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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
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June, 2007



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Connecting The Dots
Smoking Gun
By Larry Kelly

"Thank God we have the internet, because the American press is just a bunch of whores, frankly."
-Whitley Strieber
An attractive BBC reporter stands in front of a live feed from New York City, where columns of smoke have replaced the collapsed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on 9-11. But she is not reporting on the Twin Towers. She is talking about another huge structure, the nearby 47-story Saloman Brothers Building, aka WTC 7, which, she reports dutifully, "collapsed as a result of a huge amount of fallen debris... from the Twin Towers."
"As you can see behind me," she says, "the World Trade Center appears to be still burning." She moves away from the live feed behind her, exposing a Big Problem: Building 7 is still standing.

Standley ignores this smoking gun and talks about the Twin Towers for the next 10 minutes but before Building 7 collapses, the live feed to the reporter is cut and a BBC anchorman clumsily explains, "Unfortunately, I think we've lost the line with Jane Standley."

Building 7 collapsed five minutes later, 23 minutes AFTER the BBC announced it had collapsed because "it had been weakened" by "debris" from the fallen Twin Towers, which had been hit allegedly by hijacked airliners. Since the attack in '01, the American media has all but ignored Building 7. Fortunately, the internet hasn't and lately has been buzzing with contradictions to the official 9-11 story.

Even the head of BBC World News, Richard Porter, seems a bit confused. His official response, issued at the end of last February, claims "We no longer have the original tapes of our 9-11 coverage, for reasons of cock-up not conspiracy." We can only assume that "cock-up" is a British term for screw-up but there is no question as to the meaning of "conspiracy."

"In the chaos and confusion of the day," Porter wrote, "I'm quite sure we said things which turned out to be untrue or inaccurate, but at the time were based on the best information we had."

Many internet readers have offered to send to Porter copies of the BBC coverage on 9-11 but it is hard to imagine one of the world's largest news organizations losing all the tapes of one of the most important events ever. (I wonder if the BBC still has tapes of its Kennedy assassination coverage. If not, we can fill them in on that sordid affair also.)

"If we reported the building collapsed before it had done so, it would have been an error," Porter reported, "nothing more than that." As for his on-screen reporter, the editor explained, "She doesn't remember minute-by-minute what she said or did...she was trying to make sense of what she was seeing, what she was being told."

Of course she was confused when she saw the collapse of Building 7 twenty-three minutes after reporting on it. Most demolition experts have described the building's collapse as resembling a controlled demolition and on several videos you can hear emergency personnel warning people to "keep your eye on that building, it'll be coming down (Prison Planet) or that it's about to "blow up" (You Tube).

Internet Archive had provided a list of links to the BBC footage but "the files were made inaccessible as soon as the story started breaking," according to Whitley Strieber, writing for the Portland Independent Media Center. The author says he was told by Paul Hickman, office manager for Internet Archive, that the files were part of an "experimental" archive and not meant to be available to the public.

All of which begs the question "Where did the BBC get its premature info on Building 7?" Nostradamus?

* * *
Bush clone and British Prime Minister Tony Blair is finally stepping down but not before leaving behind a legacy of lunacy. Almost every street in Britain is watched by video and there is a bill headed to the parliament that "will ban public photography," according to Strieber.

And as if Bush hasn't done enough to betray America, Strieber reports "Last October, without debate and in the dead of night, the president was given the power by language buried in the budget bill to use the military as a police force within the United States and to nationalize the National Guard without consulting governors. In other words, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and the Insurrection Act of 1807 were usurped without a single word of debate and without the least whisper from the American press."

Which brings to mind what Dan Rather recently told Bill Marr concerning American journalists: "We've lost our guts. We need a spine transplant."

* * *
The John Edwards presidential campaign recently received a package through the mail containing a "white powdery substance," according to ABC News. The FBI determined the contents of the package posed "no danger" even though investigators couldn't identify the white powdery substance. At least we're not discussing the price of his haircuts.

* * *
KGO's Ray Taliaferro recently described war as "an embezzlement scheme in which corporations, defense contractors and a few politicians make tons of money by sending poor people off to kill other poor people."

Bush's recent assessment of the war in Iraq--"We're either going to succeed or not succeed"-- brought ridicule from everyone, even Dick Cheney, who described the president as "na•ve."

* * *
Former CIA director George Tenent received $4 million for his new book "In the Center of the Storm," in which he claims the Bush Administration "stretched the evidence" to go to war against Iraq. Better late than never, I suppose.


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