Mittwoch, 21. Mai 2008

CIA terror network dismantled inside Iran as war drumbeat swells

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The Iron Laws of Imprisonment, Bush-Style

Boreal Birds Need Your Help

Torturing Iron Man: The Strange Reversals of a Pentagon Blockbuster

Nick Turse, of TomDispatch: "Coming on the heels of last year's military-aided mega-spectacular Transformers, the Pentagon is managing to keep a steady stream of pro-military blockbusters in front of young eyes during two dismally unsuccessful foreign occupations that grind on without end. In his Iron Man review, Roger Ebert called the pre-transformation Tony Stark, 'the embodiment of the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned against in 1961 -- a financial superhero for whom war is good business, and whose business interests guarantee there will always be a market for war.'"

Paying for War at the Pump

Robert Scheer, of Truthdig: "What's it got to do with the price of gas? Would some reporter with access to the Republican presidential candidate please ask John McCain why he wants to continue President Bush's Mideast policy when it has proved so ruinous for American taxpayers? Because McCain is determined to ignore our economic meltdown and shift the debate to foreign policy, shouldn't he have to explain why an open-ended military presence in the Mideast will make us economically and militarily more secure when the opposite is clearly the case?"

Neues Hobby auf dem Vormarsch: Der Fingerabdruck-Klau

Sign on to create a safe harbor for whales

Ain, la fin des antennes relais sur les églises

Ron Paul: Obama Presidency Will Not Bring Change

Veterans Attest to PTSD Neglect by VA

Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner, of Truthout: "Recently released documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are further proof that the VA has failed to adequately address the crisis in veterans' mental health care, according to a former top VA employee turned veterans' advocate. In March, Norma J. Perez, the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coordinator at a VA facility in Temple, Texas, wrote an email to her subordinates stating: 'Given that we have more and more compensation seeking veterans, I’d like to suggest that you refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out. Consider a diagnosis of adjustment disorder, R/O [ruling out] PTSD ... we really don’t or have time to do the extensive testing that should be done to determine PTSD.'"

Clinton Needs 181% of Remaining Delegates

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Birkdale Councillor calls for ban on phone masts on borough property to be lifted

May 21 2008 by Robert Alcock, Midweek Visiter

A BLANKET ban on building mobile phone masts on Sefton Council land should be lifted, believes the borough’s outgoing Mayor.

Rather than creating “open season” for telecom companies, the move should be used to boost local control over where masts are built, says Councillor Richard Hands.


Churches and Phone masts

Bishop says no to phone masts

Churches and Cell Towers

Bilderberg Confirmed: Westfields Marriott In Chantilly June 5-8

Portuguese Newspaper Admits Bilderberg Kingmaker Power



Bilderberg is meeting in Washington DC Right Now

Informant: Dorothee Krien


Bilderberg Attendee List 2008

Back Room Deals, Blue Smoke and Men in Dark Suites

U.S. Media Remains Obediently Silent On Bilderberg

SC Governor Mark Sanford attended the meeting of the Bilderberg group in Chantilly, VA

Reporting on the Bilderberg meeting

Rice Formalized Missile Defense Policy At Bilderberg

Wenn's am Handy knackt: Staat hört mit

Überwachung von Mobilfunk und E-MailsÜberwachung

An expanding military budget taxpayers can’t afford

Boston Globe
by US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)


During the next few weeks Congress will consider hundreds of billions of dollars in military spending, yet this legislation will receive relatively little review and scrutiny. Spending by Pentagon officials continues to grow at an incredible rate and it is time for Congress to determine whether this level of funding makes sense. … Today, Bush’s military budget is $515 billion, more than half of all discretionary spending. This is in addition to the $200 billion a year being spent on the war in Iraq, and another $16 billion spent on nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, as military spending explodes, the middle class in America is shrinking, poverty is increasing and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Presidential power-tripping

Fox News
by Radley Balko


The most important issue in this November’s presidential election isn’t Iraq or terrorism or the economy, though it plays into all three. The most important issue is presidential power. In our history and civics classes, we’re taught that the genius of the Constitution is the checks and balances it imposes on the three branches of government. The founders understood that each branch — the president, the Congress and the courts — would seek to expand its power. They then set up a system that not only acknowledges man’s desire to accumulate power but also one that harnesses that desire and uses it to keep any one branch from becoming too influential. That system has mostly served us well. But an important new book details how the delicate balance of power in the federal government has been unraveling for nearly a century now...,2933,356630,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

“Radical Islam” is not at war with America

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Doug Newman


‘Radical Islam’ is not at war with America. It can’t be. Radical Islam has no command center. As a religion it has no pope or Vatican. Politically, it has no Berlin, Tokyo or Moscow from which to dispatch terrorists on missions of death. Can you name the last time a Muslim country conquered a non-Muslim country? If not, don’t feel bad. I can’t either. It has been centuries.Terrorism is a means of venting political grievances. It is not a philosophy of government. Terrorists don’t even control the government of Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries on earth. So this idea that they are going to come to America, take over, and force us all to speak Arabic, submit to shari’a law and pray to Mecca five times a day is indescribably absurd...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

DoJ: FBI agents’ torture warnings ignored

Houston Chronicle


FBI agents repeatedly complained that harsh interrogation techniques used on detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo might violate the law and jeopardize future criminal trials, but administration officials did little to address the concerns, a government watchdog concluded in a report released Tuesday. At one point in 2003, several top Justice Department officials took the concerns about interrogation practices used by the military at Guantanamo to the National Security Council, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine said in his report. However, Fine said the complaints did not appear to trigger any response from the National Security Council …. Fine’s report details how top law enforcement and military officials were slow to respond and how, in some instances, administration officials appear to have disregarded them...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


FBI "War Crimes" Investigation at Guantanamo Shut Down in 2003

Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane, of The New York Times: "In 2002, as evidence of prisoner mistreatment at Guantanamo Bay began to mount, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at the base created a 'war crimes file' to document accusations against American military personnel, but were eventually ordered to close down the file, a Justice Department report revealed Tuesday. The report, an exhaustive, 437-page review prepared by the Justice Department inspector general, provides the fullest account to date of internal dissent and confusion within the Bush administration over the use of harsh interrogation tactics by the military and the Central Intelligence Agency."

Wi-Fi Warnings Worthy of Hearing

Posted on: Tuesday, 20 May 2008, 09:01 CDT


The City Council should be commended for twice delaying a decision on whether to allow Wi-Fi into the downtown library and by extension, other city-owned buildings. In Santa Fe and elsewhere, we are constantly being bathed in artificial radiation at levels that are now billions of times higher than they were a few decades ago. These microwaves have been proven to alter our biochemistry, and the resultant health effects have been documented in more than 3,000 studies.



Wi-Fi worry

While some are concerned wireless access to the Internet will lead to health woes, a Thorold company that installs the technology insists it is safe.


Informant: Martin Weatherall

Our Military Need Real Support, Not Empty Rhetoric

by Chuck Baldwin

Most of us probably recall that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is quoted as having said that soldiers are just "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns by the political and commercial elite. Obviously, even the most anti-military Democrat would never be so brazen as to say what Kissinger said. In practice, however, both Democrats and Republicans demonstrate disdain for our brave military people by the way their unconstitutional policies abuse and misuse them.......

The Military-Medical Complex

Ocean Dead Zones Spread Due to Global Warming

In The Sunday Times UK, Jonathan Leake reports: "Marine dead zones, where fish and other sea life can suffocate from lack of oxygen, are spreading across the world's tropical oceans, a study has warned."


Scientists: Ocean dead zones on the rise at startling rate

San Francisco Chronicle


Dead zones where fish and most marine life can no longer survive are spreading across the continental shelves of the world’s oceans at an alarming rate as oxygen vanishes from coastal waters, scientists reported today. The scientists place the problem on runoff of chemical fertilizers in rivers and fallout from burning fossil fuels, and they estimate there are now more than 400 dead zones along 95,000 square miles of the seas — an area more than half the size of California...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Next-up news N°578

As homes foreclose in U.S., squatters move in

They enter through a broken first-floor window each night to sleep on a moldy bed in the abandoned four-family house at 827 Main Street, part of a new generation of squatters emboldened by America's housing foreclosure crisis.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq could have largest oil reserves in the world

Iraq dramatically increased the official size of its oil reserves yesterday after new data suggested that they could exceed Saudi Arabia's and be the largest in the world.

From Information Clearing House

Key architect of Iraq war defends case for US-led invasion

An influential architect of the war in Iraq defended the case for US military action on Monday, saying the failure to find weapons of mass destruction did not mean the decision to invade was a mistake.

From Information Clearing House

The Incredible Shrinking Superpower


If Americans are adjusting to the idea of a weak Bush, an even tougher mental leap awaits them once he leaves office: accepting that the U.S. isn't the force abroad it was just a few years ago. The next President's hardest job may be getting the country used to that.

The Old Titans All Collapsed, Is the U.S. Next?

By Kevin Phillips

The United States of 2008 is the world's leading debtor, has by far the largest current-account deficit and is the leading importer, at great expense, of both manufactured goods and oil. The potential damage if the world soon undergoes the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s is incalculable. The loss of global economic leadership that overtook Britain and Holland seems to be looming on our own horizon.


Let's Be Serious

Writing for The New York Times, Bob Herbert says, "The general election is about to unfold and we'll soon see how smart or how foolish Americans really are. The US may be the richest country on earth, but the economy is tanking, its working families are in trouble, it is bogged down in a multitrillion-dollar war of its own making and the price of gasoline has nitwits siphoning supplies from the cars and trucks of strangers."

"I declare my independence from all forms of dehumanization"

I Declared My Independence

Cynthia McKinney's Speech - Al Nakba Rally, NYC May 16, 2008

By Cynthia McKinney's

I declare my independence from all forms of dehumanization and am not afraid to speak truth to power. And I am happy to join with peace-loving people around the world who know that there can be no peace without justice.

US Holding 27,000 in Secret Overseas Prisons

Transporting Prisoners to Iraqi Jails to Avoid Media & Legal Scrutiny

By Democracy Now!

"There is a huge number of [secret prisoners] being held in Iraq, and one of the intriguing aspects of this that doesn't get much reporting is that the US is bringing people into Iraq from elsewhere to hold them there, simply because that keeps [the media and lawyers] away from the prisoners so they can't get any sort of legal rights," reports British attorney Clive Stafford Smith.

US: 500 youths detained in Iraq

Civil liberties groups such as the International Justice Network and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the detentions as abhorrent, and a violation of U.S. treaty obligations.

From Information Clearing House

Attack Iran: Trash the Constitution

By Ray McGovern

Two years ago I lectured at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. I found it highly disturbing that, when asked about the oath they took upon entering the academy, several of the "Mids" thought it was to the commander in chief.

Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran:

Joint Chiefs' Mullen to Congress

Iran Actions 'Directly Jeopardize' Iraq Peace: "Restraint in our response does not signal lack of resolve or capability to defend ourselves against threats," Mullen told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.,2933,356743,00.html

Gates rebuffs calls for diplomacy with Iran

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rebuffed calls for diplomatic engagement with Iran Tuesday, saying it was an open question whether talks would be productive while President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is in power.

From Information Clearing House

Secret law is 'antithetical to our constitutional democracy'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Wanna know a secret (law)?

Common Dreams
by Sean Gonsalves


We’re talking everything from secret interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to secret Presidential directives and transportation security orders. And don’t let the word ‘opinion’ throw you off. If, for example, they’re ‘opinions’ issued by the OLC — like the now infamous Yoo torture memos — those kind of ‘opinions’ are binding on the executive branch. So, while the Washington press heavy-hitters were analyzing flag pins and pastors, a Judiciary subcommittee hearing was held on ‘Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government.’ Among the half-dozen or so witnesses to testify was the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, Steven Aftergood — one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on secret law. What should have been a top-story across the country was rendered invisible by a tsunami of triviality....

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Neocon-in-Chief And His Dauphin

Informant: Lew Rockwell

On Military Keynesianism

Why the Stock Market Has Not Broken Out

War, Peace, and the State


Another gaffe showing McCain's ignorance of geopolitical basics

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Portables, WiFi, ondes dangereuses?

Residents urge tower review

By TRACY NEAL - Nelson | Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Residents who organised to block the proposed 22m cellphone mast in Atawhai have called for a review of national standards of telecommunications equipment, after grilling Telecom staff at a public meeting Tuesday.

They wanted Tuesday's protest, which attracted about 100 people, to kick-start a national discussion on the safety, standards and placement of telecommunications equipment in New Zealand.


ACLU: Justice Department Report Reveals Senior Government Officials Knew Early on of Interrogation Abuse But Did Not Stop It


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