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Hello, my name is Michael Herbert and I have recently received through Email a research paper written by a man named David Ney. In the enclosed paper, the section entitled "THEY'RE TAKING AWAY MORE OF OUR FREEDOM!" discusses the anti-terrorism bill which specifically sites the ALF as an example of Americas enemies in its "war against terrorism". I assume your organization is included in the "evil doers" President Bush has vowed to the American Public to "rid the world of". I was hoping you could tell me if there has been any repercussion toward the ALF of the September 11th attacks. I also urge you to read and consider the ideas addressed in Mr. Neys paper. I personally found them quite interesting. Please reply. Thank you for your time.
-Michael Herert


Ever since the attacks on 9/11, I have been a research maniac. I have spent many, many hours compiling information, and looking at all sides of this complicated issue. There is definitely more than meets the eye about this "war on terrorism" that the US government is waging, with the help of its international allies. Most people that I have talked to about this assume 3 premises: 1, that these atrocities were committed by the al-Qaida network, the Taliban, and associates of Osama bin Laden. 2, that there is evidence to back these claims up, and 3, that the US's military campaign in Afghanistan and elsewhere is "retaliation" against the attackers. I believe that before US citizens commit themselves to supporting the forces that are plunging the world into World War III, we need to take a good, hard look at these premises and the basis behind them. I also believe that we need to question the information that corporate TV news sources are feeding people, because unfortunately most Americans don't look any further for information than to these sources. There is a lot going on, and most people don't know about it all. I have shocked and amazed people in my daily conversations, and the evidence to back up my claims is rampant. It's right under our noses, we just have to LOOK AT IT! Thus, here is my first commentary of many:
To begin with, many people ask my opinion of this situation. What I tell them is that I believe that the US government knew that the 9/11 attacks were going to happen, and did nothing to stop them. I also believe that there is more evidence linking the attacks TO the US government than there is to the Taliban. I believe Osama bin Laden is either an ally of the US or just the patsy, or scapegoat to justify the US' agenda (I mean, images of and speculation about him started appearing on mainstream media news within an hour of the attacks! How was the media able to finger the guilty party so quickly, yet the government had not even begun their investigation!) Then they tell me that they feel that is ridiculous, and hard to swallow. I admit, as a person who grew up an "average" patriotic kid, unaware that the US government could ever commit an immoral act, that this notion seems absurd on the surface. But if we look at the history of governmental corruption, we find that those in power have extreme contempt for US citizens, and even more contempt for citizens abroad. They care about their own financial interests, and that is all. First of all, the government acquired a huge piece of North America by slaughtering anyone who challenged the notion that the land was the property of anyone else. Millions of natives, and hispanic natives (who became Mexicans) were murdered, just for believing that the land belonged to no one, and that a person cannot "claim" land. The government pushed the survivors of the genocide onto reservations, strategically placed in areas that were lacking in resources, and the natives suffer to this day as a result.
Massive amounts of evidence coming out nowadays points to the government's foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attacks. Why would the government allow this to happen? The government essentially survived the great depression by getting into WWII, and reviving the wartime economy through war bonds and investments in the arms trade. It also allowed them to flex their muscles to the world by dropping the first atomic bombs noone had ever seen before, killing millions of Japanese civilians. Roosevelt's approval rating skyrocketed, and got him another term, and the "rebuilding" of Japan earned US contractors billions in business deals.
According to many sources including ABC news (1), in 1962, members of the defense dept. were drawing up plans to attack US naval ships in Florida, and targets in Washington DC, blaming it all on Cuba, and then conquering Cuba, putting it under US rule. It was named "Operation Northwoods", and the NSA files can be acquired through the Freedom of Information Act. This plan was rejected by the Kennedy administration, and I can only assume, was replaced by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
So we see that the US government is not above endangering US citizens, to further their agenda. They have committed horrible acts for the purposes of expansion, and domination, and this plot is in my honest opinion is the next step in the US' total world domination. Some people (like George Bush Sr.) call it the "New World Order." Let us also remember the history of another government that sought world domination: the Nazis. Hitler and his cronies destroyed a structure in Berlin called the "Reichtag", and blamed it on communists. The German people then were fearful of communists, and the hysteria led to the first concentration camps. They went after communists, then Jews, then minorities, then homosexuals, then Christians, then EVERYBODY. The US already has concentration camps, in fact over 600 of them (2). They are fully staffed and operational, and empty. How long before the US starts filling them up with "terrorists."

US EVIDENCE AGAINST OSAMA BIN LADEN

Many people feel that my anti-Americanism makes me a biased source, and that I don't look at all sides of an issue. This is not true. I am an open minded person and I don't discredit anything, until it is proven to be inaccurate beyond a shadow of a doubt. But I will let you decide. Let us now weigh the evidence. We'll start with the evidence the US has against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. The US claims that the biggest evidence against them is this "evidence of a very specific nature" according to British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. But they are not releasing this bombshell information to the public because it is a matter of "national security." Additional evidence includes a rental car that was found in the parking garage of the Boston International Airport. This car contained (according to CNN) a copy of the Koran, (Muslim holy book) a "How to Fly a Boeing 757" training video, and a 3 page letter that refers to bin Laden. 3 different letters were found linking the hijackers to bin Laden. The other 2 (here again, according to CNN and the Washington Post, among other sources) were found in luggage that was on the Boston to LA flight that never made it onboard, and AMONGST THE RUBBLE OF THE WTC! Another piece of incredible evidence is a passport, supposedly belonging to one of the hijackers, who is linked to bin Laden, that was found a block away from the WTC on 9/11. "Experts" believe that this passport somehow came out of the plane upon impact. This was also according to CNN. CNN also reports that a few Arab men were at a strip club and a bar in Boston the night of 9/10, drinking, getting lapdances and bragging about a "large attack on the US", according to a bartender, and several eyewitnesses. The men supposedly left a copy of the Koran at the bar. Tony Blair also says that Osama bin Laden told his associates to return to Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, and that at least 4 of the suspected hijackers were trained in his camps. Blair also claims that one of bin Laden's "closest, and most senior associates was responsible for the detailed planning of the attacks," although he did not name the person. All this, he says is according to British intelligence. The US has declined to make the details of the evidence public for fear of revealing the "sources and methods" of it's intelligence.
So we are supposed to believe that an operation that (according to CNN) took 5 years to plan, where hijackers managed to breach airport security, and simultaneously hijack 4 airplanes, would be pulled off by people who left behind this much evidence? If they wanted to be careful, and eliminate any possible clue that would damn their al-Qaida network, and prove it's guilt, do you honestly think that they would have left all of this behind? I will point out various reasons why this makes no sense. First of all, a Muslim who was dying as a martyr for Allah, would not just leave his holy book in a rental car or a bar. He would most likely take it with him. Generally, drinking is condemned by Muslims, and kamikaze pilots wouldn't go out drinking and partying on the eve of their fateful mission. They would most likely be preparing themselves psychologically, and praying. The maneuvers that the pilots executed in those planes could not have been pulled off by someone who still needed to "brush up" on their flight skills, with a video. And it seems ludicrous that they would leave it in their rental car, thus damning them more. And they certainly would not have left a letter that linked their organization and bin Laden to the attack. This should be obvious to any rational person. The second letter found in the luggage would have been destroyed along with everything else in the plane. How "convenient" that it never made it on the plane to begin with. And then there's the case of the 3rd letter and the passport, that somehow magically survived the crashes. These explosions caused a fuel fire so hot that it supposedly made the towers implode, from steel beams being melted, thus weakening the structure (or so the "official" report goes.) But somehow these 2 pieces of key evidence survived? The passport flew out of a hijacker's pocket, and out of the plane, landing a block away? The letter survived but the near indestructible black boxes on the planes were destroyed? Speaking of those black boxes, it's odd that they were destroyed given the way that they are designed, and the materials they are made out of. These are the boxes which every airliner has 2 of, records the flight path, and the cockpit conversations of the pilots. According to the manufacturers of these boxes, they are designed to withstand "Impact tolerance: 3400 g's/6.5 ms. Fire resistance: 1100 degrees C, for 30 minutes. Water pressure resistance: submerged 20,000 ft. underwater. Locator beacon: 37.5 kHz battery. 6 yr. shelf life, 30 day operation." This to me, amounts to a whole load of shady evidence. International opponents of the US have publicly stated that this evidence is fabricated. And who knows if this mystery evidence that is "specific in nature" even exists. How would we know?

DID THE US HAVE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS?

Now let's analyze the evidence against the US. On 9/7, four days BEFORE THE ATTACKS Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, the president's brother, signed Florida Executive Order No. 01-261 which states, in part "I hereby delegate to The Adjutant General of the State of Florida all necessary authority, within approved budgetary appropriations or grants, to order members of the Florida National Guard into active service, as defined by Section 250.27, Florida Statutes, for the purpose of training to support law enforcement personnel and emergency management personnel in the event of civil disturbances or natural disasters and to provide training support to law enforcement personnel and community-based organizations relating to counter drug operations. This
Executive Order shall remain in full force and effect until the earlier of its revocation or June
30, 2003." On 9/11, Jeb then signed Florida Executive Order No. 01-262 (the next order in succession) immediately after the second WTC tower fell. Florida was the first STATE to declare a "State of Emergency" and did so before New York State or the Federal Washington City leaders did, yet there were no "terroristic" incidents that had taken place. Florida EO 01-262 states, in part: "I hereby declare that a state of emergency exists in the State of Florida... The authority to suspend the effect of any statute or rule governing the conduct of state business, and the further authority to suspend the effect of any order or rule of any governmental entity... The authority to seize and utilize any and all real or personal property as needed to meet this emergency... The authority to order the evacuation of any or all persons from any location in the State of Florida, and the authority to regulate the movement of any or all persons to or from any location in the State; The authority to regulate the return of the evacuees to their home communities... I hereby order the Adjutant General to activate the Florida National Guard for the duration of this emergency." The source on this is the Florida state web page (3). Also see "wuzzup with Florida" section for more details.
George W. Bush, the president was in Florida at the time of the attacks, listening to children read a story about a goat. When an advisor whispered the news into his ear, he turned "briefly somber" (according to reporters) and then continued to listen to the story, for 30 MINUTES (4)! Does this sound like the behavior of someone who had absolutely no knowledge? Did he excuse himself and scramble military forces? No. Did he declare a state of emergency? No. Did he do anything at all? No. He just sat there. Then he made the announcement on tv that there had been an attack, which by that time Americans had already figured out. Military jets could have easily been scrambled and sent to shoot down the other planes within the timeframe of the attacks. The second WTC tower was hit over 20 minutes after the first one, and the Pentagon was hit 30 minutes after that. The second that an airliner strays from it's course, the control towers, and the military knows about it. And the only person who could make a decision to scramble the jets is the commander in chief himself, George W. Do you honestly feel, as you watch him speak on TV, that he really has compassion for the victims? It looks to me like he is acting and reading cue cards.
According to government reports, certain passengers were forced to call loved ones and tell them that the hijackers were using box knives. Strategically, why would the hijackers have done this? There were 19 men total involved with the hijacking operation. That's 4-5 men per plane. Box knives are dangerous, and can hurt someone, but do you think that 4-5 men with box knives could not be defeated by hundreds of passengers? They could have dog piled them to stop them! It would have been a fight, but it is possible. This leads me to believe that the hijackers were using other weapons than box knives, and that they may have been planted on the planes to begin with. After all, maintenance crews are not subjected to security checks, and they could have easily planted guns on the plane. Guns would keep the passengers in line. And this level of preparation could not have been pulled off by an Arabian terrorist cell.
Could planes crashing into the WTC towers, have realistically brought them down? Hyman Brown, a University of Chicago Civil Engineering Professor, and the WTC's construction manager was confused as he watched them go down. "It was over-designed to withstand almost anything, including hurricanes, high winds, bombings, and an airplane hitting it" he remarked on 9/11 (5). Van Romero, Vice President for research at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology says "my opinion is that after the airplanes hit the WTC, there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused them to collapse" and that it was "too methodical to be a chance result of airplanes colliding with the structures." The towers were built to withstand temperatures of 2000 degrees F, so it seems that it would have taken a lot more than a fuel fire to melt that much steel. Besides, fuel fires cause EXPLOSIONS, not IMPLOSIONS. The sight of the WTC coming down reminded me, and many others, of film footage depicting a building being detonated and imploding, as to minimize damage to surrounding structures. Ideally, planes hitting tall buildings at the top would cause the top to be destroyed, leaving the rest of the structure relatively unharmed. Also keep in mind, that the second tower hit, was the first one to fall. One would think that the first tower, having a 20 minute head start, would fall first, but that's not what happened. Louie Cacchioli, 51, Firefighter assigned to engine 47 in Harlem says "we were the first ones in the second tower after the plane struck. I was taking firefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position to evacuate workers. On the last trip up, a bomb went off. We think there were bombs set in the building." (6) The NYFD chief arson investigator said on TV on 9/12 that internal explosives were used to bring down the WTC towers. Here again, an organization like al-Qaida could not have pulled this off. This was certainly the dirty work of a larger organization. And why is the mainstream media suppressing this information?
As recently as May of this year, the US government was helping the Taliban fight opium production (6). In the past, Afghanistan has been one of the largest producers of opium and heroin in the world, and their supply fueled the majority of Europe's market. Many indigenous farmers, and their ancestors have been making their living off of growing poppy plants for many years. Earlier this year, the Taliban officially took an anti drug stance, and especially an anti opium stance. They were basing their stance on religious principals, Muslims condemn drug use. The US government, always quick to help a fellow government wage a drug war, gave the Taliban 43 million dollars to help them eradicate poppy plants. According to official Taliban, and other middle eastern government's reports, they wiped out a majority of the plants. So you may have heard recently (from CNN and Press) that the US was targeting large Taliban opium and heroin stockpiles, with their military strikes, right? That the Taliban was using the revenue from these piles to fuel their war against the US, right? 1 week after the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban officially lifted their ban on opium, and now the US mainstream media is reporting that they have an abundance of it! Apparently Muslim principles have changed! It's no longer immoral to use opium and heroin! Right. I have never seen such a blatant shift in policy, and I cannot understand why this occurred, if there was'nt a bigger motivation behind it.
The original death count figures in the WTC (according to ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, and FOX news) was anywhere between (I heard) 20,000 to 40,000 people. They claimed that over 20,000 people worked in the buildings, and that an average of 100,000 people visit the buildings daily. The incident occurred at a little past 9:00 EST, right at the beginning of the business day. Many reports have concluded that lots of workers (higher-ups mostly, CEO's, etc.) did not show up to work that morning. This makes sense, given that the "official" death count now is roughly 5,500 people. While that is still a tremendous loss of life, it is only a fourth of the original estimate. But at the time of the attacks, as we were watching it all go down on TV, we all thought that a lot more people had died. Was it just a coincidence that those people didn't show up on that dreadful morning?
And what about the hijacked airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania? Have we heard much about that? I haven't. The government has been very silent about it. Was it shot down, or was the hijacking averted by brave passengers? Eyewitnesses say they saw a military jet following it for miles. Other eyewitnesses say that they heard 2 explosions, one in the air, and one on the ground. And supposedly one of the black boxes was recovered from the plane. Have we heard about the results of this finding? No. I haven't even seen close-ups of the wreckage on the TV news! The only shots I ever see are from very far away. What happened to that flight, and how did the government know it was headed towards the White House (according to CNN)?
Tensions had been running high in the international scene right before 9/11, especially regarding the world's position on Israel, and their buddy, the US. 8 days before the attacks, the UN World Conference Against Racism was held in Durban, South Africa. 153 governments from across the globe were in attendance. When discussion came up about Israel, it was nearly unanimous amongst the governments, and thousands of NGO's (Non Governmental Organizations) that Israel was a "racist apartheid state", and that the occupation of Palestine was an immoral act. Israel and the US walked out on the conference (7).
The US population for some time now, has been being prepped for a big war, with lots of US casualties. A Pakistani diplomat told the BBC in mid-July that the US was planning an attack on the Taliban long ago. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani foreign secretary was told by senior US officials that military action would go ahead by mid-October. It is widely known that the US ordered 40 million doses of a smallpox vaccine (CNN). Within days of 9/11 it was revealed in the English press (8) that a 10 year war on Terrorism had been planned, and that the US had already given it a name: Operation Noble Eagle. And long before 9/11 I always knew something of this scale was coming. Analyzing current political trends, observing the increasing tension in the world, etc. It was only a matter of time before the big one hit, and I think deep down, we all knew that.
The Anti-Terrorism legislation that was introduced by the president only 1 week after the attacks sure came out quick, wouldn't you say? This bill is over a hundred pages long, and only parts of it pertain to terrorism. It takes a long time to write a bill with this many provisions. It was obviously very well thought out, and worded carefully, as to avoid future legal snags when "suspected terrorists" are brought to trial. I have a hard time believing that this bill wasn't in the works before 9/11. If you read it, you'll find that it's too intricate, and detail oriented to have been written in such a short timeframe. More details about this in the "They're Taking Away More of Our Freedom!" section of this article.
Echelon (the global communications monitoring system, see "Taking Away Freedom" section) gave US authorities 3 month warning that terrorists were planning to "hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American culture." This is information that Israeli intelligence obtained, using Echelon (9). This is the same Echelon that US authorities were bragging about using to monitor telephone conversations between Osama bin Laden and his mother in Saudi Arabia. The French CIA and Israel's "The Mossad" received information a week in advance, that the attacks were imminent. They told the US government, and they in turn, did nothing to prevent it. This is backed up by foreign intelligence sources (11).
Russia told it's citizens very blatantly to cash out their US dollars, if they had any, due to an upcoming "financial attack" on the US. This was also about 3 months before 9/11. They feared that the value of the US dollar was about to significantly decrease in the near future (10).
In a CNN report that aired shortly after 9/11, FBI agents visited an Oklahoma flight school 2 weeks prior to the attacks, asking questions about a man who is now one of the suspected hijackers. He apparently learned how to fly airplanes from this school, in small aircraft, and on flight simulators. If the FBI (as they claim) had no knowledge that the attacks were coming, then why would they have been visiting this school in the first place?
Chicago Wall St. traders reported "unusual activity" in airline options up to a month before 9/11. This is consistent with the fact that the entire airline industry was doing very poorly, and many airline companies including American and United were on the verge of bankruptcy. Some financial specialists, after looking at the trends, believe that someone profited off of the 9/11 attacks, and this is also evident in the fact that George W. essentially "bailed out" the airline industry by giving them billions of dollars to revive the industry (12). George has also made many references to "Americans getting on with their lives, and continuing to go shopping, go to ball games, and RIDE ON AIRPLANES. I have minimal knowledge of the stock market, and I don't know what all of this "unusual activity" amounts to completely, but many skeptics who have more of an understanding of how Wall St. operates are saying that certain groups most certainly profited off of the attacks. Does this imply that some traders had foreknowledge?
It seems that everybody else in the world knew it was going to happen, except for the US, who boasts about it's amazing intelligence constantly. I don't buy it.

WUZZUP WITH FLORIDA???

Over the last year, and especially in the past couple of months, the state of Florida seems to be a controversial state. Let's take a look at some of the events that have taken place there. Last November, the most skeptical presidential election in the history of the USA happened. For many days, no one knew who had won. Al Gore won the popular vote by over 600,000. But it was the electoral vote that mattered, and it all came down to FLORIDA. Jeb Bush is the governor, and over 6,000 ballots turned up "missing" on election day. They then came back, after a worker at the precinct "accidentally" took them home. Bush won the electoral vote after 3 recounts, which by the way, THE RESULTS OF HAVE NOT BEEN MADE AVAILABLE YET, EVEN AFTER A YEAR. And it is unlikely that they ever will. Another Florida election scandal was the fact that any African American registered voters were turned away at the voting booths. The election was obviously rigged. Lots of Republicans are are even acknowledging this. But has there been a new election? Nope. George W's the prez. Skip ahead to the executive orders signed on Sept. 7, and 11. Also, George W. was in Florida during the attacks. When the government fingered the suspected hijackers (which is based on evidence that even they consider to be skeptical, based on speculation that they used fake ID's) 15 out of the 19 claimed residency in Florida, and a few went to flight schools in Florida. Then the first case of Anthrax was in Florida. Way too many coincidences for my liking. Something is going on in Florida. Time will tell what it is.

THEY'RE TAKING AWAY MORE OF OUR FREEDOM!

The US government has a long history of depriving people of their supposed "inalienable rights", especially in times of crisis. After WWII, the US entered an age of paranoia, known by most as the "McCarthy era" (named after Senator Joseph McCarthy, the head of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) or "the red scare." The government passed legislation, that completely stomped on the rights of average citizens, in order to weed out "communists" in the country. People were encouraged to spy on each other, and pry into each other's personal lives, for the purpose of exposing them as a possible "communist." Many people were brought to trial, and prosecuted as communists for the most mundane reasons. This communist paranoia is still prevalent today, but fading. The government needed a new excuse to monitor the public, and to pass oppressive legislation. BOOM! Airliners attack the WTC and the Pentagon, and we are immediately thrown into a new era of paranoia, which many people are calling the new McCarthy era. Shortly after 9/11, Bush appointed the "Office of Homeland Security", headed by Attorney General John Ashcroft. This sounds like the present incarnation of the HUAC, with Ashcroft replacing McCarthy. The "War on Terrorism" is being used as a governmental excuse to clamp down on the American public, and according to opinion polls, the majority (I've heard anywhere from 60-85% of the population) of people in this country feel that any act to fight terrorism is justified, and they don't mind having constitutional rights taken away. Bear in mind that German opinion polls in the 30's showed that 85% of the population was behind the Nazis. Freedom is being taken away at an alarming rate, which proves that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is more of a front for the government to manipulate the public into thinking that they are free, but it is actually trampled on daily. After all, your "inalienable rights" are inherent when you are born, and no government can tell you what rights you do or don't have. George Orwell predicted the kind of scenario that we are seeing today in his book 1984, written in 1949. Read this book, it's downright frightening how accurate his prophecy was.

So, the World Trade Center was totally demolished. It used to be the center of finance in this country, housing banks, investment companies (both foreign and domestic), and a variety of other businesses that center around capitalism, and these towers were the cornerstone of the US economy. The records held, the valuable capitalist resources, and the know-how of 5,500 economics specialists were wiped out in a matter of minutes. The economy was already going downhill before 9/11, with the population understanding that we were in the midst of a recession. A recession is a period of decreased economic activity, and a full blown depression (ala the great depression of the 30's) is the result of the populous becoming so poor, and debt riddled, that the economy essentially stops because no one is spending money (because no one has any!) In the last few years, we have heard that the US economy was booming, and the last time the economy thrived to this extent was right before the great depression. As if that fact was'nt profound enough, now the WTC is a rubble heap. We are beginning to see the signs of the next great depression in America, and when there is depression, people are more susceptible to government power. They become dependent on the government for their survival. Historically, periods of economic disaster result in the weakening of the spirit of the populous. What better way to tighten the stranglehold on the public, than to destroy the epicenter of capitalism. This leads me to believe that the US government benefits from the attacks, whether they were secretly responsible or not.

Probably the largest example of rights being spit on by the government is the Anti-Terrorism legislation proposed by George W. that passed almost unanimously in the House of Representatives. Most of the Senate did not even read the bill, but merely skimmed it, and it passed with almost no discussion whatsoever. This bill extends many more powers to law enforcement. Among other provisions in the bill, it grants more wiretapping and surveillance power for phone lines, more surveillance of E-mail, more surveillance of web site viewing, and allows any governmental agency to enter a building or house inhabited by "suspected terrorists" without a warrant, and without even telling the owner! Most Americans feel that this legislation is justified to fight terrorism, but the government's description of a "terrorist" is very broad and sweeping. Here are the categories of terrorists, according to the FBI website (13): Loosely affiliated extremists ("motivated by political or religious beliefs, such as Sunni Islamic extremists, such as Osama bin Laden and individuals affiliated with his Al-Qaeda organization"), Formal terrorist organizations ("autonomous, generally transnational organizations that have their own infrastructures, personnel, financial arrangements, and training facilities. These organizations are capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns on an international basis."), State sponsors of terrorism ("countries that view terrorism as a tool of foreign policy. Presently, the Department of State lists seven countries as state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Cuba, and North Korea."), Right-wing extremist groups ("such as World Church of the Creator (WCOTC), the Aryan Nations, and Southeastern States Alliance -- an umbrella organization of militias in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and other southern states"), Left-wing and Puerto Rican extremist groups ("those who profess a revolutionary socialist doctrine and view themselves as protectors of the people against the ‘dehumanizing effects' of capitalism and imperialism. They aim to bring about change in the United States through revolution rather than through the established political process." Also, "terrorist groups seeking to secure full Puerto Rican independence from the United States through violent means like the Puerto Rican National Liberation (FALN – Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional Puertorriquena"), Anarchists and extremist socialist groups ("such as the Workers' World Party, Reclaim the Streets, and Carnival Against Capitalism"), and Special interest extremists ("special interest groups that seek to resolve specific issues, rather than effect more widespread political change such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).") So, basically anyone who advocates radical change. I am an Anarchist, an animal rights activist, and an environmentalist, and so I am therefore a "terrorist" according to the government, even though I am a pacifist and I have never committed a "terroristic" act in my life. They are waging a war against ME (although the war has been ongoing for many years). I have extreme contempt for a government that would label me a terrorist, and especially group me into the same category as Al-Qaeda, or the Aryan Nation. To read the text of this bill in it's entirety go to http://www.eff.org/sc/ashcroft_proposal.html

In 48 states, there are still laws in the books making it a crime to desecrate the American flag, despite the fact that the supreme court has twice ruled that those laws are unconstitutional. Nevertheless the laws are still in effect. In Noblesville, Indiana a man was burning a flag in the ally by his house. A neighbor saw him doing it, and told him to stop. He did'nt, so the neighbor called the police. The police came and arrested the man for flag desecration, and he went to jail (14). So much for freedom of expression, and right to dissent!

Over 1,000 people here in the US are being held captive, on the grounds that they are suspects in the 9/11 attacks, and may people abroad were also rounded up. Most of these arrests were within days of the attacks, during the period of time where Bush actually suspended Habeas Corpus, and made it so that legal and non legal immigrants could be detained for any reason, CNN reported. Many of the people were targeted for their race, or the fact that they were Muslim. A huge wave of racism and xenophobia has swept the nation, causing race related homicide, assault, and harassment. People are targeting Arabs, and many Mosques (Muslim churches) have been shot at or threatened. Arab children attending public schools have received death threats, and were pulled out of school by their parents. George W. has been saying that he has no beef with Muslims or Arabs, just the Taliban. But when he suspends Habeas Corpus, and orders law enforcement to profile (which is already a common practice) and target Arab people, what stance is he actually taking? Speaking of government enforced racism, identification cards specifically for Arab Americans are gaining support. According to opinion polls, many people have advocated that Arab Americans should have to carry around special ID's to prove that they are not "terrorists." This is ludicrous, considering that many of the suspected hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were American citizens (or so their ID's said).

Before the Anti-Terrorism bill passed, the Senate ok'd FBI spying online legally, without a court order. It is called the "Combatting Terrorism Act of 2001." The FBI came to America Online, and Earthlink (two of the largest Internet Service Providers in the country), and installed their Carnivore Devices (DCS1000) which track E-mails, keep tabs on what web sites people visit, monitor their FTP's (File Transfer Protocol), and generally watch the subscribers (15). If you use either of these ISP's, be aware that you are being monitored.

Now, I talked a little bit about Echelon earlier in this article. Echelon is a worldwide electronic communications monitoring system. Carnivore is specifically used in the US, but Echelon is global. The allies of the US use it to monitor their citizens, and all of the information compiled by Echelon is shared between governments using satellites. Echelon monitors phones, E-mails, Websites, FTP, and even human voice (using hidden microphones). The way Echelon works, is by recognizing certain keywords. Thousands of keywords are stored in the Echelon database, and as it monitors EVERYONE, if one of those keywords is spoken, typed, or transmitted, Echelon starts recording. No one knows all of the keywords, except for governments of course, but we can only assume what some may be. Any reference to assassination of political figures, any revolutionary discussion, or many forms of dissent could potentially be monitored by Echelon. And this is not a conspiracy "theory," ECHELON IS REAL AND HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE GOVERNMENT (16). For more information about Echelon, go to http://www.echelonwatch.org/

Identification technology is fast gaining support in this country, to supposedly "battle terrorism." According to CNN.com, "Oracle Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison has called for a national identification card to be issued to all U.S. citizens in an effort to help prevent future terrorist attacks. To help build such a system, Ellison has reportedly offered to give the necessary software to the U.S. government for free." It is expected that the new cards will be mandated by early 2002. They will contain a computer chip, which stores information on you, which could be pulled up any time you are asked to present it to "authorities." For many people who have been monitoring this kind of technological advancement for years, this is the next step in the plan to have total surveillance over the entire populous. If they can put computer chips into ID cards, then who knows what else they could put in! Homing devices, to enable the government to know your whereabouts 24 hours a day? It's entirely possible. Talk has come up in recent years about a computer chip so small, that it could be injected into one's hand, which would contain your personal information, your criminal record, your financial status, and much more. Some religious people consider these kind of implications to be the "mark of the beast" prophecized in the Bible to take place in the end times. In addition to this kind of technology, face ID, and fingerprint scans are gaining popularity (17). Watch for all of this in the near future, and RESIST IT!

Italy's fascist government is using the "War on Terrorism" to stifle dissent in very major ways. Police raided buildings and homes, where anarchists were organized, and living, and arrested 50 people. These people were arrested for being SELF PROFESSED ANARCHISTS (18)! Italy has a long history of fascism. Benito Mussolini was dictator of Italy for many years, and formed an alliance with Hitler and the Nazis. Not much has changed since those days, and it looks as though the current government is following in the footsteps of Mussolini's government, except this time, the Nazi regime is the US. Italy is rapidly moving towards a social revolution. The total attendance of a recent anti-war protest was well over 300,000 people, and stretched over 11 kilometers in length! See "If we don't take action now..." section of this article for more info on anti-war protests all over the world.

WE HAVE ENTERED THE END OF THE HYDROCARBON AGE...

For all of my lifetime, I have been hearing that world oil supplies are depleting rapidly. The present rate of oil consumption, compounded by exponential population growth (thus, increased demand for oil), is leading to the end of the hydrocarbon age. For many years, perfectly viable alternatives to oil have been discovered, tested, and confirmed to be more efficient and better for the environment. Oil companies use aggressive tactics to buy the patents to these alternate sources , and they maintain a monopoly on the energy industry.

Phil Watts, the chairman of Royal Dutch Shell gave a speech just 3 weeks after 9/11. The following is an exert from an article by Bill Moore (19): "Accustomed to making and approving business decisions and technology plans that extend decades into the future, Watts told an audience assembled under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program, that Shell, one of the largest oil companies in the world, was preparing for the "End of the Hydrocarbon Age." He painted two possible scenarios he termed, "Dynamics as Usual" and "The Spirit of the Coming Age." Under the first scenario, Shell envisions an "evolutionary" carbon shift from coal to natural gas to renewables. Petroleum's current 40 percent global energy share will drop to 25 percent by 2050. Natural gas market share will climb to 20 percent while the remainder will come from a combination of nuclear and various renewable sources. Under "The Spirit of the Coming Age" scenario, the world would experience a far more dramatic shift from carbon-intensive fuels to hydrogen. Watt's stated this second scenario, "explores something rather more revolutionary, the potential for a truly hydrogen economy, growing out of new and exciting developments in fuel cells, advanced hydrocarbon technologies and carbon dioxide sequestration." Watts envisioned fuel cells beginning to reach serious market penetration by 2025 and as a result dramatically altering the energy landscape long before oil becomes scarce. Watts isn't just talking the talk. He has pledged to walk the walk by committing between $500 million and $1 billion over the next five years to develop new energy businesses, concentrating primarily on solar and wind energy." Based on the past ethics of Shell corporation, their future plans will probably include exploitation and murder, but nevertheless this is important news in the world of fossil fuels.

So keeping this information in mind, those who will profit the most from the remaining oil sources are going to fight to make sure they can keep pushing it throughout the world, until the supply runs out. The Caspian Sea region contains the largest supply of oil left in the world. The US, for many years, has been planning to run a pipeline from Russia, through Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to transport oil to ships in the Persian Gulf. This is the shortest and most efficient route to the gulf, and the only country that supposedly is unwilling to play ball is Afghanistan. The pipeline cannot be completed until the Taliban is crushed, according to the US government (20). So essentially the war in Afghanistan is over the largest remaining oil source in the world, right as the end of the hydrocarbon age begins. And George W. and his father (both oil men) stand to make a lot of money from this pipeline, considering that they are high in the corporate chain of the companies who will profit from the oil it transports.

Now is the time to be pushing for alternate energy sources like Biomass Methanol, Solar, Wind, Hydro and other clean sources of energy! Every drop of oil we use contributes to this crisis. We could be running our cars on Corn and Hemp stalks for god's sake!!!

AND SPEAKING OF GEORGE W. BUSH...

...and his father George Herbert Walker Bush, some very interesting things have happened in both of their lives regarding politics and business. To start off, the Bushs are descendants of the Roosevelts, who was the only other family in US history to have 2 members become president. This is the same Franklin Roosevelt who got the US into World War 2, and made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan.

George W, long before launching his political career, and after his drug and alcohol filled college years started a Texas based oil company called Abusto Energy (abusto is Spanish for "Bush"). The startup capital for his company came from Osama bin Laden's wealthy father Sheik bin Laden, out of Saudi Arabia. Friend and neighbor of George W, James R Bath was used as the cash funnel. This is well documented by a variety of sources including the Wall St. Journal and the New York Times (21). George Sr. has also made business arrangements with the bin Laden family, through the Carlyle Group, and has met with them twice (22).

It is widely known, and documented by CNN among others, that Osama bin Laden, and his Taliban cronies were trained in the art of terrorism by the US CIA, during the cold war, to help fight Russia. The US continued to send weapons and money to the Taliban, long after the cold war had ended. Bush Sr. used to be the director of the CIA in those days, and throughout a majority of the cold war, he was either Vice President (under Reagan) or President. The decision to arm the Taliban was his, with the help of other CIA higher-ups.

It is also interesting to note that all of the people who Bush appointed to his cabinet, all have 3 common backgrounds: they either have 1, military backgrounds, 2, oil industry backgrounds, or 3, ties to the former Soviet Union.

GLOBALIZATION IS A VERY REAL THREAT!

In very recent years, the focus of many of the major protests in the world have been against the phenomenon known as globalization. This seems to be the rallying point of a new generation of activists. I present to you, the reader, the connection between globalization and the war on terrorism, and why the anti-globalization movement and the anti-war movement should stand in solidarity with each other. We all need to mobilize against this very realistic threat to humanity.

The attacks on 9/11, who benefits? This seems to be a question that not many people are asking, and the mainstream media refuses to address. Given all of the information above, all signs point to this benefiting the US government (and it's "allies", who are all just a bunch of puppet governments), multinational corporations, the oil industry, and a handful of stockholders. "New World Order" is a term that has been thrown around by many US politicians for many years, and is always in reference to countries coming together and agreeing upon a standard set of laws and policies, in other words a one world government. Many empires of the past were intent on world domination, and they all crumbled in the end. And why should'nt we have reason to believe that the US government's goal is world domination? Look at it's history! As I pointed out earlier, to expand the empire across North America, the government ruthlessly slaughtered natives and Mexicans. They waged war against Germany twice, and Japan once, and completely obliterated them, only to help rebuild (earning US contractors billions) and form an alliance with them. And guess who are now the largest financial superpowers are in the world? The US, Germany, and Japan! Shortly after WWII, the government started mapping out it's "grand area" (as they call it) of the world. The grand area consists of countries that have the most natural resources. Since then, the US has systematically conquered each of those countries, with the exception of of a few stubborn MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES. These countries become puppet regimes of the US, still retaining their name, but actually becoming a "democratic" country based on US doctrine, and law. They agree with the US on every issue, they side with them in wars, and allow their corporations to do business in their countries. These actions rob indigenous people of their resources, only to turn around and sell them back to them, effectively making them slaves to the corporation. Not only that, but it alters and Americanizes their culture. Examples (but not a complete list by any means) of countries who have experienced this are El Salvador, Guatemala, Namibia, Somalia, Korea, South Vietnam, Honduras, Columbia, Palestine, Israel, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Cambodia, Laos, East Timor, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Yugoslavia, and Panama. The people of these countries despise the US and it's foreign policy. I highly recommend reading "What Uncle Sam Really Wants" by Noam Chomsky. The entire text of the book is available online (http://www.zmag.org/Chomsky/sam/sam-contents.html), and is an excellent book on the subject of globalization, and the "grand area."

So how does this tie in to the current situation? Well, whether it was Osama bin Laden or the US government who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, the US is certainly exploiting them! They are on the verge of waging an all out war with every country who does not side with them (see "What Does the Future Hold?" section of this article), with plans to conquer them, and put in place their own puppet government! What do Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks have to do with attacking Iraq, Libya, Iran, North Korea, and Syria (among others)? It is a very blatant scenario of world domination, and millions of innocent people stand to die because of it!

Now, let's assume for a second that the US government was secretly behind the atrocious actions on 9/11. What better target to attack than a complex that housed businesses from over 30 different countries (and wealthy ones at that!) Instant allies in the "war on terrorism." It's not just US citizens who died in the WTC, it was citizens from many different nations. Get all of those countries fired up about a military campaign, and the US is unstoppable. And Bush is pushing for what he calls a "global anti-terrorism alliance." Sounds to me like a global alliance to stifle dissent, and make the world safe for capitalism.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Based on the information given to the public by the government and the major media centers, we can easily see the US' agenda spelled out. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has started officially calling this war "World War 3." I have every reason to believe that this war is more than just the US vs Afghanistan, and that this is really WWIII.
"Operation Noble Eagle" is in full swing, and I envision a very long, drawn out, complicated, bloody war. I never wanted to see it happen, but somehow I always knew it was coming. As I mentioned above, many countries are being targeted by the Pentagon in the war on terrorism, and most recently there has been talk of military action in Iraq. As is the Iraqi people have'nt suffered enough from US bombs and sanctions, now they have to live through Desert Storm 2. The US has started up the war bonds program again, for the first time since WWII. In addition to the biggest potential war the world has ever seen, economics specialists are predicting the biggest worldwide economic depression ever. The US has just lifted a 25 year ban on hiring foreign assassins, and the CIA is rapidly gaining support for this (23). Israel is conquering Palestine, with few snags, and the US will continue to support that campaign. Although their has been some talk amongst members of the Israeli government over whether they want to be associated with the US or not. Shimon Peres, Israeli foreign minister boycotted the Sunday cabinet meetings after being ordered by Ariel Sharon not to meet with Yasser Arafat. He may resign because the US is asking Israel to hold meetings with Palestine to quiet criticism of the US in the Muslim/Arab world (24). It looks to me like some sort of bloodless coup is in the works in Israel, so who knows if Israel will continue to support the US in the future. Because of all this, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are also questioning their association with the US, and could order US troops out of their countries at any time.

It's here. The event no one wanted to see is here. And it is being led by the US. If US citizens continue to support their government, the results could be catastrophic! In an age where we are plagued by the threat of nuclear and hydrogen bombs, biological and chemical warfare, and other technologically advanced weapons, why are most Americans choosing to continue the cycle of violence? Why are Americans risking their own lives by supporting a government which is endangering them by bombing innocent people, and angering (more so) enemies of the US? People say "it's us or them! Do you want to get a plane flown into your house?" Well no, of course not. And that is why I do not support the government. And that is why I do not support war. And that is why I am an advocate of peace. JUST SAY NO TO WAR!!!

IF WE DONT TAKE ACTION NOW...

...We settle for NOTHING later. And I mean nothing. We won't have a world to live in. It will be blown up, or become an uninhabitable rock. I look at the earth, its beauty, its mystic, and I think WHY ARE PEOPLE SUPPORTING SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO DESTROY THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE??? It is mind boggling. I have taken on pacifism, following the teachings of great people like Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King. I strongly believe that if one person is capable of embracing peace, then WHY CAN'T EVERYBODY? You are a terrorist if you support terrorist governments like the US. You may not be personally dropping bombs and KILLING innocent people in Afghanistan, but your government is, and that is the real TERRORISM. War is terrorism on a terribly larger scale. Just because the killing is thousands of miles away, and not shown on television, DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT IS NOT HAPPENING!!! Think about your friends, your loved ones, your family. If they were murdered, you'd be devastated. If they were murdered by a government, you would be angry at that government. Most people in the US don't feel the emotional pain of those families in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Japan, etc. who have lost loved ones because of the government, because THEY DON'T KNOW THEM, IT DOESN'T AFFECT THEM. But put yourself in the shoes of those people. They are feeling the same pain you did, when you found out about the 9/11 attacks that killed Americans. Americans are fired up now, because Americans died, but if countries and border lines did not exist you would realize that THOSE PEOPLE ARE JUST LIKE YOU. Remember the words of John Lennon: "Imagine there's no countries. It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too. Imagine all the people sharing all the world!"

So now what do we do? The best weapon we have against the war mongers and tyrants, is INFORMATION!!! Simply exposing these facts that I have addressed in this paper to the public is the single most important thing we can do, as individuals, to stop this war. People have the power! There's more of us than there are of them, by a longshot. Just talking to people, not being afraid to address this subject is doing something! Bush and his government cronies are telling people to go on with their lives, as if nothing happened! They want people to forget about what's going on, and trust that they are going to take care of it. Most US citizens just think this is going to all blow over soon. Their almighty government will fix this problem, as they always have. WE NEED TO RESIST THIS NOTION. This is the single most important issue facing humanity, and the planet right now. We need to mobilize and organize against this onslaught of violence and fascism that is being shoved down our throats! Spread the good word! Tell people what's up! And most importantly: be strong! Don't let them intimidate you! Don't let them bribe you! And NEVER let them manipulate you!

We live in the information age, and the internet is an extremely powerful tool in this battle! I would not have been able to compile so much information for this paper without it. This is the first major conflict in the world, where we have the use of the internet. Just think about the potential the internet holds! Why should we watch tv, and take CNN's word as truth about what is going on in the middle east, when we can talk to people living there, and read their news? Use the internet to research, communicate, organize, and spread information. Every time you want to watch the news on tv, instead get on the internet and see what's going on. Read news sources that aren't owned by corporations and (in the case of NBC) arms manufacturers! What do ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CNN have to gain from rallying Americans up to support a war? EVERYTHING! They are making billions on advertising right now, and the longer the war, the longer people are going to be tuning in and WATCHING ADVERTISEMENTS. Advertisers are shelling out mega bucks right now to be shown on the same channel as "THE WAR ON TERRORISM SHOW" which has been on for months now. Read non profit, volunteer maintained websites like: Indymedia (http://www.indymedia.org), ZNet (http://www.zmag.org) and Ground Zero (http://www.geocities.com/onedeaddj/groundzero2.html). These sites have been such valuable news resources to me, and I credit them for helping me to become informed. Informed enough to write this paper! Teach-ins are very effective in spreading information. Attend them if you get the opportunity. I plan to be organizing them in the Coeur d' Alene area. Keep checking my website (http://www.shiitakemushrooms.org) to find out when they will be.

We also need to take to the streets! As the war goes on the numbers will grow! There have been anti-war protests all over the world, and the numbers in attendance are in the millions. As I mentioned earlier, Italy had a protest 300,000+ strong! We need to make our voices heard. It's not enough to write to elected "representatives", they will not listen. We need to get out into society, and shove the issue into people's faces. Why not, what do we have to lose? THE WHOLE WORLD!!! It's time to stop being passive, and start getting active. The fascist powers will not be brought down, if we just sit around and complain! Find out if there is a protest in your area at http://pax.protest.net/

We need to support each other in this crisis. We need to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, despite their views on this war. We need to be respectful, and above all, open minded, as we discuss this topic. I have close friends on all sides of the political spectrum. I have friends in the armed forces, some who are even over in the middle east right now. I hope I get to see them again. Remember, the enemy is not the manipulated masses, who don't know better. It is the MANIPULATOR, the government. It is their war, not ours. This is a war between politicians and religious icons. We are only involved because we live in the same country as them. Always remember that! The government does not represent you. Most of you didn't even vote for the President! Did we ever get to vote on the war? The Anti-Terrorism bill? No. We don't live in a democracy, and we never have. IT IS THEIR WAR, NOT OURS. We were just trying to live our lives. Please think rationally and carefully about your political stance, the fate of the whole world is at stake!

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