Monday, December 31, 2007

Bonus March on Washington, DC: 1932

Scenes from the 1933 film, Heroes for Sale:

1963 article describing the marchers' flirtation with fascism:

General Smedley Butler, who supported the marchers demands and opposed fascism:

The Plot to Seize the White House, by Jules Archer:

Sunday, December 30, 2007

John Conyers - cowardly or complicit?

Wounded Knee - December 29, 1890

Power to the People, Give Peace a Chance

Mike Gravel, Democratic candidate for President.

Nico Haupt questions NIST's Sunder

In June 2005, Nico Haupt asked eight questions to NIST's Dr. S. Shyam Sunder:

He begins his questions at the point indicated in the screenshot below:

Sunder's answer to Haupt's questions about the building "collapses" is that they are "beyond our statutory mandate." Bullshit.

More US Hispanics drawn to Islam

I didn't know this and think it is interesting. That's all.

The population of Hispanic Muslims has increased 30 percent to some 200,000 since 1999, estimates Ali Khan, national director of the American Muslim Council in Chicago. Many attribute the trend to a growing interest in Islam since the 2001 terrorist attacks and also to a collision between two burgeoning minority groups. They note that Muslims ruled Spain centuries ago, leaving an imprint on Spanish food, music, and language.

"Many Hispanics ... who are becoming Muslim, would say they are embracing their heritage, a heritage that was denied to them in a sense," says Ihsan Bagby, professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky.

Surviving America's Depression Epidemic, by Bruce Levine

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Seymour Hersh on planted 9/11 "evidence"

"Many of the 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 me, 'Whatever trail was left was left deliberately -- for the F.B.I. to chase'".

Seymour M. Hersh, Annals of National Security, "What Went Wrong," The New Yorker, October 8, 2001

Seymour Hersh is the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

Why would evidence be planted? Obviously, to create a false impression that someone else committed the crime.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bibliography of conspiracy theory theory

Conspiracy, Conspiracy Theory and 9/11

A comprehensive bibliography of the leading mainstream and dissident literature
Compiled by John A. McCurdy 11 October 2004

Many interesting links -- here's one, a good response to the ZMag crowd:

9/11 "Conspiracies" and the Defactualisation of Analysis: How Ideologues on the Left and Right Theorise Vacuously to Support Baseless Supposition, by Nafeez Ahmed

Another good one that addresses the "structure is everything" arguments of the ZMag crowd:

The Ontological Status of Conspiracy Theory, by Hakim Bey

As Carl Oglesby points out, sophisticated conspiracy theory posits no single, all-powerful, over-riding cabal in charge of "History". That would indeed be a form of stupid paranoia, whether of the Left or the Right. Conspiracies rise and fall, spring up and decay, migrate from one group to another, compete, collude, collide, implode, explode, fail, succeed, erase, forge, forget, vanish. Conspiracies are symptoms of the great "blind forces" (and hence useful as metaphors if nothing else), but they also feed back into those forces and sometimes even affect or effect or infect them. Conspiracies, in effect, are not THE way history is made, but are rather parts of the vast complex of myriads of ways in which our multiple stories are constructed. Conspiracy Theory cannot explain everything but it can explain something. If it has no ontological status, nevertheless it does have its epistemological uses.

Torture: magic force multiplier

"Bin Laden does not have the capabilities for an operation of this magnitude. When I hear Bush talking about al-Qaida as if it was Nazi Germany or the communist party of the Soviet Union, I laugh because I know what is there. Bin Laden has been under surveillance for years: every telephone call was monitored and al-Qaida has been penetrated by American intelligence, Pakistani intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Egyptian intelligence. They could not have kept secret an operation that required such a degree of organisation and sophistication."

From: 'There isn't a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile'

Mohamed Heikal, the Arab world's foremost political commentator, talks to Stephen Moss

Guardian, October 10, 2001,4273,4273924,00.html

But Mr. Heikal does not realize that torture, even in the future, has the amazing ability to increases the powers of terrorists.

This is the stuff of magic, not to be dismissed as mundane false confessions. Professor D'Amato is so boring.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lying Scum

If you don't impeach, you are complicit.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Constitutional scholar: "At least six identifiable crimes" possible in CIA tape affair

Constitutional scholar: 'At least six identifiable crimes' possible in CIA tape affair

The crimes named:

• obstruction of justice.
• obstruction of Congress.
• perjury.
• conspiracy.
• false statements.
• the crime of torturing suspects.

This scholar, Jonathan Turley, was a strong supporter of impeaching Clinton. It appears he is consistent.

Don't forget the biggest crime, 9/11. Obstruction of justice and obstruction of Congress relate not just to torture, but to the crime that was used to justify the torture.

In other news:

Fire damages Cheney offices near White House

Dana Perino covers her ass, as the intelligence apparatus prepares to throw Bush and Cheney under the bus:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Of course

Move on folks, nothing here.

But former FBI officials privy to details of the case continue to dispute the CIA's account of the effectiveness of the harsh measures, making the record of Abu Zubaida's interrogation hard for outsiders to assess.

There is little dispute, according to officials from both agencies, that Abu Zubaida provided some valuable intelligence before CIA interrogators began to rough him up, including information that helped identify Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and al-Qaeda operative Jose Padilla. Footnotes in the 9/11 Commission report attribute information about a variety of al-Qaeda personnel and activities to interrogations of Abu Zubaida beginning in April 2002 and lasting through February 2004.


During his first month of captivity, Abu Zubaida described an al-Qaeda associate whose physical description matched that of Padilla, leading to Padilla's arrest at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago in May 2002. A former CIA officer said in an interview that Abu Zubaida's "disclosure of Padilla was accidental." The officer added that Abu Zubaida "was talking about minor things and provided a small amount of information and a description of a person, just enough to identify him because he had just visited the U.S. Embassy" in Pakistan.

Other officials, including Bush, have said that during those early weeks -- before the interrogation turned harsh -- Abu Zubaida confirmed that Mohammed's role as the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

And we should believe this, why?

Evidence destruction raises presumption of guilt

Terrorism must be stopped, but the methods used by Bush and his henchman, Cheney, were based upon violence against the American people, murder of innocent Middle Eastern civilians, cover-up of the truth, lies, torture ...

Monday, December 17, 2007

By William Sumner Scott, J.D.

At least, destruction or "spoliation" of evidence gives rise to an inference that the evidence would have been unfavorable to the person who destroyed the evidence.

The theory of the spoliation inference is that when a party destroys evidence, it may be reasonable to infer that the party had consciousness of guilt or other motivation to avoid the evidence. Therefore, the factfinder may conclude that the evidence would have been unfavorable to the spoliator.

9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick knows this, having written a book on the subject:

Thanks to George Washington for pointing this out:

Special expertise

The same experts were used at the Oklahoma Murrah Building and at the WTC.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ghost Town

Naomi Wolf on the deep significance of destroying interrogation tapes

Reopen EVERYTHING. She's right, and I commend her for speaking out.

What we are likely to see if the tapes documenting the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri are ever recovered is that the "confessions" of the prisoners upon which the White House has built its entire case for subverting the Constitution and suspending civil liberties in this country was obtained through methods such as electrocution, beating to the point of organ failure, hanging prisoners from the wrists from a ceiling, suffocation, and threats against family members ("I am going to find your mother and I am going to fuck her" is one direct quote from a US interrogator). On the missing tapes, we would likely see responses from the prisoners that would be obvious to us as confessions to anything at all in order to end the violence. In other words, if we could witness the drama of manufacturing by torture the many violently coerced "confessions" upon which the whole house of cards of this White House and its hyped "war on terror" rests, it would likely cause us to reopen every investigation, including the most serious ones (remember, even the 9/11 committee did not receive copies of the tapes); shut down the corrupt, Stalinesque Military Commissions System; turn over prisoners, the guilty and the innocent, into a working, accountable justice system operating in accordance with American values; and direct our legal scrutiny to the torturers themselves -- right up to the office of the Vice President and the President if that is where the investigations would lead.

Professor D'Amato called this even before tapes were destroyed.

(I'm assuming interrogations took place, were recorded, and all recordings were destroyed. None of this can really be assumed---what's important is that the interrogations, if they occurred, were likely tainted by torture.)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Justice of Obstruction

Justice Dept. Seeks Delay on C.I.A. Inquiry

Published: December 15, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department asked the House Intelligence Committee on Friday to postpone its investigation into the destruction of videotapes by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2005, saying the Congressional inquiry presented “significant risks” to its own preliminary investigation into the matter.

The department is taking an even harder line with other Congressional committees looking into the matter, and is refusing to provide information about any role it might have played in the destruction of the videotapes. The recordings covered hundreds of hours of interrogations of two operatives of Al Qaeda.

The Justice Department and the C.I.A.’s inspector general have begun a preliminary inquiry into the destruction of the tapes, and Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said the department would not comply with Congressional requests for information now because of “our interest in avoiding any perception that our law enforcement decisions are subject to political influence.”

cont'd here:

Postpone Congressional inquiry for the "law enforcement decisions" of the Justice Department, SIX YEARS AND THREE MONTHS after 9/11? Do not forget that this is not just about the crime of torture, it's about the crime of 9/11.

More on Mukasey:

Mukasey to Leahy, Specter: No

Law prof on Mukasey's letter on torture

Silverstein in Mukasey's court:

Mukasey and Giuliani:,barrett,78212,6.html

RAWA: The US and Her Fundamentalist Stooges are the Main Human Rights Violators in Afghanistan

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

RAWA communiqué on Universal Human Rights Day, Dec.10, 2007


The reinstatement of the Northern Alliance to power crushed the hopes of our people for freedom and prosperity into desperation and proved that for the Bush administration, defeating terrorism so that our people can be happy, have no significance at all. The US administration plays a funny anti-Taliban game and pretends that a super power is unable to defeat a small, marginalized and medieval-minded gang which is actually her own product. But our people found by experience in the past few years that the US doesn’t want to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, because then they will have no excuse to stay in Afghanistan and work towards the realization of its economical, political and strategic interests in the region.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Thomas Kean on destruction of interrogation tapes

In the second half of this BBC clip, 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean states that the Commission asked for all material related to the detainees, and that the detainees were who they got information from, the hijackers being dead.

Thank you BBC for covering the real significance of the destruction of evidence related to 9/11. It's not just whether they were tortured, it's what they said.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Yes, obstruction of justice is a very big deal

So says the general counsel of the 9/11 Coverup Commission.

Daniel Marcus, a law professor at American University who served as general counsel for the Sept. 11 commission and was involved in the discussions about interviews with Al Qaeda leaders, said he had heard nothing about any tapes being destroyed.

If tapes were destroyed, he said, “it’s a big deal, it’s a very big deal,” because it could amount to obstruction of justice to withhold evidence being sought in criminal or fact-finding investigations.

The "Classical Gas Video"

Sunday, December 2, 2007

National Applications Office: sounds so benign

30 November 2007

Domestic Spying, Inc.

By Tim Shorrock , Special to CorpWatch

A new intelligence institution to be inaugurated soon by the Bush administration will allow government spying agencies to conduct broad surveillance and reconnaissance inside the United States for the first time. Under a proposal being reviewed by Congress, a National Applications Office (NAO) will be established to coordinate how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and domestic law enforcement and rescue agencies use imagery and communications intelligence picked up by U.S. spy satellites. If the plan goes forward, the NAO will create the legal mechanism for an unprecedented degree of domestic intelligence gathering that would make the U.S. one of the world's most closely monitored nations. Until now, domestic use of electronic intelligence from spy satellites was limited to scientific agencies with no responsibility for national security or law enforcement.

continued here:

Friday, November 30, 2007

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

LikeTelevision Embed Movies and TV Shows

The campaign commercial ad ends:

"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country."

That was a typewriting exercise when I was growing up.

When I was growing up would have been the best time to stop the cancer that was growing in this country, that Ike and Harry warned us about. But it's still the time, and I hope there's still time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Norwegian newspaper editor publishes editorial on 9/11 questions

And amazingly, the only time he uses the term "conspiracy theory" is in describing the phrase "Official Conspiracy Theory" used in the 9/11 truth movement.

Come on, Seattle Times, this town has Norwegian roots. How about doing better than the trashy op-ed you published a few months ago?

Frank Zappa

Whipping Post

Dumb All Over

Crossfire 1986 - Zappa predicts fascist theocracy

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Where was Flight 175 when Peter Hanson called his father?

The video below contains an interview with air traffic controller Dave Bottaglia, who says he tracked Flight 175. Battiglia's account suggests that at about 9:00, UAL175 was in a powerdive of 10,000 feet per minute, which the controller says would be "unbelievable for the passengers in the back, to withstand that kind of force when they're descending."

Yet the official story is that Peter Hanson began a three-minute phone call at 9:00.

He never described being in a dive or having come out of a dive. There doesn't seem to be any way he could call during the dive described and it seems unlikely he could even call just after such a dive. If he could, it seems unlikely he would not mention it having just come out of a horrific dive.

Here's what he said:

"At 9:00, Lee Hanson received a second call from his son Peter:
'It's getting bad, Dad-A stewardess was stabbed-They seem to have knives and Mace-They said they have a bomb-It's getting very bad on the plane-Passengers are throwing up and getting sick-The plane is making jerky movements-I don't think the pilot is flying the plane-I think we are going down-I think they intend to go to Chicago or someplace and fly into a building-Don't worry, Dad- If it happens, it'll be very fast-My God, my God.'"

This tells me not that the call is faked, but that the UAL175 is not the plane tracked by the air traffic controller in the above video.

If so, we don't know where the plane was or at what altitude it was at when Hanson called his father. He seemed to think the plane was heading toward Chicago.

The calls could be real, and still inconsistent with the official story. These issues should be explored before claims that they are fake.

"Justice" in America

Former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, political prisoner.

Excellent letter to Wiesenthal Center from Boston 9/11 Truth

Chomsky's not just wrong about 9/11

It looks like his linguistics theory is wrong:

OK, I'm stretching to criticize Chomsky. I don't really understand Chomsky's theory of universal grammar, and can't say whether the language of the Amazon tribe refutes his theory. But the article is fascinating.

And it contains this gem:

Steven Pinker, the Harvard cognitive scientist, who wrote admiringly about some of Chomsky’s ideas in his 1994 best-seller, “The Language Instinct,” told me, “There’s a lot of strange stuff going on in the Chomskyan program. He’s a guru, he makes pronouncements that his disciples accept on faith and that he doesn’t feel compelled to defend in the conventional scientific manner . . .

Saturday, November 24, 2007

More from "conspiracy" expert Mark Fenster

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think it is possible that some federal officials had specific warnings of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings, according to a Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll . . .

"You wouldn't have gotten these numbers a year or two after the attacks themselves," said University of Florida law professor Mark Fenster. "You've got an increasingly disaffected public that is unhappy with the administration."

This is basically what he said last year. His PhD is in Communications, so I guess for him it does not matter whether people have a sound basis for these opinions. All that matters is whether people are believing what the client wants them to believe.

Corporate media under-reports crimes by authority figures

political satirist Barry Crimmins
Media copout
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

There was a mass murder in Wisconsin last month and what have we heard about it lately? Nothing.

This killer was a cop and a half. Full-time county sheriff, part-time in the town of Crandon, Wi, where he killed himself after massacring six people and wounding a seventh victim. He then visited family members and traveled around the small town for several hours before finally shooting himself. That part of the story barely got out. The rest of it and came and went in a few news cycles. (NOTE: I do not use the names of mass murders unless they are well known politicians or business leaders)

If this represents a new corporate media sense of proportion concerning sensational murders, I want to encourage it. Focusing on aberrant acts of violence promotes a reactionary view of the world. It makes it easier for people to call for more "safeguards" that in fact do nothing but tear down the protections all citizens need from intrusive examination and harassment by a paranoid, power-clutching government. It also leads more nitwits to gun shops.

continued here:

Crimmins is very insightful and funny. Look how he skewers Hillary Clinton, here:

Monday, November 19, 2007

Interview with Naomi Wolf, author of End of America

About This Video

Fascinating interview with renowned author Naomi Wolf, perhaps best known for her early 1990s feminist classic "The Beauty Myth", considered by many to be one of the most important works of the 20th century.

Wolf discusses her new book "The End of America", already on the New York Times bestseller list. The book identifies ten classic steps common to all dictatorships -- including those of Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin. Alarmingly, Wolf makes the case that each of these ten steps is occurring in post 9/11 America today. The book is a call to action for young and concerned Americans and this interview intimately frames this important discussion.

I would prefer that Ms. Wolf come right at out and state the obvious: That 9/11 was not exploited but was designed as Step 1 in the fascist blueprint she describes, "Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy."

She stated in the Guardian, "It is not that global Islamist terrorism is not a severe danger; of course it is.",,2064157,00.html

"Of course it is?" That may be the politically correct thing to say, but it arguably makes her complicit with the Big Lie of 9/11.

Ms. Wolf should rethink this argument. Her statement that "global Islamist terrorism" is a "severe danger" is presumably premised on the official story of 9/11, which is an obviuous lie. So in effect, she is promoting that lie.

Otherwise, she is doing brilliant and courageous work and I thank her for it.

Her lecture at the University of Washington can be viewed here:

Saturday, November 17, 2007

"You Lied!" by Tom Paine and the New Deciders

Looks like this video will increase recognition in the anti-war and impeachment movements that 9/11 is a murderous fraud on the American people:

It's about time. Good work, band. Thank you.

And thank you, Tom Paine.

Friday, November 16, 2007

"9/11 conspiracy website" outdoes Weisenthal Center in opposing Croatian clerical-fascist rock star

Jared Israel and his website The Emperor's New Clothes did some of the earliest questioning of the 9/11 official lies, and as usual with their work, did it carefully and well.

Now, Mr. Israel is protesting the North American tour of Croatian rock star Marko Perkovic Thompson.

Israel makes a good case that Thompson (who has taken the name of a Thompson machine gun) is indeed a promoter of Ustasha clerical-fascism. This history has been downplayed by U.S. mass media, as it did not fit the policy of blaming the Serbs for the Yugoslav conflict, but the history is shocking and can be read at the Emperor's Clothes website.

The Weisenthal Center has also opposed the Thompson tour.{6E20629D-4EEB-4E22-A75E-48D92A6F2EF7}¬oc=1

Ironically, the Weisenthal Center downplays how many Serbs, Jews, and Roma were killed by the Ustashe in death camps during World War II.

and reply:

Jared Israel is right, in my opinion. If you're interested, read and decide for yourself.

Mr. Israel also criticizes the New York Times for downplaying the resurgence of Ustashe clerical-fascism in Croatia:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Just Business

Eric Larsen says what needs to be said about the racketeers Spitzer and Silverstein, and the New York Times' despicable hypocrisy and complicity in mass murder.

Another essay on why the Democrats are worse

Curtain call for Democracy
by Jimmy Montague
October 13th, 2007

Ending of a great essay:

To simplify once again: In the light of known facts, Republicans’ refusal to address wreckage wrought by the Bush crime syndicate is unconscionable but understandable. Democrats who do likewise are utterly outrageous. There can be no forgiveness for them. Members of today’s Democratic Party are not American patriots. They are either shamelessly corrupt participants in a thuggish criminal enterprise, or they are the stupidest people on the face of the earth.

On the vast stage of American politics, no place to hide remains. It’s curtain-time, folks. It is time to decide: Who and what and which are you? Why are you still a Democrat?

What would Sir Isaac think?

It's sad that the second oldest university in the English-speaking world has disgraced itself like this. I invoke the spirit of Sir Isaac to haunt Doc Seffens and members of Cambridge's governing Regent House.

I have an idea. Take all the Cambridge and MIT "scholars" that have written nonsense about 9/11, add those that have disgraced Purdue and Northwestern, put them in this Cambridge-MIT Institute, and move the whole sordid mess to BP headquarters.

Maybe I'm being too harsh. Maybe this is the best they can do -- show how absurd the official story really is. Maybe this is what MIT's Wierzbicki was trying to do when he said:

To the casual observer, it would appear that the facade of the Twin Towers did not offer any resistance at all, and that the plane's wings and fuselage slice through the exterior columns as if they were made of cardboard. . . How was it possible that the relatively weak, light, and airy airframe damaged the apparently heavy lattice of high strength steel columns? The devastating result of this encounter came as a surprise to the engineering and scientific community or at least to the present authors.

Wierzbicki and Teng, How the airplane wing cut through the exterior columns of the World Trade Center, Int'l J. of Impact Engineering 28 (2003) 601-625, at 602.

Credit crisis just getting started?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Perfidy of the "Progressive" Press

English professor and novelist Eric Larsen shows that Amy Goodman spouts platitudes about racial profiling while ignoring obvious questions about the cause - the 9/11 fraud.

He discusses reactions to his criticisms of Goodman here:

Larsen also has words for Frank Rich of the NY Times, which he also applies to Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, Harry Reid, Amy Goodman, and all in media and government who must know that 9/11 is a murderous fraud and choose to lie about it.

Carolyn Baker writes a great review of Naomi Klein's new book, Shock Doctrine, showing that Klein's support for the 9/11 official fraud is a stunning non sequiter inconsistent with the book's thesis, here:

Baker attributes this to denial, but I think Larsen has it right: Klein is one of the liars, joining Cockburn, Chomsky, Goodman, Rich, Pelosi, Reid, Feingold, Boxer, Leiberman, Lehey, Specter, Paul, Bush, and on and on.

Fox News iies? Democracy Now lies better.

Shame on you all.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Military cannibalizing U.S.A. using Christianism?

Christianists with nukes scare me. Thus, I take seriously stories of Christianist indoctrination at the Air Force Academy.

Here's a recent diary at Daily Kos on the problem:

This comment to the diary, with emphasis added by me, seems like a good assessment of our situation:

This is a really good diary (3+ / 0-)

You do a terrific job of detailing the different threads: the chaplains, the officers, the Bible studies, the alumni, the Pentagon. hyhistory [sic], the military has always been able to make use of Christianity as a cover for tyranny, exploitation, violence and the worst forms of cruelty. It shouldn't be any surprise that men who commit and sanction those acts seek to wrap themselves in the cloak of purity and decency.

Just like religion in politics, it's a screen for something else, something much worse.

These problems were all foreseen back in the seventies when the military was considering going all volunteer. Objective commentators foresaw that a separate "military caste" to grow up in our society and seek to take political power into its ranks.

Christianity =- as they call it == is a means to an end. I am convinced that this, as well as the politicization of Christianity in civilian life, is being orchestrated from within the Pentagon itself.

The military society has now taken on a life of its own, and its raison d'etre is to cannibalize what was the United States of America.

The destruction of the middle class, the right wing media consolidation, and the rise of the global corporation are all part of the plan.

by november3rd on Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 06:12:24 PM PST

This comment ties together two thoughts of mine about the ideologies of the perpetrators of 9/11.

First, Christianism:

Second, the globalist vision expressed by Pentagon guru Thomas Barnett:

Considering means, motive, and opportunity, it's far more likely the perpetrators of 9/11 follow these ideologies than that they are Islamists.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The biggest lie about the invasion of Iraq

William Blum says:

Of the many lies surrounding the invasion of Iraq, the biggest one of all is that if, in fact, Saddam Hussein had those weapons of mass destruction the invasion would have been justified.

From this article:

In a sound-bite society, reality no longer matters
By William Blum
Online Journal Guest Writer
Nov 7, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

Mukasey's Letter: Not Good Enough

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that Judge Michael Mukasey's written response to Senate Judiciary Committee follow-up inquiries concerning his views on the legality of waterboarding and torture demonstrate views of America's obligations under international law so limited and problematic that he should not be confirmed...

The first argument, that Mukasey is making veiled threats to Congressmen who might be complicit in knowledge of torture, is very incisive. It probably applies to many of the regime's crimes, including 9/11.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Dismantling of Yugoslavia

Monthly Review
Volume 59, No. 5
October, 2007
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The Dismantling of Yugoslavia: A Study in Inhumanitarian Intervention (and a Western Liberal-Left Intellectual and Moral Collapse)

By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

Republished here:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Correction to Summary of Arguments

I just realized that I have been linking to the wrong comment in the "impossible crash physics" portion of my Summary of Arguments. This is the correct comment, which relates to the behavior of aluminum on impact with harder steel:

Also, my summary cites to statements by Joseph Keith about the crash physics. Mr. Keith has also made statements about the impossibility of a Boeing 767 flying over 500 mph at low altitude. This analysis suggests that the question is still open:

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Pentagon does not "play politics"

I've long wondered if the primary reason for the Military Commissions Act is to allow show trials of purported 9/11 perpetrators like Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who we are told is at Guantanamo after capture in Pakistan in 2003 and who allegedly said in March 2007 at Guantanamo: "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z."

The Washington Post article below, entitled "Colonel: Pentagon playing politics with Gitmo trials," suggests I may be right. In the article, the former lead prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantánamo Bay says that senior defense officials discussed in a September 2006 meeting the "strategic political value" of putting some prominent detainees on trial. This is not "playing politics" as stated in the title of the article. When the Pentagon talks about "strategic political value" (and much of what it does addressed to the public), it is engaged in information warfare.

"[T]he public information battle space is simply too important to ignore."

(at page 3 of 4, quoting Major Gary Pounder, the chief of intelligence plans and presentations at the College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education at Maxwell Airforce Base in an article in Aerospace Power Journal. Notice that Major Pounder explicitly says that Public Affairs specialists need to be involved in Information Operations to "win the media war.")

Of course, Psychological Operations (a subset of Information Operations/Wafare) are only used against foreign audiences:

(page 10 of 37)

I guess that makes the U.S. public a foreign audience.

Here's the article and some excerpts:

Colonel: Pentagon playing politics with Gitmo trials

By Josh White
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Politically motivated officials at the Pentagon have pushed for convictions of high-profile detainees ahead of the 2008 elections, the former lead prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantánamo Bay said Friday night, adding that the pressure played a part in his decision to resign earlier this month.

Senior defense officials discussed in a September 2006 meeting the "strategic political value" of putting some prominent detainees on trial, said Air Force Col. Morris Davis. He said that he felt pressure to pursue cases that were deemed "sexy" over those that prosecutors believed were the most solid or were ready to go.

Davis said his resignation also was prompted by newly appointed senior officials seeking to use classified evidence in what would be closed sessions of court, and by almost all elements of the military commissions process being put under the Defense Department general counsel's command, something he believes could present serious conflicts of interest.

"There was a big concern that the election of 2008 is coming up," Davis said. "People wanted to get the cases going. There was a rush to get high-interest cases into court at the expense of openness."

. . .

Part of the new focus, Davis said, was to speed up cases that would show the public the system was working. Davis said he wanted to focus on cases that had declassified evidence, so the public could see the entire trial through news coverage. That would defuse possible allegations that the trials were stacked against defendants.

But [Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, a new legal adviser to the convening authority for military commissions] said he was satisfied with putting on cases that included closed sessions, because the law allows it.

"He said, the way we were going to validate the system was by getting convictions and good sentences," Davis said. "I felt I was being pressured to do something less than full, fair and open."

Given the widespread public distrust of the 9/11 official story, it would appear urgent to "validate the system," in a controllable forum.

Does this trouble Rice's conscience?
(AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was accosted by an anti-war protester with her hands painted red to look like blood as she entered the room to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The protester shouted that Rice was a "war criminal" and should be taken to the Hague, a reference to international war tribunals.

Rice was stoic and proceeded with business as normal as the protester was immediately spirited from the room. Other protesters were likewise escorted away at the behest of Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-Calif.

The above picture is the first of three in a slide slide show of the incident beginning here:

Video here:

It appeared to me that Rice's security detail was much more competent and professional than the capital police who dragged another protester out in a painful wristlock.

Here's an article on the courageous woman who approached Rice, Desiree Fairooz.

Ms. Fairooz yelled "The blood of millions of Iraqis is on your hands!"

What if Rice's "business as normal" is criminal behavior that is resulting in mass death and great destruction?

Do war criminals deserve respect because of the office they are abusing?

Does that further the rule of law?

Friday, October 26, 2007

New York Web 2.0 Television interviews 9/11 activists

One of the interviewees talks about the 9/11 responders not being helped. One of them, an EMT, is about to lose his home because of disability and unpaid medical bills.

The lies of EPA's Christine Whitman about air quality after 9/11,

the refusal of the federal appeals court to find that this action supports a constitutional claim,

and the delays and evidentiary hurdles imposed on compensation for 9/11 responders

are all reflections of a political economy that would allow a 9/11 for the "good" of the system, no matter the costs to citizens, and would block a real investigation and real assignment of criminal and civil liability.

(This last paragraph is a rough beginning stab at a response to the assertions of Noam Chomsky, Chip Berlet, ad nauseum, that there is a clear dichotomy between "structuralist" and "conspiratorialist" analyses of elite actions.)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Silverstein in Mukasey's court

FindArticles > Real Estate Weekly > March 31, 2004 >

Silverstein has day in court as insurance battle continues
Peter Moore

Giving brief answers in a low, gravelly voice, developer, Larry Silverstein, was off the witness stand and out of the courtroom within a half-hour last Tuesday.

It was an anti-climactic way to highlight a trial, but based on an angry judge's restrictions, the best his legal team could muster.

Silverstein has narrowly escaped a civil contempt charge earlier when Judge Michael Mukasey, who is presiding over his battle with several insurers in Manhattan's U.S. District Court, ruled he had violated an order not to discuss the case publicly, but said a contempt finding could prejudice the jury. The developer held a news conference March 15 in front of the site for 7 World Trade Center, where he criticized insurers for blocking his efforts to collect double payments of $7 billion for the 9/11 terrorist disaster, which Silverstein claims was two separate attacks.

The 13 insurers--Swiss Re being the largest policy manager at 22 percent--claim they only have to pay $3.5 billion.

A controlling issue is whether a Wilprop form, which defines a terrorist attack as one occurrence, or a form issued by Travelers, which leaves the definition open-ended, was in effect at the time of the attacks.

At his news conference, Silverstein had remarked that the insurance companies were "trying to save money.

"Instead of getting insurance, we got ourselves a massive amount of litigation," he added. His remarks were printed in Newsday.

Mukasey banned Silverstein from the courtroom following the publication of his comments. The developer claimed that he had thought the judge's gag order on case participants had been lifted but, according to the judge, later made contradictory statements indicating he had known the gag order was still in effect.

Mukasey called Silverstein's explanation "not credible." Because of the controversy, Mukasey had requested a detailed script of the questions and answers of Silverstein's testimony prior to the developer taking the stand last Tuesday and had severely limited the scope of the questioning.

Silverstein acknowledged on the stand that he had little prior first-hand knowledge of the insurance coverage on the World Trade Center, prior to the Sept. 11 attacks and had left the wording of the policies to staff.

Because of the urgency to close the transaction, Silverstein had ordered his staff to secure insurance, regardless of costs.

"The Port (Authority) gave us a time schedule, pursuant to which they were seeking to close the transaction," Silverstein said in testimony, adding that those involved wanted to close in July 2001 to "avoid the August doldrums."

His risk manager, Robert Strachan, "had to do whatever he had to do to accelerate it," Silverstein added. His orders to Strachan were, "Get it done."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Speaking of buffoons . . .

This guy makes Geraldo sound like Albert Einstein:

"Suck on this," he says. Let's see him on patrol in Iraq.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Geraldo gets an earful of "9/11 was an inside job!"

Geraldo says "Oh, get a life," and calls them "a group of misfits" and "anrachists" and "one of the least attractive groups of protesters I've ever seen."

He looked and sounded nervous. He should be. He works for a corporate war criminal.

It's interesting how trivial and inane he sounds with passionate citizens protesting a serious subject in the background.

Wearechange kicks ass.

This one is even worse. He calls them "communists" and says he bets "all these demonstrators are into bathroom gay sex."

What a buffoon.

"9/11 Still Killing" Photo Essay

The heroism of these people, and the tragedy they are suffering, has nothing to do with how those buildings ended up in their lungs. The people who made it happen and profited from it are the same kind of people as those that sent these men and women in without protection and are letting them suffer and die without adequate compensation for their families. This is not to say that money can replace their loss, but they deserve a lot, and it should come from the assets of those who hurt them.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

An ensign who knows law and morality better than his commanders

[Update: some skepticsm about this diary's authenticity:

Still, I'd like to think this ensign exists and said what he said.
There are other sources saying an attack on Iran is in the works.]

"We Are Going To Hit Iran. Bigtime"

"That’s what’s missing. A real sense of purpose. What’s missing is the answer to what the hell are we doing out here threatening this country with all this power? Last night in the galley, an ensign asked what right do we have to tell a sovereign nation that they can’t build a nuke. I mean the table got EF Hutton quiet. Not so much because the man was asking a question that was off culture. But that he was asking a good question. In fact, the discussion actually followed afterwards topside where someone in our group had to smoke a cigarette. The discussion was intelligent but also in lowered voices. It’s like we aren’t allowed to ask the questions that we always ask before combat. It’s almost as if the average seaman or soldier is doing all the policy work."

Is the U.S. government about to attack Iran? This would be a crime against peace, the highest crime under international law.

"Doubtless what appeals to men of good will and common sense as the crime which comprehends all lesser crimes, is the crime of making unjustifiable war. War necessarily is a calculated series of killings, of destructions of property, of oppressions. Such acts unquestionably would be criminal except that International Law throws a mantle of protection around acts which otherwise would be crimes, when committed in pursuit of legitimate warfare. In this they are distinguished from the same acts in the pursuit of piracy or brigandage which have been considered punishable wherever and by whomever the guilty are caught." Justice Jackson

Principles of the
Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950

"...You don't introduce new products in August"

"war with Iran, Updated with Comment from Dr. Rubin"

"Mystery trader bets market will crash by a third"
But see:

Seems like a good time to repost this:

"Zbigniew Brzezinski warns Senate of false-flag terror"

Unfortunately, it's the Christianist-dominated Air Force, where the ensign's question might not be viewed as rationally, that will probably start the war.

This includes a quote from debate at the Air Force Academy where Mikey Weinstein said:

What you do when you have a 3 star general that’s ordering his staff to put together a Powerpoint presentation showing the direct parallel between the Book Of Revelation and all of our movements in the AOR ? ( for you civilians - area of responsibility, Iraq and Afghanistan )

What do you do when have a four star general who favors the distribution of a pamphlet in his commander’s bulding, his palace, advertising in all faiths and why "Jesus vs. Mohammed, An Examination of The Life of Both Prophets and Why Jesus is Superior To All" ?

Why was the most popular joke here at the Air Force Academy in 2004 "Why do Jews make the best magicians ?" Anyone know ? Show of hands ? We make the best magicians, apparently because we have the magical ability to walk into a red brick building and come out the smokestacks in a puff of smoke.

This article claims a large-scale attack is coming:

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

More from Barnett Rubin of NYU here, stating that the Bush regime is
planning to attack Iran, and plans a propaganda campaign beginning after
Labor Day:

This may be a threat to get Iran to back down, but if they don't? Does "credibilty" then require the U.S. thuggerment to go through with it?

No Debat, it is not legitimate. It is criminal.

Friday, August 31, 2007

The fly on the judges' wall

Morgan Reynolds has filed a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act which includes the assertion that the NIST report about planes penetrating the Twin Towers is fraudulent.

Dr. Reynolds is interviewed about the lawsuit here:

In the same federal court, United Airlines, American Airlines, airport security companies, and Boeing are being sued for negligence in allowing hijackers to take over planes that hit the Twin Towers.

These lawsuits are fundamentally inconsistent.

What would a fly on the wall of the chambers of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York have to say?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Interview with aerospace engineer on the absurdity of the planes story

Last year, Morgan Reynolds interviewed Joseph Keith.

"Joseph Keith is a retired 76-year-old software engineer who worked in the aerospace industry and just resigned from a professional group known as the Scientific Panel Investigating Nine Eleven (SPINE) founded by Canadian scientist, A.K. (“Kee”) Dewdney. The website is Curious about why he resigned (I’m still a SPINE member), I interviewed him from his home in southern California."

Jeff of recently interviewed him:

Especially from about midway through the interview, Mr. Keith talks about how absurd it is to think the planes would have disappeared inside the buildings rather than grind to pieces against the buildings. He says he was lead engineer for Boeing on its "Shaker System," designed to simulate resonant frequencies of a plane in flight. He says that from that work he knows very well how fragile the planes are, and compares them to a beer can.

He also says that the planes would have shaken themselves apart at that altitude at over about 220 mph, and also something to the effect that the thicker air would also have stalled the engines. The government claims that the videos show the North Tower "plane" ("Flight 11") travelling at about 450 mph, and the South Tower "plane" ("Flight 175") travelling at over 500 mph.

Keith asks "how stupid do you think people should be" to believe this stuff.

Listen for yourself, and think for yourself.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Professor Margulis calls 9/11 "the most effective television commercial in the history of Western civilization."

Lynn Margulis, AB, MS, PhD – Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983. Former Chair, National Academy of Science's Space Science Board Committee on Planetary Biology and Chemical Evolution. Recipient of the National Medal of Science, America's highest honor for scientific achievement, in 1999, presented by President William J. Clinton.

"Whoever is responsible for bringing to grizzly fruition this new false-flag operation, which has been used to justify the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as unprecedented assaults on research, education, and civil liberties, must be perversely proud of their efficient handiwork. Certainly, 19 young Arab men and a man in a cave 7,000 miles away, no matter the level of their anger, could not have masterminded and carried out 9/11: the most effective television commercial in the history of Western civilization."

For more on her accomplishments and her views on 9/11, see her page at Patriots Question 9/11:

Is Professor Margulis aware of the evidence that faked images of planes were broadcast on 9/11? 9/11 was not just a televised event, it was a television event.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Whistleblower tortured

Imagine what would happen to a 9/11 whistleblower.

One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.

Or worse.

For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.

There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that Vance began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut.

He had thought he was doing a good and noble thing when he started telling the FBI about the guns and the land mines and the rocket-launchers - all of them being sold for cash, no receipts necessary, he said. He told a federal agent the buyers were Iraqi insurgents, American soldiers, State Department workers, and Iraqi embassy and ministry employees.

The article also mentions that the Bush "Justice" Department has not joined in any qui tam lawsuits under the False Claim Act related to Iraqi reconstruction, and quotes an attorney saying that judges give less credence to cases where the government doesn't join:

But the government has not joined a single quit tam suit alleging Iraq reconstruction abuse, estimated in the tens of millions. At least a dozen have been filed since 2004.

"It taints these cases," said attorney Alan Grayson, who filed the Custer Battles suit and several others like it. "If the government won't sign on, then it can't be a very good case - that's the effect it has on judges."

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Boeing tests composite 787

Boeing is set to perform a crash test today on its 787 Dreamliner — by dropping a section of the fuselage from the height of a second-story window.

Boeing has not done crash tests to get previous jets certified to fly. It's necessary this time because the 787 is the first airliner built largely out of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which is more brittle and less shock-absorbent than metal.

The procedure, which federal aviation regulators will monitor, may not seem like much of a trial for a jet that will travel 550 mph at 35,000 feet.

But the test isn't designed to simulate a full-tilt fall to Earth. Rather, it replicates the vertical impact of an emergency landing in which the plane hits the ground harder than normal — often referred to as a crash landing.

. . .

Observed by FAA technical specialists, Boeing engineers will drop a 10-foot-long fuselage piece from a height of about 15 feet onto a 1-inch-thick steel plate. It will hit the ground at around 30 feet per second.

. . .

In the second test, performed a few months ago, a steel plate was suspended above and then rammed into a fuselage section positioned upside down on the ground.

"Essentially, we brought the runway to the airplane," said [Jeff Hawk, Boeing's 787 executive responsible for certification]. "When you talk crush characteristics, it doesn't matter if the ground is coming at you or you are coming at the ground."

(emphasis added)

. . .

Ed Fasanella, a senior NASA engineer and crash expert, worked on the two earlier 737 drop tests and is involved with extensive crash testing at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.

Fasanella said that in a crash landing, the forward momentum is usually not a problem because the plane skids along for some distance. It's the instant deceleration in the vertical dimension, with a hard stop at the ground, that can cause injury or death.

He said that if a plane hits the ground at a vertical sink speed of 42 feet per second or faster, there likely won't be survivors.

That's why a vertical drop test is key to the analysis.

"Since it is composite, it's harder to analyze," Fasanella said, "You almost have to do a physical test."

While metal bends and crumples rather than breaking under high loads, he said, carbon-fiber plastic composites are typically "brittle."

In other news, "Bolt pierced fuel tank of 737 that exploded, officials say"

New (to me) pictures of North Tower exploding

An airborne object, described in the first slide's caption as American Airlines Flight 11, is visible in the top right corner of the first slide.

September Clues, Part 7

The latest installment in the September Clues series by Social Service shows problems with the fraudulent footage broadcast by NBC on 9/11.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Morgan Reynolds files "qui tam" action under False Claims Act

Qui tam is explained here:

And here:

There is an interesting contradiction between the second website above, created by an investigation and consulting firm that specializes in qui tam suits, and the Wikipedia article on qui tam.

The contradiction relates to whether it is better for the government to decline the action.

Wikipedia states:

"If the government does not decide to participate in a qui tam action, the relator may proceed on his or her own, though such cases classically have a much lower success rate. Conventional wisdom states that this is due in part to the fact that the government will get involved in what it believes are winning cases, but will avoid losing cases."

Although not necessarily addressing the success rate, the consulting firm states:

"If the relator is able to proceed on his or her own, there are some advantages for doing so. One is that the relator will receive a larger award if successful. Secondly, the relator - if he or she has good attorneys and other resources available, will have a better chance of being successful then if the DoJ controlled the case. Private litigants are generally more resourceful, creative and flexible than the government because they do not have the political and bureaucratic restraints found with government agencies."

In other words, a lower success rate does not necessarily correspond to a weaker case on the merits, but to the problem of private plaintiffs mounting a case against large corporations. And given the political reality that governments might not always act against fraud by politically powerful corporations, it is not necessarily fair or accurate to judge the merits of a case by whether or not the government chooses to intervene. Here, it is not at all surprising that the government chose not to intervene. They could intervene later--I wonder what that would allow them to do.

I just hope Dr. Reynolds and his attorney have the resources to proceed with this case, because they are suing a number of corporations, several of which are very rich and powerful.

Here are some other websites dealing with qui tam cases:

Private plaintiff ("relator") side:

Defense side:

Government side:

Ari Fleischer returns with faked airplane image

Beginning today, Freedom’s Watch, a new right-wing front group for the White House, "will unveil a month-long, $15 million television, radio and grass-roots campaign" to pressure Congress to continue supporting President Bush’s disastrous Iraq strategy. The group, which is "funded by high-profile Republicans who were aides and supporters of President Bush," is headed by a familiar face from the Bush war effort: former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

Think Progress links to Washington Post mentioning "Freedom's Watch":

The group's television ads are linking Iraq to 9/11, a problem addressed well here, but unfortunately in a way that just reinforces the larger fraud:

There is a much more serious problem. The image of an airplane at 20 seconds into the below video is fake. It appears to be one of the images broadcast on 9/11. Regardless, it is fake.

YouTube has apparently disabled comments on this video.

I am not dishonoring the veteran in the video, who has sacrificed a great deal for his country. His courage speaks for itself, and he has acted honorably based on what his government told him and what we all believed for years.

I will not allow a deadly fraud to pass without comment.

Faked images of planes were also rebroadcast by the History Channel at the beginning of their "9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Faction."

The official "9/11 Truth Movement" claims that the mainstream media is itching to discredit 9/11 truth seekers with the no-planes/TV Fakery theory, which is said to be inherently absurd and off-putting to the putative average citizen.

One might expect, therefore, that the History Channel would take this opportunity to discuss and discredit the no planes/TV Fakery theory. They did not do that, and I would say for good reason: once viewed critically, the broadcast images are obviously faked.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia

In their closing arguments Monday, Hassoun's lawyers said their client was merely providing humanitarian relief such as clothing, food and medicine for Muslims being persecuted in violent struggles with Russians, Serbs and other oppressors. They called the attacks against Muslims "ethnic cleansing."

A likely story. Where did they ever get the idea that Serbs were persecuting Muslims?

Posted on Tue, Aug. 14, 2007
Feds: Padilla a star recruit
Terrorism defendant Jose Padilla tried to keep a low profile during his long trial by not putting on a defense, but on Monday a prosecutor billed him as a ''star recruit'' for al Qaeda during closing arguments in Miami federal court.

Padilla, 36, is accused of being sent by a South Florida-based cell to the Middle East to train as a soldier for the terrorist organization. The former Broward County resident, arrested in Chicago eight months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was once designated as an ''enemy combatant'' by the Bush administration.

''Padilla was the star recruit of a terrorist support cell, and he was discovered right in our backyard,'' Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Frazier said.

Frazier peppered his statements with details of Padilla's Mujahedin application and travels in the Middle East between 1998 and 2002. The prosecutor also accused Padilla's mentor, Adham Amin Hassoun, and Hassoun's colleague, Kifah Wael Jayyousi, of providing money, equipment and personnel for ''violent jihad'' overseas.

Prosecutors, citing FBI-wiretapped phone calls, said the three men talked in code to disguise their true intentions of supporting terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, using words such as ''football'' for jihad.

''Playing this kind of football was more important than anything else to these men,'' Frazier said. ``What they were playing was no game.''

The prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the three defendants -- Padilla, Hassoun and Jayyousi -- conspired to provide material support for terrorists seeking to create radical Islamic states abroad during the 1990s.

The three men are also charged with conspiring to murder, kidnap and maim people abroad in jihad theaters such as Chechnya, Bosnia and Kosovo.

On Monday, the prosecution set up a a slide projector showing black and white pictures of the three defendants wearing kaffiyeh, an Arab headdress, as 12 jurors heard the closing arguments.

''What al Qaeda did writ large, these defendants did on a smaller scale,'' Frazier said.

In their closing arguments Monday, Hassoun's lawyers said their client was merely providing humanitarian relief such as clothing, food and medicine for Muslims being persecuted in violent struggles with Russians, Serbs and other oppressors. They called the attacks against Muslims ``ethnic cleansing.''

''Mr. Hassoun only intended to help others,'' said attorney Ken Swartz. ``Intent is what this case is all about.''

Swartz also disputed the prosecution's allegations of code: ``Football, as Adham talks about it, is not about murder -- it's all about helping people.''

Jayyousi's lawyers plan to mount a similar defense argument today. Padilla's lawyers, who have asserted that the government lacks sufficient evidence against their client, did not put on a defense during the three-month trial.

Jury deliberations in this high-profile trial are set to begin Wednesday. If convicted, each defendant could face up to life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Monday instructed the Miami-Dade jurors that they cannot consider whether the defendants' conduct was justified by Islamic law or meant to protect embattled Muslims overseas.

Cooke told jurors that the defendants can be convicted even if they ``may have believed that the conduct was religiously, politically or morally required, or that ultimate good would result.''

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The three men are also charged with conspiring to murder, kidnap and maim people abroad in jihad theaters such as Chechnya, Bosnia and Kosovo.

So now they were jihadists? When the U.S. government was bombing Serbia, they were "freedom fighters."

Posted on Tue, Aug. 14, 2007
Defense: Padilla isn't al Qaeda `star recruit'
Jose Padilla -- dubbed the ''dirty bomber'' by the Bush administration -- didn't fill out an al Qaeda application, didn't train with the terrorist group and didn't plot to kill anyone in the name of Islam, his defense lawyer said at his federal trial Tuesday.

Federal public defender Michael Caruso made his impassioned points during closing arguments before a dozen Miami-Dade jurors in the high-profile terrorism case.

Speaking before a packed courtroom that included Padilla's mother, Caruso called into question every aspect of the government's case against his client. He repeatedly told jurors that the former Broward resident traveled to Egypt in 1998 solely to study Arabic and Islam, not as a jihad recruit for an alleged South Florida-based terrorist cell.

''His own words showed an intent to study -- not murder,'' said Caruso, referring to FBI-intercepted phone calls between Padilla and his mentor at a Fort Lauderdale mosque.

The jury, which received instructions from U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Monday, begins deliberations Wednesday. If convicted, Padilla, 36, and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, both 45, face up to life in prison.

The prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the three defendants -- Padilla, Hassoun and Jayyousi -- conspired to provide material support for terrorists seeking to create radical Islamic states abroad during the 1990s. The three men are also charged with conspiring to murder, kidnap and maim people abroad in jihad theaters such as Chechnya, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Padilla's lawyer accused prosecutors of exaggerating his client's role as a ''star recruit'' for al Qaeda. He said they had no proof of his being an Islamic radical, training with the terrorist group or joining ''violent jihad'' in any Muslim struggles overseas.

''This is a giant game of six degrees of separation based on artificial associations and suspicion,'' Caruso said.

He challenged allegations that Padilla's Mujahedin application, recovered from a suspected al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan in fall 2001, was his -- despite a government expert's testimony that his prints were all over the front and back of the five-page form in Arabic.

He strived to imply that Padilla may have handled the form while he was in U.S. military custody as an enemy combatant from June 2002 until November 2005. He was accused of, but never charged with, plotting a radiological dirty-bomb attack on U.S. soil.

''Jose's fingerprints are only consistent with someone who handled the form, not with someone who filled out the form,'' Caruso said.

Padilla's legal team -- Caruso, Anthony Natale and Orlando do Campo -- did not put on a defense for their client during the three-month trial. By design, they sought to isolate him from the other defendants, especially Hassoun. Padilla never met Jayyousi.

Both Hassoun, a computer programmer from Sunrise, and Jayyousi, a civil engineer who worked as a school administrator, argued in their defense that they were merely aiding persecuted Muslims overseas. They denied involvement in any militant Islamic battles.

Defense lawyers said the prosecution has distorted their humanitarian efforts through the ''lens of 9/11'' to scare jurors.

''The government is trying to appeal to your fears,'' said Jayyousi's attorney, William Swor. ``They know the facts of this case do not establish a crime. It's snake oil.''

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