Mittwoch, 1. Februar 2006

The Biggest Secret: the meaning of the recent NSA spying scandal

Thomas Powers explores the meaning of the recent NSA spying scandal and the abject failure of Congress (or the American public) to rein in this administration. Put plainly, the President decided to attack Iraq, he brushed caution and objection aside, and Congress, the press, and the people, with very few exceptions, stepped back out of the way and let him do it.

Tale of Two Presidents

Five difficult years in office have left the White House straining under the weight of its own contradictions. That was abundantly clear in the State of the Union address. The State of the Union was a tale of two presidents. One was gracious about his opponents, seeking common ground for the sake of the nation's future. The other accused his critics of being isolationists, pacifists, protectionists and unpatriotic.

Bush Stretches to Defend Surveillance

President Bush received a roaring ovation Tuesday for his prime-time defense of wiretapping phone calls without warrants. But Bush's explanation relied on assumptions that have been widely questioned by experts who say the president offers a debatable interpretation of history.

We're taking the fight to them


Also, don't forget to join Representatives Conyers, Pallone, Holt, McDermott and others reacting to the State of the Union, as well as your comments and questions, at the DCCC blog after President Bush's speech:

2006 will be a banner year for Democrats and for America. The DCCC needs to have your support in this fight. We will continue to hold Republicans accountable for every rubber stamp vote they make benefiting their special interests at the expense of American families. Thanks for standing with us.

John Lapp
Executive Director,

The state of our Union cannot be strong if the president continues to violate the law

Groundhog Day

As government officials keep more and more information from us, they are in turn increasingly less accountable for what they do, since we have no idea they're doing it. Those are small things with grave consequences.


Groundhog Day

James K. Galbraith writes, "Let's see ... It's August. Bush is in Crawford on a 'working vacation.' His polls are in the tank. Congress is in revolt. The economy is going soft. The next elections don't look good. Cheney is off in Wyoming, or wherever he goes. It's 2001. No, it's 2006."

NSA Expands, Centralizes Domestic Spying

NSA is aligning its growing domestic eavesdropping operations -- what the administration calls "terrorist warning" in its current PR campaign -- with military homeland defense organizations, as well as the CIA's new domestic operations .

Former ADF head issues warning over US alliance

A former chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), retired Admiral Chris Barrie, has delivered a grim prediction on the state of Australia's defence alliance with the United States.

From Information Clearing House

War pimp alert: Iran 'has bomb and trying to make more'

A well-known US nuclear proliferation and terrorism expert told Gulf News yesterday that Tehran not only has the nuclear bomb, it is seeking to "duplicate them in large numbers before revealing their existence to the world".

Iran Papers Are for an Atomic Bomb

A document obtained by Iran on the nuclear black market serves no other purpose than to make an atomic bomb, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

Is Iran Building Nukes? An Analysis

The testable part of the claim -- that the Bushehr reactor is a proliferation threat -- is demonstrably false.

Nuclear Iran is not a threat

Why is all this pressure being mounted against Iran when both Washington and Jerusalem unofficially concede that there is nothing to be done to prevent Iran’s government from continuing along its present course of nuclear development?

Big companies pulling out of Iran

Some major finance and energy companies are cutting commercial ties with Iran as US authorities step up enforcement of existing sanctions and international diplomatic pressure builds over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

U.S. Instigated Iran's Nuclear Program 30 Years Ago:

White House staff members, who are trying to prevent Iran from developing its own nuclear energy capacity and who refuse to take military action against Iran "off the table," have conveniently forgotten that the United States was the midwife to the Iranian nuclear program 30 years ago.

From Information Clearing House

Japan to leave Iraq in May

Japan will withdraw its ground troops from southern Iraq by the end of May along with pullouts by the British and Australian forces from the area, Japanese media outlets have reported citing sources in the Japanese Government.

From Information Clearing House

John Edwards: "The America We Believe In"

John Edwards writes that America risks losing its position as a global leader and its reputation as the land of opportunity if it continues on the course that President Bush has set.

A Night of Fear Mongering, Big Time

Protest gegen Gentechnik-Mais

Aktions-Mittel gentechfreier Mais: Protest gegen Gentechnik-Mais in Brandenburg (01.02.06)

Mit einem riesigen Maiskolben haben Gentechnikgegner am Dienstag auf einem Feld bei Strausberg (Brandenburg) gegen den Anbau von Genmais demonstriert. Auf dem Feld beim Strausberger Ortsteil Ruhlsdorf ist nach Angaben des Aktionsbündnisses gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft Berlin-Brandenburg der Anbau von Genmais geplant. Der Eigentümer habe vier Felder mit insgesamt 20 Hektar Fläche ins Standortregister eintragen lassen. Die Felder liegen den Angaben zufolge im Naturpark "Märkische Schweiz", in einem europäischen Vogelschutzgebiet und in unmittelbarer Nähe zu einem Naturschutzgebiet und den Feldern eines Ökobauern.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Weniger ALG I: Volkssolidarität befürchtet "Talfahrt in die Armut"


Der Bundesverband Volkssolidarität kritisiert Änderungen beim Arbeitslosengeld I (ALG I) zum 1. Februar 2006. Verbandspräsident Gunnar Winkler sagte am Mittwoch in Berlin, dieses Datum werde als "schwarzer Tag für Arbeitslose in die Geschichte eingehen". Seit Monatsbeginn erhielten Arbeitnehmer über 55 Jahre nur noch längstens 18 Monate ALG I statt bislang bis zu 36 Monaten. Die "drastische Reduzierung der Anspruchsdauer" beschleunigt nach Auffassung Winklers die "Talfahrt in die Armut".

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

52.000 Verfahren: "Hartz IV" beschert Sozialgerichten offenbar einmalige Klagewelle


Die "Hartz IV"-Reform hat offenbar eine bei einer Gesetzesänderung einmalige Klagewelle vor den Sozialgerichten ausgelöst. Gut ein Jahr nach dem Start von "Hartz IV" seien bereits rund 52.000 Verfahren um die Regelungen registriert worden, teilte der Präsident des Bundessozialgerichts (BSG), Matthias von Wulffen, am Mittwoch in Kassel mit.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Nukleares Wettrüsten

Auch wenn der Iran derzeit im Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit steht, so weist die Ankündigung von Putin, dass mit neuen Raketen jedes Raketenabwehrsystem ausgetrickst werden könne, auf einen gefährlichen Rüstungstrend hin.

Biometrie-Pass erfolgreich gehackt


Fortschritt der Technik: Nun lassen sich Pässe berührungslos kopieren und fälschen.

Wir werden uns dem Bösen niemals unterwerfen

In seiner 5. State of the Union-Rede hielt Bush an der Führungsrolle
der USA fest, bezeichnete das Land als vom Öl abhängig und blieb
ansonsten bei Gemeinplätzen.

Last Night's State of the Union: Global Warming Still Not a Priority

Last night, President Bush talked about a new energy economy. But when you completely ignore the biggest challenge of all -- global warming -- your plans will never measure up.

Using government subsidies for favored energy programs is thinking small. Instead, America needs a bold plan to limit global warming pollution and unleash the market to create a new energy economy.

The U.S. must pass a market-based cap on global warming pollution as the first meaningful step to reduce our emissions and spur private sector investment in the new energy technologies the president supports.

We are fully engaged at every level to see that 2006 is a year of real action. Our campaign activities include:

- Launching a new public education campaign. In the coming weeks, you will get an inside look at our most ambitious national public messaging campaign to date. The campaign will include television, radio, print and online ads and a new website to help us reach millions with our message.

- Strengthening on-the-ground grassroots organizing. In key states where we hope to win over the support of swing senators, we have built statewide outreach and education campaigns. These efforts have focused on building coalitions with industries and citizen groups most at risk as global warming changes our world.

- Getting the science right. Last year, we hired Bill Chameides, one of the world's foremost experts in atmospheric science, to lead our team of global warming scientists. We will use this expertise to make sure we are promoting the most effective policies.

With your continued support, we are doing all that can be done to make 2006 the year of historic action in the fight to stop global warming. No environmental threat is more urgent.

Thank you for being part of this crucial effort to reduce global warming.

Steve Cochran
Campaign Director,
Campaign to Stop Global Warming

The modern blots on the landscape

Today (1st Feb) a feature article appeared in Sussex wide paper The Argus titled "The modern blots on the landscape" by Sara Wallis. As usual it was lengthy and windy - little more than quotes from concerned residents, city councillors, and with the inevitable last words given to Telecom spokespeople. Below are some of their gems - I think it would help if people wrote to the letters page which is good at publishing letters (if they are no more than 250 words and ideally locally relevant) as Brighton & Hove are now a microwave nightmare. Send letters to



O2 spokesman: "The antennae are completely safe. There is no danger at all from them"

T Mobile spokeswoman: "Base atations are low powered radio transmitters and it is important to recognise that the radio frequency signal from the masts represents only one source in everyday lives"

"The radio waves from nearby base stations are favourably comparable to exposure from distant masts and from TV and FM radio and other transmitters".

"Based on 40 years of research T Mobile is confident its base stations, operatiing within strict national and international guidelines recognised by the World Health Organisation, do not present a health risk".

Omega this is not true. See under:

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under:

Erwerbslosigkeit als Alltag: Ein Tag Hartz 4

„Es ist 8:00 Uhr am Morgen, ich bin gerade aufgewacht. Kein Wecker klingeln hat mich geweckt. Nein, dieses Gerät wäre auch überflüssig und ohne einen sinnvollen Zweck für mich. Einen Wecker brauche ich seit über einem halben Jahr nicht mehr, denn seit dieser Zeit bin ich arbeitslos. Langsam und ohne große Lust verlasse ich mein Bett. Nun folgt das allmorgendliche Ritual, schnell einen Kaffee kochen, eine Zigarette nehmen, den Fernseher einschalten. So sitze ich, im noch immer andauernden Halbschlaf, vor dem Fernseher, und überlege, welcher Tag heute ist und was ich noch zu gedenken tue…“ Autobiografischer Bericht von Jens Neugebauer auf der Seite von

Aus: LabourNet, 1. Februar 2006

Altersarbeitslosigkeit, der direkte Weg in die Armut

Informationen zur 58-Regelung auf der neuen Web-Site von Theodor Nussbaum, die sich speziell mit dem Problem des Leistungsbezuges für ältere Arbeitslose befasst.

Gesetzliche Befristungsmöglichkeit von Arbeitsverhältnissen älterer Arbeitnehmer ab dem 52. Lebensjahr verstößt gegen EU-Recht

„…passend zur jüngsten Diskussion um die vorgezogene Erhöhung des Rentenalters und die daraus resultierende Notwendigkeit, Arbeitsplätze für ältere Arbeitnehmer zu schaffen (vielleicht auch für jüngere, Herr Müntefering?) beschäftigt sich unser neues Mandanteninfo mit den Auswirkungen des Hartz-Papiers auf „ältere“ Arbeitnehmer. Die letzte Bundesregierung hat 2002 allen Ernstes behauptet, die Abschaffung des Kündigungsschutzes für Arbeitnehmer ab dem 52. Lebensjahr würde einen Anreiz für Arbeitgeber darstellen, diesen Personenkreis vermehrt einzustellen und hat deshalb die Altersgrenze in § 14 Abs. 3 TzBfG auf 52 Jahre abgesenkt. Das ist natürlich unter mehreren Aspekten Unsinn, jedenfalls arbeitsmarktpolitisch. Untersuchungen des WSI (Pfarr u.a., Der Kündigungsschutz zwischen Wahrnehmung und Wirklichkeit, ISBN: 3-87988-922-8; 148 Seiten, Preis: 19,80 €) haben ergeben, dass zwischen einer Lockerung des Kündigungsschutzes und Neueinstellungen keine Verbindungen existieren. Im Übrigen nützt die Einstellung älterer Arbeitnehmer überhaupt nichts, wenn sie zu Lasten jüngerer Arbeitnehmer geht. Tatsächlich sind sog. ältere Arbeitnehmer nach Änderung des § 14 Abs. 3 TzBfG auch keineswegs vermehrt eingestellt worden. Die Maßnahme des Gesetzgebers hat also erwartungsgemäß nicht gegriffen, so dass sich die Frage stellt: wie will denn die neue Bundesregierung mehr Arbeitsplätze für ältere Arbeitnehmer schaffen, wenn das Rentenalter noch schneller angehoben wird? Nun hat der europäische Gerichtshof (EuGH) aber auch noch entschieden, dass die genannte Regelung des § 14 Abs. 3 TzBfG gegen zwingendes EU-Recht verstößt. Einzelheiten entnehmen Sie bitte dem beigefügten Mandanteninfo. Wir sind alle schon sehr gespannt, welches Borstenvieh unsere Politiker nun durch das Dorf jagen werden…“ Aus dem Anschreiben für das Mandanteninfo des Anwaltsbüros Bell & Windirsch vom Februar 2006 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 1. Februar 2006

Terrorismusbekämpfung und Grundrechte

Einzigartige und innovative Methoden. Im "Krieg gegen den Terror" untergraben die USA systematisch menschen- und völkerrechtliche Regeln „"Wir foltern nicht", behauptet Georg W. Bush. Der US-Präsident reagierte damit auf die Anschuldigungen der Washington Post, wonach US-Geheimdienste Menschen entführen, um sie außerhalb der USA in geheimen Gefängnissen zu misshandeln. Seit 2001 habe die CIA zeitweise in acht Ländern Foltergefängnisse unterhalten - auch in Europa, so die US-Zeitung. Die Erkenntnis, dass der US-Geheimdienst mutmaßliche Terrorverdächtige in einem Netzwerk geheimer Haftanstalten außerhalb der USA festhält, ist jedoch nicht neu - ebenso wenig wie die Tatsache, dass die US-Behörden in ihrem "Krieg gegen den Terror" die Genfer Konventionen über die Behandlung von Kriegsgefangenen wie auch die UN-Konvention gegen Folter verletzen…“ Artikel von „mb.“ In ak - analyse & kritik - Zeitung für linke Debatte und Praxis vom 20.1.2006

Sicherheit als einzige Antwort auf den Terror? Vom Verlust der Freiheit, dem Kapitalismus der Angst und der Privatisierung der Gewalt

„Wenn irgendwann die Historiker das 21. Jahrhundert mit dem 11. September 2001 beginnen lassen werden, so kaum deswegen, weil an diesem Tag etwas qualitativ Neues geschehen wäre oder gar die Welt im Angesicht der einstürzenden Neubauten mit Erkenntnis geschlagen wurde. Anstatt zu fragen: Warum? folgte das übliche: Was nun? Die darauf gefundene Antwort ließ kaum einen Monat auf sich warten und war auch nicht neu. Auf den privatisierten Terror folgte der Krieg der Staaten. Dabei unterschied sich diese Antwort von jenen der vergangenen Jahrhunderte weniger in der Wahl der Mittel als vielmehr in deren Qualität. Wenn dieser Beginn des neuen Jahrhunderts also eines beweist, dann, dass die vermeintlichen Fortschritte und Lehren des 20. Jahrhunderts im 21. nicht angekommen sind…“ Artikel von Michael Plöse vom 29.01.2006 auf telepolis

Kommunikationsfreiheit und Datenschutz > Datenschutz > Arbeitnehmerdatenschutz > Spionage beim Betriebsrat Siemens in München

Datenausspähung: Eine seltsame Verstrickung von Siemens und Justiz, Zufällen, Irrtümern, Missverständnissen - oder doch geheime Absicht? Kollege Zufall hilft. Siemens und Justiz bei der Ausspähung von Betriebsratsdaten

„Ein Drama, gespielt vom wahren Leben. Die Autoren des Dramas möchten nicht genannt werden“ beim NetzwerkIT

Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit

Gewalt nimmt zu: 63 Journalisten getötet, mehr als 1.300 bedroht oder attackiert

Pressefreiheit-Bilanz 2005 von Reporter ohne Grenzen vom 4.1.06 (pdf)

Ausländer- und Asylrecht

Baden-Württemberg verhindert die Integration

Neue Befunde bekräftigen behördliche Diskriminierung durch „Loyalitätstest“ in Baden-Württemberg

„Das Innenministerium von Baden-Württemberg hat im September 2005 seinen Behörden eine klare Anweisung gemacht, wonach alle Muslime unter Generalverdacht zu stellen sind. Das geht aus einem Schreiben
(Aktenzeichen 5-1012 4/12) hervor, das der Süddeutschen Zeitung vorliegt. Darin heißt es: „Bei jedem Muslim, der sich einbürgern lassen will, besteht Zweifel an der inneren Hinwendung zu Deutschland.“ Daher solle jedem „muslimischen“ Einbürgerungswilligen ein Fragekatalog vorgelegt werden, der die Gesinnung prüfe…“ Artikel von Hüseyin Avgan, DIDF-Vorsitzender, vom 31.01.2006 bei DIDF

Nein zum Loyalitätstest. Ja zur Einbürgerung

„Migranten, die sich einbürgern wollen, haben es in Baden-Württemberg seit Anfang des Jahres nicht leicht. Das Innenministerium stellt alle Menschen, die aus einem muslimischen Land eingewandert sind, unter Generalverdacht und unterzieht sie einem diskriminierenden Loyalitätstest…“ Flugblatt von Föderation der Demokratischen Arbeitervereine – DIDF (pdf)

Baden-Württemberg: Gesprächsleitfaden für die Einbürgerungsbehörden. Bekenntnis zur freiheitlichen demokratischen Grundordnung nach dem Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz (StAG)

Gesprächsleitfaden für die Einbürgerungsbehörden, Stand 01.09.2005, veröffentlicht bei

Aus: LabourNet, 1. Februar 2006

Ihr Geschäft heißt Krieg: gemeinsam gegen NATO-Kriegskonferenz am 3. und 4. Februar 2006 in München

NATO-Sicherheitskonferenz am 3. und 4. Februar 2006 in München

Raus gegen die Nato-Kriegskonferenz - they make war, we make trouble Aufruf gegen die NATO-Kriegskonferenz (pdf)

Für Frieden und soziale Gerechtigkeit weltweit – Nein zu Krieg und Militarisierung Bündnis-Aufruf zu Protesten gegen die NATO-Militärtagung am 3./4. Februar 2006 in München

Ihr Geschäft heißt Krieg. Gemeinsam gegen die NATO-Kriegskonferenz in München 3.-5. Februar 2006

„Einen bereits angekündigten Pressetermin hat der Veranstalter ohne Angaben von Gründen abgesagt, die Namen der Teilnehmer will er auch drei Wochen vor der Konferenz nicht nennen und das "Regionalthema" für den zweiten Konferenztag stehe auch noch nicht fest, heißt es knapp auf der offiziellen Webseite ( Kurz vor der "42. Münchner Konferenz für Sicherheitspolitik", der früheren "Wehrkundetagung", hält sich der Deutschland-Chef des US-Rüstungskonzerns Boeing, Horst Teltschik, äußerst bedeckt…“ Artikel vom AutorInnenKollektiv SehStörung im ak - analyse & kritik - Zeitung für linke Debatte und Praxis vom 20.1.2006

Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz (früher: Wehrkundetagung) - Informationen, Dokumente, Hintergründe

Dossier zur "Sicherheitskonferenz" bei der AG Friedensforschung an der Uni Kassel

Was heißt hier Sicherheit? Am Mittwoch, 1. / Donnerstag, 2. Februar
2006 findet eine Alternativenkonferenz im Einewelthaus und im DGB-Haus München statt. Siehe Programm

Homepage des Aktionsbündnisses gegen die NATO-Sicherheitskonferenz mit Protestterminen und weiteren Infos

Aus: LabourNet, 1. Februar 2006


Münchner "Sicherheitskonferenz": Ein Stelldichein von Oberbefehlshabern im Krieg

Pressemitteilung des Bundesausschusses Friedensratschlag vom 2.2.06

Sicherheitstipps zur Sicherheitskonferenz

„Seit Jahresbeginn können in Bayern Telefone und Internetverbindungen auch ohne Verdacht abgehört und geortet werden. Diese verfassungswidrige Änderung des Polizeiaufgabengesetzes gilt natürlich auch für unbequeme Aktivisten und Demonstranten. Bis zur Klarstellung durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht gilt das Recht des sich besser schützenden?..“ Artikel von Linkes Aufklärungskommando vom
02.02.2006 bei indymedia

Aus: LabourNet, 3. Februar 2006

IT-Branche möchte möglichst wenig Daten speichern

EU-Richtlinie zur Vorrats – Datenspeicherung: Mobilfunker finden, dass sechs Monate genug sind

Von Franz Zauner

Auch Justizministerium für Sechs-Monate-Frist

Handys sind verräterisch. Das hat zuletzt der Saliera-Dieb am eigenen Leib erfahren müssen. Fahndungserfolge wie dieser sind Wasser auf die Mühlen jener, welche eine akkurate Umsetzung der EU-Richtlinie zur Vorrats – Datenspeicherung verlangen. Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten können die Speicherdauer in einer Bandbreite zwischen 6 und 24 Monaten selbst bestimmen. Die österreichische IT-Branche hofft auf eine Festlegung am unteren Limit. Das Justizministerium dürfte ihnen entgegen kommen.
Datenspeicherung ist ein Kostenfaktor: Pro Tag fallen alleine in Österreich 60 bis 100 Millionen Datensätze an. Diese auswertbar zu speichern, würde den österreichischen Mobilfunk-Netzbetreibern teuer zu stehen kommen. "Wir sollten bei der Sechs-Monate-Frist bleiben", fordert Klaus M. Steinmaurer, Leiter der Rechtsabteilung von T-Mobile. "Alles andere wäre überschießend und nicht notwendig", erklärte er bei der Veranstaltung Mobile Business 06 in Wien.

Praktisch alle einschlägigen Firmen von Microsoft bis Siemens sind sich in dieser Frage einig: Lange Vorratsdatenspeicherung sei unnütz, heißt es unisono. 80 Prozent aller Abfragen durch Polizei und Gerichte würden innerhalb von drei Monaten erfolgen, 99 Prozent innerhalb eines Jahres. Je länger der Speicherzeitraum und je größer die Datenmenge, umso eher sinkt die Aufklärungswahrscheinlichkeit, glaubt Steinmaurer, der Polizei und Gerichten vorwirft, mitunter übers Ziel zu schießen. "Von den richterlichen Aufträgen (zur Herausgabe von Daten) müssen wir elf Prozent zurückweisen", erklärte Steinmaurer gegenüber Heise Online .

Die Politik ist in dieser Frage noch uneins: Wie aus dem Justizministerium verlautet, möchte man generell die Sechs-Monate-Frist verankern. Im Innenministerium wünscht man sich ein Jahr Speicherdauer bei Telefon- und 6 Monate bei Internetdaten. 24 Monate stehen derzeit in keinem Entwurf zur Diskussion.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Nachricht von der BI Bad Dürkheim

RESIDENTS' anger at phone mast plans

By Nicolette Allen

ANGRY residents living near the site of a proposed mobile phone mast are concerned about the number of masts cropping up all over Worcester.

O2 UK is planning to install a 17.5 metre pole at the Hylton Road Industrial Estate, Hylton road and another 15 metre high monopole in the residential area of Oldbury Road, St Johns, between Ambrose Close and Brookside Road.

Gordon and Pam Roberts from Ambrose Close said they were very concerned about the installation of a new mast.

"We don't know enough about the dangers of these phone masts to have them put up all over the place," said Mrs Roberts.

"The phone company could have chosen to install the mast in the countryside somewhere, rather than here in a residential area of a city."

City council planning officer Paul O'Connor said the council had received letters of complaint and rejection from people living in the Oldbury Road area.

"These rejections are mainly on the basis of concern about health issues," he said.

"However, from a health perspective the installation satisfies all international standards of safety and in terms of appearance, the mast is designed to have as little overall impact on the surrounding area as possible."

Omega this is not true. See under:

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under:

Spokesman for O2 Angela Johnson said a tremendous amount of research has been conducted into the safety of these masts.

"These are very low powered two way radio transmitters, with less power than a mobile phone," she said.

"We only put these monopoles where we absolutely need them, but this is a consumer driven business and the majority of people value a good mobile phone service."

A decision will be made by the city council's planning committee today (Thursday) with a recommendation that prior approval is granted.

• What do YOU think? Should there be tighter rules governing the positioning of phone masts? Do we need to know more about possible health issues relating to them? Write to the editor today with your views.

Lettre Ouverte à Monsieur Jacques Pélissard Président de l'Association des Maires de France (AMF)

Téléphonie mobile : Guide des Bonnes Pratiques entre Maires et Opérateurs & Propositions à l'AMF et à l'AFOM.

- Communiqué du Groupe de Travail "Téléphonie Mobile et Santé " de l'Association des Maires de France (AMF).

DEVELOPMENT: Protest at mast close to school

PARENTS are protesting against plans to build a mobile phone mast close to a primary school.

Mother-of-two Michelle Esposito, of Otago Road, Whittlesey, started a petition when Vodafone submitted proposals to build the mast on a grass verge next to Alderman Jacobs Primary School.

She said: "I know we all use mobiles, but to put the mast next to a school and in a residential area is ridiculous.

"Parents with children at the school have signed the petition, as well as residents in neighbouring streets.

"Nobody wants the mast to go there, and everyone has been very supportive.

"The site is on an open piece of grass verge. There are no trees or buildings to disguise it, so it will be an eyesore."

If given the green light, the 10m-high mobile phone mast will be placed at the junction of Drybread Road, Bassenhally Road and Otago Road – just metres from the school.

Mrs Esposito collected about 100 signatures, and sent the petition to Fenland District Council planning office last week.

She added: "I know of two previous phone mast applications which have been turned down in Whittlesey, and residents objected against those.

"One proposed site was near the fire station, and another for the other end of Drybread Road.

"I know there are no proven health risks involved with these masts, but this one shouldn't be put so close to the school."

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A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: "We can confirm we have plans for a new mast in Drybread Road, Whittlesey. We can't comment further until the plans have been finalised."

Wendy Coles, spokeswoman for Fenland District Council, said: "If an application is made to put a mobile phone mast up, the company has to comply with government guidelines.

"In this case, Vodafone complied with guidelines, and a 56-day period to consider the application ends this week.

"The only way it could be refused is n grounds of visual impact.

"Its proximity to a school would not be an issue for refusal."

A decision on the mast will be made by the council on Monday.

01 February 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.


The truth is now plainly exposed for all who will see it.

There are 19 senators elected as Democrats who will NOT fight for the people, no matter how we plead, and no matter in what numbers. It is not the job of the resource which sends these alerts to endorse or not endorse any candidate. However, if YOU feel strongly that these senators need to be replaced as soon as possible with candidates more loyal and true, the way to do that is through primary election challenges.

The immense side benefit of such an action is that by demonstrating that there are immediate repercussions for betraying our interests, perhaps it will put enough of the fear of the electorate into them to get our "representatives" to start to listen to the voice of the people on other votes coming up. If you live in the states of New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Delaware, Hawaii, or Washington, the next section will give detailed instructions on how YOU can register as a candidate and win. Otherwise watch future alerts for how you can join these and other actions.


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SWEEP Bulletin #14

The Senators who voted to extend debate did everything possible to defeat the nomination of Samuel Alito

At the Democratic Forum to Impeach Bush, Attended by Cindy Sheehan and Ramsey Clark among others on Monday in Washington D.C. it was brought up that 9/11 was an inside job and the Washington Post printed it in part #2 below.

Part #1 Tasting Victory

Part #2 Tasting Victory, Liberals

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Thank the senators who stood against Alito Easy one click to send thanks to all the Senators who were in favor of a Filibuster and those who voted against Alito.

We are not going to try to put an upbeat spin on it; Samuel Alito confirmation today as the newest member of the Supreme Court is bad news. But we’re in this for the long haul, and the work for a more just and sustainable America will continue. Thousands of TrueMajority members called Congress, and tens of thousands more sent letters asking senators to stand up for a filibuster and allow for a full debate of Samuel Alito’s record. Twenty-five senators did this, and in doing so showed political courage in the face of overwhelming odds. A total of 42 stood up against Judge Alito’s appointment during the final vote.

Click here to thank the senators who stood up for a filibuster:

Click here to thank all the senators who voted against Alito: It’s important to keep working hard for the type of country we want, but also important to let those who stand with us know we appreciate their efforts. According to Ralph Neas, the head of People for the American Way, "Senators who voted to extend debate did everything possible to defeat the nomination of Samuel Alito to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. They also upheld the Senats crucial role in our system of checks and balances. We believe that time will confirm the wisdom of their attempt to defeat this nominee". Let show them our gratitude by sending them a thank you letter. Let them know that they did the right thing and have our support. Thanks for all that you do, Matt Holland TrueMajority P.S. To see how senators voted on Alito's confirmation, click here. Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.


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Cindy Sheehan: "I was arrested before the State of the Union Address"

What Really Happened

by Cindy Sheehan

Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 01:19:44 AM PDT

Dear Friends,

As most of youI was arrested before the State of
the Union Address have probably heard, tonight.

I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we
have lost in our country.

There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press.
(Shocker) So this is what really happened:

This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I
was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address. At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2245 Dead. How many more?

After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about
going to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn't feel comfortable going. I
knew George Bush would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn't disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the
ticket and I didn't want to be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in
fact, had given the ticket to John Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans
Against the War. However, Lynn's office had already called the media and
everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up and went.

I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara
Lee's staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we
went to the Capitol via the undergroud tunnel. I went through security
once, then had to use the rest room and went through security again.

My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person
who in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat.

I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs
back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right
to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled;
"Protester." He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and
roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said
something like "I'm going, do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his
name is Mike Weight.

The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out
of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me
outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said,
"That's Cindy Sheehan." At which point the officer who arrested me said:
"Take these steps slowly." I said, "You didn't care about being careful
when you were dragging me up the other steps." He said, "That's because
you were protesting." Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House
because I was, "Protesting."

I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I
was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been
asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the
suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and
roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off
and arrested for "unlawful conduct."

After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice
Sgt. came in and looked at my shirt and said, "2245, huh? I just got
back from there."

I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss
hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I
have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started
crying in pain.

What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans
die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for
still? For this? I can't even wear a shirt that has the number of troops
on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are
responsible for killing.

I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be
there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would
have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have
unzipped my jacket during George's speech. If I had any idea what
happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons uncomfortable
that I would be arrested...maybe I would have, but I didn't.

There have already been many wild stories out there.

I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit
against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is
time to take our freedoms and our country back.

I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether
he/she has paid the ultimate price for that country, from wearing,
saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the
government. That's why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties
back. That's why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away
from me...or you.

I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to
the jail while I was locked up to show their support....we have so much
potential for good...there is so much good in so many people.

Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am
so upset and sore it is hard to think straight.

Keep up the struggle...I promise you I will too.

Love and peace soon,


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.~ Margaret Mead

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From the Los Angeles Times

Sheehan Removed From House Chamber Before Speech

From Associated Press

6:20 PM PST, January 31, 2006

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was taken into custody by police in the House gallery tonight just before President Bush's State of the Union address.

Police escorted Sheehan from the visitors' gallery above the House chamber after causing a disruption, said a Capitol Police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the incident were sketchy.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., had invited Sheehan to the address as her guest.

"I'm proud that Cindy's my guest tonight," Woolsey said in an interview before the speech. "She has made a difference in the debate to bring our troops home from Iraq."

Woolsey offered Sheehan a ticket to the speech -- Gallery 5, seat 7, row A -- earlier Tuesday while Sheehan was attending an "alternative state of the union" press conference by CODEPINK, a group promoting the end of the Iraq war.,0,1887102.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 04:44:52 -0600

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Cindy Sheehan got as much press coverage as Bush on the State of the Union

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Stop and think about it? Our Cindy got as much press coverage as Bush on the State of the Union Speech!

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Barbara Lee challenges President Bush's State of the Union


Tue Jan 31, 2006 23:55

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairwomen Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Lynn Woolsey, D-Santa Rosa, painted an alternative state of the union picture Tuesday as a precursor to President Bush's much-anticipated evening speech.

The 62-member caucus' platform features a range of policies from bringing troops home from Iraq, and instituting congressional ethics reforms, universal health care and anti-poverty programs.

"Our nation faces a crisis and we stand at a crossroads," said Lee on Tuesday morning from Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. "Will we continue to be a nation of laws or a nation where the executive claims the privilege of lawlessness? Will we be a nation run for the benefit of big corporations and wealthy donors or a nation of opportunity, where people who work hard are rewarded and everyone has a shot at the American dream?"

Lee, viewed as one of Congress' most liberal members, was referring to the controversy over Bush's support of spying on Americans that may have ties to terrorists, the often too-cozy relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists and the Democrats' contention that conservative policies hurt the poor and help the rich.

Lee has introduced three bills related to the caucus' focus on eradicating poverty.

"Since President Bush took office, the number of poor people in America has grown by 17 percent, growing at a rate of more than 1 million each year," Lee said, and added that the number of children in extreme poverty grew by 500,000. "This is the real state of the so-called 'ownership society.' "

Lee seeks a presidential action plan for the eradication of poverty, a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the impact on poverty of pending federal legislation and a roll-back of tax cuts that Republicans support.

But she used her strongest words to criticize the president on the Iraq war.

"Tonight, the president will take to the stage to try and put a good face on a year of failures," she said. "One thing you won't hear him talk about, however, is the price of his reckless, unnecessary war in Iraq. You won't see him include the cost for the war in the budget that he submits to Congress next week, either.

"You see, the president doesn't have the courage to level with the American people about just how long his 'stay-the-course' policy will keep up in Iraq and how much it will cost, and ask the American people to sacrifice for it."

Details of the caucus members' proposals are available on-line at the , a liberal political magazine.

The Times' will feature local reaction to the president's speech from the full East Bay congressional delegation after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Lisa Vorderbrueggen covers politics. Reach her at 925-945-4773 or


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ABC graphic labels Bush address "America's Agenda"

Despite President Bush's approval ratings hovering in the low 40s and a January 29 ABC News/Washington Post poll showing a majority of the American people disapproving of his performance on nearly every major issue, ABC posted onscreen text reading "America's Agenda" beneath an image of Bush while anchor Elizabeth Vargas introduced ABC correspondent George Stephanopoulos's preview of the 2006 State of the Union address on the January 31 edition of World News Tonight.

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