Montag, 20. November 2006

General Ivashov: “International terrorism does not exist”

General Leonid Ivashov was the Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces when the September 11, 2001, attacks took place. This military man, who lived the events from the inside, offers an analysis which is very different to that of his American colleagues.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article133909.html


From Information Clearing House

War dogs rebranded as `pussycats of peace'

Mercenaries

Boom times could be ending for second-largest military contingent in Iraq.
http://tinyurl.com/yxvyw7


From Information Clearing House



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President handed bitter pill of ex-insiders' dissent

Bush finds himself with fewer and fewer friends. Some of the strongest supporters of the war have grown disenchanted, former insiders are registering public dissent and Republicans on Capitol Hill blame him for losing Congress.

http://tinyurl.com/y93vk8


From Information Clearing House

SPD will "Heuschrecken" fördern

Finanzinvestoren: SPD will jetzt "Heuschrecken" fördern (20.11.06)

Die SPD rückt von ihrer Kritik an den Aktivitäten von Finanzinvestoren ab. Das Düsseldorfer "Handelsblatt" berichtete vorab, in einem Impulspapier der Parteispitze zur Wirtschaftspolitik werde auf die große Bedeutung der Finanzinvestoren hingewiesen, die jährlich rund 30 Milliarden Euro in Deutschland investierten. Ihre Bedeutung für Mittelstand und große Unternehmensübernahmen werde in den kommenden Jahren noch erheblich zunehmen. Deshalb wolle die SPD vernünftige Rahmenbedingungen schaffen und auch die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit bereits regulierter deutscher Hedge-Fonds verbessern, berichtet das Blatt weiter. Allerdings dürften diese Hedge-Fonds "nicht nur spekulative Strategien verfolgen", sondern müssten auch "ihre Kontrollfunktion wahrnehmen".

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Schon wieder auf freiem Fuß: Angebliche Vorplanungen für Terroranschlag auf Passagierflugzeug

20.11.06

Man kann es glauben oder auch nicht. "Terroristen" sollen in Deutschland einen Sprengstoffanschlag auf ein Passagierflugzeug geplant haben. Die Bundesanwaltschaft ermittele deshalb gegen sechs namentliche bekannte Beschuldigte und weitere unbekannte Personen wegen des Verdachts der Mitgliedschaft in einer terroristischen Vereinigung und deren Unterstützung, teilte Generalbundesanwältin Monika Harms am Montag in Karlsruhe mit. Die Verdächtigen sollen in Deutschland "mit den Vorbereitungen für einen Sprengstoffanschlag auf ein Verkehrsflugzeug begonnen" haben. Die sechs Beschuldigten seien vorläufig festgenommen und vernommen worden. Am Samstag seien sie aber - mit Ausnahme eines in anderer Sache in Strafhaft befindlichen Beschuldigten - wieder auf freien Fuß gesetzt worden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14773

Geheimprojekt Personenkennziffer: Ab Juli 2007 angeblich zentraler Schritt zum gläsernen Bürger

20.11.06

Einem Bericht der "Heilbronner Stimme" zufolge möchte die große Koalition ab 1. Juli 2007 klammheimlich für die gesamte Bevölkerung eine einheitliche Personenkennziffer einführen. Für Datenschützer wäre das ein Meilenstein des Staates auf dem Weg zum "gläsernen Bürger". Das Projekt sei abgelaufen wie eine geheime Kommandosache. "Union und SPD, die sonst ihre Gesetzesvorhaben gerne an die große Glocke hängen und ihre Erfolge in aller Öffentlichkeit präsentieren, hüllten sich in Schweigen und zogen die Sache so unauffällig und diskret wie nur irgendwie möglich durch", heißt es in dem Bericht.

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Austritt aus der NATO gefordert: CDU-Außenexperte Wimmer warnt eindringlich vor einem großen Krieg

20.11.06

Im Interview mit der Wochenzeitung "Freitag" warnt das CDU-Mitglied im Auswärtigen Ausschuss des Deutschen Bundestages, Willy Wimmer, vor einem "großen Krieg". "Ich denke", so Wimmer, "wir wissen doch durch die Ereignisse vor dem 1.September 1939 und während des Zweiten Weltkrieges zur Genüge: Das internationale Recht ist die letzte Chance, uns vor einem großen Krieg zu bewahren. Wenn ihn niemand will, muss das auch so deutlich ausgesprochen werden." Das, was der einstige Parlamentarische Staatssekretär im Bundesverteidigungsministerium so deutlich aussprach war, dass der NATO-Gipfel Ende November in Riga sich vornehmlich mit dem Wunsch der USA befassen wolle, das amerikanische Sicherheitssystem im Pazifik stärker mit den Sicherheitsstrukturen der NATO zu verknüpfen. Für Wimmer bedeutet das, dass "ein derart substanzielles Abkommen wie der NATO-Vertrag einfach verändert werden" solle. "Wenn wir dem nicht Einhalt gebieten, verlassen wir endgültig die Ebene des internation alen Rechts". Wimmer hält dann den Einsatz der Bundeswehr auch in Asien für möglich, beispielsweise in Korea oder an der Straße von Taiwan. Das müsse man wissen, um zu erkennen, "in Konflikte welcher Dimensionen man damit geraten kann". Sollte das Vorhaben durchkommen, plädiert Wimmer für einen Austritt aus der NATO. Er kritisiert auch einen möglichen Bundeswehreinsatz im Süden Afganistans.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=14771

International Law is US Law Too

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/11/international-law-is-us-law-too.php


Informant: Jennifer Van Bergen

From ufpj-news

Lawyer in the Hell of Guantanamo

Famed human-rights attorney Clive Stafford Smith tells Le Monde reporter Annick Cojean: "My wife has instructions to call my own lawyer if I don't send any news for two days. Guantanamo is one of the places on the planet where I feel least secure."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006H.shtml



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GOP Fundraiser Gets 18 Years in Prison

A former GOP fundraiser at the center of a scandal-plagued state investment in rare coins, which helped Democrats seize power in the midterm elections, was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006G.shtml



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Criminalizing Compassion in the War on Terror

In May 2005, David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University, testified before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the Constitutional implications of a series of "anti-terrorism" laws rushed through Congress after 9/11.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006F.shtml



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Asian Leaders Reject Bush's North Korea Strategy

President George Bush suffered his most visible diplomatic setback since his party's defeat in mid-term elections when Asian leaders yesterday failed to back Washington's call for robust action against North Korea.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006E.shtml

Send in the Subpoenas

"The new Democratic Congress may well come down to a series of confrontations between the competing urges to investigate and to lead, between delving into past wrongdoings and building consensus on how to proceed in Iraq," writes Ron Suskind.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006C.shtml

How Long Is Long Enough?

William Fisher writes, "With everyone's attention riveted on Iraq, Iran, and North Korea these days, it's difficult to find anyone interested in thinking about the bankruptcy of US policies right here in our own hemisphere."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006A.shtml

Neil Young: 'Ain't Going Back Again' - Peace Machine

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We hit Neil Young.com's living with war music popularity list the other day... and we have bumped up....to number 29

'Ain't Going Back Again' - Peace Machine has hit number 29, for those of you that visited http://www.neilyoung.com and listened to the music of the current pack of artists that are singing out against this madness, WE appreciate it. The Music business is tough, the Peace business is even tougher....putting them in the same days work is incredibly challenging. Please go to 'Ain't Going Back Again' - Peace Machine at this link below you can find number 29 and give it a click for popularity and a listen....it is off the album SUPPORT THE TRUTH.......
http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwsongspage.html

I am wishful we can get as many people as possible to have a listen to this song by way of Neil Young's page so he can see the message a number of us combat veterans are trying to send out to the world. There is a resistance going on.....thousands of US Troops are failing to deploy. http://www.couragetoresist.org ......WE AIN't GOIN' BACK AGAIN. MUTINY.....turn the flag upside down....we are in distress.....we need the American voices to express our dissent with and for us...

Bring us home now and tell congress to END THE WAR.

As always, thank you for all the kind words of support I have been in receipt of over the past years. I will always consider it a privilege and an honor to work for Peace for the people.

Again for those of you who already visited http://www.neilyoung.com, thank you and please pass this on to your friends.

Peace
Dennis

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Neil Young's anti-war documentary
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article4219087.ece


Informant: Lew Rockwell



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Army monitors soldiers' blogs

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/11/20/Technology/Army_monitors_soldier.shtml


Informant: Kev Hall

Wie Ritalin & Co. im Gehirn und der hyperaktiven Gesellschaft wirken

Am Beispiel der medikamentösen Behandlung der Aufmerksamkeitsstörung ADHS zeigt sich, wie die Gesellschaft den frühen Umgang mit chemischen Substanzen diskutiert.

http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/23/23989/1.html



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McKinsey, Bertelsmann und Hartz IV

Plagiiert, beraten und verkauft?
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24025/1.html



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UN-Klimakonferenz hat sich trotz Dringlichkeit der Probleme auf wenig Konkretes geeinigt

Der Fortschritt ist eine Schnecke
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24020/1.html

Democrats, Iraq and 2008

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D.

In the U.S., they have given the local and state Democrat and Republican parties large donations to support candidates "acceptable" to them, so there's no real choice. If someone running for Congress tries to buck the system, the other "acceptable" politicians will see that he or she is buried in a committee he or she doesn't want and will have none of his or her legislation passed......

http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis82.htm

US and Britain are in denial over failed policy, says former envoy

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1998886.ece


Informant: Jennifer Van Bergen

From ufpj-news

Another Flu Vaccine Push Coming Soon

by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO

By the time the flu shot is ready for packaging, the solution contains the following: various egg proteins, viral contaminants from the eggs, Triton-X100, formaldehyde, resin, gelatin, tri-butylphosphate, polysorbate 80, and in some instances gentamicin. To preserve this chemical brew, in doses of up to 25 micrograms thimerosal (a mercury derivative) is still added to some of the shots. After detailing this vivid description of the manufacture of the influenza vaccine, the thought of injecting this into your body-or the body of your baby-should be repugnant.....

http://www.newswithviews.com/Tenpenny/sherri12.htm



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The NAU: It's the Eleventh Hour - Get Busy

by Devvy Kidd

By now many Texans have heard about the proposed “NAFTA Superhighway,” which is also referred to as the trans-Texas corridor. What you may not know is the extent to which plans for such a superhighway are moving forward without congressional oversight or media attention. This superhighway would connect Mexico, the United States, and Canada, cutting a wide swath through the middle of Texas and up through Kansas City.....

http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd231.htm

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NAU and the New World Order/some videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hiPrsc9g98
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Informant: Cal



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Human Rights Watch stellt Bericht vor: Saddam - Prozess war unfair

http://www.tagesschau.de/aktuell/meldungen/0,,OID6112248_REF1,00.html

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Human Rights Watch: Kritik an Prozeß gegen Saddam Hussein

(20.11.06)

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) hat das Urteil gegen den Saddam Hussein als "nicht zu rechtfertigen" bezeichnet. Der frühere irakische Machthaber war Anfang November wegen der Hinrichtung von 148 Schiiten aus dem Ort Dudschail im Jahr 1982 zum Tode durch den Strang verurteilt worden. Das Verfahren gegen ihn und sieben weitere Angeklagte war nach Einschätzung der Menschenrechtler aber von "substanziellen verfahrensrechtlichen Mängeln beeinträchtigt." Human Right Watch legte eine erste umfassende Untersuchung des Prozesses vor.

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1700 Grey Whales Missing from North Pacific Feeding Grounds

http://www.earthwatch.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=dsJSK6PFJnH&b=692025&ct=3215083

Press Releases

Grey Whales Missing from North Pacific Feeding Grounds

Earthwatch volunteers to investigate feeding behavior off Baja, Mexico this winter. Earthwatch Institute, Maynard, MA, 20 October 2006 - Finding one thirty-ton animal in the vast North Pacific may be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. But when the entire estimated population of 17,000 grey whales is hard to find, it is cause for concern. Researchers reported very few sightings in the grey whales' traditional summer feeding grounds last season. Earthwatch teams are invited to join Dr. William Megill (University of Bath) as he explores the impact on these whales at the southern end of their migration, in Baja California, Mexico.

Grey Whales © Jen Reber

"We've just come off a second summer in Canada in which we've had next to no whales show up," said Megill, principal investigator of Earthwatch-supported research on grey whales in both British Columbia and Baja California. "Not only in our little area, but apparently throughout the traditional feeding areas from Washington on up north. We have no idea where the whales all went this year." Grey whales usually spend their summers feeding in the plankton-rich waters of the North Pacific, from northern California to the Bering and Chuckchi Seas. The whales migrate every winter to the warm lagoons off Baja California, where they breed and give birth to their calves. The extraordinary 6,000-mile exodus, one of nature's great spectacles, is one of the longest mammal migrations known on Earth. Although they were the first great whales to be removed from the endangered species list, the future for grey whales is by no means certain. The fact that they have abandoned their traditional summer feeding grounds indicates to scientists that the whales may need to range further to find sufficient food. "Presumably they found other feeding areas, but they will have had to look hard. This suggests they may be quite lean this winter, particularly as this is now the second summer they've had to deal with this problem," said Megill. "We know that the Bering Sea has taken a beating over the last ten years, and that productivity has plummeted there, forcing the whales into new habitat. A new blow to the productivity in these marginal habitats could hurt badly." Since 2000, Earthwatch volunteers have helped support Megill's grey whale research, both in British Columbia and Baja California. This winter, in January, February, and March, they will be paying special attention to feeding behaviors exhibited by the whales. Although grey whales historically have rarely been seen feeding on their winter breeding grounds, teams last year observed whales trying to feed from the lagoon bottom. "How much they were getting out of the mud they were sifting, I don't know," said Megill. "But there was a lot of it going on, more than I'm used to seeing. We're expecting to see the animals feeding even more in Mexican waters this year. We'll be heading out into the Pacific to see what the whales are doing offshore." The research site for Earthwatch teams is Laguna San Ignacio, in one of Mexico's most remote regions. This turquoise lagoon, surrounded by salt flats, mangrove forests, mesas, and desert, has been a sanctuary for breeding grey whales for centuries and is one of the most pristine breeding sites left. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Laguna San Ignacio was the focus of a recent agreement between local landowners and a consortium of environmental groups to promote sustainable development in the area. Earthwatch Institute is a global volunteer organization that supports scientific field research by offering members of the public unique opportunities to work alongside leading field scientists and researchers. Earthwatch's mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. The year 2006 marks Earthwatch's 35th anniversary. Be sure to watch A Year on Earth, a two-part special to debut on Discovery Kids Channel on December 3 and 10. A Year on Earth chronicles the adventures of three American teens who join Megill in Baja California and several other Earthwatch research projects around the world. Together, they discover how ordinary people can make a difference in the most pressing environmental issues of our time.


Informant: Scott Munson



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Global fishing trends have put sharks at risk

November 09 2006 at 02:03AM

Beijing - Much of the world's shark population could be wiped out in 10 years if current fishing trends continue, a news report quoted environmentalists as saying on Wednesday.

One third of the more than 400 shark species are threatened with extinction or are close to being threatened, Sarah Fowler of the World Conservation Union said, according to the Xinhua news agency.

"Fisheries can remove 50 to 90 percent of an entire shark stock in only 10 years," Fowler was quoted as telling a shark conservation conference in Beijing.

Fowler's comments could not be immediately verified.

She and other experts at the conference said governments and non-governmental organisations had to work together to educate the public and fishermen about the dangers to sharks from overfishing.

The conference was co-sponsored by the San Francisco-based conservation group WildAid, the organisation which got basketball star Yao Ming in August to pledge to give up eating shark's fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, as part of a campaign to promote wildlife protection in his homeland.

WildAid says China is the world's biggest importer of shark's fins, which conservationists say are cut from sharks that are thrown back into the ocean to die. WildAid put the worldwide trade in shark's fins at 10 000 tons a year.

Fowler estimated that 38-million to 70-million sharks are killed each year for their fins.

"It is difficult to change people's dining habits, but we can educate and engage the public to achieve sustainable development of the sharks and people's dining culture," Li Yanliang, deputy general director of the Aquatic Wild Fauna and Flora Administrative Office under the Ministry of Agriculture, was quoted as saying. - Sapa-AP

Informant: Scott Munson

The Decline of Journalism

Truthout's Thomas D. Williams writes on the predicted demise of print journalism: "If some doomsday industry analysts are to be believed, newspapers are laid out and stacked neatly inside their own future death warehouses, not only in the United States, but worldwide."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006Z.shtml

Council refuses application for a mobile phone mast in Cheshunt

The Council recently refused a prior notice application (7/0877/06/P4D/WOL) to fit an existing lamppost with a mobile phone mast at Adamsfield in Cheshunt.

The application was rejected by the Council because the three, four metre shrouded antennas were to be located immediately to the rear of 28-29 Bencroft. There is no screening at this point. A few smaller trees are located either side of the site but it was felt that in the location proposed in the application, which was on a bend in the road, the mast would be too visible and intrusive in a residential area.

The application was also refused because of concerns over highway safety as a ‘cherry picker’ vehicle would have to park on the highway adjacent to the lamppost to both install the mast and subsequently to carry out maintenance. This would force motorists travelling down the hill towards Longfield Lane to use the opposite carriageway.

The applicant has a right of appeal which must be lodged within six months from the date of the decision notice (2 November 2006). If an appeal is lodged, all the original consultees will be notified by the Council. The Council received around 130 letters of objection from local residents.

http://www2.broxbourne.gov.uk/press/News3.aspx?PressID=4986

EPA's New Air Quality Standards Endanger Public Health

http://www.bushgreenwatch.org/mt_archives/000324.php

The racial income gap is a product of discrimination, not black culture

Why Bill Cosby Is Wrong
http://ga3.org/ct/Vd20pgF1hzES/

White-only, male-only perspectives still dominate the media, but there is hope for change
http://ga3.org/ct/Z720pgF1hzEq/

Getting Serious About Corruption

by David Sirota, TomPaine.com

Will the new Congress tackle the real problem plaguing Washington: campaign financing?

http://ga3.org/ct/Kp20pgF1yRhC/



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Psychiatry: The Industry of Death

Great resources. watch preview video at top. this industry controls america, every aspect of it.

http://www.cchr.org/


Informant: rafeswhiterose

For $5.99 per month, you can turn a cell phone into a surveillance device

GPS surveillance creeps into daily life

New Standard
by Catherine Komp

11/14/06

For $5.99 per month, you can turn a cell phone into a surveillance device and track when your target leaves home, where he or she travels and at what speed. You can even detect how much battery power is left on the phone. Marketed as 'virtual eyes' on your kids or employees, the service also allows you to construct a virtual 'fence' so that you can receive electronic alerts if the phone's carrier crosses into forbidden areas. ... 'The problem is people are making these acquisitions of technology without hearing the tradeoff, hearing the downside, hearing the flipside of the discussion,' said Lillie Coney, associate director at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) ... 'If we raise kids with no expectation of privacy, then they're going to become adults and voters and people of influence in society with no expectation of privacy,' he said. 'All the expectations of privacy are going to be eroded by the population of adults who grew up with no privacy and don't see the problem with trading away privacy...

http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=3886


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Falling forward

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

11/19/06

I and others have often observed the fundamentalist approach that informs the administration's foreign policy: they have decided upon a certain set of beliefs, and no amount of contrary evidence will cause them to question or alter them. Tragically for all of us, this insistence that there 'must' be some 'solution' to the Iraq catastrophe infects all our major media -- and it also infects many Democrats. They refuse to acknowledge that no one and no nation can direct Iraq's course at this point -- and that not even the unparalleled military strength of the United States can engineer the necessary miracle, for that is what it would have to be...

http://tinyurl.com/yz43a4


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The Cheney riddle

Boston Globe
by Robert Kuttner

11/18/06

Im the ten days since President Bush fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one figure is eerily missing from public view and public accounts of what occurred: Vice President Dick Cheney. As usual, America's de facto prime minister is either literally or metaphorically in an undisclosed location. With Rumsfeld, Cheney was responsible for the 180-degree reversal in Bush's professed foreign policy -- remember, Bush was the candidate who didn't believe in getting US troops involved in 'nation-building.' As much as Rumsfeld, Cheney was architect of both the Iraq war and the deeper doctrine behind the war -- neo conservative assertion of America's unilateral military might...

http://tinyurl.com/y6p96p


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Non-interventionism and the war in Iraq

Liberty For All
by Matthew R. Holmes

As a student of history I watch with great interest the development of the Iraq War. To see, as they would say in the Lord of the Rings, the 'great doom' of our time played out before our very eyes is both extraordinary and a source of great anguish and sadness. The Bush administration has embarked down a path that has an extremely uncertain ending, and yet many predicted the turn of events as they are happening even now. This whole war could have been avoided if the President would have heeded the advice and counsel of the Founders, especially Jefferson, and the Enlightenment philosophers before them... (written 06/03/04; posted 11/17/06)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=383


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Democrats Pledge to Scrutinize Justice's Civil Rights Arm

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday vowed to impose intense oversight on the Justice Department's civil rights division next year, telling a Bush administration official in charge of the agency that the next Congress will scrutinize whether civil rights laws are being properly enforced.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111906D.shtml



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It’s Not the Democrats Who Are Divided

"Elections may come and go, but Washington remains incorrigible," writes Frank Rich. "Not even voters delivering a clear message can topple the town's conventional wisdom once it has been set in the stone of punditry."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/111906C.shtml

Überwachung: Sicherheit städteplanerisch

http://quintessenz.at/d/000100003735

Results Skewed Nationwide In Favor of Republicans by 4 percent, 3 million votes

http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_rob_kall_061117_clear_evidence_2006_.htm


Informant: Bob Dunbar



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Republicans plot to bring down Pelosi and Clinton with her

New Speaker's embarrassing week has made it easier for her opponents to attack.

http://tinyurl.com/uz9vg


From Information Clearing House



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Why the Democrats Should Cut Loose Lieberman

If the Democratic Party were a real opposition party--a party of principle filled with fighters--I'd say maintaining control of the Senate, even with by a margin of a single, fragile vote, would be important and valuable.

http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff11182006.html


From Information Clearing House



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Senate Dems plan overhaul of military tribunals bill

Several key Senate Democrats are planning to overhaul the newly minted legislation governing military tribunals of detainees.

http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/111606/tribunal.html


From Information Clearing House



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=military+tribunal

Case against Padilla 'light on facts'

That was the assessment of a federal judge who dropped the most serious conspiracy count. Prosecutors are appealing.

http://www.startribune.com/484/story/821206.html



"Al-Qaida Member" Key Padilla Case Source

Padilla's lawyers argue the evidence should be suppressed because, among other things, Zubaydah and Muhammad may have been tortured and Zubaydah was being treated with medication for gunshot wounds that raises questions about his reliability.

http://tinyurl.com/y5cyz3


From Information Clearing House



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Padilla

Gonzales Blasts Surveillance Critics

Gonzales was the second administration official in two days to attack a federal judge's ruling last August that the program was unconstitutional. Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday called the ruling "an indefensible act of judicial overreaching."

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2664435


From Information Clearing House



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Leading Russian critic of Putin 's regime poisoned in London

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into an audacious attempt to murder – using a deadly poison – a leading Russian defector at a restaurant in London.

http://tinyurl.com/y8bh8r



Former KGB agent dies in London hospital

Alexander Litvinenko in his London hospital bed earlier this week.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,,1955976,00.html



Kremlin 'was complicit in Chechen murders'

The European Court of Human Rights has found the Kremlin complicit in the murder and abduction of Chechen civilians snatched by Russian troops between 2000 and 2002.

http://www.agrnews.org/?section=news&news_section=2&#KremlinwascomplicitinChechenmurders



Another Former Russian Agent Poisoned

Andrei Lugovoy, a former FSB agent and a friend of Alexander Litvinenko, says he and his wife and children have been contaminated by polonium-210, and says he is being framed for the killing.

http://tinyurl.com/y5aw9v



Russia won't extradite suspects

Russia will not extradite suspects in the Alexander Litvinenko case to Britain, its chief prosecutor has said.

http://tinyurl.com/y27s7b



The poisoning of a former KGB agent mystifies experts with its clumsiness
http://tinyurl.com/yjvyjt


From Information Clearing House

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Intrigue Swirls in Ex-KGB Man's Illness

The British police said Sunday that they were investigating the suspected poisoning of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a Russian former KGB operative living in exile in Britain who had been inquiring into the killing of a journalist in Moscow last month.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112006N.shtml

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Crude assassinations, espionage and power grabs are Kremlin calling card
http://www.infowars.net/articles/november2006/201106KGB.htm

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Litvinenko's deathbed statement accuses Putin of murder
http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5322/


Informant: jensenmk



Was former KGB agent murdered over false-flag terrorism within Russia?
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Was_former_KGB_agent_murdered_over_1126.html


Informant: Amy Sasser


From ufpj-news

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Russian Spy Accuses Putin From Deathbed

The Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko had received a high dose of radiation, probably polonium 210, before he died, scientists at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed this afternoon. Before losing consciousness earlier this week Mr. Litvinenko blamed Putin.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/112406G.shtml

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Nuclear fallout: Alexander Litvinenko died in agony, who killed him, and why?
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2016152.ece

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Nuclear poison: the deadly trade
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1957301,00.html


Informant: binstock

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Litvinenko Was Apparently A Sacrificial Lamb
http://www.rense.com/general74/lelv.htm

The Litvinenko Plot Thickens
http://www.govcov.com/karlschwarzarticles/litvinenko_112706.html


Informant: Shanti Renfrew

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Pale Fire and London Fog

Chris Floyd writes: "Everyone knows that Russian exile Alexander Litvinenko was killed by radiation poisoning in London last month. But beyond that bare fact, almost nothing is clear about the case. The truth has disappeared, probably forever, into the shadowlands - that murky confluence of crime, violence, money and politics where so much of the real business of the world is conducted."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/113006J.shtml

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Pale Fire and London Fog: Illuminating Outliers in the Death of Alexander Litvinenko
http://www.lewrockwell.com/floyd/floyd43.html

How To Learn the Truth About Litvinenko
http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=10228


Informant: Lew Rockwell

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Polonium-210? it's yours for $69, no questions asked

A company in the US claims to supply polonium-210 to anyone for just $69 plus postage and packing. A three-pack set of “alpha, beta, gamma” radioactive isotopes also includes polonium-210.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2478908,00.html



Spy poison drama

Litvinenko now cast in role of blackmailer
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2035168.ece



The Putin bodyguard riddle

A FORMER bodyguard to President Vladimir Putin was murdered with a poison that produced symptoms remarkably similar to those of Alexander Litvinenko it emerged yesterday, writes Jonathan Calvert.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2484298,00.html



Polonium tightly controlled in Russia -atomic chief

Polonium 210, a highly toxic radioactive substance found in the body of an ex-KGB spy who died in London last week, cannot be obtained illegally in Russia, its nuclear energy chief was quoted as saying on Friday.

http://tinyurl.com/y7x2ug



Putin a '1-man dictatorship'

Vladimir Putin is a "one-man dictatorship" and he should do more to help the U.S. confront Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sen. Lindsey Graham (news, bio, voting record), R-S.C., said Sunday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061203/ap_on_go_co/us_russia



U.S. Senators Speak Against Putin`s Policy

Biden says Russia is “moving more and more toward an oligarchy.” “Our relations with Russia have to get straightened out,” he was quoted as saying.

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/12/04/ussenators.shtml



'I was poisoned for shared secrets'

An Italian contact of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko said he believed both were targeted with a radioactive substance because of secrets they shared.

http://tinyurl.com/y8pvcb



Litvinenko 'killed over dossier' on senior Putin ally

Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by radioactive poisoning because of a dossier he had compiled on a high-ranking Russian figure close to President Vladimir Putin, another former agent claimed yesterday.

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2081649.ece


From Information Clearing House

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A message to critics in ex-spy's murder

Boston Globe
by Cathy Young

12/04/06

The precise circumstances of the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian ex-spy-turned-dissident who died of radiation poisoning Nov. 23, are likely to remain a mystery for some time. But the tragedy and the reaction to it actually reveal a great deal about Vladimir Putin's Russia -- and the West. Litvinenko fell ill after a meeting with a source in his investigation of the recent fatal shooting of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, another strong critic of the Putin regime. He issued a deathbed statement naming Putin as his murderer. This does not, of course, constitute proof of Putin's involvement. But the fact that Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium, a highly radioactive substance that is virtually impossible to manufacture or obtain outside a sophisticated nuclear laboratory, points to a high-level plot...

http://tinyurl.com/ydprnv


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Polonium-210 für 69 US-Dollar

Der Fall Litvinenko beweist, dass es nicht gleich schmutzige Bomben und islamistische Terroristen sein müssen, um auf die Gefahren von massenhaft vorhandenem radioaktiven Material hinzuweisen, das man - "frisch vom Atomreaktor" - auch im Internet erwerben kann.

http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24073/1.html

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Operation Litwinenko

Der kleine Atomangriff auf London
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/24/24177/1.html



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An American Killing Field

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, speaks of the reality of life in Iraq under U.S. occupation.

Video
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15653.htm



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Blair planned Iraq war from start

INSIDE Downing Street Tony Blair had gathered some of his senior ministers and advisers for a pivotal meeting in the build-up to the Iraq war. It was 9am on July 23, 2002, eight months before the invasion began and long before the public was told war was inevitable.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8710.htm



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United States Rides Weapons Bonanza Wave

By Frida Berrigan

War, instability, and high oil prices have created a perfect storm of profit for the world's weapons manufacturers. This year, military analysts predict the biggest arms bonanza since 1993.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15677.htm

Plea deals pile up in Iraq murder cases: Experts surprised that military has agreed to lighter sentences

By The Associated Press

“They killed a 52-year-old crippled man in cold blood,” Lt. Col. John Baker, a prosecutor, said during a recent hearing. “They killed a retired police officer with 11 children and four grandchildren.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15682.htm

Is a damaged Administration less likely to attack Iran, or more?

By Seymour M. Hersh

The United States does not want to go into Iran, but, if Israel feels more and more cornered, there may be no other choice.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15679.htm



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A terrible legacy of hatred and death

By Robert Fisk

This is the hell we have bequeathed to the Arab peoples of Iraq.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15669.htm



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Rachel's News #881

http://www.omega-news.info/rachels_news_881.htm

Support Adoption of Newly Revised Election Audit Procedures Now

Now that the November, 2006 election is over, we have a very short time period to ensure that future U.S. election outcomes are accurate and honest.

Despite some mainstream media reports, there were significant serious problems with electronic voter registration records, with electronic voting machine malfunctions, ballot definition programming errors, memory card failures, with missing electronic votes; with triple-counted electronic votes, or with wrong electronic vote counts (in the tens of thousands) in almost every state; and the exit poll evidence once again shows likely evidence of significant vote miscount.

Experts agree that our voting system is vulnerable to fraud and error in the United States today:

http://utahcountvotes.org/docs/WhatdotheExpertsSay.pdf

U.S. election systems are vulnerable to innocent miscount, electronic error, and fraud because almost 100% of ballots, even paper ballots, are counted electronically, without sufficient manual counts to detect or correct outcome-altering vote miscount. Unless we take action within the next year to pass legislation requiring sufficient, routine, transparent, verifiable, independent manual audits of voter verifiable paper records, we may irrevocably lose our democracy!

Unfortunately some groups, like Common Cause are pushing for fast passage of the ill-advised Holt HR550 bill as it was written in the prior Congress. The Holt HR550 audit provisions, while having admirable intent, as now written are:

1. insufficient to detect outcome-altering vote miscount,
2. are not transparent,
3. are not verifiable, and
4. have many other significant flaws.

Using voter verfiable paper ballots is only false assurance if the electronic counts are not manually independently checked. In Florida 2000 the optical scan paper ballot electronic counts wrongly gave Florida to Bush rather than Gore, as the Miami Herald recount afterwards showed, and there is much evidence of wrongly counted optical scan paper ballots since then.

Here is a recently revised proposal for independent manual vote count audits for Utah based on NEDA's recent 'Election Integrity Audit' paper that still needs revisions. Although not perfect yet, it is important for us to begin to work immediately to promote similar legislation at state and federal levels. Please read it. Thank you.

http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/VoteCountAudit-UT.pdf

There is a short reference list at the end of our Utah legislative proposal that you can use for further research. You can see that it also pulls some ideas from the Utah Lt. Governor's vote count audit policies, so it should work for election officials.

Please urge your U.S. and state congressional representatives and senators to pass legislation requiring sufficient, routine, manual, independent, transparent, verifiable audits of electronic vote counts based on our work, which is agreed upon by the scientific community as being the correct way to calculate the minimum amount of vote counts that must be manual audited to detect any outcome-altering electronic miscount. No state in America today does sufficient, manual, independent, transparent, verifiable, scientific vote count audits.

For anyone who is working on election integrity, our "election integrity audit" paper, while long, is a "must-read". Skip the math sections if you want to because most of it is common sense and the charts and tables are informative.

http://vote.nist.gov/ElectionIntegrityAudit.pdf

We must insist now on verifiably accurate election outcomes in the United States!

If any of you rewrite and improve our Utah proposal for your state, or for a proposal for federal legislation, please let us know, so we can all benefit from it. We could someone's use help writing a more concise version.

This is no time to relax or give up!

We are have a critically short time now to ensure that we have honest, accurate election outcomes in the United States.

If you can help put the brakes on Common Cause and others who are unwisely pushing through the Holt HR550 amendment as written (just as Common Cause unwisely pushed through the Help America Vote Act that exacerbated US election problems tenfold in 2002), please urge Common Cause to slow down and first consult with experts to rewrite the Holt audit provision ensure that required election audits are sufficient, verifiable, transparent, scientific, independent, and constitutional. Plus there are many other good ideas that need to be incorporated into new Holt election legislation before it is put out on the floor.

Thank you for your help and support. I hope that our rewrite of the Utah vote count audit proposal will be helpful to your efforts to ensure that we can fix U.S. voting systems by 2008.

http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/VoteCountAudit-UT.pdf


Best Regards,

Kathy Dopp
http://electionarchive.org
National Election Data Archive
Dedicated to Accurately Counting Elections

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This a.m. I extensively revised our Utah manual election audit proposal (I always think best while asleep ;-)
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/VoteCountAudit-UT.pdf

The purpose of the election audit is now much more comprehensive than just electronic vote count accuracy.

Issues of voter disenfranchisement and denial of service attacks are now covered including:

voter turnout rates; voting equipment allocation rates; undervote, over-vote, and spoiled ballot rates; voting equipment failure rates; absentee ballot request, use, and count rates; uncounted ballot rates; and provisional ballot allocation rates.

Auditors are in a perfect position to evaluate and record all these issues of voter services with very little additional work.

Please re-print and read it this a.m. if you did so last night:
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/VoteCountAudit-UT.pdf


Thank you.

Best,
Kathy



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http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=election

Indische Stimmen gegen die Globalisierung: Ein Modell für alle?

Indien Arbeitsbedingungen: Zwischen Verzweiflung und Widerstand -
Soziale Bewegungen in Indien: Ein Modell für alle?

„Widersprüchliche Nachrichten kommen aus Indien: von Wirtschaftswunder und aufstrebenden Mittelschichten, von Hunger und religiösem Fundamentalismus, aber auch von Widerstand gegen Staudammprojekte und Gentechnologie und von geheimnisvollen KämpferInnen für die Armen, den NaxalitInnen…“ Besprechung des Buches Zwischen Verzweiflung und Widerstand - Indische Stimmen gegen die Globalisierung“ von Gerhard Klas in der WOZ vom 16.11.2006 http://www.woz.ch/artikel/inhalt/2006/nr46/Wissen/14101.html


Aus: LabourNet, 20. November 2006

Prekäre Angestelltenverhältnisse: Soziale Unterschiede am Arbeitsmarkt verschärfen sich

„Leiharbeit, Minijobs, befristete Verträge: Billigarbeit ist auf dem Vormarsch. Laut einer neuen Untersuchung der IG Metall ist allein in ihrem Organisationsbereich jeder vierte Arbeitnehmer unter 30 Jahren in einem so genannten prekären Arbeitsverhältnis angestellt…“ Artikel in Speigel online vom 19. November 2006 http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,449366,00.html


Prekäre Beschäftigung: Verunsicherung bis in die Mitte

„Unsichere Beschäftigung greift um sich. Doch die "Prekarisierung" nimmt nicht nur immer mehr Erwerbstätigen die Hoffnung auf eine planbare Perspektive. Sie verunsichert auch jene Arbeitnehmer, die noch ein unbefristetes Vertragsverhältnis, ordentliches Einkommen und Kündigungsschutz genießen. Ein fruchtbarer Boden für rechtspopulistische Ansichten, sagt Professor Klaus Dörre…“ Böckler Impuls 17/2006 (pdf) http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/impuls_2006_17_4-5.pdf


Aus: LabourNet, 20. November 2006



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Bush arrives to angry reception in Indonesia

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10362963/


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The biggest bubble of all: Derivatives Trading Soars to $370 Trillion, it will be the root cause for global depression

http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/14275.asp

Dollar drops on weak housing data and hedge fund troubles
http://tinyurl.com/y64cxh


Informant: Amy Sasser

A neocon reminds us of the reason for the season

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/salyer3.html



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Old Men and Iraq: on the James Baker retreads

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese320.html



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Robert Gates ’ Islamofascism Connection

http://www.lewrockwell.com/gaddy/gaddy28.html



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The Anti-War Songs Our Great-Grandparents Sang

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/rosinger4.html

Health fears lead schools to dismantle wireless networks

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2461748,00.html
Update:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2461748.html

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WiFi in Schools

From: SylviaWright
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 03:55:52 EST
To: letters@thetimes.co.uk

Dear Sirs

I must congratulate Joanna Bale for her excellent article in The Times today on the potential health risk of wireless networking in our schools. This is a concern I have long held and have attempted to raise awareness of locally (South Staffordshire). I fear that our young people are being exploited by the mobile phone industry, but it becomes far more worrying when Local Authorities - who are ultimately responsible for the welfare of our children while they are in school - are ignoring official advice that children under 16 should not be exposed for long periods to the pulsed electromagnetic radiation from such devices - and let's be clear on this, it is the same technology used for WiFi as in mobile phones and cordless home phones (another very worrying trend).

It is quite ironic that urgent action is being taken to limit the targetting of our children by commercial enterprises (such as the junk food industry), but we are quite happily replacing any benefit from these measures with another risk, potentially much more harmful. Our young people are, in many cases, being exposed to high levels of emr 24/7 - both in the home and at school...Independent scientific studies have shown that such exposure - as well as posing a health risk - can have a detrimental impact on the mood, behaviour and mental state. In fact, Alasdair Phillips, Director of Powerwatch, has written a comprehensive letter advising schools to use wired networking, and the Director of Public Health for Salzburg, Dr Gerd Oberfeld, has written an open letter of warning on the subject.

Again, well done to Joanna & The Times, I hope that more schools will decide to take the precautionary approach much championed by Sir William Stewart.

Regards
Cllr Sylvia Wright

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From: Dr Grahame Blackwell
To: letters@thetimes.co.uk
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 11:00 PM
Subject: WiFi in schools (Times 201106)

Dear Editor

An A-star for Joanna Bale's excellent impartial report on Wireless netwoks in schools (times 20th November). Sadly, though, E-minus for your so-called Health Editor's facile and heavily-loaded comment. Informed parents have every reason to be concerned about WiFi in schools. Ms Davies was right to liken it to having a mobile phone mast in the classroom, the technologies are remarkably similar. Peer-reviewed replicated research shows reduction in melatonin production by those exposed to periodic amplitude modulated (pulsed) radiation of this sort. Melatonin is a sleep regulator and anti-cancer scavenger. Guess what? - Statistically significant increases in cancers around mast installations according to several independent studies, and sleep problems experienced by many living close to masts. Other research shows this type of radiation allows transfer of toxins from the bloodstream into brain cells. This would lead to significant increases in headaches, nausea, dizziness and disorientation around masts, and in the longer term significant increases in occurrence of brain degenerative disorders such as Alzheimers and Motor Neurone Disease. Guess what? - I'll leave you to fill in this gap. Two years ago a four-year EU funded research project involving twelve partner institutions from seven countries reported multiply replicated results of single- and double-strand breaks in DNA chains, of the sort that lead to cancer, as a result of this type of radiation at levels within our government's 'safety' guidelines. They stated categorically that it was no longer possible to say that we don't know how this sort of radiation could cause health problems. Nigel Hawkes likens this radiation to that of radio and TV. I suggest he carries out a short experiment, starting with resting a jack-hammer (switched off, of course) on his foot. No problems. Now start the jack-hammer up, still resting on that foot. By the laws of physics it can't be any heavier when running than when switched off - so there's no risk. That's the difference between radio and TV signals and mobile telecomms signals, including WiFi - except that the jack-hammer is aimed at every cell in the body, notably at brain cells. Mr Hawkes should stop spouting pro-industry propaganda and take a look at the wealth of research showing the health problems that he so hotly denies. Perhaps then he'll deserve the title he writes under.

Grahame Blackwell

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This is a copy of my letter to the Times.

Vee


Dear Editor

Your health editor Nigel Hawkes is correct when he states it is not possible to prove anything in life to be totally safe. However is Mr. Hawkes not aware of the growing evidence that WiFi, mobile phone masts and wirefree telephones are causing many people serious health problems? Does he seriously believe that a Government inquiry paid for by the industry itself will give us the truth on this matter? Come on Mr. Hawkes wake up and smell the coffee or at least the sizzling of fried brains.

Yours

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My letter to The Times today:

Dear Editor,

Nigel Hawkes has let The Times down with his biased evidence-free piece on mobiles phones.

A few points.

1) Linking the ionizing radiation of the nuclear tests of the 50s with mast radiation is fallacious for one thing. His denial of any ionizing radiation effects is another. Many eminent scientists disagree. Your readers should be told. For more see http://www.llrc.org .

2) Hardly a shred of worthwhile evidence to back up campaigners claims? There are mountains of the stuff.

Take the Washington-based Wireless Technology Research programme of 1993 chaired by George Carlo. It ran over five and a half years; it comprised of 56 studies, including in vivo and in vitro studies, provocation studies and epidemiological studies. It was supervised independently by the Harvard School of Public Health, with several layers of peer review built in.

It found the following biological effects at sub-thermal levels of exposure:

Opening of the blood-brain barrier with subsequent leakage of large albumin molecules into the brain leading to:

Formation of micronuclei, an indication for the triggering of cancer

Disruption of DNA function, including negative impact on DNA repair mechanisms (found at SAR values of 0.7 W/kg, i.e. less than half of what is allowed by the ICNIRP guidelines)

Higher cancer mortality (although people had only been using phones for circa 5 years)

More than twice the risk of neural epithelial tumours (beginning outside, inward growing)

Significant increase of acoustic neuroma (a benign tumour of the auditory nerve) after 6 years of use.

Significant correlations between the side of the head where the phone was held and the location of tumours

3) And yes the WTR’s findings were confirmed in 2005.

Step forward the REFLEX Project, a 4-year EU-backed study by twelve partners in seven countries. Their results confirmed the likelihood of long-term genetic damage in the blood and brains of users of mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic fields. This project concluded that in-vitro damage is real and that it is important to carry out much more research, especially monitoring the long-term health of people. Several other independent labs participating in the programme replicated each other’s findings.

4) If we followed our own logic Hawkes says campaigners should be concerned about Radar installations, TV transmitters and cordless phones. Actually we are.

Unfortunately for him and us there is a vast body of occupational studies, some as long term as 20 years, from the ex-USSR and Russia, proving beyond doubt, the existence of microwave sickness as a result of exposure to Radar. The pathology of microwave sickness is in fact the same as the symptoms experienced by a small but significant number of individuals following exposure to DECT phones, Wi-Fi and mobile phones and their transmitters. 878 of these studies have been reviewed in 1996 by Prof Em. Dr Med Karl Hecht, on behalf of the German Federal Office for Telecommunication (German equivalent of OFCOM). We won’t hold our breath for Mr Hawkes to review this evidence or that of Professor Olle Johannsson (Karolinska Institute of Sweden) who found significant statistical correlations between morbidity rate of cancer in various countries to the introduction of new band of radio and TV transmission in every case.

5) Shouldn’t we be worried about Wi-Fi? Well actually campaigners are.

Wi-Fi access points have very high emissions. They are usually in the room where people work at their computers, whereas mobile phone transmitters, which do have a stronger output, will be further away. Obvious stuff but not to Mr Hawkes.

6) What about another industry-funded inquiry which Hawkes mockingly proposes?

Protestors welcome inquiries but not of the usual kind. Industry currently funds much research and just as the tobacco industry used to do for decades, tends on the whole (with notable but quickly suppressed exceptions) not to find any negative outcomes for its products. That’s its point. Is anybody surprised that truly independent research on these topics is rare and struggles for funding? Negative impacts research doesn’t also benefit from the kind of funds supporting lobbying and PR-campaigns from the industry and which appear to have worked their magic on Nigel Hawkes. But the research is out there (loads more than I’ve mentioned here, see also under http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/heseuk/science.php ) and should be properly reported.

Times readers deserve better than this.


Andrea Klein



Letters to the Editor

The Times

November 22, 2006

Wireless networks may not be worth the headache

Sir, The attitude of your health editor on wireless networking in schools
("Health fears lead schools to dismantle wireless networks", Nov 20) beggars belief.

Wi-fi makes some people feel very ill indeed. I am one of them. I felt ill the day we installed wi-fi in our house and better the moment we went back to cable. I feel dizzy, confused and sick the moment I walk into offices, hotels and shops with wi-fi.

We should not be flooding Milton Keynes, Norwich and areas of London with this cloud of poison under the auspices of allowing everybody access to the internet. And we should not be bowing to the telecoms industry when we have absolutely no certainty on the long-term health effects.

KATE FIGES
London N16

[ Wireless technology made me sick
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/2975957/ ]



Sir, I would echo the opinion of Nigel Hawkes: the basis of any health issues arising from wi-fi signals is extremely dubious.

Much more apparent, however, are the benefits wireless networks can bring to educational institutions at every level. Wireless networks are significantly cheaper to implement than cabled ones in most environments, and allow a degree of mobility and flexibility that support new applications, from laptops in laboratories, gym environments and even outdoors, where cabling is unsuitable.

One sixth-form college in the North of England uses wireless connectivity to maximise the provision of study space, taking it beyond the traditional classroom setting. Staff and students there have the freedom to work from anywhere on campus.

Schools may choose to take a ³precautionary² approach, but must weigh the unsubstantiated risks of wi-fi radiation against the very real benefits of wireless education.

DAVID CRITCHLEY, Director, Public Sector, Cisco Systems UK



Sir, All wi-fi networks in schools should be immediately replaced by wired systems.

Many people are becoming electrosensitive as a result of constant exposure to the high-frequency electromagnetic fields created by mobile phone transmitters, DECT, BlueTooth, WLAN and wi-fi.

When subjected to these I develop symptoms, including severe headaches, pain in both breasts, tingling and itching skin and twitching of the eyelid. These symptoms go away when I am no longer exposed to these fields and so I now spend as little time as possible in ³wi-fi enabled² towns and cannot attend evening courses at the local college or university.

What is the constant exposure to wi-fi at school doing to the health and behaviour of children and teenagers? The Government wants universal mobile telecommunications systems coverage of the country and wi-fi access to homes while virtually anyone can install a system in their home that will also penetrate into the home of their neighbours.

M. WHITE,
Preston, Lancs



Sir, It is quite ironic that urgent action is being taken to limit the targeting of our children by commercial enterprises such as the junk food industry, while we happily negate any benefit from these measures with another risk, potentially much more harmful.

Our young people are, in many cases, being exposed to high levels of electromagnetic radiation 24/7. Independent scientific studies have shown that such exposure, as well as posing a health risk, can have a detrimental impact on the mood, behaviour and mental state. Alasdair Phillips, director of Powerwatch, has written a comprehensive letter advising schools to use wired networking, and the director of public health for Salzburg, Dr Gerd Oberfeld, has written an open letter of warning on the subject.

CLLR SYLVIA WRIGHT
Essington, Staffs

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Mobile phones tumour risk to young children
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/469215/

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MP calls for ban on wiFi in schools

http://tinyurl.com/y3r6t6

Western Mail

21st November 2006

WIRELESS computer networks should be banned from the nation's classrooms because of fears about their effects on health, it was claimed last night.

Adam Price MP said Wales should follow the lead of Canada, where schools no longer used microwave signals to link computer terminals and laptops.

He has backed one school in his Carmarthenshire constituency which has removed the technology. Parents with children at Ysgol Pantycelyn, Llandovery, warn there is not enough awareness about the possible dangers.

Although exact numbers are unclear, increasing numbers of schools have been installing transmitters in classrooms, which allow pupils to have wireless access to the faculty's computer network, email and the internet.

But there are concerns the microwave radiation coming from the transmitters, as with mobile phone masts, could be harmful, especially to younger children.

Some symptoms reported include loss of concentration, headaches, fatigue, memory and behavioural problems and there are even worries over cancer in the longer term.

Some experts believe children are more vulnerable to the radiation because of their thinner skulls and the fact their brains and nervous systems are still developing.

Mr Price said, "The science isn't clear, but it comes down to the precautionary principle, especially with children, because they're still in development.

"The long-term effect is not known because it's still fairly new, which is why the technology has been banned in schools in Canada."

He said he would back a similar ban in Wales, adding, "I don't think it's just a media-driven health fear or panic. There's a basis to have a look at more studies."

The technology in Ysgol Pantycelyn was quickly switched off after pressure from parents made it clear there was a great deal of unease over the possible health effects of the wi-fi terminals.

Hywel Pugh, headmaster of the school, said, "The whole school was hard-wired anyway, but one or two areas were causing us a bit of concern, so we put in the wi-fi connections over a trial period.

"But it raised concerns among parents. Some were worried it could have an effect on younger children. We listened to the concerns and then decided to find other ways to get around the problem.

"Wi-fi wasn't essential, so we decided to switch it off as a precautionary measure.

"We'd have a review of that policy if we ever had a situation where wi-fi became essential, but would not go ahead without consulting parents."

The school had already banned mobile phones from being used by children, although Mr Pugh said that measure was for reasons of discipline, rather than health.

Judith Davies, who has a 15-year-old daughter going to the school, said, "There's a lot of parents who don't know about the risks involved with this technology.

"There have been outcries over mobile phone masts even near schools, but this technology gives out the same kind of radiation, and it's inside the school. It's at least as serious, if not more serious.

"You can switch off wi-fi at home if it's making you feel unwell, but it's more of a problem in a school. There's no reason for it to be in schools where there is already cable."

A recent report by Professor Sir William Stewart, who chairs the Health Protection Agency, said evidence of potentially harmful effects of microwave radiation had become more persuasive over the past five years. It advised a precautionary approach, although conceded there was a lack of hard evidence of health damage.

Carmarthenshire County Council said it was up to individual schools' governing bodies to decide whether to use wi-fi.



The Times
November 25th 2006
News in Brief

MP calls for inquiry into risks of wi-fi

A Labour MP and distinguished cancer specialist called for a government inquiry into the potential health risks of wireless computer networks after The Times revealed that some schools were dismantling their equipment amid fears that it could be dangerous (Joanna Bale writes).

Ian Gibson, a former chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, said: ³We need a departmental inquiry into this situation. The Department of Health should be looking into it seriously. What we really need is another inquiry like the Stewart report into mobile phone masts.²

Dr Gibson is an honorary Professor and former Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2470828,00.html

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Fear compels schools to shut down WiFi

Schools across the country have begun removing their wireless computer networks amid fears the new technology could pose a health risk to children.

Parents and teachers claim low levels of microwave radiation emitted from the transmitters may be damaging pupils, potentially even causing cancer in the long term.

Scientific evidence is inconclusive but some researchers say children face a greater health risk because of their thinner skulls and developing nervous system.

According to The Times, which spoke to a handful of schools replacing wireless systems with their cabled predecessors, parents and head-teachers are opting for a precautionary approach.

One concerned mother reportedly said: “Many people campaign against mobile phone masts near schools but there is a great deal of ignorance about wireless computer networks.

“Yet they are like having a phone mast in the classroom and the transmitters are placed very close to the children.”

One school dismantling its wireless network said local authorities told them the technology was safe to use, but it insisted the long-term effects were still unknown.

“We listened to the parents’ views and they were obviously very concerned,” said Tim Cannell, headteacher at Prebendal School, in Chichester, West Sussex.

“We had been having problems with the reliability of it anyway, so we decided to exchange it for a conventional cabled system.”

Responding to the paper’s investigation, Michael Bevington, a former classics teacher, said he was in no doubt as to the impact of the transmitters.

“I felt a steadily widening range of unpleasant effects whenever I was in the classroom.

“First came a thick headache, then pains throughout the body, sudden flush, pressure behind the eyes, sudden skin pains and burning sensations, along with bouts of nausea.”

The Health Protection Agency says evidence of the health risk posed by wireless technology has become more persuasive in the past five years.

Their enquiry found that in light of the absence of any evidence showing the technology damages health, a precautionary approach should be taken.

Nov 21, 2006

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http://www.contractoruk.com/news/002961.html

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Schools panic over WiFi

Crumbs >> RichardThurston's Blog at ZDNet UK Community

For those interested, here is my response (when it gets published!):


Hi Richard,

It is interesting that you claim that these parents are uninformed when you don't actually know how informed or otherwise they are. There is plenty of evidence to support that there may well be risks from mobile phones and from phone masts. I agree that there is almost no research (in fact, I have yet to find any published papers at all) on Wireless networks and health, however they are very similar to base stations in a number of ways (signal type, signal frequency, pulsing nature of signal etc..). FM radio waves used for TV and Radio are very different in a number of potentially important ways, and cramming the technologies all into the same box is both scientifically poor form and slightly ignorant.

I'm not trying to jump on the "alternative, scare-mongering" bandwagon here, as no doubt you are probably thinking. I am keeping my personal opinions close to myself at this stage, but to be honest the tone of your article irritates me just as much as the uninformed public crying risk at things they do not understand - It is equally uninformed, equally unbalanced and equally without merit as an argument. I accept that you have a responsibility to explore the relative merits of technology, but that does not mean that you, because of lack of research on your part, should be ridiculing a whole (albeit small) subset of population that believes there to be a risk, especially as there have not been any papers to date to confirm or undermine their fears in wireless networks.

The truth of the matter is the jury is still out on these technologies - no-one knows whether they are harmful or not. From a mechanism point of view there is almost nothing suggesting how harm could be happening based on these microwave transmissions. From an epidemiological point of view there is steadily growing evidence that both phones and masts are a risk, and this is steadily being backed up by some fairly strong lab work (albeit at higher power than typical base station exposure -- not higher than normal mobile phone exposure however). In a classroom of wireless enabled laptops accessing a wireless network, the signal strength in the data pulses is in the order of several volts per metre and usually higher than living close to a cellular phone basestation.

I suspect harm will not be admitted until the mechanism of action is known, but just because it isn't known doesn't necessary mean that the effect is not real, especially when it appears to be being replicated.

Perhaps the aim here shouldn't be to "change people's minds" so much as what to see what the truth is first?

Best Regards, - Graham Philips

PS Here is a list of some recent research papers that support my points if you are interested in some further reading, with the PubMed IDs so you can quickly find them on there ...

17045516 - Panagopoulos DJ et al - Mutation Research - October 2006 Fruit flies exposed to GSM 900 MHz and DCS 1800 MHz from common digital phones had a large decrease in oviposition due to degeneration of large large numbers of egg chambers after DNA fragmentation of their consitituent cells. This is a mechanism where the radiation appears to be causing cause actual DNA damage.

16962663 - Abdel-Rassoul G et al - Neurotoxicology - August 2006 Found headaches, memory changes, dizziness and tremors to be significantly higher among people living near base stations than controls, and gave significantly lower performance in one of their attention / memory tests. Both results were statistically significant.

16878295 - Nylund R and Leszczynski D - Proteomics - September 2006 Again, a lab experiment that found gene and protein expression changes from exposure to mobile phone radiation, but with different lines reacting differently, suggesting that cell response may be dependent on genome and proteome content - this could go some way to explaining why different people react differently.

17034627 - Hardell L et al - World Journal of Surgical Oncology - October
2006 Statistically significant increased risk was found for all brain tumours from mobile phone usage, mainly acoustic neuroma and malignant brain tumours. Odds Ratio increased with latency period, especially for astrocytoma grade III-IV.

16954120 - Yurekli AI et al - Electromagnetic biology and medicine - 2006 Highly significant (p < 0.0001) increases in oxidative stress was found in labatory rats from exposure to simulated base station radiation at levels far below guideline levels (converted SAR value 0.011 W/kg - far below most phones).


- Graham Philips
Powerwatch UK



It appears the author of the previous ZDNet article has changed his tone and quite possibly his viewpoint on the issue.

Followup blog entry: http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10004578o-2000331766b,00.htm
http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10004574o-2000331766b,00.htm#comment20082978

For those that didn't read the original (and all the subsequent discussion): http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10004574o-2000331766b,00.htm

Best Regards,

- Graham Philips
Powerwatch UK

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Health Fears Lead British Schools to Dismantle Wi-Fi Networks
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,231145,00.html

See all stories on this topic:
http://tinyurl.com/32m9s4

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Some British schools dismantle Wi-Fi over health fears
http://www.arnnet.com.au/pp.php?id=1825755070&fp=4&fpid=56736


Informant: Mark G.

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Magnetic fields in cars

Sarah - Sorry to come in late on this one (as usual), but I must relate my unpleasant - and costly - experience with a Vauxhall Vectra car. We purchased a 5 month old car about 3 years ago. I immediately started to feel ill in the front passenger seat but did not apply my mind to it for a few weeks. However, while using the accousticom to test an area I was travelling through, it was going absolutely berserk!! I suspended a piece of Powerwatch nickel material from the dashboard to try to limit my exposure until we could sort out the problem. I was in the driving seat one day, having left the nickel material in place, and suffered a terrible spasm in my left side (rather like a very severe stitch). It took my breath away but, fortunately, I was able to park the car safely and turn off the engine. After about a minute or so the pain subsided.

To cut a long story short (or this will rival War & Peace), after numerous phone calls to Vauxhall, we took the car into a local dealership where it was pored over by several mechanics and staff. The accousticom showed that emissions were detected in some Vectra's, but not others. Finally, after checking with the factory, comparing chassis numbers, it was concluded that our car had been customised to accommodate a child's car seat. The sensor was "looking" for the car seat in order to disable the air bag. However, the whole car was being bombarded by pulsed microwave radiation whenever the car seat was not in place - which was whenever we turned on the engine in our case.

The outcome of this fiasco was that we traded the car in after a few months - at a loss to us of £1,500 as Vauxhall would not accept any responsibility.

I just wonder how many accidents are being caused by this problem. Neither ROSPA nor Top Gear were interested in my rantings.

Sylvia

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