Acording to Elliot Abrams (chief Middle East adviser at the White House's National Security Council and Condi Rice's shadow in Jerusalem)..... (the one without the beard)
"Outside the land of Israel, there can be no doubt that Jews, faithful to the covenant between God and Abraham, are to stand apart from the nation in which they live. It is the very nature of being Jewish to be apart-except in Israel-from the rest of the population."
Abrams takes care to insist that his positions imply no "disloyalty" to the United States, but at the same time insists that Jews must be loyal to Israel because they "are in a permanent covenant with God and with the land of Israel and its people. Their commitment will not weaken if the Israeli government pursues unpopular policies."According to Abrams, "Outside the land of Israel, there can be no doubt that Jews, faithful to the covenant between God and Abraham, are to stand apart from the nation in which they live. It is the very nature of being Jewish to be apart-except in Israel-from the rest of the population."
A radical separatist, Abrams argues that Jews should not date or attend elementary schools with non-Jews.
Detailed, thought provoking and revealing essay in Counterpunch by Tom Barry policy director of the International Relations Center. on Elliott Abrams "Gangster Diplomacy- Elliot Abrams in Jerusalem ". Lord Patel had never realised what a sinister bastard he is,worked for "Scoop" Jackson, married Rachel Decter, daughter of right wing nuts Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter. AEI, JINSA, PNAC, friend of Otto Reich, Iran Contra - he pleaded guilty in court to 2 misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress, ( a simple matter of failing to reveal secret contra supply network and his solicitation of a $10 million contribution for the contras from the sultan of Brunei. He received a pardon from President George H.W. Bush in December 1992.... at the time Abrams forcefully defended himself, calling the legal proceedings against him as "Kafkaesque" and his prosecutors as "filthy bastards." ... read all about this terrific guy who guides and settles US policy in the Middle East for the half wit President.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Acording to Elliot Abrams (chief Middle East adviser at the White House's National Security Council and Condi Rice's shadow in Jerusalem)..... (the one without the beard)
Iowa is among the critical states (NH. SC. Mich. etc.,) expected to schedule nominating contests in first 3 weeks of the 2008 primary season. Nine candidates were in Iowa last week: four Democrats and five Republicans.
War veteran John McCain could be found at the Iowa State Fair, judging hogs, chomping corn on a stick and selecting Chuck Larson, a former chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, as his Iowa adviser. Chuck 38, is an Army Reserve major with 12 months recent service in Iraq, and worked previously as a co-chairman in the state for the President.
Larsen has been chased also by Gov. George E. Patakis of New York ( whose lovely wife is on the staff of big Likud supporter Ronnie Lauder) , and Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts treated him to a nice sit down dinner at a hotel in Des Moines - Romney now has four full-time workers in Iowa.
The Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen, wrote a column has showered praise on Gov. Romney saying he is the best organized Republican candidate in the state. Unbeleivably he said Romney was “well on his way toward winning the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses.”
Ambitious Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh has also been actiove sending help for the mid term elections and becoming a regular visitor to the state.
But no-one has been more actove than Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack - today in a popular move he has tapped U-S Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns asking that 22 Iowa counties be declared agriculture disaster areas.
Vilsack says the counties have experienced reduced yields for corn, soybeans, alfalfa hay and oats because of drought and severe weather. He wants drought decalred which if approved the counties would be eligible for federal assistance and qualifying farmers who qualify would get aid from U-S-D-A Emergency Loan Programs.
Picture - Marty Schnicker of rural Mt. Pleasant transferred his winning giant squash and watermelons from the Iowa State Fair to put them on display at Dave's Super Valu on Monday August 20th (Fair closed Sunday 19th)
Marty is NOT standing for President.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Lord Patel never ceases to be amazed by the sites available on the World Wide Web - this one popped up after the recent story about the 5.5 ton Cocaine haul chronicled by ace reporter from FL Dan Hopsicker. I recommend it.( Beware pdf format.) Brilliant and bewildering and esssential reading from a cool, clear headed lady.
Catherine Austin Fitts worked for Dillon Read of Wall Street, . She doesn't anymore. This is her fascinating 132 page story .. power, money, drugs and no rock and roll ..
Dillon Read & Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Prison Profits
by Catherine Austin Fitts
In April of 1981, Bechtel, working through the Bechtel private venture arm Sequoia, bought the controlling interest in Dillon Read from the Dillon family, led by C. Douglas Dillon, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and son of the firm’s namesake, Clarence Dillon. This was a time when Bechtel was facing increased competition globally while experiencing a decline in the nuclear power business that they had pioneered.Lord Patel's legendary sharp eyed readers will pause here and reflect who's Bed and Breakfast establishment Tony Blair stayed at on his recent visit to the Californian West Coast to see his old pal Rupe Murdoch, purveyor and printer of tits, tattle and terror.
We found ourselves with new owners whose operations were an integral part of the military and intelligence communities and who had demonstrated a rapacious thirst for drinking from the federal money spigot. George Schultz, former Secretary of the Treasury during the Nixon Administration, and now Bechtel executive, joined our board.
Read on ....
Global Research has a story (20th August) that FEMA is set to act to organise and impose martial law under a plan called Rex 84 (readiness Exercise - geddit ?) which stems from the days of Iran contra.
It seems it was reported in the Iran Contra hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported (it appears only by them) by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987:as a plan to set up camps / prisons.
"These camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general's signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached."
Hurricane Katrina is said to have provided FEMA with a chance to “dry run” its unconstitutional powers in New Orleans, rounding up "refugees" ( “evacuees”) and "relocating" them in various camps. "Some evacuees are being treated as ‘internees’ by FEMA," writes former NSC employee Wayne Madsen:
“Reports continue to come into Wayne Madsen Report that evacuees from New Orleans and Acadiana [the traditional twenty-two parish Cajun homeland] who have been scattered across the United States are being treated as ‘internees’ and not dislocated American citizens from a catastrophe"
Sharp eyed readers of the NYT yesterday will have seen a map and read an article across 2 pages on page A 20 / 21 "Hurricanes Escape Routes : One was forced, another chosen"
NOLA's population pre Katrina was approx 480,000 it is now put at 200 - 250,000. suggesting a diaspora of at least 200,000. A map (see above) by Matthew Ericsoon /NYT shows the details as known.This information was available from the US Post Office of people who had changed their forwarding address from the parishes that were damaged
They Moved to
New address in NOLA 76,000
Elsewhere in Southern Louisiana 52,000
Dalls Forth Worth / Austin / San Antinio 24,000
Washington /Chicago/ South California 4,500
The rest were spread across many cities in hundreds and the odd thousands.
If this was a dry run for FEMA of Rex 84 it looks a strange distribution.. especially as the diaspora looks to be fairly fixed with the folks being moved, rapidly putting down roots, having lost and left everything behind they coudn't carry. Maybe it was just a clever plan to send more home help to the booming cities of Texas and Atlanta ( grown 400% in 20 years).... or a neat trick to clog their school systems and healthcare provision with NOLA's black urban poor ?
Sounds just like the fuck up you can expect from Brownie, (you're doin' a great job) , Chertoff (his mom was El Al's first air stewardess) and FEMA - so much for the threat of prison camps across America.
Lord Patel doubts whether FEMA could organise a Boy Scout Camp.
What is of more concern is the The House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5122) which would authorize the President to take control of the Guard in case of "a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident, or catastrophe that occurs in the United States, its territories and possessions, or Puerto Rico." This provision was drafted without consultation or input from governors (typical of the WH gangstas) and represents an unprecedented shift in authority from governors as Commanders and Chief of the Guard to the Federal government and was protested by every state Governor in a letter to Congressional leaders on August 6th 2006.
Our friend Dunwerkin tells us that ITV purchased another 5 Mn. shares in a buy back today which brings the total to some 36 Mn in the last 2 weeks or about 1% of equity - paying 104 pence for shares they originally sold for 146 pence.
Consequently the share price has been holding up 104/105p whilst this has been going on ... signalling that some hefty share holders have decided that there is little prospect of any sale at a premium or any chance of improved trading within the forseeable future.
Unless of course the totally baseless rumours that Eastern European interests offering US$5.5Bn (or even less) are being held at bay....
In a very long article The Truth about the “Terror Plot”…. and the new “pseudo-terrorism” by Nafeez Ahmed | August 24 2006 he laments that ... "I am disappointed to say that so far there has been very little serious critical discussion, grounded in factual analysis, of the alleged “Terror Plot” foiled on the morning of Wednesday, 10th August 2006."
The problem is that there is very litle to discuss, seriously or otherwise. Most of the "information" in the public domain is leaked via various completely unreliable ways - the information provided directly and authoritatively at the sole Metropolitan Police Press Conference so far (at which no questions were allowed) was negligible apart from details of the charges.
The charges themselves are interesting if compared with those against the 21/7 bombers.(Discussed here previously)
1. Let's simply dismiss charges under section 38b of the 2000 Terrist Act,(as amended in 2001 to replace SEct 38 with 38b) which covers an absurd range of knowledge and activities , including having maps or guide books of the Statue of Liberty.
2. The main charges relate to conspiracy to murder , which is evidence of desperation by the CPS, and is notoriously difficult to pin down unless anyone turns Queens evidence ...and there is no evidence and litle chance that they are going to grass each other up.
3. Other Charges under the 2006 Act are such a catch all, that even if guilty it could mean someone overhearing someone say in a bar ..."That Tony Blair he needs shooting.. the bastard".
4. Most intriguing are the charges against the 17 year old and suggest the little blighter had been doing what I ( and many others )did at school and experimented with making explosions - we used to very succesfully make iodine tri-iodide and frighten the elderly school, secretary by sprinkling it on the stone stepd to her office and the door handle. This produced the most satsifying crackle / pop when walked on or the door handle was held... much to our juvenile amusement and her weary acceptance of the stupidity of schoolboys.
Sounds like he has a promising future in the chemical engineering industry.
You can be sure that if the Police / MI5 / CPS had ANY decent evidence that the US press ( absent from any restrictions on commenting on cases in UK courts) would have had the information "leaked" and spun better than Carolina Sea Island Cotton.
Simply, the whole IslamoFascist trantalantic airplane toilet terror liquid bomb "plot" is a total fabrication, a media myth, a fanciful faery tale, based on a need for a distraction on both sides of the Atlantic to deflect attention from many political woes and as a prelude to introducing even tougher legilsation.
Remember only one Airplane bomber has been found before departure, and she was "inoccent" in that her Arab boyfriend tried to get her to board an El Al plane (many years ago) with a bomb in bag of which she certainly knew absolutel;y nothing.
Procedures currently in place for security have been satisfactory worldwide for zillions of passenger miles, and in the UK the stern, unbeleivably young policeman nervously fingering their Heckler and Koch's have yet to shoot them in anger.
There has been a plot...certainly. By the UK and US Gubments to ratchet up fear level (by issuing CRITICAL .. RED alerts etc., ) and to pursue their Orwellian dream of social control.
The next one will be a "dirty" bomb on a container ship transiting the Panama Canal.... and if you are between 18 - 35 and a US resident expect the draft.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
More information and photographs are available of the Ukraine air crash which compares with the crash of Flight 93 on 9/11. The two flight recorders from the Pulkovo Airlines Tu-154 which crashed in a swampy field on Tuesday have been found. Large aircraft pieces — its engines, parts of the landing gear, the nose and chunks of the fuselage — were scattered around fields and a small forest. Authorities had stretched red tape around a 7,500-square-foot area.
Slideshow of Yahoo of 131 photographs.
Video of aircrash on mobile phone
Ukrainian and Russian emergency officials working at the scene said remains of 140 bodies (45 of them children) had been found amid the plane's wreckage.
Emergency officials said preliminary information suggested bad weather caused the crash about 30 miles north of the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
"Right now, it is difficult to determine the cause of the accident," Ukraine's Transport Minister Mykola Rudkovsky said on TV.
5 non Russians have been identified 2 Germans and one each from the Netherlands, France and Finland.
Shanksville crash site - fit a Boeing 757 - 200 in this hole .... same size as the Tu-154 that crashed in the Ukraine. (AP photo)
2 more are released
Tayib Rauf pic Swiss paper tagesanzeiger
Mohammed Nazam, the owner of the grocery store where Tayib Rauf 22, was taped hours before his arrest, and a friend of the Rauf family, reports that Tayib had been released.
Tayib's brother, Rashid Rauf, is being interrogated by law enforcement authorities in a town near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, over his alleged role in the alleged MuslimoFascist Jihadist transatlantic airplane toilet terror baby bomb plot.He was arrested on August 9th (immediately prior to the UK swoop by Plod) in Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan, allegedly a hotbed for Islamic militants.
Mudassar Arani a solicitor representing 23-year-old Amin Asmin Tariq who woked for Jet Airways at Heathrow Airport (from where he has been suspended) has also been released from custody. Mudassar Arani, said "Despite a very thorough police investigation, not a shred of evidence implicating him in terrorism was disclosed to him," Arani said.
"Mr. Tariq now wishes to be left alone to spend time with his family and rebuild his life."
One more charged
Umair Hussain, 24, from east London, was accused today under section 38b(1)(a) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000 with failing to disclose information about his brother Nabeel Hussain, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday with the other 11 people were remanded in custody on Tuesday over the alleged MuslimoFascist Jihadist transatlantic airplane toilet terror baby bomb plot at City of Westminster Magistrates Court.Failure to charge him today would have meant he had to be released.
Nabeel Hussain is thought to be among eight people still being questioned by police.
Eight remian in Custody
Eight other people remain in custody and detectives have until next Wednesday to question them.
No bombs found
The Seattle Times reports that ..."the U.S. official said no evidence had yet been found that prototype bombs had been built and tested. The official also said British investigators had "misconstrued" ordinary travel by some of the participants as a "trial run."
The same un-named mysterious senior US intelligence official is reported as claiming that Ali Ahmed Khan, who was taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to murder and Terrist offences, was acting as the chief "facilitator" of the alleged MuslimoFascist Jihadist transatlantic airplane toilet terror baby bomb plot plot
Here is a red bandana found at the Shanksville site Exh. GX-PA00111 . Barbara Olson apparently told her husband in her mysterious telephone call the "attackers" had red bandanas - this survived in what looks pristine condition when a plane and it's engines disappeared.See more unlikely finds here and here and very important - here from Team 8 who have been investigating Flight 93 since 9/11/2001.
Flight 93 victims' effects to go back to families
PIttsburgh Post Gazette / Sunday, December 30, 2001/By Steve Levin, Post-Gazette Staff Writer
They report that ... "We have some property for most passengers," said Craig Hendrix, a funeral coordinator and a personal effects administrator with Douglass Air Disaster Funeral Coordinators, a company often contacted by airlines after devastating crashes.
Hendrix said United Airlines' insurance underwriter hired Douglass on Sept. 12 to handle not only funeral arrangements for the victims but also the return of personal effects.... these include ...items, such as a wedding ring and other jewelry, photos, credit cards, purses and their contents, shoes, a wallet and currency, are among seven boxes of identified personal effects salvaged from the site. They sit in an El Segundo, Calif., mortuary and will be returned to victims' families in February.
Hendrix said the personal effects that survived the crash were ejected from the plane at the moment of impact.
Especial care was taken of the items ...Douglass has been preparing the items for return. For example, about two weeks ago, FBI agents presented the wedding ring and wallet of passenger Andrew Garcia to his wife, Dorothy, in Portola Valley, Calif.
But before the FBI delivered the ring to Garcia, which was inscribed with "All my love, 8-2-69," Douglass sent it to a jeweler for cleaning and repair.
Around Thanksgiving, Jerry and Beatrice Guadagno of Ewing, N.J., received word that their son Richard's credentials and badge from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had been found by the FBI at the crash site.
"It was practically intact," Richard's sister, Lori, said of the credentials, which were returned in their wallet. "It just looked like it wasn't damaged or hadn't gone through much of anything at all, which is so bizarre and ironic.
In the meantime, Douglass is refurbishing jewelry, straightening credit cards and photos with steam heat, and topically disinfecting most other items.
When the FBI releases to Douglass the "unassociated" material gathered from the crash site -- items that haven't been matched to an individual on Flight 93 -- the company will photograph each item and compile a catalog for victims' families. Members can then make claims for items they recognize.
The National Transportation Safety Board examines all aircraft accidents their site is here - this is what thewir record - note the date 3/7/2006 says :
NTSB Identification: DCA01MA065.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of United Airlines
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 11, 2001 in Shanksville, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 3/7/2006
Aircraft: Boeing 757, registration: N591UA
Injuries: 44 Fatal.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Safety Board provided requested technical assistance to the FBI, and any material generated by the NTSB is under the control of the FBI. The Safety Board does not plan to issue a report or open a public docket.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The Safety Board did not determine the probable cause and does not plan to issue a report or open a public docket. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Safety Board provided requested technical assistance to the FBI, and any material generated by the NTSB is under the control of the FBI."
It is quite evident that not only did not flight 92 plough into SDhanksville, elaborate attempts have been made to fabricate evidence to suggest it did.
The question has to be asked Flight 93 - if the passengers didn't die in a field in Shanksville - where did they die ?
Finally as they say on the TV neWs here is a picture found at the site of one of the villainous iSLAMO FASCIST JIHADIST bastards who hi-jacked the plane, wrapped a red nandana round his head, yelled "Allah is Great" 7 times, slashed throats, commandeered the PLANE, FOUGHT OFF TODD BEAMER AND HIS FRIENDS AS THE PLANE SCREAMED TO EARTH AT 580 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (OFFICIAL)ignored everyone making mad cell phone , Verizon calls which have never been recorded..etc...etc.. THINKS ...now that would make a good movie script...Roll them cameras... Yeah Let's roll.
CNN: 'Hijacker' Visa Found in Flight 93 Wreckage
The Metropolitan Police under Operatioin Covert investigating Transatlantic Terror liquid baby bomb IslamoFascist Jihadist mad toilet terror bombers released 2 people and been granted more time to question 9 others.
The two individuals were released by police at around 19:20 BST and 23:00 BST last night, with no further action taken against them.
The 911 Truth Campaign (Britain & Ireland) hosts David Ray Griffin, a retired Professor of Theology, who addresses the question “Was 9/11 an inside job?” For the 1st time in the UK, David Ray Griffin will present his case gainst the "official" 9/11 story.
To be held at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 9th September 2006, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.
(Nearest station is Holborn - Central and Piccadilly lines - approx 3 min walk. Also within reasonable walking distance are Chancery Lane and Russell Square. See http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/where.htm for venue information.)
Doors open 6.45 p.m. Tickets, £10 (Concessions £7.50); purchased in advance , on the door £12.50 (Concessions £10.00). The Ticket Hotline number is 0845 108 1736, and Online Booking can be made through www.911truthtotnes.com.
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions by David Ray Griffin(Paperback)
Order from Amazon here
This is Building 6 of the WTC complex , which was even closer to the north tower (seen here moments before its subsequent planned demolition months later), it suffered even more extreme fire and debris damage, but the building did not fall down implosion style like the towers and Building 7. ... see more amazing NEW and EXCLUSIVE pictures from a rescue worker at Propaganda Matrix
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Gary Hopsicker from Mad Cow has the EXCLUSIVE goods on a 5.5 ton shipment of cocaine on a drug laden milk run through Mexico in a DEA lookalike DC9 ..
How can you hide the daily workings of an industry shipping 5.5 tons of cocaine at a crack from a government that can read the make of your golf ball from outer space?
The answer is: you can’t. The police chief of every good-sized American city knows the name of the wholesale distributor selling product to street-level dealers to retail in his town.
And—this is a mini-editorial—that’s why voters should take every opportunity to defeat hypocrites like Asa Hutchinson, now running for Governor in Arkansas ... Read more here
STOP PRESS see later posting here when you have read this.
On 9/1///2001 Captain Jason Dahl taxied United Airlines Flight 93 Boeing 757- 200 at Newark International Airport, ready for its 8:01 AM departure but heavy runway traffic, delayed departure until 8:42 AM. Besides the 2 pilots there were 5 flight attendants and 37 passengers aboard.
The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology DNA lab in Rockville, Md., were later to identify their remains , from the crash site in Shanksville. Except the 4 alleged hi-jackers as Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller ( pay US$35,854 a year as coroner) explained "To make a DNA identification we need something from the victims or their family members -- personal effects, or blood samples -- to match," Miller said. "We don't have that kind of information about the terrorists."
Which chimed oddly with the report in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette of October 15th 2001, "It was as if the plane had stopped and let the passengers off before it crashed," Miller said.
At the crash site State Trooper Tom Spallone of Greensburg said the impact of the crash was so severe that the biggest piece of debris he had seen there is no bigger than 2 feet.
Eric Peterson, 28, was working in his shop in the Somerset County village of Lambertsville in the morning when he heard a plane - "There was a crater in the ground that was really burning," he said. Strewn about were pieces of clothing hanging from trees and parts of the Boeing 757, but nothing bigger than a couple of feet long, he said. Many of the items were burning.
Peterson said he saw no bodies, there also was no sign of life.
The crash site is now a National Park.
This is a photograph from the Library of Congress - there are some more here. Note how an airplane with some 5,000 gallons of fuel hasn't even scorched the grass round the crater ? No engines , no tail fin ...
Today's New York Time reports the crash at approx 2.30 pm local time of Pulkovo Airlines Tupolev 154 un Sukha Balka, near Donetsk in the Ukraine in which 169 people died. The plane fell from 36,000 feet and by Tuesday evening rescuers had recovered 30 bodies.
It is interesting to compare the specification of the 2 aircraft , the length and wingspan are virtually identical but the Boeing tailfin is 7 feet higher.
TU 154 Length: 48.0 m (157 ft) Wingspan: 37.55 m (123 ft 3 in) Height: 11.40 m (37 ft 5 in)
Boeing 757-200 Length: 47.32 M (155 ft 3 in) Wingspan: 38.5 M (124 ft 10 in) Height: 44 ft 6 in (13.6 m)
Now look again at the Ukraine crash site , engines littered about, parts of the tail fin fires burning evidently some time after the crash when fire trucks have got there and bodies recovered.
Now do you think Flight 93 crashed at Shanksville ?
More of the mystery details here
Later post here with more pictures and details
Mobile phone video of crash posted Thursday 24th August EST 9.16
The NYT picture Victoria Sinistra / Agence France Press - Getty Images
11 IslamoFascist Muslim liquid baby bombing suicide transatlantic airline bombers have to be charged or released from custody today.
"The threat from terrorism is real. It is here, it is deadly and it is enduring." ... and it keeps ignorant, ox-dumb bastards like Peter Clarke, of the Metropolitan Police in paid (well) employment.
The real threat of terrorism in the world today is from State sponsored terror, Israel is way top of the list for that, supported by the US and the UK... where we can look for the murderers of Dr Kelly, De Menezes and the Leeds 4 on 7/7.
Which reminds me, no news of that fine upstanding pillar of polite society the Karaoke King, my Lord Levy the Prime MInisters personal envoyt to the Middle East.... not been kidnapped by the Met again has he .. or is he one of the High Wycombe 11 ?
In an article in Investigating Imperialism 4th December 2004 there was a discussion of the likelihood of the installation of a new military strongman in Iraq.
The time is drawing near , fast and furiously, as the pressures on the remaining inchoate mass of military and Government coagulate in the Green Zone for this last option to be re-examined.
The New York Times said last week in an article, "Bombs Aimed at GIs in Iraq Are Increasing”, describing the styeadily worsening position of the US military in Iraq ..
"Yet some outside experts who have recently visited the White House said Bush administration officials were beginning to plan for the possibility that Iraq's democratically elected government might not survive.
"'Senior administration officials have acknowledged to me that they are considering alternatives other than democracy,' said one military affairs expert who received an Iraq briefing at the White House last month and agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.
"'Everybody in the administration is being quite circumspect,' the expert said, 'but you can sense their own concern that this is drifting away from democracy.'"
White House spokesman Tony Snow was forced to deny this at a press briefing the next day.
Cometh the Hour Cometh the Man
General Al-Khazraji was the field commander who led the 48-hour chemical weapons attack, which poisoned and burned 5000 Kurdish civilians in the northern town of Halabja in March 1988.
The most senior military officer to defect since 1990, al-Khazraji was Saddam’s chief of staff from 1980 until 1991, leading the army through the eight-year Iran-Iraq war and the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. he was responsible for attacks upon the Kurds from Feb 23rd-Sept 6th in 1988 under the “Anfal” (Koranic section covering the spoils of war) in which 100,000 Kurds were made homeless and 10,000 are said to have died.
He left Iraq in 1996 and was granted political asylum first in Spain and then in Denmark, where he lived in Soroe, a quiet suburb of Copenhagen. There are claims he was reluctant to leave Iraq, but that the CIA tempted him with promises of a major political role after the overthrow of Saddam.
It is claimed he is close to Wafiq-al-Samara’I ex head of Military Intelligence who defected and who lived in London. They are both said to have strong Saudi contacts. Brigadier-General Najib Al-Salihi a “rapidly rising star” was another ex army pal. He had meetings with the UK Foreign Office in March 2002 . Al-Salahi was Commander of an armoured division of Iraq’s elite Republican Guard in the Gulf war, and played a major military role in Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. He was major force in putting down the Shia uprising against Saddam ‘s rule after defeat at the hands of the US-led forces. This repressive way in which this particular episode was handled caused 1.5 million people to flee their homes, the number slaughtered is unknown. Salihi went on to write a book about his crushing of the popular uprising, entitled Al-Zilzal, ‘The Earthquake’.
After defecting in 1995, Salihi defected to the side of his former enemies and began to co-operate with the US, where he recently lived. He headed the CIA- sponsored (and heavily funded) Iraqi Free Officers Movement.
With remarkable foresight Julie Flint wrote on 6th May 2000 …
“The concern now is that Khazraji may emerge, sooner or later, as a player in the new, US-controlled Iraq. Since a first contact with the US State Department late in 2001, he has been backed both by the State Department and the CIA to serve as a post-Saddam leader in Iraq.”
Seymour Hersh writing in the New Yorker in March 2002, said: “The CIA’s brightest prospect, officials told me, is Nizar Khazraji.”
Amid Tahiri in the Arab News 30th October 2004
“The interim government cites the fact that the Iraqi Army refused to fight in last year‚s war as evidence that most officers had broken with Saddam. Several former generals of Saddam‚s army are already back.
They include Amer Al-Hashemi, a Sunni, as chief of staff and a Shiite, Lt-Gen. Daham al-Assal, 63, as his deputy. Gen. Abu-Bakar Zibari, a Kurd, has been retained as chief military advisor. Also advising the new government are several senior officers who had broken with Saddam and joined the opposition in the 1990s. They include Gen. Nizar Al-Khazraji, Najib Al-Salhi, and Wafiq Al-Samarrai.
“Here we are working for Iraq,” says one of the returning officers. “What we experience today is a passing moment in Iraq’s long history. The occupation has officially ended, and the occupiers will go home. Iraq, however, shall remain. And Iraqis shall remain. And they shall need peace and security.”
Get ready, you are going to hear a lot more about Gen. Nizar Al-Khazraji, Najib Al-Salhi, and Wafiq Al-Samarrai… probably the only people left in Iraq who can guarantee a safe passage out of their shattered country for the Coalition of the Willing.
They will drink a glass or two to that in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem... Until a rocket lands in Tel Aviv at the same time as the Madr Brigades swarm the GZ.... at the same time the slaughter of the UK forces in their Basra base starts.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan ... NATO forces go from strength to strength...
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
There is much talk of IED's , they kill soldiers in Baghdad, they kill soldiers in Basra and the roads in between. They kill soldiers in Afghanistan.
Now some guys have been making them in High Wycombe.
WTF is "improvised" ? - it's an explosive device or it isn't. Improvised - does that mean it hasn't been made by Grumman-Northrop, Raytheon , British Aerospace ?
With the rate of explosive sucess of those cluster bombs in Lebanon chucked about with so much ill will by the IDF they look prettty fucking improvised to me.
... and to the kid seen on TV last night whose legs had been blown off by one since the "cease fire" he didn't seem to give a FF whether they were improvised or not.
What's wrong with the media ? Let's call them BOMBS - it's a business with a State Monopoly.
Pic IED from the IDF near Nabatiyah.
Transatlantic baby terror liquid bomber plot terror Al Quaeda cell of Islamofascist jihadists - will the charges stick ?
It is evident that the charges brought against the Transatlantic baby terror liquid bomber plot terror Al Quaeda cell of Islamofascist jihadists that the CPS are struggling to get them into court. vide a comparison of charges with those of the 21/7 "non -bombers". i.e no charges for CONSPIRACY TO CAUSE EXPLOSIONS LIKELY TO ENDANGER LIFE OR CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY TO PROPERTY, contrary to Section 3(1)(a) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 or POSSESSION OF AN EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT, contrary to Section 3(1)(b) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.... But ... but it's early days yet and the 21/7 "non-bombers" have to appear in October 2006 before any judgements can be made.
The full list of charges of the 10/8/2006 "Hydrogen Peroxide" gang are as follows:
AHMED ABDULLAH ALI (AKA ABDULLAH ALI AHMED KHAN), 25, OF WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON
TANVIR HUSSAIN, 25, OF LEYTON, EAST LONDON
UMAR ISLAM (AKA BRIAN YOUNG), 28, OF HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
ARAFAT WAHEED KHAN, 25, OF WALTHAMSTOW
ASSAD ALI SARWAR, 26, OF HIGH WYCOMBE
ADAM KHATIB, 19, OF WALTHAMSTOW
IBRAHIM SAVANT, 25, OF WALTHAMSTOW
WAHEED ZAMAN, 22, OF WALTHAMSTOW
On diverse days between 1 January 2006 and 10 August 2006 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court conspired with other persons to murder other persons (contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977).
On diverse days between 1 January 2006 and 10 August 2006 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to their intention to smuggle the component parts of improvised explosive devices onto aircraft and assemble and detonate them on board (contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006).
It is interesting here just to look at these provisions which were introduced as new offences in the 2006 Act.
51. Subsection (1) creates an offence of preparing to commit or assist others to commit one or more acts of terrorism with the intent of committing or assisting others to commit such acts.
Subsection (2) states that this is an offence whether or not there are specific plans, or solely an intention to carry out such acts generally.
See below for deatils of the offences for which the 21/7 bombers have been charged.
A 17-YEAR-OLD MALE
On a day between 1 October 2005 and 10 August 2006 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court had in his possession a document or record, namely a book on improvised explosives devices, some suicide notes and wills with the identities of persons prepared to commit acts of terrorism and a map of Afghanistan containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (contrary to Section 58 (1) (b) of the Terrorism Act 2000).
58. - (1) A person commits an offence if- (a) he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or
(b) he possesses a document or record containing information of that kind."
COSSAR ALI, 23, OF WALTHAMSTOW
On diverse days between the 1 January 2005 and 10 August 2006 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court had information which she knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission of another person namely, Ahmed Abdullah Ali aka Abdullah Ali Ahmed Khan, of an act of terrorism and failed to disclose it as soon as reasonably practicable (contrary to Section 38B (1) (a) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000).
Section 38b of the Terrorism Act 2000 creates a legal obligation to disclose information that you believe might assist in preventing an act of terrorism
Section 38 of the Terrorism Act 200, was, without much debate, amended by the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, Section 117 which inserts a new Section 38B (Sect 38 is null)
'Section 117 Information about acts of terrorism (1) The Terrorism Act 2000 (c. 11) is amended as follows. (2) After section 38 insert- "38B Information about acts of terrorism (1) This section applies where a person has information which he knows or believes might be of material assistance-
(a) in preventing the commission by another person of an act of terrorism, or
(b) in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of another person, in the United Kingdom, for an offence involving the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.
(2) The person commits an offence if he does not disclose the information as soon as reasonably practicable in accordance with subsection (3).etc more details here at Spy Blog of legislation.
On diverse days between the 23 September 2005 and 10 August 2006 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court had information which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission of another person namely, Nabeel Hussain, of an act of terrorism and failed to disclose it as soon as reasonably practicable (contrary to Section 38B (1) (a) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000). (see above)
It is interesting to compare these charges with those detailed by the Metropolitan Police of Operation Vivace (better known as the 21/7 non-bombings)
In this case there are 5 main defenders each charged with
1. CONSPIRACY TO MURDER, contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.
2. CONSPIRACY TO CAUSE EXPLOSIONS LIKELY TO ENDANGER LIFE OR CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY TO PROPERTY, contrary to Section 3(1)(a) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
3. POSSESSION OF AN EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT, contrary to Section 3(1)(b) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
4. ATTEMPTED MURDER, contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981.
i.e NO charges under the Terrorism Act of 2000 and obviously not of any charge under the 2006 Act.
and 12 further subsidiary offenders charged with
1. ASSISTING AN OFFENDER, contrary to section 4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967.
2. FAILING TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT ACTS OF TERRORISM, contrary to section 38B(1)(b) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000 (Two counts).
International Perspective, by Martin Hutchinson at Prudent Bear
The Bear’s Lair: Towards energy autarky / August 21, 2006
Here are a couple of extracts from an article well worth reading ...
"It’s now clear that a large portion of the world’s oil production volume derives from countries whose motivations are not primarily economic. Venezuela under its current government is motivated primarily by dislike of the United States, while Russia is motivated by the strategic leverage brought by its position as a major oil producer. Iran’s motivations are unclear; dislike of the United States and the West is certainly part of them, however. More ominously, the long term political stability and pro-Western orientation of Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, cannot be assured in an era when radical jihadism commands substantial popular support across the Middle East. Thus a moderate share of the world’s oil production is already controlled by governments motivated by political/strategic rather than economic objectives; if Saudi Arabia were to fall, the non-economic portion of the world’s internationally traded oil production would become a majority."
The Final paragraph ....
"The use of oil as a political weapon by producers, and the attempts by consumers to lock up long term supply contracts or move to other energy sources that are only marginally competitive even at present prices will keep oil prices at or above $70 much longer than they need to be. Eventually, of course, the oil market will break, reducing Russia once again to a second class power with a bankrupt economy, removing the Middle East almost entirely from the world’s headlines, and producing a fawning Venezuelan government that begs for World Bank handouts to feed its starving people. However that outcome, so devoutly desired by armchair strategists of the neocon persuasion, will only happen in only one way: through a really devastating world recession that slashes oil demand."
au·tar·ky or au·tar·chy A policy of national self-sufficiency and nonreliance on imports or economic aid.
If that doesn't depress you, your wife, your bank manager just consider these two modest financial items that surfaced last week .....
Real estate investment trusts this year have sold more than $4.1 billion of bonds convertible into stock, almost triple the amount issued in all of 2005 e.g Sam Zell’s Equity Office Properties Trust and Mortimer Zuckerman’s Boston Properties Inc.
Total Commercial Paper (in the US) jumped $10.4 billion last week to $1.805 Trillion. Total CP is up $164 billion YTD, or 15.8% annualized, while having expanded $228 billion over the past 52 weeks (14.5%).
This is taken from the excellent Paris Daily Photograph - It records the heroic death of student Henri Pilot at the age of 23 for France 62 years ago to the day . France has many such plaques remembering those who fought both the Germans and Vichy.
The flowers and flag make this eloquent because some survivor of the family lives and cares.
Stockwell station has a memorial to an unknown Brazilian electrician, a decent young man who was murdered by the Police - which is London's contribution to such public memorials.
Monday, August 21, 2006
The Metropolitan Police have issued a Bulletin 0000000474 dated 21st August 2006 .
The Police have searched 69 houses, flats and business premises, vehicles and open spaces they have seized bomb making equipment (including hydrogen peroxide, electrical components, documents and other items), they have also found more than 400 computers, 200 mobile telephones and 8,000 items of removable storage media such as memory sticks, CDs and DVDs.
So far, from the computers alone, they have removed some 6,000 gigabytes of data.
The Police also have evidence from surveillance carried out before 10 August. Including important, indeed, highly significant video and audio recordings
Today they have charged 11 people. 8 have been charged with 2 offences relating to an alleged plot to manufacture and smuggle the component parts of improvised explosive devices onto aircraft and assemble and detonate them on board.
Those individuals have been charged with conspiracy to murder and the new offence of preparing acts of terrorism contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
In addition, three have been charged with other offences under the Terrorism Act 2000. One has been charged with possession of articles useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism and two with failing to disclose information of material assistance in preventing an act of terrorism.
One woman has been released from custody without charge.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the MPS Anti-Terrorist Branch, said:"This is the first time we have been able to release (official) information about the progress of the investigation, since the morning of the arrests on 10th August.
"The enormity of the alleged plot will be matched only by our determination to follow every lead and line of enquiry. I shall try to give you an idea of the size and complexity of this investigation.
"The meticulous investigation of all this material will take many months. All the data will be analysed.
"There will be thousands of forensic examinations and comparisons. Fingerprints, DNA, electronic data, handwriting comparisons, chemical analysis, and indeed the full range of forensic disciplines will be used." (...and lots of overtime Sarge ... luvvly jubbly)
In fact he is saying we will follow the same procedures, undertaken by the same people who gave you, blowing up Manchester United, the "Ricin" gang without the ricin, over 1000 "arrested" under Terrorism Acts and released without charge , the "accidental" shooting of the Forest Gate terrist (based on "solid intelligence", the public murder of de Menezes ..... plus of course the illegal impeding by the IPCC of the enquiry by the IPCC into that event for 5 days by Sir Ian Blair - he's the guy who cheered up the Attoney General by recording his telcon with him.
Meanwhile of course we will do absolutely fuck all about the "leaks", of half truths, truths, downright lies, mis-information fed indirectly to the public by the "senior Scotland Yard sources", "top officers", "security officials from Government Departments " etc., who seem to spend more time gabbing to the Press than doing their job.
Of course any such information that the public receive we can simply deny... such as the time of the train the 7/7 bombers caught which the public endlessly told you was incorrect as the train but didn't exist ... and which you finally did when the Home Secrtetary told you to.
A "senior Scotland Yard source" has revealed to the BBC that forensic scientists have found the evidence of a sickening device cunningly concealed in the bulky padding of a baby's nappy of one of the children of a major female terror suspect. A photograph from the International School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine (here)
who are helping with the forensice workwhich is thought to be of the device is exclusively published here.
Scientists decribed the 3 phase gas / solid / liquid elements as "probably combining both a gas device and an explosive phase". An FBI expert on loan from the US to "help" investigations described this as "the real terrorist s**t". "Now we see" he said what evil IslamoFascist bast***s" we are up against."He added."IMagine being on a plane next to one of these!"
"Children in arms ... our new enemy" he said."I have children of my own", he said weeping."Obviously these evil monsters intended to smuggle these devices on with their inoccent children". Sources reveal several WPC's have been asked to be taken off "Operation Covert".
Tony Blair, who is on holiday has been informed of this critical new development in the fight against the airplane bombers who have paralysed our major airports, caused massive commercial disruption and cost billion to retailers, holiday companies and the sun tan cream industry.
Concern has been expressed at the highest level after a quantity of these tri-phase "Baby Bombs" were reported to have been found in a wheelie bin outside one of the houses being examined where the transatlantic bombers lived. Following this vital lead Police officers were seen conducting a "finger tip search of a local waste disposal site looking for evidence of more of these sickening DIY devices.
Trained from Birth
Scotland Yard refused to comment said the BBC.The mother who is the mastermind behind this sickening case of infanticide is thought to be one of the people arrested last week and held in custody said the BBC. One reliable source said grimly, that there was horrifying evidence that, "babies were trained to wear these terrible devices from birth".
A neighbour who asked not to be named told the BBC ,"They were always cooking curries, now we know why - to mask the smells". She added ,"they are all nice people round here."
The Nation reminds us that the war in Iraq has lasted five days longer than US involvement in World War II.
On December, 11, 1941, four days after Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the US. Victory in Europe was announced on May 8, 1945. That's one thousand, two hundred and forty-four days.
The US and the Coalition of the Willing have been in Iraq one thousand, two hundred and forty-nine days--- no exit strategy, no plan for victory and the plot if ever known, has been lost - along with much treasure, blood and life.
Laughably El Presidente George W. Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday, arriving in the co-pilot's seat of a Navy S-3B on May 2nds 2003. (At that point, 138 U.S. troops had been killed in Iraq and the President's overall approval rating stood at 46%)
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country." Bush said.
US military personnel reported killed stands today at 2607 and 10,625 wounded.Bush's latest approval rating (CBS) 8/11-13/06 = 36% .
Pic by Laurent Smirkey performing Miracles.
We posted this list of mildly risible remarks to do with IT , and the denizens of that urban Jungle a long time ago ... t seems worth repeating to lighten the load a bit today. Well no, .... I have been reading so much of the shit published on the BBC website, like them I need to repeat again, what we did last year.
-- Remember, only two industries refer to their customers as users.
-- There are only 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
"The familiar dot (.) symbol from Internet addresses shall be used on this website to denote the end of a sentence."
"The future is already here, it just isn't evenly distributed."
"When the customer demands the impossible, they will end up buying from the guy who offers them the impossible. And the results, though tragic, are sadly predictable." (Robert A. Heinlien)
"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." (Rich Cook)
All models are wrong; Some are useful.
For every complex problem, there exists a simple solution, which is wrong.
"The last 10% of any software project will take 90% of the budgeted time. The first 90% will take the other 90%"
On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. - Charles Babbage
"The most successful method of programming is to begin a program as simply as possible, test it, and then add to the program until it performs the required job."
-- The PDP-8/e Small Computer Handbook (DEC, 1972) - Chapter 9, Page 9-64
"A specification that cannot be fit on one 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper cannot be understood." -- Mark Andis
Computers are high-speed idiots, programmed by low-speed idiots
The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. -- Nathaniel Borenstein
The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change. -- FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers
"There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." -- C. A. R. Hoare
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. (John Gall)
Working software is the primary measure of progress. (The Agile Manifesto)
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.
"An unplanned project takes twice as long to complete, a well planned project takes three times as long."
Computers let you make more mistakes than any other invention in history....with the possible exception of handguns and tequila.
"Two things have come out of Berkley, Unix and Acid, we do not belive this to be a coincidence
"Programming is the process of converting caffeine into error messages"
Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution.
Linux sucks twice as fast and 10 times more reliably, and since you have the source, it's your fault. -Calv1n
Most of the above is proably tru...except...
The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change. -- FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers
Which definitely is.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
President Bush’s appearance at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, on September 11, 2001 had been in the planning stages since August [Booker web site], but was only publicly announced on the morning of September 7. [White House, 9/7/01]Booker was chosen as the location for the photo-op partly because of its proximity (3.5 miles) to the airport. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 9/12/02]
President Bush awoke a little before 6:00 a.m. on September 11 2001, and put on running gear . [CBS, 11/1/02] At 6:30 a.m., Bush, a reporter friend, and his Secret Service crew took a four-mile jog in the half-light of dawn around a nearby golf course. [Washington Post, 1/27/02, Washington Post, 09/11/01]
After his jog, Bush showered, then sat down for his daily intelligence briefing around 8 a.m. “The President’s briefing appears to have included some reference to the heightened terrorist risk reported throughout the summer, but contained nothing specific, severe or imminent enough to necessitate a call to [National Security Advisor] Condoleezza Rice.” [Telegraph, 12/16/01]
At approximately 8:13, Flight 11 was instructed by air traffic controllers at the FAA’s Boston Center, in Nashua, New Hampshire, to climb to 35,000 feet. The plane did not obey the order and its transponder was turned off. Air traffic control manager Glenn Michael said, “we considered it at that time to be a possible hijacking.” [AP, 8/12/02, emphasis added] According to FAA regulations, that was the correct decision: “Consider that an aircraft emergency exists ... when ... there is unexpected loss of radar contact and radio communications with any ... aircraft.” [FAA Air Traffic Control Regulations, Chapter 10, Section 2-5 ]
According to phone calls made by fight attendants Betty Ong and Amy Sweeney, the hijackers had stabbed and killed at least one passenger and two flight attendants by about 8:21. [ABC News, 7/18/02, Boston Globe, 11/23/01, AP, 10/5/01, Los Angeles Times, 9/20/01] (One hijacker may have been riding in the cockpit and begun the hijacking earlier.) After 8:21, both women apparently remained on the phone with American Airlines’ headquarters for 25 minutes, until their plane crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. [ABC News, 7/18/02, AP, 10/5/01]
Accounts of when Bush’s motorcade left for the school vary from 8:30 to 8:39. [8:30, Washington Post, 1/27/02, 8:35, Sarasota Magazine, 9/19/01
The first media reports of Flight 11’s crash into the World Trade Center began around 8:48, two minutes after the crash happened. [New York Times, 9/15/01] CNN broke into its regular programming at that time [CNN, 9/11/01], though other networks, such as ABC, took a few more minutes to begin reporting. [ABC, 9/14/02] (The video of the event only surfaced the following day)
Some people at the school also heard of the news before Bush arrived. Around 8:50, Tampa Bay’s Channel 8 reporter Jackie Barron was on the phone with her mother, who mentioned the first news reports. At almost the same time, Brian Goff, a Fox reporter from Tampa, heard the same thing on his cell phone. [Sarasota Magazine, 11/01] Associated Press reporter Sonia Ross was also told of the crash by phone from a colleague. [AP, 9/12/01 (D)] Florida Congressman Dan Miller, waiting in front of the school as part of the official greeting party, was told by an aide about the crash at 8:55, before Bush arrived. [Sarasota Magazine, 11/01]
Bush arrived at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School shortly before 9:00. [8:46, ABC News, 9/11/02, 8:55, Washington Times, 10/7/02, 8:55, Sarasota Magazine, 9/19/01, “just before 9:00,”Telegraph, 12/16/01, “shortly before 9:00,”Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 9/10/02, “just before 9:00,”New York Times, 9/16/01 (B), 9:00, Albuquerque Tribune, 9/10/02]
Booker principal Gwen Tose-Rigell was waiting for Bush outside the school. “The limousine stops and the president comes out. He walks toward me. I’m standing there in a lineup; there are about five people. He walks over and says he has to make a phone call, and he’ll be right back.” [MSNBC, 09/02, Telegraph, 12/16/01] The phone call was with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. From a room with secure communications, Rice updated Bush on the situation. [Christian Science Monitor, 9/17/01, Time, 9/12/01] The fact that Bush immediately said he had to make an important call strongly suggests he was told about the situation while in the motorcade. But some accounts have Andrew Card saying to Bush as he gets out of his limousine, “Mr. President, you really need to take this phone call,” thereby implying that Card knows what’s going on, but Bush doesn’t. [St. Petersburg Times, 9/8/02 (B)]
At 9:03, Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. News of this traveled extremely rapidly. In fact, some of Bush’s Secret Service agents watched the second crash live on television in an adjacent room. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 9/10/02] Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, in the same room as Bush but not near him, immediately received the news on his pager. [CBS, 9/11/02] Other pagers were going off as well..
Chief of Staff Andrew Card was in a nearby room when he heard the news. He waited until there was a pause in the reading drill to walk in and tell Bush. [Washington Times, 10/7/02, Washington Times, 10/8/02]
ABC News reporter Ann Compton, who was in the room, said she was surprised by the interruption and “wrote [the time] down in my reporter’s notebook, by my watch, 9:07 a.m.” [ABC News, 9/11/02]
So what did the Commander in Chief do with the knowledge that the United States was under attack?
He did nothing.
He sat there.
After Card told Bush about the second plane and quickly left, the classroom was silent for about 30 seconds or so. [Tampa Tribune, 9/1/02] The children were about to take turns reading from a story called The Pet Goat. [AFP, 9/7/02]
When the lesson was over, Bush said to the children: “Hoo! These are great readers. Very impressive! Thank you all so much for showing me your reading skills. I bet they practice too. Don’t you? Reading more than they watch TV? Anybody do that? Read more than you watch TV? [Hands go up] Oh that’s great! Very good. Very important to practice! Thanks for having me. Very impressed.” [Transcribed from Booker video, Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism—From Inside the Bush White House, by Bill Sammon, 10/02, pp. 89-90] Bush still continued to talk, advising the children to stay in school and be good citizens. [Tampa Tribune, 9/1/02, St. Petersburg Times, 9/8/02 (B)] One student asked Bush a question, and he gave a quick response on his education policy. [New York Post, 9/12/02]
Bush left the elementary school at Emma E. Booker Elementary School 9:35 a.m
An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11
By Allan Wood, Paul Thompson C0-operative Research
The Independent - how to be an Investigative fearless journalist in search of the ...er...Truth ? Report what the BBC say.
Postman Patel posted the story about the BBC DIY manual for terrist stories on Saturday
To save themselves time, money and effort the Independent took up one of the stories directly, simply restating the BBC story and adding an unproveable and easily deniable assertion about MI5 and POliece "privately conceding" etc.,
So we now have a story based on a story which relates to an "alleged plot" from un - named sources ...
Airline plot police uncover 'suitcase bomb-making kit'
By (fearless investigative reporter at the BBC Online coal face) Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent
Published: 18 August 2006
Police investigating the alleged terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic flights found a suitcase yesterday containing items which could be used to make a bomb.
The BBC reported that the discovery was made during a search in King's Wood, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The corporation reported a police source as saying the suitcase contained "everything you would need to make an improvised device".
Scotland Yard last night refused to comment on the report, although in a separate development, MI5 and the police have privately conceded the alleged plot will prove to have links with the July 7 suicide bombers.
Just to refresh your memory here is the original BBC story ...
Terror detectives 'find bomb kit'
Police probing an alleged plot to bring down flights have found a suitcase containing items which could be used to construct a bomb, the BBC has learned.
Officers have been searching a piece of land called King's Wood in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
A police source told the BBC the case contained "everything you would need to make an improvised device".
Other officers have confirmed only that a suitcase was found. Scotland Yard has not officially commented on any finds.
Send three and fourpence we are going to a dance.