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Bush Exempts Navy From Sonar Ban in Whale Areas

Bush sides with Navy in sonar battle,0,738138.story

Informant: Teresa Binstock


Bush Exempts Navy From Sonar Ban in Whale Areas

According to The Associated Press, "President Bush exempted the Navy so it can continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training off the California coast - a practice critics say is harmful to whales and other marine mammals."


White House Exempts Navy From Sonar Ban, Angering Environmental Groups

Soldiers Speak Out

ForumMobil-Bietenhard wird EJPD-Generalsekretärin

Die derzeitige Geschäftsführerin des Forum Mobil , einer Lobbyorganisation der Schweizer Mobilfunkbetreiber (wie Swisscom, Sunrise, Orange, Nokia und Ericsson) wird neue Generalsekretärin im Eidgenössischen Justiz- und Polizeidepartements EJPD...

Bietenhard wird EJPD-Generalsekretärin

Bundesrat ernennt EJPD-Generalsekretärin; Sonja Bietenhard wird neue Generalsekretärin des Eidgenössischen Justiz- und Polizeidepartements EJPD Bern...

First Came Katrina, Then Came HUD

Lewis Wallace reports for In These Times: "The temperature in New Orleans was uncharacteristically cold in mid-December, dipping into the 30s. As thousands of homeless people living in encampments huddled in blankets, housing activists from around the country converged on the city to protest the demolition of more than 4,500 units of public housing, once at the epicenter of New Orleans' low-income African-American community."

Blue-Collar Jobs Disappear, Taking Families' Way of Life Along

Erik Eckholm, reporting for The New York Times, writes from Jackson, Ohio, "After 30 years at a factory making truck parts, Jeffrey Evans was earning $14.55 an hour in what he called 'one of the better-paying jobs in the area.'"

We are in fact in a recession

A Green Lining

In The Guardian UK, Dean Baker writes: "According to the business press, a near majority of economists are now predicting recessions. Economists don't predict recessions. Almost all of them missed both the 2001 and the 1990-1991 recessions. Economists' predictions of a recession are a lagging indicator showing that we are in fact in a recession."

Bush Departs Mideast With Few Apparent Gains

Hannah Allam, writing for McClatchy Newspapers, reports, "President Bush wraps up a weeklong tour of the Middle East Wednesday, leaving many Mideast political observers mystified as to the purpose of the visit and doubtful that the president made inroads on his twin campaigns for Arab-Israeli peace and isolation for Iran."

White House Reused Email Tapes, Destroying Records

Pete Yost reports for The Associated Press, "The White House has acknowledged recycling its backup computer tapes of e-mail before October 2003, raising the possibility that many electronic messages - including those pertaining to the CIA leak case - have been taped over and are gone forever."

White House Says It Routinely Overwrote Email Tapes From 2001 to 2003

Elizabeth Williamson and Dan Eggen report for The Washington Post: "E-mail messages sent and received by White House personnel during the first three years of the Bush administration were routinely recorded on tapes that were 'recycled,' the White House's chief information officer said in a court filing this week. During the period in question, the Bush presidency faced some of its biggest controversies, including the Iraq war, the leak of former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson's name and the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes."

Help Protect Pets in Final Farm Bill: Next Chance May Not Be For Another Five Years!

Die Domino-Rezession?

Die Zeichen stehen nicht nur in den USA auf Rezession, die Berichte zur Lage der Weltwirtschaft sind alles andere als optimistisch.


Finanzmarktkrise nächster Akt: das Fallen der Dominosteine

White House Filing in CREW Lawsuit Admits to Destroying Back-Up Copies of Emails

Department of Justice Continues to Ignore Violent Crimes Committed by Its Private Security Contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan


US Fails at Enforcing Prosecution of Contractors

Elana Schor reports for The Guardian UK, "The US government has the legal authority to prosecute private contractors for crimes they commit in Iraq but often declines to use it, according to a report released today by a leading human rights group."

Blowback in the War on Terror

The Pakistan Conundrum

Bush's Legacy in the Making

Michigan's Ominous Message for Hillary Clinton

Wexler Calls for Cheney's Impeachment

US Won't Join 100 Countries Who Want to Ban Cluster Bombs

Administration Opposes Efforts to Control Use of Cluster Munitions

How the Pentagon Planted a False Hormuz Story


How The Pentagon Planted a False Hormuz Story

Analysis by Gareth Porter

Senior Pentagon officials, evidently reflecting a broader administration policy decision, used an off-the-record Pentagon briefing to turn the Jan. 6 U.S.-Iranian incident in the Strait of Hormuz into a sensational story demonstrating Iran's military aggressiveness, a reconstruction of the events following the incident shows.

Krisen-Stimmung: Rezessionsangst ergreift die Weltwirtschaft,1518,528953,00.html

Börsen- Kursrutsch: Wirtschaftsweise erwarten Verschärfung der Krise,1518,528836,00.html

Panikverkäufe: Kreditkrise erreicht Frankfurter Börse - Dax schmiert ab,1518,528813,00.html

Riesen- Kurssturz: Panikverkäufe an der Frankfurter Börse - Hypo- Real- Aktie bricht ein,1518,528739,00.html

US- Kreditkrise: Citigroup sucht Rettung im Ausland,1518,528791,00.html

Kreditkrise: Citigroup muss 18 Milliarden Dollar abschreiben,1518,528648,00.html


Request for Destruction of CIA Tapes Came From Bangkok Station Chief

Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus report for The Washington Post, "In late 2005, the retiring CIA station chief in Bangkok sent a classified cable to his superiors in Langley asking if he could destroy videotapes recorded at a secret CIA prison in Thailand that in part portrayed intelligence officers using simulated drowning to extract information from suspected al-Qaeda members."

Blackwater Case Faces Obstacles, Justice Department Says

James Risen and David Johnston report for The New York Times, "Justice Department officials have told Congress that they face serious legal difficulties in pursuing criminal prosecutions of Blackwater security guards involved in a September shooting that left at least 17 Iraqis dead."

On Iraq, Front-Runners' Records Match

Truthout's Maya Schenwar reports: "As leading candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama head into the Nevada caucus, toting their bite-sized campaign slogans - 'change,' 'hope,' 'experience' - the facts of their Senate pasts have faded from the scene. Though both pledge to end the war in Iraq, Obama has made his antiwar image a centerpiece of his campaign, drawing crowds of young supporters inspired by his initial opposition to the invasion. However, Clinton and Obama's war voting records in the Senate read virtually the same."

How to “fix” politics? Reduce the power of the president

Fox News
by Radley Balko

Pundits, pollsters, and election watchers say Hillary Clinton may have won the New Hampshire primary because she cried. Or perhaps because women caught Barack Obama condescending to her during the last Democratic presidential debate before voters took to the polls. On the Republican side, John McCain may have benefited from independent voters who migrated to the GOP side of the ballot after already determining in their heads that Obama had the Democratic nomination locked up. Over the coming moths, expect to hear much discussion about Obama’s race, Clinton’s gender, and Mitt Romney’s religion. … There’s little if anything substantive about these campaign-changing moments. Pundits drone on and on about what issues voters will think are most important but presidential campaigns have almost always turned on gaffes, personality quirks, or some other completely unpredictable campaign event that has little to do with policy...,2933,322646,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Shocked, shocked by Bush’s broken promises

by Charles Pena


Once upon a time — in what seems like a galaxy far, far away — then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had plans to have only 40,000 U.S. troops in Iraq by fall 2003. From almost the moment U.S. troops set foot in Iraq the Bush administration has been making promises that the number of boots on the ground would be reduced. But they have all been empty promises. For example, in December 2005 then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace proclaimed, ‘If things go the way we expect them to, as more Iraqi units stand up, we’ll be able to bring our troops down and turn over that territory to the Iraqis.’ Yet again, just a few weeks after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates indicated that five brigade combat teams (BCTs) could be withdrawn from Iraq by the middle of 2008 and another five BCTs in the second half of the year, leaving 100,000 U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of this year, it seems that the promise will be broken...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Tectonic change is what we need

The Free Liberal
by Fred E. Foldvary


A parrot could be a presidential candidate if one taught it to screech ‘change.’ It would cry ‘change, change, change!’ all day, and that would amount to the substance of most of the campaigns for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations. The problem is that the world needs big changes, and the most popular candidates are only offering small change...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Safe at home

Unqualified Offerings
by Jim Henley


Schultz may have found a politically palatable way to argue against continuing the Iraq adventure, but only by reinforcing the official line that maintaining a massive, free American military capacity is our only protection against nebulous but innumerable ‘contingencies.’ Now in the above argument, I’m using ‘defend’ in its old, strict sense of ‘defend.’ If you prefer the modern usage of start numerous wars in far-flung corners of the world for hazy reasons, the article’s logic becomes more compelling. But the reasons to end the American presence in Iraq are that the war was wrongly launched to start, is ruinously expensive, has been bloody for Americans and far moreso for Iraqis, and can succeed at no larger purpose than giving the US government a platform from which to launch even more wars like it...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lies and Deceit Used to Smear Ron Paul

by Alan Stang

Ron Paul a hater, a racist, a conspiracy kook, etc.? What? A few times, during the past few months, I have warned that were Dr. No to show signs of shattering orchestrated media containment, were he to become a real threat to the conspiracy for world government’s triumph – now so close – they would concoct some accusation in an attempt to discredit him..

Vaccination Toxicity Can Cause Injury

by Mary Tocco

Vaccinations can cause toxic injury in children and adults in several ways. Live or attenuated virus vaccines can actually produce the infection that the vaccine is supposed to prevent. Because vaccines are usually injected into muscle tissue, the major organs of the body may be exposed to the additives and preservatives in vaccines that are toxic as well as the viruses........

The exclusion of Kucinich undermines the purpose of the Federal Communications Act

Terrorism in the Americas did not begin with 9/11

Major media blackout on global warming

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Hillary Clinton's Lobbyist Driven Telecom Plans

Huffington Post, Matt Stoller, 10/1/2008

Excuse me for a second while I delve into something substantive. I've written about Obama's transformative proposals on media and contrasted them to Hillary Clinton's 'Connect America' plan to expand broadband access, which is based on a private-public partnership model called Connect Kentucky. Well, it turns out that Connect Kentucky is basically a fraudulent front group funded by government grants set up by telecom interests to advance their legislatve agenda and lie about internet access. And what Clinton wants to do is spread it nationwide.

Connect Kentucky's own Andrew McNeill came onto our blog during our legislation 2.0 experiment to discuss his organization's achievements.

And, if I may say so myself, the results have been impressive. Currently
94% of Kentucky households have access to broadband internet service - up from only 60% two years ago.

Art Brodsky has the story debunking this from sources in Kentucky.

Connect's claim that more than 90 percent of the state has access to broadband has been met with a great deal of skepticism. "It's a joke," one knowledgeable source said, echoing what others also believe.

Sources with knowledge of the program said there were a myriad of problems. Connect Kentucky's results were overstated by a methodology that determined everyone within a 2.5-mile radius from a telephone company facility capable of supplying Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service was indeed capable of getting the service. However, that assumption was not always true, the source said.

There are other weaknesses. Carriers aren't required to submit any information, and information considered proprietary can be withheld.

And Kentucky has fallen behind other states in terms of broadband.

Kentucky ranked 40th in broadband deployment, dropping three places from 2002, according to ITIF. The state in 2007 also ranked 44th in high-tech jobs, 46th in scientists and engineers as a percentage of the workforce.

Connect Kentucky also uses government funds to lobby aggressively for anti-consumer legislation, and is spreading to a bunch of different states as well as making its way into Clinton's technology plan. Currently, Dick Durbin is pushing to expand Connect Kentucky nationwide, probably because his former telecom policy aide is lobbying for Verizon.

I've been skeptical of both Connect Kentucky and Hillary Clinton's telecom plans for some time. Art Brodsky has shown that the reality is much worse than I had imagined. Hopefully Senator Clinton will get rid of the telecom lobbyist inspired dreck writing the plans in her shop. There's room for Clinton to maneuver away from Connect Kentucky, but her plan still doesn't contain a commitment that her FCC will uphold net neutrality provisions. Clinton's media and internet proposals may allow the destruction of the internet.

One of the first things the Burmese government did to shut down the dissidents was shut down the internet. Writer's Guild rallies get scant coverage on local news channel KBNC, which is owned by a company negotiating with the writers. T.......

Ex OFCOM chief appointed Gordon Brown's chief strategist

Gordon Brown has tried to sharpen up his Downing Street operation after a trouble-hit three months by appointing the head of a public relations company as his new chief strategist.

Stephen Carter, the 43-year-old chief executive of the Brunswick communications group and former head of the media regulator Ofcom, will become the Prime Minister's chief of strategy and principal adviser on a salary of £137,000. He will head the political operation in No 10 and Mr Brown's team of 18 special advisers.


Mr Carter is not a Labour member but will rejoin the party. He was a member until he joined Ofcom in 2003. He will attend cabinet meetings as an observer and be in charge of political strategy, communications, research and the No 10 policy unit. Although not a close ally of Mr Brown, the Prime Minister knew his new recruit "by reputation" and the two men had met several times. Mr Brown is a friend of Alan Parker, the founder of Brunswick. "I am delighted Stephen Carter has accepted my invitation to join the Downing Street team as we build our programme and pursue an ambitious legislative programme," said Mr Brown.

How the Pentagon worked to sensationalize Jan. 6 Hormuz incident

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Dollar Nears Record Low Against Euro

The dollar dropped on speculation that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates this month, sending gold and platinum futures to records.

ECB warns crashing dollar may stop Fed cuts

Rumours of an emergency rate cut over coming days by the US Federal Reserve have swept the global markets, setting off a fresh plunge in the dollar.

Citi Loses Almost $10B, Slashes Dividend

Citigroup Inc. lost almost $10 billion in last year's final three months, the largest quarterly deficit in its 196-year history, and slashed its dividend and 4,200 jobs as it recorded a mammoth write-down for bad bets on the mortgage industry.

Citigroup, Merrill Receive $21 Billion From Investors

Wall Street banks have now raised $59 billion, mostly from investors in the Middle East and Asia, to shore up balance sheets battered by more than $100 billion of writedowns from the declining values of mortgage-related assets

Subprime lender to file for bankruptcy

First NLC Financial Services, will file for bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate because demand among investors for home loans has vanished, the investment bank said Monday.

Whole prices up by 6.3 percent last year

Wholesale inflation shot up in 2007 by the largest amount in 26 years even though falling gasoline costs allowed price pressures to moderate in December.

Greenspan Sees U.S. as Likely In Recession, or Soon to Be

The U.S. is probably in or about to enter a recession, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said.

Greenspan Goes Over the Hedge

Blamed by some for subprime woes, he joins fund that profited in the crisis.

US subprime lenders targeted blacks, poor

US mortgage lenders targeted minorities and people with low incomes in recent years as the "best candidates" for subprime home loans, with devastating economic consequences, a report claimed Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

Spychief Wants to Tap Into Cyberspace

Spychief Mike McConnell is drafting a plan to protect America's cyberspace that will raise privacy issues and make the current debate over surveillance law look like "a walk in the park.

Big Brother Really Is Watching

Homeland Security is bankrolling futuristic profiling technology to nab terrorists before they strike.

From Information Clearing House

Egypt, Turkey Warn Against War On Iran

"There is no need for the use of force. Use of force will lead to very serious consequences in the region and the world," Mubarak said. "The problems must be resolved diplomatically," Gul added.

Bush issues warning to Iran

Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bush said if Iranians hit any U.S. ship, there will be "serious consequences."

Navy official: Ship fired warning at Iran boat

Admiral says U.S. will defend ships with 'deadly force' against Tehran.

Threat to U.S. warships may have been a hoax

A threatening radio message at the end of a video showing Iranian patrol boats swarming near U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf may have come from a prankster rather than from the Iranian vessels, the Navy Times newspaper has reported.

U.S. to sell Saudis smart bombs to help keep "Iran in check"

The United States already has notified Congress of five other packages to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, including Patriot missiles.

Saudi public leery of Bush

A recent poll found only 12 percent here view Bush positively - lower than Iran's president or even al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden - and more think warmly toward Iran than America.

From Information Clearing House

Turkish FM: U.S. launched war for Iraq oil

Turkey's finance minister says the United States is "after the oil" in Iraq, joining other high-profile officials making the assertion recently.

From Information Clearing House

Tony's Bu$ine$$

The Rising Son of the House of JP Morgan.

By Glyn Myerscough

As former British Prime Minister Tony Blair takes up an advisory post with JP Morgan, at an annual salary of £2 million? - some might ask is JP Morgan a successor company of the JP Morgan private bank whose senior executives met in secrecy - from both the US government and nation - with representatives of the private banks of Rockefeller, Kune, Loeb and Co at Jekyll Island on 22nd November 1910 to write what, on the eve of the Second World War, became the US Banking Bill, creating the Federal Reserve Bank?

Is There Any Politician Reading These Polls?

Big Business is Even More Unpopular Than You Thought

By Robert Weissman

The U.S. public holds Big Business in shockingly low regard.

Bush's Good Right Hand

By Carol Davidek-Waller

Political parties are not part of the government. They are private businesses that have monopolized elections and left us out in the cold. I think we'd be better off without them. Across the board public funding would do a lot more to change the direction of the country than anyone with donkey or an elephant on their lapel ever did.

Subprime Nation

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Since it began to give credit ratings to nations in 1917, Moody's has rated the United States triple-A. U.S. Treasury bonds have been seen as the most secure investment on earth. When crises erupt, nervous money seeks out the world's great safe harbor, the United States. That reputation is now in peril.

Mike Huckabee: We Should Amend The Constitution So It Fits With God's Standards


Imperial Hubris: Lessons For America

By Fritz Stern

A bombastic leader, a country at war and a nation at war with itself? German history holds a cautionary tale for America.

Impeach Cheney Now!

Military Industrial Complex Biometric Surveillance Control Grid Revealing Itself

Ron Paul vs. The Fed

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Neo-Orwellian ruling holds 'public interest' & 1st Amendment served by excluding Kucinich

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