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Note: For an index to revealing excerpts of media articles on several dozen enga ging topics, click here. When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing 1999-02-01, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/dotmil/arkin020199.htm "Gentlemen! We have called you together to inform you that we are going to overt hrow the United States government." So begins a statement being delivered by Gen . Carl W. Steiner. At least the voice sounds amazingly like him. But it is not S teiner. It is the result of voice "morphing" technology developed at the Los Ala mos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Psychological operations ... PSYOPS, as t he military calls it, seek to exploit human vulnerabilities in enemy governments , militaries and populations to pursue national and battlefield objectives. Cove rt operators kicked around the idea of creating a computer-faked videotape of Sa ddam Hussein crying or showing other such manly weaknesses, or in some sexually compromising situation. The nascent plan was for the tapes to be flooded into Ir aq and the Arab world. The tape war never proceeded...but the "strategic" PSYOPS scheming didn't die. What if the U.S. projected a holographic image of Allah fl oating over Baghdad urging the Iraqi people and Army to rise up against Saddam? According to a military physicist given the task of looking into the hologram id ea, the feasibility had been established of projecting large, three-dimensional objects that appeared to float in the air. A super secret program was establishe d in 1994 to pursue the very technology for PSYOPS application. The "Holographic Projector" is described in a classified Air Force document as a system to "proj ect information power from space ... for special operations deception missions." Note: If the above link fails, click here. If you want to understand some of the many hidden capabilities of the U.S. military, this article is a must read. For more on the use of these "nonlethal" weapons, click here.

C.I.A. Data Show 14-Year Project On Controlling Human Behavior 1977-07-21, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60A1FFC3E59157493C3AB178CD85... The Central Intelligence Agency conducted a 14-year program to find ways to "con trol human behavior" through the use of chemical, biological and radiological ma terial, according to agency documents made public today by John Marks. The docum ents ... suggested broader experimentation on unwitting humans by the intelligen ce agency or its paid researchers than had been publicly known before. Mr. Marks distributed 20 documents that described the following incidents, among others: In 1956, the C.I.A. contracted with a private physician to test "bulbocapnine," a drug that can cause stupor or induce a catatonic state, on monkeys and "convic ts incarcerated at" an unnamed state penitentiary. A letter from an unnamed C.I. A. official in 1949 discussed ways of killing people without leaving a trace. "I

believe that there are two chemical substances which would be most useful in th at they would leave no characteristic pathological findings," the letter said. I n 1952, two Russian agents who were "suspected of being doubled" were interrogat ed using "narcohypnotic" methods. The two men were given sodium pentothal and a stimulant. One interrogation produced a "remarkable" regression, the papers said , during which "the subject actually relived certain past activities of his life . The subject totally accepted Mr. [name deleted] as an old and trusted and belo ved personal friend whom the subject had known in years past in Georgia, U.S.S.R ." The C.I.A. conducted secret medical experiments from 1949 through 1963 under the code names Bluebird, Artichoke, MK Ultra and MK Delta. Note: If the above link fails, click here. For lots more reliable, verifiable in formation suggesting a major cover-up of government mind control programs, click here.

Mind-Control Studies Had Origins in Trial of Mindszenty 1977-08-02, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E11F83A5B167493C0A91783D85... It may be difficult for Americans to comprehend the frame of mind of the men who ... started the Central Intelligence Agency's effort to manipulate human behavi or. The C.I.A. leaders were certain the Communists had embarked on a campaign to control men's minds and they were determined to find a defense, setting out in earnest the next year 1950 with Project Bluebird, which evolved into Project Articho ke, then became MK-ULTRA - MK-DELTA. With each code name change, they broadened their sweep, until there remained virtually no avenue of human behavior control they were not exploring. There was an "urgent need," the C.I.A. and other intell igence agencies argued, to develop "effective and practical techniques" to "rend er an individual subservient to an imposed will or control." The C.I.A. men ... acknowledged among themselves that much of what they were setting out to do was "unethical," bordered on the illegal and would be repugnant to the American peop le. "Precautions must be taken," one agency official wrote in an internal memo, "not only to protect the operation from exposure to enemy forces, but also to co nceal these activities from the American public in general." They wanted to be a ble to get away with murder without leaving a trace. In attempts to develop ways to administer lethal and mind-altering drugs surreptitiously through clothing a s thick as a leather jacket, they tried out small spray guns and pencil-like inj ectors. They studied the writing of the psychologist who worked with Adolf Hitle r, wondered about the use of the "occult" and of "black psychiatry." Note: To see a free copy of this highly revealing New York Times article, click here. For lots more reliable, verifiable information suggesting a major cover-up of government mind control programs, click here.

Brainwash victims win cash claims 2004-10-17, London Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2090-1313808,00.html Hundreds of mentally ill patients who were subjected to barbaric CIA-funded brai nwashing experiments ... could be entitled to compensation following a landmark court ruling. Doctor Ewan Cameron, who became one of the world s leading psychiatr ists, developed techniques used by Nazi scientists to wipe out the existing pers onalities of people in his care. Cameron ... was recruited by the CIA during the cold war while working at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He carried out mind-control experiments using drugs such as LSD on hundreds of patients, but o nly 77 of them were awarded compensation. Now a landmark ruling by a Federal Cou

rt judge in Montreal will allow more than 250 former patients, whose claims were rejected, to seek compensation. Last week, Alan Stein, of Montreal law firm Ste in and Stein ... confirmed he was in the process of contacting former clients wh o could now renew their appeal. There are about 200 people still due compensation , he said. Using techniques similar to those portrayed in the celebrated novel th e Manchurian Candidate, it was believed that people could be brainwashed and rep rogrammed to carry out specific acts. Cameron developed a range of depatterning t reatments . Patients were woken from drug-induced stupors two or three times a day for multiple electric shocks. In a specially designed sleep room made famous by A nne Collins s book of the same name, Cameron placed a speaker under the patient s pi llow and relayed negative messages for 16 hours a day. Cameron ... rose to becom e the first president of the World Psychiatric Association. Note: If the above link does not work, click here. This article clearly shows th at the Manchurian candidate (programmed assassin) is not just fiction. For a pow erful two-page summary of 18,000 pages of declassified CIA documents on this dis turbing mind control program, click here. Links to view the original top secret documents are included.

Sidney Gottlieb, 80, Dies; Took LSD to C.I.A. 1999-03-10, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F70A13FA355B0C738DDDA... Sidney Gottlieb, who presided over the Central Intelligence Agency's cold-war ef forts to control the human mind and provided the agency poisons to kill Fidel Ca stro, died on Sunday. He ... spent his later years caring for dying patients ... and fighting lawsuits from survivors of his secret tests. He will always be rem embered as the Government chemist who dosed Americans with psychedelics in the n ame of national security. Mr. Gottlieb joined the C.I.A. in 1951. Two years late r, the agency established MKUltra and Mr. Gottlieb was running it. He served two decades as the senior scientist presiding over some of the C.I.A.'s darkest sec rets. The first of these were the LSD experiments. Mr. Gottlieb was fascinated b y the drug [and] took it hundreds of times. In the 1950's and early 1960's, the agency gave mind-altering drugs to hundreds of unsuspecting Americans in an effo rt to explore the possibilities of controlling human consciousness. In one case, a mental patient in Kentucky was dosed with LSD continuously for 174 days. Othe r experiments involved agency employees, military officers and college students. In all, the agency conducted 149 separate mind-control experiments, and as many as 25 involved unwitting subjects. At least one participant died, others went m ad, and still others suffered psychological damage after participating in the pr oject, known as MK Ultra. The C.I.A. ... deliberately destroyed most of the MKUl tra records in 1973. Mr. Gottlieb was also involved in the C.I.A.'s assassinatio n plots. [He] developed a poison handkerchief to kill an Iraqi colonel, an array of toxic gifts to be delivered to Fidel Castro, and a poison dart to kill a lef tist leader in the Congo.

CIA and DOD Human Subjects Research Scandals 2007-00-00, U.S. Department of Energy Website http://hss.energy.gov/healthsafety/ohre/roadmap/achre/chap3_4.html In December 1974, the New York Times reported that the CIA had conducted illegal domestic activities, including experiments on U.S. citizens during the 1960s. T hat report prompted investigations by both Congress (in the form of the Church C ommittee) and a presidential commission (known as the Rockefeller Commission) in to the domestic activities of the CIA, the FBI, and intelligence-related agencie s of the military. Congressional hearings and the Rockefeller Commission report

revealed to the public for the first time that the CIA and the DOD had conducted experiments on both cognizant and unwitting human subjects as part of an extens ive program to influence and control human behavior through the use of psychoact ive drugs (such as LSD and mescaline) and other chemical, biological, and psycho logical means. They also revealed that at least one subject had died after admin istration of LSD. Frank Olson, an Army scientist, was given LSD without his know ledge or consent in 1953 as part of a CIA experiment and apparently committed su icide a week later. Subsequent reports would show that another person ... died a s a result of a secret Army experiment involving mescaline. The CIA program, kno wn principally by the codename MKULTRA, began in 1950 and was motivated largely in response to alleged Soviet, Chinese, and North Korean uses of mind-control te chniques on U.S. prisoners of war in Korea. Most of the MKULTRA records were del iberately destroyed in 1973 by order of then-Director of Central Intelligence Ri chard Helms. Note: This highly revealing article on a U.S. government website shows that the CIA was actively involved in mind control projects. For an excellent summary bas ed on thousands of pages of declassified CIA documents showing the secret creati on of unknowing assassins or "Manchurian Candidates," click here.

CIA Brainwashing Suit Settled 1988-10-05, Chicago Tribune http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/24835384.html?dids=24835384... Eight elderly Canadians who were victims of CIA-funded brainwashing experiments in the 1950s reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Tuesday in their multim illion-dollar damage suit against the U.S. spy agency. The Canadian plaintiffs, who say they suffered permanent mental and physical damage as a result of the bi zarre experiments performed on them at a Montreal psychiatric hospital, will div ide a $750,000 payment among them, according to their attorney, James Turner. Th e Canadians, all patients of the late Dr. Ewen Cameron at Montreal's Allan Memor ial Institute in the late 1950s, were injected with repeated doses of mind-alter ing LSD, deprived of sleep, subjected to massive electroshock treatments and for ced to listen to thousands of repetitions of taped messages taken from the most sensitive moments of their therapy sessions. Note: Dr. Cameron was once President of the American and World Psychiatric Assoc iations. For more on the severe abuses of doctors in serving the CIA's mind cont rol programs, click here. For lots more reliable, verifiable information on CIA mind control experiments and programs, click here. The link above provides this abstract of the complete article, which can be accessed by payment of a small fe e.

80 Institutions Used in C.I.A. Mind Studies 1977-08-04, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20D15F63A5B167493C6A91783D85... Adm. Stansfield Turner, the Director of Central Intelligence, testified today th at the C.I.A. had secretly supported human behavior control research at 80 insti tutions, including 44 colleges or universities as well as hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies. He said that the main action years of MK-Ultra were f rom 1953 through 1963. The projects, he said, had included tests of LSD and of a "K," or "knockout drop." The agency had supported 185 nongovernment researchers in 149 separate research projects. Admiral Turner said that ... 8,000 pages of newly discovered documents do not contain the names of the subjects of the tests but do contain "leads" that might enable them to be found. Admiral Turner ackno

wledged under questioning that the C.I.A. had apparently planned to test drugs o n terminal cancer patients at the same institution where it secretly contributed $375,000 toward the construction of a hospital building. The New York Times has independently confirmed the institution is Georgetown University Medical School here. Admiral Turner [also] said that "some unwitting testing took place on cri minal sexual psychopaths confined at a state hospital." At the two-hour hearing today, Senator Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, pressed Admiral Turner to let the universities, researchers and possible subjects of the tests know of the C.I .A.'s involvement. "These individuals have a right to know who they are and why they were used," he said. Note: If the above link fails, click here. For lots more reliable, verifiable in formation suggesting a major cover-up of government mind control programs, click here.

'Matador' With a Radio Stops Wired Bull 1965-05-17, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20817F9395812738DDDAE0994DD4... The brave bull bore down on the unarmed "matador" a scientist who had never face d a fighting bull. But the charging animal's horns never reached the man behind the heavy red cape. Moments before that could happen, Dr. Jose M. R. Delgado, th e scientist, pressed a button on a small radio transmitter in his hand, and the bull braked to a halt. Then, he pressed another button on the transmitter and th e bull obediently turned to the right and trotted away. The bull was obeying com mands from his brain that had been called forth by electrical stimulation by the r adio signals of certain regions in which fine wire electrodes had been painlessly implanted the day before. [Experiments] have shown, he explained, that "function s traditionally related to the psyche, such as friendliness, pleasure or verbal expression, can be induced, modified and inhibited by direct electrical stimulat ion of the brain." For example, he has been able to "play" monkeys and cats 'lik e little electronic toys" that yawn, hide, fight, play, mate and go to sleep on command. With humans under treatment for epilepsy, he has increased word output sixfold in one person, has produced severe anxiety in another, and in several ot hers has induced feelings of profound friendliness all by electrical stimulation o f various specific regions of their brains. "I do not know why more work of this sort isn't done," he remarked recently, "because it is so economical and easy." Monkeys will learn to press a button that sends a stimulus to the brain of an e nraged member of the colony and calms it down, indicating that animals can be ta ught to control one another's behavior. Note: If the above link fails, click here. This article shows mind control was b eing developed over 40 years ago. Though this technology can be used for good pu rposes, it also can and secretly has been used to manipulate and control for man y years. For lots of information based on released CIA documents on how mind con trol has been secretly used for decades to affect both individual behavior and g lobal politics, click here and here.

Hypnotic Experimentation and Research 1954-02-10, WantToKnow.info/Declassified U.S. Government Document http://www.wanttoknow.info/mindcontrol10pg#cia190691 A posthypnotic of the night before (pointed finger, you will Misses [whited out] and [whited out] immediately progressed state with no further suggestion. Miss [whited out] was then previously expressed a fear of firearms in any fashion) that sleep) was enacted. to a deep hypnotic instructed (having she would use every

method at her disposal to awaken Miss [whited out] (now in a deep hypnotic slee p) and failing this, she would pick up a pistol nearby and fire it at Miss [whit ed out]. She was instructed that her rage would be so great that she would not h esitate to kill [whited out] for failing to awaken. Miss [whited out] carried out these suggestions to the letter including firing the (unloaded) gun at [whited o ut] and then proceeding to fall into a deep sleep. Both were awakened and expres sed complete amnesia for the entire sequence. Miss [whited out] was again handed the gun, which she refused (in an awakened state) to pick up or accept from the operator. She expressed absolute denial that the foregoing sequence had happene d. Note: This text is quoted from page 1 of declassified CIA document MORI ID 19069 1. To verify the statement in the text, make a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request as described here, or directly view a scanned copy online here. To acce ss thousands of pages of declassified CIA mind control documents online, click h ere. For lots more reliable information on this crucial topic, click here.

Ventura Turns Investigator for 'Conspiracy Theory' 2009-12-01, ABC News/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9219009 Jesse Ventura is back for another stab at TV stardom, this time hosting a progra m that digs into conspiracy theories, including alternate views of what was behi nd the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the purpose of a sprawling research center in remote Alaska. The former Minnesota governor, professional wrestler and Navy SEAL stars in "Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura," ... on truTV. The cable n etwork, part of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., has ordered seven episodes of t he hourlong weekly series. Marc Juris, executive vide president and general mana ger of truTV, said Ventura is passionate about the show and brings "knowledge fr om the inside" of government. "He's not doing this as an act or a gimmick. It's true to his heart. He's really looking for the answers," Juris told the AP. The premiere episode deals with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, a 35-acre compound of 180 antennas near Gakona, Alaska, that is used t o study the Earth's ionosphere. Ventura and those he interviews question whether the government is using the site to manipulate the weather or to bombard people with mind-controlling radio waves. Future "Conspiracy Theory" shows explore all eged cover-ups surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks and whether there are real "Manc hurian Candidate" assassins who are programmed to kill, said Juris. Note: Ventura was also a Navy Seal, where he personally was involved in top secr et activities and learned how what is presented to the public is very different from the deeper realities. Don't miss the highly educational episode on the vita lly important topic of HAARP by clicking here. And watch the excellent episode o n 9/11 by clicking here. You'll be surprised by the new angles presented.

40 years after RFK's death, questions linger 2008-06-03, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/03/MNN110S5KH.DTL Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy 40 years ago this week in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, is living out his days in the California st ate prison at Corcoran. He is 64 and has never fully explained what happened tha t night other than to say he can't remember it. "The interesting thing is how un der-examined the Robert Kennedy assassination is, compared to President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.," said David Talbot of San Francisco, author of Broth ers, a book that looks into Robert Kennedy's own investigation into his brother'

s death and his conviction that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy. "Bobby remai ns the unknown territory," Talbot said. "But even if you look at it minimally, t here are questions that come to mind." Over the years, Sirhan has told investiga tors who interviewed him in prison that he was in a hypnotic trance during the s hooting and can't remember it at all. William Turner, a retired FBI agent who wr ote a book about the case, ... thinks Sirhan was "hypno-programmed to shoot" and that he was a real-life Manchurian Candidate - [a] brainwashed dupe whose contr ollers want to assassinate a presidential candidate. Turner suspects the same vi llains as do the JFK conspiracy theorists - "organized crime and, predominantly, people from the CIA." [Philip Van Praag, a retired electrical engineer and audi o expert,] and a fellow investigator, former American Academy of Forensic Scient ists president Robert Joling, ... have written a book about the killing, whose t itle, An Open and Shut Case, is a dig at the police investigation. Joling says a n "independent panel of forensic scientists" should be created to "reinvestigate this matter on all the evidence." Note: To listen to a highly revealing presentation by Sirhan's lawyer, Lawrence Teeter, on the many lines of evidence proving Sirhan was not a lone gunman, clic k here. For further revealing reports on major political assassinations, click h ere.

Agency's Strangeloves altered mind of a girl aged 4 2007-06-28, The Australian (Australia's national daily newspaper) http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21980496-2703,00.html Easily lost, on page 425, in the mass of the CIA's notorious "Family Jewels" fil es is a short paragraph outlining "potentially embarrassing Agency activities". "Experiments in influencing human behaviour through the administration of mindor personality-altering drugs to unwitting subjects." Of all the heinous acts co mmitted by the CIA in the name of national security, these experiments, done on the agency's behalf by prominent psychiatrists on innocent victims - including c hildren as young as four - may be the darkest. "We have no answer to the moral i ssue," former director Richard Helms infamously said when asked about the nature of the projects. The release of the Family Jewels documents revealed the CIA ha ndsomely funded these real-life Dr Strangeloves and engaged pharmaceutical compa nies to help its experiments. The agency appealed to Big Pharma to pass on any d rugs that could not be marketed because of "unfavourable side effects" to be tes ted on mice and monkeys. Any drugs that passed muster would then be used ... on volunteer US soldiers. The Family Jewels files do not provide further detail int o the numerous mind-control programs, such as MKULTRA, covertly propped up by th e agency. In 1953, MKULTRA was given 6 per cent of the total CIA budget without any oversight. The nature of the experiments, gathered from government documents and testimony in numerous lawsuits brought against the CIA, is shocking, from t esting LSD on children to implanting electrodes in victims' brains to deliberate ly poisoning people with uranium. "The CIA bought my services from my grandfathe r in 1952 starting at the tender age of four," wrote Carol Rutz of her experienc es. Note: The entire body of the CIA's "Family Jewels" documents have been posted on line by the National Security Archives, and can be read by clicking here. And fo r a 10-page summary of Carol Rutz's riveting book on her experiences as a govern ment-created Manchurian candidate, click here.

CIA role claim in Kennedy killing 2006-11-21, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/6169006.stm

New video and photographic evidence...puts three senior CIA operatives at the sc ene of Robert Kennedy's assassination. It reveals that the operatives and four u nidentified associates were at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles in the moments before and after the shooting on 5 June, 1968. The CIA had no domestic jurisdict ion and some of the officers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no reason to be in Los Angeles. Kennedy had just won the California Democratic prim ary on an anti-War ticket and was set to challenge Nixon for the White House. A 24-year-old Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan, was arrested as the lone assassin. Howev er, even under hypnosis, he has never been able to remember the shooting and def ence psychiatrists concluded he was in a trance at the time. Witnesses placed Si rhan's gun several feet in front of Kennedy but the autopsy showed the fatal sho t came from one inch behind. Dr Herbert Spiegel, a world authority on hypnosis a t Columbia University, believes Sirhan may have been hypnotically programmed to act as a decoy for the real assassin. Three of these men have been positively id entified as senior officers who worked together in 1963 at JMWAVE, the CIA's Mia mi base. David Morales was Chief of Operations and once told friends: "I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the l ittle bastard." George Joannides was Chief of Psychological Warfare Operations. Now, we see him at the Ambassador Hotel the night a second Kennedy is assassinat ed. Note: There is ample evidence that Sirhan Sirhan was a programmed Manchurian Can didate. Declassified CIA documents show that U.S. intelligence services were cre ating programmed assassins back as early as the 1950s. For reliable, verifiable information on this key topic, click here.

John K. Vance; Uncovered LSD Project at CIA 2005-06-16, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/15/AR20050615026... John K. Vance [was] a member of the Central Intelligence Agency inspector genera l's staff in the early 1960s who discovered that the agency was running a resear ch project that included administering LSD and other drugs to unwitting human su bjects. Code-named MKULTRA (and pronounced m-k-ultra), the project Mr. Vance unc overed was the brainchild of CIA Director Allen Dulles, who was intrigued by rep orts of mind-control techniques allegedly conducted by Soviet, Chinese and North Korean agents on U.S. prisoners of war during the Korean War. The CIA wanted to use similar techniques on its own POWs and perhaps use LSD or other mind-bendin g substances on foreign leaders, including Cuba's Fidel Castro a few years after the project got underway in 1953. Heading MKULTRA was a CIA chemist named Sidne y Gottlieb. In congressional testimony, Gottlieb, who died in 1999, acknowledged that the agency had administered LSD to as many as 40 unwitting subjects, inclu ding prison inmates and patrons of brothels set up and run by the agency. At lea st one participant died when he jumped out of a 10th-floor window in a hotel; ot hers claimed to have suffered serious psychological damage. Mr. Vance learned ab out MKULTRA in the spring of 1963 during a wide-ranging inspector general survey of the agency's technical services division. The inspector general's report sai d: "The concepts involved in manipulating human behavior are found by many peopl e both within and outside the agency to be distasteful and unethical." MKULTRA c ame to public light in 1977 as a result of hearings conducted by a Senate commit tee on intelligence chaired by Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho). Note: If the above link fails, click here. For an excellent two-page summary of reliable verifiable information on CIA mind control programs which clearly viola ted ethical and moral standards, click here.

Son probes strange death of WMD worker 2004-09-12, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/12/MNG468MM8N1.DTL Eric Olson now has a new verb for what happened to his father, Frank Olson, who worked for the Army's top-secret Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, wh ere he developed bioweapons and experimented with mind-control drugs. Eric Olson found the verb in a 1950s CIA manual. The verb is "dropped." And the manual is a how-to guide for assassins. "The most efficient accident, in simple assassinat ion, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface," the manual says, adding helpfully: "It will usually be necessary to stun or drug the subject before drop ping him." Eric Olson believes his father -- who developed misgivings about his work and tried to resign -- was murdered by government agents to protect dark go vernment secrets. "No assassination instructions should ever be written or recor ded," says the CIA assassination manual. "Decision and instructions should be co nfined to an absolute minimum of persons." It adds: "For secret assassination th e contrived accident is the most effective technique. When successfully executed , it causes little excitement and is only casually investigated." William P. Wal ter, 78, who supervised anthrax production at Detrick, says Olson's colleagues w ere divided about his death. "Some say he jumped. Some say he had help," Walter says. "I'm one of the 'had-help' people." So is James Starrs, a George Washingto n University forensic pathologist who ... called the evidence "rankly and starkl y suggestive of homicide." In a report to the CIA on the death, [Harold] Abramso n, [a doctor who had experimented with LSD] wrote that the LSD experiment was de signed "especially to trap (Olson)." This ... raised a troubling possibility: th at the LSD experiment was actually designed to see whether Olson could still be trusted to keep the agency's dark secrets. Note: Frank Olson was just one of many tragic casualties of the CIA's mind-contr ol programs. For revealing information on this secret history, click here.

What Did the C.I.A. Do to His Father? 2001-04-01, New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9D02E2DE113CF932A35... For a quarter of a century, [Eric Olson] has believed that the Central Intellige nce Agency murdered his father, a United States government scientist. On Nov. 28 , 1953, around 2 a.m. [the] night manager at the Statler Hotel ... in New York r ushed out the front door ... to find a middle-aged man lying on the sidewalk. Th e man had fallen from the 10th floor -- apparently after crashing through a clos ed window. [In late July, 1975] the C.I.A.'s director, William Colby [provided O lson's] family ... declassified documents relating to Frank Olson's death. Olson had not been a civilian employee of the Department of the Army. He had been a C .I.A. employee working at Fort Detrick. Olson's specialty, it turned out, had be en the development of aerosols for the delivery of anthrax. The Colby documents were ... full of unexplained terms like the ''Artichoke'' and ''Bluebird'' proje cts. These turned out to be the precursors of what became known as MK-ULTRA, a C .I.A. project, beginning in the Korean War, to explore the use of drugs like LSD as truth serums, as well as botulism and anthrax, for use in covert assassinati on. The documents claimed that during a meeting between the C.I.A. and Fort Detr ick scientists ... on Nov. 19,1953, Sidney Gottlieb of the C.I.A. slipped LSD in to Olson's glass of Cointreau. Olson, a scientist by training, would have known that he was working for a government that had put Nazi scientists on trial at Nu remberg for immoral experiments on human beings. Now, in the late summer of 1953 , [Olson] faced up to the possibility that his own government was doing the same thing. Slipping LSD into Olson's Cointreau was ... designed to get him to talk ... to assess what kind of risk he posed and then eliminate him if necessary.

Note: For those interested in this vital, yet disturbing topic, the entire Times article is well worth reading. For further verifiable information on the CIA mi nd control programs mentioned in this article, click here.

Professor Feels Himself Become Closer to the Machine 1998-09-23, ABC News http://web.archive.org/web/20001109140100/http://more.abcnews.go.com/sections... When Kevin Warwick enters his office building on the campus of Reading Universit y, strange things happen. As Warwick heads down the main hall, lights turn on. W hen he turns to the right, an office door unbolts and opens. Each step is clocke d and recorded. The building knows who he is, where he is, and what he expects t o happen. The building [even] says, Hello Professor Warwick. The structure knows W arwick because of the electrical fuse-sized smart card implanted in his left arm. In Britain, he s been dubbed The Cyborg Man, the first person known to have a microc hip implanted in his body for communication with outside machines. Warwick predi cts chip implants will one day replace time cards, criminal tracking devices, ev en credit cards. Capable of carrying huge amounts of data, they may, he says, on e day be used to identify individuals by Social Security numbers, blood type, ev en their banking information. No one knows yet how the body will respond to this type of invasion. Warwick is not blind to the ethical questions of this technol ogy. Implants ostensibly designed to clock workers in and out might be misused t o monitor where people are at all times and who they are meeting. Governments co uld move to use implants instead of I.D. cards and passports, but what would sto p them from using this new science to invade privacy? I feel mentally different. When I am in the building I feel much more closely connected with the computer. Note: Those who would like to control the public named these implants "smart car ds" to encourage us to accept them. For more reliable information on important t opic, click here and here.

Canada Will Pay '50s Test Victims 1992-11-19, New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9E0CE7DD173AF93AA25... Canada has agreed to compensate victims of psychiatric experiments carried out m ainly in the 1950s and financed in part by the Central Intelligence Agency. An i nstitute at McGill University in Montreal, headed by Dr. D. Ewen Cameron, a psyc hiatrist, ... was one of the centers where such experiments were carried out. No w, the Canadian Government says the 80 or so patients who underwent the so-calle d "psychic driving" treatment in Montreal ... can receive almost $80,000 each. T he patients at the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill were put into a drugged sl eep for weeks or months, subjected to electroshock therapy until they were "de-p atterned," knowing neither who or where they were, and forced to listen repeated ly to recorded messages broadcast from speakers on the wall or under their pillo ws. Linda Macdonald, 55 years old, an employment counselor now in Vancouver, is one of those who sued for compensation. "I walked through those doors with a hus band on one arm and a guitar on the other and was a healthy person and coherent, " she said. She spent 86 days in the "sleep room" and was subjected to 109 shock treatments and megadoses of barbiturates and other drugs. When she got out of t he experiment, she could not read or write, had to be toilet-trained and could n ot remember her husband, her five children or any part of the first 26 years of her life. John Marks, a former State Department official whose 1979 book, The Se arch For the Manchurian Candidate, called attention to the experiments, said tha t a C.I.A. front called the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology funne

led more than $60,000 to Dr. Cameron for the studies. Ottawa gave him more than $200,000. Note: For a concise summary of the CIA's mind control experiments, click here.

Nebraska Inquiry Is Given File on Sex Abuse of Foster Children 1988-12-25, New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE6D9133DF936A15751C1A96E94... A state file containing reports of physical and sexual abuse of foster children, based on interviews with some of the children and including one instance remini scent of slave auctions, has been turned over to the Executive Board of the Nebr aska Legislature. One of the reports in the file ... is an account by [a] victim who described parties at various places, including Omaha and cities to which sh e was flown on the East Coast ... including one in which the ... teen-ager was m ade to stand nude at a party while she was offered at auction to the highest bid der. ''I don't know if they can prove it,'' the source said, ''but if one-tenth of what that girl is saying is true, I'd sure hate to have her talking about me. '' The foster care agency's submission of the file is among the latest developme nts in a case that began surfacing Nov. 4, when the Government's National Credit Union Administration shut down the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in O maha. The agency... subsequently filed suit against Lawrence E. King Jr., Frankl in Community's manager and treasurer, charging him with diverting millions of do llars of the institution's money to his own purposes. In all, the agency says, F ranklin Community is missing $38 million. Mr. King has not been accused of perso nally engaging in child sexual abuse. But a number of widening Federal and state investigations into the credit union's collapse are aimed in part at determinin g whether any of the money he is accused of embezzling was ever used to transpor t children or to pay them for sex. Note: This article reveals only a small part of what is known about a sophistica ted pedophile ring that reaches to the highest levels of government. For more on this key topic, don't miss excellent, reliable resources and the powerful Disco very Channel documentary available here. Note also the Christmas date of this ar ticle. The press often discloses the most deeply revealing information on key co ver-ups on holidays when few read the paper.

People 'still willing to torture' 2008-12-19, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7791278.stm Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are st ill willing to inflict pain on others - if told to by an authority figure. US re searchers repeated the famous "Milgram test", with volunteers told to deliver el ectrical shocks to another volunteer - played by an actor. Even after faked scre ams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychologis t study found. Both may help explain why apparently ordinary people can commit a trocities. Dr Jerry Burger, of Santa Clara University, used a [format similar to Milgram's], although he did not allow the volunteers to carry on beyond 150 vol ts after they had shown their willingness to do so, suggesting that the distress caused to the original volunteers had been too great. Again, however, the vast majority of the 29 men and 41 women taking part were willing to push the button knowing it would cause pain to another human. Even when another actor entered th e room and questioned what was happening, most were still prepared to continue. He told Reuters: "What we found is validation of the same argument - if you put people in certain situations, they will act in surprising and maybe often even d

isturbing ways." He said that it was not that there was "something wrong" with t he volunteers, but that when placed under pressure, people will often do "unsett ling" things. Even though it was difficult to translate laboratory work to the r eal world, he said, it might partly explain why, in times of conflict, people co uld take part in genocide. Note: For more on the famous Milgram experiment, click here. For powerfully insp iring information on how we can change this and build a better world, click here .

Charting the psychology of evil, decades after 'shock' experiment 2008-12-19, CNN http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/12/19/milgram.experiment.obedience/index.html If someone told you to press a button to deliver a 450-volt electrical shock to an innocent person in the next room, would you do it? Common sense may say no, b ut decades of research suggests otherwise. In the early 1960s, [Stanley Milgram, ] a young psychologist at Yale began what became one of the most widely recogniz ed experiments in his field. In the first series, he found that about two-thirds of subjects were willing to inflict what they believed were increasingly painfu l shocks on an innocent person when the experimenter told them to do so, even wh en the victim screamed and pleaded. A new study to be published in the January i ssue of American Psychologist confirmed these results in an experiment that mimi cs many of Milgram's original conditions. This and other studies have corroborat ed the startling conclusion that the majority of people, when placed in certain kinds of situations, will follow orders, even if those orders entail harming ano ther person. "It's situations that make ordinary people into evil monsters, and it's situations that make ordinary people into heroes," said Philip Zimbardo, pr ofessor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University and author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. "Most heroes are everyday peopl e who do a heroic deed once in their lifetime because they [happen] to be in a s ituation of evil or danger," he said. Note: What's amazing about this is the willingness of many people responding to nothing more that verbal authority to deliver shocks up to 450 volts to victims who are writhing in pain, screaming and begging for them to stop. What would you do? For more, click here.

Israeli Mossad let Nazi Mengele get away 2008-09-03, San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/09/02/international/i14... Israeli agents who kidnapped Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann from Argentina in 19 60 found the notorious death camp doctor Josef Mengele but let him get away, one of the operatives said Tuesday. Mengele was one of the most wanted Nazi war cri minals, a doctor who conducted cruel experiments on twins and dwarves at the Aus chwitz concentration camp and killed children with lethal injections. He selecte d prisoners who would be subjected to his experiments and sent others straight t o their death in gas chambers. Rafi Eitan, now an 81-year-old Israeli Cabinet mi nister, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he and other Mossad agents loc ated Mengele living in a Buenos Aires apartment with his wife at the time of Eic hmann's capture in 1960. But they decided that trying to nab him would risk sabo taging the capture of Eichmann, who implemented Adolf Hitler's "final solution" to kill European Jewry and was deemed a more important target. Mengele was infam ous for his sadistic experiments in the death camps. He injected dye into the ey es of twins to change their color and sewed them together to try to create artif

icially conjoined twins. He ordered twins killed simultaneously and then dissect ed for examination of their organs. His horrors earned him the title "Angel of D eath." After the war, Mengele fled Germany under an assumed name and ended up in Argentina ... in 1949 but left in 1959 and became a naturalized citizen of Para guay. After Eichmann was captured in May 1960, Mengele moved to Brazil, accordin g to the report by the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which tracks Nazi s. Note: It is suspected by many who have researched government mind control progra ms that after he escaped capture as mentioned above, Mengele was secretly brough t to the U.S., where he trained top operatives of the infamous MKULTRA program i n mind control techniques he perfected while experimenting without ethical limit ations on live humans at Auschwitz. For more on this, click here and here.

Advertisers using 'directed sound' to get in your head 2008-02-19, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta's leading newspaper) http://www.ajc.com/services/content/business/stories/2008/02/18/sound_0219.html If you hear mysterious voices in your head the next time you stroll down the str eet, they may be trying to sell you something. That was the case recently in New York when people walking beneath a billboard for the A&E show "Paranormal State " suddenly heard a woman's disembodied voice whisper: "Who's there? Who's there? " and "It's not your imagination." The creepy effect was caused by technology ca lled Audio Spotlight that projects sound in a focused beam so only people in a c ertain spot can hear it. "The idea of directing sound was a real uphill battle w hen we first started, but all of a sudden people are coming to us saying, 'We ha ve to have directional sound. We don't want all this noise in our store,' " said Woody Norris, founder of American Technology Corp. in San Diego. Norris said he has sold many units for use with video screens in checkout lines in ... grocery stores so audio can reach waiting customers without constantly bombarding store workers. While some of the advertising applications are recent, directed sound is often used in museums and other places where sound must be focused on people standing in front of an exhibit or display without disturbing those around them. Smithsonian museums in Washington have used [such] systems [as have] the New Yo rk Public Library, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and ... the observation deck o f the Seattle Space Needle. Directed-sound devices ... use narrow beams of ultra sound waves that can't be heard by human ears. The beam distorts air as it passe s through, generating sound people can hear along its length. Note: It's not hard to imagine non-advertising uses for this invasive technology . Could it possibly be used to influence people's thinking in ways other than ad vertising?

It's all Friedman's doing 2007-09-09, Toronto Star (Toronto's leading newspaper) http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/254550 [Naomi Klein in her new book The Shock Doctrine] argues persuasively that over t he last 40 years, no single thinker has shaped the economic and political polici es of corporate CEOs, military dictators, presidents, prime ministers and banker s more than [Milton] Friedman. His thesis was simple: The job of governments is to facilitate the free flow of capital across national borders by removing any i mpediments to trade [and establishing] a drastic regimen of market deregulation, free trade treaties, spending cuts to social programs, the breaking of labour u nions and mass privatization of publicly owned resources and industries ... chie fly through the careful manipulation of collective crises such as wars, military

coups, natural disasters and economic recessions and depressions. For Friedman' s ideas to be implemented, a nation's existing economy and civic society must fi rst be reduced to a state of tabula rasa before being rebuilt according to the [ Chicago School] model. [Klein contends] that this capitalist doctrine also has i ts roots in a series of mind-control experiments performed on often unwilling pa tients by psychiatrist Ewan Cameron, working out of McGill University in the lat e 1950s. He imposed a sustained regimen of sensory deprivation, isolation, enfor ced sleep and a cocktail of LSD, PCP, insulin and barbiturates [and] a barrage o f electroshock therapy. The CIA, which paid for Cameron's experiments, modified these techniques for use in prisoner-interrogation sessions. The results were so good that the CIA taught the methods to the Latin American security forces in c harge of reprogramming anyone who dared resist the devastating free market "refo rms" that swept through South and Central America after Augusto Pinochet's succe ssful, Chicago-School inspired (and CIA-sponsored) coup of populist leader Salva dor Allende in 1973. Special Note: For an incredibly revealing interview on the role of the Milton Fr iedman and the Chicago school of economists in promoting radical change against democracy by using states of public shock to push through unwanted changes, don' t miss the powerful talk with Naomi Klein available here.

Rise and shine: Wake up to an enhanced life 2007-01-25, CNN News http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/01/25/ft.newdrugs A new breed of lifestyle drugs could allow us to choose how much we sleep, boost our memories and even allow us to enjoy ourselves more, without any side effect s. Will they unleash human capabilities never seen before or create a dystopian 24-hour society where we are dependent on drugs to regulate our lifestyle and be havior? One drug already available is modafinil, marketed as the vaguely Orwelli an-sounding Provigil. It enables those who take it to stay awake and alert for 4 8 hours. It is a eugeroic that delivers a feeling of wakefulness without the phy sical or mental jitter. There is already a market for it for those without any m edical need - it is developing a cult following among workaholics and students s tudying for exams. The military is also very interested in eugeroic. Their relia nce on amphetamines for lengthy operations have had catastrophic consequences in the past. The "friendly-fire" incidents in Afghanistan in 2002 when U.S. pilots killed Canadian troops was blamed on the "go pills" they had taken. The U.S. De fense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tested a compound called CX717 i n its quest to find a drug that can create a "metabolically dominant war-fighter of the future" able to function for seven days without sleep. CX717 is an ampak ine, a compound that increases the brains computing powers. It re-writes the rul es of what it takes to create a memory and just how strong those memories can be . Will cans of soda containing eugeroics or ampakines be as common as caffeine d rinks on the shelves of 24-hour stores? The potential is certainly there for a b rave new world of personality medication.

Mind Games 2007-01-14, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/10/AR20070110013... A community of people who believe the government is beaming voices into their mi nds ... may be crazy, but the Pentagon has pursued a weapon that can do just tha t. An academic paper written for the Air Force in the mid-1990s mentions the ide a of [such] a weapon. "The signal can be a 'message from God' that can warn the enemy of impending doom, or encourage the enemy to surrender." In 2002, the Air

Force Research Laboratory patented precisely such a technology: using microwaves to send words into someone's head. The patent was based on human experimentatio n in October 1994 at the Air Force lab, where scientists were able to transmit p hrases into the heads of human subjects, albeit with marginal intelligibility. T he official U.S. Air Force position is that there are no non-thermal effects of microwaves. Yet ... the military's use of weapons that employ electromagnetic ra diation to create pain is well-known. In 2001, the Pentagon declassified one ele ment of this research: the Active Denial System, a weapon that uses electromagne tic radiation to heat skin and create an intense burning sensation. While its ex act range is classified, Doug Beason, an expert in directed-energy weapons, puts it at about 700 meters, and the beam cannot penetrate a number of materials, su ch as aluminum. Given the history of America's clandestine research, it's reason able to assume that if the defense establishment could develop mind-control or l ong-distance ray weapons, it almost certainly would. And, once developed, the po ssibility that they might be tested on innocent civilians could not be categoric ally dismissed. Note: For lots more reliable, verifiable information on the little-known, yet cr itical topic of nonlethal weapons, click here. For an excellent two-page summary of government mind control programs, click here.

Victim owed compensation in CIA case, judge told 2007-01-11, Globe and Mail (One of Canada's leading newspapers) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070111.BRAINWASH11/TPStory... Patients were put in isolation, tied down or drugged, and subjected to hours and hours of taped recordings meant to brainwash them at the behest of the Central Intelligence Agency. They were subjected to massive electroshocks, experimental drugs and LSD, most of them unwilling and unknowingly part of the U.S. spy agenc y's experimentation. Now it's time for the federal government to compensate thos e victims, lawyer Alan Stein argued. Mr. Stein is seeking court approval for a c lass-action lawsuit on behalf of his client, Janine Huard, one of the hundreds o f patients of Ewen Cameron to be subjected to the Cold War-era experiments. "She never knew ... that she was being used by Dr. Cameron and his staff as a guinea pig," Mr. Stein told the court. The CIA ... recruited Dr. Cameron to experiment with mind-control techniques beginning in 1950. The experiments ... were jointl y funded by the CIA and the Canadian government. They were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which also saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge. Ms. Huard was one of nine Canad ian victims who received nearly $67,000 (U.S.) from the CIA in 1988 to compensat e her for her suffering. But her claim for compensation from the federal governm ent ... was rejected three times. In 1994, 77 patients were awarded $100,000 eac h from the federal government, but more than 250 others were denied compensation because they were not "totally depatterned." Note: What this article fails to mention is that Dr. Cameron was also the presid ent of both the American Psychicatric Association and the World Psychiatric Asso ciation. For more reliable information, click here.

Project Paperclip: Dark side of the Moon 2005-11-21, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4443934.stm Sixty years ago the US hired Nazi scientists to lead pioneering projects, such a s the race to conquer space. These men provided the US with cutting-edge technol ogy which still leads the way today, but at a cost. Major-General Hugh Knerr, de

puty commander of the US Air Force in Europe, wrote: "Occupation of German scien tific and industrial establishments has revealed the fact that we have been alar mingly backward in many fields of research. "If we do not take the opportunity t o seize the apparatus and the brains that developed it...we will remain several years behind." Thus began Project Paperclip, the US operation which saw von Brau n and more than 700 others spirited out of Germany from under the noses of the U S's allies. Its aim was simple: "To exploit German scientists for American resea rch and to deny these intellectual resources to the Soviet Union." President Tru man authorised Paperclip in August 1945 and, on 18 November, the first Germans r eached America. All of these men were cleared to work for the US, their alleged crimes covered up and their backgrounds bleached by a military which saw winning the Cold War, and not upholding justice, as its first priority.

C.I.A. Said to Rebuff Congress on Nazi Files 2005-01-30, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/30/international/europe/30nazis.html?ex=126482... The Central Intelligence Agency is refusing to provide hundreds of thousands of pages of documents sought by a government working group under a 1998 law that re quires full disclosure of classified records related to Nazi war criminals. Some made public last year showed a closer relationship between the United States go vernment and Nazi war criminals than had previously been understood, including t he C.I.A.'s recruitment of war criminal suspects or Nazi collaborators. For near ly three years, the C.I.A. has interpreted the 1998 law narrowly and rebuffed re quests for additional records. The dispute has not previously been made public. The American government worked closely with Nazi war criminals and collaborators , allowing many of them to live in the United States after World War II. Histori ans who have studied the documents made public so far have said that at least fi ve associates of the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, the architect of Hitler's campa ign to exterminate Jews, had worked for the CIA. The records also indicate that the CIA tried to recruit two dozen more war criminals or Nazi collaborators. Amo ng former Nazis who were given refuge in the United States was Wernher von Braun , the German scientist who developed the V-2 rocket in World War II for the Nazi s and played a major role in the development of the American space program. Note: Operation Paperclip involved secretly importing hundreds of Nazi scientist s into the U.S. and providing them with aliases and influential work in U.S. gov ernment and intelligence services. Some of them were known experts in mind contr ol techniques. For more reliable information, click here.

Live rats driven by remote control 2002-05-05, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,708454,00.html Scientists have turned living rats into remote-controlled, pleasure-driven robot s which can be guided up ladders, through ruins and into minefields at the click of a laptop key. The project ... is funded by the US military's research arm. A nimals have often been used by humans in combat and in search and rescue, but no t under direct computer-to-brain electronic control. The advent of surgically al tered roborats marks the crossing of a new boundary in the mechanisation, and po tential militarisation, of nature. In 10 sessions the rats learned that if they ran forward and turned left or right on cue, they would be "rewarded" with a buz z of electrically delivered pleasure. Once trained they would move instantaneous ly and accurately as directed, for up to an hour at a time. The rats could be st eered up ladders, along narrow ledges and down ramps, up trees, and into collaps ed piles of concrete rubble. Roborats fitted with cameras or other sensors could

be used as search and rescue aids. In theory, be put to some unpleasant uses, s uch as assassination. [For] surveillance ... you could apply this to birds ... i f you could fit birds with sensors and cameras. Michael Reiss, professor of scie nce education at London's Institute of Education and a leading bioethics thinker ... said he was uneasy about humankind "subverting the autonomy" of animals. "T here is a part of me that is not entirely happy with the idea of our subverting a sentient animal's own aspirations and wish to lead a life of its own." Note: Remember that secret military projects are almost always at least a decade in advance of anything you read in the media. For lots more on this little-know n subject, click here.

Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush 1989-06-29, WantToKnow.info/Washington Times http://www.WantToKnow.info/890629washingtontimesfranklin A homosexual prostitution ring is under investigation by federal and District au thorities and includes among its clients key officials of the Reagan and Bush ad ministrations, military officers, congressional aides and US and foreign busines smen with close social ties to Washington's political elite. Reporters for this newspaper examined hundreds of credit-card vouchers, drawn on both corporate and personal cards and made payable to the escort service operated by the homosexua l ring. Among clients who charged homosexual prostitutes services on major credi t cards over the past 18 months are Charles K. Dutcher, former associate directo r of presidential personnel in the Reagan administration, and Paul R. Balach, La bor Secretary Elizabeth Dole s political personnel liaison to the White House. Mem bers of major news organizations also procured escort services from the ring, cr edit card documents show. These include Stanley Mark Tapscott, who was an assist ant managing editor of The Washington Times. Before joining The Times, Mr. Tapsc ott worked for the Office of Personnel Management in the Reagan administration. A major concern, said the former official with longtime ties to top-ranking mili tary intelligence officers, was that hostile foreign intelligence services were using young male prostitutes to compromise top administration homosexuals, thus making them subject to blackmail. Note: How is it possible that this major story was not covered by any major medi a other than the Washington Times? For answers to this question, click here. For an insider's story of how prositution was regularly used to compromise politici ans, click here.

Tinker, tailor, soldier... illusionist? 2009-11-01, Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/11/01/when_the_cia_trie... At the height of the Cold War - in the era of nuclear missiles and submarines, a mid the tangled cloak-and-dagger maneuverings of espionage and counterespionage - the [CIA] was also secretly doing something else. It was trying to learn to do magic. The CIA hired [magician John] Mulholland to explain techniques of sleigh t-of-hand and surreptitious signaling so that agents could use them in the field . His text, which was originally supposed to have been destroyed, has now been r ecovered, declassified, and reprinted as The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception. It deals mostly with basic stagecraft, minus the stage. Former CIA d eputy director John McLaughlin writes in a [foreword] to the manual that [a]s bes t we know, the drink-spiking techniques were never actually used. The assurance wou ld be more reassuring if the authors who had recovered the manual, H. Keith Melt on and Robert Wallace, had not included their own historical overview of CIA tri

ckery. In it, they explain that Mulholland s writing was part of the secret MKULTR A program, whereby the CIA sought methods and materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior. And part of MKULTRA did involve dosing unsuspecting subjects with LSD and other drugs. Techniques of stage magi c ... were transferred to the realm of nonconsensual secrecy, to be used on peop le who were not asking to be fooled. Note: For a powerful and reliable overview of the CIA's mind control programs, i ncluding MK-Ultra, click here.

Homeland Security Detects Terrorist Threats by Reading Your Mind 2008-09-23, FOX News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,426485,00.html Baggage searches are SOOOOOO early-21st century. Homeland Security is now testin g the next generation of security screening a body scanner that can read your mi nd. Most preventive screening looks for explosives or metals that pose a threat. But a new system called MALINTENT turns the old school approach on its head. Th is Orwellian-sounding machine detects the person not the device set to wreak hav oc. MALINTENT, the brainchild of the cutting-edge Human Factors division in Home land Security's directorate for Science and Technology, searches your body for n on-verbal cues that predict whether you mean harm to your fellow passengers. It has a series of sensors and imagers that read your body temperature, heart rate and respiration for unconscious [tell-tale signs] invisible to the naked eye. Bu t this is no polygraph test. Subjects do not get hooked up or strapped down for a careful reading; those sensors do all the work without any actual physical con tact. It's like an X-ray for bad intentions. When the sensors identify that some thing is off, they transmit warning data to analysts, who decide whether to flag passengers for further questioning. The next step involves micro-facial scannin g, which involves measuring minute muscle movements in the face for clues to moo d and intention. Homeland Security has developed a system to recognize, define a nd measure seven primary emotions and emotional cues that are reflected in contr actions of facial muscles. MALINTENT identifies these emotions and relays the in formation back to a security screener almost in real time. Note: For many more major-media reports on threats to civil liberties, click her e.

Decades Later, Still Asking: Would I Pull That Switch? 2008-07-01, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/health/research/01mind.html?partner=rssuser... Some of psychology's most famous experiments are those that expose the ... appar ent cowardice or depravity pooling in almost every heart. The findings force a q uestion. Would I really do that? Consider the psychologist Stanley Milgram's obe dience studies of the early 1960s. In a series of about 20 experiments, hundreds of decent, well-intentioned people agreed to deliver what appeared to be increa singly painful electric shocks to another person, as part of what they thought w as a learning experiment. The "learner" was in fact an actor, usually seated out of sight in an adjacent room, pretending to be zapped. Now, decades after the o riginal work ... two new papers illustrate the continuing power of the shock exp eriments. [One] verifies a crucial turning point in Milgram's experiments, the v oltage level at which participants were most likely to disobey the experimenter and quit delivering shocks. At 75 volts, the "learner" in the next room began gru nting in apparent pain. At 150 volts he cried out: "Stop, let me out! I don't wa nt to do this anymore." At that point about a third of the participants refused

to continue, found Dominic Packer, author of the new paper. "The previous expres sions of pain were insufficient," Dr. Packer said. But at 150 volts, he continued , those who disobeyed decided that the learner's right to stop trumped the exper imenter's right to continue. Before the end of the experiments, at 450 volts, an additional 10 to 15 percent had dropped out. The other paper ... replicates par t of the Milgram studies ... to see whether people today would still obey. The a nswer was yes. Once again, more than half the participants agreed to proceed wit h the experiment past the 150-volt mark. Note: For many key revelations on mind-control research from reliable, verifiabl e sources, click here.

Gov't settles with CIA brainwashing survivor 2007-07-03, CTV (Canada's largest private broadcaster) http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070703/cia_lawsuit_0707... A Montreal senior who survived Cold War-era brainwashing experiments picked up a cheque for compensation from the [Canadian] federal government on Tuesday. Jani ne Huard, 79, accepted an offer to end her class-action lawsuit against the fede ral government, which jointly funded the experiments with the [U.S.] Central Int elligence Agency. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but Huard says i t will allow her to live out her days in peace, with some peace of mind. "I was really so exhausted from fighting for so many years,'' Huard told The Canadian P ress in an interview. Huard was a young mother of four suffering from post-partu m depression when she checked herself into McGill's renowned Allen Memorial Inst itute in 1950. On and off for the next 15 years, she was one of hundreds of pati ents of Dr. Ewan Cameron subjected to experimental treatments that included mass ive electroshock therapy, experimental pills and LSD. The patients were induced into comas and exposed to repetitive messages for days on end to brainwash them. Cameron pioneered a technique called psychic driving, which he believed could e rase harmful memories and rebuild psyches without psychiatric defect. The idea i ntrigued the CIA, which recruited him to experiment with mind control beginning in 1950. Until 1964, Cameron conducted a range of experiments at the McGill inst itute, often without the knowledge or the permission of his patients. The experi ments were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which saw LSD administe red to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge. Huar d said the treatment left her unable to care for her children. She suffered memo ry loss and migraines for many years. Note: For a powerful summary of MK-ULTRA and other CIA mind-control experiments, click here.

CIA Recruited Japanese War Criminals 2007-02-24, Washington Post/Associated Press http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/24/AR20070224005... Col. Masanobu Tsuji was a fanatical Japanese militarist and brutal warrior, hunt ed after World War II for massacres of Chinese civilians. And then he became a U .S. spy. Newly declassified CIA records ... document more fully than ever how Ts uji and other suspected Japanese war criminals were recruited by U.S. intelligen ce in the early days of the Cold War. The records [were] declassified in 2005 an d 2006 under an act of Congress in tandem with Nazi war crime-related files. In addition to Tsuji ... conspicuous figures in U.S.-funded operations included [a] mob boss and war profiteer [and] former private secretary to Hideki Tojo, the w artime prime minister hanged as a war criminal in 1948. The assessments ... show evidence that other U.S. agencies, such as the Air Force, were also looking int

o using some of the same people as spies, and that the CIA itself had contacts w ith former Japanese war criminals. Historians long ago concluded that the Allies turned a blind eye to many Japanese war crimes, particularly those committed ag ainst other Asians. Some of Japan's most notorious wartime killers [came] under U.S. sponsorship. Tsuji, for instance, was wanted for involvement in the Bataan Death March of early 1942, in which thousands of Americans and Filipinos perishe d. The U.S. Air Force attempted unsuccessfully to recruit him after he was taken off the war crimes list in 1949. The Army considered him a potentially valuable source. [Yet] a CIA assessment from 1954 ... says: "Tsuji is the type of man wh o, given the chance, would start World War III without any misgivings." Note: Those who claimed the U.S. government had links to former Nazi and Japanes e war criminals were once called "conspiracy theorists." Why does it take over 5 0 years for the truth to come out? For more, click here.

Montreal woman seeks compensation in '50s brainwashing case 2007-01-08, CBC (One of Canada's top TV stations) http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2007/01/08/brainwashing-suit.html A Montreal woman is seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit more than 50 years after she says she was subjected to controversial psychiatric treatments funded by the Canadian government and the CIA. Janine Huard, 78, was a patient at McGil l University's Allan Memorial Institute when a doctor there was conducting brain washing experiments. Dr. Ewen Cameron, an American doctor who believed he could erase the memories of patients and rebuild their psyches, was recruited by the C IA to experiment with mind-control techniques beginning in 1950. Cameron gave pa tients LSD and subjected them to massive and multiple electroshock treatments. S ome underwent sleep deprivation or total sensory deprivation. Others were kept i n drug-induced comas for months on end while speakers under their pillows broadc ast messages for up to 16 hours a day. The experiments were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which also saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge, according to testimony before a 1977 U.S. Senate committee. The CIA eventually settled a class-action lawsuit by test subjects, including Huard, and the Canadian government ordered a judicia l report into Cameron's experiments. The McGill experiments were jointly funded by the U.S. spy agency and the Canadian government. Note: What this article fails to mention is that Dr. Cameron was also the presid ent of both the American Psychicatric Association and the World Psychiatric Asso ciation. For more reliable information, click here.

True Tales Odd Enough to Stop a Farm Animal's Heart 2005-04-07, New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01EFDD163EF934A35757C0A9639C... At the start of the twisted treasure hunt that is "The Men Who Stare at Goats," the journalist Jon Ronson appears to be looking for furtive, paranoid quacks who play mind games. Take the goats of the title: Mr. Ronson cites a hundred of the m. They have been used in top-secret experiments by psychic spies whose existenc e is not officially acknowledged by the United States Army. Military psychics ar e so well hidden that they aren't covered by the Army's coffee budget. It makes them cranky to have to bring their own coffee to work. "The damn psychic spies s hould be keeping their damn mouths shut, instead of chitchatting all over town a bout what they did." So says retired Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III, the fi rst of the many characters redolent of "Dr. Strangelove" who are found in this j aw-dropper of a -- hard to believe, but, yes -- nonfiction story. Some of these

experts contend that a goat's heart can be stopped by the intense gaze of a cert ain kind of supersoldier. "Goat didn't have a chance," one of these tough guys [ says]. Mr. Ronson ... describes the effort to deploy a Moscow scientist who had previously sent subliminal messages to Red Army troops ... in the Branch Davidia n standoff. This scientist didn't work out because he was unwilling to transmit ... a bogus voice of God. He finds a prologue in MK-ULTRA, the real C.I.A. "Manc hurian Candidate" research of the 1950's, which involved the disastrous use of L SD as a potential truth serum. And somehow Mr. Ronson is able to keep his book b oth light and nightmarish. [He] remains terrifically adept at capturing the horr or of these developments without losing track of their lunacy. Note: For the above article and lots more reliable information on these mind con trol programs, click here. For another excellent book by Ronson titled "Them: Ad venture with Extremists," click here.

Scientists Find Ways to Make Us Slaves 2004-10-17, WantToKnow.info/London Times http://www.WantToKnow.info/monkeydrones Scientists have discovered a way of manipulating a gene that turns animals into drones that do not become bored with repetitive tasks. The experiments, conducte d on monkeys, are the first to demonstrate that animal behaviour can be permanen tly changed, turning the subjects from aggressive to "compliant" creatures. The genes are identical in humans and although the discovery could help to treat dep ression and other types of mental illness, it will raise images of the Epsilon c aste from Aldous Huxley's futuristic novel Brave New World. The experiments... i nvolved blocking the effect of a gene called D2 in a particular part of the brai n. This cut off the link between the rhesus monkeys' motivation and reward. Inst ead of speeding up with the approach of a deadline or the prospect of a "treat," the monkeys in the experiment could be made to work just as enthusiastically fo r long periods. The scientists say the identical technique would apply to humans . [They] found that they could make the monkeys work their hardest and fastest a ll the time, without any complaint or sign of slacking, just by manipulating D2 so that they forgot about the expectation of reward. Methods of manipulating hum an physical and psychological traits are just around the corner, and the technol ogy will emerge first as a lucrative add-on available from in vitro fertilizatio n clinics. "There's no doubt we will be able to influence behaviour," said Julia n Savulescu, a professor of ethics at Oxford University. Note: For lots more reliable information on how human behavior is already being manipulated, click here.

RNC [Republican National Convention] to Feature Unusual Forms of Sound 2004-08-25, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=99472 Outside the convention hall, New York City police plan to control protesters usi ng a device that directs sound for up to 1,500 feet in a spotlight-like beam. Me anwhile, a display of former Republican presidents inside the hall will feature campaign speeches that are funneled to listeners through highly focused audio be ams. Both technologies feature unprecedented manipulation of sound, but for very different purposes. And while both technologies have unique, "gee-whiz" factors , some remain uneasy with the idea of using sound to control crowds. When in wea pon mode, LRAD blasts a tightly controlled stream of caustic sound that can be t urned up to high enough levels to trigger nausea or possibly fainting. LRAD ... has been used by the U.S. military in Iraq and at sea as a non-lethal force. In

these settings, operators can use the device not only to convey orders, but also as a weapon. In tests, police have shown how they can convey orders in a normal voice to someone as far as four blocks away. The sound beam is even equipped wi th a viewfinder so the operator can precisely target the audio by finding a pers on in cross hairs. Rather than using pure volume to throw sound far, the LRAD re aches distant ears by focusing the audio beam. Wherever the beam makes contact w ith air, the air molecules interact in a way that isolates the original audible sound. So if you're standing in front of the ultrasonic sound wave, you can hear the sound. If you're a few inches away, you hear nothing. Already, some Coca-Co la machines in Japan are equipped with the technology so passers-by hear the ent icing sound of soda being poured into a glass of ice. Note: For more reliable information on these "non-lethal weapons," click here.

Enough evidence for trial of CIA drugging 2004-05-25, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/25/BAGMH6R8OU1.DTL A San Jose man who claimed the CIA secretly had given him LSD in 1957 as part of a mind-control experiment -- causing him to try to hold up a San Francisco bar ... offered enough evidence of possible drugging to go to trial on his $12 milli on damages suit. The decision by Chief U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ci ted what appeared to be an admission by a former operative in the CIA program .. . that he had slipped LSD into one of Wayne Ritchie's drinks. "I drugged guys in volved in about 10, 12 (instances)," former federal narcotics agent Ira Feldman, who worked for the CIA's Project MKULTRA, told Ritchie's lawyer. The [MKULTRA] program ... was an attempt to find chemicals or techniques that could control hu man consciousness. The CIA and federal narcotics agents started giving mind-alte ring drugs to unsuspecting government employees, private citizens and prison vol unteers in the early 1950s. Ritchie believes he was drugged during an office Chr istmas party. He ... was overcome with depression and a feeling that everyone ha d turned against him. He ... drove to a Fillmore District bar, demanded money .. . and was hit over the head and knocked unconscious. He pleaded guilty to attemp ted robbery. Ritchie quit his job in disgrace, found work as a housepainter and spent years fighting off suicidal urges. Then in 1999, he read the obituary of M KULTRA's director, Sidney Gottlieb, and began to believe he had been one of the program's guinea pigs -- especially after the diary of a now-deceased MKULTRA ag ent showed he might have attended the same Christmas party. Note: Though Ritchie lost the first round in court, he plans to appeal. For an a bundance of reliable, verifiable information on secret government mind control p rograms, click here.

Professor has nightmare vision of global positioning technology 2003-05-07, WantToKnow.info/Kansas City Star (Leading newspaper of Kansas City) http://www.WantToKnow.info/030307kansascitystar Jerome Dobson is not joking. The University of Kansas research professor, a resp ected leader in the field of geographic information technologies [speculates abo ut] "geoslavery" -- a form of technological human control that could make "Georg e Orwell's `Big Brother' nightmare ... look amateurish." He's talking about over lords electronically punishing errant workers. He's talking about the possibilit y of people hooked to, tracked by, and potentially shocked or burned using inexp ensive electronic bracelets, manacles or implants. Dobson worked for 26 years at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory creating, for the government, the map s used in global tracking. He is the president of the American Geographical Soci

ety. And he is not alone in his thoughts. [In] the journal published by the Inst itute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a paper titled "Geoslavery" is co -written by Dobson and Peter F. Fisher, British editor of the International Jour nal of Geographical Information Science. "Human tracking systems, currently sold commercially without restrictions, already empower those who would be masters. Safeguards have not yet evolved to protect those destined to be slaves," they wr ote. With a laptop computer, employers can keep track of their drivers' every mo ve. Implanted chips ... keep track of livestock or pets. Whereify Wireless Inc. sells its GPS Kids Locator for $400. The device, which also looks like a watch, can be locked to a child's wrist. Dobson said that ... none of the companies was thinking of anything nefarious. [Yet he] worries that where there is an evil wi ll, there is an evil way. He hopes [to ] create debate and perhaps legislation o r safeguards around the technology that will keep it from being misused.

Scientists develop 'brain chip' 2003-03-12, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2843099.stm US scientists say a silicon chip could be used to replace the hippocampus, where the storage of memories is co-ordinated. They are due to start testing the devi ce on rats' brains shortly. If that goes well, the Californian researchers will test the artificial hippocampus in live rats within six months and then monkeys trained to carry out memory tasks before progressing to human trials once the ch ip has been proved to be safe. The hippocampus is an area at the base of the bra in in humans, close to the junction with the spinal cord. It is believed it "enc odes" experiences so they can be stored as long-term memories in another part of the brain. the researchers were able to devise a mathematical model of a whole hippocampus. The model was then programmed on to a chip. They suggest the chip w ould sit on a patient's skull, rather than inside the brain. Bernard Williams, a philosopher at Oxford University, UK, who is an expert in personal identity, sa id people might find the technology hard to accept at first. Note: Consider that top secret military experiments in almost all fields are gen erally at least a decade ahead of anything reported in the media. What do you th ink they might have developed by now? Could they have developed a way to erase a nd even replace memories? For more, click here.

History's Mysteries: Mind Control: America's Secret War 2001-08-01, History Channel http://store.aetv.com/html/product/index.jhtml?id=73738&browseCategoryId=&loc... It is one of the ill-kept secrets of America's intelligence agencies--for decade s, they have worked virtually non-stop to perfect means of controlling the human mind. But while many have suspected the existence of these projects, the detail s have long been preserved. MIND CONTROL blows the lid off years of chilling exp eriments, drawing on documents reluctantly released through the Freedom of Infor mation Act and interviews with some of the victims, including a woman whose past was literally taken away. Hear from John Marks, the author of In Search of the Manchurian Candidate, who broke the story of the CIA's abuses by unraveling the mysteries contained in financial records. All the other records pertaining to th e experiments were destroyed by the agency in an attempt to prevent the details from ever being known. Note: Interviews in this eye-opening documentary with top psychiatrists, lawyers , and victims send chills up the spine. A former head of the American Psychiatri c Association, Dr. Ewen Cameron, is one of many highly respected doctors who era

sed the personalities of thousands of unsuspecting victims, while many in the pr ofession simply turned a blind eye. To watch this powerful documentary free onli ne, click here.

JUSTICES GRANT C.I.A. WIDE DISCRETION ON SECRECY 1985-04-17, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F40911FC3A5C0C748DDDA... The Supreme Court today gave the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretion to withhold the identities of its sources of intelligence information from public disclosure. The exemption applies regardless of whether the information is shown to have a bearing on national security and regardless of whether the source of the information is a newspaper or magazine in general circulation. The decision, written by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, overturned a ruling by the United St ates Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That court, in ordering the release of the names of researchers who participated in a long-running C.I.A. st udy of the control of human behavior, had adopted a considerably narrower defini tion of the ''intelligence sources'' entitled to exemption. The C.I.A. project, code-named MKULTRA, was in existence from 1953 to 1966 and was designed to devel op techniques for controlling human behavior. At least 185 private researchers a nd 80 institutions participated in the research. Officials of two organizations ... filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act in 1977 for the names of the researchers. Last fall Congress partly excluded from the Freedom of Informa tion Act the C.I.A.'s ''operational files,'' which involve intelligence methods and sources. Note: The official story is that all of the experiments to control human behavio r failed. Yet if this is true, why did they spend so much money and so many year s on it? And why is it necessary to keep secret who the researchers were? For re liable, verifiable information suggesting not only that the experiments were qui te successful, but that they may be ongoing to this day, click here.

Latest CIA Scandal Puts Focus on How Agency Polices Self 2009-03-20, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/19/AR20090319041... As a novice CIA case officer in the Middle East, Andrew Warren quickly learned t he value of sex in recruiting spies. Colleagues say that he made an early habit of taking informants to strip clubs, and that he later began arranging out-of-to wn visits to brothels for his best recruits. Often Warren would travel with them , according to two colleagues who worked with him for years. His methods earned him promotions and notoriety over a lengthy career, until Warren, 41, became ens nared in a sex scandal. Two Algerian women have accused the Virginia native of d rugging and sexually assaulting them, and, in one instance, videotaping the enco unter. The episode -- one of three sex-related scandals to shake the CIA this ye ar -- has drawn harsh questions from Congress about whether the agency adequatel y polices its far-flung workforce or takes sufficient steps to root out corrupt behavior. Former officers say the cases underscore a perennial challenge: guardi ng against scandal in a workforce -- the size of which is classified but is gene rally estimated to be 20,000 -- that prides itself on secrecy and deception. "Yo u have an organization of professional liars," said Tyler Drumheller, who oversa w hundreds of officers as chief of the agency's European division. Experienced f ield managers are needed, he said, because inevitably "some people will try to t ake advantage of the system . . . and it's a system that can be taken advantage of." The recent string of embarrassing revelations started with the CIA's former No. 3 officer, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who was indicted on corruption charges two y

ears ago. Note: For in-depth analysis of the continuing revelations of a long history of t he CIA's use of sex to control people, click here.

US veterans sue CIA for alleged drug and mind control experiments 2009-01-12, The Guardian/McClatchy News http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/12/cia-veterans-drug-test-mind-control It was 1968, and Frank Rochelle was 20 years old and fresh out of Army boot camp when he saw notices posted around his base in Virginia asking for volunteers to test uniforms and equipment. That might be a good break after the harsh weeks o f boot camp, he thought, and signed up. Instead of equipment testing, though, th e Onslow county, North Carolina, native found himself in a bizarre, CIA-funded d rug testing and mind-control programme, according to a lawsuit that he and five other veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America filed last week. The suit was fil ed in federal court in San Francisco against the US department of defence and th e CIA. The plaintiffs seek to force the government to contact all the subjects o f the experiments and give them proper healthcare. In 2003 the US department of veterans affairs released a pamphlet that said nearly 7,000 soldiers had been in volved and more than 250 chemicals used on them, including hallucinogens such as LSD and PCP as well as biological and chemical agents. Lasting from 1950 to 197 5, the experiments took place at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. According to the lawsuit, some of the volunteers were even implanted with electrical devices in a n effort to control their behaviour. Rochelle, 60, [said] there were about two d ozen volunteers when he was taken to Edgewood. Once there, they were asked to vo lunteer a second time, for drug testing. They were told that the experiments wer e harmless. Note: For a powerful summary of the decades-long mind control experiment program conducted by the CIA and other US government agencies, click here.

Forty years ago, public gained its right to know 2006-07-04, Kansas City Star http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/14960808.htm An important anniversary will likely go unnoticed today, amidst all the hoopla s urrounding the nation's 230th birthday. It's also the 40th anniversary of the fe deral Freedom of Information Act. Little known, poorly understood and, it seems, constantly embattled, the act stands as one of the most important pieces of leg islation ever passed by the U.S. Congress. So important, in fact, that the Congr ess quickly exempted itself from its provisions. It required for the first time that broad categories of federal records be made available to the public. Today, the act remains the public's only legislative window on how government really w orks -- or doesn't. We can thank the act for the fact that we know that servicem en were once used as human nuclear guinea pigs; that 'detainees' in the war on t error were abused, and that the Central Intelligence Agency conducted mind-contr ol experiments on Americans in the 1950s. But there is a mighty force working ag ainst open government. And that is the government itself. According to a report released last week, the federal government is falling further and further behind in filling requests under the law; is more often refusing to release documents, and is spending more money doing it. But perhaps the most distressing finding i n the report, from the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government, is that the government has increased its use of broad discretionary exemptions to withhold documents from the public and the press.

US group implants electronic tags in workers 2006-02-13, MSNBC/Financial Times http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11314766/ An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first k nown case in which US workers have been "tagged" electronically as a way of iden tifying them. A private video surveillance company said it was testing the techn ology as a way of controlling access to a room where it holds security video foo tage for government agencies and the police. Embedding slivers of silicon in wor kers is likely to add to the controversy over RFID technology, widely seen as on e of the next big growth industries. RFID chips inexpensive radio transmitters t hat give off a unique identifying signal have been implanted in pets or attached to goods so they can be tracked in transit. "There are very serious privacy and civil liberty issues of having people permanently numbered," said Liz McIntyre, who campaigns against the use of identification technology. "There's nothing pu lsing or sending out a signal," said Mr Darks, who has had a chip in his own arm . "It's not a GPS chip. My wife can't tell where I am." The technology's defende rs say it is acceptable as long as it is not compulsory. But critics say any imp lanted device could be used to track the "wearer" without their knowledge.

Energy-beam weapons still missing from action 2005-08-12, MSNBC/Associated Press http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8516353 For years, the U.S. military has explored a new kind of firepower that is instan taneous, precise and virtually inexhaustible: beams of electromagnetic energy. " Directed-energy" pulses can be throttled up or down depending on the situation, much like the phasers on "Star Trek" could be set to kill or merely stun. Such w eapons are now nearing fruition. The hallmark of all directed-energy weapons is that the target -- whether a human or a mechanical object -- has no chance to av oid the shot because it moves at the speed of light. At some frequencies, it can penetrate walls. "When you're dealing with people whose full intent is to die, you can't give people a choice of whether to comply," said George Gibbs, a syste ms engineer for the Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad Program who oversees direct ed-energy projects. "What I'm looking for is a way to shoot everybody, and they' re all OK." Among the simplest forms are inexpensive, handheld lasers that fill people's field of vision, inducing a temporary blindness to ensure they stop at a checkpoint, for example. Some of these already are used in Iraq. A separate br anch of directed-energy research involves bigger, badder beams: lasers that coul d obliterate targets tens of miles away from ships or planes. Such a strike woul d be so surgical that, as some designers put it at a recent conference here, the military could plausibly deny responsibility. The directed-energy component in the project is the Active Denial System, developed by Air Force researchers and built by Raytheon Co. It produces a millimeter-wavelength burst of energy that p enetrates 1/64 of an inch into a person's skin, agitating water molecules to pro duce heat. The sensation is certain to get people to halt whatever they are doin g.

Woman awarded $100,000 for CIA-funded electroshock 2004-06-10, CBC News (Canada's PBS) http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/06/10/canada/shock_award040610 A Montreal woman who underwent intense electroshock treatment in a program funde d by the CIA 50 years ago has been awarded $100,000. Gail Kastner was given mass

ive electroshock therapy to treat depression in 1953 at the Allan Memorial Insti tute in Montreal. She was left out of a federal compensation package in 1994 bec ause her treatment was deemed to have been less intense than that of other victi ms of the experiments. Her treatment was also found to have had fewer long-term effects. A Federal Court judge reversed that ruling, and awarded her the same am ount Ottawa gave to 77 others as compensation for their treatment. Dr. Ewan Came ron, who was director of the Allan Memorial Institute, conducted experiments usi ng electroshock and drug-induced sleep. The research was funded from 1950 to 196 5 by the CIA and by the Canadian government. Note: Did you know that 78 people received awards of $100,000 each for having be en subjected to CIA and government-funded experiments in controlling the mind? T here is much more to this story. Don't miss our very well documented two-page su mmary on this little-known topic: click here.

How Technology May Soon "Read" Your Mind 2009-01-04, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/31/60minutes/main4694713.shtml The content of our thoughts is our own - private, secret, and unknowable by anyo ne else. [But] neuroscience research into how we think and what we're thinking i s advancing at a stunning rate, making it possible for the first time in human h istory to peer directly into the brain to read out the physical make-up of our t houghts, some would say to read our minds. The technology that is transforming w hat once was science fiction into just plain science is a specialized use of MRI scanning called "functional MRI," fMRI for short. "I always tell my students th at there is no science fiction anymore," [said] Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta. What [researchers] ... have d one is combine fMRI's ability to look at the brain in action with computer scien ce's new power to sort through massive amounts of data. "There are some other te chnologies that are being developed that may be able to be used covertly and eve n remotely. They're trying to develop now a beam of light that would be projecte d onto your forehead. It would go a couple of millimeters into your frontal cort ex, and then receptors would get the reflection of that light. And [there are] s ome studies that suggest that we could use that as a lie detection device. If yo u were sitting there in the airport and being questioned, they could beam that o n your forehead without your knowledge. We can't do that yet, but they're workin g on it," [Wolpe said]. Note: Remember that classified military technology is usually at least 10 years ahead of anything in the public realm. For more mind-altering information on thi s key topic, click here and here.

The Army's Totally Serious Mind-Control Project 2008-09-14, Time magazine http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1841108,00.html Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That's why the U.S. Ar my has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing "thought helmets" that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication among troops. Ult imately, the Army hopes the project will "lead to direct mental control of milit ary systems by thought alone." Improvements in computing power and a better unde rstanding of how the brain works have scientists busy hunting for the distinctiv e neural fingerprints that flash through a brain when a person is talking to him self. The Army's initial goal is to capture those brain waves with incredibly so phisticated software that then translates the waves into audible radio messages

for other troops in the field. It's not as far-fetched as you might think: video gamers are eagerly awaiting a crude commercial version of brain wave technology a $299 headset from San Francisco-based Emotiv Systems in summer 2009. The mili tary's vastly more sophisticated system may be a decade or two away from reality , let alone implementation. The five-year contract it awarded last month to a co alition of scientists from the University of California at Irvine, Carnegie Mell on University, and the University of Maryland, seeks to "decode the activity in brain networks" so that a soldier could radio commands to one or many comrades b y thinking of the message he wanted to relay and who should get it. Note: The US military and intelligence agencies have been conducting and funding research in mind control for decades. Click here for a summary of this research .

Bush Official Linked to Call-Girl Probe 2007-04-28, Washington Post/AP http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/27/AR20070427017... Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring. Tobias submitted his resignation a day after he was interviewed by ABC News for an upcoming program about an alleged prostitution service run by the so-called D.C. Madam. Tobias confirmed that he had called the Pamela Martin and Associates escort service to have women come to his condo and give him mass ages. Tobias, 65, who is married, [claimed] there had been "no sex" during the w omen's visits to his condo. His name was on a list of clients given to ABC by De borah Jeane Palfrey, who owns the escort service and has been charged with runni ng a prostitution ring in the nation's capital. Tobias held two titles: director of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator for the U.S. Agency for Internatio nal Development. His rank was equivalent to deputy secretary of state. Before jo ining the administration, Tobias was a director and chairman of Eli Lilly and Co ., the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company. Palfrey recently made good on her threat to identify high-profile clients, listing in court documents a milita ry strategist known for his "shock and awe" combat theories. Palfrey, 50, was in dicted in March by a federal grand jury on charges of running the alleged call-g irl ring from her home in Vallejo, Calif. Palfrey claimed she has 46 pounds of p hone records involving clients [and] threatened to sell phone records that would identify 10,000 clients to pay for her criminal defense, but a federal judge or dered her not to release them. Palfrey, however, gave them to ABC News before th e order took effect. Note: Keep your eyes on this Palfrey case. It could go big. Note also the link t o the incredibly powerful pharmaceutical industry. For a Discovery Channel docum entary which presents convincing evidence that major prostitution rings reach to the very highest levels of government, click here.

Dark history of mind control 2005-12-11, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/12/11/RVGMRG25PU1.DTL&type=... With the birth of the Cold War, a more nefarious collaboration began between gov ernment and social scientists, as the CIA funded universities' mind control and brainwashing experiments that left unsuspecting volunteers psychologically impai red. One example was the "psychic driving" of McGill University's Ewan Cameron, who played subjects an endless loop of one of their own statements from therapy, such as "You killed your mother," while keeping them packed with mind-altering

drugs and locked in sensory depravation chambers. They emerged broken, ready to "be built up again." This is real "Manchurian Candidate" stuff, and it is easy t o see how it could have a dramatic impact on human behavior. McGill's Cameron... actually helped prosecute Nazi doctors at the Nuremberg tribunals. Note: For lots more reliable, verifiable information on this disturbing, but imp ortant topic, see our Mind Control Information Center at http://www.WantToKnow.i nfo/mindcontrolinformation

A remote control that controls humans 2005-10-26, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9816703/wid/11915829 Prepare to be remotely controlled. I was. Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car. Japan's top telephone company says it is developing the technology to perhaps make video games more realistic. But mor e sinister applications also come to mind. I can envision it being added to mili taries' arsenals of so-called "non-lethal" weapons. A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration. It sent a very low vol tage electric current from the back of my ears through my head -- either from le ft to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-co ntrol was moved. I found the experience unnerving and exhausting: I sought to st ep straight ahead but kept careening from side to side. Those alternating curren ts literally threw me off. The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulat ion -- essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear t hat help maintain balance. I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walki ng to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was co nvinced -- mistakenly -- that this was the only way to maintain my balance.

Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry 2005-04-24, The Observer (One of the UK's leading newspapers) http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1469055,00.html Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret . Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret. The order was made in a confidential lett er, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 200 1. It asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adul thood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as Jo hn Paul II's successor last week.

Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors 2003-01-14, US Patent and Trademark Office Website http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&... Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing imag es displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image p ulsing may be imbedded in the program material. The image displayed on a compute r monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program. The implementa tions of the invention are adapted to the source of video stream that drives the

monitor, be it a computer program, a TV broadcast, a video tape or a digital vi deo disc (DVD). The program that causes a monitor to display a pulsing image may be run on a remote computer that is connected to the user computer by a link; t he latter may partly belong to a network, which may be the Internet. A live TV b roadcast can be arranged to have the feature imbedded simply by slightly pulsing the illumination of the scene that is being broadcast. This method can of cours e also be used in making movies and recording video tapes and DVDs. Certain moni tors can emit ... pulses that are so weak as to be subliminal. This is unfortuna te since it opens a way for mischievous application of the invention, whereby pe ople are exposed unknowingly to manipulation of their nervous systems for someon e else's purposes. Note: If the above link fails, click here.

Robot puts human thoughts into action 2006-12-21, Seattle Times (One of Seattle's two leading newspapers) http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003488286_robot21m.html With 32 wires sprouting from a cap on his head, University of Washington researc h assistant C.J. Bell stared at a computer screen and thought: "Red." Across the room, a 2-foot-tall robot called Morpheus shuffled up to a table holding a gree n block and a red block. Tilting his head, the machine scanned the choices with camera "eyes." Morpheus paused, then picked up the red block. Morpheus has a 94 percent success rate at reading simple mental commands. But he's only a first st ep toward developing a practical household robot controlled solely by brain wave s, said Rajesh Rao, leader of the UW robot team and associate professor of compu ter science and engineering. Other researchers have wired humans to machines tha t allow them to move a cursor on a computer screen or operate a robotic arm with their thoughts. But those connections require electrodes inside the person's sk ull. With the system Rao and his colleagues have developed, the operator only su ffers a bad hair day. To prepare for the demonstration, Bell pulled on the tight -fitting cap while fellow graduate student Pradeep Shenoy filled a 4-inch syring e with conductive gel. Shenoy injected the gel into the openings in the cap, and fitted an electrode to each. "The electrodes don't actually touch the skull," h e explained. "They float in the goo, and the goo touches the skull. "Robotics is already an $11 billion-a-year industry. Bill Gates likens it to the computer bu siness in 1970, when he and Paul Allen founded Microsoft.

We are moving ever closer to the era of mind control 2006-02-06, The Guardian (one of the UK's leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1702694,00.html There is increasing military interest in the development of techniques that can survey and possibly manipulate the mental processes of potential enemies, or enh ance the potential of one's own troops. There is nothing new about such an inter est. In the US, it stretches back at least half a century. Impressed by claims t hat the Soviet Union was developing psychological warfare, the CIA and the Defen ce Advanced Projects Agency (Darpa) began their own programmes. Early experiment s included the clandestine feeding of LSD to their own operatives and attempts a t 'brain-washing'. By the 1960s, Darpa, along with the US Navy, was funding almo st all US research into 'artificial intelligence', in order to develop methods a nd technologies for the 'automated battlefield' and the 'intelligent soldier'. C ontracts were let and patents taken out on techniques aimed at recording signals from the brains of enemy personnel at a distance, in order to 'read their minds '. These efforts have burgeoned in the aftermath of the so-called 'war on terror '. The step beyond reading thoughts is to attempt to control them directly. A ne

w technique - transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) - has begun to generate in terest. This focuses an intense magnetic field on specific brain regions, and ha s been shown to affect thoughts, perceptions and behaviour. Note: These technologies are far more developed than this article suggests. For reliable, verifiable information on these little-known "non-lethal" weapons: htt p://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrol10pg#nonlethal

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies 2005-04-09, ABC/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=656227 Yale University researchers say their study that used lasers to create remote-co ntrolled fruit flies could lead to a better understanding of overeating and viol ence in humans. Using the lasers to stimulate specific brain cells, researchers say they were able to make the flies jump, walk, flap their wings and fly. Even headless flies took flight when researchers stimulated the correct neurons. Gero Miesenbock, associate professor of cell biology at Yale, said if the process co uld be duplicated on mice, researchers might be able to better understand the ce llular activity that leads to certain behavior.

An E.S.P. Gap 1984-01-23, Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,949946,00.html Ronald McRae, a former investigative reporter [tells of] the military's forays i nto parapsychology, the quasi-science that studies the interaction of mind and m atter. According to McRae, who is skeptical of psychic claims, the Department of Defense has spent $6 million annually in recent years to research such phenomen a as extrasensory perception (E.S.P.) and mental telepathy. The Pentagon denies any interest in parapsychology. But in an interview with the New York Times, ret ired Lieut. General Daniel O. Graham, former head of the Defense Intelligence Ag ency, indicated that the military had unquestionably been involved in psychic re search. While he considered McRae's $6 million budget figure an exaggeration, he said, "I wouldn't be surprised if the intelligence community were following thi s. They would be remiss if they didn't." Back in December 1980, Military Review, a journal of the U.S. Army, carried a cover story titled "The New Mental Battle field" [in which] Lieut. Colonel John B. Alexander wrote that "there are weapons systems that operate on the power of the mind and whose lethal capacity has alr eady been demonstrated." He ... urged the U.S. to step up its research in the fi eld. "I know the Government's involved," says Physicist Russell Targ. "I did the work," he contends. He maintains that there was a "multimillion-dollar" project , part of which focused on "remote viewing" experiments. On a visit to the U.S.S .R. in October, Targ found that the Soviets had replicated some of the experimen ts he and his colleagues had reported in scientific journals. Says Targ: "In the Soviet Union, psychic research is taken seriously at the highest levels." Note: For those interested in the military's use of "psyops" (psychological oper ations), you can view all 170 pages of the official U.S. Army psyops manual from April 2005, available here. Remote viewing has been used extensively in the mil itary, intelligence, and police communities. For an excellent 50-minute video co vering this most fascinating topic, click here.

Basic Instincts: The Science of Evil

2007-01-03, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2765416 "Primetime" wanted to know if ordinary people today would still follow orders, e ven if they believed their actions were causing someone else pain. Would as many follow the seemingly dangerous and painful orders as in the original experiment [conducted by Stanley Milgram at Yale in 1963]? After contacting respected psyc hologist Jerry Burger at Santa Clara University in California, ABC News was able to replicate Milgram's study in a modified way. Burger said, "People have often asked the question, 'Would we find these kinds of results today?' and some peop le try to dismiss the Milgram findings by saying, 'That's something that happene d back in the '60s. People aren't like that anymore.'" In ABC News' version of t he Milgram experiment, we tested 18 men, and found that 65 percent of them agree d to administer increasingly painful electric shocks when ordered by an authorit y figure. 22 women signed up for our experiment. Even though most people said th at women would be less likely to inflict pain on the learner, a surprising 73 pe rcent yielded to the orders of the experimenter. Out of the 30 people we tested with an additional accomplice acting as a moral guide, 63 percent still inflicte d electric shocks, even though the accomplice refused to go on. Our subjects had an unusually high level of education. 22.9 percent had some college, 40 percent had bachelor's degrees and 20 percent had master's degrees. Note: For more on the famous Milgram experiment, click here. For powerfully insp iring information on how we can change this and build a better world, click here .

Tech Watch: Forecasting Pain 2006-12-00, Popular Mechanics http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/4202262.html No longer a gleam in the Pentagon's eye, ray guns or radiofrequency (RF) weapons , to be exact officially have arrived. As troops are increasingly forced to serv e as an ad hoc police force, nonlethal weapons have become a priority for the mi litary. The Department of Defense is currently testing the Active Denial System (ADS), which fires pain-inducing beams of 95-GHz radio waves, for deployment on ground vehicles. This surface heating doesn't actually burn the target, but is p ainful enough to force a retreat. While the military continues to investigate th e safety of RF-based weapons, defense contractor Raytheon has released Silent Gu ardian, a stripped-down version of the ADS, marketed to law enforcement and secu rity providers as well as to the military. Using a joystick and a targeting scre en, operators can induce pain from over 250 yards away, as opposed to more than 500 yards with the ADS. Unlike its longer-ranged counterpart, Silent Guardian is available now. As futuristic and frightening as the ADS "pain ray" sounds, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research is funding an even more ambitious use of RF energy. Researchers at the University of Nevada are investigating the feasib ility of a method that would immobilize targets without causing pain. Rather tha n heating the subject's skin, this approach would use microwaves at 0.75 to 6 GH z to affect skeletal muscle contractions. This project is still in the beginning stages. The ADS, on the other hand, is already a painful reality. Note: For lots more concerning information on non-lethal weapons, click here.

Nonlethal weapons touted for use on citizens 2006-09-12, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14806772/

Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on America n citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. Dom estic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible saf ety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne. "If we're not willing to use i t here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. Nonlethal weapons generally can weaken people i f they are hit with the beam. Some of the weapons can emit short, intense energy pulses that also can be effective in disabling some electronic devices. Note: The government has been developing potentially lethal "non-lethal weapons" for decades, as evidenced by released FOIA government documents. Don't miss our excellent summary on this critical topic available at http://www.WantToKnow.inf o/mindcontrol10pg#nonlethal and the in-depth Washington Post article on psycholo gical manipulations available at http://www.WantToKnow.info/060123psyops.

Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi 2006-04-10, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/09/AR20060409008... [April 10, 2006] The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnif y the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military doc uments. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligen ce officials believe may have...helped the Bush administration tie the war to... Sept. 11. Although Zarqawi and other foreign insurgents in Iraq have conducted d eadly bombing attacks, they remain "a very small part of the actual numbers," [s aid] Col. Derek Harvey, who...was one of the top officers handling Iraq intellig ence issues on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Our own focus on Zarqawi has enlarged his caricature...made him more important than he really is." One b riefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army G en. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home aud ience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war. There were d irect military efforts to use the U.S. media to affect views of the war. One sli de in the same briefing, for example, noted that a "selective leak" about Zarqaw i was made to Dexter Filkins, a New York Times reporter. Filkins's resulting art icle...ran on the Times front page. U.S. propaganda efforts in Iraq in 2004 cost $24 million. "Villainize Zarqawi" one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed..."PSYOP," the U.S. military term for propaganda work. One internal br iefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said..."The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date."

MI6 pays out over secret LSD mind control tests 2006-02-24, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,,1716708,00.html The Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has paid thousands of pounds in compensati on to servicemen who were fed LSD without their consent in clandestine mind-cont rol experiments in the 1950s. MI6 has agreed an out-of-court settlement with the men, who said they were duped into taking part in the experiments and had waite d years to learn the truth. Don Webb, a former airman, said yesterday: "I feel v indicated; this has been a classic cover-up for years." MI6's counterparts at th e CIA also did LSD experiments on men without their knowledge to try to control their minds. Mr Webb said scientists gave him LSD at least twice in a week. He r emembers a nightmarish experience when he hallucinated for a long time. He saw " walls melting, cracks appearing in people's faces ... eyes would run down cheeks , Salvador Dali-type faces ... a flower would turn into a slug". He said he had

first made inquiries about the experiments in the 1960s but was "blanked by the government, which quoted the Official Secrets Act". He said he experienced flash backs for 10 years after the experiments. "They treated us just like guinea pigs ." Note: For lots more on the use of human guinea pigs by the government in attempt s to master mind control, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrol and http:// www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrol10pg#lsd

Hidden history of US germ testing 2006-02-13, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/file_on_4/4701196.stm Fifty years ago, American scientists were in a frantic race to counter what they saw as the Soviet threat from germ warfare. Biological pathogens they developed were tested on volunteers from a pacifist church and were also released in publ ic places. In the 1950s, the Seventh-day Adventist Church struck an extraordinar y deal with the US Army. It would provide test subjects for experiments on biolo gical weapons at the Fort Detrick research centre near Washington DC. The volunt eers were conscientious objectors who agreed to be infected with debilitating pa thogens. In return, they were exempted from frontline warfare. The research invo lved anthrax, other lethal bacteria and biological poisons. But it wasn't just t he white coat volunteers and sailors who were subject to experiments. The scient ists also conducted tests on an unsuspecting American public. Scientists used wh at they thought was a harmless simulant in major bio-weapon tests across US citi es and on public transport. It was a bacteria which they believed was harmless b ut which would mimic the dispersal of deadly biological agents such as anthrax. But later research showed that the strain of Bacillus globigii, or BG, did pose a risk to people who were ill or whose immune system was failing. In a damning r eport, [a U.S. Senate committee] concluded that the Department of Defense (DoD) repeatedly failed to comply with required ethical standards when using human sub jects in military research - and that the DoD demonstrated a pattern of misrepre senting the danger of various exposures and continued to do so. Note: For other confirmed instances of governments using humans as guinea pigs i n order to forward a military agenda: http://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrollers 10pg#human

The Vision Thing 1995-12-11, Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,983829,00.html First Star Wars. Now Star Gate. That is the real code name ... of a secret progr am that spent $20 million in the past 10 years to employ psychics in pursuit of the unknown. What the Pentagon's ultra-secret Defense Intelligence Agency [DIA] hoped it might get from the paranormal was a real advantage in the world of mili tary intelligence. Last week ... the CIA (which spent $750,000 on psychic resear ch from 1972 to 1977) determined that the program was a waste of money and moved to shut it down. Congress had ordered the agency to take over Star Gate last ye ar and conduct a study of its effectiveness. "There's no documented evidence it had any value to the intelligence community," says David Goslin, of the American Institute for Research, which the CIA hired to do the study. So the three fulltime psychics still operating on a $500,000-a-year budget out of Fort Meade, Mar yland, will soon close up shop. At least a few powerful Senators on the Appropri ations Committee will miss them. Senators Daniel Inouye and Robert Byrd, intrigu ed by stories of psychic successes, pushed hard during many years to keep Star G

ate going. Tales of the effectiveness of psychics as spies have long been circul ated. DIA credited psychics with creating accurate pictures of Soviet submarine construction hidden from U.S. spy satellites, and a 1993 Pentagon report said ps ychics had correctly drawn 20 tunnels being built in North Korea near the demili tarized zone. Note: Though this article largely debunks remote viewing, it does reveal some ke y facts. Before 1995 the government consistently denied such a program ever exis ted. Former participants in remote viewing programs, many of them respected scie ntists, have spoken openly about their involvement. Many of these scientists bel ieve that the program was not shut down, but rather all civilians were terminate d from the program in order to take it to a higher level of secrecy. For an exce llent 50-minute video on this program, click here.

Brain Wave of The Future 2009-04-23, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/22/AR20090422040... Competing mind-over-matter toys from Mattel and Uncle Milton Industries are comi ng this fall to a store near you. They are the first "brain-computer interfaces" to enter the consumer mainstream. NeuroSky is in the forefront of turning brain -computer interfaces into cheap, ubiquitous consumer items. It's selling brain-r eading hardware and software headsets to all comers -- including Christmas compe titors like Mattel's $80 Mindflex and Uncle Milton's $130 Force Trainer, both of which involve levitating a ping-pong-like ball. NeuroSky has its sights set on providing brain-wave sensors for the automotive, health-care and education indus tries. The prospect for mind controlling matter dates to 1875, when Richard Cato n discovered that you could peer into the workings of the brain by detecting its electrical impulses. In 1929 came the first electroencephalograph -- the EEG ma chine. But hospital EEG machines are expensive, enormous and not good at fine co ntrol; plus you have to smear conductive goop on your head -- not a great sellin g point. Thus, NeuroSky's adaptation is no small thing. They get a single dry se nsor to read your bare forehead, no goop, no holes drilled through the skull. Th ey get the device to focus on the correct signals from that extremely noisy brai n area, filtering out everything else -- that's their big trick. "It's like bein g at a crowded party, and picking out one quiet conversation," says Liu. Then th ey make it small, light and cheap, and deliver it to market. Note: Don't miss the astonishing video demonstration on the Post website. And re member that the military is generally at least 10 years ahead of industry in any new technologies like this.

Cops Taser UCLA Student 2006-11-17, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2662158 There is [a] painful six-minute video that has suddenly spread all over the worl d. It shows part of what happened in front of students who had been studying in the UCLA library when an Iranian-American student reportedly did not show any ID to campus police. The excruciating video clip [shows] enraged students screamin g at police; police yelling back and using strong force trying to get students u nder control. "Here's your Patriot Act!" shouts a student, using profanity after screaming out in anguished pain from the electric jolts of a police Taser. "Sta nd up or you'll get Tasered again!" the police shout back. Appalled fellow stude nts crowd in, some demanding the badge numbers of the police. To watch the video , click here. Police Department Assistant Chief Jeff Young [said] "He had refuse

d to identify himself; he had refused to leave the library, and...he went limp, which is a form of resistance." Some students saw it differently. "Tabatabaineja d was also stunned with the Taser when he was already handcuffed," complained th ird-year student Carlos Zaragoza. Tasers are increasingly controversial a powerf ul means of control for police that is apparently sometimes too powerful. While it is often referred to as a "non-lethal" weapon [a study] found that since 1999 , 84 people in the United States and Canada have died after being shocked by a T aser. Four of UCLA's nearly 60 full-time police officers recently won "Taser Awa rds," given by the manufacturers of the electronic shock device. Note: For lots more reliable information on "non-lethal weapons," click here.

Foley's Behavior No Secret on Capitol Hill 2006-10-01, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2514770 [Congressman] Foley's obsession with 16- and 17-year-old male pages has been kno wn to Republicans on Capitol Hill for at least five years. But other than issue a warning, little else seems to have been done about the congressman. A former p age has come forward to tell ABC News warnings were issued about Foley to the pa ges in 2001. Internet messages [were] sent by Foley to three different pages aft er that warning. Two of them were sent to pages in the 2001-2002 class, with sex ually explicit messages, most too graphic to be broadcast, from Foley using the screen name Maf54. "Maf54: To be honest, I am a little to interested in you. So that's why I need to back off a little. Teen: Ya, slow things down a little im s till young like under 18. don't want to do anything illegal im not 18. Maf54: cool.. dont forget to measure for me." [This last sentence was] a reference to his requ est that the page provide the measurements of his sexual organ, a request he rep eatedly made to another page as well. Former pages tell ABC News the pages invol ved with Foley were afraid to offend the powerful Republican congressman. It's p ossible Foley could end up being prosecuted under laws he helped to enact as the co-chairman of the House caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. Note: If you want to know the degree of sexual corruption which reaches to the h ighest levels in government, see the incredibly well done Discovery Channel docu mentary Conspiracy of Silence available free online at http://www.WantToKnow.inf o/060501conspiracyofsilence

Read the book, seen the movie? Now smell it too 2005-04-07, The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/news/story/0,12976,1453921,00.html Sony....has patented a device to evoke smells, flavours and even a sense of touc h in audience's brains, in the hope of enhancing the movie-watching experience. Sony has been granted a series of patents that outline how the device works. Acc ording to the documents, pulses of ultrasound would be fired at the audience's h eads to alter the normal neural activity in key parts of the brain. "Changes in the neural firing timing induce various sensory experiences, depending on the lo cation," the company's first patent states. Elizabeth Boukis, a spokeswoman for Sony Electronics, said the device remained only an idea at the moment. According to Sony's patents, carefully directed ultrasound beams could evoke different se nsations in people's brains, including tastes, smells and touch, and even moving images. "One of the advantages is that no invasive surgery is needed to assist a person, such as a blind person, to view live/recorded images," the patent says .

Military enforces 'Semper Fido' with microchips 2002-08-15, Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0815/p01s04-usmi.html Abandoned pets are a growing part of the military culture. Dogs and cats are dro pped off in remote corners of the post at a rate of more than 20 a week. But the US Armed Forces are fighting back. Adopting a Big Brother approach, the militar y is implanting microchips in cats and dogs that live on government land as much for animal control as for owner control. Says Fort Polk, La., Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky L. Jones of the soldier who abandons a pet, "with the chip you c an't hide." Fort Polk has used the chip to track down soldiers who have abandone d their pets and forced them to pay an adoption fee. "It's a way to control our stray animal population and protect our working force, too," says Capt. Steven B aty, a veterinarian at Fort Carson, Colo., where microchipping has been mandator y since 1998. The tiny chips, the size of a grain of rice, are injected under th e skin on an animal's neck and contain a bar code that can be scanned and read b y humane societies and veterinary clinics nationwide. The procedure costs about $15, takes two to three seconds, and is no more painful than a typical vaccinati on. Microchip enforcement varies by base. At Fort Polk, La., animal controllers are part of a weekly housing patrol, joining inspectors who check to make sure l awns are cut and that soldiers aren't violating housing regulations. The animal controller carries a portable scanner and runs the wand over dogs and cats, look ing for numbers to light up the small screen. If the pets don't have a microchip , soldiers are warned, and if they don't comply, their animals are taken away. Note: The Monitor removed this article from their website. To see a copy of it o n the Internet archive, click here.

Documents Shed Light on C.I.A.'s Use of Ex-Nazis 2006-06-06, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/06/washington/06cnd-nazi.html?ex=1307246400&en... The Central Intelligence Agency took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the fugitive Holocaust overseer Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to C.I.A. documents that shed new light on the spy agency's use of former Nazis as informers after World War II. The United States government...had no policy a t the time of pursuing Nazi war criminals. The documents show the C.I.A. "failed to lift a finger" to hunt Eichmann and "forced us to confront not only the mora l harm but the practical harm" of relying on intelligence from ex-Nazis. As head of the Gestapo's Jewish affairs office during the war, Eichmann implemented the policy of extermination of European Jewry, promoting the use of gas chambers an d having a hand in the murder of millions of Jews. The Eichmann papers are among 27,000 newly declassified pages released by the C.I.A. to the National Archives under Congressional pressure to make public files about former officials of Hit ler's regime later used as American agents. The material reinforces the view tha t most former Nazis gave American intelligence little of value and in some cases proved to be damaging double agents for the Soviet K.G.B. Since Congress passed the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act in 1998, the Interagency Working Group has p ersuaded the government to declassify more than 8 million pages of documents. Bu t the group ran into resistance starting in 2002 from the C.I.A., which sought t o withhold operational files from the 1940's and 50's. Note: For more on clandestine government use of Nazi scientists in developing to p-secret mind control programs with links for verification, see http://www.WantT oKnow.info/mindcontrol10pg

The 30 greatest conspiracy theories 2008-11-19, The Telegraph (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3483477/The-30-greate... From the assassination of John F Kennedy to the death of Diana, Princess of Wale s. From Roswell, New Mexico, to Nasa's moon landings. From the bloodline of Chri st to the death of Elvis Presley. From the Moscow appartment bombings to the Ind ian Ocean tsunami. From Pearl Harbour to Peak Oil, the Philadelphia experiment a nd Pan Am flight 103. Every major event of the last 2,000 years has prompted a c onspiracy theory and here we examine those with the biggest followings and the m ost longevity. 1. September 11, 2001. Thanks to the power of the web and live br oadcasts on television, the ... theories surrounding the events of 9/11 ... have surpassed those of Roswell and JFK in traction. The [alternative] theories cont inue to grow in strength. At the milder end of the spectrum are the theorists wh o believe that the US government had prior warning of the attacks but did not do enough to stop them. Others believe that the Bush administration deliberately t urned a blind eye to those warnings because it wanted a pretext to launch wars i n the Middle East to usher in another century of American hegemony. A large grou p of people - collectively called the 9/11 Truth Movement - cite evidence that a n airliner did not hit the Pentagon and that the World Trade Centre could not ha ve been brought down by airliner impacts and burning aviation fuel alone. Many w itnesses - including firemen, policemen and people who were inside the towers at the time - claim to have heard explosions below the aircraft impacts (including in basement levels) and before both the collapses and the attacks themselves. Note: For a concise two-page summary of many unanswered questions about what rea lly happened on 9/11, click here.

Brain will be battlefield of future, warns US intelligence report 2008-08-13, The Guardian (One of the U.K. s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/aug/13/military.neuroscience Rapid advances in neuroscience could have a dramatic impact on national security and the way in which future wars are fought, US intelligence officials have bee n told. In a report commissioned by the Defense Intelligence Agency, leading sci entists were asked to examine how a greater understanding of the brain over the next 20 years is likely to drive the development of new medicines and technologi es. They found several areas in which progress could have a profound impact, inc luding behaviour-altering drugs, scanners that can interpret a person's state of mind and devices capable of boosting senses such as hearing and vision. On the battlefield, bullets may be replaced with "pharmacological land mines" that rele ase drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact, while scanners and other electron ic devices could be developed to identify suspects from their brain activity and even disrupt their ability to tell lies when questioned, the report says. "The concept of torture could also be altered by products in this market. It is possi ble that some day there could be a technique developed to extract information fr om a prisoner that does not have any lasting side effects," the report states. T he report highlights one electronic technique, called transcranial direct curren t stimulation, which involves using electrical pulses to interfere with the firi ng of neurons in the brain and has been shown to delay a person's ability to tel l a lie. Note: This is the public report, for little-known information relating what has already been going on, click here.

Clinical trials test potential of hallucinogenic drugs to help patients with ter minal illnesses 2008-08-12, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/aug/12/medicalresearch.drugs Scientists are exploring the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD to treat a ran ge of ailments from depression to cluster headaches and obsessive compulsive dis order. The first clinical trial using LSD since the 1970s began in Switzerland i n June. It aims to use "psychedelic psychotherapy" to help patients with termina l illnesses come to terms with their imminent mortality and so improve their qua lity of life. Another psychedelic substance, psilocybin, has shown promising res ults in trials for treating symptoms of terminal cancer patients. In the Swiss t rial eight subjects will receive a dose of 200 microgrammes of LSD. This is enou gh to induce a powerful psychedelic experience. A further four subjects will rec eive a dose of 20 microgrammes. Every participant will know they have received s ome LSD, but neither the subjects nor the researchers observing them will know f or certain who received the full dose. During the course of therapy researchers will assess the patients' anxiety levels, quality of life and pain levels. Befor e hallucinogenic drugs became popular with the counter culture, they were at the forefront of brain science. They were used to help scientists understand the na ture of consciousness and how the brain works and as treatments for a range of c onditions. Dr Rick Doblin is president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in California, a nonprofit organisation which funds c linical studies into psychedelic drugs, including the Swiss LSD trial. "These dr ugs, these experiences are not for the mystic who wants to sit on the mountain t op and meditate. They are not for the counter-culture rebel. They are for everyb ody," he said.

Under the Radar, a Montauk Park 2006-11-24, New York Times http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/11/24/travel/escapes/24hero.html?ex=132202440... A sprawling waterfront state park known as Camp Hero [is situated] in Montauk on Long Island. Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that the park has been the site of sci-fi worthy events, including rifts in the time-space continuum [and] mind-control experiments. Such unsubstantiated reports were in large part ignite d by a 1992 book, The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, by Preston B. Nichols with Peter Moon.. All of the rumors, that s part of why we came here, said Patrick W enk, 26, of Stony Brook, N.Y., who was visiting one chilly autumn afternoon. His girlfriend, Sarah Holub, 25, [said] it was her friends who piqued her initial i nterest in the park by telling her about the conspiracy theories and rumors of p aranormal occurrences. A search on Google revealed several Web sites that elabor ated on the theories and suggested that Camp Hero was the site of time-travel ex periments that picked up where the Philadelphia Experiment in which a 1940s Navy ship and crew were said to have been made invisible and teleported from Philade lphia to Norfolk, Va. left off. when Ms. Holub shared a story about her friends being in Camp Hero at night only to have all their flashlights go dead simultane ously, we both laughed. Yet I was experiencing some technical difficulties of my own. My reliable digital camera was on the fritz. I changed the batteries. I pl ayed with the lens. It would not take a photograph. I slipped it into my coat po cket to fiddle with later and continued my hike. Note: Though it's difficult to find reliable information on these matters, those with an open mind and a desire to know might appreciate spending some time expl oring the links above.

Israel developing anti-militant "bionic hornet" 2006-11-17, ABC News/Reuters http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=2660621 Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspap er reported on Friday. The flying robot, nicknamed the "bionic hornet," would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers. It is one of several weapons being developed b y scientists to combat militants. Others include super gloves that would give th e user the strength of a "bionic man" and miniature sensors to detect suicide bo mbers. Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres [said] "The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry. It's illogical to send a plane worth $100 million aga inst a suicidal terrorist. So we are building futuristic weapons." Prototypes fo r the new weapons are expected within three years, he said.

Bishops reject Vatican abuse cover-up allegations 2006-10-02, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/02/AR20061002001... Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales rejected as false and misleading a B BC documentary about what it said was a cover-up of child sexual abuse under a s ystem enforced by Pope Benedict XVI in his previous job. The documentary [examin ed] a secret document written in 1962 that sets out a procedure for dealing with child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. The document, called "Crimen Sollic itationis," imposes an oath of secrecy on the child victim, the priest dealing w ith the allegation and any witness. Breaking that oath would result in excommuni cation, the BBC said. "The man in charge of enforcing it for 20 years was Cardin al Joseph Ratzinger, the man made Pope last year," reporter Colm O'Gorman said i n the program "Sex Crimes and the Vatican." The Vatican...had no immediate comme nt. The existence of the document is not new. It first surfaced publicly in 2003 , when it was widely reported in the U.S. media. American lawyers representing a lleged victims of sexual abuse by priests at the time used it in law suits again st some American dioceses. Responding to the documentary, Archbishop Vincent Nic hols of Birmingham, central England, said the BBC should be "ashamed of the stan dard of the journalism used to create this unwarranted attack on Pope Benedict X VI." The public broadcaster defended its documentary. "The protection of childre n is clearly an issue of the strongest public interest," it said in a statement, responding to the bishops' criticism. "The BBC stands by tonight's 'Panorama' p rogram, and invites viewers to make up their own minds once they've seen it." Note: To watch this highly revealing BBC documentary free online and decide for yourself, see http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15190.htm. For governm ent involvement in sexual abuse of children, see the Discovery Channel documenta ry at http://www.WantToKnow.info/060501conspiracyofsilence

Slaves to American medicine 2006-09-10, London Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2099-2338130_1,00.html In 1972, the Tuskegee experiments on black people shocked the world. Now, a new report reveals that the official inquiry was a cover-up. The [syphilis] "trial," conducted between 1932 and 1972, involved 400 black sharecroppers. The Tuskegee "volunteers" were not to be treated, either with Salvarsan or even antibiotics after their discovery. Ignorant of the true goal of the trial, the participants

were destined to be living, and dying, examples of the terrible course of the un treated illness. Tuskegee, after its exposure in the media in 1972, thus became a byword in America for racist medical experimentation. Soon after the Tuskegee revelations, fault was admitted, apologies made. Yet in time, historians of medi cine, sociologists and social anthropologists began to play down the scandal. Tu skegee, they argued, was an understandable error, given the absence of viable an tidotes in the 1930s. But renewed outrage over Tuskegee is about to explode with an investigation entitled Medical Apartheid, to be published in the US early ne xt year. The public-health historian Harriet Washington will reveal...that the T uskegee trial was even more inhumane and morally degenerate than previously susp ected. The role of Nurse Eunice Rivers became crucial. Above all, her task, aide d by the study's doctors, was to ensure that the syphilitic men would receive no treatment, despite the extraordinary advances in treatment from the 1940s onwar ds. "By 1955," according to Washington, "nearly one-third of the autopsied men h ad died directly of syphilis and many of the survivors were suffering its deadli est complications." Note: For lots more on the history humans used as guinea pigs in experiments by government: http://www.WantToKnow.info/humanguineapigs and http://www.WantToKnow .info/mindcontrollers10pg#human

Nationwide Child Abuse Ring In Free Discovery Channel Documentary 2006-05-01, Discovery Channel/WantToKnow.info http://www.WantToKnow.info/060501conspiracyofsilence "Conspiracy of Silence" is a powerful, disturbing documentary revealing a nation wide child abuse and pedophilia ring that leads to the highest levels of governm ent. Featuring intrepid investigator John DeCamp, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran and 16-year Nebraska state senator, "Conspiracy of Silence" reveals how rogue elements at all levels of government have been involved in systematic chi ld abuse and pedophilia to feed the base desires of key politicians. Based on De Camp's riveting book, The Franklin Cover-up, "Conspiracy of Silence" begins with the shut-down of Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union after a rai d by federal agencies in November 1988 revealed that $40 million was missing. Wh en the Nebraska legislature launched a probe into the affair, what initially loo ked like a financial swindle soon exploded into a startling tale of drugs, money laundering, and a nationwide child abuse ring. Nineteen months later, the legis lative committee's chief investigator died suddenly and violently, like more tha n a dozen other people linked to the Franklin case.

State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized 2005-05-15, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Health/story?id=708780 From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics pro gram to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing. "The procedures that were done here were done to poor folks," said Steven Selden, professor at the Univers ity of Maryland. "They were thought to be poor because they had bad genes or bad inheritance, if you will. And so they would be the focus of the sterilization." Even though the practice ended more than 30 years ago, some say the time has co me to make amends. North Carolina was one of the first states out of 33 that onc e practiced sterilization to offer an apology. State Rep. Larry Womble is crafti ng a bill to provide financial reparations.

The brain scan that can read people's intentions 2007-02-09, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,2009229,00.html A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person's brain and read their intentions befor e they act. They have devised a system that analyses brain activity to work out a person's intentions before they have acted on them. The research breaks contro versial new ground in scientists' ability to probe people's minds and eavesdrop on their thoughts, and raises serious ethical issues over how brain-reading tech nology may be used in the future. The research builds on a series of recent stud ies in which brain imaging has been used to identify tell-tale activity linked t o lying, violent behaviour and racial prejudice. The computer learns unique patt erns of brain activity or signatures that correspond to different thoughts. It t hen scans the brain to look for these signatures and predicts what the person is thinking. More advanced versions may be able to read complex thoughts and even pick them up before the person is conscious of them. Barbara Sahakian, a profess or of neuro-psychology at Cambridge University, said the rapid advances in neuro science had forced scientists in the field to set up their own neuroethics socie ty late last year to consider the ramifications of their research. Note: Remember that secret projects within the military and other branches of go vernment are almost always at least a decade ahead of public research. For impor tant, reliable information on government-sponsored mind control programs, click here.

Radio frequency identification keeps tabs on goods, services, pets - even people 2006-05-11, Sacramento Bee (the leading newspaper of California's capital city) http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifestyle/story/14254188p-15069873c.html Feel like you're being followed? Maybe it's a tracking tag on your jeans or one implanted in a credit card. The tags are called radio frequency identification o r RFIDs, and every day they are becoming more and more a part of our lifestyle. These Orwellian microchips, as minute as a grain of sand, identify and track pro ducts and even lost children at theme parks. They're being implanted in humans t o alert hospitals about medical conditions. The tags can be so tiny, you may nev er know they are there. Retailers claim RFIDs are essential: alerting them when they're low on lipstick, air filters, sodas and other inventory. Embedded tags a ren't so obvious. Hitachi Europe recently developed the world's tiniest RFID int egrated circuit, small enough to be placed in a piece of paper. Some RFID chips are made to be imbedded in livestock, in pets and most recently in humans for a variety of reasons. RFID prices have dropped, and tagging has become practical f or businesses. In-Stat, a high-tech research firm, reports more than 1 billion R FID chips were made last year and predicts that by 2010 the number will increase to 33 billion. Slightly larger than a grain of rice, RFID chips from VeriChip o f Florida are manufactured for implanting in humans. The Food and Drug Administr ation approved human implants two years ago. Note: For lots more on microchip implants, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/microc hipimplants

Sex Slaves 2006-02-07, PBS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/slaves/etc/synopsis.html

Twenty-one-year-old Katia...left home on what she believed would be a trip to bu y goods in Turkey, but instead she was sold into sexual slavery for $1,000. In " Sex Slaves," FRONTLINE follows [her husband] Viorel on an extraordinary journey deep into the world of sex trafficking to try to find his wife...and then free h er from the violent pimp who now "owns" her. Along the way, the production team takes a rare, hidden-camera look at the various traffickers, pimps and middlemen who illegally buy and sell hundreds of thousands of women each year. Lured by t raffickers who prey on their dreams of employment abroad, many of the women are then kidnapped and "exported" to Europe, the Middle East, the United States and elsewhere. During this process, they may be sold to pimps, locked in brothels, d rugged, terrorized and raped repeatedly. "How much will a girl cost?" co-produce r Felix Golubev asks a trafficker in Moldova while posing undercover as an inter ested buyer from North America. "Five hundred to 600 dollars" replies the traffi cker." As Viorel searches for Katia, we learn what she might be enduring from ot her trafficked women. Twenty-eight-year-old Oksana was sold 13 times over an eig ht-month period before finally being allowed to return to her native Ukraine. "T here were 22 girls in a three-bedroom apartment, and each girl got beaten up at least once a day. One girl ran away and went to the police for help, but she was taken back. Policemen used our services." "Sex Slaves" exposes the government ind ifference that allows the global sex trade to continue virtually unchecked and w hat needs to be done. Note: If you want to know about secret government involvement in the sex trade a nd sex abuse, see the harrowing, yet powerful essay at http://www.WantToKnow.inf o/nationbetrayed10pg and a highly revealing, free Discovery Channel documentary at http://www.WantToKnow.info/060501conspiracyofsilence

Beam weapons almost ready for battle 2006-01-11, MSNBC http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10805240/ LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - There is a new breed of weaponry fast approaching. They are l abeled "directed-energy weapons," and they may well signal a revolution in milit ary hardware -- perhaps more so than the atomic bomb. Directed-energy weapons ta ke the form of lasers, high-powered microwaves and particle beams. Their adoptio n for ground, air, sea, and space warfare depends not only on using the electrom agnetic spectrum, but also upon favorable political and budgetary wavelengths to o. After more than two decades of research, the United States is on the verge of deploying a new generation of weapons that discharge beams of energy, such as t he Airborne Laser and the Active Denial System, as well as the Tactical High Ene rgy Laser, or THEL. Then there s Active Denial Technology -- a non-lethal way to u se millimeter-wave electromagnetic energy to stop, deter and turn back an advanc ing adversary. This technology, supported by the U.S. Marines, uses a beam of mi llimeter waves to heat a foe s skin, causing severe pain without damage, and makin g the adversary flee the scene. By tuning the resonance of a laser onto Earth s io nosphere, you can create audible frequencies. Like some boom box in the sky, the laser-produced voice could bellow from above down to the target below: "Put dow n your weapons."

Brain sensor allows mind-control 2006-07-12, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5167938.stm A sensor implanted in a paralysed man's brain has enabled him to control objects by using his thoughts alone. The experimental set-up allowed the man, who has n o limb movement at all, to open e-mail ... and pinch a prosthetic hand's fingers

. The US team behind the sensor hopes its technology can one day be incorporated into the body to restore the movement of paralysed limbs themselves. A team of scientists inserted the device, called a neuromotor prosthesis (NMP), into an ar ea of the brain known as the motor cortex, which is responsible for voluntary mo vement. The NMP comprises an internal sensor that detects brain cell activity, a nd external processors that convert the activity into signals that can be recogn ised by a computer. Using the device, Mr Nagle was able to move a computer curso r to open an e-mail, play simple computer games, open and close a prosthetic han d, and use a robot limb to grasp and move objects. Mr Nagle said the sensor had restored some of his independence by allowing him to carry out a number of tasks - such as turning the lights on - that a nurse would normally do for him. He to ld the BBC: "I can't put it into words. It's just wild."

US 'plans stealth shark spies' 2006-03-02, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4767428.stm Pentagon scientists are planning to turn sharks into "stealth spies" capable of tracking vessels undetected, a British magazine has reported. They want to remot ely control the sharks by implanting electrodes in their brains, The New Scienti st says. It says the aim is "to exploit sharks' natural ability to glide through the water, sense delicate electrical gradients and follow chemical trails". The research is being funded by the Pentagon's Defence Advanced Research Projects A gency (DARPA). It aims to build on latest developments in brain implant technolo gy which has already seen scientists controlling the movements of fish, rats and monkeys. Such devices are already being used by scientists at Boston University to "steer" a spiny dogfish in a fish tank. The next step for the Pentagon scien tists will be the release of blue sharks with similar devices into the ocean off the coast of Florida. Remote-controlled sharks...have advantages that robotic u nderwater surveillance vehicles just cannot match: they are silent, and they pow er themselves. Note: This article fails to mention that electronic implants we used over 40 yea rs ago to control the behavior of bulls, as reported on the front page of the Ne w York Times on May 17, 1965. To see the Times article, go to http://www.WantToK now.info/delgadobullnytimes.pdf. For lots more reliable information on governmen t mind control programs: http://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrol

Mind Over Matter Becoming A Reality 2006-01-04, KGO/ABC Affiliate http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=edell&id=3782726 New research shows the power of thinking could be enough to control a computer d evice. It's a discovery that could someday give amputees and those who are paral yzed power over their lives. He's winning this round of pong, but what's really amazing is how Aaron is playing the game. Aaron Danforth, epilepsy patient: "I h ave to think of the word 'move' to get it to move to the right." That's right. N o hands. Aaron's brain controls the cursor. The computer can detect what he's th inking by the intensity and pattern of his brain activity. Jeffrey Ojemann, M.D. , neurosurgeon: "It's remarkable to watch almost as if there's a degree of mind control or something that you only see in science fiction movies."

Army's conquer by cannabis plan 2007-04-08, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/04/08/INGG3P14MD1.DTL The U.S. Army, in a search for "nonlethal incapacitating agents," tested cannabi s-based drugs on GI volunteers throughout the 1960s according to Dr. James Ketch um, the psychiatrist who led the classified research program at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. Ketchum retired as a colonel in 1976. He has written a memoir, "Ch emical Warfare: Secrets Almost Forgotten," in which he describes experiments con ducted at Edgewood and defends the Army's ethical standards. In a talk to the So ciety of Cannabis Clinicians in Los Angeles last month, Ketchum recounted to 20 doctors the Army's experiments with cannabinoid drugs. Only a small fraction of Ketchum's work at Edgewood involved THC derivatives. Ketchum says he was motivat ed to write his memoir because the media has conflated the ethical, scientific d rug studies conducted by the Army on knowing volunteers with the kinky, unsafe d rug studies conducted by the CIA on unwitting civilians. "None, to my knowledge, returned home with a significant injury or illness attributable to chemical exp osure," Ketchum says. "Nevertheless, years later, a few former volunteers did cl aim that the testing had caused them to suffer from some malady." Those claims c ame from subjects exposed to agents other than EA 2233, he says. Note: Though the Army may have been somewhat more ethical than the CIA, why has the media had so little coverage of these unethical programs to develop mind con trol capabilities. For more information on secret mind control programs based on 18,000 pages of declassified government documents, click here.

Surfing the Web with nothing but brainwaves 2006-07-24, CNN News http://money.cnn.com/2006/07/21/technology/googlebrain0721.biz2/ Kiss your keyboard goodbye: soon we'll jack our brains directly into the Net - a nd that's just the beginning. Two years ago, a quadriplegic man started playing video games using his brain as a controller. It spells the beginning of a radica l change in how we interact with computers. Someday, keyboards and computer mice will be remembered only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All w ork - emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches - will be performed by mind cont rol. [Consider] the sensational research that's been done on the brain of one Ma tthew Nagle. Nagle, a 26-year-old quadriplegic, was hooked up to a computer via an implant smaller than an aspirin that sits on top of his brain and reads elect rical patterns. He learned how to move a cursor around a screen, play simple gam es, control a robotic arm, and even...turn his brain into a TV remote control [a ll] in less time than the average PC owner spends installing Microsoft Windows. Neurodevices - medical devices that compensate for damage to the brain, nerves, and spinal column - are a $3.4 billion business that grew 21 percent last year. There are currently some 300 companies working in the field. This kind of techno logy can enable a hooked-up human to write at 15 words a minute. Remember, thoug h, that silicon-based technology typically doubles in capacity every two years. Last year, Sony took out a patent on a game system that beams data directly into the mind without implants. It uses a pulsed ultrasonic signal that induces sens ory experiences such as smells, sounds and images.

Computer chips get under skin of enthusiasts 2006-01-06, ABC News/Reuters http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1477868 With a wave of his hand, Amal Graafstra, a 29-year-old entrepreneur based in Van couver, Canada, opens his front door. With another, he logs onto his computer. T iny radio frequency identification (RFID) computer chips inserted into Graafstra

's hands make it all possible. The computer chips, which cost about $2, interact with a device installed in computers and other electronics. The chips are activ ated when they come within 3 inches of a so-called reader, which scans the data on the chips. The "reader" devices are available for as little as $50. Graafstra said at least 20 of his tech-savvy pals have RFID implants. "I can't feel it at all. It doesn't impede me. It doesn't hurt at all. I almost can't tell it's the re," agreed Jennifer Tomblin, a 23-year-old marketing student and Graafstra's gi rlfriend. Mikey Sklar, a 28-year-old Brooklyn resident, said, "It does give you some sort of power of 'Abracadabra,' of making doors open and passwords enter ju st by a wave of your hand." The RFID chip in Sklar's hand, which is smaller than a grain of rice and can last up to 100 years, was injected by a surgeon in Los Angeles.

I, Cyborg 2005-08-01, Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-080104bionicarm,1,7034437.... Sullivan, a Tennessee power company worker who lost both arms in a job-related a ccident, has been outfitted by Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago researchers w ith a kind of bionic arm, which is controlled directly by his thoughts. Sullivan doesn't have to think hard anymore about doing something; he simply does it the way he always did. "I feel my hand when I want to pick something up, then I jus t close my hand," he says. When he wants to grab a bottle of water, for instance , the computerized arm moves forward, the elbow bends and the mechanical hand gr asps the bottle, bringing it to his lips, as his natural arm once did.

Mind-Reading Computer 1974-07-01, Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,942916,00.html The experiment looks like some ingenious test of mental telepathy. Seated inside a small isolation booth with wires trailing from the helmet on her head, the su bject seems deep in concentration. She does not speak or move. Suddenly, a littl e white dot hovering in the center of the screen comes to life. It sweeps to the top of the screen, then it reverses itself and comes back down. After a pause, it veers to the right, stops, moves to the left, momentarily speeds up and final ly halts almost as if it were under the control of some external intelligence. I n fact, it is. The unusual experiment, conducted at the Stanford Research Instit ute in Menlo Park, Calif., is a graphic display of one of the newest and most da zzling breakthroughs in cybernetics. It shows that a computer can, in a very rea l sense, read human minds. Although the dot's gyrations were directed by a compu ter, the machine was only carrying out the orders of the test subject. She, in t urn, did nothing more than think about what the dot's movements should be. Brain child of S.R.I. Researcher Lawrence Pinneo, a ... neurophysiologist and electron ics engineer, the computer mind-reading technique is far more than a laboratory stunt. The key to his scheme: the electroencephalograph, a device used by medica l researchers to pick up electrical currents from various parts of the brain. If he could learn to identify brain waves generated by specific thoughts or comman ds ... he might be able to teach the same skill to a computer. Pinneo does not w orry that mind-reading computers might be abused by Big Brotherly governments or overly zealous police trying to ferret out the innermost thoughts of citizens. Note: This research conducted in 1974 shows that the respond to human thought was developed decades ago. top secret and continued to be developed secretly by , but kept well-hidden from public view. For more on capability for computers to The subject was classified the military and government this important topic, click


'Mind over matter' no longer science fiction 2006-06-10, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's leading newspaper) http://www.smh.com.au/news/Technology/Mind-over-matter-no-longer-science-fict... Sitting stone still under a skull cap fitted with a couple dozen electrodes, Aus trian scientist Peter Brunner stares at a laptop computer. Without so much as mo ving a nostril hair, he suddenly begins to compose a message -- letter by letter -- on a giant screen overhead. "B-O-N-J-O-U-R" he writes with the power of his mind, much to the amazement of the largely French audience of scientists and cur ious onlookers gathered. Brunner and two colleagues from the state-financed Wads worth Center in Albany, New York were demonstrating a "brain computer interface (BCI)," an astounding technology which digitalizes brain signals emitted as elec trical impulses -- picked up by the electrodes -- to convey intent. Possible app lications extend beyond the written word into physical movement -- it is only a matter of time, Sellers says, before the same technology is used to operate moto rized wheel chairs.

Text might be hidden 'Gospel of Judas' 2006-04-06, CNN/Associated Press http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/04/06/gospel.judas.ap/ For 2,000 years Judas has been reviled for betraying Jesus. Now a newly translat ed ancient document seeks to tell his side of the story. The "Gospel of Judas".. .portrays Judas as a favored disciple who was given special knowledge by Jesus - and who turned him in at Jesus' request. The text, one of several ancient docu ments found in the Egyptian desert in 1970, was preserved and translated by a te am of scholars. It was made public in an English translation by the National Geo graphic Society. A "Gospel of Judas" was first mentioned around 180 A.D. by Bish op Irenaeus of Lyon, in what is now France. The bishop denounced the manuscript as heresy because it differed from mainstream Christianity. The actual text had been thought lost until this discovery. Christianity in the ancient world was mu ch more diverse than it is now, with a number of gospels circulating in addition to the four that were finally collected into the New Testament, noted Bart Ehrm an, chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina. Eventuall y, one point of view prevailed and the others were declared heresy, he said, inc luding the Gnostics who believed that salvation depended on secret knowledge tha t Jesus imparted.The newly translated document's text begins: "The secret accoun t of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot."

Photographer for White House child sex ring arrested 2005-03-13, tomflocco.com http://tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=107&mode=&order=0... According to a Nebraska state police report, Nebraska Senate s Franklin committee investigative report, and a 50-page report by Omaha s Boys Town welfare case offic er Mrs. Julie Walters, pedophile victims Nelly and Kimberly Webb detailed a mass ive child sex, homosexual and pornography operation run out of Nebraska by Larry King--but with close ties directly to the Congress and the White House. Note: This source is clearly less reliable than those usually provided. However, as this is very important news we believe to be largely true based on numerous independent confirmations received, we've included it here. The article includes

information on the Hunter Thompson suicide and the infamous Franklin case which you can learn about by clicking here.

9/11 News Articles Excerpts of Key 9/11 News Articles in Major Media Below are many highly revealing excerpts of important 9/11 articles from the mai nstream media. Links are provided to the full articles on major media websites. If any link should fail to function, click here. These 9/11 news articles are li sted by order of importance. For the same articles by date posted to this list, click here. For the list by date of news article click here. By choosing to educ ate ourselves on these important issues and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

Note: For an index to revealing excerpts of media articles on several dozen enga ging topics, click here. U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba 2001-05-01, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662 In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to k

ill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans repo rtedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even or chestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways t o trick the American public and the international community into supporting a wa r to oust Cuba's ... Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplate d causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Gu antanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would caus e a helpful wave of national indignation." The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defe nse secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years. The J oint Chiefs even proposed using the potential death of astronaut John Glenn duri ng the first attempt to put an American into orbit as a false pretext for war wi th Cuba. Should the rocket explode and kill Glenn, they wrote, "the objective is to provide irrevocable proof that the fault lies with the Communists." The scar y thing is none of this stuff comes out until 40 years after. Note: Many military and political leaders tend to look at the world as a chess b oard. Sacrificing pawns (innocent civilians) is sometimes necessary to capture t he queen. Is it beyond comprehension that this might have been the case with 9/1 1? And why was ABC the only major news source to report this highly revealing st ory? To read the shocking declassified documents, click here.

9/11 conspiracy theorists multiply 2006-09-08, MSNBC/Washington Post http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14723997 A recent Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll of 1,010 Americans found that 36 pe rcent suspect the U.S. government promoted the attacks or intentionally sat on i ts hands. Sixteen percent believe explosives brought down the towers. A Zogby In ternational poll of New York City residents two years ago found 49.3 percent bel ieved the government "consciously failed to act." The loose agglomeration known as the "9/11 Truth Movement" has stopped looking for truth from the government. The academic wing is led by [Prof. David Ray] Griffin, who founded the Center fo r a Postmodern World at Claremont University; James Fetzer, a tenured philosophe r at the University of Minnesota; and Daniel Orr, the retired chairman of the ec onomics department at the University of Illinois. The movement's de facto minist er of engineering is Steven Jones, a tenured physics professor at Brigham Young University, who's...concluded that the collapse of the twin towers is best expla ined as controlled demolition. Catherine Austin Fitts served as assistant secret ary of housing in the first President Bush's administration. [Robert] Bowman was chief of advanced space programs under presidents Ford and Carter. Fitts and Bo wman agree that the "most unbelievable conspiracy" theory is the one retailed by the government. It was a year before David Ray Griffin, an eminent liberal theo logian and philosopher, began his stroll down the path of disbelief. He wondered why...military jets failed to intercept even one airliner. He read the 9/11 Com mission report with a swell of anger. Contradictions were ignored and no militar y or civilian official was reprimanded. Griffin's book, "The New Pearl Harbor".. .never reviewed in a major U.S. newspaper, sold more than 100,000 copies and bec ame a movement founding stone.

Connections And Then Some 2003-03-14, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A25...

The Carlyle Group [is] an investment house famous as one of the most well-connec ted companies anywhere. Former president George H.W. Bush is a Carlyle adviser. Former British prime minister John Major heads its European arm. Former secretar y of state James Baker is senior counselor, former White House budget chief Rich ard Darman is a partner, former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt is senior adviser -the list goes on. Those associations have brought Carlyle enormous success. The Washington-based merchant bank controls nearly $14 billion in investments, makin g it the largest private equity manager in the world. It buys and sells whole co mpanies the way some firms trade shares of stock. But the connections also have cost Carlyle. It has developed a reputation as the CIA of the business world -omnipresent, powerful, a little sinister. Media outlets from the Village Voice t o BusinessWeek have depicted Carlyle as manipulating the levers of government fr om shadowy back rooms. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) even suggested tha t Carlyle's and Bush's ties to the Middle East made them somehow complicitous in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It didn't help that as the World Trade Center burn ed on Sept. 11, 2001, the news interrupted a Carlyle business conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here attended by a brother of Osama bin Laden. Former preside nt Bush, a fellow investor, had been with him at the conference the previous day . Bush['s] primary function is to give speeches for Carlyle that attract wealthy foreigners in places where the former president is especially revered, such as Asia. The company has rewarded its faithful with a 36 percent average annual rat e of return. Note: If the above link fails, click here. To understand the amazingly powerful role of this low-profile, yet extremely wealthy and influential group, click her e to view free a 48-minute documentary shown on Dutch national TV which clearly depicts the depths of corruption and deceit at the highest levels of government. You will be thankful that you watched this highly educational film.

Tenet told 9/11 panel that he warned Rice of Al Qaeda 2006-10-03, Boston Globe/Washington Post http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/10/03/tenet_told_9... Former CIA director George Tenet told the 9/11 Commission that he had warned of an imminent threat from Al Qaeda in a July 2001 meeting with Condoleezza Rice, a dding that he believed Rice took the warning seriously, according to a transcrip t of the interview and the recollection of a commissioner who was there. The mee ting has become the focus of a fierce and often confusing round of finger-pointi ng involving Rice, the White House, and the 9/11 Commission, all of whom dispatc hed staffers to the National Archives and other locations yesterday in attempts to sort out what had occurred. Members of the commission, an independent biparti san panel created by Congress to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, have said for days that they were not told about the July 10 meeting and were a ngry at being left out. As recently as yesterday afternoon, both commission chai rman Thomas H. Kean and vice chairman Lee Hamilton said they believed the panel had not been told about the July 10 meeting. But it turns out that the panel was , in fact, told about the meeting, according to the interview transcript and Dem ocratic commission member Richard Ben-Veniste, who sat in on the interview with Tenet. Rice added to the confusion yesterday by strongly suggesting that the mee ting may never have occurred at all, even though administration officials had co nceded for several days that it had. Note: Could it be possible that some of our nation's top leaders are lying? How could they have just forgotten about such important matters? For lots more see h ttp://www.WantToKnow.info/911information.

Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman? 2005-01-11, Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/11/opinion/oe-scheer11 Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist? To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical. Yet a brilliant new BBC film produced by one of Britain's leading documentary fi lmmakers systematically challenges this. "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of t he Politics of Fear" ... argues coherently that much of what we have been told a bout the threat of international terrorism "is a fantasy that has been exaggerat ed and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestio ned ... around the world." Why have we heard so much frightening talk about "dir ty bombs" when experts say it is panic rather than radioactivity that would kill people? Why did Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claim on "Meet the Press" in 2001 that Al Qaeda controlled massive high-tech cave complexes in Afghanistan, w hen British and U.S. military forces later found no such thing? The film ... dir ectly challenges the conventional wisdom by making a powerful case that the Bush administration, led by a tight-knit cabal of Machiavellian neoconservatives, ha s seized upon the false image of a unified international terrorist threat to rep lace the expired Soviet empire in order to push a political agenda. "The nightma re vision of a uniquely powerful hidden organization waiting to strike our socie ties is an illusion. Wherever one looks for this Al Qaeda organization, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the 'sleeper cells' in America, the British and Ame ricans are chasing a phantom enemy." Note: If above link fails, click here. This highly revealing film by one of Brit ain's most respected documentary makers is available for free viewing on the Int ernet. For the link and lots more on this amazingly revealing documentary, click here. For an excellent review of the film in one of the U.K.'s leading newspape rs, click here.

9/11 third tower mystery 'solved' 2008-07-04, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7485331.stm The 47-storey third tower, known as Tower Seven, collapsed seven hours after the twin towers. Investigators are expected to say ordinary fires on several differ ent floors caused the collapse. Conspiracy theorists have argued that the third tower was brought down in a controlled demolition. Unlike the twin towers, Tower Seven was not hit by a plane. The National Institute of Standards and Technolog y [NIST] ... is expected to conclude in its long-awaited report this month that ordinary fires caused the building to collapse. That would make it the first and only steel skyscraper in the world to collapse because of fire. [NIST's] lead i nvestigator, Dr Shyam Sunder, spoke to BBC Two's "The Conspiracy Files": "Our wo rking hypothesis now actually suggests that it was normal building fires that we re growing and spreading throughout the multiple floors that may have caused the ultimate collapse of the buildings." However, a group of architects, engineers and scientists say the official explanation that fires caused the collapse is im possible. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth argue there must have been a c ontrolled demolition. The founder of the group, Richard Gage, says the collapse of the third tower is an obvious example of a controlled demolition using explos ives. "Building Seven is the smoking gun of 9/11. A sixth grader can look at thi s building falling at virtually freefall speed, symmetrically and smoothly, and see that it is not a natural process. Buildings that fall in natural processes f all to the path of least resistance", says Gage, "they don't go straight down th rough themselves."

Note: To watch a one-minute clip of the fall of WTC 7 from a PBS documentary, cl ick here. For a two-page summary of some unanswered questions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.

Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away 2006-09-03, Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1531304,00.html A Scripps-Howard poll of 1,010 adults last month found that 36% of Americans con sider it "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that government officials either all owed the attacks to be carried out or carried out the attacks themselves. Thirty -six percent adds up to a lot of people. This is not a fringe phenomenon. It is a mainstream political reality. Although the 9/11 Truth Movement, as many conspi racy believers refer to their passion, has been largely ignored by the mainstrea m media, it is flourishing on the Internet. One of the most popular conspiracy v ideos online is Loose Change, a 90-min. blizzard of statistics, photographs, doc uments, eyewitness accounts and expert testimony set to a trippy hip-hop backbea t. It's designed to pick apart, point by point, the conventional narrative of wh at happened on Sept. 11, 2001. Loose Change is a compelling experience. Take the section about the attack on the Pentagon. As the film points out...the crash si te doesn't look right. There's not enough damage. The hole smashed in the Pentag on's outer wall was 75 ft. wide, but a Boeing 757 has a 124-ft. wingspan. Why wa sn't the hole wider? There's something empowering about just exploring such ques tions. Loose Change appeals to the viewer's common sense: it tells you to forget the official explanations and the expert testimony, and trust your eyes and you r brain instead. It implies that the world can be grasped by laymen without any help or interference from the talking heads. Watching Loose Change, you feel as if you are participating in the great American tradition of self-reliance and no nconformist, antiauthoritarian dissent. You're fighting the power. You're thinki ng different.

Lou Dobbs on CNN Asks Why Government is Lying about 9/11 2006-08-09, CNN News http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0608/09/ldt.01.html A shocking new book by the 9/11 Commission co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamil ton says Americans still don't know the whole truth about their government's ini tial response to those terrorist attacks that day. [The book] outlines repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and Federal Aviation Administration. Fog of war... could not explain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations, and public testimony by FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue. Untrue -- the military's original timeline of United Flight 93. Equ ally untrue, the government's timeline for American Flight 77 and details about fighter jets scrambled to intercept it. DOD did not accurately report to the 9/1 1 Commission on the response to the September 11, 2001 hijackings. So far, gover nment investigators stopped short of calling all of these inaccuracies lies. If all of the after-action reports are untrue, for whatever reason, that's a lie. I ncompetence and ineptitude on the part of this government...in the weeks leading up to 9/11 are established. The fact that the government would permit deception ...the fact that they would continue and perpetuate the lie suggests that we nee d a full investigation of what is going on and what is demonstrably an incompete nt and at worst deceitful federal government.

500 Conspiracy Buffs Meet to Seek the Truth of 9/11 2006-06-05, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/05/us/05conspiracy.html?ex=1307160000&en=2d326... In the ballroom foyer of the Embassy Suites Hotel, the two-day International Edu cation and Strategy Conference for 9/11 Truth was off to a rollicking start. Mor e than 500 people from Italy to Northern California gathered for the weekend at a major chain hotel near the runways of O'Hare International. There were talks o n the Reichstag fire and the sinking of the Battleship Maine as precedents for 9 /11. There were speeches by the lawyer for James Earl Ray, who claimed that a mi litary conspiracy killed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, and by a former operat ive for the British secret service, MI5. 9/11 Truthers [are] a group that, in it s rank and file, includes professors, chain-saw operators, mothers, engineers, a ctivists, used-book sellers, pizza deliverymen, [and] college students. Steven E . Jones [is] a professor of physics at Brigham Young University and the movement 's expert in the matter of collapse. Dr. Jones...is a soft-spoken man who lets h is writing do the talking. He composed an account of the destruction of the towe rs...that holds that "pre-positioned cutter-charges" brought the buildings down. There is a plan by the British delegation...to get members of Parliament to wat ch "Loose Change," the seminal movement DVD. The Truthers are not alone in belie ving the whole truth has not come out. A poll released last month by Zogby Inter national found that 42 percent of all Americans believe the 9/11 Commission "con cealed or refused to investigate critical evidence" in the attacks. [And a] Zogb y poll two years ago that found that 49 percent of New York City residents agree d with the idea that some leaders "knew in advance" that the attacks were planne d and failed to act.

Why I Resigned From the CIA 2004-12-05, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-scheuer5dec05,1,471321... Michael Scheuer, a 22-year veteran of the CIA, wrote "Imperial Hubris: Why the W est is Losing the War on Terror." Between January 1996 and June 1999 I was in ch arge of running operations against Al Qaeda from Washington. When it comes to th is small slice of the large U.S. national security pie, I speak with firsthand e xperience (and for several score of CIA officers) when I state categorically tha t during this time senior White House officials repeatedly refused to act on sou nd intelligence that provided multiple chances to eliminate Osama bin Laden eith er by capture or by U.S. military attack. I witnessed and documented, along with dozens of other CIA officers, instances where life-risking intelligence-gatheri ng work of the agency's men and women in the field was wasted. I was never charg ed with deciding whether to act against Bin Laden. That decision properly belong s solely to senior White House officials. However, as a now-private American cit izen, it is my right to question their judgment; I am entitled to know why the p rotection of Americans most selfishly, my own children and grandchildren was not the top priority of the senior officials who refused to act on the opportunitie s to attack Bin Laden provided by the clandestine service. Each of these officia ls have publicly argued that the intelligence was not "good enough" to act, but they almost always neglect to say that they were repeatedly advised that the int elligence was not going to get better and that Bin Laden was going to kill thous ands of Americans if he was not stopped. Note: If the above link fails, click here. For many other serious questions arou nd the 9/11 attacks, click here.

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2004-10-27, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2004/10/27/notes102704.DTL I get this a lot: Hey Mark ... why don't you quit toeing the typical blasé journal ism line ... and instead write about the real truths? Like for example how both Kerry and Bush are members of mega-yuppie Yale secret society/boys' club Skull & Bones. And why, furthermore, don't you talk about the real truths of 9/11? Have n't you seen that amazing [9/11] video on that Web site? And what about Building 7? Why did that 47-story tower adjacent to the WTC collapse when it had no fire and no plane crash? Why isn't the media reporting any of this? Does this make y ou laugh? Scoff? It is, after all, incredibly easy to dismiss conspiracy theorie s. But you know what? It's not that easy. These people ... have a point. They ar e indeed onto something quite large and ominous and it very much has to do with the media toeing the line of "safe" information. There is indeed ample evidence that the U.S. government, long before 9/11, had already discussed the quite plau sible possibilities and strategic benefits of unleashing a "Pearl Harbor"-type e vent on America. There are plenty of strangely unanswered questions about 9/11, about the stunning inaction of NORAD and Bush's stupefying nonreaction upon hear ing of the attack, not to mention his administration's incredible attempts to ha lt any independent 9/11 investigations. Of course, no one in any major media wil l touch this stuff. It is professional suicide to dare suggest an alternate trut h to the one supplied by the Pentagon and regurgitated by the media. And the tru th is, we don't really want such unstable questions answered. We simply cannot t olerate to have our world, our leaders, our foundations so questioned. We prefer stasis to growth, security to true knowledge.

The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket 2004-10-19, Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2004/oct/19/opinion/oe-scheer19 It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 unti l after the election, and this one names names. "It is infuriating that a report which shows that high-level people were not doing their jobs in a satisfactory manner before 9/11 is being suppressed," an intelligence official who has read t he report told me. [The] release of the report, which represents an exhaustive 1 7-month investigation by an 11-member team within the agency, has been "stalled. " First by acting CIA Director John McLaughlin and now by Porter J. Goss, the fo rmer Republican House member (and chairman of the Intelligence Committee) who re cently was appointed CIA chief. The official stressed that the report was more b lunt and more specific than the earlier bipartisan reports produced by the Bushappointed Sept. 11 commission and Congress. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible." By law, the only legitimate reason the CIA director has for holding back such a report is national security. None of this should surpris e us given the Bush administration's great determination since 9/11 to resist an y serious investigation. The president fought against the creation of the Sept. 11 commission, for example, agreeing only after enormous political pressure was applied by a grass-roots movement led by the families of those slain. And then B ush refused to testify to the commission under oath. Instead he deigned only to chat with the commission members, with Vice President Dick Cheney present, in a White House meeting in which commission members were not allowed to take notes. Note: If the above link fails, click here. For more reliable, verifiable informa tion on the 9/11 cover-up, click here.

Conspiracy Theories Flourish on the Internet 2004-10-07, Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13059-2004Oct6.html Darren Williams spent four weeks this summer making a short but startling video that raises novel questions about the 2001 attack. The video, "9/11: Pentagon St rike," suggests that it was not American Airlines Flight 77 that slammed into th e Pentagon, but a missile or a small plane. The video offers flashes of photogra phs taken shortly after impact, interspersed with witness accounts. The pictures seem incompatible with damage caused by a jumbo jet. Firefighters stand outside a perfectly round hole in a Pentagon wall where the Boeing 757 punched through; it is less than 20 feet in diameter. Propelled by word of mouth, Internet searc h engines and e-mail, the video has been downloaded by millions of people around the world. Williams created a Web site for the video, www.pentagonstrike.co.uk. Then he e-mailed a copy to Laura Knight-Jadczyk [who] posted a link to the vide o on the group's Web site, www.Cassiopaea.org. Within 36 hours, Williams's site collapsed under the crush of tens of thousands of visitors. But there were other s to fill the void. In Texas, a former casino worker who downloaded the video be gan drawing almost 700,000 visitors a day. In Louisiana, a young Navy specialist put the video on his personal Web page. Suddenly, the site was inundated by mor e than 20,000 hits. "Pentagon Strike" is just the latest and flashiest example o f a growing number of Web sites, books and videos contending that something othe r than a commercial airliner hit the Pentagon. Knight-Jadczyk said she never ima gined anyone outside her group would ever view "Pentagon Strike." "The fact ever ybody's been sending it to his brother and his cousin ... reflects the fact that there is a deep unease," she said. Note: This five-minute video is well worth watching, even though it was made a f ew years ago. To view it free online, click here. For lots more information sugg esting a major 9/11 cover-up, click here.

Transcript: Rice's Testimony on 9/11 (for 9/11 Commissioner Lehman) 2004-04-08, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61252-2004Apr8_4.html LEHMAN. Were you told that there were numerous young Arab males in flight traini ng? RICE. I was not. LEHMAN. Were you told that the red team in F.A.A. for 10 ye ars had reported ... that the U.S. airport security system never got higher than 20 percent effective. RICE. To the best of my recollection I was not told that. LEHMAN. Were you aware that I.N.S. had quietly internally halved its internal s ecurity enforcement budget? RICE. I was not made aware of that. LEHMAN. Were you aware that it was the U.S. government established policy not to question or opp ose the sanctuary policies [which] prohibited the local police from cooperating at all with federal immigration authorities? RICE. I do not believe I was aware of that. LEHMAN. Were you aware of a program that was well established that allo wed Saudi citizens to get visas without interviews? RICE. I learned of that afte r 9/11. LEHMAN. Were you aware of the extensive activities [of] the Saudi govern ment in supporting over 300 radical teaching schools and mosques around the coun try, including right here in the United States? Were you aware at the time of th e fact that Saudi Arabia ... had in their custody the C.F.O. [Chief Financial Of ficer] and the closest confidante of Al Qaeda, of Osama bin Laden, and that they refused direct access to the United States? RICE. I don't remember anything of that kind. LEHMAN. Were you aware that they would not cooperate and give us acce ss to the perpetrators of the Cobar Towers attack? RICE. I was very involved in issues concerning Cobar Towers. LEHMAN. Were you aware that it was the policy of the Justice Department ... to fine airlines if they have more than two young Ar ab males in secondary questioning? RICE. No. Note: Don't miss the full revealing transcript at the link above. Most of the qu otes above are towards the bottom of the webpage. Why didn't we hear lots more a

bout these astounding facts put forward by one of the 9/11 commissioners, yet ha rdly mentioned in the final report? For lots more, click here.

Experts Urging Broader Inquiry In Towers' Fall 2001-12-25, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40A11FB3E550C768EDDAB0994D94... Saying that the current investigation into how and why the twin towers fell on S ept. 11 is inadequate, some of the nation's leading structural engineers and fir e-safety experts are calling for a new, independent and better-financed inquiry that could produce the kinds of conclusions vital for skyscrapers and future bui ldings nationwide. Experts critical of the current effort...point out that the c urrent team of 20 or so investigators has no subpoena power and little staff sup port and has even been unable to obtain basic information like detailed blueprin ts of the buildings that collapsed. Some structural engineers have said that one serious mistake has already been made...the decision to rapidly recycle the ste el columns, beams and trusses that held up the buildings. Interviews with a hand ful of members of the team, which includes some of the nation's most respected e ngineers, also uncovered complaints that they had at various times been shackled with bureaucratic restrictions that prevented them from interviewing witnesses, examining the disaster site and requesting crucial information like recorded di stress calls to the police and fire departments. Members have been threatened wi th dismissal for speaking to the press. Note: Our website has over 30 full articles posted from the New York Times. This is the only article for which the Times threated to sue us if we didn't remove it. We were allowed to replace it with this short summary. For more on this, cli ck here. For more reliable news articles suggesting a major cover-up of 9/11, cl ick here.

[9/11] Hijack 'suspects' alive and well 2001-09-23, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1559151.stm Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Wash ington and New York has turned up alive and well. The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt. Saudi Ar abian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberat ely crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 Septem ber. His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on te levision around the world. He told journalists there that he had nothing to do w ith the attacks. He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities. He ac knowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the Unite d States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been refer ring. But, he says, he left the United States in September last year [and] becam e a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines. Abdulaziz Al Omari, another of the Flight 11 hijack suspects ... says he is an engineer with Saudi Telecoms, and that he lost his passport while studying in Denver. Meanwhile ... a London-based Arabic daily says it has interviewed Saeed Alghamdi. He was listed by the FBI as a hija cker in the United flight that crashed in Pennsylvania. And there are suggestion s that another suspect, Khalid Al Midhar, may also be alive. FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged on Thursday that the identity of several of the suicide hi jackers is in doubt. Note: Yet these four are all later listed in the 9/11 Commission report as the h ijackers. Click here and scroll down a little over half way to see their photos

in the official report. For more on this, click here. For an abundance of reliab le information suggesting a major 9/11 cover-up, click here.

Material missing from Oklahoma bombing tapes, lawyer says 2009-09-27, USA Today/Associated Press http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-09-27-okla-city-bombing-tapes_N.htm Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sun day. "The real story is what's missing," said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act as part of an unofficial inquiry he is conducting into the April 19, 1995, b ombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more. The tapes turned over b y the FBI came from security cameras various companies had mounted outside offic e buildings near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. They are blank at points before 9:02 a.m., when a truck bomb carrying a 4,000-pound fertilizer-and-fueloil bomb detonated in front of the building, Trentadue said. "Four cameras in fo ur different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995. There ain't no such thing as a coincidence," Trentadue said. He said government officials claim the security cameras did not record the minutes before the bombing because "they had run out of tape" or "the tape was being rep laced." "The absence of footage from these crucial time intervals is evidence th at there is something there that the FBI doesn't want anybody to see." Trentadue said he is seeking more tapes along with a variety of bombing-related documents from the FBI and the CIA. An FOIA request by Trentadue for 26 CIA documents was rejected in June. A letter from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, wh ich reviewed the documents, said their release "could cause grave damage to our national security." Note: This revealing article also tells how Trentadue's brother was murdered by FBI agents who mistakenly thought his brother was the bomber. For more valuable information on this and other evidence challenging the official story of the Okl ahoma City bombing, click here.

A New Look at the 9/11 Commission 2009-09-11, Time magazine http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1921659,00.html Former New Jersey attorney general John Farmer served as senior counsel to the 9 /11 Commission, tasked with investigating the government response to the attacks . His new book, The Ground Truth, picks up where the commission left off taking a deeper look at the government's ... response to the attacks and exposing offic ials determined to hide their failings from the inquiry. Farmer uses newly relea sed transcripts and recordings to cast doubt on the official version of events. He spoke with TIME about the attacks. [Time:] Why do you think officials tried t o obscure [the truth about 9/11]? [Farmer:] It's almost a culture of concealment , for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA's New York ce nter the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the inte rrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was disto rted and was completely different from the way things happened. [Time:] Some of the distortions you've discussed have fed various conspiracy theories surroundin g 9/11. Did you ever see any evidence of a conspiracy? [Farmer:] One of the harm ful byproducts of not telling the truth about what happened is that it did fuel all sorts of conspiracy theories about what might have happened. If what the gov ernment is telling you isn't true, then the truth could be anything. I think the

re is evidence that the truth wasn't told and that at least some of that was del iberate. Note: Many respected scholars, officials and professionals have questioned the 9 /11 Commission's report. Click here and here to read some of their statements.

What happened to building 7? 2008-06-06, Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7d174b42-31fa-11dd-9b87-0000779fd2ac,s01=1.html To the ["9/11 Truth movement"], Building 7 the third building in the World Trade Center complex to collapse on September 11 is evidence that the mainstream medi a is in on the plot. On that day, the BBC reported the building s fall almost half an hour before it happened. Journalist Jane Standley was broadcast at 4.54pm ea stern time reporting that the tower had collapsed but in the background, it was still standing. It fell 26 minutes later, seven hours after the Twin Towers came down. When the Standley clip hit YouTube, truthers bombarded the BBC s website wi th questions and accusations. Richard Porter, head of BBC world news, was forced to deny that the broadcaster was reading from the Bush conspirators script. He s aid the BBC had misreported warnings from fire crews of the building s imminent co llapse and instead stated that it had already happened. He blamed the confusion of the day for the mix-up. CNN had earlier reported rumours that a third buildin g had either collapsed or was about to. This explanation was undermined by Porte r s admission that the BBC no longer had the original tapes of its coverage. Build ing 7 is [a] smoking gun for other reasons, too. How, they ask, could this moder n, steel-framed skyscraper collapse merely because of fire, without even being h it by an airliner? The 47-storey WTC7 fell straight down, at almost free-fall sp eed, largely into its own footprint: all the hallmarks, the sceptics say, of a c ontrolled demolition. Note: To read a related Financial Times report on the 9/11 Truth movement's clai ms, click here.

BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince 2008-02-15, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/15/bae.armstrade Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack Lond on unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday. Previously secret files describe how inv estigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence. Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi n ational security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to b e the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret pay ments from the arms company BAE. He was accused in yesterday's high court hearin gs of flying to London in December 2006 and uttering threats which made the prim e minister, Tony Blair, force an end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation i nto bribery allegations involving Bandar and his family. The threats halted the fraud inquiry. Lord Justice Moses, hearing the civil case with Mr Justice Sulliv an, said the government appeared to have "rolled over" after the threats. He sai d one possible view was that it was "just as if a gun had been held to the head" of the government. The SFO investigation began in 2004, when Robert Wardle, its director, studied evidence unearthed by the Guardian. This revealed that massiv e secret payments were going from BAE to Saudi Arabian princes, to promote arms

deals. Yesterday, anti-corruption campaigners began a legal action to overturn t he decision to halt the case. They want the original investigation restarted, ar guing the government had caved into blackmail. Note: This report comes very close to confirming the close link between terroris t attacks and high-level policy of certain states. For many revealing clues alon g these lines from reliable sources, click here.

The 9/11 conspiracy movement 2007-02-14, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/conspiracy_files/6354679.stm 9/11 was the first global event in the age of the internet. And now the world wi de web is being used as a platform for a wide range of conspiracy theories ... w hich allege that the US government was somehow involved in the attacks. Those wh o question the official account of 9/11 form a broad coalition. Loose Change has been viewed tens of millions of times and pulls no punches. [Creator Dylan Aver y claims] "our government will willingly kill its own citizens for whatever gain it deems necessary ... and then lie as much as they need to cover it up." At th e other extreme [Professor Jim] Fetzer is a former US Marine officer and retired professor of philosophy. Puzzled by the apparent discrepancies in the official account of 9/11, he founded a coalition of like-minded academics called Scholars For 9/11 Truth. Its purpose is to research exactly what happened that day, usin g the principles of scientific research. Alex Jones, a nationally syndicated rad io talk show host ... believes 9/11 was "an inside job." "It's a self inflicted wound, it's a false-flag terror operation," he claims. After the attacks, govern ment officials were summoned to give evidence before a Congressional Inquiry set up to investigate the intelligence failure before 9/11. Co-chairman Senator Bob Graham told ... of his frustration at the lack of co-operation from the FBI in that inquiry, and by the government's decision to censor over 30 pages of his re port which related to Saudi Arabia. "Within 9/11 there are too many secrets," he said, "withholding of those secrets has eroded public confidence in their gover nment." Note: Don't miss the BBC's impressive 9/11 Timeline available here which is rela ted to the above article. And for lots more reliable, verifiable information sug gesting a 9/11 cover-up, click here. If the above link to the BBC article does n ot function, click on The 9/11 Conspiracy Movement.

Losing bin Laden 2006-02-12, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/09/AR20060209016... Despite a huge and costly effort by the media, the public still has an incomplet e picture of what really happened during the [war in Afghanistan] and of how Osa ma bin Laden survived it. Gary Berntsen's Jawbreaker provides a valuable new acc ount by a major participant that fills in many blanks. Berntsen was a top CIA fi eld commander in the most critical sector of a new kind of war; at various times , the CIA veteran had elements of the Delta Force, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and tactical air units reporting to him. Crown Publishers has chosen unnecessarily t o position it as a diatribe that the CIA tried to suppress. In fact, while the C IA dragged its feet in reviewing the manuscript for classified material and reda cted plenty of specifics, the book is hardly an attack on the CIA. In fact, the overall picture of the CIA here is far more flattering than that in The 9/11 Com mission Report. Still, to portray Jawbreaker as "the book the CIA doesn't want y ou to read" (as the cover puts it), the publisher has displayed the redactions t

hroughout the book as large black lines. Contradicting Bush administration denia ls, Berntsen writes that his teams discovered bin Laden and the remnants of his entourage in the now famous Tora Bora Mountains along the lawless, rugged Afghan -Pakistani border. Berntsen recounts very credibly how he and others pleaded wit h Gen. Tommy Franks and the Pentagon brass to put in blocking forces so that bin Laden and the remnants of al Qaeda's leadership could not flee into Pakistan. B ut for reasons that remain unclear to Berntsen ... the Bush administration or Fr anks decided to depend instead on local Afghan warlords rather than put U.S. for ces on the ground to block bin Laden's escape. Note: To read a concise summary of reliable news reports that raise serious ques tions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.

Getting Agnostic About 9/11 2005-08-28, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/la-tm-crgriffin35aug28,... Anyone who types the words "9/11" and "conspiracy" into an online search engine soon learns that not everybody buys the official narrative of what took place on Sept. 11, 2001. As a professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, 66 -year-old David Ray Griffin would seem to have more affinity for leather elbow p atches than tin hats, yet after friends and colleagues prodded him into sifting through the evidence, he experienced a conversion. "For the first year and a hal f I just accepted the conventional view ... that this was blowback for our forei gn policy. When a colleague suggested to me ... forces within our own government had arranged it, I didn't accept that. Then several months later another collea gue sent me a website that had a timeline. Once I ... saw all those stories draw n from mainstream sources that contradicted the official account, I decided I ne eded to look into it more carefully, and the more I looked, the worse it got. Th e fact that Building 7 ... collapsed when it had not been hit by an airplane ... that's a smoking gun. The fact that standard operating procedures were not foll owed that morning, and we've gotten three different stories now by the U.S. mili tary as to why they did not intercept the planes, that's a smoking gun. The 9/11 commission simply ignored those questions. The official account itself is a con spiracy theory. It says that 19 Arab Muslims...conspired to pull off this operat ion. The question is not whether one is a conspiracy theorist about 9/11. It's w hich conspiracy theory do you find most supported by the evidence?" Note: If the Los Angeles Times link does not work, click here for the full artic le. The timeline to which Prof. Griffin refers is the WantToKnow.info timeline a t http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up

CIA Commander: U.S. Let bin Laden Slip Away 2005-08-15, Newsweek magazine http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8853000/site/newsweek/ During the 2004 presidential campaign, George W. Bush and John Kerry battled abo ut whether Osama bin Laden had escaped from Tora Bora in the final days of the w ar in Afghanistan. Bush asserted that U.S. commanders on the ground did not know if bin Laden was at the mountain hideaway along the Afghan border. But in a for thcoming book, the CIA field commander for the agency's Jawbreaker team at Tora Bora, Gary Berntsen, says he and other U.S. commanders did know that ... bin Lad en was holed up at Tora Bora ... and could have been caught. Asked to comment on Berntsen's remarks, National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones passed on 2004 statements from former CENTCOM commander Gen. Tommy Franks. "We don't kn ow to this day whether Mr. bin Laden was at Tora Bora in December 2001," Franks

wrote in an Oct. 19 New York Times op-ed. [CIA Commander] Berntsen says Franks i s "a great American. But he was not on the ground out there. I was." In his book t itled "Jawbreaker" the decorated career CIA officer criticizes Donald Rumsfeld's D efense Department for not providing enough support to the CIA and the Pentagon's own Special Forces teams in the final hours of Tora Bora. Berntsen ... has sued the agency over what he calls unacceptable delays in approving his book. "They' re just holding the book," which is scheduled for October release, he says. "CIA officers, Special Forces and U.S. air power drove the Taliban out in 70 days. T he CIA has taken roughly 80 days to clear my book." Note: For a concise summary of reliable, verifiable information questioning the official account of 9/11, click here.

Was Use of Cell Phones on 9/11 Flights Possible? 2004-12-15, WantToKnow.info/Washington Post/SF Chronicle/Associated Press http://www.WantToKnow.info/911cellphonecalls Once you get to a certain height, you are no longer in the range of the cellular network, because cell phone towers aren't built to project their signals that hi gh. Washington Post, 12/9/04 Today's vote by the FCC is intended to address whether technology has improved to the extent that cell phone calls now are possible above 10,000 feet -- they wer en't in the past. San Francisco Chronicle, 12/15/04 "With television cameramen hovering, Qualcomm chief executive Irwin Jacobs sat i n the front row of coach and made one of the first legal cell phone calls from a commercial jetliner. Jacobs pronounced the [brand new] technology behind the ai rborne phone call a success, although adding that it will be improved over the n ext couple years. Connections from the plane were generally good, although some calls were dropped." USA Today/Associated Press, 7/16/04 Note: To find articles showing multiple cell phone use on Sept. 11, 2001, type " 9/11" and "cell phone calls" into your favorite search engine, or click here for a Washington Post report on an alleged 30-minute uninterrupted cell phone call from Flight 93. Click here for a CNN report on another call from that flight. Te sts have shown it is not possible to have an extended cell phone conversation ab ove 10,000 feet.

Lost In Translation 2004-08-08, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/10/25/60minutes/main526954.shtml Sibel Edmonds, a translator who worked at the FBI's language division, says [tha t hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign language intelligence documents] weren' t translated because the division was riddled with incompetence and corruption. Edmonds was fired after reporting her concerns to FBI officials. Because she is fluent in Turkish and other Middle Eastern languages, Edmonds, a Turkish-America n, was hired by the FBI soon after Sept. 11 and given top-secret security cleara nce to translate some of the reams of documents seized by FBI agents who have be

en rounding up suspected terrorists across the United States and abroad. In its rush to hire more foreign language translators after Sept. 11, the FBI admits it has had difficulty performing background checks to detect translators who may h ave loyalties to other governments, which could pose a threat to U.S. national s ecurity. Take the case of Jan Dickerson, a Turkish translator who worked with Ed monds. The FBI has admitted that when Dickerson was hired, the bureau didn't kno w that she had worked for a Turkish organization being investigated by the FBI's own counter-intelligence unit. They also didn't know she'd had a relationship w ith a Turkish intelligence officer stationed in Washington who was the target of that investigation. According to Edmonds, Dickerson tried to recruit her into t hat organization, and insisted that Dickerson be the only one to translate the F BI's wiretaps of that Turkish official. She got very angry, and later she threate ned me and my family's life, says Edmonds, when she decided not to go along with the plan. She said, Why would you want to place your life and your family's life i n danger by translating these tapes? Edmonds says that when she reviewed Dickerson 's translations of those tapes, she found that Dickerson had left out informatio n crucial to the FBI's investigation - information that Edmonds says would have revealed that the Turkish intelligence officer had spies working for him inside the U.S. State Department and at the Pentagon. Note: This article should be read in its entirety. For many revealing articles o n the ongoing efforts by longtime whistleblower Sibel Edmonds to tell her story, click here.

Letter to Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds 2004-08-05, AsiaTimes ('Asia's most trusted news source') http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FH05Aa01.html Your commission ... has now issued its "9/11 Commission Report". After [9/11] we , the translators at the FBI's largest and most important translation unit, were told to slow down, even stop, translation of critical information related to te rrorist activities. This issue has been confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Commit te. Melek Can Dickerson, with the assistance of her direct supervisor, forged si gnatures on top-secret documents related to certain 9/11 detainees. Not only doe s the supervisor facilitating these criminal conducts remain in a supervisory po sition, he has been promoted. In April 2001, a long-term FBI informant/asset ... received information that: 1) Osama Bin Laden was planning a major terrorist at tack in the United States targeting 4-5 major cities, 2) the attack was going to involve airplanes [and] the attack was going to be carried out soon. No action was taken. After 9/11, the agents and the translators were told to 'keep quiet' regarding this issue. The translator who was present ... reported this incident to Director Mueller in writing. Why did your report choose to exclude the inform ation ... despite the public confirmation by the FBI, witnesses provided to your investigators, and briefings you received directly? As you are fully aware, the se issues and incidents were found confirmed by a Senior Republican Senator, Cha rles Grassley, and a Senior Democrat Senator, Patrick Leahy. Even FBI officials 'confirmed all my allegations and denied none' during their unclassified meeting s with the Senate Judiciary staff. However, neither your commission's hearings, nor your commission's five hundred sixty seven-page report ... include these ser ious issues, major incidents, and systemic problems. Note: If the above link fails, click here. Sibel Edmonds is one of the great her oes of our day. She has been gagged directly by the U.S. Attorney General from t elling what she knows. The above letter was not published in any major U.S. medi a, though widely reported in alternative new sources. To understand how such vit al information is hidden from the public, click here. For lots more on Ms. Edmon ds, click here.

9-11 Commission Funding Woes 2003-03-26, Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,437267,00.html Is the Bush White House trying to put the brakes on the congressional panel crea ted last fall to investigate 9-11 attacks? The White House brushed off a request quietly made last week by the 9-11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean, the Republican former governor of New Jersey, to boost his budget by $11 million. The panel ha s until the end of May 2004 to complete its work, but it will spend the $3 milli on it was originally allotted by around August 2003 if it doesn't get the supple ment. Bush's recent move has miffed some members of the 9-11 panel. Kean and for mer congressman Lee Hamilton, the panel's top Democrat, requested additional fun ding in a letter to the administration last week. In denying the request, the Wh ite House irritated many of the members of the commission. The White House sides tepped the issue of why the request wasn't granted. The latest effort to curtail funding has angered victims of the attacks. Stephen Push, a leader of the 9/11 victims' families, who are closely monitoring the commission, said the White Hou se decision was another in a long line of efforts to water down or shrink the pa nel's role. Commission member Tim Roemer ... has gone so far as to draw comparis ons with the $50 million provided to investigate the recent Columbia tragedy in which seven people died. "If we're looking at well over $11 million for that, we certainly should be looking for at least the same vicinity of money for how 3,0 00 people died and how to strengthen our homeland security," he said. Note: MSNBC reported that "the Ken Starr investigation of Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky cost the tax-payer $64 million." The Columbia tragedy invstigation ran $50 million. Yet the White House wanted to limit the investigation of the worst terror attack ever to $3 million. What secrets are they hiding? Click here for m ore.

Clues Alerted White House to Potential Attacks 2002-05-17, Fox News/Associated Press http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,53065,00.html [There are] many examples of "missed leads" that the Bush administration was giv en prior to Sept. 11. An Iranian in custody in New York City told local police l ast May of a plot to attack the World Trade Center. German intelligence alerted the Central Intelligence Agency, Britain's MI-6 intelligence service, Israel's M ossad in June 2001 that Middle Eastern terrorists were training for hijackings a nd targeting American and Israeli interests. Based on its own intelligence, the Israeli government provided "general" information to the United States in the se cond week of August that an Al Qaeda attack was imminent. Russian President Vlad imir Putin has said publicly that he ordered his intelligence agencies to alert the United States last summer that suicide pilots were training for attacks on U .S. targets. An Islamic terrorist conspiracy was uncovered in 1996 in the Philip pines to hijack a dozen airplanes and fly them into CIA headquarters and other b uildings. U.S. investigators confirmed in October that a 29-year-old Iranian ... made phone calls to U.S. police from his deportation cell that an attack on the World Trade Center was imminent in "the days before the attack." [A] memo from the FBI Phoenix office about Arabs training in U.S. flight schools never reached headquarters. In 1999, the Federal Research Division at the Library of Congress published its own report ... which described that "Suicide bomber(s) belonging to Al Qaeda's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the [CIA], or the White House."

Note: For lots more evidence that suggest 9/11 at the very least may have been a llowed to happen, click here.

[9/11] Suicide hijackers hid behind stolen Arab identities 2001-09-20, WantToKnow.info/London Times http://www.WantToKnow.info/010920londontimes.hijackers Five of the [9/11] hijackers were using stolen identities, and investigators are studying the possibility that the entire suicide squad consisted of impostors. In Saudi Arabia, five of the alleged hijackers have emerged, alive, innocent and astonished to see their names and photographs appearing on satellite television . "The name is my name and the birth date is the same as mine, but I am not the one who bombed the World Trade Centre," Abdulaziz Alomari told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. Mr Alomari, 28, ... said that he had left the United States in April 2000. The US-educated engineer had reported to police that his p assport was stolen when his flat in Denver, Colorado, was burgled in 1995. A Sau di diplomat formerly based in Washington, Ahmed al-Shehri, told al-Eqtisadiah ne wspaper that details of one of the hijackers matched his son, Waleed. The young man, a pilot with Saudi Arabian Airlines who graduated four years ago from Embry -Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, is living in Morocco. Another Saudi pilot, Said Hussein al-Ghamdi, whose photograph was broadcast on CNN when it por trayed him as a hijacker, is living in Tunis. The family of Ziad al-Jarrah, an a lcohol-drinking Lebanese partygoer, deny he could have been the fanatical Muslim hijacker whose aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania. Alarming reports claimed that three of the hijackers -Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Mani and Ahmed al-Ghamdi -had learned to fly at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, known as the "Cra dle of US Naval Aviation". Note: Yet these individuals are all later listed in the 9/11 Commission report a s the hijackers. Click here and scroll down a little over half way to see their photos in the official report. For more on this, click here. For an abundance of reliable information suggesting a major 9/11 cover-up, click here.

Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast 1993-10-28, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F00617FE3A5C0C7B8EDDA... Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that wa s eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center. The informer was to have he lped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was ca lled off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Ema d A. Salem, should be used. The account, which is given in the transcript of hun dreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with lawenforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than pr eviously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City's tallest towers. Th e explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars. The transcript quotes Mr. Salem as saying that he wan ted to complain to F.B.I. headquarters in Washington about the bureau's failure to stop the bombing, but was dissuaded by an agent identified as John Anticev. " He said, I don't think that the New York people would like the things out of the New York office to go to Washington, D.C." Another agent ... does not dispute M r. Salem's account, but rather, appears to agree with it. Other Salem tapes and transcripts were being withheld pending Government review, of "security and othe r issues." William M. Kunstler, a defense lawyer in the case, accused the Govern ment this week of improper delay in handing over all the material. The transcrip ts he had seen, he said, "were filled with all sorts of Government misconduct."

But citing the judge's order, he said he could not provide any details. Note: If the above link fails, click here. For a two-minute CBS News clip the sa me day giving more information on this little-known story, click here.

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis 1987-11-04, WantToKnow.info/PBS Documentary http://www.WantToKnow.info/050423secretgovernment The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spie s, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. The Russian s had been our ally against the Nazis, an expedient alliance for the sake of war . Now they were our enemy. To fight them we turned to some of the very men who h ad inflicted on humanity the horrors of Hitler s madness. We hired Nazis as America n spies. Admiral Gene La Rocque: That National Security Act of 1947 changed drama tically the direction of this great nation. It established the framework for a n ational security state. Never have we had a National Security Council so concern ed about the nation s security that we re always looking for threats and looking how to orchestrate our society to oppose those threats. National Security was inven ted, almost, in 1947, and now it has become the prime mover of everything we do. The National Security Act also gave us the Central Intelligence Agency." In 197 5 ... Congress took its first public look at the Secret Government. Senator Fran k Church chaired the Select Committee to study government operations. The hearin gs opened the books on a string of lethal activities. From the use of electric p istols and poison pellets, to Mafia connections and drug experiments. And they g ave us a detailed account of assassination plots against foreign leaders and the overthrowing of sovereign governments. This is a system easily corrupted. While freedom does have enemies in the world, it can also be undermined here at home, in the dark, by those posing as its friends. Note: This highly revealing PBS documentary is available for free viewing on the Internet. For the link, written text, and much more on this amazingly revealing documentary, click here.

Ventura Turns Investigator for 'Conspiracy Theory' 2009-12-01, ABC News/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9219009 Jesse Ventura is back for another stab at TV stardom, this time hosting a progra m that digs into conspiracy theories, including alternate views of what was behi nd the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the purpose of a sprawling research center in remote Alaska. The former Minnesota governor, professional wrestler and Navy SEAL stars in "Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura," ... on truTV. The cable n etwork, part of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., has ordered seven episodes of t he hourlong weekly series. Marc Juris, executive vide president and general mana ger of truTV, said Ventura is passionate about the show and brings "knowledge fr om the inside" of government. "He's not doing this as an act or a gimmick. It's true to his heart. He's really looking for the answers," Juris told the AP. The premiere episode deals with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, a 35-acre compound of 180 antennas near Gakona, Alaska, that is used t o study the Earth's ionosphere. Ventura and those he interviews question whether the government is using the site to manipulate the weather or to bombard people with mind-controlling radio waves. Future "Conspiracy Theory" shows explore all eged cover-ups surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks and whether there are real "Manc hurian Candidate" assassins who are programmed to kill, said Juris.

Note: Ventura was also a Navy Seal, where he personally was involved in top secr et activities and learned how what is presented to the public is very different from the deeper realities. Don't miss the highly educational episode on the vita lly important topic of HAARP by clicking here. And watch the excellent episode o n 9/11 by clicking here. You'll be surprised by the new angles presented.

The evolution of a conspiracy theory 2008-07-04, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7488159.stm Nearly seven years after the terrible events of that September day, the US autho rities are due to publish the final report on a third tower that also collapsed on 9/11. Unlike the Twin Towers, this 47-storey, 610-foot skyscraper was not hit by a plane. The official explanation is that ordinary fires were the main reaso n for the collapse of Tower 7. That makes this the first and only tall skyscrape r in the world to have collapsed because of fire. Yet despite that all the thous ands of tonnes of steel from the building were carted away and melted down. The way official bodies have investigated Tower 7 at the World Trade Center has made some people think they're hiding something. Its destruction was never mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report. An inquiry by the Federal Emergency Management A gency said the building collapsed because intense fires had burned for hours, fe d by thousands of gallons of diesel stored in the building for emergency generat ors. But its report said this had "only a low probability of occurrence" and mor e work was needed. That was in May 2002. The task has now fallen to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) based at a sprawling campus near W ashington DC. For more than two-and-a-half years, scientists there have been stu dying Tower 7. The officials have been criticised for being slow and even of bei ng frightened to publish. Steven Jones, a former physics professor at Brigham Yo ung University, who has become [a] leading academic voice in the movement, first watched a video of the collapse of Tower 7 in the spring of 2005. But when he d id, he said he was taken aback as a physicist. Note: For a two-page summary of some unanswered questions about what really happ ened on 9/11, click here.

Controversy and conspiracies 2008-07-02, BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2008/07/controversy_conspiracies_iii.html World Trade Center Building 7 has become the subject of heated speculation and a host of conspiracy theories suggesting it was brought down by a controlled demo lition. And some people suggest it was not just the government and foreign intel ligence, but ... even the media that were involved. It is certainly true that on 9/11 the BBC broadcast that WTC7 had collapsed when it was still standing. Then the satellite transmission seemed to cut out mysteriously when the corresponden t was still talking. Then [head of BBC News] Richard Porter admitted in his blog last year that the BBC had lost those key tapes of BBC World News output from t he day. The internet movie Loose Change has been viewed by more than 100 million people according to its makers and it asks this question in the latest film rel ease: "Where did CNN and the BBC get their information especially considering th e building was still standing directly behind their reporters?" It turns out tha t the respected news agency Reuters picked up an incorrect report and passed it on. They have issued this statement: "On 11 September 2001 Reuters incorrectly r eported that one of the buildings at the New York World Trade Center, 7WTC, had collapsed before it actually did. The report was picked up from a local news sto

ry and was withdrawn as soon as it emerged that the building had not fallen." An d the reason the interview with the BBC correspondent, Jane Standley, ended so a bruptly? The satellite feed had an electronic timer, which cut out at 1715 exact ly. Note: How many "coincidences" does it take for people to start to ask questions? How could people know that the building was going to collapse when a skyscraper had never collapsed before from fire? For a useful BBC FAQ on 9/11 alternative theories, click here.

What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation 2008-02-17, Dallas Morning News (Dallas' leading newspaper) http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-sibe... Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistle-blower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington's highest levels sale of nuclear s ecrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics traff icking, money laundering, espionage. Ms. Edmonds' account is full of dates, plac es and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to I sraeli, Pakistani and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper ec helons of the State and Defense Departments. Her charges could be easily confirm ed or dismissed if classified government documents were made available to invest igators. But Congress has refused to act, and the Justice Department has shroude d Ms. Edmonds' case in the state-secrets privilege, a rarely used measure so swe eping that it precludes even a closed hearing attended only by officials with to p-secret security clearances. Ms. Edmonds' revelations have attracted corroborat ion in the form of anonymous letters apparently written by FBI employees. There have been frequent reports of FBI field agents being frustrated by the premature closure of cases dealing with foreign spying, particularly when those cases inv olve Israel, and the State Department has frequently intervened to shut down inv estigations based on "sensitive foreign diplomatic relations." Curiously, the st ate-secrets gag order binding Ms. Edmonds, while put in place by DOJ in 2002, wa s not requested by the FBI but by the State Department and Pentagon which employ ed individuals she identified as being involved in criminal activities. If her a llegations are frivolous, that order would scarcely seem necessary. Note: The author of this article, Philip Giraldi, is a retired career CIA office r. For further powerful details of Sibel Edmonds' revelations, click here.

Stonewalled by the C.I.A. 2008-01-02, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/opinion/02kean.html More than five years ago, Congress and President Bush created the 9/11 commissio n. Soon after its creation, the president s chief of staff directed all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the commission. The commission s mandate was swe eping and it explicitly included the intelligence agencies. But the recent revel ations that the C.I.A. destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives l eads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot. Those who knew about those videotapes and did not tell us about them obstructed our investigation. No one in the administratio n ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogat ions. We did ask, repeatedly, for the kind of information that would have been c ontained in such videotapes. Beginning in June 2003, we requested all reports of

intelligence information ... that had been gleaned from the interrogations of 1 18 named individuals, including both Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, t wo senior Qaeda operatives, portions of whose interrogations were apparently rec orded and then destroyed. The C.I.A. gave us many reports summarizing informatio n gained in the interrogations. But the reports raised almost as many questions as they answered. So, in October 2003, we sent another wave of questions to the C.I.A. s general counsel. The general counsel responded in writing with non-specif ic replies. The agency did not disclose that any interrogations had ever been re corded or that it had held any further relevant information, in any form. Govern ment officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Con gress and the president, to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront t his country. We call that obstruction. Note: The authors of this op-ed, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, served as c hairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the 9/11 Commission.

"One of the Eeriest Moments Amid the Carnage of 9/11" 2007-09-12, CNN http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0709/12/acd.01.html JOHN KING: Today, six years after 9/11, a mystery endures about just what happen ed in the skies over the White House that terrible day. A plane flew right over it, but why, and what was it? For conspiracy theorists, the image is a gold mine . It appeared overhead just before 10 a.m., a four- engine jet ... in the nation 's most off-limits airspace. On the White House grounds and the rooftop, a nervo us scramble. And still today, no one will offer an official explanation of what we saw. Two government sources familiar with the incident tell CNN it was a mili tary aircraft. They say the details are classified. This comparison of the CNN v ideo and an official Air Force photo suggests the mystery plane is among the mil itary's most sensitive aircraft, an Air Force E-4B. Note the flag on the tail, t he stripe around the fuselage, and the telltale bubble just behind the 747 cockp it area. MAJ. GEN. DON SHEPPERD (RET.), U.S. AIR FORCE: There are many commercia l versions of the 747 ... that look similar, but I don't think any of them that have the communications pod like the ... Air Force E-4 does behind the cockpit. KING: The E-4B is a state of the art flying command post, built and equipped for one reason: to keep the government running no matter what, even in the event of a nuclear war, the reason it was nicknamed the doomsday plane during the Cold W ar. Ask the Pentagon, and it insists this is not a military aircraft, and there is no mention of it in the official report of the 9/11 Commission. [In] sum: the lack of any official explanation feeds an ominous conspiracy. This is from an o nline discussion about the plane on the web site 911blogger.com. "I have always thought these planes were exactly that, mission control for the 9/11 attack on o ur country." Note: For many other anomalous major media reports which collectively suggest th at the official story of 9/11 may be a cover-up, click here.

Ex-CIA official, contractor face new charges 2007-05-11, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18622361 New charges have been filed alleging that a former top CIA official pushed a pro posed $100 million government contract for his best friend in return for lavish vacations, private jet flights and a lucrative job offer. The indictment [brings ] charges ... against Kyle Dusty Foggo, who resigned from the spy agency a year ag o, and ... defense contractor Brent Wilkes. The charges grew from the bribery sc

andal that landed former U.S. Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham in prison. The pair now f ace 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering [including that] Foggo provided Wilkes with sensitive, internal information related to ... n ational security, including classified information, to help him prepare proposals for providing undercover flights for the CIA under the guise of a civil aviatio n company and armored vehicles for agency operations. Then, he pushed his CIA co lleagues to hire Wilkes companies without disclosing their friendship, prosecutor s allege. In a June 2005 e-mail to the head of CIA air operations quoted in the indictment, Foggo offered to use some EXDIR grease on Wilkes behalf. Foggo was the ag ency s executive director at the time. In return, Wilkes offered to hire Foggo aft er he retired from government service. [An] initial indictment in February charg ed the pair with 11 counts of the same charges in connection with a $1.7 million water-supply contract Foggo allegedly helped win for one of Wilkes companies whi le he was working as a logistics coordinator at a CIA supply hub overseas. Foggo , the former No. 3 official at the CIA, resigned from the spy agency after his h ouse and office were raided by federal agents. Note: Until just a few years ago, there was a virtual blackout in the media on a ny negative coverage of the CIA. The prosecution of the #3 man in the CIA is an external manifestation of huge shake-ups going on behind the scenes. Buzzy Krong ard, the previous #3 at the CIA has been linked to the millions of dollars in su spicious stock option trades made just prior to 9/11 that were never claimed, th ough this received little media coverage.

Opium, thugs bloom under U.S. policies in Afghanistan war 2006-12-17, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/17/ING08MTPMB1.DTL The Taliban ... briefly banned poppy cultivation in 2000 in an effort to gain U. S. diplomatic recognition and aid. When the Bush administration invaded Afghanis tan in October 2001, poppies were grown on only 7,600 hectares. Under the Americ an occupation ... poppy cultivation spread to every province, and overall produc tion has increased exponentially ever since -- this year by 60 percent. Within A fghanistan, where perhaps 3 million people draw direct income from poppy, profit s may reach $3 billion this year. In-country profit adds up to an estimated 60 p ercent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product, or more than half the country's annual income. Afghanistan provides 92 percent of the world's heroin. Through ma ny administrations, the U.S. government has been implicated in the Afghan drug t rade. Before the American and Pakistani-sponsored mujahedeen took on the Soviets in 1979, Afghanistan produced a very small amount of opium for regional markets , and no heroin at all. By the end of the jihad against the Soviet army, it was the world's top producer of both drugs. The CIA made it all possible by providin g legal cover for these operations. The United States [encouraged] Islamist extr emists (then "our" soldiers) and ... set the stage for the Taliban. [Currently,] President Hamid Karzai['s] strategy is to avoid confrontation, befriend potenti al adversaries and give them offices, often in his Cabinet. The trade penetrates even the elected Parliament. Among the 249 members of the Wolesi Jirga (lower h ouse) are at least 17 known drug traffickers, in addition to 40 commanders of ar med militias, 24 members of criminal gangs, and 19 men facing serious allegation s of war crimes. Note: Could it be that some U.S. officials are turning a blind eye, or even supp orting this drug trade? For some very strong evidence of this from a former awar d-winning DEA agent turned journalist and author, click here.

Pentagon resists pleas for help in Afghan opium fight

2006-12-05, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-fg-afghandrugs5dec05,... The Pentagon ... has resisted entreaties from U.S. anti-narcotics officials to p lay an aggressive role in the faltering campaign to curb the country's opium tra de. Military units in Afghanistan largely overlook drug bazaars, rebuff some req uests to take U.S. drug agents on raids and do little to counter the organized c rime syndicates shipping the drug to Europe, Asia and, increasingly, the United States. Poppy cultivation has exploded, increasing by more than half this year. Afghanistan supplies about 92% of the world's opium. "It is surprising to me tha t we have allowed things to get to the point that they have," said ... a former top State Department counter-narcotics official. Outgoing Defense Secretary Dona ld H. Rumsfeld has said that Afghanistan's flourishing opium trade is a law enfo rcement problem, not a military one. The opium trade is one-third of the country 's economy. Several dozen kingpins ... have become more brazen, richer and power ful. [They] openly run huge opium bazaars and labs that turn opium into heroin. [The] head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said ... that the loc ation of major drug operations were "well-known to us and to the authorities." T he Pentagon has balked at drug interdiction efforts even when it had the resourc es, said a former senior U.S. anti-drug official. "There were [drug] convoys whe re military people looked the other way," the former official said. "DEA would i dentify a lab to go hit or a storage facility and [the Pentagon] would find a re ason to ground the helicopters." A recent congressional report said the DEA aske d the Pentagon for airlifts on 26 occasions in 2005, and the requests were denie d in all but three cases. Note: Some observers and insiders believe the reason Afghanistan was attacked is because the Taliban had virtually stopped the opium trade in 2001. For reliable evidence supporting these allegations, click here.

FBI to Fire Dissident Agent 2005-04-23, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10381-2005Apr22.html The FBI has moved to fire a veteran agent who alleged that the bureau had mishan dled domestic investigations. On Thursday, Robert Wright was ordered by superior s at an FBI counterterrorism command office in Washington to hand over his badge and weapon, was suspended and was told he would be fired within 30 days, said a n official with Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group whose attorneys repr esent Wright. Wright was told he was being dismissed for, among other things, pu blicly discussing sensitive FBI matters in 2003, the official said. Wright has b een under disciplinary investigation for almost three years. He has two lawsuits pending against the FBI. Yesterday, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patr ick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) sent FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III a letter repeating their support for Wright and expressing concern that the FBI was retaliating aga inst him for his public statements. Note: What the Post article completely fails to mention is that Robert Wright wa s hot on the trail of key terrorists before 9/11, yet he was ordered to stop the investigation by his FBI supervisors. For past media stories on this with links to original sources, click here, here, and here. Mr. Wright is one of the FBI a gents who approached renowned attorney David Schippers just weeks before 9/11 to warn that a major terrorist attack was going to take place in lower Manhattan. For more, click here.

New Details on F.B.I. Aid for Saudis After 9/11

2005-03-27, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/27/politics/27exodus.html?ex=1269579600&en=e2d... In the frenzied days after Sept. 11, 2001, when some flights were still grounded , dozens of well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, manag ed to leave the United States on specially chartered flights. Newly released gov ernment records show previously undisclosed flights ... and point to a more acti ve role by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in aiding some of the Saudis in t heir departure. The F.B.I. gave personal airport escorts to two prominent Saudi families who fled the United States, and several other Saudis were allowed to le ave the country without first being interviewed. The material ... provides detai ls about the F.B.I.'s interaction with at least 160 Saudis who were living in or visiting the United States and were allowed to leave the country. Some of the d eparting Saudis were related to Osama bin Laden. In several ... cases, Saudi tra velers were not interviewed before departing the country, and F.B.I. officials s ought to determine how what seemed to be lapses had occurred. "From these docume nts, [the Saudi interviews that did occur] look like they were courtesy chats, w ithout the time that would have been needed for thorough debriefings," said Chri stopher J. Farrell, who is ... a former counterintelligence interrogator for the Army. "It seems as if the F.B.I. was more interested in achieving diplomatic su ccess than investigative success." The F.B.I. documents left open the possibilit y that some departing Saudis had information relevant to the Sept. 11 investigat ion. Note: For lots more crucial, verifiable information suggesting a 9/11 cover-up, click here.

Inspector General Rebukes F.B.I. over Espionage Case and Firing of Whistle-Blowe r 2005-01-15, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F60F15F73F5C0C768DDDA... The F.B.I. has failed to aggressively investigate accusations of espionage again st a translator at the bureau and fired the translator's co-worker in large part for bringing the accusations, the Justice Department's inspector general conclu ded. In a long-awaited report that the Justice Department sought for months to k eep classified, the inspector general issued a sharp rebuke to the F.B.I. over i ts handling of claims of espionage and ineptitude made by Sibel Edmonds, a burea u translator who was fired in 2002 after superiors deemed her conduct "disruptiv e." The report [came] from the office of Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department's inspector general. Mr. Fine's investigation found that many of Ms. Edmonds's ac cusations "were supported, that the F.B.I. did not take them seriously enough an d that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the F.B.I.' s decision to terminate her services." Ms. Edmonds's case has become a cause célèbre for critics who accused the bureau of retaliating against her and other whistle -blowers who have sought to expose management problems related to the campaign a gainst terrorism. The American Civil Liberties Union joined her cause earlier th is week, asking an appellate court to reinstate a whistle-blower lawsuit she bro ught against the government. The suit was dismissed last year after Attorney Gen eral John Ashcroft, invoking a rarely used power, declared her case to be a matt er of "state secret" privilege, and the Justice Department retroactively classif ied a 2002 Congressional briefing about it. Note: What this article completely fails to mention is that Ms. Edmonds has clai med repeatedly that she has key information revealing major corruption related t o 9/11. For a highly revealing report written by Ms. Edmonds to the 9/11 Commiss ion chairman, click here. Another highly revealing article is available here. Th e Times link above requires payment. To view the above article free, click here.

A Hidden Story Behind Sept. 11? One Man's Ad Campaign Says So 2004-11-08, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/08/nyregion/08ads.html?ex=1257656400&en=730dbc... The grainy 30-second commercials ... suggest a government cover-up of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The advertisements, which ran repeatedly ... on several cable networks, including CNN, Fox News and ESPN, offer a Web site, an address and a phone number. The ads are the latest salvo from James W. Walter ... who over the years has financed programs promoting voter registration in low-income neighbor hoods and prison reform. The television commercials, as well as ads in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The D aily News, are part of a $3 million national campaign paid for by Mr. Walter in an effort to press for the reopening of the investigation by the independent Sep t. 11 commission. "We've never gotten solid answers on why Tower 7 collapsed whe n it was two full blocks away from where the planes hit," he said. "We've also n ever received an answer for how such a large plane left such a small hole in the side of the Pentagon." A Zogby poll of New Yorkers' opinions about the 9/11 inv estigation, released last month, indicated that 49 percent of New York City resi dents and 41 percent of New York state residents believed that some federal offi cials "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001 , and that they consciously failed to act." The poll also found that 66 percent of New York City residents and 56 percent of state residents wanted a fuller inv estigation of the "still unanswered questions." Note: For lots more reliable information suggesting a major cover-up of 9/11, cl ick here.

The Pakistan connection 2004-07-22, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1266520,00.html There is evidence of foreign intelligence backing for the 9/11 hijackers. Why is the US government so keen to cover it up? Omar Sheikh, a British-born Islamist militant, is waiting to be hanged in Pakistan for a murder he almost certainly d idn't commit - of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Both th e US government and Pearl's wife have since acknowledged that Sheikh was not res ponsible. Significantly, Sheikh is also the man who, on the instructions of Gene ral Mahmoud Ahmed, the then head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) , wired $100,000 before the 9/11 attacks to Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker. It is extraordinary that neither Ahmed nor Sheikh have been charged and brought to trial on this count. Ahmed, the paymaster for the hijackers, was actually in Wa shington on 9/11, and had a series of pre-9/11 top-level meetings in the White H ouse, the Pentagon, the national security council, and with George Tenet, then h ead of the CIA. Why hasn't the US demanded that he be questioned and tried in co urt? [Another] witness is Sibel Edmonds ... former FBI translator of intelligenc e. She tried to blow the whistle on the cover-up of intelligence that names some of the culprits who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, but is now under two gagging orders that forbid her from testifying in court or mentioning the names of the people or the countries involved. The FBI, illegally, [also] continues to refuse the to release of their agent Robert Wright's 500-page manuscript Fatal Betraya ls of the Intelligence Mission, and has even refused to turn the manuscript over to Senator Shelby, vice-chairman of the joint intelligence committee charged wi th investigating America's 9/11 intelligence failures. Note: The above article was written by Michael Meacher, who served as the U.K. M

inster of Environment from 1997 to 2003. For lots more reliable information sugg esting a major cover-up around 9/11, click here.

NORAD had drills of jets as weapons 2004-04-18, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-04-18-norad_x.htm In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defen se Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimagin able at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and c ause mass casualties. One of the imagined targets was the World Trade Center. In another exercise ... the target was the Pentagon but that drill was not run aft er Defense officials said it was unrealistic, NORAD and Defense officials say. N ORAD, in a written statement, confirmed that such hijacking exercises occurred. "Numerous types of civilian and military aircraft were used as mock hijacked air craft," the statement said. "These exercises tested track detection and identifi cation; scramble and interception; hijack procedures; internal and external agen cy coordination and operational security and communications security procedures. " On April 8, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks heard testimony from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice that the White House didn't anti cipate hijacked planes being used as weapons. President Bush said ... "Nobody in our government ... could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a mas sive scale." One operation, planned in July 2001 ... involved planes from airpor ts in Utah and Washington state that were "hijacked." NORAD officials have ackno wledged that "scriptwriters" for the drills included the idea of hijacked aircra ft being used as weapons. "Threats of killing hostages or crashing were left to the scriptwriters to invoke creativity and broaden the required response," Maj. Gen. Craig McKinley, a NORAD official, told the 9/11 commission. Note: This highly revealing news was reported on the front page of USA Today, ye t no other major media even picked up the story. Why? For lots more, click here and here.

This war on terrorism is bogus (by past U.K. Minister of Environment) 2003-09-06, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1036571,00.html At least 11 countries provided advance warning to the US of the 9/11 attacks. Tw o senior Mossad experts were sent to Washington in August 2001 to alert the CIA and FBI to a cell of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation. The li st they provided included the names of four of the 9/11 hijackers, none of whom was arrested. In November 2001 the US airforce complained it had had al-Qaida an d Taliban leaders in its sights as many as 10 times over the previous six weeks, but had been unable to attack because they did not receive permission quickly e nough. The BBC reported [that] a former Pakistan foreign secretary was told by s enior American officials at a meeting in Berlin in mid-July 2001 that "military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October". Zacarias Mo ussaoui ... was arrested in August 2001. One agent wrote, a month before 9/11, t hat Moussaoui might be planning to crash into the Twin Towers. US agents ... sou ght a warrant to search his computer. They were turned down by the FBI. [A] PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document ... which said the US must "discourage a dvanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership". The document also c alls for the creation of "US space forces" to dominate space, and the total cont rol of cyberspace to prevent "enemies" using the internet. It also hints that th e US may consider developing biological weapons "that can target specific genoty pes [and] may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politic

ally useful tool". The conclusion of all this analysis must surely be that the " global war on terrorism" has the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pav e the way for a wholly different agenda - the US goal of world hegemony, built a round securing by force command over the oil supplies required to drive the whol e project. Note: This is one of the very few articles recommended as a must read. Michael M eacher was the U.K. Minister of Environment from May 1997 to June 2003. Mr. Meac her lays out a wealth of highly revealing information backed by reliable sources . To confirm most of his statements on our 9/11 timeline, click here. Mr. Meache r's cliams were reported on BBC News, as well, though the BBC mentioned amazingl y little on his claims of U.S. involvement in 9/11. To see the BBC article click here.

Fearing Harm, bin Laden Kin Fled From U.S. 2001-09-30, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60F14F63F590C738FDDA00894D94... In the first days after the terror attacks on New York and Washington, Saudi Ara bia supervised the urgent evacuation of 24 members of Osama bin Laden's extended family from the United States, fearing that they might be subjected to violence . Most of Mr. bin Laden's relatives were attending high school and college. They are among the 4,000 Saudi students in the United States. King Fahd, the ailing Saudi ruler, sent an urgent message to his embassy here saying there were "bin L aden children all over America" and ordered, "Take measures to protect the innoc ents," the ambassador said. The young members of the bin Laden clan were driven or flown under F.B.I. supervision to a secret assembly point in Texas and then t o Washington from where they left the country on a private charter plane when ai rports reopened three days after the attacks. A majority of the men who hijacked four airliners in the attacks carried Saudi passports. Surprisingly, Osama bin Laden was not a stranger even to a royal family member like Prince Bandar. In th e early 1980's, bin Laden came to greet the prince and thank him for helping to build the coalition that fought against the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. Mr . bin Laden is one of 52 children of a Yemeni-born migrant who made a vast fortu ne building roads and palaces in Saudi Arabia. Note: Should the above link fail to function, click here. For a Boston Globe art icle on this key topic, click here. For more detailed information which both the Times and Globe neglected to report, click here.

Bin Laden comes home to roost 1998-08-24, MSNBC News http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3340101 At the CIA, it happens often enough to have a code name: Blowback. Simply define d, this is the term describing an agent, an operative or an operation that has t urned on its creators. Osama bin Laden, our new public enemy Number 1, is the pe rsonification of blowback. And the fact that he is viewed as a hero by millions in the Islamic world proves again the old adage: Reap what you sow. There are ti mes when the United States, faced with ... moral dilemmas, should have resisted the temptation to act. Arming a multi-national coalition of Islamic extremists i n Afghanistan during the 1980s ... was one of those times. Bin Laden is the heir to Saudi construction fortune who ... has used that money to finance countless attacks on U.S. interests. Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan. By 1984, he was running a front organization known as ... the MA K - which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afgh

an war. MAK was nurtured by Pakistan s state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIA s primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscow s occupation. The CIA ... had conclusive evidence by the mid-19 80s of the deepening crisis of infrastructure within the Soviet Union. The CIA, as its deputy director Robert Gates acknowledged under congressional questioning in 1992, had decided to keep that evidence from President Reagan and his top ad visors and instead continued to grossly exaggerate Soviet military and technolog ical capabilities. Given that context, a decision was made to provide America s po tential enemies with the arms, money - and most importantly - the knowledge of h ow to run a war of attrition violent and well-organized enough to humble a super power. That decision is coming home to roost. Note: The #2 man (who later became #1) at the CIA acknowledges that the CIA dece ived the president in order to forward its own confrontational objectives. How o ften do you think this might happen? Who's really in charge here? For a highly r evealing documentary titled "Secrets of the CIA," click here.

Was 9/11 a conspiracy? Truthers' make their case 2009-11-26, The Globe and Mail (One of Toronto's leading newspapers) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/was-911-a-conspiracy-truthers-make-t... Though rarely shown on TV these days ... 9/11 footage is replayed more than once in "The Unofficial Story" [on the CBC News program the fifth estate]. The docum entary follows up on some fairly startling public-opinion polls of late. To wit: More than half of all Americans believe the Bush administration had advance kno wledge of 9/11, and did nothing to stop it; slightly more than one-third of the Canadian population believes likewise. The number of people who believe the U.S. government was involved in the attacks appears to be growing, says fifth estate v eteran Bob McKeown, who helms the report. Most of them believe there are still qu estions that have gone unanswered. Among the group's more prominent proponents is Richard Gage, a well-regarded architect interviewed by McKeown in the program. Gage is fervent in his belief that the destruction was intentional, and was not accomplished with airplanes, but with explosives. Also speaking out for the Trut hers movement is academic and Nobel Peace Prize nominee David Ray Griffin who qu estions the lack of NORAD response after the first plane struck the tower and Ca nadian professor Kee Dewdney, who insists the fabled on-board struggle between h ijackers and passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 could only be a hoax. The re ally interesting thing to me is that you cannot get these people to speculate, ob serves McKeown. They will say, That is not my job.' Note: Watch this first-ever North American major media network news documentary on the 9/11 truth movement by clicking here. And for what may be the best ever d ocumentary on 9/11 for opening people's eyes, click here.

Who s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds? 2009-11-01, The American Conservative http://amconmag.com/article/2009/nov/01/0000 Sibel Edmonds has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi trans lator for the FBI five days after 9/11. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a memb er of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior gov ernment officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sal es, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. On Aug. 8, she was finally able to testify under oath in a court case filed in Ohio and agreed to an interview with The American Conservative based on that testimony. PHILIP GIRALDI: You map

out a corruption scheme involving U.S. government employees and members of Congr ess and agents of foreign governments. So the network starts with a person like [Marc] Grossman in the State Department providing information that enables Turki sh and Israeli intelligence officers to have access to people in Congress, who t hen provide classified information that winds up in the foreign embassies? EDMON DS: Absolutely. And we also had Pentagon officials doing the same thing. We were looking at Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. They had a list of individuals in t he Pentagon broken down by access to certain types of information. Some of them would be policy related, some of them would be weapons-technology related, some of them would be nuclear-related. Perle and Feith would provide the names of tho se Americans, officials in the Pentagon, to Grossman, together with highly sensi tive personal information: this person is a closet gay; this person has a chroni c gambling issue; this person is an alcoholic. The files on the American targets would contain things like the size of their mortgages or whether they were goin g through divorces. Note: Sibel Edmonds is the founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coali tion. For lots more on her key testimony, click here. Philip Giraldi is a former CIA officer and The American Conservative s Deep Background columnist. An ever in creasing number of people are waking up to the truth of 9/11.

Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years - and are the U.S. and Britain cov ering it up to continue war on terror? 2009-09-11, Daily Mail (One of the UK's largest-circulation newspapers) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1212851/Has-Osama-Bin-Laden-dead-seve... [President] Barack Obama has launched a fresh operation to find [Osama bin Laden ]. Working with the Pakistani Army, elite squads of U.S. and British special for ces were sent into Waziristan this summer to 'hunt and kill' the shadowy figure intelligence officers still call 'the principal target' of the war on terror. Th is new offensive is, of course, based on the premise that the 9/11 terrorist is alive. Yet what if he isn't? What if he has been dead for years, and the British and U.S. intelligence services are actually playing a game of double bluff? Wha t if everything we have seen or heard of him on video and audio tapes since the early days after 9/11 is a fake - and that he is being kept 'alive' by the Weste rn allies to stir up support for the war on terror? Incredibly, this is the brea thtaking theory that is gaining credence among political commentators, respected academics and even terror experts. Still more questions have been raised with t he publication in America and Britain of a book called Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? Written by political analyst and philosopher Professor David Ray Griffin, ... it is provoking shock waves - for it goes into far more detail about his su pposed death and suggests there has been a cover-up by the West. The book claims that Bin Laden died of kidney failure, or a linked complaint, on December 13, 2 001, while living in Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountains close to the border with Waziristan. His burial took place within 24 hours, in line with Muslim religious rules, and in an unmarked grave, which is a Wahhabi custom. The author insists that the many Bin Laden tapes made since that date have been concocted by the We st to make the world believe Bin Laden is alive. Could it be that, for years, he 's just been smoke and mirrors? Note: Hundreds of scholars, officials and professionals have raised questions ab out bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and other aspects of the official conspiracy about the events of 9/11. Click here and here to read their concerns.

Explosive Theory 2009-09-09, MetroActive (Silicon Valley's leading weekly newspaper)

http://www.metroactive.com/metro/09.09.09/cover-0936.html Just a few years ago Ed Munyak, a fire protection engineer for the city of San J ose, seemed like a lonely, out-there figure, a sometimes-target because of his o utspoken position on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. These days, hundreds of other building trade professionals have joined him in challenging the official narrat ive about the collapse of three buildings at New York's World Trade Center (WTC) on that fateful, traumatic day. Munyak, of Los Altos Hills, is a mechanical and fire engineer whose job is to review building plans to ensure they comply with the California Building and Fire Code. In 2007, after speaking out on his own fo r a few years, Munyak signed on with a then-fledging organization called Archite cts and Engineers for 911 Truth, founded by Bay Area architect Richard Gage. Tod ay, far from being isolated, Munyak now counts as allies 804 professional archit ects and building engineers from around the country. Collectively, they have joi ned Munyak's call for an independent technical investigation of the causes of th e WTC buildings collapse. In doing so, they reject the federal government's conc lusions that two airplanes alone brought the buildings down without the aid of pre -planted explosives. Munyak and his fellow AE911 supporters recently received ac knowledgement from the FBI's counterterrorism division, which concluded that the organization's core evidence deserves and will get FBI scrutiny. In a letter, Deput y Director Michael J. Heimbach assessed AE911's presentation as "backed by thoro ugh research and analysis." Note: WantToKnow Team member David Ray Griffin has just published a detailed cri tique of the fraudulent "science" in the latest government publication defending the official account of the collapse of WTC 7.

The 9/11 Commission and Torture 2009-03-14, Newsweek Magazine http://www.newsweek.com/id/189251 Powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill are clamoring for creation of a bipartisan "9 /11 style" commission to investigate the legality of the Bush administration's a ntiterrorism tactics especially its use of harsh interrogation techniques. The cas e for a "truth" commission was bolstered by the disclosure this month that the C IA had destroyed 92 videotapes of the interrogations and confinement of Al Qaeda suspects. A dozen showed the use of ... torture. Lawmakers say the obvious mode l for such an inquiry would be the 9/11 Commission. [But] the commission appears to have ignored obvious clues throughout 2003 and 2004 that its account of the 9/11 plot and Al Qaeda's history relied heavily on information obtained from det ainees who had been subjected to torture, or something not far from it. The [Com mission] raised no public protest over the CIA's interrogation methods. In fact, the Commission demanded that the CIA carry out new rounds of interrogations in 2004 to get answers to its questions. That has troubling implications for the cr edibility of the commission's final report. In intelligence circles, testimony o btained through torture is typically discredited; research shows that people wil l say anything under threat of intense physical pain. Former senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Democrat on the commission, told me last year he had long feared that the investigation depended too heavily on the accounts of Al Qaeda detainee s who were physically coerced into talking. Kerrey said it might take "a permane nt 9/11 commission" to end the remaining mysteries of September 11. Note: For key statements by hundreds of respected scholars and professionals que stioning the accuracy of the 9/11 Commission's report, click here.

Bruce Ivins Wasn't the Anthrax Culprit

2008-08-05, Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121789293570011775.html Over the past week the media was gripped by the news that the FBI was about to c harge Bruce Ivins, a leading anthrax expert, as the man responsible for the anth rax letter attacks in September/October 2001. But despite the seemingly powerful narrative that Ivins committed suicide because investigators were closing in, t his is still far from a shut case. The FBI needs to explain why it zeroed in on Ivins, how he could have made the anthrax mailed to lawmakers and the media, and how he (or anyone else) could have pulled off the attacks, acting alone. The sp ores could not have been produced at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, where Ivins worked, without many other people being aware of it. Furthermore, the equipment to make such a product does not exist at the i nstitute. The product contained essentially pure spores. The particle size was 1 .5 to 3 microns in diameter. There are several methods used to produce anthrax t hat small. But most of them require milling the spores to a size small enough th at it can be inhaled into the lower reaches of the lungs. In this case, however, the anthrax spores were not milled. They were also tailored to make them potent ially more dangerous. The spores were coated with a polyglass which tightly boun d hydrophilic silica to each particle. Each particle was given a weak electric c harge, thereby causing the particles to repel each other at the molecular level. This made it easier for the spores to float in the air, and increased their ret ention in the lungs. In short, the potential lethality of anthrax in this case f ar exceeds that of any powdered product found in the now extinct U.S. Biological Warfare Program.

9/11 Commission Chief's Ties to White House 2008-03-08, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's leading newspaper) http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/they-knew-but-did-nothing/2008/03/07/1204780... The members of Mike Hurley's [9/11 Commisson investigative] team were ... alarme d by the revelations, week by week, month by month, of how close the commission' s chief director, Philip Zelikow, was to Rice and others at the White House. The y learned early on about Zelikow's work on the Bush transition team in 2000 and early 2001, and about how much antipathy there was between him and ["Counterterr orism Czar"] Richard Clarke. They heard the stories about Zelikow's role in deve loping the "pre-emptive war" strategy at the White House in 2002. Zelikow's frie ndships with Rice and others were a particular problem for Warren Bass, since Ri ce and Clarke were at the heart of his part of the investigation. It was clear t o some members of team that they could not have an open discussion in front of Z elikow about Rice and her performance as National Security Adviser. For Hurley's team, there was a reverse problem with Clarke. It was easy to talk about Clarke in Zelikow's presence, as long as the conversation centred on Clarke's failings at the NSC and his purported dishonesty. Long before Bass had seen Clarke's fil es, Zelikow made it clear to the team's investigators that Clarke should not be believed, that his testimony would be suspect. He argued that Clarke was a bragg art who would try to rewrite history to justify his errors and slander his enemi es, Rice in particular. Note: This critique of the close ties to the White House of Philip Zelikow, Exec utive Director of the 9/11 Commission, is an excerpt from Philip Shenon's new bo ok, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. For an eve n deeper analysis of the Commission's failings, read WantToKnow.info team member David Ray Griffin's book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions .

RUDY, INTERRUPTED 2007-05-29, MSNBC http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/05/29/206666.aspx On what should [have been] a happy day of fundraising in the four boroughs of Ne w York City ... for Rudy Giuliani's 63rd birthday, a few protestors ruined his f irst event. At City Island's Sea Shore Restaurant in the Bronx, a young woman na med Sabrina approached the Mayor with a prepared question, reading it word for w ord off of a notepad. "You reported to Peter Jennings on 9/11 that the World Tra de Center towers were going to collapse. No steel structure in history has ever collapsed due to fire. How come the people in the buildings weren't notified and who else knew about this? How do you sleep at night?" Matthew Lepaceak, who sto od on the other side of Giuliani, joined in. "But you said on ABC video with Pet er Jennings in an interview that you were aware the towers were going to collaps e in advance. Who told you the towers were going to collapse in advance, sir?" D uring this time, Giuliani had an incredulous look on his face, completely caught off guard. The statement they were referring to is from a phoner Giuliani had w ith Jennings. "We set up headquarters at 75 Barclay Street which was right there with the police commissioner and the fire commissioner, the head of emergency m anagement, and we were operating out of there when we were told the World Traded Center was going to collapse." After being interrupted again, Giuliani responde d with an explanation. "Our understanding was that over a long period of time, t he way other buildings collapse, the towers could collapse. Meaning over a seven -, eight-, nine-, ten-hour period. No one that I knew of had any idea that they would implode. That was a complete surprise." Note: To view a video clip of Rudy Giuliani describing how he was told of the To wers' collapse ahead of time, click here. To watch him deny what he said on this clip, watch this one. When so many have said no one could have predicted the fa ll of the towers, how is it that Giuliani knew otherwise -- and then denied ever knowing it?

Call to reopen Oklahoma bomb case 2007-03-02, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/6275147.stm The FBI man in charge of collecting evidence from the government building destro yed by the Oklahoma bomb has called for the case to be reopened. Former deputy a ssistant director Danny Coulson ... said a federal grand jury is now needed to f ind out what really happened. He argues this is the only way to prove whether ot her people were involved in the bombing in a wider conspiracy beyond Timothy McV eigh and Terry Nichols. Mr Coulson spent 31 years in the FBI. Between 1991 and 1 997 he was the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Division of the FBI in Washington, responsible for all violent crime cases in the United States. Mr Cou lson said there were some "very strong indicators" that other people were involv ed with Timothy McVeigh. The FBI interviewed 24 people who claimed to have seen McVeigh in Oklahoma City with someone else on the morning of the attack, yet the only known accomplice of McVeigh, Terry Nichols, was at home in Kansas over 200 miles away on that day. The FBI's investigation concluded that the eyewitnesses were unreliable. However, Danny Coulson says they were "extremely credible" and had no reason to make it up. "If only one person had seen it, or two of three, but 24?" he said. "I know FBI headquarters told [agents] to close down the inves tigation in Elohim City which has some very significant connections to Mr McVeig h. "Never in my career did I have FBI headquarters tell me not to investigate so mething." Last December a US Congressional report found no conclusive evidence o f a wider conspiracy, but the report concluded that "questions remain unanswered and mysteries remain unsolved."

Note: Don't miss a highly revealing four-minute video-clip showing live media co verage of the Oklahoma City bomb available here. The official story is that one truck with a huge bomb was parked in front of the Oklahoma City federal building and only Timothy McVeigh and his partner were involved. The news footage proves that others must have been involved, as multiple unexploded bombs were recovere d from points inside the building. Yet none of this was questioned in later test imony.

The 9/11 Truth Movement's Dangers 2006-12-10, CBS News/The Nation http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/08/opinion/main2242387.shtml Tens of millions of Americans really believe their government was complicit in t he murder of 3,000 of their fellow citizens. The government these Americans susp ect of complicity in 9/11 has acquired a justified reputation for deception: wea pons of mass destruction, secret prisons, illegal wiretapping. The Truth Movemen t's recent growth can be largely attributed to the Internet-distributed document ary "Loose Change." It's been viewed over the Internet millions of times. Comple menting "Loose Change" are the more highbrow offerings of a handful of writers a nd scholars, many of whom are associated with Scholars for 9/11 Truth. Two of th ese academics, retired theologian David Ray Griffin and retired Brigham Young Un iversity physics professor Steven Jones, have written books and articles that se rve as the movement's canon. The Truth Movement's relationship to the truth may be tenuous, but that it is a movement is no longer in doubt. For the Administrat ion, "conspiracy" is a tremendously useful term, and can be applied even in the most seemingly bizarre conditions to declare an inquiry or criticism out of boun Bush would only ds. Of course, the ommission report was something of a whitewash be interviewed in the presence of Dick Cheney, the commission was denied access to other key witnesses, and ... a meeting convened by George Tenet the summer b efore the attacks to warn Condoleezza Rice about al Qaeda's plotting ... was now here mentioned in the report. It's hard to blame people for thinking we're not g etting the whole story. For six years, the government has prevaricated and the p ress has largely failed to point out this simple truth. Note: Though this article belittles the 9/11 movement, there is abundant evidenc e to support the claim that the 9/11 Commission was a whitewash and the attacks may have been orchestrated. For more, click here.

9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon 2006-08-02, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/01/AR20060801013... Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pe ntagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public. Suspi cion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meetin g at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the J ustice Department for criminal investigation. Staff members and some commissione rs thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to bel ieve that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false state ments to Congress and to the commission. Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey R epublican governor who led the commission [said], "It was just so far from the t ruth." In an article scheduled to be on newsstands today, Vanity Fair magazine r eports aspects of the commission debate...and publishes lengthy excerpts from mi litary audiotapes recorded on Sept. 11. ABC News aired excerpts last night. For more than two years after the attacks, officials with NORAD and the FAA provided

inaccurate information about the response to the hijackings in testimony and me dia appearances. Authorities suggested that U.S. air defenses had reacted quickl y, that jets had been scrambled in response to the last two hijackings and that fighters were prepared to shoot down United Airlines Flight 93 if it threatened Washington. In fact, the commission reported a year later, audiotapes from NORAD 's Northeast headquarters and other evidence showed clearly that the military ne ver had any of the hijacked airliners in its sights. Note: Why didn't they report this in the media when the 9/11 report was issued?

9/11 Attacks: Avoiding the hard questions 2006-02-01, Miami Herald http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/robert_steinback/1376072... Our nation was irretrievably transformed by 9/11 -- and yet there remain troubli ng questions about what really happened. Why did building WTC-7 fall, though no aircraft struck it? Fire alone had never before caused a steel skyscraper to col lapse. Why did no U.S. military jet intercept the wayward aircraft? Why has ther e been no investigation of BBC reports that five of the alleged 9/11 hijackers w ere alive and accounted for after the event? A group of experts and academicians devoted to applying the principles of scientific reasoning to the available evi dence [and] 'letting the chips fall where they may,' last week accused the gover nment of covering up evidence that the three destroyed New York City buildings w ere brought down that day by controlled demolition rather than structural failur e. The group, called Scholars for 9/11 Truth, has a website, www.st911.org. Note: This article is also available at http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0201 -28.htm

Why did the 9/11 Commission ignore "Able Danger"? 2005-11-17, Wall Street Journal Article by Former FBI Director Louis Freeh http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110007559 The Able Danger intelligence, if confirmed, is undoubtedly the most relevant fac t of the entire post-9/11 inquiry. Even the most junior investigator would immed iately know that the name and photo ID of Atta in 2000 is precisely the kind of tactical intelligence the FBI has many times employed to prevent attacks. Yet th e 9/11 Commission inexplicably concluded that it "was not historically significa nt." This astounding conclusion -- in combination with the failure to investigat e Able Danger and incorporate it into its findings -- raises serious challenges to the commission's credibility and, if the facts prove out, might just render t he commission historically insignificant itself. The Able Danger team had identi fied Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers by mid-2000 but were prevented by milit ary lawyers from giving this information to the FBI. The Pentagon...blocked seve ral military officers from testifying...about the Able Danger program. The chair man of the 9/11 Commission reacted to Able Danger with the standard Washington P R approach. [He] demanded that the Pentagon conduct an "investigation" to evalua te the "credibility" of Col. Shaffer and Capt. Phillpott. The final 9/11 Commiss ion report...concluded that "American intelligence agencies were unaware of Mr. Atta until the day of the attacks." This now looks to be embarrassingly wrong. T he Joint Intelligence Committees should reconvene and, in addition to Able Dange r team members, we should have the 9/11 commissioners appear as witnesses so the families can hear their explanation why this doesn't matter.

Senators Accuse Pentagon of Obstructing Inquiry on Sept. 11 Plot 2005-09-22, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/22/politics/22intel.html?ex=1285041600&en=be75... Senators from both parties accused the Defense Department on Wednesday of obstru cting an investigation into whether a highly classified intelligence program kno wn as Able Danger did indeed identify Mohamed Atta and other future hijackers as potential threats well before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The comp laints came after the Pentagon blocked several witnesses from testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a public hearing on Wednesday. The only testim ony provided by the Defense Department came from a senior official who would say only that he did not know whether the claims were true. But members of the pane l, led by Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said they regarded as credible assertions by current and former officers in the program. The office rs have said they were prevented by the Pentagon from sharing information about Mr. Atta and others with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Pentagon has a cknowledged that at least five members of Able Danger have said they recall a ch art produced in 2000 that identified Mr. Atta, who became the lead hijacker in t he Sept. 11 plot, as a potential terrorist.

Military Bars 9/11 Intel Testimony 2005-09-21, CBS/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/21/terror/main871800.shtml The Department of Defense forbade a military intelligence officer to testify Wed nesday about a secret military unit that the officer says identified four Sept. 11 hijackers as terrorists more than a year before the attacks, according to the man's attorney. The Judiciary Committee was hearing testimony about the work of a classified unit code named "Able Danger." Zaid, appearing on behalf of Shaffe r and contractor John Smith [stated] that Able Danger, using data mining techniq ues, identified four of the terrorists who struck on Sept. 11, 2001 - including mastermind Mohamed Atta. "At least one chart, and possibly more, featured a phot ograph of Mohamed Atta," Zaid said. Maj. Paul Swiergosz, a Defense Department sp okesman, said Wednesday that open testimony would not be appropriate. "There's n othing more to say than that," Swiergosz said. "It's not possible to discuss the Able Danger program because there are security concerns." Zaid also charged tha t records associated with the unit were destroyed during 2000 and March 2001, an d copies were destroyed in spring 2004. Former members of the Sept. 11 commissio n have dismissed the "Able Danger" assertions.

London Bombings: Strange Coincidences Raise Serious Questions 2005-07-13, BBC/MSNBC/London Times/More http://www.WantToKnow.info/050713londonbombingcoverup At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a compan y of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off prec isely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have th e hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now. -- Former Scotland Yard Of ficial Peter Power on BBC Radio, 7/7/05 (the day of the bombings) "The explosives appear to be of military origin, which is very worrying," said C hristophe Chaboud, head of the French Anti-Terrorism Coordination Unit and one o f five top officials sent by Paris to London immediately after Thursday's attack s. -- Reuters, 7/11/05 A SINGLE bombmaker using high-grade military explosives is believed to be respon

sible for building the four devices that killed more than 50 people last week. S imilar components from the explosive devices have been found at all four murder sites, leading detectives to believe that each of the 10lb rucksack bombs was th e work of one man. They also believe that the materials used were not home made but sophisticated military explosives. -- London Times, 7/12/05 Translator Jacob Keryakes, who said that a copy of the message was later posted on a secular Web site, noted that the claim of responsibility contained an error in one of the Quranic verses it cited. That suggests that the claim may be phon y. "This is not something al-Qaida would do." he said. - MSNBC News, 7/7/05

Court Dismisses FBI Contractor's Suit Against U.S. 2005-05-07, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/06/AR20050506018... A federal appeals court rejected a fired FBI contractor's bid to revive her laws uit against the government. Sibel Edmonds said she was fired from her job as a w iretap translator because she told superiors she suspected that a co-worker was leaking information to targets of an ongoing FBI investigation. The FBI said it fired her because she committed security violations and disrupted the office. Th e Justice Department's inspector general said Edmonds's allegations about a cowo rker "raised serious concerns that, if true, could potentially have extremely da maging consequences for the FBI." Note: This article doesn't even mention 9/11, yet Ms. Edmonds has stated publicl y that her testimony would put top government officials behind bars for their ro le in blocking information which could have stopped the 9/11 attacks. For more e ye-opening information, click here and here. Read Ms. Edmond's open letter to th e chairman of the 9/11 Commission to find out what key people in government don' t want you to know about her testimony. See also her excellent website http://ww w.justacitizen.com She was also instrumental in forming a National Security Whi stleblowers Coalition.

Lost in Translation: How Bush Interpreter Got Through Security 2005-02-22, Wall Street Journal (Article on website founder Fred Burks) http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB110901231065260117,00.html?mod=todays_us_p... Frederick Burks believes in UFOs, communes with dolphins, [and] runs a Web site that promotes conspiracy theories about U.S. complicity in the 9/11 attacks. And , until last October, he had the ear of the world's most powerful man ... George W. Bush. When President Bush traveled to Bali for a meeting with President Mega wati in October 2003 ... [Karen] Brooks, then the National Security Council's In donesia expert, says she personally requested that he get the job because he was so good and "Megawati loved him." Now Mr. Burks has popped up in Jakarta as a s tar witness for the defense in the terrorism trial of a fundamentalist Islamic c leric. Speaking to the Jakarta court in fluent Indonesian, Mr. Burks described a secret 2002 meeting between a U.S. presidential envoy and Indonesia's then pres ident, Megawati Sukarnoputri. Mr. Burks's testimony, delivered last month in a s outh Jakarta court, turned the former White House interpreter ... into a nationa l celebrity here in Indonesia. While working as Mr. Bush's Indonesian-language i nterpreter, Mr. Burks set up several Web sites, including momentoflove.org, webo flove.org and WantToKnow.info. After 9/11, he began collecting and then posting documents he believes show that parts of the U.S. government knew an attack was coming and may even have been complicit in its execution. "I'm sometimes labeled a conspiracy theorist, but I'm not," he says. "I'm someone who can handle dark energy, the really ugly things that are going on behind the scenes, without gett

ing too upset." Note: This article surprisingly was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal . The above link requires payment to read the full article. To read it free and learn much more, click here.

FAA Managers Destroyed 9/11 Tape 2004-05-06, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A6892-200... Six air traffic controllers provided accounts of their communications with hijac ked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, on a tape recording that was later destroyed by Fe deral Aviation Administration managers. It is unclear what information was on th e tape because no one ever listened to, transcribed or duplicated it. The FAA .. . said it took disciplinary action against the employee who destroyed the tape b ut declined to elaborate on what kind of action they took. [Earlier, an FAA offi cial incorrectly stated that the agency took action against two employees in the case.] Hours after the [9/11 attacks] an FAA manager at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center gathered six controllers who communicated or tracked two of the hijacked planes and recorded in a one-hour interview their personal accou nts of what occurred. The manager, who is not named in the report, said that his intentions were to provide quick information to federal officials investigating the attack before the air traffic controllers involved took sick leave for the stress of their experiences, as is common practice. A second manager ... destroy ed the tape between December 2001 and January 2002 by crushing the tape with his hand, cutting it into small pieces and depositing the pieces into trash cans ar ound the building. The tape's existence was never made known to federal official s investigating the attack. The New York managers acknowledged that they receive d an e-mail from FAA officials instructing them to retain all materials related to the Sept. 11 attacks. But the managers decided not to include the tape in a N ovember 2001 "Formal Accident Package" report the office prepared. Note: Why on earth wouldn't this most important tape have been included in the F AA's official report. And more importantly, why did someone later destroy it so carefully and thoroughly. For lots more, click here.

The Secret War 2002-10-27, WantToKnow.info/Los Angeles Times http://www.wanttoknow.info/021027latimes The Defense Department is dramatically expanding its 'black world' of covert ope rations. The Bush administration has turned to what the Pentagon calls the "blac k world" to press the war on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The incr easingly dominant role of the military ... reflects the desire of Secretary of D efense Donald Rumsfeld to gain greater overall control of the war on terror. "Ou r task is to find and destroy the enemy before they strike us." Though covert ac tion can bring quick results, because it is isolated from the normal review proc esses it can just as quickly bring mistakes and larger problems. The epicenter o f the Pentagon's covert operations remains the North Carolina-based Joint Specia l Operations Command, often referred to as Delta Force. The super-secret command is still not officially acknowledged to exist. Rumsfeld's influential Defense S cience Board ... recommends creation of a super-Intelligence Support Activity, a n organization it dubs the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group, (P2OG), to br ing together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception. This body would launch secret operations aimed at "stim ulating reactions" among terrorists and states possessing weapons of mass destru

ction -- that is, for instance, prodding terrorist cells into action and exposin g themselves to "quick-response" attacks by U.S. forces. The Air Force is design ing its own Global Response Task Force ... capable of delivering a "worldwide at tack within an hour." Note: For an amazing exposé by a highly decorated U.S. general on the hidden reaso ns behind war, click here.

Federal agency planned plane-crashing-into-building drill [on] Sept. 11 2002-08-22, USA Today/Associated Press http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002-08-22-sept-11-plane-drill-_x.htm In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism it was to be a simulated accident. Officials at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissanc e Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet w ould crash into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters building. Th e agency is about four miles from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport. "It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve a n aircraft crashing into our facility," [NRO spokesman Art] Haubold said. "As so on as the real world events began, we canceled the exercise." Adding to the coin cidence, American Airlines Flight 77 the Boeing 767 that was hijacked and crashe d into the Pentagon took off from Dulles at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 50 minutes be fore the exercise was to begin. It struck the Pentagon around 9:40 a.m., killing 64 aboard the plane and 125 on the ground. The National Reconnaissance Office o perates many of the nation's spy satellites. It draws its personnel from the mil itary and the CIA. In a promotion for speaker John Fulton, a CIA officer assigne d as chief of NRO's strategic gaming division, the announcement says, "On the mo rning of September 11th 2001, Mr. Fulton and his team ... were running a pre-pla nned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created i f a plane were to strike a building." Note: For many more disturbing coincindences and outright cover-ups around 9/11, click here. And for yet another amazing "coincidence" surrounding the London bo mbings, click here.

Alleged Hijackers May Have Trained at U.S. Bases 2001-09-15, WantToKnow.info/Newsweek http://www.WantToKnow.info/010915newsweek U.S. military sources have given the FBI information that suggests five of the a lleged [9/11] hijackers of the planes that were used in Tuesday s terror attacks r eceived training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990s. Three of th e alleged hijackers listed their address on drivers licenses and car registratio ns as the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. known as the Cradle of U.S. Navy Avi ation, according to a high-ranking U.S. Navy source. Another of the alleged hijac kers may have been trained in strategy and tactics at the Air War College in Mon tgomery, Ala., said another high-ranking Pentagon official. The fifth man may ha ve received language instruction at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex. The five men were on a list of 19 people identified as hijackers by the FBI on Friday. The three foreign nationals training in Pensacola appear to be Saeed Alg hamdi and Ahmad Alnami, who were among the four men who allegedly commandeered U nited Airlines Flight 93. The third man who may have trained in Pensacola, Ahmed Alghamdi, allegedly helped highjack United Airlines Flight 75, which hit the so uth tower of the World Trade Center. NEWSWEEK visited the base early Saturday mo

rning, where military police confirmed that the address housed foreign military flight trainees but denied access past front barricades. Officials at the base c onfirmed that the FBI is investigating the three students. Note: Why would these high-ranking Pentagon officials be making such statements just days after 9/11 if they didn't suspect foul play? Two other hijackers also had possible military connections. For more reliable information on this crucial matter, click here.

Plane Lands In Cleveland; Bomb Feared Aboard 2001-09-11, WCPO - Cincinnati's ABC Affiliate http://www.wcpo.com/specials/2001/americaattacked/news_local/story14.html Reported by: 9News Staff, 9/11/01 11:43:57 AM. A Boeing 767 out of Boston made a n emergency landing Tuesday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport due to co ncerns that it may have a bomb aboard, said Mayor Michael R. White. White said t he plane had been moved to a secure area of the airport, and was evacuated. Unit ed identified the plane as Flight 93. The airline did say how many people were a board the flight. United said it was also "deeply concerned" about another fligh t, Flight 175, a Boeing 767, which was bound from Boston to Los Angeles. On beha lf of the airline CEO James Goodwin said: "The thoughts of everyone at United ar e with the passengers and crew of these flights. Our prayers are also with every one on the ground who may have been involved. "United is working with all the re levant authorities, including the FBI, to obtain further information on these fl ights," he said. Note: Remember that Flight 93 reportedly crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11, with a ll aboard killed. This story was posted within hours of the 9/11 attacks. Click on the link above and you will see, "This story has been removed from WCPO.com. It was a preliminary AP story, and was factually incorrect." However, using the powerful Internet Archive, you can see the original article here. Click here and you can see the article continued to be posted for all dates through June 2004, and was only removed later. How can this be?

Colorful Outsider Is Named No. 3 at the CIA 2001-03-17, Washington Post http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16570-2001Mar16.html A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, a ... former investment banker ... was named yesterday ex ecutive director of the CIA, bringing a fast-paced management style to the agenc y's No. 3 job. Central Intelligence Agency Director George J. Tenet announced th e appointment, saying he treasures Krongard's "wise counsel and 'no-nonsense' bu siness-like views." Krongard, 64, former head of Alex. Brown & Co., an investmen t bank based in Baltimore, joined the agency three years ago as a counselor to T enet. He switched careers shortly after helping engineer the $2.5 billion merger of Alex. Brown and Bankers Trust New York Corp., gaining $71 million in Bankers Trust stock. Few of his former colleagues were surprised by his decision to tra de a $4 million salary and stock options for the far less remunerative job of Te net's consigliere. A graduate of Princeton and the University of Maryland Law Sc hool, Krongard has a fondness for extreme military-style activities. Even as a b anking executive, he trained with police SWAT teams for recreation and worked ou t with a kung fu master. He maintained a shooting range on the park-like grounds of his home on the northern edge of Baltimore. In an interview yesterday, Krong ard described his past duties as those of a "minister without portfolio" whom se nior managers felt comfortable talking to about "sticky subjects." But Krongard exhibited the requisite secretiveness when asked to explain his interest in inte

lligence and how he came to land a job in Tenet's inner circle. If you go back t o the CIA's origins during World War II in the Office of Strategic Services, he explained, "the whole OSS was really nothing but Wall Street bankers and lawyers ." Note: Buzzy Krongard was the executive director of the CIA on 9/11. His past tie s to the investment firm which placed most of the extraordinarily high volume of "put options" on United and American Airlines stocks the week before the attack s is one of many strange "coincidences" unexplained by the official story of wha t happened on that horrific day. For more on this, click here. To read the entir e article free of charge, click here.

Twin Towers, Twin Myths? 2009-09-17, Santa Barbara Independent (Santa Barbara's leading weekly) http://www.independent.com/news/2009/sep/17/twin-towers-twin-myths One of the crucial technical disputes in American history, perhaps second only t o global warming, is underway. It pits hundreds of government technicians who sa y the World Trade Center buildings were brought down by airplane impact against hundreds of professional architects and building engineers who insist that the T win Towers could never have collapsed solely due to the planes and are calling f or a new independent investigation. It is a fight that is not going away and is likely to get louder as more building trade professionals sign on to one side or the other. Better than anyone, David Ray Griffin understands the enormous import ance of Richard Gage, the Bay Area architect and staunch Republican who founded A rchitects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911 Truth). Griffin, [a] retired Santa Barbara philosophy professor/theologian (Claremont School of Theology), is rega rded as the leading investigative force within what is called the 9/11 Truth mov ement, with seven 9/11 books to his credit, including his bestseller The New Pea rl Harbor. Griffin found his greatest stumbling block in public appearances to b e this question: If his analysis was true that two planes could not have brought down three World Trade Center (WTC) buildings without the aid of pre-planted ex plosives why didn t a single U.S. architect or building engineer publicly support him? Now, in three years, Gage has signed up 804 architects and structural engin eers, some from top firms, who challenge the official version of the buildings co llapses. AE911 Truth has grown rapidly, igniting a struggling grassroots movemen t of hundreds of other 9/11 Truth organizations, and spearheading a growing assaul t on the official story. Note: WantToKnow team member David Ray Griffin has just published a thorough deb unking of the latest official explanation of the collapse of three steel-framed skyscrapers at the World Trade Center after two of them were struck by aircraft, The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7.

Sheen wants to discuss his 9/11 theories with Obama 2009-09-09, Houston Chronicle (One of Houston's leading newspapers) http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/celebrities/6609335.html Actor Charlie Sheen has written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a meeting over Sheen's theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The day of Sept. 11, 2001, saw America hit by the worst terrorist atrocities in the country's hi story, including an attack in New York which killed almost 3,000 people. Sheen h as always been outspoken about his views on the attacks, supporting a conspiracy theory that the U.S. government at the time defrauded the public with its offic ial story about the incident. The star has now written to Obama asking him to re open the investigation into 9/11. The note, entitled "20 Minutes With The Presid

ent," is written as a fictional meeting with Obama, in which Sheen urges the lea der to follow through his promises of change, accountability and government tran sparency by using his powers to look into the actions of George W. Bush's previo us administration. Sheen hopes the president will take note of his campaign and grant him a meeting. Note: To watch an excellent six-minute video narrated by Sheen asking hard quest ions to the president, click here. For a powerful summary of many unanswered que stions raised by the official account of 9/11, click here.

Historic Broadcast of "9/11 Press For Truth" 2009-06-06, KBDI-TV (Colorado Public Television station) http://www.kbdi.org/tv_schedule/program_details.cfm?id=120090606210000 Following the attacks of September 11th, a small group of grieving families wage d a tenacious battle against those who sought to bury the truth about the event. In this documentary, six of them including three of the famous 9/11 widows know n as the "Jersey Girls" tell the powerful story of how they took on the greatest powers in Washington, compelling lawmakers to launch an investigation that ulti mately failed to answer most of their questions. The filmmakers collaborated wit h the media group Globalvision to stitch together overlooked news clips, buried stories, and government press conferences, revealing a pattern of official lies, deception, and spin. As a result, a very different picture of 9/11 emerges one that raises new, and more pressing, questions. To mark the film's U.S. broadcast premiere, Executive Producer Kyle Hence, Director Ray Nowosielski, and family m ember Bob McIlvaine who lost his son Bobby in the attacks on New York will be in the KBDI studios to discuss the film throughout the evening. Additionally, volu nteers from Colorado 911 Visibility will be on hand to answer phones. Note: To watch this important, landmark 9/11 documentary, click here. This highl y engaging, well researched film may be the best way yet to open the eyes of tho se who don't know about the major 9/11 cover-up.

Great Day Talks To Architect Richard Gage About 9/11 2009-05-28, KMPH-TV (Fresno, CA Fox Network affiliate) http://www.kmph.com/Global/story.asp?s=10445264 Kim Stephens: He s an architect experienced in steel structures. Now Richard Gage is touring the country with a controversial message about September 11. Kopi Sot iropulos: Richard Gage is here to show us why he s calling for a more thorough inv estigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings. First of all g ive us a little bit more about your background. Gage: I m an architect of twenty y ears, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and have been studying s teel frame fire proof buildings for about that long. Kim Stephens: We ask that f or clarification because as we get into this, we want people to make sure that y ou re not just somebody with a wacky idea. You come with some science to you. What is the official reason for the collapse of the World Trade Center towers? Gage: Well we re told that the planes hit the buildings, and there was an explosion and a fire, and about a hour and a half later, in the case of the north tower, the buildings collapsed due to structural weakening, due to the fires. The problem i s that we don t have large gradual deformations associated with collapses. And fir es in high rises have never brought down a steel frame high rise building at all , ever. And what we have, unfortunately, is the evidence in the twin towers and the third skyscraper to collapse that day, which most people don t know anything a bout it. We have the evidence of the ten key features of controlled demolition. In the case of building seven, it collapses straight down into its own footprint

, at free fall speed, in the first hundred feet. It s dropping, as you can see sym metrically, smoothly, at free fall speed, in the first hundred feet. Two and a h alf seconds. This is uncanny, there s forty thousand tons of structural steel desi gned to resist this collapse. Note: The above text is taken from the KMPH interview available here. Richard Ga ge, AIA, is the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Remarkably, this interview, though short, was respectful and evenhanded. No ridicule, no deb unking, no "conspiracy theory" dismissals! To watch a 7-minute video of the inte rview, click on the link above. To read a transcript of the interview, click her e. For an astonishing comment on PBS by the owner of the building's decision to "pull" the building, click here.

Traces of explosives in 9/11 dust, scientists say 2009-04-06, Deseret News (One of Salt Lake City's leading newspapers) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/0,5143,705295677,00.html Tiny red and gray chips found in the dust from the collapse of the World Trade C enter contain highly explosive materials proof, according to a former BYU profes sor, that 9/11 is still a sinister mystery. Physicist Steven E. Jones, who retir ed from Brigham Young University in 2006 after the school recoiled from the cont roversy surrounding his 9/11 theories, is one of nine authors on a paper publish ed last week in the online, peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal. Also li sted as authors are BYU physics professor Jeffrey Farrer and a professor of nano chemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. For several years, Jones h as theorized that pre-positioned explosives, not fires from jet fuel, caused the rapid, symmetrical collapse of the two World Trade Center buildings, plus the c ollapse of a third building, WTC-7. The newest research, according to the journa l authors, shows that dust from the collapsing towers contained a "nano-thermite " material that is highly explosive. A layer of dust lay over parts of Manhattan immediately following the collapse of the towers, and it was samples of this du st that Jones and fellow researchers requested in a 2006 paper, hoping to determ ine "the whole truth of the events of that day." They eventually tested four sam ples they received from New Yorkers. Red/gray chips ... were found in all four d ust samples. The chips were then analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and other high-tech tools. The red layer of the chips, according to the researchers , contains a "highly energetic" form of thermite. Note: For the full text of this path-breaking scientific report, click here. Not e that other major media failed to pick up this important news, though you can w atch a Dutch news report (with English subtitles) on YouTube available here. For more key reports on the cutting-edge research of Prof. Steven Jones, click here .

Former CIA executive pleads guilty to defrauding government 2008-09-30, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-foggo30-2008sep30,0,5681841.story The former No. 3 official at the CIA pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding the gov ernment, closing an investigation that linked the nation's preeminent spy servic e to the corruption scandal involving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. In ad mitting that he abused his rank to steer lucrative contracts to cronies, Kyle Du stin "Dusty" Foggo, the agency's onetime executive director, became one of the h ighest-ranking officials in CIA history to be convicted of criminal charges. But the deal also involved major concessions from prosecutors, who allowed Foggo to admit guilt to a single fraud charge, wiping out 27 additional counts that incl

uded money laundering and conspiracy. Prosecutors indicated that they would reco mmend he serve no more than 37 months. The revelations of Foggo's crimes surface d two years ago during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent agency histo ry, and added to the pressure on the Bush administration to remove Porter J. Gos s as CIA director in 2006. Goss selected Foggo for the agency's third-ranking po sition. Foggo had never served as a case officer or an analyst -- the jobs that typically garner the most respect within the CIA. But as a procurement officer a t a secret CIA post in Frankfurt, Germany, he was in a position to cultivate con tacts with members of Congress and other influential officials who visited durin g overseas trips to war zones. Note: Interesting that a guilty plea for one count was exchanged for dismissing numerous other charges of fraud and money laundering. For an excellent analysis of the reasons behind this unusual prosecutorial strategy, click here. Buzzy Kro ngard, the previous #3 man at the CIA, has been linked to the millions of dollar s in suspicious stock option trades made just prior to 9/11 that were never clai med, though this received little media coverage.

The truth is out there 2008-06-07, Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8d66e778-3128-11dd-ab22-000077b07658.html

When Cynthia McKinney speaks the words of Martin Luther King Jr, they resound th rough the church with some of King�s cadence. �A time comes,� declares the former US swoman from Georgia, �when silence is betrayal.� Before the packed pews of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, McKinney is speaking of the American governm ent�s war on its own people. The shock and awe phase of this conflict ... began on S eptember 11 2001, when the Bush administration launched attacks on New York and Washington, or at least waved them through. According to a show of hands that Fe bruary afternoon, several hundred people in the immaculate church believe this t o be true. They had all come to hear the message of Architects, Engineers & Scie ntists for 9/11 Truth, one of the dozens of [9/11 truth] groups across the US. L ast winter, �Investigate 9/11� banners seemed to be popping up all over the place. Bill Clinton was heckled by �truthers� in Denver while campaigning for his wife. Country mus c star Willie Nelson ... described as naive the notion that the �implosion� of the Twin Towers was caused by crashing jets. Meanwhile the European Parliament screened t he Italian documentary Zero, in which Gore Vidal, Italian playwright Dario Fo, a nd Italian MEP Giulietto Chiesa blame the US government, not al-Qaeda, for 9/11. The following month, Japanese MP Yukihisa Fujita raised his own doubts about th e official story at a seminar in Sydney. A busy season for the �9/11 Truth� movement. Note: This extensive story in The Financial Times shows that the 9/11 movement i s having a major impact. For a detailed two-page summary of many questions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.

9/11 Commission controversy 2008-01-30, NBC News http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/01/30/624314.aspx The 9/11 Commission suspected that critical information it used in its ... Repor t was the product of harsh interrogations of al-Qaida operatives - interrogation s that many critics have labeled torture. Yet, commission staffers never questio ned the agency about the interrogation techniques and in fact ordered a second r ound of interrogations specifically to ask additional questions of the same oper atives. Much of what was reported about the planning and execution of the terror attacks on New York and Washington was derived from the interrogations of high-

ranking al-Qaida operatives. Each had been subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques." Some were even subjected to waterboarding. There was a separate, se cond round of interrogations in early 2004, done specifically to answer new ques tions from the Commission, [involving] more than 30 separate interrogation sessi ons. According to both current and former senior U.S. intelligence officials, th e operatives cited by the Commission were subjected to the harshest of the CIA s m ethods, the "enhanced interrogation techniques." The techniques included physica l and mental abuse, exposure to extreme heat and cold, sleep deprivation and wat erboarding. In addition, officials of both the 9/11 Commission and CIA confirm t he Commission specifically asked the agency to push the operatives on a new roun d of interrogations months after their first interrogations. The Commission, in fact, supplied specific questions for the operatives to the agency. This new rou nd took place in early 2004, when the agency was still engaged in the full range of harsh techniques. Note: WantToKnow team member and renowned theologian David Ray Griffin's detaile d exposure of the many lies put forth by the 9/11 Commission is available here. And for a succinct, eye-opening summary of many unanswered questions about the o fficial account of 9/11, click here.

Ex-9/11 Panel Chief Denies Secret White House Ties 2008-01-30, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4218157 The former executive director of the 9/11 Commission denies explosive charges of undisclosed ties to the Bush White House or interference with the panel's repor t. The charges are ... contained in New York Times reporter Philip Shenon's [new ] book, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, [and a re] confirmed by the book's publisher. [When] 9/11 Commission co-chairs [Thomas] Kean and Lee Hamilton hired former Condoleezza Rice aide Philip Zelikow to be e xecutive director, Zelikow failed to tell them ... that he was "instrumental" in demoting Richard Clarke, the onetime White House counterterrorism czar. In his book, Shenon also says that while working for the panel, Zelikow appears to have had private conversations with former White House political director Karl Rove, despite a ban on such communication. Shenon reports that Zelikow later ordered his assistant to stop keeping a log of his calls. Zelikow told ABC News he was u nder no prohibition that barred his conversations with Rove, and did not recall asking his assistant to stop logging his calls. Shenon directed calls to his pub lisher, Twelve Books, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group. Cary Goldstein, a spo kesman for Hachette, confirmed the [above] characterization of the book's conten ts, but said he could not confirm direct quotes. "It's not a surprise," Goldstei n said when asked his reaction to the leak of the book's details before its Feb. 5 publication date. "I think people are really curious to see what the report h ad looked like if it hadn't been neutered in [the panel's] effort to be unanimou s." Note: Philip Zelikow co-authored a 1998 Foreign Affairs article, "Catastrophic T errorism: Tackling the New Danger," which warned of a possible catastrophic atta ck on the World Trade Center and accurately predicted the governmental aftermath of 9/11. And a highly significant fact is that before he was selected as Execut ive Director of the 9/11 Commission, he authored the Bush administration's Natio nal Security Strategy of the United States of America for 2002. This document fo r the first time asserted a national policy of pre-emptive war (the "Bush Doctri ne"), and paved the way for the war on Iraq.

Special Operations Prepared for Domestic Missions

2007-06-22, washingtonpost.com http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2007/06/special_operations_prepar... The U.S. Northern Command, the military command responsible for "homeland defens e," has asked the Pentagon if it can establish its own special operations comman d for domestic missions. The request ... would establish a permanent sub-command for responses to incidents of domestic terrorism as well as other occasions whe re special operators may be necessary on American soil. The establishment of a d omestic special operations mission, and the preparation of contingency plans to employ commandos in the United States, would upend decades of tradition. Militar y actions within the United States are the responsibility of state militias (the National Guard), and federal law enforcement is a function of the FBI. Employin g special operations for domestic missions sounds very ominous, and NORTHCOM's r equest earlier this year should receive the closest possible Pentagon and congre ssional scrutiny. There's only one problem: NORTHCOM is already doing what it ha s requested permission to do. When NORTHCOM was established after 9/11 to be the military counterpart to the Department of Homeland Security, within its headqua rters staff it established a Compartmented Planning and Operations Cell (CPOC) r esponsible for planning and directing a set of "compartmented" and "sensitive" o perations on U.S., Canadian and Mexican soil. In other words, these are the very special operations that NORTHCOM is now formally asking the Pentagon to beef up into a public and acknowledged sub-command.

Osama Flight Shocker 2007-06-21, New York Post http://www.nypost.com/seven/06212007/news/nationalnews/osama_flight_shocker_n... Osama bin Laden was suspected of chartering a plane that carried his family and other Saudis from the United States shortly after 9/11, according to FBI documen ts released yesterday. One FBI document referred to a Ryan Air 727 plane that le ft Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2001, carrying Saudi nationals. "The plane was chart ered either by the Saudi Arabian royal family or Osama bin Laden," according to the document obtained by Judicial Watch. The flight made stops in Orlando, Washi ngton, D.C. and Boston, and terminated in Paris. Asked about the documents' asse rtion, an FBI spokesman said, "There is no new information here. Osama bin Laden did not charter a flight out of the U.S." Note: To read an excellent article on the implications of this brief report, cli ck here.

FBI Terror Watch List "Out of Control" 2007-06-13, ABC News http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/06/fbi_terror_watc.html A terrorist watch list compiled by the FBI has apparently swelled to include mor e than half a million names. Privacy and civil liberties advocates say the list is growing uncontrollably, threatening its usefulness in the war on terror. The bureau says the number of names on its terrorist watch list is classified. A por tion of the FBI's unclassified 2008 budget request posted to the Department of J ustice Web site, however, refers to "the entire watch list of 509,000 names." A spokesman for the interagency National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which mai ntains the government's list of all suspected terrorists with links to internati onal organizations, said they had 465,000 names covering 350,000 individuals. Ma ny names are different versions of the same identity. In addition to the NCTC li st, the FBI keeps a list of U.S. persons who are believed to be domestic terrori sts - abortion clinic bombers, for example, or firebombing environmental extremi

sts, who have no known tie to an international terrorist group. Combined, the NC TC and FBI compendia comprise the watch list used by federal security screening personnel on the lookout for terrorists. While the NCTC has made no secret of it s terrorist tally, the FBI has consistently declined to tell the public how many names are on its list. "It grows seemingly without control or limitation," said ACLU senior legislative counsel Tim Sparapani of the terrorism watch list. Spar apani called the 509,000 figure "stunning. If we have 509,000 names on that list , the watch list is virtually useless," he told ABC News. "You'll be capturing i nnocent individuals with no connection to crime or terror." U.S. lawmakers and t heir spouses have been detained because their names were on the watch list.

Claims of 9/11 conspiracy have suspect running scared 2007-05-25, Rocky Mountain News (One of Denver's two leading newspapers) http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5555425,00... A former Federal Emergency Management Agency videographer accused of killing his wife in Denver is seeking political asylum in Argentina, claiming the U.S. gove rnment wants him silenced for what he saw in the smoldering ruins of the Twin To wers after 9/11. Kurt Sonnenfeld's efforts to avoid extradition have gained inte rest from human rights organizations in South America and broad attention from c onspiracy theorists on the Internet. Sonnenfeld, 44, is charged with first-degre e murder in the New Year's Day 2002 shooting death of his 36-year-old wife, Nanc y. Sonnenfeld is quoted by the Argentine newspaper el Pais as saying, "I realize d that they were after something else: the tapes of Ground Zero in my possession ." Sonnenfeld said he was arrested by Interpol agents on the new Denver charges a week after delivering a demo video of 9/11 footage to a TV producer in Argenti na. "I find that extremely coincidental," he said. In other interviews with Arge ntine media, Sonnenfeld is quoted as saying, "What I saw (at 9/11) leads me to t he terrible conclusion that there was foreknowledge of what was going to happen the precautions that were taken to save certain things that the authorities ther e considered irreplaceable or invaluable. For example, certain things were missi ng that could only have been removed with a truck. Yet after the first plane hit one of the towers, everything in Manhattan collapsed and no one could have gott en near the towers to do that." Sonnenfeld is quoted as saying documentation was removed from U.S. intelligence agencies in the World Trade Center, including th e CIA, prior to the attacks. Note: To read a more recent, powerful Voltaire Network interview with Kurt Sonne nfeld, click here. The truth is coming out more all the time!

An explosion of disbelief - fresh doubts over 9/11 2007-02-09, The Daily Mail (The U.K.'s second most popular newspaper) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article... A recent poll by the respected New York Times revealed that three out of four Am ericans now suspect the U.S. government of not telling the truth about 9/11. Thi s proportion has shot up from a year ago, when half the population said they did not believe the official story. [The] accepted version of what happened on 9/11 is being challenged by a 90-minute internet movie, [Loose Change, which is] so popular that up to 100 million viewers have watched [it]. Why were no military a ircraft scrambled in time to head off the attacks? How could a rookie pilot - as one of the terrorists was - fly a Boeing 757 aircraft so precisely into the Pen tagon? The movie's assertions are being explored by a number of commentators in America and Britain. Former Labour Cabinet Minister Michael Meacher ... has said of 9/11: "Never in modern history has an event of such cataclysmic significance been shrouded in such mystery." These words were written in a foreword for Prof

essor David Ray Griffin's bestselling book, The New Pearl Harbour. Griffin ... i s emeritus professor at the Claremont School of Theology in California and a res pected philosopher. Together, the book and the movie have raised the question: c ould the attack be a carbon copy of Operation Northwoods, an aborted plan by Pre sident Kennedy to stage terror attacks in America and blame them on Communist Cu ba as a pretext for a U.S. invasion to overthrow Fidel Castro? Initially ... Pro fessor Griffin dismissed claims the attacks could have been an inside job. It wa s only a year later ... that the professor was sent a 'timeline' on the day's ev ents based entirely on newspaper and television accounts. It was then that he ch anged his mind. Note: The timeline which opened Prof. Griffin's eyes was the two-page 9/11 timel ine from WantToKnow.info available at http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up. T his is the most supportive article yet by the mainstream media. The word is spre ading. For lots more reliable, verifiable information on 9/11, click here.

'They're all forced to listen to us' 2007-01-26, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1998430,00.html Like it or loathe it, you can't ignore Loose Change ... the most successful movi e to emerge from what followers call the 9/11 Truth Movement. They believe ... t hat the attacks in New York and Washington on September 11 2001 were [the work o f] of elements within the US government. Recent polls suggest more than a third of Americans believe that either the official version of events never happened, or that US officials knew the attacks were imminent, but did nothing to stop the m. Google Video acts as a portal for the movie. The running tally of the number of times it has been viewed since last August ... stands at 4,048,990. On top of that, the movie was shown on television to up to 50 million people in 12 countr ies on September 11 last year; 100,000 DVDs have been sold and 50,000 more given away free. The film gained airplay on old media platforms such as Air America a nd Pacifica radio stations, local Fox TV outlets and on stations around the worl d, including state outlets in Belgium, Ireland and Portugal. The power of the fi lm is that it lays down layer upon layer of seemingly rational analysis to end u p with a conclusion many would find incredible. It is compiled from original foo tage from numerous news sources. Yet to come [is] Loose Change: the Final Cut, [ which] filmed original interviews with Washington players, employed lawyers to i ron out copyright issues with borrowed footage, [and] commissioned 3D graphics f rom Germany. The end result ... will be seen at Cannes and have a cinema release in America and across the world on the sixth anniversary of 9/11. Note: To view this highly revealing 9/11 documentary, click here. For an abundan ce of reliable, verifiable information suggesting a 9/11 cover-up, click here.

'State secrets privilege' blocks fired translator from suing FBI 2006-11-24, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-11-23-whistleblower-translator_x... Sibel Edmonds, who formed the 100-plus member National Security whistle-blowers Coalition in 2002, began working as a linguist for the FBI the week after the Se pt. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Several months into her contract, she discovered "shoddy" translations relevant to 9/11 created by translators who had "failed t he proficiency exams." Edmonds says the translator was sent to Guantanamo Bay to translate "the most sensitive terrorist-related information" from interviews of detainees. Edmonds also notified her superiors that a co-worker was responsible for translating wiretaps of a company the latter used to work for. [Edmonds] wa

s fired in March 2002. When Edmonds asked why, she received a letter saying her contract had been "terminated completely for the government's convenience." In i ts final report, the inspector general concluded that "we believe that many of ( Edmonds') allegations were supported, that the FBI did not take them seriously e nough, and that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in th e FBI's decision to terminate her services." The same month the report was relea sed, Edmonds' lawsuit to contest her firing was dismissed. Legal briefs show the government had invoked the so-called state secrets privilege, arguing that the lawsuit would jeopardize national security. "Instead of protecting and standing up for whistle-blowers, this is just giving the complete green light to retaliat e," says Edmonds, who lost her appeal. Note: This article fails to mention that Edmonds has repeatedly stated in public forums and in the press that she has specific information on the involvement of certain high officials in 9/11. For more on this vital topic, click here.

Senior Government Officials Question 9/11 Commission Report 2006-09-11, Boston Globe/Fox News/Wall Street Journal, More http://www.WantToKnow.info/officialsquestion911commissionreport Many respected senior members of the U.S. military, intelligence services, and g overnment have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. So me even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/11. Below are the highly revealing statements on this vital topic of over 50 prominent public ser vants with links for verification and further investigation. The collective voic es of these respected senior officials give credibility to the claim that the 9/ 11 Commission Report is tragically flawed. These dedicated individuals from both political parties cannot be simply dismissed as irresponsible believers in some 9/11 conspiracy theory. Their sincere concern, backed by decades of service to their country, demonstrate that criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report is not o nly reasonable and responsible, it is in fact a patriotic duty.

Bin Laden, Most Wanted For Embassy Bombings? 2006-08-28, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/27/AR20060827006... Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a longtime and prominent member of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list, which notes his role as the suspected mastermind of the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa on Aug. 7, 1998. But another more in famous date -- Sept. 11, 2001 -- is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice. The curious omission underscores the Justice Department's decision, so far, to n ot seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda's most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The notice says bin Laden is "a suspe ct in other terrorist attacks throughout the world" but does not provide details . The absence has also provided fodder for conspiracy theorists who think the U. S. government or another power was behind the Sept. 11 hijackings. From this poi nt of view, the lack of a Sept. 11 reference suggests that the connection to alQaeda is uncertain. FBI officials say the wanted poster merely reflects the gove rnment's long-standing practice of relying on actual criminal charges. Bin Laden was placed on the Ten Most Wanted list in June 1999 after being indicted for mu rder, conspiracy and other charges in connection with the embassy bombings, and a $5 million reward was put on his head at that time. The listing was updated af ter Sept. 11, 2001, to include a higher reward of $25 million, but no mention of the attacks was added. Note: For an article in the Ithaca Journal which probes much deeper into this ma

tter, click here. To see the FBI's page on bin Laden: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ terrorists/terbinladen.htm. Many people forget that Bin Laden initially stated t hat though he applauded the attacks, he did not plan them. To see this reported on CNN, click here. Why would he deny involvement? For lots more, click here.

The 9/11 Commission Second-Guesses the Pentagon 2006-08-02, CNN News http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0608/02/sitroom.01.html BLITZER: The 9/11 Commission second-guesses the Pentagon on the timeline of even ts on that fateful day. What kind of impact might that have? Let's check ... wit h Jack Cafferty in New York. CAFFERTY: A member of the 9/11 Commission says that the commission didn't trust some of the testimony from Pentagon officials about the timeline of events on that fateful day, September 11. The question we asked is: What does it mean if the 9/11 Commission thought the Pentagon wasn't tellin g the truth? Marie in Bartlett, Illinois, [writes]: "The 9/11 Commission failed. If they mulled criminal charges because they doubted the veracity of testimony from Pentagon personnel, why did they stop at that? And why say so now? If perso ns are suspected of lying, they must be brought up on charges, and found either guilty or innocent. The commission declared themselves to be judge and jury. And the kangaroo court verdict was not guilty." Paul in Rockville, Maryland [writes ]: "The fact that Henry Kissinger and George Mitchell both took the job, and the n quit, should have been a tip-off to how big a can of worms they were opening." BLITZER: And, as commercial airliners approached Washington and New York on 9/1 1, what did the Pentagon know and when? Note: The above summary is taken from the section at the very bottom of the CNN News transcript at the link above. For a three-minute video clip of this report, click here. For a two-page summary of some other unanswered questions about wha t really happened on 9/11, click here.

The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll 2006-03-27, New York Magazine http://www.nymetro.com/news/features/16464 Why, if the impact destroyed the planes supposedly crash-proof flight-recorder bl ack boxes, was the FBI able to find, in perfect condition, the passport of Satam al Suqami, one of the...Flight 11 hijackers? How could they, an hour after the first World Trade Center crash, allow an obviously hostile airplane to smash int o the Pentagon, headquarters of the entire military-industrial complex? A story in Newsweek...said these generals were told earlier that week not to fly. [On 9/ 11 a] fireman indicated the building in front of us. That building is coming down , he said. At 47 stories, it would be a skyscraper in most cities. Five minutes l ater, at 5:20, the building, 7 World Trade Center, crumbled. What happened at 7 WTC might be the key to the entire mystery. The $500 million insurance profit ma de by Larry Silverstein [and] the list of 7 WTC tenants sets conspiracy heads sp inning: The IRS, the Department of Defense, and the CIA kept offices on the 25th floor. The Secret Service occupied the ninth and tenth. The Securities and Exch ange Commission (home to vast records of bank transactions) was on floors 11 thr ough 13. The 23rd floor was home to Rudy Giuliani s Office of Emergency Management , his crisis center. Central to the scenario is a comment made by Silverstein in a 2002 PBS documentary. We ve had such a terrible loss of life. Maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it. Pull it ...is the term usually used for controlled demoliti on. 7 WTC is not even mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report.

More than half of the U.S. House of Representatives wants open hearings on Able Danger 2005-11-18, US House of Representatives Website of Curt Weldon (R-Pa) http://curtweldon.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=37076 U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Hom eland Security Committees, has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rums feld signed by over half of the House of Representatives requesting that he allo w "former participants in the intelligence program known as ABLE DANGER to testi fy in an open hearing before the United States Congress." The letter has 246 sig natures (144 Republicans, 101 Democrats, and one Independent), including senior members and leadership on both sides of the isle. "The full story of ABLE DANGER deserves to be heard by the American people," said Weldon. "Secretary Rumsfeld must understand that the will of Congress is behind allowing members of the ABLE DANGER effort to testify in an open hearing about the work they were doing prio r to 9-11 to track the linkages and relationships of al-Qaeda worldwide. Congres sional efforts to investigate ABLE DANGER have been obstructed by Department of Defense insistence that certain individuals with knowledge of ABLE DANGER be pre vented from freely and frankly testifying in an open hearing. Note: Why did no media found this key story worth covering? The request was neve r granted, while the investigation was eventually declared closed by the militar y without any significant outside investigation.

Congressman Curt Weldon's Speech to Congress 2005-10-19, Official Website of Congressman Weldon (R-Pa) http://curtweldon.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=35792 "I have been in this institution 19 years. I am the vice chairman of [the Commit tee on Armed Services] and chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the purcha se of our weapons systems. I am a strong supporter of our military. I am a stron g supporter of President Bush. I campaigned for him. I am a strong supporter of Secretary Rumsfeld. I say all of that, Mr. Speaker, because...there is something desperately wrong here. There is a bureaucracy in the Defense Intelligence Agen cy that is out of control. They want to destroy the reputation of a 23-year mili tary officer, Bronze Star recipient, hero of our country, with two kids because people in defense intelligence are embarrassed at what is going to come out. I h ave met with at least 10 people who fully corroborate what Tony Shaffer says. Th is is not [about] Republicans or Democrats. It is about what is fundamental to t his country. I would ask our constituents across America [who] we represent to j oin us, to express their outrage, to e-mail, make phone calls, write letters to the Secretary of Defense, the President of the United States, to Members of Cong ress to...let the Able Danger story finally come out to the American people. Let them understand what really happened. Let Scott Philpott talk. Let Tony Shaffer talk. Let the others who have been silenced have a chance to tell their story t o Congress and openly to the American people. In the end, the country will be st ronger. Note: For lots more reliable, verifiable information specifically on Able Danger : http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&b efore_9/11=ableDanger

Britain now faces its own blowback 2005-09-10, The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers)

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1566919,00.html Omar Sheikh...at the behest of General Mahmood Ahmed, head of the ISI [Pakistan' s secret service], wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta, the leading 9/11 hijacker, b efore the New York attacks, as confirmed by Dennis Lormel, director of FBI's fin ancial crimes unit. Yet neither Ahmed nor Omar appears to have been sought for q uestioning by the US about 9/11. Indeed, the official 9/11 Commission Report of July 2004 sought to downplay the role of Pakistan with the comment: "To date, th e US government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance" a statement of breathtaking disingenuousness. All this highlights the resistanc e to getting at the truth about the 9/11 attacks and to an effective crackdown o n the forces fomenting terrorist bombings in the west.

9/11 Revealed: Challenging the Facts behind the War on Terror 2005-09-04, The Sunday Times (Book review in England's leading newspaper) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2102-1757744,00.html By allowing the attacks to happen -- or in the case of the most extreme theories , by organising them under a false flag -- the military-industrial complex in Amer ica, headed by Dick Cheney and his neocon supporters in the Project for a New Am erican Century, guaranteed that America would stay at war and that profits would stay high. The authors of Revealed, both radical journalists, have subjected th e official version of what happened to intense scrutiny and found huge gaps. Rec alling that most of what we know about what happened on the planes comes from al leged calls made by passengers on mobile phones, they point out that most expert s say that, for technical reasons, this contact would have been impossible to ma ke. They highlight the absence of Mayday distress signals, the failure to find t he black-box flight recorders for the WTC aircraft...the failure to carry out a full engineering investigation into why the towers collapsed so fast and the fai lure to scramble military aircraft to intercept the hijacked aircraft. Even more intriguing is the role of Hani Hanjour, the pilot of Flight 77 that hit the Pen tagon. Anyone who examines the route taken by Hanjour will see that it required a complex maneuver by an experienced pilot. Yet in 2001, when Hanjour tried to f ly down the Hudson air corridor in a light aircraft, his trainer was so unnerved that he denied him a second run. You don t have to be a conspiracy nut to see tha t the official account published by the 9/11 Commission is full of gaps. Note: England's popular Daily Mail also had a long, detailed article on 9/11 Rev ealed, which you can read here. The US State Department decided that this book w as dangerous enough to post a webpage dedicated to disproving its theories: read here. The authors' rebuttal to the State Department's claims is available here.

UPI Hears... 2005-06-13, Washington Times/United Press International http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050613-102755-6408r.htm A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief econo mist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Mo rgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Tw in Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds, who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University said, "If demolition dest royed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case f

or an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling." Reyn olds commented from his Texas A&M office, "It is hard to exaggerate the importan ce of a scientific debate over the cause of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7. If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is , then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be c orrect either. The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its own terms. Only professional demolition appears to account for the full range of fac ts associated with the collapse of the three buildings." Note: If the above link fails, click here. Why wasn't this widely reported? For 50 other senior government officials who have seriously questioned the 9/11 Comm ission Report, click here.

Controllers' tale of Flight 11 2005-05-11, Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/0913/p1s2-usju.html Flight 11's transponder had stopped working. It was no longer sending a radar pu lse. The plane's altitude also became a matter of guesswork for controllers, tho ugh the Boeing 767 was still visible on radar. Two F-15 jets were reportedly dis patched from Otis Air Force Base. Just before or after the military planes got o ff the ground, however, the controllers report they lost site of Flight 11's rad ar signal over Manhattan. The controller who had handled the plane from the begi nning of the ordeal was stunned. A few minutes later, the Nashua controllers hea rd reports that a plane had crashed into a building. Note: According to the official story, once the transponders were turned off in the four 9/11 airplanes, they could no longer be tracked. As the above article a nd air traffic controllers will tell you, though the altitude is no longer repor ted, planes are still visible on radar once the transponder is off. The plane th at flew into the Pentagon was known to be hijacked for over half an hour before it struck. Military radar also can rapidly track incoming missiles that obviousl y don't send out transponder signals. So how is it possible that the military he adquarters of the entire United States was hit, when radar must have tracked thi s plane on it's way there?

Congressional Testimony Reveals Four Wargames on 9/11 2005-03-11, WantToKnow.info/C-SPAN http://www.wanttoknow.info/050317wargames911 CMK [Congresswoman Cythia McKinney]: Mr. Secretary, after the last Hearing, I th ought that my office was promised a written response to my question regarding th e four wargames on September 11th. I have not yet received that response. The qu estion was ... whether or not the activities of the four wargames going on on Se ptember 11th actually impaired our ability to respond to the attacks. RM [Top Pe ntagon Chief, General Richard Myers]: The answer to the question is no, it did n ot impair our response, in fact General Eberhart who was in the command of the N orth American Aerospace Defense Command as he testified in front of the 9/11 Com mission I believe - I believe he told them that it enhanced our ability to respo nd, given that NORAD didn't have the overall responsibility for responding to th e attacks that day. That was an FAA responsibility. But they were two CPXs; ther e was one Department of Justice exercise that didn't have anything to do with th e other three; and there was an actual operation ongoing because there was some Russian bomber activity up near Alaska. CMK: Who was in charge of managing those wargames? RM: The important thing to realize is that North American Aerospace D efense Command was responsible. These are command post exercises; what that mean

s is that all the battle positions that are normally not filled are indeed fille d; so it was an easy transition from an exercise into a real world situation. It actually enhanced the response; otherwise, it would take somewhere between 30 m inutes and a couple of hours to fill those positions, those battle stations, wit h the right staff officers. Note: For the full transcript of this testimony and more, click here. Why to thi s day have all media (other than C-SPAN) and the 9/11 Commission Report failed t o inform the public that there were four wargames happening at the time of the 9 /11 attacks? For possible answers, click here.

Dayton: FAA, NORAD hid 9/11 failures 2004-07-31, Minneapolis Star Tribune (leading newspaper of Minneapolis) http://www.startribune.com/stories/1576/4904237.html Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., charged Friday that the Federal Aviation Administrati on (FAA) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have covered u p "catastrophic failures" that left the nation vulnerable during the Sept. 11 hi jackings. "For almost three years now, NORAD officials and FAA officials have be en able to hide their critical failures that left this country defenseless durin g two of the worst hours in our history," Dayton declared during a Senate Govern mental Affairs Committee hearing. Dayton told leaders of the Sept. 11 commission , that, based on the commission's report, a NORAD chronology ... said the FAA no tified the military's emergency air command of three of the hijackings while tho se jetliners were still airborne. Dayton cited commission findings that the FAA failed to inform NORAD about three of the planes until after they had crashed. D ayton said NORAD officials "lied to the American people, they lied to Congress a nd they lied to your 9/11 commission to create a false impression of competence, communication and protection of the American people." He [said] if the commissi on's report is correct, President Bush "should fire whoever at FAA, at NORAD ... betrayed their public trust by not telling us the truth." Dayton argued that if the FAA had promptly sent a systemwide message about the hijackings, the pilot of the fourth plane seized, United Airlines Flight 93, might have been able to s ecure the cockpit doors and land the plane. Dayton said NORAD also falsely claim ed that during the hijackings, it had F-16 Combat Air Patrol planes in place at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and an AWAC command ship in the air to protec t the nation's capital. Note: Click here to visit the Internet archive, where you will see this article was removed not long after it was published. No other major media reported this vital news. To see the original, click here or here.

Ex-minister attacks US over war 2003-09-06, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3085656.stm Former minister Michael Meacher has blamed the Iraq war on the US desire for wor ld domination. Mr Meacher also suggested the Americans might have failed to prev ent 11 September as it gave a pretext for military action. Mr Meacher was enviro nment minister until three months ago and has already spoken out in opposition t o the war. Writing in the Guardian newspaper, Mr Meacher said the 11 September a ttacks gave an invaluable excuse for attacking Afghanistan. And he said the US G overnment intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Sa ddam Hussein was in power because of its need for further secure oil supplies. I n his piece Mr Meacher wrote: "It seems that the so-called war on terrorism is b eing used largely as a bogus cover for achieving wider US strategic geopolitical

objectives. The evidence again is quite clear that plans for military action ag ainst Afghanistan and Iraq were in hand well before 11 September. The global war on terrorism has all the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pave the w ay for a wholly different agenda - the US goal of world hegemony, built around s ecuring by force command over the oil supplies required to drive the whole proje ct." Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said this agenda had been out lined by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) - a thinktank associate d with leading neoconservative hawks within the US administration. In his articl e, Mr Meacher also said the US had passed up opportunities to catch Osama Bin La den and other senior al-Qaeda figures. Note: Mr. Meacher's comments were actually much stronger than the BBC reports. H e stated publicy on the front page of the Guardian his belief that the U.S. gove rnment was very possibly behind the 9/11 attacks. To verify this, see the Guardi an article mentioned in the BBC article above available here.

Unanswered questions: The mystery of Flight 93 2002-08-13, Independent (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article173206.ece The shortage of available facts [about the crash of Flight 93 on September 11, 2 001] did not prevent the creation of an instant legend ... that the US governmen t and the US media were pleased to propagate, and that the American public have been eager, for the most part, to accept as fact. The absence of official inform ation has led to lively and often well-informed debate [on] the internet (see ww w.flight93crash.com.) There are ... a number of important unanswered questions . .. based on evidence, as well as on a manifest absence of candour on the part of the authorities which the national US media, typically so sceptical and inquisi tive, have shown a curious reluctance to ask. The alternative theories, both of which have been denied by the US military and the FBI, are a) that Flight 93 was brought down by a US government plane; and b) that a bomb went off aboard. If d oubts remain despite the denials, if conspiracy theories flourish, it is in larg e part because of the authorities' failure to address head-on questions, [includ ing:] 1. The wide displacement of the plane's debris, one explanation for which might be an explosion of some sort aboard prior to the crash. Letters ... and ot her papers from the plane were found eight miles (13km) away from the scene of t he crash. A sector of one engine weighing one ton was found [more than a mile] a way . Other remains of the plane were found two miles away near a town called In dian Lake. 2. A federal flight controller [was quoted] a few days later in a new spaper [stating] that an F-16 had been "in hot pursuit" of the hijacked United j et and "must have seen the whole thing". Everything is speculation that is the p roblem with the story of Flight 93. Note: For a treasure trove of revealing articles from major media sources that r aise numerous questions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.

Jesse Ventura searches for coverups 2009-11-29, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-conversation29-2009nov29,0,17... Jesse Ventura is back. The former pro wrestler, who served as Minnesota governor from 1999 to 2003, is the host of "Conspiracy Theory," an investigative series ... on truTV. [Q:] On "Conspiracy Theory," you investigate secret societies and supposed government coverups. Such theories are everywhere, but really, what big conspiracy has ever been proven? [Ventura:] How can you prove it? That's the po int. The better part would be to ask, "How many of the government's points have

ever been proven?" I find what's most interesting about doing this show is how t he government will not participate or allow you in or answer any questions. We'r e not allowed to question our government. [Q:] One of the alleged coverups you i nvestigate involves 9/11. Do you believe the terrorist attacks were an inside jo b? [Ventura:] I believe that the government has not been truthful with us about it. Yes, absolutely. That there's massive holes in the story they've told. That none of these questions have ever been adequately addressed. All evidence has be en destroyed, pretty much. [Q:] Why would the government want to do such things? {Ventura:} Well, what changed after 9/11? We're in two wars, passage of Patriot Act and all that. Our entire society changed that day. We've become paranoid. W e think there's a terrorist behind every tree. I live in Mexico half the year. A nd when I'm down there, for six months, I never hear the word "terrorism." When I'm up here, I can't go a day without hearing it. Note: Many government officials, like Jesse Ventura, have questioned the officia l explanation of the 9/11 attacks. To read their questions, click here.

Website Wikileaks publishes '9/11 messages' 2009-11-26, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8379960.stm A website has published what it says are 573,000 intercepted pager messages sent during the 9/11 attacks in the United States. WikiLeaks says it will not reveal who gave it the messages - some of which are from federal agencies as well as o rdinary citizens. Internet analysts say they believe the messages are genuine bu t federal authorities have refused to comment. The messages are not all about th e attacks. Some are mundane questions about what people are having for lunch. Ho wever, many are about the deadly plane attacks and range from people trying to f ind out if their loved ones are safe to government messages. They include messag es such as * This is Myrna, I will not rest until you get home, the second tower is down, I don't want to have to keep calling you after every event. Pls just g o home * Bomb detonated in World Trade Ctr. Pls get back to Mike Brady w/ a quic k assessment of your areas and contact us if anything is needed. New York's fire and police departments said they could not comment on whether messages purporte dly sent from them were genuine while the US Secret Service refused to comment. WikiLeaks allows people to anonymously post documents on the web, saying its aim is to promote transparency. It was created in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and Sout h Africa. Note: For questions raised by hundreds of highly respected and credible official s, academics and professionals about what really happened on 9/11, click here an d here.

9/11's delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers 2009-11-11, The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/11/cancer-new-york-rescuers A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in t he emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fear s that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness. Fi ve firefighters and police officers, all of whom were involved in the rescue and clear-up at the site of the collapsed Twin Towers, have died of cancer in the p ast three months, the oldest being 44. Three died last month within a four-day p eriod. Up to 70,000 people took part in the massive operation at Ground Zero, in cluding police, firefighters and construction workers who came to New York volun

tarily from all over the US. Many worked for months amid a toxic soup of dust an d chemicals. Amid the pollutants within the giant pile of 1.8m tons of debris an d the surrounding air were ... about 1,000 tons of asbestos that was used in the construction of the Twin Towers, pulverised lead from computers, mercury and hi ghly carcinogenic by-products from the burning of plastics and chlorinated chemi cals. No official tally is available for the number of those who have died as a result of the 9/11 clear-up. The New York state health department has recorded 8 17 deaths of emergency workers. Claire Calladine, a campaigner who runs the orga nisation 9/11 Health Now, said the fear was that the recent rise in cancer cases was just the start. "We have only seen the tip of the iceberg. How bad will it get that is the big question." Note: To read important questions raised by hundreds of government officials, ac ademics and professionals about what really happened on 9/11, click here and her e.

A Window Into C.I.A.'s Embrace of Secret Jails 2009-08-13, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/world/13foggo.html In March 2003, two C.I.A. officials surprised Kyle D. Foggo, then the chief of t he agency's main European supply base, with an unusual request. They wanted his help building secret prisons to hold some of the world's most threatening terror ists. Mr. Foggo, nicknamed Dusty, ... agreed to the assignment. With that, Mr. F oggo went on to oversee construction of three detention centers, each built to h ouse about a half-dozen detainees. The existence of the network of prisons to de tain and interrogate [captives] has long been known, but details about them have been a closely guarded secret. In recent interviews, though, several former int elligence officials have provided a fuller account. Mr. Foggo acknowledged a rol e, which has never been previously reported. He pleaded guilty last year to a fr aud charge involving a contractor that equipped the C.I.A. jails and provided ot her supplies to the agency, and he is now serving a three-year sentence in a Ken tucky prison. Eventually, the agency's network would encompass at least eight de tention centers, including one in the Middle East, one each in Iraq and Afghanis tan and a maximum-security long-term site at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The C.I.A. ha s never officially disclosed the exact number of prisoners it once held, but top officials have put the figure at fewer than 100. Mr. Foggo's success in Frankfu rt, including his work on the prisons, won him a promotion back in Washington. I n November 2004, he was named the C.I.A.'s executive director, in effect its day -to-day administrative chief. "It was like taking a senior NCO and telling him h e now runs the regiment," said A. B. Krongard, the C.I.A.'s executive director f rom 2001 to 2004. "It popped people's eyes." Note: Kyle "Dusty" Foggo's case is highly unusual. Very few high-level CIA offic ers have ever been imprisoned for corruption. His predecessor as Executive Direc tor of the CIA, quoted in the article above, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, who held the office on 9/11, had been the chief executive of a branch of the investment comp any which placed the still unexplained "put options" on American and United Airl ines stocks the week before the attacks, resulting in hundreds of millions of do llars of profits to "unknown" parties.

The Alarming Record of the F.B.I.'s Informant in the Bronx Bomb Plot 2009-07-07, Village Voice (A progressive New York City street newspaper) http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-07-08/news/the-alarming-record-of-the-f-b-i-... Last month, police and the FBI arrested four Newburgh men on charges that they h

ad plotted to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx and fir e a missile at a military jet. As more details emerged, however, the less the fo ur defendants sounded like men with the skills to plan a sophisticated terror pl ot. They were small-time crooks, felons with long criminal records. What the ind ictment didn't say, and what the initial news reports didn't fill in, was the ex tent to which the fifth man in the plot, an unnamed FBI informant, had provided the glue to hold the Newburgh 4 together. That informant was a Pakistani man nam ed Shahed Hussain, code-named "Malik," who agreed to work for the FBI to obtain leniency after he was arrested in 2002 for fraud. Over a period of about a year, Malik met with [the] defendants ... while under FBI surveillance. The Newburgh bomb plot isn't the first of Malik's operations for the government. He played a similar role four years ago in an Albany case, in which he helped the FBI arrest a man named Mohammed Hossain, a cash-poor pizzeria owner, and his imam, Yassin Aref, after persuading them to launder $50,000 in a made-up plot to bring a miss ile to the U.S. and assassinate the Pakistani prime minister. In both cases, Mal ik did not stumble upon active terror cells plotting to bring destruction on Ame rican soil. Instead, in both Newburgh and Albany, he needed long periods of time to recruit his Muslim contacts, spin elaborate tales about his terror contacts, and develop solid plans of action, all the while providing the defendants with large amounts of resources and cash incentives. In each case, the question remai ns: Would either set of defendants have done anything remotely like plant bombs or launder money for terrorists if not for the prodding and plotting and encoura gement of Malik and the FBI? Note: For lots more from major media sources on the hidden realities behind the never-ending "war on terror", click here.

Architects and Engineers Seek 9/11 Truth 2009-06-03, KGO Radio (San Francisco's top talk-radio station) http://www.kgoam810.com/Article.asp?id=1353865&spid=20399 "Architects know that you can't have 400 structural steel connections failing pe r second in a fire-induced gravitational collapse," says architect Richard Gage about the collapse of World Trade Center 7, a building not struck by a plane, on September 11, 2001. Richard is with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group of professionals who have factual reservations about conclusions reached i n the 9/11 Report. Note: To listen to this path-breaking 7-minute broadcast, click on the link abov e. For lots more reliable information showing the official story of 9/11 cannot be true, see our 9/11 Information Center.

Fire, Not Explosives, Felled 3rd Tower on 9/11, Report Says 2008-08-21, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/22/nyregion/22wtccnd.html?partner=rssuserland&... Fires in the 47-story office tower at the edge of the World Trade Center site un dermined floor beams and a critical structural column, federal investigators [fr om the National Institute of Standards and Technology] concluded on Thursday, as they attempted to curb still-rampant speculation that explosives caused the bui lding s collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. The collapse of 7 World Trade Center ... is ci ted in hundreds of Web sites and books as perhaps the most compelling evidence t hat an insider secretly planted explosives, intentionally destroying the tower. [Critics] have pointed to the fact that the building fell straight down, instead of tumbling, as proof that explosives were used to topple it, as well as to bri ng down the twin towers. Sixteen percent of the respondents in a Scripps Howard/

Ohio University poll said it was very likely or somewhat likely that explosives were planted. Other towers in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles have remain ed standing through catastrophic blazes that burned out of control for hours bec ause of malfunctioning or nonexistent sprinkler systems. But 7 World Trade Cente r, which was not struck by a plane, is the first skyscraper in modern times to c ollapse primarily as a result of a fire. Adding to the suspicion is the fact tha t in the rush to clean up the site, almost all of the steel remains of the tower were disposed of, leaving investigators in later years with little forensic evi dence. Skeptics ... have long argued that an incendiary material called thermite , made of aluminum powder and a metal oxide, was used to take down the trade cen ter towers. They also have argued that a sulfur residue found at the World Trade Center site is evidence of an inside job.

Gov't says FBI agents can't testify about 9/11 2008-06-19, International Herald Tribune/Associated Press http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/19/america/Sept-11-Lawsuits.php Government lawyers say the ongoing investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks could be compromised if the airline industry is allowed to seek more information from the FBI to defend itself against lawsuits brought by terrorism victims. The gov ernment urged a judge to block aviation companies from interviewing five FBI emp loyees who the companies say will help them prove the government withheld key in formation before the 2001 attacks. The lawyers said it would be impossible to in terview the employees without disclosing classified or privileged material that could "cause serious damage to national security and interfere with pending law enforcement proceedings." The largest investigation in FBI history has resulted in 167,000 interviews and more than 155,000 pieces of evidence and involved the pursuit of 500,000 investigative leads, the lawyers wrote. The airlines and avia tion companies are defending themselves against lawsuits seeking billions of dol lars in damages for injuries, fatalities, property damage and business losses re lated to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The companies filed separate lawsuits again st the CIA and the FBI last August to force terrorism investigators to tell whet her the aviation industry was to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks. Meanwhile, lawy ers for the victims of the attacks ... recounted in court papers numerous hijack ings and attacks aboard planes before Sept. 11 that they said should have put th e airline industry on notice that a disastrous attack could occur. Note: For a two-page overview of many unanswered questions about what really hap pened on 9/11, click here.

Bush Aware of Advisers' Interrogation Talks 2008-04-11, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/LawPolitics/Story?id=4635175 President Bush says he knew his top national security advisers discussed and app roved specific details about how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interroga ted by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to an exclusive interview with ABC News. "Well, we started to connect the dots in order to protect the America n people," Bush told ABC News White House correspondent Martha Raddatz. "And yes , I'm aware our national security team met on this issue. And I approved." As fi rst reported by ABC News, the most senior Bush administration officials repeated ly discussed and approved specific details of exactly how high-value al Qaeda su spects would be interrogated by the CIA. The president had earlier confirmed the existence of the interrogation program run by the CIA in a speech in 2006. But before [ABC's original] report, the extraordinary level of involvement by the mo st senior advisers in repeatedly approving specific interrogation plans -- down

to the number of times the CIA could use a certain tactic on a specific al Qaeda prisoner -- had never been disclosed. Critics at home and abroad have harshly c riticized the interrogation program, which pushed the limits of international la w and, they say, condoned torture. In the interview with ABC News, Bush defended the waterboarding technique used against KSM. "We had legal opinions that enabl ed us to do it," Bush said. "And no, I didn't have any problem at all trying to find out what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed knew." The president said, "I think it's ve ry important for the American people to understand who Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wa s. He was the person who ordered the suicide attack -- I mean, the 9/11 attacks. " Note: For a transcript of the interview with President Bush on the Washington Po st website, click here. For a powerful two-page summary of many unanswered quest ions about who really ordered the 9/11 attacks, click here.

O Brother, Who Art Thou? 2007-11-15, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/14/AR20071114021... "I am not my brother's keeper," Howard "Cookie" Krongard, the State Department's inspector general, testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Commi ttee yesterday. As Cookie surely must know, that excuse hasn't worked since Gene sis. In this case, the players weren't Cain and Abel, but Cookie and his brother Buzzy. Cookie, under fire for allegedly quashing probes of the infamous Blackwa ter security contractor, began his testimony by angrily denying the "ugly rumors " that his brother, former CIA official Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard, is on Blackwater 's advisory board. But during a recess, Cookie called Buzzy and learned that -gulp -- the ugly rumors are true: His brother is on the board. When the lawmaker s returned, Cookie revised and extended his testimony. "I had not been aware of that," Cookie told the congressmen. "I hereby recuse myself from any matters hav ing to do with Blackwater." The lawmakers reacted with Old Testament fury. The s waggering Cookie -- he alternately addressed the lawmakers with his thumb in his waistband, slouching in his chair, rolling his eyes and making baffled glances -- had spent the morning aggressively denying the allegations lodged against him : that he had impeded investigations into contracting fraud, including weapons s muggling by Blackwater, and that he had abused his underlings. But then came Buz zy's bombshell -- and Cookie's credibility crumbled. Either he had lied to Congr ess, or his own brother had lied to him. It was only the latest bit of strangene ss for the powerful but eccentric Brothers Krongard. Buzzy [is] known for his ci gar chomping, martial arts and recreational workouts with SWAT teams. "Krongard once punched a great white shark in the jaw," his hometown Baltimore Sun reporte d when he took the No. 3 job at the CIA a decade ago. More recently, Buzzy joine d the advisory board of Blackwater, the firm known for its ready trigger fingers in Iraq. Note: Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard was the Executive Director (the third-highest posit ion) at the CIA on 9/11, and had until 1998 been the head of the firm used to bu y many of the "put" options on United Airlines stock made just prior to 9/11 tha t were never claimed, though this received little media coverage.

Was Bin Laden's last video faked? 2007-10-29, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21530470 When [the] first Osama Bin Laden video in nearly three years [appeared], most of the media attention was focused on Bin Laden's beard. It appeared either dyed o

r perhaps even pasted on. He was ridiculed and a variety of theories were offere d to explain it. But now, there is a running debate among video analysts about w hether, rather than being new, the September 7 [video] may have been something r ecorded at the same time as [the] last video in October 2004 (and then released with new audio). Of the 25 minutes of video tape, only three and a half minutes, were moving video. The rest was covered by a still image or a frozen still. Mor eover, the still covered the only time references on the 25 minutes of tape refer ences to political developments in Iraq, Britain and France. This led to the sus picion that the video is not new, but disguised to appear as new. The leading pr oponent of the theory is computer scientist ... Dr. Neal Krawetz of Colorado ... who [says] that the similarities between the October 29, 2004 tape and the Sept ember 7, 2007 tape are too great to be coincidental. Here is Bin Laden in the sam e clothing, same studio, same studio setup, and same desk three years later, [sai d] Krawetz ... in an interview with NBC News. In fact, [the] papers that he reads are moved between the exact same stacks. What are the chances of nothing changi ng (except his beard) in three years? Virtually zero. The clips appear to have b een recorded three years ago. I am saying the two videos were likely made either on the same day or within days of each other. The CIA will not say what it think s about the possibility, but a senior U.S. intelligence official tells NBC News the U.S. believes the tape is new. He would not discuss the reasons why intellig ence analysts feel that way. Note: For a succinct summary of many reports from major media sources that sugge st the US government's explanation of what happened on 9/11 cannot be true, clic k here.

Telecom Firms Helped With Government's Warrantless Wiretaps 2007-08-24, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/23/AR20070823020... The Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that telecommunications companies assisted the government's warrantless surveillance program and were be ing sued as a result, an admission some legal experts say could complicate the g overnment's bid to halt numerous lawsuits challenging the program's legality. "[ U]nder the president's program, the terrorist surveillance program, the private sector had assisted us," Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said i n an interview with the El Paso Times. His statement could help plaintiffs in do zens of lawsuits against the telecom companies, which allege that the companies participated in a wiretapping program that violated Americans' privacy rights. D avid Kris, a former Justice Department official, ... said McConnell's admission makes it difficult to argue that the phone companies' cooperation with the gover nment is a state secret. "It's going to be tough to continue to call it 'alleged ' when he's just admitted it," Kris said. McConnell has just added to "the list of publicly available facts that are no longer state secrets," increasing the pl aintiffs' chances that their cases can proceed, Kris said. McConnell's statement "does serious damage to the government's state secrets claims that are at the h eart of its defenses," said Greg Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democr acy and Technology. Bruce Fein, an associate deputy attorney general in the Reag an administration, said that McConnell's disclosure shows that "an important ele ment of a program can be discussed publicly and openly without endangering the n ation. These Cassandran cries that the earth is going to fall every time you hav e a discussion simply are not borne out by the facts," he said.

The American Empire and 9/11 by Prof. David Ray Griffin 2007-03-00, Tikkun Magazine - March/April 2007 Issue http://www.tikkun.org/magazine/tik0703/frontpage/empire911

Literally dozens of people including journalists, police officers, WTC employees , emergency medical workers, and firefighters reported hearing explosions in the Twin Towers, with some of them explicitly saying that the collapses appeared to be instances of controlled demolition. One fire captain said: "I hear an explos ion and I look up. It is as if the building is being imploded, from the top floo r down, one after another, boom, boom, boom." [A] paramedic said: "It was [like a] professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors." One fi refighter said: "It seemed like on television [when] they blow up these building s." Given all the features that indicate controlled demolition, it is not surpri sing that when a controlled demolition expert in Holland was shown videos of the collapse of WTC 7, without being told what the building was ... he said: "They have simply blown away columns. A team of experts did this. This is controlled d emolition." Two emeritus professors of structural analysis and construction at Z urich's prestigious ETH Institute of Technology say that WTC 7 was "with the hig hest probability brought down by explosives." FEMA, the first agency given the t ask of explaining the collapse of the WTC, said that its best explanation for th e collapse of WTC 7 had "only a low probability of occurrence." The 9/11 Commiss ion avoided the problem by simply not finding room to mention this collapse in i ts 571-page report. This behavior is no surprise given the fact that the Commiss ion was run by its executive director, Philip Zelikow, who was virtually a membe r of the Bush-Cheney administration. Note: This article in Tikkun by renowned theologian David Ray Griffin is the fi rst in any major U.S. national magazine to contain a detailed argument that the attacks of 9/11 were planned and carried out by rogue elements within the U.S. g overnment. For additional reliable information on the 9/11 coverup, click here.

Ex-employee says FAA warned before 9/11 2006-11-24, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-11-23-whistle-blower-faa_x.htm From 1995 to 2001, Bogdan Dzakovic served as a team leader on the Federal Aviati on Administration's Red Team. Set up by Congress to help the FAA ... the elite s quad tested airport security systems. In the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2 001, terrorist attacks, Dzakovic says, the team was able to breach security abou t 90% of the time, sneaking bombs and submachine guns past airport screeners. Ex pensive new bomb detection machines consistently failed. The team repeatedly war ned the FAA of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told t o cover up its findings. Eventually, the FAA began notifying airports in advance when the Red Team would be doing its undercover testing. He and other Red Team members approached the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector Ge neral, the General Accounting Office and members of Congress about the FAA's all eged misconduct. No one did anything. "Immediately (after 9/11), numerous govern ment officials from FAA as well as other government agencies made defensive stat ements such as, 'How could we have known this was going to happen?' " Dzakovic t estified later before the 9/11 Commission. After filing [a] complaint, Dzakovic was removed from his Red Team leadership position. He now works for the Transpor tation Security Administration. His primary assignments include tasks such as ho le-punching, updating agency phonebooks and "thumb-twiddling." At least he hasn' t received a pay cut, he says. He makes about $110,000 a year for what he descri bes as "entry-level idiot work."

Indications add up to government conspiracy 2006-09-08, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (One of Seattle's two leading newspapers) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/284273_conspire08.html

An Aug. 8 Seattle P-I editorial asked, "Where is the evidence?" about government complicity in the 9/11 attacks. In a 2000 paper titled "Rebuilding America's De fenses," Project for a New American Century, whose founding members were Dick Ch eney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, argued for vast increases in military spending to assure American global dominance. Such a process, PNAC said, would t ake time absent "a catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor. " The picture becomes clearer through considering the following: The head of the Pakistani intelligence service was in Washington when the attacks occurred conf erring with government officials. The Indian press subsequently implicated him i n wiring $100,000 to Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker. When the story broke, he w as pressured into retirement at U.S. insistence. Two FBI agents approached attor ney David Schippers with specific foreknowledge about the attacks. They claimed that knowledge of the plot was widespread within the FBI for months before 9/11. His repeated calls to Attorney General John Ashcroft were never returned. An ar ticle in New American on March 11, 2002, corroborated the agents' story. From th e beginning, the Bush administration delayed and otherwise impeded the investiga tion. Those are but some of many indications that together add up to government complicity. For the sake of the common welfare, the truth behind 9/11 must be ex posed.

Sept. 11 Panel Doubted Officials 2006-08-05, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14191255/ The Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pen tagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception, the panel's chairmen say in a new boo k. Republican Thomas Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton also say in "Without Precede nt" that their panel was too soft in questioning former New York Mayor Rudolph G iuliani, and that the 20-month investigation may have suffered for it. The book. ..recounts obstacles the authors say were thrown up by the Bush administration, internal disputes over President Bush's use of the attacks as a reason for invad ing Iraq, and the way the final report avoided questioning whether U.S. policy i n the Middle East may have contributed to the attacks. "Fog of war...could not e xplain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations and public t estimony by FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue, " the book states. The questioning of Giuliani was considered by Kean and Hamilt on "a low point" in the commission's examination of witnesses during public hear ings. "We did not ask tough questions, nor did we get all of the information we needed to put on the public record." In their book, which goes on sale Aug. 15, Kean and Hamilton recap obstacles they say the panel faced in putting out a cred ible report in a presidential election year, including fights for access to gove rnment documents and an effort to reach unanimity.

Click Here for Conspiracy 2006-08-00, Vanity Fair August 2006 Issue http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/060717roco02 Nine-eleven conspiracy theories have been circulating for years, producing milli ons of Web links, scores of books, and a nationwide collection of doubters known as the "9/11 Truth" movement. For those who can't find information about the al leged cover-up on the nightly news, there is Loose Change, a documentary about 9 /11. Since it appeared on the Web in April 2005, the 80-minute film has been cli mbing up and down Google Video's "Top 100," rising to No. 1 this May, with at le ast 10 million viewings. It's safe to say that, if it were a theatrical release,

Loose Change would be one of the most popular and incendiary movies in the country right now. Most of what we see on-screen during Loose Change are actually news r eports from mainstream-media outlets like CBS News, Newsweek, CNN, the Associate d Press, even Fox News. Loose Change is an investigation into the official story of 9/11 as told by The 9/11 Commission Report. Why were the black boxes from Am erican Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 never found, when the p assport of one of Flight 11's alleged hijackers, Satam Al Suqami, turned up unsc athed a few blocks from the World Trade Center? Hani Hanjour, one of the alleged hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77, had trouble controlling and landing a single-engine Cessna 172 when he did test runs. Yet according to the official v ersion of events, if Hani Hanjour had been the pilot he would have had to execut e a perfect 330-degree turn at 530 miles per hour, descending 7,000 feet in two and a half minutes, in order to crash Flight 77, a Boeing 757, into the Pentagon . Note: To watch this incredibly revealing documentary free online, click here.

The search for reconciliation 2006-06-25, San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/25/... South Africa's acclaimed Truth and Reconciliation Commission...was an ambitious effort to provide a forum to uncover the truth about apartheid-era abuses -- as well as to promote reconciliation between opposing factions in the fight to end racial rule. Its terms were simple: Tell the truth about political acts of viole nce you committed -- on either side of the struggle -- and you would receive amn esty. Tell only part of the truth -- or fail to testify altogether -- and you wo uld be liable for criminal prosecution. The commission heard from 10,000 victims of apartheid rule, as well as victims of abuses by anti-apartheid forces. The T ruth Commission, now widely viewed as a model for other countries attempting to transcend their divided pasts, granted amnesty to about 1,000 of the more than 7 ,000 perpetrators who applied for it. It recommended that 300 people face prosec ution for failing to tell the complete truth, or failing to testify at all. Test imony at multiple, often searing, hearings provided an incontrovertible, althoug h not necessarily complete, record of abuses committed in the name of apartheid. As a result, it will be difficult for anyone, both now and in future generation s, to deny apartheid's brutality and the lengths agents of the white minority go vernment went to perpetuate it. The commission...can certainly claim to have pla yed a part in keeping the peace. Note: This article is included as a growing number of people in the 9/11 movemen t feel that a truth and reconciliation commission is what is needed to bring out the truth of what happened on that fateful day.

Dick Cheney's Song of America 2005-10-26, Harpers Magazine http://www.harpers.org/DickCheneysSongOfAmerica.html Drafting a plan for global dominance. Few writers are more ambitious than the wr iters of government policy papers, and few policy papers are more ambitious than Dick Cheney's masterwork. It has taken several forms over the last decade and i s in fact the product of several ghostwriters (notably Paul Wolfowitz and Colin Powell), but Cheney has been consistent in his dedication to the ideas in the do cuments that bear his name, and he has maintained a close association with the i deologues behind them. Let us, therefore, call Cheney the author, and this serie s of documents the Plan. The Plan was published in unclassified form most recent

ly under the title of Defense Strategy for the 1990s, as Cheney ended his term a s secretary of defense under the elder George Bush in early 1993. The Plan is fo r the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to c hallenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies a like. It says not that the United States must be more powerful, or most powerful , but that it must be absolutely powerful. The Plan is disturbing in many ways, and ultimately unworkable. Yet it is being sold now as an answer to the 'new rea lities' of the post-September 11 world, even as it was sold previously as the an swer to the new realities of the post-Cold War world. For Cheney, the Plan has a lways been the right answer, no matter how different the questions.

Atta known to Pentagon before 9/11 2005-09-28, Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0509280150sep28,1,3686073.... Four years after the nation's deadliest terror attack, evidence is accumulating that a super-secret Pentagon intelligence unit identified the organizer of the S ept. 11 hijackings, Mohamed Atta, as an Al Qaeda operative months before he ente red the U.S. Had the FBI been alerted to what the Pentagon purportedly knew in e arly 2000, Atta's name could have been put on a list that would have tagged him as someone to be watched the moment he stepped off a plane in Newark, N.J., in J une of that year. Physical and electronic surveillance of Atta, who lived openly in Florida for more than a year, and who acquired a driver's license and even a n FAA pilot's license in his true name, might well have made it possible for the FBI to expose the Sept. 11 plot before the fact. Anthony Shaffer, a civilian Pe ntagon employee, says he was asked in the summer of 2000 by a Navy captain, Scot t Phillpott, to arrange a meeting between the FBI and representatives of the Pen tagon intelligence program, code-named Able/Danger. But he said the meeting was canceled after Pentagon lawyers concluded that information on suspected Al Qaeda operatives with ties to the U.S. might violate Pentagon prohibitions on retaini ng information on "U.S. persons," a term that includes U.S. citizens and permane nt resident aliens. Asked by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, at a hearing last week whether Atta...was a "U.S. person," a senior Pentagon official answered, "No, he was not." Note: If the above link fails, click here.

Judge in Moussaoui Case Blocks Release of Sept. 11 Report 2005-04-30, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/04/29/AR20050429014... The federal judge overseeing the prosecution of admitted al Qaeda operative Zaca rias Moussaoui has blocked an attempt by the Justice Department's inspector gene ral to release a report on FBI missteps prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, ac cording to a ruling unsealed yesterday. Without explanation, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema denied the request by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, who c ompleted the report last July but since has been unable to get permission to pro vide an unclassified version of the document to the public. The report, titled " A Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the Septem ber 11 Attacks," provides an in-depth examination of three episodes considered p otential missed opportunities to detect the Sept. 11 plot, including Moussaoui's arrest in August 2001. Note: Moussaoui is one of only two people ever to be charged with direct involve

ment in 9/11. For more key info on Moussaoui, click here. According to the Senat e Intelligence Committee, on Aug. 27, 2001, an FBI agent was trying to make sure that Moussaoui did "not take control of a plane and fly it into the World Trade Center." Why have we not heard more about all this?

Web Pick of the Week: The New Pearl Harbor Revisited 2008-11-24, Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6617001.html?industryid=47159 Author and professor [David Ray] Griffin ... knows his work is referred to by of ficials and the media as conspiracy theory, and he has a rebuttal: the official t heory is itself a conspiracy theory. In [The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, th e Cover-Up, and the Exposé, a] companion volume to 2004's The New Pearl Harbor: Di sturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, Griffin provides corr ections, raises new issues and discusses the two most important official reports about 9/11, the 9/11 Commission Report and the National Institute of Standards an d Technology report on the Twin Towers, both prepared by people highly responsive to the wishes of the White House and riddled with omission and distortion from be ginning to end. Griffin addresses many points in exhaustive detail, from the phys ical impossibility of the official explanation of the towers collapse to the Comm ission's failure to scrutinize the administration to the NIST s contradiction of i ts own scientists to the scads of eyewitness and scientific testimony in direct opposition to official claims. Citing hundreds, if not thousands, of sources, Gr iffin's detailed analysis is far from reactionary or delusional, building a case that, though not conclusive, raises enough valid and disturbing questions to ma ke his call for a new investigation more convincing than ever. Note: Publishers Weekly reviews have guided the book trade, including bookseller s, publishers, librarians, and literary agents, for 136 years. "Pick of the Week " sets the standard for the best of the best new books. This recognition by such a prestigious journal shows the remarkable quality of the 9/11-truth work of Wa ntToKnow.info team member David Ray Griffin. To read about all his 9/11 books, c lick here.

9/11 theorist not curtailing his research 2008-05-03, Deseret News (One of Utah's leading newspapers) http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695275973,00.html Sixteen months ago, Brigham Young University and Steven Jones parted ways, but h e said this week he isn't bitter about the academic divorce. He certainly hasn't curtailed his volatile research on the collapse of the three World Trade Center towers after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In fact, Jones is the lea d author of a paper on the collapses published April 18 in a civil engineering j ournal. Most importantly, he is preparing several more papers that, if they pass peer review and are published, will give him the peace of mind that his case re ached the public. Jones was energized in November when he ... received a respons e from the national lab charged by Congress to determine why and how the towers collapsed. The letter contained the following phrase: "We are unable to provide a full explanation of the total collapse." "That," Jones said, "really was progr ess. It made me believe we could talk with them." It is striking. After producin g a 10,000-page report, the National Institute of Standards and Technology can't explain the collapse. Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sa id that its best hypothesis for the fall of the third tower, WTC 7 diesel fuel s tored in the building caused fires that collapsed the building has a "low probab ility" of being correct. [Jones'] new peer-reviewed paper in the Open Civil Engi neering Journal ... lays out 14 points of agreement Jones and his colleagues hav

e with the official government reports. "We're getting to a higher level of disc ussion with this paper," Jones said. The open paper can be found for free on the Web at www.bentham.org. Note: For many revealing reports on the path-breaking work of renowned physicist Steven Jones to shed light on what really happened on 9/11, click here.

Willie Nelson doubts official explanation for 9/11 2008-02-05, Houston Chronicle/Associated Press http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5516149.html Texas icon Willie Nelson said on a nationally syndicated radio show that he ques tions the official story of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. "I certainly do," Nelson said ... when asked by talk-show host Alex Jones. "I saw t hose towers fall and I've seen an implosion in Las Vegas, there's too much simil arities between the two. And I saw the building fall that didn't get hit by noth ing," the singer-songwriter said. "So, how naive are we, you know, what do they think we'll go for?" Nelson, 74, said that if he were president, he would "stop the damn war, it's just that simple." He said he doesn't [understand] why if Sau di Arabians "hit us in New York ... we go jump on Afghanistan." Nelson's publici st would not comment on the remarks. Note: For an ABC video clip of this news, click here.

Former CEO Says U.S. Punished Phone Firm 2007-10-13, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/12/AR20071012024... A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction fo r insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for co ntracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought mi ght be illegal. Former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio, convicted in April of 19 counts of insider trading, said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks ... about participating in a warrantless sur veillance program to gather information about Americans' phone records. In the c ourt filings disclosed this week, Nacchio suggests that Qwest's refusal to take part in that program led the government to cancel a separate, lucrative contract with the NSA in retribution. He is using the allegation to try to show why his stock sale should not have been considered improper. He has claimed in court pap ers that he had been optimistic that Qwest would overcome weak sales because of the expected top-secret contract with the government. Nacchio's account, which p laces the NSA proposal at a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001, suggests that the Bush adm inistration was seeking to enlist telecommunications firms in programs without c ourt oversight before the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The Se pt. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its war rantless surveillance efforts. In May 2006, USA Today reported that the NSA had been secretly collecting the phone-call records of tens of millions of Americans , using data provided by major telecom firms. Qwest, it reported, declined to pa rticipate because of fears that the program lacked legal standing. Note: The Bush Administration has claimed that the NSA surveillance of the Ameri can public was a necessary response to the attacks of 9/11. But this story revea ls that the surveillance began before 9/11, shortly after Bush took office. The obvious question is, why? For many other reliable, verifiable reports that sugge st the official explanation of the events of 9/11 is false, click here.

DeFazio asks, but he's denied access 2007-07-20, The Oregonian (Oregon's leading newspaper) http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/118489654058910... Oregonians called Peter DeFazio's office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government aft er a terrorist attack. As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Co mmittee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure "bubbleroom" in the Cap itol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the sec ret documents. On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED. "I just can't belie ve they're going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they pl an to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack," DeFazio says. Homeland Security Committee staffers told his office that the White House initially approved his request, but it was later quashed. DeFaz io doesn't know who did it or why. "We're talking about the continuity of the go vernment of the United States of America," DeFazio says. "I would think that wou ld be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Sec urity Committee." Bush administration spokesman Trey Bohn declined to say why De Fazio was denied access: "We do not comment through the press on the process tha t this access entails. It is important to keep in mind that much of the informat ion related to the continuity of government is highly sensitive." Norm Ornstein, a legal scholar who studies government continuity at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said he "cannot think of one good reason" to deny access t o a member of Congress who serves on the Homeland Security Committee. This is th e first time DeFazio has been denied access to documents. "Maybe the people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right," DeFazio said.

Bush Changes Continuity Plan 2007-05-10, The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/09/AR20070509027... President Bush issued a formal national security directive yesterday ordering ag encies to prepare contingency plans for a surprise, "decapitating" attack on the federal government, and assigned responsibility for coordinating such plans to the White House. The prospect of a nuclear bomb being detonated in Washington wi thout warning ... has been cited by many security analysts as a rising concern s ince the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The order makes explicit that the focus of fed eral worst-case planning involves a covert nuclear attack against the nation's c apital. "Adequate warning of potential emergencies that could pose a significant risk to the homeland might not be available, and therefore all continuity plann ing shall be based on the assumption that no such warning will be received," sta tes the 72-paragraph order. The statement added, "Emphasis will be placed upon g eographic dispersion of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increa se survivability and maintain uninterrupted Government Functions." After the 200 1 attacks, Bush assigned about 100 senior civilian managers to rotate secretly t o locations outside of Washington for weeks or months at a time [forming] a shad ow government that evolved based on long-standing "continuity of operations plan s." Since then, other agencies including the Pentagon, the Office of the Directo r of National Intelligence and the CIA have taken steps to relocate facilities o r key functions outside of Washington for their own reasons, citing factors such as economics or the importance of avoiding Beltway "group-think." Note: Why isn't Congress making these absolutely vital decisions? What gives the se organizations authority to determine what will happen in the case of a major attack?

Mission Accomplished 2006-06-12, Washington Post (second article on webpage) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/11/AR20060611007... The doors may be closing shortly on the nine-year-old Project for a New American Century, the neoconservative think tank headed by William Kristol, former chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle. The PNAC was short on staff -- having pe rhaps a half-dozen employees -- but very long on heavy hitters. The founders inc luded Richard B. Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Paul D. Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, I. Lew is "Scooter" Libby, William J. Bennett, Zalmay Khalilzad and Quayle. PNAC and it s supporters dominated the Bush administration's foreign policy apparatus and ch ampioned a policy to get rid of Saddam Hussein long before Sept. 11, 2001. In it s famous 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton, PNAC said "removing Saddam Husse in and his regime . . . now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy. The signatories wrote that "we are fully aware of the dangers of implementing th is policy." Note: Though the PNAC was staffed by some of the most powerful people in the U.S . government who clearly wanted Hussein out of power long before 9/11, no major papers were willing to report these crucial facts. Had Americans known of this, many likely would not have initially supported the war on Iraq. For more on this important information: http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg#pnac

Pentagon Revokes 9/11 Officer's Clearance 2005-09-30, ABC/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1173334 An officer who has claimed that a classified military unit identified four Sept. 11 hijackers before the 2001 attacks is facing Pentagon accusations of breaking numerous rules, charges his lawyer suggests are aimed at undermining his credib ility. The alleged infractions by Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, 42, include obt aining a service medal under false pretenses, improperly flashing military ident ification while drunk and stealing pens, according to military paperwork shown b y his attorney to The Associated Press. Shaffer was one of the first to publicly link Sept. 11 leader Mohamed Atta to the unit code-named Able Danger. Shaffer w as one of five witnesses the Pentagon ordered not to appear Sept. 21 before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the unit's findings. The military revoked Shaffer's top security clearance this month, a day before he was supposed to tes tify to a congressional committee.

Panel rejects assertion US knew of Atta before Sept. 11 2005-09-15, Boston Globe/Associated Press http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/09/15/panel_reject... Former members of the Sept. 11 commission on Wednesday dismissed assertions that a Pentagon intelligence unit identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as an member of al-Qaida long before the 2001 attacks. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., had accused the commission of ignoring intelligence about Atta while it investigated the att acks. The commission's former chairman, Thomas Kean, said there was no evidence anyone in the government knew about Atta before Sept. 11, 2001. Two military off icers, Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott, claimed a c lassified military intelligence unit, known as 'Able Danger,' identified Atta be fore the attacks. Shaffer has said three other hijackers were identified, too. K

ean said the recollections of the intelligence officers cannot be verified by an y document. 'Bluntly, it just didn't happen and that's the conclusion of all 10 of us,' said a former commissioner, ex-Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash. Weldon's spoke sman, John Tomaszewski, said no commissioners have met with anyone from Able Dan ger 'yet they choose to speak with some form of certainty without firsthand know ledge.' Note: If you read the New York Times article from Aug. 11th, commission official s clearly stated that they were warned by a uniformed military officer 10 days b efore issuing the commission's final report that the account would be incomplete without reference Able Danger and Atta, as confirmed by the commission's own ch ief spokesperson. Is this more recent article a rewriting of the facts?

9/11 on Trial 2005-08-06, Daily Mail (Second largest circulation English-language newspaper in the world) http://www.WantToKnow.info/911dailymailarticle Towers that fell like a controlled demolition . Planes that vanished then mysteriou sly reappeared, And crucial evidence that has been lost for ever. A new book rai ses bizarre yet deeply unsettling questions about the world s worst terror atrocit y. Henshall and Morgan say the...call for transparency is the thrust of their wh ole argument. It is time, they say, for a full and truly independent inquiry int o 9/11 that will reveal all the facts and silence the rumours. With public trust one of the major casualties of the war, can any of us be absolutely sure we hav e not been caught up in a lie and perhaps a bigger one even than we ever though possible? Note: This is one of the longest, most thorough articles on 9/11 cover-ups in th e mainstream media yet to be published. Click on the link above to read the full article. To give an idea of the contents, here are the section titles of this e ye-opening article: * * * * * * * Did the CIA actively help the hijackers? The fire wasn t hot enough to cause a collapse' One expert said there were bombs inside the towers Why didn't fighter planes intercept the hijackers? The hole in the Pentagon was too small for a Boeing The air force scrambled from the wrong base So how did the passengers make those phone calls?

Suit claims CIA hindering bin Laden book 2005-07-28, CNN http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/07/28/cia.book.ap/ The CIA is squelching publication of a new book detailing events leading up to O sama bin Laden's escape from his Tora Bora mountain stronghold during the U.S.-l ed invasion of Afghanistan, says a former CIA officer who led much of the fighti ng. In a story he says he resigned from the agency to tell, Gary Berntsen recoun ts the attacks he coordinated at the peak of the fighting in eastern Afghanistan in late 2001, including how U.S. commanders knew bin Laden was in the rugged mo untains near the Pakistani border and the al Qaeda leader's much-discussed getaw ay. During the 2004 election, President Bush and other senior administration off icials repeatedly said that commanders did not know whether bin Laden was at Tor a Bora when U.S. and allied Afghan forces attacked there in 2001. A Republican a nd avid Bush supporter, Berntsen, 48, retired in June and hasn't spoken publicly

before. Berntsen's book is one of a handful written recently by former CIA offi cers who have wrestled with the agency over what could be published.

Report Details F.B.I.'s Failure on 2 Hijackers 2005-06-10, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/10/politics/10fbi.html?ex=1276056000&en=5c9425... The F.B.I. missed at least five chances in the months before Sept. 11, 2001, to find two hijackers as they prepared for the attacks and settled in San Diego, th e Justice Department inspector general said in a report made public on Thursday after being kept secret for a year. Investigators were stymied by bureaucratic o bstacles, communication breakdowns and a lack of urgency, the report said. In th e case of the San Diego hijackers, for instance, the report disclosed that an F. B.I. agent assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency wanted to pass on informa tion to the F.B.I. about the two men in early 2000 - 19 months before the attack s - but was blocked by a C.I.A. supervisor and did not aggressively follow up. T hat set the stage for a series of bungled opportunities in an episode that many officials now regard as their best chance to have detected or disrupted the Sept . 11 plot. Many passages in the public version of the report were blacked out to shield information still considered sensitive by the government; an entire 115page section on one terror suspect was withheld.

Justice Dept. Opposes Bid to Revive Case Against F.B.I. 2005-02-26, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/26/politics/26whistle.html The government has told a federal appeals court that a suit by an F.B.I. transla tor who was fired after accusing the bureau of ineptitude should not be allowed to proceed because it would cause "significant damage to the national security a nd foreign policy of the United States." The case has become a lightning rod for critics who contend that the bureau retaliated against Ms. Edmonds and other wh istle-blowers who have sought to expose management problems related to the antit errorism campaign. The suit was dismissed in July after Attorney General John As hcroft invoked a rarely used power and declared the case as falling under "state secret" privilege. The Justice Department retroactively classified a 2002 Congr essional briefing about the case and some related letters from lawmakers, but th is week it decided to permit the information to be released. The inspector gener al of the department concluded last month that the F.B.I. had failed to aggressi vely investigate Ms. Edmonds's accusations of espionage and fired her in large p art for raising them. In a report that the department sought for months to keep classified, the inspector general issued a sharp rebuke to the bureau over its h andling of Ms. Edmonds's accusations. Note: If the above link fails, click here. This article fails to mention Ms. Edm onds claims that top individuals in government concealed critical information ab out 9/11 suggesting complicity by compromised politicians. For more, click here.

'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name 2009-03-25, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/24/AR20090324028... The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase "global war on terror," a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor. In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department's office of securit

y review noted that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long W ar' or 'Global War on Terror' [GWOT.] Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation .' " Senior administration officials had been publicly using the phrase "oversea s contingency operations" in a war context for roughly a month before the e-mail was sent. The Bush administration adopted the phrase ["Global War on Terror"] s oon after the Sept. 11, 2001. But critics abroad and at home, including some wit hin the U.S. military, said the terminology mischaracterized the nature of the e nemy and its abilities. Some military officers said, for example, that classifyi ng al-Qaeda and other anti-American militant groups as part of a single movement overstated their strength. Last month, the International Commission of Jurists urged the Obama administration to drop the phrase "war on terror." The commissio n said the term had given the Bush administration "spurious justification to a r ange of human rights and humanitarian law violations," including detention pract ices and interrogation methods that the International Committee of the Red Cross has described as torture.

Colorado Proposes Tough Law on Executive Accountability 2008-04-01, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/01/business/01fraud.html?ex=1364702400&en=6a78... For 30 years, Lew Ellingson loved being a telephone man. His job splicing phone cables was one that he says gave him a true sense of accomplishment, first for Nor thwestern Bell, then US West and finally Qwest Communications International. But by the time Mr. Ellingson retired from Qwest last year at 52, he had grown angr y. An insider trading scandal had damaged the company s reputation, and the life s avings of former colleagues had evaporated in the face of Qwest s stock troubles. I t was a good place, he said wistfully. And then something like this happened. Now, Mr. Ellingson is the public face of a proposed ballot measure in Colorado that s eeks to create what supporters hope will be the nation s toughest corporate fraud law. Buttressed by local advocacy groups and criticized by a Colorado business o rganization, the measure would make business executives criminally responsible i f their companies run afoul of the law. It would also permit any Colorado reside nt to sue the executives under such circumstances. Proceeds from successful suit s would go to the state. If passed by voters in November, the proposal would lea ve top business officers [with] unprecedented individual accountability, said Mr . Ellingson. If nothing else, these folks in charge of the corporations and compa nies will think twice about cutting corners to make themselves look more profita ble than they really are, he said. The plight of Mr. Ellingson s former employer, Q west, based in Denver, was a motivation for the proposal. Last April, a jury in Denver convicted Qwest s former chief executive, Joseph P. Nacchio, of 19 of 42 co unts of insider trading. Mr. Nacchio was sentenced to six years in prison and or dered to pay a fine of $19 million and forfeit $52 million in money he earned fr om stock sales in 2001. Note: As reported in the Washington Post, Joseph P. Nacchio, the former Qwest CE O, has claimed that he was singled out for prosecution because he refused to coo perate with the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance of American c itizens, which began before 9/11.

Engineer Society Accused of Cover-Ups 2008-03-25, Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Associated Press http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-gen/ap/National/Embattled_Engineers.html After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the levee failures caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the federal government paid the American Society of Civil Engineers to investigate what went wrong. Critics now accuse [ASCE] of cov

ering up engineering mistakes ... and using the investigations to protect engine ers and government agencies from lawsuits. In the World Trade Center case, criti cs contend the engineering society wrongly concluded skyscrapers cannot withstan d getting hit by airplanes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid the gro up about $257,000 to investigate the World Trade Center collapse. In 2002, the s ociety's report on the World Trade Center praised the buildings for remaining st anding long enough to allow tens thousands of people to flee. But, the report sa id, skyscrapers are not typically designed to withstand airplane impacts. Abolha ssan Astaneh-Asl, a structural engineer and forensics expert, contends his compu ter simulations disprove the society's findings that skyscrapers could not be de signed to withstand the impact of a jetliner. Astaneh-Asl, who received money fr om the National Science Foundation to investigate the collapse, insisted most Ne w York skyscrapers built with traditional designs would survive such an impact. He also questioned the makeup of the society's investigation team. On the team w ere the wife of the trade center's structural engineer and a representative of t he buildings' original design team. "I call this moral corruption," said Astaneh -Asl, who is on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. Note: For a revealing two-page summary of many unanswered questions about 9/11 r aised by major media sources, click here.

State Department Use of Contractors Leaps in 4 Years 2007-10-19, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/washington/24contractor.html?ex=1350878400&... Over the past four years, the amount of money the State Department pays to priva te security and law enforcement contractors has soared to nearly $4 billion a ye ar from $1 billion, ... but ... the department had added few new officials to ov ersee the contracts. Auditors and outside exerts say the results have been vast cost overruns, poor contract performance and, in some cases, violence that has s o far gone unpunished. A vast majority of the money goes to companies like DynCo rp International and Blackwater [Worldwide] to protect diplomats overseas, train foreign police forces and assist in drug eradication programs. There are only 1 7 contract compliance officers at the State Department s management bureau oversee ing spending of the billions of dollars on these programs, officials said. Two n ew reports have delivered harsh judgments about the State Department s handling of the contracts, including the protective services contract that employs Blackwat er guards whose involvement in a Sept. 16 shooting in Baghdad has raised questio ns about their role in guarding American diplomats in Iraq. The ballooning budge t for outside contracts at the State Department is emblematic of a broader trend , contracting experts say. The Bush administration has doubled the amount of gov ernment money going to all types of contractors to $400 billion, creating a new and thriving class of post-9/11 corporations carrying out delicate work for the government. But the number of government employees issuing, managing and auditin g contracts has barely grown. That s a criticism that s true of not just State but of almost every agency, said Jody Freeman, an expert on administrative law at Harva rd Law School.

Bush administration defends spy law 2007-08-07, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-intel7aug07,0,1631228.story The Bush administration rushed to defend new espionage legislation Monday amid g rowing concern that the changes could lead to increased spying by U.S. intellige nce agencies on American citizens. But officials declined to provide details abo ut how the new capabilities might be used by the National Security Agency and ot

her spy services. And in many cases, they could point only to internal monitorin g mechanisms to prevent abuse of the new rules that appear to give the governmen t greater authority to tap into the traffic flowing across U.S. telecommunicatio ns networks. Officials rejected assertions that the new capabilities would enabl e the government to cast electronic "drift nets" that might ensnare U.S. citizen s [and] that the new legislation would amount to the expansion of a controversia l and critics contend unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program that Pres ident Bush authorized after the 9/11 attacks. Intelligence experts said there we re an array of provisions in the new legislation that appeared to make it possib le for the government to engage in intelligence-collection activities that the B ush administration officials were discounting. "They are trying to shift the ter ms of the debate to their intentions and away from the meaning of the new law," said Steven Aftergood, an intelligence policy analyst at the Federation of Ameri can Scientists. "The new law gives them authority to do far more than simply sur veil foreign communications abroad," he said. "It expands the surveillance progr am beyond terrorism to encompass foreign intelligence. It permits the monitoring of communications of a U.S. person as long as he or she is not the primary targ et. And it effectively removes judicial supervision of the surveillance process. "

Trust Busters 2007-04-15, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/la-tm-neil15apr15,1,434... [ABC's talk show] "The View," by accident or design, has an almost eerie calibra tion to the public at large. For example, only one of the four co-hosts ... is a supporter of President Bush. In other words, 25% of the cast has a favorable op inion of Bush, pretty much in line with Bush's approval ratings nationally. Like wise, last year a Scripps Howard poll found that 36% of the U.S. public believes the government was somehow complicit in the 9/11 attacks. I estimate Rosie [O'D onnell] constitutes 36% of the cast. Why does pop culture matter? Because it rev eals ... what is really on our minds. And what's on our minds lately is reasonab le doubt. Actor Charlie Sheen [is] onboard to narrate a new version of the onlin e 9/11 conspiracy documentary "Loose Change," with distribution by billionaire M ark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures. We're not talking about a couple of flaky moonbat s in an Oakland basement. Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks. And just about everyw here you look, official narratives are coming unglued: Pat Tillman, for example, or the firing of eight federal prosecutors. The abduction of British sailors in what Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed was indisputably Iraqi territorial water s has proved to be quite disputable. [An] ex-British ambassador claims the map u sed by the Ministry of Defence to support its case is a fake. I am not a 9/11 co nspiracy theorist. At the same time, I'm certain we don't know all there is to k now about those events. The data stream has been so thoroughly corrupted. Weapon s of mass destruction. Abu Ghraib. The silencing of climate scientists. It's har d for the ministries of Washington to make an appeal to authority when they have been proven so unreliable. Note: For an abundance of reliable, verifiable information suggesting a 9/11 cov er-up, click here.

Pentagon Finds More Who Recall Atta Intel 2005-09-02, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/02/AR20050902005... Pentagon officials said Thursday they have found three more people who recall an intelligence chart that identified Sept. 11 mastermind Mohamed Atta as a terror

ist one year before the attacks on New York and Washington. But they have been u nable to find the chart or other evidence that it existed. On Thursday, four int elligence officials provided the first extensive briefing for reporters on the o utcome of their interviews with people associated with Able Danger and their rev iew of documents. They said they interviewed at least 80 people over a three-wee k period and found three, besides Philpott and Shaffer, who said they remember s eeing a chart that either mentioned Atta by name as an al-Qaida operative or sho wed his photograph. Four of the five recalled a chart with a pre-9/11 photo of A tta; the other person recalled only a reference to his name. The intelligence of ficials said they consider the five people to be credible but their recollection s are still unverified. Navy Cmdr. Christopher Chope, of the Center for Special Operations at U.S. Special Operations Command, said there were "negative indicat ions" that anyone ever ordered the destruction of Able Danger documents, other t han the materials that were routinely required to be destroyed under existing re gulations.

An Inconvenient Patriot 2005-09-00, Vanity Fair September 2005 Issue http://www.WantToKnow.info/sibeledmondsvanityfair Love of country led Sibel Edmonds to become a translator for the F.B.I. followin g 9/11. But everything changed when she accused a colleague of covering up illic it activity involving Turkish nationals. Fired after sounding the alarm, she's n ow fighting for the ideals that made her an American, and threatening some very powerful people. Edmonds has given confidential testimony inside a secure Sensit ive Compartmented Information facility on several occasions: to congressional st affers, to investigators from the O.I.G., and to the staff from the 9/11 commiss ion. Sources familiar with this testimony say that, in addition to her allegatio ns about the Dickersons, she reported hearing Turkish wiretap targets boast that they had a covert relationship with a very senior politician indeed Dennis Hast ert, Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House since 1999. T he targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in s urreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information. "The Dic kersons," says one official familiar with the case, "are only the tip of the ice berg." Note: Sibel Edmonds is a courageous FBI whistleblower who is one of the great he roes of the 9/11 movement. For more mainstream media reports on her case with li nks to original sources provided, click here and here. For a nationally broadcas t August 10th radio interview (written transcript provided) of Ms. Edmonds descr ibing her case, click here. For an article on her own website describing how the FBI had clear foreknowledge of 9/11, see http://justacitizen.com/articles_docum ents/FBI%20&%20911.htm

McKinney reopens 9/11 2005-07-23, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta's leading newspaper) http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/0705/23natmckinney.html Rep. Cynthia McKinney led a Capitol Hill hearing Friday on whether the Bush admi nistration was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "What we are doing is asking the unanswered questions of the 9/11 families," McKinney, a DeK alb County Democrat...said during the proceedings. The eight-hour hearing, timed to mark the first anniversary of the release of the Sept. 11 commission's repor t on the attacks, drew dozens of contrarians and conspiracy theorists who sugges t President Bush purposely ignored warnings or may even have had a hand in the a ttack claims participants said the commission ignored. "Congresswoman McKinney i

s viewed as a contrarian," panelist Melvin Goodman, a former CIA official, said. "And I hope someday her views will be considered conventional wisdom." Note: Other than this article and C-SPAN (see below), no major media covered thi s important event. C-SPAN 2 eventually aired the hearing on August 31, 2005 at 8 PM. Many thanks to C-SPAN for being the only media outlet that consistently rep orts on 9/11 information that should be making headlines in all major media.

Local officials rethink recently made plans to deal with terrorism 2002-04-16, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Leading Newspaper of Pittsburgh, PA) http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_city/20010923city0923p5.asp Emergency operations officials in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh hadn't trained for what happened Sept. 11. "Never in our wildest dreams did it ever come to th e table that they would be using passenger aircraft as missiles," said Bob Full, chief of emergency operations for Allegheny County. It is clear from 911 tapes that local officials had less than 15 minutes' warning that the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was in Pittsburgh airspace before the plane crashed at 10:06 a.m. in Somerset County, killing all 44 people aboard. Full learned about the er rant plane at 9:53 a.m. That's when he got a call alerting him that the control tower at Pittsburgh International Airport had been evacuated. Thirteen minutes e arlier, he had talked to an airport official who had no indication of any threat . Between those two conversations, the Pittsburgh tower had received a call from the Cleveland air traffic control tower, saying a plane was heading toward Pitt sburgh and refusing to communicate with controllers. The FAA ordered the Pittsbu rgh control tower evacuated at 9:49 a.m. Note: Why on Earth would they have evacuated the control tower from which they c ould best monitor what was going on with errant Flight 93? Could it be someone d idn't want traffic control to see what was really going on? For lots more, click here and here.

Judge: CIA interrogations not relevant to 9/11 accused's sanity 2009-08-10, Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/guantanamo/story/1179756.html U.S. military defense lawyers for accused 9/11 conspirator Ramzi bin al Shibh ca nnot learn what interrogation techniques CIA agents used on the Yemeni before he was moved to Guantánamo to be tried as a terrorist, an Army judge has ruled. Bin a l Shibh, 37, is one of five men charged in a complex death penalty prosecution b y military commission currently under review by the Obama administration. But hi s lawyers say he suffers a "delusional disorder," and hallucinations in his cell at Guantánamo may leave him neither sane enough to act as his own attorney nor to stand trial. Prison camp doctors treat him with psychotropic drugs. Army Col. St ephen Henley, the military judge on the case, has scheduled a competency hearing for mid-September. Meantime, the judge ruled on Aug. 6 that "evidence of specif ic techniques employed by various governmental agencies to interrogate the accus ed is . . . not essential to a fair resolution of the incompetence determination hearing in this case." Prosecutors had invoked a national security privilege in seeking to shield the details from defense lawyers. Many of the techniques used on the men have already been made public. They included waterboarding, sleep de privation and sexual humiliation methods meant to break a captive's will. But Na vy Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier, the Yemeni's Pentagon appointed defense attorney, sa id court-approved mental health experts -- as well as the judge -- need to know the specifics to assess her client's mental illness. If he suffers post-traumati c stress disorder as a result of his CIA interrogations, there may be PTSD treat

ments that could make him competent. Note: For many reports from reliable sources on the hidden realities of "the war on terror," click here.

Fifth Alarm for That Haunted Fireman 2009-04-05, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/arts/television/05harr.html?partner=rss&emc... In Season 5 of Rescue Me, which begins Tuesday on FX, the specter of 9/11 becomes a major character once again, when a French journalist starts interviewing firef ighters about their experiences for a commemorative book. This season one major character will become seriously ill with cancer apparently caused by his work at ground zero. Another, Franco Rivera (Daniel Sunjata), will articulate his ... b elief that 9/11 was an inside job, the result of a massive neoconservative governme nt conspiracy that was designed to increase American power by creating a pretext for seizing control of the world s oil supplies a view Mr. Sunjata himself happens to share. The reason we wrote it, Mr. Tolan said, is that Danny was spouting this stuff and even some of the guys, the firefighters on the set, were saying What is this? We saw how divisive this was and thought: We have to do this. Mr. Sunjata a dmits to some trepidation about how the show s audience will react to the story li ne. I won t say that my opinions were warmly received on the set, he said. At one poi nt I thought, Maybe I ll get fired if I keep opening my mouth. But even though Peter and Denis didn t sign on to this conspiracy, they were brave enough to include it in the show. I give them and FX and Fox I never thought I d say this a big round of applause. Mr. Sunjata certainly had reason to fear losing his job, since Rescue Me has never been timid about dispatching major characters. Note: To read why hundreds of professors and professionals agree with Daniel Sun jata, click here and here.

Civil liberties: Outrage at New York police plan to track vehicles 2008-08-14, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/14/usa.humanrights The Big Apple is turning into Big Brother, civil liberties groups have warned in response to a new plan from New York city's police chiefs to photograph every v ehicle entering Manhattan and hold the details on a massive database. As well as placing cameras at all tunnels and bridges into Manhattan, the 36-page plan, ca lled Operation Sentinel, calls for a security ring to be erected at Ground Zero and for a 50-mile buffer zone around the city within which mobile units would se arch for nuclear or "dirty" bombs. [The] 3,000 cameras that could be mounted as a result of the plans of the New York police ... have provoked outrage in the Un ited States. Donna Lieberman, director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, sa id the idea of tracking the movements of millions of people was "an assault on t he country's historical respect for the right to privacy and the freedom to be l eft alone". The NYCLU is pressing the New York police to release further details of its intentions under freedom of information laws. The toughest element of th e scheme relates to preparations to secure Ground Zero once the six-hectare site is rebuilt and open to the public again. Those measures include moveable roadbl ocks, security cameras across lower Manhattan and an underground bomb-screening centre through which all delivery vehicles would have to pass. The plan to video the number plates of every vehicle would be applied to all points of entry into Manhattan, including the main Brooklyn-Battery, Holland, Lincoln and Midtown tu nnels and Brooklyn, Manhattan and other bridges.

Note: For lots more on threats to privacy from major media sources, click here.

Justices Rule Terror Suspects Can Appeal in Civilian Courts 2008-06-13, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/13/washington/13scotus.html?partner=rssuserlan... The Supreme Court ... delivered its third consecutive rebuff to the Bush adminis tration s handling of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, ruling 5 to 4 that the prison ers there have a constitutional right to go to federal court to challenge their continued detention. The court declared unconstitutional a provision of the Mili tary Commissions Act of 2006 that ... stripped the federal courts of jurisdictio n to hear habeas corpus petitions from the detainees seeking to challenge their designation as enemy combatants. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Ke nnedy said the truncated review procedure provided by a previous law, the Detain ee Treatment Act of 2005, falls short of being a constitutionally adequate substi tute because it failed to offer the fundamental procedural protections of habeas c orpus. Justice Kennedy declared: The laws and Constitution are designed to survive , and remain in force, in extraordinary times. The decision, which was joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer, was categorical in its rejection of the administration s basic arguments. Indeed, the court repudiated the fundamental legal basis for the administration s strategy, adopted in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, of housing prisoners captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere at the United States naval base in Cuba, where Justice Department lawyers advised the White House tha t domestic law would never reach. Note: For many disturbing reports on threats to civil liberties from major media sources, click here.

Detainees Now Have Access to Federal Court 2008-06-13, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/12/AR20080612042... Defense attorneys for the 270 detainees at Guantanamo Bay said the Supreme Court decision yesterday that granted detainees habeas corpus rights was a watershed moment that will allow the men, some held for as long as 6 1/2 years, to challen ge their detentions before a civilian judge. The court's ruling immediately give s the detainees access to a federal court in Washington, where lawyers will seek to have judges order the men released from indefinite detention. Legal experts said it is unclear how the hearings will proceed, but the government could be co mpelled to present highly classified evidence, and detainees could for the first time be able to publicly call witnesses, present evidence of abuse and rebut te rrorism allegations. The decision could force the U.S. government to show why in dividual detainees must be held, something U.S. officials have fought for years. As many as 130 detainees have been deemed dangerous but are unlikely to ever fa ce criminal charges, according to prosecutors, and now government officials coul d have to argue for indefinite detention even if the evidence is flimsy or nonex istent. "We're going to see a high number of people the government is going to h ave to release," said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees since 2002. It is unclea r how the Boumediene v. Bush decision will affect military commissions trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 20 detainees, including ... Khalid Sheik Mohammed, have been charged with war crimes.

Jesse Ventura says he regrets not asking more questions 2008-04-03, WKBT TV/Associated Press http://wkbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=8115056 Jesse Ventura says he regrets not asking more questions about the 9/11 attacks w hen he was still governor of Minnesota. Ventura tells the nationally syndicated radio host Alex Jones that his skepticism about the official version of events w ould have then carried more weight. Among many other things, Ventura questions h ow the Twin Towers could have fallen so fast and in such a way as to turn so muc h of the wreckage into dust. He also says that after watching the Twin Towers co llapse in slow motion, it appears to him exactly like the controlled demolition of a Las Vegas hotel. Ventura spoke on Jones' program on Wednesday. Ventura was elected as an independent in 1998 and left office in 2003 after deciding not to seek re-election. Jones frequently questions the events surrounding 9/11 and oft en discusses conspiracies on his radio show and documentary films. Note: For a powerful two-page summary of unanswered questions about the official account of 9/11, click here.

Marion Cotillard's 9/11 conspiracy theory 2008-03-01, The Telegraph (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/01/wcotillard101... Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard was facing embarrasment with her new American pub lic last night after it emerged that she doubted the official account of the Sep tember 11 attacks. The 32-year-old French star has swept this year s best actress awards, also receiving a Bafta, Golden Globe and a César for her performance as si nger Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. But the actress faces a potential backlash in the US over comments she made in an interview in France. Footage which surfaced on the internet showed her questioning the New York terrorist attacks of Septem ber 11, 2001. "I think we re lied to about a number of things," she said, singling out September 11. Referring to the two passenger jets flown into the World Trad e Centre, Miss Cotillard said: "We see other towers of the same kind being hit b y planes, are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which b urned for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And ther e [New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed." Miss Cotillard sugge sted that the towers, planned in the early 1960s, were an outdated "money sucker " which would have cost so much to modernise that it was easier to destroy them. Miss Cotillard, who was born and brought up in Paris, made the comments on Pari s Première Paris Dernière (Paris First Paris Last), a programme first broadcast a ye ar ago. They were largely ignored at the time, but appeared yesterday on a Frenc h website. Miss Cotillard s film career began in Luc Besson s 1998 film Taxi. Note: For a revealing summary of many unanswered questions about what happened o n 9/11, click here.

Dan Ellsberg: Sibel Edmonds case "Far More Explosive Than Pentagon Papers 2007-11-19, OpEdNews.com http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_luke_ryl_071119_dan_ellsberg_3a_sibel... Bradblog has been chasing the story about former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds' o ffer to 'tell all.' [Daniel] Ellsberg says: "I'd say what she has is far more ex plosive than the Pentagon Papers. From what [Edmonds] has to tell, it has a majo r difference from the Pentagon Papers in that it deals directly with criminal ac tivity and may involve impeachable offenses. And I don't necessarily mean the Pr esident or the Vice-President, though I wouldn't be surprised if the information

reached up that high. But other members of the Executive Branch may be impeache d as well. There will be phone calls going out to the media saying 'don't even t hink of touching [Edmonds' case], you will be prosecuted for violating national security.'" [Edmonds] said: "The media called from Japan and France and Belgium and Germany and Canada and from all over the world. I'm getting contact from all over the world, but not from here." More Ellsberg: "I am confident that there i s conversation inside the Government as to 'How do we deal with Sibel?' The firs t line of defense is to ensure that she doesn't get into the media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to the government and they w ould be told 'don't touch this, it's communications intelligence.' As long as th ey hold a united front on this, they don't run the risk of being shamed." [Edmon ds:] "I will name the name of major publications who know the story, and have be en sitting on it --- almost a year and a half." "How do you know they have the s tory?," we asked. "I know they have it because people from the FBI have come in and given it to them. They've given them the documents and specific case-numbers on my case." Note: Though this is not from one of our normal reliable sources, Dan Ellsberg i s a highly respected whistleblower who has received an abundance of major media coverage over the years. As the mainstream media are clearly and consciously ign oring this story, we felt it deserved to be posted, even though we don't have a major media source to back it up. For lots more reliable information on this cou rageous woman, click here.

Source Disclosure Ordered in Anthrax Suit 2007-08-14, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/13/AR20070813009... Five reporters must reveal their government sources for stories they wrote about Steven J. Hatfill and investigators' suspicions that the former Army scientist was behind the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, a federal judge ruled. The ruling is a victory for Hatfill, a bioterrorism expert who has argued in a civil suit that the government violated his privacy rights and ruined his chances at a job by unfairly leaking information about the probe. He has not been charged in the attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, and he has denied wrongd oing. Hatfill's suit, filed in 2003, accuses the government of waging a "coordin ated smear campaign." To succeed, Hatfill and his attorneys have been seeking th e identities of FBI and Justice Department officials who disclosed disparaging i nformation about him to the media. In lengthy depositions in the case, reporters have identified 100 instances when Justice or FBI sources provided them with in formation about the investigation of Hatfill and the techniques used to probe hi s possible role in anthrax-laced mailings. But the reporters have refused to nam e the individuals. In 2002, then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft called Hatfil l, who had formerly worked at the Army's infectious diseases lab in Fort Detrick in Frederick County, a "person of interest" in the anthrax case. Authorities ha ve not made any arrests in the investigation. Hatfill's search for government le akers is "strikingly similar" to the civil suit filed by Wen Ho Lee, a nuclear s cientist who became the subject of a flurry of media stories identifying him as a chief suspect in a nuclear-secrets spy case. Those stories also relied on anon ymous sources. Lee was never charged with espionage. Note: For more reliable information about the anthrax attacks that followed clos ely after 9/11 and the mysterious deaths of over a dozen renowned microbiologist s shortly thereafter, click here.

Airlines Sue FBI, CIA Over Sept. 11

2007-08-07, Associated Press http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_a/airlines-sue-fbi-cia-over-sept-11/n2007... Airlines and aviation-related companies sued the CIA and the FBI on Tuesday to f orce terrorism investigators to tell whether the aviation industry was to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks. The two lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Manhattan s ought court orders for depositions as the aviation entities build their defenses against lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages for injuries, fatalitie s, property damage and business losses related to Sept. 11, 2001. The aviation c ompanies said the agencies in a series of boilerplate letters had refused to let them depose two secret agents, including the 2001 head of the CIA's special Osa ma bin Laden unit, and six FBI agents with key information about al-Qaida and bi n Laden. The [plaintiffs] said they were entitled to present evidence to show th e terrorist attacks did not depend upon negligence by any aviation defendants an d that there were other causes of the attacks. In the CIA lawsuit, companies ... asked to interview the deputy chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit in 2001 and an FBI agent assigned to the unit at that time. The names of both are secret. In th e FBI lawsuit, the companies asked to interview five former and current FBI empl oyees who had participated in investigations of al-Qaida and al-Qaida operatives before and after Sept. 11. Those individuals included Coleen M. Rowley, the for mer top FBI lawyer in its Minneapolis office, who sent a scathing letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in May 2002 complaining that a supervisor in Washingt on interfered with the Minnesota investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui weeks befor e the Sept. 11 attacks. Requests to interview the agents were rejected as not su fficiently explained, burdensome or protected by investigative or attorney-clien t privilege, the lawsuits said. Note: For a concise summary of reliable, verifiable information on the 9/11 cove rup, click here.

Producer of 9/11 Conspiracy Film 'Loose Change' Arrested for Deserting the Army 2007-07-26, FOX News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,290942,00.html One of the young filmmakers behind a controversial 9/11 conspiracy documentary w as arrested this week on charges that he deserted the Army, even though ... he r eceived an honorable discharge. Korey Rowe, 24, who served with the 101st Airbor ne in Afghanistan and Iraq, told FOXNews.com that he was honorably discharged fr om the military 18 months ago which he said he explained to sheriffs when they p ounded on his door late Monday night. When they came to my house, I showed them m y paperwork, Rowe said. The cops said, 'You re still in the system.' Rowe is one of t he producers of "Loose Change," a cult hit on the Internet espousing the theory that the U.S. government and specifically the Bush administration orchestrated t he Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The movie is set to be released in about 40 Briti sh theaters in late August, according to Rowe and fellow filmmakers Jason Bermas and Dylan Avery. Police arrested Rowe at his house in Oneonta, N.Y., about 10:4 5 p.m. on Monday and took him to the Otsego County jail, where he spent a day-an d-a-half before he was released, he said. Rowe was turned over to officials at F ort Drum the closest military base who then booked him on a flight to Fort Campb ell, Ky., where his unit is based, to try to straighten out why the military iss ued a warrant for his arrest. A warrant for my arrest came down and showed up on the sheriff s desk, Rowe said. Where it came from and why it showed up all of a sudd en is a mystery to me. There were at least five sheriffs on hand for his arrest, Rowe said. They pulled a whole operation. They cut my phone lines. They came from the woods. It was crazy it was ridiculous, he said.

FBI Finds It Frequently Overstepped in Collecting Data 2007-06-14, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/13/AR20070613024... An internal FBI audit has found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone ca lls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, far more than was docum ented in a Justice Department report in March that ignited bipartisan congressio nal criticism. The new audit covers just 10 percent of the bureau's national sec urity investigations since 2002. The vast majority of the new violations were in stances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone an d e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect. The agents retained the information anyway in their files. Two dozen of the newl y-discovered violations involved agents' requests for information that U.S. law did not allow them to have. The results confirmed what ... critics feared, namel y that many agents did not ... follow the required legal procedures and paperwor k requirements when collecting personal information with one of the most sensiti ve and powerful intelligence-gathering tools of the post-Sept. 11 era -- the Nat ional Security Letter, or NSL. Such letters are uniformly secret and amount to n onnegotiable demands for personal information -- demands that are not reviewed i n advance by a judge. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, Congress substantially e ased the rules for issuing NSLs, [leading] to an explosive growth in the use of the letters. More than 19,000 such letters were issued in 2005 seeking 47,000 pi eces of information, mostly from telecommunications companies.

O'Donnell, Sheen Back 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 2007-03-22, WCBS News - New York CBS Affiliate http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_081173332.html A controversial new film about 9/11 is raising eyebrows, not only for its conten t, but also for the people involved in the project: Rosie O'Donnell and Charlie Sheen. The sitcom actor and talk show hostess have both become spokespeople for the 9/11 conspiracy movement. The video "Loose Change" ... has been floating aro und the Internet for years, but now Sheen is in talks with Magnolia Pictures to narrate a new version of the video and redistribute it. Sheen believes the gover nment may have been behind the attacks. O'Donnell has been using her Web site to reprint excerpts from the 9/11 conspiracy site, Whatreallyhappened.com. Magnoli a Films founder Mark Cuban, who also owns the Dallas Mavericks, said they're als o looking for a film telling the other side of the story, saying "we like contro versial subjects." Note: To view this film which has awoken tens of millions to the 9/11 cover-up, click here.

Two Months Before 9/11, an Urgent Warning to Rice 2006-10-01, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR20060930002... On July 10, 2001...then-CIA Director George J. Tenet met with his counterterrori sm chief, J. Cofer Black, at CIA headquarters. Black laid out the case...showing the increasing likelihood that al-Qaeda would soon attack the United States. It was...so compelling to Tenet that he decided he and Black should go to the Whit e House immediately. Tenet called Condoleezza Rice...and said he needed to see h er right away. He and Black hoped to convey the depth of their anxiety and get R ice to kick-start the government into immediate action. Two weeks earlier, he ha d told Richard A. Clarke: "It's my sixth sense, but I feel it coming. This is go

ing to be the big one." But Tenet had been having difficulty getting traction on an immediate bin Laden action plan, in part because Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had questioned all the National Security Agency intercepts and other i ntelligence. Black emphasized that...the problem was so serious that it required an overall plan and strategy. Rice...was polite, but they felt the brush-off. P resident Bush had said he didn't want to swat at flies. Tenet left the meeting f eeling frustrated. No immediate action meant great risk. The July 10 meeting...w ent unmentioned in the various reports of investigations into the Sept. 11 attac ks. Though the investigators had access to all the paperwork on the meeting, Bla ck felt there were things the commissions wanted to know about and things they d idn't want to know about. Afterward, Tenet looked back on the meeting with Rice as a tremendous lost opportunity to prevent or disrupt the Sept. 11 attacks. Bla ck later said, "The only thing we didn't do was pull the trigger to the gun we w ere holding to her head."

9/11 Commission report is a lie 2006-05-16, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (One of Seattle's two leading newspapers) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/270284_connellyrebut16.html The [9/11] commission's conclusions and recommendations should be totally reject ed. Its story is full of lies, distortions and omissions of fact. Following are two of the more than 40 reasons why the official story about what happened on 9/ 11 is untrue. First, who were the hijackers? None of those named appear on any o f the passenger lists released by the airlines. Six of the men named by the gove rnment are still alive. We know that because European media have interviewed the m. In his book, "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," Dr. Dav id Ray Griffin documents all that and concludes the whole report is one long lie . Second, in the months after 9/11 all of the surviving New York City Fire Depar tment personnel who were on the scene were interviewed. Those oral histories wer e recorded and withheld from the public until Aug. 15, 2005. Only after losing i n court three times did the city of New York finally release them. All 503 are n ow posted on The New York Times Web site. Why did the city fight so hard to keep them from the public? It turns out those oral histories reveal details about wh at was happening in the World Trade Center buildings that are completely inconsi stent with the tale told by the commission. Dozens of firefighters and medics re ported hearing, seeing and feeling explosives going off in the buildings that co llapsed. Why were there explosives, very powerful explosives by all accounts, go ing off in the buildings? The report seems to be an obvious cover-up. The questi on that we all need to ask is: What is the commission covering up? Was 9/11, in fact, an inside job?

A case for conspiracy theorists 2006-05-12, Newsweek http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12759539/site/newsweek/ Is there a case for conspiracy theories about 9/11 and the Iraq war? About 10 mi nutes into the ultra-low-budget documentary 'Loose Change,' now making its way a round the Internet, that late, great genius of addled truth-telling, Hunter S. T hompson, is heard giving his gonzo opinion of the way the American press behaved after 9/11. "Well, let's see, 'shamefully' is the word that comes to mind," he says. The kernel of truth in all the conspiracy theories is that the Bush admini stration's biggest supporters and closest political allies have benefited mighti ly from its policy of open-ended war. Halliburton, Vice President Dick Cheney's old company -- which is all about both oil and defense -- has seen its stock ris e from about $12 a share to about $80 a share under this administration. ExxonMo bil, which has contributed mightily to the Republican Party, has seen its stock

soar from about $32 to $64 since Bush took office. Share prices in both companie s, and in their industries, were plunging before the Bush administration came to office in early 2001. 'Loose Change' doesn't present a plausible case for consp iracy, only a collection of innuendoes. But the invasion of Iraq, well, that's a rather different matter. As a whole raft of books by former members of the admi nistration, Bush admirers and outside analysts have established over the last co uple of years, the president and vice president were hell-bent on toppling Sadda m Hussein even before September 2001. Note: Though the author belittles 'Loose Change,' he also makes some great point s and alerts people to the fact that this free documentary has gained wide popul arity.

Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi 2006-04-10, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/09/AR20060409008... [April 10, 2006] The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnif y the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military doc uments. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligen ce officials believe may have...helped the Bush administration tie the war to... Sept. 11. Although Zarqawi and other foreign insurgents in Iraq have conducted d eadly bombing attacks, they remain "a very small part of the actual numbers," [s aid] Col. Derek Harvey, who...was one of the top officers handling Iraq intellig ence issues on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Our own focus on Zarqawi has enlarged his caricature...made him more important than he really is." One b riefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army G en. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home aud ience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war. There were d irect military efforts to use the U.S. media to affect views of the war. One sli de in the same briefing, for example, noted that a "selective leak" about Zarqaw i was made to Dexter Filkins, a New York Times reporter. Filkins's resulting art icle...ran on the Times front page. U.S. propaganda efforts in Iraq in 2004 cost $24 million. "Villainize Zarqawi" one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed..."PSYOP," the U.S. military term for propaganda work. One internal br iefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said..."The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date."

Secret US plans for Iraq's oil 2005-03-17, BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/4354269.stm The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 at tacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil. Two years ago toda y - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would beg in to bomb Baghdad - protesters claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered. In fact there were two conflicting plans, settin g off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side , versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmati sts". "Big Oil" appears to have won. The latest plan [was] drafted with the help of American oil industry consultants. Insiders told Newsnight that planning beg an "within weeks" of Bush's first taking office in 2001, long before the Septemb er 11th attack on the US. The industry-favoured plan was pushed aside by a secre t plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq's oil fields. The new plan was crafted by neo-conservatives inten t on using Iraq's oil to destroy the Opec cartel. Philip Carroll, the former CEO

of Shell Oil USA who took control of Iraq's oil production for the US Governmen t a month after the invasion, stalled the sell-off scheme. Mr Carroll told us he made it clear to Paul Bremer, the US occupation chief who arrived in Iraq in Ma y 2003, that: "There was to be no privatisation of Iraqi oil resources or facili ties while I was involved." Formerly US Secretary of State, [James] Baker is now an attorney representing Exxon-Mobil and the Saudi Arabian government.

FBI faulted over linguist's complaints: Review deemed lacking 2005-01-15, Boston Globe/Associated Press http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/01/15/fbi_faulted_... The FBI never adequately investigated complaints by a fired contract linguist wh o alleged shoddy work and possible espionage inside the bureau's translator prog ram, although evidence and witnesses supported her, the Justice Department's sen ior oversight official said yesterday. The bureau's response to complaints by fo rmer translator Sibel Edmonds was "significantly flawed," Inspector General Glen n Fine said in a report that summarized a lengthy classified investigation into how the FBI handled the case. Fine said Edmonds's contentions "raised substantia l questions and were supported by various pieces of evidence." "The report subst antiated the most serious of Sibel's allegations and demonstrates that the FBI o wes Sibel an apology and compensation for its unlawful firing of her rather than hiding behind its false cloak of national security," said Mark Zaid, her lawyer . Note: Ms. Edmonds deeply revealing allegations are laid out clearly in an open l etter to 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean available at http://www.WantToKnow .info/sibeledmonds.

Berg's encounter with 'terrorist' revealed 2004-05-14, CNN News http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Northeast/05/13/berg.encounter/ When Nicholas Berg took an Oklahoma bus to a remote college campus a few years a go, the American recently beheaded by terrorists allowed a man with terrorist co nnections to use his laptop computer, according to his father. Michael Berg said the FBI investigated the matter more than a year ago. He stressed that his son was in no way connected to the terrorists who captured and killed him. Governmen t sources told CNN that the encounter involved an acquaintance of Zacarias Mouss aoui -- the only person publicly charged in the United States in connection with the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. According to Berg, his son was taking a course a few years ago at a remote campus of the University of Oklahoma near an airport. He described how on one particular day, his son met "some terrorist pe ople -- who no one knew were terrorists at the time." At one point during the bu s ride, Berg said, the man sitting next to his son asked if he could use Nick's laptop computer. Government sources said Berg gave the man his password, which w as later used by Moussaoui, the sources said. The sources said the man who used Berg's e-mail knew Moussaoui. But the sources would not disclose details of how the men were connected. Note: Other major media articles have pointed out a number of other strange "coi ncidences" connecting the man allegedgly beheaded and those accused of involveme nt in 9/11. How can that be? For lots more, click here.

French buy into 9/11 conspiracy

2002-06-26, CNN News http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/06/26/france.book Throughout the spring, and into this summer, a leading bestseller in France has not been some great work of French literature but a $17-dollar paperback called the "Horrifying Fraud." The book casts doubt on the official version of the even ts of September 11, substituting an elaborate conspiracy concocted by America's military-industrial complex in order to increase U.S. military budgets. It has s old more than 200,000 copies here. Thierry Meyssan, author of "The Horrifying Fr aud"...insists, among other things, that it was not a hijacked American Airlines 757 that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11 but a missile fired by the military itself. Meyssan said: "The official version is incomplete and on certain points is wrong. In addition to selling hundreds of thousands of copies of his first bo ok, Meyssan's follow-up sold 15,000 copies two days after launch and is now numb er seven on one bestseller list. Note: Though this article is almost four years old, we only recently received th e above link to the article on the CNN website from a supporter. If you want to be educated on this extremely important topic, I cannot recommend highly enough the Google video "Loose Change," which is filled with verifiable information on 9/11 at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8260059923762628848. I urge to watch even just the first 10 or 15 minutes of this highly educational documentar y. By educating ourselves, we can work more effectively to build a build a bette r world.

The World's Most Wanted Man 2009-09-12, Daily Express (One of the UK's largest-circulation newspapers) http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/126787/The-world-s-most-wanted-man Thousands of troops from countries including Britain, America, Afghanistan and P akistan search relentlessly for him. Dozens of CIA agents have no other mission than working day after day on his capture. Yet eight years after the 9/11 outrag e on the Twin Towers of New York and the Pentagon in Washington, no one has come close to laying a finger on Osama Bin Laden. Ever since that day when nearly 3, 000 people were murdered, America has wanted the leader of al Qaeda dead or aliv e. But there is a compelling argument, put forward by a respected American acade mic, that Bin Laden was killed eight years ago. Professor David Ray Griffin, who has written authoritative books on the 9/11 attacks, believes the US has kept t he Bin Laden myth alive to bolster the war against terror in Afghanistan and Ira q. What is truly astonishing is that despite an army of investigators, a practic ally limitless budget and an immense £15million bounty on his head, so little is k nown about what has actually happened to Bin Laden. In his new book Osama Bin La den: Dead Or Alive?. There s much evidence which points to the conclusion that Osam a Bin Laden is no longer alive, Prof Griffin insists. We have had no credible inte lligence on Bin Laden since 2001. On Christmas Day 2001, Pakistan s Observer newspa per carried a report of Bin Laden s funeral, saying he died a natural and quiet de ath. The major pretext for the war in Afghanistan is the expressed need to preven t Osama Bin Laden and his followers attacking the West again. This pretext would be removed by convincing evidence that Bin Laden is dead. Such evidence exists, [said Prof. Griffin.]. Note: Esteemed scholar and WantToKnow team member David Ray Griffin's book, Osam a bin Laden: Dead or Alive?, can be purchased here.

The deep state does not respond to FOIA requests 2009-08-22, Chicago Sun-Times News Group/Rock Creek Free Press

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/news/blogentries/index.html?bbP... In an attempt to get to the bottom of what really happened on 9/11, citizen inve stigator Aidan Monaghan has filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) re quests with federal agencies such as the FBI, SEC, [and] Department of the Navy. Agency after agency has refused to comply with his requests, instead claiming t hat the information cannot be found, does not exist, [or is "exempt from disclos ure."] The FBI has put an exemption on all of their 9/11 information and will re lease information only if compelled to do so by a lawsuit, of which Monaghan has filed two. The list of FOIAs that Monaghan has filed which have yielded no info rmation is long. He asked the Secret Service for documents that reveal what time former Vice President Dick Cheney entered the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), as well as documents pertaining to the names of persons admitted to PEOC. Reply: no records or documents pertaining to your request. He asked th e SEC for a bibliography of the investigation records that were located in the S EC s offices on floors 11-13 in World Trade Center 7. The reply: did not locate or identify any information responsive to your request. Monaghan asked the Naval S urface Warfare Center for records about the research and development of nano-siz ed aluminum powders or nano-sized iron oxide powders. Reply: have not found any records responsive to your request. I m beginning to wonder if the FOIA is just a l ot of theatre for public consumption to provide a perception that yes, governmen t is accessible, it s transparent, said Monaghan. For two years now I ve tried to pull as much 9/11 info from the federal government as I can, and the most noteworthy thing I ve found is the absence of information. Material that should be there jus t isn t. Note: For lots more on government secrecy from reliable, verifiable sources, cli ck here.

'If I didn't confess to 7/7 bombings MI5 officers would rape my wife,' claims to rture victim 2009-06-25, Daily Mail (a popular U.K. newspaper) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1195484/If-I-didnt-confess-7-7-bombin... A British man spoke publicly for the first time yesterday to accuse MI5 officers of forcing him to confess to masterminding the July 7 bombings. Jamil Rahman cl aims UK security officers were behind his arrest in 2005 in Bangladesh. He says he was beaten repeatedly by local officials who also threatened to rape him and his wife. Mr Rahman, who is suing the Home Office, said a pair of MI5 officers w ho attended his torture and interrogation would leave the room while he was beat en. He claims when he told the pair he had been tortured they merely answered: ' They haven't done a very good job on you.' Mr Rahman told the BBC: 'They threate ned my family. They go to me, "In the UK, gas leaks happen, if your family house had a gas leak and everyone got burnt, there's no problems, we can do that easi ly".' He says he eventually made a false confession of involvement in the July 7 bomb plots. The extraordinary allegations will add to pressure on UK ministers to come clean over the way Britain's intelligence agencies have been allowed to gather evidence around the world in the eight years since the September 11 attac ks. Jamil Rahman, a former civil servant from south Wales, is a British citizen who moved to Bangladesh in 2005 and married a woman he met there. He returned to the UK last year. He said: 'It was all to do with the British. Jamil Rahman is one of a number of former detainees who accuse the British Government colluded i n their torture abroad. His account echoes that of former Guantanamo Bay detaine e Binyam Mohamed, who said he was tortured in Pakistan and Morocco with MI5's kn owledge. The 30-year-old Ethiopian says he was beaten and deprived of sleep to t ry to make him confess to an Al Qaeda 'dirty bomb' plot, and his treatment is no w the subject of an unprecedented police investigation into MI5's conduct.

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D.C. Crash Kills General Who Scrambled Jets on 9/11 2009-06-24, Bloomberg News http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aGu5lX16VTk8 David F. Wherley Jr., the head of the Washington National Guard who scrambled je ts over the city during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was among those killed in th e worst commuter train crash in the city s history, officials said. Wherley s wife, Ann, was also among the nine people killed when a train plowed into the rear of a stopped train during rush hour on June 22, Quintin Peterson, a spokesman for t he Metropolitan Police Department, said in a telephone interview. Both were 62 a nd lived in southeast Washington. Wherley was commander of the 113th Fighter Win g at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland during the September 2001 terrorist atta cks and sent up aircraft with orders to protect the White House and the Capitol, according to the 9/11 Commission report. He commanded the District of Columbia National Guard from 2003 to 2008, the unit said in a statement. Wherley flew T-3 8 training jets and F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom combat jets during a mili tary career that began in 1969, according to the guard s statement. It said he ear ned a bachelor s degree in economics from Fordham University in New York City in 1 969, and a master s in business administration from the University of Maryland in 1977. Note: Could there be something more than a mere accident behind the death of the commander of the air defense forces over Washington DC on 9/11? Many questions continue to swirl concerning what was in the air over the city that morning, wha t was launched by Gen. Wherley and when, and why no interception of an attack ai rcraft approaching the Pentagon occurred. He knew more than the public does abou t what really took place in those crucial hours, but he will now not be availabl e for questioning should a real investigation into the 9/11 attacks take place. For lots more on the suspicions that surround the official explanation and calls by highly respected citizens for just such an investigation, click here and her e.

Review: 'New World Order' on Independent Film Channel 2009-05-26, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-new-world-order26-2009may26,0... "New World Order," which premieres today on the Independent Film Channel, is a f ilm about ... volunteers in an "information war" who see ... that 9/11 was an "i nside job," that the military-industrial complex killed Kennedy, and that an int ernational "power elite" is plotting to enslave us all, excepting for those it w ill kill outright. They are hard to pigeonhole politically, these conspiracy ade pts, trusting neither the "socialist Democrats" nor the "fascist Republicans" -Ron Paul seems to be their man, if anyone is -- yet sounding as often like '60s leftist radicals as right-wing militiamen. They take the 1st Amendment as serio usly as any card-carrying member of the ACLU, styling themselves muckrakers and speakers of truth to power, often through a bullhorn. The man with the biggest b ullhorn is Alex Jones, an Austin, Texas-based syndicated radio host ... and the point through which all the strands connect in this unexpectedly affecting, nonj udgmental documentary by Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel. Much of what Jones and his fellows and followers believe is, in a general way, hardly controversial. But wh ether 9/11 was a plot to bring on world government, or whether the government yo u already have has painted a red or blue dot on your mailbox to indicate whether you will be shot immediately or merely be sent to the "FEMA camps" when the Ame

rican Armageddon arrives, well, that's a pale horse of a different color. (Still , you'll want to check your mailbox now.) "This is more important than how much Britney Spears' hair sold for on EBay, 'Dancing With the Stars' or who's gonna b e America's next idol," says one believer. "People think this is a joke. We're n ot a joke." Note: The disparaging tone of this review of the documentary is typical of mains tream media treatment of 9/11 truth activity, but it makes clear that the film i tself does not share this attitude.

9/11 widow among victims of crash near Buffalo 2009-02-13, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29176877/ One of the victims of Continental Flight 3407, Beverly Eckert, was a Sept. 11 wi dow who put her never-ending grief to good use to make the country safer. Just l ast week, Eckert was at the White House with Barack Obama, part of a meeting the president had with relatives of those killed in the 2001 attacks and the bombin g of the USS Cole to discuss how the new administration would handle terror susp ects. Obama, addressing business leaders on Friday, referred to her "passionate commitment" to the 9/11 families. "She was an inspiration to me and to so many o thers, and I pray that her family finds peace and comfort in the hard days ahead ," the president said during remarks about the crash at the East Room event. "Sh e was such an important part of all of our work," said Mary Fetchet, another 9/1 1 family activist. Note: Mrs. Eckert rejected the $1.8 million payment for 9/11 survivors, as she w ould have forfeited the right to sue the government for its role in the event. A BC News quotes her on how she had "chosen to go to court rather than accept a pa yoff from the 9/11 victims compensation fund. I want to know why two 110-story s kyscrapers collapsed in less than two hours and why escape and rescue options we re so limited. I am suing because unlike ... congressional hearings and the 9/11 commission, my lawsuit requires all testimony be given under oath and fully use s powers to compel evidence." For why Mrs. Eckert and hundreds of other highly r espected politicians and professors are calling for a new investigation on 9/11, click here.

The Political Suspicions of 9/11 2009-02-02, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/business/media/02fx.html?partner=rss&emc=rs... A coming episode of the acclaimed FX drama Rescue Me will tackle what may sound li ke a far-fetched plot line: that the attacks of Sept. 11 were an inside job. The a ctor who espouses the theories on camera, it turns out, also subscribes to them in real life. The second episode of Rescue Me s fifth season, starting in April, may represent the first fictional presentation of 9/11 conspiracy theories by a mai nstream media company (FX is operated by the News Corporation). They re not discuss ed a lot in the press, Daniel Sunjata, the actor who plays Franco Rivera on Rescue Me, told reporters at a television press tour last month. In the episode, Mr. Su njata s character [describes] a neoconservative government effort to control the wor ld s oil, drastically increase military spending and change the definition of pre-e mptive attack. To put it into action, he continues, what you need is a new Pearl H arbor. That s what they said they needed. Mr. Sunjata surprised some of the TV repo rters when he said that he absolutely, 100 percent supports the assertion that 9/11 was an inside job. The alternative theories seem to me to make a lot more sense t han the ones that are popularly espoused, he said, calling it admirable that the

conversation was allowed within Rescue Me. Peter Tolan, an executive producer, sai d Mr. Sunjata is well read and has done a lot of research. Look, obviously not all of us buy in, he told reporters. But we went: Wow, that s interesting, and he s passionat e about it. Let s use that. Note: For a powerful two-page summary of key unanswered questions from major med ia sources about what really happened on 9/11, click here. To read charges by hu ndreds of professors and top politicians claiming that the U.S. government is ly ing about 9/11, click here.

Bush Doctrine enters American vocabulary 2008-09-26, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/26/EDGR135ERL.DTL Thanks to the Sept. 11 interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson of ABC News, t he Bush Doctrine has become part of the American vocabulary. Although it has bee n a fateful doctrine - it was used to justify the attack on Iraq - many American s reported that they were as clueless about it as Gov. Palin. So what is the Bus h Doctrine? According to international law as generally understood since the cre ation of the United Nations, a pre-emptive attack is legal only if a country has certain knowledge that an attack on it is imminent - too imminent for the matte r to be taken to the U.N. Security Council. Pre-emptive war is different from pr eventive war, in which a country, fearing that another country may become strong enough to threaten it at some time in the future, attacks it to prevent this po ssibility. Preventive wars are illegal under international law. This distinction , however, creates a terminological problem: Although preventive war is worse th an pre-emptive war, to most ears preemption sounds worse. Many people, therefore , speak of pre-emptive war when they mean preventive war. To avoid confusion, we can use the term pre-emptive-preventive war. Neoconservatives, the most powerfu l of whom is Vice President Dick Cheney, had long disliked the idea that America 's use of military power could be constrained by the prohibition against preempt ive-preventive war. In 1992, his last year as secretary of defense, Cheney produ ced a draft of the Defense Planning Guidance that said the United States should use force to "pre-empt" and "preclude threats." After the 9/11 terrorist attacks , the neocons were able to turn their wish into U.S. policy. Note: This article is by WantToKnow team member David Ray Griffin. He analyzes t he significance of the 9/11 attacks for the acceptance of the Bush Doctrine in m ore detail in his recent book The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, pointing out that the author of the document which first made the doctrine official policy was Phi lip Zelikow, who then later became executive director of the 9/11 Commission.

9/11 Rumors That Become Conventional Wisdom 2008-09-09, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/09/world/africa/09cairo.html Seven years later, it remains conventional wisdom [in Cairo] that Osama bin Lade n and Al Qaeda could not have been solely responsible for the attacks of Sept. 1 1, 2001, and that the United States and Israel had to have been involved in thei r planning, if not their execution, too. Look, I don t believe what your government s and press say. It just can t be true, said Ahmed Issab, 26, a Syrian engineer who lives and works in the United Arab Emirates. Why would they tell the truth? I th ink the U.S. organized this so that they had an excuse to invade Iraq for the oi l. Again and again, people said they simply did not believe that a group of Arabs like themselves could possibly have waged such a successful operation against a superpower like the United States. But they also said that Washington s post-9/11

foreign policy proved that the United States and Israel were behind the attacks , especially with the invasion of Iraq. Maybe people who executed the operation w ere Arabs, but the brains? No way, said Mohammed Ibrahim, 36, a clothing-store ow ner in the Bulaq neighborhood of Cairo. It was organized by other people, the Uni ted States or the Israelis. Zein al-Abdin, 42, an electrician, [said] What happene d in Iraq confirms that it has nothing to do with bin Laden or Qaeda. They went against Arabs and against Islam to serve Israel, that s why. Note: For a two-page summary of many reports from reliable, verifiable sources t hat highlight unanswered questions about what really happened on 9/11, click her e.

Officer calls Sept. 11 cases tainted 2008-06-05, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-tribunal5-2008jun05,0,79... When Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his alleged collaborators in the Sept. 11 terror ist attacks appear before the war crimes tribunal here today, ousted chief prose cutor Col. Morris D. Davis will not be celebrating. Davis, who has spent half of his life in the military justice system, still considers it "the most ethical p rocess in the world." But the Pentagon's push to prosecute the so-called 9/11 Fi ve is tainted, in his view, by political intrusions, illegal influence applied b y more-senior officers and reliance on evidence obtained through coercion or tor ture. Davis drew the wrath of many in the Pentagon hierarchy when he objected la st fall to pressures from Bush administration political appointees to prosecute Mohammed, known in intelligence circles as KSM, ahead of other war crimes suspec ts whose cases were already researched and on whom vital evidence was declassifi ed. Unless the evidence prosecutors have against Mohammed and his codefendants i s declassified, much of their prosecution will be conducted behind closed doors, depriving the American media and public of a clear view of the proceedings, he says. Davis ran afoul of superiors ... when he advised his prosecutors against r elying on evidence obtained through waterboarding and other interrogation techni ques that have been deemed coercive or tantamount to torture. Davis resigned aft er political appointees at the Pentagon rejected his judgment on the choice of c ases to be tried in the months leading up to this November's election, as well a s his advice against building prosecutions on coerced and potentially unreliable confessions.

360 post-9/11 workers have died, including 80 of cancer 2008-05-08, New York Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/05/08/2008-05-08_360_post911_workers_hav... More than 360 workers who dealt with the aftermath of the World Trade Center dis aster have died, state health officials said Wednesday. Officials have determine d the cause of death of 154 of the responders and volunteers who toiled at Groun d Zero, the blocks nearby and at the Fresh Kills landfill, where debris from the site was taken. Of those, 80 died of cancer. "It's the tip of the iceberg," sai d David Worby, who is representing 10,000 workers - 600 with cancer - who say th ey got sick after working on rescue and recovery efforts. "These statistics bear out how toxic that site was," Worby said. Most of the deadly tumors were in the lungs and digestive system, according to the tally from the state's World Trade Center Responder Fatality Investigation Program. Other deaths were traced to bl ood cancers and heart and circulatory diseases. Five ex-workers committed suicid e, said Kitty Gelberg, who is tracking the deaths for the program. Gelberg said ... there is an overall undercount of workers who have died. Last year, the head of Mount Sinai Medical Center's monitoring and treatment program, Dr. Robin Her

bert, predicted a "third wave" of 9/11-related deaths from cancer. Cathy Murray, whose husband, Fire Lt. John Murray, died of colon cancer April 30, "absolutely " connects his disease to his work at Ground Zero. He was diagnosed in June and was 52 when he died, she said. "He was perfectly healthy," said Cathy Murray, 53 , of Staten Island. "He never smoked a day in his life, and neither did I. It ha ppened so quick and so aggressive. He was responding at first, but then he wasn' t," she added. "And now he's gone." Note: For a powerful summary of reports from major media sources questioning the official story of what happened on 9/11, click here.

Blame U.S. for 9/11: 'Plots' Thicken in Shocking Poll 2007-11-24, New York Post http://www.nypost.com/seven/11242007/news/nationalnews/blame_u_s__for_9_11_id... Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them, a national survey found. Sixty-two percent of those polled thought it was "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that federal offi cials turned a blind eye to specific warnings of the 2001 attacks on the World T rade Center and Pentagon. Only 30 percent said the 9/11 theory was "not likely," according to the Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll. The findings followed a 2 006 poll by the same researchers, who found that 36 percent of Americans believe federal government officials "either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no ac tion" because they wanted "to go to war in the Middle East." In that poll, 16 pe rcent said the Twin Towers might have collapsed because of secretly planted expl osives - not hijacked passenger jets flown into them. And what hit the Pentagon? Twelve percent figured it was a US cruise missile. In the latest Scripps Howard /Ohio University poll, 811 US adults were interviewed Sept. 24 to Oct. 10. Among [other] findings: 42 percent believe the federal government knew in advance of the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy, compared with 40 percent who call that theory "not likely." 37 percent believe UFOs are real and that the feds have bee n hiding the truth about them. Eight out of 10 Americans suspect oil companies a re conspiring to keep fuel prices high and 50 percent said a conspiracy is "very likely." Only 14 percent felt it was unlikely. Note: We normally don't use the New York Post as a reliable source. Yet this key news is based on a very reliable poll, which you can read in the Scripps News S ervice report available here. Sadly, the Post was the only major newspaper to pi ck up this important news, and they took a heavy editorial slant against 9/11 tr uth. For a concise summary of major media reports suggesting that the official a ccount of 9/11 cannot be true, click here.

The Good Germans Among Us 2007-10-14, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/opinion/14rich2.html?ex=1350014400&en=83a8b... Bush lies doesn t cut it anymore. It s time to confront the darker reality that we are lying to ourselves. By any legal standards except those rubber-stamped by Alber to Gonzales, we are practicing torture, and we have known we are doing so ever s ince photographic proof emerged from Abu Ghraib more than three years ago. As An drew Sullivan, once a Bush cheerleader, observed last weekend in The Sunday Time s of London, America s enhanced interrogation techniques have a grotesque provenance : Verschärfte Vernehmung, enhanced or intensified interrogation, was the exact term innovated by the Gestapo to describe what became known as the third degree. It le ft no marks. It included hypothermia, stress positions and long-time sleep depri vation. We must ... examine our own responsibility for the hideous acts committed

in our name in a war where we have now fought longer than we did in the one tha t put Verschärfte Vernehmung on the map. The war was sold by a ... fear-fueled Whi te House propaganda campaign designed to stampede a nation still shellshocked by 9/11. Both Congress and the press the powerful institutions that should have pr ovided the checks, balances and due diligence of the administration s case failed to do their job. Had they done so, more Americans might have raised more objecti ons. This perfect storm of democratic failure began at the top. [But] as the war has dragged on, it is hard to give Americans en masse a pass. We are too slow t o notice, let alone protest, the calamities that have followed the original sin. Our humanity has been compromised by those who use Gestapo tactics in our war. The longer we stand idly by while they do so, the more we resemble those good Ger mans who professed ignorance of their own Gestapo.

Robert Fisk: Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11 2007-08-25, Independent (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://news.independent.co.uk/fisk/article2893860.ece I am increasingly troubled at the inconsistencies in the official narrative of 9 /11. I am talking about scientific issues. If it is true, for example, that kero sene burns at 820C under optimum conditions, how come the steel beams of the twi n towers whose melting point is supposed to be about 1,480C would snap through a t the same time? (They collapsed in 8.1 and 10 seconds.) What about the third to wer the so-called World Trade Centre Building 7 which collapsed in 6.6 seconds i n its own footprint at 5.20pm on 11 September? Why did it so neatly fall to the ground when no aircraft had hit it? The American National Institute of Standards and Technology was instructed to analyse the cause of the destruction of all th ree buildings. They have not yet reported on WTC 7. Journalistically, there were many odd things about 9/11. Initial reports of reporters that they heard "explo sions" in the towers ... the [FBI's] list of Arab suicide-hijackers, which inclu ded three men who were and still are very much alive and living in the Middle Ea st. What about the weird letter allegedly written by Mohamed Atta, whose "Islami c" advice to his gruesome comrades released by the CIA mystified every Muslim fr iend I know in the Middle East? Like everyone else, I would like to know the ful l story of 9/11, not least because it was the trigger for the whole lunatic, mer etricious "war on terror" which has led us to disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan a nd in much of the Middle East. Bush's happily departed adviser Karl Rove once sa id that "we're an empire now we create our own reality". True? At least tell us. Note: Robert Fisk is an award-winning, veteran Middle East reporter for the Inde pendent. For a concise summary of reliable news reports that raise serious quest ions about what really happened on 9/11, click here

The Padilla Conviction 2007-08-17, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/17/opinion/17fri1.html?ex=1345003200&en=b04dde... It would be a mistake to see [the verdict against Jose Padilla] as a vindication for the Bush administration s serial abuse of the American legal system in the na me of fighting terrorism. On the way to this verdict, the government repeatedly trampled on the Constitution, and its prosecution of Mr. Padilla was so cynical ... that the crime he was convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorism overseas b ears no relation to the ambitious plot to wreak mass destruction inside the Unit ed States which the Justice Department first loudly proclaimed. When Mr. Padilla was arrested in 2002, the government said he was an Al Qaeda operative who had plotted to detonate a radioactive dirty bomb inside the United States. Mr. Padil la, who is an American citizen, should have been charged as a criminal and put o

n trial in a civilian court. Instead, President Bush declared him an enemy combat ant and kept him in a Navy brig for more than three years. The administration s ins istence that it had the right to hold Mr. Padilla indefinitely simply on the pre sident s word was its first outrageous act in the case, but hardly its last. Mr. P adilla was kept in a small isolation cell, and when he left that cell he was bli ndfolded and his ears were covered. He was denied access to a lawyer even when h e was being questioned. It was only after the Supreme Court appeared poised last year to use Mr. Padilla s case to decide whether indefinite detention of an Ameri can citizen violates the Constitution, that the White House suddenly decided to give him a civilian trial. He will likely never be brought to trial on the dirty -bomb plot. The administration did everything it could to keep Mr. Padilla away from a jury and deny him impartial justice.

Contingencies for nuclear terrorist attack 2007-05-11, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/11/MNG2OPP22R1.DTL Senior government and military officials and other experts, organized by a joint Stanford-Harvard program called the Preventive Defense Project, met behind clos ed doors in Washington for a day-long workshop called "The Day After." The organ izers of the nonpartisan project, Stanford's William Perry, a secretary of defen se in the Clinton administration, and Harvard's Ashton Carter, a senior Defense Department official during the Clinton years, assumed the detonation of a bomb s imilar in size to the weapon that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II. A paper [ they] are writing ... urges local governments and individuals to build undergrou nd bomb shelters; encourages authorities who survive to prevent evacuation of at least some of the areas attacked for three days ... and proposes suspending reg ulations on radiation exposure so that first responders would be able to act, ev en if that caused higher cancer rates. "The public at large will expect that the ir government had thought through this possibility and to have planned for it," Carter said in an interview. "This kind of an event would be unprecedented. We h ave had glimpses of something like this with Hiroshima, and glimpses with 9/11 a nd with Katrina. But those are only glimpses. If one bomb goes off, there are li kely to be more to follow," Carter said. "This fact, that nuclear terrorism will appear as a syndrome rather than a single episode, has major consequences." It would, he added, require powerful government intervention to force people to do something many may resist -- staying put. Note: Ashton Carter was co-author, with Philip Zelikow (later Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission) and John Deutch (former CIA Director), of a 1998 Foreig n Affairs article, "Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger," which warn ed of a possible catastrophic attack on the World Trade Center and accurately de scribed the governmental aftermath of 9/11.

9/11 Panel Members Weren t Told of Meeting 2006-10-02, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/washington/01cnd-book.html?ex=1317355200&en... Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they w ere told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Ten et, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condol eezza Rice...about an imminent Al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to tak e action. Details of the previously undisclosed meeting on July 10, 2001, two mo nths before the Sept. 11 terror attacks, were first reported last week in a new book by the journalist Bob Woodward. The final report from the Sept. 11 commissi on made no mention of the meeting nor did it suggest there had been such an enco

unter between Mr. Tenet and Ms. Rice. Although passages of the book suggest that Mr. Tenet was a major source for Mr. Woodward, the former intelligence director has refused to comment on the book. The disclosures took members of the biparti san Sept. 11 commission by surprise. Some questioned whether information about t he July 10 meeting was intentionally withheld from the panel. [A] Democratic com missioner, former Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste, said that the staff of the Sept. 11 commission was polled in recent days on the disclosures in Mr. W oodward s book and agreed that the meeting was never mentioned to us. Philip D. Zeli kow, the executive director of the Sept. 11 commission and now a top aide to Ms. Rice at the State Department, agreed that no witness before the commission had drawn attention to a July 10 meeting at the White House, nor described the sort of encounter portrayed in Mr. Woodward s book. Note: Isn't it interested that the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, Mr . Zelikow, co-authored a book with Condaleeza Rice prior to 9/11 and is now a to p aide of hers. As executive director, Mr. Zelikow had more say than anyone else over who was interviewed and what went into the final report. Do you think he m ight have had some bias? Is it possible he's not telling the truth here?

Disturbing 9/11 film is work of Hoosier 2006-09-07, Indianapolis Star http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060907/ENTERTAINMENT03/6... Familiar, disturbing images from five years ago flash by in "9/11: Press for Tru th." But the 86-minute documentary, directed by Ray Nowosielski of Indianapolis, also asks what warnings top government officials received before the terrorist attacks, and why so many questions remain unanswered. The limited-run movie, ope ning in 27 cities, premieres tonight in Manhattan. It will show in Indianapolis Friday through Monday. Nowosielski, 25, and co-producer John Duffy got the idea for the movie in 2003, during their last semester of film school at Columbia Col lege Chicago. It was there they learned of Paul Thompson's "The Complete 9/11 Ti meline," and went online to read the researcher's compilation detailing the even ts surrounding that fateful day. "We ended up reading until the sun came up," sa id Nowosielski, who recently opened a Massachusetts Avenue office. Nowosielski s aid he double-checked whatever they used. "We did everything we could" to ensure accuracy. The documentary prominently features Thompson; Bob McIlvaine, whose s on died in the World Trade Center attack; and several 9/11 widows who became kno wn as "the Jersey Girls." McIlvaine, after screening a rough version of the film , sent Nowosielski an e-mail signed "Forever grateful," thanking the filmmakers and saying, "Every high school, college and university should have a copy of thi s documentary." Note: Don't miss this amazing, moving 9/11 documentary (86 minutes) now availabl e for free viewing on Google video at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1 016720641536424083. The film is also available for purchase at http://cooperativ eresearch.org/911_press_for_truth.html.

9/11: Truth, Lies and Conspiracy 2006-08-25, CBC (Canada's equivalent to PBS) http://www.cbc.ca/sunday/911griffin.html Solomon: I've put many of the questions that you raise in your book to Lee Hamil ton, and he simply said that they were inundated. [They couldn't] possibly respo nd to every question. [David Ray] Griffin: I'm sure there's an element of truth in that. On the other hand, the questions that I summarized in my book were not idiosyncratic - these were the main questions that had been raised by many, many

members of the 9/11 Truth movement. I'm afraid his answer is just an excuse for not dealing with any of these questions. They have constantly refused to enter into any public debate with any of the members of the 9/11 truth movement on the se issues. We would like to have a genuine investigation...one that is not contr olled by an insider to the Bush administration. The [9/11] Commission was really run by Philip Zelikow, the executive director. Zelikow determined what subjects would be investigated and what ones not. Zelikow would also have been in the po sition of determining what got deleted and what got included in the final report . Zelikow...was essentially was a member of the Bush administration. He and Cond i Rice had served together in the administration of Papa Bush. They wrote a book together. Then when George W. Bush became President, and named Condi the Nation al Security Adviser, she brought Zelikow on to help with the transition. Then he was appointed to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. I do not develop a theory as to what really happened, there are so many mysteries. But wh at I say we can be confident of is that the official story is false, and if the administration is the one putting out the official story, it should be the numbe r one suspect for who actually orchestrated the attacks. Note: For excellent information and free videos of Prof. Griffin: www.WantToKnow .info/050504davidraygriffin

Judge Slams Ex-EPA Chief Over Sept. 11 2006-02-02, ABC/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1574465 A federal judge blasted former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine T odd Whitman on Thursday for reassuring New Yorkers soon after the Sept. 11 attac ks that it was safe to return to their homes and offices while toxic dust was po lluting the neighborhood. U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts refused to grant Whitman immunity against a class-action lawsuit brought in 2004 by residents, st udents and workers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn who said they were exposed to hazardous materials from the destruction of the World Trade Center. "No reasona ble person would have thought that telling thousands of people that it was safe to return to lower Manhattan, while knowing that such return could pose long-ter m health risks and other dire consequences, was conduct sanctioned by our laws," the judge said. She called Whitman's actions "conscience-shocking," saying the EPA chief knew that the collapse of the twin towers released tons of hazardous m aterials into the air. In her ruling, Batts noted that the EPA and Whitman said repeatedly beginning just two days after the attack that the air appeared safe t o breathe. The EPA's internal watchdog later found that the agency, at the urgin g of White House officials, gave misleading assurances.

A Scandal Beyond What Has Been Seen Before 2005-12-00, WantToKnow.info/The Journal of Psychohistory Winter 2005 Issue http://www.wanttoknow.info/050726scandal911 "If what I say is right, the whole US government should end up behind bars."- An dreas von Bülow, former German government minister and author of "Die CIA und der 11." .... A Zogby poll in late August 2004 found 49 per cent of New York City re sidents and 41 per cent of New York citizens overall agreed that "some leaders i n the U.S. Government knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around Sep tember 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to take action." Stanley Hilto n -- a former aide to Senator Bob Dole -- has filed a $7 billion suit on behalf of the families of 14 victims of the 9/11 attacks, alleging that Bush, along wit h Cheney, Rumsfeld and others, actually ordered 9/11 to happen for political gai n. Hilton says he has incriminating documents and witnesses showing this. Even a

n investigation into just a few of these questions, such as those around the war games on 9/11, could be enough to start a major scandal. However, as numerous w riters and independent researchers have found, there are so many suspicious circ umstances that the truth could be very different to what we have been led to bel ieve. The human rights lawyer Richard Falk has written: "There are so many gapin g holes in the official accounts of 9/11 that no plausible coherent narrative re mains, and until now we have been staggering forward as if the truth about these traumatic events no longer mattered." But if the mainstream press start investi gating properly, it could lead to a completely unprecedented '9/11 scandal.' Note: The cover of this issue of the respected Journal of Psychohistory is title d "The New 9/11 Scandal."

Former Scotland Yard Official Peter Power on London Bombings 2005-07-07, Global Research/BBC Radio http://globalresearch.ca/audiovideo/070705londonterrorexercise.mp3 POWER: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going o ff precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now. HOST: To get this q uite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this, and it happened while you were running the exercise? POWER: Precisely, and it w as about half past nine this morning. We planned this for a company, and for obv ious reasons I don't want to reveal their name but they're listening and they'll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they'd me t. And so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the r eal one, and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis manageme nt procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking. Note: For Mr. Power's comments on CBC radio, Canada's PBS, click here. For many more serious questions raised around the London bombings, click here and here. F or a very similar "coincidence" on 9/11, click here.

Over 70 Million American Adults Support New 9/11 Investigation 2006-05-22, Yahoo! News/PRWeb http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20060522/bs_prweb/prweb388743_4 A new Zogby poll reveals that less than half of the American public trusts the o fficial 9/11 story or believes the attacks were adequately investigated. The pol l is the first scientific survey of Americans' belief in a 9/11 cover up. Poll r esults indicate 42% believe there has indeed been a cover up. 45% think "Congres s or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whet her any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their s uccess." According to Janice Matthews, executive director of 911truth.org, "Thes e results are both heartening and frankly quite amazing, given the mainstream me dia's ongoing refusal to cover the most critical questions of that day. The coll apse of WTC 7...was not even mentioned by the 9/11 Commission and has seldom bee n reported in the media. [The poll showed that] only 52% had known about it, but over 70% of this group believe it should have been investigated. 911truth.org i s a coalition of researchers, journalists and victim family members working to e xpose and answer the hundreds of still unresolved questions concerning 9/11, esp ecially the nearly 400 questions that the Family Steering Committee filed with t he 9/11 Commission. Initially welcomed by the commissioners as their "road map". ..the Commission ultimately ignored 80% of these issues. The victim families' mo st incisive questions remain unaddressed to this day.

Note: Zogby is a higly respected polling agency used by many major media organiz ations. Why did the media largely ignore the results of this astounding poll? A previous Zogby poll showed that half of New Yorkers believe US leaders had forek nowledge of the impending 9-11 attacks and 'consciously failed' to act. The high ly revealing 9/11 documentary "Loose Change" has at times been ranked the #1 mos t popular of the many thousands of videos available on Google. In spite of the v irtual media blackout, an ever increasing number of people are willing to ask th e hard questions.

CNN Raises Serious Questions About 9/11 Over Several Days 2006-03-22, CNN http://www.WantToKnow.info/cnn9-11cover-up [March 22] HAMMER: A Charlie Sheen shocker. Tonight, the actor`s stunning statem ents on 9/11. Maybe the airplanes did not take down the Twin Towers. And maybe t he government is covering it all up. SHEEN: The more you look at stuff, especial ly specific incidents, specific events in and around the fateful day, it just -it just raises a lot of questions. HAMMER: Charlie Sheen, star of CBS`s success ful sitcom, "Two and a Half Men", says point blank, 9/11, the Pentagon, the Worl d Trade Center, this is all a cover up. [March 23] It's been pretty hard to beli eve the response we got today to the incredible story Showbiz Tonight broke last night, after Charlie Sheens' startling claims that the government may be coveri ng up what really happened on 9/11. So many emails coming in...we've been really overwhelmed today. Between the emails, the blogs, the websites -- everybody is writing and talking about it. [March 27] HAMMER: Over the weekend I had the oppo rtunity to sit down with Sharon stone. She commended Charlie Sheen for having th e guts to speak his mind. SHARON STONE: I think you have to be brave enough to s ay how you feel and stand in the face of authority and say it. That`s why we hav e freedom of speech. HAMMER: Responses at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT absolutely overwhelmin g. The e-mails continue to flood in. They were coming in all weekend long. We we re asking the question; do you agree there is a government cover-up of 9/11? Mor e than 53,000 of you voted in our online poll. Eighty-three percent of you agree d and said yes; 17 percent of you said no.

Pentagon, Senate committee bicker over 9/11 probe 2005-09-23, ABC/Reuters http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1154206 The Pentagon and the Senate Judiciary Committee squabbled publicly on Friday abo ut whether lawmakers could question five key witnesses in public about their cla ims the U.S. military identified four September 11 hijackers long before the 200 01 attacks. The panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said at Wednesday's hearing the Pentagon could be guilty of obstructing congres sional proceedings. Other lawmakers accused the Defense Department of orchestrat ing a cover-up. On Friday, the Senate committee announced the Pentagon had rever sed its position and would allow the five witnesses to testify at a new public h earing scheduled for October 5. The five witnesses in question were all involved with Able Danger and contend the team identified September 11 ringleader Mohame d Atta and three other hijackers as members of an al Qaeda cell in early 2000. O ne prospective witness, Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, has said publicly that Ab le Danger members tried to pass the information about Atta along to the FBI thre e times in September 2000 but were forced by Pentagon lawyers to cancel the meet ings. Much of the information related to Able Danger was destroyed in 2000.

Able Danger disabled 2005-08-13, Toledo Blade http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050813/COLUMNIST14/508130... What may be a bigger scandal is that the staff of the 9/11 Commission knew of Ab le Danger and what it had found, but made no mention of it in its report. This i s as if the commission that investigated the attack on Pearl Harbor had written its final report without mentioning the Japanese. Mr. Weldon unveiled Able Dange r in a speech on the House floor June 27, but his remarks didn't attract attenti on until the New York Times reported on them Tuesday. When the story broke, form er Rep. Lee Hamilton, a Democrat from Indiana, co-chairman of the 9/11 Commissio n, at first denied the commission had ever been informed of what Able Danger had found, and took a swipe at Mr. Weldon's credibility: "The Sept. 11th Commission did not learn of any U.S. government knowledge prior to 9/11 of the surveillanc e of Mohammed Atta or his cell," Mr. Hamilton said. "Had we learned of it obviou sly it would have been a major focus of our investigation." Mr. Hamilton changed his tune after the New York Times reported Thursday, and the Associated Press c onfirmed, that commission staff had been briefed on Able Danger in October, 2003 , and again in July, 2004. The 9/11 commission wrote history as it wanted it to be, not as it was. The real history of what happened that terrible September day has yet to be written.

'Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11' by Kathryn S. Olmsted 2009-02-28, Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/booksmags/chi-0228-real-enemiesfeb28,0... In August 2006, almost five years after the catastrophic attacks of Sept. 11, 20 01, a poll by Scripps Howard and Ohio University found that 36 percent of respon dents thought it "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that officials of the federa l government "either participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and t he Pentagon or took no action to stop them." The poll also found that those who regularly use the Internet but do not habitually consult mainstream media "are s ignificantly more likely to believe in 9/11 conspiracies." Kathryn S. Olmsted, i n her exquisitely researched and annotated new book Real Enemies: Conspiracy The ories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11, points out that although such views "may seem to belong to the fringe," they are held by millions of American s and a majority of those between the ages of 18 and 29. In fact, Olmsted assert s that the tendency to see conspiracies everywhere "long ago spread from the mar gins into the main body of American political culture," and that the quelling of political dissent is an exacerbating factor. She has set out to track the histo ry and patterning of conspiratorial beliefs as they relate to politics and publi c policy. Her thesis that conspiracy theories thrive in part because the governm ent has misled the public or acted illegally and covertly, and been caught at it frequently enough to make them credible is a disconcerting one. But the histori cal detail she marshals (which demonstrates a tendency for fusion of far-left an d far-right political views) is persuasive in its cumulative power. Note: For more on the important Scripps/Howard poll showing that high percentage s of American citizens suspect US government complicity in the 9/11 attacks, cli ck here. For a 15-minute clip of a powerfully revealing documentary on this, 9/1 1: Press for Truth, click here.

Hating America (Dallas Mavericks' billionaire owner on 9/11 cover-up) 2007-03-26, Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,261242,00.html There's a movie called "Loose Change" that asserts hundreds, if not thousands, o f Americans colluded to kill their fellow citizens on 9/11. That Al Qaeda didn't attack us, we essentially attacked ourselves. Billionaire Mark Cuban is going t o distribute the film so people all over the world can see it. We reported the s ituation last night and I talked with Mr. Cuban today on "The Radio Factor": [BI LL] O'REILLY: The people in my town, Mr. Cuban, do now want "Loose Change" playi ng in the theater or Charlie Sheen narrating it. They believe that this is disho nest. They believe it diverts attention away from the real villains. MARK CUBAN, OWNER OF THE DALLAS MAVERICKS: Well, let's qualify here. First of all, it's alr eady been on the Internet. O'REILLY: Rationalization, sir. CUBAN: It's not ratio nalization. This is just fact. When you have things that are in the shadows that people can't find and take on mythic proportions, that's what they can take. An d they can take innuendo. Once you can see something, you can refute it. Note: To understand how one of the richest people in the world (Mark Cuban) and a famous actor (Charlie Sheen) came to believe in a major cover-up of 9/11, see our 9/11 Information Center. Mr. Cuban is financing a new version of the Interne t blockbuster which opened the eyes of millions to the cover-up. The new version will be narrated by Charlie Sheen. To see the earlier version of this powerful documentary, click here.

How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century 2006-12-10, Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568480,00.html In an age of overflowing information and proliferating media, kids need to rapid ly process what's coming at them and distinguish between what's reliable and wha t isn't. The juniors in Bill Stroud's class are riveted by a documentary called Loose Change unspooling on a small TV screen at the Baccalaureate School for Glo bal Education, in urban Astoria, N.Y. The film uses 9/11 footage and interviews with building engineers and Twin Towers survivors to make an oddly compelling if paranoid case that interior explosions unrelated to the impact of the airplanes brought down the World Trade Center on that fateful day. Afterward, the student s--an ethnic mix of New Yorkers with their own 9/11 memories--dive into a discus sion about the elusive nature of truth. Raya Harris finds the video more convinc ing than the official version of the facts. Marisa Reichel objects. "Because of a movie, you are going to change your beliefs?" she demands. "Just because peopl e heard explosions doesn't mean there were explosions." Stroud has posed this qu estion to his class on the blackboard: "If truth is difficult to prove in histor y, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?" Throughout the year , the class will examine news reports, websites, propaganda, history books, blog s, even pop songs. The goal is to teach kids to be discerning consumers of infor mation and to research, formulate and defend their own views, says Stroud, who i s founder and principal of [the] school. Note: To view the highly engaging documentary Loose Change, click here. For more on 9/11, click here.

Pentagon Employee Was Ordered to Destroy Data Identifying Atta As a Terrorist 2005-09-15, ABC/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1131137 A Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Att a as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks, a congressman said Thursday.

The employee is prepared to testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Commi ttee and was expected to identify the person who ordered him to destroy the larg e volume of documents, said Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa. Weldon declined to identify the employee, citing confidentiality matters. Weldon described the documents as "2.5 terabytes" as much as one-fourth of all the printed materials in the Librar y of Congress, he added.

Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger 1998-11-01, Foreign Affairs, (the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations) http://www.foreignaffairs.org/19981101faessay1434/ashton-carter-john-deutch-%... A successful attack with weapons of mass destruction could certainly take thousa nds, or tens of thousands, of lives. If the device that exploded in 1993 under t he World Trade Center had been nuclear, or had effectively dispersed a deadly pa thogen, the resulting horror and chaos would have exceeded our ability to descri be it. Such an act of catastrophic terrorism would be a watershed event in Ameri can history. It could involve loss of life and property unprecedented in peaceti me and undermine America's fundamental sense of security, as did the Soviet atom ic bomb test in 1949. Like Pearl Harbor, this event would divide our past and fu ture into a before and after. The United States might respond with draconian mea sures, scaling back civil liberties, allowing wider surveillance of citizens, de tention of suspects, and use of deadly force. Note: Is this not a remarkable statement? This 1998 article was written by Phili p Zelikow (who later was Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission!!!), John Deu tch (former CIA Director), and Ashton Carter (former deputy secretary of defense ). Dr. David Ray Griffin, an esteemed WTK team member, asks in his new book, Deb unking 9/11 Debunking, "Would it not be interesting if we were to learn that tho se who orchestrated the attacks of 9/11 were able to put one of their own -- som eone who at least had foreknowledge of the attacks -- in charge of carrying out the official investigation into these attacks?" To view the full article, click here.

9/ 11 Conspiracy Theorists Thriving 2006-08-06, ABC News/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2279963 Kevin Barrett believes the U.S. government might have destroyed the World Trade Center. Steven Jones is researching what he calls evidence that the twin towers were brought down by explosives detonated inside them, not by hijacked airliners . These men aren't uneducated junk scientists: Barrett will teach a class on Isl am at the University of Wisconsin this fall. Jones is a tenured physicist at Bri gham Young University. The movement claims to be drawing fresh energy and credib ility from a recently formed group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth. Publicity ove r Barrett's case has helped boost membership to about 75 academics. Some are wel l educated, with degrees from elite universities such as Princeton and Stanford and jobs at schools including Rice, Indiana and the University of Texas. Members of the group don't consider themselves extremists. They simply believe the gove rnment's investigation was inadequate, and maintain that questioning widely held assumptions has been part of the job of scholars for centuries. Daniel Orr, a P rinceton Ph.D. and widely published retired economics chair at the University of Illinois, said he knew instantly from watching the towers fall that they had be en blown apart by explosives. David Gabbard, an East Carolina education professo r, acknowledges this isn't his field, but says "I'm smart enough to know ... tha t fire from airplanes can't melt steel." Judy Wood, until recently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University, has been cited by con

spiracy theorists for her arguments the buildings could not have collapsed as qu ickly as they did unless explosives were used. Note: This article was published on the website of more than 100 media outlets. People are waking up all over!

Invoking Secrets Privilege Becomes a More Popular Legal Tactic 2006-06-04, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/04/washington/04secrets.html?ex=1307073600&en=... Facing a wave of litigation challenging its eavesdropping at home and its handli ng of terror suspects abroad, the Bush administration is increasingly turning to a legal tactic that swiftly torpedoes most lawsuits: the state secrets privileg e. Officials have used the privilege...to ask the courts to throw out three lega l challenges to the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program. Th e privilege claim, in which the government says any discussion of a lawsuit's ac cusations would endanger national security, has short-circuited judicial scrutin y and public debate. While the privilege...was once used to shield sensitive doc uments or witnesses from disclosure, it is now often used to try to snuff out la wsuits at their inception. "If the very people you're suing are the ones who get to use the state secrets privilege, it's a stacked deck," said Representative C hristopher Shays, Republican of Connecticut. Robert M. Chesney, a law professor at Wake Forest University...said the administration's legal strategy "raises pro found legal and policy questions." Under Mr. Bush, the secrets privilege has bee n used to block a lawsuit by a translator at the Federal Bureau of Investigation , Sibel Edmonds, who was fired after accusing colleagues of security breaches. T wo lawsuits challenging the government's practice of rendition, in which terror suspects are seized and delivered to detention centers overseas, were dismissed after the government raised the secrets privilege. Note: Sibel Edmonds is one of several whistleblowers with powerfully incriminati ng information on 9/11 who have been silenced with tactics like those mentioned above. To learn more about this critical case which has been blocked, see http:/ /www.WantToKnow.info/050131sibeledmonds

FBI Agent Slams Bosses at Moussaoui Trial 2006-03-21, CBS News/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/21/ap/national/mainD8GFLTIGA.shtml The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 testified Monday he spent almost four weeks trying to warn U.S. officials about the radical Islamic student pilot but "criminal negligence" by superiors in Washington thwarted a c hance to stop the 9/11 attacks. Samit told MacMahon he couldn't persuade FBI hea dquarters or the Justice Department to take his fears seriously. Samit's complai nts echoed those raised in 2002 by Coleen Rowley, the bureau's agent-lawyer in t he Minneapolis office. Rowley went public with her frustrations, was named a Tim e magazine person of the year for whistleblowing. Samit revealed far more than R owley of the details of the investigation. For each nugget of information, MacMa hon asked Samit if Washington officials called to assess the implications. Time after time, Samit said no.

9/11 Case Could Bring Broad Shift on Civil Suits 2009-07-21, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/us/21bar.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewante...

The most consequential decision of the Supreme Court s last term got only a little attention when it landed in May. And what attention it got was for the wrong re ason. But the lower courts have certainly understood the significance of the dec ision, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, which makes it much easier for judges to dismiss civil lawsuits right after they are filed. They have cited it more than 500 times in just the last two months. On its face, the Iqbal decision concerned the aftermat h of the Sept. 11 attacks. The court ruled that a Muslim man swept up on immigra tion charges could not sue two Bush administration officials for what he said wa s the terrible abuse he suffered in detention. But something much deeper and bro ader was going on in the decision, something that may unsettle how civil litigat ion is conducted in the United States. For more than half a century, it has been clear that all a plaintiff had to do to start a lawsuit was to file what the ru les call a short and plain statement of the claim in a document called a complaint . Information about wrongdoing is often secret. Plaintiffs claiming they were th e victims of employment discrimination, a defective product, an antitrust conspi racy or a policy of harsh treatment in detention may not know exactly who harmed them and how before filing suit. But plaintiffs can learn valuable information during discovery. The Iqbal decision now requires plaintiffs to come forward wit h concrete facts at the outset, and it instructs lower court judges to dismiss l awsuits that strike them as implausible. It obviously licenses highly subjective judgments, said Stephen B. Burbank, an authority on civil procedure at the Univer sity of Pennsylvania Law School. This is a blank check for federal judges to get rid of cases they disfavor. Note: For many important reports from major media sources on the erosion of civi l liberties since the 9/11 attacks, click here.

Cheney was key in clearing CIA interrogation tactics 2008-12-16, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-cheney16-2008dec16... Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he was directly involved in approvin g severe interrogation methods used by the CIA, and that the prison at Guantanam o Bay, Cuba, should remain open indefinitely. Cheney's comments ... mark the fir st time that he has acknowledged playing a central role in clearing the CIA's us e of an array of controversial interrogation tactics, including a ... method kno wn as waterboarding. "I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in hel ping get the process cleared," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News. Asked whether he still believes it was appropriate to use the waterboarding method on terrorism suspects, Cheney said: "I do." His comments come on the heels of discl osures by a Senate committee showing that high-level officials in the Bush admin istration were intimately involved in reviewing and approving interrogation meth ods that have since been explicitly outlawed and that have been condemned intern ationally as torture. Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, Cheney said, the CIA "in effect came in and wanted to know what they could and couldn't do. And they talk ed to me, as well as others, to explain what they wanted to do. And I supported it." Waterboarding involves strapping a prisoner to a tilted surface, covering h is face with a towel and dousing it to simulate the sensation of drowning. CIA D irector Michael V. Hayden has said that the agency used the technique on three A l Qaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003. Cheney has long defended the technique. But h e has not previously disclosed his role in pushing to give the CIA such authorit y. Note: For lots more from major media sources on US torture and other war crimes committed in the Iraq and Afghan wars, click here.

U.N. Rights Investigator Expelled by Israel 2008-12-16, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/world/middleeast/16mideast.html?partner=rss... Israeli authorities on Monday expelled Richard Falk, a United Nations investigat or of human rights in the Palestinian territories, saying he was unwelcome becau se of what the government has regarded as his hostile position toward Israel. Mr . Falk, an American, arrived in Israel on Sunday. He was held [overnight] at the airport and placed on the first available flight back to Geneva, his point of d eparture. Mr. Falk, a professor of international law at Princeton, has the title of United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur for the Palestinian t erritories. He has long been criticized in Israel for what many Israelis say are unfair and unpalatable views. He has compared Israel s treatment of the Palestini ans to Nazi atrocities and has called for more serious examination of the conspi racy theories surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks. Pointing to discrepancies betwee n the official version of events and other versions, he recently wrote that only willful ignorance can maintain that the 9/11 narrative should be treated as a cl osed book. In his capacity as a United Nations investigator, Mr. Falk issued a st atement this month describing Israel s embargo on Gaza ... as a crime against huma nity. Regardless of Mr. Falk s views, some Israelis questioned the wisdom of banni ng him, noting that it would hardly make his reports more sympathetic. Jessica M ontell, the executive director of B Tselem, an Israeli group that monitors human r ights in the occupied territories, said that ... barring his entry was an act unb efitting of democracy. Note: Israel quite explicitly raised the issue of Falk's call for a genuine inve stigation of the 9/11 attacks in its explanation of his deportation. Why would t he state of Israel oppose such an investigation? For information from major medi a sources on this and many other questions about what really happened on 9/11, c lick here.

The 30 greatest conspiracy theories 2008-11-19, The Telegraph (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3483477/The-30-greate... From the assassination of John F Kennedy to the death of Diana, Princess of Wale s. From Roswell, New Mexico, to Nasa's moon landings. From the bloodline of Chri st to the death of Elvis Presley. From the Moscow appartment bombings to the Ind ian Ocean tsunami. From Pearl Harbour to Peak Oil, the Philadelphia experiment a nd Pan Am flight 103. Every major event of the last 2,000 years has prompted a c onspiracy theory and here we examine those with the biggest followings and the m ost longevity. 1. September 11, 2001. Thanks to the power of the web and live br oadcasts on television, the ... theories surrounding the events of 9/11 ... have surpassed those of Roswell and JFK in traction. The [alternative] theories cont inue to grow in strength. At the milder end of the spectrum are the theorists wh o believe that the US government had prior warning of the attacks but did not do enough to stop them. Others believe that the Bush administration deliberately t urned a blind eye to those warnings because it wanted a pretext to launch wars i n the Middle East to usher in another century of American hegemony. A large grou p of people - collectively called the 9/11 Truth Movement - cite evidence that a n airliner did not hit the Pentagon and that the World Trade Centre could not ha ve been brought down by airliner impacts and burning aviation fuel alone. Many w itnesses - including firemen, policemen and people who were inside the towers at the time - claim to have heard explosions below the aircraft impacts (including in basement levels) and before both the collapses and the attacks themselves. Note: For a concise two-page summary of many unanswered questions about what rea

lly happened on 9/11, click here.

Mark Cuban Is Charged With Insider Trading 2008-11-18, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/18/business/18insider.html?_r=1&partner=rss&em... Mark Cuban, the Internet entrepreneur turned owner of the Dallas Mavericks baske tball team, has never shied from a fight. But now the pugnacious billionaire is squaring off against his biggest adversary yet: the federal government. On Monda y, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit charging Mr. Cuban with insider trading for selling shares of a small Internet search company in 20 04, just before its share price fell. [Allegedly] Mr. Cuban saved himself a $750 ,000 loss. Scott W. Friestad, the S.E.C. s deputy director of enforcement, said th e investigation of Mr. Cuban s trading began in early 2007, but declined to say wh at had set off the inquiry. A person close to Mr. Cuban provided what he said wa s one of a series of e-mail messages from Jeffrey B. Norris, an S.E.C. lawyer in Fort Worth, who accused the billionaire of being unpatriotic for helping to fin ance a movie named Loose Change. In the e-mail message, Mr. Norris described the m ovie as a vicious and absurd documentary that posits that President Bush planned th e demolition of the World Trade Center as a pretext for going to war against Ira q. In the e-mail message, sent from his S.E.C. e-mail address, Mr. Norris said he was informing Christopher Cox, the chairman of the S.E.C., of Mr. Cuban s actions . If this upsets you, I wonder how George Bush feels, Mr. Norris wrote. I assume th at Mr. Cox would view your involvement with Loose Change much as I do. After all, he served his country as a Republican congressman from Orange County for nearly 20 years and was appointed by President Bush. Note: This New York Times report clearly suggests that Cuban is being pursued by the SEC because of his support for the 9/11-truth documentary Loose Change Fina l Cut, for which WantToKnow team member David Ray Griffin acted as script consul tant. To read the full text of the email from Norris to Cuban, click here. Anoth er project Mark Cuban supports is the highly useful website for tracking the Wal l Street bailout, bailoutsleuth.com, which has recently estimated the bailout to date at over $2.5 trillion!

Senators Want CIA to Release 9 / 11 Report 2007-05-17, New York Times/Associated Press http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-CIA-Sept-11-Probe.html A bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation that would force the CIA t o release an inspector general's report on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 20 01. The CIA has spent more than 20 months weighing requests under the Freedom of Information Act for its internal investigation of the attacks but has yet to re lease any portion of it. The agency is the only federal office involved in count erterrorism operations that has not made at least a version of its internal 9/11 investigation public. The law requires agencies to respond to requests within 2 0 days. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and two other intelligence committee leaders -chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and senior Republican Kit Bond of Missouri -are pushing legislation that would require the agency to declassify the executi ve summary of the review within one month and submit a report to Congress explai ning why any material was withheld. "It's amazing the efforts the administration is going to stonewall this,'' Wyden said. "The American people have a right to know what the Central Intelligence Agency was doing in those critical months bef ore 9/11.'' Completed in June 2005, the inspector general's report examined the personal responsibility of individuals at the CIA before and after the attacks. The CIA has not released any documents to The Associated Press or other organiza

tions that began requesting the information at least 20 months ago. Groups inclu ding the National Security Archive have clashed with the agency over its FOIA po licies. Last year, the archive gave the CIA its prize for the agency with the wo rst FOIA record. ''CIA has for three decades been one of the worst FOIA agencies ,'' archive Director Thomas Blanton said this week. Note: For more reliable information on what US intelligence agencies knew about the coming attacks, click here.

The Path from 9/11 2006-09-13, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/rory_oconnor/2006/09/the_path_from_911.html Attention still must be paid...to the many questions about 9/11 that remain unan swered...such as why the Pentagon held back so much information about air defens e deficiencies from the 9/11 commission that Chairmen Kean and Hamilton came clo se to asking the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation; such as why the Able Danger intelligence program...was ignored and closed down; such as why Osama bin Laden was allowed to escape from Afghanistan when cornered in Tora Bora. There is little doubt that that the 9/11 commission report has become the Warren commission report of our time. Chairman Thomas Kean's recent paid involv ement with ABC's fictitious "historical" docudrama is but the latest reminder th at the 9/11 tragedy has yet to be investigated fully or fairly. Both Kean and hi s Democratic Party counterpart Lee Hamilton now acknowledge...that they and thei r fellow commissioners bowed to political pressure when they didn't fully questi on New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani about his management decisions and emergency res ponses. Other commissioners complained repeatedly about White House obstacles pu t in their path. The commissioners also allowed the president and vice president to testify together (and not under oath) and went along with other administrati on demands, such as the one that only a minority of the commissioners could see a minority of the documents requested - and even then had to vet their notes wit h the White House before sharing them with the full Commission! We must continue to "press for truth" in connection with the events of September 11, 2001. Note: The author is the executive director of the stunning new documentary 9/11: Press for the Truth. To watch this powerful, inspiring documentary which is ava ilable for free viewing, click here. And for an excellent new list of top offici als who have publicly slammed the 9/11 Commission Report, click here.

Robert Scheer: Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative 2006-09-11, Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060911/cm_huffpost/029174 What we still don't know about 9/11 could kill us. The public that has been kept in the dark for five years by a president who may know the truth but has chosen to ignore it. The belated release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's second report...concluded that there not only was zero connection between Saddam Husse in and Al Qaeda, but that Iraq was the one country in the region where Osama bin Laden could not operate. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, an d yet there has been no serious investigation of the extended Royal family's rol l in the recruitment of bin Laden's "soldiers" and the ease with which they secu red legal visas to enter the United States. Last week, Bush conceded that there were indeed secret CIA prisons. Some [key 9/11 witnesses] have been interrogated in secret for up to five years. After five years of official deceit, it is not too difficult to believe that the isolation of those prisoners was done less for reasons of learning the truth about 9/11 and more in an effort to politically m

anage the narrative released to the public. There is glaring evidence that the l atter was the case. The 9/11 Commission report contains a disclaimer box on page 146, in which it is stated that the report's account of what happened on 9/11 w as in considerable measure based on what those key witnesses allegedly told inte rrogators, and that the commissioners were not allowed to meet the witnesses or their interrogators. In short, the most cited source that we have on what happen ed on 9/11, the much celebrated 9/11 Commission Report, was stage-managed by the Bush administration, just as it has controlled and distorted so much other info rmation. Note: Robert Scheer frequently writes for the Los Angeles Times, though this art icle did not appear there.

BYU Professor Has Theory About 9/11 Attacks 2005-11-10, CBS Affiliate KUTV http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_314234334.html A BYU [Brigham Young University] professor has developed a new theory about the terrorist attack in New York on September 11, 2001. Both towers collapsed in pla ce after the attacks, and later that day, 7 World Trade Center, which was never hit by a plane, fell in less than seven seconds. Professor Steven E. Jones says that planes alone did not bring down the towers. Jones is a 20-year physics prof explosiv essor at BYU, who's penned an academic paper raising another hypothesis es may have been pre-positioned in the buildings. Notice how it's straight down, J ones says referring to the fall of one of the buildings. Especially intriguing t o Jones was the destruction of 7 World Trade Center, damaged and ablaze from tow er debris but never hit by a plane. "Symmetrically now, it doesn't topple over, as you might expect. It comes straight down. This is the goal of prepositioned e xplosives in a controlled demolition, says Jones. He wants a fresh new independen t investigation. Note: For other media coverage of Prof. Jones' claims, click here. For his paper describing how he came to these conclusions, click here. For a short video clip of the collapse of WTC 7, click here.

Supreme Court Denies FBI Translator's Case 2005-10-28, CBS/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/28/ap/national/mainD8E5IMD00.shtml A former FBI translator failed Monday to persuade the Supreme Court to revive he r lawsuit alleging she was fired for reporting possible wrongdoing by other ling uists involved in counterterrorism investigations. Edmonds...argued that a trial court judge was wrong to accept the Justice Department's claim that allowing he r lawsuit to go forward would threaten "state secrets," or national security. Ed monds' firing was controversial among some lawmakers in Congress, especially aft er the Justice Department's inspector general found that the FBI had not taken h er complaints seriously enough and had fired her for lodging complaints about th e translation unit. Note: The article fails to mention Edmonds' allegations of the criminal involvem ent in 9/11-related matters of top government officials. For more on this, see h ttp://www.wanttoknow.info/sibeledmonds To sign Congressman Weldon's petition for open testimony on the Able Danger program, click here.

Bush Renews Sept. 11 Emergency Declaration 2005-09-08, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/08/AR20050908015... President Bush on Thursday renewed the national emergency he declared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a letter to Congress, Bush said the nation is still under the terrorist threat that led him to declare a national emergenc y three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The p resident's declaration allows for the mobilization of reserve military forces an d other steps. By law, a national emergency declaration automatically expires on the anniversary date of its declaration unless the president renews it. Bush's action will renew the declaration for another year.

More remember Atta ID d as terrorist pre-9/11 2005-09-01, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9163145 Pentagon officials said Thursday they have found three more people who recall an intelligence chart that identified Sept. 11 mastermind Mohamed Atta as a terror ist one year before the attacks on New York and Washington. But they have been u nable to find the chart or other evidence that it existed. On Thursday, four int elligence officials provided the first extensive briefing for reporters on the o utcome of their interviews with people associated with Able Danger and their rev iew of documents. They said they interviewed at least 80 people over a three-wee k period and found three, besides Philpott and Shaffer, who said they remember s eeing a chart that either mentioned Atta by name as an al-Qaida operative or sho wed his photograph. Four of the five recalled a chart with a pre-9/11 photo of A tta; the other person recalled only a reference to his name. The intelligence of ficials said they consider the five people to be credible but their recollection s are still unverified.

Secret FBI Report Questions Al Qaeda Capabilities 2005-03-09, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=566425&page=1 No 'True' Al Qaeda Sleeper Agents Have Been Found in U.S. A secret FBI report ob tained by ABC News concludes that while there is no doubt al Qaeda wants to hit the United States, its capability to do so is unclear. The 32-page assessment sa ys flatly, "To date, we have not identified any true 'sleeper' agents in the US, " seemingly contradicting the "sleeper cell" description prosecutors assigned to seven men in Lackawanna, N.Y., in 2002. It also differs from testimony given by FBI Director Robert Mueller, who warned in the past that several sleeper cells were probably in place.

9/11 Skeptics Share Theories 2006-06-26, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/25/AR20060625010... About 1,200 people gathered over the weekend for what organizers billed as the l argest conference on the conspiracy theories that consider the Sept. 11, 2001, a ttacks to be a result of official negligence or a U.S. attempt to incite world w ar. "There are so many prominent people . . . who have stated that the evidence is overwhelming that 9/11 was an inside job," syndicated radio talk show host Al ex Jones said at a news conference. Conspiracy theorists are convinced that the

U.S. military command "stood down" on the day of the attacks, that the hijackers were trained at U.S. military bases and that the World Trade Center towers coll apsed because of a series of controlled explosions set before they were hit by t wo hijacked planes. Suggested motives include expected benefits for U.S. arms an d oil conglomerates, and revolutionary plans for a new world order headed by the United States. Note: We are grateful that the media is actually paying some attention to the 9/ 11 movement these days. With over 1,000 people attending 9/11 conferences, it is getting harder to justify not covering the movement.

Opinion split over 9/11 report 2006-05-28, The Times Herald (a small Pennsylvania newspaper) http://www.timesherald.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16703919&BRD=1672&PAG=461&dep... More than 40 percent of Americans believe that the 9/11 Commission Report that i nvestigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is a cover-up, according to a recent poll. And nearly half surveyed said the attacks should be reinvestigated. In May, a Zogby International poll of adults found that 42 percent of adults po lled believe the U.S. government and the 9/11 Commission "concealed or refused t o investigate critical evidence" that contradicts the official explanation of th e attacks. The Zogby poll was sponsored by a leading activist group, 911 Truth.o rg, which is highly skeptical of the official report published in July 2004. "Wi th half the country believing as we do, (the poll) is some form of vindication," said Jonathan Gold, a former member of 911 Truth's steering committee. Gold, wh o lives in Plymouth Meeting, complained that major media has ignored the truth m ovement. "The media is not covering that fact that 45 percent of voting American s believe we should have another investigation," he said. "It deserves attention ." Note: Small newspapers like this are rarely included in these summaries, but as only the Washington Post and Yahoo! News covered this key poll, this article is included here. Though the Yahoo! article was balanced, the Post article claimed that the poll (done by one of the most respected polling agencies in the world) was complete bunk. The Times Herald actually ran this on their front page! For l ots more, see http://www.wantToKnow.info/911information

F.B.I. Says House of Ex-C.I.A. Deputy Is Searched 2006-05-12, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/12/washington/11cnd-foggo.html?ex=1305086400&e... The home and office of Kyle Foggo, who stepped down on Monday as the Central Int elligence Agency's No. 3 official, were searched today. Mr. Foggo resigned after becoming entangled in a widening investigation that has already brought down fo rmer Representative Randy Cunningham. Mr. Foggo's workplace in Langley, Va., and his residence in Virginia were searched this morning by agents of the Federal B ureau of Investigation and the C.I.A. inspector general's office. April Langwell , a spokeswoman for the F.B.I.'s San Diego office, said Mr. Foggo had been under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and the Defense Criminal Investig ative Service of the Defense Department's inspector general's office, as well as by the C.I.A.'s inspector general and the F.B.I. The inquiry by the C.I.A.'s in spector is examining whether he improperly awarded agency contracts to a longtim e friend, Brent R. Wilkes, a military contractor whose companies have received n early $100 million in government contracts over the years. Mr. Foggo, 51, has ad mitted attending poker parties throughout the 1990's that Mr. Wilkes held in a s uite at the Watergate Hotel in Washington. The parties were primarily attended b

y C.I.A. officials and congressmen, and Mr. Cunningham, a California Republican, occasionally attended. Several news media accounts have reported that prostitut es frequented the parties. Note: This article has huge significance. Until just a few years ago, there was a virtual blackout in the media on any negative coverage of the CIA. The fact th at the Feds raided the home of the #3 man in the CIA and it was reported in top newspapers is an external manifestation of huge shake-ups going on behind the sc enes. Buzzy Krongard, the previous #3 at the CIA has been linked to the millions of dollars in suspicious stock option trades made just prior to 9/11 that were never claimed, though this received little media coverage.

No Trials for Key Players 2006-05-04, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-legal4may04,0,2472327.story Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person prosecuted in connection with the worst terr orist attack in American history, did not get the death penalty because some jur ors concluded that he had little to do with Sept. 11. Yet two presumed key plann ers of the Al Qaeda [9/11] plot, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh, ha ve not been charged, though they have been in U.S. custody for more than three y ears. A central contradiction in the Bush administration's fight against terrori sm is that bit players often have been put on trial, while those thought to have orchestrated the plots have been held in secret for questioning. Current and fo rmer intelligence officials have said that the CIA has used aggressive interroga tion techniques -- including "waterboarding," which makes a suspect feel as if h e is drowning -- on captured Al Qaeda leaders. As a result, many legal experts s ay it may be too late to try Mohammed and Binalshibh in a regular court of law. "They cannot be prosecuted because of the way they have been interrogated," said University of Maryland law professor Michael Greenberger. "They have been subje cted to very aggressive questioning, and any statements they made now can't be u sed against them." An open trial for the Al Qaeda leaders could reveal that U.S. agents used harsh methods, even torture, to extract information, he added. "We have prosecuted a marginal character who appeared unmoored from reality, while t he real planners of the crime will not be brought before justice in the United S tates," Greenberger said. Note: The powerful 9/11 documentary "Loose Change" was listed in the top ten of Google's most popular videos every day for the month of April 2006 (see http://v ideo.google.com/videoranking). People are waking up all over. Tell your friends and colleagues about this history-making documentary and consider ordering 10 co pies for $30 at http://www.loosechange911.com/order.htm

The suppression of Able Danger 2006-02-18, Toledo Blade http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060218/COLUMNIST14/602180... Mr. Kleinsmith and the two colleagues who testified with him in [a House Armed S ervices Committee] open session are convinced that had the information they deve loped been acted on, not only 9/11, but also the October 2000, attack on the des troyer USS Cole in which 17 sailors died could have been prevented. Through comp uter scanning of some 2.5 terabytes of classified and unclassified data, the Abl e Danger team identified five "nodes" of al-Qaeda activity. One was in Brooklyn. Another was in the port of Aden in Yemen, where the USS Cole was attacked. Able Danger linked Mohamed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers to the Brooklyn cell, said Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who was the liaison between the Defense Intelligenc

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Agency and the Able Danger team. Colonel Shaffer testified he tried three time to have Able Danger data on the Brooklyn cell presented to the FBI, but that o each occasion Pentagon lawyers forbade the meeting. In a commentary in the Wal [Street] Journal last November, Louis Freeh, who was FBI director at the time, said that if he had been told about what Able Danger had learned, 9/11 likely w ould have been prevented. In March, 2000, Mr. Kleinsmith was ordered to stop all work on Able Danger, and, later, to delete all the information collected. It is clear there is a cover-up. One would think a Washington press corps obsessing a bout a hunting accident in Texas would be more curious about it. Note: Though Able Danger received wide media coverage when first reported six mo nths ago, the amazing revelations of the recent hearings have received very litt le attention, which is why we include this article from the leading newspaper of Toledo, Ohio. For lots more reliable, verifiable information on Able Danger, se e http://www.WantToKnow.info/abledanger911

Bush team sought to snuff CIA doubts 2005-10-26, San Francisco ChronicleCongressional Quarterly http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/10/26/MNG62FDUGL1.DTL In the 1970s, when President Richard Nixon's policy of détente was under attack by some former military officials and conservative policy intellectuals, Ford admi nistration officials Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were among those challengin g as too soft the CIA's estimate of Moscow's military power. Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted to create a "Team B." CIA Director William Colby rejected the Team B ide a and was fired. Colby's successor as head of the spy agency, George H.W. Bush, the current president's father, accepted it. Rumsfeld was reprising Team B by cr eating his own intelligence shop. The Chalabi organization's alarmist reports on Hussein's nuclear weapons, which later proved to be false, bypassed the CIA and went directly to the White House. "In retrospect, and with the Team B report an d records now largely declassified, it is possible to see that virtually all of Team B's criticisms ... proved to be wrong," Raymond Garthoff, a former U.S. amb assador to Bulgaria, wrote in a paper for the CIA's Center for the Study of Inte lligence three years ago. "On several important specific points it wrongly criti cized and 'corrected' the official estimates, always in the direction of enlargi ng the impression of danger and threat." When Reagan's Secretary of State George Schultz wanted to secretly back Saddam Hussein against the Iranians, Schultz by passed the CIA and sent Rumsfeld, then a businessman, to Baghdad to seal the dea l.

Court Closes FBI Case Arguments to Public 2005-04-21, Los Angeles Times/Associated Press http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-fbi-contractor-l... A federal appeals court Thursday barred the public from arguments in the case of a fired FBI contractor who alleged security breaches and misconduct at the agen cy. Sibel Edmonds' lawsuit against the government was thrown out of a lower cour t when the Bush administration invoked the state secrets privilege, which allows the government to withhold information to safeguard national security. The Just ice Department's inspector general said Edmonds' allegations to her superiors ab out a co-worker "raised serious concerns that, if true, could potentially have e xtremely damaging consequences for the FBI." The inspector general concluded tha t the FBI did not adequately investigate the allegations and that Edmonds was re taliated against for speaking out. Note: Ms. Edmonds has repeatedly claimed that top government officials had clear

foreknowledge of 9/11, yet 9/11 is not even mentioned in the article.

Dangerous World Fuels Conspiracy Theorists 2007-01-30, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/29/national/main2411081.shtml Five years later, it's the violent rattling of the ground moments before the Wor ld Trade Center's South Tower fell ... that keeps Gary Welz raising questions ab out just what he survived on Sept. 11, 2001. "I felt what was like an earthquake ... just before the South Tower fell," recalls Welz, an adjunct math lecturer a t John Jay Criminal College and Fordham University. "The official explanation th at I've heard doesn't make sense because it doesn't explain why I heard and felt an explosion before the South Tower fell." Welz is among the growing ranks of c onspiracy theorists who question the official explanation of ... the Sept. 11 at tacks. The actions of U.S. administrations in recent American history have done nothing to dissuade conspiracy theorists. The details of the 1980s Iran-Contra a ffair, after all, read like an implausible conspiracy theorist's dream. The Wate rgate scandal provides fodder too. The Bush administration, it can be argued, ha s encouraged a new generation of theorists after implying there was a link betwe en Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks ... and insisting Iraq was riddled with w eapons of mass destruction. Although he is doubtful of the official 9/11 story, Welz ... does not consider himself a conspiracy theorist. Welz' own skepticism t oward 9/11, while based on personal experience, has been reinforced by broadcast quality, highly-polished films on the Internet such as "9/11 Mysteries." There are hundreds of others out there. One such film is "Loose Change" ... a polished , albeit journalistically flawed, attempt to poke holes in the U.S. government's explanation and response to the Sept. 11 attacks. "Loose Change" has been downl oaded over 30 million times in 50 countries. Note: For free viewing of "Loose Change," click here. To view "9/11 Mysteries," click here. For an abundance of reliable, verifiable information suggesting a ma jor cover-up of 9/11, click here.

Suit airs Able Danger claims 2006-03-04, Sacramento Bee (Leading newspaper of California's capital city) http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/14225641p-15049903c.html Two operatives at the center of the Able Danger controversy have sued the Defens e Department for denying them contact with their lawyers during closed congressi onal hearings. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and J.D. Smith were among a dozen i ntelligence officers and contractors who worked on the clandestine program set u p long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to track al-Qaida. They are accusing the Pentagon...of violating their First Amendment rights by blocking th eir access to legal counsel during the closed sessions. "Able Danger identified the Sept. 11, 2001, attack leader Mohamed Atta, and three of the 9/11 plot's 19 hijackers, as possible members of an al-Qaida cell linked to the 1993 World Trad e Center attack or its participants," the suit said. Shaffer, a Bronze Star reci pient who fought undercover in Afghanistan, caused a stir in August when he step ped forward to say that he and other Able Danger operatives had identified Atta as long as 21 months before the Sept. 11 attacks. That claim - later supported b y the Able Danger team's leader, Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott - contradicted a cen tral finding of the commission Congress had set up to probe the Sept. 11 attacks , which concluded that none of the hijackers had been known to U.S. authorities before the assault. Note: Though the major media once gave Able Danger good coverage, only the Sacra

mento Bee has mentioned that the team's leader is one of the individuals who ste pped forward. For lots more on the vitally important Able Danger program, click here.

Revisiting 9/11 Failures 2007-01-31, Newsweek http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16907952/site/newsweek Senators are renewing calls for the declassification of a CIA report documenting the agency s mistakes in preventing the 2001 attacks. The Senate Intelligence Com mittee and the CIA may be headed for a new confrontation over an old issue: why an internal report documenting the agency s failures in the run up to the Septembe r 11 terror attacks is still being withheld from the public. The report, prepare d by the CIA s inspector general, is the only major 9/11 government review that ha s still not been made publicly available. While Bush administration officials ar e hardly eager for a public rehash of the 9/11 intelligence failures, the issue is an especially sensitive one at CIA headquarters. The report provides the CIA s own internal account of what some believe was the most spectacular of the pre-9/ 11 failures: the agency s failure to alert the FBI and other U.S. government agenc ies to information showing that two of the hijackers had entered the United Stat es as early as January 2000.

9/11's Las Vegas Connection 2006-09-10, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/10/eveningnews/main1992178.shtml The title is "Loose Change." It may be the internet's first blockbuster movie. I t says: "If the government has nothing to hide, why are they so afraid to answer a few questions?" Ten million have watched so far, and that's only a fraction o f the 42 percent of Americans recently polled by Reuters who believe its message -- that our own government covered up critical evidence of 9/11. But it's more than conspiracy theories on the Internet at work here. Some of the very people w ho first investigated 9/11 admit there's still a lot they don't know about the p lot. Dale Watson ran counterterrorism for the FBI and led the investigation into 9/11. And one of the things that still puzzles him most is the Las Vegas connec tion. All four of the 9/11 hijacker pilots flew Las Vegas in the months precedin g the attack. Some came twice. But once here, the men essentially disappeared. O n his first trip here hijacker Muhammad Atta rented a car, and drove it 110 mile s in two days. But where did he go? Who did he visit with, if anyone? There's no t a clue. Why did Muhammad Atta and his sidekick travel all the way to Portland, Maine, to connect with -- and almost miss -- the Boston flight they later hijac ked? Why did Atta earlier travel all the way from Florida to Virginia Beach, Va. , just to rent a mailbox? The FBI still doesn't know -- but hasn't stopped looki ng. Five years after the crime a dozen agents remain on the 9/11 case. And they still get 20 new leads a week. Note: Is it possible that practically no one supported the alleged hijackers pri or to 9/11? Why has only one man every been caught and tried? And FBI agents wer e stymied by top officials in their attempts to search his laptop before 9/11. W hy haven't we heard that they are still investigating the Las Vegas connection?

Religious book points 9/11 finger at Bush 2006-09-01, Indianapolis Star/Associated Press http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060829/LIVING/608290305/...

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has tumbled into a new dispute over the Sept. 1 1 attacks of five years ago. Its Presbyterian Publishing Corp. has issued "Chris tian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11" (Westminster John Knox), containing perhap s the most incendiary accusations leveled by a writer for a mainline Protestant book house. Author David Ray Griffin tells of concluding that "the Bush-Cheney a dministration had orchestrated 9/11 in order to promote this (American) empire u nder the pretext of the so-called war on terror." Griffin has solid mainline cre dentials. He's an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ ) and recently retired after a long teaching career at the United Methodists' Cl aremont (Calif.) School of Theology. Such a massive cover-up is possible, he exp lains, because people don't want to believe high officials would "launch an atta ck on their own citizens." Griffin also asserts claims about "abundant evidence" of Bush administration orchestration of 9/11 in a separate anthology from Westm inster and also did so in two previous books for a small secular publisher. He a lso has spoken to campus and church groups. He's a member of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth" along with Kevin Barrett, a Muslim instructor at the University of Wiscon sin who is under fire for making similar accusations. The publisher's publicity contends that Griffin "applies Jesus' teachings to the current political adminis tration" and puts forth "an abundance of evidence and disturbing questions that implicate the Bush administration." Note: The article also tries to tear down Prof. Griffin. It is interesting to no te that none of the top U.S. papers picked up this important Associated Press ar ticle.

Author, filmmakers fight over adaptation of 9/11 expose 2006-08-18, Miami Herald (Miami's leading newspaper) http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/television/15308882.htm What was already expected to be a controversial documentary that charges that Os ama bin Laden's top spy infiltrated three different branches of U.S. national se curity has gotten even hotter. Veteran investigative reporter Peter Lance call[e d] the TV documentary based on his book a whitewash. The documentary, Triple Cro ss, is scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel Aug. 28, with Lance's book of the same name set for publication a few weeks later. But their accounts of the way bin Laden's master spy Ali A. Mohamed outwitted the CIA, the FBI and the U.S. Army may be overshadowed by the acrimonious war of words. National Geo graphic's producers at one point held back transcripts of interviews they were s upposed to share with Lance, and still won't let him see the final documentary u nless he signs what they call a "non-disparagment agreement." Mohamed turned up in FBI surveillance photos as early as 1989, training radical Muslims who would go on to...detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. He not only avoided arrest, but managed to become an FBI informant at the same time he was smuggling bin Laden in and out of Afghanistan, writing most of the al Qaeda terrorist man ual and helping plan attacks on American troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Africa. Finally arrested in 1998, Mohamed cut a deal with the Justice Departmen t. His whereabouts remain shrouded in official secrecy. Lance, an Emmy winner wh o spent nine years as a producer-reporter at ABC, was one of the first journalis ts on the trail of the Mohamed story. "The FBI allowed the chief spy for al Qaed a to...plan the bombings of the embassies in Africa right under their noses.''

Bush Behind 9/11? Tucker Carlson with Professor David Ray Griffin 2006-08-09, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14285603/

CARLSON: My next guest is one of the leading voices in the increasingly noisy mo vement that claims our own government orchestrated the attacks of September 11th . David Ray Griffin is a theology professor and a member of the group Scholars f or 9/11 Truth. He's also the author of the book, Christian Faith and the Truth B ehind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action. That book is published by the Presb yterian Church's publishing arm. Mr. Griffin...you have no evidence that the gov ernment's behind 9/11. GRIFFIN: These things have to be determined in terms of e vidence. If you read this book and...my two previous books, The New Pearl Harbor , and then The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, you will see t here are literally dozens of reasons to disbelieve the official theory about 9/1 1. CARLSON: I'm merely saying it is wrong, blasphemous, and sinful for you to su ggest, imply, or help other people come to the conclusion that the U.S. governme nt killed 3,000 of its own citizens. GRIFFIN: I thought the same thing for the f irst year and a half. But then when I finally looked at the evidence, I saw that it was truly overwhelming. CARLSON: You say six of the hijackers may still be a live. What's the evidence? GRIFFIN: Both the BBC and the "Telegraph" put out sto ries -- let's take the one about Waleed al-Shehri. Several days after 9/11, he.. .announced to the world that he's still alive in Morocco where he's a pilot. We didn't get a word of that from the 9/11 Commission. [The 47-story WTC] Building 7 was not hit by an airplane. CARLSON: And it came down. GRIFFIN: The 9/11 Commi ssion did not even mention in their 571-page report the fact that Building 7 col lapsed. Note: To see the video clip on the MSNBC website, click here. Though Carlson cle arly is attacking Griffin, I am thrilled that this interview was aired. At this stage, I believe any publicity is good publicity.

Scholars for 9/11 Truth Under Attack 2006-07-04, July 4, 2006, PRWeb http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/7/prweb406904.htm The author of an article about the attack on the World Trade Center has found hi mself under attack for having published it in a new on-line publication, Journal of 9/11 Studies. Entitled "The Third Elephant", the article discusses evidence that a third airplane was captured on video at the time of the WTC attack. He ha s now received a thinly-veiled threat against his children, who are cited by nam e, suggesting it would be a good idea if his article were to simply "go away". S cholars for 9/11 Truth is a non-partisan society of experts and scholars committ ed to exposing falsehoods and revealing truths about the events of 9/11. The jou rnal, which is archived at journalof911studies.com, is its latest attempt to cre ate forums for discussion and debate about these important issues beyond its web site, which is archived at st911.org. The author, Reynolds Dixon, a writer and Professor of English, former lecturer and Fellow at Stanford University, has wit hdrawn from the society. Prominent experts and scholars who are members of S9/11 T include Steven Jones, a professor of physics at Brigham Young University; Morg an Reynolds, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor in the George W. Bush administration; Bob Bowman, who directed research on the "Star Wars" progr am in both Republican and Democratic administrations; Andreas von Buelow, the fo rmer director of Science and Technology for Germany; and David Ray Griffin, prof essor emeritus of theology at the Claremont Graduate School and author or editor of four books on the events of 9/11. Note: We rarely use PRWeb as a source for articles, but as I helped with the for mation of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and know key people there, and as no other maj or media are reporting on this alarming news, I'm including this here for those who want to know.

Panel Weighs Whistleblower Law Changes 2006-02-14, Washington Post/Associated Press http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/14/AR20060214015... Five government whistleblowers said Tuesday they had faced retaliation for calli ng attention to alleged government wrongs. They told their stories to the House Government Reform Committee's national security subcommittee, whose chairman, Re p. Chris Shays, R-Conn., indicated an interest in altering the law to better pro tect national-security whistleblowers. Army Spc. Samuel Provance laid out what h e considers to be a pattern of systemic abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. He s aid his rank was reduced for disobeying orders not to speak about mistreatment h e saw at the prison. Russ Tice, a former NSA analyst, has called attention to po ssible constitutional abuses and security breaches at NSA. He said he was given psychological evaluations deeming him mentally unstable, and his clearance was r evoked. He's now unemployed. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer says the Defense Intellige nce Agency has made a series of allegations against him since he disclosed infor mation about a program known as Able Danger. He says the program identified four Sept. 11 hijackers before the attack. Richard Levernier, a retired Energy Depar tment nuclear security specialist, said he lost his security clearance and effec tively his job for giving the media an unclassified report about shortfalls in n uclear security.

F.A.A. Alerted on Qaeda in '98, 9/11 Panel Said 2005-09-14, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/14/politics/14terror.html?ex=1284350400&en=de7... American aviation officials were warned as early as 1998 that Al Qaeda could "se ek to hijack a commercial jet and slam it into a U.S. landmark," according to pr eviously secret portions of a report prepared last year by the Sept. 11 commissi on. The officials also realized months before the Sept. 11 attacks that two of t he three airports used in the hijackings had suffered repeated security lapses. Federal Aviation Administration officials were also warned in 2001 in a report p repared for the agency that airport screeners' ability to detect possible weapon s had "declined significantly" in recent years, but little was done to remedy th e problem. The White House and many members of the commission...have been battli ng for more than a year over the release of the commission's report on aviation failures. A footnote that was originally deleted from the report showed that a q uarter of the security screeners used in 2001 by Argenbright Security for United Airlines flights at Dulles Airport had not completed required criminal backgrou nd checks. Much of the material now restored in the public version of the commis sion's report centered on the warnings the F.A.A. received about the threat of h ijackings, including 52 intelligence documents in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks that mentioned Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden. Richard Ben-Veniste, a form er member of the Sept. 11 commission, said the release of the material more than a year after it was completed underscored the over-classification of federal ma terial. "It's outrageous that it has taken the administration a year since this monograph was submitted for it to be released," he said.

Report on CIA before 9/11 slams Tenet 2005-08-26, San Francisco Chronicle/New York Times http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/08/26/MNG4PEDOTL1.DTL New director must decide whether to discipline any of the dozen-plus criticized. A long-awaited CIA inspector-general's report on the agency's performance befor e the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks includes detailed criticism of more than a doze

n former and current agency officials, aiming its sharpest language at George Te net, the former director of central intelligence. Tenet is censured for failing to develop and carry out a strategic plan to take on al Qaeda in the years befor e 2001, even after he wrote in a 1998 memo to the intelligence agencies that "we are at war" with the terrorist group. The findings place Goss in a delicate pos ition. Now, as director of the CIA, he will have to decide whether to discipline any of those criticized, risking a further blow to the morale of an agency stil l charged with protecting the country against future terrorist attacks. Note: Though various whistleblowers on the 9/11 cover-up have been fired or demo ted, there has never been a report of a single government official being discipl ined for failures which led to the 9/11 attacks. As pressure builds for accounta bility, Tenet, who resigned over a year ago, may be the chosen scapegoat.

9/11 Commission's Staff Rejected Report on Early Identification of Chief Hijacke r 2005-08-11, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/11/politics/11intel.html?ex=1281412800&en=3c4c... The Sept. 11 commission was warned by a uniformed military officer 10 days befor e issuing its final report that the account would be incomplete without referenc e to what he described as a secret military operation that by the summer of 2000 had identified as a potential threat the member of Al Qaeda who would lead the attacks more than a year later. The officials said that the information had not been included in the report because aspects of the officer's account had sounded inconsistent with what the commission knew about that Qaeda member, Mohammed At ta, the plot's leader. [Republican Congressman Curt] Weldon has accused the comm ission of ignoring information that would have forced a rewriting of the history of the Sept. 11 attacks. He has asserted that the Able Danger unit...sought to call their superiors' attention to Mr. Atta and three other future hijackers in the summer of 2000. In a letter sent Wednesday to members of the commission, Mr. Weldon criticized the panel in scathing terms, saying that its "refusal to inve stigate Able Danger after being notified of its existence, and its recent effort s to feign ignorance of the project...brings shame on the commissioners." Al Fel zenberg, who served as the commission's chief spokesman, said earlier this week that staff members who were briefed about Able Danger at a first meeting, in Oct ober 2003, did not remember hearing anything about Mr. Atta or an American terro rist cell. On Wednesday, however, Mr. Felzenberg said the uniformed officer who briefed two staff members in July 2004 had indeed mentioned Mr. Atta.

Brothers, Bad Blood and the Blackwater Tangle 2007-11-17, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/us/17brothers.html?ex=1352955600&en=1cb325e... They were smart, scrappy brothers who rose from modest circumstances in Baltimor e to become lacrosse stars at Princeton, succeed in business and land big govern ment jobs. Now the Krongard brothers who have carried childhood nicknames, Buzzy and Cookie, through long careers are tied up in the tangled story of Blackwater , the security contractor accused in the deaths of at least 17 Iraqis while guar ding a State Department convoy in Baghdad. The shorthand version boils their inv olvement down to that Washington catchall conflict of interest. The full story a ppears more complicated. Alvin [Buzzy] Krongard, 71, ... left a $4 million-a-yea r job in investment banking to serve in top posts at the Central Intelligence Ag ency from 1998 to 2004. Buzzy Krongard spoke [to the New York Times] in his 15,0 00-square-foot Georgian mansion, Torch Hill, north of Baltimore. After rising to the helm of Alex. Brown & Sons, the venerable Baltimore investment banking firm

, Buzzy Krongard oversaw its acquisition by Bankers Trust in 1997 and left the n ext year for the C.I.A., as a counselor to George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence. He became executive director, the No. 3 post, in 2001 and helped design the agency s secret detention program after the Sept. 11 attacks. B uzzy Krongard vigorously defends Blackwater s record in Iraq. It s very easy to secon d-guess them when you re sitting back in an air-conditioned office, he said. Note: Buzzy Krongard took quite a cut in pay to move from Bankers Trust to the c omparatively modest salary of even a high-ranking CIA position. Bankers Trust wa s purchased by the same company that placed the highly unusual and suspicious "p ut options" on United Airlines stock just days before 9/11. For a powerful summa ry of similarly strange, unexplained facts related to 9/11, click here.

Sandy Berger gives up law license 2007-06-08, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19106937/ Berger, now an international business consultant, said in a statement last month that he "decided to voluntarily relinquish my license" as a result of pleading guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, a misdemean or. "I realized then that my law license would be affected," Berger said in the statement obtained Thursday. In April 2005, Berger admitted destroying some of t he documents and then lying about it. He called his actions a lapse of judgment that came while he was preparing to testify before the Sept. 11 commission. The documents he took contained information on terror threats in the United States d uring the 2000 millennium celebration. Berger had only copies of documents; all the originals remain in the government's possession. A report by the archives in spector general said that Berger acknowledged hiding some of them at a construct ion site near the archives building in Washington. Note: For a more in-depth analysis of Berger's admitted crime, which tries to an swer the question "What information was worth risking his reputation, his career , and his freedom to keep hidden?", click here.

Can the 20th hijacker of Sept. 11 stand trial? 2006-10-24, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15361462/ Mohammed al-Qahtani, detainee No. 063, was forced to wear a bra. He had a thong placed on his head. He was massaged by a female interrogator who straddled him l ike a lap dancer. He was told that his mother and sisters were whores. He was to ld that other detainees knew he was gay. He was forced to dance with a male inte rrogator. He was strip-searched in front of women. He was led on a leash and for ced to perform dog tricks. That much is known. These details were among the find ings of the U.S. Army s investigation of al-Qahtani's aggressive interrogation at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But only now is a picture emerging of how the interrogatio n policy developed, and the battle that law enforcement agents waged, inside Gua ntanamo and in the offices of the Pentagon, against harsh treatment of al-Qahtan i and other detainees by military intelligence interrogators. In interviews with MSNBC.com the first time they have spoken publicly former senior law enforcemen t agents described their attempts to stop the abusive interrogations. The agents of the Pentagon's Criminal Investigation Task Force, working to build legal cas es against suspected terrorists, said they objected to coercive tactics used...a fter Guantanamo's prison camp opened in early 2002. They ultimately carried thei r battle up to the office of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who approv ed the more aggressive techniques. And they described their disappointment when

military prosecutors told them not to worry about making a criminal case against al-Qahtani, the suspected "20th hijacker" of Sept. 11, because what had been do ne to him would prevent him from ever being put on trial.

The enduring conspiracy factor 2006-09-10, Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Articl... Five years after the most reported and recorded cataclysmic event in world histo ry, one would expect the conspiracy theorists to have been pushed to society's m argins. Think again. As time passes, more and more Americans are convinced the m ost bizarre theory is that 19 guys with box cutters, directed by a bearded man i n a cave in Afghanistan, pulled off the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. An inside job ? Those who believe that are not crackpots, says Mark Fenster, a University of F lorida law professor and author of Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in Ame rican Culture. Fenster says the John F. Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 attac ks are huge events that have been officially explained by tiny scenarios, someth ing people find unsatisfying. Kevin Ryan, a leading figure in the conspiracy mov ement, [will] tell you what started him down the conspiracy path. "I first began to be suspicious ... after it was clear the Bush administration had lied to us about the reasons for going to war in Iraq," says Ryan, who was lab director at an Underwriters Laboratory subsidiary in South Bend, Ind., until he was fired af ter questioning official reports on the collapse of the twin towers. "Since then , I've wondered when the lying began." In Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9 /11: A Call to Reflection and Action, David Ray Griffin, a professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at California's Claremont School of Theology, accuses t he Bush administration of orchestrating the attacks. Some of the leading conspir acy theorists are scientists, engineers, theologians and university professors, 75 of whom formed Scholars For 9/11 Truth.

Was 9/11 an 'inside job'? 2006-08-03, Seattle Post-Intelligencer http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/279827_conspiracy02ww.html More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assiste d in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United Sta tes could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio U niversity poll. Suspicions that the 9/11 attacks were "an inside job"...quickly have become nearly as popular as decades-old conspiracy theories that the federa l government was responsible for President John F. Kennedy's assassination and t hat it has covered up proof of space aliens. Thirty-six percent of respondents o verall said it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that federal officials eith er participated in the attacks...or took no action to stop them. "One out of thr ee sounds high, but that may very well be right," said Lee Hamilton, former vice chairman of...the 9/11 Commission. "A lot of people I've encountered believe th e U.S. government was involved," Hamilton said. "Many say the government planned the whole thing," he said. The poll also found that 16 percent of Americans spe culate that secretly planted explosives, not burning passenger jets, were the re al reason the massive twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. Twelve pe rcent suspect the Pentagon was struck by a military cruise missile in 2001 rathe r than by an airliner captured by terrorists. "We know that there are a lot of p eople now asking questions," said Janice Matthews, executive director of 911Trut h.org, one of the most sophisticated Internet sites raising doubts about officia l explanations of the attacks. "We didn't have the Internet after Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin or the Kennedy assassination. But we live in different times now."

Security breach of FBI's translator program to be questioned 2005-03-02, USA Today/Associated Press http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-03-02-fbi-translator_x.htm After listening to former translator Sibel Edmonds complain about her treatment at the hands of the Justice Department and the FBI, Reps. Christopher Shays, R-C onn., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said their staffs would debrief Edmonds and c onfront Justice Department officials with the information. Edmonds commented on the issue while testifying at a House Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the government's designation of information as classified. She told lawmakers th e people she accused were still working at the FBI. The Justice Department's ins pector general said last month that the FBI never adequately investigated Edmond s' complaints, even though evidence and witnesses supported her. Edmonds filed a lawsuit seeking to keep her job, but last summer a judge threw out her case aft er Attorney General John Ashcroft said her claims might harm national security b y exposing government secrets. Note: This article fails to mention Ms. Edmonds claims that top individuals in g overnment concealed critical information about 9/11 suggesting complicity by com promised politicians. For more, click here.

National security whistle-blowers allege retaliation 2006-02-16, Sacramento Bee (leading newspaper of California's capital city) http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/politics/story/3168792p-11877323c.html Military and intelligence officers told spellbound lawmakers Tuesday that their careers had been ruined by superiors because they refused to lie about Able Dang er, Abu Ghraib and other national security controversies. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaff er...told a House Government Reform subcommittee that he and other intelligence officers and contractors working on the top-secret program code-named "Able Dang er" had identified Mohammed Atta, ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, but were p revented from passing their findings to the FBI. "Many of us have a personal com mitment to ... going forward to expose the truth and wrongdoing of government of ficials who, before and after the 9/11 attacks, failed to do their job." Shaffer contradicted recent statements by Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the Sept. 11 commission, who denied having met with Shaffer and other Able Dange r operatives in Afghanistan in October 2003. "I did meet with him," Shaffer said . "I have the business card he gave me. I find it hard to believe that he could not remember meeting me." The commission's chairman and vice chairman, former Ne w Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, released a statement say ing the panel had looked into the work of Able Danger and found it "historically insignificant." Note: Though Able Danger received wide media coverage when it first came out six months ago, CNN was the only major media outlet to give significant coverage to this most important news. Yet CNN did not post the text of the program on their website. Why isn't our media covering this vital topic? For lots more on this, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/911information and http://www.WantToKnow.info/abl edanger911

The war on paperclips 2005-05-11, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1480940,00.html

The FBI, as we know, blocked all manner of investigations into the [9/11] plot i n the run up to its execution, whether these involved highly specific warnings f rom its own agents or from government sources in Afghanistan, Argentina, Britain , the Cayman Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Russia. Meanwhile, I worry why the nearest military aircraft weren't scrambled to intercept any of the hijacked flights when this is standard procedure and why , when more distant jets were finally aloft, they flew at less than half speed, thus failing to prevent the impacts at the twin towers.

Court prevents release of most September 11 emergency calls 2005-03-24, CNN News http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/03/24/sept11.tapes The emergency phone calls made by people trapped inside the World Trade Center o n September 11, 2001, need not be released to the public, a New York court ruled Thursday. The families sought release of the 9-1-1 calls possessed by the Fire Department of New York, along with department dispatcher calls and interviews wi th firefighters who participated in the September 11 rescue effort. The FDNY had resisted the disclosures, citing privacy concerns. The FDNY also sought to bloc k the release of six unidentified tapes and transcripts selected by federal pros ecutors as evidence in the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person fa cing trial in the United States for the September 11 attacks.

Judge dismisses New York Times libel suit 2007-01-12, MSNBC News/Associate Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16600278 A federal judge on Friday dismissed a libel lawsuit filed against The New York T imes by a former Army scientist once identified as a person of interest in the 2 001 anthrax attacks. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton in Alexandria dismissed t he case a week after lawyers for the Times argued that Steven Hatfill should be considered a public figure under libel law, which makes it much more difficult f or a public figure to win a judgment than a private citizen. The judge did not e xplain his ruling in the order issued Friday. Hatfill had claimed that a series of columns falsely implicated him as the culprit in the anthrax attacks. Kristof said all along that he never intended to accuse Hatfill but simply wanted to pr od a dawdling FBI investigation. He initially referred to Hatfill in his columns only as Mr. X, and identified him by name only after Hatfill held a news conferen ce to denounce rumors that had been swirling around him. Hatfill argued that the columns contained enough information about him that people could deduce his ide ntity. Five people were killed and 17 sickened by anthrax that had been mailed t o lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the news media in New York and Florid a just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The case remains unsol ved. Note: There is much more here than meets the eye. This article fails to mention some key facts. As reported by the highly respected Federation of American Scien tists, "the New York Times invoked the 'state secrets' doctrine last month in a motion to dismiss the libel suit brought against it by Steven J. Hatfill." What secrets would be divulged? Could this have anything to do with the many microbio logists who were murdered or died under mysterious circumstances within months o f the anthrax scares? For more, click here.

TV show host boots out 9/11 conspiracy theorists 2007-10-23, Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2197237,00.html It's the conundrum that faces all television personalities broadcasting live: ho w to deal with hecklers trying to disrupt the show. Do you ignore the perpetrato rs? Do you try to reason with them? Or do you do what the American comic and tal k show host Bill Maher did - jump into the audience, threaten the hecklers with an "ass kicking" and scream "Get the fuck out of my building!" In one of the mor e unconventional displays of audience interaction on US television in recent yea rs, that is now doing hot trade as a clip on YouTube, Maher reacted to the inter ruptions of hecklers in his studio audience with the memorable words: "Do we hav e some fucking security in this building?" He then tore off his lapel microphone and stormed off the stage and up to some protesters wielding "expose the 9/11 c over-up" banners. It was at that point during a panel discussion on his HBO show , Real Time With Bill Maher, that the nature of the comic's difficulties with an element of his audience became clear. Maher is a darling of the US liberal inte lligentsia for his brand of Bush-bashing and anti-religious pedantry. But the on e point over which he will not bash the Bush administration is the events of Sep tember 11 2001. He does not agree with 9/11 conspiracy theorists, or Truthers as they call themselves, that the Bush administration brought down the Twin Towers in a controlled explosion. The trouble started a few weeks ago when Maher launc hed a verbal assault on air against the Truthers, calling them "crazy people". H e advised the conspiracy theorists, who had been demonstrating outside his studi o, to visit their doctor to ask whether the antidepressant Paxil was right for t hem. In 2002 ABC ended its relationship with him over comments he made in his fo rmer show, Politically Incorrect, about the 9/11 hijackers. Note: To watch Bill Maher's performance on YouTube, click here. For a concise su mmary of reliable reports from major media sources which raise many unanswered q uestions about what really happened on 9/11, click here.

More Canadians blaming U.S. policies for Sept. 11 attacks 2006-09-11, Ottawa Citizen http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=864d6b12-1abd-49d3-b24f-06b... A poll conducted for Canwest News Service indicates that 53 per cent of Canadian s believe the attacks were "a very specific violent reaction to foreign policies of the U.S. government." The results show that Canadians are more firm in their blame since the first anniversary of Sept. 11, in 2002, when only 15 per cent s aid that U.S. foreign policy was responsible. Only 36 per cent reported that the terrorist bombings signalled an attack against "all western-style, affluent dem ocracies because they hate their ideas and values, symbolized most by the United States." In a bizarre finding, the polling firm reported that 22 per cent of Ca nadians believe in a conspiracy theory in which the terrorist attacks were orche strated by a "group of highly influential Americans and others" rather than by s upporters of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorist network. The theory that the U.S. pulled off an inside job to ultimately justify going to war for Iraqi oil persists in Canada and in the United States, fuelled by a few books and a co mpelling Internet documentary called Loose Change, created by two young American s, which has been viewed by millions and is particularly popular on university c ampuses and in Internet chat rooms. The poll shows young adults aged 18 to 34 ar e most likely to believe in the conspiracy theory (26 per cent). Note: For our reliable, verifiable 9/11 Information Center: http://www.WantToKno w.info/911information

Grenades 'caused Beslan tragedy' 2006-08-29, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5294548.stm A Russian investigator has said grenades fired by surrounding Russian forces cou ld have triggered the Beslan school bloodbath in September 2004. Yuri Savelyev's conclusions contradict the official view that bombs planted by the hostage-take rs in the school gym went off just before the gun battle. Mr Savelyev is a membe r of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating the siege, in which 331 people died. Mr Savelyev, a weapons and explosives expert, said that during the investigation, he "discovered that the consequences of those blasts could not at all be explained by the explosions of the home-made devices installed by the re bels". The head of the commission, Stanislav Kesayev, said he had confidence in Mr Savelyev's conclusions. "He had more resources than our commission. He relied on his own knowledge as a weapons specialist and mathematician," Mr Kesayev tol d the radio. For weeks after the siege Russian officials had denied the use of f lamethrowers. Note: The Russian school bombing is very likely one of many examples of a falseflag operation -- a terrorist act staged secretly by a government and blamed on another group or government in order to achieve a certain agenda. To understand more about that agenda, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/brighterfuture. To see Te rrorstorm, an excellent, free documentary on false flag operations, click here.

Kevin Barrett: Media hide truth: 9/11 was inside job 2006-05-11, The Capital Times http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/column/index.php?ntid=83698&ntpid=1 Last Saturday, former Bush administration official Morgan Reynolds drew an enthu siastic capacity crowd to the Wisconsin Historical Society auditorium. Reynolds, the ex-top economist for George W. Bush's Labor Department, charged the Bush ad ministration with gross malfeasance, and proposed the prosecution of top adminis tration officials. Normally, if a prestigious UW alumnus and ex-Bush administrat ion official were to come to the Wisconsin Historical Society to spill the beans about a Bush administration scandal, it would make the news. The local TV stati ons would cover it, and it would merit front page headlines in The Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal. When a former Bush administration insider makes su ch charges, how can the media ignore them? Is Reynolds a lone crank? Hardly. A l ong list of prominent Americans have spoken out for 9/11 truth: Rev. William Slo ane Coffin, Sen. Barbara Boxer, former head of the Star Wars program Col. Robert Bowman, ex-Reagan administration economics guru Paul Craig Roberts, progressive Jewish author-activist Rabbi Michael Lerner, former CIA official Ray McGovern, author-essayist Gore Vidal, and many other respected names from across the polit ical spectrum have gone on the record for 9/11 truth. It is time to break the 9/ 11 truth blackout. Please put pressure on your local media through letters to th e editor, call-ins to talk radio, and phone calls to local and national journali sts.

Conspiracy film rewrites Sept. 11 2006-04-27, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-04-27-conspiracies-sept-11_x.htm Loose Change...is being downloaded from the Internet and shown in small screenin gs here and overseas. The film appears especially popular among young people imm ersed in a Web culture brimming with sites that question the credibility of gove

rnment. They see 9/11 as the defining moment of their lives. Professors and rese archers of film and politics say the Internet is making it far easier to spread such theories because the traditional media are losing their hold on the news. I nternet chat rooms are full of promos for screenings of Loose Change. Most of wh at the film alleges is refuted by the evidence at hand. Anything not answered de finitively by the government is interpreted by the film as proof of a coverup. S ome college students who saw Loose Change and are promoting it say it's good to raise questions. The film "at the very least suggests that we don't know the who le truth" says Matt Latham, a freshman at the University of California, Santa Cr uz. People believe in conspiracy theories because the truth "is either too simpl e or too remote," says sociologist Clifton Bryant of Virginia Tech University. " We're always ready to believe something about which we know nothing." Note: A big thank you to USA Today for carrying this article, even though overal l it is trying to debunk the film. Loose Change ranked in the top 10 most viewed videos on Google for many months, and even reached the #1 position for a number of days. Don't miss this incredibly eye-opening film which is waking up caring citizens around the world. Click here.

Physicist says heat substance felled WTC 2006-04-10, Deseret News (a leading newspaper in Utah) http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635198488,00.html A Brigham Young University physicist said he now believes an incendiary substanc e called thermite, bolstered by sulfur, was used to generate exceptionally hot f ires at the World Trade Center on 9/11, causing the structural steel to fail and the buildings to collapse. "It looks like thermite with sulfur added," Steven J ones, professor of physics at BYU, told a meeting of the Utah Academy of Science , Arts and Letters. Jones is co-chairman, with James H. Fetzer, a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota of Scholars for 9/11 Trut h, a group of college faculty members who believe conspirators other than pilots of the planes were directly involved in bringing down New York's Trade Towers. The group, which Jones said has 200 members, maintains a Web site at www.st911.o rg. A 40-page paper by Jones, along with other peer-reviewed and non-reviewed ac ademic papers, are posted on the site. Last year, Jones presented various argume nts for his theory that explosives or incendiary devices were planted in the Tra de Towers, and in WTC 7, a smaller building in the Trade Center complex, and tha t those materials, not planes crashing into the buildings, caused the buildings to collapse. Jones said his studies are confined to physical causes of the colla pses, and he doesn't like to speculate about who might have entered the building s and placed thermite and sulfur. Note: For lots more reliable, verifiable information suggesting a 9/11 cover-up: http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up

An Inside Job? Theologian scoffed at 9/11 conspiracy theories, then looked close r 2006-03-30, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/30/NSGB3HTBQ61.DTL When David Ray Griffin, noted theologian and professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, first heard someone say that Sept. 11 was an inside job, he scoffed. [But later] Griffin began to delve into 9/11 conspiracy theories after looking at a time line of the events of Sept. 11, 2001...on the Internet. He fo und himself swayed by the catalog of inconsistencies and strange coincidences. G riffin points to historical evidence that the U.S. government would be capable o

f such a thing. Operation Northwoods, a plan concocted by the Pentagon in the '6 0s as a way of taking Castro from power, included ideas about how a terrorist at tack on U.S. soil could provide a pretext for military action. While many conspi racy theories have been passed around, it's been very easy to dismiss many of th e theorists as...crazy. But Griffin comes to his controversial conclusions with lucidity and calm. He even sees a connection between his long-standing work as a theologian and his new position as a political writer. "In both cases, the conc ern is for the good of the world as a whole."

Moussaoui Jury Riveted by 9/11 Transcript 2006-03-08, CBS/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/08/ap/national/mainD8G7AG300.shtml The details of what happened to the four hijacked jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001, h ave been known for years, but when a prosecutor read a simple minute-by-minute a ccount of the attacks, the jury deciding the fate of confessed al-Qaida conspira tor Zacarias Moussaoui hung on every word. In a similar vein, the missed opportu nities of the FBI and other agencies to prevent Sept. 11 have been known for yea rs, but when FBI agents are forced to admit them on cross-examination, they seem fresh to the jury. FBI agents have been forced to admit under cross-examination that the FBI knew years before Sept. 11 that al-Qaida had plans to use planes a s missiles to destroy prominent buildings. They also had to acknowledge numerous missed opportunities in the months before Sept. 11 to catch two of the hijacker s with terror links known to the government, even though the pair frequently use d their own names in this country to rent cars, purchase plane tickets and even, once, to file a police report after getting mugged. Note: What all of the media articles on this important case fail to mention is t he laptop computer of Moussaoui was confiscated weeks before 9/11, yet FBI headq uarters systematically undermined requests by Minneapolis FBI agents to search t he computer. See http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg#moussaouilaptop. An d a full two weeks before 9/11 an FBI Minnesota supervisor said he was trying ke ep Moussaoui from taking control of a plane and fly it into the WTC," yet his inv estigation was repeatedly blocked by top officials. See http://www.WantToKnow.in fo/9-11cover-up10pg#moussaoui

Court Frees Sept. 11 Convict 2006-02-07, ABC/Reuters http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1589740 A Moroccan convicted of belonging to a terrorist cell that included three Sept. 11 hijackers was freed from prison Tuesday after a federal court ruled he should n't be jailed with appeals still pending. A statement by Germany's Federal Const itutional Court said the lower court had been wrong to order el Motassadeq retur ned to custody because appeals by both the defense and prosecutors were still pe nding. Mounir el Motassadeq, 31, was sentenced to seven years in prison in Augus t by a court in Hamburg. In 2003, he became the first person anywhere to be conv icted in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks when he was found guilty of member ship in a terrorist organization. The Moroccan acknowledges he was close to the hijackers but insists he knew nothing of their plans. Defense lawyers criticized the lack of direct testimony from witnesses such as Ramzi Binalshibh, a key Sep t. 11 suspect held by the U.S. Note: See http://www.WantToKnow.info/9-11cover-up10pg#hijackersmilitary to read news articles by CBS, New York Times, and Los Angeles times describing how the F BI identified 50 individuals involved in orchestrating 9/11 and had 40 of them i

n custody. Yet not one of these people was ever tried. Is it logically possible that the 19 hijackers could have pulled off 9/11 without any support? Why have o nly two people worldwide ever been officially accused on involvement in 9/11 pla nning? And one of those two is now freed?

No evidence? It must be conspiracy 2005-11-20, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's leading newspaper) http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/no-evidence-it-must-be-conspiracy/2005/11/20... The twin towers did not fall because aircraft hit them. Demolition explosive cha rges made them collapse. If you look at close-up video you see puffs of explosiv es coming out the sides of the buildings as they topple. An advertisement that m akes this allegation has been airing in New York for months. It ends with a voic e saying: "Reopen the investigation and address the unanswered questions of 9/11 ." If you go to the website reopen911.org you find a series of even more startli ng claims. Did a plane actually hit the Pentagon? Photos taken on September 11, 2001, show no cabin, no tail and no engines. What about the phone calls by passe ngers from the hijacked planes? "You can't make calls from aircraft." Note: Though this article pokes fun at people who challenge the 9/11 story, yet it also raises serious questions. We are thankful for any media attention, even that which refutes the 9/11 movement, as any press brings the subject more fully into public awareness. See our 9/11 Information Center for more.

The President's 'Pit Bull' 2005-10-04, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-profile4oct04,0,7005879.... After they left Texas for Washington following the 2000 presidential election, M iers assumed such an insider role that in 2001 it was she who handed Bush the cr ucial "presidential daily briefing" hinting at terrorist plots against America j ust a month before the Sept. 11 attacks. Note: No other major media reported this significant fact on the topic of U.S. S upreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. The respected Editor and Publisher had this to say: "On its front page Tuesday, The New York Times published a photo of new U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers going over a briefing paper with Presid ent George W. Bush at his Crawford ranch 'in August 2001,' the caption reads. US A Today and the Boston Globe carried the photo labeled simply '2001,' but many o ther newspapers ran the picture in print or on the Web with a more precise date: Aug. 6, 2001. The PDB [Presidential Daily Briefing] was headed 'Bin Laden Deter mined to Strike in U.S.,' and notes, among other things, FBI information indicat ing 'patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparation s for hijackings or other types of attacks.' " For the entire article, click her e.

Sibel Edmonds v. Department of Justice: A Patriot Silenced 2005-09-26, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) http://www.aclu.org/court/court.cfm?ID=19163&c=317 The American Civil Liberties Union is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court's dismissal of the case of Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator wh o was fired in retaliation for reporting security breaches and possible espionag e within the Bureau. Lower courts dismissed the case when former Attorney Genera

l John Ashcroft invoked the rarely used "state secrets" privilege. An unclassifi ed summary of a report by the DOJ's Inspector General, released in January 2005, corroborates Edmonds' allegations. The IG report concludes that the FBI had ret aliated against Edmonds for reporting serious security breaches, stating that ... her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the FBI's decision to terminate her services. Fourteen 9/11 family member advocacy groups and publi c interest organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Edmonds case before the District Court. Edmonds' ordeal is highlighted in a 10-page art icle in the September 2005 issue of Vanity Fair titled An Inconvenient Patriot. Th e article, which chronicles FBI wrongdoing and possible corruption charges invol ving a high-level member of Congress, further undercuts the government's claim t hat the case can't be litigated because certain information is secret.

Weldon doubts DoD on Able Danger 2005-09-08, UPI http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20050908-122856-3635r The congressman who first made public claims that a secret Pentagon data mining project linked the Sept. 11 attacks ringleader to al-Qaida more than a year befo re the attacks took place says he does not believe the military's account of how the results of the project's work came to be destroyed. "I seriously have my do ubts that it was routine," Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Penn., told United Press Internat ional. Weldon said he had asked the Pentagon for the certificates of destruction that military officials must complete when classified data is destroyed. He sai d that there had been "a second elimination of data in 2003," in addition to the destruction acknowledged last week. "For some reason, the bureaucracy in the Pe ntagon -- I mean the civilian bureaucracy -- didn't want this to get out," he sa id. Note: The New York Times reported that the 9/11 Commission was informed of Able Danger and of lead hijacker Mohamed Atta being identified as a threat and an al Qaeda member more than a year before 9/11. Why was this crucial fact not even me ntioned in the 9/11 Commission report?

'Able Danger' Could Rewrite History 2005-08-12, Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,165414,00.html The federal commission that probed the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was told t wice about "Able Danger," a military intelligence unit that had identified Moham ed Atta and other hijackers a year before the attacks. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa.,. ..wrote to the former chairman and vice-chairman of the Sept. 11 commission late Wednesday, telling them that their staff had received two briefings on the mili tary intelligence unit -- once in October 2003 and again in July 2004. Weldon... wrote to former Chairman Gov. Thomas Kean and Vice-Chairman Rep. Lee Hamilton. " The 9/11 commission staff received not one but two briefings on Able Danger from former team members, yet did not pursue the matter. "The commission's refusal t o investigate Able Danger after being notified of its existence, and its recent efforts to feign ignorance of the project while blaming others for supposedly wi thholding information on it, brings shame on the commissioners" Note: For an abundance of excellent, incriminating information on this, see our Able Danger Information Center.

Experts Call for Release of 9/11 Evidence 2006-03-01, Yahoo News/PR Web http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20060301/bs_prweb/prweb352979_1 A society of experts and scholars has now joined with Judicial Watch in calling for release of videos that are being held by the Department of Defense, which ar e essential to understanding events at the Pentagon that transpired on September 11, 2001. Scholars for 9/11 Truth, which is dedicated to exposing falsehoods an d establishing truths about the events of 9/11, has gone beyond Judicial Watch b y calling for the release of other films and evidence that, its officers maintai n, are essential to understanding 9/11. "It is outrageous that the government is withholding this vital information", said James H. Fetzer, founder and co-chair of the society. They are calling for immediate release of the full Pentagon sur veillance tape as well as video tapes seized by FBI agents minutes after the Pen tagon hit; a complete inventory of the plane wreckage and debris from Flights 11 , 77, 93, 175 or any other aircraft that crashed or was destroyed on September 1 1, 2001. Note: Though Yahoo! News picked up this important article, no major media found it newsworthy until many months later.

The Conspiracy to Rewrite 9/11 2006-09-03, San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/09/03/INGR0KRCBA1.DTL According to a poll by Ohio University and Scripps Howard News Service, 36 perce nt of Americans believe that government officials "either assisted in the 9/ 11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks." Sixteen percent of Americans, th e survey indicates, believe that "secret explosives"...brought down the World Tr ade Center towers. Robert Bowman, who directed the "Star Wars" defense program u nder Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, reached his own conclusion after q uestioning...why the American military hadn't intercepted the hijacked planes be fore they hit the Pentagon and the World Trade Center [and] why the Pentagon did n't release surveillance tapes of American Airlines Flight 77 hitting the milita ry complex. A former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel with a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology...Bowman theorizes that Cheney and other off icials stood to benefit financially. Bowman says they had a long-standing desire to control Iraq's oil and to use the country as a strategic hub for controlling the entire Middle East. The Sept. 11 commission, he says, neglected to investig ate these possible connections, leaving a huge gap in the official account. Scho lars for 9/11 Truth [is] an organization that believes the U.S. government "perm itted 9/11 to occur." Among the group's members are Paul W. Rea, a humanities le cturer at St. Mary's College in Moraga; Tracy Belvins, a research scientist in b ioengineering at Rice University; Kevin Barrett, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...and Stephen LeRoy, an economics professor at UC Santa Barba ra who has been a visiting economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisc o.

9/11 Thefts Not Prosecuted 2006-06-16, CBS News/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/16/ap/national/mainD8I9H5EG4.shtml A disaster relief company that took supplies that were supposed to go to Sept. 1 1 rescuers at the World Trade Center escaped punishment after the government dis covered its own employees had stolen artifacts from ground zero, once-secret fed eral documents show. Dan L'Allier...told The Associated Press he witnessed 45 to

ns of the New York loot being unloaded in Minnesota at his company's headquarter s. He and a colleague...complained to a company executive but were ordered to ke ep quiet. They went instead to the FBI. The two whistleblowers eventually lost t heir jobs, received death threats and were blackballed in the disaster relief in dustry. But they remained convinced their sacrifice was worth it to make sure ju stice was done. They were wrong. Federal prosecutors eventually charged KEI...bu t excluded the Sept. 11 thefts. The lead investigators for the FBI and [FEMA] to ld AP that the plan to prosecute...stopped as soon as it became clear in late su mmer 2002 that an FBI agent in Minnesota had stolen a crystal globe from ground zero. That prompted a broader review that ultimately found 16 government employe es, including a top FBI executive and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, had such artifacts from New York or the Pentagon. "It's a sad indictment of our just ice system that they would let people go in order to cover up misconduct by fede ral employees," said Jane Turner, the lead FBI agent. She too became a whistlebl ower alleging the bureau tried to fire her for bringing the stolen artifacts to light.

The 9/11 conspiracy: Rubbish or reality? 2006-09-11, MSNBC http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14789644/ It is a bright and hopeful morning that greeted Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. The n it starts. By lunchtime, both buildings are gone, having crumbled to the groun d, neatly compacting themselves in the descent. In the ensuing hours we begin to learn the names of those involved in the tragedy. Their passports sitting atop the smoldering rubble prove easier to find than virtually indestructible black-b ox data recorders that vanish without a trace. We are told that Osama bin Laden -- a known terrorist who had been trained in war tactics by the United States -is to blame. The destruction of a third Manhattan skyscraper -- the 47-story Bu ilding #7 -- also collapsed, although no plane struck it. It's owner, Larry Silv erstein, insured the building for $7 billion shortly before the disaster. "You h ave to ask yourself some simple questions, like how is it that Morgan Bush, the president's younger brother, owned the company that was in charge of security fo r the World Trade Center, yet it has never appeared in The New York Times?" Note: This article largely seeks to debunk the 9/11 cover-up, yet it does give s ome good information.

September 11th Terrorist Attacks 2006-07-29, C-SPAN http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dprogram&record... Panelists talked about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Among the issues they addressed were various theories concerning t he origins of the attacks, charges of a government and media cover-up of key fac ts, the results of investigations into the attacks, and public perceptions of th e events of September 11, 2001. Participants...called on citizens to question of ficial versions of the terrorist attacks, examine independent sources of informa tion, and conduct grassroots education campaigns to change public opinion. Follo wing their presentations they answered questions from the audience. The two-day event, "American Scholars Symposium: 9/11 and The Neo-Con Agenda," was held in t he ballroom of the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown. Note: This 105-minute program was aired on C-SPAN four times over the course of four days! Click on the links to see the schedule: July 29th, 8:00 PM, July 29th 11:00 PM, July 30th, 3:18 PM, and Aug. 1st, 6:11 PM. To view the program on C-S

PAN's website as broadcast, see rtsp://video.c-span.org/60days/ap072906_theories .rm or see http://www.911blogger.com/2006/07/cspans-coverage-of-american-scholar s.html. We express gratitude to C-SPAN for their courage in broadcasting this pr ogram and helping people to question what really happened on that fateful day.

C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden 2006-07-03, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/washington/04intel.html?ex=1309665600&en=3f... The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the miss ion of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials c onfirmed Monday. The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year a nd its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the offici als said. The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit befo re Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sep t. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice "de ad or alive." "The efforts to find Osama bin Laden are as strong as ever," said Jennifer Millerwise Dyck, a C.I.A. spokeswoman. "This is an agile agency, and th e decision was made to ensure greater reach and focus." Michael Scheuer, a forme r senior C.I.A. official who was the first head of the unit, said the move refle cted a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he onc e was. Mr. Scheuer said that view was mistaken. "This will clearly denigrate our operations against Al Qaeda," he said. Note: They disband the unit to capture the man on the most wanted list? What's u p with that?

Unwelcome Attention From Moussaoui Trial 2006-03-25, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/25/politics/25moussaoui.html?ex=1300942800&en=... The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui was supposed to have been the governm ent's best opportunity to hold someone accountable for the deaths on Sept. 11, 2 001. But after federal prosecutors finished laying out their case this week, eve n those who strongly supported an aggressive prosecution may wonder whether the trial has shed as much light on Mr. Moussaoui's culpability as it has on the mis steps and mistakes by law enforcement agencies. The testimony of two prosecution witnesses, in particular, has brought renewed and unwelcome attention to how th e [FBI] dealt with early warning signs. Mr. Moussaoui is the sole person to go t o trial in an American courtroom for the attacks. Under cross-examination...Mr. Samit acknowledged that after the attacks he had written strongly worded reports saying his superiors had improperly blocked his efforts to investigate Mr. Mous saoui. He added that he was convinced that Mr. Moussaoui was a terrorist involve d in an imminent hijacking plot. He offered a devastating comment from a supervi sor who said pressing too hard to obtain a warrant for Mr. Moussaoui would hurt his career. Mr. Samit also wrote that his superiors did not act because they wer e guilty of "criminal negligence" and they were gambling that Mr. Moussaoui had little to offer. The lost wager, Mr. Samit said, was paid in many lives.

Wis. lawmaker wants lecturer fired for 9-11 conspiracy views 2006-06-29, CBS News Chicago, Associated Press http://cbs2chicago.com/wisconsinwire/WI--Instructor-Sept.1_k_n_0wi--/resource... A state lawmaker is calling on the University of Wisconsin-Madison to fire a par

t-time instructor who has spoken out on his beliefs that figures in the U.S. gov ernment, not al-Qaida, were behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Kevin Barrett is scheduled to teach a class in the fall in the UW-Madison Department of Langu ages and Cultures of Asia. During his appearance Wednesday night on Jessica McBr ide's show on WTMJ, Barrett disputed most of the widely accepted information abo ut the attacks that brought down the World Trade Center. Among other things, he claimed the group believed to have carried out the attacks was "a bunch of loser s who couldn't even fly planes," and that evidence indicates the buildings were brought down by controlled demolitions. He acknowledged discussing Sept. 11 in t eaching classes, but said it was only to give both sides of the issue, not to co nvert anyone to his point of view. State Rep. Stephen Nass...issued a statement demanding Barrett be fired immediately, calling him an embarrassment and accusin g him of spewing "garbage." Barrett received his doctorate from UW-Madison in 20 04 in African languages and literature and folklore Note: Vote in a website poll on this issue at http://www.channel3000.com/news/94 57154/detail.html. Kevin Barrett is the courageous director of a 9/11 website at http://www.mujca.com and a member of the influential group of professors and sc holars who make up Scholars For 9/11 Truth: http://www.st911.org

Opium Bumper Crop Seen to Benefit Taliban 2006-09-03, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=2390033&page=1 Already the world's largest producer of opium, Afghanistan's 2006 output has soa red a staggering 59 percent, according to a survey by the U.N.'s drug control pr ogram. So this year, the country that the United States invaded five years ago t o stabilize will produce 16,000 tons of opium. Drugs now make up more than half of gross domestic product. Top government officials are tied to the drug trade. Corruption runs rampant. Addiction rates in Afghanistan and neighboring Central Asia, Iran and Pakistan are skyrocketing. Note: How is it possible that the opium production continues to skyrocket in Afg hanistan, when it was decimated the year before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan? Fo r a possible answer, click here.

Report Urges F.A.A. to Act Regarding False 9/11 Testimony 2006-09-02, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/02/washington/02faa.html?ex=1314849600&en=a5b7... The Transportation Department's inspector general urged the Federal Aviation Adm inistration on Friday to consider disciplinary action against two executives who failed to correct false information provided to the independent commission that investigated the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The acting inspector general, Todd J. Zinser, whose office acts as the department's internal watchdog, found in a new report that the F.A.A. executives...learned after the fact that false informati on was given to the commission in May 2003 about the F.A.A.'s contacts with the Air Force on the morning of Sept. 11. The inspector general's report, prepared i n response to complaints from the independent Sept. 11 commission, found that th e three F.A.A. executives failed to act on an "obligation" to correct the false information provided to the commission, which found widespread confusion within the aviation agency and the military on the morning of the attacks. The F.A.A., part of the Transportation Department, declined to identify the three executives , whose names and titles were not revealed in the inspector general's report. No r did the agency say whether it would consider disciplinary action. Richard Ben Veniste, a commission member, said in an interview on Friday that he was trouble

d that it had taken the inspector general two years to complete his investigatio n -- more time than it took the 9/11 commission to complete all of its work -- a nd that he released the report "on the Friday afternoon before the Labor Day wee kend."

Naval officer says Atta's identity known pre-9/11 2005-08-23, San Francisco Chronicle/New York Times http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/08/23/MNG66EBPJ71.DTL An active-duty Navy captain has become the second military officer to come forwa rd publicly to say that a secret defense intelligence program tagged the ringlea der of the Sept. 11 attacks as a possible terrorist more than a year before the attacks. The officer, Capt. Scott Phillpott, said in a statement Monday that he could not discuss details of the military program, which was called Able Danger, but confirmed that its analysts had identified the Sept. 11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, by name by early 2000. His comments came on the same day that the Pentago n's chief spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, told reporters that the Defense Departmen t had been unable to validate the assertions made by an Army intelligence vetera n, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, and now backed up by Phillpott, about the early ide ntification of Atta. Shaffer went public with his assertions last week, saying t hat analysts in the intelligence project had been overruled by military lawyers when they tried to share the program's findings with the FBI in 2000 in hopes of tracking down terrorist suspects tied to al Qaeda.

Four in 9/11 Plot Are Called Tied to Qaeda in '00 2005-08-09, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/09/politics/09intel.html?ex=1281240000&en=bc4d... More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified militar y intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress. I n the summer of 2000, the military team, known as Able Danger, prepared a chart that included visa photographs of the four men and recommended to the military's Special Operations Command that the information be shared with the Federal Bure au of Investigation, the congressman, Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania , and the former intelligence official said Monday. The recommendation was rejec ted and the information was not shared, they said, apparently at least in part b ecause Mr. Atta, and the others were in the United States on valid entry visas.

The basics of alternative 9-11 theories 2006-02-21, Village Voice (alternative NY newspaper - liberal) http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0608,murphy,72255,6.html Operation Northwoods. This 1962 white paper from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested possible justifications for a war against Cuba, including a never exec uted idea in which the CIA would detonate a drone aircraft to make it look like Fidel Castro had shot down an American passenger plane. Project for the New Amer ican Century [PNAC]. As evidence of the motives behind a government-planned 9-11 , theorists point to one 28-word passage in a September 2000 [PNAC] report writt en with help from the likes of Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz: "The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor. " Theorists point to Attorney General John Ashcroft's decision to stop flying comm

ercial [planes] in the summer of 2001, as well as a San Francisco Chronicle repo rt that Mayor Willie Brown received a warning of 9-11, as evidence that some peo ple had foreknowledge of the attack. World Trade Center 7. This building -- the last to fall on 9-11 -- is key to all controlled-demolition theories. Its sudden fall onto its own footprint, and developer Larry Silverstein's reference on TV to telling the FDNY to "pull it," are seen as evidence that WTC7 was rigged to f all. Meanwhile, a convincing official explanation hasn't exactly been forthcomin g. Note: We generally avoid partisan sources, but as so few are reporting the vital questions around 9-11, we've included this article. You can find another inform ative article from the same newspaper on the same day at http://villagevoice.com /news/0608,murphy,72254,6.html. For our highly reliable, verifiable information on the 9-11 cover-up, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/911information. For an amaz ing free video with testimony from dozens of survivors on all of this, see http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=psP_9RE0V2I

Conspiracy theories propel AM radio show into Top 10 2006-11-12, San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/11/12/MNGV9MBB3T1.DTL There was a time when "Coast to Coast AM," the late-night syndicated talk radio show dedicated to paranormal activities and political conspiracies, didn't get m uch respect. That all changed when millions from the mainstream met up with the after-midnight fringe folks to make "Coast to Coast AM" a top-rated radio show. George Noory...has hosted the program on weeknights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. PST f ull time since 2003. The show...was taking calls about Sept. 11 conspiracy theor ies just two weeks after the terrorist attacks. "Coast to Coast AM"...can now re ach upward of 3 million listeners through 500 stations each week. "There's absol utely a growing conspiracy climate," said Noory. "People are tired of being misl ed and confused from taking information directly from a government official." No ory, 56, took over "Coast to Coast AM" when the show's founder, Art Bell, retire d. Bell, who has come in and out of retirement several times over the years, now hosts the program on weekends from his new home in the Philippines. Judging by the 300-plus phone calls and 1,000 e-mails the show receives on an average night ...listeners include liberals, conservatives, senior citizens in San Francisco, college students in South Carolina and even soldiers in Iraq. Talkers magazine, the trade publication that tracks radio ratings, has Noory in the top 10 of its "Top Talk Radio Audiences," alongside Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly [and] Sean Ha nnity. "Coast to Coast" has on occasion scooped major media outlets like the New York Times and CNN, according to Noory. "We broke the story on the Dubai ports, " said Noory. "We broke the story on SARS, and we were the first to report on th e bird flu pandemic."

9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Gather in N.Y. 2006-09-10, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-conspiracy10sep10,1,8... Striding into Washington Square Park with a fistful of photocopied circulars and an earnest expression, Eric Williams could have been an environmental canvasser or a hip missionary. In fact, he is a pastry chef or was until last week, when he quit his job to devote himself full time to proving that the World Trade Cent er attack was ordered not by terrorists but by officials in the U.S. government. As New York readied for another anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, conspiracy theorists and researchers who belong to a group known as the 9/11 Truth Movemen t gathered in Greenwich Village. Among them were proponents of the "LIHOP" theor

y, who believe that members of the government "let it happen on purpose," and th e "MIHOP" theory, who hold that government officials "made it happen on purpose. " A Zogby International poll taken in May found that 42% believed the government concealed evidence that contradicts official accounts. Last week, Brigham Young University announced that physics professor Steven E. Jones, co-chairman of the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth, would be put on indefinite leave while authoriti es investigated his claims that the buildings were intentionally demolished usin g explosives. For Williams, the former chef...his fascination with the events of Sept. 11 grew so intense over the last two years that making pastries seemed po intless. He...now devotes six to eight hours a day to researching and writing, a nd hosts an Internet radio show and website. He has just sold the German and Tur kish rights to two of his books, "The Puzzle of 9/11" and "9/11 101." Europeans are always interested, he said. Engaging New Yorkers is more challenging.

A Skeptic on 9/11 Prompts Questions on Academic Freedom 2006-08-01, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/education/01madison.html?ex=1312084800&en=d... Kevin Barrett ticked off a few examples of what he saw as evidence that the Sept . 11 attacks had been an "inside job." Mr. Barrett, 47, described how some news orgainzations...had reported that an agent from the Central Intelligence Agency visited with Osama bin Laden two months before the attacks. He also said fires c ould not have caused the collapse of the World Trade Center towers at free-fall speed, as reported by the special Sept. 11 commission. "The 9/11 report will be universally reviled as a sham and a cover-up very soon," said Mr. Barrett, who h as been a teacher's assistant or lecturer on Islam, African literature and other subjects at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1996. "The 9/11 commiss ion has its conspiracy theory, and we have ours." Mr. Barrett's views, which he described on a conservative radio talk show in June, have outraged some Wisconsi n legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom on a campus l ong known as a haven for progressive ideologies and student activism. Mr. Barret t, a co-founder of a group called Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Trut h, argued that he had never presented his personal opinions in class and that he was free to offer those opinions on his own time outside the classroom. Mr. Bar rett and [University of Wisconsin] Chancellor Wiley both said the controversy mi ght actually be helping provide Mr. Barrett with a larger platform to voice his ideas.

Supporter Defends Controversial Univ. Lecturer's Theories About 9/11 2006-07-13, Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,203415,00.html KEVIN BARRETT, PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN: I know that 9/11 was an insid e job. Professor Steven Jones has found residue on the steel samples from the Wo rld Trade Center. We now know that it was taken down in a controlled demolition. (END VIDEO CLIP) SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: That was a clip from our exclusive inte rview Monday night with University of Wisconsin Islamic studies professor Kevin Barrett. Now the university, in fact, says they will allow him to teach his clas s on Islam, in spite of his controversial theories about 9/11. But Professor Bar rett isn't alone in his beliefs. One of his supporters joins us now. Dr. Bob Bow man is a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, currently a Florida Democratic congr essional candidate. So you believe this is an inside job. You believe this was a controlled demolition as he does? BOWMAN: I don't know who did it, and neither do you. We have a right to know who did it. And so do the families of the victim s. We need a truly independent investigation to find out the truth. The most unb elievable of all the wild conspiracy theories is the one that our government has

told us. COLMES: You believe the United States government itself is putting for th a conspiracy theory when it talks about 19 people with box cutters in an airp lane and Usama bin Laden being the mastermind? BOWMAN: Absolutely. There [were] 20 people involved, right? That makes it a conspiracy. More than one person plan s a crime. That's a conspiracy.

Conspiracy theorists down but not out 2006-05-17, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4990686.stm The release of new video pictures of the Pentagon being attacked on 9/11 will no t quell the endless claims in the world of conspiracy theorists that a missile o r military aircraft hit the building instead. If you look closely, you do see wh at could be a plane, flying very low and then hitting the building, causing a hu ge fireball. It is consistent with the official account. However, the new frames do not absolutely without doubt show that this was American Airlines 77 in its final moments, so hope will spring eternal for the conspiracists that they have not been knocked out. To understand the conspiracy theory, it is worth consideri ng a film called "Loose Change: 2nd edition". Available on the internet, it reve als the full alternative version of what happened to the Pentagon in all its glo ry. It states AA 77 did not crash into the building. And if there was no AA 77, it must have been a missile, a military aircraft or a drone that did it. The all eged pilot Hani Hanjour was not skilled enough to execute the manoeuvre and the plane would have stalled in the tight turn alleged. The film is quite profession ally done on a technical level, with sinister music and fast cutting. It is prov ing popular on the internet in reinforcing beliefs that 9/11 might not have been all it seems. Note: Thank you BBC for having the courage to recommend this amazing 9/11 docume ntary! To see an engaging, recent BBC News video clip on 9/11 conspiracies in wh ich they also mention the powerful five-minute video "Pentagon Strike" and the l onger video "In Plane Site" (which has its weaknesses), click here. And why won' t the government release several other videotapes of the alleged plane hitting t he Pentagon on 9/11?

9-11 Conspiracy Theory 2006-07-11, NBC Milwaukee Affiliate http://www.todaystmj4.com/_content/news/special/story_3451.asp Could the attacks of September 11 have been planned by someone other than terror ists? Some people are blaming our own government. The booming conspiracy theory movement claims the point was to launch wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are thousands of Web pages that talk about a cover up. The theorists believe it was an inside job. "There isn't a single word of truth in [the 9/11 Commission Repor t]," begins Kevin Barrett. Barrett is a lecturer at UW Madison. He's part of a g roup that calls itself the 9-11 Truth Movement. "I'm sure that the official stor y that we've been given about what happened is a lie," he says. The 9-11 Truth M ovement also believes a tape of Osama Bin Ladin confessing to the attacks... is a fake. They compare the tape to other pictures, and believe the "fake" Osama is too fat. They say the guys is obviously an imposter - a guy that weighs fifty p ounds more than Osama ever did - and who has a completely different facial struc ture and looks about as much like Osama as Laurel looks like Hardy is in this vi deo claiming responsibility for 9-11. Barrett has caught a lot of heat for his i deas because he teaches at UW Madison. The UW Provost says despite complaints ag ainst Barrett, he will be allowed to continue teaching.

Note: For an hour-long interview on Wisconsin Public Radio with Kevin Barrett, c lick here. The most interesting thing about this interview is that at least half of the listeners who called in to the program supported Barrett's position that there was a major cover-up of what really happened on 9/11.

Hijackers Were Not Identified Before 9/11, Investigation Says 2006-09-22, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/21/AR20060921018... The Defense Department's inspector general has concluded that a top secret intel ligence-gathering program did not identify Mohamed Atta or any other hijacker be fore the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, determining that there is no evidence to subst antiate claims that Atta's name and photograph were on charts collected by milit ary officials before the strikes. Pentagon officials said that the recollections of several officials involved in the "Able Danger" data-mining operation "were not accurate" and that a chart they said included a blurry image of Atta and his name never existed. The report concluded that there were no efforts to prevent contact between the Pentagon group and the FBI. The investigation began after me mbers of Congress raised concerns over reports that Navy Capt. Scott Philpott an d Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer remembered seeing Atta's photograph on d ocuments collected by the intelligence program, and that the commission investig ating the attacks had ignored their assertions. The assertions gained considerab le steam when Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) said...that, two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, he presented White House officials with a chart that depicted people a ffiliated with al-Qaeda, including lead hijacker Atta. "I am appalled that the D oD IG would expect the American people to actually consider this a full and thor ough investigation," Weldon said. "I question their motives and the content of t he report, and I reject the conclusions they have drawn." Shaffer has consistent ly maintained that he believes he saw Atta's image. Note: This article is a prime example of how the media at times is seriously bia sed to support the official story of 9/11. I invite you to read the article and then read our summary of information gathered from highly respected media at htt p://www.WantToKnow.info/abledanger911. When a prominent Republican congressman a nd several military officers have clearly stated the opposite, is it really poss ible to conclude that "there is no evidence to substantiate claims that Atta's n ame and photograph were on charts collected by military officials before the str ikes." Were these military and government representatives all lying, and if so, why?

Who really blew up the twin towers? 2006-09-05, The Guardian http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/worldwide/story/0,,1864657,00.html Shards of glass and dust from the World Trade Centre towers sit on Professor Ste ven Jones's desk at Brigham Young University in Utah. Evidence, he says, of the biggest cover-up in history - one too evil for most to believe, but one he has s taked his academic career on exposing. Jones, a physics professor, is not alone. He is a member of 9/11 Scholars for Truth, a recently formed group of around 75 US professors determined to prove 9/11 was a hoax. In essays and journals, they are using their association with prominent universities to give a scholarly sta mp to conspiracy theories long believed in parts of Europe and the Arab world, a nd gaining ground among Americans. It is impossible, says Jones, for the towers to have collapsed from the collision of two aeroplanes, as jet fuel doesn't burn at temperatures hot enough to melt steel beams. The horizontal puffs of smoke squibs - emitted during the collapse of the towers are indicative of controlled

implosions on lower floors. The scholars have collected eyewitness accounts of flashes and loud explosions immediately before the fall. What's more, the nearby World Trade Centre 7 also collapsed later that afternoon. The building had not been hit by a plane, only damaged by fire.

Lecturer Under Fire for 9/11 Conspiracy Belief 2006-07-25, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2233348&page=1 Wisconsin lawmakers are demanding that a University of Wisconsin-Madison lecture r be pulled from his fall teaching position because of his belief that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were not carried out by terrorists, but by the U.S. government . Kevin Barrett...drew widespread criticism, including action from 52 Wisconsin state Assembly representatives and nine state senators [who] signed a letter las t week [which] demands that Barrett be released from his lecturing post. Barrett maintains, however, that he will not present only his views in the classroom. " I present what I consider to be interesting and/or defensible positions, and urg e the students to come to their own conclusions. I've been saying these things f or three years on local and national radio and TV," he said. "Nobody even compla ined before, least of all the students." It appears he is not alone with his [vi ews]. According to a March 2004 Gallup poll, 53 percent of those surveyed said t hey thought the Bush administration was covering up pre-9/11 intelligence. Unive rsity of Wisconsin provost Patrick...Farrell's investigation concluded that Barr ett would be a qualified instructor. Barrett is co-founder of an organization ca lled the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance. The organization says on its Web site that it is "dedicated to uniting members of the Jewish, Islamic and Christian f aiths in pursuit of 9/11 truth." Note: For why Barrett makes these claims, don't miss our two-page summary of rel iable information from major media sources (links included): http://www.WantToKn ow.info/9-11cover-up. And for a two-star U.S. general on video questioning what really hit the Pentagon: http://www.undersiegemovie.com/media/stubblebine.wmv

Theologian calls for response to 9/11 2005-04-18, The Capitol Times (Madison, Wisconsin) http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/local/index.php?ntid=36617 David Ray Griffin asks the tough questions about Sept. 11, contending U.S. offic ials had some knowledge of what was coming and possibly orchestrated the attacks . Griffin, whose book, "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bus h Administration and 9/11," came out a year ago, drew an enthusiastic standing o vation from the majority of the 400 or so people who packed his lecture Monday n ight at Bascom Hall. A retired Christian theologian, Griffin, 65, taught for mor e than 30 years at the Claremont School of Theology in California. While Griffin noted that his books and talks have not received attention from the mainstream media, C-SPAN had a cameraman at the event and plans to air the lecture at a fut ure date.

BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave 2006-09-08, Deseret News http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1,1249,645199800,00.html Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thu rsday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" th

at accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, atta cks on the World Trade Center. Such a review is rare for a professor with "conti nuing status" at BYU, where Jones has taught since 1985. Jones was teaching two classes this semester, which began Tuesday. Other professors will cover those cl asses, and Jones will be allowed to continue to do research in his area of acade mic study. Jones became a celebrity among 9/11 conspiracy-theory groups after he wrote a paper titled "Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse? " The paper was published two weeks ago in the book "9/11 and American Empire: I ntellectuals Speak Out" and lays out Jones' hypothesis that the three towers fel l because of pre-positioned demolition charges -- not because of the planes that hit two of the towers. Recent articles about Sept. 11 conspiracy theories that focused at least in part on Jones have appeared in the New York Times, the Washi ngton Post, the Guardian in London and other publications. A modified version of Jones' paper was scheduled to be published this week in the online Journal of 9 /11 Studies. Jones is a co-editor of the journal.

Backers hail 9/11 theorist's speech 2006-10-30, Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4572518 The standing ovation has finally died down, and Steven E. Jones, a soft-spoken p hysics professor, finds himself pinned against the stage by some of the enthusia stic fans who packed a University of Denver auditorium. "Can I just shake your h and?" a woman in a baggy red sweater asks Jones. "You're doing such important wo rk." If anything, Jones appears embarrassed by all the attention. Quiet and self -effacing, he's an unlikely hero for 9/11 conspiracy theorists of every stripe, but that's exactly what he's become. A physicist whose background includes work on nuclear fusion, Jones was put on leave by Brigham Young University in Septemb er after publishing a paper saying that the twin towers couldn't have collapsed solely as a result of the planes that rammed the upper floors on Sept. 11. The p aper theorizes that explosives planted inside the building must have been involv ed. Though Jones doesn't specify who he believes planted the charges, he concede s it would have had to be "an inside job" and likely would have included either very powerful figures on the American scene or entities inside the government. J ones and his work reflect the mainstreaming of a movement that has defied the Bu sh administration's efforts to put it to rest and mystified people who have stud ied the events of that day closely. A startlingly large percentage of the popula tion simply doesn't believe the official explanation. A national poll by the Scr ipps Survey Center at Ohio University conducted in the summer found that more th an a third of people questioned believed the government either planned the attac ks or could have stopped them but didn't.

9/11 theorists are either silly or shrewd 2006-10-29, Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_4543650 They believe the federal government had a hand in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Members of Colorado911Visibility.org include psychologists, lawyers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, an aerospace engineer, physicists and lot s of people with doctorates and master's degrees in the sciences. They understan d why people want to dismiss them. They say people want to attack them as messen gers because it's too disturbing to believe the government that is supposed to p rotect us would orchestrate the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans. One of the organizers invited three scholars to speak...to "take this out of the realm of c onspiracy theory." (Details at denverpostbloghouse.com/rodriguez.) The year-old group has an e-mail list of about 350 people. Among them is Earl Staelin, a 66-y

ear-old civil litigator. He said many of his friends who are engineers didn't be lieve the official story, that the towers fell because [of] burning fuel from th e planes. After he showed films, such as "9-11 Mysteries," they came to the same conclusion: demolition experts must have planned this in advance. Why would the government do it? The explanations are plentiful, as is the evidence that group s such as this one, which exist throughout the nation...share on such websites a s 911truth.org. And for those who say these groups are wacko fringe groups, thin k again: According to a poll by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio Unive rsity taken this August, 36 percent of Americans believe the government was eith er complicit in the 9/11 attacks or knew about it and didn't try to stop it. 16 percent believe explosives were used to bring down the towers.

Police 'exaggerated evidence' against British 9/11 suspect 2006-10-09, London Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2395400,00.html Police and prosecutors are facing allegations that they misled a judge and gross ly exaggerated evidence against the only man to be detained in Britain over Sept ember 11. There is renewed scrutiny on two fronts of the role played by Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service in making unfounded claims that Lotfi Ra issi trained the 9/11 hijackers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission ha s opened an investigation into the conduct of the Anti-Terrorist Branch detectiv es who arrested Mr Raissi in 2001 and prepared the evidence against him. The all eged terrorist link was one of a number of false allegations made against Mr Rai ssi. Prosecutors claimed in court that he was the lead instructor for the main hij ackers who crashed aircraft into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The FB I was said to have video material showing him in the company of Hani Hanjour, on e of the hijack pilots. However, all the evidence was shown to be unsubstantiate d and, in February 2002, District Judge Timothy Workman ordered Mr Raissi s releas e. Mr Raissi has since made several unsuccessful attempts to obtain an official apology from the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police. Successive Home Secret aries have resisted his request for an acknowledgment that he was wrongfully arr ested. Mr Raissi said: My life has been ruined. I lost my freedom, my reputation and my career. The courts have said I am innocent why does the Home Secretary no t accept this?

Study Finds Lung Problems in WTC Workers 2006-09-05, New York Times/Associated Press http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Attacks-Health.html Nearly 70 percent of the rescue and cleanup workers who toiled in the dust and f umes at ground zero have had trouble breathing, and many will probably be sick f or the rest of their lives, doctors said Tuesday in releasing results of the big gest Sept. 11 health study yet. The Mount Sinai Medical Center study is conclusi ve proof of a link between recovery work at the World Trade Center ruins and lon g-term respiratory problems, doctors aid.

2 U.S. Reports Seek to Counter Conspiracy Theories About 9/11 2006-09-02, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/02/nyregion/02conspiracy.html?ex=1314849600&en... Faced with an angry minority of people who believe the Sept. 11 attacks were par t of a shadowy and sprawling plot run by Americans, separate reports were publis hed this week by the State Department and a federal science agency insisting tha

t the catastrophes were caused by hijackers who used commercial airliners as wea pons. The official narrative of the attacks has been attacked as little more tha n a cover story by an assortment of radio hosts, academics, amateur filmmakers a nd others. As a motive, they suggest that the Bush administration wanted to use the attacks to justify military action in the Middle East. A nationwide poll tak en earlier this summer...found that more than a third of those surveyed said the federal government either took part in the attacks or allowed them to happen. A nd 16 percent said the destruction of the trade center was aided by explosives h idden in the buildings. Details are available at http://newspolls.org. The State Department report...is titled, "The Top Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theories" and says, "Numerous unfounded conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks continue to circulate, especially on the Internet." Produced by an arm of the State Departme nt known as a "counter-misinformation team," the report is dated Aug. 28...at ht tp://usinfo.state.gov/media/misinformation.html. Among those now propelling the argument that explosives took down the trade center is Steven E. Jones, a physic s professor at Brigham Young University, coeditor with Mr. Ryan of www.journalof 911studies.com, which published his paper, "Why Indeed Did the World Trade Cente r Buildings Completely Collapse on 9-11-2001?"

Wis. school lets radical instructor teach 2006-07-10, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (One of Seattle's two leading newspapers) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110AP_Instructor_Sept_11.html An instructor at the University of Wisconsin who has said he believes U.S. offic ials orchestrated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be allowed to te ach a course on Islam, the school said Monday. Some state politicians had called for the University of Wisconsin-Madison to fire part-time instructor Kevin Barr ett after he spoke about his theories on a radio talk show last month. "We canno t allow political pressure from critics of unpopular ideas to inhibit the free e xchange of ideas," Provost Patrick Farrell said in a statement. "To the extent t hat his views are discussed, Mr. Barrett has assured me that students will be fr ee - and encouraged - to challenge his viewpoint." The university does not endor se Barrett's theories, Farrell said, noting they are widely believed in parts of the Muslim world. Note: Kevin Barrett has drawn quite a bit of attention on Fox News and in the me dia in Wisconsin. Other than Fox and the above article, no major media picked up this story. In the charged interview on Fox News, he did quite a respectable jo b. You can view it at http://www.911podcasts.com/display.php?vid=135.

Controversial prof to leave BYU 2006-10-22, Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_4528049 Steven Jones, the Brigham Young University physics professor embroiled in contro versy over his theories on the Twin Towers' collapse, is retiring Jan. 1. "I am electing to retire so that I can spend more time speaking and conducting researc h of my choosing," Jones said in an interview Friday. "I appreciate the wonderfu l opportunity I have had to teach and serve and do research at BYU for more than 21 years." In September, the university...placed Jones on paid leave in order t o conduct a professional review of his controversial Sept. 11 theories. The revi ew...has been canceled due to Jones' retirement. The professor had given several public lectures on his theories of why the World Trade Center collapsed. Jones published the paper, "Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse?" online and began lecturing about his theories. Jones also recently was appointe d co-chairman of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, "a nonpartisan association of faculty,

students, and scholars, in fields as diverse as history, science, military affa irs, psychology and philosophy, dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealin g truths behind 9/11." He is also the co-editor of Journal of 9/11 Studies. He s aid he is not bitter toward BYU, and hopes to continue his research. [Jones' let ter states] "Two structural engineering professors in Switzerland have recently spoken out as I have also done, declaring that explosives were with 'utmost prob ability' responsible for the collapse of World Trade Center 7 on Sept. 11."

Press Conference of the President 2006-09-15, Official White House Website http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/09/20060915-2.html The information that the Central Intelligence Agency has obtained by questioning men like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has provided valuable information and has helpe d disrupt terrorist plots, including strikes within the United States. For examp le, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described the design of planned attacks of buildings inside the U.S. and how operatives were directed to carry them out. That is valu able information for those of us who have the responsibility to protect the Amer ican people. He told us the operatives had been instructed to ensure that the ex plosives went off at a high -- a point that was high enough to prevent people tr apped above from escaping. Note: What exactly did he mean by explosives going off in the planned attacks of building inside the U.S.? And wouldn't you want to hit low to keep more people trapped above?

Energy News Articles Excerpts of Key Energy News Articles in Major Media Below are many highly revealing excerpts of important energy articles from the m ainstream media. Links are provided to the full articles on major media websites . If any link should fail to function, click here. These energy news articles ar e listed by order of importance. For the same articles by date posted to this li st, click here. For the list by date of news article click here. By choosing to educate ourselves on these important issues and to spread the word, we can and w ill build a brighter future.

Note: For an index to revealing excerpts of media articles on several dozen enga ging topics, click here. BlackLight's physics-defying promise: Cheap power from water 2008-07-02, CNN Money http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/01/smallbusiness/blacklight.fsb/index.htm Imagine being able to convert water into a boundless source of cheap energy. Tha t's what BlackLight Power, a 25-employee firm in Cranbury, N.J., says it can do. The only problem: Most scientists say that company's technology violates the ba sic laws of physics. Such skepticism doesn't daunt Dr. Randell Mills, a Harvardtrained physician and founder of BlackLight, who recently claimed that he has cr eated a working fuel cell using the world's most pervasive element: the hydrogen found in water. Mills says he has a market-ready product: a fuel cell that prod uces a chemical reaction to alter hydrogen atoms. The fuel cell releases heat th at turns water into steam, which drives electric turbines. The working models in his lab generate 50 kilowatts of electricity - enough to power six or seven hou ses. But these, Mills says, can be scaled [up] to drive a large, electric power plant. The inventor claims this electricity will cost less than 2 cents per kilo watt-hour, which compares to a national average of 8.9 cents. Mills developed th e patented cocktail that enables the reaction - a solid fuel made of hydrogen an d a sodium hydride catalyst - only a year ago. (He recently posted instructions on the company's Web site, blacklightpower.com). Now that the device is ready fo r commercialization, he says, BlackLight is negotiating with several utilities a nd architecture and engineering firms. The business, Mills says, has attracted $ 60 million in funding from wealthy individuals, investment firms ... and it is n o longer seeking money. BlackLight's board of directors reads like a Who's Who o f finance and energy leaders. Note: For two New York Times articles showing the viability of this amazing tech nology, click here and here. For many exciting stories on new energy inventions, click here.

Enron Schemes Caught On Tape 2005-02-03, CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/02/03/eveningnews/main671618.shtml During the West Coast Power crisis homes went dark and streetlights were out ... causing injuries and accidents. But the danger didn't stop Enron's energy trade rs from having a good laugh. CBS ... reports on the Enron scheme, as caught on n ew audio tape. The traders and plant operator laugh and plot in a display that s eems to prove the theory that years before the energy crisis, Enron manipulated markets. "They had to do a rolling blackout through the town and there was a red light there he didn't see," one Enron trader says on tape. "That's beautiful," a second voice responds. Enron secretly shut power plants down so they could cau se, and then cash in on, the crisis. Enron also pulled power out of states like California, causing emergency conditions to worsen. "Sorry California," an Enron trader says. "I'm bringing all our power out of state today." Plant operators w ere coached on how to lie to officials. "We want you guys to get a little creati ve..." one voice says on the tape, "and come up with a reason to go down. Just c all 'em, Hey guys we're coming down." The plant operator replies, "OK, so we're ju st comin' down for some maintenance?" "Right," the trader says. "And that's cool ?" the plant operator asks. "Hopefully," the trader responds, to which the men a re heard laughing. Enron also pulled power out of states like California, causin g emergency conditions to worsen. The "shut downs" and "pull outs" triggered sky high power prices. "We're just making money hand over fist!" one voice is heard saying on the tape. And when states complained, the guys at Enron seemed to hav e a response. "Get a f****** clue," one says. "Yeah," another chimes in. "Leave us alone. Let us make a little bit of money." Note: For an eye-opening two-minute video clip on CBS, watch "Enron Schemers on Tape" at this link. MSNBC also published a revealing article on this. And a New York Times article states "Company officials had long denied that they illegally shut down plants to create artificial shortages. Two months after the recording showed how the Nevada plant was shut down, [Enron CEO Kenneth] Lay called any c laims of market manipulation 'conspiracy theories.'" For lots more reliable info rmation on the energy cover-up, click here.

Cold Fusion Is Hot Again 2009-04-19, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/17/60minutes/main4952167.shtml Twenty years ago it appeared, for a moment, that all our energy problems could b e solved. It was the announcement of cold fusion - nuclear energy like that whic h powers the sun - but at room temperature on a table top. It promised to be che ap, limitless and clean. Cold fusion would end our dependence on the Middle East and stop those greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. It would change ever ything. But then, just as quickly as it was announced, it was discredited. So th oroughly, that cold fusion became a catch phrase for junk science. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to oblivion - for many scientists today, cold fusion is hot again. "We can yield the power of nuclear physics on a tabletop. The pote ntial is unlimited. That is the most powerful energy source known to man," resea rcher Michael McKubre told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. McKubre says h e has seen that energy more than 50 times in cold fusion experiments he's doing at SRI International, a respected California lab that does extensive work for th e government. McKubre is an electro-chemist who imagines, in 20 years, the creat ion of a clean nuclear battery. "For example, a laptop would come pre-charged wi th all of the energy that you would ever intend to use. You're now decoupled fro m your charger and the wall socket," he explained. The same would go for cars. " The potential is for an energy source that would run your car for three, four ye ars, for example. And you'd take it in for service every four years and they'd g ive you a new power supply," McKubre told Pelley.

Note: For more and to watch the full, revealing 12-minute video clip of this seg ment that was strangely removed, only to be reposted after a campaign by WantToK now.info, click here and here.

Loremo: The 'Low Resistance Mobile' 2008-02-20, MSN http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=457882 The idea is deceptively simple. Forget about fancy batteries, regenerative braki ng, and alternative fuels. Instead, make a car that's elegant in its minimalism and efficiency. The Loremo's German designers revisited the basics engine effici ency, low weight, and minimal drag to create a car that offers fuel-efficiency i n the neighborhood of 130 to 150 miles per gallon. The Loremo is likely to dazzl e drivers not with its acceleration, but with its ability to drive from New York to L.A. with only three stops at the pump. Loremo stands for low resistance mob ile, and its engineers have stuck obsessively to this idea. By building the car around a 2-cylinder turbodiesel engine, and cutting back on weight, drag, and ot her excess fat such as side-opening doors, the Loremo puffs out a mere 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. This is about 40 grams less per kilometer than the tiny diesel smart. According to its creators, this will make the Loremo the most efficient production car ever sold. If the Loremo showed up as a concept on an auto show pedestal, it would certainly garner some attention. But the Loremo is not a car for dreamers; not only will it enter mass production next year, it will sport a base price attainable by mortal motorists: 15,000 euros (about U.S . $22,000). After its 2009 release in Europe, the Loremo will be redesigned to r each the North American market the following year. A $30,000, 3-cylinder GT mode l will also become available, offering better acceleration (0-60 in roughly 10 s econds, vs. 16 for the base model). Both hybrid and fully electric versions are also in the works. Note: For many exciting, reliable reports on new energy and automobile technolog ies, click here.

Researcher sets saltwater on fire 2007-11-14, CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/11/14/saltwater.fire/ Last winter, inventor John Kanzius was already attempting one seemingly impossib le feat -- building a machine to cure cancer with radio waves -- when his device inadvertently succeeded in another: He made saltwater catch fire. TV footage of his bizarre discovery has been burning up the blogosphere ever since, drawing c rackpots and Ph.D.s alike into a raging debate. Can water burn? And if so, what good can come of it? Some people gush over the invention's potential for desalin ization or cheap energy. Briny seawater, after all, sloshes over most of the pla net's surface, and harnessing its heat energy could power all sorts of things. S keptics say Kanzius's radio generator is sucking up far more energy than it's cr eating, making it a carnival trick at best. For now, Kanzius is tuning out the h ubbub. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2002, he began building his radio-wave blaster the next year, soon after a relapse. If he could seed a person's cancerous cell s with nanoscopic metal particles and blast them with radio waves, perhaps he co uld kill off the cancer while sparing healthy tissue. The saltwater phenomenon h appened by accident when an assistant was bombarding a saline-filled test tube w ith radio waves and bumped the tube, causing a small flash. Curious, Kanzius str uck a match. "The water lit like a propane flame," he recalls. "People said, 'It 's a crock. Look for hidden electrodes in the water,' " says Penn State Universi ty materials scientist Rustum Roy, who visited [Kanzius] in his lab in August af

ter seeing the feat on Google Video. A demo made Roy a believer. "This is discov ery science in the best tradition," he says. Meanwhile, researchers at MD Anders on Cancer Center in Houston and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have made progress using Kanzius's technology to fight cancer in animals. They publi shed their findings last month in the journal Cancer. Note: For other compelling articles on this fascinating invention, see recent ar ticles in the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and especially Medical News Today.

The Prophet of Garbage 2007-03-00, Popular Science - March 2007 Issue http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd... The Plasma Converter ... can consume nearly any type of waste from dirty diapers t o chemical weapons by annihilating toxic materials in a process ... called plasma gasification. A 650-volt current passing between two electrodes rips electrons f rom the air, converting the gas into plasma. The plasma arc is so powerful, it d isintegrates trash into its constituent elements by tearing apart molecular bond s. The system is capable of breaking down pretty much anything except nuclear wa ste. The only by-products are an obsidian-like glass [and] a mixture of primaril y hydrogen and carbon monoxide that can be converted into a variety of marketabl e fuels, including ethanol, natural gas and hydrogen. Perhaps the most amazing p art of the process is that it s self-sustaining. Once the cycle is under way, the 2,200°F syngas is fed into a cooling system, generating steam that drives turbines to produce electricity. About two thirds of the power is siphoned off to run th e converter; the rest can be used on-site for heating or electricity, or sold ba ck to the utility grid. Even a blackout would not stop the operation of the faci lity. New York City is already paying an astronomical $90 a ton to get rid of it s trash. According to Startech, a few 2,000-ton-per-day plasma-gasification plan ts could do it for $36. Sell the syngas and surplus electricity, and you d actuall y net $15 a ton. But the decision-making bureaucracy can be slow, and it is hams trung by the politically well-connected waste-disposal industry. Startech isn t th e only company using plasma to turn waste into a source of clean energy. A handf ul of start-ups Geoplasma, Recovered Energy, PyroGenesis, EnviroArc and Plasco Ene rgy, among others have entered the market in the past decade. Note: Why isn't this amazing, proven machine and technology making front page he adlines? Read this exciting article to find how it is already being used. For wh y you don't know about it, click here. And for another amazing new energy source not yet reported in the major media, click here.

A Faith-Based Fuel Initiative 2007-01-30, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/30/opinion/30tue1.html?ex=1327813200&en=8ce942... In 1975, after the oil embargo, Congress approved the most successful energy-sav ing measure this country has ever seen: the Corporate Average Fuel Economy syste m, known as CAFE, which set minimum mileage standards for cars. Within 10 years, automobile efficiency had virtually doubled, to 27.5 miles per gallon in 1985 f rom just over 14 miles per gallon in 1976. The mileage standards are still 27.5 m.p.g. Except for minor tweaks, Congress has refused to raise fuel efficiency re quirements or close a gaping loophole that lets S.U.V. s and pickups be measured b y a more lenient standard. Note: Thank you New York Times for pointing out what so few have bothered to men tion. In the U.S., it is not the automotive industry that determines fuel mileag

e standards, but rather Congress. Whenever Congress has rasied the mileage stand ard, industry complies and average mileage increases. When the standards are not raised, average car mileage for new cars stays the same. Yet Congress has refus ed to significantly raise the standards since 1985, despite the increasing talk of an energy crisis. Why? If you really want to know, click here and here.

Brazil's alcohol cars hit 2m mark 2006-08-18, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5263384.stm Brazil's new generation of cars and trucks adapted to run on alcohol has just hi t the two-million mark. "Flex-fuel" vehicles, which run on any combination of et hanol and petrol, now make up 77% of the Brazilian market. Brazil has pioneered the use of ethanol derived from sugar-cane as motor fuel. Ethanol-driven cars ha ve been on sale there for 25 years, but they have been enjoying a revival since flex-fuel models first appeared in March 2003. Just 48,200 flex-fuel cars were s old in Brazil in 2003, but the total had reached 1.2 million by the end of last year and had since topped two million, the Brazilian motor manufacturers' associ ation Anfavea said. Note: With sky-high gasoline prices and the fear of depletion of global oil supp olies, why don't such cars exist in the U.S.? Why are the trains of almost every other developed nation far advanced from trains in the U.S.? And why isn't the U.S. media reporting on this important development? For possible answers, click here. The excellent movie Who Killed the Electric Car is also incredibly reveali ng.

Car achieves almost 10,000 miles per gallon 1999-07-16, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/395366.stm A car driven by a 10-year-old and built at a French school has set a new world r ecord for fuel efficiency. The Microjoule team managed the equivalent of 9,845 m iles per gallon while driving for 10 miles around Silverstone race track in the UK. More than 100 teams competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon. Their one goal was t o see how far they can get these amazing machines to travel on a minuscule amoun t of fuel. While we might be delirious if we managed 40 miles (64 kilometres) to the gallon (4.5 litres) pottering about town in our super minis, these people a re not happy until they have seen the mileometer click through the thousands. Th e teams have a choice of petrol or diesel, with solar assistance permitted for t he first time this year. A car is allowed three 40-minute runs. It must average at least 15 mph (24 kph) after which the stewards at the meeting calculate the m achine's fuel efficiency. "The top fuel teams do about 10 miles, which is six la ps on the club circuit at Silverstone," says the event's fuel manager Geoff Houl brook. "They do that on less than 10 millilitres which is just two teaspoons of fuel." The entries come from all over Europe. Some teams use advanced materials like titanium and carbon fibre. Some of the machines built by schoolchildren are made from parts of old sewing and washing machines. "It's fun but it's also sci ence," says BBC Top Gear presenter and racing driver Tiff Needell. "It's like an experiment with people learning how to save energy." Note: Some of these amazing vehicles built in 1999 were "built by schoolchildren ," yet the auto industry still can't come up with a car that get's 100 mpg? Gran ted these cars are slow and small, but if they can get almost 10,000 mpg, don't you think similar technology could be used to get at least several hundred mpg i n regular cars? For why car mileage hasn't increased much since the 1908 Model T

got 25 mpg, click here and here.

Solar Panel Drops to $1 per Watt 2009-02-26, Popular Mechanics http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/research/4306443.html A long-sought solar milestone was eclipsed on Tuesday, when Tempe, Ariz. based Fir st Solar Inc. announced that the manufacturing costs for its thin-film photovolt aic panels had dipped below $1 per watt for the first time. With comparable cost s for standard silicon panels still hovering in the $3 range, it's tempting to c onclude that First Solar's cadmium telluride (CdTe) technology has won the race. But if we're concerned about the big picture (scaling up solar until it's a che ap and ubiquitous antidote to global warming and foreign oil) a forthcoming stud y from the University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labora tory suggests that neither material has what it takes compared to lesser-known a lternatives such as we're not kidding fool's gold. Even if the solar cell market wer e to grow at 56 percent a year for the next 10 years slightly higher than the rapi d growth of the past year photovoltaics would still only account for about 2.5 per cent of global electricity, LBNL researcher Cyrus Wadia says. "First Solar is gr eat, as long as we're talking megawatts or gigawatts," he says. "But as soon as they have to start rolling out terawatts, that's where I believe they will reach some limitations." Even the current rate of growth won't be easy to sustain. De spite the buck-per-watt announcement, First Solar's share price plummeted more t han 20 percent on Wednesday, thanks to warnings from CEO Mike Ahearn about the e ffect of the credit crisis on potential solar customers as much as 10 to 15 percen t of current orders might default. Note: Solar energy costs have dropped consistenly and steadily over the past 30 years. In the late 1970s solar energy cost $100 per watt. The price will almost certainly continue to drop. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2005 that "t he electricity currently provided by utilities ... averages $1 per watt." Why is n't it being trumpeted loudly worldwide in the media that solar energy is reachi ng parity with traditional energy sources? Could it be that powerful interests d on't want solar energy to be competitive with oil and nuclear?

Blacklight Power bolsters its impossible claims of a new renewable energy source 2008-10-21, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/external/venturebeat/2008/10/21/21venturebeat-blacklig... Ask nearly any physicist if it s possible for a hydrogen atom to enter a lower ene rgy state than the ground, or resting, state they hold in nature, and you re likel y to get an unequivocal no . But a tiny company in New Jersey called Blacklight Pow er has been disputing that assumption for over a decade, and of late, making gad -fly claims that its founder says will overturn the accepted scientific order. B lacklight s claims have a special significance: If they re true, there s a source of c heap, clean energy that can be easily tapped anywhere in the world. Blacklight i s now saying that it has physical proof of its energy generator, verified by an independent university lab. Its hydrino theory isn t put forth by a single crackpot; instead, the company employs a good handful of high-level scientists who would presumably rebel if the idea was totally false. It has also taken over $60 milli on in venture funding. Despite a hearty rejection by the scientific mainstream, and being ignored for years on end, its founder, Randell Mills, has plugged on. Now an engineering team at Rowan University ...has come forward with results fro m its own tests of the Blacklight process. Tests conducted in sealed chambers, a nd measured with a device called a calorimeter, show a heat reaction from a subs tance provided by Blacklight far beyond anything anticipated. We ve been able to re

gularly reproduce these results and we believe any research lab could do the sam e, Peter Jansson, the faculty member heading the experiments, [said]. Note: For a seven-minute video demonstrating this amazing new energy source, cli ck here. See list with links by clicking here. Exciting news!

Puzzled Researchers Vet BlackLight s Physics-Defying Hydrogen Power 2008-10-21, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2008/10/21/21gigaom-blacklight-validat... BlackLight Power, the company that has pulled in $60 million for its seemingly p hysics-defying fuel cell, is back with an announcement about an independent vali dation of its technology. A team of engineers, headed by Dr. Peter Jansson at Ro wan University, have tested BlackLight s prototypes and found that the devices per form as BlackLight claims, ambiguously concluding that there is a novel reaction of some type causing the large exotherm which is consistently produced. To transl ate: There s definitely lots of energy being produced. They re just not sure why. Bl ackLight says its technology can push an electron closer to the nucleus by way o f a catalytic reaction, resulting in a huge amount of clean energy. The company describes the reaction as somewhere between a nuclear and a chemical reaction, but without any of the messy fallout. The team at Rowan tested BlackLight s 1,000- an d 50,000-watt reactors over three months and were able to replicate BlackLight s e nergy claims, saying that the energy produced cannot be explained by other known sources like combustion or nuclear energy. The company says a complete verificati on of the whole process will likely happen within a year. BlackLight tells us it is now in the process of licensing its technology to power producers. The compa ny says it has enough capital to get through commercialization and plans to have its reactors in a power plant in the next two years. Note: For a seven-minute video demonstrating this amazing new energy source, cli ck here. These results have been published in dozens of peer-reviewed scientific journals. See list with links by clicking here. Exciting news!

The New Dawn of Solar 2007-12-01, Popular Science magazine http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/green/item_59.html Imagine a solar panel without the panel. Just a coating, thin as a layer of pain t, that takes light and converts it to electricity. From there, you can picture roof shingles with solar cells built inside and window coatings that seem to suc k power from the air. Consider solar-powered buildings stretching not just acros s sunny Southern California, but through China and India and Kenya as well, beca use even in those countries, going solar will be cheaper than burning coal. That s the promise of thin-film solar cells: solar power that s ubiquitous because it s ch eap. The basic technology has been around for decades, but this year, Silicon Va lley based Nanosolar created the manufacturing technology that could make that pro mise a reality. The company produces its PowerSheet solar cells with printing-pr ess-style machines that set down a layer of solar-absorbing nano-ink onto metal sheets as thin as aluminum foil, so the panels can be made for about a tenth of what current panels cost and at a rate of several hundred feet per minute. Nanos olar s first commercial cells rolled off the presses this year. Cost has always be en one of solar s biggest problems. Traditional solar cells require silicon, and s ilicon is an expensive commodity. That means even the cheapest solar panels cost about $3 per watt of energy they go on to produce. To compete with coal, that f igure has to shrink to just $1 per watt. Nanosolar s cells use no silicon, and the company s manufacturing process allows it to create cells that are as efficient a

s most commercial cells for as little as 30 cents a watt. "It really is quite a big deal in terms of altering the way we think about solar and in inherently alt ering the economics of solar," says Dan Kammen, founding director of the Renewab le and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley . Note: For exciting reports of other new energy technologies, click here.

Kids Build Soybean-Fueled Car 2006-02-17, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/17/eveningnews/main1329941.shtml The star at last week's Philadelphia Auto Show wasn't a sports car or an economy car. It was a sports-economy car one that combines performance and practicality under one hood. But as CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports in this wee k's Assignment America, the car that buyers have been waiting decades [for] come s from an unexpected source and runs on soybean bio-diesel fuel to boot. A car t hat can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gal lon would be enough to pique any driver's interest. So who do we have to thank f or it. Ford? GM? Toyota? No just Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi, five kids from the auto shop program at West Philadelphia High School. The five kids ... built the soybean-fueled car as an after-school project. It took them m ore than a year rummaging for parts, configuring wires and learning as they went . As teacher Simon Hauger notes, these kids weren't exactly the cream of the aca demic crop. "If you give kids that have been stereotyped as not being able to do anything an opportunity to do something great, they'll step up," he says. Stepp ing up is something the big automakers have yet to do. They're still in the earl y stages of marketing hybrid cars while playing catch-up to the Bad News Bears o f auto shop. "We made this work," says Hauger. "We're not geniuses. So why aren' t they doing it?" Kosi thinks he knows why. The answer, he says, is the big oil companies. Note: So why isn't this remarkable engine design breakthrough making front page headlines in all major media? Why aren't the many other major energy breakthroug hs that have been reported given the headlines they deserve? Could it be that th ose who are reaping huge profits from oil sales have much more political and med ia influence than you might imagine? For lots more reliable information on this, click here.

Eco-car more efficient than light bulb 2005-07-05, CNN News http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/07/04/eco.car An eco-car that can travel the world using a fraction of the electricity it take s to power a light bulb has been unveiled by its British creators. The hydrogenpowered Ech2o needs just 25 Watts -- the equivalent of less than two gallons of petrol -- to complete the 25,000-mile global trip, while emitting nothing more h azardous than water. But with a top speed of 30mph, the journey would take more than a month to complete. Ech2o, built by British gas firm BOC, will bid to smas h the world fuel efficiency record of over 10,000 miles per gallon at the Shell Eco Marathon. The record is currently ... 5,385 km/per liter [12,900 mpg!]. John Carolin, BOC global director sustainable energy: "It sounds unbelievable how li ttle power is used to keep the BOC Ech2o moving, but it demonstrates the impact of careful design and is a valuable lesson for car makers in the future. Note: If these small test cars get over 10,000 miles per gallon, why aren't new

cars getting at least 100 mpg?

Refiners Maintain a Firm but Legal Grip on Supplies 2005-06-18, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-calgas18jun18,0,7589520.story California refiners are simply cashing in on a system that allows a handful of p layers to keep prices high by carefully controlling supplies. The result is a ki nd of miracle market in which profits abound, outsiders can't compete and a dwin dling cadre of gas station operators has little choice but go along. Refiners "n ot only control how much supply is in the marketplace, they control who gets it and at what price," said Dennis DeCota, executive director of the California Ser vice Station and Automotive Repair Assn. The recent history of California's fuel industry is a textbook case of how a once-competitive business can become skewe d to the advantage of a few, all with the federal government's blessing. Refiner s acknowledge their California businesses have become the most profitable in the nation. The rest of the country isn't far behind. Characteristics once unique t o California specialty fuels, a refinery shortage, the growing dominance of a fe w companies have begun to plague other gasoline markets.

Toyota smashes fuel economy record 2002-10-20, London Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,588-451038,00.html Tucked away on the Toyota stand you will find a cheeky little coupé that looks spo rty but whose raison d être is fuel economy, the lowest exhaust emissions and ease o f recycling. The ES3 the initials stand for Eco Spirit achieves 104mpg in the of ficial European fuel consumption tests, a record for a four-seat car. Some month s ago I drove this prototype and not only is it even more economical than the sp ecial 3 litre (three litres of fuel for every 100km travelled, or 94mpg) versions of the Audi A2 and VW Lupo that sell in Germany, but the Toyota is more lively a nd responsive and would be very acceptable as an everyday car. The ES3 has a 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine and CVT (continuously variable transmission). The engine cuts out when the car stops, automatically and instantly restarting w hen you touch the accelerator to move off again. Energy that would be lost from braking is used to charge the car s battery, and the body panels are made from bio degradable plastics. You will see more of these things in future Toyotas. Note: If this article is no longer available at the link above, click here. So w hat happened to this amazing car? Why haven't we heard anything about it since t he article was published in 2002? For an excellent essay which provides key info rmation on this topic, including a detailed list of inventions which greatly imp rove gasoline mileage reported over the years in respected magazines, click here .

Method and Apparatus for Tunneling by Melting 1972-09-22, US Patent and Trademark Office http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&... The invention described herein was made in the course of, or under, a contract w ith the U. S. ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION. It relates ... to a method and apparatus for drilling, tunneling and shaft-sinking in rock with particular advantage at hitherto inaccessible depths. The present invention uses the basic apparatus and method disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,357,505 and in Los Alamos Scientific Labora

tory of the University of California Report No. LA-3243 (1965) entitled "Rock Me lting as a Drilling Technique." In the existing rock melting devices of the prio r art, a major difficulty which limited performance was that of delivering a suf ficiently large heat flux to the melting face of the drill or penetrator. The de velopment of the heat pipe alleviates this problem in that the use of heat pipes enables the transfer of heat energy from a compact heat source to the extended melting surface of the penetrator at rates high enough to maintain the surface a bove the melting temperature of the rock. The extrapolation of a mechanism usefu l for forming large holes in the earth in accordance with the present invention uses the combination of a refractory rock-melting tool, an in situ heat source p referably a small nuclear reactor and an exceedingly efficient heat transfer mec hanism such as a system of heat pipes to convey heat from the source to the wall s of the drilling tool. Note: This patent shows that government scientists at Los Alamos were using a "s mall nuclear reactor" to drill underground tunnels. Several of the inventors lis ted on the patent worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, including: McInteer, Berthus B.; Mills, Robert L.; Potter, Robert M.; Robinson, Eugene S.; Rowley, J ohn C.; and Smith, Morton C.. For photos and more fascinating information on thi s most intriguing patent, click here.

2,757.1 MPG Achieved at 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2009-04-19, CNBC News http://classic.cnbc.com/id/30287740 Distance, not speed, was the goal this weekend on the track at the 2009 Shell Ec o-marathon Americas(R), a challenge for students to design, build and test fuelefficient vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of f uel. This year, more than 500 students from North and South America were on hand to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency. So who came out on top? The stude nt team from Laval University, with an astonishing 2,757.1 miles per gallon, equ ivalent to 1,172.2 kilometres per liter, won the grand prize in the "Prototype" category. And in the "UrbanConcept" category - new to the Americas event this ye ar - the team from Mater Dei High School took the grand prize by achieving 433.3 mpg, equivalent to 184.2 km/l. With 44 participating teams at track competition was steep. This year's challenge brought together a number of returning teams d etermined to beat the 2,843 mpg (1,208 km/l) record set by Mater Dei High School (Evansville, Ind.) in 2008, combined with a number of new teams adding fresh in novation and vehicle designs to the competition. "The Shell Eco-marathon is a pl atform for students to let their imaginations run wild," said Mark Singer, globa l project manager for the Shell Eco-marathon. "By encouraging these students to build vehicles with greater energy efficiency, we hope this will help inspire ot hers; and together we can find solutions that will help meet the global energy c hallenge." Note: Why so little media attention to this most exciting race for top gas milea ge? And if high school students can build a car that gets over 2,500 mpg, what's up with Detroit? Could big business be suppressing, or at the very least ignori ng these inspiring inventions?

A Few Speculators Dominate Vast Market for Oil Trading 2008-08-21, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/20/AR20080820038... Regulators had long classified a private Swiss energy conglomerate called Vitol as a trader that primarily helped industrial firms that needed oil to run their

businesses. But when the Commodity Futures Trading Commission examined Vitol's b ooks last month, it found that the firm was in fact more of a speculator, holdin g oil contracts as a profit-making investment rather than a means of lining up t he actual delivery of fuel. Even more surprising to the commodities markets was the massive size of Vitol's portfolio -- at one point in July, the firm held 11 percent of all the oil contracts on the regulated New York Mercantile Exchange. The discovery revealed how an individual financial player had gained enormous sw ay over the oil market without the knowledge of regulators. Other CFTC data show ed that a significant amount of trading activity was concentrated in the hands o f just a few speculators. The CFTC ... now reports that financial firms speculat ing for their clients or for themselves account for about 81 percent of the oil contracts on NYMEX, a far bigger share than had previously been stated by the ag ency. That figure may rise in coming weeks as the CFTC checks the status of othe r big traders. Some lawmakers have blamed these firms for the volatility of oil prices, including the tremendous run-up that peaked earlier in the summer. "It i s now evident that speculators in the energy futures markets play a much larger role than previously thought, and it is now even harder to accept the agency's l aughable assertion that excessive speculation has not contributed to rising ener gy prices," said Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.).

Investors' Growing Appetite for Oil Evades Market Limits 2008-06-06, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/05/AR20080605043... Hedge funds and big Wall Street banks are taking advantage of loopholes in feder al trading limits to buy massive amounts of oil contracts, ... helping to push o il prices to record highs. The federal agency that oversees oil trading, the Com modity Futures Trading Commission, has exempted these firms from rules that limi t speculative buying. The CFTC has also waived regulations over the past decade on U.S. investors who trade commodities on some overseas markets, freeing those investors to accumulate large quantities of the future oil supply by making purc hases on lightly regulated foreign exchanges. Over the past five years, investor s have become such a force on commodity markets that their appetite for oil cont racts has been equal to China's increase in demand over the same period, said Mi chael Masters, a hedge fund manager who testified before Congress on the subject last month. The commodity markets, he added, were never intended for such large financial players. Commodities have become especially enticing to investors as the credit crisis has roiled other investment opportunities such as stocks and d ebt-related securities. The recent flood of investment money has transformed the markets for oil, as well as uranium, wheat, cotton and other goods, into a vola tile realm that some insiders call the Wild West of Wall Street. Michael Greenbe rger, a professor at the University of Maryland and former CFTC commissioner, sa id there were loopholes the agency could close without much effort. "There's smo ke here, and the CFTC hasn't wanted to look if there's a fire," he said. "But th ese are dark markets. They don't even know who's doing the trading." Note: For revealing reports on financial corruption and criminality from major m edia sources, click here.

Cars that make hybrids look like gas guzzlers 2007-03-04, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/04/ING44OD4AS1.DTL Toyota Prius owners tend to be a proud lot since they drive the fuel-efficient h ybrid gas-electric car that's ... one of the hottest-selling vehicles in America . A few, however, felt that good was not good enough. They've made "improvements

" even though the modifications voided parts of their warranties. Why? Five word s: one hundred miles per gallon. "We took the hybrid car to its logical conclusi on," [Felix] Kramer says, by adding more batteries and the ability to recharge b y plugging into a regular electrical socket at night. Compared with the Prius' f uel efficiency of 50 mpg, plug-in hybrids use half as much gasoline by running m ore on cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity. These trendsetters monkeyed with the car ... to make a point: If they could make a plug-in hybrid, the major car companies could, too. Kramer ... and a cadre of volunteers formed the California Cars Initiative (online at calcars.org). They added inexpensive lead-acid batte ries ... giving the car over 100 mpg in local driving and 50 to 80 mpg on the hi ghway. The cost of conversion is about $5,000 for a do-it-yourselfer. Several sm all companies like EnergyCS ... started doing small numbers of conversions for f leets and government agencies using longer-lasting, more energy-dense lithium-io n batteries. Kramer hired EnergyCS to convert his Prius and reported on a typica l day of driving. Compared with driving his Prius before the conversion, he ... spewed out two-thirds less greenhouse gases at a total cost of $1.76 for electri city and gasoline, instead of the $3.17 it would have required on gasoline alone . People want plug-in hybrids but can't get them. Dealers don't sell them yet, a nd the few conversion services cater to fleets. Note: For a video and educational package to guide those who want to build a 100 mpg car, see www.eaa-phev.org. For why the car companies with their massive bud gets haven't developed cars like this, click here.

Cheap solar power poised to undercut oil and gas by half 2007-02-18, The Telegraph (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml Within five years, solar power will be cheap enough to compete with carbon-gener ated electricity. In a decade, the cost may have fallen so dramatically that sol ar cells could undercut oil, gas, coal and nuclear power by up to half. Anil Set hi, the chief executive of the Swiss start-up company Flisom, says he looks forw ard to the day - not so far off - when entire cities in America and Europe gener ate their heating, lighting and air-conditioning needs from solar films on build ings with enough left over to feed a surplus back into the grid. The secret? A p iece of dark polymer foil, as thin a sheet of paper. It is so light it can be st uck to the sides of buildings. It can be mass-produced in cheap rolls like packa ging - in any colour. The "tipping point" will arrive when the capital cost of s olar power falls below $1 (51p) per watt, roughly the cost of carbon power. The best options today vary from $3 to $4 per watt - down from $100 in the late 1970 s. Mr Sethi believes his product will cut the cost to 80 cents per watt within f ive years, and 50 cents in a decade. "We don't need subsidies, we just need gove rnments to get out of the way and do no harm," he said. Solar use [has] increase d dramatically in Japan and above all Germany, where Berlin's green energy law p assed in 2004 forces the grid to buy surplus electricity from households at a fa t premium. The tipping point in Germany and Japan came once households [understo od] that they could undercut their unloved utilities. Credit Lyonnais believes t he rest of the world will soon join the stampede. Needless to say, electricity u tilities are watching the solar revolution with horror. Note: Why is this inspiring, important news getting so little press coverage? An d why not more solar subsidies? For a possible answer, click here. And for an am azing new energy source not yet reported in the major media which could make eve n solar energy obsolete, click here.

Coming in out of the cold: Cold fusion, for real

2005-06-06, Christian Science Monitor http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2005/0606/p25s01-stss.html A very reputable, very careful group of scientists at the University of Los Ange les ... has initiated a fusion reaction using a laboratory device that's not muc h bigger than a breadbox, and works at roughly room temperature. This time, it l ooks like the real thing. The whole trick with fusion is you've got to get proto ns close enough together for the strong force to overcome their electrical repul sion and merge them together into a nucleus. Instead of using high temperatures and incredible densities to ram protons together, the scientists at UCLA cleverl y used the structure of an unusual crystal. Crystals are fascinating things; the atoms inside are all lined up in a tightly ordered lattice, which creates the b eautiful structure we associate with crystals. Stressing the bonds between the a toms of some crystals causes electrons to build up on one side, creating a charg e difference over the body of the crystal. Instead of using intense heat or pres sure to get nuclei close enough together to fuse, this new experiment used a ver y powerful electric field to slam atoms together. This experiment has been repea ted successfully and other scientists have reviewed the results. For the time be ing, don't expect fusion to become a readily available energy option. The curren t cold fusion apparatus still takes much more energy to start up than you get ba ck out. But it really may not be long until we have the first nuclear fusion-pow ered devices in common use. Note: If the above link fails, click here. Why wasn't this widely reported? For a possible answer, click here.

Fans of GM Electric Car Fight the Crusher 2005-03-10, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A21991-2005Mar9 What's at stake, they say, is no less than the future of automotive technology, a practical solution for driving fast and fun with no direct pollution whatsoeve r. GM agrees that the car in question, called the EV1, was a rousing feat of eng ineering that could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under eight seconds wit h no harmful emissions. The market just wasn't big enough, the company says, for a car that traveled 140 miles or less on a charge before you had to plug it in like a toaster. Some 800 drivers once leased EV1s, mostly in California. After t he last lease ran out in August, GM reclaimed every one of the cars, donating a few to universities and car museums but crushing many of the rest. Enthusiasts d iscovered a stash of about 77 surviving EV1s behind a GM training center in Burb ank and last month decided to take a stand. Mobilized through Internet sites and word of mouth, nearly 100 people pledged $24,000 each for a chance to buy the c ars from GM. On Feb. 16 the group set up a street-side outpost of folding chairs that they have staffed ever since in rotating shifts, through long nights and t orrential rains, trying to draw attention to their cause. GM refuses to budge. T oyota is aware of a growing fad among do-it-yourselfers who put a new battery in their Prius so it can be plugged in at home and then travel about 20 miles on e lectric power alone. Note: Why would GM simply crush cars for which people are willing to pay $24,000 ? For a possible answer to this important question, click here. To learn how to convert a Toyota Prius to get 100 mpg, click here.

Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons 2004-10-04, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/04/MNGM393GPK1.DTL

The U.S. Air Force is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source -- antimatter, the eerie "mirror" of ordinary matter -- in future weapons. The most powerful potential energy source presently thoug ht to be available to humanity, antimatter is a term normally heard in science-f iction films. But antimatter itself isn't fiction. During the Cold War, the Air Force funded numerous scientific studies of the basic physics of antimatter. Fol lowing an initial inquiry from The Chronicle this summer, the Air Force forbade its employees from publicly discussing the antimatter research program. Still, d etails on the program appear in numerous Air Force documents distributed over th e Internet prior to the ban. It almost defies belief, the amount of explosive fo rce available in a speck of antimatter. One millionth of a gram of positrons con tain as much energy as 37.8 kilograms (83 pounds) of TNT. A simple calculation, then, shows that about 50-millionths of a gram could generate a blast equal to t he explosion ... in Oklahoma City in 1995. Officials at Eglin Air Force Base ini tially agreed enthusiastically to try to arrange an interview with ... Kenneth E dwards, director of the "revolutionary munitions" team at the Munitions Director ate at Eglin. "We're all very excited about this technology," spokesman Rex Swen son [said] in late July. But Swenson backed out in August after he was overruled by higher officials in the Air Force and Pentagon. Reached by phone in late Sep tember, Edwards repeatedly declined to be interviewed. His superiors gave him "s trict instructions not to give any interviews personally. "I'm sorry about that -- this (antimatter) project is sort of my grandchild."

A Battle to Preserve a Visionary s Bold Failure 2009-05-05, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/science/05tesla.html In 1901, Nikola Tesla began work on a global system of giant towers meant to rel ay through the air not only news, stock reports and even pictures but also, unbe known to investors such as J. Pierpont Morgan, free electricity for one and all. It was the inventor s biggest project, and his most audacious. The first tower ro se on rural Long Island and, by 1903, stood more than 18 stories tall. Tesla, wh o lived from 1856 to 1943, made bitter enemies who dismissed some of his claims as exaggerated, helping tarnish his reputation in his lifetime. Today, his work tends to be poorly known among scientists, though some call him an intuitive gen ius far ahead of his peers. He was widely celebrated for his inventions of motor s and power distribution systems that used the form of electricity known as alte rnating current, which beat out direct current (and Thomas Edison) to electrify the world. Around 1900 ... inventors around the world were racing for what was c onsidered the next big thing wireless communication. [Tesla's] own plan was to t urn alternating current into electromagnetic waves that flashed from antennas to distant receivers. The scale of his vision was gargantuan. Investors, given Tes la s electrical achievements, paid heed. The biggest was J. Pierpont Morgan, a top financier. He sank $150,000 (today more than $3 million) into Tesla s global wire less venture. But Morgan was [eventually] disenchanted. Margaret Cheney, a Tesla biographer, observed that Tesla had seriously misjudged his wealthy patron, a m an deeply committed to the profit motive. The prospect of beaming electricity to penniless Zulus or Pygmies, she wrote, must have left the financier less than ent husiastic. Note: This article underplays a number of things about Tesla. Morgan stopped fun ding him primarily because he eventually realized that there would be no way to charge for the electricity Tesla was generating. If successful, electricity woul d be available virtually for free to those supplied by his tower. Tesla was then shunned by the power elite and his rightful claim as inventor of the radio (not Marconi) was erased in the history books. As stated on the PBS website, "It was n't until 1943 a few months after Tesla's death that the U.S. Supreme Court uphe

ld Tesla's radio patent number 645,576." For more on this amazing man, click her e and here.

Torture tests say battery power's hardly nerdy 2009-03-30, Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/03/30/torture_tests_s... Bill Dubé gets giddy when he talks about batteries and speed. After all, his 500-h orsepower Killacycle electric motorcycle goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in und er a second. He claims it is the fastest electric vehicle on the planet. In Octo ber, the Killacycle traveled a quarter mile in 7.89 seconds, topping out at 174 mph, a record. Dubé, 56, an engineer and Rhode Island native whose day job is desi gning air chemistry instruments at the University of Colorado, is the bike's des igner, owner, and builder. He is out to prove that electric vehicles do not have to be "nerd-mobiles." At the heart of electric vehicles like the Killacycle are the batteries. A123 Systems Inc., based in Watertown, sponsors the Killacycle a nd provides its battery. Dubé read about A123's lithium-ion battery technology in 2003 and decided to approach company officials. He thought drag racing was a gre at way to torture-test the company's innovative battery cells. "I told them I'll take the battery cells out to the drag strip and set a world record," he said. Electric-vehicle racing hit the start line about 15 years ago, when pioneers lik e Dubé began building the machines. "Bill is quite amazing and does pretty good pr omoting electric-vehicle racing in general," said Mike Willmon, president of the National Electric Drag Racing Association, based in Santa Rosa, Calif. The miss ion of the group, whose membership stands at 100, is to increase public awarenes s about the performance side of electric vehicles. Note: Why such a weak title for this amazing bike? Why not a title like "Electri c motorcycle goes 0 to 60 in one second"? Could it be the media doesn't want us to know things like this? For lots more suggesting this may be the case, click h ere. And for more on this amazing motorcyle and an unassuming electric car that does the quarter mile in under 12 seconds, click here.

Legislators taking hard look at oil trading 2008-11-26, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/26/BU70149LTD.DTL For a few months this summer, the oil market speculator ... helped push oil pric es steadily higher, shattering records that had lasted for decades. As oil toppe d $145 per barrel, Congress started looking for ways to rein the speculators in. Then oil prices plunged, and interest in the issue fizzled. But that may soon c hange. "This will remain an issue," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who introduc ed oil market legislation this year. "Because when the price of oil has gone fro m $50 to $147 and back, it's clear to me and everyone else that this has nothing to do with supply and demand. It has to do with speculation." Among possible ch anges, Congress may try to assert more authority over unregulated oil swaps that don't take place on any formal market. Many factors helped shove prices higher, including the growth of China's economy and the decline of the American dollar. But oil kept rising even as gasoline sales fell in the United States, the world 's largest oil consumer. That wouldn't have happened if supply and demand really were driving the market, many analysts say. "The entire move from $70 (per barr el) to $147 was people fleeing the dollar and looking at oil as an asset class," said Amy Myers Jaffe, an energy research fellow at Rice University's Baker Inst itute. "It was speculators, so when they exited the market, we went right back t o $70." Speculators are investors who trade in oil or other commodities strictly as a financial investment. They include hedge funds and investment banks as wel

l as retirement funds. Note: For lots more reports on corporate corruption from reliable sources, click here.

Students increase fuel-efficiency 2008-06-22, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/20/MTTF114KJO.DTL What we drive in the future may not be designed in Detroit, or Tokyo or Stuttgar t, but on the college campuses of North America. Teams of students from 17 colle ges and universities in the United States and Canada have spent the last three y ears taking apart models of a Chevrolet Equinox, and re-designing and re-fitting the crossover SUV to get better fuel efficiency than the engineers and designer s at General Motors have been able to achieve. It's called Challenge X. So what did these college teams come up with? They came up with bio-diesel, ethanol, hyd rogen, hybrid electric, plug-in electric - with most of the teams using two of t hese energy sources together. The team from Penn State created an Equinox that r uns on three fuels: bio-diesel, hydrogen and electric hybrid power. "The way it' s designed, it's always burning hydrogen and bio-diesel together, and the hybrid motor turns on and off," explained Nate Simmons. The team from San Diego State created a bio-diesel electric hybrid, and transformed the transmission from auto matic to manual for even better gas mileage. They were able to boost the EPA rat ing for the conventional Equinox from a rating of 23 miles per gallon highway up into the low 30s. "We set out to produce the most powerful vehicle in the compe tition," said faculty advisor James Burns. This year's winner was Mississippi St ate University, for its bio-diesel hybrid electric design. The MSU vehicle is po wered by a 1.9-liter GM direct injection turbo-diesel engine, fueled by bio-dies el (B20). It won for achieving a whopping 38 percent increase in fuel economy ov er the production-model Equinox. Note: College and even high school students have been beating car manufacturers for years, yet the media seem to largely ignore this. For striking examples, cli ck here and here.

Turning physics on its ear 2008-02-04, Toronto Star (Toronto's leading newspaper) http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/300042 Thane Heins is nervous and hopeful. In four days the Ottawa-area native will tra vel to Boston where he'll demonstrate an invention that appears ... to operate a s a perpetual motion machine. The audience, esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Markus Zahn, could either deflate Heins' heretical claims o r add momentum to a 20-year obsession. Zahn is a leading expert on electromagnet ic and electronic systems. In a rare move for any reputable academic, he has agr eed to give Heins' creation an open-minded look rather than greet it with outrig ht dismissal. The invention ... could moderately improve the efficiency of induc tion motors, used in everything from electric cars to ceiling fans. At best it m eans a way of tapping the mysterious powers of electromagnetic fields to produce more work out of less effort, seemingly creating electricity from nothing. Hein s has modified his test so the effects observed are difficult to deny. He holds a permanent magnet a few centimetres away from the driveshaft of an electric mot or, and the magnetic field it creates causes the motor to accelerate. Contacted by phone a few hours after the test, Zahn is genuinely stumped and surprised. He said the magnet shouldn't cause acceleration. "It's an unusual phenomenon I wou ldn't have predicted in advance. But I saw it. It's real. To my mind this is une

xpected and new," he [said]. "There are an infinite number of induction machines in people's homes and everywhere around the world. If you could make them more efficient, cumulatively, it could make a big difference." Note: For a treasure trove of reports on new energy breakthroughs from reliable, verifiable sources, click here.

A way to squeeze oil and gas from just about anything 2007-12-00, Popular Science magazine http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/innovator_2.html Everything that goes into Frank Pringle s recycling machine a piece of tire, a roc k, a plastic cup turns to oil and natural gas seconds later. I ve been told the oil companies might try to assassinate me, Pringle says without sarcasm. The machine is a microwave emitter that extracts the petroleum and gas hidden inside everyd ay objects. Every hour, the first commercial version will turn 10 tons of auto w aste tires, plastic, vinyl into enough natural gas to produce 17 million BTUs of energy (it will use 956,000 of those BTUs to keep itself running). Pringle crea ted the machine about 10 years ago after he drove by a massive tire fire and tho ught about the energy being released. He went home and threw bits of a tire in a microwave emitter he d been working with for another project. It turned to what l ooked like ash, but a few hours later, he returned and found a black puddle on t he floor of the unheated workshop. Somehow, he d struck oil. Or rather, he had ext racted it. Petroleum is composed of strings of hydrocarbon molecules. When micro waves hit the tire, they crack the molecular chains and break it into its compon ent parts: carbon black (an ash-like raw material) and hydrocarbon gases, which can be burned or condensed into liquid fuel. If the process worked on tires, he thought, it should work on anything with hydrocarbons. The trick was in finding the optimum microwave frequency for each material. In 2004 he teamed up with eng ineer pal Hawk Hogan to take the machine commercial. Their first order is under construction in Rockford, Illinois. It s a $5.1-million microwave machine the size of small bus called the Hawk, bound for an auto-recycler in Long Island, New Yo rk. Oil companies are looking to the machines to gasify petroleum trapped in sha le. Note: For many exciting breakthroughs in new energy technologies, click here.

The 50% MPG Gain That Detroit Won't Touch 2007-08-26, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/23/AR20070823016... Gerald Rowley keeps his dreams in his garage. There ... he stores an aging Mazda 626 sedan [specially outfitted with a] one-gallon steel box in the trunk connec ted to fuel lines leading to a gasoline vaporizing device under the hood. The st eel box holds one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. The device beneath the ho od is called the VFS, Vaporizing Fuel System. I came here to drive Rowley's VFSequipped car. For years, I had spurned the invitations of homespun inventors wor ldwide to travel to distant points to witness first-hand machines that could del iver 100 miles per gallon or 200 miles per gallon. The claims sounded too incred ible to believe -- ridiculous, in fact. If such devices really worked, really di d what their inventors said they did, why would they still be sitting on shelves in anonymous workshops -- ignored by the driving public and all of the vehicle manufacturers who serve them? What automobile manufacturer in its right mind, es pecially with rising concerns about future oil availability and with gasoline pr ices escalating worldwide, would not jump at the opportunity to acquire a device that delivered 100 miles per gallon? Rowley's patented device is nothing new. I

t's just the latest iteration of an idea already developed by others -- the noti on that you could get more miles per gallon out of a traditional gasoline engine if you pre-heated the fuel to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, thus turning it int o a vapor before it enters the combustion chamber. Vaporized fuel, when properly mixed with air, burns more efficiently, saves fuel and emits fewer tailpipe pol lutants than traditional fuel-air mixtures in which gasoline is sprayed into a c ombustion chamber in tiny droplets and then mixed with air before burning. All c ar companies know this. Note: Why won't the car manufacturers develop this amazing, proven technology? F or a possible answer, click here. And for a treasure trove of exciting reports o n new energy developments, click here.

Bribes offered to scientists 2007-02-03, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia's leading newspaper) http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/bribes-offered-to-scientists/2007/02/0... Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine the UN climate change report. Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute, an ExxonMobil-funded think tank with close links to the Bush Administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of the report. Travel expenses and add itional payments were also offered. The institute has received more than $1.6 mi llion from ExxonMobil - which yesterday announced a $50 billion annual profit, t he biggest ever by a US company - and more than 20 of its staff have worked as c onsultants to the Bush Administration. A former head of ExxonMobil, Lee Raymond, is the vice-chairman of the institute's board of trustees. Note: Why wasn't this important story covered by any major media in the U.S.? Fo r an answer, click here.

Vehicle mileage estimates get real 2006-12-12, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-fuel12dec12,0,1026595.story That 55-mile-per-gallon hybrid car you've been eyeing may end up being a 44-mpg hybrid. The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced a new system Monda y for evaluating fuel economy that will lower mileage estimates for most vehicle s. On average, vehicles rated under the 2008 method will post a 12% drop in city gasoline mileage and an 8% decline in highway mileage. With the new testing req uirements, the EPA is attempting to come up with estimates that more closely ref lect the real-world mileage motorists can expect when they purchase a vehicle. U nder the current system ... actual mileage is often far lower than the posted EP A ratings. Hybrids will be hit harder because the new test eliminates some of th e all-electric driving that helped them produce impressive results. A recent stu dy ... found that the average mileage for passenger cars and light trucks was ab out 14% less than EPA estimates. The mileage for gas-electric hybrids probably w ill be 20% to 30% lower than present estimates for city driving and 10% to 20% l ower on the highway. These vehicles quickly lose their all-electric advantage wh en operated in cold weather or quickly accelerated. The new EPA mileage estimate s won't harm automakers' ability to meet federal rules requiring an industrywide average fuel economy of 27.5 miles per gallon for cars and 21 mpg for sport uti lity vehicles, pickup trucks and vans. Note: The government could easily mandate higher gas mileage, but has not signif icantly raised the bar in almost 20 years. Why? The current average mileage for

all cars is less than the mileage of the 1908 Model T. With all of the incredibl y technological advances in other fields, how is this possible? For more on this vital topic, click here and here. Toyota came out with a hybrid that got 100 mp g in 2002. For what happened to it, click here. And to learn how a Toyota Prius can be converted to get 100 miles per gallon, click here.

Advanced vehicles demonstrate zero oil-consumption, reduced emissions 2005-05-18, Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/cars/news/2005/may/0518_tourdesol.html Carmakers such as Toyota and Honda can't seem to make hybrid vehicles fast enoug h to keep up with public interest. Interest in this new technology is growing, a nd one group is highlighting these technical marvels in a yearly event called th e Tour de Sol. Top prize for the Monte-Carlo Rally went to a modified Honda Insi ght driven by Brian Hardegen, of Pepperell, who broke the 100-mile-per-gallon ba rrier over a 150-mile range. The car actually got 107 miles-per gallon. St. Mark 's High School in Southboro, and North Haven Community School, North Haven, ME, demonstrated true zero-oil consumption and true zero climate-change emissions wi th their modified electric Ford pick-up and Volkswagen bus. More than 60 hybrid, electric and biofueled vehicles from throughout the US and Canada demonstrated that we have the technology today to power our transportation system with zero-o il consumption and zero climate-change emissions. Note: If the above link fails, click here. If high school students can do it, wh y aren't the car companies seriously developing these technologies? And why are car manufacturers not able to keep up with demand on hybrid vehicles? For more, click here.

Halliburton operates in Iran despite sanctions 2005-03-07, MSNBC News http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7119752 in January, Halliburton won a contract to drill at a huge Iranian gas field call ed Pars, which an Iranian government spokesman said "served the interests" of Ir an. "I am baffled that any American company would want to have employees operati ng in Iran," says Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. "I would think they'd be ashamed. " Halliburton says the operation videotaped by NBC News is entirely legal. It's run by a subsidiary called "Halliburton Products and Services Limited," based ou tside the U.S. In fact, the law allows foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations to do business in Iran under strict conditions. Other U.S. oil services compani es, like Weatherford and Baker Hughes, also are in Iran. And foreign subsidiarie s of NBC's parent company, General Electric, have sold equipment to Iran. For Ha lliburton to have done this legally, the foreign subsidiary operating in Iran mu st be independent of the main operation in Texas. Yet, when an NBC producer appr oached managers in Iran, he was sent to company officials in Dubai. But they sai d only Halliburton headquarters in Houston could talk about operations in Iran.

Warming Up to Cold Fusion 2004-11-21, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54964-2004Nov16.html Peter Hagelstein is trying to revive hope for a future of clean, inexhaustible, inexpensive energy. Fifteen years after the scientific embarrassment of the cent ury ... a panel of scientists gathered. The panel's charge was simple: to determ

ine whether [cold fusion] had even a prayer of a chance at working. The Departme nt of Energy went to great lengths to cloak the meeting from public view. No ann ouncement, no reporters. None of the names of the people attending that day was disclosed. Since 1989, hundreds of scientists working in dozens of labs around t he world have claimed ... results. Supporters point to the written literature -more than 3,000 papers -- as proof of the effect. But the most credible cold fu sion advocates concede that the vast majority of those papers are of poor qualit y. "Brilliant," "genius" and "reclusive" were words used to describe [SRI scient ist Peter] Hagelstein 20 years ago, when he rose to prominence as one of the you ng scientists behind President Ronald Reagan's plans to build a missile shield i n outer space. Hagelstein [now] describes the mainstream scientific community as "mafias" that promote and publish their friends' work, unwilling to accept new ideas. As Hagelstein explains it, leading physicists came out swiftly and premat urely against cold fusion. Hagelstein says his acceptance of cold fusion was by no means immediate. It took several years before he was convinced. [Now] Hagelst ein says, he has seen enough cold fusion data to convince him that the science i s clearly real. The field's acceptance, he maintains, will be simply a matter of the scientific community's looking at the improved experimental results in the future and coming to understand them. Note: If the above link fails, click here. Why all the secrecy around this impor tant topic? To learn why the power elite don't want cheap energy, click here.

Tsunami bomb - NZ's devastating war secret 1999-09-25, New Zealand Herald (New Zealand's leading newspaper) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=14727 Top-secret wartime experiments were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfe ct a tidal wave bomb, declassified files reveal. United States defence chiefs sa id that if the project had been completed before the end of the war it could hav e played a role as effective as that of the atom bomb. Details of the tsunami bo mb, known as Project Seal, are contained in 53-year-old documents released by th e Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Papers stamped "top secret" show the US and British military were eager for Seal to be developed in the post-war years too. The experiments involved laying a pattern of explosives underwater to creat e a tsunami. It is unclear what happened to Project Seal once the final report w as forwarded to Wellington Defence Headquarters late in the 1940s. The bomb was never tested on a full scale. "Whether it could ever be resurrected ... Under so me circumstances I think it could be devastating."

Could This Lump Power the Planet? 2009-11-14, Newsweek magazine http://www.newsweek.com/id/222792 When I meet [Edward] Moses [at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory], the 60-year-old scientist ... shows me a tiny pellet ... and swears it will provide an endless supply of safe, clean energy. The pellet Moses holds is a model, but the real version will contain a few milligrams of deuterium and tritium, isotope s of hydrogen that can be extracted from water. If you blast the pellet with a p owerful laser, you can create a reaction like the one that takes place at the ce nter of the sun. Harness that reaction, and you've created a star on earth, and with the heat from that star you can generate electricity without creating any p ollution. Forget about nuke plants, coal, oil, or wind and solar. "This is the r eal solar power," says Moses. What Moses is talking about is controlled nuclear fusion. Instead of splitting the nucleus of an atom, you're trying to force a de uterium nucleus to merge, or fuse, with a tritium nucleus. When that happens, yo

u produce helium and throw off energy. Scientists have been trying to produce en ergy with fusion for decades. So far, they keep failing. The joke is that fusion energy is only 40 years away, and will always be only 40 years away. Moses beli eves, however, that his lab, which is called the National Ignition Facility, or NIF, has cracked the problem. The big challenge fusion has faced is lack of powe r. NIF's laser ... can produce 60 times more energy than any other laser ever bu ilt. Right now it's still being tested. But next year Moses and his scientists w ill fire it up with a full load of deuterium-tritium fuel, and Moses feels confi dent it will achieve "ignition," meaning a controlled burn in which you get out more energy than you put in. Note: For many reports from reliable sources of promising new energy development s, click here and here.

Chrysler drops three electric vehicles despite having touted them to get billion s in government bailout cash 2009-11-09, USA Today http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2009/11/620001133/1 If you believed all the talk from Chrysler about how our tax dollars would help finance its fast-track electric-vehicle future, you're in for a big disappointme nt. Chrysler has disbanded the engineering team that was trying to bring three e lectric models to market as a rush job. Chrysler [had] cited its devotion to ele ctric vehicles as one of the key reasons why the Obama administration and Congre ss needed to give it $12.5 billion in bailout money. The change of heart on elec tric vehicles has come under Fiat. At a marathon presentation of Chrysler's five -year strategy, CEO Sergio Marchionne talked about just about everything on Chry sler's plate ... except its earlier electric-car plans. With the group's disband ing, Chrysler's electric plans will be melded into Fiat's. Marchionne is apparen tly no fan of electric power. He says electrics will only make up 1% or 2% of Fi at sales by 2014 and that he doesn't put a lot of faith in the technology until battery developments are pushed forward. As a result, Chrysler won't have an ele ctric car on sale as soon as next year, such as the Dodge Circuit sports car con cept it had unveiled. The change has come so fast that Chrysler's website has be en still featuring pictures of the electric vehicles. As late as August, Chrysle r took $70 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a tes t fleet of 220 hybrid pickup trucks and minivans, vehicles now scrapped in the s weeping turnaround plan for Chrysler. Note: For reports from reliable sources on promising new developments in electri c automobile technologies, click here.

Energy crisis is postponed as new gas rescues the world 2009-10-11, The Telegraph (One of the UK's leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/6299291/Ene... Advances in technology for extracting [natural] gas from shale and methane beds have quickened dramatically, altering the global balance of energy faster than a lmost anybody expected. Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, said proven natural gas reserves around the world have risen to 1.2 trillion barrels of oil equivale nt, enough for 60 years' supply and rising fast. "There has been a revolution in the gas fields of North America. Reserve estimates are rising sharply as techno logy unlocks unconventional resources," he said. The breakthrough has been to co mbine 3-D seismic imaging with new technologies to free "tight gas" by smashing rocks, known as hydro-fracturing or "fracking" in the trade. The US is leading t he charge. Texas A&M University said US methods could increase global gas reserv

es by nine times to 16,000 TCF (trillion cubic feet). Shale gas is undoubtedly m essy. Millions of gallons of water mixed with sand, hydrochloric acid and toxic chemicals are blasted at rocks. This is supposed to happen below the water basin s but accidents have been common. Pennsylvania's [environmental authorities] hav e shut down a Cabot Oil & Gas operation after 8,000 gallons of chemicals spilled into a stream. The claims of BP ... are so extraordinary that we may need to re write the geo-strategy textbooks for the next half century. Note: For more on the risks associated with fracking, click here. For lots more from reliable sources on new energy developments, click here.

Have a Nice Day 2009-09-16, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/opinion/16friedman.html Applied Materials is one of the most important U.S. companies you ve probably neve r heard of. It makes the machines that make the microchips that go inside your c omputer. The chip business, though, is volatile, so in 2004 Mike Splinter, Appli ed Materials s C.E.O., decided to add a new business line to take advantage of the company s nanotechnology capabilities making the machines that make solar panels. The other day, Splinter gave me a tour of the company s Silicon Valley facility, culminating with a visit to its war room, where Applied maintains a real-time glob al interaction with all 14 solar panel factories it s built around the world in th e last two years. Not a single one is in America. Let s see: five are in Germany, four are in China, one is in Spain, one is in India, one is in Italy, one is in Taiwan and one is even in Abu Dhabi. The reason that all these other countries a re building solar-panel industries today is because most of their governments ha ve put in place the three prerequisites for growing a renewable energy industry: 1) any business or homeowner can generate solar energy; 2) if they decide to do so, the power utility has to connect them to the grid; and 3) the utility has t o buy the power for a predictable period at a price that is a no-brainer good de al for the family or business putting the solar panels on their rooftop. Regulat ory, price and connectivity certainty, that is what Germany put in place, and th at explains why Germany now generates almost half the solar power in the world t oday and, as a byproduct, is making itself the world-center for solar research, engineering, manufacturing and installation. With more than 50,000 new jobs, the renewable energy industry in Germany is now second only to its auto industry. Note: For lots more from reliable sources on promising new energy developments, click here.

A climate solution that's out of this world 2009-05-14, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/05/14/14greenwire-a-climate-solution-thats-... One of the newest energy lobbyists claims he has the answer to climate change: s paceships. The government has in its possession "extraterrestrial vehicles," lob byist Stephen Bassett said. As in flying saucers. Imagine the power source, he s aid, behind a 30-foot wide saucer that weighs the same as a tractor-trailer yet hurtles through galaxies at 20,000 miles per hour. "What is the energy system op erating that craft?" Bassett said. "They're not burning kerosene." Bassett ... i s working for free as a lobbyist, representing the Hawaii-based Exopolitics Inst itute, an educational organization which describes itself as "dedicated to study ing the key actors, institutions and political processes associated with extrate rrestrial life." Bassett said he is less lobbyist and more political activist. " The UFO phenomenon is real," Bassett said. "The E.T. extraterrestrial presence i

s real." Bassett's been lobbying about seven months, targeting the science and t echnology, and defense and aviation angles. He added energy to his portfolio in a Senate filing last week. He has spoken to lawmakers in the past, Bassett said, but he's writing off lobbying Congress for now, calling the extraterrestrial is sue "the third rail" of politics. Besides, he and other believers have a bigger name on their list. "Knowing that Congress could not act," Bassett said, "what w e did was focus on the executive branch, the White House." Those who believe the truth is out there have been waiting for someone like President Obama to come c lean about the government hiding information on extraterrestrials, Bassett said. Note: What's highly unusual about this article is that there is not a note of ri dicule. This may be a first for a UFO article in the New York Times. For lots mo re eye-opening, reliable information on this topic, including a Times article in which a former CIA chief describes a UFO cover-up, click here and here.

Navy scientist announces possible cold fusion reactions 2009-03-23, Houston Chronicle (Houston's leading newspaper) http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6333164.html A U.S. Navy researcher announced today that her lab has produced significant new r esults that indicate cold fusion-like reactions. If the work by analytical chemi st Pamela Mosier-Boss and her colleagues is confirmed, it could open the door to a cheap, near-limitless reservoir of energy. Devising a fusion-based source of energy on Earth has long been a clean-energy holy grail of physicists. A small gro up of scientists has [tried] to produce fusion reactions at low temperatures. If such experiments did produce fusion reactions, they would generate highly energ etic neutrons as a byproduct. These are what Mosier-Boss says her San Diego-base d group has found. If you have fusion going on, then you have to have neutrons, sh e said. But we do not know if fusion is actually occurring. It could be some othe r nuclear reaction. Today s announcement is based partly on research published by M osier-Boss group last year in the journal Naturwissenschaften. The announcement m ay turn heads, given its stage at the American Chemical Society s big meeting and the fact that the organization promoted it to science journalists in advance. It s big, said Steven Krivit, founder of the New Energy Times publication, which has t racked cold fusion developments for two decades. What we re talking about may be mo re than anybody actually expected, he said. We re talking about a new field of scien ce that s a hybrid between chemistry and physics. Note: For a powerful documentary showing a major cover-up around cold fusion, cl ick here. Many highly esteemed scientists have repeatedly demonstrated the reali ty of cold fusion, only to have their research sometimes ruthlessly shut down. F or many hopeful reports from reliable sources on the array of new energy develop ments currently underway, click here.

Oil producers running out of storage space 2009-03-03, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29495753 Supertankers that once raced around the world to satisfy an unquenchable thirst for oil are now parked offshore, fully loaded, anchors down, their crews killing time. In the United States, vast storage farms for oil are almost out of room. As demand for crude has plummeted, the world suddenly finds itself awash in oil that has nowhere to go. It s been less than a year since oil prices hit record hig hs. But now producers and traders are struggling with the new reality: The world wants less oil, not more. And turning off the spigot is about as easy as turnin g around one of those tankers. So oil companies and investors are stashing crude

, waiting for demand to rise and the bear market to end so they can turn a profi t later. Meanwhile, oil-producing countries such as Iran have pumped millions of barrels of their own crude into idle tankers, effectively taking crude off the market to halt declining prices that are devastating their economies. Traders ha ve always played a game of store and sell, bringing oil to market when it can fe tch the best price. They say this time is different because of how fast the bott om fell out of the oil market. Nobody expected this, said Antoine Halff, an analys t with Newedge. The majority of people out there thought the market would keep ri sing to $200, even $250, a barrel. They were tripping over each other to pick a higher forecast. Now the strategy is storage. Anyone who can buy cheap oil and st ore it might be able to sell it at a premium later, when the global economy ramp s up again.

Exxon Mobil sets record with $45.2 billion profit 2009-01-30, Miami Herald/Associated Press http://www.miamiherald.com/business/nation/story/879748.html Exxon Mobil Corp. ... reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company. The previous record for annual profit was $40.6 b illion, which the world's largest publicly traded oil company set in 2007. The e xtraordinary full-year profit wasn't a surprise given crude's triple-digit price for much of 2008, peaking near an unheard of $150 a barrel in July. Since then, however, prices have fallen roughly 70 percent amid a deepening global economic crisis. In the fourth quarter alone crude tumbled 60 percent, prompting spendin g and job cuts in an industry that was reporting robust, often record, profits a s recently as last summer. Irving, Texas-based Exxon said net income slid sharpl y to $7.8 billion, or $1.55 a share, in the October-December period. That compar ed with $11.7 billion, or $2.13 a share, in the same period a year ago, when Exx on set a U.S. record for quarterly profit. It has since topped that mark twice, first in last year's second quarter and then with earnings of $14.83 billion in the third quarter. Revenue in the most-recent quarter fell 27 percent to $84.7 b illion. The industry went into retrenchment toward the end of the year with dema nd falling. The company, which produces about 3 percent of the world's oil, said overall output fell 3 percent in the most-recent period. For the full year, Exx on Mobil's massive profit amounted to $8.69 a share, versus $7.28 a share a year ago. Note: How can it be said that this record-breaking profit "wasn't a surprise," w hen ethically we would all expect the oil companies not to gouge consumers world -wide at the time when oil prices were artificially driven to record highs? Why should the oil companies be allowed to rake in huge profits causing the vast maj ority of us to suffer even greater losses at the gas pump? This is generally cal led gross profiteering. Shouldn't these "windfall profits" be taxed away?

The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can't Have 2008-09-01, Business Week http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_37/b4099060491065.htm If ever there was a car made for the times, this would seem to be it: a sporty s ubcompact that seats five, offers a navigation system, and gets a whopping 65 mi les to the gallon. Oh yes, and the car is made by Ford Motors, known widely for lumbering gas hogs. Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But he re's the catch: Despite the car's potential to transform Ford's image and help i t compete with Toyota Motor and Honda Motor in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we

can't sell it in the U.S." The main one: The Fiesta ECOnetic runs on diesel. Aut omakers such as Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have predicted for years that a tec hnology called "clean diesel" would overcome many Americans' antipathy to a fuel still often thought of as the smelly stuff that powers tractor trailers. Diesel vehicles now hitting the market with pollution-fighting technology are as clean or cleaner than gasoline and at least 30% more fuel-efficient. Yet while half o f all cars sold in Europe last year ran on diesel, the U.S. market remains relat ively unfriendly to the fuel.

Michigan solar car team wins 2,400-mile race 2008-07-25, CNN News http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/07/25/michigan.solar.car In the world of higher education, summer is usually the off-season. But for some students, this summer was the culmination of years of hard work in a 2,400-mile solar car race from Plano, Texas to Calgary, Alberta. Fifteen teams of students drove photovoltaic-powered cars across the North American Solar Challenge finis h line in Calgary Tuesday, led by the University of Michigan Solar Car Team and its vehicle, Continuum. Michigan's victory, which took about 51 hours and 42 min utes on the road, is its fifth NASC championship. The school also won the last N ASC, in 2005. Jeff Ferman, the race manager for Michigan, talked about how rewar ding it was to enter Calgary and be greeted by 40,000 people."The streets were l ined with people," he said. "There were people on overpasses with tripods taking pictures." The Michigan team led almost the entire race from Texas, trailing on ly on the first day of driving when it had to stop to fix a minor electrical pro blem. But that 20-minute stop was the only time it had to pull over to make repa irs, which team members said was one reason they did so well. Note: If you do the math, this amazing solar powered car built by college studen ts averaged 46.5 mph over a 2,400 mile course! Why didn't this make news headlin es? Try doing a Google search on "Solar Challenge" (the annual solar car race). You will find that almost no major media cover this amazing event at all. The fe w who have (including this CNN article) usually fail to mention anything about t he speeds attained by these cars. Why is the media not giving better coverage to these incredible breakthroughs? For a possible answer, click here.

Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol 2008-06-14, London Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4133668.ece Ten years ago I could never have imagined I d be doing this, says Greg Pal, 33, a fo rmer software executive. I mean, this is essentially agriculture, right? But ... this is the one hot area everyone wants to get into. He means bugs. To be more pr ecise: the genetic alteration of bugs very, very small ones so that when they fe ed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw, they do something ext raordinary. They excrete crude oil. Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. M r Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be pou red into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us. Not that Mr Pal is willing to risk it just yet. He gives it a month before the first vehicle is filled up o n what he calls renewable petroleum . After that, he grins, it s a brave new world . Mr Pal is a senior director of LS9, one of several companies in or near Silicon Val ley that have ... embarked ... on an extraordinary race to make $140-a-barrel oi l (£70) from Saudi Arabia obsolete. All of us here everyone in this company and in this industry, are aware of the urgency, Mr Pal says. What is most remarkable abo ut what they are doing is that instead of trying to reengineer the global econom y as is required, for example, for the use of hydrogen fuel they are trying to m

ake a product that is interchangeable with oil. The company claims that this Oil 2.0 will not only be renewable but also carbon negative meaning that the carbon i t emits will be less than that sucked from the atmosphere by the raw materials f rom which it is made. Note: For a treasure trove of exciting reports on new energy inventions, click h ere.

Petrol pricey? Japanese invent car that runs on water 2008-06-13, Reuters News http://in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINSP7366720080613 Tired of petrol prices rising daily at the pump? A Japanese company has invented an electric-powered, and environmentally friendly, car that it says runs solely on water. Genepax unveiled the car in the western city of Osaka, saying that a liter (2.1 pints) of any kind of water -- rain, river or sea -- was all you need ed to get the engine going for about an hour at a speed of 80 km (50 miles). "Th e car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water to top up from time to time," Genepax CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa told local broadcaster TV Tokyo. "It does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars," he added. Once the water is p oured into the tank at the back of the car, the a generator breaks it down and u ses it to create electrical power, TV Tokyo said. Whether the car makes it into showrooms remains to be seen. Genepax said it had just applied for a patent and is hoping to collaborate with Japanese auto manufacturers in the future. Most bi g automakers, meanwhile, are working on fuel-cell cars that run on hydrogen and emit -- not consume -- water. Note: To watch a Reuters video clip on this amazing car, click here.

Algae: 'The ultimate in renewable energy' 2008-04-01, CNN http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/04/01/algae.oil/ Texas may be best known for "Big Oil." But the oil that could some day make a de nt in the country's use of fossil fuels is small. Microscopic, in fact: algae. L iterally and figuratively, this is green fuel. "Algae is the ultimate in renewab le energy," Glen Kertz, president and CEO of Valcent Products, told CNN while co nducting a tour of his algae greenhouse on the outskirts of El Paso. "We are a g iant solar collecting system. We get the bulk of our energy from the sunshine," said Kertz. Algae are among the fastest growing plants in the world, and about 5 0 percent of their weight is oil. That lipid oil can be used to make biodiesel f or cars, trucks, and airplanes. Most people know algae as "pond scum." And until recently, most energy research and development projects used ponds to grow it. But instead of ponds, Valcent uses a closed, vertical system, growing the algae in long rows of moving plastic bags. The patented system is called Vertigro, a j oint venture with Canadian alternative energy company Global Green Solutions. Th e companies have invested about $5 million in the Texas facility. "A pond has a limited amount of surface area for solar absorption," said Kertz. "By going vert ical, you can get a lot more surface area to expose cells to the sunlight. It ke eps the algae hanging in the sunlight just long enough to pick up the solar ener gy they need to produce, to go through photosynthesis," he said. Kertz said he c an produce about 100,000 gallons of algae oil a year per acre, compared to about 30 gallons per acre from corn; 50 gallons from soybeans. Valcent research scien tist Aga Pinowska said there are about 65,000 known algae species, with perhaps hundreds of thousands more still to be identified. A big part of the research at

the west Texas facility involves determining what type of algae produces what t ype of fuel. Note: For many exciting reports of new energy inventions, click here.

'Eco-Patent Commons' hopes to improve environmental innovation 2008-01-14, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/14/BU6IUDVBM.DTL IBM Corp., Nokia, Sony and Pitney Bowes are expected to announce Monday that the y have put 31 inventions into an "Eco-Patent Commons" designed to make these Ear th-friendly manufacturing and waste-reduction processes more widely available. " This is an open source effort along the lines of the Creative Commons," said IBM assistant general counsel David Kappos, who is responsible for the company's in tellectual property. The open source movement, symbolized by the free Linux oper ating system, believes that innovation occurs more quickly when new ideas and pr ocesses are open to the public for anyone to troubleshoot and improve. The Eco-P atent Commons adopts this activist tactic in certain fields - like waste reducti on - where the participating firms have decided that the societal benefit of hav ing every willing manufacturer adopt these cleaner processes outweighs any poten tial advantage they might gain by keeping the idea close to the vest. One of the newly freed eco-patents is an IBM invention for using a specially folded piece of corrugated cardboard to cushion electronic components against shock during sh ipping - replacing the Styrofoam products that can easily become an environmenta l headache. Likewise, Nokia is giving away a patent designed to help safely disp ose of mobile phones by reusing their components in other gadgets such as digita l cameras. Kappos said the Eco-Patent Commons would be run by an independent, no nprofit group, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and expre ssed hope that other companies would follow the lead and add real clout to what is more a symbolic than substantive effort to make global business a little gree ner.

E-dragsters go for gas-powered records 2007-07-29, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20024352 Straddling a 619-pound motorcycle, Scotty Pollacheck tucks in his knees and lowe rs his head as he waits for the green light. When he revs the engine, there's no roar. The bike moves so fast that within seconds all that's visible is a faint red taillight melting in the distance. Pollacheck crosses the quarter-mile marke r doing 156 mph; he's traveled 1,320 feet in 8.22 seconds, faster than any of th e gas-powered cars, trucks or motorcycles that have raced in the drag sprints on this weekend at Portland International Raceway. It's particularly impressive gi ven Pollacheck is riding a vehicle that uses no gasoline and is powered entirely by lithium-ion batteries. Pollacheck and his bike dubbed the KillaCycle are par t of a growing movement that's exploiting breakthroughs in battery technology an d could soon challenge the world's fastest-accelerating vehicles in the $1 billi on drag-racing industry. "In professional drag racing I expect to see the electr ics eventually pass up the fuel dragsters," said Dick Brown, president of AeroBa tteries, which sponsors White Zombie, the world's quickest-accelerating street-l egal electric car a 1972 white Datsun 1200. "Electric gives you instant torque w hereas gasoline you have to build up," Brown said. The KillaCycle runs on 990 li thium-ion battery cells that feed two direct current motors, generating 350 hors epower. The bike accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just under a second faster t han many professional gas-powered drag motorcycles and within striking distance of the quickest bikes that run on nitromethane. With that hyper-potent racing fu

el, riders can get to 60 mph in 0.7 seconds. Note: For more on this amazing motorcyle and an unassuming electric car that doe s the quarter mile in under 12 seconds, click here.

Fla. Man Invents Machine To Turn Water Into Fire 2007-05-24, WPFB-TV (ABC affiliate in Palm Beach, FL) http://www.wpbf.com/news/13383827/detail.html A Florida man may have accidentally invented a machine that could solve the gaso line and energy crisis plaguing the U.S.. [John] Kanzius, 63, invented a machine that emits radio waves in an attempt to kill cancerous cells while leaving norm al cells intact. While testing his machine, he noticed that his invention had ot her unexpected abilities. Filling a test tube with salt water from a canal in hi s back yard, Kanzius placed the tube and a paper towel in the machine and turned it on. Suddenly, the paper towel ignited. Kanzius performed the experiment with out the paper towel and got the same result -- the saltwater was actually burnin g. [He] said he showed the experiment to a handful of scientists across the coun try who claim they are baffled at watching salt water ignite. Kanzius said the f lame created from his machine reaches a temperature of around 3,000 [°F]. He said a chemist told him that the immense heat created from the machine breaks down th e hydrogen-oxygen bond in the water, igniting the hydrogen. "You could take plai n salt water out of the sea, put it in containers and produce a violent flame th at could heat generators that make electricity, or provide other forms of energy ," Kanzius said. He said engineers are currently experimenting with him in Erie, Pa. in an attempt to harness the energy. They've built an engine that, when pla ced on top of the flame, chugged along for two minutes. Kanzius admits all the e xcitement surrounding a new possible energy source was a stroke of luck. Someone who witnessed his work on the cancer front asked him if perhaps the machine cou ld be used for desalinization. "This was an experiment to see if I could heat sa lt water, and instead of heat, I got fire," Kanzius said. Note: Why aren't millions of dollars being channeled to explore this exciting fi eld further? To watch a video clip of this exciting machine igniting sea water, click here.

Gas-sipping vehicle gets 1,900 mpg 2007-04-21, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-garagebriefs21apr21,1,5317797.story We couldn't pass up mention of the winner of last week's Eco-marathon Americas, a fuel-economy challenge sponsored by Shell Oil Co. A team from Cal Poly San Lui s Obispo won the $10,000 grand prize by achieving the equivalent of 1,902.7 mile s per gallon on regular gasoline in a student-built vehicle. Granted, the studen ts didn't win in someone's mom's Dodge minivan. Their "car" is a one-occupant st reamliner built of carbon fiber composite. At a measly 98 pounds, it weighed les s than the driver. And that was 98 pounds including the car's 50-cubic-centimete r Honda engine. "The main reason we do this is because it's a way to encourage s tudents to focus on technical innovation for potential future careers," said Dav id Sexton, president of Shell Oil Products. But there is a practical side to the competition, said Cal Poly team manager Tom Heckel, a junior mechanical enginee ring major. "Any publicity we can get makes people aware that the 20 mpg or so t hey're averaging in their cars can be improved on a lot." The event, held April 14 at the California Speedway in Fontana, was the first time that Shell had brou ght its 25-year-old Eco-marathon competition to the U.S. The event drew 20 unive rsity, college and high school teams from around the U.S. and Canada. Rules call

ed for each vehicle to complete seven 1.45-mile laps around the speedway's inner track, averaging at least 15 mph. Fuel consumption was measured after each atte mpt and adjusted for ambient temperature and other factors in a complex formula that ends up giving an extrapolation of miles per gallon. Note: Why would the president of Shell Oil Products state the main reason for th is competition is about careers and not finding ways to improve gas mileage? The world record is over 10,000 mpg. How is it that the average car gets only 22 mp g when the Ford Model T got 25 mpg almost 100 years ago? For more, click here.

Feds miss energy standards by up to 15 years 2007-03-01, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17403743 The government for decades has failed to meet legal deadlines for tougher energy efficiency standards for appliances and other equipment, costing consumers and industry tens of billions of dollars in electric costs, a congressional study sa id Thursday. The Government Accountability Office reported that over several dec ades the Energy Department has "missed all 34 congressional deadlines for settin g efficiency standards," with delays ranging from several months to as long as 1 5 years. The standards approved by Congress seek to reduce energy use from a bro ad range of products from refrigerators and home heating systems to electricity grid transformers and electric motors in factories. If the deadlines had been me t on only four widely used consumer products - refrigerators, freezers, central air conditioners and heat pumps - consumers would have saved $28 billion in accu mulated energy costs by 2030 - because more energy efficient products would have been on the market sooner. Andy Karsner, the department's assistant secretary i n charge of energy efficiency programs, acknowledged the department has had "a s imply abysmal" record on meeting efficiency standard deadlines set by Congress. Note: Could it be that the powerful energy lobby didn't want these policies inst ituted? For more, click here.

Exxon's 'outlandish' earnings spark furor 2007-02-02, Globe and Mail (One of Canada's Leading Newspapers) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070202.EXXON02/TPStory The world's largest publicly owned oil company announced yesterday the largest c orporate profit ever, but news of its near $40-billion (U.S.) windfall in 2006 s parked an angry backlash, coming on the eve of a major report blaming the use of fossil fuels for wreaking devastation on the planet. Exxon shares have risen by about 20 per cent in the past year. Exxon wasn't alone in unprecedented oil ear nings. Royal Dutch Shell PLC, an Anglo-Dutch company, and U.S.-run Marathon Oil and Valero Energy, also posted best-ever annual results yesterday. And ConocoPhi llips Co., also American, last week posted its highest profits. Profits at the f ive companies together totalled $91.1-billion -- in a year when drivers paid rec ord prices for gasoline. Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have also urged Exxon to end its funding of organizations that deny the existence of -- or minimize the seriousness of -- human-made global warming. Scientists yest erday accused the conservative American Enterprise Institute, which receives fun ding from Exxon, of offering scientists up to $10,000 for articles that undercut a report to be released today from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chang e. Last month, the Union of Concerned Scientists ... said that Exxon has spent $ 16-million over the past 10 years financing organizations that deny the seriousn ess of climate change. Alden Meyer, a strategist with the group, compared Exxon' s efforts to discredit the science of global warming to the tobacco companies' e

fforts to sow doubts about the link between smoking and lung cancer in order to protect their profits. Note: Compare this Canadian article with the New York Times reporting of this re cord profit, or that of any other major U.S. newspaper. The U.S. press barely me ntions that oil company gouging which took dollars from your pocket is what led to record profits. To understand why the U.S. press behaves in this way, click h ere.

8 technologies for a green future 2007-01-26, CNN http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/02/01/8398988... The planet's most pressing environmental problems ... may seem just too big to b e solved with today's technology. But don't despair: A lot of bright minds are w orking on futuristic projects that promise to make the world greener. It's savethe-world stuff like toxic-waste-eating trees, smart electricity grids, oceangoi ng robots, and floating environmental sensors. This technology may seem far out - but it will probably be here a lot sooner than you think. 1. Try a solar-power ed hydrogen fueling station in your garage. It's about the size of a filing cabi net and runs on electricity generated by standard-issue rooftop solar panels. Th e first version of the home fueling station is expected to produce enough hydrog en to give your runabout a range of some 100 miles without emitting a molecule o f planet-warming greenhouse gas. 2. Environmental sensor networks [provide] real -time data on a variety of phenomena that affect the economy and society - clima te change, hurricanes, air and water pollution. 3. Toxin-eating trees ... a tech nology that uses vegetation to absorb hazardous waste from industrial plants and other polluters. 4. Nuclear waste neutralizer ... a chemical technology called Urex+ that extracts reusable uranium and separates out cesium, allowing four tim es as much waste to be packed into nuclear burial grounds. 5. Autonomous ocean r obots. 6. Sonic water purifier ... a sci-fi solution for an age-old problem that leaves 1.1 billion people without access to clean water: 7. Endangered-species tracker. 8. The interactive, renewable smart power grid ... the electricity grid of the future ... will look more like the Internet - distributed, interactive, open-source - than the dumb, one-way network of today. Note: For many other exciting discoveries of new energy sources, click here.

Oil industry denies price manipulation 2006-11-26, BusinessWeek/Associated Press http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8LKSUQO0.htm An Associated Press analysis suggests that big oil companies have been crimping supplies ... across the country for years. The analysis, based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, indicates that the industry slacked off supplying oil and gasoline during the prolonged price boom between early 1999 an d last summer, when prices began to fall. The findings support a conclusion alre ady reached by many motorists. Fifty-five percent of Americans believe gas price s are high because [of] oil companies. Though set back temporarily by the [9/11] attacks, the oil business has profited handsomely since then. The biggest six r efiners ... rang up $400 billion in profits since 2001. Though reserves have kep t pretty steady, the oil industry taps those resources to varying degrees from y ear to year. The industry has shelved an average of 21 percent more unrefined oi l from the start of 2004 through last June. Last spring, stocks of shelved crude reached their highest level in eight years, despite the fabulous riches at hand in high prices then. The industry also protected profits by not building any ne

w refineries. [And] thanks to mergers, the top 10 companies now control three-qu arters of national refining capacity, up from half in the early 1990s. A 2001 st udy by the Federal Trade Commission reported that some firms were deciding to "m aximize their profits" by crimping supply. One executive told regulators "he wou ld rather sell less gasoline and earn a higher margin on each gallon sold." Howe ver upsetting to drivers, such tactics are usually viewed as legal. "A decision to limit supply does not violate the antitrust laws," regulators wrote in one FT C report.

The 100-mpg car is coming 2006-07-19, MSN http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveonaCar/The100mpgCarIsC... Though the 100 mpg car sounds like a myth, it turns out that such vehicles do ex ist -- only they're built in your neighbor's garage, not a giant production plan t. Known as plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles ... they re basically Priuses or simi lar hybrids that have been equipped with extra batteries, so that they rarely us e their gasoline engines at all. "People are salivating for plug-ins," says Brad ley Berman, editor of the site HybridCars.com. A hybrid vehicle today like a Pri us has both a gasoline engine and a battery, which is fed by the braking energy produced by the car. It can t be plugged in. A plug-in hybrid keeps those componen ts, but essentially gets an extra fuel tank, in the form of an added battery ban k ... that allows the car to run exclusively off battery power for most driving. Felix Kramer, founder of the California Cars Initiative, a nonprofit group that promotes the use of high-efficiency, low-emission cars, owns the first consumer plug-in in North America. Not surprisingly, he loves it. "Many days I use no ga soline, because I go at neighborhood speeds for under 30 miles, and I m just all-e lectric all day," he says. And the mileage? "At highway speeds, you can easily g et over 100 mpg." Other plug-in owners offer up similar results. "I used to fill up every 400 miles or so," he says ... "and now I fill up every 800 miles or so ." Advocates estimate that it costs less than $1 per gallon to replenish a plugin hybrid. "Our goal is to have a $3,000 kit," CalCars' Kramer says. (That numbe r, coincidentally, is also what many plug-in evangelists think that the technolo gy would cost for Toyota to add to its hybrids.) Note: If people are doing this in their garage, why aren't the auto makers alrea dy producing them? In fact, a similar vehicle was produced to be marketed in 200 2, but then pulled off the market. To find why average car mileage has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years, click here.

Exxon Mobil Posts Largest Annual Profit for U.S. Company 2006-01-30, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/30/business/30cnd-exxon.html?ex=1296277200&en=... Exxon Mobil, the nation's largest energy company, today reported a 27 percent su rge in profits for the fourth quarter as elevated fuel prices gave rise to the m ost lucrative year ever for an American company. Exxon's profits are expected to generate new scrutiny of the company's operations in Washington, where legislat ors have recently expressed concern over Big Oil's good fortune as soaring oil a nd natural gas prices pressure consumers. Exxon said its profits climbed more th an 40 percent last year, while its tax bill rose only 14 percent. Exxon's revenu e last year allowed it to surpass Wal-Mart as the largest company in the United States. [The company's] revenue of $371 billion surpassed the gross domestic pro duct of $245 billion for Indonesia, an OPEC member and the world's fourth most p opulous country with 242 million people.

Note: This article fails to mention the huge profits reaped by oil companies as a result of gas price gouging immediately after Katrina.

Fossils From Animals And Plants Are Not Necessary For Crude Oil And Natural Gas, Swedish Researchers Find 2009-09-12, Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090910084259.htm Researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm have managed to prove that fossils from animals and plants are not necessary for crude oil a nd natural gas to be generated. The findings are revolutionary since this means, on the one hand, that it will be much easier to find these sources of energy an d, on the other hand, that they can be found all over the globe. Using our resear ch we can even say where oil could be found in Sweden, says Vladimir Kutcherov, a professor at the Division of Energy Technology at KTH. Together with two resear ch colleagues, Vladimir Kutcherov has simulated the process involving pressure a nd heat that occurs naturally in the inner layers of the earth, the process that generates hydrocarbon, the primary component in oil and natural gas. According to Vladimir Kutcherov, the findings are a clear indication that the oil supply i s not about to end, which researchers and experts in the field have long feared. He adds that there is no way that fossil oil, with the help of gravity or other forces, could have seeped down to a depth of 10.5 kilometers in the state of Te xas, for example, which is rich in oil deposits. As Vladimir Kutcherov sees it, this is further proof, alongside his own research findings, of the genesis of th ese energy sources that they can be created in other ways than via fossils. This has long been a matter of lively discussion among scientists. There is no doubt that our research proves that crude oil and natural gas are generated without th e involvement of fossils. All types of bedrock can serve as reservoirs of oil, sa ys Vladimir Kutcherov. Note: The research work of Kutcherov and others on this topic was recently publi shed in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience. For more reports from reliable sources on key new energy discoveries, click here.

Wauseon plant to open Monday for 110-mpg car engines 2009-05-30, Toledo Blade (Toledo, OH's leading newspaper) http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090530/BUSINESS03/905... The man who drove his 20-year-old Mustang from Napoleon, Ohio, to Las Vegas and back last year on 39 gallons of fuel will open his first manufacturing facility Monday to allow others to get 110 miles per gallon. Doug Pelmear, owner of Horse Power Sales.net Inc. and Hp2G LLC, will hold an open house ... in Wauseon to be gin manufacturing his revolutionary engine. The factory ... will be tooled to in itially turn out 20 of Mr. Pelmear's custom engines per day with one shift of 25 workers. A Decatur, Ind., specialty car company, Revenge Designs Inc., has cont racted with Mr. Pelmear to purchase 2,000 engines for use in a new vehicle it pl ans to unveil at the end of this year at the Los Angeles International Auto Show . The vehicle is to be called the Revenge Verde Super Car, which will use Mr. Pe lmear's 400-horsepower engine and its 500 foot-pounds of torque to travel up to 200 mph and get 110 mpg - though admittedly not at the same time. "The engine is going to be a really great partnership with the car," explained Emily Levault, a spokesman for Revenge Design. "The idea behind this was to give people what th ey want while putting people back in their jobs." Ms. Levault said the Verde wil l be introduced as both a left and right-hand drive, so that it can be marketed around the world. Mr. Pelmear has said that he employs more precise tolerances a nd manufacturing techniques to decrease heat and energy loss and increase the ef

ficiency of the internal combustion engine. He said he has more than quadrupled the industry average engine efficiency of about 8 percent. Note: For a treasure trove of reliable reports on breakthrough developments in a uto and new energy technologies, click here.

Electric motor polarizes opinion 2009-02-28, Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/594471 Thane Heins ... has invented a technology that he says will put out more energy than it consumes. His invention, he boldly claims, offers a way to make electric cars that can travel hundreds of kilometres from the energy in a small, inexpen sive battery. The Star first profiled Heins and his controversial invention a ye ar ago. In a nutshell, he had figured out a way to eliminate the electromagnetic friction that typically limits the performance of an electrical generator an ef fect known as Back EMF. Not only that, but he also learned how to redirect that ma gnetic energy so that, instead of causing resistance, it gave an electrical moto r connected to the generator a significant boost. The result, as far as Heins wa s concerned, violated Lenz s law or what s often called the law of diminishing retur ns. For many, that equates to a perpetual motion machine, an impossible claim in the conventional field of physics. Within no time the story spread globally acr oss the Internet, became chatter on blogs, and triggered a flood of email to thi s reporter s inbox some praising Heins for his determination, others calling the S tar irresponsible for giving credibility to his claim. The story, love it or hat e it, was the second-most read article on TheStar.com in 2008. Much has happened over the past 12 months. Through his Ottawa-based company Potential Difference Inc., Heins has been in serious talks with a designer of small wind turbines in Montreal, a senior engineer from a large utility in Turkey, and a small manufact urer of electrical equipment in Toronto. Note: Read how an esteemed MIT professor was baffled by this invention in the or iginal Star article available here. For lots more on promising new energy invent ions and technologies from major media sources, click here.

Politicians fume as Exxon profits soar to U.S. record 2008-07-31, Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/5918750.html Exxon Mobil Corp. jumped into the political fray Thursday as its $11.7 billion r ecord quarterly earnings and $8 billion in share buybacks raised hackles in Wash ington. "They tell us they want to do more domestic production," said Sen. Charl es Schumer, D-N.Y. "They tell us they need to drill offshore. They tell us that they can find oil on the mainland. And what do they do with their profits? They buy back stock, simply to increase their share price." Democrats argue that prod ucers already hold 68 million acres of federal lands on which they are not produ cing oil or gas. Irving-based Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, was the fourth major oil giant to release quarterly results. Hours earlier, Royal Du tch Shell, based in the Netherlands, announced a 33 percent increase in profit. Houston-based ConocoPhillips last week announced a 13 percent increase in net in come during a quarter in which oil prices rose from about $100 to $140 a barrel. London-based BP announced a 28 percent profit increase on Tuesday. Analysts ... focused less on Exxon Mobil's profits than on its 8 percent drop in production. The world's largest oil companies ... are benefiting from record-high oil price s. Exxon Mobil increased spending on capital and exploration projects by 38 perc ent in the quarter to $7 billion. It also spent $8 billion buying back its own s

hares and reported $39 billion in cash on hand. A Democratic analysis of the top five oil company's expenditures from 2004 through 2007 found that the majors pl owed about $181 billion into stock buybacks, nearly three times as much as they spent on U.S. production activity.

Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects 2008-06-27, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/us/27solar.html?partner=rssuserland&emc=rss... Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal gov ernment has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it st udies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years. The Bureau of Land Management says an extensive environmental study is needed to de termine how large solar plants might affect millions of acres it oversees in six Western states. But the decision to freeze new solar proposals temporarily ... has caused widespread concern in the alternative-energy industry ... just as the demand for viable alternative energy is accelerating. It doesn t make any sense, sa id Holly Gordon, vice president for ... a solar thermal energy company in Palo A lto, Calif. The Bureau of Land Management land has some of the best solar resourc es in the world. This could completely stunt the growth of the industry. Much of the 119 million surface acres of federally administered land in the West is idea l for solar energy. Galvanized by the national demand for clean energy developme nt, solar companies have filed more than 130 proposals with the Bureau of Land M anagement since 2005. According to the bureau, the applications, which cover mor e than one million acres, are for projects that have the potential to power more than 20 million homes. Craig Cox, the executive director of the Interwest Energ y Alliance, a renewable energy trade group, said he worried that the freeze woul d throw a monkey wrench into the solar energy industry at precisely the wrong time . Note: For many encouraging stories on new energy developments, click here.

Powering the Future 2008-03-13, Newsweek Magazine http://www.newsweek.com/id/123021 Chances are you've heard of hybrids and biofuels, but what about oil-producing y east and turbinelike buoys that transform ocean waves into electricity? Those ar e just a couple of the alternative-energy sources that may power the future acco rding to Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund and coauthor, w ith Miriam Horn, of the new book Earth: The Sequel (Norton). "Everyone knows the current story of melting glaciers, rising sea levels, worsening hurricanes, dyi ng coral reefs," said Krupp. "'The Sequel' is the story of what happens next." N ewsweek's Katie Paul talked with Krupp about ... the next industrial revolution. Newsweek: You seem to be a big fan of solar energy. Why do you think there's so much promise to it? Fred Krupp: We have two chapters on solar energy at the beg inning of the book because we think there's tremendous potential there. Every ho ur, the sun provides the earth with as much energy as all of human civilization uses in an entire year. So, if you could capture just 10 percent of it on a ... 100-mile square piece of land, you could power the entire United States. With so lar thermal energy, capturing heat instead of immediately going to electricity, one advantage is that you can store hot water much more cheaply than you can sto re electricity. There is tremendous potential there, even before advanced batter ies are developed, and reason to think solar energy can compete. [Newsweek:] And besides solar? How are they addressing some of the negatives associated with bi ofuels? [Krupp:] I think we've come to understand that the current generation of

biofuels has problems and that we need a whole new generation. Note: For more exciting reports from major media sources on new energy technolog ies, click here.

Safeway's trucking fleet shifts to biodiesel 2008-01-19, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/19/BU63UHSMM.DTL Safeway grocery trucks no longer just deliver vegetables. In a sense, they now r un on vegetables, too. Safeway, the nation's third-largest grocery chain, said F riday that its entire nationwide trucking fleet now uses biodiesel, a renewable fuel that can be made from plant oils, used cooking grease or animal fat. In Saf eway's case, the biodiesel comes from soy oil or canola oil. It is blended with regular petroleum diesel before being pumped into the company's more than 1,000 trucks. The move is part of Safeway's broader effort to green its operations. Th e Pleasanton company buys much of its electricity from wind farms, has switched to energy-efficient refrigeration and lighting, and is installing solar panels o n 24 of its California stores. Biodiesel generally produces less air pollution t han diesel made from petroleum. And it helps rein in greenhouse gas emissions be cause the plants used to make it absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Safe way won't reveal how much fuel it's buying or the price it's paying. Biodiesel t ypically costs more than regular diesel. The price increased last year as some f armers switched from growing soybeans to growing corn, hoping to tap into the gr owing market for another alternative fuel - corn-based ethanol. Safeway estimate s that using the biodiesel blend will cut the company's carbon dioxide emissions by 75 million pounds each year, the equivalent of taking 7,500 cars off the roa d. Note: For a treasure trove of exciting reports of new energy technology breakthr oughs, click here.

Aptera's Super-MPG Electric Typ-1 e: Exclusive Video Test Drive 2007-12-21, Popular Mechanics http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4237853.html Three hundred miles per gallon and a Jetsons-style look are enough to get anyone excited. But ever since the word got out on it last month, Aptera s innovative Ty p-1 three-wheeler has been the target of relentless theorizing and conjecture ac ross the Web. Is it real? Does it have what it takes to be a practical vehicle f or daily transport? Is it stable enough to drive? Does it even actually drive? W ell we wondered some of those things, too, so we scouted out if a drivable proto type really exists. It does. This week we visited Aptera s headquarters in Carlsba d, Calif., and became the very first outside of the company to hit the street in the Typ-1 e. And, as you can see from the video of our 20-mile test drive above , we re impressed. Aptera has two innovative models that are almost production-rea dy at $30,000 and below: for next year, the all-electric, 120-mile-range Typ-1 e that we drove; and, by 2009, the range-extended series gasoline Typ-1 h, which Aptera says will hit 300 mpg. A more conventional third model, called Project X or perhaps Typ-2, is now in the design phase, with plans for a four-wheeled chassi s and seating up for to five passengers. For now, though, the Typ-1 will certain ly do. Check out a full gallery for the inside scoop on all the specs from the s hop and the street. Note: To watch the video of the test drive of this exciting new vehicle, click o n the article link above. For many exciting reports on new energy technologies a

nd innovative vehicle designs, click here.

Sun-powered desert race: The World Solar Challenge 2007-10-24, CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/10/24/solar.race/index.html The [Panasonic World Solar] Challenge is the world's premier long-distance race for solar-powered vehicles, with competitors traveling 3000 kms [1,800 miles] al ong the Stuart Highway from Darwin in the far north of Australia to Adelaide in the south in cars powered solely by sunlight. In the process they ... send out a strong environmental message, pushing forward the boundaries of green technolog y and promoting the benefits of solar power as an alternative energy source. "It 's a great adventure," the race director Chris Selwood told CNN, "One that allow s the bright young people of the globe to come up with creative solutions to the problem of sustainable transport, while at the same time drawing attention to t he importance of lightening the environmental footprint of our personal transpor t needs." First run in 1987, the race was the brainchild of Danish adventurer an d environmental campaigner Hans Thostrup, who in 1982 designed and built "Quiet Achiever," the world's first ever solar-powered car. The inaugural competition f eatured 23 teams, with the winning vehicle -- the General Motors-sponsored Sunra ycer -- completing the distance at an average speed of 67 kilometers per hour (4 2 miles per hour). The average speed has shot up to 103 kph (64 mph) ... while t he competition has expanded to incorporate several different classes of vehicle: the Challenge and Adventure Classes for exclusively solar cars, and the Greenfl eet Technology Class for other types of environmentally friendly, low-emission v ehicles. Note: Cars running on nothing but solar power averaging more than 60 mph over 1, 800 miles? Why isn't this front page news? For lots more from reliable, verifiab le sources on promising new energy and auto designs, click here.

Old oil fears don't match 2007 reality 2007-07-15, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/07/15/INGHKQVEIO1.DTL Congress is debating action to address the nation's dependence on foreign oil. T his would seem to be good news. Not necessarily. While tightening requirements o n fuel efficiency is a good idea, many other envisioned policies aimed at "energ y independence" fix a problem that no longer exists, while moving in the wrong d irection with regard to today's actual energy challenges -- particularly those r elated to climate change. Rather than staying the course with energy priorities of the past, congressional leaders should declare independence from oil fears an d craft an energy policy relevant to the 21st century. Do you believe that the U nited States is dangerously vulnerable to oil supply disruptions? Then, ask your self: "When was the last time I saw clear evidence of this vulnerability?" If yo u're like most Americans, you'll think back to the Arab oil embargo of 1973, wit h its long gas lines and associated recession. There are three problems with usi ng 1973 as a point of reference: -- First, the long gas lines in 1973 were cause d by price controls imposed by President Richard Nixon in 1971, not embargoes of oil imposed by Arabs two years later. Without price controls, we would have had higher prices at the pump when supplies were reduced, not long lines. Unpleasan t, but not as memorable. -- Second, many studies of the era -- including a landm ark 1997 paper co-authored by current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke -- h ave found that monetary policy had more to do with the recessions of the '70s th an did oil price shocks. -- Third, 2007 is not 1973.

Here Comes the Sun 2007-03-02, CNN http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/11/01/8392039 Venture capitalists are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into [Silicon] V alley solar startups pursuing technological breakthroughs to make sun power as c heap as fossil fuel. Three of the largest tech IPOs of 2005 were for solar compa nies. The world's largest chip-equipment maker will begin producing machines to manufacture solar wafers, laying the groundwork for an industrial infrastructure that should lower the cost of producing solar cells. Solar energy has just the sort of oversize potential that the titans of tech saw in computing: a free and practically inexhaustible power source. California is also committing $3.2 billi on to fund a drive to install solar panels on a million rooftops by 2018, and a November ballot initiative ... would tax Big Oil to provide $4 billion in fundin g for alternative-energy research, programs, and startups. Perhaps no startup ha s benefited more from the solar gold rush than Nanosolar. The Palo Alto company ... has racked up more than $100 million in funding so far. Nanosolar is pursuin g a technology that produces solar cells on a film that's a 100th the thickness of conventional silicon wafers. Its ultimate goal: integrating thin-film cells d irectly into building materials. A skyscraper's glass windows, for instance, cou ld be embedded with thin-film cells, giving them energy-producing capabilities. Nanosolar plans to build a manufacturing facility next year ... that will eventu ally produce 430 megawatts' worth of solar cells per year. That would nearly tri ple the nation's manufacturing capacity and make Nanosolar one of the world's la rgest solar producers. Thanks to aggressive government subsidies, Germany and Ja pan are currently the global leaders in solar production. Note: With all of its talk about energy independence, why isn't the U.S. aggress ively supporting research into solar power like Japan and Germany? For reliable, verifiable information which answers this question, click here.

Green limo line at Oscars gets longer and sexier 2007-02-21, Washington Post/Reuters http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/21/AR20070221021... From a plug-in hybrid car to the sexy electric Tesla Roadster, celebrities wanti ng to make a green statement on the way to the red carpet of the Oscars will hav e plenty of environment-friendly rides. Global Green USA has lined up 30 cars to shuttle the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Davis Guggenheim, director of the Os car-nominated documentary on global warming "An Inconvenient Truth," to the star -studded ceremony in Hollywood. The environmental group began the green limousin e campaign five years ago at the Oscars to raise awareness among the tens of mil lions of viewers worldwide about alternative fuel cars, energy independence and solutions to global warming. On a Hollywood parking lot ahead of Wednesday's Glo bal Green USA celebrity party, Steve Schneider showed off his tiny $10,000 ZAP ( Zero Air Pollution) cars made in California. One was a mini pick-up and the othe r a three-wheeler. "It is the first time that common people can be introduced to this type of technology," said Schneider. "We are trying to have mass appeal. T his vehicle operates at a cost of a penny a mile." But it is the two-seat, scarl et-colored prototype of the Tesla Roadster, invented and financed in Silicon Val ley, that will be the coveted car pulling up to the red carpet. Already 330 cele brities, including George Clooney, have signed up to buy the electric car that g oes from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100 kph) in four seconds. Production will begin later this year and the base price is $92,000, although the company also is working o n a sedan that will cost between $50,000 and $65,000.

Note: If the above link fails, click here. Why has the media given so little att ention to these breakthrough vehicles? For a possible answer, click here.

Pioneering U.S. renewable energy lab is neglected 2007-01-22, International Herald Tribune (Owned by New York Times) http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/22/business/lab.php Thirty years after it was founded by President Jimmy Carter, the National Renewa ble Energy Laboratory at the edge of the Rockies here still does not have a cafe teria. The hopes for this neglected lab brightened a bit just over a year ago wh en President George W. Bush made the first presidential call on the lab since Ca rter. But one year after the presidential visit, the money flowing into the prim ary national laboratory for developing renewable fuels is actually less than it was when the Bush Administration took office. "Our budget is nothing compared to the price of a B-2 bomber or an aircraft carrier," said Rob Farrington, manager of advanced vehicle systems at the lab. The problem is that, despite a lot of p romises, no one so far has wanted to pay the extra costs to make wind and solar more than a trivial energy source. Most of the money and attention is still focu sed on the dirty, but cheaper energy standbys: offshore oil, oil sands and coal. Companies can still deduct purchases of sport utility vehicles and utility bill s. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency standards for automobiles have changed only slight ly over the decades. Renewable energy today supplies only 6 percent of America's energy needs. Under current policies [renewables] would supply 7 percent of U.S . energy supplies by 2030 while coal would increase over the same period from 23 percent to 26 percent. While top energy companies are ... beginning to invest s ignificant amounts of money in wind, solar and biomass, those investments pale i n comparison with the resources they are pouring into making synthetic fuels out of oil sands, which emit significantly more carbon than conventional oil. Note: With all the talk about oil dependence and energy crisis, why wouldn't the government and industry want to put serious money into development of new energ y sources? For a startlingly clear answer, click here.

Science a la Joe Camel 2006-11-26, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/24/AR20061124007... At hundreds of screenings this year of "An Inconvenient Truth," the first thing many viewers said after the lights came up was that every student in every schoo l in the United States needed to see this movie. The producers of former vice pr esident Al Gore's film about global warming ... certainly agreed. So the company that made the documentary decided to offer 50,000 free DVDs to the National Sci ence Teachers Association (NSTA). It seemed like a no-brainer. In their e-mail r ejection, they expressed concern that ... they didn't want to offer "political" endorsement of the film; and they saw "little, if any, benefit to NSTA or its me mbers" in accepting the free DVDs. As for classroom benefits, the movie has been enthusiastically endorsed by leading climate scientists worldwide, and is requi red viewing for all students in Norway and Sweden. But there was one more curiou s argument in the e-mail: Accepting the DVDs, they wrote, would place "unnecessa ry risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters ." One of those supporters, it turns out, is the Exxon Mobil Corp. That's the sa me Exxon Mobil that for more than a decade has done everything possible to muddl e public understanding of global warming and stifle any serious effort to solve it. It has run ads in leading newspapers ... questioning the role of manmade emi ssions in global warming, and financed the work of a small band of scientific sk eptics who have tried to challenge the consensus that heat-trapping pollution is

drastically altering our atmosphere. NSTA says it has received $6 million from the company since 1996. Exxon Mobil has a representative on the group's corporat e advisory board.

Fuelling debate 2006-07-10, Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Articl... A poignant new documentary asks who killed GM's promising electric car project? A new documentary released June 28 in New York and Los Angeles, appropriately ti tled Who Killed The Electric Car? tries in Clue-like fashion to figure out why G M pulled the plug on its EV1 electric vehicle program, which by most accounts wa s approaching success when the first prototype was introduced in the mid-1990s. "It was a revolutionary, modern car, requiring no gas, no oil changes, no muffle rs, and rare brake maintenance," according to a synopsis of the film. In the 199 0s a strict clean-air mandate introduced in California that called for zero-emis sion vehicles was what led GM to introduce the EV1. Eventually that California m andate got watered down from "zero" to "low" emissions, and the automakers decid ed to literally blow up their EV programs. GM, which leased out the EV1 cars it produced, called them all back after California changed its policy. The cars wer e crushed and shredded. Who were the people leasing these vehicles? Tom Hanks, M el Gibson and Ted Danson, among others, many of whom appear in the movie and tal k favourably about their electric cars. If the implications of an advance means loss of future business to a paradigm, the key players of that paradigm will lob by to kill it. The paradigm? Big oil. Similarly, the auto industry has an intere st in perpetuating the manufacture of vehicles that require routine, costly main tenance. Note: For more information and showing times on the highly revealing Who Killed The Electric Car, visit www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com. For even deeper informa tion www.WantToKnow.info/newenergysources

NASA engineer chasing dream to harness energy from ocean waves 2005-12-06, Houston Chronicle/Orlando Sentinel http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/space/3507969.html The son of [a] rocket scientist thinks he is close to perfecting...a machine tha t might make cheap, clean electricity from the ocean. "I believe it'll change th e world," said second-generation inventor Tom Woodbridge, a NASA engineer. In th eory, the idea is simple. Spinning copper wires through a stable magnetic field makes electricity lots of electrons jumping off the magnetic field and zooming t hrough a conductive metal. And since the ocean waves are already moving, why not cobble together a machine to harness that energy? Think Pogo Stick inside a flo ating drum. The rocking motion of the waves pushes a long cylinder of magnets up and down a copper coil. His small model generates 10 watts of power in a 6-inch wave chop. A full-scale version could generate 160 kilowatts. That one buoy is enough to power 160 houses, following the rule of thumb that the average U.S. ho me uses about 1,000 kilowatts of electricity each month. Note: The Houston Chronicle actually cut off part of the original article, inclu ding the last three sentences above. To read the entire article, click here. For lots more on new energy inventions, see click here.

Senate must look at tougher mileage rules

2005-09-06, Reuters http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyID=2005-... Faced with a record-high national gasoline price of $3.07 per gallon, a senior R epublican senator said on Tuesday it was time for lawmakers to take another look at imposing stricter mileage standards on mini-vans and other vehicles. Most Re publicans and the White House oppose significantly higher mileage requirements b ecause of the potential impact on U.S. automakers and passenger safety. On Tuesd ay, the U.S. government reported that the average U.S. weekly retail gasoline pr ice rocketed to $3.07 cents per gallon, up nearly 46 cents from last week, becau se of Katrina's damage to refineries and pipelines. In June, the Senate voted to reject a Democratic amendment to the energy bill to require better mileage for new gas-guzzling sport utility and other vehicles. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin had proposed that the standards be revised to boost the fuel economy of passenger c ars to 40 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2016, and sport utility vehicles to 27.5 mpg . The proposal was defeated. Note: Why did no major media pick up on this crucial story from one of the most watched news services in the world? Why, with all of the talk about getting off of our dependence on oil, wouldn't lawmakers want our cars to get better car mil eage? For possible answers, click here.

Energy-beam weapons still missing from action 2005-08-12, MSNBC/Associated Press http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8516353 For years, the U.S. military has explored a new kind of firepower that is instan taneous, precise and virtually inexhaustible: beams of electromagnetic energy. " Directed-energy" pulses can be throttled up or down depending on the situation, much like the phasers on "Star Trek" could be set to kill or merely stun. Such w eapons are now nearing fruition. The hallmark of all directed-energy weapons is that the target -- whether a human or a mechanical object -- has no chance to av oid the shot because it moves at the speed of light. At some frequencies, it can penetrate walls. "When you're dealing with people whose full intent is to die, you can't give people a choice of whether to comply," said George Gibbs, a syste ms engineer for the Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad Program who oversees direct ed-energy projects. "What I'm looking for is a way to shoot everybody, and they' re all OK." Among the simplest forms are inexpensive, handheld lasers that fill people's field of vision, inducing a temporary blindness to ensure they stop at a checkpoint, for example. Some of these already are used in Iraq. A separate br anch of directed-energy research involves bigger, badder beams: lasers that coul d obliterate targets tens of miles away from ships or planes. Such a strike woul d be so surgical that, as some designers put it at a recent conference here, the military could plausibly deny responsibility. The directed-energy component in the project is the Active Denial System, developed by Air Force researchers and built by Raytheon Co. It produces a millimeter-wavelength burst of energy that p enetrates 1/64 of an inch into a person's skin, agitating water molecules to pro duce heat. The sensation is certain to get people to halt whatever they are doin g.

1908 Ford Model T: 25 MPG, 2004 EPA Average All Cars: 21 MPG 2005-07-11, Detroit News/Newsweek/More http://www.WantToKnow.info/050711carmileageaveragempg "Consumers and regulators are putting more pressure on the auto industry to enha nce fuel economy, which was stagnant at an average 20.8 miles per gallon among a

ll 2004 models and below the 1988 high of 22.1 mpg." -- Detroit News, 4/11/05 "The Prius is the first significant departure from the combustion engine to make any major inroads in the auto industry since Henry Ford invented the Model T in 1908." -- Newsweek, 9/20/04 "Ford's Model T, which went 25 miles on a gallon of gasoline, was more fuel effi cient than the current Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle -- which manages just 16 miles per gallon." -- Detroit News, 6/4/03 Genius inventors for the past 100 years have made remarkable discoveries of new, more efficient energy sources, only to find their inventions either suppressed or not given the attention and funding needed to break us free of our dependence on archaic oil-based technologies. Read this article for more reliable informat ion on this vital topic.

Tapes Show Enron Arranged Plant Shutdown 2005-02-04, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/04/national/04energy.html?ex=1265259600&en=172... In the midst of the California energy troubles in early 2001, when power plants were under a federal order to deliver a full output of electricity, the Enron Co rporation arranged to take a plant off-line on the same day that California was hit by rolling blackouts, according to audiotapes of company traders. The tapes and memorandums were made public by a small public utility north of Seattle that is fighting Enron over a power contract. They also showed that Enron, as early as 1998, was creating artificial energy shortages and running up prices in Canad a in advance of California's larger experiment with deregulation. The tapes prov ide new details of market manipulation during the California energy crisis that produced blackouts and billions of dollars of surcharges to homes and businesses on the West Coast in 2000 and 2001. In one January 2001 telephone tape of an En ron trader the public utility identified as Bill Williams and a Las Vegas energy official identified only as Rich, an agreement was made to shut down a power pl ant providing energy to California. The shutdown was set for an afternoon of pea k energy demand. The next day, Jan. 17, 2001, as the plant was taken out of serv ice, the State of California called a power emergency, and rolling blackouts hit up to a half-million consumers, according to daily logs of the western power gr id. Officials with the Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington St ate, which released the tapes, said they believed Enron officials had taken simi lar measures with other power plants. This tape, they said, was proof of what wa s going on. Note: For many key reports from reliable sources on corporate corruption, click here.

Cloudborn Electric Wavelets To Encircle the Globe 1904-03-27, New York Times http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50716FB355F13718DDDAE0A94DB4... To gather in the latent electricity in the clouds and with the globe itself as a medium of transmission to convey telegraphic messages, power for commercial pur poses, or even the sound of the human voice to the utmost confines of the earth is the latest dream of Nikola Tesla. The transmitting station is an octagonal to wer, pyramidal in shape, and some 187 feet in height. J. Pierpont Morgan [was] i nterested in his odd enterprise and furnished him with financial assistance. Tes

la's transmitting tower as it stands in lonely grandeur and boldly silhouetted a gainst the sky ... is a source or great satisfaction and of some mystification. No instruments have been installed as yet in the transmitter, nor has Mr. Tesla given any description of what they will be like. But in his article he announces that he will transmit from the tower an electric wave of a total maximum activi ty of ten million horse power. This, he says, will be possible with a plant of b ut 100 horse power, by the use of a magnifying transmitter of his own invention. What he expects to accomplish is summed up in the closing paragraph as follows: "When the great truth, accidentally revealed and experimentally confirmed, is f ully recognized, that this planet ... is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball and that by virtue of this fact many possibilities ... a re rendered absolutely sure of accomplishment; when the first plant is inaugurat ed and it is shown that a telegraphic message ... can be transmitted to any terr estrial distance, ... the energy of a waterfall made available for supplying lig ht, heat or motive power, anywhere ... humanity will be like an ant heap stirred up with a stick." Note: If the above link fails, click here Claimed by some to be greater than Tho mas Edison, Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor whose name and inventions were long suppressed after J.P. Morgan and others realized Tesla's inventions could give the public free energy, thereby taking away a major source of income for th e elite. For a PBS tribute to Tesla, click here. For lots more on this energy ge nius, click here. For more on the energy cover-up, click here.

Taking Charge Taking Charge 2009-08-08, Sydney Morning Herald (One of Australia's leading newspapers) http://www.smh.com.au/news/motoring/news/taking-charge-taking-charge/2009/08/... Once upon a time, you needed a crystal ball to see the future. Now all you need is a powerpoint. This week in Japan, Nissan unveiled the future of motoring, the production-ready, plug-in, electric family car. Called the Leaf, this spacious five-door hatch promises to usher in a new paradigm of motoring. Its name was ch osen to indicate clean air, or, as the company said, because it "purifies air by taking emissions out of the driving experience." It's not a far-off dream of en gineers, either. The Leaf will be on the roads in Japan and the US next year. An d Nissan has two more EVs (electric vehicles) that are "imminent," as one senior company executive [said]. Simple in concept yet sophisticated in its execution, the car plugs into regular powerpoints to charge its onboard batteries. Unlike hybrids such as Toyota's Prius, Honda's Insight and the forthcoming Holden Volt, the Leaf doesn't require any petrol. It's 100 per cent electric. So far, Nissan , in its alliance with Renault (the two companies share the one chief executive but have separate boards), has signed understandings or agreements with 27 gover nments around the world to bring in electric cars. For consumers, though, the bi ggest hurdle will be its price. Rival Mitsubishi has its first all-electric car, the iMiEV, on the cusp of entering Japanese showrooms but, contrary to its dimi nutive size, it carries a big price tag there -- nearly $60,000 [Australian]. Bu t Nissan is working on the financing details of the Leaf so it costs less to own and run than a comparable petrol car. It's Nissan's EV strategy to take the tec hnology to the masses. Note: For more reports from reliable sources on exciting new automotive technolo gy and energy developments, click here.

China Vies to Be World s Leader in Electric Cars 2009-04-02, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/business/global/02electric.html?partner=rss...

Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading producers of hybrid and all-electric vehicles within three years, and m aking it the world leader in electric cars and buses after that. The goal, which radiates from the very top of the Chinese government, suggests that Detroit s Big Three, already struggling to stay alive, will face even stiffer foreign competi tion on the next field of automotive technology than they do today. To some exte nt, China is making a virtue of a liability. It is behind the United States, Jap an and other countries when it comes to making gas-powered vehicles, but by skip ping the current technology, China hopes to get a jump on the next. The United S tates has been a laggard in alternative vehicles. G.M. s plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt is scheduled to go on sale next year, and will be assembled in Michigan usi ng rechargeable batteries imported from LG in South Korea. China s intention, in a ddition to creating a world-leading industry that will produce jobs and exports, is to reduce urban pollution and decrease its dependence on oil, which comes fr om the Mideast and travels over sea routes controlled by the United States Navy. Beyond manufacturing, subsidies of up to $8,800 are being offered to taxi fleet s and local government agencies in 13 Chinese cities for each hybrid or all-elec tric vehicle they purchase. China wants to raise its annual production capacity to 500,000 hybrid or all-electric cars and buses by the end of 2011, from 2,100 last year. Note: For lots more on new developments in auto and energy technologies from rel iable sources, click here.

Cooking with the power of the sun 2009-03-13, KSL-TV (Salt Lake City NBC affiliate) http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=5845295 People are looking for ways to trim budgets and cut down on energy use. There's a product heating up in Utah that does just that. It even helps a good cause. Do n't underestimate the power of cooking with the sun. LaRue Howells first bought a Global Sun Oven a year ago to be prepared for an emergency, but now she uses i t a few times a week, all-year round and shares her knowledge with members of he r church. Howells said, "I can grab the solar oven and some food and take off if I needed to, and it's wonderful to have." She baked bread for us. The temperatu re outside was in the low 40s. "We baked bread when it was 17 degrees outside," she said. "The temperature outside isn't the issue, it's the sun." To control th e heat of the oven, you adjust the angle of the oven to the sun. If you want to reduce the heat, you angle it away from the sun. One-third of the Sun Ovens sold in the U.S. are sold in Utah. Joe Crane, with Kitchen Kneads, said, "Just being prepared, self-sufficient brings a lot of peace of mind to people." Crane start ed to sell them nearly a year ago. "Temperature makes no difference," he said. " I've cooked at 5 below to 90 degrees in the summer time." All you need is sun, a nd cook times aren't much longer than with a conventional oven. As useful as we might find them, Sun Ovens are life sustaining in developing countries looking f or solutions to deforestation and energy deficiency. Domestic sales help pay for ovens in Afghanistan, Nepal and South Africa. They cost around $300. Sun Ovens [use] no electricity and [burn] no fuels, meaning no emissions. Note: For more on this fascinating development, https://www.sunoven.com. See als o http://solarcookers.org

No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in Passive Houses 2008-12-27, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/27/world/europe/27house.html?partner=rss&emc=r...

From the outside, there is nothing unusual about the stylish new gray and orange row houses in the Kranichstein District. But these houses are part of a revolut ion in building design: There are no drafts, no cold tile floors, no snuggling u nder blankets until the furnace kicks in. There is, in fact, no furnace. In Bert hold Kaufmann s home, there is, to be fair, one radiator for emergency backup in t he living room but it is not in use. Even on the coldest nights in central Germa ny, Mr. Kaufmann s new passive house and others of this design get all the heat and hot water they need from the amount of energy that would be needed to run a hair dryer. You don t think about temperature the house just adjusts, said Mr. Kaufmann. His new home uses about one-twentieth the heating energy of his parents home of roughly the same size, he said. The concept of the passive house, pioneered in t his city of 140,000 outside Frankfurt, approaches the [energy efficiency] challe nge from a different angle. Using ultrathick insulation and complex doors and wi ndows, the architect engineers a home encased in an airtight shell, so that bare ly any heat escapes and barely any cold seeps in. That means a passive house can be warmed not only by the sun, but also by the heat from appliances and even fr om occupants bodies. And in Germany, passive houses cost only about 5 to 7 percen t more to build than conventional houses. New passive houses use an ingenious ce ntral ventilation system. The warm air going out passes side by side with clean, cold air coming in, exchanging heat with 90 percent efficiency. Note: For lots more on new energy technologies from reliable sources, click here .

Survey: Oil May Lose Top Rank as Cheapest Energy 2008-12-10, ABC News/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=6432204 Over the next 20 years or so, oil and natural gas will lose top ranking as the w orld's most affordable energy sources, according to a survey of energy executive s. Deeper wells in more inhospitable places, both political and geological, have altered presumptions of doing business in the oil patch. Nearly three out of fo ur executives and managers surveyed last month by Deloitte LLP said oil and gas are the cheapest available energy sources for now, though only 23 percent believ e that will be the case in 25 years. The sampling revealed a growing concern abo ut the sustainability of oil and natural gas in the coming years. Future sources of fossil fuels, the cost of producing them and the price consumers will pay ar e some of the biggest uncertainties facing the industry. "Clearly, the oil and g as professionals involved in our survey are starting to think about the nation's transition to renewable energy and other alternative fuels," said Gary Adams, v ice chairman of Deloitte's oil and gas practice. Of the executives interviewed b y Deloitte, 53 percent said they think the U.S. could run out of reasonably pric ed oil within the next quarter century, and 56 percent said the world is likely to face the same scenario in the next 50 years. Three out of four said shifting away from the nation's reliance on fossil fuels for transportation needs is an a ppropriate goal for the country, yet most think the best alternative right now i s natural gas. About 30 percent said electric plug-in vehicles are the most prom ising alternative. Note: For a treasure trove of exciting reports of new developments in energy pro duction, click here.

The 10 big energy myths 2008-11-27, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/27/renewableenergy-energy

There has never been a more important time to invest in green technologies, yet many of us believe these efforts are doomed to failure. What nonsense. Myth 1: s olar power is too expensive to be of much use. In reality, today's bulky and exp ensive solar panels capture only 10% or so of the sun's energy, but rapid innova tion in the US means that the next generation of panels will be much thinner, ca pture far more of the energy in the sun's light and cost a fraction of what they do today. Myth 2: wind power is too unreliable. Actually, during some periods e arlier this year the wind provided almost 40% of Spanish power. Parts of norther n Germany generate more electricity from wind than they actually need. Northern Scotland, blessed with some of the best wind speeds in Europe, could easily gene rate 10% or even 15% of the UK's electricity needs at a cost that would comforta bly match today's fossil fuel prices. Myth 3: marine energy is a dead-end. This year we have seen the installation of the first tidal turbine to be successfully connected to the UK electricity grid in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, and the first group of large-scale wave power generators 5km off the coast of Portu gal, constructed by a Scottish company. Note: The remaining energy myths treated in this article are: Myth 4: nuclear po wer is cheaper than other low-carbon sources of electricity. Myth 5: electric ca rs are slow and ugly. Myth 6: biofuels are always destructive to the environment . Myth 7: climate change means we need more organic agriculture. Myth 8: zero ca rbon homes are the best way of dealing with greenhouse gas emissions from buildi ngs. Myth 9: the most efficient power stations are big. Myth 10: all proposed so lutions to climate change need to be hi-tech. For lots more on exciting new ener gy technology developments from reliable sources, click here.

Talkin' 'bout my generation 2008-09-01, Ode Magazine http://www.odemagazine.com/doc/56/talkin-bout-my-generation In the 1920s, millions of rural Americans got their energy the same way they got their butter they made it themselves. Off-grid when off-grid wasn t cool, they used some 600,000 windmills to run radios and power, maintaining sputtering lights w ith an electric current that ebbed, flowed and sometimes simply disappeared with the prairie wind. Fully 90 percent of those windmills disappeared within a gene ration, as even the most isolated farmers eagerly plugged in to the new centrali zed power system. But today the same technologies that help iPod-bedecked colleg e students steal music are reviving the model of microgeneration clean, decentrali zed power that people make themselves by linking homes into a vast network that ke eps buzzing even when the wind stops blowing. Microgeneration, meet the YouTube g eneration. We re talking about a new meaning of power to the people, raves Jeremy Rifk in, alternative energy activist and adviser to the European Union and many Europ ean governments. Forget about wind farms and solar plants run by conventional ut ility companies, he says. In the new energy regime, the people are the utilities and their houses are the power plants. The cornerstone of this new grid is buildi ngs that produce, rather than just consume, energy. These homes and office build ings convert wind, solar and biomass into electricity, which they use, store for later as hydrogen and upload onto the grid. Note: This inspiring article comes from what may be the most inspiring news sour ce in our world today, Ode Magazine. For more on this excellent magazine "for in telligent optimists," see http://www.odemagazine.com.

Aiming to put fuel cells to work 2008-03-31, Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2008/03/31/aiming_to_put_f... A powerful winter storm swept across northeastern Ohio in early January, knockin g out power for nearly 60,000 customers. But in an isolated one-story building, tucked among the trees and fields of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the lights s tayed on. So did the computers. The power source: two fuel cells, each about the size of a refrigerator. "It worked seamlessly," said Tom Toledo, maintenance op erations supervisor at the park. "We didn't even realize there was a power outag e." The performance of these fuel cells, a demonstration project for fuel cell m aker Acumentrics Corp. of Westwood, is an example of a technology whose time may be approaching. Unlike traditional technologies, which burn fuels like oil, coa l, and natural gas to make power, fuel cells rely on chemical reactions to produ ce electricity and heat. Fuel cells are most frequently imagined as an advanced engine for automobiles. But as Acumentrics' success in Ohio demonstrates, on-sit e generation represents another application, one that specialists say will make it to market long before fuel cells replace the internal combustion engine. Acum entrics, in fact, is moving toward commercial production of a compact fuel cell system to power and heat homes. Working with the Italian heating products compan y Merloni TermoSanitari, Acumentrics hopes to get these household units, small e nough to hang on a wall, into European markets by 2010. Estimated price: $5,200. "This is a new way of making electricity," said Gary Simon, Acumentrics chief e xecutive. "It's like going from vacuum tubes to microchips." Acumentrics is one of about 40 Massachusetts firms developing fuel cell technology that someday may power everything from military outposts to cellphones. Note: For many exciting reports of new energy inventions, click here.

Energy Traders Avoid Scrutiny 2007-10-21, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/20/AR20071020012... One year ago, a 32-year-old trader at a giant hedge fund named Amaranth held hug e sway over the price the country paid for natural gas. Trading on unregulated c ommodity exchanges, he made risky bets that led to the fund's collapse -- and, a ccording to a congressional investigation, higher gas bills for homeowners. But as another winter approaches, lawmakers and federal regulators have yet to set u p a system to prevent another big fund from cornering a vital commodity market. Called by some insiders the Wild West of Wall Street, commodity trading is a wor ld where many goods that are key to national security or public consumption, suc h as oil, pork bellies or uranium, are traded with almost no oversight. Part of the problem is that the regulator, the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commiss ion, has had a hard time keeping up with the sector it oversees. Commodity tradi ng has exploded in complexity and popularity, growing six-fold in trading volume since 2000 -- the year that a handful of giant energy companies, including Enro n, successfully lobbied to get Congress to exempt energy markets from government regulation. Meanwhile CFTC's staffing has dropped to its lowest level in the ag ency's 33-year history. Its computer systems that monitor trades are outdated. I ts leadership has seen frequent turnover. "We are facing flat budgets and expone ntial growth in the industry," said CFTC Acting Chairman Walter Lukken. "Over th e long term this type of budgetary situation is not sustainable." Commodities ma rkets also have become complex with many trading futures contracts as well as fi nancial tools called derivatives and swaps, whose value is based on the risk of futures contracts. Gathering data on these products has been a challenge for the CFTC. The evolution of the markets has led to some tension between the CFTC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Note: For more revealing major media reports of unregulated financial corruption and its impact, click here.

Possible Energy Source: Burning Seawater 2007-09-10, CBS News/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/09/10/tech/main3246430.shtml An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science disco very in a century. John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to t reat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the rad io frequencies it would burn. The discovery has scientists excited by the prospe ct of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel. Rustum R oy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State Colleg e lab to confirm his own observations. The radio frequencies act to weaken the b onds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy s aid. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the freque ncies, he said. The discovery is "the most remarkable in water science in 100 ye ars," Roy said. "This is the most abundant element in the world. It is everywher e," Roy said. "Seeing it burn gives me the chills." Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding. The scientists want to find out whether the energy out put from the burning hydrogen - which reached a heat of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit - would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery. "We will g et our ideas together and check this out and see where it leads," Roy said. "The potential is huge." Note: For an exciting survey of major media reports of new energy inventions, cl ick here.

Green-tech startup says battery's time has passed 2007-09-04, Associated Press http://www.dailybreeze.com/business/articles/9556542.html Millions of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year. Pa tent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in the fili ng that sounded like a death knell for the internal combustion engine. An Austin -based startup called EEStor promised "technologies for replacement of electroch emical batteries," meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and d rive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas and Houston without gasoline. By contras t, some plug-in hybrids on the horizon would require motorists to charge their c ars in a wall outlet overnight and promise only 50 miles of gasoline-free commut e. And the popular hybrids on the road today still depend heavily on fossil fuel s. "It's a paradigm shift," said Ian Clifford, chief executive of Toronto-based ZENN Motor Co., which has licensed EEStor's invention. "The Achilles' heel to th e electric car industry has been energy storage. By all rights, this would make internal combustion engines unnecessary." Clifford's company bought rights to EE Stor's technology in August 2005 and expects EEStor to start shipping the batter y replacement later this year for use in ZENN Motor's short-range, low-speed veh icles. The technology could also help invigorate the renewable-energy sector by providing efficient, lightning-fast storage for solar power, or, on a small scal e, a flash-charge for cell phones and laptops. EEStor's secret ingredient is a m aterial sandwiched between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, like a series o f foil-and-paper gum wrappers stacked on top of each other. Charged particles st ick to the metal sheets and move quickly across EEStor's proprietary material. T he result is an ultracapacitor, a battery-like device that stores and releases e nergy quickly.

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The Greenest Green Fuel 2007-07-01, Popular Science magazine http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/ee6d4d4329703110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd... Algae seems a strange contender for the mantle of World s Next Great Fuel, but the green goop has several qualities in its favor. Algae, made up of simple aquatic organisms that capture light energy through photosynthesis, produces vegetable oil. Vegetable oil, in turn, can be transformed into biodiesel, which can be use d to power just about any diesel engine. Algae has some important advantages ove r other oil-producing crops, like canola and soybeans. It can be grown in almost any enclosed space, it multiplies like gangbusters, and it requires very few in puts to flourish mainly just sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. Because algae has a high surface-area-to-volume ratio, it can absorb nutrients very quickly, [Jim] Sears says. Its small size is what makes it mighty. The proof is in the numbers. A bout 140 billion gallons of biodiesel would be needed every year to replace all petroleum-based transportation fuel in the U.S. It would take nearly three billi on acres of fertile land to produce that amount with soybeans, and more than one billion acres to produce it with canola. Unfortunately, there are only 434 mill ion acres of cropland in the entire country, and we probably want to reserve som e of that to grow food. But because of its ability to propagate almost virally i n a small space, algae could do the job in just 95 million acres of land. What s m ore, it doesn t need fertile soil to thrive. It grows in ponds, bags or tanks that can be just as easily set up in the desert or next to a carbon-dioxide-spewing po wer plant as in the country s breadbasket. Sears claims that these efficiencies will allow Solix Biofuels, the company he founded, to create algae-based biodiesel t hat costs about the same as gasoline. Note: For many other innovative ideas to develop cheap, renewable energy sources , click here.

Water into fuel? 2007-05-22, WKYC (NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio) http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=68227 Retired TV station owner and broadcast engineer, John Kanzius, wasn't looking fo r an answer to the energy crisis. He was looking for a cure for cancer. Four yea rs ago, inspiration struck in the middle of the night. Kanzius decided to try us ing radio waves to kill the cancer cells. His wife Marianne heard the noise and found her husband inventing a radio frequency generator with her pie pans. "I go t up immediately, and thought he had lost it." Here are the basics of John's ide a: Radio-waves will heat certain metals. Tiny bits of certain metal are injected into a cancer patient. Those nano-particals are attracted to the abnormalities of the cancer cells and ignore the healthy cells. The patient is then exposed to radio waves and only the bad cells heat up and die. But John also came across y et another extrordinary breakthrough. His machine could actually make saltwater burn. John Kanzius discovered that his radio frequency generator could release t he oxygen and hydrogen from saltwater and create an incredibly intense flame. "I f that was in a car cylinder you could see the amount of fire that would be in t he cylinder." The APV Company Laboratory in Akron has checked out John's ... inv ention. They were amazed. "That could be a steam engine, a steam turbine. That c ould be a car engine if you wanted it to be." Imagine the possibilities. Saltwat er as the ultimate clean fuel. A happy byproduct of one man searching for the cu

re for cancer. Note: Though this exciting breakthrough was reported in dozens of local media, n ot one major news outlet found it worthy of mention. To verify this yourself, cl ick here.

Electricity from the sea 2007-03-10, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wave11mar11,0,2922563.story Off the western coast of Scotland, on the Isle of Islay, science teacher Ray Hus thwaite turns on the light in his classroom. The electricity comes from a power cable that runs to the mainland. But it also comes from the ocean. A few miles f rom the school, wave action compresses and decompresses air in a chamber. The mo ving air powers a turbine, which generates electricity. "It is pleasant ... to s it beside the gray, concrete structure and listen to the rising and falling of t he waves, driving air through the turbines like the breath of a great sea monste r," Husthwaite said. "It seems insane to me to be investing in nuclear power sta tions and gas turbines when there are endless, free energy resources in the rive rs, oceans and the wind." Ocean power gradually is joining the ranks of wind and solar power as a source of renewable energy. Islay's wave-power converter, the Limpet 500, has been operating since 2000. In Hawaii, the Navy has been churning up electrons with the help of a floating buoy. And in Portugal, engineers are i nstalling snakelike tubes designed to convert the sea's motion into electricity. Some designs, like the Limpet, use waves to push air through a column. Others c onvert the sea's up-and-down motion into mechanical energy. One wave-power compa ny executive told a congressional committee last year that several hundred squar e miles off the California coast could supply the electrical needs of all of the homes in the state. Note: To learn about an abundance of other new energy technologies which could r eplace oil, click here.

2 Ex-Enron Traders Get Probation 2007-02-14, CBS News/Associated Press http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/14/business/main2479660.shtml Two of three former Enron Corp. traders accused of driving up energy prices duri ng California's power crisis were each sentenced Wednesday to two years of court -supervised release in federal court. Timothy Belden ... was sentenced after ple ading guilty in October 2002 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Be lden's plea was the first prosecution of anyone related to the West's energy cri sis in 2000 and 2001. He had faced up to five years in prison, and must forfeit $2.1 million. The second defendant, Jeffrey Richter, was a lower-level trading m anager ... who also pleaded guilty to two counts related to manipulating energy prices. He had faced up to five years and agreed to pay a $410,000 fine. Interna l company memos describe how Belden's trading unit took power out of California at a time of rolling blackouts and shortages and sold it out of state to elude p rice caps. Enron bought California power at cheap, capped prices, routed it outs ide the state, then sold it back into California at vastly inflated prices. The crisis played a role in Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s bankruptcy and will leave C alifornia consumers paying abnormally high electricity prices for years. Transcr ipts of Enron energy traders showed them openly discussing manipulating Californ ia's power market during profanity-laced telephone conversations in which they m errily gloated about ripping off those poor grandmothers during the energy crunch. On the calls, other traders openly and gleefully discussed creating congestion

on transmission lines and taking generating units off-line to pump up electricit y prices. Note: So while California taxpayers cough up hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of Enron's scheming and thousands of employees across the U.S. lost the ir entire pensions, the result of the first prosecution of anyone related to the Enron scam is probation? For lots more on this, click here.

Fuel's paradise? Power source that turns physics on its head 2005-11-04, The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,1627424,00.html It seems too good to be true: a new source of near-limitless power that costs vi rtually nothing, uses tiny amounts of water as its fuel and produces next to no waste. Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical eng ineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, claims to have built a protot ype power source that generates up to 1,000 times more heat than conventional fu el. Independent scientists claim to have verified the experiments and Dr Mills s ays that his company, Blacklight Power, has tens of millions of dollars in inves tment lined up to bring the idea to market. What has much of the physics world u p in arms is Dr Mills's claim that he has produced a new form of hydrogen, the s implest of all the atoms, with just a single proton circled by one electron. In his "hydrino", the electron sits a little closer to the proton than normal, and the formation of the new atoms from traditional hydrogen releases huge amounts o f energy. According to Dr Mills, there can be only one explanation: quantum mech anics must be wrong. "We've done a lot of testing. We've got 50 independent vali dation reports, we've got 65 peer-reviewed journal articles," he said. "We ran i nto this theoretical resistance and there are some vested interests here. Note: Hundreds of respected scientists, including a genius friend of ours with 1 2 patents to his name, have developed devices which produce energy for a very lo w price, only to have their inventions either bought and shelved or destroyed sy stematically by those with vested interests. Our friend's $7 million company was taken over by vested oil interests after first both his home and office were ra nsacked and than a bullet-hole was put through his office window. For lots more on this, see our New Energy Information Center.

Solar Challenge Finishes in Calgary 2005-07-28, Detroit News/CBS/Open Source Energy Network http://pesn.com/2005/07/28/9600141_Solar_Challenge_results/ U of Michigan takes prize, finishing the 2500-mile course in 54 hours. Fourteen of the twenty entrants completed the race. The last to cross the finish line (Ka nsas State U) came in 12.5 hours after the winner. The ten-day solar car race fr om Austin to Calgary came to a successful finish yesterday. The University of Mi chigan's Momentum placed first, completing a few seconds under 54 hours. They al so set a record by averaging 46.2 mph in this, the world's longest solar car rac e. The University of Minnesota's Borealis III came in second, trailing by 12 min utes. MIT's Tesseract came in third. Canada's leading team, the University of Wa terloo, came in fifth with their Midnight Sun. Fourteen cars went all the way to the finish line, with the last to cross being Kansas State University's Paragon on its maiden race, at 87.5 hours, a little over 12 hours after the winner. Note: A solar powered car averaged 46.2 mph in over a 2,500 mile course! Why isn 't this making mainstream news headlines? I invite you to do a Google news searc h on "Solar Challenge" (the annual solar car race). You will find that almost no

major media cover this event at all. The few who do somehow fail to mention any thing about the speeds attained by these cars. Why is the media not covering the se incredible breakthroughs?

Israelis unleash Scream at protest 2005-06-06, Toronto Star (One of Canada's leading newspapers) http://www.torstarreports.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout... The knees buckle, the brain aches, the stomach turns. And suddenly, nobody feels like protesting anymore. Witnesses describe a minute-long blast of sound emanat ing from a white Israeli military vehicle. Within seconds, protestors began fall ing to their knees, unable to maintain their balance. An Israeli military source , speaking on the customary condition of anonymity, confirmed the existence of t he Scream. "The intention is to disperse crowds with sound pulses that create na usea and dizziness," the Israel Defence Force spokesperson told the Toronto Star . The IDF is saying little about the science behind the Scream, citing classifie d information. But the technology is believed to be similar to the LRAD Long-Ran ge Acoustic Device used by U.S. forces in Iraq as a means of crowd control. Hill el Pratt, a professor of neurobiology ... likens the effect of such technologies to simulated seasickness. "It doesn't necessarily have to be a loud sound. The combination of low frequencies at high intensities, for example, can create disc repancies in the inputs to the brain," said Pratt. Arik Asherman, a leader of Ra bbis For Human Rights, was cautiously optimistic the Scream could make a positiv e difference. But Asherman said Israeli officials would be wise to use the Screa m sparingly. "We need to remind ourselves the problem is not the demonstrations, but what the demonstrations are about," he said. "If this makes it any more dif ficult for Palestinians to express themselves in a non-violent way, that is prob lematic. The best way to disperse demonstrations is to deal with the actual issu es. Note: If the above link fails, click here.

Obsession: Mr. Singh's Search for the Holy Grail 2004-10-01, Popular Science http://www.popsci.com/popsci/futurecar/19b09aa138b84010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrc... [Somender Singh] claims that his invention makes an engine cleaner, quieter and colder...while using up to 20 percent less gas. So far, all Singh s invention has earned him is a few polite rejection letters from presidents, professors and aut o manufacturers. I am...no man with letters after his name or fancy institutions, and what I have invented is really very simple, he admits. Remember that the int ernal combustion engine is itself hardly rocket science. The internal combustion engine (ICE) has been with us for about 200 years. The basic concept the boom tha t turns a crank has not really changed at all. The efficiency of that bang had sta lled out at around 28 percent. The vast majority of the fuel was dissipated as e ngine heat or exhaust. Singh knew that...the combustion chamber [was where] fuel was turned to bang. He modified a motorcycle, then a two-stroke, then a four-st roke, then a car, then 50 cars. Singh applied for a patent in January 1999, and the U.S. Patent Office issued him No. 6237579 in May 2001. Finally he was allowe d to bring his engines and hook them to a Benz EC-70 dynamometer with a five-gas analyzer and a Benz gravimetric fuel-measuring device. At between 2,000 and 2,8 00 rpm, Singh s modified engine used between 10 and 42 percent less fuel than its unmodified twin, with no appreciable losses in torque or power. Note: After posting a message on a group of high-school students who achieved dr amatic improvements in car engine efficiency two weeks ago, we received emails f

rom more than ten people claiming to have made or know of similar inventions. Th e above article was sent as evidence in one case. Dozens of other cases that cou ld be real. For Mr. Singh's website, see http://www.somender-singh.com. For lots more, click here.

Schwarzenegger electricity plan fuels fears of another debacle 2003-10-11, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/10/11/MN20927.DTL http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/10/11/MN20927.DTL Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing a push to deregulate the state's e lectricity markets -- a move embraced by business leaders and some energy analys ts but criticized by many Democrats and consumer advocates as a return to the fa iled policies that sparked California's energy crisis. "Deregulation has already cost the state $50 billion, give or take," said Mike Florio, senior attorney fo r The Utility Reform Network. "Why on earth anyone would want to do that again i s mystifying to us." Florio also said he was suspicious of Schwarzenegger's idea because former Enron Corp. Chairman and CEO Ken Lay met with the actor and othe rs in the spring of 2001, when Lay was pushing deregulation in California. Schwa rzenegger has said he doesn't remember details of the meeting. Note: What was Schwarzenegger doing meeting with the CEO of Enron well over two years before the recall vote which gave him the governorship of California? Coul d it be big business had plans for him?

Take water and potash, add electricity and get - a mystery 2003-05-18, Telegraph (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/18/ncell18.xml&s... British researchers believe that they have made a groundbreaking scientific disc overy after apparently managing to "create" energy from hydrogen atoms. In resul ts independently verified at Bristol University, a team from Gardner Watts - an environmental technology company - show a "thermal energy cell" which appears to produce hundreds of times more energy than that put into it. If the findings ar e correct and can be reproduced on a commercial scale, the thermal energy cell c ould become a feature of every home, heating water for a fraction of the cost an d cutting fuel bills by at least 90 per cent. The makers of the cell, which pass es an electric current through a liquid between two electrodes, admit that they cannot explain precisely how the invention works. "What we are saying is that th e device seems to tap into another, previously unrecognised source of energy." T he cell is the product of research into the fundamental properties of hydrogen, the most common element in the universe. Hydrogen can exist in a so-called metas table state that harbours a potential source of extra energy. [Quantum] theory s uggests that if electricity were passed into a mixture of water and a chemical c atalyst, the extra energy would be released in the form of heat. After some expe rimentation, the team found that a small amount of electricity passed through a mixture of water and potassium carbonate - potash - released an astonishing amou nt of energy. "It generates a lot of heat in a very small volume," said Christop her Eccles, the chief scientist at Gardner Watts. The findings of the Gardner Wa tts team were tested by Dr Jason Riley of Bristol University, who found energy g ains of between three and 26 times what had been put in. Note: For an abundance of reliable reports on amazing new energy developments, c lick here.

A lesson for Detroit - Tata Nano 2009-03-31, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/30/EDTK16PF19.DTL Don't dismiss the Nano as a small, poor man's car that will cause a mere ripple on the world market. The Nano is a radical innovation, with the potential to rev olutionize automobile manufacturing and distribution. The tiny Nano incorporates three innovations, which together make it huge. First, the Nano uses a modular design that enables a knowledgeable mechanic to assemble the car in a workshop. Thus, Tata can outsource assembly to independent workshops that can then assembl e the car on buyers' orders. This innovation not only removes costly labor from the manufacturer's side but also allows for distributed entrepreneurship on the dealer's side. Second, the low cost of the Nano comes from a combination of its no-frills design and its use of numerous lighter components, from simple door ha ndles and bulbs to the transmission and engine parts. The lighter vehicle enable s a more energy-efficient engine that gets 67 miles to the gallon. Third, at jus t 122 inches long, the Nano is one of the shortest four-passenger cars on the ma rket, yet it allows for ample interior space. These innovations have enabled Tat a to introduce the Nano at a base price of $2,000. The low price has triggered w orldwide interest in the car and a surge of orders, even in a struggling auto ma rket. The Nano has the potential of flourishing despite the recession or softeni ng its sting because of its extraordinary low price. It's a radical innovation p recisely because it is a poor man's car. Note: For a treasure trove of inspiring developments in new energy and automotiv e technologies, click here.

Nuclear Ambitions: Amateur Scientists Get a Reaction From Fusion 2008-08-18, Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121901740078248225.html In the garage of his house, Frank Sanns spends nights tinkering with one of his prized possessions: a working nuclear-fusion reactor. Mr. Sanns, 51 years old, i s part of a small subculture of gearheads, amateur physicists and science-fictio n fans who are trying to build fusion reactors in their basements, backyards and home laboratories. Mr. Sanns ... believes he's on track to make fusion a viable power source. "I'm a dreamer," he says. Many of these hobbyists call themselves "fusioneers," and have formed a loosely knit community that numbers more than 1 00 world-wide. Getting into their elite "Neutron Club" requires building a table top reactor that successfully fuses hydrogen isotopes and glows like a miniature star. Only 42 have qualified; some have T-shirts that read "Fusion -- been ther e...done that." Called fusors and based on a 1960s design first developed by Phi lo T. Farnsworth, an inventor of television, the reactors are typically small st eel spheres with wires and tubes sticking out and a glass window for looking ins ide. But they won't be powering homes anytime soon -- for now, fusors use far mo re energy than they produce. But the allure is strong. A fusion power plant woul d likely be fueled by deuterium and tritium, both isotopes of hydrogen that are in plentiful supply. Fusion advocates say reactors would be relatively clean, ge nerating virtually no air pollution and little long-lived radioactive waste. Tod ay's nuclear power plants, in contrast, are fission-based, meaning they split at oms and create a highly radioactive waste that can take millennia to decompose. Note: How strange that this article seems to accept table-top nuclear fusion as a fact, when mainstream science supposedly debunked this possibility two decades ago. For lots more on infinite energy posibilities, click here.

U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals 2008-06-30, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/world/middleeast/30contract.html?partner=rs... A group of American advisers led by a small State Department team played an inte gral part in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five major We stern oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq, American offi cials say. The disclosure, coming on the eve of the contracts announcement, is th e first confirmation of direct involvement by the Bush administration in deals t o open Iraq s oil to commercial development and is likely to stoke criticism. In t heir role as advisers to the Iraqi Oil Ministry, American government lawyers and private-sector consultants provided template contracts and detailed suggestions on drafting the contracts, advisers and a senior State Department official said . At a time of spiraling oil prices, the no-bid contracts, in a country with som e of the world s largest untapped fields and potential for vast profits, are a rar e prize to the industry. The contracts are expected to be awarded Monday to Exxo n Mobil, Shell, BP, Total and Chevron, as well as to several smaller oil compani es. The deals have been criticized by opponents of the Iraq war, who accuse the Bush administration of working behind the scenes to ensure Western access to Ira qi oil fields even as most other oil-exporting countries have been sharply limit ing the roles of international oil companies in development. Though enriched by high prices, the companies are starved for new oil fields. American military off icials say the pipelines [in Iraq] now have excess capacity, waiting for output to increase at the fields. Note: For many revealing reports from reliable sources on the real reasons behin d the war in Iraq, click here.

5 electric cars you can buy now 2008-06-08, CNN Money http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/autos/0806/gallery.electric_cars_now/inde... The Tesla Roadster, which recently entered production, is probably the best know n electric car in America. The company's president has called it "the only produ ction electric car for sale in the United States." There are several other elect ric car companies that would differ with him on that point, but those other vehi cles are either limited to speeds below 25 miles per hour or have fewer than fou r wheels, making their status as "cars" somewhat debatable. With a full set of w heels and a claimed top speed of 125 mph, there's no question this two-seat conv ertible is a real car. Tesla also boasts an amazing 220-mile range on a full cha rge as measured in EPA fuel economy tests. Meanwhile, the charging time claimed by Tesla is less than half that of other electric vehicles, thanks to advanced l ithium-ion batteries -- which do account for much of the car's high cost. But ev en gasoline-powered two-seat soft-tops are luxury toys, not daily drivers. Tesla promises it is working hard on a more moderately priced four-door model for dri ving's other half. The GEM car, from Chrysler's Global Electric Motorcars divisi on, is more typical of what's available to today's average consumer. It's a smal l, lightweight vehicle that can go up to 25 mph. It can go just a little faster on a downhill grade, but the electric motor automatically steps in to slow it do wn. The 25 mph top speed is a matter of law, not engineering. "Low Speed Vehicle s" (LSVs) like the GEM don't have to meet the same safety requirements as faster cars. But 25 mph is still adequate for many daily commutes and around-the-town errands. Note: For many exciting reports on new automotive and energy developments, click here.

PG+E embraces solar thermal power technology 2007-11-05, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/05/BUBTT5KM2.DTL As California utilities scramble to buy more renewable energy, Pacific Gas and E lectric Co. and a Palo Alto startup will announce plans today to build a solar p ower plant big enough to light more than 132,000 homes. Ausra Inc. will design a nd build the plant, which will be located on the Carrizo Plain of eastern San Lu is Obispo County and could begin operating as soon as 2010. San Francisco's PG&E has agreed to buy the plant's power for 20 years. Like the rest of California's big utilities, PG&E faces a state-imposed deadline to derive 20 percent of its power from certain renewable sources by the end of 2010. So the company is turni ng to solar thermal power plants, which can generate large amounts of energy on a reliable basis. In July, the company agreed to buy power from a solar plant pl anned for the Southern California desert, which will generate 553 megawatts, eno ugh for more than 414,000 homes. PG&E plans to buy 1,000 megawatts of solar ther mal energy within the next five years. "Solar works best when it's really hot, a nd that's when we need a lot of power," said Peter Darbee, the utility's chief e xecutive officer. "So solar is something we're exploring more." Solar thermal pl ants do not use the solar cells that more Californians are bolting to their roof tops. Instead, they use the sun's energy to heat liquids that turn turbines and generate power. Ausra's technology uses flat mirrors that focus sunlight on tube s carrying water, which then turns to steam. The plants can produce far more ele ctricity than silicon solar cells provide and at a far lower price. Ralph Cavana gh, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said he's pleased to see the rec ent attention on solar thermal plants. "They're a very good idea for California, and they're also a really good idea for the world," said Cavanagh, director of the environmental group's energy program. "This is one of the scalable solutions that can make a big difference." Note: For more inspiring reports of new renewable energy developments, click her e.

Papers Detail Industry's Role in Cheney's Energy Report 2007-07-18, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/17/AR20070717019... At 10 a.m. on April 4, 2001, representatives of 13 environmental groups were bro ught into the Old Executive Office Building for a long-anticipated meeting. Sinc e late January, a task force headed by Vice President Cheney had been busy drawi ng up a new national energy policy, and the groups were getting their one chance to be heard. A confidential list prepared by the Bush administration shows that Cheney and his aides had already held at least 40 meetings with interest groups , most of them from energy-producing industries. By the time of the meeting with environmental groups, according to a former White House official who provided t he list to The Washington Post, the initial draft of the task force was substant ially complete and President Bush had been briefed on its progress. In all, abou t 300 groups and individuals met with staff members of the energy task force, in cluding a handful who saw Cheney himself, according to the list, which was compi led in the summer of 2001. For six years, those names have been a closely guarde d secret, thanks to a fierce legal battle waged by the White House. Some names h ave leaked out over the years, but most have remained hidden because of a 2004 S upreme Court ruling that agreed that the administration's internal deliberations ought to be shielded from outside scrutiny. The list of participants' names and when they met with administration officials provides a clearer picture of the t ask force's priorities and bolsters previous reports that the review leaned heav

ily on oil and gas companies and on trade groups -- many of them big contributor s to the Bush campaign and the Republican Party. It clears up much of the linger ing uncertainty about who was granted access to present energy policy views to C heney's staff.

Clean energy claim: Aluminum in your car tank 2007-05-23, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18700750 A Purdue University engineer and National Medal of Technology winner says he's r eady and able to start a revolution in clean energy. Professor Jerry Woodall and students have invented a way to use an aluminum alloy to extract hydrogen from water a process that he thinks could replace gasoline as well as its pollutants and emissions tied to global warming. But Woodall says there's one big hitch: "E gos" at the U.S. Department of Energy, a key funding source for energy research, "are holding up the revolution. The hydrogen is generated on demand, so you onl y produce as much as you need when you need it," he said in a statement released by Purdue this week. So instead of having to fill up at a station, hydrogen wou ld be made inside vehicles in tanks about the same size as today's gasoline tank s. An internal reaction in those tanks would create hydrogen from water and 350 pounds worth of special pellets. The hydrogen would then power an internal combu stion engine or a fuel cell stack. "It's a simple matter to convert ordinary int ernal combustion engines to run on hydrogen," Woodall said. "All you have to do is replace the gasoline fuel injector with a hydrogen injector." "The egos of pr ogram managers at DOE are holding up the revolution," he told MSNBC.com. "Rememb er that Einstein was a patent examiner and had no funding for his 1905 miracle y ear," Woodall added. "He did it on his own time. If he had been a professor at a university in the U.S. today and put in a proposal to develop the theory of spe cial relativity it would have been summarily rejected." Note: For a treasure trove of reliable information on clean, new energy sources, click here.

The Air Car 2007-05-19, BusinessWeek http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/mar2007/bw20070319_949435.htm Many respected engineers have been trying for years to bring a compressed air ca r to market, believing strongly that compressed air can power a viable "zero pol lution" car. Now the first commercial compressed air car is on the verge of prod uction and beginning to attract a lot of attention, and with a recently signed p artnership with Tata, India's largest automotive manufacturer, the prospects of very cost-effective mass production are now a distinct possibility. The MiniC.A. T is a simple, light urban car. How does it work? 90m3 of compressed air is stor ed in fibre tanks. The expansion of this air pushes the pistons and creates move ment. It is incredibly cost-efficient to run according to the designers, it cost s less than one Euro per 100Km (about a tenth that of a petrol car). Its mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car (200 to 300 km or 10 hou rs of driving), a factor which makes a perfect choice in cities where the 80% of motorists drive at less than 60Km. The car has a top speed of 68 mph. Refilling the car will ... take place at adapted petrol stations to administer compressed air. In two or three minutes, and at a cost of approximately [US$2] the car wil l be ready to go another 200-300 kilometres. As a viable alternative, the car ca rries a small compressor which can ... refill the tank in 3-4 hours. At the mome nt, four models have been made: a car, a taxi (5 passengers), a Pick-Up truck an d a van. The final selling price will be approximately [US$11,000]. "Moteur Deve

lopment International" (MDI) ... has researched and developed the Air Car over 1 0 years. Note: Why aren't U.S. automakers interested in this breakthrough technology? For abundance of reliable information on the exciting new developments in auto desi gn for super-efficient mileage, click here.

Physics promises wireless power 2006-11-15, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6129460.stm The tangle of cables and plugs needed to recharge today's electronic gadgets cou ld soon be a thing of the past. US researchers have outlined a relatively simple system that could deliver power to devices such as laptop computers or MP3 play ers without wires. The concept exploits century-old physics and could work over distances of many metres. Although the team has not built and tested a system, c omputer models and mathematics suggest it will work. "Resonance" [is] a phenomen on that causes an object to vibrate when energy of a certain frequency is applie d. "When you have two resonant objects of the same frequency they tend to couple very strongly," Professor Soljacic [explained]. Resonance can be seen in musica l instruments. "When you play a tune on one, then another instrument with the sa me acoustic resonance will pick up that tune, it will visibly vibrate," he said. Instead of using acoustic vibrations, the team's system exploits the resonance of electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic radiation includes radio waves, infrar ed and X-rays. The team from MIT is not the first group to suggest wireless ener gy transfer. Nineteenth-century physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla experimented with long-range wireless energy transfer, but his most ambitious attempt - the 29m [it was actually 187 feet] high aerial known as Wardenclyffe Tower, in New Y ork - failed when he ran out of money. A UK company called Splashpower has also designed wireless recharging pads onto which gadget lovers can directly place th eir phones and MP3 players to recharge them. Note: What the article fails to mention is that Tesla's experiments previous to the 1903 Wardenclyffe tower were quite successful, so much so that J.P. Morgan w as willing to pour huge amounts into the tower. When he learned, however, that T esla's intention was to make energy available free to the public, he pulled the plug on the project and many of Tesla's amazing inventions were buried and erase d from the history books. For verification, click here and here. For lots more o n suppressed energy inventions, click here.

E.P.A. Holds Back Report on Car Fuel Efficiency 2005-07-28, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/28/business/28fuel.html?ex=1280203200&en=da4fa... With Congress poised for a final vote on the energy bill, the Environmental Prot ection Agency made an 11th-hour decision Tuesday to delay the planned release of an annual report on fuel economy. But a copy of the report, embargoed for publi cation Wednesday, was sent to The New York Times by a member of the E.P.A. commu nications staff just minutes before the decision was made to delay it until next week. The contents of the report show that loopholes in American fuel economy r egulations have allowed automakers to produce cars and trucks that are significa ntly less fuel-efficient, on average, than they were in the late 1980's. The ave rage 2004 model car or truck got 20.8 miles per gallon, about 6 percent less tha n the 22.1 m.p.g. of the average new vehicle sold in the late 1980's, according to the report. Releasing the report this week would have been inopportune for th e Bush administration, its critics said, because it would have come on the eve o

f a final vote in Congress on energy legislation six years in the making. The bi ll, as it stands, largely ignores auto mileage regulations. Note: For more, see our New Energy Information Center.

The doctor many believe can cure cancer 2004-08-09, MSN of Australia http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/stories/1744.asp Over a period of 30 years, highly qualified Perth-based surgeon Dr John Holt has had some startling successes with a radio-wave therapy treatment for cancer pat ients. Dr Holt's controversial treatment works, in layperson's terms, by giving the patient an injection of a glucose-blocking agent. He then shines "radio wave s" into the body at a specific frequency. Dr Holt doesn't guarantee it will cure every cancer, but it's not expensive and there's no quackery about it. Born in Bristol 80 years ago and a member of the Royal Colleges, Dr Holt has 26 medical letters after his name. For more than a decade he was in charge of Western Austr alia's main cancer institute, until the late '70s, when he was blacklisted by hi s medical colleagues and politicians. The polarisation of the medical and scient ific community in Perth over Dr Holt's treatment has been evident since the mid'70s. While the medical community continues to argue the merits of Dr Holt's uno rthodox measures, the families of his successes feel they owe everything to this gentle man. After two brain tumours and a tumour on her spine, Sophia Rosa was sent by pre-eminent brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo for the radical treatment. Two years later, the only sign Sophia had cancer are the side-effects from the massi ve doses of chemotherapy given in Sydney. Note: If the above link fails, click here. For more on Dr. Holt's work, click he re. For the story of Royal Rife, another famed scientist who suffered dearly for finding a cure for cancer, click here.

Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists 2008-11-29, The Telegraph (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/renewableenergy/3535012/Ocean-current... A revolutionary device that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire world, scientists claim. The technology can generate electricity in water flowing at a rate of less than one knot - about one mile an hour - meaning it could operate on most waterways and sea beds around the globe. Existing technologies which use water power, relying on the action of waves, tides or faster currents created by dams, are far more l imited in where they can be used, and also cause greater obstructions when they are built in rivers or the sea. Turbines and water mills need an average current of five or six knots to operate efficiently, while most of the earth's currents are slower than three knots. The new device, which has been inspired by the way fish swim, consists of a system of cylinders positioned [horizontally] to the w ater flow and attached to springs. As water flows past, the cylinder creates vor tices, which push and pull the cylinder up and down. The mechanical energy in th e vibrations is then converted into electricity. The scientists behind the techn ology, which has been developed in research funded by the US government, say ... the technology would require up to 50 times less ocean acreage than wave power generation. The system, conceived by scientists at the University of Michigan, i s called Vivace, or "vortex-induced vibrations for aquatic clean energy". Note: For lots more on new energy technology developments, click here.

Aptera's 3-wheeler looks as if it could soar 2008-04-16, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/15/HOP1103V8S.DTL An airplane-inspired car that costs $10,000 less than a basic Volvo and gets 300 miles per gallon? Not quite yet, but San Diego robot-builder Steve Fambro may b e onto something with the Aptera ("wingless" in Greek) vehicle. Fambro was inspi red to build the vehicle when his wife deemed a kit airplane he was building was too dangerous. The vehicle pictured was designed by Jason Hill and his firm "11 " for Fambro. The three-wheeled, 1,500-pound prototype has 2 1/2 seats, and when the vehicle goes into production in October, Fambro expects that it will have a n acceleration rate of zero to 60 mph in 11 seconds (a second slower than the Pr ius) and retail for less than $30,000. The Aptera will come in two versions: an all-electric that is expected to go 120 miles on a charge and a hybrid that will have a 600-mile range on a full charge and full tank. Unlike other three-wheele d cars that are technically motorcycles (thus skirting a lot of safety criteria) , the Aptera's airplane-wide wheel base makes it stable. The fiberglass shell is reinforced with steel and aluminum, and there will be air bags in the seat belt s. What's not to like, unless, of course, you're the passenger in the half seat. Note: For a fascinating video clip of this car on a local ABC news affiliate, cl ick here. Why aren't other major media picking up this exciting story?

Berkeley going solar - city pays up front, recoups over 20 years 2007-10-26, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/10/26/MNAIT0DQO.DTL Berkeley [Cal.] is set to become the first city in the nation to help thousands of its residents generate solar power without having to put money up front - att empting to surmount one of the biggest hurdles for people who don't have enough cash to go green. The City Council will vote Nov. 6 on a plan for the city to fi nance the cost of solar panels for property owners who agree to pay it back with a 20-year assessment on their property. Over two decades, the taxes would be th e same or less than what property owners would save on their electric bills, off icials say. "This plan could be our most important contribution to fighting glob al warming," Mayor Tom Bates said. "We've already seen interest from all over th e U.S. People really think this plan can go." The idea is sparking interest from city and state leaders who are mindful of California's goals to reduce greenhou se gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Officials in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica and several state agencies have contacted Berkeley about the detail s of its plan. "If this works, we'd want to look at this for other cities statew ide," said Ken Alex, California deputy attorney general. "We think it's a very c reative way to eliminate the barriers to getting solar panels, and it's fantasti c that Berkeley's going ahead with this." This is how Berkeley's program would w ork: A property owner would hire a city-approved solar installer, who would dete rmine the best solar system for the property, depending on energy use. Most resi dential solar panel systems in the city cost from $15,000 to $20,000. The city w ould pay the contractor for the system and its installation ... and would add an assessment to the property owner's tax bill to pay for the system. The property owner would save money on monthly Pacific Gas & Electric bill because electrici ty generated by the solar panels would partly replace electricity delivered by t he utility. Note: For many other innovative ideas to develop cheap, renewable energy sources , click here.

Danish Island Is Energy Self-Sufficient 2007-03-08, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/08/eveningnews/main2549273.shtml It's a two-hour ferry ride to the Danish island of Samso. To visit Samso is to s ee the future. Samso is an area about 40 square miles long with a permanent popu lation of about 4,000 all of them living a green dream. Take farmer Erik Anderse n. His tractor runs on oil from rape seed, which he grows. His hot water and pow er come from his solar panels or wind turbines. There's not a fossil fuel in sig ht. "It's a very good feeling because the island is a renewable energy island," Anderson says. Ten years ago, Andersen and the people of Samso accepted a challe nge from Denmark's government: Could they run their farms; could they power thei r businesses; could they lead their lives in an entirely energy self-sufficient and carbon-neutral way? Now they have the answer. They can. "Because it's a good idea for the environment," Andersen explains. To harness the wind, of which the y have plenty, they built wind turbines. To provide heat, they burn locally grow n straw in central plants that produce super hot water and pump it through under ground pipes into peoples' homes. It's not only more efficient than running indi vidual furnaces, it's carbon neutral. The net greenhouse gas emissions from thes e plants? Zero. It's a system that just recycles itself, says Jens Peter Nielson with the Samso Energy Authority. Even after a freezing cold night, the days sho rt and cloudy, the solar-heated hot water is still hot. The Samso scheme has bec ome so successful that the island has installed a string of turbines offshore to make surplus power to sell to the mainland. Note: For further inspiring examples of developments in new energy technologies, click here.

Home Hydrogen Fueling Station 2007-01-26, CNN http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/biz2/0701/gallery.8greentechs/index.html What could be greener than a hydrogen car in your driveway? Try a solar-powered hydrogen fueling station in your garage. Australian scientists have developed a prototype of such a device. It's about the size of a filing cabinet and runs on electricity generated by rooftop solar panels. The first version is expected to produce enough hydrogen to give your runabout a range of some 100 miles without emitting a molecule of planet-warming greenhouse gas. Road trips are out of the question, but it's enough juice for running errands or powering fleets of delive ry trucks. Tests of the home fueling system began early this year with commercia l trials two years off.

Nonlethal weapons touted for use on citizens 2006-09-12, MSNBC/Associated Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14806772/ Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on America n citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. Dom estic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible saf ety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne. "If we're not willing to use i t here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. Nonlethal weapons generally can weaken people i f they are hit with the beam. Some of the weapons can emit short, intense energy

pulses that also can be effective in disabling some electronic devices. Note: The government has been developing potentially lethal "non-lethal weapons" for decades, as evidenced by released FOIA government documents. Don't miss our excellent summary on this critical topic available at http://www.WantToKnow.inf o/mindcontrol10pg#nonlethal and the in-depth Washington Post article on psycholo gical manipulations available at http://www.WantToKnow.info/060123psyops.

UCLA Engineers Pioneer Affordable Alternative Energy Resource 2005-10-10, UCLA News/ABC News http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=6518 Solar Energy Cells Made of Everyday Plastic. In research published today in Natu re Materials magazine, [several researchers] showcase their work on an innovativ e new plastic (or polymer) solar cell they hope eventually can be produced at a mere 10 percent to 20 percent of the current cost of traditional cells, making t he technology more widely available. The price for quality traditional solar mod ules typically is around three to four times more expensive than fossil fuel. In dependent tests on the UCLA solar cell already have received high marks. The nat ion's only authoritative certification organization for solar technology, the Na tional Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in Golden, Colo., has helped the UCLA team ensure the accuracy of their efficiency numbers. The plastic solar cell is still a few years away from being available to consumers, but the UCLA team is working diligently to get it to market. Note: Why is it that ABC was the only one of the mainstream media to pick up thi s important article, and even ABC's report appears to belittle the development a s much as it gives an optimistic outlook. And why isn't the government pouring f unding into this most worthy project?

Magnetic energy? Perhaps 2005-09-07, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/09/07/BUG9NEJD3L1.DTL Goldes, 73, is chief executive of a small company called Magnetic Power Inc., wh ich has spent years researching ways to, yes, generate power using magnets. With in a few months, he says, he might just have a breakthrough to report that could revolutionize where people get fuel. "All we know is that we're seeing more ene rgy output than input. Does Goldes realize what's he's saying -- that he's perha ps discovered a clean, inexhaustible energy source? "That's exactly what it appe ars to be," he answered. What Goldes believes he's done is produce power from wh at physicists call zero-point energy. In simple terms, zero-point energy results from the infinitesimal motion of molecules even when seemingly at rest. Normall y, I dismiss such pie-in-the-sky pronouncements. But Goldes isn't so easy to shr ug off. That's because he's also come up with technology called the UltraConduct or. The research was funded in part by the Department of Defense, which invested $600,000 in the project. A handful of other companies worldwide are believed al so to be pursuing zero-point energy via magnetic systems. One of them, InterStel lar Technologies, is run by a former scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laborato ry in Pasadena. According to Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, the Pent agon and at least two large aerospace companies are actively researching zero-po int energy as a means of propulsion.

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2005-08-16, Fox News Chicago http://www.foxchicago.com/_ezpost/data/23255.shtml Denny Klein has just patented his process of converting H2O to HHO, producing a gas that combines the atomic power of hydrogen with the chemical stability of wa ter. "It turns right back to water; in fact, you can see the H2O running off the sheet metal." Klein originally designed his water-burning engine for cutting me tal. He thought his invention could replace acetylene in welding factories. "No other gas will do this." Then one day as he drove to his laboratory, he thought of another way to burn his HHO gas. "On a 100-mile trip, we use about four ounce s of water." Klein says his prototype 1994 Ford Escort can travel exclusively on water -- though he currently has it rigged to run as a water and gasoline hybri d. "Simply speaking, our plan is to end our dependence on fossil fuels." Pete Do meneci is helping Klein take his hydrogen technology patents from a two-room off ice to consumer markets around the world. The duo is already in negotiations wit h one U.S. automaker and the U.S. government. Members of Congress recently invit ed Denny Klein to Washington to demonstrate his technology and his company is cu rrently developing a Hummer for the U.S. military that can run on both water and gasoline. So far, his water-powered engines have passed all performance safety inspections. Note: Why didn't this get major media coverage? To see the amazing three-minute Fox News report, click here. To visit the website describing this invention, cli ck here.

Nanotechnology could turn rooftops into a sea of power-generating stations 2005-07-11, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/07/11/BUG7IDL1AF1.DTL Both inventors and investors are betting that flexible sheets of tiny solar cell s used to harness the sun's strength will ultimately provide a cheaper, more eff icient source of energy than the current smorgasbord of alternative and fossil f uels. Nanosys and Nanosolar in Palo Alto -- along with Konarka in Lowell, Mass. -- say their research will result in thin rolls of highly efficient light-collec ting plastics spread across rooftops or built into building materials. These rol ls, the companies say, will be able to provide energy for prices as low as the e lectricity currently provided by utilities, which averages $1 per watt. The comp anies also say that the printed rolls of solar cells would be lighter, more resi lient and flexible than silicon photovoltaics. Solar energy could furnish much o f the nation's electricity if available residential and commercial rooftops were fully utilized. According to the Energy Foundation, using available rooftop spa ce could provide 710,000 megawatts across the United States, whose current elect rical capacity is 950,000 megawatts. Atluru of Draper Fisher Jurvetson [explains ] "Our view is that government can cause big problems, and it is the entrepreneu rs who will make the big changes." Current cost of solar energy, per watt: $4-$5 . Average cost of energy from traditional fossil fuel sources, per watt: $1. Est imated cost of energy from nanotech solar panels, per watt: $2. Total energy-gen erating capacity of the United States: 950,000 megawatts. Potential total roofto p solar energy capacity in the United States: 710, 000 megawatts.

'Magnetic electricity' discovered 2009-10-14, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8307804.stm Researchers have discovered a magnetic equivalent to electricity: single magneti c charges that can behave and interact like electrical ones. The work is the fir

st to make use of the magnetic monopoles that exist in special crystals known as spin ice. Writing in Nature journal, a team showed that monopoles gather to for m a "magnetic current" like electricity. The phenomenon, dubbed "magnetricity", could be used in magnetic storage or in computing. Magnetic monopoles were first predicted to exist over a century ago, as a perfect analogue to electric charge s. In September this year, two research groups independently reported the existe nce of monopoles - "particles" which carry an overall magnetic charge. But they exist only in the spin ice crystals. These crystals are made up of pyramids of c harged atoms, or ions, arranged in such a way that when cooled to exceptionally low temperatures, the materials show tiny, discrete packets of magnetic charge. Now one of those teams has gone on to show that these "quasi-particles" of magne tic charge can move together, forming a magnetic current just like the electric current formed by moving electrons. The team ... showed that when the spin ice w as placed in a magnetic field, the monopoles piled up on one side - just like el ectrons would pile up when placed in an electric field.

Solar Industry: No Breakthroughs Needed 2009-08-03, MIT Technology Review http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/23108 The federal government is behind the times when it comes to making decisions abo ut advancing the solar industry, according to several solar-industry experts. Th is has led, they argue, to a misplaced emphasis on research into futuristic new technologies, rather than support for scaling up existing ones. That was the pre vailing opinion at a symposium last week put together by the National Academies in Washington, DC, on the topic of scaling up the solar industry. The meeting wa s attended by numerous experts from the photovoltaic industry and academia. And many complained that the emphasis on finding new technologies is misplaced. "Thi s is such a fast-moving field," said Ken Zweibel, director of the Solar Institut e at George Washington University. "To some degree, we're fighting the last war. We're answering the questions from 5, 10, 15 years ago in a world where things have really changed." Industry experts at the Washington symposium argued that n ew technologies will take decades to come to market, judging from how long comme rcialization of other solar technologies has taken. Meanwhile, says Zweibel, con ventional technologies "have made the kind of progress that we were hoping futur istic technologies could make." For example, researchers have sought to bring th e cost of solar power to under $1 per watt, and as of the first quarter of this year one company, First Solar, has done this. These cost reductions have made so lar power cheaper than the natural-gas-powered plants used to produce extra elec tricity to meet demand on hot summer days. Note: Interesting that MIT has reported this story, but none of the major media picked it up. Solar energy will very likely be cheaper than oil-generated energy in under 10 years. For more on the current state of solar, click here.

Portugal opens pioneer commercial wave power plant 2008-09-23, Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSLN48037420080923 The world's first commercial power plant converting the energy of sea waves into electricity [has] started working off Portugal's coast ... in a project that sh ould be expanded nearly 10-fold over the next few years. Three articulated steel "sea-snakes" moored to the seabed three miles off Portugal's northern coast, ea ch about the length of a nuclear submarine, generate a total of 2.25 megawatts, enough to supply 1,500 households with electricity. "It's logged into the nation al grid, which makes it the world's first commercial wave power project," said A

nthony Kennaway, a spokesman for Babcock and Brown investment firm which runs th e Agucadoura project in northern Portugal. "We hope that in 15 years wave power will be where wind is now, that is extremely competitive. Portugal could be for wave power what Denmark was for wind," Kennaway said. Renewable energy, includin g water dams, accounts for 40 percent of power consumption in Portugal. Some exp erts say wave energy could meet up to 20 percent of the country's needs in the f uture. A total of 25 semi-submerged "sea-snakes" should be installed in the next few years, boosting the ... capacity to 21 MW, Kennaway said. The machines, eac h 140 meters (yards) long and 3.5 meters in diameter, are positioned head-on tow ards the waves so that its sections move with the waves. Each joint ... contains a hydraulic pump, which pumps high-pressure liquid through motors that in their turn drive power generators. The energy is then transmitted to a substation on shore via subsea cables. Note: For lots more on new energy inventions from reliable sources, click here.

Intel gets into the wireless electricity game 2008-08-22, Scientific American http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=intel-gets-into-the-w... Are we closing in on laptops that can recharge without those annoying power cord s? Yesterday Intel, the world's largest chip manufacturer, demonstrated a form o f wireless energy transfer by lighting a 60-watt bulb from a power source three feet away, in an effect they referred to as WREL (wireless resonant energy link) . If the trick sounds familiar, that's because researchers from the Massachusett s Institute of Technology (MIT) reported the same thing last year under the moni ker WiTricity. Two years ago, MIT researcher Marin Soljacic figured out a way to transmit electricity via the magnetic field surrounding a charged loop of wire. A similar loop wired up to a light bulb or another electrical device would draw power from that magnetic field no wires attached. Soljacic and his colleagues rep orted a year later in Science they could transfer energy to a 60-watt bulb with 50 percent efficiency from six feet away and 90 percent efficiency from three fe et. Intel announced they had achieved 75 percent efficiency from two to three fe et away. An Intel researcher contacted the MIT group with some technical questio ns after the study came out, says Andre Kurs, an MIT PhD candidate and first aut hor on the Science paper. Note: Yet no mention is made of the fact that genius inventor Nikola Tesla may h ave developed wireless electricity over a century ago. Click here for informatio n on this. Some claim Tesla was largely written out of history books because he threatened the establishment with the possibility of nearly free electricity for all people. For more on this, click here.

Deals With Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back 2008-06-19, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/world/middleeast/19iraq.html?partner=rssuse... Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil conces sions to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power. Exxon Mobil, Shell, To tal and BP the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company along with Chevro n and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq s largest fields. The deals, expected to be anno unced on June 30, will lay the foundation for the first commercial work for the major companies in Iraq since the American invasion, and open a new and potentia lly lucrative country for their operations. The no-bid contracts are unusual for

the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, i ncluding companies in Russia, China and India. The contracts [would] give the co mpanies an advantage in bidding on future contracts. There was suspicion among m any in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United Sta tes had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts s eek to extract. The Bush administration has said that the war was necessary to c ombat terrorism. Sensitive to the appearance that they were profiting from the w ar and already under pressure because of record high oil prices, senior official s of two of the companies, speaking only on the condition that they not be ident ified, said they were helping Iraq rebuild its decrepit oil industry. Note: For many revealing reports from reliable sources on the real reasons behin d the war in Iraq, click here.

Israel backs Palo Alto man's electric car plan 2008-06-17, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/17/MN1F112F1P.DTL Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, pledges that he can beat the spirali ng cost of gasoline with the world's first mass-produced electric car. In Januar y, Israel's government endorsed the Palo Alto businessman's ambitious joint vent ure between his startup company - Project Better Place - and Renault-Nissan. Aga ssi says he raised $200 million to get the $500 million dollar project, which wi ll include a network of charging and battery-exchange stations by 2010, off the ground. Project Better Place also has signed an agreement with Denmark to begin a similar operation by 2011. In Denmark, a pioneer in developing wind power, bat teries are expected to be recharged using wind-powered turbines. Agassi is banki ng on his electric-powered sedan revolutionizing life on the roads, cleaning up the environment and reducing dependence on oil. The cars are expected to have a range of up to 140 miles per charge and a top speed of 68 mph - the speed limit in Israel. Last month, he invited reporters to test-drive a prototype that looks a lot like the Renault Megane, a four-door sedan. The car is noticeably quiet a nd has no exhaust pipe, an electric socket in place of a gas cap and a dashboard gauge that measures the charge of the vehicle's 450-pound lithium-ion battery. In the United States, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has said she is interested in her state becoming the first to embrace the electric-car network. Mayor Gavin Newso m also has reportedly expressed interest in making San Francisco the first U.S. metropolis to place electric cars on city roads. Note: For reports of many exciting breakthroughs in energy development and autom otive design, click here.

Scientists unlock frozen natural gas 2008-04-16, Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/415215 A remote drilling rig high in the Mackenzie Delta has become the site of a break through that could one day revolutionize the world's energy supply. For the firs t time, Canadian and Japanese researchers have managed to efficiently produce a constant stream of natural gas from ice-like gas hydrates that, worldwide, dwarf all known fossil fuel deposits combined. "We were able to sustain flow," said S cott Dallimore, the Geological Survey of Canada researcher in charge of the remo te Mallik drilling program. "It worked." For a decade now, Dallimore and scienti sts from a half-dozen other countries have been returning to a site on Richards Island on the very northwestern tip of the Northwest Territories to study methan e gas hydrates. A hydrate is created when a molecule of gas in this case, methan

e or natural gas is trapped by high pressures and low temperatures inside a cage of water molecules. The result is almost but not quite ice. It's more like a dr y, white slush suffusing the sand and gravel 1,000 metres beneath the Mallik rig . Heat or unsqueeze the hydrate and gas is released. Hold a core sample to your ear and it hisses. More significant is the fact that gas hydrates concentrate 16 4 times the energy of the same amount of natural gas. And gas hydrate fields are found in abundance under the coastal waters of every continent. Calculations su ggest there's more energy in gas hydrates than in coal, oil and conventional gas combined. Last month, the Mallik team became the first to use that method to ge t a steady, consistent flow. "That went really well," said Dallimore. "We defini tely demonstrated that these hydrates are responsive enough that you can sustain flow. We were able to take conventional technologies, modify them, and produce. That's a big step forward." Note: For lots more information on new energy developments, click here.

'Eco-towns' target doubled by PM 2007-09-24, BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7010888.stm Gordon Brown has promised to double the number of "eco-towns" to be built across the UK from five to ten. The prime minister told the Labour conference in Bourn emouth that a positive response to the project had encouraged him to expand it. This showed "imagination", he said, adding that eco-towns would help the governm ent meet housebuilding targets. In May, Mr Brown promised [that] communities of up to 100,000 low-carbon and carbon-neutral homes would be built. Mr Brown told the Labour conference: "For the first time in nearly half a century we will show the imagination to build new towns - eco-towns with low and zero-carbon homes. And today, because of the responses we have received, we are announcing that ins tead of just five new eco-towns we will now aim for ten - building thousands of new homes in every region of the country." This would help boost housebuilding t o 240,000 homes a year, he said. The eco-town idea was the first major policy an nouncement made by Mr Brown as he began his campaign to succeed Tony Blair as pr ime minister earlier this year. Constructed on old industrial sites, they will b e powered by locally generated energy from sustainable sources. The government s aid that, with a month to go until the deadline, there had been about 30 express ions of interest in building eco-towns from councils, developers and others.

Practical Fusion, or Just a Bubble? 2007-02-27, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/science/27fusion.html A few small companies and maverick university laboratories, including ... one at U.C.L.A. run by Seth Putterman, a professor of physics, are pursuing quixotic s olutions for future energy, trying to tap the power of the Sun hot nuclear fusio n in devices that fit on a tabletop. Dr. Putterman s approach is to use sound wave s, called sonofusion or bubble fusion, to expand and collapse tiny bubbles, gene rating ultrahot temperatures. At temperatures hot enough, atoms can literally fu se and release even more energy than when they split in nuclear fission, now use d in nuclear power plants and weapons. Furthermore, fusion is clean in that it d oes not produce long-lived nuclear waste. Dr. Putterman has not achieved fusion in his experiments. He and other scientists form a small but devoted cadre inter ested in turning small-scale desktop fusion into usable systems. Although succes s is far away, the principles seem sound. Achieving nuclear fusion, even in a de sktop device, is not particularly difficult. But building a fusion reactor that generates more energy than it consumes is far more challenging. Impulse Devices,

a small company in the small town of Grass Valley, Calif., is exploring the sam e sound-driven fusion as Dr. Putterman, pushing forward with venture capital fin ancing. Its president, Ross Tessien, concedes that Impulse is a high-risk invest ment, but the potential payoffs would be many. You solve the world s pollution prob lems, Mr. Tessien said. You eliminate the need for wars. You eliminate scarcity of fuel. And it happens to be a very valuable market. So from a commercial point o f view, there s every incentive. From a moral point of view, there s every incentive . And it s fun and it s exciting work. Note: To read about a wide array of revolutionary energy technologies, click her e.

Oil refiners' golden age of profits 2006-04-27, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/27/MNG52IG4LV1.DTL High crude oil prices aren't the only reason you're paying $3.15 for a gallon of regular. For America's giant gasoline refiners...this is a golden age. By Calif ornia state estimates, refinery profit margins have more than doubled in 2006, t hough that figure doesn't take into account some key expenses. Meanwhile, oil pr ices have risen by 14 percent. Oil industry critics hunting for proof of price g ouging point to refineries' expanding profit margins as evidence. Critics say th e companies deliberately closed many U.S. refineries years ago as a way to drive up their margins. The country now has 144 refineries, down from 324 in 1981. "T he refining business used to be pretty lousy, but they took very aggressive acti ons to correct that," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the P ublic Citizen watchdog group. "They're choosing not to build new refineries beca use it's not in their economic interest." Exact profit margins for the industry are difficult to track, because the companies involved don't reveal financial de tails. The California Energy Commission publishes a loose weekly estimate, measu ring the difference between what the state's 21 refineries pay for crude oil and what they charge for their products. Since the start of the year, that figure h as jumped 130 percent, from 30 cents for each gallon of finished gasoline to 69 cents last week. During the same time, the price refiners pay for crude oil has increased 14 percent.

The Oil Sands Of Alberta 2006-01-22, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/20/60minutes/main1225184.shtml There s an oil boom going on right now. Not in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait or any of th ose places, but...in Alberta, Canada. The oilmen up there are...digging up dirt -- dirt that is saturated with oil. They re called oil sands, and if you ve never he ard of them then you re in for a big surprise because the reserves are so vast in the province of Alberta that they will help solve America s energy needs for the n ext century. Within a few years, the oil sands are likely to become more importa nt to the United States than all the oil that comes to us from Saudi Arabia. The re are 175 billion barrels of proven oil reserves here. That s second to Saudi Ara bia s 260 billion but it s only what companies can get with today s technology. The es timate of how many more barrels of oil are buried deeper underground is staggeri ng. "We know there s much, much more there. The total estimates could be two trill ion or even higher," says Clive Mather, Shell's Canada chief. "This is a very, v ery big resource." Very big? That s eight times the amount of reserves in Saudi Ar abia. Note: For those who fear oil shortages and an energy crisis, here's yet another

example of huge, untapped energy reserves. For many other, cleaner options, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/newenergyinformation

Forecaster leaves job to pursue weather theories 2005-09-23, Idaho State Journal http://www.journalnet.com/articles/2005/09/23/news/local/news05.txt Scott Stevens is...the face of the weather at KPVI News Channel 6. The Pocatello native made his final Channel 6 forecast Thursday night, leaving a job he's hel d for nine years in order to pursue his weather theories on a full-time basis. S ince Katrina, Stevens has been in newspapers across the country. On Wednesday, S tevens was interviewed by Fox News firebrand Bill O'Reilly. Stevens said he rece ived 30 requests to do radio interviews on Thursday alone. Although the theories espoused by Stevens - scalar weapons, global dimming - are definitely on the sc ientific fringe today, there are thousands of Web sites that mention such phenom ena. "The Soviets boasted of their geoengineering capabilities; these impressive accomplishments must be taken at face value simply because we are observing wea ther events that simply have never occurred before, never!" Stevens wrote on his Web site. To learn more about Stevens and his thoughts on manipulated weather, check out his Web site at www.weatherwars.info, or go to www.journalnet.com/arti cles/2005/03/06/opinion/opinion04.txt.

Cold-war device used to cause Katrina? 2005-09-20, USA Today/Associated Press http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/2005-09-20-wacky-weatherman_x.htm An Idaho weatherman says Japan's Yakuza mafia used a Russian-made electromagneti c generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge itself for the Hiroshi ma atom bomb attack. Meteorologist Scott Stevens, a nine-year veteran of KPVI-TV in Pocatello, said he was struggling to forecast weather patterns starting in 1 998 when he discovered the theory on the Internet. It's now detailed on Stevens' website, www.weatherwars.info. Stevens...says a little-known oversight in physi cal laws makes it possible to create and control storms -- especially if you're armed with the Cold War-era weapon said to have been made by the Russians in 197 6. Stevens' bosses at KPVI-TV say their employee can think and say what he wants as long as he keeps the station out of the debate and acknowledges that his vie ws are his own opinion. Bill Fouch, KPVI's general manager, said. "He's very kno wledgeable about weather, and he's very popular." Note: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in a 1997 news briefing stated: "Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can a lter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of ele ctromagnetic waves." To verify this quote on the U.S. Department of Defense webs ite, click here. If terrorist organizations have the capability to set off earth quakes and other major natural disasters, do you think huge military research la boratories might have some of the same capabilities? For more, click here and he re.

Freezing gas prices 2005-05-25, NBC Oklahoma City http://www.kfor.com/Global/story.asp?s=3390503 There is a man who fills up his tank once every two months. One tank of gas, lit erally, lasts him two months. He is freezing the price of gas by freezing someth

ing else. David Hutchison is a Cryogenics expert. He built this Cryo-Process him self. A few years ago he began an experiment on his hybrid Honda, freezing the e ngine components. The results were a fuel-efficiency dream. A hybrid Honda typic ally gets really great gas mileage anyway, around 50 miles to the gallon, but Da vid Hutchison's cryogenically tempered engine has been known to get close to 120 miles a gallon. Racers have picked up on David's trick of cryogenically freezin g car parts. It is now widely accepted among NASCAR and Indy-car racers. Note: Why isn't this front-page headlines with rapid development for use by us a ll?

100 MPG Car Heralded by London Times in 2002 - Where is it now? 2004-12-02, WantToKnow.info/London Times http://www.WantToKnow.info/carmileage Note: The Toyota Eco Spirit was the talk of the fuel economy car industry in 200 2. At over 100 MPG and with the lowest exhaust emissions and a very reasonable s ticker price, the Eco Spirit's debut was widely anticipated (see London Times ar ticle). Now, over two years later, what happened to it? If you do an Internet se arch, you will find that Toyota decided not to be move forward with it. Why in t hese times of soaring oil prices would they not rush this car into mass producti on?

Midwest Oil fined for selling gas too cheaply 2006-02-24, Star Tribune (Leading newspaper of Minneapolis-St. Paul) http://www.startribune.com/535/story/267143.html The Minnesota Commerce Department on Thursday announced plans to fine a gas stat ion chain $140,000 for repeatedly selling gas below the state's legal minimum pr ice. The fine against Midwest Oil of Minnesota is twice as large as any imposed on a company since 2001, when the state established a formula based on wholesale prices, fees and taxes to determine a daily floor for gas prices. The price law was intended to prevent large oil companies from driving smaller competitors ou t of business, but some critics argue it fails to protect consumers. According t o the Commerce Department, the Midwest-owned stations in Anoka, Oakdale and Albe rt Lea sold gas below the minimum price on 293 days in 2005. Kevin Murphy, deput y commissioner of the department, called the violations "willful, continuing, an d egregious and warrant a substantial penalty."

Zenn and the art of small, electric vehicles 2008-08-15, MSNBC/Forbes Autos http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26140663 It might sound surprising, but all-electric vehicles are already on American roa ds. They just haven't quite made it to the highway yet. A growing cottage indust ry of Neighborhood Electric Vehicle [NEV] manufacturers is spurring the developm ent of cars like the Zenn, which has reached a state of vehicular enlightenment so advanced it doesn't even need a tail pipe. "We saw this car in May of '06, an d all of us were just freaking out: 'Finally, a car!'" said Steve Mayeda, sales manager at Seattle-based MC Electric Vehicles, which sells 30 percent of Zenn's U.S. inventory, in addition to electric vehicles made by Columbia, Canadian EV, E-Ride and Miles. "Zenn was the first neighborhood electric car that actually lo oked and felt and drove like a real car. Everything else before that was either a converted golf cart or a car that was built from the ground up." NEVs are sile

nt, have no tailpipe emissions (or tailpipes, for that matter) and plug into ele ctrical outlets like vacuum cleaners. They come in two varieties: Low-Speed Elec tric Vehicles, which have a top speed of about 25 miles per hour and are restric ted to roads where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less; and Medium-Spee d Electric Vehicles, which reach 35 mph and are allowed on roads with a posted s peed of up to 45 mph. They're exempt from federal safety regulations that mandat e impact-absorbing bumpers and airbags. But to be street legal, NEVs must have t hree-point seat belts, windshields with wipers, headlights, brake lights, rearvi ew mirrors and turn signals. Note: Note: For a fun, six-minute video demonstration of the Zenn, click here.

Dealer ... says tactics used by Shell are unfair to operators 2007-05-10, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/05/10/MNGUKPOGKJ1.DTL At Bob Oyster's Shell station ... putting the price way up over $4 a gallon isn' t about making a profit. It's about making a statement to a multinational corpor ation. After Shell forced him to pay higher prices for gas in San Francisco and jacked up his rent, Oyster says, he decided to fight back. Far from making a hug e profit, Oyster is going out of business. He has operated the Shell station at Sixth and Harrison for 22 years, but he's walking away from it at the end of the month. "I'm getting nothing for the station,'' he says. At a time when the oil companies are posting record profits, the little guys are struggling to stay in business. And many, like Oyster, are giving up the fight. "The dealer can no lon ger be competitive,'' says Dennis DeCota, executive director of the California S ervice Station and Automotive Repair Association. "The companies are squeezing t hese guys out. It's just wrong.'' Oyster says his rent has gone up exponentially . Fifteen years ago it was $1,000 a month. Then it went to $6,000, then $8,000. This year Shell came back with a demand of $13,000. DeCota and Oyster see [a] si nister motive: If the dealers like them leave, a company like Shell can run its stations with its own employees and set its own pump prices. "That way they real ly are controlling it from the well head to the gas pump,'' says DeCota. While t he price per gallon gets all the attention, Oyster says the little secret of ind ependent dealers is that, like movie theater operators, they make their profit o n the extras -- snacks, drinks and other items. Note: When the big oil boys supposedly believe in the "trickle down" theory, why are they not sharing any of their huge profits with their dealers? And why is t here so little reporting on the arbitrary raising of gas prices?

Fastest Train in the World Hits France 2007-04-03, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=3004116 France's famous high-speed train, the TGV, broke its 17-year-old world speed rec ord today when it hit a top speed of 357.2 mph. Another French train held the pr evious rail train record, set in 1990, of 320.2 mph. Normal TGV trains have a cr uising speed of 186 mph. Japan holds the absolute speed record for a train, with its magnetically levitated Maglev train that floats over a guideway on a magnet ic field without ever touching the track. The Maglev set a record of 361 mph in 2003. Note: A CNN report states that the fastest train in the U.S. is the Acela, with a top speed of 150 mph. The same report notes "the top speed for most passenger trains outside the Northeast Corridor ... is 79 mph." Another CNN article commen

ts "Japan's Shinkansen trains, introduced just before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, r egularly hit 186 mph." Why are American trains so backward compared to the rest of the world? Could it have anything to do with oil? For more, click here.

Exxon Mobil Posts New Record for Profit 2005-10-27, ABC/Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=1255549 Exxon Mobil Corp. had a quarter for the record books. The world's largest public ly traded oil company said Thursday high oil and natural-gas prices helped its t hird-quarter profit surge almost 75 percent to $9.92 billion, the largest quarte rly profit for a U.S. company ever, and it was the first to ring up more than $1 00 billion in quarterly sales. The hurricanes slashed Exxon Mobil's U.S. product ion volumes by 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, down nearly 5 percent y ear-over-year, costing the company $45 million before taxes. The company said to tal daily production slipped to 2.45 million barrels of oil equivalent from 2.51 million barrels. Note: Isn't it amazing that though oil production fell, and though we all are pa ying much higher gas prices, Exxon Mobil earned the largest profits ever in the same quarter as Hurricane Katrina? Wouldn't it be nice if during a national cata strophe the oil companies were willing to drop their prices and suffer a little with the rest of us?

Can the Military Find the Answer to Alternative Energy? 2009-07-23, BusinessWeek magazine http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_31/b4141032537895.htm The big drive to create a viable alternative-energy future by Detroit, multinati onals such as IBM and BP, and Silicon Valley startups is well-known. But there's another serious player in this sphere: the U.S. military, and especially DARPA [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency]. Created at the height of the Co ld War to bolster U.S. military technology following the Soviet Union's Sputnik satellite launch, the agency has a long history of innovation. Most famously, DA RPA's researchers first linked together computers at four locations in the early 1960s to form the ARPANET, a computer network for researchers that was the core of what eventually grew into the Internet. Other breakthroughs have helped lead to the commercial development of semiconductors, GPS, and UNIX, the widely used computer operating system. Can DARPA now score another double success by changi ng how both the military and civilian worlds consume and produce energy? DARPA's first goal is always to magnify the might of the U.S. armed forces. That's why Arlington (Va.)-based DARPA is devoting an estimated $100 million of its $3 bill ion annual budget to alternative energy. DARPA describes itself as an incubator of long-shot technologies too risky for almost anyone else to take on. The agenc y operates by issuing challenges to companies that are so tough they are called "DARPA-hard." Typically, DARPA requires contractors to come up with solutions th at are orders of magnitude superior to current technology. In addition to spurri ng the development of palm-size fuel cells, DARPA has contracted with companies to miniaturize solar cells that would supplant the need for generators.

Bid to classify cloud formation 2009-06-02, BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/8077787.stm

A cloudspotter from Somerset believes he has identified a new type of cloud. Gav in Pretor-Pinney, from Somerton, who also founded the Cloud Appreciation Society , wants recognition for what he has named the asperatus cloud. He said: "It look s quite violent - as if you are looking up from underneath the turbulent surface of the sea." Weather forecaster Michael Fish told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he thinks it is caused by a mixing of two air masses or the bottom of a storm c loud. Mr Pretor-Pinney, who wrote the Cloudspotter's Guide ... asked his cousin - who is a Latin teacher - for a word that means choppy or turbulent that is use d to describe the sea to name the cloud after. "Asperatus comes from the Latin v erb aspero meaning 'to roughen up' or 'agitate'," he said. "It was used by the p oet Virgil to describe the surface of a choppy sea." Mr Fish said he was "quite amazed" by pictures showing clouds fitting Mr Pretor-Pinney's asperatus descript ion. There has been no change to the classifications of clouds since 1953 and may be this should be considered now. I can offer two explanations - they are either the mixing of two air masses - very warm humid air and and very cold dry air an d it is like oil and water - it doesn't mix. These clouds could be formed at the boundary of these two air masses. Or ... they could be the turbulent underbelly of one of the huge thunder clouds." Mr Pretor-Pinney said the pictures were sen t in by cloud society members from all over the world and some of them said ther e was no storm activity or heavy precipitation in the area at the time. Note: How strange that a new type of cloud is now appearing. What changes could be causing this new formation? For more photos of these most unusual new clouds, click here. Or visit the Cloud Appreciation Society, founded by Mr. Pretor-Pinn ey.

New virus-built battery could power cars, electronic devices 2009-04-02, MIT News http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/virus-battery-0402.html For the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer vir uses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion b attery. The new virus-produced batteries have the same energy capacity and power performance as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries being considered to powe r plug-in hybrid cars, and they could also be used to power a range of personal electronic devices, said Angela Belcher, the MIT materials scientist who led the research team. The new batteries ... could be manufactured with a cheap and env ironmentally benign process: The synthesis takes place at and below room tempera ture and requires no harmful organic solvents, and the materials that go into th e battery are non-toxic. In a traditional lithium-ion battery, lithium ions flow between a negatively charged anode, usually graphite, and the positively charge d cathode, usually cobalt oxide or lithium iron phosphate. Three years ago, an M IT team led by Belcher reported that it had engineered viruses that could build an anode by coating themselves with cobalt oxide and gold and self-assembling to form a nanowire. In the latest work, the team focused on building a highly powe rful cathode to pair up with the anode. Cathodes are more difficult to build tha n anodes because they must be highly conducting to be a fast electrode. Most can didate materials for cathodes are highly insulating (non-conductive). To achieve that, the researchers ... genetically engineered viruses that first coat themse lves with iron phosphate, then grab hold of carbon nanotubes to create a network of highly conductive material. Note: For many reports from major media sources on promising new energy technolo gies, click here.

Electric car for the masses to be made in Southern California

2008-04-22, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-fi-think22apr22,1,4269330.... Norwegian automaker Think Global said Monday it planned to sell low-priced elect ric cars to the masses and will introduce its first models in the U.S. by the en d of next year. The battery-powered Think City will be able to travel up to 110 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of about 65 mph, the company said. It will be priced below $25,000. Oslo-based Think said venture capital firms RockP ort Capital Partners and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers had made investments to fund its entry into the U.S. under the auspices of Think North America. "Thi s is not a toy," said Wilber James, RockPort managing partner. "This is a seriou s car that we expect to sell." Although technology for electric cars has been ad vancing -- and consumer interest has been rising amid growing concern over gasol ine prices and greenhouse gases -- few vehicles have come to market. Last month, San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors began production of its Roadster, an elec tric vehicle that costs $100,000. The Think City "is a mass-market vehicle," sai d Kleiner managing partner Ray Lane, dismissing comparisons to the Roadster. Tes la's car is being produced in relatively small numbers, with roughly 300 expecte d by the end of this year. "Our desire is to be selling 30-40-50,000 of these ca rs in a couple of years." Think Chief Executive Jan-Olaf Willums said the compan y would bring test vehicles to the U.S. in the coming months. The Think City run s on sodium batteries, but future versions could use lithium ion batteries, Will ums said. The Think City, a two-seater that can be fitted with two additional se ats for children, has a mostly plastic exterior and is 95% recyclable. Willums s aid a convertible was in development. "Women want to buy it immediately," he sai d. Note: For many exciting reports on new auto and energy developments from major m edia sources, click here.

2008 Tata Nano Is the $2500 Car That Might Change the World 2008-01-10, Popular Mechanics http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4244226.html Fireworks blossomed on giant video screens, the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme reac hed its brassy peak, and the world s most affordable car the $2500 Tata Nano rolled ou t onto the stage. Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, parked and got out as hundreds of camera flashes speckled the darkened convention hall. Here at the 20 08 AutoExpo in India, the Nano s debut was about much more than a car. The Nano, m any tradeshow attendees seemed to believe, would transform the country and then, maybe, the world. The Nano looked underwhelming, [like] a golf cart crossed wit h a jelly bean. Its journey onto the stage and into history was powered by a 2-c ylinder, 33-hp engine, and the spec sheet is best given as what the car has not: no air conditioning, no radio, no power steering, no sun visors. But it carries four people, gets 50 mpg, and costs less than a trendy motor scooter. The Nano is no solution to the traffic problem in big [Indian] cities; a prominent Indian environmentalist called the prospect of these ultra-affordable vehicles floodin g the roads a nightmare. But the Nano represents both national pride about India s i ngenuity and the promise that the benefits of middle-class life will reach more people. What can you get for $2500 in the U.S.? a young man ... asked. You can t carr y your family for $2500 in a [new] car. But in India we have done this. His frien d, Rajesh Relia, agreed. He makes 6000 rupees a month, about $150. He doesn t own a car, and carries his family of four, dangerously and cumbersomely, on a motor scooter. The Nano is a car he can actually afford, and he said he will buy one a s soon as it becomes available in late 2008. This is my dream, he said, beaming to ward the stage. I am very happy today.

How this 12inch miracle tube could halve heating bills 2007-09-15, Daily Mail (U.K.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_... It sounds too good to be true - not to mention the fact that it violates almost every known law of physics. But British scientists claim they have invented a re volutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing. Their s o-called thermal energy cell could soon be fitted into ordinary homes, halving d omestic heating bills and making a major contribution towards cutting carbon emi ssions. Even the makers of the device are at a loss to explain exactly how it wo rks - but sceptical independent scientists carried out their own tests and disco vered that the 12in x 2in tube really does produce far more heat energy than the electrical energy put in. The device seems to break the fundamental physical la w that energy cannot be created from nothing - but researchers believe it taps i nto a previously unrecognised source of energy, stored at a sub-atomic level wit hin the hydrogen atoms in water. The system - developed by scientists at a firm called Ecowatts [a holding of Gardner Watts] - involves passing an electrical cu rrent through a mixture of water, potassium carbonate [potash] and a secret liqu id catalyst, based on chrome. This creates a reaction that releases an incredibl e amount of energy compared to that put in. If the reaction takes place in a uni t surrounded by water, the liquid heats up, which could form the basis for a hou sehold heating system. If the technology can be developed on a domestic scale, i t means consumers will need much less energy for heating and hot water - creatin g smaller bills and fewer greenhouse gases. The device has taken ten years of pa instaking work by a small team at Ecowatts' ... laboratory, and bosses predict a household version of their device will be ready to go on sale within the next 1 8 months. Note: For an abundance of reliable reports on amazing new energy developments, c lick here.

Have you driven a Fjord lately? 2007-07-31, Business 2.0 magazine http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/08/01/1001388... Three pinstriped London investors stand outside an electric car factory in the g reen fields of the Norwegian countryside, waiting their turns to test-drive a st ylish two-seater called the Think City. But first, Think CEO Jan-Olaf Willums ta kes the wheel. [He] turns the ignition, and the stub-nosed coupe silently rolls toward an open stretch of pavement. Suddenly he punches the pedal, and the car t akes off like a shot, the AC motor instantaneously transferring power to the whe els. The only sound is the squealing of tires as Willums throws the little car i nto a tight turn and barrels back toward his startled guests. Did someone kill t he electric car? You wouldn't know it on this bright May morning in Scandinavia, where the idea of a mass-produced battery-powered vehicle is being resurrected and actual cars are scheduled to begin rolling off the production line by year's end. Shuttling between Oslo and California, Willums has raised $78 million from Silicon Valley and European investors captivated by [his] vision of a carbon-ne utral urban car. Willums's pitch is this: He's not just selling an electric car; he's upending a century-old automotive paradigm, aiming to change the way cars are made, sold, owned, and driven. Taking a cue from Dell, the company will sell cars online, built to order. It will forgo showrooms and seed the market throug h car-sharing services like Zipcar. Every car will be Internet-and Wi-Fi-enabled , becoming, according to Willums, a rolling computer that can communicate wirele ssly with its driver, other Think owners, and the power grid. "The timing is rig ht. We are on a path now toward electric cars, and there is no going back." says Ed Kjaer, an electric vehicle veteran who runs the EV program for Southern Cali

fornia Edison. Note: To read about the mysterious disappearing Toyota Eco Spirit, a proven car design capable of achieving 100 mpg, click here.

Richard Branson's Empire Keeps Growing 2007-07-29, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/26/sunday/main3099983.shtml Richard Branson is always reaching for something, whether it's setting records i n stratospheric balloon flights or racing across the Atlantic pursuits that have nearly killed him, more than once. But Branson has never done things the conven tional way. He is usually striving for something just beyond his grasp and, win or lose, he always comes up smiling. But his latest venture may be his most auda cious. On July 18 his and Nelson Mandela's shared birthday they announced the fo rmation of a Council of Elders, a group of seasoned world leaders who literally will try to solve the world's problems. "You only live once," he said. "You migh t as well throw yourself into life and enjoy it." These days, at age 57, Branson 's preoccupations seem to have more to do with saving the world than conquering it. Being in the airline and train business, Branson says he has helped contribu te to environmental degradation. But now he hopes to help repair the world. "For a while, I hoped the skeptics were right. But I read a lot, and met a lot of sc ientists, and realized the world had a real problem," Branson said. He is offeri ng a $25 million prize for anyone who comes up with an invention that can rid th e atmosphere of carbon gases, and he has pledged to spend all the profits from h is airlines that's $3 billion or so to develop earth-friendly alternative fuels. "What we're hoping to do is actually come up with an alternative fuel that will shake the very foundations of the oil companies and shake the foundations of th e coal companies because if we don t shake their foundations, the world could pote ntially be doomed. I certainly don't feel chosen, but I feel extremely grateful, " he said. "I feel I'm in a position where I can make a difference, and I'm not going to waste that position I find myself in."

Farewell, wires? Power beamed through air 2007-06-07, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19098305 Power cables and even batteries might become a thing of the past using a new tec hnique that can transmit power wirelessly. Scientists lit a 60-watt light bulb f rom a power source 7 feet (2 meters) away with their new technique, with no phys ical connection between the source and the appliance. The researchers have dubbe d their concept "WiTricity," as in "wireless electricity." MIT physicist Marin S oljacic began thinking years ago about how to transmit power wirelessly so his c ell phone could recharge without ever being plugged in. Scientists have pursued wireless power transmission for years notably, eccentric genius Nikola Tesla, wh o devoted much energy toward it roughly a century ago. Soljacic and his colleagu es devised WiTricity based off the notion of resonance. One well-known example o f resonance can be seen when an opera singer hits the right note to cause a cham pagne glass to resonate and shatter. Two objects resonating at the same frequenc y tend to exchange energy efficiently, while interacting weakly with objects not resonating at the same frequency. Instead of sound, the MIT physicists focused on magnetic fields. Most common materials interact only very weakly with magneti c fields, so little power would get wasted on unintended targets. In their lates t work, the scientists designed two copper coils roughly 20 inches (50 centimete rs) in diameter that were specially designed to resonate together. One was attac hed to the power source, the other to a light bulb. The practical demonstration

of their earlier theoretical work managed to power the light bulb even when obst acles blocked direct line of sight between the source and device. Note: For more on Nikola Tesla's amazing inventions from a century ago, and how they were suppressed, click here. For lots of additional information on new ener gy sources and inventions, click here.

World's First Air-Powered Car: Zero Emissions by Next Summer 2007-06-01, Popular Mechanics http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/4217016.html India s largest automaker is set to start producing the world s first commercial air -powered vehicle. The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre for Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as opposed to the gas-and-oxygen expl osions of internal-combustion models, to push its engine s pistons. Some 6000 zero -emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian streets in August of 2008. Barri ng any last-minute design changes on the way to production, the Air Car should b e surprisingly practical. The $12,700 CityCAT, one of a handful of planned Air C ar models, can hit 68 mph and has a range of 125 miles. It will take only a few minutes for the CityCAT to refuel at gas stations equipped with custom air compr essor units; MDI says it should cost around $2 to fill the car s carbon-fiber tank s with 340 liters of air at 4350 psi. Drivers also will be able to plug into the electrical grid and use the car s built-in compressor to refill the tanks in abou t 4 hours. Of course, the Air Car will likely never hit American shores, especia lly considering its all-glue construction. But that doesn t mean the major automak ers can write it off as a bizarre Indian experiment MDI has signed deals to brin g its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa. Note: For a cornucopia of exciting articles on new automobile designs and energy inventions, click here.

Iceland the First Country to Try Abandoning Gasoline 2006-01-18, ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=1518556 Iceland wants to make a full conversion and plans to modify its cars, buses and trucks to run on renewable energy -- with no dependence on oil. Iceland has alre ady started by turning water into fuel -- hydrogen fuel. Here's how it works: El ectrodes split the water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Hydrogen electrons pass through a conductor that creates the current to power an electric engine. H ydrogen fuel now costs two to three times as much as gasoline, but gets up to th ree times the mileage of gas, making the overall cost about the same. As an adde d benefit, there are no carbon emissions -- only water vapor. By the middle of t his century, all Icelanders will be required to run their cars only on hydrogen fuel, meaning no more gasoline. Icelanders say they're committed to showing the world that by making fuel from water, it is possible to kick the oil habit. Note: This is mind-blowing information! Why isn't this amazing news of economica l, non-polluting energy sources making top headlines? A video clip of the above ABC News story is available on the ABC website at the link above. A friend of mi ne invented a similar device only to have it ruthlessly suppressed. For lots mor e on all this, click here.

Quantum Trickery: Testing Einstein's Strangest Theory

2005-12-27, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/27/science/27eins.html?ex=1293339600&en=caf5d8... The idea that measuring the properties of one particle could instantaneously cha nge the properties of another one (or a whole bunch) far away is strange to say the least. The team that pulled off the beryllium feat...hailed it as another st ep toward computers that would use quantum magic to perform calculations. But it also served as another demonstration of how weird the world really is according to the rules, known as quantum mechanics. Nary a week goes by that does not bri ng news of another feat of quantum trickery once only dreamed of in thought expe riments: particles (or at least all their properties) being teleported across th e room in a microscopic version of Star Trek beaming; electrical "cat" currents that circle a loop in opposite directions at the same time; more and more partic les farther and farther apart bound together in Einstein's spooky embrace now kn own as "entanglement." At the University of California, Santa Barbara, researche rs are planning an experiment in which a small mirror will be in two places at o nce. Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna said that he thought, "The worl d is not as real as we think. Note: Consider also that top secret projects are generally at least 10 years in advance of anything reported in the news or scientific magazines. We can only im agine what these projects might be doing.

Stockton Engineer Creates Energy Saving Device 2006-12-13, CBS News, Stockton Affiliate http://cbs13.com/local/local_story_347191740.html Chuck Larue may be the man who drastically cuts your electricity bill. For fourt een years, Chuck and his partner have quietly been inventing a little micro cont roller called the "Plug Power Saver." He claims it works on all electric motors from your air conditioner to refrigerators, washing machines to whole house fans . He rigged a one-third horsepower motor to show us the savings. Without the con troller, It's drawing 171 to 180 watts." Plug in the Power Saver and, It's trying to find the most optimum levels of power consumption. It actually has a micropro cessor in here." After a few seconds, the motor is running strong but using half the electricity. And if you know anything about electricity, you know this moto r running normally should be warm to the touch, it isn t. That seems to show no ex tra electricity is being lost as heat. John Lander: This looks already to sell. Chuck Larue: Yeah it is, it's ready to go. John Lander: How much? Chuck Larue: $ 49.95. So you'd pay for the Power Saver in under a year. Chuck says he has 10,00 0 of these devices headed here from a manufacturing plant in Korea. Now all he h as to do is find a retailer willing to sell it. Chuck says he has tried to inter est the Governor and the utilities commission to sponsor his invention, but no o ne has called him back.

France wins battle to host experimental fusion reactor 2005-06-29, Boston Globe/Los Angeles Times http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2005/06/29/france_wins_battle_... In a bid to harness what backers say could be a nearly limitless source of clean electric power, an international consortium chose France yesterday as the site for an experimental fusion reactor that will aim to replicate how the sun create s energy. The planned $13 billion project is one of the most prestigious and exp ensive international scientific efforts ever launched. French President Jacques Chirac said in a statement. "[This] unprecedented scientific and technological c hallenge ... opens great hopes for providing humanity with an energy that has no

impact on the environment and is practically inexhaustible." The reactor's main fuel, deuterium, also known as heavy hydrogen, can be obtained from water. The project's website states that Lake Geneva alone contains enough deuterium to mee t global energy needs for several thousand years. Existing nuclear reactors use fission, or the splitting of large atoms, to produce power, a process that leave s waste that remains highly radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. Fusi on reactors, by contrast, would produce minimal waste that would be radioactive for a much shorter period. If the project is successful, long-term plans call fo r a demonstration fusion power plant to be built in the 2030s and the first comm ercial fusion plant to be built in midcentury.

These men think they're about to change the world 2006-08-25, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://environment.guardian.co.uk/energy/story/0,,1858172,00.html These dynamic and personable businessmen from Dublin insist that they have found a way of producing free, clean and limitless energy out of thin air. So, as the y prepare to demonstrate this wonder of science to me...I feel all the excitemen t of Christmas Day. There is a test rig with wheels and cogs and four magnets me ticulously aligned so as to create the maximum tension between their fields and one other magnet fixed to a point opposite. A motor rotates the wheel bearing th e magnets and a computer takes 28,000 measurements a second. And when it is all over, the computer tells us that almost three times the amount of energy has com e out of the system as went in. In fact, this piece of equipment is 285% efficie nt. "We couldn't believe it at first, either," says McCarthy, chief executive of the company. "We wanted to improve the performance of the wind generators...so we experimented with certain generator configurations and then one day one of ou r guys...came in and said: 'We have a problem. We appear to be getting out more than we're putting in.'" That was three years ago. Since then, McCarthy says, th e company has spent £2.7m developing the technology. Until their claims have been assessed by the jury, McCarthy says they won't be accepting any investor offers. So if this is a hoax, it would appear not to be a money-making scheme. The Econ omist ad alone cost £75,000. "We expected stick, and we're getting it already. We' ve had a lot of abusive emails and telephone calls -people telling us to watch o ur backs" Note: To understand how this is possible, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/newener gysources

Scientists flock to test 'free energy' discovery 2006-08-20, The Observer (one of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1854305,00.html A man who claims to have developed a free energy technology which could power ev erything from mobile phones to cars has received more than 400 applications from scientists to test it. Sean McCarthy says that no one was more sceptical than h e when Steorn, his small hi-tech firm in Dublin, hit upon a way of generating cl ean, free and constant energy from the interaction of magnetic fields. 'It wasn' t so much a Eureka moment as a get-back-in-there-and-check-your-instruments mome nt, although in far more colourful language,' said McCarthy. But when he attempt ed to share his findings, he says, scientists either put the phone down on him o r refused to endorse him publicly in case they damaged their academic reputation s. So last week he took out a full-page advert in the Economist magazine, challe nging the scientific community to examine his technology. McCarthy claims it pro vides five times the amount of energy a mobile phone battery generates for the s ame size, and does not have to be recharged. Within 36 hours of his advert appea

ring he had been contacted by 420 scientists in Europe, America and Australia, a nd a further 4,606 people had registered to receive the results.

Steorn and free energy: the plot thickens 2006-08-19, Houston Chronicle Science Blog http://blogs.chron.com/sciguy/archives/2006/08/steorn_and_free_1.html Steorn has now posted a slick, five-minute video that features interviews with c ompany CEO Sean McCarthy as well as the company's marketing director. For more b ackground, see our earlier discussion. The video's slick, and not too heavy on s cientific detail. But it's worth checking out. It does begin to explain the comp any's motivations for choosing to issue a challenge in the Economist. McCarthy: "The first roadblock is science. With the academic community, it might take five to seven years before being able to get to a consensus position. As a business, that makes absolutely no sense." The video explains that a "quiet" campaign was plan A. The direct marketing approach currently being taken is Plan B. McCarthy : "The claim does rail against so much thinking from ordinary people. We have to fight public opinion, we have to fight the scientific community and we have to fight the energy industry. We couldn't pick a worse battleground." Note: For lots more on the many who have developed similar discoveries and how t hey have been either bought out or shut down: http://www.WantToKnow.info/newener gyinformation.

Electric cars lighting up again 2006-07-31, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2006-07-26-electric-cars-usat_x.htm Several small, independent automakers are juicing up electric cars. Among the co mpanies trying to lead the charge: Tesla. Tesla Motors...is taking orders for a $100,000 electric high-performance sports car...billed as capable of a Ferrari-l ike zero to 60 mph in four seconds. The car was designed in California but will be built by Lotus in Great Britain. Its sophisticated lithium-ion battery will a llow a range of 250 miles on a single charge and a top speed of 130 mph. Wrights peed...hopes to produce its own, $100,000 high-performance car within two years. It will have about a 200-mile range. Ian Wright, who heads Wrightspeed...says t he new breed of electric cars could have three times the energy efficiency of ga s-electric hybrids. "You can build something that's seriously fast and a lot of fun to drive." Zap. At the other end of the performance spectrum...Zap last mont h started selling a three-wheel electric "city car" imported from China that it says is capable of a top speed of 40 mph. Priced at $9,000, the Xebra has a rang e of about 40 miles. Tomberlin Group...plans to sell three versions of electric cars. Prices will range from $5,000 for E-Merge E-2 to $8,000 for the four-seat Anvil. The electric revival comes as...Who Killed the Electric Car? has started playing in theaters. The movie alleges that big automakers, oil companies and th e government sank promising electric-car technology. The film singles out Genera l Motors for...having created a futuristic electric car that became a Hollywood enviro-darling. When leases ran out, GM collected its Saturn EV1s and sent them to the crusher. Note: I've heard that Who Killed the Electric Car? is an excellent, revealing fi lm. For lots more on why car mileage has not significantly increased since the d ays of the Model T (which got 25 miles to the gallon), see http://www.WantToKnow .info/050711carmileageaveragempg

Bush energy plan whacks conservation 2006-05-31, Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0531/p02s01-uspo.html A few years ago a little-known US Energy Department program helped produce a des ign technology for lightweight cars and trucks that in 2004 alone saved the nati on 122 million barrels of oil, or about $9 billion. So, with energy prices spiki ng and President Bush pushing for more energy research, the ITP would seem a nat ural candidate for more funding. In fact, its budget is set to get chopped by a third from its 2005 level. It's one of more than a dozen energy-efficiency effor ts that the Energy Department plans to trim or eliminate in a $115 million costsaving move. If Congress accepts the Energy Department's proposed 2007 budget, i t will cut $152 million - some 16 percent - from this year's budget for energy-e fficiency programs. Adjusting for inflation, it would mean the US government wou ld spend 30 percent less on energy efficiency next year than it did in 2002. One energy-efficiency program on the chopping block...helps improve the fuel effici ency of heavy-duty trucks, one of the nation's biggest oil consumers. That progr am is "zeroed out" in the 2007 budget request. The same fate awaits the $4.5 mil lion Building Codes Implementation Grants program. It helps states adopt more en ergy-efficient requirements for new buildings, the nation's largest consumer of electricity and natural gas. The $8 million Clean Cities program has helped clea n-fuel technologies, like buses that run on compressed natural gas, get to marke t. But it's slated for a $2.8 million cut. Note: To better understand why this is happening: http://www.WantToKnow.info/new energysources

Beam weapons almost ready for battle 2006-01-11, MSNBC http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10805240/ LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - There is a new breed of weaponry fast approaching. They are l abeled "directed-energy weapons," and they may well signal a revolution in milit ary hardware -- perhaps more so than the atomic bomb. Directed-energy weapons ta ke the form of lasers, high-powered microwaves and particle beams. Their adoptio n for ground, air, sea, and space warfare depends not only on using the electrom agnetic spectrum, but also upon favorable political and budgetary wavelengths to o. After more than two decades of research, the United States is on the verge of deploying a new generation of weapons that discharge beams of energy, such as t he Airborne Laser and the Active Denial System, as well as the Tactical High Ene rgy Laser, or THEL. Then there s Active Denial Technology -- a non-lethal way to u se millimeter-wave electromagnetic energy to stop, deter and turn back an advanc ing adversary. This technology, supported by the U.S. Marines, uses a beam of mi llimeter waves to heat a foe s skin, causing severe pain without damage, and makin g the adversary flee the scene. By tuning the resonance of a laser onto Earth s io nosphere, you can create audible frequencies. Like some boom box in the sky, the laser-produced voice could bellow from above down to the target below: "Put dow n your weapons."

Scientists explore how the humble leaf could power the planet 2009-08-11, The Guardian (One of the U.K.'s leading newspapers) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/aug/11/artificial-leaf-energy It is one of evolution's crowning achievements - a mini green power station and organic factory combined and the source of almost all of the energy that fuels e

very living thing on the planet. Now scientists developing the next generation o f clean power sources are working out how to copy, and ultimately improve upon, the humble leaf. The intricate chemistry involved in photosynthesis, the process where plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugar, is th e most effective solar energy conversion process on Earth. And researchers belie ve that mimicking parts of it could be the ticket to a limitless supply of clean power. The untapped potential for using the sun's rays is huge. All human activ ity for a whole year could be powered by the energy contained in the sunlight hi tting the Earth in just one hour. Harnessing even a small amount of this to make electricity or useful fuels could satisfy the world's increasing need for energ y, predicted to double by 2050, without further endangering the climate. Most so lar power systems use silicon wafers to generate electricity directly. But altho ugh costs are coming down, these are still too expensive in many cases when comp ared with fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. Scientists are keen to develop more efficient and cheaper alternatives sources of energy. At Imperial College London, researchers have embarked on a £1m project to study, and eventually mimic, photosynthesis. Part of a project called the "artificial leaf", involves workin g out exactly how leaves use sunlight to make useful molecules. The team then pl ans to build artificial systems that can do the same to generate clean fuels suc h as hydrogen and methanol. These would then be used in fuel cells to make elect ricity or directly to power super-clean vehicles.. Note: For more reports from reliable sources on exciting new energy developments , click here.

Forget gas, batteries pee is new power source 2009-07-09, MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31805166/ns/technology_and_science-innovation Urine-powered cars, homes and personal electronic devices could be available in six months with new technology developed by scientists from Ohio University. Usi ng a nickel-based electrode, the scientists can create large amounts of cheap hy drogen from urine that could be burned or used in fuel cells. "One cow can provi de enough energy to supply hot water for 19 houses," said Gerardine Botte, a pro fessor at Ohio University developing the technology. "Soldiers in the field coul d carry their own fuel." Pee power is based on hydrogen, the most common element in the universe but one that has resisted efforts to produce, store, transport and use economically. Storing pure hydrogen gas requires high pressure and low t emperature. Chemically binding hydrogen to other elements, like oxygen to create water, makes it easier to store and transport, but releasing the hydrogen when it's needed usually requires financially prohibitive amounts of electricity. By attaching hydrogen to another element, nitrogen, Botte and her colleagues realiz ed that they can store hydrogen without the exotic environmental conditions, and then release it with less electricity, 0.037 Volts instead of the 1.23 Volts ne eded for water. Stick a special nickel electrode into a pool of urine, apply an electrical current, and hydrogen gas is released. A fuel cell, urine-powered veh icle could theoretically travel 90 miles per gallon. A refrigerator-sized unit c ould produce one kilowatt of energy for about $5,000, although this price is a r ough estimate, says Botte. "The waste products from say a chicken farm could be used to produce the energy needed to run the farm," said John Stickney, a chemis t and professor at the University of Georgia. Note: For many exciting reports from reliable sources on new energy technologies , click here.

Cheap solar at night? MIT may have answer

2008-07-31, Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2008/08/01/cheap_solar_at_night_mit_m... MIT researchers say they have discovered a way to use solar energy cheaply even after the sun goes down, which could make it a mainstream source of power within the next decade. Solar energy has been expensive and inefficient to use after d ark, said Daniel Nocera, 51, the Henry Dreyfus professor of energy and professor of chemistry at MIT. But in an article published in the July 31 issue of the jo urnal Science, Nocera and other Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher s say they have found a simple, inexpensive process for storing solar energy. "H ow the heck are you going to build an economy or a business only if the sun is s hining?" said Nocera, the senior author. "What you really need to do is when the sun is shining, figure out how to store some of that energy so you can unleash it when the sun isn't shining." Nocera and the other researchers based their wor k on a compound made from cobalt and phosphate, both readily available. When the sun is out, electricity from solar panels can be fed to the compound in water, causing the water to split into hydrogen and oxygen. The elements create a chemi cal fuel that can be recombined to create energy later, when the sun is not shin ing. The discovery breaks "the connection between energy and fossil fuels becaus e my energy is coming from water," said Nocera, "unleashing the solar energy, no t in real time, but when you want to." The researchers said the findings open th e door for large-scale use of solar energy around the clock - not right away but within 10 years. Note: For a treasure trove of reports on new energy inventions with great potent ial, click here.

Congress votes to stop filling oil reserve 2008-05-14, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco's leading newspaper) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/14/MN0810LU7S.DTL The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly ... to temporarily stop filling the St rategic Petroleum Reserve, a response to public anger over rising oil prices as the average price of regular unleaded gasoline nationwide hit a new high of $3.7 3 per gallon. The legislation would halt shipments for the rest of the year of r oughly 70,000 barrels a day into the reserve, a system of four underground salt domes on the Gulf Coast run by the Energy Department. The reserve currently hold s about 702 million barrels of oil, an amount equal to two months of U.S. import s. The government pays the market price for the light crude oil it stores in the reserve. Congress created the reserve two years after the 1973 Arab oil embargo as a way to prevent supply disruptions. Kevin Book, senior energy analyst for F riedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., noted that in the hour after the Senate passed the measure nearly unanimously the price of crude oil jumped by a dollar. Book s aid, "70,000 barrels is a rounding error. It is not material in an 85.7 million barrel per day market." Book added that it will take much more significant actio n ... for the markets to take notice. The Senate, by a 56-42 vote, defeated a Re publican measure ... that would have opened Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Re fuge to drilling and allowed states to drill off their shores.

Meet The First Car Powered By Air 2006-10-28, CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/28/tech/main2135518.shtml At their factory in southern France, father-and-son team Guy and Cyril Negre ins ist air power is no joke. Plain old air compressed in the tank, they say, cheap and non-polluting. Sound too good to be true? Says Cyril, It's a real car. The ot

her thing is it's a very zero emission car. You won't pollute, there won't be em ission. You have a very economical car. A car, says the Negres, that will cost ju st $2 for every 120 miles. The Negres have a long love affair with cars. Guy des igned a Formula One race car engine. Cyril worked at Bugati. The technology for their car, they say, is relatively simple and safe. When you compress the air...i nside of the tank, this is like compressing a spring, and then the tank gives yo u back the energy of the air when it expands, says Cyril. Compressed air in a car bon-fiber tank, something like scuba divers use, drives the pistons and turns th e crankshaft. There is no combustion and no gasoline. That's why there's no poll ution. You fill it up at an air compressor. It may sound far-fetched, but at his labs on the campus of UCLA, professor Su-Chin Chow is also exploring the power of air. The Negres say after years of delays...they have solved their technical problems. Another year, they say, and they'll be ready for large scale productio n, with a top speed of 55 miles-an-hour.

Big Oil's enormous profits ignite suspicion of gouging 2006-07-28, Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_4105814 As motorists continue to pay more at the gas pump, two of the nation's largest o il companies on Thursday reported second-quarter profits of nearly $18 billion. The huge profits come at a time when refiners are marking up wholesale gas price s to levels seen during the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, reigniting concerns a bout the possibility of price gouging. Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday that its second-quarter profits increased 36 percent to $10.36 billion, the second-larges t quarterly profit ever for a U.S. publicly traded company. Royal Dutch Shell, w hich operates 155 gas stations in Colorado, reported earnings of $7.32 billion, up 40 percent from a year ago. Including earnings from BP and ConocoPhillips, wh ich reported earlier this week, four of the nation's five largest oil companies netted more than $30 billion in profit during the second quarter. National gross profit margins for refiners have hovered around $21 a barrel this week, compare d with about $12 a barrel a year ago. Amid outcry from lawmakers about its profi ts, the oil industry this week paid for advertisements in 14 newspapers - includ ing The Denver Post, The New York Times and The Washington Post - that insist oi l companies' earnings are not exorbitant. The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3 a gallon this week, according to AAA. The price would be about $2.60 a gallon, factoring in taxes and transportation and other costs, if the refiners' gross profit margin had remained at the same levels from a year a go. Note: At the bottom of this article is an excellent, revealing graph showing the extent of profit margins for oil refiners since January 2005. Very few other ma jor media have been willing to show the hard data in this article.

The next X-Prize: How about a 250 m.p.g. car? 2006-05-07, USA Today/Christian Science Monitor http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-05-07-x-prize-competition_x.htm The challenge: Build the world's most fuel-efficient production car -- one that gets maybe 250 miles per gallon and causes little or no pollution. The payoff: p rize money from the group that awarded $10 million for the world's first private spaceflight two years ago. "Ford's Model T got 25 miles per gallon, and today a Ford Explorer gets 18 miles per gallon," says Peter Diamandis, X-Prize Foundati on chairman. "We believe the time is ripe for a fundamental change in what we dr ive -- and we believe an X-Prize in this area can drive a substantial change." U .S. agencies procure new technology mostly through contracts with universities a

nd companies. Taxpayers typically pay, whether or not companies or researchers a ctually succeed. But government interest in prizes began to grow after 1996, whe n the $10 million Ansari X-Prize was announced for a privately financed craft to fly into space. That means inspiring the likes of Felix Kramer, a California In ternet entrepreneur who hopes to partner with a big auto company to create a hig h-mileage car. That's what his CalCars team did in September 2004, when it devel oped the prototype of a Toyota Prius with an electric cord. The extra reliance o n electric power gives the "Prius-plus" better than 80 miles per gallon. Note: In 2002, the London Times reported on a new Toyota that got over 100 mpg w hich was due to hit the market. Yet the car mysteriously disappeared: http://www .WantToKnow.info/carmileage. For an abundance of information on suppression of n ew energy technologies: http://www.WantToKnow.info/newenergyinformation

"Double Crystal Fusion" Could Pave the Way for Portable Device 2006-02-13, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=1358&setappvar=page(1) Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a tabletop accele rator that produces nuclear fusion at room temperature, providing confirmation o f an earlier experiment conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA). The device, which uses two opposing crystals to generate a powerful elect ric field, could potentially lead to a portable, battery-operated neutron genera tor for a variety of applications, from non-destructive testing to detecting exp losives and scanning luggage at airports. The device is essentially a tabletop p article accelerator. At its heart are two opposing pyroelectric crystals that crea te a strong electric field when heated or cooled. The device is filled with deut erium gas a more massive cousin of hydrogen with an extra neutron in its nucleus . The electric field rips electrons from the gas, creating deuterium ions and ac celerating them into a deuterium target on one of the crystals. When the particl es smash into the target, neutrons are emitted, which is the telltale sign that nuclear fusion has occurred. The new study also verified the fundamental physics behind the original experiment. This suggests that pyroelectric crystals are in fact a viable means of producing nuclear fusion, and that commercial applicatio ns may be closer than originally thought. Note: Why was this fascinating news not reported in the major media? For more, s ee our New Energy Information Center at http://www.WantToKnow.info/newenergyinfo rmation

Iceland's hydrogen buses zip toward oil-free economy 2005-01-14, Detroit News (Detroit's leading newspaper) http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0501/14/autos-60181.htm Hydrogen, tested in buses from Amsterdam to Vancouver ... is a clean power that promises to break dependence on oil and gas -- at least in Iceland. With almost unlimited geothermal energy sizzling beneath its surface, Iceland has an officia l goal of making the country oil-free by shifting cars, buses, trucks and ships over to hydrogen by about 2050. About 70 percent of Iceland's energy needs ... a re already met by geothermal or hydro-electric power. Only the transport sector is still hooked on polluting oil and gas. The world's first hydrogen filling sta tion, run by Shell, opened in Reykjavik in April 2003. Hydrogen bus projects hav e also been launched in cities including Barcelona, Chicago, Hamburg, London, Ma drid, Stockholm, Beijing and Perth, Australia. The efficiency of the hydrogen fu el cells will decide if the ventures take off into the wider car market. "The id ea is that the buses should be twice as efficient as an internal combustion engi

ne," said Jon Bjorn Skulason, general manager of Icelandic New Energy Ltd. Great er engine efficiency would compensate for the inefficiency of producing hydrogen . Iceland's buses, made by DaimlerChrysler, cost about 1.25 million euros ($1.67 million) each, or three to four times more than a diesel-powered bus, Skulason said. It takes about 6-10 minutes to refill a hydrogen bus, giving a range of 24 0 miles. [A] Reykjavik bus driver said diesel and hydrogen buses were similar to drive. "But the hydrogen bus is less noisy."

Blame the feds for fuel economy figures that don't match real world 2004-05-19, WantToKnow.info/Detroit News http://www.WantToKnow.info/040519fueleconomymonitors Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Co. are probably wishing they d never put those f un fuel economy monitors in their gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. The display s are causing angst among some owners who aren t getting the miles-per-gallon perf ormance posted on their window sticker. Frustrated consumers are asking dealersh ips to fix their vehicles. Pete Blackshaw of Cincinnati is chronicling his dismay publicly in his own Internet blog. He says Honda is ignoring his claim that he s n ever gotten more than 33 mpg in his Civic Hybrid. The combined city/highway rati ng from the car s window sticker is 47.

Refusing to be Muzzled by LA Auto Show, AFS Trinity Pulls 150 MPG SUV out of Sho w 2008-11-07, MarketWatch (A Wall Street Journal Digital Network Website) http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Refusing-Muzzled-LA-Auto-Show/story.asp... AFS Trinity Power Corporation today announced it pulled its 150 MPG plug-in hybr id SUV prototypes out of the LA Auto Show but will independently exhibit and dem onstrate the super fuel-efficient vehicles on their own elsewhere in downtown LA during the show. The company's decision followed actions by the LA Auto Show to muzzle AFS Trinity from highlighting the 150 miles per gallon fuel economy of i ts XH150 prototype vehicles. "The suppression by the automakers of information a bout technologies such as this raises serious questions about the judgment, visi on, intentions and capabilities of the leadership of thes