Various news items from July 2007 are here recalled.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Them Years: July 2007”, published to YouTube on August 21, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 12 minutes and 29 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Among notable news items from July 2007 are the following:
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was investigating the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC-7) on 9/11 (September 11, 2001). Evidence increasingly pointed to a controlled demolition having brought down Building 7, reported James Fetzer of Op Ed News on July 2, 2007.
- There was “Fear for Obama’s safety after knife arrest”, reported Toby Harnden for Britain’s Telegraph newspaper on July 6, 2007. There were “growing fears about threats to kill the man hoping to become America’s first black president.”
- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both battled to win their party’s presidential nomination. In Davenport, Iowa on July 8th police were investigating a break-in at Obama’s headquarters there. “Campaign workers said two laptop computers and some campaign literature were taken from the office,” reported KCCI News.
- Fears that these could be the final days were expressed by Benjamin Anastas, writing for the New York Times Magazine. José Arguelles, author of a number of esoteric books about the Mayan cosmos, had experienced telepathically received prophecies. A “wave harmonic of history” was “set to culminate in 2012.”
- The world is facing an oil supply “crunch” within five years, warned the International Energy Agency. Lawrence Eagles, head of the IEA’s oil market division, told the Financial Times: “If we get to the point were there is insufficient supply, the only way to balance the market will be through higher prices and a drop in demand,” reported the Financial Times on July 9, 2007.
- “Times like these demand action,” stated Al Gore, organizer of Live Earth U.S.A., designed to combat an alleged climate crisis issue. Primatologist Jane Goodall offered a greeting in chimpanzee language, before saying, “Up in the North the ice is melting, what will it take to melt the ice in the human heart?” (Newsday online, July 8, 2007)
- The alleged “D.C. Madam”, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, had 46 pounds of phone records released. Thereupon Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana said in a statement that he had committed “a very serious sin”. Palfrey operated Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort service that she said was a legitimate business offering sexual fantasies but which federal prosecutors contended was a prostitution ring.
- Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff warned that the nation faced a heightened chance of attack that summer of 2007. “Summertime seems to be appealing to them,” Chertoff said of Al Qaeda, which used to be the boogeyman before ISIS came along. Chertoff predicted possible dire consequences unless border crossings were tightened with stricter document regulation. (Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2007)
- The next day, Michael Chertoff downplayed the comments he had made Tuesday. It had all been just a “gut feeling” said the Homeland Security chief. But, asked Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, “What color code in the Homeland Security advisory system is associated with a ‘gut feeling?'” (There used to be, back then circa 2007, color-coded alert levels, like Code Orange and Code Red.)
- A Mexican court ruled Thursday, July 12, 2007 that the Tlatelolco massacre of October 2, 1968 had been genocide. Mexican government officials had plotted to “exterminate” demonstrators, ruled the court. However former president Luis Echeverría was cleared of involvement. “This sends the message that the powerful in Mexico are almost untouchable,” stated Elena Poniatowska, whose pioneering investigative reports alleged that high-ranking government officials ordered the massacre. (“Mexican Court Clears Ex-Leader In ’68 Massacre”, by Manuel Roig-Franzia. Washington Post Foreign Service, July 13, 2007.)
- The Harry Potter craze seemed to be at long last ending with the release of the seventh volume, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” at midnight July 21. Bad news on the Harry Potter front was, despite all the ballyhoo, a national study was to find that not even Harry Potter had stemmed a decline in adolescent reading. “People said, ‘Children are reading again — all hail Harry Potter,’ ” said Roger Sutton, editor of The Horn Book, the Boston-based children’s book-review magazine. “But lots of kids read only Harry Potter. It doesn’t necessarily turn a kid into a reader.” (“Potter magic extends only so far”, by David Mehegan. The Boston Globe July 15, 2007)
- A man rented a tuxedo in Colorado and told the clerk, “Today is the day he will reign, and the emperor is coming.” This worried the clerk, because the man was carrying a gun when he rented the tuxedo. Was that man the same tuxedo-wearing man who later rushed Gov. Bill Ritter’s first-floor office claiming to be “the emperor” and saying he was “here to take over the state”? He was shot and killed by a Colorado state trooper. (“You’re gonna pay,” gunman declared, by Mark P. Couch and Jennifer Brown. Denver Post, July 17, 2007)
- It was revealed that the Pentagon had secretly ordered a report on ways to extend the Iraq War long into the future with the help of “Madison Avenue” marketing techniques. “Now available for the public to read,” reported Jeffrey Feldman for the Huffington Post on July 21, 2007, was a report titled “Enlisting Madison Avenue: The Marketing Approach to Earning Popular Support in Theaters of Operation“. The “report was prepared by the Rand Corporation and cost the American taxpayer $400,000 dollars.” The “tired” brand identity of the entire U.S. military needed to be re-invented, it was argued.
- On July 24, 2007, U.S. stocks “took a beating” due to poor earnings from Countrywide Financial, one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. “Countrywide’s Dip Ignites Concerns About Economy”, reported the Washington Post on July 25th. Credit problems might be spreading to a wider population of borrowers than once believed, it was feared.
- After the events of September 11, 2001 (“9/11”), Pat Tillman forsook a promising football career and enlisted. Tragically, Tillman later died in Afghanistan. On July 27th, the New York Daily News reported that “Pat Tillman’s family yesterday ripped the Army’s latest investigation of the pro football star’s friendly-fire death in Afghanistan as a ‘sham’ meant to protect higherups.” Tillman, it turns out, had not been “killed in combat” in April 2004 but had died due to “friendly fire.” Tillman had been posthumously awarded a Silver Star, saying he had died in a charge against the enemy. But he was actually killed by machine-gun fire from his own platoon.
- Was Pat Tillman in fact murdered by his fellow soldiers? That was the speculation offered by Thomas Hanson, in the Miami Poetry Review of July 27, 2007. “Three bullet holes in extremely close proximity in Pat Tillman’s forehead led Army doctors to suggest that an investigation into the death of the Army Ranger was warranted. Those doctors clearly suggested that what took place in Afghanistan in 2004 could have amounted to out and out murder.” Was Tillman disliked by fellow soldiers? Tillman reportedly snapped at a panicked comrade under fire to shut up and stop “sniveling” just prior to Tillman being killed. “Tillman’s mother, Mary Tillman, has believed for some time that her son was deliberately killed,” reported Hanson.
- Meanwhile, sightings of a mysterious giant bird continued in San Antonio, Texas. “This thing’s all feathers, all black. Much bigger than me. It looked at us. It had very stooped-up shoulders,” said Guadalupe Cantu III. Joe Conger of KENS 5 Eyewitness News (San Antonio) reported on or about July 28, 2007 that “San Antonio’s Ken Gerhard has written a book on these dark birds as big as planes, with wingspans from 15 to 20 feet.” Said Gerhard, “What’s interesting is that the reports of these giant, raptor-like birds do continue into modern times.” Gerhard theorized that the giant bird of San Antonio could be a pteratorn, a surviving ancestor of modern condors and vultures. The pteratorn lived up until 6,000 years ago in parts of North America, and may still survive.