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These news articles include revealing information on the call by
former government officials and pilots from around the world for a new
investigation, the cover-up of Blackwater Worldwide's crimes in Iraq by
State Department's Inspector General, the use of a pre-arranged plant by
the Clinton campaign, and more. Each excerpt is taken verbatim from the
major media website listed at the link provided. If any link fails to
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Former pilots and officials call for new U.S.
UFO probe

November 12, 2007, ABC

international panel of two dozen former pilots and government officials
called on the U.S. government on Monday to reopen its generation-old UFO
investigation as a matter of safety and security given continuing reports
about flying discs, glowing spheres and other strange sightings.
"Especially after the attacks of 9/11, it is no longer satisfactory to
ignore radar returns ... which cannot be associated with performances of
existing aircraft and helicopters," they said in a
statement released at a news conference. The panelists from seven
countries, including former senior military officers, said they had each
seen a UFO or conducted an official investigation into UFO phenomena.
"It's a question of who [are] you going to believe: your lying
eyes or the government?" remarked John
Callahan, a former Federal Aviation Administration investigator, who
said the CIA in 1987 tried to hush up the sighting of a huge lighted ball
four times the size of a jumbo jet in Alaska.
The panel,
organized by a group dedicated to winning credibility for the study of
UFOs, urged Washington to resume UFO investigations through the U.S. Air
Force or NASA. "It would certainly, I think, take a lot of angst out of
this issue," said former Arizona Gov. Fife
Symington, who said he was among hundreds who saw a delta-shaped
with enormous lights silently traverse the sky near Phoenix in 1997.

For lots more media coverage of this and other major UFO events,
click here. To watch clips of
the riveting testimony of these highly respected individuals, click here. For
their bios, photos, and official statements, click here.
a two-page summary of UFO testimony by top government and military
officials, click

UFOS: Are They for Real?

November 3, 2007, CNN

KING, HOST: Our panel here in Los Angeles, Fife
Symington, the former governor of Arizona, who in 1997 ridiculed an
infamous UFO
sighting by thousands of people in the state and later admitted that
he himself saw a craft. James Fox, the filmmaker who is the executive
producer of the award-winning feature length documentary "Out of the
Blue" -- the definitive investigation of the UFO phenomenon. Colonel
Chuck Halt
[USAF] the deputy base commander of Bentwaters Woodbridge, a U.S.
military base in Suffolk, England. Sergeant Jim Penniston ... a
security supervisor at that base in 1980. He says he sat with a UFO on
ground for 45 minutes before it hovered above him and shot into the air
an unearthly speed. SYMINGTON: I was a skeptic [until] I saw a
wedge-shaped craft of enormous proportions fly over ... Phoenix. KING:
Colonel Halt [what] did you see? HALT: We noticed three objects. They
were illuminated with multiple lights and were moving at high speed in
sharp, angular patterns. One of them approached us at very high speed
sent down a beam ... at our feet. SGT. JIM PENNISTON: I was there. We
discovered a craft of unknown origin ... on the ground. We touched it,
walked around it, photographed it. KING: Added to [our panel] is John
Callahan, the former division chief of accidents and investigations
branch of the FAA. In 1986 a Japanese pilot said he saw twin cylinders
flying in formation within 500 feet of his air cargo jet. He claimed the
object was the size of two aircraft carriers and it followed him for over
30 minutes. KING: After this incident, you said [the] FAA
administrator held a briefing. CALLAHAN: When we got all done with our
briefing ... the CIA man stood up and said, this event never happened, we
were never here, you're all sworn to secrecy and we are confiscating all
of this data.

To watch the video of this discussion, click here.
lots more fascinating information suggesting there may have been a major
cover-up of the UFO phenomenon, follow the links in the article above and
see our UFO
Information Center, which is filled with reliable, verifiable
information on this important topic.

I touched a UFO: ex-air force

November 13, 2007, Sydney Morning
(Australia's leading newspaper)

A group
of former pilots who have recounted seeing strange phenomena in the sky
has demanded the US government reopen an investigation into UFOs. Several
pilots offered dramatic accounts of witnessing UFOs - including a
transparent flying disc and a triangular craft with mysterious markings.
"We want the US government to stop perpetuating the myth that all UFOs
be explained away in down-to-earth, conventional terms," said Fife
Symington, [a] former governor of Arizona and air force pilot who
he saw a UFO in 1997. "Our country needs to reopen its official
investigation that it shut down in 1969," Symington said. "Nothing in my
training prepared me for what we were witnessing," said James Penniston, a
retired US Air Force pilot, as he described seeing and touching a UFO
he was stationed at a British air base in Woodbridge. He said he saw an
inexplicable triangular craft in a clearing in the woods with "blue and
yellow lights swirling around the exterior". The UFO was "warm to the
touch and felt like metal," Penniston said. One side of the craft had
pictorial symbols. Then after 45 minutes, the light from the object
to intensify" and it then "shot off at an unbelievable speed" before 80
Force personnel, he said. "In my logbook, I wrote 'speed: impossible'." A
former official with the Federal Aviation Administration, John
Callahan, said government agencies discourage inquiries into UFOs.
"'Who believes in UFOs?' is the kind of attitude of the FAA all the
he said. "However, when I asked the CIA person: 'What do you
it was,' he responded 'a UFO'." When Callahan suggested the government
tell Americans about [the] UFO, the CIA official allegedly told him: "'No
way, if we were to tell the American public there are UFOs they would

For an abundance of reliable, verifiable information and
suggesting a UFO cover-up, click here.

Symington: I saw a UFO in the Arizona

November 9, 2007, CNN

In 1997,
during my second term as governor of Arizona, I saw something that defied
logic and challenged my reality. I witnessed a massive delta-shaped
craft silently navigate over Squaw Peak, a mountain range in Phoenix,
Arizona. It was truly breathtaking. As a pilot and a former Air Force
Officer, I can definitively say that this craft did not resemble any
man-made object I'd ever seen.
The incident was witnessed by
hundreds -- if not thousands -- of people in Arizona, and my office was
besieged with phone calls from very concerned Arizonians. The growing
hysteria intensified when the story broke nationally. I decided to
the mood of the state by calling a press conference where my chief of
arrived in an alien costume. We managed to lessen the sense of panic but,
at the same time, upset many of my constituents. I would now like to set
the record straight. I never meant to ridicule anyone. My office did make
inquiries as to the origin of the craft, but to this day they remain
unanswered. Eventually the Air Force claimed responsibility stating that
they dropped flares. This is indicative of the attitude from official
channels. We get explanations that fly in the face of the facts.
Explanations like weather balloons, swamp gas and military flares. I was
never happy with the Air Force's silly explanation. I now know that I am
not alone. There are many high-ranking military, aviation and government
officials who share my concerns. While on active duty, they have either
witnessed a UFO incident or have conducted an official investigation into
UFO cases relevant to aviation safety and national security. By speaking
out with me, these people are putting their reputations on the line.
Investigations need to be re-opened, documents need to be unsealed and
idea of an open dialogue can no longer be shunned.

For a two-page summary of UFO testimony by top government and military
officials, click

O Brother, Who Art Thou?

November 15, 2007, Washington

"I am
my brother's keeper," Howard "Cookie" Krongard, the State Department's
inspector general, testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee yesterday. As Cookie surely must know, that excuse hasn't
since Genesis. In this case, the players weren't Cain and Abel, but
and his brother Buzzy. Cookie, under fire for allegedly quashing probes
the infamous Blackwater security contractor, began his testimony by
denying the "ugly rumors" that his brother, former CIA official Alvin
"Buzzy" Krongard, is on Blackwater's advisory board. But during a recess,
Cookie called Buzzy and learned that -- gulp -- the ugly rumors are true:
His brother is on the board. When the lawmakers returned, Cookie revised
and extended his testimony. "I had not been aware of that," Cookie told
the congressmen. "I hereby recuse myself from any matters having to do
with Blackwater." The lawmakers reacted with Old Testament fury. The
swaggering Cookie -- he alternately addressed the lawmakers with his
in his waistband, slouching in his chair, rolling his eyes and making
baffled glances -- had spent the morning aggressively denying the
allegations lodged against him: that he had impeded investigations into
contracting fraud, including weapons smuggling by Blackwater, and that he
had abused his underlings. But then came Buzzy's bombshell -- and
credibility crumbled. Either he had lied to Congress, or his own brother
had lied to him. It was only the latest bit of strangeness for the
powerful but eccentric Brothers Krongard. Buzzy [is] known for his cigar
chomping, martial arts and recreational workouts with SWAT teams.
"Krongard once punched a great white shark in the jaw," his
hometown Baltimore Sun reported when he took the No. 3 job at the CIA a
decade ago. More recently, Buzzy joined the advisory board of Blackwater,
the firm known for its ready trigger fingers in Iraq.

Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard was the Executive Director (the third-highest
position) at the CIA on 9/11, and had until 1998 been the head of the
used to buy many of the "put"
options on United Airlines stock made just prior to 9/11 that were
never claimed, though this received little media coverage.

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November 13, 2007, CNN

college student who was told what question to ask at one of New York Sen.
Hillary Clinton's campaign events said "voters have the right to know
happened" and she wasn't the only one who was planted. In an exclusive
on-camera interview with CNN, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old
sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, said giving anyone
specific questions to ask is "dishonest," and the whole incident has
her a negative outlook on politics. Gallo-Chasanoff ... said what
was simple: She said a senior Clinton staffer asked if she'd like to ask
the senator a question after an energy speech the Democratic presidential
hopeful gave in Newton, Iowa, on November 6. "I sort of thought about it,
and I said 'Yeah, can I ask how her energy plan compares to the other
candidates' energy plans?'" Gallo-Chasanoff said Monday night. According
to Gallo-Chasanoff, the staffer said, " 'I don't think that's a good
because I don't know how familiar she is with their plans.' " He
then opened a binder to a page that, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, had
about eight questions on it. "The top one was planned specifically for a
college student," she added. "It said 'college student' in brackets and
then the question."
Topping that sheet of paper was the
following: "As a young person, I'm worried about the long-term effects of
global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?" And while she
said she would have rather used her own question, Gallo-Chasanoff said
didn't have a problem asking the campaign's because she "likes to be
agreeable," adding that since she told the staffer she'd ask their
pre-typed question she "didn't want to go back on my word." Clinton
campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said ... Clinton had "no idea who she was
calling on." Gallo-Chasanoff wasn't so sure. "It seemed like she knew to
call on me because there were so many people, and ... I was the only
college student in that area," she said. Gallo-Chasanoff said she wasn't
the only person given a question.

Click on the link above to watch videos of the student asking the planted
question and of the full interview with CNN.

Big Brother Spying on Americans' Internet

November 7, 2007, ABC News

to a former AT&T employee, the government has warrantless access to a
deal of Internet traffic should they care to take a peek. As information
traded between users it flows also into a locked, secret room on the
floor of AT&T's San Francisco offices and other rooms around the country
-- where the U.S. government can sift through and find the information it
wants, former AT&T employee Mark Klein alleged Wednesday at a press
conference on Capitol Hill. "An exact copy of all Internet
that flowed through critical AT&T cables -- e-mails, documents, pictures,
Web browsing, voice-over-Internet phone conversations, everything -- was
being diverted to equipment inside the secret room,"
he said.
Klein ... said that as an AT&T technician overseeing Internet operations
in San Francisco, he helped maintain optical splitters that diverted data
en route to and from AT&T customers. One day he found that the splitters
were hard-wired into a secret room on the sixth floor. Documents he
obtained [from] AT&T showed that highly sophisticated data mining
equipment was kept there. Conversations he had with other technicians and
the AT&T documents led Klein to believe there are 15 to 20 such sites
nationwide, including in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego and
Atlanta, he said. Brian Reid, a former Stanford electrical engineering
professor who appeared with Klein, said the NSA would logically collect
phone and Internet data simultaneously because of the way fiber optic
cables are intertwined. He said ... the system described by Klein
suggests a "wholesale, dragnet surveillance."
Of the major
telecom companies, only Qwest is known to have rejected government
requests for access to data. Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio, appealing
insider trading conviction last month, said the government was seeking
access to data even before Sept. 11.

Foreclosure wave sweeps America

November 5, 2007, BBC

A wave

of foreclosures and evictions is about to sweep the United States in the

wake of the sub-prime mortgage lending crisis. This could destabilise the

US housing market and may also lead to further turmoil in financial

institutions, who collectively own $1 trillion (£480.6bn) worth of

sub-prime debt. Cleveland, Ohio, is an industrial city on the banks of

Lake Erie in the US "rust belt". It is the sub-prime capital of the


States. One in ten homes in the city is now vacant, and whole

neighbourhoods have been blighted by foreclosed, vandalized and


homes. Cleveland is facing a rising crime wave, and the cost of


the vacant houses alone will cost the city $100m of its tax base.


to Jim Rokakis, the County Treasurer for Cleveland's Cuyahoga County,

"Wall Street strategies that made the cycle of no-money-down,
no-questions-asked lending possible have sucked the life out of my city".
As the credit crunch continues to bite "families all over the country
continue to lose homes in record numbers, stripping families of their
wealth and destroying entire neighbourhoods,"
says Michael

Calhoun of the Center for
Responsible Lending, which tracks these issues. There have already

been 1.7 million foreclosure proceedings in the US in the first eight

months of 2007, and up to 2 million families are expected to lose their

homes over the next two years, according to estimates by the US


Joint Economic Committee. Many of these mortgages were sold by


and little regulated mortgage brokers, who received handsome commissions

for selling expensive and unsuitable products. Some customers were not

told that their interest rates would go up sharply after two years;


were promised they could refinance their home before higher rates took

effect. Others found that when they had difficulties paying, huge

unexplained fees were added to their bills, putting them further in


PG&E embraces solar thermal power

November 5, 2007, San Francisco
(San Francisco's leading newspaper)


California utilities scramble to buy more renewable energy, Pacific Gas

and Electric Co. and a Palo Alto startup will announce plans today to

build a solar power plant big enough to light more than 132,000 homes.

Ausra Inc. will design and build the plant, which will be located on the

Carrizo Plain of eastern San Luis Obispo County and could begin operating

as soon as 2010. San Francisco's PG&E has agreed to buy the plant's power

for 20 years. Like the rest of California's big utilities, PG&E faces a

state-imposed deadline to derive 20 percent of its power from certain

renewable sources by the end of 2010. So the company is turning to solar

thermal power plants, which can generate large amounts of energy on a

reliable basis. In July, the company agreed to buy power from a solar

plant planned for the Southern California desert, which will generate 553

megawatts, enough for more than 414,000 homes. PG&E plans to buy 1,000

megawatts of solar thermal energy within the next five years.

"Solar works best when it's really hot, and that's when we need a
lot of power,"
said Peter Darbee, the utility's chief executive

officer. "So solar is something we're exploring more." Solar
thermal plants do not use the solar cells that more Californians are
bolting to their rooftops. Instead, they use the sun's energy to heat
liquids that turn turbines and generate power.


uses flat mirrors that focus sunlight on tubes carrying water, which then

turns to steam. The plants can produce far more electricity than silicon

solar cells provide and at a far lower price. Ralph Cavanagh, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said

he's pleased to see the recent attention on solar thermal plants.


a very good idea for California, and they're also a really good idea for

the world," said Cavanagh, director of the environmental group's energy

program. "This is one of the scalable solutions that can make a big



For more inspiring reports of new renewable energy developments, click here.

Rice, Others Told to Testify in AIPAC

November 3, 2007, Washington



judge yesterday issued a rare ruling that ordered Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice and more than 10 other prominent current and former

government officials to testify on behalf of two pro-Israel lobbyists

accused of violating the Espionage Act at their upcoming criminal trial.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria [VA] directed that

subpoenas be issued to officials who include Rice, national security

adviser Stephen J. Hadley, former high-level Department of Defense

officials Paul D. Wolfowitz and Douglas J. Feith, and Richard L.


the former deputy secretary of state. Their testimony has been sought by

attorneys for Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, former employees of the

American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, who are accused of

conspiring to obtain classified information and pass it to members of the

media and the Israeli government. Attorneys for Rosen and
say Rice and the other officials could help clear them because they
provided the former lobbyists with sensitive information similar to what
they were charged for. Prosecutors have been trying to quash the
during secret hearings and in classified legal briefs
, but Ellis

wrote that the testimony could help "exculpate the defendants by negating

the criminal states of mind the government must prove." The lobbyists are

the first non-government civilians charged under the 1917 espionage

statute with verbally receiving and transmitting national defense

information. Rosen and Weissman were indicted in 2005 on charges of

conspiring to violate the Espionage Act by receiving national defense

information and transmitting it to journalists and employees of the

Israeli Embassy who were not entitled to receive it. Among those ordered

to testify are William Burns, the U.S. ambassador to Russia; Elliot

Abrams, deputy national security adviser; and Kenneth Pollack, former

director of Persian Gulf affairs for the National Security Council.
Chinese Chemicals Flow Unchecked Onto World
Drug Market

October 31, 2007, New York


ingredients exported from China are often made by chemical companies that

are neither certified nor inspected by Chinese drug regulators, The New

York Times has found. Because the chemical companies are not required to

meet even minimal drug-manufacturing standards, there is little to stop

them from exporting unapproved, adulterated or counterfeit ingredients.

The substandard formulations made from those ingredients often end up in

pharmacies in developing countries and for sale on the Internet, where

more Americans are turning for cheap medicine. [At a pharmaceutical trade

show in Milan], the Times identified at least 82 Chinese chemical

companies that said they made and exported pharmaceutical ingredients —

yet not one was certified by the State Food and Drug Administration in

China, records show. Nonetheless, the companies were negotiating deals at

the pharmaceutical show, where suppliers wooed customers with live music,

wine and vibrating chairs. In China, chemical manufacturers that sell


ingredients fall into a regulatory hole. Pharmaceutical companies are

regulated by the food and drug agency. Chemical companies that make

products as varied as fertilizer and industrial solvents are overseen by

other agencies. The problem arises when chemical companies cross over


drug ingredients. “We have never investigated a chemical
said Ms. Yan [Jiangying], deputy director of policy


regulation at the State Food and Drug Administration. “We don’t
have jurisdiction.” China has an estimated 80,000 chemical companies, and
the United States Food and Drug Administration does not know how many
ingredients used in drugs consumed by Americans.
The Times

examined thousands of companies selling products on major

business-to-business Internet trading sites and found more than 1,300

[Chinese] chemical companies offering pharmaceutical ingredients.


For many other reliable reports concerning health, click here.

Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to

October 23, 2007, New York


at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in

political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while

seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in

National Security Agency eavesdropping. The surge in contributions came

from a Who’s Who of executives at the companies, AT&T and Verizon,

starting with the chief executives and including at least 50 executives

and lawyers at the two utilities, according to campaign finance reports.

The money came primarily from a fund-raiser that Verizon held for Mr.

Rockefeller in March in New York and another that AT&T sponsored for him

in May in San Antonio. Mr. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate

Intelligence Committee, [has emerged] as the most important supporter of

immunity in [the Senate]. Mr. Rockefeller’s office said ... that the


increases in contributions from the telecommunications executives had no

influence on his support for the immunity provision. “Any suggestion that

Senator Rockefeller would make policy decisions based on campaign

contributions is patently false,” Wendy Morigi, a spokeswoman for him,

said. AT&T and Verizon have been lobbying hard to insulate themselves


suits over their reported roles in the security agency program by gaining

legal immunity from Congress. The effort included meetings with Mr.

Rockefeller and other members of the intelligence panels. Mr.
Rockefeller received little in the way of contributions from AT&T or
Verizon executives before this year, reporting $4,050 from 2002 through
2006. From last March to June, he collected a total of $42,850 from
executives at the two companies.
The increase was first reported

by the online journal Wired, using data compiled by the Web site

[Telecommunications] industry executives have given significant

contributions to a number of other Washington politicians, including two

presidential contenders, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain.

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