Freitag, 4. Januar 2008

Hi-tech weapon killed Benazir Bhutto


Hi-tech weapon killed Benazir: Report

Hi-tech weapon killed Benazir: Postmortem Report

Bhutto was targeted using laser beam

Amnesty International USA to Host Rally on January 11 to Mark Sixth Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detentions

Democrats Need to Take a Stand

A Drunken Night in Iraq, a Soldier Is Left Behind

Donna St. George, reporting for The Washington Post, writes: "The sun had not yet risen in Taji. A young Army soldier lay alone in the dirt. She was alive, but barely. Her ribs had been crushed; her spleen, ruptured. Her right side was marked by the angular tread of a tire. Her case would become one in a litany of noncombat deaths in Iraq, which number more than 700, from crashes, suicides, illnesses and accidents that sometimes reveal messy truths about life in the war zone."

Dealing With the Dragon

Paul Krugman, writing for The New York Times, says: "On both Wednesday and Thursday, the price of oil briefly hit $100 a barrel. The new record made headlines, as well it should have. But what does it mean, aside from the obvious point that the economy is under extra pressure? Well, one thing it means is that we're having the wrong discussion about foreign policy."

Hooray for Oil at Over 100 Dollars?

Pascal Riche, writing for Rue89, and Le Monde's editorialist suggest why we cannot (yet) celebrate the high price of oil and what must be done to soften its uneven impact.


Vanity Trade Sent Oil Price to Record High

Ist durch die Vorratsdatenspeicherung die Pressefreiheit in Gefahr?

Ron Paul on Larry King 1-3-08 (UNAIRED)

Informant: Patriot Steven

Verordnete Mangelernährung: Ist Wachstum erst ab 14 Jahren erlaubt?

Kinder der Überflussgesellschaft in Not


Deutsche so wohlhabend wie noch nie

Durchschnittlich soll jeder Deutsche fast 58.000 Euro auf dem Konto haben.

Managergehälter begrenzen?

Werner Rügemer

ARGEN: Sechs Jahre gegen das Grundgesetz


Chaos im Jobcenter: Gefrustete Mitarbeiter, wütende Arbeitslose

Cancellation of Proposal: Hamilton Cell Phone Tower

US Curtailing Bids to Expand Medicaid Rolls

Robert Pear reports for The New York Times: "The Bush administration is imposing restrictions on the ability of states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, in an effort to prevent them from offering coverage to families of modest incomes who, the administration argues, may have access to private health insurance. The restrictions mirror those the administration placed on the State Children's Health Insurance Program in August after states tried to broaden eligibility for it as well."

Vanity Trade Sent Oil Price to Record High

Andrew Clark reports for The Guardian UK, "A maverick oil trader in New York has aroused the ire of colleagues by enacting a 'vanity trade' which first pushed the price of a barrel of crude over the crucial benchmark of $100."

Ohio to Offer Paper Ballots in March

Bob Driehaus reports for The New York Times, "All 57 counties in Ohio that still use the touch-screen voting machines that were found to be unreliable in a statewide study must provide paper ballots to any voters who request them for the presidential primary in March." Kirk Johnson, of The New York Times, reports that in Colorado, "With less than year before the November balloting, and the current system mostly in shambles after testing by the secretary of state last month found problems in voting machines across the state, the legislature is braced for a fight over what to do next. County clerks, who administer the elections, are counting the days, and the dwindling options."

2003 Letter Told CIA Trashing Tapes Would Harm Image

Greg Miller and Richard B. Schmitt report for the Los Angeles Times, "More than two years before the CIA destroyed interrogation videotapes, top officials were urged to preserve them by a senior lawmaker who warned that disposing of the recordings would 'reflect badly on the agency.'"

The New York Times: Let It Start Now

The editors of The New York Times write: "Keeping this race alive so significant numbers of Americans in more populated states can participate would begin to make up for the ludicrous spectacle of the past year, which enriched the television networks and the political consultants (some $300 million already spent) far more than it enriched the political dialogue. We hope both parties will wake up and end the undemocratic system in which the choice of a new president rests far too heavily on nonbinding votes in January by voters that don't necessarily represent the rest of the country."

Neoliberale Verantwortungslosigkeit

600 Dollar für die Unsterblichkeit: Wenn Eitelkeit und Kurse kollidieren

G8-Razzien waren rechtswidrig


4. Januar 2008

DIE LINKE begrüßt Urteil des BGH

Der Bundesgerichtshof hat die Razzien gegen G8-Gegner für rechtswidrig erklärt. Dazu erklärt der Bundesgeschäftsführer der Partei DIE LINKE, Dietmar Bartsch:

Nach der Niederlage der Bundesanwaltschaft und des BKA im Fall der "militanten Gruppe" und des Paragrafen 129a, weist der Bundesgerichtshof die Bundesanwaltschaft nun erneut in die Schranken geltenden Rechts. DIE LINKE begrüßt ausdrücklich die Erklärung des BGH, der die Razzien gegen G8-Gegner im Mai für rechtswidrig hält. Die, zum Teil gewaltsamen, Durchsuchungen bei Kritikern des G8-Gipfels hat DIE LINKE immer scharf verurteilt. Der Vorwurf einer organisierten terroristischen Vereinigung war und ist aus der Luft gegriffen und sollte im Vorfeld von Merkels Gipfelbegegnung ein Klima von Angst und Verunsicherung schaffen. Es wird zunehmend zu einem Problem, dass der BGH Entscheidungen der Bundesanwaltschaft kassieren muss, um Recht und Gerechtigkeit in Deutschland herzustellen. Diese Gesellschaft braucht viel mehr an außerparlamentarischem Protest.


Was zu beweisen war: Razzien im Vorfeld des G-8-Gipfels waren unzulässig

Urteil im G-8-Prozess - Bundesrichter kassieren Terrorvorwurf

Die Razzien im Vorfeld des G-8-Gipfels waren unzulässig, entscheidet der Bundesgerichtshof - und attestiert damit Generalbundesanwältin Monika Harms handwerkliche Inkompetenz. Artikel von Christian Rath in der taz vom 04.01.2008

Keine Bundeszuständigkeit für die Durchsuchungsaktion gegen Globalisierungsgegner im Vorfeld des Weltwirtschaftgipfels

„Für die Durchsuchung von Wohnräumen und weitere strafprozessuale Ermittlungsmaßnahmen, die in einem von der Bundesanwaltschaft geführten Verfahren am 9. Mai 2007 im Rahmen einer koordinierten Aktion gegen Gegner des Weltwirtschaftsgipfels und Dritte durchgeführt worden sind, waren die Strafverfolgungsorgane des Bundes nicht zuständig. Dies hat der 3. Strafsenat des Bundesgerichtshofs (Staatsschutzsenat) auf die Beschwerde eines der Beschuldigten festgestellt und zugleich den ihn betreffenden Durchsuchungs- und Beschlagnahmebeschluss aufgehoben…“ Mitteilung der Pressestelle des Bundesgerichtshofs vom 04.01.2008

»Ohrfeige für die Karlsruher Ermittler«

Bundesgerichtshof verweist Bundesanwaltschaft in ihre Schranken. Ein Interview von Andreas Grünwald mit Carsten Gericke, Rechtsanwalt in Hamburg und Mitglied des Bundesvorstandes des Republikanischen Anwältinnen- und Anwältevereins (RAV) in der jungen Welt vom 05.01.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 7. Januar 2008


Das Ende des Interviews?

„Wer seine Persönlichkeitsrechte gegen die Presse schützen will, wendet sich gerne an das Hamburger Landgericht: Bei den Juristen der Zivilkammer 24 zieht die Pressefreiheit immer öfter den Kürzeren. Das jüngste Urteil der Hanseaten verordnet Zeitungen einen hanebüchenen Umgang mit Interviews…“ Artikel von Adrian Schimpf auf Spiegel-Online vom 08.05.2008,1518,552301,00.html

Terrorismusbekämpfung und Grundrechte > § 129a

"Ein Jahr nach den Durchsuchungen am 9. Mai - Bilanz der Überwachung"

Anläßlich des Jahrestages der bundesweiten Hausdurchsuchungen im Vorfeld des G8-Gipfels am 9. Mai 2007 forderten Katja Kipping (MdB Die Linke), Pedram Shahyar (Mitglied des Attac-Koordinationskreises) und die beiden RechtsanwältInnen Christina Clemm (Berlin) und Alexander Hoffmann (Kiel) die Einstellung der §129a-Verfahren gegen 40 linke Aktivisten. Eingeladen hatten zu der Pressekonferenz in Berlin Beschuldigte aus vier §129(a)-Verfahren. Siehe die Audio-Aufnahme der Pressekonferenz am 8.Mai 2008

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Vorwürfe gegen Bundesanwaltschaft. G8-Gegner fühlen sich gestalkt

„Der Bundesgerichtshof hat Ermittlungen nach Terrorparagraf 129a gegen G-8-Gegner zwar für unzulässig erklärt. Dennoch gingen die Überwachungen weiter, so Anwälte. Artikel von Lana Stille in der taz vom 09.05.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 13. Mai 2008Überwachung

Cloned livestock poised to receive FDA clearance

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Burning biofuels may be worse than coal and oil

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Technology in wartime

by Annalee Newitz


War changes everything, including technology. In the United States we are roughly six years into what the Bush Administration calls the ‘war on terror,’ and what hundreds of thousands of soldiers know as the occupation of Iraq. Gizmos that a decade ago would have been viewed entirely as communications tools and toys are now potential surveillance and killing machines. Don’t believe me? Consider how much the Web has changed. Referred to naively ten years ago by Bill Clinton and Co. as the friendly, welcoming ‘information superhighway,’ the Web is now the NSA’s surveillance playground...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Tree laws KILL trees

Liberty For All
by Rex Curry


I think that I shall never see a tree-law as beautiful as a tree and if the tree-laws do not fall I may not see a tree at all. As an attorney I am sometimes consulted by property owners who want to remove trees without fear of tree regulations. As an attorney I cannot advise my clients to ignore laws (though often tree laws seem easy to ignore). I can tell clients what a lot of people do: they don’t plant any tree that is covered by tree laws. And any tree protected by tree laws that is still small enough to be legally killed, is killed...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!

We have everything to fear from ID cards

Telegraph [UK]
by Andrew O'Hagan


Surveillance cameras and lost data will prove minuscule problems next to ID cards, which will obliterate the fundamental right to walk around in society as an unknown...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The future of habeas corpus

by Jacob Hornberger


Since an attack on Iran could result in heightened ‘war-on-terrorism’ emergencies here in the United States, this would be a good time to review the issue of ‘enemy combatants,’ especially as the concept applies to American citizens. To analyze the critical importance of the ‘enemy-combatant’ doctrine, we will examine the cases of two people who were incarcerated as ‘enemy combatants’ — Jose Padilla, an American citizen, and Ali al-Marri, a citizen of Qatar. Both were taken into custody on American soil, labeled ‘enemy combatants,’ and incarcerated by the U.S. military...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Journey to the dark side

Asia Times
by Tom Engelhardt


When it came to news of the George W Bush administration’s torture, kidnapping and offshore imprisonment practices, 2007 ended in a deluge, not a trickle. Yet Americans have yet to come to grips with how centrally the administration has planted certain practices in the country’s midst — at the very heart of governmental practice, of the news, of everyday life...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Scenes from the Ron Paul Revolution

by Brian Doherty


If news is the unexpected, Ron Paul’s rise was the news of the presidential campaign last fall. But Paul himself is not news. He’s been pushing his libertarian values, derived from his love of the U.S. Constitution and the Austrian school of free market economics, through all of his 10 terms in Congress and in between. (He has served in Congress three times: from 1976 to 1977, from 1979 to 1983, and from 1997 to the present. He ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988.) What’s news is the self-styled Ron Paul Revolution — his mass of self-coordinating supporters. The candidate’s critics invented the term ‘Paulistas’ to mock those supporters as wild-eyed radicals. Many of them then claimed the word for themselves, adopting it as a badge of honor. Four years ago, Howard Dean’s Democratic campaign offered an earlier example of a grassroots mass movement that came pretty much from nowhere, beholden to no power structure, decentralized in how it got information and in how it organized itself to act. But the Ron Paul Revolution adds a twist: This movement is passionately dedicated to a smaller, less activist government...

Why Ron Paul matters

Liberty For All
by Roderick T. Beaman

Over the years, there have been numerous assertions that the political landscapes had changed or that the debates had been redefined by some event. Landscapes have changed over the years, especially with deaths or disasters like 9/11 but I really don’t recall anyone or thing that has redefined the political debates until now. Ron Paul, through simple persistence, has focused on The Constitution of the United States...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Kucinich sues Democrats over loyalty oath

Austin American-Statesman


A federal judge next week plans to hear a lawsuit brought by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and a famous Texas supporter, Willie Nelson, that questions the legality of a long-standing loyalty pledge required of Democrats running for president in Texas. Kucinich, of Ohio, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He applied last week to appear on the state primary ballot March 4 but scratched out a portion of the pledge on the application stating he’d support the party’s nominee for president, whoever it is. … The suit calls the refusal to put Kucinich’s name on the ballot a violation of the First and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Indigenism: a Movement to Save the World

Informant: Teresa Binstock

No Insurance, Poor Health

The New York Times: "The case for providing health coverage for all Americans got even more compelling in the past week when two new studies presented the most comprehensive evidence yet that the lack of health insurance is seriously harmful to a patient's health. The studies found that uninsured people suffer significantly worse outcomes from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer than those who have coverage."

Democratic Senators Blocked Von Spakovsky's Appointment

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Democratic senators blocked the appointment of Hans von Spakovsky to the Federal Election Commission over concern about his tenure in the Justice Department's civil rights division, where he sided with efforts of Georgia Republicans to require that voters present a photo ID.

Civil Rights Panel Faulted on Hiring Choice

Darryl Fears, The Washington Post: "Democratic critics say Hans A. von Spakovsky is an odd fit for his new job at the US Commission on Civil Rights. Von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official who pushed for the approval of a Georgia voter identification law that critics claimed made it difficult for poor people and the elderly to vote, was hired in July as a special assistant for the commission."

Bush Veto a Blow to "Wounded Warriors"

Truthout's Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner report, "The Bush administration's veto of a broad-ranging defense policy bill Monday night will delay a long list of benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans."

Kenya: Stop the Bloodshed


Kibaki 'stole' Kenyan election through vote-rigging and fraud

Systematic electoral fraud including vote-rigging in a third of all constituencies, stuffed ballot boxes and election officials changing results had a decisive impact on the outcome of the Kenyan elections, an investigation by The Independent can reveal.

From Information Clearing House

On and on it goes

Rep. Mike Michaud Writes Strong Letter to Conyers Calling for Cheney Impeachment Hearings

Congressman Mike Michaud, a conservative and Blue Dog Democrat from Maine sent a letter over the holiday break to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers calling for impeachment hearings of Vice President Dick Cheney.

From Information Clearing House

Demonstrators held after Iowa anti-war protests

At least 10 anti-war demonstrators were arrested yesterday during protests in Des Moines over the lack of debate on the war on Iraq in the election campaign.,,2234538,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Couple banned for life from shopping centre and branded 'terrorists' for taking photos of their grandchildren

Kim and Trevor Sparshott were ordered to stop taking photos because they were causing a security threat.

From Information Clearing House

Veteran prosecutor takes over CIA torture tape probe

The CIA acknowledged last month that in 2005 it destroyed videos of officers using tough interrogation methods on two al-Qaida suspects. The revelation touched off a congressional inquiry and a preliminary investigation by the Justice Department into whether the CIA violated any laws or obstructed congressional inquiries such as the one led by the Sept. 11 Commission.

From Information Clearing House

Crime of torture could only have been ordered by the president

Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley told Keith Olbermann that as many as six criminal offenses could be involved in the 9/11 Commission charge alone, including obstruction of Congress, obstruction of justice, perjury, and conspiracy.

From Information Clearing House

Russian S-300s for Iran

The West appears amazed to see the Russian-Iranian strategic partnership surviving and even strengthening.

From Information Clearing House

US: No need for UN probe into Bhutto slaying

The United States on Wednesday brushed aside calls for a UN investigation into the slaying of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, saying Britain's Scotland Yard now leads the probe and will get "the answers" Pakistan's people deserve.

From Information Clearing House

Atrocity-Linked U.S. Officials Advising Democratic, GOP Presidential Frontrunners

Democracy Now! - Audio and Transcript

Independent journalist Allan Nairn and American Conservative correspondent Kelley Beaucar Vlahos discuss a little-addressed facet of the 2008 campaign: many of the top advisers to leading presidential candidates are ex-U.S. officials involved in atrocities around the world.

An Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove

How American Democracy Relies on Fascism

By Ted Rall

What would you do if you learned that Bush Administration officials wanted to round up thousands of Americans and throw them into concentration camps?

The Iraq Charade

By Ramzy Baroud

It seems odd that the bulk - if not the entirety - of reports on the improvement in security are predicated principally on information released by the US military, Iraqi official sources or willing collaborates of both (conformist Shia sources, tribal Sunni leaders).

Madness Compounding Madness: Calls for Intervention in Pakistan

By Gary Leupp

"Al-Qaeda is now as much a Pakistani phenomenon as it is an Arab or foreign element," declares Najam Sethi, editor of Pakistan's Daily Times. It is not just the Arabs, Uzbeks and other foreigners who fled from Afghanistan into Pakistan in the wake of the U.S. invasion of late 2001. It draws in Pakistani tribesmen, Punjabis, Urdu speakers. What was once a group foreigners (numbers unknown) enjoying Pashtun hospitality under the Taliban in Afghanistan has struck roots in neighboring Pakistan.

How Ron Paul "Shocked" Iowa

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