Mittwoch, 19. September 2007

Did CIA Kidnap Vacationer? It's a State Secret

Warren Richey reports for The Christian Science Monitor: "In December 2003, German citizen Khaled el-Masri boarded a bus in Germany for a holiday in Skopje, Macedonia. Instead of a restful vacation, the Muslim man of Lebanese heritage says he ended up in a Central Intelligence Agency isolation cell in Afghanistan as a suspected terrorist. He was released after five months of interrogation with no explanation justifying the action or apology if it was a mistake."

Informantenschutz am Ende?

Die von der großen Koalition geplante Vorratsdatenspeicherung sorgt in der Medienbranche für Aufregung.

Elektroschockwaffen zur Disziplinierung

Sicherheitskräfte der Universität Florida bestraften mit der Schmerwaffe völlig unnötig einen Studenten mit Elektroschocks während einer öffentlichen Diskussionsveranstaltung mit Senator Kerry - und keiner der Anwesenden schritt ein.


Polizisten setzen Störer mit Elektroschocks außer Gefecht,1518,506757,00.html

Student in Diskussionsrunde von Polizei mit Elektroschocks ruhig gestellt

Wir werden die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels schneller spüren, als es Wissenschaftler bislang zur Kenntnis nehmen wollten

Nicht erst unsere Enkel...

Wir werden die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels schneller spüren, als es Wissenschaftler bislang zur Kenntnis nehmen wollten, warnen Klima-Experten.

Senate Ethics Committee Intensifies Probe of Domenici

Truthout's Jason Leopold and Matt Renner report, "The US Senate Select Committee on Ethics has stepped up its probe of Pete Domenici, the Republican senator from New Mexico, who allegedly pressured David Iglesias, the former US attorney in the state, to return an indictment against a local Democratic official who was the target of a corruption investigation prior to the 2006 midterm elections."

Aktualisierte Merkblätter Antennen und DECT

Die Merkblätter "Mobilfunkantennen und Gesundheitsrisiko: Was weiss man heute?" und "DECT-Telefone: Technische Informationen und Empfehlungen" sind heute auf der Website der Bürgerwelle Schweiz gegen aktualisierte Fassungen ausgetauscht worden.

Peter Schlegel

No War, No Warming, Rise Up!

Ted Glick writes for Truthout: "The options before us are crystal clear. Down one road, the one we're now on, lies a cascading series of oil and water wars, climate disasters and ecological devastation. Down the other lies a turn toward peaceful resolution of conflicts, energy conservation, efficiency and a clean energy revolution, and social and economic justice. Another world is possible, but for it to come about another US is necessary."

Leahy Renews Call for White House Documents

Thomas Ferraro reports for Reuters that Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has publicly renewed his call for long-sought White House documents about the administration's domestic spying program and firing of federal prosecutors. They would provide the committee with information needed to prepare for the confirmation hearings for Michael Mukasey, Bush's nomination to replace Alberto Gonzales as chief US law enforcement officer.

Thirteen Lawmakers Subpoenaed in Bribery Trial

The Associated Press reports, "Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Republican Whip Roy Blunt and 11 other members of Congress have been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of a defense contractor charged with bribing jailed former Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham."

NSA Chief: 9/11 "Could Have Been Prevented"

Jason Ryan and Theresa Cook report for ABC News: "Six years after the deadliest attack on US soil, the head of US spy operations admitted to lawmakers that '9/11 should have and could have been prevented.' Director of National Intelligence, Michael McConnell, told members of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday that 'it was an issue of connecting information that was available.'" (NSA)

State Department Inspector General Accused of Multiple Cover-ups

Matt Renner reports for Truthout, "The State Department's inspector general has allegedly interfered with and blocked numerous investigations into contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as probes related to domestic issues, according to several whistleblowers who provided detailed accounts of the widespread malfeasance to a Democratic Congressman."

Masts: 'It's not rerassuring'


19 September 2007

SIR - I must thank Mr Michael Dolan for his letter (Gazette, August 29) in which he seeks to reassure us that mobile phone masts are not harmful.

I am well acquainted with Sir William Stewart's report, from which the important statement emerged that the erection of mobile phone masts should only proceed "with caution." The report also revealed that children are 50 per cent more likely than adults to suffer from the effects of masts and mobile phones and Sir William stated that he would not allow his grandchildren to use mobile phones.


Kein Forum für die Bertelsmann Stiftung bei ver.di-Veranstaltungen

„Der Bundeskongress beschließt: ver.di erklärt, dass es keine Grundlage für eine Zusammenarbeit mit der Bertelsmann Stiftung, insbesondere bei gewerkschaftlichen Veranstaltungen gibt. Die Ideologie und die Ziele der Bertelsmann Stiftung stehen im offenen Widerspruch zu gewerkschaftlichen Zielsetzungen und Forderungen…“ Antrag A 11 der Bundesfachbereichskonferenz 7 zum 2. ver.di-Bundeskongress

Kritischer Umgang mit der Bertelsmann-Stiftung und der Bertelsmann-Tochter ARVATO

„Der Bundeskongress beschließt: 1. Die bisherigen Aktivitäten und strategischen Ziele der Bertelsmann-Stiftung sowie der Bertelsmann-Tochter ARVATO im Zusammenhang mit der Privatisierung von öffentlichen Dienstleistungen sind kritisch zu untersuchen, und 2. für den Zeitraum der Prüfung ist keine neue Zusammenarbeit zwischen ver.di und der Bertelsmann-Stiftung und/oder der Bertelsmann-Tochter ARVATO zu vereinbaren…“ Antrag A 9 der Bundesfachbereichskonferenz 7 zum 2. ver.di-Bundeskongress

Gleichlautende Anträge sind:

Antrag A 10 der Bezirkskonferenz Herford-Minden-Lippe

Antrag A 12 der Landesbezirkskonferenz Nordrhein-Westfalen

Aus: LabourNet, 19. September 2007

Do Americans owe service to the nation?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


Why does the idea of ‘national service’ never cease to attract American intellectuals? Every few years some prominent ‘thinker’ proposes that young Americans ’serve their country’ in either a civilian or military capacity. Such service is always promised to have a profound effect on both the nation and the people doing the serving...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq forever?

The American Prospect
by Spencer Ackerman


Having lost the battle over the surge, Democrats in the Senate are back to an incrementalist approach to the war. After Bush endorsed General David Petraeus’s plan to return to pre-surge combat strength of about 130,000 troops in Iraq by the end of July, the Democrats mobilized. Senator Jim Webb, the Vietnam veteran who won his Virginia seat last year on an antiwar platform, will push forward for a third time with his bill mandating that troops serving in Iraq remain at home for at least an equivalent amount of time as their deployments. The bill is a two-fer: Not only does it take a large burden off the Army’s shoulders, but it would, in practice, constrain the Pentagon’s ability to keep troop strength in Iraq at Petraeus’ desired levels...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Real News Network Alert

New Item: Interview with Aijaz Ahmad


"The invasion of 2003 has been used to restore the old ruling class of Iraq... other than U.S. interests . . . The struggle over resources is among various factions of this old ruling class " Part 1 of 2 Aijaz Ahmad: The US has restored Iraq's old ruling class to power

Part 1 of 2 Aijaz Ahmad: Like Korea, the US is planning a long-term military presence in Iraq.

The Real News Network

The mirage of “victory”

by Justin Raimondo


Iran may not be a ’suicide nation’ — but we are. We’re currently spending ourselves into penury in order to ‘liberate’ a nation that doesn’t want to be ‘liberated,’ and whose populace thinks attacks on our soldiers are justified. Having thrown all of our military resources into this futile, unwinnable war, we are risking everything — our prestige, our economy, our allies — by betting on the mirage of ‘victory.’ What’s more, the lunatics in charge of the asylum are bound and determined to attack Iran, and nothing — not Congress (in the unlikely event they object), not common sense (if our elites should suddenly have a surge of rationality), and not the American people (if they ever wake up from their O.J.-and-Britney-induced narcosis) — is going to stop them...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Die Warnung von Kennebunkport

Antibiotic Runoff

The New York Times writes: "One of the persistent problems of industrial agriculture is the inappropriate use of antibiotics.... This is an ideal way to create organisms resistant to the drugs. That poses a risk to us all."

Spy Chief Seeks More Eavesdropping Power

Pamela Hess for The Associated Press reports that National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell told Congress today that no American's telephones have been tapped without a court order since at least February, but that he could not say how many Americans' phone conversations have been overheard because of US wiretaps on foreign phone lines.

Help the Progressive Caucus Give Speaker Pelosi a Spine


Democrats Won't Temper Iraq Legislation

Anne Flaherty reports for The Associated Press: "After weeks of suggesting Democrats would temper their approach to Iraq legislation in a bid to attract more Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared abruptly Tuesday that he had no plans to do so. The Democratic leader said he will call for a vote this month on several anti-war proposals, including one by Sen. Carl Levin that would insist President Bush end US combat next summer. The proposals would be mandatory and not leave Bush wiggle room, said Reid, D-Nev."


Democrats drop push for immediate withdrawal in apparent effort to blame Republicans

Unable to attract enough war-weary Republicans, Senate Democrats are abandoning calls for a full withdrawal of US troops from Iraq as the chamber resumes debating the war this week.

From Information Clearing House

Most Corrupt Members Of Congress Report

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its third annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress entitled Beyond DeLay. The 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and two to watch).

The Illustrated Road to Serfdom

War forces national planing.

From Information Clearing House

A History Of US Secret Human Experimentation

Iran cuts foreign dollar assets to 30 percent

Iran has massively cut down its dependence on the dollar in the face of US pressure over its nuclear programme and now 70 percent of its foreign assets are saved in other currencies or in gold, an official said on Monday.

From Information Clearing House

Greenspan's shock revelation

The central banker was right: the attack on Iraq was about oil. But we don't need him to tell us an attack on Iran will be for the same reason.

From Information Clearing House

Bush's 'proxy war' claim over Iran exposed

Petraeus' contradictory statements on the Quds Force are emblematic of a US administration propaganda line that has in essence fallen apart because it was so obviously out of line with reality.

From Information Clearing House

US agrees further British withdrawal from Iraq

Britain is poised to announce significant cuts in the number of troops in southern Iraq following an upbeat assessment by US and British military officials in London yesterday.,,2172311,00.html

U.S. commander issues stark warning to Britain over early exit from Iraq

The U.S. commander in Iraq has issued a stark warning to Gordon Brown of the 'devastating consequences' of pulling British troops out of the region too early.

From Information Clearing House

New Military Report Acknowledges Signs of Police State in Baghdad

Virtually ignored in last week's national debate on the US military surge was a report by military experts recommending that the Iraqi police service be scrapped because of its brutal sectarian character.

From Information Clearing House

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

By Bill Moyers

This is the full length 90 min. version of Bill Moyer's 1987 scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of the United States Government.

Host Bill Moyers exposes the inner workings of the secret government. Though originally broadcast in 1987, it is even more relevant today. Interviews with respected, top military, intelligence, and government insiders reveal both the history and secret objectives.

None Dare Call It Genocide

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

How comfy we are all in the United States, as we engage in living-room debates about the US occupation of Iraq, whether "we" are bringing them freedom and whether their freedom is really worth the sacrifice of so many of our men and women. We talk about whether war aims have really been achieved, how to exit gracefully, or whether we need a hyper-surge to finish this whole business once and for all.


One of the most shameful failings of the last Congress was allowing the right to writ of Habeas Corpus to be gutted.

But now there is a movement to restore the Constitution sponsored by Senators Leahy, Specter and Dodd, and there could be a vote as soon as Wednesday, Sept 19th.

We all want to make America safe from terrorism, but becoming a nation that sanctions the unlawful detention of its own residents -- detaining and jailing them without the chance to appear before a judge -- does not make us safe. Instead, it violates a value that we have held dear for centuries -- safeguarding our individual freedom before arbitrary state action.

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Democrats to Delay Iraq Funding Debate

Anne Flaherty reports for The Associated Press, "Democrats are not expected to take up President Bush's war spending request until November, giving them time to calculate their next move and see if Republican support for his policies deteriorates."


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