Sonntag, 11. Februar 2007

Congress Accuses White House of Homeland Security "On the Cheap"

A House committee chairman accused the Bush administration Friday of protecting the country from terrorism "on the cheap" as lawmakers complained to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about proposed cuts in emergency communications and other programs.

Critics Question Education Department’s Screening

Informant: Cherrie Webb

US-Regierung sucht nach Beweisen gegen Iran

Für wachsende Instabilität sorgt nicht nur der Iran-Konflikt und der Irak-Krieg, sondern auch das Wettrüsten der Großmächte USA, China und Russland.

Schlagaustausch zwischen Russland und USA

Auf der Sicherheitskonferenz stand neben Iran das neue Wettrüsten im Zentrum.

After Many Denials, Army Confirms Blackwater Contract in Iraq

The families of four private guards whose bodies were burned and dragged through the streets by a mob in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that the security company that hired them failed to provide armored vehicles and other promised protections. The guards' families have sued the company, North Carolina-based Blackwater USA, telling a House hearing it was the only way they can learn all the circumstances of the deaths.

Feith-Based Intelligence

"On Newsweek's web site, you can flip through a short PDF slideshow of a presentation produced by the Pentagon in 2002," says David Swanson. "The presentation purports to show that Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda were working together, and had been for years. Not only was this a presentation of intelligence at odds with what the legitimate intelligence community was saying, but the first slide in the presentation provides reasons why the intelligence community had it wrong. This hardly looks like the product of an office doing only policy work."

Cheney's To-Do Lists, Then and Now

Adam Liptak writes: "Mr. Cheney's notes, now in the Gerald R. Ford presidential library, collected and synthesized the views of lawyers, diplomats, spies and military officials, but his own views shine through. He is hostile to the press and to Congress, insistent on the prerogatives of the executive branch and adamant about the importance of national security secrets. Fast forward three decades and that same handwriting appears on a copy of the Op-Ed article in the Times that set in motion events that led to the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff."

US Sending Third Carrier Strike Group to Persian Gulf

The Iranians have reason to feel paranoid. At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and a third carrier will likely follow.

Democrats Seek to Limit, and End, US Iraq Involvement

Even before they cast symbolic votes against the Iraq war, newly empowered congressional Democrats are clamoring for a chance to limit and eventually end US involvement in a conflict that has killed more than 3,000 troops.

Putin: US Policies Create Arms Race

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that the United States' increased use of military force is creating a new arms race, with smaller nations turning toward developing nuclear weapons.

Saddam-Al Qaeda Evidence Blasted

Senate Democrats assailed Pentagon officials today for insisting to the White House in the months before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein had direct links to Al Qaeda — despite doubts within the US intelligence community.

The Build-a-War Workshop

"It took far too long, but a report by the Pentagon inspector general has finally confirmed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s do-it-yourself intelligence office cooked up a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to help justify an unjustifiable war," writes the New York Times.

Scooter Libby and the Media Debacle

Eric Boehlert writes: "The New York Times made headlines last week when it tapped a new DC bureau chief. But if the paper of record really wanted to jump-start its Beltway news operation, maybe it should have tried to lure Patrick Fitzgerald away from the Department of Justice. Let's face it, as special counsel in charge of investigating the Valerie Plame CIA leak, and now the lead prosecutor in DC federal court methodically laying out the damning evidence against Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, Fitzgerald has consistently shown more interest - and determination - in uncovering the facts of the Plame scandal than most Beltway journalists."


MOBILE phone mast protesters have won the latest round against a phone company which wants to install a mast in Hampden Park. Hutchinson 3G wanted to install a 12.5metre high mast on the public highway in Lindfield Road at its junction with The Broadway. The planning application caused outrage among hundreds of residents, who put their names to a petition and wrote letters of objection urging councillors to throw the plans out. They were concerned about the possible health hazards associated with mobile phone masts and said the area was highly populated with families with young children as well as local schools nearby. Planners said the installation of the mast would be seriously detrimental to the visual amenities of the area and councillors sitting on the town's planning committee refused permission.

11 February 2007

All rights reserved © 2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing. (excerpt)

An appeal to people outside the United States to break US imperial power

Informant: BMutiny T.

Watada’s stand on Iraq war’s illegality may be pivotal for US

Watada calls historic WWII draft resisters

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Linke gegen Angriffe auf den Iran von deutschem Territorium aus

De-escalate, Investigate and Impeach Cheney First

Bundesregierung legalisiert Gift im Essen

Hunderte Grenzwerte für Pestizide in Obst und Gemüse hat das Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz (BMELV) zwischen den Jahren 2004 und 2006 angehoben. Das bedeutet für Obst und Gemüse, dass ganz legal mehr Gift auf den Teller kommt.

Gen-Mais in Deutschland: Karte mit Anbauflächen

Ab sofort können interessierte Bürger auf der Internetseite von Greenpeace auf einer Deutschlandkarte mit einem Blick erkennen, ob in ihrer Region gentechnisch veränderter Mais angebaut wird.

Die deutsche Autoindustrie verpasst die Zukunftsmärkte - Kluge Menschen kaufen einfach spritsparende ausländische Autos

Die Vorsitzende der Bundesverbandes der Verbraucherzentralen, Edda Müller, sagt: Die deutsche Autoindustrie könnte längst ein 3,5-Liter-Mittelklasseauto im Programm haben. Die Sorge um Jobverlust sei Unsinn. Interview: Joachim Wille in der Frankfurter Rundschau.

60 Prozent der Deutschen für Tempolimit

Eine Forsa- Umfrage für den "Stern" ergab, dass 60 Prozent der Deutschen für ein Tempolimit auf Autobahnen sind.

Der große Run auf kleinere Autos

Kluge Menschen kaufen einfach spritsparende ausländische Autos.

Wie aus der schlechten Klimameldung noch etwas Gutes werden kann

Gastkommentar von Prof. Dr. Udo E. Simonis.

Chance Energiekrise

Der solare Ausweg aus der fossil-atomaren Sackgasse. Das Buch reiht sich ein in die politischen Gesamtbetrachtungen der Weltenergiesituation.

Windstrom für 0,00 Cent

Der Januar 2007 hat einen Mythos der alten fossil-atomaren Energiewirtschaft, wonach erneuerbare Energie teuer sei, endgültig widerlegt.

Warum schrödert Angela Merkel?

Jetzt reden wieder alle von Klimaschutz. Für die meisten handelt es sich aber um Lippenbekenntnisse!

Jetzt wissen wir mehr über Erwin Huber, viel mehr

Despite difficulties, the empire remains strong

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Democracy for sale: Congress Finds Ways to Avoid Lobbyist Limits

In just the last two months, lawmakers invited lobbyists to help pay for a catalog of outings: lavish birthday parties in a lawmaker’s honor ($1,000 a lobbyist), martinis and margaritas at Washington restaurants (at least $1,000), a California wine-tasting tour (all donors welcome), hunting and fishing trips (typically $5,000).

From Information Clearing House

US cash for Agent Orange study

Vietnam says the chemicals are to blame for millions of cases of ill health.

From Information Clearing House

Putin slams US for making world more dangerous

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a full-frontal attack on the United States, saying it had made the world a more dangerous place and left successive conflicts unresolved.

From Information Clearing House

Surprising partners among Tehran's layer of alliances

When Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed this week to hit back at American interests around the world if Iran was attacked, it was no empty threat.,,2010016,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Cheney Pushing for Iran Attack, Report Says

Several senior members of the Bush administration are pushing for the United States to attack Iran, the British Guardian newspaper said in a report over the weekend.

From Information Clearing House

US fabricating evidence against Iran

War pimp alert

U.S. commanders in Iraq showed lawmakers explosives that came from Iran

U.S. military commanders in Iraq have shown members of explosive devices that bear Iranian markings as evidence Tehran is supplying Iraqi militants with bombs, a senior U.S. government official said Saturday.

‘US fabricating evidence against Iran’

The United States is trying to fabricate Iran’s involvement in attacks on US troops in Iraq, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said in a radio interview aired on Friday.

From Information Clearing House

Pentagon lies with stats

One set of “official” numbers for troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq lists the figure at about 23,000. But the actual number of those injured in those two theaters of operation is more than double that - around 53,000.

From Information Clearing House

Troop 'surge' has yet to materialize in Iraq

A month after the Bush administration announced a "surge" in troops for Baghdad, Iraqis are still waiting for anything to change.

US: Iraq doomed if new push fails

General David Petraeus has taken over as the new US military commander in Iraq, warning the country is "doomed to continuing sectarian strife" if the new joint military operation under way in Baghdad fails to halt sectarian violence.

From Information Clearing House

Is the Big Ship America Sinking?

By Sam Gindin

Are we in the midst of a momentous turn in world politics? Donald Rumsfeld has been shuffled out of the Pentagon. Daniel Ortega, Washington's nemesis from the Sandinista Revolution of the late 1970s, is back as President of Nicaragua. Hugo Chavez has been triumphantly re-elected, and Bolivia and Ecuador also have new left-populist presidents. U.S.-led neoliberalism is scrambling in Latin America; the U.S. state seems to be in the throes of a full retreat in Iraq; and, in its look ahead to the year 2007, The Economist is warning of the dangers of an 'authority deficit' at the level of nation states, international institutions, and the role of 'the superpower'.

Behold the Rise of Energy-Based Fascism

By Michael T. Klare

Unlike Islamo-fascism, Energo-fascism will, in time, affect nearly every person on the planet. Either we will be compelled to participate in or finance foreign wars to secure vital supplies of energy, such as the current conflict in Iraq - This is not simply some future dystopian nightmare, but a potentially all-encompassing reality whose basic features, largely unnoticed, are developing today.

The US says it is fighting for democracy but is deaf to the cries of the Iraqis

By Noam Chomsky

US policy should be that of all aggressors: (1) pay reparations; (2) attend to the will of the victims; (3) hold the guilty parties accountable, in accord with the Nuremberg principles, the UN Charter, and other international instruments. A more practical proposal is to work to change the domestic society and culture substantially enough so that what should be done can at least become a topic for discussion.

Target Iran: US Able To Strike In The Spring

By Ewen MacAskill

Despite denials, Pentagon plans for possible attack on nuclear sites are well advanced.

Conspiracy Of Silence In The Arab World

By Robert Fisk

Where are the sheikhs when the Iraqi dead are fished out of the Tigris?

Call Congress Tuesday to say: ‘De-Escalate, Investigate’

Informant: jensenmk

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Congress must draw line & stop impending attack on Iran

Informant: jensenmk

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