9/11 Commission Forum Shows How DC “Works” 48

By Andrew KreigWorld Trade Center 9/11 via Creative Commons

Members of 9/11 Commission last week leveraged the 10th anniversary of their report to announce a dozen recommendations focused primarily on fanning fears of foreign terrorism. The former commissioners urged strong spending on counter-terrorism intelligence and far fewer congressional oversight committees.

News coverage arising from the announcement and related congressional testimony avoided mysteries and ongoing disputes.

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America’s Real Homegrown Extremists 104

Holder1By James F. Tracy

Eric Holder wants to convey his all-consuming concern over “lone wolf homegrown violent extremists” who have “domestic concerns”. On July 13 Holder remarked on ABC’s This Week that such bogeys keep him “up late at night” as he and his cohorts attempt “to monitor them, anticipate what it is that they are going to do.”[1]

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! 19

HenryBy Patrick Henry

St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia
March 23, 1775.

To avoid interference from Lieutenant-Governor Dunmore and his Royal Marines, the Second Virginia Convention met March 20, 1775 inland at Richmond–in what is now called St. John’s Church–instead of the Capitol in Williamsburg.

On March 23rd Delegate Patrick Henry presented a proposal to organize a volunteer company of cavalry or infantry in every Virginia county. By custom, Henry addressed himself to the Convention’s president, Peyton Randolph of Williamsburg. Henry’s words were not transcribed, but no one who heard them forgot their eloquence, or Henry’s closing words: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

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CIA Assassination Manual 7

From The National Security Archive

Among the documents found in the training files of  the Central Intelligence Agency and declassified in 1997 is a “Study of Assassination.” A how-to guide book in the art of political killing devised in the early 1950s–ostensibly to aid in the overthrow of Guatemala’s democratically-elected Jacobo Árbenz regime–the 19-page manual offers detailed descriptions of the procedures, instruments, and implementation of assassination.

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Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston and Kiev: Connecting the Dots 90

By Andrew S. MacGregor*

Prelude:

With the ‘Anti-firearms’ moves that started in the 1980’s a young American woman moved to Australia.  Rebecca Peters studied law for two years and then quit. She became employed by ‘The Australian Broadcasting Commission’ (ABC), and then started ‘The National Coalition for Gun Control’.  At the time she also coyly joked about the rumours that her father was ‘CIA’.

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Corporate Media’s Dubious Syria Coverage 26

By James F. Tracy

Western news media reportage on the rampant criminal activities of foreign-backed paramilitary groups operating within Syria still relies heavily on unreliable sources frequently referred to as “activists.” Such spokespersons routinely claim the Syrian military are committing atrocities against the Syrian population. The reports are often disputed by the Bashar al-Assad government and proven suspect or false when additional information is unearthed by independent researchers and alternative news media.

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The Legacy of Oklahoma City 80

From a MHB Reader.

The correspondence below, received over one month ago from a former Oklahoma City resident, is especially timely given recent developments in the Boston Marathon bombing case. On January 30 the US Department of Justice announced that it will pursue the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston bombing. (See BMB Timeline.) This is the most high-profile death penalty case pursued by the federal government since it sought to execute Timothy McVeigh for his alleged role in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building.

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“One Fund Boston” and the Boston Mass Casualty Event 83

By James F. Tracy

An integral and by now much-anticipated element of a spectacle such as the Boston Mass Casualty Event (BMCE) of April 15, 2013 involves establishment of charities through which the incident may gain legitimacy in the public mind. Such entities provide fiscal channels by which event participants may be compensated and are also vital for public participation via charitable offerings.

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