Former CIA Officials Admit To Faking Bin Laden Video

    Former CIA Officials Admit To Faking Bin Laden Video 250510Laden
    Military psy-ops took over operation after intelligence project failed to take off
    Steve Watson
    Prisonplanet.comTuesday, May 25th, 2010
    Two former CIA officials have admitted to creating a fake video in which intelligence officers dressed up as Osama Bin Laden and his cronies in an effort to defame the terrorist leader throughout the middle east.
    The details are outlined in a Washington Post article by investigative reporter and former Army Intelligence case officer Jeff Stein.
    Stein’s sources told him that during planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group considered creating a fake video of Saddam Hussein engaged in sexual acts with a teenage boy, then flooding Iraq with copies of the tape.
    That idea, along with faking Iraqi news bulletins, never came to fruition according to the former CIA officials, because agreement on the projects could not be reached between the Iraq Group and CIA’s Office of Technical Services.
    However, the two sources reveal that the agency did previously concoct at least one fake Bin Laden video:
    The agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were drawn from “some of us darker-skinned employees,” he said.
    The former officials told Stein that the project was taken over by the military after it ground to a halt:
    The reality, the former officials said, was that the agency really didn’t have enough money and expertise to carry out the projects.
    “The military took them over,” said one. “They had assets in psy-war down at Ft. Bragg,” at the army’s special warfare center.
    This latest revelation bolsters evidence that the intelligence agencies, and perhaps more significantly, the military have been engaged in creating fake Bin Laden videos in the past.
    As we have exhaustively documented, Intelcenter, the U.S. monitoring group that routinely releases Bin Laden video and audio, much of which have been proven to be either rehashed old footage or outright fakes, is an offshoot of IDEFENSE, a web security company that monitors intelligence from the middle east.
    IDEFENSE is heavily populated by long serving ex military intelligence officials, such as senior military psy-op intelligence officer Jim Melnick, who served 16 years in the US army and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in psychological operations. Melnick has also worked directly for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
    Intelcenter notoriously released the “laughing hijackers” tape and claimed it was an Al-Qaeda video, despite the fact that the footage was obtained by a “security agency” at a 2000 Bin Laden speech.
    IntelCenter was also caught adding its logo to a tape at the same time as Al-Qaeda’s so-called media arm As-Sahab added its logo, proving the two organizations were one and the same.
    Could the CIA group of “dark skinned actors” have been behind the infamous December 2001“Fat nosed” Bin Laden video, that was magically found in a house in Jalalabad after anti-Taliban forces moved in?
    The tape featured a fat Osama laughing and joking about how he’d carried out 9/11. The video was also mistranslated in order to manipulate viewer opinion and featured “Bin Laden” praising two of the hijackers, only he got their names wrong. This Osama also used the wrong hand to write with and wore gold rings, a practice totally in opposition to the Muslim faith.
    Despite the fact that the man in the video looks nothing like Bin Laden, the CIA stood by it and declared it to be the official “9/11 confession video”.
    The latest revelations also shed light on another past Bin Laden release – a tape in which he ludicrously declared himself in league with Saddam Hussein in the weeks before the invasion of Iraq.
    The notion that the CIA project was taken over and drastically improved by the Pentagon at some point after 2003 jives with the improvement in quality of Bin Laden videos in later years. Most notably the video that was released immediately ahead of the 2004 election, and it’s digitally manipulated duplicate from 2007, in which Bin Laden appeared to have a dyed beard.

    Official oil flow estimates revised up, MMS director fired

    Thu May 27, 2010 at 08:15:39 AM PDT

    Government scientists now say the flow of oil from BP’s leaking well has been at least two and a half times as high as earlier official estimates from the Coast Guard and could be as many as five times as high. The new numbers from the U.S. Geological Survey and represent a fairly obvious concession to reality, but it’s worth keeping in mind that independent scientists have said the flow of oil is actually twenty times as high as the Coast Guard’s official estimates. Still, it’s progress to have the government officially recognize that this is the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
    In other news, AP reports that the head of the Minerals Management Service has been fired. MMS is the agency that was responsible for regulating BP’s offshore drilling activities. (Update, 8:17AM: MSNBC just reported that Secretary Salazar says Birnbaum resigned, though it’s not clear if she resigned under pressure or not. Update 2, 8:27AM: Birnbaum’s career background was in government service and environmental advocacy. She also took this job after BP’s permits had been granted. I suspect that if she was forced out, it wasn’t because she was culpable, but rather that she might not have been the right person to reorganize MMS.)
    President Obama will address issues related to the oil spill at 9:45AM easternPacific time, and will take questions from the media. He’s expected to announce an extension to the moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling as well as other measures to reduce the risk posed by oil drilling.

    Top Construction Firm: WTC Destroyed By Controlled Demolition

      Veteran Middle East correspondent Alan Hart: Largest engineering firm studied collapse of twin towers and said there was no doubt it was a controlled explosion
    Top Construction Firm: WTC Destroyed By Controlled Demolition 260510top2
    Paul Joseph Watson
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010
    Respected Middle East expert and former BBC presenter Alan Hart has broken his silence on 9/11, by revealing that the world’s most prominent civil engineering company told him directly that the collapse of the twin towers was a controlled demolition.
    Speaking on the Kevin Barrett show yesterday, Hart said he thought the 9/11 attack probably started as a Muslim operation headed up by Osama Bin Laden but that the plot was subsequently hijacked and carried out by Mossad agents in collusion with elements of the CIA, adding that since its formation, Israel has penetrated every Arab government and terrorist organization.
    “My guess is that at an early point they said to the bad guys in the CIA – hey this operation’s running what do we do, and the zionists and the neo-cons said let’s use it,” said Hart, making reference to how top neo-cons like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and their fellow Project For a New American Century authors had called for a “catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor,” the year before 9/11.
    “The twin towers were brought down by a controlled ground explosion, not the planes,” said Hart, adding that this view was based on his close friendship with consultants who work with the world’s leading civil engineering and construction firm.
    Hart asked the company to study the collapse of the twin towers, after which they told him directly, “There’s absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the towers were brought down by a controlled ground explosion.”
    Hart then explained how the five dancing Israelis seen celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center in New Jersey as it unfolded, who turned out to be Mossad agents, proves at at a minimum Israel knew the attack was going to happen. Hart went further in speculating that the planes had been fitted with transponders and that the Israelis were guiding them in to the towers.
    Host Barrett pointed out that to carry out the successful controlled demolition of three of the biggest buildings in history, the conspirators would have to ensure that they were hit, making the use of remote controlled airliners a distinct possibility. In addition, Barrett mentioned the fact that he had interviewed numerous pilots who dismissed the chances of accurately guiding a huge commercial airliner into a building while flying at sea level at around 600 miles per hour, especially considering the alleged 9/11 hijackers struggled to even fly basic Cessna light aircraft.
    “Sounding a chilling note, Hart added that the U.S. is in grave danger of an Israeli-instigated false-flag nuclear attack, perhaps using an American nuclear weapon stolen from Minot Air Force Base during the “loose nukes” rogue operation of August, 2007. The motive would be to trigger a U.S. war with Iran, and perhaps to finish the ethnic cleansing of Palestine under cover of war–which Hart is convinced the Zionists are planning to do as soon as the opportunity presents itself,” writes host Barratt.
    Given his biography and standing, Hart’s comments are not to be taken lightly. Hart is a former Middle East Chief Correspondent for ITN News and has also presented for BBC Panorama specializing in the Middle East. He was also a war reporter in Vietnam and the first journalist to reach Suez Canal with the Israeli army in 1967. Over the decades, Hart has developed close relationships with numerous high profile political figures, including the Shah of Iran, Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres.
    Hart has been a successful author for years and has no reason to fabricate the fact that a top construction firm told him point blank that the towers were brought down in a controlled demolition.
    In forwarding this information, Hart joins legions of other credible experts who to some extent or other have all publicly challenged the official 9/11 story, with many outright stating that the attacks were an inside job, people like 20-year decorated CIA veteran Robert Baer, who told a radio host that “the evidence points at” 9/11 having had aspects of being an inside job.
    In addition, no less than 1198 architectural and engineering specialists have signed a petition demanding Congress re-open an official investigation into the 9/11 attack and the collapse of the twin towers.

    GOP: U.S. can’t afford to fund health ‘entitlement program’ for 9/11 rescue workers

    By Michael Mcauliff
    WASHINGTON – Republicans argued Tuesday that it would put the nation’s finances at risk if Congress gave ailing Sept. 11 responders a permanent, guaranteed program to ensure they get health care.
    Calling the Sept. 11 Health and Compensation Act a new “entitlement program” like MedicareGOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee argued the nation already has too much that it must pay for. They said  obligating the feds for lifetime care of tens of thousands of 9/11 responders was too much of a burden.
    “By making this a new mandatory program, you jeopardize the financial health of the United States of America,” said <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Mike J.
    Rogers”>Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).
    And they argued that the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, were already being cared for, noting the $150 million the Obama recently requested for this year.
    Speaking to dozens of responders gathered in a <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Capitol
    Hill”>Capitol Hill hearing chamber, <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="John
    Shimkus”>Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) argued that their demand for the federal government to help “would be just if we weren’t spending money already.”
    “In fact, there’s $131 million in the fund right now. The health care needs of first-time responders have been addressed,” Shimkus declared, referring to contracts that are being spent now and were delayed by the federal government.
    “There’s $131 million there that’s unspent,” said Rogers. “The President said 150. Please don’t make it a mandatory program. I agree with the President.”
    The bill aims to set up a permanent fund to care for ailing responders at a cost estimated around $11 billion over three decades.
    Republicans want the responders to come back to Congress every year to make their case, which the legislators argued will help protect against fraud and waste.
    “If this issue is so credible based on the results of Sept. 11, we shouldn’t be afraid of going through the (budget) authorization process, and fight for the spending bill,” said Shimkus.
    Some also feared the measure might help people who are undeserving.
    “Some of the conditions that are covered under this legislation seemed unusually broad to me because we’re talking about asthma, sleep apnea, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, even substance abuse,” saidKentucky <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Ed
    Whitfield”>Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield. “It’s so broad that I think it’s going to cover a lot of things that may not be directly related to this incident.”
    <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Phil
    Gingrey”>Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) argued New York was trying to dump its responsibility for caring for victims of the terrorist attacks on the feds.
    “Our support for them (responders) should not be a vehicle for cost-shifting,” he said, pointing to the lengthy approval process of the workers’ compensation system that generally helps people injured on the job.
    “We may be encouraging waste, fraud and abuse – abuse such as <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="New York
    City”>New York City vigorously challenging more and more of these claims that our 9/11 heroes need, pushing more and more of them onto theWorld Trade Center health fund for relief,” Gingrey argued.
    The whole debate over whether the program should be mandatory or an annual discretionary program misses the point, said <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Anthony
    Weiner”>Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn-Queens), saying it was Congress’ obligation to help the people who answered the call almost nine years ago.
    And, he noted, the health fund could not be an endless and growing entitlement like Medicare.
    “There’s a finite number of people,” Weiner said. “That finite number of people is getting smaller and smaller every day because they’re dying.”
    New Yorkers in the crowd were not impressed with the opposition.
    “They always say the support us, but it’s all about cost,” said Jim Slevin, the vice presdent of the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
    And coming back year after year to make the argument punishes people who are sick from their heroic service, said <a class="ext" href="; style="color: #0044bb; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="William
    Romaka”>William Romaka, the association’s sergeant at arms. “Coming back and forth every year is not easy for people who are ill,” Romaka said.
    Republicans were expected offer several amendments to the bill Tuesday afternoon, including restrictions on covering abortion and illegal immigrants.

    Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review by Glenn Greenwald

    Image of the Day: A View from 10 Billion B.C

    May 21, 2010

    The image reveals a small region inside the massive globular cluster Omega Centauri, which boasts nearly 10 million stars. Globular clusters, ancient swarms of stars united by gravity, are the homesteaders of our Milky Way galaxy. The stars in Omega Centauri are between 10 billion and 12 billion years old. The cluster lies about 16,000 light-years from Earth.