Dienstag, 7. April 2009

Bush's Tortured Legacy

Dr. James J. Zogby, Truthout: "Two major stories, prominently featured in The Washington Post and The New York Times last Sunday, dealt with the Bush administration's use of torture. When combined, they raised several important issues. The front page banner headline in The Washington Post read 'Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots,' with the subhead continuing 'Waterboarding, Rough Treatment of Abu Zubaidah Produced False Leads, Officials Say.' Based on extensive interviews with former CIA and administration officials, the piece examined how the Bush administration dealt with Abu Zubaidah, a prisoner captured in 2002 in Pakistan. After a four-year stay at a 'secret CIA site', he was moved to Guantanamo. While, early on, President Bush heralded the capture of Abu Zubaidah (calling him 'a senior terrorist leader and a trusted associate of Osama bin Laden'), the story notes how, within weeks of his imprisonment, analysts concluded that he was not an official member of al-Qaeda."



Report Calls CIA Detainee Treatment "Inhuman"

Joby Warrick and Julie Tate, The Washington Post: "Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program 'inhuman.' Health personnel offered supervision and even assistance as suspected al-Qaeda operatives were beaten, deprived of food, exposed to temperature extremes and subjected to waterboarding, the relief agency said in the 2007 report, a copy of which was posted on a magazine Web site yesterday. The report quoted one medical official as telling a detainee: 'I look after your body only because we need you for information.'"



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G8 warns of hunger threat to stability

The world faces a permanent food crisis and global instability unless countries act now to feed a surging population by doubling agricultural output, a report drafted for ministers of the Group of Eight nations has warned.


George Soros warns 'zombie' banks could suck lifeblood out of economy

IMF estimates toxic debts could spiral to $4tn.

Estimated U.S. taxpayer cost for bailout jumps

The Congressional Budget Office had originally projected the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program would cost taxpayers $189 billion.


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac executives to receive millions in bonuses:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage lending giants currently under federal conservatorship, will pay out $210 million in retention bonuses over the course of 18 months, a recent letter by the companies' federal regulator, James Lockhart, states.


Why didn't Fed force big banks to take less of AIG bailout?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York in November chose not to pursue tough negotiations with large foreign and domestic banks and instead allowed them to receive 100 cents on the dollar in government funds to settle tens of billions of dollars of exotic financial bets guaranteed by American International Group.


From Information Clearing House


How Freedom Was Lost

By Paul Craig Roberts

Americans no longer know what freedom is. Historically, the definition of a free person is one who owns his own labor. Serfs and slaves were not free, because they do not own all of their own labor. An income tax is inconsistent with the historical definition of freedom. Today in America government has a claim on every person's labor, just as feudal lords, the government of that time, had claims on the labor of serfs and nineteenth century plantation owners had on slaves.



Bernanke's Financial Rescue Plan: The Glide-path to Destitution

By Mike Whitney

The United States defaulted on its debt in 1933 when Roosevelt took office and pulled the country off the gold standard, thus, shrugging off the claims of foreign investors who were assured the US would honor its obligations in gold. The dollar plummeted. Bernanke's muddled strategy has the nation walking down that same path once again.


Should We Kill the Fed?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

"The Fed was the greatest single contributor to the crisis that unfolds before us," Woods writes of today, and "more dollars were created between 2000 and 2007 than in the rest of the republic's history."


The Crash of '09, The Collapse of '10

By Humayun Gauhar

Many American analysts are saying that America's real economic collapse could come by the end of this year. But what's amazing is that America remains mired in stunning denial, continuing to make bad situations worse with useless bailout plans and messing around with the world instead of facing up to the reality that its time as a hyper-power is up.


Global Financial Collapse


An Argentine opinion on the Global Financial Crisis, describing the whole Global Financial System as one vast Ponzi Scheme. How will the Global Financial Collapse end? Are we on the way towards global war and world government?



Your 2008 Tax Dollar: 37 Cents to Military; 2.8 Cents to Environment and Energy

National Priorities Project


Rethinking Afghanistan: Is Obama's Strategy a Dead End?


Obama, the ICRC Report and Ongoing Suppression

Full ICRC Report Further Underscores Extent Of Torture And Abuse By U.S. Officials

A Soldier’s Soul Screams ‘Get Out’

Another Bush Intelligence Failure


Noam Chomsky on US Expansion of Afghan Occupation

The Uses of NATO, and What Obama Should Do in Israel-Palestine.

From Information Clearing House


The Financial New World Order: Towards a Global Currency and World Government


Informant: Dorothee Krien


Mast victory for campaigners

12:00pm Tuesday 7th April 2009

CAMPAIGNERS against plans for a new mobile phone mast near their homes have won their fight.

At a meeting of Thurrock Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday April 3 the plans, which were submitted by Telefonica O2 UK Limited, were unanimously rejected.

The plans were for a 12.5 meter high mast and equipment cabinet located within a highway verge in Lodge Lane know locally as The Spinney.

Residents living around The Spinney, an area of open space, have previously made their feelings clear by making placards and demonstrating.

They also handed Grays Thurrock councillor, Peter Harris, a petition signed by more than 200 people.


Further investigations for alternative Marlow mast site

10:56am Tuesday 7th April 2009

By James Nadal

COMMUNICATIONS giant Orange will carry out further investigations as a search continues for an alternative site for the controversial Foxes Piece mast.

In October 2008 the mobile phone company was granted permission to build an antenna at the junction of Little Marlow Road and Foxes Piece - close to the Marlow primary school - after Wycombe District Council failed to "explicitly refuse their application" in the 56 day period.

Residents, particularly concerned over possible health hazards for schoolchildren, wrote to the council to object in their hundreds when the application was put in.



Residents celebrate after phone mast plans are refused

10:36am Tuesday 7th April 2009

By Manisha Mistry

RESIDENTS are celebrating a victory after a planning committee unanimously voted against plans to build a mobile phone mast in a residential area of Marshalswick.

Orange applied for permission to erect an eight metre high pole to replace an existing lamp post, and to build an equipment box on the land.

The proposals, which were considered for prior approval last night at the central planning committee meeting, would have been sited on a triangular piece of green land on the corner of Gurney Court Road and Sandpit Lane.



Marshalswick still preferred site for a Orange phone mast

St Albans & Harpenden Review - St Albans, UK

By Manisha Mistry » MOBILE phone operator Orange has told the Review it intends on appealing against St Albans District Council's decision to reject its...



Campaigners have won phone mast 'battle'

St Albans & Harpenden Review - St Albans, UK

Mobile phone operator Orange, was hoping its application to St Albans District Council, to erect a mast on the corner of Gurney Court Road and Sandpit Lane, ...



Government stimulus packages are attempts to deny reality

Rebirth of Reason
by Edward W. Younkins


Government demand-management policies aimed at stimulating economic activity do not and cannot create any new wealth — economic stimulants will not succeed. Government stimulus proposals are illogical. The government cannot inject money into the economy without first removing it from the economy. The government can distribute funds only by collecting more taxes, borrowing from the private sector, or printing additional money. There can be no stimulus if the government increases the ability of some people to spend by decreasing other people’s ability to spend. When a government taxes or borrows it simply transfers spending power from private owners to political spenders...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bagram: Guantanamo’s dark mirror

by Andy Worthington


Since coming to power in a blaze of reforming glory, promising to close Guantanamo within a year, to stop the CIA from running offshore torture prisons, and to restore the Geneva Conventions to prisoners seized in wartime, the Obama administration has proceeded to make a number of poor decisions in relation to its predecessors’ reviled ‘War on Terror’ policies...


Farce at Guantanamo

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


In 2007, after four rounds of administrative reviews at Guantanamo, Hedi Hammamy, a Tunisian prisoner, born in 1969, was cleared for release, having satisfied the Pentagon that he no longer represented a threat to the United States or its allies and no longer possessed any ongoing intelligence value. He was not released, however, because, although the U.S. government had secured a ‘diplomatic assurance’ from the government of the Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, which purported to guarantee that returned prisoners would be treated humanely, two prisoners returned in June 2007 were apparently mistreated in Tunisian custody and were then imprisoned after what were regarded by human rights observers as show trials...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Goodbye, Bill of Rights

by Philip Giraldi


Sen. Barack Obama opposed the MCA and voted against it. He was not in the Senate when the first PATRIOT Act was passed, but he criticized the second version for its abuse of civil liberties before voting for an amended version. Candidate Obama ran on his record of opposition to the various pieces of legislation, noting consistently that they had authorized the abuse of authority by law enforcement and had abridged the rights of every American. Unfortunately, President Obama appears to have forgotten the principled positions he took as a senator and presidential candidate. After his inauguration, he moved quickly to publicly ban the CIA’s use of torture, a meaningless gesture in that the Agency had already abandoned the practice, but it now appears that he will do nothing to revoke Bush-era legislation like the MCA that he once strongly criticized. There is every indication that he will also endorse renewal of the PATRIOT Act when it expires at the end of the year, afraid that if he does not do so and there is a terrorist attack he will pay a significant political price. The Obama administration has also been silent about the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretaps and has invoked the ’state-secrets privilege’ in connection with a lawsuit by the Islamic charity al-Haramain in an apparent bid to prevent disclosure of the warrantless wiretap procedure...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


People want to believe in government

Liberty For All
by Barry Fagin


President Obama wants to spend billions of dollars to stimulate the economy. He and his party believe this will create jobs, protect the poor, and help get the country out of a grave economic crisis. Welcome to life in modern Russia. I’m teaching in St Petersburg for the next few months. But if the language weren’t different and the sets a little cheaper, you’d never know it from watching the nightly news...


Government based on coercion cannot be tamed

by Michael S. Rozeff


The U.S. federal government is on a course of self-destruction. People of many political persuasions know this. People who are against coercive government know this. People who favor coercive government know this. People who do not mind if the federal government self-destructs know this, and people who want to save the federal government know this. From a scientific viewpoint, one of the interesting aspects of a government that is self-destructing is that the process cannot be stopped, even when people who want to stop it, try. Government based on coercion cannot be tamed. It keeps on running until the clock stops ticking and the bomb goes off...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Merkin faces charges in Madoff scam

USA Today


A prominent hedge fund manager whose clients lost more than $2 billion to Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff was hit with civil fraud charges Monday by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. J. Ezra Merkin was accused of securities fraud and other state charges for falsely leading investors to believe he managed their money as he instead funneled the funds to Madoff with little oversight...


It’s the arrogance, stupid

Fox News Forum
by Lis Wiehl


Former California Congressman Gary Condit, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and former Wall Street big wig Bernie Madoff — what’s the common thread linking all three of these men? To my mind, they’re all criminals. But as my kids would say, it’s that ‘in your face’ attitude, that arrogance, that really gets to me. As a former federal prosecutor, I’ll take the so-called ‘blue collar’ criminal anytime — the kind of crook that realizes getting caught is part of the cost of doing business — not these ‘white shoe, white collar’ gentlemen. For them, getting away with lying to cops investigating the disappearance of a young female intern or selling a Senate seat or stealing billions from charities is just a game of cat and mouse … and guess who’s the mouse?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Top commander: Afghan handoff “years away”

Willamette Statesman Journal


The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says it will be years before coalition forces can make a complete hand-off to Afghan security forces. Army Gen. David McKiernan told newspaper executives gathered Monday at The Associated Press annual meeting in San Diego that militant havens in Pakistan remain a challenge. He says Afghan police lag in their ability to provide security...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Obama's Wall Street cabinet


Informant: Duane Roberts


Fachmann für Nukleartechnik hält große AKW-Unfälle in Deutschland jederzeit für möglich



Unter Hartz IV wurden die Arbeits- zur Gesinnungskontrollbehörde

Armut und Demut

Eine Studie zeigt: Unter Hartz IV wurden die Arbeits- zur Gesinnungskontrollbehörde.


Müllhalde Arbeitnehmerdatenschutz

Private Daten gleich seitenweise im Müllcontainer - der Discounter Lidl macht erneut durch Datenschutzverletzungen auf sich aufmerksam.



Die Masse der Demonstrierenden angreifen und die Polit-Hooligans ungestört ihr Werk verrichten lassen

Anderthalb Stunden für vermummte Brandstifter

Proteste gegen den Jubiläumsgipfel der NATO - "Strategie der Spannung" in Straßburg: Die Masse der Demonstrierenden angreifen und die Polit-Hooligans ungestört ihr Werk verrichten lassen.



The Storm Widens

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "One week after Iraqi government forces arrested an Awakening Group (commonly referred to as Sons of Iraq, al-Sahwa) leader, Adil al-Mashhadani, head of a patrol unit in central Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood in Baghdad, sparking gun battles that raged for hours between US-backed Iraqi forces and US-allied Sunni militiamen that killed three people, militiamen have once again been detained, widening concerns that sectarian violence may once more engulf Baghdad."



Politische Kultur der Unverantwortlichkeit: Über den Wahnsinn der Bankenrettung



Ökonom fordert die persönliche Haftung von Politikern



Cybersecurity Bill Gives Obama Dictatorial Power Over Internet


The End of the Internet? Cybersecurity Act gives Obama power to shut down internet, ignore laws



Shelly Roche reports in on a new Cybersecurity bill would grant the President unprecedented power to shut down the internet and ignore privacy laws.

Watch: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd2nnq-Sbo8&NR=1


Obama's new war doctrine: `Cyber dominance'

By Agence France-Presse

Published: May 30, 2009

The US military is moving ahead with plans to create its first "cyber command" designed to bolster America's potential to wage digital warfare as well as defend against mounting cyber threats, officials said on Friday.

After President Barack Obama announced Friday his plans to overhaul cyber security policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was expected to soon formally propose the new cyber command that will be overseen by a four-star officer, Pentagon officials told AFP.

The move reflects a shift in military strategy with "cyber dominance" now part of US war doctrine and growing alarm over the perceived threat posed by digital espionage coming from China, Russia and elsewhere.

Read on: //rawstory.com/08/news/2009/05/30/obama-orders-military-to-focus-on-cyber-warfare/

Cybersecurity Is Framework For Total Government Regulation And Control Of Our Lives

Informant: shane_digital


Cybersecurity Act Would Give President Power to 'Shut Down' Internet

By Greg Fulton

A recently proposed but little-noticed Senate bill would allow the federal government to shut down the Internet in times of declared emergency, and enables unprecedented federal oversight of private network administration.



Senate proposal could handcuff Internet freedoms

Fox News


The days of an open, largely unregulated Internet may soon come to an end. A bill making its way through Congress proposes to give the U.S. government authority over all networks considered part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Under the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2009, the president would have the authority to shut down Internet traffic to protect national security. The government also would have access to digital data from a vast array of industries including banking, telecommunications and energy. A second bill, meanwhile, would create a national cybersecurity adviser — commonly referred to as the cybersecurity czar — within the White House to coordinate strategy with a wide range of federal agencies involved. The need for greater cybersecurity is obvious. … Nonetheless, the proposal to give the U.S. government the authority to regulate the Internet is sounding alarms among critics who say it’s another case of big government getting bigger and more intrusive...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Obama's Unreality Tour



There Are No Excuses for Ongoing Concealment of Torture Memos



Budget Expands Government as Economy Contracts



National Security Claptrap



Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money




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