Chiesa, one of Italy's most respected journalists and a La Stampa foreign correspondent for more than 20 years, told his Berlin audience an 9/11 international tribunal could serve a useful purpose. "If feelings were strong enough a positive result could be obtained, but it would not happen immediately. So far it's been the US administration that has won the information fight and obtained their result - unfortunately," Chiesa said. "Our task is to inform millions of people of the true situation. Everybody should be involved in this struggle with a tribunal or commission helping once we win approval for the idea," he said.
A GOP congressional leader who was wavering on giving President Bush the authority to wage war in late 2002 said Vice President Cheney misled him by saying that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had direct personal ties to al-Qaeda terrorists and was making rapid progress toward a suitcase nuclear weapon, according to a new book by Washington Post investigative reporter Barton Gellman.
Cheney's assertions, described by former House majority leader Richard K. Armey (Tex.), came in a highly classified one-on-one briefing in Room H-208, the vice president's hideaway office in the Capitol. The threat Cheney described went far beyond public statements that have been criticized for relying on "cherry-picked" intelligence of unknown reliability. There was no intelligence to support the vice president's private assertions, Gellman reports, and they "crossed so far beyond the known universe of fact that they were simply without foundation."
The collapse last week of the London trial against the men accused of a plot to blow up airliners can be traced back to a peevish president desperate for a poll fillip.
The most knowledgeable British anti-terrorism officials are the most outraged. Before dawn breaks in the UK, they’re already assessing the damage from what one calls a “forced, foolish hastiness”. But the White House already has a media strategy in place to leverage news of the thwarted attack, “the worst since 9/11”. All that’s left to do is wait a few hours until sunrise, when the arrests will hit the US news cycles and the president and vice-president can register surprise about how right they’ve been all along, about everything.
The governor takes on a swarm of media in the footage for about 30 minutes. This is a pretty intense interview!
(The first 2 minutes isn’t worth watching, it’s just someone walking around with a camera. Fast forward about 2 minutes to get to the interview.)
On the anniversary of 9/11, an Italian-produced documentary called ZERO, investigating the tragedy, is opening in Russia. The authors believe that the U.S. official version of events surrounding the attacks can't be true. U.S. networks have rejected the film.
- Why didn't jets intercept the airliners since they had numerous warnings of terrorist attacks?
- Why did Ashcroft stop flying commercial airlines, citing an unidentified "threat" in July 2001?
- Why did FEMA lie about their presence in New York on 9/11?
- Why didn't the Secret Service hustle Dubya out of the classroom?
- Why did George H.W. Bush meet bin Laden's brother on 9/11?
- Why did passengers or crew members on three of the flights all use the term boxcutters?
- Where are the flight recorders?
- Why were the FISA warrants discontinued?
- How did Bush see the first plane crash on live camera?
- Why was security meeting scheduled for 9/11 cancelled by WTC management on 9/10?
- How did they come up with the "culprits" so quickly?
- How did they find the terrorist's cars at the airports so quickly?
- Why did Shrub dissolve the Bin Laden Task Force?
- Why the strange pattern of debris from Flight 93?
- How extensive was the relationship between the Taliban, the ISI and the CIA?
- What exactly was the role of Henry Kissinger at UNOCAL?
- When was it decided to cancel building a pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan?
- Why did the FBI in 1996 close the files to investigate Osama bin Laden's relatives in Washington?
- Why did .Bush stop inquiries into terrorist connections of the Bin Laden family in early 2001?
- Who made the decision to have John O'Neill stop investigating Al-qeada accounts?
Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is no consensus outside the United States that Islamist militants from al Qaeda were responsible, according to an international poll published Wednesday.
The survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations found majorities in only nine countries believe al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000 people in 2001.
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