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Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert

by Joan Juliet Buck
February 2011

Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She’s a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her “the element of light in a country full of shadow zones.” She is the first lady of Syria.

Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East, possibly because, as the State Department’s Web site says, “the Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors.” It’s a secular country where women earn as much as men and the Muslim veil is forbidden in universities, a place without bombings, unrest, or kidnappings, but its shadow zones are deep and dark. Asma’s husband, Bashar al-Assad, was elected president in 2000, after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, with a startling 97 percent of the vote. In Syria, power is hereditary. The country’s alliances are murky. How close are they to Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah? There are souvenir Hezbollah ashtrays in the souk, and you can spot the Hamas leadership racing through the bar of the Four Seasons. Its number-one enmity is clear: Israel. But that might not always be the case. The United States has just posted its first ambassador there since 2005, Robert Ford.

Iraq is next door, Iran not far away. Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, is 90 minutes by car from Damascus. Jordan is south, and next to it the region that Syrian maps label Palestine. There are nearly one million refugees from Iraq in Syria, and another half-million displaced Palestinians.

“It’s a tough neighborhood,” admits Asma al-Assad.

It’s also a neighborhood intoxicatingly close to the dawn of civilization, where agriculture began some 10,000 years ago, where the wheel, writing, and musical notation were invented. Out in the desert are the magical remains of Palmyra, Apamea, and Ebla. In the National Museum you see small 4,000-year-old panels inlaid with mother-of-pearl that is echoed in the new mother-of-pearl furniture for sale in the souk. Christian Louboutin comes to buy the damask silk brocade they’ve been making here since the Middle Ages for his shoes and bags, and has incidentally purchased a small palace in Aleppo, which, like Damascus, has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years.

The first lady works out of a small white building in a hilly, modern residential neighborhood called Muhajireen, where houses and apartments are crammed together and neighbors peer and wave from balconies. The first impression of Asma al-Assad is movement—a determined swath cut through space with a flash of red soles. Dark-brown eyes, wavy chin-length brown hair, long neck, an energetic grace. No watch, no jewelry apart from Chanel agates around her neck, not even a wedding ring, but fingernails lacquered a dark blue-green. She’s breezy, conspiratorial, and fun. Her accent is English but not plummy. Despite what must be a killer IQ, she sometimes uses urban shorthand: “I was, like. . . .”

Asma Akhras was born in London in 1975, the eldest child and only daughter of a Syrian Harley Street cardiologist and his diplomat wife, both Sunni Muslims. They spoke Arabic at home. She grew up in Ealing, went to Queen’s College, and spent holidays with family in Syria. “I’ve dealt with the sense that people don’t expect Syria to be normal. I’d show my London friends my holiday snaps and they’d be—‘Where did you say you went?’ ”

She studied computer science at university, then went into banking. “It wasn’t a typical path for women,” she says, “but I had it all mapped out.” By the spring of 2000, she was closing a big biotech deal at JP Morgan in London and about to take up an MBA at Harvard. She started dating a family friend: the second son of president Hafez al-Assad, Bashar, who’d cut short his ophthalmology studies in London in 1994 and returned to Syria after his older brother, Basil, heir apparent to power, died in a car crash. They had known each other forever, but a ten-year age difference meant that nothing registered—until it did.

“I was always very serious at work, and suddenly I started to take weekends, or disappear, and people just couldn’t figure it out,” explains the first lady. “What do you say—‘I’m dating the son of a president’? You just don’t say that. Then he became president, so I tried to keep it low-key. Suddenly I was turning up in Syria every month, saying, ‘Granny, I miss you so much!’ I quit in October because by then we knew that we were going to get married at some stage. I couldn’t say why I was leaving. My boss thought I was having a nervous breakdown because nobody quits two months before bonus after closing a really big deal. He wouldn’t accept my resignation. I was, like, ‘Please, really, I just want to get out, I’ve had enough,’ and he was ‘Don’t worry, take time off, it happens to the best of us.’ ” She left without her bonus in November and married Bashar al-Assad in December.

“What I’ve been able to take away from banking was the transferable skills—the analytical thinking, understanding the business side of running a company—to run an NGO or to try and oversee a project.” She runs her office like a business, chairs meeting after meeting, starts work many days at six, never breaks for lunch, and runs home to her children at four. “It’s my time with them, and I get them fresh, unedited—I love that. I really do.” Her staff are used to eating when they can. “I have a rechargeable battery,” she says.

The 35-year-old first lady’s central mission is to change the mind-set of six million Syrians under eighteen, encourage them to engage in what she calls “active citizenship.” “It’s about everyone taking shared responsibility in moving this country forward, about empowerment in a civil society. We all have a stake in this country; it will be what we make it.”

In 2005 she founded Massar, built around a series of discovery centers where children and young adults from five to 21 engage in creative, informal approaches to civic responsibility. Massar’s mobile Green Team has touched 200,000 kids across Syria since 2005. The organization is privately funded through donations. The Syria Trust for Development, formed in 2007, oversees Massar as well as her first NGO, the rural micro-credit association FIRDOS, and SHABAB, which exists to give young people business skills they need for the future.

And then there’s her cultural mission: “People tend to see Syria as artifacts and history,” she says. “For us it’s about the accumulation of cultures, traditions, values, customs. It’s the difference between hardware and software: the artifacts are the hardware, but the software makes all the difference—the customs and the spirit of openness. We have to make sure that we don’t lose that. . . . ” Here she gives an apologetic grin. “You have to excuse me, but I’m a banker—that brand essence.”

That brand essence includes the distant past. There are 500,000 important ancient works of art hidden in storage; Asma al-Assad has brought in the Louvre to create a network of museums and cultural attractions across Syria, and asked Italian experts to help create a database of the 5,000 archaeological sites in the desert. “Culture,” she says, “is like a financial asset. We have an abundance of it, thousands of years of history, but we can’t afford to be complacent.”

In December, Asma al-Assad was in Paris to discuss her alliance with the Louvre. She dazzled a tough French audience at the International Diplomatic Institute, speaking without notes. “I’m not trying to disguise culture as anything more than it is,” she said, “and if I sound like I’m talking politics, it’s because we live in a politicized region, a politicized time, and we are affected by that.”

The French ambassador to Syria, Eric Chevallier, was there: “She managed to get people to consider the possibilities of a country that’s modernizing itself, that stands for a tolerant secularism in a powder-keg region, with extremists and radicals pushing in from all sides—and the driving force for that rests largely on the shoulders of one couple. I hope they’ll make the right choices for their country and the region. ”

Damascus evokes a dusty version of a Mediterranean hill town in an Eastern-bloc country. The courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque at night looks exactly like St. Mark’s square in Venice. When I first arrive, I’m met on the tarmac by a minder, who gives me a bouquet of white roses and lends me a Syrian cell phone; the head minder, a high-profile American PR, joins us the next day. The first lady’s office has provided drivers, so I shop and see sights in a bubble of comfort and hospitality. On the rare occasions I am out alone, a random series of men in leather jackets seems to be keeping close tabs on what I am doing and where I am headed.

“I like things I can touch. I like to get out and meet people and do things,” the first lady says as we set off for a meeting in a museum and a visit to an orphanage. “As a banker, you have to be so focused on the job at hand that you lose the experience of the world around you. My husband gave me back something I had lost.”

She slips behind the wheel of a plain SUV, a walkie-talkie and her cell thrown between the front seats and a Syrian-silk Louboutin tote on top. She does what the locals do—swerves to avoid crazy men who run across busy freeways, misses her turn, checks your seat belt, points out sights, and then can’t find a parking space. When a traffic cop pulls her over at a roundabout, she lowers the tinted window and dips her head with a playful smile. The cop’s eyes go from slits to saucers.

Her younger brother Feras, a surgeon who moved to Syria to start a private health-care group, says, “Her intelligence is both intellectual and emotional, and she’s a master at harmonizing when, and how much, to use of each one.”

At the Saint Paul orphanage, maintained by the Melkite–Greek Catholic patriarchate and run by the Basilian sisters of Aleppo, Asma sits at a long table with the children. Two little boys in new glasses and thick sweaters are called Yussuf. She asks them what kind of music they like. “Sad music,” says one. In the room where she’s had some twelve computers installed, the first lady tells a nun, “I hope you’re letting the younger children in here go crazy on the computers.” The nun winces: “The children are afraid to learn in case they don’t have access to computers when they leave here,” she says.

In the courtyard by the wall down which Saint Paul escaped in a basket 2,000 years ago, an old tree bears gigantic yellow fruit I have never seen before. Citrons. Cédrats in French.

Back in the car, I ask what religion the orphans are. “It’s not relevant,” says Asma al-Assad. “Let me try to explain it to you. That church is a part of my heritage because it’s a Syrian church. The Umayyad Mosque is the third-most-important holy Muslim site, but within the mosque is the tomb of Saint John the Baptist. We all kneel in the mosque in front of the tomb of Saint John the Baptist. That’s how religions live together in Syria—a way that I have never seen anywhere else in the world. We live side by side, and have historically. All the religions and cultures that have passed through these lands—the Armenians, Islam, Christianity, the Umayyads, the Ottomans—make up who I am.”

“Does that include the Jews?” I ask.

“And the Jews,” she answers. “There is a very big Jewish quarter in old Damascus.”

The Jewish quarter of Damascus spans a few abandoned blocks in the old city that emptied out in 1992, when most of the Syrian Jews left. Their houses are sealed up and have not been touched, because, as people like to tell you, Syrians don’t touch the property of others. The broken glass and sagging upper floors tell a story you don’t understand—are the owners coming back to claim them one day?
The presidential family lives surrounded by neighbors in a modern apartment in Malki. On Friday, the Muslim day of rest, Asma al-Assad opens the door herself in jeans and old suede stiletto boots, hair in a ponytail, the word happiness spelled out across the back of her T-shirt. At the bottom of the stairs stands the off-duty president in jeans—tall, long-necked, blue-eyed. A precise man who takes photographs and talks lovingly about his first computer, he says he was attracted to studying eye surgery “because it’s very precise, it’s almost never an emergency, and there is very little blood.”

The old al-Assad family apartment was remade into a child-friendly triple-decker playroom loft surrounded by immense windows on three sides. With neither shades nor curtains, it’s a fishbowl. Asma al-Assad likes to say, “You’re safe because you are surrounded by people who will keep you safe.” Neighbors peer in, drop by, visit, comment on the furniture. The president doesn’t mind: “This curiosity is good: They come to see you, they learn more about you. You don’t isolate yourself.”

There’s a decorated Christmas tree. Seven-year-old Zein watches Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on the president’s iMac; her brother Karim, six, builds a shark out of Legos; and nine-year-old Hafez tries out his new electric violin. All three go to a Montessori school.

Asma al-Assad empties a box of fondue mix into a saucepan for lunch. The household is run on wildly democratic principles. “We all vote on what we want, and where,” she says. The chandelier over the dining table is made of cut-up comic books. “They outvoted us three to two on that.”

A grid is drawn on a blackboard, with ticks for each member of the family. “We were having trouble with politeness, so we made a chart: ticks for when they spoke as they should, and a cross if they didn’t.” There’s a cross next to Asma’s name. “I shouted,” she confesses. “I can’t talk about empowering young people, encouraging them to be creative and take responsibility, if I’m not like that with my own children.”

“The first challenge for us was, Who’s going to define our lives, us or the position?” says the president. “We wanted to live our identity honestly.”

They announced their marriage in January 2001, after the ceremony, which they kept private. There was deliberately no photograph of Asma. “The British media picked that up as: Now she’s moved into the presidential palace, never to be seen again!” says Asma, laughing.

They had a reason: “She spent three months incognito,” says the president. “Before I had any official engagement,” says the first lady, “I went to 300 villages, every governorate, hospitals, farms, schools, factories, you name it—I saw everything to find out where I could be effective. A lot of the time I was somebody’s ‘assistant’ carrying the bag, doing this and that, taking notes. Nobody asked me if I was the first lady; they had no idea.”

“That way,” adds the president, “she started her NGO before she was ever seen in public as my wife. Then she started to teach people that an NGO is not a charity.”

Neither of them believes in charity for the sake of charity. “We have the Iraqi refugees,” says the president. “Everybody is talking about it as a political problem or as welfare, charity. I say it’s neither—it’s about cultural philosophy. We have to help them. That’s why the first thing I did is to allow the Iraqis to go into schools. If they don’t have an education, they will go back as a bomb, in every way: terrorism, extremism, drug dealers, crime. If I have a secular and balanced neighbor, I will be safe.”

When Angelina Jolie came with Brad Pitt for the United Nations in 2009, she was impressed by the first lady’s efforts to encourage empowerment among Iraqi and Palestinian refugees but alarmed by the Assads’ idea of safety.

“My husband was driving us all to lunch,” says Asma al-Assad, “and out of the corner of my eye I could see Brad Pitt was fidgeting. I turned around and asked, ‘Is anything wrong?’ ”

“Where’s your security?” asked Pitt.

“So I started teasing him—‘See that old woman on the street? That’s one of them! And that old guy crossing the road?

That’s the other one!’ ” They both laugh.

The president joins in the punch line: “Brad Pitt wanted to send his security guards here to come and get some training!”

After lunch, Asma al-Assad drives to the airport, where a Falcon 900 is waiting to take her to Massar in Latakia, on the coast. When she lands, she jumps behind the wheel of another SUV waiting on the tarmac. This is the kind of surprise visit she specializes in, but she has no idea how many kids will turn up at the community center on a rainy Friday.

As it turns out, it’s full. Since the first musical notation was discovered nearby, at Ugarit, the immaculate Massar center in Latakia is built around music. Local kids are jamming in a sound booth; a group of refugee Palestinian girls is playing instruments. Others play chess on wall-mounted computers. These kids have started online blood banks, run marathons to raise money for dialysis machines, and are working on ways to rid Latakia of plastic bags. Apart from a few girls in scarves, you can’t tell Muslims from Christians.

Asma al-Assad stands to watch a laborious debate about how—and whether—to standardize the Arabic spelling of the word Syria. Then she throws out a curve ball. “I’ve been advised that we have to close down this center so as to open another one somewhere else,” she says. Kids’ mouths drop open. Some repress tears. Others are furious. One boy chooses altruism: “That’s OK. We know how to do it now; we’ll help them.”

Then the first lady announces, “That wasn’t true. I just wanted to see how much you care about Massar.”

As the pilot expertly avoids sheet lightning above the snow-flecked desert on the way back, she explains, “There was a little bit of formality in what they were saying to me; it wasn’t real. Tricks like this help—they became alive, they became passionate. We need to get past formalities if we are going to get anything done.”

Two nights later it’s the annual Christmas concert by the children of Al-Farah Choir, run by the Syrian Catholic Father Elias Zahlawi. Just before it begins, Bashar and Asma al-Assad slip down the aisle and take the two empty seats in the front row. People clap, and some call out his nickname:

“Docteur! Docteur!”

Two hundred children dressed variously as elves, reindeers, or candy canes share the stage with members of the national orchestra, who are done up as elves. The show becomes a full-on songfest, with the elves and reindeer and candy canes giving their all to “Hallelujah” and “Joy to the World.” The carols slide into a more serpentine rhythm, an Arabic rap group takes over, and then it’s back to Broadway mode. The president whispers, “All of these styles belong to our culture. This is how you fight extremism—through art.”

 Brass bells are handed out. Now we’re all singing “Jingle Bell Rock,” 1,331 audience members shaking their bells, singing, crying, and laughing.

“This is the diversity you want to see in the Middle East,” says the president, ringing his bell. “This is how you can have peace!”

February 25, 2011 9:03 a.m.

The link is no longer valid, so I am posting the article in full here so it does not disappear from the memory hole.



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"Words I Never Said" Banned from Obama Inauguration

Grammy-nominated rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage of StartUp's Rock On inauguration event while performing the antiwar song, "Words I Never Said".   Organizers claim that the audience was not happy with Fiasco's choice of music.  Given that Lupe is an outspoken,  vocal critic of Barack Obama and the fake war on terror -

During an interview with CBS in 2011, Fiasco called Obama a terrorist. "The biggest terrorist is Obama and the United States of America. I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's actually causing the other forms of terrorism," he said.

"You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists."

- it defies my imagination as to why organizers wanted him to perform - but I am very glad he did.  Here is the video of the song that riled Obama supporters, with the lyrics below.

"Words I Never Said"

(feat. Skylar Grey)

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco]
I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover ups
Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, that's on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust
You get it then they move it so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the fucks”
Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such
And that ain't Jersey Shore, homie that's the news
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either
I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people.

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco - Verse 2]
Now you can say it ain't our fault if we never heard it
But if we know better than we probably deserve it
Jihad is not a holy war, wheres that in the worship?
Murdering is not Islam!
And you are not observant
And you are not a muslim
Israel don’t take my side cause look how far you’ve pushed them
Walk with me into the ghetto, this where all the Kush went
Complain about the liquor store but what you drinking liquor for?
Complain about the gloom but when’d you pick a broom up?
Just listening to Pac ain't gone make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts, ain't gon make it halt
If you don’t become an actor you’ll never be a factor
Pills with million side effects
Take em when the pains felt
Wash them down with Diet soda!
Killin off your brain cells
Crooked banks around the World
Would gladly give a loan today
So if you ever miss a payment
They can take your home away!

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said, never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco - Verse 3]
I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion that's why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said

US Boycotts UN Speech by Ahmadinejad: Why?

The United States and Israel have pulled out all the stops to portray Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of Iran, as raving lunatic.  The United States delegation to the United Nations, an organization devoted to diplomacy, walked out of the speech.  The Canadian representatives did not attend.  Why is the United States so incensed?  Read the transcript of the speech.  Iran is not the enemy,  The enemy is the US government.  Despite the inevitable manufactured flack in the  Zionist-controlled US media,  President Ahmadinejad was wise to bring up this issue in light of US provocations against Iran, a country that has not threatened the United States.  

Mr. President, 
Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I am grateful to the Almighty God who granted me the opportunity to appear 
before this world assembly once again. I wish to begin by commemorating those who 
lost their lives in the horrible flood in Pakistan and express my heartfelt sympathy 
with the families who lost their loved ones as well as with the people and the 
government of Pakistan. I urge everyone to assist their fellow men and women as a 
humane duty. 

Let me thank H.E. Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, the President of the he sixtyfourth 
session of the United Nations General Assembly, for all his efforts during his 
tenure. I also would like to congratulate H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, the President of the 
sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly and wish him all success. 

In the past years, I spoke to you about some of the hopes and concerns, 
including family crises, security, human dignity, world economy, climate change as 
well as the aspiration for justice and lasting peace. 

After about one hundred years of domination, the system of Capitalism and the 
existing world order has proved to be unable to provide appropriate solution to the 
problems of societies, thus coming to an end. I shall try to examine the two main 
causes of this failure and picture some features of the ideal future order. 

A) Attitudes and Beliefs 

As you are well aware, the divine prophets had the mission to call everyone to 
monotheism, love and justice and show mankind the path to prosperity. They invite 
men to contemplation and knowledge in order to better appreciate the truth and to 
avoid atheism and egoism. The very nature of the message of all prophets is one and 
the same. Every messenger endorsed the messenger before him and gave glad tidings 
about the prophet to come, and presented a more complete version of the religion in 
accordance with the capacity of the man at the time. This continued up to the last 
messenger of God who presented the perfect and all inclusive religion. 

In opposition to that, the egotist and the greedy stood up against this clear call, 
revolting against the message. 

Nimrod countered Hazrat Abraham, Pharaoh countered Hazrat Moses and the 
greedy countered Hazrat Jesus Christ and Hazrat Mohammad (Peace be upon them 
all). In the recent centuries, the human ethics and values have been rejected as a cause 
for backwardness. They were even portrayed as opposing wisdom and science 
because of the earlier infliction on man by the proclaimers of religion in the dark ages 
of the West 

Man's disconnection from Heaven detached him from his true self. 

Man with his potentials for understanding the secrets of the universe, his instinct 
for seeking truth, his aspirations for justice and perfection, his quest for beauty and 
purity and his capacity to represent God on earth was reduced to a creature limited to 
the materialistic world with a mission to maximize individualistic pleasures. Human 
instinct, then, replaced true human nature. 

Human beings and nations were considered rivals and the happiness of an 
individual or a nation was defined in collision with, and elimination or suppression of 
others. Constructive evolutionary cooperation was replaced with a destructive struggle 
for survival. 

The lust for capital and domination replaced monotheism which is the gate to love 
and unity. 

This widespread clash of the egoist with the divine values gave way to slavery and 
colonialism. A large portion of the world came under the domination of a few western 
States. Tens of millions of people were taken to slavery and tens of millions of 
families were shattered as a result. All the resources, the rights and the cultures of the 
colonized nations were plundered. Lands were occupied and the indigenous people 
were humiliated and mass-murdered. 

Yet, nations rose up, colonialism was alienated and the independence of the nations 
was recognized. Thus, the hope for respect, prosperity and security was revived 
amongst nations. In the beginning of the past century nice talks about freedom, 
human rights and democracy created hopes for healing the deep wounds of the past. 
Today, however, not only those dreams are not realized, but memories, even at times 
worse than before, have been recorded. 

As a result of the two World Wars, the occupation of Palestine, the Korean and the 
Vietnam's Wars, the Iraqi war against Iran, the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq as 
well as many wars in Africa, hundreds of millions of people were killed, wounded or 

Terrorism, illicit drugs, poverty and the social gaps increased. The dictatorial and 
coup d'etat governments in Latin America committed unprecedented crimes with the 
support of the West. 

Instead of disarmament, the proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear, biological and 
chemical weapons expanded, putting the world under a bigger threat. As a result, the 
very same old goals of colonialists and the slave masters were, this time round, 
pursued with a new facade. 

B) The Global Management and Ruling Structures 

The League of Nations and, then, the United Nations were established with the 
promise to bring about peace, security and the realization of human rights, which in 
fact meant a global management. 

One can analyze the current governance of the world by examining three events: 
First, the event of the II September 2001 which has affected the whole world for 
almost a decade. 

All of a sudden, the news of the attack on the twin towers was broadcast using 
numerous footages of the incident. 

Almost all governments and known figures strongly condemned this incident. 

But then a propaganda machine came into full force; it was implied that the whole 
world was exposed to a huge danger, namely terrorism, and that the only way to save 
the world would be to deploy forces into Afghanistan. 

Eventually Afghanistan, and shortly thereafter Iraq were occupied. 

Please take note: 

It was said that some three thousands people were killed on the II September for 
which we are all very saddened. Yet, up until now, in Afghanistan and Iraq hundreds 
of thousands of people have been killed, millions wounded and displaced and the 
conflict is still going on and expanding. 

In identifying those responsible for the attack, there were three viewpoints. 

1-That a very powerful and complex terrorist group, able to successfully cross all layers of the American intelligence and security, carried out the attack. 

This is the main viewpoint advocated by American statesmen. 

2-That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. 

The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view. 

3-It was carried out by a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation. Apparently, this viewpoint has fewer proponents. 

The main evidence linking the incident was a few passports found in the huge volume of rubble and a video of an individual whose place of domicile was unknown but it was announced that he had been involved in oil deals with some American officials. It was also covered up and said that due to the explosion and fire no trace of the suicide attackers was found. 

There remain, however, a few questions to be answered: 

1-Would it not have been sensible that first a thorough investigation should have been conducted by independent groups to conclusively identify the elements involved in the attack and then map out a rational plan to take measures against them? 

2-Assuming the viewpoint of the American government, is it rational to launch a classic war through widespread deployment of troops that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people to counter a terrorist group? 

3-Was it not possible to act the way Iran countered the Riggi terrorist group who killed and wounded 400 innocent people in Iran. In the Iranian operation no innocent person was hurt. 

It is proposed that the United Nations set up an independent fact-finding group for the event of the II September so that in the future expressing views about it is not forbidden. 

I wish to announce here that next year the Islamic Republic of Iran will host a 
conference to study terrorism and the means to confront it. I invite officials, scholars, 
thinkers, researchers and research institutes of all countries to attend this conference. 

Second, is the occupation of the Palestinian territories. 

The oppressed people of Palestine have lived under the rule of an occupying 
regime for 60 years, been deprived of freedom, security and the right to selfdetermination, 
while the occupiers are given recognition. On a daily basis, the houses 
are being destroyed over the heads of innocent women and children. People are 
deprived of water, food and medicine in their own homeland. The Zionists have 
imposed five all-out wars on the neighboring countries and on the Palestinian people. 

The Zionists committed the most horrible crimes against the defenseless people in 
the wars against Lebanon and Gaza. 

The Zionist regime attacked a humanitarian flotilla in a blatant defiance of all 
international norms and kills the civilians. 

This regime which enjoys the absolute support of some western countries regularly 
threatens the countries in the region and continues publicly announced assassination 
of Palestinian figures and others, while Palestinian defenders and those opposing this 
regime are pressured, labeled as terrorists and anti Semites. All values, even the 
freedom of expression, in Europe and in the United States are being sacrificed at the 
altar of Zionism. 

Solutions are doomed to fail because the right of the Palestinian people is not taken 
into account. 

Would we have witnessed such horrendous crimes if instead of recognizing the 
occupation, the sovereign right of the Palestinian people had been recognized? 

Our unambiguous proposition is the return of the Palestinian refugees to their home 
land and the reference to the vote of the people of Palestine to exercise their 
sovereignty and decide on the type of governance. 

Third, is the nuclear energy 

Nuclear energy is clean and cheap and a heavenly gift which is amongst the most 
suitable alternatives to cut the pollutions emanating from fossil fuels. 

The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows all member States to use nuclear 
energy without limits and the International Atomic Energy Agency is mandated to 
provide member States with technical and legal support. 

The nuclear bomb is the worst inhumane weapon and which must totally be 
eliminated. The NPT prohibits its development and stockpiling and calls for nuclear 

Nonetheless, note what some of the permanent members of the Security Council 
and nuclear bomb holders have done: 

They have equated nuclear energy with the nuclear bomb, and have distanced this 
energy from the reach of most of nations by establishing monopolies and pressuring 
the IAEA. While at the same time, they have continued to maintain, expand and 
upgrade their own nuclear arsenals. 

This has entailed the following: 

Not only the nuclear disarmament has not been realized but also nuclear bombs 
have been proliferated in some regions, including by the occupying and intimidating 
Zionist regime. 

I would like here to propose that the year 20II be proclaimed the year of nuclear 
disarmament and "Nuclear Energy for all, Nuclear Weapons for None". 

In all these cases the United Nations has been unable to take any effective course 
of action. Unfortunately, in the decade proclaimed as the "International Decade for the 
Culture of Peace" hundreds of thousands were killed and injured as a result of war, 
aggression and occupation, and hostilities and antagonism increased. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Very recently the world witnessed the ugly and inhumane act of burning the Holy 

The Holy Quran is the Divine Book and the eternal miracle of the Prophet oflslam. 
It calls for worshipping the One God, justice, compassion toward people, 
development and progress, reflection and thinking, defending the oppressed and 
resisting against the oppressors; and it names with respect the previous Messengers of 
God, like Noah, Abraham, Isaaq, Joseph, Moses and Jesus Christ (Peace be Upon 
them all) and endorses them.. They burned Quran to bum all these truths and good 
judgments. However, the truth could not be burned. Quran is eternal because God and 
truth are everlasting. This act and any other act which widens the gap and distances 
between nations is evil. We should wisely avoid playing into the hands of Satan. On 
behalf of the Iranian nation I pay respect to all Divine Books and their followers. This 
is the Quran and this is the Bible. I pay respect to both of them. 

Esteemed Friends, 

For years the inefficiency of the capitalism and the existing world management and 
structures has been exposed and the majority of States and nations have been on a 
quest for fundamental changes and for the prevalence ofjustice in global relations. 

The cause of the United Nation's ineptitude is in its unjust structure. Major power 
is monopolized in the Security Council due to the veto privilege, and the main pillar 
of the Organization, namely the General Assembly, is marginalized. 

In the past several decades, at least one of the permanent members of the Security 
Council has always been a party to the disputes. 

The veto advantage grants impunity to aggression and occupation; How could, 
therefore, one expect competence while both the judge and the prosecutor are a party 
to the dispute? 

Had Iran enjoyed veto privilege, would the Security Council and the IAEA 
Director General have taken the same position in the nuclear issue? 

Dear Friends, 

The United Nations is the key center for coordinating the common global management. Its structure needs to be reformed in a manner that all independent States and nations be able to participate in the global governance actively and constructively. 

The veto privilege should be revoked and the General Assembly should be the highest body and the Secretary-General should be the most independent official and all his positions and activities should be taken with the approval of the General Assembly and should be directed towards promoting justice and eliminating discrimination. 

The Secretary-General should not come under pressure from powers and/or the country hosting the Organization for his stating the truth and administration of justice. 

It is suggested that the General Assembly should, within one year and in the framework of an extraordinary session, finalize the reformation of the Organization's structure 

The Islamic Republic of Iran has clear suggestions in this regard and stands ready to participate actively and constructively in the process. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I announce clearly that the occupation of other countries under the pretext of freedom and democracy is an unforgivable crime. 

The world needs the logic of compassion and justice and inclusive participation instead oflogic offorce, domination, unilateralism, war and intimidation. 

The world needs to be governed by virtuous people like the Divine Prophets. 

The two vast geographical spheres, namely Africa and Latin America, have gone through historic developments during the past decades. The new approaches in these two continents, which are based on increasing level of integration and unity as well as on localizing the growth and development models, have born considerable fruits to the 'peoples of those regions. The awareness and wisdom of the leaders of these two continents has overcome the regional problems and crises without the domineering interference of non-regional powers. 

The Islamic Republic of Iran has expanded its relations with the Latin America and Africa in all aspects in recent years. 

And about the glorious Iran, 

The Tehran Declaration was a hugely constructive step in confidence building efforts which was made possible through the admirable good will by the governments of Brazil and Turkey along with the sincere cooperation of the Iranian government. Although the Declaration received inappropriate reaction by some and was followed by an unlawful resolution, it is still valid. 

We have observed the regulations of the IAEA more than our commitments, yet, we have never submitted to illegally imposed pressures nor will we ever do so. 

It has been said that they want to pressure Iran into a dialogue. Well, firstly, Iran has always been ready for a dialogue based on respect and justice. Secondly, methods based on disrespecting nations have long become ineffective. Those who have used intimidation and sanctions in response to the clear logic of the Iranian nation are in real terms destroying the remaining credibility of the Security Council and the trust of nations for this body, proving once and again how unjust is the function of the Council. 

When they threaten a great nation such as Iran which is known throughout history for its scientists, poets, artists and philosophers and whose culture and civilization is synonymous to purity, submission to God and seeking justice, how can they ever expect that other nations grow confidence on them? 

It goes without saying that domineering methods in managing the world has failed. Not only has the era of slavery and colonialism and dominating the world passed, the 
path to the reviving old Empires are blocked, too. 

We have announced that we stand ready for a serious and free debate with the American Statesmen to express our transparent views on issues of importance to the world in this very venue. 

It is proposed here that in order to have a constructive dialogue, an annual free debate be organized within the General Assembly. 

In conclusion, 

Friends and Colleagues, 

The Iranian nation and the majority of the world's nations and governments are against the current discriminatory management of the world. 

The inhumane nature of this management has put it at a dead-end and requires a major overhaul. 

Reforming the world's affairs and bringing about tranquility and prosperity requires the participation of all, pure thoughts and the divine and humane 

We are all ofthe idea that: 

Justice is the basic element for peace, durable security and the spread of love among peoples and nations. It is in the justice that mankind seeks the realization of his aspirations, rights and dignity, since he is wary of oppression, humiliation and ill treatment. 

The true nature of mankind is manifested in the love for other fellow humans and love for all the good in the world. Love is the best foundation for establishing relation 
amongst people and amongst nations. 

As Vahshi Bafqi, the great Iranian poet, says: 

"From the fountain of youth, drink thousand sips 

You'll still die if you don't have love's grip" 

In making a world full of purity, safety and prosperity people are not rivals but companions. 

Those who see their happiness but in the sorrow of others and their welfare and safety but in others' insecurity, those who see themselves superior to others, are out of the path of humanity and are in evil's course. 

Economy and materialistic means are only some tools to serve others, to create friendship and strengthen human connections for spiritual perfection. They are not 
tools for show-off or means of dominating others. 

Men and women complements each other and family unit with pure, loving and long-lasting relation of the spouses in its center is the guarantee for the continuity and 
the bringing up generations, for true pleasures, for spreading love and for reforming of the societies. 

Woman is a reflection of God's beauty and is the source of love and caring. She is the guardian ofpurity and exquisiteness ofthe society.

The tendency to toughen the souls and behaviors of women deprives them from their very basic right of being a loving mother and a caring wife. It would result in a more violent society with irreversible defects. 

Freedom is a divine right that should serve peace and human perfection. 

Pure thoughts and the will of the righteous are keys to the gates of a pure life full of hope, liveliness and beauty. 

This is the promise of God that the earth will be inherited by the pure and the righteous. And the people free from selfishness will take up the management of the world. Then, there will be no trace of sorrow, discrimination, poverty, insecurity and aggression. The time for true happiness and for the blossoming of the true nature of humankind, the way God has intended, will arrive. 

All those seeking for justice and all the free spirits have been waiting for this moment and have promised such glorious time. 

The complete human, the true servant of God and the true friend of the mankind whose father was from the generation of the beloved Prophet of Islam and whose mother was from the true believers of the Jesus Christ, shall wait along with Jesus the son of Marry and the other righteous to appear on those brilliant times and assist the humanity. 

In welcoming them we should join ranks and seek justice. 

Praise to Love and worship, praise to justice and freedom, praise to the true humanity, the complete human, the true companion of the humankind and peace be upon you and all the righteous and the pure. 

Thank you.

link to gadebate.un.org

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Filing Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush

Congressman Dennis Kucinich is on the floor of the House of Representatives right now introducing 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush.

Here is a partial transcript of the proceeding, obtained from Raw Story.  It was a rushed transcript and I took the liberty of editing the capitalization and misspelled words as best I could.  There are a few glitches in the transcript.

The rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to. And without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. 

The Speaker Pro Tempore: Will the House come to order? For what purpose does the gentleman from Ohio rise?

Mr. Kucinich: madam speaker, the House is not in order.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: Will the House come to order?  Please take your conversations off the floor. The Speaker Pro Tempore: will the House come to order. The gentleman from Ohio.

Mr. Kucinich: Madam Speaker, pursuant to Clause 2 of rule 9, I rise to give notice of my intent to raise a question of the privileges of the House. The form of the resolution is as follows. The House is not in order.

Mr. Kucinich: The form of the resolution is as follows. A resolution, articles of impeachment of George Bush, President of the United States. Resolved that President George W. Bush be impeached for High Crimes and Misdemeanor and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate.  Articles of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America in maintenance and support of its impeachment against George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanor. It is conduct while President of the united states, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faith fully execute the office of the office of President of the United States and best of his ability, preserve protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be safely executed has committed the following abuses of power. Article 1, creating a secret propaganda campaign to manufacture a false case for war against Iraq. In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his Constitutional oath to faith fully execute the office of President of the United States and to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and in violation of its constitutional duty to take care that the laws be safely executed, has both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, together with the Vice President, illegally spent public dollars on a secret propaganda campaign to manufacture a false cause for war against Iraq.  The Department of Defense has engaged in a years long secret domestic propaganda campaign --

The Speaker Pro Tempore: The gentleman will suspend.  The House will come to order. please proceed.

Mr. Kucinich:  The President and the Department of Defense promoted a secret program for war with Iraq.  This program follows the pattern of crimes detailed in Articles i, ii, iv, and 7:00 -- strike that, 8:00. the mission of this program placed it within the field controlled by the White House Iraq group, known as WHIG, a White House task formed -- task force formed in 2002 that included Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Mary Matalin, Nicholas Calleo, and James R. Wilkinson. the White House Iraq group, or WHIG, produced White papers detailing so-called intelligence of Iraq's nuclear intelligence that later proved to be false. This supposed -- supposed intelligence included the claim that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger and that the high-strength uranium tubes were to be used for building centrifuges to enrich uranium. Unlike the national intelligence estimate of 2002, the WHIGs' White paper provided lit rare license on intelligence. it was written at the same time and by the same people as speeches and talking points prepared for President Bush and some of his top officials. The White House-Iraq group also organized a media campaign in which, between September 7 and 8, 2002, President Bush and his top advisors appeared on numerous interviews and all provided similarly gripping images about the possibility of a nuclear attack by Iraq. The timing was no coincidence as Andrew Card explained in an interview regarding waiting to Labor Day to try to sell the American people on military action against Iraq he said quote from a marketing point of view, you don't introduce knew products in August.  September 7 and September 8, 2002, NBC's "Meet the Press," Vice President Cheney accused Saddam of moving aggressively to develop nuclear weapons over the past 14 months to add to his stockpile of chemical and biological arms. CNN.  Then national-security -- then-National Security Advisor raised side of Iraq obtain a nuclear weapon, we don't want a smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. President Bush said Saddam was six months away from developing nuclear weapons and cited photos of weapons inspectors in Iraq, that Saddam was trying to develop nuclear arms. The Pentagon prop began dist military program was revealed in an April 20, 2002, "New York Times" article. the program illegally involved, quote, attempts to change opinion through the use of third parties. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld recruited 75 retired military officers and gave them talking points to deliver on fobblings, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and MSNBC, according to "The New York Times" report, which has not been discomputered by the Pentagon or White House. quote, participants were instructed not to quote their briefers directly or otherwise describe their contact with the Pentagon. According to the Pentagon's own internal document the military analysts were considered, quote, message-force multipliers, unquote, as surrogates to deliver administration themes and messages to millions of Americans in the form of their own opinions. In fact, they did deliver the themes and messages but did not reveal the Pentagon had provided them with their talking points. Robert S. Bvelaqua a retired Green Beret and fox news analyst described this as follows. He said, it was them say, we need to stick our hands up your back and move your mouth for you. Congress has restricted annual appropriations bills since 1951 with this language, and I quote, no part of any appropriation contained in this or any other act shall be used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States, not here turnover authorized by the Congress, unquote. A March 21, 2005, report by the Congressional Research Service states that publicity or propaganda is defined by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO., mean either one self-aggrandizement by public officials, two, purely partisan activity, or three, covert propaganda. These concerns about covert propaganda were also the basis for the GAO's standard for determining when government-funded video news releases are illegal, and I quote. The failure of an agency to identify itself as the source of a prepackaged news story misleads the viewing public by encouraging the viewing audience to believe that the broadcasting news organization developed the information. The prepackaged news stories are purposely designed to be indistinguishable from news segments broadcast to the public. When the public does not know the stories, they watched on television news stories they watched about the government were prepared by the government the stories are in a sense, no longer purely factual. The White House's own office of legal counsel stated in a memorandum written in 2005, following the controversy over the Armstrong-Williams scandal, I quote, over the years GAO has interpreted publicity or propaganda restrictions to preclude the use of appropriated funds for, among other things so-called covert prop began dasm squint that view, the office of ledge -- of legal counsel determined in 1988 that a statutory prohibition on using appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda precluded undisclosed agency funded of advocacy by third-party groups. we stated that covert attempts to mold opinion through the undisclosed use of third parties would run afoul of presixth -- restrictions for using funds for propaganda. Asked about the Pentagon's propaganda program at a White House press briefing, White House press secretary Dana Pereno defended it not by arguing it was legal, but by suggesting that it should be. He said, quote, look, I didn't know. Look, I think you guys should take a step back and look at this. DOD has made a decision. They decided to stop this program, but I would say that one of the things we try to do in the administration is to get information out to a variety of people so everyone else can call them and ask their opinion about something. I don't think that should be against the law. I think it's important to provide information to people who are seeking it and will be providing their opinions on it.  It doesn't mean the military analysts agree with the administration. I think you can go back and look and think a lot of their analysis was tough on the administration that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk to people, unquote...

The MSNBC online poll results at this moment:

Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?   * 590878 responses
Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.
No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."
No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching.
I don't know.

Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com, said: "We've waited seven years to find one Member of Congress brave enough to stand up for our Constitution, for which generations of Americans have fought and died. We are thrilled and honored that Dennis Kucinich has chosen to be that one genuine patriot. We congratulate him on his historic leadership, and pledge to do everything in our power to persuade Congress to adopt all 35 Articles and put George W. Bush on trial before the Senate of the United States, exactly as the Founding Fathers wanted."

Fertik continued, "Some might question why Congressman Kucinich has done this now. My question is why 434 other Congress Members have not done it before. Despite the uncountable and unspeakable crimes this administration has committed, George Bush and Dick Cheney remain in power and immune from prosecution. Congress must impeach Bush and Cheney now - before they further abuse their power by pardoning for all of their crimes."

David Swanson, creator of ImpeachCheney.org, Washington Director of Democrats.com and co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition, said: "Congressman Kucinich is the first, but we will be pressuring 434 other Representatives to join him. We must act to prevent an attack on Iran and to reestablish the rule of law for future administrations.

"Bush has had many accomplices,  first and foremost Vice President Cheney. But our Founders created a single executive precisely so that we could hold that one person accountable for the actions of the Executive Branch. It is high time we did so, and millions of Americans will be urging their representatives to support the effort being led by Congressman Kucinich.

"Bush's public comments have time and again advertised his indifference to the laws he is violating. Not only does overwhelming evidence show us that Bush knew his claims about WMDs to be false, but the president has shown us that he considers the question of truth or falsehood to be laughably irrelevant. When Diane Sawyer asked Bush during a televised interview after the war was underway why he had claimed with such certainty that there were so many weapons in Iraq, he replied: 'What's the difference? The possibility that [Saddam] could acquire weapons, if he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger.'

Swanson continued, "What's the difference? Hundreds of thousands of corpses and a fatal blow to the rule of law among nations. That's the difference - unless we remove impeachment from the Constitution by failing to exercise it, in which case truth will no longer matter any more than justice or peace.


It's a little late, but at least someone is finally doing something.  Will Ron Paul support the resolution to impeach Bush?

As much flack as Dennis gets for bringing these articles up now, it does two things.  First, it forces members of Congress to put their money where their mouth is.  The 110th Congress was elected on promises to impeach Bush, and yet they have done nothing.  Since their seats are all up for grabs in November, this might force a few to actually follow the will of the people.  Second, it might help keep Bush from attacking Iran.  (On the other hand, his handlers might believe that they have no choice but to push forth with another false flag attack to justify attacking Iran.)

Even the mainstream media is finally picking up this story.  More than 3,000 news articles appear on Google news search engine - and this story is just a few hours old!  Maybe tomorrow will be a good day!

Kucinich's Impeachment Articles:

Article I Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.

Article II Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.

Article III Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.

Article IV Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.

Article V Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.

Article VI Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114.

Article VII Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.

Article VIII Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter.

Article IX Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor

Article X Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes

Article XI Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

Article XII Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources

Article XIIII Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries

Article XIV Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency

Article XV Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq

Article XVI Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors

Article XVII Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives

Article XVIII Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy

Article XIX Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to "Black Sites" Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture

Article XX Imprisoning Children

Article XXI Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government

Article XXII Creating Secret Laws

Article XXIII Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act

Article XXIV Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment

Article XXV Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens

Article XXVI Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements

Article XXVII Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply

Article XXVIII Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice

Article XXIX Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Article XXX Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare

Article XXXI Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency

Article XXXII Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change

Article XXXIII Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.

Article XXXIV Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001

Article XXXV Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders

Ben Bradlee: "We should call Bush a liar""

Translation found on the WRH letters page.

READER: Mike, I have translated the Ben Bradlee Spiegel interview from the German. It may not be perfect, it's a rushed job, but consider it a small contribution.

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2004, 15:26
URL: http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/0,1518,324226,00.html

Interview with Watergate Legend Ben Bradlee

"We should call Bush a liar "

As chief editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee revealed Richard Nixon’s lies about Watergate and compelled the American president to resign. In this interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE Bradlee asks his colleagues to deal likewise with George W. Bush.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: You chased the liar Nixon out of the White House in 1974. Was that a lesson for politicians, a lesson that they should stay closer to the truth?

Bradlee: Unfortunately often with terrible consequences. Just think of Lyndon B. Johnson and his dramatic speech about the alleged Vietnamese attack on US warships in the Gulf of Tonkin. In 1964 the Congress gave him the power to wage war on Vietnam for this. If voters had known at the time that the attack never took place, think how many might still be alive today. And our country would never have lost its trust in politicians the way it has.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Does the press not share part of the blame for this? Nearly all Americans, including the "Washington Post" avoid and step back from calling Bush a liar on account of the Iraq war.

(sidebar)Ben Bradlee, 83, is possibly the most influential American journalist of the twentieth century. During his time as chief editor of the "Washington Post" (1968-1991) the paper discovered in the "Pentagon Papers" the truth of the Vietnam war and as a result of its Watergate research compelled Richard Nixon to resign.

Bradlee: Oh, I think they ought clearly to call him a liar in their leading articles. There have been some commentaries on WMD which go almost as far as this. But as journalists we are frightened of calling someone a liar. During Watergate we knew that the Nixon administration was lying in our faces. We could have written at the time: "Richard Nixon explained today that he could not speak about Watergate, because these are matters of national security. That is a lie." But I would have felt uncomfortable with this. American reporters want to report objectively, and not rush to judgment. We put our trust in the truth coming out, bit by bit.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: The "Washington Post" and the "New York Times" seem to be feeling a tiny bit guilty already. Both papers have apologised for their overly uncritical reporting of the Iraq war.

Bradlee: Of course, and they were too slow about it. They believed the administration’s explanations for too long. And of course after September 11, 2001 the Republicans were skilful at burying every critical report under a wave of patriotism.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Such a climate demands much greater courage and spine to call a lie a lie.

Bradlee: If as a journalist in the US you mess with the best connected elements of the religious right, then you get into genuine difficulties. And it’s also a problem of research. In the Lewinsky scandal it was easy to call Bill Clinton a liar, because it was all so clear. With Bush you have to do research. It’s true that there a thousands of newspapers in the US, but many publishers won’t pay for background reporting. At the "Washington Post" Katharine Graham, the publisher, supported me and Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein while the White House was threatening to destroy her whole publishing enterprise.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: So will politicians keep on lying?

Bradlee: It’s got to be getting harder for them. Society has become much more mistrustful over the last few decades – on account of Vietnam, on account of Watergate. And also on account of equal rights: women who work in leading positions in society or the media today don’t want emulate the secretiveness and lies of men.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: But will that be reflected in critical reporting?

Bradlee: After Watergate many smarter, more critical people went into journalism. Now they have to pull themselves together and do their homework: why is he telling me this? Is it really true? And where can I find independent sources to verify the story?

Interviewer: Gregor Schmit

Demand Letter Sent to Bush From a Corporate CEO

I created a web site in which I posted the following notice. The site will be up in a few hours - I'm waiting for the hosting company to send me the nameservers. Please skip halfway down the post to save yourself the burden of several paragraphs of long-winded and sometimes pointless prose. I'm in one of my moods. "They" probably make meds for that, but I prefer to live the life of a crazy person. It's much more interesting that way.

The author of the following letter is reported to be Karl W. B. Schwarz, President and CEO of Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC. Curious to know more about this brave Conservative Christian Republican, I put his name in a search engine and found no web site for Patmos Nanotechnologies. I know that many businesses have yet to establish a presence on the web, but the word "nanotechnologies" implies that this company would have a spectacular Flash-based web site, and oddly enough, no one actually owns the domain names patmosnanotechnologies.com, .org, or .net. How could a company that uses the word nanotechnology to describe its business possibly be so short-sited to have forgotten to have registered the domain name? Savvy entrepreneur that I am (kind of, sort of), I decided to buy said domains, which is why you, dear reader, have landed here. No, this is not an attempt to try to sell the domain name back to Mr. Schwarz for millions of dollars. Just the $32.00 to register the domains (which includes $16.50 for the erroneous purchase of domain "patmosnanotechnolgies", which I inadvertently typed due to the new Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte (justified - non-fat with whipped cream )and $35.88 to host this page. (While you may balk at the cost of the hosting - a mere $2.99 per month because the evil capitalist bastards at ehostpros.com require twelve months up front, think of it this way: if I sell you the hosting aspect of the business, you can instantly wipe out my insane rantings before they ever become part of the Google cache, but only if you act quickly. I am not actively promoting this site, but Google likes me. I consistently achieve high rankings for my blog under terms such as "corporate fascism" and "pictures fetus soup", though I do not have nor have I ever had pictures of the latter on my blog. It's a long story.) An a nice letter explaining why the company did not register the domain when it filed as an LLC isn't necessary, but it would be nice, hence the request for a nice letter. And, well, maybe consideration for some creative Flash work for your site. I refer you to my professional site as a reference, however, the flash portion of karmakatdesigns.com - which promises to be very, very cool, will not be up until the end of October 2004, as its high level of coolness necessitates many, many hours of work, something I am not adverse to, mind you, but it tends to aggravate a potential case of carpal tunnel syndrome, and being self-employed I cannot sue my employer for what is surely an OSHA violation, so sometimes I must break away from the glare of the monitor and the constant buzz of a hard drive that will crash at the worst possible time, before I have finished backing up 25 gigs of images. Finally, I will need assurances that Patmos Nanotechnologies is not involved involved a nefarious scheme like the one in the letter sent to "Mr. Kellykat Th2rson" from a distinguished Nigerian prince needing my assistance in this very private financial matter that involves depositing millions of dollars into my bank account, of which I will receive a ten percent commission. All I have to do is send him my bank account number and in 72 hours I will be a millionaire. Sorry, Mr. Schwarz, but I cannot release my bank account number to you, as I cannot ascertain that you are a welathy Nigerian prince, but I will permit you to mail me a check for six thousand seven hundred eighty-eight pennies (address that to "Kelly Thomas" and not Mr. Kellykat Th2rson) or you can just buy some of my art and we'll call it even.

See, that's where the entrepreneurship comes in. Now every person who is not affiliated with Mr. Schwarz has cause to wonder, what art might this person only known until now as Mr. Kellykat Th2rson produce that Mr. Kellykat Th2rson would rather sell than accept a certified check for sixty seven dollars and eighty-eight cents? Is it worth millions of dollars? Hardly, but then I think that many works of art are overvalued. But I am not ashamed at this shameless act of self promotion or use of grammar that would make my fifth grade English teacher, Mrs. Brown, cringe in horror, as I would prefer to not to be a struggling artist with negative cash flow and $67.88 further indebted to American Express. Brazen, perhaps, but at least I am not like the infamous Karen, who initiated the concept of the beg site by asking everyone to donate to the kitty to help pay off her shoe habit. I have a shoe habit, too, but you don't see me asking for people to pay for my Cole Haan sandals and not get something in return. No, I am offering you, dear reader who has amazingly made it this far and is thinking will she ever get to the part about the letter written by Karl Schwarz, author of the soon-to-be-released "One-Way Ticket to Crawford, Texas", the chance to own signed digital prints of my art. I'll have to check my tax records, but this may be the very last year I can show a net loss for my digital art habit fueled by too many lattes at that evil corporate-robber baron chain called Starbucks, just in case the illegal, unconstitutional and PRIVATE Office of the Internal Revenue Service has nothing better to do than than have its employees surfing the web. Starbucks is a legitimate tax write-off, at least in my case. Where was I? Oh, yes, the bottom line (don't you just love all these business terms I have tossed your way, such as cash flow, entrepreneur, tax records, IRS, Starbucks, bottom line, American Express, and Cole Haan.) Note the absence of talk of Birkenstocks, which I do not own, lest you think I am just some flaky artist who spends way too much time at Starbucks, which I toss in there in case you do not want to impart with your evil Republican dollars, because I am very much a Libertarian, which is what all Republicans and Democrats should strive to be. In any case, my shoes are, I repeat, not Birkenstocks. That's Cole Haan, synonym for obscene amount of money for a stylish AND comfortable pair of shoes that scream, "South Hampton summers!"

None of this is meant to demean Mr. Schwarz. I applaud him for speaking out and holding the government responsible for its fraudulent actions against humankind. I want to send his letter to everyone I know and don't know. I am merely peeved that he did not register the domain, which in turn made me think of Nicholas Berg and Prometheus Methods Tower Service, also never registered as a domain to this day. When people fail to register domain names, I become suspicious, especially since I own quite a few with links to nowhere. I just liked the names, and five dollars and fifty cents per domain name is a lot cheaper than a crack habit. I think. I'm not sure, since I have never seen the drug, let alone purchased it. This is rant is a genuine Starbucks buzz. Please feel free to sue these caffeine pushers if my prose has turned you into a paranoid schizophrenic. But I digress. It just seems inconceivable in this day and age that a technology focused company would fail to spend $16.50 to register a couple of domain names, regardless of when the business will go online, as crazy libertarian artists like me can buy the names and engage in acts of shameless self-promotion.

For those of you who have made it this far, here is the text of Mr. Schwarz's letter, which is far more eloquent and to the point than anything I could ever produce:

Demand Letter Sent To
Bush By Corp CEO
From Karl W. B. Schwarz
President, Chief Executive Officer
Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC

By Email, By Facsimile to White House

Mr. President,

I am a Conservative Christian Republican that has no intentions of voting for you in this year's election and many other Conservative Republicans are following me.

America demands the TRUTH and not after the elections; this nation demands the truth from you RIGHT NOW! This letter and an identical email will be going out to hundreds of thousands by me, millions by others. The following content was sent to the White House by facsimile earlier today from Ground Zero in New York City.

1. I demand as an American citizen that you lift the "gag order" on Sibel D. Edmonds and let Americans know what foreign names and what AMERICAN NAMES she uncovered in her FBI translations that were involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and the financing of 9-11. Her facts and your "official story" lies do not add up. Americans demand the truth on that matter before the election.

2. I demand to know what energy companies were in that Cheney Energy Task Force meeting and what discussions there were as to the steps that would be taken to remove the Taliban and Bridas Corporation as the last remaining obstacle to the United States controlling the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline. I met that company in 1999 and have known since then about the Bridas v Unocal, $15 billion interference of contract lawsuit in US District Court, Southern District of Texas. I also know about the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on September 9, 2003 that upheld the Bridas $500 million arbitration settlement and the March 22, 2004 denial of Writ of Certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, Case 03-1018, Turkmenneft v Bridas.

3. I demand to know how many prisoners are being held at GITMO and other places that are either BRIDAS EMPLOYEES or are persons that know all about Bridas Corporation and what your administration did to get control of that Trans-Afghanistan pipeline.

4. I demand to know how many board meetings Condoleezza Rice and Thomas Kean sat in on at Chevron and Amerada Hess where it was discussed how they were going to deal with making the billions in "Big Oil" investments into a land locked Caspian Basin and how to get rid of the Taliban and Bridas so they could turn those investments into cash flow. How many times did Big Oil ask for military force to complete a commercial transaction they could not get under their control, and on what exact date did you agree to provide such military force - prior to 9-11? Isn't it true Mr. Bush that the Cheney Energy Task Force discussed that attack on Afghanistan and removal of the Taliban / Bridas obstacle once and for all - and did so well in advance of 9-11?

5. I demand to know why you appointed 10 persons to the 9-11 Commission, 8 of which are directly benefiting by the Taliban / Bridas "contract" obstacle being removed - breached with military force, and the big Caspian Oil deals that are now coming to market. No, America does not 'thank you' for that nor do we hold such despicable conduct up high.

6. I demand to know what US Oil Company stepped up as the sponsor of that OPIC and Asia Development Bank funded Trans-Afghanistan pipeline and what US company is constructing that pipeline right now, and what US firms are supplying the key components and their relationship to your administration.

7. I demand that you identify the company and persons who were going around Bridas to be "natural gas suppliers" to the US owned natural gas electrical generation plants in Pakistan (Dynegy - Illinova /Tenaska, El Paso (2 OPIC financed transactions) and others.

8. I demand to know why you have not been truthful with the American public that your GWOT and military policy are protecting the Caspian Basin Oil and Gas deals for many of your Bush Pioneers, some $9.6 trillion in oil and about $3 trillion in natural gas, now mostly in the hands of your elite wealthy contributors and some elite Liberals to keep this all quiet.

9. I demand to know what role the post-bankruptcy ENRON (Prisma Energy International, Cayman Islands) is playing in the Caspian Basin area, the same Enron that uses the law firm of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw [Richard Ben Veniste, 9-11 Commission] that established the offshore SPE's for assets that were never under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

10. I demand to know why you appointed Richard Ben Veniste to the 9-11 Commission when it was his law firm that was stalling Bridas Corporation at the Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals in the matter of Bridas Corporation v. Turkmenneft and his law firm is directly involved in Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and your administration.

11. I demand to know the exact date of the order that had our military practicing in early 2001 the invasion of Afghanistan to take out the Taliban and Bridas Corporation and make that pipeline under control of US interests, many of your Bush Pioneers, and the exact date that our military started practicing and preparing for that invasion.

12. I demand to know who Remington Holdings Ltd is, and Western Acquisitions, Inc, both Baker & Botts clients and the lucky recipients of OPIC financing to acquire oil and gas deposits in Pakistan.

Who are the parties involved in those entities by name and benefited from such governmental magnanimity? Is this transaction a payoff? Since American taxpayers are footing the bill, we have the right to know - right now.

13. I demand to know why you could not find 10 people to sit on the 9-11 Commission that are not directly benefiting from the actions you have taken and the lives you have cost or otherwise ruined. Why would you select people not motivated to find the truth for that would impact "their bottom line"?

14. I demand a full disclosure from your administration as to the Citibank / IFTRIC / OPIC / Export-Import Bank financing of American / Israeli based deals in Islamic nations on behalf of your major campaign contributors.

"IFTRIC and Citibank have an agreement allowing Citibank to finance approved IFTRIC-backed transactions. Citibank Israel CEO Nandan Mar said: 'The Citibank branch, and the Structured Trade Finance Group, view IFTRIC's program as a basic product for the bank's domestic activities.'"

I see distinct differences between "terrorism" and "outrage" (Shurtan II) at your policies.

15. I demand to know why you wanted an entire new division of the CIA for Argentina. As an American citizen I take umbrage to your belligerence towards a nation that is not an enemy of the United States by any stretch of the imagination, except possibly yours. It is abundantly clear that your intentions were solely to intimidate Argentina and Argentina based Bridas Corporation into silence and that is NOT AMERICA. That has every appearance of the United States acting as the terrorist and a state sponsor of terrorism. Yes, you are wrapped in a flag but I clearly see that it is not the one you purport it to be.

16. I demand to know why your administration has never disclosed that DynPort Vaccine, LLC, owned by DynCorp and now owned by Computer Sciences Corporation, a Bush Pioneer, is a possible source for where the weaponized Ames Strain of anthrax came from that was used against this nation. How did your administration manage to miss one of your campaign contributors and a company doing large volumes of business with your administration and even being known euphemistically (DynCorp) as The Mercenary Company? Who put that Contract on America?

17. I demand to know how you can claim a pretense of being a Christian while sponsoring and condoning the torture of prisoners, including sodomizing children, at Abu Ghraib prison.

18. I demand to know how your administration can send firms overseas as "representatives of this nation" that were convicted of running a flesh trade in little girls in Bosnia, specifically one DynCorp. Convicted in Texas and the United Kingdom according to reports I have seen and apparently detested in Afghanistan. You do recall that DynCorp is the company providing security to protect your puppet Karzai in Afghanistan and your other puppet Zalmay Khalilzad is deterring anyone from running for President in that bogus "free" democracy?

19. I demand to know why your administration keeps running the name and photos of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah as the "dirty bomb boogeyman" and on March 25, 2003 the FBI knew exactly where to find him and did not go after him. That telephone call was made from my telephone by a Canadian friend that was in Little Rock on that date, Mr. Bush, so do not pretend "national security" with me.

I am "first person" on this matter and all of America deserves to know the extent that your administration has been and is lying to us all - and someone that is not Al Qaeda is probably "dropping a suspect name" as they set up a dirty bomb attack. Sure have pushed up the oil and gas prices with your strategy though, guess we can consider that another "Mission Accomplished".

20. I demand to know why your administration keeps referring to Adnan G. El Shukrijumah as a "Saudi" when the FBI knows full well he is not Saudi. His family is from Guyana in South America and they have lived in Florida since 1986 without incident. His grandparents were from Yemen, moved long ago to South America and his mother is from Trinidad & Tobago.

21. I demand to know why you alerted India, Pakistan and "Axis of Evil" member Iran of your intentions to attack the Taliban / Bridas well before 9-11, and not notify the citizens of this nation. That matter was reported on June 26, 2001 in India newspapers.

22. I demand to know the exact date that the first meeting, first page of the Patriot Act was started by your administration.

23. I demand to know why it is you, your backers, certain Democrats that apparently "hate our freedoms" more than these purported GWOT Islamic fundamentalists, hence the Patriot Act that treats all Americans with the same degree of contempt and disdain you treat all non-wealthy Americans.

24. I demand to know why Homeland Security is protecting this government and not protecting this nation.

25. I demand to know why any dissent or objections to your Orwellian, imperialistic, pro-corporate agenda is referred to the Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism Division.

26. I demand to know why you defile everything you touch and try to twist it into something that is pro-Bush Backers and anti-American citizens and then try to alter our rights as Americans via Patriot Act measures that are designed to force America into submission and does nothing to protect this nation, only this government.

27. I demand to know why your administration is planning a "pro-Bush Pioneers pharmaceutical program" derived from TMAP (Texas Medical Algorithm Project) and PENNMAP (Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania) to have Americans tested under guidelines prepared by your Bush Pioneers and force psychotropic drugs on Americans.

28. I demand to know why your administration keeps injecting our troops with an anthrax vaccine known to be deadly and harmful to the health of our soldiers and now apparently wish to inject that into all Americans under Project BioShield and martial law. Is that why you have no concern whatsoever for the 3 million jobs lost, for between your TMAP lunacy and Project BioShield lunacy, well over 3 million Americans could perish if the same statistical rates hit the general population as has hit our military? Can you explain away Holocaust with "brilliant strategy policy" driven by unmitigated greed?

29. I demand to know why Li Ka-shing was denied Global Crossing on national security grounds (very public) yet allow him in the back door in Savi Technology (not disclosed), the RFID technology company that is purportedly protecting our ports from insertion of a nuclear bomb into this nation via "ocean going containers". How many doors are left wide open by your administration in this GWOT Fable?

30. I demand to know why you search the world for mythical terrorists and cannot find robber barons and financial terrorist right under your nose. That many of them are Bush Pioneers and even backers of the Democratic Party, and have plundered the investors, workers and citizens of this nation, is very apparent to Americans and not very pro-family on your part.

Christians do not lie, Mr. Bush, for that is an affront to God. A Christian would not willfully mislead this nation, nor send our troops into Harm's Way for a lie while your wealthy contributors take over a $9.6 trillion oil, $3.0 trillion natural gas deal and already maneuvering for Africa. You are proving to the world that you are terrified of the truth and have impeded every investigation into the truth.

Your actions prove that you are not an upstanding Christian, nor are you a Conservative Republican worthy of that designation.

Your position as President does not make you unaccountable to the citizens of this nation, nor does it entitle you to act as a tyrant, an emperor, or serving only those Americans that dole out money for your political ambitions and agendas. I see no "stewardship" in your conduct whatsoever.

You have "Mission Accomplished" three times - the removal of Taliban / Bridas to control that pipeline, radically escalated the price of oil and gas for some of your major backers, and the death and maiming of many due to your lies. Your "Iraq Strategery" makes perfect sense to me, since all of you needed a diversion away from Afghanistan, the Caspian Basin and what you did to Bridas Corporation to get control of that $9.6 trillion in oil, $3 trillion in natural gas.

Go back home and wrap yourself in the flag of Texas and the shame you alone are responsible for creating. Your resume is your doing and yours alone.

If you were running against me this year, you would not have the guts to stay on the stage in a debate with me.

Shame on all of you, both sides of the aisle that have lied to America and gotten so many killed and maimed for a lie, and no, I am not an antiwar person. Just adamantly opposed to what you stand for, for that is lower than Clinton on his worst day.


Karl W. B. Schwarz
President, Chief Executive Officer
Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC

Former Senior Advisor to Bob Dole Says George Bush Authorized September 11th Attacks

From Thomas Buyea

Keep in mind when reading this, that the man being interviewed is no two-bit internet conspiracy buff.

Stanley Hilton was a senior advisor to Sen Bob Dole (R) and has personally known Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz for decades. This courageous man has risked his professional reputation, and possibly his life, to get this information out to people.

The following is from his latest visit to Alex Jones' radio show.

Forwarded with Compliments of Free Voice of America (FVOA): Accurate News and Interesting Commentary for Amerika's Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free.

Note: All honor to Stanley Hilton for risking his life so that we may know the truth of 9/11.

The Bush Junta Unmasked

"This (9/11) was all planned. This was a government-ordered operation. Bush personally signed the order. He personally authorized the attacks. He is guilty of treason and mass murder." --Stanley Hilton

Alex Jones interview of Stanley Hilton, attorney for 911 taxpayers' lawsuit

Alex Jones Radio Show September 10, 2004 Transcription by 'RatCat'

AJ: He is back with us. He is former Bob Dole's chief of staff, very successful counselor, lawyer. He represents hundreds of the victims families of 9/11. He is suing Bush for involvement in 9/11. Now a major Zogby poll out - half of New Yorkers think the government was involved in 9/11. And joining us for the next 35 minutes, into the next hour, is Stanley Hilton. Stanley, it's great to have you on with us.

SH: Glad to be on.

AJ: We'll have to recap this when we start the next hour, but just in a nutshell, you have a lawsuit going, you've deposed a lot of military officers. You know the truth of 9/11. Just in a nutshell, what is your case alleging?

SH: Our case is alleging that Bush and his puppets Rice and Cheney and Mueller and Rumsfeld and so forth, Tenet, were all involved not only in aiding and abetting and allowing 9/11 to happen but in actually ordering it to happen. Bush personally ordered it to happen. We have some very incriminating documents as well as eye-witnesses, that Bush personally ordered this event to happen in order to gain political advantage, to pursue a bogus political agenda on behalf of the neocons and their deluded thinking in the Middle East. I also wanted to point out that, just quickly, I went to school with some of these neocons. At the University of Chicago, in the late 60s with Wolfowitz and Feith and several of the others and so I know these people personally. And we used to talk about this stuff all of the time. And I did my senior thesis on this very subject - how to turn the U.S. into a presidential dictatorship by manufacturing a bogus Pearl Harbor event. So, technically this has been in the planning at least 35 years.

AJ: That's right. They were all Straussian followers of a Nazi-like professor. And now they are setting it up here in America. Stanley, I know you deposed a lot of people and you've got your $7 million dollar lawsuit with hundreds of the victim's families involved.

SH: 7 billion, 7 billion

AJ: Yeah, 7 billion. Can you go over some of the new and incriminating evidence you've got of them ordering the attack?

SH: Yes, let me just say that this is a taxpayers' class action lawsuit as well as a suit on behalf of the families and the basic three arguments are they violated the Constitution by ordering this event. And secondly that they [garbled] fraudulent Federal Claims Act, Title 31 of the U.S. Code in which Bush presented false and fraudulent evidence to Congress to get the Iraq war authorization. And, of course, he related it to 9/11 and claimed that Saddam was involved with that, and all these lies.

AJ: Tell you what, stay there. Stanley, we've got to break. Let's come back and get into the evidence. BREAK

AJ: All right my friends, second hour, September 10th, 2004, the anniversary of the globalist attack coming up tomorrow. It's an amazing individual we have on the line. Bob Dole's former chief of staff, political scientist, a lawyer, he went to school with Rumsfeld and others, he wrote his thesis about how to turn America into a dictatorship using a fake Pearl Harbor attack. He's suing the U.S. government for carrying out 9/11. He has hundreds of the victims' families signing onto it - it's a $7 billion lawsuit. And he is Stanley Hilton. I know that a lot of stations just joined us in Los Angeles and Rhode Island and Missouri and Florida and all over. Please sir, recap what you were just stating and then let's get into the new evidence. And then we'll get into why you are being harassed by the FBI, as other FBI people are being harassed who have been blowing the whistle on this. So, this is really getting serious. Stanley, tell us all about it.

SH: Yeah, we are suing Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Mueller, etc. for complicity in personally not only allowing 9/11 to happen but in ordering it. The hijackers we retained and we had a witness who is married to one of them. The hijackers were U.S. undercover agents. They were double agents, paid by the FBI and the CIA to spy on Arab groups in this country. They were controlled. Their landlord was an FBI informant in San Diego and other places. And this was a direct, covert operation ordered, personally ordered by George W. Bush. Personally ordered. We have incriminating evidence, documents as well as witnesses, to this effect. It's not just incompetence - in spite of the fact that he is incompetent. The fact is he personally ordered this, knew about it. He, at one point, there were rehearsals of this. The reason why he appeared to be uninterested and nonchalant on September 11th - when those videos showed that Andrew Card whispered in his ear the [garbled] words about this he listened to kids reading the pet goat story, is that he thought this was another rehearsal. These people had dress-rehearsed this many times. He had seen simulated videos of this. In fact, he even made a Freudian slip a few months later at a California press conference when he said he had, quote, "seen on television the first plane attack the first tower." And that could not be possible because there was no video. What it was was the simulated video that he had gone over. So this was a personally government-ordered thing. We are suing them under the Constitution for violating Americans' rights, as well as under the federal Fraudulent Claims Act, for presenting a fraudulent claim to Congress to justify the bogus Iraq boondoggle war, for political gains. And also, under the RICO statute, under the Racketeering Corrupt Organization Act, for being a corrupt entity. And I've been harassed personally by the chief judge of the federal court who is instructing me personally to drop this suit, threatened to kick me off the court, after 30 years on the court. I've been harassed by the FBI. My staff has been harassed and threatened. My office has been broken into and this is the kind of government we are dealing with.

AJ: Absolutely and now it has come out - five separate drills of flying hijacked jets into buildings that morning - which you told us about before it even broke in the Associated Press. They were trying to get out ahead of you. You talked about how you interviewed military people who were told it was a drill that morning. Then to get out ahead of that, the news finally reported on it. Now, we've learned that all these operations - I want to get into that, I want to talk about the new incriminating evidence of ordering it and how they had drilled on this, how Cheney was in the bunker controlling this. That has even come out in the mainstream news but they won't release the details of that, Stanley. But what type of FBI harassment are you going through?

SH: First of all, my office was burglarized in San Francisco several months ago. Files were gone through and some files were seized - particularly the ones dealing with the lady that was married to one of the hijackers. Fortunately, I had spare copies in a hidden place so nothing disappeared permanently. But more significantly, FBI agents have been harassing one of my staff members and threatening them with vague but frightening threats of indicting them. And it's just total harassment. They have planted a spy, an undercover agent, in my organization, as we just recently discovered. In other words, these are Nazi Germany tactics. This is the kind of government you have in this country. This is what Bush is all about.

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Art Undermines Government

Some of you may be aware of the Israeli art student scandal, but odds are against it.  There is a reason for that. 

Shortly after the infamous attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, FOX News broadcast a four-part series about a massive espionage ring that had infiltrated the highest levels of government.  It was scrubbed from their website within days, but you can read the transcripts here (Part 1, 2,34) or search The Memory Hole for the video.

In the words of Morpheous, “Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.” 

Yes, I actually own a piece of the infamous Israeli art.  When I first heard the story, the picture was hanging next to a bookcase that held numerous volumes on intelligence, terrorism, and Cold War politics on its shelves.   Just a few feet away from the frame was my copy of “By Way of Deception: The Secret History of the Mossad.” 


As you can see, it is not the prettiest painting, but for a brief – very brief moment, it had some sort of meaning, which is why I purchased it back in November of 2000.

On the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, I was hanging out at a coffee shop in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I had met the owners the prior week while working a booth for a holiday turkey drive at their store.  They invited me back the next week, promising to teach me how to make a real cappuccino and get my feet wet behind the bar.  The elderly owners needed a day off from their 7-day a week business and hoped that I could fill in once a week.

About 9 a.m., a man claiming to be an Israeli art student came in with some unstretched canvas paintings he did in art school.  He was here in the United States, hoping to sell some art to pay for his trip.

The paintings were mediocre, like the original artwork you can pick up for $19.99 at some “art expo” held at the Holiday Inn. 

I was a little skeptical when he mentioned he was from Israeli, wondering if he was sympathetic to the Palestinians, whose plight is worse than Black South Africans under apartheid, according to Desmond Tutu.  I despise Zionism.

He pointed to a painting of two blue elephants with a message of peace written in Hebrew scrolled around the border.  He did a song and dance routine about peace with the Palestinians and peace with the world.  Maybe it was because he saw the “My karma ran over your dogma” bumper sticker on my car.  The Volvo was one of two cars in an otherwise empty lot. 

It was enough for me.  I think I gave him twenty bucks because I liked the message coming from an Israeli.  It gave me hope.

Hope was a fleeting moment.

He offered to put me in touch with a framer who had a store in Scottsdale and was offering a generous discount on framing, but the art student could not remember the number and offered to call me with the information, so out of forced politeness, I gave him my business card.  It only had my mobile number – no address.  I wasn’t about to visit a framer in Scottsdale.  I’d just wait for a coupon from Michaels’, as the frame was worth more than the painting.

I forked over the twenty, ready to get back to the conversation with the coffee shop owners.  Then it got weird.  He kept hanging around, so to fill an awkward moment of silence, I asked him something about a paint medium and it right then it became obvious that he hadn’t picked up a paint brush since elementary school.  I made a flip comment and he then admitted that he was traveling with friends who were art students from Israel.  He was helping them to sell their paintings.  He had an accent and his English wasn’t perfect - or perhaps it was and it was merely a facade, I thought to myself.  I shrugged it off, but I was already uncomfortable.

He spent the next two hours there, nursing one cup of coffee and talking on his cell phone in Hebrew or Yiddish, which I seem to think of as one in the same.   He tried to engage us in conversation, stating that he had taken a bus there and was waiting for his friend to pick him up.  He didn’t approach the other customers with his work.  It was kind of odd that he would remain there caught in a lie.

He left shortly after 11 a.m. and the owners and I breathed a sigh of relief.  Still, the painting had the message of peace, though I wondered if it hadn’t been just a scam.  I just shrugged it off.

The next day I received a call from the framer, who it turned out did not have a store in Scottsdale.  He framed out of his car.  I politely told him that I wasn’t ready to frame it.  He kept insisting that he knew the perfect frame for the painting, that he knew the artist who painted it and what a special paint it was, yada, yada, yada.  He then said that he operated out of the van (first it was car) because it was best to drive to someone’s home to match the frame with the décor of the room.  I said that I wasn’t about to let some strange man into my house, and hung up the phone. 

Later that evening, the art student poseur called, asking if I had gotten in touch with his friend.  I explained to him the lie, and that I didn’t need or want the “art” framed.  He became aggressive, suggesting that I had to use his friend’s services.  I started yelling at the guy, telling him to stop calling me. 

The following day – Turkey Day!, I received yet another phone call from the “framer”, insisting he come over and frame the painting.  He said he needed money.  I was screaming into the phone, asking him with a tone of incredulous facetiousness why he would be calling on Thanksgiving morning (around 11) demanding to come over right then to frame a cheap piece of art!  My voice was getting a little shaky because it’s not in my nature to scream at people, at least not out loud.  I told him that I would not let a stranger in my house and to stop calling me.  I only wish that I could have slammed the phone down for him to feel my anger.   My husband said he would answer the phone if the guy tried to call back, but the psycho got the message.  No more calls.

Flash forward to early October 2001.  Fox News aired the story of the Israeli spy ring, claiming that agents were approaching DEA personnel in hopes of gaining access to federal buildings.  Phoenix was not listed as a target city, though there was a kiosk selling toy airplane doodad things at the mall nearest my house.  Also, the story said the art students were seen in the spring, though a couple of these guys had been in Phoenix back in 2000, as was evidenced by my painting, now appropriately hanging next to the military strategy and intelligence books. 

I thought back to my conversations with these men, wondering why they would have been so vociferous about entering my home.  Would there have been a transmitter in the frame?  My husband and I had security clearances, but that was over a decade ago.  I called the local FBI office, but no one returned my call.  Of course not, because no Mossad agent would ever conspire against America.

Was I targeted?  Perhaps, or maybe it is just another in a weird occurrence in a long stream of coincidences.  Who knows?  I had to laugh when I discovered that the company that provides billing and directory assistance for 90% of the phone companies in the United States is owned by an Israeli company, and not only that, their main computer billing center is in Israel.   Here I was happy they didn't have my address,and yet they could have had so much more.  This is the ultimate intelligence collection tool, allowing Israelis better access than even the NSA.

And the Israelis do have access.  All wiretaps in the United States are made and installed by an Israeli company, Comverse Infosys. 

Comverse Infosys is an Israeli telecom company, which subcontracts the installation of the automatic tapping equipment now built into every phone system in America.  Comverse maintains its own connections to all this phone tapping equipment, insisting that it is for maintenance purposes only.  However, Converse has been named as the most likely source for leaked information regarding telephone calls by law enforcement that derailed several investigations into not only espionage, but drug running as well.  Yet another Israeli telecom company is Odigo, which provides the core message passing system for all the "Instant Message" services.  Two hours before the attacks on the World Trade Towers, Odigo employees received a warning.  Odigo has an office 2 blocks from the former location of the World Trade Towers.

Are the Israelis spying on us?  The Starr report indicated that President Clinton told Monica Lewisnky that their calls were probably recorded.  Shortyly thereafter, he called off the FBI investigation of the Israeli mole, “Mega”, who had penetrated the highest office in the United States.   

With all this access to phone conversations, it is quite easy for a foreign power to blackmail just about any official.  Having an affair?  Calling a bookie?  Talking with the enemy?  No wonder why Israel has become the spoiled golden child!   

After giving this serious consideration, serious as a maragrita might provide, I have decided to transform my symbol of Israeli intelligence into something better.   The two elephants with their trunks interlocked will serve as my campaign symbol in my write-in campaign for Presidency of the United States.  I am up to ten committed votes, and possibly eleven provided I get off my butt and e-mail my platform to my campaign manager in Arizona.  The people need answers and I can provide them, albeit in a tangential fashion.  You can vote for the lesser of two evils, or you can use your voice to let people know you want something better.  There is no knight in shining armor ready to swoop us away to fantasyland.   A better future starts with following your conscience, even if you stand alone in the crowd. 

Practice What You Preach

This is a letter posted by the webmaster of on Voxfux.

Dear President Bush,

There is a cancer growing on the Presidency of the United States of America. Many millions of American citizens are deeply troubled by the growing evidence pointing to your administration's or your personal complicity or foreknowledge of the attacks of 9-11. In the spirit exemplified by the new patriot 1 and 2 legislation and considering the gravity of the accusations leveled against you, a coalition of concerned Americans invite you to silence, once and for all, the many millions of Americans citizens who are are troubled by the many reports surfacing implicating you and members of your administration in the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

By voluntarily stepping forth and submitting to a polygraph examination by an independent examiner you may in one act silence the tension that is quite literally tearing America apart.

We believe that such such a request is consistent with the current wave of intrusive law enforcement measures sweeping the country which have their origins in your very own policies. It should be expected that there could be no better way for you to demonstrate support for your very own policies than to lead by example. And so therefore we look forward to your continued leadership in this clampdown on freedom which has been the hallmark of your administrations policies and should rightfully expect you to demonstrate your commitment to your very own policies by stepping forward and showing America and the world that you practice what you preach.

Millions of Americans are anxiously awaiting your response in this matter which is vital to the continuance of security, freedom and peace in the world. In the words of Attorney General John Ashcroft, "If you've got nothing to hide then you have got nothing to worry about."


Five Dancing Israelis

Sunday Herald - 02 November 2003 Five Israelis were seen filming as jet liners ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 ... Were they part of a massive spy ring which shadowed the 9/11 hijackers and knew that al-Qaeda planned a devastating terrorist attack on the USA ? Neil Mackay investigates

THERE was ruin and terror in Manhattan, but, over the Hudson River in New Jersey, a handful of men were dancing. As the World Trade Centre burned and crumpled, the five men celebrated and filmed the worst atrocity ever committed on American soil as it played out before their eyes.

Who do you think they were ? Palestinians ? Saudis ? Iraqis, even ? Al-Qaeda, surely ? Wrong on all counts. They were Israelis - and at least two of them were Israeli intelligence agents, working for Mossad, the equivalent of MI6 or the CIA.

Their discovery and arrest that morning is a matter of indisputable fact. To those who have investigated just what the Israelis were up to that day, the case raises one dreadful possibility : that Israeli intelligence had been shadowing the al-Qaeda hijackers as they moved from the Middle East through Europe and into America where they trained as pilots and prepared to suicide-bomb the symbolic heart of the United States. And the motive ? To bind America in blood and mutual suffering to the Israeli cause.

After the attacks on New York and Washington, the former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked what the terrorist strikes would mean for US-Israeli relations. He said : "It's very good." Then he corrected himself, adding : "Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy [for Israel from Americans]."

If Israel's closest ally felt the collective pain of mass civilian deaths at the hands of terrorists, then Israel would have an unbreakable bond with the world's only hyperpower and an effective free hand in dealing with the Palestinian terrorists who had been murdering its innocent civilians as the second intifada dragged on throughout 2001.

It's not surprising that the New Jersey housewife who first spotted the five Israelis and their white van wants to preserve her anonymity. She's insisted that she only be identified as Maria. A neighbour in her apartment building had called her just after the first strike on the Twin Towers. Maria grabbed a pair of binoculars and, like millions across the world, she watched the horror of the day unfold.

As she gazed at the burning towers, she noticed a group of men kneeling on the roof of a white van in her parking lot. Here's her recollection : "They seemed to be taking a movie. They were like happy, you know ... they didn't look shocked to me. I thought it was strange."

Maria jotted down the van's registration and called the police. The FBI was alerted and soon there was a statewide all points bulletin put out for the apprehension of the van and its occupants. The cops traced the number, establishing that it belonged to a company called Urban Moving.

Police Chief John Schmidig said : "We got an alert to be on the lookout for a white Chevrolet van with New Jersey registration and writing on the side. Three individuals were seen celebrating in Liberty State Park after the impact. They said three people were jumping up and down."

By 4pm on the afternoon of September 11, the van was spotted near New Jersey's Giants stadium. A squad car pulled it over and inside were five men in their 20s. They were hustled out of the car with guns levelled at their heads and handcuffed.

In the car was $4700 in cash, a couple of foreign passports and a pair of box cutters - the concealed Stanley Knife-type blades used by the 19 hijackers who'd flown jetliners into the World Trade Centre and Pentagon just hours before. There were also fresh pictures of the men standing with the smouldering wreckage of the Twin Towers in the background. One image showed a hand flicking a lighter in front of the devastated buildings, like a fan at a pop concert. The driver of the van then told the arresting officers : "We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem."

His name was Sivan Kurzberg. The other four passengers were Kurzberg's brother Paul, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner and Omer Marmari. The men were dragged off to prison and transferred out of the custody of the FBI's Criminal Division and into the hands of their Foreign Counterintelligence Section - the bureau's anti-espionage squad.

A warrant was issued for a search of the Urban Moving premises in Weehawken in New Jersey. Boxes of papers and computers were removed. The FBI questioned the firm's Israeli owner, Dominik Otto Suter, but when agents returned to re-interview him a few days later, he was gone. An employee of Urban Moving said his co-workers had laughed about the Manhattan attacks the day they happened. "I was in tears," the man said. "These guys were joking and that bothered me. These guys were like, 'Now America knows what we go through.'"

Vince Cannistraro, former chief of operations for counter-terrorism with the CIA, says the red flag went up among investigators when it was discovered that some of the Israelis' names were found in a search of the national intelligence database. Cannistraro says many in the US intelligence community believed that some of the Israelis were working for Mossad and there was speculation over whether Urban Moving had been "set up or exploited for the purpose of launching an intelligence operation against radical Islamists".

This makes it clear that there was no suggestion whatsoever from within American intelligence that the Israelis were colluding with the 9/11 hijackers - simply that the possibility remains that they knew the attacks were going to happen, but effectively did nothing to help stop them.

After the owner vanished, the offices of Urban Moving looked as if they'd been closed down in a big hurry. Mobile phones were littered about, the office phones were still connected and the property of at least a dozen clients were stacked up in the warehouse. The owner had cleared out his family home in New Jersey and returned to Israel.

Two weeks after their arrest, the Israelis were still in detention, held on immigration charges. Then a judge ruled that they should be deported. But the CIA scuppered the deal and the five remained in custody for another two months. Some went into solitary confinement, all underwent two polygraph tests and at least one underwent up to seven lie detector sessions before they were eventually deported at the end of November 2001. Paul Kurzberg refused to take a lie detector test for 10 weeks, but then failed it. His lawyer said he was reluctant to take the test as he had once worked for Israeli intelligence in another country.

Nevertheless, their lawyer, Ram Horvitz, dismissed the allegations as "stupid and ridiculous". Yet US government sources still maintained that the Israelis were collecting information on the fundraising activities of groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Mark Regev, of the Israeli embassy in Washington, would have none of that and he said the allegations were "simply false". The men themselves claimed they'd read about the World Trade Centre attacks on the internet, couldn't see it from their office and went to the parking lot for a better view. Their lawyers and the embassy say their ghoulish and sinister celebrations as the Twin Towers blazed and thousands died were due to youthful foolishness.

The respected New York Jewish newspaper, The Forward, reported in March 2002, however, that it had received a briefing on the case of the five Israelis from a US official who was regularly updated by law enforcement agencies. This is what he told The Forward : "The assessment was that Urban Moving Systems was a front for the Mossad and operatives employed by it." He added that "the conclusion of the FBI was that they were spying on local Arabs", but the men were released because they "did not know anything about 9/11".

Back in Israel, several of the men discussed what happened on an Israeli talk show. One of them made this remarkable comment : "The fact of the matter is we are coming from a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event." But how can you document an event unless you know it is going to happen ?

We are now deep in conspiracy theory territory. But there is more than a little circumstantial evidence to show that Mossad - whose motto is "By way of deception, thou shalt do war" - was spying on Arab extremists in the USA and may have known that September 11 was in the offing, yet decided to withhold vital information from their American counterparts which could have prevented the terror attacks.

Following September 11, 2001, more than 60 Israelis were taken into custody under the Patriot Act and immigration laws. One highly placed investigator told Carl Cameron of Fox News that there were "tie-ins" between the Israelis and September 11 ; the hint was clearly that they'd gathered intelligence on the planned attacks but kept it to themselves.

The Fox News source refused to give details, saying : "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information." Fox News is not noted for its condemnation of Israel ; it's a ruggedly patriotic news channel owned by Rupert Murdoch and was President Bush's main cheerleader in the war on terror and the invasion of Iraq.

Another group of around 140 Israelis were detained prior to September 11, 2001, in the USA as part of a widespread investigation into a suspected espionage ring run by Israel inside the USA. Government documents refer to the spy ring as an "organised intelligence-gathering operation" designed to "penetrate government facilities". Most of those arrested had served in the Israeli armed forces - but military service is compulsory in Israel. Nevertheless, a number had an intelligence background.

The first glimmerings of an Israeli spying exercise in the USA came to light in spring 2001, when the FBI sent a warning to other federal agencies alerting them to be wary of visitors calling themselves "Israeli art students" and attempting to bypass security at federal buildings in order to sell paintings. A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report suggested the Israeli calls "may well be an organised intelligence-gathering activity". Law enforcement documents say that the Israelis "targeted and penetrated military bases" as well as the DEA, FBI and dozens of government facilities, including secret offices and the unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence personnel.

A number of Israelis questioned by the authorities said they were students from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, but Pnina Calpen, a spokeswoman for the Israeli school, did not recognise the names of any Israelis mentioned as studying there in the past 10 years. A federal report into the so-called art students said many had served in intelligence and electronic signal intercept units during their military service.

According to a 61-page report, drafted after an investigation by the DEA and the US immigration service, the Israelis were organised into cells of four to six people. The significance of what the Israelis were doing didn't emerge until after September 11, 2001, when a report by a French intelligence agency noted "according to the FBI, Arab terrorists and suspected terror cells lived in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as in Miami and Hollywood, Florida, from December 2000 to April 2001 in direct proximity to the Israeli spy cells".

The report contended that Mossad agents were spying on Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehi, two of leaders of the 9/11 hijack teams. The pair had settled in Hollywood, Florida, along with three other hijackers, after leaving Hamburg - where another Mossad team was operating close by.

Hollywood in Florida is a town of just 25,000 souls. The French intelligence report says the leader of the Mossad cell in Florida rented apartments "right near the apartment of Atta and al-Shehi". More than a third of the Israeli "art students" claimed residence in Florida. Two other Israelis connected to the art ring showed up in Fort Lauderdale. At one time, eight of the hijackers lived just north of the town.

Put together, the facts do appear to indicate that Israel knew that 9/11, or at least a large-scale terror attack, was about to take place on American soil, but did nothing to warn the USA. But that's not quite true. In August 2001, the Israelis handed over a list of terrorist suspects - on it were the names of four of the September 11 hijackers. Significantly, however, the warning said the terrorists were planning an attack "outside the United States".

The Israeli embassy in Washington has dismissed claims about the spying ring as "simply untrue". The same denials have been issued repeatedly by the five Israelis seen high-fiving each other as the World Trade Centre burned in front of them.

Their lawyer, Ram Horwitz, insisted his clients were not intelligence officers. Irit Stoffer, the Israeli foreign minister, said the allegations were "completely untrue". She said the men were arrested because of "visa violations", adding : "The FBI investigated those cases because of 9/11."

Jim Margolin, an FBI spokesman in New York, implied that the public would never know the truth, saying : "If we found evidence of unauthorised intelligence operations that would be classified material." Yet, Israel has long been known, according to US administration sources, for "conducting the most aggressive espionage operations against the US of any US ally". Seventeen years ago, Jonathan Pollard, a civilian working for the American Navy, was jailed for life for passing secrets to Israel. At first, Israel claimed Pollard was part of a rogue operation, but the government later took responsibility for his work.

It has always been a long-accepted agreement among allies - such as Britain and America or America and Israel - that neither country will jail a "friendly spy" nor shame the allied country for espionage. Chip Berlet, a senior analyst at Boston's Political Research Associates and an expert in intelligence, says : "It's a backdoor agreement between allies that says that if one of your spies gets caught and didn't do too much harm, he goes home. It goes on all the time. The official reason is always visa violation."

What we are left with, then, is fact sullied by innuendo. Certainly, it seems, Israel was spying within the borders of the United States and it is equally certain that the targets were Islamic extremists probably linked to September 11. But did Israel know in advance that the Twin Towers would be hit and the world plunged into a war without end ; a war which would give Israel the power to strike its enemies almost without limit ? That's a conspiracy theory too far, perhaps. But the unpleasant feeling that, in this age of spin and secrets, we do not know the full and unadulterated truth won't go away. Maybe we can guess, but it's for the history books to discover and decide.

Eighteen Soldiers Die in Second Deadliest Day for US in Iraq

Eighteen Die in Second Deadliest Day for U.S. in IraqNov 2, 3:04 PM (ET) By Michael Georgy BAISA, Iraq (Reuters) - Eighteen Americans died in guerrilla attacks in Iraq on Sunday, including 15 soldiers killed when a helicopter was downed in the deadliest single strike on U.S. forces since they invaded to oust Saddam Hussein.

It was the second deadliest day overall for Americans in Iraq since the invasion on March 20, after 28 soldiers were killed in various attacks on March 23.

On Sunday, one U.S. soldier was killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad and two American civilian contractors died in a roadside mine blast in the town of Fallujah, a fiercely anti-U.S. center 30 miles west of the capital.

The crippled Chinook helicopter carrying troops on their way for a rest break came down in farmland at 9 a.m. (1 a.m. EST) near the village of Baisa, south of Falluja. Another 21 soldiers aboard the Chinook were injured.

U.S. military officials and witnesses said the large transport helicopter was shot down. Other helicopters circled above the smoking wreckage and American troops rushed to secure the crash site.