Mittwoch, 9. Juli 2008

Waxman Threatens Mukasey With Contempt

Laurie Kellman, for The Associated Press, reports: "A House panel threatened to cite Attorney General Michael Mukasey with contempt of Congress unless he produces documents from an FBI interview with Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the leak of a CIA agent's identity."


Mukasey: Bush’s new “Mr. Cover-up”

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


Attorney General Michael Mukasey snubbed Senate Judiciary Committee concerns that he examine past abuses by the Bush administration as he emerges as the new ‘Mr. Cover-up’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Reasons to Just Say NO to Vaccines

by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO

The inconsistency of rules involving the care of children is striking. Mothers are in complete control of their child’s health while in the womb. They make choices against eating tuna, taking medications, smoking cigarettes and avoiding alcohol. Mothers may choose to even terminate the pregnancy. But the moment the baby arrives, control over their child’s body is forcibly surrendered to healthcare providers and the government. The leg is jabbed with shots, eyes are gooped with antibiotic ointment and the heel is poked to get a drop of DNA-containing blood. With the passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007, signed into law April 24, 2008, the blood will be collected and warehoused for scientific research........

Election 2008: The Uselessness of Political Equity

Suit Seeks Ban on Oil Companies Disturbing Wildlife

Bleeding Land, Heating Earth for a Fill-Up

Haunted by Iraq War Demons

Irans Warns US It Will Retaliate If Attacked


A last throw of the dice … ?

Asia Times
by Bob Rigg


A United States war against Iran is conceivable as a final apocalyptic manifestation of Pax Americana, but this would only hasten the decline of the US in terms of power, influence and moral authority...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Congress Immunizes Lawbreaking Telecoms, Legalizes Warrantless Wiretapping


Congress votes to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, legalize warrantless eavesdropping

Barack Obama joined every Senate Republican (and every House Republican other than one) by voting in favor of it, while his now-vanquished primary rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, voted against it. John McCain wasn't present for any of the votes, but shared Obama's support for the bill.

US officials can now tap phones officially

Intelligence agents will be able to tap phones and Internet services without permission from a judge and telecoms companies will also be protected from claims for damages from their bugged clients.

From Information Clearing House


Bush signs unconstitutional eavesdropping “law”

Washington Times


President Bush signed a bill Thursday that overhauls rules about government eavesdropping and grants immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the U.S. spy on Americans in suspected terrorism cases. He called it ‘landmark legislation that is vital to the security of our people’...

Bush, Congress v. Article I, Section 8 and 5 US 137


U.S. President George W. Bush won on Wednesday a bill to provide legal immunity to telecommunication companies that help in the government surveillance program. … the Senate passed the bill, by voting 69 to 28, that would shield telecommunications companies [which] help with the program from potentially billions of dollars in damages from privacy lawsuits...

The worst of all worlds

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson


Why did nearly half the Democrats in the House vote for the ‘FISA Amendments Act’ that’s now pending in the Senate, when most of them had opposed warrantless spying and telecom immunity before? The answer is that they were bribed, using your tax dollars. The Washington Post claims a deal was cut: the Democratic Leadership would support the FISA bill if the President would agree to add $95 billion in DOMESTIC spending to the latest Iraq appropriation. In other words, House Democrats voted to continue the war and sold the Fourth Amendment for $95 billion...

After the FISA fight: An Interview with Sen. Russ Feingold

Mother Jones
by Brian Beutler


Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) has emerged as one of the Senate’s most outspoken defenders of civil liberties, casting the lone vote against the Patriot Act in 2001 and leading the charge against domestic spying and immunity for the telecom companies that provided customer data to the government under the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program. His efforts were set back on Tuesday, when the Senate passed the Protect America Act, by a 69 to 28 vote (with 21 Democrats voting ‘aye’). The bill gives the government expanded authority to monitor domestic communications and grants retroactive immunity. In a recent interview, Feingold talked to Brian Beutler about the erosion of civil liberties, the Democrats ‘constantly pulsating fear’ of being seen as soft on terror, and how an Obama or McCain administration might approach the unprecedented expansion of executive power...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bush Signs Spy Bill and Draws Lawsuit

Randall Mikkelsen, of Reuters: "President George W. Bush signed a law on Thursday overhauling the rules for eavesdropping on terrorism suspects but immediately met a civil liberties challenge calling it a threat to Americans' privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in Manhattan federal court as Bush signed the measure and called for the law to be voided as a violation of constitutional speech and privacy protections."

Spying Law Challenged

Spencer Ackerman, of The Washington Independent: "With the Congressional battle over revising the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ending in a victory for President George W. Bush last week, a coalition of civil libertarians and journalists has decided to take the fight to the courts. Late last week, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Service Employees International Union and The Nation magazine filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which Bush signed into law on Thursday."


FISA "Compromise"completes transformation of U.S. into full police state

Informant: Dorothee Krien

US Draws Russian Fire, Signing Missile Defense Deal

Agence France Presse: "US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed Tuesday what she called a 'landmark' missile defense deal with the Czech Republic, drawing immediate condemnation and threats from Russia. The accord permits the siting of a tracking radar station on Czech soil as part of an extended US missile shield that Washington says is necessary to ward off potential attacks by so-called 'rogue' states such as Iran. Moscow immediately threatened to respond with 'military resources' to what it sees as a threat on its doorstep from the proposed system."

Double Blow

In Le Devoir, Serge Truffaut deplores European passivity over US plans to install new military outposts in Eastern and Central Europe.


Czech Citizens Protest in Prague Against US Radar Base


Russia “extremely upset” over US-Czech deal



Russia will consider how to retaliate over a planned U.S. missile shield but wants to continue talks on the issue with Washington, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday. Washington and Prague signed a deal on Tuesday to place a tracking radar in the Czech Republic as part of a system the United States says is needed as protection against any missile attack from countries such as Iran...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Russian oil supplies to Czech Republic cut after missile defence deal with US:

Russian cut oil supplies to the Czech Republic have been cut by half, just days after the United States signed an agreement to build a missile shield radar station on Czech territory.

From Information Clearing House

Den Marsch ins Armageddon vorantreiben


Armageddon im Nahen Osten

Die Vereinigten Staaten, Israel und die Militaristen im Iran auf dem Kriegspfad.

McCain Jokes About Killing Iranians Again

Werbe- und Rekrutierungsmaßnahmen der Bundeswehr

Ausufernde Amtshilfe: ob Fußball, Regatta oder Waldbrand, die Bundeswehr ist stets dabei

„Der Bundeswehreinsatz im Inneren ist zur Routine geworden. Dies geht aus der Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine kleine Anfrage der Linksfraktion zur Amtshilfe der Bundeswehr (BT-Drucksache 16/9402) hervor. Die Zusammenarbeit insbesondere zwischen der Bundespolizei und der Armee wurde auch im Zuge der Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2008 in Österreich und der Schweiz weiter intensiviert…“ Artikel von Christoph Marischka als IMI-Standpunkt 2008/041 vom 4.7.2008

Das Scheitern des Militarismus zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts

„Es mag gewagt erscheinen, vom „Scheitern des Militarismus“ in einer Zeit zu sprechen, die geradezu gekennzeichnet ist durch die Renaissance regionaler Kriege und Bürgerkriege in aller Welt und durch die Relegitimierung des Militärischen in der herrschenden Politik vieler Regierungen. Die gegenwärtigen Tendenzen zur Globalisierung des Krieges – etwa im Rahmen des globalen US-Feldzugs „gegen den Terrorismus“ – dürfen aber nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass der allem Kriegerischen zu Grunde liegende Militarismus sich historisch überlebt hat, weil er weder real effektiv im Sinne der Herrschenden ist, noch als ideologisches Bindemittel für die Gesellschaft taugt. Ich will das im Folgenden thesenhaft entwickeln…“ Ein Beitrag von Peter Strutynski aus dem Buch "Militarismus und Antimilitarismus"

Aus: LabourNet, 9. Juli 2008


Im Visier der Häscher. Die Bundeswehr im Reklameeinsatz. Ein Überblick über die Werbe- und Rekrutierungsmaßnahmen der deutschen Armee

„Die Bundeswehr ist mittlerweile weltweit im Kriegseinsatz. Immer mehr Soldaten werden für gefährliche Auslandseinsätze benötigt. Auch im Inland will die Armee mehr Aufgaben übernehmen. Dafür braucht sie zum einen neue Rekruten für weltweite Interventionen, zum anderen muß die Armee noch fester in der Gesellschaft verankert werden. In Schulen und Universitäten gehen Jugendoffiziere auf die Jagd nach neuen Soldaten. Arbeitslose werden vom Amt gedrängt, auf Jobmessen den Stand der Armee zu besuchen. Perspektivlosigkeit treibt vor allem junge Menschen zur monatlich stattfindenden Wehrdienstberatung ins Arbeitsamt. Der Versuch einer Militarisierung der Gesellschaft schreitet voran: mit »KarriereTreff« und »Bundeswehr-Olympix«…“ Artikel von Michael Schulze von Glaßer in der jungen Welt vom 24.07.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 25. Juli 2008

Angry villagers in fear of health risk

Rob Warren from Bicton, speaks out at a public meeting.Up to 200 furious residents crowded a Shropshire village hall to fight against plans for a controversial phone mast.

Campaigners in Bicton, near Shrewsbury, claimed the proposed 12-metre high mast earmarked for Calcott Lane, could put people’s health at risk.


McCain’s energy plan will drill us into a deeper crisis

by Javier Sierra


On June 17, the same day his campaign premiered a TV ad on which he boasted to have stood up to the White House’s global warming policy, Sen. McCain changed course by announcing his plan, which was supported by President Bush, to open up the rest of the country’s coasts to oil drilling. This, he said, ‘would be very helpful in the short term in resolving our energy crisis.’ But two weeks earlier, on May 29, the same Sen. McCain reiterated his opposition to opening up the country’s coasts to oil exploration by saying that the necessary infrastructure would take ‘years to develop’ and that ‘it would only postpone or temporarily relieve our dependency on fossil fuels.’ Which McCain is right, the June 17 one or the May 29 one? Are you and the rest of consumers going to benefit from drilling our shores and our dearest and most pristine places? Let’s put all this crude rhetoric through the truth refinery...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Taxpayers Bill of Rights

Heartland Institute
by Ralph Conner and John Nothdurft


The more government spends, the more it taxes. The more government taxes, the more it spends. That is why tax and expenditure limitations increasingly are being viewed favorably by tax and government watchdogs. Measures to limit how much government officials may tax and spend hold the growth in government spending and taxes to reasonable levels...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FISA and the decline of America

by Phillip Doe


Jonathan Swift, the great Irish political writer and satirist, is not alone in observing that great nations rarely fall from outside threats or attack. More often they decline and fall from internal corruption. The Congress is deaf to this warning it appears, for last week they passed legislation that is advertised as reforming FISA...

The new FISA compromise: It’s worse than you think

Cato Institute
by Timothy B. Lee


The 114-page bill was pushed through the House so quickly that there was no real time to debate its many complex provisions. This may explain why the telecom immunity provision has received so much attention in the media: it is much easier to explain to readers not familiar with the intricacies of surveillance law than the other provisions. But as important as the immunity issue is, the legislation also makes many prospective changes to surveillance law that will profoundly impact our privacy rights for years to come. Specifically, the new legislation dramatically expands the government’s ability to wiretap without meaningful judicial oversight, by redefining ‘oversight’ so that the feds can drag their feet on getting authorization almost indefinitely. It also gives the feds unprecedented new latitude in selecting eavesdropping targets, latitude that could be used to collect information on non-terrorist-related activities like P2P copyright infringement and online gambling. In short, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 opens up loopholes so large that the feds could drive a truck loaded down with purloined civil liberties through it. So the telecom immunity stuff is just the smoke; let’s take a look at the fire...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Finance, favors and FISA

ANP follows the money trail to find out how telecom dollars influence Congressmen.


ACLU Will Challenge FISA Bill in Court

Nick Juliano, of Raw Story: "As the Senate voted to endorse a Bush-administration backed plan to expand its surveillance authority and grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies that facilitated warrantless wiretapping, the American Civil Liberties Union unveiled plans to challenge the new law in court. 'This fight is not over. We intend to challenge this bill as soon as President Bush signs it into law,' said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project."


Stop the New FISA

FISA: Bush Signed. The ACLU sued

Will the Democrats ever learn?

Consortium News
by Robert Parry


A popular Washington saying holds that ‘politics is about the future, not the past.’ Regrettably, that often translates into sweeping serious wrongdoing under the rug in the name of ‘looking to the future’ — a mistake the Democrats appear poised to make again in approving a new wiretapping law...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Have biofuels raised food prices by 75%?

The New Republic
by Suzy Khimm

The Guardian says they have a leaked report from the World Bank that biofuels are responsible for 75% of the recent rise in food prices …. The study’s figures contrast sharply with the USDA’s assertion that biofuels only account for some 3% of the price hikes. But according to the Guardian’s description of the study, biofuels have distorted food markets by: 1) Diverting grain away from fuel; 2) Incentivizing farmers to devote land for biofuel production; and 3) Sparking financial speculation in grain markets. But though the report was finalized in April, the World Bank has yet to release the findings...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The world food crisis and political Malthusianism


by Ronald Bailey


The price of staples like corn, wheat, and rice are escalating, indicating that demand is outstripping supplies. Why? Because of political and economic institutional failures, not overpopulation. First, let’s deal with the claim that human population, like the populations of all other animals, expands as food supplies increase. On a global level that certainly looks plausible. As the amount of food increased over the last century, world population rose from 1.5 billion in 1900 to 6.6 billion today. Case closed? Not so fast. Consider that countries with the highest food security are also the same countries with below replacement total fertility rates. If the availability of food was the chief determinant of birth rates, then one would expect Iowa farmers would spawn more kids than any group on the planet. Instead, it is countries in which food insecurity is greatest that have the highest total fertility rates...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Women Hardest Hit by Food Crisis

Kevin Sullivan, of The Washington Post: "Rubbing her red-rimmed eyes, chewing lightly on a twig she picked off the ground, Lingani gave the last of her food to the children. 'I'm not hungry,' she said. In poor nations, such as Burkina Faso in the heart of West Africa, mealtime conspires against women. They grow the food, fetch the water, shop at the market and cook the meals. But when it comes time to eat, men and children eat first, and women eat last and least."

Domestic spying quietly continues

Baltimore Sun


With Congress on the verge of outlining new parameters for National Security Agency eavesdropping between suspicious foreigners and Americans, lawmakers are leaving largely untouched a host of government programs that critics say involves far more domestic surveillance than the wiretaps they sought to remedy. These programs — most of them highly classified — are run by an alphabet soup of federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies. They sift, store and analyze the communications, spending habits and travel patterns of U.S. citizens, searching for suspicious activity...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Judge to White House: Gitmo gets top priority



A federal judge overseeing Guantanamo Bay lawsuits ordered the Justice Department to put other cases aside and make it clear throughout the Bush administration that, after nearly seven years of detention, the detainees must have their day in court. ‘The time has come to move these forward,’ Judge Thomas F. Hogan said Tuesday during the first hearing over whether the detainees are being held lawfully...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Der neue Entwurf zur Telekommunikationsregulierung liest sich wie eine lange Liste des Schreckens

Gruselkabinett der Ideen

Der neue Entwurf zur Telekommunikationsregulierung liest sich wie eine lange Liste des Schreckens. Nutznießer wäre einmal öfter die "Contentindustrie", bzw. die Verwerterindustrie. Kein Wunder, wenn man sich manche Formulierung ansieht.

Want Cheap Oil? Reduce Demand!

Richard Heinberg reports for Truthout: "Ask the major oil companies or the US Department of Energy why oil prices are beyond ludicrous and they'll tell you there's plenty of oil out there, there's just a lack of investment in exploration and production - particularly on the part of the national oil companies in OPEC."

War Powers Resolution of 1973 "Undermines the Rule of Law"

John M. Broder writes for The New York Times: "Two former secretaries of state have declared the War Powers Resolution of 1973 obsolete and proposed a new system of closer consultation between the White House and Congress before American forces go into battle."

Put War Powers Back Where They Belong

James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher, for The New York Times: "The most agonizing decision we make as a nation is whether to go to war. Our Constitution ambiguously divides war powers between the president (who is the commander in chief) and Congress (which has the power of the purse and the power to declare war). The founders hoped that the executive and legislative branches would work together, but in practice the two branches don't always consult. And even when they do, they often dispute their respective powers."


Panel calls for new war powers legislation

Miami Herald


The next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees, according to a bipartisan study group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher. In a report released Tuesday, the panel says the current law governing the nation’s war powers has failed to promote cooperation between the executive and legislative branches...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The mercury amalgam conspiracy

The Secret Governmental War on Black America

Executive Order 12139: Foreign intelligence electronic surveillance

The weapons of World War III

It will 'be fought in the electromagnetic spectrum'

Scientist to Congress: U.S. risks 'catastrophe' in nuke EMP attack

Experts say EMP blast could cripple country

The Doomsday Device Is Ignored


"Non-Lethal" Weapons: Where Science and Technology Service Repression

Informant: Dorothee Krien

A Worst-Case Scenario


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