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"We Will Stop These Monsters" - Harry Thomas , a founding member of People For A Better Future
Bin Laden's family link to Bush
In summer 1971, Osama and Salem Bin Laden enjoyed a holiday in Sweden with some of their 55 brothers and sisters. Yet within a few years, the two teenagers' lives had taken stunningly different turns.
As the world knows to its cost, Osama embraced Islamic fundamentalism and 30 years later was named the world's most wanted man. He is prime suspect in the murder of nearly 7,000 in the worst ever terrorist atrocities in the U.S. earlier this month. Incredibly, Salem went on to become a business partner of the man who is leading the hunt for his brother. In the 1970s, he and George W Bush were founders of the Arbusto Energy oil company in Mr Bush's home state of Texas. Photos reveal the brothers on family holiday to the Swedish town of Falun, 150 miles north-west of Stockholm, when Osama was 14 and Salem around 19. The brothers had recently inherited a fortune from their construction magnate father, Mohammed. He left millions to each of his 57 children by 12 wives after dying in a plane crash in 1968. Osama and Salem first visited Falun in 1970, arriving in a blue Rolls-Royce flown toCopenhagen by private jet. They liked the town so much they returned with other family members a year later. Learning that the Bin Ladens, originally from Saudi Arabia, were staying at the Astoria Hotel, a local photographer asked the unusual visitors to pose. Astoria owner Christina Akerblad said last night: 'They were beautiful boys, so elegantly dressed. Everybody loved them. 'Osama played with my two boys, Anders and Gerk. 'What's happened since is absolutely terrible. The first time I realised Osama had turned into a terrorist was when I saw his photograph in a magazine article about the bombing. He and his brother were such nice boys.' At that time the brothers both delighted in their enormous wealth. Salem - wearing a polo neck and slacks as he crouches three places from Osama, in jeans and a skinny rib jumper - put a large part of his money into business ventures, including Arbusto Energy. Mr Bush was not long out of Harvard Business School when he started the company in 1978. Salem watched it grow into a hugely successful business until his death in a microlight plane crash in Texas in 1983. As he built his own business empire, Salem Bin Laden had an intriguing relationship with the president-to-be. In 1978, he appointed James Bath, a close friend of Mr Bush who served with him in the Air National Guard, as his representative in Houston, Texas. It was in that year that Mr Bath invested ,000 (about 34,000) in Mr Bush's company, Arbusto. It was never revealed whether he was investing his own money or somebody else's. There was even speculation that the money might have been from Salem. In the same year, Mr Bath bought Houston Gulf Airport on behalf of the Saudi Arabian multimillionaire. Three years ago, Mr Bush said the ,000 investment in Arbusto was the only financial dealing he had with Mr Bath. Last night a White House spokesman was unavailable for comment. Before his death, Salem was married to Briton Caroline Carey, now 35. She has never spoken about her brother-in-law Osama, who was disowned by the rest of his family in 1991 when he was expelled from Saudi Arabia for his anti-government activities. Now living in luxury in a Cairo villa, she has married twice into the Bin Laden family - first to Salem, and now to a younger brother, Khaled. She has a daughter by each brother. Three years ago a family friend said: 'She first met Salem when she was just a child - no more than five years old.
'He was a friend of the family but at that stage no one would have dreamed that they would end up marrying. 'When they met again as adults, Caroline was 20 and Salem twice her age. 'Salem was the head of the Bin Laden family as the oldest of all the brothers and sisters. 'He was a man with a powerful presence.' They married and, after his death, Caroline decided to bring up her daughter in Saudi Arabia. 'Caroline was a widow for nearly ten years before deciding to marry Khaled,' said the friend. 'He is one of the younger brothers and very quiet and loving. 'She can never speak publicly about her marriage, or anything else for that matter, or she would be cut off from the family.' Caroline's father, a retired psychology lecturer from Hampstead, said: 'My daughter is very happy with Khaled. She decided to stay on in Saudi Arabia because she found her family there to be so loving and supportive.' Yesterday FBI agents swooped on a Boston suburb where around 20 of the wealthy relatives of Bin Laden live. They questioned them at a condominium complex in Charlestown. Agents even began visiting nightclubs to collect credit cards of younger members of the family. Bin Laden's younger brother Mohammed, who is said to have moved back to Saudi Arabia with his wife and children several years ago, owns a ten-bedroom mansion in nearby Wayland. Another younger brother, Abdullah, is a 1994 graduate of Harvard Law School. The family has given it 2million in endowments to research Islamic law. Most of Bin Laden's family have in the past strongly denounced the 44-year-old fugitive, now living in Afghanistan. The FBI in Boston has long been aware of his extended family and began monitoring their activities after the 1998 terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. The Bin Ladens still run one of the biggest construction companies in the world.
'A Dictatorship would be easier , so long as I'm the dictator' -- George W Bush
Time To Forget About Figureheads
Paul Joseph Watson
This month marks the 49th annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group, a semi-secret organisation that, according to a 2001 Reuters report, groomed both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair before they became world leaders. Leaked reports from last year’s meeting stated that the war in Iraq had been delayed until March 2003 at a time when everyone was expecting the attack to be launched that summer. Count up the amount of independent citizens who have attempted to snoop or protest at a Bilderberg meeting since 1954 and they will be heavily outnumbered by any one of this year’s anti-war protests. A few weeks ago I was talking to a left-winger who had attended several of these anti-war marches. I was trying to explain to her that George Bush was just a figurehead and if we are to make any visible difference then we need to focus on the real powerbrokers. She responded by saying, ‘you’re probably right, but it’s fun to make jokes about George Bush’. From that throwaway dismissal we can understand the failings of the left. They pose no threat to the New World Order because they are largely uninformed, attract little credibility by their own behaviour (public sick protests for example), and are obsessed by trying to bring down paper tigers that the establishment deliberately distract them with. Myopic liberals are better off staying at home because they don’t realize that it takes intelligence and not sheer numbers to activate political power.People in the freedom movement always complain about how little mainstream coverage Bilderberg receives. Fair enough, we know the big news outlets are controlled and will never report on Bilderberg (by order of David Rockefeller). But what about the mid-level and local media? They are largely only interested in stories that sell newspapers or attract viewers. If you make it into a story then they will pick it up. Last year’s conference in Chantilly Virginia represented a great opportunity to organize a substantial protest on U.S. soil but the chance was wasted. Getting information from this month’s Paris conference will again be solely down to Jim Tucker. Tucker isn’t going to be around forever. You need to form small grassroots organizations, put websites up, collect donations and be able to arrange trips at short notice to cover these annual meetings. At the very least, bombard the desk of your local paper’s political editor with E Mails, faxes and phone calls. Hundreds of global leaders in all sectors of society meeting in secret and you have the exclusive story? Sounds like a scoop that a real journalist wouldn’t dare turn down.
In a broader sense it is time to shift our approach to fighting the Globalists. Of course we need to continue educating those who are new to this information and repetition is always necessary. But instead of persevering with morons who will never wake up we need to petition the media more than ever, not with hot air and conspiracy theories but with hard facts and documented evidence. The left represents a sleeping giant. To awaken the giant we need to discourage liberals from their incessant obsession with corporate crime and good old boy corruption this is not the head of the beast. Groups like Bilderberg represent the head of the beast. Linked below are contact details for a list of mainly left-wing media activist groups. Ask them if they’ll be highlighting the complete lack of mainstream media Bilderberg coverage this year.
Skeleton key to the White House
Tuesday February 24, 2004
The Skull and Bones lodge, also known as the "tomb", houses one of Yale university's estimated 10 secret societies. Photograph: Matthew Wells
"The Hangman equals death, The Devil equals death, Death equals death!"
It's weird to think that the two men who are now contesting the most powerful job in world politics, both apparently went through an occult ritual that involved dressing-up and chanting the words above, prostrate in front of a fellow student wielding a butchers' knife and dressed in animal skin.
John Kerry and George Bushs junior and senior were members of the secretive Skull and Bones society at Yale university. The final words of the initiation ceremony, according to the intrepid New York Observer journalist Ron Rosenbaum, who has secretly recorded the secret incantations, centre around the command, "Run neophyte!"
Well, in maturity, both men are certainly running, and it's impossible to know how much their membership of the exclusive Skull and Bones Society has helped them reach the positions of eminence they now occupy: President of the United States, and senatorial lead-contender for president.
"I think most people here would want to be asked to be a member, though I don't think it has the power it did in Bush and Kerry's day. I mean, there weren't even women admitted then..."
I am talking to a bunch of 19-year-old male sophomores (second-year students), finishing off a mountain of food in the dining hall of one of Yale's prettiest colleges.
They had just been talking amongst themselves about the irony of the near-certainty that a "Bonesman" will end up in the White House again next year, and they're not sure whether it's a good idea, or just plain bad.
"If I was hiring for a job, and I found out they were a Bonesman. I'd definitely want to meet them," says one laconic youth. "Yeah, they're captain of the football team-types. Real assholes," says another. "I would still want to know them, and I probably would join if I could."
Accompanied by my guide for the afternoon, secretary of the Yale College Democrats, Alissa Stollwerk, we walk by the Skull and Bones lodge - home to the bizarre initiation rites outlined earlier - which is known to all on campus as the "tomb". It is an enormous, ugly, triple-locked building that doesn't even have a doorbell.
After a bit of poking about, the only signs of human occupation are two large sacks of washing propped-up against a basement door. Allisa is wary of my investigative urges and walks down the block to avoid being seen with me. She finds the place a bit creepy.
Only around 15 new members per year are admitted from each class of 1,300. It is a privilege offered only to final-year students. Howard Dean's daughter is quietly studying here, as well as one of the Bush twins. Who can tell if she has supped from the same old skull as her dad, or brandished the same femur?
The Bush tribe do not take kindly to inquiries about the elite order, and John Kerry has refused to answer questions about his involvement. It is known that those other famous also-ran "Yalies" of the political year - candidates Howard Dean and Joe Lieberman - were not members while they were here. Though with an estimated 10 secret societies at this Ivy League institution, who can be sure who belonged to what?
Away from the cloak-and-dagger world, George W Bush was a big-shot fraternity guy when he was here, while JF Kerry was president of the Political Union, which seems to exist to mirror the debating rowdiness of the British House of Commons.
None of this curious history, which simply goes to underline Yale's extraordinary ability to churn out Presidential-material graduates, was getting in the way of the Yale Democrats weekly meeting last night.
Looking around at the 50 or so young people in the room, you marvel at how professionally and seriously they take their politics here. Two recruiters from the Democrats' national grassroots organisation are offering jobs where they promise 12-hour days:
"We like to win, and we like to work with people who like to win," says one. Alissa is not taking her Howard Dean poster down from her bedroom wall yet, and like many others here, she put in weeks of free time campaigning in New Hampshire.
"Everyone has their passion. There are a lot of us who feel that way about politics here. I will do something political, but I'm not sure what yet. I definitely don't want to be writing the news, I want to be making the news and promoting activism," she says.
The president of the university Democrats, Nirupam Sinha, and the campaigns coordinator, Amia Srinivasan, are also buzzing with purpose and the thought of the hard contest ahead.
"I find it so exciting and energising in places like Washington DC. And when you're here, there is so much political activity. I just think Yale attracts that kind of student, from all walks of life now - not so much the old Ivy League," says Amia.
Yale students certainly do not hang about with forging their political careers. Democrats dominate the campus, as they do the city of Newhaven, where the university has been based since 1701. Ben Healey is only 22, but he is already on the local council, as the alderman effectively representing his fellow students.
Earlier, Alissa's two roommates, Karen and Esther, discussed what it was like living with a political junkie: "I definitely feel under pressure to have a political opinion on things now, when I never used to read papers and stuff like that," says science major Esther.
"There are people looking to just further their resume and network, but it's Yale, and people here do speak their mind and show extraordinary leadership. We should just take advantage of that."
Walking back through the Oxbridge-style quads to the reality of Newhaven's nondescript downtown streets, I wonder what these earnest and driven students do to unwind. I haven't been offered a single drink or seen a single beer bottle. Where are the noisy on-site bars spilling drunken oafs onto the lawn to form human pyramids?
It's only Monday night, and there is an election to win.
William Safire: You are a suspect
Friday, November 15, 2002
By WILLIAM SAFIRE, New York Times News Service
WASHINGTON Ã¢â‚¬” If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you:
Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend Ã¢â‚¬” all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database." To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you Ã¢â‚¬” passport application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the FBI, your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance Ã¢â‚¬” and you have the supersnoop's dream: a "Total Information Awareness" about every U.S. citizen. This is not some far-out Orwellian scenario. It is what will happen to your personal freedom in the next few weeks if John Poindexter gets the unprecedented power he seeks. Remember Poindexter? Brilliant man, first in his class at the Naval Academy, later earned a doctorate in physics, rose to national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan. He had this brilliant idea of secretly selling missiles to Iran to pay ransom for hostages, and with the illicit proceeds to illegally support Contras in Nicaragua. A jury convicted Poindexter in 1990 on five felony counts of misleading Congress and making false statements, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because Congress had given him immunity for his testimony. He famously asserted, "The buck stops here," arguing that the White House staff, and not the president, was responsible for fateful decisions that might prove embarrassing. This ring-knocking master of deceit is back again with a plan even more scandalous than Iran-Contra. He heads the "Information Awareness Office" in the otherwise excellent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which spawned the Internet and stealth aircraft technology. Poindexter is now realizing his 20-year dream: getting the "data-mining" power to snoop on every public and private act of every American. Even the hastily passed U.S.A. Patriot Act, which widened the scope of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and weakened 15 privacy laws, raised requirements for the government to report secret eavesdropping to Congress and the courts. But Poindexter's assault on individual privacy rides roughshod over such oversight. He is determined to break down the wall between commercial snooping and secret government intrusion. The disgraced admiral dismisses such necessary differentiation as bureaucratic "stovepiping." And he has been given a million budget to create computer dossiers on 300 million Americans. When George W. Bush was running for president, he stood foursquare in defense of each person's medical, financial and communications privacy. But Poindexter, whose contempt for the restraints of oversight drew the Reagan administration into its most serious blunder, is still operating on the presumption that on such a sweeping theft of privacy rights, the buck ends with him and not with the president. This time, however, he has been seizing power in the open. In the past week John Markoff of The New York Times, followed by Robert O'Harrow of The Washington Post, have revealed the extent of Poindexter's operation, but editorialists have not grasped its undermining of the Freedom of Information Act. Political awareness can overcome "Total Information Awareness," the combined force of commercial and government snooping. In a similar overreach, Attorney General Ashcroft tried his Terrorism Information and Prevention System (TIPS), but public outrage at the use of gossips and postal workers as snoops caused the House to shoot it down. The Senate should now do the same to this other exploitation of fear. The Latin motto over Poindexter's new Pentagon office reads "Scientia Est Potentia "knowledge is power." Exactly: The government's infinite knowledge about you is its power over you. "We're just as concerned as the next person with protecting privacy," this brilliant mind blandly assured The Post. A jury found he spoke falsely before.
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Tips when contacting elected officials
The more personal your letter is, the more influence it will have. Say what’s on your mind and in your heart. You don’t have to be an expertâ€”you’re a concerned citizen. Describe briefly how the policy in question affects you or your community.
Hand write your letter if your writing is legible. This way the receiver can tell you’re a real person. If you do type, add a hand-written note.
Be brief, clear, and specific. Keep your letter to one page if possible, and get right to the point.
Ask for a written response from the policymaker, stating his or her position on the specific issue you raised. Don’t let them off the hook with a generalized response!
Be courteous with the people you contact even when you disagree with them.
Include your address on your letter. An envelope can get lost.
Regarding e-mails and faxes: Again, the wisdom is the more personal the communication, the better. While some congressional offices do give e-mails and faxes the same weight as letters and send a formal response, others simply tally electronic letters and don’t give them the same importance as "real letters."
These methods are best if time is of the essence. One idea is to print and mail letters you compose on an activism web site, or at least personalize your e-mail. It is very important that you include your address and zip code in all correspondence, because congressional offices only count opinions submitted by the people in their districts.
If you are calling a legislator, ask to speak to the aide who works on either defense issues or the environment. If that person is not available, leave a clear message with your name, address, and phone number. State why you are calling and what you want your legislator to do. You can ask for a written response to your message.
Enclose an article that bears on the policy in question.
Remind the policymaker if you have a personal association with him or her.
Use professional letterhead if possible.
Write or call a second time, thanking for help or pressing for satisfactory answers.
MEETING WITH YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS
The most effective thing you can do as a citizen to influence policy is meet with your Member of Congress. Elected officials and their staffs regularly meet with constituents to hear their views on an issue. Yet the majority of congressional visitors are paid lobbyists representing industry and corporations, so it’s critical to counterbalance those voices with opinions of concerned citizens.
You can approach a congressional office by yourself, with friends, or members of other groups that share your stance on an issue. You can arrange a meeting in the district office or to their office on Capitol Hill if you will be in Washington, D.C. Remember, your Member of Congress is their to represent the views of the people, and anyone can request a meeting!
Before the Meeting:
Make an appointment. Simply call your congressional office and tell the staff member that you are a constituent and you’d like a meeting with your Member of Congress. If you can’t get an appointment with your Member, ask to meet with the staff person who works on the issue you are concerned about. Don’t take "no" for an answer.
Gather a delegation. Your Member may be more open to meeting with you if you go beyond the usual suspects. For example, pair taxpayers and environmental advocates, or religious and business leaders. You will have a greater impact if you can demonstrate that not just a small segment of the population is sympathetic to your cause.
Preparing for the meeting:
Establish your agenda and goals. Decide what kind of commitment you are asking for (i.e., voting for or against a specific bill, co-sponsoring legislation, or ratifying a treaty.)
Check your Member’s stance. Call his or her office or check out the following web sites: www.vote-smart.org or www.congress.gov.
Select someone to act as the group leader and make a list of points to be made and questions to be asked by each person. A rehearsal is a great idea, if you have time.
Prepare materials. For greater impact, bring a packet to the meeting with materials such as: fact sheets from various organizations, supporting op-eds, editorials, and letters to the editor or news items that illustrate your issue. Include your name and phone number so that your Representative can contact you for more information.
During the Meeting:
Be concise and diplomatic. Keep your presentation short and to the point, as you will only be allotted a few minutes. Make clear exactly what action you wish you Member to take. It is important to listen to your Member even if his or her view differs from your own. Don’t be argumentative or confrontational.
Put a local and personal angle on the issue. Stress why this issue concerns you and others the Member represents. Be specific. Cite local statistics, give examples of communities that will be most affected by this issue, or mention who supports your issue locally.
Press for a commitment. Don’t let your Member of Congress evade the issue or change the subject. Ask specifically for his or her position on the issue. If they agree with you, ask them to co-sponsor legislation, make a floor speech or sign a "Dear Colleague" letter on the issueâ€”all of these can help sway other legislators too.
Don’t be intimidated. If you are asked a question that you do not know the answer to, simply say that you don’t know, but that you will find out. Get a fax number and a staff contact and be sure to provide the necessary information as soon as possible.
After the Meeting:
Thank your Member of Congress and/or the staff members for their time, summarize the key points you made during your visit and include any information you promised to provide.
Provide follow-up Information. If your Member asked questions, or was particularly interested in one aspect, seize the opportunity to follow up with a letter, fact sheet, phone call, or second meeting. Elected officials will respond better if they see you as providing information useful to them, rather than just pushing your own agenda.
Share the knowledge you learned. Be sure to tell the 20/20 Vision national office, as well as other organizations and individuals what you learned about your Member’s position.
Build a relationship. A first visit should never be the end of contact. Make sure you or someone in your group stays in touch with the staff on the issue.