Freitag, 30. Oktober 2009

Lawsuit Accuses Psychologist of Ignoring Guantanamo Torture

William Fisher, Truthout: "The state board responsible for licensing - and disciplining - psychologists in Louisiana is 'fighting awfully hard to turn a blind eye to serious allegations of abuse' brought against one of its members, who is being accused of complicity in beatings, religious and sexual humiliation, rape threats and painful body positions during his service as a senior adviser on interrogations for the US military in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

The Goal of Every H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine: Immunotoxicity, Neurotoxicity and Sterility

Obama Administration Launches Deceptive Swine Flu Propaganda Blitz

Informant: Dorothee Krien

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- Sommeil et antennes relais : "un Curé, deux Curés,...trois Curés = l'évidence"

- Le Progrès "St-Étienne-du-Bois : l'antenne-relais empêche-t-elle les curés de dormir ?"

Phone mast plan set to be rejected again

Journal Live - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

ATELECOMS giant is facing a second rejection of plans to put up a mobile phone mast in the heart of one of the region's most upmarket housing estates ...


The Weekly Standard
by Gary Andres


In his book Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, historian Rick Perlstein argues the seeds of today’s polarized politics were sown during the 1960s and 1970s. He traces the fault lines of contemporary controversies such as marriage, abortion, the environment, the role of government and even the very terms of our national self-image, back to this earlier period. President Nixon stepped into those stormy times and helped define a language of politics still used today — a ’silent majority’ of middle-class, conservative-leaning, middle-American ‘people of faith,’ versus a more cosmopolitan, secular, and liberal-leaning ‘live and let live’ crowd. Perlstein’s formulation may be oversimplified, but President Barack Obama pledged to end it. He promised ‘change’ and to stop the polarized politics of the past. He asserted America was on the brink of death by division. We needed to come together. But now President Obama stands at the edge of the same abyss. And many believe he has fallen into the same swamp of bitterness and polarization he promised to end...

Defining Afghanistan down

by John Dickerson


What will Afghanistan look like when American troops leave? President Obama will have to answer that question in the coming weeks at the same time he announces whether he’ll be sending new troops into the fight. The answer will help define success for the military — and it’s also key to selling Obama’s new strategy to the public. Obama probably will manage expectations by setting them very low. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said that no one should expect Afghanistan to be a paradise. That’s an understatement of an understatement, given the level of government corruption and widespread instability. The country likely to emerge from U.S. occupation may well look like Bangladesh...

Only one genuine way to support the troops

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


A few days ago, New York Times columnists Bob Herbert and David Brooks engaged in an online conversation in which they lamented that the American people are not doing enough to support the troops who are occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. They said that Americans just aren’t taking these ‘wars’ seriously and should be engaging in much more shared sacrifice for the sake of the troops. It would be difficult to find greater imperialistic nonsense than that...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Can ignorance and arrogance win hearts and minds?

by David Macaray

Even though Peace Corps volunteers aren’t experts on political policy or international relations, they do know a thing or two about cross-cultural exchanges. If you were to ask any ex-volunteer who they think would be the worst possible choice for an emissary or ambassador to a foreign country — particularly one expected to mingle at the village level — they’d tell you it would be a soldier...

Can human rights win the war?

The American Prospect
by Adam Serwer


When Marine Reserve Gen. Douglas Stone addressed New America’s Counterterrorism Conference last week, he almost sounded like a human-rights activist. Calling the Constitution a ‘Human Rights Document,’ Stone declared that the fight against terrorism wasn’t just a physical one but ‘a historic debate about the rule of law and human rights,’ taking place on ‘the battlefield of the mind.’ Stone’s battlefield was once the detention centers of Iraq, where he worked to reform the system after the Abu Ghraib scandal, reducing recidivism and therefore the flow of fighters to the insurgents. The same thing, he said, needs to happen in Afghanistan, where prison conditions and lack of due process are creating favorable conditions for the Taliban and al-Qaeda to radicalize the imprisoned. ‘What if exactly what we’re doing in detention is exactly what the enemy wants?’ Stone asked. ‘Is that not aiding and abetting the enemy?’

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Feds overstated jobs created under stimulus



A Colorado company said it created 4,231 jobs with the help of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan. The real number: fewer than 1,000. A child-care center in Florida said it saved 129 jobs with the help of stimulus money. Instead, it gave pay raises to its existing employees. Elsewhere in the U.S., some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two, three, four or even more times. The government has overstated by thousands the number of jobs it has created or saved with federal contracts under the president’s $787 billion recovery program, according to an Associated Press review of data released in the program’s first progress report...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Kritik an den von den USA ausgeführten Angriffen mit Drohnen

Der UN-Sonderbotschafter Alston verlangt Aufklärung über das Programm, das gegen internationales Recht verstoßen könnte.

Keine Unbeteiligten getötet?

Die Untersuchung des von Deutschen angeforderten Luftangriffs auf zwei entführte Tanklastwagen in Afghanistan wirft mehr Fragen als Antworten auf.

When Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib Come Home

Bill Quigley and Deborah Popowski, Truthout: "The Louisiana board that licenses psychologists is facing a growing legal fight over torture and medical care at the infamous Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons. In 2003, Louisiana psychologist and retired Col. Larry James watched behind a one-way mirror in a US prison camp while an interrogator and three prison guards wrestled a screaming, near-naked man on the floor."

Significant Changes to Bush-Era Military Commissions Signed Into Law

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "President Barack Obama signed a Defense Department spending bill into law Wednesday, which includes a provision that will change the way military commissions are structured. Human rights organizations and legal advocacy groups believe these controversial Bush-Era commissions primarily deny defendants the protections that federal courts provide and have responded with disappointment to their inclusion in defense legislation by a president who, during his presidential campaign, was quoted as saying he would 'reject the Military Commissions Act.'

Military Commissions Revived: Don't Do It, Mr. President!

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "I was so delighted that the Defense Authorization Act, signed into law by President Obama on Wednesday, included a hard-won concession that the administration can transfer prisoners from Guantanamo to the mainland to face trials (even though the legislation still bears the fingerprints of interfering lawmakers, and still, scandalously, prevents any innocent man from being rehoused in the country that falsely imprisoned him) that I overlooked two other distressing facts."

Secrets Claim Faces Another Review in Torture Case

William Fisher, Truthout: "The long road to the proverbial 'day in court' just got longer for five men who claim they were 'disappeared' and tortured by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency."

The New Operations Manual from the F.B.I.

The new rules have given F.B.I. agents the most power in national security matters that they have had since the post-Watergate era.

Loosening of F.B.I. Rules Stirs Privacy Concerns

One section lays out a low threshold to start investigating a person or group as a potential security threat. Another allows agents to use ethnicity or religion as a factor - as long as it is not the only one - when selecting subjects for scrutiny.

From Information Clearing House

Pentagon officials won't confirm Bush propaganda program ended

The covert Bush administration program that used retired military analysts to generate favorable wartime news coverage may not have been terminated, Raw Story has found.

From Information Clearing House

US has no plans to quit AFPAK operations: White House

"The president began the meetings on the assessment with saying we were not leaving Afghanistan.

What's the payoff for staying in Afghanistan?

It's a little frustrating to hear these various voices making their arguments for or against Afghanistan. Each one sounds persuasive, each makes a good case for his or her point of view. But here's the question I have: What is there in Afghanistan for the United States?

Security Council to hold closed meeting on Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council is set to hold a crisis meeting on Afghanistan following a Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that killed UN staffers.

From Information Clearing House

NSA Supercenters to Store Americans' Private Data Permanently

By Thomas R. Eddlem

The National Security Agency is building huge new storage facilities to store the unconstitutionally gained data on the American people's telephone calls and Internet traffic permanently, including new buildings in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Antonio, Texas.

Why Americans Gotta Read the "War Crimes Times"

By Kim Carlyle

We must look back. And we must hold accountable the men and women who have broken our laws, tarnished our honor, and spit on our ideals.

U.S. Dependence On Afghan Warlords

Taliban Take Over Afghan Province

By Syed Saleem Shahzad

The United States has withdrawn its troops from its four key bases in Nuristan, on the border with Pakistan, leaving the northeastern province as a safe haven for the Taliban-led insurgency to orchestrate its regional battles.

U.S. To Protect 10 Afghan Population Centers

By Thom Shanker, Peter Baker and Helene Cooper

Under the strategy officials described yesterday, the administration now is looking at protecting Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, Herat, Jalalabad and a few other village clusters. The first of any new troops sent to Afghanistan would be assigned to secure Kandahar, the spiritual capital of the Taliban, seen as a center of gravity in pushing back insurgent advances.

U.S. Dependence On Afghan Warlords

By Gareth Porter

U.S. and NATO counterinsurgency forces depend on Afghan warlords for security, according to a recently published report and investigations by Australian and Canadian journalists.

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Next-up News Nr 1074

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