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FDA denies a petition that sought to ban BPA from food packaging

Published: May 10. 2012

The Bulletin

The Food and Drug Administration said that after performing extensive research on the chemical Bisphenol A, the agency is denying a 2008 petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban BPA from food packaging.

BPA, which has generated controversy about its impact on health, is used in the production of plastics and resins and is found in some water bottles and food cans. Research has shown that small amounts can migrate into food and beverages. Some animal studies have raised concerns that BPA exposure may cause multiple health problems, including reproductive disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The FDA said in its March 30 consumer update report that ¡¡ãscientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.¡¡À And, the ¡¡ãFDA is continuing its research and monitoring of studies to address uncertainties raised about BPA.¡¡À

The Natural Resources Defense Council released a response from Sarah Janssen, a public health scientist, which said the FDA made the wrong call.

¡¡ãThe agency has failed to protect our health and safety in the face of scientific studies that continue to raise disturbing questions about the long-term effects of BPA exposures, especially in fetuses, babies and young children,¡¡À she said. ¡¡ãThe FDA is out of step with scientific and medical research.¡¡À

For consumers who want to limit their exposure to BPA, the FDA says:

• Plastic containers have recycle codes on the bottom. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

• Do not put very hot or boiling liquid intended for consumption in plastic containers made with BPA. BPA levels rise in food when their containers are heated.

• Discard bottles with scratches, which can lead to greater release of BPA.

¡ª Anne Aurand, The Bulletin

Source: International Food Information Council Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration and Natural Resources Defense Council


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12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in America Conference, Philadelphia, PA. For more information see . YouTube is apparently blocking this video on some servers. It is also posted at



Fukushima still spewing massive radiation plumes; America in 'huge trouble,' says nuclear expert

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

Natural News

(NaturalNews) During a recent Congressional delegation trip to Japan, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden witnessed with his own eyes the horrific aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which we have heard very little about from the media in recent months. The damage situation was apparently so severe, according to his account, that he has now written a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan, petitioning for more to be done, and offering any additional support and assistance that might help contain and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

The letter, which many experts see as the ominous writing on the wall for the grave severity of the circumstances, offers a disturbing glimpse into what is really going on across the Pacific Ocean that the mainstream media is apparently ignoring. While referencing the fact that all four of the affected reactors are still "badly damaged," Sen. Wyden seems to hint in his letter that Reactor 4, which has reportedly been on the verge of collapse for many months now, could be nearing catastrophic implosion.

Imminent collapse of Reactor 4 could create a mass extinction event of both humans and animals

According to Christina Consolo, an award-winning biomedical photographer and host of Nuked Radio , Reactor 4 has remained in such bad shape that even a very small earthquake could quickly level the building, sending the fuel from more than 1,500 unused fuel rods into the environment. And with Reactor 4 still filled with the highest levels of radioactive MOX and other fuels, the consequences of this potential collapse could be far worse than anything that has happened thus far as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

"[S]itting at the top of [Reactor 4], in a pool that is cracked, leaking, and precarious even without an earthquake, are 1,565 fuel rods (give or take a few), some of them 'fresh fuel' that was ready to go into the reactor on the morning of March 11 when the earthquake and tsunami hit," writes Consolo. "If they are MOX fuel, containing six percent plutonium, one fuel rod has the potential to kill 2.89 billion people."

Sen. Wyden is also asking U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Gregory Jaczko to assess how much additional assistance their agencies might be willing to provide to help Japan, and the entire world, avoid a nuclear catastrophe of Biblical proportions.

"The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting," wrote Sen. Wyden in his letter, dated April 16, 2012. "The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance."

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Hanford nuclear reservation tanks for radioactive waste failed requirements

The Associated Press

May 1st 2012

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Energy Department and a contractor building a waste treatment plant at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site procured and installed tanks that did not always meet requirements of a quality assurance program or the contract, a federal audit concluded Monday.  

The audit also found that the agency had paid the contractor a $15 million incentive fee for production of a tank that was later determined to be defective and, while it demanded the fee be returned, never followed up to ensure that it was.  

In recent months, the $12.3 billion plant under construction at south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation has been the subject of whistleblower complaints about its design and safety. The plant is being built to convert highly radioactive glass into a stable glass form for permanent disposal underground.  

The tanks' design is significant because they will be located in so-called "black cells," which are areas of the plant that will be too radioactively hot for workers to enter once the plant is operating.  


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Op-Ed: N. America's radiation threat: another mainstream news blackout

By Mindy Allan

May 4, 2012

Digital Journal

It is odd that neither the Canadian nor the American mainstream news, nor any government agencies are speaking about the radiation that continues to flow into North America by way of the jet stream.
News that should be a priority isn't, and has been left up to the independent journalists of the world to report, like North America's radiation problem from Fukushima that continually is left out of mainstream news. Why?

Fukushima is not just a problem for the Japanese, but for the whole world that no one in charge wants to address. North America was the first continent to receive the first waves of radiation from the meltdown, and explosion at Fukushima. The Canadian government said no worries and that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency would not be testing the food, or milk, according to Vancouver Late Night in April of 2011.

Canadian's wanting more answers to the radiation levels in Canada are encouraged to attend the Canadian Radiation Protection Association's Annual Conference May 27-30, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Lord Nelson Hotel. In the U.S. the same thing is happening in Canada in regards to radiation news. On April 13, 2011 Arnie Gunderson reported on the lack of the U.S. government to inform people of how serious the Fukushima situation is, and that after the accident stopped monitoring radiation levels in the U.S. On April 17, 2011 an independent journalist reported what we now now are facts about Fukushima. This story should have been on mainstream news. Truth matters.

Health Canada removed nine supplementary fixed point detectors that were installed in British Columbia and the Yukon in response to the Fukushima nuclear incident. In addition, on September 15, 2011, Health Canada ended its weekly data postings, and Website Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) data reporting. No data to compare with the levels in Canada since last report in March 20ll. Now Health Canada refers to the radiation in the atmosphere as cosmic, and reports it is just part of everyday life.


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Cesium exceeding new limit detected in 51 food items in nine prefectures

Japan Times


Radioactive cesium was detected in 51 food products from nine prefectures in excess of a new government-set limit in the first month since it was introduced April 1, according to data released by the health ministry Tuesday.

The limit was exceeded in 337 cases, or 2.4 percent of 13,867 food samples examined by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Cesium exceeding the previous allowable limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected in 55 cases, while the new limit of 100 becquerels was exceeded in 282 cases.

By prefecture, there were 142 cases in Fukushima, 69 in Tochigi, 41 in Ibaraki, 35 in Iwate, 32 in Miyagi, 13 in Chiba, two each in Yamagata and Gunma, and one in Kanagawa.

Mushrooms and other agricultural products containing cesium in excess of the tougher limit were involved in 178 cases, while 156 cases pertained to fishery products such as flat fish and bass. In addition, two cases involved black bear meat and one case fried "moroko" fresh water fish.


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Warning Signs for the US

Why Fukushima is a Greater Disaster Than Chernobyl



In the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over.   After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins may have far greater potential offsite consequences  than the molten cores.

After visiting the site recently, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote to Japan's ambassador to the U.S. stating that, ¡¡ãloss of containment in any of these pools could result in an even greater release than the initial accident.¡¡À

This is why:

  • * Each pool contains irradiated fuel from several years of operation, making for an extremely large radioactive inventory without a strong containment structure that encloses the  reactor cores;
  • * Several  pools are now completely open to the atmosphere because the reactor buildings were  demolished by explosions; they are about 100 feet above ground and could possibly topple or collapse from structural damage coupled with another powerful earthquake;
  • *The loss of water exposing the spent fuel will result in overheating can cause melting and ignite its zirconium metal cladding ¡¡━C resulting in a fire that could deposit large amounts of radioactive materials over hundreds of miles.

Irradiated nuclear fuel, also called ¡¡ãspent fuel,¡¡À is extraordinarily radioactive.  In a matter of seconds, an unprotected human one foot away from a single freshly removed spent fuel assembly would receive a lethal dose of radiation within seconds. As one of the most dangerous materials in the world, spent reactor fuel poses significant long-term risks, requiring isolation in a geological disposal site that can protect the human environment for tens of thousands of years.

It's almost 26 years since the Chernobyl reactor exploded and caught fire releasing enormous amounts of radioactive debris. The Chernobyl accident revealed the folly of not having an extra barrier of thick concrete and steel surrounding the reactor core that is required for modern plants in the U.S., Japan and elsewhere. The Fukushima Dai-Ichi accident revealed the folly of storing huge amounts of highly radioactive spent fuel in vulnerable pools, high above the ground.


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Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm

Anthony Gucciardi

Natural Society

Monsanto, the massive biotechnology company being blamed for contributing to the dwindling bee population, has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations. Recently banned from Poland with one of the primary reasons being that the company’s genetically modified corn may be devastating the dying bee population, it is evident that Monsanto is under serious fire for their role in the downfall of the vital insects. It is therefore quite apparent why Monsanto bought one of the largest bee research firms on the planet.

It can be found in public company reports hosted on mainstream media that Monsanto scooped up the Beeologics firm back in September 2011. During this time the correlation between Monsanto's GM crops and the bee decline was not explored in the mainstream, and in fact it was hardly touched upon until Polish officials addressed the serious concern amid the monumental ban. Owning a major organization that focuses heavily on the bee collapse and is recognized by the USDA for their mission statement of ¡¡ãrestoring bee health and protecting the future of insect pollination¡¡À could be very advantageous for Monsanto.

In fact, Beelogics' company information states that the primary goal of the firm is to study the very collapse disorder that is thought to be a result ¡ª at least in part ¡ª of Monsanto's own creations. Their website states :

While its primary goal is to control the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) infection crises, Beeologics' mission is to become the guardian of bee health worldwide.

What's more, Beelogics is recognized by the USDA , the USDA-ARS, the media, and ¡®leading entomologists' worldwide. The USDA, of course, has a great relationship with Monsanto. The government agency has gone to great lengths to ensure that Monsanto's financial gains continue to soar, going as far as to give the company special speed approval for their newest genetically engineered seed varieties. It turns out that Monsanto was not getting quick enough approval for their crops, which have been linked to severe organ damage and other significant health concerns.

Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, states it quite plainly. It was a move to help Monsanto and other biotechnology giants squash competition and make profits. After all, who cares about public health?

¡¡ã It is a concern from a competition standpoint ,¡¡À Censky said in a telephone interview.

It appears that when Monsanto cannot answer for their environmental devastation, they buy up a company that may potentially be their ¡®experts' in denying any such link between their crops and the bee decline.


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Suicide riddle of weapons expert who worked with David Kelly: Scientist tells wife he is going for a walk, then takes his life in a field... just like his friend
  • Body of Dr Richard Holmes discovered in a field four miles from the Porton Down defence establishment
  • Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in latest case but revealed scientist was 'under a great deal of stress'
  • He resigned from Porton Down last month, but it is unclear why

By Nick Constable and Ian Gallagher

PUBLISHED: 21:58 GMT, 21 April 2012 | UPDATED: 22:45 GMT, 21 April 2012

A weapons expert who worked with Dr David Kelly at the Government's secret chemical warfare laboratory has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

In circumstances strongly reminiscent of Dr Kelly's own mysterious death nine years ago, the body of Dr Richard Holmes was discovered in a field four miles from the Porton Down defence establishment in Wiltshire. It is not yet known how he died.

Mr Holmes, 48, had gone missing two days earlier after telling his wife he was going out for a walk ¡¡━C just as Dr Kelly did before he was found dead at an Oxfordshire beauty spot in July 2003.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in the latest case but revealed that Dr Holmes  had ¡®recently been under a great deal of stress'.

He resigned from Porton Down last month, although the centre yesterday refused to explain why.
Inevitably, the parallels between the two cases will arouse the suspicions of conspiracy theorists.

Despite Lord Hutton's ruling eight years ago that Dr Kelly committed suicide, many people ¡¡━C among them a group of doctors ¡¡━C believe his inquiry was insufficient and have demanded a full inquest.

Some believe Dr Kelly, who kept an office at Porton Down right up until his death, was murdered. He was outed as being the source of a BBC report that Downing Street ¡®sexed up' evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to justify going to war.

Although it is not clear if the two scientists were close, one source told The Mail on Sunday that they were friendly when they worked at Porton Down in the Nineties.

At the time, Dr Holmes ran a project organising the installation of chemical protection equipment in RAF Sentinel spy planes, while Dr Kelly was head of microbiology and frequently toured the former Soviet Union as a weapons inspector.

After the first Gulf War, Dr Holmes is also thought to have worked on the production of chemical protection suits for troops. In 1991 he was the joint author of a scientific paper about an RAF chemical and biological protection system.

Yesterday, a Porton Down spokesman confirmed Dr Holmes had quit his job but declined to comment further. ¡®It is not our policy to speak openly about any individual who works for us,' she said.

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BP Oil Spill Aftermath: Eyeless Shrimp, Clawless Crabs and Fish with Oozing Sores


by Casey Chan

April 18th 2012

Al Jazeera just published an astonishing report on the after-effects of the BP oil disaster, and it's not pretty. There are an alarming number of deformities in sea creatures: mutated shrimp, fish with sores and lesions, eyeless crabs and more. It's unlike anything local fisherman have ever seen.

How bad is it?

The effect that the oil spill and its reckless cleanup has on sea life is frightening, damning and sad. Here's a list of deformities that Al Jazeera found in its report:

  • Shrimp with tumors on their heads
  • Shrimp with defects on their gills and "shells missing around their gills and head"
  • Shrimp without eyes
  • Shrimp with babies still attached to them
  • Eyeless fish
  • Fish without eye-sockets
  • Fish without covers on their gills
  • Fish with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills
  • Crates of blue crabs, all of which were lacking at least one claw
  • Crabs with holes in their shells
  • Crabs with shells that have no spikes or claws or misshapen claws
  • Crabs that are dying from within
  • The fishermen, scientists, and seafood processors who talked to Al Jazeera are all in unison: They've never seen this before. Some have worked in and around the Gulf for over 20 years, and most have seen thousands and thousands of fish. This is the first time they're seeing the mass mutation and destruction of seafood.

    And it's not just the obvious deformities. Tests of the oysters that wind up on our plates have shown elevated levels of nickel and vanadium according to the Natural Resources Defense Council . And the jury's still out on arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury levels.

    When did this start?

    Scientists and fishermen are pointing to the 2010 BP oil disaster¡ªand the dispersants and chemicals used in its cleanup¡ªfor creating these deformities. Specifically, the solvents used to clean up the spill are powerful enough to dissolve oil, grease and rubber. That's great for cleaning up an oil disaster, but terrible for the environment and worse for humans, not to mention the toll taken on anything that lives in the Gulf. And the thing is, these dispersants have always been known to be mutagenic. The chemicals very probably altered the genome of sea life.

    Prior to the spill, only one tenth of one percent of Gulf fish had lesions or sores on them. After the spill, according to the University of South Florida, many locations showed 20 percent of fish having lesions with as much as 50 percent in other areas.

    What exactly is the cause?




Dr. Jim Cowan of Louisiana State University believes that chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which the EPA terms as "a group of semi-volatile organic compounds that are present in crude oil that has spent time in the ocean," are causing the majority of problems. Fish and other sea creatures are being exposed to PAHs, which affect both the immediate health of the fish itself and the victim's genome.

On top of that, the dispersants used to clean up the oil spill are known to be toxic to humans. Symptoms of exposure include "headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, chest pains, respiratory system damage, skin sensitization, hypertension, central nervous system depression, neurotoxic effects, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiovascular damage." Even more damningly, it can disturb the growth and development of a fetus.

Essentially: BP is cleaning up a spill with acid, and acting surprised when the floor disappears.

The government has lost control

The FDA, EPA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) all refused to comment on the awfulness that's happening in the Gulf. BP, the company who created this mess in the first place, refuse to take the blame, saying the seafood in the Gulf is "as safe now as it was before the accident." The evidence, of course, indicates otherwise.


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Fukushima...radiation so high - even robots not safe




Just In: San Francisco Bay Area milk sample almost double EPA limit ¡ª Cesium-137 at highest level since last June

Published: April 10th, 2012
By ENENews

Title: UCB Milk Sampling Results
Source: UCBDepartment of Nuclear Engineering
Date: April 9, 2012

4/9/2012 (5:45pm): Three recent milk test results have been posted on the milk sample page with ¡¡ãbest by¡¡À dates of 3/12, 4/9, and 4/16. Very low levels of Cs-134 and Cs-137 were detected in the samples ¡ª the amounts are so small that it would require drinking over tens of thousands of liters of milk to receive the small dose that one receives from a cross-country airplane flight. These isotopes can still be detected in milk because they have long half-lives (2 years and 30 years, respectively) and therefore trace amounts will remain in the grass and hay that the cows feed on.


Best Buy Date of 04/09/2012:

  • Cs-134 @ 0.068 Bq/L
  • Cs-137 @ 0.141 Bq/L
  • Total Cs = 0.209 Bq/L or 5.67 pCi/L (27.1 picocuries = 1 becquerel)

Best Buy Date of 04/16/2012:

  • Cs-134 @ 0.073 Bq/L
  • Cs-137 @ 0.079 Bq/L
  • Total Cs = 0.152 Bq/L or 4.12 pCi/L

The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level for radioactive cesium in milk is 3 picocuries/L:

¡¡ãEPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level], so if you're seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL is 3.0 picocuries per liter ; if you're seeing iodine-131, the MCL is 3.0; if you're seeing cesium-137 and iodine-131, the MCL is still 3.0.¡¡À -

These are the highest cesium-137 levels detected by UCB since last June


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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and The Media: An Interview with Professor Akira Murakami


Akira "Lazy Cat" Murakami, a professor of media at Akia University discusses the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown and the media cover-up as well as the real concerns of the people of Japan. It was done at KPFA on 3/14/2012 by Steve Zeltzer of WorkWeek Radio and Project Censored.
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Leaked Video Shows US Contractors Randomly Killing Civilians

Information Clearing House

Employees of the US military contracting group Academi (formerly Xe, Blackwater USA and Blackwater Worldwide) are seen in new leaked video shooting their machine guns at random while driving through the streets of Baghdad, crashing into other cars and even running over a pedestrian without hesitation.

Academi received a $250 million contract by the Obama administration to provide military services in Afghanistan.

Posted April 07, 2012




***FLASHBACK*** Bush Memos Parallel Claim 9/11 "Mastermind's" Children Were Tortured With Insects

By John Byrne

Information Clearing House

Read the full memos here .

April 17, 2009 " Rawstory " -- B ush Administration memos released by the White House on Thursday provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In the memos, released Thursday, the Bush Administration White House Office of Legal Counsel offered its endorsement of CIA torture methods that involved placing an insect in a cramped, confined box with detainees. Jay S. Bybee, then-director of the OLC, wrote that insects could be used to capitalize on detainees' fears.

The memo was dated Aug. 1, 2002. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's children were captured and held in Pakistan the following month, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

While an additional memo released Thursday claims that the torture with insects technique was never utilized by the CIA, the allegations regarding the children would have transpired when the method was authorized by the Bush Administration.

At a military tribunal in 2007, the father of a Guantanamo detainee alleged that Pakistani guards had confessed that American interrogators used ants to coerce the children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed into revealing their father's whereabouts.

The statement was made by Ali Khan, the father of detainee Majid Khan, who gave a detailed account of his son's interrogation at the hands of American guards in Pakistan. In his statement, Khan asserted that one of his sons was held at the same place as the young children of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

¡¡ãThe Pakistani guards told my son that the boys were kept in a separate area upstairs and were denied food and water by other guards,¡¡À the statement read. ¡¡ãThey were also mentally tortured by having ants or other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding.¡¡À ( A pdf transcript is available here )

Khan's statement is second-hand. But the picture he paints of his son's interrogation at the hands of American interrogators is strikingly similar to the accounts given by numerous other detainees to the International Red Cross. The timing of the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's son ¡ª then aged seven and nine ¡ª also meshes with a report by Human Rights Watch, which says that the children were captured in September 2002 and held for four months at the hands of American guards.

¡¡ãAccording to eyewitnesses, the two were held in an adult detention center for at least four months while U.S. agents questioned the children about their father's whereabouts,¡¡À the report said .

The use of insects isn't mentioned in a recently leaked International Red Cross report, in which Red Cross officials questioned detainees about their treatment at the hands of US forces and ultimately judged them to have been tortured. A second memo released Thursday, dated May 10, 2005, says the CIA told the White House insects were never actually used in interrogations.

¡¡ãWe understand that ¡ª for reasons unrelated to any concerns that it might violate the [criminal] statute ¡ª the CIA never used the technique and has removed it from the list of authorized interrogation techniques,¡¡À Steven Bradbury, a principal deputy assistant attorney general, wrote in a footnote .

It's worth noting, however, that the Red Cross was denied access to individuals held at CIA black sites. Khan's son, Majid, was among those President Bush moved from the CIA's secret prison network to Guantanamo Bay.

The techniques Khan says were employed against his son also match those approved in the Bybee memo.

¡¡ãWhat I can tell you is that Majid was kidnapped from my son Mohammed's [not related Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] house in Karachi, along with Mohammed, his wife, and my infant granddaughter,¡¡À Khan said in his military tribunal statement. ¡¡ãThey were captured by Pakistani police and soldiers and taken to a detention center fifteen minutes from Mohammed's house. The center had walls that seemed to be eighty feet high. My sons were hooded, handcuffed, and interrogated. After eight days of interrogation by US and Pakistani agents, including FBI agents, Mohammed was allowed to see Majid.

¡¡ãMajhid looked terrible and very, very tired,¡¡À Khan continued. ¡¡ãAccording to Mohammed, Majid said that the Americans tortured him for eight hours at a time, tying him tightly in stressful positions in a small chair until his hands, feet and mind went numb. They re-tied him in the chair every hour, tightening the bonds on his hands and feet each time so that it was more painful. He was often hooded and had difficulty breathing. They also beat him repeatedly, slapping him in the face, and deprived him of sleep. When he was not being interrogated, the Americans put Majid in a small cell that was totally dark and too small for him to lie down in or sit in with his legs stretched out. He had to crouch. The room was also infested with mosquitoes. The torture only stopped when Majid agreed to sign a statement that he was not even allowed to read.¡¡À

Later in his statement, Khan alleges that the Pakistani guards revealed other abuses by American agents.

¡¡ãThe Americans also once stripped and beat two Arab boys, ages fourteen and sixteen, who were turned over by the Pakistani guards at the detention center,¡¡À he said. ¡¡ãThese guards told my son that they were very upset at this and said the boys were thrown like garbage onto a plane to Guantanamo. Women prisoners were also held there, apart from their husbands, and some were pregnant and forced to give birth in their cells. According to Mohammed, one woman also died in her cell because the guards could not get her to a hospital quickly enough. This was most upsetting to the Pakistani guards.¡¡À

One blogger notes , ¡¡ãThe first indications the children may have been tortured were reported in Ron Suskind's 2006 book The One Percent Doctrine.¡¡À

¡¡ãWhen KSM was being held at a secret CIA facility in Thailand, apparently the revamped Vietnam War-era base at Udorn, according to Suskind, a message was passed to interrogators: ¡®do whatever's necessary,'¡¡À Kevin Fenton writes at History Commons . ¡¡ãThe interrogators then told KSM ¡®his children would be hurt if he didn't cooperate. However, his response was, 'so, fine, they'll join Allah in a better place.'¡¡À

Fenton has two questions: ¡¡ãDid the Khans invent the allegations or garble them in some way and then ¡®get lucky' two years later, when it was revealed the CIA was, at least, contemplating the techniques they alleged it used at the time in question?¡¡À and ¡¡ãGiven that nobody heard of the CIA using insects for another two years, why would they invent these specific allegations, which sounded bizarre when they were made?¡¡À

Read the full memos here .


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9/11 Suspects - Explosive Connections (Updated Fixed and Revised)
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WKJO: Who Killed John O'Neill?


One Actor, One Room, Seven Characters: 9/11.

Traumatized by the September 11th attacks, one man struggles to dismantle official history, at the expense of his sanity and even his life. Grappling with multiple realities - and multiple personalities - he must retreat into his mind in pursuit of the truth. In a fictional film about non-fictional events, there is a place where belief and faith will blind you, where nothing is sacred, and to get there all you have to do is ask:

"Who Killed John O'Neill?"

a dead art film by ty rauber and ryan thurston

a dead art film
Producer & Director: Ty Rauber
Writer & Performer: Ryan Thurston



Former energy-industry executive Arnie Gunderson blows the whistle on nuclear power

Charlie Smith

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson has revealed on his website that Tokyo soil samples would be considered "nuclear waste" if they were found in the United States.

During a recent trip to Tokyo, Gunderson collected the dirt from parks, playgrounds, and rooftop gardens.

He has also maintained that the Fukushima nuclear-power disaster will lead to a million deaths from cancer.

Gunderson, a former nuclear-industry senior vice president, has become North America's leading whistle blower on the threats posed by reactors, including the Columbia Generating Station , which is about 400 kilometres southeast of Vancouver.

Gunderson has provided testimony about nuclear operations, reliability, safety, and radiation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as to political bodies around North America. Listen to what he says below in an interview earlier this month with Democracy Now 's Amy Goodman:




FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign

Mike Barrett

Natural Society

While the Food and Drug Administration has seemingly reached the limit for unbelievable behavior, the company's decisions continue to astound and appall consumers and health activists alike. In the agency's latest decision, undoubtedly amazing thousands of individuals yet again, the FDA virtually erased 1 million signatures and comments on the ¡®Just Label It' campaign calling for the labeling of genetically modified foods.

FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign

The ¡®Just Label It¡¡À campaign has gotten more signatures than any campaign in history for the labeling of genetically modified foods. Since October of 2011, the campaign has received over 900,000 signatures, with 55 politicians joining in on the movement. So what's the problem here?

Evidently, the FDA counts the amount of signatures not by how many people signed, but how many different individual letters are brought to it. To the FDA, even tens of thousands of signatures presented on a single petition are counted as ¡¡━C you guessed it ¡¡━C a single comment . This is how, despite over a million supporters being gathered by the petition, the FDA concluded a count of only 394.

¡¡ãThis is an election year and there are more than a million people who say this is important to them. This is petition has nothing to do with whether or genetically modified foods are dangerous. We don't label dangerous foods, we take them off the shelves. This petition is about a the citizens' right to know what they are eating and whether or not these foods represent a novel change.¡¡À said Andrew Kimbrell an attorney for the Center for Food Safety, one of the partner groups on the Just Label It campaign.

The argument as to whether genetically modified foods are dangerous is a whole discussion on its own, but for the FDA to completely sidestep away from the labeling of GM foods is completely and utterly irresponsible. Consumers have every right to know what they are consuming. Needless to say, biotechology giant Monsanto is against GMO labeling , claiming that it would mislead consumers since GMOs are ¡®perfectly safe'. Of course there is plenty of evidence proving that GMOs are not completely safe , and how they affect life in the long-term is questionable to say the least. Either way, there is enough controversy surrounding the issue which is cause for alarm for millions of people, and Monsanto's opinion on GMOs safety is a sorry excuse for not labeling foods as GM. Is the FDA avoiding such an issue because so many ties exist between genetically modified makers like Monsanto and the agency?

The bottom line is that you have the right to know what is in your food, and what your food IS. Denying that right, whether it be by the essential deletion of millions of signatures on a petition, or by ignoring the voices of thousands of people on the street, is taking power away from the people .


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Review of 19 studies show GMO's cause liver and kidney problems in mice?

Environmental Sciences Europe


Several convergent data appear to indicate liver and kidney problems as end points of GMO diet effects in the above-mentioned experiments. This was confirmed by our meta-analysis of all the in vivo studies published, which revealed that the kidneys were particularly affected, concentrating 43.5% of all disrupted parameters in males, whereas the liver was more specifically disrupted in females (30.8% of all disrupted parameters).


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Environmental Toxins May be Causing Mass Cancer Wave

Mike Barrett

Natural Society

It is well established that carcinogenic substances are lurking in the environment around us, but just how many cancer cases are caused by these substances remains a mystery. Diet and smoking habits make up nearly 60 percent of cancer cases , and thus personal lifestyle changes play a major factor, but how many cancer cases result from environmental and occupational exposure ?

For decades the estimate for such cases has remained at 6 percent, but many experts feel that number is significantly lower than what is actually true. In a 1981 report by two scientists, Sir Richard Doll and Sir Richard Peto, was published in the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute . It was estimated that pollutants in the environment caused about 2 percent of cancer deaths and exposures in occupational settings were responsible for 4 percent. Using these numbers, 30,000 U.S. deaths resuleds from these exposures in 2009.

But the percentage of cancer cases caused by environmental toxins and occupational exposure can't be confidently calculated. While it is important to know which substances are carcinogenic and how much these substances are used in our society, many factors must be taken into consideration when determining exactly what causes this number 2 killer to be so rampant.

Tobacco smoke is responsible for nearly 30 percent of cancer cases, and the carcinogenicity of the substance is amplified even greater when asbestos is present. Benzene, which causes leukemia, is commonly found in vehicle exhaust. Similarly, radon, a natural radioactive gas found in many homes, raises the risk of lung cancer while arsenic, linked to skin, liver, bladder and lung cancer, contaminates many foods and juices ¡¡━C  as well as the water supply .


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France Bans GM Corn Amid Mass US Protests against Monsanto

by Rady Ananda

Global Research

Amid mass US protests against Monsanto in mid-March, France imposed a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto's genetically modified corn, MON810.

¡¡ãDue to the proximity of the planting season,¡¡À said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire along with Francois Fillon, Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development, in a press release on Friday, authorities ¡¡ãdecided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.¡¡À

­All prior plantings of MON810, trade name YieldGard, become illegal on March 20.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Monsanto announced in January that it would not sell genetically modified corn in France due to public opposition.

A growing list of human health and environmental hazards from GM crops has raised concern over bioengineered food and feed, including a literally explosive growth of a ¡¡ãnew¡¡À microbe on pig manure:

Likely linked to GM feed served to most livestock in the US, methane-filled ¡¡ãfoam¡¡À growing on pig manure has resulted in several pig farm explosions since 2001, killing thousands of animals.

¡¡ãAnd there's no stopping it,¡¡À reports the Daily Mail , ¡¡ãthe foam has now started growing on one in four farms across the Midwest.¡¡À  Scientists believe a new type of bacteria may have developed.

This comports with plant pathologist Don Huber's discovery last year of a new pathogen associated with spontaneous abortions in livestock, which has been linked to the use of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

Modified with a Bt protein to kill insects, MON810 is losing its efficacy in the US.  The Western rootworm beetle ¡¡━C one of the most serious threats to corn ¡¡━C has developed resistance to the bacterial toxin in eleven states.

In early March, a group of pro-biotech corn entomologists sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency warning that insect resistance to genetically modified corn can be halted by planting non-GMO seed.  The warning will likely go unheeded as the US Dept. of Agriculture announced plans to speed up the process of GM approval by 18 months.

Over the past eight months, the European Commission has approved 11 new transgenic crops.  However, EU nations can independently restrict or prohibit the sales of products under certain conditions.

Also on Friday in the US, GM opponents held a nationwide protest against Monsanto. Dressed in hazmat suits, they targeted Congress for its complicity in allowing the dangerous adulterant in the food and feed supply:


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9/11 Blueprint For Truth Canadian Tour

Richard Gage speaking event

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:00 PM

Denman Cinemas
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Seattle doctor raises serious concerns about nuclear reactor near Hanford, Washington

By Charlie Smith, March 12, 2012

A Seattle doctor has claimed that the U.S. regulator of a nuclear power plant 400 kilometres southeast of Vancouver isn't applying important lessons from the Fukushima disaster.

Dr. Tom Buchanan, vice president of Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility, made the comment at a March 11 symposium at SFU Harbour Centre on the first anniversary of a Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which crippled nuclear reactors in Fukushima, spewing huge amounts of radiation.

Buchanan noted that Energy Northwest recently applied for a new licence for its 28-year-old Columbia Generating Station near Hanford, Washington. It is the only commercially operated nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, and generates 1,150 megawatts of electricity.

Buchanan also maintained that recommendations by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have been ignored by the U.S. industry.

"In fact, the NRC went over to Fukushima, led by their chair [Gregory] Jaczko, made a 60-page report about some of the lessons that we in some of the United States and North America might learn from Fukushima, including evacuation procedures, emergency preparation, of course, earthquake preparation, water preparation, where your backup is," Buchanan stated. "None of those recommendations by that NRC commission...has been instituted or observed or even recognized by any of the licensing that's gone on in the States. We have 31 Mark 1 reactors in the United States. They are pretty much the same design, with flaws, as the Fukushima reactors. And none of these reactors have either been upgraded in relation to what the problems are at Fukushima."

He made a similar statement in a public submission to the NRC on November 17 regarding the Columbia Generating Facility's operating-licence application: "We must conclude that the lessons of Fukushima have landed on dead ears inside the Nuclear Reactor Licensing division of the NRC."

"Do not gloss over the medical consequences of Fukushima, Three Mile Island or Chernobyl's radiation releases," Buchanan advised in the submission. "There is no such thing as a safe threshold of radioactive releases from nuclear power. The NRC needs to build their models of health damage from their nuclear power stations with the lack of a 'safe threshold' in mind."

Regarding the Columbia Generating Station, he claimed at the symposium that the containment area is too small. Quoting energy consultant Arnold Gundersen, Buchanan also alleged there's a possibility that bolts could "actually stretch off the containment dome area".

In addition, Buchanan claimed that there are almost twice as many spent fuel rods in the plant as were at the four functioning Fukushima reactors.

"So they've crammed these rods into this space that's even more tightly [packed] than the rods at Fukushima at [reactors] number 4, 1, 2,3," Buchanan stated. He also noted that the subduction earthquake zone off the west coast of North America is closer to the continent than a similar subuction zone near Japan.

Citing a book called Cascadia's Fault by Jerry Thompson, Buchanan said that records in Japan indicate the last subduction quake in North America occurred on January 26, 1700. He based that on written records in Japan about when a tsunami crossed the Pacific Ocean and arrived in that country.

He mentioned that in the past 312 years, the Cascade Mountains have actually moved by 1.37 meters.

"There's another fault line that comes from...under Whitby Island underneath the Cascades all the way to the Hanford site," Buchanan added. "It's much less active, but there's an actual electronic measure now that people have of that fault line¡ªand that would probably activate if something happens in the Cascades. Even though Hanford is in eastern Washington, that might be affected. Nobody has talked about that in the emergency planning."

The Straight left a message for a response from Energy Northwest, but hadn't heard back by the time this article was posted.


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Tokyo Bay Radioactive Cesium Deposits Now Over 10 Inches Deep

deposits in Tokyo bay are now up to 26 centimeters deep

Alexander Higgins Blog

The Fukushima Diary reports a survey of Tokyo Bay being performed by Kinki University scientists shows level of radioactive contaminates on the bottom of Tokyo bay is steadily .

In samples of mud take 5 centimeters deep at 36 different points the latest survey showed 511 Bq/Kg of average Cesium contamination.

That represents a sharp increase from a survey taken last August which averaged 308 Bq/Kg and another taken in October which measured 476 Bq/Kg.

Prof. Yamazaki from Kinki university, who has been leading the survey since last May, goes on to report contamination levels increase as you move from the center of bay toward the Tama river which feeds the bay.

At the mouth of the river, 4 samples were taken showing cesium deposits between 24 and 26 centimeter deep.

Kinki warns that while the government is not concerned with monitoring radiation levels in Tokyo Bay, this report shows  monitoring is needed for the health and safety of the citizens of Tokyo.

In the report, Kinki also warned that while nuclear testing in the 1960s was preposterous, data collected from those tests that the level of radiation in Tokyo Bay will remain very high for decades due to the long half-life of Cesium.

The Fuksuhima Diary report was a follow-up on an early report which showed high levels of Cesium contamination in fish caught in rivers in several Japanese prefectures.


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81% of Israelis Oppose Unilateral Strike on Iran

Only 19% of Israelis Support a Unilateral Strike on Iran

George Washington's Blog

Despite all of the warmongering hysteria, the overwhelming majority of all Israelis oppose a unilateral strike on Iran.

The Jerusalem Post reports :

Only 19 percent of Israelis support an attack against Iran without the backing of the United States, a new poll released on Wednesday found.

In the poll conducted by Shibley Telhami, Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, 42% of respondents said they support a strike against Iran only if there is US support for the move. Nearly a third (32%) of those polled oppose an attack regardless of US support.


The poll's conductor Telhami concluded that ¡¡ãthe Israeli public is neither enthusiastic about the prospect of war with Iran nor swayed by the seeming embrace of Israel by our presidential candidates.¡¡À He added: ¡¡ãThey have to live with the consequences of war, and they appear to take the American assessment of these consequences seriously.¡¡À


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Bin Laden Death Coverup Continues: Compound Demolished

Brit Dee, Contributing Writer

Activist Post

The compound in& Abbottabad, Pakistan, which authorities claim was Osama Bin Laden's home for several years before his supposed killing by a US special forces team last May, has this weekend been totally demolished. Pakistani authorities began tearing down the house on Saturday night, working under floodlights, with the local population subject to a strict curfew and Pakistan Army soldiers and police personnel reportedly deployed in large numbers.

The high security surrounding the building since last May, coupled with its sudden and secretive demolition, have naturally led to suspicions that this weekend marked the successful completion of a brazen coverup -- journalists have never been allowed to enter the building, and were banned from going anywhere near it very soon after Bin Laden's supposed killing.

The total destruction of the death scene makes it much less likely independent verification of the official narrative will ever be established, though considering that no evidence proving Bin Laden was actually killed in the compound has ever been provided by the authorities, this weekend's events are hardly surprising.

The official account stretched credulity from the outset and changed significantly in the days and weeks following the Navy SEALS' attack. At first we were told that Bin Laden had offered resistance by firing a weapon at the SEALS, but it was soon admitted that the person shot had not in fact been armed. If the unarmed individual shot dead posed no threat, then it is hard to view his death as anything other than a cold-blooded execution. The claim that Bin Laden cowered behind his wife, who was initially reported to have been killed whilst her husband used her as a human shield, also had to be retracted.


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Sewage used as fertilizer sparks B.C. blockade

Protesters set up blockade to stop trucks carrying biosolid fertilizer

A group of concerned residents in the Salmon Valley, near Prince George, is refusing to let a local farmer spread treated stabilized human sewage on his fields.

The residents are blocking city dump trucks carrying biosolids from driving down a frozen gravel road to the farmer's property, where the sewage will be stored and then spread on his fields in May or June.

"That's the last thing we want to do is stand there and stop a trucker from making money, but we have to live out here," said protester Linda Parker. "We have not got a choice, we are being told it's going to come through, or you're going to jail!"

Parker and others are concerned about water contamination and smell.

"I need to know, is it going to seep into the waterways, is it going to be harmful for the environment out here? There's no tests that have been brought to us. We were not brought documents stating 'this is what it does, this is what it's for,' " said Parker.

Tuesday morning RCMP officers told the residents to dismantle their blockade, and Prince George city officials told residents their concerns would be addressed at a city meeting that afternoon.

But afterwards, Parker said, she and others still weren't satisfied.

"They have not said anything to us, they will not give us answers," said Parker.

Andy Angele says residents plan to keep blocking the dump trucks until an independent review is held, looking at the effects of spreading stabilized human sewage on agricultural land.

"The regulations and their own material says there is potential for water contamination from biosolids. They said more than 20 or 30 times in the regulation that there is potential for biosolid problems."

The City of Prince George maintains the use of biosolids on farms is safe, and will continue to work with the concerned residents.


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Organic Foods

Understanding Organic Food Labels, Benefits, and Claims

Organic food has become very popular in many parts of the world. As the demand for organic food increases so does the production, but currently the demand still exceeds the supply. What makes organic food so popular?

This guide to navigating the maze of organic food labels, benefits, and claims explores many confusing questions: Is organic food really healthier? Is it more nutritious? Is it better for the environment? What do all the labels mean? Why is it so expensive? How can I afford to buy organic food?

What is organic food?

Making a commitment to healthy eating is a great start towards a healthier life. Beyond eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and good fats, however, there is the question of food safety, nutrition, and sustainability. How foods are grown or raised can impact both your health and the environment. This brings up the questions: What is the difference between organic foods and conventionally grown foods? Is ¡¡ãorganic¡¡À always best? What about locally grown foods?

What does ¡¡ãorganic¡¡À mean?

The term ¡¡ãorganic¡¡À refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labeled as "organic".

Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications and must remain separate from conventional products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals, whose DNA has been altered. These products have undergone only short term testing to determine their effects on humans and the environment.

In most countries, organic products do not contain GMOs.


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Pivotal 9/11 Petition Confronts Canadian Parliament

Written by Wayne Coste

Formal Appeal for Real WTC Investigation to be Accompanied by AE911Truth Tour of Canada

An unprecedented and potentially powerful Canadian initiative is entering a new phase that brings Canada one step closer to re-investigating the events at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

First Steps Completed

On November 11, 2011, the petition for a parliamentary review of the destruction of the three WTC skyscrapers on 9/11 was submitted to the Government of Canada by members of the Canadian 9/11 truth movement. The petition will soon be formally read in Parliament.

It was signed by 1,405 Canadians, and under long standing protocols, a formal response is required within 45 days.

The petition includes specific points of evidence that must be evaluated and addressed in its response. It specifically asks several pointed questions about a range of evidence that has been assembled and validated by the 1,600 strong Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth .

¡¡ãThe forensic evidence includes, but is not limited to:

Total destruction of all three WTC skyscrapers with pulverization of concrete floors ¡¡━C proceeding symmetrically through the path of the greatest resistance ¡¡━C at nearly free-fall acceleration;
• Several tons of molten iron/steel found in the debris piles of all 3 high-rises and billions of previously molten iron microspheres in the WTC dust;
• Nano-thermite composite incendiaries discovered throughout the WTC dust;
• The DVD entitled: ¡¡ã 9/11: Blueprint for Truth¡¡À by AE911Truth;
• The peer-reviewed paper Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe , by Niels H. Harrit, et al. posted at the Bentham Open Chemical Physics Journal.¡¡À

One of the compelling reasons for bringing this petition to the Canadian Government is the death of 24 Canadian citizens on 9/11. While the deaths of the victims in the Twin Towers have been attributed to a fire-induced collapse, the evidence indicates that these buildings were actually destroyed by pre-planted highly energetic incendiaries and explosives.

The petition also explains that Canadian authorities must launch a new investigation because ¡¡ãCanada, now being a partner with the United States of America in the Global War of Terror, therefore has a responsibility to verify the findings of the United States of America 9/11 Commission Report before committing our military and other resources to the conflict.¡¡À

As with many other initiatives, the role of AE911Truth in the project is to be available for technical support and to attract publicity via an eight-city speaking tour of Canada ¡¡━C in accordance with our stated mission ¡¡ãto research, compile, and disseminate scientific evidence relative to the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers, calling for a truly open and independent investigation and supporting others in the pursuit of justice.¡¡À

The Process

This petition project will be followed through the governmental review process using the Access To Information and Privacy (ATIP) system, which is Canada's Equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This way, the public can find out if any violations of trust have occurred. If these tools are organized properly, this process could provide a unique and effective way to investigate the WTC catastrophe.

Next Steps

Our next steps include a variety of outreach activities, including screenings of the upcoming ¡¡ã9/11: Explosive Evidence ¡¡━C Experts Speak Out ¡¡À and ¡¡ã9/11: Blueprint for Truth¡¡À (both English and French versions). Volunteers are currently being sought for these outreach activities, as well as the upcoming Canada tour.

The event dates for the Canada Tour are as follows:

• Vancouver, BC March 24th ¡¡━C Denman Theatre
• Victoria, BC - March 26th - Venue TBA
• Calgary, AB - March 28th - Venue TBA
• Edmonton, AB - March 30th - Venue TBA
• Winnipeg, MB - March 31st ¡¡━C University of Winnepeg
• Ottawa, ON - April 2nd - Bronson Hall
• Toronto, ON - April 3rd - Venue TBA
• Moncton, NB - April 4th - Capital Theatre
• Somewhere NS - April 5th
• Montreal, QC - April 7th - Venue TBA

More details will be provided in the March issue of the Blueprint Newsletter.

If you would like to help support these educational events, please visit and volunteer or donate today!


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Afghan drug war debacle: Blair said smashing opium trade was a major reason to invade but 10 years on heroin production is up from 185 tons a year to 5,800

By David Williams


The West is losing the heroin war in Afghanistan ¡¡━C ten years after Tony Blair pledged that wiping out the drug was one of the main reasons for invading the country.

Despite spending £18billion and a conflict which has so far cost the lives of almost 400 British troops, production of the class-A drug by Afghan farmers rose between 2001 and 2011 from just 185 tons to a staggering 5,800 tons.

It increased by 61 per cent last year alone.

Broken pledge: Then prime minister Tony Blair meets British troops in Afghanistan in 2006

Thriving: An Afghan farmer collects raw opium from poppies in Balkh province, Afghanistan. Heroin production in the country has increased by 61 per cent in the last year


Such has been the failure to combat the problem that more than 90 per cent of the heroin sold on Britain's streets is still made using opium from Afghanistan.

The United Nations yesterday warned that the situation was out of control.

Declaring that the West had lost its war against the drug, a glum UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon added: ¡®Time is not on our side.'

The UN figures make grim reading for those who backed the invasion.

Cutting the supply of heroin was one of the prime reasons given by then-prime minister Tony Blair in 2001 for sending in British troops.

Three weeks after the attack on America's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, Mr Blair said: ¡®The arms the Taliban are buying today are paid for by the lives of young British people buying their drugs on British streets. This is another part of their regime we should seek to destroy.'

But ten years later, the UN figures reveal how the outcome has been so dramatically different.

Some 15 per cent of Afghanistan's Gross National Product now comes from drug-related exports ¡¡━C a business worth up to £1.6billion each year, it was claimed.

Officials say there is clear evidence that the opium trade is being orchestrated by the Taliban, with vast profits used to buy weapons and fuel the insurgency.

The warning came at a meeting in Austria of more than 50 countries.

Britain alone has spent an estimated £18billion ¡¡━C a further £4billion is said to have been earmarked for this year ¡¡━C in Afghanistan, where 398 of its troops have died and thousands have been injured.


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False Flag? Israel Blames Iran for Convenient Bombing

No deaths, just long sought after provocations; a geopolitical gambit executed with the proficiency of Mossad.

The Intel Hub

By Tony Cartalucci

February 13, 2012

¡¡ã¡­it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be.

Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.) ¡¡ã

-US foreign policy makers in the Fortune 500 funded Brookings Institution's 2009 ¡¡ã Which Path to Persia? ¡¡À report, pages 84-85.


¡¡ãU.S. officials said they have seen no intelligence to indicate that Iran is actively plotting attacks on U.S. soil. But Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said the thwarted plot ¡¡ãshows that some Iranian officials ¡ª probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ¡ª have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.¡¡À

The warning about Iran's more aggressive stance was included in written testimony that Clapper submitted to Congress on Tuesday as part of the intelligence community's annual assessment of the nation's most serious security threats.¡¡À

- ¡¡ã Iran, perceiving threat from West, willing to attack on U.S. soil, U.S. intelligence report finds ,¡¡À Washington Post, January 31, 2012


¡¡ãWe predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase ¡­ on both our guarded sites and ¡®soft' sites,¡¡À read the memo, with soft sites interpreted to mean potential targets such as synagogues and other Jewish community buildings. The letter was circulated by the head of security for Israel's Consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States, ABC News said.¡¡À

-¡¡À ¡®Soft' Target Threat Gets Community's Attention ,¡¡À The Jewish Week, February 7, 2012


Quite clearly, there is a premeditated conspiracy working ceaselessly to provoke Iran into a war it neither wants nor will benefit from in any conceivable way, and upon failing to provoke Iran, provocations will be manufactured in their stead, as seen in the recently botched ¡¡ãplot to assassinate a Saudi ambassador on US soil,¡¡À later revealed to be a US sting operation involving DEA agents and a duped, entrapped patsy .

Now Israel is blaming two attacks on their own embassies, one in New Delhi, India and another failed attack in Tbilisi, Georgia, squarely on Iran.

There were only minor injuries reported in the New Delhi attack which was carried out in a similar manner to those targeting Iranian scientists in Iran ¡¡━C attacks now admittedly the work of Israeli Mossad agents and US-funded, armed, trained, and harbored Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) terrorists.

Iran clearly has nothing to gain by bombing Israeli targets abroad, especially in nations like India where such an act would not only give the West the provocation it is on record trying to ¡¡ãgoad¡¡À out of Tehran for years, but also one that would unsettle relations with India which would directly effect the conflict in Afghanistan festering on Iran's eastern border.

Conversely, a non-lethal attack on Israeli targets gives the Wall Street-London-Tel Aviv corporate-financier elite the exact provocation they have been fishing for on record since at least 2009.


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CSIS may use intelligence derived from torture, Toews says


Feb 7, 2012

'Exceptional circumstances,' urgent threats require sharing 'most complete information available'

The federal government is defending itself after more information has come to light about its directions to Canada's spy agency to use information that may have been extracted through torture in cases where public safety is at stake.

The order represents a reversal of policy for the Conservative government, which once insisted the Canadian Security Intelligence Service would discard information if there was any inkling it might be tainted.

Opposition MPs seized on the news, saying it means the government is indirectly supporting torture.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews quietly told CSIS the government now expects the spy service to "make the protection of life and property its overriding priority" and may under exceptional circumstances share information based on intelligence that may have been derived from the use of torture.

"Information obtained by torture is always discounted. But the problem is, can one safely ignore it when Canadian lives and property are at stake?" Toews said in question period.

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae asked Toews to table the directive in the House of Commons.

"And will he please explain how it is that the directive which he is putting forward is in any way compatible with Canada's obligations under international law?"

NDP defence critic Jack Harris said complicity in other countries' torture is essentially encouraging torture.

"You're indirectly supporting torture, encouraging torture, by making a statement that you're prepared to continue on an ongoing basis dealing with countries that use torture as a matter of course," he said.

A copy of the two-page December 2010 directive was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

It drew swift condemnation from Amnesty International Canada, which said information obtained under torture "has no place in the justice system, full stop."

The directive from Toews expands upon a May 2009 ministerial order that states CSIS must not knowingly rely upon information derived from torture, and have measures in place to identify such tainted information.


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Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!

In the same period of time, Israel, a self-declared Jewish state, attacked Iraq in 1981, bombing the power station at Osirik, claiming it was a clandestine weapons factory. Subsequent examination of the ruins following the 2003 invasion proved Israel had lied. In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. This led to the Massacres at Sabra and Shatilla. In February 2003 Israel staged incursions into Gaza and Nablus. In September 2007 Israel bombed Syria, again insisting they were destroying a clandestine weapons laboratory. Again there was no evidence to support Israel's claims. In 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon, killing 1200, mostly civilians, several UN observers, and littering the landscape with land mines on their way out. In February 2008 Israel again raided Gaza, killing over 100. HAMAS agreed to a cease fire and kept it for 6 months until November 4, when Israel again attacked without warning, killing 6 HAMAS members, and launching operation CAST LEAD. 1300 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel lost 13 soldiers. Violations of international law included the use of White Phosphorus incendiary bombs against civilians and non-military targets. The United Nations investigated, but Israel refused to cooperate. In May 2010, Israel attacked an international aid flotilla bringing food and medical supplies to Gaza in international waters. 9 people were murdered including an American from New York.

In the same period of time, the United States, officially a secular nation but predominantly Christian, attacked El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d'Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009), Haiti (2010), etc. etc. etc. etc.

So, who is the danger to world peace?


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Project Censored Top 25 of 2012

1. More US Soldiers Committed Suicide Than Died in Combat

Project Censored

For the second year (2010) in a row, more US soldiers killed themselves (468) than died in combat (462). ¡¡ãIf you¡­ know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,¡¡À General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times , ¡¡ãbecause we don't know.¡¡À  Suicide is a tragic but predictable human reaction to being asked to kill ¡¡━C and watch your friends be killed ¡¡━C particularly when it's for a war based on lies.  Perhaps being required to bag the mangled flesh of fellow soldiers could be another reason that some are committing suicide.

Body Bagging¡­ ever heard the term?  Marines in the Corps's Mortuary Affairs unit at Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq, are assigned the job of collecting and cataloging the bodies of dead Marines. They sift through the remains and effects, from prom photos to suicide notes and love letters, and put them into a bag, then into a metal box and then into a refrigerator to await the flight home. One soldier, Jess Goodell, recounts a Marine brought into the unit still breathing. She frantically called to her superiors, who replied simply, ¡¡ãWait.¡¡À She watched while he died. When she returned to the US, Goodell, like many others, was diagnosed with deep depression, substance abuse, PTSD and anxiety.


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Aspartame is Made of GMO Bacteria Feces: Infowars Nightly News 1/2





Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran

Wall Street Journal



WASHINGTON¡ªPentagon war planners have concluded that their largest conventional bomb isn't yet capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities, and are stepping up efforts to make it more powerful, according to U.S. officials briefed on the plan.

The 30,000-pound "bunker-buster" bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, was specifically designed to take out the hardened fortifications built by Iran and North Korea to cloak their nuclear programs.

But initial tests indicated that the bomb, as currently configured, wouldn't be capable of destroying some of Iran's facilities, either because of their depth or because Tehran has added new fortifications to protect them.

Doubts about the MOP's effectiveness prompted the Pentagon this month to secretly submit a request to Congress for funding to enhance the bomb's ability to penetrate deeper into rock, concrete and steel before exploding, the officials said.

The push to boost the power of the MOP is part of stepped-up contingency planning for a possible strike against Iran's nuclear program, say U.S. officials.

The Defense Department has spent about $330 million so far to develop about 20 of the bombs, which are built by Boeing Co. The Pentagon is seeking about $82 million more to make the bomb more effective, according to government officials briefed on the plan.

Some experts question if any kind of conventional explosives are capable of reaching facilities such as those built deep underground in Iran. But U.S. defense officials say they believe the MOP could already do damage sufficient to set back the program.


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Audit: U.S. Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq

Josh Levs


The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, according to two new government audits.

The reports come from the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

The Iraqi government in 2004 gave the Department of Defense access to about $3 billion to pay bills for certain contracts, and the department can only show what happened to about a third of that, the inspector general says in an audit published Friday.

Although the Department of Defense (DoD) had "internal processes and controls" to track payments, the "bulk of the records are missing," the report says, adding that the department is searching for them.

Other documents are missing as well, including monthly reports documenting expenses, the audit says.

"From July 2004 through December 2007, DoD should have provided 42 monthly reports. However, it can locate only the first four reports."

A letter accompanying the report is signed by Stuart Bowen, the inspector general. The audit was overseen by Glenn Furbish, assistant inspector general for audits.

In a response letter also contained in the report, Defense Under Secretary Mark Easton acknowledges "a records management issue."

The audit says it believes records management is to blame, and "has been an ongoing problem for DoD in Iraq. By all accounts, DoD established good internal processes and controls to account for and report on" the funds it was given after the Coalition Provisional Authority dissolved.

Where the records did exist, they matched other records and contained "good financial documentation supporting individual payments." Also, there is "sufficient evidence" that required monthly reports were sent to the government of Iraq, even though they can't be found, the audit said.

The audit deals with a time when Iraq's government was undergoing a transition. The Coalition Provisional Authority ran the country for 14 months from 2003 to 2004. During that time, the authority awarded numerous contracts. When it dissolved in 2004, the Iraqi government gave the U.S. Defense Department access to the $3 billion to pay bills for contracts the provisional authority had awarded.


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Carcinogenic Dioxin Set Free: EPA Kneels to Monsanto and Big Agriculture

Cassandra Anderson

Natural Society

Dioxin is the most toxic man-made chemical known regarding damage to health and the environment .

The EPA has withheld a study about dioxin for decades in order to protect large industries that produce dioxin while manufacturing herbicides and pesticides, plastics, chlorine, bleach, and other chemicals.  In addition, industrialized agriculture (Big Ag) has pressured the EPA to withhold the report because dioxin becomes concentrated in animal products like meat, eggs and dairy .

The non-cancer portion of the EPA report is due out by the end of January 2012, with the cancer portion to follow at some unspecified date.

Dioxin is an umbrella term for a class of super toxic chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, liver disease, immune system damage and many other health problems .  There is no safe ¡®threshold' dose as our bodies have zero defense against dioxin, according to health consultant Jonathan Campbell.

Dioxin has a half-life of over 100 years in the environment when it is below the surface or dumped in waterways.


Prior Dioxin Contamination

Monsanto and Dow Chemical were the largest producers of 2,4,5-T herbicide that created dioxin as a byproduct and was used as an agricultural herbicide before the 1950′s. Monsanto, Dow Chemical and other makers of dioxin-contaminated herbicide 2,4,5-T produced 50 MILLION pounds of these chemicals per year for agricultural uses in the US! Since 1947, more than 300 million pounds of dioxin laden 2,4,5-T was sprayed on more than 400 MILLION acres of US land , mostly on farms and agricultural property.

The 2,4,5-T dioxin-containing herbicide was later combined with 2,4-D to create Agent Orange for chemical warfare against Viet Nam.

Both Monsanto and Dow Chemical were aware, since the 1950s, that German company Boeringer was able to produce herbicide 2,4,5-T without any detectable dioxin by slow cooking the chemical for about 12 hours. But Monsanto and Dow ignored this information and cooked their 2,4,5-T batches in 45 minutes or less, thus contaminating the product with dioxin — presumably for higher profits.


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FDA hacked into private Gmail accounts of its own whistleblower scientist using covert spy technology

January 31, 2012

Natural News

The criminal tendencies of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were on full display today when it was revealed the agency installed spy software and illegally hacked into the private Gmail accounts of at least half a dozen of its own top scientists. Those scientists, it turns out, were the very same whistleblowers who warned Congress about the FDA's approval of dangerous medical devices that threatened the lives of patients. In response to them taking action to protect the lives of the innocent -- something the FDA is supposed to do but has long since abandoned -- they were instead subjected to illegal hacking and having their employment contracts with the FDA terminated.

Those six scientists and doctors have now filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court which claims that they were subjected to FDA internal harassment and unjustified job termination. The lawsuit also describes how the FDA hacked into the private email accounts of these scientists, then intercepted their "whistleblower complaints" intended to be seen only by members of Congress.

"The complaint details how the FDA targeted its employees with a covert spying campaign that lasted for two years," reports ( ). "The [FDA] installed (or activated) spyware on their workplace computers and used other technology that to monitor their password-protected Gmail-to-Gmail communications. Managers used the collected information to learn the identities of confidential whistleblowers and to obtain the details of the public health and safety concerns the whistleblowers intended to disclose to the Office of Special Counsel, Congress and the Agency's own Inspector General."

More importantly, documents reveal that the FDA's own lawyers engaged in a criminal cover-up of evidence in order to obstruct justice and retaliate against the FDA scientists:

"The managers who spearheaded the surveillance efforts were the same managers involved with the wrongdoing and corruption that the whistleblowers were seeking to report. Lawyers at the FDA and HHS Offices of General Counsel, who should have understood that the program breached the employees' confidentiality, helped FDA managers with their obstruction and retaliation ."


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Global warming trend ended in 1997, new data shows

David Rose
Washington Times

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The supposed "consensus" on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.


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Polish Politicians Don Guy Fawkes/Anonymous Masks To Protest ACTA Signing

from the isn't-that-infringing? dept

Tech Dirt

There's been lots of talk today about how various EU governments are agreeing to sign ACTA (which still needs to be ratified by the EU Parliament). It's gotten the most attention in Poland , where there were mass protests -- but the government there still signed. Of course, not everyone in the Polish government agreed. Amazingly, officials from the Palikot's Movement held up the famed Guy Fawkes/Anonymous masks in Parliament to protest the vote:

Of course, we should note that, from the picture, it sure looks like those masks are "counterfeit" copies of the official Guy Fawkes mask that Time Warner holds the rights to . Good thing ACTA is coming into force to stop such blatant "counterfeiting," huh?


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Oil Free Coast: Vancouver

Sierra Club BC


Join Rex Weyler, Nathan Cullen and Art Sterritt for an afternoon Panel Discussion on tankers, pipelines and how to protect and preserve our beautiful pacific coast. A unique opportunity to talk with First Nations & Environmental Groups about what oil tankers on our coast will mean to us all. Several environmental groups will have information tables set up.

Free Admission * Everyone Welcome * Wheelchair Accessible * ASL Interpreters* Free Child Care


Jan 22, 2012
from 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM


Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC

Panel Speakers:
Rex Weyler, Tanker Free BC, director of the original Greenpeace Foundation, American / Canadian author, journalist and ecologist http:// ,

Nathan Cullen, former NDP Environment and Natural Resources Critic, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP, NDP Leadership Candidate

Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations (Great Bear Initiative Society) http://

Leslie Kemp, Coordinator Sustainable Communities Program, Langara College

Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Tla'Amin Environmental Singer Songwriter http://

1:00pm Doors Open: Information tables (environmental groups), Tea/coffee/juice
1:30pm Performance by Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Tla'Amin Environmental Singer Songwriter
2:00-3:00pm First Nations Blessing, Panel discussion
3:00-4:00pm Questions and discussion with audience
4:00-5:00pm Information tables (environmental groups), refreshments, informal discussion

Environmental Groups with Information Tables at January 22 event
· False Creek Watershed Society
· Georgia Strait Alliance
· Salmon are Sacred
· Sierra Club
· Tanker Free BC
· Village Vancouver
· Western Wilderness Committee

Sponsors with Information Tables at January 22 event
· Coastal First Nations (Great Bear Initiative Society)
· Nathan Cullen, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP, NDP Leadership Candidate

More information about this event¡­


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