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Gareth Porter – Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Pundits and politicians are already looking for a convenient explanation for the twin Middle East disasters of the rise of Islamic State and the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. The genuine answer is politically unpalatable, because the primary cause of both calamities is U.S. war and covert operations in the Middle East, followed by the abdication of U.S. power and responsibility …

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Kevin Ryan – Why Saudi Ties to 9/11 Mean U.S. Ties to 9/11

Media interest in Saudi Arabian connections to the crimes of 9/11 has centered on calls for the release of the 28 missing pages from the Joint Congressional Inquiry’s report. However, those calls focus on the question of hijacker financing and omit the most interesting links between the 9/11 attacks and Saudi Arabia—links that implicate powerful people in the United States. Here are …

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Paul Craig Roberts – Obama Deifies American Hegemony

Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against …

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John Kozy – Human Beings: The Omnicidal Species. There is Nothing They Won’t Kill

Human beings comprise an omnicidal species. Apparently there is nothing they won’t kill. Yet some claim to value life and say that all lives matter. But if all lives matter, Palestinian lives matter, Syrian lives matter, Iraqi lives matter, Afghan lives matter, Libyan lives matter. If all lives matter, Osama bin Laden’s life mattered. So did Al Awlaki’s and his …

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Leid Stories – 09.10.15

Fourteen Years Later, Questions Abound About 9/11 Attacks
On Sept. 11, 2014, Americans came to know terror. It came from the sky.
In New York City, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 screamed toward, and then exploded into, the World Trade Center’s north and south towers. The 110-story buildings collapsed within 2 hours. In Arlington, Va., American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, destroying a sizable portion of the building that houses the Department of Defense. And in Shanksville, Pa., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field after passengers helped abort an intended hit on the White House.
Nineteen alleged al-Qaeda terrorists had hijacked the four commercial airliners after departing from three East Coast airports, and used the planes as weapons of mass destruction, official reports said. The immediate body count was high, and related damage extensive. Apart from the 19 hijackers, 2,977 people, including 343 firefighters and 72 law-enforcement officers, were killed, and property and infrastructure damage was estimated at $10 billion.
Official investigations concluded that the attacks were carried out by Islamic terrorists on orders of Osama bin Laden, who had vowed vengeance against the United States for its military aggression in the Middle East, its leadership role in the Persian Gulf War, and its support for Israel.
Like most Americans, Richard Gage felt a deep sorrow in the aftermath of the attacks. But official explanations about the attack on the World Trade Center, and how and why the twin towers collapsed, just didn’t square with evidence and his professional training and experience as an accomplished architect.
He found he was not alone. A growing number of architects and engineers have openly challenged the credibility of the government’s reports. They are demanding new, totally transparent investigations into the 9-11 attacks, and especially the attack on the World Trade Center.
I spoke with Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, earlier this week. It was an enlightening conversation, to say the least.

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Tom Engelhardt – Mantra for 9/11

Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that? Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. …

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Kevin Ryan – Fourteen Incredible Facts About 9/11

As the 14th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it’s important to remind people that we still don’t know what happened that day. What is known about 9/11 is that there are many incredible facts that continue to be ignored by the government and the mainstream media. Here are fourteen. An outline of what was to become the 9/11 Commission Report was …

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Sonali Kolhatkar – We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

The 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, confirmed this week, should have marked the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. But the fates of the two main leaders identified as responsible for the 9/11 attacks—Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar—are only milestones. Thanks to the destructive nature of the U.S. war, many newer and more formidable enemies …

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Bill Blunden – The NSA’s 9/11 Cover-Up: General Hayden Told a Lie, and It’s a Whopper

Magicians wield secrecy on the theater stage in the service of illusions. Spies likewise wield illusion on the world stage in the service of secrecy. So it is with the events behind the attacks of 9/11 where those who question the official story are derided as conspiracy theorists. Thanks to the investigative digging of reporter James Bamford, with the assistance …

Smarter Foreign Policies or Bigger Blowbacks? – Ralph Nader

Are Washington’s relentless bombings and military immersions in sectarian battles within Arab and neighboring regions accelerating the spread of terrorist attacks? Yes. The recent rash of terror attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia, Somalia, France, and other countries are tragic examples of the strategic failures of our government and its very heavy reliance on military interventions, including the omnipresent drones that terrorize …