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COLUMN SIXTY-SIX, DECEMBER 1, 2001
(Copyright © 2001 Al Aronowitz)
E FROM GERMANY
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 14:54:32 +0200
From: "mode_bbaumgarten" <email@example.com>
To: "Al Aronowitz \(E-Mail\)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
can I say?
of all I hope you´re doing fine "?!!!
of the best latest discoveries on the net is your page, honestly!
a big fan of the 60´s, the music, the changes in peoples mind..........
a big "fan" of yours, too...is it true that you turned dylan on
not sure...Is it you that I can see several times in "Don´t look
love Bob...1966.....(I never found EAT THE DOCUMENT )...
love to grab deep in history of the 60´s
don´t see so much interesting today...I´m 24 and for me, there´s nothing
for my fuckin german english
don´t really know whether It´s you personally who read this..I wish
I have to continue to work
wishes and LET'S 'AVE A LARF
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WE ARE GOVERNED BY CHARLATANS AND FOOLS
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1970. A date to live in Infamy
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 13:54:44 -0500
From: jo grant <email@example.com>
it comes to litigation and I hear about an award that seems extravagant, I
always remind myself that a jury has heard all the evidence and reached a
verdict. I figure they knew what they were doing.
When they find for a plaintiff or the defendant, after being bombarded
with the full force of legal teams with unlimited resources fighting to keep the award as low as possible or as
high as possible.
you may have seen some of the news stories about lawyers agreeing that lawsuits
stemming from the tragic losses of September 11 are being
didn't give it much thought until I read Bob Green's column in the Chicago
Tribune a few days ago. He wrote about something Diane M. Kezerle, found while
doing research. What he wrote has not been picked up by any other newspapers
that I know of. So please pass this along to friends and to your Congressional
I hope that everyone who suffered a loss on September 11 will read it and take appropriate action by contacting an attorney and setting in motion a lawsuit that will bring to light that corporate scum, whose desire to save a few dollars, cost the lives of thousands of innocent people and precipitated a war. Back in 1970 Richard M. Nixon was President.
following from Bob Green's column October 17, 2001, Chicago Tribune.
M. Kezerle, a secretary with the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, was doing some
research on a personal project at the Joliet Public Library, near her home. She
was going through some microfilmed copies of the Joliet Herald-News---the item
she was looking for was in the paper of Sunday, Sept. 27, 1970.
she was looking at the old film of the newspaper, she noticed another story,
near the one she was interested in. The headline of this unrelated story caught
Cockpit Doors Asked to Thwart Hijackers."
story, written by the Copley News Service, had a Washington dateline. Remember,
this was 1970. It began:
pilots have demanded bulletproof cockpit doors and bulkheads to thwart would-be
story reported that Charles Ruby, president of the Airline Pilots Association,
had written to the Federal Aviation Administration asking for "action
now" to protect passengers and flight crews. He said what was needed were
bulletproof partitions separating the cockpits from the cabins, bulletproof
doors with electromagnetic locks, bulletproof windows, and a sliding panel in
the cockpit doors so pilots could use defensive devices.
news story said that "almost every incident of air violence has seen a
demand to enter the flight deck and to confer with the captain." By making
it impossible, or at least extremely difficult, for a hijacker to get into the
cockpit, the story quoted the pilots' official as saying, the FAA and the
airlines could avoid situations in which violence toward the cockpit crew could
lead to tragedy.
Diane Kezerle read this 31-year-old news story she had stumbled upon, she said,
she "was just heartbroken. All that time ago, the pilots knew this was
necessary. If the terrorists on Sept. 11 had not been able to gain access to the
cockpit, the pilots could have steered those planes away from the buildings, and
saved all those lives.
don't know why no one acted on these suggestions," Kezerle said. "Was
it a matter of economics? Was it a matter of airline safety going out of the
news when something else came up? I don't know if anyone has the answers, but 31
years ago, the pilots were telling the government what needed to be done."
pilots' proposal was quite detailed---right down to the kind of equipment best
for communicating with the passenger cabin from behind the locked cockpit door,
and the type of hinge pins that should be used on the door for safety reasons.
In their letter to the FAA, the pilots said, "the materials required are
currently available, lightweight and relatively inexpensive. The technology is
available and extensive modification is not necessary."
kept looking through the microfilms; she found another story published the same
month---Sept. 26, 1970---in which then-Secretary of Transportation John A. Volpe
and then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover announced that hundreds of armed FBI and
Treasury agents, along with FAA air marshals and trained military personnel,
would be riding on U.S. flights to make sure passengers were safe. Volpe said
that, in addition to the armed air marshals, "the most important single
thing would be preventing a potential hijacker from ever getting on an
years ago, they apparently knew what was necessary. And yet, 31
Airline Pilots Association, in its 1970 letter to the FAA, said that for the
protection of passengers, crews and the American public, no halfway measures
should be acceptable, and that the U.S. government must be "the
international leader in security measures."
the pilots of 1970 said, hijackers could do something to the cockpit crews that
would 'mean certain disaster for all aboard the airplane.'"
I read that column he first thing I thought was how grateful I am that we have
libraries. As my signature states, "Libraries are the most powerful weapons
hope the FAA and the airlines will not be allowed to sweep this information
under some rug in an newspaper publisher's office, or the office of some
Washington bureaucrat. This calls for a Congressional investigation. And I don't
want to see it ignored, like our Congressional representatives ignored the
tobacco executives swearing, under oath, that they didn't know tobacco was
addictive and we later learned that they were lying---flagrantly lying UNDER
OATH. So they all take a walk and it's covered up. Nothing is done. Big money
paving the way to silence.
not our silence.
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Re: thanks bro, I enjoyed the trip ! ;)
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 00:44:46 EDT
wanted to say that I really enjoyed your articles.
were very interesting, and brought back a lot of memories of times gone past.
of luck, & Happy Trails!
MIKE THE PSYCH REMEMBERS EDDY BALCHOWSKY /column14c.htm
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:48:46 -0500
your stuff on the web about Eddy, especially the poem by Gerald Nicosia. I was
privileged to go on a few Chicago alley sketching tours with Eddy and to give
him a home for a few months in Chicago. One
of my prized possessions is a sketch he did of me when my pet parakeet landed on
my head. I have many wonderful
memories of Eddy, some of them even straight and sober.
In the wonderful web of life I also know Gerald.
and I had a college class together and we reunited this summer when he was in
town pushing his latest book. I've
also met Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels.
I'm surprised I don't know you.
the faith, babe.
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WHAT RALPH NADER HAS GIVEN US
Fwd: From ACLU
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 15:27:05 EDT
Fwd: From ACLU: Horrible "Anti-Terrorism" Laws Revoke Rights!!!
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 21:57:34 -0700
From: "Thomas Ferranti" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
thought you might like to know - Thomas
rights as people are about to be torn to shreds by the 'antiterrorism' bill that
Congress is about to pass. We MUST do everything we can to stop it, and at least
restrict and remove the most dangerous provisions:
A definition of 'domestic terrorism' so broad and vague almost anyone who
protests anything could be a target.
Arbitrary designation of any group by the Secretary of State, at her/his
complete and sole discretion, without judicial oversight, as a terrorist
organization, and retroactive application to all donors, members, participants,
even attendees of the organization.
Search and seizures without judicial approval, without permission or even
notification to the individual; and if the individual discovers the search and
seizure, the person is prohibited from disclosing this to anyone.
Roving voice-activated wiretaps that will cover any conversation made from any
phone in the US, without judicial oversight.
Indefinite detention of non-US citizens without any cause.
Lack of any SUNSET CLAUSE that would allow these "temporary"
provisions to expire (in other words, we are PERMANENTLY losing our rights).
these violate the 1st Amendment (freedom of speech and assembly), 4th
Amendment (search and seizure protections), and 14th Amendment (due process and
equal protection). Do you think the Supreme Court that handed the election to
must mobilize RIGHT NOW. Here's what you can do:
Forward this message to EVERYONE you know.
Ask them to *immediately* CALL their US Senators and US Representative and tell
them in no uncertain terms that you do NOT want a totalitarian state, that they
should reject the AntiTerrorism bill completely, and at a minimum, vote to
eliminate all of the items listed above. *note: Members of Congress have local
offices that you can call; go to http://capwiz.com/wa/dbq/officials/directory/directory.dbq?command=congdirhttp://capwiz.com/wa/dbq/officials/directory/directory.dbq?command=congdir
you can call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 2243121 and ask for your
senator's or representative's office.
Follow up the call with a FAX, provided free of charge, at the ACLU website:
http://www.aclu.org/action/usa107.html *note: letters are too slow and
not being read due to anthrax; email messages and petitions are essentially
because they aren't read.
Invite people from work, clubs, friends, relatives, to small group meetings to
educate people about what is happening, and why this does not help increase our
security as individuals, but actually endangers it very gravely.
Encourage them to seek out alternative sources of information, whether through
groups like the ACLU (aclu.org) and the Green Party (gpus.org); websites like
commondreams.org (which has a large index of other sites), indymedia.org,
feminista.com, democracynow.org, or Free Speech Radio News http://www.savepacifica.net/strike/news/index.html
Encourage them to go out and proactively seek more people to do what we are
doing and creatively think of more.
is a list of links on how to find your US Representative/Congressperson, which
way they voted, the information on the House and Senate versions of the bill
(which have been made even worse), and the ACLU's analysis of the problems.
Here's something even more chilling: did you realize that 'Homeland Security'
translates as 'Gestapo' [Geheime Staatspolizei] in German?
to find out your elected officials:
and enter your zip codes or in
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ANOTHER INTERESTING COLUMN
Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN 62
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 22:28:42 EDT
62 is yet another interesting collection of writing, thank you.
you tell me how to get in touch with Erik LaPrade?
forward him this message?
really would like to contact him about his poem to Philip Lamantia.
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