Sonntag, 12. Februar 2006

Pakistan risks 'human catastrophe'

Human Rights Watch says the military must lift its curfew of the area, which has been in place for a full week, and airdrop essential food, water and medicine to the 200,000 residents trapped there.

From Information Clearing House

Concern mounts over US Predator covert killings

David Kilcullen, who was the chief counter-terrorism adviser to Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, has said that the programme should be scrapped. "Since 2006 we've killed 14 senior al-Qaeda leaders using drone strikes; in the same time period we've killed 700 Pakistani civilians in the same area. The drone strikes are highly unpopular." he said.

CIA's war in Pakistan

Along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, the US has deployed some of the most sophisticated killing machines ever created.\05\23\story_23-5-2009_pg7_14

From Information Clearing House

Aerial Bombing Makes Terrorists

Abdul Malik Mujahid, Truthout: "During the last thirty years of wars in Afghanistan, Afghan civilians have had one safe place to escape to: Pakistan. They fled the Soviet invasion. They fled civil wars. They fled US bombing. Pakistan took care of millions of these Afghan refugees. Now that safe haven with its lush green valleys is burning with bombs."

Bush, God, Iraq and Gog

Biblical Prophesy and the Iraq War

By Clive Hamilton

In 2003 while lobbying leaders to put together the Coalition of the Willing, President Bush spoke to France's President Jacques Chirac. Bush wove a story about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East and how they must be defeated.

UN: Refugee Crisis in Pakistan "Bigger Threat Than War"

CNN: "Nearly a half-billion dollars in 'urgent contributions' is needed, the United Nations said Friday, to aid displaced Pakistanis whose numbers are nearing 2 million."

Next-up News 11 Fev 2006


Sunday Meicury SAYS: Sacred mast

[February 12, 2006]

(Sunday Mercury Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)IS nothing sacred?

A parish church in Warwickshire is being offered pounds 3,750 a year to install a mobile phone mast in its tower.

Mobile phone masts have been linked with cancer and other diseases.

The parochial church council at St Mark's in Milverton, Leamington Spa, is considering the offer from phone giant Vodafone which would help the church to carry out missionary work in Africa.

Most of the congregation is said to be against the idea.

Let's pray that the right decision is made.

Technology Marketing Corp. 1997-2006

Bush's War Plan includes the Use of Nuclear Weapons

Informant: Kev Hall

Council approves disputed phone mast in south Dublin

[February 12, 2006]

(The Irish Times Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)A controversial mobile phone mast being built on a Garda station in south Dublin is within planning regulations, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said yesterday.

Vilicom, appointed to oversee the erection of telecommunication masts on State buildings, had begun building a replacement mast on Shankill Garda station to facilitate three mobile phone companies. A licence was given for the development from the Office of Public Works as part of its Transforming State Assets Programme. Residents opposed it.

Vilicom did not apply for planning permission, believing the work was exempt development under planning regulations. The council asked the OPW to stop all work on the mast until it ascertained whether it required planning permission.

The mast can hold up to 12 mobile phone antennae. Yesterday the council examined the mast and informed Vilicom it was satisfied that "planning legislation is being adhered to".

Three schools and two residential developments are within 500m of the mast, and residents had protested against its construction. Locals held a protest at the station yesterday to try to prevent the development from going ahead.

Eammon Keogh, spokesman for the Dorney Court Residents' Action Group, said there had been no consultation with the local community.

"Residents are furious that this is being done at a time when major question marks exist about these towers and their link to increased incidents of cancer and motor neurone disease," he said.

An OPW spokesman said the works were similar to those already undertaken at several other Garda stations throughout the State.

Green Party deputy Ciaran Cuffe called on the Minister for the Environment to close the loophole in the planning regulations which allowed such masts to be built without public consultation.

"The planning regulations are riddled with loopholes in this area. The regulations allow for a mast to be replaced, and for up to 12 additional antennae to be placed on it without public consultation," he said.

"This is not acceptable and I have tabled a question in the Dail to the Minister for the Environment asking him whether he intends to revise Class 31 of the 2001 Planning and Development Regulations to allow for public consultation through a formal planning process if additional telecommunications antennae are proposed to be placed on a mast."

Technology Marketing Corp. 1997-2006

Welcome to middle-class lockdown

Informant: Friends

Inquiry into Wiretapping Article Widens

Federal agents are pursuing a rapidly expanding criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a New York Times article published in December that disclosed the existence of a highly classified domestic eavesdropping program. The inquiry is progressing as a debate about the eavesdropping rages in Congress and elsewhere.

Republicans Challenge Wiretaps

When Representative Heather A. Wilson broke ranks with President Bush on Tuesday to declare her "serious concerns" about domestic eavesdropping, she gave voice to what some fellow Republicans were thinking, if not saying.

Use of the twilight zone of intelligence

The Shoe (Bomb) on the Other Foot

According to Jonathan Alter, the White House made perfect political use of the twilight zone of intelligence, citing President Bush's revelation about a foiled bomb plot which shows the dangers of declassification for purely partisan purposes.

Abramoff's Charity Began at Home

Disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff engaged in many charitable endeavors over the course of his decade-long career as a Washington insider, and used the nonprofits to evade taxes, pad his pockets and bribe officials.

Democrats Push Bill That Would Bar Third Parties in Races for Congress

Green Party leaders called on Congress to reject a House bill that combines public funding of congressional campaigns with a scheme to ban third party and independents from such races.

From Information Clearing House

A sheep-like nation is allowing Bush to erode our liberties and well-being

What is it going to take for the American people to wake up to the presidential coup d’état that is now under way, a takeover that is occurring in broad daylight by a president who has declared that as commander in chief he has unfettered power to fight an undeclared and never-ending war on terrorism, even if that means ignoring the courts, disregarding laws passed by Congress and circumventing the Bill of Rights in the process?

From Information Clearing House

We the Sheep

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Auditors Find Huge Fraud in FEMA Aid

Thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, suggesting that the $2.3 billion program was a victim of extensive fraud, a Congressional auditor will report Monday.

Bush lied over Katrina, sacked head of disaster agency says

Michael Brown, head of the federal disaster agency at the time of Hurricane Katrina, has reopened a painful wound for President George Bush, charging that the White House knew New Orleans' protective levees had broken far earlier than it had acknowledged.

From Information Clearing House

The Land of 10,770 Empty FEMA Trailers

Far from the victims of Katrina for whom they are meant, legions of wide-bodied mobile homes sit empty at Hope's Municipal Airport, a sprawling former military base. After all these months, storm victims can't seem to get the trailers, which are proving a mixed blessing to Hope and Arkansas.

Vodafone embroiled in Greek phone-tapping scandal

Vodafone's mobile phone operation in Greece has become embroiled in a phone-tapping scandal, nicknamed the Greek Watergate, after it discovered its network was being used to eavesdrop on the country's political and military elite.,,1703702,00.html

Suicide complicates Greek mobile phone spying conundrum

The suicide of a Greek telecommunications expert added to the murkiness surrounding the explosive revelations that eavesdroppers listened in on Greece's entire political and military elite, including the prime minister, for almost a year.

From Information Clearing House

Attention in NSA Debate Turns to Telecom Industry

Though much of official Washington has been caught up in the debate over the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program, one set of major players has kept a discreet silence: the telecommunications corporations.


US Suspected of Tapping Greek Leaders' Phones


This is what it takes:

One of “THEM” gets tapped,

All hell gets raised.

They never thought, or cared, we might suffer by having one of the masts practically in our bedroom.

So, Why didn’t WE buy these guys “TO DO THIS” years ago?

If we had, we would not have a health problem today.

So true.



Greece phone tap leads to new law

Mr Karamanlis announced tough new measures for the telecoms industry

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has announced tough new rules for mobile phone operators in his country.

It follows revelations that the mobile phones of the prime minister and other high-ranking officials were tapped for more than a year.

The prime minister said the new rules would provide greater privacy in communications and harsh punishments for those caught eavesdropping.

It is not yet known who was behind the phone tapping scandal.

Tough measures

The prime minister warned that mobile phone operators could face fines of up to 2m euros ($2.4m; £1.4m) and a temporary suspension of their licence.

"(We are) preparing more effective safeguards... and harsher penalties for those who are involved in such crimes, and for those who make use of the products of these crimes," the prime minister said in a televised address.

The tapping is said to have begun before the Athens Olympics in 2004 and lasted until March last year.

It was detected by a telephone company manager dealing with customers who had reported technical problems.

About 100 mobiles belonging to politicians from both parties are thought to have been monitored.

The new rules could pose problems for Vodafone Greece, the network provider targeted in the tapping.

The British company is Greece's second-largest mobile phone provider, and has 4.4m subscribers.


A burst of energy after recovering from a tummy bug becuase the e-mail from Sue was so far out! I just had to follow it up and do a Google. The Guardian Unlimite Article below gives more detail but there are some amazing conspiracy theories on the Internet to do with this.... Anyway how are the British Government paying for this? Would it be by letting the mobile phone companies do what they want in Britain with no controls at all?

Sue's original

Note: Did anyone see the feature in one of the colour supplemets of the d mail on sunday. It waas about an employee of vodaphone in greece, who supposedly committed suicide. A scandal is following because it appears that vodaphone have been bugging the Greeks, including the Premier, at the instigation of the British. It seems that the employee may have found out about this and that is why he was bumped off.

sue g

Vodafone Greece

To see this story with its related links on the Guardian Unlimited Business site, go to

Vodafone embroiled in Greek phone-tapping scandal Helena Smith in Athens Tuesday February 07 2006 The Guardian

Vodafone's mobile phone operation in Greece has become embroiled in a phone-tapping scandal, nicknamed the Greek Watergate, after it discovered its network was being used to eavesdrop on the country's political and military elite.

Last week, an inquiry was ordered by Costas Karamanlis, the prime minister, who was among the targets. It will focus on how spy software was installed within Vodafone's Greek mobile network before the 2004 Olympics. The spyware, understood to have been lurking within software bought from Ericsson, was spotted by the mobile phone operator last spring. When found, Vodafone disabled it and passed all the information on to the authorities.

The illegal device enabled the eavesdroppers, who are still to be traced, to monitor phones owned by Mr Karamanlis, as well as his foreign, defence and public order ministers from June 2004 to last March. Mobiles belonging to the heads of the armed forces, secret services and judiciary were also "tapped". Most of the bugging is believed to have taken place around the time of the Olympics in August, when Greece faced heavy pressure to step up security.

George Koronias, Vodafone Greece's chief executive, who is expected to be among the chief witnesses, said that he removed the device because it was his duty "towards my country and my company".

Critics, however, contend that by deactivating the device, which diverted calls to 14 "shadow" phones connected to a recording machine, Mr Koronias made it impossible for authorities to trace the interceptors.

The Greek authorities are also expected to look into the suicide of Kostas Tsalikides, Vodafone Greece's network planning manager, who took his own life on March 9 last year, shortly after the eavesdropping came to light. Vodafone however has made it plain that his death had nothing to do with the eavesdropping software.

Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited


Did anyone see the feature in one of the colour supplemets of the d mail on sunday. It was about an employee of vodaphone in greece, who supposedly committed suicide. A scandal is following because it appears that vodaphone have been bugging the Greeks, including the Premier, at the instigation of the British. It seems that the employee may have found out about this and that is why he was bumped off.

sue g

'Bush is certainly not welcome in India'

Seven political parties, including CPI, CPI(M) And Samajwadi Party, on Friday decided to oppose the forthcoming visit of US President George W Bush to the country.

From Information Clearing House

Use of force debate persist on Iran

In a private meeting with European diplomats this week, a former senior U.S. official raised the idea of launching a dozen B2 bombers in an air raid aimed at crippling key Iranian nuclear facilities.

Kicking the oil habit, all over the world

PRESIDENT BUSH was right to say that the United States is "addicted to oil" in his State of the Union address. : Other countries, including China and India, are just as addicted to oil, and unless we strive to suppress their appetites along with our own, the problems we face will continue to multiply.

Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, writes the intelligence community's former senior analyst for the Middle East, the Bush administration disregarded the community's expertise, politicized the intelligence process, and selected unrepresentative raw intelligence to make its public case.

From Information Clearing House

International Commission Delivers Verdicts on Bush Administration


Informant: C. Clark Kissinger

From ufpj-news

Stop Bush from hurting Working Families

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO is asking for our help in stopping Bush from hurting Working Families. See the Take Action page at their web site:

© Virginia Metze

VA Nurse Investigated for “Sedition” for Criticizing Bush

By Matthew Rothschild
February 8, 2006
The Progressive

Laura Berg is a clinical nurse specialist at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, where she has worked for 15 years.

Shortly after Katrina, she wrote a letter to the editor of the weekly paper the Alibi criticizing the Bush Administration.

After the paper published the letter in its September 15-21 issue, VA administrators seized her computer, alleged that she had written the letter on that computer, and accused her of “sedition.”

Here’s what her letter said.

“I am furious with the tragically misplaced priorities and criminal negligence of this government,” it began. “The Katrina tragedy in the U.S. shows that the emperor has no clothes!” She mentioned that she was “a VA nurse” working with returning vets. “The public has no sense of the additional devastating human and financial costs of post-traumatic stress disorder,” she wrote, and she worried about the hundreds of thousands of additional cases that might result from Katrina and the Iraq War." [...] Read the rest about her letter and those who are supporting her at See also MotherJones' blog:

ACLU of New Mexico Defends VA Employee Accused of ‘Sedition’ Over Criticism of Bush Administration


ALBUQUERQUE —The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today demanded an explanation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for investigating a federal employee who published an editorial critical of the Bush administration in a local newspaper.

In her letter to the weekly Alibi, Laura Berg, a clinical nurse specialist, criticized the Bush administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War, noting that, “as a VA nurse working with returning…vets, I know the public has no sense of the additional devastating human and financial costs of post-traumatic stress disorder.” She urged readers to “act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit.”

In September 2005, VA Information Security employees seized Berg’s office computer because they claimed “government equipment was used inappropriately…during government time for drafting an editorial letter.” No evidence was recovered to support that belief. [...] Read on at

© Virginia Metze




Informant: NHNE

Wärmerekord in der Arktis


Auf Spitzbergen verzeichnen Forscher des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts für Polar- und Meeresforschung die höchsten Januar-Temperaturen seit Beginn der Messungen vor 15 Jahren.

Uran: Tödlicher Rohstoff mit katastrophalen Umweltfolgen

Uran-Abbau führt zur großflächiger Umweltzerstörung. Jeder einzelne Schritt der nuklearen Brennstoffkette ist mit hohen Unfallrisiken behaftet, erzeugt Unmengen Atommüll und radioaktive Kontamination. Die Mär von der sauberen Atomkraft bekommt bei genauerem Hinsehen schnell schmutzige Flecken. Die Gesundheitsfolgen eines atomaren GAUs sind allgemein bekannt, verschwiegen werden jedoch die massiven Umweltzerstörungen durch den Uranabbau.

Jeder zweite atomare Störfall durch Irrtum


Jeder zweite Störfall in einem deutschen AKW hat mit menschlichem Versagen oder Irrtümern zu tun. Dies sagte der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Reaktorsicherheitskommission, Michael Sailer, in einem Interview mit der "Rheinpfalz".


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