Freitag, 24. April 2009

The Unbearable Vagueness of Timothy Geithner

Reclaiming America's Soul

Vet's Testimony Before Congress: 'More Troops, More Occupation Is Not the Answer'

Ex-US-Außenministerin Rice hat Folter durch CIA gebilligt

Die ehemalige US-Sicherheitsberaterin und Ex-Außenministerin Rice hat bereits 2002 die als Waterboarding bekannte Folter-Verhörmethode der CIA genehmigt. Das geht, wie die "Tagesschau" berichtet, aus Dokumenten hervor, die der US-Senat jetzt veröffentlichte.

Killing Civilians: How Safe Do You Actually Want to Be?

Tom Engelhardt, "Almost like clockwork, the reports float up to us from thousands of miles away, as if from another universe. Every couple of days they seem to arrive from Afghan villages that few Americans will ever see without weapon in hand. Every few days, they appear from a world almost beyond our imagining, and always they concern death -- so many lives snuffed out so regularly for more than seven years now. Unfortunately, those news stories are so unimportant in our world that they seldom make it onto, no less off of, the inside pages of our papers."

What Are Afghan Lives Worth?

Tom Engelhardt, "In the two weeks since, however, that's been on my mind -- or rather the lack of interest our world shows in dead civilians from a distant imperial war -- and all because of a passage I stumbled upon in a striking article by journalist Anand Gopal. In 'Uprooting an Afghan Village' in the June issue of the Progressive magazine, he writes about Garloch, an Afghan village he visited in the eastern province of Laghman. After destructive American raids, Gopal tells us, many of its desperate inhabitants simply packed up and left for exile in Afghan or Pakistani refugee camps."

The Horrible Truth

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "The US occupation of Iraq, which has become the full responsibility of President Barack Obama, is once again a bloodbath. Not that it had ceased to be violent, brutal and chaotic, for not one day has passed since the US invasion of Iraq was launched that hasn't found several Iraqis being senselessly slaughtered."

Health fears raised over bid to create wi-fi town

6:00pm Friday 24th April 2009

Concerns have been voiced over plans to make Barnoldswick the North of England’s first “wi-fi town”.

Residents believe the proposed web portal to make the wi-fi wireless network possible could have health implications.

And they are backed by experts, who say those exposed to electromagnetic fields could experience symptoms including memory problems or nausea.


Very real sins of torturing human beings


John Cory, Truthout: "Harsh interrogation techniques, coercive tactics, enhanced techniques - These are the rebranding tools for torture. In order to avoid turning our eyes away or burying our heads in the sand, we grab politically acceptable words and terms to diminish the sting and shame of actual torture, so we can brag about being a moral society open to the discussion of stressful questioning of enemy combatants. Sterile words remove us from the very real sins of torturing human beings."

Holder Won't Selectively Release Terror Memos

Devlin Barrett, The Associated Press: "Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Thursday he won't play 'hide and seek' with secret memos about harsh interrogations of terror suspects and their effectiveness. In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Holder said he's willing to release as much information as possible about the interrogations."

Obama Rejects Truth Panel

Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane, The Washington Post: "President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, telling congressional leaders at a White House meeting yesterday that he wants to look forward instead of litigating the past."


Urge Nancy Pelosi to ensure the speedy appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate US torture

Did Alyssa Peterson kill herself rather than torture prisoners in Iraq?

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Planning for martial law

Der Wechsel besteht darin, dass der oberste Wirtschaftsberater jetzt von einer anderen Bankrotteursbank kommt als vorher

"Verbrennt die Banken. Und dann verstaatlicht sie"

Rekordbesuch am Ostersonntag beim New Yorker Left Forum. die kleine radikale Minderheit sucht Wege. Der vielleicht interessanteste Vortrag kam dabei von Doug Henwood, seit langen Jahren Herausgeber des "Left Business Observer". Er zog darin eine Zwischenbilanz der Krise: Zum Beispiel Obamas Change, der Wechsel besteht darin, dass der oberste Wirtschaftsberater jetzt von einer anderen Bankrotteursbank kommt als vorher. Zum Beispiel Rettung der Automobilindustrie: Voraussetzung scheint ihm die Zerschlagung der Gewerkschaft. Zum Beispiel Gewerkschaftsbund: Der AfL-CIO brauche keine Massenkundgebungen, Lobbyismus bei Senatoren sei wirksamer, meint der designierte kommende Vorsitzende. Zum Beispiel millionenfache Hausenteignung: Die Skizze eines (in seinen eigenen Worten: enttäuschenden sozialen Gegenprogramms). Und anknüpfen an die Tradition von Seattle 1999: "Capitalism, no thanks - we will bury your banks!". All das nachzulesen in "Nationalize the banks?" publiziert im LBO am 20. April 2009:

20 Jahre Exxon Valdez - 20 Jahre Lügen

Eigentlich habe Mark Twain schon alles über den Großtanker, der 1.200 Kilometer Küste von Alaska auf Ewigkeiten versaut hat gesagt: "Es gibt Lügen, verdammte Lügen - und Statistik". Die Exxon-Valdez Katastrophe steht - wie das AKW Three Miles Island - für Beinahe-GAUs, die per Medien-Mainstream und "Aussitzen" ad acta gelegt werden, zumindest für jene, die nicht direkt betroffen sind. Diese keineswegs amerikanische Spezialität untersucht in dem Beitrag "Stick Your Damn Hand In It: 20th Birthday of the Exxon Valdez Lie" Greg Palast in seinem Blog am 23. März 2009:

Aus: LabourNet, 24. April 2009

The torture commission trap

Not the better part of valor

The Jurist
by Marjorie Cohn


Ultimately, it is up to Obama to fulfill his constitutional duty to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed. As he seems inclined to shirk that duty, it is up to us to pressure him, and Congress to hold accountable, those who violate our laws. Obama said that ‘nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.’ He is wrong. There is more to gain from upholding the rule of law. It will make future leaders think twice before they authorize the cruel, illegal treatment of other human beings...

The torture commission trap

by Michael Ratner


If we are to stop torture in the future we need to send the clear message that if an official tortures, prosecutions will follow. Without that message the next President or even this one, can again put us on the page of torture by signing another executive order. And don’t think that won’t happen no matter how many commissions reach results saying the US should not have tortured. It will and Cheney, Hayden and other have said so...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Geithner plan: Another subsidy for the rich?

Our Future
by Isaiah J. Poole


The Obama administration this week got a warning shot across its bow against structuring a bank resuce plan that would amount to yet another taxpayer subsidy of the wealthy. It’s a shot that progressives who have the administration’s ear on economic policy need to echo. That shot was fired when Treasury Secretary William Geithner was grilled before the Congressional Oversight Panel on Tuesday. The panel is probing the federal government’s financial rescue efforts. Damon Silvers, associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO and a member of the panel, zeroed in on the administration’s plans for a Public-Private Investment Program, which would buy up so-called ‘toxic assets’ from financial institutions, using a mix of taxpayer and private-investor dollars...

Black magic dollars

Asia Times
by Richard Daughty [The Mogambo Guru]


Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is proving an ever-more adept apprentice of his predecessor, the sorcerer Alan Greenspan, as he creates yet more billions of dollars out of thin air, while a lulled and ever-more impoverished audience is told that inflation is actually falling!!

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Countries can’t inflate their way out of recession

Adam Smith Institute
by Tom Papworth


Somewhere in the hour-long spectacle that was today’s Budget Statement, Alistair Darling made a very interesting claim: ‘This Government, and others, have learnt from the historic economic mistakes of the interwar period, that countries cannot deflate their way out of recession.’ This is a fascinating statement for two reasons. Firstly, because history proves no such thing. In fact, I can think of very few, if any, examples where actively deflating the economy has been attempted. By comparison, inflation has been the stock response by governments across the globe for three quarters of a century, and the results have included the Winter of Discontent and Japan’s ‘Lost Decade’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

ACLU: DoD to release prisoner abuse photos



The Defense Department will release ‘a substantial number’ of photographs showing abuse of prisoners at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The release will be in response to an open-records lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the group said in a written statement. The statement released late Thursday said the photos were taken at facilities other than Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. ‘These photographs provide visual proof that prisoner abuse by U.S. personnel was not aberrational but widespread, reaching far beyond the walls of Abu Ghraib,’ Amrit Singh, an ACLU attorney, said in the release. The photos are to be released by May 28, the ACLU said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


US to Release Photos of Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq


Pentagon to Release Photos of Detainee Abuse

By Ann Scott Tyson

"This shows that the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was not aberrational but was systemic and widespread," said Amrit Singh, an ACLU staff attorney involved with the 2004 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that led to the promise to release the photographs. "This will underscore calls for accountability for that abuse." Singh called for an independent investigation into torture and prisoner abuse and said it should be followed, if warranted, by criminal prosecutions.

Will Obama Reboot Capitalism Anew?

Obama and the Big Dogs

Will Obama Reboot Capitalism Anew?

Wall of Fear

Obama Plays Hamlet; Shredders Hum

Not the Better Part of Valor: Obama's Duty to Prosecute Torturers

Advocacy Groups: A Quarter Million Americans Demand Torture Prosecutions

Amnesty International Members and Other Activists to March from Capitol to White House as President Reaches 100 Days Mark

Conversations About Iraq in DC

Gas Drilling in Northeast Raises Health, Environmental Concerns

Senate Report: Rice, Cheney OK'd CIA Use of Waterboarding

Tell the truth about torture through an independent commission

Heilsversprechen im Absturz

Ein Kommentar zu den immer düsteren Wirtschaftsprognosen und der verbissenen Heilserwartung an das wieder einsetzende Wirtschaftswachstum.

Bankenrettung mit sozialer Note und Prinzip Hoffnung

Wie in Irland steigt die Arbeitslosigkeit in Spanien massiv, doch statt Steuern anzuheben, denkt Madrid über eine Bankenrettung mit sozialer Note nach, während in Großbritannien die Staatsschulden rasant wachsen.

Seaton joy as mobile phone mast plan rejected

Last updated 07:20, Friday, 24 April 2009

PEOPLE who live and work in Seaton have welcomed news that plans for a 50ft mobile phone mast have been rejected.

Mobile phone company Telefonica O2 wanted to erect the mast in the grounds of Seaton Rugby Club but Allerdale council officers have rejected the plan, under delegated powers, because it would be an intrusive, alien and unneighbourly feature.

The planning report also stated that Telefonica O2 had not given enough consideration to alternative sites.

Parents, teachers and residents had expressed concern about visual impact, property devaluation and potential health risks.

Allerdale council received 17 letters of objection and a petition with 234 signatures.

The council also received objections from Seaton Parish Council and Camerton Parish Council.

Lesley Grace, headteacher of Seaton Infant School, said: “We are thrilled and delighted that this potential health risk has been removed."


Foreclosures Take Health Along With Homes

Chris Metinko, The Oakland Tribune: "The foreclosure crisis is causing more problems than lost homes; it also is deteriorating the health of individuals and communities, according to housing advocates and East Bay officials."

Investigating Wall Street?

Bill Moyers Journal: "As the demand grows for a new Pecora commission, the 1930's investigation into the causes and effects of the Great Depression, Bill Moyers speaks with economist Simon Johnson and Ferdinand Pecora biographer and legal scholar Michael Perino."

UK High Court Demands US Torture Documents

Julie Sell, McClatchy Newspapers: "The chief justice of the British High Court on Wednesday gave the British government one week to obtain the US release of classified information about the alleged torture of a British resident who'd been detained at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

TV Military Analysts Are Paid Pentagon Shills

The Crime That Cannot Be Wiped Away: On Shooting and Bombing People

On Our Economic Future

Don’t Suspect a Friend, Report Him

Obama Resists Democrats' Push for Interrogation Probes

Informant: Duane Roberts

Bank of America Pressured to Complete Merger With Merrill Lynch

Tomoeh Murakami Tse and David Cho, The Washington Post: "The Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department put considerable pressure on Bank of America to go through with its proposed merger with Merrill Lynch as the global financial system teetered in the final months of 2008, according to documents released today by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo."

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