Mittwoch, 23. Juli 2008

US Military Recruits Children

For Truthout, Michael Reagan writes: "In May of 2002, the United States Army invaded E3, the annual video game convention held in Los Angeles. At the city's Convention Center, young game enthusiasts mixed with camouflaged soldiers, Humvees and a small tank parked near the entrance. Thundering helicopter sound effects drew the curious to the Army's interactive display, where a giant video screen flashed the words 'Empower yourself. Defend America ... You will be a soldier.' The Army was unveiling its latest recruitment tool, the 'America's Army' game, free to download online or pick up at a recruiting station, and now available for purchase on the Xbox, PlayStation, cell phones and Gameboy game consoles."

ACLU: Congress Should Demand Answers from Attorney General


Tell Congress to reject the Bush/Mukasey plan to subvert the Constitution

Avoiding Brinksmanship With Iran

Blackwater Is Here to Stay


Blackwater's Not Going Anywhere

Jeremy Scahill, The Nation: "It seems that executives from Blackwater Worldwide, the Bush Administration's favorite hired guns in Iraq and Afghanistan, are threatening to pack up their M4 assault rifles, CS gas and Little Bird helicopters and go back to the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina whence they came. Or at least that's how it is being portrayed in the media."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep John Conyers Plans Bush Impeachment Substitute

Hearing On "Imperial Presidency" To Be Held Friday

New Spying Law Quickly Challenged

Civil liberties advocates have lost no time in asking a federal court to stop the government from conducting surveillance under the new wiretapping law passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush last week.

Conservative Lawyers Urge Bush To Issue 'Pre-Emptive Pardons' To Officials Involved In Illegal Programs

According to the Times, "several members of the conservative legal community" in Washington D.C. are urging Bush to issue "pre-emptive pardons" to those involved so as to "not be exposed even to the risk of an investigation and expensive legal bills".

From Information Clearing House

War is a racket: General Dynamics Second-Quarter Net Jumps 25% on Armor, Jets

General Dynamics Corp., the largest maker of armored vehicles for the U.S. military, said second- quarter earnings rose 25 percent as the Iraq war lifted sales of blast-proof trucks

Wachovia loses $8.9B, cuts 6,350 workers, dividend

Wachovia Corp. reported a surprisingly large second-quarter loss Tuesday, deflating Wall Street's hopes that the nation's big banks are weathering the credit crisis well.

Who's Next? List of Troubled Banks Worries Wall Street

Banks in Colorado, Maryland, Georgia and California top privately-prepared lists of troubled banks being circulated on Wall Street and in Washington.

GM, Ford On the Verge of Bankruptcy

General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., the two biggest U.S. automakers, have about a 46 percent chance of default within five years, according to Edward Altman, a finance professor at New York University's Stern School of Business.

From Information Clearing House

US Lawyer Seeks To Sue US Over Iran Threats

By Chris Gelken

Why is Gordon Brown Repeating a Mistranslation ?

Method In The Madness

Why The Want To Attack Iran

By Ed Kinane

Attacking Iran keeps the pot boiling. It perpetuates the phony war on terror. More war provides more enemies and so more pretext to erode civil liberties. Unscrupulous politicians and certain corporations thrive when fear keeps people dumb and dazed. With another invasion the Halliburtons and Blackwaters get to lap up more contracts.

Ex-US advisors: Iran attack 'disaster'

Two former senior White House security advisors have warned that a military attack against Iran would be a catastrophe for the US.

From Information Clearing House

On Iraq: Wiping Out the Legend

Maya Schenwar writes for Truthout: "A silent mythos is enveloping the liberal consciousness in the waning days of the Bush presidency. It spins like this: When it comes to Iraq, Americans' one reassurance is that this war can't possibly be repeated, not now that we've watched its consequences play out and caught a glimpse of the deception that caused it. As a result of Iraq, the logic goes, we will likely elect a new leader who railed against the war from its inception. We'll then shift toward a foreign policy that disavows offensive interventionism. We will make new friendships and repair old ones. We will live in peace. However, in the forward to 'Lessons From Iraq: Avoiding the Next War,' a collection of essays from the progressive think tank Foreign Policy in Focus, editor Miriam Pemberton warns against such now-we-know-better thinking. She cautions against the oft-uttered mantra surrounding large-scale deeds of evildoing, 'Never Again.'"

Mobile phone mast protesters vow to fight on

Jul 23 2008 by Katie Norman, South Wales Echo

HUNDREDS of objectors to a planned phone mast have vowed to protest against a decision to site it in a Cardiff suburb.

A meeting to discuss the protests will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, Rhiwbina, after Cardiff council gave permission for O2 to erect a phone mast in nearby Heol Llanishen Fach.


Another step closer to stopping cruel seal hunts

Achtung Privat: ÜberwachungsautomatismenÜberwachung

Kucinich vs. The Establishment: Impeachment Hearing On Friday


Impeach Bush for Iraq Lies

Informant: John Pietaro

From ufpj-news


Panel Members Bash Bush During 'This-Is-Not-An-Impeachment' Hearing

Parents’ phone mast plan alarm

Jul 23 2008 by Madeleine Brindley, South Wales Echo

PARENTS fear their children’s health could be put at risk if a 12.5-metre mobile phone mast is built next to a primary school.

Mobile phone company O2 – which says there is no evidence of any risk to health – has submitted a planning application for the “telecommunications installation” close to Christ the King Roman Catholic Primary School, in Llanishen, Cardiff.

Almost 450 parents, residents and parishioners have signed a petition objecting to the plans.


Are 400,000 terrorists, 44 groups, and 5 state sponsors trying to attack the US?

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


After having begun a series of investigative stories criticizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in May 2008, CNN reporter Drew Griffin reports being placed with more than a million other names on TSA’s swollen terrorism watch list. Although TSA insists Griffin’s name is not on the list and pooh-poohs any possibility of retaliation for Griffin’s negative reporting, the reporter has been hassled by various airlines on 11 flights since May. The airlines insist that Griffin’s name is on the list. Congress has asked TSA to look into the tribulations of this prominent passenger. In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, probably responding to the controversy over Griffin, Leonard Boyle, the director of the Terrorist Screening Center, defended the watch list, claiming that because terrorists have multiple aliases, the names on the list boiled down to only about 400,000 actual people. If there are 400,000 terrorists lying in wait to attack the United States, we are all in trouble...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Beyond the reach of our vote

Nolan Chart
by Gary Wood


To be self-governing, that is to be a government by the people, is an arduous task. There are always details needing careful attention and one of those details is to dismantle the organizational structure within the legislative branch in order to free ourselves from those few controlling the many beyond the reach of our vote...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Gulag Americano

Small Farmers Pushed to Plant GM Seed

Hamdan Case Tests Military Tribunals

Phone firm refuses to move mast

Eastwood phone mast
The family said they were worried by the mast

A mobile phone company is refusing to move a mast despite demands from a resident and the local council.


Bluetooth is watching: secret study gives Bath a flavour of Big Brother

Paul Lewis

The Guardian,

Monday July 21, 2008

Military takes steps to prepare for a pandemic flu

The Religious Right Is AWOL From The Real War

by Chuck Baldwin

I want to begin this column with one of my all-time favorite quotes. It comes from the great German reformer Martin Luther. He said, "If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.".......

Pharmaceutical company ethics protected by the White House, the FDA and Congress

Nothing Honorable About the Vietnam War

Informant: Lew Rockwell


Daniel Ellsberg’s Lessons for Our Time

by James Bovard


Daniel Ellsberg is the kind of American who should receive a Medal of Freedom. Except that the Medals of Freedom are distributed by presidents who routinely give them to “useful idiots” and apologists for their wars and power grabs. It should be renamed the Medal for Enabling or Applauding Official Crimes in the Name of Freedom.Ellsberg knowingly risked spending a life in prison to bring the truth about the Vietnam War to Americans. He had hoped truth would set Americans free from the spell of official lies. But the experience in Iraq indicates that Americans have learned little if anything from the Vietnam-era deceits.”

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Republican Have Wrecked Our Country

The Economic Show Trials Begin

Could Your Bank Fail?

Good Money

Who Killed the Constitution?

Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods

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