Radio Free Vermont: Sunday, December 19, 2004

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Black box cover-up?

A 9-11 rescue worker recently came forward to say he was told by FBI agents to “keep my mouth shut” about one of the “black boxes” a fellow firefighter helped locate at ground zero, contradicting the official story that none of the flight and cockpit data recorders were ever recovered in the wreckage of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers.

Former IRS agent punished for exposing truth about income tax

Former gun-toting IRS-CID agent Joseph Banister, 41, now a certified public accountant in San Jose, Calif., appeared in U.S. District Court in Sacramento recently to face charges for numerous alleged tax crimes. Banister was taken into custody Nov. 19 by IRS agents and released on $25,000 bond after pleading not guilty. Supporters of Banister charge that this indictment is retaliation by the Department of Justice for Banister exposing the “truth” about the income tax.

Fred Reed - Read Your Newspaper - While You Still Can

Until recently the paper press, in a display of self-satisfied unalert lordliness, pretty much ignored the web. Imagination has never been newspapering’s strong suit. Ah, but we now have competing snobberies: The established press still looks uneasily down on the Web as mere bloggery. Meanwhile the web, brash and assertive and seeing the brass ring within reach, ignores the media, or perhaps more precisely fails to take them seriously while outmaneuvering them. The trend line does not favor newspapers.