Donnerstag, 5. Juni 2008

Deaths in US Immigration Detention Facilities

Amy Goldstein, of The Washington Post, writes, "The top U.S. immigration enforcement official told a congressional subcommittee yesterday that the Bush administration will disclose more information about foreigners who die in the sprawling network of federal detention centers around the country."

Victory in Iraq or "Surrender"

Truthout's Camillo "Mac" Bica writes, "Even should we disregard the accusations of Scott McClellan and give the Bush administration the sizable benefit of the doubt that their preemption was an honest mistake, that does not somehow alter the moral and legal value of the invasion and occupation. Nor does it excuse the destruction of the Iraqi state and the deaths or displacement of millions of innocents. Nor does it diminish their culpability for war crimes."

Water crisis to be biggest world risk

Informant: Teresa Binstock

The coming cyberspace arms race

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Uncle Sam's Cyber Force Wants You!


Pentagon Debates Development of Offensive Cyberspace Capabilities

Julian E. Barnes, The Los Angeles Times: "Igniting a provocative new debate, senior military officials are pushing the Pentagon to go on the offensive in cyberspace by developing the ability to attack other nations' computer systems, rather than concentrating on defending America's electronic security. Under the most sweeping proposals, military experts would acquire the know-how to commandeer the unmanned aerial drones of adversaries, disable enemy warplanes in mid-flight and cut off electricity at precise moments to strategic locations, such as military installations, while sparing humanitarian facilities, such as hospitals."

Norfolk hospital asked to remove paging system

Board told roof-top device emitting microwave radiation unsafe for patients


The Norfolk General Hospital board of directors has been asked to consider removing a paging service from its roof because of the microwave radiation it emits.

"I'm sure other locations could be found in the community that could be safer," Anca Gaston said during a presentation to the board this week. "My recommendation would be to have it moved."


'Fight phone mast'- plea by councillor

Published Date: 06 June 2008
By Staff Copy

THE chairman of Barwick and Scholes Parish Council has urged residents in Barwick to keep fighting the battle against the recent planning decision to increase the size of an O2 phone mast in the village.

At Monday’s parish council meeting, Coun Ben Hogan told residents to fight the Government Planning Inspectorate’s decision to give the mast the go-ahead by protesting to MPs, Leeds City councillors and the phone company itself.

O2 recently appealed against Leeds City Council’s refusal to give it planning permission for the new mast.


Scientists warn of coastal ecosystem destruction if management not improved

Informant: Teresa Binstock

NGH Paging Tower Under Review Out Of Potential Health Concern

CD98.9 - Simcoe, Canada

Several adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields were presented, notably studies that have found increased risks of cancer associated with exposure ...


NGH Paging Tower to be Removed

CD98.9 - Simcoe, Canada

... Health Canada are outdated and new studies show increased prevalence of cancer and other ailments in those who are exposed to electromagnetic radiation. ...

Daten von 100 000 unwissenden Handy-Nutzern ausgewertet - Researchers Secretly Track Cell Phone Users Outside US

Wissenschaftler analysieren individuelle Bewegungsprofile von Handynutzern

Der Mensch ist ein Gewohnheitstier,1518,557715,00.html

Die Wege des Menschen sind berechenbar


Researchers Secretly Track Cell Phone Users Outside US

Seth Borenstein, writing for The Associated Press, reports, "Researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home."

Will the real John McCain please stand up?

The Nation
by Robert Scheer


Actually, I don’t expect him to, now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party. Nor is it likely that the fawning mass media will pressure him to the point of clarity. But I remain genuinely confused as to what makes him tick. McCain is the most confounding of candidates, veering as he does from the stance of provincial reaction to sophisticated enlightenment within an almost instantaneous time frame. He did it last week, when he blasted Barack Obama for being soft in appraising America’s adversaries while in the same moment, calling for sensible rapprochement with Vladimir Putin’s Russia on nuclear arms control. While such unpredictability can be appealing in a senator, it is unnerving in a possible President...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Zerstörung des Regenwalds in Brasilien hat sich wieder beschleunigt

Im April wurden über 1.100 Quadratkilometer Regenwald zerstört.

The Fed’s War on the Middle Class

Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Enemy-Combatant Attack on Freedom

The Media, McClellan, and War

On this week's Bill Moyers Journal, "There's nothing new in Scott McClellan's book about the propaganda campaign or the role of the press in selling the war, so why is it such big news? Journalists Jonathan Landay and John Walcott of McClatchy newspapers and Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher analyze the reaction of the administration and the media to McClellan's book."


Bill Moyers: The role of the press in selling the war

Journalists Jonathan Landay and John Walcott of McClatchy newspapers and Greg Mitchell of EDITOR & PUBLISHER analyze the reaction of the administration and the media to McClellan's book.

From Information Clearing House

McCain: I'd Spy on Americans Secretly, Too

If elected president, Senator John McCain would reserve the right to run his own warrantless wiretapping program against Americans, based on the theory that the president's wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight, according to a statement released by his campaign Monday.

From Information Clearing House


Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps

Charlie Savae, of The New York Times: "A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush's program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team. In a letter posted online by National Review this week, the adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Mr. McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor Americans' international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance."

Easy-money policies created this problem

Bernanke's Speech: "It's all China's Fault, Really"

By Mike Whitney

Thanks to the Fed's ham-fisted monetary policies, a Force-5 economic hurricane is presently looming right offshore and there's nothing Bernanke or Paulson can do to stop it from touching down. If Bernanke cuts rates; commodities (and oil) will skyrocket and foreign investors will ditch the dollar. If he raises rates, banks will fail and the housing crash will accelerate. There are no good options.


Easy-money policies created this problem

by Edward Burgess


The announcements by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac really say nothing new. The ultimate backing of the federal government has always been implicit in the AAA credit rating of these agencies’ obligations. What’s new is that these gentlemen felt that it needed to be said at all. … Dangers abound when, as The Economist magazine puts it, ‘profits are privatized and risks are socialized.’ Let us not forget it was the Fed’s easy-money policies and longstanding bipartisan efforts of politicians to subsidize home buying that helped create this bubble in the first place...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US Troops Discuss "Drop-Weapons"


Several soldiers who have returned from combat zones talk with the American News Project about what they say is the widespread practice of using "drop weapons" to cover up the killing of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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