Hank Albarelli, Jr. is an investigative reporter and writer who lives in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. Other articles he has written about Frank Olson's death, as well as about the post-9/11 anthrax investigation, biological warfare, and other subjects, appear on the World Net Daily web site. Other writings by Albarelli may be found in WITNESS, a literary journal, and Tampa's alternative newspaper, The Weekly Planet. A graduate of Antioch Law School, Albarelli has worked as a researcher, scriptwriter, and technical consultant on several television documentaries including A&E's recent Investigative Report on Frank Olson produced by London's Principal Films. In 1977-80, Albarelli worked in the White House under the Carter Administration and then later served on the Senior Policy Staff for the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. Albarelli is a former board member of the London-based Transnational Information Centre and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Albarelli's book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder Of Frank Olson And The CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, will be published in 2009. Albarelli's novel, The Heap, was published in 2005; his biography of George Hunter White will be published in 2011.
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Dr. Katherine Albrecht is the director of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering), an organization she founded in 1999 to advocate free-market, consumer-based solutions to the problem of retail privacy invasion.
Katherine is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on consumer privacy. She regularly speaks on the consumer privacy and civil liberties impacts of new technologies, with an emphasis on RFID and retail issues. She has testified on RFID technology before the Federal Trade Commission, state legislatures, the European Commission, and the Federal Reserve Bank, and she has given over a thousand television, radio and print interviews to news outlets all over the world. Her efforts have been featured on CNN, NPR, the CBS Evening News, Business Week, and the London Times, to name just a few.
Executive Technology Magazine has called Katherine "perhaps the country's single most vocal privacy advocate" and Wired magazine calls her the "Erin Brockovich" of RFID". Her success exposing corporate misdeeds has earned her accolades from Advertising Age and Business Week and caused pundits to label her a PR genius.
Katherine is co-author of "Spychips: How Major Corporations Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID." Two days prior to its release, Spychips flew the top of the Amazon bestseller charts, hitting number one as a "Mover & Shaker," making its way to the top-ten nonfiction bestseller list, and spending weeks as a Current Events bestseller. Within its first four weeks alone, the book sold thousands of copies, and the journalistic and privacy communities called it "brilliantly written," "stunningly powerful," and "scathing." In a nod to the book's focus on freedom, Spychips was awarded the prestigious Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty and named "the best book on liberty" for 2005.
Aisha H.L. al-Adawiya
Ms. al-Adawiya organizes and participates in conferences, symposia and other forums on Islam, Gender Equity, Conflict Resolution, Cross-Cultural Understanding, and Peace Building. She also represents Muslim women’s Non-Governmental Organizations at United Nations forums.
Ms. Al-Adawiya coordinates Islamic input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She also serves as a consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience.
Ms. al-Adawiya is a guest host and producer of Tahrir, WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City.
Additionally, she serves on the boards of numerous organizations related to the interests of the global Islamic community.
Robin Andersen is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University as well as the Director of that schools masters Program in Public Communication. Professor Andersen is also Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Fordham. Ms. Andersen is the author of 4 books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles. She also writes about the relationship between media and war, including the interactions between fact and fiction, entertainment, information and video games. Her research includes the ways in which the media influences public opinion and social policy, including the links between advertising persuasions, consumer culture and environmental policies. Her most recent research explores the influences of images of nature on ecotourism and the environment. Ms Andersen often serves as a consultant for non-profit groups, and has helped develop strategic communication designs for humanitarian organizations. She is featured in numerous educational documentaries.
Abed A. Ayoub, Esq.
Abed A. Ayoub, Esq., is the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Legal Director. Ayoub is a member of the American Bar Association. Ayoub was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, home of the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S. He joined ADC in 2002, as the Membership and Development Coordinator for the ADC-Michigan Office. Ayoub went on to serve on the ADC-Michigan Advisory Board. Before joining the ADC National Office in 2007, Ayoub was in private practice in Michigan, specializing in immigration and criminal law. Outside of ADC, he worked with a number of organizations on interfaith projects and has participated in numerous diversity training programs throughout the State of Michigan.
Wright Mahdi Bray
Imam Mahdi Braya> is a civil and human rights activist who converted to Islam, Madhi Bray as he is now known serves as Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation based in Washington, DC. He is on the steering committee of ANSWER-Act Now to Stop Wars and End Racism and host of a weekly radio show: 'The Crescent Report'.
In 2001 Bray served as a liaison with United States President George W. Bush's White House Faith-Based Initiative Program, which he later opposed. After the September 11 attacks, he and other Muslim leaders met with then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. He also served as a congressional affairs representative on behalf of the Muslim community.
Bray served on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance and the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and is a National Co-convener of Religions for Peace-USA. He is a Washington, DC, television and radio talk show host, and has appeared on CBS News, Fox, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Aljazeera, and many TV and radio talk shows. Bray also organized protests against the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the Iraq war, and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Kristina Borjesson is a freelance journalist who has won awards for her work in both print and broadcast media. An award-winning print and broadcast journalist for more than twenty years, Kristina Borjesson is noted for taking unusual, exceptionally incisive approaches to the subjects she examines. Borjesson is also known for speaking internationally about issues surrounding American society, investigative reporting, and the press.
Borjesson received her bachelors degree (magna cum laude) from Boston Universitys School of Public Communication. She earned her masters degree at Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism.
In 2002 Borjesson edited a collection of essays, Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press , for which she wrote a chapter detailing her investigation of the TWA Flight 800 crash. The hardback edition of BUZZSAW was awarded the National Press Clubs Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and was selected by the New York Public Librarys Books to Remember Committee as one of the twenty-five most extraordinary titles of 2002. The revised and expanded paperback edition of, Into the Buzzsaw was released in October 2004 and won the 2005 Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Book in the Current Events category. A bestseller overseas, BUZZSAW garnered critical acclaim in Europe and Canada. In Quebec, Elle magazine selected Borjesson as their Woman of the Year in
Her second book, Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11: Top Journalists Speak Out was released in October 2005 . In a series of candid conversations with Borjesson top national security and intelligence reporters, war correspondents, and news executives examine their post 9/11 performances and their interactions with U.S. government leaders and institutions.
In broadcasting, Borjesson most recently line-produced a documentary about the American press titled USA Media Blues for the French network, ARTE.
Borjesson was also well established in television, producing lead segments for CNNs NewsStand show, including investigative programs on the unethical business practices of Hollywood talent agents and managers. Before that, she produced for CBS networks CBS Reports documentary unit, where she won an Emmy and a Murrow award for her investigative reporting on the hour, CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame. The following year, she was Emmy-nominated for CBS Reports: The Last Revolutionary, a film biography of Cubas Fidel Castro. Borjesson also contributed in-depth, original reporting on the TWA 800 crash to CBSs Evening News and developed stories for 60 Minutes. For PBSs Frontline, she field produced the Emmy-nominated documentary, Showdown in Haiti. She also produced Living with Crocodiles for National Geographic Explorer while developing, acquiring and distributing programming for the National Geographic Societys Television Division. As Series Co-Producer for On Television, a 13-part series for PBS examining televisions role in American society, Borjesson re-edited the hour, On Television: Public Trust or Private Property? and developed another hour, On Television: Teach the Children. Prior to that, Borjesson was Director of Research and Production Manager for the award winning PBS film biography, Thomas Merton, about the Trappist monk and renowned social critic.
Elaine Brower is a member of Military Families Speak Out and the mother of US Marine, Staff Sgt. James Brower. She has been an anti-war activist since 2001 and is a member of the National Steering Committee of World Can’t Wait. She is on the Board of Peace Action of Staten Island.
Brower has also done much work with organizations such as “Military Resistance” and GI outreach for the last 6 years, visiting dozens of active duty military installations around the country, and has personally helped many resisters through housing and financial support.
Ms. Brower has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets, and has appeared in feature stories in the NY Daily News, NY Newsday, NY Times, and appeared on shows like Good Morning America, Montel Williams, ABC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, NOVA TV the Netherlands, TV Asahi from Tokyo, appearing in short features as an anti-war military mom with a son in active duty deployment. She has spoken on numerous radio programs nationwide. She writes stories posted at OpEdNews.com, Commondreams.org, NextLeftNotes.org,and Mother Jones Magazine.
Lenny Charles founded and produced I.N.N. World Report TV & Radio News from 2004, 2009, one of only two independent 30-minute TV news shows broadcast nationally in the U.S. each weekday Free Speech TV. The show also aired on Time-Warner Cable, Comcast and more than 100 cable access stations. Each show reached between 22 and 40 million U.S. households each weekday. I.N.N. was known for presenting difficult, under-reported but crucial issues that are rarely broadcast on corporate news. I.N.N. World Report brought viewers/listeners more than 100 original news stories each week, covering domestic and foreign issues and policy, the wars, privacy, Bill of Rights and civil liberties issues.
Currently I.N.N. maintains its Radio News hosted by Tom Kiely Mon. - Fri., 4-5pm EST as well as its news web site at www.innworldreport.net.
Lenny is the executive producer of "How the World Changed After 9/11".
Sgt. Matthis Chiroux
'This Soldier will not be deploying to Iraq'
Matthis Chiroux is an active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. When the army attempted to recall him to active duty months after he had been honorably discharged in September 2007, Matthis, publicly announced in Washington, D.C., his plans to ignore the Army’s orders to report to Iraq the following June.In a press conference May 15, 2008 Matthis read a statement that said, in part:“As an Army journalist whose job it was to collect and filter service members’ stories, I heard many stomach-churning testimonies of the horrors and crimes taking place in Iraq. For fear of retaliation from the military, I failed to report these crimes, but never again will I allow fear to silence me. “Never again will I fail to stand. … This occupation is unconstitutional and illegal, and I hereby lawfully refuse to participate, as I will surely be a party to war crimes. …” Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, served in the Army as a Photojournalist until being honorably discharged after over four years of service in Afghanistan, Japan, Europe and the Phillipines. Today Sgt. Chiroux is an Iraq War Resister and an advocate for peace and social justice. He has led and participated in numerous civil disobedience actions since refusing to deploy as a sergeant in the Army two years ago. Matthis has called for a U.S. ‘insurgency’ opposing the wars abroad, as well the U.S. Government’s crimes at home. Though a permanent resident of Brooklyn, Matthis is currently at Fort Hood, Texas, working with Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment scheduled to deploy in late August. Matthis feels a particular connection with the people of Afghanistan, with whom he has forged many relationships with since becoming the first Afghanistan Veteran to publicly apologize to an Afghan person for having occupied her country. He continues to speak out at various antiwar events around the country.
Sara Flounders has been an activist for over three decades and is one of the leading organizers of the antiwar movement in The United States.
As an Organizer
Sara Flounders has been the national co-director of an anti-war group where she coordinated nearly all major U.S. anti-war demonstrations since Sept. 11. Those demonstrations drew hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Washington D.C. and San Francisco on April 27 and Oct. 26, 2002 and Jan. 18, March 15 and April 12 2003. Sara Flounders has also been co-director of the International Action Center (IAC) and coordinator of the DU Education Project. producing the video by the same name. Sara Flounders is the coordinator of the "Stop War on Iran" campaign.
As an Activist
Sara Flounders took part in a delegation to Gaza, Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Jenin, May 17-24. Flounders has edited and co-authored several books on international affairs, and is presently organizing an inquiry into US-backed Israeli occupation crimes. She was also part of the prosecutor team that visited Yugoslavia with Ramsey Clark while the bombs were falling, and participated in tribunal hearings in over a half-dozen US cities and in Berlin and Rome.
Flounders initiated the Anti-Sanctions Project and the Iraq Sanctions Challenge at the IAC, which brought tons of medicine to the Iraqi people in 1998 and 2001.
As part of the IAC, an organization opposing U.S. militarism, corporate globalization, racism and war, which was initiated by for U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark in 1992. Ms. Flounders has traveled extensively to Iraq most recently before the latest U.S. war on Iraq.
In 1992 Ms. Flounders coordinated the International War Crimes Tribunal on U.S. war crimes in Iraq, which held mass meetings in 30 U.S. cities and 20 countries. After the U.S. bombing and occupation of Yugoslavia, Ms. Flounders organized similar war crimes tribunals for U.S. war crimes in that country. Besides Iraq, Ms. Flounders has also participated in solidarity and fact-finding delegations to Colombia, Palestine, Sudan, Yugoslavia and numerous other countries attacked by the U.S.
Earlier she initiated the Anti-Sanctions Project and the Iraq Sanctions Challenge at the IAC, which brought tons of medicine to the Iraqi people in 1998 and 2001.
As an Author
Ms. Flounders edited and co-authored two books: "The Children Are Dying-The Impact of Sanctions on Iraq" and "Challenge to Genocide: Let Iraq Live." She also helped produce the videos: "Blockade-The Silent War Against Iraq," "Genocide by Sanctions" and "Let Iraq Live."
Other books edited or co-authored by Ms. Flounders include: "NATO in the Balkans," "Metal of Dishonor: How the Pentagon Radiates Soldiers and Civilians with Depleted Uranium," "Hidden Agenda: U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia," and "War Lies and Videotape."
Gary Franchi is a Chicago-area native and founder of the Lone Lantern Society of America , a network of truth seekers that spans the globe working at the grassroots level to reach the people and empower them to act in the name of freedom. He is a dedicated leader, researcher, video activist, writer and poet. He is responsible for the 911 compilation film, September 11 Evidence to the Contrary, which has been viewed by over 70,000 people in the USA and across the Globe.
Gary has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show "Mancow’s Morning Madhouse," a six-time guest on Steven Conner’s "The Voice of Reason," Sean Keltch's "Truth Awaits Radio," and Dr. Bill Deagle's "Iron and Clay Radio Hour." His weekly radio spots could be heard in Nevada at 1400AM KBDB on "The Voice of Reason".
Formerly a Program Director for Chicago Behavioral Health, his personal work with seniors touched the lives of hundreds Alzheimer's and dementia- afflicted Americans.
Gary was a leading organizer and promoter for national viewings of the Aaron Russo film, America: From Freedom to Fascism.
Richard Gage, is a San Francisco based architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Gage has worked as an architect for twenty years and was involved in the construction of numerous fireproof hi rise steel-frame buildings. Richard Gage founded Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth in 2006 and the group has grown 1500 strong.
The organization is pushing for an independent investigation with subpoena power of the September 11 attacks, and in particular "a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives that might have been the actual cause of the destruction" of the World Trade Center buildings. Gage has presented his multimedia talk "9/11 Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction" at dozens of conferences in 14 countries to tens of thousands.
Crockett L. Grabbe, PhD – Research Scientist and Visiting Scholar, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa 1980 - present. Former researcher at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Author of numerous scientific papers on the subjects of astrophysics and plasma behavior. Author of Space Weapons and the Strategic Defense Initiative (1991), Duck Soup for the Diehard Soul (2001). Editor of Plasma Waves and Instabilities (1986). Editor & co-author of Plasma Physics Applied (2006). Contributing author of Advances in Space Plasma Physics (1985), Trends in Geophysics Research 2 (1993), Recent Research Developments in Plasmas (2000), Power in Focus (2004).
The organization is pushing for an independent investigation with subpoena power of the September 11 attacks, and in particular "a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives that might have been the actual cause of the destruction" of the World Trade Center buildings. Gage has presented his multimedia talk "9/11 Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction" at dozens of conferences in 14 countries to tens of thousands.
Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, who served two terms from 1969 to 1981, and a former candidate in the 2008 presidential election. He also served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966 and became its Speaker of the House.
In 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United States. He is most prominently known for his release of the Pentagon Papers, the secret official study that revealed the lies and manipulations of successive U.S. administrations that misled the country into the Vietnam War. From the floor of the senate, Gravel (a junior senator at the time) insisted that his constituents had a right to know the truth behind the war and proceeded to read 4,100 pages of the 7,000 page document into the senate record. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Senator Gravel did not have the right and responsibility to share official documents with his constituents.
He then published The Senator Gravel Edition, The Pentagon Papers, Beacon Press (1971). This publication resulted in litigation, Gravel v. U.S., resulting in a landmark Supreme Court decision relative to the Speech and Debate Clause (Article 1, Section 6) of the United States Constitution. Later he played a crucial role in getting Congressional approval for the Trans-Alaska pipeline in 1973. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1974, but lost his bid for a third term was defeated in a Democratic primary election in 1980.
Gravel is a passionate advocate of direct democracy and the National Initiative. In 2006, Gravel began a run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States to promote those ideas. His campaign gained an Internet following and national attention due to forceful, humorous and politically unorthodox debate appearances during 2007, but showed very little support in national polls or in 2008 caucuses and primaries. In March 2008, he announced he was switching to the Libertarian Party to compete for its presidential nomination and the inclusion of the National Initiative into the Libertarian Platform. In May 2008 at the Libertarian National Convention he announced his political electoral career had ended.
Books authored by Senator Gravel are Jobs and More Jobs, and Citizen Power. He lectures and writes about governance, foreign affairs, economics, Social Security, tax reform, energy, environmental issues and democracy.
Dr. Niels Harrit
Dr. Niels Harrit is the co-author of 'Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe' along with Dr. Steven E. Jones, Kevin Ryan, and several others. Dr. Harrit teaches organic chemistry, photochemistry and photophysics at the University of Copenhagen. Harrit: earned his masters degree in 1971, and his doctorate in 1975 from the University of Copenhagen on mechanistic photochemistry. In 1977 he completed his post doctoral work at Columbia University in NYC. Close to 60 of his peer-reviewed papers have been published in the most well-know scientific journals. His latest paper is “Hot paper of the month” in Angewandte Chemie, one of the world’s most leading journals of chemistry. Since the release of 'Active Thermitic Material...' Harrit has lectured around the world to receptive audiences. This will be Dr. Harrit's first U.S. appearance since publishing that paper.
Sam Husseini is a writer and political activist. He is the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a D.C.-based nonprofit group that promotes progressive experts as alternative sources for mainstream media reporters. He formerly worked at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and at the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
As a journalist Husseini has written extensively about U.S. media coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict and religion. In 1994, he suggested that General Electric's repeated felony convictions should make the corporation ineligible to hold broadcast licenses.
Husseni also founded Washington Stakeout and the webpage WashingtonStakeout.com which features him pointedly questioning political figures as they leave the Sunday morning talkshows. Parts of this series were aired on The INN World report evening news show.
Ryme ia a member of the National Council of Arab Americans, Director of the Peoples MEDIA Center and a Sr. Producer at Pacifica Radio.
Lynn Landes is a Philadelphia-based writer, researcher, and activist. She is the publisher of EcoTalk.org and TheLandesReport.com as well as a news reporter for DUTV in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly Lynn was a radio show host for WDVR in New Jersey and a regular commentator for BBC radio on environment issues. Since 2002, Lynn has been one of the nation's leading researchers and analysts on voting security issues Her eco-articles have been featured in print, online publications, and the books, Pollution: Opposing Viewpoints and Softly On This Earth. Lynn was in a series of interviews on environment and health issues on WebMD. Her 1998 report, State of the Nation’s Waste, was reported throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Joe Lauria is a New York-based independent investigative journalist. A freelance member of the Sunday Times of London Insight team, he has also worked on investigations for the Boston Globe and Bloomberg News. Joe’s articles have additionally appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette, The Johannesburg Star, The Washington Times, New York Magazine, ARTnews and other publications.
Joe has broken numerous stories over the years. At Bloomberg News, he conducted a months-long probe into an illegal government bond in Argentina that led to the resignation of a high-ranking government official. With the Sunday Times investigative unit Joe helped reveal the identity of David Rupert, a double agent who infiltrated a pro-real IRA group in Chicago; he discovered the location of a secret laboratory set up by the Raelian movement, designed to defraud a West Virginian politician who wanted his dead son cloned; Joe helped reveal a corrupt business scheme that led to the suspension of Jonathan Sayeed, a British MP; he was a reporter on a four-part series on the allegations of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds about a nuclear black market in the US run with the participation of US officials; and he shared a Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism award for his part in a Sunday Times probe into the Road to 9/11.
Joe was a freelance correspondent for the Boston Globe at the United Nations from 1999 until the Globe shut down its foreign desk in 2007. He still reports from the UN for Independent Newspapers of South Africa, a chain that includes the Johannesburg Star. At the UN since 1990 he has covered the diplomacy surrounding both wars in Iraq; the break-up of Yugoslavia; the genocide in Rwanda, the crisis of Africa and the enduring problems of the Middle East.
JJoe blogs for the Huffington Post and his columns have appeared on Common Dreams.org. In addition, Joe was the New York correspondent for The Sunday Business, a London weekly from 2002 to 2007. He has five years experience as a wire service reporter for Bloomberg News and at the UN for the German Press Agency dpa.
Joe has been interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Wolf Blitzer on CNN, on the Leonard Lopate Show and frequently on radio by the BBC, ABC News and National Public Radio (including PRI's The World program). He's appeared numerous other times on CNN, UN TV, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg TV.
Joe is the author with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel of A Political Odyssey: The Rise of American Militarism and One Man's Fight to Stop It, published by Seven Stories Press, with a foreword by Daniel Ellsberg.
Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for M15- the UK Security Service- where she was posted to their political and counterterrorism departments. Along with her ex-partner and colleague David Shayler, she resigned to blow the whistle on the intelligence agencies' criminality in 1996. Together they exposed illegal telephone tapping of journalists, preventable IRA bombings, and the illegal M16 plot to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, resulting in civilian casualties.
In 2005, Machon published her first book, Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: M15, M16 and the Shayler Affair- in which she criticizes the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service, referring to her firsthand experience.
In an interview published in April 2009 Machon claimed that Mossad carried out the bombing of the Israeli embassy in London and 1994 AMIA bombing as a false flag attack.
Machon attended Cambridge University and began a career in publishing before being recruited by M15. In 1991 she was recruited by MI5 where she was posted to their political and counter-terrorism departments officially known 'F2'. Later in her service after meeting Shayler, she was reassigned to the international counter-terrorist division, known as 'G Division' where she claims Shayler, who was head of the section, informed her that he had witnessed other employees involved in the practice of illegal telephone tapping of journalists.
She is currently an author, media pundit, journalist, campaigner, and prominent public speaker on a variety of issues including security and intelligence, the war on terror, press and media freedoms, secrecy legislation, and government accountability.
Brian Madden is a former broadcast veteran anchorman/reporter, at one time, the busiest freelancer in New York City. He has covered politics, sports, entertainment, and the environment. His credits include: CNN and Fox TV, plus ABC and NBC Network Radio Sports, and both WINS and WCBS All-News Radio. For the past eleven years he's taught Communication Arts at the college level at Marist, The New York State College at Oneonta, and Hartwick.
Enver Masud is founder and CEO of The Wisdom Fund (est. 1995), and recipient of the 2002 Gold Award from the Human Rights Foundation for his book The War on Islam. He is also the author of "9/11 Unveiled", and a contributing author of "Islam: Opposing Viewpoints" and "9/11 and American Empire: Christians, Jews, and Muslims Speak Out".
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Mr. Masud worked as an engineering management consultant for the World Bank, EBRD and USAID in Albania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Latvia, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania. He was at the forefront of innovation in the electric power industry, and managed the U.S. Department of Energy's National Power Grid Study. For his efforts to expose waste in the electricity sector he was the subject of TV, radio, newspaper reports including one by nationally syndicated columnist Jack Anderson.
He has BS and MS degrees from the University of Oklahoma, a BS from St. Stephens College in New Delhi, India, and has been on the Advisory Panel of the international journal Electric Power Systems Research.
Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them.
McGovern was a mid-level officer in the CIA in the 1960s where his focus was analysis of Soviet policy toward Vietnam. McGovern was one of President Ronald Reagan's intelligence briefers from 1981-85; he was in charge of preparing daily security briefs for Reagan, Vice President George H.W. Bush, the National Security Advisor, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Cabinet. Later, McGovern was one of several senior CIA analysts who prepared the President's Daily Brief during the first Bush administration.
Upon retirement, McGovern was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal from Bush and worked for Washington-based non-profits before becoming co-director of the Servant Leadership School in Washington. McGovern has been an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related issues since the late 1990s. He was heavily critical of the government's handling of the Wen Ho Lee case in 2000. In 2002 he was publicly critical of President George W. Bush's use of government intelligence in the lead-up to the war in Iraq. Now, McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C.
In 2003, together with other former CIA employees, McGovern founded the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity or VIPS. The organization is dedicated to analyzing and criticizing the use of intelligence, specifically relating to the War in Iraq.
Ray McGovern graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University. A "Distinguished Military Graduate", he served in the US Army from 1962-64 as an intelligence officer. McGovern also received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham University, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University and was a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, Counterpunch, Online Journal, CorpWatch, Multinational Monitor, News Insider, In These Times, and The American Conservative. His columns have appeared in The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Sacramento Bee, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.
Madsen is the author of The Handbook of Personal Data Protection (London: Macmillan, 1992), an acclaimed reference book on international data protection law; Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999); co-author of America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II (Dandelion, 2003); author of Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates and Overthrow a Fascist Regime on $15 a Day.
Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows. He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.
Madsen has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Madsen was a Senior Fellow for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy public advocacy organization.
Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club.
Cynthia McKinney is a former US Congresswoman and a member of the Green Party since 2007. As a member of the Democratic Party, she served six terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, the Green Party nominated McKinney for President of the United States. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House.
In the 1992 election, McKinney was elected in the newly re-created 11th District, and was re-elected in 1994. When her district was redrawn and renumbered due to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Miller v. Johnson,McKinney was easily elected from the new 4th District in the 1996 election, and was re-elected twice without substantive opposition.
McKinney was defeated by Denise Majette in the 2002 Democratic primary. Many people believe that her defeat was due to her "her controversial profile, which included support for Arab causes, challenging aid to Israel, and a suggestion that Bush knew in advance of the September 11 attacks."McKinney gained national attention for remarks she made following the 2001 US attacks, charging that the United States had advance knowledge of the attacks and that US President George W. Bush may have been aware of the incipient attack and allowed them to happen,allegedly due to his father's business interests: "It is known that President Bush's father, through the Carlyle Group, had–at the time of the attacks–joint business interests with the bin Laden construction company and many defense industry holdings, the stocks of which have soared since September 11. After her 2002 loss, McKinney traveled and gave speeches, and served as a Commissioner in The Citizens' Commission on 9-11. On October 26, 2004, she was among 100 prominent Americans and 40 family members of those who were killed on 9/11 who signed the 9/11 Truth Movement statement, calling for new investigations of what they perceived as unexplained aspects of the 9/11 events. McKinney was then re-elected to the House in November 2004, following her successor's run for Senate. In Congress, she advocated unsealing records pertaining to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and an investigation into the murder of Tupac Shakur and continued to criticize the Bush Administration over the 9/11 attacks. She supported anti-war legislation and introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
She was defeated by Hank Johnson in the 2006 Democratic primary, after finding herself in the national spotlight again over the March 29, 2006, Capitol Hill police incident, where she was involved in a confrontation with a Capitol Hill Police officer who did not recognize her as a member of Congress. She left the Democratic Party in September 2007.
She eventually ran as the Green Party nominee in the 2008 presidential election receiving 0.12% of the votes cast. McKinney earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She worked as a high school teacher and later as a university professor.
Mark Crispin Miller
Mark Crispin Miller is a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of several books, including Boxed In: The Culture of TV; The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder; Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He is also the editor of Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008. His essays and articles have appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers throughout the nation and the world, and he has given countless interviews worldwide. In 2004, Miller wrote Patriot Act, a show that he performed for six weeks at the New York Theater Workshop, co-starring with Steve Cuiffo. Follow Miller's blog, News From the Underground at http://markcrispinmiller.com.
Amin Nathari is widely acknowledged as a critically acclaimed author, lecturer and activist, as well as one of the leading and most passionate voices of his generation on the contemporary socio-political issues of our time. Amin specializes primarily in the analysis and documentation of events and issues that impact Muslims and the Islamic experience in America today.
Amin Nathari has established an outstanding record of service to the Muslim Community and society-at-large, with his particular area of engagement being within the urban community. He continues to work tirelessly as an activist/leader.
He served briefly as Executive Director for the Philadelphia, PA chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Prior to joining CAIR in 2009, Nathari publically announced on July 4, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA the intention to begin a new endeavor called the Islam in America Movement (IAM). IAM is an initiative to establish and build a national organization primarily to help empower, strengthen and support the various results-oriented initiatives and projects of indigenous Muslims throughout the United States, particularly within the Blackamerican community. As 2010 begins a new decade in an era of change, Amin Nathari will serve as the National Representative of the Islam in America Movement (IAM), and drawing from his background, life and practical experience, focus on the development and implementation of the organizational program of the IA, developing a multi-faceted agenda for the Muslim Community in order to implement a comprehensive domestic program agenda and to empower Blackamericans as full participants in the development of Islam in America.
In addition, Amin Nathari works as a Communications Specialist and Media Consultant, and previously served as the Deputy Director of Communications for the City of Newark, New Jersey. Continuing what he refers to as his personal Activist and Public Intellectual Project, his work as an author, publisher and activist, Amin also plans to continue his studies in various areas, including Public Policy, as well as Religious and Black Studies. He gives all credit, praise and thanks to the Creator for allowing him the opportunity to serve humanity, for his parents who helped lay the foundation upon which he stands, and his greatest inspiration and motivation; his children.
Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. Some of his writings have been translated into Arabic, Azeri, Bangla, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Michael Parenti has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the city of Santa Cruz, New Jersey Peace Action, the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Religion in Higher Education, and other organizations. In 2007 he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Barbara Lee.
During his earlier teaching career he received grants or fellowships from the Louis Rabinowitz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Brown University, Yale University, State University of New York, and the University of Illinois. For several years he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
He now serves on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the Jasenovic Foundation; as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought. He also served for some 12 years as a judge for Project Censored.
He is the author of twenty-two books, 300 articles of his have appeared in scholarly journals, political periodicals and various magazines and newspapers.
He appears on radio and television talk shows to discuss current issues and ideas from his published works. Dr. Parenti’s talks and commentaries are played on radio stations and cable community access stations to enthusiastic audiences in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
Priya Reddy is an on air news anchor, a documentary filmmaker, a radio producer, and a print journalist. Ms. Reddy covers topics ranging from human rights in Palestine to dissent and protest in the United States. She has contributed to INN World Report, MediaChannel.Org, Democracy Now!, Indymedia, WBAI, where Ms. Reddy has been a radio producer with the Pacifica Network, producing shows on women's rights movements in the Middle East.
As an activist Reddy worked with the group Earth First! In May 1998 in an ancient forest defense campaign in Oregon to preserve and protect old-growth forests from loggers, she joined a tree-sit protest in a 900 year old tree nearly 200 feet off the ground called Fall Creek. Subsequently, Ms. Reddy made a film called "Red Cloud Thunder" about the Oregon tree sit campaign and also a film called "The Real Eco-Terrorism" about the environmental crisis and political repression in the U.S of those protesting ecological damage.
Reddy has been a long time advocate of "democratizing corporate controlled media" working with free speech advocacy groups to organize a democratic media movement in the U.S. She was involved with the indymedia project since its inception in Seattle during the anti-WTO riots in 1999. Reddy's essay, "My Family Wears Black" about anarchists in the anti-globalization movement appears in a book called Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century. She has since worked as an investigative reporter exposing the systematic torture at Abu Grahib. Reddy also covered the G8 protests in Scotland in 2005 and the riots at the 2005 European Social Forum in Athens, Greece and documented the nationwide riots and unrest in France in 2005. Ms. Reddy has also produced an interview with 9.11 investigator Michael Kane who “evidences, there is no doubt that 9.11 as a crime, was an inside job, with Dick Cheney’s fingerprints all over it.”
Ms. Reddy has for the last four years also organized the NYC Anarchist Film Festival in Honor of Brad Will, a slain journalist and colleague. Ms. Reddy describes the film festival as "an international forum for dissent." Ms. Reddy was an active participant in investigating the murder of Brad Will using video forensics to identify his killer. Ms. Reddy is currently engaged in a number of writing and video projects to promote a range of issues from women's rights, environmental consciousness, the struggle for free speech and the protection of civil liberties, to humanity's spiritual evolution.
Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and whistleblower. Rowley jointly held the TIME "Person of the Year" award in 2002 with two other women for her work exposing government failures in preventing the 9-11 attacks.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Rowley wrote a paper for FBI Director Robert Mueller documenting how FBI HQ personnel in Washington, D.C., had mishandled and failed to take action on information provided by the Minnesota Field Office regarding its investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. This individual had been suspected of being involved in preparations for a suicide-hijacking similar to the December 1994 "Eiffel Tower" hijacking of Air France 8969. Failures identified by Rowley may have left the U.S. vulnerable to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Rowley was one of many agents frustrated by the events that led up to the attacks.
Rowley testified in front of the Senate and for the 9/11 Commission about the FBI's internal organization and mishandling of information related to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Subsequently Mueller and Senator Chuck Grassley pushed for and got a major reorganization, focused on creation of the new Office of Intelligence at the FBI. This reorganization was supported with a significant expansion of FBI personnel with counterterrorism and language skills.
Rowley retired from the FBI in 2004 after 24 years with the agency.
Ms Rowley has a degree in French from Wartburg College and a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. Shortly after law school she became a Special Agent with the FBI, Rowley was assigned to the Omaha, Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi Divisions. Beginning in 1984, she spent six years working in the New York Office on investigations involving organized crime. She also served in the U.S. embassy in Paris, and the consulate in Montreal. In 1990, she was assigned to the FBI's Minneapolis office where she became the chief legal adviser to the office.
Mike is a former LAPD narcotics investigator, whistleblower and a 1973 Honors Graduate of UCLA in Political Science. After attempting to expose CIA drug trafficking in LA to fund various covert programs, he was forced out of LAPD in 1978 while earning the highest rating reports possible and having no pending disciplinary actions. In 1996, after 18 years of struggle, he finally achieved one of his deepest wishes in a face to face public encounter with then CIA Director John Deutch on national television. Washington sources later told Mike that Deutch's mishandling of the encounter cost him a guaranteed appointment as Secretary of Defense.
On November 28, 2001 Mike gave his first post 9-11 lecture at Portland State University, which was attended by more than 1,000 and resulted in a standing ovation. FTW's video, The Truth and Lies About 9-11, remains one of the most informative documentaries on the geo-political anaylsis of 9/11.
Mike is the author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. Published in September 2004 and is one of the three best-selling books globally and in the US about the attacks of 9/11. Rubicon is the only book to show that Vice President Richard Cheney, the US government and Wall Street had a well-developed awareness of Peak Oil before the 9/11 attacks and that US policy since then has been consistent with Peak Oil imperatives. In May, 2006 Crossing the Rubicon was added to the Harvard School of Business library and released in a French version with distribution throughout all major book stores in France.
Mike was also the publisher/editor of From The Wilderness, a newsletter read in more than 50 countries around the world. Its subscribers included 60-plus members of the US congress, professors at more than 40 universities around the world, and major business and economic leaders. Since 9/11 Mike has been in demand as a university lecturer and has spoken on Peak Oil and 9/11 in nine countries. Having concluded that the US government and markets will be useless in preparing American citizens for the coming crisis, Mike's current focus is on individual and community preparedness for the coming challenges and the development of a reliable news service to quickly identify and track breaking developments around the world.
Kevin R. Ryan is a chemistry laboratory manager with over twenty years of experience. Mr. Ryan’s education includes a B.S in Chemistry from Indiana University, and certification as a Quality Engineer through the American Society for Quality. Through his experience as a Site Manager for Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Ryan began to investigate the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. He noticed a number of inconsistencies related to UL's involvement in the World Trade Center investigation being performed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
In 2004, Ryan was fired by UL for publicly speaking out about discrepancies in the US government's World Trade Center investigation, and his company's involvement in that investigation. Later serving as co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies, and a board director at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, he organized questioning into the scientific aspects of the destruction of World Trade Center buildings 1, 2 and 7, and the aftermath of those events. Ryan has co-authored three books, as well as several peer-reviewed scientific articles, on the subject. He continues to write and conduct laboratory testing to help the public come to a better understanding.
Ryan’s involvement in 9/11 research has helped to bring thousands of professionals into the national discussion. Currently, over 1,200 licensed architects and engineers, and uncounted professional scientists, medical professionals, political leaders, journalists, religious leaders, and others are calling for a new investigation.
Daniel Sunjata is an American actor who has appeared in film, television and theater, winning the Theater World Award for his Broadway performance in Take Me Out in 2003. He is best known for his role on the hit series Rescue Me, a drama centered around life in an FDNY firehouse, considered one of the best dramas on TV. His research into 9/11 and questioning of the official narrative led to a show episode imitating real life, in which he was able to present basic questions and challenges to the government's account showing that even firemen, who were so negatively impacted by 9/11 and had everything to risk by doing so, could reject the narrative and suspect there's more to the story.
Daniel has been an ardent and outspoken supporter of the call for a real 9/11 investigation, and has appeared at many conferences on the subject.
Peter Dale Scott
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and and English professor at the University of California, Berkley. His long and exalted career and the research that has gone into it has made of Peter Dale Scott a preeminent resource and treasure for those who are beginning to take a participatory role in their own waning democracies. He is known for his anti-war stance and his criticism of U.S. foreign policy dating back to the Vietnam War. As an activist back in the Vietnam and Gulf War, he was a cofounder of the Coalition on Political Assinations (COPA) and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley.
Scott has researched and written several investigative books about the role of the "deep state" (as opposed to the "public state"). However, Scott rejects the label of "conspiracy theory" and has used the phrase "deep politics" to describe his heavily-footnoted political writing. His most recent book, The Road to 9/11 from the University of California Press, deals with historical and geopolitical context of the events of 9/11, and describes "how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Other titles include: The War Conspiracy,(1972), (Crime and Cover-up: The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas- Watergate Connection (in collaboration, 1977), The Iran-Contra Connection (in collaboration, 1987), Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (in collaboration, 1991, 1998), Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993, 1996). Deep Politics Two, 1994, 1995, 2006). Drugs, Oil, and War. Drugs, Oil, and War (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, March 2003. JFK, 9/1, and the Deep Politics of War (Ipswich, MA: Mary Farrel Foundation Press, 2008). Currently in the works is The Road to Afghanistan: The War Machine, the CIA, and the Globnal Drug Connection.Peter Dale Scott is also a well known poet. His chief poetry books are the three volumes of his trilogy Seculum: Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror (1989), Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse (1992), and Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000. His poetry books include Crossing Borders: Selected Shorter Poems (1994), published in Canada as Murmur of the Stars, and Mosaic Orpheus (2009). In November 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award.
Danny Schechter, nicknamed "The News Dissector," is a television producer, independent filmmaker, blogger, and media critic who writes and lectures frequently about the media in the United States and worldwide.
Schechter graduated from Cornell University in 1964 and subsequently earned his masters degree in London. Schechter was a Neiman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he also taught in 1969. He was an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism.
Schechter worked as a civil rights worker and communications director of the Northern Student Movement, and worked as a community organizer in a War on Poverty program. Schechter also served as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966.
Professional Journalism Experience
Schechter's media experience in the major U.S. corporate media is considerable. His career began as the "News Dissector" at Boston radio station WBCN. Later, Schechter was a producer for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. He produced 50 segments for ABC and won two national Emmy Awards and was nominated for two others. Schechter joined the start-up staff at CNN as a producer based in Atlanta. In all, Schechter has reported from 49 countries. Currently Schechter serves as the executive producer of, Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company which he founded. He created and executive-produced the series South Africa Now and co-produced Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television.
Now his work specializes in investigative journalism and producing programming about the interface between human rights, journalism, popular music and society. Schechter is also the executive editor of MediaChannel.org, for which he is the "blogger-in-chief" and writes a nearly-3000-word daily blog entry on media and society.
Ralph Schoenman is an American activist who was a personal secretary to Bertrand Russell"Bertrand Russell and became general secretary of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation" Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. Schoenman was Secretary General of the International Tribunal on U.S. War Crimes in Indochina and worked with Malcolm X with respect to the battle for the Congo and in the anti-imperialist struggles of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. He has been involved in international resistance to imperialism and active in the workers’ movement in the United States.
Schoenman was also a president of the International Tribunal Against the Debt in Lima, Peru, and assisted in the formation of the Africa Tribunal in Johannesburg, South Africa and Los Angeles, California. He is also the United States representative of the International Commission Against Repression, based in Paris. Additionally, he is a founder of the Committee for Artistic and Intellectual Freedom in Iran and spent several months in Iran during the revolution against the Shah. Mr Schoenman has negotiated the release of political prisoners in several countries.
Ralph Schoenman, along with Mya Shone, was a director of the Committee in Defense of the Lebanese and Palestinian People during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the Palestinian Campaign, and of Workers and Artists for Solidarity. Schoenman and Shone were also the North American organizers for the International Conference Against Repression in Haiti that took place in Port-au-Prince during the Raoul Cedras regime. Additionally, they were the founders and for 10 years, editorial members, of the labor and socialist newspaper, “The Organizer.”
Schoenman has lectured widely on the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. His radio program, Taking Aim that he co-hosts with Mya Shone, is now in its eigth year of production.
His books include The Hidden History of Zionism; Iraq and Kuwait: A History Suppressed; Death and Pillage in the Congo: A Study of Western Rule, which he co-authored with Khalid Ahmed Zaki; Prisoners of Israel and Homage to Palestine, which he co-authored with Mya Shone.
His academic publications include “Verifiability Theory and the Empiricist Criterion of Meaning” and “Plato’s Theory of Education,” for which he won the 1869 McCosh Dickinson Award of Princeton University. He attended Princeton University and the London School of Economics.
Cindy Sheehan is one of the key leaders of the American anti-war movement and the most recognizable anti-war activist in the US today. After her son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during his service in the Iraq War on April 4, 2004 she attracted international media attention for her anti-war protest outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. Sheehan was also one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization which seeks to end the US occupation of Iraq, and provides support for families of soldiers killed in Iraq. Sheehan, who has made hundreds of appearances on television and radio has been labeled the "Peace Mom" by mainstream media.
Sheehan and other military families met with United States President George W. Bush in June 2004 at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington, about three months after her son's death. She attracted international attention in early August 2005, when she traveled to President Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch, just outside Crawford, Texas, demanding a second meeting with the President. At that time she told members of the group Veterans for Peace, "I want him to tell me is 'just what was the noble cause Casey died for?' Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East."
On January 31, 2005 Sheehan wore a T-shirt reading "2,245 Dead. How many more?" to Bush's State of the Union address and was removed and arrested by Capitol Police.
Sheehan has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, saying: "I don't think much has changed since the Bush administration." More recently, in an article titled 'Requim for the Antiwar Movement' , speaking on Obama and the election she said "The majority of the so-called antiwar movement, in fact, voted for a candidate that PROMISED to contract one war only to be able to profoundly EXPAND another. Obama all along said that he is not against all war, just 'dumb wars.' If there existed an antiwar movement that had integrity—it would have said that 'all wars are dumb,' and we withhold our support for just another dyed-in-the-wool warmonger. What do we do now that we have another two and a half years of a hawk who thinks it is just hunky-dory that his supporters are under the delusion that he is a dove—he was awarded the war-establishment’s highest prize wasn’t he? He is, after all, a Nobel Laureate."
Sheehan is the author of several books including titles such as Dear President Bush, Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism, Not One More Mother's Child, and Myth America.
Today Cindy Sheehan continues to speak out and make public appearances in the US on a regular basis.
Don Siegelman is an American Democratic Party politician who held numerous offices in Alabama. He was the 51st Governor of Alabama for one term from 1999 to 2003. Siegelman is the only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected offices: Secretary of State, Attorney General, 26th Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He served in Alabama politics for 26 years.
After he was narrowly defeated for reelection in 2003 in a contested election two of Alabama's United States Attorneys began a criminal investigation against him on accusations of corruption while in office. Indictments came in 2004 and again in 2005, and in 2006 he was convicted on corruption charges. There has been an ongoing controversy due to counteraccusations that his prosecution was intentionally wrongful, engineered by presidential advisor Karl Rove and officials of the U.S. Department of Justice to gain political advantage. National news media have published investigations into this claim and at least 50 attorneys general and officials, both Republicans and Democrats, have publicly expressed their skepticism over Siegelman's prosecution.The treatment of Siegelman pending his sentencing was so harsh that it prompted an intervention by 44 former Attorneys General of various states.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama in 1968; a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1972; and he was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford from 1972-1973 studying international law. While at the University of Alabama, Siegelman served as the President of the Student Government Association. While in law school, Siegelman worked as an officer in the United States Capitol Police to meet his expenses.
In 1979, Siegelman was elected Secretary of State of Alabama. He served as Secretary of State from 1979 to 1987, then as state Attorney General from 1987 to 1991, then as Lieutenant Governor from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, he won election to governor on his first attempt with 57% of the vote, including over 90% of the African-American electorate.
Siegelman's term as governor took place in the midst of explosive growth in Alabama's automotive manufacturing industry. The first new major plant, for Mercedes-Benz, had come to Alabama in the administration of Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. During Siegelman's administration, Mercedes agreed to double the size of that plant. Siegelman became an energetic industrial recruiter, visiting several countries and securing commitments from Toyota, Honda,and Hyundai to build major assembly plants in Alabama.
Governor Siegelman presided over eight executions including that of Lynda Lyon Block, the first female executed in the state since 1957. He also oversaw the transition from electrocution as a sole method to lethal injection as the primary method. Siegelman was the first native Mobilian to be elected to the state's highest office.
Alabama Gubernatorial Election, 2002
Representative Bob Riley defeated Siegelman's November 2002 reelection bid by the narrowest margin in Alabama history: approximately 3,000 votes. The result was controversial, as on the night of the election, Siegelman was initially declared the winner by the Associated Press. Later, a voting machine malfunction in a single county, Baldwin County, was claimed to have produced the votes needed to give Siegelman the election. When the malfunction was corrected, Riley emerged the winner. Democratic Party officials objected, stating that the recount had been performed by local Republican election officials after Democratic observers had left the site of the vote counting, thus rendering verification of the recount results impossible. The state's Attorney General, Republican Bill Pryor, affirmed the recounted vote totals, securing Riley's election.
On May 27, 2004, Siegelman was served an indictment on federal charges, but the day after his trial began, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges. The judge threw out much of the prosecution's evidence and stated that that no new charges could be refiled based on the disallowed evidence.
On October 26, 2005, Siegelman was indicted on new charges of bribery and mail fraud in connection with Richard M. Scrushy, founder and former CEO of HealthSouth. Two former Siegelman aides were charged in the indictment as well. Siegelman was accused of trading government favors for campaign donations when he was governor from 1999 to 2003 and lieutenant governor from 1995 to 1999. Scrushy was accused of arranging $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery fund for universal education in exchange for a seat on a state hospital regulatory board. Scrushy, who had served on the state hospital regulatory board over the past three Republican administrations, had recently been investigated for his part in the HealthSouth Corporation fraud scandal which cost shareholders billions.
On June 29, 2006, a federal jury found both Siegelman and Scrushy guilty on seven of the 33 counts in the indictment. Two codefendants, his former chief of staff, Paul Hamrick and his transportation director, Mack Roberts, were acquitted of all charges. Siegelman was convicted on one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, four counts of honest services mail fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice. Siegelman was acquitted on 25 counts, including the indictment's allegations of a widespread RICO conspiracy. Siegelman was sentenced by Judge Mark Everett Fuller to more than seven years in federal prison and a $50,000 fine. Siegelman has said in his defense that Scrushy had been on the board of the state hospital regulatory board during several preceding governorships and that his contribution towards the state lottery fund for universal education was unrelated. He says that such charges, in addition to being unfounded, are without precedent. Scrushy remains in federal prison.
60 Minutes aired an investigative segment on the case called "The Prosecution of Governor Siegelman" on February 24, 2008. During the broadcast, CBS affiliate WHNT in Huntsville, Alabama, did not air this segment of the program, but claimed to have had technical issues with the signal. However, Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine has stated that he contacted CBS News in New York regarding the issue and claims that he was told that there were no transmission issues, and that WHNT had functioning transmitters at the time. Horton also accused the station of a history of political hostility toward Siegelman. The station responded to the controversy by rebroadcasting the report later that night, and again the next day. In March 2008, the Federal Communications Commission began an investigation into why the north Alabama television station went dark during a February 24 broadcast of the "60 Minutes" installment.
Max Fraad Wolff is an economist and is a freelance researcher, strategist, and writer in the areas of international finance and macroeconomics. He teaches economics in the New School University Graduate Program in International Affairs. Max's work can be seen at the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, Asia Times, The Prudent Bear, The Huffington Post, and many other outlets.
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