Mittwoch, 9. August 2006

Greenpeace protestiert gegen gentechnisch veränderten Mais

Gentechnik: Greenpeace protestiert gegen gentechnisch veränderten Mais (09.08.06)

Greenpeace-Aktivisten ernteten am Mittwoch genmanipulierten Mais auf einem Acker in Wölsickendorf und deponierten ihn in 30 Mülltonnen sowie drei überdimensionalen Landliebe-Milchflaschen und Campina-Joghurtbechern. Die "Agrargenossenschaft Höhe e.G." aus Wölsickendorf, die den Gen-Mais anbaut, liefere ihre Milch an den Molkereikonzern Campina/Landliebe. Daher werde Greenpeace die Mülltonnen mit Gen-Mais am Donnerstag bei der Campina-Zentrale in Heilbronn abgeben. Die Umweltschützer fordern den Konzern auf, Anbau und Verfütterung von Gen-Mais bei seinen Vertragslandwirten zu verbieten. Mais werde in Deutschland vorwiegend als Futter für Milchkühe verwendet. Greenpeace kritisiert, dass die Sicherheit der Gen-Pflanzen für Mensch und Umwelt nicht geklärt sei. Das zeigten auch Fütterungsversuche mit dem Gen-Mais MON810 an Ratten, die am Mittwoch die Europafraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen veröffentlichte.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Mast campaign bombshell as planners give go-ahead

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

By: Alan Healy

DESPITE ministerial intervention and a prolonged campaign by a close-knit community, a controversial mobile phone mast planned for Glenbeigh has been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

Kerry County Council had originally refused permission for the mast because it was to be sited less than one kilometre from residences and from Curaheen National School.

However Vodafone appealed that decision to the planning board which has now overturned the council’s decision. The news will come as a major disappointment for local residents who had mounted a vigorous campaign of opposition to masts in their area.

An Bord Pleanála has overturned a number of rulings on mobile phone masts made by Kerry County Council as the phone companies have argued that the council’s one kilometre ruling is unworkable as it would mean masts could only be located in remote areas where there is no demand for a phone network.

The planning board found that the council’s decision was at odds with the National Development Plan which calls for a quality mobile phone network throughout the country.

The mast is to be located 500 metres south-west of the Curraheen Bridge, off the N70 Ring of Kerry road. The planning application sought approval for the erection of an 18-metre wooden pole with three antennae and two dishes plus an equipment cabinet. Two local residents as well as An Taisce had submitted objections to the plan.

They claimed the mast would ruin the scenery along the Ring of Kerry, that it would devalue property, that it was too close to the school and residences and that locals had no problems with the current Vodafone network in the area.

Minister John O’Donoghue, who was extensively lobbied by locals on the issue, also made a submission on the application saying there was 100 per cent local opposition to the plan and he was anxious to know if the board would be taking the County Development Plan on board. However planning inspector Annette Yates, who examined the Glenbeigh case, recommended that the board give permission for the development saying she felt that Vodafone’s need for the service outweighs the potential loss of amenity in the area.

“I do not see how it would be possible to have a modern telecommunications system without having masts within 1km of places of employment or residency,” she said.

“There can be very few places in all of Ireland where there is not a house or place of employment within 1km,” she said.

An Bord Pleanála met on July 26 and members agreed with the inspector’s recommendation and granted permission for the mast. The decision comes despite a delegation of concerned Glenbeigh locals making a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications on May 31.

© The Kingdom, 2006.

Next-up News 9 08 2006

Dick Cheney Wants Access to Your E-mail: Stop the Abuse of Power!

It’s true. Dick Cheney and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) have agreed that the government should be able to access Americans' conversations and emails without getting an individualized warrant. But that isn’t all they’re after.

Under the guise of responding to the NSA spying scandal, the Bush administration and its allies in Congress are actually pushing for new ways to invade your privacy, with unprecedented and dangerous spying legislation crafted under Dick Cheney’s supervision.

The bad news is, if these bills pass, our homes, cell phone records and email inboxes will be laid bare to new kinds of government spying that are currently completely illegal. The good news is that we have a chance to stop these bills now, before White House pressure drives them to a speedy vote.

This August you can help generate a public outcry that will make Congress think twice before they hand over even more power to the Bush administration. Call your member of Congress today, and get the word out in your local community with a letter to the editor.

This legislation is being characterized by some as "surveillance we can live with," but the fact is it would vastly expand the government's power to search and spy on Americans without any judicial checks, including reading any email you send if the government does not know where all the recipients are physically located.

Don’t be deceived by claims the Cheney-Specter bill restores judicial review. The legislation really tries to make warrants optional while allowing a secret court to rubber-stamp surveillance of Americans, without even knowing the names of Americans to be wiretapped or whether they’ve done anything wrong. We are running advertisements and working with every contact we have in the major news outlets to counteract the government’s spin, but we need your help.

If you’ve had enough of an administration that’s proven itself grossly indifferent to the rule of law and the balance of power time and time again, on issues from warrantless spying, to secret kidnapping, to the unlawful treatment of Guantanamo detainees, now is the time to say “NO MORE.”

Just last week, President Bush and Attorney General Gonzales were pushing Congress to rubber-stamp a new plan for military commissions at Guantanamo that would violate U.S. law and the Geneva conventions, flying in the face of the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the entire Bush-sponsored system of detainee trials.

Use the links above to learn more about the Cheney-backed proposals and get involved during this critical month of action. You can help get out the truth about this bill and the dangers it poses.

Throughout August, we’ll be calling on you to help cut through the White House spin and tell Congress how toxic these bills are to our basic freedoms. They need to hear the wave of opposition while they’re on their summer break. And we’re counting on you to help turn the tide, by speaking out at home and online.

Thank you for standing with us.


Anthony Romero, ACLU

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union

California Voters File to Stop Use of Electronic Voting Systems

VoterAction has announced that California voters are challenging the use of the Diebold TSx touch screen voting system and that they have filed a motion for preliminary injunction in state court.

Republicans Cut Budget of Center for War-Related Brain Injuries

Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury that military scientists describe as a signature wound of the Iraq war ... "I find it basically unpardonable that Congress is not going to provide funds to take care of our soldiers and sailors who put their lives on the line for their country," says Martin Foil, a member of the center's board of directors. "It blows my imagination."

Problems Continue for DeLay and Ney

Former majority leader Tom DeLay said Tuesday he is taking the necessary steps to remove his name from the November ballot, giving his party a chance to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding the House seat. The leading Republican candidate to replace scandal-scarred congressman Bob Ney on the November ballot may be ineligible, party officials said Tuesday.

Probe Into Halliburton Subsidiary Role in Nigeria Bribe Case

A subsidiary of Halliburton is under investigation by the UK's Serious Fraud Office over the US oil service company's part in an alleged plot to pay more than $170 million in bribes to win billions of dollars of work at a giant Nigerian gas plant.

Bush Attempts to Change War Crimes Act to Avoid Prosecution

The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to US officials and a copy of the amendments.

Revenge of the Irate Moderates

The editors of the New York Times write, "The defeat of Senator Joseph Lieberman at the hands of a little-known Connecticut businessman is bound to send a message to politicians of both parties that voters are angry and frustrated over the war in Iraq. The primary upset was not, however, a rebellion against the bipartisanship and centrism that Mr. Lieberman said he represented in the Senate. Instead, Connecticut Democrats were reacting to the way those concepts have been perverted by the Bush White House."

BP's Neglect of North Slope Pipeline Led to Disaster

Jason Leopold writes, "Chuck Hamel, a highly regarded activist based in Alexandria, Virginia, who is credited with exposing dozens of oil spills and the subsequent cover-ups related to BP's shoddy operations at Prudhoe Bay, sounded early warning alarms about the issues at BP's North Slope facilities ... the oil behemoth's executives have routinely lied to Alaskan state representatives and members of the United States Senate and Congress about the steps they're taking to correct the problems."

Protection of Ojibway Prairie Complex

A message from Davida

Target: Eddie Francis, Mayor, City of Windsor
Sponsor: Elena Pintilie

Windsor-Essex County is one of the most ecologically important regions of Canada. Although small in size, it has a great richness of plant and animal species that are found nowhere else in the country. Unfortunately, it also is one of the most threatened. Originally a forest covered expanse dotted with grasslands, less than 4% of the County currently remains as forest. Most of Ontario’s endangered species live within the landscape of which Windsor-Essex County is a part.

Some extremely important and rare natural areas remain. For example, Windsor-Essex is fortunate to contain the 322 hectare Ojibway Prairie Complex. It is one of the best examples of tall grass prairie and oak savannah in Ontario and contains 500 types of plants (69 of which are species at risk), and several endangered and threatened animal species, including eastern massasauga rattlesnake, eastern fox snake, yellow-breasted chat, red-headed woodpecker, and gray fox. Four species of butterfly found at Ojibway are considered rare or very rare in Ontario.

Now this rare and fragile prairie is threatened. The City of Windsor is proposing a truck route through part of the Ojibway Prairie Complex. This four lane highway would bisect the Spring Garden Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) portion of the Ojibway Prairie Complex and would have a devastatingly negative impact on its natural features and ecological functions, including an important natural corridor for animal movement.

At the recent Ontario Nature Annual General Meeting, delegates representing our 140 member organizations and 18,000 members passed a resolution declaring:

the entire Spring Garden Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve are inappropriate for a truck route and are off limits to those planning the route to a second international crossing.

A strong public response will help Ontario Nature make sure that the City of Windsor reconsiders this transportation option and provides full protection for the Ojibway Prairie Complex.

Make a difference to the future for Ojibway Prairie by taking action by August 30th!

Congress' pension fix is likely to fix pensions right out of existence

Pension 'Reform'

by Robert Reich,

Hungry For World War III

by Paul Waldman,

The right wants to wrap today's crises in the nostalgia of conflicts gone by.

Bring The War Home

by Robert Dreyfuss,

There is a civil war in Irak, and there needs to be a civil war in American politics as well.

It Wasn't About the War

William Rivers Pitt writes that it wasn't just the war. It was a long, slow slide that eventually tipped Lieberman's applecart. It was a process of insinuation into the cash-and-carry culture of Washington, DC. It was a series of astonishingly bad votes on incredibly important issues. It was, above all, political cowardice; Lieberman attached himself to Bush while Bush was riding high, and was unable to extract himself as Bush's popularity collapsed.

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Bush building legacy of superficial president

by Saritha Prabhu


You usually learn more about presidents years after they have left office. If a sitting president has a problem of some sort -- an ailment, an addiction, an out-of-his-depth problem, whatever -- his aides have things to consider, things like loyalty, national security and prestige, and that other thing, respect for the office...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Memo to lawmakers: consider our values

Christian Science Monitor
by Steven R. Ratner


The White House and Congress are embroiled in negotiations over legislation to address the Supreme Court's ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which was handed down at the end of June. That decision ruled that the military commissions set up by the Bush administration to try detainees at Guantánamo Bay for terrorism offenses violate both federal statute and US treaty obligations. But the debates over the new law lose sight of far-reaching aspects of the court's decision for all detainees in US custody worldwide, not just the handful the US proposes to try...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Flip, flop and dodge

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


What I don't think is right,' Joe Lieberman said on Sunday, 'as I have said over and over again, are many of the Bush administration's decisions regarding the execution of the [Iraq] War.' Thus, a desperate and embattled U.S. senator tries to save his political career. Lieberman did, in fact, sing the 'for the war, critical of the execution' song for a time back in 2003 when he was running for president. Had he stuck with that tune -- the one intoned by Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and many other Democrats who managed not to draw serious primary challengers -- he'd almost certainly be in excellent shape today...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lieberman down, not out; vows indie run

Brattleboro Reformer


Three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman fell to anti-war challenger Ned Lamont in Connecticut's Democratic primary Tuesday, a race seen as a harbinger of sentiment over the conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq. Unbowed, Lieberman immediately announced he would enter the fall campaign as an independent. Only six years ago, Lieberman was the Democrats' choice for vice president...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush seeks to weaken war crimes law



The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments. Officials say the amendments would alter a U.S. law passed in the mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners without spelling out what all those terms mean...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Goatstown joins mobile mast row

Residents in Goatstown are objecting to a planned phone mast for the area that they say will be too close to a nearby crèche and primary school. Over 200 residents have signed a petition to object to a planning application by a mobile phone company to build the mast on top of a premises on Drummartin Road. Speaking to Southside People, John Connellan, a spokesman for the residents, outlined their fears and said they would stage a demonstration on site later this week. “This is a fairly substantial mast development in a highly residential area,” Mr Connellan. “There is a crèche that can be no more than 100 metres from the planned mast, while Mount Anvil Primary School is only 250 to 300 metres away. “With this in mind we feel that the mast could pose a serious threat to the local community and should not be allowed to go ahead as planned.” Mr Connellan said that what most concerned him was an apparent lack of consultation between the mobile phone company and the residents.

“We feel that this should have been a minimum requirement,” he added. “I don’t see why the mast couldn’t have been planned for a more suitable site such as the nearby industrial estate. “At least if the mast was developed at the industrial estate, people there would not be exposed to it as much as in our residential area. At the industrial estate people would be exposed to the mast for a maximum of 10 hours a day whereas we will be exposed to it 24/seven.” Cllr Gearoid O’Keefe (Ind) said that he would also object to the mast, pointing out that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council adopted a policy at its July meeting that such installations should be at least 600 metres from residents or schools. Meanwhile, residents in Dalkey who successfully campaigned against a mast on the local Garda station have succeeded in getting an undertaking from the Minister at the Office of Public Works that further work has been halted. Minister Tom Parlon (PD) met with representatives from the Dalkey Community Against Radiation, local residents and councillors to discuss the contentious issue. He promised that the work would not go ahead until the findings of an interdepartmental report on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation are published. Under an agreement between telecoms companies and the Office of Public Works (OPW) the erection of mobile phone masts on Garda stations is exempt from the planning process. Residents were supported in their action by community groups in Shankill, who are also opposing plans to extend a mast over the Garda station in their suburb. Three protest marches have already been held against the work, with crowd numbers estimated as high as 2,000.

Public Pension Plans Face Billions in Shortages

Across the nation, a number of states, counties and municipalities are courting trouble with the way they manage their pension funds. It is hard to know the extent of the problems, but by one estimate, state and local governments owe their current and future retirees roughly $375 billion more than they have committed to their pension funds.

The New York Times: A Reprieve for Public Lands

A federal court decided last week that the Bush administration had rushed to sell oil and gas leases on public lands without considering their wilderness characteristics. The New York Times says, "With any luck, the decision will send a signal to Ms. Norton's successor, Dirk Kempthorne, that the administration's policy of indiscriminately fast-tracking leases in fragile areas needs a fresh look."

America's Empty Pipe

The Seattle Times writes: "With the Mideast at best uncertain, with the decline of North Slope and domestic oil production more certain, Congress can begin by offering a coordinated energy policy. That may seem remote today, given the indenture of Congress to special interests, but the shock of an empty pipe should be a start."

Protesters Block Entry to Southern Oregon Logging Site

Protesters used a log this morning to block a bridge to a timber sale in southern Oregon. One protester dangled on the edge of the log on a platform 40 feet above the river. The sale is the first logging allowed in a national forest roadless area since the Bush administration replaced the popular 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule in 2005.

Democrats Running Scared, Again

Ultrasound dangers to the developing fetus


Ultrasound Can Affect Brain Development

Exposure to ultrasound can affect fetal brain development, a new study suggests. When pregnant mice were exposed to ultrasound, a small number of nerve cells in the developing brains of their fetuses failed to extend correctly in the cerebral cortex.

U.S. Drift Gillnet and Longline Fisheries Threaten Endangered Leatherback

Informant: Charlie's Angel

Lückenlose Überwachung von Mitarbeitern

Handy macht Chef zu "Big Brother"

veröffentlicht: 08.08.06 - 15:41

Edinburgh (rpo). Eine neue Technik ermöglicht es Unternehmen, die Aufenthaltsorte ihrer Mitarbeiter lückenlos zu bestimmen. Entwickelt wurde das System von der schottischen Firma Trisent und es funktioniert mit ganz normalen Standardhandys.

Im Unterschied zu bestehenden Tracking-Systemen mit Hilfe von GPS verwendet der "Trilocator" übliche Standard-Handys.

Eine Mitteilung auf dem Display unterrichtet die Beschäftigten davon, dass die Daten zu ihrem Aufenthaltsort übermittelt werden. Die Kontrolle endet erst mit dem Abschalten des Mobiltelefons.

Trisent will das System für Unternehmen mit Außendienstmitarbeitern anbieten und testet es zusammen mit dem russischen Telekom-Anbieter VimpelCom. In Großbritannien wurden die Gesetze für das Mobilfunk-Tracking im Mai gelockert.

Am 16. August startet ein Angebot, mit dessen Hilfe Eltern den Aufenthaltsort ihrer Kinder bestimmen können. Die Bürgerrechtsorganisation Liberty kritisierte, dass es für einen Arbeitgeber keinen Grund gebe, rund um die Uhr den Aufenthaltsort von Mitarbeitern ermitteln zu können.

© RP Online, AFP, ap, ddp, sid, gms, teleschau-der Mediendienst, Tel-A-Vision



Überwachung der Mitarbeiter via Handy

Das schottische Unternehmen Trisent hat eine neue Mobilfunktechnik entwickelt, die die lückenlose Kontrolle des Aufenthaltsorts aller Mitarbeiter ermöglicht. Im Gegensatz zu bestehenden "Tracking-Systemen", die über GPS funktionieren, verwendet Trisent mit seinem Gerät "Trilocator" handelsübliche Handys. Ein Hinweis auf dem Display des Gerätes unterrichtet den Mitarbeiter, dass die Daten zum Aufenthaltsort gerade übermittelt werden. Erst wenn das Gerät ausgeschaltet ist, ist eine Datenübermittlung -und somit die Übermittlung des derzeitigen Standortes- nicht mehr möglich.

Das Gerät und die Technik werden derzeit in Zusammenarbeit mit dem russischen Telekom-Anbieter "VimpelCom" getestet. Nach Abschluss der Tests will das Unternehmen Trisent sein System vor allem Firmen mit Außendienstmitarbeitern anbieten.

In Großbritannien soll, nachdem im Mai dieses Jahres das Gesetz zum Mobilfunk-Tracking gelockert wurde, ein Pilotprojekt starten, bei dem Eltern den Aufenthaltsort ihrer Kinder ermitteln können. Die Bürgerrechtsorganisation "Liberty" hat allerdings bereits Kritik angemeldet. Die Organisation meint, es gebe keinen Grund, einen Mitarbeiter rund um die Uhr überwachen zu müssen.

Es gibt aber noch weitere kritische Stimmen: Die Zeitung "The Sydney Morning Herald" zitiert beispielsweise den Freiheitsrechtler Doug Jewell mit den Worten, dass eine Firma kein Recht hätte, nonstop über den Aufenthalt seiner Angestellten Bescheid zu wissen, nur weil jene einen Arbeitsvertrag unterschrieben hätten. Das Unternehmen Trisent verteidigt sein System und meinte: Die Mitarbeiter würden darüber informiert, dass ihr Handy gerade getrackt wird. Außerdem sei das System so aufgebaut, dass kein Vorgesetzter die Technik heimlich einsetzen könne.


The Brilliantly Profitable Timing of the Alaska Oil Pipeline Shutdown

Is the Alaska Pipeline corroded? You bet it is. Has been for more than a decade. Did British Petroleum shut the pipe yesterday to turn a quick buck on its negligence, to profit off the disaster it created? Just ask the "smart pig."

Big Oil and the Trillion-Dollar War Bonus

It has been a very good war for Big Oil — courtesy of OPEC price hikes. The five oil giants saw profits rise from $34 billion in 2002 to $81 billion in 2004, year two of Iraq’s “transition to democracy.”

From Information Clearing House

Senator who backed Bush on Iraq war now fights for political life

A US Senate election has become a barometer of disgust with the war in Iraq, as Democratic incumbent Joseph Lieberman -- a strong supporter of US policy there -- fights for his political life against a little-known challenger.

The Sinking Ship of U.S. Imperial Designs

Everyday that passes shows more of those who enthusiastically supported the Bush administration's imperial drive in the Middle East leaving its sinking ship.

From Information Clearing House

9/11 Commission Chairmen Admit Whitewashing the Cause of the Attacks

A new book by the Chairmen of the 9/11 commission admits that the commission whitewashed the root cause of the 9/11 attacks—that same interventionist U.S. foreign policy.

A step-by-step look at how Bush misled the nation into war

New Conyers Report: Propaganda from the President

From Information Clearing House

War Pimp Alert: US says Iran may use Lebanon war to hurt Iraq

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq accused Iran on Tuesday of having forces in Iraq and said Tehran could use the war between Hizbollah militants and Israel in Lebanon to try and further destabilize the country.

From Information Clearing House

Iraqi PM breaks with U.S. over attack

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sharply criticized a U.S.-Iraqi attack Monday on a Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad, breaking with his American partners on security tactics as the U.S. launches a major operation to secure the capital.

From Information Clearing House

We are not winning hearts and minds

Cindy Sheehan

Every single Iraqi that we met with has been dreadfully affected by the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. One Sheik that we met with had his door broken down and he was beaten and dragged off to prison while the soldiers abused his wife.

Bush's disastrous 'democratic fundamentalism'

By Patrick J. Buchanan

In the ideology of "democratic fundamentalism" to which George W. Bush converted after 9-11, we are simply in a rough patch on the glory road to a democratic Middle East and "the end of tyranny on this earth." In reality, our situation has never been more grim.

The end of the beginning

By Dan Plesch

US forces are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in the Middle East in a few hours. US readiness for more war is just one indicator that the present war is likely to spread and intensify in the coming months.

Oil Giants Continue to Benefit From US Energy Policy while Consumers and the Nation Suffer

Democrats and the New Axis of Evil

The Shame of America: The Public Humiliation of Offenders

Times Call for New Pentagon Papers


Times Call for New Pentagon Papers

Daniel Ellsberg writes, "What prompted me to begin copying 7,000 pages of highly classified documents - an act that I fully expected would send me to prison for life? I came to the conclusion that the system I had been part of as a Marine, a Pentagon official and a State Department officer in Vietnam lied reflexively, at every level, from sergeant to commander in chief, about murder. And I had the evidence to prove it."

A Loss for Lieberman Would Be a Win for Progressives

Lieberman, Lamont and the Future of the Democrats

Voters Ready to Dump Incumbents in Congress

NGOs to Push U.S. on Death Penalty Moratorium

Lamont Defeats Lieberman in CT Primary

Just after 11:00pm on Tuesday night, Senator Joeseph Lieberman stepped to the podium to congratulate his primary challenger, Ned Lamont, on his victory. A bit of history has been made in this Connecticut race; more than 95% of incumbents are re-elected to Congress, and a long-time incumbent losing a primary race is almost unheard of.

The Democrats’ Impeachment Plans

War As Chaos Enforcement

The Real ID Card: Impeccable Timing

by Nancy Levant

Having no choice but to comply, most American people will accept their new national/international ID card. It is my understanding that without the card, we will be denied bank accounts in the United States of America, a driver’s license, and the right to fly on airplanes unless we have been issued a Real ID card. One might imagine that global retailers might require the Real ID to purchase food and gasoline. Take a look at your current driver’s license.....

We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended

Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman send a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war. Make no mistake about it: We, the majority of Americans, want this war ended -- and we will actively work to defeat each and every one of you who does not support an immediate end to this war.

Nearly every Democrat set to run for president in 2008 is responsible for this war. They voted for it or they supported it. That single, stupid decision has cost us 2,592 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. Lieberman and Company made a colossal mistake -- and we are going to make sure they pay for that mistake. Payback time started last night.

I realize that there are those like Kerry and Edwards who have now changed their position and are strongly anti-war. Perhaps that switch will be enough for some to support them. For others, like me -- while I'm glad they've seen the light -- their massive error in judgment is, sadly, proof that they are not fit for the job. They sided with Bush, and for that, they may never enter the promised land.

To Hillary, our first best hope for a woman to become president, I cannot for the life of me figure out why you continue to support Bush and his war. I'm sure someone has advised you that a woman can't be elected unless she proves she can kick ass just as crazy as any man. I'm here to tell you that you will never make it through the Democratic primaries unless you start now by strongly opposing the war. It is your only hope. You and Joe have been Bush's biggest Democratic supporters of the war. Last night's voter revolt took place just a few miles from your home in Chappaqua. Did you hear the noise? Can you read the writing on the wall?

To every Democratic Senator and Congressman who continues to back Bush's War, allow me to inform you that your days in elective office are now numbered. Myself and tens of millions of citizens are going to work hard to actively remove you from any position of power.

If you don't believe us, give Joe a call.


Michael Moore

P.S. Republicans -- sorry to leave you out of this letter. It's just that our side has a little housecleaning to do. We'll take care of you this November.


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