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These news articles include revealing information on the government
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Government Keeps a Secret After Studying Spy
Agencies


April 26, 2007, New York
Times



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/26/washington/26contracting.html

Concerned
about the growing dependence of the nation�s spy agencies on private
contractors, top intelligence officials have spent months determining just
how many contractors work at the C.I.A., D.I.A., F.B.I., N.S.A. and the
rest of the spook alphabet soup. Now they have an answer. But they cannot
reveal it, they say, because America�s enemies might be listening. Steven
Aftergood of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, said the
decision not to reveal the numbers was a sign of dysfunctional policies.
�It reveals how confused the government is about what is really sensitive
and what is not,� Mr. Aftergood said. �What would Osama bin Laden
do with the fraction of intelligence workers who are contractors?
Absolutely nothing.�
The government�s use of contractors has
accelerated greatly during the Bush administration. Nowhere has the
increase been more striking than in the spy agencies. The agencies have
long fought efforts to make public their budgets and work force numbers.
But not all officials have been punctilious about keeping the secrets. At
a conference in 2005 ... a deputy director of national intelligence, let
slip that the annual spy budget was $44 billion. Last year, John D.
Negroponte, then the intelligence director, said in a speech �almost
100,000 patriotic, talented and hard-working Americans� work for the
agencies. Why was Mr. Negroponte permitted to reveal that number? �It was
an estimate,� said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the current
intelligence chief.


Tenet Says He Was Made a Scapegoat Over Iraq
War


April 27, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/26/AR2007042602247.html

Former
CIA director George J. Tenet bitterly complains in a forthcoming
television interview that White House officials set him up as a scapegoat
when they revealed that he had assured President Bush the intelligence on
Iraq's suspected weapons arsenal was a "slam dunk." Tenet, who was one of
the longest-serving CIA directors in U.S. history, resigned abruptly in
June 2004 after administration infighting over the flawed intelligence in
the run-up to the Iraq war. Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom six
months later. Tenet then remained publicly silent about his role in the
presentation of prewar intelligence that turned out to be wrong. CBS
News's "60 Minutes" released excerpts of its Tenet interview. In the
interview, Tenet acknowledged that he used the phrase "slam dunk" during a
conversation with Bush and other key advisers in December 2002. But Tenet
said the phrase was an offhand remark used to describe the ease with which
a public case for war could be made. Washington Post Assistant Managing
Editor Bob Woodward first wrote about the conversation between Tenet and
Bush in his 2004 book "Plan of Attack." Bush told Woodward then that
Tenet's "slam dunk" assurance had been "very important" as he weighed
decisions about the invasion. In the television interview, Tenet takes
special exception with Bush's comments. Tenet initially denied
having used the phrase "slam dunk." But, in a 2005 speech at Kutztown
University in Pennsylvania, he said he regretted using the phrase to
describe the case against Iraq.
"Those were the two dumbest words
I ever said," Tenet said.

Note:
The head of the CIA admits he lied about something as vital as the use of a
phrase involving gross manipulation of the public in support of war. Who
else is lying here?


Doctors' Ties to Drug Companies Called
Commonplace


April 25, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/25/AR2007042502210.html

The ties
between doctors and drug manufacturers are close indeed. Most physicians
(94 percent) reported some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical
industry ... according to [a] study, published in the April 26 issue of
the New England Journal of Medicine. Most of these relationships involved
receiving food in the workplace (83 percent) or receiving drug samples (78
percent). More than one-third of the respondents (35 percent) were
reimbursed for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing
medical education, while more than one-quarter (28 percent) were
paid for consulting, delivering lectures or enrolling patients in clinical
trials.
Over the past two decades, physician-industry
relationships have attracted increasing scrutiny. One review found that,
on average, physicians meet with industry representatives four times a
month, and medical residents accept six gifts annually from industry
representatives. "We know that these relationships have benefits and
risks, and we know that they benefit the companies that are involved, and
we know from our data that they benefit doctors," said study author Eric
G. Campbell, an assistant professor of health care policy at the Institute
for Health Policy at Harvard Medical School. "The real question is to what
extent do these relationships benefit patients, and the answer is, we
don't know." Campbell said that he found it hard to believe that
free football tickets for a doctor would trickle down to benefit patients.


Note:
For an excellent article by one of the foremost doctors in the nation on
how the pharmaceutical industry has corrupted politics and damaged our
health, click here.



Jessica Lynch Sets Record
Straight


April 25, 2007, CBS News


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/25/earlyshow/main2725423.shtml

On
Tuesday, former Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch testified in Washington, D.C.,
about the real story of her capture and rescue while serving in Iraq in
2003. She spoke before the House Government Reform Committee along with
the family of fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman. Lynch was badly injured when
her convoy was ambushed in Iraq in 2003. She was later rescued by American
troops from an Iraqi hospital, but the tale of her ambush was changed into
a story of heroism on her part. At the hearing, the chairman of the House
panel, Henry Waxman, accused the government of inventing "sensational
details and stories" about Tillman's death and Lynch rescue. After she
arrived home, Lynch set the record straight in a book called "I Am a
Soldier, Too." "At first I didn't even realize � the stories that were
being told," she said. "It was quite a while afterwards, and then I found
out. I knew that I had to get the truth out there because, one, I
wouldn't be able to live with myself ... knowing that these stories were
portraying me to do something that I didn't."
Although Lynch was
injured severely, she didn't suffer any gunshots wounds.

Note:
Thank you to Jessica for being a hero with the courage to expose the lies
and fabrications of those who will do almost anything to support the war
machine. For more, click
here.


Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against
Cheney


April 24, 2007, Washington
Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/24/AR2007042401542.html

We hold
these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they
are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that, among
these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure
these rights, governments are instituted among men ... and, whenever any
form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of
the people to alter or to abolish it. These words from the Declaration of
Independence are instructive. Because not only whenever any form of
government, but whenever any government official becomes destructive of
the founding purposes, that official or those officials must be held
accountable. Because I believe the vice president's conduct of office has
been destructive to the founding purposes of our nation ... I have
introduced House Resolution 333, Articles of Impeachment Relating to Vice
President Richard B. Cheney. It became obvious to me that this
vice president, who was a driving force for taking the United States into
a war against Iraq under false pretenses, is once again rattling the
sabers of war against Iran with the same intent to drive America into
another war, again based on false pretenses.
Preceding the March
2003 invasion of Iraq, the vice president was fully informed that no
legitimate evidence existed of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, the vice president actively and
systematically sought to deceive the citizens and the Congress ... about
an alleged threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The vice president
pressured the intelligence community to change their findings to enable the
deception of the citizens and the Congress of the United States.

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Gas-sipping vehicle gets 1,900
mpg


April 21, 2007, Los Angeles
Times



http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-garagebriefs21apr21,1,5317797.story

We
couldn't pass up mention of the winner of last week's Eco-marathon
Americas, a fuel-economy challenge sponsored by Shell Oil Co. A team from
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo won the $10,000 grand prize by achieving the
equivalent of 1,902.7 miles per gallon on regular gasoline in a
student-built vehicle. Granted, the students didn't win in someone's mom's
Dodge minivan. Their "car" is a one-occupant streamliner built of carbon
fiber composite. At a measly 98 pounds, it weighed less than the driver.
And that was 98 pounds including the car's 50-cubic-centimeter Honda
engine. "The main reason we do this is because it's a way to encourage
students to focus on technical innovation for potential future careers,"
said David Sexton, president of Shell Oil Products. But there is a
practical side to the competition, said Cal Poly team manager Tom Heckel,
a junior mechanical engineering major. "Any publicity we can get
makes people aware that the 20 mpg or so they're averaging in their cars
can be improved on � a lot."
The event, held April 14 at the
California Speedway in Fontana, was the first time that Shell had brought
its 25-year-old Eco-marathon competition to the U.S. The event drew 20
university, college and high school teams from around the U.S. and Canada.
Rules called for each vehicle to complete seven 1.45-mile laps around the
speedway's inner track, averaging at least 15 mph. Fuel consumption was
measured after each attempt and adjusted for ambient temperature and other
factors in a complex formula that ends up giving an extrapolation of miles
per gallon.

Note:
Why would the president of Shell Oil Products state the main reason for
this competition is about careers and not finding ways to improve gas
mileage? The world record is over 10,000
mpg. How is it that the average car gets only 22 mpg when the Ford Model T
got 25 mpg almost 100 years ago? For more, click
here.


The wave that destroyed Atlantis

April 20, 2007, BBC News


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6568053.stm

The
legend of Atlantis, the country that disappeared under the sea, may be
more than just a myth.
Research on the Greek island of Crete
suggests Europe's earliest civilisation was destroyed by a giant tsunami.
Until about 3,500 years ago, a spectacular ancient civilisation was
flourishing in the Eastern Mediterranean. The ancient Minoans were
building palaces, paved streets and sewers, while most Europeans were
still living in primitive huts. But around 1500BC the people who spawned
the myths of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth abruptly disappeared. Now the
mystery of their cataclysmic end may finally have been solved. A group of
scientists have uncovered new evidence that the island of Crete was hit by
a massive tsunami at the same time that Minoan culture disappeared. "The
geo-archaeological deposits contain a number of distinct tsunami
signatures," says Dutch-born geologist Professor Hendrik Bruins. "Minoan
building material, pottery and cups along with food residue ... were mixed
up with rounded beach pebbles and sea shells. "The latter can only have
been scooped up from the sea-bed by one mechanism - a powerful tsunami,"
says Professor Bruins. The scientists have obtained radiocarbon dates for
the deposits that show the tsunami could have hit the coast at exactly the
same time as an eruption of the Santorini volcano. It caused massive
climatic disruption and the blast was heard over 3000 miles away. The
[resulting] wave would have been as powerful as the one that devastated
the coastlines of Thailand and Sri Lanka. The myth of Atlantis, the city
state that was lost beneath the sea, was first mentioned by Plato over 2000
years ago.

Note:
So the "myth" of Atlantis may not have been just a myth after
all. How many other myths might eventually be found to be based in fact?



20-year seal put on Columbine
depositions


April 3, 2007, Denver
Post



http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_5580190

The
depositions of the parents of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold will be kept under seal in the National Archives for 20 years, a
federal judge ruled Monday. No one, including violence prevention experts,
will be able to see them until they are unsealed
, U.S. District
Judge Lewis Babcock ruled. They will be kept permanently in the National
Archives, where they are considered to be of historical value. The
depositions of the parents took place in 2003 in connection with a lawsuit
filed by the families of five slain Columbine High School students. Brian
Rohrbough, the father of slain student Daniel Rohrbough, said he was
angered by the ruling. Rohrbough, who watched as attorneys interviewed the
parents during the deposition sessions, said there is nothing in them that
would cause any harm. Instead, their release could prevent further school
shootings, he said. Rohrbough is under court order not to divulge details.
"There is no rational reason to lock them up," Rohrbough said. "It's just
the idea that it would be OK in 20 years, and can't be OK today."

Note:
Why all the secrecy? Could it be to hide evidence showing it could have
been stopped?

Columbine: Were There Warnings?

February 26, 2004, CBS
News



http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/26/national/main602460.shtml

A report
on the Columbine High School massacre ... could answer questions about
what police knew before the shootings that left 13 victims and two gunmen
dead. The families of the victims of the April 20, 1999 massacre were the
first to see, in private, [a] mountain of evidence. Some of the evidence
is expected to show that Harris and Klebold were on police radar nearly
two years before the attack. Brian Rohrbough, whose son, Danny, died at
Columbine, said he was hopeful that he would get the answers he and other
family members have been seeking. Rohrbough [has] been one of the most
vocal critics of the sheriff department's failure to follow up on tips
about Harris in the 18 months before Columbine. "I have a hard
time sleeping at night because I cannot share with you what I know," he
said hours before the report was to be released. Rohrbough and some other
relatives of victims have seen a deposition given by Wayne Harris, father
of Eric Harris. A federal magistrate has ordered the deposition, which is
already sealed, destroyed.
Rohrbough also is pressing for
release of an investigation by the school district, which the district
insists it must withhold because teachers questioned during the probe
haven't given their permission. Rohrbough is convinced school staff saw a
video the teen killers made that gave a hint of their plans. "We were lied
to about a number of things and it seems like that things were hidden from
us and we never understood why," said Scott. "And I honestly think the
answers are not in the things we looked at yesterday. I think they're in
sealed reports and possibly things that have been destroyed," he said.


Note:
Why is the government destroying key evidence in this crucial case? Could
it be that the government is somehow implicated? To explore this
disturbing possibility, click here.



Older Articles Recently Discovered



Cosmic bolt probed in shuttle
disaster


February 7, 2003, San Francisco
Chronicle
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)



http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/07/CAMERA.TMP

Federal
scientists are looking for evidence that a bolt of electricity in the
upper atmosphere might have doomed the space shuttle Columbia as it
streaked over California. Investigators are combing records from a
network of ultra-sensitive instruments that might have detected a faint
thunderclap in the upper atmosphere at the same time a photograph taken by
a San Francisco astronomer appears to show a purplish bolt of lightning
striking the shuttle.
Los Alamos National Laboratories physicist
Mark Stanley said that "we've seen very strong ionization in sprites"
indicating that there were enough air molecules ionized to cause heating
and an accompanying pulse -- a celestial thunderclap, as it were. NASA
administrators confirmed Thursday that the photograph ... is being
evaluated by Columbia crash investigators. The astronomer, who has asked
that his name not be used, has declined to release the digital image to
the media. [A] family of "transient" electrical effects occup[ies] this
part of the sky, including sprites, which leap from the ionosphere to the
tops of thunderheads. Ironically, an experiment of Israeli astronaut Ilan
Ramon, aboard the doomed Columbia, was among the last fully funded work
conducted on sprites. Scientists have observed interaction between a blue
jet and a meteor. And in December 1999, Los Alamos National Laboratories
researcher David Suszcynsky and colleagues, including Lyons, published an
account of a meteor that apparently triggered a sprite.

Note:
For a second article with the subtitle "Mysterious purple streak is
shown hitting Columbia 7 minutes before it disintegrated," click
here. Though this most bizarre news suggested another possible reason
for the crash of the shuttle Columbia, it was virtually ignored throughout
the official investigation. Why?


Inside the CIA: An interview with former CIA
analyst Melvin Goodman


January 1998, CNN


http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/21/interviews/goodman/

Melvin
Goodman was a senior analyst in Soviet affairs at the Central Intelligence
Agency, where he worked for two decades (1966-1986). He currently is
professor of international studies at the National War College.
[In
the CIA], not only do you have political assassinations -- attempts at
least -- throughout the Fifties and the Sixties ... but you even have
assassination attempts against international leaders: the Mongoose
operation in Cuba [and] assassination attempts in Chile, where you were
dealing with a country that wasn't even in the vital national interests or
concerns of the United States. All of these assassination attempts were
done with the authorization of the White House. I think the major problem
at the CIA -- and it exists to this day -- is that you have two cultures.
You have an intelligence or analytical culture that must remain open. The
opposite of that is the clandestine side: it's secret, it's a policy
branch of the government. The White House basically uses the
operational component of the CIA to do its bidding. It's very useful to
have a clandestine corps to carry out military or paramilitary actions
very cheaply, without the hand of the United States or a particular
president being obvious.
In many ways, you're getting worst-case
assessments, because quite often the contacts of the CIA are people on the
CIA payroll, telling the CIA what these people believe the CIA wants to
know -- in return for payment. So the whole tradecraft is somewhat
suspicious and somewhat corrupt from the very outset.

Note:
Melvin Goodman is one of many senior government officials who question the
government's 9/11 story. For his comments on this, click
here. For other senior officials with similar sentiments, click
here.
CIA and DOD Human Subjects Research
Scandals


U.S. Department of Energy
Website



http://hss.energy.gov/healthsafety/ohre/roadmap/achre/chap3_4.html

In
December 1974, the New York Times reported that the CIA had conducted
illegal domestic activities, including experiments on U.S. citizens during
the 1960s. That report prompted investigations by both Congress (in the
form of the Church
Committee) and a presidential commission (known as the Rockefeller
Commission) into the domestic activities of the CIA, the FBI, and
intelligence-related agencies of the military. Congressional
hearings and the Rockefeller Commission report revealed to the public for
the first time that the CIA and the DOD had conducted experiments on both
cognizant and unwitting human subjects as part of an extensive program to
influence and control human behavior through the use of psychoactive drugs
(such as LSD and mescaline) and other chemical, biological, and
psychological means.
They also revealed that at least one subject
had died after administration of LSD. Frank Olson, an Army scientist, was
given LSD without his knowledge or consent in 1953 as part of a CIA
experiment and apparently committed suicide a week later. Subsequent
reports would show that another person ... died as a result of a secret
Army experiment involving mescaline. The CIA program, known principally by
the codename MKULTRA, began in 1950
and was motivated largely in response to alleged Soviet, Chinese, and North
Korean uses of mind-control techniques on U.S. prisoners of war in Korea.
Most of the MKULTRA records were deliberately destroyed in 1973 by order
of then-Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms.

Note:
This highly revealing article on a U.S. government website shows that the
CIA was actively involved in mind control projects. For an excellent
summary based on thousands of pages of declassified CIA documents showing
the secret creation of unknowing assassins or "Manchurian
Candidates," click
here.




Special Note: For a Crossfire video clip with Jon
Stewart which reveals the polarization agenda of the media and how it
serves to keep people for working for real change and improvement, click here. For a
riveting 10-minute video clip of "The Ultimate Con" showing
media reports which leave no doubt as to bombs going off in the World
Trade Centers on 9/11, click here. And for
a New York Times article with good news on how the Texas
legislature blocked the governors's attempt to force a vaccine on all 6th
grade girls (and bring huge profits to the pharmaceuticals developing the
very expensive vaccine), click
here.



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