More News on the British Captives


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Iran dissidents: British capture ordered

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press WriterSat Mar 31, 1:16 PM ET

An Iranian opposition group claimed Saturday that Iran’s capture of
15 British sailors and marines was planned in advance and carried out
in retaliation for the U.N. sanctions imposed against the country, as
an Iranian diplomat said the case had entered a legal phase.

Gholam-Reza Ansari, the Iranian ambassador to Russia, made his
comments to Russian television Vesti-24 on Friday and was quoted by
IRNA on its Web site as saying, “the case of the detention of British
sailors has taken on a judicial form.”

IRNA originally quoted the ambassador Saturday morning as saying the
sailors could be “tried if there is enough evidence of guilt.” But the
agency published a correction later claiming Ansari’s comments were
incorrectly translated by Russian television. The Russian TV station
could not immediately be reached for comment.

Asked about Ansari’s remarks earlier Saturday before IRNA reported
that he was misquoted, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett urged
Iran to resolve the crisis peacefully.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran — the political wing of
the Iranian MEK opposition group which is listed as a terrorist group
by Britain, the U.S. and the European Union — said the British crew’s
capture was planned in advance, but offered no evidence to support the
claims.

The British sailors were detained by Iranian naval units March 23
while patrolling for smugglers near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, a
waterway that has long been a disputed dividing line between Iraq and
Iran. Iran claims the Britons were in its territory; Britain and the
Iraqi government say they were taken captive in Iraqi waters.

Iran appears intent on sending a message of strength as it faces
mounting U.N. Nations sanctions over its uranium enrichment program,
which the U.S. and other nations suspect the Islamic Republic is using
to develop nuclear weapons.

Hossein Abedini, a member of the opposition group’s foreign affairs
committee, claimed the group had obtained information from sources
within Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard and had passed details to the
British government. He did not provide any evidence or give further
details.

Britain’s Foreign Office said it could not comment on Abedini’s
allegation, or say if it had evidence the operation was pre-planned. A
spokeswoman said the MEK was a banned organization under British
anti-terrorism laws — meaning the government had no dealings with the
group.

Abedini told a London press conference that an Iranian Revolutionary
Guard naval garrison had been on alert from the night before the
kidnapping, to prepare for the operation.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, who handles foreign affairs for the council,
said in a statement that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
had ordered the detention of the Britons in the hope of pressuring the
British government over a threat to toughen U.N. sanctions.

“You can see that the clerical regime had in a premeditated act
arrested British sailors in order to win concessions from the
international community and divert attention from its nuclear project,”
Abedini said. “Claims that the sailors were arrested in Iranian
territorial waters are baseless.”

Britain’s Foreign Office reiterated that the personnel “were in
Iraqi waters and we continue to request immediate consular access to
them and their immediate release.”

Britain has frozen most contacts with Iran and referred the issue to
the U.N. Security Council, which expressed “grave concern” on Thursday
over Iran’s seizure last week of the Britons.

Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami told reporters on Saturday
that he hopes the current standoff will be resolved peacefully “instead
of facing a new disaster not only for Iranian-British relations, but
for Iran internationally.”






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Get Bush Out Now


Computergate: I call BULLSHIT

The White House has officially responded to questions about the use of private RNC email accounts used by White House staff.

White House spokesman David Almacy said the outside e-mail accounts were set up to allow legitimate political activities to be conducted by appropriate staff members without using White House accounts, which would be illegal under the Hatch Act. “It was specifically set up that way so that people weren’t using their official accounts for political activities,” he said. Only certain White House staff members have such outside accounts, including those who regularly communicate with outside political groups, he said.

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9/11 Prep (Alleged) Update

Alleged Sept. 11 Financier Tells Tribunal He Knew Little of Plot – washingtonpost.com

Alleged Sept. 11 Financier Tells Tribunal He Knew Little of Plot

By Josh White

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, March 30, 2007; A02

GUANTANAMO
BAY, Cuba, March 29 — An alleged senior financier of the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks against the United States acknowledged he had a
role in helping the hijackers but said he is not a member of al-Qaeda
and denied having much prior knowledge of the plot, according to a
transcript released by the Defense Department on Thursday.

Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, a Saudi national who allegedly played a key role in
the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, told a
Combatant Status Review Tribunal last week that he was in contact with
four of the Sept. 11 hijackers and that he received a series of money
transfers from the men in the days before the plot was carried out,
according to the transcript. He also told the tribunal that he spoke
with Mohamed Atta but was unaware of what was going to unfold.

“On
September 11, I knew there was an operation,” Hawsawi said. He later
went to Pakistan and Afghanistan before his arrest in 2003. The
detainee arrived in Cuba in September along with 13 other high-value
detainees who had been in secret CIA custody.

Hawsawi’s
statements to the military tribunal were released as Defense Secretary
Robert M. Gates repeated his public refrain about wanting to close the
island detention center, telling a congressional panel in Washington
that the “taint” the facility has acquired internationally could cause
military commissions here to “lack credibility.” The comments came on
the eve of hearings related to the guilty plea of Australian David
Hicks, the first detainee to face the untested legal proceedings.

Gates
told the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee
that he has wanted to move trials for terrorism suspects to the United
States, and he asked Congress to consider language that would allow the
United States to deal with terrorists “who really need to be
incarcerated forever, but that doesn’t get them involved in a judicial
system where there is a potential of them being released, frankly.”

Prosecutors
here have said there are about 75 detainees who probably will be
charged with crimes at military commissions, but there are hundreds
more who will be either transferred to other countries or held
indefinitely.

Hawsawi is among approximately 385 detainees who
are still at Guantanamo but have not been charged with crimes. His
statements to the military tribunal cannot be independently verified,
and they differ dramatically from testimony presented in U.S. federal
court that purported to be derived from secret CIA interrogations. In a
statement presented to jurors in Zacarias Moussaoui’s terror trial in
the spring of 2006, Hawsawi allegedly admitted playing a central role
in facilitating the Sept. 11 attacks, working closely with Khalid Sheik
Mohammed, who allegedly orchestrated the plot.

It is unclear why
Hawsawi’s comments to CIA interrogators differ from statements to the
tribunal. Also unknown are the techniques the interrogators used.

In
statements to the CIA, Hawsawi said he bought plane tickets to the
United States for some of the hijackers, coordinated elements of the
plot with Atta and at one point had a hijacker living with him in his
apartment.

His statements to the tribunal, according to the
transcript, show that he wanted to distance himself from al-Qaeda but
also show him as unapologetic for helping militant extremists. The
tribunal is trying to determine if Hawsawi is an enemy combatant.

“Are
you an al-Qaeda member?” asked one of the military officers on the
tribunal, eliciting a negative answer from Hawsawi. The officer then
asked why Hawsawi has so many associations with al-Qaeda members.

“I help all the jihadists,” Hawsawi answered.

He
went on to say that he has never taken an oath to be a jihadist, nor
has he sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden, whom he said he has met
four or five times, according to the transcript.

Hawsawi admitted
being close to Mohammed and told the tribunal that he was captured at
the same time as Mohammed, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in March 2003.

The only substantive part of the transcript that is redacted appears to relate to their capture.

Also
on Thursday, the chief prosecutor for military commissions here, Air
Force Col. Morris Davis, said his team has been meeting with the
defense attorney for Hicks in preparation for hearings Friday and
Saturday that probably will determine a sentence for Hicks for
allegedly providing support for terrorism. Hicks entered a guilty plea
on Monday, and the presiding officer has yet to accept it.

Davis
said prosecutors are going to argue for “something substantially lower”
than the 20-year sentence given to American John Walker Lindh on
terrorism charges, describing Hicks as “wrongful, but not at the top of
the pyramid.” Hicks is likely to be sentenced by the end of the week.

Hicks’s father has said that he pleaded guilty simply as a way to end his five-year incarceration.

Staff writer Ann Scott Tyson and staff researcher Julie Tate in Washington contributed to this report.

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Gingrich links bilingual education and ‘ghetto’

Republican former House speaker mocks printing ballots in other languages

WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education Saturday with “the language of living in a ghetto” and mocked requirements that ballots be printed in multiple languages.

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Media Matters = Impotent or Liars

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clipped from www.911blogger.com

Another indication of media blackout on 9/11 issues:

Media Matters Ignores Right Wing Attacks on Rosie O’Donnell

Media Matters has failed to report on any of the recent “conservative” media’s feeding frenzy on Rosie O’Donnell and their vitriolic attacks on her First Amendment rights, which include calling for her dismissal and execution. Media Matters just this week published a blog on the site defending the repulsive Ann Coulter: http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/page.php?a=32662

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Flight 77


political-research : Message: Re: CNN Video: “NO PLANE HIT THE PENTAGON”



Re: CNN Video: “NO PLANE HIT THE PENTAGON”


Flight 77, the one that theoretically hit the pentagon, never even took
off.


It was cancelled at least a week in advance, or else it would have been
originally listed in the BTS database.


http://iinet.net.au/~holmgren/1177.html

DID  AA 77 REALLY HIT
THE PENTAGON ? EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS EXAMINED.


First published June 2002. Posted on this site with minor corrections,
January 2005



http://members.iinet.net.au/~holmgren/witness.html


Physical and Mathematical Analysis of the Pentagon Crash


http://www.serendipity.li/wot/holmgren/

INTRODUCTION

PART 1. PLANE
SPECIFICATIONS

PART 2.
ESTIMATIONS OF HOLE DIMENSIONS

PART 3. ENTRY
IMPACT CALCULATIONS AT 90 DEGREE FUSELAGE ANGLE

PART 4. EXPLOSION
ANALYSIS AT 90 DEGREE FUSELAGE ANGLE

PART 5. ENTRY
CALCULATIONS – FUSELAGE AT 45 DEGREES

PART 6. FUEL LOAD
ANALYSIS.

PART 7. WERE THE
LAWS OF PHYSICS DIFFERENT ON SEPT 11?

PART 8. “BUT
WRECKAGE WAS FOUND.”

PART 9. DNA
TESTING

PART 10. THE HOLE
IN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL

PART 11. WHAT
ABOUT THE EYEWITNESSES?

SUMMARY






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