Samstag, 1. Juli 2006

Das Pentagon gibt zu, aus Al Sarkawi eine Legende gemacht zu haben

10,000 EPA Scientists Protest Library Closures

In an extraordinary letter of protest, representatives for 10,000 US Environmental Protection Agency scientists are asking Congress to stop the Bush administration from closing the agency's network of technical research libraries.

Freddie Oakley on Voting Machine Sleepovers

"If e-voting systems can't be secured, perhaps they ought not be used at all. Period." Registrar Freddie Oakley speaks out on the Busby/Bilbray controversy and the crisis concerning deployment of hackable electronic voting systems.

Abramoff Had FBI Data

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff improperly obtained a top-secret FBI document and tried to use the information to aid his clients in the Pacific Island territories, according to a report released Friday by the Justice Department's inspector general.

Hollywood conservative files suit to stop mass surveillance by government

By John Holland
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted June 28 2006

HOLLYWOOD -- She's a lifelong Republican, a proud conservative who rails against big government and doesn't have time for whiny liberalism. Now she's siding with the ACLU.

Strange times indeed, Theresa Fortnash says.

The Hollywood woman has filed a lawsuit in Miami seeking to stop the government from gathering records on virtually every telephone call made within the United States. She wants a federal judge to block AT&T from handing phone logs to the federal government, even though President Bush says the program is critical to national security.

"I know people are going to say I'm hurting our country, and that's why I thought a long, long time before doing this,'' said Fortnash, a computer database designer and mother of a 10-year-old daughter. "But I love my country, and this program goes against everything our country is about and everything my party has been about."

At the heart of Fortnash's lawsuit is the National Security Agency's attempt to build a giant database of telephone calls made by Americans, hoping to find patterns that will root out terrorists. Fortnash is the first to file suit in Florida, her lawyer said, joining a list of plaintiffs around the country, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who say phone companies are illegally sharing the information with the federal government.

The lawsuits have broad implications not only for consumers, but for the surveillance program federal officials call a linchpin of national security. The Justice Department has already filed motions hoping to quash similar actions in San Francisco, Detroit and New Jersey, and is expected to weigh in on Fortnash's lawsuit.

The Bush Administration asserted the president has broad authority to "prevent another catastrophic terrorist attack in the United States,'' according to court papers filed June 14 in New Jersey. If telephone companies even confirm or deny the program exists, there would be "exceptionally grave harm to national security,'' according to papers filed by the government.

A&T hasn't yet responded to Fortnash's lawsuit, but released a statement saying it didn't do anything wrong.

"The fact is, AT&T does not give customer information to law enforcement authorities or government agencies without legal authorization,'' the statement said. "We have an obligation to assist law enforcement and other government agencies responsible for protecting the public welfare, whether it be an individual or the security interests of the entire nation.''

From the time details of the program emerged in The New York Times last year and USA Today in May, critics have cited a potential for abuse. Fortnash said telephone logs can be used to track newspaper reporters and their sources, impede lawyers defending their clients and generally give government too much power over citizens.

Her lawsuit, which is seeking class action status, says the government and AT&T have ignored existing laws that allow for phone records to be turned over when a warrant or subpoena is issued.

"A government that doesn't abide by its own laws is a government that's out of control,'' said Fortnash's attorney John Gillespie, of the law firm Broad and Cassel. He also dismissed Administration claims that in a time of war, presidents have historically had broad powers to protect the country's citizens.

"If you take that argument, that in a time of crisis the federal government can do what ever it wants, that's just outrageous,'' Gillespie said.

Federal lawyers disagree, and have increasingly cited national security as a reason to quash lawsuits or to stop the release of information, legal experts said. A concept called the "state secrets privilege" exempts the government and telephone companies from having to turn over any documents, Administration lawyers argued in court records.

The Bush Administration appears to be asserting the privilege more than any previous presidency, according to Kathleen Clark, a constitutional law professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

"The courts have been deferring to the Administration repeatedly when it comes to national security, but every time you exert a privilege like state secrets, it makes it harder for courts to get at the truth,'' said Clark. "The privilege is an important one, but it also can have the effect of immunizing a government if it should engage in unconstitutional or even illegal acts.''

Fortnash said she filed the suit because of that potential for abuse.

"I'm extremely passionate about this, because I work with data and build databases every day, so I know how much the federal government can do with a person's telephone information,'' Fortnash said. "I've been a Republican my whole life, and that's why I think it bothers me more than it would any liberal Democrat, because this goes against everything I've ever believed in."

John Holland can be reached at jholland @ or at

Informant: Scott Munson

Indictment For The Fourth Estate

by Paul Cappadona

The New York Times did, “great harm to America,” said President Bush blasting the Times a day after the House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King said that the Times committed treason and should face criminal prosecution. Will this just blow over and be forgotten like.....

America Needs A Declaration of Dependence

by Betty Freauf

The Fourth of July will soon be here and as I draft this article, I can’t help but wonder how many more Fourths we’ll still be able to celebrate as independent, sovereign citizens. In Democracy and Education (1916) John Dewey, the most influential American educator of the 20th century, wrote “dependence denotes a power rather than a weakness. There is always a danger that increased personal independence will decrease the social capacity of an individual…” Does that mean.....

Sollen die mexikanischen Wahlen mit US-Hilfe manipuliert werden?

Schwarzenegger's Office Tracking Political, Anti-War Groups

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office in charge of protecting California against terrorism has tracked demonstrations staged by political and antiwar groups, a practice that senior law enforcement officials say is an abuse of civil liberties.

Please help save Pigmy Chimps

A message from Eleanor

Please help me save Pigmy Chimps

Dear friend,

There is an animal catasrophe happening in the Congo thanks to man's greed for precious metals and ores.

It is looking very likely that Bonobo Apes (pigmy chimpanzees) will be extinct within just a few years (95% population drop in two decades)

I am a member of Pan Pansicus, a group set up to raise awareness of the plight of the Bonobo Apes in the hope that urgent action can be taken.

Please may I ask you to sign our petition:

And also to recommend it to your friends. This is a very important and urgent petition.

See our website for more details,

Thank you very much


European Parliament Written Declaration on US nukes in Europe

A message from Jouni

I just yesterday contacted Felicity Hill/Greenpeace and she delivered immediately the declaration against nuclear weapons that we can use to contact our representatives in EU. Hope you have time and interest to join this action. Thank you.

Kindest Regards,


Dear friends,

Hopefully you can take time to contact your MEP's for this important action within the EP.

Best wishes,


From: Felicity Hill
Subject: [AbolitionNow] European Parliament Written Declaration on US nukes in Europe

European Friends,

I am writing to you about something that I think is really very postive.

As you may know, two strong Green women Members of the European Parliament, Carolyn Lukas (UK) and Angelika Beer (Germany) have submitted an excellent Written Declaration on the Withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from European territory before the end of 2006.

Written Declaration 0047/2006 has been translated into all of the languages of the EU, and I attach the English version of it (final version with document number etc), and have all translations SO PLEASE WRITE BACK TO ME AND ASK FOR YOURS!

I am also attaching the letter that Greenpeace will be adapting, translating and sending to all MEPs in the NATO nuclear sharing countries, and hopefully also from other offices where we have a presence. However, the call needs to be much much broader than from just Greenpeace, and I really hope you can help in this department!

The timeliness of this is important, as you know, Written Declarations are "live" for only 3 months and require half of the MEPs to sign on before they become an official resolution.

Please let me know how you might move forward with this, and call on me for any support whatsoever.

Best wishes


Abolition 2000 Europe - part of the global network for the elimination of nuclear weapons

c/o Secretariat For Mother Earth - Member of Friends of the Earth International
K. Maria Hendrikaplein 5
9000 Gent - Belgium
Phone +32-9-242 87 52 or 04 Skype "poltanner" Mobile +32 495 28 02 59 Fax +32-9-242 87 51

How Did U.S. Assess Iraqi Bioweapon Production?

Informant: Kev Hall

Homeland Security Department's New Personnel System Violates Laws

The Homeland Security Department's new personnel system violates laws guaranteeing workers the right to collectively bargain with their employers over workplace matters, a federal appeals court ruled June 27.

Oregon Timber Sale Awarded as Efforts to Stop It Continue

A timber sale in a national forest roadless area has been awarded to a logging contractor, despite efforts by conservation groups and the governor to stop it.

Jeb Bush Uses Nonprofit to Pay Campaign Finance Director and Aides

Governor Jeb Bush has used his recently revived nonprofit foundation to pay a former campaign finance director and two former campaign aides. Bush also has tapped three fundraisers who brought in at least $200,000 for President Bush's 2004 campaign and invited them to sit on the foundation's board.



Once again an increase in the Federal Minimum Wage has been blocked. We all know that no family or even one person can live on the Federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. The fact that it is still this low is disgraceful.

We, the voters of this country, must force all members of Congress to understand that we cannot be fooled by political maneuvers or phony dialogue about the proposed increases costing The USA jobs. We must force then, with our letters and words, to understand that WE, the voters in their Districts and States, know their arguments don't hold water and that people are being hurt everyday in America as a result of this freezing Federal Minimum Wage while they give themselves fat pay increases.

Let both your Senators and your Congressional Representative know exactly how disgusted you are by the blockage of a reasonable raise of the Federal Minimum Wage on The Hill. Only by knowing that you will remember their final vote and exercise your power at the Ballot Box will they begin to listen and pass this important bill.


This alert is brought to you through the activism of Stacey Tallitsh, running for the U.S. House in the 1st Congressional district, and one of the leading progressive voices in the state of Louisiana. Many of you have already submitted his action page calling for the troops in Iraq to start coming home now, a policy that is more surely correct with every passing state of emergency in Baghdad.

Stacey has already produced his first call to action radio spot, calling for an end of the obstinate occupation of Iraq, a military escapade which has brought nothing but death and destruction to both their country and our own. With your help, Stacey wants to start running these radio spots on his local stations as soon as possible, to build the consensus to actually start bringing our brave troops home. You can hear the new spot on this page.


Nobody can predict how a particular race will turn out. But we know that the spots we ran on impeachment had tremendous secondary impact, as TWO other groups were inspired to run their own call to action ads on this issue as a result of the investment we made in this action. If you are able to do so, please make whatever donation you can to continue the stand we are taking on issue after issue.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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As workers' pensions wither, those for executives grow

This is the pension squeeze companies aren't talking about: Even as many reduce, freeze or eliminate pensions for workers -- complaining of the costs -- their executives are building up ever-bigger pensions, causing the companies' financial obligations for them to balloon.

From Information Clearing House

SEC probe on Pequot was 'blocked'

A former commissioner testified before senators that the SEC blocked his attempts to subpoena Morgan Stanley chief executive John Mack because of his political connections.

From Information Clearing House

The cornerstone of the Republic: we have a government of laws, not of the president or the vice president’s whims

Hamdan: Not Over Yet

The Supreme Court did the nation a favor yesterday: It confirmed a basic—but contested—cornerstone of the Republic: that we have a government of laws, not of the president or the vice president’s whims.

The Hero of Guantanamo

Speaking to reporters, Swift said the ruling marked a "high water point" in American history. "It's a return to our fundamental values."

Guardian finds Afghan witnesses US couldn't

The case illustrates the egregious flaws that have discredited Guantánamo-style justice and which led the US supreme court to declare such trials illegal on Thursday in a major rebuke to the Bush administration.,,1809981,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Malcolm Kendall-Smith, Royal Air Force officer, jailed for refusing to go to Iraq

Malcolm Kendall-Smith, the Royal Air Force officer jailed for refusing to go to Iraq recorded a short video message.

From Information Clearing House

"I Sent Them a Good Boy and They Made him a Murderer"

Haditha, My Lai and the Media

From Information Clearing House

US occupation troops 'raped mother and killed family in Iraq'

The killings appeared to have been a "crime of opportunity," the official said. The soldiers had not been attacked by insurgents but had noticed the woman on previous patrols.

GIs may have planned Iraq rape, slayings

Investigators believe a group of U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and three members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday.

From Information Clearing House

Guantanamo's Legal And Medical Challenges

By César Chelala and Alejandro Garro

In 2004, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton reported “increasing evidence that doctors, nurses and medics have been compliant in torture and other illegal procedures in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay.” The ICRC charged that US interrogators engaged the participation of medical personnel in what the committee called “a flagrant violation of medical ethics.”

Senators Cut Environmental, Health Programs to Lowest Level in A Century

Putting the Blame For the Iraq War Where It Really Lies

Fireworks Deferred: Divine Strake, Hellish Repercussions


Utah Residents Rail Against Divine Strake Test

Southern Utah residents welcomed the opportunity Thursday to speak their piece about the proposed Divine Strake explosion test. Person after person stepped to the microphone during the first of Governor Jon M. Huntsman's two Divine Strake public hearings - expressing outrage, grief and frustration. Many blame atomic testing in the 1950s at the nearby Nevada Test Site for a grim litany of illnesses and deaths. Residents fear the non-nuclear Divine Strake blast, also taking place at the Nevada Test Site, will send a mushroom cloud of radiation-tainted litter into Utah.

U.S. Nuclear Superiority Forms Backdrop to "Talks" with Iran

Shifting Winds in Iraq

Bush Loses Guantanamo Case

US Losing Terror War because of Iraq

Poll Says

10 'Grannies for Peace' Arrested in Philly

Bush: Signing Away the Constitution?

Help ensure fair trails for Guantanamo detainees

By striking down the “military commissions” at Guantanamo Bay yesterday, the Supreme Court held that the President is not beyond the law. This is a significant victory! The White House and Members of Congress are now debating a new process for trying detainees at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. We want to ensure that any system developed embodies the fair trial protections guaranteed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions, affirmed by the Supreme Court Hamdan ruling. Our success continues to hinge on involvement from activists like you!

We need your help over the next few days in responding to media commentary and reports about the Supreme Court’s Hamdan ruling in your local newspaper(s). Read our talking points and write a letter to the editor today.

Amnesty International believes that anyone suspected of committing terrorist acts must be held accountable. However, any proceedings must meet minimum fair trial standards. Amnesty International continues to be on the frontlines of ensuring that detainees at Guantanamo are granted their fundamental human rights and that the detention facility is closed once and for all. Your help is needed to amplify our call!

Good luck getting letters to the editor published in your local paper and thank you for your efforts!


Eric Sears
Project Manager,
Denounce Torture Initiative
Amnesty International USA

Complaint filed in 32 countries against U.S. bank data mining

Informant: V A

Courts, Congress move to limit powers claimed by president

Informant: ranger116

The financial industry dominates the universe

George Bush’s Attempt To Silence The New York Times

The president uses signing statements to decree which laws apply to him

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Pentagon Fireworks

The Mind of a Conservative

Watch What You Say: They Don’t Watch What They Hear

Believe in Government, Believe in Me

Hurricane Hypocrites

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