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 22.Dec.2005 "Not to know

what has been transacted

in former times

is to be

always a child.

If no use is made

of the labors of past ages,

the world must remain always

in the infancy of knowledge."



The Book of Slaughter + Forgetting

Intentional Ignorance from Reagan to Us


"...I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages.

My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true -

- but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."

--Ronald Reagan,


01.Jan.2006 Energie-Konflikt: Russland wirft Ukraine Gas-Diebstahl vor
Meet the New Interrogators: Lockheed Martin Pratap Chatterjee 04.Nov.2005
Sytex, a subsidiary of Lockheed , the world's largest military contractor, has emerged as one of the biggest recruiters of private interrogators deployed to the USA -run prisons in Iraq + Afghanistan.

Documentary Channel - Docs On Demand With gut-wrenching humour + poignant insight, Albert Nerenberg's

illustrates how stupidity , not intelligence, is responsible for shaping the course ... www.documentarychannel.ca/promos/on_demand/index.asp
Documentary Channel – Documentaries Stupidity is a provocative, hilarious investigation into the history + significance of IN - human stupidity as a counter-cultural force.

Directed by Albert Nerenberg ... www.documentarychannel.ca/docs/listing.asp?StartLetter=Stupidity&id=393
Wendy Priesnitz - Challenging Assumptions Weblog Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg describes stupidity as a chronic resistance to intelligence. And that is the theme of his film of the same name, which premiers ... www.lifemedia.ca/wendy/blogOct04.html
UK Indymedia | World Stupidity Awards announced on BBC ... achievement in stupidity , will take place at Just For Laughs-the world©ˆs largest comedy festival this year.

"We're stupefied," said Albert Nerenberg of the ... www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/03/288215.html
Portland Mercury - Film - Stupid is as Stupid Does
However, documentarian Albert Nerenberg + his film Stupidity , have taken a step in the right direction. The first thing we learn about stupidity is that ...

The GATE's News File :: Trailervision Documents Stupidity
According to Stupidity director Albert Nerenberg , " Stupid acts, stupid accidents + the work of imbeciles and madmen have directed the course of history. ...

GloverShow.com ... decision was made overwhelmingly by Americans who voted," said Albert Nerenberg , of the ... idiots" + overseen by the Academy for Recognizing Stupidity Everywhere ...

The Silhouette: Andy Section Film Review: Stupidity . Matt Parkinson. Directed by Albert Nerenberg . "Our enemies are innovative + resourceful + so are we... they never stop thinking ...

Welcome to the Vancouver Courier - On Line – Entertainment Rest assured, however, that Montreal filmmaker Albert Nerenberg is no dunce, but he certainly has a flair for the comedic.

Stupidity is as funny as it is smart ... www.vancourier.com/issues04/085104/entertainment/085104en1.html
Stupidity ... of the long and glorious history of human stupidity . Setting out on an exhaustive search for its origins + true meaning, director Albert Nerenberg careens at ... ragtagfilm.com/archives/films/stupidity.htm
TAKE ONE: Hot Docs (4/25-5/4/03).(festival wraps) ... he knows nothing about making films but is simply trying to find another means of income to pay off his student loan + Albert Nerenberg's Stupidity , a quest ... www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0JSF/43_12/109568322/p1/article.jhtml
US President George W. Bush a Big Winner at World Stupidity Awards
"What was interesting about that is that the decision was made overwhelmingly by Americans who voted," said Albert Nerenberg , of the Main Organization ... www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0724-03.htm

President Bush May Be "Moron": Stupidity Experts
"Technically, a moron is someone who is stupid but looks normal," said Albert Nerenberg , a Toronto-based film director who is completing a television ... www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1122-03.htm

Chretien Wins 'Stupidest Person in Canada" Honor ... stupid + not face the firing squad," awards organizer Albert Nerenberg told the crowd. ... "You may have noticed that we're stupid ," Nerenberg said.

morons.org - Just For Laughs to host World Stupidity Awards ... said Albert Nerenberg of the Main Organization Revealing Obvious Numbskulls (MORON), which puts on the awards.

"You can't get any bigger than this. Stupidity ... www.homosexualmafia.com/article.jsp?sectionid=9&id=4759
2005 World: Past Winners Bush, Hussein, Trucker Hats win big at Stupidity Awards™ 2004 ... "It was a stupendous evening," said Spokesmoron, Albert Nerenberg,.. www.stupidityawards.com/past_winners.html 01.Jan.2006 Stupidity : Movie Description, Show times & Film Critics - Kelowna In one of the most compelling + entertaining films of the year, documentarian Albert Nerenberg asks one simple question: What is stupidity ? cinemaclock.com/aw/crva.aw/p.clock/r.bri/m.Kelowna/j.e/i.5246/f.Stupidity.html

01.Jan.2006 Calendar ... you into the theater, nothing else will - but here goes: Albert Nerenberg, founder of ... endemic phenomenon in our society of wilful intent to be stupid, or, as ...

Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority
Stupid is as stupid does — that’s as clear a definition as one might need — but in this Canadian documentary, Trailervision founder Albert Nerenberg delves ... www.exclaim.ca/index.asp?layid=22&csid=774&csid1=3199

A360 Movies: 'Stupidity' The story: A documentary where director Albert Nerenberg explores the concept of stupidity with a series of vignettes + interviews with Noam Chomsky, ...

To the Best of Our Knowledge
You can watch the trailer for " Stupidity " at Albert Nerenberg's website... https://www.trailervision.com /. Distribution dates: ... wpr.org/book/030525b.html

www.lewisblack.net -View topic- Lewis to Host Stupdity Awards ...to create Wal-Mart?" Albert Nerenberg , of the Main Organization Revealing Obvious Numbskulls, said "people believe stupidity is at epidemic levels right now. ... www.lewisblack.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=228&sid=adc33225bc8933ea279e3fdd1fb65e2f
Microfilms Stupidity is the first film to deal directly with massive topic of human stupidity. Documentary Channel interview with Albert Nerenberg ... www.microfilmsinc.com/catalogue/stupidity.html
The McGill Daily: Dumb and Dubya Director Albert Nerenberg explores stupidity in Stupidity ... Director Albert Nerenberg ’s thesis is this:

Americans are stupid and getting stupider. www.mcgilldaily.com/view.php?aid=1588
Vox magazine -- Albert Nerenberg’s nonfiction film <em>Stupidity ...Albert Nerenberg ’s nonfiction film Stupidity demonstrates that

at a time when Johnny Knoxville is a star + George W. Bush gets elected president, the dunce ... www.voxmagazine.com/images/fullimage.php?ID=7517
01.Jan.2006 http://www.thedossier.ukonline.co.uk/ This website is the result of research which began

11.Sep.2001 -shortly after- at which time it soon became apparent that the 'War on Terrorism' is merely a smoke screen that masks a hidden agenda.

That agenda being the plan to shake up the Middle East & Central Asia in favour of vital western interests, being primarily oil & gas supplies, which are known to be in decline due to increased global demand.

By declaring a 'War on Terrorism' the Bush administration was in fact going to invade other countries under the pretence of 'fighting the war on terror'.

To kick start this plan would require one catastrophic event to galvanize the people into supporting a war.

The evidence, accessible from this website, shows that

the US were indeed aware of the impending attacks, but

more importantly

were instrumental in their execution.

That evidence is presented in the form of mainstream news articles, documentary films + university lectures,

by a diverse range of people that includes


government officials,

investigative journalists,

law enforcement officers,



radio talk show hosts,

satirists +

intelligence agents.

Browse the site to see for yourself + make up your own mind.

Below is a brief summary of some of the key points :

Project for the New American Century [website]

00.000.1997 a group of neo-conservatives founded the 'Project for the New American Century' (PNAC) -

A PNAC document entitled 'Rebuilding America's Defenses' [adobe document] shows that the Bush cabinet intended to take control of the Gulf region

regardless of whether Saddam Hussein was in power or not.

00.000.2000 PNAC predicted that the shift in US foreign policy towards that aim would come about slowly,

unless there were "some catastrophic + catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor" .

11.Sep.2001 -*That event happened on- Ten people in the Bush administration are currently members of PNAC.

00.000.200- -currently- Ten people in the Bush administration members of PNAC include

Dick Cheney,

Donald Rumsfeld,

Paul Wolfowitz,

Richard Armitage,

John Bolton,

Zalmay Khalilzad +

Richard Perle - member of the advisory Defense Science Board.

- Global oil production is on the brink of terminal decline -

00.000.1960 -since the s_ The rate of oil discovery has been falling.

The vast majority of the world's  remaining reserves are located in the Middle East + Central Asia - Over 60% of oil consumed by the US is imported -

00.000.2015 -By- the UK too, will be importing over 50% of its oil requirements -

00.000.2010 -by-According to independant Geologist Dr Colin Campbell, the global decline will start.

" the global decline starts with a price shock due to control of the market by a few countries +

the global decline is followed by the onset of physical shortage, which just gets worse + worse + worse " - [BBC] watch this BBC documentary

Afghan Pipelines

- Afghanistan is located in a prime position for the transportation of the vast amounts of oil & gas from the Caspian Basin –

A UNOCAL-led consortium competing with Argentinian firm Bridas,

proposed to build pipelines through Afghanistan years ago [BBC] -

00.000.1997 Taliban officials visited UNOCAL HQ’s in Texas to discuss the agreement [BBC]

Negotiations between UNOCAL + the Taliban were conducted by Enron through Saudi intelligence [John Loftus] -

Confronted with the Taliban's refusal to accept US conditions, the US told them: " either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs " [Asia Times] -

FBI Counter-Terrorism Chief John O’Neill resigned from the FBI in disgust,

stating that he was ordered not to investigate Saudi-al-Qaeda connections because of the Enron pipeline deal

(O’Neill was amongst the 3000 people that died at the World Trade Centre) [John Loftus] -

The US installed Afghan leader Sir Hamid Karzai [Times] , a former UNOCAL consultant [Asia Times]A pipeline agreement has now been signed [BBC] -

This pipeline may have saved Enron from collapse by providing cheap gas to one of its 'loss making' power stations in India [CorpWatch] -

11.Sep.2001 -before-The US invasion of Afghanistan was planned [BBC]

Taliban leaders & al-Qaeda fighters were flown to safety with secret US approval during the USA afghan war [NewYorker] -

Opium production has increased by 1400% [BBC] -

Terror Hijackings

11.Sep.2001 - On the morning of- CIA official John Fulton + his team at the National Reconnaissance Office

were running a pre-planned simulation

to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building [Associated Press] -

11.Sep.2001 ----- am -On the morning of- When it was known that airliners were being hijacked- fighter-jets launched

late from distant bases, flew to defend their nation at a fraction of their top speed -

The FAA has standard intercept procedures for such occasions.

This automatic response was activated 67 times in the previous year [NORAD/Associated Press] -

Osama bin Laden has connections to the CIA,

00.Jul.2001 -whilst in hospital for kidney treatment- Osama bin Laden was met by the local CIA officer in Dubai [Guardian] - Le Figaro claim that-.

10.Sep.2001 -on the day before 11.Sep.2001 Osama bin Laden also underwent secret kidney dialysis at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, [CBS] [Reuters] - CBS News claim that-

00.000.2001-11.Sep.2001 -During the months before the attack- Pakistani ISI Chief Gen. Ahmad (intelligence service)

orders an aide to wire transfer $100,000 to Mohammed Atta [Asia Times] [Times of India] .

11.Sep.2001 - On the morning of- Pakistani ISI Chief Gen. Ahmad (intelligence service) was at a meeting on Capitol Hill hosted by

the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees [Washington Post] -

At least 6 of the supposed hijackers have been found alive [LA Times] [BBC] [Telegraph] -

It has been claimed that some of the hijackers were trained at secure US military bases [Newsweek] -

The CIA have overturned refusal of visa applications in Saudi Arabia, to people with terrorist connections [BBC] -

FBI agents were forced to close down investigations into the bin Ladens + terror networks by the US government [ABC] [Guardian] -


- Detailed warnings were given to the US in advance of the attacks by at least 11 countries.

Mossad even provided names of four of the hijackers [BBC] [Telegraph] -

Straight after the attacks, United Airlines’ stock prices plummeted.

At the time it was reported that suspicious 'put options' had been purchased.

Basically, if you buy put option shares you are taking a gamble that those shares are going to drop in price, because you can then sell them at the original high price but purchase them at the new low price.

The amount of these put options bought was way above the norm.

Investigations into who was responsible for these deals lead to Deutsche Bank/Alex Brown Inc.

-up until a few years ago- Deutsche Bank/Alex Brown Inc. s chairman was former CIA executive director, Buzzy Krongard [Independent] -

-two weeks before the attacks- An Israeli shipping company with offices based at the World Trade Centre, broke its lease [VEDP] -

00.000.1960Operation Northwoods Document - click here to view - adobe reader required:

00.000.1960 -In the early s-

USA s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people +

commit acts of terrorism in US cities to create public support for a war against Cuba -


- Under former CIA 'hitman' Saddam Hussein, Iraq was the first OPEC member to start trading oil for euros instead of dollars, thus threatening the strength of the US dollar [Observer] -

By changing Iraq’s regime +

removing Iraq from OPEC, this will loosen the stranglehold that OPEC has on world oil prices -

Weapons of mass destruction were sold to Hussein by Western companies right up until the late eighties [Times] [Sunday Herald]

A US Army War College report states that Iranian gas killed the Kurds 00.000.1988 [Times of India] -

00.000.1919 As president of the air council Winston Churchill wrote:

" I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas.

I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes ."

A few years later mustard gas was used against the Kurds [Guardian] -

The US has tested chemical + biological weapons on American + British soil [Times] -

Iraq has vast + easily accessible oil reserves [BBC] -

Saudi Arabia, which has the world's largest oil reserves, is currently under threat from Islamic revolt –
01.Jan.2006 Mysterious liquid found in excavated bronzeware in NW China 

Archeologists unearthed some yellow liquid inside a bronze vessel, which is in the shape of a garlic bulb at Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

"We prefer to just speak of central places where people gathered.

We don't know what they did there.

Maybe they were temples.

Or markets," he said.

The scientific community had not yet accepted that Goseck was an observatory.
01.Jan.2006 Goseck, which is only 25 kilometres from the German town of Nebra, where an extraordinary bronze-and-gold map of the heavens dating from 3,600 years ago was discovered 00.000.1999.
01.Jan.2006 The Goseck Circle is claimed to have been a sort of calendar that told the people farming the fertile plain when it was time to begin counting the days till spring planting.

But it may also have served as a marketplace and a place of refuge in times of war.

Francois Bertemes, who heads the prehistoric archaeology institute at nearby Halle-Wittenberg University, claimed

the site marks the start of world astronomy and surmises that it was a place of fertility rituals that would have included weddings.

Excavation of the 6,000-square-metre site found two "sacrificial" pits containing fragments of human bone.

There was evidence of a very hot fire in both, but the ash had been removed, which Bertemes sees as a sign that humans were sacrificed.

The dig also turned up hundreds of pottery fragments and cattle bones.

Bertemes' views remain controversial.
01.Jan.2006 Each comprises four concentric rings of earth and wood, indicating a common culture using a standard design.
01.Jan.2006 The Goseck Circle was apparently erected by Europe's first civilization, long before the cultures of Mesopotamia or the pyramids of
Egypt +

is one of the best studied of 150 monumental sites arrayed through Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia.

Benedict said individuals and entire populations, international organizations like the United Nations as well as world powers must assume their responsibilities to promote values of justice, solidarity + peace in the world.
01.Jan.2006 "It becomes ever more important to work together for peace when confronting the situations of injustice + violence that continue to oppress various parts of the world,

those that are the new + most insidious threats to peace: terrorism, nihilism and fanatic fundamentalism," he said.
01.Jan.2006 VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI warned Sunday that terrorism, nihilism and "fanatic fundamentalism" threatened world peace and called for individuals, governments and institutions to work together to combat them.

Benedict made the appeal during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark New Year's Day, which the Catholic Church celebrates annually as its World Day of Peace.

In his homily, the pope said a "shock" of courage and faith in God was necessary to spread peace + that everyone must work together to combat the threats to it.

Since Gerster visited Iraq 00.000.1973, many of the sites he documented have been damaged by war and looting. As politics, development + time take their toll on the world’s precious ruins, the irreplaceable images by Gerster and others become even more important portraits of the past.
01.Jan.2006 That pressure makes Gerster’s work from the 1960s and ’70s all the more valuable.

A lot of the areas he covered are denied to us today because of the suspicion of archaeologists,” says Harvard University landscape archaeologist Jason Ur.

I just can’t get good low-level aerial photography of Syria.”
01.Jan.2006 Yet, despite the growing academic acceptance (and even appetite) for aerial archaeology, there are places where it has become a virtual impossibility.

In unstable areas of the Middle East - a region rich in photogenic ruins - aerial photographers are viewed with hostility.

All the secrecy is ridiculous, but still when you come + want to take aerial photographs, you’re regarded as a spy,” Gerster tells Smithsonian magazine.
01.Jan.2006 Today, “landscape archaeology” is one of the field’s hottest disciplines, combining satellite imagery (including declassified spy photos from the 1960s) with Global Positioning System data to tease out a landscape’s hidden details, such as long-buried roads and canal systems.
00.000.1929 Even aviator Charles Lindbergh found the idea captivating, making low flights over the jungles of Central America to search for hidden Maya ruins while his wife, Anne, took photographs.

The Lindbergh pictures, historian Charlotte Trümpler writes in the introduction to “The Past From Above,” were “unsystematic + lacking in any true understanding of the local geography.”
01.Jan.2006 German pilots documented Egypt’s pyramids duringWWI.. Between the wars, British military fliers made important advances in aerial photography.
01.Jan.2006 Of course, the urge to get above it all has obsessed photographers since the invention of the camera. The first known aerial photograph was taken from a balloon in 1858.
01.Jan.2006 In Gerster’s recent book, “The Past From Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites” (J. Paul Getty Museum), places we’ve seen a thousand times in pictures from ground level take on a whole new meaning. His photographs dramatize the scale of ancient structures and show them, as if for the first time, in relation to their surroundings.
01.Jan.2006 Archaeologists call it the Persian carpet effect.

Imagine you’re a mouse running across an elaborately decorated rug.

The ground would merely be a blur of shapes and colors. You could spend your life going back and forth, studying an inch at a time + never see the patterns.

Like a mouse on a carpet 01.Jan.2006 Aerial photographers map archaeological sites 

In Gerster's recent book, "The Past From Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites" (J. Paul Getty Museum), places we've seen a thousand times in pictures from ground level take on a whole new meaning. His photographs dramatize the scale of ancient structures and show them, as if for the first time, in relation to their surroundings.
01.Jan.2006 Germany reopens its 6,800-year-old mystery circle 
Germany has constructed a replica of a mysterious wooden circle that is believed to be a temple of the sun built by a lost culture 6,800 years ago.
01.Jan.2006 Mysterious Condition Plagues Gulf War Vets 

Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War have nearly twice the prevalence of a chronic multi-symptom illness than soldiers who served elsewhere at the same time, a new study shows.
Berichten zufolge hatte Bush den Lauschangriff nach den Anschlägen vom 11.Sep.2001 angeordnet.

Das US-Justizministerium will nun herausfinden, wer die Informationen über das Abhörprogramm an die Presse lanciert hat.01.Jan.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-393052,00.html
US-Präsident George W. Bush hatte kürzlich eingestanden, der NSA ohne vorherige richterliche Erlaubnis das Abhören von Auslandsgesprächen und das Lesen von E-Mails von US-Bürgern mit mutmaßlichen Verbindungen zu Extremisten gestattet zu haben. Er bezeichnete das heftig kritisierte Vorgehen als wesentliches Mittel zur Vorbeugung weiterer Anschläge.
Washington - Laut "Washington Post" gab der vornehmlich für das Ausland zuständige Geheimdienst NSA seine Abhördaten auch an

die Bundespolizei FBI,

den Geheimdienst CIA,

das Heimatschutzministerium sowie an

den Militär-Geheimdienst DIA weiter.

Bei den Informationen habe es sich um solche gehandelt, die aus Telefongesprächen + E-Mail-Kontakten gefiltert worden seien, berichtete das Blatt unter Berufung auf derzeitige + frühere Behörden- + Regierungsvertreter.

Im Grunde sei es darum gegangen, einzelne Datenbanken miteinander abzugleichen.

Der Zeitung zufolge wollten sich FBI, CIA sowie der nationale Geheimdienstchef John Negroponte zu der Sache nicht äußern.
Mehrere Minister erklärten, wenn Gandhi durch den Hungertod zum Märtyrer würde, werde das einen Massenaufstand der Inder zur Folge haben.

Schließlich einigte sich das Kabinett in London darauf, Gandhi freizulassen, falls der Tod durch den Hungerstreik unausweichlich scheine, dies in der Öffentlichkeit jedoch als Erfolg der britischen Politik darzustellen. Gandhi wurde 1944 endgültig entlassen.
00.Jan.1943 -bei einer Sitzung des britischen Kabinetts- Gandhi solle in Haft bleiben + "tun, was er will", sagte Churchill nach den Archivaufzeichnungen.

Churchill sagte, mit Gandhi solle nicht anders verfahren werden als mit jedem anderen Häftling.

Dagegen vertrat der damalige britische Botschafter in den USA, Edward Halifax, der zuvor Außenminister + Vize-König von Indien gewesen war, die Ansicht,

nichts wäre schlimmer als der Tod des Unabhängigkeitskämpfers durch einen Hungerstreik.
Die Dokumente werfen auch neues Licht auf die Einstellung Churchills zum indischen Freiheitskämpfer Mahatma Gandhi.

Dieser war nach seiner Inhaftierung im 00.Aug.1942 in den Hungerstreik getreten.

Die britische Regierung beschloss schließlich, ihm aus humanitären Gründen die Freiheit zu schenken.

Churchill soll jedoch argumentiert haben, er persönlich würde Gandhi sterben lassen, sollte er weiterhin die Nahrung verweigern.
Noch 1945 vertrat Churchill die Ansicht, es gebe "keine Aussichten auf vertrauensvolle Beziehungen zu Frankreich", solange "wir de Gaulle nicht los sind".

Der französische Präsident legte später sein Veto gegen die Aufnahme Großbritanniens in die Europäische Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft ein.
Dagegen schätzte er General de Gaulle, der nach der Eroberung Frankreichs durch die deutsche Wehrmacht in Großbritannien Zuflucht gesucht hatte, als eigenwillig ein.

Churchill empfahl, de Gaulle notfalls mit Gewalt daran zu hindern, an Bord eines französischen Kriegsschiffes auszulaufen.

Der britische Premier wollte verhindern, dass de Gaulle die Beziehungen zu den USA belastete.
00.Aug.1942 -Nach einem Treffen mit Stalin in Moskau- sprach Churchill im britischen Kabinett von einem "großen Mann", der mit "großer Weitsicht" seine Entscheidungen treffe.

Nach dem Krieg freilich änderte Churchill seine Meinung bekanntlich. "Wir haben das falsche Schwein geschlachtet", lautet eines der bekanntesten Churchill-Zitate in Bezug auf Hitler + Stalin.
Auch über Churchills Einschätzung seiner Mit-Alliierten finden sich in den Dokumenten neue Einzelheiten:

Der Premier hat in Kriegszeiten den Sowjetherrscher Josef Stalin als "scharfsichtig" eingeschätzt,

während ihm der französische General und spätere Staatschef Charles de Gaulle zu selbstbewusst vorkam.
Aus den Dokumenten geht auch hervor, dass der Staatssekretär für Kriegsangelegenheiten, Peter Grigg, bei besagter Kabinettssitzung erklärt haben soll, dass

die Verbrechen in Konzentrationslagern wie in Buchenwald streng genommen keine Kriegsverbrechen seien.

Daraufhin soll Churchill Grigg zurecht gewiesen haben, er solle keinen Streit vom Zaun brechen.

Allein im Namen einiger Insassen von Buchenwald verdiene Himmler es bereits, standrechtlich erschossen zu werden.
Aufzeichnungen seines Kabinettssekretärs Norman Brook vom Dezember 1942.

Demnach schlug der Premierminister der Kriegsjahre bei einer Kabinettssitzung ferner vor, dass Großbritannien ruhig mit ranghohen deutschen Nationalsozialisten verhandeln könne,

wenn diese das wollten - wie seinerzeit etwa der Reichsführer der SS, Heinrich Himmler. Ziel solcher Verhandlungen könne es allerdings nur sein, diese Nazis später "fertig zu machen".
Dieser Mann ist der Ursprung allen Übels", sagte Churchill einmal über Hitler laut Aufzeichnungen seines Kabinettssekretärs Norman Brook vom Dezember 1942.
London - Wäre Adolf Hitler während des Zweiten Weltkriegs in die Hände der Briten gefallen, hätte er nach dem Willen des damaligen Premierministers Churchill standrechtlich hingerichtet werden sollen.

Churchill war nach Berichten britischer Historiker fest entschlossen, Hitler auf einem elektrischen Stuhl aus den USA hinrichten zu lassen.

Zudem sollten nach Überzeugung des britischen Premierministers hohe Nazis ohne Gerichtsverfahren erschossen werden.
Ein langes Gerichtsverfahren wäre nur eine Farce, war sich Churchill mit seinem Innenminister Herbert Morrison einig.

Dies geht aus den Regierungsdokumenten hervor, die heute erstmals für die Öffentlichkeit freigegeben wurden.
Russland will den Preis für je 1000 Kubikmeter Erdgas von derzeit 50 Dollar (42 Euro) auf 220 bis 230 Dollar (186 bis 194 Euro) anheben.

Das entspricht in etwa dem Weltmarktniveau. Die Ukraine befürchtet davon Nachteile für ihre energiehungrige Schwerindustrie und hat darum gebeten, die Erhöhung über fünf Jahre zu strecken.

Juschtschenko erklärte am Freitag, sein Land könne höchsten 80 Dollar (68 Euro) für 1000 Kubikmeter Erdgas zahlen.
Nach Einschätzung eines Energieexperten in Kiew hat das Ende der Lieferungen in den nächsten Wochen keine direkten Auswirkungen auf den ukrainischen Markt.

Für den Monat Januar sei die Versorgung aus eigenen Quellen und Reserven sowie mit Exporten aus der zentralasiatischen Republik Turkmenien gewährleistet, zitierte die Agentur Interfax heute einen ranghohen Mitarbeiter der staatlichen Energieversorgung. Die Abschaltung durch den Gasprom-Konzern werde in der Ukraine keinen Schaden anrichten, betonte er.
Über die Gasleitung durch die Ukraine werden auch Deutschland und viele andere europäische Staaten mit Gas beliefert.

Theoretisch könnte die Ukraine dieses Gas nun abzweigen, Kiew hat dies aber bereits ausgeschlossen.

Und Russlands Energiekonzern versicherte: "Gasprom garantiert seinen europäischen Kunden, dass sie im kommenden Jahr nicht frieren müssen."
Moskau - Der staatlich-kontrollierte russische Gasversorger Gasprom hat der Ukraine heute komplett den Gashahn abgedreht.

Die Lieferungen für die Ukraine - 120 Millionen Kubikmeter pro Tag - seien damit eingestellt, teilte ein Sprecher des Konzerns mit.

Weiterhin würden allerdings andere europäische Staaten über ukrainisches Territorium versorgt.

Der ukrainische Gasversorger Naftogas erklärte hingegen, der Lieferstopp für das eigene Land könne auch Auswirkungen auf Westeuropa haben.
In den Weinbauregionen bei Napa und Sonoma lösten die anhaltenden Regenfälle lösten Erdrutsche aus.

Die Behörden rechnen mit einer Verschlechterung der Lage, weil vom Pazifik erneut ein Unwetter heranzieht.
Durch die Regenfälle stieg der Wasserpegel in mehreren Flüssen bis zu zwei Meter über die normalen Höchstwerte.

Mehrere Wohngebiete seien bedroht, sagte der Sprecher der Notfalldienste des Gouverneurs von Kalifornien, Dale Chessey.
In Kalifornien sind 4000 Menschen wegen schwerer Überschwemmungen aus ihren Häusern evakuiert worden. Besonders betroffen ist San Francisco.
Die Abteilung Internationale Koordinierung war am 1. Januar 2005 eingerichtet worden und verfügt bereits über mehr als 200 Mitarbeiter.

Um besser mit dem Auswärtigen Amt und dem Bundesinnenministerium zu kooperieren, arbeiten die Spezialisten in Berlin.
Die Abteilung Internationale Koordinierung soll im April mit dann 265 Mitarbeitern komplett sein.

Dazu zählen auch zurzeit 62 Verbindungsbeamte in 48 Ländern der Welt. "Wir versuchen, Kriminalität dort zu bekämpfen, wo sie entsteht", betonte Ziercke.

Als Beispiel nannte er die Drogenkriminalität: So stammten 80 % des Heroins in Deutschland aus Afghanistan.

Deshalb sei die Ausstattung und Ausbildung der örtlichen Behörden wichtig. Es handele sich dabei aber nicht um Waffen, sondern vor allem um kriminaltechnisches Wissen.
Ziercke kündigte an, dass sich seine Behörde künftig verstärkt der Früherkennung von Kriminalität widmen wird.

Dafür würden gerade wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter gewonnen, die in der neuen Abteilung Internationale Koordinierung arbeiten sollen.

"Wir wollen Entwicklungen in der Gesellschaft mit einbeziehen", sagte Ziercke.

Für die Analysen arbeite das BKA auch mit Forschungsinstituten, der Bundeswehr und der Wirtschaft zusammen.

"Das Ziel ist, frühzeitiger als bisher auf Kriminalitäts- und Bedrohungsentwicklungen zu reagieren."

Die Analysen sollen dazu beitragen, gegebenenfalls die Schwerpunkte im BKA zu verschieben.
Er warf den Europäern vor, die Juden aus Europa vertrieben zu haben, um einen "zionistischen und anti- islamischen europäischen Außenposten" im Nahen Osten zu schaffen.

Irans Präsident vergleicht Israelis mit Nazis
Der iranische Präsident Mahmud Ahmadinedschad hat zum Auftakt des neuen Jahres seine verbalen Angriffe gegen Israel erneuert.

Die Militäreinsätze in den Palästinensergebieten seien mit den Kriegsverbrechen der Nazis zu vergleichen.

Teheran "Zionismus ist in der Tat Neofaschismus", sagte der Präsident in einem Interview der Nachrichtenagentur Isna.
Von einem "Crescendo der Beweise" für den menschengemachten Klimawandel auf der Erde sprechen die Redakteure des Wissenschaftsmagazins "Science".

Obwohl die Erkenntnisse des Jahres 2005 eher Bekanntes bestätigten oder Details der Auswirkungen abbildeten,

zählen sie die gesammelten Daten zum Klimawandel deshalb zu den wichigsten Forschungsergebnissen des Jahres.
Die Klimaforscher und Meteorologen nutzen auch die Katastrophen, um
ihre Modelle weiter zu verfeinern + zu verbessern - so lassen sich beispielsweise zumindest kurzfristige Ereignisse wie Hurrikane besser vorhersagen +

die entsprechenden Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Menschen einleiten.
Beunruhigendes gab es auch immer wieder von den Eisflächen dieser Welt zu berichten: In der Arktis zum Beispiel ist das Eis dünner als je zuvor, allerorten
schmelzen Gletscher schneller als je zuvor.
Das Süßwasser, das durch mehr Niederschläge und auch durch das schmelzende Eis ins Nordmeer gelangt,
schwächt bereits den Golfstrom ab, wie eine Studie erst kürzlich nachwies:

Die Warmwasserheizung Europas droht auszufallen - aufgrund des Wandels, den der Mensch selbst herbeigeführt hat.
Die meisten Regierungen, wenigstens der westlichen Industrienationen, haben das Problem erkannt und bekräftigten
beim Klimagipfel in Toronto erneut, noch weiter gesteckte Klimaschutzziele erreichen zu wollen.

Die US-Regierung aber bleibt weiterhin unbeeindruckt und weigert sich, den internationalen Abkommen beizutreten.

Ja sie sorgte sogar dafür, dass Forschungsberichte abgeändert wurden, um die Deutlichkeit der Beziehung zwischen menschlichem Wirtschaften und Klimaveränderung zu verschleiern.

Immerhin: Eine Reihe von US-Gouverneuren, darunter auch Arnold Schwarzenegger, wollen sich von der Bundesregierung nicht weiter gängeln lassen und verfügen eigene Klimaschutzziele für ihre Staaten.
Der Entscheidung waren jahrelange Streitereien um den Standort der Forschungseinrichtung vorangegangen. Am Ende
bekam Frankreich den Zuschlag, vor dem japanischen Ort Rokkasho.

Die USA zogen sich zwischendurch, im Jahr 1999, auch schon einmal von dem internationalen Projekt zurück, sind aber seit 2003 wieder dabei.
Bedrohung: Bundeskriminalamt warnt vor Internet-Kriminalität
Neue Attacke: Irans Präsident vergleicht Israelis mit Nazis
Energie-Konflikt: Ukraine warnt vor Lieferengpass für Westeuropa
Silvesterkonzert: Es geht auch ohne Dirigent
Kalifornien: Tausende wegen Überschwemmungen evakuiert
Churchills Geheimnisse: Ein elektrischer Stuhl für Hitler

01.Jan.2006 Lauschangriff in USA: NSA gab abgehörte Daten weiter
Spitzenforschung: Klimawandel und eine mögliche Lösung
01.Jan.2006 Bush and Blair Plot Their Exit Strategy, as the Nation Falls Apart at the Seams: This was the year in which the US admitted it was not going to defeat the insurgency.

It was the ebb tide of American and British power in Iraq

01.Jan.2006 Australia: Voters abandon PM over Iraq war: VOTER support for John Howard's decision to go to war in Iraq is in freefall, with even Coalition supporters who backed the 2003 invasion now questioning the value of the protracted conflict.

01.Jan.2006 Terrorists in High Places: Wars are not waged by those who have to fight them. Those who fight wars know too well their terrible costs.

Wars are waged by those who profit from them with minimal or no risk to themselves.

War is big business and it is immensely profitable for a select few who are insulated from the effects of war’s environmental impacts and social costs.

01.Jan.2006 Some soldiers trying to get out of Army : Increasing numbers of men and women in uniform are seeking honorable discharges as conscientious objectors.

Others are suing the military, claiming their obligation has been wrongfully extended. Many have simply deserted, refusing to appear for duty.

01.Jan.2006 Sign Tallying Military Deaths Upsets Army : Scott Cameron never imagined his modest memorial to American troops in Iraq

would transform a quiet street here into the latest front of the nation's tense debate about the war in Iraq.

01.Jan.2006 Report: U.S. preparing NATO for possible strike on Iran :

German media sources have recently reported that the Bush Administration is preparing its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies for a potential attack on nuclear sites in Iran.
A Call For Help And Justice massacre of Tel Afar .
We lay before the international public opinion and international human rights organisations the truth of what is happening in Tel Afar of the extreme use of force and the use of internationally forbidden weapons of poison gases, cluster, microwave and napalm bombs, we demand autopsies be carried out on the corpses of our sons who fell in the barbaric aggression by international medical bodies to verify the inhuman practices carried out by the American forces of occupation and to expose the stooge militias that participated in the massacre of Tel Afar.

Lesers Neujahrsansprachen: "So Tatütata wie nie zuvor!"

01.Jan.2006 Terror-Abwehr: Schäuble beharrt auf Nutzung von Folter-Geständnissen
Energie-Konflikt: Russland verringert Druck in Gas-Pipeline
Gasstreit schwelt weiter: Gasprom will Ukraine um 8.00 Uhr den Hahn zudrehen

01.Jan.2006 Russland siegt im Gasstreit: Ukraine beugt sich Putins Ultimatum
Eiskalter Gaspoker: Ukraine reagiert zurückhaltend auf Putins Ultimatum
SPIEGEL-Umfrage: Das erwarten die Deutschen von 2006
Todesstrafe in Saudi-Arabien: 82 Menschen in diesem Jahr geköpft

31.Dec.2005 Öffentliche Demütigung: Gas-Stopp für Ukraine soll im TV gezeigt werden
Silvester in Sydney: Jahr 2006 hat begonnen
Diskussion um Bundeswehr-Einsatz: Beckstein warnt vor WM-Abbruch
https://www.google.de/search?num=100&hl=de&newwindow=1&q=laola+welle&btnG=Suche&meta= Web   Ergebnisse 1 - 100 von ungefähr 37.600 für laola welle . ( 0,08 Sekunden) 
  Disease and the Emergence of State Power

Leprosy is the quintessential pre-modern disease.  

Its mythical hold on the Western imagination is strong. [1]  

It has a prominent place in various Biblical narratives.

Moses is said to have separated the lepers from the unafflicted.  

The Book of Leviticus provides for their exclusion. ("He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp" (13:46)).

In the New Testament , Jesus's compassion is prominently signified in his willingness to minister to the lepers, that most excluded of all groups.   

The move to criminalize HIV transmission must, of course, be seen in a larger context of the operations of U.S. criminal justice system.  

Largely because of the determined effort to use criminal laws in the futile attempt to stop Americans from using addictive and psychotropic drugs, prison populations have exploded over the last decade.  

There are now almost a half a million people in prison in the U.S. for violation of the drug laws, 80 % of these cases involve possession, 44 % involve possession of marijuana alone (Lewis 2000, A13). [20]  

Most of the imprisoned are black or hispanic, although there is virtually no evidence that minority populations use drugs at higher rates than white or Anglos. [21]

            The "rights revolution" of the 1970s that was supposed to vindicate the liberal dream of equality treatment under law, has been badly undermined by numerous social forces in the last two decades.  

The "strict scrutiny" doctrine (of the equal protection clause of the Constitution), which embodied it, remains hypothetically intact (just as does the "right to privacy").  

But in the case of the social control of disease, especially in terms of HIV, images launched into and by global media markets have overwhelmed the careful consideration of constitutional rights and good public policy.  

In certain respects, this is not new.  

That notion that media images interact with reactionary political forces to discipline the unruly elements of liberal society by generating moral panics and crime controls can be traced back at least to Stuart Hall and his colleague's analysis of "mugging" in pre-Thatcherite Britain (1978; See also Jenkins 1998.)  

But now the global media system is more centralized and pervasive. [22]  

It's images move faster and farther than in the past, just as the nation-state and the constitutional controls once associated with continue to wither. (See Reich 1990, Greider 1997.)  

In any event, it seems now to be that quarantining of the infected has been transformed from a civil matter which was subject to much political debate, into a criminal one which is the subject of very little such debate.   This is, I believe, historically unprecedented.
"Wir eröffnen eine Untersuchung der unerlaubten Weitergabe geheimen Materials, das mit dem Geheimdienst NSA zu tun hat", kündigte ein Sprecher des Justizministeriums nun am Freitag an.
Nach einem US-Gesetz von 1978 ist es illegal, US-Bürger in den USA ohne die Erlaubnis durch ein geheimes Sondergericht abzuhören. Bush hat aber der NSA genau dies erlaubt.

Das Präsidialamt hat versucht, die Einschränkungen der Freiheit der US-Bürger herunterzuspielen. Das Programm sei klein und hochrangige Vertreter des Kongresses seien darüber informiert worden.
Der "New York Times" zufolge hatte das Präsidialamt die Zeitung gebeten, nicht über das Abhör-Programm zu berichten.

Dies könne Ermittlungen gefährden und potenzielle Terroristen darauf aufmerksam machen, dass sie abgehört würden.

Das Blatt gab an, die Veröffentlichung um ein Jahr hinausgezögert und einige Informationen auf Wunsch von Regierungsvertretern nicht verbreitet zu haben.
31.Dec.2005 "Verschwörungstheorien sind auch attraktiv", glaubt Daniel Kulla, "weil interessante Dinge zu erfahren sind". Allzu oft allerdings stammten sie aus "kontaminierten Quellen".

31.Dec.2005 https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzkultur/0,1518,druck-392789,00.html "Die offene Gesellschaft fängt an, die Zugbrücken wieder hochzukurbeln", so Glaser.
https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzkultur/0,1518,druck-392789,00.html Das amerikanische Information Security Oversight Office habe etwa die Klassifikation "top secret" von Behördenakten um über vierzig % auf 15,6 Millionen Dokumente erhöht. Selbst die einmal käuflichen Telefonbücher des Pentagon sind seit 2001 nur noch "für den dienstlichen Gebrauch" bestimmt. 31.Dec.2005 https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzkultur/0,1518,druck-392789,00.html
Wie dicht beisammen Information und Desinformation liegen können, wird immer dann offenbar, wenn Medienberichte sich widersprechen oder revidiert werden. 31.Dec.2005
Phallischer Scherz unter Mädchen 31.Dec.2005
Zwei Jahre ist das her, jetzt hat sich die Studentin doch noch zu einer Klage durchgerungen. Der Vorfall ist skurril, Polizisten verwechselten Drogen schlicht mit Mehl.
https://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/wunderbar/0,1518,druck-392782,00.html Satte 21 Tage dauerte es, bis ein gründlicherer Labortest ergab, dass Lee wirklich nur Mehl in ihre Kondome gefüllt hatte und auch der Staatsanwalt auf "unschuldig" plädierte. Dabei hätte der Fehler eigentlich auffallen müssen: Der Drogentest auf die Schnelle zeigte nicht nur ein Rauschgift, sondern gleich drei verdächtige Substanzen an. 31.Dec.2005 https://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/wunderbar/0,1518,druck-392782,00.html Normalerweise funktionieren die Testgeräte sehr zuverlässig. 31.Dec.2005 https://www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/wunderbar/0,1518,druck-392782,00.html
Für die Verwandtschaft ein Skandal
Drei Wochen lang lebte die Tochter koreanischer Einwanderer mit der Vorstellung, unschuldig 20 Jahre im Knast sitzen zu müssen.

Lees Anwalt Jeremy Ibrahim ist überzeugt, der Drogentest am Flughafen sei entweder fehlerhaft durchgeführt worden oder jemand habe die Ergebnisse manipuliert.

Das habe seiner Mandantin großen Schaden zugefügt. "Sie hat ihr Gesicht verloren", erklärt Ibrahim, denn unter Lees koreanischen Freunden und Verwandten war ihre Verhaftung ein Skandal.
Zwei Jahre habe Janet Lee gebraucht, um die Vorfälle emotional zu verarbeiten. Erst jetzt sei sie in der Lage, sich in einem Prozess damit zu befassen.

Nun klagt Janet Lee auf Schadenersatz für das, was sie erlitten hat, wegen Rufschädigung, finanzieller Verluste und emotionalem Leid.
Es geht vor allem um die Frage, wie der polizeiliche Drogentest zu dem Ergebnis kam, das weiße Pulver in den Kondomen enthalte Drogen.

Die Antwort wird nicht leicht zu finden sein:

Die meisten Unterlagen zu dem Fall sollen vertraulich bleiben, nicht mal Lees Anwälte dürfen die Polizeiakten einsehen. https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzkultur/0,1518,druck-392789,00.html
TOTAL 911 INFO Of the $458 million in federal 9/11 aid spent on debris removal, AMEC got $65.8 million, Bovis $277.2 million, Tully $76 million and Turner $39 million. www.total911.info /
Ob die Tatwaffe vom Militär stammte, war noch unklar. Der Vorfall ereignete sich im New Yorker Wohnviertel Queens.
Ein betrunkener US-Soldat hat in New York in die Luft geschossen und dabei eine junge Mutter getötet.

Die Frau schaute gerade aus ihrem Fenster im 5. Stock, als eine Kugel sie ins Auge traf. Polizisten nahmen den Schützen am nächsten Morgen fest.

27.Jan.2005 How Bush 's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power 
Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades.

Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president 
Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington

25.Sep.2004 "The Guardian" George W. Bush 's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director + shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. 

The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazi sm. 
His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized 00.000.1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz + to a hum of pre-election controversy. 
The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid + comfort to the enemy.  URL: 
Gedenkfeier Auschwitz: Wo einst die Öfen brannten, brennen nun die Gleise

27.Jan.2005 Auschwitz-Gedenktag: Erneuter Anschlag auf "Flick Collection"

31.Jan.2005 FUMAÇAS: OS AMIGOS SÃO PARA AS OCASIÕES ... URL:   151402.html
".. ministro vai condecorar hoje em Nova Iorque o antigo embaixador norte-americano em Portugal Frank Carlucci com a grã-cruz da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique.

Carlucci , actualmente ligado ao grupo Carlyle - um dos concorrentes, através da Luso-Oil, à alienação de mais de 40 % do capital da Galp - exerceu funções diplomáticas em Lisboa 00.000.1975-00.000.1978 . Fonte da Presidência .."
BBC NEWS | Americas | US plans 'robot troops' for Iraq USA military plans to deploy robots armed with machine-guns to wage war against insurgents in Iraq.
".. Gameboy-style controller + virtual-reality goggles.

The Foster-Miller company is owned by the QinetiQ Group, a joint venture between the UK's Ministry of Defence + US-based holding company, Carlyle Group.
VnExpress - My dua 'chien binh robot' den Iraq
Foster-Miller là công ty thu?c s? h?u c?a QinetiQ Group , m?t liên doanh gi?a B? Qu?c phòng Anh và công ty có tr? s? t?i M? Carlyle Group. .. vnexpress.net/Vietnam/The-gioi/2005/01/3B9DAE04/

Daily Kos: Open Thread
The Foster-Miller company is owned by the QinetiQ Group , a joint venture between the UK's Ministry of Defence and US-based holding company, Carlyle Group."... www.dailykos.com/story/2005/1/23/92629/9835

Xiaodong People Carlyle also claims James A. Baker III, George Bush Sr.'s former secretary of state;
... a robotics firm bought in November by QinetiQ Group PLC, ... xiaodongpeople.blogspot.com/2005_01_30_xiaodongpeople_archive.html

deltasleep.EM411.com - [blog] Why I am Not Conservative ... As a footnote: One of the governors of the BBC is also on the board of Qinetiq Group plc, who is part owned by the Carlyle Group ...

31.Dec.2005 US Navy Lays Out 30-Year Fleet Plan [Archive] - US Politics Online ... The Foster-Miller company is owned by the QinetiQ Group , a joint venture between the UK's Ministry of Defence and US-based holding company, Carlyle Group. ; ... www.uspoliticsonline.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-14137.html

31.Dec.2005 il blog di Fable » 2005 » January ... che lo scorso anno è stata acquisita da QinetiQ Group , joint venture tra il Ministero della Difesa britannico e l’azienda americana The Carlyle Group. ...

31.Dec.2005 The Argus Forums - The war on Iraq Forum

"The Foster-Miller company is owned by the QinetiQ Group , a

joint venture between the UK's Ministry of Defence + US-based holding company, Carlyle Group." ...

31.Dec.2005 WWIII. - Axis of Evil - Bush, Blair and Sharon, attempt to ...the Defence Scientific & Technical Laboratory (DSTL) + QinetiQ Group plc.
... As Dr. Moonie (see above) put it: “The Carlyle Group shares our vision ... www.bilderberg.org/wwiii.htm

31.Dec.2005 In every war and conflict of the modern age, a key ingredient in ...- HTML-Version

The Isle of Benbecula is home to the RAF + the QinetiQ group , ... Carlyle owns a number of defence + technology companies in the USA + ... www.banthebomb.org/militaryscotland/FORTRESSSCOTLAND1.doc
GESCHÄFTSBERICHT 2004 – HTML-Version der Carlyle Group mit Fokus auf Westeuropa.

Die Gesellschaft. ist bereits Investor im Vorgängerfonds Carlyle Europe Partners ... QinetiQ Group plc ... www.aigprivateequity.com/downloads/d/Jahresbericht2004.pdf

ANNUAL REPORT 2004 – HTML-Version Carlyle Europe Partners II (EUR 20 million) is the. second buyout fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group focusing. on Western Europe. ... QinetiQ Group plc ...
The Resistance Manifesto - Content
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US plans 'robot troops' for Iraq - HTML-Version
The Foster-Miller company is owned by the QinetiQ Group , a. joint venture between the UK's Ministry of Defence and US-. based holding company, Carlyle Group ...
NanoNovus: pSivida: Down-Under Company has Big Upside Potential The Qinetiq Group , Europe’s largest science + technology company, owns 17 % of pSivida (and the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private ... nanonovusblog.blogspot.com/2005/03/psivida-down-under-company-has-big.html
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: US Army Prepares Armed 'Robo ... 00.Nov. by QinetiQ Group PLC, which is a partnership between the British Ministry of Defence and the Washington holding company The Carlyle Group. ... www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/01/ap/ap_3012505.asp?trk=nl
Blood Evidence United Defense ( Carlyle Group?) Receives Two Bradley Contracts Totaling $68 Million ... a robotics firm bought in November by QinetiQ Group PLC, ...
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down with murder inc She is Chairman of Qinetiq Group plc + of the Information Assurance Advisory ... "The Carlyle Group focuses on companies funded by the government such as ...

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Migalhas: pílulas de informação.... antitruste brasileiros. Destes julgamentos, quatro merecem especial destaque: (i) The Carlyle Group e Qinetiq Group Plc. (aquisição de ...

Welcome to Missouri Research Park Proposed buyer: Qinetiq Group PLC, which is majority owned by the British Ministry of Defense, with Washington-based Carlyle Group as a minority shareholder ... www.umtechparks.com/newspage.php?NewsID=65
QinetiQ Group plc Company Profile - Yahoo! Finance Capsule info for

QinetiQ Group plc. formed 00.000.2001 is a public-private partnership in which investment firm Carlyle has 51% voting control ... biz.yahoo.com/ic/102/102551.html
28.Feb.2003 -On closing, on- QinetiQ Holdings Limited, a new holding company owned by The Carlyle Group UK MoD, acquired QinetiQ Group PLC. ...

Buyouts ... QinetiQ Group PLC, a public-private partnership with the UK's Ministry of Defense, has agreed to acquire ... The Carlyle Group owns a roughly 30% stake in QinetiQ. ...

Carlyle And Qinetiq .. two organisations : DSTL + QinetiQ Group plc. DSTL remains part of UK MOD continues to handle the most sensitive areas of research. Carlyle + QinetiQ. ...

iFlow: 01/01/2005 – 01/31/2005 ... + Foster-Miller, a robotics firm bought 00.Nov. by QinetiQ Group PLC, ... Carlyle Group? Der Name kommt doch bekannt vor... Link via Warren Ellis ... iflow.de/blog/2005_01_01_arche.html
NDM Article - UK Defense Research Arm Picks US Firm as Partner The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has chosen a US firm—the Carlyle Group—as a strategic investment partner for its QinetiQ Group plc, a spin-off of ... www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2003/Jan/UK_Defense.htm
House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 15 Jan 2003 (pt 8) ... as part of the purchase price paid by Carlyle Group for those assets; ... QinetiQ Group plc's Annual Report and Financial Statement 2002 shows a net ... www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200203/cmhansrd/vo030115/text/30115w08.htm
House of Commons - Defence - Minutes of Evidence MoD anticipates completing this transaction with Carlyle early in the New Year. ... (a) ownership by MoD of the shares in QinetiQ Group plc; ... www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200203/cmselect/cmdfence/322/3012112.htm
Your Democracy | democracy is not a spectator sport Of the Tarsier system, Hal Kruth, QinetiQ's Group Managing Director, Security and Dual ... US "family business" Carlyle have ensured a maximised profit by ... www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/?q=node/1984
Alfred Mendes in Spectrezine Technical Laboratory (DSTL) + QinetiQ Group plc. The former remaining part of the ... Ref: previous article entitled ‘The Carlyle Group’ by this author). ...

QinetiQ Board of Directors Graham Love, Graham Love Chief Executive Officer, QinetiQ Group ... Prior to joining Carlyle 00.Aug.1995 Glenn was a management consultant with McKinsey ...

QinetiQ Group plc - Fact Sheet - Hoover's Online
QinetiQ Group plc. Cody Technology Park, Ively Rd. UK government has sold one-third of QinetiQ to powerful investment firm The Carlyle Group. Key Numbers... www.hoovers.com/free/co/factsheet.xhtml?ID=102551&mode=print

Linklaters ... On closing, QinetiQ Holdings Limited, a new holding company owned by The Carlyle Group and the MoD, will acquire QinetiQ Group PLC. ...

Program Notebook Dame Pauline Neville-Jones is Chairman of QinetiQ Group plc, a defence technology company with government customers in the UK and USA and Chairman of the ...

Pejk's Notesblog It is owned by another company called QinetiQ Group , which is owned by the Carlyle group. The Carlyle group is a hot sticky stew of FBI, Washington suits ...

Secret Invasion: US Troops Steal into Paraguay: The Bush administration has sent troops into Paraguay.

They are there ostensibly for humanitarian and counterterrorism purposes. The action coincides with growing left unity in South America, military buildup in the region and burgeoning independent trade relationships.

31.Dec.2005 Huge new oil discovery in Brazil : Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, says it has discovered a huge new offshore oil field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state

31.Dec.2005 War Resister Jerry Texiero, the Marine Corps and Who Betrayed Whom? : Just when was it we in this nation lost our ability to choose if and when we would be willing to kill another human being, or be killed ourselves? When was it that following the “rules” became more important than following what is right

31.Dec.2005 Bush least popular US president: survey: AdvertisementPresident George W Bush ranks as the least popular and most bellicose of the last 10 US presidents, according to a new survey.

31.Dec.2005 Lobbyist plea could entangle Washington: Authorities are putting together the pieces of the lobbying web of Jack Abramoff + the resulting investigation could brew into a wide Washington scandal.
Ex-envoy to Uzbekistan goes public on torture : Britain's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has defied the Foreign Office by publishing on the internet documents providing evidence that the British Government knowingly received information extracted by torture in the "war on terror".

31.Dec.2005 The recipe for freedom: Break heads, beat vigorously and boil

31.Dec.2005 Rumsfeld Admits to "Ghosting" Detainee : Following a catalog of evidence of other crimes sanctioned by top Bush Administration officials, the report reads:

31.Dec.2005 Covert CIA Program Withstands New Furor: The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics

31.Dec.2005 US probes eavesdropping leak: The U.S. Justice Department is investigating who disclosed a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks, officials said on Friday.

31.Dec.2005 I'm a Soldier, Not a Spy : As Americans take stock of the news that the government has been involved in domestic warrantless eavesdropping as well as surveillance of "potentially threatening people or organizations inside the United States," many people are troubled, including me.

31.Dec.2005 John W. Dean: George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally + Impeachably;

31.Dec.2005 Growing powers of secrecy : The White House's sweeping enlargement of agency powers has nearly doubled the rate of newly classified documents to 15 million a year. At the same time, the administration has choked back the annual volume of documents declassified for public access, from 200 million 00.000.1998 to 44 million lately.

31.Dec.2005 US intelligence service bugged website visitors despite ban : US government agencies have been barred from using persistent cookies since 2000 because of privacy concerns. The regulations were imposed after disclosures that the White House drug policy office had been using cookies to monitor visitors to its anti-drug advertisements.

31.Dec.2005 Robert Parry: What's Best for the Country?: Either the United States will accept a future governed by an authoritarian Executive, with few safeguards of a citizen’s constitutional rights and no real checks and balances from other branches of government, or the American people will challenge the White House in defense of a traditional Republic, where no man is above the law.

31.Dec.2005 Now you can be arrested for any offence: Police are to be given sweeping powers to arrest people for every offence, including dropping litter, failure to wear a seat belt and other minor misdemeanours.

31.Dec.2005 Stephen Soldz: Total surveillance state takes giant leap in Britain: Over a hundred years ago Lord Acton understood that the danger to liberty does not reside mainly in bad individuals, but in the power available to those in positions of authority: “Power tends to corrupt + absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This is why it is essential to put absolute limits on the tools available to those in authority.

31.Dec.2005 Hackers Rebel Against Spy Cams: When the Austrian government passed a law this year allowing police to install closed-circuit surveillance cameras in public spaces without a court order, the Austrian civil liberties group Quintessenz vowed to watch the watchers.

31.Dec.2005 UCSC chief alleges spying: ``We are greatly concerned about the Pentagon's investigation of a UCSC campus protest of military recruiting last spring,'' UCSC Chancellor Denice Denton wrote in a campus e-mail. ``MSNBC reports that this protest was classified as a `credible threat' by the Department of Defense.''

31.Dec.2005 Leahy wants to know about Pentagon spying on protests: Sen. Patrick Leahy wants the Defense Department to give him the details about two Vermont anti-war protests that were monitored by government officials.

31.Dec.2005 Anti-Imperialists Beware – Bush Is Reading Again : According to the White House, U.S. President George W. Bush has taken two books with him to Texas for his holiday reading, which he will presumably indulge between his favorite ranch pursuits – clearing brush and biking.

31.Dec.2005 'Israel is trying to push us out of Jordan Valley': The Palestinian Authority and Palestinian farmers are accusing Israel of trying to force Palestinians out of the Jordan Valley through economic pressure and physical barriers. Israel denies the charge, saying that new restrictions derive solely from security considerations

31.Dec.2005 Israel: Democracy of lords and masters : In a colonial society, there are different types of human beings + therefore, different rights and different values, as well.

31.Dec.2005 Israel considers protesting BBC show on `secret weapons' : The program reportedly examines the "double standard" of the international community with regard to Israel's and Iraq's unconventional weapons.
Pentagon propaganda program orders soldiers to promote Iraq war while home on leave: The program, coordinated through a Pentagon operation dubbed “Operation Homefront,” ordered military personnel to give interviews to their hometown newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and praise the American war effort in Iraq.

31.Dec.2005 Torture: Iraqi policeman says it's just how things are done: U.S. military officials announced Thursday the discovery of three more secret prisons, like two others where Sunnis claimed they were tortured.
Leaked torture documents published here
The UK Government are trying to block these documents from publication under the Official Secrets Act
These are some more documents that the UK Government are trying to suppress with the threat of prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. They detail our use of intelligence extracted by torture + legal advice the Foreign Office received on the subject + we need to make people aware of their existence.
Read them here

War without end
Only justice, not bombs, can make our dangerous world a safer place -By Robert Fisk
We have gone on smashing away at the human rights we trumpeted at the Russians - and the Arabs - during the Cold War. We have perhaps fatally weakened all those provisions that were written into our treaties and conventions in the aftermath of the Second World War to make the world a safer place. And we claim we are winning.

Let's Stop a US/Israeli War on Iran -By BILL and KATHLEEN CHRISTISON - Former CIA analysts

The peace movements of the entire world should be in crisis mode right now, working non-stop to prevent the U.S. and Israel from starting a war against Iran. The reckless and unnecessary dangers arising from such a war are so obvious that one wonders why normal political forces in the two aggressor countries -- both of whom love to glorify themselves as democracies -- would not prevent such a war from happening.  Continued
U.S. Force-Feeding Prisoners At Guantanamo U.S. reports surge in Guantanamo hunger strike
The number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners taking part in a hunger strike that began nearly five months ago has surged to 84 since Christmas Day, the U.S. military said on Thursday. Medical personnel were force-feeding 32 of the hunger strikers with plastic tubes inserted into the stomach through through the nose, the military said.

Abhöraffäre: US-Regierung kündigt Untersuchung an
Wintereinbruch: Schneemassen legen halb Europa lahm
Rüstungsdeal: Thyssen und EADS kaufen U-Boot-Ausrüster
Mannesmann-Prozess: Ackerman weist Rücktrittsforderungen zurück
Russisch-ukrainischer Gasstreit: Gasprom dreht am 1. Januar den Hahn zu

In G. W. Bush's administration, new Neocon is but old Reaganite writ large + they fear the same enemy: the American public. When the US populace comes to understand what is being done in their name, they are appalled, so they must be distracted, somehow. For example, an on-going poll by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations showed that seventy per cent of Americans who lived through the Vietnam War agreed that "the war was not a mistake, it was fundamentally wrong and immoral." More than a generation of US propaganda, Republican and Democrat , was employed vigorously to attack this view, held by large majority of Americans, under the name of the "Vietnam syndrome."

Reversing the traditional order, the farce of Grenada was a prelude to the tragedy of Iraq: in each case a defenseless country is attacked in part because, as Neocon Michael Ledeen put it last year, "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." And yet most Americans have already been encouraged to forget (if they ever knew) that George Bush's invasion of Iraq may have killed more than fifty thousand Iraqis, in addition to a thousand American troops. (Clinton of course killed more --- hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of them children, died from a decade of sanctions.)

"Eight years, eight dreary, miserable mind-numbing years, the years of the age of Reagan," wrote the late conservative commentator Murray Rothbard 00.000.1989. He was however wrong in what he saw as a "glimmer of hope" -- "that Reaganism might not survive much beyond Reagan." In fact of course Reaganism lives on, even more fanatically, in the current administration -- not only the same ideas but the same people. Those running the "war on terrorism" now, once announced "war on terrorism" as the theme of the Reagan administration's foreign policy, in contrast to Carter's "human rights" (itself a lie).

Noam Chomsky asks whether we would have forgotten so easily, had 00.000.1980's Czechoslovakia a popular archbishop been murdered in church by Russian agents, more than 70,000 Czechs slaughtered by Soviet-sponsored death-squads + Vaclav Havel and a half-dozen associates in the "Velvet Revolution" had their brains cut out by Russian-trained and directed soldiers?
Ted Rall: The return of Total Information Awareness 12/30
AUDIO: Conyers talks impeachment 12/30

It's always interesting to know who a married "family values" Republican is dating. Presenting our BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Bush's monster that can't catch Bin Laden, a secret program called GST, is the biggest covert action creation since the Cold War -- and the rendition/torture machine just won't stop growing
Sidney Blumenthal: Empty talk of turning points has failed to stop Bush's election triumph being reduced to ashes 12/30

Leaked torture documents published here
The UK Government are trying to block these documents from publication under the Official Secrets Act
These are some more documents that the UK Government are trying to suppress with the threat of prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. They detail our use of intelligence extracted by torture + legal advice the Foreign Office received on the subject + we need to make people aware of their existence.
Read them here

Mit dem satten Zuwachs setzt sich Japans Börse deutlich von anderen Märkten ab. Der Hang-Seng-Index in Hongkong etwa wuchs im vergangenen Jahr nur um 4,54 %. Noch bitterer sieht es in den USA aus. Die Technologiebörse Nasdaq schaffte nur ein Plus von 2,11 %. Schlimmer erwischte es den US-Leitindex Dow Jones für die wichtigsten 30 Aktienwerte. Der Dow kletterte nur um magere 0,02 %. Im Frühjahr hatten miese Unternehmensdaten und der hohe Ölpreis den Index zum ersten Mal in die Tiefe stürzen lassen. Teures Öl lastet auch in der zweiten Jahreshälfte auf dem Markt und blockierte den Aufwärtstrend.
Europäische Börsen im Aufwind

30 Jahre lang lagerten die Notfall-Direktiven aus dem Jahr 1975 in britischen Regierungsarchiven. Erst jetzt, nach Ablauf der Sperrfrist, sind die Dokumente der Öffentlichkeit teilweise zugänglich gemacht worden. Dem Historiker Peter Hennessy zufolge handelte es sich bei den Plänen zu Zeiten des Ost-West-Konflikts um eines der bestgehüteten Geheimnisse des Landes: "Das waren die Kronjuwelen unter den Staatsgeheimnissen", zitiert die BBC den Historiker. Man habe nicht gewollt, dass die andere Seite von den Plänen erfuhr. Wären die Anweisungen in der damals relativ ruhigen Zeit an die Öffentlichkeit geraten, wäre es außerdem unter der Zivilbevölkerung zu Unruhen und Panik gekommen, glaubt Hennessy.
In Krankenhäusern wird Platz geschaffen für die Verletzten, die erwartet werden. Und davon wird es Abertausende geben - daran haben Militär und Geheimdienste keine Zweifel: Zwölf Millionen Tote könnte es Schätzungen zufolge gleich in den ersten Minuten des feindlichen Atomangriffs geben, vier Millionen Menschen wären verwundet oder verstrahlt. Die Briten rechnen mit einem massiven Nuklearschlag gegen ihre Städte - trotzdem soll die Zivilbevölkerung nicht evakuiert werden.

"Dieses Land ist mit Atomwaffen angegriffen worden"
Nach jahrzehntelanger Geheimhaltung hat das britische Nationalarchiv jetzt einige der bestgehüteten Dokumente des Kalten Krieges freigegeben: Die Notfallpläne sollten regeln, wer und was vor einem Atomkrieg gerettet werden musste. Nur an die Zivilbevölkerung dachte dabei niemand.

London - Es war das Alptraumszenario des Kalten Krieges: Der Atomkrieg steht unmittelbar bevor. Wenige Stunden vor der Apokalypse beginnt in Großbritannien die Flucht unter die Erde. Britische Beamte nehmen die Regierungsbunker in Betrieb. In einen davon wird der Premierminister gebracht. In walisischen Minenschächten ist inzwischen Platz für die Kulturschätze des Landes geschaffen worden: Die wichtigsten Kunstwerke aus den Museen von London und Edinburgh befinden sich auf dem Weg in die unterirdischen Schutzräume
CIA-Affäre: USA dementieren Bericht über Geheimgefängnis auf Kreta

30.Dec.2005Zeugnisse des Kalten Krieges: "Dieses Land ist mit Atomwaffen angegriffen worden"
Gaza-Streifen: Palästinenser stürmen Grenzübergang
Top 10 der Forschung: Erdgeschichte muss umgeschrieben werden
Einzelhandel: Über ein Viertel des US-Weihnachtsgeschäfts lief online
Nach dem Schnüffelskandal rund um den US-Geheimdienst NSA sind die Empfindlichkeiten der amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit gewachsen. Peinlich, dass jetzt ausgerechnet NSA und das Weiße Haus bei unerlaubten Datenerhebungen per Webseite erwischt wurden. Beide versichern: Alles nur ein Versehen.
So machte es Schlagzeilen, dass ausgerechnet die National Security Agency NSA, der auf elektronisches Schnüffeln spezialisierte Geheimdienst, auf seiner Webseite die Anti-Cookie-Regel ignorierte (wie schon die CIA im Jahr 2002). Das, so die NSA, sei allerdings nicht absichtlich geschehen: Die Cookie-Funktion sei im Rahmen eines Software-Updates unbemerkt auf den Webservern gelandet. Mit den so generierten Daten habe niemand irgendetwas angestellt. Ob das als Unschulds-Beteuerung oder Inkompetenz-Eingeständnis zu lesen ist, darüber streiten sich die Geister.
Alles nur ein Versehen
Ähnlich klingt das nun von Seiten der Internet-Verantwortlichen des Weißen Hauses. Auch dort sei man sich nicht darüber im klaren gewesen, dass es Funktionen gab, die eine Verfolgung der Surfwege von Besuchern der Webseite erlaubten.
Denn die, so das Weiße Haus, kamen nicht vom Regierungsserver, sondern vom Internet-Dienstleister WebTrends. Der ist auf die Zählung und Analyse von Webnutzer-Bewegungen spezialisiert und vom Weißen Haus beauftragt, die Nutzung der Regierungsseiten numerisch zu überwachen: Wie oft wird welche Seite angesurft?

Peinliche Panne: Weißes Haus soll Webseiten-Besucher getrackt haben
Ägypten: Tausende Polizisten stürmen Flüchtlingslager - zehn Tote
Gesamtmetall-Studie: Arbeitsplatzexport wird sich fortsetzen

30.Dec.2005 Guantanamo: Hungerstreik weitet sich aus
CIA-Affäre: EU droht Mitgliedsstaaten mit Entzug des Stimmrechts
There is an old joke about not eating yellow snow; it might also apply to blue or purple snow. n
John McPhee in the book "The New Journalism," an introduction to immersion journalism — a writer who lives the life of his subject in order to better understand it.
29.Dec.2005 Congress petitioned for return of Geronimo's remains 
American Indians are petitioning Congress to investigate the elite Skull and Bones society at Yale University and return the remains of Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo to Apaches for reburial.
29.Dec.2005 Exorcisms Rise in Mexico, Keeping Father Mendoza Busy 
Father Pedro Mendoza Pantoja, the Roman Catholic Church's highest-ranking exorcist in Mexico City, has never been busier.
Mendoza, 70, takes 15 phone calls a day from people who say they are possessed by the devil and sees about five of them for in-office consultations. They're part of the increasing number of Mexicans demanding exorcisms.
29.Dec.2005 Guide tracks US reps' votes on Israel : In an unprecedented move, a major conservative Christian advocacy group in the United States will include the voting records of American legislators on Israel in its biennial Christian voting guide.

29.Dec.2005 Holocaust survivors 'in poverty' : A Holocaust survivor's support group has said 40% of survivors in Israel are living below the poverty line, Israel Radio has reported.

29.Dec.2005 Foreign Office concern at Thatcher Jewish links : Foreign Office officials were so concerned about Margaret Thatcher's pro-Israeli sympathies when she became Tory leader they wanted her to break off links with local Jewish groups, according to newly-released official papers.

29.Dec.2005 Detectives draw up new brief in hunt for radicals: INVESTIGATIONS into the backgrounds of the 7/7 London bombers have forced counter-terrorist chiefs to tear up their intelligence assessments of potential terrorists.

Pigs at the trough: : Marine jeep contract under fire: The Marine Corps is paying $100,000 apiece for a revamped military jeep that some critics call a rip-off of taxpayers, according to a news report Thursday.

29.Dec.2005 Lawyers: Did NSA Spy On Clients? : Lawyers for an Islamic scholar, a Fort Lauderdale computer programmer and an Ohio trucker want federal judges to determine whether evidence used against their clients was gathered by a secret domestic spying program.

29.Dec.2005 Supreme Court Is Asked to Rule on Terror Trial : In an unusually strong criticism of a lower court that has historically been a staunch ally, the Justice Department said the earlier order blocking Mr. Padilla's transfer to civilian custody represented an "unwarranted attack" on presidential discretion.

29.Dec.2005 Padilla's lawyers urge Supreme Court to decide scope of the president's power: Lawyers Donna Newman and Andrew Patel told the high court in papers filed Tuesday that the justices must step in "to preserve the vital checks and balances" on the president.

29.Dec.2005 Mike Whitney : Strange Twists in the Padilla Case : The case was just days away from going to the Supreme Court when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced that it would abandon its nearly 4 year struggle to establish the president’s “inherent right” to declare an American citizen an enemy combatant, thereby stripping him of all his constitutional rights. Why?

29.Dec.2005 Congressman Conyers Demands Censure for Bush-Cheney Misconduct : I am taking steps against the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq War and its collection of intelligence. I am going to need you to stand with me in fighting for accountability.

29.Dec.2005 17,000 children died in earthquake : Over 84 per cent primary schools, 74 per cent secondary schools, 12 out of 14 degree colleges and two universities were demolished and 85 per cent hospitals have been destroyed in the massive earthquake which rocked several parts of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

29.Dec.2005 U.S. seeks to limit militants' aid to quake victims : : The Bush administration is pressing Pakistan to bar militant Islamic groups that the United States views as terrorists from doing relief work in the country's earthquake-shattered Kashmir region. President Pervez Musharraf has said the groups play an essential humanitarian role and will be monitored, but not shut down.

29.Dec.2005 Scares Relief Ops in Quake-hit Pakistan : Relief workers have warned that cold weather conditions could cause more deaths among millions of survivors of the Oct. 8 Quake, who are living in tents and temporary shelters in northwestern Pakistan and in Azad Kashmir.

29.Dec.2005 Pakistani Army Chief of Staff visits Cuban hospital in Muzafarabad : Some 2,260 Cuban health brigadistas, more than 1,400 of them doctors, are in the area of Kashmir, where they have attended to more than 200,000 patients and saved hundreds of people in imminent danger of dying.

29.Dec.2005 Explosive carrying ship's record 'not above board': Indian authorities Thursday continued their search in the Arabian Sea for 100 tonnes of explosives missing from a merchant vessel that officials said had a track record which was "not entirely above board".

29.Dec.2005 US No Longer Promoting Landmine Abolition : Washington not only stands in opposition to an international treaty that bans the use and production of antipersonnel landmines, but intends to make new ones too.

29.Dec.2005 Pentagon Shakes Up Emergency Hierarchy: A little-noticed holiday week executive order from President Bush moved the Pentagon's intelligence chief to the No. 3 spot in the succession hierarchy behind Rumsfeld. The second spot would be the deputy secretary of defense, but that position currently is vacant. The Army secretary, which long held the No. 3 spot, was dropped to sixth

29.Dec.2005 Molly Ivins: Big Brother Bush: I don't mean to scare you silly -- but there's a reason we have never given our government this kind of power.

29.Dec.2005 Police-State Powers Are Our Biggest Threat : What has happened in this country?

29.Dec.2005 "It's An Excellent Relationship": NYPD on Police - CIA Links:

29.Dec.2005 NSA used banned data-tracking on Web site : The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them.

29.Dec.2005 Are You Being Tracked?: Big business thinks Radio Frequency Identification tags are great. Privacy-rights advocates fear the tiny chips will invite corporations and the government into our personal lives.
Iran: Europeans criticize U.S. sanctions : New U.S. sanctions against nine foreign companies accused of aiding Iran's weapons programs could signal a harder line toward Tehran by the Bush administration and could hinder diplomatic efforts by Europe to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear program

29.Dec.2005 Iran: Russian Proposal Has 'Ambiguities' : Iran said Thursday it needs Moscow to clarify what it called "ambiguities" in a proposal that Iran enrich uranium in Russian territory.

29.Dec.2005 Israel rules out strike on Iran - for now: General Dan Halutz, Israel's chief of staff, has ruled out the prospect of a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear installations in the near future.

29.Dec.2005 In case you missed it: Chris Floyd: Persian Fire : The order, from embattled Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, puts Israel's special forces at the "highest stage of readiness" for the strike. While Iran's plan to begin enriching uranium -- which will give it the capability of building a nuclear bomb -- is the precipitating factor, the budding Iranian space program is a "point of no return" for Sharon
Uranium suspected in Iraq merc's death: The death of a Peruvian security guard who had worked in Iraq may have been caused by exposure to depleted uranium.
America’s Tomorrow -By Manuel Valenzuela
With each day that passes that we remain passive, silent and indifferent, becoming submissive to further corporatist control over our lives, we are helping to cement the unforgiving future of our progeny and of a once great nation.

CIA renditions began under Clinton: agent -By AFP
The US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) controversial "rendition" program was launched under US president Bill Clinton, a former US counter-terrorism agent has told a German newspaper.

Der Hals ist runzlig, die Bewegungen sind langsam, in den Mundwinkeln kleben Essensreste - Harriet ist nicht mehr die Jüngste. In der Tat: Sie wurde dieses Jahr 175 Jahre alt. Harriet ist eine Galapagos-Riesenschildkröte und gilt als das älteste lebende Tier der Welt.
Die Analysen bestätigten einen früheren Verdacht der Wissenschaftler: Kurze Gammablitze werden verursacht, wenn zwei enorm massereiche Neutronensterne oder aber ein Neutronenstern und ein Schwarzen Loch umeinander kreisen und schließlich kollidieren.
"Alle Teile des Puzzles haben nach diesem Ausbruch gepasst", sagte Derek Fox von der Pennsylvania State University, ein Mitglied des HETE-2-Teams. Das Rätsel sei nun weitgehend gelöst.
Gammastrahlen entstehen durch radioaktiven Zerfall, können aber auch aus der Wechselwirkung kosmischer Strahlung mit interstellarer Materie hervorgehen. Sie sind eine hochenergetische Form elektromagnetischer Strahlung, die kurzwelliger ist als Röntgenstrahlung.

Der Fall Mohamed H. zeigt erneut die Grauzonen des Rechts unter dem Zeichen der internationalen Anti-Terror-Bekämpfung. Im Auswärtigen Amt ist die Problematik der Uno-Embargoliste schon seit längerem bekannt. Bereits im November 2003 hatte das Amt dazu mit Hilfe der Schweiz und Schwedens in New York ein Expertenseminar abgehalten. Die Ergebnisse waren anschließend dem Uno-Sicherheitsrat, dessen nichtständiges Mitglied die Bundesrepublik zum damaligen Zeitpunkt war, übermittelt worden - und damit auch dem Uno-Sanktionsausschuss. Auf EU-Ebene sprach die deutsche Seite das Thema wiederholt an.
Im kommenden Jahr sollen erneut Handlungsempfehlungen in Sachen Embargofälle an den Uno-Sicherheitsrat weitergeleitet werden. Es sind Ergebnisse einer Studie, die ein amerikanischer Thinktank zum Thema erarbeitet und die mit Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes gefördert wird. Ein Sprecher des Auswärtigen Amtes versicherte am Mittwoch gegenüber SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Die Bundesregierung ist um die Erhöhung des Rechtsschutzes bemüht". Dazu zähle unter anderem "auch die Präzisierung von Personendaten in der Uno-Liste".
H.'s Berliner Anwalt Christian Zimmer betont, es gebe viele Unklarheiten in der jetzigen Praxis. So sei nicht nachvollziehbar, wie überhaupt die Daten zwischen den Behörden "hin- und hergetauscht würden". Auch sei es, glaubt der Anwalt, rechtmäßig zweifelhaft, "Leistungen zum Lebensunterhalt vollständig zu entziehen, wenn jemand als Terrorverdächtiger auf einer Liste landet". Schließlich würde selbst Strafgefangenen, die rechtsstaatlich verurteilt worden seien, ein Mindestmaß an staatlichen Leistungen zukommen. Im Falle der Uno-Liste gehe es hingegen um Verdächtige. "Wie man auf die Liste kommt, ist völlig unklar + wie man wieder da runter kommt ebenso", beschreibt der Anwalt das Problem im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Im Falle seines Mandanten wurden keine näheren Angaben gemacht. Mohamed H. erhielt lediglich ein kurzes Schreiben des Jobcenters, in dem der entscheidende Satz lautete, dass sich der Verdacht nicht bestätigt habe und er sich sein Geld auszahlen lassen könne.
Fast 500 bundesweite Überprüfungen in sechs Monaten
Mohamed H. ist nicht der einzige Fall, dessen Identität die Aufmerksamkeit der Behörden erregte. In den Berliner Jobcentern wurden in diesem Jahr rund 90 Arbeitslosengeldempfänger wegen Terrorverdachts überprüft. Das Jobcenter Neukölln - ein Bezirk mit hohem Anteil von Kunden nichtdeutscher Herkunft - zählte allein rund 50 Fälle. Bundesweit überprüfte die Bundesarbeitsagentur im zweiten Halbjahr 458 Leistungsempfänger - bei allen kam man zu einem negativen Befund.
Die deutschen Behörden halten sich bei ihrem Vorgehen strikt an EU-Recht. Die Europäische Union hatte den Uno-Beschluss umgesetzt - so festgehalten zum ersten Mal am 27. Dezember 2001 in der Verordnung 2580/2001. Zu den Restriktionen hat Bundesbank eine Homepage eingerichtet, das Geldinstitut ist laut EU-Verordnung für den Embargoverkehr zuständig. Zudem gibt es auf einer EU-Homepage eine umfangreiche Uno-Liste terrorverdächtiger Personen. Das Problem: Wer von der Uno registriert ist, muss noch lange nicht als Terrorist überführt worden sein.
Innensenator schaltete sich ein
Von der komplizierten Rechtslage ahnte Mohamed H. nichts, als er Anfang November zum Jobcenter seines Berliner Bezirks ging, weil der eigentlich fällige Scheck der Postbank nicht bei ihm angekommen war. Dort aber musste er zu seiner Überraschung erfahren, dass ihm kein Arbeitslosengeld II ausgezahlt werden würde. Weil er das nicht glauben wollte, ließ er vorsorglich seinen Fall von einer Sachbearbeiterin des Jobcenters in Neukölln festhalten. Dann hatte er es schwarz auf weiß: "Sie sind ein sogenannter Embargofall. Das heißt, dass sich Ihre Daten in einer Liste, in welcher terroristenverdächtige Personen geführt werden, befinden", heißt es in dem Schreiben.
Nachdem die "taz" vor Weihnachten den Fall publik gemacht hatte, wurde aus dem jungen Mann aus Neukölln sehr schnell ein Politikum. Sogar Berlins Innensenator Erhart Körting schaltete sich ein und mahnte die Weltorganisation zu Änderungen ihrer bisherigen Praxis. "Auf einer der Uno-Listen als Terrorverdächtiger genannt zu werden, hat weitreichende Folgen, die einem Urteilspruch gleichkommen", so der SPD-Politiker. Die Bundesregierung müsse sich daher für eine Änderung des Völkerrechts einsetzen, damit den Betroffenen Rechtsschutz gewährt werde. Wer auf der Liste lande, habe keine Möglichkeit, sich vor der Uno Gehör zu verschaffen, so Körting.
Probleme mit der Embargoliste

Irak: Internationale Beobachter sollen Wahlergebnisse prüfen
Strom- und Gas: Auch 2006 und 2007 drohen deftige Preiserhöhungen

29.Dec.2005 Gysi und Lafontaine: Linke Doppelspitze steht
Ausfuhrboom: Deutschland erneut Exportweltmeister

29.Dec.2005 Gewinnbeteiligung: Köhler-Vorstoß spaltet Arbeitnehmerlager

29.Dec.2005 Raumfahrt: Chinas Mond-Pläne nehmen Gestalt an

29.Dec.2005 Föderalismus: Ost-Länderchefs wehren sich gegen ihre Abschaffung
Verbraucher: Viel Zuversicht trotz weniger Geld
Wissenschaft 2005: Neutronensterne spielen verrückt
Atomstreit: Iran will mit Russland über Kompromiss sprechen

29.Dec.2005 Streit um Gaspreis: Verhandlungen zwischen Russland und Ukraine gescheitert
Internet-Nutzung: Männer surfen zur Venus, Frauen zum...

29.Dec.2005 Videoüberwachung: Wiener Verein hackt Polizeikamera
Italiens Notenbank: Neuer Chef kommt von Goldman-Sachs

29.Dec.2005 Tiefseebohrung: Brasilien entdeckt Riesen-Ölfeld

29.Dec.2005 Falschaussage: Neue Ermittlungen gegen Berlusconi
"Science"-Rangliste: Dem Geheimnis des Grüns auf der Spur
Mangelnde Perspektiven: VW-Werker verschmähen Abfindungsangebot
Uno-Fahndung: Wie ein Arbeitsloser zum Terrorverdächtigen wurde
EU: Steinbrück will Steuerdumping bekämpfen

29.Dec.2005 Sicherheit: Niedersachsens Innenminister weist Kritik an Fußfesseln zurück
Gewinnbeteiligungsmodell: Köhler erntet breite Zustimmung aus der Politik
Möwen: Die Überlebenskunst der "Raben der Meere"
Alarm over Chinese incursion: The Chinese are in Bhutan — its soldiers are building roads and bridges deep inside the country and setting off alarms in both Thimphu and Delhi. Over 200 Chinese soldiers crossed into Bhutan in mid-November and since then, the relations between the two countries have been on the edge.

28.Dec.2005 Freedoms are gone, adviser to Putin says : The most outspoken of President Vladimir Putin's senior advisers abruptly resigned on Tuesday, warning that Russia's nascent political freedoms have been lost and that the Kremlin's economic choices have been poor. He also said that he had no more ability to influence the government's course.

28.Dec.2005 Russia warns of 'fatal' consequences for Ukraine as gas price row escalates : A dispute between Russia and Ukraine about gas prices has escalated, with Kiev threatening to tap Russian gas shipments heading for Europe - and Moscow warning that attempts to raise the rent it pays to base its Black Sea fleet in a Ukrainian port would have "fatal" consequences.

28.Dec.2005 Kremlin reasserts control of oil, gas: To date, the Kremlin has effectively renationalized almost a third of the formerly private oil-and-gas sector. Other developments also point to growing state ambitions:

28.Dec.2005 Venezuela may repay World Bank, IADB debt in 2006: State news agency ABN quoted Rodrigo Cabezas, president of the National Assembly's finance commission, as saying late on Monday an expected balance of payments surplus of $3 billion this year and $4 billion projected for next year should allow the country to pay all its debt to the lenders.

28.Dec.2005 China economy even larger than thought : China said Tuesday that its economy was far bigger than previously estimated and that new figures suggested it had probably passed France, Italy and Britain to become the world's fourth-largest economy.

28.Dec.2005 Selling Out - $1.3 Trillion of American Companies Sold to Foreign Corps: The following staggering amount of our wealth producing companies has been sold to foreign owners in the 10 years from 1995 through 2005. Below is a partial list of the 8,600 U.S. companies sold.

28.Dec.2005 The Fall of the House of Cards: In November the sales of new homes plunged by the largest amount in 12 years. The 11.5% decline from October was 4 points higher than expected by Wall Street analysts, fueling the belief that the red-hot housing market is headed for the dumpster.

28.Dec.2005 Congress petitioned for return of Geronimo's remains : American Indians are petitioning Congress to investigate the elite Skull and Bones society at Yale University and return the remains of Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo to Apaches for reburial.
New Bolivian President Vows to Take Action Against US: President Evo Morales, according to a news story in the Washington Times, leveled allegations at the United States that its advisors secretly removed Chinese-made anti-aircraft missiles from Bolivia.

28.Dec.2005 Bolivian leader to cut own salary : Mr Morales said his cabinet would follow suit and that members of Bolivia's parliament would be expected to cut their allowances.
U.S. takes terror fight to Africa's 'Wild West' : Critics say Saharan plan backs despots, is magnet for trouble
By surrendering our liberties, we hand victory to terrorists: The authorization of domestic spying without warrants amounts to nothing less than a surrender of our civil liberty, the precise thing that guarantees our freedom and makes us so different from those enemies of freedom from whom the Bush administration is so determined to protect us.

28.Dec.2005 In the Name of Homeland Security, Telecom Firms Are Deluged With Subpoenas: Operating under new powers to combat terrorism, law enforcement agencies are making unprecedented demands on the telecommunications industry to provide information on subscribers, company attorneys say.

28.Dec.2005 The I-Word is Gaining Ground : For those interested in some of the most compelling charges against the president, I offer a brief summary:

28.Dec.2005 Chris Floyd: Clowntime is Over: The Last Stand of the American Republic : It has long been evident, that Bush and Cheney do believe their clique should by all rights rule the country -- and that anyone who opposes their unrestrained dominion is automatically "anti-American," an enemy of the state.

28.Dec.2005 28.Dec.2005 James Petras - The Politics of Language, Escalation or "Retaliation": The empirical evidence provides the basis for concluding that Israeli military attacks on Palestinians, by their systematic and continuous nature, are not retaliatory; they are clearly detonators of Palestinian military responses. Israelis are not victims rather victimizers, as it evident from a multiplicity of actions:

28.Dec.2005 Buffer zone angers Palestinians?: The Ruling Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) says it will hold Israel responsible for any consequences of its decision to establish a buffer zone in northern Gaza.

28.Dec.2005 Israeli warplanes strike base in Lebanon: Witnesses said that two air-to-surface missiles had been fired at the facility before Lebanese security forces sealed the area, preventing journalists from approaching.
Ireland: Ahern accused of 'following orders from Washington': Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is “shining the shoes” of US president George Bush by allowing Shannon Airport to be used by American war planes, it was claimed today.

28.Dec.2005 War pimp alert: Mossad: 1 nuclear bomb won’t suffice Iran : Mossad Chief Meir Dagan says during Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, ‘Iranian strategic decision to reach nuclear independence exists; they won't stop when they reach the level which would supply one bomb, but will continue and create more fissionable material’

28.Dec.2005 Nuking Iran With the UN's Blessing : Only the American people can stop it

28.Dec.2005 Iran to study Russian nuclear offer: Iran has said it will "seriously and enthusiastically" study a Russian proposal aimed at reducing international fears about its nuclear programme.
28.Dec.2005 Propaganda :
Pro-War Group Takes to the Airwaves: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas + had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions."
Israel Ex-commandos Training Kurds in North Iraq: Report: Dozens of former Israeli commandos have been training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, supplying them with equipment worth millions of dollars, Yedioth Aharonot newspaper reported

28.Dec.2005 In case you missed it: SEYMOUR M. HERSH: PLAN B: Ehud Barak, the former Israeli Prime Minister, who supported the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq, took it upon himself at this point to privately warn Vice-President Dick Cheney that America had lost in Iraq; according to an American close to Barak, he said that Israel “had learned that there’s no way to win an occupation.” The only issue, Barak told Cheney, “was choosing the size of your humiliation.”

28.Dec.2005 Freed German hostage says Iraq captors not criminals : A former German hostage who spent 24 days in the hands of unknown captors in Iraq said her kidnappers were not criminals and had demanded humanitarian aid for Sunni Arab regions.
Defense Lawyers in Terror Cases Plan Challenges Over Spy Efforts -By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
Defense lawyers in some of the country's biggest terrorism cases say they plan to bring legal challenges to determine whether the National Security Agency used illegal wiretaps against several dozen Muslim men tied to Al Qaeda. The lawyers said in interviews that they wanted to learn whether the men were monitored by the agency and, if so, whether the government withheld critical information or misled judges and defense lawyers about how and why the men were singled out.

Bush was denied wiretaps, bypassed them -By United Press International UPI
U.S. President George Bush decided to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because the court was challenging him at an unprecedented rate.

Shock, awe and Hobbes have backfired on America's neocons -By Richard Drayton
The American imperial strategists invested deeply in the belief that through spreading terror they could take power. Neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and the recently indicted Lewis "Scooter" Libby, learned from Leo Strauss that a strong and wise minority of humans had to rule over the weak majority through deception and fear, rather than persuasion or compromise.

Kurds plan to invade South -By Tom Lasseter
Kurdish leaders have inserted more than 10,000 of their militia members into Iraqi army divisions in northern Iraq to lay the groundwork to swarm south, seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and possibly half of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city + secure the borders of an independent Kurdistan.

Teures Gas für Privatkunden: Kartellamt droht mit Missbrauchsverfahren
Ölriese Rosneft: Börsengang soll 20 Milliarden Dollar bringen

28.Dec.2005 Weltrekord: Expedition erreicht Südpol in 33 Tagen
Sicherheit: Streit um Fußfessel für Islamisten
Galileo: Deutsche Unternehmen haben Start fast verpennt
Durchbruch im Enron-Verfahren: Chefbuchhalter will als Kronzeuge auftreten
Interview: "Im Zweifel für die Informationsfreiheit"
"Science"-Rangliste: Sonderschichten für die Sonden
USA: Clinton soll CIA-Entführungen angeordnet haben
Siesta: Spanien ändert Lebensgewohnheiten per Gesetz

28.Dec.2005 Nördlicher Gazastreifen: Zutritt für Palästinenser verboten
CCC-Kongress: Hacker in der Sinnkrise >

28.Dec.2005 Forschung für Mutige: Der Spinnenjäger von Frankfurt
Beslan-Drama: Russisches Parlament wirft Behörden Versäumnisse vor

28.Dec.2005 Extremismus: Beckstein verbietet Multi-Kultur-Haus
Rekordjahr 2005: Firmenjäger investieren 30 Milliarden in Deutschland

28.Dec.2005 Wintereinbruch: Europa versinkt im Schnee

28.Dec.2005 Sicherheit: CDU-Politiker fordert Fußfessel für Islamisten
Konsumklima: Shopping-Laune kehrt zurück >

28.Dec.2005 USA: CIA-Kommission untersucht Verschleppungen
Bolivien: Morales will Diäten radikal kürzen
Tarifeinigung in New York: U-Bahn-Fahrer bekommen mehr Lohn
Aktionärsgesellschaft: Köhler will Arbeitnehmer an Gewinnen beteiligen
UK: Men persecuted by the authorities demand justice: Four men -- three Algerians and one stateless Palestinian -- and their families have been effectively persecuted by the United Kingdom (UK) authorities for nearly four years. They are among the 10 foreign nationals who on 8 December 2005 won an appeal before the Law Lords who ruled unanimously that information obtained through torture cannot be admissible as "evidence" in UK courts.

27.Dec.2005 Appeal over 'David Hicks' : The Home Office has lodged an appeal against a High Court ruling that an Australian man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay has a right to British citizenship.

27.Dec.2005 The Turks haven't learned the British way of denying past atrocities : It is not illegal to discuss the millions who were killed under our empire. So why do so few people know about them?

27.Dec.2005 Big Brother is watching: George Orwell was right after all. When it comes to fighting terror, Bush is totalitarian — remember, you're either with us or against us. Trust me to get it right, he says. Debate on the law is not only not needed, it's evil.

27.Dec.2005 It's my party and I'll spy if I want to: For all of you who still claim this president doesn't lie, this must come as a shock. For the rest of us it just comes as another "we told you so."

27.Dec.2005 It's good to be King George: As I was saying to a fellow peasant just the other day, it is ironic that this country should rebel against one King George only to bow down before another monarch of the same name more than 200 years later.

27.Dec.2005 Fog Fact of the Year - the Big Lie Goes On : President Bush gave a radio address on December 17 in which he explained why he had to use illegal wiretaps. As usual, he returned to the events of 9/11. He said:

27.Dec.2005 Neo-Fascism and Paleo-Tyranny : Bush et al. may now try to use far more secret police powers to intimidate people or to openly seize far more power, presumably under the pretense that it is necessary and legitimized by the state of national emergency that never ends.

27.Dec.2005 What I heard about Iraq in 2005 : I heard that the US was planning an embassy in Baghdad that would cost $1.5 billion, as expensive as the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero, the proposed tallest building in the world. I saw a headline in the Los Angeles Times that read: ‘After Levelling City, US Tries to Build Trust.’

27.Dec.2005 Unwarranted Executive Power: The pursuit of terrorism does not authorize the president to make up new laws

27.Dec.2005 Consumption and The Affect on Our Societies : The 12 % of the world’s population that lives in North America and Western Europe accounts for 60 % of private consumption spending, while the one-third living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa accounts for only around 3 %.

27.Dec.2005 US: Pentagon Stalls on Banning Contractors from Using Forced Labor: A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away.

27.Dec.2005 Gold's other price : Company records obtained by The Times show that from 1998 through 2004, Freeport-McMoRan gave nearly $20 million to military and police generals, colonels, majors and captains + to military units. Individual commanders received tens of thousands of dollars, in one case up to $150,000, according to the documents
Denying democratic right to Hamas : THERE is a fundamental contradiction at the heart of the western project of bringing democracy to Arab-Islamic societies. Stripped of rhetoric, democracy is meant to be a procedure to elect representatives and rulers approved in advance by the principal arbiters in centres of global hegemony. A verdict by a Muslim electorate in favour of a political party that anchors its agenda in Islamic values is virtually a casus belli
27.Dec.2005 War pimp alert:
Mossad chief: Iran seeks multiple nuclear bombs : Mossad chief Meir Dagan told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that Iran seeks more than one nuclear bomb. Dagan warned that within a number of months, Iran will attain technological independence + that the subsequent development of a nuclear bomb will only be a matter of time

27.Dec.2005 In case you missed it: Iran Is Judged 10 Years From Nuclear Bomb: A major U.S. intelligence review has projected that Iran is about a decade away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with firsthand knowledge of the new analysis.

27.Dec.2005 Israel expands West Bank settlements: The latest settlement construction was revealed in newspaper advertisements published on Monday seeking bids from building contractors + would violate Israel's commitments under the US-backed road map peace plan.

27.Dec.2005 Israel: Gaza Power Cut Would Violate Laws of War: A reported proposal by Israeli government officials to cut the Gaza Strip’s electricity supply in retaliation for Palestinian militant groups’ rocket attacks on Israel would constitute unlawful collective punishment of Gaza's civilian population, Human Rights Watch said today.

27.Dec.2005 U.S Detainees Disappeared into Secret Prisons: Illegal under Domestic and International Law: The United States is holding an unknown number of terrorism suspects in secret overseas locations + refusing either to acknowledge the detentions or to give information on the fate or the whereabouts of these detainees. These detainees have been held incommunicado, without trial, some for as many as four years. Some of the detainees are reported to have been tortured in custody.

27.Dec.2005 Norman Solomon: NSA Spied on U.N. Diplomats in Push for Invasion of Iraq: Despite all the news accounts and punditry since the New York Times published its Dec. 16 bombshell about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying, the media coverage has made virtually no mention of the fact that the Bush administration used the NSA to spy on U.N. diplomats in New York before the invasion of Iraq.

27.Dec.2005 Rice authorized National Security Agency to spy on UN Security Council : President Bush and other top officials in his administration used the National Security Agency to secretly wiretap the home and office telephones and monitored private email accounts of members of the United Nations Security Council in early 2003 to determine how foreign delegates would vote on a U.N. resolution that paved the way for the U.S.-led war in Iraq, NSA documents show.

27.Dec.2005 Guv fears calls monitored: Gov. Bill Richardson is concerned that some of his phone calls were monitored by a U.S. spy agency and transcripts of them were given to the president's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.

27.Dec.2005 Secret court modified wiretap requests: Intervention may have led Bush to bypass panel

27.Dec.2005 US embassy close to admitting Syria rendition flight : The US embassy in London was forced to issue a correction yesterday to an interview given by the ambassador, Robert Tuttle, in which he claimed America would not fly suspected terrorists to Syria, which has one of the worst torture records in the Middle East.

27.Dec.2005 Maher Arar: Timeline: On a stopover in New York as he was returning to Canada from a vacation in Tunisia in September 2002, U.S. officials detained Arar, claiming he has links to al-Qaeda + deported him to Syria, even though he was carrying a Canadian passport.

27.Dec.2005 A maiming of the soul: Dr Rice, was trapped, cornered and hunted by the lies of the Bush administration about its treatment of 'unlawful combatants' or 'battlefield detainees' hidden and tortured in dozens of black holes round the world.

27.Dec.2005 Executive Uber Alles: At stake in the so-called war on terror is longer just treatment of detainees, but the freedom of Americans.

Bush's counsel on spying now under close scrutiny: Since Sept. 11, 2001, Bush's legal advisers have cleared the way for him to hold enemy combatants without trials; eavesdrop on overseas telephone calls and e-mails; place ever-greater numbers of government documents under a veil of secrecy; imprison a US citizen indefinitely on the suspicion of terrorist links; and, according to The Washington Post, operate a secret CIA prison in an Eastern European country
Disabled Veteran's Tribute Upsets Army Recruiters In Minnesota: As those thinking of becoming soldiers arrive on the slushy doorstep of the Army recruiting station here, they cannot miss the message posted in bold black letters on the storefront next door.
U.S. Exit Strategy in Iraq: Hand Quagmire to Iran: The U.S. exit strategy is similar to the one used by the French to drag the Americans into Vietnam before they left. In this way Shiite Iran will become a "partner in the occupation of Iraq" and inevitably find itself head-to-head with the Sunni-led national Iraqi resistance.
What everyone should know about Jose Padilla -By Mike Whitney
The constitution is the last flimsy obstacle between Bush and absolute power. That is why the administration has persisted for nearly 4 years in its case against Jose Padilla. The Padilla case has nothing to do with Al Qaida, “dirty bombers” or terrorism. These are simply the empty diversions that conceal the administration’s real intention; to remove the final impediment to the supreme authority of the executive.

UK: Cross-party support for war probe -By BBC
More than 100 MPs from across the Commons have backed a call for an inquiry by senior MPs into the handling of the Iraq war and its aftermath. The MPs include 49 Lib Dems, 26 Conservatives and 20 from Labour.

Israel and the Neocons, The Libby Affair and the Internal War -By James Petras
Who were the fabricators of war propaganda, who was Libby protecting? And not only the "fabricators of war", but the strategic planners, speech-makers and architects of war who acted hand in hand with the propagandists and the journalists who disseminated the propaganda? What is the link between all these high- level functionaries, propagandists and journalists?  

Telling it like it isn't -By Robert Fisk
I FIRST REALIZED the enormous pressures on American journalists in the Middle East when I went some years ago to say goodbye to a colleague from the Boston Globe. I expressed my sorrow that he was leaving a region where he had obviously enjoyed reporting. I could save my sorrows for someone else, he said. One of the joys of leaving was that he would no longer have to alter the truth to suit his paper's more vociferous readers.

Fear destroys what bin Laden could not
One wonders if Osama bin Laden didn't win after all. He ruined the America that existed on 9/11. But he had help.- By Robert Steinback
If, back in 2001, anyone had told me that four years after bin Laden's attack our president would admit that he broke U.S. law against domestic spying and ignored the Constitution -- and then expect the American people to congratulate him for it -- I would have presumed the girders of our very Republic had crumbled.

Hackerkongress: Informationsfreiheit "wichtiger als das Wahlrecht"
Navigationssystem: Countdown für Europas Antwort auf GPS

22.Dec.2005 Nach Truppenabzug: Spanische Fregatte gehörte US-Kampfverband im Persischen Golf an
Geheimdienstaffäre: Britischer MI6 soll in Griechenland an Folter beteiligt gewesen sein
Vogelgrippe: Neue Fälle in Rumänien
Argentinien: Forscher finden intaktes Saurierskelett
Vest-pocket beamer
Earliest Animals Had Human-like Genes

Species evolve at very different rates + the evolutionary line that produced humans seems to be among the slowest.

The result, according to a new study by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL], is that

our species has retained characteristics of a very ancient ancestor that have been lost in more quickly-evolving animals.

This overturns a commonly-held view of the nature of genes in the first animals. The work appears in the current issue of the journal Science.
VisualComplexity.com: Brilliant stuff!
Quote: "VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks.

The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.

Not all projects shown here are genuine complex networks, in the sense that they aren’t necessarily at the edge of chaos, or show an irregular and systematic degree of connectivity.

However, the projects that apparently skip this class were chosen for two important reasons.

They either provide advancement in terms of visual depiction techniques/methods or show conceptual uniqueness and originality in the choice of a subject.

Nevertheless, all projects have one trait in common: the whole is always more than the sum of its parts." (via Matthias Truxa) Link
Where's Our Sense Of Utopia? Quote: "There is no doubt that we're living in anti-utopian times.

The political imagination is, if not dead exactly, certainly in a coma. Politics today is about fiddling, making a tweak here or there but not changing anything much.

We can't conceive of a future much better than the present.

Perhaps we imagine that computers will be quicker and mobile phones cleverer, but there is little notion that human beings could live vastly more fulfilled and improved lives than our own.

There is no sense that history holds possibilities that we haven't yet imagined.

Utopian impulses persist, of course, but these impulses are for the most part expressed in banal ways." Link
26.Dec.2005 Federal agents' visit was a hoax: Student admits he lied about Mao book 
The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.
Bush Presses Editors on Security: President Bush has been summoning newspaper editors lately in an effort to prevent publication of stories he considers damaging to national security.

Bush 'in Retreat' on Almost All Fronts: With the Republican majority in Congress concerned about the 2006 elections, George W. Bush can't seem to get a break lately.

According to this article from France's Le Monde newspaper, 'a President who has lost his aura and will no longer have to face the voters' is in retreat.

Britain helped US seize pair held in Guantánamo, says ex-minister : British agents helped the Americans seize two UK residents and incarcerate them in Guantánamo Bay where they are still detained, a former Foreign Office minister said.

I srael preparing strike to take out Iranian nuclear sites : Der Spiegel reported Saturday that the Mossad has marked six Iranian nuclear facilities as targets for an Israeli Air Force pre-emptive strike.

An unnamed IAF pilot told the weekly that such a mission would be "complex, but feasible."

The Los Angeles Times reported that Israel has modified U.S.-made Harpoon cruise missiles so it can launch nuclear warheads from submarines.

James Petras - Israel's War with Iran: Israel Bombs Iran: The US Suffers the Consequences
Peace on Earth” Means “No More War” - By John Dear
When Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their warmaking supporters celebrate Christmas, they mock Christ and his steadfast nonviolence + carry on the massacre of the innocents.

The Agency That Could Be Big Brother -By JAMES BAMFORD
DEEP in a remote, fog-layered hollow near Sugar Grove, W.Va., hidden by fortress-like mountains, sits the country's largest eavesdropping bug. Located in a "radio quiet" zone, the station's large parabolic dishes secretly and silently sweep in millions of private telephone calls and e-mail messages an hour .

US-Regierung unter Druck: Ex-Außenminister Powell kritisiert Abhöraktion
Volkswirt Horn im Interview: "Dann stürzen die Löhne ins Bodenlose"

26.Dec.2005 Forschungserfolg: China will Impfstoff gegen Vogelgrippe entdeckt haben
Armenien-Debatte: Türkische Justiz immer klagewütiger
1985. Als einer der größter Produzenten und Händler etablierte sich der Mudschaheddin-Führer und ISI-Protegée Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Produktion und Vertrieb standen in Pakistan unter dem Schutz des allmächtigen ISI und die CIA blockte die Ermittlungen der amerikanischen DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) ab. Aber wo gehobelt da fallen Späne, oder wie es der für diese Operationen verantwortliche CIA-Direktor Charles Cogan später ausdrückte: "Our main mission was to do as much damage as possible to the Soviets. We didn't really have the resources or the time to devote to an investigation of the drug trade [...] I don't think that we need to apologize for this. Every situation has its fallout."
Nun, mit dieser Art von "Fallout" waren die Amerikaner spätestens seit dem Vietnamkrieg vertraut, als sie ihre Meosöldner in Kambodscha auf ähnliche Weise finanzierten. Die Unterstützung der Contras in Nicaragua unterschied sich nur insofern, dass dabei um den Handel mit Kokain ging - Noriega könnte sicher einiges darüber erzählen. Weit gravierendere Probleme kreierte die CIA, als sie Mitte der achtziger Jahre auf den Vorschlag des ISI einging weltweit arabische Freiwillige für den Jihad gegen die Sowjetunion zu rekrutieren und auszubilden. An die 100.000 militante Moslems sollen nach Pakistan gekommen sein, um dort in den mit saudischem Geld geförderten Koranschulen indoktriniert zu werden. Viele von ihnen nahmen an den Kämpfen in Afghanistan teil, andere sollten dazu dienen den Krieg in die südlichen Republiken der Sowjetunion zu tragen oder für Pakistans Anspruch auf Kaschmir zu kämpfen.
Who Will Fight for the Constitution?: The Year of Vanished Credibility: Start with Bush. Never at ease before the cameras, he now has the glassy stare and mirthless smile of a cornered man with nowhere left to run.

26.Dec.2005 U.S., Citing Abuse in Iraqi Prisons, Holds Detainees : The commander of American-run prisons in Iraq says the military will not turn over any detainees or detention centers to Iraqi jailers until American officials are satisfied that the Iraqis are meeting United States standards for the care and custody of detainees.

26.Dec.2005 In case you missed it: Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons: Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

26.Dec.2005 IHRC wants CIA planes searched: The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said it was "seriously concerned" about reports that US aircraft landing at Ireland’s Shannon airport may be carrying detainees to secret locations where they were at risk of torture.

26.Dec.2005 Amnesty seeks fair procedures for US professor Sami Al-Arian : Amnesty International said this week that it notes the recent acquittal by a jury of the most serious of terrorism-related charges against former Florida professor Sami Al-Arian + urges fair procedures in the resolution of outstanding charges against him, on which the jury deadlocked.
Is the US State Department still keeping April Glaspie under wraps?: It is now more than fifteen years since that fateful meeting on July 25, 1990 between then-US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and President Saddam Hussein that the Iraqi leader interpreted as a green light from Washington for his invasion of Kuwait eight days later.

26.Dec.2005 Former aide to Powell opens fire on US administration : "What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney + the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made," the paper recalled Wilkerson saying in a speech at the New America Foundation in October.

26.Dec.2005 Gwynne Dyer : Bolivia: race and revolution : In the past, policies that are unpopular in the United States have proved to be bad for the president's health in a number of Latin American countries.
Peace on Earth” Means “No More War” -  By John Dear
When Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their warmaking supporters celebrate Christmas, they mock Christ and his steadfast nonviolence + carry on the massacre of the innocents.

Iraqis want US out as soon as possible: US commander " Ninemsn" The top US military commander admitted Sunday that Iraqis wanted US and other foreign troops to leave the country "as soon as possible," and said US troop levels in Iraq were now being re-assessed on a monthly basis. Continue
Planet Uranus: "Hubble" erspäht zwei neue Ringe
NORAD Just now, AP published an
important news story regarding our air defense systems:
In the 50th anniversary of the tradition, soldiers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said by about 10 a.m. EST, Santa had been spotted near Fiji, Japan, travelling about 100 times faster than the 300-km/h Bullet Train.
By 11 a.m., NORAD said Santa was in the Himalayas.
Last year, the tracking Web site at https://www.noradsanta.org received 912 million hits from 181 countries + the Santa Tracking Operations Center answered nearly 55,000 phone calls on Christmas Eve. The obvious question: If they can track Santa, then why did the peregrinations of Atta and the lads come as such a surprise?
Also, do you think Bush wants to re-allow Santa to carry box-cutters aboard his sleigh?
Semi-seriously: If you were a terrorist, wouldn't you choose Christmas Eve to engage in frivolity? NORAD would seem to be awfully busy tonight...
(By the way,
their Santa page really is kind of trippy...) Permalink

Poland supresses CIA prisons report: The Polish Government has decided not to make public the results of an inquiry into the possible existence of United States CIA prisons on Polish soil.

25.Dec.2005 J'lem Latin Patriarch: Fence has turned Bethlehem into prison: Sabah called for the wall's dismantling, adding that in its stead "bridges of peace and love" should be built, according to Israel Radio.

25.Dec.2005 U.S. Congress approves transfer of $600 million in aid to Israel : Of the $600 million, $133 million will be used to develop the Arrow missile program, a collaborative project between Israel Aircraft Industries and Boeing.

25.Dec.2005 U.S. Judge Orders Israeli Files: A US judge in Chicago has ordered prosecutors to request scores of documents from Israeli security forces relating to the interrogation of an American citizen accused of funneling millions of dollars to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

25.Dec.2005 US rift with Egypt over Nur: The US has said that the five-year jail term handed down to Ayman Nur, the Egyptian opposition leader, calls into question its key Middle East ally's commitment to democracy.

25.Dec.2005 Russia to honor Iran arms deal despite US objection : Russia will fully comply with a deal with Iran to supply it with the Tor-M1 air defense systems despite US objections, a senior Defense Ministry official said Friday.

25.Dec.2005 Moscow formally offers to move Tehran's enrichment program to Russia: Germany, France and Britain have suggested shifting Iran's enrichment activities to Russia, where nuclear material would be enriched only to fuel levels and not to weapons grade. But Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of the Atomic Organization of Iran, has dismissed the offer as unacceptable earlier this month.

25.Dec.2005 Bolton threatens U.S. funding for U.N.: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said the United States should withhold U.N.-member dues if reform isn`t made to his liking.

25.Dec.2005 Judge says he can't order Gitmo releases: The continued detention by the U.S. military of two ethnic Uighurs at Guantanamo Bay is "unlawful," a federal judge has ruled.

25.Dec.2005 Bush's Impeachable Offense: Yes, the president committed a federal crime by wiretapping Americans, say constitutional scholars, former intelligence officers and politicians. What's missing is the political will to impeach him.

25.Dec.2005 The bonfire of the inanities: Seriously, could it get any worse?: Here I sit, tangled in a web that many people began weaving way back when the Gipper was protecting us against deadly pollutants released by old-growth forests. It was a jumble out there this year — one that defies linear documentation.

25.Dec.2005 Godalming geek made millions running the Pentagon's propaganda war in Iraq: IT WAS astounding enough for Washington’s political elite: last month they discovered that the man at the heart of a scandal over the planting of US propaganda in Iraqi newspapers was a dapper but unknown 30-year-old Oxford graduate who had somehow managed to land a $100 million Pentagon contract.

25.Dec.2005 Man Jailed for Over a Year Saw No Lawyer : A man was jailed for more than a year without ever seeing a lawyer as he waited for a repeatedly postponed court hearing, gaining release only after a cellmate told an attorney about the case
Letter From a Military Mom: Domestic Spying & Incident of Intimidation of Military Families
25.Dec.2005 You can vote, but you can't win:
Iraqi court disqualifies prominent Sunni candidates: An Iraqi court has ruled that some of the most prominent Sunni Muslims who were elected to parliament last week won't be allowed to serve because officials suspect that they were high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.

25.Dec.2005 Iraq strikes off 100 poll candidates: Iraq's electoral commission is striking off 100 candidates who ran in the 15 December general elections for links with the banned Baath party.

25.Dec.2005 Iran hails “first Islamist Arab state” in Iraq : The editorial of Iran’s leading hard-line daily hailed the outcome of Iraq’s parliamentary elections as “the creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab world” + warned against “American plots” to prevent the formation of the new Iraqi government by Iranian-backed Shiite groups.
Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report -By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries

Speculations over US attack against Iran - By Jürgen Gottschlich
Are the USA planing a rocket attack against targets in Iran? In secret discussions Washington was preparing the Allies for appropriate air strikes in 2006, agencies disclosed to day. Especially in the NATO country Turkey, speculations about an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities are taking place.

Die US-Regierung gerät wegen ihrer Überwachungsaktionen im eigenen Land zunehmend unter Druck. In der vergangenen Woche legte ein ranghoher US-Bundesrichter aus Protest gegen die Lauschangriff-Serie ohne Richter-Anordnung sein Amt am Gericht für die Überwachung der Ausländischen Geheimdienste (FISA) nieder. Am Donnerstag berichtete die Website US News and World Report, die US-Bundespolizei und das Energieministerium hätten tausende Wohnhäuser und Arbeitsplätze von Moslems sowie Moscheen auf radioaktive Spuren hin untersucht. Die «New York Times» berichtete am Samstag, das US-Justizministerium habe den Bericht bestätigt. Auch für diese Aktion habe es keine richterliche Genehmigung gegeben.
Washington - Im Rahmen ihres Anti-Terror-Kampfes hat die US-Regierung Medienberichten zufolge unbescholtene Bürger im großen Stil abhören lassen: Die umstrittene Abhöraktion des US-Geheimdienstes NSA sei weitaus umfangreicher, als US-Präsident George W. Bush bisher zugegeben habe, berichtete die "New York Times" am Samstag. Entgegen den Beteuerungen des Weißen Hauses hätten Techniker der NSA nicht nur die Gespräche Verdächtiger, sondern auch Telefongespräche und E-Mails unbescholtener Bürger in der Hoffnung kontrolliert, Hinweise auf Terrorverdächtige zu finden. Einige Regierungsvertreter hätten das Programm als «großangelegte Operation zur Datensammlung» beschrieben
Krieg gegen Terror: Bush wegen Lauschangriffen immer stärker unter Druck
Uranstreit: Iran lehnt russischen Kompromiss ab
Menschliche Intelligenz: Und es kommt doch auf die Größe an
Künstliche Intelligenz: Ein krabbelnder Roboterjunge soll die Welt erkunden
Menschenrechte: USA fordern Freilassung von ägyptischem Oppositionellen
MARK CHANGIZI CV, www.changizi.com, changizi@caltech.edu ... marks, or strokes, is used to build a repertoire of characters . Are there any commonalities across writing systems ... Complexity 10: 13-40. [PDF reprint] Changizi MA & Shimojo S (2005 ... www.geocities.com/changizi

https://www.garyfeng.com/wordpress/2005/02/09/character-complexity-and-redundancy-in-writing-systems-over-human-history ... Changizi and Shinsuke Shimojo of the California Institute of Technology. in Pasadena decided to investigate how this influenced the number of. strokes required to draw characters ... garyfeng.com/wordpress/2005/02/09/character-complexity-and-redundan ...

Resilience Science " Resilience of social memory ... read many times. Changizi and Shimojo analyzed the complexity and redundancy of characters of more than 100 ...

They conclude that the characters are constructed on average by 3 strokes ... resilience.geog.mcgill.ca/blog/index.php/2005/02/26/... - 7 Natural History: Kindred strokes for different folks ... characters made of just a few simple strokes stand a far better chance of surviving. Changizi and Shimojo studied ... matter how many characters occur in the ... www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_3_114/ai_n13652316 - 21 Resilience Science " 2005 " February ... read many times. Changizi and Shimojo analyzed the complexity and redundancy of characters of more than 100 ... They conclude that the characters are constructed on average by 3 strokes ... resilience.geog.mcgill.ca/blog/index.php/2005/02
Britisches Gefängnis im Irak: Hungerstreik gegen Haftbedingungen
GOP Hitting Limits of Aggressive, Tyrannical, Stalinist Tactics? "There's a recognition in the Democratic caucus that the only way we are going to compete ? is if we stick together," said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). About Time. 12/24

24.Dec.2005 Stephen Crockett: Republicans to Poor: ?Freeze to Death? -- A Guest Contribution
The Ohio Patriot Act on Ohio Gov. Bob Taft's desk right now would allow arrests for no reason in public places, citizens would be forced to show their IDs.
U.S. News & World Report exclusive: Over a hundred Muslim sites in D.C. alone have had warrantless nuclear surveillance. Sites in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York + Seattle have also been -- perhaps illegally monitored. 12/24

The National Security Agency has conducted much broader surveillance of e-mails and phone calls ? without court orders ? than the Bush administration has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on its Web site.
Memo from Alito: The attorney general should be immune from lawsuits for ordering wiretaps of Americans without permission from a court.
Suddenly, the "I" word -- impeachment -- is popping up all over and starting to appear credible to the pundits of conventional wisdom. A BuzzFlash News Analysis.
Bush Pardons Moonshiners, Bank Robber, But Can He Pardon Libby, Rove, Cheney and Himself? Stay Tuned.

Andererseits erleben wir gegenwärtig, wie sehr sich in den romanischen Ländern, vor allem in mehreren afrikanischen und südamerikanischen Gesellschaften ein erneuertes, vitales, authentisches Christentum massenhaft ausbreitet. Auch hat der charismatische Papst aus Krakau dem Katholizismus unzweifelhaft neue Schubkräfte verliehen. Ganz auszuschließen ist also nicht, dass einige dieser Vitalströme in die ermüdeten Kirchen der alten Wohlstandsgesellschaften hineinfließen mögen.
Der individualisierte Mensch empfindet es allmählich nicht allein als Chance, kreativ, authentisch und originär sein zu dürfen, sondern oft genug als herrischen Zwang, all dies jederzeit sein zu müssen. Lebenslanges Lernen in der Wissensgesellschaft ist eben nicht nur ein verlockendes Versprechen, sondern oft eine fast bedrohliche Belastung.
Renaissance von neuen Suchbewegungen?
Und so mögen wir tatsächlich vor einer Zäsur stehen. 24.Dec.2005
Die Qualen der Individualisierung
Die Soziologen hielten zur Erklärung dieses Prozesses die Kategorien der Individualisierung und Entstrukturierung bereit. Die soziale und kulturelle Entbindung wurde zum Kennzeichen des letzten Drittels im 20. Jahrhundert der modernen westeuropäischen Länder. Die Menschen in den mittleren Kernen der Gesellschaften lösten sich aus den überlieferten Traditionen, aus religiösen Dogmen, aus der sozialen Kontrolle dörflicher Gemeinschaften, aus dem Diktat lebenslanger Ehen. Und so weiter.
Und lange schienen die Betroffenen dieser Entwicklung den Vorgang durchaus zu genießen. Die Befreiung aus der Kollektivität löste von Zwängen und Konventionen; sie öffnete Räume und erweiterte Möglichkeiten.

Die Lebensgeschichten der Einzelnen waren nicht mehr durch Herkunft und Weltanschauung starr vorgezeichnet, sondern zukunftsoffen, im Prinzip selbstbestimmter denn je in der Geschichte der Menschheit.

Das Leben wurde dadurch unzweifelhaft facettenreicher, farbiger und eigenständiger, in einer gewissen Weise: abwechslungsreicher und aufregender.
Doch Abwechslung und Aufregung als Dauerzustand ist nicht jedermanns Sache. Daher spricht einiges dafür - und etliche Erhebungen von Soziologen und Psychologen belegen es bereits -, dass alsbald die Lobgesänge auf die individualisierte Gesellschaft verstummen werden, dass stattdessen das Bedürfnis nach Loyalitäten, Zugehörigkeiten, auch nach der Sicherheit einer stabilen Deutungs- und Sinnperspektive zunehmen wird.

Die Moderne hat in den letzten vierzig Jahren viel von solchen Traditionen aufgezehrt. Insofern werden diese knappen Ressourcen - um es im gefälligen marktwirtschaftlich Jargon zu formulieren - sehr wahrscheinlich in den nächsten Jahrzehnten massiv nachgefragt werden. Nach allen Erfahrungen mit historischen Zyklen von Generations- und Mentalitätswechseln werden demnächst neue Generationen die Schattenseiten und Nachteile bislang dominierender Einstellungen erkennen und sodann neue soziale und politische Präferenzen ausbilden.
Ein bisschen überraschend kam das schon. Denn nirgendwo sonst war die Distanz der Mehrheit der Bürger zur institutionellen Religion, zum kirchlichen Christentum seit den 70er Jahren so stark angewachsen wie hierzulande. Nirgendwo sonst war das Vertrauen in die kirchliche Autorität im letzten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts so drastisch zurückgegangen wie in der deutschen Nation. Die deutschen Mittelschichten kritisierten lange heftig den Papst und griffen begierig auf die literarischen und therapeutischen Angebote der New-Age-Produktion zurück. Die deutsche Mitte, vor allem ihr akademischer und weiblicher Teil, flüchtete aus den Kirchenschiffen in das fernöstlich inspirierte Fastenseminar, in die Transzendentale Meditation, in den schamanischen oder buddhistischen Kurs, in die Esoterik.
Fünf Jahre Haft: Ägyptischer Oppositionspolitiker Nur muss ins Gefängnis

24.Dec.2005 Bürokratische Willkür: Moskau mobbt Waisenkinder
Anti-Terror-Kampf: USA kontrollieren Moscheen auf radioaktive Strahlung
Neuwahl-Debatte: Verfassungsrichter fordert Selbstauflösungsrecht des Bundestages
Marijuana 'petition' actually voter registration form
"This is just very disheartening," said Plymouth resident Jennifer Fugo , ...
Jennifer Fugo 19.Oct.2004 The actual purpose of my speaking out about this ... www.dangerouscitizen.com/Articles/1250.aspx

28.Oct.2004 Jennifer Fugo
Thanks for all of the wonderful input about this story. But, guess what? I never said that I didn't hold some responsibility about what happened to me.

I do. I signed the petition dispite having concerns about it.

But that, in no way, forgives the misdeeds of the other party involved. Quite a few of the readers posted stating that this experience will help me mature + read things before I signed them...well, I did read them.

In fact, the letter which was sent to Ms. Gibbons made clear that a lack of critical reading on my part was not an issue. I did subsequently speak with Ms. Gibbons about the story and her misguided take on it.

She told me that a few students had allegedly told the head of Voter Registration that they didn't really read the petition.

So, she took this tid bit of info and used my letter to produce this story which is not entirely accurate.
So, I appreciate the concern of those that think that I was dumb and failed to read the info clearly, or that I simply deny any responsibility on my part in this situation. But maybe you should focus your concern on the fact that our system is out of control. You may laugh at me, you may think that this situation is humorous...but you may not find it so funny when/if something happens to you. Voting is an important right + although I realize that I'm lucky, any tampering of the vote undermines us all. You cannot have a strong democracy if there are doubts about the vote. Why do you think that half of this country and the majority of the world don't believe that the last election was won fairly?

The early poll tapes are pretty clean. By the time you get to #215, you'll be intrigued. By the time you get through the 600 series, we believe you'll join us in wondering:
What went on in Volusia County in November 2004???
Here are the first few tapes:

The Rockefeller University - Laboratory of Populations
( Jennifer R. Slimowitz & JE Cohen) Violations of the ceiling principle: exact ... ( Fugo Takasu, Kohkichi Kawasaki, Hiroshi Nakamura, JE Cohen & Nanako ... www.rockefeller.edu/labheads/cohenje/ACADPUBL3.php

Den Haag - Der heute 63-jährige Frans van Anraat hat nach Erkenntnissen des Gerichts die Chemikalien geliefert, obwohl er wusste, dass daraus Giftgas hergestellt wurde.

"Seine Lieferungen ermöglichten die Angriffe und stellen ein sehr schweres Kriegsverbrechen dar", sagte der Richter.

Der Angeklagte könne dies nicht mit dem Argument entkräften, dass die Verbrechen auch ohne seine Mithilfe geschehen wären. Vom Vorwurf des Völkermordes wurde Van Anraat hingegen freigesprochen.

Seine Anwälte kündigten an, gegen das Urteil, das die Höchststrafe bedeutet, Berufung einzulegen.
Die irakische Armee hatte im Jahr 1988 Giftgas gegen die kurdische Bevölkerung in der nordirakischen Ortschaft Halabdscha eingesetzt.

Dabei kamen Schätzungen zufolge 5000 Menschen ums Leben. Auch im Krieg gegen den Iran in den Jahren 1980 bis 1988 setzte der Irak Chemiewaffen ein.
Nach Angaben der Anklage lieferte Van Anraat mehr als 1000 Tonnen einer Industriechemikalie an den Irak, aus der der Kampfstoff Senfgas hergestellt werden kann.

Mehr als 800 Tonnen davon seien auf Gefechtsfeldern eingesetzt worden. Der Richter sagte, Van Anraat habe keinerlei Zeichen von Reue gezeigt.
Zahlreiche Angehörige der kurdischen Giftgasopfer verfolgten den Urteilsspruch in einem separaten Gerichtssaal und applaudierten, als das Urteil verkündet wurde.

Vor dem Gericht hatten sie Plakate mit den Aufschriften aufgehängt: "Das Hiroshima Kurdistans ist Halabdscha" und "Halabdscha - Nie wieder Völkermord".
Early Warning
We are being asked to destroy our country in order to save it. - By William M. Arkin
We must pledge allegiance to a certain post 9/11 Order, abandon the rule of law, compromise our values, turn against our neighbors, enlist in a clash of civilizations, all in the name of defeating the terrorists.

23.Dec.2005 Unlimited warrantless surveillance. - By Kate Martin - Center for National Security Studies
The President claims he has authority as the Commander-in-Chief to conduct warrantless wiretaps of Americans.

But when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 00.000.1978, it expressly rejected the President’s claim of inherent authority to conduct warrantless wiretaps.

It then went further and made it a crime to conduct such wiretaps. Continue

23.Dec.2005 Intelligence abuse déjà vu - By Gary Hart
Today, one has only to consider the behavior of the Bush administration during the Iraq war to appreciate how soon we forget, how little we learn and how pervasive is the tendency to violate civil and constitutional liberties in the name of war. Virtually all of the reforms recommended by the Church Committee — many of which were passed into law — have been evaded, ignored or violated in the name of the "war on terrorism."

US removes portable missiles at Bolivia request : The United States denied on Thursday reports that it disposed a small number of portable missiles in Bolivia without having consulted with the La Paz government.

23.Dec.2005 Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed: Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War.

23.Dec.2005 Empire of Shame: What is actually implied here is the empire of the private transcontinental companies, directed by the cosmocrats. The 500 most powerful of these companies last year controlled 52 % of the gross world product, i.e. of the entire wealth produced on the planet.

23.Dec.2005 Wal-Mart must pay workers $172m : A California court found Wal-Mart broke a state law requiring employers to give staff an unpaid 30-minute lunch break if they worked more than six hours.
Rattling the cage: Decline of Jewish social conscience As an American-born Jew who grew up in an East European immigrant, Left-liberal household, I'm very happy to say that democratic socialism has become the rising tide in South America.

23.Dec.2005 Bush suffers Patriot Act defeat : The US Congress has voted to trim an extension of the anti-terror law known as the Patriot Act down to a month
Israeli police 'tied Palestinian to galloping mule' : A Palestinian man, said to have been last seen in the custody of Israeli border police, died after being found wounded and comatose beside a mule to which he had apparently been tied and dragged along a dirt road.

23.Dec.2005 Israeli Spy Scandal: Indicted Officials Consider Suing Pro-Israel Lobby: Bad Blood Spills Over In Aipac Spy Scandal
Critics Question Senate’s Supposed ‘Anti-torture’ Stance: While most media treatment of the McCain torture “ban” is repeating politicians’ spin, civil libertarians see compromise legislation has rendered it largely toothless and possibly added to the problem

23.Dec.2005 Daschle: Congress Denied Bush War Powers in U.S.: The Bush administration requested + Congress rejected, war-making authority "in the United States" in negotiations over the joint resolution passed days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to an opinion article by former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) in today's Washington Post.

23.Dec.2005 Ray McGovern: Will a Republican Senate Save the Republic?: I'll say this for Vice President Dick Cheney: he puts it right out there, whether it is trying to ensure legal protection for those torturing prisoners, or insisting-as he did on Tuesday-that a wartime president "needs to have his powers unimpaired."

23.Dec.2005 Judge Issues Warrants for CIA Operatives : An Italian judge has issued European arrest warrants for 22 purported CIA operatives wanted for the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, a prosecutor said Friday.

23.Dec.2005 Double rebuke for Bush as judges attack terror moves : President George Bush faced a rare challenge from the judiciary yesterday when two courts questioned the legality of his expansion of presidential powers in the war on terror.

23.Dec.2005 Federal judge rules Chinese Gitmo detainees can be held indefinitely : A federal judge ruled Thursday that two Chinese Uighur detainees held by the US at Guantanamo Bay could be detained there indefinitely even though their imprisonment was unlawful.

23.Dec.2005 Crypto man: After reporting on America's spying operations for 25 years, James Bamford is speaking out against Bush's FISA runaround. He says the wiretapping is illegal.

23.Dec.2005 Chris Floyd: Gospel Truth : What would happen today if a swarthy Middle Eastern man without wealth or political connections suddenly appeared in front of the White House proclaiming such a radical doctrine of mercy, forgiveness, charity, self-abnegation and love – love even for the "evildoers" who "want to destroy our way of life"?

23.Dec.2005 Iran Attack: It’s All Part of the New Zionist Century : Iran is the first step to Washington’s ultimate goal; planting U.S.-controlled hands on Middle Eastern and Central Asian oil, thus halting the political rise of China and India
An Ominous Neocon Gathering : On his November trip to the U.S., Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi deputy prime minister in the “interim government” arising from the invasion he helped plan, visited Richard Perle in the latter’s suburban Washington home. There the two -- who go way back, friends since 1985 -- were joined by a Syrian gentleman named Farid Ghadry.
Major demonstrations protest Iraq elections : Huge marches allege vote fraud

23.Dec.2005 Chalabi’s defeat puts U.S. friends in quandary: Should his backers go with his view that it was a fraudulent election?
Democracy's Battle Joined, Again -
By Robert Parry

The choice is clear to American citizens. Either they accept the Imperial Presidency that gives Bush the authority to do whatever he wants in the name of fighting terrorism – from imprisonments without trial to detainee abuse to spying on anyone deemed a security threat – or they act now. Continued
Nuclear Monitoring of Muslims Done Without Search Warrants - By David E. Kaplan
In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses + warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts.

23.Dec.2005 Iraq and the Laws of War
- By FRANCIS A. BOYLE -Professor of Law, University of Illinois
Any violation of the laws of war, international humanitarian law + human rights committed by its puppet Interim Government of Iraq are legally imputable to the United States government.

As the belligerent occupant of Iraq, both the United States government itself as well as its concerned civilian officials and military officers are fully + personally responsible under international criminal law for all violations of the laws of war, international humanitarian law + human rights committed by its puppet Interim Government of Iraq such as, for example, reported death squads operating under the latter's auspicies. Continue
Ministerpräsident Erdogan hat allerdings erst jüngst seinen israelischen Kollegen Ariel Scharon angerufen + ihm zu seiner Genesung gratuliert - der lange eher verhaltene Kontakt Erdogans zu Scharon ist in letzter Zeit enger geworden. Scharon hatte vor kurzem erklärt, im Zweifel auch allein gegen die nuklearverliebten Mullahs losschlagen zu wollen.
Trotzdem hat sich die türkische Regierung wiederholt gegen militärische Aktionen gegen Iran und auch gegen Syrien ausgesprochen.

Denn zu mindestens in der Kurdenfrage sind sich die Türkei, Syrien und Iran einig, dass es kein unabhängiges Kurdistan im Nordirak geben darf.

Eine Interessenallianz in dieser Frage scheint es zwischen Washington und Ankara also nicht zu geben. Dennoch: Wenn die USA einen Raketenschlag gegen Iran planen, muss die Türkei mit ins Boot - aktiv oder passiv.
Doch Erdogan und seine Militärs hegen die schlimmsten Befürchtungen für die ganze Region, falls die USA wirklich gegen Iran vorgehen sollten.

Auch westliche Experten halten den Erfolg einer Militäraktion gegen nukleare Anlagen in Iran für keineswegs garantiert.

Im Gegenteil: Ein Angriff werde vermutlich sein Ziel, das Atomprogramm zu stoppen, vermutlich verfehlen - und Ahmadinedschad in Iran noch mehr Anhänger zutreiben.
Nuclear Monitoring of Muslims Done Without Search Warrants; Bush has run a "far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses + warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities."
Alito Defended Officials From Wiretap Suits. Put him on the Supreme Court and watch him rubberstamp Bush's lawlessness.
Cindy Sheehan: Language of the Heart -- A Guest Contribution. For BuzzFlash.com.
Daschle reveals: Archduke Bush wanted war powers in the U.S. -- and ignored Congress when it said no in negotiations over the resolution granting him "war-making authority." In short, Bush's lie about his breaking the law is proven a lie.
CIA?s Goss Reportedly Warned Ankara Of Iranian Threat. Are Bush's 2006 Election Plans Pinned on Invading Iran? 12/24
Iraqis Denounce Iraqi Election As a Sham; Iraqis Protest Elections, Claiming They Were Rigged; Sudanese Diplomat, Five Other Men Kidnapped 12/24
Alito Argued to Overturn Roe v. Wade 00.000.1985 Memo 12/23
Where?s the Outrage? Bush?s defense of his phone-spying program has disturbing echoes of arguments once used by South Africa?s apartheid regime. Why Americans should examine the parallels.
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
"Bush defenders are arguing that he has the right to engage in conduct which Congress made it a crime to engage in + there is nothing in the law which gives a President that right." Don't let the apologists muddy the water with legal mumbo-jumbo -- Bush Broke the Law. 12/24

23.Dec.2005 And now the bad news. (You knew there had to be some bad news, right?)

Hans von Spakovsky, a Republican activist who helped rig up the Florida voter purge that doomed Gore, has been nominated by Bush to the Federal Elections Commission.
Fox. Henhouse. You know the metaphor.
23.Dec.2005 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
John Kerry gets it. Actually, about a year ago he got it -- but good. But now he's
talking about it. The Republicans and the Democratic ostriches (the ones who refuse to acknowledge that vote fraud is real) used to make frequent reference to Kerry's acquiescence. Well, he ain't acquiescent anymore, thank god. 23.Dec.2005 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
The company simply does not want to
give up its code for scrutiny. By anyone. They'll go under before that happens... 23.Dec.2005 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
North Carolina: Diebold is
pulling out again, before the deal could be consummated 23.Dec.2005 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/
The bad news: NC may go with ES&S.
The word is getting out: None of 'em are trustworthy.
This excellent story in Wired explains why a switch to ES&S won't make all the problems go away. An excerpt:
David Jefferson, a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and chair of California's Voting Systems Technical Assessment and Advisory Board, said that programming software on a removable memory card raises grave concerns.
"The instant anyone with security sensibility hears this, red flags and clanging alarms happen," Jefferson said. "Because this software that is inserted from the memory module is not part of the code base that goes through the qualification process, so it's code that escapes federal scrutiny."
Eskalation: Tschad erklärt "Kriegszustand" mit dem Sudan

23.Dec.2005Italien: Polizei verhaftet drei Terrorverdächtige
Tiertransporte: EU will umstrittene Subventionen streichen
Beihilfe zu Kriegsverbrechen: Gericht schickt Saddams Giftgas-Lieferant hinter Gitter
ThyssenKrupp vs. Dofasco: Milliarden-Schlacht um kanadischen Stahlriesen
Mangelnde Russland-Kenntnisse: Berlusconi blamierte sich bei Pressekonferenz
Atomstreit: Spekulationen über US-Schlag gegen Iran
Super-DSL: EU-Kommission stoppt neues Telekom-Monopol
Einhorn-Wal: Rätsel des Riesenzahns gelüftet
Entführung von Abu Omar: Italien sucht 22 CIA-Agenten mit Europäischem Haftbefehl
Gipfel-Nachspiel: Regierung muss zwei Milliarden mehr zahlen
Britisches Verhörlager in Niedersachsen: Das Geheimnis des verbotenen Dorfes

23.Dec.2005 Kulturflatrate: Frankreichs Parlament will P2P legalisieren

23.Dec.2005 Milliardenprojekt: Bundeswehr und Siemens einigen sich auf Herkules-Auftrag
Streit um Kernenergie: Atomglühen vor Weihnachten
Drama im Zoo: Briten bangen um Baby-Pinguin
Als einen der Meilensteine des Jahres 2005 bezeichnet "Science" die Entzifferung des Schimpansen-Genoms. Der nächste Verwandte des Menschen steht uns demnach genetisch sehr nah. Das Erbinformationen von Mensch und Schimpanse sind  je nach Berechnungsmodus zu 96 bis 99 % identisch.
Es geht jedoch nicht um Darwins Theorie allein. "Science" verweist ausdrücklich auf die jüngsten Bemühungen von Kreationisten, Darwins Lehre aus Lehrplänen zu verbannen oder zumindest ihrer Idee eines intelligenten Designers, der das Leben auf der Erde erschaffen habe, gleichzustellen. Ironischerweise würden die neuen Erkenntnisse zur Evolution mit den Aktivitäten "einiger Teile der amerikanischen Gesellschaft" zusammenfallen, Darwins Theorie zu verwässern.

Das renommierte "Science"-Magazin hat ausgerechnet die fast 150 Jahre alte Evolutionsforschung zum Durchbruch des Jahres gekürt. Eine späte Ehrung für Charles Darwin - und eine bewusste Kampfansage an religiöse Eiferer, die den Kreationismus predigen.

Das hätte sich Charles Darwin wohl kaum träumen lassen. Knapp 150 Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung seines Werks "Die Entstehung der Arten" wird seine Evolutionstheorie zur wissenschaftlichen Entdeckung des Jahres gekürt. Darwin sei nur der Anfang gewesen, heißt es im Wissenschaftsmagazin "Science", so sei das eben bei fundamentalen Entdeckungen. Jüngste Daten und Beobachtungen hätten seine Lehre untermauert und sich den Titel des "wissenschaftlichen Durchbruchs von 2005" verdient.
"Science"-Rangliste: Evolutionslehre ist "Durchbruch des Jahres"
Belgien: Ruandischer Ex-Minister trieb tot im Kanal

23.Dec.2005 Flauer Büromarkt: Renaissance der Wohnquartiere
Appell der Regierung: Patienten sollen billigere Arzneien einnehmen
Wien: Obdachloser von Müllpresse erdrückt
Heute in den Feuilletons: "Darf man Leuten Knochen brechen?" (Kultur,
New York: Bürgerwut zwingt U-Bahn-Fahrer zurück an die Arbeit
Untersuchungsbericht: Klon-Star Hwang hat Studie gefälscht
Energiepreise: Glos ruft Stromkonzerne zur Vernunft auf

23.Dec.2005 TV-Konsum: Von der Leyen rät zu Fernsehverzicht für Kinder

23.Dec.2005 Ende des New Yorker Streiks: U-Bahnen fahren erst am Abend wieder normal

23.Dec.2005 Innere Sicherheit: Wehrbeauftragter gegen Bundeswehr-Einsatz bei Fußball-WM

23.Dec.2005 Mittagspausen-Verbot: Wal-Mart muss Millionen-Entschädigung zahlen

23.Dec.2005 Patriotismus: CSU setzt auf stärkeres Nationalgefühl

23.Dec.2005 Patriot Act: Neue Schlappe für Bush im Streit um Anti-Terror-Gesetz

23.Dec.2005 Haushaltskrise: Merkels Gipfel-Erfolg kommt Deutschland teuer zu stehen
Im Gespräch mit Tamm erteilt Carlo Riva eine Lehrstunde über handwerkliche Kunst - gerade für solche Leser, die allenfalls eine Espressokanne von Alessi ihr Eigen nennen. Schon als 15-Jähriger war er detailversessen wie ein florentinischer Dombaumeister des 15. Jahrhunderts: Pläne, an denen er tagsüber gesessen hatte, zerriss er vor Sonnenuntergang, nur um sie am nächsten Morgen zu verbessern. Als Glaubenssatz empfiehlt er die Unabhängigkeit, da sonst der "Durst nach Kreativität" nicht aufkomme.
Das Einfache war sein Leitfaden im Leben. Am liebsten hat er "Fisch, den Fischer zubereitet haben". Und als größte Leidenschaft benennt er "meine Arbeit".

23.Dec.2005 Wollersheimer Heide.
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05.Feb.1939 Karl Wolff, Chief Adjutant of Himmler's person staff, ... The " canned goods :" a dozen "condemned criminals" dressed in Polish military ... www.humanitas-international.org/holocaust/1939tbse.htm

THE HOLOCAUST - Timebase 1935-39 Himmler's decision to transform the castle into an SS order-castle, comparable to ... The " canned goods :" a dozen "condemned criminals" dressed in Polish ...

CIA Chief in Secret Visit to Ukraine To discuss terrorism issues with Yushchenko
China Working Round the Clock To reduce effects of toxic spill on Russia
Die zweite Stimme gegen das Misstrauensvotum stammte vom CDU-Abgeordneten Julius Steiner, dessen Bestechung mit ebenfalls 50.000 Mark der frühere DDR-Spionagechef Markus Wolf selbst enthüllt hatte.

27.Apr.1972 Das konstruktive Misstrauensvotum war von Oppositionsführer Rainer Barzel angestrengt worden, nachdem die sozialliberale Koalition unter Brandt durch Übertritte ihre parlamentarische Mehrheit verloren hatte. Mit dem Fehlen zweier Stimmen scheiterte Barzels Vorstoß.
Berlin - Einem Bericht des Magazins "Cicero" zufolge war der damalige CSU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Leo Wagner lange Jahre Mitarbeiter des DDR-Geheimdienstes.

Registriervermerke in den so genannten Rosenholz-Dateien wiesen Wagner als Agenten der Staatssicherheit aus.
Der Forscher Hubertus Knabe bei der Stasi-Aktenbehörde schreibt in dem Bericht, mit zwei Stasi-Karteikarten verdichteten sich Hinweise, dass eine der beiden Stimmen, die Brandt 1972 die Kanzlerschaft retteten, gegen 50.000 Mark von Leo Wagner gekommen sei. Über diesen Verdacht hatte der SPIEGEL bereits im November 2000 berichtet.

Webb glaubt, dass unter den Sanddünen im Mungo-Nationalpark noch Hunderte weitere Fußabdrücke verborgen sind. Der Anthropologe, der bislang vor allem menschliche Skelette aus der Eiszeit untersucht hat, zeigte sich begeistert: "Dies kommt einem prähistorischen Film nahe, in dem man sehen kann, wie die Ferse einer Person im Schlamm abrutscht, während sie rennt. Es ist genau das Element von Leben, das andere archäologische Überreste nicht übermitteln können." Ein ausführlicher Bericht über den Fund erscheint Anfang nächsten Jahres in der Fachzeitschrift "Journal of Human Evolution".

In Australien haben Forscher Hunderte menschliche Fußspuren aus der Eiszeit entdeckt. Es ist der weltweit größte Fund seiner Art - und bietet eine einzigartige Momentaufnahme aus dem Leben vor rund 20.000 Jahren.

Canberra - Insgesamt 457 Fußabdrücke wurden seit Mitte 2003 im Mungo-Nationalpark freigelegt, teilte die Regierung des südostaustralischen Staates New South Wales mit. Nach Angaben von Forschungsleiter Steve Webb von der Bond University in Queensland handelt es sich um die weltweit größte Sammlung dieser Art und die älteste in Australien. Die Spuren seien vor 19.000 bis 23.000 Jahren in feuchtem Lehmboden der Willandra-Seen entstanden.
"Wir sehen, wie Kinder zwischen den Spuren ihrer Eltern laufen. Die Kinderspuren schlängeln sich zwischen den Spuren der Erwachsenen hindurch, die geradeaus gehen", sagte der Umweltminister von New South Wales, Bob Debus, dem Rundfunksender ABC. "Es ist eine Momentaufnahme des Lebens im Westen von New South Wales vor 20.000 Jahren."

Tschetschenien: Ärzte sehen Angst als Grund für Massenerkrankungen

22.Dec.2005 Griechenland: Bombe explodiert vor Ministerium
Verhöre im Ausland: Generalbundesanwalt wusste von Foltervorwürfen

22.Dec.2005 Italien: Kartellamt ermittelt gegen Berlusconi
Misstrauensvotum gegen Brandt: Stasi-Karten lüften das letzte Geheimnis
Deutsche Welle: Russland stoppt Ausstrahlung
Deutscher Anti-Terror-Kampf: Fischers verschlüsselte Beichte
Irak: Rumsfeld, Blair und Marcinkiewicz auf Weihnachtsbesuch
Neue Verhandlungen: Gewerkschafter beenden New Yorker U-Bahn-Streik
Australien: Fußspuren zeigen Szene aus der Eiszeit
2004070403_Report We have 101 bases today in Korea even though the war has been over for 50 years. ... entdeckt wurden: Die Steinwerkzeuge sind unverhältnismäßig groß; ...

22.Dec.2005 But that kind of sophism is typical of Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht, because in fact, his sojourn in German concentration camps bore little resemblance to the lot of "normal" concentration camp inmates + of actual imprisoned resistance fighters. Not only were Schacht's prison accommodations rather comfortable, but, more to the point, he was under Himmler's and Schellenberg's direct protection. One document that has been preserved, is an "Urgent Mail Message: Secret of the Reich," signed by Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller and addressed to the commander the Dachau concentration camp. It reads in part: "We have instructions from the RFSS" (Reichsführer-SS Himmler) that Schacht "is to be treated well."

And once again, we must never lose sight of Schacht's close ties to the top SS leadership, as well as to synarchist Anglo-American financial circles. In the present article, we cannot go into Schacht's key role in orchestrating Hitler's seizure of power during 1930-33 (see "Delusion and the Road to Dictatorship," New Federalist, July 8, 2002), except to point out the exceptional importance of Schacht's close ties with Baron Kurt von Schroeder, head of the Cologne banking firm J.H. Stein. In December 1932 + again in January 1933, Schacht and von Schroeder played what was probably the decisive role in toppling the von Schleicher government and paving the way for Hitler's coup.

00.000.1932 -Already- both men were members of the Keppler-Kreis, a group of economic leaders and bankers which had been formed by IG Farben manager Wilhelm Keppler + which had dedicated its full financial and political resources to backing Hitler.

Von Schroeder's Stein bank in Cologne was the German subsidiary of the Schroeder banking group in New York (L. Henry Schroeder Banking Corp.) and in London (J. Henry Schroder & Co.). John Foster Dulles's law firm Sullivan & Cromwell represented the New York Schroeder bank + his brother Allen was on the bank's advisory board. Moreover, during the 1930s, Sullivan & Cromwell had two German subsidiaries which the Dulles brothers visited regularly. And during those years, John Foster Dulles did not stint in his public praise of Germany's regained "dynamism" under Nazi rule.

Verteidigungsminister Jung bekam bei seinem Antrittsbesuch in Washington die volle Härte seines US-Kollegen zu spüren. Donald Rumsfeld herrschte den CDU-Politiker an, wann Deutschland gedenke, seinen Verteidigungsetat endlich zu erhöhen.

Hamburg - Jung zeigte sich nach dem Treffen am vergangenen Montag zwar "froh und glücklich" über die angeblich "positive Grundstimmung" bei seinem Antrittsbesuch in Washington. Tatsächlich aber hatte Rumsfeld den Gast nach Informationen des SPIEGEL gleich nach der Begrüßung ruppig angeherrscht: Wann Deutschland gedenke, seinen Verteidigungsetat endlich auf zwei % des Bruttoinlandsprodukts zu erhöhen, was eine Steigerung von derzeit 24 auf 45 Milliarden Euro erfordern würde.
Bush hatte die Senatoren am Mittwoch noch einmal eindringlich zur Zustimmung ermahnt und von einer "unentschuldbaren Blockade" durch eine "Minderheit von Senatoren" gesprochen. Falls das "lebenswichtige Gesetz" auslaufe, seien die USA in Gefahr und in einer "schwächeren Position im Kampf gegen brutale Killer".
Die Zustimmung des Repräsentantenhauses für die Verlängerung steht noch aus. Das Gesetz wäre Ende des Jahres ausgelaufen.
Die oppositionellen Demokraten wurden in ihrem Widerstand auch von Senatoren aus Bushs Republikanischer Partei unterstützt. Sie zeigten sich irritiert dadurch, dass Bush in den USA auch Abhöraktionen ohne richterliche Genehmigung erlaubt hatte.


Im Streit über die Anti-Terror-Gesetze hat der US-Senat einen Kompromiss beschlossen. Der umstrittene "Patriot Act" wurde nach einer Marathonsitzung hinter verschlossenen Türen zunächst um sechs Monate verlängert. Er wäre Ende des Jahres ausgelaufen.

Washington - Die geplante vorläufige Verlängerung des "Patriot Act" soll Zeit geben, um die Meinungsverschiedenheiten über die erheblichen Einschränkungen von Bürgerrechten im "Patriot Act" auszuräumen. Erst dann wollen die Senatoren darüber entscheiden, ob das Gesetz unbefristet gelten soll.
Die Regierung von US-Präsident George W. Bush hält die im "Patriot Act" festgelegten Befugnisse für wichtig im Kampf gegen den Terror. Sie konnte sich aber nicht mit ihren Vorstellungen durchsetzen, das Gesetz ohne zeitliche Befristung zu verlängern.

Der Streik kostet die Wirtschaft New Yorks nach Angaben von Bloomberg 400 Millionen Dollar am Tag. Den Forderungen der Streikenden werde aber nicht nachgegeben, sagte er: "Wenn der Streik weitergeht, müssen wir da eben durch. New Yorker sind einiges gewöhnt. Die werden nicht kapitulieren." Der letzte Nahverkehrsstreik in New York vor 25 Jahren war durch die Bildung eines Schiedsgerichts beendet worden, das den Tarifkonflikt entschied. Toussaint hat allerdings gesagt, dies werde diesmal nur "über die Leichen unserer Führung" geschehen.
Millionen New Yorker mussten gestern den zweiten Tag in Folge nach Alternativen zu bestreikten Bussen und Bahnen suchen. Bei Minustemperaturen stapften erneut Hunderte von Menschen über die Brooklyn Bridge, an deren Ende Freiwillige mit heißer Schokolade warteten. Viele machten lautstark ihrem Unmut über die Streikenden Luft, die vom Boulevardblatt "New York Post" sogar als Ratten beschimpft wurden. Streikposten an der U-Bahn-Strecke von der Bronx nach Manhattan zeigten sich jedoch entschlossen weiterzumachen. "Wir sind es leid, wie Abfall behandelt zu werden", sagte einer von ihnen, der 32-jährige Angel Ortiz.
New Yorks größte Blutspendeorganisation NYBC (New York Blood Center) richtete unterdessen einen dringenden Appell an die Öffentlichkeit. Es sei bereits der Notstand ausgerufen worden. Zum Jahresende gebe es ohnehin oft Knappheit bei den Blutvorräten; ein auch nur wenige Tage dauernder Streik der Verkehrsbetriebe könne die Vorräte aber "ernsthaft reduzieren". Die nach eigenen Angaben landesweit größte Spenderorganisation rief Blutspender dringend dazu auf, trotz des Verkehrschaos' zu den Spenderterminen zu erscheinen.

Richter Theodore Jones hatte zuvor Gewerkschaftspräsident Roger Toussaint und weitere ranghohe Funktionäre für heute vor Gericht bestellt. Eine Inhaftierung wollte er nicht ausschließen. Ein Sprecher der Gewerkschaft sagte, Toussaint stehe in Verhandlungen mit Schlichtern + wenn er vor Gericht oder gar ins Gefängnis müsse, könne dies die Gespräche gefährden.
Bürgermeister Michael Bloomberg sprach sich gegen eine Inhaftierung der Gewerkschaftsführer aus, um sie nicht zu "Märtyrern" zu machen. Das Gericht solle besser höhere Geldstrafen verhängen, sagte er. Der Richter hat die Gewerkschaft bereits dazu verurteilt, für jeden Streiktag eine Million Dollar Strafe zu zahlen. Nach Presseberichten reicht die Streikkasse dadurch nur noch bis Samstag. Auch hohe Geldstrafen für jeden einzelnen Streikenden sind denkbar. Die 33.000 Streikenden bekommen bereits für jeden Streiktag zwei Tage Lohn gestrichen.

Gebildet und besserverdienend sieht er wohl aus, der Hightech-Junkie. Jedenfalls wenn man der Umfrage glauben darf. Das Alter, so scheint es, spielt weniger eine Rolle. Nur Senioren bleiben (ungeachtet der unlängst verstärkt aufgetretenen Berichte über zockende Omas) eher außen vor. Fast jeder zweite der Befragten gab an, sich ein Leben ohne seinen Computer nicht mehr vorstellen zu können. Bei der Frage nach Breitband-Internet lagen die Zahlen ähnlich. Wie lieb und teuer die Kommunikation über elektronische Medien mittlerweile geworden ist, zeigt der Umstand, dass ein Drittel der Befragten angab, jeden Monat mehr als 200 Dollar für Kommunikation auszugeben.
Vaterfiguren gesucht
Betriebe sind, sozialpsychologisch gesehen, Großgruppen, die seit jeher eine ökonomische und psychosoziale Funktion haben: Von den Betriebsangehörigen werden daher mütterliche Eigenschaften auf die Firma als Ganzes projiziert: Die "Wir"-Gemeinschaft soll in ihrem Verständnis also auch Schutz und Geborgenheit, Perspektive und Sicherheit spenden. Diese warme, mütterliche Imago des Betriebs wird im Idealfall durch väterliche Figuren an der Spitze ergänzt. Der Betrieb kann so zu einer Art Elternhaus werden. Gerade in Krisenzeiten sehnen sich die Arbeitnehmer nach "Vätern" und "Müttern", also nach Erzählungen von Figuren, die Vertrauen schaffen können.

Ein Drittel der Befragten hielt den Unternehmer im Jahr 1968 für einen Mann, der "sein Vermögen über die Währungsreform gerettet hat und auf Kosten der übrigen reich geworden ist". 27 % sahen in ihm gar einen Menschen, "der über Leichen geht, wenn es sein muss". Dass Unternehmer auch sozial eingestellt seien, dachte während der genannten 30 Jahre nur etwa ein Drittel der Befragten. Das Unternehmerbild, so Meinungsforscherin Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, bewege sich nicht vor oder zurück, es sei wie versteinert.
Offenbar haben wir es mit einem fest gefügten Negativ-Stereotyp zu tun, das zeitweilig Formen eines Feind- bildes annimmt. Es scheint Bestandteil eines Weltverständnisses geworden zu sein, das von Generation zu Generation weitergegeben wird. Wie lässt sich dieses Phänomen erklären?
Die Unternehmer zählten in den vergangenen 50 Jahren niemals zur gesamtgesellschaftlichen "Wir"-Gemeinschaft, sondern sie repräsentieren bis heute immer "die anderen". Dieser eklatante Gegensatz ist sicherlich sozialstrukturell und ökonomisch zu erklären. Diese Gruppe bildet eine Elite, die über mehr Geld und bessere Bildung verfügt. Das muss nicht zwangsläufig Neid hervorrufen, kann es aber. Manager begreifen sich selbst zwar als Leistungselite. Dennoch hat sich auch in den letzten 30 Jahren an der exklusiven sozialen Herkunft deutscher Spitzenmanager nichts geändert. Sie entstammen nach wie vor meist dem Großbürgertum.
Das erklärt, warum sie Gegenbilder zum Grundkonsens einer modernen demokratischen Gesellschaft auf-rufen - und damit Widerstände provozieren: Die publizierten Images bestimmter Manager ebenso wie das Klischee vom Unternehmer an sich verstärken diese harten sozialen Fakten mit glaubwürdigen Bildern. Gesellschaft und Medien greifen rasch auf Sündenböcke mit moralisch prekärer Substanz zurück. Und die stigmatisierte Gruppe selbst kann sich getrost vom gesellschaftlichen Diskurs fern halten: Wer ungeliebt ist, hat wenigstens subjektiv mehr Freiheiten.


Radio-Scherz mit Boliviens Morales bringt Spanien gegen Vatikan auf
Boliviens künftiger Präsident Morales fiel auf einen kirchlichen Radiosender herein, der ihm ein Telefonat mit Ministerpräsident Zapatero vorgaukelte. Zwischen Spanien und dem Vatikan sorgte der Scherz für diplomatischen Ärger.

Madrid - In einem Programm des spanischen kirchlichen Senders Cope hatte sich ein Stimmenimitator als Regierungschef José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero ausgegeben und mit dem Sieger der Präsidentenwahl in Bolivien, Evo Morales, telefoniert. Morales fiel darauf herein und berichtete später auf einer Pressekonferenz, Zapatero habe ihn nach Spanien eingeladen.
Spaniens Außenminister Miguel Angel Moratinos zitierte den Nuntius (Botschafter des Vatikans) Manuel Monteiro de Castro ins Ministerium, um gegen den Scherz zu protestieren. Der Sender Cope gehört der Konferenz der katholischen Bischöfe in Spanien.
Die Regierungen Spaniens und Boliviens verlangten von der Rundfunkanstalt eine Entschuldigung. La Paz erhob zudem Protest in Madrid. Bolivien betonte, der Scherz sei eine "Beleidigung für das bolivianische Volk" und könnte negative Auswirkungen auf die Beziehungen zwischen beiden Ländern haben.
Diese Einengung des Themenspektrums habe zu einer regelrechten "Hitlerisierung" des Unterrichts geführt. "Wir möchten die Lehrer gern ermuntern, das ganze Spektrum der Geschichte zu beachten, anstatt sich auf einige wenige Perioden zu konzentrieren", resümiert die Schulaufsicht. Sie stellt zwar dem Geschichtsunterricht insgesamt ein gutes Zeugnis aus, hält aber auch die Beschäftigung mit den englischen Tudor-Königen vom späten 15. bis zum frühen 17. Jahrhunderten für zu ausgeprägt, während die Beschäftigung mit multi-ethnischen Aspekten der britischen Geschichte zu kurz komme - der Lehrplan bestehe hauptsächlich aus "Hitler und den Henrys".
Die Warnung vor einem verzerrten Deutschlandbild ist nicht neu. Bereits vor knapp drei Jahren hatte die Schulaufsichtsbehörde
in einer Untersuchung belegt, dass britische Schüler mehr über den Nationalsozialismus erfahren als über alle anderen historischen Ereignisse zusammen - britische Geschichte eingeschlossen. Das Thema Hitler werde zwar inhaltlich angemessen, aber zu breit behandelt und zu häufig wiederholt. Auch Prinz Charles hatte eine Änderung des "beschränkten und bruchstückhaften Lehrplans" gefordert; die BBC reagierte mit einem Test "Was wissen Sie über Deutschland?".

Von Hitler und Nazi-Deutschland können britische Schulen gar nicht genug bekommen, andere wichtige Themen finden im Geschichtsunterricht kaum Platz. Der Schulaufsicht geht die "Hitlerisierung" des Unterrichts deutlich zu weit. Sie will das Zerrbild korrigieren.

London - Die oberste britische Schulaufsichtsbehörde hat die starke Einengung auf den Nationalsozialismus im Fach Geschichte beklagt. Der Unterricht in der Mittel- und Oberstufe sei so sehr auf Hitler, Nazi-Deutschland und andere Diktaturen fixiert, dass andere wichtige Themen verdrängt würden, heißt es in dem am Donnerstag  veröffentlichten Jahresbericht der Behörde QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority).
Die Sicherheitsspezialisten von Secunia warnen vor Sicherheitslücken, die bei Antivirus-Programmen von Symantec und McAfee entdeckt wurden. Beide Lücken werden als "hockkritisch" eingestuft.
Interview zur Ukraine: "Katerstimmung nach dem Rausch der Revolution"
Britische Schulen: Die Hitler-Obsession
Essay über Führungskräfte: Neue Väter braucht das Land
Sicherheitslücken: Virenschutzsoftware als Virenrisiko

22.Dec.2005 Aktuelle Studie: Alltagsdroge Hightech
Papst-Auftritt: Tierschützer protestieren gegen Benedikts Mütze
Tsunami-Forschung: Asien drohen neue Todeswellen
Jagd auf Meeressäuger: Norwegen erhöht Walfang-Quote um ein Drittel

22.Dec.2005 Diplomatie: Radio-Scherz mit Boliviens Morales bringt Spanien gegen Vatikan auf
Botschafter einbestellt: Deutscher nach Angeltour in Iran verhaftet
Check out Bruce Schneier for a
quick history of domestic eavesdropping. Our old pal Hannibal from Ars Technica rounds out the review. And Garrance from around the block dives into the data mining laws.

The copy + collection, of US persons has always been a taboo subject. I have 24 years of SIGINT experience and the intentional collection of US persons, or companies, data is verboten.

This is just another example of the BushHaters grasping at anything available to make a point. Please take a moment to read the following:


UPDATE 11:27 AM : There's a ton of surveillance-related news that has come out in the last day, including:

- FBI spied on PETA

- Bush personally asked the Times to kill its NSA story

- "Pentagon's Intelligence Authority Widens"

- DoD: gay law school groups a "credible" terror threat

UPDATE 12:22 PM : Laura points us to an absolute must-read post from Bill Arkin today:

In the spring of 2001, NSA began to change direction in its counter-terrorism targeting under Lt. Gen. Hayden: rather than analyzing the mass of what was collected hoping for the gem in the growing mass of available material, NSA began a methodical process of dissecting terrorist target communications practices and network to determine what to collect. This is commonly referred to at NSA as hunting rather than gathering . It was a procedure that was in its infancy on 9/11.

So what happened? The perceived shackles of domestic collection were removed, the gathering process began again to overwhelm the hunting process, new software, data-mining and link analysis methods were applied to isolate potential domestic targets.

As the Times , in its original story, noted:

The C.I.A. seized the terrorists' computers, cellphones and personal phone directories, said the officials familiar with the program. The N.S.A. surveillance was intended to exploit those numbers and addresses as quickly as possible, they said....In addition to eavesdropping on those numbers and reading e-mail messages to and from the Qaeda figures, the N.S.A. began monitoring others linked to them, creating an expanding chain. While most of the numbers and addresses were overseas, hundreds were in the United States, the officials said....Since 2002, the agency has been conducting some warrantless eavesdropping on people in the United States who are linked, even if indirectly, to suspected terrorists through the chain of phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

But this call chain could very well have grown out of control, the source admits. Suddenly, people ten and twelve degrees of separation away from Osama may have been targeted.

Deputy Director for National Intelligence Michael Hayden hinted at what might be going on in a press conference yesterday:

And here the key is not so much persistence as it is agility. It's a quicker trigger. It's a subtly softer trigger. And the intrusion into privacy -- the intrusion into privacy is significantly less. It's only international calls. The period of time in which we do this is, in most cases, far less than that which would be gained by getting a court order.

That points to a diferent type of technology at work, as I suggested the other day. Senator Jay Rockefeller, in a remarkable pair of handwritten letters (one kept for safe keeping, in case someone tried to say later on that he approved of the program) seems to back this point of view.

As I reflected on the meeting today + the future we face, John Poindexter's TIA project sprung to mind, exacerbating my concern regarding the direction the Administration is moving with regard to security, technology + surveillance.

TIA, of course, would be "Total Information Awareness," Darpa's effort to find potential enemies of the state in the data trails of ordinary folks. The program was cancelled a few years back. But a whole bunch of similar efforts continue throughout the government.
A 5,500-year-old mystery emerges
BY JAMES JANEGA Chicago Tribune

Hamoukar appears to have reached big-city status by 4,500 B.C. and may have been settled as long as 8,000 years ago.

"This is the root of all the civilizations. It's not only Syrian heritage. This is also yours," said Abdal-Razzaq Moaz, Syria's deputy minister of culture in charge of archaeology and cultural heritage. "It's heritage belonging to all humanity." 22.Dec.2005 https://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/world/13448621.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

Hamoukar appears to have reached big-city status by 4,500 B.C. and may have been settled as long as 8,000 years ago.

"This is the root of all the civilizations. It's not only Syrian heritage. This is also yours," said Abdal-Razzaq Moaz, Syria's deputy minister of culture in charge of archaeology + cultural heritage.

"It's heritage belonging to all humanity."

For years, scholars thought urbanized society began and was isolated in Uruk, in southern Mesopotamia.

The future of modern human society rested on Uruk's growth, archeologists say. 22.Dec.2005 https://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/world/13448621.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

Current archeological thought has it that settlements as far north as Hamoukar would have been outposts of the southern Uruk society.

Others dating from the period are small + if the theory is right, imported their culture solely from city-states near the mouths of the Tigris and Euphrates.

Hamoukar has turned that assumption on its head, offering archeologists a full-blown city in far northern Mesopotamia, complete with independent pottery styles and a fully functioning urban society - a thousand years before it was supposed to be there.

"You wouldn't expect to find cities like this until the 3rd Millennium B.C.," said Clemens Reichel, a research associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, who excavated the site this year with archaeologist Salam al-Quntar of the Syrian Department of Antiquities.

Hamoukar appears to have reached big-city status by 4,500 B.C. and may have been settled as long as 8,000 years ago.

"This is the root of all the civilizations. It's not only Syrian heritage. This is also yours," said Abdal-Razzaq Moaz, Syria's deputy minister of culture in charge of archaeology and cultural heritage.

"It's heritage belonging to all humanity."

For years, scholars thought urbanized society began and was isolated in Uruk, in southern Mesopotamia. The future of modern human society rested on Uruk's growth, archeologists say.

"The middle of the fourth millennium is the time of some of the most important changes in the history of civilizations," said Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute. "This is the time when the first cities developed. The first state societies - the things we would call the first true civilizations - develop. The first kings, the use of the wheel."

It was only about 30 years ago that archeologists determined that Uruk expanded by building far-flung colonies.

But within the last decade, archeologists at Hamoukar and Tell Brak in central Syria have also discovered what appear to be full-blown cities in the north by the time Uruk colonists arrived.

"What we're seeing now is that northern Mesopotamia had developed a complex society and developed urbanism apparently in parallel + more or less independently of these emerging Uruk cities in the south," Stein said.

By 3,500 B.C. - the period in the late copper-stone age when Hamoukar was wiped out - archeologists say Uruk would have been the largest city on the planet, a metropolis far to the south of Hamoukar with a square-mile footprint
22.Dec.2005 Wiretap Mystery: Spooks React  Only George W. Bush could creep out the
intelligence community.
Republicans alter images to make it seem that opposition to the Iraq War is treason.
https://www.bloodlesscoup.com/blog/ More On Domestic Spying

Larry Johnson discusses a case where the FISA wiretaps were timely and effective, then speculates on why the Bush adminstration would want more:

Now for the real story.

Mosquera was grabbed thanks to a roving wiretap. I've heard the story from friends who were involved with the operation. DEA officials learned that Mosquera's mom was going to call him. They moved quickly to set up a roving wiretap. They knew he was in New York but did not know where. Mosquera took many precautions, including having the in bound call bounce around the United States. He sent a third party to answer the phone. Once certain the coast was clear Mosquera climbed out of his car. DEA agents closed in and put a major league killer in jail. He was later convicted and is serving a long sentence in a high security US penal facility. The FISA authorization was obtained subsequently.

So, President Bush is wrong. You don't have to break a law to get quick action. Not only can you catch terrorists using FISA, we have caught terrorists. The real story behind the unauthorized wiretaps authorized by President Bush probably concerns the source of the info. It appears the most likely explanation is that the Bush Administration did not want to have to tell a Federal judge that they were using information obtained from interrogations that violated the spirit and the letter of the Geneva Conventions. Instead of protecting the nation the President may be covering his derrier. 22.Dec.2005 https://www.bloodlesscoup.com/blog/

Next up, Tom Daschle says that contrary to its claims, the Bush administration did not seek Congress' advice and consent (emphasis mine):

Between 2002 and 2004, the White House notified me in classified briefings about NSA programs related to the war on terrorism. The briefers made clear they were not seeking my advice or consent, but were simply informing me about new actions . If subsequent public accounts are accurate, it now also appears the briefers omitted key details, including important information about the scope of the program .

Even with some of the more troublesome - and potentially illegal - details omitted, I still raised significant concern about these actions. As such, I am surprised and disappointed that the White House would now suggest that none of us informed of the program objected .

As a result of the significant legal and security concerns raised by the President's actions, I believe it is incumbent on the President to explain the specific legal justification for his actions, for the Congress to fully investigate these actions + for the Administration to fully cooperate with that investigation.

Of course, it's easy to say now that they complained then. At least Rockefeller was smart enough to save his memo.

It's easy to look back and say what they should have done, but I wish someone had raised some warnings before the coast was clear to pile on. 22.Dec.2005 https://www.bloodlesscoup.com/blog/

And via Hoffmania, an Ynigo Montoya moment ("I do not think it means what you think it means"):

In confirming the existence of a top-secret domestic spying program, President Bush offered one case as proof that authorities desperately needed the eavesdropping ability in order to plug a hole in the counter-terrorism firewall that had allowed the Sept. 11 plot to go undetected.


But some current and former high-ranking U.S. counter-terrorism officials say that the still-classified details of the case undermine the president's rationale for the recently disclosed domestic spying program.

Indeed, a 2002 inquiry into the case by the House and Senate intelligence committees blamed interagency communication breakdowns — not shortcomings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or any other intelligence-gathering guidelines.

I predict (or just hope for) snowballing on this practive of the media actually checking the veracity of the President's statements.

I know they are rusty, but Snoopgate might be like oil to the Tin Man. 22.Dec.2005 https://www.bloodlesscoup.com/blog/
December 21, 2005 Is That One of Bush's Arms On The Floor?

Bunch of Conservative Federal Judges to President Bush: Bite Me: A federal appeals court delivered a stunning rebuke to the Bush administration today, refusing to allow the transfer of Jose Padilla from military custody to civilian law enforcement authorities to face terrorism charges in criminal court.

(Snip) What made today's action by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., so startling, lawyers and others said, was that it came from a panel of judges who had provided the administration with a major court victory in September, saying that President Bush had the authority to detain Mr. Padilla, an American citizen, as an enemy combatant.

You know, if you poke the tiger in the cage enough times you (A) start to think that the tiger has no claws or teeth + (B) eventually get scratched/bit/dismembered. Don't piss on (or off) the Federal Judges, no matter what party they are in.
Court rules against govt in Padilla case - By James Vicini
In a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration, a U.S. appeals court refused on Wednesday to transfer "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from U.S. military custody to federal authorities in Florida until the Supreme Court considered his case.


If you are right and he was wearing a wire (which the "hump" neither proves nor disproves) then wouldn't it be ironic to be talking about wiretaps while wearing a wire???? (Things that make you go hmmmm...)

And actually you're all wrong, it's the filler plug the covers the hole left when he sold his soul to the devil... ;-) Doug D.

I am also asking for your opinion.  Is this a new Bush Bulge, or am I just seeing things here?

It's not like there is no precedent for Bush needing people to tell him what to do.  I suggest you visit this website, which has a compelation of Bush Bulges throughout his presidency.

Read counterpoint here.
Was Bush wearing a wire during his Monday press conference?


"We will, under current law, if we have to. We will monitor those calls. And that's why there is a FISA law. We will apply for the right to do so. And there's a difference -- let me finish -- there is a difference between detecting so we can prevent + monitoring. And it's important to know the distinction between the two."  (Emphasis added)
That "let me finish" phrase, made to a reporter who was not interrupting him, reminded me of Bush's
September 2004 debate with Kerry during the presidential election when said the same thing:

"I think what is misleading is to say you can lead and succeed in Iraq if you keep changing your positions on this war. And he has. As the politics change, his positions change. And that's not how a commander in chief acts.

Let me finish.

The intelligence I looked at was the same intelligence my opponent looked at, the very same intelligence. And when I stood up there and spoke to the Congress, I was speaking off the same intelligence he looked at to make his decisions to support the authorization of force." (Emphasis added)
When Bush made that "Let me finish" comment in the debate he has 30 seconds left to speak, no one was interrupting him then either.

You might remember the minor brouhaha that occurred after the debates when close-ups of Bush's jacket revealed that he was likely getting instructions on what to say off-camera.  When he said "let me finish", the theory goes, Bush was speaking to whomever was sending him instructions.

I wondered if another "Bush Bulge" could be spotted on the president during his Monday press conference, so I started searching for pictures of the event.  However, I couldn't find any solid images of him from the side or back.

Thankfully, I was not the only one who noticed that Bush sounded a lot like he did during the 2004 debates.  On the site DemocraticUnderground there were several open threads disscussing the possibility that he was wired.  One poster, by the name "jbnow" wrote:
"CNN had it on their front page.  A side view, the lump was back. I just went there to link it and they brought it closer so you don't see his back.

I did copy it when I first saw it, but I don't know how to post it. I don't think I got it in jpeg.

But it was there. Those creeps, I know that is why they changed it."
I emailed "jbnow" and asked him to send me the picture he was able to capture before it was pulled.  The following morning he sent the image below to my inbox with this message:
"I am glad you can get a closer look and make some use of it. I don't need any credit. Someone at Daily Kos made a comment about the picture, that's why I went to CNN page to look. I thought it looked like "the bulge" and I copied it just in case. If I knew how to do things I'd have taken a screen shot as well. It was gone a short time later."

The bulge is back. The photo evidence is pretty damned conclusive. He even used his infamous phrase "Let me finish!" when no-one had even attempted to interrupt his discussion of the spying scandal... "We will, under current law, if we have to. We will monitor those calls. And that's why there is a FISA law. We will apply for the right to do so. And there's a difference -- let me finish -- there is a difference between detecting so we can prevent + monitoring. And it's important to know the distinction between the two." Go
here and here.
This guy's not hearing-impaired -- he's learning-impaired. And I long for the day when he IS finished mis-governing this nation.

Aus solchen im planetarischen Staub enthaltenen Substanzen ist wahrscheinlich auch das Leben auf der Erde entstanden, vermuten Wissenschaftler schon länger. Die organischen Verbindungen könnten mit Kometen auf die Erde gelangt oder mit dem kosmischen Staub in die Atmosphäre gerieselt sein.
Die Wissenschaftler hatten mit Hilfe des "Spitzer"-Infrarotteleskops, das seit 2003 nahe der Erde die Sonne umkreist, etwa 100 junge Sterne beobachtet und die chemische Zusammensetzung der umgebenden Staubwolken untersucht. Einen derartigen Cocktail großer Mengen organischer Verbindungen, der neben Acetylen und Blausäure auch Kohlendioxid enthielt, fanden sie jedoch nur bei "IRS 46". Anschließende Beobachtungen mit dem Keck-Teleskop auf Hawaii haben die "Spitzer"-Daten bestätigt.
"Wenn man Blausäure, Acetylen und Wasser in ein Reagenzglas gibt und sie auf einer Oberfläche reagieren lässt, bekommt man eine Menge organischer Verbindungen, inklusive Aminosäuren", sagte Geoffrey Blake vom California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Auch eine der vier Basen der DNA könne sich aus dem Gebräu bilden. "Jetzt können wir diese Moleküle in der Planetenzone eines Sterns sehen, Hunderte von Lichtjahren von der Erde entfernt."

In einer Staubscheibe um einen Stern haben Forscher erstmals die Vorstufen von DNA und Proteinen entdeckt. Aus der Scheibe könnten irgendwann Planeten entstehen, die möglicherweise auch der Erde ähneln.

Bei Beobachtungen des 375 Lichtjahre entfernten Sterns "IRS 46" haben Wissenschaftler eine Überraschung erlebt: In der Scheibe aus Gas und Staub, die den Stern umgibt, fanden sie Vorstufen der chemischen Grundbausteine des Lebens. Aus diesen Verbindungen - Acetylen und Blausäure - können Bestandteile der DNA und Aminosäuren entstehen, aus denen alle Eiweißverbindungen aufgebaut sind.
Deutscher Journalistenverband: Kritik an getarnten Reportern

(Kultur, Interview mit Mafia-Experten Roth: "Gasprom ist ein Synonym für Korruption"
Findelkind "Baby 81": Hass auf Familie, die ihren Sohn wiederfand

22.Dec.2005 EU-Drohung: Microsoft soll zwei Millionen Euro pro Tag zahlen
Kostenexplosion: Rürup erwartet Rekordhoch bei Krankenkassenbeiträgen
Strompreiserhöhung: E.on will sich gegen Verbot wehren
Bloggender Web-Erfinder: König Tim hält Hof

22.Dec.2005 Massenweise Top 10: Dem Surfer auf der Spur

22.Dec.2005 Europa-Politik: Merkel will EU-Verfassung retten

22.Dec.2005 Antrittsbesuch in Washington: Ruppiger Rumsfeld herrschte Jung an
Wettersatellit: "Meteosat 9" erfolgreich gestartet
Koalition: Wulff stellt Atomausstieg in Frage
Bausteine des Lebens: DNA-Vorläufer umschweben fernen Stern

22.Dec.2005 New Yorker U-Bahn-Streik: Gewerkschaften reagieren auf Haftandrohung
Mannesmann: Politiker fordern Ackermanns Rücktritt

22.Dec.2005 Patriot Act: US-Senat verlängert Anti-Terror-Gesetz

22.Dec.2005 Widerstand: Bundesländer wollen Strompreiserhöhung blockieren
Aufrüstung: Japans Außenminister nennt China Bedrohung

22.Dec.2005 Regierungspläne: Sechs Milliarden Euro für die Universitäten

(UniSPIEGEL, Bohrungen in Alaska: Senat kippt Bushs Öl-Pläne

22.Dec.2005 Reisetrends 2006: Marokko erwacht aus Dornröschenschlaf

23.Dec.2005 (Entwicklungshilfe: Den ärmsten Ländern werden die Schulden erlassen
Moyzis vermutet, dass der Mensch sich mit der Erfindung der modernen Zivilisation quasi "selbst domestiziert" habe. "Eines der größten Ereignisse der letzten 50.000 Jahre ist die Entwicklung der Kultur", so Moyzis. "Indem wir durch unsere Kultur unsere Umwelt so radikal und schnell verändert haben, haben wir uns selbst einem hohen Selektionsdruck ausgesetzt."
Moyzis und seine Kollegen haben dabei nach SNP-Paaren Ausschau gehalten, die öfter gemeinsam vorkommen als durch die zufällige Durchmischung des Erbguts von Generation zu Generation zu erwarten wäre. Solche Verbindungen, auch Koppelungsungleichgewicht genannt, können auftreten, wenn die natürliche Auslese eine bestimmte Variante eines Gens bevorzugt.
Das Ergebnis: 1800 Gene - also etwa 7 % des menschlichen Genoms - haben sich dank natürlicher Auslese während der vergangenen 10.000 bis 50.000 Jahre verändert. Die vielleicht noch wichtigere Erkenntnis ist jedoch, dass rund 80 % der veränderten SNPs mit der Fortpflanzung, der Reaktion auf Krankheitserreger, der Funktion von Nervenzellen, der Zellteilung oder dem Stoffwechsel in Zusammenhang stehen.
"Das passt zu den Veränderungen des menschlichen Lebens in dieser Zeit", schreiben Moyzis und seine Kollegen im Fachblatt "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences". Insbesondere die Tatsache, dass die Menschen von Jägern und Sammlern zu sesshaften Landwirten wurden, finde sich in den genetischen Veränderungen wieder. Denn die gewandelten Erbinformationen stünden mit Aspekten wie der Lebenszeit, der Fortpflanzung, der Nahrungsaufnahme und der Verbreitung ansteckender Krankheiten in engem Zusammenhang.


Zivilisation formt den Menschen
Die Zivilisation hat in nur 50.000 Jahren das Erbgut des Menschen deutlich beeinflusst. Eine Analyse ergab, dass etwa die Landwirtschaft und das Zusammenleben auf engem Raum sieben % des Genoms verändert haben - allein durch natürliche Auslese.

Während in Schulen, Parlamenten und Hörsälen der USA der Kampf um die Evolutionstheorie voll entbrannt ist, haben Forscher einmal mehr bewiesen, dass Darwin Recht hatte - und zwar nicht nur in Bezug auf das Tierreich, sondern auch auf den Menschen. Die natürliche Auslese hat in nur 10.000 bis 50.000 Jahren deutliche Spuren im menschlichen Erbgut hinterlassen - beeinflusst durch das Leben in der Zivilisation, so das Ergebnis einer aktuellen Studie.
Unterstützung für die Überwachungsanordnungen erhielt Bush von seinem Vizepräsidenten. Dick Cheney sagte vor Journalisten auf dem Flug von Pakistan nach Oman, der Präsident brauche in Zeiten des Terrorismus "starke und robuste Vollmachten". Die in den vergangenen vier Jahren von Bush genehmigten Abhöraktionen seien angemessen und verfassungsgemäß gewesen. "Es ist kein Zufall, dass wir vier Jahre nicht mehr getroffen wurden", sagte er in Anspielung auf die Anschläge vom 11. September 2001.
Cheney vertrat die Ansicht, die Vollmachten des Präsidenten seien durch Watergate und die Vietnamkriegsära erodiert worden. Der demokratische Senator Edward Kennedy reagierte auf Cheneys Äußerungen mit den Worten: "Ich denke, der Vizepräsident sollte noch einmal die Verfassung lesen."
https://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002179.htm the GOP hates the Constitution #4 For the full report Link Here
https://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002179.htm COMMENT #5 [link] ... John R Brakey said on 12/20/2005 @ 12:54pm PT... 22.Dec.2005 https://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002179.htm

I am sorry, but we have let these people steal our government. I am a Democrat. I'm NOT a gun toting dues paying member of the NRA but I wish I was NOW!! Yes I'm a “social liberal” but also a fiscal conservative.

I am riled and you should be too. I don’t care if you are a Green, a Libertarian, or a Republican, if you are an American you should be on your hind legs speaking out against what is happening here, now.
Your rights are being stolen. Your future is being squandered. Your life is about to change in such a fashion that you have no idea how you will adjust to this new Amerika.
So, put down the drumstick, get on the phone, get on your computer, write your idiot Congressman and Senator’s. Tell them to read the Constitution and remind them that they took and oath to preserve that Constitution. No man is above the law! This includes Bush and Cheney. Cheney is laughing at us; he telling people that opposition to their plans is “dumb politics”, yes, it might be “dumb politics” but it is American and it is patriotism.

"In brief, we have found that there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice-President and other high ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq; misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for such war; countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in Iraq; and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of their Administration. There is at least a prima facie case that these actions that federal laws have been violated - from false statements to Congress to retaliating against Administration critics."...
"The Report rejects the frequent contention by the Bush Administration that there pre-war conduct has been reviewed and they have been exonerated. No entity has ever considered whether the Administration misled Americans about the decision to go to War + the Senate Intelligence Committee has not yet conducted a review of pre-war intelligence information, while the Silberman-Robb report specifically cautioned, that intelligence manipulation "was not part of our inquiry." There has also not been any independent inquiry concerning torture and other legal violations in Iraq; nor has there been an independent review of the pattern of cover-ups and political retribution by the Bush Administration against its critics, other than the very narrow and still ongoing inquiry of Special Counsel Fitzgerald."

The skinny is that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by ranking minority member John Conyers (D-MI) have now released their full 250-page report, said to be more than six months in the making, on the Administration's use/abuse of pre-war intel, torture policies and much more.
The BRAD BLOG first reported exclusively on all of this as 'coming soon' last week. Yesterday, we added quite a few details about what to expect in this report. Our friends at RAW STORY have several articles, including links to the Full Report and its Executive Summary.
Report Executive Summary here
Report in full here [PDF]
Report by chapters here (Includes links to all exhibits, key documents, etc.)
Along with the report, Conyers has introduced three resolutions in the House which call for the Censure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for failure to provide oversight materials to Congress and for "misstatements" in their lead-up to war. One of the resolutions also calls for the creation of a new "Select Committee" -- with subpeona power -- to discover whether there are grounds for Impeachment of both Bush and Cheney. This committee has been described to us by a Judiciary Committee staffer as "similar to the Ervin Committee on Presidential Campaign Acitivites that kicked off Watergate, to conduct further investigation of the matters described in the report." The committee would then refer evidence constituting impeachable offenses to the House Judiciary Committee.
The report -- entitled THE CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Toture, Retribution + Coverups in the Iraq War -- is described by Conyers this way in a Press Release this morning (complete text of Press Release posted at end of this article):

Claims that poll was rigged raise fears of fresh insurgency : SUNNI politicians in Iraq launched a fierce attack yesterday on the credibility of last week’s watershed general election, in what could be the first step towards their rejection of the eventual outcome.

22.Dec.2005 Post-election harmony in Iraq is unraveling: "This election is completely false. It insults democracy everywhere. Everything was based on fraud, cheating, frightening people + using religion to frighten the people. It is terrorism more than democracy."

22.Dec.2005 Lawmaker Wants Bush + Cheney Censured : Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., called Tuesday for Congress to censure President Bush + Vice President Cheney, saying they misled lawmakers on the decision to go to war in Iraq.

22.Dec.2005 Iran's Victory in Iraq: For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country's latest election, though more restrained than his infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

22.Dec.2005 Iranian 'terror group' divides Washington: An Iranian dissident group that the U.S. State Department considers a "foreign terrorist organization" continues to enjoy support in Congress while being protected by the American military in Iraq.

22.Dec.2005 Congress Explicitly Said War Resolution Did Not Expand Executive Power : President Bush claimed at yesterday’s press conference that he did not have to secure warrants because “after 11.Sep.2001 the US Congress also granted me additional authority to use military force against al Qaeda.”

22.Dec.2005 Letter shows senator raised concerns in '03: One of the few members of Congress briefed by the White House on a controversial domestic wiretap program took the extraordinary step Monday of unsealing the only copy he made of a 2003 letter in which he raised strong concerns about the secret effort with Vice President Dick Cheney.

22.Dec.2005 The National Security Agency Declassified: President Bush's recent admission that he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on U.S. persons without obtaining a warrant has focused the nation's attention on the authorities and regulations governing this sensitive issue.

22.Dec.2005 Michel Chossudovsky: The Anglo-American War of Terror: : The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. In the largest display of military might since the Second World War, the United States and its indefectible British ally have embarked upon a military adventure, which threatens the future of humanity.

22.Dec.2005 It's your history: It's disturbing to think that the president truly believes that Arab and Muslim contempt for his government stems from Arab media detractors, rather than his administration's misguided policies.

22.Dec.2005 In case you missed it: Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies + Con-Artists : It is now a matter of public record that immediately after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001, U.S. Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld + his pro-Israeli "Neoconservative" Deputy Paul Wolfowitz began to plot, plan, scheme and conspire to wage a war of aggression against Iraq by manipulating the tragic events of September 11th in order to provide a pretext for doing so

22.Dec.2005 Bush and Goebbels: Compare and contrast:: The price of victory and defeat: 00.000.1943, after the defeat at Stalingrad, Joseph Goebbels made a speech which was called Total War.

22.Dec.2005 The Would-Be Dictator: : How We Got to This Awful Place: How could this have happened in a free society? The reasons are many and varied, including a corporate-owned mass media that knew a lot more than it was telling the public

22.Dec.2005 International Peace Conference: 1400 delegates demand end to war at historic gathering

22.Dec.2005 International Peace Conference : Hear and download audio programs

22.Dec.2005 China lays down gauntlet in energy war: The United States stands to lose major leverage over the entire strategic Eurasian region with the latest developments.

22.Dec.2005 China expected to overtake US within three decades: CHINA could overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy within just three decades, economists said yesterday after Beijing reported that the country’s national income is a sixth higher than previously reported.

22.Dec.2005 Support for war 'makes us terror target' : The Irish Government's support for the war in Iraq is putting Dublin at risk of a terrorist attack, an Oireachtas Committee heard today.

22.Dec.2005 Irish Senator: CIA 'using Baldonnel airport' : Mr Norris also branded US president George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as liars on the issue.

22.Dec.2005 Bolivia's Morales brands Bush a "terrorist": Evo Morales, the winner of Bolivia's presidential election, branded U.S. President George W. Bush a "terrorist", in an interview with Arabic satellite television on Tuesday.

22.Dec.2005 Allies balk at Afghan mission : Canada could find itself isolated on the front line of a dangerous war as the United States withdraws troops from Afghanistan and doubts swirl about the military commitments from key NATO allies in the troubled country.

22.Dec.2005 Just Lay Back and Enjoy It: Gissin is pissed that the Irish government won't acknowledge that Jews have an "historical" claim to the land.

22.Dec.2005 News Conference Held About Bombs At Mosque :The FBI says the incident has not been classified as a hate crime, but it will be looked at as such.

22.Dec.2005 Nothing New About NSA Spying on Americans: The big puzzle is why anyone is shocked that President Bush eavesdropped on Americans. The National Security Agency for decades has routinely monitored the phone calls and telegrams of thousands of Americans.

22.Dec.2005 Senate Blocks Alaska Refuge Drilling : - The Senate blocked an attempt to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling Wednesday, foiling an attempt by drilling backers to force the measure through Congress as part of a must-have defense spending bill.

22.Dec.2005 Holding hostages for Arctic oil: Jim Ramstad tends toward moderation in his comments, as well as in his politics + so it is worth taking note when this Minnesota Republican spotlights "the most outrageous abuse of power I've seen in my 15 years as a member of Congress."

22.Dec.2005 Frist, Hastert Aid Vaccine Companies: In a late-night move that could be worth billions of dollars to a small group of major drug manufacturers, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) inserted language into the fiscal year 2006 Defense Department spending conference report.

22.Dec.2005 Testing Drugs on India's Poor : Multinational corporations are riding high on the trend toward globalization by taking advantage of India's educated work force and deep poverty to turn South Asia into the world's largest clinical-testing petri dish.

22.Dec.2005 Abramoff may cooperate in corruption probe: Asked how many members of Congress Abramoff could implicate, the person said only that "cooperation is cooperation; it's full cooperation."

22.Dec.2005 Abramoff's `Equal Money' Went Mostly to Republicans : U.S. President George W. Bush calls indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff ``an equal money dispenser'' who helped politicians of both parties. Campaign donation records show Republicans were a lot more equal than Democrats.

22.Dec.2005 Paul Craig Roberts: Guilty When Charged: Americans in their ignorance and gullibility think that only the guilty would enter a guilty plea. This is the uninformed opinion of the naive who have never experienced the terror and psychological torture of the US criminal justice (sic) system.
The Myth of the Superhuman Enemy -By Manuel Valenzuela
Terror new and real will arrive on our shores just in time to once again take possession of our minds, making us, yet again, unthinking animals sustained by raw emotion and instinct, becoming the sheep easily corralled, led and controlled by our masters. We will mobilize once more, marching to the trumpets of war and violence, becoming the instrument the corporatists need to further their goals.

Iraq's election result: a divided nation -By Patrick Cockburn
The election marks the final shipwreck of American and British hopes of establishing a pro-Western secular democracy in a united Iraq.

Spy Court Judge Quits In Protest -By Carol D. Leonnig and Dafna Linzer Washington Post Staff Writers
A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.

22.Dec.2005 Must watch video :
Our president Is A liar? He was lying then and he is lying now? A must watch 5 minute video: Windows media and Flash format
Senate Blocks Alaska Refuge Drilling. Second Stinging Defeat for White House After UnPatriot Act Filibuster.

22.Dec.2005 In a sharp rebuke, a federal appeals court denied Wednesday a Bush administration request to transfer terrorism suspect Jose Padilla from military to civilian law enforcement custody.

22.Dec.2005 The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House + the Education of Paul O'Neill (Paperback)"We think that in Suskind's able hands, O'Neill's experience is quite revealing about the inner workings of the right wing bandits who have taken over America."
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A federal judge has resigned from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance to protest Bush's secret [and illegal] authorization of a domestic spying program on people with suspected terrorist ties, The Washington Post reported.
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I know that right-wing nutjobs constantly try to connect the jihadist movement with communism. That's because right-wing nutjobs are incapable of learning the basic facts of history.

One of those facts is this:

The Salafist movement (Al Qaeda is an outgrowth of Salafism) is closely allied to the Muslim Brotherhood, which had stood against Nasserism,

which was the last major Arab political movement to display any sympathy for any variety of socialism.

00.000.1970 -in the s- in Iran there was a strong socialist movement but THEY were killed by Khomeini.

there are some aficionados of parapolitics who argue that

the CIA,

having noted the Shah's instability,

helped to establish Khomeini

as an alternative,

beause a religious leader was considered preferable to anyone on the left.

I don't know if that allegation is true, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were.)
Forgive my discursiveness.

The point is, we now know that the Pentagon is spying on anti-War protestors. That means you and me.

We know that "Uncle" can now track your movements if you carry a cel phone. No warrant necessary.
Meanwhile, our prez is good friends with Saudi royalty, while Saudi citizens (and those who merely claim to be such) are pouring into this nation, legally and illegally.

The administration refuses to beef up security at our ports + the Bushfolk want to allow sharp implements back on airplanes .
Obviously, this administration does not consider jihadists to be the enemy. After all, a new terror incident would rescue W's poll numbers.
No, the real enemy is anyone who opposes King George.
Die gesundheitsschädigende Wirkung von Staubpartikeln in der Luft hängt neben ihrer Zusammensetzung auch von ihrer Größe ab, wobei PM-2,5 aufgrund der geringen Teilchengröße als besonders gefährlich gelten.

In der EU gelten für Teilchen dieser Größe bislang noch keine Grenzwerte, wohl aber in den USA. Die durchschnittliche Jahresmenge darf dort 15 Tausendstel Gramm pro Kubikmeter Luft nicht überschreiten.
Diesen Grenzwert hatten die Forscher bei ihrer Studie an Mäusen eingehalten:

An fünf Tagen in der Woche atmeten die Tiere mehrere Stunden lang Luft ein, deren Staubkonzentration typisch für New York, aber noch gesetzlich erlaubt ist.

Nach sechs Monaten waren die Arterien der Tiere zu 19 % mit Ablagerungen gefüllt.

Bei einer Kontrollgruppe, die nur staubfreie Luft eingeatmet hatte, lag der Wert dagegen bei 13 %.
Deutlicher war der Effekt bei Tieren, die anstelle normalen Futters während der gesamten Studiendauer sehr fettreiche Nahrung bekommen hatten:

Deren Arterien waren zu über 41 % verstopft, wenn die Tiere wiederholt Schmutzpartikel eingeatmet hatten + zu etwa 26 % unter staubfreien Bedingungen.
Ölförderung in Alaska: US-Senatoren blockieren Abstimmung
Streik in New York: Richter prüft Verhaftung von Gewerkschaftsführern
Terrorermittlungen: Soldaten gaben sich als Journalisten aus
Terrorismus: BKA soll von Foltervorwürfen gewusst haben
Nichtstaatliche Organisationen: Russland verschärft Kontrolle
Prozess: Saddam wirft Amerikanern Folter vor
Herzleiden: Feinstaub schon in kleinen Mengen schädlich

21.Dec.2005 Atom: Iran besteht auf Uran-Anreicherung im eigenen Land
Strafrechtler Schünemann zu Mannesmann-Prozess: "Es kann nun keinen faulen Frieden mehr geben"
Streik: New York im Ausnahmezustand
Vogelgrippe: Ölscheichs bangen um ihre Jagdfalken

21.Dec.2005 Sprachforschung: Fluchen tut gut

21.Dec.2005 Mannesmann-Prozess: Wie der BGH die Freisprüche zerpflückte
Polit-Drama "Genua 01": Protest, ein starkes Stück
Verändertes Erbgut: Zivilisation formt den Menschen

21.Dec.2005 Begrenzte Freude: Wirtschaftsinstitute erhöhen Prognosen
Tschetschenien: Mysteriöse Massenerkrankung bedroht Schulkinder

21.Dec.2005 Mannesmann: BGH vermutet Untreue bei Ackermann, Zwickel und Funk
Faschisten-Gruß: Berlusconi hält zu Di Canio
Prozess: Saddam will lieber beten als zuhören
Wahlsieger: Boliviens neuer Präsident nennt Bush Terrorist
Naturgewalten: Seebeben erschüttert Indonesien >

21.Dec.2005 NSA-Affäre: US-Richter tritt wegen Bushs Lauschangriffen zurück
Mannesmann-Affäre: Deutsche Bank sucht Ackermann-Nachfolger

21.Dec.2005 Vereinte Nationen: Neue Uno-Kommission soll Krisenstaaten Frieden bringen

21.Dec.2005 Terror: Rumsfeld glaubt nicht mehr an Einfluss Bin Ladens auf al-Qaida
Interview mit Wirtschaftshistoriker Abelshauser: "Clash der Kulturen"
21.Dec.2005 20. DEZEMBER 2005
Metropole im Ausnahmezustand: New Yorker Nahverkehr setzt Streik fort

World Finance Corporation holdings

00.000.1971 in Miami by Hernández Cartaya, a Cuban banker in exile -The World Finance Corporation (WFC) was established .

00.000.197- -A few years later-the corporation owned branch offices in eight Latin-American countries :

in Dutch Antilles + Cayman Islands + London + the United Arab Emirates + Texas, as well as nine firms + a bank in Miami.

Its loan business amounted to $500 billion a year.

As revealed by Government investigations on three continents, the WFC was a giant recycling machine for 'dirty money' coming from the trafficking of drugs + weapons.

Moreover, WFC was basically an international cross-roads where various individuals + various interests met:

mafiosi such as Santo Trafficante - who was entrusted by the CIA with the task of killing Fidel Castro - Latin-American drug dealers, CIA members + even supporters of the Castro Government who were interested in drug-trafficking as a source of capital for the purchase of weapons intended for guerilla forces in various Latin-American countries.

Investigations also revealed that

00.000.1975 the WFC received a $2million loan from the Narodny Bank, a Soviet institution concerned mainly with funding Soviet undercover agents (Lernoux 1984: 147149).

The activity of the WFC was discovered during the investigation of the King Spray Service, a pest control company involved in drug-trafficking.

Among the individuals involved in these illegal operations was Richard Fincher, an ex-Florida senator, also a business partner both of some members of President Nixon's establishment + of well-known drug dealers within the so-called Cuban connection, such as Mario Escandar.

It was a tight circle indeed:

'Escandar was a friend of Hernández Cartaya, the WFC owner, who was a friend of Dick Fincher, who was a friend of Bebe Rebozo, who was a friend of Richard Nixon' (Messick, in Lernoux 1984: 153).

Hernández Cartaya's specialty was double-crossing:

Hernández Cartaya worked with the Cuban counter-revolutionaries + helped the Castro guerrillas as well;

Hernández Cartaya also cooperated with the CIA but was nonetheless on good terms with the Soviet espionage organization.

The recycling of drug-trafficking incomes allowed Cartaya to tighten his sphere of influence.

And yet

00.000.1981 Hernández Cartaya was charged not with banking frauds or espionage or laundering of dirty money, but only with tax-evasion.

The CIA did its best to shield Cartaya's activities + despite all the evidence, it went so far as to disclaim any knowledge of the case (Lernoux 1984: 165).

In spite of the crash of the WFC's financial empire,

the activities which had contributed to WFC s prosperity have not been eliminated:

drug-trafficking has in fact grown in that area +

the illegal accumulation of money continues.

Lester Wolff, the ex-chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, pointed out that every attempt to fight drug-trafficking is doomed to failure, since it remains a political matter.

As the case of the WFC proves, the 'politicization' of crime is the keystone of the whole problem.

Halliburton Corporation's Brown and Root is one of the major components of

"While we usually think of corruption in relation to police officers on the street and local prosecutors, the drug war has managed to offer incentives for corruption that reach to the very highest levels of the United States government. It is indeed ironic that the very agencies of government who are beating the drums loudest in the war on drugs have also established an infamous record of accepting assistance from and providing logistical support to some of the largest drug trafficking syndicates in the world. Consider the following examples (Chambliss and Block, 1981; Lernoux, 1984; Lyman and Potter, 1999; McCoy, 1972; Mills, 1986; Simon, 1998): For more than three decades the U.S. government has directly supported the opium-growing warlords of the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia. Not only does the government provide them with military assistance and arms under the guise of fighting communism, but it has also protected corrupt governments, such as that of Thailand, which nurture the heroin industry. Immediately followingWWI.I, the OSS, predecessor to the CIA struck a deal with Corsican organized crime groups in Marseilles to break a dockworkers strike which was impeding French efforts to put down a rebellion in the colony of Vietnam. In return the Corsicans were given carte blanche to refine heroin in Marseilles and import to the United states. The result of this deal was the infamous French Connection.

During the Vietnam war and for some time thereafter, CIA-funded Laotian tribesmen were used to refine opium poppies into heroin. A CIA front company, Air America, was used to transport the heroin out of Southeast Asia. The CIA has helped to establish money-laundering facilities for the Southeast Asian heroin connection. The Nugan Hand Bank, established in Australia 00.000.1973, laundered funds for both the CIA and the Southeast Asian heroin traffickers.

CIA associates in the Caribbean, including the paymaster for the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, played key roles in the operations of Castle Bank, a Florida money laundry for organized crime's drug money.

Another Florida bank with strong intelligence- community connections, the Bank of Perrine, has been used by the Colombian cartels to launder money from their burgeoning cocaine business.

The CIA + organized crime played a key role in establishing and operating the World Finance Corporation, a Florida-based company involved in laundering drug money and supporting terrorist activities in the early 1970s. Mexican heroin magnate Alberto Sicilia-Falcon not only claimed to have been a CIA agent operating on orders from Washington but also had access to classified CIA documents and had a chief enforcer with CIA ties.

The world's largest opium merchant, Chang Chi- fu, operated as a CIA 'client.'

Another heroin czar, Li Wen-huan, was given direct financial and logistical assistance by the CIA.

A third major heroin trafficker, Lu Hus-shui, was protected from a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation on orders from the CIA.

In the 1980s, the CIA provided assistance to the mujahadeen rebels fighting a civil war in Afghanistan.

As part of the effort, U.S. supplied funds, supplies + technical assistance were used to re-open the heroin pipeline out of Afghanistan through Pakistan which had been severed during the war.

The CIA effectively blocked a major DEA investigation of drug trafficking and money laundering by Manuel Noriega in Panama + the State Department blocked an investigation targeting the government of the Bahamas, after evidence was developed that the government drug traffickers were making a deal to use the islands as a safe haven for both drugs and money.

In the 1980s, U.S. government intelligence agents working with the Nicaraguan contras in an attempt to overthrow the government of Nicaragua

(1) solicited funds for the operation from the Medellin Cartel;

(2) provided logistical air support for cocaine flights to United States + allowed the cartels use of contra landing strips in Costa Rica;

(3) arranged State department payments to companies owned by drug traffickers , ostensibly as part of a humanitarian relief operation; and

allowed the contras to deal in large quantities of cocaine themselves.

Recent investigations have revealed that a sizeable portion of the cocaine being sold to Los Angeles-based street gangs for the production of crack came from the contras."
CRJ 875: Crime and Public Policy
Module 5: The Failure of Drug Control Policies
Gary W. Potter, Professor, Criminal Justice and Police Studies Eastern Kentucky University
Pipe Dreams: the CIA, Drugs + the Media
C.I.A. & DRUGS - From The Wilderness Publications

The fabric of American society is a massive CIA deception

Drugs and the Financing of US Sponsored Conflict - Click here

"In Chambliss' view governments often engage in smuggling (arms and drugs), assassination conspiracies, terrorist acts + other crimes in order to further their foreign policy objectives ...

In this section [of this University Course] we will examine the issue of state-organized crime as it relates to the United States ...

In recent years, intelligence agencies in the United States have sought and received assistance from drug traffickers .

While it is, of course, outrageously hypocritical for a government waging a drug war against its own citizens to seek assistance from drug traffickers, it is not surprising ...

In the early 1970s, the CIA and organized crime played a key role in establishing and operating the World Finance Corporation, a Florida-based company involved in laundering drug money + supporting terrorist activities (Lernoux, 1984) ... There is precious little difference between those people who society designates as respectable + law abiding + those people society castigates as hoodlums + thugs.

The world of corporate finance and corporate capital is as criminogenic and probably more criminogenic than any poverty-wracked slum neighborhood ...

In the everyday language of the police, the press + popular opinion, 'organized crime' refers to a tightly knit group of people, usually alien + often Italian, that run a crime business structured

along the lines of feudal relationships.

This conception bears little relationship to the reality of organized crime today... "
CRJ 875: Crime and Public Policy
Module 9: State-Organized Crime as a Case Study Of Criminal Policy
Gary W. Potter, Professor, Criminal Justice and Police Studies -The Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies- Eastern Kentucky University

"The men who perfected the guns-for-dope traffic moved to the Middle East as experts in the sale of sophisticated arms, protected by officials at the top in the Pentagon and CIA.

Richard Armitage, [former President Bush Snr, CIA chief]

now the key Pentagon official in counter-terror + covert operations-

is named consistently by investigators as the man who helped the drug warlords market their crops ...

The most prominent name recurring in this [CIA drug tafficking] connection is Vice President George Bush .

While he was CIA director, much of these activities blossomed, but more serious charges are being made by former intelligence officers, who fear that their institutions have been corrupted by a few self-proclaimed patriots."
13.Aug.1987 Toronto Sun

Armitage is now Deputy Secretary of State under the new Bush Jnr administration

"While we usually think of corruption in relation to police officers on the street and local prosecutors, the drug war has managed to offer incentives for corruption that reach to the very highest levels of the USA government It is indeed ironic that the very agencies of government who are beating the drums loudest in the war on drugs have also established an infamous record of accepting assistance from and providing logistical support to some of the largest drug trafficking syndicates in the world."
CRJ 875: Crime and Public Policy
Module 5: The Failure of Drug Control Policies
Gary W. Potter, Professor, Criminal Justice and Police Studies
Eastern Kentucky University


"Wir müssen uns der Überlegenheit unserer Zivilisation bewusst sein, die aus Prinzipien und Werten besteht, die einen breiten Wohlstand für die Allgemeinheit gebracht haben.

Der Westen wird weiterhin Völker erobern, so wie es ihm gelungen ist, die kommunistische Welt und einen Teil der islamischen Welt zu erobern, aber ein anderer Teil davon ist um 1400 Jahre zurückgeblieben.

Die westliche Gesellschaft hat Werte wie Freiheitsliebe, die Freiheit der Völker und des Einzelnen, die sicherlich nicht zum Erbgut anderer Zivilisationen, wie der islamischen, gehören.." (Silvio Berlusconi)

Mitte der Siebziger Jahre, als sich Berlusconi vom Bauunternehmertum dem Mediengeschäft zuwandte, trat er dem Geheimbund "Propaganda Due" (P2) bei,

was er später natürlich bestritt, doch aufgrund vorliegender Beweise dafür wegen Meineids verurteilt wurde.

Dank einer allgemeinen Amnestie wurde ihm die Bestrafung allerdings erlassen.

Der P-2-Fall ist einer der am besten dokumentierten Verschwörungsfälle der jüngeren Zeit -

angesichts des kometenhaften Wiederaufstiegs des neuen Duce Berlusconi sind einige Beobachter sogar der Meinung,

dass er immer noch läuft.

Zu den Top-Nazis, die über die Rattenlinie und Genouds Netzwerk nach dem Krieg in sicheren Häfen untergebracht wurden, gehörten nicht nur Figuren wie Adolf Eichmann, Klaus Barbie oder Oberst Rudel, sondern auch der italienische Faschist und SS-Mann Licio Gelli (geb. 1919), der sich fortan von Südamerika auch als Waffenhändler betätigte. Für die deutschen Terror-Fachleute vom Schlage der "Bestie" Barbie fand sich in der Folge beim Aufbau bzw. der Destabilisierung diverser südamerikanischer Länder reichlich Verwendung - viele der unter der Patronage der CIA ausgerüsteten "Befreiungskrieger", Todesschwadronen und "Contras" wurden von deutschen "Profis" geschult.

Gelli ging Anfang der 70er Jahre nach Italien zurück und soll dort P2 gegründet haben, um in einem "weißen Staatsstreich" die Macht in Italien zu übernehmen - als der Coup 1981 aufflog, wurde in seinem Haus die P2-Mitgliederliste gefunden, in der 43 Regierungs- und Parlamentsmitglieder, rund 900 hohe Beamte, führende Offiziere der Streitkräfte, der Nachrichtendienste sowie Führungskräfte aus Medien, Industrie und Banken verzeichnet waren - darunter mit der Nr. 1816 auch Silvio Berlusconi.

Einer der Top-P2-Mitglieder, der Bankier Roberto Calvi, wurde kurz darauf unter erhängt unter einer Londoner Brücke gefunden - später fand man heraus, dass der "Bankier Gottes" über seine "Banco Ambrosiano" und die Vatikanbank (IOR) eine große Waschanlage für Mafia-und Drogengelder betrieben hatte. Unter den zahlreichen Banken und Scheinbanken, die Calvi weltweit gegründet hatte, befand sich auch die Cisalpine-Bank auf den Bahamas, als deren zweiter Haupteigentümer Erzbischof Paul Marcinkus von der Vatikanbank eingetragen war. Die Cisalpine war 1981 in der Gerichtsverhandlung gegen die "World Finance Corporation" (WFC) anrüchig geworden, einer Bank in Miami, deren Leiter, ein "ehemaliger" CIA-Agent, angeklagt war, Geld aus dem Kokainhandel südamerikanischer Diktatoren gewaschen zu haben + zwar über das "Schwarze Loch" des Calvi-Marcinkus-P2-Konsortiums.

Die Autorin Benny Lernoux ("In Banks we trust") , die den Fall recherchiert hat, geht davon aus, dass P2 der Hauptfinanzkanal faschistischer Regime in Lateinamerika war.

Diese enge Verknüpfung mit den netten Hurensöhnen der US-Außenpolitik erklärt dann auch, warum Michele Sindona - Partner von Calvi und Gelli im Geldwäsche-Geschäft - beim Inaugurationsball von Präsident Nixon geladen war und Gelli höchstselbst Gast bei selbigem Ball zur Inauguration Ronald Reagans.

Dass die Mafia auch "Ehrenwerte Gesellschaft" genannt wird, hatte mit der Liste von zu schützenden Mitgliedern der "ehrenwerten Gesellschaft" Italiens zu tun, die New Yorker Mafiosi den US-Geheimdiensten übergaben, als sie mit ihnen zum Zwecke der US-Invasion in Italien 1944 zusammenarbeiteten. Nachdem die wildgewordenen "Hurensöhne" Hitler und Mussolini gestoppt waren, baute sich die CIA über die Mafia und den Vatikan einen neuen anti-kommunistischen Einflusskanal auf, der in den terroristischen 70er Jahren u.a. mit zahlreichen Bombenattentaten aktiv wurde, die dank falscher Spuren den "Roten Brigaden" angelastet wurden. So auch der Höhepunkt der Terrorserie, der Bombenanschlag auf den Bahnhof von Bologna am 2. August 1980, der 85 Tote und 200 Verletzte hinterließ. Die wahren Hintermänner wurden erst im November 1995 verurteilt. Zwei Täter erhielten lebenslänglich, ihre Auftraggeber kamen mit jeweils zehn Jahren davon: der P-2-Großmeister Licio Gelli und seine rechte Hand, der CIA-Agent, Francesco Pazienza,

Auch wenn es dafür keinen Beweis gibt scheinen die jüngsten Bombenattentate in Genua und Venedig, die zum Anlass wurden, die Anti-Globlasierungs-Demonstranten brutal anzugreifen, doch ganz die Handschrift dieser typischen, italo-amerikanischen Counter-Intelligence-Operationen zu tragen. Zumal mit Berlusconi ein gelehriger Schüler Gellis jetzt an den Schalthebeln der Medien und der Macht sitzt.
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