Bush et al, misused the US law for detention/arrest of a material witness after Sept. 11 In a harshly worded ruling handed down Friday, a three-judge panel ofMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 6, 2009View Source
Bush et al, misused the US law for detention/arrest of a material witness
after Sept. 11
In a harshly worded ruling handed down Friday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the government's use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 "repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history."
The 9th Circuit judges said Abdullah Al-Kidd's claims plausibly suggest that Ashcroft purposely used the material witness statute to detain suspects whom he wished to investigate and detain preventatively. The court found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism case can sue Ashcroft for allegedly violating his constitutional rights. Al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen and former University of Idaho student.
Al-Kidd argued that his detention exemplified an illegal government policy, created by Ashcroft, to arrest and detain people -- particularly Muslim men and those of Arab decent -- as material witnesses if the government suspected them of a crime but had no evidence to charge them.
Al-Kidd's attorney, Lee Gelernt with the ACLU said, "The use of the material witness statute as a post-9/11 detention tool is one of the least understood parts of the post 9/11 landscape, but it has enormous implications because it was done in secret and the government has never renounced the policy."
President Barack Obama's adviser Van Jones has resigned, the White House said early Sunday.Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks .
Jones' name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officials had allowed the attacks to occur.
Comment: Well, boys and girls, I call for a friggen investigation. As well as a whole bunch of the patriotic Americans who have a whole lot of questions about 9/11 to include high-level elected officials who could only answer the 9/11 Commission with answers of "I do not recall."
Pentagon on 9/11/2001
An airline captain has tentatively identified the small piece of wreckage (photographed on the lawn outside the Pentagon on 9/11/2001) as of the vintage B-757 paint scheme from the Buga, Colombia C.F.I.T. crash that took place in the end of 1995, not the later AA paint scheme that was on American Airlines flight 77/ N644AA.
The flight data recorder from the 757 that allegedly crashed into the Pentagon was found in two different locations, at two different times. Once near the wreckage/debris from the cockpit, under one of the pilot's seats (unlikely), and once, by the opening of the hole in the building (more likely). One other thing to point out, is that the data file 'dump' from the Crash Protected Memory Module, indicates it was downloaded onto a test station a full day before they allegedly, per their records, found the recorder.
What does the data on the FDR show about the flight path of the aircraft before it hit the Pentagon? Does it show a 270 degree very steep, diving turn? Yes.
The flight data recorder also shows that the alleged 757 did a 4,400 feet per minute dive into the building and it also shows a top speed of 535 mph prior to impact. . Had the plane accelerated to this speed shown on the flight data recorder, it would have begun to shed parts and also begun to break up in flight. Nothing much more than about 350 knots indicated airspeed can be achieved at or around sea level in this airplane.
Data from a flight recorder provided to "Pilots for 9/11 Truth" by the National Transportation Safety Board corresponds to a plane with a different approach and altitude, which would have precluded (meant a 757 did not hit) lampposts or even the building itself, which means that, if this data corresponds to a Boeing 757, it would have flow over the Pentagon rather than hit it.
Air traffic controller recalls event and Precise Maneuvering of flight 77
"I said, 'Oh my God, it looks like he's headed to the White House,'" recalls Howell. "I was yelling ... 'We've got a target headed right for the White House!'" At a speed of about 500 miles an hour, the plane was headed straight for what is known as P-56, protected air space 56, which covers the White House and the Capitol. "The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane," says O'Brien. "You don't fly a 757 in that manner. It's unsafe."
What I know based on eyewitness accounts, is that a B-757 or a plane similarly configured with approximately the same size and two engine configuration, OVERFLEW the building and never hit it.
The piece of RQ4A Global Hawk wreckage was tossed into Peggy Elgas' car by a security guard after the guard picked it up after it had landed in the Sheraton Doubletree parking (we have that on tape, by the way). This piece of wreckage was later inspected and is the proof of the Global Hawk, indeed, the aircraft that flew into the Pentagon.
The damage to the walls of the Pentagon was too extensive to have been done by a Global Hawk along. The radiation levels in the smoke
July 31, 2009 A US Air Force mechanic that was called (ordered/tasked) to help clean up the Sept. 11, 2001 explosion at the Pentagon, says the evidence was staged, the "damage makes no sense." The airman, a tech sergeant, is experienced in hazardous waste cleanup and he has 17 years of Air Force service. (It is unknown for sure if he is still on active duty.
This airman states, The scene at the Pentagon "doesn't look right," "There was only a piece of engine and sections of landing gear on the ground.
On September 11, 2001, "Dr. Sherman (who lives and ) was downwind from the Pentagon turned on the Geiger counter she had with her and uses in her work, The readings showed an extremely high reading more than eight to ten times higher than normal or background readings.
Where did the radiation come from cruse missile which is made up of depleted uranium to enable it to penetrate deeper into buildings, etc.
Dennis Cimino, a commercial pilot and member of Questioning Patriots, states: What hit the building was an AGM-65 maverick, land attack missile, fired by a RQ4A Global Hawk, which impacted the building after the missile punched the hole into the building.
If Flight 93 had come down as advertised, there should have been a debris field about the size of a city block, but the debris is distributed over an area of about eight square miles, which would be explainable if the plane had been shot down in the air but not if it had crashed, as required by the government's official scenario.
Source: Dennis Cimino
Louis Freeh, FBI Director from 1993 to June 2001, told the 9/11 Commission that in 2000 and 2001, the subject of "planes as weapons" was always considered in the planning of National Special Security Events (NSSE's), in which the FBI and FEMA participated, and that "resources were actually designated to deal with that particular threat." He confirmed that "the use of airplanes, either packed with explosives or otherwise, in suicide missions" was "part of the planning" for NSSE's.
"A joint FBI/CIA anti-terrorist task force that specifically prepared for this type of disaster" was on a "training exercise in Monterey, Calif." Thus, "as of late Tuesday, with airports closed around the country, the task force still hadn't found a way to fly back to Washington."44
Furthermore, the FBI had deployed "all of its anti-terrorist and top special operations agents at a training exercise (complete with all associated helicopters and light aircraft) in Monterey, California." While the attacks were in progress, then, "the chief federal agency responsible for preventing such crimes was being AWOL."45
Did the 9/11 Military Training Drills Help or Harm the Response?As mentioned above, the only reference made by the 9/11 Commission to the September 11th training exercises was to Vigilant Guardian, in footnote 116 from Chapter 1 of the Report:"On 9/11, NORAD was scheduled to conduct a military exercise, Vigilant Guardian, which postulated a bomber attack from the former Soviet Union. We investigated whether military preparations for the large-scale exercise compromised the military's response to the real-world terrorist attack on 9/11.According to General Eberhart, "it took about 30 seconds" to make the adjustment to the real-world situation. Ralph Eberhart testimony, June 17, 2004. We found that the response was, if anything, expedited by the increased number of staff at the sectors and at NORAD because of the scheduled exercise. See Robert Marr interview (Jan. 23, 2004)."47Unfortunately for the Commission, this conclusion has been contradicted by many military participants that day.Remember, all of NORAD was participating in Vigilant Guardian that morning. Other exercises were also running. As one research organization noted, "NORAD is thus fully staffed and alert, and senior officers are manning stations throughout the US. The entire chain of command is in place and ready when the first hijacking is reported."48Almost immediately, however, confusion and bewilderment set in:At 8:40, Deskins noticed senior technician Jeremy Powell waving his hand. Boston Center was on the line, he said. It had a hijacked airplane.
"It must be part of the exercise," Deskins thought.
At first, everybody did. Then Deskins saw the glowing direct phone line to the Federal Aviation Administration.
On the phone she heard the voice of a military liaison for the FAA's Boston Center.
"I have a hijacked aircraft," he told her.Six minutes later, at 8:46, the exercises were still causing confusion: "Deskins ran to a nearby office and phoned 1st Air Force Chief Public Affairs Officer Major Don Arias in Florida. She said NEADS had a hijacked plane, no, not the simulation likely heading for JFK.ABC News quoted NORAD Commander Major General Arnold, from a command center at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. "First thing that went through my mind was, 'Is this part of the exercise? Is this some kind of a screw-up?'"49NEADS Major Nasypany later recalled:"When they told me there was a hijack, my first reaction was 'Somebody started the exercise early,'" Nasypany later told me. The day's exercise was designed to run a range of scenarios, including a "traditional" simulated hijack in which politically motivated perpetrators commandeer an aircraft, land on a Cuba-like island, and seek asylum. "I actually said out loud, 'The hijack's not supposed to be for another hour.'"50Later yet, at 9:09 AM, Richard Clarke reports that FAA Command Center Head Jane Garvey told him by videoconference, "We have reports of eleven aircraft off course or out of communications."51 This was verified in an aviation report, "...the FAA command center then reported 11 aircraft either not in communication with FAA facilities, or flying unexpected routes."52Major-General Larry Arnold recalled,"As I walked out of a video teleconference with NORAD, someone came up and told me that the Northeast Air Defense sector had a possible hijacking. My first thought was the hijacking was part of the exercise...Then we began getting calls of other potential hijackings. Not all the calls were true. These hijacking reports added to the confusion... We were receiving many reports of hijacked aircraft. When we received those calls, we might not know from where the aircraft had departed. We also didn't know the location of the airplane...By the end of the day, we had twenty-one aircraft identified as possible hijackings."53In a 2006 interview with Vanity Fair, Arnold went further: "I'll be the first to admit that immediately after-in fact, for a long time after-we were very confused with who was what and where, what reports were coming in."54Robert Marr, head of NEADS on 9/11, says, "At one time I was told that across the nation there were some 29 different reports of hijackings."55General Richard Meyers at the Pentagon confirmed that "conflicting reports throughout the morning led to confusion in the Command Center."56 The Commission itself documented, "During the course of the morning, there were multiple erroneous reports of hijacked aircraft in the system."57Thus it would appear that simultaneous air defense drills were fogging the defense data streams and that personnel were chasing 4 real hijacked airplanes among 29 unidentified blips.And so there is a profound contradiction between the Commission's position that the drills enhanced the defense response, and the reports by officers on duty that day.Summary of the Contradictions:Why, when only 4 planes were hijacked, were there so many reports of other hijacked planes? And why were the military personnel so ready to interpret these hijacking reports as being part of the exercises, when no one had ever "imagined" such a thing?Given the warnings of incipient terrorist attacks that had been repeatedly received by the Administration and the FBI, why would anyone coordinate two major annual air training exercises at this time, and divert key resources to the North Pole on an outdated mission? Who was in a position to do this?Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste resolved to pursue these questions "very very diligently", and made determined efforts to do so.But what did the Commission do about his unanswered questions? It ignored the issue of the drills and continuously pointed to FAA incompetence.58 However, blaming the FAA lacked credibility, because the failures of duty were not followed up and no one was disciplined.Thus the the mock live hijackings which were apparently in progress on the morning of September 11th should be investigated as a plausible explanation for why the national defense was such an abysmal failure.If the drills impeded the response, a new investigation should question why the two strange departures from longstanding air defense protocols were made in the months before 9/11.And if the drills enhanced the response, a new investigation should ask how the attacks could have succeeded on a day when the country was especially prepared to handle them.Either way, the situation cries out for clarification.
CIA aided those listed as the 9/11 hijackers enter the US. Eleven of the alleged 19 9/11 patsy-hijackers received their visas through Jeddah.
Michael Springmann, head US consular official in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, later claims that during this period he is "repeatedly ordered to issue [more than 100] visas to unqualified applicants." He turns them down, but is repeatedly overruled by superiors. [BBC, 11/6/2001; St. Petersburg Times, 11/25/2001] He later learns that recruits from many countries fighting for bin Laden against Russia in Afghanistan were funneled through the Jeddah office to get visas to come to the US.
Comment: The alleged pasty-hijackers left a trail which was meant to be followed by the FBI and so the Cheney and the boys could cry "WAR ON TERRORIST." These guys did things that no extremist Muslim would have done because of their religious beliefs.
August 28, 2009: Groundwater in northern India is receding by as much as a foot (0.3 meter) a year due to rampant water extraction, most of it for crop irrigation, according to a study published earlier this month in the journal Nature.
More than 26 cubic miles (109 cubic kilometres) of groundwater were drained from the region between 2002 and 2008, according to the satellite image-based study led by scientists with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
"Governments' inability to regulate this practice is giving rise to scary scenarios of groundwater over-exploitation, which could lead to regional food crises and widespread social unrest," said Tushaar Shah of IWMI.
A switch from traditional rice and noodles to a meatier diet is behind the change, It takes about 35 cubic feet (1 cubic meter) of water to grow a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of rice or wheat, but a kilogram of beef takes 445 cubic feet (12.6 cubic meters) of water to produce, Total water requirements for food production in China are predicted to rise by 40 to 50 percent in the next 30 years, The recent IWMI study didn't factor in possible climate change impacts on Asia's water supplies
Climate modelling forecasts presented in Stockholm by the Asian Development Bank suggest production of irrigated wheat and rice could drop across the region by 21 percent and 16 percent respectively by 2050.
Comment: We are not going to see our world as it is today in 2050.
The several alleged homicides involving CIA detainees
In an interview with Harper's magazine last year, Jane Mayer, a reporter for The New Yorker and author of the book "The Dark Side." said Helgerson "investigated several alleged homicides involving CIA detainees" and forwarded several of those cases "to the Justice Department for further consideration and potential prosecution."
"Why have there been no charges filed? It's a question to which one would expect that Congress and the public would like some answers," Mayer said. "Sources suggested to me that it is highly uncomfortable for top Bush Justice officials to prosecute these cases because, inevitably, it means shining a light on what those same officials sanctioned."
One possible reason that the Justice Department investigations went nowhere was that Vice President Cheney intervened and demanded that Helgerson meet with him privately about his investigation. Mayer characterized Cheney's interaction with Helgerson as highly unusual.
Cheney's "reaction to this first, carefully documented in-house study concluding that the CIA's secret program was most likely criminal was to summon the Inspector General to his office for a private chat," Mayer wrote.
"The Inspector General is supposed to function as an independent overseer, free from political pressure, but Cheney summoned the CIA Inspector General more than once to his office."
"Cheney loomed over everything," one former CIA officer told Mayer. "The whole IG's office was completely politicized. They were working hand in glove with the White House."
Last year, in several interviews prior to exiting the White House, Cheney admitted that he personally authorized the waterboarding of three so-called "high-value" prisoners.
"I signed off on it; others did, as well, too," Cheney said.
Regarding the earlier Abu Ghraib case, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who was commander of US forces in Iraq at the time, confirmed in the paperback version of his book, "Wiser in Battle," that the prisoner-abuse investigations were constrained for political reasons.
"A meaningful and unlimited investigation, which the Bush administration adamantly opposed, would result in an unmitigated disaster," Sanchez wrote. "It would open up Pandora's box and let out a world of evil."
Sanchez added, "It's now clear the Bush administration did not tell the truth about the use of torture at Guantanamo Bay, or in Afghanistan and Iraq.... In the aftermath of Abu Ghraib, administration officials worked diligently to deflect responsibility away from them and down to military leadership on the ground....
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