Montag, 27. November 2006

Iraq Past the Tipping Point: Helicopters on Rooftops again?

Informant: ranger116

Why won't the New York Times cover Project Censored?

School of the Americas Opponents Seek New Vote

A Report by Rebecca MacNeice

Opponents of the School of the Americas think that with the new make-up of Congress, they might have the votes to shut down the controversial training center for foreign military officers. Last weekend, thousands of protesters returned to Fort Benning, Georgia, for the 17th consecutive year to call for the closure of the school, whose training manuals advocate torture, extortion and execution. Rebecca MacNeice was there and filed this report for Truthout.

Bush's Bad Reputation

From Britain to China, Bush is the "go-it-alone cowboy" to much of the world, leading the United States in the direction he wants, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

Deja Vu in Florida

"One of the great hazards of the way electronic voting has been introduced in the United States is that it could end up undermining democracy by producing unreliable election results that cannot be truly audited or corrected. This month, that nightmare became a reality," write the editors of the New York Times. "Voting machines in a Congressional race in Florida - where else? - may have swallowed about 18,000 votes, far more than the nominal winner's razor-thin margin of victory. Because those votes were in the loser's strongest county, if there was a computer glitch it probably changed the outcome of the race."

US v. Bush, et al.

William Fisher writes: "The scene is a Federal Grand Jury room. There, impaneled ordinary citizens listen intently as a veteran federal prosecutor asks them to return an indictment unique in American history. The charge is Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. And the defendants are President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, outgoing defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former secretary of state Colin Powell."

Ferocity of Iraq Attacks Leaves US Troops Helpless

More than 3 years after President George W. Bush launched an invasion of Iraq, which his supporters proclaimed would be a "cakewalk," American troops were engulfed in a wave of sectarian bloodletting yesterday that threatens to destroy the Iraqi government and may jeopardize a crisis summit this week with Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister.

The Long March of American Militarism

Chris Floyd writes: "There is a general misconception that the US military has always turned out plans like these to cover almost every possible contingency, every country; thus you're bound to run across off-the-wall scenarios, such as an invasion of Canada, that would never be implemented. But this is just a myth. In fact, war plans at this level of detail are never drawn up unless there are very serious policy considerations behind them. For example, the now-advanced plans for an airstrike on Iran are not simply contingency exercises churned out by Pentagon analysts, they were ordered directly by George W. Bush, as were the pre-war plans for the Iraq invasion."

Corporate Pollution In The Classroom

Informant: NHNE

It is US foreign policy and a massively unjust world social order that is at the root of why a small number of people turn to al Qaeda-type terrorism

Lou Dobbs and the Dead-End of White Anti-Corporate Populism

Ted Glick writes: "Dobbs is deeply concerned about the security of the USA in this post-9/11 age, and this is certainly understandable. But his insular, parochial, USA-first, narrow understanding of the world prevents him from appreciating what people all over the world and many US Americans do get: it is US foreign policy and a massively unjust world social order that is at the root of why a small number of people turn to al Qaeda-type terrorism."

Cheney 's Quest to Expand Presidential Powers

Cheney bypassed acts of Congress as defense secretary in the first Bush administration. And his office has been the driving force behind the current administration's hoarding of secrets, its efforts to impose greater political control over career officials, and its defiance of a law requiring the government to obtain warrants when wiretapping Americans. Cheney's staff has also been behind President Bush's record number of signing statements asserting his right to disregard laws.

America will pay a high price for this blunder one that we will have difficulty recovering from in the years ahead

Lawmakers Lose Patience With Iraq Government

"It is not too late. The United States can still extricate itself honorably from an impending disaster in Iraq," Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said in urging for a planned withdrawal of US troops. "If the president fails to build a bipartisan foundation for an exit strategy, America will pay a high price for this blunder - one that we will have difficulty recovering from in the years ahead."

Cindy Sheehan: Siege and Seizure in Korea


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US-Hauptquartier EUCOM: Verschleppungen nach Guantanamo angeblich auch in Stuttgart


Einem Bericht des ARD-Magazins "Report Mainz" zufolge sollen Verschleppungen in das US-Gefangenenlager Guantánamo auch im US-Hauptquartier Europa (EUCOM) in Stuttgart-Vaihingen geplant und koordiniert worden sein. Unter anderem soll es um die Verschleppung von sechs Algeriern im Januar 2002 aus Bosnien gegangen sein, berichtet das Magazin am Montag unter Bezugnahme auf einen EUCOM-Lagebericht. Die Männer seien über die Türkei in das US-Gefangenenlager auf Kuba gebracht worden, wo sie bis heute ohne förmliche Anklage inhaftiert seien. Nach Darstellung von Report arbeiten im Stuttgarter US-Hauptquartier auch deutsche "Verbindungsoffiziere".

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US-Kidnapping-Aktionen wurden bei Stuttgart geplant

Neues Deutschland - Germany ... Hier in den Patch Barracks siedelt das US-Hauptquartier für Europa (EUCOM). Ein 95 Meter hoher Stahlgitter-Funkmast zeigt, dass man weltweit Verbindung hält...

75 Millionen für die Erben von Milliardär Flick

Keine Auskünfte : 75 Millionen für die Erben von Milliardär Flick


Nach Darstellung der Linksabgeordneten Barbara Höll soll das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen 75 Millionen an die Erben des Milliardärs Friedrich Karl Flick zurückzahlen, weil sich das Verfahren seit 1997 "hinzieht und die Steuerhinterziehung inzwischen verjährt ist". Obwohl die öffentlichen Kassen voraussichtlich dafür geradestehen müssten, erfahre die Öffentlichkeit "keinerlei Hintergründe über die Verantwortung für diesen Skandal". Das zeige die Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Linksfraktion im Bundestag: Auf neun detaillierte Fragen, etwa worauf die Regierung die Länge des Verfahrens zurückführe und welche Defizite bei den Instrumenten der Behörden bestünden, habee das Finanzministerium lediglich mit dem folgenden Satz geantwortet: "Wegen der Verpflichtung, das Steuergeheimnis zu beachten, ist der Bundesregierung die Beantwortung der Fragen verwehrt." Anfang der 1980er Jahre erschütterte der so genannte "Flick-Skandal" die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. E s ging um Parteispenden und Vorwürfe der politischen Einflussnahme.

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Mit Hartz IV sind vier Millionen Menschen in diesem Lande unter Generalverdacht


Text von Dieter Hildebrandt beim DGB, dem neuen Buch "Ausgebucht - Mit dem Bühnenbild im Koffer" von Dieter Hildebrandt entnommen, das am 14. September im Münchner Karl Blessing Verlag erscheinen wird. Aus dem Text: „Warum heißt Hartz IV Hartz IV? Weil ein Hartz allein nicht so viel Unheil anrichten kann wie vier. (…) Mit Hartz IV sind vier Millionen Menschen in diesem Lande unter Generalverdacht. Vorverknackt. Auf Bewährung. Tägliche Meldepflicht. Was er hat, muss er verkaufen, wenn er was hat, was er nicht haben darf, wenn er was haben will. Den Schmuck seiner Frau, ein Theaterabonnement, Omas Silber. Und wenn er eine Fremdsprache spricht, wird ihm die als geistiges Guthaben von der Sozialhilfe abgezogen. Um das alles in den Griff zu bekommen, werden 80 000 Schnüffologen neu eingestellt, die als Staatsvermögensschutzpolizisten die verbotenen Nebeneinnahmen kontrollieren. Der Wohnungsinhaber hat dem Schnüffelinspektor einen Wohnungsschlüssel auszuhändigen, so dass der Beamte zu jeder Stunde Tag und Nacht hinein kann…“

Unzitat des Tages

"Das Prinzip, dass jemand, der lange Beiträge gezahlt hat, auch längere Zeit das Arbeitslosengeld I bezieht als ein junger Säufer, der nichts geleistet hat, ist richtig und sozial."

Karl-Josef Laumann, Vorsitzender der Christlich-Demokratischen Arbeitnehmerschaft (CDA) lt. Pressemitteilung der WAZ vom 24.11.2006: Westdeutsche Zeitung: CDA-Chef Laumann: "Junger Säufer" hat weniger Arbeitslosengeld I verdient

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Trotz scharfer Kritik. Laumann verteidigt "Säufer-Vergleich"

„Trotz scharfer Kritik hat der nordrhein-westfälische Arbeitsminister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) seine Äußerung zu jungen Arbeitslosen verteidigt. Laumann hatte junge Menschen ohne Job indirekt mit Säufern gleichgesetzt. Der CDU-Politiker erklärte, er habe auf eine "gewaltige Rechtssicherheitslücke" in Deutschland aufmerksam machen wollen…“ Artikel in Rheinische Post online vom 27.11.2006

Aus: LabourNet, 27. November 2006

Can Democrats resist allowing the military-industrial complex to control immigration policy?

Militarizing Immigration For Profit

Waxman Has Bush Administration in Sights

Congressman Henry Waxman has spent the last six years waging a guerrilla campaign against the White House and its corporate allies, launching searing investigations into everything from military contracts to Medicare prices from his perch on the Government Reform Committee. In January, Waxman becomes committee chairman - and thus the lead Congressional hound of an administration many Democrats feel has blundered badly as it expanded the power of the executive branch.

Barbados Pets and Livestock Need Your Help!

A message from Vida

Signed and forwarding.

Original Message

"Barbados Pets and Livestock Need Your Help!" petition at

I lived a long time in this part of the Caribbean and saw heartbreaking cruelty, day by day. I am very thankful that finally some action is taken to change the situation down there. Please sign and crosspost the petition !




A message from Kim

Original Message:

STOP OFFICIAL CRUELTY AGAINST THE ANIMALS IN THE ANTI-RABIES CENTERS! PLEASE ALSO SEND LETTER. Subject: urgent help needed for the dogs and cats electrocuted by animal control in México!

It is very important! our friends from Mexico are fighting against the cruel killing of dogs, few days ago the mexician Tv shows across the country the way it is killed the dogs and cats in the pounds . Now the spokeman of the animal protection society, Antemio M. Pindter, ask we to send a message of support to the declaration against the cruelty. Please, send your message and spread to your lists and friends.

Thanks a lot!
María del carmen

English translation

After seeing the video showing the cruelty by the personnel of the Animal Pound in Mexico, I add my voice of support to the declaration of the APAs, which urges the Mexican Government to stop all the cruel killing of domestic animals and to implement massive and free/low cost spay and neuter campaigns, as the only ethical and effective method to control the population of domestic animals.


Bundesregierung: umfangreiche Steuergeschenke für Industrie

Capitalism going crazy

by Gabriel Kolko


The failure of socialist theory is much more than matched by the failure of capitalism because the latter has the entire responsibility for keeping the status quo functioning-and it has no intellectual basis for doing so. The crisis that exists is that capitalism has reached a most dangerous stage in destructiveness -- and no opposition to it exists. This malaise involves foreign affairs and domestic affairs -- vast greed at home and adventure overseas. If the foreign policy aspects are largely American-originated, the rest of the world tolerates or sometimes collaborates with it. Its downfall is inevitable, perhaps imminent. The chaos that exists will exist in a void. No powerful force exists to challenge, much less replace it, and therefore it will continue to exist -- but at immense and growing human cost. Alternative visions are, for the moment at least, mostly cranky...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Beware the lure of "phased withdrawal"

by Carolyn Eisenberg


Our pugnacious president visited Vietnam last week and found the lesson for Iraq: 'We'll succeed unless we quit.' In this reading of history, the United States was defeated in Vietnam because of a failure of will. If George W. Bush has his way, this won't happen again. U.S. troops are staying in Iraq. In his rigidity, Bush sounds eerily like President Lyndon Johnson, who could not acknowledge until too late his Vietnam policy was in shambles. But in the aftermath of the midterm elections, the calls for 'phased withdrawal' -- coming out of Congress, the Pentagon and the leaky Iraq Study Group -- evoke errors of the Nixon years...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

War weariness is the prevailing public sentiment in the third stage of a major U.S. neo-imperialist war

Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs


War weariness is the prevailing public sentiment in the third stage of a major U.S. neo-imperialist war. In this prolonged stage, most people have grown tired of the war. They have surrendered their prior illusions about the glorious outcomes it was supposed to bring. They have come to understand that for them it is worse than pointless, that its costs have been real and its benefits a chimera, and that it seems likely to damage them further as it continues. Yet the war goes on and on, with no end in sight. We are now well into this stage of the war in Iraq...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Long stints in Iraq fracture families



As a gray dawn broke, hundreds of 3rd Infantry Division soldiers gathered on a Georgia marching ground this month and listened to a long list of names of fallen comrades. Taps rose mournfully above rows of young redbud trees planted for each of the division's 317 soldiers who have died in Iraq. Col. John Charlton, commander of the division's 1st Brigade, which next month begins its third Iraq tour in four years, stepped forward. 'Be thankful for your families, your health, and for every day that you're alive,' he advised...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hagel: U.S. should pullout of "mismanaged" Iraq



A leading Republican senator called Sunday for American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq, declaring that a U.S. pullout is needed to head off 'impending disaster' in the nearly 4-year-old war. 'There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq,' Sen. Chuck Hagel wrote in Sunday's edition of The Washington Post. Instead, he said, President Bush should use the upcoming report from a bipartisan panel led by former Secretary of State James Baker to begin laying the groundwork for a 'phased withdrawal' of U.S. troops...

Canada discards presumption of innocence

Calgary Sun [Canada]


Innocent until proven guilty will no longer apply to people charged with serious gun crimes, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday. The Tory PM, flanked by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller, said anyone charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping and extortion while using a gun will have to make the case for their freedom under proposed bail rules. The Criminal Code rules, as they exist now, force the Crown to offer up evidence on why the accused should not be granted bail. 'This is unacceptable,' Harper said. 'Our legislation will reverse the onus so that people charged with serious gun crimes will have to demonstrate to the courts why they should not stay in custody until their trial'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Experts Concerned as Ballot Problems Persist

After six years of technological research, more than $4 billion spent by Washington on new machinery and a widespread overhaul of the nation's voting system, this month's midterm election revealed that the country is still far from able to ensure that every vote counts.

No One to Lose To

Wartime Sacrifices

Arlen Parsa writes: "Never before in American history has such a costly war been fought with so little immediate sacrifice asked of all Americans. Less than one year into his first term, President Bush made clear the terms of his war: every other country was either with us, or against us... and that America is once again a participant in a grand 'struggle for civilization.' This rhetoric should come as no surprise considering that the commander-in-chief has already likened himself to other wartime leaders such as Winston Churchill and compared his 'War on Terror' to World War II. Yet, for such a war with so much in the balance, our leaders have asked surprisingly little of us."

Sunni Leader: Iraq Violence May Spread Through Middle East

Iraq's Shiite prime minister, struggling to prevent sectarian violence from sending Iraq into full-fledged civil war, is facing strong criticism from top Shiite and Sunni Arab leaders alike as he prepares for a summit with President Bush next week. On Saturday, a prominent Sunni religious leader warned that Iraq's escalating sectarian violence will spread throughout the Middle East unless the international community withdraws support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki 's government.

A Matter of Definition: What Makes a Civil War, and Who Declares It So?

"Is Iraq in a civil war?" asks Edward Wong. "Though the Bush administration continues to insist that it is not, a growing number of American and Iraqi scholars, leaders and policy analysts say the fighting in Iraq meets the standard definition of civil war. The common scholarly definition has two main criteria. The first says that the warring groups must be from the same country and fighting for control of the political center, control over a separatist state or to force a major change in policy. The second says that at least 1,000 people must have been killed in total, with at least 100 from each side."

The U.S. Dollar is the Week's Biggest Turkey

While Americans were busy digesting their Thanksgiving feasts, the rest of the world was barfing up dollars. As a result of our massive trade deficits, foreigners certainly have their bellies full of them.

US dollar 'will keep falling

The US dollar has reached a 'tipping point' as foreign exchange markets wake up to the threat that the Federal Reserve will have to slash interest rates in the new year to stave off recession, analysts say. After a sharp sell-off on Friday took the greenback to 18-month lows against the euro, and pushed the pound to $1.93, economists warned that there was worse to come for the US currency.,,1956925,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Secret Pentagon Documents Classify Central Coast Group as a "Threat"

Santa Barbara Chapter of Veterans for Peace revealed to be a Pentagon surveillance target.

State police eyed as hubs of terrorism data network

A new plan from the U.S. intelligence czar will use intelligence centers run by state police as the hubs for a national network of officials from different agencies and levels of government sharing information about terrorism.

Whistle-blowers tell of cost of conscience

In 2002, decorated FBI Special Agent Mike German was investigating meetings between terrorism suspects. When he discovered other officers had jeopardized the investigation by violating wiretapping regulations, he reported what he found to his supervisors, in accordance with FBI policy.

From Information Clearing House

United States is lost in the desert of Iraq

From Information Clearing House

'In Saddam's time I never saw a friend killed in front of my eyes

I never saw neighbours driven out of their homes just for their sect. And I never saw entire families being slaughtered and killed'.,,175-2470188,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Ex-employee says FAA warned before 9/11

By Catherine Rampell

"Immediately (after 9/11), numerous government officials from FAA as well as other government agencies made defensive statements such as, 'How could we have known this was going to happen?' " Dzakovic testified later before the 9/11 Commission. "The truth is, they did know."

The Uses of History and the War on Terrorism

By Howard Zinn

Whether you call yourself a totalitarian state or you call yourself a democracy, it works the same way, and that is, the leaders of the country are able to cajole or coerce and entice the people into war by scaring them, telling them they’re in danger, and threatening them and coercing them, that if they don’t go along, they will be considered unpatriotic.

America’s moment in the Middle East is about to end

By Mike Whitney

There are no “accidents” in Middle East politics. This week’s assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister, Pierre Gemayel can only be understood in the context of the ongoing struggle between the competing political forces in the region. Presently, the United States is the big loser in this regard due to its failed campaign in Iraq.

Dialectics, Rockefellers and Population Control

Part 1

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D.

As I have mentioned many times before, the power elite's favorite means of controlling people is the dialectical process. This often involves creating a "threat" to a particular population. For example, the terrorist threat after 9/11 caused Americans to be willing to give up certain of their freedoms which they had been unwilling to give up before 9/11.....

Part 2

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D.

In 1952---John D. Rockefeller III and John Foster Dulles found the Population Council to fund population control measures.....

Part 3

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D

Rockefeller Foundation gives $2 million to Hua Lian Pharmaceutical in Shanghai to upgrade its factory, which has been for years producing the RU-486 abortion drug as a key ingredient in China's population control strategy......

Part 4

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D.

President Bush has also long supported a Free Trade Area of the Americas, and if you look at the FTAA website, you can see its purpose is to "unite the economies of the Americas into a single free trade area." Once all the nations of the Americas have their economies united, it will be impossible for the U.S. not to be effected by economic problems in any Latin American nation. This will mean American independence will be negatively impacted......

Unschooling makes the education establishment nervous

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Yet Another Reason To Love War

Our religious leaders seem to enjoy a very cozy and comfortable relationship, are they serving God, or Mammon?

The failed faith of conservatives in almighty power

Does militarism make us happy?

We Must Do What?

US Neo-Imperialist Wars and how they finally end


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