Mittwoch, 10. Oktober 2007

Kucinich Calls For B-52 Nuke, New 911 Investigations

Informant: ranger116

How the Military Can Stop an Iran Attack

Informant: Kev Hall

Immunity Crucial in Talks on Eavesdropping Rules

Eric Lichtblau reports for The New York Times, "Whether telecommunication utilities should have legal immunity for having helped the National Security Agency conduct eavesdropping without warrants emerged on Tuesday as the pivotal issue in the debate over wiretapping powers."

Congress Ignoring Critical Report on Pentagon Spending

Jason Leopold reports for Truthout, "In April, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress issued a damning report that criticized the Pentagon for mismanaging hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency funds it received to pay for the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan."

Online-Durchsuchung: Letzte Hoffnung Karlsruhe

10. Oktober 2007

Zum angekündigten Grundsatzurteil zur Online-Durchsuchung erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katina Schubert:

Die Geheimdienste haben Tatsachen geschaffen, während die Politik noch über die Rechtsgrundlage von Online-Durchsuchungen debattiert und in NRW mit dem Verfassungsschutzgesetz der erste gesetzliche Probeballon gestartet wurde.

Es ist höchste Zeit, dass dem ein Riegel vorgeschoben wird. Zum wiederholten Male wird das Bundesverfassungsgericht zur letzten Hoffnung für all diejenigen, die selbst über ihre persönlichen Daten bestimmen wollen. Ob damit auch bereits verloren gegangenes Vertrauen der Bürgerinnen und Bürger in staatliche Institutionen wieder hergestellt werden kann, ist fraglich.

Bisher ist es weder der Bundeskanzlerin noch der SPD gelungen, den Bundesinnenminister zu stoppen. Es wird Zeit, dass das Innenministerium mit seinen Begehrlichkeiten nach immer mehr Überwachung und immer weniger Schutz der Persönlichkeitsrechte in die Schranken gewiesen wird. Es ist für rechtsstaatliche Politik bitter, dass dies wiederholt dem Bundesverfassungsgericht überlassen werden muss. Darüber hinaus muss sicher gestellt werden, dass bisher widerrechtlich erfasste Daten vernichtet werden.

DIE LINKE fordert nicht nur ein Verbot des heimlichen Ausspähens von Computern, sondern ebenso verdachtsunabhängigen Speicherns von Telefonaten, Mails und SMS.


NRW-Gesetz zu heimlichen Online-Untersuchungen auf der Kippe

Das Bundesverfassungsgericht steht vor einem weitreichenden Urteil zum Schutz von Computernutzern vor staatlichen Eingriffen. Das wurde am 10. Oktober in Karlsruhe bei der Verhandlung des Gerichts über das seit Ende 2006 geltende Verfassungsschutzgesetz von Nordrhein-Westfalen deutlich. Es ist die einzige bislang in Deutschland geltende Rechtsgrundlage für heimliche Online-Durchsuchungen. Das Gesetz, das ausdrücklich einen "heimlichen Zugriff auf informationstechnische Systeme" erlaubt, dürfte nach Auffassung von Beobachtern wohl keinen Bestand haben.


Keine Gesetze "auf Verdacht" beschließen. FoeBuD zum erwarteteten Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichtes zur Online-Durchsuchung

„Am Mittwoch, 27. Februar 2008 wird die vom FoeBuD e.V. finanzierte Verfassungsbeschwerde zum Thema Online-Durchsuchung entschieden. Die Bürgerrechtler sind zuversichtlich, dass das Gesetz gekippt wird und hoffen, dass dieses Urteil Signalwirkung auf ähnliche Gesetzesvorhaben im In- und Ausland hat. Klägerin ist die freie Journalistin Bettina Winsemann. Vertreten wird sie durch den Berliner Anwalt Fredrik Roggan, der auch Mitglied der BigBrotherAwards-Jury ist. Spenderinnen und Spender des FoeBuD e.V. haben diese Verfassungsbeschwerde finanziert…“ Pressemeldung des FoeBuD vom 26.2.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 26. Februar 2008äuble

Anger as mast deal collapses

By Alex Lewis

NEIGHBOURS were outraged when plans for a large mobile phone mast in Clarence Park to avoid the need for others in residential streets were thrown out last night.

The cabinet of St Albans District Council, as predicted by the Review, reversed an earlier decision to allow the mast next to the football ground.

Andrew Apps of Gurney Court Road, who has led a campaign to allow the Orange mast, told the Review: "It is completely outrageous.

"I am extremely disappointed - the council have been leading us up the garden path for five years."


People-power win in phone mast war

Oct 10 2007

by Greg O'Keeffe, Liverpool Echo

PEOPLE power has stopped the building of a controversial phone mast just yards from a Liverpool primary school.

Council officers refused to give planning permission for the 35ft T-Mobile pole close to playing fields behind St Christopher’s Catholic primary in Speke.

The decision came at a town hall meeting yesterday, a victory for the 400 residents who signed a petition against the plans.

Many residents believed the mast, which initially got the go-ahead at a planning meeting last month, could cause health problems.



Re: Power to the People

This is what we need to see, because here is the power. Those who are EHS have most power because they KNOW! Long live People Power and may it grow and grow!


In Bognor Regis, where I lived before, the people got a TETRA mast down in
2004 and stopped one going up in early 2007. Mandee got the 2004 mast down by rousing the people. She gathered me into the fold once I realised I was EHS.

When the application for another mast came in in December 2007, Mandee and I persuaded the landowner with just 3 letters to abandon the lure of Airwave's money.

Now they have installed a TETRA mast 200m from an infants school via a planning loophole - BUT WATCH THIS SPACE!

Here is Mandee's report from the meeting last night. I wanted to go but have been struck low with the TETRA up by a third in power and the strong Wi-Fi from the health centre (?!) all over my home. I would not have lasted 30 mins there and so would not have been able to speak effectively. However I have briefed the local paper and Mandee has now roused the parents.

Mandee's Report

Hey Sandi,

Just got back form the meeting then! Lots of councillors were there,
2 policemen and 2 Airwave and the press and a good turn out from the residents and parents. We sat under that thing for 2 hours in all listening to the same old sad story. How the police need more protection, how the police need more power for their communications, how the police need to be safe! They had no regard for the safety of the small children who's lives will be shattered under the great power eminating from that mast! They swamped us with the usual guidelines, they dismissed Sir William Stewart completely. One mum asked them how temporary the temporary mast is?? They answered (and you will like this!!)....if the people of Bognor start asking all the landlords around Bognor Regis to house a Tetra mast, and persuade them that they wont be hounded by protestors then the mast will be temporary!!!! Laughing out loud was the only thing I could think of at that point! But, during my laughter I managed to say ...we are not paid 38 billion pounds to find you a site to make us ill!!! That's Airwaves job and Airwave were there but they were very quiet indeed! In fact the lady had to have a question repeated to her cos her concentration had GONE!!!! I wonder why!!! The mothers are angry and I think will be active over this! They listened to the symptoms that I read out. I also said at the end of the meeting....we have been here for 2 hours now! We all know that I am the most sensitive person in this room but I would like to ask how many of you people here tonight now have a thick head like me and a headache and general unpleasant feelings that you did not have before you came here?? Most people had some sort of feeling! I was not alone in that! I then said we have been here 2 hours, your children will be here for 6 hrs a day and if only one kid is affected like my kid is, its one kiddie too many! Right now I feel like crap :) head throbbing, pulsing forehead and general YUK!!! So I sign off now. I didn't like to phone you too late so here is my rendition be4 I forget :) Love Mandee

Ps Dont go near that mast :) it is not nice at all

PETA Deutschland e.V. protestiert für die australischen Schafe

Another Sell-Out of British Columbia's Ancient Temperate Rainforests Possible

The Leader Principle or the People Principle?

by Dr. Edwin Vieira, Ph.D., JD

The only apparent “success” was the establishment of the League of Nations. But this was a success only for the proponents of “world government.” As such, it was a direct attack on America’s national independence. For a dangerous fallacy and folly lurked at the heart of the slogan “the war to end all wars”: If there would be no more wars, it could only be because no nation could launch a war. Which would require international disarmament, permanently enforced. Which would require a world super-state with irresistible police powers.........

Bush's Wiretaps: Impeachment not Immunity

Phone mast blunders "just keep on coming"

Rudy Giuliani: The next George W. Bush

Nolan Chart
by Walt Thiessen


Rudy Giuliani is attempting to become the first (and only) candidate to gain a nomination for high office based primarily on the horrid events of 9/11. At every campaign event where he speaks he pounds the 9/11 drum, because he knows that every time he does it, he’ll get a standing ovation for it. It’s unclear how far Giuliani can take his campaign by repeatedly emphasizing 9/11 to remind everyone of the role he played on TV that unhappy day, but so far he’s been successful in playing that card...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

When governments thrive on a state of war

by Brian Eno


[T]he current American government — and ours, for as long as we follow them — thrives on a state of war. They need it because it allows them to carry on with business as usual whilst at the same time suppressing dissent ‘for security reasons.’ It allows them to sidestep the democratic process by maintaining a continuous state of emergency. For the sake of our country, and Iraq — as well as for the sake of all those who in the future are going to be cast as ‘our enemies,’ we must get off this war-mongering treadmill...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The scramble for America

Human Events
by Pat Buchanan


With his own and his party’s approval at the lowest levels since Watergate, one may conclude then that America is not only rejecting Bush the man and his record, but the philosophy behind both. This should be a matter of grave concern to a Republican Party that has lately embraced all four pillars of the Bush-Republican philosophy. For consider the fruits...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A tortured stance on torture

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway


In half a century of reporting around the world, I have found that there was usually a feeling that the United States stood for standards of liberty, human rights, and the dignity of mankind. The Bush administration has taken us off that gold standard and drained away much of that reservoir of respect. The horrors of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have eaten away at America’s credibility and moral standing, dismaying our friends and empowering our enemies. Washington shuddered last week when The New York Times revealed that the Justice Department, under the direction of Alberto Gonzales, had undermined the will of Congress, the Supreme Court, as well as hard-won national and international standards with secret legal opinions supporting torture. ‘Shocking’ was the word Republican Senator Arlen Specter used, and well he should...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Defusing the “ticking time bomb” excuse

The American Prospect
by Karen J. Greenberg


Torture, it seems, just won’t disappear from the American political landscape. Last week’s revelation of the U.S. attorney general’s authorization for the use of torture is one more chapter in a story that the American people will have to live with for time immemorial. Yet, it comes, uncannily, at a time when the American public finally has some leadership in the effort to oppose torture, even at the highest levels of government…. Americans were entranced by the techniques of Jack Bauer on 24, reassured by the idea of a president who would respond to the ticking bomb scenario by doing whatever it took, and only mildly impressed by arguments about morality, legality and the like. But this will not be the reaction this time around...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More legal battles loom over pollution

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


A $4.6 billion settlement Tuesday by one of the last holdouts among polluting power companies signals the end of a long legal debate over acid rain - and a tougher battle ahead over carbon dioxide and the use of fossil fuels. The agreement with American Electric Power Co., struck just as the company was to defend itself in court, ends an eight-year battle over reducing smokestack pollution that drifted across Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and chewed away on mountain ranges, bays and national landmarks...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush pushes Congress on ‘No Child’ law

Vineland Daily Journal


President Bush said Tuesday that he’s open to new ideas for changing the ‘No Child Left Behind’ education law but will not accept watered-down standards or rollbacks in accountability. The president and lawmakers in both parties want changes to the five-year-old law - a key piece of his domestic policy legacy, which faces a tough renewal fight in Congress...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Judge halts transfer of Guantanamo detainee

USA Today


A U.S. federal judge in Washington blocked the Pentagon from transferring a Guantanamo Bay detainee to Tunisia, where he allegedly faces torture, according to a ruling unsealed Tuesday that marked a milestone in the treatment of detainees. The order by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler was unprecedented as a direct intervention in the case of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, where some 330 men accused of links to al-Qaeda or the Taliban are held, according to a human rights group and the detainee’s lawyers...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Fineman: Intel Community To Release 'Three Iran Reports' To 'Slow Down' Bush's Warmongering

On the Chris Matthews Show today, NBC's Howard Fineman revealed that the intelligence community will release "three different reports" in upcoming weeks to "slow down" the administration's current drumbeat for war.

From Information Clearing House

Foreign mercenaries kill two women in Baghdad

Foreign security guards killed two women when they opened fire on a car in the centre of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, witnesses and Iraqi security officials said.

Iraq Seeks Blackwater Ouster

Iraqi authorities want the U.S. government to sever all contracts in Iraq with Blackwater USA within six months. They also want the firm to pay $8 million in compensation to families of each of the 17 people killed when its guards sprayed a traffic circle with heavy machine gun fire last month.

From Information Clearing House

Human, All Too Human

Legal interventions

By Conor Foley

Bush and Blair's unilateralism failed and it is time for a new approach to foreign policy based on respect for international law.

The Iraq Occupation and the Coming War Against Iran

Political Wickedness and Moral Bankruptcy

By Rodrigue Tremblay

The U.S. Congress should wake up before it is too late. When armaments are in the hands of immoral people, the danger is high that a nuclear war could be launched. Indeed, people in power who have no morality and no judgment can be expected to do anything, including killing millions of people, to save face.

Watch Kleenex Strike Out at Wrigley Field

Fluoride: Tap water Warning for Babies

No-Benefit Jobs Leave Parents Struggling

In Sojourners Magazine, Heather Boushey says, "When we send our children out into the world of work, we assume that if they can get their foot in the door and get a job, then they can move up the ladder and take care of themselves and their families. The job may not be perfect, but they will be able to make ends meet and have time to be both good workers and good parents." She adds, "The reality, however, is that millions of jobs in the United States are not these kinds of jobs."

Big Banks Selling Us Out on Climate Change

Writing for, Tara Lohan says, "We're nearing the end of the window of opportunity we have to avert the catastrophic effects predicted from the earth's changing climate. We're either going to sink or swim. Our best hope at this time is to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, like carbon dioxide."

Genetically Engineered Corn Could Pollute Aquatic Ecosystems

Once published, the paper will be available at

Informant: Teresa Binstock


Altered Corn Toxins Entering Water Ecosystems

The Environmental News Network reports, "A study by an Indiana University environmental science professor and several colleagues suggests a widely planted variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems."


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