Thursday, September 25, 2008

9/11: debates, project censored, tribunals & truth videos

video: excerpt from 'zero' follow-up debate in russia part1 (part2)

9/11 makes the top 25 censored stories for 2009
from 9/11 blogger: #24-Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror: Testimony in the Japanese parliament, broadcast live on Japanese television in January 2008, challenged the premise and validity of the Global War on Terror. Parliament member Yukihisa Fujita insisted that an investigation be conducted into the war’s origin: the events of 9/11.

alleged 9/11 conspirator sparks war court standoff
from mcclatchy: Alleged 9/11 go-between Ramzi bin al Shibh refused to leave his prison camp cell Monday, triggering a clash on how to hold a pretrial hearing in the complex conspiracy case for which prosecutors seek the death penalty. The standoff produced an eerie scene at the war court. Confessed mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed sat at the lead defense table amiably chatting across the state-of-the-art courtroom with three of his alleged co-conspirators. White noise broadcast through war court speakers made the alleged terrorists' conversations inaudible. All four former CIA-held captives compliantly wore the white uniforms of the prison camp. Mohammed, who at his June arraignment said he welcomed martyrdom, could be plainly seen in a massive gray-speckled beard sitting at the defendants table. He sported a white turban with black trim. Meantime, behind the scenes, prosecutors were working through Defense Department bureaucracy to see whether they could get an order to have bin al Shibh forced out of his cell and into the war court, said Air Force Maj. Gail Crawford, a military commissions spokeswoman.

gitmo judge enlists help from 9/11 mastermind
from ap: Confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed offered Monday to help persuade one of his co-defendants to leave his prison cell for a pretrial hearing at Guantanamo Bay. Mohammed volunteered to reach out to Ramzi Binalshibh after the military judge overseeing the case suggested that he might offer a separate trial for Binalshibh, who has refused to appear with his four co-defendants in America's most important war-crimes trial since the close of World War II. Judge Ralph Kohlmann, a Marine colonel, permitted Mohammed and the other co-defendants to send notes to Binalshibh. If the Yemeni still refuses to appear in court on Tuesday morning, Binalshibh will be dragged from his cell, Kohlmann said. "It is my hope that perhaps we can avoid the need for a forcible bringing of him here," the judge said.

additions to 9/11 timeline as of sept 21: united 93, 9/11 commission
from history commons: About half of this week's new entries concern United Airlines Flight 93. The airline's operations centre sent a message to the plane's co-pilot some minutes before the hijacking, but received no reply; it also notified flights of a crash at the WTC around 9:03 but did not send a warning about possible hijackings at this time. The airline's dispatchers were asked to warn flights at 9:21, the same time Flight 93 sent a routine message to one of the dispatchers. A couple of minutes later, it checked in with Cleveland air traffic control; the pilots then sent their last last message at 9:27.

Learning of potential problems on board, United tried to contact the plane at 9:31, and then sent a message to all flights, including flight 93, telling them to secure their cockpits. Dispatchers learned flight 93 was heading towards Washington at 9:36 and offered assistance, and a dispatcher issued another warning about securing the cockpit at 9:40. United's attempt to implement the lockout procedure for flight 93 failed at about 9:50, at the same time a dispatcher told Flight 93 to land at the nearest airport and was informed the flight may have been hijacked.

A few minutes after it crashed, a message was sent to the plane telling it not to divert to Washington, and none of the passengers relatives went to the airport it was scheduled to arrive at in San Francisco to meet the passengers. In 2007, a German television program was denied permission to film the wreckage.

Regarding the other flights, American Airlines ordered all its flights to land immediately at 9:15, and a dispatcher notified United flights of a ground stop in New York at 9:08. United ordered no new take offs for any international flights around 9:20, and a dispatcher sent a warning to Flight 175 at 9:23, several minutes after it hit the WTC.

There are also a number of entries regarding the 9/11 Commission. Most importantly, as the commission was just beginning its work in early 2003, Executive Director Philip Zelikow had already completed an outline of its final report. Also early on in the inquiry, the commission decided it would not bother with subpoenas, which left Commissioner Max Cleland disappointed. Later on, CIA Director George Tenet heard a false rumor the commission was to call for his firing, and got White House Chief of Staff Andy Card to plead with the commissioners for his job.

additions to 9/11 timeline as of sept 28: pentagon on 9/11, shoe bombing, bin laden in the soviet-afghan war & more
from history commons: This week, a massive amount of new entries have been added to the timeline, dealing with a whole range of different issues. We will start with the day of 9/11, in particular the Pentagon, which a fire chief warned could be a target nearly 20 minutes before it was hit. The attack itself created confusion by setting off 300 fire alarms, although some medical workers thought the ensuing evacuation was a drill. After wandering about outside the building, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld refused to follow the established emergency plan and evacuate, instead sending deputy Paul Wolfowitz to an alternate military command center, where the computers and communication systems did not work.

The first fighter was seen arriving over the Pentagon at around 10:40 a.m., the FAA sent the White House incorrect details of the hijacked planes in the early afternoon, and astronauts viewed the devastation in New York from space. Meanwhile, the FBI established a command post near the Pentagon and limited the evidence that needed to be photographed there.

The day after the attacks, the FBI set up a joint operations center for its Pentagon response and, together with the NTSB, limited evidence recovery efforts there. There was a false alarm over an inbound plane that day and a sudden fire the next that disrupted recovery efforts. An apparently fake military official helped with the recovery for a couple of days, then vanished.

There is also a group of entries about Congressional leaders' actions on 9/11. It was clear the Capitol was a possible target from around 9:00, but it was not evacuated until later. After the evacuation, some members of Congress established a Central Command Center, but others went home. Some were flown to a secure bunker outside the capital, from which Vice President Dick Cheney instructed them not to return to Washington. They finally summoned up the courage to do so anyway in the early evening, after agreeing to reconvene the next day.

Another topic that has received more coverage is the 2001 attempted shoe bombing. Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the many "20th hijackers," met one of the bombers, Richard Reid, at a London mosque in 1996. Reid also met an al-Qaeda recruiter at London's Finsbury Park mosque, which was run by British intelligence informer Abu Hamza al-Masri and also attended by Nizar Trabelsi, another operative who went on to be involved in the shoe bombing. A few months before the attempting bombing, Reid cased targets in Israel.

The US was monitoring calls between an al-Qaeda communications hub in Yemen and a top associate of the shoe bombers, leading to his arrest. That, in turn, led to Trabelsi's arrest, and that led to the arrest of a group of Algerians in Spain. All the plots Trabelsi was involved in were halted--except the shoe bombing, which was not cancelled even after his arrest was revealed in the international press.

In the event, Reid missed his flight because of extensive security checks and a repeat attempt was prevented by passengers and crew. Reid was sentenced to 80 years and Trabelsi also went to prison, as did some people linked to him.

There are also a several new entries about Osama bin Laden's actions during the Soviet-Afghan War. He met with mysterious Europeans in Pakistan in 1984 and his brother Salem said he was the liaison between the US, the Afghan rebels and the Saudi government in 1985, when President Ronald Reagan possibly viewed a video the bin Laden brothers made about the war. The brothers also concluded a series of arms deals to help the war effort, lubricated by slush funds resulting from the Al Yamamah arms deal between Saudi Arabia and Britian. For example, the bin Ladens negotiated with South Africans in 1986.

One of the translators at some of these meetings was Essam al Ridi, who had a relationship with the CIA and helped the Arab Afghans purchase night-vision goggles in the US in the late 1980s. He also discussed shipping stinger missiles to Africa with a close associate of bin Laden and flew some al-Qaeda leaders on the first leg of a journey to Somalia before the Black Hawk Down incident. A leading Pakistani militant also made a similar trip. Al Ridi later agreed to testify for the prosecution at the embassy bombings trial.

There are also a few more entries about the Bojinka plot. One of the plotters, Abdul Hakim Murad, was allegedly tortured by Philippine police after his arrest and was then rendered to the US, as was lead plotter Ramzi Yousef. Another of the bombers, Wali Khan Amin Shah, mysteriously escaped from a Philippine jail, but was recaptured a few months later and also rendered to the US.

The recent seventh anniversary of the attacks was the occasion for the expression of some skepticism about what has come to be known as the "official account" of 9/11. A member of the European Parliament called for an international tribunal to reassess the attacks, a former Syrian minister said the US may have committed them itself, and a controversial documentary was shown on Russian television.

Regarding the hijackers' DNA, the coroner handling the Flight 93 investigation received a call from a person who represented himself as one of the hijackers' relatives in 2002, but the remains of 13 hijackers are still in US custody. Remains of the other six alleged hijackers have not been found.

truth videos targeted on youtube
from nufff respect: (Editor’s note: This malicious activity appears to be a government op to discredit and take down truth YouTube accounts, although there is no direct evidence of this. “The Defense Dept. places a high-value on controlling information,” writes Mike Whitney. The Pentagon’s Information Operations Roadmap considers the internet “an enemy weapons system” that must be confronted by way of “virtual warfare” and resulting in “full spectrum dominance.”)

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the 9/11 movement is alive, well & kicking in nyc & beyond!
from jerry mazza: On Thursday, 9/11/08, and the ncy911 Ballot Initiative group joined forces at Ground Zero. Read all about them at the above links. I joined them about 11:30a.m. for the march and speeches that would begin around noon. The young WeAreChange leader Luke Rudkowski (a force unto himself) and the indefatigable Ballot Initiative leader Les Jamieson were there to kick off events. If I had apprehensions about the march, they were eased by the people I met. Optimistic, well informed, open, they were ready to face a harassing lunatic fringe and/or provocateurs with a healthy dose of humor or equal edge. Believe it or not, the legion of cops seemed bent on protecting us as well. Perhaps after seven years of listening to 9/11 Truth some had sunk in. Also, WeAreChange’s special fund-raising effort, “First Responders First,” made friends on the blue side as well with firemen and EMTs.

7yrs later, 9/11 hijackers' remains are in limbo
from nytimes: (Editor's Note: If I had a nickel for every time we have been told about the "ongoing investigation" of 9/11 as being the reason why we can't have access to information, I would be a rich man.)

Seven years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the remains of 13 of the 19 men responsible have been identified and are in the custody of the F.B.I. and the New York City medical examiner’s office. But no one has formally requested the remains in order to bury them. “Politically, one can understand that this is a hot potato,” said Muneer Fareed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America and a former professor of Islamic studies. “People don’t want to identify with the political equivalent of Jeffrey Dahmer.” What would happen if someone asked for the hijackers’ remains is not clear. Neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which holds the remains of the nine hijackers whose planes hit the Pentagon and crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pa., nor the New York City medical examiner’s office, which holds the remains of 4 of the 10 hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center buildings, has policies to deal with such a request. “If and when it comes up, we’ll address it then,” an F.B.I. spokesman, Richard Kolko, said. The bureau could turn down such requests, Mr. Kolko said, because the Sept. 11 investigation is an open case.

new al-CIAda tape surfaces despite US efforts to block it

from abc: Al Qaeda's annual September 11 propaganda video surfaced today, delayed eight days by a concerted US effort to block it. The tape showed no new pictures or statements from Osama bin Laden, although an al Qaeda figure was interviewed saying bin Laden was in "good health." Al Qaeda also showed a video it said was captured from a US bounty hunter, Keith "Jack" Idema, as he appeared to threaten to kill an Afghani citizen during an interrogation.

press tv: truth to the 9/11 conspiracy theories?
from 9/11 blogger: The International news network, PressTV delves into the the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.

update: canadian mp ditches candidate over remarks about 9/11
canadian mp ditches candidate over remarks about 9/11from ctv: Stephane Dion began his day defending Lesley Hughes over accusations of anti-Semitism. But by lunchtime Friday the Liberal leader had unceremoniously dumped the Winnipeg-area candidate in an abrupt move that seemed as much about removing the tarnish of intolerance from the party brand as it did with buffing his leadership image.

Hughes came under fire for an old blog posting in which she suggested Israeli intelligence warned the United States in advance of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and that "Israeli businesses" vacated the premises beforehand.

Hughes later described herself as a "lifelong friend and supporter of the Jewish community in Winnipeg." Nonetheless, she apologized for the "perception" that she is anti-Semitic. But the apology wasn't enough for her party leader.

"The Liberal party's commitment to tolerance and multiculturalism is paramount," Dion said in a statement. "I have reviewed the past comments of Lesley Hughes and it is clear they do not meet this standard. While I appreciate her apology, I cannot condone those sentiments in any way. I have therefore asked Ms. Hughes to step down as the Liberal party candidate in Kildonan-St. Paul."

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