Daily Archives: September 1, 2006

Pentagon: Cold-blooded carnage soaring in Iraq – but not civil war

“I hope history will record that the Gulf crisis was the crucible of the New World Order.”
– National Security Strategy issued by the White house and personally signed by George Bush, Sr.


“What is at stake is more than one small country [Iraq], it is a big idea – a New World Order.”
– George HW Bush, January 29, 1991, State of the Union address

Death squads and terrorists have ramped up attacks on civilians in Iraq, killing more than 1,600 people in cold-blooded “execution-style” slayings in July alone, a Pentagon report said Friday. Increasing violence is affecting “all other measures of stability, reconstruction and transition,” according to the report, which examined the situation in June, July and August. But the report concluded the “current violence is not a civil war, and movement toward civil war can be prevented.”


Iran must face consequences for defying UN: Bush

US President George W Bush says Iran must face “consequences” for defying a UN-imposed deadline to halt uranium enrichment, telling the world it cannot afford to let Tehran develop a nuclear weapon. Bush’s demand came after the United Nations nuclear watchdog confirmed Iran “has not suspended its enrichment related activities” by the deadline, exposing it to possible sanctions.


Another Scholar Under Fire for 9/11 Views

U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg is quoted as saying that “there are limitations to academic freedom and freedom of speech”.
The University of New Hampshire is refusing to fire a tenured professor whose views on 9/11 have led many politicians in the state to demand his dismissal. William Woodward, a professor of psychology, is among those academics who believe that U.S. leaders have lied about what they know about 9/11, and were involved in a conspiracy that led to the massive deaths on that day, setting the stage for the war with Iraq. The Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper, reported on Woodward’s views on Sunday, and quoted him (accurately, he says) saying that he includes his views in some class sessions. The newspaper then interviewed a who’s who of New Hampshire Republican politicians calling for the university to fire Woodward. U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg is quoted as saying that “there are limitations to academic freedom and freedom of speech” and that “it is inappropriate for someone at a public university which is supported with taxpayer dollars to take positions that are generally an affront to the sensibility of most all Americans.”


Gov. John Lynch calls teacher’s theories crazy as UNH stands behind 9/11 prof
University of New Hampshire administrators are standing behind a tenured professor who has publicly theorized that the U.S. government orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even as Gov. John Lynch condemned his remarks. Calling psychology professor William Woodward’s theory “completely crazy and offensive,” the governor said in a statement yesterday that he plans to address his concerns with the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. “Although academic freedom is important,” the governor said, “if the UNH professor is promoting that view, it reflects a reckless disregard for the true facts and raises questions as to why such a professor would be teaching at the university in the first place.”


UNH prof well-regarded by students
A University of New Hampshire professor who has promoted a controversial theory about the 9/11 terrorist attacks received mostly high marks from the students who took his classes last year. Evaluations collected by the university suggest tenured psychology professor William Woodward’s students generally found him to be an enthusiastic and accessible teacher whose course materials were both relevant and effectively presented. “We haven’t had any direct complaints from students in the past about what content he chooses to include in his courses or how he presents that content,” University Provost and Executive Vice President Bruce Mallory said in an interview Tuesday. “The conclusion we draw from looking at his 30-year history is that he’s exercised appropriate academic freedom in his classes.”


UNH provost says no students complained about prof’s 9-11 views
A University of New Hampshire professor who thinks government officials orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said he doesn’t impose his opinions on students, but teaches them to discuss and debate differing viewpoints. “I try not to push a certain view,” psychology professor William Woodward said Tuesday from Durham, as he faced a growing chorus of criticism and some support. “But at the same time, I might put it out there because it’s important to be a role model for having an opinion but not pushing it on other people.” Woodward belongs to Scholars for 9/11 Truth, whose members believe that Bush administration officials either planned the attacks or knew about them and allowed them to happen in order to get public opinion behind their policies.


UNH prof provokes 9/11 firestorm
William Woodward, a tenured professor of psychology at UNH, believes an “elite” group within the federal government orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks on America. He hopes to teach a class that would explore Sept. 11 “in psychological terms.” Several state leaders, including U.S. Sen Judd Gregg, R-N.H., have criticized Woodward for bringing the radical theories into a classroom at a public university supported with taxpayer dollars. UNH graduate Mary-Ellen Azem, who said she, too, is a teacher, wrote that Woodward “has the right to state whatever he believes. But I challenge his right to do so in a classroom without the presence of an opposing opinion. If he wants to set up a debate on campus, where students can freely attend, that would be fine. However, when students are in that classroom, like it or not, he is in a position of authority and power so his opinion holds more weight.”


NIST To Probe Whether WTC 7 Downed By Bombs

Forced to issue response to 9/11 truth movement questions on official website
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is set to conclude its investigation of the World Trade Center complex by analyzing if bombs brought down WTC 7, the 47 story skyscraper that was not hit by a plane yet collapsed in a controlled demolition style in under seven seconds. NIST today released a page on its website that is intended to answer skeptic’s questions about why the towers and WTC 7 were the first and only three buildings to collapse from fire damage alone. Though the vast majority of the NIST rebuttal seeks to reinforce the notion that the twin towers were brought down from nothing other than jetliner impacts and heavy fires, NIST makes the admission that investigation into WTC 7 has been insufficient and that they are now, “considering whether hypothetical blast events could have played a role in initiating the collapse.”


Bad doctors get slapped on the wrist

Doctors who commit crimes often escape harsh professional punishment by state and federal agencies, according to a study of 2,247 physicians disciplined for criminal conduct between 1990 and 1999.
Boards are particularly light on doctors who have committed insurance fraud and who have been involved in crimes related to drugs, including prescribing violations and substance abuse, says the report from Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group. The study appears in Health Matrix, published by Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. But doctors convicted of violent crimes such as rape, assault and murder generally do face harsh discipline — such as having their licenses revoked — from medical boards, the report states. Even so, “there are people with serious criminal records who wind up practicing,” says Public Citizen’s Peter Lurie, an author of the article.


Enhanced federal IDs could spark biometrics boom

The technology has been the stuff of movies for years: A secret agent runs his fingertip and an encrypted ID card over a pair of sensors. There’s a match, and the door swings open. In the coming months, a wave of government initiatives could start making such high-tech methods of identification commonplace — beginning with the replacement this fall of federal employee IDs. Similar cards are planned for transportation workers, first responders and visitors to the United States. Packed with biometric data such as fingerprints and containing a computer chip with room to expand the amount of information stored, the new IDs represent a potential boon to technology companies eyeing an estimated $8 billion in identity-related contracts. Firms such as BearingPoint Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. have set up showcase identity labs, pulling technology from different companies into turnkey operations. Hundreds of smaller companies, down to manufacturers of plastic cards, are vying for part of the market.


EU needs constitution with Christian reference, Merkel says


Bible-believing Christians, Bush kisses Merkel as the two have grown closer together in more ways than one. Merging religion and government comes naturally to both.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested Europe needs a constitution that makes reference to Christianity and God following her audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (29 August).
The German leader, the daughter of a protestant pastor, visited the Pope at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, to discuss several issues in European and international politics, ahead of the Pope’s September visit to Germany, his homeland. But its opponents argued it could prove controversial in view of Turkey’s potential membership of the EU as well as due to the strict separation of state and church in some countries, such as France.