Mittwoch, 15. August 2007

Has Martial Law Arrived?

by Nancy Levant

On May 9, 2007, our president signed a National Security Presidential Directive – an unconstitutional piece of paper – which gave to himself the powers of total dictatorship over the entire nation (NSPD-51) and CONgress has no say so whatsoever. Can you say “total dictatorship?” But more to the point, the question we must ask......

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Scientists warn Arctic sea ice is melting at its fastest rate since records began

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/15/3187/


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Iranian Woman vs. Nuke Attack on Iran



//www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG__Y9xFrjw

(taped Nagasaki Day, August 9, 2006)

To commemorate the date, I put together an excerpt from the August 9,
2006 forum entitled "Consequences of US Nuclear Policy: from Hiroshima to Iran" at the U.S. congress that I moderated. It features scenes from the nuclear war movie "The Day After" and part of a talk by Iranian Simin Royanian, of Women for Peace and Justice in Iran. The forum was shown repeatedly on C-Span.


Carol Moore in DC
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From ufpj-news

World Faces New Threats of Water Scarcity

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Informant: Teresa Binstock

An Appeal for the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita International Tribunal

By Cynthia McKinney
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From ufpj-news


Informant: David Swanson



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Company retreats as campaigners claim phone mast win

15 August 2007

LYNNE Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, meets officials from the phone company Hutchsion 3G at the controversial site.

TV star Neil Morrissey has welcomed news that he and fellow residents could be spared a controversial phone mast in Stroud Green.

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Priests Want to Put Military on Trial for Alleged Torture

Bill Hess, of the Sierra Vista Herald and The Bisbee Daily Review, reports on the trial of two priests, Fr. Louis Vitale and Fr. Steve Kelly, who are accused of trespassing on a southern Arizona army post. Hess reports, "In some ways the prosecution was in a defensive position as defense attorney William Quigley attacked by asking that torture, which he claims is taught at the Intelligence Center on Fort Huachuca, be put on trial."

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The Economics of the Student Loan Industry

James Surowiecki writes for The New Yorker: "Sallie Mae, the biggest issuer of student loans, earned $1.3 billion last year, with a return on equity that dwarfs most other companies'. But it's not very good at getting government money to students cheaply and efficiently. President Bush's 2007 budget shows, for instance, that it's four times as expensive for the government to subsidize and guarantee private loans as for it to issue those loans itself. In other words, the current system is not just corrupt. It's also inefficient."

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Three Jailed Immigrants Die in a Month

Darryl Fears reports for The Washington Post, "Three detainees died within weeks of one another while in federal immigration custody, adding to a toll of more than 60 who perished in recent years and fueling complaints of medical maltreatment from civil rights advocates."

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Economic Expert: We Are Already In An Engineered Recession

//infowars.net/articles/august2007/150807Corsi.htm

Alex Jones' Emergency Martial Law Broadcast
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Informant: shane_digital



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Hillary Pushes the Button

by Robert Scheer
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/15/3179/


Informant: Kev Hall



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LED-Taschenlampen als nichttödliche Waffen

Das US-Heimatschutzministerium hat die Entwicklung von Lichtwaffen in Auftrag gegeben, die blenden und Schwindel verursachen können.

//www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/25/25927/1.html

Grünes Licht für Schäuble?

Während bei den Parteien der Widerstand gegen die Videoüberwachung schwindet, planen Bürgerrechtler Proteste in Berlin.

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Handel von Emissionsrechten nach dem Kyoto-Protokoll ist schlecht für den Regenwald

Nach einer Studie profitieren Länder mit großen Regenwäldern und geringen Abholzraten nicht vom Emissionshandel.

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Blackwater West

by Rick Jacobs, The Huffington Post

The infamous private security company that operates in Iraq has big plans for California.

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Subprime-Krise führt zu Ausverkauf

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A Verdict on Padilla, and the US

In an editorial, The Christian Science Monitor says: "A critical legal case shedding light on President Bush's antiterror tactics will soon come to a head. A jury will decide in coming days if an American citizen, Jose Padilla, is guilty of aiding Al Qaeda. The verdict will signal whether US civic values must be bent to win a war. A three-part Monitor series reveals the troubling ways in which the administration shifted charges against Mr. Padilla, tried to avoid judicial review of his case, and likely damaged his mental health by using extreme isolation to extract information from him."

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Leahy Wants Meeting With Bush on Executive Privilege

Klaus Marre reports for The Hill: "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), at the urging of the panel's ranking member, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), on Tuesday requested a meeting with President Bush to hammer out a deal that would allow key White House aides to testify before the panel on the firing of several US attorneys. Leahy indicated that this is a last-ditch effort, saying that his previous efforts to get the White House to cooperate have failed to yield results. 'The stonewalling leaves me and the Senate Judiciary Committee with few options other than considering citations for contempt of Congress.'"

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Bush Will Declare Iranian Guards Terrorists

The New York Times's Helene Copper reports: "The Bush administration is preparing to declare that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization, senior administration officials said Tuesday. If imposed, the declaration would signal a more confrontational turn in the administration's approach to Iran and would be the first time that the United States has added the armed forces of any sovereign government to its list of terrorist organizations. The Revolutionary Guard is thought to be the largest branch of Iran's military."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081507M.shtml



Senate Urges Bush to Declare Iran Guard a Terrorist Group

New York Times's reporter, David M. Heszenhorn, reports: "the Senate approved a resolution on Wednesday urging the Bush administration to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, and lawmakers briefly set aside partisan differences to approve a measure calling for stepped-up diplomacy to forge a political solution in Iraq. Since last month, the White House has been weighing whether to declare the Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group or to take a narrower step focusing on only the Guard's elite Quds Force. Either approach would signal a more confrontational posture by declaring a part of the Iranian military a terrorist operation."

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Bush Administration Spent $1.6 Billion to Spin the News

Christopher Lee, of The Washington Post, writes: "How much is good press worth? To the Bush administration, about $1.6 billion. That's how much seven federal departments spent from 2003 through the second quarter of 2005 on 343 contracts with public relations firms, advertising agencies, media organizations and individuals, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The 154-page report provides the most comprehensive look to date at the scope of federal spending in an area that generated substantial controversy last year."

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Former US Attorney Wary of Gonzales's New Powers

Jason Leopold reports for Truthout: "Paul Charlton, the former US attorney for Arizona who was fired last year for refusing Justice Department orders to seek the death penalty in a drug-related murder case, said on Tuesday that a new law authorizing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to fast track executions in various states is an ill-conceived plan because that gives power to an official who has little regard for capital punishment cases. 'In my own personal experience with the AG, and having watched his testimony regarding my dealings with him, I know that the AG reflects little on the issue of the death penalty,' Charlton said in an interview on Tuesday. 'What gives me to pause is not the need for the law, but that the individual who will be deciding if the states merit such a change will be the Attorney General.'

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Newcastle community oppose Meteor Mast

by Deirdre O'Shaughnessy

Story Photo
The mast that has been erected on a chimney in Newcastle.


The Newcastle community is up in arms following the erection of a phone mast on the side of a building without planning permission last November.

The mobile phone giant Meteor has applied for retention of the structure, and Galway City Council has said that the file has been reviewed by the Planning Department's enforcement officer.

According to Cllr Billy Cameron, who lives in the area, an enforcement order has been issued, meaning that the council has ordered Meteor to remove the mast, and this will lead to legal proceedings if the company does not comply or receive planning permission in the interim.

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impf-report Newsletter Nr. 14/2007

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Peter Hartz ist weg, Hartz IV muss weg

15. August 2007

Vor fünf Jahren übergab die Hartz-Kommission ihre Vorschläge an den damaligen Bundeskanzler Schröder. Zum Jahrestag erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer der Partei DIE LINKE, Dietmar Bartsch:

Am 16. August zelebrierte Gerhard Schröder mit einer glanzvollen Inszenierung auf dem Gendarmenmarkt die Übergabe der Ergebnisse der Kommission "Moderne Dienstleistungen am Arbeitsmarkt", der "Hartz-Kommission". Er versprach 2 Millionen Arbeitslose weniger binnen kürzester Zeit und die "Eins-zu-Eins-Umsetzung", sollte er wieder Bundeskanzler werden. Die Wirkung der "Reformen" war genau gegenteilig. Wird ein Zusammenhang der aktuellen wirtschaftlichen Lage mit den Hartz-Reformen hergestellt, erdrückt in der Bewertung zurecht das "trotz" das "wegen". Die Ergebnisse der Hartz-Reformen sehen aus der Sicht der arbeitenden und arbeitslosen Bürgerinnen und Bürger alles andere als erfolgreich und glanzvoll aus:

Kein besserer Zugang zum Arbeitsmarkt für Arbeitslose – stattdessen mehr Kontrollen der persönlichen Lebensverhältnisse und höherer Druck zu prekärer Billigarbeit, zu Arbeit ohne Arbeitsvertrag wie in Ein-Euro-Jobs. Kein besserer sozialer Rückhalt für die persönliche Lebensplanung von Arbeitnehmerinnnen und Arbeitnehmern unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung der Kapital- und Arbeitsmärkte und der Flexibilisierung der Arbeitzeiten und Arbeitsbedingungen. Keine bessere Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie, von Job und Weiterbildung, von Unterstützung und Fähigkeiten – stattdessen eine beschleunigte Aussortierung ins Heer der langzeitarbeitslosen HARTZ IV-Beziehenden bei rasantem Verlust aller über Beitragszahlungen erworbenen Sicherheiten eines Arbeitnehmerlebens. Keine besseren Dienstleistungen für Arbeitslose, keine besseren Ideen, wie die massenhafte Suche nach sinnvoller, bezahlter Arbeit mit den brachliegenden öffentlichen Aufgaben und wachsenden neuen Bedürfnissen nach personennahen Dienstleistungen zusammengebracht werden können – stattdessen Herabwürdigung von Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitnehmerinnen zu schikanierten Almosenempfängern, die froh sein sollen, wenn sie zu Ein-Euro-Jobs herangezogen werden.

Mit den Hartz-Reformen hat die regierende Sozialdemokratie bewiesen: "Modernisierung" hat unter ihrer Regierungshoheit nichts mehr mit gesellschaftlichem Fortschritt und besseren Lebensverhältnissen für die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung zu tun. Die Agenda 2010-Politik hat mit dem sozialstaatlichen Versprechen gebrochen, dass auf den Sozialstaat Verlass ist, wenn er gebraucht wird. Mit der Agenda 2010 im Allgemeinen und den Hartz-Reformen im Besonderen hat die Sozialdemokratie den Anspruch aufgegeben, die sozialen Verhältnisse unter den neuen, schwierigen Bedingungen im Interesse aller, zumindest einer übergroßen Mehrheit der Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer gestalten zu wollen. Stattdessen hat sie ihre Lebensbedingungen den Rendite-Erwartungen der global agierenden Wirtschaftsriesen und Finanzmarktjongleuren ausgeliefert. Mit den Hartz-Reformen, insbesondere Hartz IV, hat die SPD in Kumpanei mit den Grünen ihre Rolle als Schutzmacht der "kleinen Leute" preisgegeben. Sie ist eingeschwenkt auf eine politische Linie, deren Ergebnisse heute zu besichtigen sind: Im anhaltenden Wirtschaftsaufschwung wachsen Leiharbeit, befristete Arbeit und generell Arbeit in schlecht bezahlten, unsicheren Bedingungen, unter denen eine Lebensplanung nicht mehr möglich ist, sondern fast täglich Unsicherheit herrscht, was morgen kommen wird. Im anhaltenden Wirtschaftsaufschwung wachsen Armut und Reichtum gleichzeitig, die soziale Spaltung wird größer. Beides ist das Gegenteil von guter, sozial gerechter Politik.

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Breaking Bush’s resistance

The American Conservative
by James Bovard

07/30/07

The torture regime rests on the notion that anyone labeled an enemy combatant deserves whatever harsh treatment he receives. Combatant Status Review Tribunals are used to confirm the guilt of people sent to Guantanamo as enemy combatants, but the tribunals routinely rely on tortured confessions and hearsay evidence, and almost any allegation can be sufficient to perpetuate detention. Candace Gorman, a Chicago attorney representing two Guantanamo detainees, noted that in one case ‘the [tribunal] darkly noted that the prisoner owned a Casio wristwatch (which could conceivably be used to time explosives). … Karate skills, knowledge of computers and participation in the pilgrimage to Mecca have also been considered factors supporting ‘continuing detention.’’ Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a 26-year Army veteran who had a pivotal role in gathering evidence for the tribunals, filed a sworn affidavit last month declaring that the process of identifying enemy combatants at Guantanamo was a sham and that officers were pressured to find defendants guilty...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Reality vs. the state

LewRockwell.Com
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

08/14/07

If you have boarded an airplane recently, you know something about how the state lives in a strange, alternative universe in which good sense, normal courtesies, and sound judgment play no role. No aspect of life is perfect, but the sectors the state manages are wacky and topsy-turvy. Thus we are expected to believe that every living person who boards an airplane is a potential terrorist, and every person is just as much a risk as every other person. We are expected to believe that because the state forces us to carry deodorant in a little baggy, that we are safer from hijackings than we would otherwise be...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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So many wars and still we don’t have peace

Tennessean
by Richard Aberdeen

08/14/07

According to President Bush, we are fighting in Iraq to ’secure the peace’ and to ’secure freedom and democracy.’ Is there any historical or other rational reason to believe him? If war can secure peace, then why, after 10,000 years of war, isn’t there peace on earth by now? War didn’t begin with the American Revolution, nor did it end there; many soldiers who fought against the British rose up in ‘Shays’ Rebellion’ against wealthy colonists who were taking their land and throwing them into debtors’ prison. Soon after, another war against the British erupted. Then came the Mexican-American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War and War in the Philippines … World War I, soon followed by World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and, now, the Iraq grand blunder to end all blunders war...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Who’s editing Wikipedia? Diebold, the CIA, a campaign …

Wired
by John Borland

08/14/07

On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company’s machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the computer used to make the edits. In this case, the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself. And it is far from an isolated case. A new data-mining service launched Monday traces millions of Wikipedia entries to their corporate sources, and for the first time puts comprehensive data behind longstanding suspicions of manipulation, which until now have surfaced only piecemeal in investigations of specific allegations...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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A new Cold War with Iran?

Boston Globe
by John Tirman

08/14/07

We often hear that the US-Iran confrontation is a new Cold War — a highly charged ideological rivalry with nuclear capabilities on each side and ‘proxy’ wars pursued for geostrategic advantage. While there are resemblances, the standoff is not like the US-Soviet conflict. In fact, it could be dangerous to think that it is. The differences between the two rivalries are significant. Iran does not have much military capability, unlike the USSR, which may be one reason for Tehran’s nuclear development program. They may see it as parity and respect on the cheap. In terms of conventional military firepower, Iran has plenty of bodies but little technology...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Casual talk of war

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

08/13/07

The opponents of the Bush wars and the accompanying expansion of government power have been disappointed countless times before. Just the other day the Democrats in Congress acquiesced in the Bush administration’s heavy-handed bid for the power to conduct warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens and residents in the name of fighting terrorism...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Government blunders create more demand for its services

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

08/13/07

If a restaurant, dry cleaner, or home repair business provided inferior goods or shoddy services, it is likely that the concern would go belly up. Yet when the U.S. government makes a blunder, the more its citizens reward its failure with further money and authority. For example, after the Bush administration exacerbated the worldwide threat from Islamic terrorists by invading and occupying two Muslim nations, spied on Americans without warrants — which is both illegal and unconstitutional — to ‘urgently’ combat such terrorism, and then saw its Attorney General dissemble about the espionage program, Congress has actually rewarded the administration for its actions...

//www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2011


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Our drug industrial complex

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
by Russ Jones

08/12/07

A recent news wire article here in Texas reported that the drug cartels in Mexico have discussed a truce and that maybe a cessation of all the violence in Mexico, especially along the Texas border, is in the works. If they have agreed to a truce, their collective cooperation will only mean more drugs at a cheaper price here in the U.S...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The worst of both worlds

Slate
by Dahlia Lithwick

08/14/07

Last week in a New York Times op-ed, former presidential candidate Wesley Clark and UCLA professor Kal Raustiala offered up a new sally in the long-running national debate over whether to treat captured terrorists as criminals or soldiers. They vote — for some compelling reasons — for treating the terrorists like criminals. It’s a useful thought experiment, one I myself have engaged in on occasion. But we should probably stop kidding ourselves that anyone, outside newspapers and academia, is strictly choosing between these two systems. Criminal vs. soldier is not a dichotomy the Bush administration accepts. It never has. This president likes to have it both ways: tending to treat terror suspects as soldiers or criminals as suits his purposes. The innovation of his lawyers has been to tack back and forth between the military and criminal law systems, thus avoiding either’s constraints...

//www.slate.com/id/2172218/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Is the White House supporting Hillary Clinton?

Salon
by Joan Walsh

08/14/07

Sen. Hillary Clinton has a new ad running in Iowa. It’s called ‘Invisible.’ I watched it. It’s OK. She talks about struggling Americans — people needing healthcare, struggling single moms, even soldiers — who feel they’re ‘invisible’ to President Bush, and promises they’ll be visible when she’s president. It was soft and unremarkable to me. But not to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, who bashed the ad as ‘outrageous’ at a briefing today. … What is Perino thinking? Why is the White House giving Clinton such a boost in the news cycle?

//www.salon.com/opinion/walsh/election_2008/2007/08/14/clinton_ad/index.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The useful fools of empire

CounterPunch
by Paul de Rooj

08/14/07

Most inhabitants of Western countries are afflicted by nefarious delusions about the nature of their societies and government policy; the public at large is led to believe that their societies are superior, and their governments’ policies are noble and generous. The illusions have to do with the dissonance between the fabricated image and the reality of state power, especially when it entails wars waged against third world countries. Awful wars are waged for crass motives, yet they are sold on the basis that they are driven by benevolent intent...

//www.counterpunch.org/rooij08142007.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The cult of 9/11

Rocky Mountain News
by Paul Campos

08/14/07

When Stu Bykofsky, a columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News, wrote a column last week in which he openly hoped that America suffers “another 9/11,” he merely had the poor judgment to say what many a right-wing politician and pundit is thinking. Evidence for this is everywhere: in the fact that Bykofsky was invited to appear on the GOP’s unofficial network, Fox News, to “explain” his comments; in the keen disappointment that ripples throughout the right-wing blogosphere every time the collapse of a bridge or a steam pipe explosion turns out not to have been the work of Scary Brown People Who Hate Our Freedoms; and in predictions such as that made by former Sen. Rick Santorum, that the GOP’s electoral fortunes will improve as soon as there’s another terrorist attack...

//www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/columnist/0,1299,DRMN_86_105,00.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Congress’s Orwellian compromise

Consortium News
by Nat Parry

08/14/07

When congressional Democratic leaders permitted the hasty passage of a bill granting George W. Bush new spying authority, they dashed the hopes of many Americans that last November’s Democratic victory would put a stop to Bush’s assault on the Constitution. Now, it is clear that while the Democrats may conduct more oversight hearings than the Republicans did, they are not likely to face Bush down over his abuse of presidential powers or his war in Iraq...

//www.consortiumnews.com/2007/081407.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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NSA wiretapping trial begins

Christian Science Monitor

08/14/07

It’s hard — often impossible — to prove that secret government wiretapping in the name of national security is violating one’s privacy rights. The evidence itself usually is top secret. But one rather obscure case could pull back the veil on a surveillance program that’s at the heart of the US fight against terror. In the federal appeals court in San Francisco Wednesday, lawyers for a Saudi charity accused of helping Al Qaeda will argue that their clients, including two American attorneys, were illegally spied on without the required court warrant. How do they know? Treasury Department officials inadvertently provided them with National Security Agency (NSA) call logs stamped ‘top secret’...

//www.csmonitor.com/2007/0814/p01s02-usju.html


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Lawsuit may detail secrets of spy program

MSNBC

08/14/07

In 2003, Room 641A of a large telecommunications building in downtown San Francisco was filled with powerful data-mining equipment for a ’special job’ by the National Security Agency, according to a former AT&T technician. It was fed by fiber-optic cables that siphoned copies of e-mails and other online traffic from one of the largest Internet hubs in the United States, the former employee says in court filings. What occurred in the room is now at the center of a pivotal legal battle in a federal appeals court over the Bush administration’s controversial spying program, including the monitoring that came to be publicly known as the Terrorist Surveillance Program.

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National Lawyers Guild Calls on Congress to Repeal Warrantless Domestic Surveillance

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Green Party Urges Quick Repeal of Bill Expanding Bush Administration's Surveillance Powers

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Cindy Sheehan: Crisis

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Pelosi Needs To Put Impeachment On The Table

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First Gonzales, Then Bush: Impeachment Should Be A Serious Option

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Prices for Key Foods Are Rising Sharply

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Half of Nation's Poor Don't Get Food Stamps

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U.S. Patent Office Re-Opens Debate Over Animal Patents

Patent 6,924,413 was granted for rabbits whose eyes are intentionally damaged to serve as a model for "dry eye" conditions in humans.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said this week it is re-opening an investigation into whether animals, whose eyes have been purposefully damaged, can be patented...

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The Color of Health Care: Diagnosing Bias in Doctors

Shankar Vedantam of The Washington Post says: "Long before word recently broke that white referees in the National Basketball Association were calling fouls at a higher rate on black athletes than on white athletes, and long before studies found racial disparities in how black and white applicants get called for job interviews, researchers noted differences in the most troubling domain of all - disparities in survival and health among people belonging to different racial groups."

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Big Drop in Upper Great Lakes Water Level

Felicity Barringer of The New York Times writes: "Water levels in the three upper Great Lakes are wavering far below normal, and experts expect Lake Superior, the northernmost lake, to reach a record low in the next two months, according to data from the international bodies that monitor the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater reservoir."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/081407EC.shtml

Carbon Market Encourages Chopping Forests

Study

Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters, reports: "The current carbon market actually encourages cutting down some of the world's biggest forests, which would unleash tons of climate-warming carbon into the atmosphere, a new study reported."

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Religious Groups Mobilize to Defeat Bush Prisoner Policies

William Fisher, writing for Truthout, says, "The Bush administration's policies for treatment of prisoners in the so-called global war on terror are being challenged by a consistently underreported segment of America's 'faith communities' - long dominated by right-wing televangelists such as James Dobson, Jerry Falwell and Pat Roberts."

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How Bush Gained the Power to Spy on You

The Bush Administration has successfully forced on Congress a law that largely authorizes open-ended surveillance of Americans' overseas phone calls and e-mails. How did they do it?

//www.alternet.org/rights/59190/


From Information Clearing House



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Bush Administration Says Warrantless Eavesdropping Cannot Be Questioned

The Bush administration said Monday the constitutionality of its warrantless electronic eavesdropping program cannot be challenged.

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Bush Warns Puppets Not to Praise Iran

Hamid Karzai, hand-picked by Washington to pose as president of the broken country of Afghanistan, says his government has "very, very good, very, very close relations [and] will continue to have good relations with Iran." He declares on CNN, "So far, Iran has been a helper" in fighting terrorism.

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Iraq: Violence taking toll on pregnant mothers, infants

The violence destroyed the life of my son while he was still in my uterus," Leila said.
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Giuliani says U.S. will need long presence in Iraq

U.S. troops will likely be fighting in Iraq when the next president takes office in 2009 and some U.S. forces will need to stay there to deter regional threats, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said on Tuesday.

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In Praise Of 'Sicko' But What Happens After The U.S. Healthcare System Dies?"

By Carolyn Baker

Not only is U.S. healthcare devastating the lives of Americans who use it, but it is being manipulated to give the appearance of economic health in a code-blue economy now in collapse.

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Are You Scared?

By Craig Winters

Multinational corporations sell our jobs to the lowest overseas bidders. The credit industry preys on our poor. The for-profit healthcare system is the leading cause of bankruptcy while hospitals dump indigent patients on skid row. Our country's infrastructure is breaking down from New Orleans levees to Minnesota bridges even as we are mired in a war that drowns us in debt and advances only the interests of big oil and arms merchants.

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Bush's Booming Economy -- For The Rich

Sheila Samples

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A Day of Reckoning for Americans Who Lived Beyond Their Means

By Joseph Stiglitz

The housing bubble induced Americans to live beyond their means -- net savings have been negative for the past couple of years. With this engine of growth turned off, it is hard to see how the US economy would not suffer from a slowdown.

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Of Lies, History & Throwing Flowers

By Mirza Yawar Baig

Money is the sole criterion for all value including of ourselves. So we try constantly to show how 'successful' we are by showing how wasteful we can be. Contribution to society is not even in the reckoning any more.

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RON PAUL WON: Iowa Straw Poll 37.01%

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The Tyrants Are Planning on Stealing the 2008 Election - Wake Up US

Ron Paul: Insider on Ames, IA Straw Poll Voting
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Official Exit Poll Results -- Iowa Straw Poll

Ron Paul______37.01%
M Huckabee___20.85%
T Tancredo____16.72%
Mitt Romney___10.03%
S Brownback___06.91%
T Thompson____04.35%
D Hunter_______01.34%
F Thompson____00.89%
Rudy Giuliani___00.67%
John McCain____00.56%
John Cox_______00.45%

Ron Paul actually won the Iowa Straw Poll by a large margin. They used Diebold machines to count the votes. Election fraud must be stopped.
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DrEd

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Evidence Suggests Ron Paul Was Cheated
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ALG - Rückzahlung

Quelle: Deutscher Einheit(z)-Textdienst von Werner Lutz 7/02

Nach dem Urteil eines hessischen Landessozialgerichts brauchen Hartz IV Bedarfsgemeinschaften bei überhöhten Berechnungen das ALG II nicht zurückbezahlen. Das ist auch schlecht möglich: wie soll man etwas zurückzahlen, was ohnehin zum Leben nicht reicht. //www.einheiztext.de/


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Immer mehr ältere Menschen bekommen Hartz IV

Die Zahl der 50 bis 65-Jährigen, die auf Hartz IV angewiesen sind, steigt kontinuierlich

Hannover (AFP) - Immer mehr ältere Menschen werden zu Hartz-IV-Empfängern. Das geht aus einer Analyse des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (DGB) hervor, wie die "Neuen Presse" in Hannover am Donnerstagausgabe berichtete. "Die Zahl der 50 bis 65-Jährigen, die auf Hartz IV angewiesen sind, steigt kontinuierlich", sagte der Leiter der Abteilung Arbeitsmarktpolitik beim DGB-Bundesvorstand, Wilhelm Adamy, dem Blatt. Im Frühjahr waren demnach 7,7 Prozent der in Deutschland lebenden 50- bis 65-Jährigen auf Hartz IV angewiesen. Beim Start des Arbeitslosengeldes II im Januar 2005 lag der Anteil nur bei 6,3 Prozent.

Schon vor Verabschiedung der Hartz IV-Gesetze, in den Anhörungen beim Deutschen Bundestag, hatten fast alle Sachverständigen, u. a. auch die Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Erwerbslosen- und Sozialhilfeinitiativen BAG-SHI; die Mitglieder des Bundestages darauf aufmerksam gemacht; trotzdem wurden die Hartz IV-Gesetze von der SPD und Bündnis 90/die Grünen durch den Bundestag gepeitscht; die Altersarmut war denach vorprogrammiert.

Es wäre gut, wenn deshalb endlich auch eine Mindestrente auf der Agenda der Parteien stehen würde!


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Phone firm in a mast mix-up

By George Hamilton

Susan Goldacre, John Green, councillor Ed Turner, Andrew Browne and Alex Tucker opposed the mast

Neighbours have heaved a sigh of relief after plans for a mobile phone mast were shelved - but they had a last minute scare first.

Campaigners in Rose Hill, Oxford, knew phone operator T-Mobile had U-turned on plans for a mast in Courtland Road - and had the letters to prove it.

Read More...
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Bush Wants Microchipped Society

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Global Warming Enabled Russia’s Arctic Land Grab, and Now It Could Get Worse

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Housing Bubble vs. Great Depression



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13 v.H. der Bevölkerung sind arm oder armutsgefährdet

Studie des Statistischen Bundesamts über Armut und soziale Ausgrenzung Ergebnis der Analyse: 13 v.H. der Bevölkerung sind arm oder armutsgefährdet.

Um Missverständnissen vorzubeugen: Unbestritten gibt es in Deutschland Armut in dem Sinn, dass Menschen mit so wenig Geld ihren Lebensunterhalt bestreiten müssen, wovon sich unsereins höchstens ungefähre Vorstellungen machen kann. Solange diese Menschen nicht aus eigener Kraft ihrem Schicksal entrinnen können, haben sie Anspruch auf unsere sozialstaatliche gebotene Hilfe. Dafür existiert hierzulande eine Mindestsicherung, beispielsweise in Form des Arbeitslosengelds II für Erwerbsfähige. Die Gesellschaft, vertreten durch den Gesetzgeber, muss darüber entscheiden, ob diese Fürsorgeleistung lediglich Elementarbedürfnisse befriedigen oder ob sie eine Teilhabe am gesellschaftlichen Leben ermöglichen soll.

Aber von dieser Armut, gemessen in absoluten Kategorien, handeln die angeführten Zahlen überhaupt nicht, sondern von einer "relativen Armut". Demnach gilt gemäß internationalen Konventionen als armutsgefährdet, wer weniger als 60 v.H. des mittleren Haushaltseinkommens, korrigiert um die Haushaltsgröße, bezieht ("Äquivalenzeinkommen"). Diese Armutsgefährdungsgrenze lag im Jahr 2004 bei monatlich 856 Euro für einen Alleinstehenden und 1.798 Euro für eine Familie mit zwei Kindern unter 14 Jahren. Die Problematik dieser Definition liegt auf der Hand. Selbst wenn sich alle Einkommen verdoppeln, allemal in realer Betrachtung, änderte sich der Anteil der Armutsgefährdeten nicht – ein offenkundig abwegiges Resultat. Außerdem bleiben selbst genutztes Wohneigentum und Privatrenten bei der Berechnung außer Ansatz. Und – wer hätte das gedacht – die von der Politik für das Jahr 2007 lautstark begrüßten kräftigen Lohnsteigerungen würden gemäß dem Berechnungskonzept der "relativen Armut" zu einem höheren Anteil der Armutsgefährdeten führen. Ein Schuft, wer jetzt daraus für die bevorstehenden Tarifverhandlungen Schlussfolgerungen zieht!

Solche Einlassungen empfinden bestimmte Zirkel als lästig und stellen dem stattdessen lieber die Einkommen von Unternehmensführern gegenüber, vorzugsweise wenn diese tatsächliche oder vermeintliche Fehlleistungen erbracht haben. Solches Versagen gibt es durchaus – aber nur in dieser Personengruppe? Was ist mit Spitzeneinkommen unter anderem von Fußballprofis, Leinwandstars oder Bestsellerautoren, vor allem, wenn sich deren Torbilanz beziehungsweise schauspielerische Leistung beziehungsweise das intellektuelle Niveau ihrer Bücher als noch deutlich steigerungsfähig erweist, um es einmal freundlich zu formulieren? Man kann ja zum x-ten Mal eine Debatte über "gerechte Einkommen" anzetteln (bei der aller Erfahrung nach nichts herauskommt), aber wieso werden ausschließlich hohe Managergehälter attackiert? Sind Unternehmensführer Freiwild?

Genauso zweifelhaft wie das Vorurteil über den die Armut fördernden Sozialstaat ist das der sozialen Hängematte, in der sich "die" Arbeitslosen ausruhen. Wer arbeiten wolle, der finde auch Arbeit – dieser Aussage stimmten immerhin 63 v.H. aller Personen in einer Befragung der westdeutschen Bevölkerung "etwas" oder "voll" zu. Gewiss: Wie in jeder Personengruppe gibt es unter den Arbeitslosen ebenfalls schwarze Schafe. Aber mindestens ebenso groß ist die Gruppe der Arbeitslosen, die unter ihrem Schicksal leiden, die glücklich über einen Arbeitsplatz wären und dafür erhebliche Suchanstrengungen unternehmen. //www.zew.de/de/aktuell/aktuell.php?action=article_show&LFDNR=728



Rainer Roth - Mehr Kinderarmut - weniger Bildungschancen. Die Senkung der Regelsätze für Schulkinder mit Einführung von Hartz IV hat bis heute nicht die ihm gebührende Aufmerksamkeit gefunden.

"Der neue Regelsatz verbessert die Situation der betroffenen Menschen," erklärte die SPDGrünen-Bundesregierung vor Inkrafttreten von Hartz IV. (Pressemitteilung Nr. 653 vom 16.12.2004) Mit betroffenen Menschen können auf keinen Fall Schulkinder gemeint gewesen sein. Denn der Regelsatz für Kinder zwischen 7 und 14 Jahren wurde von 65% auf 60% des Eckregelsatzes abgesenkt, der von Kindern zwischen 15 und 18 Jahren von 90 auf 80%.

Die weitgehende Einbeziehung der Bedarfe der früheren einmaligen Beihilfen in den Regelsatz führte zu einer weiteren Kürzung. Denn der Anteil von einmaligen Beihilfen am Regelsatz betrug vor Hartz IV bei Kindern 20%. Mit Hartz IV ist er auf 16% abgesenkt worden. Nach dem bis Ende 2004 geltenden Leistungsniveau hätte der Regelsatz für Kinder von 7-14 Jahren allein deswegen 232 statt 207 Euro betragen müssen, der von 15-18-Jährigen 319 statt 276 Euro. Kinderarmut ist in aller Munde. Es werden Zahlen präsentiert, dass jedes sechste Kind auf Hartz-Niveau lebt, ohne die Dunkelziffer zu rechnen, dass in Großstädten wie Hamburg, Bremen und Berlin die Hartz IV-Quote von Kindern bei 30% liegt und in einzelnen Stadtteilen mehr als die Hälfte der Kinder auf diesem Niveau lebt.

Neuerdings wird mehr und mehr auch die ärmliche Zusammensetzung des Regelsatzes von Kindern zum Thema von Aktionen. Und sei es in der Ostfriesen-Zeitung mit ihrem Titel "0,52 Cent fürs Kinderfrühstück." //www.klartext-info.de/vortraege/Roth-gew-rp-061212.pdf

Rainer Roth ist Professor an der Fachhochschule Frankfurt für Sozialhilfe


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Bütikofer: Hartz IV-Regelsatz auf 390 bis 450 Euro anheben

Die einstigen Befürworter von Hartz IV kommen langsam von dem Konzept der Hartz IV-Verarmung ab.

Der Grünen-Chef Reinhard Bütikofer setzt sich für eine deutliche Regelsatzerhöhung ein und kritisiert zugleich den Vorschlag von Thüringens Ministerpräsident Althaus.

Berlin. Grünen-Chef Reinhard Bütikofer macht sich für eine deutliche Anhebung des Regelsatzes beim Arbeitslosengeld II stark. In einem Gespräch mit der Nachrichtenagentur ddp kritisierte Bütikofer am Donnerstag zugleich den Vorschlag von Thüringens Ministerpräsident Dieter Althaus (CDU), die «Hartz IV»-Leistungen alle zwei Jahre um die Inflationsrate zu erhöhen, als unzureichend.

Der Regelsatz sei «ja gerade um weniger als ein Prozent nach oben angepasst worden», argumentierte der Grünen-Vorsitzende. Dieser Regelsatz von 347 Euro sei aber nicht ausreichend. Nehme man die Studien von Sozialverbänden zum Maßstab, müsse man von einem Regelsatz zwischen 390 und 450 Euro reden. Hierüber sei eine Diskussion fällig, statt «jedes Mal, wenn die Butter teurer wird», über eine «Mini-Anpassung» zu debattieren. ddp/pr-sozial //www.elo-forum.net/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1074&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=241



ver.di fordert eine Erhöhung des Regelsatzes auf mindestens 420 Euro und einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn von wenigstens 7,50 Euro je Stunde.

Teurere Milch, steigende Strompreise, bald auch höhere Preise für Brot – für viele reicht es immer weniger zum Leben. Besonders eng wird es für Menschen, die von Hartz IV leben müssen. Der Regelsatz ist kürzlich von 345 auf 347 Euro erhöht worden – um ein halbes Prozent. Seit der Einführung von Hartz IV 2005 sind die Preise aber um fünf Prozent gestiegen. Mindestens 420 Euro müsste der Regelsatz betragen, um den notwendigen Grundbedarf zu decken. Das hat der Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband errechnet.

Jetzt fordern nach der Linken auch Politiker von SPD und Grünen eine Anhebung der Leistungen. Arbeitsminister Müntefering will damit die Einführung eines allgemeinen Mindestlohns verbinden. Das ist eine richtige Forderung, sie darf aber die Erhöhung nicht blockieren. Weit über eine Million Beschäftigte beziehen zusätzlich Hartz IV, weil ihr Einkommen zum Überleben nicht reicht. Bei erhöhtem Hartz IV hätten noch mehr Beschäftigte Anspruch auf Zuschüsse. Noch mehr Unternehmer könnten Löhne auf Kosten der Allgemeinheit drücken.

ver.di fordert eine Erhöhung des Hartz IVSatzes auf mindestens 420 Euro und einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn von wenigstens 7,50 Euro je Stunde. So werden Armut und Lohndumping bekämpft. In der Bevölkerung gibt es eine satte Zweidrittelmehrheit für den Mindestlohn. Auch im Bundestag ist die Mehrheit dafür. Doch die große Koalition blockiert. unter wipo-aktuell //wipo.verdi.de/wirtschaftspolitik_aktuell/data/07_17_alg_ii.pdf

PS: Die Bundesregierung will die Deutsche Bahn privatisieren und auf Mitspracherechte verzichten. Es droht die Plünderung öffentlichen Eigentums. Senden Sie eine Protestmail an den Verkehrsminister ihres Bundeslandes : //www.fahrplanretter.de .


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