Dienstag, 6. März 2007

Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.



Libby Guilty of Lying in C.I.A. Leak Case

Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted today of lying to F.B.I. agents and grand jurors investigating the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative amid a burning dispute over the war in Iraq.


From Information Clearing House


US-Außenpolitik: Sprengkraft ethnischer Konflikte nutzen


Critics Say No Child Left Behind Report Misses Real Problems

An "elite" commission that has reviewed President Bush’s keystone education policy avoided difficult issues and has recommended an expansion of standardized testing.



US Attorney Worried "Gloves Would Come Off" Over Criticism of Ouster

A high-ranking Justice Department official told one of the US attorneys fired by the Bush administration that if any of them continued to criticize the administration for their ousting, previously undisclosed details about the reasons they were fired might be released, two of the ousted prosecutors told McClatchy Newspapers.



Reckless Disregard

Patrick McElwee writes: "While the Bush administration publicly acknowledges its alliance with Sunni states, funding to violent, non-state actors is reportedly kept secret - even from Congress. This is done both by using Saudi money and by tapping into secret pools of money, such as the billions in reconstruction funds unaccounted for in Iraq."


Die Handy Ortung für jedermann


U.S. Predicting Steady Increase for Emissions


Informant: NHNE

Überwachung am Flughafen: Passagiere im Blick

In Zukunft kann man möglicherweise am Flughafen keinen Schritt mehr tun, ohne von Kameras verfolgt zu werden. Ein Funk-Chip im Ticket überwacht bald jede Bewegung.


Save Wild Horses and Burros


From Gwen H.

War Protesters Arrested at Washington Port

Police arrested three people early Monday during a protest of Iraq-bound Army vehicles at a Washington state port. Zoltan Grossman, a geography professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia who was observing the protest said he didn't know what prompted the arrests. "There were no rocks, no weapons. People were not carrying anything but signs. We were on public space, on gravel, and there was a white line that police had told us not to cross. I didn't see any of the protesters cross that line."


Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile

"Everybody was saying, 'Happy new year,'" Ms. Readling recalled. "But I remember going straight to bed and lying down scared to death because I knew that at that very minute, after midnight, I was without insurance. I was kissing away a bad year of cancer. But I was getting ready to open up to a door of hell." Ms. Readling, a 50-year-old real estate agent, is one of nearly 47 million people in America with no health insurance.


Democrats Crafting Law to Change Iraq Mission

The US Democratic-led Senate is moving closer to rewriting the measure that paved the way for President Bush to invade Iraq nearly four years ago. The move would not repeal the Senate's 2002 vote authorizing the war, but instead limit the mission of US troops to focus on counter-terrorism efforts such as protecting Iraq's borders.


We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

Dr Wilmer J. Leon III writes: "Natural law states that people possess the God-given or natural right to govern themselves, as opposed to the earlier concept of divine justification of a king or monarch. Social contract theory is the idea that people in a civilized society consent to be governed by a set of standards and elect representatives in order to protect these natural rights. Most importantly, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, '...that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government...'"



The Housing Bubble Starts to Burst

Dean Baker writes: "While the collapse of the housing bubble was both predictable and inevitable, it is not pretty. Tens of millions of people will be hurt as they see much of the equity in their homes - money that most had counted on to support their retirement - disappear. Millions more will be forced out of their homes as they find that they are unable to meet the payments on adjustable rate mortgages that reset at higher rates. People who had worked hard and saved in order to become homeowners will see their dream disappear."


Safe Ground in a Housing Market Meltdown?

Dean Baker writes: "As reports of problems in the mortgage market build, the number of people who view a collapse of the housing market as a serious possibility is growing rapidly. At the moment, the surge in defaults is taking place primarily in the sub-prime market, which is composed of borrowers who have poor credit histories. However, the problems are likely to affect the broader housing market and the economy as a whole before the end of the year."



The Fraud Of Voter ID Laws

by Michael Slater and Nathan Henderson-James, TomPaine.com

Illegal voting is not the problem. The real crime is minority vote suppression.


Undoing Bush's Budget Priorities

by Deborah Weinstein, TomPaine.com

Bush's budget cuts taxes for millionaires and funding for social welfare programs. Congress must do better.


Oursourcing Walter Reed

by Philip Mattera, TomPaine.com

Supporting the troops—or supporting the contractors? The real story behind the scandal at Walter Reed.



The March for Accessibility 2007

NOTE: If you are not a resident of or visiting Sweden, the section PETITION is probably of most value to you.


This june we march again, the fifth year in a row! The March for Accessibility 2007 will be held Saturday June 2nd. The gathering point is at Observatorielunden (Sveavägen 67) in Stockholm at 1.15 PM. Show up with friends and family to demand a Swedish anti-discrimination act that will define inaccessibility as discrimination of people with disabilities!

Read more about The March for Accessibility at http://www.marschen.se/viewpage.php?page=2


Right now, you are one of about 6100 persons who have signed our petition. Thank you! Please continue recommending people you know to sign at http://www.marschen.se/viewpage.php?page=124

(NOTE: You don\'t have to sign the petition again. Once is enough.)


The more who file complaints about the inaccessibility in Sweden to The Swedish Disability Ombudsman (Handikappombudsmannen) and local authorities (byggnadsnämnder), the faster we\'ll get a law enacted. With Independent Living Insitutes electronic complaint form you can do this and everyone can access the complaints you file.

The form has not yet been translated into English. If you don\'t know Swedish and want to file a complaint, please e-mail hans.filipsson@independentliving.org and you will be aided.

If you know Swedish, start filing complaints today at http://www.independentliving.org/ho/

Best wishes
The March for Accessibility
(Marschen för tillgänglighet)

Informant: Prof. Olle Johansson

Echoes of 1929?

Intellectual Conservative
by Thomas E. Brewton


A great many economic conditions, as well as the structure of the financial markets, are different from those of the 1920s. Not all of the differences, however, are reassuring. Recent news reports tell us that banks’ reserves against risky loans such as sub-prime mortgages are at low points. Money is pouring into hedge funds and private equity groups. The massive prevalence of derivative securities in portfolios of pension funds, insurance companies, and commercial banks is worrisome. In 1998, the cratering of Greenwich’s Long Term Capital Management, because of unanticipated consequences of its derivatives investments, threatened to sink the international financial markets. The first broad parallel to the 1920s is the excessive creation of bank credit by the Federal Reserve...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Confessions of a torturer

Chicago Reader
by John Conroy


Tony Lagouranis doesn’t fit the profile of a person likely to go wrong by following orders. He’s lived a footloose life unconstrained by a desire for professional advancement, for the approval of superiors, even for a comfortable home. A freethinker, he read the great works of Western civilization in college and mastered classical languages. It was his desire to learn Arabic as well that took him to Iraq. And there, as an army interrogator, he tortured detainees for information he admits they rarely had...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Torturer's Tale

By Jolyon Jenkins

Tony Lagouranis was trained by the US Army to torture Iraqis. This is why he stopped...



Open season on speculators

Hawaii Reporter
by Lowell L. Kalapa


Here we go again, lawmakers are blaming speculators for overheating the real estate market. These are the same people lawmakers pointed the finger of blame at when the real estate market overheated in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But back then, it was those nasty foreign investors who were buying up all the property, driving prices sky-high and driving people out of their homes because of rising real property values...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The US of Tyranny


[T]he Bush Administration has claimed, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has just confirmed, the unlimited power of the executive to do anything it wants to in the name of ‘national security.’ Anyone — whether a foreigner or an American citizen — can be kidnapped, at home or abroad, either by a foreign government at the request of the U.S. government, by an agent or employee(s) of the U.S. government or by of the U.S. government itself. That person can then be transported anywhere in the world, imprisoned indefinitely, kept from any outside contact, tortured, even killed. All in the name of ‘national security.’ And there is nothing you can do about it...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


How much is the war on Iraq costing you?

by David R. Henderson


How much is the U.S. war on Iraq costing you? That depends on who you are. For Iraqis, Americans, or Brits who were killed, it cost them everything. I say it in that order because that is the order in numbers killed. So far, a conservative estimate of the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the war is about 57,000, the number of Americans (including contractors) about 3,800, and the number of Brits 133. And if one were to add in the number of non-civilian Iraqis killed — and one should — the number of civilian and non-civilian Iraqis killed would likely be well over 70,000. Of course, other studies, such as the Lancet study, have found a much larger number of Iraqi deaths, more than 650,000. But I cannot judge such studies without reading them carefully, so I’m giving lower-bound estimates here. But there is another cost to which I can bring my economist’s expertise, namely the cost in federal spending and in higher oil prices to Americans...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Fired US attorneys to testify on performance

International Herald Tribune [France]


Six former U.S. attorneys said they got little or no information about why they were fired, as another Republican lawmaker reportedly acknowledged contacting one of the federal prosecutors about an investigation. Sen. Pete Domenici, a New Mexico Republican, had complained repeatedly to high-level Justice Department officials about New Mexico prosecutor David Iglesias, the department said. Rep. Heather Wilson, another Republican from the state, said late Monday that she also had spoken with Iglesias about one of his pending cases. But like Domenici, Wilson denied pressuring the New Mexico prosecutor, The Washington Post reported in Tuesday’s editions. Democratic lawmakers want to know whether the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush dismissed the U.S. attorneys for political reasons...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Billigarbeit: Strafgefangene statt Immigranten


Aus: LabourNet, 6. März 2007

Die besten Amerikaner?

In San Antonio werden verletzte Irak-Veteranen wieder zusammengeflickt. Fotoreportage von Eric Gay (AP) zusammen mit einem Artikel von Rüdiger Göbel in der jungen Welt vom 03.03.2007 http://www.jungewelt.de/2007/03-03/002.php

Aus: LabourNet, 6. März 2007

EU-Militärpolitik: weiter aufrüsten, weiter »Ordnung« schaffen

Nach Treffen der EU-Kriegsminister in Wiesbaden: Rüstungsindustrie soll stärker gesponsort werden. Artikel von Frank Brendle in Junge Welt vom
06.03.2007 http://www.jungewelt.de/2007/03-06/049.php

Demo gegen den EU-Gipfel in Berlin geplant

„Seit Mitte Januar trifft sich ein Bündnis der Berliner Linken zur Vorbereitung von Aktivitäten gegen den EU-Gipfel am 25.3. in Berlin. Dieser Gipfel dient dem Abfeiern des 50. Jahrestags der Gründung der damaligen EWG durch die Unterzeichnung der sog. Römischen Verträge. Hier ein Einblick in die Vorbereitung…“ Artikel von NLOler vom 24.02.2007 bei indymedia http://de.indymedia.org/2007/02/168991.shtml

Siehe dazu:

Nein zum Europa des Kapitals! Stoppt die Militarisierung der EU!

Aufruf des Berliner Bündnis gegen den EU-Gipfel http://www.anti-eu.info/aufruf_buendnis.php

Die Homepage des Anti-EU-Gipfel-Bündnisses

Aus: LabourNet, 6. März 2007


"Die Sicherheit Europas ist nicht durch die Macht seiner militärischen Mittel zu gewährleisten"

Friedenskongress veröffentlicht eine zeitgemäße "Göttinger Erklärung" - Appell: "Forschung und Lehre dürfen sich nur friedlichen und zivilen Zielen verpflichtet fühlen". Anlässlich des 50. Jahrestages der legendären "Göttinger Erklärung" veranstalteten "Göttinger Wissenschaftler für Frieden und Abrüstung" am 30. Juni 2007 eine Tagung und stellten einen neuen Appell vor, den wir im Folgenden im Wortlaut dokumentieren…“ Dokumentation beim Friedenspolitischen Ratschlag http://www.uni-kassel.de/fb5/frieden/themen/Atomwaffen/50-jahre-goettingen-3.html

Aus: LabourNet, 2. Juli 2007


Schustertag: Kundgebung vor dem Rathaus


Bürgerinitiative/Rundmail 12


Asia smog fuelling Pacific storms 'will melt Arctic ice'


Informant: binstock


Big Biotech Takes Advantage of Corn Crisis to Force Farmers to Buy GM Seeds


Informant: Mitchel Cohen

From ufpj-news

Asian air pollution affecting weather


Informant: binstock

ORG report argues strikes to stop Iranian bomb would in fact bring it about


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Correction: this could become a crash after all

As traders brace for fresh turmoil, soothing words may simply be hiding reality.


US triggers $11bn HSBC fall-out

EUROPE’s biggest bank, HSBC, is to write off $11 billion to cover mounting losses in its troubled American offshoot, HSBC Finance Corporation.


From Information Clearing House

Walter Reed woes bring turmoil at the top

Walter Reed awarded a five-year, $120 million contract to IAP Worldwide Services, which is run by Al Neffgen, a former senior Halliburton official.


'It Is Just Not Walter Reed'

Soldiers Share Troubling Stories Of Military Health Care Across U.S.

From Information Clearing House


Russia to Counter US Buildup

Russia readies to respond the eventual installation of a US anti-Missile Defense system in the Caucasus, said Russian AF Chief, Army Gen. Vladimir Mijailov.


From Information Clearing House


Moscow ‘could attack US missile system’

Czechs Remain Opposed to U.S. Missile Shield

Informant: Kev Hall


Iran, Iraq and U.S. plans for the Middle East



US pressurizing Pakistan to support attack on Iran: Gul

Former ISI Chief, Gen (retd) Hameed Gul has said that the Untied States is paving the way to use Pakistan's territory for its expected attack on Iran in order to shift the blame of its failure in Afghanistan to Pakistan.


From Information Clearing House

The Night of the Generals

The six retired generals who stepped forward last spring to publicly attack Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's handling of the Iraq war shared one experience: a growing outrage over the administration's incompetence, leading some of the nation's finest soldiers to risk their reputations and cross a time-honored line.


From Information Clearing House


Democrats scale back plans to challenge Bush's Iraq 'surge'

Stymied in their efforts to block President George W. Bush's troop escalation in Iraq, Democrats have scaled back challenges to his "surge," instead favoring legislation limiting the number of soldiers and length of their stay.


From Information Clearing House


1 in 8 Iraqis flee their homes

The UN high commissioner for refugees said on Sunday that one in eight Iraqis had been forced from their homes because of the bloodshed raging across the country, and warned that the numbers could only rise.


From Information Clearing House

Stock Market Bloodbath and Greenspan’s Retreat

By Mike Whitney

In the next few weeks, we’re going to hear industry mandarins and banking chieftains blame everyone else for the disaster they’ve created. Overstretched and underpaid Americans will be blamed for not saving their paltry wages and people with poor credit will be assailed for taking out loans they had no realistic chance of paying back.



The Assault on Liberties: Who’s Really Responsible?

By Barry Lando

Bush’s Draconian measures range from the suspension of habeas corpus to warrantless eavesdropping to the right of the president to decide what constitutes torture, to prisons where hundreds face indefinite detention without any charges being brought against them, to other even more secret CIA facilities filled with “ghost prisoners” for whom the CIA has never accounted.



The Cold War was not a struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union

By William Blum

It was a struggle between the United States and the Third World. What there was, was people all over the Third World fighting for economic and political changes against US-supported repressive regimes, or setting up their own progressive governments. These acts of self-determination didn't coincide with the needs of the American power elite, and so the United States moved to crush those governments and movements even though the Soviet Union was playing virtually no role at all in these scenarios.



The First Line of Opposition to Bush is to Defeat this Local Client ‘President’

By James Petras

President Bush’s visit to Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico reflects the ‘two tracks’ of US empire-building – military intervention and political-diplomatic instruments.



Ghosts of Abu Ghraib


Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," a new HBO documentary produced and directed by Rory Kennedy.


Why the Middle East is More Dangerous Now Than in Past 30 Years

An interview with Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is a veteran war correspondent and one of the world's most experienced journalists covering the Middle East. He has reported from across the Arab world for the past thirty years.



Mobile phone masts, health and planning


Informant: Frank

FDA Rules Override Warnings About Drug

The government is on track to approve a new antibiotic to treat a pneumonia-like disease in cattle, despite warnings from health groups and a majority of the agency's own expert advisers that the decision will be dangerous for people.



House Judiciary Committee Issues More Subpoenas in US Attorney Probe

The Justice Department said Monday that Republican Senator Pete Domenici called Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his deputy four times to complain about a US attorney who claims he was fired for not rushing a corruption probe. Meanwhile, a watchdog group called on a Senate committee to investigate whether Domenici, of New Mexico, violated Congressional ethics rules.


Watchdog Group Wants Ethics Probe of Domenici

An ethics watchdog group called on the Senate Monday to investigate whether Republican Senator Pete Domenici inappropriately contacted a US attorney regarding an ongoing criminal probe.



UK Schools Bans WiFi Due To Health Concerns


Andrew Cohen,


The Un-American Way: The Kafkaesque Case of Khalid El-Masri


Informant: Jennifer Van Bergen

From ufpj-news


Open Letter to the Wife of the "President" of the United States


Informant: Marsha MCClelland


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Software Disclosure Requirements Need to Be Redrafted in Current Federal Election Integrity Legislation

Please contact your US Senators and US Representative (especially Representative Rush Holt's office and Senator Bill Nelson's office) and ask them to read this paper which explains the problems of trying to verify the software integrity of voting machines:


Your Senators and Representative's contact information is available here:

http://senate.gov/ and http://house.gov/

I have provided a sample email or letter to US Congressional staff below that you can modify and send. Please forward this email to your email lists.

Thank you.

Dear Congressional Staffer Who Works on Election Integrity:

Please be so kind as to read this paper which was written with the help of dozens of skilled technologists, because it explains for the lay person, the complexities of voting system software disclosure and shows why the current software disclosure proposals by Representative Holt and Senator Nelson (HR811 and S559) would not work and must be rewritten.

"Avoid Another HAVA Train Wreck: Software Disclosure Requirements are a Good Long Term Goal But Need to Be Redrafted in Current Federal Election Integrity Legislation"


Current voting system software disclosure provisions in federally proposed legislation need to be rewritten, perhaps in separate legislation, in consultation with experts with diverse technical backgrounds .

It might be wiser to pass simpler legislation requiring sufficient manual audits and public access to election records that are necessary to verify election outcomes that could be implemented by 2008, and put any requirements for long-term improvement of voting equipment that require time for development cycles into a separate bill.

It is very important for Congressional staffers who are tasked with considering election integrity legislation in each Congressional office to know that we need a clean election bill that would ensure accurate election outcomes by 2008, plus realistic measures to achieve better voting systems long-term - not another HAVA mess.

Congressional staffers are also urged to read this evaluation of the Holt/Nelson election audits, which shows how the Holt/Nelson election audit could be revised to assure that election audits protect all US House districts, even in close races.

"Fool Me Once: Checking Vote Count Integrity" http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/TierElectionAuditEval.pdf

and a list of some of the loopholes and flaws of HR811/S559 that would need to be fixed: http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/ChangesNeeded2HR811.pdf

Thank you very much. I apologize for not having the time to make the paper on voting system software disclosure shorter, but I am very swamped with numerous other time-critical work at this moment in time.

Best Regards and "Long Live our Great Democracy",

Kathy Dopp


Is your state breeding birds for Dick Cheney style hunting like Illinois?


Informant: NHNE


Neue Ermahnungen zur Modernisierung des Datenschutzrechts


Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq

Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy

Two FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Government Officials and Misuse of FISA



Capitalism 104



The Web Works for the Grassroots, but Political Power Still Lies with the Few



Mandating America to Treatment: A Counselor's Perspective


The devastating damage Bush has done to this country continues


Candidates' Stories Tell Us What We've Become


When's The Idea Primary?


Public Health Agency Linked to Chemical Industry


It's Only a Wargame! Arabs Reject US Army Bit-Part


Ethanol: The Big Green Fuel Lie



Attack on Iran Would Backfire, Warns Report



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