Saturday, October 01, 2005

Post 9/11 Scandal in Podunk Burg 

O'Fallon, Mo. Grand Jury Investigates Scrap Heap of History

St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

by Tommy Robertson

Sept. 26:
A current and a former O'Fallon official are among more than a dozen people subpoenaed to appear before a county grand jury in what may be an investigation of how debris from the World Trade Center was handled for a city monument.

Jack Banas, the county prosecuting attorney, said Monday that subpoenas were issued to at least 13 people, including some current and former city officials, but refused to identify those contacted or what the grand jury is investigating when it meets Friday.

"The fact that the grand jury is happening is the most I will release," he said.

However, some of those receiving subpoenas speculated it involved questions of how debris from the World Trade Center was handled. ...

Oct 1:

A county grand jury spent the day Friday questioning several current and former O'Fallon officials in what may be an investigation of how World Trade Center debris was handled.

Prosecuting Attorney Jack Banas would not comment except to say the grand jury is likely to hear more testimony when it reconvenes Oct. 14.

Those responding to subpoenas and appearing before the jurors included former Aldermen Dave Hinman and Mark Perkins, former Police Chief Steve Talbott and former City Attorney Mark Piontek. ...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Make Me Puke 

Say It With Pictures

FCW.com, Sept. 27:

The site (www.americasupportsyou.mil) is an example of the outreach possibilities offered by video. It enables communication among troops.

The site (www.americasupportsyou.mil) is an example of the outreach possibilities offered by video. It enables communication among troops, their families and supporters.

The clean, professional-quality videos are fresh and upbeat. But what's more important is that the videos on this site are designed to work in environments where even getting on the Internet can be a problem — never mind the speedy access we're used to in the United States.

What the military has found is that video presentations, when done well, are highly effective. For example, the Pentagon Channel site (pentagonchannel.mil) delivers military news and information to 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, state and local governments and other organizations have launched video portals as a way to save money.

"We wanted a site that was vibrant and energetic — that's what video brings," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for public affairs and internal communications, who oversees the Pentagon Channel. "We wanted people to experience the moment, which photos can't do."

Barber said that the America Supports You site is popular: It has registered more than 90 million hits since its launch in November 2004. Of course, President Bush's announcement of the site during a press conference didn't hurt.

"The White House and the president decided to include it because he decided it was helpful to the military," Barber said. "Now people know how to send messages to the troops, and military members find it inspiring." ...

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Now That's Fucked Up 

East Bay Express, Sept. 21:

If you want to see the true face of war, go to the amateur porn Web site NowThatsFuckedUp.com. For almost a year, American soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been taking photographs of dead bodies, many of them horribly mutilated or blown to pieces, and sending them to Web site administrator Chris Wilson. In return for permission to post these images, Wilson gives the soldiers free access to his site. American soldiers have been using the pictures of disfigured Iraqi corpses as currency to buy pornography. ....

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