Freitag, 4. August 2006

Rachel's News #866

Artificial sweeteners: are they killing you or your loved ones?

Truly shocking. Please forward.


In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick...she just knew she was dying.

She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.. She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to FL (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19th I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. (Multiple Sclerosis)

I recalled an article a friend of mine E-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment... I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda !!! I E-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.

My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk!!!! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind... In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda... and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!

This article saved her life. If it says "SUGAR FREE" on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME," marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.' In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.

I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject. I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although MS is not a death sentence..., methanol toxicity is! Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.

During a lecture, I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss..., you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!"

People were jumping up during the lecture saying, "I have some of these symptoms." Is it reversible?" Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it!!!

This is a serious problem. Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence! Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!

These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve "tissue specimens."

Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!!!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the "diet products" and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame. The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance. Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics, as well.

Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and AHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called "behavior modification prescription drugs" (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place!

Most of these children were being "poisoned" on a daily basis with the very foods that were "better for them than sugar." It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e., mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances due to the use of NutraSweet.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince people that Aspartame is to blame for their child's illness. Stevia, which, which is a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, helps in the metabolism of sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics. It has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. It is known that for many years the FDA outlawed this true sweet food," due to their loyalty to MONSANTO Chemical Company."

Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) AND: DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE-written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

These two doctors will soon be posting a position paper with case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet. According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians, "We are talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison."

Herein lies the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning it's use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings and still, nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!!

There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced.

Everybody wants a "piece of the Aspartame pie." I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is. And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians? This has been recently exposed in the New York Times. These cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms. The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public.

Well, you're informed now!!!! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!!!! Please print this out and/or e-mail to your family and friends. They have a right to know too.

Mike Nash
Author: Aggressive Health
Managing Director: Raw Perfection Ltd
Tel: 01908 316853
Fax: 07092861318

Diskussionen über Konsequenzen nach dem Beinahe-GAU in Schweden

Atomenergie: Diskussionen über Konsequenzen nach dem Beinahe-GAU in Schweden (04.08.06)

Nach dem Störfall im schwedischen Atomkraftwerk Forsmark fordert das Bundesumweltministerium von den Bundesländern und den Betreibern deutscher Atomkraftwerke (AKW) genaue Auskunft über ihre Notstromsysteme. Nach Angaben einer Ministeriumssprecherin sollen die Atomaufsichtsbehörden der Länder so schnell wie möglich berichten, ob in den Atomkraftwerken jene Notstrom-Anlagen von AEG geliefert wurden, die in Schweden möglicherweise Ursache des Störfalls waren. Die Betreiber sollen mögliche Erkenntnisse mitteilen, ob ein Störfall wie in Schweden auch in deutschen Anlagen möglich wäre. Die deutsche Atomwirtschaft hält nach ersten Analysen in deutschen Kernkraftwerken einen völlig identischen Störfallverlauf mit dem in Schweden nicht für möglich. Nach Einschätzung der atomkritischen Ärzteorganisation IPPNW kann hingegen bereits ein Kurzschluss - beispielsweise infolge eines Unwetters - in Deutschland jederzeit zum Super-GAU führen. Die Umweltorganisation Greenpeace fordert von der Bundesregierung eine Beschleunigung des geplanten Atomausstiegs. Ein Atomausstieg sei bei entsprechendem politischen Willen bereits in fünf bis sieben Jahren "technisch machbar", ohne dass hierfür zusätzliche Kohlekraftwerke benötigt werden würden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

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Murtha Tells the Truth on Iraq

"Rep. John Murtha recently attracted considerable attention, and the wrath of the Bush administration, by expressing the opinion that it is past time to put forward a plan for US withdrawal from Iraq. Mr. Murtha is in an especially good position to make such a judgment based on his distinguished service as a Marine and on his many years with the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out.

Specter's NSA Plan Hits Snag

Specter's White House-endorsed plan to formally legalize the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program ran into more political problems yesterday in the Senate as Democrats successfully maneuvered to block a committee vote on the proposal.

The Revolution Is Not Being Televised

"The new politics has consistently selected politicians of a particular type, with a particular personality. The type is not the true outsider who comes in with completely radical notions about the system but, instead, the intellectual maverick who has risen within the system and who has succeeded by 'thinking outside the box,'" writes Stirling Newberry.

Prosecutors mull pre-election indictments in Congress

Federal prosecutors are unsure whether they should issue indictments for members of Congress prior to the November elections, as the decision might “throw their congressional races into disarray,” The WALL STREET JOURNAL is reporting today.

Informant: David Diggins

Military Waste In Our Drinking Water

The U.S. military is poisoning the very citizens it is supposed to protect in the name of national security.

Informant: bigraccoon

Agony of New Orleans: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

Through Spike Lee's Eyes

From the beginning, Spike Lee knew that Hurricane Katrina was a story he had to tell. Watching the first television images of floating bodies and of desperate people, mostly black, stranded on rooftops, he quickly realized he was witnessing a major historical moment. As those moments kept coming, he spent almost a year capturing the hurricane's sorrowful consequences for a four-hour documentary, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," to be shown on HBO this month.

Senator Clinton Says Rumsfeld Should Resign

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, hours after excoriating him at a public hearing over what she said was a "failed policy" in Iraq.

Blowback From a Bad War

Democrats Defeat GOP Estate Tax Cut

Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bid to combine a tax cut for the wealthy with a wage increase for the working poor last night, adding a volatile economic issue to this fall's Congressional campaigns.

Congressmen Question Oil Windfall

Two congressmen said Thursday that someone at the Interior Department may have deliberately removed provisions from offshore drilling contracts, giving oil companies a multibillion-dollar windfall.

Cindy Sheehan: Troops Home Fast: Day 32, Amman, Jordan

"The most horrifying testimony of the day was when we met with 'Dr. Nada,' an Iraqi doctor who stayed in Baghdad to help her people during the sanctions and the invasion," writes Cindy Sheehan. "Dr. Nada told us about seven harrowing days she spent working in an emergency room in Baghdad between April 2 and April 9 in 2003. She said that over 100 casualties PER HOUR were coming through her hospital alone and that many died because they could not be helped in time."

Don’t microwave our kids, plead anti-mast prostesters

The Corkman - Cork, Ireland ...

“Mobile phone masts are the biggest biological experiment ever commissioned on human beings ... O’Donovan who is also PRO for the Fermoy anti-mast group echoed ...

Conyers' Report Newly Updated: "Constitution in Crisis"

Informant: David Swanson

From ufpj-news

Unemployment Lines Don't Lie

A new jobs report should silence administration spin that its economic policies are working.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Geneva applies now it's time to talk about prosecutions for violating it

White House Behind Bars

by Jennifer Van Bergen,

With its puffed-up rhetoric, the Bush administration is walking right into Castro's trap

Yanquí Cuba

by David Sirota,

The Day The System Worked

by Jared Bernstein,

For once, Democrats and moderate Republicans stood up to cynical election-year politics and faced down the leadership.

Tell the EPA: Dump This Polluted Pumping Rule!

Clean water is one of our most important resources. The Clean Water Act was written to ensure that all of the nation’s lakes, rivers, coastal waters, streams, and wetlands are safe for people to drink, swim and fish in, and to provide clean, healthy habitats for fish and wildlife.

All of this depends on keeping the water free of pollution. But now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the federal agency charged with keeping the water clean – is proposing a rule that would do just the opposite!

The new EPA rule threatens the health and safety of all of the nation’s lakes, rivers, coastal waters, streams, and wetlands. Click here to urge the EPA to withdraw its proposal for this harmful rule before the August 7th deadline.

The proposed rule would threaten our health and the health of fish and other wildlife by exempting projects that pump polluted water into cleaner water sources from the Clean Water Act. For example, under this new rule, polluted run-off could be pumped from a canal system into a drinking water source without a permit or any restrictions. This kind of activity is currently prohibited by the Clean Water Act. Instead of preventing pollution, the EPA's new plan would spread it from one body of water to another.

The EPA is only accepting public comments on this dangerous proposal until August 7, so click here to share your two cents on this today!

Toxic chemicals, harmful algae, sewage and bacteria, fish-killing sediment, invasive species – all of these pollutants could be legally pumped from dirty water into clean water under this proposed rule without any federal permit or restrictions.

Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA is charged with making our waters cleaner, NOT dirtier. Pumping polluted water into clean water without a permit is dangerous and unacceptable and must remain illegal under the Clean Water Act—click here to submit your comments to the EPA now.

Watering down (no pun intended) the laws that protect our environment is an insidious practice and is a direct route to a public health and environmental disaster.

Once you’ve contacted the EPA, please click here to tell at least three friends, family members or co-workers about this urgent issue and encourage them to join you in submitting their comments before the EPA stops accepting public input on August 7th.

Thank you for your help on this issue.


Julie Waterman
Campaign Director,

Thank Paraguay for protecting the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest

John Kerry: "Troops Being Sent Into Crossfire of Escalating Civil War"

Senator John Kerry, during a speech on the floor of the United States Senate, said: "Mr. President, this is more than an important period, this may well be the moment that decides the security of the Middle East itself, and it's time the Administration was candid about the situation and got to work on rescuing what's salvageable in Iraq. With at least 2,578 Americans killed, over 19,000 wounded, and no end in sight, we simply cannot sit idly by as more of our kids die for a policy that isn't working. And we cannot be silent while this Administration continues to deny reality and repeat the same mistakes."

Interventionist foreign policy should be abolished

Strike the Root
by Zachary Perry


It is clear that this policy of worldwide intervention has achieved nothing but to waste incomprehensible sums of taxpayers' money, vastly enrich weapons manufacturers, and provoke dislike of Americans throughout the world...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

GOP woman: Why don't Dems demand impeachment?

from Reason to Freedom
by "The Melinda"


As events played out it became gut wrenchingly obvious to me that Bush and Cheney had not just overlooked their oaths of office; they had shredded the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, documents that any American should respect. Torture in the name of freedom? Taping Americans in the name of security? Someone has obviously lost their mind or is following an agenda that has nothing to do with their rhetoric. I understand why Republicans can't take this necessary step; the Republican Party was quietly taken over by the NeoCons who run the Bush Administration, starting a while ago. ... Why is the Democratic faction of Congress tip toeing around, pretending that all is well in Congressland?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

White House: Let's formalize the police state

Washington Post


A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such 'commissions' to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to officials familiar with the proposal. The plan, which would replace a military trial system ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June, would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will to those under the military court's jurisdiction. The two provisions would be likely to put more individuals than previously expected before military juries, officials and independent experts said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Antarctica under siege

Christian Science Monitor


At the bottom of the world, more than two miles beneath the wind-blasted surface of Antarctica, sits a wonder of the last untouched continent. Locked deep in the Antarctic ice is Lake Vostok, the seventh-largest body of fresh water in the world, yet one that has never been glimpsed by human eyes. To scientists, it is nothing less than an alien world, where the surroundings are so extreme that they could harbor previously undiscovered forms of life. Yet just 420 feet above its unseen surface, a Russian drill is poised, ready to break through and potentially pollute a pristine and unique environment. The Russians' goal is scientific, but it points to a growing threat in the Great White South, as a new boom of activity erodes Antarctica's isolation. Once the domain of doughty explorers such as Scott and Shackleton, Antarctica is becoming increasingly crowded by curious tourists, spellbound scientists, and countries hungry for oil and minerals...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Zwangsbehandlung menschenunwürdig: unzulässig wegen Folterverbot

Der in der beigefügten Website dargestellte Fall ist inzwischen entschieden: Die zwangsweise medizinische Verabreichung von Brechmitteln verstößt gegen die Menschenwürde und ist Folter. Ein Schadensersatz in Höhe von 10.000.- Euro wurde vom Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte zugesprochen (Az.: 54810/00), wie am 11. Juli bekannt gegeben wurde. (auch die Ärztezeitung berichtet darüber:

Es ist ein sehr gutes Zeichen, dass auch die psychiatrischen Zwangsbehandlungen endlich als Folter von diesem höchsten Europäischen Gericht gesehen werden und nach der Entscheidung zugunsten von Vera Stein letztes Jahr bald entsprechende Urteile anderer Opfern psychiatrischer Folter zugesprochen werden. Deshalb unser Hinweis: Eine Klage immer konsequent weiter verfolgen, auch jenseits des Bundesverfassungsgerichts, der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte fällt offenbar immer wieder sehr gute Entscheidungen.

im Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin

Bush and Fed Fail to Honor $4.5 Trillion Wanta Deal to Better American Economy

Informant: Milo


Full memo from Leo Wanta to Vice President Cheney

Files on Ambassador Leo Wanta

Informant: Finn MacCool


The biggest financial story in history

Greg's special guest was Michael C. Cottrell, financial expert and Treasurer of the AmeriTrust Groupe, Inc., explaining the details of what has become known as The Wanta Plan. Cottrell verified all previous statements made by Ambassador Leo Wanta concerning the $4.5 trillion dollar settlement earmarked for the American people and being illegally withheld in a Bank of America account in Richmond, Va., by President George W. Bush and the Federal Reserve Board.

Don't miss this startling interview, as this story has been described as the biggest financial story in the history of the world.



The Leo Wanta story draws the line between the good and the bad, the rich and the poor



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Close Associate of Wanta Verifies His Story


Informant: Ambassador Leo E Wanta


No Release Yet Of $4.5 Trillion Of Wanta Funds

The Leo Wanta Affair---A Multi Trillion Dollar Theft -- CO-OP Radio Monday noon PDT

TOPICS: A Multi Trillion Dollar Theft of the People/A Call to Action PROGRAM CONTENT:

Clips from a 2 hour radio interview by Greg Szymanski
( ) with Leo Wanta regarding a struggle to appropriate for the people of the US a massive $27.5-plus trillion fund. The interview will touch on the formation of the fund, its initial purpose, its use, how it has accumulated to its immense value, and who is trying to seize the fund. For a primer on the radio program, go to . Also on the program will be an historic clip of Alex Jones' recent Call to Action. Don't miss this program. Record it if you can. PROGRAMMER: Don Nordin. DATE AND TIME OF PROGRAM: Monday, September 4, 2006. Noon to 1 pm PDT. LISTEN AT: On the internet at . On cable throughout B.C. in most major cities. On Star Choice satellite system on channel 845. On the radio in Greater Vancouver and surrounding area on CFRO, 102.7 fm.

Bea Note: Background info on this very intriguing and important, but little known issue

$4.5 Trillion Wanta Story Not Over By A Long Shot


Informant: ranger116








Informant: maintzger


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Informant: Finn MacCool



Informant: Mikal Haley



Informant: Sharen


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Ambassador Leo E Wanta

GAO Report Confirms Key 2004 Stolen Election Findings

From: Al palmbeach411
Why was there a media blackout concerning GAO report????

G A O (Government Accounting Office) Admits Computer Voting Terminals RIGGED. A report released by the GAO October of 2005 confirms the 2004 Election results was routinely altered.
Read it and Weep! But Then You Knew it all along.


General Accounting Office Report Confirms Key 2004 Stolen Election Findings

As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.

The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the General Accounting Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage.

The government’s lead investigative agency is known for its general incorruptibility and its through, in-depth analyses. Its concurrence with assertions widely dismissed as “conspiracy theories” adds crucial new weight to the case that Team Bush has no legitimate business being in the White House.

Nearly a year ago, senior Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers
(D-MI) asked the GAO to investigate electronic voting machines as they were used during the November 2, 2004 presidential election.

The request came amidst widespread complaints in Ohio and elsewhere that often shocking irregularities defined their performance.

According to CNN, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee received “more than 57,000 complaints” following Bush’s alleged re-election. Many such concerns were memorialized under oath in a series of sworn statements and affidavits in public hearings and investigations conducted in Ohio by the Free Press and other election protection organizations.

The non-partisan GAO report has now found that, “some of [the] concerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes.”

The United States is the only major democracy that allows private partisan corporations to secretly count and tabulate the votes with proprietary non-transparent software. Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others, has asserted that “public elections must not be conducted on privately-owned machines.” The CEO of one of the most crucial suppliers of electronic voting machines, Warren O’Dell of Diebold, pledged before the 2004 campaign to deliver Ohio and thus the presidency to George W. Bush.

Bush’s official margin of victory in Ohio was just 118,775 votes out of more than 5.6 million cast. Election protection advocates argue that O’Dell’s statement still stands as a clear sign of an effort, apparently successful, to steal the White House. Among other things, the GAO confirms that:

1. Some electronic voting machines “did not encrypt cast ballots or system audit logs, thus making it possible to alter them without detection.” In other words, the GAO now confirms that electronic voting machines provided an open door to flip an entire vote count. More than 800,000 votes were cast in Ohio on electronic voting machines, some seven times Bush’s official margin of victory.

2. “It is easy to alter a file defining how a ballot appears, making it possible for someone to vote for one candidate and actually be recorded as voting for an entirely different candidate.” Numerous sworn statements and affidavits assert that this did happen in Ohio 2004.

3. “Falsifying election results without leaving any evidence of such an action by using altered memory cards” can easily be done, according to the GAO.

4. The GAO also confirms that “access to the voting network was easily compromised because not all digital recording electronic voting systems (DREs) had supervisory functions password-protected, so access to one machine provided access to the whole network.

“ This critical finding confirms that rigging the 2004 vote did not require a “widespread conspiracy” but rather the cooperation of a very small number of operatives with the power to tap into the networked machines and thus change large numbers of votes at will. With 800,000 votes cast on electronic machines in Ohio, flipping the number needed to give Bush 118,775 could be easily done by just one programmer.

5. Access “to the voting network was also compromised by repeated use of the same user IDs combined with easily guessed passwords,” says the GAO. So even relatively amateur hackers could have gained access to and altered the Ohio vote tallies.

6. “The locks protecting access to the system were easily picked and keys were simple to copy,” says the GAO, meaning, again, getting into the system was an easy matter.

7. “One DRE model was shown to have been networked in such a rudimentary fashion that a power failure on one machine would cause the entire network to fail,” says the GAO, re-emphasizing the fragility of the system on which the Presidency of the United States was decided.

8. “GAO identified further problems with the security protocols and background screening practices for vendor personnel,” confirming still more easy access to the system. In essence, the GAO study makes it clear that no bank, grocery store or mom & pop chop shop would dare operate its business on a computer system as flimsy, fragile and easily manipulated as the one on which the 2004 election turned. The GAO findings are particularly damning when set in the context of an election run in Ohio by a Secretary of State simultaneously working as co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign. Far from what election theft skeptics have long asserted, the GAO findings confirm that the electronic network on which 800,000 Ohio votes were cast was vulnerable enough to allow a tiny handful of operatives—or less -

* to turn the whole vote count using personal computers operating on relatively simple software. The GAO documentation flows alongside other
crucial realities surrounding the 2004 vote count. For example:

* The exit polls showed Kerry winning in Ohio, until an unexplained last minute shift gave the election to Bush. Similar definitive shifts also occurred in Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico, a virtual statistical impossibility.

* A few weeks prior to the election, an unauthorized former ES&S voting machine company employee, was caught on the ballot-making machine in Auglaize County

* Election officials in Mahoning County now concede that at least 18 machines visibly transferred votes for Kerry to Bush. Voters who pushed Kerry’s name saw Bush’s name light up, again and again, all day long. Officials claim the problems were quickly solved, but sworn statements and affidavits say otherwise. They confirm similar problems in Franklin County (Columbus). Kerry’s margins in both counties were suspiciously low.

* A voting machine in Mahoning County recorded a negative 25 million votes for Kerry. The problem was allegedly fixed.

* In Gahanna Ward 1B, at a fundamentalist church, a so- called “electronic transfer glitch” gave Bush nearly 4000 extra votes when only 638 people voted at that polling place. The tally was allegedly corrected, but remains infamous as the “loaves and fishes” vote count.

* In Franklin County, dozens of voters swore under oath that their vote for Kerry faded away on the DRE without a paper trail.

* In Miami County, at 1:43am after Election Day, with the county’s central tabulator reporting 100% of the vote - 19,000 more votes mysteriously arrived; 13,000 were for Bush at the same percentage as prior to the additional votes, a virtual statistical impossibility.

* In Cleveland, large, entirely implausible vote totals turned up for obscure third party candidates in traditional Democratic African- American wards. Vote counts in neighboring wards showed virtually no votes for those candidates, with 90% going instead for Kerry.

* Prior to one of Blackwell’s illegitimate “show recounts,” technicians from Triad voting machine company showed up unannounced at the Hocking County Board of Elections and removed the computer hard drive.

* In response to official information requests, Shelby and other counties admit to having discarded key records and equipment before any recount could take place.

* In a conference call with Rev. Jackson, Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, Attorney Bob Fitrakis and others, John Kerry confirmed that he lost every precinct in New Mexico that had a touchscreen voting machine. The losses had no correlation with ethnicity, social class or traditional party affiliation---only with the fact that touchscreen machines were used.

* In a public letter, Rep. Conyers has stated that “by and large, when it comes to a voting machine, the average voter is getting a lemon the Ford Pinto of voting technology. We must demand better.” But the GAO report now confirms that electronic voting machines as deployed in 2004 were in fact perfectly engineered to allow a very small number of partisans with minimal computer skills and equipment to shift enough votes to put George W. Bush back in the White House. Given the growing body of evidence, it appears increasingly clear that’s exactly what happened. Source: The Free Press

For specifics on voting machine fraud, read summary at

Half the problem is denial of the problem. Now that you know better, do better. Network far and wide so that TRUTH WILL PREVAIL. ”Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”—Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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The ‘Old Law’ Myth

Informant: Milo

Bush to Supreme Court: Forget You!

Only weeks after the Supreme Court declared illegal the Bush Administration’s military commissions — which were set up to try and convict detainees held indefinitely without basic due process protections — the White House and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are pushing Congress on an illegal proposal that violates the Supreme Court’s decision and abandons the rule of law.

The Bush plan would ask Congress to rubber-stamp these illegal commissions, effectively reversing the Supreme Court decision. It would also violate the Geneva Conventions, which were ratified by Congress, taking away the most basic process protections from detainees who are being held indefinitely. Don’t let the White House strong-arm Congress and the Supreme Court.

Go to to send a message to your Senators and Representative that the United States must abide by the Geneva Conventions and uphold American values of due process.

Specifically, the White House proposal would:

* Gut the enforceability of important Geneva Convention protections

* Allow the use of evidence obtained through coercion, including horrific abuse

* Sanction convictions based on secret evidence

* Bar a defendant from being present at his or her own trial

* Allow the use of hearsay evidence

During Senate hearings yesterday, even the Pentagon’s top military lawyers agreed that no one should be convicted based on secret evidence and that every defendant has the right to be present at his own trial. They also made clear that coerced evidence — such as “confessions” beaten out of witnesses — has no place in any trial.

Your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you that Americans want the rule of law restored. Tell them that any legislation on criminal trials of detainees being held indefinitely must protect the Geneva Conventions and maintain basic due process protections respected by all Americans.

Take action now at

Tell Congress that it should not take away the protections of the Geneva Conventions and basic American values like due process when trying detainees being held indefinitely by the federal government.

Thank you for taking action today.



Caroline Fredrickson
Director, Washington Legislative Office
American Civil Liberties Union

Tipped Workers Would Fall Through Proposed Wage Floor

A bill approved last week in the House of Representatives promises to raise the federal minimum wage, but one obscure provision has some worried that the purported wage hike actually amounts to a back door pay cut for millions of low-income workers.

Health Worries Over Chesapeake Bay Pollution

Dirty water and contaminated fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries pose a public health threat, but spotty monitoring and tourism industry worries could block the public from learning the full picture.

Is the press failing its responsibility to the truth?

Reporters vs. the White House

Next-up News 4 08 2006

Will the French Indict Cheney?

Yet another sordid chapter in the murky annals of Halliburton might well lead to the indictment of Dick Cheney by a French court on charges of bribery, money-laundering and misuse of corporate assets.

From Information Clearing House

White House Asks Congress to Define War Crimes

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has pressed Congress to refine the definition of war crimes prohibited under the Geneva Conventions, as the Bush administration and lawmakers continue to debate the rules for treatment and trials of terrorism suspects.

From Information Clearing House

US troops accused of killing Iraqi detainees refuse to testify

Four US soldiers accused of killing three Iraqi prisoners refused to give evidence as a military hearing heard that one of the captives' brains were blown out as he lay injured.

US probe suggests coverup in Iraqi shootings

Military investigators believe that there is enough evidence to suggest that members of a Marine Corps unit deliberately gunned down 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha last year, and that their commanders tried to cover it up.

Iraq war’s hidden toll: civilians killed accidentally by U.S. troops

Americans have scant idea of how often such episodes occur. The Pentagon releases no figures on Iraqi civilians killed by U.S. fire. Each of these unsung civilian deaths creates enmity toward U.S. troops from the friends, family and tribe of the dead.

From Information Clearing House

US Gen. Abizaid says civil war possible in Iraq

The head of the U.S. Central Command on Thursday said sectarian violence in Baghdad was as bad as he has ever seen and could lead to a civil war.

From Information Clearing House

British diplomat warns of Iraq civil war

A confidential report from Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Iraq warned the country is sliding toward civil war and is likely to divide eventually along ethnic lines, according to a news report Thursday.

Illogical, illegal and ill-fated


Voting machine vendor fraud may be the biggest story since 1776



Flunking Counterinsurgency 101

On the nature of conservatism

The neocons' next war

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Comcast Runs ImpeachPAC Ad

Today Comcast - the nation's largest cable company - announced they would broadcast ImpeachPAC's TV ad criticizing Joe Lieberman in advance of Tuesday's primary in Connecticut.

There is one simple reason why they changed their minds - because HUNDREDS of you called Comcast's President, Brian Roberts, and politely asked Comcast to support the First Amendment.

YOU made the difference. THANK YOU!!!

Our ad was meant to have an impact, but some thought it was confusing. So we produced a shorter ad that packs a more direct punch.

It's called "Lie and Die" and you can watch it here:

The ad features lies by Bush, Cheney, and Lieberman. Each lie is separated by a photo of an Iraqi child who has died because of these lies. It then quotes John Kerry as he declares, "Our policy is not 'cut and run.' Their policy is 'lie and die.'"

And it concludes with a simple question about Joe Lieberman: "6 More Years?"

That's the choice Connecticut voters will make on Tuesday. And it will be a truly historic choice.

If you know any Connecticut Democratic voters, please forward this message to them and ask them to watch our ad - YOUR ad.

Ask them if they want "6 More Years" of George Bush's single most important ally - Joe Lieberman.

If they can't decide, help them make the right choice. Because this vote won't affect only Connecticut - it will affect our nation and our whole world.

If you'd like to help us reach more Connecticut voters with our ad, please contribute here:

And if you live in or near Connecticut, please help Ned Lamont directly with his final push:

Thank you for all you do.

Bob Fertik,

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Sign petition to keep wilderness free from war on wildlife(DUE 8/7/06)

In June 2006, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a rule with sweeping changes that dramatically increase the conditions under which predators may be killed in federally designated wilderness areas and on Forest Service research natural areas.

It would allow previously banned cyanide guns, predator control by interested individuals rather than a federal agency and increased motorized access for hunting in wilderness areas.

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