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Combined evidence from several articles now in print show without a doubt that Ashcroft and administration officals were briefed in July. No more PLAUSIBLE DENIAL.

On July 5, 2001, according to a recent Washington Post article, the White House called together officials from a dozen federal agencies to give them a warning.
"Something really spectacular is going to happen here, and it's going to happen soon," the officials were told by the government's top counterterrorism official, Richard Clarke.
Clarke considered the threat sufficiently important to direct every counterintelligence office to cancel vacations and get ready for immediate action, the Post reported.
On July 26, 2001, cbsnews.com reported that John Ashcroft had stopped flying on commercial airlines.
Ashcroft used to fly commercial, just as Janet Reno did. So why, two months before Sept. 11, did he start taking chartered government planes?
CBS News correspondent Jim Stewart asked the Justice Department.
Because of a "threat assessment" by the FBI, he was told. But "neither the FBI nor the Justice Department ... would identify what the threat was, when it was detected or who made it," CBS News reported.
The FBI did advise Ashcroft to stay off commercial aircraft. The rest of us just had to take our chances.
The FBI obviously knew something was in the wind. Why else would it have Ashcroft use a $1,600-plus per hour G-3 Gulfstream when he could have flown commercial, as he always did before, for a fraction of the cost?
Ashcroft demonstrated an amazing lack of curiosity when asked if he knew anything about the threat. "Frankly, I don't," he told reporters.
So our nation's chief law enforcement officer was told that flying commercial was hazardous to his health, and yet he appeared not to care what the threat was, who made it, how, or why?
Note that it was the FBI that warned Ashcroft before Sept. 11. That's the same FBI now claiming it didn't "connect the dots" before Sept. 11.
Had we in the press been on our toes, we might have realized that if flying commercial posed a threat to John Ashcroft, it also posed a threat to the population at large.
Nothing will be done 04.Jun.2002 09:48

wide awake in Sisters

Many people across the world are awake to what the truth is. Many knew the minute it happen. It shocked us and stirred us, not on a mental level...but our deep connection to the earth and humanity.

It always happens that way. Then one-by-one people start understanding the ramifications of waking up. They are afraid of what this all means. They begin to understand that there is no real democracy in the US or the world. If we speak we will lose our perceived status, our perceived power, and our perceived money. Many already are afraid that "voters" in the US know for sure that their vote does not count. Many more know that votes are manipulated by power structures. People are afraid of what this means.

Many know that with an awareness of the reality of how power is organized on the earth, comes the awareness of the danger.

For example: In America, we decided that the very diverse groups of people who live here would not stand in open fields and shoot at each other (American revolution and Civil War) when we disagreed. We said collectively that we would use a democratic process of electing representatives and deciding on issues.

Many who are waking up to what has happened since the take-over of Bush are beginning to see the true ramifications of the destruction of democracy. They are beginning to shut down. They cannot face what has been created and what will come in the days ahead. The deeper we crawl into this place the harder it will be to stand up against tyranny.

Most Americans do not have the inner strength to wake up fully and take action.

True 04.Jun.2002 13:39

Keeping the watch in Portland

For what it's worth ... and in a world where price=value, who knows ... that little analysis is right on.

The plan of those in power who want more power couldn't be working better. Many people are hunkering down and waiting, confused, cowed, doing not nearly enough ... including me too much of the time.

It's clear something must be done, but even those who demand we get off our fearful, complacent asses offer no tangible plans.

If there exists a force for good out there, i hope it exerts itself soon. Whether it be in the stones, in the water, in an obnoxious anarchist kid, in the jaded eyes of those who've seen this happen too many times ... whether it hides in the games of the cat, or in the sidewalk's millions of stray rubber bands. Wherever. Whatever. Whoever.

May we find the courage we need to stand up before it's too late.

Dear Nothing Will Be Done 04.Jun.2002 13:39


Dear Nothing Will Be Done,

Or perhaps a group of committed individuals will do what they can to create another moment like Seattle, which will reinvigorate our excitement and hope to an unprecedented level.

All these shut down folks need a little kick start. I'm not feeling shut down these days. I'm taking action. Hopefully it will inspire others to do the same.

Its time for a revolution. Although there is a superficial repression of this impulse, the days of the Bush administration and maybe even capitalism itself are numbered.

Have a happy revolution.


Wakey-Wakey!! 05.Jun.2002 18:27


I for one have been trying to cultivate more sensitivity towards those sleepy-eyed, slumbering multitudes just now blinking their orbs in the daylight. We radicals who have seen the writing on the wall for years (decades, even) should be kind to those who haven't been searching for evidence of a coming collapse and explain alternatives in a supportive manner.

A world is a very big thing to hit someone with.