Samstag, 18. April 2009

Injured War Zone Contractors Fight to Get Care

T. Christian Miller and Doug Smith, The Los Angeles Times: "Civilian workers who suffered devastating injuries while supporting the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home to a grinding battle for basic medical care, artificial limbs, psychological counseling and other services. The insurance companies responsible for their treatment under taxpayer-funded policies have routinely denied the most serious medical claims. Those insurers - primarily American International Group (AIG) - recorded hundreds of millions of dollars in profits on this business."

Toward Climate Geoengineering?

Andrew Glickson, Truthout: "That global climate change has reached an impasse whereby the 'powers-to-be' are entertaining climate geoengineering mitigation, instead of the urgent deep reduction of carbon emissions required by science, represents the ultimate moral bankruptcy of institutions and a failure of democracy."

Audit the Federal Reserve

Phone mast near school put on hold

Apr 17 2009 by Jenny Wood, Perthshire Advertiser Friday

HEALTH fears have put on ice a mobile phone company’s proposals for a mast overshadowing a Perth school and raised concerns over future plans.

Phone giant O2 applied for permission from Perth and Kinross Council to erect a 17.5 metre tall mast within the grounds of the treatment works on Gowans Terrace, just a short distance away from Perth Grammar School.

A member of the Grammar School’s parent council was one of those who stood up at a council meeting this week to object to the planned mast, airing concerns children could be steadily exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.

And Joyce McKay also raised the question of the UK’s lenient standards for siting phone masts close to schools.


Ein Chip in jeder Pille

Ein Medikamenten-Microchip funkt Daten aus dem Körperinneren.

Die Stromkonzerne reden gerne vom Klimaschutz, doch an Taten mangelt es erheblich

Mehr Schein als Sein

Wie Banken "positive" Quartalergebnisse herbeirechnen

Verluste werden in die Zukunft ausgelagert und ein Gewinn über neue Bilanzierungsregeln herbeigerechnet.

In Iraq, time leaves bloody marks upon each day of the ongoing US occupation

Human Body Parts

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "In Iraq, time leaves bloody marks upon each day of the ongoing US occupation. The policies of the Obama administration, adopted from the Bush administration, continue to wreak their havoc on the Iraqi people."

Book Tells of Female US Soldiers Raped by Comrades

Christine Kearney, Reuters: "Female US soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have more to fear than roadside bombs or enemy ambushes. They also are at risk of being raped or sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers. 'The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq,' a book based on 40 in-depth interviews, recounts the stories of female veterans who served in combat zones and tells of rape, sexual assault and harassment by male counterparts."

How Obama Excused Torture

Obama, Seeing Darkness, Conjures up the Mists of Time

Amnesty International, USA: Pressure Grows for Accountability with Torture Memos' Release


Obama gives government criminals a pass on torture


Torture Accountability and Our Future

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC Countdown: "As promised, a Special Comment now on the president's revelation of the remainder of this nightmare of Bush Administration torture memos. This President has gone where few before him, dared. The dirty laundry - illegal, un-American, self-defeating, self-destroying - is out for all to see."

Keith Olbermann: US Must "Move Forward" with Torture Accountability Now

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on why a better future for the United States must begin with a criminal investigation into who is responsible for the Bush administration torture memos.

General Taguba: Accountability for Torture Does Not Stop at White House Door

Andrew Kalloch, Harvard Law Record: "Major General Antonio Taguba called for an independent commission to investigate war crimes committed by senior members of the Bush Administration in remarks in Ames Courtroom on Tuesday, April 14. The event was sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School."


Don't let them defend torture again

Obama in Mexico: More Rhetoric for Change

A US President Pushing the 'Washington Consensus'

China buys less U.S. debt as reserve growth slows

China is buying fewer U.S. government securities than in earlier years and has shifted away from long-term bonds and securities issued by troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But analysts said the reduced overall purchases are because China's foreign exchange reserves are growing more slowly.

From Information Clearing House

NSA spied on member of Congress and broke new laws, report says

Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald suggests that "these widespread eavesdropping abuses enabled by the 2008 FISA bill -- a bill passed with the support of Barack Obama along with the entire top Democratic leadership in the House, including Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, and substantial numbers of Democratic Senators -- aren't a bug in that bill, but rather, were one of the central features of it."

From Information Clearing House


The Secret Sentry Declassified

Informant: Kev Hall

The Coming Siege of Austerity

Stiglitz blasts Obama's TARP bailout as scam to enrich Wall Street at taxpayer expense

Informant: Duane Roberts

On those "tea parties"

Miller government knew about CIA prisons in Poland?

The government under the premiership of Leszek Miller (2001-4) knew about the alleged CIA detention facility in Poland, the existence of which has been denied by successive governments.

Abuse of Power: The Bush Administration's Secret Legal Memos

Read them here:

Newly Released Memo Inadvertently Reveals CIA Held (and Abused) Missing Prisoner

Among the OLC memos released today, one appears to inadvertently reveal that a top al-Qaida suspect captured in northern Iraq in January 2004 was held by the CIA in a secret prison.

Obama shields CIA interrogators from torture charges

CIA interrogators who used waterboarding on terrorism suspects will not face prosecution, President Barack Obama said on Thursday in releasing Bush-era memos specifying that the practice did not constitute torture.

Former US interrogator recounts torture cases in Afghanistan and Iraq: Video

He also says that most of the individuals he interrogated had nothing to do with al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Many of the practices Corsetti says he witnessed are already illegal.

Memo to Obama: Don't forget that the USA prosecuted Lynndie England!

Do you have one law for Lynndie and another for Bush, Cheney, and other criminals in the Bush Administration?

Obama accused of "condoning torture": Amnesty International

"President Obama's statements in the last days have been very disappointing. In saying that no one will be held to account for committing acts of torture, the US administration is in effect condoning torture," said Daniel Gorevan, of Amnesty International's Counter Terror with Justice campaign.

From Information Clearing House

Gorbachev: US military power blocks `no nukes'

Talk of nuclear disarmament would be "just rhetorical" if other nations were asked to give up nukes while the United States maintains an overwhelming conventional military superiority, Gorbachev said. What's needed, he said, are talks to "demilitarize" world politics.

From Information Clearing House

Why Afghanistan Is the Wrong War

George W. Bush led the United States into war in Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein might give his country's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction to terrorists. Now, Bush's successor is perpetuating the war in Afghanistan with comparably dubious arguments about the danger posed by the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Briefing: Who are the Taliban?

While the "insurgents" often get labeled as the "Taliban," in reality there are several groups fighting the Afghan government and Western forces, and they often act independently of one another and have distinct command structures, ideologies, and strategies. Here, the Monitor maps out the diversity of the insurgency.

From Information Clearing House

Bush Memos Parallel Claim 9/11 "Mastermind's" Children Were Tortured With Insects

By John Byrne

Bush Administration memos released by the White House on Thursday provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 'waterboarded 183 times'

A 2005 Justice Department memorandum revealed that the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003.

No Amnesty for Torturers

By Dave Lindorff

The issue is, do we as a nation now subscribe to the idea that the way to deal with evil perpetrated by ourselves is to bury it? [. . .] Isn't that precisely what we have been for decades accusing the Germans and the Japanese of doing: burying in the mists of time their criminal behavior as a people and as a nation? [. . .] the president is wrong. Darkness does not go away when the fog comes. It just gets darker.

From Information Clearing House


Alleged 9/11 Mastermind and 4 Other Gitmo Prisoners to Stand Trial in NY Federal Court

ACLU: 9/11 Defendants To Be Tried In Federal Court

Home of the Barricaded, Land of the 'Fraid

By David Michael Green

There are few statistics as stunning as the following simple, single number: The United States spends two times more on its military than all the other countries of the world, combined. Yes, that's right. All 200 or so of them. Combined.

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