King Abdullah, late ruler of Saudi Arabia

This video says about itself:

Saudi woman driver to be lashed

27 September 2011

Amnesty International says a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for challenging a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Speaking ill of the dead …

Saturday 31st January 2015

Paddy McGuffin assesses the legacy of the much-feted dead despot of Saudi Arabia, king Abdullah

Tyranny, as with election pledges, a wise man almost said is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Someone who appears to have had no problem with either of these issues is the late king Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The brutally autocratic and totally unelected despot finally gave up the fags this week in what was probably the only truly populist move of his lengthy and blood-soaked reign.

This was a man who presided over one of the most savagely draconian and backward-thinking regimes in the world — unless you count certain states of the US, and North Korea — with a rod of iron.

His religious police rank among the most psychotically zealous security forces on the planet and could give the CIA a few tips on abuse and torture. In fact they did more than that.

As such his long overdue demise should have been a cause celebre. Except that is for two rather crucial factors.

First, any naive belief that Abdullah’s death would usher in a new era of reform and democracy was well and truly put to bed when his successor, his half-brother Crown Prince Salman, a mere spring chicken at the age of er … 79, was installed.

It is oft-times suggested that one should not speak ill of the dead. Not a proposal usually given credence by this column. But that certainly seemed to be the case with the great and not so good who lined up to eulogise him in such glowing terms that you would have thought we’d lost the best hope for humanity not a dodgy, reactionary old fascist with more blood on his hands than Jack the Ripper.

Thus we were treated to a seemingly endless line of toadying, lickspittle sycophants spewing out the type of hagiographic revisionism and blatant terminological inexactitudes we have now come to expect on the death of murderous megalomaniacs — well, the ones we sell arms to anyway.

Although even by conventional standards the obfuscation and reputational white-washing hit new levels of malignant mendacity.

Thus we witnessed the spectacle of the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, hailing the deceased dictator as an “advocate of women.”

Yeah, in the same way as Eric Pickles is an advocate of Travellers.

This was the former head of a country where women are banned from driving and must have a man’s permission to visit a doctor or even leave the house and then only when strictly “chaperoned.”

“In a very discreet way, he was a strong advocate of women. It was very gradual, appropriately so probably for the country. I discussed that issue with him several times and he was a strong believer,” Lagarde claimed.

Well, maybe, but as has been well documented, what goes on at Davos tends to stay at Davos.

Human rights campaigners, unsurprisingly, tended to disagree with Lagarde and others who had attempted to posthumously rebrand Abdullah as a proponent of women’s suffrage, pointing out that the royal initiatives during his reign were largely symbolic and produced extremely modest gains.

“King Abdullah came to power promising reforms, but his agenda fell far short of achieving lasting institutional gains for Saudi citizens,” one noted.

Of course Blair cropped up to pay his tributes.

“I knew him well and admired him greatly,” he said. “Despite the turmoil of events in the region around him, he remained a stable and sound ally.”

Yes, so much so that Blair as prime minister personally intervened to pull the plug on the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into the multibillion-pound Al-Yamamah arms and bribery scandal.

At the time Blair stated that “any proposal that the investigation be resolved by parties pleading guilty to certain charges would be unlikely to reduce the offence caused to the Saudi royal family, even if the deal were accepted, and the process would still drag out for a considerable period.”

It was further suggested that the Saudis had threatened Britain with the withholding of counter-terrorism intelligence if the investigation went ahead.

Which is a bit rich from a country that has spawned more terrorists than most. The majority of those who carried out the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre were Saudi nationals, as of course was Bin Laden himself.

With friends like these…

There was much talk of Abdullah being a “patient and skilful moderniser.”

Yes, well it’s quite easy to be patient when you are the absolute ruler sitting on a personal fortune of billions. Less so if your head’s on the executioner’s block.

He also didn’t seem to be overly patient or tolerant of modernisation when he sent the tanks into Bahrain to quash the democratic uprising there.

Nor when blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes for criticising the country’s clerics, the first 50 of which were inflicted this month.

Every government building in London flew their flags at half-mast to mark the occasion of Abdullah’s death. You could understand it from the DTI, whose arms wing had more dealings with the House of Saud than most, but this was surely somewhat excessive.

Likewise BAE systems is probably in deep mourning and, this column is reliably informed, is planning to name its latest range of death dealing technology after the late monarch — the King Abdullah Kill Vehicle has a certain ring to it.

The US government went even further than their Brit counterparts with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff declaring the establishment of an essay-writing competition in honour of Abdullah.

Presumably, in keeping with his legacy, women need not apply.

Imprisoned Al Qaeda operative claims that Saudi royalty were tied to 9/11 attacks: here.

A SAUDI LINK INCREASES PRESSURE TO DECLASSIFY 9/11 REPORT: “A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years — 28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism. Now new claims by Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted former member of Al Qaeda, that he had high-level contact with officials of the Saudi Arabian government in the prelude to Sept. 11 have brought renewed attention to the inquiry’s withheld findings, which lawmakers and relatives of those killed in the attacks have tried unsuccessfully to declassify.” [NYT]

High-profile Saudi princes accused of funding Al Qaeda: here.

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.

Saudi regime role in 9/11?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Former Senator Bob Graham Urges Obama to Reopen Investigation into Saudi Role in 9/11 Attacks

Former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham is calling on President Obama to reopen the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks after new information has emerged about the possible role of prominent Saudis in the 9/11 plot. According to recent news reports, a wealthy young Saudi couple fled their home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida, just a week or so before Sept. 11, 2001, leaving behind three cars and nearly all of their possessions.

The FBI was tipped off about the couple but never passed the information on to the 9/11 Commission investigating the attacks, even though phone records showed the couple had ties to Mohamed Atta and at least 10 other al-Qaeda suspects. Graham joins us to discuss the news he’s called “the most important thing about 9/11 to surface in the last seven or eight years.” As the former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a post he held on September 11, 2001, Graham chaired the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the attacks. He’s just written a novel called “Keys to the Kingdom,” which follows a fictitious former senator and co-chair of the 9/11 congressional inquiry who is murdered near his Florida home after he uncovers an international conspiracy linking the Saudi Kingdom to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Graham says he chose to write the novel after his 2004 non-fiction book, “Intelligence Matters,” was heavily censored. [includes rush transcript]

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks: here.

Filipino maid jailed in Saudi Arabia over dirty underwear: here.

The Chilean 9/11: A Forgotten Tale: 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.

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”.

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.

“Bin Laden US proxy until 9/11”

This video about Afghanistan is called The War on Terror or the Trans Afghan Pipeline YOU Decide Which is Real.

From The Raw Story in the USA:

Whistleblower: Bin Laden was US proxy until 9/11

By Muriel Kane

Published: July 31, 2009
Updated 1 day ago

In an interview last month with blogger Brad Friedman, whistleblower Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell when a caller asked a question about 9/11.

The former FBI translator carefully replied, “I have information about things that our government has lied to us about. I know. For example, to say that since the fall of the Soviet Union we ceased all of our intimate relationship with Bin Laden and the Taliban – those things can be proven as lies, very easily, based on the information they classified in my case, because we did carry very intimate relationship with these people, and it involves Central Asia, all the way up to September 11.”

Australian blogger Luke Ryland has now filled in more details of the Central Asian operations to which Edmonds was referring, quoting Edmonds as saying on other occasions that al Qaeda and the Taliban were used by the US as proxies in “a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex.”

Turkey acted as the primary intermediary in this operation, with assistance from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The intention was, on one hand, to avoid creating a direct confrontation with China and Russia and, on the other, to prevent popular resistance to US influence by appealing to Central Asian aspirations for an Islamic and Turkic resurgence.

Ryland also points out that Uighurs from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang were receiving training from al Qaeda in Afghanistan before 2001, with the expectation that they might serve as guerrilla forces in the event of US conflict with China. Edmonds has recently stated that “our fingerprint is all over” recent Uighur unrest within China. …

For example, a profile of the Kosovo Liberation Army at includes numerous mainstream citations from 1998-99 indicating that the KLA, working together with the Albanian Mafia, had taken control of Balkan heroin trafficking routes and was funneling the profits into its political activities. The United States continued supporting the KLA during this period and even removed it from the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, despite statements from US officials that it was a terrorist group with strong evidence of links to al Qaeda.

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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.

Anti feminism and anti “terrorism” in the USA

This video is called Susan Faludi – The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America.

Review by Angela Walker in Australia:

The marginalisation of women in the post-9/11 US

1 August 2008

The Terror Dream: Fear & Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
By Susan Faludi
Scribe Melbourne, 2007
351 pages, $35

Susan Faludi’s new book, The Terror Dream, is part of the turning tide against US President George Bush’s “war on terror” but hers is a limited view.

Best known for her 1991 book Backlash: the Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi presents a feminist analysis of the media, popular culture and political life in the US post 9/11.

However, this time her feminism seems more limited than I remember from her earlier works. It fails to take into account the experience of race and class as it impacts on women’s (and men’s) experiences.

Faludi points out that women journalists, news announcers, academics and commentators were sidelined in the post 9/11 environment where heroes were recast as exclusively male. But she fails to address the exclusion of Muslims and Arab Americans — not just women were seen as potential traitors within.

Her analysis could have been wider and more far reaching. In this respect, fellow journalist Naomi Klein’s work easily eclipses hers.

Faludi’s writing talent, however, ensures The Terror Dream is an interesting read. Her reporting of the unnecessary deaths of New York firefighters who died in the northern Twin Tower because of old and failure-prone communication equipment reveals how much has been repressed from media presentations of 9/11.

Faludi’s research also demonstrates the paucity of tributes to women involved in 9/11 rescue work or as part of the fightback on United Airlines Flight 93 (the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania). Women were cast as the victims who needed to be rescued.

This would be replayed over and over despite the lack of US female victims at home or abroad, as the truth of the “rescue” of injured soldier Jessica Lynch, unguarded and undergoing treatment in an Iraqi hospital in the first days of the Iraq war, revealed.

Faludi’s exploration of the development of the political awakening of the “Jersey Girls” — a group of women whose husbands died in the World Trade Center — gives an insight into the vitriol that faced women who dared to speak out against the US war drive.

The Jersey Girls pieced together a sophisticated timeline of the missteps and mistakes made by their government in the lead-up to 9/11. For their crime of asking questions they were ridiculed and abused.

Ann Coulter: here.