Samstag, 16. September 2006

Nobel Laureates Ask Youth to Push Peace

Nobel Peace Prize laureates criticized the United States and the Bush administration Friday as they kicked off the PeaceJam conference in Denver dedicated to calling the world's youth to action. "The rest of the world needs America, but it doesn't need the current model it is getting," said Mairead Maguire, a 1976 Peace Prize recipient from Northern Ireland.

Interior's Internal Messes

The New York Times says its suspicions are confirmed that "bad things would happen" when President Bush filled the Interior Department with industry lobbyists, pointing to congressional testimony this week from the Interior Department's inspector general who said, "Short of a crime, anything goes at the highest levels of the Department of the Interior."

The New York Times: Stampeding Congress

"We'll find out in November how well the White House's be-very-afraid campaign has been working with voters. We already know how it's working in Congress. Stampeded by the fear of looking weak on terrorism, lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill demanded by the president that would have minimal impact on antiterrorist operations but could cause profound damage to justice and the American way."

The Content of Our Character

Brecher and Smith warn: "Republican support for a law that countenances torture, prisoner abuse and repudiation of the Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Geneva Conventions could provide an important issue for Democratic Congressional candidates. But Democratic House candidates can't criticize Republicans if they are supporting Bush's legislation themselves - as a majority of Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee have done."

Ethics Scandals Come Back to Bite GOP

Republicans decided long ago their party won't pay a significant price at the polls for the scandal spawned by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. It's a proposition likely to be tested anew in the aftermath of Rep. Bob Ney's agreement to plead guilty to corruption charges.

Save Guimaras - Guimaras and Beyond

Please sign..and forward..


Original Message:



This is very unlike me, but I'm already on my soapbox today. Also, I lived in the Phillipines for two years. Our son was born there.

I have a very soft spot in my heart for the PI and all of the good, hardworking, and wonderful people that live there.

Peace & blessings,


I would like to write to you all about the recent oil spill tragedy in Guimaras, Philippines. Guimaras is a tiny island in Southern Philippines known for its rich marine biodiversity, white beaches, mangrove and seaweed plantations.

But on August 11, an oil tanker carrying oil from Petron company sank in Guimaras waters affecting as much as 300 kilometers of coastline, 65,000 hectares of mangrove and seaweed plantations including 26,000 individuals displaced from their homes, most of them fishermen who depend on fishing as their livelihood. More than 900 individuals have been treated from respiratory infections and skin diseases due to exposure from high toxic levels of harmful elements and exposure to oil.

Please help me spread awareness by joining me at (we will launch this week).

You can also visit other groups who are involved in helping Guimaras.
forward this letter to your friends.

Thank you


Colorado Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Computer Voting

Voting on computer screens is so vulnerable to massive fraud that Colorado's November election is "headed for a train wreck," says an attorney who is seeking to have the equipment barred at trial next week. An expert would need just two minutes to reprogram and distort votes on a Diebold, one of four brands of computerized voting systems attacked in the suit, says attorney Paul Hultin.

In Replay of Iraq, Battle Brews Over Intelligence on Iran

In an echo of the intelligence wars that preceded the US invasion of Iraq, a struggle is brewing over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program and involvement in terrorism. US intelligence and counterterrorism officials say Bush administration hardliners have manipulated information to portray Iran's nuclear program as more advanced than it is and to exaggerate Tehran's role in Hezbollah's attack on Israel in mid-July.

There is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century



Informant: NHNE

US Has Been Stockpiling Banned Pesticide

The United States has stockpiled millions of pounds of methyl bromide, a pesticide that depletes the ozone layer, according to newly public documents - information that could create a stir during international negotiations next month, when the Bush administration seeks permission to produce more.

US to Cut Funds for Two Renewable Energy Sources

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is quitting the hydropower and geothermal power research business - if Congress will let it. Declaring them "mature technologies" that need no further funding, the Bush administration in its FY 2007 budget request eliminates hydropower and geothermal research, venerable programs with roots in the energy crises of the 1970s.

EU Condemns Bush's Recent Confirmation of Secret CIA Prisons

The European Union on Friday called on the United States to respect international law in its handling of terror suspects after President Bush acknowledged his country had operated secret prisons abroad.

New Clues in the Plame Mystery

Robert Parry says, "A well placed conservative source has added an important clue to the mystery of the Bush administration's 'outing' of CIA officer Valerie Plame." This source reveals a detail, continues Parry, that, "... undermines the current 'conventional wisdom' among Washington pundits that Armitage acted alone - and innocently - in July 2003 when he disclosed Plame's covert identity to right-wing columnist Robert Novak, who then got Rove to serve as a secondary source confirming the information from Armitage."

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 35/2006

Inside Donnie Rumsfeld's Orwellian Pentagon

Coaxing the unwilling

The result: US ground forces are increasingly made up of a motley mix of under-age teens, old-timers, foreign fighters, gang-bangers, neo-Nazis, ex-cons, inferior officers and a host of near-mercenary troops, lured in or kept in uniform through big payouts and promises.

From Information Clearing House

Tortured logic

The administration, apparently untroubled by this disagreement, is now asking Congress to declare that detainees who claim violations of the Geneva Convention may not have their day in court.

FBI agent details how informant was used to build case against Albany mosque leader

Friendship, then missiles in terror sting

From Information Clearing House

Torture complicate Padilla case

Evidence against the American terror suspect was obtained through torture, his lawyers say.

Judge refuses to reinstate key Padilla terrorism charge

The dismissed charge is important because it is the only one in the indictment that carries a potential life sentence.

Judge orders prosecutors to turn over Padilla's medical records

A federal judge in Miami ordered prosecutors Thursday to turn over medical records for accused al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla, a move that could reveal details of his treatment during 3 1/2 years in military custody.

From Information Clearing House

Senators Defy Bush On Terror Measure

A Senate committee rebuffed the personal entreaties of President Bush yesterday, rejecting his proposed strategies for interrogating and trying enemy combatants and approving alternative legislation that he has strenuously opposed.

ACLU Slams Senate Judiciary Committee’s Approval of NSA Spying Bills

"Congress has a right and obligation to conduct meaningful oversight on the unlawful actions of the president. But instead of investigating lawbreaking, the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to make it legal. We urge the full Senate to reject any attempts to ratify this illegal program."

From Information Clearing House

War pimp alert: U.S. had better be ready to raze Iran’s nuclear sites

In his televised 9/11 address, President Bush said that we must not “leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons.” There’s only one such current candidate: Iran.

From Information Clearing House

Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the "War on Terror"

Video Documentary

The U.S. government-sponsored program of renditions is an unlawful practice in which numerous persons have been illegally detained and secretly flown to third countries, where they have suffered additional human rights abuses including torture and enforced disappearance.

No News Is Slow News


Informant: ranger116

Tell President Bush To Help Alaska's Wolves

a message from Brenda

Should Coke Be Banned in India?

Why we can't win the "war on terror"

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Not only has the military lost the war it's lying about it

The Bad Guys aren't on the run yet, but it is clear their time is coming

The state is incompetent to protect us

The GOP Has a Principle After All

Informant: Lew Rockwell

A moth in Bush's flame of war

The federal government looks to have been the engine of greater and more severe warfare, rather than less

War Is Horrible, but . . .

The Voters Pledge: No More War Candidates!

A message from Brenda

Take a Stand by Signing the Voters Pledge! What if millions decided to vote their conscience and said 'No More War Candidates'?

The Voters Pledge makes visible a powerful political force, the peace vote, a force that politicians cannot continue to ignore. It sends a clear message to the hawkish minority that leads both major parties to end the occupation of Iraq and to end unprovoked attacks on other nations.

Please sign the Voters Pledge and ask at least 10 of your friends to sign as well. You can help get 2 million signers in 2006.

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Thank you for taking action!

HUGS, Brenda


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