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A Child in War: Detaining Omar Khadr Violates Our Moral and Legal Principles

"When my co-counsel and I first visited Omar Khadr, our client in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he was a gangly, somewhat awkward and shy, but friendly 18-year-old whose voice was changing. That was in November 2004, a few months after the Supreme Court had ruled, in Rasul v. Bush, that detainees at Guantanamo had a right to have access to lawyers and to the US courts," writes Rick Wilson.

Detroit Should Thank the Supremes

"On Monday, the US Supreme Court, in Massachusetts v. EPA, produced what some are calling its most important environmental ruling in a generation, telling the EPA that unless it determines that global warming causes no harm, it must begin regulating CO2 emissions," says Kelpie Wilson.

Aerosole über Asien,1518,grossbild-840753-475947,00.html,1518,475947,00.html

Informant: Tom

Irak: fette Kriegsbeute für US-Ölkonzerne

Die Armen trifft es zuerst

Jetzt ist es amtlich: Ärmere Länder werden vom Klimawandel besonders hart getroffen. IPCC legt weiteren Teilbericht vor und Regierungen versuchen in letzter Minute, ihm ins Handwerk zu pfuschen.

Klima plant 30er-Jahre-Revival

Forscher haben Szenarien der Folgen des Klimawandels durchgerechnet und sagen dem Südwesten der USA eine große Dürre voraus.

Kommt eine Rezession in den USA?

Nach 20 Jahren ununterbrochenem Wachstums des Fremdkapitalanteils könnte nun das "Deleveraging' begonnen haben.

Scientific Panel Issues Devastating Climate Change Report

From the poles to the tropics, the earth's climate and ecosystems are already being shaped by the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases and face inevitable, possibly profound, alteration, the world's leading scientific panel on climate change said Friday.

Getting to root of rare cancer

Here's an article on the link of radar and Ewing's sarkoma, a rare bone cancer. The article was published 6 April 2007 in Cape Cod Times.

Informant: Dorothee Krien


Cop Radar site re Alzheimers, Parkinsons, etc.

RF radiation has been linked to biochemical effects, immunological effects, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease, cancer, cataracts, EEG effects and behavioral changes, to name a few. Studies from the old Soviet military suggest that some frequencies and modulations cause behavioral changes in humans. In 1990 the U.S. military was reported to be planning microwave radiation experiments on animals to study behavioral effects.

Also see National Technical Information Service (NTIS) publication number PB95-261350 titled Occupational Exposure of Police Officers to Microwave Radiation from Traffic Radar Devices (available on the Internet -- see Web Links page ).

Informant: Joanne Mueller

The role of Congress in checking the power of the president

Christian Science Monitor
by Pat M. Holt


Poor President Bush. He was only trying to defeat terrorists and spread democracy, and here he is up to his neck in Democrats and bad news. The Army has shamefully neglected wounded veterans. Many soldiers in Iraq who have not been either killed or wounded have had their tours extended. They are fighting with equipment that is ready for retirement or soon will be. When the president sent more troops, some of them minimally trained, in a surge to end the violence, the violence continued. The Justice Department fired eight US attorneys and can’t get its stories straight about why. Did the initiative originate in Justice or from the White House?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Agenda 21 or Freedom 21: Making the right choice
by Tom DeWeese


Which do you choose? A way of life where you are the master of your destiny, or one where virtually all decisions are made for you by one ruling body or another? It’s the classic struggle facing every human on earth. Freedom or control. Truth be known, there are many who actually choose control. It makes for a well-ordered society with few surprises...

Authoritarian America

Strike the Root
by Barry Tudor


I submit that the United States we call home has long ago become an authoritarian form of government. According to Wikipedia, democracies rarely exhibit much authoritarian behavior, except in transition to/from authoritarian states or when martial law is imposed (during war, for example). Many (if not most) citizens of authoritarian states do not perceive their state as authoritarian until late in its development. … Consider the Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary definition of authoritarian: 1. of, or relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority. 2. of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or elite not constitutionally responsible to the people. An elite, not constitutionally responsible to the people. So I have a benchmark to go by. We do have a Constitution, and a Bill of Rights. Our leaders are oft described as elite. Let me see …

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No more GWOT, House committee decrees

Military Times


The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget. This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee’s Democratic leadership doesn’t like the phrase. A memo for the committee staff, circulated March 27, says the 2008 bill and its accompanying explanatory report that will set defense policy should be specific about military operations and ‘avoid using colloquialisms.’ The ‘global war on terror,’ a phrase first used by President Bush shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., should not be used, according to the memo. Also banned is the phrase the ‘long war,’ which military officials began using last year as a way of acknowledging that military operations against terrorist states and organizations would not be wrapped up in a few years...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A de facto hostage exchange

by Patrick Cockburn


The stand-off over the 15 British sailors and marines captured by Iran ended with a de facto prisoner exchange, despite denials by Britain and Iran that a swap was intended. … The seizure of the sailors and marines was the latest episode in a series of tit-for-tat confrontations between the US and Iran which began when the US tried to seize senior Iranian intelligence officials on an official visit to Arbil on January 11. The raid failed and only succeeded in detaining five Iranian officials at the liaison office, which has now been officially recognized as a consular office...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Today, silence about the war in Iraq is betrayal

by Stephen F. Rohde


Forty years ago today, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a powerful and inspiring speech at Riverside Church in New York City which has become known as Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. One year to the day before he would be assassinated, Dr. King declared that he could no longer confine his energies to the domestic struggle for civil rights. Instead, his deep religious faith compelled him to denounce the war in Vietnam, both because it was wrong and because of what it was doing to America and the rest of the world. He declared: ‘A time comes when silence is betrayal.’ Today, our country is engaged in another immoral foreign war, which must be denounced with the same courage and conviction that Dr. King exhibited. Today, silence about the war in Iraq is betrayal...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

You may be crazy but the SEC is still out to get you

from Reason to Freedom
by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster


The SEC wants you exactly where you are; a working ‘John’ who makes a day’s wages for two days’ work, worrying about whether your 401K will be enough, and whether the corporation you spent your life working for will go through down-sizing, or worse, ‘bankruptcy,’ and thus default on your retirement benefits. It is ugly, but it is the reality faced by most Americans today. Government carefully couches the text in terms both esoteric and bland, designed to firmly close the door on your real participation in the wealth produced by America. This happens in ways you never even imagined, all the while simulating a system they proclaim to be for your protection...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US protects Iranian terror group in Iraq


An Iranian opposition group based in Iraq, despite being considered terrorists by the United States, continues to receive protection from the American military in the face of Iraqi pressure to leave the country. It’s a paradox possible only because the United States considers the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, a source of valuable intelligence on Iran...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wall Street Journal touts US-supported 'self-segregation' of Baghdad communities as 'success' in Iraq

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Iraq's Health Index Worst in Over Half a Century

Iraqis surviving violence are not so sure they can also survive disease. "Iraq was known to be the best in healthcare in the region," Dr. Iyad Muhammad from Ramadi General Hospital told IPS. "Best doctors, hospitals, nurses and cheapest medicines. The situation now is the opposite."

Unemployment Soars in Loan Industry

The tumult in the sub-prime mortgage sector has hit some of the industry's employees as hard as its borrowers. Nationwide, job losses in the category that includes mortgage lending, real estate and construction climbed 346 percent in the first quarter, to 21,245 from 4,764 in the same period last year, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Dems Call for Review of Bush Appointment

Democrats called for an investigation Thursday into whether President Bush acted illegally in appointing Sam Fox ambassador to Belgium. A day earlier, Bush named Republican fund-raiser Fox to the post as a recess appointment - a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress, where Democrats had derailed his nomination.


Bush gets down & dirty with Fox nomination

Fox News
by Susan Estrich


George Bush was not about to let Sam Fox lose out on becoming ambassador to Brussels just because he gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry. Call him loyal or stubborn, but clearly the president was very grateful for Fox’s assistance. So after the White House withdrew the Fox nomination when it became clear than Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations committee were lining up against it, the president did not tell Missouri’s largest Republican donor to go home and unpack. Instead, Bush simply waited for the senators to leave town, and has now resubmitted Fox’s name to serve out this Congress as a recess appointment...,2933,264850,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gonzales Aide Goodling Resigns

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' top aide, who refused to testify before Congress about her role in the politically charged firing of eight US attorneys, abruptly quit her job Friday.

Exception to the Rulers: Media in Democracy

Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, MIT Amy Goodman, host, Democracy Now!David Goodman, reporter. Tackling subjects like corporate influence over government and the deceptions of political leaders.

From Information Clearing House

EU warned of 'Somalia war crimes'

A senior European Union security official has warned the head of the EU delegation for Somalia and Kenya that military forces may have committed war crimes in occupied Somalia.

From Information Clearing House

Prosecutors to seek custody of CIA agents

German prosecutors said Thursday they will make a new attempt to bring 13 CIA workers to justice for the abduction of a German-Lebanese citizen mistakenly suspected of terrorism.

From Information Clearing House

Swift Boat donor Ambassador

The Department of State will not rule out paying a salary to Sam Fox, the major Swift Boat Veterans For Truth donor who was recess appointed as US Ambassador to Belgium by President George W. Bush yesterday.

From Information Clearing House

Diplomacy or a deal: how the standoff ended

The timing has fuelled speculation of a deal to free the British sailors and marines seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.,,2050424,00.html

From Information Clearing House

British Captain: We Were Gathering Iran Info

ONE of the 15 freed hostages admitted Britain WAS gathering intelligence on Iran, a previously unbroadcast interview revealed last night.

In His Own Words

Captain Chris Air of the Royal Marines revealed to Sky News that he and his colleagues had been gathering intelligence on the Iranians. Here follows the full transcript of that interview.,,70131-1259451,00.html

From Information Clearing House

No U.S. attack on Iran, oil price hits $70 in expectation

Russian and foreign media have recently reported the U.S. could launch an operation, codenamed Bite, against Iran at 4:00 a.m. local time April 6. The operation was expected to deliver air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities over a 12-hour period to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons.

From Information Clearing House

US could crack Iran air defense, Russian generals say

The United States would suffer losses if it attacked Iran but weight of numbers would ensure it eventually achieved air supremacy, Russian generals said on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

Blair attacks Iran as Basra deaths overshadow the hostages' return

War pimp alert

The Prime Minister directly linked the Tehran regime to killings of British soldiers in Iraq, accusing it of "backing, financing, arming terrorism".

From Information Clearing House

Liberals push to impeach Bush

Congressional Democrats say their constituents are clamoring for something even the most liberal lawmakers promise they won't pursue: President Bush's impeachment.

From Information Clearing House

An Administration's Epic Collapse

I've tried to be respectful of the man and the office, but the three defining sins of the Bush Administration--arrogance, incompetence, cynicism--are congenital: they're part of his personality.,8816,1607243,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Cheney Reasserts al-Qaida-Saddam Link

Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions lies of al-Qaida links to Saddam Hussein's Iraq on Thursday as the Defense Department released a report citing more evidence that the prewar government did not cooperate with the terrorist group.

Pentagon report says no link between Saddam and Al-Qaeda

Interrogations of Saddam Hussein and seized documents confirmed the former Iraqi regime had no links with Al-Qaeda, a Pentagon report said Friday, contradicting the US case for the 2003 invasion.

Report outlines Pentagon effort to link Iraq, al Qaeda

Declassified memo shows how officials shaped intelligence

No Saddam Al-Qaida Link: Full Pentagon Report

A PDF of the Pentagon inspector general report

Pentagon Officer Created Phony Intel on Iraq/al-Qaeda Link

Newly released documents confirm that a Pentagon unit knowingly cooked up intelligence claiming a direct link between Iraq and al-Qaeda in order to win support for a preemptive strike against the country.

From Information Clearing House

Tony Blair's secret army

Simon Basketter exposes how special British units in Iraq are run by the same man who commanded death squads in Northern Ireland.

From Information Clearing House

Military Spending Gets Forty Per Cent of Every Income Tax Dollar

By Pamela Schwartz

As taxpayers prepare to meet this year's April 16th tax deadline, they may want to consider that almost 40 cents of every tax dollar is spent on past and present military spending, according to a newly released publication by the National Priorities Project.

Conservatives for the Constitution

By John Nichols

Just imagine if one of the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination endorsed this radical agenda:

War Is Terrorism

By William Blum

Almost every individual or group not in love with US foreign policy, which Washington wants to stigmatize, is charged with being associated with, or being a member of, al Qaeda, as if there's a precise and meaningful distinction between people retaliating against American imperialism.

The Press is Paying Patsy With Terrorist Propaganda

Let's Hear it for the War on Terror: Somalia

By Barry Lando

Citing one of the globe's great champions of human rights, " As President Bush has said, what every terrorist fears most is human freedom - societies where men and women make their own choices, answer to their own conscience and live by their hopes instead of their resentments."

Between Good and Evil

Take Action! Local Wolves Facing Grave Threat!

Thank you to those of you who took action on this last year. Unfortunately Idaho is still determined to de-list wolves. We need your help again.

Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter has said the state will seek to kill 75% of the wolf population; Idaho's official position (based on House Joint Memorial 5 which prefaces the Idaho wolf Management plan) calls for removing all wolves from Idaho "by any means necessary".

Your help is urgently needed!

Your comments are due May 9th and can be made electronically by emailing: , include "RIN number 1018-AU58" in the subject line of the message. By mail to: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Delisting, 555 Shepard Way, Helena MT 59601 or by fax to: (405) 449-5339

Talking Points: I oppose the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to delist of the gray wolf.

The Endangered Species Act requires that the gray wolf be fully recovered before it can be delisted, and that States like Wyoming and Idaho have responsible plans in place to manage wolf populations. The Fish & Wildlife Service should wait to propose delisting under the Endangered Species Act until all the factors that once led to wolf eradication are adequately addressed. Such plans must be in place in every state in the Northern Rockies region and are an essential part of the delisting process.

Today wolves are not ready to lose federal protection because:

- The Wyoming and Idaho plans will not protect wolves. Wolf management should not be turned over to states whose state plans do not provide sufficient protections to ensure wolf populations exist into the future.

- The FWS should not be including portions of adjacent states into the proposed area for delisting, especially where the adjacent states have asked not to be included. Washington State is just starting the development of its own wolf plan and does not want the FWS splitting off 1/3 of the state for differing levels of protection.

- Because wolves travel easily across state borders, protections in the Northern Rockies should not be lifted until all states (Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana) have wolf plans that can provide the continued protections wolves need to survive. The boundaries FWS drew for including parts of Oregon and Washington don't make sense for any potential wolf recovery in these states. The FWS has said the areas where federal protections would be lifted would be high conflict areas for wolves, but these are also the very areas wolves must travel through to recolonize elsewhere in the state.

- Robust wolf populations in Idaho and Wyoming are essential to return wolves to Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Utah, which are all part of the gray wolf's historic range.

- Wyoming would allow wolves to be shot on sight in most of the State, and the Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected Wyoming's management plan.

- Idaho Governor Butch Otter has said the state will seek to kill 75% of the wolf population; Idaho's official position (based on House Joint Memorial 5 which prefaces the Idaho wolf Management plan) calls for removing all wolves from Idaho "by any means necessary". It is not clear that current wolf populations are adequate to ensure recovery in the region. Human population growth, habitat development and disease present ongoing challenges to wolf recovery.

In the meantime, we can do more to help wolves and the people who are experiencing conflicts with them:

The Fish and Wildlife Service could and should do more to help resolve conflicts with livestock owners, using non-lethal methods where possible.

Before wolves can be delisted:

- Every state with wolf populations must have a credible plan in place to maintain healthy, sustainable wolf populations.

- The Fish and Wildlife Service must thoroughly examine how trends in habitat loss could increase human-caused mortality of wolves, and take steps to avoid any future harm to the wolves.

- The Fish and Wildlife Service must establish a science-based ecosystem approach to wolf recovery.

- There must be demonstrated wolf movement between the populations of Yellowstone, central Idaho and Glacier.

- There must be adequate funding in place to ensure that healthy wolf populations can be maintained; currently there are no guarantees of adequate funding.

This is your opportunity to save these animals! Don't let it, and the wolves, disappear!

Read a Lewiston Tribune article about the Spokane public hearing on March 8th

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Informant: smileycoyote

IPCC Report Highlights Urgent Need for Congress to Put a Cap on Carbon Pollution

World's Scientists: Global Warming Could Wipe Out 1/4 of All Species


In a First, Security Council to Discuss Climate Change Threat

The UN Security Council will discuss potential threats to international security from climate change for the first time later this month.

Fear Over Diluted Climate Warnings

An authoritative international global warming conference lapsed into an unprecedented showdown between scientists and diplomats over authors' concerns that governments were watering down their warnings. Last-minute negotiations over language continued behind closed doors Friday, less than two hours before the scheduled release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in Brussels.

Southwest May Get Even Hotter, Drier

Global warming will permanently change the climate of the American Southwest, making it so much hotter and drier that Dust Bowl-scale droughts will become common, a new climate report concludes.

Environmental Racism Still Major Problem

Twenty years after a landmark report documented environmental racism in the United States, new evidence shows that toxic waste is still being disproportionately dumped on communities of color.

Senator Bernie Sanders, VT.: New Global Warming Warning from U.N.

How to Get Out of Iraq

Why Congress Has Every Right to Pull Strings and Show Leadership in Executing The War

Scientists in War of Words Over Global Warming Report

American Dream Ends in Property Market Crash

Wolfowitz Accused of Nepotism at World Bank

Number of US Uninsured Soars, Along with Big Pharma Profits


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