Mittwoch, 31. Januar 2007

Krebs durchs Handy

Iranians Worry About a Possible American Attack

Le Figaro's Delphine Minoui reports from Tehran about rising anxiety there over a possible American attack.

Europe Resists US Push to Curb Iran Ties

European governments are resisting Bush administration demands that they curtail support for exports to Iran and that they block transactions and freeze assets of some Iranian companies, officials on both sides say. The resistance threatens to open a new rift between Europe and the United States over Iran.

At Our Beck and Gall

William Fisher writes: "Champions of our Constitution's First Amendment should be resting easier now. ABC's hiring of Glenn Beck to appear as a regular on its 'Good Morning America' show surely proves that, despite the Bush administration's efforts, freedom of speech is still alive and well in the United States. Beck's anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rants should be producing apoplexy in Ted Turner, who founded CNN to broadcast news - just the facts, ma'am."

In Iraq, Bush's Rent-an-Army

As President Bush took the podium to deliver his State of the Union address last week, there were five American families receiving news that has become all too common: their loved ones had been killed in Iraq. But in this case, the slain were neither "civilians," as the news reports proclaimed, nor were they US soldiers. They were highly trained mercenaries deployed to Iraq by a secretive private military company based in North Carolina - Blackwater USA.

Keith Olbermann deconstructs Bush's State of the Union claim to have foiled four terrorist attacks

Bush Shoots for "Jaws," Delivers "Jaws 2"

Keith Olbermann deconstructs Bush's State of the Union claim to have foiled four terrorist attacks. He says: "It would all be political hyperbole, Mr. Bush, if you had not, on this kind of 'intelligence,' taken us to war, now sought to escalate that war, and threatened new war in Iran and maybe even elsewhere. What you gave us a week ago tonight, sir, was not intelligence, but rather a walk-through of how speculation and innuendo, guesswork and paranoia, daydreaming and fearmongering, combine in your mind and the minds of your government into proof of your derring-do and your success against the terrorists."

Join The Troops: Stop The Escalation has a powerful new TV ad calling for senators to support our troops and get them out of Iraq.

Crippling Our Civil Service

Bush continues to implement the Heritage Foundation's plans to undermine the independence of our civil servants.

Invoking Tom Paine To End The War

One author thinks he knows how Thomas Paine would support the troops.

Too many Americans still support Bush's tepid response to global warming

Bush To Earth: Drop Dead

Too many Americans still support Bush's tepid response to global warming. It's time to wake them up.

Paying A Fair Share

by Paul Waldman,

Democrats need a simple taxation message if they are to sustain their majority.

Empire vs. Democracy

by Chalmers Johnson,

Can anything stop America's slide from democracy to full-blown empire?


Empire v. Democracy: Why Nemesis Is at Our Door

Chalmers Johnson writes: "Whatever future developments may prove to be, my best guess is that the US will continue to maintain a facade of constitutional government and drift along until financial bankruptcy overtakes it. Of course, bankruptcy will not mean the literal end of the US any more than it did for Germany in 1923, China in 1948, or Argentina in 2001-2002. It might, in fact, open the way for an unexpected restoration of the American system - or for military rule, revolution, or simply some new development we cannot yet imagine.

Report on the RFR Wireless Cities Summit

Next-up News n°170

Delight as 'eyesore' Lee mast is rejected

Phone Masts are always a recipe for controversy

A BID to build a towering mobile phone mast has been turned down, to the delight of residents.

The 12-metre-high pole, for the network 3, was to be located on the verge next to Portsmouth Road in Lee-on-the-Solent.

But planning permission was refused by Gosport Borough Council and now government inspectors have kicked out an appeal against the decision, saying the mast would be an eyesore.

Gareth Isaac, planning inspector, said: 'In my view, because of the height and position, the proposed new pole would be an unduly dominant feature in the context of its surroundings.

'This would be all the more apparent because of the open and exposed location.'

He said more coverage for the network is needed in the area, but he did not think this was the correct site.

Councillor Chris Carter said: 'This is excellent news for local residents and does, I believe, send out a wider message. Local residents will be delighted.

'I think they will continue looking, but clearly they will think more carefully about it next time.'

The mast was to be set up by Ericsson, which is getting 3's network off the ground.

William Comery, corporate affairs manager at Ericsson Services Ltd, said: 'It is unfortunate that it hasn't been granted.

This will delay the improvement of 3's services in the area.'

Last Updated: 31 January 2007

All rights reserved ©2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing

School's fight against phone mast plan

Jan 31 2007

Report by Eileen O'Brien

PARENTS, governors and teachers at Ursuline College fear plans to build a 15 metre mobile phone mast just yards from school playing fields could put kids' lives at risk.

Head teacher Sister Alice Montgomery is fighting plans by Hutchinson 3G to put a mast outside the school on Canterbury Road, Westgate.

Sister Alice, 55, dubbed it 'madness', adding: "Experts simply do not know enough about the technology. It has the potential to harm young people. We have 1,000 children here and King Ethelbert school next door also has 1,000 walking past the site every day. If the worst happens, trying to prove someone's health is linked to a mast is virtually impossible.

"This is a school that spearheads sports and healthy living across Thanet. The proposal is totally inappropriate."

She has written to all 600 families at the school asking them to join her protest to Thanet council. Ursuline does not ban mobile phones but Sister Alice draws the line at a mast on her doorstep.

A spokesman for Harlequin, planning agents for Hutchinson 3G, said: "There are already four other masts in the immediate vicinity, but people don't notice them. Coverage for 3G is limited to a few hundred meters and placing the mast in a field wouldn't provide coverage where people are."

© owned by or licensed to Trinity Mirror Southern Limited 2007

ExxonMobil's war on science

by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.


In a quarter-page advertorial in Thursday's New York Times, ExxonMobil launched a new greenwashing campaign to salvage its earned reputation as Earth's number one global warming villain. For over a decade the giant oil company has waged a successful multi-million dollar propaganda campaign to deceive the public about global warming. Using phony think tanks like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, scientists-for-hire called biostitutes, slick public relations firms, and their indentured servants in the political process, they have intentionally defrauded the public by promoting the notion that global warming is a hoax or a sketchy theory that requires more study. The company now asserts that its position on global warming has been 'misunderstood,' but its decade of mischief is well documented...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Investors Worth Trillions Ask Companies to Disclose Climate Risk

Informant: NHNE

The myth of an al Qaeda takeover of Iraq

Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter


In his State of the Union Address last Tuesday, President Bush warned that if the U.S. fails in Iraq, al Qaeda will gain a safe haven from which to launch attacks against America. It is an argument that the President, other members of the administration, and neoconservative hawks have been using for years. ... Despite such scare mongering, it is highly improbable that al Qaeda could use Iraq as the kind of safe haven it enjoyed in Afghanistan. There, the organization had the protection of an entrenched, friendly government, which it will not have in Iraq. Al Qaeda also had a much larger force in Afghanistan -- an estimated 18,000 fighters. Even the U.S. government concedes that there are fewer than 2,000 al Qaeda fighters in Iraq, and the Iraq Study Group put the figure at only 1,300. Indeed, foreign fighters make up a relatively small component of the Sunni insurgency against the U.S. and British occupation forces. It strains credulity to imagine 1,300 fighters (and foreigners at that) dominating a country of 26 million people...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Leakers who lunch

Mother Jones
by Daniel Schulman


It's something the public rarely gets to see -- the shadow world of Washington politics, that complex interplay between reporters and the government they cover. Most politicians -- and many journalists, too -- would probably prefer to keep it that way. Unfortunately for them, the trial of the vice president's former chief of staff, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, now in its second week, has pulled back the curtain. The picture is none too flattering, particularly for the Bush administration -- which, as a number of key witnesses have now confirmed, actively endeavored to undercut former ambassador Joseph Wilson...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Power (plants) to the people!

The Free Liberal
by Carl S. Milsted, Jr.


[D]oes home power generation make sense? Due to the high duty cycle and large scale of operation, it can pay to build a centralized power plant that maximizes efficiency at the cost of huge capital outlay. It is unrealistic to expect mass produced home generators to achieve the 60% efficiency achieved at the better generating stations. This holds even when you take into account transmission losses (roughly 7% on average). The answer is: home power generation does indeed make sense, even if the efficiency is only 40% (in the diesel range). That's because the other 60% can be used as heat...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wildfield residents oppose Bell cell tower


Some Wildfield residents are fighting the proposed installation of a Bell Mobility tower at the local St. Patrick's Church.

One of the residents, Dan O'Reilly, addressed Caledon council last Tuesday and asked if council would request the Association of Municipalities of Ontario develop a policy position paper on cellular relay transmission towers.

With the proliferation of cell towers, O'Reilly explained there's an urgent need for an expanded and more uniform policy or strategy to deal with three other areas of concern: loss of municipal control, esthetics and possible health and safety risks.

He noted the Bell Mobility tower could be 100 feet or higher and will stick out like a sore thumb.

He added they've made some progress in their campaign. In December the City of Brampton approved a recommendation from its heritage board to proceed with designation of the church under the Ontario Heritage Act.

He observed cell towers seem to be everywhere including one at Dixie and Mayfield roads, another at Airport and Mayfield roads, a third one near the Regional Road 50 and Mayfield Road intersection, and "the incredibly ugly structure that now looms over the Albion Bolton Community Centre."

O'Reilly pointed out there's a lot of scientific research that argues cell towers are a health and safety risk because of electromagnetic radiation.

"Long-term exposure to such radiation has been linked to leukemia, DNA damage, short- and longterm memory loss, buzzing in the ears and acceleration of cancer cells," he said.

The Vancouver school board, various American cities and countries such as New Zealand and Greece have limited or banned the placement of cell towers on or near schools, he explained.

"As well, the International Association of Firefighters, a labour union that represents professional firefighters in Canada and the United States oppose the use of fire stations as cell tower locations," he said. "These are the people who risk their lives running into burning buildings, and yet they're concerned about the potential of cell tower radiation."

O'Reilly was shocked when various Brampton officials told him all that would be needed for the project to proceed in Wildfield would be a site plan approval and a building permit.

Even if the city opposed the project, its decision could be overruled by Industry Canada, the federal government department that regulates cell towers, he said.

"It seems absolutely incredible the telecommunications industry and Industry Canada can and does bully municipal councils and override the rights of local citizens," O'Reilly said. "Caledon and every other municipality should have the right, on behalf of its citizens, to direct the placement of these towers."

Council will send its concern with the lack of municipal input into the location of cell towers in Caledon to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Dufferin- Caledon MP David Tilson.

Council also requested its planning and development staff prepare a report, with input from the Caledon environmental advisory committee, concerning the impact of radio waves.

Informant: Martin Weatherall

The Circular Firing Squad of the Election Integrity Movement Battles over the FIVE METHODS to Verify Election Outcomes

CAN WE STOP THE CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD of election integrity activists long enough to achieve election outcome integrity by the 2008 election?

The election integrity movement has been a circular firing squad ever since July 2004 when I first began devoting time to it. At the first conference I attended, before I even spoke, I sat down with Lynn Landes who immediately berated me for using math and exit polls to evaluate election integrity and who later attacked my work on her web site and then subsequently plagiarized it, reposting some of my work with minor changes and without acknowledgement. This behavior on the part of several activists has been repeated over and over again. It seems that they glance at the work, don't understand it at first, attack it, and after reading it later, slightly restate and claim that it is their own.

VoteTrustUSA, when it began, advertised its affiliation with the National Election Data Archive on its home page, using our good name to garner support, while simultaneously refusing to allow me to participate in any of its email discussion groups. VoteTrustUSA has consistently refused to mention any of my work for ensuring that election outcomes are correct that has taken me considerable amount of time, but they often follow my work within days or weeks by lengthy articles by their own favorite statistician describing equivalent work, often with slight changes.

A few days ago I emailed a board member who moderates the Open Voting Consortium (OVC) discussion list to express my concerns about his apparent encouragement of plagiarism and also expressed my fundamental disagreements with some of their positions. By return email, I was summarily removed from their list and told it was because I cc'd Bev Harris, Doug Jones, David Mertz, and David Dill. The disagreements that I expressed were:

1. OVC's President Alan Dechert, in a recent conversation, told me that he has been meeting with US Congressional Members and encouraging them not to pass any federal election integrity legislation. In my opinion, federal legislation mandating routine election outcome verification via manual vote counting with public oversight is vital to the continuation of American democracy in an electronic age.

2. OVC's current position is for each voting booth to have a computer ballot printing or a computer ballot marking voting device. In my opinion, paper ballots which are cast by machines would mean that printing errors on ballots could be overlooked even if voters visually check ballot accuracy before depositing them in a ballot box. Able-bodied voters should be encouraged to caste their votes directly on paper ballots so that there is no possibility that any errors were the fault of improper configuration or programming. A computer is a ridiculous waste of money for an activity that takes an able-bodied person ten minutes once a year.

3. The OVC has not adopted a position in favor of manual counts of voter verifiable paper ballot records (or audits). When OVC's President Dechert recently addressed California's County Election Directors none of his presentation materials mentioned manual audits/counts of VVPR (voter verifiable paper records of ballots). As we all know, having VVPRs (voter verifiable paper ballot records) with every voting system is meaningless showmanship unless there are sufficient routine manual counts, transparency, and citizen oversight.

I appreciate the commendable work of the Open Voting Consortium to design and promote more trustworthy, secure, accountable, accurate, less costly electronic voting systems and devise methods to ensure that any person responsible for vote miscount or vote fraud might be held accountable. While everything that the OVC is doing would make the voting system more efficient and trustworthy, efficiency and accountability do not translate into accurate elections results unless there are routine manual counts of VVPRs (or audits).

On the other side of the circular firing squad are the persons calling themselves HCPBs (Hand Counted Paper Ballot Only Supporters) who want to scrap all electronic voting machines and return to 100% hand counts on the night of the election. Many in this group vociferously attack and mischaracterize any other solution that could ensure the accuracy of election outcomes.

CAN WE STOP THE CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD of election integrity activists long enough to achieve election outcome integrity by the 2008 election?

It is a mathematically provable fact that there are five separate ways of using manual counts of VVPRs along with citizen oversight to verify the accuracy and integrity of election outcomes. They are:

1. 100% Hand counts of 100% of all vote counts

2. 100% hand counts of sufficient numbers of randomly selected vote counts – Exact – Program

3. 100% hand counts of sufficient numbers of randomly selected vote counts - Tiered - Table

4. 100% hand counts of sufficient numbers of randomly selected vote counts – Estimated - Formula

5. Count 10% of randomly sampled ballots of 100% of vote counts

I couldn't give a darn which method is used as long as at least ONE method is used in every election jurisdiction. These five methods all have pros and cons. Some are more politically viable than others. Some may be resisted more by election officials who seem apt to resist any audits of their work, than others. Some can only be used with certain voting systems. Some require different amounts of resources and different procedures. All require auditable voting systems with VVPRs and all have more commonalities than differences. Any one of the five would ensure the integrity and accuracy of our election outcomes if executed with proper procedures and citizen oversight.

This is what I propose: Let us form a new group of activists to work on a project to explain ALL the possible methods (I can count FIVE so far) that could be chosen to verify the integrity of election results using hand counts of VVPRs; give the pros and cons of each method; and ask that our US legislators pass ANY ONE of them – or a general requirement that states use AT LEAST ONE of the available methods of verifying the integrity of election outcomes.

I invite anyone who agrees with the following five ground rules to join a discussion group to work on this project. If you agree that:

1. We need sufficient publicly observable and verifiable manual counts of VVPRs in every election to assure the accuracy and integrity of election outcomes because all voting systems are created and implemented by human beings 100% of whom are not 100% infallible and
100% honest.

2. We will not mischaracterize or wrongly attack any of the five methods for ensuring election outcome integrity just because we have a preference for one particular method.

3. We will point out the flaws or cons of all of the five methods of ensuring election integrity only after studying and understanding them first. (We agree to do due diligence by reading and asking questions before pointing out alleged problems with any of the five methods.)

4. We will help describe and work on a paper explaining all of the five methods to ensure the integrity of election outcomes; assisting in our own areas of expertise.

5. We will act with integrity and be honest and stick with the facts.

You do not have to be an expert on all five methods. If you would like to join a work group of election integrity activists who agree with the above, in order to explain the possible solutions to ensure election outcome integrity, please send an email to


and be sure to reply to the confirmation email. (We can form a Yahoo group instead if people would prefer but for now, please subscribe to this list.)

However, please do not subscribe to the list if your aim is to shoot down any of the five methods rather than to help accurately describe how each of them would work to ensure the integrity of elections.

Any which way we can do it, we need to ensure the integrity of US elections by 2008!

Kathy Dopp

Massive backing for phone mast fight

By Hayley Cover

Michael Haines prepares to hand over his petition to the city council

A petition with more than 1,200 signatures has been handed to Oxford City Council in a bid to fight plans for a mobile phone mast in Marston.

Mobile giant Vodafone wants to put the mast - disguised as a telegraph pole - in Jack Straw's Lane, near St Michael and All Angels Church.

The site in Marston Road is only 100 yards from a previous spot where a mast had been proposed a year ago.

Marston resident Michael Haines, who organised the petition, had collected 1,288 signatures by Monday.

Mr Haines, 66, of Croft Road, said: "I got my final signature on Monday. I was very pleased with the support.

"Everyone was more than willing to sign it. I have been going round each area of Marston for the past two weeks which has taken a lot of time and effort, but it has been worth it.

"There was only a few that didn't want to sign it because of employment at the council."

This is not Mr Haines first petition. He collected 779 signatures when he successfully blocked the earlier mast application from the Newbury-based firm in November 2005.

Vodafone thinks the new location for the 10-metre high phone mast - which will provide high-quality 3G coverage to the Marston area of Oxford - will have less impact on the environment.

The pole is to be placed near a number of trees which will provide some screening for the site. But the residents think it is unsightly and are worried it could lead to health problems.

Mr Haines, who hopes the council will oppose this new application, said: "I think the city council has got to sit up and take notice now.

"There are a lot of signatures on the petition. The residents feel that this mast is being pushed on us.

"Why should we have to put up with something that is going to be unsightly and potentially dangerous to our health, when we don't even want it there?"

Vodafone spokesman Rob Matthews said: "All Vodafone's sites follow exposure guidelines backed by independent bodies such as the World Health Organisation.

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under:

"There is a need for improved 3G coverage in this area of Oxford and without base stations people would not be able to use their 3G phones.

"Vodafone works closely with the council and local residents to ensure that their design is as visually unobtrusive as possible."

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Once a Dream Fuel, Palm Oil May Be an Eco-Nightmare

Informant: binstock

A Report on Today’s Prisons & Jails

Informant: Carlos Rovira

From ufpj-news

All Bush really asked for was the authority to set mileage standards in a different way

A Faith-Based Fuel Initiative

The New York Times writes: "Mileage standards are still 27.5 mpg. Except for minor tweaks, Congress has refused to raise fuel efficiency requirements or close a gaping loophole that lets SUVs and pickups be measured by a more lenient standard. Americans who heard President Bush's State of the Union address, including his pledge to reduce America's gasoline consumption, can be forgiven for thinking he was finally ready to change that. But all Mr. Bush really asked for was the authority to set mileage standards in a different way."

Senators Warn Against War With Iran

Republican and Democratic senators warned Tuesday against a drift toward war with an emboldened Iran and suggested the Bush administration was missing a chance to engage its longtime adversary in potentially helpful talks over next-door Iraq.

Bush Administration Accused of Doctoring Scientists' Reports on Climate Change

The Bush administration was yesterday accused of systemic tampering with the work of government climate scientists to eliminate politically inconvenient material about global warming. At Congressional hearing, scientists and advocacy groups described a campaign by the White House to remove references to global warming from scientific reports and limit public mention of the topic to avoid pressure on an administration opposed to mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions.

Senators Assert Right to Block Bush on Iraq

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee began laying the constitutional groundwork today for an effort to block President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq and place new limits on the conduct of the war there, perhaps forcing a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. Said Senator Arlen Specter, "I would respectfully suggest to the president that he is not the sole decider," Mr. Specter said. "The decider is a joint and shared responsibility."

Trial Reveals Wilson Smear Began Far Earlier

Jason Leopold reports: "The list of officials linked to this case runs from Vice President Dick Cheney right on down to one of his low-level press officers. Testimony has revealed that a coordinated effort was put into place beginning in June 2003 by Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Libby, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, White House communications director Dan Bartlett, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, and as many as a dozen other officials to go after Wilson. In doing so, Wilson's wife's undercover CIA status was compromised, and a possible crime was committed."

Is Obama different?

Informant: Ashley Smith

From ufpj-news

Euro löst den Dollar als Leitwährung ab

Tell Canada to protect Arctic polar bear habitat and slow the effects of global warming that threaten the bears!

From Linda H.ölar+bears

Utrecht Symposium on ES December 2006

(Chris F. via artjar)

Paulson May Find Bush Is Biggest Hurdle to Social Security Deal

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who left one of Wall Street's most powerful posts in part to broker a Social Security overhaul, may find his biggest hurdle is his boss, President George W. Bush. For both substantive and political reasons, any fix to Social Security must both increase revenues and reduce benefits, budget experts say. Paulson, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. chief executive officer, is inviting Democrats and Republicans to talks including all options; at the same time, White House officials appear to rule out raising taxes.

Indonesia May Lose 2,000 Islands to Climate Change

Indonesia could lose about 2,000 islands by 2030 due to climate change, the country's environment minister said on Monday.

Feingold Ups the Ante on Iraq Funding

Senate Democrats oppose the war in Iraq, they just don't plan on stopping it. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), has decided, however, to challenge what he calls the "timidity" of Democratic leaders. He said he's going to introduce legislation cutting off funding for the Iraq War, and he may do it as early as this week.

Please tell PetSmart that you want the company to act humanely and stop this cruel commerce


Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news

A 'Perfect Storm' Is Rising To Oust Dick Cheney

From Supreme Law Firm

Psychiatry Gone Wild: TeenScreen Documents Exposed

Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news

An Iron Curtain is Descending And Most Americans Don't Know

"Why are you travelling so often to Canada?" the tough U.S. border guard barked. I was on Amtrak, going from New York to Montreal, as I'd done dozen of times before over several decades. This was my first experience (summer 2006) of the increasingly standard and intrusive "U.S. Exit Interviews" on trains crossing the border.

Bush administration in hot seat over warming

Lawmakers received survey results of federal scientists that showed 46 percent felt pressure to eliminate the words “climate change,” “global warming” or similar terms from communications about their work.

From Information Clearing House

Resource Wars

The close relation between war and natural resources is of long standing. What else was colonial conquest about? Vast estates held by the Dutch East India Company came under direct control of the Crown as did the lands conquered by the British East India Company.

From Information Clearing House

Climate change means hunger and thirst for billions

Billions of people will suffer water shortages and the number of hungry will grow by hundreds of millions by 2080 as global temperatures rise, scientists warn in a new report.

"We Probably Gave Powell the Wrong Speech"

The former chief of the CIA's Europe division, Tyler Drumheller, discusses the covert kidnapping of suspected terrorists and a Bush adminstration that ignored CIA advice and used whatever information it could find to justify an invasion of Iraq.,1518,462782,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Lawyer says Hicks chained to cell floor

The Australian lawyer for Guantanamo detainee David Hicks says his client is chained to the floor of his cell and has not seen sunlight for months.

Guantanamo conditions 'like a Nazi camp'

David Hicks' US lawyer has described conditions at Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held for five years, as "like a Nazi concentration camp".

From Information Clearing House

Apartheid Didn't Die


Pilger describes the extraordinary generosity of a liberated people, but asks who are the true beneficiaries of a democracy - the black majority or the white minority?

Sen. Robert Byrd: Bush Wants War with Iran

Top Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd is warning that the Bush administration is preparing to go to war with Iran.

Manufacturing consent for war with Iran

In this video, Alan Dershowitz threatens to unleash World War Four under false pretense.

Is Dershowitz Qualified to Do Book Reviews?

From Information Clearing House

Bush 'spoiling for a fight' with Iran

US officials in Baghdad and Washington are expected to unveil a secret intelligence "dossier" this week detailing evidence of Iran's alleged complicity in attacks on American troops in Iraq. The move, uncomfortably echoing Downing Street's dossier debacle in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, is one more sign that the Bush administration is building a case for war.,,2002232,00.html

From Information Clearing House

New Rulers of the World

A documentary film by John Pilger

'Global economy' is a modern Orwellian term. On the surface, it is instant financial trading, mobile phones, McDonald's, Starbucks, holidays booked on the net. Beneath this gloss, it is the globalisation of poverty, a world where most human beings never make a phone call and live on less than two dollars a day, where 6,000 children die every day from diarrhea because most have no access to clean water.

Winning Hearts And Minds


U.S. occupation troops show complete disregard for either the lives or property of the Iraqi people.

Impeachment by the People

By Howard Zinn

Courage is in short supply in Washington, D.C. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow of a government that is criminally responsible for death, mutilation, torture, humiliation, chaos. But all we hear in the nation’s capital, which is the source of those catastrophes, is a whimper from the Democratic Party, muttering and nattering about “unity” and “bipartisanship,” in a situation that calls for bold action to immediately reverse the present course.

The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, From Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush

Audio and Transcript

Barry Lando, a former 60 Minutes producer, examines how the United States has meddled in Iraq dating back to the Eisenhower administration. He also looks at how the Reagan and Bush administration helped arm Saddam Hussein at a time when he was committing his deadliest atrocities.

The Danger of Bush's Anti-Iran Fatwa

By Juan Cole

The president's decision to use force against Iranian "agents" inside Iraq could snare innocent pilgrims, and raises the risk of open warfare.

The Big Lie and The Real Threat





Woolsey takes up President Bush's Challenge on Iraq
January 17, 2007, Washington , DC
Introduces H. R. 508 -- comprehensive alternative to escalation: plan would bring all US troops home within 6-months


Executive Orders Issued by President George W. Bush

YouTube - Carl Klang: Blinded by the Lies
Added January 01, 2007 From apfnorg. Blinded by the lies ...


Higher Minimum Wage Helps Business

Widespread Suppression of Federal Climate Science Research Survey

Interviews Show Federal Scientists Being Pressured by Political Appointees

Don't Be Fooled by Bush's Defection: His Cures Are Another Form of Denial

Exercising Congress's Constitutional Power to End a War

Note to Nancy Pelosi: Challenge Market Fundamentalism

Engagement with War

Millions to Go Hungry, Waterless: Climate Report

Climate Change Outlook Bleak for Poor, Says Anti-Poverty Agency ActionAid

US Climate Scientists Allege White House Pressure

Congress Can Stop Iraq War, Experts Tell Lawmakers

Cindy Sheehan Supports Kucinich For President

Informant: Jack Topel

Das Babyphon passt auf und strahlt dabei

Ökonomen zweifeln an Wachstumsformel

World War III on the Brink

Agitprop for Yet Another War

Are We Supposed To Glorify Political Leaders?

They Protect Me From Me, But Who Protects Me From Them?

From Local Police to Occupying Army, or LESO: The Greater of Many Evils

The Bipartisan War on Medical Liberty

The Anti-War March on Washington: The Real Issue Is Empire

Next-up News n°169

So What Happened in Najaf?

Informant: jensenmk

US 'victory' against cult leader was 'massacre'

Informant: Steven L. Robinson

From ufpj-news


US "Victory" Against Cult Leader Was "Massacre"

There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre.

The most enormous gathering of people I've ever seen

NEWS, VIDEO, & FIRSTHAND: ‘The most enormous gathering of people I've ever seen’

[Though the mainstream media used the expression “tens of thousands,” organizers of the march and rally in Washington, D.C. called by United for Peace and Justice estimated the number who gathered on the National Mall to be about 500,000, Inter Press Service reported.[1] -- Truthout accompanied the report with a video. -- Deborah Kory, the managing editor of *Tikkun*, called it “the most enormous gathering of people I’ve ever seen” and said: “It was an inspired day. Beautifully warm and sunny, there were people crowded on the Mall as far as the eye could see. There was joy and a sense of collective humanity and purpose. There was sadness and indignation and cries for help. There were small children and elderly people in wheelchairs, unions and religious congregations, celebrities, and tireless-but-anonymous peace activists. We came out of love, fear, anger. We came to bear witness to the current reality and invoke the possibility of an entirely different reality. And we came in the hundreds of thousands.”[2] --Mark]



Inter Press Service January 28, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Peace activists from across the United States gathered in Washington Saturday for what they said was the largest demonstration to date against the Iraq war.

"It's time for a new day," the Reverend Jesse Jackson told what organisers estimated as a crowd of 500,000 demonstrators gathered outside the halls of Congress on the National Mall.

"We do not need more troops in Iraq, we need more money at home," Jackson said. "We need a vision of hope over fear, of preparing smart children not smart bombs. A vision realising that right makes might; might does not make right."

The demonstration, which was pulled together by an umbrella group called United for Peace and Justice, also featured speeches by a half dozen antiwar Congresspeople.

Among them was a founder of Congress' "Out of Iraq Caucus," Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, who pledged not to vote "one dime for this war."

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson also spoke, as did actors Jane Fonda and Sean Penn, members of the National Organization for Women and other feminist groups, members of the United States military and veterans groups opposed to the war, and representatives of organized labour.

"The American people spoke loudly in the November election, removing from office many of those who shared President Bush's wrong-headed thinking," Fred Mason, head of the Maryland chapter of the AFL-CIO, a major umbrella trade union, told the crowd. "The new Congress has a responsibility to the American people to end military involvement in Iraq and bring our troops home now."

Like many speakers at the rally, Mason expressed disappointment that so far the Democratic Congress' opposition to George W. Bush's Iraq policy has shown itself mainly in the drafting of non-binding resolutions against his troop surge. For his part, Bush has rebuffed those efforts.

"I'm the decision maker," Bush said Friday. "I've picked the plan that I think is most likely to succeed . . . I know there is scepticism and pessimism and that some are condemning a plan before it's even had a chance to work."

Like other speakers at Saturday's rally, trade unionist Fred Mason said Bush's intransigence means Congress should immediately cut funding for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

"The American people don't want a surge in the violence and the deadly risk to their loved ones associated with this president's wrong-headed approach," he said. "Our democracy provides ourselves with the opportunity to express ourselves in these electoral processes. However, when there is reason to doubt whether the people we elected are heeding the people's will, we have a responsibility to speak with an even louder voice."

Still, the mood amongst demonstrators was optimistic.

"I really feel the American people are with us," said Al Johnson, a retired teacher from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

"It's such an important topic," he told IPS. "I haven't been to a demonstration in more than 30 years."

Saturday's demonstration in Washington was just one of more than 50 held around the country this weekend. In San Francisco, a protest against President Bush's plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq turned out
5,000 demonstrators. In Los Angeles, thousands took to the streets, with many carrying signs that said "Impeach Bush."

In Seattle, more than 1,000 people turned out to protest. Among the speakers at that rally was first Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to face prosecution for refusing to serve in Iraq.

Long-time social activist Tom Hayden told IPS President Bush's ability to wage war is increasingly tenuous.

"Wars are based on pillars," Hayden said. "You need available soldiers, you need bipartisan support. You need recruitment of more soldiers, you need money, you need your moral reputation to be preserved and you need allies. By any of those measures the pillars are being undermined."

Hayden noted that more than 1,000 active duty U.S. soldiers have signed a petition calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Unhappiness with the war is also growing among veterans, with the group Iraq Veterans Against the War estimating their organisation has quadrupled in size over the last year.

"Supporting the troops that have signed these petitions and supporting efforts to stop military recruitment at our high schools and at community colleges are absolutely vital," Hayden added. "But people every day can do something. You want to convince your undecided neighbor to go against, you want to convince your kid not to go, you want to take a picket sign to the military recruiting office. You want to link up with the poor people's and labour organisations and say this war costs 287 million dollars an hour."

"If you put your energies toward a pillar they will eventually tip," he said, "and they cannot fight a war without these resources."



Huffington Post January 28, 2007

"Tens of thousands" protested in Washington, they are saying. The news media got this number from an unofficial, un-named police source, while the organizers of the event themselves were seemingly not consulted. I walked right up to Leslie Kagan (President of United for Peace and Justice and chief organizer of today's protest) after the event was over and asked her how many people she thought attended today.

She said 500,000 was their estimate, but she expected the media would report only half that number. But "tens of thousands"? Come on, news! There were masses of people from forty states, three hundred busloads, over 1000 organizations, not to mention all the people who just showed up because they had to. The media does a grave injustice in under-reporting our collective force. We came from all parts of the country to represent the majority of Americans in our call to end the war in Iraq and withdraw our troops. This was not some fringey little gathering -- we had Congresspeople, grandmothers, Democrats and Republicans, veterans of the Iraq War, men still serving in the army, celebrities, children, people of all faiths, ethnicities, color. It was the most enormous gathering of people I've ever seen, and most certainly the biggest and most diverse protest held in Washington, D.C. since the Vietnam Era.

I suppose I should be grateful that the media didn't do what it has done over the last few years and photograph the lady on stilts, the giant papier-mâché puppet and some potheads playing hacky sack and use these images to represent the peace movement. But I can't help but feel pissed off returning after this incredible, massive, exuberant March on Washington and seeing lengthy coverage of the theft of Crysal Gayle's tour bus and even lengthier coverage of the poor kid who got a ten-year prison sentence for getting a blow job. Look, I'm sorry about that kid, he's a victim of a most bizarre form of sexual oppression, but wouldn't it behoove CNN -- our Cheerleader in Chief for this war -- to analyze the meaning of this day with at least as much fervor as they are dissecting this blow job? It is almost comical that on the very day we were gathering to call for the impeachment of our current President, the press should obsessively dissect the nuances of a blow job gone awry. Smacks of something familiar.

Well, I'm here to bear witness to reality, the facts on the ground. We were not in the "tens of thousands," we were in the "hundreds of thousands." Quote that, damnit. We did not gather to protest the surge
(though it was certainly one object of our protest); we gathered to protest the immorality of the Iraq War. We came to mourn the hundreds of thousands of lives lost to this meaningless war and to express our fears about being thrust against our will to the very brink of global chaos. We did not come to "march against Congress" as some of the media are claiming; we came to hold our elected officials accountable and to use the leverage we have in this so-called Democracy to try to correct for 5 years of political lunacy. We came to let our elected representatives know that if they press forward with their mandate to end the war, we will be here to support them. We came not only to protest, but to engage in dialogue with our elected officials (we will be "lobbying" on Capitol Hill on Monday). And, yes, we came to ask for a Presidential impeachment.

We came in the hundreds of thousands. Counterprotestors: 40 or so. They called us "Commies" as we walked by. They were so last-century and out of touch that people stopped to take pictures of them, curious remnants of a bygone era.

It was an inspired day. Beautifully warm and sunny, there were people crowded on the Mall as far as the eye could see. There was joy and a sense of collective humanity and purpose. There was sadness and indignation and cries for help. There were small children and elderly people in wheelchairs, unions and religious congregations, celebrities, and tireless-but-anonymous peace activists. We came out of love, fear, anger. We came to bear witness to the current reality and invoke the possibility of an entirely different reality. And we came in the hundreds of thousands.

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