7pm WED SEPT 28th - pdx911truthalliance to screen "THE LONE GUNMAN" TV pilot from Mar 2001
>>>Did you know that there was an episode of a television show that spelled out the entire scenario of 9/11 that aired 6 months before it happened? That show was called ³The Lone Gunman,² which was a spin-off of the wildly successful ³The X-Files,² a fictionalized program about the intelligence services investigating the paranormal. The pilot of ³The Lone Gunman² had it all, a passenger plane being remotely controlled by some faction within the military-industrial complex, to crash the plane into (yes!) the World Trade Center, to provoke a staged incident. This show also had an early reference to President John F. Kennedy, alleged assassinations, super computer-chips that parallels the Clipper Chip and Promis software, etc. AND WE HAVE THIS SHOW!! Yes, we are going to show the ENTIRE EPISODE of ³The Lone Gunman² the next meeting, Wed. Sep. 28th. PLEASE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT MISS THIS MEETING!!
Just to give you a flavor, the following is most of the meeting memo feom Wed Sapt 14th. Our video showings, as with Sept 28th, always free, open to the public, and welcoming the whole community to participate:
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 23:09:04 -0700
Subject: (2 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS) Minutes from the 9/11 PDX Truth Alliance for Wed. Sep. 14th
From: "Richard Frager" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
MINUTES FROM THE PDX 9/11 TRUTH ALLIANCE OF Sept. 14th, 2005
* Thank you everybody for showing up: Bill, Vern, Glen, Julie, Irvin, Kevin, Phillip, Jane, Cherie, Ray, Vivian, Phyllis, Dave, Myrna, Roger and Yours Truly: Richard.
ALSO Much credit to the following citizens who were at Friday nightıs ³Reclaim Our Vote: Crisis in America: conference at PSU with Thom Hartmann and Bob Fitarkis: Bill, Vern and Yours Truly: Richard!
* Our next meeting will be Set. 28th a 7 pm at Laughing Horse Books, which is at 3625 SE Division. In October we are scheduled at Laughing Horse twice, Wednesday the 5th and Wednesday the 19th.
TWO SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
* The PDX 9/11 Truth Alliance has scheduled another event at the Library. This one is 2 days before the 43rd anniversary of Pres. John F Kennedyıs assassination in Dallas, Texas. The scheduled date for our event is Sunday, November the 20th. Glen and I discussed the title of the event, and all input is welcomed at our next meeting. As of now, the working title is ³From JFK through 9/11: 43 years of State-Sponsored Terrorism.² It may be a bit shocking, if so we can tone it down a bit!!
* Did you know that there was an episode of a television show that spelled out the entire scenario of 9/11 that aired 6 months before it happened? That show was called ³The Lone Gunman,² which was a spin-off of the wildly successful ³The X-Files,² a fictionalized program about the intelligence services investigating the paranormal. The pilot of ³The Lone Gunman² had it all, a passenger plane being remotely controlled by some faction within the military-industrial complex, to crash the plane into (yes!) the World Trade Center, to provoke a staged incident. This show also had an early reference to President John F. Kennedy, alleged assassinations, super computer-chips that parallels the Clipper Chip and Promis software, etc. AND WE HAVE THIS SHOW!! Yes, we are going to show the ENTIRE EPISODE of ³The Lone Gunman² the next meeting, Wed. Sep. 28th. PLEASE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT MISS THIS MEETING!!
Minutes from the Wed. Sept. 14th meeting:
* We saw a Mindy Klienberg video, she is a widower from 9/11, and we also listened to a Aug. 2005, audio of a very prescient Mike Ruppert, talking about peak oil and global climate change. Let me know if anybody wants a two-fer of two August, 2005 interviews with Mike Ruppert. I will send it free of charge, although I would appreciate $2 per CD just to cover costs!
* The Saturday Sep. 10th event with Morgan Reynolds went extremely well and we may even have a special guest to our November event.
* By the way, http://www.reopen911.org/index.html WILL send out a free DVD, but you have to be persistent.
* David has raised an interesting issue: what OTHER actions should our group take to promote 9/11 and other covert AND overt operations against the American and Global Public? David, citizen activism isnıt that well paid, but it is steady work.
* Glen and Cherie gave updates to the ³State² official 9/11 event at the Public Library. I believe it was called ³Alliances Public Conversation.² It sounded like the only conversation that was happening was the usual total disinformation.
NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED FROM CORPORATE MEDIA:
Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims By LAURIE SMITH ANDERSON
In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasnıt registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
³I begged him to let me continue,² said Perlmutter, who left his home and practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Pennsylvania to come to Louisiana and volunteer to care for hurricane victims. ³People were dying, and I was the only doctor on the tarmac (at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) where scores of nonresponsive patients lay on stretchers. Two patients died in front of me.
³I showed him (the U.S. Coast Guard official in charge) my medical credentials. I had tried to get through to FEMA for 12 hours the day before and finally gave up. I asked him to let me stay until I was replaced by another doctor, but he refused. He said he was afraid of being sued. I informed him about the Good Samaritan laws and asked him if he was willing to let people die so the government wouldnıt be sued, but he would not back down. I had to leave.² FEMA issued a formal response to Perlmutterıs story, acknowledging that the agency does not use voluntary physicians.
³We have a cadre of physicians of our own,² FEMA spokesman Kim Pease said Thursday. ³They are the National Disaster Medical Team. ... The voluntary doctor was not a credentialed FEMA physician and, thus, was subject to law enforcement rules in a disaster area.² A Coast Guard spokesman said he was looking into the incident but was not able to confirm it.
Perlmutter, Dr. Clark Gerhart and medical student Alison Torrens flew into Baton Rouge on a private jet loaned by a Pennsylvania businessman several days after Katrina hit. They brought medicine and supplies with them. They stayed the first night in Baton Rouge and persuaded an Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot to fly them into New Orleans the next day. ³I was going to make it happen,² the orthopedic surgeon said. ³I was at Ground Zero too, and I had to lie to get in there.²
At the triage area in the New Orleans airport, Perlmutter was successful in getting FEMA to accept the insulin and morphine he had brought. ³The pharmacist told us they were completely out of insulin and our donation would save numerous lives. Still, I felt we were the most-valuable resource, and we were sent away.² Gerhart said the scene they confronted at the airport was one of ³hundreds of people lying on the ground, many soaked in their own urine and feces, some coding (dying) before our eyes.² FEMA workers initially seemed glad for help and asked Gerhart to work inside the terminal and Perlmutter to work out on the tarmac. They were told only a single obstetrician had been on call at the site for the past 24 hours.
Then, the Coast Guard official informed the group that he could not credential them or guarantee tort coverage and that they should return to Baton Rouge. ³That shocked me, that those would be his concerns in a time of emergency,² Gerhart said. Transported back to Baton Rouge, Perlmutterıs frustrated group went to state health officials who finally got them certifieda simple process that took only a few seconds. ³I found numerous other doctors in Baton Rouge waiting to be assigned and others who were sent away, and there was no shortage of need,² he said.
Perlmutter spent some time at the Department of Health and Hospitalıs operational center at Jimmy Swaggart Ministries before moving to the makeshift ³Kmart Hospital² doctors established at an abandoned store to care for patients. After organizing an orthopedics room and setting up ventilators there, Perlmutter went back to the Swaggart Center and then to the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Centerıs field hospital to care for patients being flown in from the New Orleans area. ³We saw elderly patients who had been off their medicine for days, diabetics without insulin going into shock, uncontrolled hypertension, patients with psychosis and other mental disorders, lots of diarrhea, dehydration and things you would expect. I slept on a patient cot there every night until I came home.²
Gerhart said he felt the experience overall was successful and rewarding, although frustrating at times. ³You donıt expect catastrophes to be well organized. A lot of people, both private citizens and government officials, were working very hard.² Perlmutter did not return home empty-handed. He brought a family of four evacuees back with him and is still working with Baton Rouge volunteer Hollis Barry to facilitate the relocation of additional hurricane victims to Pennsylvania.
He also returned with a sense of outrage. ³I have been trying to call Sen. Arlen Specter (of Pennsylvania) to let him know of our experience. ³I have been going to Ecuador and Mexico (on medical missions) for 14 years. I was at ground zero. Iıve seen hundreds of people die. This was different because we knew the hurricane was coming. FEMA showed up late and then rejected help for the sake of organization. They put form before function, and people died.² Both FEMA and the Coast Guard operate under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which has been widely criticized for its disjointed, slow response to the devastation caused by Katrina. Federal officials are urging medical personnel who want to volunteer to help with disaster relief to contact the Medical Reserve Corps or the American Red Cross for registration, training and organization.
Explosive Residue Found on Failed Levee Debris
When the Army Corps of Engineers experts questioned the levee breaks, the story morphed into damage caused by a loose barge. When it became clear that it was not one hole but three holes in different places, they invented a second barge. They havenıt said yet what made the third hole. But here is a story, if true, that will blow them out of the water: An Army Corps of Engineers diver takes burnt concrete to forensics lab and explosives are identified. Remember that the only parties who lie about evidence are the perpetrators or those protecting the perpetratorsno one else has a motive to lie.
New Orleans, LADivers inspecting the ruptured levee walls surrounding New Orleans found something that piqued their interest: Burn marks on underwater debris chunks from the broken levee wall ! One diver, a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saw the burn marks and knew immediately what caused them. When he surfaced and showed the evidence to his superior, the on-site Coordinator for FEMA stepped-in and said ³You are not here to conduct an investigation as to why this rupture occurred, but only to determine how best to close it.² The FEMA coordinator then threw the evidence back into the water and said ³You will tell no one about this.²
At that point, the diver went back down to do more inspection of the levee. On the second dive, he secreted a small chunk of the debris inside his wet suit and later arranged for it to be sent to trusted military friends at a The U.S. Army Forensic Laboratory at Fort Gillem, Georgia for testing. According to well placed sources, a military forensic specialist determined the burn marks on the cement chunks did, in fact, come from high explosives. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity said ³We found traces of boron-enhanced fluoronitramino explosives as well as PBXN-111. This would indicate at least two separate types of explosive devices.²
The levee ruptures in New Orleans did not take place during Hurricane Katrina, but rather a day after the hurricane struck. Several residents of New Orleans and many Emergency Workers reported hearing what sounded like large, muffled explosions from the area of the levee, but those were initially discounted as gas explosions from homes with leaking gas lines.
If these allegations prove true, the ruptured levee which flooded New Orleans was a deliberate act of mass destruction perpetrated by someone with access to military-grade UNDERWATER high explosives.
Cover-Up: Toxic Waters Will Make New Orleans Unsafe for a Decadeı Geoffrey Lean Source: Independent UK
Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger. In an exclusive interview, Hugh Kaufman, an expert on toxic waste and responses to environmental disasters at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the way the polluted water was being pumped out was increasing the danger to health.
The pollution was far worse than had been admitted, he said, because his agency was failing to take enough samples and was refusing to make public the results of those it had analysed. ³Inept political hacks² running the clean-up will imperil the health of low-income migrant workers by getting them to do the work. His intervention came as President Bushıs approval ratings fell below 40 per cent for the first time. Yesterday, Britainıs Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, turned the screw by criticising the US Presidentıs opposition to the Kyoto protocol on global warming. He compared New Orleans to island nations such as the Maldives, which are threatened by rising sea levels.
Other US sources spelt out the extent of the danger from one of Americaıs most polluted industrial areas, known locally as ³Cancer Alley². The 66 chemical plants, refineries and petroleum storage depots churn out 600m lb of toxic waste each year. Other dangerous substances are in site storage tanks or at the port of New Orleans. No one knows how much pollution has escaped through damaged plants and leaking pipes into the ³toxic gumbo² now drowning the city. Mr Kaufman says no one is trying to find out.
Few people are better qualified to judge the extent of the problem. Mr Kaufman, who has been with the EPA since it was founded 35 years ago, helped to set up its hazardous waste programme. After serving as chief investigator to the EPAıs ombudsman, he is now senior policy analyst in its Office of Solid Wastes and Emergency Response. He said the clean-up needed to be ³the most massive public works exercise ever done², adding: ³It will take 10 years to get everything up and running and safe.²
Mr Kaufman claimed the Bush administration was playing down the need for a clean-up: the EPA has not been included in the core White House group tackling the crisis. ³Its budget has been cut and inept political hacks have been put in key positions,² Mr Kaufman said. ³All the money for emergency response has gone to buy guns and cowboys - which donıt do anything when a hurricane hits. We were less prepared for this than we would have been on 10 September 2001.² He said the water being pumped out of the city was not being tested for pollution and would damage Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi river, and endanger people using it downstream.
Same Pathogen In N.O. BioLab Shows Up In Evacuees ==Vibrio Pathogens In New Orleans Patricia Doyle, PhD
I notice in the second part of this email the author describes using cultures of vibrio cholera obtained from the N.O. Public Health Lab. It is therefore noted that cultrues of V. Cholera strains were, indeed, kept at the N.O. Public Health Lab...the one that was cracked open with bolt cutters. Then again, I am sure a little chlorox did the trick. Sure. Interesting that the same strain as the culture seems to be infecting some of the evacuees in Tennessee and around the country.
I also note a Hep A vaccine shortage. They recommend getting the HAV vaccine, and, all of a suddent, there is a shortage. One way to keep the price up and ensure that ONLY those who can pay get the vaccine. I just heard a talk show host on WABC NY confirm that Mayor Nagin went to Dallas and purchased a new home for his family. He moved his family to Dallas and claims that he will live in New Orleans during the work week but the family will remain in Dallas where the children will go to school. Now what does that tell you about the safety of New Orleans? What does he KNOW that the public doesnıt?
ProMed Mail - Jim Diaz
Vibrio cholerae is not endemic in Louisiana, but more pathogenic non-cholera Vibrios are, and they have already killed and will continue to do so. I have been [back] to New Orleans, and there are no mosquitoes now; all larvae were killed by floating petrochemicals. The ARBOR diseases will return soon, principally West Nile virusworse than in Mississippiand spraying will be required later when the floodwaters recede.
Current mild diarrheal diseases are viral and secondary to poor sanitation and endemic RNA enteric viruses. More serious dysenteric disease outbreaks could follow among those who are not evacuating flooded areas and who are consuming contaminated food and water. Dysenteric diseases should not be a problem in well-run shelters. Baton Rouge will probably have a hepatitis A outbreak in 4-6 weeks so get vaccinated for HAV now, because there are inadequate stocks of IgG and HAV vaccine to respond to an outbreak.
As we enter flu season, viral URIs will become a problem among the elderly in shelters and may result in community acquired pneumonias. Since many TB+ homeless persons and ex-prisoners may have been sheltered with the elderly, infants, and the immunosuppressed, MDR-TB could be transmitted to these susceptible populations. Reactivation of non-MDR TB in the elderly is usually more of a problem, especially among older immigrants from countries where TB is endemic (Viet Nam, Mexico, etc.) and primary infections were acquired during childhood. The elderly often baby sit the infants, who are highly susceptible to TB. TB should not be as much of a problem as viral URIs and secondary pneumonias.
[He added:] I have never seen a case of cholera in 30 years of practice, but plenty of non-cholera Vibrio infections; many were fatal, especially in immunosuppressed transplant patients. V. vulnificus septicemia is especially problematic, because it can be transmitted through lacerations, ingestion, and, probably, transconjunctivally.
Jim Diaz, MD, PhD --Professor of Public Health Department of Environmental & Occupational Health --LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
All eyes on Halliburton as contacts turn into contracts
Reconstruction work after Katrina is going to be costly - and highly lucrative. By Oliver Morgan
With the floodwaters still high in New Orleans last week, with 25,000 body bags on their way to the city, with the Gulf of Mexico oil industry crippled - 160 platforms and 16 rigs still evacuated, oil refineries shut down - there was one group of people who, nevertheless, could see some good coming out of the wreckage. Who? Halliburton shareholders. The Houston-based company - once headed by vice-president Dick Cheney, who was dispatched by George Bush to survey the damage - has been a star performer on the markets since the storm hit the Gulf. Its shares have risen by more than 10 per cent to $65. It has out-performed the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which itself recovered last week.
Concerns in the US are mounting that Katrina could prompt a round of pork barrelı contracts - rewarding companies with strong links in the area such as Louisiana engineer Shaw Group - which last week won a federal rebuilding deal. Meanwhile firms known for their close links with the White House are winning work. California-based contractor Bechtel won work from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide short-term housing, in the form of trailerı accommodation, to the homeless. But eyes will be most closely fixed on Halliburton.Other companies have attracted attention for potential work in the southern states - including some outside the US - Aggreko, the UK-owned supplier of generators, and Wolseley, the plumbing group, for example. But Halliburton has shone in the markets partly because it is expected to do well out of the catastrophe. It has outperformed competitors in servicing oil infrastructure and engineering and construction work, such as Schlumberger and Fluor (which has also won work).
According to experts, Katrina was almost the perfect storm for Halliburton. Estimates of the cost of rebuilding the city range as high as £100 billion (£54bn). On 2 September, Congress voted $10.5bn for emergency relief. Last week the White House asked for $50bn more. Poe Fratt, analyst at AG Edwards in St Louis, says: Oil field services groups will get work on repairing the infrastructure. Halliburton would expect to win contracts on refineries and production facilities.ı Fratt estimates that some $1bn will initially be spent on oil infrastructure. Other oil service groups donıt have any engineering or construction like Halliburtonıs KBR subsidiary, which will benefit from the broader picture,ı says Fratt. And the construction companies donıt have oil services.ı
But these observations will be of secondary importance to US politicians and the growing industry of Halliburton watchers. Many expect that Halliburton will use its legendary lobbying power and close relationship with the White House, via Cheney and others, to win big. The shadow of the last big win - Iraq - is already looming. Last week Bush was criticised for underspending on flood defences in New Orleans because of overspending in Iraq - and Iraq has made Halliburton an enormous amount of money. Before war was even declared over, Halliburton was awarded, a non competitive contract to put out oil well-head fires. Along with this, it had a long-standing rolling cost-plus deal to supply the army with support from food to accommodation, known as LogCap. The oil contracts were extended to fuel supply. Halliburton reported making $10.7bn from Iraq work in 2004-05.
But there was controversy, not only because of how Halliburton won the contracts, but that it overcharged the army for food and inflated the price of fuel it bought in from Kuwait. Leading the barrage of criticism heaped on the company critics was Democrat representative Henry Waxman, a member of the Congressional Committee on government reform, who last week wrote a 17-page letter savaging the federal response.
Waxmanıs staff say it is too early in the reconstruction effort to decide if there has been any impropriety, but they confirm the committee will be keeping a very close eye on it.
There are differences from Iraq. For example, KBR, the subsidiary that did much work there, is now up for sale. As Fratt says: If they win a lot of work, it will help the price they finally get for it.ı The oil contracts will mostly be competitively tendered for by private companies owning the assets in the Gulf of Mexico. For non-oil contracts, instead of a single, shambolic agency, the Coalition Provisional Authority, acting as a central administrative point, there is likely to be a plethora of overlapping federal, state and local buyers.
According to Fema, which has born the brunt of criticism for the response, there are about 30 agencies currently involved. They are likely to be streamlined,ı said a Fema spokesman. So far, the lack of clarity has been exacerbated by squabbling between the White House, the state government, and the New Orleans city authorities.
Will Halliburton benefit from such confusion? To date, there has been little major reconstruction work done while Fema has concentrated supplying water, ice, food and shelter. Last week helicopters dropped sand bags and containers on the breached levees that allowed the city to be flooded. The work was overseen by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), and carried out by local contractors Boh Brothers and CR Bittman. ACE is also in charge of contracts for removing storm debris. In Louisiana and Mississippi, this will be carried out by US contractor Ashbritt, and in Alabama by another, Phillips and Jordan.
ACE was the agency that offered Iraqi contracts. Earlier this year a ACE whistleblower, Bunnatine Greenhouse, criticised the contracts between Washington and Halliburton, saying the relationship between the company and ACE, was too close. She pointed to a revolving door, through which army employees moved over to Halliburton. And she called the oil contract the most blatant improper contract abuse I have witnessed in the course of my careerı. It is unclear how much work will be handled by ACE and how much will be done through the LogCap contract. In either case, Halliburton is highly likely to be a beneficiary. Charlie Cray, an advisor to Halliburtonwatch.org, a website that details the companyıs contracts in Iraq, says: If they have the relevant experience, they are well placed, because they certainly have the inside track.ı
Halliburton also has strong connections with Fema. Joe Allbaugh, formerly chief of staff to Bush when he was governor of Texas and manager of the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000, was appointed a director of Fema in 2001. According to Senate records, Allbaughıs Washington-based lobbying company, registered KBR as a client in March. Cray says: He is very close to Bush. This guy is the Karl Rove of contracting. It is unclear how much work will go through Fema, but having this guy lobbying for you is going to get all your calls answered.ı So far, the work Halliburton has done after Katrina has come from neither of these sources. The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded $17m of repair work at three naval stations in the region. This was part of a $500m contract with the Navy known as Concap - similar to LogCap - used for natural disaster recovery work.
According to Pratap Chatterjee of Washington-based CorpWatch: This is a large amount of work. It is under the ConCap, which is similar to LogCap. It shows Halliburton is in there already.ı Chatterjee believes that whichever agencies end up running the reconstruction, the company will be able to take advantage. Committees and watchdogs will be looking out for other key names. Some, such as Bechtel, the privately owned construction company that is close to Bush, are well known. Bechtelıs work for Fema is not governed by a formal contract. There is a letter agreementı, while Bechtel determines the scope of the work needed. In the meantime Fema is issuing instruction, or task ordersı, as the situation evolves. The value changes frequentlyı according the the comp[any. It could not say if these are cost plus agreements or not. According to Chatterjee, other, less recognisable, names are worth following for evidence of revolving doorı syndrome. HNTB, an engineering company recently hired Lt-General Robert Flowers to head its federal services subsidiary - the part of the group that would bid for government work. If HNTB bids and wins, it will show that if you have the right connections, you get the work,ı says Chatterjee. But for the time being, as Chatterjee concedes, all eyes will be on Halliburton.--İ Guardian Newspapers Limited 2005
Pentagon draft plan calls for preemptive use of nukes: Critics say plan is designed for possible attack against Iran.
The Pentagon has drafted a revised plan to allow for US military commanders in the field to ask presidential approval to use nuclear weapons in order ³to preempt an attack by a nation or a terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction.² The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the plan would also allow for the use of nuclear weapons to destroy ³known² enemy stockpiles of ³nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.²
To deter the use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, the Pentagon paper says preparations must be made to use nuclear weapons and show determination to use them ³if necessary to prevent or retaliate against WMD use.²
The draft says that to deter a potential adversary from using such weapons, that adversaryıs leadership must ³believe the United States has both the ability and will to pre-empt or retaliate promptly with responses that are credible and effective.² The draft also notes that US policy in the past has ³repeatedly rejected calls for adoption of no first useı policy of nuclear weapons since this policy could undermine deterrence.²
GlobalSecurity.org, a leading global intelligence firm, also has a copy of the document on its website. The draft planıs executive summary outlines four key goals: The US defense strategy aims to achieve four key goals that guide the development of US forces capabilities, their development and use: assuring allies and friends of the US steadfastness of purpose and its capability to fulfill its security commitment; dissuading adversaries from undertaking programs or operations that could threaten US interests or those of our allies and friends; deterring aggression and coercion by deploying forward the capacity to swiftly defeat attacks and imposing severe penalties for aggression on an adversaryıs military capability and supporting infrastructure; and, decisively defeating an adversary if deterrence fails.
The India Monitor notes that the plan changes the 1995 guidelines on the use of nuclear weapons which ³made no mention of using nukes pre-emptively or specifically against threats from WMDs.²
Reuters reported Saturday that the document also covers the use of nuclear weapons is several other scenarios.
Other scenarios envisioned in the draft doctrine include nuclear weapons use to counter potentially overwhelming conventional forces, for rapid and favorable war termination on US terms, to demonstrate US intent and capability to use nuclear weapons to deter enemy use of weapons of mass destruction, and to respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction supplied by an enemy to a ³surrogate.² The document said ³numerous nonstate organizations (terrorist, criminal)² and about 30 countries have programs for weapons of mass destruction.
Writing in Arms Control Today, Hans M. Kristensen of the Natural Resources Defense Council says that the new ³aggressive posture² on nuclear weapons may actually undermine what the US aims to achieve. This nuclear dogma is by no means new to deterrence theory, but the new nuclear doctrine fails to explain, even illustrate, why deterrence necessarily requires such an aggressive nuclear posture and cannot be achieved at lower levels without maintaining nuclear forces on high alert. A deterrence posture can also be excessive, with capabilities far beyond what is reasonably needed. Threatening nuclear capabilities may in theory deter potential enemies but may just as well provoke other countries and undercut other vital aspects of US foreign policy. The end result may be decreased security for all.
In an article in the Asia Times, independent journalist Jim Lobe interviews Ivan Oelrich, of the Federation for American Scientists, who says one of the things that concerns him about the plan is the way that it conflates several different levels of threats into one form of WMD threat. ³What we are seeing now is an effort to lay the foundations for the legitimacy of using nuclear weapons if [the administration] suspects another country might use chemical weapons against us,² he said. ³Iraq is a perfect example of how this doctrine might actually work; it was a country where we were engaged militarily and thought it would deploy chemical weapons against us.²
Philip Giraldi, former CIA analyst and member of the Defense Intelligence Agency, wrote in The American Conservative last month that Vice President Dick Cheneyıs office has requested the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) to draw up a plan to respond to another ³9/11 type attack on the US.²
The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doingthat Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attackbut no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.
According to The Washington Post, the document is ³expected to be signed within a few weeks by Air Force Lt. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, director of the Joint Staff, according to Navy Cmdr. Dawn Cutler, a public affairs officer in Myersıs office.²
For those that missed Friday nightıs clean-vote event:
Dr. Bob Fitrakis is an award-winning investigative journalist, attorney, political science instructor at Columbia State Community College, author of seven books, and editor of Free Press at FreePress.org, He is a dynamic and inspiring speaker. He called the first public hearings on evidence of widespread election fraud resulting in vote suppression and unexplained irregularities in Ohio, and leading to the congressional challenge of Ohio's electors on Jan. 6, 2005. He was one of four attorneys who filed a challenge to Ohioıs 2004 election results (Moss vs. Bush). He has written extensively on issues of election integrity, including the threat to democracy caused by private, for-profit corporations counting our votes on trade secret software, leaving voters with no way to verify if their votes were counted as intended.
Thom Hartmann, radio talk show host and author, will begin this informative and thought-provoking event by addressing the crisis in Americaıs elections, followed by Bobıs presentation, and then questions and answers. Thom and Bob will discuss what needs to be done to ensure that future elections are fair and how each of us can get involved in restoring citizen ownership and oversight of elections.
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