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"In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." —George Orwell

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"Ah, excuse me, Mr. President, just one more question¼"
Detective Columbo asks: Was 9-11 an inside job?
"Crimes are committed for many reasons. Columbo always sought a motive, taking nothing for granted. Neither was anyone--no matter how powerful--exempt from suspicion in Columbo's mind. Although they would dismiss him as an 'annoying little man,' the chief mistake the rich and powerful perpetrator always seemed to make was to take detective Columbo too lightly. Just as Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush—another group of citizens also taken lightly, if at all--we can almost picture the dogged determination of these four average women, trying to discover just what happened on 911, exactly as that truthseeker, Columbo would have done. You see, governments would prefer we all just go away and not ask any questions. Ever."

Ashcroft 'to defend' Patriot Act
"Attorney General John Ashcroft says the Justice Department is likely to appeal against a court ruling attacking the Patriot Act as unconstitutional."

Loopy links
"Just because certain lifestyle or dietary habits, laboratory values or numbers on the scale, rise or fall in synch or appear together, doesn't mean they have anything to do with each other. Yet, we hear assertions made every day by mainstream scientists and medical professionals, reputable healthcare organizations, public policy makers and, most of all, media in which correlations are used as proof of a cause."


Mercury and autism
"Investigators have shown that there is a direct relationship between increasing doses of mercury in vaccines and autism. In the 1950s, with an immunization schedule limited to four vaccines (against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and smallpox), 1 in 10,000 children developed this disease. As vaccines for other diseases were added, health care providers began injecting increasingly larger doses of mercury into children."


BOOK REVIEW: Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire
"Norton makes quick work of Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan, two influential neoconservatives who, among other things, edited a book on foreign policy called
Present Dangers. 'Present Dangers is not a conservative work,' Norton writes. 'The regard for tradition, for the slow growth of custom that Burke commended, the respect for long-established practices are abandoned here. In their place is an enthusiasm for innovation, for intervention, for utopias. Nothing can wait, everything must be done now. No one need be consulted….'"


Establishment media plagued by "coincidence theorists"
"The dark thread of secret agendas and unspeakable acts that runs like a subterranean stream through the last half-century of American history—and which has turned into a river under this most secretive of presidential administrations—would not have been possible without the outright cooperation of the media.¼"

Mexican border czar seeks open border
"Mexico's newest border czar wants to begin building additional travel lanes at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border and to increase the number of border crossings into the United States — the first steps, he hopes, toward an open border with no checkpoints." (RN 24/7: )


U.S. destroyers deploying off North Korea
"In the first step toward erecting a multibillion-dollar shield to protect the United States from foreign missiles, the U.S. Navy will begin deploying state-of-the-art destroyers to patrol the waters off North Korea as early as next week."


How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
"George Bush's grandfather, the late U.S. Senator Prescott_Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.¼ His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave laborers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy."

Big Boss is watching
"Cell phones are giving employers new ways to check up on employees in the field--and raising fresh workplace privacy concerns as a result."

None dare call them Neo-cons
"Even if the neo-cons were permanently exiled from the Pentagon and the State Department, they would forever boast of how so few of them did so much for the cause of Ariel Sharon, the patron saint of the Likudnik priesthood."


A funny thing happened on the way to "The Truth"
"I am a conservative Republican who has come to the conclusion over the past 12 months that I would not vote for Bush Cheney 2004 under bribe, duress or at gunpoint. I have come to that conclusion for many reasons that are well documented and in some instances is information that is known only to myself and several executives that I work with."

Kerry's brother says he'll review Pollard sentence "Cameron Kerry is pledging his brother John would review the sentence of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, who received a life sentence in 1985 after pleading guilty of passing classified documents to Israel." (RN 24/7: You don't think that this had anything to do with the announcement, do you? Nahhh!)

Pentagon panel sees need of more U.S. troops
"Pentagon-appointed panel of outside experts has concluded in a new study that the American military does not have sufficient forces to sustain current and anticipated stability operations, like the festering conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and other missions that might arise. " (RN 24/7: Which gives President Bush the all the plausible deniability he needs to be able to say that, while he's against reestablishing the Draft and prefers an all-volunteer military, such figures don't leave him any choice. Of course, that won't happen until after he's reelected.)


Terri Schiavo's law struck down by Florida Supreme Court
"The state's high court unanimously ruled that the law violated the separation of powers clause in the state constitution and essentially allowed the state legislature to authorize Governor Jeb Bush to overturn a lower court decision ending Terri's life." Related article   Terri's website More news on the fight for Terri and other disabled people."

Some Jewish leaders worried by Kerry
"John Kerry's plans for securing more European and international support in Iraq are prompting worries among Jewish communal leaders — including some Democrats — that such outreach will carry a price tag: increased American pressure on Israel."



Joseph Sobran: Equality run amok
"In a recent column I made an observation about the vocal 'gay community' that may bear amplification. On the one hand, these advocates tell us — us presumptive 'straights' — that people’s 'sexual orientation' should be of no concern to us.

Then they turn around and tell us that their 'orientation' is the most important thing in the world to them — the very source of their 'identity' and a matter of 'pride.'"

Eyeing Iran Reactors, Israel Seeks U.S. Bunker Bombs
"The United States plans to sell Israel $319 million worth of air-launched bombs, including 500 'bunker busters' that could be effective against Iran's underground nuclear facilities, Israeli security sources said on Tuesday."

The American Civil Liberties Union: Hello ACLU! Goodbye God!
"Over the years ACLU has fought prayers in schools, school vouchers, public school teachers assigned to religious schools (read: Catholic) to supplement instruction in non-religious subjects, release time for Catholic School parents to send their children for religious education, lunches for religious schools and school buses for children in parochial schools. " (RN 24/7: A visit to the "Issues" section of the
ACLU's website shows the group to be on the anti-God side at virtually every turn. Small wonder when it is recalled that political subversives were among its principal founders [also see this related article].)


 The Anti-Christian EU
"Ake Green, a Pentecostal pastor in Sweden, was sentenced to a month in prison for the supposed crime of preaching against the sin of homosexuality."

Solutions to the Terrorist Threat
"On September 11, 2001, the federal government failed in the most important of its few constitutionally enumerated functions — protecting our homeland from attack. The only effective defense of our country on that day came from a handful of desperate private citizens on United Flight 93, and the heroic efforts of state and local police, firemen, and emergency response personnel."





 Diversity--The real thing
"I’m proud to be a white man, a son of Christian Europe, to which I owe so much. I hate the fashionable derogation of white people. At the same time, that’s no reason to react by derogating everyone else, any more than loving and defending your family is a reason for disparaging other families."



Law to make VCRs illegal
"The Induce Act, officially known as the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act (SB2560), was introduced in June by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). It would hold technology companies liable for making products that encourage customers to infringe copyright."







What you need to know about the Minimum Wage
"Data from the most recent census
¼ reveal that those who are officially classified as 'poor' by the United States government possess a surprising amount of wealth.¼46% own their own home and 76% have air conditioning. More than 66% of the 'poor' have more than two rooms of living space per person. In fact, the average "poor" United States citizen has more living space that the average citizen (not 'poor' citizen) living in Austria, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom; 97% of the official American 'poor' own a color television and over half own more than one; 62% of the "poor" have either cable or satellite television.¼"

Something explosive in Kerry's hidden FBI records?
"Kerry continues to refuse to release his complete military records which would answer a number of important questions about his service, his medals, and what happened after he returned from Vietnam. So why isn’t the mainstream media pounding on Kerry to get his military records?
¼Lurking just around the corner are some federal records which may have an even greater impact on Kerry’s bid for the presidency, but mainstream investigative journalists are avoiding this issue like the plague."




More Israeli spies in the Pentagon?
"Washington today is rife with reports the FBI has been investigating whether or not a nest of Pollardites inside the Pentagon has been funneling secrets, through the Israeli lobby AIPAC, to the Reno Road embassy and on to Sharon."
Pollardites in the Pentagon?

Connecting the dots: The latest Israeli spy scandal
"The dots in Washington are connecting. It’s not a pretty sight. Last week, a two-year FBI investigation of alleged Israeli efforts to have American neoconservatives manipulate US Mideast policy leaked to the media. The leak, said some sources, thwarted a deeper FBI investigation into involvement by Israeli officials and sympathizers."


Congressman Ron Paul: National ID threatens liberty
"Washington politicians are once again seriously considering imposing a national identification card – and it may well become law before the end of the 108th Congress."
Related column

The origin of the Income Tax
"'The freedoms won by Americans in 1776 were lost in the revolution of 1913,' wrote Frank Chodorov. Indeed, a man's home used to be his castle. The income tax, however, gave the government the keys to every door and the sole right to change the locks."


The "new European Soviet"
"When former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev visited Britain in 2000, he accurately described the European Union as 'the new European Soviet.' He said this with obvious approval, since he sees the evolving EU as fulfilling his vision of a 'common European home' stretching 'from the Atlantic to the Urals,' as he described it in his 1987 book Perestroika. Mr. Gorbachev is a lifelong Communist overlord who has steadfastly refused to renounce Communism."

US marines killed in Iraq ambush
"Seven US marines and three Iraqi soldiers have been killed by a car bomb on the outskirts of Falluja in Iraq, the US military says. "

Critics warn of post-election problems if no paper trail exists
"Nearly 30 percent of American voters will use touch-screen machines in November, almost none of which will generate a paper record. Defenders say the machines provide electronic means to recount contested votes. But skeptics continue to call for the addition of a voter-verified paper record that could be stored securely and used as an additional check."




Buchanan on the Neo-cons
In an exclusive interview on Political Players with Terry Neal commentator Patrick Buchanan talks about his new book, Where the Right went wrong, and explains why opposition to the neo-conservatives of the Bush Administration isn't "just another form of anti-Semitism."   

Protesters allege 9-11 terror attacks were government conspiracy
"On the final day of the Republican National Convention, protesters gathered where the World Trade Center once stood to allege a massive government conspiracy and cover-up regarding the terror attacks of September 11, 2001."


Congressman John Conyers: Congress must investigate spy scandal
"I write to ask that the Judiciary Committee commence an immediate full investigation and examine substantial and credible evidence that Pentagon officials have engaged in criminal wrongdoing in their handling of classified material and have engaged in unauthorized covert activities.

(RN24/7: If ever a federal pronouncement deserved an A+ grade for careful political correctness, then this is it. Rep. Conyers writes at some length about how the FBI is currently investigating "whether a Pentagon analyst, Larry Franklin, illegally passed along a classified document involving the policy of the United States toward Iran" and how "[t]he fact that a rogue element of the United States government may have been working with a foreign government in possible contravention of current foreign policy is a grave matter that should be of concern to every American." He goes on to say that the House Judiciary Committee should look into the matter by asking certain questions, such as to whether Pentagon officials illegally gave classified information to members of the Iraqi National Congress or the now discredited exile leader Ahmad Chalabi or if they had unauthorized and illegal meetings with Iranian and Syrian nationals and the head of Italian intelligence. In short, Rep. Conyers succeeds in accomplishing a quite stupendous feat: He writes ten paragraphs concerning what even the controlled media has called an Israeli spy scandal without even once mentioning the nation of Israel! [The closest he gets is when he states that "a rogue element of the United States government may have been working with a foreign government¼"  Emphasis added] This can be nothing other than a deliberate, studied attempt on his part to avoid sounding like he's stepping on Zionist toes. The fact that he's recognized as a pro-Palestinian voice in Congress, who through 2002 has received over $12,000 in campaign contributions from pro-Arab PACs [see section near bottom of link] and even has a translate this page to Arabic link on his congressional website [see just under his "Alerts" box on right hand side] no doubt plays a large part in his to omit any such reference for fear of being accused of urging the investigation out of anti-Israeli prejudice and having the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] and other pro-Zionist groups go after him as the key target to defeat if he runs for reelection. Ironically, the FBI has looked at AIPAC  as possibly a conduit for the passing of classified American intelligence information to Israel. So, Rep. Conyers' reticence to be more specific is perfectly understandable. By the way, one more curious note: As far was we could see after a brief perusal, his website contains no mention whatsoever of the above-linked pronouncement!) 

The Israel espionage probe - Does it matter?
"The still unfolding story of Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin and his alleged spying for Israel has attracted wide media attention and generated considerable discussion. Details of the FBI's investigation of his activities are still coming to light."



National "Indoctrination" Association
"The National Education Association’s true goal is to nationalize our education system, with the NEA in control, and in the process dumb down and morally corrupt our children in preparation for acceptance of a socialistic new world order."

A day later, Bush says war can be won
"President Bush said Tuesday ``we will win'' the war on terror, seeking to quell controversy and Democratic criticism over his earlier remark that victory may not be possible."

FBI probes AIPAC link to Israeli spying
"For more than two years, the FBI has been investigating whether classified intelligence has been passed to Israel by the American Israel Political Action Committee, an influential U.S. lobbying group, in a probe that extends beyond the case of Pentagon employee Lawrence A. Franklin, according to senior U.S. officials and other sources."

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