Donnerstag, 16. August 2007

Freedom From Fear is Your Responsibility

by Dr. Edwin Vieira, JD

Beyond doubt, a dark purpose lurks behind not a few of these prophecies. Experts in disinformation and agents provocateurs spread mindless fear in order to impede Americans’ critical reasoning and thereby to foster political panic and self-destructive behavior. They attempt to condition people to accept the ruination, even disappearance, of their country as inevitable, if not imminent, and so to remain passive and apathetic, acquiescing in their victimization, because supposedly “nothing can be done.” They even......

Amnesty International Responds to Padilla Verdict


Jose Padilla Convicted in Terrorism Trial

Curt Anderson reports for The Associated Press that Jose Padilla, a US citizen from Chicago, was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant.


Padilla found guilty of supporting terrorists

Padilla and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi were convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas, which carries a penalty of life in prison. All three were also convicted of two terrorism material support counts, which carry potential 15-year sentences each.

An Inside Look at How U.S. Interrogators Destroyed the Mind of Jose Padilla

In a Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Angela Hegarty speaks for the first time about her experience interviewing Jose Padilla for 22 hours to determine the state of his mental health.

From Information Clearing House


Padilla: guilty

by Rick Perlstein

A jury has just been gamed into an un-American verdict—a black mark on our nation. Only the most recent of many.

ACLU Obtains New Details of Possible "Cover-Up" of Iraqi Prisoner Abuse


ACLU Obtains New Details of Possible "Cover-Up" of Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

The documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, also reveal that an Army investigator found that the conditions of prisoners held in isolation at Abu Ghraib qualified as torture.

From Information Clearing House

Do the Neo-Cons Need Karl Rove When They Can Count on the Democrats?

Collateral Damage: Bethena

Cindy Sheehan


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Backspin for War: The Convenience of Denial


Backspin for War

The Convenience of Denial

By Norman Solomon

The man who ran CNN's news operation during the invasion of Iraq is now doing damage control in response to a new documentary's evidence that he kowtowed to the Pentagon on behalf of the cable network. His current denial says a lot about how "liberal media" outlets remain deeply embedded in the mindsets of pro-military conformity.

Iraq News That Speaks For Itself

An Attempt to Deceive Americans Into Yet Another War

Lost Worlds: Is Another World Possible?

Mounties, CIA Implicated in Arar Torture Scandal

Bush's Lethal Legacy: More Executions

Andrew Gumbel reports for The Guardian UK: "The US already kills more of its prisoners than almost any other country. Now the White House plans to cut the right of appeal of death row inmates."

Democratic Senator Blocking Bush Pick for CIA Lawyer

Matthew Daly, of The Associated Press, reports that Democratic Senator Ron Wyden "says he will block President Bush's nominee to become the CIA's top lawyer indefinitely over concerns that the agency's interrogation techniques may not be legal."

US Defends NSA Spying Before Three Skeptical Judges

Adam Liptak, of The New York Times, reports, "Three federal appeals court judges hearing challenges to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs appeared skeptical of and sometimes hostile to the Bush administration's central argument Wednesday: that national security concerns require that the lawsuits be dismissed."

Allies Worried About US Posturing on Iran

Robin Wright reports for The Washington Post, "America's allies are increasingly concerned about the Bush administration's plans to unilaterally escalate pressure on Iran, fearing that an evolving strategy may also set in motion a process that could lead to military action if Iran does not back down, according to diplomats and officials of foreign countries."

Next-up News n°280

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Phone operator told to remove mast from pitch

Wednesday August 15 2007

Wexford County Council has issued a warning letter to mobile operator O2 to remove their unauthorised phone mast at St. Mogues G.A.A pitch in Fethard.

Prior to this an enforcement notice was served to O2 Communications on July 3 to remove the mast, but the company has not responded.

A spokesman for O2 said on Monday the company will shortly' lodge a planning retention application to Wexford County Council in respect of the mast.


Am Montag kommt sie weg!

070816 Newsletter der Bürgervereinigung gegen die Mobilfunkanlage in Dachau-Süd, am Heideweg

Es ist endlich soweit, am Montag wird die Mobilfunkanlage aus unserer Nachbarschaft, am Heideweg, abgebaut. Heute wurden die Halteverbotschilder aufgestellt ( ), damit der Rückbau reibungslos und ohne Hindernisse am Montag abgewickelt werden kann. Leider müssen wir Ihnen auch eine weniger erfreulichen Nachricht mitteilen: die Stadt Dachau hat den Prozess beim Bayr. Verwaltungsgerichtshof verloren. In Abhängigkeit von der Begründung (wird noch nachgereicht) kann/wird die Stadt in die nächste und letzte Instanz gehen, um das teure und schwer erarbeitete Mobilfunkkonzept doch noch durchzusetzen. Wir werden Sie weiterhin informieren.

Bürgervereinigung gegen die Mobilfunkanlage in Dachau-Süd, am Heideweg

The realities of the coming oil crisis in the United States

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Stop the Owl Extinction Plan: Political Interference Puts Birds, Forests, and Science At Risk

TSA setzt auf Sicherheitskräfte zur Verhaltenserkennung

Allerdings will man beim Heimatschutzministerium das Erkennen der "feindlichen Absichten" von Reisenden doch nicht auf Dauer geschulten Menschen überlassen, sondern hat eine Ausschreibung zur Entwicklung einer Wunschmaschine für Sicherheitsanhänger gestartet.

Nur Junkfood für Hartz 4-Kinder?

Das Arbeitslosengeld (ALG) II reicht nicht aus, um Kinder und Jugendliche ausgewogen zu ernähren.

Mit Sicherheit außer Kontrolle

Wir steuern auf die Entwicklung einer weltweiten Datentauschbörse zu, die dem Missbrauch von personenbezogenen Informationen Tür und Tor öffnet.

Wendepunkte für das Klima der Erde

Britischer Wissenschaftler geht davon aus, dass sich manche Wendepunkte wie das Abschmelzen des Grönlandeises früher und schneller als erwartet ergeben könnten.

Third time lucky for anti-mast group

Residents in Rickman Hill, Coulsdon, are set to oppose the installation of a mobile phone mast in their road - for the third time in nine months.

Two previous applications for the eight-metre mast and antenna were withdrawn by mobile phone giant Orange after residents voiced their disapproval.

However, they have submitted proposals for a third time.

Richard Shore, a member of the Coulsdon West Residents' Association, said: "People opposed it in the past and the residents' association put in objections and I believe we will be putting in another one as it is very near a park used by children."


Secrecy, Torture, Religious Zeal Distinguish Mercenaries

Paul Nyden, in an OP-ED for the West Virginia Gazette, writes: "The use of contractors, and their secrecy, shifts more and more authority from Congress to the White House, which makes its own decisions without any public input. Secrecy hides the real costs of military operations and enables widespread legal abuses, including capturing prisoners and 'rendering' them to unknown locations for questioning and torture."

Californians Want Troops Out of Iraq

Zachary Coile of the San Francisco Chronicle reports: "Californians want Congress to move swiftly to end the Iraq war, with nearly 6 in 10 state voters saying lawmakers should set a deadline to start withdrawing US troops by spring, according to a Field Poll released today. The poll also found new signs that even President Bush's base is abandoning him on the war: 40 percent of California Republicans now favor pulling out some or all troops from Iraq and 30 percent want the Democratic-led Congress to pass legislation to require the president to do so."

Amateur Hour on Iran

The New York Times writes, "The dangers posed by Iran are serious, and America needs to respond with serious policies, not more theatrics. Labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization - as the State Department now proposes - is another distraction when what the Bush administration needs to be doing is opening comprehensive negotiations with Tehran, backed by increasing international economic pressure."

ACLU: Patriot Act, Free Speech Clash

The Associated Press reports: "Congress does not have the power to demand silence from people forced to turn over electronic communications such as Internet records used to investigate terrorism, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer argued Wednesday. During oral arguments in US District Court in Manhattan, ACLU lawyer Jameel Jaffer told Judge Victor Marrero he must strike down a part of the USA Patriot Act that lets the FBI request records without the kind of court order required of other government searches."

Next-up News n°278

Globale Finanzkrise setzt sich fort


09:00 - 16 August 2007

Plans to extend the life of a controversial phone mast in Churcham could create havoc for migrating swans. Phone giant T-Mobile wants planning permission to maintain its temporary mast for another six months.

But the 24.4-metre structure could confuse migrating Bewick's swans, it is claimed.

Wildlife groups including Cotswold Animal and Bird Rescue and Natural England have voiced concern over the effect the mast's magnetic field has on the birds' sense of navigation in the final stages of their journey from the Arctic to warmer climes in England.


Arm DURCH Arbeit!

„Wie man durch Arbeit beim Universitätsklinikum in Marburg noch ärmer wird, als man durch Hartz IV eh schon ist. Thomas S. (Name geändert) kann es noch immer nicht fassen, was für ein Praktikum ihm das KreisJobCenter, das ist der Hartz IV-Leistungsträger im Landkreis Marburg – Biedenkopf, zugewiesen hat. Doch der Reihe nach …“ So beginnt ein Praktikumsbericht auf der Homepage von ver.di-Mittelhessen

Aus: LabourNet, 16. August 2007

Herbstoffensive: Wider den Hartz-IV-Zynismus

„… Die außerparlamentarischen Bewegungen werden im Herbst Himmel und Hölle in Bewegung setzen. Sie wollen mit den Betroffenen und in Kooperation mit Linkspartei, Gewerkschaften, Kinderschutz-Initiativen, Obdachlosenorganisationen und vielen anderen am 29. Oktober dezentrale Massenproteste organisieren. Dabei stehen neben der sofortigen Erhöhung der ALG-II-Sätze auf 500 Euro ein lebensfähiger Mindestlohn von zehn Euro pro Stunde, eine solidarische Arbeitsumverteilung in den anstehenden Tarifverhandlungen für den öffentlichen Dienst und die Einführung eines Grundeinkommens auf der Tagesordnung. Die Aktionen werden sich auf die Repräsentanz der Unmenschlichkeitspolitik in den Parteizentralen der CDU und SPD konzentrieren.“ Kommentar von Peter Grottian in der jungen Welt vom 15.08.2007

Hartz IV erhöhen!

„Der Hartz IV-Satz ist viel zu niedrig. ver.di fordert eine Erhöhung auf mindestens 420 Euro und einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn von wenigstens 7,50 Euro je Stunde. In der Bevölkerung gibt es eine satte Zweidrittelmehrheit für den Mindestlohn. Auch im Bundestag ist die Mehrheit dafür. Doch die große Koalition blockiert…“ Das Flugblatt „Wirtschaftspolitik Aktuell Nr. 17/2007“ von ver.di (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 16. August 2007

Court Gives Go Ahead to Mobile Phone Mast Erection on Church

by Daniel Blake

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007, 12:55 (BST)

An appeal to stop a mobile phone mast being erected on top of an Essex church has been dismissed by a Consistory Court.

The appeal was lodged because of fears that the mast, to be put up at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Chingford, Essex, could be used to transmit pornography.

Although at an initial hearing concerns were also raised regarding various health issues surrounding mobile phone masts, it was put forward that because it was possible they could facilitate the transmission of pornography they should not be allowed to be placed on the church building.

That initial hearing was overseen by Chancellor Pullen, who refused to permit the faculty due to the fears, and the case was forwarded on to the Consistory Court.


Blame Iran

Asia Times
by Gareth Porter


Growing numbers of US forces in Baghdad are being killed or injured in attacks by Shi’ite militias with links to Iran. The US says this is because of a ’surge’ in Iranian assistance aimed at ousting the Americans from Iraq, despite there being no new evidence to back up the claim. It could simply be that the US soldiers are dying because they have significantly stepped up operations against Shi’ites in the capital...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Santorum against the world

The American Conservative
by Michael Brendan Dougherty


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

No Congress, no peace

Mother Jones
by Jonathan Schwarz


If the United States spreads its Middle Eastern disaster into Iran, it won’t be the fault of George W. Bush alone — a Democratic Congress will share some of the blame. Fortunately, the legislative branch has effective options for stopping war before it starts...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Honesty is the best policy

from Reason to Freedom
by Michelle L


This is an excellent summary of American foreign policy; one that can be described as the belief that all the people of the world want to be like us but evil dictators/leaders/governments are stopping them. That the United States is justified in ‘exporting democracy,’ even at gunpoint, because all the various races, cultures, and huddled masses really want McDonalds, Coca-Cola, baseball and apple pie — and they’re just waiting for us to liberate them so they can rise up against their oppressors. And buy stuff from us. There’s a term for this type of thinking: ethnocentricity...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The worsening nightmare

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber


The strongest criticism of the Iraq catastrophe is that it represents ‘the worst strategic blunder’ of the last hundred years. No one who is prominent in our national political life will say that it is a monstrous war crime. (Even that claim about Iraq is not true as things stand at present, although it might turn out to be accurate: for the worst ‘blunder’ of the last century, and setting aside the fact that our entrance into World War I was also a deliberate and carefully calculated decision, designed to maintain and expand the global power of the United States and England, you need to look to Woodrow Wilson. World War I and its aftermath set in motion the long series of events that led to World War II, the Cold War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the other occurrences that led to 9/11 — and to the present crisis. If the United States should attack Iran, then this period may very well represent the worst decisions in foreign policy of the last century, depending specifically on how events play out. But we don’t know that … not yet.)...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US general to call for Iraq pullbacks



The top American commander in Iraq said Wednesday he was preparing recommendations on troop cuts before he returns to Washington next month for a report to Congress, and believes the U.S. footprint in Iraq will have to be ‘a good bit smaller’ by next summer. But he cautioned against a quick or significant U.S. withdrawal that could surrender ‘the gains we have fought so hard to achieve’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Army suicides highest in 26 years

Wichita Eagle


Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report. The report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its scheduled release Thursday, found there were 99 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers during 2006, up from 88 the previous year and the highest number since the 102 suicides in 1991 at the time of the Persian Gulf War...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Trouble with Touch Screens

Dan Rather's Shocking Revelations About Sequoia and the Florida 2000 Election

Nitrogen Overdose

Writing for Inside Bay Area, Suzanne Bohan says there is a "glut of nitrogen disrupting ecosystems, polluting waters and harming human health, but it's a silent partner, along with carbon dioxide, in changing the Earth's climate."

Forests: A Catalog of Failures

The editors of The Daily Astorian write: "What does 2007 have in common with 1987? Both are times of ill-conceived rushes to pillage public lands by Republican administrations nearing their final days."

Are Some Insurance Companies Putting Profits Before People?

"On Friday, August 17, 'NOW' collaborates with Bloomberg Markets magazine to investigate tactics some insurance companies may be using to reduce, avoid or stall homeowners' claims in an effort to boost their own earnings."

Iraq Set to Disintegrate, New Study Warns

The German news magazine Der Spiegel says, "It's no secret that Iraq is a politically, ethnically and religiously fractured country. But a new study released in Berlin on Wednesday argues that federalism remains the country's last, best hope. Otherwise, it may fall apart completely."

Subprime Problems Spread Into Commercial Loans

Turmoil in the subprime mortgage market spread again yesterday - this time to a type of short-term security held by money market mutual funds. These funds have become the investment of choice for many people seeking a safe haven.

Sentinel Management Group Halts Client Redemptions

Sentinel Management Group Inc., the Illinois-based cash-management firm that oversees $1.6 billion, froze client withdrawals after saying that credit-market turmoil made it impossible to trade without incurring losses.

Countrywide Falls: Merrill Cites Bankruptcy Prospect

Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, fell for the fifth consecutive day on the New York Stock Exchange after Merrill Lynch & Co. raised the possibility of bankruptcy.

Home Sales Fall Nearly 11 Percent in 2Q

U.S. existing home sales fell nearly 11 percent in the second quarter from last year's levels as the residential real estate market's slump continued, an industry group said Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

MexAmeriCanada: It's Coming

The newspapers, radio, and television have chosen to ignore the plan-introduced by the Council on Foreign Relations-to create a North American Union similar to the European Union.

From Information Clearing House

Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal issues

"This is the hallmark of an authoritarian state," says Larry Johnson, a former State Department counterterrorism official and former analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

How lawyer navigates sea of secrecy in bizarre case

Among the obstacles: responding to a filing he can't see and writing a brief with none of his notes at hand.

A verdict on Padilla and the US

In short, the US military used terror - Padilla had little or no human contact for more than three years - to fight terror. Many mental health experts say his severe seclusion in a Navy brig impaired his thinking. A judge confirmed the disability but let the case continue.

From Information Clearing House

From his office in clouded cuckoo land: Giuliani: Toward a Realistic Peace

The next U.S. president will face three key foreign policy challenges: setting a course for victory in the terrorists' war on global order, strengthening the international system the terrorists seek to destroy, and extending the system's benefits.

From Information Clearing House


Rudy, the anti-statesman

by Fred Kaplan


Rudy Giuliani’s essay in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, laying out his ideas for a new U.S. foreign policy, is one of the shallowest articles of its kind I’ve ever read. Had it been written for a freshman course on international relations, it would deserve at best a C-minus (with a concerned note to come see the professor as soon as possible). That it was written by a man who wants to be president — and who recently said that he understands the terrorist threat ‘better than anyone else running’ — is either the stuff of high satire or cause to consider moving to, or out of, the country. The article contains so many bizarre statements, it’s hard to know where to start, so let’s begin at the beginning and go from there...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The experiment that failed

American policies thus laid the groundwork not only for the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, but for a possible future takeover of Pakistan by similarly inclined militants.

From Information Clearing House

Iran winning more friends in region

At a time when the United States is widely regarded in the Middle East as a military aggressor and faces plummeting popularity around the world, Iran is taking advantage of the situation to boost its own image and forge closer ties with its neighbors.

From Information Clearing House

US turns heat up on Iran

Although Iran itself is labelled a "state sponsor of terrorism" by the US State Department, this would be the first time that a national military force had been described as a "terrorist" group.

From Information Clearing House

Petraeus' report won't be Petraeus' report

Despite Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government.

White House may prevent general from testifying publicly on Iraq

If the White House gets its way, the Bush Administration's Sept. 15 progress report on Iraq may be delivered by the U.S. secretaries of state and defense -- and not by top US Iraq General David Petraeus and US Iraq Ambassador Ryan Crocker in a widely anticipated public congressional briefing.

From Information Clearing House


"They Attacked Us!"

by Rick Perlstein

The cocked-up "Petraeus" Report that's actually being written by the White House will be delivered on September 11. Can you imagine anything more cynical?

Housing Bubble 101

Sub-primal Scream

by Joseph L. Elkhorne

After reading countless hundreds of articles on the housing bubble, and comparing it to the leadup to the Great Depression, which my parents and I lived through, I still find the MSM lacking.

Rumsfeld Resigned Before Election, Letter Shows

By Reuters

Donald Rumsfeld, architect of the unpopular Iraq war, resigned as defense secretary before last year's November election but his decision was not announced until after the voting, according to his resignation letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

US Senator To Tell Iraq's Leaders To 'Count Us Out Of Your Civil War'

The Associated Press

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services committee said he was leaving Wednesday for Iraq to tell its leaders that they must accept responsibility for their country.

When Will Americans Have Had Enough?

Informant: Supreme Law Firm

Congressman Ed Towns Signs Onto H Res 333

Informant: David Swanson

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US-Badestrand wird total vernetzt


Der Datenschutz geht endlich baden

Dad’s fears over phone mast

By Emily Walker

Woodhall Park residents angry at plans to put up a mobile phone mast near their homes

A DAD is worried about a mobile phone mast that could overshadow his back garden and put his children's health at risk.

Father-of-two Terry Giles said that he was instantly concerned when consultation documents for a new mobile antenna in Woodhall Park landed on his doormat.


Bundesregierung warnt vor WLAN-Nutzung

Democrats dissembling on Iraq & Iran

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