Mittwoch, 21. März 2007

A dramatised, searing, first-hand account of life in occupied Baghdad

Riverbend - Baghdad Burning

Audio - Everyone, Americans and British especially, should hear this account of Baghdad under occupation.

A dramatised, searing, first-hand account of life in occupied Baghdad following the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and drawn from the real life internet blog of a young Iraqi woman, known only for security reasons as Riverbend.

Click to listen
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Saddam Has the Last Laugh

Scheer reflects on the progress in Iraq since the fall of Saddam: "Yep, you did it, George - mission impossible accomplished. Unbelievably, four years of a bungled occupation have managed to make Saddam Hussein’s tyranny look good in comparison with 'liberated Iraq.'"

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032107F.shtml



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Red Cross Says Detainees Reported Abuse

Terror detainees once held in the CIA's secret prisons were kept and questioned under highly abusive conditions, the International Committee of the Red Cross says in a confidential report based on interviews with high-value terror suspects.

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House OKs Subpoenas for Rove and Miers

A House panel on Wednesday approved subpoenas for President Bush's political adviser Karl Rove, and other top White House aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032107B.shtml



Senator Feinstein Questions Another Attorney's Departure

Senator Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday she wants answers about the departure of former US Attorney Debra Yang in Los Angeles, who resigned last October before the Justice Department's dismissal of eight other US attorneys sparked controversy.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032107C.shtml



David C. Iglesias: Why I Was Fired

"With this week’s release of more than 3,000 Justice Department email messages about the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors, it seems clear that politics played a role in the ousters."

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Urge Car Companies to Support Cutting Global Warming Pollution

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Conservatives Challenge Presidential Power Grab, Demand Reforms to Restore Checks and Balances, Protect Civil Liberties

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Informant: Corey

Woman 'allergic' to mobiles and microwaves paints her house black

Houseproud mum develops allergy to microwave ovens
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Stop the public lands sell-off

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THE FINANCIAL COST OF WAR (CRS)

The cost of post-9/11 U.S. military operations has now reached $510 billion, according to an updated estimate from the Congressional Research Service.

See "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11," updated March 14, 2007:
//www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf


Informant: Jennifer Van Bergen

From ufpj-news

TELL CONGRESS TO VOTE FOR FULLY FUNDED WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ NOW

Call your members of Congress now toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803.

ACTION PAGE: //www.peaceteam.net/funded_withdrawal.php

Usually when we contact our members of Congress our great challenge is to get policy hostile Republicans to understand that even in THEIR districts we have enough people opposing them to threaten their reelection. But we certainly expect our OWN representatives to listen to us. So why is it that STILL some of our most progressive House members are not fully behind Barbara Lee's amendment for a fully funded withdrawal of our troops from the hopeless sandpit in Iraq. You would be astounded by the names of some of your own representatives who have not yet committed to taking a real stand to end this war.

Is it any wonder that the popularity of Congress has dropped almost 10 points in the last month, back down to 28%. The American people elected a Democratic majority in both houses to take ACTION, not to just wring their hands and pass the buck of responsibility. The essence of exercising power is to take responsibility. When pushed, Bush will say, "So, I'm responsible, whatcha gonna do?" Yet, on the most drop dead critical issue of our time, the Democratic so-called leadership seems to be resigned to casting token votes of limp protest, quiet whimpers of timid discomfort, with no actual force of law.

Oh sure, it's all very well to take pot shots at lying attorney generals and call for resignations. It's perfectly fine to issue subpoenas and demand testimony under oath from self-evident liars, to root out corruption and everything else, and even to grandstand while doing so, assuming they manage to stick to their guns in doing that. All those things must be done too. But NONE of those things require any actual bravery, just a majority in Congress.

Are our Democratic bigwigs only capable of setting up some kind of "We told you so" for 2008, without actually risking responsibility for real policy change? Are they triangulating their bets just in case the situation in Iraq happens to take a miraculous turn for the better, in defiance of all evidence on the ground and past experience of the same failing, rehashed strategy. Are they so petrified of being blamed for losing a war, which was ALREADY a strategic debacle the moment Bush decided to invade Iraq, that they will do nothing of substance about it. And are they so frightened of taking charge that they will meekly submit even to a gross and insane expansion into Iran, just to avoid being seen as insufficiently blood thirsty.

The difference between the supplemental war appropriation and some other bill to stop the war is that this is a measure that the president NEEDS from Congress. This is not a bill he can veto and count on having enough remaining rubber-stampers to scuttle an override. This may in fact be the ONLY meaningful chance we will have in the next two years to keep from inheriting the military policy disaster in Iraq, to embrace for our very own shame. The American people will not forgive the Democrats for caving in again, when they gave us enough power to stop the war for the very PURPOSE of exercising that power.

The last poll we've seen shows that MORE than 90% of Democrats (and even a quarter of self-identified Republicans) OPPOSE dragging on a continuation of the Iraq war. Where are the 90% of Democratic House members who will represent their constituencies. Where are they? Where are 90% of Democratic members of Congress who will take a stand right NOW to STOP this immoral horror. And where are the 90% of Democratic presidential candidates who will do more than say their patience is wearing "thin," about four years too late.

ACTION PAGE: //www.peaceteam.net/funded_withdrawal.php

What kind of backroom conspiracy is in place to allow votes on non binding resolutions, but NOT on amendments which would actually DO something. Why has Nancy Pelosi taken all options of any actual consequence off the table? Of course the president will veto anything that even suggests a check or a balance. What kind of phony activism is it to avoid a confrontation, where one is absolutely unavoidable and inevitable, and without which the outrages will just continue to grow more outrageous? That is all the more reason why we must put forth the strongest position possible.

Wasn't this demonstrated yet again today with the president adamantly refusing to let any aide be questioned under oath and on the record about their stacking of the deck in the justice department? Hear the words of old Nixon hand, and new Bush stonewall master, Fred Fielding telling Congress to run along and play like nice little children, refusing to negociate about anything more than informal and constrictive bull sessions.

"Such interviews would be private and conducted without the need for an oath, transcript, subsequent testimony, or the subsequent issuance of subpoenas . . . We trust and believe that the accommodations we offer here, in addition to what the Justice Department has provided, should satisfy the committee's interests."

Who do they think they are talking down to? Many of our senators and representatives are themselves experienced and seasoned prosecuting attorney generals from their own states. What disrepect for the prerogative of Congress! Isn't it perfectly obvious that they are counting on having enough crony judges in place to abort any credible investigation, in the case of a subpoena showdown? Are we the only ones who are reminded of IDENTICAL conditions imposed on the 9/11 commission about the testimony of Bush and Cheney, and what chumps the commissioners were at that time to submit to such a charade of an investigation?

Let us also remember that Alberto Gonzales is the same attorney general who, when the scandal of the NSA wiretapping first broke, stated that the White House was willing to listen to the "suggestions" of Congress. Suggestions?!?! Hello . . . Congress passes LAWS, the laws of the land. What we have here is a contempt for Congress, and their Constitution role, so endemic that nothing can possibly heal the body politic but a stone cold confrontation.

ACTION PAGE: //www.peaceteam.net/funded_withdrawal.php

And the best and most important place to start is by demanding that any new Iraq appropriation be DEDICATED for the mission of getting our armed forces out of the Iraq civil war, where they are the primary obstacle to achieving the political settlement, which is the only possible solution. Please call your members of Congress and tell them this is the moment. This is the time. Do it now.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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Bomben auf den Iran?

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Rep. John Lewis Earns Backbone Award for Heroic Speech Against Funding Occupation

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This Is David Hicks' World

David Hicks is an Australian citizen who has been detained by U.S. forces at Gitmo for over five years. Only this week he faced a military tribunal for the first time. Amnesty International Australia has built a replica //www.bringhickshome.com/ of the prison cell he spends his life in. Peter Murphy has created a virtual model //www.mediavr.com/hicks.htm you can visit from your computer.

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Cutting Native Peoples' Health Care

by Robert J. Miller, TomPaine.com

In one blow, Bush ignores treaties with Native Americans and the need for universal health care.

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Mushroom-Clouded Thinking

by Devin Helfrich, TomPaine.com

To end nuclear proliferation, the administration says it needs new nukes. Make sense?
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Bush to Congress: Drop Dead

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Bush to Congress: Drop dead

Mother Jones
by Brian Beutler

06/19/07

Though they’ve been used by American presidents for about 200 years, signing statements — edicts issued by the president to declare his intent to construe a provision within a law differently than Congress does — are constitutionally questionable. But George W. Bush’s use of them far exceeds his predecessors’, and he has consistently used them to flout the will of the legislative branch. Though the GAO report makes no claims about the legitimacy of Bush’s statements or of the use of statements in general, it indicates that, in practice, the statements have the effect of nullifying the law in question in about 30 percent of cases...

//www.motherjones.com/news/update/2007/06/bush_to_congress.html



Executive Orders

Liberty For All
by Jessi Winchester

Ever wonder why more and more prisons are being built but so many stand empty? Current presidential executive orders certainly make it clear. Under a ‘national emergency,’ these prisons would become concentration camps for American citizens run by F.E.M.A. [Federal Emergency Management Agency]. The FEMA website is quite candid about the fact that for the past 15 years presidential executive orders authorize the agency to exercise powers akin to Nazi Germany’s should a ‘national emergency’ be declared... (written 08/02; posted 06/19/07)

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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US-Angriff auf Iran zu Ostern?

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Help Restore the Constitution, Call Your Members of Congress

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And now: The Justice Department eight

In These Times
by Stephen J. Fortunato Jr.

03/20/07

An indispensable operating principle of any viable democracy is that the judicial branch of government function free from interference by the executive or the legislature. The other hallmarks of democracy — regular elections, freedom of speech and press, written laws and administrative procedures, etc. — are all hobbled, if not nullified, if judges and other judicial system officers are subject to coercion, whether direct or oblique, by external forces. Over the past decade, the focus of those defending an independent judiciary has been to publicly defend judges from the intemperate attacks of the likes of the deposed House Majority Leader, Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas). … Less strident but more insidious than Delay’s brand of bluster, the Bush administration and its supporters, with their bizarre and dangerous notions of an imperial presidency and unitary executive, have been stacking the federal bench with judges who they believe will genuflect to their will...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Creating poverty: one thing government does successfully

No Force, No Fraud
by Bob Smith

03/20/07

Because government actions are forced upon all of us, we are left with no alternative but to suffer the increased cost. In an uncontrolled market … a free market … we would have a wide variety of products at differing prices. We would have, for example, inexpensive automobiles, less expensive food, and truly affordable housing. Versions of all those items would still be available at higher, more expensive, levels for those who could afford them, but we would each have the choice of trading a bit of safety for lower prices. Such was the America we once had, an America that made it possible for poor immigrants arriving here to not only survive, but, through frugality and hard work, work their up the economic scale...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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A good use for the IMF: Bail out America

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Four years after the invasion

CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

03/20/07

Four years after the US and British troops invaded Iraq the country is drenched in blood and its people full of fear. Iraqis often have a look of half-suppressed panic in their eyes as they tell how violent death had touched them and their families again and again...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The president’s oh-so-noble reliance on “executive privilege”

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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70% in this country have no lobbyists

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Destruction by paradigm

Strike the Root
by Glen Allport

03/20/07

The United States today denies love and freedom so deeply that its leaders justify torture and order its use. Our government violates the principles of love and freedom in nearly everything it does, from aggressive wars that have left hundreds of thousands dead, to a ‘war on poverty’ that has caused millions of children to grow up without their fathers (else momma would lose benefits). The U.S. expresses its coercive, corrupt, and phony ‘compassion’ by means of a ‘war on drugs’ that has put millions in prison over the years (mostly for using a safe herb) and created vast and violent criminal empires; the reach of this particular policy has stretched across the globe, wreaking violence and corruption in Columbia, Afghanistan, and many other nations. America has overthrown elected foreign governments (mostly for corporate gain), installed and supported vile dictators, and taught the secret police agencies of those dictators how to torture dissidents and otherwise repress dissent...

//www.strike-the-root.com/71/allport/allport10.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The dead-enders

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

03/21/07

Every word the War Party rattled off before the invasion — the reasons for the invasion, the ‘evidence’ of WMD, the alleged connection between the Iraqi regime and 9/11 — was either a lie or a half-truth intended to obscure the full truth. Hitchens was one of the main disseminators of these lies, yet he has the temerity to stand there and tell us he’s not sorry. He and his pal Ahmed Chalabi belong to the legion of ‘heroes in error’: they’re proud of their deceit. It has proved, after all, the key to their postwar success. … For the War Party, the world is a better place now that the U.S. has invaded Iraq and occupied it for four years: we have the ’surge’ to look forward to — and now the glad tidings of yet another war, an even bigger and ‘better’ one, with Iran. As far as Hitchens and his fellow neocons are concerned, happy days are here again...

//www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=10705


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Bush ready to fight lawmakers

CNN

03/20/07

Speaking from the White House Tuesday, President Bush reiterated his support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the midst of the scandal over whether the firings of at least seven U.S. attorneys were politically motivated. ‘I am confident he acted appropriately,’ Bush said. ‘I regret that it turned into a public spectacle.’ ‘There is no indication [after reviewing the matter] that anyone did anything improper,’ the president said while vowing to fight congressional demands that the White House allow top political adviser Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers to be interviewed under oath...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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White House issues veto threat on Iraq pullout bill

CNN

03/20/07

The White House sent a message to Congress on Monday that President Bush will veto a war funding bill if it requires the removal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by September 2008. ‘This legislation would substitute the mandates of Congress for the considered judgment of our military commanders,’ a White House policy statement said of the $124 billion appropriations bill for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Ballygar residents vow to fight mast plans

By Mairead O’Shea

Pat Hannon, Chairman of the Ballygar residents group addresses a public meeting in the town where plans by O2 for the erection of a mast are being opposed. The residents of Cloonlyon and Ballygar have vowed to fight plans by O2 to erect a mobile phone mast in the area. Almost two hundred people turned out at a public meeting in Ballygar last Thursday night to voice their concerns over a proposal to erect a 36m mast in Cloonlyon village.

O2 Communications Ireland applied to Galway County Council on February 20th for planning permission to erect a 36m antennae at Cloonlyon, Ballygar.

Mr Pat Hannon, chairman of the local residents group, explained that people had serious concerns over possible health effects, the devaluation of property and the obtrusive nature of the proposed mast.

“We have serious concerns on the grounds of possible health risks to humans and livestock. We heard from a farmer from County Tipperary at the meeting who experienced such health effects. The proposed mast is also in an area of local scenic beauty as at is on a walkway in the woods, which is regularly used by the people of the area. At 130 feet we feel that the mast will be enormous and we also fear that it will devalue property in the area,” said Mr Hannon.

The chairman went on to point out that three mobile phone antennae were already located on a mast on Mount Mary, which was only 3.5km from Cloonlyon. “I can’t understand why O2 can’t co-locate with the existing mast on Mount Mary. It’s only 3.5km from Cloonlyon and it covers an area from Glenamaddy to Athleague,” said Mr Hannon.

TDs and local councillors offered their support to the residents in their fight against 02.

The speakers at the meeting included Mr Con Colbert, Secretary of the Irish Doctors Environmental Association.

Mr Colbert referred to the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation on permissible levels of radiation as “thousands of times higher in Ireland and the UK than in the US and Australia”.

The local residents are this week preparing individual and group objections to the O2 proposal. They have a further two weeks to lodge an objection with Galway County Council. Mr Hannon pointed out that plans were also underway to hold a public protest on the issue outside the offices of Galway County Council in the coming weeks. He said that residents would fight the O2 proposal and if necessary appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

© Roscommon Herald, 2007.

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Mr. President, I Beg Your Pardon?

"The New York Times quotes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): 'Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct,' and Senator Reid is correct. This is not a partisan issue; this is a democracy issue. It is time for all Americans of good conscience and morality to stand up, bring as much pressure as possible to bear and let their elected representatives know that America belongs to 'We The People.' The pardon President Bush wants to grant Libby is not his to give," writes Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III.

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Scientist Accuses White House of "Nazi" Tactics

James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under sharp questioning by a federal panel for his outspoken views on global warming, stood by his view today that the Bush administration's information policies smacked of Nazi Germany.

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Think the Nation's Debt Doesn't Affect You? Think Again

"In addition to borrowing from the world's poorest countries, Bush & Co. are secretly confiscating your hard-earned dollars to support their out-of-control spending habits," writes John F. Ince.

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Bush Clashes With Congress on Prosecutors

President Bush and Congress clashed Tuesday over an inquiry into the firing of federal prosecutors and appeared headed toward a constitutional showdown over demands from Capitol Hill for internal White House documents and testimony from top advisers to the president.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032107J.shtml



Attorney Scandal Without Precedent: CRS Report Reveals Audacity of Dismissals

The December firings by the Bush administration stand in even more stark contrast with the firings that took place in previous administrations when the grounds for the departures are examined. The innovative philosophy of the current Bush administration with respect to the service of US attorneys is worthy of the attention it is now receiving. Those eight forced resignations threaten the very basis of our justice system — to quote the words written above the pillars on the west front of the Supreme Court, "Equal Justice Under Law."

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What People Really Need

"In nasty and bumbling comments made at the White House yesterday, President Bush declared that 'people just need to hear the truth' about the firing of eight United States attorneys. That's right. Unfortunately, the deal Mr. Bush offered Congress to make White House officials available for 'interviews' did not come close to meeting that standard," writes the New York Times.

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Civil disobedience at Port of Tacoma

VIDEO
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Informant: jensenmk

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Ron Paul: Don't Blame the Market for Housing Bubble

The U.S. housing market, long considered vulnerable by many economists, is now on the verge of suffering a serious collapse in many regions. Commodities guru and hedge fund manager Jim Rogers warns that real estate in expensive bubble areas will drop 40 or 50%.

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Asian Development Bank sounds alarm on dollar

Asian countries need to prepare for a possible sharp fall in the dollar and should allow their currencies to appreciate collectively if that happens, a senior Asian Development Bank official said Tuesday.

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From Information Clearing House

The world of modern child slavery

If William Wilberforce were alive today and he travelled to different parts of the world - not just in Africa, but also in large parts of Asia, the Middle East, South America and even parts of Europe - he would find children living in conditions and circumstances which Wilberforce would understand and which I am sure he would describe as slavery

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CIA Agent On The Run: 'I've Got Nothing to Lose'

Robert Lady, the former CIA chief in Milan, has gone into hiding. He is the subject of an extradition order from Italian authorities for the role he played in the kidnapping of radical Muslim cleric Abu Omar in Milan. Washington is seeking to derail the trial -- perhaps because Condoleezza Rice may have given the operation the green light.

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Australian detainee writes of beatings at Guantánamo

David Hicks, has alleged in a court document filed here that during nearly five years in American custody he has been frequently beaten during interrogations, and that as a result he "cooperated" with his interrogators.

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US troops want to quit Iraq

For US troops from 9th Cavalry Regiment bumping around the dangerous streets of Baghdad in Humvees after dark on Monday, news that their deployment in Iraq could be extended fell like a hammer blow.

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Has he no shame? Bush: 'Iraq withdrawal may spark 9/11 repeat'

President George W Bush used the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war yesterday to warn that US withdrawal would unleash a "contagion of violence" that could spark a repeat of the September 11 attacks.

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Blood and Pork: Funding more than war

Nearly half of the 21 billion that House Democrats added to President Bush's request for emergency war funding would go to nonmilitary spending and to pork projects.

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Iraq: facing up to failure

Tony Blair's successor will have no option but to accept defeat and pursue a course of damage limitation.

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Most Britons say Iraq invasion a mistake

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they felt the war in Iraq has made Britain less safe, and only 5 percent said it left them feeling safer, according to the British Broadcasting Corp. poll commissioned to mark the invasion's fourth anniversary.

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Saddam VP hanged on invasion anniversary

Former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan was the third of Saddam's top aides to be hanged since the ex-president was executed in December after a trial in a US-backed Iraqi tribunal that was criticised by human rights groups as unfair.

//www.thedailystar.net/2007/03/21/d70321012915.htm



The regrets of the man who brought down Saddam

Kadhim al-Jubouri spoke of his joy at being the leader of the crowd that toppled the statue in Baghdad's Firdous Square. Now, he is filled with nothing but regret.

//www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2037219,00.html



Iraq: A country drenched in blood

Four years to the day after US and British troops invaded Iraq, its people are full of fear. Iraqis often have a look of half-suppressed panic in their eyes as they tell how violent death has touched them again and again.

//news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2374380.ece



Andrew J. Bacevich: What's an Iraqi Life Worth?

In Iraq, lives differ in value -- and so do deaths. In this disparity lies an important reason why the United States has botched this war.

//snipurl.com/1djiz


From Information Clearing House



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What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom?

A Documentary from Adam Curtis (BBC) - The Trap (2007)

Curtis is best known for his 2004 series The Power of Nightmares: The Rise Of The Politics of Fear. This detailed how neocons in the US talked up the threat of radical Islamism to justify their "war on terror". The Trap is even more ambitious in scope. Like The Power Of Nightmares, it uses archive footage and interviews to explore the history and political impact of an idea - in this case the model of "individual freedom" that underlies neoliberal economics.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17371.htm



What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Part II "The Lonely Robot"

A Documentary from Adam Curtis

"The Lonely Robot" is the second in a series by British filmmaker Adam Curtis, well known for other documentaries including The Century of the Self and The Power of Nightmares.

Click to view
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17377.htm



What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Part 3 - We Will Force You to be Free

Adam Curtis (BBC Video)

Curtis is best known for his 2004 series The Power of Nightmares: The Rise Of The Politics of Fear. This detailed how neocons in the US talked
up the threat of radical Islamism to justify their "war on terror".

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17443.htm



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The struggle for oil is not the struggle we are losing

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17370.htm

Four Years And The Suspects Are Still At Large?

By Bob Cesca

If there can exist a civil authority which is charged with the duty of tapping our phones, reading our mail, tracking the content of our internet activity and then disappearing us based on "evidence" found in these illegal searches and seizures -- AND a large percentage of Americans support this -- then why can't their be an American legal penalty against war crimes?

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17367.htm

U.S. Funding Armed Groups to Overthrow Iranian Govt

Interview with Reese Erlich

Secretly, U.S. intelligence services are also sponsoring armed attacks within Iran. I discovered the U.S. and Israeli support for PJAK in Kurdistan and from so-called former MEK members.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17369.htm

Military knew full well that it was driving Padilla mad

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5949/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Padilla
//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Naomi+Klein

Ramsey Clark speaking at the March on the Pentagon

//www.impeachbush.org/site/R?i=kDtFoYZgk59O54Bu9qhKWQ..



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On a Sick Planet, Hospitals Must Go Green

Stacy Malkan writes: "It's a sad irony of modern living that the health care industry - the largest single industrial sector in the US economy, and one that generates two million tons of waste per year - adds to the toxic load in a polluted environment that is, in turn, making people sick."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/032007HA.shtml

US Institutional Investors Call for "Green" Legislation

Dozens of institutional investors managing a combined $4 trillion in assets have signed a statement urging Congress to pass strict laws to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement calls for federal legislation that would reduce heat-trapping emissions of carbon dioxide by 60 to 90 percent by 2050, compared with 1990 levels.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/032007EC.shtml



Are Big Enviro Groups "Holding Back" Anti-Warming Movement?

The heat is on environmental groups and politicians to churn out proposals for stabilizing the planet's rising temperatures, but some environmentalists say existing plans to cool climate change are timid. Their criticism reveals a rift between two approaches: preserving the American way of life at the expense of quicker solutions, or changing the structure of US society to counter an unprecedented threat.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/032007EB.shtml

Gore's Global-Warming Testimony Expected to Draw Big Crowds

When former Vice President Al Gore testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the dangers of global warming, committees in both chambers expect huge turnouts. "We're seeing extremely strong interest in all quarters," a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staffer said.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/032007EA.shtml



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Al+Gore

Lawmakers Threaten FBI Over Spy Powers

Republicans and Democrats sternly warned the FBI on Tuesday that it could lose its broad power to collect telephone, email and financial records to hunt terrorists after revelations of widespread abuses of the authority were detailed in a recent internal investigation.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032007T.shtml

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Watchdog Calls FBI Abuses Inexcusable

The FBI engaged in widespread and serious misuse of its authority in illegally gathering telephone, e-mail and financial records of Americans and foreigners while hunting terrorists, the Justice Department's chief inspector said Tuesday.

//snipurl.com/1djkh


From Information Clearing House



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Senate Limits Gonzales' Hiring Authority by 94-2 Vote

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill US attorney vacancies. The vote was a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032007S.shtml

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Senate Votes to End Gonzales' Power

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors.

//abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=nation_world&id=5134606


From Information Clearing House



New E-Mail Gives Details on Attorney Dismissals

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales was "extremely upset" that his deputy told Congress last month that a federal prosecutor had been fired for no reason, according to e-mail released Monday by the Justice Department.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17366.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=firing+attorneys
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Bush: Rove Interview but no Oath or Transcript

The White House offered Tuesday to make political strategist Karl Rove and former counsel Harriet Miers available for interviews but not testimony under oath before Congressional committees investigating the firing of eight federal prosecutors.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032007R.shtml



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Bush Warns Dems to Take Offer in Firings

//www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8O06EU80&show_article=1


Informant: ranger116



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=firing+attorneys

Beschwerde gegen Antenne gutgeheißen

aargauerzeitung.ch vom 08.03.2007

Die Aargauer Regierung hat die Bewilligung für eine neue Kommunikationsanlage in Rudolfstetten aufgehoben. Den Entscheid begründet die Regierung mit umweltschutzre...

//www.aargauerzeitung.ch/pages/index.cfm?dom=2&rub=100004718&nrub=0&sda=1&Artikel_ID=101507265


Nachricht von diagnose-funk

Ämter ignorieren Warnungen von Umweltverbänden

Der Bundesrat beantwortete am 16.03.2007 das Postulat von Nationalrätin Evi Allemann Nr. 04.3594, welches sich mit den Gesundheitsrisiken und der Datensicherheit von drahtlosen Netzwerken, wie Bluetooth,WLAN...

//www.diagnose-funk.ch/aktuell/00000097f40c6132a/033ea298f90fc5d01.html

No one is willing to address the accelerating growth in the world's population

//observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2036598,00.html


Informant: NHNE

House committee to subpoena top White House officials Wednesday

//www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/21/america/NA-GEN-US-Fired-Prosecutors.php


Informant: Amy Sasser

From ufpj-news



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=subpoena

It Is Time to Enact a Fee on the Carbon Content of Fuels

100+ Organizations, Activists Tell Congress - It Is Time to Enact a Fee on the Carbon Content of Fuels as Part of the Mix of Strategies For Addressing Climate Change

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0320-03.htm

Capitol Police Prevents Voices Opposing War to be Heard

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0320-02.htm



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Democratic Party and War Funding

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0320-01.htm



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A Job For The U.S.: Make Economy Fair

//www.commondreams.org/views07/0320-30.htm



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Four Years and A Weak Punch Line Later, The Joke's On Us

//www.commondreams.org/views07/0320-27.htm



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Blowback from Ohio's 2004 Stolen Election is Escalating

//www.commondreams.org/views07/0320-23.htm


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The Problem With Building An Embassy Fit For An Empire

//www.commondreams.org/views07/0320-21.htm



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Young Take Up Signs Against Iraq Conflict

//www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0320-07.htm

Iraqis Increasingly Pessimistic, Anti-US

//www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0320-02.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Jim+Lobe

Defense Spending Soars to Highest Levels Since World War II

//www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0320-05.htm

By going to war, Bush wanted to 'keep the price of oil high'

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/5952/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Big+Oil

Bundesanwälte-Skandal in den USA: Bush steuert auf Konflikt mit Senat zu

//www.tagesschau.de/aktuell/meldungen/0,,OID6537928_REF1,00.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=firing+attorneys

Berlin: Petition gegen Handy-Sender übergeben

Petition gegen Handy-Sender

21.03.2007

Schauensteiner fordern neuen Standort für vier Mobilfunk-Anlagen

Sehr emotional ist im Berliner Bundestags-Abgeordnetenhaus ein Gespräch in Sachen Mobilfunk verlaufen. Die SPD-Abgeordnete Petra Ernstberger hatte bereits zum zweiten Mal Vertreter der Schauensteiner Bürgerinitiative (BI) gegen Mobilfunk eingeladen. Werner Hohenberger überreichte eine Petition an den Bundestag.

Lesen Sie den ausführlichen Artikel in unserer Zeitung
//www.frankenpost.de/nachrichten/regional/frankenwald/resyart.phtm?id=1102103

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Berlin: Petition gegen Handy-Sender übergeben

Die Frankenpost informiert in ihrer Online-Ausgabe vom 11.4.2007 über die Eingabe einer Petition der Schauensteiner Bürgerinitiative an den Deutschen Bundestag. Danach sei das Gespräch in Sachen Mobilfunk im Berliner Bundestags-Abgeordnetenhaus sehr emotional verlaufen. Die SPD-Abgeordnete Petra Ernstberger hatte bereits zum zweiten Mal Vertreter der Schauensteiner Bürgerinitiative (BI) gegen Mobilfunk eingeladen. Michael Müller, Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär im Bundesumweltministerium, nahm die Petition entgegen und will diese an die SPD-Abgeordnete Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller vom Petitionsausschuss weiterleiten.

//www.frankenpost.de/nachrichten/regional/frankenwald/resyart.phtm?id=1110849


Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 12.04.2007
Der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF), gehören alle deutschen Mobilfunkbetreiber an.



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