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CONSPIRACY CON 7 ~ For Immediate Release
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CONSPIRACY CON 7
The Premiere Conspiracy Event in the country returns for its 7th
year on May 26 & 27, 2007 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, CA
Join 10 of the most controversial speakers in the world for yet
another mind-blowing weekend of hidden knowledge and truth that will
set you free!
G. Edward Griffin
A CONSPIRATORIAL VIEW OF HISTORY AS DESCRIBED BY THE CONSPIRATORS
Dr. Leonard Horowitz
LOVE: THE REAL DA VINCI CODE
Joe Bannister (IRS Whistleblower)
"FAVORED FED" TO "ENEMY OF THE STATE" IN TWO YEARS FLAT
E.T. INTERVENTIONS AND CONTROL OF THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT
FLASHES, PODS AND THE SECONDARY CONSPIRACIES
CONTEMPORARY CONSPIRACY ON PLANET EARTH
THE INCOME TAX HOAX!
THE REPTILIAN AGENDA
Jerry E. Smith
Ashley Mote (Member European Parliament)
THE DANGEROUS SECRET HEART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Author & Researcher, Robert Perala
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
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Master Scholar, Jordan Maxwell
Journalist & Filmmaker, Anthony J. Hilder
Astrologer Extraordinaire, Dr. Louis Turi
NOTE: Guests will not be speaking, but will be available for
conversation and networking.
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Q. & A. PANEL DISCUSSION / EXHIBITS
WITH RAFFLE AND COMEDY
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Where other conferences end...
CONSPIRACY CON Begins!
Greg Palast in Chicago, NYC, LA, DC, San Fran, Madison, Eugene &
Portland OR, Montpelier
Join Randi Rhodes, Laura Flanders, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Amy Goodman,
Greg Proops, Medea Benjamin, Ben Cohen and other dangerous
dissenters who will be with me for the Armed Madhouse road show.
Meeting to tell Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House
Gone Wild -- from the new edition of Armed Madhouse, out Tuesday,
On May 1st catch me in New York City with Randi Rhodes and Robert
Kennedy Jr. GET YOUR TICKETS AT www.GREGPALAST.com - for WBAI
Greg Palast 2007 Tour Cities/Dates
April 21 Chicago, IL (With Amy Goodman and Jim Hightower)
April 22 Madison, WI (With Laura Flanders)
April 24 Portland, OR (On air with Thom Hartmann)
April 25 Eugene, OR (With KOPT's Brian Shaw and Alan Siporin)
April 26 Berkeley/Oakland, CA (With Greg Proops and Pat
April 27 San Jose, CA
April 28 Los Angeles, CA
April 29 Santa Fe, NM
May 1 New York City (With Randi Rhodes and Robert Kennedy Jr.)
May 2 New York City
May 3 Washington, DC (With Medea Benjamin and Dr. Wilmer Leon)
May 4 Montpelier,VT (With Ben Cohen)
And, until Patriot Act III goes into effect, pick up a copy of
ARMED MADHOUSE -- From Baghdad to New Orleans:
Sordid Secrets & Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild
Sponsored by Code Pink, Global Exchange, Pacifica Radio's KPFK,
WPFW, WBAI, WORT, KBOO, WGDR, KOPT Oregon's Progressive Talk, South
Bay Mobilization, Portland Alliance, PDA, Progressive Magazine,
Buzzflash, Working Assets, Media Alliance, Vermonters for Voting
Integrity and more
Saturday, April 21 - 2:00 PM
CHICAGO GREEN FESTIVAL
with Jim Hightower & Amy Goodman
McCormick Place / S. Lake Shore Drive
Sunday, April 22 - 7:00pm
Barrymore Theatre 2090 Atwood Avenue
LIVE with Air America host Laura Flanders
Get tickets now at http://www.barrymorelive.com/index.html
Tuesday, April 24 - 7:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church 12th Street at Salmon
Wednesday, April 25
University of Oregon Cultural Forum
6:30pm screening Big Easy to Big Empty | 7:00pm main event
University of Oregon PLC-180 (14th & Kincaid Streets)
KOPT Vocal Majority's Brian Shaw to host; Radio Host Alan Siporin
Thursday, April 26
AN EVENING WITH GREG PALAST - FROM BAGHDAD TO NEW ORLEANS
6:30 PM screening of Big Easy to Big Empty | 7:00pm main event
Grand Lake Theater (Grand Ave. at Lake Park Ave. just off I-580)
Radio Talk Show Host Pat Thurston to emcee;
with COMEDIAN GREG PROOPS
Get tickets now at http://www.gregpalast.com/palast-in-oakland-ca-
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Friday, April 27 - 3:30pm
NEW LIVING EXPO
Concourse Exhibition Center, Rm 2, 635 8th Street at Brannan
SAN JOSE, CA
Friday, April 27 - 7:30pm
SOUTH BAY MOBILIZATION
First Christian Church 80 South Fifth Street
LOS ANGELES, CA
Saturday, April 28 - 4:00pm
LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
UCLA Ackerman Ballroom
Panel: "State of the Union" with Amy Goodman
Broadcast by C-SPAN Book TV
Saturday, April 28, 7:00pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church 3300 Wilshire Blvd. nr Vermont
SANTA FE, NM
Date: Sunday, April 29
Event: Simple Change, KSFR-FM & Collected Works Book Store
7:00pm; pre-show book signing begins at 6 PM
The Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Get tickets now at www.ticketssantafe.com
Tuesday, May 1 - 7:00pm
with Randi Rhodes and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Emcee'd by Kevin Powell
Community Church of New York, 35th Street at Madison Avenue
For WBAI PACIFICA RADIO
Tickets at http://www.gregpalast.com/palast-in-nyc-with-randi-rhodes-
Wednesday, May 2 - 7:00pm
Event: BORDER'S BOOKS & MUSIC
10 Columbus Circle New York
with MEDEA BENJAMIN OF CODE PINK
Thursday, May 3
6:30pm Screening | 7:30pm main event
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
New York Avenue at H Street
Dr. Wilmer Leon to host. Get tickets now at www.WPFW.org
Friday, May 4 - 7:00pm
WITH BEN COHEN of TRUE MAJORITY
Unitarian Church of Montpelier 130 Main Street (at School Street)
For Community Radio WGDR & Vermonters for Voting Integrity. WGDR's
Jim Hogue to host.
Palast's film Big Easy to Big Empty The Untold Story of the
Drowning of New Orleans
MEDIA: For press passes to events, review copies or to schedule
interviews, contact Kat(at)GregPalast.com
Put this notice on your e-lists, on your sites, to your massage
circles, to your friends.
To hear excerpts from Armed Madhouse read by Larry David, Janeane
Garofalo, Ed Asner and others and to read Palast's lastest reports,
go to www.GregPalast.com.
Millions of White House Emails Missing
By Matt Renner
Friday 13 April 2007
A report Thursday details steps taken by the Bush administration
to intentionally subvert the mandatory archiving of official email.
The report, issued by the watch-dog group Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), entitled "WITHOUT A
TRACE: The Missing White House Emails and Violations of the
Presidential Records Act," states that, "The White House has
willfully ignored evidence of a systematic problem with its internal
email archiving system," resulting in the loss of approximately five
million emails. The report also states that, "Top Bush
administration officials have deliberately used outside email
accounts to avoid creating a record of their actions," a charge that
is being investigated by Congress.
The Presidential Records Act requires presidents to preserve all
records that relate to the "activities, deliberations, decisions and
policies that reflect the performance of [the president's]
constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial
The report indicates that the Bush administration willfully
dismantled the email archiving system put in place by the Clinton
administration and did not replace it with an adequate method to
keep track of administration email, resulting in the loss of
millions of messages. A detailed plan to recover the lost messages
was presented to then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers, but was
never acted upon. This, along with the use of outside email
addresses for official business, could be criminal behavior in
violation of the Presidential Records Act.
Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said, "It's clear that
the White House has been willfully violating the law - the only
question now is to what extent?"
According to CREW's sources, the Office of Administration (OA) -
the office in charge of information technology and record-keeping
support for the president - discovered a massive failure of the
White House email archiving system in October 2005. Their analysis
revealed that during a two-and-a-half-year span, between March 2003
and October 2005, there were "hundreds of days in which emails were
missing...." The OA concluded that, in total, "over five million
email messages were missing."
The report also states that two sources independently confirmed
that the Executive Office of the President (EOP) currently has "no
effective email records management system in place." Currently, the
EOP archiving system simply takes emails en mass and saves them on a
hard-drive without sorting or organizing them. According to the
report, "This system does not have adequate safeguards in place to
ensure that stored messages are not modified or deleted; nor is
there any way to assess or audit the completeness of the stored
It is unknown what was contained in the missing emails, but
during this timeframe the White House was presiding over the
invasion of Iraq and dealing with fall-out from investigations such
as the Abramoff corruption probe, the investigation into falsified
pre-Iraq war intelligence, and the grand jury investigation into the
leaking of covert CIA agent Valarie Plame Wilson's identity.
As previously reported by Truthout, in a letter from January
2006, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald noted that his team
had "learned that not all email of the Office of the Vice President
and the Executive Office of President for certain time periods in
2003 was preserved through the normal archiving process on the White
House computer system." His letter was filed during the discovery
phase of the perjury and obstruction of justice trial against former
vice presidential staffer I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
According to Naomi Seligman Steiner, communications director for
CREW, the "Fitzgerald letter totally negates the White House
response that only emails from Republican National Committee (RNC)
accounts were not archived."
In a press briefing Thursday, White House Spokesperson Dana
Perino said, "We have a policy in which any emails that are sent to
somebody like myself at an Executive Office of President or a White
House email address are archived and retained indefinitely, forever,
so that we always have those."
The White House also said that in an attempt to comply with laws
that prevent White House staff from using tax payer-funded resources
for political campaigns, they "may not have preserved all emails
that deal with White House business." On Thursday, Perino said, "We
don't have an idea on the universe of the number of emails that were
Top White House officials have apparently been using the RNC
email system to conduct official business. The RNC had a policy of
deleting emails from their servers after 30 days. This policy was
changed in 2004, but until recently, email users could manually
delete emails from their RNC accounts.
Chairman of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform
Committee Henry Waxman has been investigating the use of unofficial
email accounts by Bush administration officials. Thursday, his staff
met behind closed doors with RNC Counsel Rob Kelner to discuss the
situation. In a subsequent letter to Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales, Waxman said that the RNC has email archives dating back to
2004, but "has apparently destroyed all email records from White
House officials from 2001, 2002 and 2003." Also, Waxman said that
the RNC only has archives for 35 of the 50 White House officials who
had RNC email accounts. "This means that the RNC appears to have no
email records for approximately 15 White House officials," Waxman
According to Waxman's letter, the RNC had special email
procedures for Special Assistant to the President Karl Rove.
According to Kelner, the RNC does not have any archived emails prior
to 2005 for Mr. Rove. This, despite the reports that Rove uses his
RNC account for the majority of his correspondence. Waxman said that
Kelner "did not give any explanation for the emails missing from Mr.
Rove's account, but he did acknowledge that one possible explanation
is that Mr. Rove personally deleted his emails from the RNC server."
According to the letter, the RNC instituted a special policy for
Rove's emails some time in 2005 that prevented him from being able
to delete his emails from the RNC server.
Steve Aftergood, the director of the Federation of American
Scientists Project on Government Secrecy, called this "an electric
situation and we are all just waiting to see where the lightning
strikes." He also said that, "This is a challenge to Congress to get
to the bottom of this," referring to the missing emails. According
to Aftergood, under the Presidential Records Act, the National
Archives has "a clear legal obligation to preserve and protect
historical records." The National Archives did not return phone
calls for comment.
Film on "Radical Islam" Tied to Pro-Israel Groups
WASHINGTON, Mar 26 (IPS) - A controversial documentary on the threat
of radical Islam, promoted by the two most-watched U.S. cable news
networks, was marketed and supported in part by self-described "pro-
Israel" groups, according to an IPS investigation.
Abbreviated versions and segments of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War
Against the West" ran on FOX News and CNN, but neither station
disclosed the film's connection to HonestReporting, a watchdog group
that monitors the media for allegedly negative portrayals of Israel.
HonestReporting marketed "Obsession" but denies it produced or
funded the project.
"We initially gave some guidance to the 'Obsession' staff," wrote
Pesach Bensen, editor of Mediabackspin.com, the organisation's
weblog, in an email response to IPS. "We're thrilled to see it
succeed beyond our wildest expectations."
When "Obsession" was released last year, news pundits and anchors on
FOX and CNN praised the independent film for its candid look at
Islamic militancy. FOX incorporated footage from the film into a one-
hour special, which aired seven times in November 2006. CNN's right-
wing pundit Glen Beck called it "one of the most important films of
our time". Sean Hannity of FOX News described it as "shocking beyond
While such enthusiasm from right-wing talk show personalities comes
as no surprise, mainstream cable news programmes also appeared to
accept, without question, the premise of the film, which explicitly
compares the threat posed by radical Islam to that of Nazi Germany
in the 1930s.
Consider, for example, CNN news anchor Kyra Phillips's exhortations
during an adulatory interview in December 2006 with Raphael Shore,
the film's producer: "I encourage everybody to see this movieà you
definitely get an incredible education from watching this filmà The
movie left many of us speechlessà We appreciate what you've done."
HonestReporting was founded in 2000 by British university students
who objected to what they considered anti-Israel coverage by
European media in response to the second Palestinian intifada.
There is no mention of HonestReporting's connection to "Obsession"
on the film's website, www.obsessionthemovie.com. In an online "Ask
the Filmmakers" segment on the FOX News website, Shore stated that
he could not identify the film's funders for fear of retaliation by
the "radicals" the filmmakers exposed.
Brian Gaffney, executive producer of the FOX News Documentary Unit,
declined to comment on whether HonestReporting's connection was
disclosed to the audience, or whether FOX was aware of the
organisation's ideological perspective.
"There is no mistaking that this was a film with a clear point of
view," Gaffney wrote in an email to IPS. "Its forceful case against
Radical Islam spoke for itself."
In the case of CNN, which ran segments of the film in the context of
a joint interview with Shore and cast member Nonie Darwish, it
appears that producers were unaware of the connection.
"I was told that HonestReporting was not involved with this film,"
said CNN spokeswoman Megan Mahoney.
Any relation between HonestReporting and "Obsession" is also missing
on the film's website, but the organisation's name does appear at
the end of the film's credits. In addition, a call for tax-
deductible donations to help "launch" the film appeared on
HonestReporting's website, promising a free DVD of "Obsession" upon
release. Contributors of 250 dollars or more were promised a free
copy of the book "Israel: Life in the Shadow of Terror". An entry on
Mediabackspin.com, the organisation's weblog, also describes
HonestReporting as a "proud partner" of the film.
"Obsession" features interviews with Harvard law professor Alan
Dershowitz, investigative journalist Steve Emerson, Itimar Marcus of
Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch, and Daniel Pipes, a
controversial scholar of medieval Islamic history whose website
campuswatch.com sparked criticism in 2002 for its alleged
McCarthyesque attacks on Middle East studies professors.
Its production credits include the Middle East Media Research
Institute, or MEMRI, a translation service founded in 1998 by Col.
Yigal Carmon, who spent more than 20 years in Israeli intelligence
and later advised two Israeli prime ministers; and the Palestinian
Media Watch, an Israeli group founded by Marcus, that monitors
Palestinian news organisations for alleged anti-Zionist and anti-
"Obsession", for all its fans, has engendered contentious debate on
U.S. university campuses not only for its disquieting barrage of
video footage culled from the Arab media, but also for the film's
According to the New York Times, when a Middle East discussion group
organised a screening at New York University earlier this year,
distributors of the film required those in attendance to register at
IsraelActivism.com, the official website of the Hasbara fellowships.
The programme, also known as the Jerusalem fellowships, was started
in 2001 by Aish Hatorah -- an Orthodox Jewish outreach organisation
and yeshiva based in East Jerusalem -- in conjunction with Israel's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to its website, the
group "educates and trains university students to be effective pro-
Israel activists on their campuses" by providing its participants
with "tools, resources and confidence to return to their campuses as
leaders in the fight for Israel's image."
Aish Hatorah helped found HonestReporting. Rabbi Ephraim Shore, the
president of HonestReporting, also helped found Hasbara.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, a summer screening
of "Obsession" in St. Louis was sponsored by the local branch of
Aish Hatora and featured a post-film discussion with Walid Shoebat,
an ex-Palestine Liberation Organisation militant who was interviewed
in the film. In the summer of 2006, Shoebat, a convert to
evangelical Christianity, also spoke at the "Night to Honour
Israel," a three-day event presented by Pastor John Hagee's
Christians United for Israel, a lobby group that aims to mobilise
Christian Zionists as a political force, according to the San
While watching the film, it becomes clear that the controversy
surrounding "Obsession" has less to with what it says about the
threat of radical Islam, than how it presents the information. While
the film contains disclaimers stating that "it's important to
remember most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror,"
critics argue that it makes little distinction between the religion
of Islam and the political realities that inform terrorism.
"It's all part of that industry of Muslim bashers," said Ibrahim
Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"The sentiment is there, you can see in the  Oklahoma City
bombing that it was originally seen as an act of Islamic terrorism,"
said Peter Hart of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. "It's almost
a default position for the media, so you're going to have work like
this received uncritically."
The Oklahoma City bombing, initially attributed by the mainstream
media to Islamic terrorists, was actually perpetrated by right-wing
extremists from the U.S. midwest.
The film's director, Wayne Kopping, argues that it aims to uncover
the mixed messages propagated by radical Islamists in the Muslim
world, who moderate their voices only when they speak in Western
"Children in the Arab world are... breastfed on a diet of hatred for
the West. Not only that -- the entire culture is permeated with it,"
said Kopping in a FOX interview. "The question is what are they [the
spokespeople] saying in their own language, on their own TV stations
to their own people. That's when you really hear what they think,
and they call for jihad."
By Khody Akhavi