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15.May 2006 The Top 150 Subpoena list for the 911 Commission.htm
Woolsey, James (ex-CIA, PNAC, JINSA, British Aerospace, Titan Corp., ex-Shea + Gardner, Vice-President of Booz Allen Hamiliton

00.Jun.2002 -since- committee for Liberation of Iraq, ex-director of DynCorp, Participant of DARK WINTER)
15.May 2006
Scoop UQ Wire 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!.

11.Sep.2001 -on-But with all his connections, his only response in a PBS interview was:

"Well, they may well have had some kind of indication that something was going to happen."

With all due respect, but this seems to be bogus.

In the same interview he also said something else rather strange:

" terrorist groups, there isn't anybody except people who want to be terrorists.

So it cuts back on your ability to recruit spies inside terrorist organizations if you can't recruit people with some kind of a violent past.."

How does this fit with the history of the Taliban, which was created with the help of the CIA + ISI?

It also seems like a Freudian slip, when the CIA confirms something like this:

"U.S. had agents inside al-Qaeda ...the terror group, but the intercepts + field reports didn't specify where or when a strike might occur.."

Woolsey definitely knew about these CIA moles.

Did he let the attack happen on purpose?

If so, under whose direction or influence?
15.May 2006 Unanswered Questions: Thinking For Ourselves Presented in association with… They Let It Happen On Purpose!
9/11 The final Dots - Top 20 LIHOP Suspects -by Nico Haupt of

Scoop UQ Wire 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!.htm
UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

13.Aug.2002 Article: LIHOP SUSPECT NO. 6 James Woolsey (Shea + Gardner, CFR, ex-CIA)

11.Sep.2001 : "Recruit spies inside terrorist organizations if you can't recruit people with some kind of a violent past.." James Woolsey .

Many people claim, that -

11.Sep.2001 -before- ex-CIA director Woolsey had so much insider information, that it seems very unrealistic to claim

11.Sep.2001 -before- ex-CIA director Woolsey wasn't able to connect the dots of all these early warnings +

11.Sep.2001 -before- ex-CIA director Woolsey didn't warn the highest levels of Pentagon +

11.Sep.2001 -before- ex-CIA director Woolsey didn't warn the highest levels of the White House to prevent the attacks.

Some even think, CIA director Woolsey is also member of the so-called shadow government,

01.Mar.2002 -the existence of the so-called shadow government, was confirmed by Bush on-

01.Mar.2002 -the existence of the so-called shadow government,"to ensure survival of federal rule after catastrophic attack".

But what are the goals of this shadow government?

Did Woolsey have personal interest in letting the attacks happen on purpose?

Woolsey has a long experience with the US government.

Woolsey is a close friend of Richard Armitage + Richard Perle + Paul Wolfowitz,

a group often called the “Wolfowitz Cabal” under Reagan + Bush [BGHW917] I.

Woolsey probably has a lot of conflicts of interest.

00.000.1993-00.000.1995 R. James Woolsey was the director of Central Intelligence CIA.

00.000.1989-00.000.1991 R. James Woolsey served as an ambassador + USA representative to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna.

1977-1979 Woolsey served as the undersecretary of the Navy +

00.000.1970-00.000.1973 R. James Woolsey was general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services .

In addition, R. James Woolsey was an advisor to the U.S. delegation for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I) in Helsinki and Vienna,

R. James Woolsey was an analyst with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and National Security Council staff +

R. James Woolsey was a captain in the U.S. Army.

Woolsey was a delegate at large at the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Space Arms Talks (NST).

In the private sector, R. James Woolsey has served as director of Martin Marietta, as well as

British Aerospace,

Fairchild Industries,

Titan Corporation,


Sun Healthcare Group Inc.,

Yurie Systems Inc and

DynCorp, where ENRON executive Herbert S. "Pug" Winokur is on the board as well.

DynCorp, according to Alex Cockburn and Jeff St. Clair, is the nation's twenty-second largest defense contractor with 00.000.1998 U.S. Government contract revenues of $475 million.

DynCorp, which currently has between 300-600 contracted employees in Colombia, is performing functions like crop eradication (using defoliants – similar to those used in Vietnam),

to sophisticated aerial reconnaissance, to combat advisory roles training military and possibly even paramilitary forces.

As noted by highly credible writers such as Peter Dale Scott, Col. Fletcher Prouty and even the legendary "retired" CIA executive Ted Shackley in his book The Third Option,

the use of private corporations, whether directly owned by CIA as "proprietaries" or not, is a common practice for the extension of U.S. military and diplomatic power.

James Woolsey, who now describes himself as a "private citizen," is the man who was very early on entrusted with investigating Iraqi involvement in the 11.Sep.2001 attacks and anthrax outbreaks.

He also perpetuated the incompetence theory of the Sep. 11th attacks. Does that implicate him as well? That seems very unrealistic. Woolsey is a master strategist. It is well known that he wanted a war against the Taliban for years, but was even more interested in a war against Ira .."
Scoop UQ Wire 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!.htm

15.May 2006
00.Oct.1998 With the help of CFR, Dr. Ruth David (former Director for Science and Technology at the CIA until September 1998) became president and chief executive officer of ANSER.
This Institute started to establish the Homeland Security in early 1999, almost 2.5 years before the attacks. Furthermore ANSER was involved in Dark Winter, an anti bioterror drill in June 2001.
One of the participants: Ahmed Chalabi-friend James Woolsey (ex-CIA, PNAC, ex Titan Corp.)
Among many others also Jerome Hauer (OEM since 1998), who was chief architect of the Bunker in WTC 7.
Ruth David helped also to create the CIA company In-Q-Tel.
00.Oct.1998 The Pro Iraq war think tank PNAC writes a letter to Clinton:
"The only way to eliminate Saddam Hussein's governance is by organizing a coup d'etat against him..."
In the same month, Richard Perle asked for the resignation of the head of CIA Near-East.
00.Oct.1998 Scott Ritter is removed from a weapon inspection team

Los Alamos started to complain about $3 million worth of equipment that got lost until
15.May 2006

04.Oct.2005 Wayne Madsen Report,-

"DeLay scandal goes international.

A Texas Grand Jury has brought two more indictments against Rep. Tom DeLay, in addition to an earlier criminal conspiracy indictment.

The latest two indictments are for money laundering.
"However, what throws cold water on the entire GOP spin strategy is the fact that the U.S. Department of Justice is participating in a criminal probe of DeLay for his political fundraising activities in Great Britain, an investigation that includes DeLay's 00.May 2000 meeting in London with Lady Margaret Thatcher, the former Tory Prime Minister.

00.Aug.2004 "-In-Thatcher's son, Sir Mark Thatcher, was placed under house arrest by South African police

for his involvement in a plot to overthrow the government of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in a coup d'etat that involved British + Angolan + South African mercenaries + British + Lebanese + American financial backers.

The Boeing 727-100 used to fly the mercenaries to Equatorial Guinea via Zimbabwe (where it was impounded)

was bought from Dodson Aviation,

an Ottawa, Kansas company,

just a few weeks prior to the planned coup.

One of the largest investors in Equatorial Guinea's oil industry is Dallas-based Triton Energy,

a firm that is close to George W. Bush.

It has been a significant contributor to the Republican National Committee.
"Thatcher was nabbed by South African police in Cape Town prior to his fleeing to Texas. ...
"In addition to state charges, DeLay also faces possible criminal charges in relation to his dealings with convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff

as well as the latest revelations about laundering political campaign money from Britain. If convicted on the Texas money laundering charges alone, DeLay faces up to life in prison."
15.May 2006
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Israeli link possible in US torture techniques
In exchange for interrogation training, did Washington award security contracts?

15.May 2006
Meanwhile, more evidence has emerged undermining the US thesis that the abuses at Abu Ghraib was the work of a "few bad apples."

The Guardian reported that the "sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison was not an invention of maverick guards, but

part of a system of ill-treatment + degradation

used by special forces soldiers that is now being disseminated among ordinary troops + contractors."
This system, known to insiders as "R2I," short for resistance to interrogation, also includes such methods as "hooding, sleep deprivation, time disorientation and depriving prisoners not only of dignity, but of fundamental human needs, such as warmth, water and food."

These are all techniques long employed by Israel.
The visit of the US delegation that included the CACI head exposes a rarefied web of influence sharing in which US government officials + congressmen, defense contractors + lobbyists parcel out huge contracts + siphon significant portions off to Israel.
As Batya Feldman of Israel's Globes financial news service put it, the visit provided Israeli companies with "an excellent opportunity to encounter big bucks in homeland security."
To help Israeli companies pry some of these "big bucks" loose, the visit included seminars for Israeli companies given by US pro-Israel lobbyists called "How to Approach the Homeland Security Department," and "How to Sell to the US Defense Department."
Israeli participants would have had a chance to test the helpful tips, since present on the trip were Assistant Secretary for Homeland SecurityRobert Liscouski and many leading US legislators, including top members of the US House and Senate Armed Services Committees, which jointly oversee tens of billions of dollars in military spending.

15.May 2006
May 11, 2004
CHICAGO, Illinois: The head of the American defense contracting firm implicated in the torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison has close ties to Israel and visited an Israeli "anti-terror" training camp in the occupied West Bank earlier this year.
Jack London, chairman, president and CEO of CACI International Incorporated, traveled to Israel in January this year as part of a high-level delegation of US Congressmen, defense contractors and pro-Israel lobbyists, sponsored and paid for in part by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, a pro-Israel lobbying and fundraising group + Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a prominent Washington law and lobby firm.
The purpose of the visit, according to a CACI press release, was "to promote opportunities for strategic partnerships and joint ventures between US and Israeli defense and homeland security companies."

15.May 2006
Several well-placed U.S. and Israeli sources have claimed that the Chalabi-Zell firm arranged subcontracts, that allowed as many as 50 Israeli interrogators to work in Iraq.

00.Jan.2004 ``Jack'' London, the CEO of CACI -a northern Virginia-based company that provided interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison-traveled to Israel on a business junket, to drum up joint-venture business with Israeli security firms.

According to a former top U.S. national security official, both CACI + Titan, the two American firms implicated in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, have had longstanding business dealings with Israeli high-tech companies. The Feith + Zell international law firm recently established a Washington-based front, FIST, dedicated to pairing up Israeli + American high-tech companies

for joint venture contracts on homeland security + Defense Department outsourcing.
15.May 2006 CACI International Inc., worth over $1 billion, earns 92% of its revenue from the federal government.

Despite this public-bankrolled torture, CACI + other civilian contractors may escape prosecution due to legal loopholes.

No laws exist to apply U.S. domestic law to private contractors; as civilians, contractors are not subject to military law +

in Iraq, they are exempt from local law by order of U.S. administrator Paul Bremer.

The U.S. public is lining the coffers of war criminals with tax dollars” commented Sunaina Maira, UC Davis professor of Asian Studies.

For the sake of Iraqi families, CACI must be held accountable for its actions.”  

26.May 2004 San Francisco Bay Guardian
The Home Front
Long before the Iraq prison scandal, mistreatment of inmates and arrestees was already a national shame.

After a San Francisco Chronicle series focusing on the jail's regular and illegal practice of strip-searching inmates ran last year, some changes were made, but Bull said this and other inhumane practices in jails across the country illustrate the need for fundamental, systemic changes.

"It's really a part of the fabric of the American criminal justice system," Bull said.

"What happened in Iraq happens here. People need to realize that there is an underclass in this country that suffers this same kind of institutional violence."
15.May 2006,2763,1391443,00.html
Abu Ghraib abuse firms are rewarded
As prison ringleader awaits sentence, defence contractors win multi-million Pentagon contracts
Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor
The Observer
15.May 2006,2763,1391443,00.html

The issue of the CIA's treat ment of detainees first arose after agency officials sought legal guidance on how far its employees and contractors could go in interrogating suspects and whether the law barred the CIA from using extreme methods, including feigned drowning, in the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the first of the al-Qaeda leaders captured by the US.

He was apprehended in Pakistan in early 2002.

It was in response to this reply that Bybee gave his ruling defining the scope of torture, which was later swiftly revoked when it became public.
15.May 2006

If army officers were taking direction from contractors then we have worse problems than prison abuse in Iraq (as bad as that may turn out to be).

That means the Army has either given up command of its own missions or has so few intel soldiers left that they can't function anymore. If thats the case then we can kiss the hopes of those 50 million Iraqis goodbye.

it at June 16, 2004 05:43 PM
15.May 2006
In the private sector, the US government has awarded lucrative contracts to security technology and mercenary contracting firms tied to the Abu Ghraib scandal by General Antonio Taguba's investigation.
CACI International, which provides interrogators to supplement the US Army's intelligence and counterintelligence operations in Iraq, revealed last week that it has obtained contracts valued at $266 million. 
That announcement came less than a month after the US Army awarded a six-month "bridging contract" worth as much as $400 million to Titan Corp, the San Diego-based security firm also tied to the Abu Ghraib abuses. That contract will likely keep Titan's force of over 4,000 translators working in Iraq until September 2005
Later last month, Titan landed a National Security Agency deal that will rope the publicly traded defense giant another $300 million. On 00.Oct. 1 Titan scored a five-year "indefinite-delivery, indefinit-quantity multiple-award" technical contract from the US Navy valued at over $1 billion. To continue the streak, on Thursday the Navy awarded Titan a separate five-year contract worth $109 million.

15.May 2006

Titan Corp. of San Diego received a 19 % increase in revenues for the first quarter of 2004, based largely on a rise in security contracts. But by the end of the second quarter, the firm posted a loss of $66.6 million, hurt by the Abu Ghraib scandal, a federal foreign bribery investigation and a failed merger with defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp.

Nonetheless, the Army awarded a contract worth as much as $400 million to Titan in September for additional translators. Titan, which receives 96 % of its revenue from the American government, is the biggest supplier of linguists to the Army. This spring, the Army issued a new contract worth up to $23 million to CACI for more interrogators.
15.May 2006
Defendant CACI N.V. is a wholly owned + controlled subsidiary of Defendant CACI which was incorporated in the Netherlands, which maintains its principal place of business at 1100 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201 + which maintains purposeful contacts with the District of Columbia by virtue of its contracts with the USA government.

At all times relevant to this action, said Defendant acted through its agents and employees, who are hereinafter subsumed within the terms “Defendant CACI N.V.” + the “CACI Defendants”.

11. Defendant Titan + the CACI Defendants were part of a joint enterprise known as “Team Titan” which provided interrogation services to the USA government with respect to detainees held in Guantanamo + Iraq.

12. Each of the Defendants was an agent, partner, and/or joint venturer of the other Defendants which was acting within the course and scope of such agency, partnership and/or joint venture or concerted activity + to the extent that any particular act was perpetrated by a certain Defendant or Defendants, the remaining Defendant or Defendants either confirmed and ratified the same so as to be jointly and severally liable as well as vicariously liable as principals, partners, or joint venturers.
15.Jun.2004 Contracting Justice MotherJones_com News.htm

As civilians, contractors can't be tried in military courts. Last year, the Coalition Provision Authority declared that foreign civilians in Iraq can not tried in Iraqi courts.

When asked during last month's Senate hearings if the 30.Jun.200- transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis would alter the status of contractors, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage replied, "I don't know."
15.May 2006

Both Titan and CACI have repeatedly denied allegations that their personnel have been involved in any illegal activity or wrongdoing.

They have said the lawsuit against them is unfounded and have stood by specific employees accused of
15.May 2006

Akeel had teamed up with attorneys in Philadelphia and New York to work with the Center for Constitutional Rights in bringing a lawsuit against private security firms Titan Corp + CACI International.

The class action suit accuses the US firms of violating the Alien Tort Claims Act + the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by engaging in illegal abuse + torture of detainees with the goal of securing lucrative government contracts.
15.May 2006

The visitor, whom Akeel will identify only as "Saleh," explained he had been held at Abu Ghraib, Saddam Hussein's most notorious prison, not once, but twice.

The first time, he said, was for opposing Saddam's regime. After his release, he fled to Sweden. But

00.Sep.2003 he said, he returned to Iraq, answering America's call for expatriates to come home and rebuild their country.

He crossed the border from Jordan in a Mercedes loaded with $70,000 in cash, he said.

He was stopped by Americans who took his car, his cash + threw him into Abu Ghraib, he said.

There he remained for three months, he said, + he never saw his car or his money again.

His story is among the worst told by 13 Iraqis who have filed two unusual lawsuits - longshot attempts to hold American civilian contractors responsible for torture in Iraq, allegations that they strongly deny.
15.May 2006

One of those prisoners, according to Akeel's lawsuit, was Sami Abbas Majdel Al Rawi, 56, owner of a Baghdad company involved in reconstruction contracts with the U.S. government.

He was arrested with his son, Mwafaq, a 28-year-old lawyer, on March 1 at Baghdad International Airport.

Akeel said the father and son told of being beaten, handcuffed, hooded, deprived of food and water, not allowed to use a toilet, and forced to stand on one leg for long periods at an airport jail.

The father also claimed he was carrying more than $65,000 + more than 15 million Iraqi dinars

(worth more than $10,000), which was confiscated + not returned, Akeel said.
15.May 2006
Under an order from Iraq's former American administrator, L. Paul Bremer, neither soldiers nor private contractors can be charged in Iraq with any crime committed in the course of their duties.

Although soldiers can be charged under USA military laws, those statutes contain no provisions for charging civilians
15.May 2006
Standards of behavior

Even before the words "Abu Ghraib" were on everyone's lips,

Titan, a publicly held, 23-year-old company with about 12,000 employees + revenues of about $2 billion a year, was mired in serious legal trouble back here in the States.

Just two months ago the Army suspended 10 % of Titan's payment for current work in Iraq, after auditors uncovered billing irregularities +

in a separate matter the Justice Department + Securities and Exchange Commission are following up on allegations that company officials bribed government ministers in five countries.

In March the Pentagon's Defense Contract Audit Agency discovered "deficiencies in the labor accounting controls" on one of Titan's Iraq gigs, prompting the Army to penalize the company.

DCAA director William Reed told us, "In layman's language it basically says, 'You submit a bill to us and we are only going to pay 90 % of it until you fix these labor accounting deficiencies.' "

Titan is also being investigated for purportedly bribing officials in foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, the Philippines + parts of West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported March 22.

The firm's most recent 10-K report, an official document that must be filed annually with stock market regulators, acknowledges it is being investigated for its dealings overseas.

At Titan, Williams downplayed the legal issues.

"Every large company has a large number of audits," he told us.

"It doesn't mean there's something wrong."

He added that the controversy with the DCAA "has already been solved.

Whatever they've found, we've already fixed it."

He characterized the various inspectors general probes as routine and said that Titan's marriage to Lockheed was on track.

CACI (referred to as "Khaki" in military circles) was originally called California Analysis Center Inc. + was formed

00.000.1960 -in the s- by a pair of propeller-heads named Herbert Karr + Harry Markowitz, the latter of whom went on to win a Nobel Prize in economics 00.000.1990 for his research on stock portfolio diversification.

At a time when other businesses continue to struggle, notably those whose fortunes aren't hitched to the war on terrorism, CACI has enjoyed growth reminiscent of the dot-com era, on

21.Apr.---- reporting a surge in net income, with profits doubling 00.000.2001-00.000.2003 shooting from $22 million to $44 million.

In contrast to Titan, CACI hasn't gotten entangled with the law in more than a decade, but the firm definitely has skeletons in its closet:

00.000.1987 CACI pleaded guilty on a felony charge for overbilling the Navy to the tune of $297,000 on a $6 million contract and agreed to pay more than $640,000 in fines + penalties.
15.May 2006

"In general, US civilian contract personnel (Titan Corporation, CACI, etc.), third country nationals + local contractors

do not appear to be properly supervised within the detention facility at Abu Ghraib," military investigators concluded.

The companies strenuously deny any wrongdoing. "To speak frankly, I don't know about any allegations against the company," Titan spokesperson Wil Williams said.

"The Taguba report has a lot of errors in it." This gun for hire
15.May 2006
Langguth notes in his article that

“… the CIA sent an operative to teach interrogation methods to SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police, [and] that the training included instructions in torture + the techniques were copied from the Nazis.”
The only new trend in pattern + practice of U.S. military/CIA torture interrogation is the strong push to privatization, in line with President Bush’s ideology.

The Guardian U.K. reports that both CACI International Inc. + Titan Corporations were names involved in the Abu Ghraib prison operation.
CACI’s website offers the following insight on the for-profit organization.

Its goal is to “Help America’s intelligence community collect, analyze + share global information in the war on terrorism.”

The late CIA Director William Casey’s dream was the complete privatization of covert + usually illegal, operations.

In part, this privatization was used during the Iran-Contra affair through the likes of Richard Secord’s Enterprise.

By privatizing, they seek to subvert the Geneva Conventions on war and other universal standards of human rights.
15.May 2006
But Susan Burke, a lawyer for Iraqi prisoners who say they were tortured at Abu Ghraib, challenges the legality of using private contractors for interrogation.

"Interrogation has always been considered an inherently governmental function for obvious reasons.

It is irresponsible and dangerous to use contractors in such settings given that there is a long history of repeated human rights abuses by contractors."

The Philadephia attorney charges that the use of private contractors is illegal.

"The United States Congress has passed laws (the Federal Acquisition Regulations) that prevent the executive branch from delegating "inherently governmental functions" to private parties."
Deception Promoted PERMALINK

Robert Joseph, the man who personally inserted the infamous sixteen words about Saddam Hussein allegedly buying uranium from Niger into Bush's 00.000.2003 State of the Union Address, is getting a promotion.

At the time of the fiasco, Robert Joseph was working under Condoleezza Rice at the National Security Council.

Now Rice wants Robert Joseph -her old underling- to lead negotiations with Iran + North Korea as the No. 3 man at State, replacing the hawkish + ineffective John Bolton.

Just a few days ago, with the arrival of relative moderate Robert Zoellick as Rice's deputy + Bolton's departure, it appeared the State Department would maintain its traditional independence.

But Robert Joseph's climb solidifies the grip of Administration hawks who hyped nonexistent Iraqi WMDs, insisted on Saddam's ties to Al Qaeda,

disengaged from Israel-Palestine + favored sticks over carrots with Iran + North Korea.

07.Oct.2002 -before Bush gave a major address in Cincinnati to build support for the Iraq war--CIA Director George Tenet removed the reference to Saddam's uranium adventures in Africa.

Four months later, Robert Joseph overruled the CIA +

Robert Joseph ignored the findings of foreign intelligence agencies by reinserting the claim.

Tenet later resigned + Rice's NSA deputy, Stephen Hadley, publicly took the fall.

Hadley is now head of the NSA + Robert Joseph's stock is rising. READ ON...

2004092425 "Titan and CACI International Inc., which provided interrogators to the prison, are part of the Pentagon's efforts to have private industry fill a gap in military capabilities, industry analysts said.

If the Pentagon punished the companies, that could deter others from offering outsourcing services, they said.
"The implications on this issue [are] substantially larger than this one contract.

It impacts DOD's outsourcing strategy + therefore they will be looking for solutions to address the issue, rather than point a finger at the contractors + have them reluctant to remain in this business," said Jon B. Kutler, chairman + chief executive officer of Quarterdeck Investment Partners LLP.

Titan's role in translating grew from its acquisition 00.000.2001 of Fairfax-based BTG Inc.

00.000.1999, BTG was awarded a five-year contract with the Army Intelligence and Security Command to provide translators.

The contract was originally valued at $10 million.

But in its 2003 annual report, Titan listed its translator services as one of its largest sources of income, accounting for 7 % of its $1.8 billion in revenue."
Washington Post

15.May 2006 Chávez warns on oil production cuts  Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's radical president, said he expected Iran would cut oil production if attacked by the US in the dispute over nuclear technology, adding: 'We would do the same if we were attacked.'
15.May 2006 Justin Frank: Only a Cigarette Burn  The Huffington Post Raw Feed The Huffington Post Raw Feed Justin Frank: Only a Cigarette BurnBy Justin Frank on Iraq President Bush spent his entire life denying his cruelty, whether it was cruelty to animals, people, or to social structure. He continues to do so, as innocents from Iraq to New Orleans will attest. Our Constitution -- the current institution I have in mind -- cannot speak.But
15.May 2006 Me, Me, Me
The Web has made accessing far-flung news outlets, from tiny local papers to major foreign presses and every Web log and magazine in between, as simple as a couple of mouse clicks. But keeping that deluge of information organized hasn't been so easy for readers. Now, some Web sites are taking a ...

15.May 2006 Rumors May Fly, but Treasury Chief Hangs On
He persists despite a stream of damning quotations attributed to unidentified White House officials, tepid votes of confidence from President Bush and countless predictions that had him out the door by spring. Of 2005. Mr. Snow was supposed to be among the first casualties of the White House ...

15.May 2006 With Access Denied, Justice Department Drops Spying Investigation
The head of the department's Office of Professional Responsibility, H. Marshall Jarrett, wrote in the letter to Representative Maurice D. Hinchey, Democrat of New York, that "we have been unable to make meaningful progress in our investigation because O.P.R. has been denied security clearances for ...

15.May 2006 Op-Ed Columnist: America the Fearful
President Bush wants Americans to remain in a perpetual state of fear so they will not notice the many ways in which their fear is being manipulated.

15.May 2006 THE BUSINESS PLOT TO OVERTHROW ROOSEVELT Site admin I actuallu thought more people knew about this. Apparently not.
15.May 2006 Military Plans Tests in Search for an Alternative to Oil-Based Fuel The Air Force has begun looking for a way to power its jets on something besides conventional crude-oil-based fuel.
15.May 2006 Muslim hardship under spotlight Many Muslims in England face bleak employment prospects and poor housing standards, a report finds.
15.May 2006 Justice system out of touch - PM The criminal justice system is "the public service most removed from what people want," the PM says.
15.May 2006 IBM joins effort to prevent pandemics Big Blue is working with leading health organizations to save lives by learning how to curb the spread of infectious disease.
15.May 2006 A Traffic Control System For Molecules Zonk 13 Roland Piquepaille writes

"Our cells contain small protein factories which have to deliver materials inside the cell via a network of microtubules.

And the transportation is carried out by biomolecular motors.

Now, researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have built a traffic control system able to force individual molecules to choose between 'roads' by applying strong electrical fields locally at

15.May 2006 -junctions. This traffic control system can potentially lead to new nano-fabrication techniques. Read more for additional references and pictures showing how this traffic system works."
15.May 2006
The Future of Digital Books Zonk 111 Tabercil writes

"The New York Times has an article about the mass scanning of books, which argues that actions such as Google's Book Search project are an inevitable outgrowth of the internet."

From the article: "Scanning technology has been around for decades, but digitized books didn't make much sense until recently, when search engines like Google, Yahoo, Ask + MSN came along.

When millions of books have been scanned and their texts are made available in a single database, search technology will enable us to grab and read any book ever written.

Ideally, in such a complete library we should also be able to read any article ever written in any newspaper, magazine or journal. And why stop there?"
15.May 2006
HD Video Could 'Choke the Internet'? Zonk 382 richdun writes

"Yahoo! is carrying an AP story explaining how ISPs are worried large streaming videos could 'choke the Internet.'

This is used as a yet another reason for tiered pricing for access to content providers." From the article: "Most home Internet use is in brief bursts -- an e-mail here, a Web page there.

If people start watching streaming video like they watch TV - for hours at a time - that puts a strain on the Internet that it wasn't designed for, ISPs say +

beefing up the Internet's capacity to prevent that will be expensive.

To offset that cost, ISPs want to start charging content providers to ensure delivery of large video files, for example."
15.May 2006
The things 29% presidents do: playing Minuteman with the National Guard
When a Columnist for the New York Times Goes BuzzFlashian, We're Either Making Progress or the "End Times" are Near -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
On Mother's Day in a Time of War -- A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution

15.May 2006 Bush reassures Vicente Fox that moving overstretched National Guard to the border is just a cheap political stunt and not a permanent militarization 5/15
Slate's Fred Kaplan: "The executive branch of the government cannot be trusted with sole access to such massive and intrusive information. This has nothing to do with who the president dispute this is to dispute the premise of U.S. government." 5/15
Tepid response for border Guard plan makes it look like another loser for the Republicans: border state governors complain Homeland Security hasn't been pulling its load 5/15

15.May 2006 Negroponte had lied about spying on Americans: "I wouldn't call it domestic spying" 5/15
Emerging clout of pipeline politics: As energy-rich countries feel empowered by high oil prices, they are increasingly using a blunt instrument to make their influence felt 5/15
TIME: Why not talk to Tehran? Former official: "It appears that the Administration thinks that dialogue equates with weakness, that we've called these regimes 'evil'--either Iran or North Korea--and therefore we won't talk to them." 5/15
Clinton bows to Bush Sr. in Tulane ceremony 5/15

15.May 2006 Visit firedoglake for a review of some of the interesting "sidebar" issues with regard to Team Libby's latest filing. Just as interesting, though, are the comments, which variously consider
15.May 2006 Energie: RWE mit überraschendem Gewinnsprung
15.May 2006
Bei US-Angriff auf Iran: Chavez warnt vor Ölpreis über 100 Dollar

(Politik Konflikte: Nordkorea soll Atomreaktor aktiviert haben
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London - Sollten die USA Iran wegen des Atomstreits angreifen, werde Iran seine Öllieferung einstellen, sagte Hugo Chavez in London. Der Ölpreis könne dann auf 100 Dollar pro Barrel oder mehr klettern. "Die englische Mittelklasse müsste die Nutzung ihrer Autos einstellen." Zudem habe Iran angekündigt, in diesem Fall Israel anzugreifen.

"Und wir wissen, dass sie die Mittel dazu haben", sagte Chavez vor rund 1000 Vertretern der britischen Linken und Gewerkschaften.

Hugo Chavez ist derzeit auf Einladung von Londons Bürgermeister Ken Livingstone. Mit Regierungschef Tony Blair soll er nicht zusammentreffen.

Chavez hatte den Premierminister wegen seiner engen Verbindung mit den USA stark kritisiert.
14.May 2006
Abramoff cohort spent millions on Sussex homes  delawareonline ? The News Journal ? Abramoff cohort spent millions on Sussex homes
14.May 2006 A future with no bananas? Go bananas while you still can. The world's most popular fruit and the fourth most important food crop of any sort is in deep trouble.

Its genetic base, the wild bananas and traditional varieties cultivated in India, has collapsed. Virtually all bananas traded internationally are of a single ...
14.May 2006
Chavez warns US over Iran policy Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warns the US any attack on Iran will have devastating consequences.
14.May 2006 Specter On Domestic Spying: ‘There Has Been No Meaningful Congressional Oversight’
14.May 2006 Yesterday, Bush said this in his weekly radio address:

The intelligence activities I have authorized are lawful and have been briefed to appropriate members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat.

Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-PA) disagreed with that assessment this morning. On Face the Nation, Specter said that Bush and others in the administration “still haven’t complied with the act to inform the full intelligence committees as required by law.”

[T]here really has to be in our system of law and government, checks and balance, separation of powers, congressional oversight,” Specter added + “there has been no meaningful congressional oversight on these programs.”

Full transcript:
14.May 2006 Appearing on ABC’s This Week,

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) sharply criticized President Bush’s proposal, expected to be announced Monday, of sending thousands of National Guard troops to police the southern U.S. border.

Hagel said flatly, “that’s not the role of our national guard.”

He added that “we’ve got National Guard members in their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq” and “stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen in modern times.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) has also spoken out against the plan. Full transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: [Gov. Schwarzenegger is] against sending the National Guard. Where do you stand?

HAGEL: Well, I want to listen to the details and I want to listen to the President. But I would say this: I think we have to be very careful here. That’s not the role of our military. That’s not the role of our national guard. Let’s approach this in a long-term way where we fix the problem. That’s a short-term fix and I’m not sure it’s a very wise fix. Let’s start with the fact of whether we even have the capacity. What the Governor’s talking about. We’ve got 75% of all the equipment of National Guard all across this country is in Iraq. We’ve got National Guard members in their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq. We have stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen it in modern times. What in the world are we talking about here, sending a National Guard that we may not have any capacity to send down to protect our borders. That’s not their role.

I’ll listen to the President but I have a lot of questions about this. I’m skeptical.
14.May 2006
Cheney’s handwritten notes on Wilson revealed. Faiz 

Vice President Cheney’s handwritten notes, disclosed in a new court filing by Patrick Fitzgerald, show that he was “acutely focused” on smearing Joseph Wilson.

Among the questions Cheney jotted in the margins of Wilson’s op-ed: “[D]id his wife send him on a junket?” PDF available here.
TalkLeft has the May 5th hearing transcript. Firedoglake breaks it down.

14.May 2006 McCain Attacks Blogosphere Judd 
00.000.2000 John McCain called Rev. Jerry Falwell an “
agent of intolerance.”

Yesterday, in a naked attempt to broaden his political base, McCain delivered the commencement speech at Falwell’s Liberty University.

McCain’s hypocrisy was noted on many blogs. He returned the favor in his speech at Liberty by attacking the blogosphere:

When I was a young man, I was quite infatuated with self-expression, and rightly so because, if memory conveniently serves, I was so much more eloquent, well-informed + wiser than anyone else I knew.

It seemed I understood the world and the purpose of life so much more profoundly than most people.

I believed that to be especially true with many of my elders, people whose only accomplishment, as far as I could tell, was that they had been born before me, and, consequently, had suffered some number of years deprived of my insights…

It’s a pity that there wasn’t a blogosphere then. I would have felt very much at home in the medium.

Oh, so McCain is always right – the problem is that we’re bloggers so we’re too impressed with ourselves to understand.

If you are reading this, you are part of the blogosphere too, so you won’t understand McCain’s genius either. (P.S. Glad to hear that McCain has grown out of his “infatuated with self-expression” phase.)
14.May 2006
53%. Judd  Percentage of Americans who believe the NSA program collecting phone records of Americans, revealed by USA Today this week, “goes too far.”
14.May 2006 Telco Liability: Falkenrath Gets It Wrong Judd 
On Thursday, ThinkProgress argued that the
telcos could be liable for tens of billions of dollars for turning over phone records to the government in violation of the Stored Communications Act. In this morning’s New York Times, law professor Orrin Kerr agrees:

Orin Kerr, a former federal prosecutor and assistant professor at George Washington University, said his reading of the relevant statutes put the phone companies at risk for at least $1,000 per person whose records they disclosed without a court order .

This is not a happy day for the general counsels” of the phone companies, he said. “If you have a class action involving 10 million Americans, that’s 10 million times $1,000 — that’s 10 billion.”

In today’s Washington Post, Richard A. Falkenrath – former deputy assistant to President Bush – takes the opposite view. Here’s Falkenrath’s argument:

The three companies reported to have supplied telephone records to the NSA also appear to be acting lawfully…. [T]he Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 explicitly permits telecommunications companies to provide customer records to the government if the government asks for them.

Actually, that’s false. The relevant portion of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act – known as the Stored Communications Act – explicitly prohibits voluntary or required disclosure of phone records to the government with several limited exceptions. (See 18 U.S.C. 2702-03.) As we explained here and here none of those exceptions apply.

It’s clear from his column that Falkenrath is obviously a huge fan of Michael Hayden, the administration + the NSA program. That’s fine, but it doesn’t change the law or the telcos’ potential liability for turning over the phone records of tens of millions of Americans.
14.May 2006
MI5 hid evidence on Tube bombing ( report)  
MI5 hid evidence on Tube bombing Correspondents in London

15.May 2006 BRITISH domestic spy agency MI5 is being accused of a cover-up for failing to disclose to a parliamentary watchdog that it bugged the leader of the

07.Jul.200- London suicide bombers discussing the building of a bomb months before the attacks. MI5 had secret tape recordings of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the gang
14.May 2006
NUCLEAR CRISIS: Iran to reject any EU offer to end atomic work  Iranian president accused the Europeans of living in a "colonialist world" and said Tehran would not accept decisions reached in Brussels.
14.May 2006 Israel now uses the legal definition of "illegal combatants"  
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 Israel now uses the legal definition of "illegal combatants"By Postman Ron Dudai of the SOAS School of Law at the University of London writes for JURIST that the US response to 9/11 has given Israel an excuse to engage in its own questionable practices, as
14.May 2006
Bush Approval Level Falls to 29%: Let's Not Forget That rove May Drive It Lower

Recently, I wrote that "if all things remained equal", if Karl rove was indicted in Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of the Valerie Plame Wilson outing case, Bush's numbers would fall to 28%.

Well, things didn't remain equal and the Bush... ...
Declassified FBI Files Reveal Years of Surveillance of Peaceful Demonstrations by FBI’s Counterterro
.May 2006 Potential Evidence Surfaces of Bush’s Illegal Spying
.May 2006 British Chancellor to call for Blair to step down, warns of "civil war" if he doesn’t. Blair refuses
.May 2006 Molly Ivins: The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington
May.2006 Kucinich Asks Tough Questions of Bush, Rumsfeld Wants Answers About What the U.S. Is Doing in Iraq
14.May 2006 Impeach Bush/Cheney now!
14.May 2006 IRAN : Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that US should analyze all options agains
14.May 2006 Controversial Experimental Weather Modification Bill in US Congress (globalresearch)
14.May 2006 VENEZUELA : The Bush Administration is Trying to Link Hugo Chavez to Iran’s Nuclear Program
13.May 2006 Martial Law 9-11: Rise of the Police State
14.May 2006 Morgan Reynolds DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE bush 2001-2:Media hide truth: 9/11 was inside job by : UNDERDOG
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NEW YORK Times’ Frank Rich: Any ’witch hunt’ for traitors should begin in the White House Sunday 14th May-00:10 by : Simpleton Says:

14.May 2006 LET’S IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT / by Neil Young (Streaming Audio)
With Neil Young and Pearl Jam releasing devastating anti-Bush albums in the coming weeks, it looks like rock has rejuvenated its protest past. -By Jan Frel
Only one friend of mine popped the champagne after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 vote in Bush v. Gore effectively sealed the deal that we’d see a right winger in office.
The friend, a fan of ’70s and ’80s punk music, was overjoyed because he told me (I’m paraphrasing), "The music sucks when you have a Democrat in the White House.

It was slightly better under Republican nerds like Gerald Ford or that New England prude Herbert Walker Bush.

But his son looks like something way worse, way more vicious and sinister than Reagan. The music’s going to be incredible." It was morning in America.
14.May 2006
Leading Democrats tell the New York Times...  
Hullabaloo "We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the ...

14.May 2006 Truth and Reconciliation  
George Washington's Blog Truth and Reconciliation By George Washington What's the end goal of the fight for 9/11 truth and justice? Is it to see the perpetrators impeached and tried for their crimes + then sentenced to life in jail? Or executed? I think that's aiming too low. That's not going far enough. Why? Because the gentlemen who carried out 9/11 will

14.May 2006 Washington Post Edit is Dishonest about Iran  Another Pitch to Iran
14.May 2006 Fired Officer Believed CIA Lied to Congress  Fired Officer Believed CIA Lied to Congress
14.May 2006 Federal and state regulators have asked the agency that owns the former Deutsche Bank building near the World Trade Center site to stop cleanup work . New York City and Tri-State News from WABC-TV
14.May 2006
Don’t back them into a corner, they will do it again. Remember, they have the guns and the bombs (that is, as in nuclear bombs) and they will use them on us if need be.

There is the potential for evil beyond your wildest immagination. This part, I know and understand and am very fearful of. I just wonder why. Nothing happens in government without a reason, so why did this happen?

What was the real core reason? Does anyone really know the answer?
14.May 2006

Go to for more information.

The event will feature presentations from dozens of 9/11 truth luminaries, from scientists like Steven Jones to intelligence agency whistle-blowers like David Shayler, and promises to be a historic, watershed event.

Be there, or resign yourself to a future of endless war, lost liberty + a craven media that cannot bring itself to breathe a single word of truth.

Kevin Barrett of Madison is a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth ( + SPINE: Scientific Professionals Investigating 9/11 ( and serves as coordinator of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth (

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Despite the prestigious speaker and venue + the gravity of the charges aired, for most Americans indeed most Madisonians the event never happened. Why?

Because it was censored, subjected to a total media blackout.

Not a word in the State Journal.

Not a word in The Capital Times.

Not a word on the local TV news.

Not a word on local radio news. And, of course,

not a word in the national media.

Why the blackout?

Because Reynolds violated the ultimate U.S. media taboo.

He charges the Bush administration with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks as a pretext for launching a preplanned "long war" in the Middle East, rolling back our civil liberties, and massively increasing military spending.

When a former Bush administration insider makes such charges, how can the media ignore them? Is Reynolds a lone crank? Hardly.

A long list of prominent Americans have spoken out for 9/11 truth:

Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Sen. Barbara Boxer, former head of the Star Wars program Col. Robert Bowman, ex-Reagan administration economics guru Paul Craig Roberts, progressive Jewish author-activist Rabbi Michael Lerner, former CIA official Ray McGovern, author-essayist Gore Vidal + many other respected names from across the political spectrum have gone on the record for 9/11 truth.

Are the media ignoring all these people + dozens more like them, because there is no evidence to support their charges? Hardly.

Overwhelming evidence, from the obvious air defense stand-down, to the nonprotection of the president in Florida, to the blatant controlled demolition of World Trade Center building 7, proves that 9/11 was an inside job.

As noted philosopher-theologian and 9/11 revisionist historian David Griffin writes: "It is already possible to know, beyond a reasonable doubt, one very important thing: the destruction of the World Trade Center was an inside job, orchestrated by terrorists within our own government."

A growing list of scientists has lined up behind BYU physicist Steven Jones and MIT engineer Jeff King in support of Griffin’s position, as evidenced by the growth of Scholars for 9/11 Truth ( and Scientific Professionals Investigating 9/11 (

As a Watergate-era graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism, I was taught that exposing government lies and corruption is the supreme duty of the Fourth Estate. I simply cannot fathom the current situation. I do not understand the 9/11 truth blackout. I wish someone would explain it to me.

It is time to break the 9/11 truth blackout. Please put pressure on your local media through letters to the editor, call-ins to talk radio + phone calls to local and national journalists.

And come see Peter Phillips, director of the media watchdog group Project Censored, who will lead a strategy session on breaking the blackout at the upcoming international 9/11 truth conference in Chicago: 9/11: Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future, to be held June 2-4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chicago-O’Hare Rosemont. Go to for more information.
14.May 2006 Morgan Reynolds DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE bush 2001-2:Media hide truth: 9/11 was inside job - UNDERDOG - Collective Bellaciao  

14.May 2006 Exclusive: U.S. Acknowledges Secret CIA Flights, EU Says
14.May 2006 Dickey: A Case for Conspiracy Theorists? - Newsweek Politics -
14.May 2006 The biggest con: Democrats & Republicans work together to destroy America, part 1 of 3
14.May 2006 The role of Vice President Dick Cheney in the criminal case stemming from ...  Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: May 07, 2006 - May 13, 2006 Archives
14.May 2006 Excerpt: Book suggests Libby's relationship with reporters spared him Plame coverage
14.May 2006 Reconciling Plane Paths
14.May 2006 Scan This Book! Despite the opposition of publishers and their lawyers, the world's texts are being electronically copied, digitized, searched and linked.
14.May 2006 Ousted CIA No. 3 Is Target of Raids Federal agents yesterday searched the CIA offices + Northern Virginia home of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo,

the spy agency's No. 3 official who was forced to resign this week amid a widening criminal investigation into allegations of government corruption and bribery. Officials inside CIA headquarters saw ...
14.May 2006
Chavez kicks off private UK visit Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez begins a visit to the UK, but will not meet Prime Minister Tony Blair.
14.May 2006 Indonesia villagers defy volcano Villagers defy the danger of Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi, saying they must tend their livestock and crops.
14.May 2006 Blair 'to amend human rights law' Tony Blair is planning sweeping changes to the UK's human rights laws, it is reported.
14.May 2006 China risks new row over bishop China risks more tension with the Vatican by installing another bishop without Holy See approval.
14.May 2006 New Haiti president takes office Rene Preval is sworn in as Haiti's first democratically-elected president since the overthrow of his predecessor.
14.May 2006 £5m bid to power future gadgets Five universities unite in an attempt to design a new generation of tiny electronic circuits for computers and other devices.
14.May 2006 Inquiry call over 'bomber tapes' David Davis calls for a public inquiry into the 7 July bombs after a paper claims MI5 withheld a tape of one of the bombers.
14.May 2006 PM criticised over animal testing Anti-vivisectionists have criticised Tony Blair's pledge to sign an online petition which backs animal testing.
14.May 2006 Clue to grapefruit drug reaction Scientists say they have evidence pinpointing what it is in grapefruit that can interact dangerously with some drugs.
14.May 2006 Google's Love For Small Businesses Zonk 90 bariswheel writes

"The Fearless Frog is at it again: In his latest post, Cringely aims to slap some sense into Microsoft, Apple + IBM altogether. From the article: 'What counts is that for Microsoft the platform is the PC while for Google the platform is the Internet and nobody can hope to control the Internet -- not Microsoft OR Google. Google is making a ton of money from people [small/medium sized businesses] who never were even in business before. This is not only a fundamental change in how advertising is done; it is a fundamental change in how BUSINESS is done.'"
14.May 2006
In-Flight VOIP Coming Soon Zonk 75 hdtv writes

"U.S. airline customers are likely to be thrilled with an opportunity to sit next to someone constantly chatting on the phone. Information Week magazine is reporting that government auction is opening a way for telecoms to introduce voice-over-IP links on in-flight communication systems." From the article: "Airfone already offers phone service on many flights, but its high cost has limited its use. JetBlue has declined to say what its LiveTV LCC unit would do with a winning frequency. Although many frequent flyers and airline attendants favor a ban on the phone chatter, Connexion by Boeing, whose Internet service is already offered on nearly 200 international flights a day, notes that there have been no complaints of in-cabin incidents about the technology. The Connexion service is regularly used by passengers to make VoIP calls. "
14.May 2006
London 2006, Meet London 1984 Zonk 278 Draape writes

"Shoreditch TV is an experiment TV channel beaming live footage from the street into people's homes. According to the Telegraph U.K. television will broadcast from 400 surveillance cameras on the streets, into people's homes. For now they are only showing it to 22,000 homes, but next year they plan on going national with the 'show'. They fly under the flag 'fighting crime from the sofa'."
14.May 2006
Australians Allowed to Format Shift Media Zonk 122

"Australian Federal law will now allow format shifting of media (ie:Ripping CDs to MP3s). Something long allowed under US copyright legislation, but only now coming to the Land Down Under." From the article: "Once the new laws are passed, 'format shifting' of music, newspapers and books from personal collections onto MP3 players will become legal. The new laws will also make it legal for people to tape television and radio programs for playback later, a practice currently prohibited although millions of people regularly do it. Under the current regime, millions of households a day are breaking the law when they tape a show and watch it at another time."
14.May 2006 Thuggery, buggery, hunger and war 

Jad Adams on accounts of the rise and fall of British fascists from Stephen Dorril, David Faber and Nigel Farndale.
14.May 2006 'Amazon Stonehenge' found in Brazil 

Archaeologists discovered a pre-colonial astrological observatory possibly 2,000 years old in the Amazon basin near French Guiana, said a report.
"Only a society with a complex culture could have built such a monument," archaeologist Mariana Petry Cabral, of the Amapa Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IEPA), told O Globo newspaper.

14.May 2006 San Diego Defense Contractor Linked to Company in 5.5 Ton Cocaine Bust 

The MadCowMorningNews has uncovered evidence implicating a San Diego defense contractor, The Titan Corporation, in fraud involving the shadowy St. Petersburg FL company involved in last month's mysterious 5.5 ton cocaine seizure in Mexico.
14.May 2006 This time around, the invaders are the tourists 

Tourism is booming in the Languedoc region of France, largely due to some enduring mysteries that link a charismatic priest of a century ago with the controversial claims in The Da Vinci Code.
14.May 2006 Ohio politicians are bracing for coin dealer's plea change 

The investment scandal investigation has been a major embarrassment for Republicans, who dominate state politics. It prompted Taft, a lame duck + two former aides to plead no contest to ethics charges.
14.May 2006 India seeks to save its treasure of manuscripts 

The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) has launched a massive survey programme across the country to find out, document and preserve manuscripts within five years' time period.
14.May 2006
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14.May 2006 Rice, Rumsfeld block access to secret detainees-ICRC:

The USA has again refused the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects held in secret detention centers, the humanitarian agency said on Friday.

14.May 2006 U.S. Argues to Block Suit Against CIA : The government urged a federal judge on Friday to block a lawsuit filed by a German national who says he was illegally held in a CIA-run prison in Afghanistan for four months and tortured.

14.May 2006 No Rules, Just Might: Last Friday, delegates from the USA stood up before the international community and defended their nation’s practices on torture. Their inconsistent performance bodes ill for America’s efforts to sustain moral and practical leadership in global counterterrorism effort

14.May 2006 Agent Orange still ravages Vietnam, GIs: A huge number of children in Vietnam are suffering birth defects and deformities from their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange and other chemical agents. The Vietnamese are asking: ‘How many generations will be facing these birth defects?’”

14.May 2006 Algerian Rebels Threaten U.S. Military Bases: Algerian rebels have threatened to strike U.S. military bases in north Africa and the Sub-Sahara region.

14.May 2006 Chavez preaches socialism to European summit : Hugo Chavez, yesterday paved the way for a politically-explosive visit to London this weekend as lambasted Tony Blair's brand of free market economics and said Europe should note the rise of socialism in Latin America.

14.May 2006 Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted : Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.

14.May 2006 William M. Arkin : Telephone Records are just the Tip of NSA's Iceberg: The National Security Agency and other U.S. government organizations have developed hundreds of software programs and analytic tools to "harvest" intelligence + they've created dozens of gigantic databases designed to discover potential terrorist activity both inside the USA and overseas.
14.May 2006 Military seeks more air bases : "We’ll be in the region for the foreseeable future," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Allen Peck, deputy air commander of U.S. Central Command, which oversees the region. "Our intention would be to stay as long as the host nations will have us."

14.May 2006 Ex-WMD Inspector: Politics Quashed Facts : A year after Bush administration claims about Iraqi ``bioweapons trailers'' were discredited by American experts, U.S. officials were still suppressing the findings, says a senior member of the CIA-led Iraq inspection team.

14.May 2006 Words of Mass Deception: Rod Barton blew the whistle on Australian, US and British lies about Iraq's hidden weapons cache. And the Australian Government has made sure he pays a high price for his stand. Hamish McDonald reports

14.May 2006 At Falwell's University, McCain Defends Iraq War : With the Rev. Jerry Falwell at his side, Senator John McCain offered a spirited defense of the Iraq war on Saturday, telling graduating students at Liberty University that victory there was crucial to world security.

14.May 2006 Standing on the bodies: Analysts say McCain wooing religious right: When he ran for the Republican presidential nomination 00.000.2000, Senator John McCain denounced religious right leader Jerry Falwell as an ''evil" force whose message of ''intolerance" hurt the GOP and America.

14.May 2006 Iran and Turkey fire salvo over Iraq: Both Turkey and Iran have been launching military raids into northern Iraq against a Kurdish paramilitary group that is based there, posing a dangerous new threat to stability both within Iraq and to the region.

14.May 2006 Iran to conduct nuclear activities under UN control - Ahmadinejad : "The international community should not be nervous since Tehran's nuclear program is absolutely peaceful. Iran is ready for talks with all the countries of the world except Israel," he said. "Tehran will never succumb to outside pressure, like it or not."

14.May 2006 US must address Iran security concerns:: "Iran is surrounded by countries that have nuclear weapons, Russia has nuclear weapons, Pakistan has nuclear weapons, Israel has nuclear weapons, Iraq has used chemical weapons against them. There is a sense of insecurity," he said.

14.May 2006 An Iranian offer that America must heed: The Ahmadinejad letter is an invitation to dialogue as well as a reminder of the dangers posed by the Bush administration

14.May 2006 Iran: Euro to replace dollar as oil currency: The switch, first mooted months ago, was expected but Ahmadinejad's decision comes just as Washington is stepping up pressure on other United Nations Security Council members to act against Tehran for flouting agreements taken with the UN's nuclear watchdog.

14.May 2006 Haniyeh stresses right of return: Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas says right of return for Palestinian refugees is 'holy' for Palestinian people; Hamas will make no concessions on issue to international peace brokers, he hints

14.May 2006 Haifa mayor: I agree to refugees' return : In interview to Israeli-Arab newspaper, town's Head Yahav says he does not object to Palestinians going back to Haifa in framework of peace deal between Israel and PA
14.May 2006 Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators -By Jason Leopold
Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case + instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.

14.May 2006 "Comrade Wolf" And The Mullahs - By Patrick J. Buchanan
When the U.S.? military has been so busy it is said to be overstretched and exhausted, Iran has invaded not one neighbor and fought but one war: an eight-year war with Iraq where she was the victim of aggression.? And in that war of aggression against Iran, we supported the aggressor.?

14.May 2006 The long shadow of the USA -By Robert Fisk -America set up military bases in the north of Brazil without waiting for authorisation Continue

14.May 2006 The Freefalling Dollar and Bush’s war on the Middle Class -By Mike Whitney
America is being readied for economic “shock therapy” and “structural readjustment”, the vile remedies for ailing economies. When the bottom drops out, the snoozing American middle class will finally stir from their slumber and get their first look at the new world

14.May 2006 Chávez is a threat because he offers the alternative of a decent society -By John Pilger -Venezuela's president is using oil revenues to liberate the poor - no wonder his enemies want to overthrow him . Continue
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Viele Indizien sprechen mittlerweile dafür, dass die Liebe zwischen Mutter und Kind vor der romantischen Liebe existierte. Etwa aus der Verhaltensforschung: "Zärtlichkeit zwischen Erwachsenen gibt es nur bei Arten, die sich auch um ihre Kinder kümmern", sagt Eibl-Eibesfeldt. Zudem stamme das Verhaltensrepertoire turtelnder Erwachsener oft aus dem Mutter-Kind-Bereich. Das ist bei Tieren nicht anders: Wenn ein Spatz um ein Weibchen wirbt, zittert er mit den Flügeln wie ein bettelndes Küken. Die Angebetete reagiert mit zärtlichem Füttern. Auch beim Menschen hat Eibl-Eibesfeldt viele solcher Infantilismen beobachtet. Die Trippelschritte etwa, mit denen sich traditionell gekleidete Japanerinnen fortbewegen, sind verhaltensbiologisch nichts anderes als das Zittern des Sperlings: ein kindlicher Appell an potenzielle Versorger. Und wenn der Büronachbar mit der Geliebten telefoniert, wechselt er in eine höhere Tonlage, was auch typisch ist für die Mutter-Kind-Kommunikation.
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"Die Unfähigkeit, eine Bindung zu den eigenen Kindern aufzubauen, wird auch beim Menschen von einer Generation an die nächste weitergegeben", sagt die Gynäkologin Perl.

"Mühelos kann man den eigenen Kindern nur geben, was man selbst bekommen hat."

So wies der Psychologe Seth Pollack von der University of Wisconsin nach, dass das Liebeshormon Oxytocin bei Kindern nur eine geringe Aktivität entfaltet, wenn sie keine Mutterliebe erfahren haben.

Und auch Spuren im Gehirn, die ein früher Liebesmangel hinterlässt, könnten die spätere Bindungsfähigkeit beeinträchtigen. Darauf deuten Versuche mit Strauchratten hin.
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So ergaben Untersuchungen im Fall der verletzten Frühgeborenen in den USA, dass Babys, die unmittelbar nach der Geburt von ihrer Mutter getrennt wurden, häufiger misshandelt werden als andere Säuglinge.

Eine Trennung des Neugeborenen von seiner Mutter kam in den Sechzigerjahren häufig vor. Aus Angst vor Infektionen wurde die Besuchszeit in den Kinderkliniken auf ein Minimum beschränkt.

Oft war es nicht mehr als eine Stunde pro Woche.
14.May 2006 The drug plane connection:

Remember the drug plane -- the DC9 caught in Mexico hauling 5.5 tons of coke to the USA?

As we saw earlier, the plane bore the logo of Skyway, a scam company put together by Brent Kovar, a noted con artist who -- just like Brent Wilkes -- brags about his CIA connections.
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The Skyway scam is complex, as these things often tend to be.

Basically, Kovar told investors that he held the patent on a new wireless data transmission technology, which -- he claimed -- would revolutionize aircraft-to-ground communications.

Supposedly, Skyway bought the airliner to test out the communication system. But the system was a fake.

Eventually, investors (some of them affluent Middle Easterners) came to understand that they would never see a return on the millions they had sunk into the company + the matter ended up in bankruptcy court.

That's when the plane was discovered hauling cocaine.
Skyway and Titan. Skyway has had a strange relationship with yet another defense contractor,
Titan Corporation: SkyWay Communications Holding Corp. (OTC BB: SWYC) and the Titan Corporation have entered into a teaming agreement for Titan to sell Skyways's high-speed airborne network services to the U.S. Government for use with selected military and homeland security applications.
Under terms of the contract, SkyWay grants The Titan Corporation the rights to market and sell SkyWay Systems and Services to Government customers. The services consist of real-time Video Teleconferencing, High-Speed Internet Access and Data, Telecommunications, In-Flight Video Surveillance, Air Filtration System Monitoring, Flight Management Avionics Data Link and Multiyear Data Archiving. This is all very intriguing -- because Skyway's "services" (as investors discovered) were bogus.
This blog's
first post on this topic attracted some particularly interesting commentary, including the following: Digging into the details of this patent, I'm astonished at the impudence of Mr. Kovar to declare this his invention. All of the components are common knowledge, the arrays, the pointers, even the idea of using a time tick to syncronize data and reduce the amount of data to be transmitted (this has been used in encryption for secure communciations long before). This begs the question, does Mr.Kovar have any serious background in programming or who coobled this mishmash together for Skyways?
And pls note that nowhere in the patent the special issues of using wireless ground to air radio transmission are addressed. Imho the problems that are asscociated with this (garbled transmissions may lead to loss of syncronicity, clock signals may be lost) will render this whole "invention" useless. Even though Skyway peddled worthless goods -- and Titan must have known that they were worthless -- Titan promised to funnel millions of dollars' worth of business to Kovar's pseudo-company. Why?
Working together. Now, why have I dealt with the Kovar con in the context of a dicussion of Wilkes? Because the ever-intriguing Daniel Hopsicker has found a somewhat indirect, but nevertheless intriguing link. Like Wilkes, Titan was a major G.O.P. contributor: In addition to padding the Duke-ster’s pockets for those late-night poker cum hooker-fests at the Watergate Hotel, Titan was a major contributor to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, who returned the favor in a mock-heroic defense of Titan’s employees accused of torture and rape at Abu Ghraib prison. Skyway also heavily contributed to Republican causes.
The Titan executive who announced the strange deal with Skyway was one David Stinson. This individual, Hopsicker found, was the executive vice president of another defense firm, called Intergraph. Intergraph is a genuine firm; they have provided software to some renown companies, including
Mobil and Bechtel. Although Hopsicker says that Intergraph is based in Annopolis, Maryland, the company claims that their main office is in Huntsville, Alabama.
According to Hopsicker, this same Intergraph -- under the direction of Stinson -- helped Wilkes' ADCS get its start.
Can our story become even more complicated? Oh yes. Googling the names Intergraph and ADCS will bring you to this
this strange item from 1997. Sorry, folks, but we're going to have to talk about still another shadowy "defense" firm. This one is called TomaHawk II. The name derives from an alleged connection to Native Americans: TomaHawk II (San Diego, CA) has received five orders totaling $1.4 million from Intergraph (Huntsville, AL). Under a previous subcontract agreement with Intergraph, TomaHawk II will provide Document Imaging and Conversion Services for the Department of Defense. Funding for the project comes from the Automatic Document Conversion Systems program (ADCS), whose budget will double 00.000.1998 to $40 million. The contracts signify "a strong endorsement of the ADCS program," said TomaHawk president and CEO Steve Caira. All four branches of the military will be covered under the contract. This is awfully confusing. Why would a document conversion firm hire a document conversion firm? And why would Intergraph jump into the deal?
The matter becomes even more confusing when we learn that TomaHawk II eventually sued Wilkes. Let's go back to
Laura Rozen, who will help our understanding...
So Wade learned his tricks of the trade from Wilkes, and Wilkes learned some of his tricks, the suit alleges, from Steve Caira, the owner of a San Diego-based document conversion company called TomaHawk II. [Tomahawk II is the supposedly Native American-owned spin-off of a document conversion firm Wilkes consulted for in the 1990s called Audre Recognition Systems -- before Wilkes ripped off the idea and started ADCS that directly competed with it]. And while Cunnigham was first Wilkes' and then Wade's benefactor, according to this lawsuit, Caira's benefactor was Rep. Duncan Hunter. What's also incredible if true is the lawsuit's allegation that Caira gave 15,000 stock shares in his company to the DoD official who awarded Caira's company, TomaHawk II, a Pentagon contract (facilitated by Hunter on the Appropriations committee).
And who lobbied for TomaHawk II? In one of those scenarios familiar from Wilkes' Group W Advisors' situation, TomaHawk II is both a registered lobbyist and a lobbying client of itself + a client of another lobbying firm (The P.A.C.E. Companies, now Pace-Capstone), back 00.000.1998. Get your head around that. Pace-Capstone represents Indian tribes and the Mariana Islands. In other words, we are suddenly thrust back into Jack Abramoff territory.
(As a side note, I should mention that back in the mid-'90s, various news stories started to uncover a series of scandals involving spooks, mobsters and shady "defense" contractors, all of whom were muscling their way onto the reservations. Using Indian tribes as a cover provides all sorts of advantages. If you are interested, try googling the names "Cabazon" and "Nichols." Just for a start .)
Da mob: To continue with the Tomahawk/Wilkes connection, let's consult an
earlier Hopsicker story:
Among the founders was one Dennis R. Di Ricco of Portola Valley, a former attorney who resigned from the bar 00.000.1989 because charges were pending against him. He was convicted later on tax and obstruction of justice charges...
In TomaHawk's early days, Di Ricco was involved with Tom Casey, founder of Audre (which also went bankrupt) at the same time Brent Wilkes worked at the firm.
Audre went into bankruptcy because a judge declared that the company was jointly and severally responsible for payments to Casey's ex-wife.
Di Ricco testified he helped launder hundreds of thousands of dollars and supplied large quantites of cash for use as payola, in the largest record industry payola case in U.S. history, that of Robert Isgro, a record promoter indicted after he was seen meeting with members of the Gambino Mafia family in New York 00.000.1986. The exact interactions between Wilkes and TomaHawk remain murky + probably always will. So let's simplify matters. Let's focus on what we know.
We know that TomaHawk and Wilke's ADCS somehow got hold of many a taxpayer dollar. We know that Intergraph, under David Stinson, was involved in their dealings. And we know that -- according to Hopsicker -- this same David Stinson moved to Titan and tossed a ton of money into Skyway, even though Skyway was running an obvious con.
So. Just how many plane-loads of coke entered the USA before the great bust? And who profited?

14.May 2006
Da mob: To continue with the Tomahawk/Wilkes connection, let's consult an
earlier Hopsicker story:
Among the founders was one Dennis R. Di Ricco of Portola Valley, a former attorney who resigned from the bar 00.000.1989 because charges were pending against him. He was convicted later on tax and obstruction of justice charges...
In TomaHawk's early days, Di Ricco was involved with Tom Casey, founder of Audre (which also went bankrupt) at the same time Brent Wilkes worked at the firm.
Audre went into bankruptcy because a judge declared that the company was jointly and severally responsible for payments to Casey's ex-wife.
Di Ricco testified he helped launder hundreds of thousands of dollars and supplied large quantites of cash for use as payola, in the largest record industry payola case in U.S. history, that of Robert Isgro, a record promoter indicted after he was seen meeting with members of the Gambino Mafia family in New York 00.000.1986.

14.May 2006
The matter becomes even more confusing when we learn that TomaHawk II eventually sued Wilkes. Let's go back to
Laura Rozen, who will help our understanding...
So Wade learned his tricks of the trade from Wilkes, and Wilkes learned some of his tricks, the suit alleges, from Steve Caira, the owner of a San Diego-based document conversion company called TomaHawk II. [Tomahawk II is the supposedly Native American-owned spin-off of a document conversion firm Wilkes consulted for in the 1990s called Audre Recognition Systems -- before Wilkes ripped off the idea and started ADCS that directly competed with it]. And while Cunnigham was first Wilkes' and then Wade's benefactor, according to this lawsuit, Caira's benefactor was Rep. Duncan Hunter. What's also incredible if true is the lawsuit's allegation that Caira gave 15,000 stock shares in his company to the DoD official who awarded Caira's company, TomaHawk II, a Pentagon contract (facilitated by Hunter on the Appropriations committee).

And who lobbied for TomaHawk II? In one of those scenarios familiar from Wilkes' Group W Advisors' situation, TomaHawk II is both a registered lobbyist and a lobbying client of itself + a client of another lobbying firm (The P.A.C.E. Companies, now Pace-Capstone), back 00.000.1998. Get your head around that.

14.May 2006
Googling the names Intergraph and ADCS will bring you to this
this strange item from 1997. Sorry, folks, but we're going to have to talk about still another shadowy "defense" firm. This one is called TomaHawk II. The name derives from an alleged connection to Native Americans: TomaHawk II (San Diego, CA) has received five orders totaling $1.4 million from Intergraph (Huntsville, AL). Under a previous subcontract agreement with Intergraph, TomaHawk II will provide Document Imaging and Conversion Services for the Department of Defense. Funding for the project comes from the Automatic Document Conversion Systems program (ADCS), whose budget will double 00.000.1998 to $40 million. The contracts signify "a strong endorsement of the ADCS program," said TomaHawk president and CEO Steve Caira. All four branches of the military will be covered under the contract.
14.May 2006
Skyway also heavily contributed to Republican causes.
The Titan executive who announced the strange deal with Skyway was one David Stinson. This individual, Hopsicker found, was the executive vice president of another defense firm, called Intergraph. Intergraph is a genuine firm; they have provided software to some renown companies, including
Mobil and Bechtel. Although Hopsicker says that Intergraph is based in Annopolis, Maryland, the company claims that their main office is in Huntsville, Alabama.
14.May 2006
This blog's
first post on this topic attracted some particularly interesting commentary, including the following: Digging into the details of this patent, I'm astonished at the impudence of Mr. Kovar to declare this his invention. All of the components are common knowledge, the arrays, the pointers, even the idea of using a time tick to syncronize data and reduce the amount of data to be transmitted (this has been used in encryption for secure communciations long before). This begs the question, does Mr.Kovar have any serious background in programming or who coobled this mishmash together for Skyways?
And pls note that nowhere in the patent the special issues of using wireless ground to air radio transmission are addressed. Imho the problems that are asscociated with this (garbled transmissions may lead to loss of syncronicity, clock signals may be lost) will render this whole "invention" useless.

14.May 2006
Supposedly, Skyway bought the airliner to test out the communication system. But the system was a fake. Eventually, investors (some of them affluent Middle Easterners) came to understand that they would never see a return on the millions they had sunk into the company + the matter ended up in
bankruptcy court. That's when the plane was discovered hauling cocaine.
Skyway and Titan. Skyway has had a strange relationship with yet another defense contractor,
Titan Corporation:

14.May 2006
Wilkes, Skyway, and more: The corruption converges For quite a while now, I've contended that Brent Wilkes -- the spooked-up bribe-meister still described as a "defense contractor" by most mainstream publications -- ran a largely phoney string of businesses. Wilkes paid off Republican pols to get fat contracts; any actual work usually went to subcontractors who charged a lot less + the profits were recycled back into Republican campaign warchests. (The same schemes took place during the Katrina clean-up: A company run by a G.O.P. good old boy would receive megadollars, while the subcontractor -- the local guy with the truck who did the actual labor -- received pennies.)
14.May 2006
What is that old quote. If it stinks get a lid, if it still stinks get a bigger lid. I don't think we can find a lid big enough
14.May 2006 On Mother's Day in a Time of War -- A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution

14.May 2006 When a Columnist for the New York Times Goes BuzzFlashian, We're Either Making Progress or the "End Times" are Near -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis
TIME: Should you worry that this man is watching your phone records? 5/15
In a new court filing, the prosecutor in the CIA leak case revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney made handwritten references to CIA officer Valerie Plame -- albeit not by name -- eight days before her identity was publicly exposed.
NSA's first domestic spying program, collecting data on Nixon's enemies, was shut down by Congress 00.000.1975 5/15

14.May 2006 Al Gore was on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Watch him! 5/15
Getting around: Knuckleheads in U.S. won't learn from rest of world 5/15
Workers accused of fudging 2005 recount, skirting the rules that were to ensure all Ohio votes were counted 5/15
California textbook bill would recognize gay contributions to history 5/15

14.May 2006 91 % of Dems unhappy with party leadership 5/15
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Der ehemalige Ideologe der konservativen Revolution, Newt Gingrich, sagte auf eine Frage eines Reporters nach dem Abhörprogramm: "Schauen Sie, ich werde mich nicht hinstellen und das Unverteidigbare verteidigen. Die Regierung muß das dem amerikanischem Volk erklären + zwar in vollem Umfang."
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"Wollen Sie uns weismachen, daß zehn Millionen amerikanischer Bürger mit Al Qaida in Verbindung stehen?" wütet der republikanische Senator Arlen Specter.
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"Seit 2001 wurden ganze 318 Personen wegen der Beschäftigung illegaler Einwanderer verurteilt, die Kontrollen sind praktisch inexistent."

Dobbs' Schlußfolgerung: Was Bush sagt, hat nichts mit dem zu tun, was der Staat macht. "Was macht er? Er macht nichts."
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Dann ging es weiter: "Bushs sicherheitspolitisches Team erinnert mich an einen betrunkenen Autofahrer. Ich möchte ihnen ihren außenpolitischen Führerschein entziehen. Wenn wir eine parlamentarische Demokratie wären, hätten Bushs Leute sämtlich ihre Ämter verloren - und zwar verdientermaßen." Als besonders beunruhigend empfindet Friedman die nahezu autistische Monotonie der Erklärungen aus dem Weißen Haus. Man könne den Eindruck gewinnen, der politische Apparat sei vom staatlichen Handeln, ja von der Wirklichkeit entkoppelt.
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Die amerikanischen Medien verbreiten aber: Es gibt mit dieser Regierung keine Normalität mehr.

Die Leser der "New York Times" konnten schon Ende April stutzig werden, als sich deren Außenpolitikchef, der moderate, onkelhafte Thomas Friedman, der jahrelang Woche um Woche darzulegen versuchte, wie aus dem Irak-Krieg doch noch etwas Gutes herauskommen könnte, mit der Frage der iranischen Nuklearrüstung befaßte.

Friedman teilte sein Urteil schon im ersten Satz mit: "Ich lebe lieber mit einem atomar gerüsteten Iran, als einen zweiten Krieg mit diesem Außenpolitikteam zu erleben."
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Im Prinzip stünden mit der geplanten EU-Richtlinie 450 Millionen EU-Bürger unter Generalverdacht.
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Die nächste Ausbaustufe in Europa ist bereits geplant: die Vorratsdatenspeicherung.

Hinter diesem Wortungetüm verbirgt sich die Aufzeichnung aller wichtigen Nutzungsdaten durch Provider + Telekommunikationsunternehmen: Telefonnummern, IP-Adressen, User-IDs, Verbindungszeiten, Verbindungsadressaten + einiges mehr.

Damit lässt sich detailliert festhalten, wann und wie Nutzer online waren oder telefonierten.

Für diese Daten interessiert sich nicht nur der Staat, auch Musik- und Filmindustrie frohlocken.
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Ein reales Beispiel: Wer bei einer Online-Bestellung über die Postleitzahl erkennbar Hamburg St. Georg - berüchtigt für seine Drogenszene - als Wohnort eingibt, bekommt als Zahlungsmodus Vorkasse angezeigt. 

Ein glatter Bruch des Datenschutzgesetzes: Es verbietet eine automatisierte Bewertung von Kunden.
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Die eigentliche Motivation ist nach Ansicht von Rena Tangens viel schlichter:

Die WM ist für Sponsor Philips - einen der führenden RFID-Hersteller - eine gute Gelegenheit, die Technologie endlich an den Datenschutzdebatten vorbei als Faktum zu etablieren.
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"Wir wollen keine Abschaffung von RFID, sondern Gesetze und technische Vorkehrungen, die die Privatsphäre der Bürgerinnen und Bürger schützen", sagt Rena Tangens, Mitgründerin von Foebud.

"RFID ist in Ordnung für Paletten in der Logistik, aber Menschen sind keine Versandpakete."
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Der neue Reisepass "e-Pass", der im November vergangenen Jahres eingeführt worden ist, speichert auf einem Chip ein frontal aufgenommenes Bild, das an Grenzübergängen mittels Gesichtserkennungssoftware mit Digitalporträts gesuchter Straftäter und Terroristen verglichen werden kann.

Ab 2007 soll auf dem Chip auch ein digitalisierter Fingerabdruck hinterlegt werden. Das Beratungsunternehmen International Biometric Group erwartet angesichts dieser Möglichkeiten einen Boom im weltweiten Biometriemarkt:

Der Jahresumsatz, so schätzen die Experten, werde von derzeit 2,1 Milliarden Dollar bis 2010 auf 5,7 Milliarden Dollar steigen
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nach Auskunft des WM-Organisationskomitees ist keine biometrische Auswertung geplant -, versteht der Vorsitzende des ZVEI-Fachverbandes Sicherheitssysteme, Bernd Seibt, nicht:

"Der Verzicht auf Biometrie bei der WM 2006 wäre nicht nur von Nachteil für die innere Sicherheit, sondern auch eine verpasste Chance für das Image Deutschlands als Hochtechnologiestandort."
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Vorreiter in der Videoüberwachung ist Großbritannien, wo schätzungsweise vier Millionen Überwachungskameras installiert sind.

Aber Deutschland holt auf. Die meisten Bundesländer haben nach den Anschlägen vom 11.Sep.2001 in Neufassungen ihrer Polizeigesetze die rechtlichen Grundlagen dafür geschaffen.

Da ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass die Branche kräftig wächst:

Die auf Sicherheits- Technologien spezialisierte Mario Fischer Unternehmensberatung erwartet, dass das Marktvolumen für Videoüberwachungssysteme in Deutschland von

327 Millionen Euro im vergangenen Jahr auf 455 Millionen Euro 2010 wachsen wird.

Biometrie soll eigentlich Straftäter entlarven
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Dieses Privacy Masking wird schon mal vergessen: Bundeskanzlerin Merkels Berliner Wohnung wurde jahrelang von einer Kamera auf dem nahe gelegenen Pergamon-Museum erfasst.
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Statt Televisoren breiten sich Kameraaugen aus. "Der Bedarf hat seit den Anschlägen von New York und Madrid merklich zugenommen", sagt Bruno Jentner, Marketingleiter der fränkischen Firma Funkwerk plettac electronic GmbH, die unter anderem Videoüberwachungssysteme für die Winterolympiade in Turin geliefert hat. Waren es anfangs hauptsächlich private Auftraggeber, die Überwachungskameras in Bahnhöfen, auf Flughäfen und in Bankgebäuden installierten, folgen nun staatliche Organe. Mitte März zum Beispiel wurde in Hamburg eine Kamerakette auf der Vergnügungsmeile Reeperbahn installiert. Begründung von Innensenator Udo Nagel: Hamburg wolle dem Sicherheitsbedürfnis von Bürgern und Gästen entgegenkommen.
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Die gute Nachricht: Noch arbeiten alle Beteiligten mehr neben- als miteinander - der eine untersucht die Beine des Datenschattens, während der andere sich für den Kopf interessiert - und noch gehen die Beteiligten nicht effizient vor. Aber das könnte sich ändern.
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Einer Umfrage des Magazins "Newsweek" zufolge, glauben 53 Prozent der befragten Amerikaner, dass die NSA mit den Abhörungen zu weit in die Privatsphäre von Bürgern eingedrungen ist. 41 Prozent hielten den Lauschangriff allerdings als probates Mittel in der Terrorismusbekämpfung.

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Auch in der NSA-Abhöraffäre soll Cheney eine Rolle gespielt haben: Wie die "New York Times" in ihrer Sonntagsausgabe berichtete, vertrat der Stellvertreter von Präsident George W. Bush nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 die Haltung, der Geheimdienst NSA solle inländische Telefongespräche auch ohne richterliche Genehmigung abhören.
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Der Artikel ist laut Ermittler Fitzgerald mit handschriftlichen Notizen Cheneys versehen, die zeigten, dass der Vizepräsident "tatsächlich darauf fokussiert war", auf die Themen des Berichts zu reagieren. Kurz nach Veröffentlichung des Artikels wurde Journalisten die Identität Plames offen gelegt. Die Veröffentlichung der Identitäten von geheim operierenden Agenten ist in den USA illegal. Fitzgerald untersucht, wer dafür verantwortlich ist. Ein Sprecher Cheneys lehnte eine Stellungnahme bisher ab.

Im Zentrum der Affäre steht bislang noch Cheneys früherer Stabschef Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Nach rund zweijährigen Ermittlungen in der Affäre um Plames Enttarnung war im Oktober Anklage gegen ihn erhoben worden. Libby, dem Falschaussage, Behinderung der Justiz sowie Meineid vorgeworfen werden, reichte daraufhin umgehend seinen Rücktritt ein. Zugleich beteuerte er aber seine Unschuld.

Bei einer Verurteilung drohen ihm bis zu 30 Jahre Haft und eine Geldstrafe von mehr als einer Million Dollar. Derzeit laufen die Untersuchungen zur Vorbereitung des Prozesses. Cheney war bereits zuvor wegen der Affäre ins Visier der Ermittler gerückt. So wird er Zeitungsberichten zufolge verdächtigt, einer der Führungskräfte zu sein, die Libby genehmigten, geheime Informationen an die Presse zu lancieren.

Was wusste Cheney von der NSA-Aktion?
14.May 2006
Pillen gegen Psychoprobleme: Antidepressiva für US-Soldaten im Irak

14.May 2006 Gaza-Streifen: Panzergranaten wie Regentropfen
14.May 2006 Haarige Edelsteine: Diamanten aus Beethovens Haarbüscheln
14.May 2006 Neuer Parteichef: Beck will SPD auf linken Kurs trimmen
14.May 2006 CIA-Agentenaffäre: Ermittler erhöht Druck auf Cheney

14.May 2006 Verleumdungsaffäre: Sarkozy bleibt in der Regierung
14.May 2006 Hungerstreik in Indien: Ärzte wehren sich gegen "niedere Kasten"
14.May 2006 Großbritannien: Blair soll Rücktritt für Mitte nächsten Jahres angeboten haben

14.May 2006 Anti-Nikotinpillen: Droge gegen Droge
14.May 2006 Sozialdemokraten: Beck empfiehlt SPD Besinnung auf die Wurzeln
14.May 2006
Flüchtlinge aus Afrika: Ansturm auf Kanarische Inseln

14.May 2006 Überwachungswirtschaft: Die unheimliche Welt der Daten
14.May 2006 BND-Affäre: FDP-Politiker empfiehlt Staatssekretär Hanning Rücktritt
14.May 2006
Bush und die US-Medien: Nur noch tausend Tage
14.May 2006 Welthandel: Vietnam schließt Abkommen mit USA
14.May 2006
Über 30 Tote in Sao Paulo: Mafia-Mordserie an Polizisten

14.May 2006 Mutterliebe: Das stärkste Gefühl entschlüsselt
14.May 2006

James Risen, the New York Times reporter credited with exposing the NSA's covert domestic surveillance activities that came as a result of a secret executive order President Bush issued 00.000.2002 wrote in his just-published book, State of War, that the administration was very aggressive in its intelligence gathering activities before 9/11.

However, Risen does not say that means the administration permitted the NSA to spy on Americans.
14.May 2006

One former NSA official said in response to Hayden's 2001 interview, "What do you expect him to say? He's got to deny it. I agree.

We weren't targeting specific people, which is what the president's executive order does.

However, we did keep tabs on some Americans we caught if there was an interest" by the White House.

"That's not legal. And I am very upset that I played a part in it."
14.May 2006
They deserve your trust, but you don't have to trust them," Hayden said. "We aren't off the leash, so to speak, guarding ourselves.

We have a body of oversight within the executive branch, in the Department of Defense, in the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is comprised of both government and nongovernmental officials.

You've got both houses of Congress with -- with very active -- in some cases, aggressive -- intelligence oversight committees with staff members who have an access badge to NSA just like mine."
14.May 2006

But, when asked "How do we know that the fox isn't guarding the chicken coop?" Hayden responded by saying that Americans should trust the employees of the NSA.
14.May 2006
EVELYN CALDWELL: Evelyn Caldwell with Pacifica Radio. You said that you used your top counsel in the planning process to tell you if this was legal and appropriate back 00.000.2001. What exactly did your counsel tell you, that it was within guidelines and within the law, constitutional law?
GEN. MICHAEL HAYDEN: Yeah + it was in a group answer. And all three came back, saying that they believe this was lawful, that it was a lawful order that had been authorized by the President that was within his authorities to authorize this activity.

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MINISTER: Just know, General, that the faith communities will take that back, but the faith communities are scared. Where does this stop?
JUSTINE REDMAN: Justine Redman with CNN. How was the national security harmed by The New York Times reporting on this program? Don't the bad guys already assume that they're being monitored anyway + shouldn't Americans bear in mind that they might be at any time?
GEN. MICHAEL HAYDEN: You know, we've had this question asked several times. Public discussion of how we determine al-Qaeda intentions -- I just -- I can't see how that can do anything but harm the security of the nation. And I know people say, ‘Well, they know they're being monitored.’ Well, you know, they don't always act like they know they're being monitored. But if you want to shove it in their face constantly, it's bound to have an impact. And so, to -- I understand, as the reverend's question just raised, there are issues here that the American people are deeply concerned with. But constant revelations and speculation and connecting the dots in ways that I find unimaginable and laying that out there for our enemy to see cannot help but diminish our ability to detect and prevent attacks.

14.May 2006
Larry Johnson, former CIA, has said this today: There also is truth to the rumor that Goss was not happy with presiding over a CIA that had been rendered a co-equal with the Department of Defense intelligence units. Prior to the creation of the National Director of Intelligence, the CIA was the lead intelligence agency. No longer. Ironically, part of the impetus for the creation of the NDI was the perceived "failures" of the CIA with respect to 9-11 and Iraq. Recent revelations by retired CIA officers, such as Paul Pillar and Ty Drumheller, make clear that the CIA basically got it right on Iraq and was ignored by the Bush Administration.
14.May 2006
Understanding the consequences of the President's dogmatic and unbending style of war-making and foreign policy (even in the bold face of contradicting reality), I shudder at hearing Bush say the very words "World War Three". He has surely earned his reputation as the least-trusted President in America's history.
14.May 2006
I am not at all comfortable with
Bush's treatment of Mr. Beamer's concerns and comments. In an interview with the financial news network CNBC, Mr Bush said he had yet to see the recently released film of the uprising, a dramatic portrayal of events on the United Airlines plane before it crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
But he said he agreed with the description of David Beamer, whose son Todd died in the crash, who in a Wall Street Journal commentary last month called it "our first successful counter-attack in our homeland in this new global war, World War III".
Mr Bush said: "I believe that. I believe that it was the first counter-attack to WWIII."

14.May 2006
"Ye shall know the Truth + the Truth shall make you angry." -Aldous Huxley
14.May 2006 Please read the 13th Amendment (0/5 ) -->
Ray on May 12, 2006 12:47 PM
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, shall exist within the USA, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Been there, done that + I can state that slaves don't have rights; and citizens who are duly convicted loose their so-called citizenship rights (or priviliges).
The other problem is that slave terrority is expanding outside of the confines of prison as the spoils of war + as a class status (as witnessed within the contents of this article, as realized within the comments thereto + as exposed on a daily basis with this administration and their monopoly corporate partners). Our so-called democracy has been over-thrown with more and more daily fascist slavemaster gains.
Under this avericious slavemaster state we will continue to loose more than mere rights. So, what is to be done?

14.May 2006 Agree with NET (0/5 ) -->
Narco-NYC on May 9, 2006 4:21 AM
I agree with poster NET. Most of the Bushies remind me of the angry nerds in high school. They got high grades but lack a humaness.

The NY Times article yesterday showed that poor + more importantly, the nearly poor, have increased over the last five years. (Is this just coincidence? Bush's terms?) And there is a coldness about this administration. If you ever get a chance, read Dr. Alexander Lowen's, "Narcissism." This small, potent book expalins so much. Narcists are not so much in love with themselves, as they lack the ability to feel. They are dumbfounded by displays of gut-felt emotion + while they look normal - better then normal! They are often the people who shine with a waxy, unfettered glow, but they are dead and capable of incredible harm to others. I would argue that the folksiness of other administrations is lacking in this one, replaced by cold, repubulican, greed. They don't like people. They are missing something.
14.May 2006 Bushco Planned 9/11 Not Farfetched (0/5 ) -->
lively56 on 00.May 2006 5:09 PM
If anybody thinks that this is not a viable option, then I'm afraid you've had your head up your ass way to long. This gang of monsters are capable of anything. They have proven it over and over again.

14.May 2006 Granted (0/5 ) -->
gonzoskismet on 00.May 2006 3:59 PM
So, your spying on me and everybody else that isn't as psychotic and sick as you guys are. I still will not give up the idea that I'm a free human being and if you dispute that fact, then come on, brother.

Let's get this over with. Only a p***y sits in the shadows and spies on somebody else.

I live in a supposedly free country where nobody in my Government will stand up for me. Nobody in this useless Senate or House of Representative have made one move in my defense.

The man has broken the Laws YOU wrote and called the LAW but not one of you pansies will stand up to him.
So where does that leave me? A citizen of your so-called Democracy?

It leaves me holding a riot gun loaded with Double Ought Buckshot waiting for the door to cave in, that's where! And you have the gall to call this a Democracy?
14.May 2006 but the scariest thing of all is NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!! I simply cannot believe the complete apathy of the American public + our Congress critters.

I am truly beginning to ask this the end?
14.May 2006 ECHELON (0/5 ) -->
Baranga on 00.May 2006 10:55 AM
Depending on what you believe the government has been monitoring ALL forms of electronic and phone communications for quite some time using the ECHELON system.

I know this has attained almost mythic, urban legend status but it DOES exist and has been operational for at least a decade if not longer. This kind of criminal activity is nothing new - all you had to do was open your eyes to wake up to the fact that programs like ECHELON have been intercepting calls, emails, faxes, etc. for a long time but on a GLOBAL SCALE.
14.May 2006 BANGING THE ANTI-SOCIAL DRUM (0/5 ) -->
NET on 00.May 2006 10:49 AM















14.May 2006 One step further. (0/5 ) -->
nehark on 00.May 2006 9:18 AM
My suspicion (which I believe will be substantiated by facts in time) is that this illegal spying is a "tool" the Administration has used to keep Congress in line. I suspect some blackmail going on with members of both parties. If I had to give a guess at an example, I'd point to Voinovich during the John Bolton hearings. Gut feeling only. But would anyone here put this past the Bush gang? I mean we're talking about a guy [Rove] who would bug his own office and then accuse an "opposition" organization of the crime. Talk about your "false flags."

14.May 2006 Proof? We don't need no more stinking Proof! (0/5 ) -->
gar on 00.May 2006 6:42 AM
How much proof do we need? The man admitted he did it on television in prime time. It is not a question of proof, it is a question of a Congress that has the balls to do something about it.
Come on people. We should be impeaching every last person in Congress who fails to uphold our rights as citizens AND their rights as the Legislative Branch.

14.May 2006 Questions Not Asked (0/5 ) -->
Tom Degan on 00.May 2006 6:09 AM
This is, I believe, only the tip of a very nasty Iceberg. The question that has yet to be asked is: Did they spy on the Kerry campaign? Of course they did? What proof do I have other than the criminal character of everyone even remotely connected to this absolute fucking nightmare of an administration? Only a gut feeling, that's all - but that's all I need at the moment. My instinct tells me that they defeated John Kerry by tapping into his strategy. I know I'm right and I will be proven so. Stay tuned.

14.May 2006 The proper response to illegal entry (0/5 ) -->
willie.horton on 00.May 2006 5:18 AM
If I suspected that my home and/or office were being entered illegally, I'd turn on the security cameras... and shoot the next son-of-a-bitch who broke in sixteen times with my Glock.
Yes, that would unleash a s***storm of trouble, but I'd get away with it in the end (here in Delaware, anyway); meanwhile, the publicity would shine a million-candlepower spotlight on the problem.

14.May 2006 Very Late. (0/5 ) -->
douglashoyt on 00.May 2006 4:56 AM
Since the end of the Nixon administration the "government" has been putting into place the chains of dictatorship.
The first link was the FISA. Indeed, it made illegal searches legal, yet secret.
The last link was Patriot II. It is only a short time until the military dictatorship drops all pretense of defenders of liberty and declares the rights of all defunct. Have a nice day.

14.May 2006 Oregon (0/5 ) -->
rsaxto on 00.May 2006 3:35 AM
Here in Oregon we have extensive experience in how criminal elements in the government twist and spin the Constitution until it is no longer a defacto defender of all innocent people because at the highest national level we have been captured by the spookiest spooks on the planet. Impeach Cheney/Bush and all of the other criminal "public servants".

14.May 2006 Tools of Inteligence (0/5 ) -->
Captainmagic on 00.May 2006 3:08 AM
But you must realize that along with mobile phones the internet is the greatest tool for intel gathering bar none. Where do you think all your thoughts go when you send them into the ether. You must realize also that they will not shut down this absolutely marvelous instrument of mass info gathering. Would you? If you could listen to the collective thoughts of individuals from all over the world would you not employ such a tool. Of course they are listenning and reading. One of the best early warning devices of modern history..Internet Intel...I know what you might be saying but (THEY) need warrants?

14.May 2006 A few thoughts (0/5 ) -->
nbrown on 00.May 2006 12:18 AM
Glad to know this is moving forward. I have a few thoughts on the issue.
First, I hope people move beyond the legal/illegal framing. Sure it's illegal, but more importantly, it's wrong.
Second, this article suggests at one point, somewhat indirectly, that civil liberties come at the expense of national security. It depends on what you think national security actually is.
If "national" security means federal government security, then certainly, freedom is a threat to government.
But if national security concerns our security as people, then only civil liberties can ensure our safety. How the hell can we be safe in an unfree country?
Freedom = security.
Don't ever let some politician tell you it's not!

14.May 2006
Potential Evidence Surfaces of Bush's Illegal Spying

By Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet. Posted May 8, 2006.
14.May 2006 The continued obfuscation of inquiries into the NSA program illustrates that the president's lawyers blur the distinction between protecting our national security and protecting the president's transgressions of the law from scrutiny.

There are a handful of individuals and organizations enduring intensive intimidation campaigns and spearheading legislation against the president and the NSA to put a stop to a program that is slowly undermining the basic tenets of our legal system.

Simply electing to represent someone designated a "terrorist" requires attorneys to obtain a license from OFAC or risk jail. As Nelson explained, "The purpose of OFAC is to keep an eye on 'terrorists' and, by extension, their attorneys … Frankly, I don't think this process could pass constitutional muster, but that's a fight for another day."

While the legal ins and outs of the NSA spy program may at times be complex, the essence of what Thomas Nelson is fighting for is simple: upholding the judicial tenet of "innocent until proven guilty" and the separation of powers laid out in the Constitution.

In the coming weeks, the government must file a response to Thomas Nelson's complaint. While the DoJ will inevitably try to push it from the courts + from public attention, it is only a matter of time before the simplicity of what is at stake takes root. As Nelson explained, "It's a question of whether one man can, as commander in chief, ride roughshod over all the protections in the Constitution. If this is our response to 9/11, we've lost. If this kind of practice can occur because of 9/11, Osama won."

Onnesha Roychoudhuri is an assistant editor at AlterNet.
14.May 2006 This is the circular logic that lies at the root of the debacle: In order to hide evidence of an illegal search program, the government is taking part in illegal searches.

14.May 2006 But the only
response he received reads like pure bureaucratic satire:

Rest assured that safeguards are in place to protect the civil liberties of U.S. citizens. However, because of the highly classified nature of the program, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records responsive to your request. The fact of the existence or non-existence of responsive records is a currently and properly classified matter in accordance with Executive Order 12598, as amended. Moreover, the third exemption to FOIA provides for the withholding of information specifically protected from disclosure by statute. Thus, your request is also denied because the fact of the existence or non-existence of the information is exempted from disclosure pursuant to the third exemption.
14.May 2006

CIA Director is confirmed by the Senate. The DIA and CIA are separate agencies under the budget authority of the DNI - yet Gen. Hayden is an active duty officer in the Air Force and reports to the Secretary of Defense. That's a huge conflict. Gen. Hayden was already confirmed by the Senate as Principal Deputy Director DNI but that doesn't make it proper. We don't allow active duty military to run DoD for a reason - civilian control of government is essential to our democracy. Why should CIA be any different?

joejoejoe | May 06, 2006
14.May 2006

White House officials had hoped to announce Goss's departure and Hayden's nomination at the same time but Goss, who resigned under pressure, balked at that kind of choreography. "He said, 'If we're going to do this, let's go ahead and do it,'' a senior administration official said.,8599,1191777,00.html
14.May 2006

Sara - several years ago there was a news article with the title "Beware the Dolt Who Thinks He's a Star."

The researcher's statement regarding incompetent people, which I'll never forget, "Their incompetence robs them of their ability to realize it" seems to be the panel's conclusion also.

The researcher lamented that because incompetent people to do not recognize their own incompetence he fretted that he too might be incompetent. The incompetent didn't/don't fret.

They're doin' a heck of a job. Just ask 'em.
14.May 2006

Sumner, of course, is the CEO and majority owner of Viacom, which is in turn the owner of Comedy Central. Sumner Redstone is Stephen Colbert's boss.

He has a long history of being one of the Democrats' biggest donors, up until Fall 2004, when he announced,

"I don't want to denigrate Kerry," Redstone said, "but from a Viacom standpoint, the election of a Republican administration is a better deal. Because the Republican administration has stood for many things we believe in, deregulation and so on. The Democrats are not bad people. ... But from a Viacom standpoint, we believe the election of a Republican administration is better for our company."
14.May 2006

COMMENT #22 [link]
Thomas said on 5/6/2006 @ 8:08pm PT...

"The times, they are a changin'..." The corrupt and deceitful and utterly immoral group of thugs running this country is beginning to come unglued.

I am confident that the truth about these "parties" and other behaviors by these Republicans, will soon be revealed. Many will be shocked that the "prostitute" parties are made up of mostly gay prostitutes.

Many will also be shocked when the identities of some of the participants are disclosed.

Some of us already have connected the dots with regard to the Bush/Republican penchant for closeted gays - + younger men - Jeff Gannon/Guckert/ I have learned that some in the gay underground in D.C. are prepared to "out" a very high official in the executive branch. Another informant has said that the scope of this scandal is way beyond anyone's imagination. Some of the gay hustlers may be willing to "tell all" for a price. This will become very interesting in the near future.
14.May 2006

COMMENT #7 [link]
... The Old Turk said on 5/5/2006 @ 2:45pm PT...

What is going on here,...
I'm going to take my bible,...
assume the fetal position,...
and hide under my bed.
God,... you speak to bu$$$$h,...
why don't you speak to us too ?

13.May 2006

Roy Gutman (born March 5, 1944, New York City) is an American journalist and author.

Gutman graduated from Haverford College, 00.000.1966, majoring in History + from London School of Economics 00.000.1968 with a masters degree in International Relations.
13.May 2006

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a "Conversation with History." I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies.

Our guest is Roy Gutman, a correspondent with Newsday. Roy won a Pulitzer Prize 00.0001993 for his reporting on Bosnia.
13.May 2006
Dokumentation: Die Streitkräftepotentiale und Militäroptionen im Afghanistan-Krieg (Teil 1)
von Gerhard Piper (BITS/ami)
NEWS-Press-Report 2001.40, 7 00.Oct.2001 Special Edition (Stand: 07.Okt.2001 D-Day) (The Military Build-up and Military Options in the Middle East) 7 00.Oct.
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Für die Befürchtung, der Afghanistankrieg könnte auf den Irak ausgeweitet werden, gibt es mehrere Gründe:
1. Der Golfkrieg unter US-Präsident George Bush Sen. endete 1991 mit einem Waffenstillstand, ohne daß der irakische Diktator Saddam Hussein gestürzt worden wäre. Nun heißt es vollmundig, US-Präsident George Bush Jun. wolle das Werk seines Vaters vollenden. Seit dessen Amtsantritt am 20.1.2001 wurden die CIA-Mittel zum Sturz der Regierung in Bagdad erhöht. Seit Jahresanfang kommt es im verstärkten Umfang zu militärischen Zwischenfällen zwischen beiden Seiten. (Stratfor, U.S. Operation against Iraq underway, Stratfor, 15.8.2001; Gerald F. Seib, Decision Time? George W. and Saddam appear to be nearing a reckoning point, Wall Street Journal, 15.8.2001; Andrew Koch, US, UK intensify air strikes on Iraqi SAM forces, Jane's Defence Weekly, 19.9.2001, S. 8)
2. Um die Al Qaida auszuschalten, wären kaum tausend Mann der US-Elitetruppen notwendig. Die Größendimension des Truppenaufmarsch weist auf wesentlich weitergehende Ziele. Außerdem werden die US-Truppen auch dort verstärkt, wo sie für einen Krieg gegen Afghanistan völlig fehl am Platze wären, z. B. in der Türkei, die keine gemeinsame Grenze mit Afghanistan hat. Daher ist der Verdacht begründet, die USA ziehen unter dem Vorwand der Terroristenbekämpfung ihre Militärverbände in der Golfregion zusammen, um später gegen den Irak loszuschlagen.
3. Die lancierten Meldungen, die Attentäter von New York und Washington hätten Verbindungen zum irakischen Geheimdienst gehabt, sollen als Legitimationsgrundlage für US-Angriffe herhalten.
4. Der Defense Policy Board, ein Zusammenschluß von "elder statesman" im Pentagon, hat sich für diese Option ausgesprochen. Neben dem Vorsitzen Richard Perle gehören dem Gremium an: Henry Kissinger, James Schlesinger, Dan Quayle und Newt Gingrich. (Michael Hirsh / Roy Gutman, Powell in the Middle, Newsweek, 1.10.2001)
5. Seit dem 7. August 2001 haben die amerikanischen und englischen Luftstreitkräfte wiederholt Ziele im Irak bombardiert. Auch nach dem 11. September gab es vereinzelt US-Angriffsflüge auf den Irak. Für einen Krieg gegen den Irak haben die US-Streitkräfte den Operationsplan OPLAN 1003 in der Schublade.
6. Die irakische Regierung selbst rechnet mit einem US-Angriff. Die irakischen Streitkräfte wurden in höchste Alarmbereitschaft versetzt.

13.May 2006
Ian Traylor / Gary Younge, Secret memo reveals US plan to overthrow Taliban regime, Guardian, 21.Sep.2001
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David A. Fulghum / Robert Wall, U.S. To move first, plan details later, Aviation Week & Space Technology, 24.Sep.2001 S. 40
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25.Mar.2002 Iraq in the Balance, by Evan Thomas + Roy Gutman ; 2001, Campaign against terrorism: Defector claims he saw Saddam’s ...

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13.May 2006
Bush's Polls Won't Change Media Toadyism (AP Pits Sheehan against Pro-War Dad) - Daou Report
13.May 2006 Wilkes, Skyway, and more: The corruption converges  
CANNONFIRE Joseph Cannon ( Wilkes, Skyway, and more:

The corruption converges By Joseph

For quite a while now, I've publicized the view that Brent Wilkes -- the spooked-up bribe-meister still descibed as a "defense contractor" by most mainstream publications -- ran a largely ...
13.May 2006

Who knows? The bottom line is that when governments aren't honest -- which is all too often the case -- people will always fill in the blanks for themselves.

Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.
13.May 2006
More on Hookergate: /
Bush says for the first time that Flight 93 was the first battle in WW3: (from Think Progress),10117,19043507-38198,00.html

13.May 2006
starroute said...

Another possible angle is that Goss's role has always been that of cover-up guy.

He played a major part a few years back in making sure the CIA-cocaine hearings didn't go anywhere.

00.000.2003His House Intel Committee was deeply involved in trying to squash the Iraq intel investigations.

(It accused the CIA of being responsible for the failures on WMD information just one day before the CIA asked for an investigation of the Plame outing.)

And there have been other examples as well.
13.May 2006
Anonymous said...

Yeah, it looks like the shit is going to hit the fan big here + the talk is of hookers. In the world of parapolitics you never know, but the sudden resignation without explanation signifies something big going on behind the scenes. 3:49 AM   Anonymous said...

This is one of those deals that happen every so oten that gives civilians a glimpse of the Cold Civil War heating up in this country. This is the escalation of the war against the CIA by the Cheney Administration that has been raging since before Bush took the oath of office.
With all the recent points scored against the Cheney Administration by recently retired/fired analysts and operations folks, the ongoing Plame scandal, leaks from within and general insurrection by Company men and women everywhere against encroachments by Pentagon spies and rivals operating out of the John Negroponte's office, we will be seeing more blood drawn in the coming weeks. Porter Goss was fired because he couldn't get his people under control.

13.May 2006
Also, coincidentally or not, Jeff Gannon chose this of all weeks to
acknowledge publically for the first time that yes, in fact, he is a gay man. The admission came during the panel session of the Equality Forum, and was apparently so difficult for him he had trouble forming the words, even before a largely gay audience.
Gannon was asked where he slept during his White House overnights, but he was saved from responding by the moderators. It was the decent thing to do.

13.May 2006
As for Porter Goss, Cannonfire does an
excellent job of linking his abrupt resignation to an ongoing investigation of the Cunningham fiasco through CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo's ties to Brent Wilkes.
13.May 2006
At 10:48 06/05/2006 -0700, you wrote:
>The killer jet did not penetrate six concrete walls to burst out of the
>hole in ring-C. First, at the first floor level the Pentagon is one
>building at the first floor level from c to d rings (i.e., the rings are
>joined, there is no corridor at the first floor level), there are no
>walls, but only the pillars inside the building. Second, the hole in the
>c-ring wall may have been made by something else -- the hole being too
>clean and round for the exiting fuselage-engine of the killer jet. If
>the hole was made by an jet engine, it was the engine of a single-engine
>military plane, probably an F-16. (Lack of penetration to the left of
>pillars 14 and 15 indicate that the killer jet was not a two-engine
>>The Meyer also states at the end of his article that the lamp posts were
>torn from the ground. Actually some posts were snapped off and others
>broke at the bolts at the base.
>>Also one engine was recovered from the wreckage -- the one engine of a
>single-engine aircraft.
>>Forget the A-3 stuff -- the two-engine A-3 is much less likely than an
>F-16 or other jet fighter or single-engine missile platform.
>>DIck Eastman
>Yakima, Washington
>What convinced me that 9-11 was a false-flag inside-job.
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>----- Original Message ----->From: "mojo_j_2000" <<>>>To: <<>>
>Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 10:39 PM
>Subject: [911TruthAction] Re: A Boeing 757 did not hit the Pentagon......maybe an A-3

>stop the sing-a-long at pentagon and get the videotape..
>A Boeing 757 did not hit the Pentagon
>by Michael Meyer, Mechanical Engineer
>To the members of the Scientific Panel Investigating Nine-Eleven:
>>I would like to give you my input as to the events on 11.Sep.2001, and why it is a physically provable fact that some of the damage done to the Pentagon could not have occurred from a Boeing 757 impact, and therefore
>the 9/11 Commission report is not complete and arguably a cover-up. I will not speculate about what may have been covered up, I will only speak from my professional opinion. But I will explain why I do not believe the
>Pentagon was hit by a Boeing 757.
>>I am a Mechanical Engineer who spent many years in Aerospace, including structural design, and in the design + use of shaped charge explosives (like those that would be used in missile warheads).
>>The structural design of a large aircraft like a 757 is based around managing the structural loads of a pressurized vessel, the cabin, to near-atmospheric conditions while at the lower pressure region of cruising altitudes + to handle the structural and aerodynamic loads of the wings, control surfaces, and the fuel load. It is made as light as possible + is certainly not made to handle impact loads of any kind.
>>If a 757 were to strike a reinforced concrete wall, the energy from the speed and weight of the aircraft will be transferred, in part into the wall + to the structural failure of the aircraft. It is not too far of an analogy as if you had an empty aluminum can, traveling at high speed hitting a reinforced concrete wall. The aluminum can would crumple (the proper engineering term is buckle) and, depending on the structural integrity of the wall, crack, crumble or fail completely. The wall failure would not be a neat little hole, as the energy of the impact would be spread throughout the wall by the reinforcing steel.
>>This is difficult to model accurately, as any high speed, high energy, impact of a complex structure like an aircraft, into a discontinuous wall with windows etc. is difficult. What is known is that nearly all of the energy from this event would be dissipated in the initial impact + subsequent buckling of the aircraft.
>>We are lead to believe that not only did the 757 penetrate the outer wall, but continued on to penetrate separate internal walls totaling 9 feet of reinforced concrete. The final breach of concrete was a nearly perfectly cut circular hole (see below) in a reinforced concrete wall, with no subsequent damage to the rest of the wall. (If we are to believe that somehow this aluminum aircraft did in fact reach this sixth final wall.)
>American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757, is alleged to have punched through 6 blast-resistant concrete walls > feet of reinforced concrete >
>>It is physically impossible for the wall to have failed in a neat clean cut circle, period. When I first saw this hole, a chill went down my spine because I knew it was not possible to have a reinforced concrete wall fail in this manner, it should have caved in, in some fashion.
>>How do you create a nice clean hole in a reinforced concrete wall? With an explosive shaped charge.

An explosive shaped charge, or cutting charge is used in various military warhead devices. You design the geometry of
>the explosive charge so that you create a focused line of energy. You essentially focus nearly all of the explosive energy in what is referred to as a jet.

You use this jet to cut and penetrate armor on a tank, or the walls of a bunker.

The signature is clear and unmistakable. In a missile, the explosive charge is circular to allow the payload behind the initial shaped charge to enter whatever has been penetrated.
> >
> > I do not know what happened on 9/11, I do not know how politics works in this country, I can not explain why the mainstream media does not report on the problems with the 9/11 Commission.

But I am an engineer + I know what happens in high speed impacts, and how shaped charges are used to "cut" through materials.
> >
> > I have not addressed several other major gaps in the Pentagon/757 incident. The fact that this aircraft somehow ripped several light towers clean out of the ground without any damage to the aircraft (which I also feel is impossible), the fact that the two main engines were never recovered from the wreckage + the fact that our government has direct video coverage of the flight path + impact, from at least a gas station and hotel, which they have refused to release.
> >
> > You can call me a "tin hat", crazy, conspiracy theory, etc, but I can say from my expertise that the damage at the Pentagon was not caused by a Boeing 757. Sincerely, Michael Meyer

13.May 2006
Bush Immigration Speech: Smoke and Mirrors  Bush Immigration Speech: Smoke and Mirrors
13.May 2006 US to Gain Access to EU Retained Data Zonk 5 shenanigans writes

"After the EU recently ratified controversial data retention laws for ISPs and other telecommunication companies, it now looks like the US government will get full access to the data. From the article: 'US authorities can get access to EU citizens' data on phone calls, sms and emails, giving a recent EU data-retention law much wider-reaching consequences than first expected'. Apparently, the US has been calling members of the EU to 'ensure that the data collected [...] be accessible to them'."
13.May 2006
US to Gain Access to EU Retained Data Zonk 5 shenanigans writes

"After the EU recently ratified controversial data retention laws for ISPs and other telecommunication companies, it now looks like the US government will get full access to the data.

From the article: 'US authorities can get access to EU citizens' data on phone calls, sms and emails, giving a recent EU data-retention law much wider-reaching consequences than first expected'.

Apparently, the US has been calling members of the EU to 'ensure that the data collected [...] be accessible to them'."
13.May 2006
Video: Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime  9/11 Blogger - Blogging 9/11 Related Alternative News All comments are welcome! but please avoid hate speech + profanity + use references when possible. Video: Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime By somebigguy The long awaited new film, "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" from is available at 911podcasts
13.May 2006 Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping - New York Times  Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping - New York Times
13.May 2006 Secrecy Privilege Invoked in Fighting Ex-Detainee's Lawsuit - Washington Post  Google News - Top Stories Google News - Top Stories Secrecy Privilege Invoked in Fighting Ex-Detainee's Lawsuit - Washington Post Washington Post Secrecy Privilege Invoked in Fighting Ex-Detainee's Lawsuit Washington Post - 1 hour ago For at least the fifth time in the past year, the Justice Department yesterday invoked the once rarely cited state secrets privilege to argue that a lawsuit
13.May 2006 THE SPIES WHO SHAG US The Times and USA Today have Missed the Bigger Story -- Again
13.May 2006 No matter what they say, it's still about oil: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
13.May 2006 Recommendation: Hey Verizon: Here's My Opinion has just sent you a piece from

Melinda Henneberger: Hey Verizon: Here's My Opinion Link: So when I call Verizon customer service this morning, to discuss a problem with my phone line, a representative says she can only deal with my husband,
13.May 2006
22 Questions for Flight 93 Coroner Wally Miller  
22 Questions for Flight 93 Coroner Wally Miller by Lisa Guliani Wally Miller is the Somerset County coroner and a Somerset funeral home director who was the local point-man in charge of the Flight 93 crash site until the FBI took control of the crime scene. I tried on three different occasions to ask Mr. Miller the following questions: once in person at his funeral

13.May 2006 Shanksville-Flight 93: Many Unanswered Questions Still Linger  
Shanksville-Flight 93: Many Unanswered Questions Still Linger by Lisa Guliani On

01.May 2006 -after a 24-hour respite following our participation in New York City’s huge April 29th anti-war rally,

WING TV returned to the road once again with three destinations in mind: Shanksville, New Baltimore + Indian Lake, Pennsylvania. Victor Thorn and I wanted
13.May 2006
Speculation grows that Sarkozy will quit  Nicolas Sarkozy, France's interior minister, will indicate how long he intends to stay in government amid rising speculation that he could quit over an alleged smear campaign against him.Click here to view the original Webpage. Sent using R|mail.

13.May 2006 US lambasted on secret detainees  BBC NEWS | Americas | US lambasted on secret detainees
13.May 2006 Media watchdog raises press freedom concerns as UN elects new Human Rights Council - Irna  Media watchdog raises press freedom concerns as UN elects new Human Rights Council - Irna
13.May 2006 The Moussaoui Trial: Directed by Sidney Lumet  Wonkette Politics for People with Dirty Minds The Moussaoui Trial: Directed by Sidney Lumet In zacarias moussaoui You read that Post article about the Moussaoui jury? The foreman’s all upset because one jerk kept voting against the Death Penalty, leading to a stalemate, leading to Zac’s life sentence. Sort of annoying, we guess, if you’re dead set on killing a
13.May 2006 The Power Grab
13.May 2006 The Moderate Voice - So why did Michael Luttig resign?  The Moderate Voice - So why did Michael Luttig resign?
13.May 2006 Clinton outperformed Bush (CNN) -- In a new poll comparing President Bush's job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues. The poll of 1,021 adult Americans was conducted May 5-7 by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN. It had a margin .
13.May 2006 Overcooked Meat: America’s Addiction to Tanning Uncle Dave Tanning is the next hot button for polititians.
13.May 2006 Bush defends US spy programme US President George W Bush strongly defends his domestic surveillance programme in his weekly radio address.
13.May 2006 Human rights law 'may change' New laws could be brought in to prevent the Human Rights Act endangering public safety, the Lord Chancellor says.
13.May 2006 Attacks in Brazil leave 30 dead At least 30 people including police and prison guards die in a series of attacks in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.
13.May 2006 Iran rejects talks 'under threat' Iran is ready to discuss its nuclear ambitions with any country but not under threat of force, its president says.
13.May 2006 Sarkozy denies resignation rumour French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy scotches rumours that he will resign from the government.
13.May 2006 Thousands in hepatitis C screen Health officials will screen up to 5,500 patients for hepatitis C after a health care worker was diagnosed with the virus.
13.May 2006 Web page makes headlines Blog: As criticism of the mainstream news media continues unabated, some people might sometimes wish that they could write their own...
13.May 2006 Ship Logs Suggest Upcoming Polar Reversal CowboyNeal 141 Nyerp writes

"Researchers are using naval logs dating back as far as 1590 to arrive at better estimates of the decline of Earth's magnetic field. The results suggest that there may be a reversal of earth's magnetic field in about 2000 years." Also worth noting, our ancestors have lived through a number of polar reversals + we're still here, so no need to fret!
13.May 2006
Convicted Hacker Adrian Lamo Refuses to Give Blood CowboyNeal 331 CaliforniaCCW writes

"Hopefully everyone here remembers the case of Adrian Lamo, a so-called 'gray hat' hacker who plead guilty to one count of computer crimes against Microsoft, Nexis-Lexis and the New York Times 00.000.2004. He got a felony conviction, six months detention in his parents' home + two years of probation. Today, as a condition of his probation, he must provide a sample of his DNA in the form of a blood sample, something which he has refused to do. Should convicted felons on probation have privacy rights over their DNA? Or is a blood sample like a fingerprint, something that everyone should provide to their government?"
Federal agents raid home of CIA's former No. 3 boss By Jerry Kammer and Marcus Stern COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
Federal agents Friday morning raided the home of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who stepped down this week from the No. 3 post at the CIA amid accusations of improper ties to a defense contractor named as a co-conspirator in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

13.May 2006 The Times and USA Today have Missed the Bigger Story -- Again -By Greg Palast
Worried about Dick Cheney listening in Sunday on your call to Mom? That ain't nothing. You should be more concerned that they are linking this info to your medical records, your bill purchases and your entire personal profile including, not incidentally, your voting registration. Five years ago, I discovered that ChoicePoint had already gathered 16 billion data files on Americans -- + I know they've expanded their ops at an explosive rate .

13.May 2006 Fanning the Flames of Dissent -By Charles Sullivan
The government has fallen so completely under the spell of the corporations that it is virtually indistinguishable from them. The people have been shut out of the process and are left to fend for themselves, much like the victims of Hurricane Katrina last year.

13.May 2006 Rush vs. Hollywood Jews Rush Limbaugh claimed on his radio program that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush contained not only "Democratic talking points," but "even some liberal Hollywood Jewish people talking point."
Not too long ago, the neocon right (correctly) scored Ahmadinejad for Holocaust denial. Now, Rush seems to think that the Iranian leader and the Jews are somehow "in it" together.

13.May 2006 Bush and Churchill Toward the end of Larisa Alexandrovna's important story about the preparations for war, we find the following nugget: "[President] Bush thinks that history will judge him as a great leader, not unlike Winston Churchill," one former high-ranking military intelligence official remarked.
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Am Freitag stärkten zwei einflussreiche republikanische Senatoren Hayden öffentlich den Rücken, um die Lage etwas zu entschärfen. Selbst in den Reihen der Republikaner wurden Stimmen laut, den Enthüllungen nachzugehen. "Wir müssen herausfinden, was da vorgeht", sagte der Vorsitzende des Justizausschusses des US-Senats, der Republikaner Arlen Specter aus Pennsylvania. Hayden absolvierte unterdessen die traditionellen Besuche bei Senatoren vor den für Donnerstag geplanten Senatsanhörungen zu seiner Bestätigung.
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 Die NSA und ihr Ex-Direktor Michael Hayden  stehen bereits wegen eines anderen Programms in der Kritik, bei dem der Dienst die Auslandstelefonate von mutmaßlich Tausenden von US-Bürgern abgehört hatte.

Hayden war erst am Montag von Bush als neuer Chef des Auslandsgeheimdienstes CIA nominiert worden. In seiner Rundfunkansprache lobte ihn Bush nochmals und drängte den Senat, seinen Kandidaten rasch zu bestätigen. Der General sei außergewöhnlich qualifiziert, die CIA zu führen.

Hayden werde ein starker Chef sein und seine Mitarbeiter dabei unterstützen, Terrorangriffe zu verhindern, wichtige Informationen zu sichern + gefährliche Gruppen zu infiltrieren.
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Die für die Klageschrift verantwortlichen Juristen Bruce Afran und Carl Mayer sagten, es handele sich um den bislang weitgehendsten Eingriff in Bürgerrechte in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten.

Verizon erklärte, man kenne die Klageschrift noch nicht und wolle sich deshalb nicht dazu äußern. Da das NSA-Programm streng geheim sei, wolle man auch nichts über eine mögliche Beteiligung sagen. 

Ähnliche Klagen könnten auch den Unternehmen AT&T und BellSouth drohen, die ebenfalls Daten weitergegeben haben.
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Die Kläger werfen Verizon vor, mit der Weiterleitung ihrer Telefondaten an die NSA gegen das Gesetz verstoßen zu haben.

Sie verlangen laut Klage, dass Abhöraktionen nur bei Vorliegen eines richterlichen Beschlusses erlaubt sein sollen und auch nur bei konkretem Terrorverdacht.
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Auch würden keine Namen, Adressen oder andere persönliche Daten in das Mammutarchiv aufgenommen.

Allerdings lasse sich die Identität der Gesprächsbeteiligten leicht ermitteln, wenn die gesammelten Informationen mit anderen Datenbanken abgeglichen würden.

Verizon droht Milliardenklage
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Bush äußerte er sich nicht zu der Frage, warum zur Verfolgung von Terrorverdächtigen eine so große Menge von Daten gesammelt werden musste.

Laut der Zeitung "USA Today" legte der Militärgeheimdienst nach den Terroranschlägen vom 11.Sep.2001 ein riesiges Archiv mit Millionen privater Telefonanrufe an.
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Die von ihm genehmigten Geheimdienstaktivitäten seien "gesetzmäßig" gewesen, verteidigte sich der Präsident. Seine Regierung habe keine Inlandsgespräche ohne gerichtliche Genehmigung abgehört.

Die Privatsphäre der Bürger sei jederzeit "streng geschützt" gewesen.
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George W. Bush hat das Abhören von Telefongesprächen von Millionen US-Bürgern erneut mit dem Anti-Terror-Kampf verteidigt. Alle Maßnahmen des Geheimdienstes NSA seien "gesetzmäßig" gewesen, behauptete der Präsident in seiner wöchentlichen Rundfunkansprache.

Washington - Die Abhöraktionen der NSA seien notwendig gewesen, um die Terrororganisation al-Qaida ins Visier zu nehmen, sagte Bush. "Es ist wichtig, dass die Amerikaner verstehen, dass unsere Aktivitäten strikt auf al-Qaida und seine bekannten Verbündeten zielten."
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Der 51-Jährige wird verdächtigt, insbesondere in Deutschland dem befreundeten Geschäftsmann Brent Wilkes aus San Diego in Kalifornien Verträge mit der CIA zugeschanzt zu haben. Foggo habe sich von Wilkes zu Ferienreisen einladen lassen. Zudem habe der CIA-Spitzenbeamte an Pokerrunden mit hohen Einsätzen teilgenommen, die Wilkes im Watergate-Hotel in Washington arrangiert habe. Außerdem will das FBI herausfinden, ob Foggo an Partys des Freundes teilgenommen hat, bei denen auch Prostituierte anwesend gewesen sein sollen.

Der Geschäftsmann Wilkes ist laut US-Zeitungsberichten in verschiedene Affären verwickelt. So steht er der "Washington Post" zufolge im Verdacht, auch den kalifornischen Abgeordneten Randy Cunningham bestochen zu haben. Der Republikaner wurde im November 2005 wegen Korruption zu acht Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt.

Foggo ist derzeit noch die Nummer drei in der Hierarchie der CIA. Er steht seit 25 Jahren im Dienst der CIA und bestreitet in einer vom Geheimdienst verbreiteten Erklärung jegliches Fehlverhalten.

Er hatte vor wenigen Tagen seinen Rücktritt angekündigt. Davor hatte auch CIA-Chef Porter Goss seinen Rücktritt erklärt.

Dessen Demission stehe jedoch in keinem Zusammenhang mit den Untersuchungen gegen Foggo, betonte CIA-Sprecherin Jennifer Dyck.
13.May 2006
NSA-Skandal: Bush nennt Abhöraktionen gesetzmäßig
13.May 2006 Iran zum Atomstreit: Dialog nur ohne Drohungen möglich

13.May 2006 NSA-Abhöraktion: Anti-Terror-Kampf dient Bush als Alibi
13.May 2006 US-Geheimdienst: CIA-Direktor unter Korruptionsverdacht
13.May 2006 TV-Ansprache: Bush will für verschärfte Regeln für Einwanderer werben
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Ausstellung läuft bis zum 4. September und ist sonntags, montags und mittwochs von 10 bis 20 Uhr, donnerstags, freitags und samstags von 10 bis 21 Uhr geöffnet.
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Alexandria galt als eine der reichsten Städte der Antike. Jede Woche liefen rund 200 Schiffe aus Alexandria mit Lebensmitteln für den Mittelmeer-Raum aus. Damit war die Metropole an der Nilmündung einer der wichtigsten Wirtschaftsfaktoren im Mittelmeerraum. "Ein Generalstreik in Alexandria konnte in Konstantinopel den Thron wackeln lassen", meint der Frankfurter Althistoriker Manfred Clauss, der die Ausstellung wissenschaftlich begleitet.
13.May 2006
Microsoft-Browser: US-Kartellbehörde weist Google-Kritik zurück
13.May 2006 Zuchtprogramm: Mehr Hamster ins Feld
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Angesichts sinkender Beliebtheitswerte hatte US-Präsident Bush den neuen Sprecher engagiert, um seine Politik vor den im November anstehenden Kongresswahlen besser zu vermitteln. Bush befindet sich derzeit in einem beständigen Umfragetief. Am Freitag war die Zustimmungsrate der Wähler in einer Umfrage erstmals unter 30 Prozent gesunken. Laut "Wall Street Journal" finden nur noch 29 Prozent, dass der Präsident gute Arbeit leiste.
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Der 50-jährige Snow arbeitete seit zehn Jahren für den erzkonservativen Sender Fox, der Bushs Republikanischer Partei nahe steht. In seinen Kommentaren hatte er Bush bisweilen von rechts kritisiert. Zwischen

00.000.1996-00.000.2003 war Snow Gastgeber der Sonntags-Talkshow "Fox News Sunday".

00.000.1991 hatte Snow vorübergehend als Redenschreiber für Bushs Vater gearbeitet, den damaligen Präsidenten George Bush.
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Über seine Zusammenarbeit mit Bush äußerte sich Snow zufrieden. Vor seinem Antritt als Nachfolger des bisherigen Spechers Scott McClellan hatte er sich ausbedungen, dass er nicht nur Sprachrohr der Regierung ist, sondern bei wichtigen Entscheidungen mit am Tisch sitzt. "Der Präsident bestimmt die Regeln, aber doch: Mir wurde Zugang gewährt", berichtete er.
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Washington -  Sein Einstand im neuen Amt "ging ziemlich daneben", räumte Snow am Freitag in Washington freimütig ein. Mit einem nett gemeinten Abweichen vom üblichen Prozedere hatte sich der Sprecher zuvor den Unmut zahlreicher Journalisten zugezogen: Auf eigenen Wunsch fand Snows erstes Hintergrundgespräch mit den Medienvertretern nicht im Presseraum, sondern in seinem Büro statt. Dort drängten sich Dutzende Journalisten auf engem Raum, während zahlreiche weitere sich vor der Tür vergeblich um Einlass bemühten.

AFP Bush-Sprecher Snow: Misslungenes Debüt
"Ich hatte die tolle Idee, dass dies nett und kollegial und entspannt werden würde", rechtfertigte er sich später.

"Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass so viel Andrang herrscht."

Der Termin für das Gespräch war zudem kurzfristig verschoben worden, so dass etwa 20 Journalisten zu spät kamen.

"Ich entschuldige mich. Das geht auf meine Kappe", sagte Snow. Er bitte um "ein wenig Nachsicht", da der Freitag sein erster Tag im neuen Amt war.
13.May 2006
Ausstellung in Berlin: "Ägyptens versunkene Welten" eröffnet

13.May 2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: 16 Millionen chinesische Blogs

13.May 2006 Zerknirschter Bush-Sprecher: "Das geht auf meine Kappe"
13.May 2006 Boehner Ridicules Proposals From Republican Senators (Update1)  
By Laura Litvan May 12 (Bloomberg) -- House Majority Leader John Boehner dismisses recent legislative proposals on energy and immigration as ``stupid,'' ``insulting'' and ``a big mistake.''

Boehner's scorn isn't directed at his usual target, the Democrats: The proposals drawing the Ohio Republican's ire come from members of his own party in the Senate.
13.May 2006
Tony Snow on His First Press Gaggle: "This is Just a Mess"  Tony Snow on His First Press Gaggle: "This is Just a Mess"
13.May 2006 Pelosi: 'Impeachment is Off the Table'  Drudge Retort Red Meat for Yellow Dogs Pelosi: 'Impeachment is Off the Table' Charles Babington: Seeking to choke off a Republican rallying cry, the House's top Democrat has told colleagues that the party will not seek to impeach President Bush even if it gains control of the House in November's elections, her office said last night. [Washington Post]
13.May 2006 London blast reports ‘a whitewash’  Deconstructing a False-Flag Operation London blast reports ‘a whitewash’ By culhavoc on News May 12th, 2006 LONDON: The government was yesterday accused of a whitewash after two reports said no one was to blame for failing to stop the July 7 bombers. The findings came despite new evidence that several opportunities to pick up the four terrorists before they
13.May 2006 Bloglines - VIDEO - Jonathan Turley: NSA Has No Legal Authority to Create Call Database  
The BRAD BLOG Breaking News, Investigative Blogging, Lots of Trouble-Making! VIDEO - Jonathan Turley: NSA Has No Legal Authority to Create Call Database BONUS VIDEO - Bush Prefers to Promote Inner-Circle of Criminals Guest blogged by David Edwards of Video in Streaming Flash format... Video in Windows Media format... Jonathan Turley is a

13.May 2006 covert records ::: underground choons of the finest quality  
London Bombs - unanswered questions 1. Was Netanyahu warned in advance? A report published by the Associated Press (AP) at 12:16 p.m. on July 7, authored by Amy Teibel in Jerusalem, stated, “British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday’s explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said... Benjamin

13.May 2006 Slate Dismisses Ahmadinejad’s “Goofy” Letter  
Another Day in the Empire Just another WordPress weblog Slate Dismisses Ahmadinejad’s “Goofy” Letter By Administrator on Uncategorized According to Fred Kaplan, writing for Slate, Ahmadinejad’s letter “is a bizarre document” and Condi Rice “is right to say that it fails to address any of the issues on the table,” that is to say “issues” put on the “table” by the

13.May 2006 Screw Loose Change: New Secret Weapon Unveiled  
Screw Loose Change: New Secret Weapon Unveiled Question: What kind of sick person is more interested in lambasting a movie than in finding the truth about the most heinous false-flag operation in the history of the world?

13.May 2006 BlondeSense: More on NSA Acquisition of Phone Records  BlondeSense: More on NSA Acquisition of Phone Records
13.May 2006 Screw Loose Change: The Pentagon Again  Screw Loose Change: The Pentagon Again This post is about the linked entry above, which is part of a case being made that the video Loose Change is flawed, and in some cases spurious or wholly incorrect. I don't agree with that conclusion. Here's one small commentary in rebuttal (debunking the debunk). ---- Loose
13.May 2006 WP: Moussaoui's life spared by lone juror - Highlights -  WP: Moussaoui's life spared by lone juror - Highlights
13.May 2006 A look at the telephone surveillance issue -  A look at the telephone surveillance issue -
13.May 2006 The Home Page of J. Orlin Grabbe  (Target Web Page Content changes daily Nudity) The Home Page of J. Orlin Grabbe: Israeli Gestapo-like security personnel intimidate Europeans traveling to the US May 11, 2006 -- Israeli Gestapo-like security personnel intimidate travelers from Europe coming to the USA. According to European journalists, Israeli citizens and European nationals who are employees of the airport
13.May 2006  
Top News Article GENEVA (Reuters) - The USA has again refused the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects held in secret detention centers, the humanitarian agency said on Friday. The overnight statement was issued after talks in Washington between ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger and senior officials, including Secretary of State

13.May 2006 Just Observing: This nation may be the home of the brave, but...  
Constantly Amazed, Yet Never Surprised "A little patience + we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit + incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. ...We must have patience

13.May 2006 World News Headlines -] China central bank attacks report on bad loans  
China's central bank has strongly attacked a report by Ernst Young which asserts that China's total liabilities for non-performing loans may be more than US$900bn.

13.May 2006 Bush Motorcade Aims Assault Rifles At Protesters In Florida Paul Joseph Watson Bush Motorcade Aims Assault Rifles At Protesters In Florida Eyewitnesses are reporting that during Bush's recent visit to Florida, protesters were shocked to
13.May 2006 Big Brother Was Listening In A Long Time Ago Paul Joseph Watson Big Brother Was Listening In A Long Time Ago Does anyone remember Echelon? Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | May 12 2006
13.May 2006 A Bitter Game: Beijing Battles With Vatican The public dispute between China and the Vatican over the consecration of two bishops threatens recent gains in relations between the two.
13.May 2006 New Fears of Security Risks in Electronic Voting Systems Officials in Pennsylvania and California issued urgent directives about a potential security risk in their Diebold Election Systems touch-screen voting machines.
13.May 2006 "The TSA&apos;s Constitution-Free Zone" Interesting first-person account of someone on the U.S. Terrorist Watch List: To sum up, if you run afoul of the nation&apos;s "national security" apparatus, you&apos;re completely on your own. There are no firm rules, no case law, no real appeals...
13.May 2006 Kerr&apos;s Legal Analysis of the NSA&apos;s Phone Records Program Solove I was planning to do some analysis of the legality of the NSA&apos;s phone records program, but Orin Kerr has already accomplished it. His posts are terrific and are essential reading: * Thoughts on the Legality of the Latest NSA...
13.May 2006 Philadelphia OKs Wireless Internet Project PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to blanket the city's 135 square miles with a high-speed wireless Internet connection, a measure the mayor is expected to sign soon....
13.May 2006 Thief Disguises Himself as Security Guard Another in our series on the security problems of trusting people in uniform:

A thief disguised as a security guard Tuesday duped the unsuspecting staff of a top Italian art gallery into giving him more than 200,000 euros ($253,100), local...
13.May 2006
Students 'not able to graduate' Thousands of university students fear they may not be able to graduate because of a pay dispute by lecturers.
13.May 2006 Red alert for Indonesia volcano Indonesia orders a mass evacuation as the eruption of the volcano Mount Merapi appears imminent.
13.May 2006 Afghan hijackers 'not spongers' Nine Afghan hijackers who won a bid to stay in the UK say they want to contribute to society and not "sponge".
13.May 2006 Army investigates 'gas footage' An inquiry is under way into footage apparently showing Army recruits being exposed to CS gas in a chamber
13.May 2006 Oxfam criticises DR Congo donors Aid agency Oxfam says donor nations have failed to respond adequately to a humanitarian appeal for war-torn DR Congo.
13.May 2006 US calls for Uzbek killings probe The US says Uzbekistan still owes an explanation for the killing of civilians in Andijan one year ago.
13.May 2006 FBI raids top CIA official's home US federal agents search the home and office of the outgoing executive director of the CIA, Kyle Foggo.
13.May 2006 Lecturers vote for all-out strike Academics vote for an indefinite strike over a university's decision to stop paying staff in a pay dispute.
13.May 2006 Weaker dollar hits world markets European and Asian stock markets close sharply lower on Friday, hit by the weaker dollar and fresh inflation fears.
13.May 2006 US lambasted on secret detainees The Red Cross strongly criticises the US for refusing to allow it access to detainees in secret locations.
13.May 2006 'Bullying' Iraq hero fined £1,000 A soldier awarded one of the highest military honours for bravery in Iraq is fined £1,000 for mistreating recruits.
13.May 2006 Suharto corruption case dropped Indonesian prosecutors move to close the corruption case against ex-President Suharto on health grounds.
13.May 2006 Beatson centre gave 39 overdoses Almost 40 cancer patients received radiation overdoses at a Glasgow hospital over 20 years, it emerges.
13.May 2006 Parties fight for green supremacy Labour plots new green moves as Tories and Lib Dems urge the environment secretary to sign up to a cross-party pact.
13.May 2006 Warning on search engine safety A research report reveals the riskiest phrases to use on net search sites.
13.May 2006 Warning on search engine safety A research report reveals the riskiest phrases to use on net search sites.
13.May 2006 Autistic brains 'never daydream' People with autism do not "daydream", a study has found.
13.May 2006 Braincast 31 - Grundsaetzliches_Synapsen Arvid Leyh Ohne Vernetzung koennen auch die schlausten Neurone nicht viel bewegen. Die Schnittstellen in diesem Netzwerk heissen Synapsen und sie liegen unter der Lupe von Braincast 31. Zu sehen sind dabei auch koerpereigene Cannabinoide.
13.May 2006 MP3 File
13.May 2006 Power Up With Magnetic Bacteria A high school student's science fair project demonstrates a unique new renewable energy source with zero emissions. By Stephen Leahy.
13.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.
13.May 2006 NSA Using Social Network Analysis NSA focuses on social networks in American's phone calls.
13.May 2006 Police blotter: Enhanced video used to convict arsonist Court rules on whether a digitally enhanced videotape can be used against a woman accused of burning down her employer's offices.
13.May 2006 Telecom firms distance themselves from NSA flap As outcry over Bush administration data mining grows, companies go out of their way to say they weren't involved.
13.May 2006 DC grapples with data mining Senators promise hearings after report of millions of Americans' phone records being given to the NSA.
13.May 2006 A Solar Race Around the World Zonk 58 garzpacho writes

"In Switzerland, two teams are vying to be the first to circle the globe in a solar powered vehicle--one team in a boat, the other in an airplane. The boat, a two person trimaran, is the brainchild of PlanetSolar, who hopes to circumnavigate the world In 80 days. Solar Impulse is fielding the single-pilot plane, which will be capable of taking off under its own power and flying all night. Both groups hope to bring greater attention to solar power, which they believe is more appropriate for alternative transportation than for automobiles."
13.May 2006
Congress Proposes Data Breach Disclosure Bill Zonk 62 segphault writes

"A new data breach disclosure bill proposed by Senator Sensenbrenner (the same politician that sponsored the infamous Real ID Act) requires companies to inform federal law enforcement agencies if a database containing information on more than 10,000 citizens is infiltrated by hackers. The punishments for failing to disclose information about data breaches to federal law enforcement agents under this new bill include jail time and massive fines. Although this bill requires disclosure to the government, it does not require companies to inform the victims of data theft. Furthermore, it allows federal law enforcement agencies to prevent companies from voluntarily disclosing information about breaches to the public, even if the companies are required to do so by state laws. This law could potentially allow companies to circumvent and undermine state laws designed to protect consumers from identity theft."
13.May 2006
Yahoo Defends Itself On China Allegations Zonk 99 Vitaly Friedman writes

"Yahoo defends its policies in China as doing more good than harm, even as multiple dissidents have been jailed based on Yahoo Mail evidence. From the article: 'Yahoo continues to defend itself against charges that its Chinese operations have been responsible for the jailing of multiple dissidents. Multiple reports have surfaced which tie Yahoo Mail to various Chinese court cases that have ended in imprisonment for writers with politically unpopular opinions.'"
13.May 2006
No Space for MySpace? Zonk 237 conq writes

"BusinessWeek looks at the flaws in the bill proposed by the House of Representatives that would block access to social networks and Internet chat rooms in most federally funded schools and libraries. One big problem with their bill is it is much too vague, it 'could rule out content from any number of Internet companies, including Yahoo! and Google.' What's more, DOPA would prohibit sites that enable users to create their own content and share it. That covers a wide swath of the online world, known colloquially as Web 2.0, where users actively create everything from blogs to videos to news-page collections." This is analysis of a bill we covered yesterday.
13.May 2006
Examining the New Bubble Zonk 79+ abb_road writes

"Whether or not we're in the midst of another boom-bust cycle in technology is a matter of fierce debate. BusinessWeek discusses what constituted that last bubble and looks at current trends to see if we're on the verge of a new one. From the article: 'The Great Bubble of the late '90s shaped a generation of Internet entrepreneurs and investors much as the Great Depression shaped a generation of economizers in the mid-20th century. 'The bubble generation is much more attuned to the fact that things can get really out of hand,' says Bill Burnham, a former partner at Mobius Venture Capital. 'There's a level of caution that has been ingrained.'"
13.May 2006
Microsoft To Automate Malware Classification Zonk 76+ Kuzulu Kuhuru writes

"Researchers in Microsoft's anti-malware engineering team are using distance measure and machine learning technologies to automate the process of classifying new strains of computer viruses, Trojans and other malicious software programs." From the article: "Microsoft's proposal will take a 'holistic approach' to tackle the classification problem, Lee said, pointing out that the machine learning aspects will deal with everything, from knowledge consumption, representation and storage, to classifier model generation and selection. It aims to consume knowledge about the malware sample efficiently and automatically and represent that knowledge in a form that results in minimal information loss. "
13.May 2006
Americans Not Bothered by NSA Spying Zonk 672+ Snap E Tom writes

"According to a Washington Post poll, a majority (63%) of Americans 'said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism.' A slightly higher majority would not be bothered if the NSA collected personal calls that they made. Even though the program has received bi-partisan criticism from Congress, it appears that the public values security over privacy."
13.May 2006
Mobile Phone Transmitter Causes Brain Tumours? Zonk 245+ Peter writes

"Seven staff in the one building have been diagnosed with brain tumours + everything seems to be pointing to the mobile phone towers located on the roof. The building is owned by RMIT University and an investigation is taking place. Five of the seven staff worked on the top floor of the building. Medical experts contacted by The Age Newspaper said no definitive link had been proved between mobile phone tower radiation and cancer."
13.May 2006
Critical Security Hole Found in Diebold Machines Zonk 224+ ckswift writes

"From security expert Bruce Schneier's blog, a major security hole has been found in Diebold voting machines." From the article: "The hole is considered more worrisome than most security problems discovered on modern voting machines, such as weak encryption, easily pickable locks and use of the same, weak password nationwide. Armed with a little basic knowledge of Diebold voting systems and a standard component available at any computer store, someone with a minute or two of access to a Diebold touch screen could load virtually any software into the machine and disable it, redistribute votes or alter its performance in myriad ways."
13.May 2006
Death to Bush ? - After LBJ became President PA&E landed the largest civilian contract in Vietnam constructing ... A Saddam insider has testified that Saddam’s secret police, ...

13.May 2006 - Le rapport recueille le cas des tortures dans la prison irakienne d' Abu Ghraib et rappelle que les forces étasuniennes possédaient quelque 25 centres de ...
13.May.2006 $50 billion. Judd  Damages sought from Verizon for turning over phone records to the NSA in a new federal lawsuit filed on behalf of customers.
13.May 2006 Highlights From Tony Snow’s First Press Gaggle Judd 

New White House Press Secretary Tony Snow held his first gaggle this morning. Here are some highlights: Can’t comment on national security issues.”

You’ll forgive me, but I’ll do the talking points on this as the new kid on the block. I’m not fully briefed into everything. I hate to read from a sheet of paper.”

For today, I am not going to handle international issues or currency issues. I do not wish to set off global tempests. I frankly just don’t know enough on those.”

I thought this would be nice and congenial and it is obviously just a mess.”

After his performance, ABC’s Chief White House correspondent, Martha Raddatz, described Snow as “a smoothie.” UPDATE: TPMmucracker has the full transcript.
13.May 2006 29% Nico  President Bush’s approval rating, the “lowest mark of his presidency,” according to a new Wall Street Journal/Harris poll.
13.May 2006 Telcos Could Be Liable For Tens of Billions of Dollars For Illegally Turning Over Phone Records Judd 
This morning, USA Today reported that three telecommunications companies – AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth – provided “
phone call records of tens of millions of Americansto the National Security Agency. Such conduct appears to be illegal and could make the telco firms liable for tens of billions of dollars. Here’s why:

13.May 2006 Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-KY) indicted. Nico 
A special grand jury investigating Kentucky state government hiring practices “indicted Gov. Ernie Fletcher on
three misdemeanors for conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.”

Fourteen other indictments are currently under seal, likely covering alleged crimes committed by Fletcher’s staff that occurred before Fletcher “pardoned all administration officials except himself.”
13.May 2006
Mark you calendar. Nico 
Criminally-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) writes House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL):

I have recently made the decision to pursue new opportunities to engage in the important cultural and political battles of our day from an arena outside of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As a result, I am informing you of my intention to formally resign as the representative of the 22nd Congressional District of Texas to be effective at the close of business on June 9, 2006.”
13.May 2006 ThinkFast: May 12, 2006 »

The Washington Post editorial board takes HUD Secretary Jackson to task today over his “anecdotalstory about issuing contracts based on political views:

Either Mr. Jackson broke the law and then lied about it, or he lied that he had broken the law. Which of those actions makes him fit to be secretary of housing and urban development?”

The Bush administration has once again refused to give the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to terrorism suspects being held secret detention centers .

Government officials said that investigators “are examining the activities of several members of the House Appropriations Committee, including Representative Jerry Lewis, the California Republican and chairman of the panel that wields influence over government spending.”

Today, if the Defense Department were a private business it would be involved in a major scandal.” A new report by Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities finds that the “ Defense Department’s accounting practices are in such disarray ” that defense officials can’t track the military’s equipment or how they spend defense dollars every year.

The top U.S. spokesperson in Iraq yesterday acknowledged that attacks on Iraqi civilians in the last 10 weeks were “about 80% higher than the level of violence late last year. In the last 24 hours there had been 85 attacks around the nation.” 
12.May 2006 63%. Percentage of Americans who think its acceptable that the “National Security Agency has been collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans,” according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.
12.May 2006 Washington Post editorial almost calls Bush a liar by John in DC - For the Washington Post, that's a big step. Think of it as a first step in twelve.

WHEN THE New York Times revealed the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program late last year, President Bush assured the country that the operation was carefully limited to international calls, targeted only al-Qaeda suspects and did not involve snooping on law-abiding Americans. That turns out to be far from the whole truth.

And the Post gets bonus points for a second editorial suggesting that the HUD secretary needs to step down: Either Mr. Jackson broke the law and then lied about it, or he lied that he had broken the law.

Which of those actions makes him fit to be secretary of housing and urban development?

Boy oh boy, two rather logical editorials in a row on the same day. Fred Hiatt's gonna be pissed when he gets back from his vacation. Comment s (20)   Permanent Link 
13.May 2006 Unfriendly editorial from the very conservative Boston Herald by John in DC - 5/12/2006 02:11:00 AM
This is quite telling as well. First the Chicago Trib + now this. Now, this ain't exactly the scathing editorial I'd write, but for an uber-conservative newspaper,
this is not a good editorial by any means: At first blush there’s something truly unnerving about the idea that government spies have their mitts on our private phone records. Really, does the National Security Agency need to know when Aunt Millie dials up her sister on the Cape?
...Since 9/11 the American public has been willing to rely on the assurances of government leaders that they are preserving our privacy while fighting terrorism.
Unfortunately + perhaps understandably, many Americans no longer believe them.

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13.May 2006 Friday Morning Open Thread by Joe in DC - 5/12/2006 07:16:00 AM
Almost everyone has called someone they shouldn't have called. And no one wants George Bush knowing that. Across every issue, there is no such thing as privacy under the Bush Administration. Let's get it going again....

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13.May 2006 Editorials from left and right slam Bush's phone records spying by John in DC - 5/12/2006 10:31:00 AM From E&P
.May 2006 More doublespeak from Verizon, one of the companies accused of massively violating its customers' privacy by John in DC
Reuters "Verizon does not + will not, provide any government agency unfettered access to our customer records or provide information to the government under circumstances that would allow a fishing expedition," the company said on Friday. Verizon didn't provide the government "unfettered" access to my phone records.
I mean, sure, Verizon provided the government spy agencies "fettered" access to my private, confidential, personal phone records that they were supposed to keep to themselves for the past many years that I've been a Verizon customers - and they didn't. But the good news is that there was no "unfettered" access. Only fettered.
Unfettered massive privacy violation by Verizon = bad.
Fettered massive privacy violation by Verizon = good.
Got it now?
I want to sue Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth for billions. Okay all you lawyers out there, how do we do this? I'm talking lawsuits in every state.

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13.May 2006 What in God's name have George Bush and the Republican party done to our country?

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13.May 2006 That, along with Bush's ramblings tonight about wanting to send US troops to the Mexican border, gave me a really horrible realization.
We're now taking the hysteria over the war on terror and turning it into a rather disturbing and familiar war against another race. George Bush and the Republican party have so terrorized the American people, made them so full of fear and hate, that the American people are starting to take it out on the "others" in our society, with the very happy collusion of our government.
Our government is thinking of using the military to deal with this "problem" in our midst.

Vigilante citizens groups are patrolling the country to find these others among us. Web sites are being set up to expose the companies among us who harbor these un-Americans.

The #1 news channel for Republicans is calling on white people to have more babies to stop Hispanic from taking over "our" country.
Does nobody understand who and what our country is turning into?

13.May 2006 Verizon sued for handing out records to NSA by Chris in Paris -03:03:00 AM
Good. I hope to hear of a lot more legal action against the bastards who don't give a damn about the Constitution.
Attorneys Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon in federal district court in Manhattan, where Verizon is headquartered.
The lawsuit asks the court to stop Verizon from turning over any more records to the NSA without a warrant or consent of the subscriber.
"This is the largest and most vast intrusion of civil liberties we've ever seen in the USA," Afran said of the NSA program. And here's where Verizon and others might stand up and take notice:
The lawsuit seeks $1,000 for each violation of the Telecommunications Act, or $5 billion if the case is certified as class-action .

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13.May 2006 Fox News Host On NSA Story: Wall Street Won’t Let A ‘Puny Little Traitor…Take Down Our Market’ »

The Dow was down 120 points today, prompting Fox News’ David Ruder to suggest it was because USA Today made “the country less safe” by running its story on NSA’s data mining.

But Fox News host Brenda Butler disagreed, saying that Wall Street would “not going to let some puny, little traitor, some leaker who went ahead and compromised our national security, take down this, take down our market, take down our country.” Watch it:
13.May 2006 : In Bush’s world, all Americans except his corrupt friends are members of Al Queda. I am spyin’ on ‘em because I am the decider. I decided to spy so that makes it legal.

Does anyone remember the Republicans claiming the absolutely had to impeach Bill Clinton because he “broke the law” and no one is above the law. They absolutely had to impeach him. It was all about everyone having to follow the law. Just look up their statements on the internet.

Hypocrite sleazbags!

Comment by SeattlePatriot
13.May 2006

About Tice:
Russell Tice was a senior intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency until he demanded to know in April 2003 what had happened to a report he had filed about a former colleague he suspected of spying for China. Two months later, he found himself checking coolant at the agency’s motor pool.
Not only did Tice get demoted from the elite ranks of the intelligence community, but he was also deemed “paranoid” by one of the agency’s psychologists, a death sentence in the intelligence field. Just nine months earlier, Tice had been found psychologically sound during a routine evaluation.
In federal job: Blow whistle, get boot

He was not the only one to be labeled “paranoid”. Funny thing is, some whistleblowers are no liberals, but simply critical of the Bush administration’s misguided policies:

Whistleblowers who have stepped forward to accuse the National Security Agency of retaliating against them by falsely labeling them “paranoid,” “delusional,” or “psychotic,” cover a range of political views.

Russell D. Tice, a self-described conservative, believes President Bush should be impeached over the current controversy involving the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

Another whistleblower, Diane Ring, is a staunch Bush supporter who supports the surveillance program.
NSA Whistleblowers Were Allegedly Isolated, Intimidated

Take heed, Bush cultists. Even you can fall from your Supreme (mis)Leader’s grace and find yourself labeled “paranoid” or worse.
13.May 2006

Planet B

It’s not the system that allowed Bush to get away with so much. The system, if applied would have booted his sorry ass

00.000.2003 , no what allowed Bush to get away with so much is much more tragic.

What allowed Bush to get away with so much, was the American People.

The American People who didn’t vote, the American People who voted based on “Values” voting, the American people who voted along party lines + the American people who defined their country as a 2 party state.

The American people who weren’t willing to weaken the opposition when the opposition had simply ceased fighting, and the American people who weren’t willing to abandon the ruling party they knew to be wrong.

The American people who let Fox get away with telling them lies.

The American people who continued to believe Ann Coulter and the other Republican pundits no matter how many times they were discredited, the American people who swallowed opinion as fact and fact as opinion. The American people, who years previously, made politics crass.

The American people, who still won’t protest as their rights are stripped from them one by one. The American people more afraid of the damage done by one islamic terrorist half way around the world, then the damage done by toxins in their water supply.

It is not the system which is to blame, but the people who were supposed to make sure the system worked. The American government, when it works is a remarkable demonstration of checks and balances, but it needs the American people to make it work.

Comment by Bruce Gorton — May 12, 2006
13.May 2006

A class action was filed against Verizon today in federal court in New York. Asks for $5 billion in consumer damages. Kick. Ass.

Comment by clb72 — May 12, 2006
13.May 2006

Was there ever any doubt that the the only way Bush and his congress could secure America was by turning it into a dictatorship?

The president SAID he wanted to be a dictator. He SAID he would continue breaking the law. Our congress let him get away with it!
13.May 2006

#5… don’t make the mistake of thinking all of this is one administration. This has been a long time coming. Congress has abdicated its duty to declare war for decades and the whole system is one of corporate oligarchy. Getting the Bush Junta out of power will stop some of the worst excesses, but the system that allowed them to do what they’ve done will still be in place.

Comment by Planet B
13.May 2006

Finally, we are hearing more and more americans that love america standing up for her values..Until republicans came into power we had values and we must get them back before they drag all of us down the sewer with them..
13.May 2006

[…] said former NSA officer Russell Tice to CongressDaily. Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Cmte next week that the warrantless NSA programs unveiled by the New York Times and USA Today are only the tip of the iceberg and has hinted that NSA activity “might have involved the illegal use of space-based satellites and systems to spy on U.S. citizens.” […]

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13.May 2006
regarding credit card info, I remember an author on the daily show a couple of months ago talking about the information network based on everyones cc data and other personal info shows/ the_daily_show/ authors/ index.jhtml?startNum=6
13.May 2006

This link will take you to ThinkProgress where the story is posted. 2006/ 05/ 12/ more-unlawful-activity/ […]

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13.May 2006
One can only imagine what kind of technology they have. But all you need to do is download Google Earth to see what can be done at just the “consumer” level. I saw my car in the driveway when I put in my coordinates! They can get much closer, rest assured. This is not the stuff of sci-fi. It’s real and it happens every day.
13.May 2006

Is this guy dumv, telegraphing that he’s going to go public? He just painted a big red target on his chest! Or (hoping I don’t sound like a conspiracy nut) this could be a set up, a bone tossed to critics.
13.May 2006

#4–oh, it MUST be credit card data. I know this first hand. Leaving Las Vegas, having extensively used my credit card, I was told at the airport that the airlines had suddenly determined me to be a “special interest”. I had to undergo thorough and numerous checks, pat-downs, dig-thrus, questions, etc. All based on the use of my credit card.

They’re definetly mining credit card transactions and usage. Absolutely.
13.May 2006

This administration is more secretive and paranoid than Nixon’s. They are spying on Americans not to protect us from terrorists, but to protect themselves from being caught red handed and thrown out of power.

Comment by Hardy HabermanMay 12, 2006
13.May 2006

The Bush camp is nuts. I was outraged at America this morning when I read that the Post poll had 63% approving of giving him the right to go through our personal (albeit) digital lives.

Time and time again it is bigger and worse than you thought with Bush and this one, please God, could be the tipping point. But only if more people get past the “be very afraid” mantra Bush recites every time he wants to shit on our democratic traditions.

You think I’m kidding? Would you believe these nutjobs are even checking sewers for traces of drugs!!! See for yourself: Stand Up for Liberty: Piss in Your Yard.
13.May 2006

Tice has a history for blowing the whistle on serious misconduct. He was one of the sources that revealed the administration’s warrantless domestic spying program to the New York Times.
13.May 2006
NSA Whistleblower To Expose More Unlawful Activity: ‘People…Are Going To Be Shocked’

CongressDaily reports that former NSA staffer Russell Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee next week that not only do employees at the agency believe the activities they are being asked to perform are unlawful, but that what has been disclosed so far is only the tip of the iceberg.

Tice will tell Congress that former NSA head Gen. Michael Hayden, Bush’s nominee to be the next CIA director, oversaw more illegal activity that has yet to be disclosed:
13.May 2006
Lawyer: Ex-Qwest Exec Ignored NSA Request
13.May 2006

According to Simpson's website (, the New Zealand authorities forced him to shut down the project -- though only once he had already finished making the missile -- under pressure from the USA.

Eugene Miasnikov of the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies in Moscow said these kinds of threats must be taken more seriously.

"To many people UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) may seem too exotic, demanding substantial efforts and cost compared with the methods terrorists frequently use," he said.

"But science and technology is developing so fast that we often fail to recognise how much the world has changed."
13.May 2006

Security services the world over have been considering the problem for several years, but no one has yet come up with a solution.

"We are observing an increasing threat from such things as remote-controlled aircraft used as small flying bombs against soft targets," the head of the Canadian secret services, Michel Gauthier, said at a conference in Calgary recently.

According to Gauthier, "ultra-light aircraft, powered hang gliders or powered paragliders have also been purchased by terrorist groups to circumvent ground-based countermeasures."

On May 1 the US website Defensetech published an article by military technology specialist David Hambling, entitled "Terrorists' unmanned air force".

"While billions have been spent on ballistic missile defense, little attention has been given to the more imminent threat posed by unmanned air vehicles in the hands of terrorists or rogue states," writes Hambling.
13.May 2006 Bush Dips Into the 20s  Bush at %29.
13.May 2006 Ancient Alexandria Exhibit: Murder, Mayhem and Mystery on Display  Treasure hunter Franck Goddio has spent years bringing the sunken city of Alexandria to the surface. The results of his labors, now premiering in Berlin, reveal incest, fratricide and iniquity. And breathtaking beauty.
With great pics and an illustration of what the city looked like around the time of Jesus. The picture in the upper left corner of this page is also from Alexandria.

13.May 2006 Freemason History: Secret Handshakes, Passwords, FDR, Franklin  Who the heck are the Freemasons + do they really run the world?
The National Geographic Channel takes up both questions in "Secrets of the Freemasons".

13.May 2006
NSA May Be 'Traffic Cop' for US Networks
Guardian Unlimited – 14.Feb.2005   
Ex-NSA worker tied to illegal information
Seattle Post Intelligencer – 24.May 2005   
Report of NSA Spying Prompts Call for Probe
North County Times – 17.Dec.2005   
Bush Defends NSA Terror Spying Program
Newswatch 50 – 26.Jan.2006   
Attorney General rebuffs legislation for NSA surveillance
WHO-TV – 09.Mar.2006   
NSA linked with AT&T, group says
Seattle Times -

13.May 2006 Google Trends 

Man, this is cool. Google Trends tells you what cities are making the most search requests for various topics.

Who makes the most searches for "Sex"? Muslims.

Who makes the most requests for "Bigfoot"? The Chinese, by a long shot.

And if you type in the universal shorthand for adult entertainment, XXX, you'll realize that we're not nearly as porn crazed as the rest of the world. Naughty naughty, Santiago.
13.May 2006 International probe may reveal vital clues on explorer's origins  As the world marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus, the mysteries surrounding his birth and death his origin and the location of his tomb could be about to be resolved.
13.May 2006 Flying robot attack "unstoppable": experts  Not if they're running on Windows.
13.May 2006 Federal agents raid home of CIA's former No. 3 boss  Foggo's home has been raided.
13.May.2006US dollar takes a pounding over deficit: The US dollar suffered a severe sell-off on Friday, taking it to its weakest level against a trade-weighted basket of currencies since 00.Oct. 1997, as fears about the US current account deficit crossed world markets.

13.May 2006 Bankruptcy filings soaring again: If filings continue to rise at anything like this rate -- which is not a given, but certainly a possibility -- we could see close to 1 million filings by the end of the year.

13.May 2006 Foreclosures help bury metro area in unsold inventory: The number of unsold homes on the Denver-area market hit a record 29,045 in April, according to reports released Thursday. Rising foreclosures were the driving force for the skyrocketing inventory, which is 19.2 % higher than a year ago, experts said.
13.May 2006 Bush may have crossed the line by tracking every US phone call: PRESIDENT BUSH faced new and potentially damaging allegations about the secret surveillance of Americans last night after reports that his Administration has covertly collected domestic phone records of tens of millions of citizens.

13.May 2006 Chris Floyd: Bush Spy Program a Pale Echo of Echelon : Once again, we must ride to the rescue of President George W. Bush, who is being unfairly maligned by a few malcontents unhappy with his secret program to capture and data-mine every single phone call made by anyone anywhere in the USA.

13.May 2006 NSA Stymies Justice Dept. Spying Probe : 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.

13.May 2006 The Spook in Your Phone : Gen. Michael V. Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA, is the man responsible for the most extensive attack ever on the privacy of US citizens.

13.May 2006 CIA Nominee Hayden Defends NSA Programs : CIA director nominee Gen. Michael Hayden on Friday defended the secret surveillance programs he oversaw while head of another spy agency as lawful and designed to "preserve the security and the liberty of the American people."

13.May 2006 In case you missed it : The White House says spying on terror suspects without court approval is ok. : In the dark days after the 11.Sep.2001, terrorist attacks, a small group of lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department began meeting to debate a number of novel legal strategies to help prevent another attack. Soon after, President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to begin conducting electronic eavesdropping on terrorism suspects in the USA, including American citizens, without court approval.

13.May 2006 Pelosi: No Impeachment: Seeking to choke off a Republican rallying cry, the House's top Democrat has told colleagues that the party will not seek to impeach President Bush even if it gains control of the House in November's elections, her office said last night.

13.May 2006 In case you missed it: Gonzales: NSA may tap 'ordinary' Americans' e-mail: Agents operating a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program may have inadvertently spied on the e-mails + phone calls of Americans with no ties to terrorists, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday.

13.May 2006 Reach Out and Track Someone: Your mobile phone lets companies and the government know where you are, even when you're not making a call.

13.May 2006 Police State America: Short video explores surveillance of U.S. citizens who participate in Anti-War protest

13.May 2006 Stop ATT From Taking Your Web: The House is preparing to vote on an Orwellian act of government that would severely limit democracy on the internet as we know it.
13.May 2006 Top physicists speak out against Bush Administration policies in the war on terror: "I think everyone should be concerned that the US, without even a real debate, has abandoned our historic principles + values," 13.May 2006 Innocents Butchered In Somalia: Islamic militia and gunmen loyal to US-backed warlords swarmed the streets of Mogadishu in a battle which left at least 130 dead – mostly passers-by.
13.May 2006 Rabbi Bruce Warshal: 'Israel Lobby' bad for Israel, the U.S. : Beware of these self-appointed guardians of Israel and Jewish values. In the end they will destroy everything that makes Judaism a compassionate religion + if in their zeal they do not destroy Israel, they certainly will not make it more secure.

13.May 2006 The great catastrophe : In the last week of April 1948, combined Irgun-Haganah forces launched an offensive to drive the Palestinian people out of the beautiful port city of Jaffa, forcing the remaining inhabitants to flee by sea; many drowned in the process.

13.May 2006 Israeli general skips U.K. trip over arrest fears: The Israeli Army scrapped plans Thursday to send one of its generals to a course at a British military academy over fears he could be arrested on war-crime allegations, military sources said.
13.May 2006 Norway announces 50 % boost for UN Palestinian aid : Norway on Friday announced a 50-% hike in its funding for United Nations Palestinian relief efforts to help ease an economic crisis in the occupied territories after a Hamas-led government took office

13.May 2006 Gideon Levy: Not without my daughter: She was a communist in her youth and an Islamic Jihad activist when she grew up, whose brother was beaten to death by soldiers

00.000.1976 + whose uncle was shot and died in her father's arms in their lost village of Hulda

00.000.1948 .
13.May 2006
Russia Will Produce and Deliver Nuclear Fuel to Iran: Tehran and Moscow have finalized legal and technical preparations for Russian production and delivery of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr power plan

13.May 2006 A New Gesture From Iran?: A top Iranian official, in an open letter given to TIME, offers what could be a starting point for negotiations

13.May 2006 Ahmadinejad: Iran will defend legal rights of all free nations: Turning to nuclear technology as one of the world's most advanced and most updated technology and a collection of various sciences, he said that any country wishing to reach the peak of progress should access such a technology.

13.May 2006 Iran Nuclear Conflict Is About U.S. Dominance : The history of the conflict and the private strategic thinking of both sides reveal that the dispute is really about the administration's drive for greater dominance in the Middle East and Iran's demand for recognition as a regional power.

13.May 2006 Groups to Bush: Drop Iran-Israel Linkage: Jewish community leaders have urged the White House to refrain from publicly pledging to defend Israel against possible Iranian hostilities, senior Jewish activists told the Forward.

13.May 2006 Ahmadinejad: Israel will fall without West's support: "No government that practices oppression can remain in power for so long," he said, adding that it "is doomed to crumble." The nature of the Zionist regime is that it thrives on threats and intimidation, the president said.

13.May 2006 Israel crosses the threshold : The Kennedy and Johnson administrations fashioned a complex scheme of annual inspections at Dimona to assure that Israel would not develop nuclear weapons. But the Israelis were adept at concealing their activities. By late 1966, Israel had reached the nuclear threshold, although it decided not to conduct an atomic test.

13.May 2006 In case you missed it: Secret sale of UK plutonium to Israel : The UK supplied Israel with quantities of plutonium while Harold Wilson was prime minister, BBC Newsnight can reveal.

13.May 2006 In case you missed it: Britain's dirty secret : Secret papers show how Britain helped Israel make the A-bomb in the 1960s, supplying tons of vital chemicals including plutonium and uranium. And it looks as though Harold Wilson and his ministers knew nothing about it.
13.May.2006US in secret gun deal : The Pentagon has secretly shipped tens of thousands of small arms from Bosnia to Iraq in the past two years, using a web of private companies, at least one of which is a noted arms smuggler blacklisted by Washington and the UN.
13.May.2006Displaced Iraqis 'living like animals' : The spiralling violence in Iraq has led to sustained "sectarian cleansing" with many families forced to take refuge in squalid camps.
13.May.2006Third Reich Tyrants -By Cindy Sheehan
Most of our kids did not volunteer to go to Iraq to guard special contractors or kill innocent people to cushion the retirement of the CEO of Exxon. And, newsflash, our recruiters are still lying to our young people telling them that if they enlist they won't have to go to Iraq and other despicable lies.

13.May 2006 Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism"-By Michelle Goldberg
Across the USA, religious activists are organizing to establish an American theocracy. A frightening look inside the growing right-wing movement.

13.May.2006Federal agents raid home of CIA's former No. 3 boss - By Jerry Kammer and Marcus Stern COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

Federal agents Friday morning raided the home of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who stepped down this week from the No. 3 post at the CIA amid accusations of improper ties to a defense contractor named as a co-conspirator in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Continue

13.May 2006 The Times and USA Today have Missed the Bigger Story -- Again -By Greg Palast
Worried about Dick Cheney listening in Sunday on your call to Mom? That ain't nothing. You should be more concerned that they are linking this info to your medical records, your bill purchases and your entire personal profile including, not incidentally, your voting registration. Five years ago, I discovered that ChoicePoint had already gathered 16 billion data files on Americans -- and I know they've expanded their ops at an explosive rate .

13.May 2006 Fanning the Flames of Dissent -By Charles Sullivan
The government has fallen so completely under the spell of the corporations that it is virtually indistinguishable from them. The people have been shut out of the process and are left to fend for themselves, much like the victims of Hurricane Katrina last year.

13.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.

13.May 2006 Greg Palast for The Spies Who Shagged Us! A Must Read.
The All New Pat Bagley The "Duck! It's Dick!" Pin from "My family and I are deeply sorry for all that vice president Cheney has had to go through this past week." -- Harry Whittington, after being shot in face by Dick Cheney
The Nation has Crossed Over Into DEFCON II for Democracy -- A BuzzFlash News Analysis

13.May 2006 Decision on Rove Indictment Coming Soon, Reports Say 5/13
Special Report: What Does NRA Bigwig Wayne LaPierre Do For His Approximately $1,000,000 a Year? Another Bush Profiteer.
Divine Justice for GOP Hypocrisy: The former prosecutor who negotiated the deal that kept President Bill Clinton from being indicted in the probe of his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky has been charged with stalking an ex-girlfriend, a law enforcement official said.
Cheney and Rumsfeld Shielded Telecoms from Domestic Spying Charges in the 1970s
Remember That One-Party Soviet Style Rule Means That Partisan Hacks Control All Three Branches of Government, In Order to Yield Absolute Powers and Prevent Prosecution for Criminal, Anti-Constitutional Behavior. The BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week, A Current Bush Judicial Nominee, Exemplifies That.
Juan Cole: 3 GIs Killed, Government Postponed 5/13
BuzzFlash Proven Right that Democrats are Being Faked Out: They Should Go After the Illegal, UnConstitutional Wiretapping with a BuzzSaw. They Will Win Over Independent, Libertarians, "Moderate" Republicans + Even Some Conservatives. Read This Article. 5/13

13.May 2006 ROVE IS FITZED!!! dr. elsewhere here
This just in from Jason Leopold:
Rove has informed the WH that he will be indicted!! Oh my. W hits 29% + Rove gets frog-marched. It's not spring; it's Fitzmas !! Permalink

13.May 2006 So. Next week could be very interesting indeed. More NSA veils being stripped away. Rove maybe getting Fitzed. And W's numbers doin' the tailspin. Must be spring! Permalink
13.May 2006 More NSA exposures to come dr. elsewhere here Evidently, former NSA employee Russell Tice will be testifying next week for the Senate Armed Services Committee + he promises that what we have seen so far about the agency is just "the tip of the iceberg."
13.May 2006 Well, quick like a bunny, before anyone could make the very public point of just how seriously we should be taking this problem by actually making laws prohibiting it, somebody killed the bill. Yup. Just like that. Sheer coincidence, of course.
These people are not only petrified of getting caught, they know damn good and well they're breaking the law. It will be most interesting to see the poll numbers after this latest insanity; that 29% was polled BEFORE this NSA bomb.

13.May 2006 The legislators who wrote these words were probably thinking of a nuclear strike by another country. They probably never suspected that a president might use a single terror strike to justify a perpetual state of national "peril." Bush has done just that -- yet he cannot so state in explicit terms without "outing" himself as a dictator. Permalink
13.May 2006 I spent roughly ten minutes + I found a provision of the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) which Bush might be able to use as an overall get-out-of-jail free card. The scope of the law is frightening.

Subchapter VI, section 606 of the Act (all of those sixes may give some people the willies) grants the President broad wartime powers over communications. Paragraph c refers to radio and wireless communications...

Upon proclamation by the President that there exists war or a threat of war, or a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency, or in order to preserve the neutrality of the USA, the President, if he deems it necessary in the interest of national security or defense, may suspend or amend, for such time as he may see fit, the rules and regulations applicable to any or all stations or devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations within the jurisdiction of the USA as prescribed by the Commission... Paragraph d offers the same broad authority over wired communications. I assume that W (or his lawyers) can make the argument that these provisions apply to telephone communications. In the satellite age, everything gets translated into "electromagnetic radiations."
13.May 2006 Spying on your phone records: Is that legal? I recommend this Keith Olbermann interview with Professor Jonthan Turley. The topic is the NSA's program to collect all domestic phone records + the big telephone carriers' compliance.

Turley believes that, according to the Communications Act of 1934, phone companies can not give out information on customer calling habits: "I've spent a day now looking for the possible authority that they would use for this operation and I've come up with nothing."
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Hamburg - Kyle "Dusty" Foggo war der dritthöchste Beamte der CIA - bis vor wenigen Tagen. Nach 25 Jahren verließ er den US-Geheimdienst. Heute standen Ermittler des FBI mit einem Durchsuchungsbefehl vor seiner Tür. Das bestätigte eine Sprecherin des FBI gegenüber CNN.

Sein Haus in Virginia und sein Büro am CIA-Sitz in Langley wurden gründlich durchsucht. Mehr Details wollte sie nicht preisgeben.

Das FBI und andere Ermittlungsbehörden untersuchen, ob Foggo missbräuchlich in eine Auftragsvergabe eingegriffen hat. Begünstigter ist dabei ein Geschäftsmann aus San Diego und persönlicher Freund Foggos, Brent Wilkes. Dieser wiederum ist in einen Bestechungsskandal des Kongresses verwickelt.

In einer Erklärung in Foggos Namen teilte die CIA heute mit, er bestreite jegliche Unsauberkeiten. "Mister Foggo unterstreicht, dass die Regierungsverträge, für die er die Verantwortung trägt, ordentlich ausgeschrieben und kontrolliert worden sind."

In Gerichtsakten wird Brent Wilkes als ein Mitverschwörer in einem Fall von Bestechung eines republikanischen Abgeordneten aus Kalifornien beschrieben.

Der Politiker sitzt derzeit im Gefängnis, weil er 2,4 Millionen Dollar Bestechungsgeld für die Vergabe von Regierungsaufträgen angenommen haben soll.

Das FBI prüft CNN zufolge auch, ob Wilkes dem CIA-Mann  Prostituierte, teure Autos und Hotelaufenthalte spendiert hat.

Foggo hat zugegeben, an Pokerrunden teilgenommen zu haben. Daran sei jedoch nicht ungehöriges gewesen. ler/CNN
13.May 2006
Terrorprozess: Moussaoui legt Berufung ein
13.May 2006 FBI: Hausdurchsuchung bei CIA-Direktor AN>US-Abhörskandal: Hayden verteidigt die NSA AN>Gefangenenverschleppung: CIA will Prozess über den Fall Masri verhindern
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2022 kommt die Erde dem kaputten Kometen das nächste Mal nahe. Dann rechnen Astronomen auch mit deutlich stärkeren Meteoritenschauern als in diesem Jahr.
12.May 2006
Ozean: Tiefenströmung verändert Erbgut von Oberflächen-Algen
12.May 2006 Atomstreit: Bericht über neue Uran-Spuren in Iran
12.May 2006 Neue Affen-Art: Eigene Gattung für afrikanische Primaten
12.May 2006 Moussaoui-Prozess: Nur ein Geschworener stimmt gegen Todesstrafe
12.May 2006
US-Außenpolitik: Operation Neocon gelungen - Patient tot
12.May 2006 Portugal: Wer Badeverbote missachtet, muss zahlen
12.May 2006
Überschussbetrieb: Bundesagentur für Arbeit erwartet 4,5-Milliarden-Gewinn
12.May 2006
Rasanter Passant: Komet zischt in Fernglas-Reichweite an Erde vorbei
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Zudem haben Simulationen an der Münchener Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität ergeben, dass die Sonne selbst das Leben auf der Erde nicht braten, sondern schützen wird: 

Trifft der Sonnenwind - der Strom geladener Teilchen unseres Zentralgestirns - auf die Erdatmosphäre, wickelt er in Minutenschnelle ein neues Magnetfeld um den blauen Planeten. Der Schutzschirm in 350 Kilometern Höhe wäre annähernd genauso stark wie das übliche Feld, das dem Leben die kosmische Strahlung vom Leib hält. stx/ddp/dpa
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Der Kompass war in China zwar bereits vor 2000 Jahren bekannt, doch erst seit 1837 können Wissenschaftler die Stärke des Erdmagnetfelds präzise bestimmen.

Damals maß der deutsche Mathematiker und Physiker Carl Friedrich Gauß mit einem sogenannten Magnetometer erstmals exakt jene magnetische Kraft, die Kompassnadeln anzieht und die Erde vor geladenen Teilchen des Sonnenwindes schützt.
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00.000.1590-00.000.1840 -Zwischen-hat die Stärke des Erdmagnetfelds nur um knapp drei Nanotesla jährlich abgenommen, was nur einem Fünftel der gegenwärtigen Rate entspricht.

Statt einer seit Jahrhunderten steil absteigenden Geraden entspricht die Magnetfeld-Abschwächung beinahe eine Horizontalen, die

erst Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts einen starken Knick nach unten macht.

Zu dieser Erkenntnis gelangten die Forscher nur mit Hilfe fleißiger Kapitäne:

Die Kommandanten trugen auf ihren Reisen nicht nur im Logbuch ein, in welche Richtung der Kompass zeigte - oft horizontal ebenso wie vertikal.

Auch anhand der Sterne bestimmten sie ihre geografische Position.

Diese Daten fütterten die Forscher in eine Datenbank, die Eckpunkte für die Magnetfeldstärke an definierten Orten zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten lieferte