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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Monday, August 20, 2007

America haters getting bold

Justin Raimondo writes about a despicable, un-American call for a "president for life" from a fascist cell called Family Security Matters. He also links to other less extreme examples of fascists letting their masks slip.

The article was removed, but is cached here:

It looks like Lew Rockwell was right about "red state fascism":

Then we have the despicable call for another 9/11 to get Americans to support the continued occupation of Iraq.

He now says that responses show that his hypothesis that another 9/11 would unify American was wrong:

He also says he was not calling for an attack when he said "I'm thinking another 9/11 would help America."

He also says he wasn't not responsible for the headline: "To save America, we need another 9/11."

Doing what it was supposed to do, the headline captured attention, but it was slightly off. It said a 9/11 attack is "needed," which was a bit beyond what my column said.

The headline didn't "capture attention." It called for the deaths of Americans to get them to support the deaths of more Americans and Iraqis.

Stu Bykosky is a despicable man, and the Philly News is a despicable company, for publishing this. If I lived in Philly, I would raise hell about this with their advertisers.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Truman: Limit CIA Role to Intelligence

I knew about Eisenhower's famous warning about the military-industrial complex, but not about what Harry Truman said right after Kennedy's assassination.'s%20CIA%20article.html

The Washington Post
December 22, 1963 - page A11

Harry Truman Writes:
Limit CIA Role
To Intelligence

By Harry S Truman
Copyright, 1963, by Harry S Truman

INDEPENDENCE, MO., Dec. 21 — I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA. At least, I would like to submit here the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency during my Administration, what I expected it to do and how it was to operate as an arm of the President.
I think it is fairly obvious that by and large a President's performance in office is as effective as the information he has and the information he gets. That is to say, that assuming the President himself possesses a knowledge of our history, a sensitive understanding of our institutions, and an insight into the needs and aspirations of the people, he needs to have available to him the most accurate and up-to-the-minute information on what is going on everywhere in the world, and particularly of the trends and developments in all the danger spots in the contest between East and West. This is an immense task and requires a special kind of an intelligence facility.
Of course, every President has available to him all the information gathered by the many intelligence agencies already in existence. The Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Interior and others are constantly engaged in extensive information gathering and have done excellent work.
But their collective information reached the President all too frequently in conflicting conclusions. At times, the intelligence reports tended to be slanted to conform to established positions of a given department. This becomes confusing and what's worse, such intelligence is of little use to a President in reaching the right decisions.
Therefore, I decided to set up a special organization charged with the collection of all intelligence reports from every available source, and to have those reports reach me as President without department "treatment" or interpretations.
I wanted and needed the information in its "natural raw" state and in as comprehensive a volume as it was practical for me to make full use of it. But the most important thing about this move was to guard against the chance of intelligence being used to influence or to lead the President into unwise decisions—and I thought it was necessary that the President do his own thinking and evaluating.
Since the responsibility for decision making was his—then he had to be sure that no information is kept from him for whatever reason at the discretion of any one department or agency, or that unpleasant facts be kept from him. There are always those who would want to shield a President from bad news or misjudgments to spare him from being "upset."
For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue—and a subject for cold war enemy propaganda.
With all the nonsense put out by Communist propaganda about "Yankee imperialism," "exploitive capitalism," "war-mongering," "monopolists," in their name-calling assault on the West, the last thing we needed was for the CIA to be seized upon as something akin to a subverting influence in the affairs of other people.
I well knew the first temporary director of the CIA, Adm. Souers, and the later permanent directors of the CIA, Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg and Allen Dulles. These were men of the highest character, patriotism and integrity—and I assume this is true of all those who continue in charge.
But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field—and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.
We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.


Thanks to Real History Lisa, who discusses the CIA's history here: