Freitag, 27. Juli 2007

The Withdrawal Follies

"As imagined these last months, withdrawal turns out to be a very partial affair that will leave sizeable numbers of American occupation forces in Iraq for a long period. If anything, the latest versions of 'withdrawal' have been used as cudgels to beat upon real withdrawal types," writes Tom Engelhardt for

US Drops Baghdad Electricity Reports

Noam N. Levey and Alexandra Zavis of The Los Angeles Times report, "As the Bush administration struggles to convince lawmakers that its Iraq war strategy is working, it has stopped reporting to Congress a key quality-of-life indicator in Baghdad: how long the power stays on."

Illegal Immigrants: Uncle Sam Wants You

"In the Iraq war, citizenship is being used as a recruiting tool aimed specifically at young immigrants, who are told that by enlisting, they will be able to quickly get citizenship for themselves (sometimes true, depending on what the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch of the Department of Homeland Security finds) and their entire families (not true; each family member has to go through a separate application process). Nevertheless, with the political pressures on Latino families growing daily under this administration, many young Latinos are unable to resist the offer, which immigrants' rights activists see as blatant exploitation of a vulnerable population," reports Deborah Davis for In These Times.

Bush Asserts a King's Prerogative

"In theory, President Bush is sworn to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. In reality, he has treated federal law as a menu from which he picks and chooses those laws he likes, while ignoring those that do not suit his taste," writes Jay Bookman for the editorial board of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

No Vacation for Our Troops in Iraq

"We're hard upon the dog days of August," writes Joseph L. Galloway of McClatchy Newspapers. "Members of the US Congress and the Iraqi parliament will soon slither away to the shade of cooler rocks, and President Bush will no doubt head off to Crawford to take his frustrations out on some brush with a chainsaw. Meanwhile, in Iraq, the 60,000 American combat troops who daily patrol the most dangerous streets and roads in the world will carry on fighting, dying and bleeding in the broiling sun where temperatures nudge the 130-degree mark and 40 pounds of body armor and Kevlar helmet plus weapon and ammunition weigh more with every step an Infantryman takes."

ACLU Applauds House Armed Services Hearing on Restoring Habeas Corpus Due Process Rights

U.S. Bases in Iraq: The Meaning of "Permanent"

Statement In Response to The Pentagon-Commissioned Report on Guantánamo Detainees

Congress, Bush and The Real Constitutional Crisis

Whatever Happened to Shame and Guilt?

Martial Law Threat is Real

The president’s recent executive order allows the CIA to detain anyone the agency thinks is a terrorist

Dark Powers, The Sequel

Officer Calls Guantanamo Reviews a Sham

Conflict on Screen: Hollywood Goes to War

5 Years Later, Cameraman Still Held at Guantanamo

US 'Sowing Disorder' To 'Build An Empire': Gorbachev

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The future of mobiles: powered by a heartbeat

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It's time for Congress to define the terms of executive branch accountability

Filibuster-happy conservatives try to deflect blame onto Dems, but numbers don't lie

Urge the Senate to Help Save Women’s Lives in Guatemala

Warum Handymasten manche Menschen krank machen

Mobile phone masts do not have effects on electrosensitive people?

Congress Moves to Protect Native American Women From Assault

Jim Lobe of Inter Press Service reports: "Acting in major part on a recent report by Amnesty International and Native American activists, the US Congress is moving to provide additional funding to protect Native American women who suffer disproportionate levels of rape and other sexual abuse ... Amnesty, which published a 113-page report on the problem in April, praised the House action but called for more steps to address the problem."

Specter to Probe Supreme Court Decisions

Carrie Budoff reports for Politico, "Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) plans to review the Senate testimony of US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel A. Alito to determine if their reversal of several long-standing opinions conflicts with promises they made to senators to win confirmation."

ACLU: US Constitution in Grave Danger

"'It's do-or-die time for the separation of powers,' Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office said. 'Congress is facing a historic moment when it can fight for its rightful place in our Constitution or accept the president's continued and sweeping claims of supremacy,'" reports United Press International.

Was Tillman Murdered?

"Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime," reports the Associated Press.

Parents back school over mast plan

27 July 2007

A SCHOOL is being backed by hundreds of parents after it urged them to oppose plans to erect a mobile phone mast on nearby land.

Mobile communications company Hutchinson 3G UK wants to install a mast in Park Road, Lexden, Colchester, close to a number of schools - including Colchester County high School for Girls.


Put Your Name in the Congressional Record in Support of Impeachment

The divider

The American Prospect
by Scott Lemieux


In a commencement speech he gave at Georgetown Law School last year, the newly confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts asserted that one of his primary goals was to create more unanimity on the Supreme Court. … After a truncated first term in which there were more unanimous opinions than usual, this seemed very possible to some observers of the Court. … For these scholars, the second Roberts term must have been highly sobering. Not only did the new appointments, Roberts and Alito, turn out to be the doctrinaire conservatives everything about their records (as opposed to the vague banalities of their confirmation hearing rhetoric) suggested they would be, a far higher than usual number of cases were decided by a 5-4 margin...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Another Scary “al-Qaeda in Iraq” Campfire Story

Another Day in the Empire
by Kurt Nimmo


It appears this nonsense is working — at least a little. According to ‘recent opinion polls, the president has had some recent success in making a case to voters for continuing the war in Iraq. He has insisted both that success is possible and that failure would be catastrophic, in part because Al Qaeda in Iraq might then turn its attentions elsewhere,’ for instance a day care in Killdeer, North Dakota...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The death mask of war

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hillary Clinton and the dangers of hubris

Human Events
by Steve Chapman


Among her critics, Clinton is known for a mother-knows-best domestic policy that relies on overbearing interference from Washington to remake the landscape to her specifications. The flip side is a mother-knows-best foreign policy that relies on overbearing interference from Washington to remake the landscape to her specifications. Democrats hope that when it comes to international affairs, Clinton would represent a big change from George W. Bush. Republicans harbor that fear. In truth, this is one realm where the two are more alike than different...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Militarism: America’s state religion

by Justin Raimondo


According to the neocon party line, if you don’t support the war, the ’surge,’ and Our Glorious Leader, then you don’t support the troops — and yet, when one of these heroes writes a true account of what it’s like out in the field, the devotees of their cult on the home front are suddenly contemptuous of ‘the troops’ — or, at least, this particular soldier, who is now being demonized as little short of a traitor — if not a Stephen Glass-in-fatigues — by all right-thinking neocon clones. It’s pathetic, really, to see how quickly these strutting little militarists turn on the military, when one of them fails to live up to the mythic image so carefully nurtured by the War Party...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Gut feelings and real threats

by Cathy Young


Ever since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the terrorist threat to the West and to Americans in particular has been the subject of contentious debate. Is there a grave and urgent danger, or is it vastly exaggerated by the media and by politicians out to take advantage of popular fears? Does the real danger, as many civil libertarians argue, lie in the temptation to restrict liberties in response to this threat? Do we, in other words, have nothing to fear but fear itself?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ron Paul: In for the long haul

by Scott Sutton


As anyone familiar with the Ron Paul campaign knows, official fundraising figures tell only a small part of the story. This campaign is a genuine grassroots movement, driven primarily by the independent efforts of Dr. Paul’s enthusiastic supporters — a wide-ranging constituency that includes disenfranchised anti-war Democrats, traditional conservatives, Constitutionalists, anti-corporatists, free traders, libertarians, Christians, Hindus, atheists, druids, hobbits, wizards, and a host of others. Although a seemingly disparate group, these people share a genuine concern about America’s ongoing slide toward authoritarianism, empire, and bankruptcy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

An American Plantation in Baghdad

by Pierre Tristam


We’ve known about the Bush administration’s Fortress of Folly for a while. It’s one of Iraq’s endless occupation-bred, American-made scandals: the $600 million American ‘embassy compound’ redrawing Baghdad’s skyline along the Tigris River — and American designs on the Middle East. But like every scandal with this administration — from sleeping at the wheel of 9/11 to nonexistent WMDs to Abu Ghraib to the most corrupt Justice Department in history thanks to torture-apologist Alberto Gonzales — the embassy folly continues to evade the din of accountability. A new Congressional Research Service report shows just what the major media are missing, and how illustrative of American imperiousness the compound is becoming...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

New details on Tillman’s death

El Paso Times


Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. ‘The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,’ a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Analyst counters Bush on al Qaeda

Boston Globe


A day after President Bush sought to present evidence showing that Iraq is now the main battlefront against Al Qaeda, the chief US intelligence analyst for international terrorism told Congress that the network’s growing ranks in Pakistan and Afghanistan pose a more immediate threat to the United States. In rare testimony before two House committees, Edward Gistaro, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats, said that Al Qaeda terrorists operating in South Asia are better equipped to attack the United States than the network’s followers in Iraq are. Asked which arm of Al Qaeda concerned him the most, Gistaro told a joint session of the House armed services and intelligence panels that it was South Asia...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Torture: The Bush Legacy

Global Backlash Against Globalization?

by Patrick Wood

Another shock to the pro-globalization elite is the overwhelming passage (362-63 on July 24, 2007) of the Duncan Hunter Amendment (H.R. 3074) to the Transportation Appropriations Act, “prohibiting the use of federal funds for participation in working groups under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), including the creation of the NAFTA Super Highway.”.......

New York Stock Exchange has trading curbs in effect

The New York Stock Exchange said it has applied trading curbs on Thursday, a measure taken by the exchange to prevent big moves in the market from clogging its system. Stock prices were tumbling amid concerns about credit markets and surging crude oil prices.

From Information Clearing House

FBI Seeks To Pay Telecoms For Data

The FBI wants to pay the major telecommunications companies to retain their customers' Internet and phone call information for at least two years for the agency's use in counterterrorism investigations and is asking Congress for $5 million a year to defray the cost.

From Information Clearing House

Dems seek Gonzales probe and subpoena Rove

Senate Democrats seek perjury inquiry, eye Bush aide in widening probe.

From Information Clearing House

CIA misled Britain over rendition plan

The CIA misled British intelligence chiefs over the arrest and treatment of terrorist suspects who were the subjects of rendition to Guantanamo Bay, an Intelligence and Security Committee report to the Prime Minister warned.

From Information Clearing House

Poor and Uneducated Like We Thought: Debunking The Military Debunkers

You're more than 35 percent more likely to be in the military if you're black than if you're white. But you're 35 percent less likely to become an officer. Ignore the propaganda-the military is a reflection of, rather than a cure for, racism.

From Information Clearing House

UK troops could leave Basra by year end

"It hasn't been decided yet, it will come up for consideration within the next couple of months, I suspect, but I am fairly confident that we should be able to achieve that position in the second-half of the year," Chief of Defence Staff Jock Stirrup said in an interview on BBC radio.

From Information Clearing House

Denmark 'pulls out troops early'

DENMARK has withdrawn most of the 430 troops it has stationed in Iraq earlier than expected, a report said today quoting the Danish military.,23599,22137286-401,00.html

From Information Clearing House

When a contractor fires in Iraq, justice fails victim

After one of his personal bodyguards was shot dead by a Blackwater USA security contractor last Christmas Eve, Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi assured the U.S. ambassador that he was trying to keep the incident out of the public eye.

From Information Clearing House

America's Tomorrow

By Manuel Valenzuela

If America's today is any indication of how America's tomorrow will develop, the past and present must be scrutinized, and understood, for in exploring the sins and errors and tribulations and events of days preceding our own time we can peer directly into, as far as we can go, into America's tomorrow, trying to understand the course our nation is headed towards.

The war makers in the nation's capital still hold the whip that keeps lashing the dogs of war

Media Spin on Iraq
We're Leaving (Sort of)

By Norman Solomon

The matter of U.S. bases in Iraq is a prime example of how events on Capitol Hill have scant effects on war machinery in the context of out-of-control presidential power. "The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to bar permanent United States military bases in Iraq," the New York Times reports. But the war makers in the nation's capital still hold the whip that keeps lashing the dogs of war.

What Harry Reid Doesn't Know About His Own Bill: "Exit" Amendment Would Leave Troops in Iraq Indefinitely

By Tina Richards

I attended the rally on Tuesday night where Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid discussed how they were going to "end the war" and "bring our troops home" with the Levin-Reed Amendment. When I asked if they meant all the troops, I was quickly told to, "shut up" and muscled aside by security.

Senators Are Asked to Block Bush's EEOC Nominee

President Bush has nominated David Palmer to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but eight former department civil rights employees charged Monday that Palmer undermined the unit's mission of securing the employment rights of women and minorities in the public sector, while defending employers' rights to discriminate based on religion, reports Greg Gordon for McClatchy Newspapers.

White House Trims Environmental Cops, Below Level Ordered by Congress

Rita Beamish for The Associated Press reports that environmental crime investigators are steadily decreasing below levels ordered by Congress. The EPA's criminal enforcement budget rose 25 percent over three years, but its staff has dropped to 174, below the 200-agent minimum, reports Beamish.

Oil Groups Too Rich to Invest

Thomas Cantaloube at Libération notes that failure to keep up refinery capacity in the US promotes gas price increases.

Smog May Speed Up Global Warming

A study recently found that smog is a major factor in the climate-change equation and has been severely overlooked, Agence France-Presse reported. One example is how smog at ground level is damaging the ability of plants to absorb CO2, limiting their ability to act as carbon sinks.

Al Qaeda in Iraq?

As the Bush administration promotes the idea that Al Qaeda is the enemy in Iraq, Bill Moyers Journal analyzes the facts on the ground to explore who the US is really fighting.

Lawmakers Grill EPA Chief on Emissions Law

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency refused on Thursday to say whether he knew the Transportation Department was lobbying against a California global warming law, reports Erica Werner for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Democrats say such intervention was inappropriate and possibly illegal, said Werner.

FBI Rebukes Gonzales, Special Counsel Sought

Four Senate Democrats called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether [Attorney General] Gonzales perjured himself before Congress, reports David Stout for The New York Times. In addition, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said Thursday that the government's surveillance program was the topic of a 2004 hospital room dispute between Gonzales and Ashcroft - a statement that contradicts Gonzales's sworn testimony, reported Laurie Kellman and Lara Jakes Jordan for The Associated Press.


Senator Russ Feingold: Senators Schumer, Feinstein, Feingold, Whitehouse Call on Solicitor General to Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Potential Perjury By Attorney General

Leahy Issues Subpoena for Rove

Top White House adviser Karl Rove was issued a subpeona today by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), reports Klaus Marre of The Hill. Rove is being compelled to testify about the firing of several US attorneys.


Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) ON THE SENATE FLOOR 7/27/07 "THE RULE OF LAW WILL BE APPLIED" Leahy subpoenas Karl Rove AUDIO:

Informant: Cal

Congress delivers blow to Bush's European missile project by slashing funding,,2135891,00.html

Informant: Kev Hall

Microwave-powered light bulbs could stop satellite broadcasts

RF emissions from 'low energy' lighting -

and other interference in your life -

(from Catherine G. via artjar)

Mobile phone sickness all in the mind?

Republicans join Democrats in busting budget caps, flouting veto threat

Senate defies Bush in homeland security bill

Informant: ranger116

Corporate America: Freedom's Greatest Threat

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Today's Americans need to carefully heed the sage counsel of Thomas Jefferson, who said, "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." The truth of that statement aptly explains the serious damage that Big Business is currently inflicting upon our liberties.....

Breitseite gegen Atomkraft

Die nicht abreißen wollende Diskussion über die Nutzung der Atomenergie und die Laufzeiten der deutschen Atomkraftwerke scheint dem Parlamentarischen Staatssekretär im Bundesumweltministerium, Michael Müller, auf die Nerven zu gehen. Der Politiker erregt sich auch über seines Erachtens "einige besonders merkwürdige Kommentare" in Medien. Dabei lägen "rund 35 Jahre intensiver Debatte über die Nutzung der nuklearen Stromerzeugung hinter uns", so Müller und beklagt eine "ideologische Vergesslichkeit" bezüglich der jahrzehntelang ausgetauschten Argumente. Vor diesem Hintergrund scheint der Staatssekretär das Bedürfnis verspürt zu haben, die nach seiner Auffassung wesentlichen Argumente gegen die Atomenergie noch einmal aufzuzählen.

Kanzleramtschef de Maizière für Online-Durchsuchung

Kanzleramtschef Thomas de Maizière unterstützt die Pläne von Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble (beide CDU) für Online-Durchsuchungen von Computern. Es gebe Regelungen für die Telefonüberwachung und den Umgang mit dem Postgeheimnis, sagte de Mazière am Donnerstag in MDR Info. Wenn Menschen nun verstärkt über das Internet kommunizierten, müssten die Gesetze angepasst werden, forderte er. Der Kanzleramtschef widersprach gleichzeitig der Kritik, das geplante Gesetz diene zur Bespitzelung der Bürger.èreäuble

Massive Verschlechterung: BUND warnt vor unkalkulierbaren Folgen des Gentechnikgesetzes

Die Naturschutzorganisation BUND warnt vor "unkalkulierbaren Risiken" infolge des von der Bundesregierung geplanten Gentechnikgesetzes. Der von Landwirtschaftsminister Horst Seehofer (CSU) vorgelegte Entwurf sei eine "massive Verschlechterung" gegenüber dem geltenden Recht, sagte BUND-Gentechnikexpertin Heike Moldenhauer am 26. Juli in Berlin. Wenn die Novelle ohne Änderung von Bundestag und Bundesrat beschlossen werde, könne dies das Ende der gentechnikfreien Landwirtschaft bedeuten.

Army Rule Disguised as "Democracy"

Truthout's J. Sri Raman writes that President Bush "seems convinced that a new type of 'democracy' - or a new version of military dictatorship - is the need of the hour for a swathe of South Asia. Bush and his band are engaged in a brave new experiment for not only Bangladesh and Pakistan, but also Nepal."

While Real Bullets Fly, Movies Bring War Home

Michael Cieply of The New York Times writes about "a new and perhaps risky willingness in the entertainment business to push even the touchiest debates about post-9/11 security, Iraq and the troops' status from the confines of documentaries into the realm of mainstream political drama."

The Crash of 1929: Are We on the Verge of a Repeat?

Scott Thill of Alternet writes: "News flash: The American economy is a hyperreality engineered by PhDs working hand-in-hand with colluding media multinationals, political officials and some of the biggest names in business - and the banks that invest in them. In other news, greed is still good."

That September Report on Iraq? It's Not the Only One

"The White House may have killed attempts to revive the much-heralded Iraq Study Group, but the Bush administration will still face a tough, independent evaluation of the progress in Iraq - from one of its own agencies," reports Robin Wright for The Washington Post.

Emails Detail RNC Voter Suppression in 5 States

Truthout's Jason Leopold and Matt Renner report, "Previously undisclosed documents detail how Republican operatives, with the knowledge of several White House officials, engaged in an illegal, racially-motivated effort to suppress tens of thousands of votes during the 2004 presidential campaign in a state where George W. Bush was trailing his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry."


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