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ABLE DANGER * 9/11 Ballot * Poppy * CO2

15 May 2008
"Able Danger the movie takes the real-life mystery of
the intelligence operation and uses it as the basis for
a spirited and blackly comic neo-noir set all over
Manhattan and Brooklyn . . . the author and the
book featured in the movie really exists,
Able Danger program really existed,
all the 'conspiracies' mentioned
in the movie are true..”

-- Scott Macaulay

1) ABLE DANGER US Premiere Brooklyn + nyc911initiative + updates
- - Brooklyn International Film Festival – Able Danger - US Premiere
- - NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative update
- - Air America Pentagon-Debate including David Ray Griffin
- - New England 9/11 Symposium update
- - Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth at MIT -Friday
2) US Marines and Poppy – Obama and Radicals
- - Barack Obama, Reverend Wright and Black liberation theology
- - Marines ignore Afghan poppy fields, assure locals plants won't be touched
- - Who benefits from the Afghan Opium Trade?
3) World CO2 Continues to Rise – Polar Bears threatened - Nukes
- - World CO2 Levels At Record High, Scientists Warn
- - U.S. lists polar bears as threatened species
- - Senate Climate Change Bill-Taxpayers Billions for Nuclear Power

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the
people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to
repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus
by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State."

- Joseph M. Goebbels

Editor’s Notes:

Thought into action (to do anything) one must hold a focus to penetrate through the barriers, the obstacles, the diversions, to complete most any objective. Some classify the first Week of Truth campaign (to place Steve Alten’s The Shell Game on top of the NY Times bestseller list) a failure. But that would not be taking into account the success of working in a coalition to achieve such a turnaround objective in an area concerning false flag terrorism and war mongering. By Steve Alten getting the ball rolling, Air America Radio’s Clout with Richard Greene took on a series of 9/11 truth debates each Thursday night in May 2008. Tonight’s program includes David Ray Griffin on the subject of the Pentagon. In item 1 catch up on many incredible events. Top on the list is the US premiere of Able Danger at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Item one also includes an update on this weekend’s New England symposium, Richard Gage, AIA, at MIT, more Air America information, and an update on the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative. The timing of the Able Danger premiere in NYC is perfect for the campaign to gain a people’s referendum for an independent investigation based on the evidence of the crimes committed regarding September 11, 2001.

For Independent Investigation
NYC 9/11 Ballot

The USA Premiere
Able Danger
at the
Brooklyn International Film Festival
May 30 & June 6, 2008

1) ABLE DANGER US Premiere Brooklyn + nyc911initiative + updates

- - Brooklyn International Film Festival – Able Danger - US Premiere
- - NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative update
- - Air America Pentagon-Debate including David Ray Griffin
- - New England 9/11 Symposium update
- - Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth at MIT -Friday

Brooklyn International Film Festival – Able Danger - US Premiere
May 30 & June 6, 2008

ABLE DANGER - featured Friday May 30, 2008 -
Opening Night - Brooklyn Lyceum
7:30pm - Opening Ceremony
10:00pm - Party!
Dir: Paul Krik, United States, 85 min, 2008, Feature * US Premiere. Cast & Crew in attendance.

Thomas Flynn, the idealist owner of a left-leaning radical cafe-bookstore and the quixotic publisher of a hard-hitting 9/11 conspiracy expose, finds himself entangled with a mysterious Eastern European beauty, Kasia, who is on the run from the architects of a global 9/11 cover-up, in this contemporary take on classic film noir. When Thomas is implicated in the murder of his friend and employee, he's forced to unravel Kasia's complex web of lies while attempting to fight his natural attraction to her. As it turns out, Kasia possesses the smoking gun that proves the identities and methods of the real architects of 9/11, and Thomas is willing to risk everything to expose the truth.

Brooklyn Lyceum: 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 -- friday may 30, 2008 - For more information:

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Posted by Scott Macaulay February 1, 2008


"According to Wikipedia, Able Danger was "a classified military intelligence program under the command of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). It was created as a result of a directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in early October 1999 by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hugh Shelton, to develop an Information Operations Campaign Plan against transnational terrorism, 'specifically al-Qaeda.'" The story, as alleged by various journalists as well as Congressman Curt Weldon, former Vice Chairman of the Armed Services committee, is that Able Danger members identified the Mohamed Atta terrorist cell prior to 9/11 but were prevented from passing their information on to the FBI. Subsequently, Weldon claimed that 2.5 terabytes of data collected by the Able Danger group was ordered destroyed two years before the 9/11 attack. The 9/11 commission either did not consider or dismissed these allegations, and 9/11 theorists have gone on to claim that Able Danger was actually a program designed to monitor and control Atta and other "patsies" who were the fall guys for the 9/11 attacks.

Able Danger the movie takes the real-life mystery of the intelligence operation and uses it as the basis for a spirited and blackly comic neo-noir set all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. Thomas Flynn is a 9/11 theorist, author of a conspiracy expose, and manager of a coffee shop named Vox Pop. When an Eastern European femme fatale, Kasia, played by Elina Lowensohn, enters the picture, Flynn is rapidly learns just how much he is on to when he is plunged into a netherworld of shadow ops, New American Century puppeteers, and smartly-accented henchmen. Reworking classic spy movie tropes for the post-9/11 age, Krik uses flashes of dark comedy, an affection for the film noir genre and the perfect eyebrow-half-cocked attitude towards his subject matter to create a fast-paced and entertaining story. He's aided quite a bit by Aaron Nee, one of Filmmaker's "25 New Faces" of 2006, who stars here as Flynn and gives an appealing performance as the Williamsburg underground reporter who, like a character in a '60s John Frankenheimer film, knows a bit more than he should. With its black-and-white cinematography and visual imagination (the film mixes in color dream sequences and text-overwritten surveillance footage), the film is bit reminiscent of Darren Aronofsky's debut, Pi, as well as Hal Hartley's recent Fay Grim, but Krik's low-fi riff on the conspiracy thriller has a charm all its own. "In case you didn't know," Krik writes, Able Danger is based on a 'true story'... Vox Pop really exists, the author and the book featured in the movie really exists, Able Danger program really existed, all the 'conspiracies' mentioned in the movie are true..."

I asked Krik how he got his movie made, and he emailed, "I self financed the film. It seemed impossible to garner financing for a 9/11 conspiracy movie in black and white. This is the investor's paradigm movie NOT to invest in. That being said, I'm broke. I'm looking to sell the film and get back to working commercials -- but that's why people want to see it, because they won't see it anywhere else."

Able Danger -- Director: Paul Krik -- United States, 2008, 85 min
Cast: Elina Lowensohn, Adam Nee, Dave Coburn, Michael Burg, Tamarra Knaussz
Crew: Producers: Paul Krik, Katharina Lang, Ari Krepostman - Screenwriter: Paul Krik - Editor: Paul Krik & Roberto Serrini - Cinematographer: Charles Libin - Original Score: Michael Montes, John Roome, Alexander Schiebel - Sound: George Lara - Concept Director: Noah Ross - Art Director: Martina Nevermann, Willa Armbruster, Jose Barth Torres
Biography: Paul Krik has been editing national TV commercials for 15 years and living in Brooklyn for five. When Bush won the last election he was either going to move to Amsterdam or make a movie that would change America. He made "Able Danger."
Filmmaker's Note: The film was shot in Brooklyn and is in part based on the work of Sander Hicks and his revolutionary Brooklyn based cafe-bookstore, Vox Pop.
Festivals: Rotterdam, Cannes, Warsaw, Transilvania, PiFan -- notes: Paul Krik will be available for Q&A after the screening.
Buy a ticket online! We expect a sell-out like what happened at the World Premier in Rotterdam.
Showtimes: 8:00 pm | Friday May 30 & 8:00 pm | Friday June 6

Film's official web site, and for trailer:

US Premiere - ABLE DANGER - Brooklyn International Film Festival

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- - NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative update

Check out photos and updates on the signature collection drive for petitioning a November 4, 2008 vote in NYC for a new 9/11 Investigation. Also, see for information and pictures on the April 30, 2008 rally. Plans are in the works for another rally on May 28, and teams are active in collecting signatures everyday. Also the group is expecting funds to hire people. This initiative is the best opportunity for the grassroots public to demand a new 9/11 investigation. The above opening of Able Danger is another wonderful opportunity to join various campaigns in raising questions that demand answers.

Wednesday May 28th, 7:30 pm
St. Mark's Church
, 2nd Avenue @ 10th Street

(New York, May 22, 2008) - The New York City 9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign, a non-profit, citizens based organization, whose goal is the creation of an independent commission to lead a new investigation into the tragedy of 9/11, will be holding a rally on Wednesday, May 28th at 7:30 PM at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery. The campaign hopes to put the issue of a new investigation of 9/11 on the November 2008 NYC ballot as a public referendum. Come and learn about this historic effort! Visit for full campaign details.

Featured speakers include:

Wayne Madsen, investigative reporter, retired NSA analyst
John Feal, 9/11 first responder, Director of the Feal Good Foundation
William Rodriguez, 9/11 hero and last survivor of WTC1
Sander Hicks, 9/11 author/researcher, founder of
Jesse Richard, founder of
Karen Johnson, state senator from Arizona (by phone)

The event will be moderated by Reverend Frank Morales.

The rally will be an opportunity for the press and public to learn about the 9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign and to fill out petitions. Upon reaching 30,000 valid signatures which are lawfully required to put the Initiative on the ballot, NYC voters will be enabled to create a fact-driven investigation of 9/11, which will be distinct from the former Kean-Hamilton Commission because this will go beyond political agendas by exploring all possible scenarios, following the evidence wherever it may lead. We have the potential to redirect the course of related political events which have had and will continue to have global repercussions just through exercising our constitutional right to create this public referendum calling for truth, accountability and justice.

This is now the time of reckoning. Japanese and Italian political officials have challenged the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation. Jesse Ventura was recently on Howard Stern explaining that the towers had to be the result of controlled demolition. Karen Johnson, state senator from Arizona, has gone public supporting the work of Richard Gage and Steven Jones. Also, Steven Jones just had a second paper peer-reviewed. Now imagine the impact there will be if the voters of NYC show that we cannot accept the seriously flawed 9/11 Commission Report and are calling for a impartial, through investigation. This is totally possible!

A current count will be done over the next few days. We estimate having approximately 7,500 signatures. With just 300 people willing to spend 25-30 hours spare time with petitioning teams throughout NYC over the next 4-5 weeks, we can reach another 50-60,000 signatures! If you're in or near NYC, please sign the Guest Book at to get started. If you are outside of the area, we still need your support. Please direct anyone you know to our site and urge them to download the petition and mail it in today. Also, we are asking for your financial support. We ask everyone throughout the country to donate at least $25, the cost of an average meal for two. This will enable us to pay for advertising, materials, and staff. Obviously, the need is urgent. Just go to the Donate section on our site.

Now is the time to support this campaign for a new, honest and authentic investigation of 9/11! This is a culmination of all the work done by researchers and activists to expose the discrepancies in the official account and the nature of 9/11 as what PNAC described as a "New Pearl Harbor". We owe it to the victims, the first responders, ourselves, and future generations.

Please contact everyone you know or want to reach in NYC,
send them this URL to download petitions and to learn more: ~ For peace and justice.

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- - Air America Pentagon-Debate including David Ray Griffin

David Ray Griffin has also been added to the on-air guests for TONIGHT's Air America Radio special program on the Pentagon. The link to hear the show live online is also below.

Thursday, May 15, 9-11 Eastern, 6-8 West Coast Time, 9-11 Eastern
Air America Radio Special Program on: "What Really Happened at the Pentagon?"

We hope you'll join us regarding the issues surrounding the Pentagon Attack this Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 9-11 pm Eastern (6-8 pm West Coast time) on Air America Radio with your host Richard Greene, Co-Produced by Rob Balsamo, Co-Founder, Pilots For 9/11 Truth. The show will be streamed live on the internet at . Also check link for podcast.

Guests will include:
Prof. David Ray Griffin, world renowned authority and author of six books on 9/11
Craig Ranke, Citizen Investigation Team
Rob Balsamo, Co-Founder, Pilots For 9/11 Truth
Kevin Barrett, 9/11 author and radio host
Barbara Honegger, author of "The Pentagon Attack Papers"
Individuals supporting the govt story - no takers to date, though still trying to find someone -- see below.

We have contacted others to represent the government story including James Meigs and David Coburn of Popular Mechanics. Their Secretary has advised us that Meigs and Coburn are no longer accepting any offers to discuss topics on 9/11 Others are in the process of gathering possible representatives.

Topics of Discussion will include (but not limited to) -

Hani Hanjour inability to fly
Flight Data Recorder Analysis Results and Implications
Witnesses - published and non-published
Other issues surrounding the Pentagon

We hope to 'see' you there!

Rob Balsamo
Co-Founder -

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- - New England 9/11 Symposium update

From Jeff Martell:

With the symposium only a few days away, we are working very hard for a large turnout and press coverage. I implore all of you to please participate in the week of truth and contact C-SPAN to ask for media coverage of this event. Fax Number- (202) 737-6226 * Tel (202) 737-3220 * e-mail:

Also, there have been two changes to the line up. Unfortunately, Daniel Sunjata will no longer be hosting the event due to conflicts with his schedule. The event will now be hosted by Jeff Martell and Michael Jackman. Jason Bermas, because he has been working very hard on his new film, will not be able to join us. Instead, Korey Rowe will appear in his place to screen 15 minutes from their upcoming release, "Fabled Enemies."

We're looking forward to seeing you all at the event! With that said, here is the latest press release...
-Justin Martell

9/11 Victim Family Members Raise Questions Media Still Fail to Ask

Hundreds of victim family members have been demanding answers to questions about the deaths of loved ones ever since the horrific events of September 11, 2001 - to no avail. Dozens of witnesses who offered to testify to the 9/11 Commission were ignored; many others found their testimony omitted. According to a group of Keene State College students, without a clear accounting of the facts, no reform can be effective in protecting national security. The students have organized a one-day symposium, on Saturday, May 17 -- "This symposium has been put together by undergraduate student scholars -- a group of young people committed to the pursuit of truth in a country that so often substitutes the comfortable life and easy paths over the rocky roads of ethical personhood," states Donna Marsh O'Connor, mother of Vanessa Lang Langer, who died escaping the South Tower.

Keene, NH May 12, 2008 -- New Hampshire College students and local activists have organized a one-day symposium, entitled, "Family Members, Researchers and Whistleblowers Speak Out", to be held at Keene High School on Saturday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. "This symposium has been put together by undergraduate student scholars -- a group of young people committed to the pursuit of truth in a country that so often substitutes the comfortable life and easy paths over the rocky roads of ethical personhood," says O'Connor, who along with Bob McIlvaine, who lost his son Bobby, and Michele Little, who lost her firefighter brother David, will be making presentations at the symposium.

"This government has made me the victim of conspiracy theories, because they haven't answered fully or allowed anyone to ask the true questions of September 11th," stated Donna Marsh O'Connor, mother of Vanessa Lang Langer, who died escaping the South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, speaking at the National Press Club on Sept. 11. 2006

O'Connor and hundreds of victim family members have been demanding answers to questions about the deaths of loved ones ever since the horrific events of September 11, 2001 - to no avail. Dozens of witnesses who offered to testify were ignored; many others found their testimony omitted. In their book, "Without Precedent", Commission co-chairs Kean and Hamilton wrote, "Fog of war could explain why some people were confused on the day of 9/11, but it could not explain why all the after-action reports, accident investigation, and public testimony by FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue."

According to the students, without a clear accounting of the facts, no reform can be effective in protecting national security. As Peter Jennings said on 9/11/01, "The terrorist wins when he or she manages to alter the behavior of a people or infringes on the way of life in a country--that a democratic country particularly--alters its way of life. It raises the whole question of civil liberties and access and freedom of movement."

Presentations will also be made by several investigative journalists and filmmakers, including:

Daniel Hopsicker, investigative journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, whose seminal work, "Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta and the 9/11 Cover Up in Florida," revolves around activities of the alleged hijackers and their connection to Huffman Aviation in Florida.

Sander Hicks, Brooklyn-based author and investigative journalist, who has extensively researched the Pakistani connection to 9/11 and published "The Big Wedding,"detailing the whistle-blowers and conflicts of interest within the 9/11 Commission.

Barrie Zwicker, award-winning Canadian journalist, documentary producer and political activist, will examine what he calls the "media blackout" of alternative 9/11 views. He has written, "Towers of Deception" and produced three documentary films about September 11.

Korey Rowe, documentary filmmaker and activist, will discuss his internet blockbuster film, "Loose Change," which continues to draw worldwide attention to the anomalies and questions surrounding 9/11.

Michael Springmann, former head of consular services at the US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1987-1989, will explain how he was forced by his superiors and the CIA to issue visas for individuals traveling to the US who he suspected may have had terrorist connections. Springmann reveals that these individuals were being trained in the US and sent back to Afghanistan to fight the Russians. Eleven of the nineteen alleged 9/11 hijackers obtained visas from this same consulate in Saudi Arabia. For Springmann, this begs the question: "Just how involved was the CIA in the creation of what became 'Al-Qaeda'; and who might have had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks; and what, if any attempts were made to warn the American public?"

The New England 9/11 Symposium: Family Members, Researchers and Whistleblowers Speak Out
Saturday, May 17, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Keene High School, Keene, NH
Contact: Mike Jackman at 603-899-2783 or Justin Martell at 860-575-4293

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- - Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth at MIT -Friday

Message forwarded -
Richard Gage, AIA, Architect

You are invited to attend a forum at MIT concerning the Collapse of the 3 World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11.

I am the founder of the organization Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth which is a fast-growing collaboration of more than 350 architectural and engineering professionals. The last few years have witnessed the emergence of mounting scientific evidence that the collapses of the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7 were not adequately explained by the official theories outlined in the 2002 FEMA and 2005 NIST reports. The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth call for a new, fully funded unimpeachable Congressional investigation with subpoena power.

We are dedicated to presenting the evidence that supports our call in this comprehensive presentation.

Come on Fri May 16th, to MIT, Room 5-134 from noon to 2pm. I will lay out the abundant evidence found at the 3 WTC high-rise “collapses”. Please attend and join in the discussion. Map available at

What the Evidence Shows

Sounds of explosions coming from each of the WTC Twin Towers were heard well before the collapses began. These were reported by over 118 first responders in the FDNY recorded “oral histories” (the release of which was resisted by the City of NY until forced by a New York Times FOIA filing). Numerous accounts of “flashes of light” which commonly accompany the detonation of demolition charges were also reported. Video footage reveals the striking symmetry, explosiveness and rapidity of the Towers’ destruction. This destruction differed from the more classic controlled demolition of WTC 7 in its extreme explosiveness.

Each rubble site contained tons of molten metal “flowing like lava” in the basements – as observed by Leslie Robertson, WTC structural engineer, and numerous other first responders. The temperatures of these flows were far in excess of anything possible from a jet fuel fire or from the burning contents of the buildings. Scientists have determined conclusively that thermate – a high-tech incendiary - was used. Chemical traces of thermate were found in the steel and dust. Each “collapse” exhibited thick billowing pyroclastic dust clouds that rapidly expanded to over ten times the volume of the buildings. Each also showed squibs (explosive ejections of pulverized building materials) easily observed in many of the videos. The twin towers were explained to have “pancaked” down, however there was no stack of floors found at the bottom – nearly everything was blown outside the footprint of the towers in a symmetrical pattern extending 1,200 feet in diameter around each building – and 90,000 tons of concrete, metal decking and floor trusses were completely missing from the debris field.

Most damaging to the official story, WTC building 7 was a 47-story high-rise not hit by an airplane and yet became the 3rd modern steel-framed skyscraper to collapse symmetrically at near free-fall speed on 9/11 – in the exact manner of a controlled demolition with explosives. It collapsed into a neat, compact pile, exhibiting ALL the classic features of controlled demolition:

Rapid onset of “collapse”
Sounds of explosions at ground floor - a full second prior to collapse
Symmetrical “collapse” – through the path of greatest resistance – at near free-fall speed (i.e. the [core] columns offered no resistance)
“Collapses” into its own footprint – with the steel skeleton broken up for shipment
Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic dust clouds
Tons of molten metal found in basement by demolition workers
Chemical signature of thermate (a high-tech incendiary) found in slag and dust samples
Rapid oxidation and intergranular melting found (by FEMA) in the structural steel samples
Expert corroboration from controlled demolition professionals
Foreknowledge of “collapse” by First Responders, media, NYPD, FDNY, etc.
You can review all of this evidence and much more online at

Thank you - we look forward to meeting each of you at the forum!

Richard Gage, AIA, Architect
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

Noontime Forum (by invitation)
9/11: Re-examining the 3 World Trade Center high-rise Collapses

Friday May 16, 12:00 Noon
MIT, Room 5-134 Map available at
RSVP (requested)
by email: - by phone: 414-403-1341

9/11: Blueprint for Truth / The Architecture of Destruction
Friday May 16, 7:00 pm No RSVP for this.
MIT, Room 54-100 Map at

For more information, see:

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- - Kevin Barrett for Congress and Truth Jihad News
Truth Jihad News - 15 May 2008
By Kevin Barrett

My congressional campaign is already heating up and getting lots of mainstream coverage, not just statewide but also nationally through wire services like the AP and even my good friend Bill O'Reilly's website - I'm in the lower right corner at Since Bill is so interested in me, I have challenged him to a formal debate on 9/11 and any other issues he chooses. I have proposed that the debate be held on the Boston Harbor quay, and that whoever the panel of judges decides is the winner shall have the right to push the loser into the harbor. This could be the first event ever broadcast live simultaneously by both Fox and C-Span ; ) Come on, O'Reilly - let me prove once and for all that you're all wet!

While I'm still waiting to hear whether Bill "throw the 'conspiracy theorist' into the harbor" O'Reilly accepts my debate challenge, I didn't have to wait for my congressional election opponent, Rep. Ron Kind, who has agreed to debate me at an unspecified future date (see press release below). Kudos to Ron Kind for being the first federal office-holder with the guts to debate a 9/11 skeptic.

Speaking of national media, don't forget to tune in tonight at 8 pm Central for Richard Greene's show Clout. Tonight's debate topic is the questions surrounding the attack on the Pentagon. It will feature Rob Balsamo of Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Craig Ranke of CIT, and others.

Bad news: Chomsky has backed out of our scheduled interview. He now falsely claims that I had promised in an email to completely avoid the subject of 9/11, when in fact the email record clearly demonstrates that the opposite was the case. He also endlessly repeats the mantra that proving World Trade Center Building 7 was taken down in controlled demolition would be unimportant, because that would just prove that it was Bin Laden who demolished it. These and similar statements led me (and many others) to believe the many Chomsky quotes seemingly saying that "it doesn't matter" whether 9/11 was an inside job were genuine. He insists they were taken out of context, and waxes indignant about my having accepted them at face value. For the record, I immediately accepted his claim that the quotes were misleading, and apologized for crediting them - but he refused to acknowledge three consecutive apologies, and continued berating me for ever believing that he could be so crazy as to think it "didn't matter" whether 9/11 was an inside job. (Meanwhile, he never tires of repeating that if WTC-7 was demolished, it must have been done by Bin Laden.) Frankly, I wish someone would explain to me the deep structure of Chomsky's statements, because the surface structure makes no sense whatsoever. I will publish the entire email record of our correspondence - a hilarious dialogue-of-the-deaf even though only one side was deaf - as soon as he gives me permission to do so.

Thanks for paying attention, and please check out my website and feel free to offer feedback. Cheers, rotten fruit, and especially constructive suggestions are all appreciated

Kevin Barrett

For FN’s archives, see:
The Bush Conspiracy and 9/11 Investigative Reports,
looking into the unanswered questions.

2) US Marines and Poppy – Obama and Radicals

- - Barack Obama, Reverend Wright and Black liberation theology
- - Marines ignore Afghan poppy fields, assure locals plants won't be touched
- - Who benefits from the Afghan Opium Trade?

- - Barack Obama, Reverend Wright and Black liberation theology
By Malik Miah

The groundswell of broad support for Barack Obama (both among Blacks and whites) is a phenomenon that deserves a serious analysis and understanding. It cannot be downplayed by passing it through the lens of pure-and-simple lesser-evilism.

Some radicals dismiss the mass phenomenon, because Obama is a candidate of a ruling-class party. That simplistic rejection of Obama's campaign and its mass support is sectarian: The issue isn't whether to vote for a Democrat, but rather our response to a development that is having a wide-scale impact. How many times, in state after state, have we ever seen citizens of all races line up for hours to hear an African-American man talk about “hope'', on a platform that is fundamentally no different than his opponents?

While I do sympathise with those activists choosing the Green Party campaign of Cynthia McKinney or the “independent” Ralph Nader for their more progressive political program, I believe progressives and socialists should focus our attentions on critically engaging Obama supporters, identifying with their desire for a “new type of politics and direction for the country” ­ while explaining that Obama is no answer to stop the aggressive wars of US. imperialism.

In that spirit of critical engagement, an objective evaluation of Obama's support, and why it's grown, is instructive.

Mass appeal beyond electoralism
The mass sentiment for the Obama campaign represents more than pure electoralism. It indicates a possible shift in political consciousness, which can either lead to broad-scale disillusionment or begin to awaken the new young generation to engage in more radical politics when the first African-American president acts like all his predecessors in defending the imperial state.

The Obama phenomenon is a result of fears and frustrations, and of hopes that the country can be better. Most Blacks, of course, are excited by an unprecedented possibility of a “Black president''. Others, including many white workers, are fed up with standing still or going backward as the country enters a recession. Obama taps these multiple anxieties. His mass rallies show the desire for change.

Truncated, for the complete article, see:

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- - Marines ignore Afghan poppy fields, assure locals plants won't be touched
'Many Marines in the field are scratching their heads over the situation.'
06 May 2008

Last week, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved into southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium poppy-growing region [thanks to Bush], and now find themselves surrounded by green fields of the illegal plants that produce the main ingredient of heroin. The Marines are not destroying the plants. In fact, they are reassuring villagers the poppies won't be touched. American commanders say the Marines would only alienate people and drive them to take up arms if they eliminated the impoverished Afghans' only source of income.

For article, see:

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- - Who benefits from the Afghan Opium Trade?
By Michel Chossudovsky 21 Sep 2006

The United Nations has announced that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has soared and is expected to increase by 59% in 2006... The Western media in chorus blame the Taliban and the warlords. The Bush administration is said to be committed to curbing the Afghan drug trade... Yet in a bitter irony, US military presence has served to restore rather than eradicate the drug trade. What the reports fail to acknowledge is that the Taliban government was instrumental in implementing a successful drug eradication program, with the support and collaboration of the UN. Implemented in 2000-2001, the Taliban's drug eradication program led to a 94 percent decline in opium cultivation. In 2001, according to UN figures, opium production had fallen to 185 tons. Immediately following the October 2001 US led invasion, production increased dramatically, regaining its historical levels.

For article, see:

3) World CO2 Continues to Rise – Polar Bear - Nukes

- - World CO2 Levels At Record High, Scientists Warn
- - U.S. lists polar bears as threatened species
- - Senate Climate Change Bill-Taxpayers Billions for Nuclear Power

- - World CO2 Levels At Record High, Scientists Warn
by David Adam
Published May 12, 2008 by The Guardian/UK

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high, according to new figures that renew fears that climate change could begin to slide out of control.0512 05 1

Scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii say that CO2 levels in the atmosphere now stand at 387 parts per million (ppm), up almost 40% since the industrial revolution and the highest for at least the last 650,000 years.

The figures, published by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on its website, also confirm that carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is accumulating in the atmosphere faster than expected. The annual mean growth rate for 2007 was 2.14ppm - the fourth year in the past six to see an annual rise greater than 2ppm. From 1970 to 2000, the concentration rose by about 1.5ppm each year, but since 2000 the annual rise has leapt to an average 2.1ppm.

Scientists say the shift could indicate that the Earth is losing its natural ability to soak up billions of tons of carbon each year. Climate models assume that about half our future emissions will be re-absorbed by forests and oceans, but the new figures confirm this may be too optimistic. If more of our carbon pollution stays in the atmosphere, it means emissions will have to be cut by more than currently projected to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

Martin Parry, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s working group on impacts, said: “Despite all the talk, the situation is getting worse. Levels of greenhouse gases continue to rise in the atmosphere and the rate of that rise is accelerating. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change and the scale of those impacts will also accelerate, until we decide to do something about it.”

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- - U.S. lists polar bears as threatened species
May 14, 2008 - CBC News

The U.S. government has decided to list polar bears as a threatened species under its Endangered Species Act because of the effects of global warming — a decision lauded by wildlife groups, but that could deal a severe blow to the lucrative sport hunt in Canada's North.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, who made the announcement in Washington on Wednesday, said the decision was based on findings that polar bears' sea ice habitat, vital to their survival, has dramatically melted in recent decades.

He said computer models projected declines in sea ice averaging 30 per cent by the middle of the century. Scientists predict that as a result, two-thirds of polar bears could disappear by then.

“Because polar bears are vulnerable to this loss of habitat, they are, in my judgment, likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. In this case, [in] 45 years," Kempthorne said.

A threatened species is considered likely to become in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future.

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- - Senate Climate Change Bill-Taxpayers Billions for Nuclear Power

Michael Mariotte nirsnet{at}nirs(dot)org wrote:


May 12, 2008

The Lieberman-Warner climate change bill is slated to come to the Senate floor the week of June 2-6, 2008.

Without even explicitly mentioning nuclear power, the bill would be the largest giveaway to the nuclear power industry even some $500 billion worth.

And if that weren’t enough, we expect one or more amendments to be submitted to give even more billions of taxpayer dollars to the nuclear industry; further reduce public participation in nuclear issues; and speed the development of new radioactive waste sites over public opposition.

We need to stop this nuclear nonsense, and your voices need to be heard.

Even our friends in the Senate, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), say they are not receiving enough phone calls on this issue. They, and we, are urging you to call your senators now and demand that they oppose any nuclear provisions or amendments to the Lieberman-Warner bill.

Your calls are especially important because the nuclear industry is actively lobbying to obtain more taxpayer dollars, and they have far more resources to do so than the environmental movement.

Please call your Senators today: Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

And activate e-mail lists, phone trees, myspace and facebook sites, and any other networks you have. We need to get as many of your voices to the Senate as possible.

Some background information on the Lieberman-Warner bill, and some of the nuclear provisions now being talked about, is below.

First, we all know that election campaigns take huge sums of money, and we know that many of you have been contributing to your candidates this year. But issue campaigns, like this one, require resources too. After you’ve called your Senators, please consider making an extra $30 donation (or $300 or $3,000, if you can!)­in honor of NIRS’ 30th anniversary this year­on our secure website here.

Background information on Lieberman-Warner Bill (S. 2191)

According to an aide to Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill scheduled to be debated on the Senate floor during the first week of June “would be the most historic incentive for nuclear in the history of the United States."

The cap-and-trade carbon emissions system that the bill would establish would both make utility investments in carbon-emitting technologies like coal and gas less economically competitive by putting a price on carbon, and would also create a fund­totaling as much as $500 Billion over the next four decades­that could be used for nuclear power investment.

There are many problems with the proposed legislation, not the least of which is that its emissions reductions targets fall far short of what science now says is necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe. In fact, the global carbon emissions reduction of 80% by 2050 called for by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Global Climate Change translates into a 95% reduction in U.S. emissions­or essentially a carbon-free energy economy. But at best, the Lieberman-Warner bill would reduce emissions about 60-70% by 2050, and perhaps not even that much.

Nuclear amendments that have been discussed on Capitol Hill may include some, or even all, of the following:

* More money for taxpayer loan guarantees for new reactors
* More money for “risk” insurance if reactors are delayed because of interventions or other licensing problems
* Establishment of “interim” storage sites for high-level radioactive waste
* Speed-up of Yucca Mountain licensing
* Further restrictions on public participation in reactor licensing
* Money for training nuclear engineers
* Money for training skilled workers (like welders)
* Money for security guards and improvements
* Money for Hardened On-Site Storage
* Money to build new factories to manufacture large reactor components
* Money for new transmission lines
* Money for transformers

We need safe, clean, fast and affordable solutions to the climate crisis. Nuclear power meets none of those criteria. Your actions now can make a real difference!

Please call your Senators today: 202-224-3121, and alert your colleagues, co-workers, church groups, PTAs, and all of your friends and ask them to call too! And please call both of your senators no matter where you think they may stand on the issue: we need to create a better sense in the Senate that people care about this issue.

Thank you for all you do. Together, we can stop the nuclear industry’s misguided notion that climate change legislation is their opportunity to have an atomic Christmas in June!

As always, if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Tel. 301-270-6477 -

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Note these two articles - posted in FN April 3, 2008

Will Al Gore Help Shut the Nuke Power Loophole?
by Harvey Wasserman
Published April 2, 2008 by
Obama suggests cabinet post for Gore if elected U.S. president
People’s Daily Online - April 03, 2008

For FN's resources, see:
Stirling Solution for Onsite Power Production
Mounting Evidence of Extreme Global Warming

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