Donnerstag, 6. Dezember 2007

Speaking Truth to Power on Iran

For Once, Let's Use Our Intelligence

Congress to Clash With Bush Over 'Torture' Technique

Two-Thirds of Israelis Oppose Attack on Iran: Poll

Food Prices Climbing, With No End in Sight

Global Warming Wreaks Havoc With Nature,8599,1691459,00.html

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Half of Amazon could be gone by 2030

No Iranian bomb


The Zero-Sum Fiasco

Dilip Hiro writes for TomDispatch on the humiliating zero-sum Iranian game Bush finds himself losing.

Endless war, unlimited commitment

‘Planners ignored my phone mast concerns’

Halliburton Flees the Scene of the Crime

Informant: Scott Munson

Radiation Flu?

Elektrosmog: Bibliotheken schalten WLAN ab

Christian Böhm
Marienburger Straße 14
84028 Landshut
Tel.: 0871/8000684
Fax.: 0871/2764682


Paris: WLAN-Netze abgeschaltet

Pariser Bibliotheken schalten WLAN-System nach gesundheitlichen Beschwerden ab. Wie die französische Zeitung 20 minutes berichtet, haben 40% der Mitarbeitern nach Inbetriebnahme des WLAN über Kopf...

Gesundheitliche Folgen dieser Strahlungen

Did RAND Corporation Pen the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act?

Informant: Scott Munson

Industrie-Kommissar Günter Verheugen stellt sich schützend vor die Auto-Lobby


Auto-Lobby will CO2-Reduktion von PKW weiter aufweichen

Der Industrieausschuss des EU-Parlaments will das für 2012 geplante Ziel, die neuen Fahrzeuge auf auf 120 g/km zu senken, bis 2015 verschieben; der BUND Kritisiert: "Deutsche EU-Parlamentarier von Autolobby fremdbestimmt"

Deal Made on State Department Contractors

Karen DeYoung reports for The Washington Post, "A new memorandum of understanding on private security contractors in Iraq, agreed to in Baghdad by Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the US military commander in Iraq, requires 'full coordination' between military and diplomatic officials on the ground but leaves State in control of its own contractors, US officials said."

Bush May Still Bomb Iran, Despite NIE

Matthew Rothschild writes for The Progressive, "When the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran came out earlier this week, a lot of people jumped to the conclusion that Cheney and the hardliners have lost, and so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Well, I'm not exhaling at the moment."

Limits Proposed on CIA Interrogators

The Associated Press reports, "House and Senate negotiators working on an intelligence bill have agreed to limit CIA interrogators to techniques approved by the military, which would effectively bar them from using such harsh methods as waterboarding, congressional aides said Wednesday."

Bush Goes Private to Spy on You

Tim Shorrock reports for CorpWatch, "A new intelligence institution to be inaugurated soon by the Bush administration will allow government spying agencies to conduct broad surveillance and reconnaissance inside the United States for the first time."

Act Now to Protect the Ocean from Global Climate Change

Zu wenig, um leben zu können: Das Elend der Mindestlohndebatte

Artikel von Robert Kurz in Freitag vom 07.12.2007

Aus dem Text: „…In welcher politischen Konstellation auch immer: Aller sozialen Süßholzraspelei zum Trotz sind dem Mindestlohn-Diskurs im parteiübergreifenden neoliberalen Konsens beinharte Grenzen gesetzt. Die Konkurrenten der Deutschen Post AG laufen Sturm gegen die Mindestlohn-Einigung. Damit werde der Wettbewerb erstickt und die Marktöffnung im Postsektor ausgehebelt. Im Klartext: Diese privaten Briefzustell-Unternehmen sind nach eigenen Angaben nur marktfähig, wenn sie keine existenzsichernden Löhne zahlen. Statt die Schlussfolgerung zu ziehen, dass solche Firmen keine Daseinsberechtigung haben, wird die originelle Logik bemüht, jede Elendsarbeit zum Hungerlohn sei "besser als keine"…“

Aus: LabourNet, 6. Dezember 2007

Hearing Impaired Man Tased by Police



Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him. ‘I ain’t never been so scared,’ says Williams. Police forced entry into Williams home while responding to a shooting, but it turned out to be a false call. They had no idea at the time the call wasn’t real and that Williams is hearing impaired. Without his hearing aid he is basically deaf. ‘I kept going to my ear yelling that I was scared. I can’t hear! I can’t hear!’ Officers were worried about their own safety because at the time it appeared Williams was refusing to obey their commands to show his hands. That’s when they shot him with a Taser...

From Information Clearing House

How they get away with it

Lawyers and law students: Tell Congress to investigate Bush

Florida Farm Workers Face Near-Slavery Conditions

On Comment Is Free, Bernard Crick writes: "As every schoolchild should know, the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, perhaps the most controversial but successful public lobby in our history, was formed in London in 1787. After 20 years of campaigning came the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, and then finally, in 1833, the abolition of slavery throughout the British empire. So the society disbanded. Its work was done. Slavery was illegal."

The Tropical Global Warming Solution

Glenn Hurowitz, Grist, reports; "Indonesia is the world's third-largest global warming polluter, behind the United States and China, and just ahead of Brazil. But in Indonesia, like Brazil and the rest of the tropical world, pollution isn't coming from factories, power plants, or cars like it is in the industrialized world. Instead, almost all of it is coming from the rapid burning of the world's vast tropical forests to make room for timber, agriculture, and especially palm oil plantations. (Despite its green reputation, palm oil is anything but: a recent study in Science found that palm oil, like other biofuels, produces two to nine times more greenhouse gases than regular old crude oil because of the forests and grasslands destroyed for its production.)"

Republicans Plan to Hammer Climate-Change Bill With Amendments

Avery Palmer, Congressional Quarterly, reports: "Senate Republicans will use Wednesday's markup of a climate-change bill to highlight their concerns about the measure's potential impact on the economy."

Operation Climate Vote: Tell the House to Act on Global Warming

A History of Infamy: US Military Tactics From Vietnam to Iraq

Iran: Maybe a good idea to hold off bombing them

by Devvy Kidd

How many more nations will America bomb into oblivion, killing thousands of innocents in its quest to overthrow their governments and install puppet regimes under the control of the White House? What right do we have to take these actions? What right do we have to bully any country into accepting the evil of democracy?.......

From Information Clearing House

Cheney fought Iran NIE for more than a year, say two ex-CIA

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Congress Has a Way of Making Witnesses Speak: Its Own Jail

Congress and the White House appear to be headed for a constitutional showdown. - Washington lawyers are dusting off an old but apparently sturdy doctrine called "inherent contempt" that gives Congress the power to bring the recalcitrant witnesses in - by force, if necessary.

From Information Clearing House

Court Finds Unlimited Police Power to Plant GPS on Vehicles

A person traveling in an automobile on public thoroughfares has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his movements from one place to another.

From Information Clearing House

Iran report won't slow Giuliani

Giuliani has made getting tough on Iran central to his platform. At campaign stops in Florida and across the country, Giuliani trumpets his willingness to "take whatever action is necessary" to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions.

From Information Clearing House

Lies and propaganda alert: 'Great discovery' led to Iran nuke change - Bush

Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were not formally briefed until last Wednesday on the intelligence community's new finding that Iran had had a covert nuclear weapons program but halted it in 2003 - a bombshell with major implications for US policy.

Bush Drops Standard on Iran as Credibility Questioned

President George W. Bush, his credibility under fire because of intelligence that Iran halted its nuclear weapons drive in 2003, adopted a new argument yesterday to justify tougher sanctions: Just knowing how to produce a bomb is dangerous.

From Information Clearing House

Gates says stable Iraq within reach as bombs kill 22

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday the goal of a stable and democratic Iraq is within reach, during an unannounced visit to Iraq marked by a spate of car bombs that killed 22 people.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. In No-Win Situations

By Sam Hamod

No doubt about it, the U.S. is in a no-win situation in Afghanistan, much like the Russians of a few decades back. It's too bad America didn't learn its lesson from the Russians in Afghanistan and the French in Viet Nam, but we didn't; we went ahead as if we were the "good guys" who wore the white hats and could not lose because God was on our side.

Save the Canyons of Utah from Drilling and ORVs

Tell Congress to Ban Aerial Gunning of Wolves

No Retroactive Immunity For The Telecoms

Each week we try to highlight the most urgent pressing policy issues with focus on the ones we're supposed to win, and can win, if only we mobilize enough people to speak out.

We are asking all of our participants to make it part of their weekly routine, to call their members of Congress on one of the tested working toll-free numbers 800 828-0498, 800 614 2803 or 866 340 9281, and/or also to follow up by submitting the email action pages below that you feel strongly about.

1) No Retroactive Immunity For The Telecoms

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Coming to a head quickly will the fight to beat back the corporate lobbyists seeking to grant all the law breaking telecoms retroactive immunity. At the moment there are two different versions of a bill to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The one passed by the Judiciary Committee does not grant retroactive immunity to all the telecoms for possibly spying on Americans without warrant, but the one passed by the Intelligence Committee does.

It is critically important that the Senate start off on the correct foot by bringing forward the version that does NOT grant unwarranted retroactive immunity to the telecoms, for their unwarranted caving in to the Cheney White House on rule of law. Not only would blanket absolution of wrongdoing set a bad legal precedent, they still will not tell us what the telecoms actually did.

Qwest, who refused to collaborate with the Cheney White House criminals, knew right from wrong when they refused to break the law. Congress needs to compel the rest of them to come clean, not signal "Congressional acquiescence in an illegal course of conduct." Senators Feingold, Dodd and others have declared they are prepared to filibuster if necessary to make sure the law remains the law, and we need to voice our support in that.

2) Don't Let The FCC Lock In Media Monopolies Forever

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Already more than 18,000 of our participants have submitted the action pages above, which also sends your personal comments to all five of the FCC commissioners. We only have until Dec. 11 to register our vocal opposition to allowing even further control of our national media resources to the same insufferable, unaccountable corporations, who have trivialized our policy debates and suppressed the real news at the direction of the Cheney White House.

The determination of the current FCC chairman Martin to plow ahead with a complete unraveling of any kind of meaningful regulation in the waning months of the 8 years of unmitigated greed, must be countered with the voices of the real people, that's us, telling them "no mas". Congress is preparing to consider S.2332, the Media Ownership Act of 2007, which would stop the FCC fast one in its tracks. Please make a particular point of speaking out in favor of this true bipartisan bill while there is time before the deadline.

3) Grounds For Cheney Impeachment Mount Day By Day

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It seems like every day there is a new revelation, sometimes two, demonstrating the urgency of getting on with impeachment of the Vice President. Monday, the New York Times reported that the new National Intelligence Estimate concludes that Iran is nowhere close to having a nuclear weapon, and in fact is believed to have mothballed any such program.

But still, Cheney has been out there pounding the drums louder and louder for an attack on Iran, just exactly the way he intervened to cook the intelligence books to con the American people into invading Iraq in the first place. This time he did not get away with the deception. But the fact that he tried is impeachable enough, and just emphasizes the necessity of holding him accountable for all the horrendous damage to our national security he has already done, by removing him from office immediately, and Constitutionally.

If you have already submitted the action page above, please do it again, because our members of Congress need to hear from us again and again on this. If not, please make your voice heard. There is no telling what kind of stunt Cheney may yet pull unless Congress confronts him directly, working with rogue elements in Israel to launch an Iran attack anyway, as he is reported to have done, or other malfeasance. And only your impact, joining with your fellow constituents to speak out will force Congress to act on this one.

A Note About The Facebook Versions:

What we have done by creating a Facebook version of all action pages is open up the possibility of engaging their entire member base of 50 million in direct policy activism. At the current time, as noted above, you must be a Facebook member AND logged in to use the Facebook version action links. If you are not already a member you can go to and register. Or must keep using our regular action pages. We'll always be there for you.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


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