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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 06:29:25 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.11.10 oppose Dolan reappointment 1. Eagan peace vigil 3.11 4:30pm 2. Northtown vigil 3.11 5pm 3. Palm oil/flyer 3.11 5:30pm 4. Pray for justice 3.11 6:30pm 5. Jeanette Rankin/f 3.11 6:45pm 6. Arab film festival 3.11 7pm 7. Cuban film festival 3.11 7:30pm 8. TC area future 3.11 7:30pm 9. Immigrant USA/play 3.11 8pm 10. THE Dolan vote 3.12 9:30am 11. Sust communities 3.12 12noon 12. Palestine vigil 3.12 4:15pm 13. Women/water/jazz 3.12 6pm 14. Marx on value 3.12 7pm 15. Dave Bicking - Last chance to oppose Dolan reappointment 16. Jeremy Hammond - Wash Post on "lunatic" 9/11 "conspiracy theorists" 17. Michael S Smith - Lost liberties in the Age of Obama --------1 of 17-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 3.11 4:30pm PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------2 of 17-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.11 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------3 of 17-------- From: Madeline Gardner <maddyjean [at] gmail.com> Subject: Palm oil/flyer 3.11 5:30pm National Palm Oil Week of Action - Grocery Store Flyering in St. Paul<http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=351846786629&index=1> Please join us this Thursday, March 11th at Rainbow Foods in St. Paul to pass out informational postcards about how General Mills' products like Cheerios are contributing to rainforest destruction. We will meet outside the front doors of the Rainbow at 5:30 and flyer people leaving and entering the store. This simple flyering activity is part of a national week of action targeting General Mills. Around the country there will be hundreds of related actions letting many thousands of customers know about GM's role in rainforest destruction and letting GM know we mean business. Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm Rainbow Foods - Midway 1566 University Avenue West, St. Paul --------4 of 17-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Pray for justice 3.11 6:30pm March 11: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates 11th Day Prayer for Peace "Restorative Justice: Circles of Hope" with Reflection by Jodell Ista. 6:30 PM at the Presentation of Our Lady Chapel, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. --------5 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Jeanette Rankin/f 3.11 6:45pm Film Screening: "A Single Woman" Thursday March 11, 6:45 p.m. The Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8701 36th Avenue North (corner of Boone), New Hope. In honor of International Women's Day, join others at a film screening of "A Single Woman," on the life of Jeannette Rankin. Ms. Rankin (1880-1973) was the first woman elected to the United States Congress as well as a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was a life long pacifist and the only person in Congress to vote against both World War I and World War II. Following the film, Clair Dulgan will lead a discussion of this multi-faceted historical figure and add additional biographical data. All are welcome at this free program. Sponsored by: Northwest Neighbors for Peace (NWN4P). Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call Eileen Moran, 763-545-2296. --------6 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Arab film festival 3.11 7pm Twin cities ARAB FILM FESTIVAL! MAR 11-14 in Minneapolis, MN Mar 11-14: Sixth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival March 11-14, 2010, Heights Theatre, Columbia Heights, MN http://www.mizna.org/arabfilmfest10 (512)788-6920 (partial schedule below/MORE DETAILS at website above) As always, Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival guarantees some excellent Minnesota premiers as well as a number of US premiers and at one world premier: twenty eight films from the Arab World and far beyond. For the first time, Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival includes an Arab (Persian) Gulf film segment and a children's shorts segment. OPENING NIGHT: THUR.MAR. 11, 7PM: GARBAGE DREAMS (Egypt) Documentary abot the Zabaleen, Coptic Christian peasents who ahve been cairo's garbage collectors for almost 100 years. A compelling drama of three Zabaleen young men who face class oppression and globalization with resillience and resourcefulness. --------7 of 17-------- From: Minnesota Cuba Committee <mncuba [at] gmail.com> Subject: Cuban film festival 3.11 7:30pm Cuban Movie Festival 2010 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 4-April 8 St. Anthony Main Theatre www.stanthonymaintheatre.com/ 115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis Free parking in ramp at 2nd Street SE and 2nd Avenue SE Admission: $6; 4 for $20 Festival Reception Prior to March 11 Film Thursday, March 11, 4:00 pm -7 pm Music and hors d'oeuvres Picosa restaurant, next to the theater Sponsored by Dialog One translation services www.dialog-one.com March 11 - El Benny by Jorge Luis Sánchez Music and dancing were like drugs in Cuba in the 1950s, and Benny Moré was the most intoxicating entertainer of that time, according to Jorge Luis Sánchez' colorfully entertaining new biopic El Benny. Screened in competition at the Locarno International Film Festival following its world premiere in Havana on July 22, the film depicts Moré as a man of the people whose swinging, mambo-infected jazz made him a household name in Latin America. With a soundtrack featuring top-line Cuban performers, the film is cut from the same cloth as hit musical biographies Ray and Walk the Line, and, given the chance, it should make a substantial claim on that audience. Wear your dancing shoes! 120 minutes. General audience discussion with Gloria (La Niña) Rivera, a professional Cuban singer and musician, and Rene Thompson, Cuban dancer and musician, both well recognized in the Americas for their talent and knowledge of the history of Cuban music. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. --------8 of 17-------- From: Paul Busch Subject: TC area future 3.11 7:30pm Thursday, March 11, 7:30pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers 3038 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408 Myron Orfield will lead a panel discussion about his new book Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities Panelists will include Meg Tuthill (Minneapolis City Council), Dave Van Hattum (Transit for Livable Communities), and Jesse Mortenson (Metro Independent Business Alliance). The Twin Cities region contains 11 counties, 300 cities and townships, and 1,700 unique combinations of tax rates and public services. Historically, this fragmentation has made it extremely difficult to address the social, economic, and environmental problems that affect all parts of the region, yet the Minneapolis and St. Paul area has generally been held in high esteem as a model of regional cooperation. How do policy planners make it work--and is it working well enough? Magers & Quinn Booksellers is pleased to host a discussion about regional planning issues. Myron Orfield is the Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and an affiliate faculty member at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He has also served in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate. His latest book Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities (University of Minnesota Press, March 2010) looks at how we can create thriving integrated neighborhoods and job growth throughout the region. (Learn more about the book and read the introduction here.) Region details the rapid demographic, commuting, and land use changes facing the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Orfield and Luce examine both the successes and shortcomings of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council's regional planning and policy. They thoroughly investigate the economic and political trends impacting Twin Cities residents' quality of life--including sprawl, population growth, economic and racial injustice, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion. Extensive maps, graphs, and charts accompany the authors' argument for careful, coordinated regional development in the Twin Cities and explanations about how such an approach should be a model for other regions around the United States. This event will not only be book reading, it will also be a community forum, at which citizens and stakeholders alike can share views and discuss our common future. Myron Orfield will be joined by * Meg Tuthill. Meg Tuthill is the new Council Member for Ward 10. * Dave VanHattum, Transit for Livable Communities: Transit for Livable Communities is a nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota's transportation system. Through advocacy, organizing, and research, they promote a balanced transportation system that encourages transit, walking, bicycling, and thoughtful development. * Jesse Mortenson, Metro IBA. MetroIBA is a non-profit organization working to support and preserve locally owned, independent businesses in the Twin Cities region. MetroIBA's mission is to help the Twin Cities maintain its unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build economic strength, and create an environment where locally owned, independent businesses grow and flourish. All are welcome at what is sure to be a fascinating and useful evening of conversation and education. This event is free and open to the public. Paul Busch, Earth Citizen 651-646-4656 --------9 of 17-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Immigrant USA/play 3.11 8pm NE 2nd Avenue - a dynamic look at what it is to be an immigrant in the USA - Mar. 11-13 Pangea World Theater, Teatro del Pueblo, and Intermedia Arts present: NE 2nd Avenue Written and performed by Teo Castellanos -a dynamic look at what it is to be an immigrant in the USA- March 11-13, 2010 8:00pm at Intermedia Arts Video trailer, more info, at: http://pangeaworldtheater.org/performances/ne-2nd-avenue/ Tickets ($15/12) at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/98402 Series C in the Political Theater Festival www.TeatroDelPueblo.org (Series A & B at Gremlin in St. Paul Feb 25-March 7) Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Teo Castellanos is an actor, writer and director who works in theater, film and television. He is author of War, Revolution, and the Projects a one man trilogy, which he has toured on the east coast, as well as his one-man show NE 2nd Avenue based on Miami characters. NE 2nd Avenue won the prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. You can also catch him on the silver screen opposite John Leguizamo in Empire. He is Artistic Director of Teo Castellanos D-Projects, a contemporary Dance/Theater company whose original work fuses world cultures, religion and music, examining social issues through performance. Teo Castellanos D-Projects has toured South America, China and is currently touring in the U.S. with their latest work Scratch & Burn. He is currently Executive Producer of Miami Project Hip Hop (MPH), an annual event that honors Hip Hop roots and aesthetics. NE 2nd Avenue is a compilation of characters that make Miami their home. A jitney (small Caribbean bus) becomes a metaphor for a journey that takes the audience through the bumpy streets of the city. The work conveys, with poignancy and humor, the profoundly rich and textured mix of Miami, in which distinct Cuban, Haitian, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, Jewish, LGBT and African American influences emerge yet, interestingly enough, frequently in ways that reveal evidence of, often denied, cross-pollination. NE 2nd Avenue brings voice to Miami's marginalized urban populations, exploring underlying issues of racism and social injustice, acknowledging the differences among us and ultimately discovering the common threads that bind us together. --------10 of 17-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: THE Dolan vote 3.12 9:30am Friday, March 12, 9:30am Full Mpls council meeting will vote on Dolan reappointment. A simple majority (7 votes) is needed. The Council approves almost everything that comes to it from Committee, but a high profile item like this can be different. Before the meeting, contact all Council members, especially your own. If Dolan is NOT approved, the Mayor and the Executive Committee commence a search. Dolan continues to serve until another Chief is appointed. -- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Last chance to oppose Dolan reappointment Dear friends, Now is a critical time to make your voice heard for better policing in Minneapolis. This Friday - tomorrow - the City Council will vote whether to reappoint Police Chief Tim Dolan to another 3-year term. Based on his record, he should NOT serve another term. The City Council needs to hear from you NOW, before they meet at 9:30am on Friday, March 12. There has been some good news. Many people showed up for the public hearing held by the Public Safety Committee last Wednesday, March 3. Though that Committee voted to pass on the reappointment of Dolan to the full Council, there was dissent. Two members out of the six abstained from voting, and one member, Cam Gordon, Green Party Council member from Ward 2, voted against Dolan. Cam has provided a thorough and excellent explanation of his opposition, which can be found on his blog, at: http://secondward.blogspot.com/2010/03/performance-reveiw-on-safe-city.html Cam has received a lot of praise both for his vote, and for his willingness to communicate with the public about his reasons. I hope other Council members take note. Also, the Green Party has issued a statement opposing Dolan's reappointment. One of the reasons to oppose Dolan is his contempt for the Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA) and his persistent failure to discipline officers. The CRA issued a report on his performance relative to CRA responsibilities. Though the CRA does not take a position on the reappointment, their report was highly critical, with documentation of inadequate acccountability. That report is available online at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cra/docs/CRA-Board_Chief-Dolan_review_2009.pdf Council member Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) questioned Chief Dolan about the findings of the CRA report during the Public Safety Committee meeting. She abstained during the vote, saying that she wanted to evaluate his answers, which I found to be evasive. Her constituents, especially, should thank her for that questioning, and urge her to follow through by voting no tomorrow. It is easy to contact your Council member, or write to all Council members. A persuasive email with your reasoning is great, but it is most important just to convey your position. It would be very helpful if Council members received lots of emails with just the subject line: Oppose Dolan's Reappointment! You can also call. Chances are you won't reach your Council member in person, but it is most important that they just know you called and you care. Leave a phone message, or tell their staffer that you oppose the reappointment. Here's how to make contact: Kevin Reich, Ward 1 kevin.reich [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Cam Gordon, Ward 2 cam.gordon [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Diane Hofstede, Ward 3 diane.hofstede [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Barb Johnson, Ward 4 barbara.johnson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Don Samuels, Ward 5 don.samuels [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Robert Lilligren, Ward 6 robert.lilligren [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Lisa Goodman, Ward 7 lisa.goodman [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Elizabeth Glidden, Ward 8 elizabeth.glidden [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Gary Schiff, Ward 9 gary.schiff [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Meg Tuthill, Ward 10 meg.tuthill [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us John Quincy, Ward 11 john.quincy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Sandra Colvin Roy, Ward 12 sandra.colvin.roy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Betsy Hodges, Ward 13 betsy.hodges [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Phone number for all is 612-673-22xx where xx is the Ward number, examples: Keven Reich 612-673-2201, Betsy Hodges 612-673-2213 OR, Minneapolis residents can call 311 and ask who their Council member is, or have 311 connect you directly to their office. Please do this!! It is a matter of justice for the people who have been abused. Whatever the vote on Friday, we must continue our work to improve the police department, to bring greater accountabiltiy to reduce the level of misconduct, and to support the survivors of police abuse. But it is most urgent now, when the police chief is being evaluated for reappointment, and while public attention is focused on the issue. --------11 of 17-------- From: Alliance for Sustainability <iasa [at] mtn.org> Subject: Sust communities conf 3.12 12noon Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference March 12 & 13, 2010: Linking Citizens and Cities for Sustainable Communities Two free separate sustainability events are being held in Minneapolis on March 12 and 13, 2010 (at Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th Street South) as sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainability, Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Hennepin County, League of Minnesota Cities, and others. Local Government Sustainability Workshop, Friday, March 12, noon - 5:00 pm - for local government staff, elected officials, and citizen leaders The goals of this half-day event include highlighting effective sustainability best practices included in the new MN GreenStep Cities program, helping cities simplify their sustainability efforts by using sustianability indicators, and linking local governments with grants and innovative funding tools for thier sustainability projects. Breakout sessions will include a wide range of topics, relating to energy, food, forestry, planning, waste collection, transporatation and more. Neighborhood Sustainability Conference, Saturday, March 13, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - for volunteers from neighborhoods, congregations, and schools The goals of this full-day event include supporting volunteers to green their neighborhood, congregation, school or business, and supporting citizens to partner with their city to enact sustainable local policies. Breakout sessions include energy, gardening, transition initiatives, safer streets, community design, skill building, and much more. For details, conference agenda, and to register, see www.afors.org Questions? Call the Alliance for Sustainability at 612/333-1099. --------12 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 3.12 4:15pm The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs available. --------13 of 17-------- From: Carol B <carol1145 [at] live.com> Subject: Women/water/jazz 3.12 6pm Laura Caviani Performing Original Jazz - Women & Water Rights Exhibition Original Jazz Performance by Composer & Pianist Laura Caviani & Perpich Dance Ensemble inspired by works in Exhibition - Women & Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration Friday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, U of MN-Twin Cities, 405 21st Ave South, Minneapolis Free and open to the public In conjunction with exhibition. Women investigating water rights through art, Women & Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration art exhibition and related programs continues through March 25 at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. A record-breaking 800 guests attended the opening reception of this beautiful, informative, and provocative exhibition. See program website www.womenandwater.net for complete information for continuing programming, including Speakers Series, March 23, 24, 25, featuring Sandy Spieler, Gemma Bulos, and Vandana Shiva. --------14 of 17-------- From: jtmiller jtmiller <jtmiller [at] minn.net> Subject: Marx on value 3.12 7pm Friday March 12, 7:00 pm Working Democracy Book Club Continuing "Value, Price & Profit," by Karl Marx at MayDay Bookstore - Cedar Av West Bank http://www.meetup.org/working-democracy-meetup-group --------15 of 17-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Last chance to oppose Dolan reappointment Dear friends, Now is a critical time to make your voice heard for better policing in Minneapolis. This Friday - tomorrow - the City Council will vote whether to reappoint Police Chief Tim Dolan to another 3-year term. Based on his record, he should NOT serve another term. The City Council needs to hear from you NOW, before they meet at 9:30am on Friday, March 12. There has been some good news. Many people showed up for the public hearing held by the Public Safety Committee last Wednesday, March 3. Though that Committee voted to pass on the reappointment of Dolan to the full Council, there was dissent. Two members out of the six abstained from voting, and one member, Cam Gordon, Green Party Council member from Ward 2, voted against Dolan. Cam has provided a thorough and excellent explanation of his opposition, which can be found on his blog, at: http://secondward.blogspot.com/2010/03/performance-reveiw-on-safe-city.html Cam has received a lot of praise both for his vote, and for his willingness to communicate with the public about his reasons. I hope other Council members take note. Also, the Green Party has issued a statement opposing Dolan's reappointment. One of the reasons to oppose Dolan is his contempt for the Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA) and his persistent failure to discipline officers. The CRA issued a report on his performance relative to CRA responsibilities. Though the CRA does not take a position on the reappointment, their report was highly critical, with documentation of inadequate acccountability. That report is available online at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cra/docs/CRA-Board_Chief-Dolan_review_2009.pdf Council member Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) questioned Chief Dolan about the findings of the CRA report during the Public Safety Committee meeting. She abstained during the vote, saying that she wanted to evaluate his answers, which I found to be evasive. Her constituents, especially, should thank her for that questioning, and urge her to follow through by voting no tomorrow. It is easy to contact your Council member, or write to all Council members. A persuasive email with your reasoning is great, but it is most important just to convey your position. It would be very helpful if Council members received lots of emails with just the subject line: Oppose Dolan's Reappointment! You can also call. Chances are you won't reach your Council member in person, but it is most important that they just know you called and you care. Leave a phone message, or tell their staffer that you oppose the reappointment. Here's how to make contact: Kevin Reich, Ward 1 kevin.reich [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Cam Gordon, Ward 2 cam.gordon [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Diane Hofstede, Ward 3 diane.hofstede [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Barb Johnson, Ward 4 barbara.johnson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Don Samuels, Ward 5 don.samuels [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Robert Lilligren, Ward 6 robert.lilligren [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Lisa Goodman, Ward 7 lisa.goodman [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Elizabeth Glidden, Ward 8 elizabeth.glidden [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Gary Schiff, Ward 9 gary.schiff [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Meg Tuthill, Ward 10 meg.tuthill [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us John Quincy, Ward 11 john.quincy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Sandra Colvin Roy, Ward 12 sandra.colvin.roy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Betsy Hodges, Ward 13 betsy.hodges [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Phone number for all is 612-673-22xx where xx is the Ward number, examples: Keven Reich 612-673-2201, Betsy Hodges 612-673-2213 OR, Minneapolis residents can call 311 and ask who their Council member is, or have 311 connect you directly to their office. Please do this!! It is a matter of justice for the people who have been abused. Whatever the vote on Friday, we must continue our work to improve the police department, to bring greater accountabiltiy to reduce the level of misconduct, and to support the survivors of police abuse. But it is most urgent now, when the police chief is being evaluated for reappointment, and while public attention is focused on the issue. --------16 of 17-------- The Washington Post on "Lunatic" 9/11 "Conspiracy Theorists" by Jeremy R. Hammond March 9th, 2010 Dissident Voice An editorial in the Washington Post yesterday slammed Japanese member of parliament Yukihisa Fujita because he "seems to think that America's rendering of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, is a gigantic hoax". His "ideas" about the terrorist attacks "are too bizarre, half-baked and intellectually bogus to merit serious discussion". Fujita, the editorial added, is a member of "the lunatic fringe" who "have spawned a thriving subculture of conspiracy theorists at home and abroad", and "his views, rooted as they are in profound distrust of the United States, seem to reflect a strain of anti-American thought". The piece closes by suggesting that the "fact-averse" Fujita should be removed from office. Among Fujita's "bizarre" views are "that shadowy forces with advance knowledge of the plot played the stock market to profit from it", "the fantastic idea that eight of the 19 hijackers are alive and well", and "that controlled demolition rather than fire or debris may be a more likely explanation for at least the collapse of the building at 7 World Trade Center". Yet while serving out a hit piece against the global "9/11 Truth" movement, it is in fact the editors of the Washington Post who are demonstrably "fact-averse". It happens to be an uncontroversial fact that in the days just prior to the attacks, there was a dramatic increase in trade on put options, and what made this unusual spike even more mysterious was that it was observed only in relation to companies directly affected by the attacks, including United Airlines, American Airlines, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. (which occupied 22 floors of 2 World Trade Center). That this occurred was, in fact, mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report, which reported that the federal investigations into the suspicious trading concluded that it was all "innocuous". Many of the trades on the airline companies, for instance, were traced to a "single U.S.-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to al Qaeda". In other words, the report acknowledges that the suspicious trades did, in fact, occur, but dismisses this as evidence of foreknowledge because the investigation didn't lead to the proper predetermined culprits. This is illustrative of the kind of standard the 9/11 Commission employed throughout its so-called "investigation". The "fantastic" idea that the identity of the hijackers named by the FBI is in question is an interesting case. At the time, the Washington Post had also subscribed to this "half-baked" notion. On September 20, 2001, under the headline "Some Hijackers' Identities Uncertain", the Post reported, "FBI officials said yesterday that some of the 19 terrorists who carried out last week's assault on New York and Washington may have stolen the identities of other people, and their real names may remain unknown". Among the evidence for this, the Post cited "Saudi government officials" as having determined "that at least two of the terrorists used the names of living, law-abiding Saudi citizens". The man in the picture of one of the alleged hijackers, the Post reported, was Salem Al-Hazmi, who was actually alive and well, according to Gaafar Allagany, the chief of the Saudi Embassy's information office in Washington. The real Al-Hazmi's "passport was stolen by a pickpocket on a trip to Cairo three years" before. Another of the alleged hijackers was Abdulaziz Al-Omari, who, Allagany said, was also alive and "an electrical engineer in Saudi Arabia". "The uncertainty", the Post continued, "highlights how difficult it may be to ever identify some of the hijackers who participated in the deadliest act of violence on American soil. Most of the hijackers' bodies were obliterated in the fiery crashes". The Washington Post was not the only mainstream media outlet to report on the uncertainty over the hijacker's identities. It was widely reported elsewhere, both in the U.S. and international media. The U.K.'s Guardian, for instance, reported on September 21 under the headline "False identities mislead FBI" that "The FBI acknowledged yesterday that some of the terrorists involved in the attacks last week were using false identities", with regard to Al-Hazmi and Al-Omari. FBI acknowledgment of this was also reported by the BBC the same day under the headline "FBI probes hijackers' identities". The BBC also reported on September 22 under the headline "Hijack 'suspect' alive in Morocco" that Waleed Al-Shehri, another alleged hijacker, the "same Mr Al-Shahri" whose photo the FBI had released as being among the terrorists, "has turned up in Morocco, proving clearly that he was not a member of the suicide attack". On September 23, under the headline "Hijack 'suspects' alive and well", the BBC reported that yet "Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker ... has turned up alive and well" and that "The identities of four of the 19 suspects ... are now in doubt". FBI Director Robert Mueller also "acknowledged ... that the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt". The London Telegraph similarly ran a story on September 23 entitled "Revealed: the men with stolen identities". The Washington Post itself ran a follow-up article on September 25 entitled "Some Light Shed On Saudi Suspects", reporting that "U.S. investigators believe they have positively identified 15 of the 19 hijackers", but that the identify of the other four was still in question. On September 27, even while releasing the official list of hijackers along with their photos, the FBI confirmed that uncertainty remained over some of the identities. Mueller acknowledged that the FBI was still "determining whether when these individuals came to the United States these were their real names, or they changed their names for use with false identification in the United States; that false identification being used up to and on the day of September 11th, and that false identification used to purchase the tickets, and thereby being the name on the manifests of the planes that went down". Yet, despite these facts, neither the Washington Post nor any other mainstream media outlet has ever offered any follow-up reports explaining whether, and how, this uncertainty was finally resolved. The FBI has never clarified this matter to the public. The 9/11 Commission didn't so much as even address the question, even to attempt to clear up the matter. And so it remains an uncontroversial fact, as far as the public is concerned, that the identify of at least several of the hijackers remains in question. Why the government has refused to clarify this issue, and why the media now report anyone who doesn't have a short memory about 9/11 as being part of a "lunatic fringe" are also open questions that warrant some kind of explanation. Finally, there is the matter of the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings. Many people might be surprised to learn that not only two towers fell on September 11. In fact, a third skyscraper also collapsed that day neatly into its own footprint. It is also an uncontroversial fact that proper investigative procedures for such disasters, particularly in cases where a crime has been committed, were contemptuously ignored in the case of the WTC. For starters, the evidence from the crime scene in the form of the remains of the three buildings was removed and immediately destroyed. Destruction of evidence is, itself, a crime, and yet that is what happened. Other standard procedures were also ignored, such as testing for any kinds of accelerants that may have been responsible for the building failures. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released what is supposed to be the conclusive report on the building collapses. Yet, the explanation it provides, too, is inadequate, to say the least. The computer models NIST offers for the collapse of WTC 7, for instance, look just like one would expect them to, for the kind of collapse NIST says occurred there. You first see one load-bearing column fail, leading to the progressive failure of other columns until the entire structure has eventually crumbled. The problem is that these models look absolutely nothing like the actual collapse, documented on video. A simple look at any available footage of the collapse is enough to demonstrate that all major load-bearing columns of the building failed nearly simultaneously. You see the penthouse of the building sinking into the core just seconds before the entire structure, all perimeter columns, fail at precisely the same instant, causing the building to collapse straight down at free-fall acceleration into what should have been the path of greatest resistance according to NIST's own assessment. The similarities to videos of building "implosions" under controlled demolition are astonishing. Yet NIST dismisses the possibility that charges could have been used largely on the basis that, if this had been +the case, there would have been eyewitness reports of the explosions. The problem with this is that there were, in fact, a great many eyewitness reports of explosions, both prior to and during the collapse. NIST also completely ignored the actual leading alternative hypothesis, which was that a substance called thermite (or its U.S. Department of Defense-patented variation, thermate) may have been used to cut the building's columns, rather than, or in conjunction with, traditional explosive demolitions. Evidence for this hypothesis comes not only in form of empirical observation about the actual nature of the collapse from video footage (including the presence of molten steel), but also in traces of what appears to be thermite in the dust from the collapses. Independent scientific inquiries into the collapse have led to the discovery of "distinctive red/gray chips in all of the samples" that, when studied, all showed "marked similarities" and were "found to be an unreacted thermitic material". These findings were included in a report entitled, "Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe" that was published last year in The Open Chemical Physics Journal. Though this report was widely circulated on the internet and among alternative media sources, the Washington Post never bothered to report these findings published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Whatever theories about the events of September 11, 2001 one may subscribe to, what everyone surely can agree upon is that the facts should matter. The editors of the Washington Post might perhaps begin by acknowledging just a few of the more non-controversial facts, including the fact that suspicious trading did occur prior to 9/11, the fact that the identities of at least some of the hijackers has been cast in doubt and that this has never been clarified to the public, and the fact that the collapses of the three WTC buildings has never been adequately investigated. Surely, that proper credible investigations into the events of 9/11 should occur - indeed, should have occurred long ago - should also be non-controversial, no matter which conspiracy theory one believes, whether it belongs to "the lunatic fringe" or to the U.S. government. Jeremy R. Hammond is the editor of Foreign Policy Journal, a website providing news, analysis, and opinion from outside the standard framework provided by government officials and the corporate media. He was among the recipients of the 2010 Project Censored Awards for outstanding investigative journalism and is the author of The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination. You can contact him at: jeremy [at] foreignpolicyjournal.com. --------17 of 17-------- Lost Liberties in the Age of Obama - Michael Steven Smith Against the Current/Solidarity ATC 145, March-April 2010 WHEN WORLD WAR II broke out on September l, l939 the poet W.H. Auden sat in a bar on 42nd Street and penned a poem using that fateful date for its title. He reflected that the past ten years had been "a low dishonest decade". And so has our last ten. Politicians explained the attack of 9/ll as "they hate us for our freedoms". Then came the United States' criminal attack on Iraq, justified because Saddam Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction". The decade came to an unmerciful end with new president Barack Obama falsely promising "change you can believe in". Little has changed with respect to the democratic rights of Americans, the exertion of Executive power, or the gargantuan high tech growth of the government's spying apparatus. How has Obama, with fellow Democratic Party Chicago politician Rahm Emmanuel as his Chief of Staff, essentially channeled Cheney and Bush? Let us count the ways. The Center for Constitutional Rights released an assessment on where we stand with respect to restoring the Constitution on the 100th day of the new Democratic administration. The CCR report stated that "The Obama presidency has failed to live up to its promises in many areas of critical importance, including human rights, torture, rendition, secrecy and surveillance". Although the Gonzalez-Yoo torture memos of the Bush-Cheney regime were released by the new administration, no prosecutions of those who committed the crimes were initiated, as the CCR wrote, "in order to ensure justice for the victims and to make certain it never happens again". In addition, torture loopholes were kept in the Army Field Manual. The report went on to denounce the "dangerous silence" of the administration on the issue of abolishing preventive detention, whose "structures remain available in the U.S." Presidential war powers continued unchecked, as recently demonstrated by Obama's escalation of the undeclared war in Afghanistan. The abuse of the state secrets privilege was continued. Most recently the administration's attorneys raised it, to the dismay of an incredulous Federal judge in San Francisco. They succeeded in getting a lawsuit thrown out where the plaintiff's testicles were sliced with a razor blade. He was suing a CIA-front airline that had flown him to the torture site. Warrantless wiretapping has not been stopped and the Patriot Act's sunset provisions were renewed, allowing that egregious piece of legislation a new lease on life. The CCR's assessment was negative. Now, a year after the administration came to power, a new assessment would be even more so. (The report, "100 DAYS: Assessment to Restore the Constitution," is available from the CCR, 666 Broadway, New York, NY l00l2. The website is www.ccrjustice.org.) Wiping Out Our Rights Many people mistakenly assumed that there would be significant change under the new Obama administration. But I believe that after 9/ll we need to recognize we are not just talking about a pendulum returning to its center; there has been a qualitative change in what were once our democratic rights. However severely limited our Constitutional rights have been by class, race, privilege, and the political monopoly of two capitalist parties, nonetheless prior to 9/ll we had some checks and balances on Executive power. We had some protections under our Bill of Rights, especially the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th amendments (speech, assembly, privacy, due process, prohibitions on cruel and inhuman treatment, and the right to a lawyer). These rights have been and remain severely compromised. Daniel Ellsberg called the wreckage of civil liberties after 9/ll a "coup". Clark Kissinger more precisely called it "a rolling coup". The best explanation of what happened has been articulated by Jean Claude Pay, who describes the introduction of military law into domestic law by the Bush administration with near total support of the Democrats. In a Monthly Review article of November, 2007 Pay wrote: "The government's view is that the attacks of September 11 were an act of war and not just a crime. This view is based on the congressional resolution of September 18, 2001, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which grants special powers to the executive branch. It stipulates 'that the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. "The interpretation that the executive makes of this resolution is the expression of a state of war, not against other nations, but against organizations or ordinary individuals that are not linked to a foreign government. This interpretation redefines the concept of war. It gives it an asymmetrical character, a 'fight to the death' between the world superpower and persons designated as enemies. This new concept of war is freed from positing the existence of any real threat against the United States. It is the pure product of the subjectivity of the ruling power: the state of war exists through its proclamation. In the name of 'good against evil,' the U.S. state denies the political character of its action and by blurring the distinction between enemy and criminal, it merges external sovereignty with internal sovereignty". Two months after 9/11 came the turning point: Bush's Military Order Number One of November 18, 2001. This was the "coup". Attorney Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote on his blog (www.justleft.org) about its three key provisions: "First, the President claimed the authority to capture, kidnap, or otherwise arrest any non-citizen (it was later extended to citizens) anywhere in the world including the United States whom the President believed was involved in international terrorism and hold them forever without any charges, proceedings, or trial. Amazing - a person could be held forever just because the President wanted them so held; he took on the power to disappear people. Second, the order did provide that if, and if is the crucial word here, if the person was tried (there never needed to be a trial) such trials were to be held by special ad hoc courts called military commissions. "These commissions had no resemblance to regular trial courts. The entire proceeding could take place in secret with evidence from torture, and those found guilty could be executed in secret. Third, to the extent those imprisoned or tried could be determined and lawyers found, no court could hear any case. This order embodies within it the violations of fundamental rights we are facing today: indefinite detention without trial, Guantanamo, secret sites, special trials and disappearances. "While it does not mention torture, that appears to have come a bit later, a secret detention system is part and parcel of a torture system. Let's also repeat: this was a military order in a society and country that was still or purported to be under civilian rule. This order more than any other single document embodies our lost liberties". Bush-Cheney to Obama Of course the initial 2000 seizure of the Presidency by stopping the vote count in Florida was a kind of "coup," but following 9/ll the Bush administration defined its reign when it rolled out its anti-terrorism plan: . The doctrine of global supremacy and the advocacy of preemptive war, outlawed by the United Nations charter. . Refusal to recognize international law or the applicability of the Geneva Accords. . Roundup of immigrants after 9/ll, thousands of persons held without charges. . The Patriot Act, authorizing massive government spying, now renewed by Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress. . Domestic deployment of the military as law enforcement in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. . Secret deportation hearings. . Seizure of citizens as "enemy combatants". . Massive secret wiretaps in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), later made legal by Obama and Congress. . Issuance of secret administrative warrants for all kinds of records under the Patriot Act. . Suppression of Muslim charities. . Secret "sneak and peek" searches under the Patriot Act. . Classification of most government records. A reversal of the idea that government should be transparent, but people's lives private. . Legitimization of torture. (Obama said he made torture illegal . it already was, even when Bush authorized it. Those who authorized and carried it out must be indicted and tried. Obama doesn't want to touch that possibility.) . Special rendition (outsourcing torture, which Obama still upholds). . Establishment of private military contractors like the mercenaries of Blackwater. . Assertion of Executive supremacy through "signing statements". . Doctrine of "Unitary Executive," elevating the Executive Branch above Congress and the Judiciary. . The 2007 John Warner National Defense Act, which allows the President to deploy the National Guard of one state into another state without the permission of either governor. . The contracting for $385 million with Kellog, Brown, and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, for the construction of a detention camp meant not just for immigrants. . The introduction of military commissions to try criminal cases. . The assertion of the state secrets privilege to protect the government from lawsuits by victims of torture and government abuse. The Battles Ahead With the criminal attacks of 9/ll, the imperial forces in America were handed an opportunity on a silver platter. Fear could be used to put across their long cherished program of rolling back both the "Watergate Syndrome" and the "Vietnam Syndrome" as well. On 9/ll they got their "new Pearl Harbor" for which the neocons in their document "Program for a New American Century" could previously only wish. You can't have imperialism abroad and freedom at home, as Gibbon wrote 200 years ago. The Rubicon has been crossed and the imperial troops are in Rome. We understand, as did Frederick Douglas, that "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will". We must organize, organize and organize. Our lost liberties will be regained not by the switching of administrations, but only in the course of class battles that may lie in the future. We can move forward by first understanding and acknowledging the enormity of what has been done.. to us. 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