and committed perjury to 9/11 Commission
It is now being reported that investigators for the 9/11 Commission drafted a memo in April 2004 stating they believed that the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and the (FAA) lied to commission investigators by indicating the military's readiness was sufficient on 9/11. Commission staffer John Azzerello is reported to have given the memo to Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow, a leading neocon, who then "buried it."
Commission investigators wanted a strongly worded criminal referral on NORAD and FAA perjury sent to the The Commission" and New York Times reporter, that he did not know of the criminal referral issue at the time. but Zelikow downplayed the complaint and later told Phil Shenon, the author of "
CHENEY LED BRIEFINGS OF LAWMAKERS TO DEFEND
June 3, 2009 Cheney's role in helping handle intelligence issues in the Bush
administration -- particularly his advocacy for the use of aggressive
methods and warrantless wiretapping against alleged terrorists -- has
been well documented. But his hands-on role in defending the
interrogation program to lawmakers has not been previously publicized.
An official who witnessed one of Cheney's briefing sessions with
lawmakers said the vice president's presence appeared calculated to
give additional heft to the CIA's case for maintaining the program.
Cheney left it to the professional briefers to outline the
interrogation practices, while he mounted an impassioned defense of
For all but seven of the 40 meetings listed, however, the documents
outlined which agency led the briefing and which provided support.
And on at least five occasions, they spelled out that then-CIA
Director Michael V. Hayden led the classified meetings.
Read Pat Buchanan's book Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War and learn about the Germans in WWII who didn't have any military capability to attack England after the Battle of Britain, no air superiority and no ships to transport troops or equipment to England. Learn about how Hitler allowed the British to evacuate their troops from the shores of Dunkirk and flee back to England when Hitler's army could have killed them all on the beach. Learn about how the Germans didn't have a blue water navy and only a limited number of subs. Learn about why the US should have just let the Nazis and Stalinist kill off each other. Learn about how WWI was another war we should never have gotten involved in
CENTCOM now employs 242,657 contractors in its area of
June 1, 2009: In a brief summary based on recently released reports about
contractors in the employ of the in connection to the Iraq
and Afghanistan wars, , author of Blackwater, reported
that "According to new statistics released by the Pentagon, with
Barack Obama as commander in chief, there has been a 23% increase in
the number of 'Private Security Contractors' working for the
in Iraq in the second quarter of 2009 and a 29%
increase in Afghanistan, which 'correlates to the build up of forces'
in the country. . . . Overall, contractors (armed and unarmed) now
make up approximately 50% of the 'total force in Centcom AOR [Area of
working on these two U.S. wars."
Source via Joe Thompson thru Mark Jensen
6a. World wheat output forecast
2005-2006: 605 million tons
2006-2007: 596 million tons, due to "dry and hot weather around the globe,"
2009-2010: ?? down about 4 percent from last year projected Jun 09
19 percent decline in production in the United States, a 9 percent decline in the European Union and a 27 percent decline in Ukraine
6b. US Corn output ( over one-third of total global output)
2007-2008: 791.63 million tons
2008-2009: ?? declined
2009-2010: about 785.1 million tons = a decline of 7 % from 2008-2009, but still the third highest total on record == – projected Jun 09
6c. Rice output:
2009-2010: A small increase – a little more than 5 million tons -- in total global production will not
represent a major increase in supplies projected Jun 09
7. World's food stocks enough to feed the world for: (world grain supply*)
1999-2000: 116 days (115 days)* average since 1960 has been about 79 days' supply. Today, it's about 49 days.
2006: 57 days (predicted) prices up 20%
2007-08: 53 day source: MAY 11, 2007http://usda.
fall of 2007 45 days source: June 28. 2007 Source: Agora newsletter
2009-2010: Decreased production in both the corn and wheat sectors and nearly steady rice production could make 2009 an interesting year for commodities.
So what went wrong with the Republican Party? It's all about religion!
Two religions have destroyed the Republican Party: evangelical Christianity and Christian/Jewish Zionism. Evangelical Christianity created the Religious Right which forever linked the Republican Party to the anti-abortion, anti-sex education, anti-evolution and anti-gay crusades.
Zionism, American-style is a politicized version of a religion. The neo-con side got traction when religious Jews became Zionists and when religious Christians (evangelicals) hopped aboard to hasten the "Rapture."
The result of the Republican Party being taken over by these religious groups was that we got George W. Bush. His idea of governance was a hands-off, all-government-
What's caused the Republican Party's real meltdown? It's that it has ceased to exist as a political party and is instead a dwindling weirdly eclectic collection of uneducated rubes led by a few fearful angry far right thinkers who talk in media sound bites geared to the types of people who watch Fox News.
The Republican party today serves the narrowly defined religious interests of two angry and fearful Jewish/Evangelical minorities who are themselves bastardized offshoots of their Christian and Jewish traditions.
Asked whether the interests of Israel and the US are identical, only 28 percent of Obama voters agreed, while 59 percent disagreed. Among McCain voters, it was the reverse: 78 percent of McCain voters said US and Israel interests were identical (!) and 15 percent said they are not.
The results of a new Zogby poll are interesting. They suggest that Obama would have strong support for a US diplomatic effort to forge an Israel-Palestine deal, even if it means tough pressure on Israel. According to the poll, when asked if the United States should "get tough" with Israel in order to back up its call for an end to settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, fully 50 percent of Americans said yes, with just 19 percent saying "do nothing," and 32 percent not sure.
Will Congress declare war on Western Pakistan? Or did Congress authorize "hot pursuit" from Afghanistan into adjacent countries? Does the Constitution still require Congress to vote whether the US will go to war?
The Obama administration is increasingly treating its growing intervention in Pakistan as a separate counter-insurgency war for which it is demanding the same kind of extraordinary military powers obtained by the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Iraq.
$400 million requested by the Pentagon for a new Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund
The US government, still without a clearly articulated strategy, calls for a heavily militarized escalation of forces into a conflict that cannot be resolved through military means, we would be well advised to arm ourselves with the wisdom of the historical record. As it now stands, President Obama is being led into the graveyard of empires by the same misguided philosophers of war that helped spawn this disaster in the first place.
Already on the brink of implosion-- in the words of Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, "give the Soviets their Vietnam" -- the USSR collapsed soon after the conflict. But along with its demise came one of the most unfathomable humanitarian catastrophes in modern history. One million Afghans were killed during the war. Five million fled to neighboring countries. Two million were internally displaced. The nation's infrastructure was reduced to rot and rubble, and the landscape was scarred and pockmarked with landmines, many of which still claim victims today. In addition to the dead, over four million Afghans were horribly maimed or disabled.
In the course of the discussion, Cheney used the exact words "blew up the World Trade Center " in reference to the al Qaeda network which, according to the official version, masterminded the 9-11 operation but absolutely did not "blow up" the World Trade Center since that implies implanted explosives and an inside job of some kind.
"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the man who killed 3,000 Americans on 9-11, blew up the World Trade Center , attacked the Pentagon, tried to blow up the White House and the Capitol Building . . . an evil man," said Cheney to Schieffer.
In December 2004, Rumsfeld stated the following from a podium when visiting Iraq, as excerpted in a brief video clip: "And I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon. . . ."
The claims by some independent researchers that the real plane was shot down at a different, but nearby, location in Pennsylvania have always been dismissed by higher-ups in government and big media. Some say a cruise missile or similar device was shot into the ground, as a diversion, at the official "crash scene" in Shanksville, which left no distinct plane wreckage behind.
Comment: And the coroner couldn't even find teeth in the hole in the ground.
Also, in an Oct. 12, 2001, statement by Rumsfeld in Parade magazine, he refers to "the missile" that damaged the Pentagon, even though the official story says Islamic terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, and there was no missile. Again, there was no discernable commercial airliner wreckage. Even the lawn by the impact site was undisturbed.
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