Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann: Redacted Op-Ed Makes it to Print — Black Lines and All

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Check this out in the New York Times. This oped was creatively, graphically presented in the paper today and attests to a new and disturbing kind of White House politicization of intelligence.


Here is an admirable kicker to the important Leverett/Mann piece:

National security must be above politics. In a democracy, transparency in government has to be honored and protected. To classify information for reasons other than the safety and security of the United States and its interests is a violation of these principles. It is for this reason that we will continue to press for the release of the article without the material deleted.

Congrats to Flynt Leverett, his wife Hillary Mann who co-wrote the piece, and Op-Ed editor David Shipley who put this together.
Robin Wright’s important article on Saudi Arabia originally scheduled to appear as a front page item in the Washington Post today reportedly needs another day of vetting and will either run in tomorrow’s Post or on Sunday.
— Steve Clemons

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39 comments on “Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann: Redacted Op-Ed Makes it to Print — Black Lines and All

  1. MP says:

    Ask Bollyn why.
    He’s your man.
    Doing important work to enlighten the nation.

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  2. Pissed Off American says:

    Still ignoring the fact that investigations were BLOCKED. MP has found his “wing pod”, the spew he uses to avoid asking the REAL QUESTIONS. Bollyn will now be his excuse to ignore ALL the unanswered questions about 9/11. But hey, thats MP, folks. Volumes of horseshit, all made of straw, all to get around the truth.
    Hey, MP, I will try it just one more time. What the fuck does Bollyn have to do with the fact that the investigations into Altzmon’s security company were blocked? And WHY were the investigations blocked?
    Of course, MP won’t answer. He has found away around it, and he’s on a tear.

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  3. MP says:

    POA asked me: “Care to elaborate? Show me examples of his anti-semitism. WHAT “old anti-semitic canards”?
    I did. Then he says (oddly): “But with all the sputter and spew, you still have neglected to answer the simple questions I posed, which were….”
    So I guess answering his question is just “sputter and spew.” Oh well. Hey POA, care to tell us why you’ve become a champion for an obvious anti-Semite?

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  4. MP says:

    Hey did YOU know that Wikipedia is Zionist?
    No?
    Well, you haven’t been reading Bollyn!!!

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  5. MP says:

    I was going to stop, but I couldn’t resist. Here’s another choice tidbit from POA’s far-flung correspondent, Bollyn. An intrepid truth-seeker bravely combating the Zionist (read: Jewish) scourge. Ever wonder why Jews scream “anti-Semitism” when folks like Bollyn are only talking about Zionism? Browse a bit in Bollynland, and you’ll see how the two morph into each other effortlessly. THEY know what they’re talking about, even if poor POA and clueless Carroll don’t.
    (Unfortunately, the more POA and Carroll get their information from the likes of Bollyn, the more they sound like him. Remember, Carroll warning us all about how the Israelis (read: Zionists) ALWAYS LIE? Pure Bollynese! You’d think that POA would be just a wee bit embarrassed to have the truth uncovered about his man Bollyn, but as you can see from his latest post, the truth doesn’t faze him. He’s truth-proof.
    But here’s a slightly more sinister observation: How much time and how many computer skills did it take me to get to the bottom of Bollyn? About 5 minutes and two clicks. So one has to wonder: How much digging did POA do before he foisted this undigested nonsense on the normal reading public? Did he know the truth about Bollyn BEFORE he posted his Bollyn blather? Or is he just a sloppy, indiscriminate poster, happy to post anything as long as it features the usual villains (Zionists) and victims (anyone and everyone else)?
    Anyway, this snippet has everything POA likes: lots of links, demands that meaningless questions be answered and, of course, Zionists at the bottom of it all. Here Bollyn asks the key question: “What is the truth about Einstein?”
    Have a look and a laugh–but there is a TON, and I mean, a TON MORE where this comes from:
    Bollyn writes: “Albert Einstein is held up as the most intelligent human to ever walk the earth. However, several researchers have compiled a lot of evidence that Einstein plagiarized the work of other physicists, and that the Zionists in the media decided to promote Einstein rather than the goyim scientists.
    Take a look at the evidence and see what you think. Two researchers are:
    • Christopher Jon Bjerknes probably has the world’s most detailed investigation:
    http://www.jewishracism.com
    That site has a free PDF file that has 2,815 pages, and it covers lots of other issues. An amazing resource for your library! The link to the PDF is:
    http://www.jewishracism.com/SaintEinstein.pdf
    • Richard Moody Jr. has a shorter, less technical version:
    http://www.aulis.com/albert_einstein.htm
    • A non-Zionist alternative to the Zionist Wikipedia (or another Zionist deception!):
    http://wnwiki.ath.cx/index.php/Albert_Einstein
    What is the truth about Einstein?
    (Ed. Note: Here we see where POA picked up his literary style and penchant for tough investigative journalism!)
    The only way we will know the truth about Einstein — or the truth about 9-11, the attack on the USS Liberty, the Holocaust, the Federal Reserve, and every other issue — is to grow a backbone and start discussing these issues!
    There is nothing wrong with questioning the “facts” the media corporations provide us.”

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  6. Pissed Off American says:

    Oops….meant to say “subscribe”, not “prescribe”. Freudian slip I suppose, everytime MP starts his defections I get a migrainne trying to sort through the straw.

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  7. Pissed Off American says:

    Congrats, MP, you finally informed yourself to a small enough degree to actually back up one of your assertions. But with all the sputter and spew, you still have neglected to answer the simple questions I posed, which were….
    Why were investigations blocked that were to determine the security lapses of Altzmon’s company?
    And isn’t there any video evidence of the hi-jackers boarding any of the aircraft?
    You say….
    “Otherwise, who cares whether the Atzmon family has been investigated? Just file this one under all the other lapses in security and competence that surrounded this event.”
    And it is just more straw from you. I didn’t ask you that, did I? I asked why the investigations into Altzmon’s COMPANY were BLOCKED. And who cares? Well, anyone that wants the TRUTH should care, MP. And no, we CANNOT “file this one under all the other lapses in security and competence that surrounded this event”. Unless of course you just don’t give a fuck about what mistakes were made, and don’t prescribe to the idea that we learn from our mistakes.

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  8. MP says:

    Hey POA, since you asked for examples of Bollyn’s anti-semitic canards, I’ve been clicking through Bollyn Unplugged.
    And I have to tell you that it’s absolutely amazing what he’s dug up. For example, did you know…
    * The Israeli’s killed JFK and RFK?
    * The Southern Poverty Law Center is an arm of the Mossad? They were instrumental in the OKC bombing which they used to discredit “patriotic” militias? McVeigh–like perhaps Atta–was just a patsy. How could a dumb bunny like him pull off something as sophisticated as that bombing? No, it was Mossad. And Bollyn, or his sources, reveal the NAMES!!!
    * Israeli faked the airline hijacking to Kenya just to set up the equally faked Entebbe rescue.
    * Abu Nidal was an Israeli Black Ops agent.
    * Churchill–whom Bollyn informs us was a half-Jew–purposely leaked information to sink the Lusitania and get Britain into WWI!!! Of course, it was that half-Jewish part of him who did it.
    * The Mossad exploded Pan Am 103 over Locherbie. Christ, hard to imagine a bunch of raghead Libyans pulling that one off, can you?
    * Oh yes, Auschwitz was just a work camp where the workers were well-cared for medically and given plenty of nutrition. Bollyn even shows the pictures!!! Thank god for that, right? Otherwise, some dumb ass like Winnipeger might question the veracity of his claims. But with pictures, PHOTOS, he can’t, can he?
    And all of this BARELY SCRATCHES THE SURFACE of what your man, Bollyn, has to share with the world. I hope you feel good spreading the important work of this independent journalist–a man who isn’t afraid to puncture the accepted wisdom of our age. And what’s convenient about Bollyn is that it’s real easy to remember the details of every single one of his articles. That’s because there is only one detail to remember: It’s the Jews. Not just the Zionists, which would be bad enough. No. It’s the J.E.W.S.

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  9. MP says:

    POA writes: “I’ve read Bollyn’s site…lots of old, old anti-Semitic canards float around his articles, too. Not that he’s necessarily an anti-Semite, but he doesn’t mind repeating age old garbage. Call it anti-Semitism for the intellectual set.Posted by MP
    Care to elaborate? Show me examples of his anti-semitism. WHAT “old anti-semitic canards”?
    That my friend is EASY. Here’s just ONE of Bollyn’s links. It’s called “A list of Zionist deceptions.” There’s much to marvel at here. Among other things, you’ll learn that Kristallnacht was the work of Jewish thugs perpetrated when government officials were away. The world blamed the Nazis for this act and favored the Jews. But don’t stop with this tidbit. Keep going.
    You’ll also learn how Polish Bolschevik Jews slaughtered 5,000 or so Germans at Bromberg, which became the “flashpoint” for Germany’s invasion of Poland. You see, it was the Jews that sparked WWII! Mel was right! Wendy and Pauline will LOVE these parts. Carroll will finally get to the bottom of this thing called anti-Semitism and see that it’s really the Jews’ own doing!
    Afterward, to get more perspective, POA, click on Bollyn’s own genealogy, where he makes a point of his English roots and his Aryan wife. After you’ve taken your tour of Bollynland, you’ll see why he takes such pride in his “ruts.”
    Have fun! Here it is, Bollyn Unplugged:
    http://judicial-inc.biz/False_Flags_summary.htm
    Oh, anyone else who wants to take the measure of POA’s sources–check their credibility and POA’s–ought to take a look, too.

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  10. MP says:

    “I find it humorous that you want proof of that already that is proven, and in the same breath you admit to ignorance about the subject.”
    You mean it’s been proven that the Israelis masterminded 9/11?
    Otherwise, who cares whether the Atzmon family has been investigated? Just file this one under all the other lapses in security and competence that surrounded this event.
    Maybe you should post when you have more than innuendo.

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  11. Pissed Off American says:

    For someone that harps on proof you sure seem reluctant to provide us with actual samples of of Bollyn’s alleged “anti-semitism” and “old anti-semitic cannards”. And, there is no dispute that any investigations into the security lapses of Atzmon’s company were blocked, nor is there a dispute about an absence of security video tapes showing the alleged hi-jackers boarding the aircraft. So you are demanding proof for that already proven, in an attempt to sidestep the actual questions.
    So once again, MP, you have responded by saying absolutely NOTHING. And your thinly vieled accusation of bigotry, directed at me, is just more of the same old shit that seems to be the mainstay of your rebuttals….say nothing with a lot of deflective semantics, and failing that, accuse someone of ulterior motive, usually through vaque innuendo.
    Anyone that buys the official story behind 9/11 is a damned fool. And anyone that SUPPORTS the official story behind 9/11 is a damned fool, and an obvious liar. You simply CANNOT, with even a cursury knowledge of the myriad of unanswered questions surrounding the events of 9/11, intelligently accept the official explanation. Nor can you intelligently ignore the vast array of Israeli intelligence assets that are interwoven through the list of 9/11 players, contacts, and geographical points of interests. What is PROVEN is the existence of far too many coincidences to be dismissed as probabilities.
    Your argument that “I see no need to track down every story that someone claims to have researched” actually explains perfectly why you should, in fact, not even be involved in this discussion, or in the endeavor to question or repudiate my beliefs and opinions. You are in effect admitting that you are sticking your two cents into a issue that you know absolutely NOTHING about. I find it humorous that you want proof of that already that is proven, and in the same breath you admit to ignorance about the subject.
    Its no different than that unmitigated bullshit you fed us about the Diebold issue. After volumnous discourse on the subject, and attempts to defend the Diebold machines, and poo-pah the idea that an election could actually be stolen or corrupted by the use of these machines, it came to light that you had never even heard of, (much less followed the work of), Bev Harris.
    So here you are, once again seeking to rebut allegations about an issue you self-admittingly know very little about, demanding proof for events that have long since become matters of public record, while also making it clear to us that you have no intention of informing yourself about. You sure you don’t work for the Oval Office?

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  12. MP says:

    “You know, MP, you NEVER adress the actual questions posed in my posts. You ALWAYS pick and choose little snippets that are easily questioned. Your rebuttals are ALWAYS absent of answers.”
    Sorry, but I have a penchant for trying to stick to the truth, as far as it is known, or can be known. I see no need to track down every story that someone claims to have researched. To me, this is the real issue, the quality of the reasoning here, not every claim that Israel is responsible for 9/11. It’s very hard to prove the negative. The person making the positive allegation needs to provide proof–not just coincidences, assuming, even, that those coincidences are real. Bollyn also claims the Rahm Emmanuel is some sort of Israeli “embed” and obviously up to no good. Of course, for some people–you?–simply suppoting Israel is reason enough for suspicion and condemnation.

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  13. Pissed Off American says:

    So much for more transparent leadership from Pelosi and crew. They’re probably worried we might catch a glimpse of AIPAC reps handing out checks …..
    Pelosi says no to C-SPAN request on floor proceedings
    Associated Press
    Article Launched: 12/22/2006 04:38:28 PM MST
    Pelosi (AP Photo)WASHINGTON — Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi cited the need to preserve the ”dignity and decorum” of the House as she rejected a request Friday that C-SPAN operate its own cameras in covering the chamber.
    The public service network has provided gavel-to-gavel television coverage of House proceedings since 1979. But the House leader has kept control of the cameras, with coverage generally limited to tight shots of the speaker or the podium.
    The situation is similar in the Senate, which C-SPAN has televised since 1986.
    C-SPAN’s chairman and chief executive told Pelosi, D-Calif., that under this arrangement, cameras are prevented ”from taking individual reaction shots or from panning the chamber, leaving viewers with an incomplete picture of what’s happening in the House of Representatives.”
    Brian Lamb wrote Pelosi on Dec. 14 that media cameras long have been permitted to cover committee hearings and that for a dozen years or more independent cameras have been allowed into the chamber for joint sessions and joint meetings in the House.
    He said C-SPAN would cover floor proceedings in the same manner it covers hearings _ ”fully, accurately and with the unbiased production style on which we’ve built our reputation for the past 28 years.”
    Pelosi said in her response Friday, ”I believe the dignity and decorum of the United States House of Representatives are best preserved by maintaining the current system of televised proceedings.”
    Lamb said in an interview he was ”very disappointed” by Pelosi’s decision. He said he tried unsuccessfully to change the policy when Republicans gained control of the House in 1995 and thought this would be another good opportunity because Pelosi has stressed that this will be the most open and ethical Congress in history.
    http://tinyurl.com/ynzanp

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  14. Pissed Off American says:

    I’ve read Bollyn’s site…lots of old, old anti-Semitic canards float around his articles, too. Not that he’s necessarily an anti-Semite, but he doesn’t mind repeating age old garbage. Call it anti-Semitism for the intellectual set.
    Posted by MP
    Care to elaborate? Show me examples of his anti-semitism. WHAT “old anti-semitic canards”?

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  15. Pissed Off American says:

    You know, MP, you NEVER adress the actual questions posed in my posts. You ALWAYS pick and choose little snippets that are easily questioned. Your rebuttals are ALWAYS absent of answers.
    And, you always attack the messenger. You throw stones at Bollyn’s credibility, but you do nothing to rebut his alleged facts. That calls YOUR credibility into question, not Bollyn’s.
    So here it is MP. Why do you think investigations into the security lapses of Atzmon’s company were blocked? Answer the fuckin’ question, will you?
    Why do you think no video evidence exists showing the hi-jackers boarding the aircraft?
    And do you SERIOUSLY entertain the fantastic notion that this passport, the key to unraveling the who what where and why of 9/11 could possibly be picked up off the sidewalk, turned in to the proper authorities, and tied into the hi-jackings, all in a matter of hours, amongst the panic, carnage, and wreckage that was 9/11???? If so, you are out of your ever lovin’ mind. And your reference to “other pieces of paper” only underscores how asinine your argument is. There were MILLIONS of pieces of paper scattered around the wreckage. But Atta’s passport just happens to be miraculously found turned in? Horseshit. Its damned near fuckin’ impossible. You have better odds of winning the lottery.

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  16. MP says:

    “But one must ask; How many “coincidences” does it take before “conspiracy theory” becomes actual well founded suspicion based on common sense? How many magical events must occur before we question obvious improbability? Must we be smacked in the face by flying passports repeatedly before we begin to think they aren’t actually flying, but instead are being thrown?”
    When you have real proof instead of innuendo and “coincidences.” Look there are ALWAYS “questions” like these that arise with any event of this magnitude. Most of them go unanswered forever. No one knows who shot JFK, except the folks who did it. The fact that you can string together a bunch of possibilities proves nothing. The fact that Atta’s passport was found, unburned, is a coincidence, but hardly impossible. Millions of pieces of paper from the WTC survived intact. What are the chances of HIS passport showing up? Not very great–but they are the same chances, in fact, of ANY one piece of paper surviving.
    Wendy is an anti-semite of the lowest order, just a few rungs below Pauline. There is nothing of value to ponder in her post. It’s just anti-semitism gussied up with the usual about Israeli human rights abuses mixed in with a touch of stuff about Christ killing and how Jews are only out for themselves.
    I’ve read Bollyn’s site…lots of old, old anti-Semitic canards float around his articles, too. Not that he’s necessarily an anti-Semite, but he doesn’t mind repeating age old garbage. Call it anti-Semitism for the intellectual set.

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  17. Pissed Off American says:

    “i’ll give you my lower manhattan address and you can come say that to my face, punk.”
    Posted by Offended American Jew
    Ya gotta love these internet tough guys. Still no comments about Ohlmert’s connection to the Alzmon family. Still no comment about the lack of video taped evidence of the alleged hi-jackers boarding the aircraft. Still no comment about investigations into Alzmon’s handling of airport security being blocked.
    But hey, at least he’s moved outta Canada, and into a lower Manhattan flat.
    And why not “zionists”? Its at least as feasable as the fantasy known as “the official story”. Lets see, who would have the best chance of pulling it off? A few ragtag radical Islamists with poor piloting skills and a gross of box-cutters, or a world reknown intelligence agency with control of the security of the aircraft involved? Sorry bud, but my theory sure as hell is a lot more believable than that officially sanctioned ridiculous yarn that was spawned by a magical passport. Gee, amazing, isn’t it? All the myriad of indisputable LIES these bastards in Washington have fed us these last six years, yet we still have a slew of people willing to accept, as truth, the very foundation upon which those lies were erected. We have a government that has lied to us, spied on us, wiped their asses with our constitution, tortured people, erased Habeaus Corpus, perjured themselves before Congress, stolen votes and tampered with the electoral process, paid mainstream journalists to sell us propaganda disguised as news, retroactivelly classified public information, censored hard news that was no threat to our security yet exposed ineptitude or corruption at the highest levels of our government, placed unqualified and inept cronies in positions of extreme power……need I go on?
    Yet when one questions the fantastic scenario we have been fed about the events of 9/11, one is immediately attacked for not accepting the “official story” as gospel truth. Well I got news for you….the “official story” is a load of horseshit. There is simply way too much that doesn’t even come close to adding up. The real “conspiracy theory” here is the official one, complete with drunken whoring islamic radicals, magical flying passports, and coinciding military exercises that mirror the actual events.

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  18. Offended American Jew says:

    What a convivial fuck you are, sir.
    you used the term “anti semite” yourself!
    Changing screen names?? Who are you, the Sherlock Holmes of this blog?
    “zionists” orchestrated 9-11, huh?!
    fuck you.
    i’ll give you my lower manhattan address and you can come say that to my face, punk.

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  19. Pissed Off American says:

    Yeah, right. Israel orchestrated 9-11 and the Damned Jews bake their passover matzah with the blood of Christian children.
    I’m out of this cesspool. I need a shower.
    Posted by Offended American Jew
    Yep, that you do. Definitely. But your crap won’t wash off.
    No comment about Ohlmert’s ties to the Atzmon family, eh? No comments on the congressional “protection” our Congress extended to the security companies responsible for letting the alleged hi-jackers board commercial aircraft on 9/11, eh? No curiosity about why we wouldn’t want to investigate where and how these so called “security firms” failed in their contracted responsibilities to provide security at our nation’s air terminals?
    Nope. Just some ignorant spew about needing a shower, and the insertion of the word “jew” so that your next bit of internet excrement can include the words “anti-semite”.
    And don’t expect me to buy this horseshit about you being “out of here”. Instead, you will just change screen names again. Different horse, same rider.

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  20. Offended American Jew says:

    Yeah, right. Israel orchestrated 9-11 and the Damned Jews bake their passover matzah with the blood of Christian children.
    I’m out of this cesspool. I need a shower.

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  21. Pissed Off American says:

    And, speaking about hiding facts, and stepping in to forestall or curtail investigation, the following is a very interesting read. Of course, just as sure as Jimmy Carter is “anti-semitic”, I am, of course, a “conspiracy theorist”.
    But one must ask; How many “coincidences” does it take before “conspiracy theory” becomes actual well founded suspicion based on common sense? How many magical events must occur before we question obvious improbability? Must we be smacked in the face by flying passports repeatedly before we begin to think they aren’t actually flying, but instead are being thrown?
    Olmert’s Connection to 9/11
    Christopher Bollyn is one of the few independent journalists and researchers who uncovers new information and adds to the evidence of false flag terror, instead of just continuously rehashing news and other people’s work.
    I would like to bring to attention his two newest works building on his research of evidence of Israeli involvement in the 911 attacks:
    The Likud Criminal Gang Behind 9/11 and the War on Terror and The Israeli Prime Minister’s Connection to 9/11
    In these articles you’ll get a biography of Olmert, his Jabotinsky ideological roots, his corruption, and some anecdotes about his recent tours in Europe. Significantly, you’ll also read about his connections to the security firms responsible for security in the airports the 911 hijacked planes flew from:
    “The Likud fundraising scandal culminated in the March 1996 conviction of three Likudniks, including Menahem Atzmon, Olmert’s co-treasurer. As the party treasurer, Olmert was indicted in the Likud crimes but received special treatment and was acquitted.
    During the 1970s Olmert had worked in the law firm owned by another Atzmon, Uzi Atzmon.
    Menahem J. Atzmon, Olmert’s co-defendant and ally, was convicted in Israel but went on to become the founder and head of International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS). This Israeli-run company is the owner of Huntleigh USA, the airport security firm that ran passenger screening operations at the airports of Boston and Newark on 9/11.
    Huntleigh USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICTS, a Netherlands-based aviation and transportation security firm headed by “former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies.”
    Atzmon, convicted in Israel in 1996 for crimes committed with Likud party fund raising schemes, and his business partner Ezra Harel, took over passenger screening and security at the Boston and Newark airports when ICTS acquired Huntleigh USA in 1999.
    United Flight 175 and American Flight 11, which allegedly struck the twin towers, both originated from Boston’s Logan Airport, while United Flight 93, which purportedly crashed in Pennsylvania, departed from the Newark airport. Atzmon, a convicted Israeli criminal, is the CEO who also controls and operates the German port of Rostock on the Baltic Sea. The bus that blew up at Tavistock exploded outside the London office of ICTS.
    Some 9/11 victims’ families brought lawsuits against Huntleigh USA claiming the security firm had been grossly negligent on 9-11. While these relatives have the right to know what the Israeli security company did or did not do to protect their loved ones on 9-11, Huntleigh, along with two other foreign security companies, was granted congressional protection in 2002 and will not be called to account for its actions in any U.S. court.
    Atzmon, a convicted criminal, political ally and co-defendant of Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was directly responsible for passenger and airline security at Boston’s Logan Airport, whence the two airliners which struck the World Trade Center originated. His airport security firm is a prime suspect in the false flag terror attacks of 9/11.
    Olmert’s relationship with Atzmon and his responsibility for Boston’s airport security on 9/11 is a conspicuous tip – completely ignored by the controlled press – of the Israeli and Zionist criminal network involved in the terror attacks that started the so-called “War on Terror.” ”
    These airport security firms are protected from examination when they allowed alleged terrorist hijackers to pass through them. Why? Shouldn’t they be investigated to see how and what went wrong? Also, they never produced any CCTV video evidence showing any of the ‘hijackers’ getting on the planes. Why are they being protected? Shouldn’t they at least have been approached to see where they went wrong to improve security? This is only one item connecting Zionist elites to 911. It may be a coincidence, but given all the other connections, there’s a strong case to follow on these leads and see just how much deeper these connections go.
    http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/302

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  22. Pissed Off American says:

    It is important to remember that the rest of the world, with the possible exception of Britain and Israel, are NOT being fed the pure unadulterated media horseshit about Iran’s “nuclear program” that we are. The rest of the world is not ignoring the IAEA report that stated there is “no indication” that Iran has diverted nuclear technology to any other purpose beyond their declared and monitored electricity program, a program which they have an “inalienable right” to under the NPT. Nor are they ignoring our own CIA’s report that says that they have no evidence at all of a secret Iranian weapons program.
    In short, one can only wonder what the rest of the world thinks as Bush repeatedly institutes foreign policies that are based upon fictional and fantastic departures from reality. How do we regain credibility internationally when the entire world is watching Bush twist reality to fit his agenda?
    And speaking about credibility, did anyone else find it amazing that after days of the media telling us that the brass in Iraq did not support a “surge” in troop strength, all the sudden the story has shifted a full 180 degrees? And who could watch Gates’ staged “conversation” with the grunts on the ground with a straight face? Now we determine military strategy by listening to the mandated and scripted “opinions” of E1s and E2s, fresh out of boot camp, who have been ordered to attend and comment at an obvious media charade?
    The ONLY thing a “surge” in troop strength can possibly accomplish is a bloodbath in Bagdad, as Bush seeks to silence and terminate any and all factions of Iraqi society that dare sully his “legacy”. I have yet to see one of these warmongering assholes define the EXACT nature of our “enemy” in Iraq. How many different “enemies” have we been handed as a rationale for our continued presence there? We have been told they are “former Baathists”, “Saddam loyalists”, “insurgents”, “foreign fighters”, “terrorists”, “jihadists”, “secular militias”,, the list goes on and on.
    75 American troops have died thus far in Iraq during December. Are we to believe these troops died as a result of the actions of one specific enemy in Iraq? Of course not. That is why we are told the MANNER of death for many of these GIs, but we are not told by whose hands the manner was administered. A surge in troops will only be successful if the enemy is defined and targeted by this additional troop strength. But if it was possible to define the enemy, these blathering assholes like Cheney would have been correct when they stated the unbelievable ridiculous litany of inanities they have uttered, like “the insurgency is in its last throes”. It is not only impossible to define and target our “enemies” in Iraq, the recent droolings of idiots such as Reyes demonstrate that we can’t even define our friends in Iraq. How many “allies” in Iraq have we seen fall from favor since we were handed Ahmed and Salem Chalabi as being the Knights in shining armor?
    “Winning” is no longer the goal. We are now embarked on a military adventure whose sole purpose is to save the face of a man that has NEVER been held accountable for his own actions. A mediocre student, a coccaine user and alchoholic, a military deserter, a failure at business, an indisputable liar, and now the worst and most damaging President in the history of the United States. And every man, woman, and child that dies in Iraq from this point forward is dying because of this pathetic criminal’s inability to admit wrongdoing or failure. And worse, they are dying because of the utter and complete failure of our Congress and our Fourth Estate to employ the checks and balances the American people have entrusted them to employ.
    The system has failed us completely, and perhaps fatally.

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  23. Thomas says:

    And it’s really sick to you the Saddam and Ahmadinjead apologists out in full force, as if these people are as pure as the wind driven snow.
    What kind of alternative reality do you libs live in?

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  24. Thomas says:

    There comes a time when you liberals are going to have to suck it up and put USA over DNC.
    I am so sick and tired of you people choosing to punish Bush even at the cost of punishing the U.S. You people have no shame and it’s why I can’t take you guys seriously on anything that involves national security. Nor does most of the country.
    Good riddance.

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  25. Pissed Off American says:

    I too found it offensive. I hate to see the facts about Israel’s human rights abuses, and the USA’s complicity and support of those abuses, blamed on the Jewish people. It is a shame to see the very real travesty of billions of American tax dollars, being used to subsidize Israel’s crimes, presented through the eyes of bigotry.
    There is much to decry about Wendy’s post. But, unfortunately there is much there to ponder as well; for under the veil of her obvious anti-semitism she raises some very important and pressing questions about Washington’s subservience to entities such as AIPAC, and our continued support for Israel’s murderous and inhumane treatment of the Palestinians.
    Just like the Muslim community’s increasing hatred towards Americans, the anti-semitism such as exhibited in Wendy’s post must be more than superficially examined as to cause. Bush’s ridiculous mantra of “they hate us because of our freedoms” cannnot be seriously considered when one considers that murdering over 600,000 innocent Iraqis may well constitute grounds for hatred that transcends cultural or religious bigotry. So too must Israel’s actions be examined as a possible determining factor in an apparent rise in anti-semitism worldwide.

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  26. Offended American Jew says:

    Jewish holidays do not celebrate unity with non-Jews, but rather they celebrate victory of Jews over non-Jews. Their entire mindset seems to be “We’re OK. You’re not OK.” “We win. You lose.” In the Zionized mainstream media, they try to put a positive spin on it. claiming that Hannakuh is about a victory for religious freedom, but it was a battle, and that is not inclusive. There are always two sides to a story. We rarely ever learn about the other side’s point of view. That is the beauty of Jesus’s message: Love is the answer, forgiving others, and turn the other cheek.
    Zionist Jews seem to be trying to replace the Crucifixion of Christ with The Holocaust in American culture. Whereas Christians believe that Christ died for our sins to redeem all mankind and advocating forgiveness, Jewish Zionists keep claiming that “6 million Jews” were killed by non-Jews, particularly Nazis, and “the world let it happen”, and that we must always be reminded that Jews are perpetually innocent victims whom perpetually we owe this and that to. Their motto: “Never forget!” is basically one of unforgiving revenge and everyone must keep paying them with free oil pipelines (courtesy of Iraqis and unwitting Americans) to free land (stolen from the Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese) and Israel demands and receives billions of our tax dollars annually, Holocaust museums, memorials and school programs subsidized with out tax dollars to indocrtinate non-Jewish Americans to be obedientwith regards to keep giving Zionist Jews and Israel free everything. JUST SAY NO to this immoral form of blackmail!
    * Abolish anti-democratic American laws that benefit Israel and Jewish people only such as the law that fines American companies if they choose to boycott Israel, and the law that permits people to give unlimited TAX-DEDUCTABLE amounts of money to Israel (apparently a WELFARE STATE as well as a terrorist state). Certainly there were no Americans laws fining American companies who boycotted apartheid South Africa. Au contraire!
    Posted by: wendy at December 23, 2006 12:49 AM
    Maybe you should post this anti-semitic B.S. elsewhere? This is ignorant and offensive.

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  27. ahem says:

    It’s funny: one of the most popular stories on the NYT site this week was about how the NBC execs cleared ‘Saturday Night Live’ to put an uncensored version of a sketch online:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/21/arts/television/21sket.html
    I can’t help wondering if that inspired the Times to do something similar here, particularly with the online version and its links to public sources for the censored bits.

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  28. wendy says:

    Jewish holidays do not celebrate unity with non-Jews, but rather they celebrate victory of Jews over non-Jews. Their entire mindset seems to be “We’re OK. You’re not OK.” “We win. You lose.” In the Zionized mainstream media, they try to put a positive spin on it. claiming that Hannakuh is about a victory for religious freedom, but it was a battle, and that is not inclusive. There are always two sides to a story. We rarely ever learn about the other side’s point of view. That is the beauty of Jesus’s message: Love is the answer, forgiving others, and turn the other cheek.
    Zionist Jews seem to be trying to replace the Crucifixion of Christ with The Holocaust in American culture. Whereas Christians believe that Christ died for our sins to redeem all mankind and advocating forgiveness, Jewish Zionists keep claiming that “6 million Jews” were killed by non-Jews, particularly Nazis, and “the world let it happen”, and that we must always be reminded that Jews are perpetually innocent victims whom perpetually we owe this and that to. Their motto: “Never forget!” is basically one of unforgiving revenge and everyone must keep paying them with free oil pipelines (courtesy of Iraqis and unwitting Americans) to free land (stolen from the Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese) and Israel demands and receives billions of our tax dollars annually, Holocaust museums, memorials and school programs subsidized with out tax dollars to indocrtinate non-Jewish Americans to be obedientwith regards to keep giving Zionist Jews and Israel free everything. JUST SAY NO to this immoral form of blackmail!
    * Abolish anti-democratic American laws that benefit Israel and Jewish people only such as the law that fines American companies if they choose to boycott Israel, and the law that permits people to give unlimited TAX-DEDUCTABLE amounts of money to Israel (apparently a WELFARE STATE as well as a terrorist state). Certainly there were no Americans laws fining American companies who boycotted apartheid South Africa. Au contraire!

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  29. SD Law Student says:

    Thanks, great reading.

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  30. Easy E says:

    This seems another move in a long line of Administration attempts to demonize Iran and keep the public from viewing them pragmatically rather than iodeologically…..
    Posted by: SD Law Student at December 22, 2006 08:04 PM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    CONNECT THE DOTS! IRAN HAS BEEN DEMONIZED BEYOND REPAIR. THE ROAD TO WAR HAS ALREADY BEEN ENGAGED. And the administration will keep U.S. public in the dark as long as possible…..
    UN poised to pass Iran sanctions despite threat
    ?Iran has threatened immediate retaliation??
    ?The British government is also increasing its naval presence. Two minehunters arrived in Bahrain on Tuesday?.?
    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,,1977483,00.html
    UN to impose nuclear embargo on Iran
    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article2094652.ece
    U.S. plans naval buildup in Gulf to counter Iran
    CENTCOM plans to use ‘gunboat diplomacy,’
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16281057/
    ?The U.S. Central Command is aggressively planning a naval buildup in the Persian Gulf, including the addition of a second aircraft carrier, in response to a series of aggressive actions by Iran?? [say what?]
    Cheney?s office prepped Gates
    http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Source_says_outsider_Gates_prepped_for_1222.html
    Iran turns from dollar to euro in oil sales
    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,16849-2514985,00.html
    Israeli think tank says only military strike will stop Iran
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/12/22/africa/ME_GEN_Israel_Iran.php
    Scott Ritter, Seymore Hersch: Target Iran
    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/21/143259
    and last, but not least.
    U.S. ME policy continues to be controlled by neocons Elliott Abrams and David Wurmser.
    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/12/18/18338378.php
    Merry Christmas.

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  31. SD Law Student says:

    This seems another move in a long line of Administration attempts to demonize Iran and keep the public from viewing them pragmatically rather than iodeologically. Bottom line: the elites in Iran wish to grow their economy while mainatining a secure state. We can help them, and they can help us. We need to start talking.

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  32. NJG from NYC says:

    Why did it take the press so long to get half a spine?

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  33. John says:

    Yes, reality does get dumped. It gets obscured by neocons who frame things in terms of democracy vs. terrorism and by realists who talk of vague defined ‘vital strategic interests.’ From what I can see, use of proxy terminology blurs not only the vision of the American public, but also of the elites who end up debating in a parallel universe divorced from the concrete realities. We would all be much better off if the national security and foreign policy elites would simply speak English, clearly and directly.
    From today’s Wall Street Journal we are given an example of geopolitics in action, written clearly and directly:
    “In recent years, Mr. Putin’s understanding of how petroleum can enhance global power has seemed as strong or stronger than those of counterparts in the Persian Gulf states. The reassertion of Russian influence in former Soviet states like Ukraine tied to Kremlin control of the gas and oil taps, which have made China, Japan and Western Europe more beholden as well. But in the accrual of power he didn’t hold a candle to Saparmurad A. Niyazov, the…autocratic president of Turkmenistan (who just happened to die yesterday)…Mr. Niyazov last year took personal control of the considerable Turkmen gas reserves, signing contracts personally and, the Financial Times says, often for more than the country could supply.
    “The instability there may raise doubts about the supply of Turkmen gas — a big source of energy for Western Europe — but is likely to increase Russian petroleum power. Turkmen gas is first piped to Russia anyway — Gazprom has a lock on Turkmen exports for three years, the Journal notes — and resold, and Gazprom itself could make up the difference, the Russian news agency Interfax reports.”
    Whose interests does Mr. Niyazov’s death serve? Russia? China? Iran? The US? In any case, his death could raise alarms over the possibility of a long, cold winter in Europe, making it easier to spur NATO into taking a gamble on grabbing Iran’s enormous energy reserves.
    Funny how oil, energy, and natural gas are mysteriously missing from Leverett and Mann’s grand bargain for Iran! Or from BuSh/Cheney’s descriptions of the Iranian menace!

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  34. Carroll says:

    oh, and I’d really like to urge ppl again to go read Jay Rosen’s latest – The Retreat from Empricism – on what Ron Suskind understood about this administration long before many others did.
    http://tinyurl.com/yf9gk7
    Posted by tucker’s bow tie at December 22, 2006 04:28 AM
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    You know I read this the other day and it really pissed me off..for several reasons.
    First, long before I read “One Percent” and his quote about the WH making reality and leaving us to “study it” while they move on to make more “reality..it was apparent to me and many other ordinary people that this adm and those in it were batshit crazy and there were no lights on in the congressional house. Some of the first,very early clues, even before 911 and Iraq, was Bush shoveling money out of the treasury as fast as he could..and his first violation of the constitution, again before Iraq, was when he moved money from one appropiated fund to another purpose without congressional approval.. THAT was a direct violation of the constitution and yet…NOT a peep from this congress and it was a blip in the news that was NEVER pursued.
    Second I read this as a half assed excuse for the press…they can’t report the glaring malfesance of this adm accurately because people would think it was crazy?…well, those of us out here who were calling them crazy in 2002 and getting called crazy ourselves for pointing out their craziness could have used some back-up from the “press”.
    And this…”Today it is extremely difficult to find language adequate to “reality gets dumped,” which is still in most respects an unbelievable and unbelieved tale”…there wasn’t a gd thing “unbelievable” about Bush& Co…it was HAPPENING right in front of their eyes. Even the “reality gets dumped” phrase is a dodge for really describing the fact that this adm is a collection of fanatics and whack jobs who have deliberately dismantled this democracy.
    If the “journalist” can’t describe it or were afraid to describe it for what it was when it was happening and are still “searching” for how to report it…maybe they should take up a different profession.
    With a few exceptions the “press” was and still are the ones in “denial”..the WH isn’t in denial, they knew exactly what they were doing, lie by lie…to even give these WH mental cases the benefit of “being in denial” is the typical ongoing excuse for them by our excuse for a free press in this country.

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  35. selise says:

    steve – many thanks to you too. i imagine that everything you did to shine a spotlight on this could not have but helped make such an historic op-ed possible.

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  36. BC says:

    Very artfully done by Leverett and Mann. “You think this stuff is super-hyper-secret? Well, here are citations and links to every one of those ‘super-secret’ facts in the public domain. Nothing this important can or should be kept secret. Deal with it.”

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  37. tucker's bow tie says:

    ..oh, and I’d really like to urge ppl again to go read Jay Rosen’s latest – The Retreat from Empricism – on what Ron Suskind understood about this administration long before many others did.
    http://tinyurl.com/yf9gk7

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  38. Steve Clemons says:

    Tucker’s bow tie — thanks for your note. To my knowledge, this is the first time the New York Times has ever run an oped in this fashion, particularly involving government censorship for alleged national security reasons.
    best to you,
    Steve Clemons

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  39. tucker's bow tie says:

    I salute Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann for their steadfastness. Has the NYT ever published a censored op-ed before – *and* presented it in this way? I think there’s a certain solemnity to these proceedings – another big cadenza at the end of another annus horribilis for the United States of America.

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