By PHILIP SHENON – NY Times
Published: October 1, 2006
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 â€” Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, about an imminent Al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to take action.
Details of the previously undisclosed meeting on July 10, 2001, two months before the Sept. 11 terror attacks, were first reported last week in a new book by the journalist Bob Woodward.
The final report from the Sept. 11 commission made no mention of the meeting nor did it suggest there had been such an encounter between Mr. Tenet and Ms. Rice, now secretary of state.
911 Mysteries (Click the icon on the lower right to get the full screen version)
This is a new full lenght video, available on Google Video detailing the research of a self-described conservative Republican and demolition hobbyist, who was angered after viewing Painful Deceptions and was determined to prove it wrong. He purchased many official videos, and viewed all the research he could gather. After a week of fevered study he decided that the official story of the World Trade Towers’ destruction had many holes in it.
I was fascinated to hear details about the pools of molten metal at the base of the structures. They persisted for weeks after the collapse. I remember reading news reports about it, back then and thinking it was very strange. And all New Yorkers remember the awful smell and taste of the air. The most distinctive but maybe least sickening element was the tang of burning metal. I must have grown numb to the abuse by December as the smell seemed to fade, but on my cab ride from La Guardia (miles from downtown Manhattan), after being away for Christmas, I was shocked that the smell was still there.
The film has one image of someone jumping, and another very disturbing image of several people being blown out of the building (around ten minutes before the end). They are distant images, no individual features can be discerned. It does not feel exploitive of the individuals, but you may not want to have these images in your memory.
His main thesis is that this was controlled demolition, done military style. I don’t have enough science in my background to judge the details of his case. I’ll be interested to see what debate this video provokes.
The film is slickly produced but it has many home made touches, for example it ends with a song and a written pep talk, basically saying, that knowledge is good, and waking up is better. This might strike you as a bit strange. But after viewing this devastating video you may welcome hearing something sweet and positive.
The credits list Smallstorm as the writer and director. But the film is introduced by someone named Brad, and Brad Weddell is the first person thanked in a long list.
December 20, 1983 shortly after the Poison Gas attacks for which Saddam is currently on trial.
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By the summer of 1983 Iran had been reporting Iraqi use of using chemical weapons for some time. The Geneva protocol requires that the international community respond to chemical warfare, but a diplomatically isolated Iran received only a muted response to its complaints . It intensified its accusations in October 1983, however, and in November asked for a United Nations Security Council investigation.
The U.S., which followed developments in the Iran-Iraq war with extraordinary intensity, had intelligence confirming Iran’s accusations, and describing Iraq’s “almost daily” use of chemical weapons, concurrent with its policy review and decision to support Iraq in the war. The intelligence indicated that Iraq used chemical weapons against Iranian forces, and, according to a November 1983 memo, against “Kurdish insurgents” as well.
Soon thereafter, Donald Rumsfeld (who had served in various positions in the Nixon and Ford administrations, including as President Ford’s defense secretary, and at this time headed the multinational pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle & Co.) was dispatched to the Middle East as a presidential envoy. His December 1983 tour of regional capitals included Baghdad, where he was to establish “direct contact between an envoy of President Reagan and President Saddam Hussein,” while emphasizing “his close relationship” with the president. Rumsfeld met with Saddam, and the two discussed regional issues of mutual interest, shared enmity toward Iran and Syria, and the U.S.’s efforts to find alternative routes to transport Iraq’s oil; its facilities in the Persian Gulf had been shut down by Iran, and Iran’s ally, Syria, had cut off a pipeline that transported Iraqi oil through its territory. Rumsfeld made no reference to chemical weapons, according to detailed notes on the meeting.
The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne.
“If we’re not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation,” said Wynne. “(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press.”
Update 9/14 full transcript published that supposedly debunks the hype about this statement. To me it still sounds about the same as I took it to begin with. Via Boing Boing
JESUS CAMP follows a group of children to Pastor Becky Fischer’s “Kid’s on Fire Summer Camp” in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as six years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in God’s army. This film follows these children at camp as they hone their prophetic gifts and are schooled in how to take back America for Christ. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, “Jesus Camp” is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America’s political future.
Inside the home of the supposed traitors, the heretics, the CIA plants, the hacks, the nut jobs, the debunked, their leader, Dylan Avery, has just rolled out of bedâ€”he sits shirtless, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes. It was a late night for Avery and his two roommates, Korey Rowe and Jason Bermas, and it is now an early Sunday morning. These are the three men behind Loose Change, the documentary that has garnered more than 10 million views online and raised a firestorm of controversy by focusing a magnifying glass on the gaps in public knowledge about 9/11.
Pay a visit to the groupâ€™s 40-something-acre property, Camp Freedom, located just off Interstate 88 in Oneonta (as the group, in its blog, invites everyone to do), and youâ€™d think youâ€™ve arrived at the home of three very average, upstate guys. There are paintball guns and ATVs, poker tables, and CD racks that are home to the work of both Phish and Eminem.
â€œWe had a poker night last night,â€ says Bermas, who is dressed in a Boondocks jacket as he strolls through his backyard in the heavy morning air with his excitable pit bull, Justice, nipping at his heels.
Itâ€™s hard to reconcile this rural setting with the fact that itâ€™s home to a group of three of the most controversial filmmakers in the United States today. Three 20-somethings who have been labeled traitors and heretics by liberals and conservatives alike. â€œDude, we are reptoids. We are the Mossad. We are CIA, dis-infoâ€”you name it!â€ says Bermas.
The announcement that the two journalists had converted to Islam as a reason for their release was only a camouflage to conceal the fact that the U.S. had agreed to the hostage-takers’ demands, according to the sources cited in the article. A few days ago the Rafah crossing was reopened for a few hours daily, and the Israeli forces stopped shelling residences of activists in the past few days, noted the paper’s sources.
Mount Weather is a top-security underground installation an hour’s drive from Washington DC. It has its own leaders, police, fire department – and laws. A cold war relic, it has been given a new lease of life since 9/11. And no one who’s been inside has ever talked.