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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Brian William Hall
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com

      Brian William Hall
      conspiracycon@...
      Saturday, March 17, 2007
      CONSPIRACY CON 7 ~ For Immediate Release

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Please forward to your e-list.

      Banner exchange welcomed.

      CONSPIRACY CON 7
      COMING SOON

      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
      THEMSELVES

      Dr. Leonard Horowitz
      LOVE: THE REAL DA VINCI CODE

      Joe Bannister (IRS Whistleblower)
      "FAVORED FED" TO "ENEMY OF THE STATE" IN TWO YEARS FLAT

      Marshall Summers
      E.T. INTERVENTIONS AND CONTROL OF THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

      Dave vonKleist
      "9-11"
      FLASHES, PODS AND THE SECONDARY CONSPIRACIES

      Kenn Thomas
      "PARAPOLITICS"
      CONTEMPORARY CONSPIRACY ON PLANET EARTH

      Steve Hempfling
      THE INCOME TAX HOAX!

      Stewart Swerdlow
      THE REPTILIAN AGENDA

      Jerry E. Smith
      WEATHER WARFARE

      Ashley Mote (Member European Parliament)
      THE DANGEROUS SECRET HEART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

      Author & Researcher, Robert Perala
      MASTER OF CEREMONIES

      * * *

      SPECIAL GUESTS

      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.

      MORE DETAILS TO COME...

      ALL SPEAKERS AND GUESTS CONFIRMED!

      Q. & A. PANEL DISCUSSION / EXHIBITS

      MEET-YOUR-SPEAKER BANQUET

      WITH RAFFLE AND COMEDY

      FOR MORE INFO:

      Ph/Fax: (209) 832-0999
      conspiracycon@...
      WWW.CONSPIRACYCON.COM

      A Brian W. Hall Production

      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,
      April 24th

      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
      Thurston)
      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 …


      CHICAGO, IL
      Saturday, April 21 - 2:00 PM
      CHICAGO GREEN FESTIVAL
      with Jim Hightower & Amy Goodman
      McCormick Place / S. Lake Shore Drive

      MADISON, WI
      Sunday, April 22 - 7:00pm
      WORT-FM RADIO
      Barrymore Theatre 2090 Atwood Avenue
      LIVE with Air America host Laura Flanders
      Get tickets now at http://www.barrymorelive.com/index.html

      PORTLAND, OR
      Tuesday, April 24 - 7:30pm
      KBOO-FM/PORTLAND ALLIANCE
      First Unitarian Universalist Church 12th Street at Salmon

      EUGENE, OR
      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

      OAKLAND, CA
      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-
      with-greg-proops/

      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

      LOS ANGELES
      Saturday, April 28, 7:00pm
      KPFK-FM/PACIFICA RADIO
      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

      NEW YORK
      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-
      and-robert-kennedy-jr/

      NEW YORK
      Wednesday, May 2 - 7:00pm
      Event: BORDER'S BOOKS & MUSIC
      10 Columbus Circle New York

      WASHINGTON, DC
      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

      MONTPELIER, VT
      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.

      Screenings feature:

      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
      Truthout.org
      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
      duties...."

      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
      messages."

      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
      lost."

      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
      said.

      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
      WakeUpFromYourSlumber.com

      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
      belief".

      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-
      Semitic propaganda.

      "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
      distribution network.

      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
      Antonio Express.

      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 [1995] 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
      media outlets.

      "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
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