Freitag, 5. Januar 2007

Bush to Replace Generals Who Opposed Escalation of War

Bush to replace Generals Abizaid and Casey, who have expressed reservations about the potential effectiveness of boosting troop strength in Iraq.

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French President Chirac Slams Iraq War as Boost to Terrorism

French President Jacques Chirac has unleashed a torrent of criticism against the US-led war in Iraq, saying the conflict, which he fiercely opposed, had boosted the spread of terrorism.

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Pelosi Delivers "Toughest Congressional Ethics Reform in History"

Newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi racked up her first legislative victory of the 110th Congress on Thursday, passing ethics reforms that will ban gifts and meals paid for by lobbyists and strictly limit funding of travel for lawmakers by outside groups.

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2006 Top Green Tech Ideas

Kelpie Wilson writes: "In 2005, Americans woke up to the reality of peak oil, the predicament first described by geologist M.K. Hubbert in which world oil production would reach a peak, followed by an inevitable decline. In 2006, we started seeing more attention to the two paths that can lead us forward: energy efficiency and renewable energy. As Democrats take over Congress in 2007, promising action on energy and climate change, it is important to look critically at the available options."

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Ehemalige führende US-Außenpolitiker fordern Atomwaffen-Abbau in den USA

05.01.07

Ehemalige führende US-Außenpolitiker haben in einem gemeinsamen Appell zu einer atomwaffenfreien Welt aufgerufen und die US-Regierung zu konkreten Schritten in diese Richtung aufgefordert. Die Welt befinde sich "an der Schwelle einer neuen und gefährlichen atomaren Ära", mahnen die Ex-Außenminister Henry Kissinger, George Shultz - Außenminister unter Ronald Reagan - und andere ehemalige Politiker mit Blick auf die Atomwaffenprogramme Nordkoreas und Irans in einem gemeinsamen Beitrag für das "Wall Street Journal".

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet: //www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?Nr=15056

Konfusion oder Zensur?

Nach einem Gesetzesentwurf will die spanische Regierung es allen Behörden erlauben, Webseiten ohne Prüfung eines Richters zu schließen.

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Fight internet censorship

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The Battle Amongst Election Integrity Groups over Federal Legislation Provisions

What are the best ideas for election integrity legislation in the new Congress?

Election Integrity groups are battling over what is best.

Kathy Dopp, President of National Election Data Archive responds to:

"REQUEST BY VOTERS: To amend the bill formerly known as H.R. 550 (aka the "Holt bill") with remedies and recommendations for removing obstacles to democratic elections" which is supported by numerous well-known election integrity activists.

See //www.wethepatriots.org/HAVA/requestbyvoters.pdf

suggesting what she thinks are better proposals, supported by long-time top experts:

//electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/release/Release-Election-Recommendations.pdf


Hello Fellow American Patriots,

A document was released this week called:

"REQUEST BY VOTERS: To amend the bill formerly known as H.R. 550 (aka the "Holt bill") with remedies and recommendations for removing obstacles to democratic elections"

It is apparently supported by a wide variety of well-known election integrity activists and groups.

See //www.wethepatriots.org/HAVA/requestbyvoters.pdf

Unfortunately it makes some ill-advised recomendations; contains factual errors; and omits the crucial measures needed to ensure election outcome accuracy.

I refer to this above document as "REQUEST" in my response below:


The GOOD things in REQUEST are:

1. FREEDOM OF ACCESS TO ELECTIONS INFORMATION. This is critical for citizen oversight of elections!

and

2. A request that voting system use paper ballots. This is critical to enable independent checks of machine outcomes.

3. Statement that 2% (or any fixed rate) audits are insufficient. And Holt's previous bill did not specify that audits must be transparent and verifiable either. See //electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/ElectionIntegrityAudit.pdf


The BAD things in REQUEST include:

1. RESTRUCTURE THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION (EAC) Argh. The US EAC is due to expire. It would be better to let the US EAC expire as the law does now! Its few highly qualified people, mostly originating from NIST have been overwhelmed by a plethora of political appointees and long-term voting machine vendor shills whose only qualifications are decades implementing flawed inauditable voting machines more accurately named "vote-rigging" devices.

There is no reason to re-authorize the US EAC!

2. "hand-counting" ballots

Hand counting ballots is not the most trustworthy way to count votes. There have been numerous proven cases of election tampering with paper ballots occuring since at least the 1800's and paper ballot tampering is provably occurring in today's elections as well. (although it often can only be proven months or years after the election when the records or ballots become available for examination). We can do better than this.

It is probably against the U.S. constitution for the federal government to specify particular voting systems (in this case "hand-counting") for states. That is why Congress has never done so before, and in my opinion should not, and will not, do so now.

The voting system that would detect more errors and tampering and be the most accurate would combine both hand counts and electronic counts.

3. election night precinct hand-counting of ballots

This could open a can of worms and access to retail tampering if not done correctly with a huge amount of resources and care. Manual audits if sufficient, verifiable, and transparent, "may" be easier to establish chain of custody procedures to secure ballots. I am certainly not against election night precinct hand-counting, but I would hesitate to legislate such procedures, for possible security and manpower reasons and for the same reasons stated above in #2.

4. REQUEST is rife with factual innacuracies:

For instance, almost the entire section entitled "New information available since the original introduction of H.R. 550" includes information which is not new and has been repeated over and over by computer scientists such as the Open Voting Consortium, the scientists of Project ACCURATE and many others since at least the November 2000 election.

Gross misstatements such as the one that claims that "The EAC Certification Program has created a system in which every jurisdiction, beginning in 2007, must replace or use uncertified voting equipment." are flatly untrue. States have ultimate authority over their own certification and can certify voting equipment or not based on any criteria that they chose. The federal voluntary voting system guidelines are just that - voluntary. The only requirements that states must meet today are the Voting Rights act requirements, the requirement to provide devices for people with disabilities to vote privately and unassisted, and the requirement that voting equipment either warn voters of over-votes or provide public education on over-voting.

5. REQUEST neglects to mention key measures needed to ensure integrity of election outcomes, including that that fixed PROBABILITY manual audits are needed to detect outcome-altering levels of vote miscount for any race with 95% or 99% probability based on actual margins between candidates and the number of vote counts. The closer the margin between candidates, the larger the manual audit must be to detect the amount of miscount that could alter a close race.


In sum, although supported by numerous election integrity activists, REQUEST is rife with misstatements, crucial omissions, and advice with questionable soundness and practicality.

I applaud those who signed REQUEST for recognizing the crucial need for timely freedom of access to detailed election data, documents, and information; and the inadequacies of the prior Holt proposal.

However, any particular method of counting ballots, including hand-counting or machine counting, cannot be made 100% secure and trustworthy, which is why it is crucial to subject all elections to scientific, transparent, verifiable, independent audits, just like every other major U.S. industry is subjected to scientific independent audits.

The provisions of REQUEST would return us to the days of retail, as opposed to wholesale, election tampering - a huge improvement over where we are today! However we can do better than that.

Sound and practical recommendations for making our U.S. election systems more accountable, trustworthy, auditable, and accurate than they have ever been in U.S. history are available here:

//electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/release/Release-Election-Recommendations.pdf

also available here: //www.prweb.com//releases/2007/1/prweb494587.htm

with details here: //electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/EI-FederalLegislationProposal.pdf

and experts to help with the details //electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/ExpertsList.pdf

Please read our well-considered practical recommendations and forward this press release //electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/release/Release-Election-Recommendations.pdf to your US House and Senate representatives:

//www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and //www.house.gov/

Thank you very much.

I applaud the folks who signed onto REQUEST for their concern for democracy and invite them to study our recommendations.

Sincerely,

Kathy Dopp
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Menschen sind wichtiger als Patente

Ärzte ohne Grenzen tritt heute mit einer besonderen Bitte an Sie heran - wir möchten Sie für die Unterstützung unserer Petition "Menschen sind wichtiger als Patente" gewinnen:

In Indien werden kostengünstige Medikamente, so genannte Generika, produziert, die lebenswichtig für sehr viele Menschen in ärmeren Ländern sind. So stammen mehr als die Hälfte der derzeit in diesen Ländern eingesetzten HIV/Aids-Medikamente aus Indien. Nun verklagt das Pharmaunternehmen Novartis die indische Regierung. Sollte Novartis damit Erfolg haben, werden aller Voraussicht nach mehr Medikamente in Indien unter Patentschutz gestellt. Dies würde es indischen Unternehmen erschweren, die dringend benötigten Generika zu günstigen Preisen herzustellen. Der Zugang zu erschwinglichen Medikamenten für Millionen Menschen wäre gefährdet.

Es geht um sehr viel: Unterzeichnen Sie unsere Petition online, damit Novartis die Klage fallen lässt! Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe.


Menschen sind wichtiger als Patente
Jede Unterschrift zählt

Klicken Sie hier, um unsere Online-Petition zu unterzeichnen. Und empfehlen Sie sie anschließend möglichst vielen Freunden und Bekannten weiter. //www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/go.php?nl=2007012335


Pressemitteilung vom 20.12.06 zur Klage Ärzte ohne Grenzen: Novartis muss Klage gegen indische Regierung zurückziehen

"Für Menschen wie mich, die mit HIV/Aids leben, würde ein Sieg von Novartis bedeuten, dass wir in die Zeiten zurückgeworfen werden, als Medikamente für uns unbezahlbar waren", sagte Loon Gangte vom Netzwerk der HIV-Infizierten in Neu Delhi. //www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/go.php?nl=2007012339


Hintergrundinformationen zur Novartis-Klage Ein Präzedenzfall, der Folgen für Millionen Menschen haben kann.

Das indische Patentamt hat einen von Novartis eingereichten Antrag zum Patentschutz eines Medikamentes abgelehnt. Daraufhin reichte Novartis Einspruch gegen die Entscheidung und zugleich eine Klage gegen diejenigen Bestimmung des indischen Patentrechts ein, auf deren Grundlage der Patentantrag abgelehnt wurde. //www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/go.php?nl=2007012336


Interview Basler Zeitung

In einem Interview mit der Basler Zeitung vom 7. Dezember 2006 stellt der Leiter der Medikamentenkampagne von Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Tido von Schoen-Angerer, seine Sicht der Novartis-Klage dar. //www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/go.php?nl=2007012337


Fotoberichte

In einer Serie von Fotoberichten erzählen HIV/Aids-Patienten aus Peru, Malawi, der Demokratischen Republik Kongo, China, Ruanda und Thailand über ihre Lebenssituation. //www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/go.php?nl=2007012285


Videobericht

Kenia: Die zweifache Bürde HIV und Tuberkulose - Bericht aus dem Slum Mathare in Nairobi //www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/go.php?nl=2007012216

Victory for fight against phone mast

PETER WALSH
05 January 2007 08:33

Families have won a fight to stop a mobile phone mast being installed near to homes and a city police station - although it is feared the company will try to put up another mast nearby.

City planners went against the recommendations of officers to approve proposals by O2 for a 12.5m mock telegraph mast next to Earlham Road police station. They said it would have been an eyesore.

More than 40 people had raised concerns about the plans and planning committee members received 11 letters of objection, citing visual impact and health fears.

Police officers at the nearby station had also said whereas the mast would not interfere with its main Airwave communication system, it might have caused localised “blocking” of police mobile phones and blackberries.

Adrian Holmes, vice chair of the planning committee and a Green city councillor for Wensum ward, said: “Police community support officers rely on mobile communications and they will be the ones affected as they will be in and around the local area.”

But Mr Holmes said he had to go against recommendations to approve, because there were no assurances it would not affect police mobile the mast would be an eyesore. “There is a definite visual impact, even though it's been designed as a wooden telegraph pole,” he said.

Rupert Read, a Green city councillor for Wensum ward, made his objections to the scheme known to the planning committee before it met.

He said he had been contacted by about 12 residents, who were all concerned about the health risks and visual impact associated with the mast.

“It is my view, and I believe the view of the vast majority of local residents, that while there is severe scientific doubt over the safety of such installations, it would be incautious and potentially negligent for such an installation to be given the go-ahead,” he said.

Although campaigners will be delighted at the victory, there are fears O2 might use a legal loophole to put up a similar size mast, which is not shrouded, across the road.

Although O2 was refused permission for the mast last March and the decision was made in the prescribed time, a “procedural error”, which occurred when the council used technically incorrect wording in a letter to O2, meant the phone company has claimed consent by default.

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

Copyright © 2007 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

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World Bank OK With Blood For Oil

by Daphne Wysham, TomPaine.com

In his quest for oil, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is sticking Chad with the bloody bill.

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Real change requires revisiting the core of what we stand for

The Narrative Imperative
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Bush hebelt Briefgeheimnis aus

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Waxman Launches New Committee to Monitor Bush Administration

Representative Henry Waxman (D-California), the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has created a new subcommittee that will tackle decisions made by the Bush administration regarding which government records should be made available to the public.

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For America's Sake

In an adaptation of remarks made by Bill Moyers to a December 12 gathering in New York sponsored by The Nation, Bill Moyers says, "Everywhere you turn you'll find people who believe they have been written out of the story. Everywhere you turn there's a sense of insecurity grounded in a gnawing fear that freedom in America has come to mean the freedom of the rich to get richer even as millions of Americans are dumped from the Dream. So let me say what I think up front: The leaders and thinkers and activists who honestly tell that story and speak passionately of the moral and religious values it puts in play will be the first political generation since the New Deal to win power back for the people."

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Armut in Deutschland und Grundeinkommen

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Auszug aus Bewertung des Kongresses "Solidarische Ökonomie"
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Why does poverty persist?

Foundation for Economic Education
by Manuel F. Ayau

01/04/07

Beginning with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet, everyone wants to do something to end poverty in the world. That's supposedly why the World Bank and myriad other expensive international institutions, plus the foreign-aid programs of developed nations, were created. But they've been at this effort for more than 50 years, and judging by the state of the underdeveloped world, there is little evidence of success. Even some of their own experts admit this. Why the poor results? A consideration of the reason for this colossal failure is necessary if we want to help the poor create prosperity...

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Why Hawks win

Foreign Policy
by Daniel Kahneman, Jonathan Renshon

01/07

Why are hawks so influential? The answer may lie deep in the human mind. People have dozens of decision-making biases, and almost all favor conflict rather than concession. A look at why the tough guys win more than they should...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Hillary, Obama: Headlines in search of a story

Fox News
by Susan Estrich

What a year this is going to be. Nothing has happened, no one has said a word, and already Drudge is screaming the news: HILLARY PREDICTS: OBAMA CANDIDACY WILL DIMINISH. What do you expect her to say: that it's certain to grow? The idea behind the piece, which appeared the next day in the New York Times, is that Hillary thinks that Obama's prospects will diminish as people realize how inexperienced he is in foreign policy. This is news? If she didn't think that, why in the world would she be running against him? What else do you say about a charismatic newcomer who was a state senator two years ago? The only other nugget in the story is that Hillary reportedly views Obama, the first term senator from Illinois, and John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and vice presidential nominee, to be her two toughest rivals...

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America as a whole goes on shopping

The butt-stroke mentality

Mother Jones
by April Rabkin

Is anyone still 'hunting down' Osama? Should the military allow photos of coffins coming home? When soldiers have worse odds of getting killed in Afghanistan than in Iraq, why do we hardly hear about them? No to the first; yes to the second; and as to the third, Rick Scavetta explains the Pentagon's systematic approach to masking fatalities. Since age 18, Scavetta has served off and on in the military. He reported for Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces, for three years in dozens of countries from Bosnia to Afghanistan. Then he was the army's chief of media relations in Afghanistan for a year, ending in February 2006. He embedded reporters from more than 200 news agencies, from Tom Brokaw to local Afghan reporters. For all his attempts to bring the war to the public, he says, 'America as a whole goes on shopping'...

//www.motherjones.com/interview/2006/12/scavetta.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Let there be peace

Common Dreams
by Monica Benderman

01/04/07

This past September my husband and I spent time in Washington, DC meeting with members of congress, talking with members of organizations who had supported us for the past two years, and listening to those who would advise us as to the road ahead for a veteran of war who took a public stand of conscience against a war of choice. Kevin had been home from military prison for only two weeks. He had spent the last fourteen months in confinement at an obscure military prison on Ft. Lewis in Washington state. He was guilty of having a conscience, and a strong desire to speak the truth about the military, war and the treatment many members of the military received at the hands of commanders who believed themselves accountable to no one...

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Confronting the empire

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

01/05/07

Enough already with the policy analyses, the measured rhetoric, the hat-in-hand appeals to the Czar. It's time to confront -- and bring down -- the War Party. After all, what other choice do we have? We just had a national election in which the voters overwhelmingly rejected the war, and its perceived authors -- and yet, here we are trying to beat back a serious escalation. When it comes to our policy in the Middle East, apparently a few neocons over at the American Enterprise Institute have more clout than the majority of American voters. Well, then, what kind of confrontation?

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Biden: Bush Pushing War Loss to Next President

White House Postponing Loss of Iraq, Biden Says
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Biden: Bush Pushing War Loss to Next President

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Delaware), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday that he believes top officials in the Bush administration have privately concluded they have lost Iraq and are simply trying to postpone disaster so the next president will "be the guy landing helicopters inside the Green Zone, taking people off the roof," in a chaotic withdrawal reminiscent of Vietnam.

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Biden says 'signficant portion of administration believes Iraq is lost'
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Take Action for Circus Animals in 2007

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A message from Pam

Shut Out of the Forests

"The (Bush) administration has decided to simply eliminate the bothersome environmental reviews previously applied to management plans for the 193 million acres of national forest," writes the Baltimore Sun.

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India's PM Says West Is Environmentally Wasteful

Slamming the West for its "environmentally wasteful lifestyle," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on Wednesday for industrialized nations to look at alterative energy sources to save the environment.

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Carbon-Offsetting: All Credit to Them

Some dismiss carbon-offsetting as a way of buying a clear conscience. These Indian farmers disagree. James Hopkirk sees how Western "guilt money" transformed their lives.

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Miers Resigns as White House Counsel

Harriet Miers, President Bush's failed Supreme Court nominee and longtime adviser, submitted her resignation as White House counsel on Thursday.

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Pentagon tries to hide that US casualties in Iraq exceed 50,000

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"Mein Image und ich" Prominente verraten, wie man Wirklichkeit inszeniert

Prominenten reden darüber, was sie mit den Medien machen und was die Medien mit ihnen machen. Sie sprechen über den Widerspruch zwischen Image und Ich, über das Geschäft mit der medialen Selbstdarstellung und seinen Preis. Zu Wort kommen Schriftsteller und Künstler, Klatsch-Reporter und Philosophen, skrupellose PR-Berater und gefeierte Models. Befragt wurden alle Interviewten von Studierenden des Instituts für Journalistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft der Universität Hamburg. Auf der Suche nach Antworten auf die Frage, wie man Wirklichkeit inszeniert, haben die jungen Journalisten Prominente im In- und Ausland besucht. Angeleitet wurden sie von Professor Dr. Bernhard Pörksen vom Institut für Journalistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft und Jens Bergmann (Redakteur Brand Eins).

Weil sich die meisten Protagonisten der Mediengesellschaft ungern in die Karten schauen lassen, war viel Überzeugsarbeit und Hartnäckigkeit nötig, um mit ihnen ins Gespräch zu kommen. Mancher Versuch scheiterte; so ließen einige Interviewpartner Termine in letzter Minute platzen, verweigerten den Abdruck von Gesprächen oder drohten gar mit dem Anwalt. Die Studierenden ließen sich von solchen Widerständen nicht entmutigen, zeigten sie doch, dass man auf der richtigen Spur war. Das Ergebnis ihrer Recherchen sind 30 subjektive Medientheorien von Eingeweihten, nachzulesen in dem Gesprächsband Medienmenschen. Das Buch vermittelt in anekdotischer, leicht lesbarer und sehr persönlicher Form überraschende, unterhaltsame und zum Teil erschreckende Einsichten in die Inszenierungsgesellschaft, zu der wir alle gehören.

Jens Bergmann/Bernhard Pörksen (Hrsg.): Medienmenschen. Wie man Wirklichkeit inszeniert. Gespräche mit Joschka Fischer, Michel Friedman, Gregory Gysi, Regina Halmich, Andre Heller, Peter Sloterdijk, Ursula von der Leyen, Roger Willemsen u. v. a. Münster: Solibro-Verlag; 356 Seiten; 19,80 Euro; ISBN: 978-3-932927-32-4. Erscheinungstermin: 16. Januar 2007 .

Kontakt: Carolin Wiedemann (Pressesprecherin des Projektes) Mobil: 0177 - 79 86 347 mailto:carolinwiedemann@web.de .

Jens Bergmann Mobil: 0170 - 900 09 26 mailto:j.bergmann@nikocity.de .

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen Tel. 040 - 428 38-36 37 mailto:bernhard.poerksen@uni-hamburg.de .

Presseerklärung //www.netzwerkrecherche/newsletter/39/Pressemitteilung.pdf {PDF-Datei, 2 S., 9 KB}

"Best of"-Zitate aus dem Buch //www.netzwerkrecherche/newsletter/39/BestofZitate.pdf {PDF-Datei, 4 S., 16 KB}


Aus: Newsletter Netzwerk Recherche, #39, 05.01.2007

Wie sichert man den eigenen Computer?

Wie verhält man sich nach einem Angriff aus dem Internet - oder besser noch davor? Welche Risiken lauern überhaupt im Netz? Dr. Andreas K. Bittner (Vorsitzender des Bundesfachausschuss Online der DJV) hat Basisinformationen zusammengestellt, wie man den eigenen Rechner sichert, welche Konfigurationen zweckmäßig sind und welche Programme man benötigt, um gegen Angriffe aus dem Internet gewappnet zu sein. Die Dokumentation mit vielen Links kann vom Server des 'journalist' geladen werden:

Sicherheit im Internet : Tipps zum Schutz von Daten und Rechnern / von Andreas K. Bittner //www.journalist.de/downloads/pdf/dokumentationen/Sicherheit_im_Internet.pdf


Aus: Newsletter Netzwerk Recherche, #39, 05.01.2007

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Überwachte Gesellschaft - EU-Kommission: Datenschutz in Deutschland muss vom Staat unabhängig werden

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Geheimdiensttätigkeit und Journalismus sind unvereinbar

Presse-Erklärung des Korrespondentennetzwerks Weltreporter.net vom 15.12. im Wortlaut:

WELTREPORTER.NET, das Netzwerk freier deutschsprachiger Auslandskorrespondenten, sieht die eventuelle Zusammenarbeit von Korrespondenten und Bundesnachrichtendienst mit großer Sorge und fordert die rasche Klärung des Sachverhalts.

Unter Berufung auf das Magazin "Focus" berichten deutsche Medien derzeit über eine mögliche Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem Bundesnachrichtendienst und einzelnen freien deutschen Auslandskorrespondenten. Die Rede ist von 20 Reportern, die vom BND als Quellen geführt und für ihre Informantendienste bezahlt worden sein sollen. Dass sich dieser Verdacht erhärten könnte, beunruhigt uns.

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Deshalb erfüllen uns die jüngsten Berichte mit Sorge. Allen Beteiligten muss klar sein, dass eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen BND-Mitarbeitern und einzelnen Auslandskorrespondenten keine Privatangelegenheit dieser beiden Personengruppen ist. Sie würde dazu führen, dass Journalisten in Zukunft noch häufiger generell als Agenten betrachtet werden. Wir Korrespondenten könnten den Verdacht dann kaum mehr entkräften. Darüber hinaus erhöht sich auch das Risiko jener, die vor Ort zum Gespräch mit Korrespondenten bereit sind. Sie müssten mehr denn je befürchten, der Zusammenarbeit mit einem Nachrichtendienst verdächtigt zu werden.

Wir fordern deshalb eine zügige und transparente Aufklärung aller Vorwürfe. Wir erwarten, dass die Verantwortlichen benannt und zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden und dass Nachrichtendienste von vornherein darauf verzichten, Auslandskorrespondenten anzuwerben. Nur dann ist es den Korrespondenten ­ freien wie festangestellten ­ möglich, das Risiko ihrer Arbeit zu kalkulieren. Wir, die Mitglieder von WELTREPORTER.NET, halten fest: Geheimdiensttätigkeit und Journalismus sind unvereinbar.

Bei Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte an Kai Schächtele, Tel. 030 ­ 6107 3809 schaechtele @weltreporter.nett , //www.weltreporter.net .


Aus: Newsletter Netzwerk Recherche, #39, 05.01.2007

The "New" Iraq Strategy: Surge and Accelerate

//www.brasscheck.com/videos/iraq/iraqwar21.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=troop+surge

OpenSecrets.org Monitors Washington's 'Revolving Door'

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0104-09.htm



//tinyurl.com/yjb7qk

International Delegation Travels to Guantanamo, Cuba to Protest Infamous US Prison

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0104-06.htm

Peace Activists Plan Trip to Cuba to Protest US Base at Guantanamo
//www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0105-03.htm

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Cindy Sheehan, Peace Defenders, to Cuba
//tinyurl.com/w8le9


Informant: ranger116



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Guantanamo
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=codepink

Time for the Father to Chat with the Son

//www.commondreams.org/views07/0104-20.htm

The Surge to Nowhere

//www.commondreams.org/views07/0104-23.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Robert+Dreyfuss
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=surge

US Bars Lab From Testing Electronic Voting

//www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0104-02.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=electronic+voting

HHS Awards Adoption Bonuses to States

//cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/articles.cfm?issue_id=2004-11&article_id=894

GOVERNMENT RUN CHILD MARKETING SCAM
//www.rangeguide.net/children.htm


Informant: rafeswhiterose

Planet Neocon: on stopping that world and getting off

//www.lewrockwell.com/engelhardt/engelhardt252.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/engelhardt
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Tom+Engelhardt
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Robert+Dreyfuss
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=neocon

Cakewalk Crowd Abandons Bush

//www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan48.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/buchanan
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=neocons

The Democratic Blob: on how it eats freedom

//www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff128.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/rozeff

Don't the Presidents Get Prettier at Funeral Time?

//www.lewrockwell.com/kenny/kenny46.html

The Ford Fiasco
//www.lewrockwell.com/akers/akers55.html

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Impeaching, Prosecuting Nixon Could Have Elevated the Nation
//www.commondreams.org/views07/0104-31.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/kenny
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/akers

The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling

//www.lewrockwell.com/suprynowicz/suprynowicz57.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=com/suprynowicz

To Our U.S. Senators: Show Me the Money

//www.baltimorechronicle.com/2007/010307BALK.shtml


Informant: ranger116

Minnesota police give meds for nuke incident

//www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/17492.html


Informant: ranger116

What's the matter with Congress?

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5524/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

'Why the US should be worried'

The United States is facing competition from beyond its borders as well as internal difficulties. Its lower and middle class families are slowly turning out to be the biggest losers of current globalisation. The United States, like ancient Rome, is beginning to be plagued by the limits of its power.

//www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1887880,0093.htm


From Information Clearing House

Robertson says God told him of ''mass killing'' in U.S. in 2007

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson cited communications with God in predicting Tuesday that horrific terrorism aimed at the United States will result in "mass killing" during the second half of 2007.

//content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=116941&ran=154733&tref=po


From Information Clearing House

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Pat Robertson's Doomsday Conversation With God
//www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2007/050107doomsday.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Pat+Robertson

Bush Issues Signing Statement, Declares Right to Open Mail

Bush pushes envelope on U.S. spying

The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions.

//www.nydailynews.com/front/story/485561p-408789c.html



Bush says feds can open mail without warrant

President Bush quietly has claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant.

//seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003508676_mail04.html



Keith Olbermann: Is Bush Reading Your Mail?

Video
//tinyurl.com/sb8ne


From Information Clearing House

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Bush Issues Signing Statement, Declares Right to Open Mail
//www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0104-01.htm

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Bush claims right to open your mail
//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5522/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

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Bush Signing Statement Claims Power to Open Americans' Mail

President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant. The president asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on December 20, followed by a "signing statement."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010407R.shtml



Bush extends illegal search policy to mail

Seattle Times

President Bush quietly has claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant. Bush asserted the new authority Dec. 20 after signing legislation that overhauls some postal regulations. He then issued a 'signing statement' that declared his right to open mail under emergency conditions, contrary to existing law and contradicting the bill he had just signed, according to experts who have reviewed it. A White House spokeswoman disputed claims that the move gives Bush any new powers, saying the Constitution allows such searches...

//seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003508676_mail04.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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GOP Senator Confronts Bush on Opening Mail

The Republican sponsor of a postal reform bill called on President Bush yesterday to explain why he used it to claim he can open domestic mail without a search warrant. Senator Susan Collins of Maine questioned Bush's controversial December 20 "signing statement" in which he stated if there were an emergency he wouldn't need a warrant to open letters.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010607E.shtml



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=warrant
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=signing+statement
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Olbermann

The Spirit of Tom Paine

It's never to late to act, but it's high time we realized we'd better do it and quickly. Freedoms don't protect themselves and are easily lost the way Edmund Burke explained saying: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Abolitionist Wendell Phillips added "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

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