Category Archives: September 11

Formerly Classified 911 Commission Docs Detail Saudi Connections

These are the 28, formerly classified pages from the 911 Commission that detail connections between Saudi officials and Saudi royals and the 911 hijackers. Even with the redactions made on several pages, its clear the Saudis played a role in the attacks. – Read the full article

Trump Must Apologize to Muslim Americans, Jersey City | Editorial

Donald Trump must apologize to Muslim Americans and to Jersey City for his untrue, divisive and reprehensible comments perpetuating an old rumor we thought had rightly died. By repeating – and indeed embellishing – this hateful rumor, Trump once again ratchets up the ugliness in the current political climate. – Read the full article

Bush Ignored 36 Warnings About Bin Laden’s Plans and Thousands Died

For the memory challenged in the radical right and the neocons like Jeb! who desperately hope you’ll forget recent, American history, Peter Beinart at The Atlantic details the many, many opportunities that Dubya had to prevent 9/11. Ask yourself Beinart’s opening question: “Did Bush do everything he could reasonably have to stop them, given what he knew at the time?” Then read this extended excerpt (with my emphasis and comments) and think about your answer: When the Bush administration took office in January 2001, CIA Director George Tenet and National Security Council counterterrorism “czar” Richard Clarke both warned its incoming officials that al-Qaeda represented a grave threat. – Read the full article

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11

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Benghazi Militant Captured, Success for Patriotic Americans…Others, Political Spin Crisis & Something Else

A triumph for President Obama, the Administration engineered by US Special Forces’ capture of a top Libyan leader, Ahmed Abu Khattala suspected in masterminding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the Benghazi consulate. Yesterday’s announcement implies a prospective US trial to mead out justice for the deaths of Sean Smith, Chris Stephens, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods  at the Libyan satellite compound and an opportunity to gather further intelligence on the Ansar al-Sharia militia.   – Read the full article

One Wildly Inaccurate Statement in the NYT Benghazi Article

The big news event this week was the NYT article that undercut the entire conspiracy narrative of Darrel Issa and the radical right, that the Benghazi attack was the work of al-Quida and the President knew this and hid it from the public. – Read the full article

Could Someone Please Revoke the Three Stooges’ Passports?

The last thing this country needs is the three biggest idiots in the Republican House (and that’s saying a lot) attempting to speak for the American people on the world stage; but that’s exactly what they did in Egypt this past weekend. – Read the full article

Republicans Outraged Over Surveillance of Americans by Obama, But Not by Bush

Republicans were infuriated by the “breaking news” that Obama and the NSA have been listening to our phone conversations. They conveniently forget that it was George W. Bush who directed the NSA to start this eavesdropping program. In fact, PBS/Frontline ran a program that explained the surveillance program in great detail with interviews of the Bush Administration officials involved. – Read the full article

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum Where?

A lot of (but not all) liberals, myself included, are peeved at President Obama for maintaining a policy which candidate Obama denounced in the 2008 election.  To be sure, after denouncing the program Senator Obama voted to expand the Patriot Act in the heat of the campaign, which was a vote that led to some trouble with his base.    – Read the full article

A Modern Aesops Fable: Conservatives Are Positively Blind To The Obvious

Looking at the news of the day the appearance of  Laura Ingraham on Fox has been a big deal.  Ingraham connected the Iraqi no fly zone, started by Bush Sr. and maintained by Bill Clinton, with the sorry state of modern Iraq… which presidential leapfrogging observation is notable to be sure. – Read the full article

Mr. Obama, Tear Down the Private Profit Prisons

“…men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.” –Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America In 2007, a teenager in a depressed county of Northeastern Pennsylvania, recently bereft of its industrial and coal mining jobs, was sentenced to 3 months in juvenile detention.  – Read the full article

Ignorance is Strength: Neocons Contradict Each Other Defending Torture Yet Again

“And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” –Nietzsche Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s taut, brooding paean to the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden has been controversial since long before it even hit theaters.  – Read the full article