Samstag, 2. Juni 2007

US Defense Secretary warns new naval officers on civilian control of military

Informant: Peter Morgan

Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor

In the rough and tumble of Alabama politics, the scramble for power is often a blood sport. At the moment, the state's former Democratic governor, Don Siegelman, stands convicted of bribery and conspiracy charges and faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Siegelman has long claimed that his prosecution was driven by politically motivated, Republican-appointed US attorneys. Now Karl Rove, the President's top political strategist, has been implicated in the controversy.

DOJ Probes Turn to Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division has emerged as the latest lightning rod for allegations that the Justice Department has become politicized during the Bush administration.

Bush's Global Warming Foot-Dragging

"George W. Bush snared front-page attention for his supposed shift on global warming, but the President's tepid 'aspirational goals' - and comments from his NASA chief that a hotter planet might actually be beneficial - continue to reflect Bush's long-held doubts about the urgency of the problem," says Robert Parry.

White House Follows New Path to Secrecy

A newly disclosed effort to keep Vice President Dick Cheney's visitor records secret is the latest White House push to make sure the public doesn't learn who has been meeting with top officials in the Bush administration.

Congress Wants Ashcroft's Testimony

The Senate and House Intelligence Committees are asking former attorney general John Ashcroft to testify about a March 2004 hospital-room confrontation during which he refused to sign off on a continuation of President Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program, according to congressional and administration sources.

Kein Recht auf Privatsphäre bei der Nutzung des Internet

Der Bundesinnenminister sucht nach einer Verfassungsänderung, die Landesregierung Nordrhein-Westfalen sieht das Internet gleich als "Sozialsphäre" statt als "Privatsphäre", womit alle Probleme für Online-Untersuchungen entfallen würden.äuble

Klimapolitik: Bush präsentiert in gewohnter Strategie wieder einmal eine einseitige Initiative

Gerangel um die Klimapolitik

Im Vorfeld des G8-Gipfels präsentierte US-Präsident Bush in gewohnter Strategie wieder einmal eine einseitige Initiative.

Gen-Pflanzen lassen sich in der freien Natur weniger kontrollieren als angenommen

Vom Winde verweht

Englische Studie: Gen-Pflanzen lassen sich in der freien Natur weniger
kontrollieren als angenommen.


Informant: jensenmk

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In Clash With Marines, Reservists Gain Ally in VFW

The national commander of the proud, patriotic, 2.4 million strong Veterans of Foreign Wars (motto: "Honor the dead by helping the living") took one look at the mushrooming dispute between three antiwar Marine reservists and the US Marine Corps, and knew where his sympathies lay: with the protesters.


Military attempting to stifle speech of discharged soldiers still in IRR

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Informant: Charles Jenks

In Meeting, ‘Wild-Eyed’ Bush Thumped Chest While Repeating ‘I Am The President!’

Informant: Ed Ward, MD

The Unitary King George

Informant: John Johnson

Row over 'phone mast chimneys'

By Tony Belshaw

Unhappy: Phone mast protesters at the junction of Osbourne Road and Union Road Nether Edge Picture: Barry Richardson

False chimneys: Graphic of how the proposed Henry Hall chimneys that will house mobile phone masts will look

HORRIFIED residents in Nether Edge are opposing plans to place six mobile phone antennae on the roof of a building.

Vodaphone wants to hide the antennae in two false chimney stacks at either end of Henry Hall, on the corner of Union Road and Osbourne Road.

The firm say they're needed because the company must quit its present site on Sheffield Hallam University's Psalter Lane campus. That building is due to be redeveloped into flats.

More than a dozen other sites were considered including the roofs of Psalter Lane Salvation Army HQ, and St Andrew's Church on Psalter Lane.

The Georgian Henry Hall building is currently occupied by a shopfitting company.

Richard Ward, of Osbourne Road, a former chairman of the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group, said if the proposal went ahead it would set a dangerous precedent for the conservation area.

He said building false chimneys on long established buildings was contrary to everything the conservation area stands for.

Protestors are planning a petition and lobbying their councillors in a bid to block the plan.Mr Ward said: "If this is allowed to go ahead in Nether Edge it will set a precedent. I believe that if I applied to build six chimneys on top of my house I would be turned down.

"Nether Edge Conservation Area is the largest in the city.

"The changes clearly affect the architectural integrity of the building. It could be argued they establish a precedent for unnecessary alterations to key buildings of historical interest."

He added longer term public health impact of mobile phone related radiation sources were not known, and that house prices could be affected.

Rachael Neal, also of Osbourne Road, added: "The consultation has been poor. Even the closest resident to the proposed masts was not leafleted. We feel it is like they are trying to sneak it in by the back door."

The firm will submit a planning application later this month.

Dr Rob Matthews from Vodaphone said: "We haven't submitted a planning application yet. We have written to local councillors, the planning department, we've sent letters to local residents and we've put site notices up. We have also set up a website.

"In this case we felt that the use of fake chimneys would help the antennae to blend in with the surroundings in a residential area."

The plans can be found on the internet at and protesters have set up their own website -

All rights reserved ©2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing

No to phone mast plan

A mobile phone company will not be allowed to erect a mast in Durham City after planners ruled the installation would be too ugly.

More than 120 people wrote to Durham City Council opposing a plan by 02UK to erect a 12m mast on land at the junction of Crossgate Peth and The Avenue.

The site is near St Margaret's Primary School and at the point of Crossgate Peth where the school crossing patrol operates.

Mobile phone companies are legally allowed to put masts on or near footpaths, provided they do not cause a hazard to pedestrians.

Parents of pupils at the school objected on health grounds, even though planners give little or no consideration to the issue of health
because the Government has ruled the masts are safe.

But planners are obliged to take into account the visual impact of the application, particularly as the mast would have been erected in Durham City's central conservation area.

A report to the city council's development control committee giving reasons for the refusal says: "The proposal by virtue of its siting and appearance fails to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area"

The City of Durham Trust and the council's conservation department objected to the mast on visual grounds.

"We didn't make any comments on the health because we are no experts," said the trust's Roger Cornwell.

"The phone company said the area was not residential, but there are 15 properties within 50m of the proposed site.

"I counted about 127 other objectors - if only we could get that many for major applications."

All rights reserved ©2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing

impf-report Newsletter Nr. 11/2007

Government Attempting to Silence Iraq War Vets?

The Democrats' Support for Bush's War's+war

Baghdad Burns, Calgary Booms

How The Ruling Class Thwarts Democracy

Bush Kills Off Hopes for G8 Climate Change Plan

Bush administration appears to have given up hope of maintaining 'surge' strategy into next year

Pro-Union Bills Are Veto Bait for Bush

Labor legislation that is a priority for Democrats has become the definition of "veto bait" for the White House. Five of the 24 veto threats President Bush has issued since Democrats took control of Congress target bills with provisions that benefit unions and their members.

Bush's "New Climate Strategy"

"Today's headlines are full of the news that President Bush is 'unveiling a new climate strategy,'" writes Dave Roberts. "If your immediate reaction is cynicism, well ... looks like you learned something over the last seven years," writes Roberts.

Welcoming the Whales

Brenda Peterson discusses the International Whaling Commission meeting, during which countries decide the yearly quotas of whales and dolphins to be killed. Peterson writes: "We are a schizophrenic species, especially when it comes to whales. On the one hand, we reach out to them; then, with the same hand, we harpoon them."

Oil Industry Fights Gas Price Probe

The American Petroleum Institute has hit the airwaves to beat back calls on Capitol Hill to create a windfall profits tax or make price gouging a federal crime, airing radio ads in "most major media markets" during this week's Congressional recess.

Darfur Refugees Flee in 125-Mile Trek

Hundreds of women and children fled by foot and on donkeys from Darfur to the neighboring Central African Republic after their town was attacked by planes and helicopters. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees was rushing aid to the 1,500 refugees who made the grueling 125-mile journey over 10 days.

Parents win battle against phone mast


02 June 2007 07:00

Parents who campaigned against a phone mast being built near a primary school have won their battle.

Mobile phone company T-Mobile wanted to put up a 40ft mast disguised as a telephone pole in the centre of Barnby, near Beccles. But protests from villagers have helped to convince planners to turn it down.

Parents at Barnby and North Cove Primary School were against the plans, and there was concern it would overshadow the village war memorial and cause traffic problems. Now officers at Waveney District Council have turned down the mast under delegated powers.

It was rejected because the pole and ground cabinets would have created an "unsightly clutter" and because it was "close to a residential area and the primary school and it was considered a precautionary approach should be adopted, following strong expression of possible health risks from local people."

But T-Mobile says possible health risks are not grounds for refusal, and that the government says the structures are safe.

Planners also felt T-Mobile had not sufficiently demonstrated there was no alternative site.

Adam Gill, who campaigned against the mast and whose daughters attend the school, said: "It is really good news."

Copyright © 2007 Archant Regional. All rights reserved.

Bewegungsmelder am Arm sollen dicke Kinder auf Trab bringen

Vote Caging: How the 2004 Election was Stolen

What is vote caging, and why should we care?

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Informant: ranger116

Das RFID-Experiment: Bei diesem Chip gibt's kein Entkommen


Was Iraq invaded to boost oil prices?

Value of Exxon reserves rose by $666bn

The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence

The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

From Information Clearing House

The Shores of Tripoli: Torture in the Service of Arms and Oil

The new Michael Isikoff story in Newsweek about the macabre torture of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi confirms, once again, one of the underlying truths about George W. Bush's gulag.

From Information Clearing House

Some Army posts to end individual memorials

From Information Clearing House

US debt could trigger dollar collapse, UN warns

The United States dollar is facing imminent collapse in the face of an unsustainable debt, the United Nations warned today.

Kuwait split raises questions over longevity of the dollar

When the Roman emperor Constantine struck off a new gold coin, he expected it to give good, durable service. And the extra-durable solidus did - about 700 years' worth. Modern monetary systems have a somewhat shorter shelf life.

From Information Clearing House

US may collapse as a superpower


Audio and Transcript

A US military analyst who's served in the armed forces and has written on international affairs for more than two decades, is issuing a warning today about the collapse of the United States as a superpower.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. May Pull Out Of Urban Areas In Iraq

Plan B Calls For Iraqi Army To Take Control of Ground War

Iraqi PM doesn't trust his military, says coup possible

Iraqi PM al-Maliki told Lara Logan of CBS Evening News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that he has a real fear of a coup by the Iraqi army.

From Information Clearing House

Ground Zero illnesses come back to haunt Giuliani

By Jerry Mazza

IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war

By Reuters

The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief warned on Friday against the "new crazies" advocating military action to halt Iran's nuclear programme and said he did not want to see another war like that in Iraq.

IAEA Head: Iran Attack 'Act of Madness'

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday an attack on Iran over its refusal to freeze programs that could make nuclear weapons would be "an act of madness,'' an indirect warning to the United States and Israel.,,-6709330,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Why I am Ashamed to be a U.S. Citizen

By Doug Soderstrom

I never cease to be amazed at how terribly ethnocentric the typical American tends to be. It is almost as if having been born in the United States confers upon one the right to think of himself as a privileged person, a contrived sense of status that no doubt lies at the very heart of everything that I will discuss in this paper.

Democrats Are Weak

Video: Interview With Cindy Sheehan

In a rare live interview following her Memorial Day farewell message, she talks with Riz about why she is leaving the peace movement, her disillusionment with US policy and what lies ahead.


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The Secret Carnage: 78,000 Iraqis Have Been Killed by Coalition Airstrikes


Since April, 2003, Turse reports, the U.S. has dropped at least 59,787 pounds of cluster bombs in Iraq, a type of weapon Human Rights Watch(HRW) termed "the single greatest risk civilians face with regard to a current weapon that is in use."

Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least 655,000 +

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq 3,475

The War in Iraq Costs

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Norman Podhoretz calls for bombing Iran

Informant: jensenmk

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Bomb Iran

Norman Podhoretz, editor-at-large of Commentary magazine and (with Irving Kristol) one of the grandfathers of the neoconservative movement, recently published an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal that literally constitutes a prayer for President Bush to attack Iran.

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