It is easy to understand why so many good people are silent in the face of murderous policies.
They are in thrall.
Democracy — United States of America
Many good people are in thrall to the military-industrial complex

and consequently are silenced

I argued — but my popularity did not soar
A LEFTWING VIEW OF THE DAY'S NEWS AND THE WAY IT'S PRESENTED IN THE MEDIA
Sunday, April 01, 2007
McCain, Obama, and genocide
More than a half-million Iraqis have died because of the U.S. invasion in March, 2003; another million or so died in the decade before that thanks the U.S./U.K. ("U.N.") sanctions.
And in the light of all that, we can still, in this Alice-through the-looking-glass-world we live in, hear this from John McCain: "Failure is genocide."
And when asked by Wolf Blitzer to respond to that statement, here's the stone-racist response from Barack Obama:
BLITZER: What if he's right?
What if he's right, and what you're proposing and a lot of Democrats are proposing results in genocide in Iraq?
OBAMA: Well, look, what you have right now is chaos in Iraq.
After having spent hundreds of billions of dollars, after seeing close to 3,200 lives lost, what you now see is chaos.
That's what Barack Obama thinks has been lost in Iraq — hundreds of billions of dollars, and 3,200 lives.
The actual genocide that's taken place in the last 15 years?
Sorry, neither he nor McCain nor Wolf Blitzer even acknowledges that that has taken place.
The idea simply does not compute in their "the U.S. is a force for good in the world" brains.
 
Civilian Death Toll in Iraq May Top 1 Million
September 14, 2007 by the Los Angeles Times
A British survey offers the highest estimate to date.
The figure from ORB, a British polling agency that has conducted several surveys in Iraq, followed statements this week from the U.S. military defending itself against accusations it was trying to play down Iraqi deaths to make its strategy appear successful.
Click link below for complete article
Estimated between 426,369 to 793,663 killed in Iraq since US Occupation
October 11, 2006
Since the 2003 American invasion, the figure breaks down to about 15,000 violent deaths a month.
The second study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health uses samples of casualties from Iraqi households to extimate an overall figure of 601,027 Iraqis dead from violence between March 2003 and July 2006.
US occupation for oil raid
Baghdad  July, 2007
The new study is more representative, its researchers said, and the sampling is broader.
The study surveyed 1,849 Iraqi families in 47 different neighborhoods across Iraq with the selection of geographical areas in 18 regions across Iraq baseded on population size, not on the level of violence.
In the last week of September, the government barred the central morgue in Baghdad and the Health Ministry — the two main sources of information for civilian deaths — from releasing figures to the news media.
In October a note was issued from the government instructing officials not to release death totals to the UN.
The study uses a method similar to that employed in estimates of casualty figures in other conflict areas like Darfur and Congo.   It sought to measure the number of deaths that occurred as a result of the war.
The figure is not exhaustive.   A police official at Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he had seen nationwide counts provided to the hospital that indicated as many as 200 people a day were dying.
“We found deaths all over the country,” Gilbert Burnham, the principle author of the study said.   Baghdad was an area of medium violence in the country, he said.   The provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin, north of Baghdad, and Anbar to the west, all had higher death rates than the capital.
Eugene McCarthy (1916 — 2005):    The Legacy
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War is the "Total Failure of the Human Spirit"
RADIO SPOT 1968:   Four years ago America had 3,000 men in Vietnam, and we were told we were winning the war.
Three years ago we had 16,000 men in Vietnam, and we were told we were winning the war.
Two years ago we had 100,000 men in Vietnam, and we were told we were winning the war.
A year ago, we had 250,000 men in Vietnam, and we were told we were winning the war.
Today, we have 550,000 men in Vietnam with over 100,000 boys killed and wounded, and we're told we're winning the war.
There's got to be a better way than death, double talk and taxes.
On March 12, stand up with McCarthy and say so.
HELEN THOMAS:    Dispatches from Iraq said that yesterday we killed 70 people in Iraq, near Ramadi, including 18 children.
I want to know what the President thinks of that.
MR. McCLELLAN:    Well, first of all, I think you need to talk to the military, because the military —
HELEN THOMAS:    No, I’m talking here.
MR. McCLELLAN:    Yes, and as I’m responding to you, the military has said otherwise at this point.
Now, the military has review mechanisms in place and when there are questions raised, they look into those matters, and so that’s something that, obviously, they will look into.
But, beyond that, you’d have to talk to the military about where that stands.
Now —
HELEN THOMAS:    Eighteen children —
MR. McCLELLAN:    In terms of our United States military, our military goes out of the way not to target —
HELEN THOMAS:    Why were 18 children killed?
MR. McCLELLAN:    Our military goes out of the way not to target innocent civilians.
HELEN THOMAS:    I’m not saying they were targeted —
MR. McCLELLAN:    Our military goes out of the way to target the enemy, and to —
HELEN THOMAS:    Why did they say 18 children?
      George Orwell 1984  White House Press   October 19th 2005      
 
New World Order Statistics of Human Misery of Soldiers and Military that fight for the 'Order'
('The West' and their lackey's Warfare)
Excluding Somalia and various other secret engagements
icasualties.org
Of the 3,417 coalition deaths in Afghanistan:
One Albania
40 Australia
One Belgium
158 Canada
Five Czech
43 Denmark
Nine Estonia
Two Finland
86 France
27 Georgia
54 Germany
Seven Hungary
48 Italy
Two Jordan
Three Latvia
One Lithuania
10 Unidentified as to country NATO
25 Netherlands
11 New Zealand
10 Norway
38 Poland
Two Portugal
21 Romania
Three Slovakia
One South Korea
34 Spain
Five Sweden
14 Turkey
447 UK
2,309 US
To January 22, 2014
These figures are 'Battle deaths' and do not include deaths that take place as early as two or three weeks outside the Afghanistan war zones when seriously injured troops are shipped to their home country, or in the situation with the US military to some hospital on a military base in another country.
These figures do not include suicide of soldiers who have returned home, or the killing and injuring of loved ones and others outside the family, by soldiers with mental impairment who have returned home.
At least 17,674 US personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon between November 2001 and September 2012.
      U.S. & Coalition/Casualties     
      in Afghanistan occupation      
Of the 4,804 coalition deaths in Iraq:
4,486 have been Americans
Two Australia
One Azerbaijan
Thirteen Bulgaria
One Czech Republic
Seven Denmark
5 El Salvador
Two Estonia
One Fiji
Five Georgia
One Hungary
33 Italy
One Kazakhstan
Three Latvia
Two Netherlands
23 Poland
Three Romania
Four Slovakia
One South Korea
11 Spain
Two Thailand
Eighteen Ukraine
179 UK
To January 22, 2014
These figures are 'Battle deaths' and do not include deaths that take place outside Iraq war zones, as early as two or three weeks, after seriously injured troops are shipped to their home country, or in the situation with the US military to some hospital on a military base in another country.
— other coalition deaths are estimated at up to 10,000 deaths including contract people brought into Iraq by coalition forces.
These figures do not include suicide of soldiers who have returned home, or the killing and injuring of loved ones and others outside the family, by soldiers with mental impairment who have returned home.
At least 32,223 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon between March 2003 and November 2011.
      U.S. & Coalition/Casualties     
      in Iraq occupation                     
 
CIA Obama the acting president
Every facial movement, gesture of the hand, word enunciated by the 44th president turns out to be a complete charade
The CIA — Obama — Illuminati
A long-term strategic CIA plan to recruit promising candidates
and steer these individuals and their families into positions of influence and power
Behavior modification
Phenomenological — structures of consciousness — programs
US policy has even less regard for human rights both abroad and at home
“Generally in wars, total casualties, which include wounded, crippled, and lost, are many times the number killed, often as high as ten times.
So while Americans, thirty years later, still weep at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington — a monument representing about sixty thousand deaths over ten years of war — they have inflicted on Iraq, in just three weeks, that same proportionate loss — all of them civilians.
With Iraq‘s population being less than ten percent that of the United States, such losses must be multiplied by ten to get some feel for their impact on the society.
Is this how a great power behaves in the early part of the 21st century? Especially a power that enjoys reminding us at every opportunity — I suppose because it is so easy for the rest of the world, just watching its actions, to forget — that America stands for human rights and democratic principles?”
John Chuckman
Survey claims 37,000 Iraqi civilians killed in first seven months of war
By James Conachy
5 August 2004
An Iraqi political organization, the People’s Kifah or Struggle Against Hegemony, told the Arab network Al Jazeera on the weekend that it had documented more than 37,000 civilian deaths in Iraq in the seven months from the start of the US war on March 20,2003, through October 2003.
A spokesman for the People’s Kifah, Muhammad al-Ubaidi, told Al Jazeera they were “100percent sure” the estimate was correct.
The data was gathered during September and October 2003, when the organization undertook a nationwide survey “involving hundreds of Iraqi activists and academics.”
Ubaidi stated: “For the collation of our statistics we visited the most remote villages, spoke and coordinated with grave-diggers across Iraq, obtained information from hospitals and spoke to thousands of witnesses who saw incidents in which Iraqi civilians were killed by US fire.”
Missing ever since
The People’s Kifah claims it halted the survey under duress, after one of the group’s workers, Ramzi Musa Ahmad, was seized by Kurdish militiamen last October and handed over to US troops.   He has been missing ever since.
According to the statements of the organization, the figure of 37,000 does not include the casualties suffered by Iraqi military and paramilitary forces.
The estimates of Iraqi military deaths during the invasion range from approximately 10,000 to as many as 45,000.
As the study concluded last October, it also does not include the large numbers of civilian casualties inflicted by the US military in April and May, during its operations to crush the Iraqi uprising in Fallujah and Baghdad and across southern Iraq.
Thus far, only limited details of the survey have been released, and its methodology does not appear to have been subjected to independent scrutiny.
It warrants attention, however, because no official survey into the number of civilian casualties has been carried out in Iraq since the occupation began.
The US military refuses to make public its own estimate of how many Iraqi civilians it killed during the invasion.   Last December, the head of the statistics department of the Iraqi health ministry alleged a study it was conducting was shut down on the orders of the US-controlled Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).
At the time, both the CPA and the US-installed Iraqi Governing Council denied any survey was being conducted.
Though there are no official figures on casualties, what is known is that the US military unleashed massive firepower during the invasion of Iraq.
The ongoing occupation has been marked by the systematic repression of the Iraqi people in an effort to force them to bow down to the neo-colonial US control of the country and its resources.
800 cruise missiles, 8,000 precision-guided bombs, 9,000 “dumb” bombs
According to figures released last year by the US military, some 800 cruise missiles, more than 18,000 precision-guided bombs and missiles, and some 9,000 “dumb” bombs were unleashed on Iraq during the invasion.
1,200 cluster bombs
At least 1,200 cluster bombs were dropped, each releasing dozens of small grenade-like bomblets.
300,000 rounds — depleted uranium
A-10 “Warthog” ground-support aircraft fired an estimated 300,000 rounds from their 30 mm cannons — many of which are believed to have been manufactured from depleted uranium (DU).
Tens of thousands of tank and ground artillery rounds, including DU rounds, and vast numbers of machine-gun and small-arms munitions were also expended.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved 50 air strikes that US military planners had estimated in advance would kill 30 or more civilians.
None hit intended targets
Fifty strikes were also launched to kill “high-value” Iraqi military and political leaders, mostly in Baghdad, before which no estimate was even made of likely civilian deaths.
None of them hit their intended targets, and the few that have been investigated all resulted in civilian losses.
The People’s Kifah survey claims to have documented 6,103 civilian deaths in Baghdad province from the beginning of the war through October.
Iraq’s capital suffered the heaviest aerial bombardment by American and allied aircraft, and large numbers of civilians were killed during the US tank assaults into the city from April 3 to April9.
Between May and October2003, Human Rights Watch collected what it called credible reports of 94 civilian deaths in Baghdad at the hands of American troops.
These included people gunned down in their cars as they approached checkpoints, shot during raids, or hit by indiscriminate US fire in the street.
In the province of Basra, which has been under British control since the end of the war, the survey claims to have documented 6,734 civilian deaths.
The city of Basra, Iraq’s second largest, was subjected to a fierce bombardment and siege by US and British troops in the first week of the war.
Three hospitals in the city recorded 413 deaths during the invasion, but this figure did not include those who did not die in hospital or who were not taken to hospital morgues.
In Babil province, of which Hilla is the capital, the survey claims 3,552civilians were killed.
During the invasion, an International Red Cross representative, Roland Hugenin, told journalists from Hilla hospital that “there has been an incredible number of casualties with very, very serious wounds in the region of Hilla.
We saw that a truck was delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children.”
The survey claims 3,581 civilians died in the province of Nasiriya — another scene of intense fighting during the invasion.
It claims more than 2,000 civilian deaths in other southern provinces such as Misan, Karbala and Wasit; the northern province of Mosul; and the western province of al-Anbar, which includes the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
No figures were reportedly gathered in the three predominantly Kurdish northern provinces of the country.
The figure of 37,000 deaths is far higher than the estimate of civilian casualties arrived at by relying upon media accounts.
As of August 4, the Iraq Body Count web site (www.iraqbodycount.net) had data-base reports that show a minimum of 11,429, and a maximum of 13,398 Iraqi civilians have been killed in Iraq since March 20,2003.
A disclaimer on the site reads, however: “We are not a news organization ourselves and like everyone else can only base our information on what has been reported so far.   What we are attempting to provide is a credible compilation of civilian deaths that have been reported by recognized sources.   Our maximum therefore refers to reported deaths — which can only be a sample of true deaths unless one assumes that every civilian death has been reported.
It is likely that many if not most civilian casualties will go unreported by the media.   That is the sad nature of war” (emphasis in the original).
The true figure of Iraqi civilian casualties is therefore likely to be closer to that arrived at by the People’s Kifah survey.
The scale of the death and destruction resulting from the US invasion of Iraq underscores the criminality of those responsible for planning and organizing the war, and those advocating the continuation of the occupation.
See Also:
US uses cluster bombs to spread death and destruction in Iraq
[5 April 2003]
US rampage through Baghdad kills thousands
[7 April 2003]

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Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005):    The Legacy
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War is the "Total Failure of the Human Spirit"
EUGENE McCARTHY — 1968:    And it fits into our whole campaign thrust, namely of protecting people's rights and beyond that of setting them free.
We’ll go on in great things and also in small things to demonstrate our continued belief that there is a certain power in human reason, which is really the only instrument we have with which we can give some direction to life and history.
AMY GOODMAN:    Albert Eisele, can you talk about when you first met Eugene McCarthy?
ALBERT EISELE:    Yes, I can. I came to Washington in 1965 as a reporter for newspapers in Duluth and St. Paul, and obviously he was in the Senate.
And I covered him and other members of the Minnesota delegation.
I had known him somewhat, because I happened to have graduated from the same university in Minnesota that he did, St. John's University, so he was obviously well known there, but I really got to know him in the period from 1965 on, when I covered him as a senator.
AMY GOODMAN:    When did you start to talk to him about his desire to run for president against the sitting Democratic president?
ALBERT EISELE:    Well, it was becoming evident in 1967 that he was seriously considering it.
As you recall, there were a number of other senators who were critical of the war and who had been asked by anti-war activists to run, and none of them wanted to.
I believe I wrote the first story that he was actually seriously considering challenging Lyndon Johnson.
This was in late 1967.
And in November or maybe December 1, first part of December of 1967, he gave a speech in Chicago, in which he basically said that he was challenging Johnson.
Of course, he announced his candidacy later.
It was — when you look back on it, it's hard to understand just how courageous, if you will, and maybe foolhardy.
It was for a senator of the Democratic Party to challenge a Democratic president, one of the most powerful presidents ever.
It was akin to political suicide.
But as it turned out, it certainly wasn't.
“How will [Mr Bush] meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?   He has committed so many crimes.”
“I want to defend my home.   If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?”
22-year-old Iraq Olympic football player Ahmed Manajid
One of the most effective ways I found was to follow the bulldozers and construction machinery.
Karradah neighborhood
Baghdad, Iraq
I was in Iraq to research the so-called reconstruction.
And what struck me most was the absence of reconstruction machinery, of cranes and bulldozers, in downtown Baghdad.
I expected to see reconstruction all over the place.
I saw bulldozers in military bases.
I saw bulldozers in the Green Zone, where a huge amount of construction was going on, building up Bechtel’s headquarters and getting the new U.S. embassy ready.
There was also a ton of construction going on at all of the U.S. military bases.
But, on the streets of Baghdad, the former ministry buildings are absolutely untouched.
They hadn’t even cleared away the rubble, let alone started the reconstruction process.
The one crane I saw in the streets of Baghdad was hoisting an advertising billboard.
One of the surreal things about Baghdad is that the old city lies in ruins, yet there are these shiny new billboards advertising the glories of the global economy.
Friday, 27 January 2006
US plans to 'fight the net' revealed
Adam Brookes
By Adam Brookes
BBC Pentagon correspondent
Internet cafe in Iraq

A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for 'information operations' — from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.

The document says information is 'critical to military success'
The document says information is 'critical to military success'
A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for "information operations" — from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.
Bloggers beware
As the world turns networked, the Pentagon is calculating the military opportunities that computer networks, wireless technologies and the modern media offer.
From influencing public opinion through new media to designing "computer network attack" weapons, the US military is learning to fight an electronic war.
The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap".
It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act.
Officials in the Pentagon wrote it in 2003.
The Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed it.
The "roadmap" calls for a far-reaching overhaul of the military's ability to conduct information operations and electronic warfare.
And, in some detail, it makes recommendations for how the US armed forces should think about this new, virtual warfare.
The document says that information is "critical to military success".
Computer and telecommunications networks are of vital operational importance.
Propaganda
The operations described in the document include a surprising range of military activities: public affairs officers who brief journalists, psychological operations troops who try to manipulate the thoughts and beliefs of an enemy, computer network attack specialists who seek to destroy enemy networks.
All these are engaged in information operations.
US Defense Secretary at the Pentagon.

A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for 'information operations' — from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.

The wide-reaching document was signed off by Donald Rumsfeld
The wide-reaching document was signed off by Donald Rumsfeld
Perhaps the most startling aspect of the roadmap is its acknowledgement that information put out as part of the military's psychological operations, or Psyops, is finding its way onto the computer and television screens of ordinary Americans.
"Information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and Psyops, is increasingly consumed by our domestic audience," it reads.
"Psyops messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger audiences, including the American public," it goes on.
The document's authors acknowledge that American news media should not unwittingly broadcast military propaganda. "Specific boundaries should be established," they write.
But they don't seem to explain how.
"In this day and age it is impossible to prevent stories that are fed abroad as part of psychological operations propaganda from blowing back into the United States — even though they were directed abroad," says Kristin Adair of the National Security Archive.
Credibility problem
Public awareness of the US military's information operations is low, but it's growing — thanks to some operational clumsiness.
Late last year, it emerged that the Pentagon had paid a private company, the Lincoln Group, to plant hundreds of stories in Iraqi newspapers.
The stories — all supportive of US policy — were written by military personnel and then placed in Iraqi publications.
And websites that appeared to be information sites on the politics of Africa and the Balkans were found to be run by the Pentagon.
But the true extent of the Pentagon's information operations, how they work, who they're aimed at, and at what point they turn from informing the public to influencing populations, is far from clear.
The roadmap, however, gives a flavour of what the US military is up to — and the grand scale on which it's thinking.
When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone.
It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system
It reveals that Psyops personnel "support" the American government's international broadcasting.
It singles out TV Marti - a station which broadcasts to Cuba - as receiving such support.
It recommends that a global website be established that supports America's strategic objectives.
But no American diplomats here, thank you.
The website would use content from "third parties with greater credibility to foreign audiences than US officials".
It also recommends that Psyops personnel should consider a range of technologies to disseminate propaganda in enemy territory: unmanned aerial vehicles, "miniaturized, scatterable public address systems", wireless devices, cellular phones and the internet.
'Fight the net'
When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone.
It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system.
"Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it would an enemy weapons system," it reads.
The slogan "fight the net" appears several times throughout the roadmap.
The authors warn that US networks are very vulnerable to attack by hackers, enemies seeking to disable them, or spies looking for intelligence.
"Networks are growing faster than we can defend them... Attack sophistication is increasing... Number of events is increasing."
US digital ambition
And, in a grand finale, the document recommends that the United States should seek the ability to "provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum".
US forces should be able to "disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum".
Consider that for a moment.
The US military seeks the capability to knock out every telephone, every networked computer, every radar system on the planet.
Are these plans the pipe dreams of self-aggrandising bureaucrats? Or are they real?
The fact that the "Information Operations Roadmap" is approved by the Secretary of Defense suggests that these plans are taken very seriously indeed in the Pentagon.
And that the scale and grandeur of the digital revolution is matched only by the US military's ambitions for it.
Thursday 5th May 2005
In the face of a full-scale civil war in Iraq, says a source close to the U.S. military, Bush intends to go it alone.
"Our policy is to make Iraq a colony," he says.   "We won’t let go."
Amil neighborhood —
Baghdad, Iraq
According to U.S. officials, the resistance attacks are being aided by an extensive network of informers.
Insurgents, apparently making use of engineers and former insiders, have been able to hit oil installations and power plants expertly, foiling U.S. efforts to sustain Iraqi oil exports and to provide electricity and water to Iraqi cities.
"They have tentacles that reach all through the new government and the new military," Lt. Gen. Walter Buchanan, who commands U.S. air forces in the Persian Gulf, admitted recently.
The new government is not only powerless to stop the attacks by insurgents, it is dominated by the same clique of warlords and exiles who lobbied the Pentagon to go to war in the first place, many of whom have close ties to the warring camps that control vast parts of the country.
"In the Arab world, Iraq is seen as a zone of chaos in a pre-civil-war situation, held together only by the U.S. occupation," says Chas Freeman, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia under Bush’s father.
A brief survey of the three major forces in Iraq — Shiites in the south, Sunnis in the center and Kurds in the north — makes clear the sharp divisions that threaten to blow the country apart:
The Shiites: The Bush administration’s plan for reconstruction envisioned the Shiites — the majority population long oppressed by Saddam Hussein — as the chief power in a democratic Iraq.
The United Iraqi Alliance, a Shiite party backed by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, won a majority in the new national assembly.
But a militant bloc of fundamentalist Shiites has been using its newfound strength — and its street thugs — to forcibly impose Islamic law throughout the southern half of Iraq.
Private security helicopter paid very well by US taxpayer —
Baghdad, Iraq
Militias loyal to rival Shiite factions are blowing up liquor stores and movie theaters, forcing women to wear ultraconservative Islamic dress and assassinating secular officials and other opponents.
...The Mahdi, which battled U.S. forces during two major uprisings last year, is fiercely loyal to the charismatic and fanatical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the scion of a leading fundamentalist Shiite family.
Al-Sadr’s militia, hammered in last year’s clashes, is quickly rebuilding with new recruits armed with machine guns, rocket launchers and rocket-propelled grenades.
It now controls a big chunk of Basra, Iraq’s only port and second-largest city, along with Kut, Amarah, Nasariyah and the huge eastern district of Baghdad known as Sadr City.
In April, al-Sadr organized a rally of 300,000 people to demand that U.S. troops leave Iraq.
The Mahdi Army’s main rival for power among the Shiites is the Badr Brigade, which has an estimated 20,000 men under arms.
Badr is run by the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, which was founded by Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and trained by his Revolutionary Guards.
SCIRI’s leaders still have close ties to Iran, even though many of its officials have been elected to the new Iraqi parliament.
The hard-line group is powerful in Iraq’s two holy cities, Najaf and Karbala, and controls another chunk of Basra.
Other Shiite forces include the Dawa Islamic Party, whose chieftain, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, is Iraq’s new prime minister. Dawa was an underground terrorist organization in Iraq from the 1960s through the 1980s, and militants linked to the group attacked the U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait in 1983.
While the State Department says it has no evidence to connect al-Jaafari himself to any terrorist acts, those who study the group suspect that Dawa also gets support from Iran.
"They’ve been spreading money to everyone," says Juan Cole, an expert on Shiism at the University of Michigan.
The Sunnis: In central Iraq, millions of formerly dominant Sunnis opted out of the elections for the new government, which they see as being almost entirely in the hands of southern Shiites and northern Kurds.
There are now several dozen Sunni organizations fighting the U.S. occupation, broadly divided into two camps: mainstream, secular Arab nationalists who served as military officers and Baath Party leaders under Saddam, and Islamist fundamentalists, including extremists associated with Abu Musab Zarqawi.
Most of the attacks on American forces — the roadside IEDs, mortar strikes and full-scale assaults — have been conducted by the mainstream resistance, who are intent on driving out the U.S.
They have brought down helicopters, destroyed at least eighty of the Abrams tanks that are the mainstay of the U.S. occupation, and mounted large-scale actions involving scores of fighters, such as the April attacks on the Abu Ghraib prison and at Al Qaim near the Syrian border.
In one recent incident, car bombs exploded simultaneously in front of and behind a U.S. convoy, which then came under intense fire from automatic weapons wielded by snipers inside abandoned buildings along the route.
To make matters worse, the Kurds have set their sights on Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city that sits atop Iraq’s vast northern oil fields.
Even though the city lies outside of Kurdistan, Talabani calls it "the Jerusalem of Kurdistan," and Barzani says, "We are ready to fight and to sacrifice our souls to preserve its identity."
US destroyed Fallujah
The Kurds are already engaging in some brutal expulsions of Arabs from the city.
"They’re doing their own ethnic cleansing, and it’s dirty stuff," says Judith Yaphe, a former CIA analyst on Iraq.
A full-scale Kurdish takeover, however, would be resisted by Arabs and Turks in Kirkuk.
...Even Fallujah, a city of 300,000 that was virtually obliterated in a U.S. blitz last fall, is quietly re-emerging as a center of resistance.
Fallujah’s mayor, in the circumspect language of one U.S. official, is "doing some things not positive in nature."
Meanwhile, the city of Mosul has become the newest hotbed of the insurgency.
Last fall, during an attack by insurgents there, thousands of Iraqi police melted away at the first sign of violence.
"I went from 2,000 police to 50," a U.S. commander on the scene told reporters.
Eugene McCarthy (1916 — 2005):    The Legacy
Click here to listen or Watch segment.
War is the "Total Failure of the Human Spirit"
AMY GOODMAN:    What happened to Eugene McCarthy after 1968, after his run for the presidency?   What about his career?
ALBERT EISELE:    That's a good question.
He spent almost 35 years as a very public private citizen after he left office in 1970, after he left the Senate.
He remained very much a public figure.
He ran for president three or four more times, including twice as an independent.
But I think, as his comments in the Minnesota Public Radio interview indicated, it was consistent with his feeling that Congress needed to put limits on presidential power.
He opposed the personalization of the office of the presidency.
He felt that there should be more congressional oversight in the C.I.A. and the F.B.I., and so forth.
And he spoke out, and he wrote almost 20 books.
He spoke out on those issues and others throughout the rest of his career.
AMY GOODMAN:    We're going to go now to another clip of Eugene McCarthy, talking about the corporate media.
EUGENE McCARTHY:    And I think after 1992, when the control over what was really communicated was left in the hands of corporately controlled television --
INTERVIEWER:    Are you saying that Saddam Hussein...
EUGENE McCARTHY:    And the projection then becomes one of the corporate morality and corporate mentality.
So you're backed up to where the kind of ultimate controlling at the beginning is whatever is in the corporate mind, and it feeds out through the whole society until we're sort of all coopted.
And I don't know how you fight your way out of it.
AMY GOODMAN:    Again, Eugene McCarthy:
Eugene McCarthy:    Eisenhower’s final warning was about the military-industrial complex.
And what he didn't say, you know, is that it developed while he was president.
The first sign that something was happening was about 1947.
It was after the war.
It was before I went to Congress.
But it was an appropriation bill with a new name.
They didn't — they called it the Department of Defense.
The war had been fought under the direction of the War Department.
But somewhere after the war, somebody — and I tried find out from the Pentagon, I said, “Where did that – how did that word change come in?”
They just said, ‘Oh, it just came up in that appropriation.’
I said, “Well, things don't happen that way.   I've been on committees, and somebody had to say, ‘Let's change the name.’”
And they would never admit who had done it and how it had happened.
So, since that time, we never conduct wars now.
It's just national defense.
And if you have a War Department, some person might say, ‘Where is the war?’
And they say, ‘Well, we don't have one.’
‘Well, are you planning one?’
‘No, we're not planning one.’
But if you have a defense department, you say, ‘Defense?
There’s a threat.
Or if it isn't real now, it will be.’
So it's a covering title for unlimited defense.
There is no limit to — it's kind of Kafka, like you can always here a scratching sound.
And when they finally got us so defended on earth, in the Reagan administration they said, ‘It's out there.’
Space defense.
So it goes to infinity.
You can never have enough defense.
You can always hear a scratching sound.
It’s internal, external, inner space, outer space, on earth, wherever it comes from.
Published on Monday, July 4, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by Sheldon Drobny
Justice O'Connor's decision in Bush v. Gore led to the current Bush administration's execution of war crimes and atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places in the Middle East that are as egregious as those committed by the Third Reich and other evil governments in human history.
US destroyed Fallujah as it tries to destroy the rest of Iraq
The lesson is clear.
Those people who may be honorable and distinguished in their chosen profession should always make decisions based upon good rather than evil no matter where their nominal allegiances may rest.
Justice O'Connor was quoted to have said something to the affect that she abhorred the thought of Bush losing the 2000 election to Gore.
She was known to have wanted to retire after the 2000 election for same reason she is now retiring.
She wanted to spend more time with her sick husband.
Unfortunately, she tarnished her distinguished career with the deciding vote in Bush v. Gore by going along with the partisan majority of the Court to interfere with a democratic election that she and the majority feared would be lost in an honest recount.
She dishonored herself and the Supreme Court by succumbing to party allegiances and not The Constitution to which she swore to uphold.
And the constitutional argument she and the majority used to justify their decision was the Equal Protection Clause.
The Equal Protection Clause was the ultimate basis for the decision, but the majority essentially admitted (what was obvious in any event) that it was not basing its conclusion on any general view of what equal protection requires.
The decision in Bush v Gore was not dictated by the law in any sense—either the law found through research, or the law as reflected in the kind of intuitive sense that comes from immersion in the legal culture.
The Equal Protection clause is generally used in matters concerning civil rights.
The majority ignored their basic conservative views supporting federalism and states' rights in order to justify their decision.
History will haunt these justices down for their utter lack of justice and the hypocrisy associated with this decision.
Sheldon Drobny is Co-founder of Air America Radio.
 
January 25, 2006
Military Contractor Philanthropy
Why Some Stay Silent
By JOAN ROELOFS
The military-industrial complex is elephantine, yet it is rarely taken into account by political commentators.
Connected to almost everything, it is one reason why the home front sustains our aggressive, illegal, military interventions and occupations throughout the world.
Many good people are in thrall to the military-industrial complex, and consequently are silenced, unwilling to become active opponents.
These include liberals, social justice advocates, and even professional soldiers who question our illegal interventions.
There are, of course, some protesters in our nation, but not enough to make militarism the main issue in Congressional and Presidential elections, or to give the subject much visibility on a daily basis.
Militarism
Militarism is promoted through the relentless manipulation of public opinion in all media: Hollywood films (aided by DOD armament loans), TV, video games, the public relations army of the DOD, newspapers, magazines, parades, etc.
For the intellectuals, there are articles in "liberal" magazines alleging that violence is genetically implanted in humans, and a generally positive force.
This barrage normalizes violence and war.
Boy wounded US raid on families, Baghdad, May 2007
Actions widely accepted or ignored by liberals
Most people want to regard themselves as normal, and not fuzzy idealists or crackpots, so they increasingly view aggression as inevitable, and perhaps a good thing.
Bombing people into democracy (as in Yugoslavia) becomes a reasonable proposition; overthrowing governments (as in Haiti) just a routine world improvement activity.
Both these actions were widely accepted or ignored by liberals, among others.
Government harassment, discrimination, social penalties
Fear motivates human behavior; many people eschew protesting wars as they are afraid of being considered unpatriotic, and subjected to government harassment, discrimination in employment, social penalties, or beatings by local thugs.
Even those who suspect that war is not normal may be convinced that nothing they can do will change anything.
Yet the home front support is not based merely on psychological manipulation; there are interests served by the military-industrial complex.
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Kellogg, Brown & Root, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing
Many people are directly employed by the military and its auxiliaries, which include CIA, NASA, NSA, and agencies such as NED and USAID that are not alternatives to force, but work with our invasions and subversions.
Those in the reserves or retired remain influential serving in local, state, and national governments, with few active dissenters among them.
Of course, it is not news that military contractors help many politicians get their jobs via campaign contributions.
The military industries include the "big ten" (Kellogg, Brown & Root, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, United Technologies, General Electric, Dyncorp) and countless others involved in base construction worldwide, in armaments, protective gear, disorienting drugs, supplying mercenaries for contract operations, etc.
Many civilian industries (e.g., computer software) have substantial contracts; others have ones that reliably pay the rent.
The military buys or leases every kind of thing, including buttons, philosophy, toilet paper, and real estate.
War industries are spread throughout the country (and also have overseas branches and subsidiaries).  
US airstrike on families
Military bases, Universities, Research
They are crucial in providing employment in the many declining areas of our economy: the rust belt of the Midwest, the shoe belt of New England, the cotton belt of the South.
The corporations and their employees are major consumers in their communities, purchasing real estate, furniture, clothing, food, medical services, entertainment, tap dancing lessons, etc.
All these businesses know where their bread is buttered-with guns.
A similar multiplier effect occurs surrounding military bases, which is one reason why our bases overseas are often quietly accepted.
In the US, the notorious Fort Benning, GA SOA-WHISC is a local mainstay.
"Special" military training is also performed by contracts with universities, such as Norwich University in Vermont, or University of Kentucky.
Research grants and ROTC embed many academic institutions.
The military academies likewise radiate power in their communities, encouraging silence on militarism.
Greed?
"Greed" is often indicted as the source of war.
This may describe stockholders or highly paid executives, but many ordinary people are simply dependent on the military-industrial complex.
Often, our economy doesn't provide attractive or practical alternatives for employment or community survival.
Whatever the personal opinions of war industry employees, service workers, retailers, volunteers, or municipal employees in contractor territory, few will become anti-war activists or attempt to unseat their Congressperson for supporting invasions, occupations, and overthrows.
In addition, the military is deeply involved with disaster relief, which brings many more good people into its orbit: Red Cross volunteers, state and local government officials and staff, Vista workers, etc.
 Falluja
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black budget special operations money involved
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Long-term interests of rich
Yet another rampart is built from military contractor philanthropy.
Large corporations in every industry have established foundations that act like the large private foundations: Ford, Rockefeller, McArthur....
Traditional business charity has been used for public relations, community projects, and product-related benevolence, but today corporate philanthropy works with the general foundations to protect the long-term interests of capitalism and its access to resources, markets, and labor worldwide.
Essential dissidents distracted into discrete good works away from systemic challenges
In this process, it is essential that potential dissidents be distracted into discrete, yet important, good works, and away from systemic challenges.
Contractor philanthropy takes many forms and embraces a wide circle.
(Sources for the following discussion include Tax Form 990s accessed through the Foundation Center or Guidestar web sites, the database of the Capital Research Center, and the annual reports or web sites of the corporations. Most grants mentioned were given in recent years; a few in the late 1990s.)
There are the unsurprising grants to policy-planning think tanks, such as Boeing-McDonnell Foundation's to the Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Another conventional largesse is scholarship aid to aspiring engineers, who may then be predisposed to seek future employment with the benefactor.
Benefits to poor, Grants, Education is a gifted field for militarism spending
Widely unremarked is the benevolence that touches many members of the general population: minorities, poor people, social justice activists, liberals, civic-minded volunteers, and those not in the elite or military minded.
In short, the good people, who, because of their own oppression, or their warm hearts, might have been likely recruits for an anti-war movement.
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Education is a gifted field.
Of course, universities with large science and engineering faculties receive grants, but so does every kind of institution: liberal arts, Catholic colleges, public universities, community colleges, colleges with large minority enrollments.
For example, General Electric lists a grant (in 2002) to Barnard College, my alma mater.
Cooper Union, site of 1950s Pete Seeger hootenannies, benefits from Northrop Grumman.
Halliburton helps out the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Northrop is very generous to career services offices in higher education.
Programs preparing disadvantaged students for college do well: GE has committed half a million to Brandeis University's College Bound, and $80,000 to CUNY's center (perhaps to forestall a repeat of the 1930s ruckus there).
Associations in minority higher education, such as American Indian college organizations, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the United Negro College Fund, are supported generously.
 Response to US militarism
Iraq resistance
Kirkuk
Iraq
 
This week's cave-in on Capitol Hill — supplying a huge new jolt of funds for the horrific war effort in Iraq — is surprising only to those who haven't grasped our current circumstances.
Public opinion polls aren't the same as political leverage.   The Vietnam War went on for years after polling showed that most Americans opposed the war and even saw it as immoral.
Slick phrases about the need to bring our troops home can easily become little more than platitudes on wallpaper in media echo chambers.
No matter how many Democrats are in Congress, they won't end this war unless an antiwar movement develops enough grassroots strength to compel them to do so.
Progressive visionaries: Reps. Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, Maxine Waters
Unfortunately — and unnecessarily — for years now the Internet powerhouse MoveOn.org has often functioned as a virtual appendage of the national Democratic Party.   That close relationship has largely squandered MoveOn's opportunities to help build strong deep independent activism for the long haul.   And, on crucial issues of the Iraq war, MoveOn has failed to back the positions of such gutsy progressive visionaries as Reps. Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey and Maxine Waters.
A statement issued Thursday by the national Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) pointed out that "the approach of the Democratic leadership has utterly failed — as they now prepare to give President Bush $95 billion more war funding through a bill that no longer has any timelines for troop withdrawal."
Asking a key question — "How can you oppose a troop escalation while funding it in full?" — PDA reiterated its longstanding position that Democrats in Congress should be "using the power of the purse to cut off funds to Iraq, except those needed to safely withdraw our troops (and for humanitarian/reconstruction aid to the Iraqi people)."   And legislators should be "using their investigative power to probe White House deceptions and distortions that propelled the Iraq invasion and occupation, and to impeach if necessary."
Memorial Day 2007 comes at a disastrous time.   Political power brokers and media elites insist on opting for a mix-merge of tragedy and farce.   A key reality is that we won't be able to change the militaristic direction of the country without effectively confronting the congressional Democrats who are fueling the engines of destruction.
'Self-evident wisdom'
When considering what to demand now, it's helpful to put the current moment in historical perspective.   The same basic arguments for keeping U.S. forces in Iraq have long been presented by reigning politicians and key media outlets as self-evident wisdom.
A cover story in Time magazine laid down the prevailing line:
"Foreign policy luminaries from both parties say a precipitous U.S. withdrawal would cripple American credibility, doom reform in the Arab world and turn Iraq into a playground for terrorists and the armies of neighboring states like Iran and Syria."
That was in April— 2004.
      Norman Solomon      www.counterpunch.org      March 24, 2007
 
US Terror State
Military Contractor Philanthropy — Why Some Stay Silent
By JOAN ROELOFS
A n even broader base of gratitude has been created by contractor grants to all types of high and elementary schools (private, public, parochial), e.g. Northrop's to Emmanuel Christian Academy and Melvin J Berman Hebrew Academy.
Very young are not neglected by US Militarism
The very young are not neglected; the Long Beach Day Nursery Newsletter, Fall 2004, features a photo of a Boeing representative handing over a $7,500 check for its Ready to Read program.
Raytheon reaches into the public schools with a national project:
MathMovesU is a program designed specifically to reach students at a time where studies show performance declines in math and science — middle school, grades six through eight.
The MathMovesU program combines student interest in celebrities with grant money and awards to generate new interest and excitement in math.
Raytheon has partnered with skateboard legend Tony Hawk, soccer star Mia Hamm, basketball greats Bill Russell and Lisa Leslie, and BMX champ Dave Mirra to promote the MathMovesU program and demonstrate how math plays a role in "cool" careers.
US Militarism
Falluja
No matter how small the grant, it may well be noted by the children, who are alert to brand names and corporate logos (sometimes incorporated into textbook exercises), and by teachers and parents, especially those active in PTAs and bake sales.
Gradually, they may come to accept that weapons of mass destruction are simply products like any others.
Community organizations
Support for community organizations is especially generous near contractor headquarters and facilities, which are widespread, yet the industries give grants everywhere, and to national organizations.
The NAACP has always had strong connections with major corporations.
The civil rights movement of the 1960s prompted new close links between activist organizations and business.
The Urban Coalition was formed, and thereafter, corporate philanthropy became more focused on defusing systemic threats.
Its goal was to challenge segregation and discrimination while discouraging the more radical suggestions of that era's activists.
(The same model was later applied to foundation intervention in South Africa, which aimed to end apartheid without furthering the ANC's socialist goals.)
Today, Lockheed, GE, and Boeing are important funders of the NAACP.
Minority organizations, religious groups, women's groups
Military contractors are attentive to every kind of minority organization: Asians Against Domestic Abuse and Vietnamese American Community (Halliburton); American Indian Science and Engineering Society and National Society of Black Engineers (Northrop Grumman); the Holocaust Museum and the Chinese Community Center (GE).
Boeing has funded the Congressional Black Caucus and the Urban League. Lockheed even contributes to the Sons of Norway, perhaps to deflect them from the socialistic policies of their homeland.
Religious groups of all kinds are grantees, not excluding the Benedictine Sisters and Zoroastrians. Women's organizations are well endowed.
US Militarism
Falluja
Boeing and BAE Systems (a prominent contractor in New Hampshire) sponsor an AAUW program encouraging women to enter science and engineering.
GE gives to the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy; Boeing to the National Women's Political Caucus, Lockheed to the National Museum of Women.
Children's groups
Children are nurtured.
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, YWCAs, Little Leagues, UNICEF, Children's Defense Fund, etc., receive substantial grants, which aid many poor and minority children, and may impress them, their leaders, and their parents.
Lockheed Martin was a major sponsor of the Girl Scout 2005 National Council Convention, and supports a special program within the GSA organization: The Lockheed Martin Science Career Exploration Fund.
Organizations of ill and disadvantaged children are also beneficiaries: Child Abuse Network, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, Make A Wish, Juvenile Diabetes, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, et al.
Those working in such heartbreaking fields, and the parents involved, rarely hesitate to take whatever help is offered from whatever source.
Private philanthropy may appear more desirable than the dreaded public taxation of many civilized nations.
Charities, Art institutions
Health and environmental organizations are not neglected: American Lung Association, Canine Companions, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, American Cancer Society, AIDs services, Clean Air Campaign, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Brooklyn Botanic Garden....
Most major charities are included, e.g., Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity....
Arts of all kinds are funded by US Militarism
Arts of all kinds are funded, from major institutions such as the JFK Center for the Performing Arts to the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Boeing), the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston (Halliburton), the New York Public Library (GE) and Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (Lockheed Martin).
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Sadr City, Baghdad
Even organizations with pacifist connections receive contractor money: GE funds Peter Maurin House and the Hancock Shaker Village.
Civil liberties and human rights organizations also receive grants: Lockheed gives to the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, GE to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Beyond grants, there are other links.
AI?   HRW?   AARP?   College teachers' retirement fund
Amnesty International USA has received hundreds of GE stock shares from individual donors.
Whether these have been sold or are being nurtured would require more sleuthing.
Human Rights Watch has 50 million invested in stocks and bonds; I know not where, except for $1.5 million in the Soros Quantum Fund.
Connections and revolving doors between contractors and citizen organization boards and top staff further cement bonds and promote a non-critical atmosphere.
In 2002, Chris Hansen, former chief lobbyist for Boeing, became the top lobbyist for the AARP.
John H. Biggs was a director of Boeing while he was Chairman, President and CEO of TIAA-CREF, the college teachers' retirement fund.
Around the world
What happens in the United States is also projected throughout the world: bases, military training, military contracts, military-civilian organization collaboration in disaster relief, and so too with philanthropy.
Boeing Employees Community Fund helps to support the Teenage Cancer Trust of London, England, and a Japanese residential center for mentally disabled children; GE gives grants in Hungary and to Peking University; BAE Systems funds programs in Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Reinforcing the corporate, general foundation, and government philanthropy abroad, NATO has its own considerable, and greatly understudied grant program.
This funds diverse organizations and projects, such as aid in environmental decision-making in Central Asia.
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Philanthropy (often a joint project of private, corporate, government, and intergovernmental institutions such as the European Union, World Bank, and NATO) has attempted to fill the void created by the overthrow of communist governments, which had previously provided for industrial employment, social services, culture, research, and education.
NATO now supports scientists in Eastern Europe and Central Asia studying the arctic, toxicity in leather tanning, pesticides, deforestation, sustainable human development indicators, mating systems in conifers, antioxidant activity of beverages, biotechnology, women's reproductive choices, superstrings, and cancer detection.
Whatever anyone is doing; NATO is happy to help (and welcomes those focusing on leather tanning as the major environmental hazard).
Plenty of money to go around
How to estimate the influence of all this philanthropy?
We can listen carefully for rejections of grants by organization leaders and members; or resignations because of acceptance; or anti-war protest activity by all but the rare bird belonging to or benefiting from these organizations.
Then we can investigate further, using teams of interviewers financed somehow ­the other side has plenty of finances to show their favored results.
Historical evidence indicates that people serving on boards or staffs of civic, social service, or reformist organizations would be prime recruits for radical activism, were the opportunity structure different.
As it is, thousands of these potential leaders are tucked away in innumerable non-governmental organizations, funded by military contractors and other corporations and foundations friendly to US imperial policies.
They are doing good works on a small scale, but the larger picture may cause more deaths than the rare diseases that get so much attention and funding.
Everywhere self-censor
My personal experience, and anecdotal evidence from activists with whom I have discussed my research on foundations, indicates that most people self-censor.
Even I do sometimes, and when I haven't, I have often paid a price.
For example, I was on the board of a local environmental organization, and was asked about the propriety of applying for a GE grant.
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Cries after son arrestd by US forces
Sadr City
I argued that the organization should not, because the military was the greatest threat to sustainability.
An important board member claimed that I was being silly, for it would never affect the decisions of the organization.
   I argued that it gave legitimacy to GE, which would be acknowledged in the annual report, and it would soften members' attitudes towards GE and the military.
The organization decided not to apply for the grant, but my popularity in the local non-profit world did not soar.
In another case, I decided that I was finally ready to join a sorority after resisting for so many years.
The best local one was the AAUW, where friends and associates belong.
However, I won't join any organization that I know has ties to military contractors, and will lose out.
It is easy to understand why so many good people are silent in the face of murderous policies.
They are in thrall.
Death and Pain
 
 
Hugh Thompson's Crewmember Remembers
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Helping to Stop the My Lai Massacre
AMY GOODMAN:    We turn now to another American figure of the Vietnam War: Hugh Thompson.
As a helicopter pilot, he helped rescue Vietnamese civilians from fellow U.S. troops during the My Lai massacre.
Hugh Thompson died last week of cancer.   He was 62 years old.
On March 16, 1968, Thompson and two other crew members landed their helicopter in front of U.S. troops firing on Vietnamese civilians in the village of My Lai.
They pointed their guns at their fellow service members to prevent more killing and helped evacuate the villagers.
In a few minutes, we'll be joined by one of Thompson's crew members, but first, we take a look at exactly what happened on that day, March 16, 1968.
We turn to an edited excerpt of a documentary directed by Tran Van Thuy and produced by Mike Boehm called The Sound of the Violin in My Lai.
NARRATOR:    Hugh Thompson was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Lawrence Colburn, a door gunner, and Glenn Andreotta, a navigator.   They were flying over this field in the morning of March 16, 1968.   From above, they looked down and just couldn't believe what they saw.   The American soldiers were herding the village women and children into a ditch and opened fire on them.   Shocked, the team flew to the village.   Thompson saw a little [inaudible] girl in the field.   He dropped a smoke flare for medical assistance.   A U.S. captain ran to the place and shot her dead.
Then they saw a group of American soldiers chasing about ten farmers.   They landed the helicopter right in front of the pursuing soldiers.   Thompson ordered the door gunner to point his machine gun at the soldiers and said that he would shoot if the soldiers moved forward.   Then Thompson ordered two rear helicopters to land and get the farmers to safety.
When the crew flew along a ditch, Andreotta saw something moving along a heap of dead bodies.   Thompson landed his helicopter.   Andreotta waded through the bodies and picked up a little boy all covered in blood, but who was still alive.   They took him to Quan Nai hospital.
That year Colburn was only 19, and Thompson was 25.   According to the American media, in 1969, Thompson refused to take a Flying Cross medal because he thought that the U.S. Army wanted to buy his silence.   30 years later, the U.S. government did the right thing.   They respectfully awarded the Soldier’s Medal to Thompson, Colburn and Andreotta for their bravery.   Andreotta did not live to get his medal.   He died in a battle just three weeks after he had saved the little boy.
The only American casualty on that day was a black soldier, Herbert Carter, who could not stand such mad killing.   He shot himself in the foot so that he could not have to take part in the massacre.   Herbert later related, “I saw an old man standing in the middle of the rice field waving at us in a friendly manner, but they shot him.   I saw no Viet Cong in the village, only poor farmers running away from their burning huts, and then they shot them dead.”
Mrs. Le is lucky.   She was one of the rare survivors of the massacre.   This is the memorial still held for 102 people, mostly women and children who were killed along this road that day.   Haeberle’s nervous system must have been made of steel to be able to take these pictures.   A baby was killed, still hanging on its dead mother’s breast.   Mrs. Le and her son were spared because they buried themselves under the bodies of three or four villagers.   Nearby, her nephew, Chung Bo, was laying on top of his brother, Chung Nam, to shield him from the bullets.   Both of them were killed.   Mrs. Nhung and Sister Nhanh are also survivors of the massacre, but their survival was somewhat special.   They were saved by the helicopter crew: Hugh Thompson, Larry Colburn and Glenn Andreotta.
PHAM TI NHUNG:    We survived because these Americans waved to us and took us on their helicopter.   Thanks to them, I'm still alive today.
PHAM THI NHANH:    They shot like madmen.   When they came, I ran for the shelter.   A helicopter landed near us.   The men waved, and we came out.   They pushed us onto the ship and took off.   We were dead scared.   Were they going to drop us into the sea? After some time, the helicopter landed, and they signaled us to run away.   It was only then that we knew we had been saved.
HUGH THOMPSON:    There was a lot of anger and anger that was not directed at the Vietnamese people, it was directed at my fellow soldiers who went crazy that day.   I’m just real sorry that my crew could not have done more.   I'm extremely sorry for my fellow Americans for what happened.   It wasn't right.   It wasn't war.   And I pray to God something like this never happens again. AMY GOODMAN:    Thompson and Lawrence Colburn later testified at the court martial hearings for the massacre over 300 civilians at My Lai.
Only one U.S. soldier, platoon commander Lieutenant William Calley, was convicted.
He was court-martialed and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the massacre.
Many around the country viewed Calley as a scapegoat.
Rallies for Calley were held all over the country, and Jimmy Carter, then the Governor of Georgia, urged citizens to leave car headlights on to show support for him.
President Richard Nixon later commuted Calley’s sentence to three years house arrest.
Thompson on the other hand, was shunned for years by fellow soldiers.
He received death threats and was once told by a Congress member that he was the only American who should be punished over My Lai.
Although the My Lai massacre became one of the most infamous atrocities of the Vietnam War, little was known about Hugh Thompson's actions for decades.
In 1998, Thompson and his two crew members, Lawrence Colburn and Glenn Andreotta, were awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the highest military award for bravery not involving conflict with an enemy.
Andreotta’s award was posthumous.
He was killed in Vietnam less than a month after My Lai.
Thompson died last week after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Lawrence Colburn was at his bedside when he died.   He joins us now from a studio in Atlanta.   Welcome to Democracy Now!, Larry Colburn.   As we go back to that infamous day, can you tell us, from your perspective flying in the helicopter, what happened, what you saw below?
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    Well, early in the morning we were one of the first American units on station ahead of the Americans that would be inserted on the ground.   And it started out as a routine air support and reconnaissance mission, but as the day progressed, we noticed obviously that we weren't receiving any fire.
Our job was to fly low level and try to entice people into giving up their positions by firing on us. And that wasn't happening.
We saw people leaving the village.
It was a Saturday morning, so it wasn’t uncommon for the people to go to market on Saturday morning.
So we thought it was good that these women and children and elderly people were leaving the area.
And as we progressed around the perimeter of the area that the troops were being inserted into, we found nothing, as far as resistance.
At some point we had to go refuel.
And it was so quiet that morning that we didn't even call a backup team to cover us while we were refueling.
And then when we came back from refueling, we started finding the same people that were leaving the area on the road out of the village were now dead on the road and in the ditches.
And Mr. Thompson tried to piece together different scenarios.
He knew it wasn't artillery because that had happened earlier in the morning.
There were other gunships on station.
But they weren't firing on the villagers.
Finally, after marking a few bodies with smoke for medical assistance, we witnessed a captain approach a wounded woman and walked up to her and kicked her with his foot, stepped back and blew her away.
Then we realized what was going on and exactly who was doing the killing.
AMY GOODMAN:    And so, what did you do?
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    Mr. Thompson landed by the ditch, where there were probably 150, 200 people dead or dying.
There was an American soldier standing there.   We actually landed the aircraft, because the communication was so bad.   He physically got out of the aircraft, went over and spoke to the soldier and explained to him these were obviously civilians.   There were no weapons captured.   There were no draft age males.   These were civilians.
We need to help them out.
And the soldier agreed and said he'd help them out, and as we lifted off again, we heard automatic weapons fire, and he was firing into the ditch again.
So at that point, Glenn Andreotta spotted an earthen-type bunker with some faces peering out of it.
And there was an approaching squad of Americans. And we -- Mr. Thompson decided, and we all decided that if we didn't do something within the next 30 seconds, these people would die.
So he landed the aircraft in between the advancing American troops and the people in the bunker, went over and spoke to a lieutenant and told him -- or asked him how we could get these people out of the bunker.
They were obviously civilians.
And the lieutenant replied he'd get them out with hand grenades.
Mr. Thompson, who was outranked by this lieutenant, actually gave the lieutenant an order, told him to keep his people in place.
He had a better idea, and I think he told him, “If you fire on these people when I'm getting them out of the bunker, my people will fire on you.”
So he went over to the bunker himself and coaxed the villagers out.
And we thought there were two or three.
There were nine or ten, and we were in a small three-place helicopter, and all three seats were occupied.
So we had to call down a gunship and use it as a medevac to remove these people from the area, take them down the road and then the gunship came back on station.
After that, we went back to the ditch.
Glenn Andreotta spotted movement in the ditch.
Mr. Thompson landed again.
Glenn and I got out of the aircraft, went to the ditch.
By the time I got there, Glenn was already in the ditch.
He retrieved a small child and handed the child up to me, and we carried the child to a hospital orphanage a few miles away.
And Mr. Thompson left the child with a nun and let her know that his family was probably all gone, so take care of him.
 
“He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids.
www.democracynow.org       Amy Goodman       Headlines, Mon, Aug. 16, 2004
Harkin Calls for End to 'Backdoor Draft'
In Iowa, Democratic Tom Harkin has called on President Bush to end what he calls the “backdoor draft.” Harkin's call came after a Des Moines police officer who had already completed his eight year comittment was called up to serve in Iraq under the military's “stop loss” exemption, which can extend duty in wartime.
Harkin also lashed out at Vice president Dick Cheney who last week accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of lacking the basic understanding of the war on terrorism to protect Americans.
Harkin said “When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil.
Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don't like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough.
Yeah, he'll be tough.
He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids.
But not when it was his turn to go.”
[This is the report of the speech from www.woi-tv.com:]
WOI-TV DES MOINS IOWA     5 Eyewitness News. 
Sen. Harkin Calls On George Bush
Mon, Aug. 16, 2004
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin gathered with Iowa cops and firefighters at the Des Moines police department, to call on President Bush to end the 'back-door-draft'.
The 'back-door-draft' allows the Pentagon to call up soldiers who have already completed their service to the country.
Des Moines is in the spotlight because the Pentagon invoked a “stop-loss” policy to call up a Des Moines police officer for involuntary service in Iraq even though he had already completed his eight years of National Guard duty.
Last week Des Moines Police Chief Bill McCarthy responded by slamming the military, saying the military is lying and manipulating the troops.
 
Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, the chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, left, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, review an honor guard, at a base of the Basij paramilitary, in Tehran, Iran, in this Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, photo.

Safavi warned the United States and Britain on Saturday Jan. 28, 2006 that Iran would retaliate with missiles if attacked, state-run television reported.

General Yahya Rahim Safavi also accused U.S. and British intelligence services of provoking unrest in the oil-rich southwestern Iran and providing bomb materials to Iranian dissidents.

Two bombings killed at least nine people in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on Jan. 21, 2006 near the border with southern Iraq where 8,500 British soldiers are based. 

Photo: AP/Vahid Salemi
Warns United States and Britain
Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, the chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, left, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, review an honor guard, at a base of the Basij paramilitary, in Tehran, Iran, in this Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, photo.
Safavi warned the United States and Britain on Saturday Jan. 28, 2006 that Iran would retaliate with missiles if attacked, state-run television reported.
General Yahya Rahim Safavi also accused U.S. and British intelligence services of provoking unrest in the oil-rich southwestern Iran and providing bomb materials to Iranian dissidents.
Two bombings killed at least nine people in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on Jan. 21, 2006 near the border with southern Iraq where 8,500 British soldiers are based.
Hugh Thompson's Crewmember Remembers
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Helping to Stop the My Lai Massacre
AMY GOODMAN:    You were with Hugh Thompson at his bedside when he died?
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    Yes, ma'am.
AMY GOODMAN:    And you're the last of the three of you surviving.
Glenn Andreotta died in Vietnam right after My Lai.
Your thoughts today about the action you took, just in introducing you, talking about the Congress member saying to Hugh Thompson, “You're the only one that should be prosecuted for My Lai.”
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    I believe that was Mendel Rivers.
Well, it had a toll on Hugh.
He was tormented by not only My Lai, but the way he was treated when he just told the truth and did what was morally right.
People came after him and tried to discredit him.
He was ostracized in the military, but he never turned his back on them.
He stayed in the military.
His message would be how important it is to maintain integrity and honor and honesty within the ranks of the military.
AMY GOODMAN:    You returned with Hugh Thompson, you returned to Vietnam.   You returned to My Lai and the whole area, and you met with the survivors, the people that you saved.
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    Yes, and their offspring. Yes.
AMY GOODMAN:    Can you talk about what that was like?
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    If there was any gratification, it would have been that, to see that people actually did survive, and they carried on and continued their families.
We were also reunited with the boy from the ditch in 2001, which was incredible that they were able to find this boy.
I prayed over the years that he was too young to remember or too traumatized to remember what had happened.
But I misjudged his age.
He was so small.
He was eight years old.
I thought he was four or five.
And he remembered everything.
We quizzed him a little bit, and only he could remember what happened, so we know it was the same boy.
AMY GOODMAN:    Larry Colburn, we read in the headlines at the top of the program about a 55-year-old former Marine who's been arrested for avoiding military service in the Vietnam War.
His name is Ernest McQueen, born Ernest Johnson, Jr., fled his North Carolina military base in 1969, over 36 years ago.
He told the Fort Worth Star Telegram on Monday that his desertion was motivated by news of the My Lai massacre.
He now sits in a jail in Texas.
Your thoughts about him?
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    I didn't know about that.   I thought there was a blanket amnesty back in the 1970s, Jimmy Carter administration.   Wouldn't he fall into that category somehow?   This is news to me.
AMY GOODMAN:    Well, he's now in current — he's in military custody, could face up to three years in jail.   He said, “I just decided I didn't want to be part of killing anybody.   That's as plain as I can say it,” he said.
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    Well, if he — he probably should have gone conscientious objector and possibly avoided this later on.   I'd like to be in contact with him, if I could.
AMY GOODMAN:    Well, we'll give you whatever information we have after the show.   Finally, I wanted to ask, as you see what's happening in Iraq, as you see the photos from Abu Ghraib, hear about Guantanamo, what are your thoughts from your experience in Vietnam and dealing with, well, fellow U.S. soldiers at My Lai?
LAWRENCE COLBURN:    If I were to continue on where Eugene McCarthy left off, we were warned about the military-industrial complex.
It almost sounds cliché now to bring it up.
But we're actually living it now.
When we've taken resources away from social programs, health care, education, and all of those resources are directed toward defense, that's the way the country is going to go.
And if — until the social elite have to send their own children to war, things won't change.
They're good at sending other people's children to war.
But if they had to send their own, we may not be where we are now.
AMY GOODMAN:    Larry Colburn, I want to thank you very much for being with us.   Larry Colburn, a helicopter gunner serving with Hugh Thompson in the Vietnam War; March 16, 1968, helped rescue residents of the Vietnamese village of My Lai, as U.S. troops gunned down civilians there, speaking us to from Atlanta.
 
 
<The war issue is part of this broader
      phenomenon of the pack mentality.
<People love to run together in packs.
“There is a sort of allergy against
      straying too far from the pack.”
ESTIMATED NUCLEAR WARHEADS, STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL
Map showing declared, suspected and potential nuclear nations.

The US is also said to have some 3,000 warheads in reserve, while Russia has about 11,000 in non-operational stockpiles.

Israel declines to confirm it has nuclear weapons.

North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.

Iran is accused by the US of ambitions to build nuclear arms.

The United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.

The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal.

In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.

Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
The United States has conducted 1,127 nuclear and thermonuclear tests — 217 in the atmosphere.
The Soviet Union/ Russia conducted 969 tests — 219 in the atmosphere.
France, 210 tests, 50 in the atmosphere.
The United Kingdom, 45 tests — 21 in the atmosphere.
China, 45 tests — 23 in the atmosphere.
India and Pakistan — 13 tests underground.
Israel — possible 1 test atmosphere South Africa 1979.
North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.
“The United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.”
“The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal.   In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.”
Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
Western Elite militarism
Western Elite Terror States
Western Elite War Crimes
'Oh!   You don't believe the 9-11 official version,' they say.
'You mean where they want you to accept the buildings were not blown up from below.
'Plane fuel!   Substance never burns higher then a gas stove!   That it caused the inner core steel to melt!
'Steel melting!
'Concrete vaporizing!
' 'No!   I don't believe that conspiracy theory.
'Cheney!   Bush!   Rudy Giuliani!   HA!  HA!
'Tower 7 that never had a plane hit — just came tumbling down!
'You believe that, eh!
'Ever think it had to be blown up because the plane scheduled to fly into it was off getting shot down.
'Thermite in Tower 7's walls, you see — incriminating evidence — impossible to get out without people watching!
Had to be blown up!
'Next you'll be saying Obama is not a Wall Street Illuminati banker stooge?
'Take your pick:   The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedians.
'Him who allows himself to be used.
'Oh!   I can't really blame you,   Television it turns minds to pulp.
'Turn off the television.   It's the only way.'
'Turn off the television?'
'Get rid of it really.   I mean what else is there to do!'
'Get rid of the television?'
'Don't forget all radio garbage is propaganda, even the songs.
'Then those five minute propaganda hits they send you every hour!
'The ones they refer to as News
'Get rid of all the propaganda from your brain, the only way to do it.'
'Stop being hooked on those Hollywood movies — even those that make you think they are making you think'
'All paid performers to make your brain dead.
'You turn the brainwashing off, you'll begin to become yourself.
'It really is the only way!'
'Oh!'
Kewe — TheWE.biz
 
 
  Protests around world every 11th of month
Danish scientist Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 on nano-thermite in the WTC dust.

911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

2,606 people lost their lives in the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.

125 people lost their lives at the Pentagon on 9/11.

246 people lost their lives on the four planes on 9/11.

Image: Danish TV2
Danish scientist Niels Harrit on nano-thermite in the WTC dust.

Niels Harrit, you and eight other researchers conclude in this article that it was nano-thermite that caused these buildings to collapse.

We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.

This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.

Photo: agenda911.dk
Danish scientist Niels Harrit on nano-thermite in the WTC dust
Transcript of interview with Niels Harrit on Danish TV2 News 6th April 2009.
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
Danish TV2   International researchers have found traces of explosives among the World Trade Center rubble.
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano-thermite contains more energy than dynamite and can be used as rocket fuel.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

So you found nano-thermite in the World Trade Center buildings, why do you think it caused the collapses?

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
A new scientific article concludes that impacts from the two hijacked aircraft did not cause the collapses in 2001.
We turn our attention to 9/11 — the major attack in New York.
Apparently the two airplane-impacts did not cause the towers to collapse, according to a newly published scientific article.
Researchers found nano-thermite explosive in the rubble, that cannot have come from the planes.
They believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.
Niels Harrit, you and eight other researchers conclude in this article, that it was nano-thermite that caused these buildings to collapse. What is nano-thermite?
Niels Harrit   We found nano-thermite in the rubble.
We are not saying only nano-thermite was used.
Thermite itself dates back to 1893.
It is a mixture of aluminum and rust-powder, which react to create intense heat.
The reaction produces iron, heated to 2500 °C.
This can be used to do welding.   It can also be used to melt other iron.
Nanotechnology makes things smaller.   So in nano-thermite, this powder from 1893 is reduced to tiny particles, perfectly mixed.
When these react, the intense heat develops much more quickly.
Nano-thermite can be mixed with additives to give off intense heat, or serve as a very effective explosive.
It contains more energy than dynamite, and can be used as rocket fuel.
Danish TV2   I Googled nano-thermite, and not much has been written about it.   Is it a widely known scientific substance?   Or is it so new that other scientists are hardly aware of it?
Niels Harrit   It is a collective name for substances with high levels of energy.
If civilian researchers (like myself) are not familiar with it, it is probably because they do not do much work with explosives.
As for military scientists, you would have to ask them.
I do not know how familiar they are with nanotechnology.
Danish TV2   So you found this substance in the WTC, why do you think it caused the collapses?
Niels Harrit   Well, it's an explosive.   Why else would it be there?
Danish TV2   You believe the intense heat melted the building?s steel support structure, and caused the building to collapse like a house of cards?
Niels Harrit   I cannot say precisely, as this substance can serve both purposes.
It can explode and break things apart, and it can melt things.
Both effects were probably used, as I see it.
Molten metal pours out of the South Tower several minutes before the collapse.
This indicates the whole structure was being weakened in advance.
Then the regular explosives come into play.
The actual collapse sequence had to be perfectly timed, all the way down.
Danish TV2   What quantities are we talking about?
Niels Harrit   A lot.   There were only two planes, but three skyscrapers collapsed.
We know roughly how much dust was created.
The pictures show huge quantities, everything but the steel was pulverised.
And we know roughly how much unreacted thermite we have found.
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano Thermite can explode and break things apart and it can melt things.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Both effects were probably used by the use of Nano Thermite as I see it.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

The use of nano thermite indicates the whole structure was being weakened in advance.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
This is the “loaded gun”, material that did not ignite for some reason.
We are talking about tonnes.   Over 10 tonnes, possibly 100 tonnes.
Danish TV2   Ten tonnes, possibly 100 tonnes, in three buildings?   And these substances are not normally found in such buildings?
Niels Harrit   No.   These materials are extremely advanced.
Danish TV2   How do you place such material in a skyscraper, on all the floors?
Niels Harrit   How you would get it in?
Danish TV2   Yes.
Niels Harrit   If I had to transport it in those quantities I would use pallets.   Get a truck and move it in on pallets.
Danish TV2   Why hasn't this been discovered earlier?
Niels Harrit   By whom?
Danish TV2   The caretakers, for example.     If you are moving 10 to 100 tonnes of nano-thermite around, and placing it on all the floors.     I am just surprised no-one noticed.
Niels Harrit   As a journalist, you should address that question to the company responsible for security at the WTC.
Danish TV2   So you are in no doubt the material was present?
Niels Harrit   You cannot fudge this kind of science.
We have found it.   Unreacted thermite.
Danish TV2   What responses has your article received around the world?
Niels Harrit   It is completely new knowledge for me.
It was only published last Friday.   So it is too early to say.
But the article may not be as groundbreaking as you think.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, have long known that the three buildings were demolished.
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Once the nano thermite was used then the regular explosives come into play.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

The actual collapse sequence had to be perfectly times, all the way down.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

And we know roughly how much unreacted thermite we have found.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

No.  These nano thermite materials are extremely advanced.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano thermite in the buildings - almost ten years have passed.

Nano-thermite contains more energy than dynamite and can be used as rocket fuel.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

So you found nano-thermite in the World Trade Center buildings, why do you think it caused the collapses?

It was by chance that someone discovered nano thermite two years ago.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
This has been crystal clear.
Our research is just the last nail in the coffin.
This is not the 'smoking gun', it is the 'loaded gun'.
Each day, thousands of people realise that the WTC was demolished.
That is something unstoppable.
Danish TV2   Why has no-one discovered earlier that there was nano-thermite in the buildings?   Almost ten years have passed.
Niels Harrit   You mean in the dust?
Danish TV2   Yes.
Niels Harrit   It was by chance that someone looked at the dust with a microscope.
They are tiny red chips.
The biggest are 1 mm in size, and can be seen with the naked eye.
But you need a microscope to see the vast majority.
It was by chance that someone discovered them two years ago.
Danish TV2   It has taken 18 months to prepare the scientific article you refer to.
Niels Harrit   It is a very comprehensive article based on thorough research.
Danish TV2   You have been working on this for several years, because it didn't make sense to you.
Niels Harrit   Yes, over two years actually.
It all started when I saw the collapse of Building 7, the third skyscraper.
It collapsed seven hours after the twin towers.
And there were only two airplanes.
When you see a 47-storey building, 186m tall, collapse in 6.5 seconds, and you are a scientist, you think “what?”.
I had to watch it again… and again.
I hit the button 10 times, and my jaw dropped lower and lower.
Firstly, I had never heard of that building before.
And there was no visible reason why it should collapse in that way, straight down, in 6.5 seconds.
I have had no rest since that day.
Danish TV2   Ever since 9/11 there has been speculation, and conspiracy theories.   What do you say to viewers who hear about your research and say, “we?ve heard it all before, there are lots of conspiracy theories”.   What would you say to convince them that this is different?
Niels Harrit   I think there is only one conspiracy theory worth mentioning, the one involving 19 hijackers.
I think viewers should ask themselves what evidence they have seen to support the official conspiracy theory.
If anyone has seen evidence, I would like to hear about it
No-one has been formally charged.   No-one is 'wanted'.
Our work should lead to demands for a proper criminal investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Because it never happened.   We are still waiting for it.
We hope our results will be used as technical evidence when that day comes.
Danish TV2   Niels Harrit, fascinating, thanks for coming in.
Niels Harrit   My pleasure
ITALIAN SAYS 9-11 SOLVED
It’s common knowledge, he reveals
CIA — Mossad behind terror attacks
By the Staff of American Free Press
Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, has told Italy’s oldest and most widely read newspaper that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad, and that this was common knowledge among global intelligence agencies.
In what translates awkwardly into English, Cossiga told the newspaper Corriere della Sera:
“All the [intelligence services] of America and Europe… know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the Mossad, with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part … in Iraq [and] Afghanistan.”
Cossiga was elected president of the Italian Senate in July 1983 before winning a landslide election to become president of the country in 1985, and he remained until 1992.
Cossiga’s tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment, and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladio.
This was a rogue intelligence network under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across Europe in the 1960s, 1970s and ’80s.
Gladio’s specialty was to carry out what they termed 'false flag' operations — terror attacks that were blamed on their domestic and geopolitical opposition.
In March 2001, Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra stated, in sworn testimony:
“You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game.
The reason was quite simple: to force … the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”
Cossiga first expressed his doubts about 9-11 in 2001, and is quoted by 9-11 researcher Webster Tarpley saying:
“The mastermind of the attack must have been a sophisticated mind, provided with ample means not only to recruit fanatic kamikazes, but also highly specialized personnel.
I add one thing: it could not be accomplished without infiltrations in the radar and flight security personnel.”
Coming from a widely respected former head of state, Cossiga’s assertion that the 9-11 attacks were an inside job and that this is common knowledge among global intelligence agencies is illuminating.
It is one more eye-opening confirmation that has not been mentioned by America’s propaganda machine in print or on TV.
Nevertheless, because of his experience and status in the world, Cossiga cannot be discounted as a crackpot.
Free to redistribute as long as credit given to American Free Press
We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.

This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.

Photo: Bentham-Open.org
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
Photo: Bentham-Open.org
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.
One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.
The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).
The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.
The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.
This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.
 
Your life, your children's lives —
Will you live or die?
Decided by small group of elite.
Pure evil
It doesn't get any clearer than this
 
Published on Friday, March 2, 2007 by the Los Angeles Times
US to Develop New Hydrogen Bomb
by Ralph Vartabedian
The Energy Department will announce today a contract to develop the nation's first new hydrogen bomb in two decades, involving a collaboration between three national weapons laboratories, The Times has learned.
The new bomb will include design features from all three labs, though Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area appears to have taken the lead position in the project. The Los Alamos and Sandia labs in New Mexico will also be part of the project.
Why are the West's elites trying to start a nuclear war?
Because you pay for it
BBC — Thursday, 6 September 2007
UK jets 'chase Russian bombers'
UK MoD image of Tupolev-95 Bear bomber

An MoD photo shows RAF Typhoon shadowing a Russian Bear-H
Norway says Russia has increased military flights in the Arctic
The UK's Royal Air Force has launched fighter jets to intercept eight Russian military planes flying in airspace patrolled by Nato, UK officials say.
Four RAF F3 Tornado aircraft were scrambled in response to the Russian action, the UK's defence ministry said.
The Russian planes - said to be long-range bombers - had earlier been followed by Norwegian F16 jets.
Russia recently revived a Cold War-era practice of flying bombers on long-range patrols.
A Norwegian officer, Lt Col John Inge Oegland, told the BBC the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers flew in international airspace from the Barents Sea to the Atlantic, before turning back.
Two Norwegian F-16s shadowed them on Thursday morning and another two went up later, he said.
There have been several similar incidents in recent months, Lt-Col Oegland added.
"Norway is following the increased Russian activity in the far north with interest," he told the BBC News website.
He said the Russian flights were not causing alarm in Norway.   "Our systems are adequate," he said, when asked whether Norway was bolstering its security in the area.
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9/11
By all accounts, the unprecedented events of September 11th, 2001 changed the way our country functions, and in turn, the world.
It is therefore critical that conscientious Americans, as well as people around the globe, understand these events in detail.
Unfortunately the official reports, including The 9/11 Commission Report and the NIST WTC Report, written by those working under the direction of the Bush Administration, have been proven to be elaborate cover-ups.
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September 11th Revisited is perhaps the most riveting film ever made about the destruction of the World Trade Center.
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Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses & firefighters, along with expert analysis by Professor Steven E. Jones, Professor David Ray Griffin, MIT Engineer Jeffrey King, and Professor James H. Fetzer.
This film provides stunning evidence that explosives were used in the complete demolition of the WTC Twin Towers and WTC Building 7.
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90 minutes of pure demolition evidence and analysis, laced with staggering witness testimonials.
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The 9/11 picture is not one of politics or nationalism or loyalty, but one of strict and simple physics.   How do you get a 10-second 110-story pancake collapse?
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