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06.May 2006 Zypries-Vorschlag: Schuluniform statt Burka
06.May 2006 Österreich: Das Gespenst trägt rot AN>Deutsch-französisches Geschichtsbuch: "Ein ziemlicher Spagat"
06.May 2006

Amnesty International, which submitted a report to the panel, said US public statements contradicted its practices.

"The US government is not only failing to take steps to eradicate torture, it is actually creating a climate in which torture + other ill-treatment can flourish, including by trying to narrow the definition of torture," said group official Curt Goering.
06.May 2006
US denies terror suspect torture The US has defended its treatment of suspects detained in its "war on terror", telling a UN committee that it considers the use of torture as wrong.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Barry Lowenkron told the Committee Against Torture in Geneva that US law prohibited such practices.

Senior US officials are testifying before the committee for the first time since the 11.Sep.2001 attacks.

Rights groups accuse the US of flouting the UN Convention against Torture.

They say the US allows the torture + inhumane treatment of foreign terror suspects at their detention centres around the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

'Inexcusable acts'

In his opening statement, Mr Lowenkron stressed that the US government rejected the use of torture.

COMMITTEE KEY QUESTIONS Interpretation: How does Washington interpret the absolute ban on torture Interrogation practices:

What rules and methods does the US employ Secret prisons:

Why has the US established secret prisons Responsibility: Does the US take responsibility for torture committed by agents overseas Abu Ghraib:

What measures have been taken to identify and remedy problems Investigation:

Has there been an independent investigation into whether defence officials authorised torture Read the questions in full:

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"My government's position is clear: US criminal law and treaty obligations prohibit torture. Torture is wrong," he said.

Mr Lowenkron said abuses carried out by US soldiers at Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail had been "inexcusable, they were indefensible".

But he noted that more than 250 people had been held accountable.
06.May 2006
I had heard the story about Flight 93 landing in Cleveland, yet I had no way to know whether or not it was true.

Recently I watched a program on The History Channel about how difficult it was to ground all the airliners in the air over + entering US airspace on 11.Sep.2001.

This program showed a DELTA airlines 767 that landed at Cleveland on that day.

It was surrounded by SWAT teams, searched + the passengers offloaded.

The DELTA jet was then cleared. The video (I don't believe is doctored) clearly shows a DELTA jet.  

I am not a debunker. I am sincerely curious and willing to accept the truth.

Is it possible that the 767 referred to in your report is the Delta Airlines jet and not United Fl. 93?  

This issue of 911 truth is very important.

If the official story is not true (I believe it is not) then this country is really in trouble. So we have to be sure about everything that is reported.   Thanks,   Dick Allgire Honolulu, HI
06.May 2006
TAPPED TRUNCATE OFTEN? Charles Krauthammer wants us to believe that if Iran builds a nuclear bomb, it will launch an unprovoked nuclear attack on Israel.

As his evidence, he cites the fact that Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani once observed that "the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam."

This quotation has also made an ...
06.May 2006
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rubber hose where i blather on about stuff and you read it and like it flaming pants alertBy upyernoz US defends treatment of foreign terror suspectsGENEVA (Reuters) -

The USA on Friday defended its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling a U.N. committee it backed a ban on torture and stressing there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse."

John Bellinger,...
06.May 2006
Time to smear the latest Bush critic Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Time to smear the latest Bush critic
06.May 2006 BREAKING: Porter Goss Played More Than Cards - Wonkette
BREAKING: Porter Goss Played More Than Cards - Wonkette: "Don't be surprised if this blog goes
Two words.
John Millis.
1) From the Washington Post,

00.Jun.2000 at ---
John I. Millis, staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence + a former CIA operations officer, was found dead Sunday night of an apparent gunshot wound in a Fairfax City motel, officials said yesterday. City police found "

06.May 2006
Judges challenge Internet wiretap rules - Tech News & Reviews -
Judges challenge Internet wiretap rules - Tech News & Reviews -

06.May 2006 "Goss Resigns, Media Clueless, BRAD BLOG Tries to Help..."
THE BRAD BLOG: "Goss Resigns, Media Clueless, BRAD BLOG Tries to Help..."

06.May 2006 Rumsfeld Heckled
BlondeSense: Rumsfeld Heckled

06.May 2006 Flt 93 LANDED In Cleveland Morning Of 911
Flt 93 LANDED In Cleveland Morning Of 911

06.May 2006 CIA Director Goss Resigns
BREITBART.COM - Source: CIA Director Goss Resigns

06.May 2006 One of the world's richest men turns to Mexico's future - Business - International Herald Tribune
One of the world's richest men turns to Mexico's future - Business - International Herald Tribune

06.May 2006

I think this war is hidding another BlueSecurity is totally missing for now. The communication war. A company cannot stay quiet in front of a angry blogosphere.
06.May 2006
On stand, Lay paints an unusual picture - Print Version - International Herald Tribune: "He could not recall numerous meetings described by Enron directors + executives,

in which a variety of concerns were raised about Enron's problems."
On stand, Lay paints an unusual picture
Floyd Norris International Herald Tribune FRIDAY,

05.May 2006 The bad old days were back in Houston as Kenneth Lay, the man who presided over the growth and collapse of Enron, tried to persuade a jury that he does not belong in prison.

This was a witness who still thinks that the funny numbers Enron used were perfectly reasonable and, indeed, show just how healthy the company was.
"Aggressive accounting," Lay believes, is one of the things that made America great.

04.May 2006 - Ex-CIA analyst: Rumsfeld 'should have owned up'BG) - Ex-CIA analyst: Rumsfeld 'should have owned up'
06.May 2006
Major New 11.Sep.2001 Truth Symposium Coming To L.A. Paul Joseph Watson Major New 11.Sep.2001 Truth Symposium Coming To L.A. Features Alex Jones, Professor Steven Jones, Former Star Wars Head Bob Bowman, Dylan Avery & Others Paul Joseph
06.May 2006
George W. Bush Had Alex Jones Arrested For Asking A Question Paul Joseph Watson When George W. Bush Had Alex Jones Arrested For Asking A Question McGovern should count himself lucky that the thought police didn't put him in cuffs and
06.May 2006
McGovern Almost Ejected For Confronting Rumsfeld WMD "Lies" Paul Joseph Watson McGovern Almost Ejected For Confronting Rumsfeld WMD "Lies"

"This is America," former CIA analyst says as security tries to drag him away Paul Joseph
06.May 2006
UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER BY NY AD AGENCY IN MAINE BLOGGER CASE RCox Moments ago, lawyers for the advertising agency suing MBA Member Lance Dutson filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal in U.S. District Court in Maine.

The notice reads simply: "Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1), Plaintiff Warren Kremer Paino...
06.May 2006
Spam war can hide another more difficult to handle Ouriel ohayon A Spam War has been declared against an Israeli Security Startup: BlueSecurity. They claim they handle spam by attacking back Spammers who have been identified by the help of a community of users complaining they received spam. Millions of Spams...
06.May 2006
Bill Gates wishes he weren't so rich REDMOND, Wash. (Reuters) -

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday he wished he were not the world's richest man. "I wish I wasn't.

There is nothing good that comes out of that," said Gates, whose personal fortune sank by billions since last week when the software giant disappointed ...
06.May 2006
Nevada students, teachers get 'F' in technology usage: Education Week
DAYTON: Nevadan students have the lowest 'Access to Technology' - at 1 for every 5 students, compared to the national average of 1 per 3.8 students.

The figures were obtained from a state-wise quarterly survey by Education Week titled 'Technology Counts'.
06.May 2006
British helicopter crashes in Iraq A UK helicopter is reportedly shot down in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, amid fears that four soldiers are dead.
06.May 2006 Blair and Brown to discuss future Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are to hold talks on Labour's future as critics attack the Cabinet reshuffle.
06.May 2006 Blaine to get medical treatment Doctors are to treat US illusionist David Blaine, who is spending seven-day stunt submerged underwater.
06.May 2006 Analysis: Doubts after Straw exit The BBC's Paul Reynolds examines how the axing of Jack Straw as the UK's foreign secretary brings uncertainty to foreign policy.
06.May 2006 Analysis: Reshuffle taunts Brown BBC Business Editor Robert Peston on what Mr Blair's reshuffle means for Chancellor Gordon Brown.
06.May 2006 Albania takes Guantanamo Uighurs The US says five Chinese Muslim men have been freed from Guantanamo Bay and resettled in Albania.
06.May 2006 CIA boss in surprise resignation US President George Bush unexpectedly announces that the CIA director Porter Goss has quit his post.
06.May 2006
Delhi swelters amid power crisis Delhi is to take steps to save electricity as power cuts bite amid soaring temperatures and fraying tempers.
06.May 2006 Hacker fears 'UFO cover-up' Gary McKinnon, arrested for hacking into Nasa, spoke exclusively to Click about what he did and why.
06.May 2006 Clarke is fired in Cabinet purge Charles Clarke is sacked as home secretary in the biggest Cabinet reshuffle of Tony Blair's career.
06.May 2006 Kennedy seeks rehab after crash US congressman Patrick Kennedy says he is seeking treatment for substance abuse after a car crash.
06.May 2006 Two charged on cartoon protests
06.May 2006 Analysis: Blair seeks to renew A sweeping cabinet reshuffle aims to end Blair's terrible two weeks and suggest he is here to stay a good while longer, but will it work?
06.May 2006 Labour must rethink web - Blair Tony Blair says Labour must get interactive and rethink its web presence to bounce back from recent disappointments.
06.May 2006 Respect breakthrough in East End George Galloway's anti-war Respect sees surge in support in its East London stronghold of Tower Hamlets.
06.May 2006 Anti-piracy centre opens in Kenya Kenya launches a maritime rescue centre, to provide a rapid response to acts of piracy and accidents at sea.
06.May 2006 Argentine leader joins mill rally The Argentine president rallies crowds at a demonstration against two pulp mills being built in Uruguay.
06.May 2006 Vote to cut special needs budgets An education board committee is to vote on drastic cuts to special needs services, the BBC learns.
06.May 2006 Tories 'satisfied' with gains Conservatives have said the party's local election gains are "at the top end" of expectations.
06.May 2006 Residents flee East Timor capital Tens of thousands flee East Timor's capital fearing new clashes between former soldiers and police.
06.May 2006 Radioactive Warning for Future Generations Zonk 286  tengu1sd writes

"The Los Angeles Times discusses the problems with trying to leave a message for generations down the line. From the article: 'Symbols tend to lose their meaning over time. Exactly how and why Stonehenge was built, for instance, has long remained a mystery.

Warnings, they argue, would be misunderstood or dismissed, the same way ancient grave robbers ignored curses inscribed on the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs to seize the riches inside. The curse of plutonium packs a painful penalty.'"
06.May 2006
Warner Music faces 14 lawsuits over download fees
In SEC document, company reveals that it's accused of conspiring to fix music download prices, but denies the charges.

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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.
06.May 2006

Senator Rockefeller sounds a lot like Senator Frank Church.
"I don't want to see this country ever go across the bridge," Senator Church said. "I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America + we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."
James Bamford is the author of "Puzzle Palace" and "Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency." Copyright 2005The New York Times Company

06.May 2006
"That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people," he said 00.000.1975, "and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide."
He added that if a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. "could enable it to impose total tyranny + there would be no way to fight back."

06.May 2006

One former NSA official said in response to Hayden's 2001 interview, "What do you expect him to say? He's got to deny it. I agree. We weren't targeting specific people, which is what the president's executive order does. However, we did keep tabs on some Americans we caught if there was an interest" by the White House. "That's not legal. And I am very upset that I played a part in it."
06.May 2006

But Bamford said it's possible the NSA may have conducted the type of spying prior to 11.Sep.2001 that the former NSA officials described. "It's hard to tell" if that happened, Bamford said. "It's a very secret agency."

In the summer of 2001, the NSA spent millions of dollars on a publicity campaign to repair its public image by taking the unprecedented step of opening up its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland to reporters, to dispel the myth that the NSA was spying on Americans.

In a July 10, 2001, segment on "Nightline," host Chris Bury reported that "privacy advocates in the USA + Europe are raising new questions about whether innocent civilians get caught up in the NSA's electronic web."

Then-NSA Director Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, who was interviewed by "Nightline," said it was absolutely untrue that the agency was monitoring Americans who are suspected of being agents of a foreign power without first seeking a special warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

"We don't do anything willy-nilly," Hayden said. "We're a foreign intelligence agency.

We try to collect information that is of value to American decision-makers, to protect American values, America - + American lives.

To suggest that we're out there, on our own, renegade, pulling in random communications, is -- is simply wrong.

So everything we do is for a targeted foreign intelligence purpose. With regard to the -- the question of industrial espionage, no. Period. Dot. We don't do that."

But, when asked "How do we know that the fox isn't guarding the chicken coop?" Hayden responded by saying that Americans should trust the employees of the NSA.
06.May 2006
How Cheney used the NSA for domestic spying prior to 11.Sep.2001
By Jason Leopold
Online Journal Contributing Writer
21.Jan.2006, 20:27  
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I n the months before 11.Sep.2001, thousands of American citizens were inadvertently swept up in wiretaps, had their emails monitored + were being watched as they surfed the Internet by spies at the super-secret National Security Agency, former NSA and counterterrorism officials said.

The NSA, with full knowledge of the White House, crossed the line from routine surveillance of foreigners and suspected terrorists into illegal activity by continuing to monitor the international telephone calls and emails of Americans without a court order. The NSA unintentionally intercepts Americans' phone calls and emails if the agency's computers zero in on a specific keyword used in the communication. But once the NSA figures out that they are listening in on an American, the eavesdropping is supposed to immediately end + the identity of the individual is supposed to be deleted. While the agency did follow protocol, there were instances when the NSA was instructed to keep tabs on certain individuals that became of interest to some officials in the White House.
06.May 2006

James Risen, the New York Times reporter credited with exposing the NSA's covert domestic surveillance activities that came as a result of a secret executive order President Bush issued in 2002, wrote in his just-published book, State of War, that the administration was very aggressive in its intelligence gathering activities before 11.Sep.2001.

However, Risen does not say that means the administration permitted the NSA to spy on Americans.

"It is now clear that the White House went through the motions of the public debate over the (2001) Patriot Act, all the while knowing that the intelligence community was secretly conducting a far more aggressive domestic surveillance campaign," Risen wrote in State of War.
06.May 2006
Video: Rumsfeld Forced to Swallow His Own Lies

Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst with 27 years of experience ask Rumsfeld, "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? why?" Click here to watch. QuickTime Video
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"Die Hausse treibt die Hausse", kommentiert Cognitrend-Geschäftsführer Goldberg trocken. Mehr noch. Allianz-Experte Wilke hält zwischenzeitliche Rohstoff-Kursrutsche für möglich. "Heftige Korrekturen sind wahrscheinlich in Märkten, die so stark wachsen wie derzeit die Rohstoffmärkte", sagt Wilke. "Hohe Volatilität ist in diesem Sektor nicht ungewöhnlich." Auch diese Gefahr sollten Anleger vor einem Rohstoff-Einzelinvestment in ihr Anlagekalkül mit einbeziehen.
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"Weil alle Experten scheinbar stets in eine Preisrichtung weisen, verfallen die Leute der Illusion, die Zukunft kontrollieren zu können und erhöhen deshalb ihren Börseneinsatz. Das kann ein weiteres Merkmal für eine Blasenbildung sein", sagt Goldberg.
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Tatsächlich scheinen die Möglichkeiten verlockend zu sein. Und so mancher Experte ist sich sicher: Anleger weltweit stehen vor einem neuen Superzyklus der Rohstoffmärkte - mit immensen Gewinnmöglichkeiten. So erwartet auch
Klaus Martini, Chefanlagestratege der Deutschen Bank, dass der Rohstoffsektor eines der Megathemen der kommenden Jahre sein wird. Auch der Ölpreis hat schließlich die Schwelle von 70 Dollar pro Fass längst überschritten. Und er scheint weiter zuzulegen.

Einige Experten fürchten hingegen, dass an den Rohstoffmärkten eine gewaltige neue Blase entsteht. Joachim Goldberg ist einer von ihnen.

"Jeder Sparer muss innehalten und nachdenken, wenn sich die Bewertungsmaßstäbe an den Börsen verschieben.

An dieser Schwelle stehen wir jetzt", sagt der Geschäftsführer der Frankfurter Firma Cognitrend, die sich auf Finanzmarktanalysen mit psychologischem Blickwinkel spezialisiert hat, zu
06.May 2006 The Case for Impeachment . I have not read it. But I can pass along a few reviews: "In the USA, our best journalism is published in books now and talked about on the radio and the internet.

If you get your news from a television or a newspaper, you live in another world. This no doubt contributes to how divided we are politically.

Dave Lindorff's and Barbara Olshansky's book could help bridge this national divide. The genius of this book is in its brevity. Lindorff and Olshansky have boiled the list of Bush and Cheney's documented crimes down to an amazingly concise summary, one that however gives a real flavor of the goings on in this criminal administration. I work on these issues and still learned a great deal by reading this book. If each of us who knows some of this and is able to process it easily buys ten copies to give to people who get their news from TV, this clear crisp book might just help save this country."
-- David Swanson, co-founder --------------------
The impeachment of George W. Bush today seems politically unlikely. But Lindorff and Olshansky insist that we not avert our eyes, that it is not OK to tolerate a president who "revokes the basic constitutional rights of American citizenship"--locking people up indefinitely without trial, claiming a right to ignore laws and court orders.

President Bush justifies his violations of the Constitution by citing the emergency of a war which is in truth "a police action against stateless terrorists"--a crusade which can thus have "no beginning and no end," Lindorff + Olshansky forcefully argue.

If Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about having sex, they ask, how much more dangerous is it to shrug off the corrosive impact of a president who knowingly lied the nation into a costly and counterproductive war in Iraq? The authors then proceed to meticulously document their case that many of the false grounds for war were, indeed, knowing lies.

"If we fail to stand up for the Constitution now," they warn, "it may only be a piece of paper by the end of President Bush's second term." --Vin Suprynowicz, Las Vegas Review Journal Permalink
06.May 2006
Is the Resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss Hookergate Related?
Okay, isn't it just hilarious when a dolt who is destroying the nation, violating our laws, shredding our Constitution and leading us into bankruptcy makes fun of himself with a double who pretends to "interpret" his mediocrity? The BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Whoa! Bushevik Political Tsunami Alert: Head of CIA, Porter Goss, Resigns. Of Course, the Question is Why Was Bush's Enforcer at Langley Dumped So Quickly? So Far, Just the Usual Bush B.S. on the Bombshell. There's a BIG Kahuna of a Story Here.

06.May 2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Bushevik Anonymous Sources Story: The Incompetent Goss Was Told to Resign by the Incompetent Negroponte 5/6
Haven't you wondered just where the line would be drawn against George Bush's constant attacks on our freedoms? Well the line's been drawn. Good news! A judge calls total BS on a Bush lawyer's wiretapping arguments, calling it "nonsense, and "gobbledygook." 5/6
Brand Bush: Shoving Horse Meat Into a Box of Wheaties -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
Washington State: Sen. Maria Cantwell's continued support for the occupation of Iraq ? and her lack of regret for voting for the invasion in 2002 ? is making it hard to recruit volunteers for her re-election campaign, the chairman of the state Democratic Party says. 5/6
Gannon Comes Out of the Closet, Or Was It the Oval Office Pantry? 5/6

06.May 2006 Of the Sudden Goss Departure, With No Replacement in Sight: CNN's national correspondent John Roberts observed, "But this idea that he would suddenly leave + particularly without there not being another candidate to take over from Goss, is quite startling." 5/6
06.May 2006 Goss bosh Now we're being told that Goss got the boot because he could not get along with John Negroponte.
Oh, come off it . If the explanation were so prosaic -- and if the confrontation had been building up for as long as ABC News claims -- the Bushites would have found a way to handle the Goss exit far more adroitly.

06.May 2006 Time reports that the spot will probably go to Air Force General Michael Hayden, an even more troubling figure. The rules state that a military man cannot hold both the number one and number two spots at CIA, so either the rules get bent or Calland's days are numbered.
What do we know of Hayden? He's close to Cheney. He appeared with Gonzales to defend the
wiretapping program. This doesn't look good. The presence of a neocon military man at the head of what is supposed to be a civilian agency insures cooperation with Rumsfled's scheme to let the Special Forces run rampant (domestically and elsewhere) after Big Wedding II.
Check out what
Larry Johnson has to say about about Goss and Dusty Foggo... Permalink

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2. Tom Hayden is one of the more quiet members of the "7". He is a brilliant counter-insurgent posing as a "radical revolutionary", operating under the deep "cover" and installed by the Kennedys in the early 1960s. Hayden has one of the highest security clearances in the U.S. He risked blowing his deep "cover" when he sat with highest government officials on the Senator Robert F. Kennedy funeral train. (See: Logistics of the Funeral" by Anthony Howard, Esquire Magazine, Nov., 1968, p.120.)

Both Tom Hayden and Rennie Davis nailed down their deep "cover" by taking up residence in depressed areas + proceeding to agitate the community. Started in Newark, New Jersey, in the summer of 1964, Hayden's activities resulte d, in part, in the disorders a few years later in Newark. All the while, oddly enough, Hayden had almost absolute police immunity.

Hayden in the spring of 1972 has taken up residence in San Diego, in preparation for the G.O.P. convention there. While others find it hard to get teaching positions, or are run out of their jobs for their politics (such as Angela Davi s), Hayden suddenly gets two teaching positions convenient to his San Diego activities: one at Immaculate Heart College + the other, at University of California, at Los Angeles.
06.May 2006

View our website story, "The Overthrow of the American Republic", Part 50, 3/16/2004, as to the efforts in the past to block us, threaten us falsely with arrest + actua lly arrest me as the head of our group, for our efforts to confront CIA "peace movement" fakers, "The Chicago 7", Rennie Davis, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, and others.

After I beat state criminal charges of trespass, in confronting Rennie Davis during a live, not taped, television program, 00.000.1972, to explain the specific CIA funding of him and his gang; I issued our report, 1972, on the suppose d "Peace Movement". I had beat the criminal charges by subpoenaing, as part of my defense, the CIA Station Chief in CHICAGO. By their charter, the CIA IS NOT SUPPOSED TO ENGAGE IN DOMESTIC OPERATIONS.

Afterwards, about 1973, in the presence of a tv reporter, I interviewed the CIA Station Chief in Chicago, outside his unmarked door in the Federal Building in Chicago.

Sherman H. Skolnick: "You are the CIA's Station Chief in Chicago, right?"

CIA Station Chief in Chicago: "Curious that you know that."

Skolnick: "Simple. The Wall Street Journal has your name on it, laying on this table in front of your receptionist's bullet-proof window, outside your unmarked door, here on the fifth floor of this Federal Building. I also noticed the red security bulb, mounted above your door, supposed to blink at the same time of triggering a silent alarm of the security patrol, if someone messes with your door. The bulb and such was installed by the CIA."

CIA Station Chief: "Well, we are limited to interviewing businessmen returning from the Soviet."

Skolnick: "I am handing you, in the presence of this tv reporter, a copy of our report about the 'Chicago 7', Rennie Davis + the CIA, entitled 'Chicago 7' Are They For Real' ".original CIA Station Chief: "We have already examined a copy."

Skolnick: "Now is your chance to call me a liar or fault me. Is our report accurate?"

CIA Station Chief: "Yes, I do not challenge it."

What follows is a re-typing of our original 1972 report VERBATIM as then issued and circulated. Because of the length, it will be posted this way in parts.
06.May 2006
Tom Hayden , the primary author of the
petition. He is a former California State Senator and longtime antiwar activist.
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06.May 2006

00.000.2001 -In the spring of- 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 11.Sep.2001.

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. The beginnings of an era of greater openness and candidness about NSA's challenges were halted and the agency disappeared into the administration's secret war. ...

Posted by Laura at 20.Dec.2005 11:31 AM
06.May 2006 This Call May Be Monitored ... - New York Times Editorial
18.Dec.2005 "
New York Times " -- -- On Oct. 17, 2002, the head of the National Security Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, made an eloquent plea to a joint House-Senate inquiry on intelligence for a sober national discussion about whether the line between liberty and security should be shifted after the 11.Sep.2001 attacks + if so, precisely how far. He reminded the lawmakers that the rules against his agency's spying on Americans, carefully written decades earlier, were based on protecting fundamental constitutional rights.
If they were to be changed, General Hayden said, "We need to get it right. We have to find the right balance between protecting our security and protecting our liberty." General Hayden spoke of having a "national dialogue" and added: "What I really need you to do is talk to your constituents and find out where the American people want that line between security and liberty to be."
General Hayden was right. The mass murders of 11.Sep.2001 revealed deadly gaps in USA intelligence that needed to be closed. Most of those involved failure of performance, not legal barriers. Nevertheless, Americans expected some reasonable and carefully measured trade-offs between security and civil liberties. They trusted their elected leaders to follow long-established democratic and legal principles and to make any changes in the light of day. But President Bush had other ideas. He secretly and recklessly expanded the government's powers in dangerous and unnecessary ways that eroded civil liberties and may also have violated the law.

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Auch aus Geheimdienstkreisen in Washington verlautete, dass ein Machtkampf mit der vor einem Jahr neu geschaffenen Nationalen Geheimdienstbehörde ausschlaggebend gewesen sein könnte. So habe Goss bei einem Treffen mit Negroponte erörtert, ob er seinen Posten räumen solle, sagte ein Gewährsmann. Goss habe sich für eine führende Rolle der CIA eingesetzt und sich gegen "Mikromanagement" durch Negropontes Behörde gewehrt. Der CIA habe nach Goss' Überzeugung das bleiben sollen, was sein Name ausdrücke: Der "zentrale" US-Geheimdienst. Im Dezember verabschiedete der Kongress aber ein Gesetz, mit dem die CIA ihre Rolle als führender US-Geheimdienst verlor. Die CIA war in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder in die Kritik geraten. Ihr wird auch angelastet, dass die Terroristenführer Bin Laden und al Sarkawi immer noch auf freiem Fuß sind.
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Eine Nominierung Haydens als neuer CIA-Chef wird nach Einschätzung der "Times" dazu führen, dass die Debatte über die Bürgerrechte in den USA neu aufflammt. In einer Anhörung im Senat würde Hayden sehr ernste Fragen über das umstrittene Überwachungsprogramm gestellt bekommen, prognostiziert das Blatt.
06.May 2006
Special Ops/Low Intensity Conflict Symposium. Attendees. 1995 (3)
06.May 2006
UK's 'Daily Telegraph' Loses Libel Appeal A British court of appeal has upheld a $267,000 judgment in 2004 that the Telegraph libelled MP and Big Brother contestant George Galloway in an article alleging that he received money from former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime.
06.May 2006
Here's the Fourth Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers + effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated + no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched + the persons or things to be seized. "
A new Gallup poll released Monday showed that 51% of Americans said the administration was wrong to intercept conversations involving a party inside the U.S. without a warrant. In response to another question, 58% said they support the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the program.
06.May 2006
And so what many people believe -- and I'd like you to respond to this -- is that what you've actually done is crafted a detour around the FISA court by creating a new standard of "reasonably believe" in place of probable cause because the FISA court will not give you a warrant based on reasonable belief, you have to show probable cause. Could you respond to that, please?
GEN. HAYDEN: Sure. I didn't craft the authorization. I am responding to a lawful order. All right? The attorney general has averred to the lawfulness of the order.
Just to be very clear -- and believe me, if there's any amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. And so what you've raised to me -- and I'm not a lawyer + don't want to become one -- what you've raised to me is, in terms of quoting the Fourth Amendment, is an issue of the Constitution. The constitutional standard is "reasonable." And we believe -- I am convinced that we are lawful because what it is we're doing is reasonable.
06.May 2006
QUESTION: The legal standard is probable cause, General. You used the terms just a few minutes ago, "We reasonably believe." And a FISA court, my understanding is, would not give you a warrant if you went before them and say "we reasonably believe"; you have to go to the FISA court, or the attorney general has to go to the FISA court and say, "we have probable cause."
06.May 2006
GEN. HAYDEN: The amendment says unreasonable search and seizure.
QUESTION: But does it not say probable --
GEN. HAYDEN: No. The amendment says --
QUESTION: The court standard, the legal standard --
GEN. HAYDEN: -- unreasonable search and seizure.
06.May 2006
Defending Spy Program, General Reveals Shaky Grip on 4th Amendment - By E&P Staff Published:

23.Jan.2006 10:05 PM ET NEW YORK

The former national director of the National Security Agency, in an appearance today before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., today, appeared to be unfamiliar with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when pressed by a reporter with Knight Ridder's Washington office -- despite his claims that he was actually something of an expert on it.
General Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of National Intelligence with the Office of National Intelligence, talked with reporters about the current controversy surrounding the National Security Agency's warrantless monitoring of communications of suspected al Qaeda terrorists. Hayden has been in this position since last April, but was NSA director when the NSA monitoring program began in 2001.
As the last journalist to get in a question, Jonathan Landay, a well-regarded investigative reporter for Knight Ridder, noted that Gen. Hayden repeatedly referred to the Fourth Amendment's search standard of "reasonableness" without mentioning that it also demands "probable cause." Hayden seemed to deny that the amendment included any such thing, or was simply ignoring it.
Here is the exchange, along with the entire Fourth Amendment at the end.

06.May 2006 Comments

>"You should all receive competitive compensation based on your competence and contribution to mission, not just on longevity," Gen. Hayden wrote.

This idea has been around for a long time and has always run up against the problem of defining and quantifying competence and contribution. It's particularly problematic for the broad middle ranks of the workforce who are neither obvious superstars nor obvious deadwood.
06.May 2006

« House Poised to Grant Arrest Powers to CIA, NSA | Main | Intelligence Fusion Centers Emerge Across the U.S. » ODNI Pursues Intelligence Compensation Reform

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is attempting to revamp the compensation system for intelligence personnel to emphasize "pay for performance" rather than duration of employment.

But it is considered a delicate, even "potentially destructive" task.

"There can be no doubt that pay modernization is coming to the IC," wrote DDNI Michael Hayden in a February memo (pdf), "and generally, I believe that is a good thing."

"You should all receive competitive compensation based on your competence and contribution to mission, not just on longevity," Gen. Hayden wrote.

"However, if we don't carefully manage the introduction of these changes, we could see untenable pay disparities within the IC, potentially destructive inter-agency competition + a negative impact on employee morale," he wrote.

The February 6 Hayden memorandum was transmitted to senior defense officials by Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen A. Cambone on March 13.

A copy was obtained by Secrecy News.

See "Modernizing Civilian Compensation Systems within the Intelligence Community," memorandum for All Intelligence Community Employees.

Posted by Steven Aftergood on April 25, 2006
06.May 2006

But in a signal that he understood the Pentagon's concerns, Hayden added that he and Negroponte would "preserve the chain of command."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
06.May 2006
"We want to strengthen the center of the community," Hayden said,
06.May 2006

On Thursday, asked by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., to comment on the senator's bill proposing the creation of a Pentagon intelligence command, Hayden replied: "The degree that Defense can package up the tactical intelligence activities of the military departments and present them in a unified, integrated, coherent way to the DNI ... would be a real virtue and something that would be very welcome."
06.May 2006

Aware that Rumsfeld has been consolidating intelligence activities within the Pentagon since the law creating the director of national intelligence post was enacted in December, Hayden pointedly added that the three agencies' relationships with Negroponte "have to be direct" during his 90-minute hearing.

On March 1, Rumsfeld signed a memo to then-National Security Agency Director Hayden, as well as to the directors of the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency, establishing Defense Undersecretary Stephen Cambone as the contact point in dealing with the director of national intelligence. A senior official of one of those agencies recently described the memo as "a poke in the eye of the DNI."
06.May 2006
Negroponte gets committee's nod
Intelligence chief nominee now faces vote by full Senate

Walter Pincus, Washington Post Friday,

15.Apr.2005 now part of stylesheet -->   Printable Version Washington --

Members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday approved the nominations of Ambassador John Negroponte as the nation's first director of national intelligence and Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden as deputy director and sent their names to the Senate for a vote.

The closed-door vote means the former Iraq ambassador and longtime diplomat could be in his new job this month. Negroponte's nomination has generated little controversy in Congress.

However, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. + an intelligence panel member, said Thursday that he will oppose the nomination because, among other reasons, Negroponte was not candid enough about his record as ambassador to Honduras

in the 1980s. During a confirmation hearing this week, Wyden questioned whether Negroponte had adequately reported human-rights abuses while ambassador.
06.May 2006
"Exquisite" intelligence on the intentions and capabilities of adversaries can permit timely adjustments to the force and improve the precision with which it can strike and defend.
Nuclear Posture Review
"If it were a fact,
it wouldn't be intelligence."
Michael Hayden
Director, NSA

06.May 2006 Dax-Geflüster: Gefährlicher Goldrausch

06.May 2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Freud ist tot. Es lebt"
06.May 2006
US-Geheimdienste: Bush will Architekten seines Spitzelprogramms zum CIA-Chef machen
06.May 2006 Vulkan Merapi: Mythischer Gleichmut vor dem Ausbruch

06.May 2006 Obdachlose Irak-Veteranen: Verheizt, verstoßen, vergessen

(Politik, Gesundheitsreform: Wulff sieht kaum Chancen für Neuanfang
06.May 2006
US denies terror suspect torture The US defends its treatment of terror suspects, telling a UN committee the use of torture is wrong.
06.May 2006
Uribe explains microchip remark Colombia's President Uribe tries to clarify alleged remarks about implanting microchips in seasonal workers.
06.May 2006
Explorer's world trek back on A British former paratrooper walking around the world wins his appeal against deportation from Russia.
06.May 2006
South Americans reach energy deal Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil seek agreement on gas supplies and prices at an emergency summit.
06.May 2006
Iran attacks UN draft resolution Iran accuses Western nations of creating an artificial crisis with a draft resolution over its enrichment plans.
06.May 2006
Labour suffers local poll losses A grim night for Tony Blair sees Labour lose more than 250 councillors - with the Tories making big gains.
06.May 2006
Cancer agent mysteries revealed Scientists crack the structure of an enzyme believed to play a key role in the growth of many cancers.
06.May 2006
Sweetener 'not linked to cancer' Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, is not carcinogenic, a European food watchdog states.
06.May 2006
Scientist seeks quicker Tamiflu A Nobel laureate devises a new way to make the anti-flu drug Tamiflu that is simpler and quicker than the process employed right now.
06.May 2006
City 'ringworm epidemic' warning Parents are warned over a children's skin disease which is reaching epidemic proportions in some areas.
06.May 2006
Grid searches for avian flu cure A grid of UK computers has been drafted in to the search for a drug to combat avian flu.
06.May 2006
Hate groups favor U.S. Internet servers Watchdog group complains that hate groups often use Internet servers based in the USA to send propaganda and instructions to followers. MSNBC May 5, 2006
06.May 2006
The RFID-Hacking Underground They can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car, even clone the chip in your arm. And you won't feel a thing. By Annalee Newitz from Wired magazine. Plus: Retail-Safe RFID Unveiled.
06.May 2006
Court Skeptical of Wiretap Rules The Bush administration's attempts to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to wiretap internet phone calls is challenged -- sometimes roughly -- by a three-judge panel.
06.May 2006
A car that could save the planet--fast Also: Can drug companies be forced to license basic biology?
06.May 2006
Prohibition won't work for Net gambling either Former New Jersey game enforcement chief Frank Catania says an agenda-driven minority is trying to impose its morality on America.
06.May 2006
Old solar tech back in limelight Start-ups focus on an old technique of concentrating sunlight to make more cost-efficient photovoltaic panels.Photos: Solar 'concentrators'

06.May 2006 Best Buy Invaded By Blue Shirt Improv Artists Zonk 68 deviantphil writes

"About 80 Improv Everywhere agents invaded their local Best Buy store wearing blue shirts and Khakis. Eventually they were asked to leave, but not before capturing some great photos and video." From the article: "Security guards and managers started talking to each other frantically on their walkie-talkies and headsets. '

Thomas Crown Affair! Thomas Crown Affair!,' one employee shouted. They were worried that were using our fake uniforms to stage some type of elaborate heist. 'I want every available employee out on the floor RIGHT NOW!'" Their inspired cellphone symphony from this February is also well worth checking out.
06.May 2006
Self-Serve Car Rental Zonk 71 abb_road writes

"Claiming 'Web2.0 values meet Brick and Mortar,' BusinessWeek is reporting on an entirely self service car rental company. Zipcar customers make all reservations online or using a cell phone, then use a card-key to pick up their car from the parking garage--no attendants needed. According to the article, one of the other important attractions of the system is transparency; the reservations system allows you to see exactly what cars in the area will be available at what times, and then reserve or adjust your plans accordingly. From the article: 'If the nearest Mini convertible is booked until 3 p.m., the customer might postpone plans by an hour to get it -- or decide the Mazda with a sunroof on another lot will do.'"
06.May 2006
Judges Challenge IP Wiretap Rules Zonk 63 WebHostingGuy

MSNBC article on an appeals panel harshly challenging the Bush administration's wiretap policies. New rules from the FCC would make it easier for police and FBI agents to wiretap IP-based phone conversations. From the article: "At [one] point in the hearing, Edwards told the FCC's lawyer that his arguments were 'gobbledygook' and 'nonsense.' The court's decision was expected within several months. In an unrelated case last year affecting digital television, two of the same three judges determined the FCC had significantly exceeded its authority and threw out new government rules requiring anti-piracy devices in new video devices. Lewis was also the losing lawyer in that case + Edwards also was impassioned then in his criticisms of the FCC."

06.May 2006 One Big Bang, Or Many? Zonk 396 butterwise writes

"From the Guardian Unlimited: 'The universe is at least 986 billion years older than physicists thought and is probably much older still, according to a radical new theory. The revolutionary study suggests that time did not begin with the big bang 14 billion years ago. This mammoth explosion which created all the matter we see around us, was just the most recent of many.'"
06.May 2006
FCC Affirms VoIP Must Allow Snooping CowboyNeal 231+ MarsGov writes

"The FCC released an order yesterday that requires all broadband providers and all "interconnected" VoIP providers to implement CALEA — in other words, law enforcement can snoop on your online conversations, both voice and text. While this is no surprise, it makes encryption for VoIP even more urgent."
06.May 2006
Microsoft Seeking to Patent Automatic Censorship CowboyNeal 152+ theodp writes

"Microsoft is back at the USPTO, this time seeking a patent for the automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast, a system and method for automatically altering audio to prevent undesired words and phrases from being understandable to a listener as originally uttered."
06.May 2006
"I think it is worthwhile to point out that in the mid-1950s, knowledgeable people thought useful controlled [nuclear] fusion power generation [which, in contrast to nuclear fission—commonly used in power plants—generates energy by combining hydrogen atoms to create helium] would be achieved in about 25 years. Today it is still believed to be about 25 years away."
06.May 2006

Creating those milligrams of antimatter would be very difficult and expensive, however. Smith, of Positronics, estimates that a dedicated 1.5-billion-U.S.-dollar facility could churn out the positronium needed to go to Mars in three years.

Stanford's Miller, on the other hand, counters that "the most powerful positron source ever built [so far] would take about 300 years to produce enough positrons."

From Power to Propulsion
06.May 2006

One undisputed fact is that, if a storage tank could be created that keeps the positronium in a stable state, an astonishingly small amount of positronium would power a spaceship.

Ten milligrams (0.0004 ounce)—the mass of a grain of rice—would be sufficient to take a manned spaceship to Mars. Mere grams would be enough to fuel a hundred-year expedition to the nearby star Alpha Centauri.
06.May 2006

Last week Smith and his colleagues sent NASA a final report on Positronics' initial investigation into the feasibility of positron-fueled rocketry, which the space agency had partially funded. Positronics Research also receives funding from the United States Department of Defense.
06.May 2006

However, in a series of papers published in the journals Physical Review Letters and Physical Review 00.000.1997 and 1998, a team of German and U.S. theorists calculated that the right combination of electric and magnetic fields would stretch out the positronium like a barbell and greatly reduce the probability of the electrons and positrons annihilating.

"We've done the calculations," Smith said. "And it's not uncommon to find that the lifetime [of the enhanced positronium] is [practically] infinite."

Smith says that Positronics has begun experiments to verify their calculations, although he says the data from the experiments is not yet for public consumption.

Roger H. Miller is a professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He has seen Smith present his publicly released data and is skeptical.
06.May 2006

Positronics' researchers base their novel antimatter rocket design on published studies that an electrically neutral positron atom could be artificially held together for at least several years.
06.May 2006

What Scheiber and his dim-witted colleagues fail to understand is that it wasn't supposed to be entertaining to the tuxedo-clad propagandists gathered at the dinner. They were, in fact, the target.Permalink
06.May 2006

A "liberal" reporter named Noam Scheiber in Washington wrote on some political website, "I laughed out loud maybe twice during Colbert's entire 20-odd minute routine. Colbert's problem, blogosphere conspiracy theories notwithstanding, is that he just wasn't very entertaining."
06.May 2006

The New York Times -- a "liberal" newspaper that was successfully used as the White House mouthpiece on disasters such as the invasion of Iraq -- acted like the painful monologue never happened.

(Four days later, the Times posted a story about the lack of a story.)
06.May 2006

A few nervous gigglers caught on camera actually pulled the old fake coughing routine with the hand over the mouth.

The video -- broadcast on CSPAN and now available all over the Internet -- makes perfectly clear that Washington media people live in utter fear of angering Bush and his thugs. At times, Bush is even seen looking around the room, mentally noting who laughed at the cruelly accurate "comedy routine."
06.May 2006

"But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions + you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know -- fiction!"
06.May 2006
But the
real target of Colbert's attack was the Washington press, those grossly overpaid typists who blindly "reported" whatever the administration told them to report for five devastating years -- an era that many historians are already calling the last days of the USA.
06.May 2006

"Colbert crossed the line," a top Bush aide told the magazine after fleeing the dinner and Bush's wrath.

A "former top aide" told U.S. News that Bush's anger was clearly visible + that administration officials have learned to fear that look as a warning of another insane tantrum.

"He's got that look that he's ready to blow," the insider said after the Colbert spectacle.
06.May 2006

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06.May 2006
Rumsfeld Heckled by Anti-War Protesters Staff and agencies
04 May, 2006
By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago

ATLANTA - Anti-war protesters repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a speech Thursday + one of them, a former CIA analyst, accused him in a question-and-answer session of lying about Iraq prewar intelligence.

"I did not lie," shot back Rumsfeld, who waved off security guards ready to remove McGovern from the hall at the Southern Center for International Studies.
06.May 2006

Such is the disgust with the GOP that a slim majority of all those polled -- 51% -- say they would even prefer the Democrats be in charge.

06.May 2006

While the Washington crooks continue feasting on whores, war and outrageous government spending, regular Republican voters are outraged about illegal immigration, gas prices, baffling White House schemes like handing U.S. port security over to China and Dubai + the gut-wrenching experience of watching America lose yet another war.
06.May 2006

With 45% of conservatives disapproving of the Bush White House and six of ten conservatives agreeing that "America is moving in the wrong direction," the administration and its puppet Congress are now losing their last loyalists.
06.May 2006

The worst news for the White House and Congress -- which is even more unpopular than Bush -- is that self-described conservatives are finally jumping off the Republicans' ship of sleaze.
06.May 2006

But come next week, 33% may seem pretty good, as today saw another batch of White House horrors exposed to the harsh daylight.
06.May 2006

It only got worse on Monday, when millions and millions of Americans watched the entire savage operation on their computers. The last thing the scandal-ridden White House needed was having half the country laugh at Bush's impotent rage as a television personality tore him to shreds for the disastrous war in Iraq, the 11.Sep.2001 attacks, the Katrina outrage, Cheney's drunken shotgun antics, the awful sex-torture ordered by the sick administration, $3 gasoline and the constant violation of America's constitution.
06.May 2006

But those few minutes of moronic self-congratulatory slapstick between the Washington media and those in power were quickly forgotten when comic Stephen Colbert attacked the Bush as a criminal failure during a 20-minute routine that left the gathered press absolutely dumbfounded.
06.May 2006

Knowing their days are numbered, those who run the White House made an effort to present Bush as a harmless and friendly idiot last weekend, when he did a clumsy "comedy" routine with a Bush impersonator from the Jay Leno show.
06.May 2006

Just when Associated Press pollsters thought it was impossible to find yet another "new low" in Bush's approval ratings, this week Americans delivered that new low: 33% approve of the president's performance, down from 36% only a month ago.
06.May 2006

Overwhelmingly, citizens see Bush as the flusher.
06.May 2006

It seemed unlikely that even more people could be disgusted with the presidency of George W. Bush, but a shameful new poll reveals that 73% of Americans say this country is going down the toilet.
06.May 2006

"I'm absolutely delighted, this is great news."

Bushby began the "Goliath Expedition" more than seven years ago at the southern tip of South America. He hopes to cross the chunnel into England in about four years time. Permalink
06.May 2006
Rebuilding Mount St. Helens The famous volcano has been quietly erupting for two years, now a giant 'fin' is growing 4 feet a day where the old cone used to be, it's already 300 feet high
06.May 2006

They propose that there have been countless big bangs. "I think it is much more likely to be far older than a trillion years though. There doesn't have to be a beginning of time. According to our theory, the universe may be infinitely old and infinitely large ... If we're right, the big bang is but one in an infinite series of big bangs stretching back into the eternal past." Permalink
06.May 2006

"People have inferred that time began (at the big bang), but there really wasn't any reason for that inference," said Neil Turok, a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge, "What we are proposing is very radical. It's saying there was time before the big bang."
06.May 2006

This idea was first put forward 20 years ago, but was dismissed when it was decided that 14 billion years -- the approximate age of the universe at the time -- wasn't nearly long enough to account for the shrinkage. The calculations always broke down at the point of the big bang.

Turok say there's been plenty of time.
06.May 2006

Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University and Neil Turok of Cambridge University in England have proposed that the reason the cosmological constant is so low is because it's been decreasing over time.
06.May 2006
For years physicists have struggled with the
cosmological constant, which measures the energy of empty space and explains why the expansion of the universe is getting faster. Trouble is it's googol (1 followed by 100 zeroes) times smaller than it should be according to other theories.
06.May 2006
Now the scientists have raised the bar further still. A new theory out this week says the universe is at least a
trillion years old.
06.May 2006

In the 1950s Austrian engineer Eugen Sänger first suggested using positron-electron annihilations to power spacecraft. But one of the chief problems that dogged his efforts was storage.
06.May 2006

The electron, carrier of electricity, has an antimatter twin called the positron, or antielectron, which was discovered 00.000.1932.
06.May 2006

The existence of antimatter was first predicted 00.000.1928. It's said to be a mirror image of matter.

(See "Scientists Ponder Universe's Missing Antimatter.")
06.May 2006
Analysis: Women may replace Goss at CIA

By MARTIN SIEFF UPI Senior News Analyst
5/5/2006 3:42:00 PM -0400
J Porter Goss's resignation as CIA director may open the way for increased cooperation between the agency and other elements of the U.S. intelligence ...

06.May 2006 'The Book of Lost Books,' by Stuart Kelly 
Book review. Sounds interesting.
06.May 2006 Swastikas are coming off St. Cloud cathedral  The five swastika-emblazoned discs along the cathedral's roofline predate Nazi Germany. On many third-century monuments, swastikas appear as a cross in the Christian context. But since the Holocaust, the symbol has been controversial.
See also:
Playground pentagram to go

06.May 2006 Under the bandages King Tut is all man  An ancient riddle of the sands has been solved by modern hospital technology. The mummified remains of King Tutankhamun have been found to be, let us say, intact.
04.May 2006 Greek gods prepare for comeback  It has taken almost 2,000 years, but those who worship the 12 gods of ancient Greece have finally triumphed. An Athens court has ordered that the adulation of Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Athena and co is to be unbanned, paving the way for a comeback of pagans on Mount Olympus.
Here's something I didn't know: About 98% of Greeks are Orthodox Christian + all other religions except Judaism and Islam had been banned.
So I can't worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Greece?

06.May 2006 Watergate Subpoenaed in Hooker Probe  This is getting more like the Nixon administration everyday.
06.May 2006 The Jonestown Death Tape (FBI No. Q 042)  From the Internet Archive.From the:
This recording is absolutely chilling. Forget the made-for-TV dramas about Jones and the People's Temple; this is the real thing, and, as usual, art can't even begin to deal with reality. Via
Warren Ellis.

06.May 2006 Bed Books  The revolutionary way to print books for comfortable reading in bed!
The patent pending sideways text layout of Bed Books affords total comfort and eliminates the back and neck strain associated with the contorted body positions normally required for reading conventional books while lying down + usually propped up, in bed.
Via Strange New Products.

06.May 2006
A New Mexico company has just completed its initial studies of an antimatter-powered rocket that it hopes will someday take astronauts to Mars in 90 days or less. (
Related interview: Mars expert on how to get there.)
06.May 2006 CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns  CIA Director Porter Goss has resigned. President George W. Bush is scheduled to made the announcement Friday. See also: CIA's Goss Drawn Into Hooker Probe?
06.May 2006 Early Media Coverage of Goss's Resignation Dances Around Cunningham Scandal  Really? The U.S. media? I am shocked. Shocked!
06.May 2006

After finding no fault with the CIA, White House, Pentagon or any other intelligence agency, Goss must have been surprised when he was made the new CIA boss after the retirement of George Tenet -- who did such a good job that the president gave him a medal!
06.May 2006

As busy as he was in the days before + after 11.Sep.2001, he again showed remarkable personal strength by sponsoring the Patriot Act, a massive pile of new laws to strip Americans of civil and financial rights.

This amazing collection of detailed new laws to return American intelligence to its pre-Watergate levels of domestic abuses was ready for Congress so quickly that a few have even suggested the entire thing was prepared in advance of the Sept. 11 attacks.
06.May 2006

And while Goss was fiercely against any investigation into the 11.Sep.2001 attacks, once the investigation was in danger of becoming a reality, the lifelong spy Goss conveniently became the co-chairman of the Joint 9/11 Intelligence Inquiry ... with none other than Bob Graham.
06.May 2006

Curiously enough, there is not a single mention of Goss and Graham's breakfast with Ahmad in the 868-page investigation chaired by ... Goss and Graham.
06.May 2006

It was Ahmad who arranged the transfer of $100,000 to alleged hijacker Mohammed Atta. This transfer was arranged in a top-secret conference room in the U.S. Capitol. The money passed through none other than Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the Pakistani intelligence agent and British "terrorist" and Afghanistan terror-camp administrator who reportedly killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. (The WSJ was the only major U.S. news organization pursuing the Ahmed-Sheikh-Atta connections, and Pearl was working on that very story when he was set up and kidnapped in Pakistan.)
06.May 2006

On the morning of the attacks, the Republican congressman and "former" CIA agent and lifelong Florida politician Bob Graham enjoyed breakfast with the same Mahmoud Ahmad, who was conveniently in Washington for high-level meetings on that infamous day.
06.May 2006

All mathematical odds collapse in the presence of Porter Goss. He was in Pakistan weeks before the 11.Sep.2001 attacks, planning a U.S. war in Afghanistan with Pakistani ISI chief Mahmoud Ahmad -- the same Ahmad who directly funded the Taliban and worked directly with Osama bin Laden.
06.May 2006

Oddly enough, in this same 20-mile stretch of Florida gulf coast, most of the named 11.Sep.2001 hijackers settled (including, notoriously, Mohammed Atta in Naples). Odder still, Atta and his buddies supposedly trained to be pilots at shady CIA-financed pilot schools involved in the usual clandestine activities of money laundering and drug running. All the files and records from those flight schools were loaded onto a military cargo plane in the middle of the night of Sept. 12, 2001 -- with Jeb Bush aboard, of all people -- and flown to Washington, where they disappeared. So who really knows?!
06.May 2006
Goss represented this congressional district --
Florida's 14th -- for 16 years, in which the multimillionaire Republican did little more than shovel money to the CIA and other intelligence operations.
06.May 2006
Sanibel, Florida. It was here that Goss would launch his "political" career

in the 1970s and cement his partnership with Democrat Bob Graham.
06.May 2006

Goss has been directly involved with almost every atrocity committed by the American government

since the late 1950s.

From the Bay of Pigs to the Death Squads of Central America, Goss was always on the job. His fingerprints can even be found on the JFK assassination coverup.

Someone tried to kill him in London back 00.000.1970, but the poison wasn't strong enough or maybe it just doesn't work on his kind.
06.May 2006

A life of crime

Porter Goss began his career as a spook at Yale, where he was member of "Book & Snake," a secret society dating back to 1863.

(Former defense chief Les Aspin Jr. and White House storyteller Bob Woodward are also members of this bizarre club, said to be more secretive than Skull & Bones, which infamously produced the Bushes and John Kerry.)
06.May 2006

His boss, the odious career criminal John Negroponte, fully backed Goss on this latest refusal to hold anyone in Washington accountable for the murder of 3,000 Americans or the wars launched in their name.
06.May 2006

His brief tenure as CIA director will be remembered for many crimes, but the most disgusting was his blunt refusal to investigate the pre-11.Sep.2001 crimes of his agency.
06.May 2006

Fox News actually got a phone call from a "top White House official" during Kristol's damning + Kristol was cut off so Bush mouthpiece Chris Wallace could say the Goss resignation is just a harmless part of the "White House shakeup." Sure.
06.May 2006

"Something happened," neo-conservative magazine editor William Kristol said on Fox News this afternoon. "It's going to be a bad few days. We're going to discover something ... It will be something not good for the Bush Administration."
06.May 2006
There is so much blood on Goss' hands and so many skeletons in his closets that it's impossible to guess what particular crime finally ended his odious career.

But the growing "Hookergate" scandal connected to convicted criminal Duke Cunningham and CIA executive director Dusty Foggo may have finally wrapped its whorish tentacles around Goss' neck.
06.May 2006 Fall of an American Criminal 
Sploid's got it. Highly recommended.
The shameful resignation of CIA director Porter Goss is just the latest outrage for the monstrous spook who has cheapened and dirtied the USA for a half-century.

06.May 2006 Whoa! Bushevik Political Tsunami Alert: Head of CIA, Porter Goss, Resigns. Of Course, the Question is Why Was Bush's Enforcer at Langley Dumped So Quickly? So Far, Just the Usual Bush B.S. on the Bombshell. There's a BIG Kahuna of a Story Here.
Okay, isn't it just hilarious when a dolt who is destroying the nation, violating our laws, shredding our Constitution and leading us into bankruptcy makes fun of himself with a double who pretends to "interpret" his mediocrity? The BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

06.May 2006 Is the Resignation of CIA Director Poter Goss Hookergate Related? 5/5
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06.May 2006 Of the Sudden Goss Departure, With No Replacement in Sight: CNN's national correspondent John Roberts observed, "But this idea that he would suddenly leave + particularly without there not being another candidate to take over from Goss, is quite startling." 5/6
NRA License to Murder Alert 5/6

06.May 2006 Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre. The AP-Ipsos poll also suggests that Democratic voters are far more motivated than Republicans. 5/5
06.May 2006 Which brings us to another key sentence in the Silverstein piece: Apparently photographs were taken + investigators are anxiously procuring copies. My heart beats faster in fevered anticipation. As I said previously, we can presume that the congressmen were not dumb enough to take photos of themselves partying with working girls. Which means that the photos were taken without their permission.
Which means that -- in all likelihood -- we are dealing with a sting operation. A blackmail ring.

06.May 2006 Ken Silverstein, in a Harpers piece titeld "Red Lights on Capitol Hill," wrote: I've learned from a well-connected source that those under intense scrutiny by the FBI are current and former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence comittees—including one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post.
06.May 2006 The CIA's Inspector General (the Agency's "internal affairs" office) has been looking into Foggo's connections with the notorious briber Brent Wilkes, who "owned" a number of semi-fake companies which received ultra-fat government contracts; part of the cash went to fund Republican candidates. (Any actual work could always be subcontracted. We've seen this same scam at work in the Katrina clean-up effort.) Foggo, it is alleged, helped to steer CIA contracts toward Wilkes and his fellow bribe-meister Mitchell Wade.
06.May 2006 To the best of my memory, no previous Director of Central Intelligence has resigned so abruptly. Obviously, something major has occurred.
06.May 2006 Are they kidding? Or does CNN log on to some other internet? Perhaps they should take a look at Justin Rood's extraordinary work at
TPM Muckraker. You know -- just to get a whiff of what real reporting smells like.
06.May 2006 CNN said: "Taking a look at what's out on the Internet -- not much controversy involving the director himself."
06.May 2006 Bush-friendly CIA Director Porter Goss has abruptly resigned. No stated reason. No designated successor.
06.May 2006 Have you noticed how the sad Patrick Kennedy business is everywhere on the news -- yet the media still refuses to devote much time to hookergate?
06.May 2006 Goss indicated that he will leave before the designation of a successor. So who will mind the store? Certainly not the embattled Foggo. The Deputy Director of the CIA right now is Vice Admiral Albert M. Calland, III -- a former Navy SEAL who served as the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. You can read a 2003 interview with Calland here.
06.May 2006 This is troubling. As we noted previously, Rumsfeld's Special Operations Command -- SOCOM -- stands poised to unleash Green Berets and Navy SEALS, both in foreign nations and domestically, after Big Wedding II. Special Forces will have authority to spy and to make arrests of U.S. citizens without warrant. If Calland becomes DCI, the civilian agency won't be in any position to hold the Special Forces in check -- indeed, CIA and SOCOM will work in tandem.
06.May 2006 I'm already starting to miss Goss!
Update 3: Justin Rood has
some interesting scuttlebutt... Goss was told to fire Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, his troublesome Executive Director + Goss refused. That's what we're hearing now from knowledgeable sources. But there's a lot of contradictory information. Permalink
06.May 2006 Here's an idea, Bill: Why not throw a few million bucks toward the goal of building up some Democratic infrastructure? Books, movies, blogs, investigative reporting, think tanks, radio... At the very least, Slate could hire Murray Waas and give him a huuuuge budget. Some people still think that George Soros is keeping the left afloat, and that just isn't the case. The party of fiscal responsibility can't get back in the driver's seat until more CEOs understand just how poorly the Republicans have managed this country's finances. Permalink
06.May 2006 Bill Gates bets against the dollar These quotes from Bill "World's Richest Man" Gates should frighten -- and annoy -- everyone: "I'm short the dollar,'' Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., told Charlie Rose in an interview late yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "The ol' dollar, it's gonna go down."
Gates's concern that widening U.S. budget and trade deficits are undermining the dollar was echoed in Davos by policymakers including European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The dollar fell 21 percent against a basket of six major currencies from the start of 2002 to the end of last year. The trade deficit swelled to a record $609.3 billion last year and total U.S. government debt rose 8.7 percent to $7.62 trillion in the past 12 months.
"It is a bit scary," Gates said. "We're in uncharted territory when the world's reserve currency has so much outstanding debt." Hey Bill-o: You know why I said these words should annoy as well as frighten us? Because in the year 2000, you supported Bush .
In truth, Gates has usually favored Democrats -- until recent times.

06.May 2006 Wilkes and Shirlington Limo : Ken Silverstein of Harpers has published two important follow-ups (here and here) to his "Red Lights on Capitol Hill" piece.
06.May 2006 Must read material... Another CIA whistleblower. Over on The Next Hurrah, emptywheel has a terrific piece on "Jerry Doe," a CIA analyst who was fired because he refused to peddle false info about Iraq and two other countries. Here's a fascinating bit: Also, Doe's complaint suggests this Iraq (and Iran?) War effort didn't start with George Bush. The first time Doe was required to bury intelligence was in 2000, before Bush was inaugurated and probably before he was (s)elected. Which reminds me that the Niger embassy in Rome was burgled (and therefore the plot to forge the Niger documents was presumably in place) in early January 2001, before Bush was inaugurated. In other words, they've been setting up their Neocon moves since before Bush was put into office. I'd offer a word of caution here.
06.May 2006 "Cocaine One": Daniel Hopsicker has an excellent follow-up to his initial report on the coke-laden aircraft owned by the GOP-linked conman Brent Kovar. Brent's partner in his various shady enterprises is his dad, Glenn. Here's the beauty part...Chairman Glenn Kovar liked to boast about his long-standing ties to the CIA. So did Brent Wilkes. At first, many people presumed that Wilkes was just talking out of his rectum -- but now we know a great deal more about the history of Wilkes and Foggo.
06.May 2006 GOP lies: Alex at the Martini Republic has a nice piece on the rewritten history found in a mass emailing by GOP chairman Ken Mehlman. Of course, "history" is a record of events that occurred in "reality"-- and reality has a well-known liberal bias.
06.May 2006 Finally... Ever notice that quite a few recent Bush photos look Photoshopped, even though they weren't? WHAT A FACE! No kidding -- this man could have been one of the great clowns of the classic era. In image 1 (below), we can see an homage to Harry Langdon. In image 2, we see Harpo Marx -- remember how Harpo looked when he got angry? And in image 3, I scry the ghost of Stan Laurel...
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06.May 2006 Naturelich: March 2005 Archives ...found via web service at Amazon (com, uk , ca, jp ... Life Burns to be released on April 11th ... Keine Bewegung der Elementarteilchen .
2004062426_Report USA Federal Communications Commission suffered a stinging rebuke on Thursday after a court overturned some of the media ownership rules it ushered in last year. ... The FCC rules included eliminating a ban on one company owning television stations and news papers in the same market ... URL:

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Star Tribune; Minneapolis MN USA ... City NV USA. tahoe .com News papers : Nevada Appeal, Tahoe Daily Tribune ...
06.May 2006
Omega-News: Modulation der Handystrahlung beeinflusst die Gehirnaktivität ... "Die Gehirnaktivität des Menschen wird nicht nur durch die elektromagnetische Strahlung der Mobiltelefone, sondern auch ... 23. 24. 25 . 26. 27 ...
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Einen Grund für den Rücktritt von Goss nannte der Präsident nicht. Er sagte lediglich, dessen Amtszeit im US-Geheimdienst sei eine Übergangszeit gewesen. Goss habe einen Fünfjahresplan zur Verbesserung der Arbeit des Geheimdienstes vorgelegt. "Er hat dabei geholfen, dieses Land zu einem sichereren Platz zu machen." Und Goss antwortete Bush: "Ich möchte ihnen mitteilen, dass die Behörde wieder auf Kurs ist."
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Die Behörde war in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder in die Kritik geraten - unter anderem wegen ihrer Arbeit im Irak vor dem Krieg und den dazu vorgelegten Analysen. Dem CIA wird auch angelastet, dass die Terrorführer Osama bin Laden und Mussab al- Sarkawi immer noch auf freiem Fuß sind. Während Goss' Amtszeit war der Geheimdienst zudem wegen undichter Stellen in die Schlagzeilen geraten. Dazu gehörte auch die so genannte Abhöraffäre, in der Bush nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September zahlreiche Lauschangriffe durch die National Security Agency (NSA) genehmigte. Außerdem hatte es interne Kritik an Goss' Führungsstil gegeben. Besonders schlecht sollen seine Beziehungen zur Abteilung der Agenten gewesen sein. Jane Harman, die Vorsitzende der Demokraten im Geheimdienstausschuss hatte erklärt: "Der CIA ist im freien Fall."
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Bush hatte den Republikaner und früheren CIA-Agenten Porter Goss im August 2004 zum neuen CIA-Direktor ernannt. Dieser hatte bis dahin den Geheimdienstausschuss im Repräsentantenhaus geleitet. Goss hatte den Posten als CIA-Chef von George Tenet übernommen, der nach heftiger Kritik im Zusammenhang mit den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 aufgegeben hatte. Goss war der Co-Autor eines Kongressberichts, in der der CIA und Tenet scharf angegriffen wurden.
06.May 2006
News... beeinflussen Erlebnisse + Umweltfaktoren die Gehirnaktivität ? Wie altert unser Gehirn ?... unbekannt und kann nur mit Methoden der interdisziplinären ... von Humboldt-Stiftung / 25 .04.06 - 27.04 ...
06.May 2006 - Schokolade kann süchtig machen. Schokolade kann süchtig machen. Schokolade macht nicht nur glücklich, sondern sie kann bei manchen Menschen auch zu einer Sucht führen. ...

Schokolade gefüttert und dabei die Gehirnaktivität der Probanden untersucht ... dodano: 2005-01- 25 . srednia ocena: 3 ...

06.May 2006 USA: Kennedy gesteht seine Sucht ein

06.May 2006 Kampf gegen die Folter: Uno-Ausschuss ermahnt die USA
06.May 2006
USA: CIA-Chef Goss tritt überraschend ab

06.May 2006 Gehalt: Deutsche Vorstände weltweit im Mittelfeld

06.May 2006 Propagandakrieg: Abu Tolpatsch al-Sarkawi
06.May 2006
Polen: Populisten und Ultrarechte treten der Regierung bei
06.May 2006
Margaret Becket: Großbritanniens erste Außenministerin
06.May 2006
Bizarre Wesen: Wackelpudding aus der Tiefsee

06.May 2006 Öko-PR in den USA: "Grün ist grün"
06.May 2006
Großbritannien: Blair, der Titanic-Kapitän

06.May 2006 Besser als Regenradar: Handynetz misst Niederschläge
06.May 2006
Debatte: "Für Männer ist das Patriarchat unattraktiv"
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Damit ist nicht bloß die Idee von Methanmeeren um den Äquator des Titanmonds hinfällig. Auch in der weiteren Umgebung scheinen sie durch die Entdeckung unwahrscheinlicher zu werden: Größere Gebiete mit Feuchtigkeit würden die durch Wind bewegten Körnchen mit der Zeit aufsaugen, so dass sie ganz von der Oberfläche verschwinden würde, schreiben die Forscher. Aus der Struktur der Dünen, deren längste sich über 1500 Kilometer hinzieht, können die Forscher auf die Windverhältnisse in der Titanatmosphäre schließen.
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In einer weiteren Affäre, in der es um die Bedingungen des Kaufs der Verlagsgruppe Mondadori durch Berlusconis Fininvest-Konzern ging, wurde Previti indes vor dem Kassationsgericht freigesprochen. Für den abgewählten Ministerpräsidenten Berlusconi war in diesem Fall eine Verjährungsfrist überschritten.
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Rom - Für den 70 Jahre alten Cesare Previti tritt nach der Entscheidung des Kassationsgerichts in Rom lediglich Hausarrest in Kraft. Das Gericht verringerte eine erstinstanzliche Haftstrafe von sieben auf sechs Jahre. Previti wurde für schuldig befunden, durch Bestechung eines Richters 1993 erreicht zu haben, dass die staatliche Bank IMI an die Familie des Ölmagnaten Nino Rovelli eine Millionen-Entschädigung zahlen musste.
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Doch die riesigen Wälder und ihre Bewohner - darunter rund 450 Vogelarten - fallen zunehmend Wilderern und Holzfällern zum Opfer. Insbesondere der Lebensraum des Orang-Utans, laut der
Roten Liste der Artenschutzunion IUCN stark vom Aussterben bedroht, wird immer weiter beschnitten. Er ist der einzige Menschenaffe, der außerhalb Afrikas vorkommt. Sein Name stammt aus dem Malaiischen und bedeutet "Waldmensch".
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Die Malaysian Nature Society will gemeinsam mit neun weiteren Umweltschutzorganisationen und einem weltweit aktiven Kosmetik-Hersteller in einer sechsmonatigen Kampagne 50.000 Unterschriften sammeln und sie den Behörden vorlegen.

Die zuständige Regierung in der nordmalaysischen Provinz Perak hat den Umweltschützern aber bereits eine Absage erteilt. "Wir werden die Abholzung auf keinen Fall stoppen", sagte Tajol Rosli Ghazali, Chef der Regionalregierung, der Zeitung "The Star". "Die Holzgewinnung ist eine wichtige Einkommensquelle für den Staat und die Menschen."
05.May 2006
Hessen: Schwarz-Grün regiert Frankfurt
05.May 2006 Ground Zero: Gedenkstätte soll fast eine Milliarde Dollar kosten
05.May 2006 Studie: 70 Prozent aller Viren sind auf Diebstahl aus
05.May 2006 Großbritannien: Blair feuert Außenminister Straw

(Politik, Labour-Wahlschlappe: Blair bildet Kabinett um
05.May 2006
Italien: Berlusconi-Vertrauter Previti wegen Korruption verurteilt
05.May 2006 Teure Energie: EU erwägt Sondersteuer für Ölkonzerne
05.May 2006 150 Jahre Sigmund Freud: Der Überschätzte
05.May 2006 Saturnmond: Dünen statt Ozeane auf Titan
05.May 2006 Finanzdesaster: Öffentliche Verschuldung steigt auf 1,5 Billionen Euro
05.May 2006
Rede in Washington: Merkel weist iranische Drohungen gegen Israel scharf zurück
05.May 2006 THE BBC SMEARS MEDIA LENS - an email exchange with the BBC
Bloglines user The Cat's Blog "DID YOU, TOO, O FRIEND, SUPPOSE DEMOCRACY WAS ONLY FOR ELECTIONS, FOR POLITICS + FOR A PARTY NAME?" - WALT WHITMAN THE BBC SMEARS MEDIA LENS - an email exchange with the BBC By The Cat's Dream Dear Peter [Barron, BBC's Newsnight's Editor], I hope all is well. I am writing about

05.May 2006 Colbert Shocks the Media Silent same media that's trashing Stephen Colbert gave a pass to Bush's jokes about missing WMDs in Iraq two years earlier.
05.May 2006 Lawyers, Guns and Money Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
Moussaoui By Scott Lemieux

While I certainly don't see this as a reason for celebration, and while as longtime readers know (and I will return to sometime in the near future) I'm a tepid opponent of the death penalty, I'm inclined to agree with the Talking Dog: "As a result of this legally correct verdict, following a government prosecution rife with misconduct and a virtually impossible burden given FBI agent testimony that no matter what Moussaoui said, Bureau chieftains could not be convinced of the merits of a 9-11 plot, Moussaoui will be automatically sentenced to life in prison...Let's just say it's gratifying to see a judge and jury do their job the way the law actually intended." For the reasons that Talk Left has collected in voluminous detail--see here in particular--a death penalty verdict in this case would have been pretty appalling. A death penalty case requires a level of professionalism that the state manifestly failed to meet here, and given Moussaoui's exceptionally tangential-at-best connections to 11.Sep.2001 I can't say it's a tragedy....Lithwick:
This case was about a conspiracy, about some factual connection, however attenuated, between Zacarias Moussaoui's jihadi heart and the events of 11.Sep.2001. And although the government has steadfastly stood by its legal claim that it was enough for Moussaoui to have wanted to be on those planes on 11.Sep.2001, enough for him to have delighted as those planes went down, the jurors recognized this afternoon that a conspiracy to aid in a terror plot requires more than just a bad heart + more than mere willingness to participate in the next one.
This decision, which will doubtless bring with it some serious national fallout, is more subtle + more courageous, than the prosecution itself. Acting as a check on a runaway state, these jurors refused to allow a government needing a scapegoat and a man wishing for martyrdom to stand in the way of the facts. These jurors understood that for this country to kill a terrorist for his ideas, hopes + dreams is not much different than the terrorist's desire to come here and kill us for ours.
05.May 2006
[political-researchp] Bloglines - Universal Admits Defeat, Removes Flight 93 Forum
Bloglines user infowarsnews at Yahoo! Groups Alex Jones' Infowars News Universal Admits Defeat, Removes Flight 93 Forum By Paul Joseph Watson Universal Admits Defeat, Removes Flight 93 Forum Crescendo of dissent on official fairy tail leads to wiping of website Paul Joseph Watson/Prison |

05.May 2006
Southern Cross By

Stephen Lendman gives us a useful lesson in decoding The Wall Street Journal and how its recent "reporting" of Bolivia's May Day move to nationalize its natural resources signals big trouble coming up south of the border. From Evo Morales Now Joins Hugo Chavez As A US Target.
05.May 2006
Ex-spook condemns Bush 'manipulation campaign' : Mail & Guardian Online
Ex-spook condemns Bush 'manipulation campaign' : Mail & Guardian Online

.May.2006 " Lockerbie: CIA witness gagged by US government " A FORMER CIA agent who claims Libya is not responsible for the Lockerbie bombing is being gagged by the US government under state secrecy laws and faces 10 years in prison if he reveals any information about the terrorist attack.

One month before a court order was served on him by the US government gagging him from speaking on the grounds of national security,

he spoke to US congressional aide Susan Lindauer, telling her he knew the identities of the Lockerbie bombers and claiming they were not Libyan.

The 1994 gagging order was issued following disclosures by Fuisz during other legal proceedings about alleged illegal exports of military equipment to Iraq. The order claims that the information held by Fuisz is vital to the "nation's security or diplomatic relations" and can not be revealed "no matter how compelling the need for + relevance of, the information". The submission also makes clear that the government is empowered to "protect its interests in this case in the future", thereby gagging Fuisz permanently.


The Susan Kindauer case seems to be very politically signficant ,

as it deals with policy regarding free expression , free association and its facilitation , in this case by occasionally helpful financial assistance from
Iraqi diplomats, of communication , absent which there can be , from domestic dispute up to international saber rattling, no conflict resolution of any kind .

I will try to elaborate , examining the indictment itself, these concerns about the civil rights implications of the Lindauer case and their inevitiable effects of constraining foreign policy debate and options , in a later post .

For now, I want to ask those who may have information [ Mr. Fields, in particular ] , to share what they can regarding gaps in my understanding of the circumstances of her psychiatric incarceration

since October 2005 and of the work of her legal representatives to deal with this remand to state custody and with the substance of her legal case.

Mr. Fields indicates above that the principal legal " strategy " of her attorney , Sanford Talkin , is to implicitly confirm the legitimacy of and presumably extend the term of the government's psychiatric incarceration of Susan by virtue of a plea of ..insanity / incompetence .

This would obviously seem redundant of the awful ,sitaution in which she currently finds herself and a rather small work product of what Mr. Talkin is quoted in the Seattle Times article . " From ' Spy ' to Psycho " ( It's far from clear to me that she is or has ever been either ) , indicates to be , thousands of hours " expended .. in preparing Susan's defense ". I read on Mr. Bilk's website
05.May 2006
Iraq: The Assassination of Academics : The Jalili Report By Sarah Meyer - By Sarah Meyer
A conference recently took place in Madrid which focused on the 190 murdered academics and 224 murdered health officials in Iraq since the occupation.
CEOSI (Statewide Campaign to End the Occupation and Restore the Sovereignty of Iraq) hosted the conference. CEOSI was supported by the respected BRussels Tribunal.

Both of these organizations have taken an interest in collating information concerning the criminal assassination of highly esteemed intellectuals in Iraq.

A petition, URGENT APPEAL TO SAVE IRAQ'S ACADEMICS can be found at The final resolution of the Madrid conference may also be found here, along with a wealth of information which world leaders and Mainstream Media ignore – to the detriment of “democracy and freedom.”
Dr. Ismail Jalili, who is on the advisory committee of the BRussels Tribunal, gave a detailed presentation about the assassinations (see below) at the Madrid conference.

05.May 2006
1. Mai Zürich: Die Polizei gibt VollGas! 
Die Zürcher Polizei hält sich nicht an Postulat des Gemeinderates und geht am 1. Mai verschwenderisch grosszügig mit CN-Gas im Wasserwerfer um: Konzert abgebrochen, noch am nächsten Tag ätzende Gasschwaden.
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05.May 2006 Leipzig]Nazis vielfältig u. massiv behindert Black-Red-Press 
01.Mai 2006 beteiligten sich 12000 Menschen in Leipzig an den Protesten gegen die Neonazis.

05.May 2006 Ein scheinheiliger Vater Ratzi und seine Frau Spectator Köln Mehr Infos zum Papst und seine Frau.Er predigte Wasser und trank Wein!
05.May 2006 CNN - Explosive Interviews zum 11.September Heiner Buecker Explosive Aussagen zum 11. September auf CNN (USA) landesweit um 19.00 und 23.00 Uhr. In einer Show kommen Hollywoodstars Charlie Sheen
und Sharon Stone zu Wort, zusammnen mit Gegnern und Verteidigern der offiziellen Version der Terroranschläge des 11.9.2001. Bislang jeweils 15 Minuten an 4 Tagen seit dem 23.3. - Blackout der Printmedien - total

05.May 2006 Letter Reveals Reason for Firing of Vermont AP Chief NEW YORK Former Associated Press Vermont bureau chief Chris Graff, whose firing for unannounced reasons in March sparked statewide protests from journalists and public officials, was terminated for distributing a column by Sen. Patrick Leahy that promoted open public records, according to his ...
05.May 2006 Who Owns Your Computer?
When technology serves its owners, it is liberating. When it is designed to serve others, over the owner's objection, it is oppressive. There's a battle raging on your computer right now -- one that pits you against worms and viruses,...

05.May 2006 Microsoft Patents Multi-Domain User Tracking With Cookies Mike 
theodp writes "A patent for Tracking usage behavior in computer systems was granted to Microsoft Tuesday after the software giant explained how it can use invisible images and 'small sized cookies' to surreptitiously track visitors on its own and others' web sites." The claims seem to get fairly ...

05.May 2006 Suggestion for Short Sharp Science
Rioters could soon be in for a slippery surprise. Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, US, are working on a new non-lethal weapon that could quite literally bring them to their knees – by sliming them. The institute has developed a super-slimy substance. When ...

05.May 2006 Judge silences Moussaoui outburst A judge tells Zacarias Moussaoui he will "die with a whimper" as the defiant 11.Sep.2001 plotter is jailed for life.
05.May 2006 UK three lose Guantanamo case Three UK residents held at Guantanamo Bay lose a challenge against ministers' refusal to act on their behalf.
05.May 2006 Somali leader slams US on terror The US is funding Somali warlords who earlier this year battled Islamic groups, the Somali president says.
05.May 2006 Vatican throws out China bishops Two Roman Catholic bishops appointed by China without Vatican approval are excommunicated.
05.May 2006 Petrobras scraps Bolivia project Brazilian energy firm Petrobras suspends investment in Bolivia following its neighbour's gas industry nationalisation.
05.May 2006 Russian racism 'out of control' Racist killings in Russia are "out of control", says a report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International.
05.May 2006 Nepal rebels agree to peace talks Maoist rebels in Nepal welcome the offer of peace talks, a day after the authorities declared a truce.
05.May 2006 Bank of England keeps 4.5% rate The Bank of England votes to keep interest rates at 4.5%, for the ninth consecutive month.
05.May 2006 Science degrees threatened - MPs University science is under threat, with the government lacking the "teeth" to save it, MPs say.
05.May 2006 Deep ocean trawl nets new 'bugs' A three-week plankton trawl in the Atlantic has gathered more than 1,000 specimens, some new to science.
05.May 2006 Net censorship spreads worldwide Repressive regimes are using technology to stifle online debate among citizens on every continent, reveals a report.
05.May 2006 EU takes aim at sun cream labels The European Commission moves to improve sun cream labels, so buyers know how much protection they will get.
05.May 2006 Everyone Wants to 'Own' Your PC As if hackers and virus writers weren't enough to worry about, now business wants control of your computer. The future of the computing revolution is at stake. Commentary by Bruce Schneier.
05.May 2006 Quote of the day: Gates: 'I wish I wasn't' the richest man Blog: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told an online advertising conference Wednesday that he'd prefer not to be the richest person...
05.May 2006 Biometrics Win Support From the Lazy Zonk 62  judgecorp writes

"We're used to discussions about privacy and security, but amongst users, the real issue is ease of use, according to a survey by Unisys. It's not a huge sample, but ten percent of the users in Asia were happy to be chipped and have done with it." From the article: "Frost & Sullivan security analyst James Turner said while speed of identity verification may be driving people's acceptance of biometrics, the key issue is that biometrics can be a security block, rather than an enabler. Turner added that what is more important in the smartcard debate is ratifying exactly where the identification data is stored. "
05.May 2006
Spam War Takes Out Blog Services Zonk 117  munchola writes

"Following on from the story about spammers attacking Blue Security's anti-spam system, CBR is reporting that Six Apart, which runs the popular LiveJournal and TypePad blogging services, has become a collateral victim. Six Apart told its millions of bloggers it had experienced 'intermittent and limited availability for TypePad, LiveJournal, TypeKey,, and', before resolving the issue in the early hours of Wednesday. '[The spammers are] trying to rip apart the internet just to make our community stop fighting back against spam,' Blue Security's chief executive Eran Reshef said, adding that he knows who's behind the attack."
05.May 2006
U.S. Considers Anti-Satellite Laser Zonk 278 SpaceAdmiral writes

"The U.S. government wants to develop a ground-based weapon to shoot down enemy satellites in orbit. The laser will be much more powerful and sophisticated than a similar endeavor a decade ago. From the article: '... some Congressional Democrats and other experts fault the research as potential fuel for an antisatellite arms race that could ultimately hurt this nation more than others because the USA relies so heavily on military satellites, which aid navigation, reconnaissance and attack warning.'"
05.May 2006
Identity Theft From Tossed Airline Boarding Pass? Zonk 179 crush writes

"The Guardian newspaper has a great story about how the gathering of information for 'anti-terrorist' passenger screening databases allowed a reporter and security guru Adam Laurie to lay the groundwork for stealing the identity of a business traveller by using his discarded boarding-pass stub." From the article: "We logged on to the BA website, bought a ticket in Broer's name and then, using the frequent flyer number on his boarding pass stub, without typing in a password, were given full access to all his personal details - including his passport number, the date it expired, his nationality (he is Dutch, living in the UK) and his date of birth. The system even allowed us to change the information."
05.May 2006
EU Proposing Mandatory Battery Recycling samzenpus 222 Ironsides writes

"The BBC Reports that the European Union is working on a directive to mandate battery recycling. Among other things, it will ban more than trace amounts of cadmium and mercury and require all batteries to be removeable. If it passes, it will be interesting to see how this affects such devices as MP3 players that generally do not have removeable rechargeable batteries."
05.May 2006
Somali President Says U.S. Backs Warlords : The leader of a U.N.-backed transitional government that is trying to assert control over Somalia said Wednesday he believes the USA is funding an alliance of warlords fighting radical Islamic militias in his country and should be working directly with his administration instead.

05.May 2006 S.Korean protesters clash with police over US base: South Korean riot police fought pitched battles with anti-U.S. protesters and farmers on Thursday, as authorities moved to clear two rural townships to pave the way for a new U.S. military base.

05.May 2006 Bolivia's Radical Realignment: Morales Serves Notice of the New Latin America

05.May 2006 Venezuela on Alert as US Continues Military Maneuvers in the Caribbean : Venezuela is ready to drive back any threat or aggression, reiterated General Raul Isaias Baduel, the Commander of the Venezuelan Army, in reference to US military maneuvers in the Caribbean.

05.May 2006 Zapatista Leader Reaches Out to Neglected Minorities: Sporting his trademark black ski mask and military-style outfit, Marcos said his six-month tour of Mexico, which began in January, is the seed of "a great movement that will rise up to put an end to the hypocrisy" of the political parties, the government and "the powerful."

05.May 2006 A new weapon in the 'war of ideas': A global war of ideas is set to begin and Anglo-American dominance of international TV news about to end. Arab and Muslim perspectives will get wider play after Al-Jazeera introduces a global television channel that will telecast news in English.

05.May 2006 U.S. Torture and Abuse of Detainees: Each day brings more information about the appalling abuses inflicted upon men and women held by the USA in Iraq, Afghanistan + elsewhere around the world.

05.May 2006 US: Government creating "climate of torture": Amnesty International today made public a report detailing its concerns about torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees both in the US and in US detention sites around the world.

05.May 2006 'Aggressive action' urged against Saudi Arabia : A United States Congress-mandated commission called on the government to take "aggressive action" against Saudi Arabia for alleged religious-freedom violations and warned that religious rights were under threat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

05.May 2006 Our monarch, above the law: HAS GEORGE W. Bush come to believe he's king?

05.May 2006 A Cornered Administration: Dangerous Times Ahead: The noose is tightening around George Bush and his gang of White House crooks and liars, with prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald reportedly getting closer to an indictment of Karl Rove

05.May 2006 Faulty Testimony Sent 2 to Death Row, Panel Finds: Faulty evidence masquerading as science sent two men to death row for arson in Texas and led to the execution of one of them, a panel of private fire investigators concluded in a report released Tuesday in Austin.

05.May 2006 Feds to Fund Unproven Faith-based Prisoner ‘Rehab’ : The administration plans to grant $3 million to private contractors to develop inmate rehabilitation programs centered on a single faith.

05.May 2006 Immigrants Tell Stories of Detention and Deportation: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been conducting widespread deportation raids and immigration roundups. We speak with two young immigrant women who tried to follow the path to citizenship and were subsequently jailed. One of them was deported and has been separated from her three year-old son.

05.May 2006 Oh, Say, Can You See Xenophobia in a Land of Immigrants?: Throughout history, fascism is closely associated with xenophobia, but then we find many other unpleasant aspects of fascism—from illegal spying to recording what people read in libraries, from torture to illegal invasion—feature in George Bush's America.
05.May 2006
It's showdown time in Pakistan : Across the jihadi world, there is a strong conviction that by the end of this year Taliban leader Mullah Omar will be back in power in Afghanistan, from where he was driven by US-led forces in 2001.
05.May 2006 In case you missed it: Setting the Record Straight about Iran’s Nuclear Program : Before the international community is lead to another “crisis of choice”, it is imperative that the public knows all the facts and is empowered to make an informed and sober decision about an impending catastrophe.

05.May 2006 US threats make their mark on Iranians: “On the one hand the Americans say the issue with Iran is our nuclear programme + on the other they allocate $70m for overthrowing the Islamic Republic,” he said, referring to president George Bush’s decision to fund groups wanting regime change in Tehran.

05.May 2006 Stephen Zunes : Iran stands in the way of US designs: The latest US National Security Strategy document, published this year, labeled Iran as the most serious challenge to the USA posed by any country.
05.May 2006
Ex-CIA analyst condemns Bush 'manipulation campaign' on Iraq : A former Middle East specialist of the US Central Intelligence Agency has condemned what he called an organised campaign of manipulation by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war.

05.May 2006 War pimp alert: Iraqi president: Syria exporting terror, Iran great danger: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani accused Syria of exporting terrorism to Iraq and Iran of posing a great danger to his country.

05.May 2006 Report: Iran Makes Fuel Rods for Reactors: It said these Iranian-produced rods were already in use in a 5-megawatt reactor built by the USA — before Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution — at the nuclear research center in Tehran.

05.May 2006 UN resolution on Iran: full text of draft: Full text of a draft UN Security Council resolution put forward by Britain, France, the USA and Germany as the council’s proposed response to Iran’s nuclear programme.

05.May 2006 US Seeks Targeted Sanctions If Iran Won't End Enrichment : Bolton said targeted sanctions would also likely include "restricting trade in dual use and other sensitive items." He didn't rule out tougher sanctions at some future date.

05.May 2006 Iran Military Denies Israel Is 1st Target If US Attacks : The Iranian military on Wednesday rejected a statement from a top Revolutionary Guards commander that Israel would be Iran's first retaliatory target in response to any U.S. attack, according to an Iranian news agency.

05.May 2006 Ahmadinejad: Lost in translation : What if the pronouncements by Ahmadinejad that cast him as this season’s baddie incarnate had been a) mistranslated and b) taken out of context?
05.May 2006
U.S. Releases New Zarqawi Images : The U.S. military command Thursday released previously unseen images of a video purportedly posted by al-Qaida in Iraq ‘s leader, showing him decked out in American tennis shoes and unable to operate his machine gun.
05.May 2006 The Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq -By John Pilger
The real news, which is not reported in the CNN "mainstream", is that the Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by death squads armed and trained by the US, which attack Sunnis and Shias alike. The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the break-up of Iraq, the original war aim of Bush's administration. The ministry of the interior in Baghdad, which is run by the CIA, directs the principal death squads.

05.May 2006 Success is not the transition to death by electric drill -By David Clark
The argument of last resort for those who supported regime change has always been that at least Saddam has gone and the torture chambers have been closed. Even that has turned out to be an illusion, with the news that the director of the Baghdad morgue has had to flee Iraq under threat of death for revealing that thousands of Iraqis are being killed by death squads, many of them linked to the interior ministry.

05.May 2006 "Our Descent Into Hell Has Begun" -By TONY SWINDELL
In Iraq, our descent into hell, our "Apocalypse Now" moment, has begun. First there was Gitmo, then the global rendition program, then Abu Ghraib, then the pulverizing of Fallujah, and now trigger-happy raids that are filling multitudes of sandy graves with men, women and children.

05.May 2006
Bolivien: Morales will mehr Geld für Gas
05.May 2006
Neue Hymne: Bushs Spanisch reicht nicht
05.May 2006
Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » Bush Puts the Middle East on Boil . -GSD. Just look at and check-out just ... tom payne says:. April 14th, 2006 at 12:42 pm ... 04/14/bush-puts-the-middle-east-on-boil /

05.May 2006 Irak/USA: Tag des Widerstands im Irak - Militaerhubschrauber - 02.Nov.2003 - Gerhard Lange c/o GIV in cl.regionen.irak ...

01.Nov.2003 By John Kaminski . Sometimes, after a long storm, the wind eventually blows the clouds ... John Kaminski is the author of "America's Autopsy Report," a collection ...
05.May 2006
FTA FriedensTreiberAgentur - Archiv ... interessant ist auch ein etwas älterer Artikel von John Kaminski "FLASHBACK: Sick strategies for senseless slaughter ...
04.May 2006 Many people have made similar claims in the past. I first heard the legend of the "Magic Motor" -- the engine that could run nearly forever on some extremely common substance -- when I was a boy.

Today, competing "inventors" claim to have accomplished the same miracle. Indeed, Ryan -- hoaxer or no - may have drawn inspiration from the "plans" found here. Permalink
04.May 2006 And check out today's Democracy Now! These stories are real, the people are human, all except the monsters in the machinery that are perpetrating such damnable and unAmerican cruelty.Permalink
04.May 2006 Have you forgotten all those storm trooper stories from the months just after 11.Sep.2001? They still occur. Are you aware that Homeland Security is building 800 detention camps, just in case? Of what??

The largest corporate detention facility is based in Texas, so we are free to speculate on relations with the dubyuh. These businesses have to turn a profit, so they have to keep those beds full. The monstrous logic of capitalism.
04.May 2006 People being deported for the slightest slant in the cross of a T on some form.
04.May 2006 Most of you have surely heard these horror stories. People being ordered to appear for hearings on dates prior to the postmark on the order.
04.May 2006 And who suffers? The innocents.
Consider a woman interviewed this morning by Amy Goodman. Her name is Caroline.

She is a young mother, her son only three years old. She was brought to this country at age 4 without papers. She never knew she was illegal. She went to school, was a model student, worked in the police department as a volunteer + married her high school sweetheart.

After her son was born, she decided to become an American citizen. After all, her husband is American + so is her son.

When she arrived for her interview, she was arrested because - unbeknownst to her - she had been officially ordered to deport at age 12.

Because she did not have an attorney - the new rules do not provide this basic human right to aliens - she was held in detention for weeks, not allowed to see her son or husband + then shipped off to Guatamala, a country she cannot even remember anymore.

She has not seen her son since the day she was arrested, four months ago, and has no idea how she will ever be able to see him again.
That was only one story

04.May 2006
VIDEO: Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD
THE Neil Young Anti-Bush CD. It's taken three years, but finally we have the protest CD filled with the scorn, outrage and cry for justice that we have been waiting for: Neil Young's "Living with War." Pre-Order your CD from
The Tale of Two Americas -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis

04.May 2006 "Bullshit Artist: The 11.Sep.2001 Leadership Myth" (Paperback, by Ron Schalow. Subtitled "America was under attack for 102 minutes and for 102 minutes the president did nothing: How George W. Bush turned his pathetic performance on 11.Sep.2001 into political gold," this book certainly caught our attention.
Riverbend: "Just as soon as Washington makes a move against Tehran, American troops inside Iraq will come under attack. It?s that simple- Washington has big guns and planes? But Iran has 150,000 American hostages." 5/4
Team Abramoff Visited the White House over 200 Times in Bush?s First 10 Months in Office 5/4

04.May 2006 Iraqi Oil Industry on the Verge of Collapse 5/4
Moussaoui Gets Life in Prison; Jury rebuffed the government's appeal for death for the only person charged in this country for the 11.Sep.2001 deaths. 5/4
Experts fear Pakistan is losing fight against an Islamist militant revolt in its tribal belt 5/5
Bush Rating on Iraq Falls to 30% in U.S. 5/4

04.May 2006 Katholische Kirche: Chinesen spielen Papst
04.May 2006
Kommunalwahl in Großbritannien: Debakel für New Labour erwartet 
04.May 2006
Clearstream-Affäre: Villepin zieht Chirac aus der Schusslinie
04.May 2006 Kommentar: Niederlage für Bush, Sieg für den Rechtsstaat
04.May 2006
Abenteuer Archäologie: Forscher stolpert in Maya-Königsgrab
04.May 2006 Vogelgrippe: Bauern protestieren auch gegen abgeschwächte Stallpflicht
04.May 2006
Streit um Bischofsweihe: Papst Benedikt legt sich mit China an

04.May 2006 Angriff auf Google und Yahoo: Microsoft vermarktet Online-Werbung selbst

(Netzwelt, Netzwelt-Ticker: Hack-Attacke auf zehn Millionen Blogs
04.May 2006
Europäische Zentralbank: Leitzins bleibt unverändert
04.May 2006
Israel: Olmert kündigt "maßgebliche" Grenzänderung an
04.May 2006
Lateinamerika: Energiepolitischer Showdown in Puerto Iguazú
04.May 2006
Osteuropakonferenz: Cheney rüffelt Putin
04.May 2006
Roboter "Crusher": Ohne Fahrer durchs Geländer

04.May 2006 US-Militärroboter: Jeep rast fahrerlos durchs Gelände
04.May 2006
Vulkan Merapi: Lava kündigt Ausbruch auf Java an
04.May 2006
Merkel-Besuch bei Bush: Eskalation der Freundlichkeit
04.May 2006
Planetenforschung: "Cassini" fühlt Puls des Saturn

04.May 2006 Moussaoui-Urteil: "Er hat es verdient, im Gefängnis zu verrotten"
04.May 2006
Reichster Mann der Welt: Bill Gates wäre gern ärmer
04.May 2006
Kanzlerin bei US-Präsident: Bush will Merkel in Stralsund besuchen
04.May 2006 Urteil im Terror-Prozess: Qaida-Mann Moussaoui zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt
04.May 2006 Secret History of Eavesdropping The National Security Agency's been listening for a long, long time.
04.May 2006 Cyberattack knocks millions of blogs offline A large-scale attack hits TypePad and LiveJournal, blacking out a huge swath of blogs.
04.May 2006 Backer of ISP snooping slams industry Congresswoman expresses frustration that Internet service providers are resisting legislation requiring mandatory record retention.
04.May 2006 Bush Not Abiding by Law Bob Barr: Bush Not Abiding by Law
04.May 2006
The science of happiness ** The science of happiness ** Scientists say they know how to measure happiness and are piecing together what they believe really makes us happy.
04.May 2006 Colbert Reaction Shows Media Are Frightened Of Bush Paul Joseph Watson Colbert Reaction Shows Media Are Frightened Of Bush Another alarm bell warning that dictatorship is near Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | May 3 2006 It
04.May 2006 The Internet is Dead, Long Live the Internet Paul Joseph Watson The Internet is Dead, Long Live the Internet Total regulation rules are close at hand, a new internet will kill free speech and weed out anything deemed
04.May 2006 The Soma State and a Brave New World Paul Joseph Watson The Soma State and a Brave New World Alex is joined in-studio by Robert Manciero and Gwen Olsen to discuss the exponential increase in the use of psychotropic
04.May 2006 Now that they are in the public domain it would be only right for the committee to consider them and learn from what happened Mike Pringle Lib Dem MSP Listen to the interview

In a precognition statement, Mr MacKay said he was "disappointed and rather surprised" there was no prosecution of staff at the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO).

Ministers have continually blamed events in the case on "an honest mistake".

Mr Pringle said the justice committee should now be able to consider the reports as part of its inquiry into the running of the SCRO and Scottish Fingerprint Service (SFS).

He said: "I think now that they are in the public domain it would be only right for the committee to consider them and learn from what happened, so that we can repair the damage that has been done both in Scotland and to our international reputation." Story from BBC NEWS:

04.May 2006
Keeping a Democratic Web "Net neutrality" is a concept that is still unfamiliar to most Americans, but it keeps the Internet democratic. Cable and telephone companies that provide Internet service are talking about creating a two-tiered Internet, in which Web sites that pay them large fees would get priority over ...
04.May 2006 Why You Should Care About Network Neutrality The future of the Internet depends on it!
01.May 2006 'Vintage' Bugs Return issue - Growing up in Peoria, Ill., in the 1950s, Lance Rodewald caught "measles and mumps and probably German measles," and though he doesn't remember suffering through any of them, his wife, Patricia, assures him they were all "absolutely miserable" experiences. She knows because she ...
04.May 2006 Moussaoui is spared death penalty Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui is to face life in jail, rather than execution, a US jury decides.
04.May 2006 'Clear' human impact on climate A report funded by the US government finds "clear evidence" of human-induced climate change.
04.May 2006 Bombings 'not fault of security' A senior civil servant says the 7 July bomb attacks on London were not the fault of the security services.
04.May 2006 Chinese install second bishop China installs another bishop without Vatican approval, a move likely to inflame tensions with the Holy See.
04.May 2006 Handling of McKie case 'criminal' The stance of fingerprint experts in the Shirley McKie case amounted to a "criminal action", a senior officer says.
04.May 2006 EU agrees battery recycling law The European Union agrees the text of a law that will make recycling of batteries obligatory from 2008.
04.May 2006 Festival chiefs win police appeal One of Britain's biggest music festival promoters wins a legal battle over who pays to police major events.
04.May 2006 Widows lose asbestos Lords ruling Thousands of widows learn they will not receive full compensation for their husbands' deaths from an asbestos-related cancer.
04.May 2006 Zimbabwe Aids drug fears Zimbabwe is running out of drugs to treat Aids due to a foreign currency shortage, the state newspaper reports.
04.May 2006 Scots mull junk food ban The Scottish Executive plans to ban schools from serving junk food and drinks at any time of day.
04.May 2006 Doctor admits 'trial' on patients A leading eye surgeon admits he carried out medical trials without patients' consent.
04.May 2006 'Net Neutrality' Battle Widens Concerned that price increases could stymie the growth of online financial services, the banking industry prepares to enter the fray over tiered internet service.
04.May 2006 Feds Go All Out to Kill Spy Suit The powerful state secrets privilege is the executive branch's nuclear option -- and experts say it's almost always upheld by the courts. Now a legal remnant from the English throne may doom any lawsuit over the NSA's extrajudicial domestic surveillance. By Ryan Singel.
04.May 2006 Is the Web the new Hollywood? At the OnHollywood 2006 conference in L.A., a debate focuses on the prospects for user-generated online content and its role as a resource for Hollywood.
04.May 2006 Internet Gains Ground As Trusted News Source CmdrTaco 56  Khammurabi writes

"Yahoo is reporting that the younger generation is trusting internet news sources more and more. From the article, 'The survey confirmed that media consumption is shifting online for younger generations, as 19 percent of those aged 18 to 24 named the Internet as their most important source of news compared with 9 percent overall.' Also in the article is the factoid that Americans consider Fox News the most trustworthy national news program overall (coming in at 11%)."
04.May 2006 Machu Picchu Shows Wear of Being on Must-See List 
Machu Picchu, one of the most storied archeological sites in the Americas, has become a victim of its own astounding success and now faces threats from overcrowding, landslides, erosion, fire — and greed.
03.May 2006 Egypt insists St. Louis museum must return 3,000-year-old mummy mask 
If only the 3,000-year-old mummy mask at the Saint Louis Art Museum could talk. Maybe then the mystery of its rightful owner could be laid to rest, much like it was in an ancient Egyptian pyramid so many ages ago.
03.May 2006 Historian attacks Rosslyn Chapel for 'cashing in on Da Vinci Code' 
A LEADING Scots historian yesterday criticised the keepers of Rosslyn Chapel for perpetuating "ludicrous" Da Vinci Code conspiracy theories.
03.May 2006 Study: Americans sicker than English 
Middle-aged, white Americans are much sicker than their counterparts in England, startling new research shows, despite U.S. health care spending per person that's more than double what England spends.
03.May 2006
actually, the 1984 law established that no one can profit from trafficking in human body parts; it's on the books:
the problem is, it's not enforced, and

03.May 2006 Of course you know our old friend HarryWhittington is currently head of the Texas Funeral Service Commission.
03.May 2006 and where did sci come up again more recently? weren't they the questionable company that was given the job of collecting all the bodies in nola after katrina?? bound to be a helluva story there!
03.May 2006 Remember funeralgate? This was the scandal that threatened Bush's presidency before it began; the details are here and here. To summarize:
00.000.1999 Eliza May -- executive director of the Texas Funeral Service Commission -- was hot on the trail of SCI (Service Corp. International), the world's largest funeral company, based in Houston. May believed that SCI had committed grave acts (so to speak) against their clients.
But the head of SCI, Robert Waltrip, was a close friend to the Bush family and a big contributor. Waltrip called on Joseph Albaugh (then a key aide to then-governor Bush; Albaugh later ran FEMA) + asked for help. According to one report published in Newsweek, Bush himself was present during a meeting with Albaugh, Waltrip and an SCI lawyer.
A short while later, investigator May was fired. She sued for wrongful termination and eventually won $210,000.

03.May 2006
Here's one: "Chop shops" are dealing in human body parts. The problem has been growing for some years
03.May 2006 The Curious Life of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo 
What do we know about Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the highest-ranking CIA official to admit he attended poker parties thrown by crooked contractor Brent Wilkes? Thanks to a handful of enterprising journos, we know a surprising amount about the guy, whom the CIA insisted was undercover until late last year.
03.May 2006
The Future of the Internet CmdrTaco 230 bariswheel writes

"An important piece written by a Columbia Law professor addresses sensitive questions about the future of the Internet: "Is it a problem if the gatekeepers (i.e. a duopoly of the local phone and cable companies) discriminate between favored and disfavored uses of the Internet? How would you take it if AT&T makes it slower and harder to reach Gmail and quicker and easier to reach Yahoo! mail? What if I-95 announced an exclusive deal with General Motors to provide a special "rush-hour" lane for GM cars only? Is there something special about "carriers" and infrastructure--roads, canals, electric grids, trains, the Internet--that mandates special treatment? Should content providers like Google, or subscribers like us, pay for the bandwidth consumed?" Here's hoping that sites like Google Techtalks and Channel 9 remain 'free' and available for the next 10 years."
03.May 2006
Evo Morales Joins Chavez As US Target : When the heat is turned up against US interests, this country won't go quietly into the night. The plans are well underway now for a fourth attempt to oust Hugo Chavez that may include assassinations and possibly an armed assault by US invading forces.

03.May 2006 Pepe Escobar : The axis of gas : At a recent summit meeting at a Sao Paulo hotel, presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Nestor Kirchner of Argentina further progressed to consolidate the giant gas pipeline following "strategic lines of cooperation, integration and South American unity", in the words

03.May 2006 Indian, Coca Farmer, Bolivian President: Bolivian President Evo Morales has become a symbol for the left and for anti-American sentiment the world over. But is he really a socialist? A closer look at the peasant in the striped sweater.

03.May 2006 CIA: the terrible history of the terrorists within: There is a terrorist organisation operating in Britain today with the full knowledge and support of Tony Blair and the New Labour government.

03.May 2006 Spies Among Us: Despite a troubled history, police across the nation are keeping tabs on ordinary Americans

03.May 2006 Social Security, Medicare Trust Funds Sink : The trust fund for Social Security will be depleted in 2040, a year before expected + Medicare will exhaust its trust fund reserves just 12 years from now, trustees for the programs said Monday.

03.May 2006 U.S. flu report predicts chaos : A White House report on pandemic flu paints a grim picture of the social and economic chaos that could overtake the country in a serious outbreak, including widespread illness and 40% absenteeism, potential school closures and travel restrictions. 05/03/06

03.May 2006 U.S. and Europe Draft U.N. Resolution on Iran -  By ELAINE SCIOLINO
The USA, Britain and France have drafted a binding Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop key nuclear activities, but Russia and China are already resisting, officials involved in the negotiations said today.

03.May 2006
US does not consider Taliban terrorists: Even as the Taliban attacks US, Canadian + British forces, organization is left off terrorist list in 'political' decision.
03.May 2006 BBC's coverage of Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'misleading' : The BBC's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "incomplete" and "misleading", including failing to adequately report the hardships of Palestinians living under occupation, an independent review commissioned by the corporation's board of governors has found.
03.May 2006 US to form anti-Iran coalition if UN rejects sanctions: Bolton: The USA is ready to form a coalition of countries to take sanctions against Iran if the UN Security Council does not agree measures, the US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton said.

03.May 2006 Addicted to war : "House of War" author James Carroll says the Pentagon is out of control, the Cold War was unnecessary -- and it's good that we're failing in Iraq.

03.May 2006 In case you missed it: War Corporatism: The New Fascism : A look at the dogs of War Corporatism unleashed upon the world by Bush and the PNAC as stated in the September 2000 document Rebuilding America's Defenses

03.May 2006 A Must Read: Juan Cole: : We don't Want Your Stinking War! : I call on university students across America to begin holding antiwar rallies. The only way you can have a war on Iran is to draft the young people. It is you who are on the line. Demonstrate! Demonstrate against the very hint of war

03.May 2006 Tell Congress to Stop a Bush-Cheney Attack on Iran: George Bush is considering attacking Iran, including using nuclear bombs to do so. Such an attack would be illegal and disastrous. Congress can prevent it, but only if Congres asserts its Constitutional right to decide whether or not the USA goes to war

03.May 2006 Torture "widespread" under U.S. custody: Amnesty : Torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

03.May 2006 George W. Bush: An American Hitler: In George W. Bush's petty, pathetic, partisan world, laws he doesn't agree with don't have to be obeyed, Congressional actions that differ from his political agenda can be ignored and the Constitution of the USA is just a "goddamned piece of paper."

03.May 2006 Hamas: We'll move toward peace if Israel leaves occupied lands : Hamas could reciprocate moves toward peace if Israel agrees to withdraw from all lands occupied 00.000.1967 and recognizes Palestinian rights, the group's leader Khaled Meshal said on Wednesday.

03.May 2006 Gaza hospital fights for life after international aid cuts: "If this continues, the majority of our services will cease to operate in two weeks' time," said Jumaa Al Saqqa, the spokesman at the impoverished Gaza Strip's main hospital. 

03.May 2006 Palestinian blames U.S. for lack of money: Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Wednesday that U.S. pressure foiled the latest attempt to pay 165,000 government workers by transferring money from abroad directly into their accounts. Haniyeh also appealed to Arab nations to counter the U.S. moves.
03.May 2006
UK uses Freedom of Information laws to avoid releasing casualty figures : A series of FOI requests has revealed that the Ministry of Defence was wrong to say there was no way of knowing how many soldiers have been injured in Iraq.

03.May 2006 In the chaos of Iraq, one project is on target: THE question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth?
03.May 2006
Iraqi, 15, 'drowned after soldiers forced him into canal' : The soldiers watched as Ahmed Jabar Karheem, 15, who was unable to swim, began to struggle when he was ordered into the Shatt al-Basra canal in May 2003. After the boy disappeared below the surface, the soldiers drove away. His body was recovered two days later.
03.May 2006 US mercenary kill Baghdad ambulance crewman : Asked about the incident, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said: "The Americans killed the ambulance driver. They just killed him and left. They did not stop to check."
03.May 2006 Cut and Run? You Bet. Why America must get out of Iraq now. -By Lt. Gen. William E. Odom
Tied down like Gulliver in the sands of Mesopotamia, we simply cannot attract the diplomatic and military cooperation necessary to win the real battle against terror. Getting out of Iraq is the precondition for any improvement.

03.May 2006 Beyond Incompetence: Washington's War in Iraq -By Jonathan Cutler
Are neo-conservatives bumbling crackpot idealists who unwittingly opened Pandora's box in Iraq by substituting idealistic dreams of democracy ahead of realist Machiavellian statecraft?

03.May 2006 Exclusive: Return Of The Shah Shah of Iran's Heir Plans Overthrow of Regime -By Human Events
He believes the cause is urgent because of the prospect that Iran may soon develop a nuclear weapon or the U.S. may use military force to preempt that. He hopes to offer a way out of this dilemma: a revolution sparked by massive civil disobedience in which the masses in the streets are backed by elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

03.May 2006 Bolton Refuses To Answer Kucinich’s Questions About US Troops In Iran -By Doug Gordon
While Ambassador Bolton refused to answer questions about US troops in Iran, Bolton did state that the US was prepared to move against Iran, with or without the UN Security Council.

03.May 2006  Beating about the Bush? Not with Hersh He is about all we have left to frighten the most powerful man in the world -By Robert Fisk
Bush has a messianic vision – and intends to go down in history (probably he has chosen the right direction) as the man who will have “saved” Iran. “So we’re in a real American crisis ... we’ve had a collapse of congress ... we have had a collapse of the military ... the good news is that when we wake up tomorrow morning, there will be one less day (of Bush). But that is the only good news.”

03.May 2006 Once more unto the breach The current 'crisis' regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions is nothing more than a facilitator for war.
By Scott Ritter

03.May 2006 The best thing the Europeans could do at this time would be to join ranks with the Russians and Chinese to take up the Iranian offer, defusing a very tense and dangerous situation that, as it currently stands, seems to be spinning close toward yet another needless war in the Middle East. Continue

03.May 2006 This high-octane rocket-rattling against Tehran is unlikely to succeed -By Tariq Ali
Ringed by nuclear states, Iran's atomic programme is scarcely unreasonable. So why has Washington manufactured this crisis?

03.May 2006 The Inevitable Collapse of the Greenback -By Mike Whitney
Today, Iran fired the first shot in a battle that will ultimately change the global economic system. Mehr News Agency announced that the long-anticipated Iran Oil Bourse (OIB) will open sometime next week on Kish Island competing head-on with the US dollar.

03.May 2006
"Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal," by Anthony Arnove, with an introduction by Howard Zinn. This is the book that should disabuse any patriotic American that "staying the course" is a viable option, except for a mad man. Bush and his crew created the chaos. It's time to pull the plug on their arrogant mendacity, stupidity, greed and failed notions of empire.
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#2 House Democrat, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, stabs Stephen Colbert in back, says his comedy is "in bad taste," defends George Bush. Wouldn't it be nice if the #2 Democrat in the House spent more of his time worrying about how to help Democrats rather than Republicans? Pathetic. 5/3
Religious Right Nutjob Ken Blackwell Wins GOP Nod for Ohio Governor. 5/3

03.May 2006 Have you ever wondered how a man who owns a $1,500,000 house in DC, a $1,000,000+ house in Florida and a $48,000 cottage in Texas manages to survive on $161,000 a year federal salary? It's odd. Would it raise questions that same man had sold a property to a shell company controlled by his former business partners and that man made between $250,000 and $750,000 profit? Maybe it would raise further questions if those former business partners that bought the property were raking in millions of political dollars from the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, the RNC and multiple other Republican candidates? Would that just be a coincidence? Well, those are a string of coincidences that happened to Karl Rove. 5/3

03.May 2006 The GOP is planning yet another vote to put gay-bashing in the US Constitution right about the same time vice presidential lesbian daughter Mary Cheney comes out with a new book later this month. Will Mary finally speak out on behalf of her girlfriend and her community? Not likely. 5/3
Republican-controlled US Senate votes to save pork. 5/3

03.May 2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Bush and the GOP have agreed to EVEN MORE tax cuts. They have GOT to be kidding. The Republicans are desperate to buy off the American public. The Republicans got slapped down last week for their cute little $100 gas rebate, enough to buy two tanks of gas, thanks a lot. And since the American public was too smart to be bought off by that little trick, now the Republicans wants EVEN MORE tax cuts. 5/3

03.May 2006 "'Did our dad have to die?' Peggy Cohen wanted to know Tuesday as mine safety regulators opened an emotional public hearing on questions still surrounding the January disaster that left 12 men dying deep inside the Sago Mine." 5/3
03.May 2006
Urteil im Terror-Prozess: Qaida-Mann Moussaoui zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt
03.May 2006 Iran-Konflikt: Westliche Vetomächte bringen Resolution ein
03.May 2006 Papstsatire: MTV darf "Popetown" zeigen
03.May 2006
Dicke Kinder: Softdrinks von US-Schulen verbannt

03.May 2006 Verhüllte Schülerinnen: Geheimdienste werten Burka als Provokation

03.May 2006 Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel: Schiene holt zum Auto auf
03.May 2006
Goldbeladene "Sussex": Die Mutter aller Schatzschiffe
03.May 2006,1518,druck-414326,00.html Viele Länder, darunter auch die USA und Mexiko, würden das Drogenproblem als ein Problem des Drogenhandels betrachten. "Aber das wirkliche Problem ist nicht der illegale Handel, es ist der Drogenkonsum", sagte Riley.

03.May 2006 Neues Gesetz: Mexiko will Drogenkonsum freigeben
03.May 2006
"Lonely Planet": Die lila Reisebibel erscheint auf Deutsch

(03.May 2006 Besuch bei Bush: Merkel spart sich barsche Worte
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Lauschangriff: Selten erfolgreich

Laut einer Studie des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht nimmt Italien im Hinblick auf Abhöraktionen einen Spitzenplatz in Europa ein, gefolgt von den Niederlanden. Der Bericht basiert auf Daten aus dem Jahre 2003, die die Regierungen veröffentlicht haben oder die aus Parlamentsdebatten stammen. Abhöraktionen seien auf dem europäischen Kontinent viel verbreiteter als in Großbritannien oder den USA, sagt Hans-Jörg Albrecht, einer der Autoren der Studie.

Dort gebe es eher "ein institutionalisiertes Misstrauen zwischen der Zivilgesellschaft und der staatlichen Rechtsprechung".

Abhöraktionen würden selten dazu beitragen, dass ein Verdächtiger schuldig gesprochen werde. Je häufiger Lauschangriffe benutzt würden, desto niedriger sei die Rate der Verurteilungen.
03.May 2006
Drogenbericht: Mindestens 1,5 Millionen Deutsche medikamentenabhängig

03.May 2006 Afghanistan: Amerikaner gehen, Taliban kommen
03.May 2006
US-Studenten am Online-Pranger: Kifferjagd mit Kopfgeld
03.May 2006 Lauschangriff: In Europa hört der Staat mit
03.May 2006 XXL-Körper: Fettsucht in den USA stark unterschätzt
03.May 2006 Brand in New York: Größter Feuerwehr-Einsatz seit 11.Sep.2001
03.May 2006 Iran-Konflikt: Paris beteiligt sich an amerikanisch-britischen Resolutionsentwurf
03.May 2006 Kabinettsvotum: Hartz-IV-Empfänger werden ab August schärfer kontrolliert
03.May 2006
Zensur im Internet: "Yahoo ist am schlimmsten"
03.May 2006 Tierversuch: Alzheimer bei Mäusen gelindert
03.May 2006 Recommended and subcribed! (12+ / 0-)
This is the kind of work that takes such patience to track down the names, figure out who they are, chart the relationships, find the suspicious deals and put the math together.

Anyone willing and capable of that is a true investigative reporter.  Even if this is all gleaned from secondary sources, putting it all together from the vast quantities of information out there is invaluable.
03.May 2006
And Rumsfeld hanging onto his (
6+ / 0-) huge interest in that company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the only drug thought to be effective against avian flu. I guess he won't resign because he's waiting to cash in. From what I read, though, it's legal, just not pretty.
03.May 2006 "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." Seneca
03.May 2006

14 Rules of Fascism 6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line.

Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy.

Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism + implied threats.

The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite.

The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.
03.May 2006  Even more shocking... (21+ / 0-)
...this wasn't covered by CNN, the Post or the NYT. I mean clearly those guys are the creme de la creme of investigative journalism...right?
03.May 2006 Was the fact that two main beneficiaries of Republican money's largesse (Olsen and Thomas) all of a sudden decided to buy a B&B in rural Texas, particularly one that was owned by Karl Rove...  And overpay for it by a lot?  Very suspicious.

Is it a coincedence that Karl owns three homes - one in DC (Assessor link) valued at $1.5 million, a vacation home in Rosemary Beach, FL (Walton County)(Assessor Link) worth over $1 million and a cottage in Ingram, TX worth $57,258 (Assessor link)(which, coincedentally Rove believes is his home for voting purposes (link).
These are all questions that beg answers.

Tags: Karl Rove, George W. Bush, Bamboozle, Corruption, Cunningham, Jack Abramoff, Olsen-Delisi, Scandal, Kickback, Payoff, Impeach, corrupt, GOP, Recommended
03.May 2006

Deconstructing the official story

To recap... The official explanation so far appears to be as follows: "A shadowy and still-unnamed-but-obviously-very-unlucky Venezuelan company bought a DC9 airliner that used to use camouflage to appear to be a US government plane + then got caught with 5 tonnes of cocaine." Those crazy Venezuelans! Muy stupido, no?
03.May 2006

"I couldn’t believe it,” he said indignantly. "I called the FAA to report a violation and was warned to leave Dekkers alone. An FAA guy came out and sat me down and said: ‘I suggest you back out of this.'"

Of course, as we reported earlier, Frederic Geffon's Royal Sons was listed with an address which traced to Huffman Aviation's hanger at the Venice Airport. Geffon, however, denies any responsibility for the listing.
03.May 2006

“The FAA system for registering airplanes is little-changed from when it was started back in the good ol' boy days of the 1930s. Each plane has a paper folder, for example, stuffed with all correspondence regarding airworthiness and ownership relating to that plane.”

“Its an antiquated system which some feel is kept deliberately in place to encourage a certain ambiguity when a plane is interdicted. When a change of registration is mailed in, the FAA places a plane’s folder in what they call "suspense.”

“That’s a tremendous inducement to anyone with a chance of having a plane nabbed to keep floating sales in progress. The CIA, for example, is very adept at keeping files on its planes “in suspense.”
03.May 2006
“I’ve been asked not to say who asked me not to say,” he said.
03.May 2006

'Cocaine One' not a fit subject for polite company Even the identity of the co-pilot arrested with the plane (the pilot escaped, natch) remains a mystery, though initial news reports confirmed his name as one of the few actual known facts in the case.
03.May 2006

But among the numerous mysteries surrounding the case is the question of why a story of a mountain of cocaine headed straight downhill towards the American market had been received by US officials and the major media with such stony silence.

US authorities have made no statements identifying the organization involved in the massive drug move. Nor have they addressed serious questions with obvious national security implications.

Why was an airliner allowed to impersonate an official Dept of Homeland Security aircraft? How did it then end up being owned by crooks boasting of American intelligence connections... and involved in drug smuggling?

Most importantly... On whose behalf did all that coke take wing?
03.May 2006

Professor Says ‘Cutter Charges’ Brought Down WTC Buildings Evidence of Thermite Uncovered at World Trade Center
03.May 2006
“The data stands on its own. Where are the honest scientists?” Jones asks. “Take the blinders off and find out what happened.”
The official 9-11 reports are what Jones calls “pathological science,” in which investigators ignore all evidence that contradicts the conclusion they have been asked to prove

03.May 2006

AFP contacted three scientists who support the official theory to ask if they would review Jones’s paper.
Thomas W. Eagar of MIT refused to even look at the paper and said there is no evidence of molten metal pouring from the WTC. Challenged with the evidence, he hung up the phone.
Zdenek P. Bazant of Northwestern University submitted his fire-induced collapse theory to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) two days after 9-11, without examining any evidence. Asked if he would review Jones’s paper, Bazant also refused,

“I have seen Jones’s fiction before. If you want my private opinion, it is nothing but sensationalism,” he said. “His purported refutation of my analysis is baseless.”
Asked to simply look at five photos in an e-mail showing the cascading molten metal and core columns, which appear to have been cut with thermite, Bazant responded, “I do not have time.” 
Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, an Iranian-born professor at Berkeley, who was a member of the ASCE team studying the WTC collapse, also refused to look at Jones’s paper.
“I will not be able to find time to review the material that you have sent me,” said Astaneh-Asl.

03.May 2006
The fact that the 9-11 Commission report does not even mention the collapse of WTC 7 “is a striking omission of data highly relevant to the question of what really happened on 9-11,” he said.
03.May 2006
“As of 21 days after the attack, the fires were still burning and molten steel was still running,” Leslie Robertson, structural engineer responsible for the design of the WTC, told fellow engineers.
Footage taken by WABC-TV of the burning South Tower at 9:53 a.m., immediately before the building collapsed, reveals large amounts of white-hot molten metal, presumably iron, pouring from the 81st floor of the east corner.
The amount of spilling molten metal suggests a pool of molten iron was in that area of the building. While some have suggested that the molten metal was aluminum, this is easily disproved by the fact that molten aluminum appears silver-gray in daylight.

The only possible explanation is that the white-hot metal gushing from the South Tower was molten iron and had been produced by a very large amount of thermite.
The amount of molten metal seen falling would indicate that tons of thermite had been used on that floor. From the video footage it appears that several cubic yards of molten metal fell, which, if iron, would have weighed over eight tons.
Jones’s explosive paper is accessible on his web page ( and will be published in a forthcoming book by David Ray Griffin and Peter
Dale Scott. Reading Jones’ paper on-line allows the reader to review the photographic/video evidence.

03.May 2006 Mystery shipwreck has the romantics guessing 
Ancient shipwrecks have teased historians over the years, many of whom are convinced that Captain Cook was not the first to explore Australia's east coast.
The so-called 'Mahogany ship', buried under dunes in Warrnambool, Victoria, is just one example, with enthusiasts citing the type of timber in that hull as evidence that other nations plied our waters.
Were they Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, Chinese? Until the timber is analysed, no one can begin to know.

03.May 2006 British not French first to blame germs for sickness  Work conducted by experts at the University of Sheffield has, they claim, derailed the theory that Frenchman Louis Pasteur was the first scientist to debunk the ancient theory that diseases were caused by "miasma", or bad air.
03.May 2006 FACT CHECK: U.S. Government Commissioned Spanish-Language Star-Spangled Banner 00.000.1919  Part 49,568 in our ongoing series "Right Wingers are Idiots".
03.May 2006 Red Lights on Capitol Hill?  The Wall Street Journal reported today that indicted former California Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham may not have limited his good times to partying on a rented yacht. It turns out the FBI is currently investigating two defense contractors who allegedly provided Cunningham with free limousine service, free stays at hotel suites at the Watergate and the Westin Grand + free prostitutes. Here's the follow-up.Via Crooks and Liars.
03.May 2006 The GOP's Racist 'Big Tent'  A Virginia company that sells mailing lists of far-right and racist groups has found willing clients in establishment GOP organizations like the Republican Governors Association. Also via Crooks and Liars.
02.May 2006 Colts Neck schools keep students inside after mystery cat report  Reports that state wildlife authorities are investigating whether a mountain lion or large cat passed through the area led the township school district to keep its students inside during physical education classes and recesses Tuesday.
Big Cats in New Jersey. See also:
Clues to mystery animal sought 9:17 PM

'Cocaine One' DC-9 airliner switched crews somewhere after leaving Caracas? 

In the two weeks since an American DC9 airliner was busted by Mexican troops at a small airport in the Yucatan, carrying 5.5 tonnes of cocaine packed neatly into 128 identical black suitcases (somewhat hilariously marked 'private') the search for the true owners of the plane has produced these startling new developments... 9:11 PM

Mystery Animals Shake Up Town  Some unusual creatures have people talking in one South Carolina town. 9:08 PM

Satanic Drawings Could Be Key To Jenner Beach Murders  Investigators Tuesday hoped DNA evidence, etchings of Satan, a distinctive hat, an empty bottle of beer and a missing necklace may hold the key to the nearly two-year-old murder mystery surrounding the slaying of a couple on an isolated Jenner beach.
This probably would have helped, I dunno, two years ago . The killings took place near Goat Rock Beach so the Satanism angle makes some sense. You can view the evidence
here. 9:06 PM

Cutter Charges Brought Down WTC Buildings  "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act," said the British writer George Orwell. Orwell's words aptly describe the situation of Steven E.
Jones, a soft-spoken professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) who has turned his attention to the unanswered questions of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Read it. Via
What Really Happened. 7:46 PM

Top CIA Official Under Investigation  A stunning investigation of bribery and corruption in Congress has spread to the CIA, ABC News has learned.
The CIA inspector general has opened an investigation into the spy agency's executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo + his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials.

03.May 2006 Cutter Charges Brought Down WTC Buildings 
"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act," said the British writer George Orwell. Orwell's words aptly describe the situation of Steven E.
Jones, a soft-spoken professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) who has turned his attention to the unanswered questions of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Read it. Via
What Really Happened.

03.May 2006 'Cocaine One' DC-9 airliner switched crews somewhere after leaving Caracas?  In the two weeks since an American DC9 airliner was busted by Mexican troops at a small airport in the Yucatan, carrying 5.5 tonnes of cocaine packed neatly into 128 identical black suitcases (somewhat hilariously marked 'private') the search for the true owners of the plane has produced these startling new developments...
03.May 2006 "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal," by Anthony Arnove, with an introduction by Howard Zinn. This is the book that should disabuse any patriotic American that "staying the course" is a viable option, except for a mad man. Bush and his crew created the chaos. It's time to pull the plug on their arrogant mendacity, stupidity, greed and failed notions of empire.

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#2 House Democrat, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, stabs Stephen Colbert in back, says his comedy is "in bad taste," defends George Bush. Wouldn't it be nice if the #2 Democrat in the House spent more of his time worrying about how to help Democrats rather than Republicans? Pathetic. 5/3
Religious Right Nutjob Ken Blackwell Wins GOP Nod for Ohio Governor. 5/3

03.May 2006 Have you ever wondered how a man who owns a $1,500,000 house in DC, a $1,000,000+ house in Florida and a $48,000 cottage in Texas manages to survive on $161,000 a year federal salary? It's odd. Would it raise questions that same man had sold a property to a shell company controlled by his former business partners and that man made between $250,000 and $750,000 profit? Maybe it would raise further questions if those former business partners that bought the property were raking in millions of political dollars from the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, the RNC and multiple other Republican candidates? Would that just be a coincidence? Well, those are a string of coincidences that happened to Karl Rove. 5/3

03.May 2006 The GOP is planning yet another vote to put gay-bashing in the US Constitution right about the same time vice presidential lesbian daughter Mary Cheney comes out with a new book later this month. Will Mary finally speak out on behalf of her girlfriend and her community? Not likely. 5/3
Republican-controlled US Senate votes to save pork. 5/3
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Bush and the GOP have agreed to EVEN MORE tax cuts. They have GOT to be kidding. The Republicans are desperate to buy off the American public. The Republicans got slapped down last week for their cute little $100 gas rebate, enough to buy two tanks of gas, thanks a lot. And since the American public was too smart to be bought off by that little trick, now the Republicans wants EVEN MORE tax cuts. 5/3

03.May 2006 "'Did our dad have to die?' Peggy Cohen wanted to know Tuesday as mine safety regulators opened an emotional public hearing on questions still surrounding the January disaster that left 12 men dying deep inside the Sago Mine." 5/3
03.May 2006 Valerie Wilson, Iran, Turkey and nukes We've heard a lot about Valerie Wilson Plame's involvement in tracking Iranian nuclear production. But
Anything They Say does a particularly good job of tracking the story. Here's a choice nugget: ...[T]he Turkish paper, Hurriyet, reported that Plame had been in Turkey on several occasions, where she conducted meetings with various dignitaries and with scientists in Turkey.

Disenfranchised FBI translator and 11.Sep.2001 whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds, confirmed that Plame, working under her CIA front company, Brewster Jennings & Associates, was very active in Turkey up through the time of her outing, tracking a multinational network of nuclear technology trafficking that involved not only Turkey but Pakistan, Dubai, Spain, South Africa and others.

Turkey, however, appears to have not only been a significant international distribution center for contraband nuclear technology but also had suspected designs on nuclear weapons itself...

Also: But this investigation would cause havoc because it was suspected that the US ambassador to Turkey, Marc Grossman, was deeply involved in this nuclear arms network, possibly with a direction of covertly or passively arming Turkey with nuclear weapons A nukes-to-Turkey scenario is not at all unlikely. But now I'm wondering if the neocons were actively encouraging Iran's nuclear dabbling.

After all -- no nukes means no pretext for war. No war, no oil grab. Permalink
03.May 2006 The irony is just too thick, isn't it? Even the May Day of the USSR was based on the American labor movement + the policies of this country have all but left those sentiments - so rich with all that democratic, egalitarian, progressive, liberal talk - in the dust of all those big, wealthy SUVs and limos.
Sometimes it seems like the importance of studying history is to remind ourselves of the power of shame.

03.May 2006 Democracy Now! yesterday (today had yet more interesting reflections) + they interviewed a historian who focused on the fact that May Day is an international day of labor solidarity because of events that happened in Chicago - to immigrant workers - over a century ago.