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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-25 19:39:48 | 顯示全部樓層
The Dark Side of Modern American 1e

Here I offer a critical assessment of the decision (stopping the Florida hand recount) itself as well as the motivations of the (five) justices who rendered it. I provide both direct and circumstantial evidence that some of them were motivated by partisan advantage, while others were motivated by expectation of personal gain.
- Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

rendered
遞交; 呈獻; 提交

circumstantial evidence 間接證據
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-25 19:53:57 | 顯示全部樓層
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Another disturbing feature about this crash (Flight 175 crashed into the WTC’s South Tower at 9:03), especially to the families of the victims, is that at 8:55, a public announcement was reportedly broadcast inside the South Tower, saying that the building was secure, so that people could return to their offices. Such announcements reportedly continued until a few minutes before the building was hit, and may have contributed “to the deaths of hundreds of people.” Mr Paul Thompson asks: “Given that at 8:43 NORAD was notified Flight 175 was hijacked and headed toward New York City, why weren’t people in the building warned?” A disturbing question, since Mr Thompson’s implication seems to be that perhaps someone other than the hijackers was seeking to ensure that a significant number of lives were lost.
- Professor David Ray Griffin

disturbing 令人焦慮的,使人憂慮的;讓人心煩的

secure(尤指物品、境況等)安全的

implication 含意;暗指,暗示
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-25 19:55:27 | 顯示全部樓層
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Why were Flights 11 and 175 Not Intercepted?

The major problem with the first version of the official account, of course, is that it says that military behavior completely contradicted standard procedures, which call for jets to be scrambled as soon as a suspected hijacking is reported. It requires no command from on high for fighter jets to be scrambled. Rather, the critics point out, an order for them NOT to be scrambled is what would require a command from on high. For example, Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel, commenting on the fact that the standard emergency systems failed on 9/11, say: “This could only happen if individuals in high positions worked in a coordinated way to make them fail.”
- Professor David Ray Griffin

contradicted
反駁,否定;(事實或聲明)(與…)相矛盾,(與…)有抵觸

scramble (使)(飛機)緊急起飛

Rather 恰恰相反;而是

critics 批評者,反對者

coordinated 協調一致的
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-25 19:57:36 | 顯示全部樓層
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In December of 2001, just a few months after 9/11, the American military learned that Bin Laden was hiding in Tora Bora, a dense mountain range in southeastern Afghanistan. Instead of sending thousands of American soldiers to go into the mountain range to capture or kill Bin Laden, Bush did not send one single American soldier.

The job of capturing Bin Laden was given to three anti-Taliban Afgan warlord and their men.

Haji Mohammed Zaman, one of the warlords, in disbelief and frustration told the assembled press who had converged on Tora Bora: “If America wants to capture Osama, why aren't they trying?” A top aide to Zaman said, “I don't think the United States wants to capture Osama. We know where he is, we tell them and they do nothing. So they are not as serious as they say they are.”
- Mr Vincent Bugliosi

dense 密集的

range 山脈

disbelief 懷疑

the press 新聞工作者

converged 匯集
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-11-25 19:59:11 | 顯示全部樓層
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Also, knowing Bin Laden’s most likely route of escape (to cross the southeastern border of Afghanistan into Pakistan), instead of massing thousands of American soldiers along that border, the United States decided (I also heard Rumsfeld say this on television) that they were going to rely on the Pakistani military (with no help from us) to prevent Bin Landen from escaping. Unbelievably, then, Bush, that ballsy, steadfast, great fighter of terrorism, decided to rely on Afghan warlords and the Pakistan military to capture the most important terrorist of all, Bin Laden. To repeat, Bush did NOT use one American soldier. It almost seemed like Bush was more interested in Bin Laden and what he had done as a pretext to invade Iraq than he was in capturing him.
- Mr Vincent Bugliosi

route
路線;路途;航線

massing 集中,聚集

Unbelievably 令人難以置信地

ballsy 膽識過人的

steadfast 長期不變的;堅定的,不動搖的

pretext 藉口,托詞
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-12-2 21:39:43 | 顯示全部樓層
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The Dark Side of Modern American 1f

Never before in American history has a presidential election been decided by the Supreme Court. Never before in American history have so many law professors, historians, political scientists, Supreme Court litigators, journalists who cover the high court, and other experts---at all points along the political spectrum---been in agreement that the majority decision of the Court was not only “bad constitutional law” but “lawless,” “illegitimate,” “unprincipled,” “partisan,” “fraudulent,” “disingenuous,” and motivated by improper considerations.

There are millions of Americans who do not strongly identify with the Democratic Party---indeed, even some who voted for George W. Bush---but who cannot understand how five justices could determine the outcome of a presidential election.
- Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

litigators 訴訟律師,訴訟代理人

cover 報道

political spectrum 政治派別

illegitimate 非法的;不公的

unprincipled 不道德的;無原則的;無恥的

partisan(常指盲目)支持的,擁護的;偏袒的

fraudulent 意圖欺詐的,欺騙性的

disingenuous(人或其行爲)不夠誠實的,不夠坦白的

identify with sb 認同(某人),與(某人)產生共鳴
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-12-2 21:42:08 | 顯示全部樓層
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The Dark Side of Modern American 1g

The Constitution, after all, places the power to elect our president in every institution of government but the judiciary. The people vote for electors. The electors vote for the president. If this process produces no clear winner, then the Constitution (and the laws enacted pursuant to it) assigns varying roles to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the state legislatures, and even the governors. No role, however, is explicitly given to the Supreme Court.
- Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

after all
畢竟

institution (大學、銀行等)機構,團體

but 除…外

judiciary (政府的)司法部;司法制度

enact 實行,實施;(尤指)制定(法律)

pursuant 根據…的

assigns 分配;分派;指派

the Senate(美國、澳大利亞、法國等國的)參議院

the House of Representatives(美國、澳大利亞及紐西蘭的)眾議院

legislature 立法機構

explicit 清楚明白的;明確的;不含糊的
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-12-2 21:45:41 | 顯示全部樓層
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The Dark Side of Modern America 2f

Within a few days, in any case, NORAD began saying that it did have planes scrambled but they arrived too late. According to this version, NORAD was not notified by the FAA of the hijacking of Flight 11 until 8:40. This would have been 26 minutes after the plane’s radio and transponder went off and 20 minutes after it went off course.

in any case 而且;再者
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 樓主| 發表於 2018-12-2 21:47:00 | 顯示全部樓層
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The Dark Side of Modern America 2g

Mr Allan Wood and Mr Paul Thompson write:

Is NORAD’s claim credible?

If so, the air traffic controllers…should have been fired and subjected to possible criminal charges for their inaction. To date, however, there has been no word of any person being disciplined…

If NORAD’s claim is false, and it was indeed informed within the time frame outlined in FAA regulations...that would mean NORAD did absolutely nothing for almost thirty minutes while a hijacked commercial airliner flew off course through some of the most congested airspace in the world. Presumably, that would warrant some very serious charges. Again, no one associated with NORAD or the FAA has been punished.

subject sb/sth to sth 使承受,使遭受

being disciplined 受到懲罰

airliner 大型客機,班機

Presumably 據推測,大概,可能

warrant 使有必要

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 樓主| 發表於 2018-12-2 21:49:20 | 顯示全部樓層
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The lack of disciplinary action suggests either that this story is false or that the relevant parties at FAA and/or NORAD did what they had been instructed to do.
- Professor David Ray Griffin
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