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Boycott Israel: Boycott Derails Jerusalem’s Transit System

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An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city’s “unification” four decades after the city’s Palestinian half was illegally annexed to Israel.

But the only unity generated among Jewish and Palestinian residents after four years of disruptions to the city’s traffic and businesses is general agreement that the project is rapidly becoming a white elephant.

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9/11: Our Truth, and Theirs

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On September 11, 2001, nineteen hijackers, wielding nothing more lethal than box-cutters, commandeered four airliners, and turned them into lethal missiles, three of which managed to hit their targets – the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – while a fourth crashed in a field before it could strike its intended target — the White House. One of the hijackers had been in the United States since the mid-1990s, and the others, according to subsequent investigations, entered, exited, and re-entered the United States regularly starting in 2000. Continue reading….

How 9/11 Should Be Remembered

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On September 11, 2001, a fellow New Yorker and friend of mine, a public health historian who knew instantly what the dangers were, bicycled directly into the smoke, ash, and chemicals that hung over lower Manhattan searching for his daughter whose school was only blocks away from the collapsed buildings. She was, it turned out, “safe” in that same pall of dangerous smoke. She had been evacuated to the street with her class in time to see people leaping or falling to their deaths from the upper floors of one of the crippled towers. You probably couldn’t live in New York City that day and not be connected, however indirectly, to someone who died. In my case, it was the father of a classmate of my son’s, a photographer, who also advanced into the chaos near one of the towers, leaving behind an eerie, moving trail of photographs.

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Swine Flu: Path to Martial Law?

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Great article by John Griffing:

Could a form of martial law be imminent? Obama appears ready to cross the Rubicon, and all he needs is a killer virus.

Let’s connect some dots.

Remember President Obama’s Executive Order basing 80,000 active troops at home for the first time in the history of the peacetime military establishment to “help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack….”

Now connect that information to the recent announcement that the military has established regional deployment locations all across the United States to “assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.”

Civil unrest and crowd control? Significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall? What do they know that we don’t?

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Written by crimethink3r

September 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Letter to local newspaper about surveillance cameras

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Here is a letter I wrote to my local newspaper about surveillance cameras in public areas:

I am well aware of the horrible sexual assault in [EDITED], and the subsequent apprehension of the perpetrators with assistance from one of the cameras; and I’m grateful they were promptly captured, but we must not let emotion cloud a very important debate.

Despite the fact that there are more than 4.2 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom, multiple government commissioned studies have proven the cameras ineffective by finding that they have no statistically significant impact on crime rates at all. In the isolated event that crime decreases in a certain area, it goes up in the areas immediately surrounding it. In the case of [EDITED], this would move crime from the high traffic areas where the cameras are installed into the quieter neighborhoods that surround those areas.

The Department of Homeland Security provided the town of [EDITED] with these cameras in order to assist in the evacuation of [EDITED] in the event of an emergency; but should such an event occur, we all know there would be no remedy for the traffic problems that would ensue, which would in effect render the cameras useless.

So we must ask ourselves: if studies have found them worthless in preventing crime, and logic tells us they would be useless in assisting the evacuation of [EDITED], what is the true purpose of these cameras?