Donnerstag, 30. August 2007

Abu Ghraib Swept Under the Carpet

The New York Times writes, "We would have been hard pressed to think of a more sadly suitable coda to the Bush administration's mishandling of the Abu Ghraib nightmare than Tuesday's verdict in the court-martial of the only officer to be tried for the abuse, sexual assault and torture of prisoners that occurred there in 2003."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083007L.shtml



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History Will Not Absolve Us

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083007G.shtml
//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/04/25/8524/

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History Will Not Absolve Us

By Nat Hentoff

Leaked Red Cross report sets up Bush team for international war-crimes trial.
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18280.htm



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Kritik an Medienberichterstattung zum G8-Gipfel in Heiligendamm

Die nach eigenen Angaben unabhängige und politische Projektplattform "Politika Berlin" kritisiert die Medienberichterstattung im Mai und Juni zum vergangenen G8-Gipfel in Heiligendamm. Die mediale Berichterstattung sei von der Gewalt und der Sicherheitssituation vor Ort geprägt gewesen. Berichte über politische Inhalte, die Debatte um die globalen Herausforderungen und Lösungsvorschläge hätten hingegen nur eine untergeordnete Rolle gespielt.

//www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?H=N&Nr=16484



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Military Families Speak Out: Mother Who Lost Son In Iraq Takes On Former Bush Aide

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0830-11.htm

Callous & Incompetent: The Legacy of Katrina

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/30/3510/



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Overdosing The Earth

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/30/3500



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Remove Bush Over War Lies

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/30/3518



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Upbeat Bush Hints at More Troops for Iraq

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/30/3505

Soldier Answers a New Call to Battle

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/30/3497/

US Wrong About Iran's Nuclear Intentions

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/30/3499/

Pollutants More Likely To Hit Underprivileged Children

//www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2757204,00.html


Informant: Dorothee Krien

Stop Mountaintop Mining Rule!

//action.foe.org/dia/organizationsORG/foe/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=12442



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Phone mast illness fears

Aug 30 2007

by Emma Cruces, Formby Times

A WOMAN who has spent hundreds screening her home from radiation, claims a phone mast is making her ill.

Jo Greenwood-Bostock, 54, came forward as Sefton’s councillors produced a report claiming many residents living near masts are experiencing identical symptoms.

Jo was initially unconcerned when she watched workmen erecting the mast 500 metres from her home in 2004.

The Ince Blundell grandmother, who has lived near Orrell Hill Wood for 30 years, only started worrying when symptoms of tinnitus, severe headaches and insomnia began.

Read More...
//tinyurl.com/2h8kcj

Fears voiced over phone mast plan

A 20-METRE phone mast could dominate the skyline of one of Winchester's most densely populated areas, residents fear.

People living in Fairfield and Cranworth Roads in Fulflood say the Vodafone tower plan in Andover Road could ruin the visual beauty of the city, as well as affect their health.

James Read, who lives in Fairfield Road, said of the proposal for Hunts Frozen Foods, near to the railway station: "The huge mast is unsuited to the centre of Winchester, supposedly the number one city in which to live in the UK.

"It would be in a visually-devastating central Winchester site, with unknown health risks."

Read More...
//tinyurl.com/2fvp5x

Petition aims to stop mast

30 August 2007

EDITORIAL - heraldnews@archant.co.uk

AN ATTEMPT to erect another mobile phone mast in Bishop's Stortford has been met with fierce opposition.

The planning application by telecoms company O2 has sparked a petition by nearby residents who are confused over the proposed height of the new tower.

Eve and Terry Pearson of Marguerite Way, Bishop's Stortford, campaigned against the 12.5m mast planned near their home by the roundabout on Great Hadham Road, after receiving a letter from East Herts Council back in May.

Read More...
//tinyurl.com/27yxzz

Council to think again about phone mast site

30 August 2007

The proposed telecommunications mast will replace one of the floodlight pylons at the sports centre

A DECISION on whether to grant planning permission for a mobile phone mast close to two schools has been deferred.

At a meeting last week, North Hertfordshire District Council's planning control committee delayed deciding whether mobile phone company O2 should be allowed to erect a 15.6m high telecommunications mast with a floodlight attachment on land at Sports Centre, Whitethorn Lane in Letchworth GC.

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//tinyurl.com/2y7hlu



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Bundes-Trojaner sind spähbereit

„Das Bundeskriminalamt hat offenbar einen Computer-Trojaner fertiggestellt, der beliebige Rechner aus der Ferne durchsuchen kann. Das geht aus jetzt enthüllten Schreiben des Innenministeriums hervor. Der Bundes-Trojaner soll sogar Mobilgeräte ausspionieren können…“ Artikel von Konrad Lischka in Spiegel online vom 28. August 2007 //www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,502542,00.html


BKA-Chef Ziercke: "Maximal zehn Online-Durchsuchungen im Jahr"

Innenminister Schäuble will die Computer von Terrorverdächtigen unbedingt per Online-Durchsuchung filzen können. Rückendeckung bekommt er jetzt vom BKA-Chef - mit einer seltsamen Begründung. Artikel in Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 29.08.2007 //www.sueddeutsche.de/,tt3m4/deutschland/artikel/415/130190/


Bundestrojaner: Von wegen unschädlich

Das Bundesinnenministerium meint, der eigene Trojaner manipuliere nicht und werde auch nicht entdeckt. Constanze Kurz vom Chaos Computer Club widerspricht. Interview von Mirjam Hauck in sueddeutsche.de vom 29.8.07 //www.sueddeutsche.de/,tt2m8/computer/artikel/520/130294/


Aus: LabourNet, 30. August 2007

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Datenschutz wird wieder Thema

Schäuble und der Bundestrojaner mobilisieren die Überwachungsgegner.
//www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/26/26082/1.html

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Datenschutzbeauftragter warnt vor Einsatz von "Bundestrojanern"

Der Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragte Peter Schaar wendet sich gegen Pläne des Bundesinnenministeriums, mit Hilfe gefälschter Behörden-E-Mails Späh-Software auf Computern zu installieren. Diese so genanten Bundestrojaner dürfe es auch in Ausnahmefällen nicht geben, sagte Schaar dem "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger". Er betonte: "Die Polizei darf sich nicht als Jugendamt Köln ausgeben, um eine Ermittlungssoftware auf dem Computer des Betroffenen aufzuspielen. Das ist auf gar keinen Fall zulässig."

//www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?H=N&Nr=16490



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Behörde bietet Schwarzarbeit an

„Marburg. Ein Hartz-IV-Empfänger wirft dem Kreisjobcenter vor, ihm ein illegales Stellenangebot gemacht zu haben. Der Kreis weist den Vorwurf zurück (…) „Ich hätte mich auf das Angebot gar nicht bewerben dürfen.“ Es sei illegal, denn solche Arbeiten müssten von Innungs-Betrieben ausgeführt werden, sagte der 53-Jährige der OP. Zudem, so Karl. T., sei dies keine Vollzeitstelle, sondern allenfalls ein Arbeitsauftrag. Das sieht man auch bei der Kreishandwerkerschaft so. Karl T. sollte das Material einkaufen, die Installationen planen und ausführen. „Das ist dann eine unberechtigte Handwerksausübung, ich will nicht sagen: Schwarzarbeit“, erklärt Lothar Kaiser, Geschäftsführer der Kreishandwerkerschaft. „Das kann und darf nicht sein, zumal es sich zudem um ein sogenanntes gefahrgeneigtes Handwerk handelt.““ Artikel von Uwe Badouin in der Oberhessischen Presse vom 21.08.2007 //www.op-marburg.de/op/home.news/article.op.jsp?id=20070821.662077


Aus: LabourNet, 30. August 2007

Why not treat ineffective presidents like CEOs?

Christian Science Monitor
by Andy Zelleke

08/29/07

In the age of terror, Americans are painfully aware of the vulnerabilities that come from living in a free and open society. But what about the vulnerabilities arising out of our fixed, four-year presidential terms? Poor judgment and incompetence by a chief executive can bring a major corporation to its knees in short order. That’s why boards reserve the right to fire CEOs at a moment’s notice. So why do America’s CEOs enjoy a free ride for four years, when so much more is at stake? This is a question worth debating openly...

//www.csmonitor.com/2007/0829/p09s01-coop.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Point, Click ... Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates

Wired
by Ryan Singel

08/29/07

The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act. The surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies. It is far more intricately woven into the nation’s telecom infrastructure than observers suspected...

//www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2007/08/wiretap?currentPage=all


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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//www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&q=DCSNet&btnG=Google+Search
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Safety fears over new register of all children

Times Online [UK]
by Frances Elliott

08/27/07

The database, containing the address, medical and school details of all under-18s, could be used to harm the children whom it is intended to protect….The security fears are fuelled further by the admission that information about the children of celebrities and politicians is likely to be excluded from the system...

//www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2332307.ece


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Defending the Constitution after Gonzales

American Prospect
by Adele M. Stan

08/29/07

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was deeply involved in both of the scandals that may yet yield contempt of Congress citation for members of the executive branch. But will Congress step up to defend the Constitution and issue those citations? …. What is truly surprising about Gonzales’s resignation is its implication that congressional scrutiny of his role in some of the executive branch’s most unsavory actions could somehow have consequences for the administration as a whole — as if Congress actually had its act together in the oversight department. I want so badly to embrace this idea, but I dare not, for fear of yet another fallen hope...

//www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=defending_the_constitution_after_gonzales


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Military Moms May Be a Force at the Polls

The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear report: "One of the foremost experts on politics in the Granite State thinks she has found the next critical constituency: military moms."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/082907WA.shtml



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=military+moms

CEO Pay Is 364 Times More Than Workers'

Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com, says: "The average CEO of a large US company made roughly $10.8 million last year, or 364 times that of US full-time and part-time workers, who made an average of $29,544, according to a joint analysis released Wednesday by the liberal Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/082907LA.shtml

The Looming Food Crisis

John Vidal, The Guardian UK, writes: "The era of 'agrofuels' has arrived, and the scale of the changes it is already forcing on farming and markets around the world is immense. But the surge in demand for agrofuels such as ethanol is hitting the poor and the environment the hardest."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/082907EA.shtml



Indonesian Peatlands Seen Playing Key Climate Role

Sugita Katyal, Reuters, writes: "In recent years, experts say peat bogs have been stoking global warming through increasing greenhouse gas emissions because of massive deforestation and conversion into agricultural land and palm oil plantations, especially in Southeast Asia, which accounts for a huge chunk of the world's marshes."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/082907EC.shtml



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BILLIONS IN PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED BETTING THAT THE MARKET WILL CRASH BY 9-21 BY 30-50%?

//www.anomalicresearch.com/optioncall.html
//groups.yahoo.com/group/truthquestonline/message/1658
//groups.yahoo.com/group/truthquestonline/message/1661


Informant: Lloyd Kinder

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MASSIVE WALL STREET PUT OPTIONS SIGNAL UPCOMING TERROR ATTACK
//freepage.twoday.net/stories/4233944/

Schmutzige Tricks - Lobbyisten führen Regie

Staatliche Stellen werden erst aktiv, wenn es zu gravierenden Umwelteinwirkungen kommt. Umweltschützer fordern daher nicht nur, Chemikalien zu verbieten, die sich in Mensch und Umwelt anreichern, sondern auch die Veröffentlichung...
//www.diagnose-funk.ch/politik/000000988f07dab0b/033ea299990dab201.html



Lobbyisten führen Regie

Wenn es um die Belange der Energiewirtschaft geht, arbeiten Lobbyisten der Konzerne und die Politik in Berlin Hand in Hand. Man kennt sich, man versteht sich und wechselt auch gerne die Seiten...
//www.diagnose-funk.ch/politik/000000988f07dab0b/033ea299930969c01.html



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Lobbyisten

ELECTROMAGNETIC WARFARE



//video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4515534125267138757&hl=en

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Announcement Of 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal

//disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495;article=113214



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//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Leuren+Moret
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Padilla's Kangaroo Court

This presidential administration will go down as having taken the most liberties with dirty tricks as any other administration in history. The fact that they can detain an "enemy combatant" and torture him to the point where he can't competently defend himself against some of the most serious charges in US history is pure cowardice.

//www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/5786/1/32/


From Information Clearing House



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Is Justice Possible After Torture?

The U.S. decision five years ago to torture detainees has infected a generation of terrorism cases where it might have once been possible to do justice -- but may not be anymore.

//www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=is_justice_possible_after_torture



U.S. officer to receive reprimand in Abu Ghraib case

Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan faced a maximum punishment of five years in prison and dismissal from the Army, but a court-martial panel of 10 officers decided on the milder penalty, the Army said in a statement released on Wednesday.

//news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070829/ts_nm/iraq_usa_courtmartial_dc


From Information Clearing House

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Top down responsibility, bottom up accountability

Cleveland Plain Dealer
by Elizabeth Sullivan

08/30/07

The only Army officer to be court-martialed for Abu Ghraib abuses just got off with a tap on his oak leaf — a reprimand but no jail time. The shaky case against reserve Lt. Col. Steve Jordan did little credit to the military justice system. It also showed how readily the Pentagon dispensed with accountability, lessons learned and moral courage in the search for easy scapegoats for prisoner abuse...

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The West Lost Russia

Russia is back as a global player, and it is no longer a starry-eyed admirer of the United States.

//www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2007/08/29/006.html


From Information Clearing House

US military bombards targets inside Pakistan

While it has received scant coverage in the American and international media, the attack foreshadows more extensive US cross-border operations that have the potential to further destabilise Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's uncertain grip on power.

//www.wsws.org/articles/2007/aug2007/paki-a29.shtml


From Information Clearing House



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The War On Working Americans

By Stephen Lendman

As Labor Day approaches, what better time to assess the state of working America. It's under assault and weakened by decades of eroding rights in the richest country in the world once regarded as a model democratic state. It's pure nonsense in a nation always dedicated to wealth and power, but don't try finding that discussed in the mainstream.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18273.htm

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The War on Working Americans: Parts I and II

Writing for OpEdNews, Stephen Lendman says, "As Labor Day approaches, what better time to assess the state of working America. It's under assault and weakened by decades of eroding rights in the richest country in the world, once regarded as a model democratic state. It's pure nonsense in a nation always dedicated to wealth and power, but don't try finding that discussed in the mainstream. Today it's truer than ever, making the struggle for equity and justice all the harder. That's what ordinary working people now face, making beating those odds formidable at the least."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/082907LB.shtml



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Stephen+Lendman

The Christian Right and the War on America

Chris Hedges

Video

Hedges challenges the Christian Right's religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18274.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=nationalism
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The Myth of the Innocent Civilian

Audio Booklet

We the People cannot hide forever from responsibility and accountability for wrongs committed in the name of governments and corporations that we support. Whether those affected are our fellow Americans or people in foreign lands, failure to take responsibility will sooner or later come home to roost!

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18271.htm

Iraq, Iran and the Moral Rot Infecting the Soul of America

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18270.htm



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Walter+C.+Uhler

More Shame, More Sorrow

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18272.htm



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Has Bush Boxed Himself In?

By Pat Buchanan

As Americans anguish over how to extricate this country from Iraq without a disaster greater than what we now have, and without our friends suffering the fate of our friends in Cambodia and Vietnam, they had best brace themselves. This escalator is going up.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18275.htm



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Mining law threatens national parks

//www.ewg.org/sites/mining_google/US/analysis.php


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Monsanto Looks to Patent Pigs

//www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6852.cfm


Informant: Teresa Binstock



//freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Monsanto

'Virtual Iraq' retraining (and training) soldiers' psyches

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/6667/


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