Freitag, 10. April 2009

US Military Concedes Afghan Civilian Casualties

Kamal Sadat, Reuters: "The US military has conceded that a raid this week by troops under its command in Afghanistan killed a group of civilians who were defending their home, not militants as it had earlier reported."

http://www.truthout.org/041009D



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Next-up News Nr 908

http://groups.google.com/group/omeganews/t/1bf2946d299796ef?hl=de

A Plea To President Obama: Don't Bankrupt America

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/10-3

Barack Obama, Torture Enabler
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/10-6

The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/10-11

What We Do And Don't Know About US Medical Personnel and Interrogations
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/10-9



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Recession Blamed for Sharp Increase in Shooting Sprees

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/10-7



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Water Crisis Hits Los Angeles And Mexico City

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/10-9



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Residents' campaign to stop phone masts

Published Date: 10 April 2009

By Andy Hughes

CAMPAIGNING residents are urging people to object against plans for two mobile phone masts in a South Tyneside village.

Communications giant Vodafone plans to build the masts on two sites in Boldon – one in Western Terrace, West Boldon, and one on the Hutton Street Industrial Estate, Boldon Colliery.

People have only until Wednesday to object against the plans in Hutton Street, and until next Friday to object against the Western Terrace proposals.

Nearby residents to both sites have now formed the 'Boldon Against The Masts' group to fight against the projects.

Read More...
http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/Residents39-campaign-to-stop-phone.5161911.jp

Decade of darkness

CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

04/09/09

Stockbrokers aren’t selling apples yet, but the velocity of present downturn is worse than the Great Depression. Manufacturing, industrial production, foreign trade, capital flows, consumer confidence, housing, and even stocks are falling faster today than after the crash of 1929. So far, Bernanke’s monetary bandaids have prevented the wholesale collapse of the financial system, but that could change. The economy continues its downhill slide and it looks like there’s nothing to stop it from falling further still...

http://counterpunch.org/whitney04092009.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Revolving door, bailout edition

Mother Jones
by Daniel Schulman and Jonathan Stein

04/09/09

Corporations hiring departed congressional staffers as lobbyists is a ho-hum practice on K Street. But the stakes are particularly high when these Capitol Hill vets are sicced on programs and legislation that are crucial to the country’s financial recovery and that involve massive amounts of government spending. In the past year, top bailout recipients, from Goldman Sachs to Bank of America to JPMorgan Chase, have dispatched more than 100 past congressional staffers and ex-government officials to shape the bailouts to their liking. This crew of well-connected lobbyists includes ex-employees of the congressional committees on banking, finance, and commerce; one-time aides to Democratic and Republican leaders; former Treasury officials; and a past aide to Rahm Emanuel, now the White House chief of staff. At least one former lawmaker has also gotten in on the action. Goldman Sachs, which has more than 30 ex-government officials registered to lobby on its behalf, tapped one-time House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) to lobby his former colleagues in Congress on issues related to the Treasury Department’s Troubled Assets Relief Program...

http://tinyurl.com/dxft2u


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The indefinite future of indefinite detention

Reason
by Jacob Sullum

Barack Obama promises to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by January. But the policy the prison has come to symbolize, indefinite military detention of terrorism suspects, is likely to continue. The form it takes will tell us a lot about the strength of Obama’s avowed commitment to protecting civil liberties. ‘I don’t think there’s any question but that we are at war’ with terrorists, Attorney General Eric Holder said at his confirmation hearing in January. We did not notice when the war began, he said, and we may never know when it ends. The battlefields are not only in Afghanistan but in countries around the world, including the United States. Holder was not just speaking figuratively... (for publication 05/09)

http://www.reason.com/news/show/132544.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The suicide of the west

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by Justin Raimondo

04/10/09

I had to laugh when I saw the headline blaring from one end of the Huffington Post to the other: ‘Pentagon Preps For Global Economic Warfare!’ Yikes! Man the battlements! Deploy the credit cards! Unleash the default credit swaps! And for the love of God speed up those printing presses at the Federal Reserve! The story in Politico deadpanned this hilarious news: ‘The Pentagon sponsored a first-of-its-kind war game last month focused not on bullets and bombs — but on how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy, a scenario made all the more real by the global financial crisis.’ Why should these ‘hostile nations’ bother with a campaign to cripple our economy when we’re doing such a good job of it ourselves?

http://tinyurl.com/cyzbd2


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Why Republican Senators Are Holding The Torture Memos For Ransom

There was a story this week that Republican senators were threatening to "go nuclear" and filibuster EVERYTHING (as if they were not already doing that) if the Justice department released the secret memos that the Bush administration had drafted to their own evil specifications to say that torture was OK. If these apparently flimsy, self-serving documents were supposed to stand as a get out of jail free card for the Bush/Cheney torturers, they must be pretty damning stuff.

Indeed, if this was supposed to be their defense for war crimes, war crimes that have made us all dramatically less safe by exponentially ramping up hatred for the U.S. all over the world, they should be proud to display their defense in the full light of day. But it is Republican members of Congress who are desperately trying to get Obama to keep their filthy, treasonous secrets with them, so we must speak out to them in particular. Shame on the so-called rule of law crowd ... for abject, irredeemable shame. And on us as well unless we demand the immediate release of these legal hack jobs.

Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum963.php

The same judge in Spain, who everyone applauded when he reached out with the doctrine of univeral jurisdiction to nail Augusto Pinochet, has already drafted a 98 page complaint against the so-called attorneys (including Gonzales) who prostituted their craft to sign off on those patently craven atrocities. Accountability is coming. Justice is coming. The only question is whether there are enough true Americans in this country with the courage to make it happen.

Will we or will we not keep speaking out on this? We have no other moral and patriotic choice but to do so.

Progress On The Real Food Safety Actions

Thanks to the magnificent response to the food safety alerts we are starting to have an impact on what the agribusiness mega-corporations assumed would just be a mow down. Chellie Pingree has now REMOVED herself as a sponsor of the HR 875 because she now sees it would have "unintended consequences" (her own words) detrimental to small and organic farms, who are the salvation of our real food safety. We applaud new House Member Pingree for listening to the wisdom her constituents, what a representative is supposed to do.

Of course, it was the terminal vagueness of HR 875 which was our PRECISE and CORE complaint in the first place. We stand by the action page in every respect. And we're not going to be distracted by talk that DeLauro is now getting input from certain still unnamed organic food advocates (after we spoke out), or any of the other various nitpicking counterattacks we're heard. We know we are winning when they start attacking the people who are speaking the truth.

HR 875 is crop failure on arrival, and what we need instead is a REAL food safety bill that squarely confronts the real problems.

We are ESPECIALLY proud of our participants who used our free "create your own action page" functions to initiate their own independent support actions on this for their own mailing lists, for your work is large part of this victory in the making as well. And you can do the same thing on any issue of your own you care about.

Create Your Own Action Page Function: http://www.usalone.com/bladesofgrass.htm

A real food safety bill would require stringent, long term affirmative safety testing of any Genetically Mutated Organism (GMO) BEFORE it is introduced into our environment. The history of nature is replete with examples of ignorant, careless human meddling that has gone horribly wrong, and that without even creating new species. Gypsy moths in the Northeast, rabbits overrunning Australia, killer bees that could arrive any day now, the list is endless. And they are seriously talking about polluting our agricultural gene pool WITHOUT even considering the potentially dire and permanent consequences? What kind of arrogant lunacy is that?

A real food safety bill would compel full disclosure to the consumer of any food products with unnatural content, including milk contaminated with bovine growth hormone. The reason they are trying to keep the infiltration of our food supply with such products a secret is they know that wise, health conscious consumers would categorically reject them.

A real food safety bill would force large factory farms, to seriously clean up their act, to stop breeding animals in cramped, unhealthy conditions where they are force fed antibiotics that help breed the resistant superbugs like the one that killed an otherwise healthy teen recently in just 5 days. These concentrated animal filth operations (CAFOs) are the sole and exclusive source of all contaminating bacteria now invading even our vegetable fields, the root cause of every food recall and scare of late. It is the massive overflow of animal waste from these corporate cesspools that must be traced and STOPPED, not the well cared for flocks of small local farmers.

These are just some of the things that a real food safety bill would do. And we will not settle for pig in poke like HR 875 no matter how much lipstick they try to put on it. So if have not yet submitted our action page opposing the bad bill, please do so as well.

Stop HR 875 Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum959.php

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

usalone307b:243559



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Nullification: A Constitutional History

http://www.lewrockwell.com/wilson/wilson30.html



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Bailout Bonds?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/bailout-bonds.html



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BotNetz Deutschland

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Wall Street Chooses Greed over Workers, Employee Free Choice Act

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/04/09-6



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Bagram: The Father of Guantanamo

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/09-13

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Past Masters at Torture

By Iftekhar A. Khan

American propensity for using innocuous acronyms to cover heinous crimes is unsurpassed. Bagram (Afghanistan) torture centre renamed Bagram Theatre Internment Facility (BTIF) reportedly is to extend by investing $60 million. So torture as US state policy will continue.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22583.htm



Complicity and Accountability on Torture

By Dan Froomkin

There is anger from the left - and not just the left - about an inexcusable Bush policy. There are demons in the closet, and shutting the door on them won't make them go away. Better to deal with it now, when a new president's idealism is still fresh. It will take idealism to face the torture issue.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22582.htm



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Lesson From Vermont: Don't Cower, Push

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/09-12



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Obama's Military Budget

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/04/09-0

How Many Democrats Will Stand Up to Obama's Bloated Military Budget and $75 Billion More in War Spending?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/09-5

Revive Lincoln's Monetary Policy: an Open Letter to President Obama
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/09-6

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Obama seeks $83.4 billion in war money

Louisville Courier-Journal

04/09/09

President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday for $83.4 billion for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, pressing for special troop funding that he opposed two years ago when he was senator and George W. Bush was president. Obama’s request, including money to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, would push the costs of the two wars to almost $1 trillion since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the Congressional Research Service. The additional money would cover operations into the fall...

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Recession Anxiety Seeps Into Everyday Lives

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/09-1



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Requiem for the War on Terror

Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com: "This is the way the Global War on Terror (also known, in Bush-era jargon, as GWOT) ends, not with a bang, not with parades and speeches, but with an obscure memo, a few news reports, vague denials, and a seemingly off-handed comment (or was it a carefully calculated declaration?) from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "The administration has stopped using the phrase ['war on terror'] and I think that speaks for itself. Obviously."

http://www.truthout.org/040909T

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Breaking The Silence

Video By Award winning journalist John Pilger

A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror".
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12555.htm



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On Anniversary of Saddam's Fall, Iraqi Protesters Vent Against US

Jane Arraf, The Christian Science Monitor: "Tens of thousands of Iraqis crowded into the square Thursday where Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled, along with his regime, six years ago. Waving posters of Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr and demanding that President Obama fulfill his promise to withdraw US troops, their presence underscored the eagerness of many Iraqis to see the US leave - but also their apprehension about what comes next, especially after a week of bombings that have marred months of relative calm."

http://www.truthout.org/040909R

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General Ray Odierno: We may miss Iraq withdrawal deadline US troop numbers in Mosul and Baqubah, in the north of the country, could rise rather than fall over the next year if necessary, General Ray Odierno told The Times in his first interview with a British newspaper since taking over from General David Petraeus in September.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article6069734.ece


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