Humint Events Online: September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

That 9/11 Saudi Bill and the Rare Overridden Veto

This is a thoughtful article that raises many good points -- even though I have a major issue with the central premise of it. I'll unpack it at the end.
WASHINGTON ― Congress offered a rare show of unity Wednesday when Republicans and Democrats in both chambers overwhelmingly voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that allows the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
Legislators can now claim to have heroically stood up for all Americans against foreigners and “Washington elites” by voting for a bill opposed by virtually the entire executive branch. Don’t believe them. Instead, consider the real impact of what Congress decided to do this week, and why its members behaved as they did.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, is rooted in a conspiracy theory. By supporting the legislation, lawmakers who know better are promoting the belief that there are still legitimate questions about whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia helped plan the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. But there are no such questions ― at least, not if you trust the security apparatus that Congress continues to fund and rely on to keep America safe.
Multiple U.S. government investigations ― including the one that produced the much-discussed “28 pages” thought to describe Saudi sheikhs literally pelting bombs at the Twin Towers ― have cleared the Saudi government of involvement in 9/11. “Saudi Arabia has long been considered the primary source of Al Qaeda funding, but we have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the organization,” the 9/11 Commission concluded.
You wouldn’t know it from reading the media coverage of the JASTA bill. Almost every article on the measure’s progress through Congress this year mentioned that 15 of the 19 hijackers responsible for thousands of deaths that day were Saudi citizens. Few of those stories went on to note that repeated inquiries have absolved the Kingdom of blame.
Sure, many Americans would have liked to see a different conclusion. That’s understandable. The Saudis are easy to hate, with their luxurious lifestyles, their myriad human rights abuses and their close association with some of the biggest disasters of U.S. foreign policy. But no matter how badly some people might like to see a connection between 9/11 and the Kingdom, the evidence simply is not there.
If lawmakers seriously believe that the questions about a Saudi role in the attacks ― questions spread by Donald Trump and others ― still have some merit, they could organize yet another U.S. government inquiry. After all, if Washington managed to get some $20 million worth of pointless political showmanship out of the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, just imagine how much lawmakers might be willing to spend to investigate 9/11 one more time.
But the bill’s supporters are playing coy. They won’t admit that they’re essentially dismissing years’ worth of analysis after previously endorsing it. All Congress wants to do, according to bill proponent Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), is get 9/11 families a day in court where they can air their concerns ― and where Saudi Arabia can be proven innocent if it is indeed blameless.
That scenario, of course, takes as its premise the idea that 9/11 families have previously been ill-served. That’s easy to believe that if you share 9/11 truthers’ view that the U.S. government is a compromised institution hiding things from Americans to serve shady powerful interests, whether it’s Jews, Muslims or any other group you dislike.
Is that what the bill’s supporters on the Hill think? Probably not. Lawmakers seem driven by sheer cynicism, not sincere naivete. If you’re a politician concerned with winning elections, the JASTA bill is the kind of cheap stunt that never gets old. Voting for JASTA ties you to an unqualified good (9/11 victims and their families) while positioning you as a warrior against what’s broadly seen as an unqualified bad (a Muslim-led monarchy best known abroad for not allowing women to drive). You probably won’t lose points with voters by supporting it, but you’ll definitely be seen as repulsive if you oppose it. You might even see it as an opportunity to settle scores.
Some Republicans voted for the bill just so they could get the chance to override an Obama veto before the end of his presidency, one GOP lawmaker told The Huffington Post on the condition of anonymity. If you have a creeping feeling that it’s maybe, possibly, not the best idea to pass legislation in response to conspiracy theories, Schumer and his colleagues would probably shrug and ask: What’s the harm? Victims’ families will be happy, and the Saudis will remain free to prove their innocence.
Even if the bill’s attack on sovereign immunity has dangerous consequences for U.S. personnel abroad ― which, yep, it does, as the president has warned ― you can try a fix a little later, as 28 pro-JASTA senators have already suggested they will do. But there are consequences to this kind of pandering. Until Congress does find a way to signal that the U.S. retains some respect for international law, there remains the potential harm to Americans that Obama, the secretaries of state and defense, the head of the CIA and others have warned about if other countries follow suit and begin to pursue cases against the U.S.
And there’s a deeper, perhaps irreversible damage to the political environment and conversation in this country. The real winners here are the conspiracy theorists ― the people who argue that the U.S.’s closest Muslim-majority ally stabbed it in the back, the people who worry about having attacked the “wrong enemy” following 9/11 and feel a strong urge to correct that error, and the foreign leaders keen to downplay their own offenses and exploit the sense that America and its allies (like the Saudis) are to blame for the world’s ills.
Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, who manages to blame all the problems in the Middle East on the Saudis’ brand of religion while avoiding any mention of Iran’s support for the vicious Assad regime in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon or al Qaeda’s international operations.
Who loses? People who want to have fact-based conversations about reducing support for terror in the Muslim-majority world. Part of the way to actually do this would be to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its repression, its state-sponsored fundamentalism and its citizens’ links to terror financing.
But when the Saudis see American lawmakers glorifying disproven allegations, the president saying their region is essentially hopeless and international media chasing gratuitous stories about Saudi moral hypocrisy, they’re less likely to accept criticism based on real concerns. That doesn’t help anyone ― and it virtually guarantees more distrust and tension in the Middle East.
Oh, and don’t forget those 9/11 families about whom Congress appears so concerned. With Wednesday’s vote, the families who want to sue Saudi Arabia will feel they’ve won a major symbolic victory. Lawmakers can posture and pretend that’s what they’ve offered. In reality, they’ve encouraged a line of thinking that will never deliver real closure. They’ve also drawn out a legal process that will inevitably leave the families disappointed, because it will likely end up relying on the same U.S. government investigations that have found the Kingdom innocent multiple times already. But hey, at least Congress got to feel like it did something.

Even though the author (named Akbar Shahid Ahmed) doesn't say it exactly, I am betting that he believes the official 9/11 story that the US was not responsible for the attacks. Certainly he seems to accept that the US investigations that found no real role by the Saudi government in 9/11 are correct.

OK, well first of all, the 28 pages doesn't quite blame the Saudi government directly for helping the 9/11 attackers, but it raises about as many red flags for their involvement as you can have, without clearly stating that.

But Ahmed is totally accurate in his cynical take on what US lawmakers are doing here with this law. I agree, this bill will never provide closure "because it will likely end up relying on the same U.S. government investigations that have found the Kingdom innocent multiple times already".  US Congress is simply scapegoating the Saudis and ignoring US complicity.

Now, one interesting and unintended aspect of this bill is that it would allow foreigners to sue the US for harm done to them by US wars.  Now, in a pure sense of justice, this is perfectly right and should be allowed. But of course US leaders never take true responsibility for the deaths they cause in their insane war on terrorism. So, that part will probably be fixed or else the US will face MASSIVE costs.

Ultimately, this bill is all about propping up a huge limited hangout for 9/11-- that 9/11 was done by Islamic hijackers, mainly from Saudi Arabia. Sleazy racist politicians such as Trump can easily jump onto this bandwagon, and use it to blame Muslims for 9/11 and terrorism.

But of course 9/11 was an INSIDE JOB-- perpetrated by forces in the US, even though they used Saudi patsies for part of the plot.  The worst of 9/11 was American-made.  American politicians and Americans in general are still running away from that huge fact. This bill obviously doesn't help, although if it is not amended, it may ironically provide some justice for what the US has done since 9/11.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

33 of the Day: Hell in Aleppo

The bombings at night are the worst. There is no electricity in the rebel-held portion of eastern Aleppo, and the warplanes flying overhead target any light piercing the blackness beneath. 
So families huddle together in the dark, gathered in one room so that they don’t die alone, listening to the roar of the jets and waiting for the bombs to fall. After they do, rescue workers venture out, navigating the rubble and craters left by earlier bombings, to dig out victims without headlights or lamps. They haul them to hospitals swamped with patients being treated on the floor by doctors who barely sleep and must choose which lives to save and which to let go. 
In the small hours of Wednesday morning, it was the turn of two hospitals to be hit in the dark. The hospitals, the two biggest in eastern Aleppo, were struck by bombs shortly after 3:30 a.m., killing two patients and putting the buildings out of use for the victims of more bombings later in the day. 
Such is the tenor of life in rebel-held Aleppo, which had become accustomed to regular airstrikes in the four years since rebels seized control of the eastern portion of the city — but nothing like the intensity of the past week. The collapse of a U.S.- and ­Russian-sponsored cease-fire on Sept. 19 was followed by the launch of a Syrian government offensive, backed by Russian airstrikes, to recapture the neighborhoods held by the rebels. 
The operation heralded what residents, doctors and medical workers describe as the most ferocious bombardments yet. At least 1,700 bombs struck eastern Aleppo in the first week after the cease-fire’s collapse, according to the White Helmets civil defense group, a volunteer force funded by the United States and Europe that goes to the aid of people buried by buildings collapsed by bombs. Still, they keep raining down, with new bunker-buster bombs designed to be used against military installations blasting apartment buildings that house families.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Drew Magary Wrote the Piece That Perfectly Summarizes My Thoughts on Trump Voters

Earlier this week, the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold uncovered yet another Donald Trump scam job, in which he used over $250,000 in charitable donations to help pay off his legal bills. And, because this is Trump, that sordid (and almost certainly illegal) bit of money laundering is just ONE despicable detail of the story. There are many more, including Trump’s club trying to welch on a $1 million hole-in-one payout (out of all of Trump’s bad qualities, his steadfast refusal to pay people what he owes them, while bragging about it, is the most enraging), along with the old bit about Trump blithely ignoring local ordinances so he could put a big, dipshit flagpole up at the Mar-A-Lago club, with his lawyers stating—with a straight face—that a smaller flag “would fail to appropriately express the magnitude of Donald J. Trump’s . . . patriotism” (NOTE: Until recently, Trump didn’t know what the stripes on the flag symbolized). 
None of this is surprising, of course. Trump is a liar and a crook, and he commits abominable acts at such a frenetic pace that they get lost in the fury surrounding whatever horrible thing he does next. Keith Olbermann needed over 17 minutes on this site just to list a fraction of the atrocities Trump has staged during election season, and he’s gonna need 17 more minutes to cover what happens between now and Election Day. Remember when Trump said he would get rid of food regulations? That was Thursday. 
Regardless, in the end, people are still gonna vote for this man. Maybe not enough to get him elected, but still: it’ll be in the tens of millions. (Note to the people causing the polls to fluctuate: What the fuck is wrong with you? I gotta meet the five percent of people who saw Hillary come down with pneumonia and were like, “Forget her, gimme the dictator with dryer lint hair.”) 
Nothing that Trump says, no damning piece of Trump reportage, and certainly no opinion piece like this one will stop his voters from pulling the lever. Nor will anything stop Trump from being the officious, braindead goon that he is. He will never answer for his crimes, and there’s a frighteningly large portion of the electorate that will always love him for that. And so I’d just like to say to that portion of the electorate: Fuck you. No, seriously. Go fuck yourselves. 
I’m not gonna waste any more time trying to convince you that you’re about to do something you’ll regret forever. I’m not gonna show you old clips of Trump saying rotten things. I’m not gonna try to ANNIHILATE Trump by showing you records of his hypocrisy and greed. I’m not gonna link to a John Oliver clip and be like, “THIS. So much this.” Nothing’s gonna take down Trump at this point, so I’m not gonna bother. No no, this post is for ME. I am preaching to the sad little choir in my soul here. 
Because while Trump is a miserable bastard, YOU are the people who have handed him the bullhorn. YOU are the people willing to embarrass this nation and put it on the brink of economic ruin all because you wanna throw an electoral hissy fit. YOU are the people who want to revolutionize the way America does business by voting for its worst businessman, a disgusting neon pig who only makes money when he causes problems for other people instead of solving them. YOU are the thin-skinned yokels who clutch your bandoliers whenever someone hurls the mildest of slurs at you (“deplorables”), while cheering Trump on as he leaves a bonfire of truly hateful invective everywhere he goes. YOU are the people willing to overlook the fact that Trump is an unqualified, ignorant sociopath because DURRRR HILLARY IS BAD TOO DURRRR. 
You know what? No, she’s not. She’s fine. I lived through one Clinton, and I can live through another. My reasons for hating Trump are better than your reasons for hating Hillary. Show me all the arguments against her you like. You guys don’t give a shit about facts and research when it comes to Trump, so I’m not gonna give a shit about whatever clumsy meme you cook up to explain why she did Benghazi. Nope. Sorry. Fuck your arguments, and fuck you. Trump has shown no respect for anyone, so I don’t see why you deserve any either. Whatever mildly frustrating centrist liberal bureaucracy that Hillary presides over will be fine compared to the spray tan mushroom cloud that would arise all because YOU thought Trump was such a brave, un-PC dickhead to everyone within shouting distance. 
Trump is human waste. He is the worst of America stuffed into a nacho cheese casing, and he is emblematic of the kind of arrogant, flag-waving, trashy, racist moron that the rest of us have to DRAG kicking and screaming into the 21st century: Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity, Kim Davis, and on and on and on. Trump voters are the people who have spent the past decade or so voting insipid obstructionists into office, sending death threats to anyone who even mentions the idea of gun control, demanding 100% tax cuts on millions of dollars they can only daydream about making, and getting suckered in by any Oil Party candidate waving a NO GAYS flag. Fuck them. These are needy hillbilly loons who are just as starved for attention as Trump himself. And voting for Trump is their way of emulating him, of saying FUCK YOU to everyone else as a mission statement, with no regard for the fallout. 
The old saw is that people get the politicians they deserve, and I’ll be crestfallen if Trump wins and proves this to be true once more. If you vote for him, you’re not making America great again. You are killing it. You are telling the world that America isn’t worth it. You are telling the world that all of our big talk about freedom and unity and ideals is just a load of shit, and that you would prefer a smoldering dystopia where freedom is just a flimsy cover for evildoing, led by a man who believes that strength is measured only in killing people. You are handing the most important job on Earth to Napoleon from Animal Farm. And you are revealing your breathtaking ignorance to everyone except for yourself. 
I can’t believe you can’t see this. I want you to see this. I wanna shine a big fucking light in your face and scream at you that Trump isn’t even qualified to be human, much less President. How are you gonna change the system if you elect some corrupt idiot who has no clue how to DO IT, huh? Can’t you see this? Haven’t you heard this asshole talk? THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? But I already know that’s a futile effort. So fuck you, and fuck the GOP leaders who are too chickenshit to stand up to you. 
I’m not gonna wish deportation or imprisonment or some kind of fantastical hyperbolic death upon you. I’m not gonna ask for a wall to be built on the Mason-Dixon line. No no, I think you people deserve the EXACT same fate as Trump himself, and that is to lose, badly. That’s what should happen to you. You and your hamburger puppet leader deserve to live the rest of your days arm-in-arm in disgrace, branded as losers for eternity. Because that’s what you are.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Various Items of Interest

VP candidate Mike Pence says Dick Cheney is his role model. 

Is Trump a speed junkie? That would explain a lot of things-- lack of sleep, erratic behavior, paranoia.

Trump again makes deranged threat about Clinton not having secret service protection and asking what might happen to her.

33 of the Day: America’s Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump. The 330,000-member union joins border patrol agents and the New England Police Benevolent Association in supporting the candidate.

Also noteworthy, on Bill Maher's Real Time show on Friday night, Trump's campaign manager Kelly Ann Conway was interviewed and brought up two different sets of 33 numbers 


The Untold Story of 9/11: Bailing Out Alan Greenspan’s Legacy... how convenient....
(also posted at The AIG Scam)


More 33 in the news -- NYTimes story on two trans lovers, who get opposite sex change operations, says they are both 33 years old. (what a coincidence)

Was the famous religious Fatima incident from almost 100 years ago really a UFO visitation?  It would seem so. 

Archeology: Gobekli Tepi
Göbekli Tepe is regarded as an archaeological discovery of the greatest importance since it could profoundly change the understanding of a crucial stage in the development of human society. Ian Hodder of Stanford University said, "Göbekli Tepe changes everything". 
It shows that the erection of monumental complexes was within the capacities of hunter-gatherers and not only of sedentary farming communities as had been previously assumed. ... 
 Not only its large dimensions, but the side-by-side existence of multiple pillar shrines makes the location unique. There are no comparable monumental complexes from its time. ... 
 At present Göbekli Tepe raises more questions for archaeology and prehistory than it answers. It remains unknown how a force large enough to construct, augment, and maintain such a substantial complex was mobilized and compensated or fed in the conditions of pre-sedentary society. 
Scholars cannot interpret the pictograms, and do not know for certain what meaning the animal reliefs had for visitors to the site; the variety of fauna depicted, from lions and boars to birds and insects, makes any single explanation problematic. As there is little or no evidence of habitation, and the animals pictured are mainly predators, the stones may have been intended to stave off evils through some form of magic representation. Alternatively, they could have served as totems. 
The assumption that the site was strictly cultic in purpose and not inhabited has also been challenged by the suggestion that the structures served as large communal houses, "similar in some ways to the large plank houses of the Northwest Coast of North America with their impressive house posts and totem poles." 
It is not known why every few decades the existing pillars were buried to be replaced by new stones as part of a smaller, concentric ring inside the older one. Human burial may or may not have occurred at the site. 
The reason the complex was carefully backfilled remains unexplained. Until more evidence is gathered, it is difficult to deduce anything certain about the originating culture or the site's significance.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

In 2001, Trump Promoted the Idea of WTC Demolition and Even a Hint of No-Planes

Weird how relatively rational he sounds, except for the really stupid comment about the plane getting momentum by going down.

What the fuck happened to him? He doesn't talk about this anymore.

Was it conservatism?

Certainly, I think he figured his easiest way to power was catering to conservative idiots. Too bad you have to be such a racist asshole to do that.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Trump's 9/11 Lies, Exaggerations, Crass Statements and Misdeeds

The Republican nominee lies about lots of things, but he seems to have a special proclivity for telling falsehoods about events surrounding America’s worst terror attack.
What made the complete lack of Sunday show coverage this week even more unusual was the fact that one day before, the New York Daily News published an exclusive investigation, reporting that the billionaire’s organization pocketed $150,000 in government aid after the attack because it claimed to have helped out locals. But the “government program was designed to help local businesses get back on their feet — not reimburse people for their charitable work,” the News reported. Plus, “It’s unclear what, if any, help Trump provided to those affected by 9/11.” So that represented a 9/11 Trump controversy with a fresh news angle. But the News story produced no coverage on the Sunday shows.
(snip)  The other new story that emerged about Trump and Sept. 11 was when Politico recently reported on a television interview Trump did on that deadly day in 2001. It was just hours after thousands of New York area residents lost their lives in the attack, and Trump, on live television, was noting that the 40 Wall Street building he owned was no longer the “second-tallest” in downtown Manhattan -- it was the “tallest” … because the Twin Towers had just been toppled by terrorist hijackers. (snip)
But not a mention of that on the Sunday shows. This trend isn’t entirely new. Too often journalists have given Trump the benefit of the doubt when lying about 9/11-related events.
Last December, when Trump began making the wholly unsubstantiated claim that the 9/11 attackers had “wives” living with them in the United States and sent them home prior to the attack, The New York Times reported Trump had become “fuzzy” about the facts and was “having trouble keeping some details straight about the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.” One key fact Trump had “trouble” with? "There is no evidence that the hijackers had wives in the United States, shipped them home or even told them of the plot in advance." What’s “fuzzy” about that? Again though, no mention on this week’s Sunday shows about Trump’s completely fabricated claims about the Sept. 11 hijackers and their “wives.”
There was also no discussion yesterday about Trump’s wild claim that he had lost “hundreds” of friends in the Sept. 11 attack. As The Daily Beast previously documented: Two days after Donald Trump claimed that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center as a result of the 9/11 attack, his campaign continued to ignore a Daily Beast request that he name even one. With silence comes the possibility that Trump told the most reprehensible lie of the campaign, just a few breaths from when he called both Sen. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush liars. By his math, Trump is trying to tell us that at least one in 10 of the 2,983 who died on 9/11 were his friends.
The Daily Beast also highlighted how, in the wake of the terror attacks, Trump reportedly went on Howard Stern’s radio show and promised to donate $10,000 to the Twin Towers Fund, a charity set up to benefit the families of first responders who were killed on 9/11. “Despite his pledge, the Trump Foundation shows no donations at all to the Twin Tower Fund,” the Daily Beast reported.
Meanwhile, at a rally in Ohio last November, Trump told supporters, “I have a window in my apartment that specifically was aimed at the World Trade Center because of the beauty of the whole downtown Manhattan and I watched as people jumped.” As the Associated Press noted, Trump’s apartment is located approximately four miles from the World Trade Center site. Trump has also claimed that he "helped a little bit" with clearing rubble after the attacks...
And of course, what was one of the most famous Trump lies of 2015? That he’d seen “thousands and thousands" of Muslims celebrating in Jersey City when the Twin Towers went down. But it wasn’t true, obviously. If “thousands and thousands” of people had cheered in the streets and on the rooftops of an American city on 9/11, that would have been news around the world. But it never happened, as concluded, noting “The reason Trump's comments are so offensive is that he is suggesting sympathy for terrorism is broadly shared among Muslims in America when in fact it is a fringe sentiment. It is the moral equivalent of smearing all white Americans for the actions of violent white supremacists.” Indeed, the Trump lie represents a particularly vicious smear meant to malign an entire culture and religion; to make it seem like there’s a dangerous fifth column within the United States ready to rise up and wage war with America.
Over the last year, Trump has created a cacophony of lies and self-aggrandizing falsehoods about one of the most important and sorrowful days in American history. (Who does that?) Still, on the fifteenth anniversary of Sept. 11 and with Trump at the center of a presidential campaign, the Sunday talk shows this week turned away from the Trump ugliness.

Coupled with his lack of honesty about 9/11 (see previous post), it is clear that Trump is truly just a loathsome human being.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

What Does Donald Trump Know About 9/11?

He of course has a bizarre and crass history with 9/11.

Not just his ridiculous tweets like this and others, but lies like thousands of Muslims cheering on 9/11 in New Jersey.

And this:
"Hours after Twin Towers fell, Trump bragged his building was now the ‘tallest’ in lower Manhattan"

But putting aside his boorishness, the question is whether he knows it was an inside job and/or whether he had foreknowledge of the plot.

Just some points to consider:

1) Trump is most famous as a building developer in New York city, the epicenter of the attacks, and of course a large part of 9/11 was destroying the WTC and eventually rebuilding the site. Indeed, Trump did try to influence the new buildings for the WTC site. He also took 9/11 recovery money even though his building wasn't really affected.

2) Trump is closely tied with Rudy Giuliani (a presidential campaign surrogate), who definitely was in on the 9/11 plot to some degree, and a huge part of the cover-up, and has become a corrupt, gross, joke of an individual.

3) Trump has ties to the NYC mafia, (as does Giuliani) and the NYC mafia was involved in the WTC clean up.

4) Trump is now strongly linked with Alex Jones, who used to promote 9/11 being an inside job. But now both Trump and Jones seem to promote radical Islam as the cause of terrorism and 9/11. Both Trump and Jones promulgated the ridiculous theory that thousands of Muslims in New jersey were cheering when the WTC fell, meanwhile ignoring the cheering/dancing Israelis.

5) Trump has an extensive history as a conspiracy theorist, though his CTs are mainly of the crackpot right-wing racist variety. So it's been surprising Trump hasn't promoted 9/11 being an inside job, unless he was actively a part of the cover up.

6) Trump has financial ties to Russia, has loudly praised Vladmir Putin, and there are repeated rumors of Russia and Putin having knowledge of 9/11 being an inside job.

7) It's pretty obvious the official story of 9/11 is a lie, and Trump is famous for being blunt and a "truth-teller" (even though he lies constantly), but Trump can't seem to question 9/11.

8) as one of the NYC "elites", he certainly was in position to have inside knowledge. I'm not sure what he did on 9/11 itself, but obviously he and his family came through unscathed.

I think overall, it's clear he knows something, and he has actively been part of the cover-up.

Of course, this can also be said for Hillary (that she knows something and is part of the cover-up), and of course Hillary was Senator for NY state on 9/11. But she is just like any other major politician regarding 9/11.

But I just think it's very funny that Trump doesn't question 9/11, despite his association with Alex Jones and his overall support of CTs.  It is ironic, that even a presidential candidate who is supposed to be new and fresh and an outsider and is a known conspiracy theorist, STILL can't question 9/11.

The corruption, or suppression of truth, goes deep.
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9/11 Was Still an Inside Job, 15 Years On

There are many many conspiracy theories in this amazing world we live in. There are a lot of dumb, outrageous, silly, and even pointless conspiracy theories. But 9/11 is unique for not only how much it changed our world and started a huge global war, but how much freaking evidence there is that the official story was a massive and cruel hoax. 

At this point in time, it is doubtful there will ever be a serious reckoning on 9/11, and that there will be no real justice.

The big shock of 9/11 for me has been just the level of corruption pervasive throughout the country required to maintain the 9/11 lie. Not just by politicians, but by the military, the media, law enforcement, the scientific community. Clearly there has been a massive cover-up, and 9/11 being a hoax is still a large taboo. This blog has discussed this aspect of 9/11 for over 10 years now. The 9/11 cover-up has been amazing.

Certainly, 9/11 has massively fueled the military-intelligence-industrial complex, and made a lot of fuckers rich. But was it really just about money, or something deeper and more evil?

Sadly, at this point, discussing 9/11 being an inside job just doesn't get you anywhere in the official public arena. It's an interesting and important topic, but ultimately frustrating, kind of like other major conspiracies such as the JFK assassination, UFOs and the moon landing hoax.

Still, some day, I would love to get real answers about how they exactly did 9/11 and who exactly controlled the operation.  Specifically, I'm very interested how they did the plane fakery, exactly, not just at the WTC but at the Pentagon and Shanksville. Obviously we can guess, but real answers would be nice.

For fun, check these links out-- Hunt the Boeing, Shanksville edition and Hunt the Boeing, WTC 2 edition.

Of course, the very worst part of 9/11 was the aftermath for the world-- endless war, countless death. 

The spying machine and paranoia and racism that was kicked into high gear by 9/11 has been extremely disturbing as well.

So, we do have to move on, live our lives and try to deal with what we can deal with. There is still a lot we can get justice for, and there are more pressing, bigger issues that need attention now.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard Tells of the Whitestone Massacre

Really worth the time to listen to her:

On September 3rd, 1863, the U.S. Army massacred more than 300 members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in what became known as the Whitestone massacre. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard is not only the tribal historian, she’s also one of the founders of the Sacred Stone Camp, launched on her land April 1st to resist the Dakota Access pipeline.
And so, when they told us that they were putting this pipeline in, but refusing to acknowledge us—if you look at the Dakota Access maps, they don’t even acknowledge our nation. We are not black—we are not blacked out, like some people make maps, and they do the reservation boundaries. We’re not even in there. They said they did not have to consult with us. That pipeline is 500 feet from our reservation line. When that pipeline breaks—and it will break—it will hit Early Head Start children in two seconds. It will take out our elementary in five seconds. In 45 minutes, it will take out our major water intake that feeds water to all the people here. 
I don’t understand why we are expendable in America. I keep telling people, we do our best. We have always been here. This is our land. Why should we fight to live on our own land? Why should we have to do that over and over again? We start our lives. We do our best to live. Why? I would never hurt anybody. I have always done my best to do good things in my community. Why can’t they just let us live? We love this land. And half of the time I feel bad, because they make us feel bad for loving this land. 
But most important, we love the water. Every year, our people sacrifice. We go four days without drinking water, so that it reminds us how important this water is. And I ask everybody: Do you go four days without water? What happens to your body on that third day? Your body starts shutting down. So, we remind ourselves every day how important. We say mni wiconi, water of life. Every time we drink water, we say mni wiconi, water of life. We cannot live without water. So I don’t understand why America doesn’t understand how important water is. So we have no choice. We have to stand. No matter what happens, we have to stand to save the water.
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

The Continuing Bombing of Laos

Such unbelievable evil:

As President Obama becomes the first American president to visit Laos, we look at the legacy of the U.S. bombing campaign there during the war on Vietnam. The U.S. dropped at least 2 million tons of bombs on Laos. That’s the equivalent of one planeload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Experts estimate that Laos is now littered with as many as 80 million bomblets—the baseball-sized bombs found inside cluster bombs.
From June 1964 to March 1973, the U.S. dropped at least 2 million tons of bombs on the small, landlocked Southeast Asian country in what would become the largest bombing campaign in history. That’s the equivalent of one planeload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years—more than were dropped on Germany and Japan during World War II. Laos authorities say as many as one-third of these bombs did not explode at the time. This week, Obama pledged $90 million to help clear Laos of the unexploded U.S. bombs.
Just horrifying.

One third = 33% of course.
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Sunday, September 04, 2016

What Did George Carlin Know About 9/11?

Really weird:

On Sept. 10, 2001, George Carlin, the greatest political comic in history if measured only by stand-up specials, recorded a bracing hour of social commentary for his new HBO special. The next day, he shelved it. It wasn’t only the title, “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die,” that seemed in bad taste after nearly 3,000 people were killed a day later in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 
Mr. Carlin also told a joke about a fart so potent it blew up an airplane. “You know who gets blamed? Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Carlin joked. “The F.B.I. is looking for explosives. They should be looking for minute traces of rice and bok choy.” If timing is everything, Mr. Carlin had nothing. 
Fifteen years later, his lost special is finally being released.
This operatic yarn is less argumentative than most of Mr. Carlin’s bits, more open to interpretation. One way to see it, though, is as a sendup of the terrorist mind-set that led to the attack on the World Trade Center and other sites that day, a biting take on an extremist view that imagines that a twisted form of deliverance will come from violence and hate. Seen from a certain angle, a story once too provocative to release might be the perfect example of comedy in the post-Sept. 11 world.
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Trump’s Mass Deportation Machine Would Create an American Police State Equal to Nazi Germany

No matter how likely or unlikely his plan is to occur, it is simply evil and monstrous. This kind of seems like a big deal to me. Anyone who supports Trump is supporting monstrous evil.

Trump’s plan portends great civil strife, economic devastation and the imposition of a police state.
Donald Trump’s pledge yesterday to speedily deport “anyone who has entered the United States illegally” would require the creation of a vast police state that harkens back to the early 20th century, with Nazi Germany’s roundups and deportations of millions of Jews and others deemed undesirable. 
“Under my administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which they came,” Trump blared. “And you can call it deported if you want. The press doesn't like that term. You can call it whatever the hell you want. They're gone.” 
Trump’s plan starts with the immediate roundup and expulsion of “illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever,” but goes far beyond the notion that local police might stop a car whose rear headlight is out, demand visas and green cards, and in their absence throw that person into an American gulag that ends in a foreign airport. 
Trump has said that “62 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants” receive some welfare or food stamps, a “tremendous cost to our country” and “will be priorities for immediate removal.” That would not create not just a climate of great fear, but in tandem with his pledge to push for a new national law withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities, it echoes 1930s Germany's deliberate stripping of civil rights. 
Until Trump’s Arizona speech Wednesday, he had signaled that he still wanted to deport 11 million undocumented migrants—and also ensnare their estimated 5 million children born here and revoke their citizenship—but offered no details beyond saying he would find a “humane and efficient” way to do it. On Wednesday, he offered some numbers to indicate the size of the expanded federal police force needed, saying he would “triple the number of ICE deportation officers” and “hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents.” 
But a series of 2016 reports from a right-wing think tank, American Action Forum, which looked at the logistics behind Trump’s pledge to deport migrants in a two-year period reveals a far larger state police force and deportation machinery would be required. The closest historic analogy is not the arrest and deportation of 1.3 million Mexicans in the 1950s derisively known as “Operation Wetback,” nor the round up and internment of 110,000 Japanese-Americans in WWII, nor the arrest of thousands of accused Communists in the Palmer Raids after WW1. It is Nazi Germany, where the Gestapo, or the state police—along with the legal system and the courts, a transportation infrastructure, and transit and concentration camps—were used to arrest and deport millions of Jews and other undesirables. 
“We examined what it would take to execute Donald Trump’s promise to remove all undocumented immigrants in just two years,” American Action Forum reported. “We detailed current immigration enforcement operations and estimated exactly how large each component of the enforcement process would have to be in order to accomplish this task.” “We found that to remove all undocumented immigrants in two years, the federal government would need to increase federal immigration apprehension workers from 4,844 to 90,582, immigration detention personnel from 5,203 to 53,381, federal immigration attorneys from 1,430 to 32,445, and immigration courts from 58 to 1,316,” its 2016 analysis continued. “In addition, the number of immigration detention beds would need to increase from 34,000 to 348,831 and to physically transport all undocumented immigrants out of the country the government would need to charter a minimum of 17,296 flights and 30,701 bus trips each year.” 
In other words, Trump’s Arizona speech was not just the usual ranting and raving Americans have come to expect from a man whose words cannot be trusted—such as playing nice while standing at the podium with Mexico’s president, and hours later vilifying migrants in his speech promising a new federal police state and gulag. His purportedly substantive speech detailing how he would do it was devoid of the real size and scope of the state police and deportation industry needed.
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