Donnerstag, 12. Juni 2008

Logjam of War Contractor Fraud Suits

Truthout's Matt Renner reports: "A backlog of whistleblower lawsuits against military contractors has been swelling and festering since the early days of the so called war on terror. According to critics, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has blocked the progress of these lawsuits to spare the Bush administration a major political black eye should the truth about ongoing war profiteering be revealed, a charge the DOJ denies."

Residents health fears over monster mast

By Martyn Smith

PEOPLE in Kingswinford are living in fear of mobile phone masts which they believe could be killing them.

Campaigners say the eyesore, on the High Acres estate, maybe causing a cancer hotspot in the area after a series of cases - including four deaths - in a small cul-de-sac just yards from the site.


New Gang of 14 Won't Back McCain

Kristen Coulter and Bob Cusack, of The Hill, report: "At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator. Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war."

Trouble at the Pentagon

Despite Legal Blow, Taser Use by Police to Expand

US Supreme Court Backs Guantánamo Prisoners' Right to Appeal

ACLU: Supreme Court Restores Rule Of Law To Guantánamo

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Demands Fair Trials for Former Guantanamo and Bagram Detainees in US Built Afghan Facility


Justices Rule Detainees Can Appeal in Civilian Courts

According to David Stout of The New York Times: "Foreign terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba have constitutional rights to challenge their detention there in United States courts, the Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, on Thursday in a historic decision on the balance between personal liberties and national security. 'The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times,' Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court."

Oil price, who is the culprit? Just blame Bush

The Nation
by Robert Scheer


Sure, in the long run we consumers, particularly the most wasteful ones who happen to reside in the good old USA, and who have become accustomed to consuming many times our population’s worth of the world’s resources, do need to shape up. But that has little to do with the five-fold rise in the price of oil since George Bush became our President. Yep, he did it; Bush’s deliberate roiling of world politics is the key variable in the run-up of oil prices. No President has been more brilliant in destabilizing the politics of oil-producing countries from Venezuela to Russia and on to the key oil lakes of Iraq and Iran...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

War and the common good

by Anthony Gregory


Communism failed because it broke too many eggs and never made an omelette. The worker’s paradise constituted the total destruction of the worker as individual, the total negation of his dignity, the total trashing of his individual rights. Thus did the whole plan fail, and thank goodness. We are seeing a similar crumbling of American society, a degeneration of civil life and cultural mores, a lowering of moral standards. We are seeing decay and cultural corruption, and while I never badmouth the market, there is a sense in which materialism has threatened to overtake cultural reflection. The greatest traditions in law and individualism itself are under attack...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Fuel protests spread around the world



Protests over soaring fuel prices erupted in Asia on Tuesday as truckers in Hong Kong and tire-burning demonstrators in India and Nepal added their angry voices to protests that began last month in Europe. As oil hit a record $139 a barrel, large and small businesses that depend on gasoline and diesel said they can no longer cope with pump prices that have doubled or tripled, with the steepest increases coming in recent months. Several hundred trucks and buses were used in a go-slow protest in Hong Kong, snarling traffic in that major Asian economic center. Drivers were demanding reductions in fuel taxes. Tens of thousands of Spanish drivers did go-slow protests on major roads, knotting traffic near cities such as Madrid and Barcelona as Portuguese drivers have joined. France was also one of the countries where protests over the impact of record oil prices happened...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Truckers Protest, the Resistance Begins - US truckers call for nation-wide shutdown


Fury at Soaring Fuel Costs Spreads Around the World

The London Evening Standard: "Worldwide protests over the rising price of fuel escalated today, with the Philippine presidential palace besieged by lorries, fishermen burning their boats in Thailand, and Spanish petrol stations running dry as hauliers blockade major roads."

Kein Happy-End für George W. Bush

Der Abschiedsbesuch des US-Präsidenten mobilisiert keine Demonstranten mehr, dafür aber noch einmal die Ressentiments von Politkern und Medien.

Brüssel übt den Kotau

Das Gipfeltreffen USA - EU in Brdo lief ausgesprochen harmonisch ab.

Die unendliche Fortsetzung der Besatzung?

Wie lange werden die US-Truppen im Irak bleiben und wie souverän ist der Irak?

Giftspritze 2.0: Die Todesstrafe als Menschenversuch

Muss die Todesstrafe per Giftspritze in den USA allein schon deshalb als illegal gelten, weil die gängige Praxis einem fortlaufenden Menschenversuch vergleichbar ist?

Home price drop means $4 trillion in lost capital

U.S. housing decline, sparked last year by subprime mortgage debt defaults, will likely last another two years as a wider group of consumers, including prime borrowers, feel the pinch from a tightening of credit.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq, perceived hypocrisy fuel record anti-Americanism

Anti-Americanism is at record levels thanks to US policies such as the war in Iraq, and Washington's perceived hypocrisy in abiding by its own democratic values, US lawmakers said Wednesday.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq: The Greatest Heist In History

What Happened To The $23 Billion?

BBC - Video

The US justice department has imposed gagging orders which prevent the real scale of the problem emerging. But Panorama's Jane Corbin has spoken to some of those involved - with astonishing stories to tell of who got rich and who got burned.

War, Inc.

By Mike Ferner

Smedley Butler learned that in war "nations acquire additional territory if they are victorious. They just take it." With leasing more in vogue than ever, getting the use of additional territory - call it property -can be more profitable than actually acquiring it. But the end result is the same. "This newly acquired territory is promptly exploited by the few," Butler explained, "the self-same few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill."

Leaders With No Conscience

By Rand Clifford

The Greatest Purveyor of Violence On the Planet

By Cynthia McKinney

We do not have to accept or tolerate such glaring disparities in our society. We do not have to accept or tolerate bloated Pentagon spending, unfair tax cuts, attacks on our civil liberties, and on workers' rights to unionize. We don't have to accept or tolerate our children dropping out of high school, college education unreachable because tuition is so high, or our country steeped in debt.

Ranks of Underinsured US Adults Increase 60 Percent

The San Francisco Chronicle's Victoria Colliver says, "The number of adults nationwide who have health insurance but face financial risk due to high out-of-pocket expenses - known as the underinsured - increased 60 percent between 2003 and 2007 to more than 25 million, a study released today found."

The Right's New Attack on Voters

Jessica Pupovac, In These Times, writes: "Last April, as a national debate raged over whether Indiana's voter ID law protects election integrity or disenfranchises low-income voters, a more sinister and potentially damaging voter-vetting proposal sat quietly in nine state legislatures, attracting little attention."

Inequality in America

"Bill Moyers Journal analyzes the growing inequality gap on the ground in Los Angeles, where recently union workers marched to bring attention to how they are getting squeezed out of the shrinking middle class. Bill Moyers also interviews Steve Fraser, historian and author of "Wall Street: America's Dream Palace," about the modern parallels and differences to the first Gilded Age, the big disparity between the rich and poor, and the increasing strain on working Americans."

FEMA Gives Away $85 Million of Katrina Supplies

CNN's Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost report: "FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found. The material - from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities - sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency's giveaway to federal and state agencies this year."

Alzheimers: "Aging" - Deterioration not inevitable

Santé Polluée "reportages CEM et EHS"

(extraits vidéo HD)

- M.Carrère d'Encausse et M.Cymes: Intervenants Dr E. R-Gnansia AFSSET, Dr P. Le Ruz CRIIREM.

Censored: Kucinich calls for impeachment of Bush


Kucinich calls for Bush Impeachment

Dennis Kucinich: President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Veterans call for impeachment

Veterans For Peace presented 22,000 signatures calling for Bush impeachment to Rep. Conyers (D-MI).


Gore Vidal's Article of Impeachment


What Happened: Dennis Kucinich, President Bush, and Impeachment

House Democrats swept away a proposal by former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to impeach President Bush for, among other charges, allegedly lying to the American public about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Drive to impeach Bush 'to continue'

A US congressman and former presidential candidate has vowed not to give up his fight to impeach the president over going to war in Iraq, after the House of Representatives sidelined his bill, possibly until after George Bush leaves office.

Speaker Must Be Removed For Her Illegal Position on Impeachment Investigation

Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States. Speaker Pelosi's position remains, "Impeachment is off the table." This is not leadership, but complicity with war crimes.

Despite Opposition from His Own Party: Kucinich Vows to Continue Impeachment Effort Against Bush

Audio And Transcript

Over a million innocent Iraqis have been killed. We've had torture policies, rendition, illegal detention, wiretapping, spying, subversion of global climate change science. I mean, I went on and on and on with these articles the other night, but what it adds up to is that there has to be accountability.

Kucinich Forces Vote On Bush's Impeachment

As they have previously, Democratic leaders staunchly oppose Kucinich's impeachment effort. They expect to table the resolution by referring it to the Judiciary Committee, where they expect it to die.

Why Not Nancy?

By Cindy Sheehan

This past week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh) historically and courageously introduced 35 articles of impeachment against (p)Resident George W. Bush. Repeated calls to Speaker Pelosi's offices gave many of us the assurance that impeachment was still off her "table." The latest absolutely frivolous reason is that impeachment would be "divisive."

From Information Clearing House


More censored impeachment news


Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles

Informant: Dorothee Krien


Kucinich: Impeachment Not "Off the Table"

Christopher Kuttruff, of Truthout: "Last week the House voted 251-166 to refer Kucinich's articles of impeachment to committee - an action that most political analysts view as a desire by the Congressional leadership to bury the resolution. Kucinich, however, promised to keep impeachment from being swept 'off the table' in order to provide a historical record of the Bush administration's policies. The 35 articles of impeachment include charges of violating domestic and international laws against torture, misrepresenting intelligence in the lead-up to the war, illegally spying on American citizens, obstructing justice and governmental oversight, and many other violations."

The Carlyle Group: Profiting from War

Dutch produced video on the military/industrial penetration of the U.S. government, focusing on the Carlyle Group.

Note: The beginning of this film is in Dutch. English language content starts at 1:45 - one minute and 45 seconds into the film.

Informant: Tom Trefts

Who owns your mind? How to influence the media agenda

9/11: Senator Karen Johnson's Speech to the Senate

Secret Spy Court Repeatedly Questions FBI Wiretap Network

Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Grand Plan of "liberating" the Middle East

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Everywhere one turns these days, we find a politician screaming about Iran

Christianity Is Anti-War

Oil shortage a myth, says industry insider

Informant: Neo Mulder

Blackwater’s Private CIA

Informant: Neo Mulder

Why the Oil Price Is High


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