Samstag, 28. Oktober 2006

Republican "Attack Ad" Pulled Over Racial Slur

The Senate race in Tennessee, already one of the most bitter and potentially decisive battles in the mid-term election campaign, has been thrown into new turmoil by a race-tinged Republican attack advertisement against the Democrat bidding to become the first African-American Senator from the US South since the Reconstruction.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102806E.shtml

Ruining America

Joe Galloway writes:"If President George Bush's hasty news conference on Iraq this week was the Republican October Surprise - unveiling some sudden presidential flexibility after three and a half years of stubbornly staying a losing course - it didn't work. With the midterm elections now days away, it smacked more of a change in semantics than a serious change in the direction of a war that seems to be spiraling out of control."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102806A.shtml

Investigators Say Speaker's Aide Hindered Inquiry of Hill Security Contracts

Two former House committee investigators who were examining Capitol Hill security upgrades said a senior aide to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert hindered their efforts before they were abruptly ordered to stop their probe last year.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102806Y.shtml



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A recent poll suggests widespread cell phone use is a social malady

//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=578

Launching a new kind of warfare

Robot vehicles are increasingly taking a role on the battlefield - but their deployment raises moral and philosophical as well as technical questions.

//technology.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329609881-117422,00.html


From Information Clearing House

Soldiers 'hit Iraqis if they forgot nicknames'

Mr Mutaira said that if one of the detainees had fallen asleep, he would be woken and asked to repeat his footballer nickname. “If we were not able to recite our respective nickname we would be kicked and beaten.

//www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2425247,00.html


From Information Clearing House

"Not America's Man in Iraq," Premier Al-Maliki Says

In private, al-Maliki criticizes U.S. policy

The Iraqi prime minister sharply criticized U.S. policy during a private meeting with the U.S. ambassador Friday, pointing to American failure to either reduce violence or give his government authority over security matters.

//www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/10/28/MNGV3M1SB51.DTL



Why Iraq's Leader Balks at U.S. Demands

Interview: An expert on Shi'ite politics explains why Maliki feels let down by the U.S. ? and why Iran should be seen as an ally, not an oponent, in the effort to stabilize Iraq?,

//www.time.com/time/world/printout/0,8816,1551743,00.html


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"Not America's Man in Iraq," Premier Says

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Maliki told the US Ambassador Saturday that he's "not America's man in Iraq." Maliki criticized what he called the patronizing US tone toward the Iraqi government and warned US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to respect Iraq's sovereignty, two of the prime minister's advisors said.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102806X.shtml



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The Way Out Of War

By George S. McGovern and William R. Polk

A blueprint for leaving Iraq now

We should find a way to express our condolences for the large number of Iraqis incarcerated, tortured, incapacitated, or killed in recent years. This may seem a difficult gesture to many Americans. It may strike them as weak, or as a slur on our patriotism. Americans do not like to admit that they have done wrong.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15430.htm

Iraq Contractor Is Hiding Data From US

A Halliburton subsidiary that has been subjected to numerous investigations for billions of dollars of contracts it has received for work in Iraq has systematically misused federal rules to withhold basic information on its practices from American officials, a federal oversight agency said yesterday. Although KBR has been subjected to a growing number of specific investigations and paid substantial fines, this marks the first time the federal government has weighed in and accused it of systematically engaging in a practice aimed at veiling its business practices in Iraq.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102806Z.shtml



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Evidence grows of waning ocean current

James Randerson in London
October 28, 2006

//www.smh.com.au/news/world/evidence-grows-of-waning-ocean-current/2006/10/27/1161749315591.html

Scientists have uncovered more evidence of a dramatic weakening in the vast ocean current that gives Western Europe its relatively balmy climate by dragging warm water northwards from the tropics.

The slowdown of the North Atlantic Drift, which climate modellers have predicted will follow global warming, has been confirmed by the most detailed study yet of ocean flow in the Atlantic.

Most alarmingly, the data reveals part of the current, usually 60 times more powerful than the Amazon River, came to a temporary halt during November 2004.

The nightmare scenario of a shutdown in the meridional ocean current that drives the Gulf Stream was dramatically portrayed in disaster film The Day After Tomorrow.

That scenario had Europe and North America plunged into a new ice age virtually overnight. Although no scientist thinks the switch-off could happen that fast, they do agree that even a weakening over a few decades would have profound consequences.

The Gulf Stream originates in the Gulf of Mexico, flows up the US east coast, then crosses the Atlantic, where it splits in two, with one branch crossing to West Africa. The other branch, the North Atlantic Drift, extends towards Europe. The warm water it brings to Western Europe's shores raises the temperature by as much as 10 degrees in some places and without it the continent would be much colder and drier.

Researchers are unsure what to make of the 10-day hiatus in the current in 2004.

"We'd never seen anything like that before and we don't understand it. We didn't know it could happen," said Harry Bryden, of Britain's National Oceanography Centre, who presented the findings to a conference in Birmingham on rapid climate change.

Is it the first sign that the current is stuttering to a halt?

"I want to know more before I say that," Professor Bryden said.

Lloyd Keigwin, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US, said the 2004 shutdown was "the most abrupt change in the whole [climate] record". "Suppose it lasted 30 or 60 days, when do you ring up the prime minister and say let's start stockpiling fuel? … How can we rule out a longer one next year?" he said.

Professor Bryden's group stunned climate researchers last year with data suggesting that the flow rate of the Atlantic circulation had dropped by about 6 million tonnes of water a second from 1957 to 1998.

If the current remained that weak, he predicted, it would lead to a one-degree drop in temperature in Britain in the next decade. A complete shutdown would lead to a four- to six-degree cooling over 20 years.

Guardian News & Media


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Chemicals: A tale of fear and lobbying

By Matthew Saltmarsh
International Herald Tribune
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2006

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PARIS Three years ago, Margot Wallstrom, who was then the European Union's environment commissioner, revealed to a startled Brussels press corps that a blood test had found the presence of 28 artificial chemicals in her body, including DDT, a pesticide banned from European farms since 1983, when it was found to harm wildlife and attack the nervous system.

"I was surprised to see some of these chemicals in my blood," Wallstrom, now deputy president of the European Commission in charge of communication, said in a recent telephone interview from Brussels. "I was raised in northern Sweden, where our air and water were supposed to be clean."

Wallstrom's disclosure was one high-intensity moment in an eight-year campaign by European officials to curb what health experts call a relentless march of toxic chemicals - used in just about everything from ballpoint pens to household cleaners to DVDs - into the everyday lives of Europeans.

The legislation, known as Reach, for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals, has generated one of the bitterest and most expensive lobbying campaigns the European establishment in Brussels has ever seen.

For European citizens, the rules could raise the cost of everyday products but also offer hope that there would be less chance of contact with harmful substances through those products.

Chemical companies across the spectrum, from large multinationals like Dow Chemical to industry associations representing small enterprises that make fragrances for dishwashing liquid, have spent billions trying to persuade lawmakers to water down or drop legislation that they say would unnecessarily multiply tests for harmful chemicals and cost the industry additional billions.

Nongovernmental organizations like Greenpeace are fighting back, saying the rich and aggressive chemicals lobby has already neutralized the proposed rules and asserting that the battle is solely for health and safety. European heads of state and the U.S. State Department have at various times joined the battle in seeking to shape the debate in favor of their citizens, corporate or otherwise.

A new version of the legislation heads for a final vote at the European Parliament by the end of the year. Lobbyists and diplomats are still fighting for last-minute changes. Whether the final law leans toward industry or the environment, the financial stakes of the legislation for businesses around the world are sizable.

Chemicals, plastics and rubber generate about 3.2 million jobs in Europe at more than 60,000 companies, according to the European Commission. In 2004, world chemical sales were estimated at €1.74 trillion, or $2.20 trillion, with revenue from the 25 countries of the European Union accounting for €586 billion, according to the European Social Investment Forum, a nonprofit organization whose members include managers of some of the largest investment funds.

When the Reach proposal was introduced 2001, it sought to impose a thicket of new testing requirements. An initial version of the proposal that year would have required chemical makers to perform extensive toxicological and environmental tests on the 30,000 chemicals most commonly used in commerce. Over the following years, the proposals were amended, watered down in the opinion of some and improved in the view of others.

For example, one contentious part of the original plan would have imposed the new testing rules on companies that produce chemicals in annual amounts as small as 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, the size a small bag of garden fertilizer. That measure was ultimately killed after industry and governments argued that it would place an undue cost burden on small companies.

Environmentalists and health experts are angry that, among other things, some of the thresholds used to determine whether a safety test is needed for certain chemicals were altered, cutting the number of substances originally covered by the measure by about two-thirds. Greenpeace estimates 17,500 chemicals will be excluded from the original list.

From the start, the German chemical industry association, the Verband der Chemischen Industrie, which includes companies like BASF and Bayer, and the German government have led a fierce campaign to soften the original proposal, according to campaigners and European Commission officials. The Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations in Europe, or Unice, and the European Chemical Industry Council, or Cefic, were also active in the project. Companies like Novartis of Switzerland, Rhodia of France and Shell Chemicals of Britain all worked with Cefic.

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany sent a letter to the commission in 2003 describing the proposal as "too bureaucratic."

"This was a very intensive lobby campaign," said Wallstrom, the commission's deputy president. "I mean really! And the way they lobbied - the national governments!"

Dow Chemical, the U.S. giant, Unice, Cefic and Bayer deny that they tried to kill the legislation and argue that their lobbying was legitimate because of estimates showing that the proposals would impose a staggering financial burden on the chemical industry.

In 2003, the commission estimated that macroeconomic effects would be limited and asserted that Reach would yield business benefits including improvements in innovation, competitiveness and workers' safety. The total costs, including those to smaller, or "downstream," users, were estimated at €2.8 billion to €5.2 billion.

If the legislation succeeds in reducing chemical-related diseases by 10 percent, the commission added, the health benefits would be €50 billion over 30 years, while it could prevent 2,200 to 4,300 occupational cancer cases per year.

In 2004, the European Commission and industry groups agreed to ask KPMG, the accounting firm, to assess the costs of the legislation. Rob Ronday, a consultant associate at KPMG who led a nine-month study on the Reach legislation, said he and his team had been inundated with faxes, e-mail messages, telephone calls and requests for meetings at all hours by representatives of the chemicals industry. "I wouldn't say the lobbying was hostile," he said, "but it was very close to that."

Wallstrom recalled that commissioners and their aides in Brussels "just didn't have the resources to respond." She added: "It was so unbalanced. Who will speak for the fish and the unborn?"

Meanwhile, the United States joined the battle. A report prepared for Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and released in 2004 uncovered documents and transcripts showing that Bush administration officials were "actively meeting with the U.S. chemicals industry to solicit their views and concerns" on the legislation.

The report said the lobbying effort had included pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Departments of State and Commerce .

In March 2002, Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, sent a cable directing U.S. diplomatic posts to "raise the EU chemicals policy with relevant government officials" and to object to the Reach legislation as "a costly, burdensome and complex regulatory system."

The report also said officials working for the U.S. trade representative had exchanged e-mail messages with industry representatives identifying European Union nations that needed to be "targeted" and urging industry to "get to the Swedes and Finns and neutralize their environmental arguments."

C. Boyden Gray, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said he had not "received instructions from people in Washington or the chemical industry" to fight the legislation.

As the European Parliament prepares for a final vote on the legislation in November or December, Guido Sacconi, an Italian Socialist who is steering it through Parliament, said he was confident that a compromise could be found.

"The distance between the sides is not so big," Sacconi said. "The principle is the same."

Gray said he still hoped for changes that ensured that small businesses and U.S. companies were not unduly punished. "Our concern is for the small guy," he said.

Wallstrom, the European Commission vice president, acknowledged that the legislation would fall short of some of its original aims but insisted that "the whole debate has been useful" and would create a need for more improvements.

Others are not so sure that all the time, energy and money has been worthwhile.

"The commission will have to ask itself, 'Was it all worth it, all the resources and the money?" said Ronday, the KPMG consultant associate.

"They might want to do it differently next time."


Informant: binstock

Warming climate opens late-season Arctic routes

Nathan VanderKlippe
CanWest News Service; Edmonton Journal
Friday, October 27, 2006

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YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. -- Arctic straits that are typically choked solid with ice this time of year remain completely open to shipping traffic late in October, raising profound issues for Canada as it struggles to maintain its grasp on the Arctic.

For the past week, the Canadian Coast Guard scientific icebreaker Amundsen has sailed east from the Nunavut hamlet of Kugluktuk, encountering virtually no resistance through straits that have for centuries been nearly impossible to traverse, even in summer.

"We actually went through Bellot Strait and Fury and Hecla Strait, which nobody has ever done this time of year," said Fisheries and Oceans researcher Gary Stern, who is serving as chief scientist aboard the Amundsen. "There was absolutely no ice."

In 1822, when Fury and Hecla Strait was discovered by explorer William Edward Parry, its ice remained so thick at the height of summer that he was forced to anchor his boats and cross by foot. As recently as 1999, Canada's most powerful icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, encountered so much ice during an August journey through the strait that she sustained damage to her propellers and could not move faster than 200 metres per hour.

But what is historic today could soon become routine as a warming climate melts the Northwest Passage.

"It's nice to know that you are one of the few going through there," said Capt. Alain Gariepy, the commander of the Amundsen. He spoke from the ship after crossing through Fury and Hecla Strait for the first time in his more than two decades of Arctic sailing.

"At the same time, you think maybe it's not going to be that difficult in the years coming. Maybe it's not such a feat any more."

In fact, for much of the last couple of months the Northwest Passage, the fabled route through the Far North that resisted sailors for centuries, has been open to transit for ships with only modest ice-strengthening, with no need for icebreaker support.

The passage remains an attractive route because it cuts 7,000 kilometres from some shipping routes between Asia and Europe.

Canada claims the Northwest Passage as an internal waterway, over which it can impose its own environmental controls and deny passage to other ships. The United States and most other maritime powers call it an international waterway where right of passage is guaranteed.

Although Ottawa has pledged an expanded Arctic presence including armed icebreakers to strengthen Canada's claim, no solid commitments have yet been made.

"From what I've seen E I am increasingly convinced that Canadian policy-makers are living in a complete state of denial when it comes to the dangers of international (Arctic) shipping and the kind of time frame involved," said Michael Byers, a University of British Columbia law professor who holds the Canada research chair in global politics and international law, and is sailing aboard the Amundsen. "Because it's coming fast. It's now, from what I've seen, a question of years rather than decades."

nvanderklippe@globaltv.com

Edmonton Journal © CanWest News Service 2006


Informant: binstock

Swans deliver a climate change warning

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Informant: binstock

Climate change: US economist's grim warning to Blair's Cabinet

//news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1932727.ece


Informant: binstock

Bush Iran War Plans: 4 Strike Groups in the Persian Gulf

//www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/10/24/73123/443


Informant: Kev Hall

Warming a threat to wildlife

//www.lowellsun.com/front/ci_4567129


Informant: binstock

Phone mast dirty tactics victory

DAN GRIMMER, NAOMI CANTON

28 October 2006 09:30

A mobile phone firm has exploited a legal loophole so a mast will be put up near homes - even though city council planning officers had turned down the application.

Families in Newmarket Road who won their fight to stop O2 from installing a 12.5m mast outside their homes were today dealt a hammer blow when it turned out the mast will be put up after all.

The problem arose because Norwich City Council officers only telephoned the mobile phone firm to tell them that they would need prior approval from the city council to install the mast.

But O2 has seized on a legal ruling over a mast in Carmarthenshire, where it was established that telephoning the firm to tell them that was not good enough - councils have to write to them.

Even though the council's planning committee decided in March to throw out the mast because of its situation and appearance, the firm is claiming consent by default because of the judgement since then.

The city council has tried to negotiate an alternative location but that has not been successful - and now the council is powerless to prevent the mast from being put up.

Leader of the city council Steve Morphew said:“I am angry that the will of the council and the residents has been thwarted,” he said. “We were following the rules as they were set down. I am appalled at the cynicism of the mobile phone company and I will be writing to them.”

Stuart Orrin, head of planning at the city council has written to families affected by O2s dirty tactics apologising for what has happened and explaining measures had been put in place to stop the loophole being exploited again.

Jane Malynn's house sale fell through earlier this year because of the mast proposals directly outside her house. She finally managed to sell after it was on the market 18 months to a different buyer.

Chris Hull, Green county councillor for Town Close ward, who headed the campaign against the mast, said: “My reaction is this rather reveals the problems we are having generally with the planning regulations in this country where a council can make a decision and it is then overthrown by a quirk and by cunning legal advice. It's just very wrong and I feel for the residents. It's similar to Tesco in that they are known for using every legal trick in the book and ignoring a democratic process.”

Are you battling a mobile phone mast where you live? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

Copyright © 2006 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

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Environmentalist Suzuki to Quit Spotlight for Simple Life

Environmentalist David Suzuki, best known for his television programs on nature and the environment, is ready to step out of spotlight and live the simple life, but laments that he did not have a greater impact.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/102706EB.shtml

Niger Delta Bears Brunt After 50 Years of Oil Spills

It was revealed yesterday that up to 1.5 million tons of oil - 50 times the pollution unleashed in the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster - have been spilled in the ecologically precious Niger Delta over the past 50 years.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/102706EA.shtml

Cheney 's Remarks Fuel Torture Debate

Vice President Cheney said this week that dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a "no-brainer," prompting complaints from human rights advocates that he was endorsing the use of a controversial technique known as waterboarding on prisoners held by the United States.

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Iraq looks into the abyss of a civil war, Iraqis and Americans and Brits continue to die in record numbers

Blame and Run?

"So Iraq looks into the abyss of a civil war, Iraqis and Americans and Brits continue to die in record numbers, everyone agrees there is no military solution, but there is no evidence of any other strategy," writes William Fisher. "My guess is that this president is so messianicly consumed with 'victory' there that he will remain in his 'State of Denial' and leave it to his successor to clean up his mess - as JFK did to LBJ, as LBJ did to Nixon, and as Nixon did to Jerry Ford."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102706R.shtml

Bush on Iraq: “If We Can’t Win, I’ll Pull Us Out”

//article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZDg4M2NlZjdkMWY0M2EyMzUwZDE3OTc1YmQwYTgxNjY=


Informant: ranger116

Americans Rule Out Air Strikes, Invasion of Iran

//www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/13579


Informant: Carol Moore in DC

From ufpj-news

Voter Rolls and Election Day

//www.commondreams.org/news2006/1027-02.htm



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The End of the Rove

//www.commondreams.org/views06/1027-30.htm

We Arm the World

//www.commondreams.org/views06/1027-25.htm

From Whitewater to Blackwater: Ken Starr, the Mercenaries' New Lawyer

//www.commondreams.org/views06/1027-26.htm

How to Turn This Election Into a Progressive Mandate

//www.commondreams.org/views06/1027-20.htm

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How to Turn This Election Into a Progressive Mandate

Jeff Cohen writes: "Many pundits are comparing the expected Democratic victory in the upcoming election to the Newt Gingrich-led Republican triumph of 1994, an election in which the GOP gained 52 House seats and ended 40 years of Democratic majority in that chamber. Unfortunately, the comparison may be overstated."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/103006O.shtml

Ex-Diplomat: US Has Lost War

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1027-09.htm

Soldiers Say Support the Troops by Bringing Them Home

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1027-03.htm



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UN Official: US Terror Law May Violate International Treaties

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1027-08.htm

Confession That Formed Base of Iraq War was Acquired Under Torture

//www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1027-04.htm



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Free Hugs Campaign

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From Information Clearing House

Bush administration's purblindness causing Iraq situation to worsen

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5237/


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From ufpj-news

Big Brothers' data bases

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From Information Clearing House

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006: The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year

//www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=19381


From Information Clearing House

Lay Convicted, Bush Walks Don’t kid yourself

If you think the conviction of Ken Lay means that George Bush is serious about going after corporate bad guys, think again.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052506A.shtml


From Information Clearing House



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Black People, George Bush and Overcoming The Politics of Armageddon

The United States is holding some fourteen thousand persons in prisons around the world.

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From Information Clearing House



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Torture as a tool of democracy

OF all the dreadful novelties to which we have accustomed ourselves after Sept. 10, 2001, none is more grotesque than our continuing national debate over torture's moral and legal legitimacy.

//www.calendarlive.com/columnists/rutten/cl-et-rutten25oct25,0,360130.story


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US rejects Hicks sex abuse claims

THE US has refused to investigate allegations David Hicks was sexually abused while in American custody, documents reveal. And the Australian Government has not sought to have its officials independently investigate the sexual abuse claims or other allegations of mistreatment raised by Mr Hicks, his family and his lawyers.

//www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/10/25/1161699353671.html


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CIA secret prisons investigated

BBC video report

President Bush has admitted that the CIA is running a secret detention programme for what he termed "al Qaeda leaders". Newsnight's Peter Marshall has been investigating the men in CIA custody, many of whom are unaccounted for.

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From Information Clearing House

Prof Noam Chomsky : "He tells the truth"

Video
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U.S. hails airborne laser as weapons milestone

The so-called Airborne Laser has been developed at a cost so far of about $3.5 billion with the aim of destroying, at the speed of light, all classes of ballistic missiles shortly after their launch. If successful in flight testing and deployed, it would become part of an emerging U.S. anti-missile shield that also includes land- and sea-based interceptor missiles.

//news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061027/ts_nm/arms_usa_laser_dc


From Information Clearing House

Warships deploy around S. Arabia oil facilities

Britain cites al-Qaida threat; U.S. naval forces on heightened alert
//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15442751/


From Information Clearing House

U.S. evangelical support for Iraq war slipping

A new poll shows support for the war in Iraq is slipping among white evangelical Protestants, previously a key pillar of support for President George W. Bush's conduct of the conflict.

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All eyes in Iraq turn to the ticking time bomb of oil-rich Kirkuk

Though it is largely free of the sectarian wars taking place in Baghdad and its surrounding area, observers say the ethnic faultlines running through the city, which lies atop Iraq's second-largest oilfield, make it a time bomb that could pit Kurd against Arab and draw in neighbours such as Iran and Turkey.

//tinyurl.com/y2abkk


From Information Clearing House

Why U.S. lost Baghdad battle

For all previous U.S. official predictions and timetables for progress in Iraq have proven to be unfounded fantasies with no tangible connection to evolving political and security realities on the ground there. There is no indication that the latest projected "timetables" will be any different.

//www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20061026-054027-3899r


From Information Clearing House

Iraq's Prime Minister Blames U.S. For Chaos

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continued his open dispute with American officials Thursday, blaming the United States-led coalition for Iraq's chaos and faulting its military strategy.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15419.htm



Iraqi PM, U.S. Envoy Back Timetable

There also was rampant speculation in Baghdad that the United States was preparing to dump al-Maliki, who was the compromise candidate for prime minister from among the dominant Shiite Muslims in parliament. His government has been in power five months.

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The Horrors of Extraordinary Rendition

By Maher Arar

We now know that my story is not a unique one. Over the past two years we have heard from many other people who were, who have been kidnapped, unlawfully detained, tortured and eventually released without being charged with any crime in any country.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15424.htm



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Why Baghdad Will Keep Burning

By Tom Engelhardt

The neocons and other top Bush officials were dazzled by American military power. They believed that, as the leaders of the planet's only "hyperpower," its last imperial superpower, its New Rome, they could do just about anything. Now, having attacked two weak countries, one among the poorest on the planet, and finding that they can achieve nothing they want, they -- and others in Washington -- are sitting around desperately dreaming up further hopeless solutions to the Iraqi catastrophe.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15420.htm

Cheney waterboarding interview shows politics of fear at work

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5236/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



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Why did 65 US Senators break a solemn oath?

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H.R. 6166: Military Commissions Act of 2006
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Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse: Mark Twain.

"In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell." Justice Black. NYT v. US. 403 US 713

"Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy" : John Pierpont Morgan

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." : Thomas Jefferson

First They Came For Amalie

//video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6802933391946789188&q=First+they+came+for+Amalie


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Rules of Engagement: on what happened at Haditha

//www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2006/11/haditha200611


Informant: Lew Rockwell



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Haditha

Western Imperialism and the Veil: on "liberation"

//www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1931671,00.html


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Iraq The Hidden Horror: 650,000 Iraqis dead, now that's 'liberation'!

//antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=9854


Informant: Lew Rockwell



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=655,000

The Republican Party is not now, never was and never will be a conservative party, it is what it has always been a representative of the rich and of big business

//www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese314.html

Call for Change: Sign Up for A Calling Shift, US Election 2006

//pol.moveon.org/phone/volunteer/pv.html?id=9296-1718406xfYzowa6PyteMrc6DmyPXA&t=2


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