no.” He says, “We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.” This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why?” He said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?” He said, “No, no.” He says, “There’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess it’s like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.” And he said, “I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail.”

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” -- meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office -- “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

Iraq Oil Law: A War For Oil Pays Off For Some

Iraq Oil Law: A War For Oil Pays Off For Some

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to "wipe Israel off the map."

Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to "wipe Israel off the map."

Iranian President Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to "wipe Israel off the map."

"Wiped off the Map" - The Rumor of the Century

"There is no new policy," Ahmadinejad said. "They created a lot of hue and cry over that." Ahmadinejad added, "It is clear what we say: Let the Palestinians participate in free elections and they will say what they want."

let's take a closer look at what Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said

About Israel:
What has been confirmed by human rights groups has also been observed directly by journalists.

Israel Does Target Civilians and Always Has

Israeli Terror

Fabricated Bellicose Statements

see another video on this: The "wipe Israel off the map" Hoax

President Ahmadinejad was talking about the occupying regime which is a form of government. On Feb 20, 2006 Iran's foreign minister said, "He is talking about the regime."

President Ahmadinejad also said in his speech that the issue with Palestine would be over "the day that all refugees return to their homes [and] a democratic government elected by the people comes to power."

In his letter to Bush (see Text of Iranian President's Letter to President Bush), he asks, "are we to understand that allowing the original inhabitants of these lands - inside and outside Palestine - whether they are Christian, Muslim or Jew, to determine their fate, runs contrary to principles of democracy, human rights and the teachings of prophets?"

President Ahmadinejad Calls for Democracy, Free and Fair Elections and a Durable Peace.

Mike Wallace Interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 60 Minutes. At the request of the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, the FULL UNEDITED version was shown on C-SPAN. "The cable public affairs net will air the 60 Minutes edited version, followed by the full 90-minute interview, to give viewers a window on what is left on the cutting room floor." - John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/11/2006
We can see what they cut out, a call for democracy.

Please read these links, don't let them trick us into another war:

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Young Journalists and Budding Intellectuals

Young Journalists and Budding Intellectuals

Eric Alterman reveals, "I went to a forum for Jewish student journalists last week ... Ruth R. Wisse said quite a few things I found amazing. One was instructing these young journalists and budding intellectuals that they should think of themselves as a kind of adjunct to the Israeli army and ignore all intellectual distinctions, issues of personal honesty, moral complications, etc., and just defend Israel against its attackers. It reminded me of the time that Norman Podhoretz insisted, years ago, that "the role of Jews who write in both the Jewish and general press is to defend Israel," period. Talk about your dual loyalties. Talk about your intellectual dishonesty. ... Scary that these kids were hearing this stuff from a Harvard professor.

... Also amazing, I thought, was Wisse's contention that Commentary is the most influential Jewish magazine in history. ... Take a look at the magazine right now. ... last month it published Amir Taheri, here, who is the guy who made up that false report about Iranian Jews being forced to wear yellow stars. I don't feel like going into all the arguments these articles imply and the terrible things they imply about a group of Jewish propagandists-posing-as-intellectuals, but given the fact that for literally decades, Commentary was probably the single best magazine in America -- I read every issue of every good magazine from the 1945-50 period for what was going to be a doctoral thesis, and it certainly was then -- it's beyond sad. More significantly, however, isn't this just the kind of thing anti-Semites accuse Jews of saying and doing? If I were the kind of person to attribute the actions of a few to an entire ethnic group -- and were not a member of that group myself -- I swear, this kind of thing would get me thinking unkosher thoughts about the people that the racist Murray insists are God's Chosen People. " - Eric Alterman

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Fabricated Bellicose Statements

Fabricated Bellicose Statements

"Many details are provided by Kennett Love, who was then the Middle East correspondent of the New York Times. He describes, for example, how the Times failed to publish his interview with Nasser in which Nasser offered to demilitarize the frontier: "distorted versions of Nasser's effort to pacify the frontier were splashed across New York's front pages under headlines representing him as a warmonger," including a Times report stating that "Many neutrals say Premier Nasser's statement [on demilitarizing the frontier] was bellicose and is certain to increase tension." Two days after the Times killed Nasser's interview it ran a front-page headline, based on distorted news agency versions of the interview, which read: "Gaza War Threat Voiced by Egypt." The aggressors themselves at the same time were attributing fabricated bellicose statements to Nasser, taking earlier writings of his out of context and grossly changing their sense, etc. The distortions of Western propaganda, which in this case reflect a remarkable degree of moral cowardice quite apart from the falsification of the facts, remained effective even after the outright aggression by Israel, France and England. In particular, it is still widely held that Israel's aggression was in fact defensive, at worst a "preemptive strike" in response to Nasser's threats. The incident is an example - one of many - of how facts can be overwhelmed by a powerful propaganda system employing the "free press" as its instrument." Chomsky, Fateful Triangle, p.101

Monday, April 02, 2007

Why Do They Do This?

A very popular website keeps insisting that the World Trade Center was brought down by Controlled Demolition. On that site they show you a picture of a steel column that has been cut. But the steel column was cut by an ironworker during the clean up. You can see a cut just like it being made by an iron worker during the clean up of the WTC at this link. (scroll down when you go to the page) Also look at NIST's FAQ page and WTC Pre-Collapse Bowing Debunks 9/11 "Controlled Demolition" Theory and Exposing the fact that politicians and pundits are lying about "why they hate us."

Sunday, April 01, 2007