Dienstag, 19. September 2006

Suzanne Swift: from Victim to Accused Army Deserter

Suzanne Swift is bracing for a possible court-martial. Arrested in June for going AWOL, she detailed three alleged sexual offenses to Army officials, who began an investigation. One incident had already been verified and the perpetrator disciplined. But last Friday, the Army ruled that the two other incidents could not be substantiated. It will soon decide whether to take disciplinary action against Swift for her five-month absence, spokesman Joe Hitt said.


Soldier's Harassment Claim Leads to Court-Martial

Spc. Suzanne Swift, who refused to redeploy to Iraq after she was sexually harassed by her superiors, has refused a plea bargain. Now she faces a court-martial in a case that spotlights problems of sexual impropriety and abuse in the military.



Boxer Slams Suppression of Media Study

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin on Monday ordered a formal investigation into why two agency reports on media ownership were never made public. Martin was responding to a request by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who earlier in the day made public a second FCC study that she says was shelved by agency officials.


Torture Is Torture

Eugene Robinson writes: "I just can't get past this torture issue - the fact that George W. Bush, the president of the United States of America, persists in demanding that Congress give him the right to torture anyone he considers a 'high-value' terrorist suspect. The president of the United States. Interrogation by torture. This just can't be happening."


"Hotel Minibar" Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines

Report shows that Diebold voting machines are easy to tamper with. The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine - the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus - can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet.



Marching Against the Freedom Agenda

Sarah Olson reports that United for Peace and Justice is marching past the United Nations today, in an anti-war demonstration timed to coincide with President Bush's address to the UN General Assembly. The national anti-war coalition announced: "Enough is enough. We are marching - marching to demand that the troops come home now and to assert our right to peaceful protest."


Global Warming Is the Immediate Crisis

Al Gore says, "Many scientists are now warning that we are moving closer to several 'tipping points' that could - within as little as 10 years - make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable damage to the planet's habitability for human civilization." Gore proposes ending the payroll tax: "For the last fourteen years, I have advocated the elimination of all payroll taxes - including those for social security and unemployment compensation - and the replacement of that revenue in the form of pollution taxes - principally on CO2."


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Speak For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves

This petition was created to explain and show the importance of animal rights in China.

For those who didnt sign this petition: Please sign/forward and the animals will be thankfull because at least YOU didnt ignore them! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/607674331


Britische Behörden signalisierten grünes Licht für den Verkauf von illegalem Gentech-Reis LL601

Ein bisschen was geht immer?

Britische Behörden signalisierten in informellen Gesprächen mit Handelsketten grünes Licht für den Verkauf von illegalem Gentech-Reis LL601.

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Send an email to end deep sea trawling

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Speak out to defend the oceans - Erheben Sie Ihre Stimme zum Schutz der Meere

Speak out to defend the oceans

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What's Really Behind the Bird Flu Outbreaks?

The Institute of Science in Society Science Society Sustainability http://www.i-sis.org.uk

This article can be found on the I-SIS website at http://www.i-sis.org.uk/

ISIS Press Release 19/09/06

Wild birds, farmyard chickens and people are the victims of bird flu not the perpetrators ( Fowl Play in Bird Flu http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Fowl-Play-in-Bird-Flu.php ) . Intensive poultry farming and globalised poultry trade are to blame for creating and spreading the virus ( What Can You Believe About Bird Flu? http://www.i-sis.org.uk/WCYBABF.php) ; but what really causes bird flu outbreaks?

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny points the finger at environmental pollutants that disrupt the immune system, especially dioxins

A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members' website. Details here http://www.i-sis.org.uk/membership.php

Key question ignored

Most people would agree that people become sick with a cold or with the flu when their immune system fails or is suppressed. People and chickens in Vietnam appear much more susceptible to the deadly effects of H5N1. Has anyone considered why their immune system fails to protect them? Has anyone investigated what is suppressing the immune system of migratory birds? I posed the question to Dr. Alex Thiermann, President of OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) at the Bird Flu Summit held in Washington DC in the United States, February 27-28, 2006. He answered: “No one is looking at this, in fact, no one has even thought about it.” Reporters and scientists raised the same point during the coffee break.

I believe that an in vestigation into the immunosuppressive effects of environmental chemicals, particularly dioxins, may shed light on the seemingly scattered and disconnected outbreaks of bird flu around globe. The association between dioxin and influenza may explain the high death rate in Indonesia.

What is Bird Flu?

Influenza viruses are divided into three distinct categories, type A, B, or C, and a large number of subtypes. The outer shell of influenza A viruses is covered with two types of protein antigens: haemagglutinin, (H or HA), and neuraminidase (N or NA). The differences between the H and the N antigens provide the basis for classifying and naming all the many s ubtypes of influenza type A viruses.

Influenza A subtypes are either “mildly pathogenic,” causing minimal or no disease, or “highly pathogenic,” causing serious illnesses and death, particularly among birds. All outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) viruses since the 1980s have been due to antigen subtypes H5 and H7. The bird flu virus in the news is a highly pathogenic subtype H5N1. See Fowl Play in Bird Flu [1] for further details.

Dioxins the most toxic chemical on earth

‘Dioxins' is a general term for a complex family of more than 400 chemicals. Dioxins are by-products of industrial processes that combine chlorine with organic substances such as wood, pulp or paper, in the presence of heat. Production facilities that manufacture pesticides, smelt copper and bleach paper all release dioxins. Dioxins can also enter the environment through the incineration of plastics, particularly those that burn municipal and medical waste.

Read the rest of this article here http://www.i-sis.org.uk/WRBTBFO.php

Evans' Lawyer: Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

To view a fact sheet on Vernon Evans' case, go to http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/content/factsheets.php


Sep 18, 2006 5:45 pm US/Eastern

Adam May Reporting

(WJZ/AP) Baltimore, MD A death row inmate's lawyer argued Monday in federal court that Maryland's lethal injection process could cause "horrific and painful death" in violation of the Constitution's ban against cruel and unusual punishment. But the state contended the process was quick and painless.

WJZ's Adam May has been following the case. May spoke with Evans' lawyer who is arguing the state's method of execution is unconstitutional.

A. Stephen Hut Jr., an attorney for Vernon Evans Jr., attacked the way the three-drug cocktail used in the process are administered. He also questioned the qualifications of the execution team.

Hut said his client's veins have been so badly damaged from years of drug abuse that lethal injection could cause extreme pain without more careful attention than has been available in past executions.

But Laura Mullally, an attorney representing the state, said Hut's argument has a "wolf-in-sheep's-clothing aspect." She emphasized that "an execution is not a medical procedure."

"It is the antithesis of medical treatment," Mullally said, adding that American Medical Association rules prohibit doctors from participating in executions. Mullally said medical records indicated none of the five men executed in Maryland since 1994 felt pain while being put to death.

Hut, however, said Maryland's current protocol for carrying out lethal injection in Maryland must be changed to avoid being unconstitutionally cruel. Hut cited a similar process used in Ohio, which announced plans to change its system in June after experiencing a 90-minute delay in putting a man to death because officials could not find a viable vein to inject the lethal drugs.

Hut said witnesses heard moans and groans from behind a closed curtain as a viable vein was sought, and that a witness will testify in Baltimore about what happened.

Maryland uses three drugs during executions. Sodium pentothal makes the inmate unconscious, pancurium bromide paralyzes the inmate's breathing and potassium chloride stops the heart. State law calls for the lethal injection to consist of an "ultra-short acting barbiturate" combined with a "chemical paralytic agent" to cause death.

Hut said the process needs someone trained with knowledge of anesthesiology to be in the execution chamber while the drugs are being injected in case something goes wrong. He also criticized the logistics of the rooms used in the execution.

Hut also questioned the qualifications of people who serve on the execution team, saying supervisors have a "cursory at best" understanding of participants' past professional and disciplinary records.

The case, which is being heard in federal court in Baltimore by U.S. District Judge Benson Legg, will include testimony from doctors and members of the execution team, whose anonymity will be protected by closing the courtroom to the public when they testify.

Evans was sentenced to die for the murders of Scott Piechowicz and his sister-in-law, Susan Kennedy, in 1983. In February, Maryland's Court of Appeals stayed his execution.

The state's highest court heard arguments in four separate cases in May, including a claim that racial bias played a role in the decision by prosecutors to ask that he be executed.

The court has yet to rule on those cases.

Informant: Julien Ball

Is it safer now to say that we're less safe than it was two years ago?

Fear And Hope in 2006

by Heather Hurlburt, TomPaine.com

The FCC's Media Manipulation

by Timothy Karr, TomPaine.com

News today of a second study killed by the FCC should inspire action against the latest media consolidation push.


Bush Owes Us an Apology

Keith Olbermann: "There needs to be an apology from the President of the United States. And more than one. But, Mr. Bush, the others - for warnings unheeded five years ago, for war unjustified four years ago, for battle unprepared three years ago - they are not weighted with the urgency and necessity of this one. We must know that, to you, thought with which you disagree - and even voice with which you disagree and even action with which you disagree - are still sacrosanct to you."


Bad party line

by Bruce Ackerman


Disdain for the rule of law is infectious. It began in Guantanamo, but it is now invading the American heartland. The Bush administration sees the wiretapping scandal at the National Security Agency as an opportunity to take the constitutional offensive. It has rejected a careful bipartisan effort to adapt existing laws to new technological realities, seeking instead to liberate presidential power from all traditional restraints by Congress and the courts. The Senate judiciary committee's reaction has been no less extraordinary. It hasn't capitulated to the administration's counteroffensive, but it hasn't stood firm against it, either...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Responding to anti-Americanism in the Arab world

Cato Institute
by Leon Hadar


Many Americans -- reflecting the sense of American Exceptionalism -- assume that if they punish other nations, invade other people, and bomb other countries, well, that's something special. After all, we Americans are good people. Our intentions are benign. Our values are unique. It really hurts us when we have to do all that 'collateral damage' here and there. But, hey, unlike the Romans, the French, the Brits, the Germans, we mean well. In the real world nations use their diplomatic and military power -- their policies -- to advance their interests. And sometimes nations go to war. They punish other nations, invade other people and bomb other countries. And guess what? Those other nations tend to get angry...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Political Parties Listening to Mobile Operators (MOA) - How the media should respond to science "scare stories"

Found the following piece on page 7 of the current issue of Private Eye, discussing the planned goings on at the forthcoming ruling Labour Party's autumn conference in Manchester. I thought you might be interested.


Informant: Eileen O'Connor


Lib-Dems too

Lib-Dem Conference Brighton 2006

Fringe Event Sponsored by-

Social Market Foundation and Mobile Operators Association

Science fact or science fiction?

How should politicians respond to media scare stories?

Dr Evan Harris MP, Shadow Science Spokesperson;

Alok Jha, Science Correspondent The Guardian;

Mike Dolan, Executive Director MOA.

Chair: Natalie Parry, SMF.

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Science fact or science fiction:

How should politicians respond to media scare stories?

Charles Hendry MP, Shadow Minister for Energy, Science and Technology
Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor, The Times
Mike Dolan, Executive Director, MOA
Professor Colin Blakemore, Chief Executive, Medical Research Council (tbc)
Chair: Natalie Tarry, Director of Research, Social Market Foundation

If you missed it at the LibDem conference, the Mobile Operators Association are also sponsoring the establishment /big biz counter to informed criticism (or 'media scare stories' as they prefer to call them), at both the other main UK autumn Party conferences. Note the other participants - Colin Blakemore, who obligingly helped out Airwave repel health objections during their hour of need, Sir John 'GM' Krebs and Ben 'Bad Science' Goldarce. The Social Market Foundation - is a Blairite pro-market 'think tank', see - http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Social_Market_Foundation

Informant: Eileen O'Connor

Pittsville voters asked if Bush, Cheney should be impeached



The Senate Can Stop Torture


Informant: Martin Greenhut

Congress Considering Strip Searching Students

Imagine an America in which school officials could strip search every student in their school based on the unsubstantiated tip that one of them might have a joint. Congress is voting on a bill Tuesday or Wednesday that could make these police state tactics more common.


From Information Clearing House

The 13 most corrupt members of Congress

In the following report, CREW documents the unethical activities of thirteen Members of Congress: 10 House Members and three Senators.


From Information Clearing House

Attorney general warns US on torture bill

The attorney general warned the US at the weekend that its bill to try to limit its obligations under the Geneva convention while interrogating and trying detainees risked international condemnation.


From Information Clearing House

We cannot afford to maintain these ancient prejudices against Islam


Chirac: Iran should not be referred to Security Council during talks

“I think that Iran is a great nation and that we can find solutions through dialogue.”


From Information Clearing House

In a replay of Iraq, a battle is brewing over intelligence on Iran

Several former U.S. defense officials who maintain close ties to the Pentagon say they've been told that plans for airstrikes - if Bush deems them necessary - are being updated.


From Information Clearing House

What if they gave a War?

By Charles Sullivan

We must think beyond geopolitical borders, beyond political parties; past the familiar labels of liberal and conservative. Working class conservatives and working class liberals alike are exploited by those in power. We must set aside the petty differences that keep us apart and seek common ground to defeat our common enemy—corporate Plutocracy.


Ending the Dollar's Tyranny

This is how US will attack Iran

By Yitzhak Benhorin

It will take a few days, with thousands of sorties, satellite and laser-guided bombs will be aimed at targets – 1,500 already planned by Pentagon – and will try to infiltrate armed concrete, under which some of nuclear sites are hidden. Meanwhile, Washington launches diplomatic blitz in attempt to promote sanctions on Tehran.


The threat of dangerous global climate change


Monday, September 11, 2006


Jim Hansen's presentation http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/threattalk_complete_05Sept2006.pdf (6.6 MB) this summer at the SOLAR 2006 Conference on Renewable Energy in Denver, which he has made available on his Columbia University Web site, integrates a wide range of scientific findings on global climate change with forthright and striking statements about their implications. Government officials should pay attention to this assessment.

Earlier this year Bush administration political operatives made an unsuccessful attempt to muzzle climate scientist Jim Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Dr. Hansen is now speaking freely about his analysis of the threat of dangerous global climate change. This in itself is a success story. We would like to see more federal climate scientists both able and willing to put forward an assessment of the climate change problem to a wider audience.

But overcoming overt censorship is just one necessary step. We still need to have policymakers and the public pay attention to the analysis, seek to understand it, and give it their most serious consideration. The President saw fit to meet over lunch with science fiction novelist Michael Crichton, author of State of Fear, a piece of pseudo-scientific drivel steeped in the views of the global warming denial machine. We wonder: Are any high government officials having lunch with Jim Hansen and other leading climate scientists?

Hansen's presentation begins with 12 pages of text, which annotates 52 pages of slides, including scientific charts. It should be generally accessible to most attentive non-technical readers. See also his book and movie review http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/docs/2006/2006_Hansen.pdf , "The Threat to the Planet," in the New York Review of Books. His Columbia University Web site http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/ contains valuable documents, as does his NASA Web site http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/jhansen.html .

Informant: NHNE


By Dennis Bueckert
Canadian Press Sunday,
September 17, 2006


OTTAWA - Canada and the United States are launching a $17.5-million study to determine why water levels in the upper Great Lakes have declined to near-record lows.

The study by the International Joint Commission will consider a number of possible causes, from climate change to erosion caused by dredging in the St. Clair River.

Environment Minister Rona Ambrose announced $500,000 for the study last week. But officials say that is just the first installment in what will be a major, five-year research effort.

Ambrose noted that water levels in Georgian Bay together with Lakes Huron and Michigan were as much as 45 centimeters below average this summer.

"Clearly, the health of this ecosystem has global significance," she told a news conference at Parry Sound. "Change is already upon us."

Huron and Michigan are at their lowest levels since the 1960s and Lake Superior is at its lowest since 1926, reports the Canadian Hydrology Service at Burlington, Ont.

The decline has caused problems for navigation, recreation, power generation and the ecology of the area. Wetlands are drying up, docks are stranded and beaches in some areas are overgrown with weeds.

"People that have lived along the shoreline and thought they have a million-dollar property no longer do, because instead of having a nice beach or a nice rocky shoreline in front, they've got muck with bullrushes growing in it," said Mary Muter of the Georgian Bay Association.

Citing a study by Blair Associates of Oakville, Muter said the Lake Huron-Michigan water level decreased by 2.4 cm between 2000 and 2005, which she described as a major drop.

"If you converted half a centimeter into volume of water you'd be talking millions of gallons of water."

Yet the lower lakes, Ontario and Erie, are at or slightly above normal levels, which has scientists baffled. Normally, water levels throughout the lakes would rise and fall more or less in tandem.

Computer models simulating climate change predict that water levels will decline throughout the Great Lakes, but don't explain why the upper lakes would be affected more than the others.

"The real thing that's got everybody concerned is not only are Lake Michigan and Huron dropping, but they're dropping relative to Erie," said Frank Quinn, a hydrology consultant at Tecumseh, N.Y.

"The lakes have been low in the past, but the graphs show that all of a sudden starting probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s there came a major difference in the water levels.

"If it was just generally low lake levels you would expect to find the same problem on Erie and Huron."

One possible explanation is that global warming has changed rainfall patterns, said Ralph Moulton at the Canadian Hydrology Service.

There has been unusually low rainfall this year in Northern Ontario compared with the southern part of the province, but it's not clear if that is part of a trend.

Another possible culprit is dredging in the St. Clair River when the St. Lawrence Seaway was being completed. The theory is that the dredging led to accelerated erosion, allowing increased outflow to Lake Erie.

"By dredging they removed the hard covering core of the bottom sediments," said Muter. "Once you remove that layer you expose soft eroding clay to a very high current there."

She said there is a lot of concern about property values around Georgian Bay.

Informant: NHNE

Pardon Bush for breaking the law?


9/11 and Katrina Five Years Later

Rachel Gotbaum and Bruce Gellerman of NPR's "Living on Earth" interview guests Dr. Phillip Landrigan, Dr. Gina Solomon and Dale Kemery about the health costs and the consequences of 9/11 and Katrina.


World Bank Says Illegal Logging Costing Nations Billions

Illegal logging is threatening the livelihoods of millions of the world's poor, robbing governments of billions of dollars in revenue and undermining legitimate logging businesses, the World Bank said.


Bush's Way or the Highway

"George W. Bush's September 15 outburst - threatening to stop interrogating terror suspects if Congress doesn't let him revise the Geneva Conventions to permit coercive techniques - is part of a pattern of petulance that dates back to even before the 9/11 attacks but has resurfaced as Bush faces new challenges to his authority," according to Robert Parry.


Democracy At Risk


Informant: NHNE

Religious Right Needs to Defend All Saints Episcopal

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

That Rev. Regas and All Saints Episcopal represent a liberal point of view must not cloud the fact that what is at stake here is religious liberty. From the very beginning of our constitutional republic, America's pastors and ministers have courageously engaged the culture. We must not allow the IRS, or any other government agency, to now trample this heritage.....




"This is a very specail audio files that every American should share!" AUDIO: http://www.apfn.net/pogo/L002I060918-constitution1.MP3

C-SPAN - PRE - READING OF THE CONSTITUTION GEORGETOWN UNIV. AUDIO: (TWO SONGS) http://www.apfn.net/pogo/L001I060918-constitution2.MP3

We must not weaken Geneva Conventions


Britain warns US over torture bill


Act Now To Save Habeas Corpus: our freedom depend on it!

--Please Forward--

This is a paraphrase of the urgent CCR letter copied below:

Even though Republicans are balking about supporting Bush's torture proposals, they seem to be caving about saving habeas corpus. Both Warner and Frist versions of the bill strip away the fundamental right to habeas corpus, the right to challenge your detention in a court of law, not to be locked up under the President’s say-so, guilty or innocent, never to be heard from again.

However, an amendment by Specter-Levin will fix this grave problem with the bills.

The rights of victims of rape and sexual assault are also under attack in this legislation, an injustice that is completely under the radar: both bills would change the definition of rape and other torture and cut back on hard-fought victories of victims of sexual violence. Tell your Senators they must uphold the Geneva Conventions and allow survivors of sexual violence to hold their perpetrators accountable.

So please fax your Senators with this FREE FAX using this link (please scroll to the END of page of link to find fax)

and/or if you can call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 right away, especially if they are on the list at the end of this email.

Thank you,


The following message is from Center For Constittuional Rights.

EMERGENCY! They Left the Worst Part In

The fight over the military commissions bills today isn’t about politics, it's about lives, and it's not over. Please take a minute from your busy day to help, even if you acted last week.

The debate around these bills misses the point: both versions strip away the fundamental right to habeas corpus, the right to challenge your detention in a court of law, not to be locked up under the President’s say-so, guilty or innocent, never to be heard from again.

An amendment in play could take out this dangerous measure – please use our site to fax your senators and tell them to support the Specter-Levin Amendment on habeas corpus when it gets introduced.

The bills are S.3901, The Military Commissions Act of 2006, sponsored by Senator Warner and S.3861, The Bringing Terrorists to Justice Act of 2006, sponsored by Senator Frist. Please call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 IMMEDIATELY, especially if they are among the 26 we’ve identified below as critical in this fight.

Anyone in U.S. custody, at home or abroad, must have the right to challenge their detention in court. Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than this right. Tell your Senator TODAY that they must vote to save habeas corpus.

The rights of victims of rape and sexual assault are also under attack in this legislation, an injustice that is completely under the radar: both bills would change the definition of rape and other torture and cut back on hard-fought victories of victims of sexual violence. Tell your Senators they must uphold the Geneva Conventions and allow survivors of sexual violence to hold their perpetrators accountable.

This is an emergency—please forward this alert to as many people as you can.

Thank you for your commitment.

Vincent Warren
Executive Director

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ccr-ny.org .

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See a calendar of events.

The votes of the following Senators will be critical:

Kent Conrad (ND) (202) 224-2043
Joe Lieberman (CT) (202) 224-4041
Ben Nelson (NE) (202) 224-6551
James Jeffords (VT) (202) 224-5141
Lincoln Chafee (RI) (202) 224-2921
Richard Lugar (IN) (202) 224-4814
Craig Thomas (WY) (202) 224-6441
Chuck Hagel (VA) (202) 224-4224
Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665
John Sununu (NH) (202) 224-2841
Peter Dominici (NM) (202) 224-6621
Gordon Smith (OR) (202) 224-3753
Arlen Specter (PA) (202) 224-4254
Daniel Inouye (HI) (202) 224-3934
Mary Landrieu (LA) (202) 224-5824
Ron Wyden (OR) (202) 224-5244
Olympia Snowe (ME) (202) 224-5344
Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
Carl Levin (MI) (202) 224-6221
Hillary Clinton (NY) (202) 224-4451
Richard Durbin (IL) (202) 224-2152
Harry Reid (NV) (202) 224-3542
John Kerry (MA) (202) 224-2742
Lindsey Graham (SC) (202) 224-5972
John Warner (VA) (202) 224-2023
John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235

Global Governance is Doomed to Fail

by Nancy Levant

Global governance, as a social and political concept, has a flaw that will render its own demise – a belief that mankind can be forced into intellectual obedience using the weapon systems of money and military. It cannot be done.....


Bush Administration in Denial of 'North American Union' Plans

by Tom DeWeese

“Conspiracy theories.” “Fringe nuts.” “Lies.” “Myths.” These are the words being used by officials of the Bush Administration and others to brand those who have reported on the activities of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), currently operating out of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Opponents have charged the SPP will result in the establishment of a North American Union, much on the same lines as the European Union.....


Consider Storing Food Now

by Dr. James Howenstine, MD

There are many good reasons to obtain food supplies now. The United States has become a net importer of food for the first time in it’s history. Remember also that the major foods grown and exported by the U.S. are GMO wheat, corn and soy which are very deleterious to human health.....


The Impending End of the Housing Bubble



Caught In The Housing Bubble


Little Big Bubbles


Waking Nightmare: on the Bush religion


On the awful-hilarious latest from the "war on terrorism"


How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime


Politics is evil: on the dynamics of power


Secrecy threat over phone mast locations

· Privacy row could end website that shows sites
· Fears mobile companies may stop cooperating

Richard Wray,
communications editor
Tuesday September 19, 2006
The Guardian

The ability of homeowners and concerned parents to pinpoint local mobile phone masts, find out who owns them and how powerful they are, has been jeopardised by a spat between telecoms regulator Ofcom and privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner.

Details of the position of masts - including those for the emergency services' communications network Airwave - are available through SiteFinder, a service set up following the Stewart report into mobiles and health, on the Ofcom website.

But a ruling by the Information Commissioner has placed the site's future in doubt. After an 18-month investigation, the commissioner last week ruled in favour of a request, understood to be from a consumer group, that all the information used to compile the site be made available.

At present that data is used by Ofcom to let people find out who owns masts within about 500 yards of their front door. Searching a wider area merely shows where masts are, not who owns them. While it is technically possible to use a series of local searches to build up a nationwide map, it would take many hours and the data is updated every three months.

The mobile phone companies fear that if all the information is made readily available, it will be easy for competitors to find the "holes" in networks giving them a competitive advantage or allowing rivals to target advertising in specific areas, telling consumers to switch networks if they want better coverage.

The data is provided on a voluntary basis by the five UK mobile networks, Airwave and Network Rail, which uses trackside masts to communicate with drivers. Ofcom can only compel the operators to give data to an accuracy of 100m, which would be pointless in major urban areas where a hectare could include dozens of masts. In addition Ofcom has no way of forcing operators to divulge details of a particular mast's power.

An Ofcom spokesman said the regulator fears that if the ruling is followed, the mobile phone companies will stop giving out the information and SiteFinder will collapse. "We are concerned by the [Information Commissioner's] decision as we believe it may have the effect of removing a source of important information from the public domain," he said. "We are considering our next step." Ofcom has until October 9 to appeal.

A source close to one of the mobile phone networks said the company was very concerned about the impact of the ruling and would almost certainly stop providing information if it was implemented. Ofcom also tried to argue that divulging all information about the location of masts could put the emergency services' communications in jeopardy. But the commissioner rejected this, saying: "Although it would take longer, a determined terrorist or criminal could obtain this information from SiteFinder."


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