Widow's Bush Treason Suit Vanishes in Blink of Media Eye
by W. David Kubiak
"The decision 'not to do the story' appears to be multiplying all over the nation."
-- Fred Powledge, ACLU
"Whoever said `no news is good news,' was BADLY misinformed."
-- Dan Rather
Think you're already amazed, alarmed or appalled enough by the state of US journalism today? Chew on this a while and think again. Grieving New Hampshire widow who lost her man on 9/11 refuses the government's million-dollar hush-money payoff, studies the facts of the day for nearly two years, and comes to believe the White House "intentionally allowed 9/11 to happen" to launch a so-called "War on Terrorism" for personal and political gain.
She retains a prominent lawyer, a former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, who served with distinction under both Democrats and Republicans and was once a strong candidate for the governor's seat.
The attorney files a 62-page complaint in federal district court (including 40 pages of prima facie evidence) charging that "President Bush and officials including, but not limited to Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Ashcroft and Tenet":
1.) had adequate foreknowledge of 911 yet failed to warn the county or attempt to prevent it;
2.) have since been covering up the truth of that day;
3.) have therefore abetted the murder of plaintiff's husband and violated the Constitution and multiple laws of the United States; and
4.) are thus being sued under the Civil RICO (Racketeering, Influence, and Corrupt Organization) Act for malfeasant conspiracy, obstruction of justice and wrongful death.
The suit text goes on to document the detailed forewarnings from foreign governments and FBI agents; the unprecedented delinquency of our air defense; the inexplicable half-hour dawdle of our Commander-in-Chief at a primary school after hearing the nation was under deadly attack; the incessant invocation of national security and executive privilege to suppress the facts; and the obstruction of all subsequent efforts to investigate the disaster. It concludes that "compelling evidence will be presented in this case
through discovery, subpoena power, and testimony [that] Defendants failed to act and prevent 9/11 knowing the attacks would lead to an 'International War on Terror' which would benefit Defendants both financially and politically."
Press releases detailing these explosive allegations are sent out to 3000 journalists in the print and broadcast media, and a press conference to announce the filing is held in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on November 26th (commemorating the end of the first futile year of the independent National 9/11 Commission).
Imagine the world-churning implications of these charges. Imagine the furor if just one was proved true. Imagine the courage of this bribe-shunning widow and an eminent attorney with his rep on the line. Then imagine a press conference to which nobody came.
(Well, more precisely, imagine a press conference at which only FOX News appears, tapes for 40 minutes, and never airs an inch.) [GUSAE Editorial Query: Did FOX News tape it solely to pass a copy to the dreaded USSP (US Secret Police)]?
Now imagine the air time, column inches and talk show hysteria that same night devoted to the legal hassles of Michael, Kobe, and Scott Peterson, and divide that by the attention paid to our little case of mass murder, war profiteering and treason. (OK, this is really a trick question because no number divided by zero yields any answers whatsoever, which evidently in this case is the result preferred.)
When you present documented charges of official treachery behind the greatest national security disaster in modern history and the press doesn't show, doesn't listen, doesn't write - just what in fact is really being communicated?
That despite all the deaths, lies, wars, and bizarre official actions that flowed from 9/11 there's actually nothing there to be investigated at all? That addressing desperate victim families' still unanswered cries for truth is not a legitimate journalistic concern? That news will now be what the corporate media say it will be, so drink your infotainment Kool-Aid and kindly shut up?
While the 9/11 blackout is the most flagrant sign of current media dysfunction, it hardly stands alone. Where, for example, was our free and fearless press when Pentagon powerbroker Richard Perle confessed to a London audience last month that yes, indeed, our war on Iraq was illegal as hell?
He calmly explained that "in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right things: [it] would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone, and this would have been morally unacceptable." (Guardian/UK, 11/20/03)
And what news have we seen of the thousands of Depleted Uranium deaths and birth defects now
desolating Afghanis, Iraqis and our own Gulf War troops? And who's looking into the $1.2 trillion the Pentagon admits is "missing" or the half trillion in laundered funds now propping up our banks? And how many times have you seen it reported that unbid Iraq contracts have pushed the worth of VP Cheney's 433,333 Halliburton stock options to $26 million plus? But to return to 9/11, the funny business has just begun. If you thought press performance after JFK's death was a cynical farce, you ain't seen nothing yet.
A few years back Harold Evans of the London Sunday Times, observed that the challenge facing American newspapers "is not to stay in business -- it is to stay in journalism." As corporations' authoritarian, profit-driven consciousness comes to dominate both media and governance, you can expect a lot more serial celebrity scandals and even less news on the way things work or anything that really counts.
There is a clear method and message in this obscurantist madness. All this media consolidation and tightening control is strategically aligned with deregulation, privatization, social program-gutting deficits and free trade regimes. They are all convergent tactics to enforce corporations' full-spectrum dominance over democratic humankind. If your progressive or conservative instincts bid you to arise against this coup, standing with our 9/11 widow is a good place to start.
Her name is Ellen Mariani, her lawyer is Phillip Berg and their complaint is now online.
Read it and weep, wail, or whack out a dozen letters to the editors around your town, but for god's sake make some noise. When 9/11 bombshells fall silent in the corporate media's forest it's up to us to make them resound.
W. David Kubiak is director of Big Medicine, a research and
education institute studying the corporate takeover of our country, culture and consciousness.
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"Know your garden" -- one of ten statements from the traditional Hopi Elders
as told to Cho Qosh Auh Ho Oh, a Chumash/Yaqui/Maya Indian
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Since the coming of the White Man we have went from periodic strife to constant conflict, strife and dehumanization. The invaders were not given this land by the Creator-they greedily took it. They came with different Spirits. The Spirit which inhabited their collective souls, was the mutual intent to steal, lie, cheat, kill, and rule this undiscovered land and it's inhabitants.
So it was this world that we were born into. No longer the Creator's Children (Indios) but victims in an insatiable onslaught of genocide for personal gain of maniacal power, riches, and resources. Even the Church of the invaders wreaked havoc in combination with the mercenaries of the Crowned States. Human Rights were nonexistent, we were in a fight against total extinction.
"That's all in the past, errors of yesterday!" they say, "Let's all work together for a greater tomorrow." An herein is the cause of friction. Our question is how do we make it today? Tomorrow sounds wonderful but some-of-us break under the toil of getting to Tomorrow-leaving some-of-us to live a Mere Existence in our land of plenty. No longer ours to hold as instructed by the Creator. The rulers act as if they have the entirely correct spiritual perspective of the Human Condition in front of them-supposedly giving them an unerring ability to pick and choose which direction all-of-us are to follow. But, in truth, they aren't even politically correct, and much less so spiritually. These powerful politicians and rulers are doing what is best for all-of-us-every day in every way. We can rest assured that this is the prime directive of this culture and it's leaders, both elected and appointed by the elected.
This is a harsh and stark portrait of Human Existence. I honestly wish there was a different historical approach to our lives today. The record is there for all to see.
Out of this atmosphere the modern tribal entity still stands, still holds viable, still struggles like the seedling from the scorched, blackened floor of the burnt forest with the promise of bringing back the manifestation of Life. But we are not trees seeking only to live, for our fallen ancestors have given their existence so we may remember from where we came. We are the Haudenausauee - the Real People.
Out of this Knowledge these men sought to offer and reinstall an essential part of human life: the Spirit of the Creator. This was done with the knowledge that we all are Earth Dwellers by the fact of our birth. All of us are here by the grace of the Creator with certain inalienable rights. What those rights are and how to reclaim those birthrights are the teachings of the Kiva and the Native American Church Trust. The efforts of these Shaman's endeavors are taking place and are offered.