5 Years Ago: Why Was Public So Misinformed on Facts Leading to War?

By E&P Staff

Published: March 23, 2008 11:10 AM ET
NEW YORK Five years ago today, as the U.S invasion of Iraq continued in its early stages, E&P published an article by Ari Berman, then an intern here, that examined the public attitudes on the eve of the war. He probed polls that found, on the most basic point, that roughly 2 out of 3 Americans backed an assault on Iraq.

But the attitudes driving those numbers raised serious issues about a misinformed public and the media’s role. He found that a startlingly high percentage falsely believed that Saddam helped plan the 9/11 attacks or Iraqi hijackers were involved that day, and that Iraqi WMD had already been found.
When the war dies down, editors and media analysts should catch their breath and ask themselves: How much did press coverage (or lack of coverage) contribute to the public backing for a pre-emptive invasion without the support of the United Nations?

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Where has all the rage gone?

I was twelve in 1968. I remember going to the biggest anti war protest ever in Amsterdam. 10s of thousands of people marching, against the war in Vietnam. My grandfather, who had fought in the resistance in the second world war when my mother was twelve, with my Jewish step grandmother who had lost her husband to the concentration camps in the II WW, and my parents  who had lived through the II WW, the hunger winter, the bombings, the violence and the deportation, of Jews( amongst others my fathers childhood friend a Jewish girl he just to play with),  , Labour leaders, Intelligencia, the gays, the gypsies and other undesirables and me and my sister, who grew up in the aftermath of war torn Europe.
When I was born 11 years after the war, there still was not a single tree in Amsterdam. They had all been chopped down to provide a little fuel in that cold and hungry winter (People would cycle a 100 km on bicycles with wooden tires to get a bag of potatoes or even tulip bulbs, which contrary to  popular  belief  taste horrible and are not on the daily menu of the the Dutch people)  we still no as the “honger winter” the “hunger winter.
We walked strong and proud that day, we all knew what war was about, and it is never about freedom, or democracy, or liberation. It is always about brutal domination of one people over another and the theft of their resources.
Even the “liberation” of Europe at the end of the war was staged and planned after the brutal money men and the military complex and the Bush family had earned their blood money.

We were strong then, and our leaders were scared of us, because they knew that we knew, and we were not going to take another war lying down. We knew that war is always in the end, a war of the leaders against their people, because ” the people”  always wake up to what their leaders are doing in their name, and they always will fight to take the power back.

But we grew complacent and we became  wealthy ourselfes and we forgot: If we the people are not guarding  jealously our freedom, and our peace against the greedy, the corrupted, the manipulators and the power hungry , than we will end up poor and destitute and enslaved again.(travellerev) 

NEW YORK Five years ago today, as the U.S invasion of Iraq continued in its early stages, E&P published an article by Ari Berman, then an intern here, that examined the public attitudes on the eve of the war. He probed polls that found, on the most basic point, that roughly 2 out of 3 Americans backed an assault on Iraq.

But the attitudes driving those numbers raised serious issues about a misinformed public and the media’s role. He found that a startlingly high percentage falsely believed that Saddam helped plan the 9/11 attacks or Iraqi hijackers were involved that day, and that Iraqi WMD had already been found.

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Blair for European President.

Just imagine Blair running Europe.
The lying, warmongering scumbag. He is getting rich by donations from his Banker task masters while does their bidding.

Greedy, power hungry he just received “the medal for freedom” from the Southern Methodist University, the same univerity that is going to house the President George W. Bush library.

Causes and Consequences of Our Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Causes and Consequences of Our Foreign Policy in the Middle East

What It Means for Americans

By Karen Kwiatkowski

The following is the text of a speech given at Virginia Tech on February 12, 2008.

02/28/08  — — -I want to thank the Libertarians at Virginia Tech, the Political Science Club and the Institute for Humane Studies for the kind invitation to speak to you tonight.

I want to talk about the “Causes and Consequences of our Foreign Policy in the Middle East and What it Means for Americans.” The original title of this speech was “Causes and Consequences of our Foreign Policy in the Middle East and What it Means for Libertarians.” But I interchanged Americans for Libertarians. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy in Berlin, 1963, in times like these, when the American dream seems overwhelmed by what has become known as the American empire, perhaps we are all libertarians.

Let me start first with the consequences of our foreign policy in the Middle East, circa 2008.

  • We are nearly five years past the moment where George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished.”
  • 400,000 to 1.2 million Iraqis are dead by our decisions and actions. Over two million are internally displaced, and over two million Iraqis have fled the country.
  • 5,000 Americans are dead (soldiers and contractors) as a result, 30–50,000 physically injured, and over 100,000 mentally disturbed, receiving or awaiting treatment.
  • Army and Marines are morally and physically bankrupt – and burdened by executive pressure for more forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan and trouble in Iran.
  • A trillion dollars has been spent, another trillion to be spent before we are finished – and if McCain has his way, we will never be finished, and we will bleed ourselves for the duration of the 21st century.
  • Beyond Iraq, we have Secretary of Defense Bob Gates alternately screaming in an empty room and crying in despair because NATO won’t pick up the slack of propping up our preferred government in Kabul.
  • The one republic with nuclear weapons and a means to deploy them is led by an unstable dictator, threatened by his own subordinates, at odds with his very powerful and well-funded intelligence arm, and disliked by the majority of his citizens. And in case you were wondering, I am talking about Perez Musharraf.
  • Jordan, once reliable and trustworthy, is feeling the heat of over two million unemployed and impoverished Iraqis swelling their refugee camps.
  • Syria – who helped us with torture and renditions after 9-11 – has been both accused and attacked by her neighbor, our other nuclear-armed friend in the region.
  • Lebanon suffered a silly war in the summer of 2006 – a war that was considered an embarrassing defeat for Israel, and a war that Washington, D.C. collaborated on and quietly cheered.
  • Our steadfast friends, the House of Saud, don’t understand us anymore.
  • We publicly threaten Iran for all kinds of reasons, even though Tehran is signatory to and compliant with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and even as we happily work with all kinds of Iranian-backed interests in southern Iraq.
  • Four key undersea communication cables get cut in a week, isolating and seriously degrading much of the banking and communication traffic for our friends in the region, including in Dubai, which just bailed out some of our banks and credit card companies. Instead of decrying bad cable construction, and offering to send our own teams to help repair these cables in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, our government has said nothing. The entire region thinks we did it, either to send a message, test a military strategy, or to funnel information into a channel our vast intelligence bureaucracy can monitor.
  • The price of oil, adjusted for inflation, is not yet at the level of the 1979 oil crisis. But it is within 10% of that. Given the drastic increase in global demand for oil today, relative to that in 1979, our foreign policy in the Middle East might be said to be harmful, but not disastrous. But you must consider two things – the amount of oil the United States imports from the Middle East is around 10–15% of all the oil we import – but interfering with the free market in this region costs the American taxpayer billions and billions every year in maintaining a large overseas military presence, military and economic aid to major and minor allies in the region, the costs of periodic off-the-book interventions, like Iraq, and the costs involved with protecting your countrymen from people who hate you enough to want to kill you and topple your tall buildings.

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Narco Aggression: Russia accuses the U.S. military of involvement in drug trafficking out of Afghanistan

The global proceeds of the Afghan drug trade is in excess of 150 billion dollars a year. There is mounting evidence that this illicit trade is protected by the US military.Historically, starting in the early 1980s, the Afghan drug trade was used to finance CIA covert support of the Islamic brigades. The 2003 war on Afghanistan was launched following the Taliban government’s 2000-2001 drug eradication program which led to a collapse in opium production in excess of 90 percent.

The following report, which accuses the United States of using military transport planes to ship narcotics out of Afghanistan confirms what is already known and documented regarding the Golden Crescent Drug Trade and its insiduous relationship to US intelligence.

Russia, facing a catastrophic rise in drug addiction, accuses the U.S. military of involvement in drug trafficking from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan produced 8,200 tonnes of opium last year, enough to make 93 per cent of the world’s heroin supply.

Could it be that the American military in Afghanistan is involved in drug trafficking? Yes, it is quite possible, according to Russia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov.

Commenting on reports that the United States military transport aviation is used for shipping narcotics out of Afghanistan, the Russian envoy said there was no smoke without fire.

“If such actions do take place they cannot be undertaken without contact with Afghans, and if one Afghan man knows this, at least a half of Afghanistan will know about this sooner or later,” Kabulov told Vesti, Russia’s 24-hour news channel. “That is why I think this is possible, but cannot prove it.”

Afghan narcotics are an extremely painful issue for Russia. They first hit the Russian market during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s when Russian soldiers developed a taste for Afghan heroin and smuggled it back to Russia.

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Connecting The Many Undersea Cut Cable Dots

by Richard Sauder

Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

4 February 2008

The last week has seen a spate of unexplained, cut,  undersea communications cables that has severely disrupted communications in many countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. As I shall show, the total numbers of cut cables remain in question, but likely number as many as eight, and maybe nine or more.

The trouble began on 30 January 2008 with CNN reports that two cables were  cut off the Egyptian Mediterranean coast, initially severely disrupting Internet and telephone traffic from Egypt to India and many points in between. According to CNN the two cut cables “account for as much as three-quarters of the international communications between Europe and the Middle East.“ CNN reported that the two cut cables off the Egyptian coast were “FLAG Telecom’s FLAG Europe-Asia cable and SeaMeWe-4, a cable owned by a consortium of more than a dozen telecommunications companies”.(10) Other reports placed one of the cut cables, SeaMeWe-4, off the coast of France, near Marseille.(9)(12) However, many news organizations reported two cables cut off the Egyptian coast, including the SeaMeWe-4 cable connecting Europe with the Middle East.  The possibilities are thus three, based on the reporting in the news media: 1) the SeaMeWe-4 cable was cut off the coast of France, and mistakenly reported as being cut off the coast of Egypt, because it runs from France to Egypt; 2) the SeaMeWe-4 cable was cut off the Egyptian coast and mistakenly reported as being cut off the coast of France, because it runs from France to Egypt; or  3) the SeaMeWe-4 cable was cut both off the Egyptian and the French coasts, nearly simultaneously, leading to confusion in the reporting. I am not sure what to think, because most reports, such as this one from the International Herald Tribune, refer to two cut cables off the Egyptian coast, one of the two being the SeaMeWe4 cable,(11) while other reports also refer to a cut cable off the coast of France.(9)(12)  It thus appears that the same cable may have suffered two cuts, both off the French and the Egyptian coasts. So there were likely actually three undersea cables cut in the Mediterranean on 30 January 2008.

In the case of the cables cut off the Egyptian coast, the news media initially advanced the explanation that the cables had been cut by ships’ anchors.(10)(13) But on 3 February the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that a review of video footage of the coastal waters where the two cables passed revealed that the area had been devoid of ship traffic for the 12 hours preceding and the 12 hours following the time of the cable cuts.(5)(11) So the cable cuts cannot have been caused by ship anchors, in view of the fact that there were no ships there.

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Chevron 4th-Quarter Profit Rises on Record Oil Prices

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) — Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, said fourth-quarter profit rose 29 percent as crude prices climbed to a record on their way to topping $100 a barrel last month.

Net income increased to $4.88 billion, or $2.32 a share, from $3.77 billion, or $1.74, a year earlier, San Ramon, California-based Chevron said today in a statement. The company was expected to earn $2.29 a share, the average of 17 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Chevron had its biggest fourth-quarter profit gain in three years as global crude demand expanded faster than output from new wells. Chief Executive Officer David O’Reilly plans to spend almost $50 million a day on the search for untapped reserves this year, a 31 percent increase from 2007.

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Shell’s record profits branded ‘obscene’

  • guardian.co.uk,
  • Thursday January 31 2008
  • Shell petrol pump

    Shell petrol pump. Photograph: David Sillitoe

    Shell was today accused of making “obscene” profits at a time when pensioners, motorists and industry are struggling with higher energy prices when it unveiled annual earnings of $27.6bn (£13.9bn).

    The oil major has made British corporate history with the record figures, which are equivalent to more than £1.5m an hour and come at the end of a three month period when crude prices have averaged over $90 a barrel.

    Jeroen van der Veer, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, described the performance as “satisfactory” and admitted that overall production for the year had actually dropped 2%.

    He said the company had benefited from launching new oil and gas projects but had suffered in the last quarter from weak refining margins.

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    Stagflation is Here

    by Prof. Rodrigue Tremblay 

    War—after all, what is it that the people get? Why—widows, taxes, wooden legs and debt.

    Samuel B. Pettengill

    James Madison, 4th U.S. President (April 20, 1795)

    “Let me issue and control a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws”.

    Nathan Rothschild, 1791

    Last summer, I observed that there was a “solvency crisis” underneath the ongoing subprime mortgage liquidity squeeze. Central banks can alleviate a “liquidity crisis”, but they cannot solve a solvency crisis.

    Last year also, before the events, I warned that the U.S. was heading toward stagflation.

    This was due to three fundamental factors.

    First, the structural fiscal imbalances of the federal budget in a period of prosperity, as a result of the Bush-Cheney administration’s continuous deficit spending linked to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and to its large tax cuts;

    Second, the over-indebtedness of the overall U.S. economy coupled with an overall saving rate close to zero (in 1981, it was 12 percent), and, as a consequence, the rapidly increasing foreign debt of the U.S.; and,

    Third, the required decline in the U.S. dollar to reverse and correct the deteriorating American balance of payments. The second factor was a harbinger of less consumer spending in the coming months while the third factor would stoke the fire of overall inflation. And with already high budget deficits, there would be less leeway for an aggressive fiscal policy to sustain economic activity. The table was thus set for a bout of stagflation, i.e. slow growth and rising inflation.

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    Haliburton Enjoys $15.3 Billion in Revenue for 2007

    Halliburton reported that revenue was $15.3 billion for the full year 2007, an increase of 18% from the full year 2006, and operating income was $3.5 billion, an increase of 8% from the full year 2006. Income from continuing operations for the full year 2007 was $2.5 billion, or $2.66 per diluted share, compared to 2006 income from continuing operations of $2.2 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share. 2007 earnings per share were positively impacted by improved operating performance, a lower share count, and the favorable income tax impact from the ability to recognize United States foreign tax credits that were previously assumed not to be fully utilizable. Net income in 2007 was $3.5 billion, or $3.68 per diluted share, compared to 2006 net income of $2.3 billion, or $2.23 per diluted share. Income from discontinued operations in 2007 included a net gain of $933 million recorded for the separation of KBR, Inc.

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    Unimaginable Intentional Human Suffering

    By Peter Chamberlin

    27/01/08 “ICH” — – Perhaps one day we shall know the truth about being, and being alive on planet earth, whether life on every living planet is as messed-up as it is here. Earth’s problems must be unique, as they are of man’s own creation, man-made disasters caused by ambitious men who are allowed to rise to the top, where they dominate us for self-gain. We allow our leaders to take the positions of power that they desire, instead of actually choosing who shall lead us. Humans tend to submit to those who claim authority, since it is easier to believe in symbols of power, than it is to personally submit to the tedium of the reasoning process. As a people, we tend to follow the natural order of things along the path of least resistance. By taking the easy way out, we give our blessing to the law of the jungle.

    It is natural for societies to become dominated by powerful elites, who gain control of the inner workings of government and commerce, in order to bend them both to their will. “Meritocracy” and other forms of “social Darwinism,” describe the belief that “success” by this definition justifies the survival of the fittest capitalism (globalism) that has decimated the world. The brutal belief system widely promoted as “neoconservatism” is behind the fascist agenda that emerged from the bowels of corporate-owned “think tanks.” These elitist thinkers believe that it is necessary for our government to “cull” the “useless eaters” from the face of the earth, through forced population reduction and perpetual war. They are the true radicals, possessed by “extremist belief systems.” Their plans for us are the end program of a centuries-old class war between the elitist self-proclaimed neo-aristocrats, who would be masters of mankind and the rest of the human race. The neocons are nothing new, just the latest, most-concentrated form of this egotistical brand of pure evil.

    If the elitist “one-worlders” were correct about being the “natural leaders” of the world, dedicated to saving the most noble of mankind from the excesses of the dirty masses, then their cold-blooded plans might be justified by the results, by anyone who survived them. The plan is to kill-off a significant portion of the earth’s “dead weight,” keep another segment as a labor force and extend their own lives through genetic and eugenic research. They are not being all that secretive about this research, only about where it all is meant to lead us. If the idea of rich men carrying-out a plot to kill-off billions of poor people isn’t enough to motivate the masses into torch-carrying mobs, I can’t imagine what would be enough.

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    Dying first responder + U haul truck = 911 was an inside job.

    What more do you need to realize that the attacks of September 11 2001 were an inside job?

    and than read visualization aid wtc towers

    Tony Blair starts $1M bank job

    Tony, mate give us say… half a year eh? We’ll see you right. Just keep schtum and you’ll never have to work a day in your life again.

    LONDON, England (CNN) — Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who left office last June, has taken up a part-time job with a Wall Street bank on an estimated $1 million salary.

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    JP Morgan Chase did not say how much Blair will make in the part-time position.

    Blair will work with JP Morgan Chase, a firm with assets of $1.5 trillion and operations in more than 50 countries. He will advise the bank on global political and strategic issues, a company statement said.

    “We operate our business all over the world, and Tony Blair will bring our leaders and clients a unique and invaluable global perspective that is especially critical in turbulent times like these,” said Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of the company, in the statement.

    Neither Blair nor the bank would say how much the former PM would be paid. A New York recruitment consultant though told the Financial Times that the job was likely to be worth more than $987,000 (£500,000) a year.

    SPECIAL REPORT: Turning The Police State Apparatus Against Dissenters

    Second major phase of the coordinated destruction of freedom in America targets those who refuse to go along with it
    Turning The Police State Apparatus Against Dissenters
    A sustained media propaganda campaign in support of the move to swing the apparatus of tyranny away from phantom Muslim terrorists and towards the American people is in full operation and may pave the way for further attacks on US soil to be blamed on dissenting Americans who speak out against the war and the rise of the domestic police state.

    A sustained media propaganda campaign in support of the move to swing the apparatus of tyranny away from phantom Muslim terrorists and towards the American people is in full operation and may pave the way for further attacks on US soil to be blamed on dissenting Americans who speak out against the war and the rise of the domestic police state.
    Over the past decade we have witnessed an extreme acceleration of the physical implementation of a framework and infrastructure ready to receive those who will not go along with a coordinated destruction of traditional American values and freedom. With 9/11 came the first opportunity of the 21st century to radically alter the mentality of America and introduce a new order of society.

    The corporate media is now preparing the psyche of the American public for a second major shift. This time the effort will be to direct the understanding of the manufactured and fraudulent “war on terror”, away from “Islamofascists” and “Al Qaeda” and towards dissenting American citizens.
    Over the past month or so we have highlighted this ongoing propaganda campaign in the following articles:

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    Update: Sharp End International. Spy alert.

    I wrote on 5-1-08 that I found something strange with a referrer who turned out not to be a referrer but Private military company named: Sharp End International (who comes up with these names, Jeez).

    I promised an update if I found some more information.

    Well here goes:

    I send a link to the 911 blogger site and to the pilots for 9/11 truth and on the 911 blog site a blogger going by the name of Peter came up with something interesting and I decided to pursue his train of thought. To him the site sounded more like a front for the NSA, and he suggested that since New Zealand was part of the illegal spying group Echelon I might find something there and he also gave me a link. 

    http://cryptome.org/nsa-cryptome.htm

    In order to see how I might find out if the company was a front for the NSA I went to a couple of other PMC sites to see what was different on these sites as compared with the SEI site.

    Well for starters all of the known PMCs had real addresses and actively advertised their product and made themselves very accessible to the public. Also they had very neutral land corporate looking sites. Blackwater Worldwide clearly has had some good advise from the boys at Burston & Marstellers, because after their almost Nazi color scheme website they now sport a corporate white background and boring color scheme. And they are now in the peace keeping business. They have real world addresses and can be reached simply with a telephone call.

    Blackwater Worldwide, KBR, MPRI Headquarters, Northrop Grumman, to name few.
    Additionally the wikipedia has huge amounts of information available and again headquarters and business are known. Also if you google Raytheon or Triple canopy or any of them the search result are staggering.

    In the case of SEI none of the above applies. There are only three results in google. Their website, a very small wikipedia entry which is tagged for fast removal and one article by this blog. The site shows photo’s of situations they have clearly not been involved in like the protection of Paul Bremer III as he was protected by Blackwater and some of the photos are of explosions and other violent events and there is only one way to contact them and that is through e-mail. It is not known were they are based and only in the wikipedia is their main source of personnel mentioned. These happen to be Australian and New Zeland ex-special forces.
    The site and the fact that the name is not known on the web may be the result of a very bad PR strategy and in and off it self may be of no consequence but when I followed Peters second suggestion something very interesting came up. 

    If you follow the link he gave me, you get directed to a site that has a lot of information about an illegal spy system called Eschelon. This came prominently in the news in the late 90s and there were hearings about it in the European parliament in the first half of 2001. One of the people instrumental in bringing its existence and the New Zealand involvement to light was investigative journalist Nicky Hager. What he brought to light amongst others was that the US Government had lured the NZ government into an agreement to install the spying compound without telling them that the Americans would also have access to all the data that was collected. He even testified for the European Eschelon commission. He wrote a book called Secret powers and some articles on the subject. And here is an excerpt of the book.

    It is this system that is currently used to trawl through the vast amounts of telephone and e-mail traffic and is was Bush who extended the use of the system to trawl for data concerning “terrorism”.

    As I wrote before I also run another blog which collects articles about international finance and it’s connection to NZ. My main interest in this is the fact that a New Zealander called John Key wants to become the next prime minister of New Zealand. John Key is a man who likes to describe himself as being from humble beginnings. He grew up in a one parent family and still made it as an international investment banker. In my calculation he was only 26-27 when he was head hunted in 1987 by the Bankers trust. This bank became embroiled in huge scandals as Proctor & Gamble were able to proof that the bank fostered a culture of ruthlessness and its employees frequently abused their position of trust to lure customers into worthless or costly deals and additionally they pioneered in the bonds and derivatives business that now threatens to bankrupt banks, financial institutions and poor home owners alike. When John Key left the bank in 1995 the bank had just collapsed and John Key went to work for Merrill Lynch were according to his website he was both head of European bonds and derivatives and foreign exchange. His colleagues had a term of endearment for him. They called him “the smiling assassin”. He renewed his membership to the National party (Right wing neoliberal and through it’s previous leader Don Brash, also a banker and Governor of the NZ federal reserve bank, connected to founding members of PNAC and the likes)

    It was in 1999 that the Federal reserve of new York requested he become an advisor to them, a function he held until he left NY to enter politics in march 2001. His residence was officially in London but in a speech he states that he spend most of the time he worked for ML in New York. In fact two of the people he hired to work for him and his boss were amongst the victims of the 9/11 attacks. When he came home he was reported to be good for some NZ $ 40.000.000,-. Not bad for a kiwi from a social housing project. I have not finished my investigation into John Key but I hope that you can see why I’m not particularly interested in seeing this man succeed.

    And now it becomes really interesting. In order for me to get whatever I could find, if it was worth it, into the public eye, I wanted to approach a journalist. And since mutual friends thought it was good idea if the two of us met I was given the telephone number and e-mail address of none other than Nicky Hager. I approached him and showed him my blog sites and promised to sent him whatever I could dig up on John Key. Now this does not mean that any of this will ever reach print but the fact is that since then I’ve send him the odd e-mail with my findings. By the way Nicky Hager states that like him John Key is from a middle class background and as such exaggerates his “poor boy made good” image.
    Additionally I have been mentioning John Key on my blog aotearoa a wider perspective.

    So there you have it. All of it might be pure coincidence, or somebody is curious and my blogs showed up on a “key word” list.

    More Sibel Edmunds

    It is incredible, Sibel Edmunds the most gagged person in the history of the US, finally comes out with what she has been ordered to keep secret, and not a single American newspaper covers this story.
    Sibel Edmunds who volunteered for the FBI after the attacks of 9/11 and whose job existed out of translating and listening to tapes and who speaks and writes fluent Turkish and Farsi, discovered corruption and cover ups in the highest echelons of American society. You would think that Americans have the right to know, but while numerous newspapers around the world print this story the Big corporate media stay silent.
    (Thank you project Falcon for pointing the list out to me.)

    Here they are:

    Over at Sibel’s website, she has published “Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery” – twenty one photos of people.

    Sibel doesn’t say anything about the photos – or the people in the photos – but we can reasonably presume that they are the 21 guilty people in her case.

    Sibel has broken the photos into three different groups.

    The first group contains current and former Pentagon and State Department officials.

    Richard Perle

    Douglas Feith

    Eric Edelman

    Marc Grossman

    Brent Scowcroft

    Larry Franklin

    The second group is current and former congressmen

    Dennis Hastert – Ex-House Speaker (R-Il)


    Roy Blount – ( R, Mo)

    Dan Burton – (R – IN)


    Tom Lantos – (D- CA)


    ?

    Bob Livingston – ex-Speaker of the House (R-LA)

    Stephen Solarz (D-Ny)

    The 3rd group includes people who all appear to work at think tanks – primarily WINEP, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

    Graham E. Fuller – RAND

    David Makovsky – WINEP

    Alan Makovsky – WINEP


    ?

    ?

    Yusuf Turani (President-in-exile, Turkistan)

    Professor Sabri Sayari (Georgetown, WINEP)

    Mehmet Eymur (Former head Turkish counter-terrorism, MIT)

           

    As you can see, there are a couple of ‘Question Marks’ instead of photos. I’m not sure why that is the case.

    Iraq to Privatize Electricity

    Now we know why the Iraqi national power grid had to be destroyed, the population will give up anything just to have electricity again.

    By Ben Lando, UPI. Posted September 10, 2007.

    An Iraqi electricity law hasn’t been made public.
    Two of Iraq’s many needs right now are more electricity and more investment. A law being drafted could satisfy both, paving the way for foreign and domestic private companies to build power plants, a step toward fully privatizing the electricity sector.

    “It should be short coming,” a senior U.S. official working in Baghdad on Iraq’s electricity sector told United Press International on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of an Iraq energy conference.

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    Is China Dumping the U.S. Dollar?

    September 10, 2007 | From theTrumpet.com

    Questions loom whether China is behind recent dollar sales—if it is, America’s way of life is about to change. The only question is how badly and how fast. By Robert MorleyThe U.S. dollar is standing at the edge of a cliff, and most people don’t even know it.

    Data released by the New York Federal Reserve shows that foreign central banks have been net sellers of U.S. treasuries over the past five weeks, with $48 billion having been sold since late July, and $32 billion in just the last two weeks.

    The U.S. runs budget deficits each year. If foreigners stop buying treasuries—or worse, start selling them—the dollar could be in big trouble.

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