Dienstag, 3. Juli 2007

How we got our president


T-Mobile digs in to secure graveyard mast

A BID to create an 11-metre high mobile phone mast near a Portobello graveyard is set to be given the go-ahead despite protests from residents.


Outrage at mast plan

Jul 3 2007

By Judith Clay

ANOTHER application for a mobile phone mast near Holly Spring Junior School has sparked outrage among worried parents.

The application from T Mobile for the mast at the corner of Highclere Road and London Road in Bullbrook comes just months after a similar application was thrown out by council bosses.


Judge Orders OSHA to Release Toxin Information

"A federal judge has ordered the Labor Department to share with the public the results of years of toxic substance sampling in American workplaces. Federal officials said Monday they were reviewing the decision. The decision, by US District Judge Mary L. Cooper, came in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by former Labor Department official Adam Finkel, who now is a whistleblower," reports The Associated Press.



FDA Officials Operated Under Veil of Secrecy

"For years, the public calendars of two top federal drug safety officials were largely blank - devoid of the required detail about their contacts with the industry they regulated. Open government experts and lawmakers said it is only the latest example of the lack of transparency at the Food and Drug Administration and a violation of the spirit of open government," reports The Associated Press.



DOJ Documents Show Sampson Deleted Email

Matt Renner reports for Truthout: "An internal Department of Justice email dealing with a series of the most controversial aspects of the US attorney firing scandal was deleted by a DOJ official the day after Congress began to address the firings. Three months later, the official told Congressional investigators that he had not destroyed any documents or deleted any records relating to the US attorney firings. This is the first publicly released evidence that individuals directly involved in the plan to fire eight US attorneys have destroyed documents that are of interest to Congressional investigators."



Dissent is Patriotic!



July 07 Execution Alert

Save the date!

NCADP 2008 Annual Conference

Jan. 17-20 San Jose Holiday Inn

San Jose, California

Georgia set to execute an innocent man

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by the state of Georgia on July 17.

Elijah Page is scheduled for execution on July 9-13, by the state of South Dakota.

Read more about these and the other cases below -- and ACT!

Do Not Execute Troy Davis!

The state of Georgia has scheduled Troy Davis' execution on July 17 for the murder of Mark McPhail. However, there is no physical evidence linking Davis to the crime and 7 of 9 witnesses have officially recanted their testimony, alleging police coercion.

ACT NOW by contacting the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, requesting that they stop the execution of Troy Davis!

Read More and Take Action at: //www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/ncadp/content.jsp?content_KEY=2782

Do Not Execute Elijah Page!

The state of South Dakota is set to execute Elijah Page on July 9-13 for the March 2000 murder of Allan Poage in Spearfish, SD. Page was 18 at the time of this crime. His mother allowed drug dealers to molest him in exchange for drugs and his stepfather once use him as a human shield in a drug-related shootout. His trial judge even stated, "Most parents treated their pets better than your parents treated you." Of his two codefendents, one received the death penalty and another received a life sentence.

Page has given up his appeals. This will be South Dakota's first execution in 60 years.

ACT NOW by contacting Gov. Mike Rounds requesting that Elijah Page's execution be halted!

Read More and Take Action at: //www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/ncadp/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=4745

See and act on all current Execution Alerts at //www.ncadp.org/execution_alerts.html

July 9-13: Elijah Page, SD

July 10: Rolando Ruiz, TX

July 17: Troy Davis, GA

July 24: Lonnie Johnson, TX

July 26: Darrell Grayson, AL

Hold the Accomplices of the School of the Americas Accountable!


Informant: Corey


Handys in der Klinik weiter tabu


Globalisierung des Terrors


Schäuble für verstärkte Handy- und PC-Überwachung



CIA’s darkest secret

Boston Globe
by James Carroll


Every so often, the front page trumpets ethical and legal lapses committed by US intelligence agencies. In Iraq, they have run the gamut from pre war falsification of weapons data to surveillance of American citizens to kidnapping to torture of prisoners. During the Cold War, it was ‘black operations’ that included staging coups, assassinating foreign leaders, infiltrating American organizations, conspiring with Mafia groups, spying on journalists — perhaps even murder. Last week, the latest paroxysm of revelation announced, as a New York Times headline put it, ‘CIA Skeleton … [A] Catalogue of Wiretaps, Assassination Plots, and Mind Control.’ But the so called ‘family jewels’ of the CIA’s hidden abuses may not enshrine the deepest and darkest secret...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


American Torture: the US and the abuse of prisoners


US role in Islamist terrorism

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


When U.S. government officials and foreign policy pundits discuss terrorism, they usually focus on the characteristics, personnel, history, tactics, targets, objectives and effects of terrorist organizations. They rarely talk about motives. To fully understand Islamic terrorism, one needs to understand what triggers this extraordinary rage. And throughout history one factor stands out above all else: the occupation of Muslim land by non-Muslim forces...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Our militarized police departments

by Radley Balko


Militarization is a broad term that refers to using military-style weapons, tactics, training, uniforms, and even heavy equipment by civilian police departments. It’s a troubling trend because the military has a very different and distinct role than our domestic peace officers. The military’s job is to annihilate a foreign enemy. The police are supposed to protect us while upholding our constitutional rights. It’s dangerous to conflate the two. But that’s exactly what we’re doing...



Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Thrown to the lions

The American Spectator
by Doug Bandow


Someone in the U.S. government finally has noticed the plight of Iraqi Christians. A congressional appropriations subcommittee has voted to spend $10 million to aid displaced religious minorities within Iraq. That mostly means Christians. Although Islam long has been in the ascendancy in Iraq, the so-called Assyrians, who speak a neo-Aramaic language, represent a distinct religious minority, generally grouped in the Chaldean, Apostolic Catholic, and Syriac Orthodox churches. The Assyrians predate the rise of Islam, representing a 7,000 year-old civilization. They have survived numerous episodes of war and catastrophe. Today, however, the Iraqi Christian community faces possible extermination...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Mobile phones failed to trigger car bombs

Raw Story


The attempted London car bombings were meant to be detonated by calls to mobile phones in the two vehicles, but failed for technical reasons, the Evening Standard reported Monday. The calls made on the phones allowed police to trace those behind the failed attacks last Friday, the London daily evening newspaper said, without giving sources. The phones were meant to set off blasts when they were called, but the devices failed to detonate the mixture of gas canisters and nails in the two Mercedes cars parked in London’s entertainment district...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FOIA requests plagued by delays

Bellingham Herald


Using the Freedom of Information Act to get information from the government is like waiting for ketchup to flow from a new bottle. Both often take longer than they are supposed to. The act that gave citizens the power to request information from federal government files celebrates its 40th anniversary on July 4. But those seeking data continue to encounter long delays despite a 2005 order by President Bush to clear the unanswered backlog...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Judge affirms ruling to dismiss Gitmo charges



A military judge on Friday rejected the Pentagon’s request to reinstate previously dismissed charges against a prisoner accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2001, officials said. Judge Army Col. Peter Brownback dropped the charges against Canadian detainee Omar Khadr last month on the grounds Brownback’s court lacked the jurisdiction to try him. Khadr was 15 when he was arrested...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Rachel's News #912


The false gods of scientific medicine revealed: It's a cult, not a science


Informant: Dorothee Krien


US charges seem to bring war with Iran nearer


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Western Consumption May Cause Famines

"Food production in developing countries will halve in the next 20 years unless wealthy nations lower their rate of consumption, a research group has warned," according to Anita Purcell-Sjoelund of Agence France-Presse.


White House Misrepresents Cheney's Classification Authority

Steve Aftergood of Secrecy News reports: "The White House press office and some Bush administration critics are insisting that the 2003 executive order on classification policy endowed the vice president with a unique status and classification powers identical to those of the president himself. But that's not what the executive order says."



New NSA Whistleblower Speaks

David Swanson writes: "A former member of US military intelligence has decided to reveal what she knows about warrantless spying on Americans and about the fixing of intelligence in the leadup to the invasion of Iraq."



Army tournament features chainsaw massacre video game


Informant: Steven L. Robinson

From ufpj-news

No Jail Time for Libby? It's Impeachment Time for Cheney and Bush!



Bush, Grasping for Answers and Fixated on Iraq, Remains Resolute


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The torture of innocents at Abu Ghraib, the persecution of General Taguba

Charles Goyette Interviews Seymour Hersh

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh discusses the torture of innocents at Abu Ghraib, the persecution of general Taguba, who led the initial investigation and the cover-up of the fact that it was all ordered from the very top.


From Information Clearing House


This illegal war made Scotland a target for terrorists

Saturday was indeed a very sad day for us all in Scotland. For the first time in centuries Scotland has become a target for acts of terrorism. During the IRA terrorist campaign Scotland was not considered a target. However, Tony Blair and the Labour party, including the former first minister Jack McConnell, who supported the illegal Iraqi war, have now made Scotland an inevitable prime target by sending our troops to Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

What's in store for the Middle East after Iraq?

The U.S. defeat in Iraq has dramatically raised the prestige of Islamist revolutionaries throughout the Arab world and beyond.


From Information Clearing House


Lethal US raid could stir further difficulties for PM

A US search early Saturday for fighters allegedly linked to Iran turned into a firefight in which the military said it killed 26 militants. The Iraqi government rebuked the Americans for carrying out the raid in a Baghdad slum without its permission, and local leaders said many innocent bystanders had been hurt.


From Information Clearing House

Bush Commutes Libby Prison Sentence

While Jose Padilla is locked in the U.S. Gulag

President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter'' Libby from a 2-year prison term in the CIA leak case Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in a highly charged criminal case.


From Information Clearing House


Bush commutes Scooter Libby's prison term

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Bush nixes jail time for convicted perjurer

Rocky Mount Telegram


President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak investigation Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in the highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh. Bush’s move came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Reaction to Bush's Libby Decision

The Associated Press reports on reactions to Bush's decision on Monday to commute the sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, sparing him from a two-and-a-half-year prison term in the CIA leak case. Also, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald released a statement.



George W. Bush is One Tough Hombre

By Paul Begala

If you're rich and right-wing and Republican, George is a real softie. As George W. Bush demonstrated in giving Scooter Libby a Get Out of Jail Free Card, he is only compassionate to conservatives.



Slaying Our Dreams: Created Our Nightmares

Jim Kirwan

The joys of multinational Corporate power should have limits placed upon them: just as the people who work for Corporations need to have their own separate and inviolate "Bill of Rights" for anyone that has to deal with corporate-anything. We have the power to demand that the government we pay for must work for all of us and not for those who seek to steal our lives and dreams.




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