Cover-up News Summary
June 17, 2005
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More British memos on prewar concerns
June 14, 2005, NBC
It started during British Prime Minister Tony Blair's re-election campaign last month, when details leaked about a top-secret memo, written in July 2002 – eight months before the Iraq war. In the memo, British officials just back from Washington reported that prewar "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" to invade Iraq. Just last week, both President George W. Bush and Blair vigorously denied that war was inevitable. "No, the facts were not being fixed, in any shape or form at all," said Blair at a White House news conference with the president on June 7. But now, war critics have come up with seven more memos, verified by NBC News. Current and former diplomats tell NBC News they understood from the beginning the Bush policy to be that Saddam had to be removed – one way or the other. The only question was when and how.
US regulator suppresses vital data on prescription drugs on sale in Britain
June 12, 2005, The Independent (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Despite calls for more transparency after revelations about the side effects of ibuprofen, the FDA has withheld 28 pages of information on a new wave of painkillers. Vital data on prescription medicines found in millions of British homes has been suppressed by the powerful US drug regulators, even though the information could potentially save lives. An investigation by The Independent on Sunday shows that, under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry, the American Food and Drug Administration routinely conceals information it considers commercially sensitive, leaving medical specialists unable to assess the true risks. Dr Peter Juni, one of the team of Swiss investigators who helped to expose the risk of the new-generation drugs, claims his efforts were obstructed by the FDA. "Too often the FDA saw and continues to see the pharmaceutical industry as its customers, a vital source of funding for its activities, and not as a sector of society in need of strong regulation."
Public Broadcasting Targeted By House
June 10, 2005, Washington Post
A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster." In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which passes federal funds to public broadcasters -- starting with a 25 percent reduction in CPB's budget for next year, from $400 million to $300 million. In all, the cuts would represent the most drastic cutback of public broadcasting since Congress created the nonprofit CPB in 1967. The CPB funds are particularly important for small TV and radio stations and account for about 15 percent of the public broadcasting industry's total revenue.
Note: You can help to prevent this by signing the petition at http://www.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting
Washington Journal Interview with 9/11 Commissioner Hamilton
May 26, 2005, C-SPAN
http://911truth.org/ram/hamiltonCSPAN52605.ram - (12 minute clip)
Note: This is an audio file which requires the free Real Player. During this call-in program with Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, over half of the callers asked pointed questions suggesting government complicity in 9/11. For those who think most Americans believe the official story of 9/11, listen to the above 12 minute clip of this 48 minute program. One caller asks about Dr. David Ray Griffin's C-SPAN lecture, another asks about the five war games admitted to have been taking place on the morning of 9/11, still another asks about the WTC 7 collapse, and it's owner's statement on PBS that he ordered it pulled. People are waking up all over.
Rights group leader says U.S. has secret jails
June 6, 2005, CNN
of Amnesty International USA alleged Sunday that the Guantanamo Bay detention
camp is part of a worldwide network of U.S. jails, some of them secret, where
prisoners are mistreated and even killed. "The U.S. is maintaining
an archipelago of prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons, into
which people are being literally disappeared, held in indefinite, incommunicado
detention without access to lawyers or a judicial system or to their families,"
Schulz said. "And in some cases, at least, we know they are being mistreated,
abused, tortured and even killed." A high-ranking Republican senator
said Sunday that hearings on abuse allegations at Guantanamo Bay might be appropriate,
and a top Democratic senator suggested closing down the prison. "Look,
it's very difficult to run a perfect prison," Majority Whip Mitch McConnell
of Kentucky said on CNN's "Late Edition." "But we have an open
country. We have hearings on a whole lot of different subjects. We might well
have hearings on this."
Animal rights activists face trial under terror law
June 4, 2005, ABC/Reuters
New Jersey is using an anti-terrorism law for the first time to try six animal rights activists charged with harassing and vandalizing a company that made use of animals to test its drugs. Prosecutors say the activists, who will stand trial next week, used threats, intimidation and cyber attacks against employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British company with operations in East Millstone, New Jersey, with the intention of driving it out of business. The six, members of a group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), are charged under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, amended in 2002 to include "animal enterprise terrorism," which outlaws disrupting firms like Huntingdon. The list of potential defense witnesses includes actress Kim Basinger, who joined a protest outside a Huntingdon laboratory in Franklin, New Jersey to try to stop such companies using animals to test their pharmaceutical products.
Kissinger warns of energy conflict
June 2, 2005, MSNBC
Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, on Wednesday warned that the global battle for control of energy resources could become the modern equivalent of the 19th century "great game" the conflict between the UK and Tsarist Russia for supremacy in central Asia. "The great game is developing again," he told a meeting of the US-India Business Council. "The amount of energy is finite, up to now in relation to demand, and competition for access to energy can become the life and death for many societies. It would be ironic if the direction of pipelines and locations become the modern equivalent of the colonial disputes of the 19th century." The two nuclear superpowers, the US and Soviet Union, navigated the cold war because they made "the same calculations", Mr Kissinger said. "When nuclear weapons spread to 30 or 40 countries and each conducts a calculation, with less experience and different value systems, we will have a world of permanent imminent catastrophe."
Note: Here is one of the key power players, openly promoting their plan: keep people polarized and in a state of perpetual fear (you must believe the world is in a state of permanent imminent catastrophe). For an excellent summary of the plans of the power elite and what we can do about it, see https://www.WantToKnow.info/brighterfuture
'Deep Throat' Reportedly Comes Forward
May 31, 2005, CNN/Associated Press
A former FBI
official claims he was "Deep Throat," the long-anonymous source who
leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington
Post, his family said Tuesday. W. Mark Felt, 91, was second-in-command at
the FBI in the early 1970s. His identity was revealed Tuesday by Vanity Fair
magazine, and family members said they believe his account is true.
Note: What they failed to investigate is the strong possibility that "Deep Throat" made his revelations on orders from Henry Kissinger. Kissinger (Nixon's Secretary of State) and Nixon are reported to have formed a tenuous alliance to eliminate J. Edgar Hoover, former head of the FBI for almost 50 years. Until his death in May of 1972, Hoover had been arguably the most powerful man in the country for many years. With Hoover out of the way, in June 1972 Kissinger arranged to have Nixon pushed out by setting up the Watergate disclosures through "Deep Throat," according to a well researched book by Leonard Horowitz, Emerging Viruses. Kissinger remains powerful to this day, as evidenced by my own personal experience as a top US State Department interpreter. See also, excellent article in Slate.
State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized
May 15, 2005, ABC
From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing. "The procedures that were done here were done to poor folks," said Steven Selden, professor at the University of Maryland. "They were thought to be poor because they had bad genes or bad inheritance, if you will. And so they would be the focus of the sterilization." Even though the practice ended more than 30 years ago, some say the time has come to make amends. North Carolina was one of the first states out of 33 that once practiced sterilization to offer an apology. State Rep. Larry Womble is crafting a bill to provide financial reparations.
A Serious Drug Problem
May 6, 2005, New York Times
Note: The following is the New York Times abstract of this article, which is a very good summary.
2003 Medicare bill is object lesson in how special interests hold America's health care system hostage; says law subsidizes private health plans, which have repeatedly failed to deliver promised cost savings, and creates unnecessary layer of middlemen by requiring that drug benefit be administered by private insurers; says it specifically prohibits Medicare from using its purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices; notes that Rep Billy Tauzin, who shepherded drug bill through Congress, now heads all-powerful drug-industry lobbying group, and Thomas Scully, former Medicare administrator, negotiated for future health industry lobbying job at same time he was pushing drug bill; calls Medicare bill corrupt deal created by corrupt system.
Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies
April 9, 2005, ABC/Associated Press
Yale University researchers say their study that used lasers to create remote-controlled fruit flies could lead to a better understanding of overeating and violence in humans. Using the lasers to stimulate specific brain cells, researchers say they were able to make the flies jump, walk, flap their wings and fly. Even headless flies took flight when researchers stimulated the correct neurons. Gero Miesenbock, associate professor of cell biology at Yale, said if the process could be duplicated on mice, researchers might be able to better understand the cellular activity that leads to certain behavior.
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