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May 16, 2008
May 03, 2008
Federal law enforcement agencies co-opted sheriffs offices as well state and local police forces in three states last weekend for a vast round up operation that one sheriff's deputy has described as "martial law training".
Law-enforcement agencies in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas took part in what was described by local media as "an anti-crime and anti-terrorism initiative" involving officers from more than 50 federal, state and local agencies.
Given the military style name "Operation Sudden Impact", the initiative saw officers from six counties rounding up fugitives, conducting traffic checkpoints, climbing on boats on the Mississippi River and doing other "crime-abatement" programs all under the label of "anti-terrorism".
WREG Memphis news channel 3 reported that the Sheriff's Department arrested 332 people, 142 of whom were fugitives, or "terrorists" as they now seem to be known.
Hundreds of dollars were seized and drugs recovered, and 1,292 traffic violations were handed out to speeding terrorists and illegally parked terrorists.
Click here to watch a WREG Memphis news report
The authorities even raided businesses and store owners, confiscating computers and paperwork in an effort to "track down possible terrorists before something big happens".
The Sheriff's Department is determining if and when they plan another round-up.
The operation, which involved police, deputies, the FBI, drug agents, gang units and even the coast guard, is just one example of how law enforcement at the state and local levels is being co-opted and centralized by the Department of Homeland Security via massive federal grants.
It also highlights how the distinction between crime and terrorism is becoming irrelevant.
An Infowars reader called in to the Alex Jones show yesterday to alert us to the story and explain that he had gleaned the information from a his friend, a sheriff's deputy in Memphis, who had described the operation as "training for martial law in America".
Forget innocent until proven guilty, you are now a terrorist suspect until you are told otherwise.
It is now the norm to consider everybody equally likely to be guilty of something than innocent. This is proactive policing, not preventative or reactive policing, and is widely indicative of a society that is NOT free.
This form of proactive policing is a phenomena indicative of a once free state rapidly declining into a authoritarian police state.
If there was a real terror threat in these states, it would surely make sense to for law enforcement agencies to target known trouble areas, and follow up on already existing leads. Instead we are seeing local police and the coast guard being recruited to randomly target anyone in any area as possible terrorists.
Surely if there was a real terror threat, this activity would harm the effort to combat it.
Of course, such activity is clearly not related to a real and tangible terror threat, it is related to the ongoing effort to vastly increase the size and scope of the federal government and increase the power it has over American citizens.
The information and intelligence from the operation will be collated and routed through federally funded state-run fusion centers, which are working in conjunction with the military arm of the DHS, NORTHCOM.
We recently reported on the fact that after 9/11 the Justice Department advised the Bush administration that it was able to effectively suspend the Fourth Amendment where domestic counter terrorism operations are concerned.
In light of this, and given that the government has begun to class any crime as terrorism and set local and state police to work on "anti-terror" operations, it is clear that the protections provided by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are under direct threat.
We have seen how new provisions will effectively nullify the U.S. constitution, and a recent spate of executive orders, in particular PDD 51, outline preparations for the implementation of open martial law in the event of a declared national emergency.
Centralized and federally coordinated law enforcement programs complement nationwide FEMA programs to train Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for the implementation of martial law, property and firearm seizures, mass vaccination programs and forced relocation. The effects of this particular program have already been witnessed.
April 28, 2008
Ex MI6 boss, Richard Dearlove, thinks he can get away with threatening the British public. A 42-day detention period is required to stop "Al Qaeda" wiping out a city, apparently. Who exactly had the alleged "mastermind" of the 7/7 bombings under their wing again? Could it have been the corrupt, unaccountable organisation you used to direct?
Your contempt for our rights will not go unnoticed, Mr. Dearlove.
June 26, 2007
READ MY RESPONSE HERE
To give the “9/11 Truth Movement” its due, they have succeeded in cultivating a large support base. 36 percent of American citizens now believe that it is “likely” or “very likely” that the US government staged the attack themselves. Jack Morgan puts his case rather more modestly, citing only polls of that notoriously reliable source – the bereaved. We cannot ignore, he writes, “over half of vicitims’ families”, who sare this conviction. Morgan and his ilk normally mock the US population for their credulity, but in this case they apparently see it as standing in their favour.
If you’ll pardon the expression, Morgan seems to stand on the more moderate wing of the movement. He does not apparently support David Shayler’s assertion that the planes of 9/11 were actually missiles camouflaged by holograms, although this claim was favourably received in the documentary Terrorstorm, which Morgan describes as a “competent historical overview of government-sponsored terrorism”. Instead, he favours the “controlled demolition hypothesis”, as elaborated by Mr. Rodriguez.
The first fallacy of this argument is the extent to which it relies on the US government co-opting thousands of individuals, from demolition experts to the US aviation authorities and the World Trade Centre security firms, into a plot in which they would have no direct interest. If Morgan had ventured to take on this point, no doubt he would have argued that they were paid-off by the stinking-rich corporatist criminal networks” he speaks of. Although if profit were the motive, one imagines that at least one individual would have blabbed to the omnipresent US media before the explosion.
As George Monbiot put it, “if there is one universal American characteristic, it is a confessional culture that permits no one with a good story to keep his mouth shut”. It is far more likely that there was no grand plot to tell than it is that this convention was broken.
The second difficulty is the lack of academic opinion and evidence in favour of Rodriguez’s hypothesis. Morgan claims that the account is supported by hundreds of structural engineers, architects and physicists”, although he provides no names or groups. He only cites the thoroughly discredited Journal of 9/11 Studies, the co-editor of which, Steven Jones, was ostracised by his university for scientific disregard.
As the overwhelming majority of experts, from the American Society of Civil Engineers to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, have painstakingly documented, the collapse was both explainable and predictable. by first rupturing the support columns, the planes created unstoppable pressure from the top of a kind no building can resist. Quite rightly, Morgan gives no ulterior motive for so many reputable experts to abandon the scientific method; he can’t because there wasn’t one.
Prominent neoconservatives and Republicans have consistently shown themselves incapable of proceeding even with low-level, personal schemes. From the perjury of Scooter Libby to the disgraced lobbying of Jack Abramoff and the nepotism of Paul Wolfowitz, the banal incompetence of these individuals has been exposed for all to see. A competent administration skilled in such plots would never have allowed itself to be so mercilessly exposed on WMD. Burying weapons in the sands of Baghdad would have been far easier to accomplish than a 9/11 in-job.
Unlike Morgan, I won’t refer to my opponents as arrogant. The arrogant would find far worthier causes with which to ingratiate themselves. As it stands, Morgan and his kind twin an intense solipsism with a pernicious populism. They distract attention away from real abuses such as corporate greed, climate change apathy and nuclear proliferation. The figures of the “Truth Movement” aren’t valiant seekers of justice; they’re the useful idiots of the Bush administration.
William Rodriguez's 9/11 testimony deserve to be considered without prejudice, says Jack Morgan
“Whatever happened to Michael Meacher?”
I’m probing a former MI5 spy, Annie Machon, in the Arts’ Centre café while the decorated hero of 9/11 and former World Trade Center caretaker, William Rodriguez, checks his emails. In three hours’ time Rodriguez will be telling the legendary account of his experiences to a packed Social Studies lecture theatre, his sixth date on this UK tour. Annie, the organiser of the tour, will introduce the evening with her account of false-flag terrorism in our intelligence services.
In September 2003, Michael Meacher MP wrote an article, “This War on Terror is bogus”, three months after being sacked from his position as Environment Minister. It explored the aims of the Project For The New American Century (PNAC), a think tank featuring Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol and Jeb Bush. Their paper, “Rebuilding America’s Defences”, written in 2000, celebrates an open plan for “a substantial American force presence in the Gulf”, and an increase in military spending.
Meacher daringly exposed PNAC’s stated reliance on a “catastrophic and catalysing event, like a New Pearl Harbor” to facilitate their “process of transformation”. He also appeared in Alex Jones’ 2006 film “Terrorstorm”, a competent historical overview of government-sponsored terrorism, to express incredulity at the stand-down of US air defences on 9/11.
My question to Machon, a good inside source on developments in the 9/11 Truth Movement, has a disappointing answer: “As soon as he thought he could run for the Labour leadership, he forgot us.” Annie hypothesises that if “9/11 Truth” were to become a popular issue, Meacher would support the cause again.
Meacher’s whimsical support of “9/11 Truth” runs in sharp contrast to William Rodriguez’s tireless campaign for an independent, international criminal investigation of the September 11th attacks. Rodriguez was instrumental in forcing the Bush administration to set up the 9/11 Commission, which predictably turned out to be a whitewash, failing him and the victims’ families. The Commission’s director was Philip Zelikow, who served in the National Security Council for the George H.W. Bush administration. Its chairman, Thomas Kean, had a history of investments linking him to Saudi Arabian investors who financially supported both George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden in the past, including Khalid bin Mahfouz, an alleged terrorist financier.
Hero to Zero. Bombs in the buildings
Rodriguez’s talk begins with his account of the US establishment’s attempts to recruit him as a political candidate, having honoured him at the White House five times. He leads his audience through the stages of his life between being at first glorified by government and media institutions, and later living under a bridge in his car, sidelined by those institutions and individuals who once lauded him as a national hero. He was never financially compensated for losing his employment of 19 years.
The most controversial aspect of Rodriguez’s account of September 11th 2001 is his testimony of massive explosions in the World Trade Center, one occurring in a sub-basement level of the North Tower before the first plane impact. This testimony is embedded in the amazing story of the immediate rescue effort, a large sector of which Rodriguez effectively led, being the master-key holder and the most knowledgeable of the buildings’ design. Yet this literally explosive information was omitted from the 9/11 Commission Report. Rodriguez’s testimony was itself held behind closed doors, the only other private hearing being for Bush and Cheney, who insisted on appearing together.
Rodriguez’s witness testimony of an explosion in the North Tower basement seconds before the first plane impact is corroborated not only by scores of others workers, including those who were injured, but by seismic data (read Gordon Ross ME’s paper at http://journalof911studies.com). As this phenomenon mirrors the method of pre-collapse weakening used in controlled demolition, it’s no wonder this information is ignored by government investigations, along with other traits of controlled demolition seen in the actual collapses, for example their freefall speed, “squibs” (visible charges below the collapse wave), a pyroclastic flow of smoke, the angled slice of core steel columns at Ground Zero, and molten steel smoldering for weeks under the rubble after 9/11.
Hundreds of structural engineers, architects and physicists have registered their support of the controlled demolition hypothesis. In fact, a member of Warwick’s engineering department approached me at the end of Rodriguez’s talk to express bafflement over the freefall implosion of World Trade Center Building 7 at 5.20pm on 9/11, which was not mentioned anywhere in the 9/11 Commission Report. I had sent an open letter to the entire Engineering and Physics faculties at Warwick (viewable at http://www.blogs.warwick.ac.uk/jackmorgan), containing an invitation to consider various data and to join “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” (http://www.ae911truth.org).
“It’s just a big magic trick”
William Rodriguez was a professional magician before becoming a caretaker, and seems to have applied his knowledge of sensational misdirection to wake from the nightmare conspiracy theory thrust upon the 9/11 Commission and the general public. The origin of the “War on Terror” is every bit as synthetic as its execution, which like the “War on Drugs” is designed to produce more of the supposed adversary, profiting the military-industrial complex. “It is very easy to do misdirection, to make you look into one place while you're doing the magic with the other hand” – with this statement, Rodriguez describes not only 9/11 itself, but the very nature of today’s Anglo-American foreign and domestic policy.
William Rodriguez’s visit to Warwick University on his shoestring UK tour should contribute momentum to the larger British campaign for “9/11 Truth”. We cannot continue to ignore the growing bodies of witnesses, government/military/intelligence experts and analysts, scientists and scholars who support a new criminal investigation. It is entirely reasonable that they hypothesise an “inside job” similar to the aborted 1962 Pentagon plan, “Operation Northwoods”, which proposed to carry out terrorism and blame it on Cuba, in order to justify an invasion. After all, this plan involved crashing remote-controlled airliners full of Americans.
We also cannot continue to ignore over half of victims’ families groups who share the conviction that criminal, corporate elements of governments and intelligence agencies facilitated the 9/11 attacks. Like Rodriguez they have spent almost six years researching this terrible event and suffering the arrogance of mainstream and alternative publications who mindlessly scream “conspiracy theorist”. Counterpunch’s impressively lengthy Nov. 2006 piece by Alexander Cockburn, “The 9/11 Conspiracists and the Decline of the American Left” bemoans the co-opting of “the left” by rogue “conspiracy theorists”. Cockburn invokes Occam's Razor - the so-called theory of parsimony - to justify his assertion that the proposed explanation of 9/11 that relies on the fewest assumptions is likely to be correct, while happily swallowing the 9/11 Commission Report, a thick tapestry of assumptions.
This kind of whingeing about the reputation of “the left” or “the right” being destroyed by “conspiracists” is naïve, dishonestly generalised or even deliberately ignorant. The issue of the 9/11 cover-up transcends the left vs. right paradigm. 9/11 could be the key to understanding to what extent our governments have been co-opted by criminal corporatist networks. In the simple words of the “keymaster” himself, William Rodriguez. “We need answers. 5 years after 9/11, the families do not have peace and the government has not been sincere with us”.
William Rodriguez's website is http://www.911keymaster.com
June 21, 2007
Newly released documents prove agency let Osama's family go at his request without even questioning them
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The FBI were aware that Osama Bin Laden may have chartered one of the flights that took Bin Laden family members out of the U.S. in the days after the 9/11 attacks, yet allowed the planes to depart without even questioning them, new Agency documents reveal.
While all other air traffic had been grounded for days by the authorities they knowingly allowed the immediate family of their prime suspect behind the attacks to get into planes and fly out at Bin Laden's own request.
The previously confidential documents (PDF link) have been obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act and ongoing litigation.
The documents state:
ON 9/19/01, A 727 PLANE LEFT LAX, RYAN FLT #441 TO ORLANDO, FL W/ETA (estimated time of arrival) OF 4-5PM. THE PLANE WAS CHARTERED EITHER BY THE SAUDI ARABIAN ROYAL FAMILY OR OSAMA BIN LADEN…THE LA FBI SEARCHED THE PLANE [REDACTED] LUGGAGE, OF WHICH NOTHING UNUSUAL WAS FOUND.
Traffic control reports show that the plane made four stops to pick up passengers and was then allowed to depart the United States for Paris where all passengers disembarked on 9/20/01.
The documents reveal that the FBI did not consider a single Saudi national nor any of the Bin Laden family worthy of investigative value.
Furthermore, Judicial Watch's examination of the documents has revealed that they contain numerous errors and inconsistencies which show the FBI’s investigation of the Saudi flights to be woefully inadequate and almost non existent.
For example, in one document, the FBI claims to have interviewed 20 of 23 passengers on the Ryan International Airlines flight (commonly referred to as the “Bin Laden Family Flight”) while a second FBI document claims only to have interviewed 15 of 22 passengers on the same flight.
“Eight days after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Osama bin Laden possibly charters a flight to whisk his family out of the country, and it’s not worth more than a luggage search and a few brief interviews?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Clearly these documents prove the FBI conducted a slapdash investigation of these Saudi flights. We’ll never know how many investigative leads were lost due to the FBI’s lack of diligence.”
U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts ordered the FBI to resubmit “proper disclosures” to the Court and Judicial Watch, leading to these incredible findings.
It was revealed that the FBI had previously redacted Osama Bin Laden’s name from the records in order “to protect privacy interests.”
Note the previously blacked out "Osama Bin Laden" - privacy interests? get real.
The documents provide clear proof that the FBI was protecting the Bin Laden while the rest of the world was being told that he had masterminded the biggest terror attack in history. The FBI then attempted to cover up this fact.
An FBI spokesman said the information in the documents is inaccurate.
"There is no new information here. Osama bin Laden did not charter a flight out of the US," FBI special agent Richard Kolko said.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Kolko then cited the 9/11 Commission Report which determined that the FBI did conduct a thorough enough investigation, despite the fact that its own documents contradict each other on basic facts such as how many people were on a plane. Remember also that the same 9/11 Commission report failed to even mention the collapse of building 7, a 47 story skyscraper that wasn't hit by anything on 9/11 and in which many people lost their lives according to witnesses.
Perhaps the FBI allowed Bin Laden to charter the flight and take all his family members out of the USA because they know he is not a suspect. The FBI's most wanted page for Osama bin Laden still does not include an apportion of blame for 9/11 and there has still been no formal indictment of Bin Laden almost six years after 9/11.
The protection of Bin Laden by federal authorities has been ongoing since BEFORE 9/11 when agents were told to 'back off the Bin Laden family' in order to protect business interests that the Bush family had with the Bin Ladens and other Saudi nationals.
The FBI asserts that no one on the planes that left had any terrorist links. yet documents (specifically FBI document 199I WF213589) found back in November 2001 prove this to be a falsehood.
The FBI was on the trail of bin Laden family members living in the US before September 11. A document showed that special agents from the Washington field office were investigating Abdullah, a close relative of Osama, because of his relationship with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a suspected terrorist organisation, it said.
The Times of India reported at the time:
The report, which the BBC claimed was based on a secret FBI document, numbered 199I WF213589 and emanating out of the FBI’s Washington field office, alleged that the cynicism of the American establishment and "connections between the CIA and Saudi Arabia and the Bush men and bin Ladens" may have been the real cause of the deaths of thousands in the World Trade Centre attacks.
The Bin Laden family are business people, they are not as many would have it hardcore fundamentalist muslim extremists that live in caves in Afghanistan. Here is young Osama lounging around a pink Cadillac with his siblings looking very fashionable in the 1970s.
In the 1980s George W Bush made millions on the back of a company financed by Osama Bin Laden's elder brother, Salem. In addition both presidents Bush had lucrative stakes along with the Bin Ladens in The Carlyle Group which has gone on to become one of America's biggest defence contractors.
On the very morning of 9/11 George W. Bush's father was meeting with Osama bin Laden's brother, Shafig Bin Laden, in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Carlyle Group business. The Bin Ladens sold their stake in Carlyle soon after 9/11.
FBI Special agent Robert Wright broke down when testifying that he had been gagged and could not reveal the true extent of what he knew about the Bush-Bin Laden connection and 9/11. His lawyer stepped up and said live on C-Span that "The Bush Family vacations with the Bin Ladens".
The ties run deep and all lead to money, huge amounts of money. This is how the Bushes do business, this is how they have always done business, they own the best enemies money can buy and the latest revelations underscore the fact that an independent and thorough investigation into 9/11 and the Bush Administration's role in it is absolutely imperative.