There is a great, really great, story out there. Is it the one we are being told at our local movie theatre in ZERO DARK THIRTY, great as that one is? When the event being depicted is as seminal, as landscape-changing, as the gunning down of the entire globe’s most infamous terrorist, and reputed orchestrator of the earth-defining attacks of 9/11, is it acceptable that serious, and entirely reasonable scholars and observers of world events cannot agree about, or at least express sincere uncertainty concerning, the facts? Continue reading
What do the following pieces of history have in common other than many dead bodies? The Breivik island retreat shooting in Norway 2011, the sinking of the Estonia in the Baltic Sea in 1994, the 7/7 bombings in the Tube in London in 2005, the explosive downing of TWA Flight 800 in 1996, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001? Continue reading
This is probably a little here-and-there theft from the book which has made its way to the publisher. If it ever escapes from there, this can act as advertising. The book details my charge into the valley of death in pursuit of 9/11 Truth. I survived, but Mother Truth has not done so well. A kind of natural period having been placed at the end of the sentence with the Supreme Court’s denial of our Petition for Certiorari, it seems an apt moment to sum up, for anyone who cares. Continue reading
Gladio. Does anybody know what Gladio is, or was, or still is? I certainly didn’t until I was unceremoniously tossed into the snake pit of the attacks of 9/11. Them vipers bite deep, but while you are trying to cope/survive/conquer, you learn a few things. Operation Gladio is/was a NATO/CIA/MI6 effort to be ready when the Russians invaded Europe. It was a “stay behind” secret army, complete with training and caches of equipment that would be useful for the unorthodox warfare that would be necessary against a Soviet occupying force.
People Magazine has its value. Where else would I find just the blurb I was looking for that informed me that Bill O’Reilly’s book about the assassination of JFK would have been a waste of time reading. According to the magazine O’Reilly could find no hard data of conspiracy. Now the phrase “hard data” can have a range of meanings. I have no idea what precisely he is trying to convey, but it is difficult to get around the essential notion that he is happy to be a “comfort to the family”, as he put it, by giving the impression that Lee Harvey Oswald, the official story’s “lone nut”, is all that the country needed to be concerned with. Continue reading
50.4% to 48.1%. So the country is divided…but that divided? Matt Taibbi wrote in Rolling Stone not long ago, that today everyone has their own reality within which to exist and needn’t be disturbed by non-conforming pieces of information. The Right has Fox, the Left has MSNBC, and it is difficult to understand how they reflect the same acreage. Karl Rove didn’t predict the landslide that George Will did, but he left no doubt that Romney would be victorious. Continue reading
Kurt Eichenwald has written a book and made all the talk shows, Cooper to Stewart. It is fine and mildly helpful in terms of understanding what those disastrous years of the last decade in part comprised. But he begins with 9/11, so he has walked into my kitchen. I have a number of thoughts, but am still unable to say if what he and many others have done, was done honorably. Continue reading
Robert Caro is a dinosaur, and we should be thankful. So we have it from no lesser than Charles McGrath on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Caro’s work is brilliant. So we have it from former President William Jefferson Clinton in the cover article of the New York Times Book Review. In appearances all across America’s media, Robert Caro is praised and saluted for his most recent installment, the fourth, of his proposed five volume work on Lyndon Baines Johnson, who, according to Caro and most of the rest of the world, brought us as a nation so much good, though he may not have been.
At what point should a president realize that it just hasn’t worked out as he had planned; that he is going to be incapable of delivering what he told himself he wanted? Did Barack Obama not understand, before he took the oath that there were powerful forces at play in this land and that their interests are not those of the people, and, giving him every benefit of the doubt, not those of Barack Obama? Where was Barack in 1994 when the insurance lobby spent $300 million dollars, by one account, to defeat Clinton’s mess of a healthcare bill which was in its essence a series of gifts to the very companies that paid that money? What explains the administration’s utter lack of preparedness for the fight that has been going on for the first year of his presidency over healthcare? Continue reading
1. One assumes that you, Senator Mc Cain, would agree that committing American forces in a war is the most serious decision and the most substantial test of judgment faced by any president.
2. The record suggests that even today you concur with the Bush-Cheney decision to go to war in Iraq.
3. One assumes that you agree that the reasons employed by the Administration to create support for the war were largely concocted lies vigorously sold as the truth, or premises founded on willful ignorance, sold equally vigorously. Continue reading