Monday, September 21, 2009

The Next Crisis Nobody Is Talking About

Submitted by Keyser Soze


The 9/11 Commission Rejects own Report as Based on Government Lies

How long have we watered the Tree of Deceit with the blood of patriots?

(CINCINNATI, Ohio) - In John Farmer’s book: “The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11″, the author builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version... is almost entirely untrue...

The 9/11 Commission now tells us that the official version of 9/11 was based on false testimony and documents and is almost entirely untrue. The details of this massive cover-up are carefully outlined in a book by John Farmer, who was the Senior Counsel for the 9/11 Commission.

Farmer, Dean of Rutger Universities' School of Law and former Attorney General of New Jersey, was responsible for drafting the original flawed 9/11 report.

Does Farmer have cooperation and agreement from other members of the Commission? Yes. Did they say Bush ordered 9/11? No. Do they say that the 9/11 Commission was lied to by the FBI, CIA, Whitehouse and NORAD? Yes. Is there full documentary proof of this? Yes.

Farmer states...“at some level of the government, at some point in time…there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened... I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described …. The [Norad air defense] tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. This is not spin.”

The 9/11 Commission head, Thomas Kean, was the Republican governor of New Jersey. He had the following to say... “We to this day don’t know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us, it was just so far from the truth. . . " When Bush's own handpicked commission failed to go along with the cover up and requested a criminal investigation, why was nothing done?

9/11 Commission member and former US Senator, Bob Kerrey, says, "No one is more qualified to write the definitive book about the tragedy of 9/11 than John Farmer. Fortunately, he has done so. Even more fortunately the language is clear, alive and instructive for anyone who wants to make certain this never happens again."

With the only "official" 9/11 report now totally false, where do we go from here? Who is hurt by these lies? The families of the victims of 9/11 have fought, for years, to get to the truth. For years, our government has hidden behind lies and secrecy to deny them closure.

In 2006, The Washington Post reported..."Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements to Congress and to the commission..."

What does Farmer's book tell us? Farmer offers no solutions, only a total and full rejection of what was told and his own his own ideas concerning the total failure of honesty on the part of the government, a government with something to hide.

Farmer never tells us what. Nobody could keep a job in the public sector speaking out more than Farmer has. What were Farmer's omissions? There are some. Now that we know that intelligence given the 9/11 Commission wasn't just lies from our own government but based on testimony coerced through torture from informants forced to back up a cover story now proven false, a pattern emerges.

We know that, immediately after 9/11, many more potential suspects and informants were flown directly to Saudi Arabia by Presidential order than were ever detained and questioned. We will never know what they could have said. Their testimony would have been vital to any real investigation were they not put beyond the reach of even Congress and the FBI.

Putting aside all other questions of recent evidence of CIA involvement with bin Laden prior to 9/11 or altered physical evidence involving the Pentagon attack, any failure to call to account the systematic perjury committed by dozens of top government officials, now exposed as a certainty is an offense to every American.

What do we know? We know the conjecture about 9/11 still stands but for certain, we know we were lied to, not in a minor way, but systematically as part of a plot covering up government involvement at nearly every level, perhaps gross negligence, perhaps something with darker intent.

Are we willing to live with another lie to go with the Warren Report, Iran Contra and so many others? Has the sacrifice of thousands more Americans, killed, wounded or irreparably damaged by a war knowingly built on the same lies from the same liars who misled the 9/11 Commission pushed us beyond willingness to confront the truth?

Have we yet found where the lies have begun and ended? There is no evidence of this, only evidence to the contrary. The lies live on and the truth will never be sought. The courage for that task has not been found.

Can anyone call themselves an American if they don't demand, even with the last drop of their blood, that the truth be found?

How long have we watered the Tree of Deceit with the blood of patriots?


Marc Faber on FSN, Sept 19, 2009

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Glenn Beck’s a Libertarian Now

It’s not enough that Fox News’ resident COINTELPRO operative Glenn Beck led the charge and sabotaged the election campaign of Ron Paul — calling him a kook and his supporters dangerous terrorists — now he is determined to sabotage and take down libertarians.

Glenn Beck is like Midas — except everything he touches does not turn to gold. It turns to another unmentionable substance.

In the video clip below, taken from Beck’s radio show last week, the great actor and PSYOP chameleon apologized to the libertarians for dissing them in the past. He now claims that he is one of them and says he’d like to re-examine the issues he used to criticize and sabotage Ron Paul’s election campaign.

Beck says the imperialism of the U.S. government and the Democrat and Republican parties “has caused a lot of problems.” He wants to bring the troops home from Korea, Japan, Europe, etc. He initially includes Afghanistan in that list but then seems to recant in standard Beck wishy-washy fashion (because the illegal occupation of Afghanistan is central in the phony war on manufactured terrorism).

Glenn Beck is not a libertarian. He is an operative working for the Pentagon and probably takes his orders from the Army’s Psychological Operations Command. His assignment is to destroy the libertarian, constitutional, and patriot movements.

Beck’s so-called 912 Project was designed to discredit the Tea Party demonstration in D.C. earlier this month — a movement already substantially co-opted by establishment Republicans — and give so-called “progressives” a chance to malign and denounce the movement and characterize it as a Republican attempt to undermine Obama and the Democrats. In other words, steer it back into the safe zone of the false right-left paradigm and prevent it from actually accomplishing anything.

Beck’s sudden reaffirmation of his supposed libertarian roots arrived a couple days after Alex Jones released his open letter imploring Beck to “be on the right side of history” by using his growing public platform to tell the truth “rather than exploiting it to deceive grass-roots conservatives and libertarians into following a re-birth of the neo-con agenda that Beck has embraced all along,” as Paul Joseph Watson wrote on September 15.

Beck’s target is now the libertarians and constitutionalists. Libertarians need to stand up and denounce Beck as a government agent and actor working for the neocons at Fox News. He needs to be outed before he destroys the only viable political movement opposed to the government.

WeAreChangeLA Confronts Amy Goodman On Alleged Progressive Media's Blackout And Smear Campaign Of Real 9/11 Investigation

Amy and David Goodman were at Skylight Bookstore in Los Angeles on April 24, 2009 to present and sign their most recent book. During the book signing, while getting a book signed to the "9/11 Truth Movement," Jeremy Rothe-Kushel asked Ms.Goodman to give her take on why the progressive media was blacking out and/or smearing the independent citizen investigation into the 9/11 black op. She opted to fall back on her textbook answer when dealing with questions about 9/11 by saying she thinks "it needs to be investigated, you know, and we'll continue to look at the issue." Rothe-Kushel then reminded Goodman that it has been investigated and that it was time for her to do her job and have the investigators on her show. After the event, Rothe-Kushel asked David Goodman how best to reach his sister about 9/11 and he responded by saying, "I think you just did." However, almost 6 months later, there still has not been a single mention on Democracy Now of the investigative science and analysis of the 9/11 tragedy. So, Ms. Goodman will continue to be chased with questions about her silence on the seminal story of the semi-new century.

Globalization Goes Bankrupt

The rage of the disposed is fracturing the country, dividing it into camps that are unmoored from the political mainstream. Movements are building on the ends of the political spectrum that have lost faith in the mechanisms of democratic change. You can’t blame them. But unless we on the left move quickly this rage will be captured by a virulent and racist right wing, one that seeks a disturbing proto-fascism.

Every day counts. Every deferral of protest hurts. We should, if we have the time and the ability, make our way to Pittsburgh for the meeting of the G-20 this week rather than do what the power elite is hoping we will do—stay home. Complacency comes at a horrible price.

“The leaders of the G-20 are meeting to try and salvage their power and money after everything that has gone wrong,” said Benedicto Martinez Orozco, co-president of the Mexican Frente Autentico del Trabajo (FAT), who is in Pittsburgh for the protests. “This is what this meeting is about.”

The draconian security measures put in place to silence dissent in Pittsburgh are disproportionate to any actual security concern. They are a response not to a real threat, but to the fear gripping the established centers of power. The power elite grasps, even if we do not, the massive fraud and theft being undertaken to save a criminal class on Wall Street and international speculators of the kinds who were executed in other periods of human history. They know the awful cost this plundering of state treasuries will impose on workers, who will become a permanent underclass. And they also know that once this is clear to the rest of us, rebellion will no longer be a foreign concept.

The delegates to the G-20, the gathering of the world’s wealthiest nations, will consequently be protected by a National Guard combat battalion, recently returned from Iraq. The battalion will shut down the area around the city center, man checkpoints and patrol the streets in combat gear. Pittsburgh has augmented the city’s police force of 1,000 with an additional 3,000 officers. Helicopters have begun to buzz gatherings in city parks, buses driven to Pittsburgh to provide food to protesters have been impounded, activists have been detained, and permits to camp in the city parks have been denied. Web sites belonging to resistance groups have been hacked and trashed, and many groups suspect that they have been infiltrated and that their phones and e-mail accounts are being monitored.

By Chris Hedges
Larry Holmes, an organizer from New York City, stood outside a tent encampment on land owned by the Monumental Baptist Church in the city’s Hill District. He is one of the leaders of the Bail Out the People Movement. Holmes, a longtime labor activist, on Sunday led a march on the convention center by unemployed people calling for jobs. He will coordinate more protests during the week.


















布朗聲稱,他利用心理學的“潛意識引導”(power of suggestion),播放長約1分鐘的片段,成功令觀眾不能動彈,屁股離不開椅子。




































被告是偉恩(譯音),案發時是人文與社會學系的學生,受害女生則是國大楊秀桃音樂學院(Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music)的學生,兩人並不認識。









辯方醫生證實,被告患有任意射精(spontaneous ejaculation)的病症,是相當罕見的病。






















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The Economic Fallacy Of 'Too Big Too Fail'

The onset of the financial implosion two years ago brought with it an ongoing dialogue about the 'Too Big To Fail' (TBTF) doctrine of government intervention into the financial sector. According to TBTF, some financial institutions, such as major insurers like AIG or large money-center banks like Citi and BofA, are deemed to be too large and too centrally interconnected in the US and world financial systems and economies to be allowed to be recognized as insolvent and taken through bankruptcy resolution.

As all government interventions do, TBTF has experienced mission creep and other, non-financial institutions, have also been brought under the TBTF-umbrella, such as auto-manufacturers GM and Chrysler. According to proponents of TBTF, these companies were also too important to the economy and financial system (via unemployment impacts) to be allowed to fail, although clearly the extension of this 'safety net' was more about practical political favoritism than economics, much like the original, flawed theory of TBTF for finance itself.

There's a major problem with TBTF-- taken to its logical ends, it is guaranteed financial suicide. Why? TBTF implies a totalitarian pursuit of 'failure insurance' for the institution under consideration that potentially puts the entire economy at risk.

When a business is deemed to be TBTF, it means the government stands ready to backstop any and all losses that business has incurred and might incur from that point forward. TBTF means that if the business is operating in a market which is dying, or if it is employing a business strategy that can not make money, the government will continue to pour resources into the sinkhole with no limit in sight. If TBTF-promoters mean what they say, it's theoretically conceiveable that the government could sacrifice the financial well-being of the rest of the economy, including its own precarious financial situation, in order to keep one 'strategically important' institution that is TBTF, solvent.

Most likely, it won't go that far, and you're probably reading this thinking it's ridiculous to even consider that such a thing might happen.

But consider something that is, in a way, even more ridiculous-- if TBTF is not followed to its logical end and is instead abandoned at some point along the path of total systemic insolvency, then it means that someone, somewhere is responsible for making a calculation along the lines of determining that TBTF has gone far enough and that it is no longer 'worth it' to go any further.

How do they make that kind of a calculation?

When a firm faces insolvency, it is a result of a market calculation being handed down that deems the firm to be a failure in the pursuit of profits and financial solvency. Insolvency for a firm means that the firm is sufficiently inefficient, sufficiently mismanaged and sufficiently out-of-touch with consumer needs, as communicated through the market, to be supported by consumer activity on a voluntary basis. In other words, through a multuplicity of cost-benefit calculations performed by the totality of individuals supporting the market in question, further patronage of the firm in question is deemed to be 'not worth it.'

TBTF is an end-run around this verdict by politicians who are nothing more than calculating socialists. They seek to replace the individual subjectivity of market participants about a given institution's value to society, with their own 'objective' considerations of the value or worth to these same market participants. When market participants say, "It's not worth it," the calculating socialist says, "Yes, it is." This is economic chauvanism.

But because TBTF is financial suicide, there is some point where even the calculating socialist must change their mind and agree with the market. Until that point is reached, market participants can only sit and wonder how much of the rest of the economy the calculating socialist will deem worthy of sacrifice to the institution which is TBTF. And when that point is reached, the question remains, how did the calculating socialist calculate it?

In its latest incarnation, TBTF has already cost the private economy hundreds of billions of dollars. And as we're in the early innings of this sick game, before it is all through it will surely cost the private economy hundreds of billions more.

TBTF policy is screwing us all. Eventually, there's some point whre it will have to stop. Let us all hope that the calculating socialists determine that point has been reached sooner rather than later.

By Taylor Conant
Taylor Conant writes about economics, politics and liberty from Southern California. He believes the world would be a better place if more people minded their own business.

FALL 2009-10: “Two and a Half Men” Season 7 premieres Sept. 21 on CBS


Stars: Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper; Jon Cryer as Alan Harper; Angus T. Jones as Jake Harper; Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper; Marin Hinkle as Judith Harper; Conchata Ferrell as Berta

Airs: 8 p.m. Mondays on CBS
Airs Opposite: Trauma (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Lie to Me (Fox), One Tree Hill (The CW)

Season 7 Premiere: Monday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. (CST, for EST, add one hour)
Season 6 Ranking: #11 in the ITRS Season Rankings (Sept. 2008 through Aug. 23)

Top Photo: 818JKLPUZO” — Alan (Jon Cryer) Jake (Angus T. Jones), Berta (Conchata Ferrell) and Charlie (Charlie Sheen) on the Season 7 premiere of TWO AND A HALF MEN. Photo: Greg Gayne/Warner Bros.

Bottom Photo: “Baseball Was Better With Steroids” — Charlie (Charlie Sheen) starts to question his relationship with Chelsea when he hears that Mia is back in town. Jake (Angus T. Jones) and Alan (Jon Cryer) sit with Charlie on the sixth season finale of TWO AND A HALF MEN. Photo: Greg Gayne/Warner Bros.

Health reform's 'gang of 6' reaps political cash

The bipartisan "gang of six" senators who helped craft the health care reform bill going before a key Senate committee Tuesday represent less than 3 percent of the U.S. population - but they hold a lot of power at a crucial policy-shaping moment in Congress.

That's why, analysts say, health care industry lobbyists have showered them with more campaign cash on average than other senators this year, in an attempt to influence the outcome.

Three Republican and three Democratic senators in the group, all of them members of the Senate Finance Committee, received an average of $74,600 from health industry lobbyists, according to The Chronicle's analysis of records through June.

That is about 25 percent more than the average of $59,632 in such donations that the gang's other Senate colleagues raked in from lobbyists for the pharmaceutical, hospital, insurance and nursing home industries, according to the analysis, which was based on records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit watchdog group.

"Money buys access," said Henry Brady, a professor of public policy and dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Campaign contributions - along with volatile public opinion, confusion about what's in the reform plans in Congress and a lack of clarity from President Obama on his vision of reform - could also "swing some Democrats to the center on health care," said Larry Berman, a professor of political science at UC Davis.

"I'm not saying it's the only thing, but it could be a factor," Berman said.

Grassley, Baucus at top

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee who is seen as key to influencing other conservatives, received the most this year - $223,600. Committee chair Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was second with $141,000.

In times of rowdy town hall meetings, middle-of-the-road Washington legislators hold more power in this increasingly pitched battle for a simple reason: They are seen as holding opinions that could be influenced, analysts said.

"There is not a quid pro quo but there is an expectation that a contribution gives you a chance to be heard by the member," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the influence of money on politics and government.

"Money is a huge consideration for members of Congress, who are constantly running for re-election," she said. "Their constituents aren't always running up to them on Capitol Hill. But these lobbyists are."

Baucus' $856 billion, 10-year bill, which is scheduled to be amended and voted on beginning Tuesday, has been criticized by liberals and conservatives across Capitol Hill.

Conservatives blasted the plan for increasing the tax burden on some Americans. The plan imposes a 35 percent excise tax on so-called "Cadillac" insurance plans that cost more than $8,000 a year per person, or $21,000 a year per family.

Liberals dislike the Baucus plan because it does not allow consumers to choose a government-run insurance option, which could hold down costs by promoting competition with private insurers.

Baucus' bill would allow cooperatives to sell insurance as a form of competition for private insurers, but Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said co-ops "seem unlikely to establish a significant market presence in many areas of the country."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco has held off on a House vote until the Senate acts. She has not decided how to move forward.

Blue Dog Democrats

In the House, the key players are the conservative, Blue Dog Democrats. Their 52 members are self-described fiscal conservatives who largely represent southern and Midwestern districts that swing back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.

Blue Dogs have received an average of $31,467 from health care lobbyists this year, more than the $27,385 average of other House members, according to federal figures compiled by The Chronicle.

But that dynamic doesn't hold true among California Democrats. The Golden State's seven Blue Dogs received less on average than their generally more conservative Blue Dog colleagues in other states, and less than California's other Democrats.

One reason: California is home to some of the House's top leaders, including Pelosi and committee chairs, including Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. Committee chairs generally pull in more campaign contributions because of the power they wield over the legislative flow.

"The feeling among the health care lobbyists may be that the California Democrats wouldn't be able to contradict their leadership," Berman said.

Online: Find out how much in campaign contributions your senator or representative received from the health care industry at

Health care money to members of Congress

Senate's "Gang of six"

Six Senate Finance Committee members who negotiated a health reform plan that goes before the committee Tuesday represent about 3 percent of the nation's population but received 25 percent more in campaign funds from health care interests than their Senate colleagues through June 30.

Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa - $223,600

Max Baucus, D-Mont. - $141,000

Kent Conrad, D-N.D. - $51,000

Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. - $18,000

Olympia Snowe, R-Maine - $9,000

Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. - $5,000

California senators

Barbara Boxer, D - $42,500

Dianne Feinstein, D - $15,500

House Blue Dogs

The fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats are a key constituency in the health care debate, receiving more campaign contributions, on average, than other members of the House of Representatives, except in California, which is home to powerful House committee chairs and leaders.

California Blue Dog Democrats

Mike Thompson, St. Helena - $81,750

Dennis Cardoza, Atwater (Merced County) - $38,000

Adam Schiff, Glendale (Los Angeles County) - $22,800

Joe Baca, San Bernardino - $13,650

Loretta Sanchez, Garden Grove (Orange Co.) - $7,900

Jane Harman, Venice (Los Angeles County) - $5,750

Jim Costa, Hanford (Kings County) - $1,000

Average, California Blue Dogs - $24,407

Average, Blue Dogs in other states - $31,467

Bay Area House members

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco - $188,900

Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto - $86,300

George Miller, D-Martinez - $33,500

Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton - $32,850

Pete Stark, D-Fremont - $31,751

Barbara Lee, D-Oakland - $25,650

Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose - $17,750

Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma - $12,425

Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough - $12,000

Mike Honda, D-San Jose - $11,500

Source: Federal election records through June 30, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics and analyzed by The Chronicle.

by Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer


Here is a list of 10 major U.S. companies that have market caps in excess of $3 billion that are experiencing financial difficulties and could be on the verge of filing for bankruptcy in the foreseeable future, according to a study by Audit Integrity, an independent financial research and risk modeling firm based in Los Angeles:

1. Hertz (HTZ)
2. Textron (TXT)
3. Sprint/Nextel (S)
4. Macy's (M)
5. Mylan (MYL)
6. Goodyear (GT)
7. CBS (CBS)
8. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
9. Las Vegas Sands (LVS)
10. Interpublic Group (IPG) -

Below is the URL to a press release dated Sep. 16 describing Audit Integrity's bankruptcy study:

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U. of C. researcher dies after exposure to plague bacteria

A University of Chicago molecular genetics professor studying the origins of harmful bacteria died last weekend after contracting an infection linked to the plague, officials said today.


University hospital officials said there "does not appear to be a threat to the public" following the death of Malcolm J. Casadaban, 60, at the campus' Bernard Mitchell Hospital on Sept. 13.

None of the people the researcher had contact with has reported illness and symptoms typically develop within 2 to 10 days, officials said.

The researcher was studying a weakened laboratory strain of Yersinia pestis that lacked the plague bacteria's harmful components, officials said.

Further study is under way after initial autopsy showed no obvious cause of death other than the presence of the bacteria.

Underlying health conditions could potentially increase susceptibility to infections, officials said. Casadaban's death notice asked mourners to make donations to the American Diabetes Research Association.

Casadaban had degrees from M.I.T. and Harvard University, according to a record of his university Web page that already had been taken down. "He was a highly respected scientist with a brilliant mind" and a "humble man of high integrity, loyalty and loving kindness," according to his death notice.

A memorial service was held at the university Wednesday, according to a Web page put up by Casadaban's daughter. A funeral service is planned for November in New Orleans, according to the death notice.

University officials said the weakened strain of the bacteria is used as a vaccine to protect against the plague.

According to university officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the weakened strain for laboratory studies. It does not require special safety precautions required for work with more virulent strains, according to the release.

Once the lab strain was identified Friday, officials contacted the Chicago Department of Public Health.

They are working with that office along with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials to investigate the researcher's case and take precautions.

Officials have reached out to family, friends and colleagues of the researcher. So far no one has reported being sick even though symptoms typically occur within 2 to 10 days after exposure.

Medical center officials said the plague is rare in the United States and is more frequently seen in developing countries where up to 3,000 cases are reported yearly.

-- Carlos Sadovi and Tribune staff

Charlie Sheen's 9/11 rant is pure ego

Charlie Sheen being arrested for his dangerous free-thinking. Or possibly just starring in the film The Chase. Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Charlie Sheen being arrested for his dangerous free-thinking. Or possibly just starring in the film The Chase. Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

The Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen says the official story of September 11 is “a fiction, and not a very good one”.

An area of which Sheen has no little experience, having starred in such films as Scary Movie 3 and Major League II.

Sheen, in a move that I’d hate to think will prompt cynics to suggest he’s got a screw loose, has also written a script of an imaginary conversation between himself and Barack Obama.

Disappointingly Sheen is yet to confirm that Osama Bin Laden recorded his anti-West videos on the same film set the Americans used to fake the Moon landings. Perhaps Sheen can also supply us with proof that Bush faked 7/7.

Should Sheen fail to do so, however, I fear I shall be unable to shake off a prejudice I have against 9/11 conspiracy theorists: that they’re all raving egomaniacs. Faith in conspiracy theories generally, it seems to me, is a powerful indicator of low self-esteem. Conspiracy theorists desperately want to believe the worst because it makes them feel that they know best, that they have special information to which the rest of us, the gullible unthinking herd, are not privy.

I suspect that the reason 9/11 is particularly attractive to conspiracy theorists is that it happened while President Bush was in power. Most conspiracy theorists that I’ve come across despise Bush, although their ideas about him are somewhat confused: on the one hand they think he’s thick, but on the other they think he’s clever enough to oversee a plot as complicated as the faking of the biggest terrorist attack in American history.

At any rate, believing in outlandish conspiracies is exciting. It makes you feel smart and superior and important. It gives a thrilling boost to the ego.

A bit like being a Hollywood star.

By Michael Deacon

More questions on 9/11

Osama "dead or alive" bin Laden would rather lose his kidney than pass up the opportunity to celebrate the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001, on the United States. And like clockwork, he resurfaced in an 11-minute, al-Sahab-produced audiotape last week (sorry, no video, just a still picture), where he states how a series of grievances had "pushed us to undertake the events of [September 11]".

But there may be no mobile dialysis machine operating in a mysterious cave somewhere in one of the Waziristan tribal areas of Pakistan after all. According to David Ray Griffin's new book, Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? and based on a Taliban leader's remarks at the time, the mellifluous Saudi jihadi died of kidney failure in Tora Bora on December 13, 2001. Problem is, by that time, according to local mujahideen, Bin Laden had already escaped across the mountains with a bunch of al-Qaeda diehards to Parachinar, in Pakistan, and then to a shadowy underworld.

A decoy? A ghost? The devil himself? Who cares? Bin Laden, the brand, is still very good for ("war on terror") business. All this with the Barack Obama administration insisting the US is fighting the elusive, seemingly eternal Taliban leader Mullah Omar and the Taliban plus al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, while General Stanley McChrystal - General David Petraeus' former top death squad operator in Iraq - insists there is no al-Qaeda in Afghanistan (but he wants up to 40,000 extra troops anyway).

Last week, Asia Times Online published Fifty Question on 9/11. The article stressed the questions were only a taste of the immense, mysterious 9/11 riddle. (Arguably the best 9/11 timeline on the net may be seen here.

Due to overwhelming reader response, here's a follow-up with 20 more questions - with a hat-tip to all who joined the debate.

1. In the first months of 2001, three years after Bin Laden's 1998 fatwa against the US, Mullah Omar wanted to "resolve or dissolve" the Osama-Taliban nexus in exchange for Washington maneuvering to lift United Nations sanctions. Would anyone from the first George W Bush administration confirm a solid Taliban offer? Kabir Mohabbat, a Houston-based, Paktia (Afghanistan)-born businessman also involved in the (failed) 1990s negotiation for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan pipeline, and then named by Bush's National Security Council as a key Taliban contact, has sustained that was the case.

2. Eight names on the "original" Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) list of 19 Muslim hijackers happened to be found alive and living in different countries; the FBI has always sustained that the identity of the hijackers was established from DNA collected at all four sites - the World Trade Center (WTC), the Pentagon and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site. Would the FBI explain how is that remotely possible?

3. All four planes referenced in the official narrative have thousands of parts with a serial number, plus tail numbers. Any one of these would have been enough to identify the plane(s). How come all of these parts disintegrated or vaporized? Why was not a single one of them recovered and/or matched up with all the mass of data about these four flights?

4. How come cell phones miraculously find a signal and work properly at 10,000 meters?

5. How to explain the enormous surge in "option puts" on both United Airlines and American Airlines on September 10?

6. How come the passport of alleged hijacker Satam al Suqami (and not Mohammed Atta, as reported) was miraculously found amid massive World Trade Center debris - either by "police and FBI" or by "a passerby who gave it to the NYPD", according to different versions?

7.Why was a military grade of thermite - a super-explosive - found at all sample sites surrounding Ground Zero? A peer-reviewed, scientific journal analysis is here.

8. How come Barry Jennings, who worked for New York City's Housing Department, reported on 9/11 to ABC News how he heard an explosion on the 8th floor of WTC 7? Jennings happened to die just a few days before the release of the NIST report on the WTC 7 collapse. A great number of actual 9/11 witnesses also heard and saw explosions going off inside the Twin Towers long before their collapse. A montage of news reports about these explosions can be seen here.

9. Why did the BBC confirm live on air the collapse of the WTC 7 building - which was not even hit by any plane - no less than 23 minutes before it actually collapsed? In the BBC live report, the WTC7 building is shot still standing.

10. Why there has been no investigation of Dov Zakheim? He was a prominent member of the Project for the New American Century group, and chief executive officer of SPC - a company making systems for remote control of airplanes - for four years prior to 9/11. Six months before 9/11, he became supervisor of a group of Pentagon comptrollers responsible for tracking no less than $2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon books; many of these comptrollers died on 9/11.

11. The "five dancing Israelis" question. How come Oded Ellner, Omer Marmari, Paul Kurzberg, Sivan Kurzberg and Yaron Shmuel had set up a video camera on top of their white van pointing at the Twin Towers even before they were hit? Later they were seen celebrating. The FBI established that two were Mossad agents and that their employer, Urban Moving Systems, was a front operation. The investigation about them was killed by the White House. After being deported from the US, they admitted on Israeli TV that they had been sent to New York to "document" the attacks. How about other reports of vans packed with tons of explosives intercepted on New York bridges?

12. How come two US employees of Odigo, an Israeli instant messaging company based in Herzliya, the headquarters of Mossad, received an SMS about an attack on the WTC two hours before the fact?

13. How come there was no investigation of ICTS International, owned by Ezra Harel and Menachem Atzmon, and crammed with former Israeli Shin Bet agents? This was the company responsible for airport security at Dulles, Logan and Newark airports on 9/11.

14. Why was there no full investigation of the circumstances related to how Larry Silverstein leased the WTC only seven weeks before 9/11 - as facilitated by New York Port Authority chairman Lewis Eisenberg? Silverstein over-insured the WTC against terrorism and made an astonishing profit.

15. Why were anthrax packages mailed to the only two US senators who voted against the Patriot Act?

16. Why did situation room director Deborah Loewer follow Bush to Florida on 9/11 - considering that's not part of her job description?

17. Where are the full tapes from the Pentagon's security cameras? The hole in the Pentagon may be the most glaring hole in the official narrative - as the destruction caused by a Boeing 757 was simply not compatible with the size of the hole. Why were no significant plane debris and remains of passengers ever found?

18. Why did the 9/11 Commission not consult reputed engineers and architects to show that in the real world, steel and concrete skyscrapers simply cannot dissolve into molten metal and fine powder in only 10 seconds after very localized and relatively low-temperature fires? Kerosene simply cannot melt steel.

19. Why did the 9/11 Commission not consult airline specialists who insist trainee pilots who had practiced on very light aircraft for a few weeks simply cannot land a jet on the ground floor of the Pentagon after allegedly slicing through half a dozen light poles and evading a series of trees, cars and overpasses?

20. How come no one investigated claims by the two co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, who wrote in the New York Times on January 2008 that the Central Intelligence Agency "failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot [and] obstructed our investigation?"

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