American Scholars Symposium A Huge Success

Posted June 27, 2006 by nowar4
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American Scholars Symposium A Huge Success
Attendees from around the globe attest to ‘best 9/11 truth conference ever’

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | June 26 2006

Over 1200 attendees from as far field as Japan, Great Britain and Australia converged on the Sheraton Hotel in Los Angeles to enjoy a conference that they later described as the best 9/11 truth symposium ever, the highlight of which was a personal appearance and speech by Hollywood star and 9/11 truth crusader Charlie Sheen.

People from as far away as Japan and Australia made the long-haul trip to L.A. to view slick presentations from numerous high profile speakers. Media organizations from Great Britain and Australia were also represented as well as over 100 alternative press outlets.

BYU physics professor Steven Jones’ authoritative lecture on the use of incendiary devices in the demolition of the trade towers and building 7 went further than ever before in its conclusive tone on the issue. Jones has now tested steel samples from two different sites that both clearly show the use of thermate as a tool of implosion and the analysis has been verified by two other universities.

Lt. Col. Robert M. Bowman, the former head of the Star Wars weapons defense system and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from Cal Tech, also gave a powerful presentation on the NORAD 9/11 stand down which was extremely well received.

The highlight for many was the surprise personal appearance of Hollywood star, current TV hit and recent shining addition to the ranks of noted 9/11 whistleblowers Charlie Sheen, who received a rapturous ovation before his speech on the courage of those who went before him in standing up to an unpalatable truth in the name of freedom.

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The overall sentiment after the conclusion of the conference was that it was the most powerful, informative and progressive 9/11 symposium to date.

The conference was a declaration of independence and a warning to the watching media that major western governments are planning more acts of false flag terrorism in order to justify new wars and geopolitical domination of the globe as well as a domestic police state.

Reflecting a positive trend embraced by an earlier New York Times article, a Reuters report on the conference mainly sticks to the facts and avoids the scoffing, sneering tone of similar reports about 9/11 events we have seen over the last few years.

The Reuters article has mainly been picked up by foreign news outlets. From previous experience we know that newswire gatekeepers, ostensibly operating out of London, selectively sideline sensitive stories and order them not to receive substantive nationwide attention.

The Reuters piece has not been picked up by any US or European news outlet thus far.

Publications such as Turkey’s Zaman Online, South Africa’s Independent Online, Qatar’s Gulf News as well as Al Jazeera and Iran’s Tehran Times all carried different versions of the original Reuters piece.


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Man U bomb plot probe ends in farce

Posted June 22, 2006 by nowar4
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Man U bomb plot probe ends in farce

Tariq Panja and Martin Bright
Sunday May 2, 2004
The Observer

Tickets to a Manchester United game found during anti-terrorist raids sparked fears of a suicide attack on Old Trafford. But they were for an old match and had been kept as souvenirs by the suspects, who were fans of the club.The revelation will lead to further criticism of the operation which led to the arrest of 10 people by armed Greater Manchester police in dawn raids last month. All have since been released without charge.

Claims that the group – mostly Iraqi Kurds – was plotting to hit a major target such as a shopping centre or a football stadium were widely reported, but turned out to have no substance.

The Observer has learnt that the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, was aware that the Sun was planning to run a story claiming that Old Trafford was a target, but decided against issuing an injunction against the paper.

A spokeswoman from the office of the Attorney General confirmed that an injunction was discussed: 'The Attorney General was made aware that there might be an issue over some press reporting.' But the decision was made that action 'would not be appropriate'.

Goldsmith acted to stop the publication of photographs of terrorist suspects arrested across the south-east last month because it was believed it might invalidate identification parades involving the men.

One Whitehall source told The Observer that there was serious concerns within government about the press coverage of the Old Trafford story. It was thought likely at an early stage in the investigation that the suspects were unlikely to be charged.

Eight men, one woman and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in raids across the north-west involving 400 police officers.

The botched operation will also raise questions about the national anti-terrorist strategy of 'disruption'. The controversial policy is designed to unsettle terror cells working within immigrant communities in Britain by carrying out sweeps of arrests which are not necessarily designed to lead to charges. Many Muslim leaders now believe disruption is beginning to alienate communities from the police.

Representatives of Manchester's Kurdish community said they were considering legal action against Greater Manchester Police.

Speaking for the first time about the events, one Iraqi Kurd arrested during the Manchester raids told The Observer that he was not informed of any specific terrorist charges against him and they were simply asked general questions, including what they thought of the war in Iraq. Speaking through his solicitor, Rebecca Yates, he said: 'I still don't don't know why I was arrested. I don't have any involvement in any terrorist activity and I don't practise any particular religion. I was shocked, ashamed and saddened by the feeling that the good name of the Kurdish people has been shamed by being associated with terrorism.'

Police found photographs of him taken at a United game when they searched his flat. Yates confirmed that the tickets discovered in the raids were old: 'Most young men in the area are Manchester United fans,' she said.

Hishyar Abid, chairman of the local residents' association, said: 'Iraqi Kurds have have suffered from mass extermination, mass graves and seen thousands of our villages destroyed. But even in our most desperate times we never resorted to terrorism against innocent people.

Abid pointed out that Kurds in Iraq were being targeted by al-Qaeda every day. 'We are in the fight against terror too. On 1 February supporters of al-Qaeda sent suicide bombers to the headquarters of a Kurdish party in Iraq and killed our Prime Minister. '

Cooked Terror Plot Recycles Politics Of Fear

Posted June 22, 2006 by nowar4
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Cooked Terror Plot Recycles Politics Of Fear
'Al-Qaeda' plan to fly planes into London skyscrapers concocted by government lobbyists

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | June 22 2006

In another bizarre example of Tony Blair's government playing with the politics of fear, a discredited terror plot concerning Al-Qaeda plans to fly planes into London skyscrapers, an admitted fairy tale manufactured by government lobbyists, resurfaced today as a new story.

The BBC reports that a Department of Homeland Security dossier verifies a previous 'Al-Qaeda' plan to hijack planes from Heathrow airport and fly them into nearby Canary Wharf buildings.

The fact that this story was thoroughly discredited back in November 2004 as a collusion of imaginative government lobbyists and lapdog media collaborators is completely omitted.

Immediately before the Queen's speech Blair's government needed to inject a dose of fear into the political landscape in order to enable their ID card and anti-terror legislation to hit the ground running.

So it was that two Daily Mail and ITN news journalists, renowned for fraternizing socially with Blair's hierarchy, met with government lobbyists to cook up the terror plot and it was reported a week later as bona fide news.

At the time police and intelligence officials were baffled as to where the information had come from and totally distanced themselves from it.

"To say we were surprised at the report is an understatement – this is the first we have heard of a plot like this." Another said: "No one has been charged for this so- called plot which suggests it never happened," said one.

Even Labour's own Peter Hain, the Leader of the Commons, declared the so-called attack plot to be bogus.

"Despite having the information for several days, and possibly longer than a week, the newspaper and television program held the stories until just before the Queen's Speech, which contained Bills to introduce an ID card, an FBI-style organised crime agency and other anti-terrorist measures," said the London Independent, noting the suspicious timing of the leak.

In another bizarre parallel, an earlier May 2004 BBC Panorama documentary simulated a terror attack on Canary Wharf, causing many shocked viewers to believe the event was real, provoking hundreds of subsequent complaints.

The fabled Canary Wharf plot is just one in a never ending deluge of phony terror alerts pumped out at politically expedient times in an attempt to quell dissent against a Blair government that can now only claim the support of 15% or less of the entire population.

An alleged Al-Qaeda cell was arrested on suspicion of preparing to poison the London Underground with Ricin in January 2003. The government used the incident as a scare tactic to rally Britons behind the imminent war on Iraq. It was eventually disclosed that no Ricin was ever found and all the members of the supposed plot were released with no evidence or charges against them.

In April 2004 police in Manchester arrested a group of Kurds and subsequent newspaper headlines claimed that they were an Al-Qaeda cell planning to bomb Old Trafford football stadium (pictured above). Their evidence for such a claim was based on police interviews with one of the individuals who had attended a Manchester United game two years previously. Simply because he had attended a football game because he supported the team, the tabloid newspapers invented the story that he was planning on bombing the stadium. All of the suspects, who ironically had come to Britain to escape the regime of Saddam Hussein, were released without charge and with no evidence against them.

The London Guardian reported,

"Of the 701 people arrested under the Terrorism Act since the September 11 attacks, half have been released without charge and only 17 convicted under the act. Only three of those cases relate to allegations of Islamist extremism."

Despite this fact we are regularly bombarded with screaming headlines about mass terror sweeps, and it goes unmentioned that in nearly every case every so-called 'terrorist' is released with no evidence against them. The arrests are at the top of the evening news for days but there is no clarification or retraction when the suspects are set free. This leaves the viewer with the impression that terrorists are everywhere and that only a draconian police state can protect them against the threat.

London Metropolitan police had to apologize for a bungled raid three weeks ago in which an innocent man was shot and no evidence of terrorism preparation was found at a Forest Gate home. The raid, which involved nearly 300 armed police, was based on the testimony of a retarded government informant.


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Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?

Posted June 22, 2006 by nowar4


Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?
Salon exclusive: Two former AT&T employees say the telecom giant has maintained a secret, highly secure room in St. Louis since 2002. Intelligence experts say it bears the earmarks of a National Security Agency operation.

Kim Zetter / Salon | June 22 2006

In a pivotal network operations center in metropolitan St. Louis, AT&T has maintained a secret, highly secured room since 2002 where government work is being conducted, according to two former AT&T workers once employed at the center.

In interviews with Salon, the former AT&T workers said that only government officials or AT&T employees with top-secret security clearance are admitted to the room, located inside AT&T's facility in Bridgeton. The room's tight security includes a biometric "mantrap" or highly sophisticated double door, secured with retinal and fingerprint scanners. The former workers say company supervisors told them that employees working inside the room were "monitoring network traffic" and that the room was being used by "a government agency."

The details provided by the two former workers about the Bridgeton room bear the distinctive earmarks of an operation run by the National Security Agency, according to two intelligence experts with extensive knowledge of the NSA and its operations. In addition to the room's high-tech security, those intelligence experts told Salon, the exhaustive vetting process AT&T workers were put through before being granted top-secret security clearance points to the NSA, an agency known as much for its intense secrecy as its technological sophistication.

"It was very hush-hush," said one of the former AT&T workers. "We were told there was going to be some government personnel working in that room. We were told, 'Do not try to speak to them. Do not hamper their work. Do not impede anything that they're doing.'"

The importance of the Bridgeton facility is its role in managing the "common backbone" for all of AT&T's Internet operations. According to one of the former workers, Bridgeton serves as the technical command center from which the company manages all the routers and circuits carrying the company's domestic and international Internet traffic. Therefore, Bridgeton could be instrumental for conducting surveillance or collecting data.

If the NSA is using the secret room, it would appear to bolster recent allegations that the agency has been conducting broad and possibly illegal domestic surveillance and data collection operations authorized by the Bush administration after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. AT&T's Bridgeton location would give the NSA potential access to an enormous amount of Internet data — currently, the telecom giant controls approximately one-third of all bandwidth carrying Internet traffic to homes and businesses across the United States.

The nature of the government operation using the Bridgeton room remains unknown, and could be legal. Aside from surveillance or data collection, the room could conceivably house a federal law enforcement operation, a classified research project, or some other unknown government operation.

The former workers, both of whom were approached by and spoke separately to Salon, asked to remain anonymous because they still work in the telecommunications industry. They both left the company in good standing. Neither worked inside the secured room or has access to classified information. One worked in AT&T's broadband division until 2003. The other asked to be identified only as a network technician, and worked at Bridgeton for about three years.

The disclosure of the room in Bridgeton follows assertions made earlier this year by a former AT&T worker in California, Mark Klein, who revealed that the company had installed a secret room in a San Francisco facility and reconfigured its circuits, allegedly to help collect data for use by the government. In detailed documents he provided to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Klein also alleged there were other secret rooms at AT&T facilities in other U.S. cities.

NSA expert Matthew Aid, who has spent the last decade researching a forthcoming three-volume history of the agency, said of the Bridgeton room: "I'm not a betting man, but if I had to plunk $100 down, I'd say it's safe that it's NSA." Aid told Salon he believes the secret room is likely part of "what is obviously a much larger operation, or series of interrelated operations" combining foreign intelligence gathering with domestic eavesdropping and data collection.

"You're talking about a backbone for computer communications, and that's NSA," Russ Tice, a former high-level NSA intelligence officer, told Salon. Tice, a 20-year veteran of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies, worked for the NSA until spring 2005. "Whatever is happening there with the security you're talking about is a whole lot more closely held than what's going on with the Klein case" in San Francisco, he said. (The San Francisco room is secured only by a special combination lock, according to the Klein documents.)

Tice added that for an operation requiring access to routers and gateways, "the obvious place to do it is right at the source."

In a statement provided to Salon, NSA spokesman Don Weber said: "Given the nature of the work we do, it would be irresponsible to comment on actual or alleged operational issues as it would give those wishing to do harm to the United States insight that could potentially place Americans in danger; therefore, we have no information to provide. However, it is important to note that NSA takes its legal responsibilities seriously and operates within the law."

Since last December, news reports have asserted that the NSA has conducted warrantless spying on the phone and e-mail communications of thousands of people inside the U.S., and has been secretly collecting the phone call records of millions of Americans, using data provided by major telecommunications companies, including AT&T. Such operations would represent a fundamental shift in the NSA's secretive mission, which over the last three decades is widely understood to have focused exclusively on collecting signals intelligence from abroad.

The reported operations have sparked fierce protest by lawmakers and civil liberties advocates, and have raised fundamental questions about the legality of Bush administration policies, including their consequences for the privacy rights of Americans. The Bush administration has acknowledged the use of domestic surveillance operations since Sept. 11, 2001, but maintains they are conducted within the legal authority of the presidency. Several cases challenging the legality of the alleged spying operations are now pending in federal court, including suits against the federal government, and AT&T, among other telecom companies.

In a statement provided to Salon, AT&T spokesman Walt Sharp said: "If and when AT&T is asked by government agencies for help, we do so strictly within the law and under the most stringent conditions. Beyond that, we can't comment on matters of national security."

According to the two former AT&T workers and the Klein documents, the room in the pivotal Bridgeton facility was set up several months before the room in San Francisco. According to the Klein documents, the work order for the San Francisco room came from Bridgeton, suggesting that Bridgeton has a more integral role in operations using the secured rooms.

The company's Bridgeton network operations center, where approximately 100 people work, is located inside a one-story brick building with a small two-story addition connected to it. The building shares a parking lot with a commercial business and is near an interstate highway.

According to the two former workers, the secret room is an internal structure measuring roughly 20 feet by 40 feet, and was previously used by employees of the company's WorldNet division. In spring 2002, they said, the company moved WorldNet employees to a different part of the building and sealed up the room, plastering over the window openings and installing steel double doors with no handles for moving equipment in and out of the room. The company then installed the high-tech mantrap, which has opaque Plexiglas-like doors that prevent anyone outside the room from seeing clearly into the mantrap chamber, or the room beyond it. Both former workers say the mantrap drew attention from employees for being so high-tech.

Telecom companies commonly use mantraps to secure data storage facilities, but they are typically less sophisticated, requiring only a swipe card to pass through. The high-tech mantrap in Bridgeton seems unusual because it is located in an otherwise low-key, small office building. Tice said it indicates "something going on that's very important, because you're talking about an awful lot of money" to pay for such security measures.

The vetting process for AT&T workers granted access to the room also points to the NSA, according to Tice and Aid.

The former network technician said he knows at least three AT&T employees who have been working in the room since 2002. "It took them six months to get the top-security clearance for the guys," the network technician said. "Although they work for AT&T, they're actually doing a job for the government." He said that each of them underwent extensive background checks before starting their jobs in the room. The vetting process included multiple polygraph tests, employment history reviews, and interviews with neighbors and school instructors, going as far back as elementary school.

Aid said that type of vetting is precisely the kind NSA personnel who receive top-secret SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearance go through. "Everybody who works at NSA has an SCI clearance," said Aid.

It's possible the Bridgeton room is being used for a federal law enforcement operation. According to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, telecom companies are required to assist law enforcement officials who have legal authorization to conduct electronic surveillance, either in pursuit of criminal suspects or for the protection of national security. The companies must design or modify their systems to make such surveillance possible, essentially by making them wiretap-ready.

The FBI is the primary federal agency that tracks and apprehends terrorist suspects within the U.S. Yet, there are several indications that the Bridgeton room does not involve the FBI.

"The FBI, which is probably the least technical agency in the U.S. government, doesn't use mantraps," Aid said. "But virtually every area of the NSA's buildings that contain sensitive operations require you to go through a mantrap with retinal and fingerprint scanners. All of the sensitive offices in NSA buildings have them." The description of the opaque Plexiglas-like doors in Bridgeton, Aid said, indicates that the doors are likely infused with Kevlar for bulletproofing — another signature measure that he said is used to secure NSA facilities: "You could be inside and you can't kick your way out. You can't shoot your way out. Even if you put plastique explosives, all you could do is blow a very small hole in that opaque glass."

Jameel Jaffer, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's national security program, said it is unlikely that the FBI would set up an ongoing technical operation — in this case, for several years running — inside a room of a telecommunications company. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, passed by Congress in 1978, requires law enforcement officials to obtain warrants from a secret federal court for domestic surveillance operations involving the protection of national security. If the FBI (or another federal agency) wanted data, it would more likely be targeting a specific individual or set of individuals suspected of engaging in criminal or terrorist activities. The agency would obtain a warrant and then call AT&T, or show up in person with the warrant and ask for the wiretap to be engaged. According to Jaffer, the FBI, NSA or any other federal agency could also legally tap into communications data under federal guidelines using technical means that would not require technical assistance of a telecom company.

In an e-mail statement to Salon, FBI spokesperson Paul Bresson said: "The FBI does not confirm whether or not we are involved in an alleged ongoing operational activity. In all cases, FBI operations are conducted in strict accordance with established Department of Justice guidelines, FBI policy, and the law."

Rather than specifically targeted surveillance, it is also possible that the Bridgeton room is being used for a classified government project, such as data mining, with which the Pentagon has experimented in the past. Data mining uses automated methods to search through large volumes of data, looking for patterns that might help identify terrorist suspects, for example. According to Tice, private sector employees who work on classified government projects for the NSA are required to undergo the same kind of top-secret security clearance that AT&T workers in the Bridgeton room underwent.

According to the former network technician, all three AT&T employees he knows who work inside the room have network technician and administration backgrounds — not research backgrounds — suggesting that those workers are only conducting maintenance or technical operations inside the room.

Furthermore, Tice said it is much more likely that any classified project using data collected via a corporate facility would take place in separate facilities: "The information that you garner from something like a room siphoning information and filtering it would be sent to some place where you'd have people thinking about what to do with that data," he said.

Dave Farber, a respected computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission, also said it is likely that data collected in a facility like the Bridgeton center would be used elsewhere, once the facility is set up to divert the data. "If I own the routers, I can put code in there to have them monitor for certain data. That's not a particularly difficult job," said Farber, who is considered one of the pioneers of Internet architecture. Farber said that "packets" of data can essentially be copied and then sent to some other location for use. "Most of the problems would have to do with keeping your staff from knowing too much about it."

According to the former network technician, workers at Bridgeton, at the direction of government officials, could conceivably collect data using any AT&T router around the country, which he says number between 1,500 and 2,000. To do so, the company would need to install a wiretap-like device at select locations for "sniffing" the desired data. That could explain the purpose of the San Francisco room divulged by Klein, as well as the secret rooms he alleged existed at AT&T facilities in other U.S. cities.

"The network sniffer with the right software can capture anything," the former network technician said. "You can get people's e-mail, VoIP phone calls, [calls made over the Internet] — even passwords and credit card transactions — as long as you have the right software to decrypt that."

In theory, surveillance involving Internet communications can be executed legally under federal law. "But with most of these things," Farber said, "the problem is that it just takes one small step to make it illegal."

New Al Qaeda Chief: I Slit Their Throats

Posted June 22, 2006 by nowar4
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New Al Qaeda Chief: I Slit Their Throats
Sick claim as bodies of kidnapped troops found

Mark Ellis / London Mirror | June 21 2006

THE new head of al-Qaeda in Iraq personally slit the throats of two US soldiers whose bodies were found near Baghdad, it was claimed last night.

A statement on the internet gloated that Abu Hamza al-Muhajir had "implemented" sentence on the "two captive crusader parasites".

And it is feared al-Qaeda has scored a propaganda coup by carrying out the atrocity despite a huge US-led hunt for privates Thomas Lowell Tucker, 25, and Kristian Menchaca, 23.

More than 8,000 Iraqi and US troops, backed by fighter and spotter planes, searched for the soldiers who were snatched on Friday from a checkpoint in Yusifiya, 12 miles south of Baghdad.

The pair, both from the 101st Airborne Division, were found dead nearby on Monday. A top Iraqi official said their bodies bore signs of "barbaric" torture.

Last night Kristian Menchaca's uncle Ken MacKenzie lashed out at the US government saying it had not done enough to bring them to safety.

He told NBC TV: "Because the government did not have a plan in place, my nephew has paid for it with his life." Another US soldier, David Babineau, 25, was also killed in the attack.

US military spokesman in Iraq, Major General William Caldwell, said: "We have recovered what we believe are the remains of our two missing soldiers.

They will be taken to the United States for verification."

The killers' statement, supposedly from the al-Qaeda-led Mujahideen Shura Council – an umbrella body of Sunni militant groups – could not be authenticated.

Posted on a web forum used by Islamists, it said: "We bring good tidings to the nation of Islam from the battlefields. O my nation: rejoice that the ruling of God… against the two captive crusader parasites has been carried out by having their throats slit.

"God Almighty has graced the leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir… with implementation of the sentence." Ex-boss of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a US air strike on 7 June.

Al-Zarqawi earned the nickname "the slaughtering sheikh" and is thought to have killed two Americans himself as well as Liverpool engineer Ken Bigley.

Violence has continued despite Zarqawi's death and a security clampdown involving 40,000 troops in Baghdad.

A car bomb killed several people in a Baghdad market and in Basra a suicide bomber struck as elderly people gathered to collect their pensions.

One woman was killed but the bomber survived and was taken to hospital. Meanwhile, a senior commander warned yesterday that Basra faces rising violence. Lt Gen Nick Houghton said conditions in the city were "worrying" with politics "conducted through violent means on the streets".

He told MPs on the Commons Defence Committee a five-month delay in forming a new Iraqi government had led to a power struggle between Shia factions.

Shadow defence secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "It would be worrying if the situation was to deteriorate further as it would adversely affect our chances of leaving Iraq in a reasonable time."

Family of Human Rights Activist Abducted in Beijing

Posted June 22, 2006 by nowar4
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Family of Human Rights Activist Abducted in Beijing

By Xin Fei

Epoch Times Staff

Due to obstruction by the Chinese communist regime, the meeting to bring attention to the case of Mr. Chen Guangcheng, which was originally scheduled by volunteers for 2 p.m. on June 19 in Beijing, had to be cancelled. Then at 7:30 p.m. on the same day, Mr. Chen's mother and son were abducted outside the home of Beijing-based lawyer Teng Biao's in Huilongguan District.

Mr. Chen Guangcheng has been held in custody since March 11 of this year. On June 11, 2006 Mr. Chen's wife, Yuan Weijing, received a criminal detention warrant from the Yinan County Public Security Department in Linyi City, Shandong Province. The warrant stated that Mr. Chen was currently detained in Yinan detention station for his suspected involvement in "willfully destroying property and disrupting traffic when organizing gatherings."

The Abduction Process

During an interview with The Epoch Times, Teng Biao called for the immediate attention of people worldwide to the plight of Mr. Chen and his family.

Mr. Chen's seventy-year-old mother and three-year-old son had broken through the blockade set up by the Linyi local public security authorities and had arrived at Beijing on June 17 to seek legal assistance in rescuing Mr. Chen.

At 7:30 p.m. on June 19, while Mr. Chen's mother and son were taking a walk in the garden outside lawyer Teng's home, approximately 10 people rushed out of an unlicensed car and forced the pair back into it.

Lawyer Teng tried to stall the vehicle but was encircled and beaten to the ground. After about twenty minutes of confrontation, Teng called his friends and some media outlets in Beijing for help.

However, the policemen who arrived after receiving a call from Teng's neighbor did not make any attempt to stop the abductors. Instead, they assisted the abductors in their pursuit of Mr Chen's relatives. Teng and his friends tried to stop them but they were all forcefully pushed to the ground.

Canceling the Meeting of Volunteers

Teng Biao, Xu Zhiyong and other law workers had originally planned to schedule a meeting regarding Mr. Chen on the afternoon of the 19th June in Beijing's Jianguomen. They were prepared to relate in detail the incidents that happened to Mr. Chen and his family over the past year and Mr. Chen's current condition in prison. They hoped that more people would be moved to help Chen Guangcheng to regain his freedom through a group effort.

Teng Biao said that because Mr. Chen Guangcheng's family and friends and other volunteers have been subjected to different levels of interference and monitoring, they decided to temporarily cancel the meeting.

Some of the volunteers are now urgently planning their next move. Today the group of lawyers for Chen Guangcheng is inquiring after Chen Guangcheng's family and requesting a visitation with him.

The Story of Chen Guangcheng

Mr. Chen is 35 years old this year. He is greatly detested by the local officials due to his constant work to protect human rights, cooperation with lawyers and reporters from abroad in the past year to investigate Shandong's Linyi municipal authority's plan in carrying out birth control, and the violent treatment of women in the area.

Last August he was confined to his home, and on June 11, his wife Yuan Weijing received documents from the local police station, stating that they had taken and imprisoned Chen Guangcheng the previous day. His crime was "Suspected involvement in willfully destroying property and disrupting traffic when organizing gatherings."

Yuan Weijing has since been confined and isolated from the outside world. Cheng Guangcheng's 70-year-old mother, three-year-old son and months old baby girl are left to fend for themselves and have suffered immense pressure under these circumstances.

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Closing Gitmo Won’t End Bushlag Archipelago

Posted June 22, 2006 by nowar4


Closing Gitmo Won't End Bushlag Archipelago
Token gesture is political stunt and a drop in the ocean

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | June 22 2006

Exactly four months ago this website reported the following.

"Developments over the past few days indicate that the Bush administration may be on the verge of announcing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. If this happens it will be a token political gesture and the worldwide torture and rendition program will not cease."

Certain quarters of the media and global humanitarian groups are heralding the stand down of George W. Bush after he gave a speech outlining US plans to close down Guantanamo Bay. Here is a list of things closing Gitmo won't end as the post-9/11 mentality Bushlag Archipelago thunders on.

– Closing Gitmo won't end the existence of countless secret CIA prisons in former Soviet gulags in Eastern Europe and the policy of firing anybody who blows the whistle about them.

– Closing Gitmo won't aid the plight of 70-90% of Iraqis who are arrested, hooded, and thrown into prison camps for the crime of not showing their papers at checkpoints.

– Closing Gitmo doesn't answer why the US government has a penchant for torturing innocents while releasing known terrorists.

– Closing Gitmo will not stop an estimated 1000 detainees a month who are being tortured to death in Iraq, according to former UN human rights chief dropped John Pace.

Closing Gitmo won't bring to justice the architects of the worldwide Copper Green torture policy immediately following the war on Afghanistan.

– Closing Gitmo won't put a stop to the global rendition policy whereby the US government uses European countries as a halfway house before shipping accused terrorists to countries where torture is commonplace.

Closing Gitmo does nothing to offset that fact that, as the London Guardian reported, Afghanistan is "one huge US jail," and "the hub of a global network of detention centres, the frontline in America's 'war on terror', where arrest can be random and allegations of torture commonplace."

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– Closing Gitmo won't end the program of armed dawn raids on innocent people smeared as terrorists based on the testimony of retarded government informants and the shoot-to-kill policy adopted by western law enforcement.

– Closing Gitmo won't prevent citizens of European countries being grabbed off the streets by globetrotting CIA kidnapping squads.

– Closing Gitmo won't end the promotion of torture as a virtue so long as it is committed by 'coalition forces' – even so far as presidential advisors condoning crushing the genitals of children to extract information from terrorist suspects.

– Closing Gitmo won't unravel the US government's policy of creating de facto terrorist cells by entrapment and phony allegations that later collapse in court.

– Closing Gitmo won't unravel the British government's policy of creating de facto terrorist cells by entrapment and phony allegations that later collapse in court.

– Closing Gitmo won't unravel the Canadian government's policy of creating de facto terrorist cells by entrapment and phony allegations that later collapse in court.

– Closing Gitmo won't end the suffering of countless Falun Gong practitioners in China, the victims of macabre live organ harvesting procedures, at the hands of a Communist autocracy the Bush administration and the American media has done nothing other than cosy up to.

– Closing Gitmo won't halt contracts given to Halliburton by the US government to build internment camps in America for political dissidents.

Closing Gitmo won't change any of these things.