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State Terrorism * 9/11 Action * Mexican Vote

19 July 2006

“Israel is in violation of U.S. arms control laws
for deploying U.S.-made fighter planes, combat helicopters
and missiles to kill civilians and destroy Lebanon's infrastructure
in the ongoing six-day devastation of that militarily-weak country.
The death toll, according to published reports, is over 200 people
-- mostly civilians -- while the economic losses have been
estimated at about 100 million dollars per day.”

1) Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast
2) Worldwide Day of Action – September 11, 2006

- - Demonstration at Federal Building, Spfld. MA
- - Tim Russert Interviewed by Jack Blood on 9/11 Truth
3) Death by Video: Mexico’s Election Fraud Is Coming Undone

Editor's Notes:

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a big turning point in the history of US government. It also was a turning point for the escalation of military actions in the undeclared Vietnam War, and while Kennedy refused to allow atomic bomb secrets to go to Israel, after his death, the Israeli nuclear weapon program flourished.

There is an unholy alliance between the shadow governments of Israel and the US. The power of the atomic bomb seemed to have corrupted people's minds, thinking they have the right and might to control, to harm, to make suffer other human beings from their fears and/or greed, and lost sense of humanity. While cycles of violence can be justified, it can not undo the harm, like in the old story, Cain and Abel.

Last night Bouthaina Shaaban, Minister of Expatriates, Syria, was interviewed on PBS TV by Charlie Rose, [click here for video link]. I am trying to find a copy of the transcript. Her voice of reason could not be any more clear on what is best for the people of Israel and neighboring Arab nations. Syria is challenging the US and Israel to choose a path for peace.

"Operation Northwoods" was a 1962 plan that was only known to the public in November, 1997. Released by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, it shows a proposal (likely rejected by President Kennedy) to manipulate the US public to support a military takeover of Cuban. According to Wikepedia, Operation Northwoods "..called for simulated or real state sponsored terrorism (such as hijacked planes) on U.S. and Cuban soil." It sounds eerily similar and twisted as the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

On this fifth anniversary, this 9/11, what will you be doing? Please check out FNs plans to join with 911Truth activists and groups in New England. Many speakers have been invited, and a free speech forum is planned in front of the Federal Builidng on Monday September 11, 2006 from noon to 5:00 pm at 1550 Main Street, Springfield, MA. Other events will be happening around the country and world. Check the Calendar for updates, and let us know your plans. 9/11 is the best way to stop the charade of democracy, while criminal actions of government and society go unchecked. It is time to do something like the Mexican people, as reported in item 3. On this September 11, US citizens will be taking to the streets as never before to expose the crime of crimes; peace, no-nuke, civil rights and other activists are invited. The demonstration will go past preaching to the choir, and we will distribute information and 911 Truth Films to people on Main Street. The truth of the third building meltdown, insurance fraud, cover-up, and criminal actions will become widely known.

"Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world.
How do you cultivate it? It's very simple. In the first place by realizing
clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country
are members of one and the same family."

-- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

1) Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast

- - Israeli Onslaught Will Only Strengthen Hizbullah

Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast
Published July 18, 2006 by the Inter Press Service
Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast
by Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS - Israel is in violation of U.S. arms control laws for deploying U.S.-made fighter planes, combat helicopters and missiles to kill civilians and destroy Lebanon's infrastructure in the ongoing six-day devastation of that militarily-weak country.

The death toll, according to published reports, is over 200 people -- mostly civilians -- while the economic losses have been estimated at about 100 million dollars per day.

"Section 4 of the (U.S.) Arms Export Control Act requires that military items transferred to foreign governments by the United States be used solely for internal security and legitimate self-defense," says Stephen Zunes, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

"Since Israeli attacks against Lebanon's civilian infrastructure and population centers clearly go beyond legitimate self-defense, the United States is legally obliged to suspend arms transfers to Israel," Zunes told IPS.

Frida Berrigan, a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute in New York, is equally outraged at the misuse by Israel of U.S.-supplied weapons.

"As Israel jets bombard locations in Gaza, Haifa and Beirut, killing civilians (including as many as seven Canadians vacationing in Aitaroun), it is worth remembering that U.S. law is clear about how U.S.-origin weapons and military systems ought to be used," Berrigan told IPS.

She pointed out that the U.S. Arms Export Control Act clear states that U.S. origin weapons should not be used for "non-defensive purposes."

"In light of this clear statement, the United States has an opportunity to stave off further bloodshed and suffering by demanding that its weaponry and military aid not be used in attacks against Lebanon and elsewhere, and challenging Israeli assertions that it is using military force defensively," she added.

That would demonstrate the kind of "utmost restraint" that world leaders called for at the G8 Summit of the world's most industrialized nations, which just ended in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The 25-member European Union has said that Israel's military retaliation against Lebanon is "grossly disproportionate" to the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers last week by the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which is a coalition partner of the U.S.-supported government in Beirut.

Israel has accused both Syria and Iran of providing rockets and missiles to Hezbollah, which has used these weapons to hit mostly civilian targets inside Israel.

Israel's prodigious military power -- currently unleashed on a virtually defenseless Lebanon -- is sourced primarily to the United States.

Armed mostly with state-of-the-art U.S.-supplied fighter planes and combat helicopters, the Israeli military is capable of matching a combination of all or most of the armies in most Middle Eastern countries, including Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The air force has continued to devastate Beirut and its suburbs with no resistance in the skies during six days of incessant bombings, causing civilian deaths and infrastructure destruction.

"The Israeli Air Force now flies only U.S.-origin fighters, a mix of F-15s and F-16s, and the rest of the service's fleet is almost completely of U.S. origin," says Tom Baranauskas, a senior Middle East analyst at Forecast International, a leading provider of defense market intelligence services in the United States.

While in earlier years Israel bought from a variety of arms suppliers, with the French in particular being strong sellers to Israel of such items as Mirage fighters, over the past couple of decades the United States has developed into Israel's preponderant arms supplier, he added.

"The U.S. domination as Israel's arms supplier can be seen in the Congressional Research Service's (CRS) annual study of arms sales," Baranauskas told IPS.

He said the latest CRS survey shows a total of 8.4 billion dollars of arms deliveries to Israel in the 1997-2004 period, with fully 7.1 billion dollars or 84.5 percent coming from a single source: the United States.

A major factor in this trend was the rise in U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) -- outright U.S. grants to Israel -- which now totals about 2.3 billion dollars a year paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

By U.S. law, Baranauskas said, 74 percent of FMF assistance to Israel must be spent on U.S. military products. This U.S. assistance has now become the main source of financing for Israel's major arms procurements, especially its fighter planes.

From a historical perspective, he said, U.S. assistance to Israel during 1950-2005 has been staggeringly high: Foreign Military Financing (FMF) amounting to 59.5 billion dollars; 27 billion dollars in Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mostly government-to-government arms transactions; and eight billion dollars in commercial arms sales by the private sector.

Berrigan of the Arms Trade Resource Center said the United States is undoubtedly the primary supplier of Israeli firepower.

In the interest of strengthening Israel's security and maintaining the country's "qualitative military edge" over neighboring militaries, the U.S. Congress provides Israel with annual FMF grants that represent about 23 percent of its overall defense budget. Israel's 2006 military budget is estimated at 7.4 billion dollars.

According to the Congressional Research Service, FMF levels are expected to increase incrementally by 60 million dollars a year to a level of 2.4 billion dollars by 2008 compared with 2.2 billion dollars in 2005.

"Israel has been the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid every year since 1976," Berrigan said.

Additionally, the United States provides Israel with billions of dollars worth of weaponry.

She pointed out that recent military sales to Israel include propulsion systems for fast patrol boats worth more than 15 million dollars from MTU Detroit Diesel; an eight-million-dollar contract to Lockheed Martin for high-tech infrared "navigation and targeting" capabilities for Israeli jets; and a 145-million-dollar deal with Oshkosh Truck Corp to build more than 900 armour kits for Israeli Medium Tactical Vehicles.

In December of last year, Lockheed Martin was awarded a 29.8-million-dollar contract to provide spares part for Israel's F-16 fighter planes.

Berrigan also said that Israel has one of the world's largest fleets of F-16 fighter planes, made in Fort Worth, Texas and also in Israel by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Israel has a total of over 378 F-16s, considered one of the world's most advanced fighter planes -- besides 117 F-15s, 94 Skyhawks, 110 Phantoms -- all supplied by the United States.

Copyright © 2006 IPS-Inter Press Service

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- - Israeli Onslaught Will Only Strengthen Hizbullah

Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit
The Daily Star (Lebanon) - 18 July 2006

Israeli onslaught will strengthen, not weaken, Hizbullah's popular appeal

Despite the mounting civilian death toll in Lebanon, and despite
increasing evidence of Israeli violations of international law, the
heavyweights in the international community are once again following
the lead of US President George W. Bush, who has effectively given a
green light to Israel's destruction of Lebanon.

Truncated, for the complete article, see:

For more on this issue, visit FN’s resource page on

Mid East Peace - initiatives and information

2) Worldwide Day of Action – September 11, 2006

- - Demonstration at Federal Building, Spfld. MA
- - Tim Russert Interviewed by Jack Blood on 9/11 Truth

Worldwide Day of Action

– September 11, 2006 --

Take 9/11 Truth to the streets!
5th anniversary marches, rallies,
teach-ins, film programs, sit-ins, etc.

in front of the FEDERAL BUILDING
1550 Main Street; Springfield, MA
SEPTEMBER 11, 2006
12:00 noon – Monday
In response to 9/11 Investigation Cover-up and
the lies perpetrated by the Bush administration

"9/11 Truth is a very important issue with the power
to bring lasting change to our country."

-- William Sloane Coffin


For updated 9/11 news, calendar, and activism, see:

For more resources on this topic, see:

Bush Conspiracy and 9/11 Investigative Reports,
looking into the unanswered questions.

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- - Tim Russert Interviewed by Jack Blood on 9/11 Truth

[The following dialogue comes after radio interviewer, Jack Blood, points out to Russert
that the FBI recently said they had not charged Osama Bin Laden with the 9/11/2001 attacks
because they had no hard evidence linking him to it.]

Tim Russert Interviewed by Jack Blood

Jack Blood: Did you know that he [Osama Bin Laden] in one of his first videos after 9/11/2001 actually denied, in a video that we don't get to see here in the United States, that he actually denied that he had anything to do with it [the 9/11 attacks].? And then the video that he "did," that Bin Laden did admit to participating in 9/11, we call the "fat Bin Laden" video, where he's a good 40 pounds heavier, and has a different kind of a nose. Looks, again, like a phony video. And that's really the best proof, and best admission we have from Osama Bin Laden that he did 9/11.

Tim Russert: Hm . . . I . . . I don't have any doubt that the hijackers that were involved in the September 11th hijackings, on September 11th, and put planes into the Pentagon and World Trade Center, and but for the heroes on [flight] 93, were headed for the capitol or the White House . . . ah, were involved and funded by Al Qaeda.

Jack Blood: Tim, did you know that Morgan Reynolds, former Chief Economist in the Department of Labor, under George Bush, has come out and said he thinks 9/11 was an inside job? So has Ray McGovern, CIA analyst who briefed both Bush and Reagan; Paul Craig Roberts the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury [and] father of Reaganomics; and among others Lieutenant Colonel, Bob Bowman, who was the former director of advanced space programs development under Ford and Carter. These people all coming out now in this thing they call the 9/11 truth movement and saying that they believe that not only did our government allow this to happen and cover it up . . . and polls, Zogby polls are even reflecting that a lot of Americans are believing this as well, but they believe that they [members of the US govt.] had something to do with the attacks. Does that astound you?

Tim Russert: [unintelligible]

Jack Blood: And these are some pretty heavy weight people. Tim, these aren't conspiracy theorists, these are some HEAVY WEIGHT PEOPLE that worked under major administrations.

Tim Russert: Mhmmhh . . . I'll leave their judgments and opinions to them, and I obviously have done my reporting and, uh, and offer the truth as I see it.

Jack Blood: Well, I mean, you mentioned on Letterman last night that you're objective, and I would like to, and I think a lot of people would like to, learn more about this. Obviously, I don't think we got everything out of those investigations, the 9/11 investigations that we would need in order to determine . . .

beeeeeeeeeeeeep! [a sound that resembles someone pushing down on a button on their phone set, interrupts Jack's question, but he continues]

. . . a multitude of wars.

Tim Russert: Mhmmhhmm . . .

Jack Blood: This is pretty important stuff, don't you think, Tim? Is it possible we could have you get one of these guys [9/11 truth speakers] on your CNBC program?

beeeeeeeeeeeeep! [a sound that resembles someone pushing down on a button on their phone set, interrupts Jack's question, but he continues]

Jack Blood: Tim, are you with me? . . . Tim Russert? . . . TIM RUSSERT !?

Tim Russert: Hello?

Jack Blood: Yes sir!

Tim Russert: Hello? . . . Hello? . . . something . . . something . . . I can't . . .

Jack Blood: Tim, are you with me? . . . Having "convenient" phone problems with our guest today, Tim Russert. I want'a thank you Tim for joining us today, and uh, . . . well again we expect you to be objective and to report the news. And that's what we expect a CHECK and BALANCE from our news reporting as it was set up by our founding fathers . . .

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Listen to the entire interview, posted June 15, 2006, at:

3) Death by Video: Mexico’s Election Fraud Is Coming Undone
Video and Audio Evidence, an Outraged Citizenry,
and Panic from the White House Are Converging to
Make López Obrador the Next Mexican President
By Al Giordano
Part III of a Special Series for The Narco News Bulletin

July 11, 2006

At six p.m. last night, Monday, July 10, neighbors of the office of the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE, in its Spanish initials) in Comalcalco, Tabasco, witnessed a crime against democracy. They didn’t just stand there. They did something about it. And this one small example of the fighting spirit of the Mexican people explains why the historic presidential election fraud of July 2, 2006 will not stand.

Nine days after the fact, neither the IFE, nor President Vicente Fox, nor his National Action Party (PAN), nor their candidate Felipe Calderón, nor the Commercial Media at their service, have been able to reassert control over the juggernaut of facts, audio and video evidence, and public outrage that today tramples their anti-democratic gambit. The Fraud of 2006, and those who attempted it, are drowning under an authentically democratic tide. Take, for example, what just occurred in the Tabasco town of Comalcalco.

A picture saves 70,000 votes: Monday night in Comalcalco, Tabasco.

A campaign truck covered with PAN party logos, slogans, and the faces of three of their candidates - the one in the middle is Calderón - is parked in front of a building. From the balcony of the colonial-style structure shines an illuminated sign with three large letters: I – F – E – Citizens have arrived by foot and by bicycle and have blocked the entrances to the IFE building and the PAN truck. Not all of them appear in the photo, but there are 500 of them and they are hopping mad. Trapped inside are at least ten IFE officials who, according to eyewitnesses, illegally entered the building, brought sealed ballot boxes out into the patio, and began to open them, breaking the official seals. They were seen revising anew the ‘actas’ with the vote tallies and recounting the ballots, without, as the law requires, the presence of representatives from all the political parties. The neighbors sounded the alarm and the electoral delinquents have been caught in the act.

Where are the soldiers of the Mexican Army that supposedly are guarding the ballot boxes at the 300 IFE offices like this one throughout the country? What about the police? The events last night in Comalcalco reveal the ugly truth: the highest authorities of the nation, in their complicity with an obvious electoral fraud, have forfeited their legitimacy and the people have self-organized to fill the power vacuum. They have converted the IFE offices into a prison for white-collar criminals and have seized the PAN truck that, the neighbors believe, was waiting to carry their votes to democracy’s graveyard.

La Jornada reports:

“The electoral assistants argued that the (IFE) district council president, Tomás Alfonso Castellanos, told them to enter the offices and for that reason the military soldiers that guarded the locale allowed them to enter.”

The IFE electoral district with its seat in Comalcalco delivered a punishing 70,000 vote margin of victory to presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) over the PAN’s Calderón: 73,473 for Obrador vs. only 3,863 for Calderón. Voter turnout in this district, at 70.08 percent, exceeded the national average of 58.9 percent. The PAN has almost no votes to protect in Comalcalco. The PAN party truck ? now held by the citizens ? was there to haul away and “disappear” the votes cast for Obrador.

Truncated, for the complete article with photos, see:

On related issues, and what you can do, see:
Campaigns for reclaiming a lost USA democracy

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