Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 5:48:40 PM by Baladas
NEW YORK (CBS) An F-16 fighter jet trails a larger military aircraft over Lower Manhattan Monday, April 27, 2009, conducting a photo shoot that panicked thousands of New Yorkers who believed the city was in jeopardy for another terrorist attack.
A furious President Barack Obama ordered an internal review of Monday’s low-flying photo op over the Statue of Liberty.
CBS 2 HD has discovered the feds will have plenty to question.
Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.
In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration’s James Johnston said the agency was aware of “the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes” in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor’s office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out.
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:53:42 PM by Joiseydude
The White house explantion imo doesn’t pass the smell test. They say it was a photo-op for the purpose of using the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.
But that raises the question: who was taking the photos?
Other than 2 F16s there was no mention of a fourth plane taking pictures. And both F16s were trailing AF1, which would have not been a great postion to photograph AF1 with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.
Was the explantion of a photo-op the real reason or was it just the excuse given?
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Swine flu an act of biological warfare?
Klayman questions whether virus is planned attack on U.S.
Posted: April 27, 2009
8:47 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
With 40 confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S., an anti-terrorism expert is questioning whether the outbreak is an act of biological warfare.
Freedom Watch, a public interest watchdog, believes that there is a very good possibility that the precipitous outbreak of the virus in Mexico, which has now spread to the United States and other western countries, is not the result of happenstance – but terrorism.
The group issued a statement, noting that the U.S. has been expecting a biological or other catastrophic terrorist attack since Sept. 11.
“What could be more clever than planting the seed in neighboring Mexico and allowing it to spread to the United States?” Freedom Watch asked.
The organization speculates that after President Obama’s outreach to Iran and other Middle Eastern leaders, coupled with his denunciation of Bush administration interrogation techniques, his defense of the Muslim world could be seen as an asset to terrorist groups and may explain why the pandemic began in Mexico – to protect the president.
“In this dangerous world, with an American president who is widely loved in the Arab/Muslim world … one must ask the hard question: Is this a coincidence or the result of a slick way to attack the United States without having President Obama, a perceived long term ‘friend,’ blamed for the attack?” Freedom Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman said.
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:56:19 AM by Zakeet
We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS, SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by kudzu. But here we are, proof that there really is life after death.
Now we learn that we might freeze before the pigs get us. (The chickens failed.) NASA scientists have observed that the solar wind is the weakest since we began keeping such records, that the magnetic axis of the sun is tilted to an unusual degree, and Ol’ Sol is the quietest he has been in a century. A chill, say the solar scientists, may be on the way. (Or not.) Worse, says one of them, this could compel reappraisal of the science of global warning. Try as he might, poor old Al Gore just can’t keep the cosmos in line.
But this week Ol’ Sol has been put in the shade by a new panic du jour. The cable-TV networks and the Internet are bubbling with sunspots, even if the sun isn’t. Sample these latest headlines from the Drudge Report: “Two flu cases confirmed in Scotland. Has globalization made us more catastrophe-prone? Swine flu sweeps the globe. Swine flu closes football stadiums. The world must work together against this threat.”
We haven’t seen a panic quite like this one since the last one.
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:22:28 PM by dvan
The link below goes to an executive summary of a report about ways in which various governments censor the Internet. It discusses ways that this is done in both totalitarian governments and in democracies. (On the right, there is a column listing chapters of the report. These are links. If you click on the chapter number you will be able to read that chapter.)
Internet Censorship Report:
The following article has information about censorship in Canada. This includes the Broadcasting, Print, and Internet.
Censorship in Canada:
Here is an article about Internet censorship in Australia. I looked for Australia because that is also a democracy.
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 3:29:03 PM by SonOfDarkSkies
President Barack Obama Tuesday ordered a review of the decision to fly the backup Air Force One plane around the Manhattan skyline for a publicity photo, a move that sowed panic in New York and northern New Jersey Monday morning.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina will conduct the review, according to Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs said Mr. Obama was “furious” when he heard about the photo stunt that had brought painful memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to mind for many New York-area residents.
A government official on Monday said the White House Military Office cancelled similar plans to fly the backup Air Force One around Washington for other publicity shots. The White House declined to make Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office who took responsibility for the decision to conduct the New York flyover, available for an interview.
Retiree throws himself into push for state sovereignty
South Washington County Bulletin ^ | 4-28-09 | Patricia Drey Busse
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:55:46 AM by AmericanHunter
Leon Moe said he’s always been a patriot.
The Cottage Grove resident’s definition of what that means, though, has changed a lot.
Forty years ago, when he was fighting with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, it meant following the U.S. government’s orders.
Leon Moe, a Vietnam veteran, is now lobbying state legislators to pass a bill that declares Minnesota a sovereign state. Moe will speak at the Constitution Party of Minnesota’s Liberty Banquet April 25.
Now, it means lobbying legislators at the state Capitol to assert Minnesota’s sovereignty, a move that would allow the state to claim exclusion from unfunded federal mandates on 10th Amendment grounds.
“I’m convinced without a doubt that if the founders of this great country were to show up today and see what kind of a government we the people have allowed to happen here, they would be embarrassed,” Moe said. “We’d have to give them heavy doses of antidepressant medication because they would just be mourning.”
Moe, who is a retired trucking administrator, said he was never involved in politics, and never associated himself with a particular political party.
Then, about a year ago, during presidential primary season, Moe started seeing yard signs pop up here and there for Ron Paul.
His curiosity was piqued. He did some research on Paul and liked what he read, and so he attended the Ron Paul rally held last September at the Target Center, which went on at the same time as the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
It was Moe’s first time attending any sort of political convention.
“He was to me one of the greatest inspirations as far as a political figure that ever existed,” Moe said. “I think the guy’s a true American hero.”
Inspired and motivated by Paul’s U.S. Constitution-based philosophy, Moe looked for a Ron Paul group on Meetup.com, and when he couldn’t find one nearby, he started his own.
The group attracted many staunch Republicans who wanted to rebuild the party, but Moe said that isn’t his aim.
“My thoughts are, how do you rebuild something using the same corrupt materials?” he said.
So when Paul endorsed the Constitution Party’s presidential candidate, Chuck Baldwin, Moe got in touch with the leaders of the Constitution Party of Minnesota. He started attending meetings last December, and in February, he and three other Constitution Party activists met in the State Office Building to seek out a legislator that would author a bill declaring Minnesota a sovereign state.
Sovereignty would mean that state leaders could opt out of programs like No Child Left Behind, and could choose not to send troops to fight in the Iraq war. The federal government could try to withhold money from the state in response, but the state could also withhold money it turns over to the federal government, Moe said, citing an essay by Colorado State Sen. Charles Duke.
“It’s just so simplistic, like it was meant to be,” Moe said.
The group of four was successful in getting Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, to author the legislation. A week later, House File 997 was ready to move through the committee process.
“It just kind of blew me away to think that ‘Wow, this is actually going to happen here,’” Moe said.
About 40 legislators have signed on to the bill, but Democrats control both the Minnesota House and Senate, and no DFLers are currently supporting it.
Moe said they’re now hoping the bill can be added on as an amendment to another piece of legislation.
As part of the group’s efforts to garner support for the bill, Moe created the Web site mnsovereignty.org, which he designed himself and pays to host.
Moe got a diploma from Globe College in Web design at age 55, and now designs sites as a hobby. He’s currently working on establishing Facebook and Twitter pages for the sovereignty cause.
He’s speaking April 25th at the Constitution Party of Minnesota’s annual Liberty Banquet, his first time speaking before a large group, he said.
Moe said being so active in the cause excites him, but he said his wife has looked at his foray into politics with some skepticism, mostly due to his health.
He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two weeks after he got out of the army, and has suffered from convulsive insulin reactions about once a month until very recently.
In December, Moe became the first veteran in the metro area to try out a new continuous glucose monitor made by Medtronic and since then, he’s only had one reaction.