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Orwell Rolls * Putin Censored * USS Liberty

11 June 2007

"..Could a media system, controlled by a few global corporations
with the ability to overwhelm all competing voices,
be able to turn lies into truth?..."

-- Variety -
Re: Orwell Rolls In His Grave

1) Media spinning out of control - Orwell Rolls In His Grave
- - Barrie Zwicker, Towers of Deception, Independent Publisher Award
- - CIA Sting Osama bin Laden Confession Video
- - JFK airport plot 'a US setup'
- - Reporter Arrested on Orders of Giuliani Press Secretary
- - Just taking Ed Brown's dog for a walk can get you shot at, tasered
2) Missing and other woes on the world of war on terror
- - Groups list 39 'disappeared' in U.S. war on terror
- - Widespread Lies -- An American Woe
- - Putin's Censored Press Conference
- - Who gets to choose US President or Vice President?
- - False Flag Terror – US/Israel unprovoked attack on USS Liberty
3) Death Penalty Madness

- - Zolo Agona Azania to Face a Third Death Penalty Trial
- - DemocracyNow and Carlton Gary on Death Row in Georgia
- - Leonard Peltier Legal Update - June 2007

Editor’s Notes:

This issue is not to rush through, even if life and freedom appear to be streaking away like in a fleeting moment. The first item and articles are about the media that would make George Orwell roll in his grave. His masterpiece book, 1984 was written in 1948, a year after the CIA was conceived following the disastrous 1947 National Security Act, which exempted intelligence agencies from principles of the US Constitution, based, in part, on the US development and use of the first weapon of mass destruction. This ACT was signed by Congress and the Commander-in-chief Harry Truman, a couple of years following his orders to drop the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities within three days. Following is on Barrie Zwicker’s "Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11” winning the gold medal for the Independent Publisher Award in the category of current events. The next article exposes the Osama-CIA sting operation; the JFK airport plot thickens or starts to smell of another false flag operation; Giuliani press secretary orders the arrest of an correspondent, and while taking Ed Brown’s dog for a walk, Danny Riley was shot at, tasered, hand cuffed, arrested, interrogated,' and threatened not to speak to the media or risk being sent to jail for ten to fifteen years.

Item 2 continues in the concentrated crazy news with a Reuters article about six human rights groups urging the U.S. government to name and explain the whereabouts of 39 people believed to have been held in U.S. custody and "disappeared." Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other NGO’s said that they filed a U.S. federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act about the 39 people it terms "ghost prisoners" in the U.S. war on terror. This item also includes information on President Putin's concerns of being surrounded by US military and missiles. Plus, who do you think gets to choose US President or Vice President? An article by Jack Topal shares links and information on the annual "Bohemian Grove" and Bilderberger meetings on the new world order and the US political system. And to conclude the second item is on a disaster most Americans have not heard about.. that happened 40 years ago. Ward Boston, Jr. published this article originally in the San Diego Union-Tribune on June 8, 2007. His story is about his investigation on the heaviest attack on an US ship since World War II, the June 8th 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty. Alex Jones film, “TerrorStorm: A History of Government Sponsored Terrorism” includes film footage of this and other apparent false flag operations such as 9/11, Oklahoma City, and 7/7 London bombings.

Item 3 is about the JustUS system and the Indiana Supreme Court overturning a trial judge’s order to dismiss the death penalty count on Zolo Agona Azania. Thus, Zolo will be going to another jury trial for the third time! Another death penalty case, this time in Georgia, was covered by Democracy Now! on Carlton Gary. The final article is from Leonard Peltier’s legal team, seeking the release of some 11,000 pages of documents related to the investigation and prosecution of Leonard Peltier.

"To open ourselves to the truth and to bring ourselves face to face
with our personal and collective reality is not an option that can be
accepted or rejected. It is an undeniable requirement of all people
and all societies that seek to humanize themselves and to be free.."

-- Guatemalan Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi Conedera

Assassinated April 25, 1998, one day after his speech (and above quote),
when he presented his findings of an in-depth probe into a campaign of
terror against the people of Guatemala waged by their own government.

1) Media spinning out of control - Orwell Rolls In His Grave

- - Barrie Zwicker, Towers of Deception, Independent Publisher Award
- - CIA Sting Osama bin Laden Confession Video
- - JFK airport plot 'a US setup'
- - Reporter Arrested on Orders of Giuliani Press Secretary
- - Just taking Ed Brown's dog for a walk can get you shot at, tasered

- - Orwell Rolls In His Grave
Film Synopsis
Director Robert Kane Pappas’ ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn’t like to talk about: itself.

Meticulously tracing the process by which media has distorted and often dismissed actual news events, Pappas presents a riveting and eloquent mix of media professionals and leading intellectual voices on the media.

Among the cast of characters in ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE are Charles Lewis, director of the Center for Public Integrity, Vincent Bugliosi, former L.A. prosecutor and legal scholar, film director and author Michael Moore, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Danny Schecter, author and former producer for ABC and CNN, and Tony Benn, former member of the British Parliament.

ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE provides a vital forum for ideas that will never be heard in mainstream media. From Globalvision’s Danny Schecter: “We falsely think of our country as a democracy when it has evolved into a mediacracy – where a media that is supposed to check political abuse is part of the political abuse.” New York University media professor Mark Crispin Miller says, “These commercial entities now vie with the government for control over our lives. They are not a healthy counterweight to government. Goebbels said that what you want in a media system – he meant the Nazi media system - is to present the ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.”

From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn’t, ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the mainstream media. Are Americans being given the information a democracy needs to survive or have they been electronically lobotomized? Has the frenzy for media consolidation led to a dangerous irony where in an era of more news sources the majority of the population has actually become less informed?

ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE reminds us that 1984 is no longer a date in the future.

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Valley 9/11 Truth and Flyby News
will present a free public screening of
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 7pm
Media Education Foundation;
60 Masonic Street, Northampton
Running time of film: 103 minutes
A discussion will follow the film with
information and resources available.

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- - Barrie Zwicker, Towers of Deception, Independent Publisher Award - Our hearty congratulations to Barrie Zwicker! Independent Publisher has just announced the winners in their 2007 Book Awards--Barrie's Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11 won the Gold Medal in the "Current Events" category. Congratulations to the other winners, too. — Ed.

Announcing 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results

Judging Results in 65 National Categories

Here is the listing of Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in the 65 Current Events category in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards. A total of 2,690 national entries came from all 50 U.S. states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 17 countries overseas. Congratulations to all participants for your excellent work!

Category 34. Current Events

Gold: Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11,
by Barrie Zwicker (New Society Publishers)

Silver: Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class,
by Thom Hartmann (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)

Bronze: Free Speech 101: The Utah Valley Uproar over Michael Moore,
by Joseph Vogel (WindRiver Publishing);

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- - CIA Sting Osama bin Laden Confession Video

CIA letter supports assertion that OBL “confession video” was a sting operation
by Ed Haas - Published by


June 11, 2007 – How many times has the now infamous Osama bin Laden “confession video” played in the corporate media after its release on December 13, 2001? How many newspapers carried the story of Osama bin Laden, confessing to his prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, in their December 14, 2001 editions? How about worldwide? Combined, how many television stations, radio broadcasts, and newspapers do you think ran segments and stories about the content of this video?

Considering the number of television and radio news media outlets globally, coupled with the fact that many of the television news stations in the United States played portions of this video every 15 minutes for weeks after its release, and it can be safely estimated that this “confession video” has played millions of times since its release nearly six years ago. It can also be accepted as fact that the story of the “confession tape” was deemed fit for print repeatedly in every newspaper and news magazine in the United States and nearly every other similar type of publication worldwide.

Without a doubt, exposure to the “confession video” has reached every civilized corner of the earth in which a press can be found. Millions of times hundreds of millions of people saw, heard, or read about the video. On December 13, 2001 the video was not a secret anymore. With its sheer volume of exposure, there should be no secrets about it. Yet, to this day, documentation related to the discovery of the video and its authenticity is being guarded by elements of the U.S. government under the veil of in the interest of national defense or foreign policy. The U.S. government claims that the documentation surrounding the videotape is a matter of national security – and therefore secret. What could possibly be the secret surrounding the videotape?

Almost unanimously, the western corporate media has accepted the “confession video” as the Department of Defense described it in its December 13, 2001 press release – that the videotape of Osama bin Laden was obtained by U.S. forces in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in late November 2001 – without question.

How is it that virtually nobody within the corporate media became curious about exactly how the video was obtained by U.S. forces? Which U.S. forces? What unit? The U.S. government claimed that the “confession video” was found in a destroyed building once used by al-Qaeda fighters. How? I’m trying to imagine the scene. U.S. forces are searching abandoned buildings in Jalalabad and surrounding areas. They’re trying to smoke out al-Qaeda. Fire teams are entering each building, many in ruins, trying to locate al-Qaeda fighters. There, inside a bombed out building complete with the accustomed war torn debris is a videotape…It captures the attention of a soldier? He picks it up…and then what?

What was the name of the soldier[s]? We know the names of the soldiers that found Saddam Hussein hiding in a spider hole. Why not tell us the name of the soldier that discovered this most important videotape? What made him pick up the video? What made the videotape stand out? Where was it among the rubble? Was it on a shelf, on a table, or in a box? Who did he give the video to after he retrieved it? Where did the video go next? And who watched the video for the first time and why? What prompted somebody to even bother to watch it? How did it arrive in the United States? From beginning to end, what was the chain of custody of the video from the time it was physically discovered until it swept the world on December 13, 2001? And why would this information be secret if there is not an attempt by government[s] to deceive the public worldwide about something related to the “confession video” – a video that has played such a critical role in the Bush Administration to first justify its invasion of Afghanistan and then follow an unlikely continuum into Iraq?

It is important to remember that the FBI does not consider the “confession video” as hard evidence against Osama bin Laden because the FBI says that it has “no hard evidence connecting Osama bin Laden to 9/11”. This is not hearsay. The FBI actually provided the quotes to the Muckraker Report - quotes that were independently validated by Claire Brown formerly with I.N.N. World Report. How could this video not be considered hard evidence? The only plausible explanation is that there is something damning about the video that the FBI seeks to keep from the public record. Yet it played millions of times to a worldwide audience as if it wasn’t corrupted.

The truth is this video is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off! People that seek the truth and government accountability should set aside what they think they know about it and investigate it with a clear and open mind..

Many 9/11 truth seekers have long ago concluded that the issue surrounding the “confession video” is that it is a fake video – that the Osama bin Laden in the video is not Osama bin Laden at all. As I have previously admitted in earlier articles, I once held the fat bin Laden belief. However, thanks to the fine work of Muckraker Report contributing writer Maher Osseiran, and my further investigation into the videotape, I am now convinced that the video is indeed authentic. See Article - Taking the fat out of the fat bin Laden confession video

However, the translation of the “confession video” that the U.S. government provided the corporate media is significantly flawed, and the dates and circumstances related to the discovery of the video cannot possibly be accurate. Furthermore, the DoD claimed in its December 13, 2001 press release that the “video was filmed by unknown persons”. While the DoD may not have known who filmed the video at the time it issued its press release, I am now certain that the CIA did. The corporate media does not consider this type of information newsworthy. Why?

In a letter from the CIA to the Muckraker Report, the CIA responded to the aforementioned FOIA request questions as follows:

In accordance with section 3.6(a) of Executive Order 12958, as amended, the CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request. The fact of the existence or nonexistence of requested records is properly classified and is intelligence sources and methods information that is protected from disclosure by section 6 of the CIA Act of 1949, as amended. Therefore, the Agency has denied your request pursuant to FOIA exemptions (b)(1) and (b)(3).
(B)(1) applies to material which is properly classified pursuant to an Executive order in the interest of national defense or foreign policy.
(B)(3) applies to information pertaining to the CIA Director’s statutory obligations to protect from disclosure intelligence sources and methods, as well as the organization, functions, names, official titles, salaries, or numbers of personnel employed by the Agency, in accordance with the National Security Act of 1947 and/or the CIA Act of 1949.

By referencing (b)(1) and (b)(3) as its exemption the CIA has admitted to a level of previously undisclosed involvement in and with the “confession video” while maintaining its all to familiar plausible deniability.

Earlier I mentioned that almost unanimously, the western corporate media has accepted the “confession video” as the Department of Defense described it in its December 13, 2001 press release – without question – except for one!

On December 16, 2001, three days after its release, Ed Vulliamy and Jason Burke of London newspaper The Observer reported that the bin Laden videotape was the result of a CIA sting operation. Vulliamy and Burke reported:

This weekend, as the debate the tape has provoked continued across the Islamic world, several intelligence sources have suggested to The Observer that the tape, although absolutely genuine, is the result of a sophisticated sting operation run by the CIA through a second intelligence service, possibly Saudi or Pakistani.

Clearly, the FBI is concealing what it knows about the CIA and the sting operation that unfolded most likely on September 26, 2001. The mistake the FBI made was to not simply respond to my FOIA request initially by stating that it could locate no records responsive to my request. By providing the first exemption, and then after appeal, claim it can find no records responsive to my request, is highly suspicious. It is my belief that the first response reveals that the FBI knows something about the videotape that should not exist if what the U.S. government has told the public about the discovery of the video was true.

Many in the controlled and censored corporate news media continue to reference this video as proof and evidence against Osama bin Laden. What they have failed to investigate or admit is that it is also an indictment of treason against the Bush Administration and other elements of the federal government because the videotape was filmed prior to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan as the result of a CIA sting operation. The CIA had Osama bin Laden in its sights, camera and rifle, on or about September 26, 2001 and failed to capture or kill him in favor of gaining a videotape confession of sorts to support the Bush Administration’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. If Osama bin Laden had been captured or killed on or about September 26, 2001 – there would have been no international support for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

As for documentation of the authenticity process – none exists. If it did, the government would have provided it. It would serve the government’s purpose to provide such documentation. However, the reason documentation of the authenticity process does not exist is not because the video is fake as some contend, but because there was no need to authentic what the CIA arranged. The CIA knew the videotape was authentic because they arranged the taping of it.

This is treason. All the evidence is in clear view. The writing is on the wall. Read it.

For the complete article, see:

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- - JFK airport plot 'a US setup'
Published by
06/06/2007 08:17 - (SA)

Port Of Spain - The four suspects in an alleged terror plot to bomb a New York airport were set up in an elaborate plan by the US Republican party to retain hold of the White House, the daughter of an arrested suspect claimed on Tuesday.

Huda Ibrahiim, daughter of Amir Kareem Ibrahiim, one of four men accused of plotting acts of terrorism against the United States, said US justice officials had engaged in entrapment in breaking up the alleged plot.

Huda, 20, speaking on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago and the Guyanese Shi'ite Muslim community, read from a prepared statement in a press conference at a hotel in Port Of Spain.

She said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant key to breaking up the alleged plot had presented himself as an Islamic missionary from the United States while visiting the homes of Abdul Kadir and Amir Ibrahiim.

The FBI's informant, whom she called "the source", "is the only person culpable of any of the activities mentioned in the complaint.

Intent to entrap

"The source visited our brothers with the specific intent to entrap them in activities they know nothing about, never agreed to and did not participate in," said Huda.

Her 62-year-old father, 56-year-old former Guyanese parliamentarian Abdul Kadir, along with Russell De Freitas and Abdel Nur, both of Guyanese heritage, allegedly plotted to blow up fuel-tank pipelines at New York City's John F Kennedy International Airport.

Ibrahiim, a Trinidadian, and Kadir appeared in Trinidad court on Monday while Nur gave himself up to local authorities on Tuesday. All three men are facing extradition to the US where De Frietas has already been arraigned.

"We believe that the persons responsible for the arrest of our brothers are doing it for a purpose other than the protection of the people and interests of the USA," Huda said.

"They have apparently done so in the interest of shoring up a lame duck presidency and increasing the lame chances of the Republican party being returned to power in November 2008", said Huda, whose father is a retired government accounts clerk.

'Sure of their innocence'

She also said her father was afraid to fly, was not computer literate and does not use the internet.

"We are absolutely sure of their innocence. Neither of these men and we believe no one in our community participates in activities as those alleged in the public statements or in the filed complaint of the Department of Justice", she said.

As believers in Islamic Sharia, they followed the cardinal principles of the Koran, she said, including the principle that the blood of civilians is sacred.

"To our Muslim brothers and sisters we swear by Allah, the Lord of Muhammad, that we have not participated in any terrorist plot against the United States," she added.,,2-10-1462_2125074,00.html

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- - Reporter Arrested on Orders of Giuliani Press Secretary

Reporter Arrested on Orders of Giuliani Press Secretary
Charged with Criminal Trespass Despite Protest of CNN Staff and
Official Event Press Credentials at GOP Debate in New Hampshire

Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones / Jones Report | June 5, 2007

Manchester, NH - Freelance reporter Matt Lepacek, reporting for, was arrested for asking a question to one of Giuliani's staff members in a press conference. The press secretary identified the New York based reporter as having previously asked Giuliani about his prior knowledge of WTC building collapses and ordered New Hampshire state police to arrest him.

Jason Bermas, reporting for America: Freedom to Fascism, confirmed Lepacek had official CNN press credentials for the Republican debate. However, his camera was seized by staff members who shut off the camera, according to Luke Rudkowski, also a freelance Infowars reporter on the scene. He said police physically assaulted both reporters after Rudkowski objected that they were official members of the press and that nothing illegal had taken place. Police reportedly damaged the Infowars-owned camera in the process.

Reporters were questioning Giuliani staff members on a variety of issues, including his apparent ignorance of the 9/11 Commission Report, according to Bermas. The staff members accused the reporters of Ron Paul partisanship, which press denied. It was at this point that Lepacek, who was streaming a live report, asked a staff member about Giuliani's statement to Peter Jennings that he was told beforehand that the WTC buildings would collapse.

Giuliani's press secretary then called over New Hampshire state police, fingering Lepacek.

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- - Just taking Ed Brown's dog for a walk can get you shot at, tasered

Just taking Ed Brown's dog for a walk can get you shot at, tasered,
handcuffed, arrested, and interrogated

Marshals Fired Rounds At Ed Brown's Dog Walker Before Planned Siege

Ed Brown might be a controversial figure, but Danny Riley not.
Danny Riley is just a plumber from Albany New York.

On Thursday, June 07, 2007 Danny Riley took a dog for a walk. Inadvertently, he discovered a clandestine paramilitary law enforcement stake out, on the property of the tax resister Ed Brown. The law enforcement personnel were all dressed in full camouflage “ghillie” suits. Danny Riley was shot at, tasered, hand cuffed, arrested, and interrogated- all for walking a dog. Law enforcement personnel told Danny Riley not to talk to the media or he would be sent to jail for ten to fifteen years. Danny Riley was never advised of any charge against him. He risks all of this to tell you this truth.

A Life Saving Dog Walk
Casey Lee Cobb | Show Ed The Law | June 7th 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
More information- John Klar interview with Ed Brown:
Alex Jones audio:

On Thursday, June 07, 2007 Danny Riley was shot at, tasered, hand cuffed, arrested, and interrogated- all for walking a dog.

2) Missing and other woes on the world of war on terror

- - Groups list 39 'disappeared' in U.S. war on terror
- - Widespread Lies -- An American Woe
- - Putin's Censored Press Conference
- - Who gets to choose US President or Vice President?
- - False Flag Terror – US/Israel unprovoked attack on USS Liberty

Groups list 39 'disappeared' in U.S. war on terror
Jun 7, 2007 10:12 AM IST
By Claudia Parsons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six human rights groups urged the U.S. government on Thursday to name and explain the whereabouts of 39 people they said were believed to have been held in U.S. custody and "disappeared."

The groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said they filed a U.S. federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act seeking information about the 39 people it terms "ghost prisoners" in the U.S. "war on terror."

"Since the end of Latin America's dirty wars, the world has rejected the use of 'disappearances' as a fundamental violation of international law," professor Meg Satterthwaite of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University's School of Law said in a statement.

The report said suspects' relatives, including children as young as seven, had been held in secret detention on occasion.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano dismissed the report, saying the CIA acts in "strict accord with American law" and its counter-terrorist initiatives are "subject to careful review and oversight."

"The United States does not conduct or condone torture," he said.

In September, U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged the CIA had interrogated dozens of suspects at secret overseas locations and said 14 of those held had been sent to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bush strongly defended the secret detention and questioning of terrorism suspects and said the CIA treated them humanely. The program has drawn international outcry and questions about the cooperation of European governments.

Tens of thousands of people "disappeared" during Latin America's so-called dirty wars in Chile, Argentina and several other countries where right-wing dictators used extra-judicial detentions to crush armed Marxist opposition.

The list of 39 people said to have been held in U.S. custody at some point was compiled using information from six rights groups, including London-based groups Cageprisoners and Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.

The detentions began shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks and include people said to be captured in locations including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.


The United States has acknowledged detaining three of the 39. The groups said, however, there was strong evidence, including witness testimony, of secret detention in 18 more cases and some evidence of secret detention in the remaining 18 cases.

Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch said it was unknown if the suspects were now in U.S. or foreign custody, or even alive or dead.

"We have families who have not seen their loved ones for years. They've literally disappeared," Mariner told Reuters.

Among the cases detailed in the report is the detention in September 2002 of two children, then aged seven and nine, of confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was later detained and is now held at Guantanamo.

"According to eyewitnesses, the two were held in an adult detention center for at least four months while U.S. agents questioned the children about their father's whereabouts," the report said.

The groups said the lack of information about the prisoners "prevents scrutiny by the public or the courts, and leaves detainees vulnerable to abuses that include torture."

Bush said in September there were no prisoners remaining in custody in U.S. secret facilities at that time. But the report said the transfer of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi from CIA custody to Guantanamo in April showed the system was still operating.

"Interviews with prisoners who have been released from secret CIA prisons indicate that low-level detainees have frequently been arrested far from any battlefield, and held in isolation for years without legal recourse or contact with their families or outside agencies," the report said.

The groups urged the U.S. government to cease use of secret detention, provide information on those in custody, give access by the International Committee of the Red Cross to all detainees and either bring charges or release all prisoners.

(Additional reporting by Carol Giacomo)

© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.

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- - Widespread Lies -- An American Woe
By Emily Spence

06/10/07 "ICH" -- --- While on a recent business trip, I heard the jet's stewardess announce, "And we thank any American troops onboard for their hard work to keep America free. We, especially, thank them for doing this in dangerous, far away places. We appreciate their honor and service on behalf of the great American way. They are true heroes doing whatever it takes to keep our freedom truly free at home."

In response, I felt like calling out, "Excuse me, but how is destroying a country like Iraq keeping us free? How is warring to secure the ME oil fields for companies like Exxon-Mobile keeping us free? How is slaughtering countless civilians in dangerous, far away places (as you call them) keeping us free? Were Iraq and Afghanistan dangerous to be as a tourist before our country's initial aggressive assaults? Perhaps our invasions fomented increased dangers from terrorists both abroad AND here. So, please stop spreading dangerous propaganda. It does us all a disservice!"

Instead I kept quiet because in the land of the free, free speech is curtailed. As a result, I'd have wound up arrested by airport security forces for "creating a disturbance" were I to contradict the flight attendant.

That perhaps would be ironically amusing if it weren't so emblematic of the way that fostering of party-line lies and limiting truth generally prevail in the US. In this vein, the falsehoods often are so illogically absurd that they possess an Orwellian ring to them.

For example, many Americans (50% in 2006 according to a Harris Poll *) still believe that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq and provided a sufficient reason for US to preemptively attack. A considerable portion, also, think that the 9/11 hijackers were from Iraq and that the Iraqi government had ties to Al Qaeda (64% according to same tally). Yet, none of this has been proven one iota true. Indeed, evidence suggests quite the contrary.

At the same time, 55% imagine that historical records will credit the US with providing democracy and freedom to Iraq. In a similar vein, 72% have concluded that Iraqis have better lives now than they did under the former regime.

Truncated, for the complete article, see:

Emily Spence lives in MA and deeply cares about the future of the world.

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- - Putin's Censored Press Conference
The transcript you weren't supposed to see
By Mike Whitney

The Bush administration has carried out an aggressive strategy to surround Russia with military bases, install missiles on its borders, topple allied regimes in Central Asia, and incite political upheaval in Moscow through US-backed "pro-democracy" groups. These openly hostile actions have convinced many Russian hard-liners that the administration is going forward with the neocon plan for "regime change" in Moscow and fragmentation of the Russian Federation. Putin's testimony suggests that the hardliners are probably right.

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- - Who gets to choose US President or Vice President?

Here are the dam pieces put together...WE don't "chose" our President or VP!!!
By Jack Topel
It has become so blatantly obvious that the American people don't really get too "choose" our President but, instead, campaigns are manipulated to make sure that we get the choices that have been selected at places such as the annual "Bohemian Grove" or Bilderberger meetings.

Below, is an excerpt from a report from Alex Jones which provides insights into this matter, specially as it applies to John Edwards and Hillary Clinton in the 2004 and the up coming 2008 elections and of Bill Clinton and British prime minister Blair in previous ones.

At the end, I included a very interesting attendee in this year's Bilderberger meeting...that of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Who wants to make a wager that he'll become the vice presidential running mate of the Republic Party's Presidentail nominee - very similarly to how John Edwards got it after attending the Bilderberger meeting in 2004?

Chances are that Perry, as was the case with Edwards, will not become VP, should he get the nod for that position, for the Democrats seem to be in a better position to win the White House in 2008. But, as it was with Edwards, he will get public recognition and be in a better position in the future for a possible presidential bid. These guys plan years in advance!!!

Cheney got the nod as VP the vey day after he came out of the Bohemian Grove gathering in July of 2000. His assignment was to secure Iraq's oil for western oil companies. This year, it is becoming apparent that the task of Rick Perry, should he get the probable nod at VP, is to secure the North American Union treaty, which would abolish the sovereignty of 3 nations ... [US – Canada – Mexico]

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Alex Jones on Hillary Clinton's attendance of the Bilderbergers in 2006 (2 min)
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Bilderberg 'performance' key to Edwards VP pick
'He reported back directly to Kerry' said participant in super-secret conference
Posted: July 8, 2004

Sen. John Edwards' standout "performance" at the super-secret Bilderberg meeting in Italy last month may have been a key reason for his selection as John Kerry's vice presidential running mate, according to the New York Times. The 50th anniversary conference of the elite group – which many believe conspires semi-annually to foster global government – met June 3 through June 6 in Stresa, Italy, at the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees.
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Gov. Perry Summoned to Bilderberg While Insider
Trading Charges Mount in Related Texas Buyout

Texas Governor Rick Perry's attendance at this year's Bilderberg meeting was reported today by the Dallas Morning News and confirmed by the Governor's Press Office as he left Austin for Istanbul-- where the exclusive and private meeting of elites from throughout the Western world will take place. The trip could be in violation of the Logan Act which prevents U.S. citizens from unauthorized negotiations with foreign entities

Rick Perry has not only been instrumental in the contentious development of the Trans-Texas Corridor-- often argued to be necessary infrastructure for regional government under C.F.R. plans for a North American Community and the Security & Prosperity Partnership of North America ( signed by President Bush-- Rick Perry has also privatized TxU (Texas Utilities) , handing it off to global investment firms and private control who are heavily involved in the Bilderberg group..

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- - False Flag Terror – US/Israel unprovoked attack on USS Liberty

Forty years later, searching for truth
Friday, June 8 2007

It's been forty years since the unprovoked attack by Israel on the USS Liberty, in which 34 servicemen were killed and more than 100 were injured. Most Americans have never heard of this event, and the official whitewash of the true story still haunts many of the survivors as well as the servicemen who pushed for an honest inquiry.

For more information on this dark day, see -- [] Ed.

article originally published by The San Diego Union

Forty years ago this week, I was asked to investigate the heaviest attack on an American ship since World War II. As senior legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry it was my job to help uncover the truth regarding Israel's June 8th 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty.

On that sunny, clear day 40 years ago, Israel's combined air and naval forces attacked our American intelligence-gathering ship for two hours, inflicting 70 percent casualties. Thirty-four American sailors died and 172 were injured. The USS Liberty remained afloat only by the crew's heroic efforts.

Israel claimed it was an accident. Yet I know from personal conversations with the late Admiral Isaac C. Kidd -- president of the Court of Inquiry -- that President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of "mistaken identity."

The ensuing cover-up has haunted us for forty years. What does it imply for our national security, not to mention our ability to honestly broker peace in the Middle East, when we cannot question Israel's actions – even when they kill Americans?

On June 8th, survivors of Israel's cruel attack will gather in Washington, DC to honor their dead shipmates as well as the mothers, sisters, widows and children they left behind. They will continue to ask for a fair and impartial congressional inquiry that, for the first time, would allow the survivors themselves to testify publicly.

For decades, I have remained silent. I am a military man and when orders come in from the Secretary of Defense and President of the United States, I follow them. However, attempts to rewrite history and concern for my country compel me to share the truth.

Admiral Kidd and I were given only one week to gather evidence for the Navy’s official investigation, though we both estimated that a proper Court of Inquiry would take at least six months.

We boarded the crippled ship at sea and interviewed survivors. The evidence was clear. We both believed with certainty that this attack was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew.

I am certain the Israeli pilots and commanders who had ordered the attack knew the ship was American. I saw the bullet-riddled American flag that had been raised by the crew after their first flag had been shot down completely. I heard testimony that made it clear the Israelis intended there be no survivors. Not only did they attack with napalm, gunfire, and missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned at close range three life rafts that had been launched in an attempt to save the most seriously wounded.

I am outraged at the efforts of Israel’s apologists to claim this attack was a case of "mistaken identity."

Admiral Kidd told me that after receiving the President's cover-up orders, he was instructed to sit down with two civilians from either the White House or the Defense Department, and rewrite portions of the Court’s findings. He said, "Ward, they're not interested in the facts. It’s a political matter and we cannot talk about it." We were to "put a lid on it" and caution everyone involved never to speak of it again.

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3) Death Penalty Madness

- - Zolo Agona Azania to Face a Third Death Penalty Trial
- - DemocracyNow and Carlton Gary on Death Row in Georgia
- - Leonard Peltier Legal Update - June 2007

Zolo Agona Azania to Face a Third Death Penalty Trial

CONTACT: Howard Emmer 773-425-6716

Indiana Supreme Court in a 3 to 2 decision allows the State of Indiana to
seek the death penalty for the third time in the case of Zolo Agona Azania.

Indianapolis -- On Thursday, May 10, 2007 the Indiana Supreme Court reversed Boone County Superior Court Judge Steve David’s ruling that barred the state of Indiana from pursuing the death penalty in the case of Zolo Azania. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter appealed Judge David’s ruling and that resulted in oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court on June 27th, 2006. Zolo, who was convicted of murder in 1982, has spent the last 26 years in Indiana prisons, most of that time on death row. Twice the state has had Zolo’s death penalty verdict overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court due to: prosecution’s suppression of evidence favorable to the defendant, ineffective assistance of counsel, and systematic exclusion of African Americans from the jury pool.

In Judge David’s ruling, he argued that the state could not seek the death penalty against Zolo a third time because of the length of time that had passed since the crime was committed (24 years at that time), and that the delay was caused primarily by the state. Many of the witnesses, material and character, are now deceased and much of the evidence is either missing or destroyed. David also found that a jury at a third sentencing trial would be unduly focused on the “future dangerousness” of the convicted, depriving Zolo of an unprejudiced decision by the jury. Judge David concluded that society’s interest would be best served by barring the state from a third death sentence.

The majority opinion, written by Justice Sullivan and supported by Chief Justice Shepard and Justice Dickson, tries to blame Zolo Azania for the 25 year delay by having the audacity to file appeals to his conviction and death sentence which ultimately exposed mistakes and misconduct by the prosecution in his trials. As stated above, it was this same Indiana Supreme Court that found there was just cause for these appeals. To now blame Zolo for the delays caused by pursuing them is tantamount to blaming the victim.

Justices Boehm and Rucker both wrote dissenting opinions supporting Judge David’s ruling. In his dissenting opinion Justice Boehm found the majority opinion’s arguments for attributing the delays to Zolo as “both novel and indefensible”. Justice Rucker was troubled by the inordinate delay (25 yrs plus) affecting Zolo’s ability to produce character witnesses and cross examine state witnesses.

The state of Indiana has already convicted and held Zolo for over 25 years for a crime in which he has always maintained his innocence. It is only fair that it drops its pursuit of the death penalty that is cruel, inhuman, racist and has no place being used in a civilized society.

Zolo's lawyers are considering a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

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For a pdf of court report, including Justices Boehm and Rucker's dissenting opinions
supporting Judge David’s ruling, see:

For more on this and other human rights concerns, see:
A Nation Behind Bars: the buried talents of a population

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- - DemocracyNow and Carlton Gary on Death Row in Georgia

An Innocent Man on Death Row in Georgia?
British Journalist David Rose on
the Case of Carlton Gary and the "Stocking Stranglings"

Democracy Now!

In 1986 Gary was convicted and sentenced to death for three murders despite no physical evidence that tied him to the crimes. Last week a federal judge upheld his conviction despite new evidence that casts doubt on his conviction. David Rose examines Gary's case in his new book "The Big Eddy Club: The Stocking Stranglings and Southern Justice."

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- - Leonard Peltier Legal Update - June 2007

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

A Message from the Leonard Peltier Legal Team:

On June 8, 2007, we filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit an appellate brief asking the Court to review and release some 11,000 pages of documents related to the investigation and prosecution of Leonard Peltier. The FBI continues to withhold those documents, claiming that their release would violate promises of confidentiality made to informants and would, incredibly, endanger the national security of the United States. In our brief, we argue that the FBI's promises to its informants expired long ago, and were waived when those informants testified publicly. We also assert that the virtually unprecedented public interest in the case of Leonard Peltier warrants careful judicial review of the withheld documents. In addition, we demonstrate that the FBI's historic misconduct in this case, coupled with its continued misrepresentations about Peltier's case, shows sufficient bad faith to require the most searching inquiry into any claims of privilege.

In the history of the American criminal justice system, there are few cases that have attracted as much attention, uncovered as much abuse of power, or raised as many questions amongst citizens of this country and abroad, as the prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment of Leonard Peltier. Leonard Peltier has been wrongfully incarcerated for over thirty years. Public concern and moral outrage over the pattern of misconduct that led to Peltier's conviction persists.

On June 8, 2007 attorneys for Leonard Peltier, Ron Kuby and David Pressman have filed the following brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. This action, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), is designed to answer fundamental questions and address widespread public concern about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's conduct in Peltier's case.

Please click here for copy of appellate brief for the US Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit (filed June 8, 2007).

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Ron Kuby and David Pressman

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