‘… No News Today’

‘No There Ain’t No News Today’ *

When the chauffeur met his boss at the ship (at the ship) / as the father just returned from the trip (from the trip) / he said “What have you to say? Have you any news today?” /  No there ain’t no news today (no news today).

No there ain’t no news today (doodowa, doodowa doowah). / Ain’t a thing that I can say (doodowa, doodowa doowah). / But we lost our home when the barn burned down / while we all were gone away (doodowa doowah).

No there ain’t no news today — / everything is quite okay. / But the maid had a fit, ’cause the butler quit. / Still there ain’t no news today.

Saxiphone and piano take over for a bit.

And the cook left town one day (doodowa doodowa doowah) — / and he took your wife away (doodowa doodowa doowah). / And the cow** sat ’round when the house burned down. / Still there ain’t no news today (doodowa doodowa doowah).

No there ain’t … no news … to-day.

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* Recorded by The Penguins in 1954

** Best guess at this word

What Lawsuit?

“I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; when they see me in the street they avoid me.” — Psalm 31:11

“Well, I don’t know what kind of change it’s gonna make. It’s like evolution — changes don’t happen in a week, changes don’t happen in a year, changes don’t happen in ten years. But … this keeps on getting out, and I’ve heard from people around the world. So it’s all there. People have to find out…. You know, they go in their community, you know, and you get ostracized. … [Y]ou’ve got to put the work in. … It’s science, and that’s what convinced my wife, the science….” — Plaintiff Robert McIlvaine, when asked if he felt the legal action just brought in Federal District Court would make a change

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UNS News Advisory:

FULL NEWS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT SAID COMING SOON

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (Unnamed News Service) April 14 — It was learned this week from a source in Washington, D.C., that a complete transcript of the news conference about a complaint filed on March 25 in U.S. District Court against the FBI and the Justice Department to release information withheld in violation of a Congressional mandate about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will appear on one or more websites by the end of April.

Making statements and answering questions at the news conference were Attorneys David Meiswinkle and Mick Harrison of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Richard Gage of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and Robert McIlvaine, whose son was one of the first persons killed at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.

Major newspapers and news services did not cover the legal filing or the news conference,* which was held on the sidewalk in front of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest a couple of blocks from the United States District Court. Most of a reports by the Courthouse News Service was quickly withdrawn from its website.**

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* Click HERE for a 46-minute video of the news conference, which does not contain extensive preliminary remarks.

** The 500-word report, HERE, was posted on the Courthouse News Service website on March 26. All but its first two paragraphs were deleted within a few hours.

‘Get Together’

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command
*

To hear and read about the song best known from a 1967 recording by The Youngbloods, click HERE**.

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* A verse that especially appealed to singer Lizz Wright

** For a segment on today’s NPR show “Morning Edition”

Bonhoeffer

On April 9, 1945, the German Lutheran pastor, theologian and dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by hanging in a concentration camp for association with a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Bonhoeffer and others founded Germany’s Confessing Church in opposition to the unification of all Protestant churches into a single church compatible with Nazism.

The first paragraph of his book The Cost of Discipleship* reads:

“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting to-day for costly grace.”

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* Initially published in German in 1937 as Nachfolge

Happy . . .

. . . Birthday, Seymour M. Hersh! *

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* Former reporter for United Press International, the Associated Press, Dispatch News Service and the New York Times; former contributor to The New Yorker, occasional contributor to The London Review of Books, and author, most recently, of The Killing of Osama bin Laden (Verso, 2016) and Reporter: A Memoir (Knopf, 2018); born on this day in 1937.

Note: For a look at the 10,000-word essay which forms the bulk of the book of four pieces by Hersh published in LRB, click HERE. It originally appeared in the May 21, 2015, issue of that periodical.

Flight 11 Fishiness

American Airlines Flight 11 was a Boeing 767 jetliner that allegedly departed from Logan International Airport in Boston on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

There is some doubt about the departure, to say the least. Author and researcher James Perloff’s take on Flight 11 may be found HERE. It’s a blog post titled “Unraveling the Mysteries of Flight 11,” adapted from a chapter of his 2013 book Truth Is a Lonely Warrior.

Some commentary on this post emailed in two separate messages from a seemingly knowledgeable friend:

“Just started with the pdf and it is mostly Mis info. … Perlof [sic] mentions that cell calls from an aircraft at speed nearly impossible. Not nearly , absolutely impossible.   … Cell Calls ?  Impossible but I believe the GTE calls were cell calls also. ( General Telephone ) FLT AA 11 was on the ground at 8:18 at perhaps CEF AFB. That’s what R Roth* claims. That’s a great pdf. Lots of info in one place.”

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* Rebecca Roth, former flight attendant and author of the 2015 novel Methodical Illusion

 

A Teacher’s Story

Seventeen Septembers ago Jacqui Taylor Basker returned to teaching at P.S. 305 in Brooklyn rather than continue in a summer job at the World Trade Center. As a result, she avoided being trapped in the South Tower on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Click HERE for her brief account in the latest issue of WestView News, a neighborhood monthly in lower Manhattan, where she lives.

In it, she describes mysterious workmen carrying large black bags who on several days that summer entered a section of her floor in the office tower that was prohibited to others.

She writes of being hospitalized in mid-September 2001 for inhalation pneumonia and later developing asthma from months of breathing dust from the WTC building collapses and cleanup operations two miles south of where she lived.

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To watch 40 minutes of interviews of people who lived or worked within a few miles of the WTC, click HERE. It is titled “Aftermath: 9/11 and New York Artists,” and Basker helped make it.

Oops!

As noted HERE, a group of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., on March 25 claiming the FBI in 2015 failed to comply with a mandate to assess and report to Congress all significant evidence about the murderous “9/11” attacks of September 2001.

The next day, Courthouse News Service reported on the lawsuit.

In a matter of hours — perhaps less than an hour — the 500-word report by Jennifer Hajizi had disappeared from the CNS website. Visitors who clicked on the headline got this:

“Oops! That page can’t be found. It looks like nothing was found at that location. Try the search below.”

Searches turn up nothing. All but the first two paragraphs of the article are still missing from the website.

However, someone at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth copied the article before it vanished and posted it. Headlined “FBI Accused of Omitting Evidence From 9/11 Report,” it is available HERE.

According to the CNS report, the complaint asks a federal judge to compel the Justice Department and the FBI to finish carrying out their mandate by “undertaking a new thorough external independent assessment of any evidence known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”

Defendants in the Washington lawsuit are U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and the FBI. Plaintiffs are the Lawyers’ Committee, Architects & Engineers, and Robert McIlvaine, whose son died in a World Trade Center tower on September 11, 2001.

The filing of the lawsuit last week has not been reported in the news media elsewhere, nor was a petition made last year to the United States Attorney for the District of Southern New York by the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry (one of the complainants in Washington), Architects & Engineers and other petitioners to empanel a Special Grand Jury to investigate federal crimes committed in the district in connection with the September 2001 attacks.

Understand, and Speak

In churches throughout the world today, including in Massachusetts, people were saying or singing these words:

While I kept silence, my body wasted away, through my groaning all day long.*

and these:

Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.*

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* From Psalm 32

Lawsuit Filed Today

A formal complaint was filed today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., aimed at forcing the Federal Bureau of Investigation “to reconstitute its 9/11 Review Commission in some form, assess the evidence known to the FBI but omitted from the Commission’s 2015 report, and include that evidence in a new, amended report.”

It is the first time that 9/11 family members and advocates have taken legal action against the FBI with the intent to “compel the FBI to assess and report the evidence of the World Trade Center’s explosive demolition known to the FBI as well as other unreported 9/11 evidence,” according to Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

A news conference to discuss the lawsuit was scheduled for 1 this afternoon in front of the Newseum, located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW near the courthouse.

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p.s. HERE‘s a half-hour interview about the lawsuit described above. It features architect Richard Gage of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and attorneys David Meiswinkle and Mick Harrison of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry. They were interviewed over the weekend by “Sean” of SGT Report.