Freitag, 21. Dezember 2007

NSA Gets Real Time Access to Your Email

Informant: Scott Munson

The Vote for Endless War


The Vote for Endless War

Only 23 Democrats and one independent supported an amendment by Senator Feingold that would have required the safe redeployment of troops from Iraq. Here are the senators who voted to end the war:

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US Media Ignoring Top Humanitarian Stories: Aid Group

Former CIA Analyst Says Evidence Abounds for Impeachment

Inside a GOP Effort to Rig the 2002 NH Elections

Greg Gordon, reporting for McClatchy Newspapers, writes, "A former GOP political operative who ran an illegal election-day scheme to jam the phone lines of New Hampshire Democrats during the state's tight 2002 U.S. Senate election said in a new book and an interview that he believes the scandal reaches higher into the Republican Party."

FBI Investigates Ex-CIA Officer Over Torture Interviews

Jonathan S. Landay, writing for McClatchy Newspapers, reports, "The Department of Justice is investigating whether a former intelligence officer illegally disclosed classified information in interviews he gave on how the CIA interrogated a suspected senior al Qaida member."

Das gesellschaftliche Klima für Langzeitarbeitslose wird rauer

Eine Studie bestätigt die wachsende gesellschaftliche Ablehnung der "Überflüssigen".Überflüssige

U.S. campaign to isolate Iran backfires

Bitterness Apparent as US Releases Iraqi Prisoners

Leila Fadel reports for McClatchy Newspapers: "When Leila Nasser was six months pregnant, US soldiers burst into her house and wrestled away her husband, Mohammed Amin, who was asleep on the roof, trying to escape the summer heat....Now Amin was one of 15 detainees who'd be released as part of a reconciliation program that the US military's 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment put together in hopes of easing tensions in this divided neighborhood. But the release showed how far reconciliation has to go."

Voting Rights Activists Win Big Cases in Florida and Arizona

Steven Rosenfeld reports for AlterNet: "A series of court decisions this week supporting voting rights advocates in Florida and Arizona may bode well for more open and accountable elections in 2008. That is because the cases involve major trend-setting aspects of elections: whether you can block new laws that disenfranchise thousands of new voters because of errors in state databases, and whether you can catch partisans who alter electronic vote counts. In both instances, courts sided with voting rights advocates against state and local officials."

Schwarzenegger: California Will Sue Federal Government

Brian Todd and Dugald McConnell report for CNN, "California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sue the federal government over its decision not to allow a California plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he announced Thursday."

Congress Subpoenas Ex-CIA Official

Pamela Hess reports for The Associated Press, "The House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena Thursday for Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA official who directed that secret interrogation videotapes of two suspected terrorists be destroyed."

Mast campaigners face new battle


21 December 2007 15:00

A mobile phone company has been accused of trying to get planning permission for a mast in the city through the back door at Christmas.

Families living in the Colman Road area of Norwich are yet again fighting off a proposal for a phone mast.

Mobile phone company 02 wants to put up a 50ft mast near Colman Hospital but campaigners have objected, claiming it would be “intrusive, ugly and enormous”.


Donegal Council seek more power over the erection of mobile phone masts

Dec 21, 5:21 am

A Donegal Councillor has highlighted the need for local authorities to be given the final say on the erection of mobile phone antenna on public buildings such as hotels or office blocks.


Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Der Sturm auf Karlsruhe

Ab Januar werden die Kommunikationsdaten aller Deutschen für ein halbes Jahr gespeichert, auch ohne vorherigen Verdacht. Die Empörung ist groß: 70.000 beschweren sich beim Bundesverfassungsgericht - mit prominenter Unterstützung aus den Reihen der Liberalen.

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"Grundlegende Verfassungsrechte missachtet": Hirsch legt Verfassungsbeschwerde gegen Vorratsdatengesetz ein

Das Bundesverfassungsgericht wird sich mit dem Gesetz über die Vorratsdatenspeicherung befassen. Der FDP-Politiker Burkhard Hirsch kündigte am 20. Dezember an, im Namen weiterer prominenter Liberaler Verfassungsbeschwerde einzulegen. "Wir sind der Überzeugung, dass das angefochtene Gesetz grundlegende Verfassungsrechte in grober Weise missachtet, und sind nicht bereit, dem immer weitergehenden Abbau unserer Grundrechte tatenlos zuzusehen", so der frühere Bundestagsvizepräsident. Telekommunikationsunternehmen sind ab Januar verpflichtet, für sechs Monate alle Teilnehmer, Zeitpunkt und Dauer von Telefonaten auf Vorrat zu speichern. Bei Handytelefonaten muss der Anbieter zusätzlich die Funkzelle speichern, in der das Gerät zu Beginn der Verbindung angemeldet ist. Zugriff auf die Daten haben Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft nach richterlichem Beschluss. Das ist oftmals reine Routinesache.

Americans need to be wary when religion, politics intertwine

by Lewright B. Sikes


The Religious Political Right, which represents less than 30 percent of Americans according to any number of recent polls, continues to push its agenda in the public and political sphere. It does so by promoting creationism/intelligent design as a “science” and demanding special consideration and influence for ‘Christian’ prayer groups and organizations in public schools, insisting that political candidates, especially Republican presidential contenders, vie for who can be the most ‘Christian,’ etc. Tennesseans and Americans need to think carefully about where this ‘yellow brick road’ will actually take us. Perhaps there is no better time to do this than during the holiday season, when the religious concepts of new birth, rebirth and human redemption are especially present in our consciousness...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The thought police

Pioneer Press
by Peter Ehrlinder


Under media radar, the Democrat-sponsored “Prevention of Violent Radicalism and Homegrown Terrorism” bill (H.R. 1955) passed the House at the end of October by a vote of 404 (including the entire Minnesota delegation) to 6. The bill was tagged as noncontroversial by the House leadership and is pending before the Senate. For those senators and citizens who remember history, the bill should be controversial, indeed.Promoted as a relatively innocuous public safety measure, the bill directs money to the Department of Homeland Security for research on homegrown terrorist-Americans in our midst. While this may seem to make sense, the way the bill describes the “hidden enemy,” and the powers inherent in the 10-member investigative commission it establishes, should raise concerns among Americans who remember history, no matter what their political leanings...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

One in Five Americans Must Borrow to Heat Homes This Winter

For perhaps as many as 27 million American adults, keeping warm this winter will mean borrowing money and 20 million will use credit cards to be able to afford their heating bills, according to a poll.

From Information Clearing House

Cashed-up China set to hunt down more US bargains

Fresh from a five-billion-dollar investment in Morgan Stanley, China's cashed-up government is set to go shopping for more bargains as it takes advantage of the financial turmoil in the United States.

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Constitutional scholar: 'At least six identifiable crimes' possible in CIA tape affair

White House involvement in the CIA's decision to destroy videotapes documenting severe interrogation techniques of suspected terrorists could constitute as many as six crimes, according to constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley.

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Decline in Iraq news may have boosted U.S. opinion

A recent decline in U.S. news coverage from Iraq coincides with improved public opinion about the war just as the 2008 presidential campaign heads to an early showdown, a study released on Wednesday said.

Secret Air War Confirmed

The US has drastically escalated its aerial assault on Iraq and Afghanistan, below the radar of the corporate media.

The truth behind the Surge

The so-called 'Surge', and its alleged success, are based on two fundamental tactics: the first one is the so-called 'Redirection' which consists of buying off the Sunni resistance, including all those groups who only yesterday were called 'terrorists'; the second new tactic is massive increasing in the use of airpower.

From Information Clearing House

Putin: US made big mistake in Iraq

The Russian president said the Iraqi people, though a small population, are proud, and took the US-UK military occupation as a particular offense to their country, creating problems never seen in that country before.

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All Iraqi groups blame the U.S. invasion for discord

According to a focus group conducted for the U.S. military last month, Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the U.S. military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them, and see the departure of "occupying forces" as the key to national reconciliation.

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9/11 Truth Manifesto

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

We confront more than power elites. There is psychological resistance of millions of Americans to painful 9/11 truth - a shameful, "unthinkable" truth about their elected government.

NIE Will Not Stall Those Intent On Military Intervention Against Iran

Implications of the National Intelligence Estimate On Iran

By Stefan Simanowitz

To welcome this intelligence as wholly accurate is to concede the much disputed question of whether Iran has ever had a nuclear weapons programme.

Australia to Shadow Japan's Whalers

Reuters: "Australia will send a fisheries patrol ship to shadow Japan's whaling fleet near Antarctica and gather evidence for a possible international court challenge to halt the yearly slaughter, the government said on Wednesday."

Corn Ethanol and Its Consequences

Juliette Anthony writes for Truthout about the growth of the corn ethanol industry: "The Federal Energy Bill, with its fivefold mandate to increase ethanol production, is headed for the president's desk without threat of veto, now that all requirements to support tax credits for solar and wind systems have been removed. The impact of the ethanol mandate promises to be particularly severe on California."

A Soldier's Suicide: Did He Have to Die?

Kimberly Hefling for The Associated Press, reports on the suicide of Pfc. Jason Scheuerman who, "nailed a suicide note to his barracks closet in Iraq, stepped inside and shot himself." Hefling reports on his family's battle with military bureaucracy to understand why their son died.

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