Financial Times confuses Bahraini minister with 9/11 suspect


This video is called CNN – Bahrain security forces torture doctors, medics and patients.

By Sydney Smith:

Financial Times Mistakes Bahrain Foreign Minister in Photo as Accused 9/11 ‘Plotter’

December 26, 2013 05:00 AM EST

Whoops! The Financial Times wrongly used a photo of Bahrain‘s foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, with a report on accused 9/11 terrorist Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the Huffington Post reported.

The Financial Times‘ Dec. 21/22 story was titled “Guantanamo inmates face two divergent paths after 12 years” and included a photo of the foreign minister captioned as “among five detainees on trial.”  The caption of the photo called him the accused terrorist.

The Financial Times has published a correction and apology to the foreign minister, “Apology to His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa.”

This reminds me of the FBI in the USA confusing photos of Osama bin Laden with Spanish Leftist politician Gaspar Llamazares. There are differences between these two cases, though.

The Financial Times is an unarmed newspaper business. So, the Financial Times‘ misidentification was not a danger for Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa in a big way. While the FBI is an armed organization; some of its members have a “licence to kill”. The FBI did put Gaspar Llamazares’ life in danger.

Though the FBI misidentified Gaspar Llamazares in January 2010, today, almost four years later, they have still not apologized for that as far is I know. Maybe they did not like Gaspar Llamazares’ criticism of George W Bush’s Iraq war? While, on the other hand, the Financial Times apologized immediately and profusely to Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa.

There is still a third difference. Gaspar Llamazares was and is completely innocent of any terrorism. While hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis will consider Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, as a member of the royal dynasty and of the Bahraini government, engaged in bloody repression of the Bahraini pro-democracy movement, to be a “state terrorist”, roughly in the same league as al-Qaeda.

South Korean consumer products aren’t hard to find in Bahrain, one of the fastest-growing markets in the Persian Gulf for conglomerate Samsung Electronics. But more than two years into anti-government protests in the Gulf state, it is South Korean tear gas – rather than smartphones or flat-screen TVs – that is attracting international scrutiny for its role in an unfinished chapter of the Arab Spring: here.

Bush and 9/11, new documents


This video from the USA is called Richard Clarke: Bush IGNORED terrorism.

By Mark Karlin, editor of BUZZFLASH at TRUTHOUT in the USA:

Bush Lied About 9/11, and Now We Have the Documents to Prove It

Wed, 06/20/2012 – 1:19pm.

At the time of 9/11, BuzzFlash was one of the extremely few major progressive websites on the Internet.

In the months and years following the suicidal hijacking attacks on the Twin Towers, BuzzFlash relentlessly exposed the negligence of the Bush administration in preventing the massacre from happening. (This is not to be confused with the 9/11 conspiracy movement, not at all.)

One of the biggest smoking guns was that Bush had received a CIA briefing while he was in Texas on vacation (in August of 2001), as currently recounted in a Salon article about a recent document dump:

Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “[redacted] expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.”

The famous August brief[ing] called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas – which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.”

As BuzzFlash recalls, Bush curtly dismissed the CIA briefer discussing the secret document headlined “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” by telling the Langley liaison that “You have covered your ass, so now you can go (paraphrased).”

Futhermore, Condi Rice admitted later to having seen the same document, but neither she, the CIA, nor Bush did anything – absolutely nothing – about it. The document and others like it specifically mentioned hijackings, but the Bush White House did not heighten security at airports (not even notifying them) of the likelihood of imminent hijackings. Since the attacks on the Twin Towers were hijackings, such an action could have prevented the deaths of more than 3000 people.

This is what is best called governmental and personal negligence. Bush laughably – in a tragic sort of way – once conceded that if he had known that terrorists had planned hijacking planes into the Trade Center specifically, they might have done something to prevent it. But the mainstream corporate media failed to challenge him on the notion that he failed to issue any security measure to prevent hijackings, in general, which could have prevented the horrible debacle.

And Condi Rice claimed that no one had ever thought that planes would have been flown into buildings, when there was ample intelligence information that this was to be an expected strategy of Al-Qai’da and perhaps other terrorist groups. (In fact, Bush stayed on a boat during a world economic conference in Italy just shortly prior to 9/11 out of concern of an airborne terrorist attack on hotels.)

Salon furthermore points out that the newly released documents indicate that when the Bush administration took over from the Clinton administration it downgraded the hunt for Usama bin Laden. Translation: the Bush administration put the US more at risk.

It is hard to believe after a decade that Bush, Rice and the whole crew who – if they were in the military likely would have been court martialed for their negligence – are walking freely around the US at this time, as if they bear no responsibility for failing to prevent what happened on 9/11.

The newly released declassified CIA documents, sought by the National Security Archives under Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, make the case that the US was betrayed by laziness (including Bush on his month long vacation interrupted by photo ops of him clearing brush) and egregious incompetence.

See also here. And here.

Chile’s 9/11


From Democracy NOW! in the USA about this video:

Epitaph for Another 9/11: Renown Writer Ariel Dorfman on 1973 U.S.-Backed Coup in Chile

“That September 11, that lethal Tuesday morning, I awoke with dread to the sound of planes flying above my house. When, an hour later, I saw smoke billowing from the center of the city, I knew that life had changed for me, for my country, forever.” Those are the words of our guest, Chilean-American author Ariel Dorfman, writing not about the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 10 years ago this week, but another September 11.

On September 11, 1973 a U.S.-backed coup in Chile led by General Augusto Pinochet ousted Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. Allende died in the palace on that day. Ariel Dorfman served as a cultural adviser to Salvador Allende from 1970 to 1973. After the coup, he went into exile, and today he is recognized as one of Latin America’s greatest writers. “Chile reacted to the terror that was inflicted upon us with nonviolent resistance. In other words, for instance, we did not go and bomb Washington because Washington had ordered and helped to create the coup in Chile. On the contrary, we created a peaceful revolution against Pinochet,” Dorfman notes.

“If you contrast that to the United States, to what Bush did as a result of this very small band of terrorists, the results have been absolutely terrible. If this was a test—and I think great catastrophes are always tests of national values and national will—alas, the United States has failed that test terribly.” [includes rush transcript]

Chile remembers its 9/11. Thousands march to remember more than 3,000 people killed during Pinochet dictatorship that was launched 38 years ago: here.

Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Senior Pentagon officials scrubbed key details about a top-secret military intelligence unit’s efforts in tracking Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda from official reports they prepared for a Congressional committee probing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, new documents obtained by Truthout reveal”: here.

A Year Before 9/11, Intelligence Unit Determined World Trade Center, Pentagon “Most Likely Buildings to Be Attacked”: here.

Stephen F. Rohde, Truthout: “The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a fitting opportunity to ask the urgent question: What has the US government done to human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism?… In a revealing new book, ‘The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse,’ Marjorie Cohn, law professor and president of the National Lawyers Guild, has collected 14 incisive and comprehensive essays which, taken together, serve as a detailed indictment of the Bush administration for its acts of commission and the Obama administration for its acts of omission”: here.

10 Years After 9/11, the Sikh Community Remains a Target of Violence and Harassment in the U.S.: here.

9/11, wars and Islamophobia


This is a video from the USA called Gainesville Muslim Community Organizes Vigils, Teach-Ins to Counter Planned Quran Burning.

USA: For nearly a decade, Washington has exploited the shock and grief surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to justify wars of aggression abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home. Now, the ninth anniversary of 9/11 is overshadowed by the confused and repulsive media circus surrounding a Florida religious crackpot’s proposed burning of the Koran: here.

The War Pornographers Keep Waving The 9/11 Bloody Shirt: here.

Thousands Of Afghans In Anti-Quran-Burning Protest: here.

Police have opened fired on over 10,000 demonstrators in an impoverished Kabul neighbourhood as they protested against the massive Western military presence in their country: here.

Europeans may still like Barack Obama more than Americans do, but they’re turning against him on Afghanistan: here.

Korans vandalized in New York, Washington on 9/11 anniversary: here.

“On 9th Anniversary of 9/11, A Call to Close Guantanamo & to Hold Accountable Those Who Authorized Torture”: here.

Protesters marching for and against plans to build an interfaith community centre near the site of the September 11 2001 attacks rallied in Manhattan on Saturday waving placards reading: “The attack on Islam is racism” and “Never forgive, never forget – no WTC mosque”: here.

Coalition to Stop Islamophobia Denounces 9/11 Quran Burnings: here.

The Hip-Hop Response to Islamophobia: here.

USA: End of Summer Sees Growing Threats to Abortion Clinics and Mosques: here.

The image of the United States as a bastion of religious tolerance is reassuring—and utterly at odds with the historical record: here.

Bill O’Reilly promotes 9/11 “truthers”: here.

U.S.: 9/11 Rescue Workers Still Waiting for Healthcare: here.

Check out the Democracy Now! archives for extensive reporting on Sept. 11 related health issues: here.

Survey: Americans don’t know much about religion: here.

After France, Israel considers ‘banning the burqa’: here.

Bush’s ‘Iraq-9/11′ lies based on torture


This video from the USA is called WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld etc. – THE ULTIMATE CLIP.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Detainee Who Gave False Iraq Data Dies In Prison in Libya

By Peter Finn
Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A former CIA high-value detainee, who provided bogus information that was cited by the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war, has died in a Libyan prison, an apparent suicide, according to a Libyan newspaper.

A researcher for Human Rights Watch, who met Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi at the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli late last month, said a contact in Libya had confirmed the death.

Libi was captured fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001, and he vanished into the secret detention system run by the Bush administration. He became the unnamed source, according to Senate investigators, behind Bush administration claims in 2002 and 2003 that Iraq had provided training in chemical and biological weapons to al-Qaeda operatives. The claim was most famously delivered by then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in his address to the United Nations in February 2003.

Powell later called the speech a “blot” on his record, saying he was not given all available intelligence and analysis within the government. The Defense Intelligence Agency and some analysts at the CIA had questioned the veracity of Libi’s testimony, which was obtained after the prisoner was transferred to Egyptian custody for questioning by the CIA, according to Senate investigators.

In their book “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” Michael Isikoff and David Corn said Libi made up the story about Iraqi training after he was beaten and subjected to a “mock burial” by his Egyptian interrogators, who put him in a cramped box for 17 hours. Libi recanted the story after being returned to CIA custody in 2004.

When President George W. Bush ordered the 2006 transfer to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of high-value detainees previously held in CIA custody, Libi was pointedly missing. Human rights groups had long suspected that Libi was instead transferred to Libya, but the CIA had never confirmed where he was sent.

“I would speculate that he was missing because he was such an embarrassment to the Bush administration,” said Tom Malinowski, the head of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch. “He was Exhibit A in the narrative that tortured confessions contributed to the massive intelligence failure that preceded the Iraq war.”

The first independent confirmation of Libi’s whereabouts came two weeks ago. Heba Morayef, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said she and a colleague met him briefly in a courtyard at the Abu Salim prison on April 27. The two were there to examine the treatment of prisoners in Libya, including other detainees once held by the United States.

Libi angrily rejected speaking to the researchers, saying, “Where were you when I was being tortured in American prisons?” according to Morayef, who described the encounter in a phone interview.

Human Rights Watch called for an independent investigation of the death.

The Obama administration recently announced that it was decommissioning the CIA’s global network of secret prisons, which have been mothballed since 2006, but human rights activists say the U.S. government should still provide the ICRC with an accounting of where it sent every prisoner it once held.

Powell aide: Cheney first approved torture to tie Iraq, al Qaeda: here.

Cheney: No ‘evidence’ of Iraq, 9/11 link: here.

Known terrorists were allowed to keep aviation licenses: here.

USA: Relatives of September 11 victims condemn Guantánamo show trial


This video from the USA is called TORTURE: From Guantanamo to Chicago Interrogation Rooms.

By Naomi Spencer:

US: Relatives of September 11 victims condemn Guantánamo show trial

12 December 2008

In a letter released December 10, 33 relatives of people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks have condemned the Guantánamo military tribunals as illegitimate and politically motivated.

Issued in response to positive remarks made by a half-dozen family members selected by the Pentagon to attend hearings this week, the statement reflects strong opposition within the US population to the policies carried out by the military at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere over the past five years.

The letter, published on the American Civil Liberties Union web site, stressed the fact “that many of us do not believe these military commissions to be fair, in accordance with American values, or capable of achieving the justice that 9/11 family members and all Americans deserve.

“We believe that the secretive and unconstitutional nature of these proceedings deprive us of the right to know the full truth about what happened on 9/11,” the letter stated.

Top Bush aides pushed for Guantánamo torture: here.

Five New Jersey men convicted in FBI-concocted Fort Dix “terror” case: here.

9/11. The dying firefighter, by David Rovics


Firefighter's helmetFrom the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog.

9/11/05 at 3:51PM

To commemomerate 11 September 2003 in New York City, from the site of David Rovics:

The Dying Firefighter

by David Rovics

I saw the plane hit the building
The flames and the billowing smoke
I saw the glass, paper, metal and stone
Everything shattered and broke
I was there with my people
Engine Company 24
We rushed into the building
Got as far as the 35th floor

The black smoke and the heat was like nothing
I’d seen in all of my years
With each step in that blazing inferno
You could feel destiny near
In the midst of the falling girders
The sheet rock and God knows what else
I tried to find the survivors
Those who made it to the stairwells

I carried the wounded to safety
If that’s what you might call the street
With bodies and boulders and metal
All crashing down by your feet
As #2 was collapsing
When only ten floors still stood
Everything was falling around me
Like it was made out of cardboard and wood

It was just then I heard someone
Trapped underneath the debris
I started pulling at something
And that’s when the fire got me
I was pinned ‘neath the rubble
And the flames were licking my coat
And the pain, the unbearable agony
And then that was all that she wrote

But I just wish I could tell you
Before I am taken away
That I’ve seen a lot of this world
And there’s something that I gotta say
I don’t believe in politics
I believe in the human race
I believe in the goodness of people
In New York or some far-away place

I believe in my daughter
And I believe in my wife
And may nobody’s father be taken
To avenge the loss of my life
People may call me a brave man
And this may very well be
But the firefighters of Kabul
Are just as brave men as me.

From the Google cache:

USA: David Rovics song for Cindy Sheehan

Date: 8/24/05 at 4:24PM

From ClickPress:

Song for Cindy Sheehan By David Rovics

Media Outlets Use New Tune In Their Camp Casey Coverage

[ClickPress, Tue Aug 23 2005] CampCasey, TX –David Rovics’, internationally acclaimed activist/singer/songwriter/blogger, new tune, “Song for Cindy Sheehan” is now the number one song on the SoundClick.com Acoustic — Folk Charts.

Hours after the song was released on the Internet, it was used for stories from Camp Casey by radio station KPFA and television network Democracy Now.

Video blogger Steve Garfield also created a video using the song and scenes he filmed of a vigil in Boston.

RocketBoom.com, a daily Internet video show, used Steve’s video the next day.

The MP3 studio recording is available to hear online or as a free download for portable music players like Apple’s iPod at: http://www.soundclick.com/davidrovics.

“Feel free to link to the online media or to use the MP3 for any purpose,” explains David Rovics.

“Same goes for the other songs you find there, including many related songs (“Four Blank Slates,” “Waiting for the Fall,” “When Johnny Came Marching Home,” many more).

Thanks to William Rivers Pitt for his article in Truthout entitled ‘Every Mother’s Son’.”

Song for Cindy Sheehan (Excerpt)

Casey was a good boy
He treated people well
And his momma loved him
Anyone could tell

She’d send him off to school
Pack his lunch with care
When he came back home she hugged him
With her fingers in his hair

Cindy, she loved Casey
And when all is said and done
She is every mother
And he was every mother’s son

David Rovics Bio

David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US.

Amy Goodman has called him “the musical version of Democracy Now!”

Since the mid-90′s Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

He and his songs have been featured on national radio programs in the US, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere.

He has shared the stage regularly with leading intellectuals (Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn), activists (Medea Benjamin, Ralph Nader), politicians (Dennis Kucinich, George Galloway), musicians (Billy Bragg, the Indigo Girls), and celebrities (Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon).

He has performed at dozens of massive rallies throughout North America and Europe and at thousands of conferences, college campuses and folk clubs throughout the world.

He makes all of his recordings available for free download on his website, http://www.davidrovics.com, and the downloads are in the many hundreds of thousands.

More importantly, he’s really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, and he will make the revolution irresistable.

Resources:

SoundClick Acoustic Folk Charts
Meet with Cindy
Crawford Blog
David Rovics Website
David Rovics Blog
KPFA’s Flashpoints
Democracy Now
Steve Garfield Video Blog
RocketBoom

Contact:

David Rovics
DRovics@aol.com
(617) 872-5124
P.O. Box 995
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 U$A

JOlmsted
f911@yahoogroups.com

http://f911.blogspot.com