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    THE PEACE AND JUSTICE FOUNDATION 11006 Veirs Mill Rd, STE L-15, PMB 298 Silver Spring, MD. 20902 MUHARRAM 1431 A.H. (January 9, 2010) Assalaamu Alaikum
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      THE PEACE AND JUSTICE FOUNDATION
      11006 Veirs Mill Rd, STE L-15, PMB 298
      Silver Spring, MD. 20902

      MUHARRAM 1431 A.H.
      (January 9, 2010)


      Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):

      A few days ago I received an e-mail alert on yesterday's anti-terrorism rally held in Detroit (MI). I was asked to forward the alert to our lists, but I just couldn't. Something inside me felt that the PR campaign would end up being more about image (i.e. politically correct public relations), than about making a statement that the public and powers-that-be needed to hear. After reading a couple of post-rally articles, I concluded that my instincts were correct. (More on this later, insha'Allah.)

      As ALLAH is my witness, my immediate reaction to the earliest reports of the incident involving the young Nigerian Muslim's attempt to hurt himself (and possibly others) on the plane that was in the process of landing in Detroit, was that he was not in his right mind; that this was a troubled young man who was not mentally well.

      The question that came to mind was, did he do this on his own, or was he manipulated by someone else into doing what he did? And if the latter, was that person a professed Muslim? Or was it a non-Muslim provocateur motivated by a political, and possible economic, agenda? And to my knowledge, and this is very important, there has yet to be one report to call for this young man to be examined to determine his state of mental health!

      With that said, it pleases me to be able to forward to our readers the most insightful commentary I've heard yet on this troubling tragedy. It pleases me even more that it was written by a fellow Nigerian.

      El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

      -------------------------

      Farouk: Terrorist? No! Misguided? Yes!!!
      By Dele Sobowale - Jan 4, 2010


      I started reading Nigerian newspapers in 1953 —mostly those absolutely delightful cartoon/advertisements by Nigerian Breweries featuring Sammy Sparkle. Who in our generation can forget that mischievous character who popped up almost every where to stop a train; to stop a fight, etc, and the punch line —“I did says Sammy Sparkle; its time for STAR”.

      I was also a good listener; in fact the best listener when my father, a Yoruba man who would gladly lay his life on the line for “Zik of Africa” and my eldest brother, who was a die-hard Awoist engaged themselves in arguments over their heroes. Between father, who religiously read the West African Pilot published by Zik and my brother, who devoured the Tribune, published by Awolowo, I got to know most of the important news of each day.

      Never in those 56 years has the media in Nigeria and respected opinion leaders made such individual and collective fools of themselves as they have done since the news of Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to commit suicide was first announced by the American owned CNN network on Christmas day.

      Notice the words “attempt to commit suicide” because that is what most of our commentators missed. The CBN, naturally, had gone to considerable length to portray Farouk as a terrorist because an American aircraft was involved and the attempt occurred as the plane was about to land in Detroit — one of America’s largest cities. It was understandable that the news network would take the politically “correct” position in their broadcasts with regard to this incident. But, it was poor journalism. Worse than that; it was pure propaganda —as this article would show.


      Media executioners

      While CNN’s position was understandable, the response of the Nigerian media, opinion leaders, the Federal Government and even Farouk’s father was at first puzzling and finally enraging. CNN labeled Farouk a “terrorist” and every damn fool in Nigeria who had access to a page of newspaper or a few minutes on the air in electronic media, was gullible enough to accept that label without question and a barrage of the most prejudicial statements and commentaries followed.

      Editors, who should be more discerning, were all on holidays and they allowed their papers to be used in the most despicable manner — to defame Farouk; to pronounce him guilty — even before pleas are taken and to have handed the poor misguided boy to American executioners. Well, I have a name for my media colleagues, from CNN to Nigerian columnists — on this matter.

      As far as I am concerned they are all a bunch of media executioners. They have not even bothered with the first golden rule of journalism and law —let the other party be heard. None of our engaging and erudite columnists has spoken to Farouk; and failing that none had put on their thinking caps to ask themselves if Farouk’s right — namely the right to be presumed innocent of the charges — were being violated.

      When Mark Twain, 1835-1910, wrote in Innocents at Home, “Are you going to hang him anyhow — and try him afterward?”, he must have had in mind a situation such as this.

      And it was not only Farouk who was thoughtlessly slaughtered in the collective race to hand the poor boy to American executioners. His parents, the Federal Government and even the re-branding effort of the Yar’Adua’s administration and the Nigerian nation were all taken to the media abattoir and butchered.

      But was Farouk guilty of terrorism? Was his father wrong to have sent his son abroad for his education? Should the unfortunate incident be a reason to jettison the re-branding effort? And should Nigeria and Nigerians feel embarrassed and hide their heads in shame? The answer to all the questions, surprisingly, is a resounding NO!

      Permit me to start in reverse order to point out how Nigerians have allowed themselves to be fooled by US propaganda and the thoughtlessness of our public opinion molders.

      Virtually every day bombs go off in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, killing several hundred more people than were on the Delta Airline plane that Farouk was accused of attempting to blow off. Neither the governments nor the people in those countries feel ashamed or embarrassed. Why? Because they, and the entire world, realise that those carrying out these activities are in the tiniest minority. The vast majority of the people just want to live a peaceful life —if they can.

      By the same token, 90% or more of Nigerians have never boarded an aircraft —and probably never will. An even larger majority — close to 99.99999% know nothing about explosives; they neither know how they are made and how they are used.

      So in what way does Farouk represent them and as a result they should feel ashamed. In fact, Farouk is a product of the foreign countries — including Britain and America, now making the most deafening noise about a Nigerian “terrorist” when there is none. So Nigeria and my fellow countrymen and women have nothing to be ashamed of on this matter which the Western media and their Nigerian collaborators have blown out of proportion — as you will soon see.

      Those carpeting the father for sending his son abroad for education are simply envious. There is probably no Nigerian today blessed with Alhaji Mutallab’s money who will not ship his children to school abroad. And, if a university in London harbours subversive elements hell-bent on preying on poor misguided souls, the fault is not Alhaji Mutallab’s own; nor Nigeria’s. The fault is with the British government which had failed to curb such activities on its campuses.

      Alhaji Mutallab, as a matter of fact, deserves a pat on the back for not engaging in cover-up. Few fathers will report their sons to the CIA or British security forces. Alhaji made only one cardinal error —which is, jeopardising his son’s right to strong defence when the case comes up.

      He should not have released the statement that he did because it can be misconstrued as admission that his son is guilty as charged by the media executioners —at home or abroad. Later in this article, Alhaji and Nigerians will be shown the way forward.

      But, let me announce the destination of this journey — Nigerians should collectively put up a fight to save Farouk’s life. And the reasons are not hard to discover.

      First, America never releases its citizens for prosecution in another country. So contemptuous are they of the quality of other nation’s judiciary that they don’t even believe an American can receive fair trial even in Western countries.

      Secondly, Britain has provided the example of what a country should do when its citizen is on trial in other lands. As the Farouk story was playing on SKY NEWS, another story was on the air. A Briton had been sentenced to death in China for smuggling hard drugs into that country.

      The British government and the man’s family proceeded to mount a campaign to free the man. He was pronounced mentally unstable — yet nobody presented a doctor’s report to substantiate the claim. The Chinese were made to feel like brutes despite the fact the more people are killed and more lives are destroyed by drug trafficking than all the homicides arising from “terrorism”.

      The message was clear; Britain wanted its citizen’s life to be spared irrespective of the fact that the judgment was based on convincing proof and guilt was beyond reasonable doubt. By contrast Farouk was being cut and quartered at home and abroad by people who have not even heard the evidence.


      Who’s a terrorist?

      Now we come to the main issue —was Farouk guilty of terrorism? Was he a terrorist? And do all the facts at our disposal point to terrorism? Few of us are experts on the subject and even the experts don’t always agree. But, every one is familiar with the saying that, “one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter”.

      Every time a bazooka lands in Israel from the West Bank, the Israelis call it a terrorist attack; the Palestinians call it a blow for liberation of Palestine from the illegal occupants. When Israel, in response to the bazooka which killed one person, sends bombers and tanks into Lebanon and reduce the city to rubbles — including children’s hospital — the West calls it retaliation; Arabs call it genocide.

      Who’s right? It all depends on who you are. There is absolutely no reason why Nigerians should swallow — hook, line and sinker — the West’s characterisation of an event as “terrorist” any more than we can expect them to accept it as “liberation effort”. At any rate, if America can recruit Britain, Australia and other nations to fight its war in Afghanistan or Iraq, and those soldiers are not called “terrorists” regardless of how many Arabs they massacre, what stops the Arabs from seeking help wherever they can find it?

      This is not an admission that Farouk was a recruit for al-Queda despite US propaganda. It is to point out to everyone that there is a war on in the Middle East started on the basis of a lie told by US President Bush and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, about weapons of mass destruction, WMD, in Iraq. I recollect writing in my SUNDAY VANGUARD column before the war started that “Bush and Blair would invade Iraq even if there is no single pen knife in the country”.

      Today the whole world knows there was no WMD; the whole world also knows that over one million Iraqis have lost their lives since the invasion and the once thriving country has been devastated. What can be more “terrorist” than that?

      Now we come to my “son”, Farouk. I call him son, not only because I am old enough to be his father, but because I feel pity for him and if possible, I will adopt him. If it is possible to visit him, I will hug him and tell him that he has not been abandoned; that in my books, he is not a terrorist. Again the facts at our disposal should be our guide. And what do we know?


      Why did he do it?

      First we know that Farouk is the son of one of the richest men in Nigeria and that he stands to inherit — if we can save him from the executioners — millions of naira and, may be, even dollars. In fact, he will probably not ever have to work for a living if he chooses not to and he will still live in affluence for the rest of his life. The obvious question is: why does a fellow like that want to blow himself up? Once that question crops up in your mind, you begin to see the truth, namely that we have a mind disturbed in a handsome body frame.

      In short Farouk was, and is still, not himself. And nothing proves this more than the approach he adopted to end his life. In short the fellow was embarked on suicide in the most “tragic-comical” manner.

      Second, most of us forget, when reading about suicide bombers, that the first word is SUICIDE. That comes before bomber. Obviously, any person with so much to live for, and who contemplates suicide, is not a candidate for the electric chair or the firing squad but a mental hospital.

      Third, the poor boy, in absolute ignorance of how to manipulate the device he procured for the suicide bid, strapped the damned thing to his vital organs — which raises one question. Which well-adjusted young man still in his twenties would want to blow off his “tool box”?

      Even my old friends, past 70, until their dying days guarded the “strong room” jealously. Despite the attempt by CNN and other Western media to prove that the explosive could have blown a hole in the plane’s fuselage, which they considered a sufficient reason to label Farouk as a “terrorist”, the fact remains that if the device had gone off as planned, Farouk was the only sure candidate for kingdom come. The seats next to him appeared empty and a plane might still be landed with a hole in the fuselage. It has happened before.

      Fourth, a real terrorist generally wants to witness the result of his efforts. They plant an explosive which is detonated by remote control or with a timer allowing them to get away before the explosion occurs. Just as in the regular army, a soldier is trained to kill for his country, not to die. In so far as he dies, he has been a failure. So the real terrorist wants to live to terrorise another day.

      The suicide bomber is another character all together. He would not see the outcome of his mission — if he succeeds. In that respect, he has a lot more in common with others embarking on self-liquidation. Having decided to end his life, the next most important question is: how?

      The methods range from those who go alone to those who decide not to “walk alone”. And once it is decided that the exit must be accomplished by taking a crowd along, then it does not matter whether he drives his car on the path of a speeding train, or a fully loaded bus or a plane full of passengers. Farouk chose the plane and he is no more a terrorist than the fellow who caused the train to derail taking 400 people with him.


      Nigerians must save Farouk

      So far, all evidence at our disposal can only support one conclusion — suicide. That it occurred on Delta Airlines and in a plane coming to land in Detroit are secondary considerations. And if it is suicide, the fellow should not be executed but helped. And the only people who can help him are Nigerians. And Alhaji Mutallab must take the lead for his son to be saved.

      We must adopt the Western approach; which means we establish a SAVE FAROUK ORGANISATION. Its functions will include raising funds to ensure that Farouk obtains the best legal team money can engage. The second is to start a multimedia campaign, including using CNN, to convince the world that Farouk is not a mass murderer but a sick young man.

      The third is to insist that Nigeria’s leading psychiatrists should be called to assess his mental state. It is doubtful if an American or English doctor can accurately diagnose mental illness in a Nigerian who is not a raving lunatic already.

      Fourth, the Federal Government of Nigeria, instead of distancing itself from Farouk, should use diplomatic approaches to get him released to a Nigerian psychiatric hospital for treatment. The fifth is to get Nigeria’s media executioners to stop labeling the fellow a terrorist and to join the campaign to save Farouk.

      It will not be easy, given the prejudicial statements most commentators have made before. But, we must hold the life of every Nigerian so sacred as not to throw them to foreign wolves when they present with evidence that they are asking for help which sometimes manifests itself in extremism.

      Finally, this is not an issue which should be confronted by Muslims alone. I am a Christian; but, that should not stop me from standing up and defending a Muslim who is being led to the slaughter house as we are now doing to our son Farouk. Will you join the struggle?

      ===

      Scanning the Abdulmutallab story for more lies
      Friday, 08 January 2010
      Editor
      http://www.rebelnews.org/opinion/terror/161857-scanning-the-abdulmutallab-story-for-more-lies


      [NOTE: Website above contains numerous links for details. -WVNS]


      Returning to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to blow up a Northwest airliner on Christmas day, let's scan the body of evidence for government lies, the real explosive elements. Let's give Umar a good dose of radiation with the knowledge that first reveals the 80 grams of PETN explosive he carried in his crotch lacked a blasting cap to blow him and the plane away. Instead, lighting with an injection of liquid did nothing but set him on fire. As if no one in the military or intelligence knew that.

      After reading my article Scripting the `fear of flying,' my friend John McCarthy, retired Marine captain from the Vietnam War clued me via email: "Jerry, the false flaggers forgot that a blasting cap is required to detonate PETN and other plastic explosives. Sure, it will burn and we used it in winter to heat our cans of food, but a blasting cap is missing from the mix. So, the PTB's [Powers That Be] wanted to raise the fear factor, which this incident did, without loss of life and a $75 million dollar airplane . . . now the Israeli firms that make the full body scanners will reap millions!"

      Also, another former Marine combat captain, Gordon Duff, wrote in Veterans Today, Evidence Mounts for US Complicity in Terrorism, "We do know a couple of things. [Farouk Abdal's'] Dad [Alhaji Umaru Abdulmutallab], back in Nigeria, ran the national arms industry (DICON) in partnership with Israel, in particular, the Mossad. He was in daily contact with them. They run everything in Nigeria, from arms production to counter-terrorism. Though Islamic, Abdulmutallab was a close associate of Israel. He has been misrepresented. His `banking' is a cover. Next, what do we know about the two Al Qaeda leaders Bush had released, the ones who planned this?

      "According to ABC news, the Al Qaeda leaders running the insurgency in Yemen were released from Guantanamo, although two of the highest ranking known terrorists there, without trial.

      "Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody.

      "Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January 2009 video, along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.

      "With all the hoopla about trials in New York, not a word is said when top level terrorists are released to Saudi friends of the Bush family who let them go. We are now fighting these two Bush friends in Yemen. They are running a major insurgency there. We have been using Cruise missiles and our jets to attack their bases in the last weeks."

      Please, read the whole article for a full frontal scan that includes the CIA admitting that in its November 29, 2009, interview with Papa Abdulmutallab, they were told that his son had ties to extremists in Yemen, a hotbed of al Qaeda activity. The information was not acted on responsibly [and "the terrorist" son, Umar Farouk], they were warned about in November was the same one they had been tracking since August . . ."

      Why do they call it an Intelligence Agency?

      Once again, the Agency was caught with its pants down, scanned being involved with Israel and Yemen, and the fact that the `terrorists' released by Bush [were] really Israeli agents who have organized attacks against US targets.

      In my article, I also wrote about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab being assisted at the Northwest airlines desk by a well-dressed `Indian' man. The 50-something, dapper gentleman helped Umar get on the plane without a passport, just a visa. He claimed that Umar was a Sudanese refugee who had no money.

      And so, Umar was walked by the Indian gent through Schipol (Amsterdam Airport) past passport review, something that could happen only if an intelligence agency had approved it. Otherwise, it's a total no-no, no passport, no flight. So was the agency on the other side? Duff also writes that reports from Pakistan show "that India and Israel have been involved in terrorist attacks against US supporters . . ." Surprised?

      Of course, little of the key facts are exposed in the mainstream media so you now have to expose your body to scanners and their radiation when you fly, one more dehumanizing event brought to you by the Department of Homeland Insecurity. This brings us to another bit of scanning from CommonDreams.org, revealing that Ex-Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff Abused his Public Trust by Touting Body Scanners.

      This scan follows the money involved in purchasing the scanners to a Chertoff company client. "What Chertoff made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. The relationship drew attention after Chertoff disclosed it on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question.

      The question came from an airport passengers' rights group on Thursday that "criticized Chertoff, who left office less than a year ago, for using his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients."

      Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, which opposes the use of the scanners, said that "Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners under the pretense that the scanners would have detected this particular type of explosive." What you really have to scan for is conspiracy. And there is one here.

      Chertoff's push for the technology dates back to his time in the Bush administration. Back in 2005, Homeland Security ordered the government's first batch of scanners -- five from California-based Rapiscan Systems. These days, "40 body scanners are in use at 19 U.S. airports." But here's the kicker: The number is expected to skyrocket at least in part because of the Christmas Day incident. "The Transportation Security Administration this week said it will order 300 more machines." That's your money, taxpayer, frequent or infrequent flyer. And it's your life these profiteer terrorists are playing with.

      What's more, "In the summer, TSA purchased 150 machines from Rapiscan with $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds," which was not what that money was intended for. "Rapiscan was the only company that qualified for the contract because it had developed technology that performs the screening using a less graphic body imaging system, which is also less controversial. (Since then, another company, L-3 Communications, has qualified for future contracts, but no new contracts have been awarded.)" But give them time.

      Insidiously, "Over the past week, Chertoff has repeatedly talked about the need for expanding the use of the technology in airports, saying it could detect bombs like the one federal authorities say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, carried onto the Detroit-bound aircraft." How's that for an opportunist?

      "We could deploy the scanning machines that we currently are beginning to deploy in the U.S. that will give us the ability to see what someone has concealed underneath their clothing," Chertoff said last week in an interview on CNN. The incident on the Detroit-bound plane provided "a very vivid lesson in the value of that machinery," he said." It also provided a huge profit opportunity for him and his pals to spin.

      In fact, we ought to scan and strip Michael Chertoff, dual Israeli/American citizen, of his scam to push the machines for the juice he's squeezing out of it. Then, send him to jail on conflict of interest charges, perhaps at GITMO. That would be real justice. Funny, how the lies appear ruthlessly clear when the scanner of genuine intelligence is applied to them.

      BTW, the Chertoff story originally appeared in the mainstream Washington Post and was then picked up by many Internet sites. This only proves how far a little bit of truth can go, not to mention what a scam Homeland Security is. It has $60 billion to throw around on these anti-terror gimmicks that never seem to work except to make their pushers rich and richer. Each tragedy (or brush with it) brings a new call for more gimmicks, but the possibility of harm doesn't diminish. It's funny how that works.

      Net-net, scanning the news for the lies and the truth is the only real protection we have against our faux protectors, who aid and abet "terrorists," who virtually create them, and set them on their track to commit false-flag operations. These acts suck up our blood and assets, like the corrupt bailouts, and continue the dismantling of America.

      We need to know we are in the hands of thieves and assassins on many levels. The real army of protectors is comprised of all those exposing the above; whether as whistleblowers, writing about them, standing up to or speaking out to protest these murderous rip-offs. Yet it is difficult to keep scanning accurately under the relentless pressure of the larger entity, the government, pressing for more fear, surveillance, and gouging of rights. All this is done to continue the barbarous wars in search of OPO, other people's oil, some of which, believe it or not, we are contemplating pipelining to Israel, as Haaretz tells us.

      As to our real enemies out there, we have to take a long hard look in the mirror of memory to realize what the US as a hegemonic, colonizing Empire has done to others to create the anger, rage and response to US appropriation of their assets, territory, their freedom and lives. To quote Shakespeare, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars but in ourselves."

      This is not to say that foreign governments with intentions of suppressing their people or purloining their assets and natural resources for our money and support are not partners in crime and murderous wars. That is exactly the case. But the scanner of human intelligence has to be on at all times determining who, what and where these true terrorists are. What we as Americans don't have is a lock on good or evil. Both are shaded like light and dark throughout the world. The trick is keep up with the bad guys and expose them for what they are.

      Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him at gvmaz@... This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . His new book, "State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on" is available at www.jerrymazza.com, Amazon or Barnesandnoble.com.

      Scanning the Abdulmutallab story for more lies
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      Returning to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to blow up a Northwest airliner on Christmas day, let's scan the body of evidence for government lies, the real explosive elements. Let's give Umar a good dose of radiation with the knowledge that first reveals the 80 grams of PETN explosive he carried in his crotch lacked a blasting cap to blow him and the plane away. Instead, lighting with an injection of liquid did nothing but set him on fire. As if no one in the military or intelligence knew that.

      After reading my article Scripting the `fear of flying,' my friend John McCarthy, retired Marine captain from the Vietnam War clued me via email: "Jerry, the false flaggers forgot that a blasting cap is required to detonate PETN and other plastic explosives. Sure, it will burn and we used it in winter to heat our cans of food, but a blasting cap is missing from the mix. So, the PTB's [Powers That Be] wanted to raise the fear factor, which this incident did, without loss of life and a $75 million dollar airplane . . . now the Israeli firms that make the full body scanners will reap millions!"

      Also, another former Marine combat captain, Gordon Duff, wrote in Veterans Today, Evidence Mounts for US Complicity in Terrorism, "We do know a couple of things. [Farouk Abdal's'] Dad [Alhaji Umaru Abdulmutallab], back in Nigeria, ran the national arms industry (DICON) in partnership with Israel, in particular, the Mossad. He was in daily contact with them. They run everything in Nigeria, from arms production to counter-terrorism. Though Islamic, Abdulmutallab was a close associate of Israel. He has been misrepresented. His `banking' is a cover. Next, what do we know about the two Al Qaeda leaders Bush had released, the ones who planned this?

      "According to ABC news, the Al Qaeda leaders running the insurgency in Yemen were released from Guantanamo, although two of the highest ranking known terrorists there, without trial.

      "Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody.

      "Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January 2009 video, along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.

      "With all the hoopla about trials in New York, not a word is said when top level terrorists are released to Saudi friends of the Bush family who let them go. We are now fighting these two Bush friends in Yemen. They are running a major insurgency there. We have been using Cruise missiles and our jets to attack their bases in the last weeks."

      Please, read the whole article for a full frontal scan that includes the CIA admitting that in its November 29, 2009, interview with Papa Abdulmutallab, they were told that his son had ties to extremists in Yemen, a hotbed of al Qaeda activity. The information was not acted on responsibly [and "the terrorist" son, Umar Farouk], they were warned about in November was the same one they had been tracking since August . . ."

      Why do they call it an Intelligence Agency?

      Once again, the Agency was caught with its pants down, scanned being involved with Israel and Yemen, and the fact that the `terrorists' released by Bush [were] really Israeli agents who have organized attacks against US targets.

      In my article, I also wrote about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab being assisted at the Northwest airlines desk by a well-dressed `Indian' man. The 50-something, dapper gentleman helped Umar get on the plane without a passport, just a visa. He claimed that Umar was a Sudanese refugee who had no money.

      And so, Umar was walked by the Indian gent through Schipol (Amsterdam Airport) past passport review, something that could happen only if an intelligence agency had approved it. Otherwise, it's a total no-no, no passport, no flight. So was the agency on the other side? Duff also writes that reports from Pakistan show "that India and Israel have been involved in terrorist attacks against US supporters . . ." Surprised?

      Of course, little of the key facts are exposed in the mainstream media so you now have to expose your body to scanners and their radiation when you fly, one more dehumanizing event brought to you by the Department of Homeland Insecurity. This brings us to another bit of scanning from CommonDreams.org, revealing that Ex-Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff Abused his Public Trust by Touting Body Scanners.

      This scan follows the money involved in purchasing the scanners to a Chertoff company client. "What Chertoff made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. The relationship drew attention after Chertoff disclosed it on a CNN program Wednesday, in response to a question.

      The question came from an airport passengers' rights group on Thursday that "criticized Chertoff, who left office less than a year ago, for using his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients."

      Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, which opposes the use of the scanners, said that "Mr. Chertoff should not be allowed to abuse the trust the public has placed in him as a former public servant to privately gain from the sale of full-body scanners under the pretense that the scanners would have detected this particular type of explosive." What you really have to scan for is conspiracy. And there is one here.

      Chertoff's push for the technology dates back to his time in the Bush administration. Back in 2005, Homeland Security ordered the government's first batch of scanners -- five from California-based Rapiscan Systems. These days, "40 body scanners are in use at 19 U.S. airports." But here's the kicker: The number is expected to skyrocket at least in part because of the Christmas Day incident. "The Transportation Security Administration this week said it will order 300 more machines." That's your money, taxpayer, frequent or infrequent flyer. And it's your life these profiteer terrorists are playing with.

      What's more, "In the summer, TSA purchased 150 machines from Rapiscan with $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds," which was not what that money was intended for. "Rapiscan was the only company that qualified for the contract because it had developed technology that performs the screening using a less graphic body imaging system, which is also less controversial. (Since then, another company, L-3 Communications, has qualified for future contracts, but no new contracts have been awarded.)" But give them time.

      Insidiously, "Over the past week, Chertoff has repeatedly talked about the need for expanding the use of the technology in airports, saying it could detect bombs like the one federal authorities say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, carried onto the Detroit-bound aircraft." How's that for an opportunist?

      "We could deploy the scanning machines that we currently are beginning to deploy in the U.S. that will give us the ability to see what someone has concealed underneath their clothing," Chertoff said last week in an interview on CNN. The incident on the Detroit-bound plane provided "a very vivid lesson in the value of that machinery," he said." It also provided a huge profit opportunity for him and his pals to spin.

      In fact, we ought to scan and strip Michael Chertoff, dual Israeli/American citizen, of his scam to push the machines for the juice he's squeezing out of it. Then, send him to jail on conflict of interest charges, perhaps at GITMO. That would be real justice. Funny, how the lies appear ruthlessly clear when the scanner of genuine intelligence is applied to them.

      BTW, the Chertoff story originally appeared in the mainstream Washington Post and was then picked up by many Internet sites. This only proves how far a little bit of truth can go, not to mention what a scam Homeland Security is. It has $60 billion to throw around on these anti-terror gimmicks that never seem to work except to make their pushers rich and richer. Each tragedy (or brush with it) brings a new call for more gimmicks, but the possibility of harm doesn't diminish. It's funny how that works.

      Net-net, scanning the news for the lies and the truth is the only real protection we have against our faux protectors, who aid and abet "terrorists," who virtually create them, and set them on their track to commit false-flag operations. These acts suck up our blood and assets, like the corrupt bailouts, and continue the dismantling of America.

      We need to know we are in the hands of thieves and assassins on many levels. The real army of protectors is comprised of all those exposing the above; whether as whistleblowers, writing about them, standing up to or speaking out to protest these murderous rip-offs. Yet it is difficult to keep scanning accurately under the relentless pressure of the larger entity, the government, pressing for more fear, surveillance, and gouging of rights. All this is done to continue the barbarous wars in search of OPO, other people's oil, some of which, believe it or not, we are contemplating pipelining to Israel, as Haaretz tells us.

      As to our real enemies out there, we have to take a long hard look in the mirror of memory to realize what the US as a hegemonic, colonizing Empire has done to others to create the anger, rage and response to US appropriation of their assets, territory, their freedom and lives. To quote Shakespeare, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars but in ourselves."

      This is not to say that foreign governments with intentions of suppressing their people or purloining their assets and natural resources for our money and support are not partners in crime and murderous wars. That is exactly the case. But the scanner of human intelligence has to be on at all times determining who, what and where these true terrorists are. What we as Americans don't have is a lock on good or evil. Both are shaded like light and dark throughout the world. The trick is keep up with the bad guys and expose them for what they are.

      Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him at gvmaz@... This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . His new book, "State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on" is available at www.jerrymazza.com, Amazon or Barnesandnoble.com.

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