Daily Archives: February 20, 2007

French Nazi Collaborator to be Buried With Honors

Belfast Telegraph | Feb 19, 2007  

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Maurice Papon, the Frenchman who sent Jews to their death, dies aged 96

In death, as in life, Maurice Papon, the only French official to be convicted of sending Jews to the Nazi death camps, will defy the country that he claimed always to have loved and served.

Papon, who died at the weekend, aged 96, will be buried by his family wearing the Légion d’Honneur awarded to him by President Charles de Gaulle in 1962, still, in effect, protesting his innocence. He was stripped of the award – France’s highest honour – after his conviction in 1998 for “complicity in crimes against humanity”.

Papon was sentenced to 10 years in prison but served only three before being released in September 2002 because of his age and ill-health. He never admitted his guilt. He never expressed a word of remorse. He regarded himself, to the end, as the innocent victim of a political show trial,

Papon had a glittering career in France after the war, before his role in rounding up Jews in the Bordeaux area in 1941-43 was uncovered in 1981. He was finally brought to trial in 1997. He was convicted of organising the arrest of 1,690 Jews, including 223 children.

The six-month trial became a symbol of France’s determination to exorcise the memory of French complicity in the Holocaust. However, Papon’s post-war career – rising to become Budget Minister – also symbolises France’s refusal for more than 30 years to face up to the willing collaboration of the Vichy state in Nazi persecution of the Jews.

Even after the evidence of his involvement emerged in 1981, parts of the French establishment – including President François Mitterrand – fought a rearguard action to prevent the case coming to trial.

Although he was the only French official to be tried for such crimes, Papon was not a senior figure in the Vichy government. Nor was he especially anti-Semitic. He emerged at his trial as a cold bureaucrat, who was determined to succeed – and to be seen by his superiors to succeed – at whatever task he was given.

Madrid suspect: Police framed me

CNN | Feb 19, 2007  

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Jamal Zougam claims Spanish police wanted to recruit him as an informer.

A Moroccan who ran the shop where most of the cell phone cards used to set off the bombs in the 2004 Madrid train attacks were sold said Monday he was implicated in the case as punishment for refusing to be a police informant.

Jamal Zougam, 33, is among 29 suspects charged in the March 11, 2004, attacks that killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800 in Spain’s capital. The trial opened last Thursday and is to last several months.

Zougam said he was approached twice by Spanish police seeking help getting information about Islamic radicals, but he refused.

He told a three-judge panel that following his detention — two days after the bombings — a police officer visited him in his cell and told him that if he had cooperated with police, he would not have been implicated.

“He told me: ‘If you had collaborated with us, this wouldn’t have happened to you,”‘ said Zougam, who took the stand for a second day.

“I realized it was revenge,” he said. “I had nothing to do with this attack and with no other attack. I don’t know why I’m in this trial.”

At least two suspects in the trial were police informants before the attacks, and their defense lawyers claim the arrests were made under pressure to find a culprit.

Zougam denied he was a member of al Qaeda or other radical Islamic groups, or that he had ever trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

He also condemned the Madrid blasts, and said he had never thought of his host country as an enemy.

“I condemn this attack categorically; I don’t agree with this attack that takes the lives of people for religious, political and other reasons,” he said.

“I live in Spain: This is like my country. Here, I live, I work, I eat,” he said.

Zougam, who witnesses say planted at least one of the bombs on the commuter trains, testified Friday that he was asleep at the time of the early morning blasts and that witnesses who identified him were confused because they had seen his face on television.

Another alleged bomber, Syrian Basel Ghalyoun, also took the stand Monday and dismissed witness accounts that he, too, had placed some of the bombs.

He acknowledged that he was a friend of Tunisian Serhan Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet and other ringleaders who blew themselves up as police moved to arrest them weeks after the attacks but denied having anything to do with the bombings.

Ghalyoun, who continuously checked handwritten notes during the session and challenged the prosecutor and lawyers over certain facts and names, said he knew Fakhet was a radical.

“Serhan considered the United States an enemy of the Muslim people,” Ghalyoun said.

The 26-year-old said he had told police that the Tunisian wanted to stage attacks in Spain but said he was referring to attacks on banks and jewelry shops for money. He said police had urged him to used the generic word, attack.

Both Zougam and Ghalyoun face sentences of up to 38,656 years — 30 years for each of the 191 killings and 18 years apiece for 1,820 attempted murders — though under Spanish law, the maximum time anyone can spend behind bars is 40 years.

FBI Fears Homemade “Mother of Satan” Bombs

Sacramento Bee | Feb 19, 2007 

Kirk Yeager makes bombs from the stuff found under kitchen sinks. He does it to help the FBI defend against what officials say is the next frontier for terrorists in the United States.

Ten years ago, peroxide-based bombs were mostly the work of young pranksters. But the easy-to-make yet deadly chemical cocktails were embraced in the late 1990s by Palestinian militants and suicide bombers bent on killing large groups of people.

Now, Yeager says, the “Mother of Satan” explosives are considered the most likely weapon that terrorists will use against the U.S., more so than a nuclear or radiological “dirty” bomb.

“Every serious terrorist group knows about them and knows how to make them,” Yeager said. The forensic scientist heads the explosives unit at the FBI’s laboratory in Quantico, Va., about 35 miles south of Washington.
“Bad guys are bombers. You don’t have to have the level of sophistication to make a bomb that you need to get nuclear materials,” Yeager said.

The bombs are made by mixing chemicals that are used in common household items, including hydrogen peroxide and paint thinner, and easily found at drug stores or hardware stores. Experts know them as TATP, short for triacetone triperoxide, and HMTD, or hexamethylene triperoxide diamine.

9/11: The Conspiracy Files (BBC)

Google Video| Feb 18, 2007  

This is probably the most concentrated effort ever made to debunk the truth about what happened on 9/11. It was not only designed to do that, but to demonize researchers as unwashed fantasists within nothing better to do, who hate the victims of 9/11 and are somehow “comforted” to believe the government was involved. To anyone who loves America and is sincerely seeking the truth, this comes as a big slap in the face. It is a blatant insult and comes as no surprise from the BBC Ministry of Truth in Her Majesty’s Queendom of Orwellian Double-Speak. Pretty sickening, but what do you expect?

If they want a fight, they got it from me. It calls for a backlash of major proportions and I feel it will have the effect of energizing and awakening more people. Alex Jones has it right. They dug a pit for us, but they instead will fall into it. I have no words to describe this. Just see the video and pick it apart yourself. Arghhhh! And be sure to listen to Alex’s interview with the producer after you see the video. Arrogant sod he is!

By the way, they plan to debunk the David Kelly assassination next week.

PW


        
On 18 February 2007, the BBC made its first attempt to debunk the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Half a day after this 9/11 hit piece was first aired on BBC2, producer Guy Smith was interviewed by Alex Jones: go to http://prisonplanet.tv/audio/190207smith.mp3.

For more reactions, read http://prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/190207tissueoflies.htm

Croatia probes Hitler sugar packets

CNN | Feb 19, 2007  

The Croatian government has been keen to play down the country’s past links to Hitler.

Small packets of sugar bearing the likeness of Adolf Hitler and carrying Holocaust jokes have been found in some cafes in Croatia, prompting an investigation, the office of the state prosecutor said on Monday.

“The local district attorney in (the eastern town of) Pozega has opened an investigation and is currently looking at the matter,” said Martina Mihordin.

The Novi List daily newspaper reported that officials at a small factory in Pozega have confirmed the sugar packs were produced on their premises.

The incident will embarrass the government which has been keen to play down the country’s past links with Nazism.

Croatia’s Ustasha regime sided with the Nazis in World War Two and enforced ethnic laws under which thousands of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies, as well as anti-fascist Croats, were killed in local concentration camps in 1941-45.

The Jerusalem-based anti-Nazi Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement it had protested the matter to Croatia’s authorities.

Its director, Efraim Zuroff, expressed his “revulsion and disgust that such an item could be produced these days in a country in which the Holocaust not only took place, but was for the most part carried out by local Nazi collaborators.”

“If nothing else, this is a disgusting expression of nostalgia for the Third Reich and a period during which Jews, Serbs and Gypsies were mass-murdered (in Croatia),” it said.

Zuroff urged Croatia to force the factory owners to recall the sugar packets immediately, in line with a law against racial, religious or ethnic hatred.

Under President Franjo Tudjman, who governed Croatia from its 1991 independence until 1999, some of the Ustasha symbols were tolerated and their crimes often dismissed in public, which strained relations with Israel.

Subsequent Croatian leaders, who set the country on the road to European Union membership, apologized publicly for the Ustasha crimes.

£4,000 for a single bottle of Hitler’s birthday wine

Belfast Telegraph | Feb 19, 2007  

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A fierce bidding war erupted last week over a rare bottle of 1943 Führerwein featuring a portrait of Adolf Hitler on the label. The bottle, with a predicted auction price of £500, finally sold to an anonymous buyer for almost £4,000. It came from a batch given to German officers during the Second World War. But, rather like the Nazi dream of a 1,000-year reich, the wine has spectacularly failed to stand the test of time and is undrinkable.

A spokeswoman for Plymouth Auction Rooms said competition for the bottle was “vigorous” in the room as six telephone lines buzzed with bids. ” We understand that these bottles were given out to Hitler’s top-ranking officers on his birthday,” commented auctioneer Paul Keen. “I have never seen or heard about anything like this in my 20 years as an auctioneer. This is extremely rare.”

The sale price of the wine shows the enduring appeal of Nazi wartime memorabilia among collectors.

Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine

CNN | Feb 19, 2007  

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Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda says he is God, and his followers believe him.

The minister has the number 666 tattooed on his arm.

But Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda is not your typical minister. De Jesus, or “Daddy” as his thousands of followers call him, does not merely pray to God: He says he is God.

“The spirit that is in me is the same spirit that was in Jesus of Nazareth,” de Jesus says.

De Jesus’ claims of divinity have angered Christian leaders, who say he is a fake. Religious experts say he may be something much more dangerous, a cult leader who really believes he is God. (Watch followers get 666 tattoos for their leader )

“He’s in their heads, he’s inside the heads of those people,” says Prof. Daniel Alvarez, a religion expert at Florida International University who has debated some of de Jesus’ followers.

“De Jesus speaks with a kind of conviction that makes me consider him more like David Koresh or Jim Jones.”

Is de Jesus really a cult leader like David Koresh, who died with more than 70 of his Branch Davidian followers in a fiery end to a standoff with federal authorities, or Jim Jones, the founder of the Peoples Temple who committed mass suicide with 900 followers in 1978?

Prophets ‘spoke to me’
De Jesus and his believers say their church — “Creciendo en Gracia,” Spanish for “Growing in grace” — is misunderstood. Followers of the movement say they have proof that their minister is divine and that their church will one day soon be a major faith in the world.

But even de Jesus concedes that he is an unlikely leader of a church that claims thousands of members in more than 30 countries.

De Jesus, 61, grew up poor in Puerto Rico. He says he served stints in prison there for petty theft and says he was a heroin addict.

De Jesus says he learned he was Jesus reincarnate when he was visited in a dream by angels.

“The prophets, they spoke about me. It took me time to learn that, but I am what they were expecting, what they have been expecting for 2,000 years,” de Jesus says.

The church that he began building 20 years ago in Miami resembles no other:

Followers have protested Christian churches in Miami and Latin America, disrupting services and smashing crosses and statues of Jesus.

De Jesus preaches there is no devil and no sin. His followers, he says, literally can do no wrong in God’s eyes.

The church calls itself the “Government of God on Earth” and uses a seal similar to the United States.

Doing God’s work with a Lexus and Rolex
If Creciendo en Gracia is an atypical religious group, de Jesus also does not fit the mold of the average church leader. De Jesus flouts traditional vows of poverty.

He says he has a church-paid salary of $136,000 but lives more lavishly than that. During an interview, he showed off a diamond-encrusted Rolex to a CNN crew and said he has three just like them. He travels in armored Lexuses and BMWs, he says, for his safety. All are gifts from his devoted followers.

And what about the tattoo of 666 on his arm?

Although it’s a number usually associated with Satan, not the son of God, de Jesus says that 666 and the Antichrist are, like him, misunderstood.

The Antichrist is not the devil, de Jesus tells his congregation; he’s the being who replaces Jesus on Earth.

“Antichrist is the best person in the world,” he says. “Antichrist means don’t put your eyes on Jesus because Jesus of Nazareth wasn’t a Christian. Antichrist means do not put your eyes on Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Put it on Jesus after the cross.”

And de Jesus says that means him.

So far, de Jesus says that his flock hasn’t been scared off by his claims of being the Antichrist. In a show of the sway he holds over the group, 30 members of his congregation Tuesday went to a tattoo parlor to have 666 also permanently etched onto their skin.

He may wield influence over them, but his followers say don’t expect them to go the way of people who believed in David Koresh and Jim Jones. Just by finding de Jesus, they say, they have achieved their purpose.

“If somebody tells us drink some Kool-Aid and we’ll go to heaven, that’s not true. We are already in heavenly places,” follower Martita Roca told CNN after having 666 tattooed onto her ankle.

Nosebleed triggers terror scare

BBC | Feb 19, 2007
   

A suspicious package at the Canadian embassy in Paris triggered an alert when a staff member had a nosebleed shortly after opening the envelope.

French police said initial tests showed the contents were non-toxic and that the alert was now over.

Officers wearing decontamination suits had evacuated the building in the centre of the French capital and closed off the Avenue Montaigne.

The package contained a piece of tissue soaked in an unknown fluid.

“We don’t know what it was but it’s not a toxic substance,” said Florent Hivert, a spokesman for the Paris fire bridge.

He said the scare, which triggered an alert for possible radiological, bacteriological and chemical danger, was now over.

Reporters said the area surrounding the building, on one of the city’s smartest streets, was blocked off and fire engines and police officers were present.

FBI Defends Against ‘Kitchen Sink Bombs’

Officer.com | Feb 19, 2007 

Kirk Yeager makes bombs from the stuff found under kitchen sinks. He does it to help the FBI defend against what officials say is the next frontier for terrorists in the United States.

Ten years ago, peroxide-based bombs were mostly the work of young pranksters. But the easy-to-make yet deadly chemical cocktails were embraced in the late 1990s by Palestinian militants and suicide bombers bent on killing large groups of people.

Now, Yeager says, the “Mother of Satan” explosives are considered the most likely weapon that terrorists will use against the U.S., more so than a nuclear or radiological “dirty” bomb.

“Every serious terrorist group knows about them and knows how to make them,” Yeager said. The forensic scientist heads the explosives unit at the FBI’s laboratory in Quantico, Va., about 35 miles south of Washington.

“Bad guys are bombers. You don’t have to have the level of sophistication to make a bomb that you need to get nuclear materials,” Yeager said.

The bombs are made by mixing chemicals that are used in common household items, including hydrogen peroxide and paint thinner, and easily found at drug stores or hardware stores. Experts know them as TATP, short for triacetone triperoxide, and HMTD, or hexamethylene triperoxide diamine.

US to stage world’s biggest anti-terror exercise

Gulfnews | Feb 19, 2007  

The world’s largest anti-terrorism exercise will be held on the Pacific island of Guam this year, emphasising the growing importance of the island to Washington.

Exercise TopOff4 is part of a series of large-scale exercises to help strengthen the United States’ ability to respond to terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction.

The TopOff4 exercise will be bigger than last year’s Valiant Shield war games, in which the US mobilised 30 ships, 280 aircraft and 22,000 military personnel.

The exercise is expected to centre around a maritime terrorist attack.

Guam and neighbouring US territories including the Northern Mariana Islands are considered by the US as strategic locations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The island is home to one of the largest US military naval bases in the region and 8,000 marines will soon be relocated there from Japan.