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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Support Paper Verified Ballot Voting

Writer to your Congressional Representative to support Congressman Rush Holt's House Resolution to institute paper-trail verified voting across the nation.

I have worked on many campaigns over the past 20 years from getting
politicians on the ballot, to canvassing in person and on the phone for
getting out the vote. I have organized a bi-lingual campaign to get 5000 voters
in Harlem and the Upper West Side registered to vote.

We do not need to throw out a system that works, paper ballots, for a
system that is murky and unverifiable and unsafe: the electronic voting
systems presently mandated by HAVA (Help America Vote Act). Expert after expert attests to the electronic systems ease with which voting results can be tampered.
In addition, nearly all of the electronic voting machine manufacturers have
deep connections with each other and the Republican Party.

These developments are not likely to increase voter participation or
confidence in our democracy. This is serious in that voter turnouts in Baghdad
exceed those of New York City. Democracy is ill when turnover in the peoples' house, Congress, is less than the turnover of the Soviet era Politburo!

It is cruelly ironic that in the wake of the 2000 Florida National
election debacle the 'reform' that we got is the so-called Orwellian-named HAVA. Under the old system I told voters that we needed to get out the vote overwhelmingly to counter any possible miscounts to make victory decisive. But with electronic
voting and the ability to easily cheat without detection, participating in
elections is seemingly becoming a waste of everyone's time. Voting won't even have the appearance of an empty ritual, the last vestige of our democracy.

Incompetent Nincompoops! How we lost Iraq. Or maybe it works out well this way for some?

Idiocy, or bumbling brilliant boondoggle?

The only halfway competent thing that the Bush 43 Administration does is overthrowing governments, including our own, starting with Florida in 2000, the ridiculous HAVA bill with its unverifiable and hackable electronic voting machines as 'upgrades,' which shoves future cheating into the jaws of 2000's defeat and debacle, and the 2004 Ohio irregularities. Perhaps the neglect of New Orleans, the loss of a major Democratic city, now leaves Louisiana a safer Republican stronghold was a passive let-it-happen overthrow...

Then there is the overthrow of the Taliban, who seem to be making a comeback in Afghanistan. Somehow, our allies allowed Bin Laden to escape, allowing the 'Long War' against 'Terror' to continue indefinitely. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hamid Karzai is more like the Mayor of Kabul than the President of Afghanistan.

Other overthrows include the various eastern European 'color' revolutions, several of which are now unraveling, as well as Haiti, which stands, and an unsuccessful coup that we backed against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. We probably played a role in 'ousting' Syria from Lebanon with Harriri's mysterious assassination.

Obviously, toppling that statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003 was most significant, but to what end? Who stands to benefit from this overthrow? Iran! They got rid of Sunni rival and warmongering neighbor Saddam. Their Shiite neighbors in Iraq get a lot more power than they've probably ever had, including control of southern oil fields and ports, and with Iraq being the home to many, if not most Shiite holy places, Iranians have freedom to infiltrate Iraq under religious cover.

Who was behind the Neo-cons' vision of flowers and candies greeting the US soldier liberators and oil funding the reconstruction of Iraq? Iranian backed and Iranian intelligence-connected Shiite Ahmed Chalabi! Remember 'Curveball'? The unreliable drunk falsely describing weather stations as mobile weapons labs? He's Chalabi's close relative (brother or brother-in-law)! The neo-cons have been conned! Or maybe not...

This is sort of like how Bush in 2001 looked into Putin's eyes and saw into his soul that he was a good man. Condi Rice, a so-called Russia/USSR expert, is Bush' foreign policy brains. Now we are in a chilly war with Russia. Perhaps all that Condi Rice knows what to do with Russia is deal with them as a Cold Warrior.

Certainly, our military-industrial complex does a lot better facing off against large nation-state-enemies like Russia and China than we do against cells of terrorists using the Internet, money changers, and messengers to enable the bombing of buildings, planes, and public spots. It is especially hard to fight terrorists with deep and enduring links to our 'friends and allies' in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan!

The only WMD attacks against the USA have their origins in the US military! The most publicized attacks, 2001's anthrax attacks against Democratic Senators and media outlets, have their origins in US weapons labs. Yet these attacks were used to rush through the mysteriously prepared so-called-Patriot Attack, er Act, that was so long that Congress wasn't even able to read it. Miracle how such a huge document was ready so soon, a couple of weeks, after the plane bombings of September 2001. These anthrax attacks were also used to justify beating the war drums against Iraq, since at the time it was intoned that: 'only Iraq could have the capability do such an attack.' Months later, the genetic strain for the anthrax was traced to US weapons labs, developed in the USA, and the trail of this terrorist seems to have gone cold.

Other such WMD attacks include spraying biological weapons on San Francisco, in New York City Subways, and, I recall, St. Louis, in the 1950s and 1960s, to test how biological attacks would work. Supposedly, this secret research was done for defensive purposes, but the line between defense and offense is not always so clear... Many people in SF fell ill due to these tests, as hospitals filled up with people suffering from pulmonary problems shortly after the tests. Much of the testing was supposed to be done with 'benign' bacteria, none of it happened with the consent or knowledge of the public, some of it led to actual illnesses, which the public health community was not notified about at the time. It took decades for this research to be quietly disclosed through research and dogged Freedom of Information Act requests.

All this to say, maybe the US was played by Iran to invade Iraq, or maybe the US is really in cahoots with Iran... It was several people in the current Bush administration with connections to the Iran-Contra Scandals in which the neo-cons, using Israelis and Saudi Arms dealers to arm the Iranians with missiles and aircraft parts against Iran's enemy and our ally at the time, Iraq. Strange all the internecine alliances and enemies in the mid-East. The Bushes are close with the House of Saud and the House of Bin Laden, both of which are supposed to be enemies of Iran. It defies logic. There is also some evidence that Bush 41 and the Reagan campaign worked with the Iranians to delay the release of the US hostages in Iran to ensure Carter's defeat and Reagan's election.

Before the US invasion of Iraq, I hoped that the US would create a new stable ally in Iraq, one that could be a counter-balance against Saudi oil power, especially if Al Qaida takes over neighboring Saudi Arabia. It would also give the US a reliable base from which to invade Saudi Arabia should terrorists take over the Saud regime. In addition, with our foothold in Afghanistan, we have Iran almost completely straddled.

The only clear winner in this mess seems to be Iran, Saudi Arabia, OPEC, and the oil companies enjoying windfall profits, military contractors, the burgeoning military-intelligence budget and powers, and military service providers like Kellogg Brown and Root, Booz Allen, Blackwater Security, Halliburton, and the private military investment consortium, the Carlyle Group. The later two firms' growth benefiting many Bush and Cheney family and friends with the nexus between rising energy prices and demand for military products.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Hatfil (the Anthrax Attacker Person of Interest), Mobile Iraqi WMD Labs, and Judy Miller

The blog linked here makes a fascinating connection between Judy Miller, Stephen Hatfil the Anthrax attacker 'person of interest,' and the failed project to build and find Iraqi WMD labs.

I look forward to checking up on this blog's citations!

I always wondered why part of the US government never bothered to plant a bioweapons lab into Iraq. The involvement of world-class expert Hatfil in the 'search' for the lab now makes sense. Obviously, the Army and Intelligence could just go by Curveball and Hatfil's diagrams or 'police sketches' based on them if they wanted to search for the labs. However, upon finding such labs they'd be scrutinized and they would have to be credible via scientific method. Hence, bring in the US expert, since it would be too risky to force Iraq's Dr. Germ to fabricate the labs.

But, based on what we heard from the 2 former CIA officers this week (was it on 60 Minutes or MSNBC?), the highest levels of the Whitehouse and the CIA knew before the war that such labs didn't exist, according to a Saddam Regime mole on our payroll.

Therefore, the involvement of Hatfil indicates that we were going to plant a real mobile WMD lab into Iraq, and purport it to be Iraqi. A false flag operation.

But someone else in the government, through checks and balances, put a stop to this somehow... Perhaps it was Valerie Wilson Plame.

It is typical of the Bush43 regime to let the shit roll down-hill, compmentalized, letting some lower level person take the fall.

The circularity/insularity of this cast of characters: Libby, US Bioweapons Production and covert ops, false flags, Hatfil, and Judy Miller is also typical of this regime.

With regard to Plame/Wilson I would also like to point out that the top counter-terrorism experts and whistle blowers serving our government have all met opposition, attack, gag orders, or even death.

John O'Neill was hounded out of the FBI because his colleagues stole/lost his laptop during a conference when he left a meeting room for a phone call. O'Neill was asking too many questions about the Saudis. He lost his life a few weeks later during the WTC attacks/bombings.


Linda Franklin, an FBI counter-terrorism analyst died from a gunshot while she was leaving a Home Depot during the Beltway 'Sniper' Shootings spree in October 2002. She worked with distinction at the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, the only FBI division slated at the time to move to Homeland Security. Ms. Franklin was a cyber-security expert. Her murder was not tried or thoroughly investigated, since there were so many other charges against Army veteran and Nation of Islam convert John Allen Muhammad. It seems strange to me that the FBI wouldn't do their own investigation and push for a prosecution against the murderer of one of their own.


Valerie Plame Wilson was a top WMD investigator for Iran and Africa; she and her assets are blown and endangered.

Sibel Edmonds has gag orders on her.

And the guys in the DIA who discovered Mohammed Atta's cell were told that Atta was off limits nearly a year before the attacks, and they are muzzled in the Able Danger Operation affair....

I've also lately been intrigued by the fine line that exists between defense and offense, intelligence and counter-intelligence, and terrorism and counter-terrorism. Why are we making the Ames strain of Anthrax bioweapons? For defense? I suppose that this is our way around the ban on WMD that we signed a treaty for...

9/11/01 Conspiracies

The official 9/11/01 story *is* a conspiracy theory. It is a narrative about a group of men in and out of Afghanistan who bombed America with planes.

It is also the story of a massive series of failures on the part of higher ups at the FBI, the Air Force, the CIA, the White House, and probably other agencies, despite dozens or even hundreds of warnings.

It is also the story of how those in government obstructed the investigations of these attacks, and how those higher-ups in the FBI, CIA, Air Force, NSC/Whitehouse that were so 'clotted' got to either keep their jobs, get medals, or promotions, while those who blew the whistle and still try to blow the whistle on them were gagged or had their careers limited.

The Anthrax attacks referenced the 9/11/01 attacks and their weaponized strain was initially stoking the fears of a state sponsor of terrorism using government produced WMDs, and Iraq was the bogeyman. Meanwhile, the main Senate dissidents against the so-called Patriot Act --Daschle and Leahy -- were targeted.with an Anthrax strain that was later traced to US military labs!

But that didn't emerge until after they changed their votes. Seems like the Anthrax investigation has gone nowhere. Meanwhile, some of the contractors serving the biological weapons industry profited handsomely from the scare, making a killing off vaccines that never seemed to work. The owner of this contractor, BioPort,Mr. Al-Hibri, has ties to the UAE and the Carlyle Group, which places investments in many armaments manufacturers. You might want to look into Project Jefferson or Operation Jefferson.

Also, whatever happened to Osama Bin Laden? How could we only box him in on three sides? How could this jihadist, whom the CIA trained, get so elusive, when a Marin teenager named Johnny Walker could shake his hand?

Meanwhile, who in the US has benefited from these attacks and their ensuing long wars? The military budget has ballooned, including military contractors and privatized services providers like Halliburton and KBR, which also profited from the Vietnam war, and then set up shop in Saudi Arabia after that gig ended.

I recommend reading Professor David Ray Griffin's excellent books on 9/11/01's attacks. The main point of his works is that we need a thorough independent investigation of the events around the attacks on 9/11/01.

Another great source of information, based on linked or cited mainstream media sources, is http://www.cooperativeresearch.org






I understand that it is shocking to consider that part of country could allow or foster fellow countrymen being killed for power or profit, but consider that the Joint Chiefs of Staff approved and submitted to President Kennedy Operation Northwoods. ABCNews.com broke this story recently and http://www.wikipedia.com has a good article on this.

Northwoods was a set of US plots to foment a war with Cuba to make it look like the war was Cuba's fault. These plots included hijacking a US plane, diverting it, and then destroying a decoy plane and holding funerals for the passengers. Another plot involved the Navy blowing up one of our own ships and killing our own sailors and blaming Cuba for it. President Kennedy cancelled this operation.

Less than two years later we refocused on Vietnam, using the 'mistaken' and later found to be trumped up Gulf of Tonkin incidents. I think James Bamford, the NSA expert originally scooped that story 30 or 40 years after it happened. However, trumped up wars are not unique to modern times. James Polk and McKinley's administrations used phony provocations to expand America's empire.

My take on these incidents is that the attitude behind them is: one must break a few eggs to make someone's omelet.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Save Net Neutrality

Please act immediately to save the Internet.

The Internet represents one of the few growth areas of our economy since the 1960s.

In addition, the Internet when it is neutral and free magnifies democracy. That is, it is a source of affordable communication (speech and press), and affordable information (press).

It is said that knowledge is power; through the Internet anyone can look up encyclopedia articles or news archives, and anyone can set up these resources and help maintain them. If Net Neutrality is destroyed because access to and from the Internet is sold to the highest bidder, or the ones that have a deal or agree with the network providers, then our democracy's newest hope is greatly diminished.

If Network Neutrality is destroyed, this decade's emerging businesses like last decade's Yahoo! and Google, which pay well and employ many, will be stifled. Small businesses will not be able to be nimbler than larger corporations who will use the Network to outsource our good-paying jobs. Small businesses are the engine of our economy and of social mobility.

Save the Internet and save our democracy and our economy!

Sign the http://www.SaveTheInternet.com petition and they'll send your message to your Congressfolk. Our actions are making a difference!

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