Montag, 1. Dezember 2008

Gen. Jim Jones: What Kool-Aid Will He Offer Obama?

Steve Weissman, Truthout: "'We believe that success in Afghanistan remains a critical national security imperative for the United States and the international community.' That's quite a mouthful, I know, and the awkward syntax should alert readers to what a gargantuan task General Jones has in mind for the incoming administration."

Confronting the Terrorist Within

Kinder als Armutsrisiko: viele Alleinerziehende chancenlos auf dem Jobmarkt

Alleinerziehende Mütter haben es nach einer Untersuchung des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (DGB) am Arbeitsmarkt besonders schwer. 43 Prozent der Alleinerziehenden bekommen laut einer Studie für den DGB-Bundesvorstand "Hartz IV", so der viele wie in keiner anderen Bevölkerungsgruppe. Insgesamt seien mehr als 660.000 Alleinerziehende auf Leistungen des Fürsorgesystems angewiesen. Trotz guter Konjunktur sei ihre Zahl in den letzten Jahren kaum zurückgegangen.

Next-up News Nr 757

Next Round Of Foreclosures To Hit Retail — Black Friday's retail shoppers hunting for holiday bargains won't be enough to stave off what's likely to become the next economic crisis. Malls from Michigan to Georgia are entering foreclosure, commercial victims of the same events poisoning the housing market. Hotels in Tucson, Ariz., and Hilton Head, S.C., also are about to default on their mortgages. That pace is expected to quicken. The number of late payments and defaults will double, if not triple, by the end of next year, according to analysts from Fitch Ratings Ltd., which evaluates companies' credit.

Delay to phone mast at Whitworth beauty spot

6:30pm Sunday 30th November 2008

By Alex Willmott

CAMPAIGNERS have claimed a victory after plans to site a controversial mobile phone mast at a picturesque location were stalled.

Mobile phone giant Orange, conceded that plans to erect a phone mast at a beauty spot by Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, are now up in the air.

Rebecca D’Arcy, corporate responsibility manager of Orange UK, said: “Due to legal issues with the site, it is not scheduled into our current forecast build programme.

“We will review the situation over the next six months and hopefully have a clearer idea of when the site might be constructed.”

Residents blasted the initial plans to construct a 15-metre high mast on land off High Barn Lane, claiming the development was misleading and rushed.

Sandra Heston, of Whit-worth Amateur Objectors Committee, said: “The entire process was not just hasty, but it was closed to the public.


Residents win battle against High Park mobile phone mast

Dec 1 2008

By Andrew Brown

HIGH Park residents have won their battle against a mobile phone firm siting a new mast in the area.

O2 had sought permission to install a 40ft antenna on the forecourt of Philip Barton Wholesale Meats at 82A Old Park Lane, but the plans have now been refused by Sefton Council. It is not yet known whether the firm plans to appeal against the decision.

Angry local residents had set up a formidable petition against the bid, citing health fears and a possible blow to house prices.

Old Park Lane mother-of-two Claire Ball, 28, launched the campaign, which was backed by Norwood Ward Liberal Democrat, Lord Ronnie Fearn.

Claire said: “I have two little boys and I am concerned about the health risks...


"I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq"

Matthew Alexander, The Washington Post: "I should have felt triumphant when I returned from Iraq in August 2006. Instead, I was worried and exhausted. My team of interrogators had successfully hunted down one of the most notorious mass murderers of our generation, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the mastermind of the campaign of suicide bombings that had helped plunge Iraq into civil war. But instead of celebrating our success, my mind was consumed with the unfinished business of our mission: fixing the deeply flawed, ineffective and un-American way the US military conducts interrogations in Iraq. I'm still alarmed about that today."

20,000 More U.S. Troops To Be Deployed For "Domestic Security"


US prepares for "continuity of government"

Bruce Fein: Army to deal with potential domestic "civil unrest and crowd control".


Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

By Spencer S. Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson

Plan would dedicate 20,000 uniformed troops inside U.S. by 2011.


The Gods of DC mean to rule you with brute force

by Devvy Kidd

I have repeatedly warned in columns that as more and more Americans become aware of the growing police state and laws that strip us of our God given rights, the closer we get to civil unrest. No one wants it, but when you push a real man's back to the wall, bad things can happen. For those who might have missed those columns, let me give it to you real straight so there's no misunderstanding how bad the situation is becoming........

America on the Brink

by Paul Walter

Public scrutiny and criticism of elected officials will be forbidden. Any person exposing political corruption will be labeled anti-government. If they persist in attempting to correct that political corruption, they will be called a terrorist! All police departments around the country will be required to have terrorist units........

Bush and Lawmakers Sneak a National DNA Databank into Existence

by NWV News

While most Americans were bombarded with news coverage regarding the presidential race without end, President George W. Bush almost silently signed a senate bill that would change America forever. S.1858 allows the federal government to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the United States. According to the legislation, the new law must be implemented within 6 months of Bush's bill signing in April 2008........

Obama said it was time to turn the page

Past and future

The Nation
by William Greider


A year ago, when Barack Obama said it was time to turn the page, his campaign declaration seemed to promise a fresh start for Washington. I, for one, failed to foresee Obama would turn the page backward. The president-elect’s lineup for key governing positions has opted for continuity, not change. Virtually all of his leading appointments are restoring the Clinton presidency, only without Mr. Bill. In some important ways, Obama’s selections seem designed to sustain the failing policies of George W. Bush. This is not the last word and things are changing rapidly. But Obama’s choices have begun to define him. His victory, it appears, was a triumph for the cautious center-right politics that has described the Democratic party for several decades. Those of us who expected more were duped, not so much by Obama but by our own wishful thinking...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Transition or Coup D'Etat?

Kevin Berends, Truthout: "During the transition period there is a silent coup d'etat occurring inside the federal government in the form of last-minute firings and dubious personnel placements. The easy response to this practice is: 'That always happens during the transition period and it isn't even newsworthy. That's how Washington works - always has, always will.' Perhaps, but considering how pervasively the Bush administration has flouted every branch of government, from ignoring Congressional subpoenas, to ignoring Supreme Court rulings, to violating the Geneva Conventions, to profuse and legally feeble signing statements - it's clear that embedding operatives loyal to the party and policies jettisoned by the voters in the election is tantamount to laying mines throughout the government."

Eleventh-Hour Rush to Enact a Rule That Obama Fought

Robert Pear, The New York Times: "The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job. The rule, which has strong support from business groups, says that in assessing the risk from a particular substance, federal agencies should gather and analyze 'industry-by-industry evidence' of employees’ exposure to it during their working lives. The proposal would, in many cases, add a step to the lengthy process of developing standards to protect workers’ health."

Obama, Ask the Kremlin About Gates

Robert Parry, Consortium News: "According to press reports, President-elect Barack Obama intends to keep Gates on as a gesture of bipartisanship and continuity. Before that happens, however, Obama might want to finish the investigation that Lee Hamilton swept under the rug 16 years ago, at least ask the Kremlin what exactly its evidence is about Gates’s role in the Republican-Iranian contacts in 1980, the controversy known as the 'October Surprise' case."


Military Families Speak Out (MFSO): MFSO Concerned About Gates' Continued Tenure at Pentagon

Lying War TV

On the Nationalist Broadcasting Corporation

I'm Waiting Impatiently for My Bailout

How the Financial Crisis Was Built Into the System

In 1910, seven men held a secret meeting on Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia. It's estimated that those seven men represented one-sixth of the world's wealth. Six were Americans representing J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and the U.S. government. One was a European representing the Rothschilds and Warburgs.

From Information Clearing House

Blix: US 'politically incorrect' on Iran

"The axis of evil may be good for American domestic politics, but not for international politics. Even if you do not like other countries, you should continue to remain (politically) correct," he added.

Iran would 'hit US warships' at war

The general said the "heavy weight" of enemy warships provides the Iranian side with an ideal opportunity for launching successful counter-attacks.

From Information Clearing House

13 countries set to withdraw from Iraq

"We are going to say farewell to 13 different nations in the space of two and a half weeks," Matern, whose group supervises all coalition partners of the U.S. military, said.

U.S.-Iraqi pact has many uncertainties

The terms of the agreements create uncertainties that could disrupt the smooth withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

From Information Clearing House

Ten 'commando killers' caused 'India's 9/11'

'I was told to kill to my last breath'

Captured terrorist's account of Mumbai massacre reveals plan was to kill 5,000.

Ten 'commando killers' caused 'India's 9/11'

Despite suggestions that one or more of the terrorists may have been British, authorities in the UK and India damped down talk of such a connection.

This is India's 9/11? Think again

In the past decade, India has seen an epidemic of Hindu terrorism that reached its nadir - I hope - in 2002, when almost 2,000 Muslims were slaughtered in the state of Gujarat. That massacre, like so many others, had been whipped up by Hindu-nationalist parties, in response to an earlier, smaller instance of Muslim violence.

Taj Mahal hotel chairman: We had warning

The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, temporarily increased security after being warned of a possible terrorist attack, the chairman of the company that owns the hotel said Saturday.

Pointed intelligence warnings preceded attacks

India's intelligence services had delivered at least three precise warnings that a major terrorist attack on Mumbai was imminent, highly-placed government sources have told The Hindu.

India: Please Don't Go Down the Bush- Cheney Road

By Juan Cole

There is a danger in India as we speak of mob action against Muslims, which will ineluctably drag the country into communal violence.

The Triumph of Terror

What is the rationale of Mumbai terrorist attack?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The strategic target of the militants is the Pakistani government.

Mumbai Attacks: Piecing Together the Story

By AlterNet

There is a torrent of information and analysis on the recent attacks in Mumbai, but much of the story is nowhere to be seen in the American mainstream media. Here's a guide to what you might have missed.

From Information Clearing House


Mumbai attacks fail to fuel vengeance

Siddharth Varadarajan: Indians have rejected attempts to politicize the attacks.

Hope You Die Before You Get Old

Every Trick in the Book

By Mike Whitney

The creation of equity bubbles is just a clever means of social engineering, just like regressive taxation. It separates the wheat from the chaff, exacerbating dormant animosities between the classes.

The Worst Is Yet To Come

Anonymous Banker Weighs In On The Coming Credit Card Debacle

By Joe Nocera

A few weeks ago, I published an e-mail message sent to me from an executive who works in the banking industry - and had become disgusted by what he sees all around him. This weekend, that same banker sent me another e-mail message, which he has also agree to let me publish. It's another wake-up call. Too bad nobody is listening.

Hope You Die Before You Get Old

By David Michael Green

I cannot think of a single time in American history where one generation left their children such a stunningly large and complete a mess to clean up.

Assembly Line

Debunking The Myth of the $70-per-hour Autoworker

By Jonathan Cohn

The next time you hear somebody say the unions have to make serious salary and benefit concessions, keep in mind that they already have--enough to keep the companies competitive, if only they can survive this crisis.

Playing Catch-Up with Barack Obama

By Simon Floth

A mystery humbles the Clintons, conquers big media, trumps racism, leaves a bifucated mess of the GOP, and casually takes the Whitehouse. His two-phase strategy was simple: tantalise liberals with a prospect of real change and play centrist to the rest. It was executed to perfection and everyone is left scratching their heads.

We Will Not Jump Ship

By Sheila Samples

Millions of us who voted for Obama are weary of fighting our way through the tangles of an Orwellian world. We yearn to live in a Wellstonian world, one where "...politics is not about observations or predictions. Politics is what we create by what we do, what we hope for, and what we dare to imagine."

Obama's First Problem is US War Crimes

The president-elect has to take a stand on Bush's dark legacy

By Andrew Sullivan

There is, in the end, a simple and sobering truth: these people have to be brought to justice if the rule of law is to survive in America. In his constitutional soul, Obama knows this.

George W. Bush Belongs in Prison

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

To ensure that no future president behaves like George W. Bush we must punish him. Not merely through the words of historians, but through the physical punishment that he has inflicted on so many millions of people. In previous eras citizens would have demanded "off with his head." Now we must demand "lock him up." How poetic for a pro-torture ex-president.


We Were Promised Change, And Change Is What We Will Hold Our New President To

Of all the things that must change, the FIRST thing that must change now is that the rule of law and respect for the Constitution must be fully restored. Obama has set up a site where he professes to want to know what his priorities should be. Therefore let us all go there and make the number one idea this one.

Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration

The direct link is rather longish, so we have set up a special action page that will open up a new window and forward you directly (or else look for the link at the very top) to the page where you can vote for this most critical idea.

Special Prosecutor Voting Link:

Important: To cast a vote, when you get to the voting site, click on the box with the current number count to the left of the main header for the idea, NOT on the widget on the right hand side of the page lower down, which just reloads the same page.

President-elect Obama recently said, "If I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in coverups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law."

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder recently said top Bush Administration officials "authorized the use of torture, approved of secret electronic surveillance of American citizens, secretly detained American citizens without due process of law, denied the Writ of Habeas Corpus to hundreds of accused enemy combatants, and authorized the use of procedures that both violate international law and the United States Constitution."

We must now hold them to honor their words of accountability.

The Bush administration has refused to investigate its own crimes and President Bush may issue blanket pardons before he leaves, indeed we fully expect him to even try to pardon himself. But that is all the more reason why we must keep as much heat as possible on the potential for real post inauguration prosecutions. No pardon could possibly be broad enough to exonerate the entire litany of the crimes of the outgoing White House without itself raising serious constitutional questions.

President Obama must appoint a Special Prosecutor - ideally Patrick Fitzgerald - to fully investigate these crimes and prosecute those responsible to demonstrate that we are truly a Nation of Laws and no one - including the President - is above the law. And you can make sure that happens by going to this link and helping to make the appointment of a special prosecutor the number one idea on the Obama "change" site by a very large and dramatic margin.

Special Prosecutor Voting Link:

And then after you vote, if you haven't requested your "Impeach Both!!!" cap yet (we just shipped out another 1000 this week), if you want to go back and get one the page left behind by the link above will allow you to do that. Because anyone who thinks that the Bush administration has even now finished committing high crimes has greatly misunderestimated their depth of incorrigible malfeasance.

Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it. Our new president has asked us to be involved in telling him what to do. Let us find out if that was for real or not, by continuing to speak out, in greater numbers than ever before.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.


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Mumbai Massacres as the Defeat of Counter-terrorism

By Gilad Atzmon

Terror is a message written on the wall but for some reason most Westerners fail to read it. Our enthusiasm to bring Coca-Cola to the Muslim world must be curbed immediately. We should keep our liberal democratic fantasy to ourselves, especially now when it had been proven as a faulty concept.


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