Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What Every Person Should Know About War

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Untold truths - 'Pre-emptive'Terrorism

NBC and NY Times 'Hush Hush' Why WTC Story Never Appeared; Blows Official 9/11 Account Sky High
Posted on: 7/8/2005 8:03:00 AM -
By Greg Szymanski

The media big shots, like a gang of school yard bullies taping shut a little guy’s mouth, have placed a big, black curtain around the 9/11 story of WTC janitor William Rodriguez, silencing him as if he screwed up their fictitious plot in a television script already written.

Rodriguez has desperately tried to tell his story, but claims the "bullies with money and power" have kept him quiet, the reporters perpetuating a government fraud and the media bosses, acting like Tony Soprano, sending orders to keep his mouth shut or else!

Although it’s impossible for a working man like Rodriguez to pierce the corporate veil and finger the top dogs, evasive comments by the underlings from places like NBC and The New York Times when questioned about the Rodriguez blackout, indicate somebody’s hiding something since all lips are zippered tight like a bunch of street thugs protecting the "family name."

Across the board from all the major networks to all the so-called top notch daily newspapers in the country, the ghost of janitor William Rodriguez is now back alive, well and in the flesh four years later, reminding all the big shots everywhere it doesn’t pay to tell a lie, especially with a man on a mission like Rodriguez.

Although the strange media blackout has left Rodriguez shaking his head in disappointment and wondering why he has more freedom of speech abroad than at home, he vows now, more than ever before, never to stop talking until every last American has heard his story, listening to the cold, hard facts how the north tower of the WTC came down from an underground explosion not just burning jet fuel as the government contends.

Admittedly perplexed by being written out of the tragic script by the 9/11 Commission and what he calls the media fiction writers even though he is one of the main characters, Rodriguez now thinks the American people are ready to listen since distrust for big media and big government has reached epic proportions, even creeping into the hinterland and heartland of America where the elite count on a passive following.

But most importantly, Rodriguez hopes his story will finally be told, every last single morsel of truth, in memory of the 3,000 killed and the 200 friends he lost at Ground Zero, adding they "deserve nothing less than full truth."

A Nightmare for Government Officials

Rodriguez’s story, verified by at least 14 eye witnesses and a burn victim, has become a veritable nightmare for officials clinging to the official story, probably deciding the only way to handle him is to make the ‘boogey man in the bad dream’ go away.

And that’s exactly how Rodriguez has been treated by the so-called big shots in high places, being treated like the "bad guy riding the black horse’’ instead of being heralded as the ‘white knight’ for saving hundreds of lives on 9/11 and sticking to the truth.

In faith walks a man on a mission, but the government’s problem with Rodriguez doesn’t lie in his moral convictions but rather in corroborated eye-witness evidence which, in this case, is much stronger than any scientific proof offered to support the government’s burning jet fuel theory.

So, instead of openly dealing with Rodriguez he is conveniently hidden from the official 9/11 Commission record, even after testifying behind closed doors. He also has conveniently being hidden by the mainstream media, Rodriguez saying in countless interviews, his words have either been deleted, manipulated or made to fit the official government account.

And the reason why Rodriguez is a walking time bomb, waiting to explode the government story, is that his story makes complete sense, something the government story has been lacking from day one.

"I’ve never believed the government story that two planes brought down the towers. I know the truth because I experienced what happened that day. By all rights, I should be dead, but luckily I am alive to tell the truth if only someone would listen. I am here to tell the truth for all those who died and especially for my 200 friends who I feel a special obligation." said Rodriguez in a telephone conversation from his New Jersey apartment.

"The American people aren’t stupid. They have just been deprived of the vital information. If they listen to me, the truth will set them free."

And for critics who doubt his honesty and sincerity, Rodriguez says may he be struck by a lightening bolt if he isn’t ‘telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God."

Rodriguez and 14 Other Witnesses Can’t Be Wrong

In a nutshell, on the morning of 9/11 Rodriguez, 44, was huddled together with 14 other people in a sub level 1 basement office, preparing for a day’s work like he did every day for 20 years at the WTC. Without warning, suddenly the frightened group felt a tremendous explosion emanating from somewhere below them in one of the five remaining WTC sub levels.

Not only did the group hear the explosion, all 14 felt the floor tremble and saw the walls crack just seconds before the group heard another distant explosion coming from high above. Although unaware of the cause, Rodriguez later learned the second explosion, occurring seconds after the first basement blast, turned out to be the jetliner strike.

Further evidence of a tremendous basement blast came moments later when a man by the name of Felipe David, burnt on his face, arms and hands, entered the office yelling "explosion, explosion, explosion!" David had been standing at a nearby sub level 1 freight elevator shaft when he was severely burned from fire coming up the shaft from the basement explosion.

As Rodriguez pulled David to safety outside the WTC, there is absolutely 100 per cent agreement and not one contradiction among the 14 people with Rodriguez, as to exactly what happened in those early minutes before and after the jetliner strike on the morning of 9/11.

"Now, what really upsets me is that my story never appeared in the 9/11 Commission report after I told it to them behind closed doors," said Rodriguez about his 2004 meeting with commission members. "They never followed up with verifying my testimony and basically when the report came out, there was no mention of my statements and the other evidence of a basement explosion when they decided only the airliner brought down the towers.

"This is totally unacceptable and shows they are trying to cover up something. How could anybody not believe there was a massive explosion below ground level after talking with me and the other 14 people who witnessed the very same thing. It refutes the government story point blank and that’s why they wanted me behind closed doors and why they never mentioned my name or my story in their final report.

"I am asking the American people right now to demand another open and fair investigation not for my sake, but for the memory of all those good, innocent people who died. We can’t allow the real perpetrators of this crime to get away and I believe my testimony, if allowed to be heard, will help bring the guilty parties to justice once and for all.

After Rodriguez’s story first appeared two weeks ago in The Arctic Beacon web site at and The American Free Press, two alternative news outlets, he has been deluged with interviews and appearances by other alternative media sources, but again categorically ignored by the mainstream press.

Summing up his feeling about the media blackout, Rodriguez this week in a letter written to Bypass Media, another alternative source, while trying to get an interview, wrote:

"Since I was pulled from the rubble after saving hundreds of lives, I had the only master key available on that day (see documentary about my experience at, I realized that my original story was changed constantly by the national networks. It was edited, manipulated, completely deleted, etc. Never once have I had my complete story told by a major news outlet in this country.

" I also testified behind closed doors to the 9/11 Commission and my testimony does not shows up on the final report, mainly because I went against the official story. I was there, I was made a ‘National Hero’ here and in Puerto Rico. I have sued the President in an ongoing federal lawsuit after realizing a major manipulation of the facts that I experienced (see . I have become, besides the spokesperson for the families of 9/11, an activist in search for the truth. My story has to be told."

Big Shots Respond To Media Blackout

When Doug Pasternak, head of NBC’s investigative unit, was asked this week in a telephone conversation why not one single second of Rodriguez’s story aired on the network after hours of footage was shot at Rodriguez’s house in June 2004 after the 9/11 Commission hearings, he said:

"It simply didn’t add anything new. The part about the basement explosion wasn’t the focus of our story. We were concerned about his statements of a hijacker he supposedly encountered several months prior to 9/11 in the World Trade Center. Again, it wasn’t the focus of our story and, like I said, his story didn’t add anything new."

Asked why he didn’t question the 9/11 Commission’s overt error of leaving Rodriguez’s statements out of the final report, Pasternak deferred all further questions to Barbara Levin, communications director for the network.

In an email response, dated June 29, Levin said:

"Wanted to let you know that NBC News does not comment on our newsgathering." Besides NBC’s reluctance to air Rodriguez’s story, he was pinning his hopes of airing the truth in a recent NBC 9/11 mini series project headed by screen writer Graham Yost and Hollywood producer/director Ron Howard.

Although Rodriguez had spent a considerable amount of time interviewing and escorting Yost through out New York in an attempt to interview survivors, he was recently notified by Yost that NBC had pulled the plug on the project.

In an email sent to Rodriguez by Yost only weeks ago, he wrote in a disappointed manner:

"To refresh your memory, my name is Graham Yost. I was the writer/producer working on NBC's miniseries about 9/11. As you may have heard, NBC has decided not to proceed with the miniseries. It was primarily a financial decision. Dramatizing a story of this magnitude, scope and importance is an expensive proposition. If we were to do something like this at all, we knew we had to do it right. NBC, Imagine (Ron Howard and Brian Grazer) and I decided it would be better not to do it, than to do it in any but the best possible manner.

"The other writers and I had finished scripts for the first four hours, chronicling the events leading up to the attacks. I was half-way through writing a three hour section of the miniseries depicting the day of the attacks when it became clear that the project was not going to proceed.

"I am very proud of what we wrote and I was, of course, very frustrated and disappointed that we were not going forward. But, as upset as I was, it was one of the other writers (Chris Brancato) who gave me the best perspective. "Look at it this way," he said, "for eight months it was your job to learn as much as you could about the most significant event of our time." For that I am truly grateful.

"Going into this, Ron Howard said that doing a miniseries about 9/11 could well be the most important project of our lives. He was right. The fact that it wasn't produced doesn't change that.

"P.S. As far as I know, ABC is still working on their 9/11 miniseries. I wish them all the good fortune in the world. I know the writer, director and producers on their project take it every bit as seriously as we did."

Although Yost thinks ABC is taking the project seriously, Rodriguez thinks otherwise.

"I have made numerous attempts to get involved with the ABC project , but they don’t want to have anything to do with me. They won’t return my calls and I just wonder what kind of documentary they are doing?"

Rodriguez said not only has he been ignored by NBC and ABC, The New York Times has also shut its doors on the Rodriguez name and story.

Times reporter Kevin Flynn and Jim Dwyer, who interviewed Rodriguez numerous times before publishing their best seller called "102 Minutes: The Untold Story in the Fight to Survive in the Twin Towers," ended up publishing the book without using Rodriguez’s name or fully recounting his story.

After the book hit the stands, becoming extremely discouraged t and disillusioned with the hypocrisy and lying in American journalism, Rodriguez said this about Flynn and Dwyer’s bestseller:

"If I was the last survivor out of the north tower, rescued hundreds of people, almost killed three times and declared a national hero, how could they leave my story out of the book? They mentioned nothing about the basement explosion, the other 14 people or Felipe David who was burned with skin hanging from his arms from the basement blast.

"I even helped the man out of the lobby of the building with the wheel chair, saving his life and when the account of his story came out, they didn’t even mention it was me after I specifically told them.

"Best seller! Right? Who are they trying to kid?"

Regarding the deletion of the Rodriguez story, Flynn in a telephone conversation this week from his office at The Times, said:

"I don’t think I should comment about any of this to a third party. If Rodriguez wants to talk to me about it, have him call."

When Rodriguez was told about Flynn’s invitation, he declined the offer, saying he had no need to talk with someone obviously perpetuating a fraud to the American people about a story of such social and political importance.

And to make matters worse, regarding at least four stories by Times reporters that Rodriguez said were either manipulated or changed, Flynn referred all questions by email to media communications director Katherine Mathis, who at the time of this writing did not respond to a request for answers.

Not to be left out of the Rodriguez blackout, Susan Chun of CNN on June 15, 2004, sent an email to Rodriguez, requesting an interview after he testified before the 9/11 Commission. After making arrangements for the taped session, Rodriguez said it was unexpectedly cancelled at the last minute without an explanation.

Regarding the cancelled interview, Chun failed to respond to several email requests and several phone messages asking for answers.

However, Francios Tonju of CNN’s Latin broadcasting division in Miami, said some of Rodriguez’s statements aired in Puerto Rico in Spanish, but added his story never appeared stateside in English.

And in the midst of the blackout continuing to date and remaining frustrated about an untold story, Rodriguez said he remains patient nonetheless and is still available for major network news and television coverage despite the media’s unwillingness to listen.

"Throughout the years, I have been wined and dined at the White House and attended many official functions in an attempt to get me on their side so I would shut up. But I have never succumbed to the subtle intimidation over the years, even by reporters who have taken me aside and said it is better that I keep quiet because I didn’t realize who I was dealing with.

"After they would take me aside, saying all those nasty things, I would always just look every one of them square in the eye, saying I would never waiver for one second from the truth in respect for my 200 friends who died. I am a man on a mission and I will never stop until the truth is finally uncovered."

Rodriguez, the lead plaintiff in a federal RICO lawsuit filed against Bush and others, is also on his way to Amsterdam, where he is going to publish a book of his heroic 9/11 story, complete with the basement explosion segment as well as other aspects of his story censored by the mainstream media. The book is to be published in English and Dutch and a publication date has yet to be finalized.

After pausing a moment about the difference between foreign and domestic accounts of his story, Rodriguez said even though CNN’s Larry King has already been scooped by a number of third world country talk show hosts, he still is available on a moment’s notice for a guest appearance, as long as he can tell his story in the unedited version, which would be a first for a major American news network.

For more important stories, go to where donations are accepted in the wake of a media blackout.

Greg Szymanski

While these definitions are important, they are only used when Western states and Western interests are attacked by so-called “retail� terrorists. They are deliberately avoided and ignored when Western forces attacked other states. For example, these definitions are not considered appropriate when discussing the daily acts of terrorism practised by Israel against the Palestinian people or the 1981 Israeli “pre-emptive� attack on Iraq ’s nuclear reactor plant in Baghdad , killing two French technicians in the attack. These definitions were also not considered appropriate when the US “pre-emptively� attacked a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan in 1998 killing many civilians and destroyed the country’s vital source of medicinal supplies. The use of the term terrorism is deliberately ignored in the current indiscriminate attacks by US-British forces on population centres in Fallujah, Najaf, Ramadi, Al-Qaim, Hillah, Haditha, Karabila and many other Iraqi towns and cities using prohibited Napalm and chemical weapons. The current premeditated US terror, termed “collective punishments�, to destroy Iraqi towns and cities is in complete violation of the Geneva Protocol and The Hague Convention. Sadly, it is encouraged by the deafening silence of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Anan, who is only interested in serving his imperial master than serves the principles of the UN Charter

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Baltimore Independent Media Center: Nearly 9,000 U.S. troops dead? A NATIONWIDE CALL FOR INFO FROM SURVIVORS.

Baltimore Independent Media Center: Nearly 9,000 U.S. troops dead? A NATIONWIDE CALL FOR INFO FROM SURVIVORS.
Has the Bush administration drastically understated the U.S. military death count by redefining "death"? The following article suggests that it has, and it calls for a nationwide campaign to honor deceased service members by naming and counting them.
According to the article: "...DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 [U.S. military] dead"; this far exceeds the "official" death count of 1,831. How can this be? It's largely because "U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted."

In other words, "death" has been redefined.


1. If you know (or know of) service members who've died in Bush()'s wars, look for their names on the full, alphabetized "official" Pentagon death list, at IF THEIR NAMES ARE NOT INCLUDED, PLEASE SEND A REPORT TO: tbrnews (at) You're also encouraged to notify your Congress members, your local newspaper, and other interested parties.

( Note that the alphabetized list is updated regularly at It currently includes deaths reported up through early June. )


3. Forward this web page to veterans' groups, other organizations, responsible journalists and respectable elected officials.


"The Bush Butcher’s Bill: Officially, 80 US Military Deaths in Iraq() from 1 through 21 May, 2005 – Official Total of 1,831 US Dead to date (and rising)"


U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005. The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate. The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones. Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.

by Brian Harring, Domestic Intelligence Reporter

Note: There is excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the dead in Iraq. We have received copies of manifests from the MATS that show far more bodies shipped into Dover AFP than are reported officially. The educated rumor is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000. Given the officially acknowledged number of over 15,000 seriously wounded, this elevated death toll is far more realistic than the current 1,400+ now being officially published. When our research is complete, and watertight, we will publish the results along with the sources In addition to the evident falsification of the death rolls, at least 5,500 American military personnel have deserted, most in Ireland but more have escaped to Canada and other European countries, none of whom are inclined to cooperate with vengeful American authorities. (See TBR News of 18 February for full coverage on the mass desertions) This means that of the 158,000 U.S. military shipped to Iraq, 26,000 either deserted, were killed or seriously wounded. The DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 dead, over 16,000 seriously wounded* (See note below. This figure is now over 24,000 Ed) and a large number of suicides, forced hospitalization for ongoing drug usage and sales, murder of Iraqi civilians and fellow soldiers , rapes, courts martial and so on –

I have a copy of the official DoD casualty list. I am alphabetizing it with the reported date of death following. TBR will post this list in sections and when this is circulated widely by veteran groups and other concerned sites, if people who do not see their loved one’s names, are requested to inform their Congressman, their local paper, us and other concerned people as soon as possible.

The government gets away with these huge lies because they claim, falsely, that only soldiers actually killed on the ground in Iraq are reported. The dying and critically wounded are listed as en route to military hospitals outside of the country and not reported on the daily postings. Anyone who dies just as the transport takes off from the Baghdad airport is not listed and neither are those who die in the US military hospitals. Their families are certainly notified that their son, husband, brother or lover was dead and the bodies, or what is left of them (refrigeration is very bad in Iraq what with constant power outages) are shipped home, to Dover AFB. You ought to realize that President Bush personally ordered that no pictures be taken of the coffined and flag-draped dead under any circumstances. He claims that this is to comfort the bereaved relatives but is designed to keep the huge number of arriving bodies secret. Any civilian, or military personnel, taking pictures will be jailed at once and prosecuted.

...This listing program is finished so act accordingly. If there is an actual variance of, say, 10 names, that is acceptable. 50 would indicate sloppiness and anything over 100 a positive sign of lying. As of June 16, TBR has received 32 new, unlisted names

*The latest on the wounded: “Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, is a 150-bed hospital that's already seen over 24,000 wounded military patients from Iraq and Afghanistan since the commencement of hostilities “. Knight Ridder Newspapers June 6, 2005 (Note: The Pentagon refuses to publish accurate lists of any wounded. Ed)

(The list is updated regularly.)

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IFJ: American soldiers have killed 17 media staff in Iraq - Irna

IFJ: American soldiers have killed 17 media staff in Iraq - Irna

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling on the United States to investigate three new cases of journalists killed in Iraq over the past week - all of them at the hands of American soldiers.

The first reported victim is Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the United States media company Knight Ridder, was shot to death in Baghdad last Friday, apparently by a US sniper.

On Sunday, Maha Ibrahim, a news editor with the local Baghdad TV channel, owned by the Iraqi Islamic Party, was on her way to work when she was killed when US troops opened fire after they apparently came under attack in a Baghdad neighbourhood.

And on Tuesday this week US troops reportedly killed Ahmed Wael Bakri, a programme director for al-Sharqiya television when he drove near a US convoy in Baghdad.

The IFJ in a statement noted that this brings to 17 the number of journalists and media staff killed by US soldiers since the invasion of Iraq.

"All of these cases need to be investigated independently because they involve reports of action by US troops," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.

Of the 85 media deaths in Iraq since the US invasion, 65 are local Iraqi journalists and media staff.

"There are many questions raised by these cases, said White.

"We expect the United States to produce credible and exhaustive reports on all of these deaths. It is the least the family, friends and colleagues of the victims expect."
The Brussels-based IFJ represents over 500,000 journalists in over 100 countries.

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