Freitag, 25. Januar 2008

Senate Poised to Capitulate to Cheney's Fear-Mongering

Wolfowitz, War Architect, Named to Head US Security Panel

Iraq: 'US the Biggest Producer of Terror'

Cloned Meat Decision Sparks Consumer Campaign

We need a stronger message

FISA Action Page: It's Time For A Majority Leader Who Is More Than A Gutless Supplicant

Yesterday Harry Reid again brought forward the version of the FISA bill containing a provision for telecom immunity for their criminal complicity in illegal wiretaps of American citizens. Sure we need to win another filibuster, but we also need a stronger message. Reid must go.

What part of exercising power doesn't Harry Reid get? The Washington Post reports him "pleading" with the White House. And yet, it is his decision which version of the FISA bill to have the Senate consider, and by choosing to bring forward the bad one, he is knowingly forcing opponents of yet another "get out of jail free card" for Cheney cronies to get 60 votes to strip it out of the bill. Or filibuster yet again.

Step Down Harry Action Page: (anyone can use this link)

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This is the last straw. Time and again he has abdicated his leadership, claiming he is "personally" opposed to things, while collaborating to stack the deck in favor of the other side of the policy issue. Reid has got to go.

And call them on the phone too. Here are the tested toll free numbers, 800 828-0498, 800 614 2803 and 866 340 9281. And there is a local phone number lookup on the regular action page above to get you all the local district phone numbers.

OK, those are the basics. Now it's time for us to breathe some fire of our own.

And please keep in mind, as with all our action pages, no words will be sent on your behalf to your members of Congress, neither from this alert nor on the action page itself, but the stated subject line, "Reid Must Step Down As Majority Leader Over His Telecome Immunity Surrender", and your additional personal comments if any.

But first, if you still have not yet gotten your "Impeach Cheney?" cap, this is your LAST chance to pick up one of these historic collector's items. On Monday, Dennis Kucinich intends to introduce proposed articles of impeachment against Bush as well, so this will be the last batch of caps about Cheney alone. Get the cap where it all started while you can.

Impeach Cheney? Caps:

Alright then, put on your flameproof protective gear, here we go.

The word feeble does not even begin to describe how ineffective Reid has been as majority so-called leader in representing the interests of the people. A leader does not repeatedly tell his caucus they are on their own, while working behind the scenes to cripple any real opposition. And in so doing, he has done nothing but grease the neocon agenda for as far back as the eye to see. For them he has been as very effective, as a co-conspirator.

He gave his private blessing to the Gang of 14 that stuck us with two additional lockdown reactionary votes on the Supreme Court for the next generation. And it goes downhill from there. More recently his unilateral caving in has stuck us with an evil White House con job dubbed "The Surge", the sole purpose of which was to drag out the death and destruction in Iraq at least another 2 years.

On the few occasions there have been successful filibusters under his rudderless non-leadership he has actually publicly apologized for it, like when we practically prostrated himself on the rejection of the John Bolton nomination, promising to cave yet again if they would just provide a couple extra redacted documents pretty please. We're surprised that Dick Cheney doesn't make him wear a flowered dress with little pink bows on the Senate floor.

Is he the Senate majority leader or is he a mouse? Reid makes Neville Chamberlain look like Richard the Lion Hearted. He is long overdue to be put out to pasture, hopefully one without gophers that might accidentally frighten him.

So again, none of these words of ours will go to your member of Congress, unless you choose to paste some of them in as part of your own personal comments on the action page.

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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Immigration Officials Detaining, Deporting American Citizens

McClatchy Newspaper's Marisa Taylor reports, "Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia." And, Spencer S. Hsu writes for The Washington Post: "Did Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff put a convenient spin on statistics about apprehensions at the U.S.-Canada border in order to support new rules that his department is imposing there? Senators who oppose the plan to tighten identification requirements say he did."

The End of Privacy

For Truthdig, Elliot Cohen, writes: "Amid the controversy brewing in the Senate over Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform, the Bush administration appears to have changed its strategy and is devising a bold new plan that would strip away FISA protections in favor of a system of wholesale government monitoring of every American's Internet activities."

Senate Delays Eavesdropping Vote

Pamela Hess, writing for The Associated Press, reports, "The Senate granted at least a temporary victory to the White House on Thursday, turning back an attempt to increase court oversight of the government's surveillance of phone calls and e-mails that involve people inside the United States."

Life After Iraq: A Lease on Her Life

For Truthout's special series, "Life After Iraq," profiling Iraq veterans adjusting to life back at home, Maya Schenwar writes: "It was July 2004 and Jennifer Pacanowski was headed home to Pennsylvania after six months as a medic in Iraq. Like most other soldiers in the Army, she had two weeks at home to 'rest and relax' before returning to the combat zone. 'It's kind of a vacation from war,' she says."

Antarktis-Eis schrumpft zunehmend schneller

Nach einer neuen Studie verschwindet das Eis sehr viel schneller, als man bislang angenommen hat.

Was heißt hier ohne Gentechnik?

Reformen des Gentechnik-Gesetzes sorgen für Diskussionen


Campact-News 02/08 Freitag, den 25. Januar 2008

Der Bundestag hat heute die Änderung des Gentechnik-Gesetzes beschlossen. Wir haben mit unserem Protest viel erreicht: Die Haftungsregeln wurden nicht verwässert - damit bleibt die wichtigste Hürde gegen den Anbau von Gentechnik bestehen. Wir können uns weiterhin im Standortregister informieren, wo Gentechnik angebaut wird. Und mit der Kennzeichnung "ohne Gentechnik" können wir Milch, Eier und Fleisch mit Gentechnik zum Ladenhüter machen.

Der Durchmarsch der Gentechnik auf unsere Felder findet nicht statt. Trotzdem bleibt die gesetzliche Regelung hinter dem zurück, was zum Schutz der gentechnikfreien Landwirtschaft notwendig wäre.

Lesen Sie unsere Analyse:

Vorgestern fand im Bundestag die entscheidende Sitzung des Landwirtschafts-Ausschusses statt. Mit 50 Großballons trugen wir unsere Argumente gegen Gentechnik bis an die Fenster der tagenden Abgeordneten heran.

Der Film zur Aktion:

Fotos von der Aktion:

Seit Anfang 2006 haben wir die Änderung des Gentechnik-Gesetzes mit Aktionen begleitet. Das Engagement von tausenden Bürger/innen konnten die Politiker/innen nicht ignorieren: Am Ende kam es auf unsere Stimme an! Das motiviert. Ganz herzlichen Dank an alle, die diesen Erfolg mit ihrem großen Einsatz ermöglicht haben.

Günter Metzges

Angst vor der Macht lähmt die Bewegung

March 18 Action Day to Take Back the Constitution

The Stimulus Swindle

Whenever Washington starts patting itself on the back—whenever politicians of both parties start praising each other on an economic issue—hold onto your wallet, because you are about to get fleeced. That's precisely what happened during the debate over the economic "stimulus" package.

No One Believes Bush

The Huffington Post — Note to Senate Democrats: No one believes George Bush. Except you. How could you possibly believe Bush when he says you will look weak on national security? Don't you get it? You look weak only when you cave in to Bush, not when you oppose him.


The Economic State Of The Union: The Price of Failed Ideology

Manufactureing & Technology News — 2008 will be the ninth consecutive year the U.S. economy— locked into a failed, 30-year-old ideology of deregulation and debt—grows slower than the world's growth while China grows more than three times faster.


Global Warming a Global Threat

The Press Association — A new report says climate change will threaten global security. As higher temperatures raise sea levels and change weather patterns, the world faces the prospect of resources wars and hundreds of millions of "environmental refugees" fleeing their devastated homelands.


Contractors Out of Control

The Washington Post — With more U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan than U.S. military personnel, government officials have told Congress that the Bush administration cannot manage the contractors' critical involvement in the American war effort.


Stimulus Gone Bad

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times: "House Democrats and the White House have reached an agreement on an economic stimulus plan. Unfortunately, the plan - which essentially consists of nothing but tax cuts and gives most of those tax cuts to people in fairly good financial shape - looks like a lemon." In related news, David Cay Johnston, of The New York Times, reports: "President Bush’s plan to send payments to 117 million households to stimulate the economy would impose major strains on the Internal Revenue Service ... Nobody has authorized the agency to hire extra workers to reprogram computers, enter new data, issue checks and answer calls. The agency will divert resources from serving taxpayers and enforcing tax laws."

Like FBI, CIA Has Used Secret "Letters"

Joby Warrick, of The Washington Post, reports: "For three years, the Bush administration has drawn fire from civil liberties groups over its use of national security letters, a kind of administrative subpoena that compels private businesses such as telecommunications companies to turn over information to the government. After the 2001 USA Patriot Act loosened the guidelines, the FBI issued tens of thousands of such requests, something critics say amounts to warrantless spying on Americans who have not been charged with crimes. Now, newly released documents shed light on the use of the letters by the CIA."

Judge Demands a Report on Destroyed CIA Tapes

Scott Shane reports for The New York Times, "A judge on Thursday gave the Justice Department three weeks to report in writing whether the destruction of CIA videotapes in November 2005 violated an order he issued four months earlier to preserve evidence."

US to Insist Iraq Grant It Wide Mandate in Operations

Thom Shanker and Steven Lee Myers report for The New York Times, "With its international mandate in Iraq set to expire in 11 months, the Bush administration will insist that the government in Baghdad give the United States broad authority to conduct combat operations and guarantee civilian contractors specific legal protections from Iraqi law, according to administration and military officials."

EPA Director Called Before Senate

Truthout's Simona Perry reports: "Under sworn testimony at a Senate hearing today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson repeatedly said he stood by his decision to deny California a waiver under the Clean Air Act. Yet, he refused to offer specific technical information that led to his decision or answer questions surrounding the timing of his decision and speculation about White House pressure to deny the waiver."

EPA Chief Is Under the Microscope

Writing for The Los Angeles Times, Janet Wilson reports EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson "weathered harsh questions from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about why he denied California and more than a dozen other states the right to implement their own laws to cut greenhouse gases from vehicles, and whether political influence from the White House affected the decision."

Ron Paul Shunned In Blatantly Unfair MSNBC Debate

The GOP’s security gap

The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

The conventional wisdom on this year’s election is that John McCain would be the strongest candidate the Republicans could send against the Democrats come November. I believe it myself. And yet, as the economy continues to deflate, the prospects for a McCain presidency are deflating as well. The affable McCain has on more than one occasion affably admitted that the economy is not his strong suit. It’s an admission you can make when you’re confident that your bona fides on national security will eclipse your economic deficiencies. And that confidence is evident in McCain’s view of the world, and of himself. The ‘transcendent challenge’ of our time, he says in his stump speech, is ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ Given that, who better to fight it than McCain?...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US and Thailand: Allies in torture

Asia Times
by Shawn Crispin


Revelations confirmed in a US congressional hearing that the CIA ran a covert interrogation facility at a Thai military base raise new questions about twisted links between the “war on terror” and Thai military and political officials - including denials that Washington has assisted Bangkok in its efforts to smash an increasingly violent Muslim insurgency in the south...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Activists Expose Greenwashing by Rainforest Alliance


Disguised as Rainforest Creatures, Activists Expose Greenwashing by Rainforest Alliance

Demand End of Certification of Rainforest Destruction

Date/Time: Thursday, January 24, 7pm at RA Headquarters, 665 Broadway (near E. 3rd St.)

Contacts for more information: Emily Sandusky, Founding Member of NYCAG, telephone: 1.315 576 1747

Dr. Tom Struhsaker, Duke University, Author of Ecology of an African Rain Forest: Logging in Kibale and the conflict between conservation and exploitation.

Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet -; telephone: 1.920 776 1075

(New York, New York) – Thursday the New York Climate Action Group (NYCAG) joins other environmental organizations denouncing Rainforest Alliance for profiting financially from the destruction of rainforests.

NYCAG is demanding a permanent end to the industrial logging of old-growth forests worldwide. Dressed as creatures from the rainforests of the world, environmentalists from New York City will participate in a festive rally to greet and inform the participants at a Rainforest Alliance cocktail party.

Scientific studies have shown that industrial logging in old- growth rainforests is never sustainable and leads to their permanent destruction by ranchers, mining operations, and industrial agricultural interests. Rainforest Alliance receives 30% of its funding by certifying industrial logging through their “Smartwood” program. They are the largest such certifier in the world. “Smartwood” certification follows Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guidelines, which Rainforest Alliance claims will ensure sustainable forestry. In truth, however, FSC guidelines allow first-time logging of pristine ancient forests. These forests are recognized by climate scientists worldwide as our greatest defense against climate change.

Many cocktail party attendees coming expecting pina coladas will first be met by activists disguised as rain forest creatures, including an array of wild birds and mammals and even a gorilla to represent those imperiled because of certified logging schemes similar to Smartwood in the Congo.

The watchdog group, FSC-Watch, is directed by one of the founders of FSC Simon Counsell, who became its greatest critic. They have reported that, in addition to legal unsustainable logging, SmartWood has issued FSC certificates to various companies involved in illegal logging; its parent organization, Rainforest Alliance, also issued 'ethical certificates' to a company which that was actually working with Colombian terrorists.

In recent weeks, opponents of FSC certification of old-growth forest logging have achieved important victories. On January 17th the city council of Ocean City (New Jersey) voted unanimously to cancel a $1.1 million purchase of ipê timber from ancient rainforests, despite claims that its FSC certification ensured sustainability. Dr. Glen Barry, of Ecological Internet, responded, "The message is getting through: for our survival rainforest logging must end. Remaining rainforests must be protected and allowed to expand, with compensation to local peoples."

But is the message getting through?

Explains NYCAG member Emily Sandusky, dressed as a gorilla, “I hope Rainforest Alliance will recognize that FSC certification of old-growth tropical timber is certifying the destruction of the rainforest.”

The activists urged Rainforest Alliance to recognize the need to support permanent protected status for the world's remaining old growth forests. The animals will ask cocktail party-goers to use their influence to get Rainforest Alliance to change its ways and to stop selling old growth rainforest timber products. Rainforest Alliance will also be urged to support NYCAG efforts to end New York City's use of tropical hardwoods.

For more information on the FALSE SOLUTION of certification, visit


Concern over mobile phone mast near school

A bid to site a mobile phone near a school has sparked concern.

O2 has unveiled plans for a 15 metre tall mast in Wellgreen Lane, just a short distance from Iford and Kingston Primary School.

The mast will be disguised as a telegraph pole and include an equipment cabinet on the ground.


Bankruptcy will stop the American empire

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Videoüberwachung: Noch eine Abschreckung die nicht funktioniert

Politische Konkurserklärung: Noch eine Abschreckung die nicht funktioniert...

„Graeme Gerrard, bei der britischen Association of Chief Police Officers
(ACPO) für Videoüberwachung zuständig, hat bei einer parlamentarischen Anhörung eingeräumt, dass die in Großbritannien schier jeden Meter in Innenstädten überwachenden Kameras Gewaltverbrechen und spontan begangene Straftaten nicht verhindern. Andere Länder seien zwar längst erstaunt, in welchem Ausmaß die Briten durch "Closed Circuit Television" (CCTV) bespitzelt würden, erklärte der Ermittler am Donnerstag im Verfassungsausschuss des House of Lords. Die Abschreckungswirkung sei aber sehr gering. Der Experte der Vereinigung der lokalen Polizeichefs gab zudem zu, dass die Öffentlichkeit über die Effizienz der elektronischen Augen "in die Irre geführt" worden sei…“ "Britische Polizei räumt eklatante Schwächen der Videoüberwachung ein" Bericht im Heise-Newsticker vom 19.01.2008:

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Januar 2008


1000eyes Videoüberwachung jetzt auch über das Handy nutzbarüberwachungÜberwachung

None dare it genocide

Please watch Stan Monteith's presentation: None dare it genocide.

Researching vaccines, mercury, autism, Alzheimer's, microwave technology, aspartame, MSG, fluoridation, infertility, psychiatry, anti-depressants, suicides, pharmaceutical corporations etc. led me to topics like the New World Order, Nazi Germany. Operation Paperclip, truth in science etc - and here is someone who presents all. Topics in one go.

Please forward


Nationwide "Teach-In" Planned to Address Climate Change

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo reports for The Christian Science Monitor on global warming teach-ins that are planned for this week on college campuses across the country: "Organizers bill the culminating day, January 31, as the largest teach-in in the nation's history, drawing parallels to the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960's and 1970's. More than 1,500 institutions, most of them colleges and universities, will host classes, documentaries, performances, energy-saving competitions and discussions with political leaders."

Gore Says "Changing Light Bulbs" Not Enough

Ben Hirschler, Reuters, "Climate campaigner Al Gore urged world policymakers on Thursday to change laws, "not just light bulbs," in tackling global warming, and a UN official said world market turmoil must not be allowed to delay action."

Drought Could Force Nuke-Plant Shutdowns

Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press: "Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back or temporarily shut down later this year because drought is drying up the rivers and lakes that supply power plants with the awesome amounts of cooling water they need to operate."

The Man Behind The Curtain

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

The American people seem mesmerized by the smoke and mirrors of the political and media elite. For the most part, the people of this country seem totally unaware that while the global elite who run this country passionately promote the "war on terrorism," those same elite are also violently attacking the liberties of the heartland. While they create a gargantuan Department of Homeland Security for our "protection," they are using that very same department to eviscerate the constitutional protections of our republic........

Sorry, we have to nuke you because we might not be able to in the future

From Information Clearing House

Rumsfeld Resurfaces, Calls for U.S. Propaganda Agency

From Information Clearing House

On remembering the victims of the US war on Vietnam

Income Redistribution Is Not Charity

What Is the Real Deal With Biofuels?

Chemical Food Additives: Are They Slowly Killing Our Children?

Lauralee reports for on chemical food additives: "Risk of toxic additives, in isolation or in combination, is evidently most high among infants and children."

Detroit Parties On, Republicans Approve

Truthout's Kelpie Wilson comments on the recent North American International Auto Show, "Retro styling, along with retro attitudes, is all we are seeing from Detroit at a time when the world needs to radically reinvent everything to do with energy and the economy. It's not just about climate change either, but also the fact that global oil production is near its peak while population and consumption are both rising."

Senate Rejects Secret Court Measure

Pamela Hess reports for The Associated Press that "The Senate on Thursday rejected an attempt to expand a secret court's oversight of government eavesdropping, sticking instead with a surveillance bill favored by the White House."

Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World

Charlotte Iserbyt

Informant: shane_digital

Ron Paul Unveils a REAL Economic Stimulus Plan

What's Your State of the Union?

Why wait until he has the national megaphone all to himself to blast another round of distortions? Let's tell the real story of the State of the Union, now.

The State Of The Union: Meaner, Not Leaner

By William A. Cohn

From the holy land to the promised land, presidential promises of peace (in the middle east), progress (in Iraq) and prosperity (via more tax cuts) will be met with deep skepticism when Mr. Bush delivers the annual state of the union address on Monday.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Nominates Torture Advocate To Senior Justice Post

The Justice Department lawyer who wrote a series of classified legal opinions in 2005 authorizing harsh C.I.A. interrogation techniques was renominated by the White House on Wednesday to a senior department post, a move that was seen as a snub to Senate Democrats who have long opposed his appointment.

From Information Clearing House

Soaring global wheat prices increase hunger for millions of Afghans

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Afghanistan today urged the international community to fund a sharp increase in needed food assistance for the poor of Afghanistan who cannot afford to pay soaring local prices for wheat, a staple of the Afghan diet.

From Information Clearing House

Kayani to US: No foreign operations in Pakistan

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has told the visiting United States Central Command chief Admiral William J. Fallon that US forces will not be allowed to conduct operation against terrorists inside Pakistan.

U.S. Commander Orders Plans on Pakistan

The commander of U.S. forces in Central Asia has launched planning for more extensive use of U.S. troops to train Pakistani armed forces, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

Pentagon to Train Pakistani Troops: Musharraf, the Steadfast Ally?

Adm. Fallon is the commander of U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), that portion of the American military empire that reaches from Kazakhstan on the north to Kenya on the South. The Pentagon has such a command for every square inch of the globe.

Pakistan Shuns C.I.A. Buildup Sought by U.S.

By Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger

The top two American intelligence officials traveled secretly to Pakistan early this month to press President Pervez Musharraf to allow the Central Intelligence Agency greater latitude to operate in the tribal territories where Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups are all active, according to several officials who have been briefed on the visit.

From Information Clearing House

McCain says he is astonished that Hillary Clinton wants to surrender in Iraq

Arizona Senator John McCain, on Thursday turned his attention to the Democrats, saying he was "absolutely astonished" that Senator Hillary Clinton "says she wants to surrender in Iraq -- she wants to wave the white flag." "After all the sacrifice we have made in this (U.S. troop) surge.

From Information Clearing House

President Hillary

By Paul Craig Roberts

Are the Democrats choosing Hillary because she has the moral integrity to stop an unjust war and to hold war criminals responsible for leading America into war based on lies and deception? Are they choosing Hillary because she defends the US Constitution from usurpation by executive power? Are they choosing her because she is public-spirited instead of personally ambitious?

Kucinich to Introduce Impeachment of Bush Before State of the Union

You Owe Mr. Bush An Apology: Commentary About Bush Administration Lies

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