Saturday, 31 January 2009

Shadowstats.com: US Jobless Rate is a Full l0 percent Higher than the Government is Reporting.

John Williams, Founder of Shadow Government Statistics, calculates that the jobless rate is a full l0 percent higher than the government is reporting. He also discusses the news Monday morning that American companies (including Sprint, Home Depot) are cutting about 43,000 jobs.
http://www.c-span.org/Watch/watch.aspx?MediaId=HP-A-14748

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 31th, 2009.]

Yoo: Bush Okayed Torture

In his time with the Department of Justice, John Yoo co-authored the Patriot Act and helped craft legal justifications for the Bush administration's torture programs and the NSA's full-spectrum spying apparatus.

"Relying on the civilian justice system not only robs us of the most effective intelligence tool to avert future attacks, it provides an opportunity for our enemies to obtain intelligence on us," continued Yoo. "If terrorists are now to be treated as ordinary criminals, their defense lawyers will insist that the government produce in open court all U.S. intelligence on their client along with the methods used by the CIA and NSA to get it. A defendant's constitutional right to demand the government's files often forces prosecutors to offer plea bargains to spies rather than risk disclosure of intelligence secrets."

In the piece, titled Obama Made a Rash Decision on Gitmo, Yoo also directly states that President Bush ordered waterboarding "three times" after 9/11.

"Mr. Obama is returning America to the failed law enforcement approach to fighting terrorism that prevailed before Sept. 11, 2001," he opined.
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Yoo_Bush_okayed_torture_to_outwit_0129.html

Apart from being outright illegal, the FBI has stated that torturing suspects does not produce reliable results.

Yoo also misses out on the fact US law enforcement and FBI did detect the 911 operation but were derailed by higher authorities who either identified the "hijackers" as intelligence assets, or completely stymied the investigations.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 31th, 2009.]

Massive Oil Deposit Could Increase US reserves by 10x

America is sitting on top of a super massive 200 billion barrel Oil Field that could potentially make America Energy Independent and until now has largely gone unnoticed. Thanks to new technology the Bakken Formation in North Dakota could boost America’s Oil reserves by an incredible 10 times, giving western economies the trump card against OPEC’s short squeeze on oil supply and making Iranian and Venezuelan threats of disrupted supply irrelevant.

In the next 30 days the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) will release a new report giving an accurate resource assessment of the Bakken Oil Formation that covers North Dakota and portions of South Dakota and Montana. With new horizontal drilling technology it is believed that from 175 to 500 billion barrels of recoverable oil are held in this 200,000 square mile reserve that was initially discovered in 1951.

http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news2.13s.html

Although the oil may be recoverable, it may be left in the ground for political reasons. Geopolitics and corruption tend to trump developments that will lead to a more prosperous world. It will be interesting to see what happens here. A rich and educated US population is harder to manipulate, so who's going to allow that ?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 31st, 2009.]

Studies Report Mercury Levels In Popular Food Sweetener

Mercury was found in nine of 20 samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup tested by a Food and Drug Administration researcher, and a separate study by a public health group found mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand named food and beverages where the sweetener was listed as the first or second ingredient.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7013866786

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 31st, 2009.]

Friday, 30 January 2009

Stupid in America

This is about the US public education system being highly disfunctional. Try to watch the first 20 minutes.

(40:45)

The American kids are NOT stupid, they have been subjected to a system that does not work. There is no excuse for things to be so bad.

One good lesson you can draw from this report is that they (the administrators) could fix the mess in less than 5 years if they acted.

The overall situation can be vastly improved !

And note: anyone on the internet will be improving their general knowledge base if they are reading from the alternative news sites. It all depends where you visit. At least here online you have a choice, unlike the allocation of students to various schools in the US.

Education will prove to be the key in "solving" many problems afflicting the USA. Education is the key.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 30th, 2009.]

The Ugly Truth: America's Economy is Not Coming Back

Obviously the Obama administration recognizes that it needs to keep the finger of blame for the current economic collapse squarely pointed at the Bush administration, which is certainly fair in large part (though the Clinton deregulation of the banking industry played a major part in the financial crisis and its enthusiastic promotion of globalization began the massive shift of jobs overseas that has left the nation’s productive capacity hollowed out). But it also seems to recognize that it cannot tell the bitter truth, which is that our national economy will never “bounce back” to where it was in 2007.

America, and individual Americans, have been living profligately for years in an unreal economy, propped up by easy credit which inflated the value of real estate to incredible levels, and which led people to spend way beyond their means.

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/?q=node/261

There's a long road ahead, but if you can identify the problems, then there is a good chance something can be done to improve the situation. This is what the author mentions toward the end of this article when she talks about being "honest" about the crisis.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 30th, 2009.]

Dennis Kucinich States His Intention To Put The Federal Reserve Under Government Control


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The Federal Reserve is actually a private institution, albeit with extremely close ties to government. It is an entity overseen by the major US banks.

The problem resides with the fact that the Federal Reserve LOANS notes (money) to the US Treasury at interest for people to use as currency. More money than is loaned out is therefore owed back. That's a scam, and it must end ! The Fed is creating debt with each note it has printed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 30th, 2009.]

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Ron Paul Defeats 5 TV "Experts" in 10 minutes


(9:59)

Right at the end the NBC commentators start pushing the line that they are looking for a plan to go forward, that Ron Paul's plan is backward looking. This is a silly argument since there is nothing so backwards about Congressman Paul's solution, which is to let bankrupt institutions fail.

Ron Paul, in letting bankruptcies occur is resetting the system which has been poisoned by debt and misplaced investments. By allowing bad debt to be written off we can start again, albeit from a position of high unemployment. Notice also that the Congressman is very concerned about a devaluation of the US dollar. Pumping more and more money into a massively corrupted economic system will not strengthen the US currency.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 29th, 2009.]

9/11 Debunking for Dummies


(6:24)

If you can write off all the coincidences, the official documents, the eyewitness testimony, expert analysis and, above all, the forensic evidence, then you can believe the official story about 911. No problem !

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 29th, 2009.]

Bailout This!

Idiocy is usually described as "endlessly repeating the same process, hoping for a different result". Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden et al are straining at the leash to get the Bailout Ball rolling once again. The stabilization of the financial sector, as elusive as it has been so far, has become the Holy Grail of Economic salvation. That makes $8.5 Trillion worth of trying and $0 of result. The Knights of the Oval Table are gathered to plan their mission as their beleaguered subjects are trying to batter down the castle gates. It's no small wonder that Geithner wants to get the money out the door as soon as the end of this week.

The most recent report from the Comptroller of the Currency seems to have gone unnoticed in Washington and the press. If banks are not lending because of increased capital requirements in the face of Credit Default Swaps, other derivatives and loan defaults then the report goes a long way in describing exactly why.
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The assets comprise largely of Real estate, residential mortgage, student, car and credit card loans. With the rise in defaulting mortgages, delinquent credit card and other debt the problem can only get worse. To recapitalize the banks to the point where exposure is low enough to encourage lending would take trillions and that's before any more fallout from the collapsing economy. Lending also requires creditworthy borrowers, the number of which is in a nosedive. The $165 Trillion in notional derivatives and the associated credit risk related to $15 Trillion in Credit Default Swaps illustrated below is the poison apple that the taxpayer has been forced to bite into.

http://meltdown101.livejournal.com/25559.html

The banks are hording as much money they can get in order to cover future derivatives losses- which represent positions worth many HUNDREDS of times their actual assets. Wall Street, in playing their financial "money making" games, encouraged by the Federal Reserve, have utterly bankrupted themselves and now the US taxpayer is set to foot the bill, thereby impoverishing the whole country.

I find the closing two paragraphs of this article very interesting:

The question begs to be asked, and this is where the cynic in me dominates, what's the plan? When they do fall will the Government nationalize the last one standing for the good of the country and socialize even more of the losses? This would be the coup of the millennium and give birth to a new Governmental paradigm. To have this complete before the economy and society have completely broken down would be a good reason to declare a real National Emergency and declare Martial Law, the legislation, executive orders and infrastructure of which are already in place. How can one not be a cynic when we reflect on what has happened so far?

The numbers are in and the scam stands exposed to those who will look. Which way the story unfolds from here is anyone's guess. But I am ready to bet that Congress will not include the OCC data in the upcoming debate on the next round of cash for the Banks.


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 29th, 2009.]

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The U.S. Is Required by Law To Bring George W Bush & Donald Rumsfeld Before A Court


(10:24)

The sound here is atrocious for the first 4 minutes - until CNN repairs the audio line. Thereafter the case made against the Bush Administration, in particular against Rumsfeld, is damning. The interesting thing here is that this story was aired on CNN.

It might be that the establishment is putting out some sacrificial lambs.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 28th, 2009.]

GAZA APPEAL THE BBC & SKY REFUSED TO SHOW


(3:09)

There has been a great deal of controversy over the BBC refusal to air this aid appeal when in the past the BBC has put out numerous aid appeals for other conflicts. There appears to be a clear bias against the plight of the Palestinians who are prisoners in their own land.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 28th, 2009.]

UK Politician Tony Benn Savages BBC News ! (Gaza aid)

ITV and Channel 4 announced they would screen an appeal to raise emergency funds for Gaza, however BBC refused.


(2:24)

Gaza Aid donations can be made via the DEC website www.dec.org.uk ,
24 hour credit card line 0370 60 60 900

cheques made payable to
"DEC Gaza Crisis"

send to:
DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal
PO Box 999,
London EC3A 3AA.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 28th, 2009.]

Obama: A**hole of the Month - Flynt

The media had anointed the Democrat as the future figurehead of the Progressive movement. However, Obama gets our A**hole of the Month award because he is actually one of Bush’s most-prized pet Republicrats.

There are many who think this charismatic black man speaks the truth. They think he cares about the plight of the working class. In truth, whenever the co-opted Obama has an opportunity to make a real difference, he marches in stride with the Bush regime.

Obama has repeatedly waffled on the Iraq war. He refuses to denounce torture policies. Obama voted against the Coburn Amendment, which would have provided funds for rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He supports a preemptive nuclear strike against Iran. He does not support universal healthcare.

Although recognizing that Bush has broken U.S. law, the “Progressive” politician refused to cosponsor a resolution by Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) to censure the President. Obama even voted to confirm right-wing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Now he is campaigning for Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut (Bush’s closest Democratic ally).

Like the scumbag Lieberman, Obama is working hard, albeit quietly, to block the Progressive movement. If you haven’t guessed yet, Obama is a conservative wearing a liberal’s suit. On top of it all, this wolf in sheep’s clothing is a liar and a fraud—a political abomination conning America.

Speaking at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Obama brought forth a claim he would later use repeatedly to drum up public support. “My father… grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack.” In fact, Obama’s sob story about being the son of a goat-herder is complete bullsh**. In his 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Obama writes that his grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was a prominent and wealthy farmer who emigrated from Kenya.
http://www.larryflynt.com/mycms/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=21&cntnt01returnid=15

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 28th, 2009.]

Mike Rivero on Obama's $825 Billion Stimulus Plan

With all due respect, this is shoveling borrowed money into a hole in the road! And while I will be the first to admit that our infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate, focus on a public works program is a temporary jobs program that does not address the long term problem.

You want to boost the economy?

Okay, here ya go!

Short term: Cut taxes by 50%. That will light up the economy for the short term. Yes, we will have to make sacrifices like not running around the world killing brown people, or giving very expensive (and illegal) weapons to other nations so that they can kill brown people, but I for one an willing to make that sacrifice.

Long term: We have given away our manufacturing to other countries for the last 30 years. Our government actually gave tax breaks to corporations to make it easier to send high paying American jobs to other countries, then scratched their heads trying to figure out why Americans stopped buying things and worse, were suddenly unable to make the payments on their mortgages and credit cards!

Rather than deal with the loss of manufacturing back when it was still a small issue, the government covered up the loss of manufacturing jobs with the so-called "service economy"; the theory that you can prosper a nation by doing each others' laundry for a fee. From the point of view of the government (composed of politicians only thinking in terms of the next election) this was a great plan because tax revenues still poured into government coffers from all the services. Problem was that while money transferred from the private sector to the government, no new money was coming into the system. Inevitably that leads to a point in time where people start doing their own laundry again and tax revenues dry up.

So, here we are, dirty clothes piling up. unable to find work, unable to pay the bills, unable to buy new products, and unable to manufacture.

We cannot simply re-open the old factories. We could spend 100 years playing catch up to the nations who now lead the US in manufacturing, if we manufacture what they manufacture, and those foreign governments, much wiser than our own, will not allow their leads to evaporate. Look how Japan has committed to better computers and robots (while the US commits to making better bombs).

So, if we are to save our nation, we need a national commitment to new technology development. Not just refinement of what already exists but a leap way beyond, into totally new and portable energy sources (not just storage), photonics, large scale ultra-cheap desalinization, and of course ideas not yet thought of.

We need a revived CIVILIAN space program to jump start our technology the way the Apollo missions jump started our technology in the 1960s. Or we need a new Manhattan project devoted to the development of commercial technologies. We need to create something that ONLY the United States knows how to make, and that the rest of the world will want to buy.

Above all we need to recreate our national culture so that the products are the focus and value of a company, not the stock options. We need to remember that it is the beans and not the counting of the beans that makes real wealth. Above all, we need to reverse the trend that abandoned products as a way to make money and made money itself the product.

These are the ONLY things which can save our economy and our nation from economic collapse.


Originally posted at http://whatreallyhappened.com/ by Mike Rivero on 27 January 2009 in response to the Raw Story article here.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 28th, 2009.]

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

9/11 Truth: David Ray Griffin - How the 911 Commission was Set Up to Fail


(7:29)

Professor Griffin's books on 911 are highly recommended works that summarise most of the key evidence showing that the official story cannot possibly be true. Visit any good online bookseller for a copy of either The New Pearl Harbour, Debunking 911 Debunking or 911 Contradictions. This material will help to structure your views about the 911 evidence in a more logical way.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 27th, 2009.]

And on the Fifth Day, Subpoenos were Served in Relation to Obama's Senior Staff

On Saturday morning, the list of subpoenas served by the U.S. Attorney's office in the Governor Rod Blagojevich case was made public. The list included one major surprise for the new administration.

A veritable "who's who" of Obama staffers, surrogates and affiliates were among those whose communications with Blago were served with subpoenas. Put simply, within one week of President Barack Obama's administration taking office, it is already under significant legal scrutiny that will -- at a minimum -- take precious time away from dealing with the country's monumental economic and foreign policy challenges.

And, once again, the mainstream media is AWOL, unwilling to report on this very newsworthy story.

Among those whose communications were served:

David Axelrod, Obama's "Karl Rove" and the biggest surprise on the list. Obama's team issued a report in December that said his staff had no "inappropriate contact" with Blago, so the inclusion of Axelrod is a bit of a shock.

Valerie Jarrett, Blago's "Senate Candidate 1", a real estate management executive and political hack of the first order. Her ties to failed and fraudulent real estate deals in Chicago were the subject of numerous investigations and should have instantly disqualified her for any public office.

Rahm Emanuel was already deeply involved in the case with some reports describing as many as 21 conversations with Blago's office during the period in question.

Tony Rezko, Obama's first advocate, fundraiser and adviser, was convicted last year on numerous charges related to kickbacks, and is now awaiting sentencing. Rezko is "cooperating with authorities, FBI Agent Daniel Cain said in an affidavit."

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/01/and-evening-and-morning-were-fifth-day.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 27th, 2009.]

Conyers Subpoenas Karl Rove

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. issued a subpoena to Karl Rove requiring him to testify regarding his role in the Bush Administration's politicization of the Department of Justice, including the US Attorney firings and the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The subpoena was issued pursuant to authority granted in H.R. 5 (111th Congress), and calls for Mr. Rove to appear at deposition on Monday, February 2, 2009. Mr. Rove has previously refused to appear in response to a Judiciary Committee subpoena, claiming that even former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress. That "absolute immunity" position was supported by then-President Bush, but it has been rejected by U.S. District Judge John Bates and President Obama has previously dismissed the claim as "completely misguided."
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6856

Previously Conyers refused to move on damning impeachment evidence that would have resulted in a trial of George W Bush and Dick Cheney. It is very likely that nothing substantive will come of this action. Don't trust that the Democrats will do their duty and launch criminal investigations into the Bush White House- they were complicit in allowing many of the crimes to occur unchecked in the first place.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 27th, 2009.]

Monday, 26 January 2009

Who Really Pulled Off 911?


Part 1 (9:17)


Part 2 (9:30)

We already have the forensic evidence proving the World Trade Centre buildings were demolished using explosives, now the question to be asked is who were the perpetrators of the crime ? Here we can see the hand of a corrupt network comprising politicans, corporate heads, sections of the military and intelligence agencies. A small group with money and power enough to make such an operation reality.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 26th, 2009.]

The Torture Ban that Doesn't Ban Torture

When President Obama declared flatly this week that "the United States will not torture" many people wrongly believed that he'd shut the practice down, when in fact he'd merely repositioned it.

Obama's Executive Order bans some -- not all -- US officials from torturing but it does not ban any of them, himself included, from sponsoring torture overseas.
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This is a return to the status quo ante, the torture regime of Ford through Clinton, which, year by year, often produced more US-backed strapped-down agony than was produced during the Bush/Cheney years.

Under the old -- now new again -- proxy regime Americans would, say, teach interrogation/torture, then stand in the next room as the victims screamed, feeding questions to their foreign pupils. That's the way the US did it in El Salvador under JFK through Bush Sr.

http://atheonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/torture-ban-that-doesnt-ban-torture.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 26th, 2009.]

British Shipwreck Holds £2.6 Billion Treasure, Explorers Claim

A picture of the Blue Baron supplied to The Sunday Telegraph by the company shows it is a tramp steamer and her funnel appears to resemble those of the shipping line Hogarth and Co, of Glasgow, whose ships were known as Hungry Hogarths.

Tantalisingly, the names of its ships all began with the word Baron – indicating that the Blue Baron could be one of them. However, none of the fleet's 17 ships lost in the war appear to have been sunk in this area in June 1942.

The picture also resembles Port Nicholson, a steamer sunk by U87 in June 1942 but 2,000 miles north of Guyana off Cape Cod. Sub Sea Research insists that the Port Nicholson is not the Blue Baron.

It claims that the Blue Baron's cargo included at least ten tons of gold bullion, 70 tons of platinum, one a half tons of industrial diamonds and 16 million carats of gem quality diamonds.

In addition, there were several thousands tons of tin and a few thousand tons of copper ingots. Although the tin and copper may have lost some value after years on the sea bed, the precious metals and diamonds would not have done so.

The haul's total worth is calculated at £2.6 billion at today's prices, according to the firm.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archeology/4330310/British-shipwreck-holds-2.6-billion-treasure-explorers-claim.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 26th, 2009.]

Sunday, 25 January 2009

911 MYSTERIES: PART 1

911 Mysteries demolishes the 'official' 911 conspiracy theory more graphically than any movie previously released ...


Part 1/10 (9:47)

This is a absolute MUST SEE video for anyone new to the 911 controversy. At the heart of this documentary is information that constitutes hard forensic evidence revealing the Twin Towers and building 7 of the World Trade Centre were brought down using explosive charges. In the face of the this damning evidence the official story is simply unbelievable.

What needs to occur now is for everyone to become aware of these facts so that a real and very public criminal investigation can occur - no more cover up exercises by the authorities ! Let justice be done !!

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 25th, 2009.]

Do You Trust What the Media Tells You?


(10:01)

The corporate media is in cahoots with the government. Most people don't trust the mainstream media, and this short video shows you why.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 25th, 2009.]

Weapons are Smuggled into Gaza from Israel, says Egyptian Human Rights Official

Egypt has proof that the majority of weapons that are smuggled into the Gaza Strip come from Israel, said the general secretary of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights Mukhlis Qutb.

In an interview with the state owned Al-Ahram newspaper, Qutb said Egypt has the necessary documentation and confessions proving that weapons are smuggled into Gaza by people possessing Israeli citizenship.

He also alleged that some members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are involved in the smuggling and selling of Israeli weapons to the Strip. Qutb added that the deals and payment for the weapons are struck inside Israel.

Qutb did not show any documents to prove his allegations, but said that Egypt would never allow its border to be used for weapons smuggling. He also said that Egypt would refuse any security pact between the United States and Israel stipulating the presence of foreign monitors on its territory because this goes against its national security interests.
http://uruknet.info/?p=m51157&hd=&size=1&l=e

If proven this is would constitute a very "interesting" but not altogether surprising development. What better excuse can you get to kill your "enemy" than if they are armed to the teeth and "threatening" your security ?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 25th, 2009.]

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Google's Censors: The Cat is Out of the Bag

At this point, we were sure that "someone" had asked google to carry out a total censorship on uruknet: the few pages still indexed by google.com are an obvious trick used in order to disguise censorship and not making it immediately evident to any user.

Anyhow, we needed a proof, and we achieved it easily: we arranged two new websites, one in Italian and the other in English, respectively Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, that are in fact perfect mirrorings of uruknet, with a few graphic changes, and we put them directly on the same server where uruknet is located.

After that we requested google.news to index them and after they analysed both websites, we obtained it without the least problem. Of course when the google.news guys will read this article, they will stop indexing Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, but we have saved a copy of google news pages: News from Middle East on google.news and Notizie dal Medio Oriente on news.google.it .

So, it was so clear since the very first moment, all the despicable excuses pleaded by google.news for having removed uruknet were lies google came up with in order to account for the censorship obviously pressed for by someone who didn't like our website. All we needed was to change the name of the website leaving untouched form and substance and every problem was gone.

http://www.uruknet.info/?p=50602

It seems like the reviewers at Google were fine about the Uruknet content (under any other name the content was acceptable), yet it appears someone with influence, for reasons yet to be established, wanted the contents of Uruknet taken down.

Perhaps this is because the website claims to come from "occupied Iraq" and frequently posts damning, and well researched, stories dealing with torture, civilian casualties in the Middle East, the horrific effects of Depleted Uranium contamination etc etc.

Google needs to show some balance here and treat all websites fairly. This is not asking very much ! To the Google reviewers: Don't listen to those advocating censorship of Uruknet. Tell them to take a hike.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 24th, 2009.]

The George W Bush Presidency and the Collaboration of Washington's Political and Media Establishments

Why did the nation – after the 9/11 attacks – so willingly follow Bush into a radical divergence from traditional US foreign policy and into violations of longstanding national principles of inalienable rights and the rule of law?

Why did the institutions designed to protect US constitutional liberties, including the press and Congress, crumble so readily, allowing Bush to seize so much power that he could entangle the United States in an aggressive – and costly – war in Iraq with few questions asked?

Perceptions of Reality

Part of the answer to this historical mystery can be found in the complex relationship between the American people and mass media. The multi-billion-dollar stakes involved in selling commercial products to the world’s richest market also made the American people the most analyzed population on earth.

Controlling their perceptions of reality and eliciting their emotions became more than just art forms; they were economic imperatives.
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The major US news media, which either cheered Bush on or looked the other way, has changed little. Indeed, in the days before the Inauguration, President-elect Obama made a point of courting the favor of right-wing columnists, such as Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, and of the mainstream press, like the Washington Post’s editorial board.

Obama also has reassured the Washington Establishment that he doesn’t intend to shake things up too much. He’s kept on one of the insiders' favorites, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and has appointed other officials to manage foreign and economic policy who have had a hand in many of the dubious decisions implemented by the Bush administration.

The incoming President also has been paying heed to Establishment voices urging him not to hold Bush and his subordinates accountable for the many crimes they committed. Don’t listen to those American citizens who are demanding that the nation’s laws be enforced against high-ranking officials, Obama is being counseled.

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=29879

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 24th, 2009.]

An Expose of Reddit Vote Fraud and Suppression

A lot of stories have come out over the years over Diebold, Sequoia, and other electronic voting machines which have caused votes to flip from Obama to McCain or Kerry to Bush in the past. It appears the same thing is going on at reddit.com, where “you decide what becomes news!”. Hell no.
http://warofillusions.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/an-expose-of-reddit-vote-fraud-and-suppression/#comment-1250

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 24th, 2009.]

Friday, 23 January 2009

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Calls on U.S. to Prosecute Bush and Rumsfeld

In remarks that aired on German television last night, Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, urged the U.S. to pursue former President George W. Bush and defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld on charges that they authorized torture and other harsh interrogation techniques:

"Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation” to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld. […] He noted Washington had ratified the UN convention on torture which required “all means, particularly penal law” to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it.

“We have all these documents that are now publicly available that prove that these methods of interrogation were intentionally ordered by Rumsfeld,” against detainees at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nowak said.
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/01/21/un-bush-rumsfeld-torture/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 23rd, 2009.]

In the Face of a World Shaped by Lies & Run by Criminals: What should WE DO ?

There is a simple choice here: you can decide to FIGHT or keep you head down and say NOTHING.

For those of us who have chosen to fight- the war is one of information. It's a battle to educate people about what is really happening so that the criminals, who operate thanks to people's ignorance, can be exposed.

The most important thing to remember here is the ONLY way that the criminals running the show can function is because people do not realise what is going on. Most people are unaware of the trouble we are facing- almost all of it caused by the people at the top. Laws are violated, but we are told by the corporate media that it's necessary, not a major concern or told nothing at all. This is not an acceptable situation.

Just because someone is in high office, wears a suit, or speaks eloquently, does not place this individual above the Law. For those who believe the legal system will be twisted so that any trial will get nowhere, I say: expose the truth. Let everyone know about the crimes so that it becomes public knowledge. See what happens to a rigged trial if everyone is aware of the damning evidence showing that they DELIBERATELY LIED to start the Iraq War, that Torture was approved from the top (already admitted) and that 911 was an Inside Job.

On this last point about 911, if everyone can be educated about the FORENSIC PROOF we will see a giant can of worms opened up revealing the extent of our corrupt society. Things will change dramatically.

Do not forget, the only way the criminals have literally managed to get away with murder is because people are ignorant of the facts. Fortunately, when the light is turned on there will be no place for these people to hide.

Education is the key. Let EVERYONE know what YOU know about the evidence implicating our corrupt leaders and let justice be done.

Subsequent to trials, a call must be made for increased accountability and transparency for anyone in a positions of power so that the likelihood of further crimes can be diminished.

By Spookypunkos

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 23rd, 2009.]

UN Nuclear Watchdog to Investigate if Israel used Ammunition Containing Depleted Uranium on Gaza.

The UN nuclear watchdog said Wednesday it would investigate if Israel had used ammunition containing depleted uranium during its 22-day military offensive on Gaza.

Arab countries accused Israel of using depleted uranium in a letter addressed to Director General Mohammed ElBaradei and delivered by the Saudi Arabian ambassador on Monday.
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Depleted uranium is a waste product of uranium enrichment and has a number of civilian and military applications, including its use in weapons to penetrate tanks and armour plating.

Investigations have been carried out into its use in ammunition in conflicts such as the 1991 Gulf War and 1994-95 NATO air strikes in the Balkans.

Depleted uranium could pose a serious health risk, affecting the normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart, and may also cause cancer.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=29915

DU munitions have also been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan by the US military. These rounds are toxic with their effects lingering for thousands of years. Basically, DU munitions cause radiological contamination. Yet the armed forces of various nations here have been recklessly firing of hundreds, and in the case of Iraq- thousands, of rounds of this ammunition rendering the combat areas no go zones for anyone with an ounce of common sense. For the people that continue to live there to long term effects will be devastating.

Using weapons that cause cancers and genetic damage is in violation of the Geneva Conventions. We need to see prosecutions for the use of these weapons immediately !

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 23rd, 2009.]

Robert Fisk: So far, Obama's missed the point on Gaza...

There was the phone call yesterday to Mahmoud Abbas. Maybe Obama thinks he's the leader of the Palestinians, but as every Arab knows, except perhaps Mr Abbas, he is the leader of a ghost government, a near-corpse only kept alive with the blood transfusion of international support and the "full partnership" Obama has apparently offered him, whatever "full" means. And it was no surprise to anyone that Obama also made the obligatory call to the Israelis.
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-so-far-obamas-missed-the-point-on-gaza-1488632.html

There is a severe bias here and Obama is not immune to it. Almost every US politician is heavily influenced by the Israeli lobby. An unbiased President, with the resources of one of the most sophisticated states ever, should have recognised that Hamas was the elected government of the Palestinians and acted accordingly.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 23rd, 2009.]

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Alex Jones on Russia Today: Obama Inauguration


(11:18)

It cannot be denied that Obama has backtracked on a lot of his promises and has stacked his cabinet with unsavory establishment characters. A thorough, not superficial, background check on most of his appointees reveals the terrible reality of what is going on.

Alex Jones, on Russian TV, explains that Obama is a well spoken establishment figurehead, unlikely to really help the US population, except to placate them as the USA is run down. Much like Russia, valuable US assets will bought up for pennies on the dollar by US corporate Oligarchs if things turn out according to these predictions. Stay Tuned.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 22nd, 2009.]

Prominent Economist: Crisis Caused By Government Interventions

A prominent PhD economist has slammed the latest round of bank bailouts and argued that they will not work because the financial crisis was caused and prolonged by such activity in the first place.

Marc Faber, founder and managing director of Hong Kong-based Marc Faber Ltd., has argued that propping up weak companies with taxpayer money is foolhardy.

"The financial crisis has occurred because of government interventions," Faber told CNBC’s "Squawk Box Europe."

"Specifically central banks, or specifically the US Fed, by keeping interest rates artificially low for too long, they created a huge leverage in the system. So the people who created the problem now are in charge to bail out the system and that’s why I am very skeptical that it would work," Faber explained.
http://www.infowars.com/?p=7239

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 22nd, 2009.]

Alex Jones’ Audio Blog: January 20, 2009 Analyzing Non-Inaugurated President Obama

In the fourth installment of his audio blog, Alex Jones analyzes Barack Obama on the eve of his inauguration, pointing out the looming danger of a greater police state. Obama’s emphasis on service and particularly his blurring the lines between government & private service systems will likely prove challenging for those who want freedom.

Although Alex knew Obama would be yet another puppet serving the establishment and ready to defend the private bankers looting our nation, Alex admits he didn’t realize that the new president would be so revered by the media. Webster Tarpley, among other researchers, deserves to be commended for warning about the ‘fascist’ elements of demagogue and mass-movement following that have now surfaced under Obama’s cult of personality.

http://www.infowars.com/?p=7255

Go to the link for the 50 minute audio clip. It's a very calm summation of the situation. Highly recommended. Just let the clip play as you go about your business online.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 22nd, 2009.]

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Truth About the Gaza Massacre

An excellent montage of sounds and images that juxtaposes Israeli propaganda with the realities on ground, and the cynicism of politicians like Barack Obama who aid and abet the crimes against the Palestinian people for domestic political gains (i.e., to placate the Israel Lobby).


(6:22)

The fighting in Gaza started when the Israelis broke the ceasefire with the killing of 6 Hamas officials. Remember, Hamas is the ELECTED Palestinian government. The attack on Gaza was totally unnecessary and should have been denounced from all quarters. Yet, in the US, the lack of resolute opposition to this crime was apparent at almost every level.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 21st, 2009.]

US Media Censorship of the Criminal Attack on Gaza


(5:44)

This excellent clip provides a good run down of events.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 21st, 2009.]

Why the 911 False Flag Terror Operation has Failed

The staged attack against the World Trade Centre Buildings is the Achilles Heel of the entire 911 deception. The reason: there is obvious physical evidence proving that pre-positioned explosives brought down these buildings. The aircraft strikes and subsequent fires could not have caused these structures to disintegrate in the manner we observed. Most critically, to the detriment of the official tale, one only requires a basic level of scientific knowledge in order to understand the hard evidence backing this position.

The main obstacle to be overcome here is a psychological one. Understandably most people carry an aversion to such confronting information and often go out on a limb in order to deny the clear material evidence at hand. However, this sort of thinking requires one to maintain a facade that is illogical and not sustainable in the face of the evidence. This is why we see so many scientists and academics, people who are trained to be very skeptical of conspiracy claims, coming to the realisation, after examining the evidence, that the 911 attacks HAD to have involved inside help.

Although there are many past examples of corrupt actions undertaken by members of the US government 911 is different because its impact has been so great. Many people, who would otherwise care very little about government corruption, now have an emotional stake in this event and are more predisposed to examining the facts.

In the case of 911 the FORENSIC EVIDENCE proving the inside job is so strong it's impossible to hide. As a consequence we now have thousands of educated people, from all over the world, being aware of the 911 lie. Those involved in the crime and cover-up continue to act as if they can ridicule/obfuscate themselves out of trouble but they have miscalculated. In the past, in other circumstances, maybe they could get away with such ploys- but not this time. This time they have overstepped the mark and face a mountain of unimpeachable evidence proving the September 11 mass murders were the result of inside help (treason).

So despite the best efforts of a hostile and largely uninformed mainstream press, there exists easy Internet access to the scientific evidence showing that 911 could ONLY have occurred thanks to the work of insiders. Sooner or later EVERYONE will come to realise what happened on 911 and action will be taken to rectify the current situation. The perpetrators of these attacks will not get away with their audacious crime ...

(To all 911 Truth Activists: Push the SIMPLE and straightforward forensic evidence, uncovered at the World Trade Centre site, of the Molten Steel and Thermate explosive signature which comprise the core scientific proof of the inside job. There is no way to reasonably counter this material.)

By Spookypunkos
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 21st, 2009.]

How Flooding and Earthquakes brought America's Earliest Civilisation to its Knees

Natural disasters doomed America’s earliest civilisation 3,600 years ago when earthquakes and floods, followed by blowing sand drove away residents from an area that is now Peru.

University of Florida researchers studying the Supe Valley along the Peruvian coast say the successful farming community established 5,800 years ago was virtually swept away.

http://refreshingnews.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-flooding-and-earthquakes-brought.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 21st, 2009.]

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Olbermann | Bush Years: 8 in 8 Minutes


(9:30)

Olbermann lays out most, but not all, of the Bush crimes including many incidents of gross "incompetence." He's still stuck on the falsehood of 911 being the work of Bin Laden, but we can see what he is getting at in terms of the loss of respect the US has earned in its phony war on terror.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 20th, 2009.]

Bailout Bait & Switch Video - CBSNews

The financial industry bailout was supposed to help troubled mortgage holders and free up credit lending. So why have the firms used the money to buy up smaller banks? Join Sharyl Attkisson as she reports on this disturbing misappropriation of the federal TARP funds:


(2:57)

It's a racket. A criminal investigation needs to be conducted here. No more hiding behind walls of "confidentiality". This appears to be a monumental scam using taxpayer money for the benefit of a select few.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 20th, 2009.]

Photo of Israel's use of White Phosphorous Chemical Weapons

"It is prohibited in all circumstances to make the civilian population as such, individual civilians or civilian objects, the object of attack by incendiary weapons." -- Article two, Protocol III of the 1980 UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. [First posted at WRH.com]

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 20th, 2009.]

Monday, 19 January 2009

RECAP: Who Started the War ? Who Broke The Ceasefire?


(2:09)

Clue: it was not Hamas.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 19th, 2009.]

The Palestinians say: 'This is a War of Extermination'

The Palestinians say: "This is a war of extermination." They describe bombs which break into 16 parts, each part splintering into 116 fragments, the white phosphorus which water cannot put out; which seems to die and then flares up again.

No one I spoke to has any doubt that the Israelis are committing war crimes. According to the medics here, to reports from doctors inside the Gaza Strip and to Palestinian eye-witnesses, more than 95% of the dead and injured are civilians. Many more will probably be found when the siege is lifted and the rubble is cleared. The doctors speak of a disproportionate number of head injuries - specifically of shrapnel lodged in the brain.

They also speak of the extensive burns of white phosphorus. These injuries are, as they put it, 'incompatible with life'. They are also receiving large numbers of amputees. This is because the damage done to the bone by explosive bullets is so extensive that the only way the doctors in Gaza can save lives is by amputating.

One of the nurses said to me that the nurses and paramedics were horrified by what they were seeing. "We deal with cases all the time," she said. "But what we're seeing these days we've never seen before or imagined."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/17/gaza-israel-palestine

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 19th, 2009.]

Growing Number Of Israeli Refuseniks

As he packed his uniform he wondered if he was heading to prison. The 25-year-old paratrooper was about to tell his commanders that not only would he refuse to join Israel's war in Gaza but would not serve in any capacity that helped perpetuate the conflict.

He reported for duty and was ordered to erect tents for combat soldiers.

"I told my officer, I am not going to do this. The next morning I was sent home. They told me they'd call me again if there was need. They have not called yet. In the past the army used to put refuseniks in jail for weeks. When they were released, sometimes they would be arrested again and this would go on for months.

"But now it seems the army doesn't want to admit publicly there are refuseniks. [It] is embarrassed. It would go against the image of the whole army and country united behind this war."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/17/refuseniks-israeli-dissent-military

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 19th, 2009.]

Bank Crisis Reignites as US Giants Post Massive Losses

Hopes that the global banking crisis was past its worst were dashed yesterday when Bank of America was forced to accept $138bn (£94bn) of government support and Citigroup unveiled new losses of $8.3bn.

The US announcements led another day of turmoil in the international financial sector, with Barclays' shares plunging 25 per cent in the last hour of trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Bank of America, the biggest US lender by assets, posted a $1.79bn loss for the last three months of 2008 – its first quarterly loss since 1991 – and slashed its dividend to one cent. The bank was forced to seek government support to prop up its acquisition of Merrill Lynch, which suffered a record $15.3bn quarterly loss.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/bank-crisis-reignites-as-us-giants-post-massive-losses-1418310.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 19th, 2009.]

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Video Discrepancy: Flight 1549 on the Hudson and 911's Flight 77 into the Pentagon

On September 11 2001 Flight 77, flew into the Pentagon- a building literally riddled with security cameras. The only footage released to the public of this crash came from one camera that showed only a few blurry images, and none that could be positively identified as an aircraft.

On January 15 2009 Flight 1549 ditches into the Hudson River and we already have numerous videos clearly showing the aircraft landing.

Where or not you think Flight 77 actually hit the Pentagon, the differences here are telling. And no, the lack of Pentagon film is not simply because of "security concerns", or sympathy for the victims. That is a lame excuse. There is nothing classified about the outside of the Pentagon, and we have seen countless videos of the aircraft hitting the Twin Towers. What we have with 911 is a disturbing situation wherein evidence, that should have been made public, has been deliberately withheld.

Sum total of footage "showing" Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon:


Film so far released of Flight 1549 ditching into the Hudson:

(0:22)

(4:29) [this is the same as above with some close up replays of the landing.]


(7:29)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 18th, 2009.]

ARREST BUSH 2009

We call for the arrest of George W. Bush for instigating war aginst a sovereign nation that posed no threat, wanton attacks on civilian populations, use of torture, and violations of the U.N. Charter.

We call for the arrest of George W. Bush for lying to Congress and the American people about the reasons for invading Iraq, for the deaths of US service members and Iraqi civilians, and for the abuse of the United States Constitution.
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For January 20th, 2009 arrestbush2009.com has secured a permit for the front of the FBI building for a Yes We Can Arrest Bush event during the Inaugural Parade.

http://www.arrestbush2009.com/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 18th, 2009.]

Monetary Union Has Left Half of Europe Trapped in Depression

Events are moving fast in Europe. The worst riots since the fall of Communism have swept the Baltics and the south Balkans. An incipient crisis is taking shape in the Club Med bond markets. S&P has cut Greek debt to near junk. Spanish, Portuguese, and Irish bonds are on negative watch.

Dublin has nationalised Anglo Irish Bank with its half-built folly on North Wall Quay and €73bn (£65bn) of liabilities, moving a step nearer the line where markets probe the solvency of the Irish state.

A great ring of EU states stretching from Eastern Europe down across Mare Nostrum to the Celtic fringe are either in a 1930s depression already or soon will be. Greece's social fabric is unravelling before the pain begins, which bodes ill.

Each is a victim of ill-judged economic policies foisted upon them by elites in thrall to Europe's monetary project – either in EMU or preparing to join – and each is trapped.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/4278642/Monetary-union-has-left-half-of-Europe-trapped-in-depression.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 18th, 2009.]

Saturday, 17 January 2009

George Galloway "The West has DOUBLE STANDARDS when it comes to Israel"

George Galloway's powerful speech in the House of Commons debate on Gaza, Thurs 15 Jan 2009, highlighting the hypocrisy and brazen double-standards of Western foreign policy towards Israel policies, including assassinations and other war crimes.


(5:49)

Our governments could do a whole lot more than they are doing if they wanted.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 17th, 2009.]

CIA Chief: No Proof of Iranian A-bomb

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says there is no evidence that proves Tehran is edging towards developing nuclear weapons. Departing CIA Director Michael Hayden said Thursday that the Islamic Republic's production of low-enriched uranium does not necessarily substantiate an Iranian objective to build atomic weaponry.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=103&topic_id=417058

Not everyone in the US government wants a war with Iran. Hayden has done well here at a time when the White House is talking up the threat of Iran, much in the same way as they did with Iraq's non-existent WMDs.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 17th, 2009.]

AmBushed by Conspirituality: (Anti-Torture and War Crimes Music Video)


(4:10)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 17th, 2009.]

Friday, 16 January 2009

NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars

[The picture shows surface frost- revealed by the Viking missions]

A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.

The scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, told the group that they have submitted their findings to the journal Nature for publication in May, and their paper currently is being peer reviewed.

What Stoker and Lemke have found, according to several attendees of the private meeting, is not direct proof of life on Mars, but methane signatures and other signs of possible biological activity remarkably similar to those recently discovered in caves here on Earth.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/mars_life_050216.html

If there is life on Mars, and if this life evolved independently from the Earth, then life should exist all over the universe on similar rocky planets. The implication is that it's not too hard for living organisms to arise given the right conditions.

There is a chance that the life suspected to exist on Mars is due to contamination from the Earth. In the past huge asteroid collisions could have launched microbe laced rocks from Earth and these found a cosy environment on a wet Mars. Conversely the Earth may have been contaminated my Martian microbes in the ancient past by the same process. In this case life could be regarded as a one off event.

More investigation is required here to determine what's going on. If we find out that life is common we can look forward to finding out about our fellow lifeforms sometime in the future.

Despite this good news there remains a question mark over NASA's conduct in its Mars Explorations: for some reason they have been misrepresenting their data. A google search will reveal further issues dealing with the Mars photography.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 16th, 2009.]

The US Public Doesn't Know Anything: Israel/Palestine & How the American News Media Works

In these 3 video clips you will see the massive bias of the US Corporate media as revealed in their coverage of day-to-day life in Israel/Palestine. This biased coverage is aside from the fact that the contents of these reports are also severely skewed. Point of Fact: at present the major news organisations are wrongly emphasising the position that Hamas is to blame for the current round of fighting. However, it was the Israelis who begun the hostilities when they broke the ceasefire on November 5th. Take the time to watch the following MUST SEE videos:


Part 1 (9:29)


Part 2 (9:30)


(9:30)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 16th, 2009.]

Stop this From Happening Again: The TERROR of 911- A Ground level Video of New York City Streets on 9/11/2001




Promoting 911 Truth is about seeking justice for the poor souls who perished on that day and putting a stop to the War on Terror. Real justice needs to be meted out to the unconscionable individuals who ran the terror operation and made victims out of us all.

The clip above shows why we should act- in order to prevent more killing and terror.

In the video you will see people falling to their deaths and New York City residents fleeing through the streets after the first tower is demolished.

Make no mistake- 911 was an Inside Job. There is scientific evidence proving the World Trade Centre buildings did not collapse due to the aircraft hits and subsequent fires. We have been used by a small group of criminals who seriously don't give a damn about any of us. Get that straight.

Now get mad and disseminate the hard proof found at the links at this site and demand a public investigation into this crime. No more cover ups ! We all need to think about the consequences of these attacks and fight as if our lives depended on other people knowing the truth. Everyone must come to understand that 911 was an Inside Job.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 16th, 2009.]

The 911 Attacks: Persons of Interest


(7:50)

These people (check the video) are suspects in the murders of almost 3000 people. There are a lot of questions and circumstantial evidence showing they had, at the very least, substantial prior knowledge of the attacks.

The reports here lead back to the country that is currently engaged in aggressive actions vs the Palestinians. How convenient that the 911 false flag attacks should stir up resentment against the Arab populations.

(Note: there is a language warning for the latter part of the vid.)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 16th, 2009.]

Thursday, 15 January 2009

The New Fake Bin Laden Audio Tape

Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel, seeking to harness anger over the Gaza offensive with a new message posted on the Internet on Wednesday.

The al-Qaida chief vowed to open "new fronts" against the U.S. and its allies beyond Iraq and Afghanistan and also criticized Arab leaders, accusing most of them of being allies of the U.S. and Israel.

The White House dismissed the call to jihad, saying it reflects bin Laden's isolation and shows he is trying to remain relevant at a time when his ideology and mission are being challenged.

Bin Laden spoke in a 22-minute audiotape posted on Islamic militant Web sites where al-Qaida usually issues its messages. The 51-year-old al-Qaida leader has been in hiding since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, believed to be living somewhere along the lawless Pakistan-Afghan border.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/14/osama-bin-laden-challenge_n_157760.html?page=2

Osama Bin Laden has been dead for more than 7 years. Analysis of an early recording, released to the media in Novemeber 2002 showed it to be as fake as the later videos. The video "look-a-like" Bin Ladens were not convincing at all !

You can be certain that this audio tape is another attempt to ferment trouble and re-enforce the idea of an "unconscionable" enemy that needs to be put down. This appears to be an attempt to lessen sympathy for the Palestinians who are being massacred in Gaza. For more on Bin Laden fakery see here.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 15th, 2009.]

Bin Laden is Dead.

Bin Laden has been dead for years. Every video and audio tape from and including the "fat Bin Laden confession" onwards have been fakes. Bin Laden had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11 (see links below)

The 2001 Bin Laden Confession tape is a Fake.

The Real Bin Laden is Left Handed.

The Real Bin Laden Denied Involvement in the Attacks.

The 2004 Bin Laden Threat tape is a Fake.

Experts Agree: Bin Laden tapes are Fakes.

The Real Bin Laden Died in Late 2001 or Early 2002.

The 911 attacks were an Inside Job.

In the propaganda war Osama Bin Laden is a useful tool for keeping people quiet about the truth behind 911 and to limit dissent regarding the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Afterall, we are told that Bin Laden confessed to 911 and that we are fighting against fanatics who initiated the conflict.

Exposing the truth about the September 11 attacks will destroy this deception and end the costly wars in the Middle East. It is vitally important that we promote the facts and science proving that 911 was an Inside job.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 16th, 2009.]

The Time Clock Has Run Out: Israel Ready to Strike Iran

Informed sources in Washington tell Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities soon – possibly in just days as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office.

The reason: The time clock has begun to run out. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear device under the control of its radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/israel_iran_attack_plan/2009/01/12/170485.html

There's no evidence that Iran is doing anything other than trying to establish a nuclear power station. And I hardly think the Iranian leadership would want to see the complete destruction of their country. A response from any Iranian WMD action would involve the almost complete destruction of their country.

And no, the Iranian leadership is not as fanatical as portrayed in the West that they would strike against Israel. Bear in mind that hitting Israel would also kill Palestinians. Logically, destroying large sections of Israel is tantamount to destroying large sections of Palestine.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 15th, 2009.]

Syria Blames Israeli Bombs for Uranium Traces

Syria's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that Israeli bombs may be the source of uranium traces that diplomats at the UN nuclear agency said were found at a suspected nuclear site.

Walid Moallem said the leaks by the diplomats about the traces found at the site that was targeted by Israeli warplanes in September 2007 were politically motivated and aimed at pressuring Syria.

"No one has ever asked himself what kind of Israeli bombs had hit the site, and what did they contain?" he went on, adding that the United States and Israel had "similar acts" of using bombs containing depleted uranium in Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3622091,00.html

Mike Rivero at WhatReallyHappened.com makes a good observation here:

A mass spectrometer will instantly determine if the traces of uranium are depleted (from an Israeli bomb) or enriched (Syrian reactor fuel).

It's more than likely that Depleted Uranium bunker buster bombs (GBU-28s) would have been used to breach the concrete walls of the building that was destroyed in Syria. Criminally these depleted uranium bombs cause radiological contamination of the target area. Iraq and Afghanistan have also been subject to these bombs, and heavy machine gun fire, repeating this process many thousands of times over.

This whole situation, the complacency and lack of understanding, is abysmal. Those countries using D.U. weapons must stop employing such devices immediately. Radiological contamination is a very serious issue. These materials remain extremely hazardous for THOUSANDS of years.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 15th, 2009.]

The New York Times and the Gaza crisis: Israeli War Propaganda in the Guise of News

To bolster the Israeli lie that Hamas is responsible for the mounting toll of death and destruction in Gaza because it uses civilians as “human shields,” Erlanger cites “an Israeli journalist embedded with Israeli troops” to claim that “in one apartment building in Zeitoun, in northern Gaza, Hamas set an inventive, deadly trap,” placing “a mannequin in the hallway off the building’s main entrance.” He continues: “They hoped to draw fire from Israeli soldiers who might, through the blur of night vision goggles and split-second decisions, mistake the figure for a fighter. The mannequin was rigged to explode and bring down the building.”

Leaving aside the credibility of Erlanger’s source, what is the implication this tale? Clearly, that Hamas is deliberately luring Israeli soldiers into blowing up apartment buildings and unwittingly causing civilian casualties.

The author then identifies the Israeli journalist as Ron Ben-Yishai, “a senior military correspondent for the newspaper Yediot Aharonot.” Erlanger does not let on that Ron Ben-Yishai is a right-wing journalist with longstanding ties to the IDF and the Likud Party.

http://atheonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-york-times-and-gaza-crisis-israeli.html#comment-form

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 15th, 2009.]

Fri, Jan 16, 2009 In DC - Tell The Truth ! Dump The Post !

Are you sick of the media lies?

Demonstrate
Fri, Jan 16

4:00 pm

Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW
(between L and M Sts.)
Washington, D.C.

Metro to Farragut North
or McPherson Square

Everyone should bring at least one issue of the Washington Post-multiple copies if you can-to literally dump them on the Post's doorstepas we denounce their biased pro-Israeli coverage of the massacre in Gaza and their complete whiteout of protest activities in the United States, including last Saturday's march of tens of thousands of people.

The Washington Post refuses to cover the demonstrations of thousands of people protesting the massacre in Gaza. Many thousands of local residents, especially from the Arab-American and Muslim community, have demonstrated on Dec. 30, Jan. 2 and last weekend on Jan. 10 in a mass march in Washington, D.C. Not one article in the Washington Post about these demonstrations !

http://www.rense.com/general84/lies.htm

If you are in Washington get the word out. Protest vs the Washington Post and draw attention to its purpose as a corporate/government propaganda outlet.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 15th, 2009.]

Iran Thwarts CIA-backed Regime Change Plot

Iran's Judiciary Spokesman, Alireza Jamshidi, said on Tuesday that authorities have arrested four Iranian nationals who were plotting a regime change at the behest of the Bush administration.

According to Jamshidi, the four were paid by the White House, the State Department and the CIA, to expand their network and topple the Iranian government -- irrespective of the Algiers Accord.

Under the 1981 treaty signed between the US and Iran, Washington is obliged to refrain from interfering in Iran's 'internal affairs'.

Washington, nevertheless, has not ceased its 'regime change' project in Iran and has reportedly appropriated more than $120 million to fund the initiative.

Investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, revealed in July that the US Congress had secretly agreed to US President, George W. Bush's $400-million funding request for a major escalation in covert operations inside Iran.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=82085§ionid=351020101

Two major wars, killing hundreds of thousands, obviously ain't enough.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 15th, 2009.]

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Government Claims It Has Found DNA of Alleged 9/11 Hijackers

By Kurt Nimmo

“Forensic investigators have recovered the charred remains of most of the 9/11 hijackers — to honor a pledge that they would never be buried with the victims,” reports the Daily Express. “Flesh or bone from 13 of the 19 Al Qaeda terrorists who flew passenger jets into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have now been identified.”

If we are to believe this report, the FBI spent millions and employed “the brilliant skills of forensic scientists” to ID the remains of the alleged terrorists. I say alleged because there is plenty of evidence many of the supposed hijackers are still alive. Abdul Aziz Al-Omari, Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Waleed Al-Shehri, Ahmed Al-Nami, Salem Al-Hazmi, Khalid Al-Mihdhar, Ameer Bukhari, Adnan Bukhari, Amer Kamfar — these are “terrorists” variously reported to still be alive, with the exception of Ameer Bukhari, who died in a small airplane crash before September 11, 2001.

Moreover, there is no solid evidence the alleged hijackers were on the fatal flights. For years, 9/11 researchers not only claimed that the names of the putative terrorists did not appear on the flight manifests, but no Arab names appeared on the lists. In fact, as NowPublic notes, “the U.S. Government withheld the actual passenger lists for years” and the “lists are not passenger manifests, but lists of victims… By not releasing these documents, the U.S. Government actually encouraged speculation that the hijackers names did not show up on the passenger lists.”

“In the most intense crime scene investigation in history, scientists sifted through a mountain of concrete dust, buckled iron and shattered glass to find what was left of the terrorists,” Stuart Winter writes for the Daily Express.

And yet more than a thousand people who died on September 11, 2001, have yet to be identified. “No trace has been identified of 1,151 of the 2,749 people who died at the Trade Center,” USA Today reported on April 20, 2006. “In February 2005, the medical examiner’s office announced that attempts to identify remains had exhausted current DNA-matching technology.”
Apparently, the FBI has some sort of super-duper DNA technology reserved for identifying terrorists.

In response to the FBI’s preposterous claim, Eve Conant writes for Newsweek: “The blunt reality is that no matter how fastidious their efforts, the scientists will never fully sort the victims from the hijackers. The fragments are too small, too ruined and too scattered for bodies to be restored in their entirety. Some were lost to fire or during the excavation of the wreckage. Today, 1,126 of the 2,751 victims from the World Trade Center and five individuals from the Pentagon have yet to be identified at all—none of their remains and no traces of their DNA have been found.”

“The number of people believed to have been killed in the World Trade Center attack hovers around 2,780, three years after the attack,” notes the 9-11 Research website. “No trace has been identified for about half the victims, despite the use of advanced DNA techniques to identify individuals. Six weeks after the attack only 425 people had been identified. A year after the attack, only half of the victims had been identified. 19,906 remains were recovered from Ground Zero, 4,735 of which were identified. Up to 200 remains were linked to a single person. Of the 1,401 people identified, 673 of the IDs were based on DNA alone. Only 293 intact bodies were found. Only twelve could be identified by sight.”

Obviously, the government has been less than forthcoming with evidence surrounding the people and events of 9/11, so why should we believe this latest claim? For instance, at least three of the hijackers — Ahmed Alnami, Ahmed Alghamdi, and Saeed Alghamdi — trained at Pensacola Naval Air Station, a disconcerting fact dismissed by the Pensacola News and the Washington Post (the newspapers speculate the hijackers stole the identities of military trainees). The supposed 9/11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, once attended the International Officer’s School at Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, according to Air Force spokesman Colonel Ken McClellan.

As award winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported on October 1, 2001, many of “investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists’ identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found.” A former high-level intelligence official told Hersh, “Whatever trail was left was left deliberately — for the FBI to chase.”

It appears the FBI is merely attempting to placate the families of the victims with this latest claim and also further discredit the 9/11 truth movement.

http://www.infowars.com/?p=7090

For those who have watched Fabled Enemies the story of "the hijackers" becomes clearer. From this film we know that the Al QAEDA LIST consisted of intelligence-agency-backed fighters (CIA, ISI, Saudi) who were involved in operations in Afganistan and the Balkans. To create a credible trail of evidence for 911 various fighters and imposters made appearances at suitable locations designed to give the impression they were preparing to hijack aircraft. The fact we have reports of these people at airfields and military bases associated with the intelligence community (CIA) makes perfect sense.

Whether or not these individuals ultimately knew what the plan was is up for debate but it is unlikely that any of these people flew the planes into the targets. The author here points out that the evidence placing the hijackers on the aircraft is highly problematic. Furthermore, although there should be video footage of these people boarding their aircraft non-has surfaced. The lack of video evidence here places a HUGE level of doubt on the veracity of the official story.

Furthermore we also know that some US intelligence sectors, notably the Able Danger operation and sections of the FBI, picked up on the entry of these "terrorists" into the US and were told these people were intelligence assets or, in the case of the FBI, had their investigations stymied until after the attacks had gone ahead.

The whole 911 operation reeks of intel agency involvement. Here we see particular elements within the FBI adding to the deception using their expertise in providing false or misleading evidence (note FBI actions in the recent the Anthrax investigation, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Flight 800, the death of Vince Foster, Pan Am 103, COINTELPRO etc etc).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 14th, 2009.]

Israel Admits: "No Hamas Rockets were Fired During Ceasefire"


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The rocket attacks resumed after the ceasefire was broken by the Israeli raid on November 5th.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 14th, 2009.]

Unindicted War Criminal Bush Confesses to a few "Mistakes"

After reading various mainstream media articles dealing with Bush's recent Confession to various "mistakes" he's made, I'd like to remind readers that there was absolutely NO mistake regarding the Iraqi WMD intelligence. This "faulty intelligence" meme is actually a White House talking point that has become widely accepted in the corporate media. It is completely inaccurate.

Point of Fact: there is documented evidence proving the Administration deliberately lied when they informed Congress that Iraq's WMDs were an "imminent threat" to the USA - they used this "imminent threat" term in an attempt to portray/legalise the war as an act of self defense.

The White House neocons, and their people in the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, aided and abetted by George "slam dunk" Tenet, sold this "threat turkey" to the US Congress in a summary version of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). This modified copy, given to Congress, painted a picture of the Iraqi regime being a credible threat- that they had various WMD programs and weapons.

However, the full version, that the Congress never saw, outlined the various WMD reports, cast doubt on the veracity of all of these, and assuming the worst, concluded that Saddam was NOT AN IMMINENT THREAT to anyone unless he was attacked first. The conclusions of the original estimate were the exact OPPOSITE of the modified version that Congress saw after it was edited by White House stooges.

It's easy to see the differences. Lawyer Vincent Bugliosi, in his book The Prosecution of George W Bush For Murder pointed out these contradictions after he obtained a fully declassified version of the NIE.

Furthermore, we have contributing evidence from various sources indicating the Bush Administration, against the informed opinion of senior analysts at the CIA and State Dept, misrepresented and lied about intelligence regarding the Iraqi WMD threat so that they could kick off an unnecessary war. Famously the Downing Street Memos show that the British were aware that the Americans were "fixing" the facts to suit their policy of removing Saddam.

Everyone should note there is a distinction here between what the political heads at the CIA, the White House, and various neocons in the Pentagon had to say about the WMD threat and what the raw intelligence reports concluded. The actual reports, written by veteran intelligence analysts based on a conglomeration of facts, stated Saddam was not a threat and had little if any capability.

The key point to realise here is that the President and his accomplices deliberately lied to start a war and then launched that war - which is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. It is no wonder that Bush and his fellows have been pushing the "faulty intelligence" meme.

No one is above the law and it is not acceptable that Bush and those involved in his Administration should be allowed to get way with murder- especially when the prima facie case here is so blatant. The mainstream media must be taken to task for washing over the significance of what has occurred.

[In terms of the the torture aspect of the Bush Administration "mistakes": those authorising torture are also legally liable for the abuse and deaths suffered under the Geneva Conventions. The record shows that people like Rumsfeld, Cheney and Rice were party to such activities. Cheney has recently admitted to authorising these methods on national television.]

By Spookypunkos

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 14th, 2009.]