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Do YOU beieve in . . . TORTURE ?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Anti-Empire Report

March 4th, 2009
by William Blum

Being serious about torture. Or not.

In Cambodia they’re once again endeavoring to hold trials to bring some former senior Khmer Rouge officials to justice for their 1975-79 war crimes and crimes against humanity. The current defendant in a United Nations-organized trial, Kaing Guek Eav, who was the head of a Khmer Rouge torture center, has confessed to atrocities, but insists he was acting under orders.1 As we all know, this is the defense that the Nuremberg Tribunal rejected for the Nazi defendants. Everyone knows that, right? No one places any weight on such a defense any longer, right? We make jokes about Nazis declaring: “I was only following orders!” (“Ich habe nur den Befehlen gehorcht!”) Except that both the Bush and Obama administrations have spoken in favor of it. Here’s the new head of the CIA, Leon Panetta: “What I have expressed as a concern, as has the president, is that those who operated under the rules that were provided by the Attorney General in the interpretation of the law [concerning torture] and followed those rules ought not to be penalized. And … I would not support, obviously, an investigation or a prosecution of those individuals. I think they did their job.”2 Operating under the rules … doing their job … are of course the same as following orders.

The UN Convention Against Torture (first adopted in 1984), which has been ratified by the United States, says quite clearly, “An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.” The Torture Convention enacts a prohibition against torture that is a cornerstone of international law and a principle on a par with the prohibition against slavery and genocide.

Of course, those giving the orders are no less guilty. On the very day of Obama’s inauguration, the United Nation’s special torture rapporteur invoked the Convention in calling on the United States to pursue former president George W. Bush and defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.3

On several occasions, President Obama has indicated his reluctance to pursue war crimes charges against Bush officials, by expressing a view such as: “I don’t believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.” This is the same excuse Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has given for not punishing Khmer Rouge leaders. In December 1998 he asserted: “We should dig a hole and bury the past and look ahead to the 21st century with a clean slate.”4 Hun Sen has been in power all the years since then, and no Khmer Rouge leader has been convicted for their role in the historic mass murder.

And by not investigating Bush officials, Obama is indeed saying that they’re above the law. Like the Khmer Rouge officials have been. Michael Ratner, a professor at Columbia Law School and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, said prosecuting Bush officials is necessary to set future anti-torture policy. “The only way to prevent this from happening again is to make sure that those who were responsible for the torture program pay the price for it. I don’t see how we regain our moral stature by allowing those who were intimately involved in the torture programs to simply walk off the stage and lead lives where they are not held accountable.”5

One reason for the non-prosecution may be that serious trials of the many Bush officials who contributed to the torture policies might reveal the various forms of Democratic Party non-opposition and collaboration.

It should also be noted that the United States supported Pol Pot (who died in April 1998) and the Khmer Rouge for several years after they were ousted from power by the Vietnamese in 1979. This support began under Jimmy Carter and his National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and continued under Ronald Reagan.6 A lingering bitterness by American cold warriors toward Vietnam, the small nation which monumental US power had not been able to defeat, and its perceived closeness to the Soviet Union, appears to be the only explanation for this policy. Humiliation runs deep when you’re a superpower.

Neither should it be forgotten in this complex cautionary tale that the Khmer Rouge in all likelihood would never have come to power, nor even made a serious attempt to do so, if not for the massive American “carpet bombing” of Cambodia in 1969-70 and the US-supported overthrow of Prince Sihanouk in 1970 and his replacement by a man closely tied to the United States.7 Thank you Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. Well done, lads.

By the way, if you’re not already turned off by many of Obama’s appointments, listen to how James Jones opened his talk at the Munich Conference on Security Policy on February 8: “Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger.”8

Lastly, Spain’s High Court recently announced it would launch a war crimes investigation into an Israeli ex-defense minister and six other top security officials for their role in a 2002 attack that killed a Hamas commander and 14 civilians in Gaza.9 Spain has for some time been the world’s leading practitioner of “universal jurisdiction” for human-rights violations, such as their indictment of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet a decade ago. The Israeli case involved the dropping of a bomb on the home of the Hamas leader; most of those killed were children. The United States does this very same thing every other day in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Given the refusal of American presidents to invoke even their “national jurisdiction” over American officials-cum-war criminals, we can only hope that someone reminds the Spanish authorities of a few names, names like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Feith, Perle, Yoo, and a few others with a piece missing, a piece that’s shaped like a conscience. There isn’t even a need to rely on international law alone, for there’s an American law against war crimes, passed by a Republican-dominated Congress in 1996.10

The noted Israeli columnist, Uri Avnery, writing about the Israeli case, tried to capture the spirit of Israeli society that produces such war criminals and war crimes. He observed: “This system indoctrinates its pupils with a violent tribal cult, totally ethnocentric, which sees in the whole of world history nothing but an endless story of Jewish victimhood. This is a religion of a Chosen People, indifferent to others, a religion without compassion for anyone who is not Jewish, which glorifies the God-decreed genocide described in the Biblical book of Joshua.”11

It would take very little substitution to apply this statement to the United States — like “American” for “Jewish” and “American exceptionalism” for “a Chosen People”.

Hell hath no fury like an imperialist scorned

Hugo Chávez’s greatest sin is that he has shown disrespect for the American Empire. Or as they would say in America’s inner cities — He’s dissed the Man. Such behavior of course cannot go unpunished lest it give other national leaders the wrong idea. Over the years, the United States has gotten along just fine with brutal dictators, mass murderers, torturers, and leaders who did nothing to relieve the poverty of their population — Augusto Pinochet, Pol Pot, the Greek Junta, Ferdinand Marcos, Suharto, Duvalier, Mobutu, the Brazil Junta, Somoza, Saddam Hussein, South African apartheid leaders, Portuguese fascists, etc., etc., terrible guys all, all seriously supported by Washington at one time or another; for none made it a regular habit, if ever, to diss the Man.

The latest evidence, we are told, that Hugo Chávez is a dictator and a threat to life as we know it is that he pushed for and got a constitutional amendment to remove term limits from the presidency. The American media and the opposition in Venezuela often make it sound as if Chávez is going to be guaranteed office for life, whereas he of course will have to be elected each time. Neither are we reminded that it’s not unusual for a nation to not have a term limit for its highest office. France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, if not all of Europe and much of the rest of the world, do not have such a limit. The United States did not have a term limit on the office of the president during the nation’s first 162 years, until the ratification of the 22nd Amendment in 1951. Were all American presidents prior to that time dictators?

In 2005, when Colombian President Alvaro Uribe succeeded in getting term limits lifted, the US mainstream media took scant notice. President Bush subsequently honored Uribe with the American Presidential Medal of Freedom. But in the period leading up to the February 15 referendum in Venezuela, the American media were competing with each other over who could paint Chávez and the Venezuelan constitutional process in the most critical and ominous terms. Typical was an op-ed in the Washington Post the day before the vote, which was headlined: “Closing in on Hugo Chávez”. Its opening sentence read: “The beginning of the end is setting in for Hugo Chávez.”12

For several years now, the campaign to malign Chávez has at times included issues of Israel and anti-Semitism. An isolated vandalism of a Caracas synagogue on January 30th of this year fed into this campaign. Synagogues are of course vandalized occasionally in the United States and many European countries, but no one ascribes this to a government policy driven by anti-semitism. With Chávez they do. In the American media, the lead up to the Venezuelan vote was never far removed from the alleged “Jewish” issue.

“Despite the government’s efforts to put the [synagogue] controversy to rest,” the New York Times wrote a few days before the referendum vote, “a sense of dread still lingers among Venezuela’s 12,000 to 14,000 Jews.”13

A day earlier, a Washington Post editorial was entitled: “Mr. Chávez vs. the Jews – With George W. Bush gone, Venezuela’s strongman has found new enemies.”14 Shortly before, a Post headline had informed us: “Jews in S. America Increasingly Uneasy – Government and Media Seen Fostering Anti-Semitism in Venezuela, Elsewhere”15

So commonplace has the Chávez-Jewish association become that a leading US progressive organization, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) in Washington, DC, recently distributed an article that reads more like the handiwork of a conservative group than a progressive one. I was prompted to write to them as follows:

Dear People,

I’m very sorry to say that I found your Venezuelan commentary by Larry Birns and David Rosenblum Felson to be remarkably lacking. The authors seem unable, or unwilling, to distinguish between being against Israeli policies from anti-semitism. It’s kind of late in the day for them to not have comprehended the difference. They are forced to fall back on a State Department statement to make their case. Is that not enough said?

They condemn Chávez likening Israel’s occupation of Gaza to the Holocaust. But what if it’s an apt comparison? They don’t delve into this question at all.

They also condemn the use of the word “Zionism”, saying that “in 9 times out of 10 involving the use of this word in fact smacks of anti-Semitism.” Really? Can they give a precise explanation of how one distinguishes between an anti-Semitic use of the word and a non-anti-semitic use of it? That would be interesting.

The authors write that Venezuela’s “anti-Israeli initiative … revealingly transcends the intensity of almost every Arabic nation or normal adversary of Israel.” Really. Since when are the totally gutless, dictator Arab nations the standard bearer for progressives? The ideal we should emulate. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are almost never seriously and harshly critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. Therefore, Venezuela shouldn’t be?

The authors state: “In a Christmas Eve address to the nation, Chávez charged that, ‘Some minorities, descendants of the same ones who crucified Christ … took all the world’s wealth for themselves’. Here, Chávez was not talking so much about Robin Hood, but rather unquestionably dipping into the lore of anti-Semitism.” Well, here’s the full quote: “The world has enough for all, but it turns out that some minorities, descendants of the same ones who crucified Christ, descendants of the same ones who threw Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way at Santa Marta there in Colombia …” Hmm, were the Jews so active in South America?

The ellipsis after the word “Christ” indicates that the authors consciously and purposely omitted the words that would have given the lie to their premise. Truly astonishing.

After Chávez won the term-limits referendum with about 55% of the vote, a State Department spokesperson stated: “For the most part this was a process that was fully consistent with democratic process.” Various individuals and websites on the left have responded to this as an encouraging sign that the Obama administration is embarking on a new Venezuelan policy. At the risk of sounding like a knee-reflex cynic, I think this attitude is at best premature, at worst rather naive. It’s easy for a State Department a level-or-so above the Bushies, i.e., semi-civilized, to make such a statement. A little more difficult would be accepting as normal and unthreatening Venezuela having good relations with countries like Cuba, Iran and Russia and not blocking Venezuela from the UN Security Council. Even more significant would be the United States ending its funding of groups in Venezuela determined to subvert and/or overthrow Chávez.

You’ve got to be carefully taught

I’ve been playing around with a new book for awhile. I don’t know if I’ll find the time to actually complete it, but if I do it’ll be called something like “Myths of U.S. foreign policy: How Americans keep getting fooled into support”. The leading myth of all, the one which entraps more Americans than any other, is the belief that the United States, in its foreign policy, means well. American leaders may make mistakes, they may blunder, they may lie, they may even on the odd occasion cause more harm than good, but they do mean well. Their intentions are honorable, if not divinely inspired. Of that most Americans are certain. And as long as a person clings to that belief, it’s rather unlikely that s/he will become seriously doubtful and critical of the official stories.

It takes a lot of repetition while an American is growing up to inculcate this message into their young consciousness, and lots more repetition later on. Think of some of the lines from the song about racism from the Broadway classic show, “South Pacific” — “You’ve got to be taught” …

You’ve got to be taught
from year to year.
It’s got to be drummed
in your dear little ear.
You’ve got to be taught
before it’s too late.
Before you are 6 or 7 or 8.
To hate all the people
your relatives hate.
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

The education of an American true-believer is ongoing, continuous. All forms of media, all the time. Here is Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military officer in the United States, writing in the Washington Post recently:

“We in the U.S. military are likewise held to a high standard. Like the early Romans, we are expected to do the right thing, and when we don’t, to make it right again. We have learned, after seven years of war, that trust is the coin of the realm — that building it takes time, losing it takes mere seconds, and maintaining it may be our most important and most difficult objective. That’s why images of prisoner maltreatment at Abu Ghraib still serve as recruiting tools for al-Qaeda. And it’s why each civilian casualty for which we are even remotely responsible sets back our efforts to gain the confidence of the Afghan people months, if not years. It doesn’t matter how hard we try to avoid hurting the innocent, and we do try very hard. It doesn’t matter how proportional the force we deploy, how precisely we strike. It doesn’t even matter if the enemy hides behind civilians. What matters are the death and destruction that result and the expectation that we could have avoided it. In the end, all that matters is that, despite our best efforts, sometimes we take the very lives we are trying to protect. … Lose the people’s trust, and we lose the war. … I see this sort of trust being fostered by our troops all over the world. They are building schools, roads, wells, hospitals and power stations. They work every day to build the sort of infrastructure that enables local governments to stand on their own. But mostly, even when they are going after the enemy, they are building friendships. They are building trust. And they are doing it in superb fashion.”16

How many young servicemembers have heard such a talk from Mullen or other officers? How many of them have not been impressed, even choked up? How many Americans reading or hearing such stirring words have not had a lifetime of reinforcement reinforced once again? How many could even imagine that Admiral Mullen is spouting a bunch of crap? The great majority of Americans will swallow it. When Mullen declares: “What matters are the death and destruction that result and the expectation that we could have avoided it”, he’s implying that there was no way to avoid it. But of course it could have been easily avoided by not dropping bombs on the Afghan people.

You tell the true-believers that the truth is virtually the exact opposite of what Mullen has said and they look at you like you just got off the Number 36 bus from Mars. Bill Clinton bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days and nights in a row. His military and political policies destroyed one of the most progressive countries in Europe. And he called it “humanitarian intervention”. It’s still regarded by almost all Americans, including many, if not most, “progressives”, as just that.

Now why is that? Are all these people just ignorant? I think a better answer is that they have certain preconceptions; consciously or unconsciously, they have certain basic beliefs about the United States and its foreign policy, most prominent amongst which is the belief that the US means well. And if you don’t deal with this basic belief you’ll be talking to a stone wall.


  1. Associated Press, August 1, 2007
  2. Press conference, February 25, 2009, transcript by Federal News Service
  3. Agence France Presse (AFP), January 20, 2009
  4. New York Times, December 29, 1998
  5. Associated Press, November 17, 2008
  6. See William Blum, “Rogue State”, chapter 10 (“Supporting Pol Pot”)
  7. See William Blum, “Killing Hope”, chapter 20 (“Cambodia, 1955-1973”)
  9. Reuters news agency, January 30, 2009
  10. The War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 2441)
  11. Haaretz, leading Israeli newspaper, January 30, 2009
  12. Washington Post, February 14, 2009, column by Edward Schumacher-Matos
  13. New York Times, February 13, 2009
  14. Washington Post, February 12, 2009
  15. Washington Post, February 8, 2009
  16. Washington Post, February 15, 2009, p. B7

William Blum is the author of:

  • Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
  • West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir
  • Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

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We Americans are at the Do or Die …

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

By WJ Anthony

SOON, the Commissioned and Non-commissioned US Military Officers for 9/11 Truth, will be joined with:

–     Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,

–       Firefighters for 9/11 Truth,

–       Lawyers for 9/11 Truth,

–       Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth,

–       Pilots for 9/11 Truth,

–       Veterans for 9/11 Truth,

–       Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice,

–       Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth and Justice

–       and the majority of millions of US Citizens will petition

“the US Congress of the United States for a new and independent investigation into the events of 9/11/01 by a duly constituted legal body with the authority to subpoena and require testimony under oath, and with authority to prosecute if criminal activity is discovered, so that the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity can at last be brought to justice.”

Who were the perpetrators that destroyed the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

Who will indict, try, convict, sentence and punish the perpetrators?

At what facilities, will they be punished and by whom?

The coalition needs to be prepared to realize that Congress may not choose to regard this petition as its most important priority.  When it is urgent, Congress is able to declare war in a matter of day, but in this matter, they will likely try to persuade the petitioners that this will take time to arrange, and they will offer to hold a hearing for the petition by adding it on the calendar docket, as sometime in the next session, after pending issues are resolved.  That, in affect, means they will put it in a File 13.

Since lobbyists have bought Congress, and since the investigation may uncover the collusive support for the perpetrators by the Presidents and members of both parties in Congress, Congress will do its best to avoid a specific timetable commitment to treat the petition as a top priority, they seldom remember that their Congressional powers are derived from the consent of the people.

The leaders of Congress will use their most deceptive strategies to convince the Military Officers and Scientists and Citizens that the members of Congress will earnestly study the petition and discuss it in some committee.  In this way Congress will likely hope to use time to delay and weaken the resolve of the petitioners and diminish or nullify their support and avoid the obligation of Congress to serve the petitioners.  The talking heads of the media will also be used to minimize any attention to the action that is demanded in the petition, hoping to relegate the demand for the investigation to a minimal impact and lack of attention, such as a Pope’s visit had on New York City.  Congress will likely expect that their delay will cause the petitioners to never again be able to muster the growing coalition for justice that the petitioners have now achieved.

Who then will indict the perpetrators and prosecute them?  The members of the military who took oaths to defend the Constitution will be left powerless to use the Constitution to alter or abolish a destructive Congress and a presidential veto.  The media will support the Congress in its destruction by presenting only minimal sound bites of the efforts of the military officers, architects, engineers, firemen and citizens to create an independent investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of 9/11.

The reality of the purpose of the petitioners is that the independent investigation is also our purpose, each and every one of us; it is an either or prospect for appropriate action.  There is no other way for Americans to regain our national honor after allowing 9/11 and the wars that followed it.  We must not accept a delay by Congress.  Congress must enable Americans to expect Congress to authorize a genuine public investigation.

The petitioners for the 9/11 investigation must use their legal advisors to determine a reasonably short time to expect Congressional action.  The best-qualified experts should conduct the investigation.  The independent investigation should not include any Congressmen or politicians; Congress approved the funding of both illegal wars.

If the Congress and the Presidency refuse to support the independent investigation to indict, prosecute and judge the perpetrators, then the 9/11 Truth coalition of military, scientists and citizens, must realize that the Constitution does not provide its citizens a process to throw off an existing Government that has become destructive of the rights of the People.   If the Government refuses to allow the independent investigation to prosecute, judge, sentence and determine the punishment of the perpetrators of the 9/11 conspiracy, the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence suggests that the People have an alternative.

“Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying it foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.  Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.  But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.  Such has been the patient sufferance of these [United States] Colonies; and such is now the necessity, which constrains them [Americans] to alter their former Systems of Government.  The history of the present …[recent US Governments]… is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute [New World Order] Tyranny over these States.  To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

In the Declaration of Independence, the basis of rights is clear.  It states that the people have unalienable rights to create Governments, and the word unalienable means no Government has the authority to deprive a person of unalienable rights, because each and every person is endowed with those unalienable rights by their Creator.

The Declaration states that the purpose of Government is to secure those rights.  The 9/11 Truth people realize that the “Whenever any form of Government…” time, as was stated in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, is near, even at the door and ‘we the people’ are now at such a time.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

That tells 9/11 Truth people to prepare Americans to accept the authority of the honest public Investigation of 911.  If Congress or the president choose to reject the findings of the independent investigation, and prevent the execution of the judgments based on those findings, then the authority of the Congress and the president may need to be declared null and void by the consent of the People and a new Government instituted by the consent of the people, that will most likely effect our Safety and Happiness.

The truth will need to be convincingly presented, that proves how the perpetrators conspired to implement the treasonous 9/11 destruction.   If evidence proves that 9/11 was an ‘inside job’ orchestrated by the Bush/Cheney administration, they will be convicted as guilty.  If they followed the report by [PNAC] authors of the Project for a New American Century, that suggested “a new Pearl Harbor” could deceive the American people into supporting a New World Order, then other officials of the Bush and Cheney administration may be found guilty, with criminal intent and actions, to have arranged 9/11 and illegal invasions and wars against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.

To use this provision of the Declaration of Independence, the 9/11 Truth coalition will need to have thoroughly studied and identified who were involved in the causes and consequences of the crimes of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and all others who knowingly participated in the crimes of 9/11 and the criminal wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

The petition should be presented to all candidates for public office in the coming election.

The 9/11 Truth effort by the Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers of the United States and the Architects and Engineers, the Firefighters and the various 911 Truth Organizations must realize that this effort will involve them with a do or die responsibility and all honest Americans.  The response of the current president may be to abuse and usurp powers, that “evinces a design to reduce them [the People] under absolute Despotism,” causing the People to realize that “it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The world waits for American people to prosecute the perpetrators of the 9/11 disaster and the horrible wars that were caused by these perpetrators.  If this is accomplished, then the American people can begin to rectify the damage that our failed Bushes and Clinton administrations caused, which murdered over two million innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq and killed or wounded thousands of American soldiers in those unlawful wars.

If we the people support this petition effort, and it succeeds, then we and our children of future generations might regain our honor and be respected by people of other nations.

US Military Officers demand New 911 Investigation …

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Preliminary Website – Subject to Change
Based on their prior statements questioning the official account
of 9/11 and/or supporting a new investigation, the following officers have been invited to sign the petition. Only those
officers listed as having signed the petition have done so.

As Commissioned and Non-commissioned Officers in the U.S. military, we took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

Regardless of our current status — active duty, reserves, retired, or civilian — that oath remains in force. Therefore it is not just our responsibility as citizens, it is our duty as officers to expose the real perpetrators of 9/11 and bring them to justice, no matter how hard it is, how long it takes, how much we have to suffer, or where it leads us.

We believe the official account of 9/11 as defined in the 9/11 Commission Report is grossly inaccurate and fatally flawed.

It is imperative that we have an accurate understanding of 9/11 so that those responsible can be identified and brought to justice in order that they and similarly-minded people never again commit such heinous crimes.

It is also imperative that we have an accurate understanding of 9/11 so that governmental policies and military actions resulting from 9/11 are based on truth rather than deception.

We join with others, such as Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Veterans for 9/11 Truth, Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth, and Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, and millions of individual citizens in demanding a thorough, impartial, open and transparent reinvestigation of the terrorist acts of 9/11.


We, the undersigned current and former Commissioned and Non-commissioned U.S. Military Officers, believe that whereas:

  • There is incontrovertible publicly available evidence since 9/11/01 that the official account of the events of that day is incomplete and fraught with errors;
  • The 9/11 Commission Report inadequately answered, and in numerous cases even failed to address, many of the most important questions that were called to its attention;
  • The blatant disregard of extensive compelling evidence that clearly refutes the official account raises rational suspicion of intentional deception by agents of the U.S. Government;
  • U.S. Government policies and military actions have been, and continue to be, founded upon assumptions about the events of 9/11 that are likely to be erroneous;
  • As a result of U.S. military action based on the official account of 9/11, thousands of U.S. servicemen and women and hundreds of thousands of civilians have lost their lives; and
  • The perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity that were committed on 9/11 have still not been brought to justice.

Therefore, we petition the Congress of the United States for a new and independent investigation into the events of 9/11/01 by a duly constituted legal body with the authority to subpoena and require testimony under oath, and with authority to prosecute if criminal activity is discovered, so that the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity can at last be brought to justice.

Signed by the following currently serving and former U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers:

About Commissioned and Non-commissioned U.S. Military Officers for 9/11 Truth

This website was created to provide an opportunity for all current and former commissioned and non-commissioned U.S. military officers to sign a petition and provide a personal statement in support of a new investigation of 9/11; the worst act of terrorism ever carried out on U.S. soil.

The official account of the cowardly attacks on the Pentagon and New York City, as defined in the 9/11 Commission Report, is grossly inaccurate and fatally flawed.

The fact that these attacks were an inside job is no longer a point in question. Hundreds of intrepid investigators, including architects, structural engineers, metallurgists, scientists, aircraft accident investigators, firemen, medical doctors, military and commercial pilots and many others have identified more than enough physical evidence to bring this criminal case of mass murder to trial, but powerful forces have, thus far, blocked all efforts. We are now asking you to get involved and demand a legitimate investigation of 9/11.

Participation is limited to military officers of all U.S. service branches who are now serving in active duty status or who have ever served honorably for any period of time in the non-commissioned or commissioned officer grades of E-4 through 0-12. This includes Reserve and National Guard units.

Commissioned and Non-commissioned U.S. Military Officers for 911 Truth offers personal recognition of petition signers by posting their well-reasoned statements of support and a personal biography and photo of each officer. As the number of petition signers grows, these messages will become a united and very powerful voice to be heard by our fellow officers, our fellow citizens, and by our elected representatives in Congress.

Biography Format

A brief biography of each officer is requested, outlining military background and experience, which most certainly include medals of distinction or major achievements, which have been a subject of personal pride for officers and their friends and families. Recipients of the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Purple Heart and those who have suffered severe and permanent disabling injuries will be placed into a category of special recognition.

What was your career specialty? Did you launch and recover planes on the deck of a carrier? Were you a Navy SEAL, Pilot, an Army Ranger, a Cook or a Green Beret, a Marine, an Aircraft Loadmaster, Security Personnel, or Medic? Whatever you did was absolutely essential to every military mission, and this website offers an opportunity to be recognized and receive the thanks and recognition you richly deserve.


A digitized photo; one that is suitable for posting on the website is also desired, but is not required. Your photo, old or new, should be one taken in uniform, if possible. Please scan it and attach to your email.

Personal Statement of Support

Please provide a well-reasoned personal statement of support for a new investigation of 9/11 in 500 words or less.

There is no guarantee that your statement will be posted on this website unless it passes basic tests of reason, clarity, and common sense.

“Truth and Justice” is our motto. Invariably there will be attempts by disinformation agents and misguided individuals to penetrate this website with false information in order to discredit your opinions, so we must reserve the right to edit every submission. We reserve the right to make minor changes, but if it violates the forum’s principals and requires numerous corrections it may simply be discarded without explanation.

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911 … Was it an INSIDE JOB ?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

“Painful Deceptions” is available here in WMV format,
with Eric Hufschmid’s full permission and encouragement.
(This video was converted from his DVD movie)
It’s broken into six segments for easier downloading.
Neither Eric nor myself are in this for monetary gain.
We just want to get the TRUTH to as many people as we can.

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Part One of the movie(45.6MB)

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Eric Hufschmid wrote the book, “Painful Questions,” which deals with the events of 9-11.
Evidence and facts are carefully examined; photos and video captures are analyzed.

Eric shows us with graphic (literally), undeniable evidence that the official explanations for the atrocities committed on September 11, 2001 are questionable at best.

He shows us that there is MUCH more to 9-11 than we are being told by our media and our government.

Eric Hufschmid raises some very uncomfortable questions about 9-11; questions so uncomfortable that the magician/comedians Penn and Teller showed the book and urged people, “if you ever see anyone carrying it, push them down a flight of stairs.”
Look to who cuts their pay checks and it might become clearer.
To provoke calls of violence against himself and others by representatives of the “entertainment industry,” Eric must have found something to make some powerful people VERY
“uncomfortable” indeed.
If you or I were to attempt to incite violence against fellow citizens we would be arrested as TERRORISTS!

Eric then made the DVD movie, “Painful Deceptions” as a video supplement to his book.



The Jewish Kabbalah … Root of Violence ?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

By Rev. Ted Pike
9 Sep 10

Editor’s Note:

The Christian-persecuting, ultra-Orthodox Jews of Israel, who receive millions through Pastor John Hagee, are devotees of Kabbalah. 80% of “Haredi” males are devoted full-time to Talmudic and Kabbalistic studies. Such Jews, which include militant Rabbis and most settlers, possess an often homicidal hatred of Gentiles—especially Palestinians. They reject and will gladly sabotage ongoing peace talks in order to achieve what they believe is God’s will and the only solution to the “Arab problem”—driving all Arabs from Palestine by whatever means necessary.

In this reprint of my August 18, 2006 article, I provide vital background on what Kabbalah teaches and why it threatens peace, not only in the Middle East, but the world.


In the aftermath of Israel’s blitz of Lebanon (summer, 2006), banners were lifted by pro-Hezbollah youth to the TV media. They labeled Lebanese wreckage as: “Made in America.”

It’s true: Israel’s F-16s, cluster bombs, and arms were supplied by America. But the intention to use them was created deep in the heart of Talmudic Judaism—in the semi-secret “Kabbalah.”

What is Kabbalah? Today, “Kabbalah” makes most think of popstars like Madonna or Britney Spears who dabble in the occult. Actually, Kabbalah has no real relevance to Gentiles. It is an occult theology and practice centering around the superiority of Jews and their predestined purpose to dominate society.

While conservatives focus on the dark side of Islam, they take it for granted that Judaism is a benign religion of peace and tolerance. But if we are brave enough to take a closer look, we find a very, very different reality. Deep in the heart of Judaism’s sacred texts lie a set of twisted and chilling beliefs.

In the Old Testament, God is a conscious moral being. He has perfect knowledge of right and wrong, and He judges us according to our free moral choices.

Yet when the Jews were carried to distant Babylon in 587 BC by Nebuchadnezzar, they found a very different god. They discovered the pantheistic god of the east—a world force who is “great” not because he loves or is good, but because of his pervasive power everywhere.

The ancient Pharisees liked this “god” because he didn’t disapprove of their perversion of Jehovah’s laws. The Pharisees of Babylon created an elaborate secret theology for the Jews called “Kabbalah.”

Eminent Christian-Jewish historian Alfred Eidersheim comments, “It is undeniable that already at the time of Jesus Christ, there existed an assemblage of doctrines and speculations that were carefully concealed from the multitude. They were not even revealed to ordinary scholars…This kind bore the name of Kabbala…” 1

In Kabbalist theology, “God,” called the “En Sof,” is beyond rational description. He consists of the most exalted, rarified light. As his wavelengths descend, they manifest themselves, according to Jewish Kabbalists, as a most wonderful phenomenon: the Jewish people. Jews, being semi-divine, are the rational, physical manifestations of God’s presence in the universe. They are as indispensable to the existence of the universe as a proton is to an atom.

Evil Gentiles

Unfortunately, the wavelengths of God continue to descend, becoming so degenerate that they produce demons and—most troubling to Israel— satanic creatures called “Kliphoth,” or Gentiles. The rabbinic treatise, “Sepher Or Israel, 117,” recommends: “Take the life of the Klipoth and kill them, and you will please God the same as one who offers incense to Him.” 2

The Zohar, meaning “brightness” or “light,” is the five-volume repository of Kabbalistic lore and mystic speculation. It explains, “… ‘living soul’ refers to Israel who have holy, living souls from above, and ‘cattle’ and ‘creeping thing’ and ‘beast of the earth’ to the other peoples who are not ‘living soul.’…” 3

According to the Zohar, the great tragedy of this world is that the Kliphoth or Gentiles perpetually unsettle the higher levels with their evil imbalance. As long as the Kliphoth continue to exist in their present state of discord, God and His universe will be disordered as well.

In this concept we find a rationale for the Kabbalists’ hatred of Gentiles. Christ said, “The time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (John 16:2) The Kabbalist (epitomized today by the Ultra-Orthodox ‘Haredim’ settlers in Israel) sees the extermination of the Gentile as a necessary process toward restoring order in the universe. He teaches that the Gentile (Palestinian) is a form of demon who should be treated with no more genuine benevolence than one would treat Satan himself.

Gentiles, whom the Zohar describes as “Amalekites,” have an intrinsic tendency to disorder the world, causing it to revert to its primordial state of chaos (tohu) and emptiness (bohu).

“All of these [Gentiles] tend to bring the world back to the state of tohu and bohu, and they caused the destruction of the temple. But as “tohu” and “bohu” gave place to the light, so, when God reveals Himself, they will be wiped off the earth. But, withal, redemption will not be complete until Amalek will be exterminated.” 4

“The People of the Earth are idolaters, and it has been written about them: Let them be wiped off the face of the earth.” 5

Long-Suffering Israel

Until the blessed day when the Gentiles are exterminated, the Zohar says, Israel must remain in a withered, blighted condition. This is because Gentiles, by the confusion they stir up in the lower levels, prevent the blessings of the Shekina in the upper levels from adequately descending upon Israel.

Someday, however, things will be as they were meant and “man” (meaning Israel) will be given the preeminence he was created to enjoy. Then, says the Kabbalah, “man should be unique and ruler over all.” 6

How will “man” conquer the world?

“Rabbi Jehuda said to him Rabbi Chezkia: “He is to be praised who is able to free himself from the enemies of Israel, and the just are much to be praised who get free from them and fight against them.” Rabbi Chezkia asked, “How must we fight against them?” Rabbi Jehuda said, “By wise counsel thou shalt war against them.” (Proverbs 24:6) “By what kind of war?” “The kind of war that every son of man must war against his enemies. Which Jacob used against Esau—by deceit and trickery wherever possible. They must be fought against without ceasing, until proper order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say we should free ourselves from them, and rule over them.”” 7

The intention of this passage is clear: world domination.

World Domination

When Jews control the planet, Kabbalists believe, God’s power will be manifest through the Messiah. “The Holy One, blessed be He, will display His force, and exterminate them [Gentiles] from the world.” 8

In that day, “happy will be the lot of Israel, whom the Holy One, blessed be He, has chosen from amongst the Goyim of whom the Scriptures say: “Their work is vanity, it is an illusion at which we must laugh; they will perish when God visits them in his wrath.” At the moment when the Holy One, blessed be He, will exterminate all the Goyim of the world, Israel alone will subsist even as it is written: “The Lord alone will appear great on that day.”” 9

Until then, the Kabbalah has a solemn mission: “It is certain that our captivity will last until the princes of the Gentiles who worship idols are destroyed.” 10

To hasten the end of Israel’s captivity, Kabbalah recommends extermination of Gentiles, not simply as a necessity, but as the highest religious duty. Zohar II explains the principles of redemption of the firstborn of an ass by offering a lamb: “The ass means non-Jew, who is to be redeemed by the offering of a lamb, which is the dispersed sheep of Israel. But if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull…They should be taken out of the book of the living…” 11

“In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those who lamented over Sion and Jerusalem and all those who destroyed idolatrous nations…and those who killed off people who worshipped idols are clothed in purple garments so that they may be recognized and honored.” 12

To the Kabbalist, even the quaint and commonplace liturgy of the synagogue has a deep, far-reaching significance: “The feast of tabernacles is the period when Israel triumphs over the other peoples of the world. That is why during this feast we seize the loulab and carry it as a trophy to show that we have conquered all the other people known as ‘populace’…” 13

Kabbalah Today

How relevant is the Kabbalah to modern Judaism?

Although many Jews today have become so secularized that they have forgotten most of their own beliefs, as well as the literature which is supposed to uphold them, observant Jews, including Conservative, Orthodox and especially ultra-Orthodox, still consider the Kabbalah inspired by God. They believe it stands with the Talmud as the greatest legal authority of Judaism. In fact, passages from the Zohar are read along with the Bible and Talmud as part of the worship service in synagogues every Saturday.

The Concise History of Judaism describes the Zohar as “inspired Jewish writings.” The preface to the Soncino edition of the Zohar says: “The Zohar appeals to many Jews in a way that makes them regard it as the most sacred of sacred books! For it mirrors Judaism as an intensely vital religion of the spirit. More overpoweringly than any other book or code, more even than the Bible, does it give to the Jew the conviction of an inner, unseen spiritual universe—an eternal moral order.” (p. 12)

The same source continues, “During the present century there has been a distinct revival of interest…in Kabbalah, and eminent Jewish scholars have attempted to show that these devotees of the mystic side of Jewish life and religion were not, as is popularly supposed, half-crazy visionaries living in a universe peopled by the figments of their own degenerate brains, but men of intellect, scholarship and sound sense who aimed at bringing back to Jewish organized communal life a breath of that mystic sentiment and emotion which are the aromatic life essence of religion, and which are indispensable to Judaism if it is to continue to play its predestined part of bringing mankind “under the wings of the Shekinah.”” (p. 25)

The Kabbalah is thought to be divinely inspired by many Jews because, like the Talmud, it proceeded from the very hub of Jewry—the most eminent rabbis. Many of the greatest Talmudists, from Ben Zakki and Maimonides through the numerous Baal-shems and Talmudists of the 16th through 18th centuries, even to perhaps the greatest rabbi in the world today, Rabbi Steinsaltz of Jerusalem—all have been initiates and practitioners of Kabbalah. They take the Kabbalah very seriously, indeed, as the Word of God.

What about the Kabbalah’s description of Gentiles as animals who must be slaughtered before “order” can be restored? That concept is not a minority opinion but fundamental to how Kabbalah structures God, Israel, and the universe. Thus, we can only assume it provides much of the motivation for the racist laws, war crimes, and homicidal agenda of the state of Israel today. After all, Orthodox, Kabbalah-venerating Judaism is the official position of the government, religious hierarchy, and military of Israel.

Know Your “Friends”

There is now an accelerating interest among conservatives and Christians in what the Koran teaches about “infidels.” Many are eager to discuss how the inner teachings of Islam’s most sacred literature might help explain international Arab terrorism.

Yet, incredibly, the evangelical right has no interest in similar investigations into the sacred, semi-secret teachings of Judaism. No one is curious about how such teachings might help explain not only Israel’s notorious mistreatment of her Arab neighbors but also Jewish power worldwide in government, finance, and media.

This must change. Israel is in the public domain. If Israel expects America to contribute $5 billion annually, sustaining her as the world’s fourth greatest military superpower, then Jews must no longer cry “Anti-semitism!” whenever their most sacred literature, the Talmud and Zohar, are investigated.

If America is to keep from being pawned into even greater military and public relations disasters in the Middle East, we must have an accurate understanding of the beliefs of those we are committed to defend.

Yes, the bombs that fell on Lebanon were made in America. But the hatred and racism behind them were made in Israel.


1 Eidersheim, Alfred. La Societe Juive au Temps de Jesus, p. 363, 364, with select quotes translated by Nesta Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p. 10.

2 Pranaitus, Rev. I. B. The Talmud Unmasked, p.82.

3 Zohar I, Bereshith 47a, Soncino translation. This is the authoritative five-volume English edition of the Zohar translated by Maurice and Sperling.

4 Zohar I, Bereshith 25b.

5 Zohar I, 25a, Pranaitus.

6 Zohar I, Bereshith 47a.

7 Zohar I, Bereshith 160a, Pranaitus, p. 74-75. The Soncino version of this passage, contained in Vol. 2, Vayeze 160a, says the same thing but in less pointed language. Scholars of the Hebrew and Aramaic language have translated this and other passages of the Zohar for me from the authoritative Mantuan edition of the Zohar, 16th century, which resides in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress. Their conclusion is that in the case of volatile passages the Pranaitus translations are consistently superior to the Soncino. In such passages which cannot be omitted, Soncino’s practice is to tone them down by paraphrasing or omitting them entirely.

8 Zohar III, Schemoth 7 and 9b, DePauly translation. Nesta Webster presents selected quotes in English from the French DePauly translation of the Zohar, in her Secret Societies and Subversive Movements. The original DePauly translation is available in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress.

9 Zohar, Sec. Vayschlah Folio 177b, DePauly translation.

10 Zohar I, 219b, Pranaitus p. 80.

11 Zohar II, 43a.

12 Zohar I, 38b and 39a.

13 Zohar, Toldoth Noah, 63b.


Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

by Fred Branfman

What American soldiers are doing today in the outside world in the name of Christ, they will someday soon be doing right here in the so-called “homeland” – AND THE GLEN COLES AND THE JOHN HAGEES OF THIS WORLD WILL APPLAUD WHAT THEY ARE DOING!

The truth that many Americans find hard to take is that that mass U.S. assassination on a scale unequaled in world history lies at the heart of America’s military strategy in the Muslim world, a policy both illegal and never seriously debated by Congress or the American people.

The Muslim World

Conducting assassination operations throughout the 1.3 billon-strong Muslim world will inevitably increase the murder of civilians and thus create exponentially more “enemies.”

This mass assassination program is being sold to the public as a program designed to defend Americans.

The U.S. has conducted assassination programs in the Third World for decades, but the actual killing-though directed and financed by the C.I.A.-has been largely left to local paramilitary and police forces.

This has now changed dramatically. [Please see our articles, “The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death” and “The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Stands Represents.”]

What is unprecedented today is the vast number of Americans directly assassinating Muslims – through greatly expanded U.S. military Special Operations teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins and torturers. Most significant is the expanding geographic scope of their killing. For example, CENTCOM (US Central Command) has received secret and unprecedented permission to unilaterally engage in Phoenix-type assassination operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, former Russian Republics, Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, the Horn of Africa, and wherever else it deems necessary. [For information on the Phoenix Program, please see addendum attached to the article, “About S.R. Shearer.”]

CENTCOM area of responsibility

Never before has a nation unleashed so many assassins in so many foreign nations around the world (9,000 Special Operations soldiers are based in Iraq and Afghanistan alone – i.e., Phoenix-type operatives) as well as implemented a policy that can be best described as unprecedented, remote-control, large-scale “mechanized assassination.” As the N.Y. Times noted in December 2009:

“For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting people for killing in a country where the United States is not officially at war.”

Predator drones being operated out of a secret base in the Nevada desert that are capable of killing America’s adversaries anywhere in the world WITHOUT WARNING.

This combination of human and technological murder amounts to a worldwide “Assassination Inc.” that is unique in human affairs.

“This combination of human and technological murder amounts to a worldwide ‘Assassination Inc.’ that is unique in human affairs.”

The increasing shift to direct U.S. assassination began on Petraeus’s watch in Iraq, where targeted assassination was considered by many within the military to be more important than the “surge.” The killing of Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was considered a major triumph that significantly reduced the level of violence. As Bob Woodward reported in The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008:

Locate, target and kill

“Beginning in about May 2006, the U.S. military and the U.S. intelligence agencies launched a series of top secret operations that enabled them to locate, target and kill key individuals in extremist groups.

“A number of authoritative sources say these covert activities had a far-reaching effect on the violence and were very possibly the biggest factor in reducing it. Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) responsible for hunting al Qaeda in Iraq, (conducted) lightning-quick and sometimes concurrent operations.”

Woodward’s finding that many “authoritative sources” believed assassination more important than the surge was buttressed by Petraeus’ appointment of McChrystal to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

McChrystal’s major qualification for the post was clearly his perceived expertise in assassination while heading JSOC from 2003-’08 (where he also conducted extensive torture at “Camp Nama” at Baghdad International Airport, successfully excluding even the Red Cross).

Bagram airbase in Afghanistan where Americans have “renditioned” and tortured countless numbers of prisoners.

Another key reason for the increased reliance on assassination is that Petraeus’ announced counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan obviously cannot work. It is absurd to believe that the corrupt warlords and cronies who make up the “Afghan government” can be transformed into the viable entity upon which his strategy publicly claims to depend-particularly within the next year which President Obama has set as a deadline before beginning to withdraw U.S. troops. Petraeus is instead largely relying on mass assassination to try and eliminate the Taliban, both within Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A third factor behind the shift to mass assassination is that Petraeus and the U.S. military are also determined to attack jihadi forces in nations where the U.S. is not at war, and which are not prepared to openly invite in U.S. forces. As the N.Y. Times reported on May 24, “General Petraeus (has argued) that troops need to operate beyond Iraq and Afghanistan to better fight militant groups.”

The most significant aspect of this new and expanded assassination policy is the Pentagon’s authorizing clandestine U.S. military personnel to conduct it. The N.Y. Times has also reported:

“In roughly a dozen countries-from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife-the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists (Military) Special Operations troops under secret ‘Execute Orders’ have conducted spying missions that were once the preserve of civilian intelligence agencies.”

Particularly extraordinary is the fact that these vastly expanded military assassination teams are not subject to serious civilian control. As the N.Y. Times has also reported, Petraeus in September 2009 secretly expanded a worldwide force of assassins answerable only to the military, without oversight by not only Congress but the president himself:

“The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents. The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa. Unlike covert actions undertaken by the C.I.A., such clandestine activity does not require the president’s approval or regular reports to Congress.” [Emphasis added]

In roughly a dozen countries-from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife-the United States has significantly increased its secret assassination program. Although sold to the American public and Congress as targeted, selective assassination aimed only at a handful of “high value” insurgent leaders, the program has in fact already expanded far beyond that. As personnel and aircraft devoted to assassination exponentially increase, so too do the numbers of people they murder, both “insurgents” and civilians.

Although sold to the American public and Congress as targeted, selective assassination aimed only at a handful of “high value” insurgent leaders, the program has in fact already expanded far beyond that. As personnel and aircraft devoted to assassination exponentially increase, so too do the numbers of people they murder, both “insurgents” and civilians.

While it is reasonable to assume that expanding the number of Special Operations commandos to its present worldwide level of 13,000 will result in increasing assassinations, the secrecy of their operations makes it impossible to know how many they have murdered, how many of those are civilians, and the effectiveness of their operations. It is not known, for example, how many people U.S. military assassins murder directly, and how many they kill indirectly by identifying them for drone strikes.

More information, however, has emerged about the parallel and unprecedented mass mechanized assassinations being carried out by the C.I.A. drone programs. It is clear that they have already expanded far beyond the official cover story of targeting only “high-level insurgent leaders,” and are killing increasing numbers of people.

The CIA, of course, is no novice at assassination. Former CIA Director William Colby’s Operation Phoenix program in South Vietnam gave South Vietnamese police quotas of the number of civilians to be murdered on a weekly and monthly basis, eventually killing 20-50,000 people. CIA operatives such as Latin American Station Chief Duane “Dewey” Clarridge also established, trained and operated local paramilitary and death squads throughout Central and Latin America that brutally tortured and murdered tens of thousands of civilians, most notably in El Salvador where CIA-trained and -directed killers murdered Archbishop Romero and countless other Salvadorans.

Archbishop Oscar Romero who was ruthlessly gunned-down in El Salvador by CIA-trained Phoenix assassins – the same kind of assassins that Protestant charismatic churches such as Verbo and Mision Elim give refuge. [Please see our article, “The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death.”]

But the present CIA assassination program in Pakistan and elsewhere is different not only because it is Americans who are themselves the assassins, but because of the unprecedented act of conducting mechanized mass assassination from the air. The CIA, as Nick Turse has reported for, is exponentially increasing its drone assassination program:

“(Drone) Reapers flew 25,391 hours (in 2009). This year, the air force projects that the combined flight hours of all its drones will exceed 250,000 hours. More flight time will, undoubtedly, mean more killing.”

There were already signs in 2009, when drone strikes were a fraction of what they are now, that they were striking large numbers of civilians.

Since then drone strikes have increased exponentially and the scope of the killing has likewise increased far beyond the claimed “high-level insurgent leaders.” The N.Y. Times reported on Aug. 14:

“[The CIA has] broadened its drone campaign beyond selective strikes against Qaeda leaders and now regularly obliterates suspected enemy compounds and logistics convoys, just as the military would grind down an enemy force.”

Reuters reported on May 5 that:

“The CIA received approval to target a wider range of targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas, including low-level fighters whose identities may not be known, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Former intelligence officials acknowledged that in many, if not most cases, the CIA had little information about the foot soldiers killed in the strikes.”

What this means is clear: the CIA is assassinating an expanding number of “low-level” people, labeling them as “fighters,” but has little if any idea of who they really are.

Numerous moral, legal and ethical objections have been raised to this program of mass assassination. Philip Alston, the United Nations special representative on extrajudicial executions, has stated that –

“… this strongly asserted but ill-defined license to kill without accountability is not an entitlement which the United States or other states can have without doing grave damage to the rules designed to protect the right to life and prevent extrajudicial executions.”


The notion that a handful of U.S. military and CIA officials have the right to unilaterally and secretly murder anyone they choose in any nation on earth, without even outside knowledge let alone oversight, is deeply troubling to anyone with a conscience, belief in democracy, or respect for international law. It was precisely such behavior that made the Gestapo and Soviet secret police symbols of evil.

Nonetheless, this program of assassination continues – and so much so that Duane ‘Dewey’ Clarridge, one of the masterminds behind the present U.S. policy of assassination, says:

“We’ll intervene whenever we decide it’s in our national security interest. AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, LUMP IT. GET USED TO IT WORLD!”

IRAQ WAR … 2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010



By Michael Prysner 

As the month of August came to an end, it seemed that something may
happen in Afghanistan for the first time in 2010: that the month would
not surpass the previous year's record-setting number of U.S.
troop fatalities.

By Aug. 27, only 31 U.S. troops had been killed in combat; 20 shy of
the 51 deaths in August 2009.

It was during the last week of August 2010, that the Obama
administration began prodding us to cheer the "end" of the
Iraq war-a key campaign promise that helped propel Obama to the
presidency, after people in the United States turned against the
senseless, constant death of U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians.

But while the White House pumped out cheery statements, photo-ops, and
a dramatic "exit" with manufactured fanfare, the blood
started flowing much more heavily from Afghanistan.

On Aug. 27, four U.S. troops were killed. Three of the dead were only

Between Aug. 28 and 29, eight more troops lost their lives, bringing
the month's total to 43 deaths-still short of the previous

Then, in one of the deadliest days of the war, seven U.S. troops were
killed on Aug 30. Six more died on Aug. 31 to close out the month.

What looked like a month that would end with fewer deaths ended with a
flurry of violence that again broke the previous year's record.
Fifty-six U.S. troops died in Afghanistan in August 2010.

For eight consecutive months, U.S. deaths in Afghanistan have
shattered the number of deaths for the same month in every previous
year of the war.

And with 25 fatalities in just the last five days of the month, yet
another milestone of death and destruction in Afghanistan was reached:
2010 is now the deadliest year of the entire war. A total of 326 U.S.
troops are dead so far, up from 317 in 2009. Many more bloody months
lie ahead.

Nothing changes for GIs

As veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military, the
escalating death in Afghanistan should make it quite obvious why we
are not celebrating the supposed "end" of the war in Iraq.
We will still be sent on deployment after deployment to a bloody
battlefield, for an indefinite number of years, in a war we have no
reason to fight; with the same inadequate care when we return. Our
children will continue to grow up without us while we are gone on
repeated year-long deployments.

The war in Iraq is not over. It was just been re-branded by the White
House and Pentagon. We will still be abusively deployed to Iraq while
suffering from PTSD and TBI, and will continue to be shot and blown-up

The re-positioning of U.S. forces in the region means that most of us
will be taken from the criminal war in Iraq, where U.S. casualties
have dropped, to the criminal war in Afghanistan, where U.S.
casualties are higher than ever.

This is why March Forward! will continue to fight, both inside and out
of the military, for the complete and immediate withdrawal of all U.S.
troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. This is why GIs questioning their
deployment to these senseless wars should refuse their orders and join
the ranks of the anti-war movement. And this is why all the
progressive people who have fought shoulder-to-shoulder with us
throughout the years should continue to struggle.

The Obama administration has not changed the United State's warpath.
It has pumped more money into the Pentagon than ever before. The needs
of big capital still drive U.S. foreign policy. The blood continues to
flow from innocent civilians and U.S. troops. Education, jobs, and
social services continue to be slashed to fund the further extension
of U.S. military might. Escalating threats against other countries
reveal plans for future imperial wars of aggression.

The U.S. government is desperate for anger over the wars to subside
because they know that we have the power to stand in the way of the
crimes they commit to reap super-profits for a few.

They tried to quell that anger by forcing down our throats the false
"end" of a war that should have never started.

But how could any of us feel any relief over a sudden, and not
decisively permanent, lull in U.S. fatalities, when the backdrop to
Obama's address from the Oval Office was a tidal wave of blood
from Afghanistan?

The longest war in U.S. history is now in its deadliest year-and
the generals tell us it will only get worse. Just like the war in
Iraq, it is a war based on lies and deception. We have no reason to
fight this war, and every reason to fight against it.

The "end" of the war in Iraq should fall on deaf
ears-because the colonial-type war on the entire region is
escalating and expanding. We are paying with our blood, our limbs, our
loved ones and our money.

Why … Did Bush LIE to US about 9/11 ?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

September 11, 2010 will be the 9th anniversary of the sudden collapse and pulverization into fine toxic dust (except for the thermite-sectioned steel beams), of the three World Trade Center towers (1, 2 & 7). What really happened on 9/11, contrary to the mainstream media-promulgated Bush/Cheney White House conspiracy theories, is becoming increasingly clear. The most recent among many clinchers is the fact that the dust at Gound Zero has been found, conclusively, to contain large amounts of weapons-grade nanothermite, a highly explosive substance that is only manufactured for the US military and is only used for demolition purposes.

There are now significant numbers of clear-headed, intelligent, patriotic US citizens (as well as hundreds of millions of equally clear-headed critical thinkers worldwide) who have finally seen through the provably-untrue Bush/Cheney White House-generated, Mother-of-All-Conspiracy-Theories about who and what they wanted us to believe brought down the towers on the morning and afternoon of 9/11/01.

Everyone who had access to a television screen back then saw, over and over again, large jet planes hitting WTC skyscrapers 1 & 2, but there was no media coverage allowed of the obvious controlled demolition of WTC tower #7 later that day (at 5:30 pm). (WTC # 7 was a 47 story steel-reinforced skyscraper that was a couple of blocks from the twin towers. It was not hit by a plane and only had a few small fires on lower floors.)

Within 60 – 90 minutes after the twin towers were hit, the upper portions of each tower exploded into dust, and the buildings fell directly and rapidly, at freefall speeds (meaning there was nothing below the upper portions to slow down the collapse). All three skyscrapers fell directly into their footprints – just as happens with all well-planned controlled demolitions of skyscrapers when orchestrated by highly skilled demolition experts. The pulverization was so complete that there weren’t any piles of debris, as would be expected, at the twin towers’ bases. Every honest demolition expert on the planet who has studied the videos of the collapses will tell you that the three buildings were imploded. Each expert will point out as supporting evidence the numerous “squibs” of smoke just below the leading edge of the collapsing buildings that indicated internal explosions severing the steel beams.

<<<Explosions in the Buildings Before They Fell>>>

TV commentators reporting on the scene that day interviewed scores of eyewitnesses who testified that they had heard multiple bomb explosions at the bases of the buildings before either of the twin towers fell. Reporting live and un-edited, many journalists said that they themselves had heard explosions in the buildings while the towers were still standing. Those stories were never allowed to be heard on TV again.

Since 9/11/01 there have been large numbers of highly intelligent, courageous critical thinkers, including scholars, philosophers, theologians, scientists, physicists, chemists, architects, engineers, intelligence agents, demolition experts, airline pilots, medical professionals, military veterans, etc who have recognized that the official White House “conspiracy theory” about the collapse is patently absurd, anti-scientific, illogical and provably false. These diverse groups have accumulated a tremendous amount of documented evidence, all of which is accessible on their websites and which easily debunks the official, politically-motivated version of 9/11


<<<The Scandalous 9/11 Commission Investigation and Report Ignores the Science>>>

There are any number of false statements, omissions and ignored or censored-out testimony that shaped the fraudulent official 9/11 Commission Report. (It is helpful to recall the white-washed Warren Commission that did the same thing in their deeply flawed investigation of the Kennedy assassination, censoring out a multitude of facts and ignoring dozens of eye-witnesses while claiming to be searching for the truth.) The White House appointees to both commissions were mostly high-ranking political allies of the administrations in whose interest it was to obfuscate the facts, and their final reports were clearly attempts to alter the truth. Just one such example in the case of the 9/11 Commission report is the fact that no mention whatever was made of WTC # 7, in spite of the fact that WTC owner Larry Silverstein himself admitted, in a televised interview that tower # 7 that he OK’ed the order to “pull” # 7 (“pull” is vernacular for the controlled demolition of a building).

Virtually all of the provable facts about what really happened on 9/11/01 have never been reported in the obviously co-opted mainstream media, whether print, TV or radio. But there are vast amounts of factual material easily available in many alternative sources, especially YouTube, DVDs and on scores of 9/11 Truth websites (see a sampling at such websites at the end of this essay). If one honestly explores those sources, especially those that have remained untainted or not “shut down” by those groups who invented or support the prevailing White House conspiracy theory, one can only conclude that WTC Towers 1, 2 & 7 came down by controlled demolition using pre-planted thermite charges, the only way to bring down modern steel beam-reinforced skyscrapers. The distracted, the unaware, the intellectually lazy, the politically naïve, those who do not have access to the evidence and many of us who have been so successfully brain-washed by the political insiders who were involved (and their obedient minions) will have difficulty admitting that they were fooled. But when the pertinent evidence has been studied and/or we carefully listen to the trustworthy experts who have done the investigative work for us, we will then be able to overcome our reluctance to acknowledge that our political and military leaders would actually kill their own citizens (or torture or assassinate potentially innocent suspects) to further their hidden agendas.

<<<Should Pathological Liars Ever be Believed Again?>>>

The real “conspiracy fact” is what the widely-ignored and unfairly-demeaned patriots in the 9/11 Truth movement have known all along: that, whether or not the planes (or possibly computer-controlled drones?) were allowed to hit the two towers or were made to hit the two towers, the only explanation for the dramatic collapses is that pre-planted explosive devices were used and that the far-fetched, full-of-holes official theories so vigorously advanced by various pathological liars in the Bush/Cheney White House are not to be believed!

We Americans haven’t learned the lessons of the following aphorism (that President Bush garbled so embarrassingly on live TV when he tried to say it): “Fool me (lie to me) once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” The White House leaders, who so cavalierly placed hundreds of thousands of American soldiers in harm’s way on the basis of a string of lies should not be automatically believed ever again, and it is the duty of those of us who have been fooled by them before to go back to the period before their Big Lie became apparent and rethink everything they had said earlier, including the unbelievable official story about 9/11 that came from the now-exposed liars in the late, lamented administration that was occupied by Bush, Cheney, Libby, Rove, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Rice.

Predictably, the burgeoning 9/11 Truth movement has been widely infiltrated by a variety of agents provocateur who are on the payrolls of anti-democracy elites and their special interest groups who have been trying to sabotage the efforts of the various 9/11 Truth-seeking groups by attempting to discredit them or get them to use violence in their protest actions.

<<< False Flag Operations and The Project for the New American Century>>>

To rephrase the issue: the only plausible explanation for the collapse of the three WTC towers is that American government insiders planned and executed the deeds, most likely at the instigation of the Project for the New American Century, who were intimate operatives within the Bush/Cheney administration. It is highly probable that the events of 9/11 occurred without the knowledge of President Bush himself. One only has to recall the bewildered look on his face (best shown in Michael Moore’s movie “Fahrenheit 9/11”) after Andrew Card told him “America is under attack” in the middle of a photo-op event involving a group of black grade school students who were reading “My Pet Goat”.

False Flag operations are often carried out by powerful secret groups who then try to blame a scapegoat group for doing the evil deed. Examples include the “Remember the Maine” Incident, Operation Northwoods, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. American False Flag ops of the magnitude of 9/11 require an enormous amount of help and cooperation from any number of black-ops groups such as those in the Pentagon, the FBI and/or the CIA and, in this case, the cooperation of a world-class demolition team who succeeded so impressively in accomplishing the final dramatic homicidal deed by bringing down, directly into their footprints, the three WTC towers. The confusing drama convinced the Congress – as well as most of us, their equally bewildered and continuously propagandized constituents – to foolishly and blindly charge headlong into two criminal wars and several Constitution-shredding legislative acts like the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act, both of which had been planned for and written way before 9/11, by members of the Project for the New American Century.

And then, when the buildings had been blasted into highly toxic dust and fumes, EPA bureaucrats, obediently taking their orders from somebody in the White House, promised the rescue and cleanup workers (60% of whom are now sick, dead or dying) that the poisonous, asbestos- and heavy metal-contaminated air was safe for them to breathe. And then, on top of that, the insiders who were part of the cover-up, ordered the destruction of most of the evidence at Ground Zero by shipping the thermite-sectioned multi-ton steel beams overseas (to Asia) where they were rapidly melted down before they could be analyzed as crime scene evidence. (It needs to be pointed out that altering a crime scene is a federal offense, and that those who ordered this obvious cover-up have not been brought to justice.)

This very short list of factors support the contention that the official conspiracy theory is bogus: 1) The twin towers couldn’t be left standing after they were hit (because a] survivors could have given testimony; b] whatever hit the buildings could have been examined; c] the cockpit recorders would have been found; and d] etc, etc, etc). 2) The buildings had to be dramatically brought down for the Congress and the voters to be frightened enough to let the Bush administration lead the US into two disastrous wars. 3) It is scientifically and physically impossible for planes or fires to bring down modern steel-reinforced skyscrapers (the scores of massive internal steel beams would still be poking up even if the preposterous pancake theory was correct). 4) Pre-planted explosive devices using high-explosive thermite charges are the only way to bring down steel-reinforced skyscrapers. 5) Kerosene jet fuel fires cannot burn hot enough and, in the case of 9/11, they certainly did not burn long enough to even soften the supporting steel beams, much less melt them or instantaneously cut them into convenient 30 foot sections!

Ask physicist Steven Jones, co-founder, along with Dr. James Fetzer, of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, who discovered large amounts of nanothermite in the Ground Zero dust. Dr. Jones published his analysis of the dust in a peer-reviewed scientific journal a couple of years ago.

Ask any honest architect or engineer who has studied the videos of the collapses of the three towers, and he or she will tell you that fires cannot bring down such towers and that highly skilled demolition teams imploded each of them.

Ask any honest pilot who has studied the impossible spiraling descent of the plane that was falsely purported to hit the Pentagon, and he will tell you that no amateur, and very few professional pilots, could have accomplished the high speed 270 degree turn to hit the building at ground level, leaving a hole less than 20 feet across with no plane debris, no jet engines, no cockpit recorder, no baggage and no passenger’s bodies at the site.

<<<The Firefighters Were Killed by the Demolitions, not the Planes >>>

It is not accurate to say that either the planes or the resulting fires killed 3000 Americans on 9/11/01. The explosions and the resulting collapse of towers 1 & 2 – and not the planes – was the cause of death for the firefighters and many of the other innocent victims who may have been trapped above the crash sites. Certainly unknown numbers were killed by the impact of the planes and the resultant very brief fireballs. Indeed, dozens did jump to their deaths to avoid being asphyxiated by the smoke, but many hundreds of the others did not die because of the planes. Rather, they were killed by the explosions and the subsequent collapse of the twin towers. Even those who were on the floors above the crash sites could have been rescued after the rapidly self-extinguishing fires had burned out. So, whoever orchestrated the collapses are the real killers – and they are still on the loose.

In other words, the planes and the fires could not, by themselves, justify the Wars for Oil and the hoped-for Full Spectrum Domination being planned by the US military and the nefarious NeoConservative imperialists in the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). PNAC had pre-planned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that are now bankrupting, both economically and morally, the US and simultaneously strengthening the police state apparatus in the Pentagon, the CIA, the FBI, Homeland Security, FEMA, TSA and other National Security agencies.

<<<The Serious Consequences of Failing to Re-Investigate 9/11>>>

And we unaware and obedient sheeple, brain-washed 24/7 by the ubiquitous talking heads, the conservative corporate-owned and controlled mainstream media and 95% of the lapdogs in Congress. Most of us have swallowed the Big Lie hook, line and sinker and even have the gall to ridicule those courageous truth-seekers who have seen through the lies and have the proof to back up their position. And what is the saddest for me is the fact that many progressive-minded people (even some antiwar activists), congresspersons, writers, magazines and various so-called liberal media outlets (including National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System) seem to treat those seeking the truth about 9/11 as pariahs, therefore inadvertently furthering the agendas of their future conservative oppressors, either out of willful ignorance or by refusing to take the time to fully examine the evidence that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the White House 9/11 conspiracy theories are false.

Consequently, the Limbaugh/Hannity/Beck/Palin/FoxNews cabal and the most anti-democratic of the TeaPartiers – are temporarily prospering now because of the fact that the cover-up of the treasonous insider actions of 9/11 has been so successfully accomplished, remaining uninvestigated in the name of national unity by the complicit members of the Obama administration. And therefore the unknown insiders involved in the Republican Crime and Cover-up of the Century have been allowed to go free and unpunished, with no subpoenas or indictments being issued. The real culprits that orchestrated 9/11 are still hiding out, probably in plain sight. Because there has been no inclination by the powers-that-be to investigate these crimes the real culprits now feel that they have gotten off scot-free. This has emboldened them to actually feel that they have a good chance to regain the political power that they should have lost permanently for their part in getting the US into the Middle East quagmire.

The original Big Lie Cover-Ups came from the right-wing of the political spectrum, the corporatist/neofascist/militarist Ruling Elite agendas that are protecting their guilty 9/11 conspirator friends who know full well that, if there was any justice in the world, they would be in the dock in The Hague, trying to defend themselves against International War Crimes charges. Instead they are planning on regaining control of the White House and the Congress to again pursue their imperialist agendas.

So I am pleading with all open-minded, un-brain-washed patriots, to wake up and seriously study the 9/11 Truth websites listed below before our democracy has been totally subverted by the powerful, anti-democracy agendas of the ruling elite who profit from war. Please, get up to speed on the facts of the 9/11 Truth movement. After all, the truth is supposed to set us free and ignorance of the truth will further enslave us.

The mainstream media’s complicity in the suppression of the truth about 9/11and the illegalities of the ensuing wars are, it seems to me, not only criminal but also treasonous. Therefore, the searchers for truth, especially those of us in the peace, justice and reconciliation movements need to stand up and demand justice in the form of a truly independent commission that does not disregard important witness testimony or the clear scientific evidence that proves that the official version of 9/11 was false. If that re-investigation doesn’t happen, justice will continue to be denied for the thousands of American victims of the WTC collapses and the dying American rescuers and cleanup crews (and their families), the thousands of dead, dying and wounded warriors who fought in the illegal wars and the millions of their Muslim enemy-victims in the foreign wars that 9/11 launched. And if justice continues to be denied, the America that we know and love will continue to disappear into the neo-fascist police state reality that is already gathering speed.

Dr. Kohls is a member of Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth and a student of European fascism.

Here is a list of a few of the many internet sites offering proof of the assertions mentioned above:

________________________________________________________________________ (proof of pre-planted explosives in the WTC towers);;;;;;;;;

Sidebar: On Friday, September 10, 2010, at 7 pm there will be a screening of the speech that theologian David Ray Griffin gave at UWMadison in 2005. Dr. Griffin is the author of the ground-breaking book entitled “The New Pearl Harbor” and several other books about 9/11. Dr. Griffin’s speech is titled “9/11 and the American Empire: How Should Religious People Respond?” The showing is sponsored by the Just Peace Committee of Peace Church UCC of Duluth and is free and open to the public. Discussion will follow. Peace Church is located at 1111 North 11th St East, Duluth, MN.

The Anti-Empire Report

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

September 1st, 2010
by William Blum

Things which don’t go away.

Things the American government

and media don’t let go of.

And neither do I.


“They’re leaving as heroes. I want them to walk home with pride in their hearts,” declared Col. John Norris, the head of a US Army brigade in Iraq. 1

It’s enough to bring tears to the eyes of an American, enough to make him choke up.

Enough to make him forget.

But no American should be allowed to forget that the nation of Iraq, the society of Iraq, have been destroyed, ruined, a failed state. The Americans, beginning 1991, bombed for 12 years, with one excuse or another; then invaded, then occupied, overthrew the government, killed wantonly, tortured … the people of that unhappy land have lost everything — their homes, their schools, their electricity, their clean water, their environment, their neighborhoods, their mosques, their archaeology, their jobs, their careers, their professionals, their state-run enterprises, their physical health, their mental health, their health care, their welfare state, their women’s rights, their religious tolerance, their safety, their security, their children, their parents, their past, their present, their future, their lives … More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile … The air, soil, water, blood and genes drenched with depleted uranium … the most awful birth defects … unexploded cluster bombs lie in wait for children to pick them up … an army of young Islamic men went to Iraq to fight the American invaders; they left the country more militant, hardened by war, to spread across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia … a river of blood runs alongside the Euphrates and Tigris … through a country that may never be put back together again.

“It is a common refrain among war-weary Iraqis that things were better before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003,” reported the Washington Post on May 5, 2007.

No matter … drum roll, please … Stand tall American GI hero! And don’t even think of ever apologizing. Iraq is forced by the United States to continue paying reparations for its own invasion of Kuwait in 1990. How much will the American heroes pay the people of Iraq?

“Unhappy the land that has no heroes …
No. Unhappy the land that needs heroes.”
– Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo

“What we need to discover in the social realm is the moral equivalent of war; something heroic that will speak to men as universally as war does, and yet will be as compatible with their spiritual selves as war has proved to be incompatible.”
– William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

Perhaps the groundwork for that heroism already exists … February 15, 2003, a month before the US invasion of Iraq, probably the largest protest in human history, between six and ten million protesters took to the streets of some 800 cities in nearly sixty countries across the globe.

Iraq. Love it or leave it.

PanAm 103

The British government recently warned Libya against celebrating the one-year anniversary of Scotland’s release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan who’s the only person ever convicted of the 1988 blowing up of PanAm flight 103 over Scotland, which took the lives of 270 largely Americans and British. Britain’s Foreign Office has declared: “On this anniversary we understand the continuing anguish that al-Megrahi’s release has caused his victims both in the U.K. and the U.S. He was convicted for the worst act of terrorism in British history. Any celebration of al-Megrahi’s release would be tasteless, offensive and deeply insensitive to the victims’ families.”

John Brennan, President Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser, stated that the United States has “expressed our strong conviction” to Scottish officials that Megrahi should not remain free. Brennan criticized what he termed the “unfortunate and inappropriate and wrong decision” to allow Megrahi’s return to Libya on compassionate grounds on Aug. 20, 2009 because he had cancer and was not expected to live more than about three months. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying that the United States “continues to categorically disagree” with Scotland’s decision to release Megrahi a year ago. “As we have expressed repeatedly to Scottish authorities, we maintain that Megrahi should serve out the entirety of his sentence in prison in Scotland.” 2 The US Senate has called for an investigation and family members of the crash victims have demanded that Megrahi’s medical records be released. The Libyan’s failure to die as promised has upset many people.

But how many of our wonderful leaders are upset that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi spent eight years in prison despite the fact that there was, and is, no evidence that he had anything to do with the bombing of flight 103? The Scottish court that convicted him knew he was innocent. To understand that just read their 2001 “Opinion of the Court”, or read my analysis of it at

As to the British government being so upset about Libya celebrating Megrahi’s release — keeping in mind that it strongly appears that UK oil deals with Libya played more of a role in his release than his medical condition did — we should remember that in July 1988 an American Navy ship in the Persian Gulf, the Vincennes, shot down an Iranian passenger plane, taking the lives of 290 people; i.e., more than died from flight 103. And while the Iranian people mourned their lost loved ones, the United States celebrated by handing out medals and ribbons to the captain and crew of the Vincennes. 3 The shootdown had another consequence: It inspired Iran to take revenge, which it did in December of that year, financing the operation to blow up PanAm 103 (carried out by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine –- General Command).

Why do they hate us?

Passions are flying all over the place concerning the proposed building of an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from 9/11 Ground Zero in New York. Even people who are not particularly anti-Muslim think it would be in bad taste, offensive. But implicit in all the hostility is the idea that what happened on that fateful day in 2001 was a religious act, fanatic Muslims acting as Muslims attacking infidels. However — even if one accepts the official government version of 19 Muslims hijacking four airliners — the question remains: Why did they choose the targets they chose? If they wanted to kill lots of American infidels why not fly the planes into the stands of packed football or baseball stadiums in the midwest or the south? Certainly a lot less protected than the Pentagon or the financial center of downtown Manhattan. Why did they choose symbols of US military might and imperialism? Because it was not a religious act, it was a political act. It was revenge for decades of American political and military abuse in the Middle East. 4 It works the same all over the world. In the period of the 1950s to the 1980s in Latin America, in response to continuous hateful policies of Washington, there were countless acts of terrorism against American diplomatic and military targets as well as the offices of US corporations; nothing to do with religion.

Somehow, American leaders have to learn that their country is not exempt from history, that their actions have consequences.


In their need to defend the US occupation of Afghanistan, many Americans have cited the severe oppression of women in that desperate land and would have you believe that the United States is the last great hope of those poor ladies. However, in the 1980s the United States played an indispensable role in the overthrow of a secular and relatively progressive Afghan government, one which endeavored to grant women much more freedom than they’ll ever have under the current government, more perhaps than ever again. Here are some excerpts from a 1986 US Army manual on Afghanistan discussing the policies of this government concerning women: “provisions of complete freedom of choice of marriage partner, and fixation of the minimum age at marriage at 16 for women and 18 for men”; “abolished forced marriages”; “bring [women] out of seclusion, and initiate social programs”; “extensive literacy programs, especially for women”; “putting girls and boys in the same classroom”; “concerned with changing gender roles and giving women a more active role in politics”. 5

The overthrow of this government paved the way for the coming to power of an Islamic fundamentalist regime, followed by the awful Taliban. And why did the United States in its infinite wisdom choose to do such a thing? Mainly because the Afghan government was allied with the Soviet Union and Washington wanted to draw the Russians into a hopeless military quagmire — “We now have the opportunity of giving to the Soviet Union its Vietnam War”, said Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Adviser. 6

The women of Afghanistan will never know how the campaign to raise them to the status of full human beings would have turned out, but this, some might argue, is but a small price to pay for a marvelous Cold War victory.


Why does the mainstream media routinely refer to Cuba as a dictatorship? Why is it not uncommon even for people on the left to do the same? I think that many of the latter do so in the belief that to say otherwise runs the risk of not being taken seriously, largely a vestige of the Cold War when Communists all over the world were ridiculed for following Moscow’s party line. But what does Cuba do or lack that makes it a dictatorship? No “free press”? Apart from the question of how free Western media is, if that’s to be the standard, what would happen if Cuba announced that from now on anyone in the country could own any kind of media? How long would it be before CIA money — secret and unlimited CIA money financing all kinds of fronts in Cuba — would own or control most of the media worth owning or controlling?

Is it “free elections” that Cuba lacks? They regularly have elections at municipal, regional and national levels. Money plays virtually no role in these elections; neither does party politics, including the Communist Party, since candidates run as individuals.7 Again, what is the standard by which Cuban elections are to be judged? Most Americans, if they gave it any thought, might find it difficult to even imagine what a free and democratic election, without great concentrations of corporate money, would look like, or how it would operate. Would Ralph Nader finally be able to get on all 50 state ballots, take part in national television debates, and be able to match the two monopoly parties in media advertising? If that were the case, I think he’d probably win; and that’s why it’s not the case. Or perhaps what Cuba lacks is our marvelous “electoral college” system, where the presidential candidate with the most votes is not necessarily the winner. If we really think this system is a good example of democracy why don’t we use it for local and state elections as well?

Is Cuba a dictatorship because it arrests dissidents? Thousands of anti-war and other protesters have been arrested in the United States in recent years, as in every period in American history. Many have been beaten by police and mistreated while incarcerated. And remember: The United States is to the Cuban government like al Qaeda is to Washington, only much more powerful and much closer. Since the Cuban revolution, the United States and anti-Castro Cuban exiles in the US have inflicted upon Cuba greater damage and greater loss of life than what happened in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. (This is documented by Cuba in a 1999 suit against the United States detailing $181.1 billion in compensation for victims: the death of 3,478 Cubans and the wounding or disabling of 2,099 others. The Cuban suit has been in the hands of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations since 2001, a committee made up of all 15 members of the Security Council, which of course includes the United States, and which may account for the inaction on the matter.)

Cuban dissidents typically have had very close, indeed intimate, political and financial connections to American government agents. Would the US government ignore a group of Americans receiving funds from al Qaeda and engaging in repeated meetings with known members of that organization? In recent years the United States has arrested a great many people in the US and abroad solely on the basis of alleged ties to al Qaeda, with a lot less evidence to go by than Cuba has had with its dissidents’ ties to the United States. Virtually all of Cuba’s “political prisoners” are such dissidents. While others may call Cuba’s security policies dictatorship, I call it self-defense.8

The terrorist list

As casually and as routinely as calling Cuba a dictatorship, the mainstream media drops the line into news stories that “Hezbollah [or Hamas, or FARC, etc.] is considered a terrorist group by the United States”, stated as matter-of-factly as saying that Hezbollah is located in Lebanon. Inclusion on the list limits an organization in various ways, such as its ability to raise funds and travel internationally. And inclusion is scarcely more than a political decision made by the US government. Who is put on or left off the State Department’s terrorist list bears a strong relation to how supportive of US or Israeli policies the group is. The list, for example, never includes any of the anti-Castro Cuban groups or individuals in Florida although those people have carried out literally hundreds of terrorist acts over the past few decades, in Latin America, in the US, and in Europe. As you read this, the two men responsible for blowing up a Cuban airline in 1976, taking 73 lives, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada, are walking around free in the Florida sunshine. Imagine that Osama bin Laden was walking freely around the Streets of an Afghan or Pakistan city taking part in political demonstrations as Posada does in Florida. Venezuela asked the United States to extradite Posada five years ago and is still waiting.

Bosch and Posada are but two of hundreds of Latin-American terrorists who’ve been given haven in the United States over the years. 9 Various administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have also provided close support of terrorists in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iran, Iraq, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere, including those with known connections to al Qaeda. Yet, in the grand offices of the State Department sit learned men who list Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism”, along with Syria, Sudan and Iran. 10 That’s the complete list.

Meanwhile, the five Cubans sent to Miami to monitor the anti-Castro terrorists are in their 12th year in US prisons. The Cuban government made the very foolish error of turning over to the FBI the evidence of terrorist activities gathered by the five Cubans. Instead of arresting the terrorists, the FBI arrested the five Cubans (sic).


“Hall of Shamer: Clemens Indicted” — page one headline in large type about fabled baseball pitcher Roger Clemens charged with lying to Congress about his use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. 11 Of all the things that athletes put into their bodies to improve their health, fitness and performance, why are steroids singled out? Doesn’t taking vitamin and mineral supplements give an athlete an advantage over athletes who don’t take them? Should these supplements be banned from sport competition? Vitamin and mineral supplements are not necessarily any more “natural” than steroids, which in fact are very important in our body chemistry; among the steroids are the male and female sex hormones. Moreover, why not punish those who follow a “healthy diet” because of the advantage this may give them?


  1. Washington Post, August 19, 2010
  2. Associated Press, August 21, 2010
  3. Newsweek, July 13, 1992
  4. See chapter one of Blum’s book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
  5. US Department of the Army, Afghanistan, A Country Study (1986), pp.121, 128, 130, 223, 232
  6. See Brzezinski’s Wikipedia entry
  7. See Anti-Empire Report of September 25, 2006, 3rd item, for more information about the Cuban election process
  8. For a detailed discussion of Cuba’s alleged political prisoners see article ‘Cuba and the Number of “Political Prisoners”‘, Huffington Post, August 24th 2010
  9. Rogue State, Chapter 9
  10. See State Department:
  11. The Examiner (Washington, DC), August 20, 2010

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