Donnerstag, 1. Februar 2007

Jelpke fordert Rücknahme der Anti-Terror-Gesetze


Die Bundestagsabgeordnete Ulla Jelpke, fordert eine Rücknahme der unter Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily beschlossenen "Anti-Terror-Gesetze". Als Begründung führt sie das Schicksal des ehemaligen Guantanamo-Häftlings Kurnaz sowie die Aussage des früheren Kanzleramtschefs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), er werde im Fall Kurnaz wieder so handeln, an. Die innenpolitische Sprecherin der Linksfraktion findet diese Äußerung des heutigen Außenministers "skandalös" und weißt darauf hin, dass Steinmeier seine Entscheidung damit begründet habe, dass Kurnaz damals als "Gefährder" gegolten habe. Der "Gefährder"-Begriff sei aber erst mit den "Anti-Terror-Paketen" des damaligen Innenministers unter anderem in das Ausländerrecht eingeführt worden.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Climate Changes: Hypocrisy Continues

While climate change dominates the news, Jean-Marcel Bouguereau suggests that it's not just business leaders at Davos, but also French citizens who are not yet prepared to do anything concrete about it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, although "Conservative" Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has begun to make green noises, a recently publicized letter he wrote in 2002 describing Kyoto as a "Socialist plot" undermines his environmental credibility.

Journalists Threatened With Loss of Access Over Iraq Images

The intimate portrayal of a sergeant's death during Army efforts to clear a Baghdad neighborhood has caused friction between the military and the New York Times, while sparking larger questions about war coverage and media-military relations.

A Budget for the Middle Class

On the eve of President Bush's 2007 budget proposal, freshman senator and Senate Budget Committee member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) demands a financial plan for America that rolls back tax cuts for the wealthy and stands up for the middle class and working poor.

House Panel Probing Bush's Record on Signing Statements

The new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, said yesterday that he is launching an aggressive investigation into whether the Bush administration has violated any of the laws it claimed a right to ignore in presidential "signing statements."

A Soldier's Right to Disobey Illegal Orders

Paul Rockwell writes: "It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a soldier of conscience is court-martialed not for lying but for telling the truth, not for breaking a covenant with the military but for upholding the rule of law in wartime.

Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Former vice president Al Gore has been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his wide-reaching efforts to draw the world's attention to the dangers of global warming, a Norwegian lawmaker said Thursday. "A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference," Conservative member of Parliament Boerge Brende, a former minister of environment and then of trade, told the Associated Press.

Tell Shell: Stop the fish-killing machines!

Calling On Shell For A Healthy Gulf

Ask Congress to investigate the president and those responsible for authorizing and implementing the illegal surveillance

Stop experimenting with American lives

If you want our soldiers out of Iraq there is now a bill in Congress that would accomplish this. HR 413 would de-authorize the occupation. is mounting a campaign to pass this legislation. You can use their Congressional Contact System to ask your representatives to co-sponsor HR 413.

Stand for our soldiers and bring them home

Come to to learn more:

Informant: Marsha McClelland



The European Parliament is finally inclined to ban cat/dog fur imports into Europe. However, if the law is passed as is, the loophole (see below) will simply defeat its purpose. This loophole is similar to the $150 loophole we have in the US where cat/dog fur importation is illegal, but imports under $150 do not have to be labeled as fur--Cat/dog fur is part of the so called "budget" fur so most of them cost less than that! The loophole in Europe will allow for fur from dogs or cats raised for food in China. According to the email below, many European countries have already rejected this loophole--which is a good sign. Nevertheless, we need to keep the pressure ever so politely so this loophole is rejected by 100% of the European countries. Scroll down for more information. Below is a letter sample for you to edit, or send as is, to the head of the European Parliament whom, I was told by reliable source is the key person to write to. The Anti-Fur Society group will be sending a letter representing about 1000 people who signed the petition. If you wish to be on that list, please send your name, country/city and email to: If Europe passes this ban without the loophole, chances are we'll be seeing the end of the dog/cat fur farms in China. Remember this: NO EUROPEAN MARKET = NO CAT/DOG FUR FARMS IN CHINA! IN THE NAME OF MILLIONS OF DOGS & CATS IN CHINA PLEASE ACT & SEND THE SAMPLE LETTER: Letter to Commissioner Markos Kyprianou Mr. Kyprianou's FAX 003222981499 email:

Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, The European Commission, Rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles, BELGIUM

Dear Mr. Kyprianou,

As you are aware, over two million cats and dogs are raised under deplorable conditions in Asia, particularly China, and then strangled, stabbed to death or skinned alive for their pelts. These skins and furs are used in products sold throughout Europe. As a human being I find this unacceptable. While the US, Australia and five EU nations: Italy, Denmark, France, Greece and Belgium have banned this fur trade, the EU as a whole has rejected requests from virtually every country in the world, to ban the import, export, sale and production of this merchandize. Without a complete ban this horrific trade will continue to taint Europe now and for years to come. The Matrix Chambers, a prominent UK law firm has issued a ruling that an EU ban on cat and dog fur would be justified under the EC treaty and it would not cause a WTO trade issue. Not only is the cruelty intolerable but I feel strongly that these products with fraudulent labels are harmful because of chemicals used in fur production. It is also painfully wrong to submit non-humans to the type of cruelty found in Chinese fur farms.

This letter is to respectfully ask that as a new leader in the EU Commission, you ban cat and dog fur trade immediately, and completely. The loophole in the law currently under discussion if passed as is, will simply defeat the purpose of a law which is being created to ban dog and cat fur trade in Europe. "Article 4 Implementing powers The following may be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 5(2):

1. provisions on the use of analytical methods to identify the species of origin of fur;

2. provisions which derogate from the prohibitions provided for in Article 1 for such fur or products containing such fur

- which is labelled as originating from cats or dogs that have not been bred or killed for fur production or

- which are personal or household effects being introduced into the Community, or exported there from." Thank you for your consideration.


Name Country In the name of millions of dogs and cats in China, I thank you!



From Vida R.

Olbermann: Fact-Checking The President


Bush On Makin' Money

On Wall Street, Bush attacked wage inequality by urging the poor to make more money.

More people are using credit cards for medical bills, the result should make us all sick

Your Money Or Your Life

Bush's Trash Talk About Iran

by Robert Dreyfuss,

The administration and its salivating neoconservatives are manufacturing a crisis.

Anti-whaling group prepares for war at sea with Japanese

Informant: binstock


Anti-Whaling Ships Say They Have Been Made Pirates

An anti-whaling group searching Antarctic waters for a Japanese whaling fleet with the aim of disrupting its operations said both its vessels will soon be "pirate ships" following a decision by Britain to deregister one of its vessels.

Birth Rates "Must Be Curbed to Win War on Global Poverty"

The earth's population will approach an unsustainable total of 10.5 billion unless contraception is put back at the top of the agenda for international efforts to alleviate global poverty. A report released today challenges world leaders to put the contraceptive pill and the condom at the center of their efforts to alleviate global poverty, tackle starvation and even help to avert global warming.

Canada Worried by Plunging Caribou Population

The caribou population in Canada's vast Northwest Territories is falling rapidly, and the increasingly warm climate could slow the animals' chances of recovery, a wildlife specialist said Friday. Herds of barren-ground caribou have dropped by between 40 and 86 percent over the last 10 years. The largest single herd fell from 472,000 animals in 1986 to 128,000 in 2006 and is still declining.

Senators Face Off on Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Dozens of senators - including leading 2008 presidential contenders from both major parties - met on Tuesday to swap proposals that could spur the country's first-ever mandatory caps on greenhouse gases. "We need to cap and eventually significantly reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions," said Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment Committee.

Two of the Biggest Changes in Climate News

Scientists gathered from around the world will deliver the verdict on Friday morning in Paris on what the damage is - how we've already permanently altered the planet. The news will be heavy - hard to take. The exact wording of the report won't be final until the 9:30 a.m. press conference, but the basic science is in. The world's scientists have produced these consensus reports every five years since 1991, but the biggest change since the last report in 2001 is clearly not in the science. It's in the audience.

In Love With the Lusty Wind

More and more people are waking up to the fact that the world is in a period of great crisis and opportunity around the issue of energy generation and use. The fossil fuels we rely on for power are poisoning the atmosphere and threatening the stability of the earth's climate. We've known about this problem since the 1970s, but vested economic interests have retarded our progress in developing alternatives. Today, peak oil and global warming are beginning to change the economics of power generation and the world is looking to pioneers like Randy Tinkerman for solutions.

Hirntumor durch Handy?

Italien denkt an Züge mit Handy-freien Zonen

Intensive, langjährige Handy-Nutzung könnte Krebsrisiko erhöhen


The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has issued new doctrine on the conduct of electronic warfare.

"The recognized need for military forces to have unimpeded access to and use of the [electromagnetic environment] creates vulnerabilities and opportunities for electronic warfare (EW) in support of military operations."

"The purpose of EW is to deny the opponent an advantage in the EM spectrum and ensure friendly unimpeded access to the EM spectrum portion of the information environment."

"EW can be applied from air, sea, land, and space by manned and unmanned systems."

See "Electronic Warfare," Joint Publication JP 3-13.1, 25 January 2007:

Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
email: saftergood
voice: (202) 454-4691


The constitutional allocation of war powers between Congress and the President and the authority of Congress to restrict ongoing military operations are considered in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

See "Congressional Authority To Limit U.S. Military Operations in Iraq," January 29, 2007:

A related study on "Congressional Use of Funding Cutoffs Since
1970 Involving U.S. Military Forces and Overseas Deployments" was updated on January 16, 2007:

Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
email: saftergood
voice: (202) 454-4691

Vanderbilt workers are asking for fairness and respect

Feb. 17: Cut Off ALL War Funds Day

Campaigners delighted as phone mast vanishes

By Daniel Knowles

Neighbours Karen Kelly, left, and Kath Shoesmith are overjoyed as the phone mast is moved away from their homes.

PHONE mast campaigners are finally claiming victory after mobile company workers turned up to remove the pole blighting their lives.

The O2 phone mast was removed from Akers Way yesterday morning after a two-year battle.

Resident Karen Kelly, who lives in Manor Crescent with her husband, security guard Stephen, 48, son Morgan, 14, and daughter Summer, 10, said she was "ecstatic" to see the pole, which was a stone's throw from her home, come down.

"It's brilliant," housewife Mrs Kelly, 49, said. "I have been waiting nearly two years for this.

"Thanks to the Adver for all their help in the past.

"Also thanks for the tireless efforts of ex-councillor Derique Montaut and MP Michael Wills to get this mast removed.

"It's the best news I've had in two years."

The phone mast went up in Akers Way in March 2005.

Ever since, residents of Manor Crescent have been concerned about possible health dangers from the communications pole.

Morgan suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss and can weaken the immune system, and Mrs Kelly had feared that the mast could have an effect on him.

"They started the groundwork on the mast even before the planning application was approved," Mrs Kelly said.

"It was placed just 45 metres from my home.

"They should not be placed in residential areas.

"We all thought we were being used in some biological experiment because nobody knows the effects of these masts.

"My biggest concern was my young son with autoimmune disease.

"I'm so happy to have thing gone from outside my house."

In July 2005, the Adver reported O2 had accepted an alternative site for the mast in Akers Way.

The group from Moredon had been left disappointed in May that year when Swindon Council's decision to find a new site for the O2 mast fell on deaf ears with the mobile phone company rejecting the spot.

But in July, a meeting between O2, then local councillor Derique Montaut and the council's principal planning officer proved successful.

The company will move the mast to the other side of Akers Way - 40m further away from the houses in Manor Crescent, which face on to it.

Mrs Kelly had rallied her neighbours to fight the mast, gathering a 300-strong petition.

James Stevenson, community relations officer for O2, said the firm had decided to compromise and put the mast 40 meters back, on the other side of the road.

But Mr Stevenson denied the mast, which went up in March, had been put in the wrong place originally.

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Mast refusal could hit mobile phone coverage

Next-up News n°171

Kein Mensch ist illegal! Aufruf zum bundesweiten Aktionstag für Bleiberecht und Kinderrechte am 24.2.2007

Flüchtlinge und Geduldete werden sitzen gelassen! Aufruf zum bundesweiten Aktionstag für Bleiberecht und Kinderrechte am 24.2.2007

„Am 24. Februar 2007 wird der „Bleiberechtsbeschluss“ der Innenministerkonferenz 100 Tage alt. Anlass genug, die dürftige Regelung erneut zu kritisieren und zahlreich in der Bundesrepublik auf die Strasse zu gehen! Mit diesem Aktionstag wollen die Träger der Kampagne "Hier geblieben!" sowie viele Flüchtlingsorganisationen und antirassistische Initiativen auf die weiter bestehende Notwendigkeit einer gesetzlichen Bleiberechtsregelung aufmerksam machen und laden dazu ein, sich zahlreich mit vielfältigen Aktionen zu beteiligen. Wir fordern: Das ganze Bleiberecht - ohne Wenn und Aber! Die unwürdige Praxis der Kettenduldungen muss endlich abgeschafft werden! Ein für alle Mal! Abschiebestopp für alle!! Ab sofort!!!...“ Der Aufruf bei "Hier geblieben!" (pdf)

Siehe dazu auch: Mail-Aktion 2007 Laute(r) Stimmen für das ganze Bleiberecht und die UNO-Kinderrechte

Aus: LabourNet, 1. Februar 2007

More US Money Wasted in Iraq, Audit Finds

Dozens of millions of dollars originally slated for the reconstruction and security of Iraq have been squandered on luxury items like an Olympic-sized swimming pool, VIP trailers, and buildings that were never or rarely used. In eight new audits carried out over the past quarter alone, the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, indicated that "corruption continues to plague Iraq" and that "the security environment has continued to deteriorate."

Justice to Release Some Spy Program Details to Senators

While senators welcomed the Bush administration decision to release secret documents detailing the government's domestic spying program, Congresswoman Heather Wilson, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, said, "The administration still won't release other crucial documents that explain how the FISA Court's orders comply with the 1978 surveillance law that the court oversees." The deal to release the documents still leaves many lawmakers frustrated. "We are playing hide the ball down at the Justice Department," said Wilson.

Grandmothers for Peace Get Federal Prison Instead

Bill Quigley writes: "Cathy Webster, a grandmother living in Chico, California, organized A Thousand Grandmothers for Peace to protest in November 2006 against the torture-training School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. This week a federal judge in Columbus, Georgia, sentenced Ms. Webster to two months in federal prison for stepping through a hole in the fence onto the grounds of Fort Benning to carry her protest to the doors of SOA-WHINSEC.... Two other Grandmothers for Peace were also sentenced to federal prison for the nonviolent protest.

Senators Unite on Challenge to Bush's Troop Plan

Democratic and Republican opponents of Bush's troop-buildup plan joined forces last night behind the nonbinding resolution with the broadest bipartisan backing: a Republican measure from Senator John W. Warner of Virginia.

The writing’s on the wall for Iran

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The light’s on but nobody’s home

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

What is Habeas Corpus?

Common Dreams
by Larry Beinhart


What is Habeas Corpus? Is it some obscure Latin legalism? One of the tricky clauses the ACLU uses to get evildoers out of jail? Does it mean the prosecution has to show a body in a murder case? Or is it the basis of your protection from tyranny? It is the right to be brought into court. It is fundamental to — and a sort of shorthand for — the right to be in a legal system, with laws and judges, evidence and a defense. … Without Habeas Corpus you can be swept up off the street and never heard from again. Period. Nobody has to know. Nobody — including yourself — has to know why. Nobody gets to determine if there is a law against what you’re charged with. You have no rights at all. In America, the Constitution forbids taking habeas corpus away from you (except ‘in case of rebellion or invasion the public safety shall require it.’) It was written that way because the right of habeas corpus was a basic right even under the King of England. It was the most basic check on a king’s tyranny. It was assumed. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales now asserts something he thinks is very tricky and clever. What if you never had such a right? Then not giving you the right of Habeas Corpus would not be taking it away...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Neocons learn nothing from five years of catastrophe

Guardian [UK]
by Francis Fukuyama


Their zealous advocacy of the invasion of Iraq may have been a disaster, but now they want to do it all over again — in Iran …. What I find remarkable about the neoconservative line of argument on Iran, however, is how little changed it is in its basic assumptions and tonalities from that taken on Iraq in 2002, despite the momentous events of the past five years and the manifest failure of policies that neoconservatives themselves advocated. What may change is the American public’s willingness to listen to them...,,2002290,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Surge in Iraq: Another false promise

Independent Institute
by Charles Pena


Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who was the Pentagon’s biggest advocate for taking the country to war in Iraq and claimed that Iraqi oil revenues pay for post-invasion reconstruction, is now the president of the World Bank. Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, who headed up the ill-fated Office of Special Plans responsible for cooking the books about the threat posed by Iraq and was a champion for Iraqi con artist Ahmed Chalabi, is a distinguished practitioner in national security policy at Georgetown University. Bill Kristol, the don of the neoconservative Weekly Standard, has been named a columnist for Time magazine. And Thomas Friedman — who led the liberal hawk charge into Iraq, often alongside Bill Kristol — is still a fixture on the pages of the New York Times. If any of these people were your stockbroker and told you to bet the ranch on Enron in late 2001, would you still be letting them give you financial advice?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraqis abandon homes in new refugee exodus

Independent [UK]


Iraq is experiencing the biggest exodus in the Middle East since Palestinians were forced to flee in 1948 upon the creation of Israel. ‘We were forced to leave our house six months ago and since then we have moved more than eight times,’ said Abu Mustafa, a 56-year-old man from Baghdad. ‘Sectarian violence has now even reached the displacement camps but we are tired of running away. Sometimes I have asked myself if it is not better to die than to live like a Bedouin all my life.’ Iraqis are on the run inside and outside the country. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said 50,000 Iraqis a month are abandoning their homes...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

"Surging" Right Into Bin Laden's Hands

Erhöhtes Krebsrisiko oder nicht?

Pfizer, Halliburton Grab Democrats as Hearings Loom

Pharmaceutical companies and Iraq war contractors, both heavy Republican contributors, are among the companies scrambling to hire lobbyists with Democratic ties as they prepare for congressional investigative hearings next week.

From Information Clearing House

Thousands of Czechs demonstrate against US anti-missile radar base

Thousands of people have demonstrated in the Czech capital Prague against a plan to place an American anti-missile radar base in their country.

From Information Clearing House

What the Media has Deliberately Concealed

The barbaric lynching of Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, was a choreographed event, a carefully staged U.S. sponsored PSYOP, with a view to triggering social divisions and fomenting sectarian violence within Iraq and the broader Middle East.

US Military Kept Hostage to Political Abuse of Power

By Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.

The American nation is built on a capitalistic system where the big corporations control the entire economy, including the US government. Big corporations finance the political campaigns of every elected public official who in turn tends to protect corporate interests first and foremost.

US Military Kept Hostage to Political Abuse of Power

By Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.

The American nation is built on a capitalistic system where the big corporations control the entire economy, including the US government. Big corporations finance the political campaigns of every elected public official who in turn tends to protect corporate interests first and foremost.

Journalist Sy Hersh Has Harsh Words for Bush

By Kat Schmidt

"The fact of the matter is we have a government that will do what it wants to do for the next two years," he said. "The worst is yet to come. It's sort of like we're essentially powerless [and] just play it out."

The Failure of America as a Moral Force

Paul Craig Roberts

Everyone can see the US buildup of massive air and naval attack forces on Iran’s borders. Fox “News,” the Bush Regime’s main disinformation agency, is busy preparing its viewers for the US attack by whipping up fear and hysteria over Iran.

US, 'shifting to offense,' claims proof that Iran is arming Iraqi

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Cell phone radiation must drop

The government must toughen laws monitoring the levels of electromagnetic radiation produced by mobile phones after studies found that long-term use of cell phones can fragment DNA, scientists said yesterday.

Constantinos Triantafylidis, a genetics professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, said that allowable SAR (Special Absorption Rate) levels in Greece should be 10 times lower than they currently are.

The SAR measures how a mobile phone can cause cell damage and also determines the quantity of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body.

“In Greece the allowable limit for SAR exposure is 2W/Kgr but it has been proven that even 1.3 W/Kgr can fragment DNA. As a result and based on recent findings, we are obliged to lower the limits,” said Triantafylidis.

Experts recommended that SAR levels be shown clearly on phone labels in a bid to provide users with more thorough information on the radiation’s effects.

Informant: Martin Weatherall

Da in den USA immer mehr Bioalkohol als Treibstoff produziert wird, hungern viele Mexikaner

ZAB Rejects Cell Phone Antennas on UC Storage

Informant: Martin Weatherall

A fair wage for an honest day's work

Informant: Quechick Barnyard

Council consider alien phone mast

By Chris Wickham

An alien' phone mast might not be built after the council revealed they own the land and have not yet given permission for it to be erected.

Government planning inspectors ruled a T-Mobile mast with an 18.65metre tall tower and six antennae could be built at Strawberry Hill Golf Club despite opposition from residents and a rejection of the plan by Richmond upon Thames council.

But the council have said they own the freehold of the land and are still considering whether to give landowner consent to the proposal.

The council, as planning authority, refused the T-Mobile application in May last year because its visual impact would be detrimental to the character and appearance of metropolitan open land.

Residents had been upset about the location of the mast, in the south eastern corner of the club next to the railway line between Fulwell and Strawberry Hill stations.

The proposed site is about 450 metres from St James's RC Primary School, on Stanley Road, and 320 metres from Stanley Infant School, on Strathmore Road, as well as Stanley Junior School, which is close by. But planning inspector Jonathan Philip Roberts said because the mast met guidelines for public exposure to radio waves, health issues were not a factor.

Mr Roberts overturned the council's decision to reject permission for the mast, despite admitting the size of the mast would damage openness, create an alien feature and be incongruous in an open, largely undeveloped and lands- caped setting.

But the mast might not now be built if Richmond council, as landowner, decides not to grant permission.

A council spokesperson said: "The council owns the freehold of the land, which is leased to Strawberry Hill Golf Club. We raised concerns about the proposals with the club at an early stage, having heard about them on an informal basis.

"We were also surprised to see a planning application being pursued without our landowning consent to the proposals being obtained first.

"The club, on behalf of T-Mobile, has now formally asked us to consider giving landowning consent, following the planning inspectorate's decision. We are giving the request detailed consideration and will be responding to the club shortly."

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER): EPA Library System in Shambles

Open Letter Warning of Illegality of Any Offensive Military Action by US against Iran

Center for Constitutional Rights and Other Groups Issue Open Letter Warning of Illegality of Any Offensive Military Action by US against Iran

Surveillance of Soldiers' Blogs Sparks EFF Lawsuit

Iran Clock Is Ticking

Bush Is Not Above the Law

Obama's Ruined Homeland

Texas Grandmother Sweeps Streets of Washington as Punishment for Protest

Senate Allies of Bush Work to Halt Iraq Vote

Europeans Fear US Attack on Iran as Nuclear Row Intensifies

Wie viel Handy ist ungesund?

Bacevich calls for a ‘fundamentally different’ US foreign policy

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Nemesis on the Imperial Premises

The myth of the spat-upon Vietnam veteran refuses to die

Informant: Lew Rockwell

REAL ID Act: "It is our job as state Legislators to protect the people from just this sort of dangerous federal mandate"

Can State’s Rights Make a Comeback in Their Opposition to REAL ID?

The Age of Perpetual Conflict

Republican Reconstruction

Enttäuschender Ausblick für Beschäftigte, Arbeitslose und Rentner

#Die Linkspartei.PDS: Pressemitteilungen

31. Januar 2007

Zum heute vorgelegten Jahreswirtschaftsbericht erklärt Harald Werner, Mitglied des Parteivorstandes und gewerkschaftspolitischer Sprecher:

Obwohl der von der Bundesregierung vorgelegte Jahreswirtschaftsbericht Optimismus pur verbreitet, bietet er den Beschäftigten, Arbeitslosen und Rentnern einen überaus enttäuschenden Ausblick. Die Große Koalition darf sich freuen. Erstens sind die Wirtschaftsdaten am Anfang des Jahres besser, als die Kritiker der Mehrwertsteuererhöhung erwartet hatten, und zweitens wird nur eine verschwindende Minderheit lesen, was der Bericht der übergroßen Mehrheit der Bevölkerung zu bieten hat. Die Unternehmens- und Vermögenseinkommen sollen viermal so stark steigen wie die Brutto-Arbeitseinkommen pro Arbeitnehmer. Wobei die Prognose der Arbeitseinkommen so niedrig angesetzt wird, dass unterm Strich wieder einmal ein Verlust herauskommt. Obwohl die verfügbaren Einkommen durch die Mehrwertsteuererhöhung um drei Prozent gesunken sind, wird eine Steigerung der Bruttoeinkommen pro Arbeiter und Angestellten von nur 1,2 Prozent angenommen. Für die Bezieher von Sozialeinkommen sieht es noch schlechter aus, weil nicht nur die Rentnerinnen und Rentner, sondern auch die Arbeitslosen völlig leer ausgehen werden.

Brzezinski, Fukuyama warn against attacking Iran

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Brzezinski warns that Bush is seeking a pretext to attack Iran

Informant: ranger116

The road to Boondoggle is paved with good intentions

More good investigative research from BlackBoxVoting. Which progressive organizations are still today supporting DRE touch-screen
(invisible ballot) voting machines due to their former use of donor funds to push for US implementation of touchscreen DREs?

Kathy Dopp

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From: Black Box Voting
Date: Jan 31, 2007 4:46 AM
Subject: From Black Box Voting: The road to Boondoggle is paved with good intentions To:

(Warning: You might really hate this story.) This story represents months of original research by Black Box Voting. We went into this looking for the defense industry contractors we'd heard had lobbied for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). That legislation has been blamed for the touch-screens (DREs) that showed up all over America. Well, that's not what we found. The real story on who was behind HAVA may come as a surprise to you. It was to us..

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Question: What happens if you lobby a lawmaker for $4 billion in expenditures for touch-screen voting machines and go back to that same lawmaker two years later asking to dump DREs?

Answer: You lose credibility. It might be hard to lobby for other things. It's politically embarrassing. And your members, or funders, might have a few questions to ask about the prudence of your lobbying expenditures.


The road to voting computers was paved with good intentions. No one knew that some of the programmers for voting computers would turn out to be convicted embezzlers.

No one realized that the main sponsor of the HAVA bill -- Rep. Bob Ney -- would end up going to jail on corruption charges.

Few realized that the federal testing labs, Ciber and Wyle, weren't doing their jobs and their overseers -- NASED and now the EAC -- failed to check their work. Wyle failures (Bowen Hearing): Ciber failures:

HAVA bought a lemon.


Progressive public interest groups. Labor unions. Civil rights groups.

While many election reform activists are under the impression that touch-screen (DRE) voting machines were some sort of Republican plot to take over America, the truth is that lobbying for the DRE-seeking "Help America Vote Act" came primarily from the foundation of the Democratic Party itself.

Activists throughout America have expressed surprise at the Democratic Party's unwillingness to pull DREs off the shelf. One reason is simply this: To do so would damage the credibility of those who lobbied for HAVA. And those who lobbied for HAVA just happen to be the biggest funders and activist workhorses for the Democratic Party itself.


1. Public interest groups - mostly progressive
2. Big labor
3. Minority rights groups
4. Disability rights groups
5. Industry

Of these, the first four tend to favor Democrats but the fifth group -- industry, the group charged with writing the computer code that counts America's votes -- is made of vendors that are more often close to the Republican Party.

Democrats lobbied HAVA in but to a large extent, Republican-affiliated vendors executed the mechanics of the plan. Some would call this comical; others, tragic.


1. People for the American Way
2. Common Cause
3. American Civil Liberties Union
4. League of Women Voters
5. American Jewish Committee
6. Hadassah
7. American Association for Retired Persons
8. Public Citizen
9. American Network of Community Options and Resources
10. Constitution Project (Georgetown University)
11. Open Society Policy Center (Soros)


1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
2. Laborers International Union of North America
3. International Brotherhood of Teamsters
4. United Auto Workers
5. American Federation of Teachers
7. UNITE (Industrial & Textile employees)

Of the seven HAVA-lobbying groups above, five are among the Top-20 largest donors of all time to any political party. All five donate almost exclusively to the Democratic Party and its candidates. None of the top 20 Republican donors lobbied for HAVA.

According to, the labor unions that lobbied for HAVA have given nearly $150 million to support Democrats since 1989, and six were in the Top-20 Democratic PAC funders for 2006-06.


1. NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
2. National Council of La Raza
3. Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)


1. American Foundation for the Blind
2. The ARC of the United States
3. National Disability Rights Network
4. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
5. United Cerebral Palsy Association

Black Box Voting has been unable to locate the lobbying disclosure forms for the American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) featuring the vocal Jim Dickson, nor did we find any disclosure forms for the National Federation for the Blind (NFB), the group that took $1 million from Diebold. Misfiled? Misnamed? Overlooked? Omitted?

Link for NFB $1 million from Diebold:

1. Riverside County, Calif.
2. San Diego County, Calif.
3. Ventura County, Calif.
4. Miami-Dade County, FL


1. Accenture
2. VoteHere
3. Election Systems & Software
4. AccuPoll
5. Danaher
6. Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs
7. US Business & Industry Council
8. Assocation of Technology Act Projects

Not found on lobbying forms pushing HAVA: The SAIC, the ITAA, and Diebold.

Diebold Election Systems Inc does not show up on the 2001-02 HAVA lobbying forms, but did lobby for elections issues in 2004 and 2005.

Also notably missing are the firms referenced by R. Doug Lewis of "The Election Center" in an August 2003 meeting. In this tape recorded meeting, he said that HAVA was put into place by an election systems task force which included Lockheed, Northrop-Grumman, EDS, and Accenture.

Of these, only Accenture shows up the lobbying forms, and there is no entity called Election anything, except for Election System & Software and another company,, which lobbied for Internet voting.
(See Chapter 8 of Black Box Voting for more on the Saudi-owned, which was later taken over by Accenture - - See Chapter 16 for more information on the tape recorded meeting: )

What about Choicepoint? Choicepoint says it didn't lobby for HAVA. Choicepoint says it hasn't had any involvement in elections.

The lobbying forms don't show lobbying for voting machines, but a lobbying firm called Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations filed a registration form in 2002 indicating they planned to lobby for "Election Reform" on behalf of Choicepoint. Muddying things up, no
2002 lobbying form appeared showing that they did. In 2001, however, a lobbying form clearly puts Choicepoint in the middle of HAVA lobbying, showing that Choicepoint was involving itself in lobbying for the voter registration component of HAVA.

Choicepoint has repeatedly stated that they have "no involvement whatsoever" in elections, and in rebuttal to a controversial article that appeared for a short while on OpEd News, Choicepoint came on to deny that they lobbied for HAVA. More on Choicepoint here:

Choicepoint, a controversial database broker, clearly cannot state that it has "no involvement in elections."

Choicepoint stakeholder Donna Curling, wife of Choicepoint chief Doug Curling, has continued to fund election reform lobbying by providing funding for some of the activists working on the Holt Bill.


Those who lobbied for HAVA were convinced that the DRE machines would solve problems, helping more people vote.

1. Many of the HAVA reformers believed that with DREs, people with less education would be more likely to fill out the whole ballot. In fact, they reasoned, the DRE machines would be easier to use for educationally disadvantaged populations, minorities, non-English-speaking voters, and the disabled.

Few studies back these conclusions up, and those that do have generally not been replicated, or were not peer reviewed, and sometimes show methodology that is as flawed as the lemons HAVA bought. The occasional studies that have been done -- even those prepared by DRE advocates -- sometimes end up with troubling caveats. A Georgia study purported to show that "most people like voting on the DREs" (but rarely mentions the small print: The same study showed that the African-Americans surveyed distrusted the touch-screens).

2. The citizens' right to oversee local elections -- and especially the citizens' right to even get access to information -- has been all but eliminated through the implementation of HAVA. The original civil rights concept was virtuous.

Federal Government is the entity that enacted civil rights, HAVA reformers reasoned, so therefore let's ask the federal government to fix our elections process.

Be careful what you ask for. It just might get "fixed."


If federal government is going to correct anything, it should start with enacting tougher standards to give citizens Freedom of Access to Elections Information -- mandating that the system actually PRODUCE the information needed for citizens to make sure the right candidate was place in office, in a TIMELY manner, that is COST EFFECTIVE and USABLE, prohibiting removal of the information through proprietary claims.

And above all, local CITIZEN oversight must be protected. In almost every case, discoveries of problems with elections and the computers that count them have been discovered by ordinary citizens, not by government oversight, auditors, consultants, certifiers, or experts.

And if we are going to rid ourselves of the DREs, we need to get past the -- er -- little "problem" of the threat to credibility if former HAVA lobbyists take the courageous step of changing course.

They couldn't have known. Perhaps a set of tough investigative hearings can provide the evidence to brace those backbones for the change in direction. Look to Calif. Secretary of State Debra Bowen's well-prepped, no-nonsense hearings on the certification process for examples, and start by issuing subpoenas to Diebold's master programmer, Talbot Iredale, and Ciber's Shawn Southworth (who refused to show up for Bowen's hearing).

This thing can be done. It doesn't need a bandaid, it needs a disinfectant.


Photocopies of the lobbying forms are in the process of being uploaded to the Black Box Voting Document Archive. You will find lobbying forms for all of the groups listed above as they are uploaded here:

Tierversuche: Deutschland offenbar Vorreiter bei Affen-"Verbrauch"


Einer vom Bundesamt für Naturschutz veröffentlichten Statistik zufolge wurden im Jahr 2005 350 Javaneraffen für die biomedizinische Forschung nach Deutschland importiert. Von den Tieren waren offenbar 50 Wildfänge und 300 direkte Nachkommen von wild gefangenen Elterntieren. Nach Angaben des Deutschen Tierschutzbundes schreibt das deutsche Tierschutzgesetz jedoch vor, dass nur zweckgezüchtete Tiere in Versuchen eingesetzt werden dürften. In Deutschland würden jährlich rund 2000 Primaten zu wissenschaftlichen Zwecken "verbraucht", kritisiert der Tierschutzverband. Deutschland nehme "damit einen traurigen Spitzenplatz innerhalb der EU ein".

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Forschungspreis für Alternative zu Tierversuchen

Der Bundesverband Menschen für Tierrechte freut sich über die erstmalige Vergabe des mit 20.000 Euro dotierten rheinland- pfälzischen Forschungspreises für Alternativen zu Tierversuchen an den Arzt Dr. Harald Langer vom Universitätsklinikum Tübingen. Der Forscher entwickelte ein so genanntes Flusskammermodell. Mit Hilfe menschlicher Gefäßwandzellen können damit die Auswirkungen des Blutflusses auf die Zellen der Gefäßwände untersucht werden. Das Flusskammermodell könne bereits jetzt schmerzhafte Tierversuche in der Atheroskleroseforschung und bei der Entwicklung von Medikamenten ersetzen, so Kurt Simons von der Organisation. Jetzt müsse das Modell aber noch behördlich anerkannt werden.

Monsanto verzichtet vorläufig auf Anbau von Genmais in Hessen


Politiker denken manchmal langfristiger und strategischer als die Manager großer Konzerne. Glaubt man den politischen Kommentatoren, so werden nach Wahlen "unpopuläre" Entscheidungen getroffen, während im Vorfeld von Wahlen vielfach Gesetze im Interesse der breiten Bevölkerung verabschiedet werden. Diese Spielregeln der westlichen Demokratien scheinen die Manager des Saatgutkonzerns Monsanto gerade erst zu erlernen. Einem Bericht des "Handelsblattes" zufolge verzichtet der Saatgutkonzern Monsanto "vorerst" auf den Anbau von Genmais in Nordhessen. Das geplante Versuchsfeld werde in diesem Jahr nicht angelegt, habe das Unternehmen am Mittwoch in Düsseldorf mitgeteilt. Im derzeitigen Landtagswahlkampf sei der Druck zu groß geworden, schreibt das Blatt. Allerdings gebe Monsanto den Standort nicht endgültig auf.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

Cheney's Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair

Copies of handwritten notes by Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced at trial by defense attorneys for former White House staffer I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, would appear to implicate George W. Bush in the Plame CIA Leak case.

Village says no to another mast

Residents in Cubbington fear the floodgates have opened for communications companies to use their villages as a "dumping ground for masts".

This week phone company T Mobile expressed an interest in installing a mast in Cubbington Road, opposite the Rugby Tavern.

Their enquiry - directed at ward councillor Norman Pratt before submitting an application - follows the fiercely contested application made by O2 for the same plot of land last year.

Residents turned out in force to protest against O2's plans, which were eventually refused by Warwick District Council's planning committee.
But despite a residents' petition carrying more than 1,000 signatures, the committee's decision was overturned on appeal.

In T Mobile's letter to Coun Pratt it has stated that the site next to the existing O2 mast is a "preferred location" for the company.

And county councillor Pratt hopes "people power" will be more successful is rebuffing the latest application.

He said: "We have already got one on that verge that we objected strongly to but lost out to a decision made by an inspector in Bristol.

"I know the health factors are not taken into account, because there is no firm evidence, but having two of these next to each other could be a lot more dangerous than we think.

"This proposal will not only lend greater weight to the objections made at the time of the O2 application, but will set a precedent which those areas who already have a mast may find difficult to resist.

"This could be the thin end of the wedge as who knows how many more companies could take a similar approach."

He added: "Needless to say this further application will be strenuously resisted. There are a number of recent examples where people power has won the day, and it is hoped as many people as possible will give their support for moves to have this latest application thrown out."

Parish councillor David Saul is also urging people to take note and be prepared with their objections if a formal application is submitted.

He said: "This is totally inappropriate for that site because of the situation. It is like putting it in the middle of a housing estate.

"In fact it's like putting a bomb in the middle of a housing estate, a ticking bomb, because we don't know the affect it will have.

"Because of the size of these companies and the power they yield we are being kept away from the truth about the health effects.

"I urge residents to get out on the streets and use their democratic right. I just hope Cubbington is not going to become a dumping ground for phone masts."

A comment from T Mobile was not available as the Courier went to press.

31 January 2007

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