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12.May 2006 Grand Old Police Blotter Eschaton Grand Old Police Blotter By Atrios Governor Fletcher (KY) indicted on 3 counts.

The special grand jury that’s been investigating state government hiring practices indicted Gov. Ernie Fletcher on three misdemeanors for conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.

The jury also indicted former Transportation Cabinet official Sam Beverage for perjury, which is a ...
12.May 2006
Bush denies report of spying on Americans President George W. Bush took the rare step of publicly denying that his administration was spying on Americans, after a media report claimed the National Security Agency was collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. Click here to view the original Webpage. Sent using Rmail.
12.May 2006
Demolishing U.S. government lies about Cuba Left I on the News A leftwing view of the day's news and the way it's presented in the media Demolishing U.S. government lies about CubaBy Eli Cuba is designated (pdf file) by the U.S. government as a "state sponsor of terrorism." This is no mere war of words; there are concrete implications to such a designation:

A ban on arms-related exports and sales.Controls over exports of dual-use items,
12.May 2006
NBC's O'Donnell allowed Cheney to mislead on CIA Iraq intelligence "breakdown" and purported "turning point" in Iraq
Media Matters for America Latest Media Matters for America items NBC's O'Donnell allowed Cheney to mislead on CIA Iraq intelligence "breakdown" + purported "turning point" in IraqIn War in Iraq During a May 7 interview with Vice President Dick Cheney, NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell failed to challenge Cheney's misleading claims on prewar Iraq intelligence and the purported

12.May 2006 Arianna Huffington: Is Stephen Colbert the Last One to Know How Amazing He Was?
The Huffington Post Raw Feed Arianna Huffington:

Is Stephen Colbert the Last One to Know How Amazing He Was?

By Arianna Huffington on Google Almost two weeks later, the Internet is still buzzing about Stephen Colbert's already legendary scorched earth performance at the White House Correspondent's dinner.

It was a quintessential ...
12.May 2006
More Lies, More Cover Up of the Inside Job... (7/7) Failure to watch bomber understandable: Report
11.May 2006 If you think Bush is Guilty of War Crimes, you are Delusional CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS - If you think Bush is Guilty of War Crimes, you are Delusional

WORLD CAN'T WAIT--DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME Press contact: Cleveland, 216-633-6200 JUDGE ORDERS ...
12.May 2006
London Bombs - unanswered questions aangirfan: London Bombs - unanswered questions
12.May 2006 - NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls - NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
12.May 2006
Porter & 'the boys': Goss Made His "Bones" on CIA Hit Team Porter 'the boys': Goss Made His "Bones" on CIA Hit Team
12.May 2006 The middle class bails on the Democrats ) This is shallow treatment and self serving for the American Thinker Blog to post.

Still thought it may be of interest. The American Thinker Thoughtful political commentary. The middle class bails on the Democrats

By The American Thinker Martin Frost, a former member of House of Representatives ...
12.May 2006
Hayden employed MZM CEO who had worked for/with him at NIMA Postman Patel

Sometimes I think this whole world / Is one big prison yard. / Some of us are prisoners / The rest of us are guards. Bob Dylan

Hayden employed MZM CEO who had worked for/with him at NIMA By Postman Muckraker has an exclusive Lt. Gen. James C. King became president of MZM when Mitchell Wade (who bribed Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with $1.4
12.May 2006
Isn't that (Relationship) Special . the talking dog The Unofficial Vanity Blog of the Self-Proclaimed American Pseudo-Intellectual

Isn't that (Relationship) Special

By sfarber One might be inclined to read something into the unusually strong statements by Great Britain's Attorney General calling for the (apparently immediate) closure ...
12.May 2006
Dustup kills domestic spying probe
12.May 2006 Bond yields jump as Fed lifts rate to 5% Bond yields jumped as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 5 % and signalled that it might still need to raise rates further, even though it may not do so at its next meeting in June.Click here to view the original Webpage. Sent using R|mail.
12.May 2006 US presses China to toughen stance on Iran China's relationship with the US will be determined by how it responds to Iran's nuclear programme, a senior Bush administration official warned.

10.May 2006 What is Duke Cunningham covering up?] Original Message - Subject: Re: [911InsideJobbers]

What is Duke Cunningham covering up?

From: Nico Haupt highly intriguing: "San Diego's North County Times has a big scoop on the Cunningham scandal and Hookergate.

Apparently, even in the slammer, Duke isn't cooperating. He's not willing to give up the really
12.May 2006
CIA nominee may soften on eavesdropping CIA nominee may soften on eavesdropping Terribly misleading AP headline. No meat here.
12.May 2006
Mossad murdered 530 Iraqi scientists
10.May 2006 Israel Gives Palestinians Deal Deadline | News Wires Israel Gives Palestinians Deal Deadline - By AMY TEIBEL Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM -

Israel on Wednesday gave the Palestinians until the end of the year to prove they are willing to negotiate a final peace deal, or prepare for the Israeli government to unilaterally set final borders by 2008.
12.May 2006
World Trade Center - Some Engineering Aspects - Civil Engineering - The University of Sydney World Trade Center - Some Engineering Aspects - Civil Engineering - The University of Sydney
12.May 2006 Digest Number 1279 There are 25 Topics in this digest:

1. Rep.Bill to Take Away Coverage on 50% of your "Payed" Med.Insurance+

From: "" 2. Fw: Reynolds:

"Come Out of the White House with Your Hands Up!"

From: "Debi Clark" 3. Fw:

A success + next actions From: "Victor Forsythe"
12.May 2006
Iran Sent Not One, But Two Letters to President Bush Discover What the world Thinks about the U.S. with News + Views Found Nowhere Else in English

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Iran Sent Not One, But Two Letters to President BushDebka
12.May 2006
Uranium's Effect On DNA Established

Uranium's Effect On DNA Established

In SCIENCE/HEALTH The use of depleted uranium in munitions and weaponry is likely to come under intense scrutiny now that new research that found that uranium can bind to human DNA.

The finding will likely have far-reaching implications for returned soldiers, civilians living in what were once war-zones and people who might live near
11.May 2006
Iranian President's Letter Highlights 11.Sep.2001 9/11 Inside Job Paul Joseph Watson 

Iranian President's Letter Highlights 11.Sep.2001 9/11 Inside Job Ahmadinejad answers 'warning to the world' challenge Paul Joseph Watson/Prison
12.May 2006
The Alex Jones Report May 11th 2006 Paul Joseph Watson Alex covers a plethora of recent news including Bush's unconstitutional declaration to disregard hundreds of laws already ...
12.May 2006 NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data ...
12.May 2006
Congress targets social network sites Law would likely affect more than just social networking sites., AOL and Yahoo's instant messaging features might be included in proposal's definition.

"When children leave the home and go to school or the public library and have access to social-networking sites, we have reason to be ...

12.May 2006 No need for Congress, no need for courts
I just this morning read the obviously significant USA Today article detailing the fact that the NSA is maintaining a comprehensive data base of every call made by every American – both internationally and domestically – whether they have anything to do with terrorism or not, obviously all of ...

12.May 2006 Report Claims Very Serious Diebold Voting Machine Flaws Ed Felten This entry was written by Avi Rubin and Ed Felten.]

A report by Harri Hursti, released today at BlackBoxVoting, describes some very serious security flaws in Diebold voting machines.

These are easily the most serious voting machine flaws we have seen to date — so serious that Hursti and ...
12.May 2006
Congress targets social network sites Proposed law would cordon off access to sites such as MySpace and LiveJournal from schools and libraries.
12.May 2006 NSA Has Record of US-to-US Calls The National Security Agency has been collecting phone call records from AT&T, Verizon + BellSouth containing the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans, according to a report in Thursday's USA Today.
12.May 2006
NSA Sweep "Waste of Time," Analyst Says Noahmax 
It'd be one thing if the NSA's massive sweep of our phone records was actually helping catch terrorists.

But what if it's not working at all? A leading practitioner of the kind of analysis the NSA is supposedly performing in this surveillance program says that "it's a waste of time, a waste of ...
12.May 2006
NSA: The Problems with Massively Automated Domestic Surveillance Noah, at DefenseTech, tapped Valdis Krebs for his analysis of the problems with the slowly leaked details on the NSAs domestic surveillance efforts. Valdis makes the absolutely correct observation that: The right thing to do is to look for the best haystack, not the biggest haystack. We knew ...
12.May 2006
Major Vulnerability Found in Diebold Election Machines This is a big deal: Elections officials in several states are scrambling to understand + “limit” the risk from a "dangerous" security hole found in Diebold Election Systems Inc.'s ATM-like touch-screen voting machines. The hole is considered more worrisome than...
12.May 2006 Why Your Future Depends on Open Source -- Part 2 Let me end the suspense, Steve + offer the answer: "Yes." The software business will be less profitable in the future - much less profitable.

The enterprise software business is changing dramatically + tomorrow's industry will look very different to today's. The converging impacts ...
12.May 2006
Congress Targets Social Network Sites Will So here we go…let’s REALLY get around this messy job of educating our kids by just legislating away school access to not only MySpace but to any …commercial Web sites that let users create public “Web pages or profiles” and also offer a discussion board, chat room, or ...
12.May 2006 Bush Says U.S. Spying Is Not Widespread
The comments came as Democrats expressed outrage over a news report describing a massive effort by the National Security Agency to compile records of phone calls.

12.May 2006
Creating talent Jason The Stev(ph)ens Dubner and Levitt report on some recent research suggesting that people who are good at things got good at them primarily through practice and not because of innate talent. Their work, compiled in the "Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance," a 900-page academic ...
12.May 2006 The billionaire and his cloning experts who have seen the future - and it's fluffy From the quiet of a high-security lab, away from the furore about human ethics and religious castigation, some of the world's cloning experts have come together on a groundbreaking project. Working to order, the scientists receive shipments of tissue from around the world, grow them and freeze ...
10.May 2006 Ziff Davis Media NEW YORK – Ziff Davis Holdings Inc., the ultimate parent company of Ziff Davis Media Inc., today reported operating results for its first quarter ended 31.Mar.2006 .

The Company’s consolidated revenues for the first quarter 2006 totaled $40.3 million, a decrease of $2.4 ...
12.May 2006
Privacy traders 'must be jailed' Prison sentences are needed to combat the trade in details about people's private lives, says a watchdog.
12.May 2006 US immigration bill impasse eases The US Senate reaches a deal that may break the deadlock on a controversial immigration reform bill.
12.May 2006 Energy high on EU-Americas agenda Latin American, Caribbean and EU leaders are to talk in Vienna, with energy disputes high on the agenda.
12.May 2006 Guantanamo four win right to sue Three Midlands men and one from Manchester can sue the US over their treatment at Guantanamo Bay.
12.May 2006 Tories warn of 'credit card' UK Britain is becoming a "credit card" nation where personal debt threatens millions of families and the economy, say the Tories.
12.May 2006 Ruling backs Greek abduction case A Greek prosecutor backs claims by Pakistani men they were abducted by intelligence agents last July.
12.May 2006 MSPs back asbestos campaign More than 30 MSPs call for Scottish legislation to be brought in to help victims of asbestos-related disease.
12.May 2006 Bush, senators grapple over taps Senators promise hearings after report of millions of Americans' phone records being given to the NSA.
12.May 2006
Anger grows over Bush surveillance report Senators promise immediate hearings after report the NSA secretly obtained tens of millions of phone records.
12.May 2006 Congress may slap restrictions on SSN use Concerns over identity fraud spur politicians to promise new laws restricting some commercial uses of the Social Security number.
12.May 2006
This nonsense depends on an equivocation on "velocity". It is easy to get phase velocities that are not just faster than light, but infinite.

It is impossible to get group velocities that are faster than c (the speed of light in a free vacuum, a universal constant.) Information travels with the group velocity.
For a scientist to report this as "faster than light" is simply dishonest, a means of grabbing headlines and attention in the hopes that it will bolster the next grant application.
The world is full of (mostly uninteresting) phenomena that travel "faster than light" by this definition. This is just one more.

It is always a worthy effort to test established theory in regimes it has not been tested in before, but the odds of it producing any interesting results are staggeringly small.

Absent the "faster than light" hook this story wouldn't be given any notice at all.
The honest headline would be, "Scientist tests well-established theory under extreme conditions and finds full agreement with predictions." Yawn.

12.May 2006
YouTube Founders Interviewed CowboyNeal 52
:: "FORTUNE's Adam Lashinsky interviews co-founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley. 'In just five months, YouTube has gone from beta testing to part of the national zeitgeist.

The website is a place where anyone with a home video can post it online and create an endlessly entertaining diversion for bored office workers -- who've been watching 40 million clips a day.'"
12.May 2006
Light so Fast it Travels Backward CowboyNeal 259
: "Slowing down light used to be considered a neat trick for physics wonks. But researchers in New York now say they've pushed light into reverse.

And as if to defy common sense, the backward-moving light travels faster than light." While there's not much use to come of it yet, it will be interesting if Einstein himself is proved wrong.
12.May 2006 The X Spot on Paranoia 
Chilling. Prof. Hex at 4:48 PM

HAVE 200,000 AK47S FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF IRAQ TERRORISTS?  If Levi's can stick a RFID tag in your jeans then why can't the military keep track of their weapons?
12.May 2006 The German Anti-War Movement, 1943: A measure of the effectiveness of U.S. propaganda during the World Wars is the enduring popular view that the German people are by nature submissive to authority, or worse, bent on aggression

12.May 2006 Video: Beyond Treason : Depleted Uranium weapons and the Golf War Syndrom! What the Department of Defense doesn't want you to know

12.May 2006 Report: London Transit Bombers Acted Alone : British government reports into the July bombings on London's transit network conclude the four attackers acted without the assistance of foreign terrorists, officials and lawmakers said Wednesday.

12.May 2006 London bombers were known to MI5: British security services had come across two men who went on to carry out last year's July 7 bomb attacks on London but did not believe them to be urgent threats, a parliamentary committee has reported

12.May 2006 Lone war protester told it's time go: Brian Haw's one-man protest is almost as much a part of Parliament Square as the great, brooding statue of Sir Winston Churchill standing next to it.

12.May 2006 Chagos families win right to return : A group of British citizens evicted from the Chagos Islands 40 years ago to make way for a military base won a new victory in the high court today in their legal bid to return home.

12.May 2006 Cold War Talk Prompts Russian Call for 'World Government': Russian Foreign Secretary Sergueii Lavrov called for the establishment of a world government, bringing together the USA and Russia. Lavrov's call comes at a time of a chilling of relations between Moscow and Washington and amidst signs of a new Cold War

12.May 2006 Chávez to snub No 10 on private visit to Britain: HUGO CHÁVEZ, the President of Venezuela and one of Tony Blair’s most vocal critics abroad, arrives in London this weekend on a whirlwind visit during which he will be fêted by Ken Livingstone, Labour MPs and the TUC but will avoid contact with the Prime Minister and his Government.

12.May 2006 NSA Call-Tracking Program Sparks Alarm: A USA Today report that says the National Security Agency has been secretly using records provided by the three largest American telephone companies to build a massive database of foreign and domestic phone calls. The program was launched shortly after the 11.Sep.2001

12.May 2006 Seventy two in Congress join battle against wiretaps : Seventy two members of Congress filed papers late Wednesday seeking to end President George W. Bush's warrantless NSA eavesdropping program

12.May 2006 Phone Companies Accused of Letting Government Spy on Consumers : The Beltway was abuzz Thursday with fallout from a “USA Today” report that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone data on millions of Americans since 11.Sep.2001 .

12.May 2006 NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying : Russell Tice, a longtime insider at the National Security Agency, is now a whistleblower the agency would like to keep quiet.

12.May 2006 In case you missed it: EFF Files Evidence in Motion to Stop AT&T’s Dragnet Surveillance: "The evidence that we are filing supports our claim that AT&T is diverting Internet traffic into the hands of the NSA wholesale, in violation of federal wiretapping laws and the Fourth Amendment," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston.

12.May 2006 Security agency doubled procurement spending in four years :The National Security Agency has doubled procurement spending since 2000 and will do so again by the end of this decade, according to Harry Gatanas, the organization's senior acquisition executive.

12.May 2006 Hard-core conservatives fleeing Bush’s side: Concerns over spending, immigration policy running high, experts say

12.May 2006 The Welfare Kings: At a time when tens of millions of workers are struggling to pay for gas for their car, electricity for their home + medical care for their families, the Republicans have stepped forward with a plan to help. They want to give another $20 to $30 billion in tax cuts to the rich.

12.May 2006 Ted Rall: America, You Lost: The Railroading of Zacarias Moussaoui : It's official. 11.Sep.2001 9/11 has driven America utterly bat-guano mad. Don't believe it? Consider the following:

12.May 2006 Jeb would make ‘great’ US president, says Bush: “I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that’s his intention or not,” said the president

12.May 2006 The Death of The Internet?: This short Video is about the current threat to Internet Freedom and how we can hold on to the open Internet and our vright to communicate. The only way the telecommunications companies will be successful is if we fail to raise awareness about this situation
12.May 2006 US rejects calls for Guantánamo closure : The US state department today rejected Lord Goldsmith's calls for the Guantánamo Bay detention camp to be closed down.

12.May 2006 UN Human Rights Council Begins with Violations : The US, known for its poor record on human rights, voiced its opposition to the appointment of representatives of Cuba, China + Saudi Arabia to the council.

12.May 2006 Ray McGovern Is Going to Rumsfeld's House: Ray wants answers + he's taking his demand to Donald Rumsfeld's house in Washington, D.C.
12.May 2006 Israeli Poll: Gov't should help Arab citizens emigrate : Some 62 % of Israelis believe the government should encourage the country's Arab citizens to emigrate, according to a survey by the Israel Democracy Institute that will be published today as part of its annual Democracy Index project.
12.May 2006 Hamas decries strings to aid: "The government appreciates the efforts deployed by the international parties to alleviate the economic siege imposed on the Palestinian people ... but deeply regrets the Quartet's insistence on attaching pre-conditions to the Palestinian government."
12.May 2006 Adviser: Iraq ‘civil war’ places U.S. in reactive role: Iraq is embroiled in a “low-level civil war” that is forcing the USA to react to events on the ground rather than shape them, according to a former U.S. military adviser who spent two years there studying the insurgency.

12.May 2006 Bill Shifts Oversight of Some Iraq Aid: The Senate last week approved $109 billion in additional spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including $1.5 billion in added Iraq reconstruction money.

12.May 2006 Former diplomat says many in government view Iraq war as crazy : A former diplomat from Arkansas, who said she resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service in part as a protest against the war in Iraq, says many people in the government believe the war is crazy, but are afraid to speak out.

12.May 2006 U.S. Army policy denies reserve officer resignations : The U.S. Army Reserve, taxed by recruiting shortfalls and war-zone duty, has adopted a policy barring officers from leaving the service if their field is undermanned or they have not been deplo yed to Iraq, to Afghanistanor for homeland defense missions

12.May 2006 US military, intelligence officials raise concern about possible Iran strike : According to military and intelligence sources, an air strike on Iran could be doable in June of this year, with military assets in key positions ready to go and a possible plan already on the table.

12.May 2006 War pimp alert: Olmert to ask US act against Iran : Olmert to point to link between Tehran nuclear threat, Hamas terror, demand Americans move against Iran

12.May 2006 Israeli Official: Time Running Out on Iran : "Be careful with your threats," Peres told Channel 1 TV. "Those who threaten to destroy are in danger of being destroyed."

12.May 2006 Israel seen as world's sixth nuclear power: the Jewish state is widely regarded as owning at least 200 atomic warheads, making it the only nuclear power in the Middle East.

12.May 2006 Scott Ritter: US considers attacking Iran through Azerbaijan : Ritter said that it is enough to look through military maps, if one wants to realize how important it is for the USA to dislocate its military forces in Azerbaijan.

12.May 2006 K Gajendra Singh: The Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty Is Dead: Mirror, mirror on the wall , who are the greatest proliferators of them all!

12.May 2006 The nuclear hypocrites: ERIC RUDER examines the hypocrisy of the U.S. government’s case for war against Iran.

12.May 2006 US freeze on medical aid takes its toll : The USA has stopped
12.May 2006 NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls -By Leslie Cauley
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T + Verizon + BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

12.May 2006 Law Prof. Francis A. Boyle on Impeachment Audio and transcript
Professor Boyle argues for the use of impeachment to remove Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and Rumsefeld before they can take us into another war in Iran and farther along into an American police state.

12.May 2006 Starving Palestinians into Submission -By Dr. Elias Akleh
The American alleged noble goal of spreading freedom and democracy in the Arab World has been scandalously exposed when the American administration, who encouraged Palestinian election (declared by international observers to be free, honest and fair), has rejected the people’s choice + is attempting to starve the whole nation as a punishment for exercising their democratic right.

12.May 2006 Ahmadinejad: Is he John Locke or John Brown? “  -By Mike Whitney President Ahmadinejad’s 18 page letter won’t soften attitudes in Washington or deter the western press from slandering him as the “new Hitler”, but it may dispel the illusion that he is a fanatical jihadi who is endangering the free world. Continue 
12.May 2006 The Corporation One of the best and most important documentary films to be made in many years. This Is A Must Watch
This is an extraordinary film about the creation of the American corporation, its legal organizational model, its global economic dominance and its psychopathic tendencies + its incredible ambition to influence every aspect of culture in its unrelenting pursuit of profit.

12.May 2006 Looting By Another Name

The Corporate Takeover of Iraq's Economy -By Kevin Zeese

The story of the invasion of Iraq and theft of the Iraqi economy is part of a larger story of multi-national corporations and corporate globalization affecting much of the world. Under the guise of "free trade" economic policies that make multinational corporations more powerful than governments. Laws favoring corporations are put in place: Continue
12.May 2006 It happens The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and the U.S.S. Enterprise are heading toward the Middle East. If Iran uses their devastating new missiles to prevent a first strike, nuclear war will result. Permalink
12.May 2006 The results of this OpEdNews/Zogby People's Poll are striking
12.May 2006 Update: In other vote fraud news...
They did it on purpose: The major news organizations may prefer to use the dreaded G-word -- "glitch" -- but don't be fooled: The security breach built into Diebold's machines was
placed there deliberately. For all the agonizing details, see here: This document describes several security issues with the Diebold electronic voting terminals TSx and TS6. These touch-pad terminals are widely used in US and Canadian elections and are among the most widely used touch pad voting systems in North America. Several vulnerabilities are described in this report.
One of them, however, seems to enable a malicious person to compromise the equipment even years before actually using the exploit, possibly leaving the voting terminal incurably compromised.

12.May 2006 The Wall Street Journal takes notice... Unfortunately, the paper still prefers to speak of "human error" at the voting booth.
12.May 2006 Sequoia denies the rumor that they are owned by Venezuela.
12.May 2006 Sequoia also claims to be a leader in voter verified paper trail technology.... Permalink
12.May 2006 THE ROARING 20s! A new Harris poll breaches the 30% barrier. Bush gets a 29 % approval rating!
12.May 2006 CIA-Flüge: Magere US-Auskünfte enttäuschen EU-Parlamentarier

12.May 2006 EU-Lateinamerika-Gipfel: Morales statt Metternich
12.May 2006 NSA-Affäre: Helle Empörung über gigantische Abhöraktion
12.May 2006
Reid rejects public inquiry calls John Reid rules out a public inquiry into the London bombings as Tories and Lib Dems call for wider probes.
12.May 2006 US spy agency 'monitoring calls' President Bush declines to confirm or deny a US phone data collection programme exists after press allegations.
12.May 2006 New genus of African monkey found An international team of scientists describes a new genus of monkey - the first for 83 years.
12.May 2006 Report: U.S. Spies on Everyone Congress reacts angrily to a report that the National Security Agency has built an enormous database containing every phone call made within the country since shortly after 11.Sep.2001 9/11, with the information being provided by the nation's largest phone carriers.
12.May 2006 DOJ Drops Wiretap Investigation Saying its lawyers were denied security clearance by the National Security Agency, the Justice Department abruptly ends its probe into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.
12.May 2006 Tech Workers of the World, Unite "Union" is a dirty word to a lot of people these days, but the need for workers to be protected is as important as it ever was.

A revitalized labor movement is the answer. Commentary by Tony Long.
12.May 2006
This is your brain on a microchip Cognitive computing experts say the day that computers work like brains is getting closer.
12.May 2006 Self-Censoring 'Chinese Wikipedia' Launched Zonk 217
Billosaur writes "New Scientist is reporting that Baidu, China's largest search engine, is launching its own version of Wikipedia. The site, Baidupedia, differs from the more well-known Wikipedia in that it is self-censoring." - "Unlike Wikipedia, which allows anyone to create and modify entries, Baidupedia is censored by the company to avoid offending the Chinese government. Entries to the encyclopaedia must first pass a filtering system before being added to the site. Baidupedia bars users from including any 'malicious evaluation of the current national system', any 'attack on government institutions' + prevents the 'promotion of a dispirited or negative view of life'."
12.May 2006 Tech Workers of the World Unite? Zonk 679 okidokedork writes

"Wired News reports on the lack of unions in the IT workplace. If you could join a union in your workplace, would you?" - "The rich get richer, the shareholder is valued more than the employee, jobs are eliminated in the name of bottom-line efficiency (remember when they called firing people 'right-sizing'?) and the gulf between the rich and the working class grows wider every year. You see this libertarian ethos everywhere, but nowhere more clearly than in the technology sector, where the number of union jobs can be counted on one hand. Tech is the Wild West as far as the job market goes and the robber barons on top of the pile aim to keep it that way. They'll offshore your job to save a few bucks or lay you off at the first sign of a slump, but they're the first to scream, 'You're stifling innovation!' at any attempt to control the industry or provide job security for the people who do the actual work."
11.May 2006
Politicians Target Social Sites For Restrictions Zonk 414 cnet-declan writes

"Politicians are looking for reasons to convince citizens to vote in November + polls say suburban parents are worried about the internet. Wednesday top House Republicans announced a bill to make 'social' Web sites unreachable from schools and libraries. The bill is intended to go after MySpace, but the actual text of the legislation covers sites that let users 'create profiles' and have a 'forum' for conversations -- which would include Slashdot and many blog sites. House Speaker Dennis Hastert claims it's necessary to stop 'dangerous predators' out here on the Interweb."
11.May 2006
Hayden Enabled the Breaking of the Law: Tyranny Creeps in on the Feet of Fog -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
Nightmare on Main Street. Poppy Bush and the Genetic Mutant, George W., Start the Bandwagon Rolling for Another Member of the Polluted Bush Bloodline, Jeb.
Current Republican Governor of Kentucky is Indicted. Will the Last Republican Who is Not Corrupt Please Stand Up? 5/12

12.May 2006 Democratic National Committee: Spies Like Us - A BuzzFlash News Alert
This is What Passes for Progress in the Mainstream Press and on Capitol Hill: "CIA nominee Michael Hayden told a Democratic senator he might be open to changes in eavesdropping laws to allow the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance." So making domestic lying legal is a good sign? Insanity Reigns! 5/12
Congess Should Stop Playing this Game of "Demanding Answers" from Bush After Each New Revelation of Monstrous Violations of the Law and Constitution. The Evidence is in. It's Time to Fire Him. 5/12

12.May 2006 GOP Makes the Rich and Richer and Bankrupts America: Senate Approves $70 Billion Tax-Cut Bill 5/12
"Let Every Nation Know: John F. Kennedy in His Own Words" -- Thom Hartmann: Independent Thinker of the Month Book
Brezhnev Would be Proud of Bush:"The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter." No Accountability, Never. They Think That They Own the Government.
Bush Claims Program That Monitors Tens of Millions of Americans 'Strictly Targets Al Qaeda'. He Brazenly lied. Again. When will someone stop him? 5/12

11.May 2006 When all these evil chickens come home to roost, they tend to converge on the same shit-pile: greed. Whether for money or power, it's still all greed.
INSTANT UPDATES : Seems this one is really kicking up a storm on the hill. Bush wasted no time defending the program, which of course suggests that he's pretty nervous, though he postured all pissed and accusing USA Today of
helping the tourists. And that's not all; Dems are pointing out that AG Gonzalez lied to Congress about the extent of these taps (duh; like we believed that snake). But wait! There's more: Not only have 72 members of Congress signed on to a lawsuit to stop the NSA wiretaps, but two House representatives have introduced a bill to force them to stop.
Now this hot fudge sundae on a Thursday afternoon may seem to good to be true, especially when you add the nuts of
Ann Coulter possibly facing federal charges for voting illegally + the cherry on top of Fitz's Grand Jury possibly meeting tomorrow. But don't get too excited just yet. Too much convergence can't be such a good thing for the bad guys, so permit me to mix metaphors here, so ignore the imgage of a loaded hot fudge sundae careeining dangerously into destruction. When you see the wheels coming off your enemy's truck, take care that the maniacs steering aren't about to plow right into the munitions storage right under your nose.
Translation: Probably because the wheels are coming off, they've sent the aircraft carriers to the Gulf. That's right; if they're up against the wall, they're gonna just do something really crazy.
Despite all those reasons to celebrate, this might be a good time to stock up on water and canned goods.

11.May 2006 six , so now when you take advantage of Joe's highlighting of these two crucial issues of Hayden's nomination + the threat to internet freedom - that have now converged so...conveniently - be sure you converge them in the minds of your Congressional representatives by pointing out that the very companies that have so willingly + unquestioningly played fast + loose with our 4th amendment rights are the very ones insisting on deconstructing the internet to suit their profit projections.
11.May 2006 Point five + furthermore, those companies - that include AT&T, Verizon + Bellsouth - are the very companies requesting the profit-making rearrangement of the internets (and cable public access) !!
11.May 2006 Point three , this NSA database looks oddly similar to the intentions proclaimed for the quickly "ditched" Total Information Awareness (TIA) program by none other than convicted felon John Poindexter. There was such an outcry when word first leaked about this endeavor that it was supposedly scrapped, but given its nest in the DoD, what is your best bet that it's really dead?
11.May 2006 Point two , recall that americablog exposed that several online companies were offering to sell to all takers the cell phone logs of anyone . That's right; John Avarosis was able to purchase for under $100 the cell phone logs for one month in the life of the cell phone belonging to Wesley Clarke! John's exposure of this infringement on privacy has spawned a bill that is now before Congress, passing committees in the House and Senate + looks to stand an excellent chance to become law.
11.May 2006 Today it was revealed that the NSA has been building the largest database in the world, collecting data on all phone calls made in this country. Defenders of the program claim that no calls are monitored, just the numbers dialed to and from.
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Die NSA und sein früherer Direktor Michael Hayden stehen bereits in der Kritik: Wegen seiner umstrittenen Lauschangriffe auf US-Bürger nach dem 11. September besteht der Verdacht, gegen die Gesetze verstoßen zu haben. US-Präsident George W. Bush hatte diese Abhöraktionen gegen Bürger autorisiert, die verdächtigt wurden, mit Terroristen im Ausland zu kommunizieren. Nach Meinung vieler Rechtsexperten wäre für diese Lauschangriffe jedoch eine gerichtliche Genehmigung erforderlich gewesen.
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Im US-Kongress gab es heute heftige Proteste: "Will mir jemand erzählen, dass zig Millionen Amerikaner etwas mit al-Qaida zu tun haben?", wütete der demokratische Senator aus Vermont, Patrick Leahy, gegenüber dem TV-Sender CNN. "Dies sind zig Millionen Amerikaner, die wegen gar nichts verdächtig sind". Es sei eine "Schande", dass der Kongress so wenig wisse und bereit sei, alles abzusegnen, was diese Regierung tue. Der Vorsitzende des Rechtssauschusses im Senat, der republikanische Senator Arlen Spector, kündigte eine Anhörung der Telefongesellschaften in dem Gremium an.
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US-Präsident George W. Bush hat die NSA-Aktivitäten inzwischen verteidigt - allerdings ohne direkt auf die jüngsten Enthüllungen einzugehen. Alle Maßnahmen seien gesetzeskonform gewesen. Keineswegs seien Amerikaner kontrolliert worden. Ziel sei immer nur der Kampf gegen das Terrornetz al-Qaida gewesen. Inländische Gespräche seien nie abgehört worden. Die stellvertretende Sprecherin des Weißen Hauses, Dana Perino, hatte zuvor bereits gesagt: "Die Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika unternimmt ausschließlich Geheimdienstaktivitäten, die gesetzmäßig sind und notwendig, um amerikanische Bürger vor terroristischen Angriffen zu schützen."

NSA-Sprecher Don Weber sagte "USA-Today", seine Behörde nehme die gesetzlichen Verpflichtungen ernst und operiere "innerhalb des geltenden Rechts".
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Für das Archiv lieferten laut "USA Today" die drei größten Telefongesellschaften des Landes - AT&T, Verizon und BellSouth - die Informationen. Sie haben zusammen mehr als 200 Millionen Kunden. Qwest, ein weiteres großes Telefonunternehmen, habe sich dagegen geweigert, mit der NSA zusammenzuarbeiten. Der frühere Qwest-Chef Joe Nacchio habe die Erklärungen des Geheimdienstes angezweifelt, für die Sammlung der Daten sei keine Bevollmächtigung durch ein Gericht erforderlich.
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Washington - Es habe vielleicht zwei, drei oder vier Flüge mit CIA-Gefangenen an Bord über Europa gegeben, sagte der Rechtsberater von Rice, alle anderen Berichte seien übertrieben. Für Anschuldigungen, nach denen es viel mehr Flüge mit Gefangenen gebeben habe, sah Bellinger keine Anhaltspunkte.
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Ein Untersuchungsausschuss des Europaparlaments stellte im April auf der Grundlage von Daten der europäischen Flugsicherung fest, dass der Geheimdienst CIA

seit 2001 mehr als 1000 Mal unangemeldet über europäisches Territorium hinweggeflogen sei. Allerdings blieb offen, in wie vielen Fällen Gefangene an Bord gewesen sein könnten.

Zu Berichten über CIA-Geheimgefängnisse in Europa wollte sich Bellinger nicht äußern. "So gern wir diese Vorwürfe dementieren würden, wir sind bedauerlicherweise zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass wir spezifische Anschuldigungen nicht kommentieren können", sagte Bellinger in einer Telefonkonferenz mit Journalisten.

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation "Human Rights Watch" wirft der CIA vor, in den Jahren 2001-2004 in Afghanistan festgenommene Terrorverdächtige nach Polen und Rumänien verschleppt zu haben.
11.May 2006
CIA-Gefangenentransporte: USA gibt Geheimflüge zu

11.May 2006 Terroranschläge: Regierung will Bundeswehr einsetzen
11.May 2006 Journalisten-Bespitzelung: Neue Vorwürfe gegen den BND
11.May 2006 Geheimdienst-Skandal: NSA sammelte Telefon-Daten von Millionen US-Bürgern
11.May 2006 Verleumdungsaffäre: Neue Indizien gegen Villepin und Chirac
11.May 2006 DNA-Test: Forscher finden Grizzly-Eisbär-Mischling
11.May 2006
Umfrage: Deutsche verlieren das Zutrauen in Schwarz-Rot
11.May 2006 Spritschleuder: Porsche Cayenne schluckt bei Vollgas 66,7 Liter
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Die Europa-Abgeordneten untersuchen im Auftrag des EU-Parlaments, ob die CIA-Geheimflüge in Europa organisiert und Geheimgefängnisse für mutmaßliche Extremisten unterhalten hat. In einem Zwischenbericht des Parlaments der Europäischen Union (EU) von dem Abgeordneten Claudio Fava war im Frühjahr von mehr als 1000 von der CIA betriebenen Flügen durch den EU-Raum die Rede.
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"Die aktuelle Luftverschmutzung liegt um das Zweieinhalbfache über den Werten vom Frühjahr 2000", sagte AWI-Forscher Andreas Herber. "Als Folge erwarten wir eine deutlich höhere Erwärmung." Ob die Rekord-Messwerte den Beginn eines neuen Trends markierten, sei derzeit aber noch unklar. mbe/dpa
11.May 2006
Energiekonzerne in Bolivien: Morales lehnt Entschädigung ab

11.May 2006 Luftverschmutzung: Rekord-Smog über der Arktis
11.May 2006 US-Regierung: Rumsfeld attackiert China und Russland
11.May 2006 CIA-Affäre: Republikaner meiden EU-Delegation
11.May 2006
Anschläge von London: Geheimdienst hatte Spur zu Attentätern
11.May 2006 Atomstreit: Kritiker drängen Bush zu Verhandlungen mit Iran
11.May 2006 Artenschutz: Magnete sollen Haie verjagen
11.May 2006 US-Minderheiten: USA of Latinoamerica

11.May 2006 Forscher-Vision: Hula-Hoop-Katapult soll Satelliten ins All schleudern
11.May 2006 Europa-Politik: Merkel ruft zum Abbau der Bürokratie auf
11.May 2006 Clearstream-Affäre: Aussitzen in Frankreichs Palästen
11.May 2006 Krise im Kongo: "Das ist Kriegsführung unter Uno-Flagge"
11.May 2006 July bombings 'not preventable' The 7 July bombings could not have been prevented by security services, two reports are expected to say.
11.May 2006 UK told US won't shut Guantanamo The US rejects UK government calls for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for terror suspects.
11.May 2006 Neptune's kidnap puzzle 'cracked' Scientists put forward the idea that Neptune's moon Triton was torn from a companion during capture by the eighth planet's gravitational field.
11.May 2006 India Catholics target Da Vinci Roman Catholics in the Indian city of Mumbai join worldwide protests against the release of The Da Vinci Code movie.
11.May 2006 US rates raised to five-year peak The US Federal Reserve raises interest rates for a 16th time in a row, lifting them to five-year highs of 5%.
11.May 2006 UK calls for Guantanamo closure The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, calls for the closure of the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.
11.May 2006 Relic of ancient asteroid found A big fragment of an asteroid that punched a hole at least 160km wide (100 miles) in the Earth's surface is discovered by scientists.
11.May 2006 US sees ethnic minority baby boom Nearly half of Americans under five are from an ethnic minority, according to the US Census Bureau.
11.May 2006 France remembers slavery victims A French envoy says her country did profit from slavery as it commemorates the victims of the trade for the first time.
11.May 2006 Jobs go as NI Army bases to close About 1,100 civilian jobs are to be lost as part of the government's demilitarisation plans in NI.
11.May 2006 New bullies are 'indulged brats' Indulged children from middle class homes form a new breed of bullies, MPs have been told.
11.May 2006 How HIV can sabotage cells Scientists uncover the secrets of the process which turns human cells into factories for viruses like HIV.
11.May 2006 US warns of 'global meth threat' The US authorities warn that addictive drug methamphetamine has become a "global threat".
11.May 2006 Feds Want Hacker's Genetic Code New York Times hacker Adrian Lamo faces up to five years in prison for refusing to give his blood for a government DNA database. By Kevin Poulsen.
11.May 2006 Spot a Bug, Go to Jail Computer crime laws and zealous prosecutors too often conspire to hide security flaws that put your data at risk. It's time for a change. Commentary by Jennifer Granick.
11.May 2006 House backs multimillion-dollar hydrogen prizes Blog: A series of federally-funded prizes aimed at inspiring breakthroughs in hydrogen energy have moved a step closer to reality.By...
11.May 2006 'Fat Man Walking' makes it across country Blog: Steve Vaught, the once 400 pound man who's been walking across the country to shed weight and gain a new outlook on life, made...
11.May 2006 Research Over Tibet Gives Climate Insight ScuttleMonkey 71

"NASA is reporting that researchers have discovered thunderstorms above Tibet offer a direct path for water vapor and chemicals to move from the lower atmosphere to the stratosphere.

- ' Learning how water vapor reaches the stratosphere can help improve climate prediction models.

Similarly, understanding the pathways that ozone-depleting chemicals can take to reach the stratosphere is essential for understanding future threats to the ozone layer, which shields Earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.'"
11.May 2006
100 Million Pixels of Virtual Reality ScuttleMonkey 154 Roland Piquepaille writes

"It's ironic that Iowa State University (ISU) announced a big upgrade of its C6 virtual reality (VR) room the same day as SGI filed for bankruptcy.

Back in 2000, this 10x10x10 foot room was powered by SGI Onyx2 computers. The new version of this six-sided VR room will use 96 graphics processing units from Hewlett-Packard. And with its 24 Sony digital projectors, the researchers at ISU will immerse themselves into images of about 100 million pixels in the most realistic VR room in the world. Of course, this upgrade is not cheap. But with this $4 million addition, this new C6 should lead to new advances in urban planning, genetics, engineering or unmanned aerial vehicles."
11.May 2006
A Dolphin By Any Other Name ScuttleMonkey 192 SloppyElvis writes

"CNN is reporting that scientists have proven that Dolphins can communicate with each other by name. - 'researchers synthesized signature whistles with the caller's voice features removed and played them to dolphins through an underwater speaker' to which the mammals responded. This form of identification in language was previously only known to exist in the human world." Thankfully they still haven't evolved opposable thumbs. 11.May 2006UK Hacker loses Extradition Case ScuttleMonkey 216+ SnakeOil Steve :

that Gary McKinnon, the alleged hacker who broke into Army, Air Force, Navy + NASA systems, has just lost his extradition case.

- "'My intention was never to disrupt security. The fact that I logged on and there were no passwords means that there was no security,' McKinnon said, outside the hearing at London's Bow Street Magistrates Court. 'I was looking for UFOs.'"
11.May 2006
12.8 Petabytes, You Say? Hemos 166+ MadUndergrad writes

"Dr. Jonathan Spanier from Drexel University has come up with a novel way to greatly increase data storage density: water. Specifically, they propose using hydroxyl ions to stabilize minute ferroelectric wires. These wires could be many times smaller than what is possible today, enabling data densities in the neighborhood of 12-13 PB per cubic centimeter. While there are still many problems to be resolved before drives using these can be manufactured this technology does seem promising. For one thing, it would be non-volatile, but could apparently be made to act as RAM. The fact that this is coming out of a university gives me hope that this technology won't turn out to be just so much vapor."
11.May 2006
Busting People for Pointing Out Security Flaws Hemos 280+ gsch writes

"'In 2004, Bret McDanel was convicted of violating section 1030 when he e-mailed truthful information about a security problem to the customers of his former employer. The prosecution argued that McDanel had accessed the company e-mail server by sending the messages + that the access was unauthorized within the meaning of the law because the company didn't want this information distributed. They even claimed the integrity of the system was impaired because a lot more people (customers) now knew that the system was insecure. Notwithstanding the First Amendment's free speech guarantees, the trial judge convicted and sentenced McDanel to 16 months in prison. I represented him on appeal + argued that reporting on security flaws doesn't impair the integrity of computer systems. In an extremely unusual turn of events, the prosecution did not defend its actions, but voluntarily moved to vacate the conviction.'"
Investigation: The CIA's No. 3 Has a Friend in the Spotlight
Martha Brant
11.May 2006 The Electronic Frontier Foundation was "created to defend our rights to think, speak + share our ideas, thoughts + needs using new technologies, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the first to identify threats to our basic rights online + to advocate on behalf of free expression in the digital age."

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting published this article, titled "Newsweek: Hail to the Chief", on November 30, 2001:
   "If there's a propaganda hall of fame, Newsweek has surely earned a place in it with its interview with George W. and Laura Bush (12/3/01)."
   "Written by Newsweek senior editor Howard Fineman and White House correspondent Martha Brant, the profile of the Bushes focuses relentlessly positive attention on the "First Couple's" emotional responses to the September 11 attacks. New details about atrocities by US-backed forces in Afghanistan are emerging daily, but the central question in the Newsweek exclusive was: "From where does George W. Bush — or Laura, for that matter — draw the strength for this grand mission, the ambitious aim of which is nothing less than to 'rid the world of evildoers'?"
   "Faith, prayer + love of family are the article's main themes, with almost no space devoted to political questions. "The First Team has been exemplary in the eyes of the American people," declared Newsweek. Bush "has been a model of unblinking, eyes-on-the-prize decisiveness. His basic military strategy... has proved astute. He has been eloquent in public, commanding in private. He had survived the first blows, made the right calls and exceeded expectations — again."
   "Bush isn't just a man of the mind, though. "Another source of strength," noted the magazine, "is physical conditioning." According to Newsweek, Bush "is in the best shape of his life, a fighting machine who has dropped 15 pounds and cut his time in the mile to seven minutes... He feels destined to win — and to serve."
   "The magazine was also thorough in addressing — and dismissing — facts about Bush that might be perceived as flaws. The president doesn't read many books, Newsweek explained, because "he's busy making history, but doesn't look back at his own, or the world's... Bush would rather look forward than backward. It's the way he's built."
   "The toughest questions were philosophical. "Do you think that Saddam Hussein is evil and that we should expand this to Iraq?," asked Newsweek. Noting that Bush answered without using the word evil, the magazine followed up with, "Why wouldn't you say he's evil then?", to which Bush replied simply: "He ain't good." Showing a diligence unmatched elsewhere in the interview, the reporters asked once again why he stopped short of using the word. A beleaguered Bush gave in, saying, "maybe because you're trying to force me to say it + I'm stubborn... He is evil. Saddam's evil."
   "Newsweek says that the White House spin machine had nothing to do with their portrayal of Bush. In this interview, wrote Newsweek, "there were few mangled sentences. The handlers at the table were listening, not handling." Maybe that's because Newsweek was doing their job for them."
   "In times of war and crisis, it is doubly important that media aggressively seek truth and report it to the public. For a major newsweekly to turn an exclusive interview with the president into a puff piece would be disappointing under any circumstances, but it is particularly so at a time when the US government is taking extreme measures to cloak controversial military and law enforcement actions in secrecy, both at home and abroad."

11.May 2006

B asulto insisted that he dropped out of politics in the 1970s. But his old political passions apparently were rekindled by Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980.

After Reagan’s victory, American ultraconservatives sought out the Argentines to fight the new leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. John Carbaugh, an aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., first broached the idea with the defeated remnants of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza’s National Guard who were licking their wounds in Honduras.

Carbaugh then flew to Buenos Aires for talks with Argentine intelligence officers who agreed to assist the contras. [For details, see Roy Gutman’s Banana Diplomacy .]

In March 1981, two months into the Reagan-Bush administration, Argentine leader, Gen. Roberto Viola, made a state visit to Washington. After Viola’s trip, President Reagan authorized the CIA to begin collaborating with Argentina’s contra-support operation.

When word of this Argentine training agreement reached Miami, anti-Castro Cubans began shipping out to Central America, optimistic that the road to Havana ran through Managua. Basulto was one of the volunteers who advised “Argentine forces in Central America,” he acknowledged to a Wall Street Journal reporter. [WSJ, Aug. 9, 1988]

According to William Turner, a former FBI agent who kept tabs on Basulto’s anti-Castro activities, the Cuban émigré served as an adviser to Argentine intelligence officers who were training the contras in methods of torture. [ Chicago Tribune, March 3, 1996]

Years later, congressional investigators learned that the Argentine intelligence services had turned to the drug trade to finance their regional anti-communist operations.

In sworn U.S. Senate testimony, Leonardo Sanchez-Reisse, a financial officer for the Argentine intelligence services, said Bolivian drug lord Roberto Suarez contributed more than $30 million to finance the Argentine-backed “Cocaine Coup” in Bolivia in June 1980 and to support the Nicaraguan contra rebels and other paramilitary operations in Central America. Sanchez-Reisse said Suarez’s $30 million was laundered through businesses in Miami. [See Robert Parry’s Lost History .]

00.000.1998 a CIA inspector general’s report also found that contra operatives subsidized their activities with cocaine smuggling into the USA.

Through the decade, as this contra-connected cocaine trafficking continued, the CIA took special steps to head off criminal and congressional investigations that threatened to reveal the secret, the inspector general’s report admitted. [See Lost History .]

Although Basulto was not mentioned in the CIA report, the inspector general found that other Cuban-Americans who had volunteered to assist the contras were moonlighting as drug traffickers or were serving as money launderers for the Medellin cocaine cartel.

The Argentine military also had an odd way of demonstrating its commitment to family values.

During the Argentine "dirty war," when the military’s secret police captured a pregnant female deemed subversive, they would subject the woman to a Caesarean section or induce labor.

They then would give the baby to a military family and murder the new mother, usually by shackling her naked to other captives and then dumping her from a plane into the ocean to drown.

Sometimes, the infants were literally raised by their mothers’ killers.
11.May 2006
Official Truth in a nutshell

I wrote "Smokescreen" in the early hours of July 13, so I could not have read, much less mentioned, an editorial that appeared later that morning in Newsday .

Titled "Serbs finally look within," the editorial manages to pull together just about every strand of Official Truth about Srebrenica + can thus serve as an exemplar of mainstream opinion.

It is somehow fitting that such an" honor" belongs to a paper that peddled the Pulitzer-winning atrocity propaganda of Roy Gutman, early in the Bosnian War. More...
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My suspicions were heightened by a conversation I had with Professor Mischa Wladimiroff, Dusko Tadic's Dutch defence advocate at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

The main witness against Tadic, Dragan Opacic (later exposed as a trained liar), had told the court about the barbed wire fence surrounding the camp at Trnopolje and had even made a drawing of where it was.

But when Professor Wladimiroff went to Bosnia to investigate for the defence, it became clear to him that Opacic had lied in the witness box;

he could find no evidence of a barbed wire fence surrounding Trnopolje camp (see interview below).

I decided to go back to Bosnia + to review the British news team's coverage of Trnopolje, in order to unravel the real story of how those pictures had come about.

The British news team's trip to Bosnia in the summer of

00.000.1992 took place against a background of mounting hysteria, as the first reports claiming that the Bosnian Serbs were running brutal internment camps were published in the West.

19.Jul.1992 the American journalist Roy Gutman wrote in Newsday about the camp at Manjaca + Andre Kaiser's pictures of prisoners with shaven heads at Manjaca were shown around the world.

29.Jul.1992 in the Guardian , Maggie O'Kane quoted eye-witnesses who claimed that Muslims had been crammed into cattle cars and shipped off from Trnopolje station.

02.Aug.1992 Roy Gutman published another article in which he called the Bosnian Serb camp at Omarska a 'death camp'.

Gutman's and O'Kane's articles drew heavily on hearsay and unconfirmed claims. Nevertheless, they caused an international sensation.

When Marshall, Williams and Vulliamy arrived in Bosnia at the end of

00.Jul.1992 they were under intense pressure to get the story of the camps.

Roy Gutman's article about the 'death camp' Omarska, published while the British team were in Bosnia, had further raised expectations in the London editorial offices.

After her return Penny Marshall told how she and Williams had received orders from the managing editors of ITN and Channel 4 to do nothing else before they had the camps story in the bag:

'They had set Ian Williams and myself loose with an open-ended brief to find and visit the detention camps + with orders to file nothing until we had come up with the story.' (Sunday Times, 16.Aug.1992 )

As the end of their trip approached, however, the British news team had been unable to find the camps story they were after.

Their final stop was to be the refugee camp at Trnopolje, next to the village of Kozarac which had been overrun by Bosnian Serb units a few months earlier in

00.May 1992 .

This was to be their last chance to get the story which their editors wanted. CLICK HERE FOR THE PROOF OF THE DECEPTION! Link to: LM-vs-ITN Homepage, the source for this material.
11.May 2006

03.Apr.2000 ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - Remember the ruckus a few weeks ago that resulted when it was revealed that some of Elian Gonzalez's Miami "relatives" (i.e., captors), had extensive criminal records?

The Little Havanans reacted predictably, with vociferous charges of character assassination and "smear job!"

To quote the great Joe Conason, who uttered his remarks in a somewhat different context, "Since when is the truth a 'smear'?"

Especially since it now looks like the mainstream news reports didn't tell the half of it.

According to Jerry Mendon of The Consortium, it turns out that many of the folks holding Elian captive, refusing to allow him to so much as see an American child psychologist to deal with the trauma of having witnessed his mother and so many others slowly die on the raft last November, are not only up to their neck in criminal activity, but also terrorist activity, too, especially on the CIA's behalf.

Here's some excerpts from Mendon's story:
11.May 2006

One of the issues the Republicans like to claim as their own is that of "Family Values." Here's how their Argentine and Cuban-exile friends practiced these values, not so long ago:

... During the Argentine "dirty war," when the military's secret police captured a pregnant female deemed subversive, they would subject the woman to a Caesarean section or induce labor. They then would give the baby to a military family and murder the new mother, usually by shackling her naked to other captives and then dumping her from a plane into the ocean to drown.

Sometimes, the infants were literally raised by their mothers' killers.

Charming, moral, character-filled people, aren't they?

It's time for this information to be passed along to every newsroom in the country. The drug-dealing terrorist Bush family friends who claim to be speaking for Elian Gonzalez need to be exposed for what they are + soon.

For Elian's sake + our own.
11.May 2006Is there anything that can be done to restrain the Bush administration's war machine? Yes + no. Yes, if the promising flickers of anti-war sentiments that have slowly begun to stir here and there among the American people become widespread-in time-to foil the poisonous propaganda of pseudo-patriotism that is relentlessly circulated by the champions of militarism. And, no, if this does not happen, or does not happen soon enough. The rest of the world seems to be helpless in the face of the overwhelming power of the U.S. war machine. As Scott Laderman of the Minnesota Daily recently put it, "As persons in possession of democratic rights, whether we allow the Bush administration's threat to world peace to materialize is up to us." [17]

Ismael Hossein-zadeh teaches economics at Drake University. Wirtschaft, This article originally appeared in Payvand.
11.May 2006 These numbers clearly indicate that the war industry has handsomely benefited from the 11.Sep.2001 9/11 destruction.

The fact that the USA' war industry flourishes on war and destruction has also been reflected in the stock prices of the military industry in the aftermath of the 11.Sep.2001 9/11 attacks.

The attacks led to the collapse and temporary shut down of the Wall Street stock market. When it reopened several days later, the few companies showing increased value were the giant military contractors Alliant Tech Systems, Northrop Gruman, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. As the US military's biggest supplier, Lockheed Martin's share value rose by a staggering 30 %.

While these giant manufacturers of warfare products are the obvious beneficiaries of the "war on terrorism," there is also a whole host of the less visible Pentagon contractors that are just as handsomely benefiting from the expanded military spending. These are the somewhat clandestine, privately-contracted companies that operate on the fringes of the U.S. foreign policy by training foreign "security forces," or by "fighting terrorism." "With little public knowledge, or debate, the government has been dispatching private companies-most of them with tight links to the Pentagon and staffed by retired armed forces personnel-to provide military and police training to America's foreign allies." [10] Thus, as Esther Schrader of the Los Angeles Times points out in her fine investigative piece, "Companies Capitalize on War on Terror," "When the Pentagon talks about training the new Afghan National Army, it does not mean with its own soldiers.. Instead, the Defense Department is drawing up plans to use its commandos to jump-start the Afghan force, then hire private military contractors to finish the job." [11

Referring to the fierce competition among these private military training companies to win Pentagon contracts, Pete Singer, an Olin Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, points out, "This is big business among these companies. They are furiously bidding on involvement in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. The minute the Pentagon started to use the phrase 'a program to train and equip the Afghan army,' buzzers went off." The Bush Administration's open-ended "war on terrorism" promises to be a boon for these companies. "The war on terrorism is the full employment act for these guys," pointed out D. B. Des Roches, spokesman for the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency. [12] Payvand.
11.May 2006 Payvand. Roy Gutman + John Barry, "Beyond Baghdad: Expanding Target List-Washington looks at overthrowing the Islamic and Arab world," Newsweek, 19.Aug.2002
11.May 2006
Official Truth in a nutshell

I wrote "Smokescreen" in the early hours of July 13, so I could not have read, much less mentioned, an editorial that appeared later that morning in Newsday . Titled "Serbs finally look within," the editorial manages to pull together just about every strand of Official Truth about Srebrenica + can thus serve as an exemplar of mainstream opinion. It is somehow fitting that such an" honor" belongs to a paper that peddled the Pulitzer-winning atrocity propaganda of Roy Gutman, early in the Bosnian War. More... : Nebojsa Malic on Jul 14, 05
11.May 2006 Cheney's Long Path to War
-By Mark Hosenball, Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas (With Tamara Lipper, Richard Wolffe and Roy Gutman) for Newsweek.
Of all the president's advisers, Cheney has consistently taken the most dire view of the terrorist threat. On Iraq, Bush was the decision maker.

But more than any adviser, Cheney was the one to make the case to the president that war against Iraq was an urgent necessity.

Beginning in the late summer of

00.000.2002 he persistently warned that Saddam was stocking up on chemical and biological weapons, + last March, on the eve of the invasion, he declared that "we believe that he [Saddam Hussein] has in fact reconstituted nuclear weapons." (Cheney later said that he meant "program," not "weapons."

He also said, a bit optimistically, "I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.") After seven months, investigators are still looking for that arsenal of WMD.

Cheney has repeatedly suggested that Baghdad has ties to Al Qaeda.

He has pointedly refused to rule out suggestions that Iraq was somehow to blame for the 11.Sep.2001 9/11 attacks + may even have played a role in the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center in 00.000.1993 .

The CIA + FBI, as well as a congressional investigation into the 11.Sep.2001 9/11 attacks, have dismissed this conspiracy theory.

Still, as recently as 14.Sep. Cheney continued to leave the door open to Iraqi complicity.

He brought up a report--widely discredited by U.S. intelligence officials--that 11.Sep.2001 9/11 hijacker Muhammad Atta had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 00.Apr.2001 .

And he described Iraq as "the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault for many years, but most especially on 11.Sep.2001 9/11."

A few days later, a somewhat sheepish President Bush publicly corrected the vice president.

There was no evidence, Bush admitted, to suggest that the Iraqis were behind 11.Sep.2001 9/11.

Here is the full text of the article in case the link goes bad:
11.May 2006
Rap sheets. Chief Bratton is referring to the infamous city "Red Squads" that targeted civil rights and antiwar groups in the 1960s + 1970s (Page 48). Veteran police officers say no one in law enforcement wants a return to the bad old days of domestic spying. But civil liberties watchdogs warn that with so many cops looking for terrorists, real and imagined, abuses may be inevitable. "The restrictions on police spying are being removed," says attorney Richard Gutman, who led a 1974 class action lawsuit against the Chicago police that obtained hundreds of thousands of pages of intelligence files. "And I don't think you can rely on the police to regulate themselves."
Good or bad, intelligence gathering by local police departments is back. Interviews with police officers, homeland security officials + privacy experts reveal a transformation among state and local law enforcement.

11.May 2006
The DHS's incessant warnings against any and every possible method of terrorist attack has nothing to do with security + everything to do with politics. In 2002, Republican strategist Karl Rove instructed Republican legislators to make terrorism the mainstay of their campaign. Study after study has shown that Americans worried about terrorism are more likely to vote Republican. Strength in the face of the terrorist threat is the basis of Bush's reelection campaign.
11.May 2006
A terrorist alert that instills a vague feeling of dread or panic, without giving people anything to do in response, is ineffective. Even worse, it echoes the very tactics of the terrorists. There are two basic ways to terrorize people. The first is to do something spectacularly horrible, like flying airplanes into skyscrapers and killing thousands of people. The second is to keep people living in fear. Decades ago, that was one of the IRA's major aims. Inadvertently, the DHS is achieving the same thing.
11.May 2006
30.08.04 How Long Can the Country Stay Scared?

Der Sicherheitsexperte Bruce Schneier hat sich die Sicherheitspolitik der USA angesehen und stellt in seinem Essay How Long Can the Country Stay Scared? fest, daß sie nichts mit Sicherheit zu tun hat.
24.Oct.2004 Non-Americans dread Bush -By Eric Margolis
11.May 2006 America's fastest-growing cult, the Rapturists, believe once Greater Israel is created + all Jews converted to Christianity,

they will be instantly transported to heaven while the world will be destroyed + all non-believers slowly burned alive.

Their unofficial bible, the Left Behind series of books, has sold nearly 60 million copies.

They are Bush's most ardent supporters.

Extremist groups
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Viele Großsäuger seien während eines kurzen Zeitfenster vor mehr als 10.000 plötzlich zahlreicher vorgekommen als zuvor oder hernach, fand der Biologe heraus. So zeichnet er nach Kohlenstoff-14-Datierung der Knochenfunde, zusätzlicher Analyse von Blütenpollen und dem Vergleich mit archäologischen Funden folgendes Bild:
11.May 2006
Eiszeit: Mensch als Mammutkiller entlastet

11.May 2006 Telekom: Festnetzsparte geht es immer schlechter
11.May 2006 Krise im Kongo: "Das ist Kriegsführung unter Uno-Flagge"
11.May 2006
Konjunktur: Wirtschaft wächst langsamer als erwartet
11.May 2006
In a now famous footnote in Suicide , written almost a hundred years ago, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim described fatalistic suicide as "the suicide deriving from excessive regulation, that of persons with futures pitilessly blocked and passions violently choked by oppressive discipline." ... Yet most experts attribute youth suicide to anomie—the opposit of fatalistic suicide in Durkheim's thinking. In anomic suicide, the individual isn't connected to the society—the glue that holds the person to the group isnn't strong enough; social bonds are loose, weak or absent.

In other words, parents think that kids are detached from society and from themselves, when in fact they feel completely connected to each other + disconnected from any concept of a future. This is not an area I know much about, but it seems that the parental view of "kids" or "teenagers" has been on a gradual decline since the baby boom. Take for instance Leave it to Beaver . In the light of today's paranoid, parental propaganda, Beaver's shenanigans would probably be interpreted as the actions of a conspiring gang instead of just some goofy kids. When Beaver got suck in the giant bowl of steaming soup, he was simply given a slap on the wrist, when today he would probably be arrested as a graffiti artist or culture jammer. Dude, it's just the Beaver!

The book concludes with an afterward covering some cultural changes occurring during the 90's, but it concludes long before the ubiquity of the internet. Gaines' describes teenage fatalism as largely being associated with the geographic prison that many kids live in; she blames quite a bit of the "problem" on kids' inability to get away from their home town. The internet has a huge impact on the concept of geography, giving people the ability to escape their immediate surroundings for other people and places.
11.May 2006

Personalized news tends to converge, as one might expect, on your personal interests. If we take this model to the extreme, then would I ever learn anything entirely new? Something revolutionary? What I want is someone else's personalized news, someone like myself, but different enough that they will lead me in a new direction. That, my friends, is a weblog. And thankfully, there are lots of those.

To be fair, I'm sure Chris is referring to some hybrid of weblog and news content, which is taking all of this into account. I just had to get the 'personalized news' rant off my chest. I feel better now, in case anyone is wondering. { Wednesday Mar. 6, 2002 }
11.May 2006 In a few words...
"A pre-emptive war in 'defense' of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend" -J. William Fulbright

11.May 2006 Wells Fargo: Lootin' & Pollutin'

On October 5, 2005, Ruckus trainers and staff helped deploy a banner at a major Wells Fargo branch in Downtown San Francisco.

Wells Fargo is a top financier of destructive oil, coal, logging + mining operations that contribute to global warming, ecosystem destruction + human rights abuses. This outlaw bank is making a name for itself as a regressive corporation increasingly on the wrong side of history. Read More »
11.May 2006 The Ruckus Society is pleased to introduce the Karl Rove NeoCondom. This first edition prophylactic is embossed with the face of our President’s Chief Political Strategist (i.e. “Bush’s Brain”) and reads “Some Things Should Never Leak.”

These latex rubbers are the cutting edge in Fundamentalist Christian birth control. Read More »
11.May 2006

Some Things Should Never Leak

A big Ruckus thanks to our allies from Code Pink and the League of Pissed Off Voters we were able to mobilize our forces on Friday with only a few hours notice. Four giant human condoms and supporters were outside the DC Superior Court House for Karl's fourth testimony in front of the Grand Jury. The media went into a frenzy when we started handing out the NeoCondoms.
11.May 2006
Jumpstart Ford

The Ruckus Society has joined forces with Rainforest Action Network and Global Exchange on the Jumpstart Ford Campaign .

We are demanding that Ford increase the average fuel efficiency of its fleet to 50 mpg by 2010 and that they reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2020. We cannot afford to wait any longer! Read More »
11.May 2006 FOUR ALARM BUSH KGB ALERT: The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. Program goes FAR beyond what Bush claimed publicly last year.
Brezhnev Would be Proud of Bush:"The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter." No Accountability, Never. They Think That They Own the Government.
200,000 AK-47s Meant for Iraq Security May Have Ended Up in Al-Qaeda?s Hands. More of Bush's Incompetence and Failure to Protect America.

11.May 2006 Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
It's the Freddie Kreuger Moment of Sheer Horror We Have All Anticipated: George W. Says Jeb Would Make a Good President! Good Lord, Please Save Us.
GOP Priorities of Bankrupting America and Making the Rich Richer: House Passes Tax Cuts for Investors
Sidney Blumenthal: "In Goss, Bush found the perfect hatchet man to take vengeance on a despised agency. Now Goss is gone, scandal looms -- and the CIA is ruined." 5/11
Save the Internet as a Pro-Democracy Force. It's About to Become Just Another Corporate Media Advertising/Propaganda Vehicle if You Don't Take Action.
White House Admits That It is Only Selectively Releasing Abramoff Visit Records. It's a Bald-Faced Effort to Spin Through Intentional Deceit and Misuse of Public Records. 5/11
Lehrer failed to challenge Rep. Wilson's claim that Hayden had been candid about domestic spying program. 5/11

11.May 2006 House of War: James Carroll on the Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power : We speak with James Carroll - one of Boston's best-known writers - about his new book, "House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power." In it, Carroll examines the growth of the military industrial complex since World War II and his personal connection to the Pentagon. Real audio and transcript

11.May 2006 Charley Reese: Capitalism Wasn't Working In Bolivia: How else can you explain that a nation rich in oil, gas and minerals is the poorest nation in South America? Obviously, the nation's wealth was not flowing to the people.

11.May 2006 Mike Davis, Turning a Planet into a Slum: a billion people currently live in slums and more than a billion people are informal workers, struggling for survival. They range from street vendors to day laborers to nannies to prostitutes to people who sell their organs [for transplant]. These are staggering figures, even more so since our children and grandchildren will witness the final build-out of the human race

11.May 2006 U.S. Federal Reserve hikes key interest rate: Interest rates are rising again in the USA and the Federal Reserve hinted Wednesday that its two-year-long campaign to boost rates may not be over.

11.May 2006 House to Vote on $70B Investor Tax Cuts: House Republican leaders are ready to move forward on tax breaks worth $70 billion over five years to investors and some middle-income families now that they've sorted out a disagreement among themselves.

11.May 2006 Cunningham said to be uncooperative: Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to bribery and tax evasion, admitting he took more than $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.

11.May 2006 05/09/06 We the People’: Don't Want To Hear It! Give us liberty to live in denial -By Don Nash
We don’t want to hear about dying and death. We don’t want to hear about ethnic cleansing. We don’t want to hear about detention or torture and we don’t want to hear about atrocity. We don’t want to hear about napalm or uranium be it depleted or otherwise. We don’t want to hear about terrorists, even when the terrorists are our own creation. Remember 11.Sep.2001 9/11 and Flight 93 and give us a rousing myth we can cherish.
11.May 2006 Patients die as doctors run out of drugs to treat them : Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, an independent medical charity, warned yesterday that the Palestinian health system faced collapse if aid continued to be withheld.

11.May 2006 Cash-strapped Gaza hospital cuts dialysis, cancer treatments : At least four people suffering from kidney diseases died in the Gaza Strip in April, after the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority Health Ministry cut the Shifa Hospital's budget for the necessary dialysis treatments.

11.May 2006 Palestinian Pain, One Kid at a Time : Every day, world leaders think of new ways to punish the Palestinians for electing Hamas. But the people who suffer most are children like my daughter, Lina.

11.May 2006 Israeli petrol company, Dor Alon, halts fuel supplies to PA : Dor Energy, the Israeli company that provides fuel to the Palestinian areas, is cutting off supplies due to growing debts, Palestinian officials said Wednesday, warning the move would deepen a humanitarian crisis brewing in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

11.May 2006 America bows to EU pressure to allow aid for Palestinians : The USA has bowed to pressure from the European Union and agreed to find a "temporary international mechanism" to channel humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.

11.May 2006 Payout plan to bypass Hamas: KEY international peace brokers will pay the salaries of cash-strapped Palestinian civil servants by setting up a trust fund through the office of President Mahmoud Abbas that bypasses the Hamas Government.

11.May 2006 Israeli Ambassador Ayalon: We’ll oppose paying PA workers : Israel will oppose paying salaries to Hamas government employees in the Palestinian Authority (PA), via the humanitarian mechanism that the Quartet (the US, UN, EU and Russia) announced yesterday, Israel Ambassador to the US Daniel Ayalon told “Globes” last night.

11.May 2006 A Response to Critics of 'The Israel Lobby' : We wrote "The Israel Lobby" in order to begin a discussion of a subject that had become difficult to address openly in the USA. We knew it was likely to generate a strong reaction + we are not surprised that some of our critics have chosen to attack our characters or misrepresent our arguments.

11.May 2006 Iran's president says nuclear program is peaceful: The fiery Iranian leader raised hopes of a breakthrough with the USA just days ago by sending a letter to President George W. Bush, the first such letter to an American leader in 27 years.

11.May 2006 UK, Paris and Berlin offer Iran new deal: France, Germany and the UK yesterday decided to make Iran a fresh offer to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme, less than 24 hours after foreign ministers from the world's big powers failed to agree a common stance on the issue.

11.May 2006 Brazil Officially Starts First Uranium Enrichment Facility: - Brazil has inaugurated its first uranium enrichment facility to produce the type of fuel for nuclear power plants that Iran is running into trouble for attempting to produce.

11.May 2006 Putin: arms race with US is not over: In an unexpectedly belligerent state of the nation address on Russian TV, the Russian president accused the US of putting its own interests before its democratic ideals + compared the country to a voracious wolf.

11.May 2006 Putin calls for defence boost: The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has called for a massive boost to Moscow's defence spending to bring it into line with other nuclear powers.

11.May 2006 Lethal arms vanishing "without a trace": There is more likelihood of being able to trace a suitcase or a GM tomato than lethal weapons, according to new research released today by the Control Arms campaign

11.May 2006 Saudi Arabia to privatize bourse, set up financial district : Saudi Arabia announced plans to turn its stock market into a shareholding company open to the private sector and to establish the Middle East's largest financial district

11.May 2006 Britain's top lawyer demands closure of Guantanamo Bay: The Attorney General this evening launched Britain's most outspoken attack yet of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, demanding the closure of what he described as an international symbol of injustice

11.May 2006 Robert Fisk: A policeman’s lot is not a happy one : A frightening, inspiring film has just come from Germany. Sophie Scholl – the Final Days, directed by Marc Rothemund, recounts the last day of freedom – and the few short days before her guillotining – of the 21-year-old Munich University student who in 1943, together with her brother Hans, decided – as part of a tiny undergraduate movement called the White Rose – to start a student revolution against the Nazis.
11.May 2006 Have 200,000 AK47s Fallen Into The Hands Of Iraqi "Terrorists"? Fears over U.S. arms shipment: SOME 200,000 guns the US sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists, it was feared yesterday.

11.May 2006 Alarmed by Raids, Neighbors Stand Guard in Iraq: As evidence mounts that Shiite police commandos are carrying out secret killings, Sunni Arab neighborhoods across Baghdad have begun forming citizen groups to keep the paramilitary forces out of their areas entirely.

11.May 2006 Ghali Hassan: Reshuffling the cards in Iraq: Contrary to the myth played and promoted by the Western so-called “Left” and “Right” and the corprorate media that the “US failed [in Iraq] because of poor planning” and “incompetence,” the U.S. planned the war and the occupation (military and economic) of Iraq months before the illegal invasion took place. The U.S. failed in Iraq for the following reasons

11.May 2006 Who Will Perish if Iraq War Continues: The Human Cost of War exhibit highlighting lives that will be lost if Congress does not take action to end the war in Iraq.

11.May 2006 SYRIA: Damascus opens doors to Palestinian refugees on border: Some 244 Palestinian refugees, the majority of whom had been stranded at the Iraq-Jordan border for nearly two months after fleeing violence in Iraq, have been allowed to cross into Syrian territory.
11.May 2006 Sir! No Sir If you ever wanted to end a war. You need to know this story.
A must watch short flash video -
Click here to view

11.May 2006 Law Prof. Francis A. Boyle on Impeachment Audio and transcriptProfessor Boyle argues for the use of impeachment to remove Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and Rumsefeld before they can take us into another war in Iran and farther along into an American police state. Continue

11.May 2006 All of Us Participate in a New Iraq -By Dahr Jamail
It is only when more people in the US begin to fathom the totality of the destruction in Iraq that one may expect to hear the public outcry and uprising necessary to end the occupation and bring to justice the war criminals responsible for these conditions. Until that happens, make no mistake: all of us participate in a new Iraq, our hands dyed in the blood of innocents.

11.May 2006 Howard Zinn - You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train This is a must watch video

Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war.

His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor. Click here to view. Windows Media 

11.May 2006 Liiar Rumsfeld is a pathological liar. -By Mike Whitney
The American people have been ripped off big-time by Rummy. From the onset, it’s been one wretched excuse after another. Nothing is ever his fault; not the occupation;

not the lack of soldiers; not the looting in Baghdad, not the faulty-armor, not the resistance, nothing. Ever! Continue 

11.May 2006 The Fog of War Video: Errol Morris's Oscar-winning 2003 documentary

This brilliant work by director Morris is the stuff of life. And death. It arouses the most basic moral and immoral questions of being human through an enormously complex and yet simple man, Robert Strange McNamara.

It seems no coincidence, his middle name, as we get to know him in all his cleverness and contradictions.

Morris subtly illuminates, literally through McNamara's eyes, what it means to have power over life and death. Watch it here. Real Video
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Das US-Justizministerium hat eine Untersuchung zu den von Präsident George W. Bush ohne richterliche Genehmigung angeordneten Lauschangriffen eingestellt.

Grund sei die Weigerung des Geheimdienstes NSA, diese Ermittlungen zuzulassen, hieß es.

Washington - Ohne die Freigabe des NSA seien Ermittlungen nicht möglich, teilte das federführende Amt im Justizministerium (OPR) dem demokratischen Senator Maurice Hinchey mit.

Das OPR hatte im Februar mitgeteilt, es werde die Rolle von Vertretern des eigenen Ministeriums in der umstrittenen Abhöraktion untersuchen.

Bush hatte Mitte

00.Dez.2005 zugegeben, der NSA das Abhören von Telefonaten von Terrorverdächtigen innerhalb der USA ohne richterliche Genehmigung erlaubt zu haben.

Er begründete dies mit dem Kampf gegen den Terrorismus.

Auch Abgeordnete seiner Republikanischen Partei kritisierten dieses Vorgehen scharf und sprachen von einer Kompetenzüberschreitung des Präsidenten.

Der NSA hatte Telefon- und E-Mail-Verkehr im Inland überwacht. als/AP
11.May 2006
US-Regierung: Ermittlungen zu Bushs Lauschangriffen gestoppt
11.May 2006 Reformpolitik: Elterngeld benachteiligt sozial schwache Familien
11.May 2006 Palästinenser: Hamas bittet arabische Welt um Geld und Waffen
10.May 2006
Großbritannien: Blairs Rechtsberater verlangt Schließung von Guantanamo
10.May 2006 Mystery revived: Where is skull of Geronimo?  More on Geronimo's remains and the Skull and Bones.
10.May 2006 Sixty-mile walk - under water  Suck it, David Blaine!
10.May 2006 "Nine Fingers" and the Third Man  New connections between the CIA and the Cunningham Scandal .
10.May 2006 Investigator in charge of bribery probe says scandal is 'much bigger' than convicted congressman  Here come the "suicides"! Prof. Hex at 2:32 PM

Save the Internet  Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.
The threat is real.

10.May 2006
14.Apr.2003 WWIV. said Mr Woolsey, would be conducted against three kinds of enemy: the religious rulers of Iran, the "fascist" regimes of Iraq + Syria + Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qa'eda. "As we move towards a new Middle East," he said, "over the years + I think, over the decades to come, we will make a lot of people very nervous.

Our response [to Middle East dictatorships] should be, 'Good! We want you to be nervous.

We want you to realise now, that for the fourth time in a hundred years, this country + its allies are on the march + that we are on the side of those who you most fear: We're on the side of your own people'."
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Washington - Sein jüngerer Bruder sei ein "ausgezeichneter Gouverneur", eine "herausragende Führungspersönlichkeit" und könnte "eine glänzende Zukunft in der Politik" haben, sagte Bush der "St. Petersburg Times".
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Besorgt zeigte sich Putin über das geringe Vertrauen der Bevölkerung in den eigenen Staat. "Soziale Verantwortung muss im Mittelpunkt des Handelns von Beamten und Unternehmern stehen." Auch im siebten Jahr seiner Präsidentschaft seien noch zu wenige Erfolge im Kampf gegen die Korruption erzielt worden.

Zudem beklagte er den Bevölkerungsrückgang um jährlich 700.000 Menschen in seinem Land. Der Staat werde Familien "zumindest Anreize für ein zweites Kind" geben. Insbesondere Frauen mit einem zweiten Kind müssten mehr Unterstützung bekommen, weil sie oft für längere Zeit kein eigenes Einkommen hätten. Die Regierung werde deutlich mehr Geld für Eltern, Schulen und Kindergärten bereitstellen, um die Geburtenrate zu steigern.
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"Wo bleibt das ganze Pathos von der Notwendigkeit zum Kampf für Demokratie und Menschenrechte, wenn es darum geht, seine eigenen Interessen zu sichern?", fragte Putin in seiner rund einstündigen Rede, die live vom Fernsehen übertragen wurde, mit Blick auf die USA. "Wie das Sprichwort sagt: Kamerad Wolf weiß, wen er fressen muss - und er frisst, ohne auf andere zu hören." Putin reagierte mit seinen Äußerungen offenbar auf die Kritik des amerikanischen Vizepräsidenten Dick Cheney, der Moskau in der vergangenen Woche vorgeworfen hatte, die territoriale Einheit seiner Nachbarn zu untergraben und demokratische Bewegungen zu stören.

Das weltweite Wettrüsten ist nach Putins Ansicht noch nicht vorbei. Es sei zu früh, bereits von einem Ende des Wettrüstens zu sprechen. Der Wettlauf bei der Entwicklung neuer Waffen habe vielmehr international eine "neue technologische Ebene" erreicht. Das Wettrüsten gehe schneller als früher. Indirekt warnte Putin vor Gewaltanwendung im Streit um das iranische Atomprogramm. Solche Methoden brächten nur selten den gewünschten Erfolg, betonte der Kremlchef.
10.May 2006 "Save the Internet" site. If you have a web page or blog, feel free to use that ad. (You'll find the code under "Page Source.") Do whatever you can to combat the deceptive advertising which will soon dance across many a web page. Permalink
10.May 2006 Net neutrality: You ain't gonna believe this...

Americans for Tax Reform and other conservative "astroturf" groups have formed a coalition to stop any legislation to preserve net neutrality.

The new group is called -- get this! -- the Internet Freedom Coalition. These guys just love deceptive nomenclature...
As you will recall, "net neutraility" means that small web pages, like this one, load up just as rapidly as do pages put together by big companies.

That's the way things work now; that's the system most of us would like to see preserved. The Republicans want to allow the big broadband carriers to charge for faster loading.

This plan will amount to an extra "tax" paid to the big corporations. Smaller sites which do not pay the tax will saunter onto your screen with all the agility of a drunken tortoise.
So how does the Internet Freedom Coalition try to spin the current system as a bad thing?

They will try to convince the public that a bill to preserve net neutrality would be "the first major attempt by Washington to regulate the Internet." Actually, "net neutrality" means keeping the net the way it is .
10.May 2006 Accidents do happen... ...but this ain't one of 'em.

The Mirror asks: "HAVE 200,000 AK47S FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF IRAQ TERRORISTS?" SOME 200,000 guns the US sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists, it was feared yesterday.
The 99-tonne cache of AK47s was to have been secretly flown out from a US base in Bosnia. But the four planeloads of arms have vanished.
Orders for the deal to go ahead were given by the US Department of Defense. But the work was contracted out via a complex web of private arms traders.

If you think this sort of thing happens without the approval of the Bush administration -- or at least of the neocon faction within the Pentagon -- all I can say is: Stop being so naive .

Here we have the most damning evidence yet that someone wants to foment civil war in Iraq. Permalink
10.May 2006 US-Präsidentschaft: Bush empfiehlt seinen Bruder als Nachfolger

10.May 2006 Federal Reserve: US-Notenbank hebt Zinssatz an

10.May 2006 EU-Verfassungskrise: Barroso fordert Schwur auf Europa
10.May 2006 Post aus Teheran: Bush vermisst Antworten zum Atomstreit
10.May 2006
Kriminalitätsstatisik: Politische Gewalt erreicht Höchststand
10.May 2006 Legehennen: Von der Batterie zur Hühner-WG
10.May 2006 Atomstreit: Westen will Iran mit Anreizpaket zum Einlenken bewegen
10.May 2006
Britischer Premier in der Krise: Tories fordern Blair zum schnellen Rücktritt auf

10.May 2006 Russland: Putin vergleicht USA mit hungrigem Wolf
10.May 2006 Verleumdungsaffäre in Frankreich: Chirac soll 45,5 Millionen Euro auf japanischem Konto haben
10.May 2006 Machtkampf in Großbritannien: Brown setzt Blair unter Druck
10.May 2006 Porträt Franck Goddio: Statistiker auf Schatzsuche 
10.May 2006
Londoner Gericht: Hacker darf an USA ausgeliefert werden
04.Nov.2004 "Now comes the Revolution" And
here is a joint venture worth noting:

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 /BSNewswire/ -- Diebold, ChoicePoint + Sproul - in a new partnership between government and business involving unprecedented interagency cooperation between the RNC/PNAC, the Patent Office, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security - and funded in part by venture capital from Microsoft's capital-markets division - have announced plans to form a joint venture to leverage core software patents and other intellectual property for the purpose of maintaining America's strategic edge at providing "the best democracy money can buy."
10.May 2006 CyberNET Group IS NOT Cybernet Systems Corporation. It IS NOT Cybernet Ventures . Auditors at BBV started this crap with his post full of lies: ... People keep spreading it, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Choicepoint has nothing to do with CyberNET Group . This whole thing is like a worm.John | Top Carolab (1000+ posts) Mon Nov-22-04 03:57 AM Response to Reply #176 177. Thanks for clearing that up.Now that we know CyberNet Group is the company in question we can ignore the info about CyberNET + Cybernet Systems Corporation.
10.May 2006 Then Carolab's response #31: < / > Growing Together is a "faith-based" program owned by the Semler s.
For those who don't already know:

Mel Sembler + Betty Semler ran the myriad Straight foundations, in multiple states + have been sued over/involved in multiple child abuse cases for over a decade .
Then we have Jeb Bush 's link to one of Cybernet 's affiliates Choicepoint : ...

Choicepoint +Jeb

Wow! DireStrike 20.Nov.2004 02:44 PM #1

isn't there anyone to report findings like this to?

Faye 20.Nov.2004 02:49 PM #2 I spoke with him last night and he reitterated that the FBI
bluetrain 20.Nov.2004 02:51 PM #4 That is what worries me. Fisher is looking alot like Vreeland with all

Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 03:03 PM #9 yeah, I mean I don't know what to think

bluetrain 20.Nov.2004 04:11 PM #13 It would improve his credibility if the people he claims he is working

Garbo 2004 20.Nov.2004 04:56 PM #16 re: Fisher/Zeese bluetrain 20.Nov.2004 05:48 PM #22 Stress can cause alot of the
mixed messages I see coming from Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 06:17 PM #23 Fisher EST 20.Nov.2004 07:49 PM #31 about no messeges from yahoo burn the bush 20.Nov.2004 08:26 PM #36 Yep... Woo 20.Nov.2004 08:30
PM #37 They ignore anything.... ClintonTyree 20.Nov.2004 02:51 PM #3 kick.n/t paz 20.Nov.2004 02:56 PM #6 Hi paz!! newyawker99 20.Nov.2004 08:04 PM #34 It doesn't have to be ignored.
The Backlash Cometh 20.Nov.2004 04:05 PM #12 Interesting, thanks florida dem30 20.Nov.2004 02:54 PM #5 Oh my god...why does this not surprise me? JD Lau 20.Nov.2004 02:56 PM #7 Another clue?
BlueDog2u 20.Nov.2004 02:59 PM #8 That was my thought, as well Carolab 20.Nov.2004 03:44 PM #10 Yes Unforgiven 20.Nov.2004 07:43 PM #30 Good find. Thanks Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 09:34 PM #44 Swiss Bank?
GingerSnaps Nov-22-04 04:04 AM #178 Just a factoid: Fisher is not a Congress man. Ran, lost to Foley. n/t Garbo 2004 20.Nov.2004 03:47 PM #11 Thanks Carl seemslikeadream 20.Nov.2004 04:52 PM #14 Wow.
Thanks sld. Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 04:54 PM #15 NOW GET THIS STRAIGHT ... Mike Nelson 20.Nov.2004 05:06 PM #17 BBV thread here -- DOWNRIGHT SPOOKY!
Turn CO Blue 20.Nov.2004 05:24 PM #18 the 1st link in post is broken. Thanks. Lil 20.Nov.2004 05:40 PM #21 Can we call Woodward Yet? Donailin 20.Nov.2004 10:04 PM #51 "emailing, new". n/t Donailin
20.Nov.2004 10:05 PM #52 Try CARL BERNSTEIN, instead Mike Nelson 20.Nov.2004 11:34 PM #80 It's a trap! MarkusQ Nov-21-04 09:26 AM #105 See post #18.
You may want to add your research Turn CO Blue 20.Nov.2004 05:25 PM #19 Send It to Greg Palast!!! zinsky 20.Nov.2004 05:38 PM #20 Good idea.
I shot him a copy of this topic Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 06:36 PM #24 NEW: Found this on a yahoo group. is this true? momzno1 20.Nov.2004 07:03 PM #25 read the part at the bottom momzno1 20.Nov.2004
07:07 PM #26 kick momzno1 20.Nov.2004 07:08 PM #27 Mmmmhmmm... Woo 20.Nov.2004 08:02 PM #33 Any chance that was in Kansas City? Carolab 20.Nov.2004 08:57 PM #39 HOLY CRAP... Woo 20.Nov.2004 07:12 PM #28
where is the Jeff Fisher was hacked site? momzno1 20.Nov.2004 07:31 PM #29 SOrry.. Woo 20.Nov.2004 07:50 PM #32 Emails my wife received from Jeff today.
GettysbergII 20.Nov.2004 08:13 PM #35 Can somebody help me here? MelissaB 20.Nov.2004 08:45 PM #38 You are not the only one - I must have missed the memo Chimpanzee 20.Nov.2004 09:20 PM #42 BlueDog2U's back of the envelope summary BlueDog2u 20.Nov.2004 09:36 PM #45 BlueDog2U's---THANK YOU!! MelissaB 20.Nov.2004 09:57 PM #49 You're welcome BlueDog2u 20.Nov.2004 10:52 PM #63 Nice summary, thanks. Dr.
Blass is the man we need on the witness Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 10:58 PM #65 Will Blass blow the whistle if he has his own skeletons in the closet?
eowyn_of_rohan Nov-21-04 08:54 AM #103 A relevant anecdote (perhaps) Wiley50 20.Nov.2004 10:59 PM #66 hee, hee. If Blass comes forward I'll buy you Carl Brennan 20.Nov.2004 11:17 PM #76 Wow BlueDog2u
20.Nov.2004 11:20 PM #77 We are all but tiny cogs... Mike Nelson 20.Nov.2004 11:41 PM #82 How about calling him again and ask him if he worked for Carl Brennan Nov-21-04 12:36 PM #136 Carl, It's
someone else's turn this time Wiley50 Nov-21-04 03:13 PM #145 We also have to be sure he is Blass and not somebody else. Carl Brennan Nov-21-04 06:14 PM #149 as far as pronunciation Wiley50
Nov-21-04 03:22 PM #146 OOP! you said his First name Wiley50 Nov-21-04 03:25 PM #147 FYI Cell Phone number Wiley50 Nov-21-04 06:45 PM #153 Find links to ACCENTURE Carolab 20.Nov.2004 09:06 PM #40
OMG-- ACCENTURE : LOOK!!!! Carolab 20.Nov.2004 09:31 PM #43 O boy, Carolab

BlueDog2u 20.Nov.2004 09:39 PM #46 Accenture just got a 10b Homeland Security Contract BlueDog2u 20.Nov.2004 09:55 PM #48 Let's .."
".. 20.Nov.2004 09:41 PM Response to Reply #41 47. Have you sent this info to BBV? | Top Must_B_Free (1000+ posts) Sat 20.Nov.2004 09:59 PM Response to Reply #47 50. It didn't
seem to be anything important. When the bust in GR broke I was curious about this guy and found these little info. Didn't mean anything to me, but thought I'd post it in case it was relevant to
someone. | Top Donailin (1000+ posts) Sat 20.Nov.2004 10:28 PM Response to Original message 55. O Man We need sixty minutes on this also.
| Top Unforgiven (613 posts) Sat 20.Nov.2004 10:33 PM Response to Original message 56. Kick This Topic! Others need to know.
| Top stirringstill (115 posts) Sat

20.Nov.2004 10:35 PM Response to Original message 57.

CyberNet overkill?

Could someone please state the connection of the CyberNet to Fisher because the original email that linked the two really didn't say.

Only that CyberNet had been raided by the FBI .

Just because a company has been raided by the FBI doesn't mean it is connected.
And to say CyberNet was linked to Diebold does not mean much if the two names appear on the same web page.

Diebold probably has vending machines that have Coke cans but that does not mean Coke + Diebold are in bed together.

What possible service did CyberNet perform?

Also, I've never seen anything linking Blass to CyberNet other than both have links to Michigan .
Blass got his PhD in Ann Arbor, but that doesn't seem like much of a link to me.

I'm not saying that CyberNet is not important, perhaps it is, but many many other potential rewarding lines of investigation remain unexamined on Piotr Blass CV + this are definitely worth scrutinizing.

I do not know what to make of the Fisher story but it does seem promising and Fisher has directly linked Blass to the whatever happened.

Blass 's CV is striking for several reasons.


It places him at BayPoint Schools in 00.000.2003 .


Why was Blass employed at Baypoint?
It likely had to do with computers but it doesn't take someone of Blass 's experience to network the school or run their computer lab.

He was way way over qualified.
Still that does not mean anything in and of itself since people often find themselves doing things that they are overqualified for.


Why did Blass 's son become incarcerated in 00.000.2004 at the very school at which Blass was once employed?


If his CV is genuine, then it is striking for several reasons.

He went to undergraduate in Poland in the 00.000.1970 's + then went to graduate school at Harvard + the University of Michigan .

So, Blass apparently emerges from behind the Iron Curtain to receive postgraduate education in the US .

He has published a number of academic articles.
He has also worked for a number of companies and has a number of computer skills which may be relevent.

Perhaps those companies and skills of Blass 's are worth mining?

Another blog about the Fisher story made a big to do about Accenture .

I do think that that link merits attention, definitely because of connections to voting lists in multiple states + (to a lesser degree Enron ).

The problem is that Accenture is a BIG company.

It's like saying IBM or Microsoft.
ChoicePoint finds wealth in information
10.May 2006
Bush failed to get Osama.

But we did successfully eliminate the threat of Congresswoman McKinney -- you remember, the one who dared question ChoicePoint, the company that helped Katherine Harris eliminate Black voters.
20.Sep.2000 Hunter S. Thompson, "Prepare for the Weirdness," .
10.May 2006,10801,110248,00.html
09.Apr.2006 Leahy's questions came a day after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report saying the DoJ and other federal agencies contract with some data resellers that do not comply with federal rules governing the collection of data.

Data brokers often do not restrict their collection of personal data, as required in federal fair information practices law + often do not inform the individuals whose data they are collecting, GAO said. DOJ and three other agencies spent about $30 million with data resellers in fiscal year 2005, the report said.

Leahy said he was concerned about the GAO report. "The Justice Department ... often doesn't even follow federal rules - doesn't follow its own laws - in protecting Americans' privacy," Leahy said. "You see my concern."

09.Apr.2006 Why is FBI still doing business with Israeli ChoicePoint? The same firm that recently was prevented from purchasing an American computer services company. ===
Senator questions FBI on ChoicePoint contract
Leahy wants to know why DOJ's still doing business with breached firm - News Story by Grant Gross
(IDG NEWS SERVICE) - A top Democrat in the U.S. Senate questioned Wednesday why the U.S. Department of Justice continues to do business with data broker ChoicePoint Inc.

a year after the company announced a data breach potentially affecting 145,000 U.S. residents.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) blasted the DOJ and the FBI division for a recent five-year, $12 million contract for ChoicePoint to provide investigative analysis software to the FBI.

00.Feb.2005 ChoicePoint announced a data breach after criminals set up fake businesses that purchased private information from the data broker.
10.May 2006
Choosing the services of Choicepoint or Diebold is like asking Richard III to do the babysitting.
00.Jan.2001 -From the- issue of Lumpen. A word to the wise: get your passport while you still can.

Operation CHAOS was a massive domestic surveillance and counterintelligence program started by the CIA - COUP 2K We're 0living in thenew dark ages-Read about it in the magazine pages-.html

00.000.1967 in response to exposés published in Ramparts magazine. Peace groups, civil rights activists, journalists and other "threats" were targeted.

Later it became a joint operation with the FBI.

In the days before PCs, a mainframe computer code-named HYDRA was devoted to processing the data.

By the time it was finally shut down in the mid-'

00.000.1970 s, CHAOS had collected personality files on 13,000 people, general files on 7,000 more Americans + subject files on 1,000 domestic organizations. Despite being entirely illegal,

it was one of the largest domestic surveillance operations in US history.

See Morton H. Halperin, et al, The Lawless State (NY: Penguin Books, 1976), chapter 5; Frank J. Donner, Age of Surveillance (NY: Vintage Books, 1981 ed.), pp. 268-275; +

US Senate, Final Report of the Select Committeee To Study Governmental Operations with respect to Intelligence Activities, Book III, Supplementary Detailed Staff Reports...,(Washington, DC: US GPO, 1976), pp. 679-732.

27.Gregory Palast, "Florida's flawed 'voter-cleansing' program,"

04.Dec.2000 .
Lists: "Hundreds of voters mistakenly tagged as felons in mix-up," St. Petersburg Times (FL)

23.Jun.2000 ;

"Error may have taken voters off rolls," St. Petersburg Times

10.Jul.2000 .

DBT acquisition: Securities & Exchange Commission standard Form 8-K, filed

19.May 2000 by ChoicePoint, Inc. Accessed via
03. Mai 2005
Druckversion TRANSPORTPANNE - 600.000 Personaldaten-Sätze aus Lkw verschwunden
10.May 2006,1518,354500,00.html
Auch bei anderen US-Unternehmen waren in den vergangenen Monaten Probleme mit der Sicherheit von Datensätzen bekannt geworden.

So waren Hacker in die Datenbank des Unternehmens ChoicePoint eingedrungen, das Informationen über Konsumenten sammelt und an Direktmarketingfirmen und andere interessierte Firmen weiterverkauft.
10.May 2006

A data-gathering company that was embroiled in the Florida 2000 election fiasco is being paid millions of dollars by the Bush administration to collect detailed personal information on the populations of foreign countries, enraging several governments who say the records may have been illegally obtained.
US government purchasing documents show that the company, ChoicePoint, received at least $11m (£6.86m) from the department of justice last year to supply data - mainly on Latin Americans - that included names and addresses, occupations, dates of birth, passport numbers and "physical description".

Even tax records and blood groups are reportedly included.
10.May 2006


The Bush Family Saga Part II - Part I Here

Winston Partners, Sybase, Choicepoint, H.R. 3162, called "The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act" (or USA Patriot) -By William Bowles

11.May 2003 Another can of worms. Actually, I’m getting fed up with the Bush clan.

It’s like the only life they have is screwing up everybody else’s! Sybase software is part of the Choicepoint system which is part of the Patriot Act which part of the whole damn system for keeping track of everybody and everything we do, read,visit, buy + no doubt think about.

I’m all bushed out now.

"Marvin Dips into the Security Pie Another Fortunate Bush Brother" -By MARGIE BURNS 05.Dec.2002


Dirty Dealings in Data, Jim Hightower's Lowdown Saturday, 05.Apr.2003

"It probably doesn't ring a bell, but ChoicePoint was the firm that Katherine Harris, Florida's Secretary of State during the 2000 elections, paid to erase 57,000 names from the voter rolls."


"FIRST Brother"

Some background.

"He's the Lowest Profile of the Bush Boys, but His Business Career Is Probably the Most Successful.

Meet Marvin Bush, the President's Youngest Brother + His 300-Million-Dollar Money Management Firm." -By Bryan Curtis Source:  
10.May 2006

www.gallerize -

Lemnitzer - northwoods Shelton Henry H. _>911_< Wargames

Myers Wolfowitz Kissinger - Blackstone Group --

Carlyle Silverstine Sharon Greenberg, Morris -AIC Leon ...

Fewarth Kolvenbach --------------

20001100_Florida DBT Data Base Technologies DBT Online

17.Feb.2001 Inquiry into new claims of poll abuses in Florida Company linked to illegal purge of Florida voters also sold US government voter data from Latin America James Lee, a vice-president of ChoicePoint, which bought DBT last May, said:

"Florida law prevents names from being removed from the voting roll unless the information is confirmed by local officials - not us."

But he told Newsnight that the Florida state government made it clear that it "wanted there to be more names than were actually verified as being a convicted felon. -------

Marvin Bush’s Ignite corporation, or the Kuwaiti Harken Oil deals,

Choicepoint’s Homeland Security contracts + the software company Choicepoint uses Sybase Inc which has Bush family connections) -----
10.May 2006

This is not a portrait of a thriving democracy. This is fascism. Most Americans are accomstomed, even habituated, to living with it, but this is what fascism looks like.
10.May 2006
01.May 2006 As the American public sees the movie Flight 93 , other potential aviation disasters loom on the horizon.

Career professionals within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are trying to avert a severe threat to the flying public by forcing the Pentagon to prove that its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) +

those who remotely pilot them are not dangers to other aircraft flying in civil airspace.

The Bush administration has forced the FAA into creating a UAV program office that will compete with civilian passenger and cargo aircraft using the same civil airspace --

a potentially catastrophic situation according to government sources familiar with the UAV program.

The sources maintain the Navy's Predator B UAV is extremely dangerous to other planes for several reasons -

the delay factor in maneuvering the drone from the ground + the fact that non-pilots are probably at the controls.
10.May 2006
29.Apr.2006 FBI agents lied about what they wanted from Jack Anderson's papers.
10.May 2006

In addition, the FBI wanted to remove from future public circulation Anderson documents that point to George H. W. Bush conspiring with the government of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran to keep U.S. hostages imprisoned in Iran until after the

00.000.1980 presidential election + avoid an "October Surprise" for Carter.

The agreement between the Iranians and Bush (who was working with William Casey) sank the chances for Jimmy Carter's re-election + George H. W. Bush's entry into the White House as Vice President.

The hostages were released at the very time Ronald Reagan took the oath of office 00.000.1981 .

That operation would lay the ground for future Bush-Tehran collusion in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Another set of files involve the links between the Bush family and that of Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin John W. Hinckley.

Had Hinckley succeeded in killing Reagan, the Bush political agenda would have commenced in earnest in 1981 rather than 1989.

The Bush family has been known to use retired FBI agents as their political heavies + clean up men in the past -- most notably to erase the Bush links to Dallas.
10.May 2006
From George Orwell's 1984 :

All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived. Physical rebellion, or any preliminary move toward rebellion, is at present not possible. From the proletarians nothing is to be feared.

Left to themselves, they will continue from generation to generation + from century to century,

working, breeding + dying, not only without any impulse to rebel, but without the power of grasping that the world could be other than it is.
05.May 2006 ET

The Colbert Effect The Colbert Effect Rep. Kennedy's a dope addict! --> Rep. Kennedy's a dope addict!

Patrick Kennedy will enter dope-addict rehab at Mayo Clinic again tonight; cops didn't give him drug/booze test ... he doesn't remember entire incident! CIA boss Goss quits in shame! --> CIA boss Goss quits in shame!

Scandal-stained spook resigns as CIA director; Porter Goss has presided over intel empire of shame & criminality
.May 2006 AM ET

Porter Goss: Fall of an American Criminal Porter Goss: Fall of an American Criminal Bush thinks he's fighting WWIII. --> Bush thinks he's fighting WWIII.

Delusional & dangerous president tells CNBC that Flight 93 movie was first battle of 'World War III'
.May 2006 ET Yay failure! Yay failure! Hatin' on Hayden --> Hatin' on Hayden

CIA chief nominee + creator of the warrantless eavesdropping program will have a lot to answer for in confirmation hearings + even Republicans don't like this guy
10.May 2006 Reuters: Top News] Clark assails Iraqi trial of Saddam Hussein WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, a member of Saddam Hussein's defense team, on Tuesday said the former Iraqi president's trial was a sham designed to justify the U.S.-led invasion.

US govt dept chief: No contracts if you criticize Bush HUD secretary's blunt warning Alphonso Jackson says deal was scuttled after contractor admits not liking Bush Dallas
10.May 2006
Donald Rumsfeld and the "certainty" lie Left I on the News A leftwing view of the day's news and the way it's presented in the media Donald Rumsfeld + the "certainty" lie By Eli

The corporate media, kicked in the rear by the latest flagrant, public attempt by Donald Rumsfeld to rewrite history in responding to the "L word" question from ...
10.May 2006
Jane Hamsher: Why Does Tim Russert Fear Democrats? Just Ask Patrick Fitzgerald . The Huffington Post | Raw Feed

Jane Hamsher: Why Does Tim Russert Fear Democrats?

Just Ask Patrick Fitzgerald By Jane Hamsher on Tim Russert We'll leave aside for now the high hilarity of George Stephanopoulos inviting Tom DeLay on to talk about ethics + letting him
10.May 2006
Anti-Bush song is banned from school talent show Eideard 
A 10-year-old Coral Springs girl won't be allowed to sing a controversial President Bush-bashing ballad at her school talent show after her principal deemed it inappropriate and too political.

10.May 2006 Dan Gillmor's blog Backfence, which launched its first sites in the Washington area, is a genuine pioneer in the citizen media field.

The company focuses specifically on "hyperlocal" sites, forging new media and models to better serve communities + neighborhoods in ways we couldn't do before the Internet came along.
10.May 2006
Re-Improved Colbert transcript (now with complete text of Colbert-Thomas video!)

UPDATE: Dan Froomkin, in his May 1.2006 "White House Briefing" column in the Washington Post, writes, "Daily Kos blogger Frederick seems to have the most extensive transcript of Colbert?s talk."

A nice recognition to receive from an outstanding journalist. I've taken the existing transcripts I' ...
10.May 2006
Men's Mags Soften as Advertisers Eye TV, Web
Despite all the testosterone they may project, men’s magazines these days are a little soft. While ad spending this year has been sluggish across all titles, several men’s books have been especially hard hit.

Through June, the category reported a 4 % decline in ad pages, ...
10.May 2006
New Microsoft Browser Raises Google's Hackles
With a $10 billion advertising market at stake, Google, the fast-rising Internet star, is raising objections to the way that it says Microsoft, the incumbent powerhouse of computing, is wielding control over Internet searching in its new Web browser. Google, which only recently began beefing up ...

10.May 2006 'Savvy' users cause AOL job cuts AOL, the internet division of Time Warner, is to sack 1,300 of its call centre staff because inquiries have halved.
10.May 2006 Chip Power Breakthrough Reported A tiny Silicon Valley company is proposing a novel way to synchronize the operations of computer chips, addressing power-consumption problems that are a major issue facing the semiconductor industry. Multigig Inc., a closely held start-up company in Scotts Valley, Calif., says its technology is a ...
10.May 2006 9/11 in 3D 11.Sep.2001 posted a video of aerial views of the World Trade Center site taken by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying around lower Manhattan.

Using near-consecutive frames from this video to simulate right-eye and left-eye views, I’ve created 3D images of Ground Zero as ...
10.May 2006
President Bush’s Best Moment Site admin This one is just too weird to be believeable
10.May 2006 The Ultimate Terrorist Threat: Flying Robot Drones This one really pegs the movie-plot threat hype-meter:

The technology for remote-controlled light aircraft is now highly advanced, widely available -- and, experts say, virtually unstoppable. Models with a wingspan of five metres (16 feet), capable of carrying up to...
10.May 2006
Time 100 Tease: Malcolm Gladwell Digs Paul Simon The Time 100 party was held last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was a swell event filled with local swells, all dolled up in black tie and entertained by Stephen Colbert, the Dixie Chicks + Paul Simon. (Liberal media, you say? Feh.) We were standing off to the side of the room when rhymin'
10.May 2006 It Takes a Nation of Lawyers to Hold Us Back Bill (mailto:keaggy@gmail.com
10.May 2006 The next X-Prize: How about a 250 m.p.g. car? The challenge: Build the world's most fuel-efficient production car - one that gets maybe 250 miles per gallon and causes little or no pollution. The payoff: prize money from the group that awarded $10 million for the world's first private spaceflight two years ago. When the X-Prize Foundation ...
10.May 2006 Palestinians to get interim aid Middle East mediators agree a plan to send aid directly to the Palestinians, bypassing the Hamas government.
10.May 2006 Blair told to end Labour 'drift' Tony Blair looks out of touch and his party must end its "division and drift", a former minister tells the BBC.
10.May 2006 US criticises new UN rights body The US attacks the UN Human Rights Council as nations it considers to have poor rights are elected to join it
10.May 2006 Indonesia offers Iran mediation Indonesia's president offers to mediate with the West over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
10.May 2006 Putin to push foreign policy aims Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to put an emphasis on foreign policy in his seventh annual address.
10.May 2006 Nepal to probe 'royal excesses' Nepal is to investigate alleged excesses committed during a crackdown on anti-king protests last month
10.May 2006 Farmer's gallows sales attacked An international human rights group criticises a British farmer who says he sells execution equipment.
10.May 2006 Minister to favour road charging New Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander is to set out his plans for nationwide road charging schemes.
10.May 2006 Venus probe makes science orbit The European probe sent to Venus has put itself in the orbit from which it will make scientific observations.
10.May 2006 US urges diplomacy in Iran crisis US President George W Bush says diplomacy is the number one option in the crisis over Iran's nuclear activity.
10.May 2006 Votes on railway pension strikes Rail staff across the UK are to vote on industrial action that could bring the network to a halt, in a row over pensions.
10.May 2006 Sarkozy vows to expose 'plotters' France's interior minister attacks those he believes are behind a smears campaign to damage his political career.
10.May 2006 Plankton blooms linked to quakes Concentrations of the natural pigment chlorophyll in coastal waters have been seen to rise prior to earthquakes.
10.May 2006 Supermarkets in competition probe Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are to face a competition inquiry for the third time in seven years.
10.May 2006 Health reforms 'wasted millions' Key government health reforms are criticised for wasting millions of pounds but bringing few benefits.
10.May 2006 African babies 'dying at birth' An annual two million babies in the developing world die on the day they are born, a leading charity says.
10.May 2006 Women 'sense qualities in a man' Women are fine tuned to detect qualities they are looking for in a man, US research suggests.
10.May 2006 Embryo checks 'must be widened' Embryo testing should be extended to check for faulty genes not guaranteed to cause disease, the fertility watchdog recommends.
10.May 2006 Self-repair gene therapy promise Gene therapy experts say they have found a way to persuade cells to repair themselves.
10.May 2006 Ex-NSA Chief Assails Bush Taps The former head of the agency conducting Bush's extrajudicial domestic surveillance lashes out at the administration for disregarding the law in wiretapping Americans.

Noah Shachtman reports from New York.
10.May 2006
Hi-Res Earth NASA compiles the most detailed visual reference yet of our planet.
10.May 2006 BitTorrent Gets a Seller's Permit Once accused of helping internet pirates,

BitTorrent is now embraced by one of Hollywood's largest studios, Warner Bros., which will sell the site movies + TV shows for legal downloading.
10.May 2006
The Homeland Security Paper Chase The government could tell us how thousands of border-screening computers got left open to an internet virus, but then it would have to kill us.

Plus: Pop-up hacker gets nearly five years. In 27B Stroke 6.
10.May 2006
Microsoft's workplace of the future Triptych monitors and multibiometric logins are among new technologies featured at the Center for Information Work (CIW).
10.May 2006 YouTube offers mobile upload service Amateur filmmakers no longer need a computer to upload to YouTube. Now a mobile phone or PDA will do.
10.May 2006 EarthLink: Bells must share broadband networks Broadband provider tells a federal appeals court that Verizon, BellSouth and others must be forced to share their networks with competitors.
10.May 2006 AT&T promises IPTV to low income residents CEO promises to serve 5.5 million low income homes as part of initial rollout of high-speed Net and IPTV services over new network.
10.May 2006 Korea Unveils World's Second Android ScuttleMonkey 157

Chosun Ilbo is reporting that Korea has unveiled the worlds second android. - "Korea has developed its own android capable of facial expressions on its humanoid face, the second such machine to be developed after one from Japan. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy invited some 60 children to the Kyoyuk Munhwa Hoekwan in Seoul to introduce Ever-1 to the public. The name combines the first human name found in the Bible, Eve, with the 'r' in robot."
10.May 2006
T-Mobile Releases New Card, Outlaws VoIP and IM ScuttleMonkey 171:

"T-Mobile has launched a new 3G data card in the UK + banned users from using it for VoIP or instant messaging applications." - "Lock cast doubt on the sustainable viability of a mobile operator banning VoIP from its network. 'I think that eventually, if there's customer demand for this, it will happen," Lock said. "Other organizations will come along allowing VoIP. Who do you think is going to win?'"
10.May 2006
India and NASA to Explore Moon Together ScuttleMonkey 364 hotsauce writes

"NASA administrator Griffin on a visit to Indian space facilities in Bangalore has signed an agreement to explore the moon with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This agreement will see NASA instruments on a 2008 Indian moon mission + further cooperation is being explored. An Indian paper has a different take on the visit. Interesting answer by Griffin on NASA outsourcing to ISRO."
10.May 2006
Cancer Resistant Mouse Provides Possible Cure ScuttleMonkey 312 Evoluder : that scientists at Wake Forest University have found a "cancer resistant mouse" + bred it to make a small army of cancer resistant mice. When transplanting blood from one of these mice to a normal non-resistant mouse they are able to provide "lifetime cancer protection". - "The cancer-resistant mice all stem from a single mouse discovered in 1999. "The cancer resistance trait so far has been passed to more than 2,000 descendants in 14 generations," said Cui, associate professor of pathology. It also has been bred into three additional mouse strains. About 40 % of each generation inherits the protection from cancer."
10.May 2006 China Employs Campus Internet Overseers Zonk 249+ d'alz writes

"China's Internet police, reportedly including as many as 50,000 state agents, have monitored the Chinese citizenry's online habits. They have blocked Web sites, erased commentary and arrested people for what is deemed anti-Party, or anti-social, speech. Several hours each week Hu Yingying, a college student, goes to a little-known on-campus office crammed with computers. There she logs on, unsuspected by other students, to help police her university's Internet forum." - "Under the Civilized Internet initiative, service providers and other companies have been urged to purge their servers of offensive content, ranging from pornography to anything that smacks of overt political criticism or dissent. The Chinese authorities say that more than two million supposedly 'unhealthy' images have already been deleted under this campaign by various mainland Internet service providers + more than six hundred supposedly 'unhealthy' Internet forums were shut down. These deletions are presented as voluntary acts of corporate civic virtue, but have a coercive aspect to them, because no company would likely risk being singled out as a laggard."
10.May 2006
Small Cable Groups Seek To Break Net Neutrality Zonk 394+ saikou writes

"CNet's has a story on the first cable companies openly going against Net Neutrality. As usual, request for equal treatment is labeled as 'special favors' + Google is used as an example of company that should pay for a fast connection to the end user." - "'I think what the phone industry's saying and what we're saying is we've made an investment + I don't think the government should be coming and telling us how we can work that infrastructure, simple as that,' Commisso said during a panel discussion about issues faced by companies like his, adding, 'Why don't they go + tell the oil companies what they should charge for their damn gas?'" 10.May 2006 'UK Hackers' Condemn McKinnon? Zonk 164+

"Whitedust has some interesting commentary on this BBC article which claims that 'UK hackers' have condemned Gary Mckinnon's trial.

- 'Another example of some truly awful and misinformed mainstream tech reporting here.

The article claims that UK hackers are almost all in support of Mr Mckinnon when in truth as we all know the entire tech community has agreed that Mr Mckinnon is not only an idiot but a deluded attention seeker.'"
10.May 2006
USPTO to Use Peer to Patent Program Zonk 112+
: "DailyTech is reporting that the US Patent and Trademark Office is going to start using the Peer to Patent program. - '

The US Patent and Trademark Office has been getting praise for officially launching the Peer to Patent program -- the purpose of Peer to Patent is to find patents that have been issued for already made products or items that don't properly qualify for a patent.

Because the USPTO usually does not have the manpower and time to thoroughly check every patent that comes into the office, many are unjustly rubber stamped.'

The program will utilize a Wiki, among other tools, to get the job done."
10.May 2006
Justiz: US-Anwalt kritisiert Saddam-Prozess als Farce
10.May 2006 Großbritannien: Blairs Umfragewerte im Keller
10.May 2006 Nach Vergewaltigungs-Vorwurf: Rassenkonflikt an US-Eliteuni
10.May 2006
US-Wahlkampfallianz: Murdoch hilft Hillary
10.May 2006 Antiker Fund: Fischer zieht Reiterstatue aus Ägäis
10.May 2006-11.Sep.2001 9/11 Blogger - 9/11 News
08.May 2006
New U.S. Foreign Policy for Palestine; Starvation -By Mike Whitney
The USA + Israel have finally agreed on a plan to resolve the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict.

Israel will continue lobbing missiles into civilian areas of Gaza and the West Bank while the US cuts off food + other vital aid to the territories.

That way they can maximize the human suffering while preparing the people for a violent death. Continue
10.May 2006 The housing bubble has popped: Reports of falling sales and investors stuck with properties they can't sell are just the beginning. Property owners should worry; so should their lenders.

11.May 2006 More than half of US streams polluted: EPA: The survey found activities such as farming and logging helped raise the levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in the water
10.May 2006 U.S. Newborn Survival Rate Ranks Low : America may be the world's superpower, but its survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia.

11.May 2006 Half of new U.S. teachers quit within 5 years: study: According to a new study from teachers' union the National Education Association, half of new U.S. teachers are likely to quit within the first five years because of poor working conditions and low salaries

11.May 2006 Congress' Budget Will Put America Deeper In Debt: A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government's borrowing limit.
10.May 2006 More than half of Israelis favor ethnic cleansing: : More than half of Israelis think the government should encourage its Arab citizens to emigrate from Israel, according to an annual survey by the Israel Democracy Institute.

10.May 2006 Arab MK: Israel world's most racist state: Israeli Arab Knesset members slam results of Israel Democracy Institute's survey showing 62 % of Israelis want to encourage Arab emigration;

10.May 2006 Condemning and discriminating : If Avigdor Lieberman didn't exist, then Ehud Olmert, Amir Peretz and an entire battalion of politicians would have had to make him up. Lieberman's big mouth gives them pearls of wisdom. He emits a bunch of nonsense regarding Arab Knesset members, flavors his comments with a bit of Holocaust, everyone seriously condemns him and continues to screw the Arabs.

10.May 2006 Patrick J. Buchanan: Why Are We Baiting Putin?: Cheering Cheney on is John McCain, front-runner for the GOP nomination, who has urged President Bush to snub Putin by boycotting the G-8 summit. What the GOP is thus offering the nation right now is seven more years of in-your-face bellicosity in foreign policy.

10.May 2006 Associated Press Falsely Portrays Chavez as Seeking 25-Year Term: A little scrutiny of a recent Associated Press report about Venezuela provides a lesson in how the English-language press often gets the story wrong. Take the first sentence: "President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years."

10.May 2006 As Cuba plans offshore wells, some want U.S. to follow suit : With only modest energy needs and no ability of its own to drill, Cuba has negotiated lease agreements with China and other energy-hungry countries to extract resources for themselves and for Cuba.

10.May 2006 Brussels in hot pursuit of new law-and-order powers: BRITAIN is preparing to give up the national veto on EU law-and-order legislation after Brussels demanded that national governments surrender control of key policies to combat terrorism and organised crime.

10.May 2006 U.S. to prohibit "water-boarding": The U.S. Army will prohibit "water-boarding" — the controversial practice of submerging a prisoner's head in water in an effort to make him talk — when it issues its new interrogation manual, the State Department's legal adviser told the U.N. Committee Against Torture on Monday.

10.May 2006 Chicago's Abu Ghraib: UN Committee Against Torture Hears Report on How Police Tortured Over 135 African-American Men Inside Chicago Jails

10.May 2006 Learning About Racism: One can find hundreds of white separatist towns throughout the USA, though they are not considered as such

10.May 2006 Congress For Sale: Who Else Was Bribed With Limos, Cash + Prostitutes?: The newest scandal involves allegations that multiple members of Congress + high-ranking CIA officials were bribed with free limo rides + hospitality suites at hotels in Washington + prostitutes to induce them to steer federal contracts to undeserving businesses.

10.May 2006 Molly Ivins: The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington : If you expect me to pass up a scandal involving poker, hookers and the Watergate building with crooked defense contractors + the No. 3 guy at the CIA, named Dusty Foggo (Dusty Foggo?! Be still my heart), you expect too much.

10.May 2006 The Loss of Goss: Why did the CIA’s chief resign so abruptly

10.May 2006 Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law: Vaccine industry officials helped shape legislation behind the scenes that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist secretly amended into a bill to shield them from lawsuits, according to e-mails obtained by a public advocacy group.

10.May 2006 The President's New Helicopters costs $6.1 Billion: The goal: to fit a mobile Oval Office into the tight quarters of a chopper. The new fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft, each of which will have 200 square feet of cabin space, nearly double the Sea King’s 116.
10.May 2006 IRAQ: UN report cites vast under-nutrition among children : One in three Iraqi children is malnourished and underweight, according to a report released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

10.May 2006 Feingold: Democrats Must Stand Up to Bush : ``We must get out of our political foxholes and be willing to clearly and specifically point out what a strategic error the Iraq invasion has been,'' Feingold, D-Wis., told a National Press Club audience.

10.May 2006 War pimp alert : Israeli official: Iran to have nukes by 2010: he head of Israeli military intelligence predicted Tuesday that Iran will produce nuclear bombs within four years.

10.May 2006 War pimp alert : Israel will hit Iran in the next few months : Israeli official: Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next “month or two or three,” an Israeli official has been quotedas saying.

10.May 2006 Key Security Council Nations to Present Iran with Choice of Benefits or Sanctions: Key Security Council nations agreed Tuesday to present Iran with a choice of incentives or sanctions in deciding whether to suspend uranium enrichment, a move which will delay a U.N. resolution to curb Iran's nuclear program, a European official said.

10.May 2006 Iran president awaits reaction to US letter : President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said yesterday he was awaiting a reaction to a letter he sent US President George W Bush, although US officials have called it a diversion in a dispute over Tehran's nuclear plans.

10.May 2006 Iran Ready to Form Nuclear Alliance with Russia: Ahmadinejad defined Russia as an ally and the relations between Tehran and Moscow – as “friendly and constantly developing”.

10.May 2006 The Oil Boil: Are the Iranian president’s blustering statements towards Israel really the cause for this ominous proclamation from the US president? Or is it Iran’s nuclear ambitions that have caused it? Or is the oil boil finally reaching its global critical temperature? The answer most probably lies in events likely to unfold in the very near future in a tiny Iranian island by the name of Kish.

10.May 2006 Kucinich Asks Tough Questions of Bush, Rumsfeld: Kucinich wrote, "Any military deployment to Iran would constitute an urgent matter of national significance. I urge you to report immediately to Congress on all activities involving American forces in Iran."

10.May 2006 Noam Chomsky: A just war? Hardly: Actions in the real world all too often reinforce the maxim of Thucydides that "The strong do as they can, while the weak suffer what they must" — which is not only indisputably unjust, but at the present stage of human civilisation, a literal threat to the survival of the species.
10.May 2006 Afghanistan, Iraq Near Top Of Infant Mortality Table : A new study says Afghanistan, Pakistan + Iraq are among the countries with the highest death rates for newborns in the world.
10.May 2006 FLOGGING FOR GOD: Violence toward children under the guise of religion. The poisonous pedagogy of hucksters and quacks who promote the "benifits" of child beating.

Mountain Park Survivors
10.May 2006 And We Think We Are Free -By Nolan K. Anderson
Why are we Americans not afraid as we watch our freedoms evaporate - not concerned - not interested in stopping the erosion of the rights that our forefathers fought and died to achieve?

Why is it so hard to understand that the way we deal with enemy prisoners today will be the way our government will deal with Americans when the time comes to "re-define" the "enemy. Continue
10.May 2006 Full Text : The President of Iran's Letter To President Bush Mr George Bush, President of the USA of America
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, specially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.

10.May 2006 We the People’: Don't Want To Hear It! Give us liberty to live in denial -By Don Nash

We don’t want to hear about dying and death. We don’t want to hear about ethnic cleansing. We don’t want to hear about detention or torture and we don’t want to hear about atrocity. We don’t want to hear about napalm or uranium be it depleted or otherwise. We don’t want to hear about terrorists, even when the terrorists are our own creation. Remember 11.Sep.2001 9/11 and Flight 93 and give us a rousing myth we can cherish. Continue
10.May 2006 The BuzzFlash Interview with the Man Who Put the Washington Press Corps to Shame: Ray McGovern. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?" -- Ray McGovern, Questioning Donald Rumsfeld, May 4.2006, Altanta
We Have a BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award" Winner This Week, a Man of Patriotism, Conviction and Courage: Ray McGovern
Bush Hits 31% Approval. New Low. He's Looking to Bomb Iran Right Sure. It's All He's Got Going Between 31% and the Dumpster. 5/10

10.May 2006 Boston Globe: "Bush's CIA takeover" 5/10
Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush
It turns out that the Bush Administration now says that the Taliban are not terrorists.
US House Speaker Denny Hastert comes out against Hayden nomination as new CIA chief. 5/10
Molly Ivins: Hookergate: Poker, hookers and the Watergate building; Malfeasance in government 5/10
"Wake up, Florida voters: Because of our history of hitches, glitches, pitches and switches at the polls, your ballot may still be ditched this fall. We were bushwhacked in 2000 and in 2004. And it may be déjà vu all over again in 2006, unless you help implement the single most important way to restore trust in our elections." 5/10
With country in record deficit, spending out of control on war, House and Senate Republicans agree to cut taxes for rich AGAIN by $70 billion. 5/10

10.May 2006 Covert History directs our attention to an intriguing tale told over on It seems an Air Force Major named Kevin Furlong has complained that his "young sexy wife" -- do I have your attention? -- has had affairs with several officers... ...including the bald, "Yoda-like" 61 year-old, one-time boss of the National Security Agency (NSA), Gen. Michael T. Hayden."
"She admitted to me she'd had sex with Hayden, among others," Furlong told via telephone from his home somewhere in Texas.

10.May 2006 Not only that. Wot is It Good 4 asks us to give a listen to this fine audio interview with Raw Story's Larisa Alexandrovna. She reveals that Porter Goss was involved with yet another prostitution ring. That's right: One spook, double hooker scandals! Not only that: One or both of these rings involved female and male hookers.
10.May 2006
Finanzkrise: Nahost-Quartett will Palästinensern kurzfristig helfen
10.May 2006
Newstrack: The men who served in World War II on the battleship HMS Howe are holding their final meeting this weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland. A Roman Catholic priest in Scotland who was beaten during a Loyalist parade last year has asked that an upcoming parade be rerouted. Russia and China want a draft resolution of the U.N. Security Council on Iran's nuclear program to be revised. A female prison guard at California's Folsom Prison was freed late Saturday after a daylong ordeal that began when an inmate took her hostage. Democratic leaders in Congress, optimistic about the coming election, are planning investigations into the Bush administration. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being pressed to keep the president of Iran from attending any World Cup games. Omar -- a name that is both common and exclusively Sunni -- has become a dangerous name in Iraq, as Shiites single out victims of sectarian hatred. Brazil has opened a new centrifuge -- heralded as one of the best in the world -- to begin enriching uranium for fuel use, O Globo reported Saturday. A California federal appeals court has ruled that gay marriage must be decided in state courts before a lawsuit challenging federal law can proceed. A U.S. Air Force general may have violated military rules by e-mailing Air Force Academy classmates, urging contributions to a congressional candidate.
10.May 2006 Diebold is in trouble... The SEC has launched an informal investigation our unfavorite compu-vote company. According to Brad Friedman, The investigation of Diebold by the SEC, which we had heard previously about through background sources over the past several months, comes on the heels of a class action Securities Fraud litigation suit, originally reported exclusively by The BRAD BLOG just before it was filed last December.
That suit came on the heels of a growing number of reports on the reliability and vulnerability of Diebold's electronic voting machines and concerns about their larger ATM division.