Montag, 26. März 2007

America's Hidden War Dead

More than 770 civilians working for US firms have lost their lives supporting the military in Iraq, and some families are now speaking out.

Emerging Republican Minority

Paul Krugman writes: "Part of the Republican collapse surely reflects public disgust with the Bush administration. The gap between the parties will probably get even wider when - not if - more and worse tales of corruption and abuse of power emerge. But polling data on the issues, from Pew and elsewhere, suggest that the GOP's problems lie as much with its ideology as with one man's disastrous reign."

Ex-Prosecutor Says He Faced Partisan Questions Before Firing

One of the eight former US attorneys fired by the Bush administration said yesterday that White House officials questioned his performance in highly partisan political terms at a meeting in Washington in September, three months before his dismissal.

Domenici Caught Up in Prosecutor Scandal

Senator Pete Domenici, who faces re-election next fall, is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee after a watchdog group accused him of trying to pressure David Iglesias, then the US attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to rush a corruption probe against Democrats in an effort to sway the 2006 elections. Domenici has hired prominent Washington lawyer Lee Blalack, best known for defending jailed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., against bribery charges.

Why a Congressman Paid the Fine for My Arrest in Congress

Ann Wright writes: "Handcuffed, I was driven to the Capitol Police station. As the two hours of processing at that station ended, a member of Congressman Conyers' staff came to the station and paid the $35 fine for my 'disorderly conduct.' The police officer who received the money from the congressman's staff member said that was the first time in her memory that a member of Congress had paid the fine of an activist."

House Panel to Probe Rove Aide

Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove's political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier this year with top GSA political appointees, who discussed ways to help Republican candidates.

Demobilizing America: Outsourcing Action in an Imperial World

"I went marching against the President's Iraqi war of choice in my hometown last Sunday," writes Tom Engelhardt. "I found myself in an older crowd, it was relatively quiet and lacking in energy; a modestly dispiriting experience. I couldn't help puzzling over the gap between public opinion on the President's war and public action."

Wer ist der echteste Scheich?

Die Mutter aller Terror-Datenbanken quillt über

Nach drei Jahren hat sich Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment
(TIDE) des National Counterterrorism Center mindestens vervierfacht.

Online-Durchsuchungen bereits möglich?

Nach Auskunft des Bundesinnenministeriums liegen die rechtlichen Grundlagen zur "heimlichen Informationsbeschaffung" für den Verfassungsschutz, den Militärischen Abschirmdienst und den Bundesnachrichtendienst bereits vor.

Und wer leert die Mülltonnen?

Bill Maher to Bush: "New rule—traitors don't get to question my patriotism"


Ending Debt Slavery

by Bob Edgar,

The crushing debt enforced by international financial institutions is incompatible with the basic laws of human dignity.

A Chance For Fair Elections

by David Donnelly and Joan Mandle,

The Senate Fair Elections Now Act would end the rising cycle of unsustainable fundraising that dominates American elections.

Knight of the Living Dead

Slavoj Zizek writes, "In the end, the greatest victims of torture-as-usual are the rest of us, the informed public. A precious part of our collective identity has been irretrievably lost. We are in the middle of a process of moral corruption: those in power are literally trying to break a part of our ethical backbone, to dampen and undo what is arguably our civilization's greatest achievement, the growth of our spontaneous moral sensitivity."

Inconvenient Thoughts About Rich-World Climate Strategy

Tom Athanasiou writes, "I won't go so far as to say that, to stabilize the climate, we're going to have to contrive a global new deal. But I will say that, soon, there's going to have to be a global accord, and that this accord will have to be consistent with a global new deal, one in which not only the international climate regime, but the international trade regime, the international property-rights regime, the international governance regime and a whole lot of other international regimes are bent, if not broken, to accommodate the realities of the climate challenge. And I will say that today's defining silence about this overarching challenge is inconsistent with any true crash program."

Iran on the Brink: What's It Like Waiting Around to Be Bombed?

"'Are you aware that the US is considering a military strike on Iran?' To many respondents, it might have been news. Unless you work in a foreign-policy think tank, the subject probably doesn't come up much, if at all. Meanwhile, those aware of it are likely to comfort themselves with the thought: 'We'd never do that. We're already overextended in Iraq.' Americans have enough trouble dealing with - or, as the case may be, screening out - one war. We push the mute button on the drumbeat of war at our own peril. But it's even more dangerous when those in harm's way are in denial. It turns out that much of the Iranian public is tuning out the threat of an attack, too," writes Russ Wellen.

Help Stop The Bounty The State Has On Wolves!

From Rosemary R.

Bush’s Attack on Science

Informant: binstock

Unternehmenssteuerreform 2008: Das Volk saniert die Staatsfinanzen, der Finanzminister die Konzerne

Artikel von Barbara Höll und Hans Thie in Freitag vom 23.3.07

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2007

Gegen Raketenabwehr und verstärkte Zusammenarbeit zwischen EU und NATO

IMI-Standpnukt 2007/018 von Tobias Pflüger, erschienen in: L'Humanite,

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2007

"Excellence in Corrections“: über Immigrantengefängnisse, Kinder im Knast und daran sehr gut verdienenden Firmen

Eine Materialzusammenstellung aus Sendungen von Democracy Now und weiteren Quellen über die unerträglichen Lebensbedingungen von MigrantenInnen in den USA, ihren Kindern und Lebensgefährten, die das Pech hatten, als „Illegale“ erwischt zu werden und nun abgeschoben werden sollen. Vielleicht aber auch nicht, weil man sie als billige und rechtlose Arbeitskräfte gerne noch etwas ausbeuten würde. Aber eigentlich auch egal, eine Gefängnisindustrie hat sich bereits entwickelt und die verdient prächtig. Und ganz nebenbei gibt’s in Amerika ein nicht ganz unproblematisches Phänomen. Egal wo die Gefangenen in den Gefängnissen ursprünglich wohnten, für die Zählung gilt allein der Ort, an dem sie aktuell eingesperrt sind. Und so könnte man, wenn man denn wollte, durch den geschickten Bau von Gefängnissen oder durch geschickte Interpretation der Zählung der Inhaftierten ganze Wahlkreise manipulieren. Denn in den meisten Staaten dürfen Gefangene nicht wählen. Zusammengestellt von Ralf Pandorf mit Hilfe von Johnny Cash

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2007

Counter recruitment on the peace agenda

Common Dreams
by Pat Elder


The mainstream peace and justice movement is beginning to see that countering military recruitment deserves a higher priority and should be viewed in strategic, rather than tactical terms. Resisting the unprecedented and relentless militarization of American youth transcends the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Countering military recruitment confronts an ugly mix of a distinctively American brand of institutionalized violence, racism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and sexism. It gets to the root of the problem.Confronting the work of military recruiters, particularly in the nation’s public schools will provide a catalyst for activists to shift gears from the traditional antiwar tactics of vigils, protests, sit-ins, and CD actions to the long-term strategy of opposing the militarization of youth. The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. One however, treats symptoms; the other addresses causes...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Democrats say voters want Iraq pullout deadline



The Democrats’ plan to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq next year responds to voters’ demand for change, New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes said Saturday. Hodes and other House Democrats on Friday pushed through a rebuke of President Bush and the war in Iraq. Bush promised a veto of the spending bill, which demands combat operations end before September 2008 — and perhaps earlier...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Senate intelligence chair questions secret prisons

Knoxville News Sentinel


The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is questioning whether the CIA’s secret prison program — which he fears has become a black eye to the United States — should continue. The review, led by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., comes as the Bush administration deliberates an executive order, called for by Congress, that will establish new guidelines for the CIA’s system for detaining and interrogating suspected terrorists...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

GOP senators question Gonzales’s honesty

Hartford Courant


Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded Sunday as three key senators sharply questioned his honesty over last fall’s firings of eight federal prosecutors. Additionally, two Democrats joined the list of lawmakers calling for Gonzales’ ouster. Several Republicans also urged President Bush to allow sworn testimony from his top aides about their role in dismissing the U.S. attorneys — a standoff threatening to result in Capitol Hill subpoenas of White House officials...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Republican Senators Question Gonzales's Credibility

Three Republican senators expressed skepticism Sunday about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's credibility, setting up what one of them called a "make or break" moment for him when he testifies before Congress about his role in firing eight US Attorneys.

GSA Chief Is Accused of Playing Politics: Doan Denies 'Improper' Use of Agency for GOP

Informant: Corey

Next-up News n°215

Congress Has No Oversight Over White House

Informant: Corey

US SOLDIERS AGAINST IRAQ WAR SEEKING WAY OUT: Casualties of Conscience,1518,468740,00.html

Informant: Corey

The Impeachment Chronicles: Latest Reported Iraq Death Toll, 1 Million

Informant: Corey

Kein erhöhtes Krebsrisiko durch Mobilfunk?

Wirkungen von GSM-Sendeanlagen auf den Menschen

Im Auftrag des Landes Salzburg wurde vom „Forschungsinstitut für Grund- und Grenzfragen der Medizin und Biotechnologie“ der Landesklinik Salzburg eine Studie abgeschlossen, die genau die Frage beantwortet: ab welcher Belastung ist die Gesundheit gefährdet.

Diese Studie bestätigt alle Befürchtungen: Mobilfunkanlagen gefährden die Gesundheit weit unterhalb der Grenzwerte. Der deutsche Grenzwert liegt bei utopischen 10.000.000 Mikrowatt/m2 für UMTS. Die Studie ergab: gesundheitliche Beeinträchtigungen sind bereits bei 500 Mikrowatt/m2 erkennbar. Am Ende der Kurzzusammenfassung der Studie heißt es: "Fazit: Der "alte" "Salzburger Vorsorgewert" von 1.000 Mikrowatt/m2 (= 1 mW/m2) aus dem Jahr 1998 erscheint absolut gerechtfertigt; er liegt eher zu hoch als zu niedrig, denn Veränderungen sind schon bei etwa 500 Mikrowatt/m2 erkennbar.“

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Multiple Studies Show that Monsanto's Roundup is Toxic

Plans for mobile phone mast revealed

By Nigel Freedman

A mobile phone mast would be disguised as a telegraph pole to stop it spoiling a beauty spot.

Adur District Council is being asked by T-Mobile to approve the mast.

It would be sited in a field close to the A27 near the Mill Hill nature reserve north of Shoreham.

Planning permission is needed for the ten metre high mast because it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

A similar mast owned by Hutchison 3G was allowed just 25 metres away two years ago.

T-Mobile says it has looked at alternative sites in the area and considered sharing with other mobile phone firms but none are suitable.

It has told the council the mast is needed to help improve coverage and the site chosen will have the least visual impact on the area.

The council has received six letters objecting to the mast from nearby residents.

They fear it will be an "ugly intrusion" on the AONB, will degrade surrounding downland and could be a health hazard to children living in the area.

The local branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England said it does not approve of masts in rural areas but would not object in this particular case.

The council's planning committee is being recommended to approve the mast when it meets on April 2.

Councillors will be told it will help improve coverage and the chosen site is the least environmentally harmful option.

© Copyright 2001-2007 Newsquest Media Group

Where are the Impeachment Polls?

Informant: Useful I.

The Slavery of Debt

How much poverty and real economic pain is covered up by an endless succession of pay-day loans and EZ-finance rip-offs that eventually just bury people under mountains of debt from which they have little chance of digging themselves out.

From Information Clearing House

Gonzales should be impeached

Gonzales, the nation's highest legal officer, has been point man for serial assaults against the rule of law, most recently in the crude attempt to politicize criminal prosecutions. Obstruction of a prosecution is a felony, even when committed by the attorney general.

From Information Clearing House

Kissinger's extradition to Uruguay sought over Operation Condor

An attorney for a victim of Uruguay's 1973-1985 dictatorship has asked his government to request the extradition of former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger over his alleged role in the notorious Operation Condor.

From Information Clearing House

Is the American Empire on the Brink of Collapse?

U.S. military expert Chalmers Johnson argues the catastrophe in Iraq and the staggering cost of running a military that stretches across 130 countries on 737 bases may finally cost America its empire.

From Information Clearing House


The End of the American Empire

by Gore Vidal


Whenever The New York Times finally gets the point to what is going on in our native land a celestial choir can be heard in Times Square, shouting hosannas. This happened recently, on April 14th, when they realized that there could be a dark explanation for what W. is doing when he sends a Mr. Bolton, a U.N. hater, to be ambassador to that body or a Mr. Wolfowitz to the World Bank, a man as ignorant of history and finance as the president himself. Maureen Dowd in the Times was allowed to set the pitch for the latest revelations with her ‘More Con Than Neo’ headline. Meanwhile, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of incompetents are now cluttering the Justice Department while known incompetents are in place to wreck from within regulatory systems and even mighty Walter Reed Hospital itself. … Needless to say, the Times, instinctively pro-Bush, as it too is an inept creature of our leviathan master: corporate America...

Terrorized by 'War on Terror': How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America

By Zbigniew Brzezinski

The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.

Fingerprints of History

Gamal Nkrumah and Mohamed El-Sayed interview Robert Fisk

"There is a country in the region that has lots of Taliban supporters, lots of Al-Qaeda supporters, whose capital city is in constant chaos and sectarian crisis, and it has got a [nuclear] bomb -- it's called Pakistan," Fisk told Al-Ahram Weekly. "But General Musharraf is our (the West's) friend. What will happen if Musharraf goes? Pakistan is one of the most fragile and dangerous areas," he ponders ominously.

An Open Letter to the President: Four and a Half Years Later

By Sean Penn

You say we've kept the war on terror off our shores by responding to a criminal act of terror through state sponsored unilateral aggression in a country that took no part in that initial crime. That this war would be fought in Iraq or fought here. They are not our toilet. They are a country of human beings whose lives, while once oppressed by Saddam, are now lived in Dante's inferno.

The Democratic Congress betrayed American voters


By Cindy Sheehan
Gold Star Families for Peace

The Democratic Congress betrayed American voters, the troops in Iraq and extended the occupation for at least another 18 months.


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Big Oil Buys Berkeley

Are We Politicians or Citizens?

The Administration Thinks You're Stupid

Al Gore, Global Statesman

Iraq Vote Angers Anti-War Wing

Actor Sean Penn, Rep. Barbara Lee Appear at Town Hall Meeting on Iraq War




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Sean Penn endorses Dennis Kucinich for President

(towards the bottom of the article) ..."There are presidential candidates who understand this. We do have candidates of conscience. As things stand today, I will be voting for Dennis Kucinich, who has fought this war from the beginning. You might say Kucinich can't win. Well, we have an opportunity to re-establish the credibility of democracy as viewed by the world at large...."

Informant: Jack Topel

Cheney: Early Iraq Pullout Won’t Be Allowed

The Iraq War, Oil, and World Government

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D.

When President Bush originally announced the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he called it O peration I raqi L iberation----OIL. Think that was coincidental? One of the first messages he sent to the Iraqi people at the time was "Do not destroy oil wells." The press and media have downplayed the role oil played regarding the American military engagement in Iraq, but in the expanded addendum....

Giuliani and Florida Anthrax

by Devvy

Those who have read the thoroughly researched work, Crossing the Rubicon, by Michael Ruppert, fully understand that Rudy Rasputin should be put under oath in front of a grand jury regarding the events of 911. One doesn't have to agree 100% with Ruppert's take on peak oil, but his research on 911 and the drug money moving through Wall Street banks is backed up by source reference material and some 900 foot notes to verify what he presents in his book......

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel: IMPEACHMENT IS AN OPTION

Informant: ranger116


Hagel: Some see impeachment as option

President Bush is flouting Congress and the public, so angering lawmakers that some consider impeachment an option over his war policy, a senator from Bush's own party said Sunday.

From Information Clearing House


Senator: Some See Bush's Impeachment as Option

With his go-it-alone approach on Iraq, President Bush is flouting Congress and the public, so angering lawmakers that some consider impeachment an option over his war policy, a senator from Bush's own party said Sunday.

Terror database casts a wide net

Informant: ranger116

Operation Bite: April 6 Attack By US Forces On Iran Planned

Informant: ranger116

Financial and Banking Cover-ups

Peace protest takes aim at space

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