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American Free Press July 1, 2002

Zionist Circles Benefit From WTC Collapse  

Who benefitted when the World Trade Center towers collapsed? Who controlled access prior to Sept.11? These burning questions continue to be ignored by the mainstream media.

By Christopher Bollyn

Larry Silverstein, lease-holder of the World Trade Center, and Lewis Eisenberg, the man who negotiated the lease, are key supporters of Israel who have both held high positions in the largest Israeli fund-raising institution in the United states.

Silverstein and his Australian-Israeli partner, Frank Lowy, are the real estate developers who obtained 99-year leases on the rental and retail spaces of the World Trade Center shortly before the catastrophe of Sept.11.

Although their leased property is destroyed, the leaseholders themselves stand to gain billions of dollars from insurance.

Eisenberg, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, personally arranged the privatization of the World Trade Center property and oversaw the negotiations that delivered the leases into the private hands of Silverstein and Lowy.

Eisenberg was recently appointed finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

How did these well-known supporters of Israel come to control the property? What actually caused the building to collapse? There are two schools of thought.

There is the "official" theory that hijacked planes crashed into the towers and the subsequent fuel fires caused the twin towers to fall.

The second theory, however, argues that other devices, such as explosive=charges, were used to collapse the towers in a kind of controlled demolition for which the planes provided a useful distraction.

There remain significant amounts of eyewitness testimony and evidence to support the theory that explosives contributed to the collapse of the twin towers and Seven World Trade Center, which fell for no apparent reason during the afternoon of Sept. 11.

Seven WTC was a 47-story building built by Silverstein on property leased from the Port Authority.

There are video recordings and photographs which appear to show explosions occurring at the vase of the towers prior to and during the collapses.

In a remarkable three-dimensional image published in the German magazine GEO EPOCHE, which dedicated the December 2001 issue to 9-11, there are five or six large and deep craters be seen beneath the rubble. At least four huge craters are seen where the twin towers stood and one is squarely at the center of Seven-WTC. Another photograph shows what appears to be a sand-colored blast originating at the base of one of the towers and growing into an immense cloud of dust.

If explosive charges were used to collapse the towers, the question of who had access to the buildings prior to 9-11 emerges. Silverstein controlled access to the towers from the end of July when he obtained the 99-year lease.

Who Silverstein is and how he obtained these leases for a fraction of their value are questions that have been completely avoided by the mainstream media.

Silverstein is the New York City commercial landlord who built Seven World Trade Center in 1987. Silverstein won, with Lowy's Westfield America, a 99-year right-to-lease of the World Trade center from Eisenberg, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on July 26, 2001. While Silverstein controlled the 10.6 million-square-foot office space in the WTC complex, Westfield leased the 427,000 square-foot retail mall.

Silverstein and Eisenberg have both held leadership positions with the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), a billion dollar Zionist "Charity" organization.

Silverstein is a former chairman of United Jewish appeal Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. This is an umbrella organization which raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year for its network of hundreds of member Zionist agencies in the United States and Israel.

Eisenberg, who was instrumental in obtaining the lease for Silverstein, sits on the Planning Board of UJA/United Jewish Federation.

Eisenberg was the key person in negotiating the lease for Silverstein and Westfield, who were in fact the low bidders in the final bidding process on the 110-story towers.

While the high bid came from Vornado Realty Trust, its path was reportedly blocked by demands to pay back taxes. In March 2001 the company puled out after failing to reach a purchase agreement with Eisenberg. When Vornado pulled out, the door was opened for Silverstein and Lowy. Lowy obtained the retail lease in April while it took Silverstein until the end of July to obtain funding for the down payment.

One lender, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp., accused Silverstein of misallocating insurance money paid out after the Sept.11 attack. In a complaint filed on Jan. 14 in the State Supreme court in Manhattan, the lender, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp., asserts that Silverstein used some insurance money to pay lobbyists in Albany and in Washington to try to limit his liability to the victims.

Eisenberg is a "New York moneyman" and a former Democrat who supports the liberal wing of the Republican Party. He has donated hundreds of thousands of Dollars to "pro-choice" Republican candidates. The newly appointed finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, Eisenberg has also served as a vice president of the strong arm of the Israeli lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

When New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman appointed Eisenberg Chairman of the Port Authority in February 1996, Forbes magazine said the formerly disgraced Goldman Sachs partner "got real lucky."

"What a strange political appointment," the magazine said, "considering the part he played in the sex scandal that rocked Goldman schs after his secretary accused hom of sexually harassing her.

"The truth ended up being that, yes, they had a brief affair, but, no, she was never harassed," Forbes wrote, adding, "all charges were dismissed, though Eisenberg did resign."

Silverstein is engaged in a lawsuit to double his insurance pay-off and may win as much as $7.1 billion from the insurance companies by arguing that the destruction of the towers was two insured events instead of one. The property was insured for $3.55 billion. Silverstein Properties Inc. had asked the judge to rule on the one-loss-or-two issue in a lawsuit against 22 of the 22 insurers on the property. District Judge John s. Martin Jr. rejected a notion for summary judgment in June.

A trial is scheduled Sept. 3, although a request for a delay by the insurers is under consideration.

While Silverstein Properties, a family-owned business, is "disappointed that the issue was not decided at this time, they are confident that they will prevail at trial," said Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for Silverstein.
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American Free Press July 1, 2002

Anti-Gun Coalition Beginning New Push Against Gun Shows  

The National Rifle Association has issued a warning that a major congressional assault against gun shows is about to begin in earnest.

By Mike Blair

The Gun control lobby is using the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 in order to further its anti-Second amendment agenda, warns the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The radical left-wing Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) "has shamelessly attempted to deceive the American public into believing that terrorists - who are aided by renegade countries that support their murderous agenda with military arms and training, as well as millions of dollars - are shopping at your local gun shows right alongside law-abiding hunters, collectors and those interested in personal protection," said the NRA.

The NRA names Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) As "the foremost spokesman for AGS in the U.S. Senate," and says he has teamed with Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to force a vote on their anti-gun show bill, S.890, some time before July 4.

The bill is written to put gun shows out of business through a variety of registration and licensing schemes.

The NRA warns the bill is "Clearly the first step toward the true goal of banning all legal private sales of firearms in America, including those between friend and family."

"It is critical that you contact your senators now and urge them to oppose S.890 when it comes up for consideration in the Senate," the NRA told American gun owners.
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American Free Press July 1, 2002

Red China to Take Over Soviet-Cuban Spy Station  

The communists may be moving in where the Soviets left off in Cuba.

By Mike Blair

The communist Chinese have been quietly negotiating with the Cuban government to take over a massive communications and electronics spy base operated during the Cold War by the former Soviet Union near Lourdes in Cuba.

Russian sources said the Chinese are planning to spend up to $6 billion annually to update and operate the facility, which was largely used to keep tabs on American telephone and radio communications along the U.S. East Coast.

China's interest in the Russian base was recently revealed by the Russian newspaper, Izvestia.

During its peak years the spy base cost the Soviets from $5 to $6 billion annually to lease from the Cubans.

Obtaining the Russian spy base would give the Chinese "an awesome presence" in the Caribbean region, particularly when linked to other Chinese Communist facilities established by Beijing in the waters near America's Eastern shores, a retired Air Force intelligence officer, long associated with the National security Agency, told American Free Press.

Through the communist-controlled company, Hutchison Wampoa, the Chinese have secured control of the Panama Canal. The Chinese shipping company operates port facilities at both ends of the vital waterway and employs Chinese personnel to guide ships through the canal. Beijing has also constructed a massive port facility at Freeport in the Bahamas and an airport capable of landing large transport aircraft. It is also a potential refueling base for Chinese long-range bomber aircraft.

The Lourdes facility grants China the ability to spy on civilian and military electronics and communications well into the United States.

To make matters worse, the loss of a Navy spy plane to China last year was devastation for U.S. intelligence, said the retired Air Force officer.

"I would be willing to bet," he said, "that the Chinese Communist will be utilizing much of what they garnered from that plane to enhance their electronic spying capability at the Lourdes facility."

Last fall, Russian President Vladmir Putin announced plans to shut down the Lourdes facility.

Some U.S. intelligence sources believe that the Lourdes base was on the list of topics discussed during a visit to Beijing in May by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.

Sources close to the U.S. intelligence community say the Chinese already have some military presence in Cuba and are interested in opening port facilities there, including a takeover of facilities used by the Soviets for years for berthing and refueling long-range submarines.

This would allow the Chinese Navy to operate nuclear submarines along America's East Coast.
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American Free Press July 8, 2002

White House Whitewash: No Justice for Pearl Harbor Brass  

The latest casualty of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is the truth about what really transpired at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

By James P. Tucker Jr.

A petition to posthumously rehabilitate the reputations of two honorable military officers who were unjustly blamed for America's lack of preparedness for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, is in the White House—but its chances are dim.

Blame the 9-11 terror attacks.

Adm. Husband Kimmel and Gen. Walter Short were blamed for being unprepared in the Japanese "surprise attack" when, as history has shown, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, had advance knowledge and deliberately kept the information from the Pearl Harbor commanders.

Both had been demoted and relieved of their commands as scapegoats
for President Roosevelt. Since then, the families of Kimmel and Short have
fought to restore their good names and rank.

CARD GAMES

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card refuses to send the plea for exoneration to President Bush.

The rationale is that, with so many people now asking who knew what and when about potential terrorist at tacks before 9-11, it would be too explosive for the administration to admit that the White House had foreknowledge of the Japanese attack 60 years go.

"Rear Adm. Kimmel and Maj. Gen. Short were, without question, honorable and patriotic Americans who served our country with bravery and dedication," Card wrote to Rep. Michael Castle (R-Del.), who is championing the cause of exoneration.

But, Card wrote, he is "not inclined to recommend to the president" that their ranks be restored in an act of exoneration.

DO THE RIGHT THING

But Tom Kimmel, a grandson of the admiral, says: "Now more than ever it is important that the president of the United States do the right thing for our men and women in the service of their country."

"Subsequent investigations by those inside and outside the military proved that Washington knew the Japanese were on the move but never told Hawaii," said the prestigious White House Weekly in reporting on the efforts by survivors of the commanders.

The War Department, which evolved into the Department of Defense, has placed the blame on the commanders for 60 years to hide its own embarrassment.

Evidence that Roosevelt knew about the impending attack days in advance is overwhelming. Based on written records and first-hand knowledge of people high in the Roosevelt administration and in Congress, revisionist scholars have concluded that the president baited the Japanese into the "surprise" attack to gain entry into the war, making it World War II.

The draft act had passed the House by a single vote, and Roosevelt had promised British Prime Minister Winston Churchill that the United States would join the war but first had to overcome political opposition. The opposition drowned in the blood at Pearl Harbor.
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American Free Press July 8, 2002

Europeans Discuss Evidence of Bombs in WTC  

Video footage and photographs from Sept.11 have been suppressed to prevent Americans from seeing and hearing evidence of unexplained explosions at the World Trade Center.

By Christopher Bollyn

Although the terror attacks in New York and Washington on Sept.11 occurred in broad daylight and were seen by millions around the world via television, heavy-handed media censorship has suppressed video footage that challenged the official version of events.

European news networks have abundant video footage and photos that indicate explosions occurred within the twin towers of the World Trade Center before and during the collapses.

This evidence, however, is being suppressed and ignored by the U.S. media and government agencies supposedly investigating the cause of the towers' structural failures.

Relatives and fire engineering experts recently acknowledged the censorship and called on the government to allow the investigators to "review" the "essential" video and photographic evidence during a public meeting. The June 24 meeting in New York city was organized to "gather comments and suggestions: as a preliminary step for the "fact-finding" investigation planned by the National Institute of standard and Technology (NIST).

President bush asked NIST to conduct an investigation into the collapse of the WTC buildings.

Dr. Arden Bement, Jr. appointed by the president in August 2001, directs NIST, a bureau of the Department of Commerce.

Bement was previously head of Purdue University's School of Nuclear Engineering. Prior to joining Purdue in 1993, he was vice-president of science and technology for TRW, Inc. and served as the deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering and within the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA).

NIST will report its findings to Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans through his deputy, Phillip Bond. Evans, who is "almost like a brother" to Bush, according to Karen Hughes, Bush's White House counselor, raised some $100 million for Bush's presidential campaign as his national finance chairman.

Although NIST was chosen by Bush to investigate the collapses, the agency reportedly launched its two-year study "partly in response to the complaints of victims' groups".

Victims families and fire engineers have been especially critical of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report released April 30.

The FEMA report was faulted for failing to include input from survivors of the attacks. NIST officials say they plan to interview survivors about the final moments before the towers" collapse.

The 10-month delay in starting a forensic investigation was criticized by Glen Corbett, a professor in the fire-engineering department of New York's John Jay College. Corbett said that the proposed investigation "is the type of large-scale forensic inquiry that the federal government should have launched back in September.

During the public meeting, experts addressed inadequate fireproofing and other fire safety problems in high-rise buildings.

"The fire service has seen a consistent weakening in fire safety," said Vincent Dunn, a retired New York City fire chief and fire safety consultant. He described climbing through buildings after fires and finding "nothing left up there but bent warped, twisted steel. There's no spray-on [fireproofing] left."

"After nine months, after knocking on the doors of elected officials...we are finally here today," said Sally Regenhard, founder of the Skyscraper Safety Campaign and mother of Christian Regenhard, one of the many firefighters who perished on 9-11. "Apparently the problem of inadequacy in fireproofing is not something new."

Victims' families said they hope to prevent others from suffering the same grief. "I can't tell you what it's like for a mother to see that building hit, knowing your child is in the building," Mary Fetchet told The Washington Post. "We're all at risk today....I do not want 3,000 people to lose their lives and have it be in vain." She lost her son Brad, 24, in the World Trade Center.

"The data obtained from people from videotape, and from phone calls is critical to the investigation. Please don't let this crucial information slip through our fingers," said Monica Gabrielle, on the founders of Skyscraper Safety Campaign. "We do not want a repeat of what happened to the WTC evidence."

More than 90 percent of the physical evidence from the WTC site has reportedly been destroyed or recycled. A NIST spokesman, Mat Heyman, told AFP that the agency has only 70 pieces of steel to work with. Heyman added that the NIST investigation will be "based on the FEMA report.

VIDEO EVIDENCE CENSORED

"Occupant accounts should be gathered on the fire and damage that was seen," said James Quintiere, from the Department of Fire Protection engineering at the University of Maryland. "That type of information is essential."

"Videos and photographs need to be reviewed. This is a very intensive effort that needs to be undertaken," said Quintiere, adding that "there is an allusion to a New York police helicopter that had videos, and I don't think anyone in this investigative effort has been privy to those yet."

Sone of the essential video footage and photographs that have been kept from the American public and investigators are those made by European sources, which clearly point to explosions in the towers.

Numerous survivors fleeing from the burning towers have described massive explosions on camera. Such firsthand reports are essential pieces of evidence that cannot be ignore.

American Free Press has footage from eyewitness interviews in which survivors describe explosions inside the buildings.

Heyman said there had been "no" mention of any evidence of explosions during the meeting. When asked if NIST would investigate the alleged explosions, Heyman said the bureau would look at "anything that contributed to the collapse of the buildings."

"On the eight floor we were blown back by a huge explosion," a black American in a dust-covered business suit told Denmark's DR-TV on Sept. 11.

Another survivor wearing a red shirt told Germany's SAT1: "There was a big explosion creating a lot of panic, after that we calmed down, and got out of the towers."

In another SAT1 interview, Tom Canaban tells the German journalist: "There was a big explosion but I managed to get out of the tower."

Within seconds two FBI agents stepped in front of the TV camera, asked Canaban to stop the interview and escorted him away.

Several firefighters also reported explosions in the towers. One fireman on camera said he witnessed a "heavy duty explosion."

Another, veteran firefighter Louie Cacchioli, 51, told People magazine: "I was taking firefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position to evacuate workers. On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there were bombs set in the building."

Oddly enough, this writer was criticized in November by the Anti defamation League, a Zionist pressure group, for an article, ‘Eyewitness Reports Persist of Bombs At WTC Collapse" in which noting was mentioned about Jews or Israel other than that one of the WTC architects lives in Israel.

Careful analysis of the footage from the collapse of the first tower indicates explosive blasts occurring 5-10 stories below the collapsing section, as if timed detonations brought the tower down in a controlled demolition. These horizontal blasts, like those seen at the base of the towers, have not been explained.

An unexplained crater occurred in the center of 6 WTC, not 7 WTC, as previously reported. However, 7 WTC, which housed offices of the CIA, collapsed mysteriously in the late afternoon of Sept. 11. Fire engineers are baffled as to what cause steel beans in 7 WTC to vaporize and the 47-story building to collapse.

An amateur video of the second plane hitting the south tower, shown on Danish TV2's 22 Fokus Sept. 19, shows a laser beam-like spot moving across the west facade of the tower immediately before the plane crashes into it. The spot, which some experts believe is evidence of a laser guidance system, moves from the left to right before the plane strikes the tower slightly lower and to the right of the dot.
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American Free Press July 8, 2002

FDA Protects Drug Cartel  

Why does the government want seniors on limited incomes to spend more for prescription drugs in the United states when costs are much lower in Canada?

By Julia Foster

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to stop citizens from ordering their medications from Canada where prices are significantly lower.

One of the greatest problems facing the aging population in this country is the cost of medical treatment and prescription drugs. Many live on low incomes and, often, have to make the difficult choice between purchasing their medications and food.

As a result of the rising cost of medications in America, more and more seniors have been turning to Canada to get their prescriptions filled where prices for many drugs are much lower.

According to the web site Prescription Drugs from Canada - mooseexpress.com/save-money-on-prescriptions.html - 100 tablets of the diabetes drug glucophage can cost as much as $70.95 in the United States. In Canada, the price is $20. The thyroid medication synthroid can run $57.55 in America and only $15.26 in Canada.

Increased reports of this happening prompted a response by the federal government.

The FDA office in New York recently sent a letter to Canadian pharmacist Michael Hunter in Windsor, Ontario, telling him to stop shipment of prescription drugs to customers in the United States.

The FDA claims that the drugs may be counterfeit. But a lot of these drugs come from the same manufacturers, said Hunter.

Canada has its own agency, the Health Protection Branch, which regulates drugs, said Hunter. Not only must the brand names meet certain qualifications but also their generic brands must meet the same qualifications. Hunter will comply with the FDA's request.
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American Free Press July15, 2002

Rep. Slams Media Monopoly  

A voice from the left has joined the call to break up the media monopoly controlling what Americans know—and don't know.

By James P. Tucker Jr.

Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Ver.), a left-wing populist, has joined the call to break up the nation's media monopoly that keeps Americans misinformed and uninformed.

Without endorsing American Free Press by name, Sanders hit AFP's chief targets in a commentary in The Hill, a weekly journal reporting on issues related to Congress. Sanders wrote:

One of our best-kept secrets is the degree to which a handful of huge corporations control the flow of information in the United States. Whether it is television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books or the Internet, a few giant conglomerates are determining what we see, hear and read.

And the situation is likely to become much worse as a result of radical deregulation efforts by the Bush ad ministration and some horrendous court decisions.

Television is the means by which most Americans get their "news." Without exception, every major network is owned by a huge conglomerate that has enormous conflicts of interest.

He cited these examples:

• Fox News Channel is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who "owns a significant portion" of the world's media. His network has "close ties to the Republican Party and among his ‘fair and balanced' commentators is Newt Gingrich"—former GOP House speaker. Murdoch is also a luminary in the secret Bilderberg Group.

• NBC is owned by General Electric, "one of the largest corporations in the world—and one with a long history of anti-union activity. GE, a major contributor to the Republican Party, has substantial financial interests in weapons manufacturing, finance, nuclear power and many other industries. Former CEO Jack Welch was one of the leaders in shutting down American plants and moving them to low-wage countries like China and Mexico."

• ABC is owned by the Disney Corp., "which produces toys and products in developing countries where they provide their workers with atrocious wages and working conditions."

• CBS is owned by Viacom, "another huge media conglomerate that owns, among other entities, MTV, Show time, Nickelodeon, VH1, TNN, CMT, 39 broadcast television stations, 184 radio stations, Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Inc."

The essential problem with television is that "the most important issues facing the middle class and working people of our country are rarely discussed," Sanders said.

"Despite the great ‘economic boom' of the 1990s, the average American worker is now working longer for lower wages than 30 years ago and we have lost millions of decent-paying manufacturing jobs," Sanders said. "Where are the TV programs addressing our $360 billion trade deficit, or what our disastrous trade policy has done to depress wages?"

The United States "has the most unfair distribution of wealth and income in the industrialized world and the highest rate of childhood poverty," Sanders said.

"There's a lot of television promoting greed and self-interest, but how many programs speak to the ‘justice' of the richest 1 percent owning more wealth than the bottom 95 percent?" Sanders said. "Or the CEOs of major corporations earning 500 times what their employees make?"

Because the District of Columbia Court of Appeals threw out a regulation limiting companies from owning television stations and cable franchises in the same local market, the situation will become even worse, Sanders said.

The court also ordered the Federal Communications Commission to either justify or rewrite the federal rule that limits any one company from owning television stations that reach more than 35 percent of American households.

"The bottom line is that fewer and fewer huge conglomerates are controlling virtually everything that the ordinary American sees, hears and reads," Sanders said. "This is an issue that Congress can no longer ignore."
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American Free Press July 15, 2002

Foreign Media Shows Object Heading for WTC  

Images of unidentified aircraft and missiles photographed during the attack on the WTC suggest that 9-11 could have been a ‘covert, special operation."

By Christopher Bollyn

The awful moment when United Airlines flight 175 smashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center is an event captured on film and videotape from many angles. Among the archive of photographic and video evidence not mentioned by the mainstream press, are images of inexplicable objects that appear to have played a role in the attack. The fact that federal agencies investigating 9-11 deny any knowledge of these photographs lends credence to those who maintain the attack was a "covert, special operation."

While viewers' attention was focused on the crash and subsequent fireball, few noticed what appeared to be something streaking toward 6 and 7 WTC at the edge of the screen. The blurred streak that appeared from behind the smoking north tower disappeared in the blink of an eye into the loser corner of the screen.

Frame-by-frame analysis of that video shows what appears to be an incredibly fast streaking missile, headed toward 6 or 7, at the precise moment the plane exploded in the south tower.

Six WTC was an eigtht-story building, which was left with a huge unexplained crater at its center while 7-WTC burned and collapsed late in the afternoon on 9-11, for no apparent reason. Fire engineers are baffled as to what caused the 47-story 7-WTC, built by Larry Silverstein in 1987, to collapse.

"Even though building 7 didn't get much attention in the media immediately, within the structural engineering community, it's considered to be much more important to understand," said William F. Baker, a partner in charge of structural engineering at the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. "They say: ‘We know what happened at 1 and 2, but why did 7 come down?"

Sections of the steel beams in 7-WTC "evaporated", The New York Times reported on Nov. 29, 2001

Engineers are investigation whether intensely hot fires resulted from thousands of gallons of diesel fuel stored in the building. While one tank held 6,000 gallons of duel to power the mayor's command bunker on the 23rd floor, another set of four tanks held as much as 36,000 gallons just below ground level on the building's southwest side for emergency generators.

" A combination of an uncontrolled fire and the structural damage might have been able to bring the building down, some engineers said. But that would not explain steel members in the debris pile that appear to have been partly evaporated in extraordinarily high temperatures," Dr. Jonathan Barnet told the Times.

Two firefighters, Deputy Chief James Jackson and Battalion Chief Blaich, said that the southwest corner of 7-WTC near the fuel tank was severely damaged and that the tanks might have been breached. Jackson said that about an hour before the building's collapse, heavy black smoke, consistent with a fuel fire of some sort, was coming from that part of the building.

The streaking missile seen in the video could have pierced the heavy masonry that protected the diesel storage tanks. The missile is traveling at an estimated 5,000 feet per second (3,400 mph).

The U.S. military has a LOSAT (line-of-sight anti-tank) missile that travels that fast with a range of four miles which can be guided by laser or global positioning technology. The LOSAT Kinetic Energy Missile uses its velocity rather than explosives to destroy. No other military is known to have such a missile.

In the WTC video the black streaking object travels an estimated 1,000 feet in the space of four frames, each frame taking 1/30 of a second. Although a video might not capture an image of a missile, experts say the rapidly dissipating exhaust of a LOSAT can be captured on film if conditions are suitable.

AFP asked Mat Heyman of the National Institute of standards and Technology (NIST), the agency investigation the structural collapses at the World Trade Center, if the investigation would examine the photographic evidence of a missile and the crater in 6-WTC.

"Yes," said Heyman, but only if evidence of a missile is presented, adding that the two-year investigation will only study the collapses of the twin towers and 7-WTC.

Although images of what appear to be unidentified aircraft and missiles are accessible in the public archive of WTC video footage and have been scrutinized frame-by-frame, federal investigators and the mainstream media remain completely ignorant of their existence.

Spokesmen for the federal agencies engaged in the 9-11 investigation said they were unaware of the video images when contacted by AFP on July 1.

When AFP asked James Margolin, spokesman for the New York City office of the FBI, about the video images of unidentified planes and missiles, Margolin responded, "It's the first I've heard."

William Shumann, spokesman for the FAA said, "I'm not aware of any such videos." When asked about the radar tapes that could have recorded such objects, Shumann said: "We're not saying anything."

The 9-11 radar tapes from New York City had been turned over to the FBI, Shumann said.

Denial of the existence of these photographs by federal agencies at the forefront of the 9-11 criminal investigation is troubling because it indicates an inability to respond to evidence, which has been published and discussed in news agencies outside the United States.

The agencies' denial of this evidence supports the unconventional thesis of political observers such as Lyndon LaRouche, who was interviewed by Jack Stockwell of KTKK-AM ("K-Talk") in Salt Lake city as the horror of Sept. 11 unfolded.

LaRouche rejected the theory that the attacks were "an Islamic national operation" saying they lacked the capability. Instead he blamed "people who want the U.S. to go to war against the Arab world."
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American Free Press July 15, 2002

Barbara Walters Says: ‘Put Wumors to West'  

Growing knowledge about the involvement of Israeli intelligence in the 9-11 terrorist attacks has forced Israel's defenders to go into "overtime" fighting to suppress the story.

By Michael Collins Piper

On June 21, ABC's weekly newsmagazine, 20/20 - featuring hostess Barbara Walters - was forced to acknowledge growing public belief that Israeli intelligence had foreknowledge of or was perhaps involved in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

In a segment entitled "The White Van," ABC tackled the problematic fact that Israeli nationals in the New York-New Jersey area had been taken into custody by the FBI on Sept. 11 on suspicion of having been involved in some way with the terrorist attacks.

The Israelis were seen videotaping the World Trade Center and even "celebrating" the tragedy. After extensive questioning by the Justice Department, during weeks of incarceration, they were allowed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to return to Israel.

This story was first published nationally by American Free Press in its Oct.1 issue, which went to press on Sept. 20, nine days after the 9-11 tradegy.

ABC - of course - never mentioned AFP but it's clear that AFP's considerable outreach - particularly wide spread distribution of its special report, 50 Unanswered Questions About 9-11 - stimulated discussion of the story.

It is no surprise that ABC went into a defensive, damage-control mode on Israel's behalf. The owners and managers of ABC at the highest levels, to put it mildly, are known for their sympathies toward Israel.

GRUDGING ADMISSIONS

ABC's admissions were grudging at best. ABC could not bring itself to admit, flat out, that the Israelis were agents of Israel's Mossad. All ABC was willing to say was that there are those in official circles in the United States who say the Israelis were agents of Israel's intelligence service, the Mossad. They said that others don't think so.

But if they were Mossad agents, ABC assured the audience, they weren't doing anything against the United States. At most they were simply monitoring Arab and Muslim groups in the New York-New Jersey area. That was a good thing, ABC explained.

Thus, ABC's presentation sought to refute the evidence and defuse the belief that the Israelis had any involvement in or even foreknowledge of the terrorist attack.

Barbara Walters summarized the story by lisping smugly, "I hope we've put all these rumors to rest.
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American Free Press July 15, 2002

Real Meaning of First Amendment Lost, Distorted  

The recent court ruling that the Pledge of allegiance violates the so called separation of church and state is yet another example of the distortion of the notion of religious freedom.

By Rep. Ron Paul

The entire nation seemed to condemn last week's federal court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance cannot be recited in schools. The notion that the phrase "one nation under God" renders the pledge unconstitutional is ridiculous to most Americans, who strongly believe that expressions of religious belief should be an integral part of public life.

Yet, although the public outcry against this terrible ruling is understandable, the real issue of religious freedom has not been addressed by Congress or the media.

The judges who made this unfortunate ruling simply do not understand the First Amendment. It does not bar religious expression in public settings or anywhere else. In fact, it expressly prohibits federal interference in the free expression of religion. Far from mandating strict secularism in schools, it instead bars the federal government from prohibiting the pledge of allegiance, school prayer, or any other religious expression.

The politicians and judges pushing the removal of religion from public life are violating the First Amendment, not upholding it.

CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW...

It's important to recognize that the First Amendment applies only to congress. Remember, the first sentence starts with "congress shall make no law..." This means that matters of religious freedom and expression should be decided by the states, with disputes settled in state courts.

The First amendment acts as a simple check on federal power, ensuring that the federal government has no jurisdiction or authority whatsoever over religious issues. The phony "incorporation" doctrine, dreamed up by activist judges to pervert the plain meaning of the Constitution, was used once again by a federal court to assume jurisdiction over a case that constitutionally was none of its business.

Similarly, the mythical separation of church and state doctrine has no historical or constitutional basis. Neither the language of the constitution itself not the legislative history reveals any mention of such separation.

In fact, the authors of the First Amendment routinely referred to "Almighty God" in their writings, including the Declaration of Independence. It is only in the last 50 years that federal courts have perverted the meaning of the Amendment and sought to unlawfully restrict religious expression.

We cannot continue to permit our Constitution and our rich religious institutions to be degraded by profound misinterpretations of the Bill of Rights.
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American Free Press July 22, 2002

Unexplained 9-11 Explosion at WTC Complex  

Despite the fact that the horrible events of Sept. 11 occurred in broad daylight and were widely photographed, significant aspects of the attacks have been completely suppressed by a media blackout.

By Christopher Bollyn

A massive explosion, witnessed by millions of television viewers on CNN, evidently devastated World Trade Center 6, the eight-story U.S. Customs building, although no national newspaper, other than American Free Press, has written a word about it.

Before the smoke had cleared from around the stricken South Tower, a mysterious explosion shot 550 feet into the air above the U.S. Customs House at WTC 6.

The unexplained blast occurred between the burning North Tower and the 47-story Salomon Brothers Building, known as WTC 7, immediately after United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the South Tower, at about 9:03 a.m.

The explosion at WTC 6 was shown afterward on CNN. But because it was not broadcast as it happened there has been some confusion about when it actually occurred.

The large amount of smoke seen cascading around the South Tower in the video led some observers to mistake the blast for a dust cloud from the subsequent collapse of the tower.

TIMING CONFIRMED

American Free Press contacted CNN to determine exactly when the footage was filmed.

CNN's Public Affairs Department confirmed that the explosion shown in the footage occurred immediately after the second plane had crashed into the South Tower. When asked if the footage was taken at 9:04 a.m., the CNN archivist said "that's correct."

When asked if CNN could offer any explanation about what might have caused the blast that soared higher than the 47-story WTC 7 in the foreground, the archivist said: "We can't figure it out."

The affected space between WTC 7 and the North Tower was occupied by the Customs House building, also known as WTC 6. The building housed the offices of 760 employees of the Customs Service, a part of Treasury. Other federal agencies had offices in the building, including the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Labor, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. They did not return calls to AFP about the matter.

A spokesman for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which had an office with four employees on the sixth floor of the Customs House, confirmed the time of the explosion and told AFP that the employees had survived and been relocated. One private company, Eastco Building Services, Inc., reportedly leased space in the building.

Some 800 workers from WTC 6 were safely evacuated within 12 minutes of the first plane hitting the North Tower at about 8:46 a.m., according to a Sept. 18 Washington Post article by Stephen Barr.

The Barr piece is the only known article published about WTC 6. However, Barr failed to mention the explosion that apparently devastated the building just minutes after the workers had escaped with their lives.

AVOIDING THE SUBJECT

Although the Customs House apparently exploded at 9:04 a.m., the government-sponsored investigation was steered away from looking into what had actually happened.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency funded an investigation by the American Society of Civil Engineers. However, investigators were reportedly blocked from the building by an order from the New York City's Department. of Design and Construction .

Kenneth Holden is commissioner of the DDC, having been appointed by the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani on Dec. 7, 1999.

Regarding the investigation of WTC 4, 5, and 6, FEMA's "Building Performance" report says, "WTC 5 was the only building accessible for observation." But, it adds, "the observations, findings, and recommendations are assumed to be applicable to all three buildings."

A spokesman for FEMA told AFP that because the building was considered by DDC to be "very dangerous," there was "no data collection" from WTC 6.

Dr. Gene Corley, one of the engineers who led the investigation, told AFP that concerns about loose gold bullion and cash prevented investigators from entering WTC 4.

The FEMA report says, "The buildings [4,5,6] responded as expected to the impact loadings." Although the report says, "most of the central part of WTC 6 suffered collapse on all floors," it adds, "damage was consistent with the observed impact load."

The Customs House had a huge crater in its center.

Corley told AFP that he had not seen the CNN photos before and called them "interesting."

Corley, like other experts, thought the damage at WTC 6 was caused by the collapse of the North Tower. However, not one of the experts could recall seeing the CNN footage before.

A spokesman for the Customs Service told AFP, "It did not blow up. When the tower collapsed it caved in."

Corley said he had not seen the photos of the extremely high-speed missile-like object seen streaking toward WTC 6 from behind the North Tower as the second plane hit the South Tower.

He noted that parts of the plane's landing gear and an engine passed through the South Tower, and landed several blocks away.

These objects, however, had a distinctly different trajectory from the streaking missile-like object. Another investigator, Jonathan Barnett, told AFP, "The debris from Tower 2 hit Building 5, not 6."
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American Free Press July 22, 2002

Bilderberger ‘Blacks' Out D.C. Media Voice  

Conrad Black, a veteran figure in Bilderberg, has now assumed control of a small, but influential, weekly newspaper on Capitol Hill in Washington.

By Michael collins Piper

For years, the weekly Roll Call newspaper dominated Capitol Hill in Washington as the unofficial "official" newspaper of record for congressional affairs. However, eight years ago, Roll Call got its first-ever serious competition when a fledgling rival, The Hill was established. Although hardly different from Roll Call in most respects, the competing newspaper did provide an alternative point of view.

Now, however, The Hill has been gobbled up by an international media giant and has effectively lost any genuine editorial independence that it might once have exercised.

One of the world's mightiest newspaper chains, Hollinger International, Inc. - owned by Canada-based Conrad Black, a member of the powerful Bilderberg group - has bought a controlling interest in The Hill.

The Hill now becomes yet another prize in the Hollinger empire which includes Britain's Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator, along with The Chicago Sun-Times and a large number of community newspapers in the Chicago area, as well as - The Jerusalem Post.

EXPANDING INFLUENCE

Once again, the global media monopoly continues to expand its influence and would-be "independent" media voices are stilled, adding fuel to the fire stoked by Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who on June 12 wrote (ironically in The Hill itself) that "one of best-kept secrets is the degree to which a handful of huge corporations control the flow of information in the Untied States. Whether it is television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books or the Internet, a few giant conglomerates are determining what we see, hear and read."

Sanders called for congressional action to break up growing media monopolies. Whether Congress will heed his cal remains to be seen. But don't count on it.
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American Free Press July 22, 2002

Israel Feeds China's War Machine  

The United states with money and arms, makes Israel a mighty war machine. In turn, our "best ally" is helping Red China prepare for war.

By James P. Tucker, Jr.

An Israeli-made anti-radar weapon is being deployed with communist Chinese forces opposite Taiwan, The Washington Times reports. The newspaper has a history of 100 percent accuracy in reporting such information from unnamed intelligence sources.

Several "Harpy" drone weapons were observed with Chinese military forces engaged in large-scale military exercises in southern Fujian province opposite Taiwan.

"The Chinese were observed moving them close to the coast," said one official who declined to say how many.

Meanwhile, it is U.S. aid that not only permits Israel to fuel China's war machine but to also become the 10th largest weapons market in the world - so large, in fact, that it is taking business away from American companies.

In France, Turkey, the Netherlands and Finland, Israeli companies have beaten such U.S. Firms as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics out of arms deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years.

Experts point out that tens of billions of dollars in cash grants and transfers of American military technology helped create and develop Israel's industry. The United States is subsidizing a foreign competitor at the expense of domestic industry.

"It's allowed them to advance faster than Lockheed or Boeing or Hughes would have liked," Davis Lewis, a doctoral candidate at Rutgers who has researched the subject for a book, told Associated Press.

"It's a new concept for most people," said Joel Johnson, a vice president of the Aerospace Industries Association of America. "We give them money to build stuff for themselves and the U.S. taxpayer gets nothing in return.

Israel's latest known arms transfer to Red china, the Harpy, is an unmanned weapon equipped with anti-radar sensors and a bomb. The weapon flies near a target radar for up to two hours and when illuminated by electronic waves is guided to the target and explodes.

The Harpys observed with the Chinese are bomb systems and not reconnaissance drones, officials stressed.

Israel has become a major ally of Red China in recent years, intelligence sources say. After the United States deployed Patriot anti-missile systems to Israel during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the technology was sold to China, they said.

The United states had to threaten to shut of the money fountain to stop Israel from selling China warning-and-control aircraft known as Phalcon.

A classified Defense Intelligence Agency report in 1999 said Israel was suspected of sharing restricted U.S. weapons technology with China related to a battlefield laser gun.
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American Free Press July 29, 2002

Bomb-Laden U.S. Cargo Plane Barely Averts Major Disaster  

As U.S. and British war hawks make plans to attack Iraq, the Department of Defense is using chartered commercial cargo planes to rush "missiles and warheads" to the Middle East, according to a respected German newspaper.

By Christopher Bollyn

BERLIN—When an aging cargo plane, allegedly carrying U.S. missiles and warheads to the Middle East, had a complete breakdown of its electronic systems and requested an emergency landing at a major German airport, the respected newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) exposed the dangerous practice of using commercial carriers to transport weapons.

Minutes after takeoff from the U.S. airbase at Ram stein, Germany, the electronic systems failed on a commercial cargo plane, a Polar Air Cargo (PAC) Boeing 747-100, chartered by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The pilot, left with only its simple analog devices, was flying by sight in thick and low-hanging storm clouds over one of Germany's biggest cities. The two-man crew notified ground control at Frankfurt airport of the equipment failure and requested to make a visual emergency landing at Frankfurt's large civil airfield. To prepare for the emergency landing the pilot jettisoned some 25,000 pounds of jet fuel at 10,000 feet.

Within minutes, two F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. airbase at Spandahlem, near Trier, were beside the 747-100 in distress, owned and operated by the Long Beach, California-based Polar Air Cargo, Inc.

According to a July 13 FAZ article, the 30-year-old plane was carrying "dozens of tons of weapons, including solid and liquid-fueled rockets, and explosives," which would have "destroyed more than the airport" had the plane crashed on landing.

The information contained in the FAZ article suggests that the Department of Defense is taking great risks as it hastily prepares for war against Iraq. These hasty preparations include the use of cut-rate commercial freight carriers to covertly transport armaments to the region, a practice that clearly puts the civilian population at great risk.

Frankfurt airport, one of Europe's busiest, was under thick cloud cover as a storm passed through the area during the afternoon of July 10.

The airport prepared for a visual emergency landing by PAC 3000 between 4:55 and 5:05 p.m. Fortunately, about 25 miles east of Frankfurt, the pilot was notified that the weather had improved at Ramstein. Escorted by the two F-16s, at 5:10 p.m. the plane landed safely at the base.

The article said, "The plane had ‘military equipment' on board, according to U.S. sources," adding that the pilot was credited with having prevented a catastrophe.

The author of the article, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, told American Free Press that the plane was carrying "missiles and warheads" and that his information comes from sources within the German government.

According to Ulfkotte, for at least 10 days before the July 10 incident other "heavily-loaded" Polar Air Cargo planes had been flying from Ramstein to an unknown Middle Eastern airport.

He said he came across the information while doing his usual "security-intelligence scene" research in which he watches the movements of "Islamic terrorists" in Europe.

He told AFP that there is probably a "political will" behind these sensitive leaks.

As to where in the region these missiles and warheads were being transported, Ulfkotte refused to speculate. However, if PAC 3000 were bound for the Middle East, its late afternoon departure from Ramstein would guarantee that its arrival would be shrouded under the cover of night.

In a story in which discrepancies abound, on July 15, five days after the incident, Ramstein Air Base finally issued a press release, although it misdated the emergency, placing it on July 11.

Heather Miller, a spokesperson for the base, said it was Ulfkotte's article that contained "incorrect information."

"We're not sure where they got that information from," she said. The cargo was "probably household goods" headed for the U.S. Air Force base at Dover, Del., said Miller.

According to Ulfkotte's article, Frankfurt airport asked the pilot a routine question whether the plane contained radioactive or explosive cargo. The PAC 3000 pilot, however, claimed "military status" and refused to answer, Ulfkotte wrote.

AFP asked Miller why the PAC pilot would be unwilling to tell the emergency management authorities at Frankfurt airport that the plane was carrying "household goods." Miller said, "I don't believe they were asked."

AFP asked Klaus Busch, spokesman for Fraport, the company that owns Frankfurt airport, whether the airport had asked about the cargo.

"Yes, it is true," Busch said. "The airport is interested in knowing the nature of the cargo to be able and capable to handle what might occur."

While civil flight regulations explicitly forbid civil cargo planes from transporting rockets, military planes are not restricted. Any non-military plane transporting hazardous cargo over Germany needs a special permit from the government. The carrier and specific flight need to be certified.

German aviation authorities told AFP that Polar Air Cargo has permission to carry hazardous cargo. Miller then confirmed that the flight of PAC 3000 was certified to carry hazardous cargo, although she added that a can of shaving cream could be considered hazardous cargo.

"The things I have written are definitely true," Ulfkotte told AFP. "I'm not anti-American," he said. "The German authorities would like to know which story is true, but we have no chance of knowing what was on that plane."

While Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Dave Lapan, told AFP he had not heard of the incident, he said, "I don't believe it is Department of Defense policy to use commercial carriers to transport hazardous and explosive materials," such as missiles and warheads. Repeated follow-up calls to the Pentagon were not returned.
The 30-year-old planes of the 747-100 series are considered obsolete in Germany and have not been used by German airlines for more than 15 years. Ulfkotte told AFP that it was much cheaper to use the older 747-100s than the newer 747-400s.

Polar Air Cargo Inc. is a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. based in Purchase, N.Y. Polar advertises itself as "a critical link in the international logistics chain."

Company spokesperson, Kristine Leathers, told AFP that Polar was involved in the "Air Mobility Command" by which commercial carriers are contracted by the military.

There has been considerable speculation that PAC operates as a CIA proprietary contracting with the military for covert arms shipments.
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American Free Press July 29, 2002

Saddam Will Attack If U.S. Strikes First

If the United states attacks Iraq again, blood will flow on home soil.

By James P. Tucker Jr.

American will be killed by suicide bombers in public places in this country and biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction will be unleashed if the United States attacks Iraq again, as planned for early next year, said Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in a recent interview.

Jisseom made this clear recently in a five-hour meeting with his inner circle. What transpired at the meeting was deliberately leaked to the Arabic newspaper Al-Watan Al-Arabi.

In no uncertain terms, Hussein said he would wait for the United States to strike the first blow and respond with "everything" both on the battlefield and "all other fronts." When the Iraqi president referred to "other fronts," he meant U.S. soi.

Present at the war council were two new officials "who were recently assigned by Saddam's youngest son, Qusay, to organize intelligence cells abroad." This refers to "sleepers' already in the United States waiting for the signal to set off bombs.

Referring to the permission President Bush gave the CIA to "assassinate or arrest me," Saddam said the United States "has left Iraq no room to be tolerant."

The president's "war on us is now declared and he is publicly leaking information today that he gave orders to use all means and weapons to biolate Iraq's sovereignty and international law by assassinating me in Iraq," Saddam said.

Saddam then said he wanted to hear the views of others "calmly without getting emotional."

According to As-Watan Al-Arabi, the first to speak was Ali Hasan al-Majid, who is widely known as "Chemical Ali" because of his specialty:

"Mr. President, the Iraqi people have tolerated the intolerable from these Americans...has the time not come to take the fight to their own homes in America? They wanted this to be a war on all fronts, so let it be a war on all fronts and using all weapons and means.

From others:

* "The Americans must know that the heroes of Iraq can become human bombs in the thousands, will to blow up America in particular.

* "I am confident that our entire nation will be set aflame by the Americans and they must know that the entire region will turn into rubble with Israel at the forefront."

* If Osama bin Laden truly did carry out the September attacks as they claim, then as God is my witness, we will prove to them that what happened in September is a picnic compared to the wrath of Saddam Hussein."

Saddam's eldest son Uday and several others kept insisting that Iraq should launch pre-emptive strikes against the United states but Hussein stood firm on his position that his country would not strike the first blow, reported Al-Watan Al-Arabi.

The United states is using "all its dominion and tyranny not just to humiliate Iraq, but...every Arab in the land of Arabs and every Muslim in the land of Islam...Just as Bush rejected Yasser Arafat, he will Saddam Hussein, and tomorrow Syria's Bashar al-Assad, and after that, another Arab leader until U.S. dominion reaches the rights, wealth and destiny of the Arab world," Saddam said.

"Bush, his gang and his intelligence bodies should know that as soon as they start this battle or we ge wind of its beginning, Iraq will turn from reaction to action...At that moment everything will be handed over to Saddam Hussein to directly oversee retaliation plans...using all the weapons and fronts available," reported Al-Watan Al-Arabi.

PREEMPTIVE STRIKES

When his son Uday still insisted that Iraq should launch pre-emptive strikes, Saddam responded:

"So far, the U.S. has done nothing except take a decision on paper. A number of officials know from experience that implementation will not be easy. What's important today is to wait for the U.S. to throw the first punch and then we will not just react, but will act and take actions."

Iraqis scoff at Bush's claim that there are no war plans on his desk - they are at the Pentagon, imposed on military leaders by blood-lusting "neo-conservative" civilian defense chiefs who want to solidify Israeli hegemony in the Middle east and Big Oil's control of natural resources there.

An attack on Iraq had originally been planned for late summer or early fall, but was delayed until next year under pressure from Europeans at the Bilderberg meeting last spring.

The constant references to "all fronts" and "all weapons" is particularly chilling. When Russia began disarming the former soviet Union, missiles and other war instruments were sold to whoever would buy them.

"Saddam has acquired long-rang ICBM missile systems from the old Soviet arsenal," writes Nick Guarino in his newsletter, The Wall street Underground. "With technical help from Chinese engineers, Saddam is close to being able to launch those rockets at targets in the United States."

Not only have the Iraqis "purchased nuclear weapons systems outright, on the international black market, but they have also been able to produce nuclear weapons themselves," Guarino writes. "They have acquired a whole shopping list of systems from the Soviets."

"It's not if, but when" the United States attacks Iraq, Bill Powell writes in Fortune magazine. He addresses the huge economic and other crises the war will produce but seems to accept it all as inevitable.

If attacked, Saddam plans to nuke Israel. Israel would nuke back, turning the Middle East into an inferno. Saddam may now have intercontinental missiles that can strike the United states. It could become a global infernal.

Other experts dispute reports that Saddam has acquired so-called weapons of mass destruction(WMD).

Among those raising doubts about whether Iraq has developed a vast arsenal of WMDs are former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter and seasoned journalist Nita Renfrew.

A detailed analysis of the history of Iraqi arms stockpiling was reported in AFP's June 10 issue.
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American Free Press July 29, 2002

Who Else Has Your Social Security Number  

Bureaucratic bungling at the Social security Administration is resulting in headaches for thousands of Americans.

By Mike Blair

Many thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of Americans share the same Social Security numbers with other cardholders. No one, not even, apparently, the Social Security Administration has any idea how many people have what some refer to as "multiple assignment cards."

Sometimes as many as three and four persons have been assigned the same number. In many instances the Social Security Administration must identify the cardholder by name and not by the number assigned.

Today, the Social Security system has become a national identity system for a Big Brother government to keep track of citizens - in fact, spying on them.

Millions of social security retirees carry worn and ragged cards that are marked "For Social Security Purposes - Not For Identification."

But that safeguard has long since been cast aside by an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy. Social Security numbers are now regularly used by the government to track individuals and by banks and businesses to keep track of their customers.

In some states Social Security numbers are requested when applying for boating or hunting licenses, though are labeled "optional." In many states, the number is automatically placed on driver's licenses.

The Social Security system has become so widely used as a numeric identifier in the financial sector that duplicative numbers can be a nightmare for individuals who try to straighten out erroneous credit reports.

Businessmen who use national credit reporting systems, such as the Atlanta-based Equifax Credit Information Services, to check the credit history of a potential customer have run into the problem.

An upper-level employee of Equifax, who asked not to be identified said the problem is something credit reporting systems deal with numerous times every day.

Usually, when the same numbers are assigned to multiple cardholders they reside in the same state where the card is issued.

The first three digits of a Social Security number identify the state in which the cardholder resided when the card was issued. For example, 082 are the first three digits assigned to New Yorkers.

The Equifax employee said he would not hazard a guess as to how widespread the multiple card assignments are but he said it is certainly "massive."

Does it cause problems? "Obviously," he said. "And it gets even worse when you consider that in thousands of cases across the country individuals have borrowed other people's numbers."

How does Social Security sort out the mess in sending out monthly checks or keeping track of payroll contributions? In most instances, a tax attorney said - they use the cardholder's name to identify him.
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The American Free Press        July 29, 2002

Ashcroft Wants You in ‘Citizen Spy Army'  

A new government program incorporates Americans spying on other citizens, in an effort to combat the threat of terrorism in the United States.

By Mike Finch

At one time, the only threats to the sanctity of your home came in the way of the local smelly, overweight plumber or the chatty mail carrier. But soon your busybody handyman could be a federally-sanctioned spy with a license to snoop around for what you may keep in your house of do in your private life.

The U.S. government is planning to recruit one million letter carriers, utility workers, truck drivers and other workers who are allowed access to private residences to become government informants, using their agility to enter homes and businesses and their access to transportation as another way of monitoring citizens and safeguarding against terrorism.

The national program, called the Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, will provide training materials and a 24-hour hotline that can be called to report suspicious activity for workers "whose routines make them well positioned to recognize unusual events," says the official description of the program.

The information will be directed to the nearest FBI field office, and will be coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

But the feds deny that informants will be invading Americans' houses.

"None of the Operation TIPS materials published on the web or else where have made reference to entry or access to the homes of individuals; nor has it ever been the intention of the Department of Justice, or any other agency, to set up such a program," said Barbara Comstock, a public relations official. "Our interest in establishing the Operation TIPS program is to allow American workers to share information they receive in the regular course of their jobs in public Places and areas."

But critics disagree.

This program is a way around privacy regulations that have been made common law in 46 states, and that have been recognized by statute in all 50 states, civil libertarians argue. These privacy laws guarantee that the government cannot intrude upon a citizen's seclusion - home, business, etc - without justification, i.e. a warrant or court order.

"The administration apparently wants to implement a program that will turn local cable or gas or electrical technicians into government-sanctioned peeping toms," said Rachel King, an ACLU Legislative counsel.
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American Free Press July 29, 2002

Feds Promoting Federal Identification Cards  

Commentary

Your driver's license, under pending legislation, will have your complete history - and it will be accessible to bureaucrats on many levels.

By Hari Heath

Congress is currently debating the Driver's License Modernization Act of 2002 (H.R.4633). This rather mundane-sounding bill isn't nearly as scary sounding as the Patriot Act and is only intended "to amend title 23, United States Code, to establish standards for state programs for the issuance of drivers' licenses and identification cards, and for other purposes."

At least they were honest right up front with the "and for other purposes" part.

The devil is in the details, however - details which are anything but mundane. Let's see what those devils in Congress are up to.

According to the proposed law:

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, illuminated many flaws in the nation's domestic security, especially its identification system.

The drivers' licenses and identification cards issued by states have become the favored form of identity verification and are used by government agencies and private entities alike. Different designs on drivers' licenses and identification cards issued by states have created a market, including sales on the Internet, for fake cards that look real to those who are unfamiliar with the official designs.

Read that as Congress has decided it will use the events of 9-11 to have the state driver's license become the "favored form of identity verification" which will become federalized with this bill because of "inconsistent requirements" and "insufficient verification" which results in too many "fake card that look real.

Now, remember the part in the beginning about "and for other purposes"? It only gets worse.

"Not later than five years after the date of enactment...each state shall have in effect a driver's license and identification card program," says the bill. Under the ID program, the legislation stipulates that the state must meet certain requirements.

States must put a ship in their driver's licenses containing so-called "biometric" data such as fingerprints and facial descriptions which can be accessed by any "agency" - not just law enforcement - or an unspecified "private entity."

This chip will be programmable by "non-governmental devices." and it will "conform to any other standards issued by the secretary."

"A state shall obtain biometric data for the identification of each individual to whom the state issues a new or renewed driver's license of identification card and shall maintain such data."

Just what kind of biometric data "shall" the state obtain? "Biometric data obtained by a state under this paragraph shall be of a type that can be matched to the license or card holder only with the express cooperation of the license or card holder."

In addition, the bill notes that "a state shall participate in a program to link state motor vehicle databases in order to provide electronic access by a state to information contained in the motor vehicle databases of all other states."

This bill also authorizes some sizable appropriations, including $100 million for making grants to develop and implement the driver's license and ID card programs and $200 million for making grants to develop and implement computer technologies and databases. An additional $15 million is to be appropriated for the "Innovative Uses Pilot Program."

That's $315 million in giveaways so the states can put a chip in everyone's pocket or purse.

The bill also notes that "a state carrying out activities using amounts from a grant under this section shall be treated as an executive agency and part of the department of Transportation when carrying out such activities."

Since when does congress have the authority to make state agencies part of the federal government?

How much will Americans' surrender for the false promise of security? Will you "just say no" to the government? Or will you submit to another layer of administrative treason?

It's here - coming soon to a federal ID card near you.
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American Free Press July 29, 2002

Colin Rollin' Over Palestinians  

Secretary of State Colin Powell is asking the UN, European Union and Russia to stop providing all forms of funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA), claiming that the PA, under Arafat, is funding terror. The United States has already pulled all humanitarian and other forms of aid. Currently the European Union gives about $9 million per month directly to the Pa. The United States wants to use the blockage of funds as motivation for the PA to replace Arafat. This objective comes at a time when thousands of Palestinian males between the ages of 15 and 60 are in prison, over 100,000 Palestinians are out of jobs, medicine is scarce and the Arab population in the occupied territories is on the brink of starvation - all due to Israeli occupation.
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